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VOL 46, NO 52

NEWS

Local News & Culture

OPINION

FOOD & DRINK Sicily in the City

Lawsuit: BID Vote Was Rigged

Six Hours Isn’t Enough

City is accused of gerrymandering Venice business district ............................ 6

Police lack proper training to deal with the mentally ill . ..................................... 11

Anti-Semitism in Santa Monica

ARTS & EVENTS

COVER STORY Photo by MAria Martin

Synagogue’s desecration prompts outpouring of solidarity ............................ 7

O+O brings real Italian recipes to Santa Monica ................................... 19

Fresh on the Beat at 60 One man’s unorthodox retirement plan: Join the LAPD . ........................................ 8

In Death, He Gave Life

Rose Parade float honors Marina del Rey organ donor ......................................... 28

Pin-up Boys Right Side of 40 social group turns regular Joes into calendar hunks ....................... 31

Noir-Shaded Folk Rock Strange Days: 2016 in Review The ups and downs of a surreal and traumatizing year ......................... 12 For local artists, a year of creative resilience ........................................... 14

The Ice Rink that Wasn’t City drops the ball on Venice boardwalk attraction . ......................... 10

THIS WEEK Last-Minute NYE Party Guide 36 great ways to say hello to 2017 . .......... 17

Wandering songstress Shannon Brackett returns to TRiP ........................................ 32

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Robert Vargas paints Z-boy Tony Alva ........ 34 On The Cover: 2016 was a hot mess. Clockwise, from center: Donald Trump, Prince (R.I.P.), the Rams return to L.A., Expo Line opens in Santa Monica, Abbot Kinney Boulevard prices out local institutions, Snapchat grows exponentially in Venice, Syria’s tragic civil war, Bill Rosendahl (R.I.P), and David Bowie (R.I.P.). Design by Michael Kraxenberger.

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L e tt e r s Offended by Lawbreaking and Labels, Not by Diversity Re: “Children in Del Rey’s Deep-Rooted Immigrant Community Brace for a Coming Storm,” Cover Story, Dec. 22 My response to the Dec. 22 cover page showing a young Hispanic girl holding a sign saying, “Are you offended by us?”: No, I am not offended by people from a different country, culture, religion or skin color coming to America. Diversity with assimilation has enriched our country. What I am offended by, though, is anyone who overstays their visa or comes into our country without permission. I am also offended by those who label people like me “xenophobic” because we want our immigration laws enforced — laws your parents knew about before they came. Carol Sa, Venice

FROM THE WEB Re: “Desperate for Solutions,” Letters, Dec. 15 There is a huge community of concerned homeowners and renters who reside in the area of

LAX, called Westchester, who are already very concerned with the influx of homeless population in many parts of the community. Just as the Venice community is looking for solutions, Westchester is also a community searching for solutions, and is not in a position to accept homeless from other communities. Kam Re: “A Clog in the Pipeline: Parents support a new LAUSD science and tech program in Westchester — unless local kids get shut out,” News, Dec. 7 As a proud LMU doctoral alumna, I find it disheartening that the LMU School of Education — with its stated focus on social justice and care for the marginalized — supports such a plan. Surely STEM is key, but for whom? An already advantaged socioeconomic group? I can’t see the SOE faculty, who truly value the education and development of all children, supporting this. Perhaps Dean Shane Martin would go on the

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By Gary Walker Even before it officially launches on New Year’s Day, seven Venice property owners have filed a lawsuit seeking to disband the controversial Venice Beach Business Improvement District. The complaint filed on Dec. 8 in Los Angeles Superior Court accuses city officials of rigging the BID approval process — not by suppressing the votes of property owners opposed to the assessment district, but by gerrymandering district boundaries to include enough public property for L.A. City Hall to simply outvote them. A Nov. 8 ballot among impacted Venice commercial property owners produced 99 votes in favor of the BID to 89 against, but because votes are weighted according to property size and worth — owners of larger, more valuable properties will have to pay higher annual assessments — the BID cruised to approval with 75.3% overall support. But according to the lawsuit, BID proponents drew its boundaries to include 33 public parcels comprising 28.29% of the total weighted ownership pool. Subtract that from the 75.3% margin of victory, and the BID would have failed with just 47.01% of the ownership pool’s overall support. Thus, the lawsuit argues, “the Venice BID’s boundaries have been improperly gerrymandered” to the advantage of a relatively small group of commercial property owners. “The boundaries of the proposed Venice BID appear to have been drawn in a manner to disenfranchise property owners that oppose the BID,” the lawsuit reads. “With these automatic ‘yes’ votes [created by including public property], the Venice BID needed support from only roughly 22% of the weighted private property ownership. This ‘sandbagging’ is at odds with the city’s statement that ‘the process of establishing a BID is, first and foremost, a process

which must originate from and be developed by the business community itself.” L.A. City Hall is expected to make an annual contribution of nearly $427,000 to the Venice Beach Business Improvement District for properties that include Westminster Avenue Elementary School.

presence on the Venice Boardwalk is a thinly veiled attempt to chase out the homeless, which BID organizers and supporters strenuously deny. Attorneys for the plaintiffs could not be reached, and city officials are mum. “We are viewing the litigation and have no further comment at

“The boundaries of the proposed Venice BID appear to have been drawn in a manner to disenfranchise property owners that oppose the BID.” “In other words, taxpayers who do not own property in the Venice BID are paying for over one quarter [28.29%] of the proposed Venice BID assessments,” the lawsuit argues. The Venice BID’s boundaries include areas along the Venice Boardwalk, Windward Circle, Main Street and Venice Boulevard from the beach to Abbot Kinney Boulevard. The plaintiffs in the lawsuit include Marlene and John Okulick, who own a property on Hampton Drive; Louis Traeger, who owns a property on Horizon Ave.; a land trust of 14 parcels controlled by Jean-Marie Webster; Kevin Ragsdale, who owns a property on Innes Place; and Kendall Shaffer and Jefferson Eliot, who own a property on Westminster Avenue. The Okulick’s and Traeger’s properties are residences that are not used for business and thus should not be assessed for the benefit of the business community, according to the lawsuit. The Venice BID is expected to spend nearly 75% of its budget on “clean and safe” initiatives that include cleaning, maintenance and public safety patrols beyond the level of service the city currently provides. BID opponents claim the increased private security

this time,” said Rob Wilcox, a spokesman for Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer. Back in August, Feuer invalidated a previous vote by commercial property owners in favor of forming the BID after L.A. City Council members cut a public hearing short and violated due process rights of opponents who were not allowed to speak. Other business improvement districts have been successful in winning lawsuits brought against them, but not always. On May 10, 2013, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Robert O’Brien disbanded the Arts District Business Improvement District in downtown Los Angeles on the grounds that it had broken state laws when it was created. The judge found that the BID had spent funds on economic development that did not provide “special benefits” for the district — one of the arguments alleged by the Venice petitioners. The complaint against the Venice BID argues that public properties included in the BID would not derive special benefit from such BID activities as safety patrols (a general benefit) and efforts to promote shopping and dining in the area. gary@argonautnews.com


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Vandal Strikes Santa Monica Synagogue Desecration during Hanukkah comes a month after a man shouted ‘Heil Hitler’ during a religious service A particularly vulgar act of vandalism against the Living Torah Center Chabad on Wilshire Boulevard this weekend became a vehicle for inspiration instead of hate, prompting messages of solidarity from around the globe and drawing an interfaith crowd of nearly 200 to a spontaneous menorah lighting on Sunday. “It was a message that we don’t use this time to reflect on the bad that has happened. It was a message that the Jews have been around for a long time, and we keep bringing light into the world, and we’re going to keep doing that,” Assistant Rabbi Dovid Tenenbaum said. “Share the light, share the love.” On Sunday morning, just after the start of Hanukkah, Rabbi Boruch Rabinowitz arrived at the Santa Monica synagogue to find that feces and rice had been smeared on the building’s front window near the menorah display. The vandal did not leave any specific anti-Semetic messages, but this isn’t the first time that the synagogue has been targeted. Last month, an unidentified man stood up during a religious service and shouted “Heil Hitler” before gesturing

gunshots and running out of the building, said Tenenbaum. And last year someone left a threatening note in the synagogue’s mailbox that contained a swastika and read “Get out of here, you Jews.” Also about a year ago, someone scratched a cross in the building’s front window. Santa Monica Police Lt. Saúl Rodriguez said police are still searching for suspects. “Many of the businesses near the synagogue were closed because it was a holiday weekend, so there might not be a lot witnesses but we’re still looking,” Rodriguez said. Tenenbaum, who is a chaplain for the police department, suspects that anti-Semetism motivated the vandalism but stopped just short of calling it a hate crime. “This was deliberate, hateful discriminatory act. Obviously, they knew what they were doing. They knew what this place is,” he said. But Tenenbaum said he takes heart in the abundance of emails, phone calls and donations from people from all over the nation since news of the vandalism spread. “We’re thankful to everyone for this wonderful show of support. We’ve cleaned up and we’ve moved on. We’re still here and we’re not going anywhere,” he said. — Gary Walker

Jan. 4 is ‘Day of The Doors’ Celebrate with starts at 5 p.m. Densmore and beneath the Venice Krieger under the sign at Windward Venice sign and Pacific avenues. For many AngeleL.A. City Councilman nos, The Doors are Mike Bonin will help already hometown officiate the event, heroes. co-sponsored by the Los Angeles Mayor Venice Chamber of Eric Garcetti will Commerce (see make that official venicechamber.net on Wednesday, for more info). The Doors released their debut when he declares Founding band album on Jan. 4, 1967 Jan. 4 “Day of The members John Doors.” Densmore and The occasion commemorates the Robby Krieger are expected to 50th anniversary of The Doors’ debut attend, as our family members of album release on Elektra Records, the late Manzarek and Morrison. so it’s only appropriate that the day “Very apropos that The Doors commences where the music are jumpstarting our 50th in Venice, began — Venice, where Jim Morriwhere we started,” Densmore said son and Ray Manzarek met one day in a statement. “Our songs sprang on the beach in the summer of ’65. up out of the Pacific like beautiful, The rest, of course, is rock ‘n’ roll edible silver fish.” history. Sounds like music to L.A. ears. — Christina Campodonico A public event honoring the band

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Fresh on the Beat at 60 Movie theater operator Arthur Krieger had an unorthodox retirement plan: joining the LAPD Photo by Martin L. Jacobs

By Martin L. Jacobs Cruises to Alaska, spoiling the grandkids, and Lipitor; those are things reasonably associated with retirement. Joining the LAPD’s Pacific Division is not, but that’s what Arthur Krieger did. He was 60 years old. A Korean War veteran, Krieger returned home to Los Angeles in 1952 and chewed through several jobs before succumbing to the pull of the family business: the Hi-Point miniature golf course on La Cienega Boulevard, now the site of unremarkable office buildings. When the large property burned to cinders in 1970, he sold the land and joined with three other investors to build the Westland Twin Theater at Pico and Westwood boulevards, now the site of the Landmark Theatres. The movie house afforded him a good income — and a few Hollywood stories. “One day our rep, the guy who booked films for us, calls me up. He tells me, ‘Some guy from Fox is going to come by and ask you to do something. Just say no.’ So, sure enough, this Fox exec comes by and gives me this long spiel on his movie, and I said no. The rep was right; it sounded dreadful. The movie was ‘Star Wars.’ He was offering me an exclusive because another theater had passed on it,” Krieger recalls. “And there was the night we premiered ‘My Dinner with Andre,’ which turned out to be a popular picture. The stars, Andre Gregory and Wallace Shawn, had agreed to do a Q&A with the audience after the premiere. So the limo pulls up and the two stars get out and come into the lobby, and I can see right away they are both three sheets to the wind. Completely sloshed. The film ends and they come into the theater and there was exactly one question asked. One of them, I don’t remember which, just went off on a drunken rant. I shuffled them both out the door.” But those occasional high points were far north of the workaday routine, and choosing the butter flavoring for the popcorn concession wasn’t his idea of excitement. And there was a memory that haunted him. One night in 1939, when he was just seven years old and living in rural Pennsylvania, Arthur was in the car with his father when they came upon a drunk driver weaving all over the road. His father was an honorary state trooper, and pulled the car over and arrested the driver. It was one of those seminal moments. The opportunity to join the LAPD arrived thanks to the passage of the

Arthur Krieger became an LAPD Pacific Division reserve officer after he retired from running a movie theater Age Discrimination in Employment Act. Krieger had asked around and discovered that the police department was subject to the federal law; they could not discriminate against applicants on the basis of age.

paid a small stipend, but this was never about the money. What drew Krieger and the hundreds of other reserve officers to the job was doing some good, engaging with the community, and maybe a little thirst for adrenaline. And the LAPD

“It was lightning fast. My partner, luckily, was looking up from his notebook and called out,‘knife!’” In 1992, Krieger applied for a position as a reserve officer, was accepted, and started five months of training at the Police Academy in Elysian Park. He was almost three times as old as most of the other cadets, and “one of the training officers didn’t appreciate my age,” Krieger says with a crooked grin. It was all going his way. Then came the three-mile run. “I thought I was going to die right there. My heart was pounding out of my chest,” he admits. But Krieger was saved by another training officer who ordered him off the course. There was some mercy behind that order. And thanks to that officer and a few others who stuck their necks out for him, he made it through. He went on to work at the LAPD Pacific Division, on the city’s west side. LAPD reserve officers back then worked two days a month and were only

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was happy to have help protecting the citizens of Los Angeles while saving taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars each year. Reserve officers rode shotgun to regular officers on patrol, and their badges looked the same and carried the same privileges and risks. Krieger recalled an early patrol experience that almost cut his retirement hobby short: “It was a domestic disturbance call. We rolled up and found a woman beaten badly, just a mess. We were in the kitchen and had the woman and her husband back-to-back. My partner is questioning her, and I’m talking to the husband. It’s quickly apparent that he’s going to be arrested, so I tell him to turn around and put his hands behind his back. I’m getting the cuffs out, and just then the wife turns around and sees her dear husband being arrested and just goes off. She pulls a

knife from somewhere and charges right at me. It was lightning fast. My partner, luckily, was looking up from his notebook and called out, ‘knife!’ He grabbed the woman and wrestled her to the ground before she reached me. It really shook me up. It was three months before I told my wife about it.” But it wasn’t all about the mean streets. Many of his early years were spent in public outreach; trying to connect with young people on the edge. He recalls those years as the most satisfying. “I remember showing up at Venice High, in uniform, and you know how all those kids notice that,” he says. “Then we went to this kid’s class and congratulated him for doing good on a test. A kid wouldn’t forget that.” The wall of Krieger’s home office is covered with commendations for his outreach work, clearly a labor of love. Krieger recalls visiting Venice Beach in the early 1990s and thinking it looked like a great place to work. He walked in and asked about an assignment there. He got grief: “Why the hell would I hire you, old man,” the sergeant barked. But he did. “Back then, the LAPD Venice neighborhood office was an old basement room in a building that used to be a live theater. It was just one room with a single cell,” Krieger says. At the time, the boardwalk was plagued by racial tension. “They would do this thing every Sunday at about 3 p.m.,” Krieger recalls. “It was


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Krieger wore his uniform with pride from 1992 to 2012 like a parade. The Hispanics would line up and march in one direction, while the blacks would line up and march the opposite way. And then when they were face to face, the words started. It didn’t take much to move it to violence.

their own way,” he explains, “but some things stood out. In the Parker building when Gates was chief, there was a rule that nobody under the rank of lieutenant could go up to his floor, the sixth floor. You just didn’t do it. But when Williams

“This Fox exec comes by and gives me this long spiel on his movie, and I said no. The rep was right; it sounded dreadful. The movie was ‘Star Wars.’” The shopkeepers would just hide, like the Old West.” The solution was possibly worse than the crime; as the “parade” started each Sunday, police officers would drive patrol cars up and down the boardwalk blaring the sirens. After almost a decade on patrol and community outreach, a lieutenant whom Krieger greatly admired asked him when he was going to start doing real police work. Arthur took the hint; he studied for the detective exam, passed it, then rotated through the desks: Robbery, Burglary, Auto Theft, Juvenile, and MAC, which was assault crimes. As a detective he also began to work full time, still for almost no pay. In all, he worked under five chiefs of police: Gates, Williams, Parks, Bratton and Beck. “They were all different. Did things in

became chief, he didn’t keep that rule. I remember the first time I walked down that sixth floor hallway, and on the wall there was a picture of me with a bunch of kids from one of the outreach programs we ran. The picture had been there all through Gates’ time, but I couldn’t go and see it. Kind of ironic. But Gates was good. He protected his men. They all had their own way.” Arthur Krieger retired from his retirement in 2012, after almost 20 years with the LAPD. These days he enjoys yoga to stay fit, and, appropriately, spends a lot of time spoiling the grandkids and great-grandkids. Martin L. Jacobs can be reached at martin@scriturra.com, or follow him on Twitter at @ML_Jacobs_Venice

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No Dice for Venice Ice Rink City approved the boardwalk attraction, but they couldn’t find anyone to build it Image courtesy of Downtown Santa Monica Inc.

By Gary Walker Oxford Triangle resident Heather Kahler fondly recalls skating as a child and later as a teenager at the Ice Capades Chalet in Santa Monica and later at the Culver City Ice Rink, both of which are now closed. “We don’t have enough family activities in Venice, and I think an ice rink is a great way to bring the family community together to celebrate winter in sunny California,” said Kahler, a third-generation Venetian. “I welcome any familyoriented activities there.” But she and other supporters of building a seasonal ice rink along the Venice Boardwalk will have to wait, as plans to do so this year have been scrapped despite the backing of L.A. City Councilman Mike Bonin and the California Coastal Commission. Bonin had pushed hard for the rink earlier this year, suggesting it could freshen up the boardwalk scene and make the area more attractive to families. “Despite being a major attraction in the city, Venice has become frayed around the edges. The city and community are fighting perceptions that Venice is unclean and not family friendly … [and] the reality of serious public safety issues, particularly at night and including the area around Windward Plaza,” Bonin wrote in a Jan. 5 letter to the commission. Apparently, however, city officials were unable to find anyone willing and able to build the ice rink this year. “We asked for bids for a contractor to build the rink (as well as sponsors to help fund the construction), but there are not a lot of people who do that sort of work, and the ones who do were already booked for this year,” Bonin’s office responded in an email after The Argonaut inquired about the rink. But plans for an ice rink aren’t going away, they say.

Skaters frolic on Santa Monica’s public ice rink, an idea L.A. tried to pinch for Venice Beach “The approved permit is good for five years, so we plan to try again next year,” the email continues. The Venice ice rink would operate on a beach platform south of the LAPD Venice Beach substation from Thanksgiving to Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Jan. 16), ostensibly giving skaters about eight weeks to show off their cuts and turns. Venice Chamber of Commerce President George Francisco feels an ice skating rink would fit with the community’s decades-long tradition of being open to new things that both tourists and locals find interesting. “Any amenity that brings positive energy and activity to Venice — and particularly the boardwalk and historic Windward commercial area — is welcome. We see over 10.5 million visitor trips to Venice each year, so while a skating rink may become a singular

attraction that increases tourism, it certainly should make both residents and visitors experiences better,” Francisco said. “The very definition of eclectic would make the integration of an ice skating area a natural complement to the diverse range of influences and recreation opportunities in Venice and at the boardwalk.” While Bonin and other ice rink supporters talk about it bringing positive evening activity to the boardwalk, others don’t want to draw more people to the area — especially after sunset. Martha Hertzberg, a Venice resident who owns the consulting firm Walk Street Management, is one of several walk street homeowners who opposes the ice rink. “Bringing people down here for evening or nighttime activity is a recipe for disaster. Noise and illegal activity will

increase in front of our homes. It would dramatically change our quality of life for the worse,” Hertzberg told the commission in January. Longtime Venice walk street resident Paul Kroskrity, a professor of American Indian studies at UCLA, said his 15-yearold daughter initially liked the idea of a local ice skating rink but changed her mind when she learned more about the city’s plans. “She began asking, ‘Will the lights be too bright? Will I have to wear ear plugs to sleep at night?’ Kids, students and working people have had a quiet nighttime situation down here for years, and increased nighttime activity will create a far more problematic concern than we already have,” Kroskrity said. Los Angeles city officials hoped the rink would complete with ICE at Santa Monica, the outdoor ice skating rink that operates in November, December and January at the corner of Fifth Street and Arizona Avenue. More than 58,000 people visited ICE at Santa Monica in 2015, according to Downtown Santa Monica Inc. Senor Marketing and Communications Manager Kevin Herrera. The Venice Beach ice rink isn’t the first time an idea for a new boardwalk attraction has run into problems. L.A. City Councilman Bill Rosendahl, Bonin’s predecessor and former boss, championed the installation of a zipline along the beach in 2013, but the attraction fizzled out after just one season under the weight of opposition from nearby walk street residents and the Venice Neighborhood Council. The zipline brought in $50,000 in revenue to city coffers, part of which was used for maintenance operations and restroom cleaning along the boardwalk, according to city Recreation and Parks Supt. Charles Singer.

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2016 in Review By Joe Piasecki 2016 was a hot mess — surreal, painful and incredibly loud. The Trump-Clinton-Sanders circus brought America’s angry, obnoxious and even hateful undercurrents to the fore, fueled by a proliferation of “fake news” in the Facebook echo chamber. Facts, R.I.P. This year was all about emotion and talking without listening. This year fought dirty. This was also a year of feeling helpless in the face of human tragedy: traumatizing images of civilian casualties in Syria and drowned refugees, the deadliest mass shooting in American history at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, terrorist attacks in Europe and a pipe bomb going off in New York — violence brought closer to home by fresh memories of the December 2015 terrorist attack that killed 22 in San Bernardino, and then again with the UCLA murder-suicide in June. The whole world just seemed to go crazy, and Westside neighborhoods were not exempt. In January, a 17-year-old died from a gunshot wound to the head in the Marina Marketplace parking lot, and a 47-year-old man died in a drive by shooting near Via Marina and Panay Way in March. The broad-daylight August shooting death of a 37-yearold construction worker in Venice remains unsolved and unresolved, and a teenager is suspected of stabbing a 22-year-old pregnant woman to death in November underneath the Venice sign at Windward and Pacific avenues. Women, minorities and the LGBTQ community spent much of 2016 feeling under attack, but fought back with unprecedented cultural expressions of power and pride. In the same year that white nationalism rebranded itself as the “alt-right,” the Academy Awards became #Oscars SoWhite and police shootings of

unarmed black men dominated the summer news cycle, the Black Lives Matter movement became a groundswell. “Ghostbusters” reboot star Leslie Jones rose above the racism and misogyny of Twitter trolls, and “black girl magic” became a cultural meme as gymnast Simone Biles dazzled the world at the Rio Olympics. West of the 405, three women took a stand against date rape by intervening

Santa Monica home in August. Westside civil rights and anti-war activist Tom Hayden died in October. And this week alone, we lost George Michael and Carrie Fisher. Another adjective to describe 2016: ruthless. Not everything went badly in 2016, however. Westchester residents and LAX finally reached some measure of détente, with the airport giving up northern expansion

Though everyone experienced it differently, 2016 was a pretty rough ride for a lot of people. after they saw a man slip a roofie into his date’s drink at a Santa Monica restaurant. The former Playboy model who photographed a naked 70-year-old woman in a Playa Vista gym locker room and body-shamed her on Snapchat now faces criminal charges via the L.A. City Attorney’s office. In Venice, members of the local LGBTQ community lost a longtime sanctuary in May when Roosterfish shuttered due to rising rents on Abbot Kinney Boulevard but responded with the inaugural Venice Pride celebration in June and united again for a candlelight vigil for Pulse Nightclub shooting victims at Windward Circle. But there’s no denying it was an awful year for icons who defied gender and cultural norms. We started off the year mourning the death of David Bowie in January. Bill Rosendahl, a widely beloved Westside public figure who was the first openly gay L.A. City Council member, died in March. Prince died in April. Muhammad Ali died in June. Juan Gabriel died of a heart attack at his

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to allow for parkland and low-density development instead. Locally, public transportation had a banner year, with new light rail stations extending the Expo Line into Downtown Santa Monica and the city’s Breeze Bike Share program off to a strong start — nearly 300,000 trips in its first 12 months. The capper came in November when Los Angeles County voters passed Measure M, a half-cent sales tax that will raise billions for trains and buses over the next 40 years. And after decades of inertia, Los Angeles finally started doing something about homelessness. In April, L.A. City Councilman Mike Bonin put forth a multi-faceted plan to end homelessness in Venice that started with setting aside the former Metro Bus facility in Venice for affordable housing construction and continued on to include a mobile hygiene wagon providing showers for the homeless. Bonin was also a key figure behind Proposition HHH, the city’s successful bid to raise $1.2 billion for subsidized housing.

But the topic of the year in Venice had to be gentrification. Locals coined the term “Venice Remodel” to describe how developers are using loopholes in city zoning code to proliferate McMansions in Oakwood. Astronomical rents on Abbot Kinney Boulevard are chasing out many of the local businesses that made it what it is, and a bungalow in the Venice Canals sold in July for a post-recession record of $2,000 per square foot. And speaking of gentrification, Venicebased Snapchat — the social media platform of choice for those born after 1990 — is getting lots of hate from the local Facebook-using crowd for buying up or leasing more than 100,000 square feet of commercial and residential property in Venice, displacing some local businesses in the process. Snapchat has so far responded by offering haters nothing but silence — and by quietly contributing to local nonprofits, such as funding a vocational tech program at the St. Joseph Center for an entire year. To the south, Playa del Rey residents were and still are at each other’s throats over a proliferation of short-term vacation rentals there, with Bonin-proposed regulations still wending their way through City Hall. In Marina del Rey, the renovation of the Oxford Basin Lagoon and the demolition of the 1960s-built Neptune Marina Apartments — probably the area’s last remaining market-rate waterfront housing still affordable for a family on the lower end of middle-income — continued the steamroller of change. Though everyone experienced it differently, 2016 was a pretty rough ride for a lot of people. 2017 brings hope for a better year, but buckle up for more uncertainty and change. What else was important to you this year? What are your hopes for 2017? Let us know at letters@argonautnews.com.


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Local artists stood up strong, reinvented themselves and made a difference in 2016 By Christina Campodonico One of the wonderful things about L.A., especially west of the 405, is that you can uncover springs of creativity almost anywhere. Trot through the Art Walk and you could catch wind of an artist who’s turned his singed studio into an art piece. See a play at The Actors’ Gang and you may spot Tim Robbins serving up $5 drinks after the show. Take a wrong turn in Venice and find an artists’ enclave about to disappear. Having worked The Argonaut’s arts beat for a little over a year now, I’ve had the honor of interviewing some of the most inspiring artists and influencers from our community. But one thing I’ve taken away from many of their stories is their perseverance to make art no matter what, like Venice artist MB Boissonnault, who inspired me to write the article “Exile on Vernon” (Aug. 18). When renovations and rising rents at art studios on 361 Vernon Ave. threatened to remove her and more than a dozen other local artists from the area, Boissonnault launched a postcard campaign to alert Councilman Mike Bonin to the exodus of artists and sold T-shirts to raise funds. When faced with a lease termination notice in May, Boissonnault told me, “We’re not going to run with our tail between our legs. We’re not going to

run with the white flag waving to Culver City or Inglewood. We’re going to stay here.” Boissonnault ultimately had to leave 361 Vernon, but found another space near Gjusta and continues to make art in Venice. Another inspirational individual I met was Marie “Mimi” Haist, a formerly homeless Santa Monica woman who lived and worked in a laundromat on Montana Avenue for almost two decades and won the hearts of locals and celebrities alike, including Renée Zellweger and Zach Galifianakis, who helped her out of homelessness. Mimi’s journey from all-American housewife to homelessness to resident royalty is captured in Yaniv Rokah’s indie documentary “Queen Mimi,” which we reported on in our April cover story “From Homeless to Hollywood” (April 21). After watching the film and meeting Mimi in person, her tenacity stuck with me, just as it did with her chronicler, a once struggling actor and barista turned documentary filmmaker. “Mimi made me a stronger person,” said Rokah. “I’ve never met anyone like Mimi before in my life, someone who just shows up and goes to work seven days a week and maintains such a positive outlook on life. It was a breath of fresh air.”

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Then there’s The Actors’ Gang’s resident Academy Award-winner Tim Robbins, our 2016 Best of the Westside Artist of the Year, who continues to believe in the power of the arts to mend broken lives. Through The Prison Project, Robbins and members of his Culver City-based theater company coach incarcerated men in the expressive powers of commedia dell’arte. For inmates who completed the program, the recidivism rate dropped to just 10.6%, according to a preliminary study by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. “When you work with people that have nothing — without education, without any kind of artistic programs in their schools, or without any kind of rehabilitation in prison — your perspective on what’s important really shifts,” Robbins told The Argonaut. “It makes you understand the inherent power that creative programs have and how a commitment to this view of what art is and can be fundamentally shifts the art you produce.” And finally there’s artist and architect Flavio Bisciotti (“Art from the Ashes,” July 7), whose home studio burned down in a freak fire last January. Instead of wallowing in the tragedy, he invited friends from his community of artists to pick up the pieces and transform the remnants of his studio into new and innovative works of art.

“Instead of throwing things away, I’m going to rebuild them in a way,” said Bisciotti. The final products of his endeavor will be on display at Bisciotti’s Santa Monica gallery starting Jan. 21. Interestingly enough, that’s the day after Presidentelect Donald Trump takes office. What a Trump presidency means for the arts is, like the president-elect himself, unpredictable. But after writing about the incredible resilience of local artists throughout this year, I believe that artists are best prepared for whatever a Trump administration may hold. Armed with pens, paintbrushes and thought-provoking perspectives, artists are already on the front lines of some of our time’s most pressing issues — gentrification, mass incarceration, homelessness — and in spite of these hardships, they continue to create and spread amazing ideas. This indomitable creativity may be stronger than any wall — physical or figurative — that Mr. Trump intends to build. So in 2017, let’s “bring on the rebels / the ripples from pebbles / the painters and poets and plays,” to quote the new movie “La La Land,” itself a beautiful illustration of struggling artists striving to succeed in L.A. “Here’s to the ones who dream / foolish as they may seem.”


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hether you’re bidding it a fond farewell or good riddance, 2016 has been a whirlwind — even surreal at times. Either way, now’s the time to make sure 2017 gets off to a bang. Westside New Year’s Eve parties run the gamut from glitzy and glamorous affairs to more down-to-earth celebrations, or even nautical adventure. Here’s a handy list to help you set the tone for your next trip around the sun.

Santa Monica Soul Station @ Hotel Casa del Mar

Dancing is the name of the game at this swanky lounge, with a spectacular view of the coast and a great live setup featuring Lola Delon and “The Voice” finalist TJ Wilkins. Party starts at 8 p.m.; $70+. Hotel Casa del Mar, 1910 Ocean Way, Santa Monica. (310) 581-7724; hotelcasadelmar.com

New Year’s Club Night @ West End

This new club in the space formerly known as Zanzibar opened its doors in October, and a penchant for danceheavy deejays has carried it into the new year. Six straight hours of shimmying starts at 8 p.m.; $100+. West End, 1301 5th St., Santa Monica. (310) 451-2221; westendsm.com

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Masquerade Party @ Hotel Shangri-La

until midnight at this cozy, kitschy bar with shot specials, ironic lounge furniture and live music from the even more ironically named Black Hips. Party starts at 9 p.m.; $40. The Craftsman Bar, 119 Broadway, Santa Monica. (310) 573-8426; thecraftsmanbar.com

The ONYX rooftop bar plays host to this ritzy combination of food, fun and anonymous flirtation at the masquerade; entry gets you as many hors d’oeuvres as you can swipe from the circling trays, as well as two cocktails and a glass of champagne to wash them (and the final seconds of 2016) down in style. $100+. Hotel Shangri-La, 1301 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica. (310) 394-2791; shangrila-hotel.com

Black Tie New Year’s @ The Bungalow

New Year’s Eve with DJ Jolyon @ The Room

Nothing captures the contradictions of L.A. quite like a strict black-tie policy and a glamorous crowd at this trendy, laid-back beachside lounge. The party itself is straightforward, with drinks and dancing from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. $150. The Bungalow, 101 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 899-8530; thebungalow.com

New Zealand house music producer DJ Jolyon spins a New Year’s Eve set for this stylish 21+ party, starting at 9 p.m. Pay cash at the door. $30 before 9 p.m.; $40 after 9 p.m. 1325 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica. Get on the guest list at RoomSM2017.eventbrite.com or reserve a table at reservations@theroomsm.com.

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Want a magical new year, literally? Look no further than this family-friendly presentation of prestidigitation, in which sleight-of-hand combines with popcorn and pizza to keep the magic going all night long. $65. Magicopolis, 1418 4th St., Santa Monica. (310) 451-2241; magicopolis.com

A favorite of fashionable young Westsiders, come dressed to impress at the cozy underground level of a three-story renovated Victorian mansion (possibly the most thematically consistent place for a masquerade in Los Angeles). Party starts at 8 p.m.; $50. Basement Tavern, 2640 Main St., Santa Monica. (310) 396-2469; basementtavern.com

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KCRW’s Black+Gold Soiree @ The Viceroy Hotel

If you wish happy hour would never end, you’re in luck: it will go almost

Campos and Travis Holcombe lay down their eclectic beats for a bash sure to be so hip it hurts. Party starts at 9 p.m.; $155+. Viceroy Santa Monica, 1819 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica. (310) 260-7500; viceroyhotelsandresorts.com

If your New Year’s resolution includes exercise, get a jump-start with an unpretentious pub crawl. $4 draft beer deals will keep you hydrated all the way through to the secret afterparty, which lasts until 6 a.m.! Crawl starts at 6 p.m. at Circle Bar, 2926 Main St., Santa Monica. $30+. (323) 604-6030; californianightlife.com

Send out 2016 in lavish style with this black-tie masquerade. KCRW DJs Raul

Three Santa Monica DJs provide the soundtrack for a night of mingling and champagne popping from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. at V Lounge, 2020 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica. $30+. Visit ournightlife.com or clubzone.com.

A Venice Classic @ Hal’s Bar & Grill

Venice lost a piece of itself when Hal’s left Abbot Kinney Boulevard in 2015, but it’s return a year later just down the street was — and still is — cause for celebration. Looking forward to the year ahead, Hal’s is offering a special prix fixe four-course menu with wine, a champagne toast and midnight, fun party favors and live entertainment. Seatings are from 9 to 11 p.m. (or from 5 to 7:45 p.m. for just the special dinner). $85. Hal’s Bar & Grill, 1025 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice. (310) 396-3105; halsbarandgrill.com

The Ball at the Beach @ The Venice Whaler

It doesn’t get more beachy than this multi-story seaside saloon, where the sand is practically on the doorstep. Dance music is the order of the evening, but for those looking for a more private vibe, rooftop tables and steak dinner is also an option. $20+. The Venice Whaler, 10 Washington Blvd., Venice. (310) 821-8737; venicewhaler.com

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Venice & Mar Vista Let’s Prost! @ Wurstkuche

Not in the mood for champagne this year? How about Chimay Grand Reserve, the brew of choice to compliment the sausages, cheese and fries at this German-style beer hall. Party starts at 9 p.m.; $75. Wurstkuche, 625 Lincoln Blvd., Venice. (213) 687-2444; wurstkuche.com

Party On @ Accomplice Bar

is less than two months old, and they’re out to prove themselves with unlimited “Party On Punch,” Taiwanese soul food, and an open bar with classic cocktails aplenty. New year, new bar, same hangover. Party starts at 9 p.m.; $125. Accomplice Bar, 3811 Grand View Blvd., Mar Vista. accomplicebar.com

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Dance to the music of 1967, 1977, 1987, 1997 and 2007 as you ring in 2017. Arthur Lee & Love perform live with DJs Shiva & Vinyl Don spinning rock, soul, hip-hop, funk and classics. The party goes from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. and includes a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. $17 to $40. Townhouse & Del Monte Speakeasy, 52 Windward Ave., Venice. (310) 392-4040; townhousevenice.com (Continued on page 18)

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New Year’s @ Chaya Venice

Come hungry and thirsty to this classy cocktail smorgasbord at Chaya Venice’s newly renovated digs. Fill your plate with fresh seafood, market veggies, sushi, tomahawk steak, lamb and caviar, or fill up your glass from the open bar. $250. Chaya Venice, 110 Navy St., Venice. (310) 396-1179; thechaya.com

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Like surprises? You won’t know where to go to ’til you RSVP to this party. Gourmet meal planning, delivery and catering service Custom Creations LA is throwing a cocktail dance party with live music at a secret Venice venue from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Admission starts at $100 and includes an open bar. Search “New Year’s Eve at Secret Venue” at eventbrite.com

HULA! @ Canal Club

This brick-walled building with a Frank Gehry-designed interior comes alive with the usual New Year’s dancing and drinking, only with a twist: HULA! Get in early to sample their hearty fare before the party at 10 p.m., where DJ Sosa will spin until 2 the next morning. $39. Canal Club, 2025 Pacific Ave., Venice. (310) 823-3878; canalclubvenice.com

New Year’s Eve Shangri La @ James’ Beach

Featured in “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Californication,” and Open Table’s Most Vibrant Bar Scene roundup, this longtime local destination’s lively atmosphere will leave you amped for the new year. Party starts at 8 p.m., $69+. James’ Beach, 60 N. Venice Blvd., Venice. (310) 823-5396; jamesbeach.com

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d’oeuvres galore. DJ Ella spins for dancers until 1 a.m., and hungry early birds can get in on a five-course prix fixe dinner beforehand. Party starts at 8 p.m.; $50 advance, $60 at the door. Marina del Rey Hotel, 13534 Bali Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 301-1000; marinadelreyhotel.com/ midnight.

Dogtown NYE and Surf Party @ Brennan’s Pub

Hang ten at Brennan’s, where there’s free admission, free parking, free t-shirts and free champagne. Classic rock and surf music band Skeeter’s Pool Party provides the tunes and opens up their camper to the public. Drummers of all musical levels can bring their sticks and play “Wipeout,” and guitarists from pro to novice can noodle on “Crossroads” with their own axes. The 21+ party starts at 9 p.m. Cowabunga! Brennan’s Pub, 4089 Lincoln Blvd., Marina del Rey. (310) 821-6622; brennanspub-la.com

Nautical New Year’s @ The Warehouse

Live music, classic party cocktails and a boisterous countdown to the ball-drop ring in another year at the nautically themed Marina del Rey original. The outside dining patio is also a great spot to catch the fireworks alongside some surf-n-turf. The Warehouse, 4499 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 823-5451; mdrwarehouse.com

A Jamaican-Style New Year’s @ Jamaica Bay Inn

Dine on a special New Year’s Eve dinner and cocktail menu by the water from 5 to 10 p.m. while live music by PIUS (a.k.a. Higherlion) sets the mood. Jamaica Bay Inn, 4175 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 439-3033; jamaicabayinn.com

Dinner & Dancing @ Café del Rey

Start 2017 in style with a special occasion gourmet menu, a deejay spinning for dancers after 8:30 p.m. and a complimentary midnight toast. $95. Café del Rey, 4451 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 823-6395; cafedelreymarina.com

NYE 2017 @ Tony P’s

The table is yours ’til midnight if you dine in after 9 p.m. Follow up dinner with a twirl around the tavern’s dance floor next door, a champagne toast and balloon drop at midnight. 4445 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. No cover with dinner purchase; $10 for drinks and dancing only. (310) 8234534; tonyps.com

A New Year’s Eve Feast @ Whiskey Red’s

Like your New Year’s Eve with a side of decadence? Look no further than Whiskey Red’s, with a raw bar and buffet designed to thrill your inner carnivore, deejays packing the dance floor and one of the best views of the marina fireworks. $80. Whiskey Red’s, 13813 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 823-4522; whiskeyreds.com

Cocktail Cruise @ Fisherman’s Village

Turn “Auld Lang Syne” into a sea shanty with a classy nautical celebration on the marina. With both a cocktail-and-dessert and a full-blown dinner gala option, your inner sailor can ring in the new year with style (and maybe a little rum, too). $120. Hornblower Cruises, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 301-9900; hornblower.com

Mariachi Dinner Show @ Casa Sanchez

Salsa or sway to the musical stylings of Casa Sanchez’s house band Mariachi Voces de Mexico de Raúl Sanchez and the ever-popular Yari Moré Latin Band at this evening celebration from 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m., which offers a cocktail bar, champagne toast, non-alcoholic drink options, a three-course meal and party favors. $50 to $100. Casa Sanchez, 4500 S. Centinela Ave., Del Rey. (310) 397-9999; casa-sanchez.com

Karaoke New Year’s @ Backstage Bar

Backstage has some of the city’s best karaoke nights, and for New Year’s Eve they’re playing to their strengths. Sing your heart out from 8 p.m. on, with free party favors and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight — and perhaps best of all no cover or drink minimum. Backstage Bar, 10400 Culver Blvd., Culver City. (310) 839-3892; backstageculvercity.com

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Champagne toast? Check. Beachside locale? Check. Ice cream shop, whisky bar, restaurant and deli-style counter all under one roof? Check! Eat, drink and be ice cream-merry at “Top Chef” alum Brooke Williamson’s four-way hybrid eatery. Party starts at 10, last seating at 9:45. $20 at the door. Playa Provisions, 119 Culver Blvd., Playa del Rey. (310) 683-5019; playaprovisions.com

Jazz, disco and other danceable tunes rule the evening at this cocktail-chic speakeasy soiree — unless, of course, the complimentary dessert station and bubbly don’t get to you first. The Culver Hotel, 9400 Culver Blvd., Culver City (310) 558-9400; culverhotel.com

’80s Retro Rewind @ Gulp

Flash back to the past with funky beats, a photo booth, costume contest, free cham-

Early birds can watch the ball drop live on a big inflatable screen broadcasting CNN’s New Year’s Eve Live from Times Square, NYC at 8:59 p.m. A 10-minute fireworks display follows. Night owls can join Marina del Rey’s New Year’s Eve countdown at 11:59 p.m. and watch another 10-minute fireworks display after. The celebration starts at 7 p.m. at Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey. Free. Parking is $8 in County lots #77 and #4 at 13650 and 13500 Mindanao Way.

Eat, Drink & Be Merry @ Playa Provisions

Twilight Dining & More @ Cantalini’s Salerno Beach

Playa del Rey’s old-school Italian favorite closes out 2016 with three-course Twilight Dining specials from 4 to 6 p.m. followed by live music, champagne and party favors from 7 to midnight. $50+. Cantalini’s Salerno Beach, 193 Culver Blvd., Playa del Rey. (310) 821-0018; salernobeach.com

Mellow Vibes @ Melody Bar & Grill

Midnight on the Marina @ SALT

The Marina del Rey Hotel hosts a slick soiree at SALT restaurant, with views of the harbor during the two L.A. County fireworks displays and delectable hors

pagne toast at midnight and a $6 happy hour menu all night long from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. No cover. Gulp, 13020 Pacific Promenade, Ste. 1, Playa Vista. (310) 496-3966; facebook.com/gulp.playavista

Glamorous, rambunctious or laid-back, New Year’s party options abound from Santa Monica to Westchester and everywhere in between

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Those in search of a relaxed vibe for 2017 after the whirlwind that was 2016 should look no further than Melody, for a traditional champagne toast, a deejay and a welcome-all attitude. Party starts at 9:30 p.m., no cover. Melody Bar & Grill, 9132 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Westchester. (310) 670-1994; barmelodylax.com


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1705 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica (424) 272-8700 oosantamonica.com Pistachio pizza? That addictive little green nut is not an ingredient you’d think should top a pizza but, in fact, it’s very popular in Sicily. And chef/ owner Georgi Yaneff aims to bring a taste of Sicily to Santa Monica with O+O Sicilian Kitchen & Bar. There are a few reasons for the name O+O. The first is the location, which is at the corner of Ocean Avenue and Olympic Drive. The second is that many of the menu items end in O: puppetto (meatballs), crudo (raw fish) and forno (pizzas), to name a few. And the third is that many of these dishes are round. Catchy name aside, the real draw of O+O is the food. Yaneff is serious about Sicily — so serious that he handpicked a chef, Gianluca Maita, from the southern tip of Sicily. Maita moved to Los Angeles, with his mother and grandmother’s recipes in tow, for O+O.

And Maita is loving his new life. The weather in Santa Monica is pretty similar to Sicily’s, and so is what’s growing, which is what makes

you can try three to four dozen tomatoes to find the right one for your pizza, which is what Yaneff and Maita did. It’s a neighborhood where after you’ve worked

“Most of the Sicilian food staples are California food staples: pistachio, blood orange, tomato, artichoke, olive. What’s growing great in Sicily is here as well, even the prickly pear.” — Chef Georgi Yaneff Sicilian food such a perfect fit for California. “Most of the Sicilian food staples are California food staples: pistachio, blood orange, tomato, artichoke, olive. What’s growing great in Sicily is here as well, even the prickly pear. All the ingredients you need to make good Sicilian food you have here, and they are amazing as well,” says Yaneff. “Sicilian cuisine is simple,” he continues. “You just count on good ingredients” — a lesson he learned from his grandmother, who taught him how to cook. Fresh produce is aplenty in Santa Monica. It’s a town where

and traveled around the world, you might want to open up a restaurant of your own. After living in London for five years, Yaneff began to miss Santa Monica: the weather, the atmosphere, the beach. “It’s my kind of town,” says Yaneff, who was born in Bulgaria. So he began looking for a space with his business partners. When he found 1705 Ocean Ave., he knew he had struck culinary gold. O+O is on the same strip as HB Daisy, formerly Joan’s on Third, across (Continued on page 20)

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Puppetto (meatballs) in tomato sauce with basil and pecorino cheese O+O is Yaneff’s second restaurant. He still owns a small seafood restaurant in the Chelsea neighborhood of London. This project, however, brings a whole new level of personal responsibility. “It’s 24/7,” says Yaneff. “Since March, I have not left town for more than two days.” But there’s no other way he’d rather spend his time. “I studied journalism,” Yaneff says, “but after high school, I realized it wasn’t something where I could be myself. With cooking, I can be myself. When I was a cook, all my friends had

more secure jobs and made more money, but I was happy. That was the most important thing. What I am doing makes me happy. I don’t feel like it’s work. I’m just enjoying it.” And there’s so much to enjoy about O+O: sitting on the outdoor patio; staring out at Tongva Park; sipping an Italian spirit like Cynar, an artichoke-inspired liqueur, Disaronno, Galliano or Campari. “I love to cook,” Yaneff says. “It’s the place where I feel most comfortable. On days off, I relax and cook something at home with friends. It’s my hobby. I turned my hobby into a career.”

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“Relish in panoramic vistas from this two-story Tuscan style penthouse,” says agent Charles Lederman. “The 20-foot floor-to-ceiling windows create the sweeping views. The master suite includes a loft space for your office, while the guest bedroom directly overlooks the Marina harbor. Additional features include custom Venetian plaster, a large patio, ample storage, a separate laundry room and two sideby-side parking spaces. This one-of-a-kind abode, flooded with natural light, is ideal coastal living.”

“This pristine townhouse has the perfect layout, with three generously sized bedrooms on the upper floor and a bonus room off the garage,” says agent Jesse Weinberg. “The welcoming private entrance lies across from a park. This highly desirable Tapestry 1 Plan B has everything for which you’ve have been waiting. Features include walnut flooring and high-end appliances. Custom built-ins include the media center in the great room with a cozy fireplace and patio access.”

“Artfully curated details infuse style throughout this splitlevel condo located only a short walk from the beach,” says agent Stephanie Younger. “Just off the open-concept living room, a private terrace offers space to take in ocean breezes. Indulge your inner mixologist at the wet bar while guests congregate in the dining room. The second floor master rivals the city’s finest hotel suites. The second bedroom, additional full bath and laundry area complete the upstairs layout of this spacious coastal residence.”

“This captivating four-bed, three-bath home is located in prime Upper North Kentwood, on a desirable corner lot,” say agents Bob Waldron and Jessica Heredia. “With stylish finishes, this exquisite and impressive home shows like a model. The airy living room exudes a warm atmosphere. The chic kitchen opens to the family room, which opens in turn to the rear yard. The enchanting master bedroom suite boasts a luxurious bath. A park-like rear yard, deck, and patio provide areas for outdoor enjoyment.”

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“Welcome to the Center Tower South of the Marina City Club,” says agent Eileen McCarthy. “This condo offers you two bedrooms and two bathrooms, as well as views of the Marina and the ocean. Enjoy all the amenities of the Marina City Club, including, including pools, six tennis courts, a fitness center, a full restaurant and bar, 24-hour gated security, and much more.”

“Located in the popular Villas del Rey complex, this is a single-bed, one-and-a-half bath condo,” says agent Jane St. John. “The condo offers an open living and dining area, complete with a fireplace, and sliding doors to large private balcony. There are stainless steel appliances in kitchen, along with cream counter tops and dark cabinets. Enjoy the ease of the stackable washer and dryer. This is a resort-like complex which offers a pool, spa, and two tandem parking spaces in gated secure parking for your use.” Offered at $529,000 Jane St. John, RE/MAX Estate Properties 310-567-4906

Offered at $790,000 Eileen McCarthy, Marina Ocean Properties 310-822-8910

The ArgonAuT REAl EstAtE Q&A How to Check for Air Leaks With colder weather and rain upon us it’s an ideal time to take a close look at your windows, doors, and skylights. How to Check for Air Leaks A home air pressure test sucks outside air into the house to reveal air leaks that increase your energy bills. To inspect windows and other openings: • Seal the house by locking all doors, windows, and skylights. • Close all dampers and vents. • Turn on all kitchen and bath exhaust fans. • Pass a burning incense stick along all openings -windows, doors, fireplaces, outlets -- to pinpoint air rushing in from the outside. How to Pinpoint Window Problems Air and water can seep into closed widows from

gaps and rot in frames, deteriorating caulking, cracked glass, and closures that don’t fully close. To stop air leaks, give your windows a thorough inspection: • Give a little shake. If they rattle, frames are not secure, so heat and air conditioning can leak out and rain can seep in. Some caulk and a few nails into surrounding framing will fix this. • Look deep. If you can see the outside from around -- not just through -- the window, you’ve got gaps. Seal air leaks by caulking and weather stripping around frames. • Inspect window panes for cracks. • Check locks. Make sure double-hung windows slide smoothly up and down. If not, run a knife around the frame and sash to loosen any dried

paint. Tighten cranks on casement windows and check that top locks fully grab latches. Some older windows can be repaired and save you money over new windows. However, if you think you’ll automatically gain energy savings, think carefully -- there may be other, cheaper ways to cut utility bills, such as sealing air leaks. Inspecting Doors for Leaks • Check doors for cracks that weaken their ability to stop air leaks and water seeps. • Inspect weather stripping for peels and gaps. • Make sure hinges are tight and doors fit securely in their thresholds. Checking Out Skylights Brown stains on walls under a skylight are telltale

signs that water is invading and air is escaping. Cut a small hole in the stained drywall to check for wetness, which would indicate rot, or gaps in the skylight. To investigate skylight leaks, carefully climb on the roof and look for the following: • Open seams between flashing or shingles. • Shingle debris that allows water to collect on roofs. • Failed and/or cracked patches of roofing cement put down the last time the skylight leaked. THIS Week’S queSTIOn WAS AnSWereD by

brian Christie, Agents in Action, The Real Estate Consultants 310-910-0120

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legal advertising FIcTITIOUS BUSINESS NAmE STATEmENT File No. 2016 296000 The following persons is (are) doing business as: 1) Teddies 2540 Camino Diablo suite 200 Walnut Creek, CA. 94597 Emily Irion 2540 Camino Diablo suite 200 Walnut Creek,CA 94597 This business is conducted by a individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on n/a. 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)). Emily Irion OWNER This statement was filed with the county on Dec. 7, 2016. Argonaut published: Dec. 8, 15, 22, 29, 2016. 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 File No. 2016 285718 The following persons is (are) doing business as 1)The Mattern Law Firm APC 2) Law Offices of Lisa H. Mattern 6601 Center Drive West suite 500 Los Angeles, CA. 90045 Registered Owners: The Mattern Law Firm APC 6601 Center Drive West suite 500 Los Angeles, CA. 90045. This business is conducted by a corporation. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 05-2016 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 THE MATTERN LAW FIRM APC President This statement was filed with the county on Nov. 23, 2016. Argonaut published: Dec 8, 15, 22, 29, 2016 . 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 File No. 2016 290375 The following persons is (are) doing business as 1)Fingerprint Live Scan 6601 Center Dr West Ste 500 Los Angeles, CA. 90045 Registered Owners: Patricia Kossitch 6601 Centrer Dr West Ste 500 Los Angeles, CA. 90045 This business is conducted by an indivdual. 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)). This statement was filed with the county on Dec. 1, 2016 Registrant PATRICIA KOSSITCH Owner Argonaut published: Dec 8, 15, 22, 29, 2016 . 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 File No. 2016 291368 The following persons is (are) doing business as: 1) Event Nets 13428 Maxella Ave. #576 Marina del Rey, CA. 90292. Thomas Martin 13428 Maxella Ave. #576 Marina del Rey, CA. 90292 This business is conducted by an individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on N/A. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true 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)) THOMAS MARTIN Owner This statement was filed with the county on Dec. 1, 2016 Argonaut published: Dec. 8, 15, 22 29, 2016. 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 File No. 2016 293989 The following persons is (are) doing business as: 1) Evolution Salon Gallery 8 Brooks Ave. Apt 1, Venice, CA. 90291 Nicole Vann 8 Brooks Ave. apt 1 Venice, CA . 90291 This business is conducted by an individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 01/2016 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)) Nicole Vann Owner This statement was filed with the county on Dec. 5, 2016 Argonaut published: Dec 8, 15, 22 29, 2016. 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 File No. 2016 294777 The following persons is (are) doing business as: Venice West Products Inc. 1383 Appleton Way Venice, CA. 90291 Emotional ABCS INC 1383 Appleton Way Venice, CA. 90291 This business is conducted by a corporation. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 04/2012. 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)) Emotional ABCS INC President This statement was filed with the county on Dec. 6, 2016 Argonaut published: Dec. 8, 15, 22 29, 2016. 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 File No. 2016 288365 The following persons is (are) doing business as: 1) Americaís Best Contacts & Eyeglasses 39224 10th St. W Palmdale, CA. 93551 2) Americaís Best P.O. Box 460 Braselton, GA. 30517. This business is conducted by a corporation. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on N/A. 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)). National Vision Inc. Senior Vice President This statement was filed with the county on Nov. 29, 2016. Argonaut published: Dec. 8, 15, 22, 29, 2016. 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.


legal advertising FIcTITIOUS BUSINeSS NAme STATemeNT File No. 2016 290900 The following persons is (are) doing business as: 1) Jerusalem Prayer Project 635 California Ave. Venice, CA. 90291. 635 California Ave. Venice, CA. 90291. 2) . This business is conducted by a corporation. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on N/A. 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 Stephen L. Fiske Title CEO This statement was filed with the county on Dec. 1, 2016. Argonaut published: Dec. 22, 29, Jan. 5, 12, 2016. NOTICE-In accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in Subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code. SUPeRIOR cOURT OF cALIFORNIA cOUNTY OF LOS ANGeLeS ORdeR TO SHOW cAUSe FOR cHANGe OF NAme case No. eS020233 This statement was filed Sept. 28, 2016 , with the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles 600 E. Broadway Petition of: Daniel J. Quesada FOR CHANGE OF NAME. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner: Daniel J. Quesada has filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Daniel J. Quesada to Daniel Case. 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.

18, 2016. Time: 8:30 AM. Dept.: E room 260 The address of the court is Superior Court of California, 600 E. Broadway #279 Glendale, CA. 91206 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. Date: Sept, 28, 2016 By Order of the Presiding Judge, Darrell Mavis Superior Court, PUBLISHED: Argonaut 12/15, 12/22, 12/29, 2016. 1/5, 2017 SUPeRIOR cOURT OF cALIFORNIA cOUNTY OF LOS ANGeLeS ORdeR TO SHOW cAUSe FOR cHANGe OF NAme case No. BS166511 This statement was filed Dec. 5, 2016 , with the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles 111 North Hill St. Los Angeles Petition of a FOR CHANGE OF NAME. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner: Allen Jore Mariano to Allen Marino Andres filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Allen Mariano to Allen Mariano Andres. 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: March 14th. Time: 10 AM. Dept.:44 room 418 The address of the court is Superior Court of California, 111 North Hill St. Los Angeles, CA. 90012 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. Date: Dec. 5, 2016 By Order of the Presiding Judge, MARK A. BORENSTEIN Superior Court, PUBLISHED: Argonaut 12/29, 2016 1/5, 1/12, 1/19, 2017 SUPeRIOR cOURT OF cALIFORNIA cOUNTY OF LOS ANGeLeS ORdeR TO SHOW cAUSe FOR cHANGe OF NAme case No. NS033178 This statement was filed Dec.. 16, 2016, with the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles 257 Magnolia Ave. Long Beach, CA. 90802. Petition of Shawntee Cardwelll for Zoe-Jane Bratcher ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE

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FOR CHANGE OF NAME. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner: a filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Zoe-Jane Christian Bratcher to Zoe-Jane Nicole 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: 2/3/17. 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. Date: Feb. 3, 2017 By Order of the Presiding Judge, Ross Klein PUBLISHED: Argonaut 12/22, 12/29, 2016 1/5 1/12, 2017

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esposo como la esposa, hasta que la peticiÛn sea rechazada, se dicte una decisiÛn final o la corte expida instrucciones adicionales. Dichas prohibiciones pueden hacerse cumpliren cualquier parte de California por cualquier agente del orden p˙blico que las haya recibido o que haya visto una copia de ellas. 1. The name and address of the court is: (El nombre y direcciÛn de la corte es) Superior Court of California-Southeast District 12720 Norwalk Blvd. Norwalk, CA. 90650. 2. The name, address, and telephone number of petitioner’s attorney, or petitioner without an attorney, is: (El nombre, la direcciÛn y el n˙mero de telÈfono del abogado del demandante, o del demandante que no tiene abogado, es) Elizabeth Ruiz 5371 Manzanar Ave. Pico Rivera, CA. 90660. Date (Fecha): August 13, 2015. Sherri R. Carter Clerk (Actuario), by , A. Silva, Deputy. NOTICE TO THE PERSON SERVED: You are served as an individual. PETITION TO ESTABLISH PARENTAL RELATIONSHIP Visitation; Child Custody Case Number: VF013913. PETITIONER: Elizabeth Ruiz. RESPONDENT: Earnest Russell. 1. Petitioner is the mother. 2. The children are: a. Child’s name: Sebastien N. Ruiz. Date of birth: 09/03/2014. Age: 11 Months Sex: Male. 3. The court has jurisdiction over the respondent because the respondent: a. Resides in this state. b. Had sexual intercourse in this state, which resulted in conception of the children listed in item 2. 4. The action is brought in this county because (you must check one or more to file in this county): a. The child resides or is found in the county. 5. Petitioner claims (check all that apply): a. Respondent is the child’s father. b. Respondent who is child’s parent has failed to support the child. 6. A Completed Declaration Under Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA)(form FL-105) is attached. 7. PARENT-CHILD RELATIONSHIP a. Respondent 8. CHILD CUSTODY AND VISITATION: a. Legal custody of children to Petitioner b. Physical custody of children to Petitioner c. Visitation of children: (1) None 9. CHILD SUPPORT. The court may make orders for support of the children and issue an earnings assignment without further notice to either party. 10. I have read the restraining order on the back of the Summons (FL-210) and I understand it applies to me when this Petition is filed. I declare under penalty of perjury under the laws of the State of California that the foregoing is true and correct. Date: 08/11/2015 /s/ Elizabeth Ruiz, Petitioner. NOTICE: If you have a child from this relationship, the court is required to order child support based upon the income of both parents. Support normally continues until the child is 16. You should supply the court with the information about your finances. Otherwise, the child support order will be based upon information supplied by the other parent. Any party required to pay child support must pay interest on overdue amounts at the “legal” rate, which is currently 10 percent. Pub: ARG, 6/23/16 6/30/16 7/7/16 7/14/16

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SUmmONS-UNIFORm PAReNTAGe-PeTITION FOR elizabeth Ruiz Summons (Family Law) cUSTOdY ANd SUPPORT cITAcION JUdIcIAL-deRecHO de FAmILIA cASe NUmBeR (Numero del caso): VF013913 NOTICE TO RESPONDENT (Name): AVISO AL DEMANDADO (Nombre): Earnest Russell You are being sued. A usted le estan demandando. PETITIONER’S NAME IS (EL NOMBRE DEL DEMANDANTE ES) : Elizabeth Ruiz. You have 30 CALENDAR DAYS after this Summons and Petition are served on you to file a Response to Petition to Establish Parental Relationship (form FL-220) or Response to Petition for Custody and Support of Minor Children (form FL-270) at the court and serve a copy on the petitioner. A letter or phone call will not protect you. If you do not file your Response on time, the court may make orders affecting custody of your children. You may be ordered to pay support and attorney fees and costs. If you cannot pay the filing fee, ask the clerk for a fee waiver form. If you want legal advice, contact a lawyer immediately. Usted tiene 30 DIAS CALENDARIOS despuÈs de recibir oficialmente esta citaciÛn judicial y peticiÛn, para completar y presentar su formulario de Respuesta (Response form FL-220) ante la corte. Una carta o una llamada telefÛnica no le ofrecer· protecciÛn. Si usted no presenta su Respuesta a tiempo, la corte puede expedir Ûrdenes que afecten la custadia de sus hijos ordenen que usted pague mantenciÛn, honorarios de abogado y las costas. Si no puede pagar las costas por la presentaciÛn de la demanda, pida al actuario de la corte que le dÈ un formulario de exoneraciÛn de las mismas (Waiver of Court Fees and Costs). Si desea obtener consejo legal, comunÌquese de inmediato con un abogado. NOTICE The restraining order on the back is effective against both mother and father until the petition is dismissed, a judgment is entered, or the court makes further orders. This order is enforceable anywhere in California by any law enforcement officer who has received or seen a copy of it. AVISO Las prohibiciones judiciales que aparecen al reverso de esta citaciÛn son efectivas para ambos cÛnyuges, madre el

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your marriage or domestic partnership, your property, and custody of your children. You may be ordered to pay support and attorney fees and costs. For legal advice, contact a lawyer immediately. Get help finding a lawyer at the California Courts Online Self-Help Center (www.courts.ca.gov/seIfhelp). at the California Legal Services -website (www.lawhelpca.org). or by contacting your -local county bar association. The name and address of the court are: Los Angeles County Superior 12720 Norwalk Blvd. Norwalk, CA 90650. The name, address, and telephone number of the petitioner’s attorney, or the petitioner without an attorney, are: Pamela Rodriguez 9130 Hornby Ave. Whittier CA. 90603 Sheri R. Carter, Executive Officer Clerk, D Santana Deputy Date: Oct 27, 2016 FL-100 ATTORNEY OR PARTY WITHOUT ATTORNEY: USA STANDARD FAMILY LAW RESTRAINING ORDERS Starting immediately, you and your spouse or domestic partner are restrained from: 1. Removing the minor children of the parties from the state or applying for a new or replacement passport for those minor children without prior written consent of the other party or an order of the court; 2. Cashing, borrowing against, canceling, transferring, disposing of, or changing the beneficiaries of any insurance or other coverage, including life, health, automobile, and disability, held for the benefit of the parties and their minor children; 3.transfering, encumbering, hypothecating, concealing, or in any way disposing of any property, real or personal, whether community, quasi-community, or separate, without the written consent of the other party or an order of the court, except in the usual course of business or for the necessities of life; and 4. Creating a nonprobate transfer or modifying a nonprobate transfer in a manner that affects the disposition of property subject to transfer, without the written consent of the other party or an order of the court. Before revocation of a nonprobate transfer can take effect or a right of survivorship to property can be eliminated, notice of the change must be filed and served on the other party. You must notify each other of any proposed extraordinary expenditures at least five business days prior to incurring these extraordinary expenditures and account to the court for all extraordinary expenditures made after these restraining orders are effective. However, you may use community property, quasi-community property, or your own separate property to pay an attorney to help you or to pay court costs. NOTICEACCESS TO AFFORDABLE HEALTH INSURANCE: do you or someone in your household need affordable health insurance? If so, you should apply for Covered California. Covered California can help reduce the cost you pay towards high quality affordable health care. For more information, visit www.coveredca.com or call Covered California at 1-800-3001506. WARNING – IMPORTANT INFORMATION California law provides that, for purposes of division or property upon dissolution of a marriage or domestic partnership or upon legal separation, property acquired by the parties during marriage or domestic partnership in joint form is presumed to be community property. If either party to this action should die before the jointly held community property is divided, the language in the deed that characterizes how title is held (i.e. joint tenancy, tenants in common, or community property) will be controlling, and not the community property presumption. You should consult your attorney if you want the community property presumption to be written into the recorded title to the property. Argonaut Dec. 15, 22, 29, Jan. 5, 2017.

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In Death, He Gave Life Rose Parade float will honor a Marina del Rey organ donor and his widow, now an ambassador for the cause By Andy Vasoyan In 2013, in his Marina del Rey home, 57-year-old Glenn Greenberg had an accident. While his wife and partner of 14 years was at the grocery store, Greenberg suffered a massive brain hemorrhage. The artist and father died at a hospital less than a week later. For Glenn, that was the end. For his wife, his story was far from finished. As Rachel Greenberg would discover, her husband was an organ donor. “He had only signed up three or four months earlier,” Greenberg says. “He was waiting in that long line at the DMV, and he met a woman who was a kidney recipient. She told him about how she had gone from being at death’s door to having a whole new life.” Inspired, Glenn registered, but that was no guarantee. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, only three out of every 1,000 registrants die in a way that allows their organs to be recovered; a 0.3% chance. As the doctors removed him from life support, it was cold comfort. Six weeks after her husband passed, Rachel was invited to a support group at One Legacy, an L.A.-based organ donation foundation. “I went there not knowing what to expect: I was scared, anxious, worried, sad,” Greenberg says. “Instead, I found a lot of comfort, and I heard their stories and realized that Glenn wasn’t alone, and I wasn’t alone.” Glenn’s decision to become an organ donor ended up making a difference in 127 lives, according to One Legacy. Make that 128. Soon, Greenberg began to volunteer as an ambassador for the organization, visiting hospital staff to help them encourage families to become donors. Then she added community centers and schools, universities and city council meetings. New employees at Marina Del Rey Hospital hear her at their orientation, and she was asked to throw the first coin into an organ donor memorial fountain at UCLA. “It’s bittersweet,” Greenberg

Rachel and Glenn Greenberg in 2012, six months before a massive brain hemorrhage ended Glenn’s life at age 57

says, “but the positive part is how many people’s lives will be helped and enhanced, and saved.” Now she will be welcomed at the Rose Parade.

Greenberg says. “The float is a replica of a Hawaiian catamaran, and the pictures will be up on the sail. It’s going to be beautiful.” The 30-plus florographs will

“It’s a journey I never thought I’d be on — ever — but it’s my life now. I make every day the best I can, to honor Glenn.” — Rachel Greenberg

“From the 29th to the 3rd, I’ll be in Pasadena with all these other families of organ donors coming in from all over the country,” Greenberg says. “We’ll have events and we’ll share stories, and we even get to decorate the float on scaffolding. It’s super exciting; I can’t even sleep!” The families will be assembled by Donate Life, an organ donation collective, and their loved ones represented by floral portraits on Donate Life’s award-winning annual Rose Parade float. “Although Glenn died in 2013, he was chosen this year, and he’s getting his own florograph,”

accompany organ donors and recipients, who will ride and walk with the float along its route. Greenberg will be there for all of it. “It’s amazing, and it’s a journey I never thought I’d be on — ever — but it’s my life now,” she says. “I make every day the best I can, to honor Glenn.” The 128th Rose Parade begins at 8 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 2, in Pasadena and will be broadcast on KTLA Channel 5. Visit tournamentofroses.com for general parade info or donatelifefloat.org to read more about the Donate Life float.


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featuring Joe Con, Oh Diggz and a DJ spinning between acts. Harvelle’s, 1432 4th St., Santa Monica. $10. (310) 395-1676; santamonica. harvelles.com

500-yard challenge swim in the frigid waters of the Pacific. $10 for adults, $5 for those under 18 (covers county permit fees). Venice Breakwater, 100 yards north of the Venice Boulevard terminus. jacki@swim.net

Friday, Dec. 30

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

Mar Vista Senior Club, 9:30 a.m. to noon. The club meets each Friday for speakers, bingo, live entertainment, parties, trips and tours for people 50-plus. Mar Vista Recreation Center, 11430 Woodbine St., Mar Vista. (310) 351-9876 Rotary Club of Santa Monica, noon. The Rotary Club of Santa Monica meets each Friday at Riviera Country Club, 1250 Capri Drive, Pacific Palisades. (310) 917-3313 Holiday Swim, 6 to 7 p.m. Get fit this holiday season or give the gift of fitness to a loved one with holiday swim workout this Friday at Culver City Municipal Plunge, 4117 Overland Ave., Culver City. (310) 390-5700; scaq@swim.net Jimmy Brewster, 6:30 p.m. to close. Get the full American steakhouse and classic cocktail bar experience featuring the music of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Tom Jones and The Beatles each Friday night at Dear John’s, 11208 Culver Blvd., Culver City. (310) 397-0276; dearjohns.net 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. unurban.com

Singer, drummer and guitar slinger Princess Frank hosts a fundraiser for Standing Rock. SEE THURSDAY, DEC. 29. Salsa Night at Wokcano, 8 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Dance teachers Nicole Gil and Charlie Antillon lead a beginner lesson at 8 p.m., an intermediate class at 9 p.m. and social dancing from 10 p.m. until close every Thursday at Wokcano, 1413 5th St., Santa Monica. $8. facebook.com/dancesalsala Prize Fight Records Showcase, 8 p.m. A rock ‘n’ roll, funk and electronic showcase is followed at 10 p.m. by DJ Jedi spinning soul, funk, blues, rock, hip-hop and electro in The Del Monte and DJ Shiva in Townhouse bar at 10 p.m. No cover. Townhouse & Del Monte Speakeasy, 52 Windward Ave., Venice. (310) 392-4040; townhousevenice.com We Stand with Standing Rock Fundraiser, 9 p.m. Harvelle’s hosts a fundraiser for the most important cause of a generation. The night includes performances by musical guests Princess Frank, Father Bear, Herbert Bail Orchestra, Too Tight, Lantz Lazwell & The Vibe Tribe

Bootleg Bombshells Special Burlesque, 8 p.m. A special burlesque show followed by DJ Lean Rock spinning soul, funk, hip-hop, disco and dance in The Del Monte, plus DJ Jedi at 10 p.m. in Townhouse Bar. The Townhouse & Del Monte Speakeasy, 52 Windward Ave., Venice. No cover. (310) 392-4040; townhousevenice.com

Saturday, Dec. 31

The Toledo Show, 9:30 p.m. This long-running cabaret show continues to shake up Sunday nights at Harvelle’s, 1432 4th St., Santa Monica. $10 plus a two-drink minimum. (310) 395-1676; santamonica.harvelles.com

Monday, Jan. 2 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 The Setup Comedy Show, 8 p.m. A rotating comic lineup that you give a “setup” and then they make you laugh with their ad-lib genius performing the first and third Monday of each month. TRiP, 2101 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 396-9010; tripsantamonica.com Karaoke at Melody Bar & Grill, 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Six-dollar mai tai cocktails loosen up vocal chords and inhibitions on Monday nights at Melody Bar & Grill, 9132 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Westchester. (310) 670-1994; melodylax.com

Tuesday, Jan. 3

It’s your last chance to catch Japanese artist Fuco Ueda’s surreal dreamscape portraits. SEE GALLERIES & MUSEUMS. new friends and share stories, songs and play for children 18 months to 3 years old. Culver City Julian Dixon Library, 4975 Overland Ave., Culver City. Free. (310) 559-1676; colapublib.org

storytime and share stories, songs, art activities and more for children 8 years and younger. Culver City Julian Dixon Library, 4975 Overland Ave., Culver City. Free. (310) 559-1676; colapublib.org

Gateway to Go Food Trucks, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. A rotating lineup of some of the city’s best food trucks gathers each Tuesday at the Sky View Parking Lot, 6101 W. 98th St., Westchester. gatewaytola.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

Gourmet Food Truck Night, 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. Each Tuesday a diverse array of tent vendors and gourmet food trucks take over the California Heritage Museum, 2612 Main St., Santa Monica. (310) 392-8537; californiaheritagemuseum.org

Westchester Senior Citizen Center Club, 9:30 to 11 a.m. The 2017 membership drive begins today and continues every Tuesday. 8740 Lincoln Blvd., Westchester. $10 per year. laparks.org/scc/westchester

Marshall McLuhan-Finnegans Wake Reading Club, 6 p.m. This open reading club meets the first Tuesday of each month for literary discussions. Lloyd Taber-Marina del Rey Library, 4533 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 306-7330; laughtears.com

Toddler Storytime, 10:30 to 11 a.m. Storytime is a special time to make

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(See our Last-Minute New Year’s Eve Party Guide on Page 17.)

Open Mic, 2 p.m. Hang out with musicians, jam on stage and enjoy a cold one. Open to all. First come, first play. TRiP, 2101 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 396-9010; tripsantamonica.com

Penguin Swim, noon. Join the local Penguin Club, sponsored by Southern California Aquatics, to start the year off with a 50-yard fun dip or a

Wednesday, Jan. 4 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 Playa Venice Sunrise Rotary, 7:15 a.m. Wednesdays. Make connections in your community each Wednesday at Whiskey Red’s, 13813 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. Call Brady Connell at (323) 459-1932 for breakfast reservations; or for more information call John Marcato at (310) 740-6469 or Michael Warren at (310) 343-5721

Music by the Sea, 1 to 4 p.m. A scenic harbor view is the backdrop for a Latin jazz concert by Bob DeSena. Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 301-9900; visitmarinadelrey.com

Sunday, Jan. 1

Bachata Night at Wokcano, 8 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Dance teachers Nicole Gil and Charlie Antillon lead a beginner lesson at 8 p.m., an intermediate class at 9 and social dancing from 10 until close every Tuesday at Wokcano, 1413 5th St., Santa Monica. $8. facebook. com/dancesalsala

Infiltration artist Jeffrey Vallance, famous for “adopting” a frozen chicken from a supermarket, takes aim at politics (and further gratifies his Nixon obsession) in an exhibit closing this week. SEE GALLERIES & MUSEUMS.

Westchester Storytime, 10:15 a.m. Each Wednesday morning kids ages 18 months to 4 years can participate in stories, songs, rhymes and more. Storytime lasts about 30 minutes followed by 15 minutes of free playtime with boardbooks and toys. Westchester Loyola Village Branch (Continued on page 32)

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relationship development and evaluation” — for example, keeping partners from putting as much energy into “crucial couple processes” like hammering out communication. It can also prolong relationships that ultimately don’t work when both people are dressed and standing up. You don’t have to set your sex clock according to the research: “Oh, look at the time. Week four and a half; better get it on!” The point is to wait until you see whether you really like a person and click with them in all the essential ways. Six months into a relationship, if you grab your partner and kiss them as if the world were ending, it should be because you love them that deeply, not because it’s the best way to get them to shut up that doesn’t involve jail time.

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I’m a man in my 50s. I recently started seeing this fantastic lady. She’s my ideal woman except for one small thing: There is no sexual chemistry. However, I don’t plan on having more kids. Also, my body’s slowing down, and sex just isn’t at the top of my list anymore. I’m looking for my true best friend and partner. Still, without any real chemistry, is this relationship doomed? — Seeking Okay, so you feel sex isn’t all that important to you now. Good to know … but not quite the same as donating a treasured artifact to the natural history museum, with a plaque: “Harpoon for display purposes only.” Your best friend whom you aren’t attracted to and don’t have sex with is — wait for it — your best friend. Sure, a

relationship is a best friendship, but it’s more. The sexual part of it — sharing your body — makes for a deeper level of intimacy than, say, “Want a bite of my Reuben?” Unlike checkers or “Words with Friends,” sex isn’t just an activity. It’s an activity that causes biochemical reactions, like a surge of the hormones oxytocin and vasopressin. Though the research on these is in its infancy in humans, they seem to act as a form of emotional glue in some mammals that have been studied — in the wake of sex, causing little rodent-y things called prairie voles to Velcro themselves to that special someone. As for this woman you’ve been seeing, think about how it must feel, right from the start, to have you about as sexually interested in her as you are in one of her end tables. Also

consider that being in what sociologist Denise Donnelly calls an “involuntarily celibate relationship” — wanting to have “shared erotic pleasure” (of some kind), but having a partner who refuses — is extremely corrosive. Beyond leading to affairs in 26% of those surveyed, it led (predictably!) to sexual frustration (79%), feelings of rejection (23%), and depression (34%). But, whatever, right? I mean, BFFs forever! The thing is (assuming she isn’t madly in love with you), if you two admit that the spark simply isn’t there, you can still spend your lives together — just not in the same bed. Better to celebrate your best-friendiversary than mourn on your anniversary that you still want your partner just as much as you used to, which is to say not in the slightest.

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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By Andy Vasoyan Naked from the waist up, Jason Humphreys sits in a steamy hot tub sporting a top hat and a roguish grin. For a $15 donation, he’ll smile every day for a month from his aquatic vantage point; the 47-year-old man is, after all, Mr. July. Humphreys and 11 other men in various stages of costume and undress bedeck the pages of the “Right Side of 40” charity calendar, which is for sale online to benefit cancer research. All the men featured in the calendar are part of the over-40 social group that gave the calendar its name. Right Side of 40 has roughly 3,000 members and coordinates weekly events on the Westside and across the city. Meetups range from Venice happy hours and Santa-themed bar crawls along Washington Boulevard to trips to the Marina del Rey boat parade. There’s also an upcoming park day with three legged sprints and spoon-and-egg races. The Marina del Rey-based group was started on meetup.com three years ago by Humphreys, who had broken up with his band and was looking to make new friends. Other social groups were aimed at much younger people or had a focus on dating, which Humphreys says he didn’t enjoy. “I don’t want to say [it’s] creepy,” Humphreys says, “but at some of these singles events you can get a lot of desperate people, so I wanted it to be primarily social. I do get a lot of grief though, because I met my wife at one of our events.” Mandy Calder, the wife in question, is also the mastermind behind the calendar idea. If someone asks “wasn’t that idea in a movie?” Calder is happy to admit that it was and, in fact, so was she. “I had worked on the movie ‘Calendar Girls’ with Helen Mirren, which is a true

Right Side of 40’s Jason Humphreys is Mr. July story about a bunch of women in the U.K. who made a calendar for leukemia charity,” Calder says. “Trying [the idea]

which I think is the appeal,” Calder says. “We don’t want firemen who are really ripped. It’s what the group’s about —

“They’re just normal, regular guys, which I think is the appeal. We don’t want firemen who are really ripped. It’s what the group’s about — meeting people similar to yourself.” — Mandy Calder, Right Side of 40

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The Wanderer Returns Shannon Brackett brings her noir-shaded folk back to Santa Monica Onstage and in her eye-catching landscape photos, Shannon Brackett cultivates a provocative sense of mystery. Music was a dream deferred for years until an unnamed health crisis rearranged her priorities. The Oklahoma-raised songwriter says she’d like to live in L.A., but shuttles between hotbeds of creative inspiration in California, Texas and New Mexico, where she’s maintained a home base in Santa Fe. That may be where she collects her mail, but she spends more time in her truck on the road. That footloose spirit informs the piercing vulnerability in her music, a kind of noir-shaded folk structured around delicately picked jazz progressions. “I haven’t seen four days beyond this highway maze / The fields are paved with gold / My heart I bought and sold / Oh, the hours, they pass / Like quicksand in a flask / And I don’t know if I’ll ever get to you”

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One on one, Brackett is playful and light. But onstage, the leggy redhead’s cool selfpossession casts a pensive mood that can transfix even casual barstool listeners.

— Bliss Bowen Shannon Brackett returns to TRiP (2101 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica) at 8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 30. Cover is $7. Call (310) 396-9010 for venue info or visit shannonbrackettmusic.com.

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The Earth2Trump Roadshow of Resistance, 6:30 to 9 p.m. The Baby Lap-Sit Storytime, 10:30 to 11 Earth2Trump roadshow rallies and a.m. Bring your baby (0 to 18 months) empowers defenders of civil rights to this special lap-sit story-time listening and the environment to resist Trump’s to stories, nursery rhymes and songs. agenda. Sign the national Pledge of Culver City Julian Dixon Library, 4975 Resistance and connect with Overland Ave., Culver City. Free. (310) community members resisting 559-1676; colapublib.org oppression. Global Beat Multi-Cultural Center, 3810 W. Slauson Ave., Westchester Life Story Writing Windsor Hills. earth2trump.org Group, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Memoir-writing workshop meets Pacific Art Guild, 7 p.m. This month Wednesdays at the YMCA Annex, 8020 the Pacific Art Guild welcomes artist Alverstone Ave., Westchester. $10 Nela V. Steric to demonstrate donation per semester. (310) 397-3967 landscape painting with colored inks. Originally from the former YugoslaToastmasters Speakers by the Sea via, Steric has an M.F.A from Club, 11 a.m. to noon. In this workshop California State University, to develop better presentation skills, Northridge in art education, has experienced Toastmasters present the taught studio art and art history to fundamentals of public speaking in the students of all ages for over 20 years relaxed, enjoyable atmosphere of a and has exhibited widely throughout Toastmasters meeting. Pregerson the U.S. and Europe. The Community Technical Facility, 12000 Vista del Mar, Room, Westchester Civic Center, Conf. Room 230A, Playa del Rey. 7166 W. Manchester Ave., (424) 625-3131; toastWestchester. (310) 322-5059 mastersspeakersbythesea@gmail.com Grand View Market Open Mic Toddler Storytime, 11:15 to 11:45 a.m. Night, 7 p.m. Every Wednesday Storytime is a special time to make new night, Grand View Market serves friends and share stories, songs and up a side of entertainment to go with play for children 18 months to 3 years its juice bar, made-to-order deli old. Culver City Julian Dixon Library, sandwiches and Area 1 craft beer bar. PAGE 32 THE ARGONAUT December 29, 2016

“Ocean” references a couple “swayin’ to the sounds of ZZ Top” by a honkytonk’s jukebox light; “Letters” beautifies the memory of a bum ex-lover with poetic imagery and a haunting melody. One on one, Brackett is playful and light. But onstage, the leggy redhead’s cool self-possession casts a pensive mood that can transfix even casual barstool listeners. Brackett first performed at TRiP in August; she returns Friday night with Tom Bremer, a solid, intuitive guitarist probably most familiar to Southland audiences for his MVP role in country thrush Alice Wallace’s band. Vocally, he and Brackett share a warm harmony blend that, combined with his electric leads, will likely heat up their hour-long set.

Anyone can sign up to do a four-minute comedy set or perform two songs. There is an open mic strictly for musicians on Friday nights. Grand View Market, 12210 Venice Blvd., Mar Vista. (310) 390-7800 Pop Quiz Team Trivia, 8 p.m. Each Wednesday take part in a friendly game of trivia while you enjoy great food and twenty beers on tap. Tompkins Square Bar & Grill, 8522 Lincoln Blvd., Westchester. No cover. (310) 670-1212; t2barandgrill.com

“Odd Eye,” through Dec. 31. Japanese artist Fuco Ueda creates surreal paintings of enigmatic girls in strangely beautiful incandescent dreamscapes suspended somewhere between the waking world and the beyond. Thinkspace Gallery, 6009 Washington Blvd., Culver City. (310) 558-3375; thinkspacegallery.com “Jeffery Vallance: Now More Than Ever,” through Dec. 31. An immersive experience of mixed-media

drawings, sculpture, and performance. Edward Cella Arts & Architecture, 2754 S. La Cienega Blvd., Culver City. (323) 525-0053; edwardcella.com “Acid Test,” “Body Politic” and Bri Cirel, through Jan 7. Zach Johnsen’s “Acid Test” presents a snapshot at the moment of a man’s breakdown (or epiphany?) through frenetic figures floating against stark white backgrounds. Examining the evolution of

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The ‘Latin Blues’ Brothers Bob, Joey and Steve Delgado helped make L.A. rock history before immersing themselves in the blues San Gabriel Valley veterans the Delgado Brothers, named best band at this year’s International Blues Challenge in Memphis, return to Harvelle’s Friday night for a pre-New Year’s Eve celebration. Bassist Bob Delgado, guitarist Joey Delgado and drummer Steve Delgado were the subject — along with three other brothers — of a 2013 documentary, “In Time,” that tracked the evolution of their “Latin blues” from their childhood and teen years. Given that older brothers Danny and Eddie played in Thee Exotics and Thee Ambertones, and the younger Delgados were performing at East L.A. dances and union halls in the 1960s and ’70s, alongside the influential likes of Thee Midniters and Cannibal & the Headhunters, the Delgados — not unlike their high school chums who went on to play as Los Lobos — embody the development of L.A. rock ‘n’ roll. By the end of the 1970s they had stopped playing together, separated by creative differences and burnout. Bob became passionately immersed in the

blues — Peter Green, B.B. King, Freddie King, Howlin Wolf — so in 1984 he tapped Joey and Steve for a fresh iteration of the family band. Now accompanied by longtime friend and Hammond B3 organist David “B” Kelley, they’ve deepened and diversified their sound over the course of four albums, meshing blues roots with rock, soul, Latin grooves and Joey’s fierce fretwork. The musicianship and galvanizing spirit of songs like “No Regrets,” “Mama’s Crying” and the new “Circle of Friends” makes them consistently compelling onstage; and with a stillunnamed release coming in the spring, they’ll be giving more new tunes a test spin on Friday. — Bliss Bowen

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4 empty Mar Vista pool, and a more recent color portrait of Alva, now 59. Talking with Alva about his personal journey and seeing Miller’s photographs inspired Vargas to combine the photos into one image for his mural, titled “Warrior Odyssey.” “That’s when I thought to incorporate the earlier version of Tony and the current version of Tony, and combine them to speak about the past and the present,” says Vargas. For Alva, who modeled for Vargas during a live-paint event at the Kinney Hotel on Nov. 30, being able to collaborate with Vargas on this project and see his legacy preserved in paint is not only an honor, but a way to vibe with another creative soul. Call it an artist’s heart-toheart. “I know that there’s a spiritual connection between our creativity,” says Alva,

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who paints occasionally when he’s not carving up sculptural air swivels with his board. “And for us, I think the experience is about being in the moment. It’s a precious moment just to even be here right now and be a part of this.” The feeling is mutual for Vargas. “Being here right now — just the atmosphere, the landscape — I mean I’m here halfway up to the palm trees, every day I see an amazing sunset. Today was epic, having Tony up there with me and just to connect from one creative to another. It’s a hugely spiritual thing for me. I think Tony’s right about how we connect, and we’re definitely brothers in that way.” — Christina Campodonico See Robert Vargas’ “Warrior Odyssey” take shape at the Kinney Hotel, 737 Washington Blvd.

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