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EDITOR’S NOTE 6 The Crow of the Fire Rooster COMMUNITY 10 Mystery Pop-Up @ Concert Park 13 Preview Tour @ Wallis Annenberg PetSpace 14 Lunar New Year Celebration @ Central Park

ICYMI 17 Mark Wahlberg, Alanis Morissette and Anthony Michael Hall PEOPLE 18 Tanya Fishburn and Erica Brookhart inspire petite ballerinas 24 Word on the Street: What locals like most about Playa Vista HOME 26 Marisa Avallon designs for serenity with organic, beachy colors

News 32 LMU plans to open a Playa Vista satellite campus at The Brickyard HEALTH 35 Yoga instructor Aren Wolf on learning from success and failure


FOOD 36 ‘Top Chef’ alum Brooke Williamson crafts the perfect poke bowl 41 Playa Vista Happy Hour Directory: The tastiest deals in town Farmers MArket 44 What’s in season and some buzzworthy local honey


SHOPPING 48 Channel your inner ‘Spiritual Gangster’ while you tow your tot EVENTS 50 Welcome spring at Concert Park and get pumped for ‘Psychopomp’

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he sounds of beating drums, clashing cymbals and thundering gongs echoed across Playa Vista as a troupe of lion dancers in bold crimson-and-gold costumes used a mix of martial arts and dance to imitate the movements of lions. The occasion: Lunar New Year. Local residents and employees came out to the Central Park Bandshell on Jan. 28 and to Concert Park on Feb. 2 to watch the traditional lion dance that first began in China in the third century. For Playa Vistans, celebrating Lunar New Year was not only a way to deepen their connections with coworkers, family and neighbors, but also a way to celebrate the beautiful diversity in our community. This is the year of the Fire Rooster, and the Chinese zodiac says that people born under this sign are trustworthy, punctual and have a good work ethic — qualities perfect for fitting into this progressive tech hub. In this issue of Playa Vista Direct, hard-working “Top Chef ” alum Brooke Williamson personally introduces us to her new restaurant, Da Kikokiko, a cozy Hawaiian poke café that opened at Runway in October. Williamson and her self-proclaimed “Spam fanatic” husband Nick Roberts were eager to try their hand at bringing a taste of traditional Pacific island culture to curious palates in Playa Vista. Interior designer Marisa Avallon and her husband Greg opened up their Woodson home to share the “beachy, organic” design choices that fit their active lifestyle amidst the peacefulness of Playa Vista. Tanya Fishburn and Erica Brookhart are the founders of So Fly Kids, a new dance studio at Runway. Together they are fostering the creative spirit of tiny dancers by encouraging laughter and imagination while teaching precise ballet moves with funny French names, inspiring dozens of happy toes daily. As you read this issue of Playa Vista Direct, I hope you take time to recognize the diversity and creative fire in your own life as you begin this Year of the Fire Rooster. Shanee Edwards Managing Editor ·

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Mystery Pop-Up @ Concert Park Danielle and Patrick Wu were curious when they saw a post on Facebook that there would be a special pop-up event on Jan. 28 in Concert Park. Considering the Lunar New Year was fast approaching, they suspected the event would be a celebration of it. “We thought we’d come out because my husband’s family is from China and very traditional,” Danielle said. Their hunch was correct. The highlight of the event was The Immortals troupe of lion dancers, who donned colorful costumes to entertain the crowd in a display of Kung Fu-inspired dancing — a centuries-old Chinese cultural tradition. As she wrangled her little boy, local Sarah Sang said she wanted to attend because “it’s a day to get together and celebrate new beginnings” — and a fun time for kids who get red envelopes stuffed with cash. — Shanee Edwards 10 Playa Vista Direct | February · March 2017

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Work-in-Progress Tour @ Wallis Annenberg PetSpace Local animal welfare officials and members of the media gathered in December for a special sneak peek inside the Wallis Annenberg PetSpace, currently under construction in The Collective at Playa Vista. Take it from us: This is shaping up to be a place unlike any other, with dynamic interior spaces that support the nonprofit center’s multifaceted mission to foster the human-animal bond. People-pet play areas introduce families to adoptable rescue dogs and cats, interactive exhibits teach visitors on the basics of animal care, and versatile gathering spaces can accommodate community and educational events both large and small. And, just for fun, there’s going to be a human hamster wheel. The Wallis Annenberg PetSpace is also partnering with Loyola Marymount University’s Center for Urban Resilience and other organizations to advance the growing academic field of Human-Animal Studies, which explores how people relate to animals. — Joe Piasecki

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Lunar New Year Celebration @ Central Park Traditional Chinese dance and contemporary food truck treats helped officially ring in the Year of the Rooster with a spirited celebration on Feb. 2 at Playa Vista’s Central Park. A thunderous banging of drums announced the start of festivities as The Immortals lion dance troupe, back from their surprise pop-up engagement a few days earlier in Concert Park, took to the Central Park Band Shell. Two pairs of performers tucked themselves underneath lion costumes adorned with glittering sequins and plush fur, bringing the two elongated creatures to life as they gracefully veered toward and away from each other gracefully. For the grand finale, the dancers jumped from the stage and weaved between onlookers before standing on each other’s shoulders and rolling out silk flags wishing all a Happy New Year in both English and Chinese. — Kelby Vera 14 Playa Vista Direct | February · March 2017

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Missed It On Jan. 11, Cinemark Playa Vista hosted a screening of “Patriots Day” that included a live broadcast of a Q&A with Mark Wahlberg and real-life heroes with Boston P.D.

Facebook has hired MTV Networks exec Mina Lefevre to lead its original content development efforts. She will work out of the social network’s Playa Vista office.

Anthony Michael Hall is being sued by a Playa Vista neighbor who accuses the ‘80s Brat Pack star of assault. Hall has pleaded not guilty to related criminal charges.

On Jan. 25, LaSalle Investment Management announced the purchase of 12901 W. Jefferson Blvd. (39,600 square feet) for $45 million and 5340 Alla Road (118,330 square feet) for $95 million.

Without a trace of irony, former music industry business manager Jonathan Todd Schwartz of Playa Vista pleaded guilty to embezzling $4.8 million from Alanis Morissette.

LAUSD will launch a new middle school in Westchester so that kids who age out of Playa Vista Elementary can continue to study a science and tech curriculum.

“Playa Vista is where everybody’s going once they acquire scale.” — Mark Suster, general partner of the venture capital firm Upfront Ventures As told to Brandon Reynolds in “What Sets L.A.’s Digital Domain Apart,” the cover story of the February issue of Los Angeles Magazine. Playa Vista Direct | February · March 2017 17

Three petite dancers practice their petit allegro at So Fly Kids studio in Runway.

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midst a flurry of tiny ballerinas, 4-year-old Eloise Osorio cavorts and twirls, a smile stretched across her face. “This is her space to be herself,” says her mom, Ivette Osorio. “She has two brothers at home, so I love that she’s really blossoming into her own person here.” So Fly Kids Academy of Dance, one of the latest additions to Runway at Playa Vista, is a catalyst for creative spirit. In the freestyle portion of the studio’s Tuesday ballet-jazz-tap class, Eloise’s classmates each don their own style — for one, a princess dress; for another, rainbow butterfly wings — and invent their own routines on the spot. Despite the unmistakable whimsy in the air, however, these kids mean business. “This isn’t just dress up. Parents come up to me and say, ‘I can’t believe my 3-year-old knows what an échappé is,’” says Tanya Fishburn, owner and CEO of So Fly Kids. Fishburn, a Playa Vista mother of two, is a former professional dancer and decades-long student of the arts, dating back to her days taking youth ballet classes in her Hawaii hometown. “When I think of my teachers back then, they were pretty hardcore,” she says. “My classes weren’t as fun as ours are.” At So Fly Kids, Fishburn tempers the typical rigidity of dance instruction with opportunities for laughter and imagination. She models classes off of the

Dance instructor Ashley Bosma helps the ballerinas connect with their inner butterflies.

internationally renowned Royal Dance Academy syllabus, teaching students their changements from their arabesques, but injects her own style. For foot exercises in her youngest classes, “instead of the traditional ‘flex, arch, point,’ I’ll call out ‘happy toes, sad toes,’” she says, alternating between an exuberant and gloomy inflection. When Erica Brookhart, Fishburn’s co-founder, leads their stretch routines, instructing each child to contort into the butterfly pose, she’ll ask, “Where is your butterfly flying?” “They’ll shout out, ‘It’s purple, and it’s flying to Germany,’” she laughs. “They get so excited.”

The balance between fun and discipline is delicate, but when it strikes the right medium it can foster a lifelong passion for dance. “I still remember my first ballet shoes [at age 2],” says Brookhart. “I wanted to sleep in them, and I never took them off. So when we see the kids come in here and they’re buying their first pair, I know how they feel.” As a just-finished class spills into the lobby, 10-year-old Ava McNeely, ballet shoes still proudly on her feet, takes me through her positions — ”bras bas, then first, second, third, fourth and fifth” (Continued on page 20) Playa Vista Direct | February · March 2017 19

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— gracefully lifting her arms into the air. “I love knowing all the moves,” she gushes. “I catch [Eloise] practicing her moves all the time,” says Osorio. “I have so many videos on my phone where we’re hanging out and she bursts into a routine. Once, we were shopping during the Christmas season, and she was just twirling around Nordstrom.” For children who don’t catch the ballet bug, So Fly Kids offers a slew of other classes: jazz, hula, breakdancing, musical theater. Once, years ago, Brookhart rushed in to teach a dance class with her hair wet, smelling of chlorine. When Fishburn realized she was a children’s swimming instructor on the side, she quickly added the sport to the So Fly Kids lineup. “If you’re good with kids, and they trust you, and you have a connection, you can teach them anything,” Fishburn says.

Ashley Bosma adjusts a student’s foot to achieve the perfect passé.

Next, So Fly Kids is hoping to debut adult classes, since the benefits of movement and expression transcend age. “Dance enhances everything you do in life … even the confidence of carrying myself into a meeting, or meeting new people,” says Fishburn. She needed that confidence when, after eight years of operating

So Fly Kids out of the Centerpointe Club and in schools across the Westside, she decided to take on the arduous process of securing her very first brick-andmortar studio. “For two years, she persevered like no one I’ve ever seen in my entire life,” (Continued on page 22)

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laboring over pitches and setting up meetings, says Brookhart. “She was so sure: ‘This is going to happen.’” Fishburn finally locked down her piece of real estate — a studio nestled in between Runway’s Panini Cafe and Varnish Lab — this January. With the doors finally open, she’s cemented a space in Playa Vista where the next generation of confident artists can find their footing, step by step. So Fly Kids is between Panini Café and Varnish Lab on Town Center Drive. Call (310) 341-4475 or visit soflykids. com for more information.

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Eve Ettinger Local dog mom Eve likes the sense of safety Playa Vista offers. “It feels like a good community, there are a lot of animals, so it’s dog friendly. It’s nice that everyone walks around.”

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Taylor Novoa and Kayla Davies Taylor, a PV local, likes “being able to wake up and walk to Whole Foods.” BFF Kayla adds: “I like how clean and beautiful and new it is, and how it has a community and family feel. And that it’s so dog friendly.”

Env Obeya and Abah Obeya Env and her brother Abah enjoy coming to Runway at Playa Vista to grab a healthy lunch at Whole Foods. Env, who works at Deutsch, also likes grabbing drinks Sol Cocina: “The margaritas are amazing!”

Nikky Braunstein “I love living in a community where we can walk everywhere and my child can play with other kids in the neighborhood,” says Nikky, who’s also partial to the mango margaritas at Sol Cocina.

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hat do you get when a former New England lobsterman marries a Southern California interior designer? A gorgeous Playa Vista home that reflects both the serenity and riches of the sea. Native Californian interior designer Marisa Avallon and her Boston-native husband Greg, now a financial advisor, share their unique bicoastal style that features a neutral, soothing palette of color and natural materials. Marisa, who grew up in a family of designers and artists (her grandfather was the interior designer for one of Michael Jackson’s homes) does interior design and decorating for Playa Vista master developer Brookfield Residential. While she initially designed model homes in

Marisa and Greg Avallon’s “Woodson” living room has plenty of natural light streaming in through glass doors.

The Avallons’ patio is accented with a whimsical lobster pillow as a reminder of Greg’s Water Dog Lobster Company

Playa Vista, she now works with buyers as well, helping them pick finishes for their newly appointed residences. The couple’s three-story home, one of Brookfield’s detached “Woodson” residences, has gorgeous and durable French white oak floors, chosen by Marisa. The kitchen is massive and gleams white with pristine Ceasarstone countertops and plenty of cabinet space. Natural light pours in from the large windows. Greg and his brother started a lobstering business off the coast of Massachusetts as kids and the home’s décor pairs this family history with Marisa’s SoCal upbringing. A huge map of the Boston area adorns one wall opposite buoys from Greg’s lobster boat that served as the signing boards at the

couple’s wedding. Framed photographs from trips to Italy and France remind them of their travels, while various “cool and interesting” knickknacks they’ve acquired in vintage stores and flea markets fill their shelves. A favorite piece is a teak hand chair that, while it looks like a fun seat, serves “more as a place for purses,” Marisa says with a laugh. While Marisa adjusts her designs to fit the personality of clients, in her own home she prefers neutral colors: beige, cream white, greys — “beachy organic colors.” Their bedroom is “super comfortable, serene and tonal,” she says. Most of the furniture is bleached white oak. “I gravitate towards calm, soothing neutral colors.” (Continued on page 28)

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The decision to move to Playa Vista was a no-brainer for Greg and Marisa. Looking to transition from Venice, they visited friends in Playa Vista a few times and were charmed by the “Pleasantville”-like atmosphere and peaceful vibe. Moving to Playa Vista “was like going to college,” she says. “Everyone is meeting each other at once. No one knew who their neighbors were going to be.” Greg adds that the general perception of Playa Vista is that it’s a great place to raise a young family. “This area is a breeding ground,” he says. “All you see are babies and pregnant women walking around.” This fits for the newly married couple, as they plan to start a family of their own soon. Marisa notes that Playa Vista is “completely different from Venice or Santa Monica — there’s a peacefulness, it’s quiet, it’s a sanctuary.”

Greg and Marisa Avallon at home with their pooches, Patrick and Stormy.

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and Stormy [the dogs] to a bluff trail by LMU, we are always active. Playa Vista neighbors have become tight friends — people to share a glass of wine with after work and to travel with.” (Continued on page 30)

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Greg adds that each year his brother sends about 60 or 70 lobsters from their business, and they invite friends over for a lobster bake in the large kitchen. “We’ve made so many really great friends,” Greg says. “When we moved here, we didn’t know what to expect. Now, we’re two years into it and neither one of us has any thoughts about leaving.” Marisa, in turn, is very content with her job designing for Brookfield. “I love working in the community,” she says, “and I walk to work every day” — a rare treat in Los Angeles.

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‘A Crucible of Creativity’ LMU is opening a Playa Vista satellite campus for graduate film students and special events By Gary Walker


yeing a greater presence in West L.A.’s ever-growing creative technology sector, Loyola Marymount University is expanding its footprint into Playa Vista. The private Jesuit school just up the hill has signed a long-term lease deal for more than 50,000 square feet at The Brickyard, the newly completed multistructure creative office complex adjacent to Playa Vista Central Park. Set to open in the fall of 2018, the LMU Playa Vista Campus will house graduate-level programs for the LMU School of Film & Television as well as “dynamic creator spaces for students and the greater community,” the university announced in early February. “LMU Playa Vista Campus is a game-changer,” LMU President Timothy Law Snyder said. “As the University of Silicon Beach, our industry partnerships, immersive and interdisciplinary learn-

ing opportunities, career pathways and ideal location are unmatched. LMU is already a crucible of creativity, where world-changing ideas are imagined and formed. Silicon Beach is one of the world’s fastest-growing startup ecosystems, an ideal counterpart for LMU as the definitive center for global imagination and its impacts.” LMU’s fast-growing film school, currently No. 6 in USA Today’s national film school rankings and No. 8 in The Hollywood Reporter’s, has been quick to embrace emerging digital technology. School of Film and Television spokeswoman Julie Porter said having a physical presence in Playa Vista will be a catalyst for new collaborations with innovators in the private sector. “We’re really excited about the creative partnerships and opportunities within this dynamic community. And as the School of Film and Television

partners with the tech giant and digital entertainment companies in Silicon Beach, we’re preparing students for the world’s most desirable careers— they’re building a portfolio of skills in demand by companies leading the creative economy,” Porter said. Designed by Michael Maltzan of the L.A. architecture firm Gensler and developed by commercial real estate giants Tishman Speyer, The Brickyard — named for its white-glazed brick exteriors — encompasses 425,000 square feet of office and retail space at 12105 and 12126 W. Waterfront Drive. LMU did not disclose the terms of its lease. The Brickyard satellite campus isn’t the school’s only entrée into Playa Vista. Its M-School Institute of Marketing, Center for Urban Resilience, Fred Kiesner Center for Entrepreneurship and School of Education have been active in the community for years.

LMU is leasing more than 50,000 square feet of The Brickyard creative campus on West Waterfront Drive to house its graduate film and television program Photo courtesy of LMU

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Playa Vista transplant by way of Austin, Aren Wolf experiences yoga through both physical posture and philosophical meaning. Standing up tall and strong for a Warrior II pose, for example, requires a lot of foundation work in preparation to take on a challenge. The advanced Crow Pose offers a lesson the first time you fail: “It’s easy to fall right on your face. How you react tells you where you’re at — if you can laugh at that, it tells you something; if you get mad, it tells you something different.” Wolf, 33, was drawn to yoga as an extension of the body awareness he developed as a college athlete. “It’s like sports,” he says, “but you’re only competing against yourself.” Wolf helps manage Yoga Works Playa Vista and teaches throughout the community. Follow @YogaWithTheWolf on Instagram or visit

Bakasana (Crow Pose)

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Life is Just

a Bowl of Poke ‘Top Chef ’ alum Brooke Williamson keeps it fresh with Da Kikokiko Story by Jessica Koslow Photos by Erica Allen

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F ood Poke is a traditional

Hawaiian dish of seasoned cubed fish and veggies over a bed of rice.

Husband-wife restarateurs N i c k Rob erts a nd B roo ke W illi amson

at work in the Da Kikokiko kitchen.


op Chef ” alum Brooke Williamson likes to keep things moving. Whether it’s opening a new restaurant — Runway at Playa Vista newcomer Da Kikokiko is her and husband Nick Roberts’ fourth — or changing her hair color from her natural honey brown to purple and now to blonde, Williamson likes to find outlets for her creativity. “We could continue to do the same kind of cuisine,” says Williamson, sitting beside Roberts on an outdoor bench of Da Kikokiko (which means “the spot” in Hawaiian), “but we wouldn’t fulfill everything we want to do. Having so many different concepts allows us to think of a dish and have a place to put it.” Williamson is referring to the couple’s growing restaurant empire, called Company for Dinner, which also includes Hudson House in Redondo Beach and Playa Provisions, The Tripel and the culinary boutique Tripli-Kit in Playa del Rey. Sandwiched between Hopdoddy Burger Bar and the local branch of

Chase bank, Da Kikokiko opened in October and offers all three of the couple’s favorite Hawaiian foods: poke, shaved ice and musubi (grilled spam on top of rice, wrapped together with a piece of seaweed). “We’ve always liked Hawaiian food,” says Roberts. “We have a favorite place on Washington Boulevard, Rutt’s Cafe. I’m a Spam fanatic. I love Spam. This is an awesome collaboration between all of those foods.” “It’s surprising there aren’t more Hawaiian street food places,” adds Williamson. “There are poke places, but in order to find musubi you have to seek it out.” Serving authentic shaved ice is important to the couple, who have an 8-year-old son who loves the cold treat. They traveled to Hawaii to experience and recreate the texture of real shaved ice, which should not taste crunchy and overly sweet like a snow cone. Da Kikokiko’s chunky poke bowls include seven signature recipes or the option to build your own from mild or

spicy yellowfin tuna, lomi-lomi salmon, octopus, Japanese eggplant or ‘Krab with a K’ combined with any of 30 different toppings and one of six sauces. Williamson and Roberts met 15 years ago in the kitchen of Zax in Brentwood. Roberts was Williamson’s sous-chef. So, then, they were friends first? “Sort of,” says Roberts. “… ish,” adds Williamson. “We didn’t love each other at first.” Today, they wouldn’t have things any other way. As they stand side by side in the kitchen plating a Yellowfin Tuna poke bowl, or sit together talking about their passion projects, their working relationship works. “It’s the only way we know each other,” says Williamson. “It’s nice to not have to explain your day to someone who doesn’t understand.” “Or, at the same time, explain your day and they do understand,” Roberts says. Both Williamson and Roberts are beach lovers. It’s why they picked

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seaside communities for all of their restaurants. Roberts surfs. They both love the ocean. “It feels very comfortable on this side of town,” says Williamson. “It feels like a different city.” When the couple first met, Williamson lived in Hollywood and Roberts resided in Redondo Beach. The two moved in together in Venice, then moved from Mar Vista to Marina del Rey to Westchester, where they recently bought a home. The couple often eats dinner at local spots such as Ayara Thai Cuisine, Kanpai Japanese Sushi Bar, ASAP Phorage, Caffe Pinguini and Alejo’s. The first restaurant Williamson and Roberts opened together was Amuse Café, which launched in 2003 on Main Street near Abbot Kinney Boulevard. After it closed, they opened Beechwood in 2005 on Washington Boulevard, but eventually decided to part ways with their partner.

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Da Kikokiko’s signature poke bowls feature tuna, salmon, octopus, Japanese eggplant and teriyaki chicken.

Then, eight years ago, they hit their stride with Hudson House in Redondo Beach. The Tripel and Playa Provisions followed. Tripli-Kit, currently tucked behind The Tripel, sells knives, aprons, dishes, cookbooks and other of the couple’s favorite items. Williamson’s mom is a potter, and Tripli-Kit sells her butter

bells, berry bowls and olive dishes. “We share with the public stuff they can’t get on Amazon,” says Williamson. When Williamson’s not in the kitchen at one of her four eateries, she’s traveling — usually for TV, which is something she has a lot of fun doing, much to her surprise.

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“I don’t see myself as competitive,” says Williamson. Roberts is quick to counter: “I disagree. She’s competitive.” With so much to do for a team of only two, it would appear that Williamson and Roberts have enough on their plate. “We’re never settled,” says Williamson. “We have new ideas, even if we’re not ready to take the next step.” “We used to push a lot harder,” says Roberts. “Now we take our time and make the right decisions.” Da Kikokiko is in Runway at Playa Vista, facing Runway Road. Call (424) 835-4192 or visit

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3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Daily Except Tuesday (Taco & Tequila Tuesday) After ordering off the happy hour menu at this popular Mexican restaurant, you might choose to skip dinner. Splurge on ceviche for $8.75 or peel-and-eat whole shrimp for $7, or save with chicken or pork carnitas street tacos: 2 for $5. For a light bite, go with the grilled sweet corn with butter and cotixa for $3. Their signature guacamole with mango, tequila, goat cheese and pepitas is $8, or their simple “naked” version is $6.50. (424) 289-0066

Don Chuy’s Mexican Restaurant 5 to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays

At the corner of Jefferson Boulevard and Mesmer Avenue, Don Chuy’s has served up traditional recipes from Leon Guanajuato, Mexico, since 1999. The Fiesta Platter includes a mini sope, taquitos, cheese nachos and a cheese quesadilla for $8.The asada fries — crispy fries with cheese and carne asada — is also $8. Three street tacos are just $4, and margaritas are $5. (310) 398-9606

Aria V Wine Bar

4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays Right beside Don Chuy’s, Aria V is where you go for great wine — wines by the glass are marked on the menu with special happy hour prices. The draught beers also have happy hour prices, as do certain menu items like pizza, from margarita to pepperoni, appetizers and salads. (310) 313-6077 (Continued on page 42) Playa Vista Direct | February · March 2017 41

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Sweet Fish Sushi Bar 5 to 7:30 p.m. Daily

This sushi spot on Pacific Promenade offers new takes on old favorites (they even have a Playa Vista Roll). Get 20% off all food items — from the bar or kitchen — but only if you’re dining in and paying cash. Some even happier hours: Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 7:30 p.m. to close, score $1 Sapporos and $2 sakes. (424) 228-2298

Whole Foods Astro Pub 4 to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays

Tucked in the front of Whole Foods, Astro Pub is bustling in the evenings with folks eating everything from sushi to salad and pizza to pub fare. Take $2 off beer, wines by the glass and cocktails with names like the Manchester Moscow Mule, Playa Martini and Marina Margarita. Each weekday also brings its own daily special. (310) 862-9900

Hopdoddy Burger Bar

3 to 6:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays The Hopdoddy $5 Happy Hour includes large portions of all of the fries: Kennebec, parmesan truffle, green chile queso and chili con queso; a “special” all-natural burger, which changes every two weeks; and all of the draft beers, wines and cocktails (signature sips like the Lil’ Prick, Bubbly Blonde, The Skinny Dip or Hey, Neighbor!). (310) 410-2337

Gulp Restaurant & Brew Pub 4 to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays

On the corner of Pacific Promenade and Para Way, Gulp pours 36 beers from its draft list and five more in bottles or cans. Their Seven Till Seven Happy Hour Menu consists of seven small plates for $6 each: from chicken satay and Sriracha deviled eggs to an artisan sausage plate, crispy fried potato wedges and burrata & beets. (310) 496-3966

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Shopping Spiritual Gangster Zipper Bags These sassy zipper bags are the perfect accessory to store your lip balm, cell phone, keys and extra socks while you move through Chaturanga to Upward-Facing Dog to Downward-Facing Dog in your favorite yoga flow class. $38 YogaWorks 12746 W. Jefferson Blvd., Ste. 3120 | Playa Vista (424) 228-8899

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Surprise Pop-Up

Lions Club Bingo Night and BBQ Dinner

This month’s Playa Vista surprise pop-up may put a smile on someone’s face with a pictureperfect treat. Show up to find out more. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Common Grounds (Millennium Dr. and Village Dr.), Playa Vista. Free.

Join the Venice-Marina-LAX Lions Club for a bingo night, BBQ dinner, no host bar and silent auction from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 8049 W. Manchester Ave., Playa del Rey. $55. Call (818) 339-7021 or (310) 963-9191;

Saturday, Feb. 18

The Great Elks Gatsby Charity Event

Teen Game Day

The Westchester Elks raise money for special needs and disabled children with a soiree that rolls back to the Roaring ’20s. Enjoy wine tastings, a cocktail hour and a four-course Italian dinner, starting at 6:30 p.m., with live music following the dinner hour. Twenties-style attire encouraged. Westchester Elks Lodge, 8025 W. Manchester, Playa del Rey. $40. (310) 857-4444;

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Teens and tweens are invited to learn new board games and play old favorites, starting at 3 p.m. at the Playa Vista Branch Library, 6400 Playa Vista Dr. Free.

Kids Night With the Champ Camp team kids learn how to build a fort, play indoor group games, dig into a locally sourced dinner and settle in for a snack and movie from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. at The Resort, 12852 Runway, Rd., Playa Vista. $49 to $78. Wednesday, Feb. 22

Yachting Talk: Caleb Paine and Craig Leweck

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2016 Finn Class Olympic bronze medalist Caleb Paine and Craig Leweck, editor of the 2016 World Sailing Olympic blog and editor and publisher of Scuttlebutt, share the inside story of Olympic sailing at the Rio Games. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. California Yacht Club, 4469 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. RSVP to (310) 823-4567 or email Friday, Feb. 24

Art & Wine

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What goes better with art than wine and hors d’oeuvres? Discover your inner Picasso with neighbors and friends as a local artist guides you through the creation of your own abstract masterpiece from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at The Resort, 12852 Runway Rd., Playa Vista. $35. All art materials provided. 21+ only. Sign up at playalink. Saturday, Feb. 25

Impossible Measures: Anna Craycroft and Micah Silver

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Artists Anna Craycroft and Micah Silver conduct social and acoustic experiments with visitors, exploring the possibilities of audio and sound inside the current “Tuning the Room” installation. 2 to 4 p.m. Ben Maltz Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design, 9045 Lincoln Blvd., Westchester. Free.

Tuesday, Feb. 28

Remodel Me As part of Body Image Awareness Month, former model and Healthy is the New Skinny founder Katie Wilcox gives a multimedia presentation on how media manipulation and advertising impacts our subconscious sense of self. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Malone Student Center, Loyola Marymount University, 1 LMU Drive, Westchester. Free. Wednesday, March 1

Visiting Writers Series: Solmaz Sharif Poet Solmaz Sharif, author of the 2016 National Book Award finalist “Look,” speaks at 7:30 p.m. at The Forum, Otis College of Art and Design, 9045 Lincoln Blvd., Westchester. Free. Friday, March 3

City of Angels Awards Gala This annual dinner hosted by the LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce honors L.A. County Supervisor Janice Hahn, St. Joseph Center Executive Director VaLecia Adams Kellum, philanthropist and school advocate Melanie Lundquist, and philanthropist and real estate developer David Nagel for enhancing the business climate of Los Angeles and making the city a better place. Starts at 5:30 p.m. Los Angeles Airport Marriott, 5855 W. Century Blvd., Westchester. $150+. (310) 645-5151; Saturday, March 4

Playa Vista Spring Fair Celebrate the beginning of spring with great music, gourmet food trucks and family activities from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Concert Park, 13020 Pacific Promenade, Playa Vista. Free. (Continued on page 52)

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Lisa Fischer in Concert Lisa Fischer sang background for the likes of the Rolling Stones, Tina Turner and Nine Inch Nails until the Oscar-winning documentary “Twenty Feet from Stardom” catapulted her to center stage. At 7:30 p.m., the powerhouse vocalist brings her band Grand Baton’s fusion of rock, soul, African, Middle Eastern and Caribbean music to The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. $95+. (310) 434-3200; Paul Lisicky | March 8

Lula Washington Youth Dance Ensemble A creative outlet for minority dance artists in South Los Angeles, the Lula Washington Youth Dance Ensemble performs contemporary modern dance works from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Playa Vista Branch Library, 6400 Playa Vista Dr. Free.

Tuesday, March 21

Jami Attenberg and Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

Wednesday, March 22

Yoga for a Cause

An Evening with P.J. O’Rourke

Renew your mind, body and commitment to doing good with a donations-based yoga class from 9 to 10 a.m. Bring your yoga mat, water and a couple of bucks. Proceeds benefit A Placed Called Home, which offers educational and counseling programs for children in South L.A. Concert Park, 13020 Pacific Promenade, Playa Vista.

Humorist P.J. O’Rourke discusses his upcoming book “How the Hell Did This Happen? The Election of 2016” at 8 p.m. in the Ann and Jerry Moss Theatre at New Roads School, 3131 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica. $42+.

Artists & Fleas

You never know what’s going to happen at Playa Vista’s monthly pop-up. The only way to find out more is to show up and be a part of the action. 6 to 9 p.m. The Lawn, Playa Vista.

A vintage and designer goods pop-up market that got its start in Brooklyn finds a home in the other Hipster-Friendliest Place on Earth from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Westminster Avenue Elementary School, 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Central Park Bandshell, 12405 E. Waterfront Dr., Playa Vista. Saturday, March 18

Kids Night

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Comprised of works by 13 contemporary artists, Psychopomp leads visitors through a disorienting space where interactive and immersive works act as guides on a voyage of transformation and selfdiscovery. Loyola Marymount University’s Laband Gallery, 1 LMU Drive, Westchester. Free. cfa.lmu. edu/laband

Saturday, March 11

Friday, March 17

“Love That Dog” | March 25 & 26


Memoirist and novelist Paul Lisicky, author of the New York Times Editors’ Choice “The Narrow Door” and “Famous Builder,” speaks at 7:30 p.m. at The Forum, Otis College of Art and Design, 9045 Lincoln Blvd., Westchester. Free.

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Through March 19

The New York Times bestselling author and essayist Jami Attenberg (“The Middlesteins,” “Saint Mazie”) discusses her wickedly funny new novel about a childfree 39-year-old woman, “All Grown Up,” with New York Times bestselling author of “The Nest” Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney at 8 p.m. in the Ann and Jerry Moss Theatre at New Roads School, 3131 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica. $40+.

Wednesday, March 8

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movie from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. at The Resort, 12852 Runway, Rd., Playa Vista. $49 to $78. playavista. com

With the Champ Camp team kids learn how to build a fort, play indoor group games, dig into a locally sourced dinner and settle in for a snack and

Saturday, March 25

Surprise Pop-Up

March 25 & 26

“Love That Dog” Dutch troupe Theatergoep Kwatta’s play about a boy who hates poetry but learns to find his own voice through the help of a teacher, a pencil, some yellow paper and a furry friend comes to The Broad’s Edye Second Space, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. Shows are at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday (March 25) and 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Sunday (March 26). $25. (310) 434-3200; (Continued on page 54)

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Thursday, March 30

Cheech Marin and Carolina A. Miranda Comedian Richard “Cheech” Marin discusses his new memoir “Cheech is Not My Real Name … But Don’t Call Me Chong” with the L.A. Times’ Carolina A. Miranda at 7:30 p.m. The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. $60+. (310) 4343200; Saturday, April 1

Ballona Wetlands Migration Celebration Cheech Marin | March 30

Join the Friends of the Ballona Wetlands from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a neighborhood brunch block party featuring games, professionally guided birding tours and marsh mimosas. 13110 Bluff Creek Dr., Playa Vista. $5 suggested donation. (310) 306-5994; Wednesday, April 5

Andrew McCarthy and Pico Iyer

Pico Iyer | April 5

Director, actor and award-winning travel journalist Andrew McCarthy discusses his new book “Just Fly Away” with celebrated author and TED Talk speaker Pico Iyer at 8 p.m. in the Ann

and Jerry Moss Theatre at New Roads School, 3131 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica. $35+. Saturday, April 8

“Locals Only” Art Party Surf, skate and fashion boutique Clean {Aesthetic} hosts its second annual “Locals Only” art show, this time featuring works by artists born in different places all over the world. Clean {Aesthetic}, 323 Culver Blvd., Playa del Rey. Free. (310) 821-2527;

Otis College Kite Festival Make and fly a kite to create a “gallery in the sky” at the Santa Monica Pier. Everyone receives a free kite and lesson in art and design. In a STEAM workshop for kids, children learn about the principles of kite-making, the physics of flight, wind and climate conditions, sustainable materials and color theory. The festival is dedicated to the memory of Otis alumnus of Tyrus Wong. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Want to see your event in Playa Vista Direct? Send information as early as possible to

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