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VOL 48, NO 49

NEWS

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THIS WEEK

Holiday festivities continue this weekend ........................................ 34

LAPD Gets Tougher on Venice Crime Chief Moore has deployed more officers and strategies near the beach ........................ 8

On the Scene Venice Sign Lighting is a rockin’ affair ....... 36

A Place to Play

Plans for Del Rey dog park announced ...... 9

WESTSIDE HAPPENINGS

Venice Stories Beyond Baroque Founder George Drury Smith ............................... 10

Holiday Boat Parade

Glistening Snow! Snow Wonder and Marina Lights brighten up Burton Chace Park ......................... 19

Mary Gauthier brings the voices of veterans to McCabe’s ............................ 32 Historian John Meacham on America’s soul ...................................... 37

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Going Native Santa Monica star chef Nyesha Arrington on the joys of sustainable cooking ............... 20

Can a recovering addict and a teetotaler date? ................................. 36

ARTS & EVENTS A Wonderland on the Water Marina del Rey’s favorite yuletide tradition returns to the harbor ........................... 12

Milk Carton Kids Venice art installation speaks for 14,000 immigrant youth in U.S. detention camps ............................. 34

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L e t t e rs ‘A Smile on Everyone’s Face’ Re: “Old Friends, New Friends: GrandPals helps preschoolers and seniors laugh, play and dance across the generation gap,” Feature, Nov. 21 Thank you for the article on Sunrise Senior Living and

Voyages Preschool. My mother spent the last three years of her life at Sunrise and participated in the activities with the preschoolers. She especially enjoyed coloring with them. Her great grandchildren live out of state, so she didn’t have that many

opportunities to be with little ones. Many of the residents don’t have young family members nearby, and this partnership provides a social engagement that all participants enjoy. Those little preschoolers put a smile on everyone’s face. Hopefully this

article will encourage other senior living communities and preschools to form partnerships like this one. Carol Baer Westchester This program makes so much sense. Being around little ones helps keep older people feeling young, and in our busy world it is rare for little ones to have people around who are not rushing and racing and checking their phones. It must be wonderful to see everyone just enjoying being together. I lived in Europe for a few years, and this type of program seemed common — preschools were often built near senior centers for this exact reason. Bravo for bringing it to Mar Vista! Allison Bragard Culver City Thank you for the wonderful article. My 89-year-“young” mom is a resident of Sunrise Villa Culver City and looks forward to the visits from the children. It is such a special time for the young and young at heart to connect. For my mom it brings back memories of her own children and grandchildren. The smiles and joy are evident from the children and the seniors. It is so important that

our community embrace multigenerational programs. As the saying goes, it takes a village. Bringing local children to interact with seniors creates such a positive and upbeat connection. Thank you for the lovely article highlighting this wonderful program! Randi Rawlins Mar Vista Loved seeing the article about intergenerational activities at Sunrise. There is a beautiful reciprocity in these relationships. To me, the most important thing in cultivating an inter-generational friendship is getting past cultural differences to discover a shared interest. Sahar Edalati Culver City Thank you so much for writing the GrandPals article. My dad lives at Sunrise Villa. It’s a wonderful and safe place for my dad, and the staff takes great care of the residents. Having a program where children come in and simply “play” with the residents, without fear or judgment, is so wonderful for everyone. To see the residents light up with joy when they see these children walk in is truly a heartwarming (Continued on page 11)

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By Gary Walker In late October, Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore promised a raucous audience at a town hall about homelessness in Venice that he would soon return for an in-depth discussion of local crime and try to station more patrol officers on the Venice Boardwalk. Venice now has 10 additional police officers assigned to the boardwalk, Moore announced to an attentive audience of more than 150 people last Thursday during a town hall meeting at Westminster Avenue Elementary School. “We’re here to listen and to work with you on solutions for the issues that you care about in a very challenging area to do police work,” said Moore, who took charge of the LAPD in June. LAPD Capt. James Setzer, the commander of the Pacific Division, credited the combination of the additional officers and several new enforcement strategies implemented by former Pacific Division Patrol Capt. James Roberts (promoted to a new assignment last week) for a reduction in crime along the boardwalk in the last month.

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Violent crime is up but property crimes have fallen in 2018 in zone A11, which encompasses Ocean Front Walk and the surrounding areas One strategy has been to enforce the overnight curfew on Venice Beach and the boardwalk, asking people to remove tents from the area. During the meeting, police showed a map of 81 encampments they had identified near the beach in October. Due to a rise in the number of illegal bicycle “chop shops” in the vicinity of the

boardwalk, these strategies included the creation of a local task force dedicated to identifying stolen bicycles and breaking up bike theft rings. Of the 359 thefts reported on or near the beach area this year, 79 were stolen bicycles. “We’re putting a special emphasis on stolen bicycles. We’re compiling all of

the reports that we have of stolen bicycles and the tips that we get about chop shops, and we’re going after them,” said Lt. Randy Goddard, commanding officer of the Pacific Detective Division. Despite the 10 new officers, some (Continued on page 11)

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Del Rey will soon get a Dog Park Residents of Del Rey have been campaigning for a dog park for years, and it looks like they’ll soon get their wish. Plans for an off-leash play area for dogs at Glen Alla Park are beginning to take shape after a Nov. 28 announcement by L.A. City Councilman Mike Bonin that he has secured funding for the project. The plan is to repurpose parts of the existing park to create play areas for both large dogs and smaller or more timid digs, plus benches for pet owners, water stations for dogs and dog waste cleanup bag dispensers. “The new Glen Alla Dog Park is coming to the neighborhood beYelp Photo by Susan O.

Glen Alla Park will soon accommodate public off-leash play areas for dogs

cause of true community collaboration,” Bonin said. “This dog park will be a testament to what can happen when neighbors work together to create the community they want for their families and for future generations.” Much of the momentum towards creating a park for Del Rey’s fourlegged friends began with a prior neighborhood council, and the current board has continued the push for it. “This is a win for everyone. Our children will have a safer place to play, and dogs will have a muchneeded, legal and properly designed area,” said Del Rey Neighborhood Council member Matt Wersinger, also a member of the Glen Alla Park Community Park Advisory Board. The city’s Recreation and Parks Commission will formally consider the proposal later this month, and officials expect construction could begin as early as February for a grand opening next summer. “A dog park will not only create a space for man’s best friend and their owners, but also create a safe place for kids and families to enjoy the park as well,” said Del Rey resident Keith Jeffries, who said his grandchildren were almost bitten by dogs at the park last year. “I think it’s great that we are building a dog park at Glen Alla Park.”

Bass will lead Congressional Black Caucus Rep. Karen Bass (D- Los Angeles), whose district includes Culver City as well as Mar Vista and Del Rey, will become the first woman to lead the Congressional Black Caucus when the 116th Congress convenes on Jan. 3. “I’m humbled by the support I’ve received from my colleagues,” Bass said. “I look forward to continuing the progress we’ve made on behalf of future generations, not only in Los Angeles but throughout the country.” A frequent and outspoken critic of President Trump, Bass will also serve on the House Judiciary Committee, which oversees federal law enforcement agencies. Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance), a Trump antagonist chosen last week to help guide Democratic messaging strategy in the House, is also a member of the Judiciary Committee. Bass has been a trailblazer since first taking elected office in 2004. In 2008 she became the first AfricanAmerican woman to serve as Speaker of the California Assembly. On Nov. 6 she was reelected to her fifth term in Congress with more than 88% of the vote.

Rep. Karen Bass (D- Los Angeles) “I’m truly excited to see the energy and determination Karen Bass will bring to her role as chair of the Congressional Black Caucus,” reads a statement by current House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. Created in March 1971, the caucus describes its goals as “positively influencing the course of events pertinent to African-Americans and others of similar experience and situation.”

‘Can the Trash!’ campaign encourages kids to think green

Local third, fourth and fifth graders are encouraged to submit their artwork for a chance to have it displayed on beachside trash barrels For decades, beach cleanups have undoubtedly helped take tons of debris off local beaches, usually with the help of teens and adults. Now Los Angeles County officials want to instill the importance of keeping trash out of watersheds in the next generation. The county Department of Beaches and Harbors is sponsoring a countywide contest for third, fourth and fifth graders called the “Can the Trash! Clean Beach Poster Contest,” which

county representatives say is designed to educate children on the dangers of ocean pollution that often shows up on Playa del Rey’s Dockweiler State Beach, in the Venice Canals and on Santa Monica Beach. A music video called “Clean and Blue,” which can be viewed at https:// youtu.be/r6MQcYcKkD8, is part of the educational beach cleanup campaign as well as an activity guide for youngsters.

“The main point of this is to convey that keeping trash and other pollutants off our beaches can begin at home. If we can convince people to clean up oil leaks from their cars, pick up after their dogs and keep stormwater runoff on their property, maybe we wouldn’t have to do as many cleanups,” said Nicole Mooradian, a spokeswoman with Beaches and Harbors. “We hope that kids will watch the video and in turn educate their

parents and friends about the importance of keeping debris off the streets.” Five winners from each grade will be chosen and their artwork will be wrapped around beach trash barrels along the coast. Contest entries will be accepted until Jan. 12, 2019. “We hope to make this an annual contest,” Mooradian said. Winners will be announced at the Dockweiler Youth Center in early 2019. December 6, 2018 THE ARGONAUT PAGE 9


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From left to right: Former Pacific Division Patrol Commander Capt. James Roberts, Former Pacific Division Commander Dominic Choi, Pacific Senior Lead Officers Jennifer Muther and Kristan Delatori, and LAPD Chief Michel Moore were on hand during a Venice town hall

LAPD Gets Tougher on Crime in Venice (Continued from page 8)

residents insisted Venice should have even more, considering the taxes resulting from the neighborhood’s high property values and the escalating rents that some businesses pay as the reason for additional personnel. Moore said he took the new officers from other parts of the city, making Venice now one of the best-patrolled communities of Los Angeles. “We’ve allocated more funds for Venice than we have for many other parts of the city. Crime rates here are lower than in other parts of the city,” Moore told the audience. Setzer cited a 3% dip in crime along and in the vicinity of Ocean Front Walk and Pacific Avenue over the past month. But in the same area, he acknowledged, violent crime is up 22% so far this year. “The crime areas where they’re up are sexual assaults, robberies, aggravated

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assaults and thefts. We’ve had 19 sexual assaults to date, a 70% increase — 17% [among] acquaintances; six cases [31.5%] where transients were involved but those assaults came against another

east of Lincoln Boulevard and west of Abbot Kinney Boulevard, but violent crime is up 21% overall for the year. That includes 12 robberies and 48 aggravated assaults: “Again, we had the criminal

your [homicide] numbers don’t reflect that,” said Shelle Moeller, who with her husband Klaus owns the Ben and Jerry’s Ice cream shop on Ocean Front Walk. Setzer answered that when someone dies, police have to determine if the cause of death was by suicide, an accidental death or murder, and the latter is not always the case. Overall, those who attended the town hall seemed happy that the LAPD’s high command had taken the time to come to — LAPD Chief Michel Moore Venice. Alex Poe, who lives near on a walk street near the beach, said he hopes police homeless person,” Setzer reported. “So homeless preying on the helpless homedo more on the boardwalk, including we’ve had criminal homeless preying on less,” said Setzer. There have been 153 continuing to enforce the boardwalk the helpless homeless.”  thefts reported in the area, including 50 curfew. There have been 12 robberies, an uptick stolen bicycles, he said.  “I appreciate that the situation on the of 12%, and 111 aggravated assaults, a “That’s a pretty realistic picture of what boardwalk is complicated, and I’m 21% increase. Of those aggravated we’re facing in the Venice community,” encouraged that they’re listening,” he concluded. assaults, 71 happened on the boardwalk, A group of residents challenged some of Poe said. 49 were transient-related, 28 were Setzer also announced a new email the statistics as possible undercounts determined to be homeless-on-homeless address that residents can use to air despite that assertion. violence. grievances and report crimes: “There was someone killed in front of Crime dipped this month in the Oakwood neighborhood and surrounding our store recently, and I want to know why venicecommunity@lapdonline.com.

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Thank you for the great article about the Grand Pals program at the Culver experience, and something this world City Sunrise. It is so nice to see people needs more of. I am so grateful for this like Sherri and Paola get positive program.   attention for a program that has Alan Schilt  become so important to many of the Mar Vista residents. I know my mother lights up

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Marina del Rey’s biggest party on the water returns Saturday, Dec. 8, and those of us who help put it all together couldn’t be more excited. We have many returning participants this year as well as some promising first-time entries, and we wish them all luck. Our theme this year is “Holiday Water Wonderland,” suggested by Ed Robbins. Our grand marshal is Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn, who will ride aboard the grand marshal yacht Undaunted, owned by Marty Schorr and writer-photographer Pat Reynolds. We’d extend our heartfelt thanks to announcers Lisa Osborne and Mickey Laszlo, who will again be stationed at Burton Chace Park, and to this year’s awards judges: L.A. City Councilman Mike Bonin, LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce Chairman of the Board Ryan Gales, local real estate specialist Olivia Patterson-Ryans, and recent Rotary International District 5280 Governor Cozette Vergari. Personally, I wish to thank all of those who volunteer so many hours of their own time to bring it all together. Thank you to our officers: Vice President Lowell Safier, Treasurer Phil Seelig, Secretary Judith Ciancimino, and Past President Cindy Williams. Thank you to our board of directors: Diane Barretti, Jerry Magnussen, Christine Rohde, Louis Scaduto and Bob Singer. Thank you to prize coordinator Melanie Williams, and thank you to all of our many, many volunteers on the day of the event. Your devotion and hard work ensures that the community enjoys a spectacular parade. Happy holidays, everyone. Here’s the 56th annual Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade! Kelly King President, Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade

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By Paul M. J. Suchecki Banish thoughts of “bah humbug” to another day with an outing to the 56th annual Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade, an innovative nautical spectacle of lights returning to the harbor Saturday night. From the moment fireworks light at the harbor at 5:55 p.m. sharp, dozens of local boaters spread joy with animated lights and musical spectacles that spread humor and good cheer for thousands of spectators along the marina’s main channel. This year’s theme says it all: Holiday Water Wonderland. “Every year people do an incredible job decorating their boats, and this year should be no

exception,” says Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn, grand marshal of this year’s parade. “No matter what you celebrate — Christmas, Hanukkah, or Festivus for the Rest of Us — bring your family and friends.” Though synchronizing Christmas lights for intricate displays is getting easier thanks to outdoorrated LEDs and new software designed for the task, decorating a boat raises a new set of challenges, including the most basic: safety. Saltwater makes an excellent electrical conductor, so everything has to be tightly insulated, and you don’t want to overload circuits. “It takes an awful lot of work if

you want to make a good showing, but it’s fun,” said Lynn Silverman of Del Rey Yacht Club, who took the Best Overall honors last year for an animated light display that included sea lions “tossing” gifts to each other with their noses. His 44-foot Hunter sloop Senia Jade returns to this year’s parade with a new display. “This year we’re shifting the lights and changing out different elements. We’re really excited,” he says. Longtime favorite entry and former Best Overall winner the Ellis Island II is also returning this year, says Skipper Peter Ellis, who one year used 8,000 bulbs to (Continued on page 16)


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Holiday Boat Parade Quiz Q A Q Q When was the first boat parade in the marina?

There were only about 100 boats in Marina del Rey — and almost no buildings — when the Pioneer Skippers organized the inaugural Marina del Rey Christmas Boat Parade in December 1963, about 16 months before the marina officially opened. A generator-powered Christmas tree floated aboard a raft in the main channel for several nights that week, with volunteers rowing over each night to refuel it.

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What’s the largest boat to ever join in the parade?

At a length of 145 feet, The Entertainer is as big as parade entries

The parade announcers at the park are a riot! Who are they?

Lisa Osborne and Mickey Laszlo have been announcing the parade together since 2004. Osborne is a radio news anchor who’s also been a traffic reporter, talk show host and program director. Laszlo is a voice actress and professional emcee.

Thousands watch the parade from Burton Chace Park. Who was Burton Chace?

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The late Burton W. Chace (19011972) is the founding father of Marina del Rey. A member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors from 1953 to 1972, Chace fought for and successfully oversaw the dredging and development of Marina del Rey as a unique public-private partnership.

Viewers of the first parade watched from Pieces of Eight. Where’s that?

Pieces of Eight was the original name for Shanghai Red’s, which is now known as Whiskey Red’s. In 1963 it was about the only thing standing at the end of a dirt road now called Fiji Way. The Sheraton Hotel at the end of Bali Way, then the temporary home of the California Yacht Club, was another popular hangout for spectators.

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Do winners get prizes?

You bet! The boat voted Best Overall gets $1,000 cash and a ceremonial plaque. Category winners get prize packages donated by local merchants, including gift cards for meals, activities, hotel stays and hull cleanings.

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The late actress and local personality Florence Henderson, who for years lived aboard the Big Flo III, was grand marshal of the parade in 1991 and 2015.

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By Bliss Bowen Wednesday mornings follow a routine on which the rest of the week depends for chef Nyesha Arrington: Get to the Santa Monica Farmers Market before the crowds. Seek out the Weiser Family Farms stall, where longtime friend Alex Weiser sets aside product for her to try. Sift through fresh vegetable and herb offerings that might inspire new dishes at Native, the restaurant she launched in Santa Monica last November. Arrington worked with a few different chefs in Santa Monica earlier in her career, and had ample opportunity to study them as she tagged along on their weekly pilgrimages to the farmers market. She describes her own process of selecting locally sourced food as “equal parts intention and leaving room for creative expression.” “It’s definitely rooted in seasonality and global inspiration,” she says. “We get to celebrate the farmers who are so passionate about their product, and I get to apply my creative technique based on what they’re excited about.” Before launching Native, Arrington was executive chef and partner at Leona in Venice, where she earned accolades for her “progressive California cuisine.” Prior to that career-boosting experience, she built her impressive resume working at several restaurants with mentor and world-renowned chef Josiah Citrin, including Mélisse and Cachette in Santa Monica; executive chef work in the Virgin Islands and consulting gigs in Hawaii; and most famously as a contestant on Bravo’s cooking competition show “Top Chef.” She has developed a reputation as an innovative cook to watch — one who blends the formal French cooking techniques in which she was trained with organic local produce, the Korean dishes she grew up helping her grandmother

make, and her philosophy of sourcing and cooking food sustainably. Composing with Food A chef’s art of creating recipes is akin to composers harmonizing soprano and bass notes, only with food — an analogy that delights Arrington, whose father is a funk bassist. She likens her approach to a new dish to a painter considering a blank canvas. “I ask myself about texture — whether that’s crunchy or crispy, or is that soft and unctuous, or is that silky,” she says.

Then we braise it for about three hours and allow it to sit in its braising liquid for about an hour as it tenderizes, and then from there we allow it to air dry. Then we finish it on the grill during service. So you have undertones of California bay leaf that we get fresh — it’s phenomenal — and mild undertones of chile. It sort of perfumes the octopus itself. That comes to life when you char it, because chile burns very easily, so you get these very pleasant undertones of char. “To hit on the opposite side of the texture spectrum, we have this very thick,

That’s just thoughtful cooking. “If there’s a color wheel, or a band with bass guitar and drums and cymbals, a plate is the same way; they have to be able to riff off of each other. Not any one thing should stand out greatly. But when you’re composing a dish, everything should have a purpose and a reason to really create a memorable experience.”

All about the Byproduct The octopus dish was the result of Arrington’s specific goal of creating something that “celebrates Los Angeles, with mild Latin undertones, bold flavors with lemony, citrus-forward flavors with chile undertones, and then this yogurt that sort of hugs your palate with the octopus.” Other recipes are born of byproduct. Like a growing number of chefs, Arrington ascribes to the nose-to-tail principle of cooking, responding to issues of environmental sustainability by finding — Chef Nyesha Arrington uses for every part of an animal or plant so nothing is wasted. While she only uses “commodity-style vegetables” for, say, “These are the adjectives I set forth before creamy, cool, sort of Lebanese-style chicken stock, a roasted carrot dish calls I even think about what the ingredients are yogurt that we put on the dish. We really for heirloom vegetables whose earthy going to be. Then definitely you want to don’t do too much of that, because you beauty is showcased directly on the plate. have these foreground flavors and don’t want battling flavors. You want Carrot tops then inspire other uses. midtones, if you will. Background flavors everything to very much complement each “That’s something we’re very passionate for me are like spice notes; a pinch of other. Because on the opposite end of the about: byproduct,” she explains. “We coriander, or a touch of nutmeg. Those are spectrum from that you have this very might use the leek bottoms in one dish the je ne sais quoi elements to a dish crunchy, crisp, what we call in the and the leek tops in another. Right now where you cannot pinpoint them exactly, restaurant ‘corn nuts’ — I cook and we are taking the leek tops and dehydratbut they’re a stepstool for the other dehydrate hominy and flash fry it. Then I ing them; it makes this beautiful green ingredients to shine, like orange zest.” toss that in just a touch of citric acid and power that tastes like sour cream and Asked to walk through the composition an Ethiopian spice blend called berbere; onion chips.” of a layered dish, she settles on the Grilled chef Marcus Samuelsson was the first one Environmental consciousness is integral Spanish Octopus that has been a celebrat- who got me very inspired by that. We to her philosophy of food. If Leona ed entrée on Native’s menu since its doors serve it with a wedge of charred lime and showcased what Arrington learned during first opened. fresh cilantro. Individually everything’s her previous 15 years as a chef in Los “The octopus itself is cared for in a way already delicious, but when you experiAngeles, Native represents more direct that translates to the dish very seamlessence that bite as a whole, the flavor messaging through food. ly,” she says. “We simply braise it in a profiles complement each other so “It’s celebrating Los Angeles cuisine, little bit of white wine and chiles and bay seamlessly and so beautifully that you sort and for me that is definitely a melting pot leaf; those are the undertones of flavor. of can’t wait to go in for the next bite. of flavors and cultures — Little Ethiopia,

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a huge Mexican or Latin population, Filipinotown, the Greek fest. It’s very exciting. I looked at this as a means to celebrate and connect culture and flavor through the lens of Los Angeles dining, so the food tends not to be very pretentious. It’s very elegant and straightforward in technique, but you’re not going to have five guys on the line with tweezers plating one dish, you know [laughs], which is the background I came up in. I came up in French fine dining kitchens and a lot of that is not realistic. The cooking is very, very precision cooking, and I love that. But I try not to take myself too seriously and let the cooking shine. What the farmers are producing, I’m a conduit for that. That’s where the name came about and the ethos of the restaurant. I figured everyone is a native something and comes from somewhere … it’s all about the nucleus of our planet. The connection happens at the dinner table, and that transcends race, color, religions — everything.” Arrington replies thoughtfully to questions, and clearly has message points she feels compelled to make. Early in her career, when she says she was a “very prideful cook,” she disdained reality cooking shows and turned down repeated invitations to compete on “Top Chef” in 2009. By 2012, when she began her first executive chef position at Wilshire Restaurant, her thinking had evolved. She accepted another invitation from “Top Chef,” and what she gleaned from that experience now undergirds her focus on messaging. She came to appreciate it as “a great tool to build a platform” (despite her discomfort with its demands for her to be more extroverted), not least because when she returned to Wilshire, a huge following went with her: “numbers doubled.” From that she derived a lesson to apply to future endeavors: “I can either go to 500,000 people and tell each one my message individually, or I can do one interview that’s televised and make a huge impact.” Women and the Kitchen Next Wednesday, Arrington will speak at the Skirball Cultural Center under the banner of “Women and the Kitchen” — a subtle twist on the stereotype about keeping women in the kitchen. For many of us, the kitchen is the vibrant hub around which a healthy home hums, and beloved maternal figures are often the ones practicing nurturing arts there with food, expressing care through the preparation of meals. Theirs is a position of respect and strength. For Arrington, “the kitchen is the heart and soul of any home”— restaurant or family. She warmly recalls awaking as a child to the aroma of pancakes cooked by her parents, and says understanding the importance of cooking in their lives (Continued on page 22)

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Open House Directory listings are published inside The Argonaut’s At Home section and on The Argonaut’s Web site each Thursday. Open House directory forms may be emailed to KayChristy@argonautnews.com. To be published, Open House directory form must be completely and correctly filled out and received no later than 3pm Tuesday for Thursday publication. Changes or corrections must also be received by 3pm Tuesday. Regretfully, due to the volume of Open House Directory forms received each week, The Argonaut cannot publish or respond to Open House directory forms incorrectly or incompletely filled out. The Argonaut reserves the right to reject, edit, and/or cancel any advertisng at any time. Only publication of an Open House Directory listing consitutes final acceptance of an advertiser’s order.

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The ArgonAuT PRess Releases Habitat for HuManity

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“On November 17, several volunteers from the Beverly Hills Greater LA Assn. of REALTORS® came together to help build a residence in South Central LA for a single mom and her children, one of whom is a member of the armed services, pending deployment. The project was sponsored by Delta Air, Habitat for Humanity, the BHGLAAR®, and other partners. The home is ultimately purchased by the buyer at a much-reduced cost, due in part to the volunteer efforts of groups like the BHGLAAR®. ” Ben Eubanks, BHGLAAR Charitable Foundation 310-968-4459

Vivian Lesny, Jesse Weinberg and Keller Williams Silicon Beach are proud to host a special evening on Thursday, December 13 from 6 to 9 pm. The event will be “The Lost Warhols” by Karen Bystedt. There will be a collection featuring photographs and arwork inspired by Andy Warhol. Refreshments, hors d'oeurves, and art will be at Playa Vista. For reservations, RSVP at Team@StreetArtHouse.com. Vivian Lesny and Jesse Weinberg KW Silicon Beach 800-804-9132

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“This gorgeous bright two-bed, two-bath, corner unit is centrally located in the Promenade building next to Concert Park,” say agents Jesse Weinberg and Vivian Lesny. “The open floorplan boasts a chef’s kitchen and a separate dining area which can also be used as a flex room or office. Both bedrooms and the living room open to an expansive private balcony overlooking a courtyard and views of the LMU bluff. The unit also includes in-unit laundry, two separate parking spaces, and modern comfort.” Offered at $859,000 Jesse Weinberg & Vivian Lesny KW Silicon Beach 800-804-9132

“This three-bed, two-bath, home is situated in the desirable living space that is the Marina City Club,” says agent Eileen McCarthy. “Enjoy all the luxurious amenities. Stay fit with the huge executive gym, free classes (yoga, stretch, cardio, spinning and more), swimming pools, and tennis courts. Enjoy the restaurant and bar, gourmet market, daytime cafe, and convenient room service. Also at your fingertips are a car wash, beauty salon, and 24 hour guarded security. This home is ideally located.” Offered at $1,150,000 Eileen McCarthy Marina Ocean Properties 310-822-8910 “Contemporary details abound in this impressive threebed, two-bath home,” says agent Stephanie Younger. “The formal entry room sets the tone with hardwood floors, a stately brick fireplace, and charming bay window. Continue to the recently renovated kitchen, complete with sleek cabinetry. Vaulted ceilings and plenty of natural light via multiple skylights create a welcoming openness. Continue through French doors to a covered backyard patio, perfect for evening dinner parties.”

“Stunning Marina and harbor views from this spacious onebed, one-bath home,” says agent Charles Lederman. “This is a blank canvas with new waterproof wood-like flooring. It’s ready for move-in or a perfect blank palette to customize to your liking. Additional features include ample storage, floor-to-ceiling windows and a large patio overlooking the marina. The home is in the Center tower, near the majority of the Marina City Club’s amenities, and ideally located near Abbot Kinney, and more.” Offered at $595,000 Charles Lederman Charles Lederman & Associates 310-821-8980

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The ArgonAuT REAl EstAtE Q&A It’s a challenge to save the 20% down payment when prices are so high. Are there any other options? Good news for aspiring real estate moguls out there — your time has come. December is often a great opportunity for home buyers, and this December is yielding more opportunity than in many recent years. As predicted, what seemed like a never-ending “Sellers’ Market”, has finally slowed down. With more homes on the market and less sales closing, Buyers can finally strive to make reasonable offers that don’t result in a bidding war and overpricing. While home prices in our area may not necessarily have dropped, homes are taking longer to sell as buyers find more choices, and therefore more leverage. Don’t miss this window in the market to finally acquire your real estate. Now, you are ready to buy but when emptying your piggy bank, it’s just not adding up to the 20% down payment. (Don’t forget to set aside funds for closing costs and the move.) In recent years, lenders have not been easy on us- individuals who are self-employed or with less than 20% down found the door to homeownership slammed in their faces. Many buyers don’t realize that things have changed, and that there now are options available to you.

I spoke with several mortgage brokers and lenders to inquire about obtaining a mortgage without selling a kidney. Vivian Gueler, an experienced loan agent and CFO at Pacific Trust Group in Los Angeles, provided this good news: “Today we are seeing jumbo loan amounts as high as $2M with as little as 10% down, something we haven’t seen since the onset of the housing crisis in 2008.” If you have amazing credit scores and are a dream borrower, even less down payment may be attainable. Mark Gregory of 1st Banker Mortgage Corp. tells me he has loan programs for purchases of up to $1.58M requiring only 5% down. Not everyone can qualify for these, but if you can, what an opportunity! Of course, the holy grail of low downpayment options is FHA financing. The loan amounts are limited so many feel they can’t make use of it in the highpriced Los Angeles market. However, the loan limit to finance a single-family home or condominium in Los Angeles County has just been raised to $726,525. These loans require only a 3.5% down-payment, and your credit scores do not have to be perfect. Not all condominiums qualify-

you need to determine if a particular condominium complex is FHA approved. The best advice I can give to aspiring property owners is to buy something. Put your money together and buy whatever it is you can afford today. My first condo cost $300,000 and I bought it with 5% down. When I sold it 5 years later, the proceeds allowed me to easily put 20% down on a property costing over $1M. This is not a unique example. This is a standard example of how people build wealth in real estate. Just get in to what you can, and your investment will pay off — I’ve had clients build significant equity in less than two years. Think you can’t afford anything? Think again-you don’t need $1M, even to live in our coveted Silicon Beach. There are currently listed condos for sale in Marina del Rey, Palms/Mar Vista, Playa del Rey, and Culver City for under $500,000. (I see one or two for under $400,000). Most of these are one-bedroom units, but location is everything, and these areas have held and increased value, proven with the test of time. For single family homes in this price range, try just a little

out of the area- for example, Inglewood, a new favorite for speculators due the NFL stadium being built there; or the West Valley, neighborhoods such as West Hills, Chatsworth, or Simi Valley. Don’t give up your dream of being a property owner. It is more attainable than you may think. Don’t just think about it, seize the current market opportunity before it passes, and buy yourself the best holiday gift — an amazing investment and home to call your own.

This week’s quesTion was answered by

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Friday, Dec. 7 The Clayhouse Annual Pottery Showcase & Sale, 4 to 9 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. Twenty five artists exhibit and sell their handmade sculptures, pottery and wares at Clayhouse, one of the oldest pottery studios on the Westside. 2909 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica. (310) 828-7071; theclayhousesantamonica.com “It’s a Wonderful Life” Screening, 6:30 p.m. Mind Over Movies screens this Frank Capra holiday classic about how much an individual can mean to an entire community. A discussion and Q&A follow the film. The Christian Institute, 1308 Second St., Santa

Music at the Wende, 7 p.m. Chamber ensemble Delirium Musicum presents “Humor Through Turmoil.” Enjoy a museum tour and reception before the concert, which begins at 8 p.m. Free. wendemuseum.org Roses & Cigarettes Benefit, 7 p.m. to midnight. Carolla Drinks hosts a cocktail and musical benefit for Roses & Cigarettes’ Jenny Pagliaro as she continues her valiant fight against metastatic breast cancer. Sanguine and Shiny open for Roses & Cigarettes, who play at 9 p.m., followed by bands The Smokin Kills and Laxi. All proceeds from the silent auction and raffle benefit Pagliaro’s battle against the Big C. South Bay Customs, 115 Penn St., El Segundo. $15. facebook. com/rosesandcigarettesband Del Rey and Kristina Olsen, 8 to 10:30 p.m. Folk and blues performer Del Rey brings her finger-style guitar and ukulele performance to McCabe’s along with California folk songwriter Kristina Olsen. McCabe’s Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. $20. (310) 828-4497; mccabes.com blackbox @ the edye: Amy Keys, 8 to 10 p.m. Once a month the hottest up-and-coming jazz musicians perform at The Edye. This month the Blackbox features vocalist and actor Amy Keys. The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. $30. (310) 434-3200; thebroadstage.org Skeeters Pool Party Band, 9 p.m. Dance to classic rock and vintage surf songs from Skeeters Pool Party. Drummers are invited to play “Wipeout” on a communal drum. Guitarists can jam on “Rockin in the Free World.” Bring your own sticks or guitar. Brennan’s Pub, 4089 Lincoln Blvd., Marina del Rey. No cover. (424) 267-2810; brennansla.com

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Mary Gauthier channels veterans’ truths most impressive reviews of Gauthier’s respected career. It’s music of consequence. Songs like “Bullet Holes in the Sky” and “The War After the War” (voicing sacrifices made by partners) reflect the hard gravity of our time while achieving uplift by conveying the catharsis soldiers discovered while channeling their trauma into song with Gauthier’s empathetic support. The 11 songs arose from sessions hosted by Songwriting-

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With:Soldiers, a nonprofit founded by singer-songwriter Darden Smith in Austin that pairs combat veterans with professional songwriters, including Gauthier, who has been working with the group for five years. Individually, the songs move. Collectively, they make a weighty statement with dignified compassion. Gauthier has created entire albums about her own traumatic struggles with addiction, sexuality, alienation and her adopted family, and so intuitively understands what veterans need: to feel heard. “I think we have the Civil War diaries of the war in Iraq and Afghanistan,” she said in a March interview with The Argonaut. “We’ve got the voices of our veterans in these songs.” — Bliss Bowen

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hood taken from detained immigrant youth: words such as “Dad,” “Freedom,” “Pets” and “Future.” 72U residents Ginger Quintanilla, Taylor Alley, Tyler Hicks, Daniel Kim, Federico Zoppei, Jacqueline Miller, Raja Man, Wale Agboola, and Cristina Marquez came together to develop the idea, which came to fruition with the help of the public art nonprofit Now Art LA. “It was done in a very pure and holistic way,” Smith said. “This is an item on every table in America and every family is aware of the milk carton and what it symbolizes, so that’s why we made the choice. This is a symbol that a child is in trouble and that we need to do something about it.” The art piece encourages viewers to engage with the issue via a QR code that links to a website created for the project. Visitors to 14000andcounting.org can sign an electronic petition, link to organizations such as the ACLU and Kids In Need of Defense, and share campaign artwork on social media. “14,000 Missing Childhoods And Counting” will remain at Windward Plaza through Dec. 7, with an effort to extend that date already in the works.

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Killer Rides Holiday Car Show Sunday, Dec. 9 Fans of classic cars, hot rods, muscle cars and exotic motorcycles can get their fix from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Killer Rides Holiday Car show at Killer Shrimp. But this isn’t just for gearheads — Santa will be there to take photos with kids, KROQ is playing music, and there’s going to be free street tacos! Donations of an unwrapped toy for the Los Angeles Fire Department’s Toys for Tots program are highly encouraged. 4211 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey | (310) 578-2293 | killershrimp.com

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I’m a recovering addict, five years sober. My ex-boyfriend was a “normie” (12-step slang for someone who hasn’t had addiction issues), and there were definitely things he just didn’t get. Do I need to date another recovering addict to feel understood? I’ve done that before, and I really don’t like it. It’s like living in a recovery bubble 24/7. — Sober A person who doesn’t have a history of addiction can understand the need to take the edge off. They’ll even admit to doing it themselves — with a cup of chamomile tea. Though “normies” tend to view addicts as lazy, an addict’s shame sometimes comes out of typically impressive qualities — like creativity and industriousness — being applied to getting loaded. Take author and former comedian Amy Dresner. In her addiction memoir, “My Fair Junkie,” she writes about suffering a grand mal seizure while shooting cocaine. Realizing that she could’ve cracked her head open, she had an epiphany — no, not to stop shooting coke, but to strap on a bike helmet before doing it. As shocking as this would be to most normie men, there are those who could still be a good partner to someone in recovery — if they’re willing to put some work into empathizing. However, it turns out there are different kinds of empathy. In short, “I feel ya” empathy is different from “I understand you” empathy. “I feel ya” is dumb empathy, the kind that just pops up automatically, without any mental effort on our part. Researchers call this auto-empathy “affective

empathy,” because “affect” is researcher-speak for the observable expression of emotion (in a person’s face, body or voice). Affective empathy involves “emotional contagion,” in which you “catch” and then automatically experience somebody’s emotion, to some degree. (It’s basically the emotional version of the mythical “contact high.”) “I understand you” empathy, on the other hand, is “cognitive empathy,” a psychological skill that psychologists also call “perspective-taking.” It involves a conscious mental effort to put yourself in another person’s shoes — to understand their point of view, motivations, and/or emotions. Research by business school professor Cynthia Wang and her colleagues finds that an ability for perspective-taking correlates with reduced prejudice and stronger social bonds. This suggests that a man who engages in it might be more likely to see you as, well … rehabulous —sober and fabulous — a person who overcame her addiction issues, instead of a bunch of addiction issues with a person attached. Finally, because you’ve probably done serious soul-searching and character correction in getting and staying sober, a man who’s a good match for you is probably one who’s taken some hard looks at himself and worked to remodel where necessary. Ideally, he’ll help you feel comfortable opening up to him by being open about his own current and former shortcomings. (Try not to laugh when he reveals deeply shameful lapses … like once stress-eating five cookies at a party.)

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Councilman Mike Bonin and rocker Andy Summers flipped the switch for the Venice Sign Lighting Five-time Grammy winner and Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famer Andy Summers, guitarist for seminal rock band The Police, charmed a feisty outdoor crowd during Saturday night’s 7th annual Venice Holiday Sign Lighting. Summers, who has been making music at his private Venice recording studio for three decades, helped L.A. City Councilman Mike Bonin flip the ceremonial switch to light up the iconic sign at Windward and Pacific avenues in holiday red and green. “I love Venice Beach and what it represents: freedom,” Summers told the crowd as the scent of marijuana wafted through the air. “The spirit of Abbot Kinney lurks ever closer. … he’s probably at Subway [the adjacent sandwich shop] right now watching us all.” The Venice Chamber of Commercesponsored program included local vendor booths throughout Windward

Circle and two hours of musical entertainment. “American Idol” Season 15 finalist Olivia Rox headlined the outdoor stage following performances by Venice-born electro-acoustic rockers Foxtrails and local R&B artist Luckson. Families with strollers and dogs in sweaters, teens on scooters, and the homeless, all cheered when the sign was lit. It was clear that Venice residents are proud of their diverse neighborhood. “Venice is really one of the jewels of the city of Los Angeles,” said Bonin, adding that in addition to being one of the great local creative hubs, the community is “the tip of the spear of a lot of significant policy issues in Los Angeles. Whether it is the changing nature of the economy and the impact that has on housing and homelessness, it’s a neighborhood where the community is stepping up and confronting the challenges on all sides.” — Shanee Edwards

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In a documentary on Lady Gaga, she talked about how whenever she reached a new pinnacle of success, her boyfriend or fiancé left her. It happened three times. My most recent boyfriend couldn’t handle it when I started to become successful. Are my options to be successful and alone or unsuccessful and loved? How do I find someone who won’t feel threatened? — Disturbed It’s often hard for a man who’s achieved less than the woman he’s with. She introduces him with “Meet my boyfriend …” and he imagines everybody finishing her thought with “… the man whose job it is to eat treats out of my hand like a squirrel.” Wave hello to “precarious manhood,” a term coined by psychologists Jennifer Bosson and Joseph Vandello for how a man’s social status must be continually earned and “can be lost relatively easily” through public failures and the exposure of his shortcomings.

We rack up our social standing in comparison with others. So, not surprisingly — in line with research I recently cited about men’s freakouts when they were told a woman beat them in every category on an exam — Bosson and Vandello write that “feelings of masculinity can be undone” by “being outperformed by a woman.” The reality is that the world is not our dating oyster. (Atheists have to take a pass on the hot churchgoers. The teetotalers go poorly with the “social crack smokers.”) Accept that success narrows your options, and concentrate on meeting men in places the honchos (or at least the highly successful) hang out. (Price points — like costly admission to a charity event — are one way to weed out many of those of middling achievement.) Narrowing the field this way should make you less likely to hear dismaying parting words from a man — those that basically translate to “I have mad respect for your success. My penis, unfortunately, has some ambivalence.”

Got a problem? Write to Amy Alkon at 171 Pier Ave, Ste. 280, Santa Monica, CA 90405, or email her at AdviceAmy@aol.com. ©2018, Amy Alkon, all rights reserved. Alkon’s latest book is “Unf*ckology: A Field Guide to Living with Guts and Confidence.” Follow @amyalkon on Twitter and visit blogtalkradio.com/amyalkon.


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with a reading of the Charles Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol.” Join in and read a prepared passage or sit back and listen to the narrators weave a story of transformation and redemption. The Christian Institute, 1308 Second St., Santa Monica. Free. ChristInst.org

Snow Wonder and Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade, Noon to 8 p.m. Kids can play and sled in snow for hours before the Boat Parade (see pages 12 and 19) starts at 5:55 p.m. Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey. visitmarinadelrey.com

Culver City Holiday Block Party, 2 to 6 p.m. The merchants along Main Street open their doors to welcome you for the holidays. Listen to music, get a chair massage, get your face painted, watch some magic and more. Main Street in Culver City. Free; $10 ticket gets you treats and a chance to win prizes. thewhole9.com

“Are You Satisfied with Your Work Life?” 1 to 3 p.m. Dr. Peter A. Crist delivers an interactive presentation to help you develop a better work life and find the satisfaction you are looking for. Pacific Resident Theatre, 705 Venice Blvd., Venice. Free; RSVP recommended. (732) 821-1144; orgonomy.org

Culver City Arts District Second Saturdays, 4 to 6 p.m. Explore the galleries of Culver City every second Saturday for the latest exhibitions, events and more. Culver City Arts District, Washington Boulevard between Helms Walk and Fairfax Avenue. facebook.com/CulverCityArtsDistrict

Melody Masters Band, 1 to 3:30 p.m. Listen to live music, nibble on light refreshments and dance the afternoon away. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. Culver City Senior Citizens Center, 4095 Overland Ave., Culver City. $5. (310) 253-6700 Music by the Sea, 1 to 4 p.m. A scenic harbor view is the backdrop for a reggae and ska concert by Upstream. Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 301-9900; visitmarinadelrey.com

‘Santa’ Monica Pub Crawl, 5 p.m. The 10th annual citywide pub crawl gives revelers four routes to choose from with 30 bars and restaurants offering food and drink specials that bring merriment and good cheer while raising funds for the Westside Food Bank. Wear your finest holiday garb for the Instagram costume contest, participate in the scavenger challenge, and join the after party at Santa’s Secret Hideaway at 1212 Santa Monica with deejays and a photo booth. $20 to $25. santamonicapubcrawl.com

“A Christmas Carol” Reading, 2 to 5:30 p.m. Step into the holiday spirit

Zoom Room Holiday Benefit, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Animal rescue groups are in

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Sunday, Dec. 9 Killer Rides Holiday Car Show & Toy Drive, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hotrods, classics, exotics and motorcycles gather alongside the harbor for a family-friendly car show. Bring an unwrapped toy donation for Toys for Tots, enjoy free street tacos and let the kids take photos with Santa. Killer Shrimp, 4211 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. Free to attend or to exhibit with RSVP. (310) 578-2293; killershrimp.com Abbot Kinney Holiday Block Party, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Celebrate holiday cheer with food trucks, a Wintry Playground (1515 Abbot Kinney Blvd.) with two snow hills, Santa’s sleigh from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., a craft camper, face painting and L.A. Kings street hockey and puck shoot. Keep an eye out for Santa. Abbot Kinney Blvd. between Venice Blvd. and Westminster Ave., Venice. Free. abbotkinneyblvd.com Jerry Rubin’s 75th Public Birthday Peace Celebration, 1 to 3 p.m. Join Jerry Rubin in celebrating his 75th birthday with music, comedy, karaoke, activist guest speakers, an open mic and a “peace cake” ceremony. Gaslite

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Historian John Meacham’s new book shows us America’s politics will probably get better “A well-organized minority can always outmaneuver an unorganized majority. … Mass frustration could bring about anything.” — Rep. John McCormack (D-Mass.), Speaker of the House from 1962 to 1971 Sobering bon mots such as those pepper Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Jon Meacham’s newest book, “The Soul of America,” a discerningly focused analysis of key turning points in American history that illustrate how we previously weathered destabilizing crises and norm-defying demagogues. Meacham discussed the book for Live Talks Los Angeles on Monday in front of a packed audience at New Roads School’s Ann and Jerry Moss Theatre in Santa Monica. Live Talks Los Angeles just launched a weekly TV show on Spectrum News 1 and will post video of Meacham’s presentation on its Vimeo

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Karaoke Bar, 2030 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica. Free. (310) 399-1000; facebook.com/jerry.rubin.98 Music by the Sea, 1 to 4 p.m. A scenic harbor view is the backdrop for an R&B and dance concert by Elements. Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 301-9900; visitmarinadelrey.com Duck Soup Trip: The Music of Vince Guaraldi, 2 to 3 p.m. The Duck Soup Trio jazz ensemble plays the music of

Hawthorne Arts Complex Open Studios & Holiday Boutique, 2 to 6 p.m. Artists open their studios for viewing, featuring oil and acrylic paintings, ceramics, photography, mixed media, fiber art and jewelry. Enjoy food, drinks and live music. Hawthorne Arts Complex, 13040 Cerise Ave., Hawthorne. hawthorneartscomplex.com

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Mt. Olive 2nd Sunday Jazz, 5 p.m. Enjoy hot cider while listening to Chris Dawson’s Christmas Swingtet playing holiday jazz at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, 1343 Ocean Park Blvd., Santa Monica. $10 donation. (310) 452-1116; mtolivelutheranchurch.org Life Rolls On Acoustic Evening, 5 to 10 p.m. This evening of acoustic music to benefit people impacted by the Malibu fire features Bret Bollinger of Pepper, Dan Kelly of Fortunate Youth, The Palms, Cali Conscious, Chris Shiflett of Foo Fighters, Brandon Jenner, Timmy Curran, and Dawn

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Monday, Dec. 10 “A Christmas Story” Screening, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Young Ralphie Parker spends his time dodging the school bully and dreaming of the perfect Christmas gift, a Red Ryder air rifle. Enjoy this Christmas favorite at ArcLight Cinemas, 9500 Culver Blvd., Culver City. $10.50 to $12.75. facebook.com/ArclightCinemas

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Wednesday, Dec. 12 Culver City Democratic Club Holiday Meeting, 7 p.m. The Culver City Democratic Club holds its monthly meeting to celebrate the Blue Wave of 2018 and plan for 2019. Light refreshments provided. Veteran’s Memorial Building, 4117 Overland Ave., Culver City. Free. (310) 398-5328; culvercitydemocraticclub.com

Museums and Galleries “Narrative Works from the 1960s,” opening reception 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. Artist Ray Brown takes a retrospective look at his seminal work from the early ’60s. FIG, Bergamot Station D2, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica. (310) 829-0345; figgallery.com “The Lost Warhols Show,” 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13. Photographer and mixed media artist Karen Bystedt boldly asked Andy Warhol to sit for a photography session when she was a student in 1982. Now, 36 years later, the photographs are the subjects of collaborations with contemporary artists in a dynamic art show. Vivian Lesny and Keller Williams Silicon Beach celebrate the art with an open bar and hor d’ouevres. Street Art House at Runway Playa Vista, 12775 Millennium Dr., Unit 115, Playa Vista. RSVP at team@streetarthouse.com. Send event information at least 10 days in advance to calendar @argonautnews.com.

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