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Contents

VOL 47, NO 49 Local News & Culture

NEWS

COVER STORy

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

WESTSIDE HAPPENINGS

Photo by Jill Ash

The Politics of Fashion Teen Vogue and Hillary Clinton promote youth empowerment in Playa Vista . ........ 9

Arts & Events

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

Street. Buddha’s Belly at Broadway and Second Street. Brick House Kitchen on Hampton Drive. Andi Curl The Grinder at Sepulveda and Manchester boulevards. Café Edelweiss. Crest House — I’d been a regular since 1972; it closed October 2006. Cousin Cheryl’s, between the twin towers on Admiralty Way. The restaurant business is tough! Joe Young Taurus Tavern, Buffalo Chips and The Oar House! Rick Swinger 3 Square Café on Abbot Kinney Boulevard. Diane Laurino Busters Baskets! Tracy McLaughlin World Cafe on Main Street was really nice back in the day. James J. Gutierrez HAVE YOUR SAY: Send to letters@argonautnews.com

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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.”


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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

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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.

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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. joe@argonautnews.com

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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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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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H o l i d ay B o at Pa r a d e

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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H o l i d ay B o at Pa r a d e

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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SoCal beach kids get the chance to play in 80 tons of real snow at Burton Chace Park sponsoring Marina Lights. “We have such beautiful trees and the topography of the park is so lovely. We thought this could be an extra attraction for folks who wanted to do something special for the holidays.” If you plan to stay for the lighting and

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 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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“This Santa Monica charmer on a tree-lined street in the highly coveted Sunset Park neighborhood is close to shops and restaurants,” says agent Robin Thayer. “The living room has bright bay windows with shutters and a fireplace. A sky light bathes the room on sunny days. The kitchen also has a skylight and period-tile counters. The dining room overlooks the front yard and has a built-in china cabinet. The huge master suite, with its walk-in closet, opens onto the attractive backyard with lemon, orange, persimmon trees. The two additional bedrooms share a bathroom. In the hallways are built-in cabinets, made with hard-to-find 1940s quality. Hardwood floors run throughout most of the house. A delightful patio leads into the tree-lined yard, creating a country-style getaway. A detached garage with an attached laundry room comfortably accommodates two cars and can be used as an office, gym, or extra room. Extra parking is accessible in both the driveway and behind the garage.”

offered at $1,795,000 i n f o r m at i o n :

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Stephanie Younger The Stephanie Younger Group 310.499.2020 | stephanieyounger.com Open House

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8227 Redlands Street #7, Playa Del Rey

7211 Ogelsby Avenue, Kentwood

8028VicksburgAve.com 2 Bed | 2 Bath | $899,000

8227RedlandsSt7.com 3 Bed | 3 Bath | $799,000

7211OgelsbyAve.com 3 Bed | 2.5 Bath | $1,625,000

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8384 Kenyon Avenue, Kentwood

8036 El Manor Avenue, Kentwood

7730 Emerson Avenue, Kentwood

8384KenyonAve.com 3 Bed | 2 Bath | $1,249,000

8036ElManorAve.com 4 Bed | 3 Bath | $1,695,000

7730EmersonAve.com 4 Bed | 2 Bath | $877,000

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6158 West 77th Street, Westport Heights

8040FordhamRd.com 4 Bed | 3 Bath | $1,495,000

7393W83rdSt.com 3 Bed | 2 Bath | $929,000

6158W77thSt.com 4 Bed | 2 Bath | $1,099,000

Compass is a licensed real estate broker (01991628) in the State of California and abides by Equal Housing Opportunity laws. All material presented herein is intended for informational purposes only. Information is compiled from sources deemed reliable but is subject to errors, omissions, changes in price, condition, sale, or withdraw without notice. To reach the Compass main office call 310.230.5478. CalBRE# 01365696

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JESSE WEINBERG

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For Sale 13700 Marina Pointe Dr. #1705, MDr 3 bD & 2.5 ba 2,331 Sq.ft. $3,295,000 www.azzurra1705.com

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Coming Soon 121 waterView St., Playa Del rey 1,700 Sq.ft. 3 bD & 2 ba $1,499,000

Coming Soon 13650 Marina Pointe Dr. #905, MDr 1,714 Sq.ft. 2 bD & 2 ba $1,249,000

For Sale 13600 Marina Pointe Dr. #315, MDr 1 bD & 1.5 ba + Den 1,791 Sq.ft. $899,000 www.regatta315.com

open Sun 1-4 1 ironSiDeS St. #7, Marina Del rey 2 bD & 2.5 ba $2,949,000 www.oneironsides.com

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Coming Soon 13080 PaCifiC ProMenaDe #414, Playa ViSta 2 bD & 2.5 ba 1,714 Sq.ft. $1,195,000

For Sale 4050 glenCoe aVe. #207, Marina Del rey 2 bD & 2 ba 1,220 Sq.ft. $859,000 www.indigo207.com

For Sale 13700 Marina Pointe Dr. #PH1906, MDr 2 bD & 2.5 ba 1,993 Sq.ft. $2,475,000 www.azzurra1906.com

JuSt liSted 13650 Marina Pointe Dr. #1003, MDr 2 bD & 2 ba 1,780 Sq.ft. $1,659,000

in eSCroW 8044 Cowan aVe., weStCHeSter 4 bD & 2 ba 1,918 Sq.ft. $1,399,000 www.8044Cowan.com

For Sale 13650 Marina Pointe Dr. #505, MDr 2 bD & 2 ba 1,714 Sq.ft. $1,099,000 www.Cove505.com

Coming Soon 13700 Marina Pointe Dr. #910, MDr 1 bD & 1.5 ba 997 Sq.ft. $819,000

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For Sale 13650 Marina Pointe Dr. #1605, MDr 1,714 Sq.ft. 2 bD & 2 ba $1,379,000 www.1605Cove.com

For Sale 13700 Marina Pointe Dr. #1617, MDr 1 bD & 1 ba 992 Sq.ft. $1,029,000 www.azzurra1617.com

open Sun 1-4 12963 runway rD. #218, Playa ViSta 2 bD & 2 ba 912 Sq.ft. $779,000 www.Catalina218.com

KW-SILICON BEACH BRE #02004120 AgENt dOES NOt guARANtEE tHE ACCuRACy Of tHE SquARE fOOtAgE, LOt SIzE OR OtHER INfORmAtION CONCERNINg tHE CONdItIONS OR fEAtuRES Of tHE pROpERty pROvIdEd By tHE SELLER OR OBtAINEd fROm puBLIC RECORdS OR OtHER SOuRCES. BuyER IS AdvISEd tO INdEpENdENtLy vERIfy tHE ACCuRACy Of ALL INfORmAtION tHROugH pERSONAL INSpECtION ANd WItH AppROpRIAtE pROfESSIONALS.

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4/4.5 Canal front contemporary w/ roof deck 2/2.5 First time on market in nearly 50 years

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8227 Redlands St. #7

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2/2 Gorgeous single level near Concert Park

$779,000

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Linda Stagen Stephanie Younger Stephanie Younger Stephanie Younger Stephanie Younger James Suarez Alex & Kate Eychis Alex & Kate Eychis Amy Nelson Frelinger Amy Nelson Frelinger

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6201 W. 74th St. 8028 Vicksburg Ave. 7211 Ogelsby Ave. 8384 Kenyon Ave. 8036 El Manor Ave. 6637 W. 82nd St. 7547 Stewart Ave. 8048 Kenyon Ave. 6142 W 74th St. 6518 W 87th St.

3/2 Gorgeous Westport Heights home w/ fabulous views 2/2 8028VicksburgAve.com 3/2.5 7211OgelsbyAve.com 3/2 8384KenyonAve.com 4/3 8036ElManor.com 4/3 Traditional new construction beauty 4/4 Luxury 2-story home in Kentwood 3/3 Post Modern Silicon Beach ranch 3/2 Panoramic views in Westport Heights 3/2 Emerson manor waiting to be loved

$1,368,000 $899,000 $1,625,000 $1,249,000 $1,695,000 $1,795,000 $2,250,000 $1,750,000 $1,150,000 $879,000

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 faxed, mailed or dropped off. To be published, Open House directory form must becompletely and correctly filled out and received no later than 12 Noon Tuesday for Thursday publication. Changes or corrections must also be received by 12 Noon 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 westPort HeigHts View Home

classic nortH Kentwood Home

Offered at $1,368,000 Linda Stagen, LRS Properties 310-422-2428

Offered at $1,625,000 Stephanie Younger, Compass 310-499-2020

Panoramic Views

Peninsula townHome

Offered at $675,000 Charles Lederman, Charles Lederman & Associates 310-821-8980

Offered at $1,475,000 Ann Yellin, Coldwell Banker 310-666-1316

“A single-level three-bed, two-bath, beauty, this home has been extensively remodeled with great attention to detail and the highest quality finishes,” says agent Linda Stagen. “Flooded with incredible natural light, the open floor plan is detailed by wood floors and skylights, along with an upgraded HVAC. The kitchen is an incredible chef’s space with a huge island and an oversized laundry room. The en-suite master bedroom opens to yard and has a generous walk-in closet. Enjoy the mountain views and the outdoor spa.”

“Nestled among the quaint tree-lined streets of North Kentwood stands this classic California home,” says agent Stephanie Younger. “Lush landscaping and a custom brick walkway invite you inside to a sunlight-filled living room. Unfolding from the living room, the updated kitchen boasts stainless appliances and a breakfast nook. The family room provides extensive space for hosting. Double French doors lead to the private backyard that has been landscaped with entertaining in mind.”

“Enjoy beach living in this beautifully remodeled two-bed, three-bath town home on the coveted Marina del Rey Peninsula,” says agent Ann Yellin. “Steps to the sand, this dramatic three-story home is located on a walk street, and features new hardwood floors, a large loft, and private roof deck. Lush garden and tree top views are accessed from all levels, and beautiful canal and ocean views from the roof top. Great open floor plan with lots of outdoor space, this fabulous location is truly the heart of Silicon Beach.”

“Extraordinary city and mountain views are offered by this incredible two-bed, two-bath home, ideally located in the Center Tower of the Marina City Club,” says agent Charles Lederman. “The open, updated kitchen offers granite counters, stainless steel appliances, recessed lighting, and custom cabinetry. A generous living space leads to an oversized patio, overlooking the dazzling panoramic cityscape. Features include wood floors and ample closets. This is a priceless lifestyle with incredible amenities.”

Fabulous Views

inglewood oPPortunities

“This is the premier floor plan of the Azzurra,” says agent Jesse Weinberg. “This prized southwest corner unit boasts stunning Marina and mountain views, floor to ceiling windows, and complete privacy. It also features hardwood floors throughout, a new washer and dryer, and a large balcony. Additional details include white cabinets in the kitchen and bathroom, granite counters, huge custom walkin closet, a formal entryway, and two-car parking. HOA dues include internet and resort-style amenities.”

“Here is a great opportunity, two adjacent homes in North Inglewood,” say agents Bob Waldron and Jessica Heredia. “They offer excellent investment and development possibilities. Both homes are probate sales and zoned R2. They can be purchased separately or jointly.” Offered at $294,000& $389,000 Bob Waldron & Jessica Heredia, Coldwell Banker 424-702-3000

Offered at $1,029,000 Jesse Weinberg, Jesse Weinberg & Associates 800-804-9132

The ArgonAuT REAl EstAtE Q&A Q: I’m retired, considering downsizing, and I keep receiving offers to purchase a home or refinance my existing home with a reverse mortgage. Is it true that I won’t have to make any mortgage payments on the home and can live there until I die? Is there a catch? A: Is it true? Yes. Is there a catch? Yes? Reverse Mortgages have been around since the 1960s. There have been some terrible abuses that gave these loans a bad name. Laws were changed to curtail many of those abuses and to protect the senior citizens whose lives are impacted. Reverse mortgages were primarily given as refinances to senior homeowners (must be at least 62 years old to qualify). For the homeowner who has paid off their mortgage and owns the property “free and clear”, but needs access to cash. As an alternative to selling their home, they could take a loan against their house. Some homeowners took advantage of the opportunity to use funds to pay for medical care, home assistance, or even vacations- using the equity in their home without having to sell, and without having to repay the loan or even make mortgage payments for their lifetime! So, what’s the bad news? Just because you are not making the mortgage payments doesn’t mean that they are not counted. Each monthly payment that you don’t make is added to your principal loan amount, a feature called “compounding”, resulting in your continually accruing more debt as interest adds on to principal, and interest is now being accrued on that interest, and after a few years, your remaining equity is no longer remaining. Plus, there are yearly charges for PAGE 32 THE ARGONAUT December 7, 2017

mortgage insurance that get tacked on to your ever-growing debt, more to accrue interest on. Also, the lack of a required mortgage payment does not mean that you are financially carefree while you live out your life there- you must make timely property tax payments, insurance payments, and be responsible for all maintenance and repair costs. Making sure that borrowers understand these financial responsibilities and that they have the ability to pay for those items long term, the law now requires educational counseling for borrowers and stricter financial qualifications. With more baby boomers opting to “age in place” rather than move to retirement homes, this product can make that possible. However, it can also turn into an albatross. Imagine 20 years from now. What if your spouse needs the long term care of a medical facility or nursing home? What if your son or daughter needs you to move close to them? You may feel trapped in the home that you once felt so lucky to reside in. Having pulled some of your equity out now, using it to live on or take vacations or make home improvements, and the remainder slowly depleted as owed to the lender for all of the interest on interest on interest, you no longer have the option to sell your home and take money to pay for that nursing home or to buy a home in another area. For better or for worse,

and both outcomes occur, you are committed to living in that house, until death do you part. So, how does this apply to a purchase? It is now possible to use this same mortgage product as a purchase vehicle. Rather than buying your retirement home for all cash, you can put approximately 50% down instead. The same principles as for a refinance applyyou are still responsible for property taxes, insurance, and maintenance. You don’t need to make mortgage payments- and you don’t have to pay off the loan until you and your spouse have moved on to the hereafter. Your kids won’t get anything, but what have they ever done for you? In all seriousness, while a non-borrower spouse is protected by law and must be permitted to live in the home for the remainder of their life, there are no protections for other dependents. If you do have a dependent son or daughter or other relative, they will need to move out once you and your spouse are gone. However, if after careful planning and discussion with your fiduciary financial advisor, you determine that the 50% you don’t need to put into the house is better spent elsewhere, this can certainly be a valuable tool. On a practical note, the reverse mortgage regulations are complex, and constantly changing. Until recently, it was required that

buyers pay all seller closing costs! Now it is permitted that a seller pay their own. The buyer is not permitted to receive any seller concessions, even for repairs. In fact, the Seller is required to make any repairs that the lender determines are needed, at their own expense, with no offset in price. Experienced reverse mortgage lenders are struggling to keep up with the complex regulation changes and the increasingly high demand for the product. I have seen escrows where loan approval has taken close to 60 days, so plan accordingly and work with professionals who are equipped to help you. Disclaimer: This article is intended to be primarily for entertainment purposes, and is not to be considered legal advice. This week’s quesTion was answered by

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FIcTITIOUS bUSINeSS NAme STATemeNT 2017 328414 The following person is doing business as: Ecodomika USA 4337 Marina City Drive Suite 341 East Tower North Marina Del Rey, CA 90292 County of Los Angeles Registered owner: Holmes H. Stoner Jr. 4337 Marina City Drive Suite 341 East Tower North Marina Del Rey, CA 90292. This business is conducted by an Individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on N/A. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) Registrant Signature/ Name: HOLMES H STONER JR OWNER, This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on Nov. 16 2017. Argonaut published: Nov. 23, 30, Dec. 7, 14 2017. NOTICE-In accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in Subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code).

FIcTITIOUS bUSINeSS NAme STATemeNT 2017 330165 The following person is doing business as: Decor By Dana Frelix 6536 Firebrand Street Los Angeles, CA 90045 County of Los Angeles Registered Owners: Dana Frelix 6536 Firebrand Street Los Angeles, CA 90045, Clarence Frelix 6536 Firebrand Street Los Angeles, CA 90045. This business is conducted by a Married Couple. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 11/2017. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) Registrant Signature / Name: Dana Frelix, Wife, Dana Frelix. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on Nov. 17 2017. Argonaut published: Nov. 23, 30, Dec. 7, 14 2017. NOTICE-In accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in Subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code).

FIcTITIOUS bUSINeSS NAme STATemeNT 2017 321917 The following person is doing business as: Santa Monica Cleaning Co 1507 7TH Street #44 Santa Monica CA 90401 County of Los Angeles Registered owner: Carolina Peralta Calvo 1507 7TH Street #44 Santa Monica CA 90401. This business is conducted by an Individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on N/A. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) Registrant Signature/ Name: CAROLINA PERALTA CALVO OWNER, This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on Nov. 8 2017. Argonaut published: Nov. 23, 30, Dec. 7, 14 2017. NOTICE-In accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in Subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code).

FIcTITIOUS bUSINeSS NAme STATemeNT 2017 329911 The following persons is (are) doing business as: Connection From The Heart 12806 Pacific Ave. #6 Los Angeles, CA. 90066 Julie Greenberg 12806 Pacific Ave. #6 Los Angeles, CA. 90066. This business is conducted by a individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 11/2017. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true any material matter pursuant to Section 17913 of the Business and Professions Code that the registrant knows to be false is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000)). JULIE GREENBERG TITLE Owner This statement was filed with the county on Nov.17 2017. Argonaut published: Dec. 7, 14, 21, 28, 2017 NOTICE-In accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in Subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code.

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This business is conducted by: a corporation. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information, which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a crime.) Zelrey Inc. Owner This Statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles. Dec. 5, 2017 PUBLISHED: Argonaut Dec. 7, 14, 21, 28, 2017 FIcTITIOUS bUSINESS NAmE STATEmENT 2017 339123 The following person is doing business as: 1) Amada Senior Care 114 7327 Dunfield Ave. Los Angeles, CA. 90292 Registered owners: ASC100 Inc. 7327 Dunfield Ave. Los Angeles, CA. 90045 This business is conducted by a corporation. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on N/A. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true any material matter pursuant to Section 17913 of the Business and Professions Code that the registrant knows to be false is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000)). Registrant Signature/ Name: ASC100 Inc. Title: CEO. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on Nov 30, 2017. Argonaut published: Dec. 7,14, 21, 28, 2017 NOTICE-In accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in Subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in

violation of the rights of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). SUPERIOR cOURT OF cALIFORNIA cOUNTY OF LOS ANGELES ORDER TO SHOW cAUSE FOR cHANGE OF NAmE case No. NS034028 This statement was filed Sept. 19, 2017 with the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles 257 Magnolia Ave. Long Beach, CA. 90802 Petition of Zoe-Jane Christian Bratcher to Zoe-Jane Christian Cardwell TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner: Zoe-Jane Christian Bratcher filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Zoe-Jane Christian Bratcher to Zoe-Jane Christian Cardwell. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING: Date: 12/12/17. Time: 8:30 AM. Dept Room 27 The address of the court is Superior Court of California, 257 MAGNOLIA Ave. Long Beach CA. 90802 A copy of this Order to Show Cause shall be published at least once a week each week for four consecutive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county: Argonaut Newspaper. By Order of the Presiding Judge, Ross Klein PUBLISHED: Argonaut Dec. 7, 14, 21, 28, 2017

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SUBJECT: Notice of Preparation (NOP) of a Draft Environmental Impact Report and Notice of Public Scoping Meeting PROJECT TITLE: Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) United Airlines (UAL) East Aircraft Maintenance and Ground Support Equipment (GSE) Project PROJECT LOCATION: The project site is located in the eastern portion of LAX. LAX is situated within the City of Los Angeles, an incorporated city within Los Angeles County. The project site is located at 6000-6016 and 6020-6024 Avion Drive, east of Sepulveda Boulevard and south of Century Boulevard. PROJECT DESCRIPTION: The proposed project would consolidate and modernize existing United Airlines (UAL) aircraft maintenance and Ground Support Equipment (GSE) facilities at LAX in light of an upcoming lease expiration for one of the two existing UAL aircraft maintenance areas at LAX. Currently UAL performs maintenance in two areas at LAX: West Maintenance Facility and East Maintenance Facility. The West Maintenance Facility is located in the western portion of LAX, south of World Way West approximately 0.7 mile east of Pershing Drive, and the East Maintenance Facility is located south of Century Boulevard, approximately 0.45 mile east of Sepulveda Boulevard. UAL’s lease of the West Maintenance Facility will expire in 2020. UAL proposes to vacate the western facility and redevelop their existing eastern facility to consolidate all of UAL’s aircraft and GSE maintenance activities in a single site. The proposed project would redevelop an approximately 37-acre site in the eastern portion of the airport operations area with a new aircraft and GSE maintenance facility totaling approximately 411,000 square feet. All the buildings associated with the existing East Maintenance Facility would be demolished, with the exception of a Quonset Hut located near the northern boundary of the project site and Avion Drive (south of Century Boulevard). The proposed project would not affect the Quonset Hut; the facility would remain in its current location. Implementation of the project would simply combine/consolidate existing maintenance operations from two areas into one. With project implementation, the volume and basic nature of UAL’s existing maintenance operations at LAX would not change or increase. The consolidation would alter on- and off-airport vehicular movements, as well as aircraft movements on the airfield. Specifically, employees that currently use the surrounding roadway network to drive to the West Maintenance Facility would instead drive to the East Maintenance Facility. Similarly, on the airfield, GSE and aircraft that currently travel on taxiways and taxilanes to access the West Maintenance Facility would instead travel to the East Maintenance Facility. The proposed project would not increase flights and/or aircraft operations at LAX compared to existing airfield conditions and would not increase passenger or gate capacity. PUBLIC SCOPING MEETING: As part of the scoping process, a public scoping meeting will be held on December 19, 2017, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, at the Flight Path Museum & Learning Center, 6661 W. Imperial Highway, Los Angeles, CA 90045. PUBLIC REVIEW AND COMMENTS: The NOP and Initial Study are available online at LAWA’s website [http://www.OurLAX.org] under “Environmental Documents/Documents Underway” and will be posted at the offices of the Los Angeles City Clerk and Los Angeles County Clerk. The NOP and Initial Study are also available for review at the following locations: (1) LAWA Administrative Office, One World Way, Room 218, Los Angeles, CA 90045; (2) Westchester-Loyola Village Branch: 7114 W. Manchester Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90045; (3) Playa Vista Branch Library, 6400 Playa Vista Drive, Los Angeles, California 90094; (4) El Segundo Library: 111 W. Mariposa Avenue, El Segundo, CA 90245; (5) Inglewood Library: 101 W. Manchester Boulevard, Inglewood, CA 90301. Comments on the document must be received on January 8, 2018 by 5:00 p.m. Comments can be submitted on LAWA’s website at http://www.OurLAX.org or mailed to the following address: Maritza Lee, Los Angeles World Airports, One World Way, P.O. Box 92216, Los Angeles, CA 90009-2216. As a covered entity under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City of Los Angeles does not discriminate on the basis of disability and, upon request, will provide reasonable accommodation to ensure equal access to its programs, services, and activities. Alternative formats in large print, braille, audio, and other formats (if possible), will be provided upon request. Si desea esta información en español llame a (800) 919-3766. 12/7/17 CNS-3077817#


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A competitor shreds in the 2015 Venice Surf-A-Thon

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Like founder Ger-I Lewis, the annual Venice Surf-A-Thon keeps evolving By Andrew Dubbins Surf’s up this Saturday for the 24th annual Venice Surf-A-Thon, a grassroots local tradition that has evolved from a mentorship gathering for youth beset by gang violence to an intergenerational celebration of community. The contest involves seven back to back age-bracketed heats, including a pro-am with top echelon riders and an “expression session” in which everyone surfs together and beginners can “take down a pro if they want,” says founding organizer Ger-I Lewis. Lewis learned to surf on the Venice Breakwater in the late 1960s and fronted local punk band Front Side Grind in the late 1970s and early ’80s. Upon returning from Army service in Desert Storm to find many pockets of his hometown ridden with gang violence, he launched the Surf-A-Thon in the summer of 1993 to introduce local youth to competitive surfing and jobs in the surf industry. “I wanted to give the youth something to look forward to other than getting

shot down,” he recalls. “Very few are going to make it as a professional surfer or skateboarder, but there are other jobs in the industry.” Over the years, says Lewis, numerous Surf-A-Thon participants have parlayed

grandfathers now,” he says. “As I evolved as a person, the contest evolved as well.” As he recounts in his memoir “1978: Crashed Memories,” Lewis (born Todd Gessel) took the name Ger-I Lewis after

“I wanted to give the youth something to look forward to other than getting shot down.” — Ger-I Lewis their experience into surf industry careers. Lewis had a similar vision for the Venice Skate Park, which he was also involved in creating. The Surf-A-Thon began as a raucous affair — a bikini contest was central to the festivities — but it’s mellowed with age, says Lewis, becoming a family event. “Many of the original contestants are

he and friends got into a brawl with some Venice gang members and one of them called him a “Jerry Lewis looking muthaf*cka.” After his wild days, he found Jesus, joined the Army and worked as a Los Angeles County Lifeguard. Lewis currently works as a wildlands firefighter, most recently assigned to Bonita Canyon fire near Taos, New Mexico. He no longer lives in Venice — home

base, he says, is “wherever the Forest Service sends me” — but returns once a year for the Surf-A-Thon. As in Surf-A-Thons past, this year’s contest will conclude with an award ceremony featuring creative custommade trophies and music by local artists Nasty Habits, Colonel Klink and DJ Jacques. Lewis is dedicating the event to four early Surf-A-Thon organizers who passed away in recent years: Mike Baldwin, Tony Cahill, Gabriel Morgan and Scott Adams. To mark the Surf-a-Thon’s silver anniversary next year, Lewis says he plans to pass the torch to a new group of organizers “to steward the event into the next 25 years.” The Venice Surf-A-Thon happens from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday (Dec. 9) near the Venice Pier. Registration is $20 to $25; the contest is free to watch. Contact organizers at sk8pks@aol.com or facebook.com/VeniceSurfAThon.

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Talent for a Cause Westchester’s Le Petit Cirque heads to Norway for the Nobel Peace Prize Concert Photos by Jeff Rovner

By Christina Campodonico The world is Le Petit Cirque’s stage. Based in a 10,000 square foot studio just minutes away from LAX, the highlytrained company of child prodigy circus artists has performed across the globe and raised nearly $5 million for charity in the process. On Monday the troupe adds a new city to their collective passport: Oslo, Norway, where on Dec. 11 they’ll join host David Oyelowo, R&B star John Legend and some of Scandinavia’s top artists for the 24th annual Nobel Peace Prize Concert. The event honors this year’s Nobel Peace Prize laureate, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. For this concert, Le Petit Cirque founder Nathalie Yves Gaulthier has repurposed a piece from the company’s repertoire that showcases the youth ensemble’s impressive talents while speaking to young people’s dreams for a better world. Set to the song “Hero” by singer-song-

Le Petit Cirque’s young performers dazzle with foot archery and delight with clowning writer/producer Heather Holley (who launched the music career of Christina Aguilera), the piece combines stilts, sign language, juggling, aerials, foot archery and a hundred helium balloons to illustrate messages of hope written by children from all over North America and collected by Le Petit Cirque for the performance. “The next generation is well aware of

what’s going on and they want to step up to the plate,” says Gaulthier. Even for these seasoned youth performers, the weight of sharing a bill with international stars and maybe even meeting some Nobel Prize winners is just starting to sink in. “They’re freaking out. I don’t think it hit them until they got their tour uniforms

yesterday,” Gaulthier told The Argonaut last Thursday before the troupe set out for Norway. “[But] they’re more focused on the piece and giving love and making the piece so beautiful,” she added. The concert live streams at 10:45 a.m. PST on Monday (Dec. 11) on YouTube.

The Music of Language California Poet Laureate Dana Gioia leads an exploration of poetry and song in Santa Monica By Bliss Bowen Though it isn’t always recognized as such, music exists inside language — in the human rhythms of syllables, sentences, diphthongs, breath and accents. That relationship between language and music will be explored throughout “Poetry Through Voice,” a presentation at The Broad Stage this Sunday. Grammy-winning soprano Hila Plitmann, accompanied by musicians from the Salastina Music Society, and composer husband Eric Whitacre (also a Grammy winner, and the LA Master Chorale’s artist-in-residence) are among the artists who will perform between readings by California Poet Laureate Dana Gioia, Poetry in Motion co-founder Elise Paschen and USC Dornsife Fellow Douglas Manuel. Red Hen Press Managing Editor Kate Gale, the driving force behind the event, has composed music that will be performed, and the program will also incorporate music by Mark Abel, Julia Adolphe, and Philip White. “I believe that poetry originates in song — poetry and song are related arts, and too seldom do we combine them in the same performance,” says Gioia, a native Californian who served as chairman of the National Endowment of the Arts from 2003 to 2009, and for the past six years has been teaching poetry at USC. “When

Dana Gioia dreamed of being a composer before poetry caught his ear you combine them, you hear both of the arts differently. You respond more deeply to the music of the poetry, and you respond to the literary content of the song. “It should be unique. For me, personally, it’s an exciting moment to be able to meet Eric Whitacre and share a stage with him; he’s got this gift for setting poetry to music. It’s surprising to me that even in Los Angeles we rarely have these events that cross the arts.” Pointing out that poetry began as an oral transmission, Paschen concurs. Like

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longtime friend Gioia, she is drawn to form, and is preparing to read a ballad, a pantoum, a short lyric in rhyming couplets, and some of her persona poems, most drawn from her recently published book “The Nightlife.” Now based in Chicago, she served as executive director of the Poetry Society of America throughout the 1990s, and calls poetry “the most immediate form of expression in terms of the literary arts.” “I feel very strongly that the poem needs to be able to stand alone by itself on the page, and that’s why I spend so much time revising,” she says. “But I also feel that the poem really comes to life when you can hear the poet read those words.” Also like Gioia, Paschen “believes strongly in the musicality of poetry.” It was instilled in her early in life, when the self-described “backstage baby” toured with her mother, Maria Tallchief, a prima ballerina in George Balanchine’s New York City Ballet. Paschen recalls spending a great deal of time watching ballet and absorbing the music. Additionally, around the time she decided she wanted to be a writer, at age 8, she became enchanted by the “Oxford Book of Poetry for Children” and memorized poems from William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” that are performed as songs. “‘Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright’ by

William Blake also made a huge impression on me,” she says. “It was those cadences, those rhythms, those formal structures and that music; these were things that infiltrated my imagination. Those are the things that I tend to look to when I myself write a poem — I think about the musicality of the line.” In an interview with me last year, Gioia described poetry as “a special way of speaking that invites and rewards a special way of listening. It is using the sounds of the language to raise speech to the level of song.” Growing up as “a working class kid in Hawthorne,” Gioia learned to play numerous instruments and dreamed of being a composer, until he began writing poetry in college and discovered his true calling. Over the years several of his poems have been set to music by classical artists, and he has composed three opera libretti. His 2016 collection “99 Poems: New & Selected” includes “Pity the Beautiful,” a punchy lyric he wrote for jazz artist Helen Sung that he expects to read Sunday. Red Hen Press presents “Poetry Through Voice” at 4 p.m. Sunday (Dec. 10) at The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. $40. Call (310) 434-3200 or visit thebroadstage.com.


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expressionist horror film is famous for its odd backgrounds that distort reality with strangely angled shapes. Not that Costero is anything to fear — it’s a beautiful space serving unusually good food for an airport location, which makes for a less interesting move but a place definitely worth visiting in real life. Two menus are offered: one of upscale bar food, the other of more eclectic small plates. There is very little overlap, and we found things to like on both. From the bar menu we selected a California Cobb salad; an order of charred shishito peppers with lemongrass aioli, fleur de sel and rice wine vinegar; a flatiron steak; and a pizza with prosciutto and arugula. Shishito peppers are a notoriously unreliable ingredient, and a chef once told me that in any batch nine out of ten will be mild and the tenth will try to kill you. This was true, and we played shishito pepper roulette, enjoying the cool lemongrass mayo when we hit the inevitable scorcher. If you tolerate heat it’s a great way to start a meal with tangy bursts of flavor. The Cobb was a good full meal over lettuce, with the red onion, tomato, egg and avocado

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“Did It! From Yippie to Yuppie” Book Discussion, 8 p.m. Author Pat Thomas discusses his book about Jerry Rubin’s eventful life with the likes of Allen Ginsberg, Phil Ochs, Bob Dylan, Timothy Leary, Charles Manson, Mick Jagger and other iconic figures of the era, and explores the often-misunderstood relationship between Rubin and Abbie Hoffman. Beyond Baroque, 681 N. Venice Blvd., Venice. $15. (310) 822-3006; beyondbaroque.com

LAX Coastal Chamber Savvy Six, 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Before your first pitch, make sure your business is ready for investors. Learn the critical things every entrepreneur needs to have in order to increase the chances of getting funded. LAX Coastal Chamber Office, 9100 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Ste 210, Westchester. Free. (310) 645-5151; laxcoastal.com

Christmas Concerts, 8 p.m. Thursday and Saturday, Dec. 9. LMU choruses present their annual gala Christmas concerts in the Sacred Heart Chapel, featuring the Consort Singers, Women’s Chamber Ensemble and Concert Choir. Sacred Heart Chapel, LMU Campus, 1 LMU Drive, Westchester. $15 to $20. (310) 338-5466; lmu.edu Cristina Vane in Concert, 9 to 11 p.m. The emerging Blueswoman of Venice brings her vibrant voice and silver resonator guitar to Surfside; Lacey Kay Cowden opens. Surfside, 23 Windward Ave., Venice. No cover. (424) 256-7894; surfsidevenice.com Thursday Night Karaoke, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. KJ Theresa Ryan hosts this Thursday night of tunes and fun at The Venice Whaler, 10 Washington Blvd., Venice. (310) 821-8737; venicewhaler.com Nightcause, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Come out and dance for a cause. Top deejays play great tunes for a cause of their choice every first Thursday in the Del Monte. This month’s proceeds benefit The Harmony Project. DJ Vinyl Don spins in the Townhouse bar at 10 p.m. Townhouse & Del Monte Speakeasy, 52 Windward Ave., Venice. $10 to $20 donation. (310) 392-4040; townhousevenice.com

The Clayhouse Annual Pottery Showcase & Sale, 4 to 9 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. Just in time for holiday gift-giving, 25 artists exhibit and sell their handmade pottery and sculptures. The Clayhouse, 2909 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica. theclayhousesantamonica.com “Prancer” Screening, 6:30 p.m. Mind Over Movies screens this family holiday movie about a magical reindeer. A discussion and Q&A follow the film. The Christian Institute, 1308 Second St., Santa Monica. Free. facebook.com/MindOverMoviesLA Masters in the Chapel Series: ‘Tis the Season Organ Concert, 7 to 8 p.m. Organist Jaebon Hwang performs carols from around the world on a state-of-the-art pipe organ. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. First Lutheran Church of Venice, 815 Venice Blvd., Venice. Free. flvenice.org Playhouse Sessions: Stars and Chandeliers, 7 to 11 p.m. The California Consortium of Song presents an evening of music under the stars and chandeliers with performances by Carlos Calvo, Steve McCormick and We Are the West. Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. Ugly Sweater Night, 7 p.m. to midnight. Show off your ugliest holiday sweater while enjoying drinks, a shuffleboard tournament and live

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music by Skeeter’s Pool Party Band/ Dogstar Allstar Jam. 15% of the proceeds go to Boys and Girls Club of Venice. The Venice Beach Bar, 323 Ocean Front Walk, Venice. facebook. com/thevenicebeachbar Sean Watkins, 8 p.m. Guitarist and vocalist Sean Watkins brings his progressive bluegrass and folk sound to McCabe’s Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. $25. (310) 828-4497; mccabes.com “Rematch,” 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Dance improviser Simone Forti and choreographer Carmela Hermann Dietrich improvise world events and personal history with movement, words and sound. Highways Performance Space, 1651 18th St., Santa Monica. $20. (310) 453-1755; highwaysperformance.org

Saturday, Dec. 9 Dockweiler Youth Center Nature Walks, 9 to 10:30 a.m. This Los Angeles Audubon hosted walk focuses on general beach ecology, with an emphasis on the federally threatened Snowy Plover. Binoculars provided for the walk. Dockweiler Youth Center, 12505 Vista del Mar, El Segundo. Free. (323) 481-4037; tern@ laaudubon.org LAPD Pacific Division Winter Wonderland Toy Giveaway, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Children from the Westside are invited to line up early in the morning for a turn at selecting a toy of their choosing. Take a picture with Santa Claus, enjoy a free BBQ lunch, balloons and face painting. 12321 Culver Blvd., Del Rey. (310) 482-6397; visitveniceca.com Ugly Sweater Holiday Ride with the Mayor, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Don your ugliest holiday sweater and join Mayor

A young Belinda Carlisle is among the punk icons featured in the art show “Wild of the Women of West Side.” SEE MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES. Ted Winterer for a festive four-mile ride from the Main Street Holiday Tree to a trio of holiday celebrations at Virginia Avenue Park’s Farmers Market on Pico Boulevard. Bring your own bike, helmet, lock and water. Children should be capable of street riding or in an appropriate bike seat. The ride departs from The Victorian, 2640 Main St., Santa Monica. Free. facebook.com/SantaMonicaSpoke

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Santa Monica Police 25th Annual Candy Cane Drive, 10:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Santa Claus is coming to town. Santa Monica’s police officers and firefighters escort Santa around town as he distributes candy canes and merriment. The drive begins at Douglas Park, 2439 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 458-8474

Snow Wonder, noon to 6 p.m. Bring the kids out to play, sled and make snow angels in a real winter wonderland with 80 tons of real snow. The Wonderelles perform Christmas songs in a ’50s style from 2 to 4 p.m. Come and have fun before the boat parade! Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey. mdrholidays.com

“Olaf’s Frozen Adventure Big Golden Book” Storytime, 11 a.m. Join Olaf, Anna, Kristoff and Elsa through a frozen adventure to find the best holiday traditions. Activities follow the reading. Barnes & Noble, 13400 Maxella Ave., Marina del Rey.

Westchester’s Wood-Fired Community Oven Bake, noon. Bring dough and toppings to bake your own pizza in an authentic earthen oven. Oven is ready for baking bread around 2 p.m. Holy Nativity Episcopal Church, 6700 W. 83rd St., Westchester. Free. (310) 850-8022; westchestercommunityoven@gmail.com

Music by the Sea, 1 to 4 p.m. A scenic harbor view is the backdrop for a country and rock-a-billy concert by JB & The BC Riders. Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 301-9900; visitmarinadelrey.com

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Made for Each Other:“Alright Then” @ Ruskin Group Theatre Actress Alley Mills (“The Wonder Years”) joins her husband, veteran entertainer Orson Bean, in this companion piece to Bean’s 2016 award-winning solo show “Safe at Home.” The longtime Venice Canals residents tell how they came together despite all odds and “made it” with humor, pathos and even a few songs. Two performances only: 8 p.m. Friday and 5 p.m. Saturday (Dec. 8 and 9) at Ruskin Group Theatre, 3000 Airport Ave., Santa Monica. $20 to $25. (310) 397-3244; ruskingrouptheatre.com

Orson Bean and Alley Mills share their love story in “Alright Then” on animal movements, teams up with choreographer Carmela Hermann Dietrach for a new duet. One performance only: 8:30 p.m. Saturday at Highways Performance Space, 1651 18th St., Santa Monica.

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$25. (310) 453-1755; highwaysperformancespace.org Music & Lyrics:“Poetry through Voice” @ The Edye Red Hen Press brings poets and

Grammy winners together for a night of music and spoken word. Grammywinning soprano Hila Plitman brings the music of Julia Adolphe, Philip White, Mark Abel and Grammy awardwinning composer/conductor Eric Whitacre to life for a lyrical program rounded out by California Poet Laureate Dana Gioia and Red Hen poets Douglas Manuel and Elise Paschen. One performance only: 4 p.m. Sunday (Dec. 10) in The Edye at The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. $35. (310) 434-3200; thebroadstage. org/redhenpoetryvoice Adulting:“Avenue Q” @ Westchester Playhouse The Kentwood Players revive the celebrated Broadway musical that explores the challenges and disappointments of adulthood alongside kid-show puppets grappling with some very grownup issues.

Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 16 at Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Ave., Westchester. $25. (310) 645-5156; visit kentwoodplayers.org The ‘Ham’ in ‘Hamilton’:“Spamilton” @ Kirk Douglas Theatre The creators of “Forbidden Broadway” skewer Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Pulitzer Prize-winning smash hit “Hamilton” in this parody of everyone’s new favorite musical. Fridays feature a spirited karaoke session where you can belt out your favorite “Hamilton” tunes before the show. Now playing at 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sundays through Jan. 7 at Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City. $55 to $85. (213) 972-7231; centertheatregroup.org


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Media Ecology Soul Salon, 2 p.m. Gerry Fialka interviews activist and publisher Michael Novick. Café 212 Pier, 212 Pier Ave., Santa Monica. Free. laughtears.com Fisherman’s Village Holiday Boat Parade Celebration, 4:30 to 8 p.m. The 55th annual Marina Del Rey Holiday Boat Parade launches the holidays with its theme “Let’s Dance.” Reggae band IZMSKZM performs a concert at Fisherman’s Village until 5:45 p.m. Fireworks display kicks off at 5:55 p.m. before the boats begin sailing at 6 p.m. 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. mdrboatparade.org Marina Lights, 5 to 10 p.m. through Dec. 31. Stroll with the family and loved ones through a festive holiday light display in the park while enjoying special entertainment. Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina Del Rey. mdrholidays.com Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade, 5:55 to 8 p.m. Please see our special parade program on pages 14 to 22. mdrboatparade.org Katalyst Collective, 8 p.m. Inglewood-based future funk, soul and jazz band Katalyst Collective brings their beats to the Del Monte Speakeasy, followed by DJ Shiva spinning soul, funk, hip-hop, electronic and dance music. DJ Doomz spins at 10 p.m. upstairs. Townhouse & Del Monte Speakeasy, 52 Windward Ave., Venice. No cover. (310) 392-4040; townhousevenice.com Vonda Shepard, 8 p.m. Known for her stint as resident performer on Ally McBeal, Vonda Shepard performs her acoustic rock at McCabe’s Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. $25. (310) 828-4497; mccabes.com Dogtown Allstar and Skeeters Pool Party Christmas Party, 8 to 11 p.m. Groove to classic rock and vintage surf songs with this holiday show. All drummers are invited to show up and play “Wipeout” on a communal drum. Bring your own sticks. Guitarists welcome to jam on “Crossroads.” Bring your own guitar. Venice Beach Bar, 323 Ocean Front Walk, Venice. No cover. (310) 392-3997; thevenicebeachbar.com Doug Mug Swanson, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Award-winning bassist returns to L.A. from Nashville to perform acoustic, blues, and country rock with his usual cast of characters: Bubba Blues, Jason James and Shawn Nourse for this holiday performance. The Cinema Bar, 3967 Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City. No cover. (310) 390-1328; thecinemabar.com Andy Cowan & Nina Beck, 9:30 p.m. to 12:45 a.m. Vocalist and hand percussionist Andy Cowan and pianist Nina Beck perform songs from the American songbook, comedic parodies and originals with their contemporary jazzy flair and classic crooner style. Tompkins Square Bar & Grill, 8522 Lincoln Blvd., Westchester. Free. (310) 670-1212; t2barandgrill.com

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Community Conversation on Public Safety & Homelessness, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Santa Monica city officials host a discussion on public safety, homelessness, community policing and the next chief of police. Roosevelt Elementary, 801 Montana Ave., Santa Monica. Free; RSVP required. facebook.com/ SantaMonicaAddressingHomelessness

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Bank of Venice Bar & Grill Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, 6 to 8 p.m. Bank of Venice is inaugurating a new menu. Complimentary appetizers and an extended happy hour menu and prices during the event. 80 Windward Ave., Venice. bankofvenicepublichouse.com Mar Vista Community Council Meeting, 7 p.m. The community council meets on the second Tuesday of each month at the Mar Vista

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Galleries & Museums “Wild Women of the West Side,” 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9; noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10. Honoring and celebrating female pioneers contributing to rock ‘n’ roll, music, surfing and skateboarding, this exhibit hosts two days of art, featuring surf/skate imagery and photography from L.A.’s 1970s punk rock scene. Saturday enjoy live music by “The All-American Jewish Lesbian Folksinger” Phranc and Venice band Street Play. Rapp Saloon, 1436 2nd St., Santa Monica. “Light and Shadow,” opening reception 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10. This exhibit by 20 artists of The Blue 7 Collective includes a variety of pastels, oil, photography, jewelry and glasswork accessible to people who drive a Bentley or who ride the No. 7 Big Blue Bus. Blue 7 Collective, 3129 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 449-1444; blue7gallery.com “Happy Sculptures,” through Jan. 5. International conceptual artist Dimitris Korovesis presents 40 sculptures utilizing iron and acrylic colors to reveal a lively, traditional Greek character. Studio 106 LA, 3021 Airport Ave., #106, Santa Monica. (310) 999-5681; studio106la@gmail.com Send event information at least 10 days in advance to calendar @argonautnews.com.


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