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A Surprise Civics Lesson An SMMUSD board member may be in hot water for voting to approve public contracts with companies that employed her city councilman husband By Gary Walker As L.A. County prosecutors and school district attorneys investigate votes cast by a Santa Monica-Malibu Board of Education member that appear to benefit contractors that employed her Santa Monica city councilman husband, school board members are already beginning to rethink how they do business. SMMUSD board member Maria Leon-Vazquez, one of the leading voices against Malibu’s efforts to break away and form its own independent school district, appears to have cast several votes to approve contracts that were paying consulting fees to her husband, Santa Monica City Councilman Tony Vazquez. The contracts in question came up on the board’s consent calendar, in which routine or low-cost agenda items are bundled together for a sweep vote. Consent calendar votes take place without board discussion, unless a member requests an item be pulled for deeper consideration. The votes in question date from this year to as far back as 2008 and came to

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Pinsker. “We will be conducting an audit of our practices and process. We will fully cooperate with any investigation regarding this matter.” “Yes, the consent calendar is one of the practices that the district will be reviewing,” confirmed SMMUSD President Laurie Lieberman. As has been widely reported, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office is “aware of the allegations, and we are reviewing them,” spokesman Greg Risling confirmed. The most recent votes now under scrutiny occurred May 4, when LeonVasquez voted in support of school district contracts with two companies that employed her husband as a paid consultant — both items appearing on the board’s consent calendar. These votes included a $92,800 contract with TELACU Construction Management for window, paint, flooring and doorway upgrades at Webster and Roosevelt elementary schools. There were six bids for the work, but TELACU was deemed “most qualified” by the district’s Facility Improvement

Projects staff, according to board records. Leon-Vazquez also voted that day to expand an existing contract with Keygent LLC by $80,500 for financial consulting services in connection with school district bond funds. In 2010, Leon-Vazquez had voted via consent calendar to have the same firm review the school district’s medical, dental and vision insurance plans. Both TELACU and Keygent received district contracts while Vazquez was on their payroll. In a November 2016 deposition related to the Pico Neighborhood Association’s ongoing Voting Rights Act lawsuit against the city, Vazquez said he had previously spoken with his wife about potential votes on contracts for companies that employ him. “My wife, she said that, if it ever — it never got that far, but if it ever got to a point where it was brought before the board to vote, that she was going to recuse herself anyways,” Vazquez said in the deposition. (The lawsuit contends the city’s current

Santa Monica City Councilman Tony Vazquez at-large method of electing council members disenfranchises Latino voters by diffusing support for Latino board candidates. De La Torre is a Pico Neighborhood Association activist who ran

for council last year and finished two places behind the four incumbents who won reelection.) Under oath, Vazquez said he did not consider it to be a conflict of interest to promote TEACLU’s services to the school district even though his wife was a school board member. “No, because I wasn’t the one pitching it,” he said. The California Fair Political Practices Commission states conflict of interest guidelines in Regulation 18700, which states: “A public official at any level of state or local government has a prohibited conflict of interest and may not make, participate in making, or in any way use or attempt to use his or her official position to influence a governmental decision when he or she knows or has reason to know he or she has a disqualifying financial interest. A public official has a disqualifying financial interest if the decision will have a reasonably foreseeable material financial effect, distinguishable from the effect on the public generally, directly on the official, or his or her immediate

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A Comeback Story Continues New murals at Playa Del Rey Elementary celebrate community engagement and academic success

The public service organization City Year mustered an army of 80 workers last week to paint several new murals on the Playa Del Rey Elementary School campus Story by Gary Walker Photos by Maria Martin For a school that was on the brink of closure seven years ago, Playa Del Rey Elementary School has become a phoenix rising from the ashes of budget cuts and declining enrollment. As resource specialist teacher Melanie Mack puts it, “We’ve redefined who we were, what we were and become a school for academic success.” Those aren’t just words. The K-5 LAUSD school just north of Playa Vista has not only boosted its enrollment, but also established a much more engaged parent support system while picking up numerous state academic awards. On Nov. 16, the Centinela Boulevard adjacent campus got a sprucing up befitting its new energy. More than 80 employees of City Year, a service organization that taps AmeriCorps graduates to assist LAUSD schools, built outdoor benches, spruced up the playground’s pavilion and painted outdoor murals

depicting Dr. Seuss characters and inspiration quotes by the likes of Albert Einstein, Mahatma Gandhi and former President Barack Obama. As the murals took shape, Playa Del Rey Elementary Principal Valencia Blue looked on happily at students jumping, running and laughing in the playground while as teachers and parent volunteers readied themselves for their next class. Blue hopes the beautification measures will help the school put its best foot forward during Dec. 8 and Jan. 18 school tours for parents of prospective students. “This school is a neighborhood community school that has been in this community for decades. I have teachers whose children have gone to this school and who attended this school as students. We took it upon ourselves to turn it around,” Blue said. She credits an upbeat faculty and the determination of committed parents with saving the school when, back in 2009,

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LAUSD considered closing Playa Del Rey Elementary and other low-attended schools in the face of a nearly $400-million budget deficit. “I saw this wonderful motivation and encouragement in our teachers’ eyes. They said, ‘We’re going to do whatever it takes to keep the school open,’” recalled Blue, who arrived at Playa Del Rey Elementary in 2010. Under Blue’s guidance, the school began offering more rigorous scholastic programing, including a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) program and coding classes. She also began actively recruiting families and making regular visits to local companies, neighborhood groups and the Del Rey Neighborhood Council. Results came quickly. Playa Del Rey Elementary won California Department of Education Title I Academic Achievement Awards in 2011, 2012 and 2013, and in 2014 it was recognized as a California Distinguished School.

Past Del Rey Neighborhood Council President Eric DeSobe, a former LAUSD teacher, said the parental commitment to save the school impressed him. “Families rallied together when budget cuts placed the school and cherished programs at risk, and they sought out grant opportunities through the Del Rey Neighborhood Council and other avenues to make sure students always received instruction and experience they deserved,” DeSobe said. “They also saw the school as a neighbor to the surrounding single-family homes and worked hard to make sure they created a physical space that was beautiful and inviting.” Blue recognizes there is constant competition for students from Playa Vista Elementary School and the neighboring Culver City Unified School District, but she’s confident the school’s resurrection will be long-lasting. “With all of the new development and new charters around us, we’re still thriving,” she said.

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By Christina Campodonico Thanksgiving is a time to fill your belly, but it’s also a time to fill your soul. From preparing and serving free turkey dinners to delivering some holiday cheer, here are five ways you can give back while giving thanks. Thanksgiving Dinner and Clothing Boutique @ St. Monica Catholic Community Auditorium Join the St. Monica community from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday as they host a free Thanksgiving Eve dinner and a pop-up boutique offering free clothing, blankets, sleeping bags and toiletries for those in need. St. Monica’s needs about 700 volunteers to pull this thing off, but you have to sign up in-person in order to volunteer. Contact Delis Alejandro at (310) 566-1530 or for details. 725 California Ave., Santa Monica. Westside Thanksgiving @ West L.A. Civic Center This L.A. Thanksgiving tradition serves up a traditional turkey dinner, starting at 11 a.m., to anyone in need — from the


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By Christina Campodonico When you arrive at his namesake store in downtown Santa Monica, Ron Robinson wants it to feel a bit like you’re entering his home. “I wouldn’t let you stand there and not offer you a drink,” says the longtime L.A. fashion retailer and Venice Canals resident as he makes me a latte at the in-house coffee bar. A few taps on an iPad, and steaming hot coffee and milk flows from a sleek spout seamlessly integrated into the white marble countertop. “This comes from the mind of one of the esoteric premium coffee guru guys,” explains Robinson, who then turns my attention to an elegant black pour-over kettle that looks like it would be equally at home in an art museum. “If it can be functional and be art or if it can be art and be functional, isn’t that fabulous?” he remarks.

That philosophy — and a whimsical sense of humor — runs throughout RON ROBINSON, the Santa Monica flagship store of Robinson’s eponymous retail brand, which began at Fred Segal

Upon entering the Santa Monica store, pint-sized plastic gnomes — reminiscent of the sheens and hues of Crayola crayons — greet you with the victory sign. Others give you the finger.

“Here’s what’s missing in today’s shopping experience ... the experience part.” — Ron Robinson in 1978 and continues to wow visitors here on Fifth Street and at a second location on Melrose Avenue. Robinson made his name and rose through the Fred Segal ranks by turning the brand’s Melrose Avenue center into a top L.A. shopping destination.

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The irreverent gesture sets a playful tone that continues throughout the walls of the eclectic lifestyle boutique. Panels of fantastically dressed animals in haute couture, designed by New York artist Brian Kenny for Christian Lacroix’s 30th anniversary, add flashes of whimsy. And

miniatures of artist Jeff Koons’ famed chrome balloon dog sculptures — with light bulbs for noses — are another fun new addition. Robinson tells me he doesn’t just put items in store for the sake of filling up shelf space. “It was because it was the coolest thing that I could find,” he says, excitedly moving on to a clock that spells out the time and a state-of-the-art speaker that animates the lyrics to your favorite songs. Yet the store is not simply a showroom for Robinson’s carefully curated hightech home décor and wares, encompassing designer apparel, fine art, cosmetics and art books. The store doubles as an event space for a range of activities, from book signings and art exhibit openings to workshops and fitness classes — usually yoga, which happens Saturday mornings on an outdoor patio that serves as a




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lounge space for chitchatting or sipping coffee or tea the rest of the week. Robinson says hosting events in the store adds a “social component” to the store that’s missing from online shopping and more traditional brick-and-mortar retailers. “There’s a very human and personal touch to what goes on here,” says Robinson. “We have a collected, curated group of products that is really wonderful and fun to look at, but each one of them has a story to tell. ... It’s just an object until it gets awoken by somebody.” For Robinson, that “somebody” could be a knowledgeable shop worker, an author who’s launching a new book, an artist displaying his artwork, or an instructorled workout to kick off your weekend. The important thing is all of these interactions bring the shopping experience to life for customers. Combine that with a

beautifully designed showroom, and you have a one-of-a-kind experience. “It’s a total immersion in arts, culture and fashion. It’s just a full experience,” says RON ROBINSON regular Cynthia Biret, fresh off a dance/fitness/cardio workout in the store Saturday morning. She first came to Robinson’s Santa Monica store about a year ago to attend a Pamela Anderson book signing and has been attending classes and shopping here. “It fosters a really nice sense of community,” adds Laura Winiko, who attends the weekly yoga workouts with her girlfriends and appreciates the prize giveaways at the end of each class. “I wish other stores would do it.” Robinson credits the experiential quality of his stores for the RON ROBINSON retail brand’s longevity and success, even when closures of Macy’s, Sears and JCPenney stores in Southern California

and across the country caused alarm in the retail industry and inspired panicky headlines declaring the death of retail. Earlier this year, a report by NPR’s “Marketplace” noted that the number of distressed U.S. retailers is the highest since the Great Recession. As of September, 19 U.S. retailers had filed for bankruptcy this year, according to CNBC — women’s apparel chain The Limited, footwear maker Aerosoles, Gymboree, Payless Shoesource and Toys R Us among them. The Atlantic has called it “the retail meltdown of 2017.” “It’s a very interesting moment in retail,” observes Robinson. “You read the papers, like I read the papers, and we open them up today and we see that a hundred of these stores are closing and a thousand of those stores are closing. I’m going to tell you that — because of the way we’ve approached our specialty business — our

RON ROBINSON buyer Karen Meena chats with shoppers. Ron Robinson’s enthusiasm is infectious. Festive lamps modeled on Jeff Koons’ famous balloon dog sculptures. The kids’ section is a stylish and whimsical place.


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Fantastical creatures roam every corner of the store.

stores are doing better. … Our business is up, and it’s fabulous.” Robinson says he doesn’t really care how retailers in distress will turn the ship around, but he does offer insight into what those stores may lack or fail to offer their customers. “Here’s what’s missing in today’s shopping experience ... the experience part,” he says. “That word is critical to me. Because that’s what my customer wants. They want the product, but they want to feel like it was really a great experience. … It’s like leaving a restaurant a little bit hungry for the next time.” RON ROBINSON is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays (except Thanksgiving) and from noon to 6 p.m. Sundays at 1327 Fifth St., Santa Monica. Visit to sign up for event notifications.

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candid shots is Pete Souza, official White House photographer throughout the Obama administration. Souza previously served in that capacity for President Ronald Reagan and became professionally acquainted with Obama while working for the Chicago Tribune, when Obama was a senator. Over the past year Souza has been posting pictures from Obama’s historic presidential tenure to Instagram (instagram. com/petesouza), often as sly commentary on whatever mad tweets or controversies are dominating the news. In August he posted a flashback shot of then-President Obama addressing reporters from the White House

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Breaking the Fourth Wall For Santa Monica singer-songwriter Chelsea Williams, music is a dialogue with the listener By Bliss Bowen As a child growing up in Sun Valley, Chelsea Williams would fall asleep listening to her songwriter mom jam with friends in the living room. It wasn’t a surprise when she started joining their circle. After graduating from high school, frustrated with a “really unrewarding” telemarketing job, Williams decided to earn rent money doing what she loves: making music. Coffeeshop gigs weren’t paying anything, so she started busking at the Glendale Marketplace. Before long she was setting up with her acoustic guitar and amp on Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade; she estimates she’s been performing there for 10 to 12 years. “I refer to it as my unofficial agent,” she says of the promenade, “because it’s been responsible for connecting me with all kinds of people. I’ve been through all these different highs and lows through my career, but the promenade has been a constant for me — playing on the street, anyway.” Williams made the rounds of Hollywood clubs like the now-gone Knitting Factory

and Room 5, but didn’t always enjoy playing in those venues, especially since it often ended up costing her money to do so. She felt more fulfilled playing on the street for people who weren’t necessarily expecting to hear live music,

it becomes more of a conversation, and I feel like the connection’s deeper. Just being able to meet somebody that I was never going to meet before who had no intention of going to a live show that day, and make them stop and listen, and then

“When you’re just playing on the street it becomes more of a conversation, and I feel like the connection’s deeper.” — Chelsea Williams and figuring out creative ways to reach them emotionally. “It feels more like a direct conversation between you and an individual when you’re playing on the street,” she observes. “You take away the barrier of the stage and the lights. There’s this unspoken rule in a club where the audience and the performer are like two separate locations, almost, even though you’re in the same room; there’s that invisible fourth wall. But when you’re just playing on the street

hand them a CD personally and have that unique personal interaction. … “Also, for me, it’s sort of a response to the whole explosion of social media and how that seems to connect you to people — and it does, it’s an amazing tool. But at the same time you’re connected you’re separated also; you’re not looking at the person’s face, you’re not having a direct conversation with them.” By the time Blue Elan Records President Kirk Pasich happened upon

Williams on the promenade a couple of years ago, she had self-released three albums (her self-titled 2007 debut, 2008’s “Decoration Aisle” and 2012’s “The Earth & the Sea”) that reflected her songwriter influences (Bob Dylan, Carole King, Elliott Smith). She had also disentangled herself from a disappointing dance with Interscope. Drawn in by Williams’ expressive warmth and insightful writing, Pasich signed her. In August Blue Elan released “Boomerang,” a polished, earfriendly production that balances winsome sweetness (“Anything Worth Saving,” “Fool’s Gold”) with darker introspection (“Out of Sight, Out of Mind”). Now, after a year of performing in listening rooms and theatres where audiences are showing up to hear her solo or to open for Blue Elan labelmates like Rusty Young and Poco or Jack Tempchin, for whom she opens at McCabe’s Guitar Shop on Sunday, Williams says she’s “really enjoying” performing in clubs. But she still busks when her touring schedule allows. (Continued on page 14)

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“It’s kind of like a meditation for me,” she explains. “I feel like I grew up there; it feels like home, and there’s something comforting about going out there and playing. I think it’s something I’ll always do.” She’s recorded a song with Young that will be released next year and plans to promote “Boomerang” with more shows in January. She’d like to take a break from the “whirlwind” of the last few months and try a different approach to her next album. “I think I’m going to take a couple weeks to just settle down, maybe actually

busk a little bit and write,” she says. “I’d really like to take a month off and go somewhere and write the next record. I’ve never actually written a record as a full piece of work; I’ve always put the record together from songs I’d already written. I’ve never sat down and said, ‘I’m going to write a record,’ y’know? I’m hoping for the next record to do something more like that.”

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dishes, sustainable seafood and vegan options. It was definitely Danny’s atmosphere that had people hooked, and unique touches like the mural on the wall filled with caricatures of Venice characters and legends. Out of respect for the legacy of Danny’s, they didn’t remove the mural but

the fancy side. Dishes like butternut squash flatbread, poached pear salad and lobster roll stand alongside fish tacos, wings and onion rings. The presentation is also unlike most boardwalk food. No pizza on paper plates or kettle corn in bags here. Instead, seafood linguine is plated with seasonal

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vegetables. The steak frites is cooked to order and topped with savory herb butter. The most popular dishes on the menu are fish and chips and the three types of burgers: Breakwater, Venice Beach and turkey. The fish — Alaskan cod — is handdipped in the back. It’s sustainable, which is a philosophy the company extols its belief in. Chef Jesse has had free reign in planning Surfside’s menu, except for one item. (Continued on page 16)

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Surfside ups the fish-and-chips game with tempurabattered wild Alaskan cod roasted red pepper sauce, toasted sesame seeds, cinnamon, tomato juice and peppers, corn masa and olives. “But my grandma doesn’t have recipes,” he continues. “So if I wanted to learn how to make them, I’d have to sit with her and have her show me.” For now, Surfside diners can munch on a fried chicken sandwich, farro bowl or bread pudding. The menu is exceptionally diverse, with something for everyone. Gluten-free? They got it. Vegan? Yes. The bar severs up hood-honorin’ names like Boardwalk Breeze, Windward Avenue and

Venice Fruit Stand. They also offer complimentary soda or coffee to designated drivers. While it’ll be hard for Surfside to compete with the iconic decor of Danny’s — the mural, the photographs of Venice in its heyday from the Venice Historical Society, the last original gondola bought by Abbot Kinney hanging from the ceiling — Gutierrez hopes to delight return diners with a menu overflowing with delicious, some even surprising, options: Korean tacos, pork belly mac-n-cheese, and for dessert a peach or blueberry cobbler (served, of course, with locally made ice cream).

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Let’s Do Brunch @ DOMA Kitchen

Kick off your Thanksgiving with the most important meal of the day — brunch, of course! Doma Kitchen is serving up a hearty breakfast menu from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. that includes pumpkin pancakes, smoked salmon eggs benedict, egg and chicken sausage breakfast sandwiches with bacon and smoked gouda, and an autumn salad with butternut squash, beets, arugula, goat cheese and pumpkin seeds bathed in a balsamic vinaigrette. 4325 Glencoe Ave., Ste. 8, Marina del Rey. (310) 301-0583;

Thanksgiving by the Beach @ Sidewalk Café Some things are just better by the beach, and a Thanksgiving meal with an ocean view is probably one of them. Sidewalk Café serves

up a traditional turkey dinner with stuffing, mashed potatoes, yams, cranberry sauce, peas, carrots and bread rolls on its Venice Boardwalk patio for $13.95 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday. Tack on a pumpkin pie for dessert for just $3.95. 1401 Ocean Front Walk, Venice. (310) 399-5547; sidewalkcafevb

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Vegans from across L.A. descend on Rancho Park from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for an annual Thanksgiving Day potluck that’s completely free of animal products and has been going strong for over two decades. Bring a dish with no meat, fish, eggs, honey or dairy (or not) and connect with people over everything but turkey. 2551 Motor Ave., West L.A. Search “2017 Rancho Park Vegan Potluck” at

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Thanksgiving Retreat @ Costero California Bar & Bistro

This fine-dining option in the Sheraton Gateway hotel near LAX is like a getaway for your taste buds, and surprisingly affordable at $35. Savor cognac-scented lobster bisque, turkey with mushroom-leek dressing, salmon with lobster-and-truffle succotash, and mini pumpkin or apple pies for dessert. 6101 Century Blvd., Westchester. (310) 642-4820; costero

African Meals @ Feastly Venice

Ghanian Chef Afia A. spices up a traditional Thanksgiving turkey dinner with millet stuffing, South African green beans and African-spiced sweet potatoes from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday ($45), and offers some food coma relief with an African-inspired vegan meal featuring Moroccan mint tea and molokhia, the soup of the pharaohs, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday ($40). Both happen in Feastly’s Venice event space. Address provided upon ticket purchase. — Christina Campodonico

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“This coveted penthouse unit offers exceptional ocean, city, and mountain views,” says agent Jesse Weinberg. “A spacious floor plan provides dual masters, two-and-a-half baths, walls of glass throughout, and an oversized terrace. The private master suite provides a walk-in closet and resort-style bathroom. The warm, sophisticated material palette includes white oak hardwood floors with custom white oak vanities, and white oak LED lighting. The unit also features a powder room and two car parking.”

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“Situated on a tree-lined street, this classic coastal home allows California comfort to create a timeless private space,” says agent Stephanie Younger. “As you enter through the covered front porch, the living room welcomes you with a wood-burning fireplace framed with built-in shelving. Dinner parties in the formal dining area are a breeze thanks to the adjacent spacious kitchen. Take the party outside to enjoy the private backyard and patio space. The three spacious bedrooms offer abundant natural light.” Stephanie Younger, Compass 310-499-2020

“This is a fabulous opportunity to own a duplex in the heart of Kentwood,” say agents Bob Waldron and Jessica Heredia. “The highly desirable location sets you north of Manchester and west of Sepulveda Blvd. Both units have two bedrooms and a single bath, hardwood floors, and inside laundry facilities. This is a great investment opportunity for a user and offers terrific potential for a developer. The duplex is subject to LA rent control and possible tenant relocation. Interior inspection with accepted offer.”

“This contemporary home is located at the heart of Playa del Rey’s beachside community,” says agent Jeff Russell. “Catch sunrise and sunset views from a master suite featuring a romantic fireplace, large sitting area, and oversized spa tub. The ample kitchen is flooded with natural light and sits at the center of the home. Semi-partitioned by a fireplace, the joined dining and living rooms look out onto panoramic views. Enjoy shops, acclaimed restaurants, specialty markets, nightlife, and miles of serene beaches.”

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Homes are sold and bought 365 days a year, period!

Traditionally, the housing inventory during the holiday season is lower. There are fewer homes for sale, which drives the prices up. You obviously want top dollar for your home, and putting it on the market in the last two months of the year could be a smart move. The fewer number of comparable homes for sale, the greater the probability that a buyer will look at your home. Simply put, it’s the supply and demand theory.

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Serious Buyers Buyers that are serious don’t factor in the holidays. They are on the hunt for a home and their goal is to find one, holidays or not. You’ll know that a buyer is serious when they’re visiting open houses during a season when the majority of people are spending their spare time shopping for gifts or planning trips/holiday gatherings.

Buying a property is based largely on emotions. During the holidays, most people get together with their families and loved ones. There is a feeling of closeness and coziness in the air. Buyers walking in to your open house can picture themselves hosting gatherings there and entertaining people. In their minds, they’re making plans as to what foods to serve and who is sitting next to whom at the dinner table at the next big gathering. It is the extra motivation, the extra “carrot”

Family Time Because of the traditionally lower inventory during the holidays, buyers have fewer homes to choose from. That means major renovations before listing your home in not

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necessarily your number one priority. Yes, deep clean and de-clutter and fix smaller issues but you can hold off on renovating the garage. With that being said, that leaves you with a lot more time on your hands to spend it with your loved ones during the holidays. Now, that is a bigger priority.

Quicker Transactions Right now, there are fewer real estate transactions than there will be in the spring. The fewer number of transactions means the mortgage lenders have fewer loans to process, escrow officers have fewer closings to do, and home inspectors have fewer inspections to do. All of these factors should lead to a quicker transaction and closing for all the parties involved. One of the most frustrating things for a seller to deal with while selling their home is not getting answers in a reasonable

amount of time. A quicker transaction is going to be less stress for you.

More Appealing Neighborhood One of the really great staples of the holidays, especially Christmas, is that many people deck their homes with decorations and festive lights. This also applies to local communities where wreaths and lit-up snowflakes can be found on doors and poles up and down the main streets. People looking to purchase a home during those times may see the neighborhood in a different light and might consider buying in an area that they possibly overlooked before. ThIS week’S QueSTIoN wAS ANSwered By

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Hammers, Sickles and Star Power The Wende Museum throws a glam housewarming party to celebrate its new digs By Christina Campodonico Cold War history was the hottest ticket in town last Saturday, when the Wende Museum celebrated its grand reopening in Culver City’s newly refurbished 1940s National Guard Armory Building with the help of some Hollywood elite. German-born art book publisher Benedikt Taschen headed up a host committee that included movie star Tom Hanks, musician Moby, TV actor Mark Valley and multi-hyphenate Tim Robbins, who heads The Actors’ Gang theater company at the Culver City Substation, about a mile due east along Culver Boulevard. “There’s a corridor from the museum to our theater that Culver City is interested in filling with art or museums or theaters. I’m here to support that,” Robbins said. Hanks sent his regrets but lent the evening’s ambiance two classic Eastern Bloc autos: a jet back 1962 Chaika used by Nikita Khrushchev and a baby blue 1989 Trabant (or “Trabi”), known as the “people’s car” of East Germany and a symbol of German reunification. Artist-activist Shepard Fairey stealthily made his way through a sea of revelers sipping Soviet-red vodka cocktails and munching on mini sausage hors d’oeuvres. Valley reflected on his time stationed in Berlin as a U.S. soldier during the real “Wende,” or fall of the Berlin Wall. “There were 10,000 of us over there, more like a human trip wire in case the Soviets wanted to invade the city,” he said. “It’s just fantastic to look at pictures and paraphernalia from a place where I could only guess what was going on, over the wall, when I was there.” Taschen, a self-proclaimed “child of the Cold War” and a major financial backer of the Wende, stood next to museum founder Justin Jampol as state Sen. Ben Allen and a representative for the L.A. County Board of Supervisors handed out certificates of recognition. Later, he recalled worrying as a young boy that the Soviets would drop an atom bomb on his home city of Cologne, then part of West Germany.


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“I recall the biggest threat in the Cold War time was a nuclear attack. … Maybe that was why I left Germany and moved to Los Angeles,” said Taschen, who went on to praise Jampol and Culver City for making the Wende’s new home possible. “I’m just delighted to have a chance to

finally serve the community in the way that we always envisioned,” said Jampol. Public visits to the Wende Museum (10808 Culver Blvd.) resume Nov. 24. Admission is free. Call (310) 216-1600 or visit

O n S t ag e – Th e w e e k i n lo c al t h e a t e r “The SantaLand Diaries” @ Santa Monica Playhouse Patrick Censoplano dons the candy cane tights for this David Sedarispenned play about the humorist’s stint as an unemployed writer working as an elf in a Macy’s department store. Expect laughs and eggnog. Opens with a preview performance at 8 p.m. Thursday (Nov. 30) and continues at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 17 at Santa Monica Playhouse,

suggested donation. (310) 822-8392; cluding Nov. 24, 25 and 26) through Dec. 16 at Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Ave., Westchester. $25. Adulting:“Avenue Q” (310) 645-5156; visit kentwood@ Westchester Playhouse It’s a Hard-Knock Life:“UK The Kentwood Players revive the dog” @ Pacific Resident Theatre Playwright Steve Spiro traces the ups celebrated Broadway musical that The Singularity:“Wake” and downs of his East London boyhood explores the challenges and disap@ City Garage pointments of adulthood alongside to find the good in his rough past. Written by the author of the internaNow playing at 8 p.m. Saturdays and kid-show puppets grappling with tional bestseller “The Glass Books 4 p.m. Sundays (including Nov. 25 and some very grownup issues. of Dream Eaters,” this play follows 26) through Dec. 17 at Pacific Resident Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and a woman as she awakens from a Theatre, 703 Venice Blvd., Venice. $15 Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays (incryogenic slumber many years in the 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. $29.50. (310) 394-9779, ext. 2;

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? Catch the play at 3 p.m. Sunday (Nov. 26) at City Garage, Bergamot Station T-1, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica. $25. Regular performances resume next week at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 3 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 17. (310) 453-9939; — Christina Campodonico

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Thursday, Nov. 23

Teen Nanowrimo, 3:30 to 5 p.m. (also Nov. 29). Teen writers meet up for snacks, raffles and writing. Venice Abbot Kinney Memorial Branch Library, 501 S. Venice Blvd., Venice. (310) 821-1769;

ICE at Santa Monica, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Put down the second helping of turkey and stuffing, get off the couch and celebrate the holiday season with ice-skating in downtown Santa Monica. Regular hours are 2 to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 2 p.m. to midnight Fridays, 10 a.m. to midnight Saturdays, and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays through Jan. 15. 1324 5th St., Santa Monica. $15 skate rental and all-day admission. (310) 260-1199;

Thanksgiving Party at Erewhon!, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. The day before Thanksgiving, Erewhon hosts a fabulous and fun feast on its beautiful lit terrace. Several local eateries bring delicious fare for tasting. Erewhon Market, 585 Venice Blvd., Venice. Free. ErewhonMarketVenice Venice Underground Comedy and Bootleg Bombshells Burlesque, 9 and 11 p.m. (also Nov. 29). Start the night with some of L.A.’s best comics, and finish it with a burlesque show featuring Bootleg Bombshells. The Townhouse & Del Monte Speakeasy, 52 Windward Ave., Venice. No cover. (310) 392-4040; Thanksgiving Eve at The Room, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Let loose and have fun before the big day, with DJ Maple Syrup pouring out old-school classics, party jams, hip-hop, ’80s/’90s, Latin and world grooves. The Room Santa Monica, 1325 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica. No cover or table reservation fee.

Rancho Park Vegan Thanksgiving Day Potluck Picnic, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. L.A.’s biggest vegan potluck event connects people over delicious food and live music. Bring musical instruments to participate in the open mic or a Frisbee or ball to get a game going. Well-behaved dogs welcome. Bring a vegan dish that serves eight to ten people per every member of your party as well as your own dishes and utensils. 2551 Motor Ave., West L.A. Free. Search Rancho Park Vegan Potluck at Thanksgiving Brunch and Dinner Cruises, noon to 2 p.m. and 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. With unforgettable views, DJ entertainment, dancing under the stars and a four-course dinner, this two-and-a-half-hour cruise is a romantic holiday getaway. Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. $68.95 to 92.95; reservations

required. (310) 301-9900;

Mar Vista. (310) 559-7798 or (310) 351-9876

Chris Murphy Solo Show, 8 p.m. Chris Murphy performs his hauntingly delightful one-man folk, gypsy and jazz show on violin and vocals. Mercede’s Grille, 14 Washington Blvd., Marina del Rey. No cover. (310) 827-6209

Santa’s Lil’ Savers, noon to 3 p.m. Lucky Black Friday shoppers are treated to a holiday shopping spree courtesy of Santa Claus and his band of jolly elves, making the rounds in downtown Santa Monica all afternoon surprising shoppers by paying for purchases up to $100.

Live Music Thursdays, 9 to 11 p.m. Discover new bands by the beach. A new blues, reggae, rock or hip-hop artist is featured each week after Thursday Night Football—even on Thanksgiving. Surfside, 23 Windward Ave., Venice. No cover. (424) 256-7894; 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;

Friday, Nov. 24 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.,

Creative Gratitude Mar Vista ArtWalk celebrates Small Business Saturday It’s hard for art not to spill out onto the streets during the Mar Vista ArtWalk. Actually, that’s the idea: artists live paint on the sidewalk, makers display one-of-a-kind wares, live music fills the air, and street theater could break out at any time. On Saturday, the Mar Vista ArtWalk returns to Venice Boulevard — this time in partnership with local merchants to celebrate Small Business Saturday. Art and music combine with holiday shopping and dining specials from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. all the way from Inglewood Boulevard to Beethoven Street. This art walk’s theme is “Gratitude.” Full Circle Pottery (12023 Venice Blvd.) hosts a holiday bazaar, and Alana’s Coffee Roasters and the Mar Vista Art Department offer in-store specials. Meanwhile, Coffee Connection (on the corner of Venice and Centinela) turns into a hub for live music and performance throughout the afternoon. After 4 p.m., local bands Randy’s Candy, Shere Disraeli, Seablood, Fox Trails,

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; 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; Hot Jazz Fridays, 8 p.m. Brad Kay’s Regressive Jazz Quartet plays early jazz and ragtime music, then DJ Jedi spins soul, funk, hip-hop, disco and dance music after 10 p.m. in The Del Monte. DJ Anthony Valadez gets things moving in the Townhouse bar at 10 p.m. Townhouse & Del Monte Speakeasy, 52 Windward Ave., Venice. No cover. (310) 392-4040;

Saturday, Nov. 25 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;

Local creative talent (and cute babies) take center stage during Mar Vista ArtWalk Sonic Acrylic and Westerner are interspersed between deejay sets. Between 4 and 7 p.m., Canela Cocina Latina, Little Fatty’s, Grand View Market and The Mar Vista offer community happy hour specials. Be sure to check out standout artwork by local school children in participating businesses, and stop by 12200 Venice Blvd. between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. for a pop-up spoken word jam and live-painting by Mar Vista artist PinkRiches. A kid’s carnival, caroling and a block party hosted

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by Rising Sons Independent round out the day of activities on the boulevard. — Christina Campodonico The Mar Vista ArtWalk: Gratitude happens from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday (Nov. 25) along Venice Boulevard from Beethoven Street to Inglewood Boulevard. Visit for updates.

Vintage Holiday Boutique, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tresor de Vintage participates in this fall vintage holiday bazaar. Find all the best vintage clothing, jewelry and accessories you’ve been searching for and enjoy coffee, mimosas and hors d‘oeuvres. Santa Monica Bay Women’s Club, 1210 4th St., Santa Monica. $5. Mar Vista ArtWalk: Gratitude, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Local artists and local businesses team up to put on a show, with live music and performance flooding Venice Boulevard between Inglewood Boulevard and Beethoven Street.

emerging artists, indie designers and vintage enthusiasts in an alternative retail setting, Artists & Fleas provides a community gathering spot and hipster haven each second and fourth Saturday of the month. Westminster Elementary School, 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice. Free. “Everything is Mama” Storytime, 11 a.m. Take a lighted look at the word Mama from the baby’s point of view in Jimmy Fallon’s new story about different animals trying to teach their children that there are other words for familiar words and activities. Activities follow the reading. Barnes & Noble, 13400 Maxella Ave., Marina del Rey. Free. (310) 306-3213; Mighty Mealz Demo, noon to 3 p.m. Jumpstart your New Year’s health and fitness goals by finding out about Mighty Mealz, a client-based meal service. Lorna Jane, 4724¼ Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. Free. Search Lorna Jane Mighty Mealz on Music by the Sea, 1 to 4 p.m. A scenic harbor view is the backdrop for a salsa and Latin concert by Charangoa. Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 301-9900; #MeToo Group Healing Clinic, 3 to 5 p.m. If you’ve ever been sexually harassed, humiliated, degraded, assaulted or traumatized, this healing clinic is for you. These negative feelings can get stuck in your emotional body and left unaddressed can impact different aspects of your life and relationships. This guided meditation gets to the core of stubborn issues and trauma. 2001 S. Barrington St., Ste 204, West L.A. RSVP requested.; Saturday Dinner Cruise, 7 p.m. With unforgettable views, deejay entertainment, dancing under the stars and a four-course dinner, this two-and-a-halfhour cruise makes for a quick romantic getaway. Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. $92.95; reservations required. (310) 301-9900; Grass-Fed Comedy for a Cause, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Hosted by Justin Wood, this event raises money to give a group of homeless veterans a family-style Christmas dinner. $5 suggested donation. Bareburger, 2732 Main St., Santa Monica. BareburgerSantaMonica

Breakfast at Bethany’s Popup Event, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Consume some love and art at this popup featuring music by Belushi’s Beats, live painting by PinkRiches and select artwork, posters, patches and clothes for sale. Part of the Mar Vista Art Walk. 12200 Venice Blvd., Mar Vista.

Mystic Sound Journey, 7 to 9 p.m. Experience a unique sound-scape performance by Fabian Realizer and Evan Hatfield as they guide you through a mystic sound journey, using a variety of shamanic sounds and mystical instruments such as sitar, hand pan, bowls and planetary gongs. Mystic Journey Crystal Gallery, 1704 Lincoln Blvd., Venice. (310) 314-2221;

Artists & Fleas, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Established to bring together

African Post-Thanksgiving Vegan Meal, 7 to 9:30 p.m. Take a break from

heavy holiday feasting and enjoy this light vegan dinner. Exact location in Venice shared upon sign-up. $40. Roz Washington Birthday Comedy Roast, 7 to 10:30 p.m. Join the hilarious Roz Washington as she celebrates her birthday with a comedy show and roast. The J Spot Comedy Club, 5581 W. Manchester Ave., Westchester. $12.61. jspotcomedyclub “Six-String Siren” Diana Rein, 8 p.m. Fresh off a pair of gigs with blues legend Beverly “Guitar” Watkins, Rein brings her scorching guitar riffs and sultry vocals to Unurban Coffee House, 3301 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. No cover. (310) 315-0056 or 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; Linda Perhacs and Chris Price, 8 p.m. Veteran psychedelic singer-songwriter Linda Perhacs shares a bill with songwriter Chris Price, who produced her 2014 record “The Soul of All Natural Things.” McCabe’s Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. $20. (310) 828-4497;

Sunday, Nov. 26 Malibu Lagoon Field Trips, 8:30 a.m. Beginner and experienced birdwatchers join the Santa Monica Bay Audubon Society the fourth Sunday of each month for a two-to three-hour walk exploring the lagoon and coastal region in search of 40 to 75 bird species. A shorter walk for families follows at 10 a.m. Park near the intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and Cross Creek Road, and meet at the metal-shaded viewing area next to the lot. Music at the Farmers Market, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Multicultural L.A.-based band Mayaztek perform their eclectic world beat sound created with cumbia, songo, Latin jazz, reggae and ska. Santa Monica Farmers Market, 2640 Main St., Santa Monica. 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; Music by the Sea, 1 to 4 p.m. A scenic harbor view is the backdrop for a jazz funk concert by 2Azz1. Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 301-9900;

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; “Mrs. Roosevelt,” 4 p.m. Author Glenn Hopkins reads a 29-minute film treatment or one act play about one of the 20th century’s most famous first ladies in the party room of 1415 Camden Ave., West L.A. Free. Jazzabrations: Jazz Vespers at “The Side,” 5 to 7 p.m. Celebrate and honor jazz and blues legends with this journey of great music and readings that will have you feeling wonderful about life. Morningside UCC “The Jazz Church,” 8722 S. Crenshaw Blvd., Inglewood. (740) 837-7377 7 Dudley Cinema, 7 p.m. Filmmaker David Lebrun’s animated documentary “Proteus” explores the 19th century’s engagement with the undersea world through science, technology, painting, poetry and myth. The film follows biologist and artist Ernst Haeckel, whose work influenced biology, art nouveau and surrealism. Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice. Free. (310) 822-3006;

Monday, Nov. 27 Laughtears Salon, 6 to 9 p.m. Politics, art, culture discussion. Café Pier, 212 Pier Ave., Santa Monica. Free. (310) 306-7330; Mahalo Mondays, 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Alton Clemente, DJ Vinyl Don and Record Surplus take over the Townhouse with live entertainment, tiki cocktails, Hawaiian and Polynesian vinyl, plus special guests. Townhouse & Del Monte Speakeasy, 52 Windward Ave., Venice. No cover. (310) 392-4040; Salsa Night, 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. World champion dance instructor Cristian

Oviedo leads a beginner salsa class from 8 to 9 p.m. and a beginner bachata lesson from 9 to 10 p.m. followed by live music and social dancing until 2 a.m. West End, 1301 5th St., Santa Monica. $12. 21+. (310) 451-2221; westendsalsa

Tuesday, Nov. 28 LAX Coastal Chamber Binge Networking, 8 to 9 a.m. Ditch the pitch and meet some great professionals in a casual, non-sales environment. LAX Coastal Chamber, 9100 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Ste 210, Westchester. Free for chamber members; $10 non-members. (310) 645-5151; Venice Library Fiction Book Club, 6 p.m. Each month join fellow readers for a discussion on a chosen book. This month’s selection is “A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories” by Lucia Berlin. Venice Abbot Kinney Memorial Branch Library, 501 S. Venice Blvd., Venice. (310) 821-1769; “Civic Love” Program and Workshop, 7 to 11 p.m. The Beautify Earth crew empowers artists to beautify the community and encourages social responsibility and community pride. Special guests and community leaders discuss putting your ideas into action, showing you to how to become active in your community. Bareburger, 2732 Main St., Santa Monica. Free. facebook. com/BeautifyEarth Sofar Sounds: Culver City, 8:15 to 10:30 p.m. A carefully curated set of live music, kept secret until showtime, at a secret location in Culver City. Get instructions at Tuesday Night Jazz, 9:15 p.m. Every Tuesday night The Julian Coryell Trio hard grooves for two sets of organ trio jazz at TRiP, 2101 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 396-9010;

Wednesday, Nov. 29 Westchester Life Story Writing Group, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This memoir-writing group meets Wednesdays at the YMCA Annex, 8020 Alverstone Ave., Westchester. $10 donation per semester. (310) 397-3967 Toastmasters Speakers by the Sea Club, 11 a.m. to noon. In this workshop to develop better presentation skills, Toastmasters present the fundamentals of public speaking in the relaxed, enjoyable atmosphere of a Toastmasters meeting. Pregerson Technical Facility, 12000 Vista del Mar, Conference Room 230A, Playa del Rey. (424) 625-3131; “Paz Win: The Installation You Can’t Un-See,” noon to 6 p.m. through Dec. 1. This giant threedimensional interactive installation represents the road of life and all the drama of interpersonal relationships, showing the most extreme emotions people experience. Highways Performance Space, 1651 18th St., Santa Monica. Free. (310) 453-1755; Unkle Monkey Show, 6 to 9 p.m. Local favorites perform acoustic music and comedy each Wednesday in the Tiki Bar with special guest appearances including an Elvis impersonator. The Warehouse Restaurant, 4499 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. No cover. (310) 823-5451; Grand View Market Open Mic Night, 7 p.m. Each Wednesday night, anyone can sign up to do a four-minute comedy set or perform two songs. Grand View Market, 12210 Venice Blvd., Mar Vista. (310) 390-7800

Thursday, Nov. 30 Christmas Open House, 3 to 7 p.m. Enjoy a festive signature poinsettia cocktail and sweet treats while picking out a Christmas tree. Armstrong Garden Center, 3226 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 829-6766;

Death Café, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Death is not an easy subject to talk about, yet everyone is touched by it. This is an opportunity to talk about feelings, fears and anything else on topic without judgment or expectations. Venice Abbot Kinney Memorial Branch Library, 501 S. Venice Blvd., Venice. Free. (310) 821-1769; Holiday Tree Lighting, 6 p.m. Join Santa as he lights the Santa Monica holiday tree. Sing classic Christmas carols while the little ones get creative at the coloring stations. Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica. Venice Neighborhood Council Land Use and Planning Committee, 6:30 p.m. The committee meets on the first and last Thursdays of each month at Oakwood Recreation Center, 787 California Ave., Venice.

Galleries & Museums Safe Place for Youth “100 Pieces” Art Show, 7 to 11 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30. Local artists and makers have donated one or more of their creations for a potluck-style silent auction to benefit nonprofit homeless youth services organization Safe Place for Youth. Enjoy art, music, drinks and hanging with the artists. Steelhead, 12901 W. Jefferson Blvd., Del Rey. “Carolyn Castaño: A Female Topography 2001-2017,” through Dec. 10. Drawing inspiration from her bicultural identity, Castaño’s work mixes styles from L.A. street culture with the formalism of early 19thcentury botanical drawings in an ongoing exploration of identity, gender and social conditions facing women. LMU’s Laband Art Gallery, 1 LMU Drive, Westchester. (310) 338-2700; Send event information at least 10 days in advance to calendar

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