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VOL 47, NO 50 Local News & Culture

COVER STORy

NEWS

THE ADVICE GODDESS

Relief is on the Way

Road to Nowhere

Boys and Bongs

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Manchester Square is a final stop for L.A.’s down-and-out, but soon it will disappear ... 12

What to do about a lover who only wants to smoke weed and watch TV ...................... 28

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Turning the Tide

Beth Allen became a local celebrity when she lit up her bike like the Venice sign . ...... 10

In Santa Monica, a photographer brings indigenous peoples to the climate change table ........................................ 15

OPINION

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Holiday Magic, Marina Lights & a Modern Artisans Marketplace .............................. 32

Arts & Events Smooth Sailing

Photo by Maria Martin

A photo recap of the 55th annual Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade ......... 36

Sense and Spontaneity “Jane Austen Unscripted” is like fan fiction with a live audience ...................... 37

Songs of Hope An optimistic “Israeli Springsteen” builds cultural bridges through music . ............... 38

A Lesson in Democracy Playa del Rey’s road diet debacle

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L ette r s Mar Vista Small Business Boycott is Fake News Re: “The Bully’s Playbook,” Guest Opinion, Nov. 30 Op-ed writer Peter Flax moans about social media histrionics and absence of facts in the road diet debate when, in his Nov. 19 Twitter tirade of 20-plus tweets, he cherry-picked from my five-month-old Nextdoor thread (in a neighborhood where he does not live) to mislead the public about a small business boycott that did

not — and does not — exist. The screenshot this “journalist” posted to his more than 5,000 followers was also spread out of context on the public Open Mar Vista Facebook page and the “Biking in LA” blog (and related Twitter account) by that article’s author, Ted Rogers. In my original Nextdoor thread and others, I acknowledge in no uncertain terms that my poor suggestion of a business boycott was premature and that the small businesses on Venice Boulevard

in Mar Vista need our support more than ever. Look up the idiom “pot calling the kettle black” and you’ll see a photo of Peter Flax. Dan Grody West L.A. Keep Politics Out of Elementary Schools Re: “A Comeback Story Continues,” News, Nov. 22 Having raised three children, all through college now, I know the importance of a strong

elementary school foundation. I was encouraged to read about the Playa Del Rey Elementary School comeback story, but discouraged to see political murals being painted on its walls. I believe that this country has become so politically charged that parents could have found better motivating slogans to put on the wall — maybe something by an artist, athlete, musician, scientist or philosopher. Why a politician?

When was the last time a politician said anything meaningful since President John F. Kennedy’s “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country”? Not that it would change my opinion, but I also take issue with the President Obama quote in the mural: “We did not come to fear the future, but to shape it.” I believe he should have said improve it. When you try too (Continued on page 9)

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Relief is on the Way City officials will soon provide a mobile restroom service for Venice’s homeless By Gary Walker Being able to access restroom facilities after dark has been a vexing problem facing Venice’s homeless and many of their housed neighbors, with residents and business owners increasingly voicing concerns about human waste accumulating on sidewalks and lawns. On Tuesday, the Los Angeles City Council voted to fund mobile restrooms and hand-washing stations at four locations throughout the city, including Venice, to improve hygiene resources for those living in vehicles or homeless encampments. A six-month pilot program in Venice will begin in early January and include one portable restroom trailer overseen by an attendant. At press time, the council was expected to take separate action on Wednesday to keep public restrooms on Venice Beach open around the clock with constant monitoring by attendants. City reports estimate the cost of bringing mobile restroom service to Venice at about $240,000 for the initial six months, or $480,000 if extended to a whole year. Similar mobile restroom programs in southeast downtown Los Angeles, the downtown South Park commercial district and the Sun Valley neighborhood in the eastern San Fernando Valley are expected to cost about the same. Keeping Venice Beach bathrooms open 24/7 is expected to cost the city about $250,000 a year.

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Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin, whose district includes Venice, said the pilot program comes in response to increasing public desire for both keeping neighborhoods sanitary and improving conditions among the city’s growing homeless populations. “This is a very important step in giving people dignity and maintaining public

“I would support putting mobile restrooms in areas where the homeless already congregate, but certainly not in areas that would attract them to where they aren’t now.” — Daryl Barnett, neighborhood activist

health. If we’re not giving people a house and bathroom, they’re going to go outside,” Bonin said. Longtime Venice resident Daryl Barnett has been an outspoken critic of city proposals to allow homeless people to store their belongings at the former Westminster Senior Center, and she also opposes a large affordable housing complex planned for the parking lot at Venice Boulevard and Pacific Avenue. She’s in favor of the mobile restrooms,

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hard to shape things, you don’t always improve them and sometimes they turn out worse. To inspire my children, I’ll take Muhammad Ali’s “Don’t count the days, make the days count” over any politician’s quotation. Gila Standring Venice

FROM THE WEB Re: Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade Program, Dec. 7 When did the Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade become an X-rated event? My husband and I attended this year’s parade with a few other families, all of them with children between the ages of 2 and 12. One of the boats had a stripper pole on it, with a woman doing a pole dance throughout the parade. Never was I so upset.

however — at least up to a point. “I would support putting mobile restrooms in areas where the homeless already congregate, but certainly not in areas that would attract them to where they aren’t now,” Barnett said. “We need to stop facilitating the homeless with these Band-Aid solutions, give permanent solutions

Initially it looked like the pole dancer wasn’t wearing any underwear, until a second go-round revealed that her bright red underwear was wedged in her butt crack, leaving much exposed. How does a mother respond when her children say, “Mom, she doesn’t have any underwear on!” What in God’s name were they thinking? Absolutely disgusting. A Concerned Mother

all over Los Angeles, and stop concentrating on Venice as Mike Bonin’s Westside designated area for the unhoused.” Rick Swinger lives near the perennial homeless encampments at Third and Rose avenues, and for the past year he’s repeatedly posted photographs of unsanitary conditions along Third on social media. In recent months, increased city-sponsored power-washing on Third coupled with enforcement

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of city rules limiting the volume of possessions a homeless person can leave unattended have significantly reduced the number of campers there. He’s optimistic that keeping beach bathrooms accessible at night will make a positive difference. “Having just a few of these bathrooms at the beach, which taxpayers already paid for, staying open 24/7 would help tremendously,” Swinger said. The city’s Recreation and Parks Commission voted last month in favor of keeping the Venice Beach bathrooms open at night. If the council approves the plan, the commission will ask the California Coastal Commission for a permit to keep them open. In addition to growing public support, the city’s mobile restroom pilot project is also a response to serious public safety concerns — alleviating unsanitary conditions that can facilitate the spread of hepatitis A. In August, Gov. Jerry Brown declared a public health emergency after an outbreak of hepatitis A in San Diego spread to Los Angeles. “Those most vulnerable to hepatitis A are illicit drug users and the homeless, who often do not have access to regular hygiene,” California Department of Health Deputy Director Dr. Gil Chavez said during a conference call last month. To date, no contractions of hepatitis A have been reported in Venice.

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Re: “A Comeback Story Continues,” News, Nov. 22 Principal Valencia Blue is just what Playa Del Rey Elementary School needed — a real shot in the arm. Judy Freedman HAVE YOUR SAY: Send to letters@argonautnews.com December 14, 2017 THE ARGONAUT PAGE 9


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A Lesson in Democracy Playa del Rey’s road diet debacle is a teaching moment for future L.A. transportation policy correct engineering solution. Our statistics show an average of 11.6 accidents per year before the changes, compared to a startling 53 for the four months the The authors served on the Playa del Rey road diets were in place — a startling Safe Streets Task Force and are writing in 350% jump. response to “The Bully’s Playbook” Add to that increased commute times (Opinion, Nov. 30), which criticized and impacts on local businesses. Custactics used by road diet opponents to tomer feedback and a survey of 62 busishape public debate. Eaton and Russo ness owners documented devastating have been active with Keep L.A. Moving, revenue losses as high as 40% below which sued to reverse traffic lane closures expectations. in Playa del Rey. As members of the task force assembled to address these issues, we are glad that Safe streets and daily commutes don’t the current engineering solution makes have to be mutually exclusive. So why is sense for pedestrians, cyclists and cars. Los Angeles pursuing policies that create However, there is a cautionary tale in the such a divide? broken process it took to get us here — Over the past few months, we’ve and the tax dollars spent to constantly watched a travesty unfold in Playa del re-edit street configurations, leaving the Rey. A well-meaning but trigger-happy asphalt in poor condition. All of this city government abruptly embarked upon Playa del Rey lane closures snarled traffic this summer could have been avoided with a few sweeping changes to lifeline connector orders and, furthermore, that rather than required in order to circumvent the public public meetings to understand the options roads. There was no discussion of goals, and make smart tradeoffs. vetting required by law. no discussion of options, no discussion of being conscientiously designed, the new All cities will need to continue evolving bike lanes were installed as an excuse to As a result — and with clear intent — impacts. The folks in charge didn’t care their streetscapes in response to modern justify taking away car lanes. In the California’s CEQA laws were broken. about deliberative democracy or, apparmobility needs, but they should use words of LADOT Assistant General CEQA requires studies and public ently, want their ideas critiqued. They evidence-based and democratic methods behaved like a dictatorship — and what to do so. they got was an uprising. Innovation means it doesn’t have to be City Hall took several miles of roadway about commuters vs. safety. For instance, offline in Playa del Rey, cutting its vehicle the current setup in Playa del Rey reduces capacity in half overnight. In the wake of high-speed traffic through town, enhances these changes, the public heard constantly pedestrian access and bicycle use, and evolving stories about short-term test allows commuters the bandwidth to flow periods, unsupported claims about the slowly but surely through rush hour. need for extreme urgency, and excuses for Manager Dan Mitchell, addressing an hearings when changes are proposed for Once the roadways got a proper examia lack of thoughtful engineering behind angry public at a meeting in June: “We roads, and LADOT’s standard is that such nation, the situation went from being one the roadway reconfiguration. studies are required for roads with 16,000 of “us vs. them” to a question of smart Watching accident after accident happen didn’t do studies. We just did what they told us to.” or more vehicles per day. In filing for a engineering that addresses contemporary on these newly “safer” roads, local “They” referred to a small group of CEQA exemption, the city stated the daily concerns. We hope this unfortunate citizens felt something was wrong and, NIMBYs — 155 individuals — who car count on Pershing Drive was “only situation can serve as a case study in both upon further investigation, concluded 7,200 cars per day,” while LADOT data “how not to change a street” as well as that safety wasn’t the real priority driving wanted to prevent non-resident drivers from using the roads of Playa del Rey. shows it was actually 23,000 cars per day. “how you can change a street without the changes. Inexplicably, the city went along with Furthermore, when we examined accident major adverse impacts.” As Southern Ultimately, the legendary engineers at them, bending facts and claiming that rates and contributing factors, it became California continues to evolve, this can the L.A. Department of Transportation extraordinary measures were immediately clear to us that a road diet was not the be a teachable moment. revealed that they were just following By Todd Dipaola, Brooke Eaton, Jim McCafferty, Nancy Brown and John Russo

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By Gary Walker David Bloom remembers better days. In the 1970s and ’80s, the jazz percussionist and former Mar Vista resident played gigs in Europe, South America — places he’d always dreamed of visiting — and along the Atlantic and Pacific coasts. A heart attack at 50 while performing in Hollywood and an ensuing cascade of hard luck changed his life’s itinerary. For about two years now, Bloom and his tiny dog Mitzi have been going to sleep and waking up inside a sun-faded nylon tent under the LAX flight path in Westchester. “I never expected to end up here,” he said. “I never thought this could happen to me.” Bloom, 62, is one of about 150 homeless people living in Manchester Square. The former middle-class neighborhood spans about a quarter of a square mile from Arbor Vitae Street south Century Boulevard and Aviation Boulevard east to La Cienega Boulevard. The airport has been buying up and clearing out single-family homes and apartment buildings to make way for a ground transportation hub that will connect passenger terminals to parking, rental cars and a light rail station. It is a desolate, surreal place with no street lights. Where houses once stood are now empty lots. Most of the homeless live on 94th and 95th streets, which are lined with tents, cars and RVs — some in working condition, others not. All but completely abandoned, this is the last stop for those who have nowhere else to go. But not for much longer. Come January, airport officials will close off at least 40% of Manchester Square to begin construction. Bloom is “absolutely confident” he will be gone by then. He hopes to resettle in London and revive his career as a musician. “I’m not the type of person that waits until the guillotine drops,” he said. Others are far less certain.

*** City officials have long been making big plans for Manchester Square. Los Angeles World Airports, the municipal agency that runs LAX, has been buying up homes here since 1999. Most property owners have already accepted buyout offers from LAWA, which has paid out $117 million to date. In August the L.A. City Council triggered eminent domain proceedings for a few dozen holdouts, prompting additional departures.

Assisting the Homeless, the Venice-based St. Joseph Center and various other public or nonprofit agencies, they’ve made a sizeable dent. At the beginning of the year, LAHSA’s annual Homeless Count found 400 homeless people in Manchester Square — making it the largest homeless encampment in West Los Angeles. Miller says there are now about 150 homeless people congregated around 94th and 95th streets. “Since the inception of the Manchester Square Task Force in January 2016, 35

“People look at us like we’re in a zoo.” — Manchester Square resident David Bloom

“There’s definitely a new sense of urgency out here.” — LAX homeless outreach specialist Christina Miller “We have had 32 of the 36 remaining properties sold voluntarily to LAWA,” said Mark Waier, director of communications for LAWA’s $6-billion Landside Access Modernization Program. The heart of the project is its Automated People Move, an elevated two-mile railway circuit that will connect the future Aviation / 96th Street light rail station with LAX passenger terminals to the west and a new rental car facility and parking areas to be built on top of what’s now Manchester Square. But LAX also has plans for the homeless there right now. Last year airport officials hired homeless outreach specialist Christina Miller to connect Manchester Square’s homeless residents with social services and help them find temporary shelter on the way to permanent supportive housing. In collaboration with the Los Angeles Housing Services Authority, People for

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people that we know of have entered permanent housing,” Miller said in October while making her rounds at Manchester Square. “We are sure there could be more people who found their way to a housing solution not captured in this number, as not everyone comes back to tell us they are no longer living on the streets.” At the time, Miller said 27 others had viable housing placement plans and she expected them to find housing soon. Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin, whose district includes Westchester, said LAWA’s efforts have produced results. “LAWA has done a phenomenal job of getting people into housing. Throughout my entire district, this is the best and most successful outreach effort that has been conducted,” Bonin said. Prior to Miller coming on board, outreach teams were only visiting

Manchester Square on a part-time basis. “There was never that consistent surge of outreach until July. Since then, we’ve seen a lot of synergy. There’s definitely a new sense of urgency out here and an understanding among many of the folks here, now is my time [to get housing],” Miller said. Pressed for a response on what will happen to those still without housing in January, “We’ll continue the process of getting folks into housing,” Miller pledged. “Absolutely.” *** Discarded bicycle parts and other debris often appear during the day as the homeless of Manchester Square come and go. Bloom is one of the more popular residents, as evidenced by the number of people who pay a visit to his tent during a three-hour visit in October. Holly Davidson, who lives on 95th Street, often stops by to catch up with Bloom and have a smoke before going to work at LAX Airport Cleaners on the Westchester-Inglewood border. A slim 30-year-old with brown hair and purple highlights, she has lived at Manchester Square for three years. Davidson fled her home in 2014 due to domestic violence and began camping next to the 405 Freeway before winding up here. She refers to her living situation as “structurally challenged,” not “homeless.”   Davidson has non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a blood cancer. She discontinued treatment after a having a heart attack while undergoing chemotherapy, but says marijuana helps to ease the pain. “I’m not showing any symptoms lately,” she said. PATH is helping Davidson and her boyfriend find housing, but unlike Bloom she isn’t very confident about leaving Manchester Square. “We’ll probably be here until the end,” she said. “I might even end up back along


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the freeway. … I’m not sure.” PATH Regional Outreach Director Haley Fuselier ranks Davidson’s case among the more heart-wrenching tales she’s heard over the two years her teams have been working Manchester Square. “The hardest for me to hear are the medical issues that have gone unattended for so long,” Fuselier said.

There was a man who said he felt “like his guts were falling out” on a regular basis. “It turns out that he had a hernia, and there’s treatment for that. So he’s been out here for some time, quite alarmed with something that’s minor surgery,” Fuselier lamented. Shortly after Gov. Jerry Brown declared

the hepatitis A epidemic a state of emergency in October, the L.A. County Department of Public Health came to Manchester Square to administer vaccines and distribute literature on how to prevent contracting the virus. Representatives from St. Joseph Center, homeless employment services organization Chrysalis and the county social

services workers also frequent Manchester Square. Various Girl Scout troops and the Rotary Club of Inglewood bring food from time to time. The Neighborhood Council of Westchester-Playa hands out hygiene kits with new socks, toothpaste, soap and lotion once a month. (Continued on page 31)

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#TurningTheTide campaign cofounder Cristina Mittermeier’s vivid photographs bring indigenous peoples into conversations about a planet in crisis By Bliss Bowen Trained as a marine biologist, awardwinning National Geographic photographer Cristina Mittermeier laughs when asked if she frames her riveting underwater images of dolphins, jellyfish, sharks and stingrays with an eye for scientific detail. There are so many uncontrollable variables, she points out, that when she does find herself up close with an American crocodile in Cuba or crabeater seals in Antarctica, she’s just hoping she can make a compelling image. However, Mittermeier does see everything she photographs through the lens of her training: “I’m always thinking, ‘What kind of message can we convey with this image?’ Sometimes it’s just the magic of biodiversity — the miracle that this planet is, that we can share with millions of species.” Most of her subjects are human — members of indigenous communities who live off the land. They will be prominently

featured in her “Standing at the Water’s “The attention span of people is shorter, Edge” presentation for Nat Geo Live at but the reach we have is so much larger” The Broad Stage this Thursday and Friday. with social media, she says, as followers A few may be familiar to followers of get hooked by images with unpreachy

“We label them as poor and lacking because we see them through the lens of our wealth and abundance, which is exactly what is killing our planet.” — Cristina Mittermeier Mittermeier’s Instagram (instagram.com/ cristinamittermeier) and Twitter (@cmittermeier) accounts. Like her partner and fellow National Geographic photographer Paul Nicklen (paulnicklen. com), Mittermeier posts gripping photos to social media to highlight awareness of environmental issues receiving scant news coverage.

captions that engage them in conversation with people around the world. Through their photography and recently launched #TurningTheTide campaign for their co-founded nonprofit, Sea Legacy (sealegacy.org), Mittermeier and Nicklen encourage citizen participation in safeguarding the world’s oceans. Marine protected areas like the one Mexico

recently created around Revillagigedo Islands represent one of the biggest causes they champion. Mittermeier, who also founded the International League of Conservation Photographers, calls them “the first line of defense” against illegal fishing and commercial over-fishing. THE ARGONAUT: Let’s talk about this concept of “enoughness” you encountered in your work with indigenous communities. CRISTINA MITTERMEIER: I was visiting with a community of indigenous Hawaiian people, and one of the gentlemen we spent time with said he grew up in Oahu, on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, speaking his language, surrounded by family, surfing every day with his friends, and he thought he had enough. He never imagined he was missing out on anything — until (Continued on page 35)

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11780 W. Pico Blvd, West L.A. (310) 881-7081 Wen Yeh’s bar serves cocktails, but he’d rather you didn’t order one. At Neat, the focus is what you’d expect from the name. Within the mixology-focused local scene, it’s a contrarian attitude. A real estate developer turned restaurateur, Yeh is part owner of the beer-centric BRÜ HAUS on Wilshire Boulevard in West L.A. and The Belmont gastropub in West Hollywood, but his passion is Neat. The former Liquid Kitty was a dive bar specializing in martinis before Yeh remodeled it into a quiet and intimate space, bringing in a team of alcohol enthusiasts to serve more than 300 different spirits. Isn’t this an odd time to open a bar that isn’t focused on cocktails? We have a strong cocktail program, but it’s not about mixology, it’s about the classics. We make Old Fashioneds, Sazeracs, Daiquiris — and we make them properly. The citrus, sugar and bitters make an enjoyable experience, but over time someone who drinks those starts identifying the taste of the spirits, and they start savoring them. That’s how I started.

Aren’t straight spirits an acquired taste? We try to educate people about how to taste spirits. Too many young people think you have to shoot them. Anything you have to gulp down is not worth drinking. You should learn how to taste slowly, to savor. … You sip them to understand what you’re tasting. You use your nose before

People check it out and say, ‘Oh God, that’s terrible,” and they think they don’t like mezcal. That wasn’t a good product to begin with, but it has set their expectations. I noticed that when someone ordered a scotch and water, the bartender suggested the water on the side. Is every-

“Anything you have to gulp down is not worth drinking. You should learn how to taste slowly, to savor.” — Wen Yeh body here subtly trying to tasting it. It’s not that we know everything, because we don’t, but change people’s behavior? We all appreciate the idea that we know how to get people startthese spirits are meant to be ed in learning for themselves. savored as they are. You don’t go Which are the easiest drinking into a really good restaurant and automatically pour ketchup or of the neat spirits? Rum, because of the sweetness. A-1 sauce on a steak, because it has been served the way it’s Or bourbon. Rum has a mostly negative connotation because the supposed to be eaten. The people ones most of us try first are pretty who have been distilling this for bad, and we get sick on it. People generations meant it to be served this way. If you’re buying some associate scotch with heavy mass-market brand meant to be peatiness, so that’s not where I mixed, fine, whatever. With good tend to start people even though spirits, try them first. You might there are some that have a little add a little bit of water to a sweetness on the palate. cask-strength whisky to open it up, but please do that after What’s the hardest sell? trying it first. Don’t change it A lot of people have a bad conception of mezcal because the off the bat. first one they tried was some (Continued on page 18) souvenir bottle with a worm in it. December 14, 2017 THE ARGONAUT PAGE 17


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Your menu is without tasting notes. Why? People have different perceptions. It’s like when you taste wine and someone is asking, “Do you taste the lavender? Do you get vanilla?” And I don’t, or at least I don’t call that flavor or scent the same thing that you do. Once you have put those expectations on paper people feel like they have to taste the same thing, and I don’t want to start people down that path. I’ll ask them what they taste because I’m curious, but it’s a subjective thing, and there’s no right or wrong answer. One palate isn’t better or worse than the other.

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El Jolgorio mescals, Yeh’s favorite, are family-crafted from wild agave families who each produce a a very eclectic selection. There different mezcal for them. are thousands of bourbons; we have perhaps 30, but they’re You have pours for as little as the best representations of those $5. Which is most expensive? categories. Louis III is $190 for a oneWhen someone comes in and ounce pour. What makes it says they like to drink a certain worthwhile is the history of it. It expression of Johnnie Walker, we What do you wish everybody spends 100 years in that bottle. tell them we don’t have that, but would try? The guys who started making it we have something better: “Try Mezcals and Japanese whiskies, never get to taste it. Would I this Monkey Shoulder. It’s fantasas categories. For a specific spend that much on a pour? tic.” We don’t look down on brand, El Jolgorio mezcal. Their Probably not, but there are people them, because most of us didn’t mezcals are made from silvestre, who would. know three quarters of these which are wild agaves, and they’re brands when we started this. phenomenal. They take longer to Are some people paralyzed With all but the most expensive mature, and there is a significant by the number of choices? things we’ll give them a little flavor difference. One is more They’re usually the ones who taste just to get the conversation earthy, another is creamy and always drink mass-market brands, started. We want to have people spicy. There’s a wide, wide range and we don’t have anything they excited by discoveries, by trying of differences. I could go on and know. We actually don’t have new things. It’s a learning bar. on about it. They have about 18 the biggest back bar, but we have We’re all learning.

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The ArgonAuT PRess Releases Playa del rey condo

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“This is your one-of-a-kind home completely custom home on the shores of Silicon Beach,” says agent Thomas Corte. “The home has been uniquely constructed with artisan craftsmanship and environmentally compatible materials, including inlaid river stones, Italian marble, brass, copper, and Brazilian walnut hardwood. Less than ten years old, this is beachfront gold, offering an impressive list of features desirable to the most discerning property ownerThis fourbed, six-bath is 4,000 sq. ft. of delicious sanctuary.”

“Tucked away in a private end unit of a French chateauinspired complex sits this open and airy townhouse, located in the heart of Playa del Rey” says agent Stephanie Younger. “The open concept living area of this three-bed, three-bath home is accented by hardwood floors and built-in shelving. The living room flows into the dining and kitchen areas while large glass doors and windows bring in natural light. Just off the living room, a private patio is the perfect setting for morning coffee

“Stunning and sleek, this contemporary two-bed, two-anda-half-bath condo is in the prestigious high rise, The Cove,” says agent Jesse Weinberg. “Enjoy ocean views from every room. The unit boasts bamboo floors, natural light, custom electric shades, and an oversized balcony. The beautiful kitchen offers Studio Becker cabinets, granite counters, a large center island, and both Bosch & Thermador appliances. Also offered are a separate laundry room, central hear and AC, and two-car parking.”

“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.”

“Stunning Marina and sunset views are offered from the master bedroom and living room by the floor-to-ceiling windows that lead on to a large patio that’s perfect for entertaining”, says agent Eileen McCarthy. “Hardwood floors run throughout this three-bed, two-bath home. The beautifully upgraded kitchen and bathrooms highlight this unit. The Marina City Club is resort living at its best. This home offers a perfect location to walk to the beach and restaurants.”

“This charming 1920’s Spanish home, with two tri-level contemporary townhouses located in the rear, is located in a gated compound with parking for six cars,” says agent James Allan. “Just a few blocks from trendy Rose Ave and Abbott Kinney, the townhouses have total privacy from the front houses. Urban, chic interior materials fill this home. Both townhouses are vacant. The front house has coved ceilings and lots of 1920’s detail. Live in one townhouse and rent out the other or rent out the whole property.”

The ArgonAuT REAl EstAtE Q&A

What can both sellers and buyers expect for closing costs in a transaction? Typically, the seller can expect to pay for: • Real estate commission • Owners’ policy of title insurance • One half of the sub-escrow fee charged by the title company • One half of the base escrow fee, in addition to fees for handling the payoffs, paying California Withholding tax, and document preparation • Documentary transfer tax ($1.10 per thousand based on the sales price is paid to the County of Los Angeles, in addition to transfer tax paid to the city the property is located in, as follows (based on the sales price): • Los Angeles: $4.50 per thousand (Pacific Palisades, Brentwood, Bel Air, Hancock, Park, Venice, Marina del Rey) • Santa Monica: $3.00 per thousand • Malibu, Beverly Hills, Hermosa Beach and Manhattan Beach: -0-

• Redondo Beach: $2.20 per thousand • City report fees: Los Angeles $72.86 Santa Monica $281.82 • Retrofitting, smoke detectors, gas shut off valve and water heater strapping: approximately $500$1,000 • Certificate of Compliance: Los Angeles $15 • Natural Hazard Disclosure Report (approximately $100) • Termite inspection and Section 1 (corrective) work • Payoffs of loans against the property (principal, accrued interest, statement fee, reconveyance fee) • Judgments, liens against the seller • Tax and homeowner association dues (prorated and paid current) • Homeowner association charges for documents and transfer fees • Recording fees for grant deed, reconveyance, releases

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• Notary fees • Messenger fees for pick up of contingency items (such as homeowner association documents) • California Withholding/Franchise Tax Board taxes (if you are not exempt) • IRS Withholding (if you are a foreign person and are not exempt)

Typically, the Buyer can expect to pay for: • Lenders title policy • One half of the sub-escrow fee charged by the title company • One half of the base escrow fee, document preparation fees, and if the buyer is obtaining a loan, fees for the additional work involved with the new loan and email of the loan documents (you would not believe how much additional work is involved for the escrow holder when a buyer is getting a loan!)

• Recording fees for the trust deed • Tax & homeowner association dues (prorated) • New loan fees (pre-paid interest, appraisal, document preparation, funding fee, underwriting, tax service, credit report, processing, points/ origination fees) • Inspection fees • First year fire insurance premium • Notary fees • Messenger fees: delivery of contingency items and sending loan documents to the lender

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Ideally, when one partner is the sole breadwinner the other is the stay-at-home parent to more than two rambunctious goldfish. There’s a term in risk researcher and former derivatives trader Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s books: “skin in the game.” That’s what’s missing when, say, a hedge fund honcho advises you to make some big-bucks investment. If he’s guessed right, he’ll share in your profits. However, any losses are all yours — as in

you’ll find him up in his penthouse, not two cardboard boxes down from your new “home” on the corner. “Skin in the game” is also what’s missing from your boyfriend’s end of the relationship. You’re doing all of the work to keep the roof over the relationship. Your boyfriend’s doing none of the work but reaping 100% of the benefits. This isn’t to say relationships have to be exactly 50/50. But such a gross asymmetry in effort may be creating a breeding ground for laziness, setting your boyfriend up to go all Leisure Larry in both his work and the relationship. In fact, by making things so easy for him, you may be making it harder for him to succeed. Consider that you put in more effort when it’s a necessity — when you don’t have inherited wealth (or a 9-to-5-toiling girlfriend who allows you to live as if you do). Also, the fact that you’re a woman who’s paying for everything may make this more of a problem. Women

evolved to seek “providers,” and men coevolved to expect that — and to expect the best women to hold out for investment. Men’s self-worth is also driven by their ability to provide. So though many couples think they “should” be OK with a woman as the sole or primary moneymaker (because … equality!), it often leads to resentment in the woman and emasculation in the man. Finally, consider whether you really aren’t OK with this Vincent van No Job arrangement but are going along with it because you think it’s the good-girlfriend thing to do. It’s OK — and probably good for your relationship — to ask your boyfriend to put “skin in the game,” like by driving a bunch of runs on Uber to fork over for the electric bill. People value and feel more a part of something they have to work for, and not just by opening the bills (with an artistic flourish!) before handing them over for the wage slave girlfriend to pay.

Weed Better Break Up I’m a 28-year-old gay guy. I like to travel and go out and do stuff on the weekends. My boyfriend prefers to smoke pot and uhh … time travel on the couch. He’s a good person and I love him, but he’s unwilling to cut back on his pot smoking. Friends tell me to dump him, but we’ve been together for three years, and bailing now would mean throwing that time away. — Frustrated The guy isn’t without ambition. He tries really hard every day to give the cat a contact high. There’s a point when love seems like “the answer” —

when you’re 14 and practicing your make-out skills on your pillow. But then you grow up and get into a relationship with a man you love, and you find yourself packing for Bali while he’s packing his bong. Presumably, you’ve tried to come to some compromise. It helps to be specific about what would work for you, like by proposing he come down from Weed Mountain to spend Saturday afternoon and evening out on the town with you. If he’s unwilling to be enough of a boyfriend to make you happy, well, you have a decision to make. In making it, don’t let yourself get tripped up by “the sunk cost effect.” This is decision

researcher Hal Arkes’ term for our (irrational) “tendency to continue an endeavor once an investment in money, effort, or time has been made.” But that initial investment — for example, the three years you’ve already put into your relationship with James Bong — is gone. What makes sense is looking at whether the “endeavor” will pay off in the future — say, in a willingness by your boyfriend to combine his favorite hobby and yours. As travel writer Rick Steves put it, “I have used cannabis all over the world.” (Hmm … then again, so have other people, and they’re still in jail in Turkey.)

Got a problem? Write to Amy Alkon at 171 Pier Ave., Ste. 280, Santa Monica, CA 90405, or email her at AdviceAmy@aol.com. Alkon’s latest book is “Good Manners for Nice People who Sometimes Say F*ck.” She blogs at advicegoddess.com and podcasts at blogtalkradio.com.


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CA. 92703 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 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 Tu thi Be Nguyen Owner Argonaut published: Dec. 14, 21, 28, Jan. 4, 2018 NOTICEIn 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. ORDER TO SHOW cAUSE FOR cHANGE OF NAmE cASE NUmbER SS027112 TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner Katyn Maine Everson (name) Katyn Maine Evenson to Kay Evenson Snyder to be filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: a.) 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: Jan. 5, 2018. At 8:30am. Dept K room A-203 The address of the court. 1725 Main St. room 102 Santa Monica, CA. 90401 A copy of this Order to Show Cause shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county: The Argonaut Newspaper Original filed: Nov. 22, 2017 Gerald Rosenberg Judge of the Superior Court. PUBLISH: The Argonaut Nov. 30, 2017 Dec. 7, 14, 21, 2017

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FIcTITIOUS bUSINESS NAmE STATEmENT 2017 339696 The following persons is (are) doing business as: Paws Up Playa 8156 Manitoba St # 1 Playa Del Rey, CA. 90293. Donna Taylor 8156 Manitoba St. #1 Playa del Rey, CA. 90293 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)). Donna Taylor TITLE Owner This statement was filed with the county 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. FIcTITIOUS bUSINESS NAmE STATEmENT 2017 347339 The following persons is (are) doing business as: 1) High-Tech Systems 2) High-Tech Security 8726 S. Sepulveda Blvd

FIcTITIOUS bUSINESS NAmE STATEmENT 2017 347538 The following persons is (are) doing business as: 1) Cafe Buna 3105 Washington Blvd. Marina del Rey, CA. 90292. 1710 Abbot Kinney Blvd. Venice, CA. 90291. Pit Dog Inc. 1710 Abbot Kinney Venice, CA. 9029. This business is conducted by a corporation. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 11/2002. 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)) This statement was filed with the county on Dec. 11, 2017 Argonaut published: Dec. 14, 21, 28, Jan. 4, 2018 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 348321 The following persons is (are) doing business as: Cuccio Nails & Spas 2805 Abbott Kinney Blvd unit E Los Angeles, CA. 90291. Tu Thi Be Nguyen 4824 Irongate Lane Santa Ana,

ORDER TO SHOW cAUSE FOR cHANGE OF NAmE cASE NUmbER SS027116 TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner Ramona Ivy Bragg (name) RAMONA IVY BRAGG to RAMONA IVY filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: a.) 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:1/12/18. At 8:30am. Dept K The address of the court. 1725 Main St. room 102 Santa Monica, CA. 90401 A copy of this Order to Show Cause shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county: The Argonaut Newspaper Original filed: Nov. 28, 2017 Gerald Rosenberg. Judge of the Superior Court. PUBLISH: The Argonaut Dec .7, 14, 21, 28, 2017 STATEmENT OF AbANDONmENT OF USE OF FIcTITIOUS bUSINESS NAmE FILE NO. 2017 246019-2017 342903 THE FOLLOWING PERSONS HAS/HAVE ABANDONED USE TO THE FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME: Marina Del Rey Pharmacy 4558 Admiralty. Way Street Address of Principal Place of Business: 4558 Admiralty Way Marina del Rey, CA. 90292 The date on which the fictitious business name being abandoned was filed: 12/5/2017. Registered Owners Zelrey Inc. 4558 S. Admiralty Way Marina del Rey, CA. 90292 The file number to the fictitious business name being abandoned 2017246019 . The county where the fictitious business name was filed: Los Angeles 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 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 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 ORDER TO SHOW cAUSE FOR cHANGE OF NAmE cASE NUmbER SS027109 TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner Judy Ann Nimtz Harris (name) Judy Ann Nimtz Harris to Judy An-yu Harris Nimtz filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: a.) 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: Jan. 26, 2018. At 8:30am. Dept K The address of the court. 1725 Main St. room 102 Santa Monica, CA. 90401 A copy of this Order to Show Cause shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county: The Argonaut Newspaper Original filed: Nov. 21, 2017 Gerald Rosenberg Judge of the Superior Court. PUBLISH: The Argonaut Nov. 30, 2017 Dec. 7, 14, 21, 2017

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Lava Mae, a nonprofit that operates mobile showers and hygiene facilities, visits Manchester Square twice a week, providing as many as 30 showers a visit, said Miller. *** Tom Sigler grew up in Torrance, served in the U.S. Marine Corps and worked as a mechanic before becoming homeless in 2008. He and girlfriend Denise Taylor were living in a house owned by Taylor’s mother, but were forced to leave after her mother died. “We went from place to place to place, living on the streets a few years, just trying to survive,” explained Sigler, 59, who at one point recycled cans and bottles to pay for food and an occasional motel room. “I was digging through trashcans, looking for anything, just to make money.” When Taylor became pregnant in 2011, Sigler found paying work in Phoenix. In 2014 the couple reunited in Los Angeles, this time with a camper van. But they lost custody of their daughter, who was taken into foster care. Sigler found work again, but that door closed when his employer died . He said police officers told him to go to Manchester Square after rousting him from a tent in Lomita. PATH is working with Sigler and Taylor to find them permanent housing. “I’ve got to do something with my life. I don’t want to die out here,” he said. “I’m optimistic that I’ll find housing.” Sigler hopes to tap into resources for veterans but has encountered roadblocks because he did not have an honorable discharge. Another hitch: Sigler has four cats and does not want to part with them. He won’t accept housing unless he can find homes for them, too. “They’re my companions. They help me keep my sanity,” Sigler said. “I can’t abandon them.” *** Tammy Johnson, 54, is one of the lucky ones. She’s something of a celebrity in Manchester Square because she “got out,” meaning she found housing. Johnson was homeless for three years before finding permanent supportive housing in Santa Monica. She was bicycling up 94th Street and saying goodbyes to her former neighbors when Bloom waved her over for a chat. “It’s by the beach,” Johnson gushed of her new home. “I’m looking forward to living by the beach and drinking piña coladas,” she added with a laugh. A 67-year-old man who goes by Nathan (he said there were issues with using his last name) spent seven years in a camper at Manchester Square. He had previously lived in an apartment near Manchester

had to leave the state,” he said. “If I hadn’t gotten out of there, I would have gone crazy.”  Bloom shares a different take on Manchester Square. He’s heard tales of rape and assault, but he’s unsure whether those stories have any truth to them. “There are nice people here. They’re just trying to make it, like everyone else,” he said. “People look at us like we’re in a zoo.” Davidson said workers with the Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation confiscated a number of her possessions — suitcases, a $300 tent and a 5,000-watt gas generator they claimed was refuse — during a maintenance sweep several months ago. “They just said everything was trash. They didn’t even open the suitcases to see what was in them,” she said, her voice rising with anger at the memory. “They even took my boyfriend’s tools, which is how he makes his living.” The generator had supplied power to several tents. Davidson suspects that city officials were sending a message: Don’t get too comfortable at Manchester Square. “They want us out of here,” she said. ***

David Bloom and his daughter Tatiana visit outside his tent on 94th Street

Avenue and 85th Street in Westchester, so he was already familiar with the area. A self-described “handyman who can fix anything,” the Tennessee native lost that apartment after clients cut back on his services during the recession. “I was one of the first people there,” he said. “I’m lucky that I had that camper.” PATH established contact with Nathan about two years ago, and last month he

tions, Manchester Square included.” *** Nathan recalled life in Manchester Square as peaceful — at least until more and more people started showing up. “It was beautiful. It was like living in a park. Nobody bothered me,” he recalled. But among the newcomers, “a lot of them

“We’ll probably be here until the end. I might even end up back along the freeway. … I’m not sure.” — Manchester Square resident Holly Davidson moved into an apartment in the San Fernando Valley — “a brand new place with brand new furniture, thanks to PATH,” he said. Asked why it took two years to find housing for Nathan, Miller said each case is unique. “There are many variables to the amount of time it takes for someone to obtain housing and, unfortunately, there is no typical amount of time this process takes,” she said. “Barriers to obtaining housing can range from criminal background, lack of income, seniors requiring a bottom-floor unit due to medical issues and past evictions. This is true countywide for essentially all homeless popula-

were taking drugs, and they’d be yelling and screaming all night.” Miller said that the longer a person is homeless, the harder it usually is to get them housed. “It is no easy feat to create a trusting relationship with someone who has unfortunately been living on the street for years and help them feel hopeful about life after Manchester Square, but this is exactly what outreach teams aim to do every day they are out there,” she said. Nathan feels fortunate that he got out in time. “There’s no place to park a camper in Los Angeles anymore. If PATH hadn’t found me this apartment, I would have

Davidson and Bloom have relatives in Los Angeles, but both have chosen not to ask them for help for reasons they declined to share. “I have a one-year-old daughter who lives with an older sister in Orange County. It’s a much better living situation for her there than it is here,” Davidson said. “It’s really sad to hear how some people are disconnected from their families because of substance abuse, or just embarrassment,” said PATH’s Fuselier. “That’s one of the things that my team and I are focused on:  You don’t have to be perfect to call your family and friends if you’re going in the right direction.” For Bloom, who said he lost his savings and creditworthiness to identity theft before the recession, salvation can feel close at hand yet still so far away. He lived in a motor home until 2014; while parked in Hollywood, a speeding car crashed into it and made the vehicle unlivable. That’s when he discovered Manchester Square. “I heard nobody bothered you over here,” he recalled. As the clock ticks closer to January, Bloom’s plan is to reinstate his passport and reignite his music career overseas. When he dreams, he’s on a plane to London. And in those brief moments, Manchester Square is but a distant memory. “It’s not where you drop in life,” he concluded. “It’s how you get up.” gary@argonautnews.com

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Thursday, Dec. 14 Santa Photos at Westfield Culver City, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Take the kids to get their picture with Santa while you do a little holiday shopping. Westfield Culver City, 6000 Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City. westfield.com

ICE at Santa Monica, 2 to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; 2 p.m. to midnight Fridays; 10 a.m. to midnight Saturdays; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays. Celebrate the holiday season with ice-skating in Downtown Santa Monica. 1324 5th St., Santa Monica. $15 skate rental and all-day admission. (310) 260-1199; downtownsm.com Shambhala Meditation Center Holiday Open House, 4 to 7 p.m. Enjoy food and drink while learning about the path to meditation and contemplative arts in a modern world. Entrance is through the alley. Shambhala Meditation Center, 3877A Grand View Blvd., Mar Vista. la. shambhala.org/mar-vista Santa Monica Menorah Lightings, sundown. Join local synagogues in celebration of the Festival of Lights

Ugly Sweater Party, 6 to 9 p.m. Deck the halls with your ugliest, sparkliest, jingliest sweaters and enjoy complimentary apps from 6 to 7 p.m., cocktails, contests and more. Bring an unwrapped toy donation for entry. Del Frisco’s Grille, 1551 Ocean Ave., Ste. 105, Santa Monica. facebook.com/ DFGrilleSanta Monica

Santa Monica Public Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica. Free. (310) 458-8600; smpl.org Del Rey Neighborhood Council Meeting, 7:15 p.m. The local advisory body to the Los Angeles City Council meets the second Thursday of each month at Del Rey Square, 11976 Culver Blvd., Del Rey. delreync.org A Very Merry MagicMania, 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 5 and 8 p.m. Photo by Courtnay Robbins

Lyric Chorus Winter Concert, 11 a.m. SMC Emeritus College’s 20-member Lyric Chorus performs seasonal songs and Broadway tunes to stoke the holiday spirit. Santa Monica Public Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica. Free. (310) 458-8600; smpl.org

this Hanukkah season. The lighting begins shortly after sundown each evening through Dec. 19. Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica. downtownsm.com

The Venice Beach Holiday Pop-Up, 6 to 11 p.m. Do your holiday shopping at the beach with live music, a toy drive, heart-warming cocktails and spiced-cider tastings. The Rose Room, 6 Rose Ave., Venice. No cover. facebook.com/TheRoseRoomVenice Bay Cities Coin Club Meeting, 6:30 to 9 p.m. The club meets on the second Thursday of each month to announce coin shows, present a show-and-tell or host a guest speaker. The club is open to the public. El Segundo Library, 111 W. Mariposa Ave., El Segundo. baycitiescc@gmail.com “My Olympic Life” Discussion, 7 p.m. Olympian Anita L. DeFrantz talks about her new memoir detailing her time on the women’s Olympic rowing team and her advocacy for minority and women athletes throughout the world. A book signing follows.

A rotating lineup of L.A.’s most entertaining magicians celebrate the season with nine performances of “A Very Merry MagicMania.” SEE THURSDAY, DEC. 14.

Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. Sprinkle some magic into the holiday season with a festival of 30 different variety acts. Albie Selznick hosts featured performances by world-famous magicians over the course of nine shows. Pre-show entertainment begins a half hour before each performance. Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. $40. (818) 558-7000; magicmaniala.com

Rey. $59.95. (310) 301-9900; hornblower.com

Christopher Hawley Rollers, 9 p.m. Venice singer-songwriter Christopher Hawley brings his Rollers out for a live local gig. Hawley’s music is characterized by laid-back rhythms and positive messages. He claims Duane Allman, Jerry Garcia and Bob Marley as heroes and is fond of slide breaks. Surfside Venice. 23 Windward Ave., Venice. No cover. facebook.com/SurfsideVenice

Toasted Fridays Workshop Open House, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Improve your public speaking skills in a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere with food and drinks at this weekly open house. Marina City Club Quasar Room, 4333 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. Mark at (562) 508-0260; facebook.com/ toastedfridays

Black Gold, 9 p.m. Move your body to dance classics, modern soul and deep garage at this party with DJs Aaron Paar, Al Jackson, Sy Smith and friends in The Del Monte. DJ Vinyl Don spins upstairs at 10 p.m. Townhouse & Del Monte Speakeasy, 52 Windward Ave., Venice. $5 after 10 p.m. (310) 392-4040; townhousevenice.com

Friday, Dec. 15 Holiday Lunch Cruise, noon to 2 p.m. Dive into the season with a festive three-course lunch on the water and live holiday music. Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del

“The Santa Clause” Screening, 6:30 p.m. Mind Over Movies screens Tim Allen’s identity-bending holiday comedy for its final movie of the season. A discussion and Q&A follow the film. The Christian Institute, 1308 Second St., Santa Monica. Free. facebook.com/MindOverMoviesLA

SongWriter Soiree, 7 to 11:30 p.m. (Sign up at 6:30 p.m.) Show up and prove your talent, then stay to support your fellow singers and musicians during the open mic each Friday at UnUrban Coffee House, 3301 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. $5 to participate. (310) 315-0056; unurban.com For the Love of Filipino Food: Pasko in Venice, 8 to 11 p.m. Pasko means Christmas. Celebrate the holidays with a festive Filipino feast as Chef Kryssie Tinsay’s shares her favorite Christmas dishes. BYOB at this family-style dinner in Venice. Exact address shared upon ticket purchase. $52. eatfeastly.com

Los AngeLes Times sundAy Crossword PuzzLe “ALIEN NATION” By ROBERT E. LEE MORRIS Across 1 Turn in the box 6 Pour out forcefully 10 Sailing 14 Dip providing potassium, for short 18 Drink with an umbrella 20 Scat legend, familiarly 21 Diamond slip-up 22 Austen classic 23 *Menace to society 25 *Old-school letters 27 A or Angel 28 “Immediately, if not sooner!” 30 Jeweler’s assortment 31 Doc’s orders 34 Ryan in a 1998 film, e.g.: Abbr. 36 Macho guys 38 Party animals? 42 BWI posting 43 Word on a wanted poster 45 Canine protection 47 Prefix with polis 48 Kind of milk or sauce 49 *Tropical cocktail 51 Pledged, in a way 53 Common FM radio fare 55 Hands over 56 Sign off on 57 Bring out 58 “Can I have a __ of your drink?” 59 “That was close!” 60 Coll. term 61 Trial version 62 Look forward to 64 Coolly

dispassionate 66 MLB stat 68 *Neckwear for which Mr. T was once famous (but no longer wears) 70 Issue opener? 71 They’re sold as is 73 Choral composition 74 Former Laker star Lamar 77 Manhattan suffix 78 Partner 79 Pine __ 80 Spot on a horse 82 Not insist on payment of, as a debt 84 Weasel-like animal also called a honey badger 87 Pirate’s ship 88 Hydrocodone, e.g. 89 *Hobby shop purchase 91 “__ Got a Secret”: old game show 92 Hemsworth of “The Hunger Games” 93 Justice replaced by Gorsuch 95 Major artery 96 Zilch 97 Broad valleys 99 Divvy up 100 Part of Q and A: Abbr. 101 “By Jove!” 102 “Gone With the Wind” family name 104 Nothing to write home about 107 Loads 109 *Deluge 113 Remote region ...

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awards 26 Some smartphones 29 Rigatoni alternative 31 Fit together 32 French star 33 *Soap, often 35 Playground game 37 Fancy wheels 39 *Flu symptoms 40 Storybook sister 41 Doomed biblical city 43 Mine, in Metz 44 Church gatherings 46 Three-star mil. officer 50 Hardly gung-ho 52 “Crocodile Hunter” Steve __ 54 Brahms creation 56 “Ooh! I know this! Gimme __” 58 Promised 59 Tradesperson 62 Type type 63 Channel for film buffs 64 Tree with long beanlike pods 65 Houses with layers 67 Fess up 69 Monopoly piece 71 Word from the Greek for “not a place” 72 Succumbs to pressure 75 Singer NewtonJohn 76 Just 77 Music to a bluffer’s ears 80 “Keep going!” 81 Square

measurement 83 Words a pinball wizard hates to see 84 Hot streak 85 “So long, José” 86 Kitchen cloth 87 “The Tonight

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Stan Ridgway & Acid Rangers + Insect Surfers, 9 p.m. Wall of Voodoo vocalist Stan Ridgway, whom the LA Weekly dubbed the “Nathaniel West of Rock,” brings his Acid Rangers to Time Warp Records’ Big Timewarp Holiday Party. Local surf-rock band Insect Surfers shares the bill. 12204 Venice Blvd., Mar Vista. (310) 636-8360; facebook.com/timewarprecordsus

Saturday, Dec. 16 Ocean Charter School’s 14th Annual Winter Faire, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Celebrating the end of fall harvest season and the approach of the winter solstice, this annual community celebration brings local artisans and handmade crafts together for a holiday bazaar. Enjoy winter craft workshops, an enchanted tea garden, a winter raffle, Snow Globe theatre and puppet show as well as holiday food and drinks. Kids can shop for holiday gifts at the Snow Fairy market guided by their very own snow fairy. Ocean Charter School, 12606 Culver Blvd., Del Rey. Free. (310) 827-5511; oceancharterschool.org Modern Artisans Marketplace Holiday Market, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pop-up experience Modern Artisans Marketplace supports the global movement toward shopping small and supporting local businesses. Platform, 8850 Washington Blvd., Culver City. facebook.com/PlatformLosAngeles

“River Rose and the Magical Christmas” Storytime, 11 a.m. It’s Christmas Eve and River Rose wants to stay up all night to hand-deliver a note to Santa, but she and her dog fall asleep and are swept off on a magical adventure. Activities follow the reading. Barnes & Noble, 13400 Maxella Ave., Marina del Rey. Free. (310) 306-3213; barnesandnoble.com Yoga & Four-Course Brunch Workshop, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bianca Ashley leads a one-hour yoga class followed by a plant-based menu. Superfood School teaches a mini-workshop on how to recreate the recipes at home. Bring your yoga mat. Location provided upon sign up. $35. facebook. com/feastlyla Kids Meditation Jars, 11:30 a.m. De-stress this holiday season with a story about mindfulness meditation then make your own mind jar using Mason jars and glitter. Venice Abbot Kinney Memorial Branch Library, 501 S. Venice Blvd., Venice. Free; ages 5+. (310) 821-1769; lapl.org Music by the Sea, 1 to 4 p.m. A scenic harbor view is the backdrop for an R&B concert by Blue Breeze. Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 301-9900; visitmarinadelrey.com Open Mic for Musicians, 2 p.m. Hang out with musicians, jam on stage and crack a cold one. Open to all. First

come, first play. TRiP, 2101 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 396-9010; tripsantamonica.com Andy & Renee Concert, 2 p.m. Hosts of the annual Dylanfest and experts on Dylan’s music, Andy & Renee perform the songs of Bob Dylan at the El Segundo Public Library, 111 W. Mariposa Ave., El Segundo. Free. (310) 524-2728 Holiday Printmaking Workshop, 2 to 5 p.m. Create original linocut prints and cards to give to your family and friends this holiday season. All materials included. Hawthorne Arts Complex, 13040 Cerise Ave., Hawthorne. $15+; RSVP at aguacate. press@gmail.com Marina Lights, Carolers and “Home Alone” Screening, 4 to 10 p.m. Stroll with the family and loved ones through a festive holiday light display in the park while professional singers The Voices of Christmas perform carols dressed in Dickensstyle costumes from 4 to 6 p.m. “Home Alone” screens on a jumbo screen at 6 p.m. Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey. mdrholidays.com ‘Santa’ Monica Pub Crawl, 5 p.m. The 8th annual citywide pub crawl gives revelers four routes to choose from with 30 bars and restaurants offering food and drink specials that bring merriment and good cheer while

Come and Celebrate Christmas with us! Westchester United Methodist Church welcomes All people, regardless of ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation.

Sunday, December 24 - 10 am Contemporary Christmas Eve Worship A celebration of the birth of Christ Jesus with uplifting songs

Professional carolers The Voices of Christmas (L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti not included) don Dickensian costume for Marina Lights at Burton Chace Park. SEE SATURDAY, DEC. 16. raising funds for the Westside Food Bank. Wear your finest holiday garb for the Instagram costume contest, participate in the scavenger challenge and join the after party at Santa’s Secret Hideaway at 1212 Santa Monica with deejays and a photo booth. $15. santamonicapubcrawl.com Unkle Monkey Band, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Local jam band performs covers and originals at Hinano Bar & Grill, 15 Washington Blvd., Venice. No cover. (310) 822-3902 3rd Annual Winter Solstice Concert, 7 to 11:59 p.m. Three Weavers decks the halls of their warehouse and offers

three special brews for their Solstice Charity Show. DJ Gustavisimo spins tunes . Donations go toward Sonoma Pride to aid the victims of the firestorms in Sonoma County. Three Weavers Brewing Company, 1031 W. Manchester Blvd., Unit A, Inglewood. No cover. facebook.com/threeweaversbrewing A Very Rooftop Christmas Concert, 7:45 p.m. to 12:15 a.m. It’s the time of year for cozy heaters, rooftops, spiced drinks and Christmas songs. Dress warm for this outdoor Giorgi + Leo concert with mulled wine and snacks.

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H A P P E N I N G S or the later deep-water workout at the Santa Monica Swim Center, 2225 16th St., Santa Monica. $2.75 to $11. (310) 458-8700; santamonicaswimcenter.org/adult-fitness Music at the Farmers Market, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Singer-songwriter Chelsea Williams’ songs document emotions both carefree or troubled, channeled through a captivating voice and melodies. Santa Monica Farmers Market, 2640 Main St., Santa Monica. smgov.net

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New Vine Music, 1639 11th St., Santa Monica. $20. facebook.com/ GiorgiandLeo 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

Home Grown Comedy Show, 11:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. This late night stand-up show on the third Saturday of each month features some of the Westside’s favorite funny frequenters, from up-and-coming to the downright prodigal. One comic from the audience gets five minutes of stage time. Mi’s Westside Comedy Theater, 1323-A 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica. $10. westsidecomedy.com

Sunday, Dec. 17 Aqua Aerobics, 8:15 and 9:30 a.m. Sundays. Build strength and endurance during the early shallow-water workout

KJazz Champagne and Brunch Cruise, noon to 2 p.m. Jazz lovers can enjoy this two-hour harbor cruise with live music, free-flowing champagne and sparkling cider and brunch buffet. Boarding begins at 11:30 a.m. Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. $68.95; reservations required. (310) 301-9900; hornblower.com Music by the Sea, 1 to 4 p.m. A scenic harbor view is the backdrop for an R&B concert by Shades. Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina Del Rey. (310) 301-9900; visitmarinadelrey.com Museum of Flying Holiday Open House, 2 to 5 p.m. Bring the kids to the Museum of Flying for some holiday cheer. Meet Santa at 2 p.m. “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” screens at 3 p.m. Enjoy complimentary holiday treats and eggnog. Museum of Flying, 3100 Airport Ave., Santa Monica. Adults free with

unwrapped children’s toy; kids free. (310) 398-2500; museumofflying.org Chanukah Celebration, 4 p.m. Celebrate Chanukah Los Angelesstyle, on the beach with comedy and dinner. Wine, cheese and donuts served at 4 p.m. The beach menorah is lit at 5:30 p.m. Latkes dinner begins at 6 p.m. with former Jay Leno staff writer Marvin Silbermintz providing the comedy. Bring a gift for the gift exchange. Shul on the Beach, 505 Ocean Front Walk, Venice. RSVP at info@pjcenter.com Jazz Vespers at “The Side,” 5 to 7 p.m. Celebrate jazz and blues legends with this journey of music and readings sure to have you feeling wonderful about life. Morningside UCC “The Jazz Church,” 8722 S. Crenshaw Blvd., Inglewood. (740) 837-7377 Subversive Cinema, 7 p.m. Gerry Fialka screens experimental and activist films from the worlds of literature, art, music and the avant-garde, provoking new questions and igniting fiery discussions. Beyond Baroque, 681 N. Venice Blvd., Venice. Free. (310) 822-3006; beyondbaroque.org The Umpteenth Annual McCabe’s Holiday Spectacular, 7 p.m. Celebrate the holidays with a little music and cheer at McCabe’s Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. No cover. (310) 828-4497; mccabes.com

Monday, Dec. 18 Meditation & Self-Inquiry, 4:30 p.m. Meditation and discussion to help participants reconnect with the depth of their own presence and rediscover the joy and ease of simply being. Venice Abbot Kinney Memorial Branch Library, 501 S. Venice Blvd., Venice. Free. (310) 821-1769; lapl.org Nina’s Tango Practica, 6 to 9 p.m. Each Monday night learn the art of tango and enjoy a tapas tasting menu. Grand Casino Bakery & Café, 3826 Main St., Culver City. $12.95. (310) 945-6099; grandcasinobakery.com Neighborhood Council of Westchester-Playa Governmental Affairs Committee, 6:30 p.m. The committee meets on the third Monday of each month at the Westchester Municipal Building Community Room, 7166 W. Manchester Ave., Westchester. ncwpdr.org Mahalo Mondays, 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Alton Clemente, DJ Vinyl Don and Record Surplus take over the Townhouse with live entertainment, tiki cocktails, Hawaiian and Polynesian vinyl, plus special guests. Townhouse & Del Monte Speakeasy, 52 Windward Ave., Venice. No cover. (310) 392-4040; townhousevenice.com Salsa Night, 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. World champion dance instructor Cristian Oviedo leads a beginner salsa class from 8 to 9 p.m. and a beginner bachata (Continued on page 38)

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Comedy of Manners: “Jane Austen UnScripted” @ The Broad Stage Impro Theatre continues its residency riffing on the wit, wisdom and charm of Jane Austen’s novels. Impro asks for audience suggestions at the beginning of the show and spins an Austenian world of charming cads, brooding noblemen and love-struck girls whose hearts are sure to be broken and mended by the healing power of love. Limited engagement: 8 p.m.

Friday, 5 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 and 5 p.m. Sunday (Dec. 15, 16 and 17) at The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. $65. (310) 434-3200; thebroadstage.org/improtheatrejaneausten

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Throwback Thursday: “Old Time Radio Hour” @ Ann and Jerry Moss Theatre Two classic radio broadcasts — 1953 “Dragnet” episode “The Big Little Jesus” and a “lost” Christmas special of “The Great Gildersleeve” — come back to life in this staged reading, featuring music by members of the L.A. Lawyers Philharmonic and Legal Voices choir. One performance only: 8:30 p.m. Thursday (Dec. 14) at the Ann and Jerry Moss Theatre, 31331 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica. $20 to $35. (213) 807-0903; radioplays.tix.com

Before the Garden:“Eden According to Eve” @ The Braid Actors Monica Piper (fresh off her hit Off Broadway-run of “Not That Jewish”), Shelly Goldstein, Lisa Robins, Judith Scarpone and Robert Trebor team up for this Jewish Women’s Theatre production to translate stories of some the Bible’s most memorable heroines and villainesses into contemporary tales. Sarah, wife of Abraham, worries about her 40-year-old son who still lives at home and Eve talks about what life was like before eating the forbidden fruit. Two performances only: 2 and 5 p.m. Sunday (Dec. 17) at the Braid, 2912 Colorado Ave., Santa Monica. $40. (310) 315-1400; jewishwomenstheatre.org.

up about breaking convention and following tradition. Rahla Kahn, an original member of the Groundlings, hosts. Zana Messia provides musical accompaniment. One performance only: 7 p.m. Thursday (Dec. 21) at Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. $12. storeyproductions.com

The Cycles of Life: SHINE:“Rituals” @ Santa Monica Playhouse This month’s SHINE storytelling series is devoted to the habits that govern or change our lives. Storytellers open

Dinner and a Show:“Murder Mystery Dinner Variety Show” @ Aloft El Segundo Mingle with other guests and incognito character actors for this murder

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An unlikely couple finds adventure in Europe in “Ashes to Ashes” mystery show coupled with a threecourse dinner, a cocktail hour, live music, dancing, magic and photo opportunities with Santa Claus. Casual or holiday attire. RSVP by Dec. 21. One performance only: 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 23 at Aloft El Segundo, 475 N. Sepulveda Blvd., El Segundo. $75. Search “Murder Mystery Dinner Variety Show” at eventbrite.com The Odd Couple:“Ashes to Ashes” @ Odyssey Theatre Southern California female playwright and director collective The Athena

Cats present the world premiere of Debbie Bolsky’s madcap romantic comedy about a liberal woman and rightwing man, trapped on a 16-day journey to scatter their two filthy-rich best friends’ ashes across Europe. Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays (except for Dec. 24 and 31) through Jan. 14 at Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West L.A. $15 to $30. (310) 564-9410; ashestoashestheplay.com Putting 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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people from California started arriving to surf, and they were shocked he lived in this shack, at how poverty-stricken he was. In his mind, he had enough. It got me thinking about the many, many indigenous communities I have visited that seem happy and content, yet we label them as poor and lacking because we see them through the lens of our wealth and abundance, which is exactly what is killing our planet. So I wanted to come up with a way to encapsulate that feeling that you get from the meaningful work that you do, your relationships with family, friends, your spirituality or religion, and use those to fill our souls. We’re marketed to feel good by buying stuff. That’s so ephemeral. Enoughness is a personal barometer of what makes you feel good. You cannot tell people to do this or stop buying that, but if you can ask, “By purchasing this, am I really going to feel that good?,” then we are all contributing to a more sustainable future.

mares about this, because it’s happening so quickly. I hate to be gloom and doom, but I think that oftentimes the people attending those meetings and making decisions on behalf of all of us have never put their head underneath the water. It’s horrifying to me that they’re making decisions that are globally important based on really myopic and shortsighted metrics.

Your work is very physically challenging, and imposes real emotional weight through bearing continual witness to events like the death of the Baffin Island polar bear that you and Paul Nicklen just documented. What keeps A young girl tiptoes over sharp rocks in a native Hawaiian enclave you moving forward? on Oahu I’m a positive person by nature, and I new determination from some indigenous hashtag; the community is called the Tide. tend to see the positive path forward. If I communities to remain traditional and go People are responding, especially young couldn’t do that, I don’t think I would be back to the old ways because that’s more people. They give $3 a month, $1 a able do this. We just lost a colleague on sustainable, more fulfilling. month, but it’s a way of contributing the coast, a filmmaker friend of ours; she something positive. just jumped into the water and killed You’ve made stunning photographs of herself. It can be horribly depressing to sea wolves that feed on marine life in Did you attend the Paris climate talks see these precious things you love and you coastal British Columbia. Will they be or any similar conferences? understand are so threatened and the rest featured in “Standing at the Water’s Over the years I’ve attended conferences, of humanity’s so blind and oblivious. It’s Conservation photographer Charlie Edge”? [including] Copenhagen and Barcelona. Hamilton James told us last year that a lot to carry, but I’m so confident in the I really try to focus more on the human They’re always a shit show [laughs]. indigenous communities are caretakers positive impact we can make. component and leave the wildlife aspect to Because the official meetings, you’re only of the world’s most precious environWhat else can we do? Paul and I talk the better wildlife photographers, but they allowed to attend if you’re a member of a about this all the time. One choice would ments, but they aren’t supposed to will be a small part. The thread of the government delegation; as members of touch those resources despite living in be to get on our boat and sail away and narrative in British Columbia for me is the the public or delegations with nonprofits stark poverty. Have you witnessed enjoy however long we can, spending salmon, which is this amazing species that or non-governmental groups, you partici- time in nature, which we love. Or we can similar conflicts? returns every year. It’s not just the people pate in side events. I’ve never been part of stay and fight. We’re both getting to our Absolutely. I call it the ‘Avatar’ synwho depend on the salmon; it’s the wolf, the main discussions themselves. drome. Everywhere around the world fifties and we may have another 15, 20 and the bear, and the forest itself. The indigenous communities are being faced years — you’re right, it’s very physically salmon is in real great danger, to the point If you could be at the table with with eviction from their land. Here in challenging. But we do it because we love that we may see salmon disappear in the political and military leaders, what British Columbia … they are putting all it, and we’re having a great time seeing would you say to them about what’s this industry in places where these people next 10 years. this global community emerging that happening to the global ecosystem and fish for their survival. So we have salmon really wants to be part of a healthy planet. Talk a little about the Turning the climate change? farms polluting the waters, oil tankers It’s incredibly inspiring to us. I worry Tide campaign. For those of us in the front lines and traversing their waters. It’s a way of about the future for my children. I have It’s Sea Legacy’s online giving commuseeing it every day, in every dive you getting rid of the indigenous population two kids and a stepchild. I don’t want them nity. We just noticed that there’s hundreds notice that things are unraveling quickly. with industry. It’s happening everywhere to live in a post-apocalyptic planet. of thousands of people out there really Instead of telling them, I would show around the world, and in places where them. I would bring them beneath the thin Nat Geo Live: presents “Standing at the indigenous people really stand up for them- worried about the environment, and they blue line to show them what’s at stake, to Water’s Edge” with Cristina Mittermeier selves and become an obstacle to industry, don’t know how to participate. They can make sure they know it’s not just the next at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday (Dec. you often see massacre. It is so sad. But in go with us on virtual expeditions; we stream live and share unique content. By election at stake, it’s not just a far-off places where there’s real leadership and 14 and 15) at The Broad Stage, 1310 11th supporting us they are part of a positive country; it’s all of us. where they’ve already gone through the St., Santa Monica. Tickets are $65 to We’re in a really dangerous moment in cycle of understanding what this so-called movement to change how the story ends $120. Call (310) 434-3200 or visit the history of our planet. I have nightwealth does to their communities, you see for our oceans. #TurningTheTide is the cristinamittermeier.com.

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1. Greg and Laverne Potter’s Valhalla; 2. Walt and Deborah Schwarz’s Blue Belle; 3. Manny and Angie Reyna’s Reyna Del Mar; 4 Jeannea Joran’s Chekkers; 5. Grand Marshal Carol Costello; 6. Limited Liability brought the spirit of Venice. Anyone who was there can tell you: Burton Chace Park never felt so packed as it did Saturday night. Unseasonably warm weather greeted families who arrived early for Snow Wonder, the third outing of a growing Marina del Rey tradition that this year allowed kids to play in 80 tons of snow. At sundown, the county’s inaugural Marina Lights program (continuing through New Year’s Eve) added a transformative sparkle. But the main attraction was, of course, the 55th annual Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade. This time the theme was “Let’s Dance,” which inspired a lot of participating skippers and crew to crank

up the volume on lively tunes and even choreograph some dance numbers (including one limber lady on a pole who some attendees felt brought maybe a little too much sizzle for the little ones). Pamela Johnson’s crew aboard the Invictus dressed in black suits lined with LED strips to create a mesmerizing illusion of animated light as they danced. “They kind of looked like dancing puppets,” remarked Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade President Kelly King, who was quite impressed. Laverne and Greg Potter dazzled the crowd by outfitting their 32-foot Valhalla with more lights than anyone thought possible, including Greg Potter.

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“All weekend I argued the generator would blow, but she kept hanging more and more lights. It was like on ‘Star Trek’ — ‘Scotty, I need more power!’” he said. “So my wife’s the one who deserves the credit. As a good husband of 40 years, I just did exactly what she told me to do.” With 64 official entries, there was a lot to see throughout the evening. As is tradition, a panel of volunteer judges highlighted favorite entries in multiple categories, including: Best Overall: Senia Jade, Lynn Silverman (Del Rey Yacht Club) Best Power Boat: Blue Belle, Walt & Deborah Schwarz

Best Sailboat: Chekkers, Jeannea Joran (Women’s Sailing Assoc. of Santa Monica) Best Yacht Club Entry: Boundless, Susan Lord (California Yacht Club) Best Entry by an Individual: Trinity, Perry Karidis First Place, Theme: Reyna Del Mar, Manny & Angie Reyna First Place, Music: Stiletto, Payam Manavi First Place, Spirit: Matt Walsh, Sheryl Flaherty (Whale Watch) First Place, Lights: Valhalla, Greg & Laverne Potter First Place, Animation: Plan B, Mitch Niedbalec


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Sense and Spontaneity “Jane Austen UnScripted” is like fan fiction with a live audience, created in real time By Christina Campodonico The one thing audiences can know to expect from Impro Theatre’s completely extemporaneous show “Jane Austen UnScripted” is a ballroom dance. “We don’t rehearse anything that’s set, except for the dance,” explains Impro Theatre producing artistic director Dan O’Connor, who co-directs performances at The Broad Stage this weekend. But that’s not to say the cast knows when, if, or how the dance will appear in the random course of events that unfolds from an audience suggestion taken at the top of every show. “You may know the dance very well,” says O’Connor, “but you’re doing it as a character that you just created. So now are you dancing with the person you’re in love with? Are you bitter because the girl you’re in love with is in love with a different boy? Are you a fop? Are you a cad? Are you the sister who’s jealous of one of the ladies? … All of the grist for the mill, in terms of what’s going on narratively, also has to play during that dance.” Character, motivation, dance steps. It’s a lot to remember when you’re making up a show completely from scratch and in real time. But Impro Theatre has managed to pull off the miraculous time and again since forming in 2004, staging completely unscripted and fully improvised riffs on Shakespeare, Chekhov, Sondheim and even film noir. “The pleasure of Impro is its tightrope walk of sustained improvisation. The possibility of failing — or at least stumbling — gives its work its giddy buzz,” wrote the Los Angeles Times of Impro’s “L.A. Noir UnScripted.” But how does Impro pull off the magic of making up shows on the spot? “How we prepare is like we would for a written piece,” says O’Connor. “We

The cast of “Jane Austen UnScripted” riffs on the milieu of Regency England to bring Austen’s literary world to life read everything we can.” For “Jane Austen UnScripted,” for instance, the cast read and researched everything that they could on Regency England, the time period when Austen lived and set many of her novels. “In one of the very first productions we did, we assigned people — ‘you go research the military, you go research food, you go research dances.’ And everybody came in and we were able to define the cultural bandwidth of Regency England for everybody so that, like learning the scales to play the saxophone, we got the basics down,” says O’ Connor. That historical knowledge allows the cast to not only better understand the life

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Wednesday, Dec. 20 Tuesday, Dec. 19 Sierra Club Airport Marina Group, 6:30 p.m. Sierra Club Conservation Chair Kathy Knight gives a presentation on the Galápagos Islands as well as updates on the Ballona wetlands. Doors open at 6 p.m. Burton Chace Park, Community Room, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marin del Rey. Free. (310) 437-3523 Neighborhood Council of Westchester-Playa Planning and Land Use Committee Meeting, 6:30 p.m. The committee meets on the third Tuesday of each month at the Westchester Municipal Building Community Room, 7166 W. Manchester Ave., Westchester. ncwpdr.org Go Club Beginners and Open Mic Komedy, 7 to 10 p.m. Learn to play Go with Santa Monica Go Club who meet here every Tuesday at 7 p.m. Open Mic Komedy begins at 9 p.m. Sign up at 8:45 p.m. UnUrban Coffee House, 3301 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 315-0056; unurban.com

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous, 7 to 8:30 a.m. A 12-step program for anyone struggling with their relationship with food. Unitarian Universalist Community Church, The Cottage, 1260 18th St., Santa Monica. Free. (310) 902-3040; foodaddicts.org Toastmasters Speakers by the Sea Club, 11 a.m. to noon. In this workshop to develop better presentation skills, Toastmasters present the fundamentals of public speaking in the relaxed, enjoyable atmosphere of a Toastmasters meeting. Pregerson Technical Facility, 12000 Vista del Mar, Conference Room 230A, Playa del Rey. (424) 625-3131; toastmastersspeakersbythesea@gmail.com L.A. County Design Control Board Meeting, 1:30 p.m. This countyappointed body reviews project designs and policy initiatives of Regional Planning and the L.A. County Dept. of Beaches and Harbors each third Wednesday of the month. Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 305-9503

Soundwaves Series: Graphic Scores Workshop and Concert, 6 p.m. Musicians of all instruments, styles and levels are invited to participate in a workshop ensemble, exploring compositions written down in alternative styles, including graphs, drawings, maps and photos. At 7 p.m. bass virtuoso Scott Worthington performs James Tenney’s “Beast” and the California State University at Fullerton New Music Ensemble plays Christian Wolff’s “For 1, 2, or 3 People.” Santa Monica Public Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica. Free. (310) 458-8600; smpl.org Meditations on Media, 6 to 9 p.m. Gerry Fialka’s stimulating soiree inventories the psychic effects of media on individuals and society, and muses on why they are ignored. Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice. Free. (310) 306-7330; laughtears.com Unkle Monkey Show, 6 to 9 p.m. Local favorites perform acoustic music and comedy each Wednesday in the Tiki Bar with special guest appearances including an Elvis impersonator. The Warehouse Restaurant, 4499 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. No cover. (310) 823-5451; mdrwarehouse.com Grand View Market Open Mic

Defiant Songs of Hope ‘Israeli Springsteen’ David Broza builds cultural bridges through music When last we spoke with Israeli-born songwriter and guitarist David Broza, in December 2015, he was navigating myriad logistical challenges in preparation for a project with youthful Palestian artist Ali Paris, who plays a zither-like instrument called the qanun. Next Thursday, Paris will head up the band backing Broza for his return to The Broad Stage with his “Not Exactly Xmas Show.” As before, Broza’s songs of peace fit the seasonal holiday spirit of December, despite political strife. Sometimes described as an Israeli Bruce Springsteen, the trilingual entertainer similarly combines earthy, open-hearted charisma with savvy stagecraft. Musically, Broza’s mix of Spanish flamenco, Western rock and Middle Eastern rhythms and instrumentation reflects not only his experiences growing up in Israel, Spain and England, but also his four-decade mission to celebrate common humanity by building bridges between cultures with music — a mission chronicled in “East Jerusalem/West Jerusalem,” a documentary filmed in Israel and Palestine in 2013 with a

Show off your tackiest holiday sweater and raise money for the Westside Food Bank during the 8th annual ‘Santa’ Monica Pub Crawl. SEE SATURDAY, DEC. 16. Night, 7 p.m. Each Wednesday night, anyone can sign up to do a four-minute comedy set or perform two songs. Grand View Market, 12210 Venice Blvd., Mar Vista. (310) 390-7800 Venice Open Mic Night, 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Neighborhood hangout Surfside Venice hosts an open mic night for acoustic musicians capped off by a special guest performance. Bring your instrument and one or two songs. Signups start at 8 p.m. with the show starting at 9 p.m. “Rock ‘n’ roll poet” Michael Ubaldini is the night’s featured artist. Surfside Venice, 23 Windward Ave., Venice. facebook.com/ SurfsideVenice Venice Underground Comedy and Bootleg Bombshells Burlesque, 9 and 11 p.m. Start the night with some of L.A.’s best comics, and finish it with a burlesque show featuring Bootleg Bombshells. The Townhouse & Del Monte Speakeasy, 52 Windward Ave., Venice. No cover. (310) 392-4040; townhousevenice.com

David Broza is bringing his ‘Not Exactly Xmas Show’ to The Broad Stage crew of Israeli and Palestinian artists and Steve Earle, who coproduced the soundtrack. Now a UNICEF goodwill ambassador, Broza is still promoting his recent best-of collection “The Set List,” and will likely perform his anti-revenge single “The Juggler,” co-written with poet Tzruya Lahav, at Thursday’s concert. More appropriately for the occasion, the program will likely also include his earnest rendition of Elvis Costello’s “What’s So Funny ’Bout Peace, Love and Understanding” and the hit that effectively launched

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and defined his career: 1977’s “Yihye Tov (Things Will Get Better).” Forty years later, the song conveys a defiant message of hope that’s still urgently needed. — Bliss Bowen David Broza & Friends’“Not Exactly Xmas Show” is at 7:30 p.m. Thursday (Dec. 21) at The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. Tickets are $65 to $115. Call (310) 434-3200 or visit davidbroza.net.

TRiPTease, 10 p.m. See a different show each week featuring burlesque dancers from all over Los Angeles, singers, comedians, magicians and more. Live music begins at 8:30 p.m. TRiP, 2101 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica. $5. (310) 396-9010; tripsantamonica.com

Thursday, Dec. 21 Mar Vista Community Council Aging in Place Committee, 6 p.m. Westside Center for Independent Living Executive Director Anastasia Bacigalupo is the guest speaker. The committee meets on the third Thursday of each month at the Windward School, 11350 Palms Blvd., Room 1030, Mar Vista. marvista.org City of Champions Toastmasters Club, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Practice the art of

public speaking and hear amazing speeches and inspiring stories. The club is open to everyone and meets the first and third Thursday of every month. Faithful Central Bible Church, 333 W. Florence Ave., Inglewood. Free. (213) 200-5429; pgb914@ hotmail.com A Christmas Caroling and Ornament Making Evening, 6 to 8 p.m. Join the library staff for Christmas caroling and seasonal ornament crafting. Materials provided. Cookies and hot drinks served. El Segundo Public Library, 111 W. Mariposa Ave., El Segundo. (310) 524-2728 “Rituals,” 7 p.m. Hosted by original member of the Groundlings Rahla Kahn, Shine storytellers share their stories of how following or breaking traditions changed their lives. Singer-songwriter Zane Messia performs. Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. $12. (310) 452-2321; storeyproductions.com Del Rey Neighborhood Council Land Use and Planning Committee, 7:15 p.m. The committee meets on the third Thursday of each month at Del Rey Square, 11976 Culver Blvd., Del Rey. delreync.org Merry Miss Jessica’s Funky X-Mas Party, 8:30 p.m. to midnight. Shake your jingle bells to the rousing R&B, soul, jazz, blues, funk and, of course, Christmas music of Miss Jessica and her band: Johann Stein (guitar), Sam Correa (bass), John Montgomery (drums) and Matthew Demerritt (saxophone). Surfside Venice, 23 Windward Ave., Venice. No cover. (424) 256-7894; surfsidevenice.com

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the season by opening their doors for new exhibitions, live music, festive food and shopping. Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica. facebook.com/bergamotstation The Art of Jewish Women’s Theatre, opening 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17. In celebration of Jewish Women’s Theatre’s 10th anniversary, this exhibit presents original paintings used for salon programs. JWT artist Marilee Tolwin and JWT artistic director Ronda Spinak speak about the evolution of the beautiful images. Exhibit runs through Jan. 15. The Braid, 2912 Colorado Ave., Ste. 102, Santa Monica. (310) 315-1400; jewishwomenstheatre.org Foster Art, through Dec. 22. Give the gift of art to a foster child in need. The Venice Institute of Contemporary Art is collecting art supplies for children in the Los Angeles County foster system. Drop off unwrapped art supplies for children ages 5 to 18 during business hours at BG Gallery (Bergamot Station G8A, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica) or Beyond Baroque (681 N. Venice Blvd., Venice), or call (310) 957-7037 to arrange a drop off or pickup. facebook.com/VeniceICA Send event information at least 10 days in advance to calendar @argonautnews.com.

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