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L e t t e r s Art Begets Wonderful Things There is a wonderful art show happening at the Talesman Gallery at Bergamot Station opening from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, and continuing through Oct. 14. The art is created by members of OPICA, which is a day care program for people with Alzheimer’s and dementia or Parkinson’s

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symptoms. They do art as part of their special program with art therapists, some of them for the first time. The art is amazing, and sales proceeds support OPICA. My husband had Alzheimer’s and went to OPICA for many years.  See the wonderful things art brings out in people. Anne Goldfarb, Mar Vista

Flood Control Levees Are Worth Saving Re: “And Finally, It Begins: Ballona Wetlands Restoration Project EIR is Complete,” News, Sept. 14 Back when Ballona Creek was a “more natural, sinuous channel” and native flora and fauna were not bothered by the “concrete armored levees” the


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U.S. Army Corp. of Engineers installed along it (and virtually the entire length of the Los Angeles River), vast areas in Los Angeles suffered catastrophic flooding. Since the concrete was installed, there has been no catastrophic flooding in Los Angeles. Is it worth risking the kind of flooding in Los Angeles that we have seen recently in Houston, New Orleans and other cities by replacing concrete levees with earthen levees in order to make the creek and the river more natural and easier to look at? Not to my mind. I say let the existing massive and eminently successful flood control system, the heart of which is the concrete-lined flood control channels, remain just as it is. Gene Pomerantz Marina del Rey It’s Chaos on Maxella Avenue As a resident of Marina del Rey, I would like to call attention to those living in their vans along Maxella Avenue on the same side of the street as the Tierra del Rey apartment buildings. They have set up residency permanently and never move. They discard their trash on the sidewalk, and when changing their clothes that act is completed there also.

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Please, we would like our street and sidewalk back to enjoy walking again, which is not very pleasant when they open the doors to cool down or air out the interiors of their vans. Residents have previously reported the issue to the city, but nothing was accomplished. At one point there was the suggestion that the police department place “no parking” signs along one side of Maxella, but nobody followed through. The van dwellers do not park on the opposite side of Maxella, where the condos are located. On the side next to the apartments, vehicles are abandoned for months at a time. Guests or deliveries cannot even park on this side of the building due to those who have set up camp with apparently no plans to leave anytime soon. We are paying sky-high rents in this area, while the van dwellers share the same address. There are apartment residents on the first floor who have this view from their homes and balconies. There should be an ordinance that prevents permanent parking, camping or setting up residency in vans on Maxella. Just within a week, more have parked and moved in. Is there anyone out there listening? Or is it like they

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Green isn’t so Gorgeous

Algae blooms persist in Oxford Basin . ........ 6

WESTSIDE HAPPENINGS It’s a block party at 18th Street Arts ........... 30

The Restorative Architect Venice’s David Hertz on the built environment and turning air into water ........................ 12

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‘You don’t meet friends like that often’ Las Vegas shooting victim and Marina resident Michelle Vo remembered ........... 9 Bridge Housing Measure H funds will pay for emergency shelter ................................. 10


‘Movement is Hope’ The Music Center brings an Akram Khan epic to Culver City ............................... 15

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No Room for Natives A family born and raised in Venice is forced to raise their daughter elsewhere . ............ 11


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‘How important is physical attraction in a relationship?’ ................................... 31

Venice Stories A studio visit with Flavio Bisciotti ................ 33

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Green isn’t so Gorgeous Fueled by summer heat, algae blooms persist in renovated Oxford Basin that we see in the Santa Monica Bay, where toxins produced the algal blooms can be ingested by shellfish and if eaten can be fatal in some cases to humans,” Dorsey said. Lee said the county officials who are charged with maintaining the basin’s health have been consulting with the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project’s algae expert. “We’re performing maintenance every two weeks and as needed at the basin,” Lee said. The county’s most recent effort to remove algae from the basin was in September, and the bloom has been Oxford Basin algae growth dissipating since the end of summer. boomed this summer County officials say a recent analysis of the basin’s water continues to show whether the problem is ephemeral and significantly increased water circulation naturally declining, or indicative of a between the basin and the marina, which persistent issue.” is one of the project’s goals during its Loyola Marymount University marine biology professor John Dorsey agrees that year-plus renovation last year. Lack of water circulation led to poor weather can be a factor in algae water quality in the lagoon before workers growth and doesn’t see it as a long-term dredged out 10,000 cubic yards of problem in Oxford Basin Lagoon. “This type of algae can be more common contaminated sentiment from the basin last year. in back bays and wetlands. It is not as Dorsey noted that urban runoff is another harmful as the type of algae blooms

By Gary Walker The renovated Oxford Basin in Marina del Rey, which opened to great fanfare last year, is arguably an aesthetic improvement over the long-neglected flood control and storm water capture system of past years. But among the new array of colorful drought-tolerant plants and 750 native trees, one less than appealing visual has been an unsightly veneer of green coating across the surface of the basin’s lagoon. That unwelcome visitor is algae, which county officials hope to eradicate in order to maintain the visual appeal of the basin’s $14.5-million renovation into a recreation area for residents and haven for seabirds. The humid and excessively hot summer months could have played a role in creating the algae bloom, which has lingered for several months but appears to be declining, said Los Angeles County Strategic Communications Manager Kerjon Lee. “Early indications show a correlation between days of intense summer heat and algal growth, but we’re still studying the issue,” Lee said. “The goal is to better understand the cause and determine

catalyst for algae. Hotels border the basin to the south and the residential Oxford Triangle neighborhood is directly east. “Nutrients from dry weather runoff and perhaps poor water circulation can make a great recipe for algal growth,” Dorsey said. A group of environmentally conscious residents who were angered by the removal of over 600 trees to make way for the basin’s refurbishment have suggested the presence of algae has more insidious origins — namely a lack of scientific analysis during the refurbishing process. Although the lagoon’s water was much clearer in late September than it was in summer, Lee said county officials will continue to monitor basin water quality and take measures to deter algae growth. These include reversing the direction of water flow by manually operating tide gates, removing algae more regularly, utilizing new algae control equipment and conducting weekly visual inspections with photo documentation of algae growth. Lee said that if residents see new algae or have concerns about the basin, they can call the county’s 24-hour phone number, (800) 675-HELP.



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Portable restrooms for homeless on the horizon? Supervisors ask for evaluation of encampments that need hygiene facilities Photo by Maria Martin

By Gary Walker Nearly a month after public health authorities declared an outbreak of hepatitis A, Los Angeles County homeless officials are set to begin surveying encampments to assess the need for toilet and handwashing facilities in those areas. News of the infectious liver disease epidemic in San Diego sparked concerns about hepatitis A among Venice residents who live near a homeless encampment on Third Avenue. To date, public health officials say there have been no reported cases of hepatitis A in that location. At its meeting Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors directed the Los Angeles County Homeless Authority to conduct assessments of homeless camps to determine where restrooms and hand washing stations are needed. “While efforts are already underway to increase access in some areas with high numbers of homeless people, such as Venice and skid row, additional efforts are needed to identify areas where lack of sanitation facilities for homeless people could increase the possibility of spreading hepatitis A,” the motion states. “Once identified, additional options for safe

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toileting are needed in order to prevent the spread of hepatitis A.” Last month, Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin asked the council for funding to staff emergency and portable restroom facilities near encampments and to keep certain Venice Beach restrooms open 24 hours day. “This is a public health crisis and we need to act with urgency,” Bonin said. According to information provided by

Bonin’s office, a recent report stated that there are only nine public restrooms available at night for the people living on skid row. Venice Beach has funding to open only one set of beach restrooms and, according to a June report by a group of homeless service providers, conditions in those facilities do not even meet the standards set by the United Nations for refugee camps, according to Bonin.

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In contrast, Santa Monica has provided access to restrooms since the 1990s. “For almost 25 years, Santa Monica has offered showers and washers to those without homes at a facility near our municipal bus yards downtown, and public restrooms in downtown and other public facilities are open to all,” said Councilman Kevin McKeown, an early advocate for the hygiene facilities. Rick Swinger, who lives near the encampment on Third Avenue, said some of his neighbors agree that bathrooms on the boardwalk should be available around the clock. “That should be enough for the folks that need to go between 10:30 and 5 a.m.,” said Swinger, who has photographed encampments on Third Avenue. But he disagrees with the idea of setting up mobile toilets and sinks, preferring city officials continue weekly cleanups on Third Avenue and stop people from leaving perishable food on the street for the homeless. “It’s an outbreak waiting to happen so it’s best to clean the streets and not put up bathrooms there,” Swinger said.

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‘You don’t meet friends like that often’ A friend remembers Marina resident who was a victim of the Las Vegas shooting By Gary Walker The first time that Casey Lubin met Michelle Vo two years ago they immediately connected, as if they’d known each other for years. “We met for lunch, then later that night we had dinner together. She became one of my best friends,” recalled Lubin, a Playa Vista resident and a manager at Plaza Bank in Manhattan Beach. Vo, who had recently relocated to Marina del Rey from Glendale, is one of the 58 people killed during the Oct. 1 Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. The aftershocks of the tragic killings in Las Vegas have reverberated throughout Southern California. In addition to Vo, Manhattan Beach Police Technician Rachael Parker was killed and Manhattan Beach Police Officer Chad Swanson was injured. “I’ve been stopping myself from texting her [since the massacre]. We really understood each other. No judgment… only encouragement,” said Lubin. “You don’t meet friends like that often.”

Michelle Vo, 32, had recently joined the LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce Vo, 32, was a native of San Jose and worked for New York Life Insurance in Pasadena, where she worked for eight years. “Like all Americans, we are shocked and saddened at the terrible tragedy that has unfolded in Las Vegas. Our grief is

deepened by knowing that a member of the New York Life family, Michelle Vo, an agent in our Greater Pasadena office, was among those killed. During this terrible time, our thoughts and prayers go out to her family and loved ones,” wrote a New York Life spokesman in an email.

Lubin learned that her friend had been killed via a Facebook post from Vo’s sister Diane Hawkins on Oct. 2. The night before, she texted Vo but did not hear from her. “I never wanted to ever relive that feeling again,” Lubin said about learning of her friend’s death via social media. Vo joined the LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce in Westchester on Sept. 6 under the New York Life Company. “The chamber’s staff and leadership sends out condolences to her family, friends, and anyone else affected by this heartbreaking situation,” the chamber said in a statement. Lubin, who is also a member of the Coastal Chamber of Commerce, said Vo loved to travel and often sent her inspirational quotes. “I really felt like we were coming into our own professionally,” she said. Lubin has started a campaign in Vo’s honor called Michelle’s Table Scholarship Program to fund scholarships for young women. To donate visit








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A bridge from the street to housing Measure H funds will pay for emergency shelter for homeless women By Gary Walker New strategies by the joint Los Angeles city/county for providing housing to the growing homeless population include finding “bridge housing” for people as quickly as possible. Bridge housing is defined as housing that provides service-intensive emergency housing with the goal of placing individuals in permanent housing as quickly as possible. To that end, county leaders will soon be creating new emergency housing for homeless women using funds provided by Measure H, a 2016 county initiative that is expected to raise $355 million annually through a half-cent sales tax. On Oct. 3, the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to transform the Sylmar Armory into an emergency winter shelter for women, who authorities say make up a third of the county’s homeless population. “We are taking a significant step forward with this new program. Only 17% of emergency shelter beds are dedicated for women and yet women represent nearly twice that percentage

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of people experiencing homelessness. Women desperately need housing and services,” said motion co-sponsor Third District Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, who

represents Venice and Santa Monica. Kuehl hopes the model used in Sylmar can be replicated throughout the county, including Venice, where there are nearly 1,200 people without homes, according to the 2017 Homeless Count. Homelessness among women in Los Angeles County has increased 70% since 2009, according to Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority officials. The 2017 count shows there was an increase of 16 % from last year. The authority’s commission created an ad hoc committee to explore the reasons surrounding the increase. Domestic violence, human trafficking, mental illness and substance abuse were among the key contributors to more women winding up on the streets, according to the commission’s findings. Westside social service providers are encouraged about the Measure H spending on bridge housing. “In the most effective bridge housing model, they allow the people to stay so that they can focus on vocational training and education,” said St. Joseph Center Executive Director Va’ Lecia Adams Kellum.

The Venice nonprofit has increased the number of its street outreach program to four teams and is hoping for additional funding from Measure H to reach struggling women and families. “This way we can touch more people and get them into rapid rehousing or bridge housing, hopefully sooner than we’ve been able to. This funding is coming at the right time,” said Adams Kellum. Santa Monica–based the People Concern said finding buildings that are habitable is one of the roadblocks that governments and nonprofits often encounter when they want to build housing for the homeless. “We need to look at opportunities with adaptive reuse properties as long as there are no environmental hazards because those can get expensive. The challenge is that we don’t have a lot of underutilized housing in Los Angeles County,” noted John Maceri, executive director of the People Concern. Another hurdle is the price of real estate, especially on the Westside, Maceri added.


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No Room for Natives A family born and raised in Venice is forced to raise their daughter elsewhere — and it hurts By Jessica Koslow The author writes about food for The Argonaut. My husband and I were both born and raised in Venice, and we can no longer afford to live here. It breaks my heart when I tell this to people, but we’re not alone. The people we say this to all know someone — a daughter, a friend or coworker — priced out of Venice just like us. Forty years ago, Venice was considered undesirable. Before GQ called it “the coolest block in America,” Abbot Kinney was known as West Washington Boulevard, with only one restaurant and a string of vacant storefronts. Venice was riddled with drugs and gang violence. As a kid I used to think people were yelling “quack” at us as we drove down Brooks Avenue. I witnessed a drive-by shooting when I was a senior at Venice High School. My dad and stepmom handed down a love of Venice to me. My dad was drawn to the palm trees and beach air, and he lucked into renting a beautiful 1906 beach bungalow with a porch with a bunch of friends in the early ’70s. I was brought home to this communal living situation and grew up in a large and loving community. In 1982, he bought his house for $280,000. He used to say he hoped people always thought Venice was unsafe, dirty and far away from everything — so we could keep this treasure of a neighborhood for ourselves.

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The author with her family in front of their last Venice rental, which they left in July

Growing up, I could run to the beach after school in September and October. I would sell my old toys on the boardwalk, before you had to apply for a permit to sell anything. The boardwalk was my wild and crazy playground and lunch cafeteria. I looked forward to my walk to the hot dog stand for a hot-dog-on-a-stick on Saturdays. Sunday mornings, our family walked down the boardwalk to the Lafayette Coffee Shop, which closed in the mid ’80s, and I ordered my usual fluffy waffle with butter and syrup from Ruby the waitress. We never had an air conditioner in our house. It wasn’t needed. We lit fireworks

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say: out of sight, out of mind? The Life of Paul Robeson” at Leslie Michele Clarke Santa Monica Playhouse and Marina del Rey highly recommend it. I learned a lot, including his connection FROM THE WEB: to Barack Obama. Go see it Re: “A Life Built on Love: The when it returns. Martin Cohen Rev. Steven Weller, chaplain for Venice’s homeless, saw value in Re: “Nevertheless, She Perall people,” In Memoriam, sisted: Bettye LaVette has Sept. 14 The funeral for Rev. Weller was earned her place on the mantle of soul divas,” Arts & Events, standing room only and heartSept. 21 warming. It was an honor to “By the time her imperiously attend. Let us hope that Regina ravaged vocals have finished Weller, his partner in work and excavating unimagined depths of life, will be able to continue the emotion from a song, it has been, work they did together. There are well and truly, righteously sung.” many ways to help people, but THAT part!! Bless you Sister few do it with such love and selflessness. Linda Lucks LaVette!!! Tammy Brandon Re: “OnStage: The Week in Local Theater,” Westside HAVE YOUR SAY IN THE ARGONAUT: Happenings, Aug. 24 Send to I saw “The World is My Home:

on the beach on July 4th. My friends and I played every night until dark on our walk street. My brother had a jazz band, which put out a hat to collect money in front of the pagoda down the street from our house. Of course, my brother surfed and skateboarded. My dad bodysurfed. And I dunked under the waves as they hit my knees. When I returned home after a day at the beach, standing in the shower, I felt good from head to toe, an all-over body calm and deep happiness. Even when my shoulders were sticky with aloe because I got sunburned more than I’d like to remember.

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When I gave birth to my daughter Lily in 2014, I dreamed that she would have the same childhood as I did — growing up on Venice Beach. In the last four years, we’ve been owner-occupy evicted twice from our Venice apartments. With a child, our family needed more stability. So, here I sit looking out my window in Inglewood, as my daughter runs up and down our walkway, petting a neighborhood cat who has adopted us as family. I’ve been here just 31 days. I feel incredibly lucky to have been able to buy a house close to Venice, where both my parents and my husband’s parents still live. They take care of Lily while my husband and I work, and so it was important that we live close to them. I am trying extremely hard — Zen hard — to be open to change, embrace newness and get out and explore. It’ll take time to find my new favorite hangouts, routes and characters. And I know friendships will grow, eventually. Right now though, I feel like my roots have been pulled from the ground. I wander aimlessly up and down my block trying to connect with anyone. I’m usually left feeling sad that I don’t see familiar faces and places. But each day I feel a little closer to comfort. I’ve come to find a lot I love about my new neighborhood: the people, the food, the parks. The truth is the Venice I grew up in is probably closer to my new (Continued on page 35)

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The Restorative Architect Venice’s David Hertz strives for balance in the built environment By Gabe Schneider Los Angeles has given rise to many of America’s most prominent architects. But for all they’ve built here, very few of them are actually from Los Angeles. Frank Gehry, the rambunctious scribbly designer of downtown’s Walt Disney Concert Hall and newly crowned czar of L.A. River redevelopment, is from Canada; John Lautner, the Frank Lloyd Wright apprentice turned godfather of 20th century L.A. architecture, was from Michigan; Ray Kappe, mastermind of the California Modernist home and founder of the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), is from Minneapolis. David Hertz — who studied at SCI-Arc, apprenticed under Lautner and at one point worked for Gehry’s firm — is from Los Angeles. More specifically, Venice. He wears shorts and sunglasses. Speaks with a coastal twang. Rides his bike to work. And actually surfs. Over 40 years living and working in Venice, Hertz has made a career of incorporating sustainability into his Los Angeles architecture. Back in the 1980s he invented a concrete-like substance, called Syndecrete, made from “computer parts, recycled plastic, records and, you know, buttons.” In 2003, Hertz completed his 5,000-square-foot Silver Triangle residence made famous as David Duchovney’s bachelor pad in the Showtime series “Californication.” A “living laboratory” for sustainable design, the four-structure compound utilizes recycled wood and generates most of its own power through rooftop solar panels and water heaters, with Syndecrete floors capturing heat during the day and releasing it at night. Until recently his family home, Hertz sold the property in April for $14.6 million — setting a new residential sale price record in Venice. In 2011, Hertz up-cycled a decommissioned 747 jumbo jet into the main design

element of a home in the Malibu Hills, transporting the plane from a desert boneyard by orchestrating partial closures of five Southland freeways before having a Chinook helicopter airlift it up a hillside. Recently he’s been working with Skywater, a machine that converts airborne water vapor into fresh drinking water. He and its creators have entered it into the $1.75-million X-Prize Water Abundance competition, an incentive to

*** The son of a surgeon/sculptor and an artist/photographer, Hertz credits his interest in the natural environment to childhood summers at his grandfather’s ranch in the Malibu hills. Bill Hertz started off in the bottling business, and during World War II he patented a mechanism for recycling used bottle caps into tin in support of the war

“There are tensions around change, and it tears at people’s stability. There are people that just kind of come to Venice and claim it as their own. When people talk, it’s like: ‘How long have you been here?’” — David Hertz develop technology that can alleviate the global water crisis. Hertz installed a Skywater machine in the alley behind his office at 57 Market St. after the city shut off public water faucets during the drought, prompting debate about whether restaurants should be required to provide free water for the homeless. Now passersby can fill a bottle or cup from a tap marked with a golden arrow. For Hertz, it’s not enough for buildings to give shelter. They should also give back. “I’ve been very, very interested in how we can have buildings that are restorative — that we move beyond sustainability to actually heal the damage we’ve done. That buildings can make more energy than they use. That they can grow more food than they use. That they can create more oxygen,” Hertz says. “But we haven’t really been able to do much with water.” That is, until SkySource.

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effort. But deep down, he desperately wanted to be a cowboy. Soon after the war, Bill Hertz left New Jersey for 2,700 acres of undeveloped land in Malibu, where he fabricated a Wild West town that he leased out for movie shoots. “I certainly grew up privileged,” David Hertz says of his childhood. “Part of that was a family dynamic that had some social awareness. I grew up directly connected to nature. And first, really, I became an environmentalist before becoming an architect.” As a teen, Hertz volunteered with Greenpeace. It wasn’t until he broke into a construction site for a closer look at a building and somehow talked his way into an apprenticeship with Lautner that he finally chose architecture. In a lot of ways, he’s still putting off that choice. “At some point there was somewhat of a crossroads,” says Hertz. “I loved building things and I loved the built environment, so I had to rationalize my place in the

built environment: Do I divorce myself and my passion from what I want to do and maybe protest these things, or do I stay in it and influence them?” With his company SkySource, Hertz is donating water to public gardens in Venice and has big plans to expand the Skywater machine’s use locally and internationally in communities where water quality is an issue. He’s currently working with a local artist to turn billboards — “urban blight and an overt expression of consumerism,” he calls them — into water faucets, with a pilot project in the works for southeast Los Angeles. “Someone asked me recently whether SkySource is a water project or architecture. I thought that was kind of funny, you know, because I feel like it is absolutely architecture: It involves building and place and people and energy. Architecture can have a public benefit, just like a park can,” he says. *** Hertz credits much of that philosophy to his time at SCI-Arc and Kappe’s philosophy “that looked at social and environmental ways to be responsible with buildings.” But how much can one be both an architect and activist? One of his former SCI-Arc teachers wasn’t convinced that Hertz’s 747 Wing House filled the bill. “David wanted to cut a plane up and make a high-end residential complex with the parts. Fine — the result filled the fantasy dream. But do not rationalize it as economical nor green. It is serving the rich with an expensive gimmick approach,” Glen Howard Small, a noted pioneer of green architecture, blogged against the tide of public adulation for the project. (Continued on page 14)



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To cap off the 747 Wing House, Hertz flew in the wings and tail section of a retired Boeing 747 (Photo by Juergen Nogai) Hertz with his dog Nalu in front of the famed ‘Californication’ House, also known as the McKinley Residence (Photo by Laura Doss) An avid surfer, David Hertz is a born and bred Los Angeles architect (Photo by Laura Doss) Hertz’s former Venice residence served as the bachelor pad for David Duchovny’s character on the TV show ‘Californication’

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wood neighborhood, where contemporary Venice and they’re very concerned about McMansions are crowding out smaller it. There are tensions around change, single-story residences, he’s hyper-aware and it tears at people’s stability. There In Venice, Hertz knows he’s walking of change. are people that just kind of come to a tightrope. “As an architect, sometimes I’m a part of Venice and claim it as their own. When His architecture office is one of very few people talk, it’s like: ‘How long have addresses on the west end of Market Street gentrification,” Hertz concedes, quickly qualifying that he does not work with you been here?’” not occupied by Snapchat, whose piececommercial developers. “I’m very, very It’s a question that pertains not only to meal expansion throughout Venice has Venice, but to the history of Los Angeles. drawn fierce criticism as both gentrifying empathetic to the change in the dynamic, and sterilizing Venice. “For the most part, almost everyone has moved out and Snapchat has moved in. “I’ve been very, very interested in how we We’re pretty much part of the campus. can have buildings that are restorative — And that’s both good and bad,” Hertz says. “I think change has happened quite that we move beyond sustainability to rapidly — certainly to Market Street, actually heal the damage we’ve done.” because it has become somewhat of a monoculture.” — David Hertz Hertz has been on the block long enough to have worked with Jean-Michel Basquiat at Larry Gagosian’s gallery and dined at especially of the Oakwood community. *** Tony Bill and Dudley Moore’s legendary At the same time, I see things that once 72 Market Street restaurant. He rememwere different and they’re much better. British architecture critic Reyner bers sculpture artist Larry Bell walking “Do we want every single thing to be Banham once said that he loved L.A. for around the neighborhood with his cigar in controlled as a little Craftsman bungaall of its freeways and flaws. In his book one hand and his dog’s leash in the other low or kept to a certain size or scale? “Los Angeles: The Architecture of Four — and that was only a few years ago. No, because we don’t want to create Ecologies,” Banham told the world that As a past member of the Venice Neighuniformity — we want diversity and we they were wrong: Los Angeles, a coastal borhood Council’s development-related want creativity. But you have to have wonder of traffic-filled concrete expanscommittees on Land Use and Planning some es, was beautiful. and Mass, Scale and Character, he’s heard sort of kind of control in that. So it’s a “The culture of the beach,” he wrote, activists and builders argue about the “is in many ways a symbolic rejection of very delicate balance. I wrestle with that impacts of gentrification. the values of the consumer society, a all the time. As a resident of Venice’s historically place where a man needs to own only “What I love about Venice is that it’s a African-American and working-class Oak- community of people who also love what he stands up in. Usually a pair of

frayed shorts and sunglasses.” That’s pretty much what you’ll find Hertz wearing on any given day. “I think David Hertz’s name is synonymous with Venice’s architecture,” says Stephen Vitalich, a prominent Venicebased architect who has known Hertz for more than 30 years. “He knows how to create a project that’s synonymous with Venice and what Venice is trying to be.” Will Wright, director of government and public affairs for the Los Angeles chapter of the American Institute of Architects, describes Hertz as “someone who really believes in the sense and place of Los Angeles, the region of Southern California — a person who is deeply connected to the environmental aspects of what is unique and special about L.A.” Hertz, he says, is representative of the city where he grew up. “The first thing that came to my mind is Angeleno,” says Wright, trying to explain Hertz. “With all the connotations of that.” For Hertz, the word seems to imply a unique kind of balancing act in the face of rapid transformation, a tug of war between activism and architecture. “I’d say I embrace change in my life. And personally, I think change is threatening to a lot of people,” says Hertz. “I, for one, am kind of a centrist,” he concludes. “Maybe it’s being a Libra, but I’m balancing both sides.”

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By Christina Campodonico When the Music Center’s Michael Solomon first saw celebrated UK choreographer Akram Khan’s “Until the Lions” at the 2016 Holland Festival in Amsterdam, he knew he had to bring the dance piece to Los Angeles. Described as a “lean, thrilling and beautiful” trio by The Observer’s Luke Jennings, the work is based on poet Karthika Nair’s book of poems of the same name and reimagines a segment from the Hindu epic the Mahabharata through the eyes of one of its female characters. It is also a technically challenging show, designed to be performed in the round. Because of this unique staging, Solomon wasn’t sure that “Until the Lions” would

fit, or have the same impact on the Music Center’s stages — among them the grand, but traditional Dorothy Chandler Pavilion — where dance is usually presented at the Music Center. “There is a way to restage it for a more proscenium stage, but it’s not the same,” says Solomon, Vice President of Presentations and Education at the Music Center. “I wanted to honor Akram’s original intention.” This desire to stay authentic to Khan’s original inspired the idea for Music Center On Location, a new initiative that takes Music Center programming off the institution’s 22-acre downtown L.A. campus to performance venues around Los Angeles County. The first set of Music Center On Location

performances happened earlier this year, when the Music Center partnered with the Ford Theatres in Hollywood to present a series of music and dance performances during three nights in August. “It was good to be able to take our work into new locations. It was good to learn how to bring our existing audiences along as well,” says Solomon. For next week’s presentation of “Until the Lions” (Oct. 18 to 21), the Music Center will move onto a sound stage at Culver City’s historic Culver Studios, the same lot where legendary films “Gone with the Wind,” “A Star is Born” and “Rebecca” were filmed. “The Culver Studios had a sound stage that is available the very week we needed it,” says Solomon, noting how the space

offers a blank and flexible slate for restaging Khan’s work. “You have an empty shelf. … What it allows us to do is recreate the way in which the show was intended to be seen. We can create that environment from scratch.” The Music Center will not only stage “Until the Lions” in the round, but also be able to offer a backdrop as epic as the story upon which the dance is based. “I won’t give away some of the tricks of the design, but it’s a pretty fascinating scenic design and lighting design to recreate this world,” says Solomon of the Akram Khan Company’s production. “There’s a cinematic quality to it.” Yet when Khan dances in “Until the (Continued on page 16)

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Lions” next week — making a rare U.S. performance appearance before retiring from dancing full-length solo works next spring — it won’t be the first time that he’s worked on a Los Angeles sound stage. As a teenager, he performed in director Peter Brook’s nine-hour magnum opus “The Mahabharata” at Hollywood’s Raleigh studios 30 years ago. “I remember some celebrities coming to see the show,” recalls Khan, now 43.

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For Lease 1 bed + 1 ba $3,000/mo 1 bed + 1 ba $3,800/mo 2 bed + 2 ba $4,100/mo 2 bed + 2 ba $6,200/mo

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top-of-the-line appliances, lovely master suite featuring an incredible bath equipped with steam shower, huge walk-in closet, and private oversized balcony with fireplace overlooking the yard, in addition to a grand wrap around balcony enveloping nearly half of the house. This magnificent home is further equipped with smart Wi-Fi sound, Dolby 7 theater sound, internet/media wired throughout, solar ready, LED lights, central vacuum, surveillance camera system & more. Optional pool/spa.

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4/4.5 Canal front contemporary w/ roof deck 3/2.5 Atrium, FP, STN-steel appliances, patio, 3-car gar 2/2 Resort living, perfect for roommates 2/3 First time on the market in nearly 50 years

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2/2 Manitoba West w/ inside laundry, FP, central air 3/3 Well appointed view home 6/7 One of a kind view home 4/4 Lovely home to make your own 5/4 Unbelievable view home 5/5 Huge 4,000 sf duplex, 360 views, 900 sf decks

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Open House Directory listings are published inside The Argonaut’s At Home section and on The Argonaut’s Web site each Thursday. Open House directory forms may be faxed, mailed or dropped off. To be published, Open House directory form must becompletely and correctly filled out and received no later than 12 Noon Tuesday for Thursday publication. Changes or corrections must also be received by 12 Noon Tuesday. Regretfully, due to the volume of Open House Directory forms received each week. The Argonaut cannot publish or respond to Open House directory forms incorrectly or incompletely filled out. The Argonaut reserves the right to reject, edit, and/or cancel any advertisng at any time. Only publication of an Open aHouse Directory listing consitutes final acceptance of an advertiser’s order.

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The ArgonAuT PRess Releases Playa Vista PentHouse

Kentwood reModel

“A gorgeous two-bed, two-and-a-half-bath penthouse, this is a rare find in the prestigious Dorian,” says agent Jesse Weinberg.  “Hardwood floors lead to a sun-drenched living room featuring  views stretching to the Hollywood sign. The large kitchen has granite counter-tops, stainless steel appliances, and a custom bar with a wine fridge. The adjacent dining room and balcony are open to the living area. The unit also features side by side parking and access to the building’s amenities.”

“This smartly renovated four-bed home melds modern detailing with comfortable traditional design,” says agent Stephanie Younger. “The open-concept plan welcomes you as soon as you step inside. A fifth bedroom sits off  the living room and can be used as a playroom, office, or  den. Entertain guests in the kitchen, accented with double ovens, quartzite counters, and a professional grade range. Outside, a covered patio creates an idyll in a droughttolerant landscape.”

Offered at $1,199,000 Jesse Weinberg, Jesse Weinberg & Associates 800-804-9132

Offered at $1,795,000

Stephanie Younger, Compass 310-499-2020

Marina City Club luxury

CulVer City HoMe

“A highly renovated one-bed, one-bath condo, this home offers extraordinary mountain views and Marina vistas,” says agent Charles Lederman. “Enjoy a gourmet chef’s kitchen with stainless steel appliances and gorgeous quartz countertops.  The bright living space and bedroom have floorto-ceiling window overlooking the cityscape. Additional features include ample storage and closet space, new wood floors, fresh paint throughout, modern track lighting, and a  spacious patio, ideal for entertaining.”

“Located just off Sepulveda on a good street, this charming traditional three-bed, two-bath home offers tons of room and great potential,” say agents Aris and Jean Anagnos. “Ideal for both entertainers or investors, this home is the best deal in Culver City. Included is a beautiful indoor upstairs lanai area that could easily be converted into a family area, production studio, or office.”

Offered at $530,000 Charles Lederman, Charles Lederman & Associates 310-821-8980

Offered at $1,499,000 Aris and Jean Anagnos, Keller Williams 424-581-9006

VeniCe HoMe

ClassiC HoMe in Kentwood

“Invest in one of the hottest areas of Silicon Beach,” says agent Linda Scheft. “This sunny walk street home is on a very desirable corner lot. The living room opens to a separate dining area big enough for guests. The kitchen features new cabinetry and newer built in appliances including a washer and dryer. Defying square  footage, all rooms feel generous in size. Featuring large front and back spaces for outdoor living and entertaining, this is an opportunity you do not want to miss.”

“This classic gem showcases the traditional style and design of a distinctive home,” say agents Bob Waldron and Jessica Heredia. “The single level floor plan features generously sized rooms  and plenty of space for comfort and function. Well maintained by long time owners for 46 years, this four-bed, three-bath home offers spacious living as is or can be remodeled to create a magnificent dream home.  The oversized lot includes a private  rear yard with mature landscaping, a covered patio, and a pool.”

Offered at $1,690,000 Linda Scheft, Coldwell Banker 310-754-8152

Offered at $1,295,000 Bob Waldron and Jessica Heredia, Coldwell Banker 424-702-3010

The ArgonAuT REAl EstAtE Q&A

What Is a Broker’s Open House? A Smart Way to Market Your Home If you’re trying to sell your home, it’s likely your real estate agent has suggested hosting a broker’s open house. But, what is that, exactly? Long story short, it’s an open house not for home buyers, but for their agents so they can determine whether your home is right for any of their clients. Here’s how to decide how to make the most of this marketing opportunity.

how a broker’s open house is different The biggest difference between a broker’s open house and a standard open house is who ends up on the invite list. While standard open houses are quite flexible about who can stop by— and might include anyone from potential buyers to curious neighbors—the guest list for a broker’s open house is strictly limited to other real estate agents and industry professionals. Time is another differing factor. Usually, standard open houses are hosted

on Sunday afternoons, because the vast majority of potential buyers have weekends free for house hunting. On the other hand, because a broker’s open house caters to agents—whose weekend schedules are often packed with home showings for clients—it is often held midweek, when agents are more likely to be available.

what happens at a broker’s open house? At its core, this is another tool that real estate agents use to help market a home. In addition to internet marketing systems like the multiple listing service, it’s a method of debuting your listing to industry professionals in your community. Once your agent schedules a broker’s open, he will advertise it to his network of industry contacts. On the day of the event, the other agents will be given a chance to tour your home while catching up with colleagues, and offer your agent

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their opinions on the property. Typically, broker’s open houses are held within the first few days of a home being put on the market in order to capitalize on the initial burst of interest that often accompanies new listings. But if there is ever a dramatic adjustment to how your home is being marketed—such as adjusting the price—your agent may suggest hosting another broker’s open house in order to spread the news.

The benefits of a broker’s open house for sellers If you’re the type who doesn’t relish the idea of opening your home to crowds of looky-loos who’ll tramp through your rooms and open every closet and medicine cabinet, then a professionally targeted broker’s open may be appealing. If all goes according to plan, the agents who tour the house will go through their mental Rolodex to see if your property would be a good fit for any of their

clients. If so, they’ll likely bring those clients back for a private showing in the near future, especially if the broker’s open was well-attended. However, even if an offer doesn’t come directly from the broker’s open, it can offer a valuable critique of how your home looks in comparison with other properties currently on the market in your area. Since REALTORS® regularly have the chance to view a variety of homes, they have the ability to give your agent feedback on how your home is being perceived by others—and how to better attract buyers.

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LEGAL ADVERTISING FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2017 258989 The following persons is (are) doing business as: Sylvan’s & Phillip’s Drapes & Blinds 126 23 W. Washington Blvd. Los Angeles, CA. 90066. This business is conducted by a corporation. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above N/A. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true any material matter pursuant to Section 17913 of the Business and Professions Code that the registrant knows to be false is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000)). Title Owner This statement was filed with the county on Sept. 12, 2017 Argonaut published: Sept. 28, Oct. 5, 12, 19, 2017 NOTICE-In accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in Subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2017 277669 The following persons is (are) doing business as Ventura Entertainment GRP LTD 571 Buckingham Prkwy Los Angeles, CA. 90230. GMT Studios Inc. 5711 Buckingham Prkwy Culver City, CA. 90230. This business is conducted by a corporation. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on N/A. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true any material matter pursuant to Section 17913 of the Business and Professions Code that the registrant knows to be false is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000)). This statement was filed with the county on Sept. 27, 2017 Argonaut published: Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26, 2017. NOTICE-In accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in Subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in

the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2017 278807 The following persons is (are) doing business as: Cotton and Clove 10316 Cheviot Dr. Los Angeles, CA. 90064. Dave Stein 10316 Cheviot Dr. Los Angeles, CA. 90064. This business is conducted by an individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on N/A. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true any material matter pursuant to Section 17913 of the Business and Professions Code that the registrant knows to be false is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000)). Dave Stein Title Owner This statement was filed with the county on Sept. 28th 2017. Argonaut published: Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26, 2017 NOTICE-In accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in Subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2017 286103 The following persons is (are) doing business as: Destiny X 5960 Airdrome St. Los Angeles, CA. 90035. William Cahalan 5960 Airdrome St Los Angeles, CA. 90035. This business is conducted by an individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on N/A. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true any material matter pursuant to Section 17913 of the Business and Professions Code that the registrant knows to be false is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000)). William Cahalan Title Owner This statement was filed with the county on Oct.

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4, 2017 Argonaut published: Oct. 12, 19, 26, Nov. 2, 2017. NOTICE-In accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in Subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code. NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF Michel Jean Cariou aka Michael Jean Cariou Case No: 17STPB08810 To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, Petition for Probate has been filed by: Richard Einhorn in the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles The Petition for Probate requests that: Richard Einhorn be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. The petition requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A hearing on the petition will be held in this court as follows: Oct 30, 2017 at 8:30am. in Dept 99. Address of court: Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles, 111 North Hill Street Los Angeles, CA. 90012. If you object to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. If you are a creditor or a contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within the later of either (1) four months from the date of first issuance of letters to a general personal representative, as defined in section 58(b) of the California Probate Code, or (2) 60 days from the date of mailing or personal delivery to you of a notice under section 9052 of the California Probate Code. Other California statutes and legal authority may affect your rights as a creditor. You may want to consult with an attorney knowledgeable in California law. You may examine the file kept by the court If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for Petitioner: Braden R. Leck SBN 205578, 427 E. Carrillo Street, Santa Barbara, CA. 93101. Telephone: 805.963.9721, Fax: 805.966.3715. PUBLISHED: Argonaut 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 2017


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Compiled by Nicole Elizabeth Payne Thursday, Oct. 12 Venice Jam Session and Music Workshop: Exploring the Blues, 2 to 4 p.m. A new program for musicians, the Venice Jam Session encourages the community to bring their instruments and play. Israel Levin Senior Adult Center, 201 Ocean Front Walk, Venice. $5 monthly fee. (310) 396-0205; STEAM ArtBOT Workshop, 4 p.m. Design an ArtBot out of recycled materials. Ages 7+. Venice Abbot Kinney Memorial Branch Library, 501 S. Venice Blvd., Venice. (310) 821-1769; West Coast Swing, 6:30 p.m. Move your body and free your mind with a swing class and open dance. Intermediate swing dance classes start at 6:30 p.m., followed by beginner and intermediate/advancedw classes at 7:30 p.m., and open dancing at 8:30 p.m. $15 includes the class; $10 just to dance. Westchester Elks Lodge, 8025 W. Manchester Ave., Playa del Rey. (310) 606-5606; Del Rey Neighborhood Council Meeting, 7:15 p.m. The local advisory body to the Los Angeles City Council meets the second Thursday of each month at Del Rey Square, 11976 Culver Blvd., Del Rey.

“Runaways,” 8 p.m. Elizabeth Swados’ groundbreaking documentary musical tells the stories of young teens living on the streets of New York City. The show runs Oct. 12-14. The Strub Theatre, Loyola Marymount University, 1 LMU Drive, Westchester. $15. (310) 338-7588; Black Gold, 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Move your body to dance classics, modern soul and deep garage at this party hosted by Fusicology and deejays Aaron Paar, Adam 12 and Al Jackson. Townhouse & Del Monte Speakeasy, 52 Windward Ave., Venice. $5. (310) 392-4040;

Friday, Oct. 13 Mar Vista Seniors Club, 9:30 a.m. to noon. Each Friday the Mar Vista Seniors Club meets for trips, tours, speakers, bingo and live entertainment. Ages 50+. Mar Vista Recreation Center, 11430 Woodbine St., Mar Vista. (310) 559-7798 or (310) 351-9876 Digital Media Speakers Series: Michael Kurinsky, Sony Pictures Animation, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Kurinsky served as production designer on Sony Pictures Animation’s family comedy “Hotel Transylvania 2” and as visual development artist on “Open Season.” The Forum at

White Elephant Sale, 1:30 to 4 p.m. Find attic treasures, artifacts, jewelry, small appliances, clothing, books and more. Silvercrest Senior Citizens Residence, 1530 5th St., Recreation Room, Santa Monica. (310) 450-3203 Front Porch Cinema: “Hidden Figures,” 6 p.m. The Santa Monica Pier becomes a cozy setting for the award-winning film “Hidden Figures” with food, themed drinks and family activities prior to the 7:30 p.m. screening. Free. Jill Sobule, 8 p.m. New York-based singer-songwriter Jill Sobule brings her topical and poignant music to McCabe’s Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. $20. (310) 828-4497; The Barry Zweig Trio, 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Classic Jazz repertoire featuring electric guitar, bass and drums. Followed up by DJ Jedi spinning soul, funk, hip-hop, disco and dance in The Del Monte at 10 p.m., and DJ Anthony Valadez up in Townhouse bar at 10 p.m. Townhouse & Del Monte Speakeasy, 52 Windward Ave., Venice. No cover. (310) 392-4040;

Saturday, Oct. 14 Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous, 9 to 10:30 a.m. A 12-step program for anyone struggling with their relationship with food. Vineyard Christian Fellowship, Youth Center, 3838 S. Centinela Ave., Mar Vista. Free. (310) 902-3040; Artists & Fleas, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Established as a marketplace to bring together emerging artists, indie designers, vintage collectors, enthusiasts and an alternative to a retail setting, Artists & Fleas provides a community gathering spot and hipster haven. Enjoy a day of fun in the sun with shopping and food trucks each 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month. Westminster Elementary School, 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice. Free. Westchester’s Wood-Fired Community Oven Bake, noon. Bring dough and toppings to bake your own pizza in an authentic earthen oven. Oven is ready for baking bread around 2 p.m. Holy Nativity Episcopal Church, 6700 W. 83rd St., Westchester. Free. (310) 850-8022; St. Mark’s Fall Fun Street Fest and Carnival, noon to 8 p.m. Come out and enjoy a beautiful fall afternoon with carnival rides, games, face painting, food trucks, beer and wine, music and more. Saint Mark School, 912 Coeur D’Alene Ave., Venice. $5 entrance. (310) 821-6101; Music by the Sea, 1 to 4 p.m. A scenic harbor view is the backdrop for a country and rock concert by JB & The

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BC Riders. Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 301-9900; Celebrating Mar Vista’s Local Author, 2 to 4 p.m. Mingle and network with local authors Carol Davis, Melissa Guzzetta, Eleanor Jones, Lilly Pa dilla, Ramon Resa, Arthur J. Gonzalez, Jeremy Lasman, Caroline Arnold, Susan Casey, Aileen Leijten and Gretchen Woelfle, also signing copies of their books. Mar Vista Library, 12006 Venice Blvd. Free. (310) 390-3454 Off the Hook Seafood Festival, 4 to 7 p.m. This seafood tasting event showcases the city’s best chefs and restaurants while raising money to keep our oceans and beaches clean. Enjoy food, beer, wine, live music and games. Santa Monica Pier, Ocean Avenue and Colorado Avenue. $50 to $75. Don’t Tell Comedy, 7:30 p.m. Don’t Tell Comedy is a secret comedy show in living rooms, backyards, and other intimate settings around Los Angeles. BYOB. RSVP to receive the address of the event, taking place somewhere in Mar Vista. $10.

Sofar Sounds: Venice, 7:45 to 10 p.m. A carefully curated set of live music, kept secret until showtime, at a secret location in Venice. Get instructions at

Sunday, Oct. 15 Jewish Women in Politics, 10 a.m. to noon. Four notable, local Jewish women politicians participate in a panel discussion about their careers, upbringings, beliefs, accomplishments and agendas. The Braid, 2912 Colorado Ave., Santa Monica. $20. (310) 315-1400; Music at the Farmers Market, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Backboners (Bill Burnett, Suzy Williams, Ginger Smith and Kahlil Sabbagh) back live at the Santa Monica Farmers Market, 2640 Main St., Santa Monica. Single Seniors Book Club and Potluck, 10:30 a.m. Seniors can make new friends while enjoying good food and good books. Address supplied upon request. Free. Alan Ross at alanzip@ 2017 Del Rey Day, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Del Rey Neighborhood Council

hosts this free community event with free food and drinks, live entertainment and kids’ activities. Fourth and fifth grade spelling bee competition begins at 11 a.m. with awards at noon. Glen Alla Park, 4601 Alla Rd., Marina del Rey. Free. Music by the Sea, 1 to 4 p.m. A scenic harbor view is the backdrop for a salsa and mambo concert by The Susie Hansen Latin Band. Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 301-9900;

Monday, Oct. 16 Nina’s Tango Practica, 6 to 9 p.m. Each Monday night learn the art of tango and enjoy a tapas tasting menu. Grand Casino Bakery & Café, 3826 Main St., Culver City. $12.95. (310) 945-6099; Salsa Night, 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. World champion dance instructor Cristian Oviedo leads a beginner salsa class from 8 to 9 p.m. and a beginner bachata lesson from 9 to 10 p.m. followed by live music and social (Continued on page 32)

Party for Pico

Art and neighborhood pride combine at 18th Street Arts Center on Saturday when the artists’ community and residency center holds “Pico Block Party” on its campus from 1 to 4 p.m. The community festival, including arts activities, live music, dance performances and food trucks, is celebrating the launch of the Spanishlanguage version of its website Cultural Mapping 90404, an online oral history and cartography project focusing on the past and present of Santa Monica’s rapidly gentrifying and historically Latino Pico neighborhood. An English-language version of the Cultural Mapping site, launched in April, features an interactive map of Santa Monica, highlighting culturally significant people, places, events and organizations to the Pico neighborhood and video interviews with longtime residents produced by 18th Street Arts, the Alliance for California Traditional Arts and community volunteers. Saturday’s celebration not only unveils the next phase of the Cultural Mapping 90404 project—which aims to document disappearing elements from the neighborhood—but also puts the “living document” in conversation with the Getty’s current, citywide arts initiative Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a

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Marina Del Rey Anglers Club Meeting, 7:30 p.m. Active since 1975, the Marina Del Rey Anglers sponsor the longest running fishing contest on the West Coast. Come out and learn about fishing contests and tournaments. Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey.

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The Melrose Poetry Bureau swings by the Pico Block Party on Saturday exploration of the cultural connections between Latin American art and Los Angeles. “We love the idea of the local and global coming together in this event,” says 18th Street Arts Center Director of Communications and Outreach Sue Yank. Saturday’s block party features artist-led tours of 18th Street Arts’ PST: LA/LA exhibition “Universal History of Infamy: Virtues of Disparity” in multiple languages, as well as live music by L.A.-based alternative Latin folk band Cuñao, experimental quesadillamaking by Teresa Flores and performances of traditional folklorico and Aztec dancing by Cabeza de Vaca Cultural Dance School. Artist Christina Saucedo will conduct screen-printing t-shirt

workshops with visitors, featuring designs by Pico neighborhood youth, and the Melrose Poetry Bureau stops by to whip up poems on-demand from their classic, old-fashioned typewriters. The Pico neighborhood may be changing fast, but this seems like a moment to celebrate. -- Christina Campodonico “Pico Block Party: Translation” happens from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14 at 18th Street Arts Center, 1639 18th St., Santa Monica. Free. Visit for event information or to contribute to the map.

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Sparks And Recreation I am a 32-year-old woman who has never been in a relationship with a man I’m actually attracted to. The men I’ve ended up with really pursued me, and they were all smart, funny and kind, so I thought it was shallow not to date them because I wasn’t that into their looks. Depressingly, each time, I eventually found myself repulsed by the guy and eyeing other men. Of course, that brought things to an end. How important is physical attraction in a relationship? — Lukewarmed When you’ve got a position to fill — in your life or the workplace — it’s important to bring in somebody who meets the essential requirements. So when the overheating thingy on the nuclear reactor needs fixing, you put out a call for a certified nuclear mechanic; you don’t just go “Okay, whatever” when the nicest mariachi band roadie comes

in looking for work. Of course, sexual attraction isn’t everything. But without it, you and another person are best suited for a relationship like “friends,” “neighbors” or “people who give each other a friendly wave in the carport.” Experimental psychologist Gurit Birnbaum finds evidence from across social psychology and evolutionary psychology that the “sexual system” (sexual desire) and the “attachment system” (emotional bonding) work together. In fact, she explains, it seems sexual desire “has been ‘exploited’ by evolutionary processes” to promote enduring emotional bonds between partners. Basically, evolution bribes romantic partners with nooky so they’ll stay together and care for their kids, improving the chances that the little buggers survive to pass on their genes. It’s important to find somebody you have serious hots for from the start, because

maintaining a sex crush on your partner is actually vital throughout the relationship stages. Birnbaum explains that sexual desire motivates partners to keep “investing resources” in each other and the relationship — beyond sexytime. Additionally, after the initial hottity-hots die down, still wanting to get it on with your partner seems to provide a “buffer” for poor communication skills and less-than-desirable personality traits, such as emotional instability. (“Whoa, that mood swing nearly gave me a concussion!”) So, no, you wouldn’t be “shallow” to date only men you’re attracted to. You’d be doing the wise (and kind) thing: keeping yourself from yet another doomed relationship with some nice but meh guy where the sweet nothings you whisper are along the lines of “Please don’t touch me unless it’s medically necessary.”

Mood Poisoning My boyfriend broke up with me five months ago. When I’m going to sleep at night, I find myself mentally writing him hate letters, detailing what’s wrong with him. (He’s a coward, selfish, petty, etc.) I’m relieved that I’m not crying over him anymore, but I wonder whether I’m making things worse with this nightly litany of his shortcomings. — Still Mad There are relaxation tapes that repeat a word or statement to help you go to sleep, but “I hate you … I hate you … I hope you fall in a manhole and drown in the sewer” isn’t one I’ve seen in the catalog. Psychologists call what you’ve been doing “ruminating” — a form of over-think that involves obsessively replaying events, problems or feelings. The term comes from a yicky place: a cow’s rumen, a stomach area

where it partially digests food, only to throw it up so it can rechew the food again. Yum, huh? The late psychologist Susan Nolen-Hoeksema found that rumination can lead to depression — probably because it’s like being on a hamster wheel of hopelessness. However, the hopelessness comes not from reflecting on your feelings or problems but from doing it pointlessly — that is, rerunning those events and feelings and generating only frown lines, not insight. Healthy reflection on the past involves making it mean something for the future — turning the unfortunate events of, say, an ill-advised relationship into a guide for a wiser course in your next one. So, for example, when you find yourself venting about this guy, stop and turn the lens on

yourself. Take responsibility for how you might have seen or done things differently. That’s different from blaming yourself. By telling yourself “In the future, I have to take a closer look at this or that,” you are protecting yourself instead of pointlessly raging — which is basically the emotional version of having three transients squatting in your attic. To get off the beddy-bye rage train (think: “The Little Engine That Should Shut Up Already”), just keep redirecting your thoughts to the positive: people and things in your life you’re grateful for, and ideas for moving forward. Sure, guys you date will probably ask why you and your ex broke up, but a few words should suffice. Nobody wants to see you cast a glance at the clock and pull a huge parchment scroll from your purse.

Got a problem? Write to Amy Alkon at 171 Pier Ave., Ste. 280, Santa Monica, CA 90405, or email her at Alkon’s latest book is “Good Manners for Nice People who Sometimes Say F*ck.” She blogs at and podcasts at

Christine Joy Ritter as the gender-fluid warrior Shikhandi (Continued from page 16)

Years later, inspired by his newborn daughter while crafting “Until the Lions,” another epiphany came to him. “When I looked into her eyes I was really thinking, ‘Well, how does she see the world; how will she see the world?’” remembers Khan. That viewpoint informed his choreography, which explores contemporary themes of gender and sexual fluidity as it retells how the Mahabharata’s kidnapped Princess Amba transforms into a fierce male warrior to exact revenge upon her captor (danced by Khan). “What Khan understands supremely well is the appeal of his mythological realm, and how to configure its grandeur and its ritualistic forms in ways that speak to us,” wrote Jennings in his 2016 review of the show. “Today, the narcotic draw of golden-age nostalgia is evident in an ever-expanding market for computer-games, fantasy fiction, and epic-themed film and TV franchises like ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Star Wars.’ … But by confining his material to metaphor and abstraction … Khan gives us theatre that

satisfies our deep responsiveness to the mythic, while leaving no cloying aftertaste of sentimentality or kitsch.” Even though Khan prefers to separate his art from the world at large, the current state of global affairs — climate change, Brexit, terrorism, mass shootings — has been on his mind lately. He values the capacity for art to create “sacred” space within a tumultuous world. “At the heart of it, what art has the possibility to do is create a vacuum or a space where you can reflect and you can reflect in a very unique way, which politicians cannot do,” says Khan. “What art has the possibility to do is to allow you to see the world or yourself in a very open, vulnerable way.” “You know it’s hard to find hope these days,” he continues. “It’s hard to define what that hope is, but the fact that we are moving, movement is hope. … Dancing is the greatest hope for me, anyway.” “Until the Lions” makes its U.S. premiere at 8 p.m. Wednesday and continues through Oct. 21 at The Culver Studios, 9336 Washington Blvd., Culver City. $20 to $105. Call (213) 9720711 or visit

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Tuesday, Oct. 17 Free Flu Shots, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The L.A. County Department of Public Health provides flu vaccines to people who don’t have health insurance or whose healthcare provider doesn’t offer flu vaccines. Culver City Julian Dixon Library, 4975 Overland Ave., Culver City. Free. (310) 559-1676; Marina Del Rey Blood Drive, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The American Red Cross needs your help to save lives. L.A. County Department of Beaches & Harbors hosts this blood drive. Please bring ID. Burton Chace Park, Community Room, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey. Gateway to Go Food Trucks, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. A rotating lineup of some of the city’s best food trucks gathers each Tuesday at the Sky View Parking Lot, 6101 W. 98th St., Westchester. Gourmet Food Truck Night, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Each Tuesday a diverse array of tent vendors and gourmet food trucks take over the California Heritage Museum, 2612 Main St., Santa Monica. (310) 392-8537;

Venice Neighborhood Council Meeting, 6:30 p.m. The city-certified advisory body meets on the third Tuesday of each month at the Westminster Avenue Elementary School Auditorium, 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice. Sierra Club Airport Marina Group, 7 p.m. Rex Frankel speaks on the Ballona environmental impact report, restoration proposals and how they will affect wildlife. Burton Chace Park Community Room, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey. Free. (310) 613-1175 Los Angeles Civil War Roundtable, 7 to 9 p.m. Author Walter Stahr speaks about his new book “Stanton: Lincoln’s War Secretary.” 4430 Glencoe Ave., Marina del Rey. Free. Tuesday Night Jazz, 9:15 p.m. Every Tuesday night The Julian Coryell Trio hard grooves for two sets of organ trio jazz at TRiP, 2101 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 396-9010;

Wednesday, Oct. 18 Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous, 7 to 8:30 a.m. A 12-step program for anyone struggling with their relationship with food. Unitarian Universalist Community Church, The Cottage, 1260 18th St., Santa Monica. Free. (310) 902-3040;

Playa Venice Sunrise Rotary Club, 7:15 a.m. Wednesdays. Make connections and discover ways to give back to your community while having breakfast at Whiskey Red’s, 13813 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. $25. Call Brady Connell at (323) 459-1932 for reservations;

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Westchester Life Story Writing Group, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This memoir-writing group meets Wednesdays at the YMCA Annex, 8020 Alverstone Ave., Westchester. $10 donation per semester. (310) 397-3967 Toastmasters Speakers by the Sea Club, 11 a.m. to noon. In this workshop to develop better presentation skills, experienced Toastmasters present the fundamentals of public speaking in the relaxed, enjoyable atmosphere of a Toastmasters meeting. Pregerson Technical Facility, 12000 Vista del Mar, Conference Room 230A, Playa del Rey. (424) 625-3131;

Take a peek into the hidden world of insects and flowers at G2 Gallery this weekend. SEE GALLERIES & MUSEUMS the third Wednesday of each month at Windward School, Room 1030, 11350 Palms Blvd., Mar Vista.

Meditations on Media, 6 to 9 p.m. Gerry Fialka’s stimulating soiree inventories the psychic effects of media on individuals and society, and muses on why they are ignored. Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice. Free. (310) 306-7330;

Culver City Historical Society Meeting, 7 p.m. President and CEO of the Culver City Chamber of Commerce and retiring business leader Steven Rose outlines his plans for tracing his genealogy, how and what he has gathered so far and share poignant anecdotes of his family’s journey over the last three centuries. Veterans Memorial Building, 4117 Overland Ave., Culver City. Free.

Mar Vista Community Council Homeless Solutions Committee, 6:30 p.m. The committee meets on

Soundwaves Series: “Tone Drift,” 7:30 p.m. Creating improvised soundscapes using electronics, G.E.

Stinson (guitar), Steuart Liebig (electric bassist) and Kris Tiner (trumpet) expand the sonic palette. Santa Monica Public Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica. Free. (310) 458-8600; Rusty’s Rhythm Club Swing Dance, 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Dance the night away to The Fabulous Esquires Big Band. The Esquires bring the authentic Swing music of the ’30s and ’40s “Big Band Era” to life. A half-hour beginner swing dance class happens from 7:30 to 8:00 p.m. (no partner needed) and is followed by live music and DJ from 8:00 - 11:30 p.m. $15 cover, includes the class. (Continued on page 35)

O n S tage – T he week i n local theater compiled by Christina campodonico

Playing with Fire:“Shoresh/The Ground is on Fire” @ Highways Performance Space Based on the controversial Swedish performance of “The Ground is on Fire” — cancelled after one month by the theatre Östgötateater — this L.A. edition of the work by Stockholmbased artists Nasim Aghili and Björn Karlsson is part of an international collaboration to put themes of civil disobedience and massive protests in context with the City of Angels. Two performances only: 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday (Oct. 13 and

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The Art of War:“A Picasso” @ Promenade Playhouse Against the backdrop of WWII occupied France, Pablo Picasso is caught in a treacherous game of cat-andmouse with a beautiful Berlin “cultural attaché” who’s questioning the authenticity of three of his paintings. He enters into a fraught negotiation to save two of his “children” from burning in the Nazis’ exhibition of “degenerate art.” Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Nov. 11 at Promenade Playhouse, 1404 Third St., Santa Monica. $30. (310) 656-8070;

Paulette Zubata and Dora Kiss in “Captain Greedy’s Carnival” at the Actors’ Gang 14) at Highways Performance Space, 1651 18th St., Santa Monica. $20 to $25. (310) 453-1755;

Blvd., Culver City. $20 to $34.99, or pay what you want at the door on Thursdays. (310) 838-4264;

All That Glitters:“Captain Greedy’s Carnival” @ The Actors’ Gang Four people blinded by the promise of instant riches fall for the bait of a legendary con man in this musical satire of predatory capitalism. Now playing at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through Nov. 11 at The Actors’ Gang, 9070 Venice

Stumped:“Title of Show” @ Morgan-Wixson Theatre Two struggling writers, stumped by writers’ block, decide to write a musical about writing a musical when they hear that a new musical theater festival is accepting submissions. But they have to work fast. The deadline is three weeks away!

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Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 15 at Morgan-Wixson Theatre, 2627 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 828-7519; Mystery Box:“Red Sand” @ Santa Monica Playhouse A revolving series of stories rotate through the various facets of loss and hope in this experimental, non-linear work of physical theater. Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays through Nov. 17 at Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. $25. (310) 394.9779, ext. 1; Bit Player:“Annie Korzen: Famous Actress” @ The Braid Annie Korzen, best known for her reoccurring role as Doris Klompus on “Seinfeld,” shares stories about her eclectic and electric life as a perennial bit player on big and small screens in this one-woman show. Now playing at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays through Oct. 22 at The Braid, 2912 Colorado Ave., Ste. 102, Santa Monica. $40 to $45. (310) 315-1400;

Tortured Souls:“The Dance of Death” @ Odyssey Theatre On an isolated island, a military captain named Edgar and his wife Alice live a bitter life at each other’s throats. Tensions rise as their 25th anniversary approaches and Alice’s cousin Kurt arrives, becoming tangled in their fierce battle of wills. Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Wednesdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 19 at Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West L.A. $25 to $34. (310) 477-2055, ext. 2; Depth & Devotion:“A Love Affair” @ Santa Monica Playhouse Jerry Mayer’s comedy examines the ups and downs of a 38-year marriage, from the successes and disappointments to the traumas, sex, children and everything else in between. Now playing at 7:30 p.m. Saturdays and 3:30 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 19 at Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. $35. (310) 394-9779;

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Soulful Stories Shawn Mullins of ‘Lullaby’ fame returns to McCabe’s Sunday with timely tunes By Bliss Bowen Shawn Mullins is best known for his Grammy-nominated hit “Lullaby,” whose earworm groove and reassuring message (“Everything is gonna be all right/ Rockabye, rockabye”) spilled out of car windows, store radios and home stereos seemingly everywhere for a stretch in 1998. But the soulful troubadour is far from a one-hit flash in the pan. He’s enjoyed a solid, respected career since self-releasing his first several albums in the late 1980s through the mid-’90s, and has toured steadily behind major and indie label albums since Columbia issued “Soul’s Core,” which produced “Lullaby” and the lower-charting “Shimmer.” Yet that one-hit perception persists. Does he ever feel like he’s still introducing himself to audiences? “Yeah,” the independent singer-songwriter admits in his resonant Georgia drawl. “Because you can’t really sit back on your haunches anymore. There’s no one doing it; you’ve gotta do it yourself. I’m trying to connect more and more with people that know me and like my music.” A lingering desire for privacy spawned by “being a pop star for a moment” contributed to a long-standing resistance to social media, something with which he’s finally getting up to speed. He’s finding it fun to get to know fans, but old habits die hard: he says he hasn’t been on a personal Facebook page (“not once”), and directs his management office to handle his musician page. “It’s somewhat my own fault that the fan base hasn’t grown more because it’s taken me a long time to grow with technology,” he acknowledges. “I’ve been concentrating all these years on the art part of the craft, and I think that’s the thing that’s going to keep me going as an artist anyway, so I’ve gotta keep doing it. But I have to get more engaged than I have been.”

officer candidate is that you don’t voice politics, as an officer,” he explains. “And you don’t show up at rallies. That’s one of the things you’re not supposed to do. Of course I have political thoughts. But … that’s not what I’m trying to do when I write. “‘Ferguson’ isn’t pointing a finger really. It’s just telling a story, and you hope it’s more like a good painting, where it’s not really explained to you; you leave thinking about it and make up your own mind where things are. I like that. I like direct storytelling kind of writing, like [Kris] Kristofferson, but he of course was full of different levels in the simplest level of stories, like Leonard Cohen or Joni Mitchell or Bob Dylan. I tend to be more like, my job is to observe all of that and then write about it.” When he returns to McCabe’s this Sunday, Mullins will be joined by longtime bassist Tom “Panda” Ryan and accordionist/keyboardist Radoslav Lorkovic. Asked if he might be trying out material for his next album, he talks about “Soul’s Core Revival,” which will be released in July 2018 on the 20th anniversary of his breakthrough 1998 album. Mullins has focused his career on the “art part of the craft” He’s launching a PledgeMusic campaign With his expressive baritone and sly The blood we all bleed is the same shade later this month for the project, which he wit, Mullins proved himself adept at the of red” describes as a “redo” that will feature two “art part of the craft” early on. Born and full-length albums — one solo acoustic, raised in Atlanta, where he’s still based Co-written with Chuck Cannon, “Fergu- and one with his Soul Carnival band. (“I’m way west, out in the woods a bit”), son” is a stormy, guitar-powered highlight As far as his live show goes, he says, “I his melodic songs have often conveyed of his most recent album, 2015’s Lari want people to leave there feeling good. intelligent, affecting portraits of characWhite-produced “My Stupid Heart.” It To me, that’s part of the job too. People ters he’s encountered — from “The exemplifies how Mullins finds cathartic get stuff out of good writing and good Ballad of Kathryn Johnston,” about an uplift in sad songs, and — not unlike storytelling and songs. … When I’m elderly woman’s violent death (inspired “Give God the Blues,” his grooving playing live, I do notice that I make by a real incident), to the “fallen fathers contribution to the 2012 Americana gospel people happier, or the music does, and mothers” of “Ferguson.” compilation “Mercyland” — makes anyway. And in turn it actually makes me powerful social statements without happier for a little while longer too. It’s “All the dreams of the dreamers all necessarily taking sides. He says his early definitely a reciprocal thing.” misbegotten years of service in the Army have always There’s mammas still crying for the helped him navigate passionate differShawn Mullins plays at 8 p.m. Sunday, dying and the dead ences of opinion like those that are Oct. 15 at McCabe’s Guitar Shop, And the world rages on and the whole currently dividing the country. 3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. $25. Call thing is rotten “One of the first things I learned as an (310) 828-4497 or visit

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neighborhood than what Venice is now. And though I miss our proximity to the beach, the cool air and the funky beach bungalow architecture, Venice still lives in me. And will forever. I’ll always have my memories (and the ability to create new ones). Our parents’ houses. My favorite spots. The breakwater. Windward Circle. The expansive sandy beach. The boardwalk. The sunsets. Plus, everyone I know who lives in Venice complains — about the traffic, noise, homeless, tourists, trash. Despite it all, I know they love it. And I do, too.


singers, comedians, magicians and more. Live music begins at 8:30 p.m. TRiP, 2101 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica. $5. (310) 396-9010;

public speaking and hear amazing speeches and inspiring stories. The club is open to everyone. Faithful Central Bible Church, 333 W. Florence Ave., Inglewood. Free. (213) 200-5429;

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“Spooked,” 7 p.m. Shine storytellers share their tales of facing fears and achieving personal triumphs with stories to leave you in shivers. Live music provided by singer-songwriter Sahara Grim. Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. $12. (310) 452-2321;

L.A. Opera Talk: Pearl Fishers, 1 p.m. L.A. Opera community educators present a story of a veiled priestess with a hidden past, pursued by two lifelong friends and romantic rivals. Venice Abbot Kinney Memorial Branch Library, 501 S. Venice Blvd., Venice. (310) 821-1769; City of Champions Toastmasters Club, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Practice the art of

Howl, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. A dance party featuring music by LoboMan and special guests. DJ Vinyl Don spins at

10 p.m. in the Townhouse bar. Townhouse & Del Monte Speakeasy, 52 Windward Ave., Venice. $5. (310) 392-4040;

Galleries & Museums “The Gottlieb Native Garden: A Closer Look” and “Designed Environment,” opening reception 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14. Photographer Scott Logan presents his macrophotography providing an in-depth look at insects and plants native to the Los Angeles area. Group photography exhibit “Designed Environment” explores apophenia, the human tendency to perceive and assign meaning to patterns in our

environment. The G2 Gallery, 1503 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice. $10. (310) 452-2842; “In the Distance,” opening reception 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14. Local photographer Brent Broza exhibits work from his “Fireline” and “Serenity” series with color-field abstract photos of sunsets and ocean views. Through Nov. 11. Square Rhino Projects Gallery, 1510 Pacific Avenue, Venice. (213) 935-8189; Send event information at least 10 days in advance to calendar

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