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L e t t e r s CORRECTION: Our Nov. 2 article “Redemption Songs,” about the documentary “Mighty Ground,” reported an incorrect date for a screening of the film in Playa Vista. We regret the error and apologize for any inconvenience it caused.
Don’t Be Fooled by the ‘Do Nothings’ Re: “What’s Best for Ballona?” News, Nov. 2. (Please turn to page 8 in this week’s issue for a follow-up story.) I’m sure Mr. Lamb, Dr. Longcore and others had more to say about Ballona than The Argonaut could relate, but if their overarching gripe is to argue over semantics and whether we call this restoration, creation, reconstruc-
tion or something else, then the future of Ballona is promising. We don’t give a rat whether the Do Nothings call it fake habitat or an alien invasion from Jupiter. We just want them to get out of the way so we can get our wetlands back. Let the Do Somethings tear out the fill dirt, weeds, trash, bicycle chop shops, gas wells and concrete, and replace them with wetlands vegetation, daily tidal
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for military casualties. He is the leading voice for traffic safety in Los Angeles. The leaders of the recall campaign have been demanding the city eliminate and de-fund its traffic safety programs. Mark Collins It’s sickening that people would stoop to such a vile level to take advantage of a grieving family. These recall proponents had their chance last year during the election, and the voters overwhelmingly picked Bonin. These recall backers have no decency or shame. Pete Brown Shame on people using the tragic death of a pedestrian to further a political agenda to remove Councilman Bonin from office for trying to improve road safety. They are against him for trying to do more, and now they are criticizing him for not doing enough — which is it? This is clearly a pathetic, ironic and Trumpian twist using alt-right shock jocks to promote the egomaniacal ambitions of two failed council candidates and a wannabe in the overwhelmingly progressive community of Venice. Bonin was reelected last year by almost 70% of the vote. Some people just can’t get enough attention. Linda Lucks
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The Oil Field Next Door
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Activists win more time in bid to regulate drilling operations in Culver City ................ 6
Cultural contrarian Kinky Friedman rides a fresh burst of musical creativity into Santa Monica .................................. 13
The $180-Million Question Ballona advocates draw battle lines between opposing visions for restoration ................. 8
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Prayers again? Heaven knows we can do something about gun violence ................................ 34 On The Cover: A Siberian babushka flashes a steel grin in this Polaroid portrait smuggled out of the former Soviet Union in 1977, one of many Cold War artifacts on display during this weekend’s launch of the Wende Museum’s new digs. Photo by Nathan Farb, courtesy of the Wende Museum. Design by Michael Kraxenberger.
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The Oil Field Next Door Activists win more time in bid to regulate drilling operations in Culver City By Gary Walker More than a decade after noxious fumes from the Inglewood Oil Field forced the evacuation of adjacent homes, Culver City leaders continue to plod through the laborious task of regulating drilling operations within their share of the nation’s largest urban oil field. The oilfield spans more than 1,000 acres between Jefferson Boulevard and La Brea Avenue, with 78 acres dotted with as many as 41 active wells inside Culver City limits. The Inglewood Oil Field has been active since 1924, just five years after the incorporation of Culver City. In September, city officials released a draft environmental impact report that contemplates whether to allow oilfield operators to drill as many as 30 new wells and use well-stimulation techniques such as hydraulic fracturing (commonly known as fracking) to keep them productive. Concerned residents and local environmental activists complain that the document is fraught with deficiencies, and on Monday several appealed before City Council members for an extension
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Ballona’s $180-Million Question Wetlands advocates draw battle lines between opposing visions for restoration By Gary Walker Deep-seeded ideological differences about the ends and means of ecological restoration in the Ballona Wetlands took center stage during last week’s only scheduled public hearing on the document that will guide those efforts. Attendees also learned that the most extensive of three California Department of Fish and Wildlife restoration proposals could cost upwards of $180 million. More than 250 people crowded into the Burton Chace Park Community room on Nov. 8 to raise topics for further study and, in the case of some prominent environmental groups, go on record about where they stand in the Ballona debate. Members of the Wetlands Restoration Principles Coalition — a collaboration of Heal the Bay, Los Angeles Waterkeeper, the Surfrider Foundation and Friends of Ballona Wetlands — signaled preferences for a hybrid of two competing restoration alternatives that would significantly alter the existing landscape. Some less-funded but historically more vocal advocacy groups, such as the Ballona Institute and the Grassroots
Restoration Alternative 1 would naturalize the flow of Ballona Creek and surround it with tidal wetlands Coalition, pushed for a much lighter touch that would leave existing wetlands ecoystems essentially unchanged. Ballona Institute allies sported green T-shirts with the slogan “Don’t Bulldoze Ballona.”
The most ambitious restoration alternative — the one with an estimated price tag of $182.8 million — would tear down concrete around Ballona Creek and lower adjacent land elevations to facilitate a curvier, more
naturalized channel that would feed surrounding tidal lowlands. A second alternative priced at $144.1 million takes a similar approach but would naturalize a smaller portion of the creek, while a third would limit such efforts to the Fiji Way perimeter and the fourth would essentially stick to the status quo. The extensively delayed state restoration effort would draw funding from California Coastal Conservancy bonds approved way back in 2004. “We are thrilled that the long-awaited restoration for the Ballona Wetlands is underway, and we see real promise in Alternatives 1 and 2 for the opportunity to bring back Ballona to a healthy, functioning system. … The plan is based on good science and many years of research,” said Heal the Bay watershed scientist Katherine Pease. “We are in favor of improving tidal circulation and reconnecting the creek with its historic floodplain to reestablish a natural ecosystem with greater biodiversity,” said Melissa von May(Continued on page 34)
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The Stasi used these facial recognition tests to train border agents in East Berlin Soviet space babes lift the U.S.S.R to its cosmic destiny in this 1953 Soviet art poster East Germans get their first glimpse of the West in this photo from the “Cold War Spaces” exhibit The Wende’s collection contains boxes of commemorative Soviet pins, including many from the 1980 Moscow Olympics boycotted by the U.S. Wende Museum chief curator Joes Segal examines a case of Berlin Wall relics
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The Wende Museum offers fresh perspectives on the Cold War in Culver City’s historic armory building
he 1949 National Guard Armory Building in Culver City was designed to withstand an atomic blast should the Soviets decide to drop nuclear bombs on Los Angeles. This weekend it begins a second life as the new headquarters of the Wende Museum, preserving and displaying a vast collection of Soviet and East German artifacts to illuminate the complexities of our fraught Cold War past. Talk about a twist of fate — or, as the Wende’s chief curator Joes Segal observes: “It’s a funny paradox of history that a building designed to fight ‘the enemy’ showcases the objects of ‘the enemy.’” On Sunday, the public gets its first chance to explore the Wende’s new Culver Boulevard digs and view items in its inaugural exhibitions during an afternoon community open house celebration. Regular visiting hours begin Nov. 24, when the museum will offer free admission Fridays through Sundays. A more exclusive Saturday night preview will be hosted by German art book publisher Benedikt Taschen, musician Moby, and actors Tom Hanks, Steve Martin, Tim Robbins and Mark Valley, with artist-activist Shepard Fairey performing a deejay set. These celebrations and expanded offerings come as the capstone to a $5-million capital campaign and a partnership with Culver City to renovate the armory and relocate the museum from a nearby business park. Once a secretive military installation deliberately left off public maps, the now revamped armory features an outdoor sculpture garden and 13,000 square feet of interior exhibit and open-access storage space, where about half of the museum’s collection of 100,000-plus Cold War artifacts will be readily available for display, viewing or research purposes. Themes of access and transparency were deliberately woven into the redesign by
Story by Christina Campodonico · Photos by Maria Martin Culver City-based Paravant Architects, with design input from Michael Boyd and Taschen. Clear-glass storage cases display the archives adjacent to the main exhibition space, with lots of natural light. “Most museums are all about the curator deciding what you see and what you don’t see,” says Wende executive director and founder Justin Jampol, a UCLA and Oxford-trained historian who brought the collection to Culver City 12 years ago because of its geopolitical distance from Moscow and Berlin. “So what we decided to do to turn that on its head is to make every room in the museum viewable by the public. …
“The Russians” is a collection of portraits that show a vivid cross-section of Soviet society, from a young boy sporting a trench coat and oversized sunglasses to an older woman in traditional babushka headscarf flashing a joyous smile with a mouth full of steel teeth. In 1977, an American photographer used a Polaroid camera equipped with specially adapted film to photograph hundreds of people in the Siberian city of Novosibirsk and then smuggled the negatives out the country via U.S. embassy diplomatic pouches. “I think as Nathan Farb, the photographer himself, said about the series, it
“In a sort of counterpoint to the Cold War — which was all about opaque secrets and spying — this is all about access and transparency.” — Wende Museum founder Justin Jampol There are a lot of chances for people to peer in and kind of see what the museum staff is doing behind the scenes.” Even with these updates, the Wende stayed true to its preservation mission by leaving some of the armory’s Cold War architectural elements intact, including two above-ground nuclear fallout shelters and a vintage emergency air filtration system. “In a sort of counterpoint to the Cold War — which was all about opaque secrets and spying — this is all about access and transparency,” Jampol says of the Wende’s design philosophy. Similarly, the Wende’s inaugural exhibitions at the armory — “The Russians,” “Cold War Spaces” and the film installation “Vessel of Change” — aim to pull back the curtain on the U.S.S.R.’s menacing mystique and humanize those who lived behind the Iron Curtain.
gives ‘the enemy’ a human face,” says Segal, also an affiliate researcher at the Netherland’s University of Utrecht and author of “Art and Politics: Between Purity and Propaganda.” “[Farb] was struck by the effect that while you might think of the Soviet population as one great mass [of] people, there were so many distinctions. You could actually differentiate between different classes of society. … And somehow he also had the ability to get the people he photographed at ease so much that they look very relaxed and very much themselves. That is what’s so striking, I think, about these photos. They are very personal.” And intimate, like several pieces in the concurrent exhibit “Cold War Spaces,” which explores various facets of life in Soviet Russia and the Eastern Bloc through the lenses of public space, private space, secret space, workspace
and even outer space. From photographs documenting elaborate civic rituals to Space Race propaganda and paintings depicting private moments of subversion in the U.S.S.R.’s surveillance state, the exhibit’s artworks and artifacts offer a multifaceted view of life in the Soviet Union. “We want to show the contradictions of histories and the layers of histories … and connect the past to the present,” says Segal. “The philosophy of the museum in general is to allow people to think about these different layers of history.” For Jampol, the Wende’s new home at the armory is the ideal place to embark on the museum’s next chapter. “It’s a very Cold War building, but it’s a Cold War story as well. So there’s so much alignment and connective tissue with the museum,” he says. “I think it creates an opportunity to leverage all the work that’s been done and provide it now to a larger audience. We’ve been doing this work behind the scenes for a long time and loaning the material out. Now we’ll have a chance to do it in a space where everybody can come. The community has given us so much, and this is our chance to give back.” The Wende hosts its ticketed opening gala ($100 to $275) from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday (Nov. 18) and its free community open house from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday (Nov. 19) at the former National Guard Armory Building, 10808 Culver Blvd., Culver City. Visit wendemuseum.org/ armory for tickets and venue information.
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Finally, let’s deal with the most environmentally friendly choice you can make as a boater. While working on a video with actor/ environmentalist Ed Begley Jr., I jokingly told him that I had a hybrid boat. He said he’d never heard of one before. I explained that, as a sailor, I use my gas-fueled motor only to get out of the marina, and after that I rely on wind power. I’ve spent a weekend sailing to Catalina for less than $7 in gas. By contrast, some power boaters spend hundreds of dollars for fuel to make the same trip. Now that you’ve opted for a sailboat outfitted with a turbine and solar panel, think of how peaceful it will be to drop anchor in Emerald Bay and drink in the blissful stillness with only the light whir of blades, instead of the unrelenting chug of a gas-powered engine or generator. And by cutting your greenhouse gas emissions, you’ll also be helping to preserve the marine environment for all of us. Paul M.J. Suchecki is a member of Fairwind Yacht Club and Single Mariners.
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By Andy Vasoyan What do you call a man like Kinky Friedman? Raconteur, satirist and troublemaker all apply — but such descriptions only scratch the surface of more than four decades in the public eye as a musician, writer, political candidate and cultural provocateur. Kinky Friedman and his band The Texas Jewboys (“Kinky” refers to his hair) toured with Bob Dylan during the first wave of country rock in the 1970s — not long after the National Organization for Women named Friedman “Male Chauvinist Pig of the Year,” likely over a countrywestern tune called “Get Your Biscuits in the Oven and Your Buns in the Bed.” (His “Austin City Limits” special was deemed too offensive to broadcast). Friedman, now 73, has written 20 mystery novels and kept a regular column in Texas Monthly until running for governor in 2006 as an anti-establishment independent. Friedman didn’t beat Rick Perry, but he got more than half a million votes. On Saturday, Friedman visits McCabe’s Guitar Shop to celebrate the launch of a hardcover biography — Mary Lou Sullivan’s “Everything’s Bigger in Texas: The Life and Times of Kinky Friedman”
— and play music from his new album, titled “Resurrection.” The Argonaut: Can you tell us a little about the book? Kinky Friedman: On the cover of the book we’ve got this Bob Dylan quote, and here’s what he says: “I don’t understand music. I understand Lightnin’ Hopkins. I
You’re a very funny guy — you can make people laugh — and here you are talking about dying miserable? Well, you have to be! Being miserable is very important if you want to be an artist, quite seriously. If you want to be an artist and you’re a happy camper, you’re like the guy who sits down and says “I’m gonna write the great American novel”
“I guess I’m a bit like Jesus: I’m a skinny Jewish guy, never been married, never had a job. All I do is travel around the countryside irritating people.” — Kinky Friedman understand Lead Belly, John Lee Hooker, Woody Guthrie and Kinky Friedman.” I think that says a lot … although what I’m finding out is people don’t even know who the f--k these people are! I mean they don’t know who I am either, but they don’t even know Woody Guthrie! I’m the only one alive from the group. Everyone I love and respect and am inspired by died broke and miserable, for the most part.
— and doesn’t. Those things are done by guys trying to pay the rent, like Herman Melville with “Moby Dick.” And I was going to wish you a belated happy birthday. Thanks. I can’t f--kin’ believe it. I’m losing my hearing, and I am 73, though I read at the 75-year-old level. If you’re going deaf, you can make up more
interesting things than what people are really saying. My other option is to get one of those antique ear trumpets. You’re only two years older than President Donald Trump, of whom you’ve been supportive. How would you say that’s going? I think he’s doing fine. As Billy Joe Shaver reminded me, Jesus rode in on a jackass. Trump in a way is like that. What I mean when I say Jesus rode in on a jackass is that no one expected anything out of Trump, and they mocked him, but it could well be that he grows into the office. It could well be that he becomes something; not just the guy bragging about his golf courses and country club. Now remember, Lt. Columbo was always outside the country club, on the outside looking in. That’s where you want to be, especially as an artist or a writer. Is that where you feel you come in? The one thing about the biography is that it chronicles a guy — who I guess is myself — on this Quixotic journey, with (Continued on page 14)
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his band called The Texas Jewboys, with songs like “Asshole From El Paso,” “Get Your Biscuits in the Oven and Your Buns in the Bed,” and “They Ain’t Makin’ Jews Like Jesus Anymore.” I guess I’m a bit like Jesus: I’m a skinny Jewish guy, I’ve never been married, never had a job. All I do is travel around the countryside irritating people. I’ve been against political correctness from the start. Is there any particular time you can remember irritating the hell out of someone? That’s a very small piece of my life and what the book is about, but yeah, I did irritate a lot of people. The name of the band alone irritated the record company. We would have had a record deal with Warner Brothers back in 1973, but the CEO was Jewish, and he said “I love this record … but what would I tell my mother?” How does that relate to your audience? There are a lot of devoted Democrats in Santa Monica. Well, I think you do it like Willie Nelson does, which is that you don’t know his political views on stage. That’s how it should be, even though that’s part of who I am. I think we stay above the
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political casino, if possible. But I’ve got a liberal bend to me too. When I was seven I was campaigning for Adlai Stevenson. I’ve liked Bill [Clinton], and I always have. But I don’t respect him, not like I once did. How long do you plan to keep writing songs on such a prolific pace? Just keep churning and burning? I think that’s the Willie Nelson approach, yeah. Of course, he’s my shrink. He called one night last year at about three in the morning, and he said, “Kinky, what are you doin’?” I told him I was watching “Matlock.” He said “That’s a sure sign of depression. Turn him off and start writing.” I got inspired, and wrote about 13 new songs in the space of about three months, because I was pretty lonely and miserable at the ranch by myself. After I finished, I called Willie back, spoke to him about the songs, and then asked how he was doing. He said a little up, a little down, and then he stopped and said: “By the way, Kinky, what channel is ‘Matlock’ on?” Kinky Friedman performs at 8 and 10 p.m. Saturday (Nov. 18) at McCabe’s Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. Tickets are $35. Call (310) 828-4497 or visit mccabes.com.
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1121 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, (213) 624-2378 latostaderia.info Mexican food, while sprinkled generously throughout Los Angeles, gets a little more sporadic west of the 405. With a few notable exceptions, Venice hasn’t exactly been L.A.’s go-to neighborhood for authentic south-of-the-border flavors — otherwise culinary hotspot Abbot Kinney Boulevard even less so. La Tostaderia, which recently opened in the space that used to house 3 Square Café & Röckenwagner Bakery (sorry to see you go!), to rectify the situation with a seafood-centric menu of Southwestern coastal Mexican cuisine. Hailing from the Grand Central Market stand of the same name, La Tostaderia serves Michoacáninfluenced dishes with traditional integrity and inventive flair. Executive Chef Fernando Villagomez relies on his heritage for inspiration, but also dreams up eminently Instagram-able unique creations. One of the bright stars on the menu is the Patrona Burger, with
a patty made of shrimp, Oaxaca cheese and crispy potato. Guy Fieri recently featured the burger on the Food Network show “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.” So how did the Patrona Burger — cheesy and bursting with shrimp, but not nearly as heavy as Fieri’s usual fare — come to be?
There’s also aguachile, a Sinaloan take on ceviche, for which raw shrimp is marinated in a charred habanero sauce and combined with radish, cucumber, red onion, lime and fresh cilantro. For health-conscious Venetians, this high protein, low-calorie version of Mexican food will likely hit the spot. Of course, no
“I used to call my grandma and ask her how to do things. Even though I have a culinary degree, I still cook like she taught me.” — Chef Fernando Villagomez “I made it up,” says Villagomez. “Shrimp burgers usually fall apart. I use all my culinary techniques to balance the flavors and make sure the potato has the right crispiness, like hash browns. The mango, avocado and radish give you freshness and sweetness, which cuts the greasiness.” Of course a cervicheria wouldn’t be a cervicheria without ceviche, and La Tostaderia offers two versions: shrimp and fish. Both arrive on top of a crispy tostada, laden with seafood and studded with fresh veggies and herbs.
fried tostadas for you guys. La Tostaderia’s dishes are spicy, but not overly so. They burst with fresh ingredients and bright flavors. A raft of tacos is yours with the sample platter. Octopus, shrimp and black cod come on tidy little tortillas, surrounded by colorful fixings. For the octopus that means ají sauce, ginger aioli, daikon sprouts and Thai basil. Although Villagomez attended French culinary school, he grew up cooking with his family in Michoacán and tries not to stray (Continued on page 16)
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too far from the classics. “The thing about Mexican food is you can change how it looks, but not how it tastes. It has to taste like your grandma’s,” he says. Family remains a consistent theme that runs through many aspects of La Tostaderia. The mermaid on the restaurant’s logo (and painted on the wall) refers to Villagomez’s ex-wife and mother of his 7-year-old son. He called her “la sirenita.” Growing up in Michoacán, a region known for its chile relleno, Villagomez learned to cook watching both his mother and grandmother. Today, his son eats the same carnitas that Villagomez loved as a boy — and all sorts of other traditional foods, from beef head to nopales to shrimp ceviche. Although life experience in the United States and at culinary school widened Villagomez’s perspective on food and cooking, his palate never drifts too far from home. “I used to call my grandma and ask her how to do things. Even though I have a culinary degree, I still cook like she taught me,”
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The Patrona Burger tops a light and crisp shrimp and potato patty with Oaxaca cheese, mango, fresh veggies and chipotle alioli. he says. “I always think, ‘If I cook with my heart, it’s always going to be good.’” Expanding west to Venice from the heart of downtown has been a bit of a change for the Tostaderia family, however. Compared to cramped spaces in Grand Central Market and all the surrounding hustle and bustle, there’s more space here. “You can see daylight,” Villagomez says.
As for Venice’s upscale hipster crowds and ocean breezes? “It’s a different environment. It’s a nice environment here.” Locals may find La Tostaderia a welcome change from the chichi quinoa and kale that permeates the boulevard. Warm and casual, it works for a quick bite or a relaxed meal. Customers often bring their laptops and hang out — just like the way a locals’ joint in Venice ought to be.
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The ArgonAuT REAl EstAtE Q&A I want to get into the real estate market, but I haven’t been able to come up with the 20% down payment. Is there a way to purchase my first home without putting 20% down? With rents in Los Angeles taking a huge percentage of the average renters’ paycheck, it is unsurprising that you have trouble putting money aside to save for a down payment. The good news is that many conventional loans now require as little as 10 or even 5% down. Even better, there are hundreds of millions of dollars available in California to provide down payment assistance to buyers. These Down Payment Assistance Programs (DPAs) provide anywhere from $2,000 to $375,000!!! toward a qualified buyers’ down payment. There are more than 400 programs in the state, with almost 300 still flush with money now, even toward the end of the calendar year. (Some programs are funded at the beginning of the year and run out of money.) The programs come in the form of first and second mortgages, forgivable gifts/grants, and even tax credits- in some cases, you can use more than one program at a time for your purchase! These are not available for every property, but there are plenty of qualifying properties out there. Here are just a few examples of down payment assistance programs: • (GSA) Golden State Finance Authority
Platinum DPA Program: Provides a First mortgage plus a grant in the amount of 5% of the mortgage (3% if non-FHA loan). You don’t pay back the grant- Free money!!! Literally, a gift from the government! For this program, you don’t even need to be a first-time buyer. You do need a minimum FICO score of 640, a maximum income of $84,295 ($107,520 for Freddie Mac loan), a maximum purchase price of $636,150, and a maximum 50% Debt to Income (DTI) ratio. • (SCHFA) Southern California Home Financing Authority Program: For First Time Buyers and those who have not owned property in at least 3 years. Provides up to 4% of loan amount for down payment assistance and/or closing costs via nonrepayable grant. Minimum FICO score of 640, maximum DTI of 45%, maximum loan amount of $424,100, and max income of $108,120 (for 1-2 person household). • Cal HFA MCC Tax Credit Program: For First Time Buyers and those who have not owned property in 3 years. Allows 20% of mortgage interest to be taken as a dollar for dollar tax credit (with the remainder still taken as a tax deduction).
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• Private Equity Partnership Programs: Unison, looking to profit with you on the long- term appreciation of your new home, will lend up to 50% of your down payment in exchange for a percentage of the increase in home value at time of sale. There are no payments on the down payment funds, but they will take approximately 35% (depending on percent of down payment provided) of the appreciation upon sale. If you put money into the house, you can apply for a remodeling adjustment, so that you don’t have to share the appreciation brought exclusively by those improvements. Maximum purchase price of $636,150 and maximum income of $150,000. These programs are just a few examples, and painted in broad strokes. Yes, you can buy property in Los Angeles, even on the Westside, without a large down payment fund. At least, for now you can. Work with an experienced Realtor to find the right property, but first- be smart, don’t let this money sit unclaimed when it could help you buy a home. The California Association of Realtors is an amazing resource to provide you with detailed information on available down payment assistance programs, as
well as qualified lenders. Go to www. FindDownPayment.CAR.org and enter some basic information- you can search by areas before you narrow down to a particular property. Some areas have even greater incentives. If you are in education, law enforcement, fire department, in the military, or on disability, there are unique programs just for you. Don’t miss out on these opportunities that might get you into your first home, and start building your financial future. If you have questions or would like additional help to navigate the process, I am here to help.
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Stefano Coaloa passed away peacefully at his home in the presence of family after battling cancer on Saturday, November 4, 2017. He was 64 years old. Stefano was born and raised in Buenos Aires where he was repeatedly voted “mejor compañero” (everyone’s best friend) in school. He served nearly two years in the Argentine Navy before traveling the world and finally settling and establishing Portofino Tours Services in the greater Los Angeles area. Stefano eventually became an accomplished real estate investor and developer. Stefano will best be known for his zest for life, kindness, deep humanity, warm personality, generous spirit, and optimism. He was a lover of music, dance, cooking, the ocean, sailing, traveling, and intimate gatherings with family and friends. Stefano is survived by his beloved wife of 31 years, Debra Lou, his children from his two marriages, Victoria Luz, Florencia Liz, Stefano James, Christopher Sean, and Vanessa Joy; his granddaughter, Eva; and his sister, Mara Coaloa. A Burial at Sea will be held on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 8:00 AM in Marina del Rey followed by a Celebration of Life at the Pacific Mariners Yacht Club. A Memorial Tree Planting will take place at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to Save the Bay and The Lung Cancer Research Foundation.
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NOTICE OF INTENT TO RECALL MIKE BONIN, COUNCILMEMBER LOS ANGELES CITY DISTRICT 11.
Committee of proponents who are registered voters of Council District No. 11 sponsoring the Recall petition: Alexis Edelstein
Tamar Gucovsky Demetrios Mavromichalis Mark Ryavec Robin Rudisill
STATEMENT OF REASONS Westside residents have banded together to recall Councilman Bonin because of his poor leadership and disregard for residents and small businesses of District 11. Bonin has prioritized his political advancement and personal agenda over the wellbeing and quality of life of his constituents. He’s made us more unsafe, made traffic worse and is seeking to restrict our rights to comment on city matters. Bonin misled voters when he promised to decrease traffic. Immediately following the election, he unilaterally and without prior outreach implemented a misguided traffic scheme under the guise of safety. To pay for these unplanned projects he has raided the coffers of Measure M, meant for mass transit and repairing damaged streets, without asking voters. Bonin’s negligent programs and actions have resulted in an increase in accidents and injury rates, including three deaths. Traffic congestion, known as the worst in the world, increased 28% because of his lane reductions, resulting in worsening air quality, dangerous cut through traffic in residential areas, road rage, negative health effects, and less family time, as well as damaging small businesses due to reduced activity. 19 more streets are slated for road “re-configurations,” including Lincoln, Sepulveda, Wilshire, San Vicente, Centinela, and many more. To reward special interests who supported his campaign fund, he’s allowed massive new developments—Sunset Corridor, Bundy and Olympic, the Highlands and elsewhere—worsening already gridlocked traffic. Bonin’s style is secretive, autocratic, and divisive. He shows disdain and disrespect to residents who question his actions. Proposing an ordinance that removes residents’ rights to comment on high density housing projects; in effect silencing any challenges to zoning changes, parking reductions and environmental impacts. Bonin should be recalled and the residents of District 11 be given the opportunity to elect a more responsive councilperson, who believes in transparency and community engagement.
AVISO DE INTENCIÓN DE RECALL A MIKE BONIN, CONCEJAL DE LA CIUDAD DE LOS ANGELES DEL DISTRICTO 11. Comité de proponentes que son votantes registrados del Distrito No. 11 que patrocina la petición de Recall:
Alexis Edelstein Tamar Gucovsky Demetrios Mavromichalis Mark Ryavec Robin Rudisill
DECLARACIÓN DE RAZONES Los residentes del Westside se han unido para despedir al Concejal Bonin debido a su pobre liderazgo y desprecio por los residentes y pequeños negocios del Distrito 11. Bonin ha priorizado su avance político y su agenda personal sobre el bienestar y la calidad de vida de sus electores. Nos ha vuelto más inseguros, ha empeorado el tráfico y está tratando de restringir nuestros derechos a comentar sobre asuntos de la ciudad. Bonin engañó a los votantes cuando prometió disminuir el tráfico. Inmediatamente después de la elección, él unilateralmente y sin alcance previo implementó un esquema de tráfico equivocado bajo la apariencia de seguridad. Para pagar estos proyectos no planificados, allanó los cofres de la Measure M, destinados al tránsito masivo y la reparación de calles dañadas, sin pedirles a los votantes. Los programas y acciones negligentes de Bonin han resultado en un aumento en los índices de accidentes y lesiones, incluyendo tres muertes. La congestión del tráfico, conocida como la peor del mundo, aumentó un 28% debido a las reducciones de carriles, lo que empeoró la calidad del aire, redujo el tráfico en áreas residenciales, rabia en la carretera, efectos negativos en la salud y menos tiempo familiar. pequeñas empresas debido a la actividad reducida. 19 calles aún están programadas para “reconfiguraciones” de carreteras, incluyendo Lincoln, Sepúlveda, Wilshire, San Vicente, Centinela y muchas más. Para recompensar a los intereses especiales que apoyaron su fondo de campaña, ha permitido nuevos desarrollos masivos: Sunset Corridor, Bundy y Olympic, las Highlands y otros lugares, empeorando el tráfico que ya se ha estancado. El estilo de Bonin es autocrático y divisivo. Muestra asco y falta de respeto a los residentes que cuestionan sus acciones. Proponer una ordenanza que elimine los derechos de los residentes a comentar sobre proyectos de viviendas de alta densidad; en efecto, silenciando cualquier desafío a los cambios de zonificación, reducciones de estacionamiento e impactos ambientales. Se debe recordar a Bonin y se debe dar la oportunidad a los residentes del Distrito 11 de elegir a un concejal más receptivo, que crea en la transparencia y la participación de la comunidad. Paid for by the Committee to Support the Recall of Mike Bonin, 12655 Jefferson Blvd. Los Angeles CA 90066. Additional information is available at ethics.lacity.org
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Reign of Terrier I know humans are typically your subject, but this is a relationship question, so I hope you’ll consider answering it: I have a new puppy (an 8-pound terrier mutt). I eventually want her to sleep in bed with me. However, she’s not toilet-trained yet, so I “crate” her at night in the laundry room (in a small dog cage). She cries all night. It’s heartbreaking. Please help! — Sleepless in Dogtown We call dogs “man’s best friend” and treat them just like our human best friends — if at 11 p.m. you say to your BFF, “Wow, wouldja look at the time,” gently remove her beer from her hand, and usher her to her cage in your laundry room. Crate training, recommended by vets, breeders and the American Kennel Club, involves confining a dog to a “den” (a cage or gated-off area) with her bed and her favorite toys to dismember. However, the crate is not supposed to be used for punishment — a sort of Doggy San Quentin — but, say, for times you can’t watch her to keep her from using the $3,000 leather couch as a chew toy
or the antique Persian rug as an opulently colored handknotted toilet. The problem you’re experiencing in crating your dog at night comes out of doggyhuman coevolution. Anthrozoologist John W.S. Bradshaw explains that over generations, we humans bred dogs to be emotionally dependent on us. Not surprisingly, dogs miss their owners, sometimes desperately, when they are separated from them — and other dogs don’t seem to fill the emotional void. In one of Bradshaw’s studies (of 40 Labrador retrievers and border collies),“well over 50% of the Labs and almost half of the collies showed some kind of separation distress” when left alone. Fortunately, puppies can be trained to understand that your picking up your car keys isn’t human-ese for “Goodbye forever!” Bradshaw’s advice in “Dog Sense”: “Pick up keys, go to door, praise dog.” Next: Pick up keys. Go out door. Come right back in. Praise dog. Next: Go out for increasingly longer intervals — and “go back a stage” (timewise) if the dog shows anxiety. And good news for you: You probably don’t have to spoon
with your dog to keep her from feeling separation distress at night. My tiny Chinese crested now sleeps (uh, snores like a cirrhotic old wino) on my pillow, resting her tiny snout on my neck. However, back before she had her bathroom business under control, I went through the crying-at-night-in-the-crate thing (actually a gated alcove by my office). I felt like the second coming of Cruella de Vil. Then I remembered something about dogs: They have a sense of smell on the level of superhero powers. Maybe my dog didn’t have to be in bed; maybe near bed would do. I snagged a big see-through plastic container (maybe 4 feet long and 3 feet high) that my neighbors were tossing out. At bedtime, I put it next to my bed and put my dog in it with her bed and a pee pad. She turned around three times, curled up, and went to sleep — after giving me a look I’m pretty sure said, “Hey, next time you’re gonna throw me in ‘the hole,’ gimme some notice, and I’ll menace the mailman and chase the neighbors’ bratty children with a sharpened Nylabone.“
Fur Wheelin’ II keep seeing men pushing dogs in baby strollers and carrying dogs as women do. What’s going on? An epidemic of sissified men? If I ever did this, I’d hope my family would have me committed. — Disturbed “Release the hounds!” does lose some of its punch when it’s followed by “… as soon as you can unzip them from their polka-dot stroller.” Thankfully, the Centers for Disease Control lists no
reports of an outbreak of Pomeranians poking their little heads out of man purses. However, you’re right; dog strollers are increasingly becoming a thing. As for why this is, think “Field of Dreams”: “If you build it …” and sell it at Petco, people will buy it so they won’t have to leave their old, tired and/or disabled doggy home alone. As for what pushing a doggybuggy says about a man, anthropologists and zoologists would call this a “costly signal.” This is an extravagant or risky
trait or behavior that comes with a substantial price — which suggests that the quality being displayed is for real. An example of this is conspicuous waste: signaling vast wealth by using $100 bills as birdcage liners. Accordingly, it takes a man with masculinity to burn to not fear putting off all those women who previously announced to their friends, “We want sensitive men … though not, you know, ‘put their Shih Tzu in a baby stroller’ sensitive.”
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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ICE at Santa Monica, 2 to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; 2 p.m. to midnight Fridays; 10 a.m. to midnight Saturdays; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays. Celebrate the holiday season with ice skating in downtown Santa Monica. 1324 5th St., Santa Monica. $15 skate rental and all-day admission. (310) 260-1199; downtownsm.com Alzheimer’s Greater L.A. Workshop, 4 p.m. Learn about the latest research on the disease, legal and financial planning information, and tips for the holidays. This month’s breakout topic is new research at UCLA. Light refreshments provided. Westchester Elks Lodge, 8025 W. Manchester Ave., Playa del Rey. Free; RSVP with Kimiko Kelly (323) 930-6257; email@example.com Toastmasters Speakers by the Sea Club Pre-Holiday Mixer, 5:30 to 7 p.m. This Playa del Rey Toastmasters group hosts his community mixer for anyone interested in learning how to improve public speaking and develop better presentation skills. Bring your
business cards for the raffle prize. Fishbar, 3801 Highland Ave, Manhattan Beach. Free admission. (424) 625-3131; firstname.lastname@example.org Venice Library Mystery Book Club, 6 p.m. Each month join fellow readers for a discussion on a chosen mystery. This month’s selection is “Fields Where They Lay” by Timothy Hallinan. Venice Abbot Kinney Memorial Branch Library, 501 S. Venice Blvd., Venice. (310) 821-1769; lapl.org City of Champions Toastmasters Club, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Practice the art of public speaking and hear amazing speeches and inspiring stories. The club is open to everyone and meets the first and third Thursday of every month. Faithful Central Bible Church, 333 W. Florence Ave., Inglewood. Free. (213) 200-5429; pgb914@ hotmail.com Venice Chamber Mixer, 6 to 9 p.m. This is a casual opportunity to make new connections and build relationships with members of the Venice Chamber Committees. Surf-
side Venice, 23 Windward Ave., Venice. $10. (310) 822-5425; venicehamber.net SHINE: “Unexpected Grace,” 7 p.m. To kick off the magic of the holiday season, SHINE storytellers share true tales of how kindness and forgiveness unexpectedly touched their lives. Blues-rock singer-songwriter Stacey Anne performs. Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. $12. (310) 452-2321; storeyproductions.com “Becoming Ms. Burton: From Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women” Book Discussion, 7 p.m. CNN Hero Award winner Susan Burton discusses her autobiography chronicling her traumatic childhood, struggle with drug abuse, imprisonment and eventual redemption. Santa Monica Public Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica. Free. (310) 458-8600; smpl.org Del Rey Neighborhood Council Land Use and Planning Committee, 7 to 9 p.m. The committee meets on the third Thursday of each month
at Del Rey Square, 11976 Culver Blvd., Del Rey. delreync.org Mar Vista Community Outreach Committee Meeting, 7:30 p.m. The committee discusses plans for the 2018 Mar Vista Green Gardens Showcase. St. Bede’s Episcopal Church, 3590 Grand View Blvd., Mar Vista. marvista.org Thursday Night Karaoke, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. KJ Theresa Ryan hosts this Thursday night of tunes and fun at The Venice Whaler, 10 Washington Blvd., Venice. (310) 821-8737; venicewhaler.com
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: Rita Street of Radar Cartoons, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. President of Radar Cartoons Rita Street specializes in the development and sales of original animated content, placing numerous series into development and production with major global networks. The Forum at Otis College, 9045 Lincoln Blvd., Westchester. (310) 665-6800; otis.edu The Brobots, 4 to 7 p.m. Have a burger and a beer as the sun sets over Venice to a live rock tribute soundtrack by The Brobots. Hinano Café, 15 Washington Blvd., Venice. Free. facebook.com/thebrobots
Friday, Nov. 17
Culver City Senior Center Holiday Gift Boutique, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Culver City Senior Center hosts this holiday boutique to kick off the gift-buying season. Shop for photography, jewelry, ceramics, art, gifts, hand-knits and more. Culver City Senior Center, 4095 Overland Ave., Culver City. (310) 253-6700 Mar Vista Seniors Club, 9:30 a.m. to noon. Each Friday the Mar Vista
The Crusaders, 7 p.m. Last surviving member of the jazz instrumental group The Crusaders (originally Jazz Crusaders) Stix Hooper assembles musicians for a special performance, honoring jazz and his former band(Continued on page 30)
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Musical Resistance: “Letters to Eve” @ Miles Memorial Playhouse This musical set in World War II follows a Japanese-American family facing internment and a black jazz musician captured during Germany’s occupation of France. Now playing at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 9 (with an additional 3 p.m. show on Saturday, Nov. 18). Miles Memorial Playhouse, 1130 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica. $20 to $40. letterstoeve.com Friends Forever: “One Way Ticket to Oregon” @ Promenade Playhouse Longtime friends grapple with family, faith and an emotional decision as Leigh Anne deals with a terminal
cancer diagnosis and with June’s help must face unresolved family issues, a complicated racial history and dying with dignity. Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 17 at Promenade Playhouse, 1403 Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica. $25. (310) 656-8070; promenadeplayhouse.com It’s a Hard Knock Life:“UK Underdog” @ Pacific Resident Theatre In this autobiographical play, Steve Spiro traces the ups and downs of an East London boy’s life from humiliations and mistakes to being bullied and finally finding the good in a roughand-tumble past. Now playing at 8 p.m. Saturdays and 4 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 17 at Pacific Resident Theatre, 703 Venice Blvd., Venice. $15 suggested donation. (310) 822-8392; pacificresidenttheatre.com Physical Theatre:“Stories in Body” @ Highways Performance Space A night of narrative movement includes Re:borN Dance Interactive’s “Amongst the Fragments,” about a woman suffering from emotional disarray; and Mixed eMotion Theatrix and choreographer Janet Roston’s “So Now You Know,” which combines acting and dancing to tell poignant, hilarious and terrifying stories. One performance only: 8:30 p.m. Friday (Nov. 17) at Highways Performance Space, 1651 18th St., Santa Monica. $15 to $20. (310) 453-1755; highwaysperformance.org
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Ham it up with ‘Hamilton’: “Spamilton” @ Kirk Douglas Theatre The creators of “Forbidden Broadway” skewer Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Pulitzer Prize-winning smash hit “Hamilton” in this parody of everyone’s new favorite musical. Fridays feature a spirited karaoke session where you can belt out your favorite “Hamilton” tunes after the show. Now playing at 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sundays through Jan. 7 at Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City. $55 to $85. (213) 972-7231; centertheatregroup.org
The cast of ‘Spamilton’ thumb their noses at King George III Live Wire:“Between Riverside and Crazy” @ James Bridges Theatre L.A. Theatre works performs and records live the Southern California premiere of Stephen Adly Guirgis Pulitzer Prize-winning play about ex-cop “Pops” Washington and his ex-con son, Junior, as they hold on to one of the last great rent stabilized apartments in Manhattan. Limited engagement: 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday (Nov. 16 to 19) at James Bridges Theatre, UCLA School of Theatre, Film and Television, 235 Charles E. Young Drive, Westwood. $15 to $60. (310) 827-0889; latw.org Greeking Out:“The Golden Fleece” @ Veterans Memorial Complex The Monarch Theatre Guild presents a new rock musical that follows the
band Jason and the Argonauts as they journey to Hollywood, score a recording contract with Mount Olympus Productions and face the temptations of rock ‘n’ roll stardom offered by punk band The Furies. One performance only: 8 p.m. Saturday (Nov. 18) at Veterans Memorial Complex, The Rotunda Room, 4117 Overland Ave., Culver City. $10 to $20. facebook.com/MonarchTheatreGuild Mixed Metaphors:“A Winter’s Tale” @ Morgan-Wixson Theatre Shakespeare may have claimed the title first, but this musical adaption of Charles Dickens’“A Christmas Carol” uses pop, rock, calypso and even an Irish jig to recreate the classic tale of Scrooge and Tiny Tim at Christmas time.
Now playing at 2 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 16 at Morgan-Wixson Theatre, 2627 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. $15 to $20. (310) 8287519; morgan-wixson.org Adulting:“Avenue Q” @ Westchester Playhouse The Kentwood Players revive the celebrated Broadway musical that explores the challenges and disappointments of adulthood alongside kid-show puppets grappling with some very grownup issues. Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 16 at Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Ave., Westchester. $25. (310) 645-5156; visit kentwoodplayers.org The Singularity:“Wake” @ City Garage Written by the author of the international bestseller “The Glass Books of Dream Eaters,” this play follows a woman as she awakens from a cryogenic slumber many years in the future. Her terminal cancer is cured and a vast computer network called “Platform” has taken over — but does the world as she knew it still exist? Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 3 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 17 at City Garage, Bergamot Station T-1, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica. $25 or pay what you want at the door on Sundays. (310) 453-9939; citygarage.org
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A Healing Stoke Pro surfers help kids with cystic fibrosis experience the bliss and empowerment of riding a wave
*** I learned about Surf Experience Day three years ago when pro surfer Allen
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By Andrew Dubbins Riding tandem with pro surfer Hans Hagen, five-year-old Maddy gripped the board tightly as he paddled her into a wave. He popped onto his feet, sending the nose of the huge foam board lifting off the water and Maddy with it. “There she goes!” yelled her mom, watching nervously from shore. It was a crisp October morning at Malibu’s world famous Surfrider Beach. The fog had burned off, leaving only a salty mist over the water. About 20 kids and their parents, five pro surfers and an assortment of volunteers had gathered for Malibu’s annual Surf Experience Day, hosted by the Mauli Ola Foundation. Mauli Ola — which means “breath of life” in Hawaiian — is a nonprofit that holds beach days across the country for kids with cystic fibrosis (CF), allowing them to ride the waves with the pros and wallow in the saltwater. The salt is good for them, studies show, helping loosen the thick sticky mucus that builds in their lungs. Just before Maddy’s wave crashed onto shore, Hagen expertly swiveled the board toward the sea — to protect Maddy from the whitewater — then leapt into the water. Smiling, he asked Maddy something, and she pattered her feet against the board. “She’s scared,” said Maddy’s big sister, watching carefully from the beach. “No, I think she’s excited,” her mom said. We couldn’t hear what Maddy told Hagen but we could guess, because he started paddling back out for another wave. Maddy, a fair-skinned towhead, was born with a major blockage in her stomach due to CF and lost 33% of her intestines in two major surgeries. She has to take enzymes with her food to maintain her weight, and gets especially red and sweaty in the sun. People with CF have a high level of salt in their sweat, and Maddy’s mom can taste it when she kisses her daughter. Four years ago, the family moved from Austin, Texas, to Temecula for the salty sea breeze. “We’re about 30 miles from the water,” her mom told me. “That’s as close as we could get because it’s so expensive.” Maddy has been coming to Mauli Ola’s events since she was three, but this is her first time in Malibu. It’s a long drive, but her mom told me they couldn’t miss it. “Maddy was so excited,” she said.
Pro Surfer Hans Hagen, executive director of the Mauli Ola Foundation, rides a wave with five-year-old Maddy
Sarlo — an original member of Venice’s world-famous Z-Boys surf and skateboarding team — hired my PR firm to publicize it. Big-hearted Sarlo, who runs a real estate office in Venice, paid our retainer out of his own pocket, half before and half after (money was a little tight, he told us).
giddy schoolboy. A shy 59-year-old with a dark tan, he told me the waves looked perfect and he was stoked to paddle out. He pointed toward an old Hawaiian man on the sand with a little dog on his lap, both looking out to sea. “That’s Reno Abellira,” Sarlo said. “The legend.” (Abellira was a pioneer of the short
Keliinoi told me he tries to catch at least one good wave with the reluctant ones. “Water confidence is a big factor,” he said. “You cannot wipe out with them — ever.” I remembered the event fondly — watching pro surfers splash around in the waves with excited kids — so I decided to come this year as a spectator. This time I arrived an hour early and watched the setup. It reminded me of a carnival, or one of those old beach party movies. Volunteers were setting up two big tents on the soft sand as renowned Hawaiian singer Troy Fernandez strummed “Hotel California” on the ukulele. Sarlo, nicknamed “The Keeper of Malibu,” was donning his wetsuit like a
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board in the ’70s, famous for his speed on the towering waves of Waimea Bay). I asked if he works for the foundation. “Nah,” Sarlo said. “Just passing through.” Hagen, executive director of Mauli Ola, briefed the volunteers over a megaphone. “Be mindful,” said Hagen, a tall man with a blond beard speckled with gray. “On the beach, we have to keep separated so the kids don’t crosscontaminate. … If you happen to work with a second kid, make sure to sanitize your board.”
After his speech, Hagen pulled aside a couple shaggy-haired surfer boys who’d driven a dusty station wagon up from Venice to help out. “You guys can help block and get ’em some waves,” Hagen told them. This famous point break gets super crowded, Hagen explained to me later, so the Mauli Ola crew — while respecting the lineup — forms a little pack, like a buoy, to help the kids catch waves. At around 10 a.m., parents began arriving with their kids, lathering their little faces with sunscreen and helping them wiggle into wetsuits. Parents of kids with CF have to be constantly “on duty,” monitoring their children’s diets, sunexposure, fatigue and — at this event — their every interaction. People with CF are at high risk of spreading germs among others with the disease (known as cross-infection), so the kids have to keep at least six feet away from each other. Moms and dads watched from the shore as their kids paddled out with the pros. The tide was low and one parent expressed concern about rocks. “This is a day off for the parents,” a volunteer told me. “But it also takes a lot of trust.” I quickly decided their trust was well placed in the Mauli Ola pros. Far from the stereotype of spacy, laid-back surfers,
these pros receive training from local hospitals and talk about cystic fibrosis with a level of knowledge you’d expect from MDs. They’ll cancel an event if the weather is bad or water quality is poor, and they monitor the kids with extreme diligence. One of the pros, Howard “HK” Keliinoi, who runs a surf shop in Costa Mesa (he supplied all the boards and wetsuits) and works as head coach of Cal State Long Beach’s surf team (he skipped practice at Black’s Beach to be here), got paired with a fiveyear-old first-timer named Chloe. “I can’t shake your hand ’cause I just took a little girl out,” said Keliinoi, in that warm lilt of his native Hawaii. “So I’m going to sanitize and get cleaned
study in which CF patients reported that their lungs felt clearer after surfing and breathing in the ocean’s salty spray. (Interestingly, hospital treatments for CF involve inhaling saline mist through a mask and wearing a vibration vest — mirroring the salty mist and rolling motion of the ocean.) The brothers, both avid surfers, started inviting pros to Newport Beach to teach surfing to CF patients. Word spread, and some of the biggest names in surfing got involved. There have been 250 Surf Experience Days since, and today the foundation has 2,500 participants across chapters nationwide. As Maddy cruises by with Hagen on another wave (she’s getting all the good ones), newbie
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Keliinoi gets tongue-tied: “Hard to find a word,” he told me. *** For the parents, Surf Experience Days offer not only a short vacation from their responsibilities and a chance to mingle with fellow parents of kids with CF, but a reminder of pure childlike fun, which can get buried under the weight of constant vigilance and worry. I spoke with one dad, a guarded and taciturn man, who sat alone on the sand. He told me his 11-year-old daughter Hayden drags him to every Mauli Ola event within driving distance. I asked if he’s a surfer. “I used to be,” he said, looking out at the water. “Maybe she’ll bring me back into it.”
Just before Maddy’s wave crashed onto shore, Hagen expertly swiveled the board toward the sea — to protect Maddy from the whitewater — then leapt into the water. Smiling, he asked Maddy something, and she pattered her feet against the board.
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Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disease that creates a buildup of mucus in the lungs, pancreas and other organs. It can cause difficulty breathing, lung infections, and intestinal problems. In the 1950s, a child with CF rarely lived past elementary school; now, because of advancements in treatments and care, the median predicted survival age is close to 40. The Mauli Ola Foundation was started by the founders of Ambry Genetics, brothers James and Charlie Dunlop. In 2007 they read an Australian
For the kids — just as every strain of CF is different, as is every wave on the ocean and every style of surfing — I suspect this sport means something different to each of them. For some it’s a welcome dose of danger, much lacking in their highly monitored daily routine. For others, surfing offers a feeling of normalcy. One mom told me her son often feels alone in his sickness, but in Southern California, where surfing is “the thing,” it makes him feel just like everyone else. After her seventh or eighth wave, with Hagen panting from all the paddling, Maddy finally decided she was ready to come in. Her mom ran to the shallows to wrap her in a towel and a hug. Maddy was pruny and dripping wet, and she had on a big smile. I thought about Keliinoi, struggling to pinpoint the meaning of this event; and Hayden’s dad, falling back in love with surfing; and The Keeper of Malibu, who’s been riding waves for half a century and still feels the stoke for this simple yet elegant pastime. What is it about surfing? Maddy whispered something to Hagen, her new teacher and friend. “She said it’s like a magic carpet ride,” he told us.
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Chloe’s mom chats with another mom, whose son Levi has been surfing for six years and now rides solo. They talk mostly about surfing. Most of the new parents know very little about the sport and couldn’t pick these pros out of a lineup. The veteran parents, like Levi’s mom, take them under their wing, welcoming them into the Mauli Ola family. Just as the kids have to develop “water confidence,” I realize, so too must these parents. I watch Levi, a lanky blond on an orange board. He’s a great surfer, maneuvering up and down the swells with poise and grace. “These kids are being taught by the best surfers in the world,” Keliinoi reminds me. They might get a lesson in splayed-kneed Hawaiian style at one event, then in chest-charging Australian style at the next. Levi learned from pro surfer Mark Gabriel. The two developed a friendship over the years, and they still surf together on a regular basis. “What charges us up,” said Keliinoi, “is we get to watch these kids’ development.” But there’s also the camaraderie between the pros. “We all share the same stoke for surfing,” he said. Trying to articulate what these events mean to him,
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up and get the board cleaned up and I’ll be happy to take you.” Frightened after her first ride, Chloe demanded to return to shore. Keliinoi told me he tries to catch at least one good wave with the reluctant ones. “Water confidence is a big factor,” he said, explaining that the goal of these events is to get kids comfortable in the ocean so they’ll come back on their own. “You cannot wipe out with them — ever,” he told me. “It’ll wreck their confidence.” With a smile, he added: “Fortunately we’re all pro surfers.”
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mates. Moss Theater, 3131 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica. $25 to $60. mosstheater.com “Acustico,” 7 p.m. Featuring performances by “the sitar master of Los Angeles” Aloke Dasgupta, instrumental guitar player Michael Jost, Native American flautist Dreamscape and World of Rhythm percussion, this multi-cultural concert donates a portion of proceeds to Red Cross, Salvation Army and Humane Society for those in need after Hurricane Harvey. The Church in Ocean Park, 235 Hill St., Santa Monica. $25. (310) 242-9100; condorrecords.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 Friday Night Fights, 7 to 10 p.m. A night of exhibition fighting at CMC Pro Boxing, 4206 Lincoln Blvd., Marina del Rey. cmcproboxing.com Mikey Pauker: Shabbat Take Me Higher, 7 to 10 p.m. Folk and world
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talk on legendary opera diva Maria Callas. Santa Monica Public Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica. Free. (310) 458-8600; smpl. org
Carl Osterlof in Organic Free Range Music Love, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Accomplished guitarist and vocalist Carl Osterlof brings his rock, funk and jazz influences to Bareburger Organic, 2732 Main St., Santa Monica. Free. facebook.com/ BareburgerSantaMonica
Pacific Swingline Concert, 2 p.m. Five-member acapella group Pacific Swingline bring their swing and jazz to El Segundo with the best vocal literature of the1920s, ’30s, ’40s and ’50s. El Segundo Public Library, 111 W. Mariposa Ave., El Segundo. (310) 524-2728
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
Open Mic for Musicians, 2 p.m. Hang out with musicians, jam on stage and crack a cold one. Open to all. First come, first play. TRiP, 2101 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 396-9010; tripsantamonica.com
“Stories in Body,” 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Three new works blur the line between theatrical narrative and abstract dance: a woman suffering from emotional disarray dances through her memories as her life becomes more fragmented, actors and dancers speak together to tell stories of individual discovery in words and dance, and Orestes does her physical therapy exercises. Highways Performance Space & Gallery, 1651 18th St., Santa Monica. $20. highwaysperformance.org
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Rock out with Venice locals The Brobots at Hinano. SEE FRIDAY, NOV. 17. DJs Anthony Valadez & Jedi Dance Party, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Deejays are on the decks spinning new and old soul, funk, blues, rock, hip-hop, beats, breaks and anything else that gets the dance floor going. Townhouse & Del Monte Speakeasy, 52 Windward Ave., Venice. No cover. (310) 392-4040; townhousevenice.com
Saturday, Nov. 18 Dockweiler Youth Center Nature Walks, 9 to 10:30 a.m. This Los Angeles Audubon hosted walk focuses on general beach ecology, with an emphasis on the federally threatened Snowy Plover. Binoculars provided for the walk. Dockweiler Youth Center, 12505 Vista del Mar, El Segundo. Free. (323) 481-4037; email@example.com Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous, 9 to 10:30 a.m. A 12-step program for anyone struggling with their relationship with food. Hulu Center, Colorado Center Community Room, 2500 Broadway, Santa Monica. Free. (310) 902-3040; foodaddicts.org Oldsmobile 120th Anniversary Show, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Celebrate 120 years of the Oldsmobile. All years and models welcome. Memorabilia and cars on display from the 1940s, ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. Food trucks and live music on hand. Automobile Driving Museum, 610 Lairport St., El Segundo. $15 car registration. (310) 909-0950; thadm.org
Daybreaker’s version of a morning commute And if you’re a real early bird, a yoga sesh kicks off the festivities at 5:30 a.m. But don’t forget to bring your own yoga mat. — Christina Campodonico Daybreaker L.A.’s “Fall Whiteout” starts with a 5:30 a.m. yoga session, followed by a dance party from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m. at CTRL Collective, 12575 Beatrice St., Del Rey. Tickets are $22.33 to $35. Visit daybreaker.com for updates.
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5th Annual Full-Circle Festival, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. This handmade holiday show and fundraiser celebrates the season with locally made arts and crafts by a group of artists and artisans, featuring a raffle benefiting the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. Full-Circle Pottery, 12023 Venice Blvd., Mar Vista. (310) 502-3115; full-circlepottery.com Andrew and Polly Mini-Concert, 10:30 a.m. Writing and performing friendly and engaging music for children, Andrew and Polly use their vocal harmony and a cornucopia of acoustic instruments to delight kids and parents alike. Children’s Book World, 10580½ Pico Blvd., West L.A. Free. All ages. (310) 559-2665; childrensbookworld.com Quartermania, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bid on items donated by local businesses for this Westchester Elks Lodge
tradition and fundraiser that’s a cross between an auction and a raffle. Each purchased paddle ($5) allows you to bid quarters on items for a chance to win! $20. Westchester Elks Lodge, 8025 W. Manchester Ave., Playa del Rey. (310) 821-3005 “Bear Says Thanks” Storytime, 11 a.m. Bear has come up with the perfect way to say thanks — a nice big dinner. There’s just one problem: Bear’s cupboards are bare. This charming book brings to life the celebration of family and friendship. Activities follow the reading. Barnes & Noble, 13400 Maxella Ave., Marina del Rey. Free. (310) 306-3213; barnesandnoble.com
Venice Beach Stouts-N-Staches Brew Crawl, 2 to 8 p.m. In celebration of Movember and to raise awareness for men’s health issues, this block party takes over the restaurants and bars in Windward Circle. Enjoy food and craft beer specials, live music, tastings, complimentary beard and stache trims, men’s health screenings and enter your mustache to win “Best in MO.” Official after party at the Townhouse. Event commences at Surfside, 23 Windward Ave., Venice. $12 to $25; stoutsnstaches.com
Fundamentals of Afro-Cuban Dance with Kati Hernandez, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Newbies learn the rhythms of Afro-Cuban dance or more experienced dancers polish up your moves with Cuban native Kati Hernandez and live music accompaniment. Camera Obscura Art Lab, 1450 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica. $15. smgov.net/camera SoulfulofNoise Venice Beach, noon to 4 p.m. Established by Lynisha Oni Hyche to spread the euphoria of great music, this diverse live music experience brings the best independent artists in Southern California to the beach for a day of good music and good vibes. Venice Beach Boardwalk, Venice. Free. soulfulofnoise.com Music by the Sea, 1 to 4 p.m. A scenic harbor view is the backdrop for a blues and zydeco concert by Jimbo Ross & The Bodacious Blues Band. Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 301-9900; visitmarinadelrey.com “Homelessness in Our Community: An Exploration of Challenges and Solutions,” 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. The League of Women Voters of Santa Monica hosts a public discussion addressing challenges of and solutions to homelessness in the community. The People Concern / OPCC Executive Director John Maceri is the keynote speaker. Mount Olive Lutheran Church, 1343 Ocean Park Blvd., Santa Monica. Free. (310) 452-1116 Maria Callas: Life and Art, 2 p.m. Dr. Marcela Pan gives a multimedia
Kati Hernandez teaches the fundamentals of Afro-Cuban dance at Camera Obscura. SEE SATURDAY, NOV. 18. ’90s Bar Crawl Santa Monica, 2 to 10 p.m. Relive the glory days of the ’90s, L.A. Gears, slap bracelets, Furbies, Ninja Turtles, getting jiggy with it and drink specials at participating establishments. Participants must register by 5 p.m. to gain access to specials and signature cup. Location to be announced. $20 to $40. 90sbarcrawl.com “Slam” Screening, 5 to 9 p.m. Based on the novel by Nick Hornby, “Slam” follows 16-year-old Samuele through the twists and turns of growing up as he spends his days skateboarding with his friends and nurturing an imaginary friendship with his hero, Tony Hawk. Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica. $12. americancinemathequecalendar.com (Continued on page 32)
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Saturday Dinner Cruise, 7 p.m. With unforgettable views, deejay entertainment, dancing under the stars and a four-course dinner, this two and a half hour cruise is a romantic getaway. Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. $92.95; reservations required. (310) 301-9900; hornblower.com “Love’s Passions and Potions,” 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. The Verdi Chorus Fall Concert features operatic favorites from Verdi, Massenet, Donizetti and more performed by guest soloists: Jamie Chamberlin (soprano), Nathan Granner (tenor) and Ben Lowe (baritone). First United Methodist Church of Santa Monica, 1008 11th St., Santa Monica. $10 to $40. verdichorus.org Dogtown Allstar Jam, 7:30 to 11p.m. Groove to classic rock and vintage surf songs with this show featuring bands: Circle of Fifths, Subject to Change, Sage and Skeeters Pool Party performing with local musician Jeff Gillman. All drummers are invited to show up and play “Wipeout” on a communal drum. Bring your own sticks. Guitarists welcome to jam on “Crossroads.” Bring your own guitar. Venice Beach Bar, 323 Ocean Front Walk, Venice. No cover. (310) 392-3997; thevenicebeachbar.com Katalyst Collective, 8 p.m. Inglewood-based future funk, soul and jazz band Katalyst Collective brings their beats to the Del Monte Speakeasy, followed by DJ Shiva spinning soul, funk, hip-hop, electronic and dance music. DJ Doomz spins at 10 p.m. upstairs. Townhouse & Del Monte Speakeasy, 52 Windward Ave., Venice. No cover. (310) 392-4040; townhousevenice.com Kinky Friedman in Concert, 8 and 10 p.m. With a cigar and black cowboy hat, singer-songwriter Kinky Friedman brings his badass, outlaw country style to McCabe’s Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. $35. (310) 828-4497; mccabes.com
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Sunday, Nov. 19 Aqua Aerobics, 8:15 and 9:30 a.m. Sundays. Build strength and endurance during the early shallowwater workout or the later deepwater workout at the Santa Monica Swim Center, 2225 16th St., Santa Monica. $2.75 to $11. (310) 458-8700; santamonicaswimcenter. org/adult-fitness “Nazism in the U.S.: Learning from the Past and Facing the Present,”10 a.m. Dr. Beth Ribet speaks about the history of Nazism in the U.S., its relationship to national white supremacy, current implications, and opportunities to mobilize and respond. Westside Neighborhood School, 5401 Beethoven St., Del Rey. Free. (310) 493-8114; sholem.org Music at the Farmers Market, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Playing everything from Latin jazz to classic blues, Del Rey Community Jazz Band performs at the Santa Monica Farmers Market, 2640 Main St., Santa Monica. smgov.net 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 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.
$68.95; reservations required. (310) 301-9900; hornblower.com Music by the Sea, 1 to 4 p.m. A scenic harbor view is the backdrop for a blues and funk concert by Floyd & The Fly Boys. Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 301-9900; visitmarinadelrey.com 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 Soul Jam: Harvest, 2 to 7 p.m. This backyard pop-up dinner and concert creates an intimate cultural experience featuring local music, henna tattooing and live painting. Bring a chair or blanket. Mar Vista. $10 suggested donation. facebook.com/SoulJamLA An Afternoon at the Opera, 3 p.m. Featuring the music of Donizetti, Gounod, Masagni, Mozart, Puccini, Rossini, J. Strauss, Tchaikovsky, Wagner and Offenbach, The Los Angeles Doctors Symphony Orchestra’s program of operatic overtures and arias is sure to get the audience dancing in the aisles. Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 4117 Overland Ave., Culver City. $20. (310) 259-9604; ladso.org Night of Writing Glamorously, 4 to 10 p.m. Calling all NaNoWriMo participants to join in this fun, productive night of writing. Wear your pjs, enjoy some eats and increase that word count. Special guest CB Lee discusses how she got her NaNo novel published. Bareburger, 2732 Main St., Santa Monica. facebook.com/ NaNoLosAngeles Movies and Mayhem, 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Come out for this night of double features and music. Filmchilla screens “Sleep Away Camp” and the Venice-based action thriller “Misirlou” followed by live music by Sharkeater, Jonathan Tiersten and Liquorbox. The Rose Room, 6 Rose Ave., Venice. $20. facebook.com/sharkeatermusic PRT’s Sunday Concert Series: Adam Turney, 7 p.m. The weekly concert series at Pacific Resident Theatre continues with this young singer performing pop, R&B, jazz and musical theater. Pacific Resident Theatre, 705 Venice Blvd., Venice. $20 to $30. (310) 822-8392; pacificresidenttheatre.com
Monday, Nov. 20 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
CNN Hero Award winner Susan Burton discusses her autobiography chronicling her traumatic childhood, struggle with drug abuse, imprisonment and eventual redemption. SEE THURSDAY, NOV. 16. PAGE 32 THE ARGONAUT November 16, 2017
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
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Tuesday, Nov. 21 Chess Club, 4 p.m. Learn strategies and skills with your friends and neighbors. All levels and ages welcome. Venice Abbot Kinney Memorial Branch Library, 501 S. Venice Blvd., Venice. Free. (310) 821-1769; lapl.org Sierra Club Airport Marina Group, 6:30 p.m. The Sierra Club hosts this discussion on the latest news on the Ballona Wetlands preservation, lessons learned from the Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve hearing and comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Report. Burton Chace Park Community Room, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey. Free. (310) 437-3523 Civil War Roundtable, 7 p.m. Master of Military and Civil War History Linda Clarke discusses The H.L. Hunley, the first submarine to sink a warship. 4330 Glencoe Ave., Marina del Rey. RSVP to Frank Mitchell at email@example.com; lacwrt.org Mindful Meditation, 7 p.m. UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center graduate Henry Schipper guides a session that will refresh the senses. Open to all. Venice Abbot Kinney Memorial Branch Library, 501 S. Venice Blvd., Venice. Free. (310) 821-1769; lapl.org 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 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; tripsantamonica.com
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Santa Monica artist Harrison Love debuts new works at The Upper West. SEE GALLERIES & MUSEUMS.
Thursday, Nov. 23 Thanksgiving Special 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, including special guest DJ Kaleem and resident deejays Aaron Paar and Al Jackson. Townhouse & Del Monte Speakeasy, 52 Windward Ave., Venice. Free. (310) 392-4040; townhousevenice.com
Galleries & Museums “Saint John’s Health Center: 75 Years of Healing, Discovery and Service to the Community,” opening reception 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 17. In recognition of Providence Saint John’s 75th anniversary, this exhibit details the health center’s founding and development with unique artifacts and photographs from the Center’s archives. Santa Monica History Museum, 1350 7th St., Santa Monica. (310) 395-2290; santamonicahistory.org
“Getting into Paper,” opening reception 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18. New Venice art gallery Square Rhino Projects showcases lyrical and upbeat abstract paintings by Lincoln Heights artist and professional printmaker Jalal Poehlman. 1510 Pacific Ave., Venice. (310) 593-4382; RSVP to email@example.com
“Rite of Spring,” opening reception 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19. Santa Monica artist Harrison Love exhibits his art inspired by Duchamp’s “Nude Descending a Staircase.” The Upper West, 3321 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 586-1111 “You’re Kidding,” through Nov. 30. Exploring the role of humor in art, the El Segundo Art Association presents its fall 2017 show. El Segundo Public Library, 111 W. Mariposa Ave., El Segundo. (310) 524-2728; library. elsegundo.org
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“Carolyn Castaño: A Female Topography 2001-2017,” through Dec. 10. Drawing inspiration from Castaño’s bi-cultural 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 “Not Right Now,” through Dec. 17. Elias Hansen presents a series of new sculptures tailored to the bungalow space and created from wooden shelving, hand-blown glass, electrical fixtures and found objects. Hansen’s work blurs perception of accidental and orchestrated visual harmonies. The show’s centerpiece is a large spidery chandelier from which hang a mismatched assortment of beakers and bulbs, some of which emit colorful light. team (bungalow), 306 Windward Ave., Venice. (310) 339-1945; teamgal.com “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 “Duality,” through Jan. 7. Amabelle Aguiluz unravels existing clothing and re-knits them into fiber sculptures and installations, exploring the concepts of light vs. dark and creation vs. destruction. Branch Gallery, 1031 W. Manchester Blvd., Inglewood. (310) 395-3880; thebranchgallery.com Send event information at least 10 days in advance to calendar @argonautnews.com.
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Closing the Empathy Gap
Doctors Without Borders simulates refugee journeys in Santa Monica to combat rampant hostility and indifference By Joe Piasecki Doctors Without Borders wants you to imagine yourself in a refugee’s shoes. A tour of the international humanitarian organization’s “Forced from Home” exhibit next to Santa Monica Pier begins with immersive 360-degree video footage from refugee camps in Africa, Europe and the Middle East. Then things get personal. Visitors must quickly choose a handful of cards representing objects they’d bring (clothes, animals, medicine, transportation) if forced to flee their homes. Before proceeding to the next stop — a rubber raft like those employed in desperate Mediterranean crossings — each must sacrifice a card to pay for safe passage. Then comes a barbed-wire camp fence, makeshift tent housing and a two-gallon jug of water to represent a day’s ration for drinking, cooking and bathing. These hour-long guided tours of the global refugee experience are led by Doctors Without Borders aid workers who’ve logged missions at camps in Lebanon, Somalia, South Sudan, Greece, Ukraine and most recently Bangladesh. They
communicate not only big-picture truths about conditions facing the 65 million displaced people worldwide, but also more personal aspects of what it’s like to be or interact with refugees. Doctors Without Borders physician Ahmed Abdalrazag, a former refugee in Tunisia who grew up to lead the organization’s 2011 field mission there, has seen both sides. He wants people to know that refugees don’t choose their fates. “Saddam’s regime was shelling my house, so we could either leave or be collected in plastic bags,” he says. Doctors Without Borders U.S. Executive Director Jason Cone, who visited the exhibit on Tuesday, hopes visitors leave not only better informed but feeling a little more connected to the plights of so many people around the world. That’s especially important, he says, when political campaigns across Europe and in the U.S. have weaponized social apathy into culture-war hostility toward refugees, when the vast majority of displaced people are taken in by poorer nations bordering on conflict zones. “At the heart of this exhibit is trying to close this tremendous
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psychological distance we have between people here at home and those millions of people who are refugees, and to get people to see them as human beings confronting a series of incredibly difficult choices. We try to simulate those kinds of choices: What would you bring if you only had a few minutes to leave your home? What are you going to give up along the way to get yourself across a border in the middle of the night? We’re really trying to give people a closer proximity to, honestly, the horror of having to leave your home under duress in extreme conditions of war and persecution,” he says. “This, we hope, is a way to erode hostility to others who are far off and made to seem like threats to an American way of life, when actually they’re not that much different than us.” “Forced from Home” operates from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Sunday (Nov. 19) in the parking lot next to the Santa Monica Pier. Tours are free and last about an hour. Visit forcedfromhome.com for more information. firstname.lastname@example.org
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A congregation of great egrets holds court in lowland area of the Ballona Wetlands rhauser, programs manager for Los Angeles Waterkeeper. Restoration biologist Margot Griswold took exception, however, with labeling Alternatives 1 and 2 as restoration efforts as opposed to habitat creation efforts. “Under the definition of restoration, none of the alternatives presented represents a
“We are in favor of improving tidal circulation and reconnecting the creek with its historic floodplain to reestablish a natural ecosystem with greater biodiversity.” — Melissa von Mayrhauser, Los Angeles Waterkeeper restoration, or revitalization or even an enhancement. They are all creation, and that’s not restoration,” she asserted. Griswold said Ballona’s history isn’t exclusive to the type of tidal wetlands envisioned by Alternatives 1 and 2. “There are many types of coastal wetlands,” she said, “and many of us know that not all coastal wetlands are tidal wetlands.” Others who attended the meeting raised concerns about disturbing Native American remains and displacing the long established Culver-Marina Little League fields south of Culver Boulevard. Robert Dorame, the statedesignated descendant of the immediate area’s Gabrielino-
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Tongva inhabitants, said documented Native American burial sites are not limited to those collected and reinterred during the construction of Playa Vista but exist throughout the reserve, possibly just a few feet below the surface. “There are additional sites other than those identified in the [environmental study] that must
be considered due to sensitivity of the land, which is considered traditional cultural property. I love the wetlands, and I want everyone affiliated with this project to care as much as I do,” Dorame said. Mark Espinoza of the CulverMarina Little League brought more than 20 young athletes to complain that Alternative 2 would require removing one of their baseball fields. “You talk about killing wildlife, but with this plan you’re killing their dreams,” he said. The written comment period for the Ballona report has already been extended to Feb. 8, and officials are considering requests to extend it even longer, said Army Corps of Engineers Col. Kirk Gibbs.
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