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The answer is for drivers to look at pedestrians not as objects to move around, but to put their feet on the brake pedal and stop when pedestrians are walking in the streets. It doesn’t matter if I am in the crosswalk with a green walk sign or not — drivers are neither taking care to look for, nor stopping for pedestrians. Even when I have the complete

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right-of-way walking with the green walk sign in the crosswalk, drivers slowly creep towards me. This makes me very nervous. Some drivers jump on the gas and screech in front of me to make their right turn before I cross and, in the process, come close to hitting me. Others cannot wait for me to clear the middle of the intersection before driving right behind me as I walk in the crosswalk. These are dangerous driving maneuvers. Drivers, when you see pedestrians, stop. Just stop. Put your foot on the brake pedal, the one to the left of the accelerator. Look at the pedestrians, make sure they have cleared the intersection, then proceed. Stopping is part of driving. Driving slower and not using mobile devices while driving would also make us pedestrians feel a little safer. The suggestion of pedestrian bridges must surely come from drivers who do not walk the city. I do a lot of walking in this spread-out city, and what I don’t need is another ramp or more stairs to climb just because drivers can’t be bothered to respect the rights of pedestrians. Matthew Hetz Westchester

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VOL 47, NO 42 Local News & Culture

Safety Counts

NEWS Still Standing Tall 83-foot building gets the green light to replace the strip mall at Venice and Wasatch ......... 6

Bonin touts statistical drop in Venice Boulevard crashes following traffic lane reductions ............................................. 11

Food & Drink Speaking Through Food Big Mango Café sends a message that tasty meals can also be healthy and fast .......... 17

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Nowhere is Immune

THE ADVICE GODDESS

Assemblywoman Autumn Burke was sexually harassed by a colleague . ............ 8

To Pay or Not to Pay? Men and women are more confused than ever about dating protocol . .................... 28

Arts & Events A Beautiful Mess Playa Vista photographer Howie Ronay transforms trash into art ........................... 29

Filling a Transit Gap Westside-based Catchr app lets users hail shared rides from virtual bus stops .......... 9 War Against Poverty Local lawmaker makes aid for impoverished children a state policy priority . ................. 10

Pop Culture Punch Pun-loving painter Mark Andrew Allen is making art fun again ........................ 12

Echo Chamber Antidote Trial By Jury puts theater audiences in the public policy driver’s seat . .............. 31

THIS WEEK Faces in the Crowd Ai Weiwei’s “Human Flow” paints an arresting picture of the global refugee crisis ............ 15

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A controversial Mar Vista development is moving forward despite concerns about height and scale By Gary Walker After months of public wrangling, two L.A. City Council vetoes and a bitter war of words between developer Pamela Day and Councilman Mike Bonin, a development proposal that has divided Mar Vista due to its height and scale is now moving forward — albeit with a few small adjustments. At 83 feet, the seven-story residential and retail complex planned for 12444 Venice Blvd. would be taller than any other building in the heart of Mar Vista. Opponents also objected to its density: 77 apartments and 2,100 square feet of ground-floor retail in place of a current low-rise strip mall at the southeast corner of Venice Boulevard and Wasatch Avenue. After two city Planning Commission approvals and two council vetoes at Bonin’s behest, the Planning Commission once again approved the project in midAugust, only this time with concessions Bonin had requested before the vetoes: lower ceiling heights throughout the building and moving all parking spaces underground. The council subsequently

An 83-foot residential and retail complex will replace the strip mall at Venice and Wasatch signed off on the project on Aug. 30. “We’ve made this a better project with these changes,” said Bonin, who had taken issue with surface-level parking as contrary to the city’s Great Streets initiative to make Mar Vista’s commercial core more pedestrian-friendly.

Bonin also took issue with the building’s height, but his hands were tied in that city zoning code did not impose any height limits for new structures on the 62,000-square-foot project site. While some community leaders worry the project will pave the way for more

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development out of scale with existing buildings, Day and her development firm Crimson Holdings have also found support from those who want to see more available rental housing in Mar Vista. Day has promised to set aside seven apartments as affordable housing for local artists feeling pushed out of the community by rising rents as demand for housing outweighs supply. Although she isn’t thrilled with the final result, Day said she is eager to build housing that’s responsive to the wave of tech- and creative-industry workers flooding the Westside while also making room for less affluent local artists. “I’m very pleased to finally get on with building the project and excited to provide our artist community with the affordable units we promised them,” Day said. “If we could only get these projects approved faster, without vetoes from our elected officials and more added fees, we’d be able to really address this housing crisis. “My main goal right now is to drastically increase the supply of housing product for (Continued on page 11)

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Nowhere is Immune 147 women call out ‘pervasive’ sexual harassment in state politics, including a local Assembly member targeted by a colleague By Joe Piasecki The political culture of California’s State Capitol is rife with sexual harassment, an open letter signed by 147 female lawmakers, legislative staffers and lobbyists declared Tuesday in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal. State Assemblywoman Autumn Burke (D- Marina del Rey) signed the open letter as not only a witness to degrading comments and sexual advances, she said, but also as a target — by a fellow elected official as another male lawmaker looked on but did nothing. “After being elected I thought maybe you can get to a level where you don’t have to deal with this anymore, but that’s not true,” she said. “I had no hesitation about signing this letter, and that’s the most disappointing part.” Burke declined to name the perpetrator and witness to avoid overshadowing the broader statement inclusive of women who aren’t in the position to name names without putting their careers at risk. Six other state elected officials, including one who told The New York Times she was repeatedly groped by senior lobbyists and

women leaders. “Based on my own experiences and those I’ve witnessed or that colleagues have shared with me, it’s everything from sexual harassment in the workplace to meetings that suddenly turn into unwelcome personal encounters, inappropriate comments made in the hallways of the Capitol, and direct [sexual] advances or propositions,” Bubar said. “The worst offenders are people who stand She and Burke hope the letter will not by and do nothing. If you see him come close only deter future abuse, but also encourto me and I push him back, why let him come age men who witness abuse to speak up rather than remain complicit. back at me without saying something?” “The worst offenders are people who stand by and do nothing. If you see him —Assemblywoman Autumn Burke come close to me and I push him back, why let him come back at me without Each of us has endured or witnessed or expected to remain silent or laugh it off. saying something? Whether you are doing worked with women who have experi“For some women it’s impacted your it or watching it, you are culpable,” Burke enced some form of dehumanizing business or whether you get a seat at the said of her own experience. behavior by men with power. … decision-making table. For some it means She hopes that encouraging women “Men have groped and touched us working with people who treat you that to support each other in speaking out without our consent, made inappropriate way on a regular basis. It makes you ques- will accelerate change. comments about our bodies and our tion your talent and your role … your own “There’s power in numbers,” echoed abilities. Insults and sexual innuendo, abilities and your rightful place,” said Bubar. “When we use our voices collecfrequently disguised as jokes, have Bubar, who works with Emerge California, tively, people will notice and take undermined our professional positions and a nonprofit that cultivates new Democratic accountability for their actions.” lawmakers, and the vice chair of the California Democratic Party also signed the letter, which states: “As women leaders in politics, in a state that postures itself as a leader in justice and equality, you might assume our experience has been different. It has not.

capabilities. Men have made promises, or threats, about our jobs in exchange for our compliance, or our silence.” Lindsay Bubar, a Westside-based political consultant who signed the letter, said sexual harassment can have tremendous negative impacts on women who are

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Filling a Transit Gap Westside-based Catchr app lets users hail shared rides from virtual bus stops Photo by Michael Kraxenberger

By Gary Walker Twenty years ago, entrepreneur and avid tennis player Kyle Thomas could get from his home in Marina del Rey to the Westchester Park tennis courts in about seven minutes. After the first wave of Playa Vista development came online in 2003 — and with it about 6,000 new residents — his regular four-mile car trips down Lincoln Boulevard started taking more like 25 minutes. Instead of simply tolerating or complaining about the daily pains of Westside traffic congestion, Thomas decided to do something about it: Two years ago, he launched a new ridesharing app. Thomas is co-founder of Catchr, an on-demand shared transportation network that operates primarily on the Westside and utilizes a fleet of passenger vans to transport multiple users to different local destinations on one trip. “We’re the space in-between Uber, Lyft and taxi companies,” Thomas said. “What’s different about our on-demand and micro transit system is you can choose your own route from a smartphone.” Like other ridesharing services, Catchr users activate the app on their smart-

Kyle Thomas is fighting traffic with technology phones to summon a ride when and where they need it. The app guides users to a “virtual bus stop,” where a white van with orange striping picks them up and takes them to their destination of choice. Artificial intelligence that garners data on traffic, construction and passenger habits or needs determines the most efficient route for each trip.

At present, Catchr vans operate between 6 a.m. and 2 a.m. daily and mostly travel within Marina del Rey, Venice, Santa Monica, Playa del Rey and Playa Vista. “We’re essentially a Silicon Beach operation,” said Thomas, previously a vice president for the defunct telecom and data equipment manufacturer Nortel Networks. In his words, Catchr operates “more like a carpool” that can pick up and deliver large numbers of passengers — up to 15 at a time per van — to various short-trip destinations, like from their home or office to the nearest light rail station. Passengers can bring luggage, but Catchr does not service LAX. Individual fares are set according to departure location and destination. Thomas declined to specify the fee structure, but said “price points are compatible to Lyft and Uber.” Thomas hopes to eventually license his app to municipal and county transportation agencies such as Metro, the Big Blue Bus in Santa Monica, and Culver City Bus in Culver City. On Catchr’s website, the company describes itself as a fast and affordable option for commuters to reach

light rail or bus stations beyond a convenient walking distance. “It is exciting that local entrepreneurs are looking for innovative and affordable solutions to Los Angeles County’s transportation challenges,” said L.A. County Supervisor Janice Hahn, whose district includes Marina del Rey and Playa del Rey. But professor Saba Waheed, research director for the UCLA Labor Center, has studied sharing economy businesses and how they impact communities and their workers — and she’s not completely sold on Catchr. “If they plan to license their app so that transportation agencies can integrate it into their systems to improve their service, then that’s one thing,” Waheed said. “But if they’re doing it to create a parallel transportation network to compete with an existing infrastructure, that’s different.” Westchester resident and vocal public transportation advocate Matthew Hetz had many questions about how Catchr operates. (Continued on page 28)

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A Big Step for the Smallest of the Poor New legislation makes alleviating child poverty a state priority By Gary Walker A hard-fought bill by Assemblywoman Autumn Burke (D- Marina del Rey) to make addressing child poverty an integral component of state policy and budget decisions has finally become law, albeit without all the provisions she had hoped for. Assembly Bill 1520, which faced a six-month uphill battle to survive the Legislature, won state Senate approval on Sept. 15 and was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown on Oct. 2. Burke’s legislation creates the Lifting Children and Families Out of Poverty Taskforce, which will submit reports to the Legislature and the governor’s office recommending future strategies “to achieve the reduction of deep poverty among children and reduce the overall poverty rate in the state.” Before the Senate approved AB 1520, the Assembly Appropriations Committee removed two significant clauses of the bill: projecting child poverty rates into the 2039-40 fiscal year, and establishing benchmarks towards reducing child poverty by 50%. Those provisions would have been likely to impact allocation of

“It’s disheartening to be the fifthlargest economy in the world and have two million children in poverty.” — Assemblywoman Autumn Burke fiscal resources and complicate future state budget negotiations. “This is like a first stab at the apple. I

think that we wanted to work to make sure that we had a functional bill that could be useful to everyone,” said Burke,

the daughter of longtime L.A.-area political giant Yvonne Braithwaite Burke. There are more than two million children who live under or at the poverty level in California, according to child advocacy organization the Children’s Defense Fund – California. A study area that included Westchester, Playa del Rey, Marina del Rey, Culver City, Del Rey and portions of Venice had an overall child poverty rate of roughly 13%, with the poverty line for a family of four drawn at an annual income of about $31,000, according to the Public Policy Institute of California. “It’s disheartening to be the fifth-largest economy in the world and have two million children in poverty, and to have the opportunity to do something about it and push the envelope on what’s possible is one reason why I came [to Sacramento],” said Burke, whose office touts the legislation as “landmark” because it will provide a framework for alleviating child poverty statewide. “This is the kind of work that you get up in the morning to do.” gary@argonautnews.com

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Bonin touts a statistical drop in Venice Boulevard crashes following traffic lane reductions

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By Gary Walker Under threat of a recall campaign fueled by opposition to a reduction of traffic lanes on Venice Boulevard, L.A. City Councilman Mike Bonin has released new city-generated statistics indicating a reduction in crashes on the boulevard since its reconfiguration. The numbers conflict with assertions by recall organizers and road diet opponents, who not only challenge the accuracy of those figures but argue that Venice Boulevard has become less safe than before. In a letter to constituents dated Oct. 9, Bonin cites LAPD traffic collision data and Los Angeles Department of Transportation vehicle speed data that shows average monthly collisions on Venice Boulevard are down 22%, injuries from collisions are down 10%, speeding is down 15% and the average commute time has increased less than one minute. The data was compiled over July, August and September — after the launch of a pilot program to reduce vehicle collisions that replaced one lane of vehicle traffic in each direction with a protected bike lane between parked cars and the sidewalk. “This three-month data builds on the early success demonstrated in the onemonth data, and it is a strong indication that Venice Boulevard is getting safer, vehicle speeds are being reduced, and that the pilot program is working as intended,” Bonin’s letter states. Alexis Edelstein, who is leading the

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recall effort and accused Bonin of “purposely misleading people” by claiming Venice Boulevard has become safer, challenges the integrity of Bonin’s data. “We’ve had people look at the raw data and the numbers that they’re claiming aren’t statistically significant because the sample is so small,” Edelstein said. “In fact, Venice Boulevard is more dangerous after the treatments. The injury collision per capita increased 7% based on the department’s own website numbers. The average daily traffic went down from 37,000 to 31,000 and the injury rate is higher.” Edelstein added that he’s game to debate Bonin on the numbers “anytime, anywhere.” Bonin countered that the city’s statistics are the product of professional data

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the Westside tech community. That economic driver has fueled our local economy in recent years and if we don’t create an infrastructure to support it will be at risk.”

antagonize those in the community who disagree with her.” “That really surprised me,” said Mar Vista resident Saeed Ali, who vigorously opposed the project, of the tensions between

collection and analysis. “The data comes from LAPD, LADOT and [global transportation analytics company] INRIX — one of the most respected traffic data agencies in the world. They base their analysis on hard, objective numbers rather than anecdotal evidence,” he said. Independently verifying conclusions from city traffic data will require digging deeper than Bonin’s letter, which doesn’t delve into the raw numbers or specify the “before” period that the three-month “after” data is being compared against. But an advertisement in the Sept. 14 issue of The Argonaut purchased by a Mike Bonin for City Council campaign account (not taxpayer funds) cited earlier LAPD data showing a monthly average of 4.3 collisions and 2.7 injury collisions from May through August (after the road diet) versus a monthly average of 5.5 collisions and 3.0 injury collisions from May 2016 to April of this year (before the road diet. A handful of critics were quick to criticize the ad as comparing a four-month average to a 12-month baseline, and another reached alternative conclusions based on the California Highway Patrol Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System reports that could not be independently verified at press time because the online portal to that database had crashed. Although critics of traffic lane reductions appear unwilling to relent, Bonin’s letter promises the city will soon implement several changes to Venice Boule-

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vard’s new configuration based on constituent feedback. These include installing more visible right turn signs by the end of October; creating “clearer, less-confusing striping for the bike lanes” pending the purchase and application of new paint; and equipping fire trucks with transponders to override traffic signals on Venice Boulevard. “The data is incredibly encouraging, but we’re not done making improvements to this project. [The city Department of Transportation] and I continue to seek out input from Mar Vista neighbors and collect suggestions on how we can make this project safer and even less impactful to traffic. Over the last two months, we’ve called, texted, or knocked on the doors of more than 9,000 Mar Vista residents, and we’ve already started to implement some of your suggestions,” Bonin’s letter states. For the moment, those who would prefer to see all traffic lanes restored show no signs of giving up — but neither do supporters of the protected bike lanes. On Oct. 10, the Mar Vista Community Council voted for the third time this year to reject motions by some members demanding that Bonin reverse the lane changes on Venice. “The fact that they came up again is really upsetting and intensely frustrating,” said Yvette Roman, a Mar Vista resident and avid bicyclist. gary@argonautnews.com

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“My main goal right now is to drastically increase the supply of housing product for the Westside tech community.” — 12444 Venice Blvd. developer Pamela Day While this certainly isn’t the first time a developer and an elected official have been at odds, the animosity between Bonin and Day was palpable to many throughout Mar Vista. One of Bonin’s deputies publicly slammed Day as having “shown an ability to

Day and Bonin. “I think what Bonin was trying to do was have a project that didn’t cause any additional problems for the neighborhood. … When you’re going into business you want to get along with the person who will have some control over what you want to do.” October 19, 2017 THE ARGONAUT PAGE 11


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Mark Andrew Allen is making art fun again By Christina Campodonico The art world can be a serious place. Or as sociologist and visual arts writer author Sarah Thornton observed in her book “Seven Days in the Art World”: “If the art world shared one principle, it would be that nothing is more important than the art itself. “… [C]ontemporary art has become a kind of alternative religion for atheists,” she writes. “For many art world insiders and art aficionados of other kinds, concept-driven art is a kind of existential channel through which they bring meaning to their lives. It demands leaps of faith, but it rewards the believer with a sense of consequence.” Westchester-based artist Mark Andrew Allen takes his art seriously. (He makes a new piece every day, peppers his art with nods to 1950s-style “action painting” and is represented by galleries all over the world.) But he prefers to infuse his work with fun, rather than fanaticism — even better if he can put a pun on it. Playful turns of phrase and circumstance abound in his Warholian-style mixed media collages, which also pop with the countenances of celebrities like Audrey Hepburn, James Dean and Marilyn Monroe. In Allen’s hands, a stretch of Abbot Kinney Boulevard transforms into “Abbey Kinney,” as a cutout of the Fab Four — Paul and Ringo toting a surfboard — stroll across the street à la the iconic image on their “Abbey Road” album cover. A bottle of Don Julio tequila becomes a “Flu Shot” in another work. A vintage Barbie doll — the plaything of many a young child — exclaims “Don’t toy with me!” in another. In the piece “Harvey n Irma,” Jackson Pollock performs his signature drip painting dance over the eye of swirling storm, as if he were a witch dropping the final ingredient into a swirling cauldron. “That’s just how my brain works,” says Allen, 60, whose work is currently on

display in “This is Now” at Santa Monica fashion, beauty and home décor boutique Ron Robinson. “I like to include puns and humor in my work … and just put out things that are a little bit tongue in cheek. “I kind of like to think of myself as an art comedian,” he continues. “I salute Warhol for almost mocking the sacred art world.” Much like an irreverent artist or latenight talk show host, Allen — who kept an apartment across the street from

experience impresario Ron Robinson to showcase Allen’s work in his flagship store. “Mark’s art is a perfect fit. It’s pop culture. Here’s Marilyn and here’s old toys, like Hula Hoops and Slip ’n Slides and Crayolas. … It’s a piece of life today,” says Robinson. Part of Allen’s impulse to stay current, but also insert images of iconic Americana, stems from the artist’s previous

“I kind of like to think of myself as an art comedian. … I salute Warhol for almost mocking the sacred art world.” — Mark Andrew Allen Warhol’s Factory while studying at New York’s Parsons School of Design and crossed paths with the artist during that time — is unafraid of tackling the hot button topics of the day with a humorous spin either. One of his latest images, titled “Hurricane Harvey Weinstein,” lays a meteorological image of Houston’s Hurricane Harvey over a photo of disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein. “It was just a direct hit on Hollywood,” says Allen, referencing the movie mogul’s recent fall from grace following a wave of sexual harassment allegations against him. “I want the work to all represent what it looks like to be alive today,” continues Allen, who dots all his works with tiny pixels — a nod to the digital age — and enjoys updating his social media feeds with his latest creations. “I like the idea of people liking photos or commenting on the photos of these drawings and you can get that instant feedback.” That sense of immediacy, but also nostalgia or pastiche, attracted shopping

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career as a graphic designer in the entertainment industry, during which time he designed the “Nightmare Before Christmas” logo for Disney, redesigned Coca-Cola bottles, worked on the 60th anniversary logo for “The Wizard of Oz” with his father Harrison Allen, and art directed for Sean ‘P Diddy’ Combs record label, Bad Boy Records. The sage advice of artist Robert Rauschenberg, another influence whom Allen met several times throughout his career, also reminds him to always be on the lookout for inspiring images or concepts that can be reimagined or appropriated for artistic purposes. “Just one of the things that he said to me was, ‘Everything you see is important.’ To me, that really clicked. I try to do that with a lot of my work,” says Allen. When not chasing down current event storms or celebrity images, Allen remixes the Westside’s landmarks into his work. The Venice Sign over Windward Plaza, the Santa Monica Pier’s neon archway (which becomes a tiara for a smiling woman in the collage “Santa Monica Sun

Queen”), LAX’s Theme Building and the Westside’s baby blue lifeguard towers figure prominently in his mash ups of dripping paint, newsprint, stars and graffiti swirls. But it took him a while to embrace the L.A. lifestyle. “I also had an apartment in New York for 10 years, and the reason that I got the apartment in New York is because they wouldn’t really consider L.A. artists in New York,” says Allen. “During that 10-year period I noticed that, in the beginning, people didn’t really like the whole L.A. art scene. Towards the end, their ears really perked up when you would mention L.A.” Since relocating to L.A., then ultimately settling in Westchester five years ago, Allen hasn’t been able to tear himself away from the coast — even when his fellow artists beckoned him to join downtown L.A.’s thriving art scene, centered around The Brewery Arts Complex. “I had several friends that lived down there at The Brewery, and they were like, ‘Oh, this is where all the artists are trying to make it, and once they make it, they end up probably on the Westside.’ I’m thinking, wait a minute. I’m on the Westside. Why am I going to move downtown? I think, ‘I’m doing things pretty OK. … I’m doing great right here.’” Mark Andrew Allen’s “This is Now” is on display through Oct. 31 at Ron Robinson, 1327 5th St., Santa Monica. The store is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays. Follow @mallendesign2 or visit markandrewallen.com for more info. Pop culture, Americana and local landmarks collide in Mark Andrew Allen’s work: 1 “Spray Can Girl” 2 “Santa Monica Sun Queen” 3 “LAX” 4 “Walk this Way”


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“We’ve designed the business to offer food that is fast, fresh and reasonably priced.” — Adam Drucker in the past few years. When it opened, the café was mostly surrounded by dirt. Four outside tables have multiplied into 13 today. Back then, the café catered mostly to businesses, and it still does. The kitchen, where Weiss and his staff prepare all of the food, is located four blocks away. The company partners with online catering and ordering services, and they have plenty of corporate clients they service daily. The café is open from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on weekdays. “We’ve designed the business to offer food that is fast, fresh and

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“This stunning coastal home, nestled in the heart of coveted North Kentwood, has a warm architectural design,” says agent Amir Zagross. “A chic five-bed, six-bath, home, offers a dramatic floor plan, rich wood floors, modern décor finishes with multi-sliding invisi-pocket doors inviting an exotic indooroutdoor ambience. The lovely master suite features an incredible bath equipped with steam shower, and private balcony. This home is equipped with smart Wi-Fi and Dolby 7 theater sound.”

“Situated on a large lot with drought-tolerant landscaping, this re-imagined two-master-suite, home strikes a balance between traditional charm and modern convenience,” says agent Stephanie Younger. “An airy floor plan opens into the living and dining room where you can easily entertain, while the soundproof media room is perfect for movie night. Updates in the kitchen include stainless appliances and glass front cabinets. This home marries efficiency and aesthetics.” Offered at $1,399,000

“This exquisitely remodeled four-bed, four-bath, home blends urban style and fine living with quiet, traditional comfort,” says agent Dan Christian. “Windows are well placed and large thus lending to a light and airy home. The exceptional floor plan allows for an easy flow throughout. The spacious bedrooms upstairs include a master retreat complete with a sitting room, fireplace, enormous walk-in closet, and jacuzzi tub. This superbly located home offers California living at its best.”

“Stunning marina, channel, and ocean views are provided by this two-bed condo’s floor-to-ceiling windows,” says agent Charles Lederman. “This home exudes warmth and character, with a large gourmet cook’s kitchen. Custom cabinetry throughout the unit, along with stone floors and carpet in the bedrooms, and a built-in entertainment system. The master suite offers incredible views with an en-suite bathroom. The guest bedroom features a murphy bed, and can be used as an office.”

“A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, this unbelievable two-bed, two-and-a-half-bath beachfront unit is on the Marina Peninsula,” says agent Jesse Weinberg. “Twice the oceanfront width of other units in the building, enjoy panoramic oceanfront and southern-facing corner views from every room. This lofted penthouse boasts a soaring ceiling in the living room and a covered beachside rooflevel deck. The prestigious Marina location is in walking distance to restaurants, shops, and the pier.”

“This two-bed, two-bath home offers a large open terrace,” says agent Eileen McCarthy. “Marina and ocean views are provided by floor-to-ceiling windows in the living room and master bedroom. The open kitchen has been highly updated with stainless steel appliances and granite counter tops. This entertainer’s delight boasts recessed lighting and upgraded bathrooms.”

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The ArgonAuT REAl EstAtE Q&A

6 Surprising Benefits Of Buying Or Selling Your Home In The Fall Seeing fewer for-sale signs now that summer is over? That can be great news for buyers who are looking to score a new home and buyers who want to get rid of their place and buy a new one. If you think you missed the boat on making your move this year, we’re here to tell you why buying and selling in the fall can work for you. Less competition Yes, there may be fewer homes on the market, but there are also fewer buyers out there competing for the same home you want. That gives buyers an important edge. “Families on a mission to move into a new home before school starts are out of the picture,” said Forbes. “Competition for houses drops off in the fall, a time many people consider to be off—season in real estate. But there are still homes for sale — and in some cases, there’s just as much inventory as there was during the spring and summer.” The benefit to sellers is that those buyers who are out there tend to be more serious, which means your REALTOR® can key in on the real buyers without having to sift through the riffraff. Tax breaks If you’re a buyer who closes escrow before

December 31, you may get a nice write off on your taxes. “Property tax and mortgage interest are both deductions you can take for your whole year’s worth of income, even if you closed on your home in December,” David Hryck, a New York tax adviser, lawyer, and personal finance expert told Realtor. com. “Any payments that are made prior to the closing of the loan are tax-deductible. This can make a serious difference in the amount you owe the government at the end of the year.” There are also potential tax breaks for home sellers. “You can include all sorts of selling expenses in the cost basis of your house,” said The Balance. “Increasing your adjusted cost basis decreases your capital gain because this is what’s subtracted from the sales price to determine how much of a gain — or loss in some cases — you’ve realized. If you have less of a gain, you’re more likely to fall within the exclusion limit, and if you’re gain isn’t excluded, you’ll pay taxes on less.” And that’s just the beginning. Closing costs and home improvements may also be write offs for sellers. Home for the holidays Buy or sell early in the fall and you could be nicely situated in your new home in time for the holidays and before winter weather

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hits. Moving during a calmer time of year also means you may have better access to movers and other necessary resources. The right price Did you list in the spring or summer with an exorbitant number that you thought you’d have no trouble getting because it was a hot market? That’s pretty common these days. Whether you’ve had a revelation about the price you should be asking or have made updates to your home to justify a higher price, you’re probably in better shape to get your (realistic) asking price in the fall. If you’re a seller and you establish a smart pricing strategy, you could find your home standing out in the crowd and selling while others sit on the market under a blanket of snow. Buyers also may have a better time getting a home that’s within their budget because when there is less competition for homes, there is less chance of bidding wars and over-asking-price sales. Fall may be safer for buyers and sellers Here’s something you may not have thought of. “Did you know that burglars have peak seasons? They do, Sarah Brown, a home safety expert for SafeWise.com, told Forbes. “July and August are prime months

for burglaries to take place. Waiting until the fall [to buy] gives you an advantage when learning about a home and the neighborhood. You’ll be settled in your home and can take precautions—like setting up that new alarm system—before the next burglary season rolls around. For sellers, less competition for your home can be a good thing if it means your home is safer from theft. Great deals to fix up your home Coordinate the timing right and those items you need to fix up your home for sale in the fall, or upgrade after a purchase might be priced to your advantage. Check Consumer Reports for a full list of the best times of year to buy everything, and keep in mind holiday and Black Friday sales. You could score some great deals at this time of year.

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left home in Syria — restorative moments of near normalcy. In Gaza, U.K. animal charity Four Paws collaborates with above to detail teeming landscapes. Statistics cited in interviews and screen- representatives in Gaza, Israel, Jordan and South Africa to secure safe passage for crawls are staggering. Last year, 7,495 malnourished tiger Laziz from the people died while trying to migrate. The average number of years that refugees are disintegrating Gaza zoo to Lionsrock displaced from their homes is 26. Climate sanctuary in South Africa, so he can feel grass beneath his paws. It is a singular change will exacerbate drought, hunger and disease for 250 million Africans in the testament to human decency. Less heartening are interviews in muddy next few years — and Africa’s population camps where women and girls cook over is expected to double to 2.5 billion by homemade fires and wash jeans in 2050. Europe hasn’t absorbed this many buckets, and children improvise toys and migrants since post-WWII years. Globchase each other around. “I’d like to see ally, more than 65 million people have the leaders come and sleep here for one been forcibly displaced. When the Berlin night,” one woman says scornfully, Wall fell in 1989, 11 countries had walls describing a hellhole plagued with snakes, and closed borders. Now, in 2017, there spiders and infectious diseases as refugees are more than 70. queue up for hours for food and news of The lump sum of those numbers numbs their next destination. A man describes a the mind and obscures the individuals harrowing journey with smugglers who on whom Ai steadily focuses. Their separated women from their group and human need is overwhelming: food, raped them: “They had guns, there was medicine, housing, employment, integranothing we could do … it was very, very tion programs — and education. Edward Said protégé Dr. Hanan Ashrawi somberly tough. No one helped us.” After the controversial EU-Turkey refugee deal is warns of one of the pernicious threats to made in March 2016, frustrated refugees refugee children, many if not most of hold up protest signs: “EU — Don’t send whom go without schooling for years, us back to hell.” “Are we not human?” potentially seeding future conflict: “If children grow up without any hope, with- “RESPECT.” Where can refugees go that they will feel out any prospects for the future, without welcome? One young mother, interviewed any sense of them being able to make something out of their lives, then they will with her back to the camera to maintain privacy after “roaming endlessly” with her become very vulnerable to all sorts of son for 60 days, wonders aloud before exploitation, including radicalization.” Unwitting comic relief is supplied at the vomiting from anxiety: “Where am I U.S.-Mexico border, courtesy of a hapless supposed to start my new life?” Border Patrol agent’s ludicrous directions. Ai’s film offers no comforting answers. One thing is evident: However much Other lighter, hopeful moments involve NIMBY types may protest, “Not my animals. Amidst blasted Palestinian problem” is not a reply the world can buildings and backyards, a man trains a afford to make. horse. A caged songbird keeps a young man company as he patches a mud wall in “Human Flow” opens Friday, Oct. 20, at Afghanistan, where the president has the Laemmle Royal, 11523 Santa Monica asked displaced citizens to return from Pakistan. Refugees weary from cold, rain Blvd., West L.A. Call (310) 478-3836 or and uncertainty in Turkey brighten at a cat visit laemmle.com for show times and ticket prices. Visit humanflow.com to eating from someone’s hand and huddle watch a trailer for the film. around a cellphone photo of a feline pet October 19, 2017 THE ARGONAUT PAGE 27


N e w s who’s regulating it?” Thomas said Catchr drivers “Are the drivers fully licensed? work as independent contractors, but they are licensed and Bonded? Insured? In a crowded insured. He acknowledged that van, who gets dropped off first: the passenger waiting the longest, Catchr isn’t necessarily reinventing the wheel, but or the one closest to their destination? Or the one who pays touted one big difference between his company and other the most money? How would it startups with similar servicebe determined?” Hetz asked.   (Continued from page 9)

“We’re the space in-between Uber, Lyft and taxi companies.” — Catchr founder Kyle Thomas Waheed noted the problems that Uber has had with drivers who had not been properly screened and how car-sharing services use independent contractors and not full-time employees, depriving workers of employee benefits. “I would be curious to know how they plan to deal with these employees. It’s seems like it’s operating a lot like a bus,” she said. “I’ll say about Catchr what I’ve said about Uber: If it looks like a bus and it acts like a bus, then it’s a bus — and

delivery models. “A lot of companies say they are on-demand, but they’re still working on making them operational. Our app is already functional,” he said. Thomas said he hopes anyone traveling through Silicon Beach will keep Catchr’s tagline in mind: “Always going your way.” Visit catchr.co to contact the company, or download the app for free on Apple or Android phones.

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Pay Pal An older male friend keeps paying for me — buying me meals and clothes. Am I making a mistake in accepting? I’ve repeatedly made clear that I have no romantic interest in him. I’m a struggling artist, and he’s highly successful. We’re basically BFFs, talking and laughing every day. He occasionally jokes that I should be “giving up the sugar to the sugar daddy,” but I roll my eyes and say,“Hush!” I think he’s teasing me, but could he be playing the long game? — Worried Welcome to the “never say never” school of hope. My Chinese crested, Aida, is also enrolled — hoping with all her tiny purse-doggy might that rare metal-eating termites will make the kitchen table leg collapse, causing her to be caught in a brief but intense hailstorm of bacon. There are some asymmetries between men and women in the effort required to get some action out of the opposite sex. Some men will engineer elaborate plots to try to wear

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a woman’s “nuh-uh, never gonna happen” into a “maybe just this once.” A woman, on the other hand, doesn’t have to plot. Assuming she’s reasonably attractive, she can probably just make extended eye contact with a man while eating a banana. This difference reflects what evolutionary psychologist David Buss explains as men’s and women’s conflicting evolutionary goals. It’s in a man’s evolutionary interest to, as they say, shoot and scoot (possibly passing on his genes without putting out any further time, energy, or resources). However, because women can end up all “baby on board,” they evolved to look for emotional commitment and the ability and willingness to “provide.” (A woman’s psychological bottom line: “Can this wild man be turned into a minivan purchaser with a dad bod?”)  Buss notes that these sex differences in evolved mating psychology show up in the different ways men and women try to deceive each

other. Scammy men tend to exaggerate their “resources” (probably a sizable chunk of the Ferrari rental business) in hopes of suckering the ladies into the sack. Scammy women, on the other hand, tend to feign “willingness to have sex in order to secure nonsexual resources” — as in, “Sorry, Bob. I had my knees welded shut recently. I guess I forgot to mention that. But thanks for the $300 dinner!” In your situation, however, nobody’s deceiving anybody. You’ve repeatedly made clear that there will be no sexcapades. He’s got an amusing dining companion and a dear friend. When we care about people, we do nice things for them — offer them a bite of our sandwich or our disposable income.  Sure, he’s probably still clinging to wisps of hope. But in time, he should accept that if the day comes when you suddenly grab him in your arms, it’ll be because he’s got a small piece of chicken caught in his windpipe and he’ll die unless you give him the Heimlich maneuver.

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I’m a 28-year-old guy, and I read your column on how men and women are clueless about who’s supposed to pay and when. I’ve had dates be insulted when I wouldn’t take their money and others insulted when I did. Is there an optimal strategy for the first few dates? — Lost Meet the flexible feminist. She can do an hour and a half straight on why we need to “smash the patriarchy,” but when the check comes, she reaches in her purse and pulls out a tube of lip gloss. As I pointed out in that column you mention, sociolo-

gist Janet Lever and her colleagues find one striking commonality between men and women: intense confusion about who should pay and when. For example, nearly 60% of women said they “always” offer to help pay, even on the first date. Meanwhile, 39% of women wish men would reject their offer to pay — but 40% say it bothers them when men don’t accept their money. Argh, huh? Because female emotions evolved to push women to feel bad when they’re with a man who shows no signs of being a “provider,” I think it’s wise for a guy to pick up the tab on the first few dates. The researchers concur, explaining

that “men who fail to pay risk being viewed as lacking economic resources or as being uninterested, unchivalrous, or — worse yet — cheap.” That said, your investment should be more symbolic than substantial, and you keep it that way by following my three-point advice for the first few dates: Make them cheap, short and local. This means, for example, getting to know a woman over happy-hour drinks — as opposed to the kind poured by a sommelier (flanked by his two assistants) who comes to your table right after the team of loan officers helps you finalize your paperwork.

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


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Pretty Ugly and Proud Playa Vista photographer Howie Ronay transforms trash into art Photo by Maria Martin

Photographer Howie Ronay dumpster dives for his art By Kelby Vera Howie Ronay never imagined that a bike ride in Chicago would be the catalyst for a life-changing project, but that’s exactly how Pretty Ugly Gallery began. Since 2013, Pretty Ugly has been finding magic and beauty in the imperfect edges of urban life, blossoming from an Instagram account into a full time passion. Now about that bike ride… Ronay was cutting through an alley on his way to the downtown loft he shared with his wife Jennifer (now Pretty Ugly Gallery’s CEO), when something caught his eye. “It was very strange. I’d walked through this alley a hundred times at least,” Ronay recounts. “But one day, I happened to notice a brown dumpster. It was rusted and the paint was revealing different kinds of colors. There was like a rainbow of earth tones showing through — oranges and reds and dark browns, and I couldn’t help but stop. “Before I knew it, I started snapping pictures of this dumpster,” he says, laughing. “I must have looked partially insane.” But the results were striking.

“As I kept looking, it started to look a little more like modern art and less like a dumpster,” says Ronay, who by that time had already worked as a creative director in advertising for two decades. To reveal the washes of color and texture hidden in dumpsters, chipped paint, rusted cars and other facets of urban decay, Ronay shoots about 50 photos of an ugly thing, experimenting with various compositions until he settles on three photos he thinks are most compelling. “At that point,” says Ronay, “I will push some more saturation, and I will adjust the overall color temperature warmer or cooler depending on what compliments the shot the best.” After Ronay’s photographic epiphany in Chicago, he knew he needed to find the perfect name — something that was just as unique as the fusion of dirty and dazzling in the pictures. “I knew [the idea] was contradictory, finding this beauty in something known to be ugly, so we needed that juxtaposition in the name. “And really quickly ‘Pretty Ugly’ hit me,” the perfect combination of a common phrase and the essence of the project.

Though some of the work is done on the computer, “everything starts with that initial capturing of the beautiful compositions and designs that were already hidden within.” Pretty Ugly Gallery took off quicker than Howie and Jennifer could have even imagined. As the Instagram fan base grew from handfuls to hundreds, followers started to itch for prints and IRL artwork, leading to the creation of the webstore. In addition to the success of the shop, PUG has sparked more than a few amazing collaborations. Santa Monica culinary social club Stage + Table reached out after finding Pretty Ugly and invited them to help plan an evening of art. The result was a Pretty Ugly matching game, where teams competed to pair the original pictures with PUG’s painterly prints. PUG also has the honor of being showcased in Sundance Cinema Galleries in West Hollywood. The gallery has also found a way to pay it forward to the artists of the future, partnering with both the National Network for Youth and Anthropos Arts.

Through it all, Ronay’s bike has been one of his most important partners. “If I wasn’t a biker, this would never be happening,” he says. “The bike is the key to this whole thing.” Ronay can recount his share of adrenaline-fueled moments in pursuit of the perfect picture. “There have been times where I see a construction site and I’ll wait for the light, run in my bike shoes, hop over the railing and sit there shooting,” he says, laughing again. “And then I’ve got to find a break in the traffic and get back and not slip on the asphalt.” While Pretty Ugly isn’t a physical gallery yet, it has sparked a community of creators who tag their pictures #PrettyInTheUgly. “The greatest thing about the whole thing is how it started with no intention other than posting a few pictures, and now I’ve been fueled and inspired by people’s enthusiasm.” So if you’re the type to find magic in the messy, maybe the #PrettyInTheUgly is the life for you. Find Pretty Ugly Gallery online at PrettyUglyGallery.com

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Neighborhood Council of Westchester-Playa Governmental Affairs Committee, 6:30 p.m. The committee meets on the third Thursday of each month at the Westchester Municipal Building Community Room, 7166 W. Manchester Ave., Westchester. ncwpdr.org West L.A. Hike, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. A community of friendly people gathers each Thursday for one of five West L.A. routes. Check website for weekly location. meetup.com/los-angeleshiking-group/events Jimmy Brewster with Suzanne Taix, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Singing all the classics, Sinatra to rock-n-roll, Jimmy Brewster and Taix perform every Thursday at Billingsley’s Prime Rib & Steak House, 11326 W. Pico Blvd., West L.A. (310) 477-1426; billingsleysrestaurant.com “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; storeyproductions.com Del Rey Neighborhood Council Land Use and Planning Committee, 7:15 p.m. The committee meets on the third Thursday of each month at Del Rey Square, 11976 Culver Blvd., Del Rey. delreync.org 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; townhousevenice.com

Friday, Oct. 20 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 Photo by Catherine Manzella Photography

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Indian/English artist Sheinina Lolita Raj has been mistaken as Mexican, Armenian and Persian since moving to Los Angeles, and dons all these identities and more in the photographic self-portrait series “Intercultural.” SEE GALLERIES & MUSEUMS. Digital Media Speakers Series: Mathew Foster, Radical Co-Operative, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Foster shares his decade-long experience as a multidisciplinary designer and creative director as well as how he collaborated with small independent businesses and international corporations. The Forum at Otis College, 9045 Lincoln Blvd., Westchester. (310) 665-6800; otis.edu Venice Pop-Up Park, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays. Bring a meeting, lunch or project, use the free Wi-Fi and enjoy. 1021½ Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice. Free. venicechamber.net Mat Pilates, 11:30 a.m. Work out your core muscles and stretch away stress at Venice Abbot Kinney Memorial Branch Library, 501 S. Venice Blvd., Venice. Free. (310) 821-1769; lapl.org Front Porch Cinema: “Beauty and the Beast,” 6 p.m. The Santa Monica Pier becomes a cozy setting for the new live-action “Beauty and the Beast” starring Emma Watson. Enjoy food, themed drinks and family activities prior to the 7:30 p.m. screening. Free. frontporchcinema.com Friday Night Trivia, 7 p.m. Test your knowledge while having a brew and win prizes. TRiP, 2101 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 396-9010; tripsantamonica.com Toasted Fridays Workshop Open House, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Improve your public speaking skills in a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere with food and drinks at this weekly open house. Marina City Club Quasar Room, 4333 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. Mark at (562) 508-0260; facebook.com/ toastedfridays SongWriter Soiree, 7 to 11:30 p.m. (Sign up at 6:30 p.m.) Show up and prove your talent, then stay to support your fellow singers and musicians during the open mic each Friday at UnUrban Coffee House, 3301 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. $5 to participate. (310) 315-0056; unurban.com

G2 Green Earth Film Festival, 7 p.m. Friday to 10 p.m. Sunday. This weekend-long festival features environmental film screenings, expert panel discussions, receptions and more. The weekend begins with films that inspire activism for wildlife by highlighting the human-animal bond. Loyola Marymount University, Mayer Theatre, 1 LMU Dr., Westchester. Free. greenearthfilmfest.com Jake Xerxes Fussell, 8 p.m. Singer and guitarist Jake Xerxes Fussell plays folk and blues with special guest Joachim Cooder (son of Ry Cooder) at McCabe’s Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. $20. (310) 828-4497; mccabes.com The Haunting of Hannon, 8 to 10:30 p.m. Friday and 2 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday. The book stacks of Hannon Library are haunted. This year’s theme is Murders in the Rue Bibliothèque, bringing to life the stories, mystery, imagination and paranormal investigators of literature. Costumes encouraged. Hannon Library, LMU, 1 LMU Dr., Westchester. Free. librarynews.lmu.edu Sofar Sounds: El Segundo, 8:15 to 10:30 p.m. A carefully curated set of live music, kept secret until showtime, at a secret location in El Segundo. Get instructions at sofarsounds.com

Saturday, Oct. 21 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; foodaddicts.org Financial Mastery for Soulful Women, 9:30 a.m. to noon. Identify and overcome the emotional and psychological blocks impeding financial success by exploring Barbara Stanny’s 7 Steps to Financial Mastery Program. 10317 Jefferson Blvd., Culver City. $40. (310) 733-7401; eventbox.ir/ financial-mastery-for-soulful-women

Whale Tail License Plate Beach Cleanup Event, 10 a.m. to noon. Celebrate 20 years of the fundraising license plate program while cleaning up the beach and taking your chances at a raffle prize. Toes Beach – Tower 41, 6200 Pacific Ave., Playa del Rey. healthebay.org Mista Cookie Jar Mini-Concert, 10:30 a.m. “Kindie rocker” Mista Cookie Jar serenades the crowd with his urban-island folky rock ‘n’ roll sound on his stars-and-moon steel guitar. All ages. Children’s Book World, 10580½ Pico Blvd., West L.A. Free. (310) 559-2665; childrensbookworld.com “Good Day, Good Night” Storytime, 11 a.m. From the author of “Goodnight Moon” comes Margaret Wise Brown’s previously unpublished picture book about a little bunny and his surprising tale. Activities follow the reading. Barnes & Noble, 13400 Maxella Ave., Marina del Rey. Free. (310) 306-3213; barnesandnoble.com Venice Lutheran Fall Festival, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Celebrate fall with this family-friendly event featuring a pinewood derby competition, fun jumpers, face painting, themed photo booth, live music, raffles, a bake sale and many carnival games. First Lutheran Church of Venice, 815 Venice Blvd., Venice. Free entry. vlschool.org KJazz Champagne and Brunch Cruise, noon to 2 p.m. Jazz lovers can enjoy this two-hour harbor cruise with live music, free-flowing champagne and sparkling cider and brunch buffet. Boarding begins at 11:30 a.m. Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. $67.95; reservations required. (310) 301-9900; hornblower.com Music by the Sea, 1 to 4 p.m. A scenic harbor view is the backdrop for an R&B concert by Friends. Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina (Continued on page 32)


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An Antidote to the Echo Chamber Trial By Jury puts audiences in the public policy driver’s seat, provoking unexpected conclusions By Bliss Bowen A casually attired young man walking down the street is stopped by police officers convinced his tattoo is gang insignia. Questioning him, they learn he is an undocumented immigrant — a DACA recipient who has never really known another home and who is less than cooperative when grilled about the gang, implicated in a recent death. He is turned over to immigration officials. To defend himself against deportation, the DACA recipient sues the U.S. government on the grounds that the Constitution guarantees freedom of assembly, regardless of an assembled group’s nature — and therefore police had no right to stop him in the first place, nor remand him to ICE. That is the gist of the timely case set forth during “Trial By Jury: A Case of Deportation” at The Broad Stage on Monday. Audience participation is required during the show, which incorporates elements of reality programs and “Law & Order”-type procedurals while fostering meaty debate. Do noncitizens have constitutionally guaranteed protections? Are they voided by the realpolitik of immigration policy? Can citizens be persuaded to turn away from the echo chambers of pundits and social media, and risk uncomfortable conversation across the divide between fixed ideological positions? Producer Kyle Bowser, who sold a pilot version of “Trial By Jury” to the UPN network in the mid-1990s, says his intention has always been to “tap into the zeitgeist of what people are thinking or talking about” and spark debate with topical issues that cross into “gray areas of the law.” Unable to transform that first special into an ongoing series, he eventually decided to revive his concept as a live event. He’s presented the similarly structured “Trial By Jury: The Case of the N-Word” in several cities over the past two years

Trial By Jury audiences reach their own verdicts about gray areas of law (including an engagement last year at The Broad Stage). With each show, Bowser says, he hopes for a diverse cross-section of the general public, “thinkers and people who have a certain consciousness.” The setup for “A Case of Deportation” is fairly simple. A 35-minute film is shown to the audience depicting the DACA recipient’s trial, set in a courtroom with attorneys, litigants and a judge — all portrayed by actors whose lines are scripted. However, the jurors are not actors, and their deliberations are unscripted. Before their verdict is delivered, the film is stopped and 12 people in the theater are selected to deliberate in a nearby room. Meanwhile Bowser, a Philadelphia native with a law degree from Widener University in Delaware, moderates a town hall with the audience, which delivers its own verdict.

Onstage Monday night, he will be joined by commentators with “enhanced insight” to help frame discussion with the audience: Angela Aguirre, co-founder of Latina feminist poetry collective Chingona Fire and one of state Sen. Anthony Portantino’s Women of the Year for 2017; attorney Nathan Hochman, whom Bowser describes as a “more conservative thinker on this issue”; Santa Monica College student Maria Padilla; and Mohammad Tajsar, a staff attorney at the ACLU of Southern California. They will ultimately be rejoined by the live jurors from down the hall, and the film jury’s decision will finally be shown. Bowser says his goal is to bring together people of varying mindsets and backgrounds and “provoke some open dialogue in the flesh, and not force but certainly encourage people to revisit the tradition of talking to each other and

hearing each other, and perhaps finding that even when they disagree they have more in common than they realize.” One element of unpredictability: the ratio of education to opinion. Some audience members arrive “very informed” on the subject matter, pertinent law and news; others bring fervent convictions unburdened by fact. “I have seen a number of times people change their mind on their position relative to the specific facts of the case,” he says in smooth, deliberate tones. “Now, they may not change their mind in terms of a root position on the issue, but given the specific facts of the case, and given what the law requires of them in terms of making the decision on the case, they often will rule contrary to what they will tell you is their default position. And that’s fascinating, because that’s what happens in jury rooms all across the country every day. It doesn’t matter if you’re a bigot or a racist or a this or a that; the law prescribes that you have to rule between these parameters that have been set.” Next on the docket after “A Case of Deportation” is “Trial By Jury: The Case of a Love Triangle,” concerning alienation of affection. Bowser says he plans to bring it to The Broad Stage in March. Beyond that, he hopes to produce other “TBJ” shows addressing issues from gun control to gender equality. “I want to tackle as many of these subjects as we can,” he says, “and get people to come out and be participatory in the direction of their society.” “Trial By Jury: A Case of Deportation” takes place at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23, at The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. Tickets are $25 to $55. Call (310) 434-3200 or visit thebroadstage. com for tickets; visit trialbyjury.tv for more about Trial By Jury shows.

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Catch a free screening of the live-action “Beauty and the Beast” on Santa Monica Pier. SEE FRIDAY, OCT. 20. Larson reveals what people need to know for a new way of life with spiritual guidance to illuminate their path. Unity of the Westside, 10724 Barman Ave., Culver City. (310) 444-2978 Sofar Sounds: Mar Vista, 7:45 to 10 p.m. A carefully curated set of live music, kept secret until showtime, at a secret location in Mar Vista. Get instructions at sofarsounds.com

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Sunday Morning Meditation, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Learn how to develop inner peace with this introductory meditation class. Euclid Park Meeting Room, 1525 Euclid St., Santa Monica. $12 donation. (323) 486-7074; meditateinwestla.org Music and Comedy at UnUrban, 1 to 7 p.m. Performances by Almost Vaudeville (1 to 4 p.m.) and Mews Small and Company (4 to 6 p.m.) precede the Screenwriting Tribe workshop Meetup group at UnUrban Coffee House, 3301 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 315-0056; unurban.com The Toledo Show, 9:30 p.m. This long-running cabaret show continues to shake up Sunday nights at Harvelle’s, 1432 4th St., Santa Monica. $10 plus a two-drink minimum. (310) 395-1676; santamonica.harvelles.com

Monday, Oct. 23 Seated Breath Meditation: Naam Yoga, 10:15 a.m. This class aims to calm and clear the mind through controlled breathing, mudras (hand-seals) and simple seated movements that promote balance and rhythm in our emotions, thoughts and physical bodies. Venice Abbot Kinney Memorial Branch Library, 501 S. Venice Blvd., Venice. (310) 821-1769; lapl.org Meditation & Self-Inquiry, 4:30 p.m. Meditation and discussion to help participants reconnect with the depth of their own presence and rediscover the joy and ease of simple being. Venice Abbot Kinney Memorial Branch Library, 501 S. Venice Blvd., Venice. Free. (310) 821-1769; lapl.org 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; grandcasinobakery.com Culver City Council Meeting, 7 p.m. The City Council meets on the second and fourth Mondays of the month. Meetings are open to the public and there is an opportunity for the public to address the council on issues both on and off the agenda. City Hall of Culver City, 9770 Culver Blvd., Culver City. Free. culvercity.org Mahalo Mondays, 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Alton Clemente, DJ Vinyl Don and

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Looking Back:“It’s Time” @ Ruskin Group Theatre CHiPs star Paul Linke’s autobiographical one-man show, about a young man who finds love again after a family tragedy, returns to the Ruskin Group Theatre for an encore presentation. Two performances only: 5 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday (Oct. 21 and 22) at Ruskin Group Theatre, 3000 Airport Ave., Santa Monica. $20 to $25. (310) 397-3244; ruskingrouptheatre.com Hallelujah: Perla Batalla’s “House of Cohen” @ The Edye Grammy-nominated vocalist Perla Batalla pays homage to mentor and friend Leonard Cohen with songs and stories of her time touring with the late, great singer-songwriter. One performance only: 8 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 21) in The Edye at The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. Sold out; visit broadstage. org to join the waitlist or call (310) 434-3200. In the Eye of the Beholder: “Until the Lions” @ Culver Studios The Music Center On Location brings the U.S. premiere of celebrated U.K.

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caught in a treacherous game of cat-and-mouse 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; promenadeplayhouse.com

Perla Batalla honors the late Leonard Cohen with a musical tribute at The Edye true stories, rare family photos and multimedia videos accompanied by music interpreting The Beatles’ songbook. Proceeds benefit Beit T’Shuvah Recovery Center. One performance only: 8 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 21) at Beit T’Shuvah Recovery Center, 8831 Venice Blvd., Palms. $18 to $72. beittshuvah.org

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. Closing soon. Last show is at 2 p.m. Sunday (Oct. 22) at The Braid, 2912 Colorado Ave., Ste. 102, Santa Monica. $40 to $45. (310) 315-1400; jewishwomenstheatre.org

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The Art of War:“A Picasso” @ Promenade Playhouse Against the backdrop of WWII occupied France, Pablo Picasso is

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


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Venice Baby and Toddler Storytime, 10:30 a.m. Nurture a love of the library and learn about the five early literacy skills through stories, songs and playtime. Babies through 3 years old. Venice Abbot Kinney Memorial Branch Library, 501 S. Venice Blvd., Venice. (310) 821-1769; lapl.org

“Is Your Healthy Diet, Really Healthy?” 6:15 p.m. Dr. Edward Wagner discusses the importance of what you eat, how it effects your health and overall well-being. He also helps you answer the questions if you are eating right for your body and what is a truly healthy diet. Billauer Chiropractic, 2901 Washington Blvd., Marina del Rey. Free; RSVP required. (310) 306-1983 Emerging Women Writers of Color, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Writer-in-residence Sakae Manning moderates a conversation about sources of inspiration, developing voice, the impact of identity and surviving trauma with local authors Janine Lim, Chinyere Nwodim, Roxana Preciado and Shubha Venugopal. Annenberg Community Beach House, 415 Pacific Coast Hwy, Santa Monica. Free. (310) 458-4904; annenbergbeachhouse.com

American sitarist Paul Livingstone, a disciple of Ravi Shankar, brings the raga to El Segundo. SEE SATURDAY, OCT. 21.

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Artistry Jazz Series: The Jazzaholics, 9 p.m. This local cocktail lounge on the lower level of one of the state’s oldest Victorian homes serves retro drinks, light bites and live jazz. This week The Jazzaholics jazzify popular songs. The Basement Tavern, 2640 Main St., Santa Monica. No cover. (310) 396-2469; basementtavern.com

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Venice Open Mic Night, 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. It’s live music on the beach every Wednesday. The Venice Beach Bar, 323 Ocean Front Walk, Venice Beach. (310) 392-3997; thevenicebeachbar.com Pop Quiz Team Trivia, 8 p.m. Each Wednesday, take part in a friendly game of trivia while enjoying a burger and any of 20 beers on tap. Tompkins Square Bar & Grill, 8522 Lincoln Blvd., Westchester. No cover. (310) 670-1212; t2barandgrill.com Sofar Sounds: Venice, 8:15 to 10:30 p.m. A carefully curated set of live music, kept secret until showtime, at a secret location in Venice. Get instructions at sofarsounds.com Venice Underground Comedy and Bootleg Bombshells Burlesque, 9 and 11 p.m. Start the night with some of L.A.’s best comics, and finish it with a burlesque show featuring

“Fiber Trails” Artist Talk, 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21. Local fiber artist Cameron Taylor-Brown discusses her work and shares images of landscapes, people and traditional textiles that influence her work. Exhibit runs through Nov. 5. Branch Gallery, 1031 W. Manchester Blvd., Inglewood. (310) 395-3880; thebranchgallery.com “Dark Room,” through Sunday, Oct. 22. L.A. photographer Paul Mpagi Sepuya showcases erotically charged images of his friends, peers, lovers and himself to explore the notion of a private life as raw material for artistic inquiry, inviting viewers into the inner world of his relationships and queer subjectivity. Team Bungalow, 306 Windward Ave., Venice. (310) 339-1945; teamgal.com Bradford J. Salamon Paintings, through Oct. 28. Salamon paints portraits as well as vintage object paintings, showcasing his signature texture, boldness and economy of brush strokes. California Heritage Museum, 2612 Main St., Santa Monica. (310) 392-8537; californiaheritagemuseum.org

prints and ceramics. Trunk Art Gallery, 12818 Venice Blvd., Mar Vista. (310) 483-7221; trunkgallery.org “In the Distance,” through Nov. 11. 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; sv@ squarerhinoprojects.com “Carolyn Castaño: A Female Topography 2001-2017,” through Dec. 10. Drawing inspiration from Castaño’s bicultural identity, her exhibit mixes styles from L.A. street culture with the formalism of early 19th-century botanical drawings, featuring more than 40 artworks highlighting the artist’s ongoing exploration of identity, gender and social conditions facing women. LMU’s Laband Art Gallery, 1 LMU Drive, Westchester. (310) 338-2700; cfa.lmu.edu “The Gottlieb Native Garden: A Closer Look” and “Designed Environment,” through Dec. 23. 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; theG2gallery.com

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