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Vol. 2 | No. 2

EDITOR’S NOTE 6 It Feels Great to Give Back

COMMUNITY 10 Surprise Pup-Up @ Bluff Creek Fields Dog Park 13 Runway Funday Car Show @ Runway at Playa Vista 14 ‘Blade Runner 2049’ Live Q&A @ IMAX HQ 17 Taste of Playa Vista @ CenterPointe Club 18 Venice Design Series Party @ 72andSunny 20 Music Connects Us @ Runway at Playa Vista PEOPLE 22 Deutsch Good’s Lena Khouri puts agency talent to work for the environment, kids and animals 28 Ballet prodigy Lauren Hunter dazzles Music Center Spotlight judges

N ews 26 The Wallis Annenberg PetSpace opens June 24 ICYMI 34 Body-shaming ex-Playboy model gets 30 days of community service


HEALTH 38 Coach Knox uses fitness to create connections HOME 40 ICANN attorney Linna Hsii strikes an ideal work/life balance


FOOD 44 Playa Vista’s Top 10 Summer Treats SHOPPING 52 Up your style with a nautical necklace and your BBQ game with a ceramic grill EVENTS 56 Free movies and concerts in the park

44 ON THE COVER: Deutsch Good’s Lena Khouri. Photo by Maria Martin. Design by Michael Kraxenberger.

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ummer is finally here, and for Playa Vistans that means free outdoor concerts and movies galore — and the convenience of a daily shuttle to and from the beach. It’s important to enjoy the long days of summer, then come home and barbeque or just chill out. But many local workers and residents understand that not everyone has that luxury.

When I spoke to Lena Khouri, co-founder of Deutsch Good, a charitable gang of advertising execs, I was thoroughly inspired by her dedication to organizing and giving back to the community. Homeless teens, rescue dogs and even local beaches have benefitted from the efforts of Deutsch Good and will continue to do so. The Venice Design Series held its concluding fundraiser this year at the offices of 72andSunny. Proceeds from the stunning gala go to Venice Community Housing Corp., an organization dedicated to providing neighborhood-based solutions for the homeless and low-income families in need of a safe place to live. Hosts Jay Griffith, 72andSunny CEO Matt Jarvis and filmmaker Amy Steir graciously provided tours of the buildings that once were home to Howard Hughes’s business ventures. Again, I was filled with inspiration from all the compassion and hard work that went into planning and executing such a lovely event to benefit those most in need. At Taste of Playa Vista, an evening of food, wine and music, I had the chance to chat with local mom Marianna Villa, who organized the accompanying auction to benefit Playa Vista Elementary School. It’s easy to think that organizing such an elaborate auction would be stressful, but Villa had nothing but joy in her eyes as she told me how much her two children love their community. As we celebrate the season with the many summer treats featured in this issue, I hope that you will also find inspiration to help make the community at large a better place in at least some small way. According to the people interviewed in these pages, it feels great to give back. Shanee Edwards Managing Editor ·

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Surprise Pup-Up @ Bluff Creek Fields Dog Park On Saturday, April 21, as the temperature rose to 80 degrees beneath the bluffs in Playa Vista, dogs and their pet-parents gathered for a surprise pup-up at Bluff Creek Fields Dog Park. Parched pooches eagerly drank from the “river” that snakes through the park between rolling green knolls designed with a soft “pet turf ” instead of woodchips. Kelly Kline brought her four-month-old Australian Sheppard, Burgee, to chase tennis balls. Not only is the park well maintained, she said, “The dogs here are so friendly and the owners clean up after them.” South Park Doggie Daycare and Just Food for Dogs gave out dog treats, making the park hound heaven for a lucky Lhasapoo (Lhasa-Apsopoodle mix) named Bella, a Terripoo (terrier-poodle mix) named Simon, and a Frenchton (French bulldog-terrier mix) named Brixton. And just when it looked like the day was going to the dogs, Stacy’s Cookie Lounge passed out some tasty human treats. — Shanee Edwards 10 Playa Vista Direct | June · July 2017

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Runway Funday Car Show @ Runway On Sunday, April 23, a whole lotta shakin’ was goin’ on when the rockabilly band The Centuries played for an audience of Playa Vista’s coolest cats. Both ankle-biters and Daddy-Os had a blast eyeballing some soupedup, vintage hotrods. Richard Dearmis bought his cherry red 1956 Chevrolet in 1989 with the plan to restore it all on his own, right down to the paint job. Dearmis’ claims passion for cars started when he was eight. “I started working on my dad’s car — he thought I was crazy — but I took it apart, put it back together again,” he recalled. Barry Fein took a different approach when it came to restoring his 1955 Ford Victoria, nicknamed Victoria’s Secret. “I let the professionals do the hard work — but I paid for it,” he said. Fein’s passion for cars started when he was in high school and would go to the drag races with his friends. — Shanee Edwards

1 The Centuries play rockabilly hits for the crowd 2 This 1955 Ford Victoria is nicknamed “Victoria’s Secret” 3 A woman photographs a 1954 Ford pickup with its original paint job 4 A couple strolls through the car show with dog in tow

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‘Blade Runner 2049’ Live Q&A @ IMAX HQ An excited crowd gathered at IMAX headquarters on May 8 to watch a live-broadcast Q&A with “Blade Runner 2049” stars Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling as well as director Denis Villeneuve. Audience members also got a sneak preview of the theatrical trailer for the highly anticipated “Blade Runner” sequel. “There’s a very strong emotional context and relationship between Ryan’s character and Deckard,” said Ford, adding that he returned to play Deckard after 35 years because “the character is woven into the story in a way that intrigued me.” Gosling, who plays the next-generation “blade runner” Officer K, was asked how the technology imagined in both films compares to today. “We haven’t worked out the flying car thing, so that’s disappointing. But I’m being nicer to my electronics, just in case,” he said. “Blade Runner 2049” opens on Oct. 6. — Shanee Edwards 14 Playa Vista Direct | June · July 2017

1 Harrison Ford, Dennis Villeneuve and Ryan Gosling pose for a photo op 2 Concept art from “Blade Runner 2049” 3 A model of the film’s flying police car, called a “spinner”


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Taste of Playa Vista @ CenterPointe Club Hungry Playa Vista residents gathered at the CenterPointe Club on May 12 to sip wine and enjoy international cuisine by Chef Keven A. Lee (Bravo’s “Around the World in 80 Plates”; myworldonaplate. com). The Vietnamese banh mi sandwich, served on a charcoal black baguette with chicken, pickled veggies and daikon radish, seemed to be the crowd favorite. The annual event includes a silent auction benefitting Playa Vista Elementary School — P.E. and art programs, teacher’s aides, and anything else the LAUSD budget doesn’t support. This year’s auction featured a new way to participate: “All the bidding is online. People get notifications if they’ve been outbid, even people who aren’t here can continue to bid,” explained Marianna Villa, who spearheaded the auction. Local businesses and institutions like Chick-fil-A, So Fly Kids and Loyola Marymount University provided many of the items up for auction, including gift cards, dance classes and other exciting swag. — Shanee Edwards

1 Party guests mingle while enjoying cuisine from around the world 2 Mimi and Kofi Nartey choose a white wine from the bar 3 Red wine put smiles on everyone’s face 4 Perhaps the most beautiful crudite Playa Vista’s ever seen

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Venice Design Series Party @ 72andSunny Veuve Clicquot flowed and trays of hors d’oeuvres made the rounds on May 20 as a socially conscious crowd gathered at 72andSunny to raise money for nonprofit affordable housing builders Venice Community Housing Corp. The evening capped off the third annual Venice Design Series, a series of fundraisers that combine architecture, art and cuisine for a great cause: dealing with the homeless crisis. Before dining on tacos and sushi, guests took tours of Herc 1 and 2 (as in H4-Hercules, aka The Spruce Goose), the buildings that once housed Howard Hughes’ executive offices. Celebrated landscape designer Jay Griffith co-hosted with 72andSunny CEO Matt Jarvis and Jarvis’ wife, film director Amie Steir. Jarvis and Steir said the recent presidential election made them want to get more involved in community-based activism. “Homelessness is a real problem in Los Angeles,” said Steir, “and VCH is doing so much to help the community. Hosting this event is the least we could do.” — Shanee Edwards 18 Playa Vista Direct | June · July 2017

1 Guests came dressed in their best retro outfits

2 72andSunny CEO Matt Jarvis co-hosted the event 3 Event hosts Jay Griffith, Linda Lucks and Amie Stier speak to the crowd 4 Casa Linda Mexican Grill served delicious sautéed prawns 5 The evening’s hosts take to the stage in an auditorium made from the former floorboards of UCLA’s John Wooden basketball court

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Music Connects Us: Photography & Art Show @ Runway The Venice Art Crawl slinked its way over to Playa Vista on Thursday, April 20, to bring a night of dazzling urban culture to Playa Vista’s budding creative scene. Abbot Kinney Boulevard mainstay Hal’s Bar & Grill now sits firmly perched at Runway, and adjacent to the restaurant is a 3,800-square-foot pop-up space that became a rock ’n’ roll art museum for the night. Curator Neely Shearer of the Venice art and fashion boutique In Heroes We Trust and Venice Art Crawl President Sunny Bak arranged art installations and musical performances that paid homage to Venice’s rebelliously cultivated relationship with the many musicians who have lived or created there. Painters, sculptors and graphic artists contributed dozens of musically themed works, from photographer Robert Landau’s vintage photographs of billboards on the Sunset Strip to painter Oliana Afano’s colorful portraits of pop stars like Stevie Wonder and Amy Winehouse. — Shanee Edwards and Christina Campodonico 20 Playa Vista Direct | June · July 2017

1 Curator Neely Shearer and installation design partner John Hartman made the walls sing with art 2 Stevie Wonder and Amy Winehouse were musical muses for artist Oliana Afano 3 N.W.A. alum Arabian Prince deejayed and paused for a photo with a fan 4 Venice Art Crawl President Sunny Bak was an early chronicler of the Beastie Boys. That’s her photo! 5 Photographer Robert Landau was a teenager when he started taking photos of iconic rock ’n’ roll billboards on the Sunset Strip

Deutsch Good cofounder Lena Khouri fuses advertising agency savvy with social consciousness

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Deutsch Good’s Lena Khouri pairs agency talent with millennial values Story By Shanee Edwards | Photos by Maria Martin


fter Lena Khouri graduated from college, she was excited to begin a career in entertainment. But after nearly two years at Creative Artists Agency, she was yearning to rely less on her thick skin and more on her creativity. Luckily, Khouri found her dream job at Deutsch L.A., the Playa Vistaadjacent advertising agency widely known for the Volkswagen commercial that features a little boy dressed as Darth Vader, attempting to use “The Force” to start the car. But after just four months at Deutsch, Khouri discovered she had a new yearning — to use her creativity to make the world a better place. “I knew Deutsch did some big things, like Habitat for Humanity, but I just felt there could be an initiative to bring people together within the agency because we’re kind of separated by accounts. It could also be a really cool opportunity to use our creativity to give back to the community. So I ran the idea by my mentor [former Deutsch colleague, Andrew Dubois],” Khouri recalls. Liking what he heard, Dubois suggested bringing the idea to Deutsch President Kim Getty. Armed with a PowerPoint presentation and very little advertising experience under her belt, Khouri did just that. And hit it out of the park. “She loved it. She partnered me with Karen Costello, who’s one of our creative execs who had a similar idea,”

Deutsch Good team member Lukas Miller has built a solid friendship with Khouri through volunteering in the community

says Khouri. “Together, we co-founded Deutsch Good.” For the past three years, Deutsch Good has been holding monthly events focused on giving back to the community. The entire agency votes on at least one cause (like water conservation or childhood hunger), but anyone can pitch a project they feel passionately about. The program has been so popular, it’s expanded to the New York office. But Deutsch’s decision to add a philanthropy arm isn’t just about the warm and fuzzy feelings that come from helping people, it’s also a smart way to attract and keep millennial talent. Deutsch Executive VP and Director of Communications Theresa Collins says that’s a trend happening everywhere.

“Young talent in all industries want to work for purpose-driven companies. Deutsch Good is an opportunity to give them an outlet for something very important to them,” Collins explains. So who exactly is benefitting from all this altruism? The environment, homeless youth and school children in need, just to name a few. For Earth Day, a team of “Deutschers” donned plastic gloves and cleaned up the beach in Santa Monica. Before that, they gave a makeover to the new the homeless youth dropin center in Venice, operated by local nonprofit Safe Place for Youth. (Continued on page 24) Playa Vista Direct | June · July 2017 23

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“The building was very plain looking,” says Khouri, “so we made it look more alive by painting murals on four walls. We did all the planning at the agency beforehand, involving our Target team and their art directors. We also spent time talking with the homeless youth and brainstormed ideas with them.” For Khouri, volunteering with the homeless kids was an eye-opening experience: “Sometimes I couldn’t tell who was youth just there to volunteer and who was youth that was actually homeless. It made me really think about the people walking down the street around Venice. Sometimes, you can’t tell they are homeless.” But the experience that impacted Khouri most came when Deutsch Good wanted to help foster kids. “Most of these kids, when they go into the foster home they just get a trash bag to put all their stuff in. We purchased duffle bags and decorated them,

then we wrote handwritten notes to each recipient. The duffle bag also comes with a blanket, books and other things we put in there,” she says. Inspired by the duffle event, many people at Deutsch revealed to Khouri that either they were adopted or that they had adopted a child. This is just one of the ways Khouri thinks Deutsch Good can bring the agency together. And it’s not just people and the environment benefiting from Deutsch Good. “I’m a sucker for dogs,” says Khouri, who, last December, coordinated an event called “Santa’s Good Shop.” Not only did it benefit children who needed books, there was also a canine component. “We worked with Kombucha Dog, a company that puts photos of shelter dogs on their bottle labels to encourage people to rescue a dog. They brought in a shelter partner, and they brought five dogs who needed to be adopted.”

A “sucker for dogs,” Khouri’s shining moment came when a Deutsch Good event led to a forever home for an abused dog

One of the dogs had been severely abused and had grim prospects. Much to Khouri’s delight, the dog was adopted by a friend of a Deutsch employee. Khouri says her time at Deutsch has been a tremendous growth experience. “To go from knowing nothing about advertising to running this initiative — it’s been pretty awesome.”

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Pooches in Paradise The Wallis Annenberg PetSpace opens June 24 By Shanee Edwards


f there’s one thing we know about Playa Vistans, it’s that we love our furry friends. That special bond runs even deeper come June 24, when the revolutionary Wallis Annenberg PetSpace celebrates its long-awaited grand opening. If you’re scratching your head wondering what a “PetSpace” is, Annenberg Foundation Executive Director Cinny Kennard gave us this explanation in a recent interview: “The Wallis Annenberg PetSpace will be a unique new community engagement center focused squarely on helping people understand the mutually beneficial and dynamic bond between people and their pets, as well as the origins and science of that relationship.” In other words, the 30,000-squarefoot facility within The Collective at Playa Vista is an interactive museum, pet adoption center, community gathering space and academic institution all in one. It’s meant to be an exciting place for hu-

mans and animals to connect, strengthening interspecies bonds through interactive technology, hands-on workshops and plenty of playtime. Plush adoption suites will house up to 80 dogs, cats and rabbits — all rescues from local animal shelters — in maximum comfort at any given time, with visitors and potential pet parents able to take the animals out to play in an indoor recreation area. The PetSpace also has an academic component to its mission and will host special events to advance the study of companion animals. It recently convened experts from around the world at the Sunnylands — the former Annenberg estate in Rancho Mirage, known as “the Camp David of the West” — to discuss the science of the human-animal relationship, avenues for future study, and related public policy issues. The grand opening celebration will

be focused on family fun, with food trucks, kid-friendly activities, and behind-the-scenes tours. Visitors can also test out the PetSpace’s humanpowered hamster wheel and be among the first to see its giant animatronic cat and dog. The Wallis Annenberg PetSpace is located at 12005 Bluff Creek Drive, and the grand opening celebration is from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 24. Admission is free. Parking is available at The Brickyard (12126 Waterfront Drive), with shuttles running to and from the PetSpace. As pet-friendly as the PetSpace is, visitors are asked not to bring their own pets in order to ensure the well-being of the animals awaiting adoption. For more information, call (424) 3841801 or visit Visitors to the Wallis Annenberg PetSpace may leave with a new best friend YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki shakes up the television paradigm with her announcement of YouTube TV at the YouTube Space L.A. in Playa Vista. Photo by Maria Martin

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Lauren Hunter, 15, uses ballet to express herself emotionally and artistically

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Mind, Body & Soul Music Center Spotlight finalist Lauren Hunter invests her entire being into ballet By Christina Campodonico | Photos courtesy of The Music Center


t 15 years old, Playa Vista teen Lauren Hunter has already danced roles that most ballerinas would covet — Princess Aurora from “Sleeping Beauty” and beautiful temple dancer Nikiya from “La Bayadère,” to name just two. She’s also traveled the world competing in her pointe shoes. Hunter took home third prize at this year’s elite Youth America Grand Prix ballet competition in New York, a bronze medal from 2016’s World Ballet Competition in Orlando, and placed fifth in Switzerland’s Prix de Lausanne international ballet competition, earning her a scholarship to the U.K.’s prestigious Royal Ballet School for a summer intensive. But the competition that’s probably shaped her the most took place right here in Los Angeles: the Music Center’s Spotlight program, an annual arts scholarship and educational program that culminates with a showcase of some the city’s finest young artists. On May 23, Hunter — one of two grand-prize finalists in the ballet category — won a $5,000 scholarship and performed at the Walt Disney Concert Hall with 15 finalists in classical and non-classical singing, music, acting and dance. Hunter says the experience has shaped her deeply as an artist. “A key thing I noticed from the Spotlight competition is that they really make sure that you put artistry into your dancing,” she says. “They don’t just care

Music Center Spotlight finalists share the spotlight at Walt Disney Concert Hall

about the technique. They emphasize that ballet is still an art form … which helped me express myself more, which helped me become a finalist.” “We’re not like a competition situation, even though ballet is competitive,” explains Spotlight ballet judge Francine Kessler Lavac, a retired ballerina, ballet instructor and former soloist with Ballet West. “This is really an educational competition.” Panelists in each category — classical voice, non-classical voice, classical instrumental, jazz instrumental, nonclassical dance, acting and ballet — review hundreds of audition videos from high school-age students across the region and provide professional

feedback to each contestant in a personalized letter. From that pool of audition tapes, the judges select 16 semifinalists in each category. Semifinalists are invited to take master classes with esteemed professional artists, such as MacArthur “Genius” Grant recipient Kyle Abraham, and audition a final time before panel of expert judges. The grand-prize finalists perform in the Spotlight Grand Finale Performance. Lavac says that the ballet panel was extremely impressed by Hunter’s auditions. (Continued on page 30) Playa Vista Direct | June · July 2017 29

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“Lauren possesses something very special. She embodies the whole idea of ballerina,” says Lavac. “There was something very refined, delicate, but very powerful, very commanding, very detail-oriented, but incredibly artistic and emotionally expressive,” continues Lavac. “You could tell she was highly invested in what she was doing — that there was nothing casual about her approach to her body, that this was a girl with an intense work ethic. She had invested every aspect of herself: her soul, her physicality.” Having moved to Playa Vista with her parents last year to be closer to her ballet school — The Marat Daukayev School of Ballet — Hunter maintains a rigorous schedule, typically rising early in the morning to do school work (she’s homeschooled through Laurel Springs High School) and dancing up to seven hours a day between rehearsals, ballet classes and private lessons.

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Hunter says she didn’t grow up dreaming of becoming a ballerina, like many little girls — she didn’t start training seriously until age 13, what most in the ballet world might consider “late” — but she’s committed to pursuing that path now, even if that means moving to England, where she’ll start a fulltime training program with The Royal Ballet this fall after attending their summer intensive. “I gradually came to love ballet,” says Hunter. “The more and more I got into it, the more I realized I really wanted to do this, and then that I was willing to put all my effort into doing it. Now that I’m where I am now, I know for sure this is where I want to be.”   Lavac believes that Hunter has a promising career ahead of her. Notable alumni of the Spotlight program include American Ballet Theatre principal and barrier-breaking ballerina Misty Copeland as well as pop artists Adam

Hunter says she gradually came to love ballet and now wants to make it her career

Lambert and Josh Groban. “A lot of the finalists over the years, we follow them. They stay in touch. They’re in companies now. They’ve gone on to great successes,” says Lavac. “I’ll be shocked if Lauren doesn’t have a career of her choice.”


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Hal’s Bar & Grill hosted the closing awards ceremony for the Silicon Beach Film Festival, which screened more than 130 films at Cinemark 18 XD in HHLA (formerly the Promenade at Howard Hughes) in late April.

The full-service, independent video production campus Vista Studios opened on May 15 in a 30,000-square-foot facility on the 12600 block of Beatrice Street, just north of Jefferson Boulevard.

Leaps n Boundz, a Beethoven Street-based service agency that provides programming and activities for kids with special needs, had its 15-seat passenger van stolen on May 27. The company has started a Go Fund Me page to help purchase a new van. The environmental nonprofit Grassroots Coalition recently won a lawsuit to force Playa Capital LLC and the California Department of Fish & Wildlife to close a network of storm drains that was taking water out of the Ballona Wetlands.

Playa local Anthony Michael Hall plays a character that closely resembles Michael Flynn in the film “War Machine.” Released May 26, it’s loosely based on the 2010 activities of U.S. Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s team in Afghanistan.

“It could be the next Playa Vista, with everything going on there.” — Harridge Development Group CEO David Schwartzman, on the company’s plans to build 228 townhomes near the future L.A. Rams stadium in Inglewood As told to Daina Beth Solomon and Helen Zhao of the Los Angeles Business Journal

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“I like taking road trips to cities I’ve never been,” says Lauren, who recently moved to the area from Central Florida. Among the cities she’s visited, New Orleans is definitely one of her favorites.

Bianca plans to stay local and spend some time kayaking in Long Beach, while Alfredo says he prefers to travel. “I’m taking a trip to Portland and Seattle, as well as Arizona,” he says.

Julia Jones A recent college graduate, Julia (pictured with her mother and grandmother) says she looks forward to unwinding at The Beach Club in Santa Monica. “It’s good to relax and have a bit of adventure,” she says.

Priyanka Rajpal Priyanka, who recently moved to the neighborhood from Boston, looks forward to her family’s annual trip to Princeville, Kauai. She attests to the beauty of Hanalei Bay’s renowned beaches. “We spend most of the time on the beach, or we go hiking,” she says. Playa Vista Direct | June · July 2017 37

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efore moving to Playa Vista, Linna Hsii was a Beverlywoodborn Angeleno who rarely ventured south of the 10. Now, seven years later, the neighborhood has become the center of her world. Playa Vista is the place she’s built her family, raised her one-year-old son, and converted next-door neighbors into close friends. It’s also where Hsii is now building her law career. As one of the newest members of the legal team at ICANN — the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, an international nonprofit that sets rules for the World Wide Web — Hsii supports the legal needs of ICANN. It’s a realm that is constantly evolving; just last year, ICANN added more than 1,200 possible generic top-level domains,

The table is set in a bright and airy dining area with classic style

expanding the size — and the possibilities of the internet at large. “The idea is to create more availability in the internet space. The New gTLD Program allows for the expansion of the domain name system. Before it was .coms and .nets, now you can have .law, .vacations, .condos, or even .ninja. That’s a large part of what we do here, which is really amazing.” Her home in Brookfield’s Camden neighborhood being just three minutes away from ICANN’s Playa Vista headquarters, Hsii can dig into internet policy and look after her toddler in a single afternoon, without breaking a sweat. Her dual roles — attorney and mom — aren’t at odds, making her a rarity among the many working parents who struggle to find the ideal work-life balance.

For Hsii, it took time to get that balance just right. Two years ago, while pregnant with her son, Hsii worked at a downtown L.A. law firm — one she says was strict when family life entered the equation. “I worked on a team of predominantly men [who] weren’t very forgiving. It was hard for me to ask for time off, and I felt guilty asking to go to appointments during the work day” — even necessary trips to the doctor to monitor her pregnancy. She soon realized: “In all of these big firms, it’s hard to be a woman.” After her son was born, it got even harder. Many evenings, she’d come home late from her long commute to see him already asleep, then leave so early the next morning that she’d miss him again. One night, Hsii chatted over dinner (Continued on page 42)

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with a few other female friends who were facing the same problem. One told her that after a string of days of continuously not seeing her young daughter, the lack of facetime caught up to her. “At some point, her daughter didn’t recognize her,” Hsii recalls. “[Hearing] that was a turning point for me, where I was like, ‘I don’t want my son to not know who I am.’” Hsii started spending her nights hunting for a new workplace — one not only closer to her home in Playa Vista, but also with a different set of values. “I knew that in my next job I wanted to be in a place where people had other priorities besides their career,” Hsii says. When she started at ICANN last winter, the difference was palpable. “Mostly everybody at ICANN has families,” Hsii says, and they understand when those families come first. When her son was hit with an intense allergic reaction to peanuts during work hours, completely swelling his face, her boss

Linna Hsii, her husband Dennis and their son Cal spend family time in their cozy living room

let her rush out of the office, no questions asked. “As a woman, I often feel so guilty because I’m not being a good mom or I’m not doing my best work,” Hsii says. “That’s what I felt like [at my old job], that I couldn’t give 100% to everything. “But I feel like [being] in Playa Vista

— as cheesy as it may sound — really allows me to have it all. I feel like I can fulfill my role contributing to society being at work at ICANN, but also come home and be a good mom and be a good spouse. I don’t know why, but being here has allowed me to be a better person, in all my various roles,” she says.

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ummer is all about fun under the sun, which makes it equally important to cool off. Restaurants in and around Playa Vista are there to help with lighter fare, thirst-quenching cocktails and, of course, frozen concoctions that will bring out the kid in everyone. Authentic Shave Ice @ Da Kikokiko Not to be confused with shaved ice (aka snow cones, usually made from crushed ice), the shave ice at Da Kikokiko is the real Hawaiian deal. The ice is shaved right behind the counter while you watch, then it’s your job to choose the syrup (such as lemon-lime and blackberry), toppings (such as sour spray and dried plum powder), and fillings (like mocha and fresh lychee). Add small-batch ice cream on the bottom if you like. Mango Con Chile Frozen Margarita @ SOL Mexican Cocina Of all of the cocktail choices at SOL Cocina — and there are many — the mango con chile frozen margarita

just screams summer. Mango puree rests at the bottom, and the rim of the glass is covered with dried mango chile salt. It’s cold going down, with the tequila providing an extra kick with each sip. Sunshine Smoothie @ Hal’s Bar & Grill Hal’s has been born again in Runway at Playa Vista, and this time there’s a juice and smoothie bar. With a name like Sunshine, it’s hard to imagine ordering a more perfect drink with summer brunch. The kale, fresh apple juice, banana and lime combo can be an energizing appetizer before diving into the delicious eggs benedict or popular turkey burger. Summer Baby Kale Salad @ Hopdoddy Burger Bar ‘Tis the season when the baby kale salad morphs into the summer baby kale salad — which means the roasted butternut squash, corn and dates are tossed aside in

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Fresh watermelon, avocado and sunflower seeds are the stars of Hopdoddy Burger Bar’s Summer Baby Kale Salad

favor of adding diced watermelon, avocado and sunflower seeds to the mix. It’s a refreshing and lighter choice for those who can resist the temptation to order one of their juicy burgers. Soft Serve on TAP @ N’iceCream Back in February, N’iceCream added its “on tap” services, and delicious flavors now line the wall. Pick from sorbets, (Continued on page 48)

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yogurts, custards and gelato, with ice cream coming soon. Toppings range from fruit, nuts and sprinkles to circus cookies and peanut butter & jelly cups. The shop is open to all suggestions for what to stock, and it recently added a kids’ table, with more upgrades in the works.

Salmon Skin Salad @ Sweet Fish Sushi Bar and Restaurant It’s true that sushi is already a lighter meal choice on sun-filled days, but the

The Michelada @ The Astro Pub in Whole Foods The Astro Pub inside the Playa Vista Whole Foods can boast a few cooling summer drinks, but the michelada stands out. It’s an authentic Mexican lager (Modelo Especial) mixed with Powell & Mahoney Sriracha Bloody Mary Mix, organic Worcestershire sauce and chile powder on the rim. They say sweating cools you down in the heat — naturally! (Continued on page 50)

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Watermelon Jalapeno Margarita @ Gulp Restaurant & Brew Pub New on the menu for summer, Gulp has heeded the thirsty cries of their customers and added a watermelon jalapeno margarita to their drinks menu … because it seems as though there isn’t a soul in California who doesn’t like spicy. Adding jalapeno to anything — especially a summer margarita — is a no-brainer.

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Sunday, June 18

Playa Beach Party at Runway Surf’s up at Runway from noon to 4 p.m. for a special Father’s Day celebration. Listen to Beach Boys music, visit the craft beer and root beer gardens, hop on the surf simulator or tropical slide, and stroll through the artisan vendor booths. Runway at Playa Vista. Free entry.

Friday, June 23

Aejaye Jackson and the Full Spectrum Band Playa Vista kicks off its free outdoor summer concert series with an eclectic musical journey steeped in the sounds of Top 40, R&B, classic rock and hip-hop flavored with jazz, swing and blues. 5 to 6:30 p.m. Concert Park, 13020 Pacific Promenade, Playa Vista. Free. Friday, June 23

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Tuesday, July 4

Catch a space epic under the stars when the 2016 prequel to the original “Star Wars” kicks off Playa Vista’s free outdoor summer music screenings. Bring a blanket and hit up one of several food trucks on hand before the film. 8 to 10 p.m. Central Park Bandshell, 12405 E. Waterfront Dr., Playa Vista. Free. Sunday, June 25 + Sunday, July 30

Killer Rides Car Show Calling all car lovers! Vintage rides, hot rods, muscle cars, motorcycles, live music and free Tail o’ the Pup hot dogs never go out of style. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Killer Shrimp, 4211 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. Free. (310) 578-2293; Saturday, July 15

The sky over Marina del Rey lights up in red, white and blue during this annual 20-minute fireworks spectacular, starting at 9 p.m. sharp. Come early to save your spot. Popular viewing areas include Burton Chace Park (13650 Mindanao Way), Fisherman’s Village (13755 Fiji Way) and Mother’s Beach (4101 Admiralty Way). Free. (310) 3059503;

Culver City Fourth of July Fireworks West LA College hosts Culver City’s annual Fourth of July firework and community festival, featuring live music, food trucks, games, centennial celebrations and a vintage World War I tank. Pyrotechnics at dusk. 3 to 9 p.m. West LA College, 9000 Overland Ave., Culver City. $5 entry; $10 parking. Thursday, July 6

Opera by the Shore The Marina del Rey Summer Concert Series kicks off with the Marina del Rey Symphony backing finalists from the prestigious Loren Zachary Competition. 7 p.m. Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey. Free. (424) 5267900; Saturday, July 8 + Saturday, Aug. 12

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Renew your body, mind and commitment to doing good with a donations-based yoga class benefitting a local charity. Bring a yoga mat, water and a few bucks. 9 to 10 a.m. Concert Park, 13020 Pacific Promenade, Playa Vista.

Pet Care & Alternative Medicine Helen Chiu of Gentle Veterinary Service shares tips about basic pet care and alternative medicine to help pet parents keep their fur babies healthy and make good decisions about medical care. 7 to 8 p.m. The Resort, 12962 W. Runway Rd., Playa Vista. Playa Vista residents only. Free with RSVP at PlayaLink. Tuesday, July 4

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Campus employees can mix, mingle and enjoy a free dessert while catching Top 40 tunes from the unplugged tribute band Weekend Celebrity. Don’t forget your ID badge. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Central Park Bandshell, 12405 E. Waterfront Dr., Playa Vista. Free; Campus employees only.

Saturday, July 22

community celebration with a small-town feel. Marching bands, floats and special guests parade from Westchester Park to LMU under the theme “An American Adventure.” 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Westchester Park, 7000 W. Manchester Blvd., Westchester. Free. (310) 645-5151;

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Saturday, July 8

“The Lego Batman Movie” Take your popcorn and head to the harbor for an outdoor screening of this family-friendly animated superhero comedy at 8 p.m. Show up at 6:30 p.m. for a free hip-hop dance tutorial. Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey. Free. (424) 526-7900; Friday, July 14

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differences and World War I. Will they be able to reunite and rekindle their romance? 8 to 10 p.m. Central Park Bandshell, 12405 E. Waterfront Dr., Playa Vista. Free.

Playa Vista Surprise Pop-Up All we can say is keep your eyes open for mobile art. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Concert Park, 13020 Pacific Promenade, Playa Vista. Free.

Marina Concert: Joe Grammy-winning R&B singer Joe, known for the 1999 hit “I Wanna Know,” sweeps concertgoers off their feet with classic hits and new material. 7 p.m. Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey. Free. (424) 526-7900; marinadelrey. Thursday, July 20

Tuesday, Aug. 1

Saturday, July 22

“Singin’ in the Rain”

Saturday, July 15

Saturday, July 29

Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey. Free. (424) 5267900;

Gather the family for this romantic musical starring Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds, truly a classic of American cinema. 8 p.m. Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey. Free. (424) 526-7900. marinadelrey. Sunday, July 23

Old Fashioned Day in the Park The Classic Yacht Association hosts its annual festival of pre-1950s wooden yachts and antique cars. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey. Free. (424) 5267900;

Marina del Rey Symphony

Concert in the Park: No Duh

Bring a blanket and settle in next to the water for a performance of composer Craig Safan’s score for Chaplin’s “The Kid,” plus Korngold’s “Violin Concerto” by soloist Will Hagen. Burton Chace Park, 13650

This energetic tribute band revives the sound, style and spirit of Gwen Stefani and No Doubt at

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the peak of ‘90s OC ska. Central Park Bandshell, 12405 E. Waterfront Dr., Playa Vista. Free. Saturday, July 29

Alejandro Escovedo The prolific singer-songwriter and guitarist performs his Austin-flavored roots rock, punk rock and alt-country tunes. 7 p.m. Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey. Free. (424) 526-7900; Thursday, Aug. 3

Tuesday, Aug. 1

National Night Out Keep the community in community policing at this annual mixer with local law enforcement, including family-friendly activities. 6 to 9 p.m. Concert Park, 13020 Pacific Promenade, Playa Vista. Free. Thursday, Aug. 3

“Glee,” graces the stage with his many talents and good looks. 7 p.m. Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey. Free. (424) 526-7900; Saturday, Aug. 5

“Willie Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” Be sure to pack some sweets for this outdoor screening of a true family classic. Just don’t be an Augustus Gloop about it. 8 p.m. Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey. Free. (424) 526-7900; Saturday, Aug. 12

Yo La Tengo This indie rock band is hard to describe, with songs ranging from noise pop to shoegaze. No wonder the critics (and music connoisseurs) love them! 7 p.m. Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey. Free. (424) 526-7900; marinadelrey.

Matthew Morrison Saturday, Aug. 5

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Actor, singer, songwriter and Broadway star Matthew Morrison, best known for his roles as Link Larkin in “Hairspray” and Will Schuester on

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JULY 6 • MARINA DEL REY SYMPHONY “Opera By The Shore” Featuring finalists from the Loren Zachary Competition


JULY 20 • MARINA DEL REY SYMPHONY (Tentative) Craig Safon’s score for Chaplin’s The Kid, plus Korngold’s “Violin Concerto” by soloist Will Hagen

JULY 29 • ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO Alternative/Roots Rock

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