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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2017 • 12-6PM Burton Chace Park • 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey Jump into winter at Marina del Rey’s Snow Wonder event, where children can enjoy real snow, sledding, arts & crafts, face painting, live DJ, food trucks, and much more!
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VOL 47, NO 49 Local News & Culture
Talent for a Cause
No More Us and Them
See Westchester’s Le Petit Cirque in the Nobel Peace Prize Concert ............................... 36
Homeboy Industries’ Father Greg Boyle preaches ‘the Power of Radical Kinship’ … 12
The Music of Language
HOLIDAY BOAT PARADE Photo by Ted Soqui
Photos by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Teen Vogue
Santa Monica’s NPR affiliate broadens its mission ahead of its big move . ................ 10
Southern California Burning Skirball Fire destroys homes, closes schools and shuts down the 405 .............. 11
Food & Drink The Incredible Costero LAX hotel restaurant defies expectations in the kitchen and the dining room ........... 37
Need to Know ..................................... 14 Where to Park ...................................... 16 About the Boats .................................. 18 Snow Wonder ...................................... 20
A New Dawn for KCRW
California Poet Laureate Dana Gioia explores poetry and song in Santa Monica ............ 36
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The Politics of Fashion Teen Vogue and Hillary Clinton promote youth empowerment in Playa Vista . ........ 9
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Art! Music! Wild Women! ..... 40
THIS WEEK A Continuous Wave Like founder Ger-I Lewis, the annual Venice Surf-A-Thon keeps evolving ...................... 35
On The Cover: Homeboy Industries founder Father Greg Boyle hangs with Manula Flores and Mario Lundes at Homegirl Café in Chinatown. Photo by Ted Soqui. Design by Michael Kraxenberger.
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L e t t e r s More Local History Lost Re: Local History’s Days Are Numbered: 28 Places Westsiders loved and lost in the past 5 years,” Nov. 30 Our tally of beloved Westside businesses lost in the midst of skyrocketing real estate values triggered a tsunami of emails and social media posts highlighting many that weren’t on the list. Roosterfish came up a lot, but we’re hoping it’ll have the same cultural cache when it reopens early next year. You missed a place near and dear to my heart: Café Mermaid on Panay Way, which closed on Sept. 18, 2013. I had been a patron since December 2005 and now proudly display the Café Mermaid stained glass in my apartment window (plus other Mermaid memorabilia on my front door). I was so honored when Jenny chose me to take the pieces home. Many Mermaid patrons migrated to Joni’s Coffee Roaster Café afterwards. Not sure if there are many (or any) places left to go for community and connection in the marina. Ina Barish
Liquid Kitty: home of punk rock bbqs, martinis, and the Low Life. Danny Landau Tortilla Grill at the northeast corner of Abbot Kinney Boulevard and California Avenue. Great steak nachos and taco salad. A couple tables on the AK sidewalk where you could bring your dog, chow down, and relax in a quiet setting. Stewart Oscars Roll ‘n Rye Deli closed when owner Rita Zide retired in 2014. Tub’s Fine Chili closed shortly after the passing of owner Rick Tubs. “Rancher” Rick was featured on an episode of Guy Fieri’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.” Tally Yee Wildflour (Pizza) on Main Street and the Art Deco post office at Fifth Street and Arizona Avenue. David Duchrow Marix Tex Mex on Entrada Drive. Monsoon in Third Street Promenade. Wildflour on Main
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The Politics of Fashion Teen Vogue taps Hillary Clinton and Ava DuVernay to blaze a trail for youth empowerment in Playa Vista Photos by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Teen Vogue
By Christina Campodonico Can fashion and politics coexist on a glossy teen magazine platform? It was a foreign concept in legacy media before Teen Vogue rocked the Twitterverse last December with a bold op-ed on how President-elect Donald Trump was “gaslighting America.” A year later, Teen Vogue continues to incisively pair political commentary with fashion-forwardness — (why wouldn’t they?) — and brought that sensibility to its first-ever Teen Vogue Summit, which concluded in Playa Vista on Saturday. A political thread ran through the day of panels, workshops and keynotes as seamlessly as the flourish of faux white fur that peppered giant bean bags, outdoor lounges and butterfly chairs on 72andSunny’s airy corporate campus. The morning began with a call to action as “Black-ish” star Yara Shahidi interviewed former presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton. HRC urged a crowd of hundreds — mostly millennial and Gen Z women and girls — to vote in upcoming midterm elections and hold their representatives accountable for their recent actions in Congress. “This is a burning house,” Clinton said. “Now, hopefully, the fire isn’t that big yet, and there’s still a lot of time to put it out. But it will only be put out by people standing up and claiming their rights, claiming their values again, and voting. In 2018, we have a chance to stop this mean-spirited effort to undermine our rights and set our progress back, but it will only happen if people can get out and vote.” Clinton also advised young and future voters to not “look for the perfect campaign and the perfect candidate,” she said, “because there’s no such thing as a perfect human being. Look for people who generally agree with you.” Later in the day Rep. Maxine Waters, whose district includes Playa del Rey and Westchester, did not disappoint the young progressives who’ve taken to calling the outspoken Trump critic “Auntie Maxine.” She led the crowd in chanting “Impeach 45” after an eviscerating condemnation: “Donald Trump does not deserve to be president of the United States of America. … This man is deplorable and he’s dangerous. You cannot depend on anything he says.” But it was 14-year-old actress Storm Reid, the star of the much-anticipated spring film “A Wrinkle in Time,” who made perhaps the most profound if not out-rightly political statement of the day. “I have a really strong belief that we have the ‘IT’ in the book and the movie, and then we have an ‘IT’ right now, in our world,” said Reid, referencing the evil
Teen Vogue Editor-in-Chief Elaine Welteroth paired Hillary Clinton and “Black-ish” star Yara Shahidi for a conversation about empowering young women
Film director Ava DuVernay encouraged young women to earn the respect of potential mentors villain of the novel and film and perhaps some contemporary force. “In order for real change we all have to come together and be one to basically save the universe, because it’s ugly right now. It’s real ugly.” When politics took a back seat, the gathering was buoyed by attendees’ eagerness to connect with each other and learn from the summit’s speakers, workshop leaders and panelists — among them YouTube entertainer Lilly Singh, who participated in a panel on content creation, and ground-breaking film director Ava DuVernay. She spoke about “A Wrinkle in Time” with Reid and co-star Rowan Blanchard as well as mentoring women and people of color in the film industry.
“It’s important that we pass the knowledge along, pass the love along, and pass along the idea that we could lead in any moment,” said DuVernay. Between keynotes, stylishly-dressed teens and twentysomethings, even thirthysomethings and moms accompanying their preteen daughters — many sporting white PB Teen backpacks stuffed with swag — excitedly shuffled between panels on building a beauty empire to workshops on combatting sexual assault, like students dashing between classes. “I really wanted to come today because I wanted to learn as much as I could,” said 21-year-old Maliyah Mason, a senior at Cal State Long Beach who also
holds the title of Miss Compton 2017. “I wanted to get new ideas on how I could grow and develop as a person. ... I’m just so happy that this is a new event, where people from across the country can come together and can talk to like-minded people and get new ideas on how they’re going to be innovators and activists and trailblazers.” Mom and startup founder Carole Hamm, who flew in from Maine, was excited to expose her 12-year-old daughter to the conference’s unique opportunities, even its serious topics. “I want her to start learning early how to find her way and navigate these issues [of being a woman] and help her come out a stronger young lady,” said Hamm. “I kind of look to Teen Vogue for some of that guidance.” But the day wasn’t all lectures in real world subjects. You could bedazzle a Juicy Couture jacket at one station, or chat with a “mentor” like TOMS Shoes founder Blake Mycoskie at another. Stars like singing-songwriting sister duo Aly and AJ paused to take selfies with fans in the hallways of 72andSunny. And Coolhaus ice cream sandwiches circulated on platters during the afternoon. The night capped off with a guided meditation by “Hunger Games” actress Amandla Stenberg and a performance showcase featuring singer-songwriting duo Alex Belle and Isis V., among other artists. Admission to the summit was pricy: $299 for Friday’s professional development “@Werk Immersions” at various L.A. tech and media companies, $399 for Saturday’s summit, or $549 for a two-day pass. At least 50 participants attended on scholarship. But most of the attendees I spoke with walked away inspired — pleased with their investment — even if there weren’t enough sandwiches to go around at lunchtime. “I really just thought of Teen Vogue as a magazine,” reflected Loyola Marymount University senior Tallie Spencer. “I think this is going to change the world of journalism and magazines and news a little bit, because it’s going to inspire people to be their own brands and make a difference and make their ideas into a reality.” “It’s encouraging,” added 33-year-old activist, artist and attorney Mary David. “I think a lot of times for older generations, there is this fear of younger generations being so obsessed with social media and so focused on self. What this event has done for me is show me that there are so many [young people] out there who are just brilliant and have the most beautiful mindset.”
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A New Dawn for KCRW Santa Monica’s NPR station is moving into a state-of-the-art facility that will expand its mission Photos by Zsuzsi Steiner
By Andrew Dubbins After 35 years broadcasting out of a cramped, dimly lit basement on the campus of Santa Monica College (SMC), KCRW 89.9-FM is emerging into the light. In late spring, the trendsetting NPR member station with more than 500,000 weekly listeners will relocate to a new three-story building with tall windows and sweeping views of L.A. “I haven’t seen the sun in years,” joked Madeleine Brand, host of KCRW’s “Press Play,” who emceed the building’s ribbon-cutting last Saturday. KCRW’s new 35,000-square-foot standalone building shares a campus with SMC’s state-of-the-art Center for Media Design, which offers classes in media content development. The high-tech 3.5-acre campus is designed to meet LEED Silver Certification standards for indoor environmental quality as well as energy and water efficiency. But architect Clive Wilkinson, who previously designed one of the Googleplex interiors in Silicon Valley, said everything here revolved around one question: “How do you get band equipment into the studio?” Renowned for popularizing seldom played genres of world and folk music while serving as a launch pad for sophisticated underground pop, flagship KCRW music program “Morning Becomes Eclectic” has been among the first to play artists such as Adele, Coldplay and Fiona Apple. Bands have had to arrive at 8 a.m. to prep for live sessions and drag their equipment a long distance across the SMC campus. In KCRW’s new space, all the music facilities are on the ground floor. There’s an artist’s entrance (with easy access for tour buses) as well as a green room, music library, technical operations center and 1600-square-foot performance space, allowing bands to play for a live audience. Also on the ground floor — the only furniture KCRW brought over from the basement — is a cafeteria bench where the likes of Tom Waits, Wayne Coyne and Jack White would sit to have a smoke before live sessions. For large-scale performances and cultural programing, KCRW will now also have access to SMC’s outdoor performance stage and courtyard — which can accommodate up to 1,500 people — as well as the Center for Media Design’s more intimate 180-seat theater. The new space will “amplify everything we do,” said KCRW Music Director and “Morning Becomes Eclectic Host” Jason Bentley, who wore a glittery black jacket and gold-framed shades. He’ll miss some things about the basement — for one, the hallway lined with musicians’ photos from decades of live sessions — but not
KCRW President Jennifer Ferro (upper right) and Music Director Jason Bentley say the station’s future home will amplify its mission staff poking their heads into his studio, saying “I’m booked in here … when are you out?!” Connected by a lofty atrium, the second and third floors of KCRW’s new building
ing from daily broadcasts to weekly podcasts. “I have to learn a new way of thinking,” he said. Reinvention and experimentation have long been at the heart of KCRW. The
“The new era of KCRW is to show what we can do with physical space and invite you inside.” — KCRW President Jennifer Ferro have a newsroom feel — with long desks, interview studios, meeting rooms and collaboration nooks where reporters can meet and share ideas. Warren Olney, host of KCRW’s “To the Point,” said he’s excited to have a window after 25 years underground. “NPR is so important to journalism,” said Olney, who joined KCRW in 1992 after quitting TV news because he felt the emphasis has shifted from public service to entertainment. But just as KCRW is evolving, Olney is transition-
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station was founded in 1945 to train returning World War II veterans the then-new technology of FM broadcasting. In 1978, Ruth Seymour — who watched Saturday’s ribbon-cutting ceremony from off to the side — became general manager; she began inviting talented people to speak uninhibited on culture, art, music and literature. Seymour’s vision, said current KCRW President Jennifer Ferro, was to create a hub of intellectual thought “in a city that has a reputation for being a place where
nobody reads books, let alone discusses big ideas.” SMC, which holds KCRW’s FCC license, gave the station freedom to take risks and the staff grew from 14 in the 1980s to 125 today, spilling out of the basement of SMC’s Cayton Center into various classrooms across campus. Ten years ago, Seymour and Ferro asked SMC Senior Director of Government Relations Don Girard if KCRW could borrow another classroom. “You need your own building,” Girard told them. Since then, some 5,800 private donors — including the Ahmanson and Annenberg foundations — donated to a capital campaign to help fund the new building. “KCRW is a feeling. We connect to people so personally when they’re doing things like sitting in traffic,” said Ferro. Excited to spread the feeling, she’s planning a full roster of podcasts, new digital content and more public events. “I heard it said a long time ago, ‘The smaller your physical space, the larger to create what you can’t see,’” she said. “The new era of KCRW is to show what we can do with physical space and invite you inside.”
Guiding the Way Home Venice Homeless Reunification Project finds immediate solutions amid a growing crisis By Joe Piasecki After crashing his car during an eruption of schizophrenic mania, 27-year-old Paul had seemingly nowhere to go but into a downward spiral of chronic homelessness on the streets of Venice. But now he’s back under his mother’s roof in Kansas and receiving mental health care — all because one person chose to intervene. Paul is one of 20 success stories of the Venice Homeless Reunification Project, a grassroots effort by the Venice Neighborhood Council’s Ad Hoc Homeless Committee to connect local homeless people willing to seek help with an abundance of resources outside the typical social services continuum of care: their own families. In most cases these connections begin with committee chair Will Hawkins, who chased Paul around Venice for about seven months until he was able to get him on a plane. From one day to the next, Paul could be talkative or combative, lucid or incoherent. He would disappear for days at time. “There was a long history of him
being out there and refusing to get help. What I found so helpful about Will’s program and particularly Will was he became our eyes. He was instrumental in helping us understand how the
Skid Row before overcoming drug addiction to record his first album, a journey chronicled in the locally produced documentary “A Mighty Ground.” Photographer Hadley Hudson
“We’ve been able to demonstrate there’s a fast, efficient way to get people off the street.” — Venice Homeless Reunification Project founder Will Hawkins situation was progressing or digressing,” said Paul’s father, who was referred to Hawkins through the nonprofit St. Joseph Center. Safe Place for Youth, whose work also crosses paths with Hawkins’ efforts, is hosting a benefit concert next week to help continue and expand the work of the Venice Homeless Reunification Project. Local blues prodigy Cristina Vane co-headlines the concert with Ronald Troy Collins, who spent 30 years on downtown L.A.’s
is exhibiting her portraits of healthy and happy clients of Safe Place for Youth. Venice Underground Comedy cofounder Matt Devlin is emceeing. Hawkins hopes the funds will not only expand the project’s work in Venice, but also help to replicate aspects of it in other Los Angeles neighborhoods. He’s already reaching out to members of other neighborhood councils with blueprints for starting their own reunification programs.
While reunification isn’t an option for all or even most of L.A.’s vast homeless population, the intent is to filter out vulnerable people like Paul before they become harder to assist and house. “What we’ve shown this past year is that communities can create pathways to housing without waiting for the city to build housing in their communities,” Hawkins said. “Even with shovels in the ground tomorrow, it could take years before anyone can move in to these projects. … I think we’ve been able to demonstrate there’s a fast, efficient way to get people off the street that reduces the overall number of people on the street who need housing.” The second annual Home for the Holidays Benefit Concert happens from 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14, at Safe Place for Youth, 2469 S. Lincoln Blvd., Venice. Advance tickets are $40 to $60 at eventbrite.com. Contact the Venice Neighborhood Council’s Ad Hoc Homeless Committee at venicenc.org. firstname.lastname@example.org
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El Segundo Settles LAX Beef L.A. will pay $2 million to continue airport light rail connection The Los Angeles City Council will pay out more than $2 million to El Segundo as part of a settlement agreement over plans to modernize and bring public transportation to LAX, avoiding a potentially lengthy court battle. El Segundo had threatened to file suit against Los Angeles World Airports over impacts of its Landside Access Modernization Program, which will connect passenger terminals to the expanding Crenshaw/LAX light rail line and a car rental/parking hub via a people mover. The settlement includes $1.9 million for rehabilitation and preventive maintenance work on portions of Imperial Highway between Aviation Boulevard and Vista Del Mar, a street parking
study with a budget of up to $50,000, and a $20,000 payout to El Segundo for a consultant for that parking study. In a Nov. 13 memo, Los Angeles Chief Assistant City Attorney David Michaelson recommend that the council pursue discussions with El Segundo’s legal representatives regarding that city’s appeal of the EIR and “El Segundo’s threat to file a CEQA (California Environmental l Impact Report) in Superior Court.” “I’m excited that it’s finally been resolved,” said L.A. City Councilman Mike Bonin, whose district includes Westchester and LAX. “This gives us the green light to continue aggressively forward on our landside plans. This is the last roadblock to improving congestion in and around the airport.
Southern California is Burning Skirball Fire destroys homes, closes schools and shuts down the 405 As the Creek, Rye and Thomas fires continued to destroy homes and displace residents in Los Angeles and Ventura counties, Westside residents awoke on Wednesday to a dangerous wildfire in our own backyard. The Skirball Fire broke out east of the 405 Freeway across from the Skirball Cultural Center and consumed 150 acres and several homes in Bel Air in a matter of hours. The 405 shut down between the 10 and the 101, and the Santa Monica – Malibu Unified School District cancelled classes. An evacuation center has been set up at the Westwood Recreation Center (1350 Westwood Blvd.). Disaster response officials tell us the best way to help people and animals displaced by these fires is to make a cash donation to the local Red Cross. To make a dona-
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Us and Them Father Greg Boyle preaches ‘the Power of Radical Kinship’
By Bliss Bowen For his second book, Father Gregory Boyle chose to follow 2011’s widely applauded “Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion,” which recounted his experiences running Homeboy Industries’ gang intervention program in Boyle Heights, with a collection of “elongated homilies” titled “Barking to the Choir: The Power of Radical Kinship.” Boyle doesn’t stint on humor even as he describes people surviving harrowing violence, loss, and their own poor (albeit understandable) choices. Along the way the Jesuit priest references Buddha, Christian saints and scripture, and poets from Hafiz to Walt Whitman and Mary Oliver, but continually circles back to wonder and gratitude witnessed in his beloved homies: “In all my years of living, I have never been given greater access to the tenderness of God than through the channel of the thousands of homies I’ve been privileged to know.” “Joy comes with a ‘maintenance contract,’” he writes with a nod to Pema Chödrön. While Boyle says he doesn’t really understand what it means to lose faith — “Things don’t shake your faith, they shape it” — he does seem to find ongoing renewal in the people to whom he’s dedicated his service, seeing Jesus “in his least recognizable form” in gang members, heroin addicts, mothers on welfare and others struggling in the community. Making the work about others and delighting in them is key, even — especially? — when an elegantly dressed woman at an awards ceremony hisses her loathing of him and his work because her son was killed by a gang member. As Boyle writes in “Barking to the Choir” and repeats in conversation, judgment consumes room needed for empathy — the quality necessary to break the cycle of violence as well as the poverty that often triggers it by compelling people to live in continual acute crisis. His voice is a bit rough, punctuated with throat clearings and coughs, as he talks during a tightly
scheduled break between speaking engagements, an itinerary that brings him to Santa Monica on Tuesday. THE ARGONAUT: Early in “Barking to the Choir” you write that “only love gets fists to open.” How do you open people’s ears to that message in a climate of escalating hate and violence? FR. GREG BOYLE: A lot of times we want to address those things head on, when in fact they’re all symptoms of something else. Hate and violence is a language, so what language is it speaking?
way, so the more you can stay anchored in it, the better chance you have. Those who make different points, such as Roy Moore and Franklin Graham, are viewed as the face of Christianity by a large segment of the public. Do you feel a responsibility to correct misperceptions or misinterpretations? You know, Jesus says you’re gonna be called to give testimony, and don’t worry about what you are to say. The idea is somehow we’ll be given the words. But the truth of the matter is it’s not about
“I find us living in the most clarifying of times, in that you can actually feel what authenticity actually is, perhaps by contrast to what’s happening at the national level.” — Fr. Greg Boyle At Homeboy we go out of our way not to get tripped up by behavior, because we know behavior is a language. In the same way we can look at things happening in the country. Right away, we want to demonize — “that person is hateful” — rather than getting underneath and knowing everybody has goodness and they just don’t know it or haven’t been able to recognize it yet. So it’s never about winning the argument or convincing people; it’s just believing that love never fails. It doesn’t. Nothing can get people to disarm more quickly than tenderness and people being loving and kind. We don’t trust it because we don’t want to be duped. It’s challenging to remember it’s not about winning the argument when divisions run so deep. Yeah, especially nowadays. We want to draw the lines — that’s our human nature — when love wants to erase them. You can only love in the present moment any-
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words after all. It’s about taking seriously what Jesus took seriously, which is four things: inclusion, nonviolence, unconditional compassionate lovingkindness — that’s one thing — and acceptance. So if you just take seriously what Jesus took seriously, it kind of dissolves all the argument. That’s what people are longing for. They get the difference between people being defensive and defending the faith, and attacking. … Real Christians hold out for more authentic living. That is what people connect to, whether they believe in God or not. That becomes compelling testimony, the very essence of it, somebody who embodies all that stuff. You don’t want an accumulation of words that tries to convince people or win the argument. We’re living in a time of tremendous recrimination when forgiveness, like compromise, is regarded by many as weakness. You write that some homies
you know feel unworthy of God’s love because of, as one puts it, “all the shit and bad I’ve done.” How do you reach those who feel no such remorse, who believe grievances justify violent actions? I always think something is about something else. We go, “This person doesn’t feel remorse.” ... How else can we strike the high moral distance between us and them except by demonizing? That’s our comfort zone. But that’s not the God we actually have; that’s the God we’ve settled for, that’s the partial God that wants to draw the line. But the God we actually have wants to erase the line. So when Dylann Roof killed all those people in Emmanuel Church, a week later family members stood in front of him and said, “We forgive you.” Do you remember that? Yes, it was profound testimony. It was stunning. Everybody knew that in that moment we had wandered into the vicinity of the God we actually have. But cut to nine months later, when they sentenced him to die, and they called his execution, and I quote, “God’s justice.” Now you know we’ve wandered into the vicinity of the partial God we’ve settled for. There’s the difference. There you can feel it on a visceral, palpable level that one is the God we actually have, and the other is this partial, lesser God that we’ve settled for. I would maintain that everybody knows the difference, but not everybody knows we’ve settled for a lesser, partial God. And it’s worth catching ourselves. Humor and hope pulse through your stories. Is that hope being shaken by political developments? Certainly in early November last year, people were kind of catastrophized: “What will happen?” I remember a homie texted me, “Do you think Trump will shut Homeboy Industries down?” Everybody is stunned and numb, and on a bad day inured to all the horrific things that
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being asked to take the gospel seriously. That’s part of the human journey, to find these things that are way better. It’s way better to not be enslaved by biblical literalism. It’s way better to find the richness and the beauty of the gospel invitation. That’s where the joy is. But there is no joy in taking the Bible literally. None. You can’t find any joy in it. People think they will, and try to, but it’s never happened before. Or it’s like the battling tweets between Roy Moore and Jimmy Kimmel: Roy tweeted Jimmy, “You should come to Alabama and we’ll expose you to Christian values,” and Jimmy said, “I’ll be there as soon as you find the Christian values.” Gentrification has changed local territories and, as you write in the book, homies you work with already have challenges waiting for buses and driving unreliable cars through those neighborhoods. Have those circumstances affected your work with them? Kind of. When I started, I was responding to eight gangs who were indigenous, who lived in a community. That was a different reality, you know? They all lived there. Then things changed because you had the Bill Clinton “one strike and you’re out” in public housing. As soon as anybody did anything, got on probation or was caught with marijuana, the whole family got evicted. So pretty soon you didn’t have gang members living in the projects anymore, because the families had been evicted. But they came back and claimed the turf as their own even though they didn’t live there, so that was a huge change — from an indigenous gang population to a commuter population. If you decide to move on, does Homeboy Industries have a framework in place for how the organization would proceed? I don’t really run the place now, which is nice. It’s a $19-million annual operation: $9 million comes from our businesses, and $10 million is what we have to raise. It’s difficult, to be sure, but I have a CEO in place. The main thing is that the homies run the place and I don’t have to. That’s very heartening. They’ve incorporated the whole spirit of the place, which is magnificent.
Father Greg Boyle encourages his readers to listen past the language of hate happen actually every day in this current climate. But these times remind us of exactly what we care about. I find us living in the most clarifying of times, in that you can actually feel what authenticity actually is, perhaps by contrast to what’s happening at the national level. It’s
interesting times in which we live, but it’s also clarifying. Some people point to climate disasters and political crises and say we’re living in end times. How, as a priest, would you respond to such claims?
I don’t even know what that means. Any old fool can take the Bible literally, can read it literally. But it takes character and resolve and commitment to take the gospel seriously. There’s a huge gulf between those two things. You don’t want to settle for literalism when you’re
Father Gregory Boyle discusses and signs “Barking to the Choir” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday (Dec. 12) at Diesel Bookstore, 225 26th St., Santa Monica. Net book sale proceeds benefit Homeboy Industries. Call (310) 576-9960 or visit dieselbookstore.com. Boyle also discusses his book at 7 p.m. Wednesday (Dec. 13) at St. Cross Episcopal Church in Hermosa Beach. Tickets are $30 (including a signed book) at pagesabookstore.com. December 7, 2017 THE ARGONAUT PAGE 13
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Holiday Boat Parade Let’s Dance! It’s time once again for Marina del Rey’s biggest on-the-water party. The 55th annual Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade returns Saturday, Dec. 9. As is tradition, the parade kicks off at 5:55 p.m. with a fireworks display over the marina’s main channel. This year’s theme, suggested by Christine von Liederbach, is “Let’s Dance!” Expect some highly animated entries designed to get your feet moving. We are excited to have so many returning entries this year, including crowd favorite Peter Ellis, as well as some first-time entries taking the plunge. This year’s grand marshal is award-winning television news anchor Carol Costello, who recently made the jump from CNN in Atlanta to sister network HLN right here in L.A. I’d like to thank the following people who have volunteered so many hours to bring the parade together: Parade Vice President Lowell Safier, Treasurer Phil Seelig, Secretary Judith Ciancimino and Past President Cindy Williams; Board of Directors members Diane Barretti, Vivian Callahan, Jerry Magnussen, Christine Rohde, Louis Scaduto and Bob Singer; Prize Coordinator Melanie Williams; and volunteers Carolyn Epstein, Michelle Simmons, Eric Petterson, Darlene Fukuji, Denise Williams, Megan Peery, James Sampson, Renee Baldwin, Janice Solis and Vicki Pasek. We appreciate your devotion and hard work to ensure the community enjoys a spectacular parade! Special thank yous also go out to this year’s judges — Mia Falkenstein, Garrett Smith, Liz Hall and Libby Floyd — our grand marshal yacht Ensoleille, and parade photographer Pay Reynolds. Most importantly, let’s all say a big thank you to the boaters: Without you there would be no parade to light up the night. I wish all of you a Very Happy Holiday and all the best for the New Year! Kelly King President, Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade
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Here’s Everything You Need to Know: What is the Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade? The boat parade is an indispensable community tradition. Individual boaters and local organizations put loads of creativity and energy into turning their watercrafts into floating holiday spectacles. Some of the more sophisticated entries feature computeranimated LED light displays. Some of the more raucous entries even have singing and dancing crews. How did this tradition begin? On a sunny December weekend in 1962, a small group of pioneering boaters thought it would be fun to decorate their vessels with Christmas lights and parade around the newly dredged main channel of the not-quite-finished harbor. Community volunteers have kept it going ever sense. When is this year’s parade? The parade runs from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9, but you’ll want to catch the 5:55 p.m. fireworks display over the marina’s main channel. Arrive early to snag a spot.
Where are some good places to watch? Burton Chace Park (13650 Mindanao Way) is where the announcers set up, but anywhere with a clear view of the main channel should be fine. Fisherman’s Village is always a hotspot, and a lot of locals hang out on the jetty alongside Ballona Creek, near the bike path. How many boats participate? We won’t know for sure until show time, but recent parades have featured 60 or more. How much does it cost? Watching the boat parade is free and open to locals, tourists and landlubbers alike.
What’s to do before the parade? Snow Wonder brings 80 tons of real snow, Christmas carols, family-friendly activities and dancing to Burton Chace Park from noon to 6 p.m., concurrent with the inaugural Marina Lights holiday display. See our story on page 20. How do I catch a Free Ride shuttle? Keep your eye out for the extralong golf carts with the Marina del Rey logo, and just flag one down or text your pickup location to (323) 435-5000.
Where’s the after party? Lots of people party on boats or in yacht clubs before, during and after the parade, but local What about parking? restaurants are also going to be Parking is available for $8 in swinging. Whiskey Red’s is several county-operated lots and hosting a parade viewing and $15 at Fisherman’s Village, but after party with an extravagant spaces disappear fast. Come early buffet ($60-$75), and expect and consider using Lyft, Uber or Killer Shrimp, Café Del Rey, local rideshare service Catchr SALT, Cast + Plow, The Ware(catchr.co). house and Tony P’s Dockside Grill to keep the waterside How do I enter my boat? libations flowing. You can do that online now. For parade rules and entry informaVisit mdrboatparade.org tion, visit mdrboatparade.org. for more information.
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How the Magic Happens Holiday Boat Parade pros aim to dazzle with creativity and good cheer Photo by Pat Reynolds
Greg and Laverne Potter’s Valhalla (left) delighted crowds in 2013, and Pamela Johnson’s Invictus won Best Sail honors in 2009 By Evan Henerson Want your watercraft to make a splash during the boat parade? Don’t go for subtlety. “If you think you have enough — whether it’s lights or something else — you probably don’t,” said Laverne Potter, who along with husband Greg will enter the parade for a 13th year aboard the Valhalla. “So add some more. And go big.” Indeed, bigness and creativity often make for a winning combination for parade participants. The more festive elements you can include as part of your display, the more likely you are to wow the judges. Boat owners have been known to plan for months and, in some cases, spend thousands of dollars on lights, inflatables, animation and other decorations. Consider it the nautical equivalent of gussying up your house for the holiday
season, except that you can’t leave the Now I just keep it quiet.” display up for weeks leading up to the In 2009, the year she earned a first place big event and you’ll have to immediately honor, Johnson festooned her boat with dismantle everything the following day. more than 50 boxes of lights. The parade Since many of the same boaters have revelers wore costumes so heavy and been involved for multiple years, the devoted so much energy to dancing and event has an “old home week” feel to it, waving that the cruise was a veritable say the participants, from the pre-parade workout. During last year’s parade, check-in meetings to the post-parade Johnson and her husband John Beabes lunch at a designated yacht club the went extravagant and covered her 35-foot following day. Yorktown sailboat, Invictus, with Peanuts But there is a level of competition. As a and Disney characters. This year the first-timer eight years ago, Pamela Invictus will not compete, but still Johnson hung her light display early and participate in the parade with no shortage checked and double-checked it repeatof holiday spirit. edly during the days before the parade, “Between the music and waving and the only to realize later that as she was shouting and getting everyone involved, building it, she was also revealing her it’s always a wonderful experience,” We’re proud to support those Rotarians design to possible competitors. Johnson said. “I don’t do that anymore,” Johnson An inflatable who put Service Above Self Santa and assorted said, with a laugh. “That was a lesson. reindeer will bedazzle the deck of Mata Somebody tried to duplicate my design, Hari, the 41-ft. Aeroliner owned by Mike but they couldn’t and I won anyway. Feig and wife Maro. There will be plenty VERGARI & NAPOLITANO
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of white lights, and Christmas music will sound out from the radio. Longtime Marina del Rey residents, the Feigs had watched the parade for 18 years before they decided to join the fun. Parade preparation is an event for the Feigs — from the advance planning to the three or four days of installation to the Friday night “all hands on deck” final decorating effort. “It’s good for the spirit of the holidays and Marina del Rey, for all of the people who come and watch it,” said Mike Feig. “It’s about the dedication of all the people who do this work and light up their boats.” In 2016, after 12 consecutive years of holiday parading, the Potters took a night off, electing instead to be spectators. “Because I participate, I know what the boat in front of me and what the boat (Continued on page 20)
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The shops at Fisherman’s Village offer t-shirts, sweatshirts, jewelry, vintage clothing, art, woodwork, historical memorabilia, and Marina del Rey and Hollywood souvenirs. Eco-friendly sustainable stuffed plush toys are offered by IndyPlush. You’ll find the best waterfront views of Marina del Rey’s main channel, busy with boats coming and going. At its docks are recreational rentals, charter vessels, seasonal whale watching and water taxi, and a commercial fishing fleet. Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket and Cape Cod are brought to life architecturally with colorful structures and an iconic lighthouse. Pelicans, seals and sunsets abound. Bring camera! Popular live concerts are presented weekends in the lighthouse food court, which offers a variety of takeout by Thai Garden, Lighthouse Fountain and Grill, and KC’s Crepes. For classic full service, Sapori Restaurant offers exquisite Italian cuisine, beautifully
presented, with views of the harbor from inside and from its outdoor dining patio. The popular El Torito offers margueritas and mexican cuisine. For dessert, visit Daniel’s Ice Cream. Marina del Rey Sportfishing offers daily fishing trips and seasonal whalewatching. Larger groups celebrate special occasions aboard elegant party charter vessels operated by Tiki Mermaid and Hornblower Cruises. Additional charters are offered by Blue Pacific Boating and Marina Sailing. On the docks, Marina del Rey Boat Rentals offers human-powered standup paddle boards, kayaks and small sailboats., as well as powerboats, jet skis, and quiet electric ‘Duffy’ boats. Marina del Rey Parasailing is the ticket to a thrilling aerial view of Santa Monica Bay and beaches. Marina del Rey Historical Society tells the story of Marina del Rey’s creation with an exhibit at its History Gallery, and in its
book, Images of America: Marina del Rey, available for purchase, along with photos, DVDs, T-Shirts, holiday ornaments and more. For narrated Marina history, take Starline Tours’ narrated Hop-on Hop-off buses. For fun and scenic exercise, peddle a portion of the Marvin Braude Bike Path. The 22-mile route goes right by Fisherman’s Village, about a mile north of midpoint. Daniel’s Bike Rentals can assist with equipment. During summer months, the Marina
del Rey Waterbus ferries passengers around the harbor, and a landward Beach Shuttle connects the Village with the rest of Marina del Rey, Venice Pier, and Playa Vista. From downtown Los Angeles, visitors can take Metro Expo Line light rail to Culver City station. From there, Culver CityBus Line 7 goes directly to Fisherman’s Village. Fisherman’s Village is located at 13737 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292. 2 hours free parking with validation. Information, (424) 526-7900.
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Come Out and Play! Snow Wonder and Marina Lights transform Burton Chace Park into a winter wonderland park will also come to life with live entertainment and free movie screenings. On Dec. 16, The Voices of Christmas a capella group performs Christmas carols from 4 to 6 p.m. before a screening of the Macaulay Culkin classic “Home Alone” on a jumbo screen. On Dec. 23, The Wonderelles return performing ’50s-style holiday rock tunes, and “A Christmas Story” screens at 6 p.m. On Dec. 30, The Voices of Christmas visit the park again with “It’s a Wonderful Life” starting at 6 p.m. Bundle up with a blanket or bring a lawn chair to enjoy these flicks and musical acts outdoors. Also on these Saturdays, snap some selfies in a giant, inflatable snow globe between 4 and 8 p.m. and hit up The Churro Boss food truck for Mexican street corn, sweet snacks, hot chocolate and Mexican coffee for purchase. In the marina, the holiday festivities continue even after the snow melts!
By Christina Campodonico Snow is hard to come by in Southern California, especially by the water. But on Saturday, Marina del Rey’s Burton Chace Park transforms into a veritable winter wonderland for Snow Wonder, featuring arts and crafts, face painting, a live DJ and yes, real snow! From noon to 6 p.m., kids and the young at heart can sled and toss snowballs in 80 tons of real snow, which includes a sledding hill and play area trimmed with frosted pines. Visitors can borrow a sledding disc on site or bring their own. The Wonderelles perform classic ’50sstyle songs from 2 to 4 p.m., and several food trucks set up shop in the park to offer up food and drinks for purchase. This year’s Snow Wonder continues a three-year marina tradition that both complements the evening’s annual Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade and kicks off a new one: Marina Lights. Starting at sundown, decorative lighting effects — from radiant orbs to sparkling snowflake stars on the park’s trees and fixtures — will cast a merry glow across Burton Chace Park nightly from 4 to 10 p.m. “Burton Chace is a just a beautiful place to have that kind of display,” says Carol Baker of the Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors, which is
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haul it all down to the marina. The decorating effort often becomes what Greg Potter calls “a Fibber McGee’s closet approach.” “We just take everything we have in the garage, bring it down to the boat and plug it in,” Potter said. “We try to theme it as best we can. We’ll definitely have blow-up Santas and reindeer and plenty of loud Christmas music.” Greg Potter’s other love is aviation, so
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the Valhalla will have some flight elements as well, promises Laverne. The parade theme is “Let’s Dance,” so the Potters plan to deliver Santa’s Aerial Ballet. The Potters have won multiple awards over the years, so they know how to address a theme. For the parade’s 50th anniversary, they obtained historical photos of past winners from the Chamber of Commerce and turned the Valhalla into a floating gallery.
The creativity won them parade honors, but Greg Potter maintains that where the boat parade is concerned, you can have a blast without tons of glitz. “We’ll have corporations that will spend thousands of dollars on their boat’s animation, and then you’ll have a guy with a little outboard motor and half a dozen lights,” Potter said. “They both seem to enjoy the boat parade equally.”
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behind me look like, but I told my wife, ‘Honey, we have never actually seen the boat parade. Let’s watch the parade’” Greg Potter said. They’ll return for the 2017 event, promising that not an inch of their 32-foot Grand Banks craft Valhalla will be un-decorated. Christmas is Laverne Potter’s favorite holiday, and she collects new regalia every year, which is stored in the family’s garage until it comes time to
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