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L e t t e r s Developer Must Remedy Damage to Dunes Re: “Developer Flattens Ecologically Sensitive Toes Beach Dunes,” News, Aug. 15 I’m a homeowner, mother and realtor who supports smart development and construction of affordable housing in Playa del Rey. However, it is of utmost importance to me and my community that the environment is preserved, the charm of the neighborhood is respected, and the needs of my neighbors and local w friends are heard. I am

hopeful that the developers who bulldozed our beautiful dunes, displacing local plant and wildlife, will work quickly to remedy the harm they have caused. Thank you so much for covering this issue for the Playa del Rey community! Stephanie Brooker Playa del Rey An Attack Against Nature and Our Neighborhood Re: “Developer Flattens Ecologically Sensitive Toes

Beach Dunes,” News, Aug. 15 It is so very sad that you are once again writing about the Legado Company and their total disregard for Playa del Rey. They may own property here, but they continue to misunderstand the true beauty of our area. It is just so wrong that they have used machinery to ruin the dunes, an act that requires admonishment from the California Coastal Commission to correct this attack on nature. We are a community of people who love our area. There is a

group of volunteers who have taken it upon themselves to remove litter that has been left on the beaches and in the streets. Thank you for exposing this crime to all those who read The Argonaut. Carol Kapp Playa del Rey Why Can’t Anyone Seem to Hear Us? Re: “Public Health Ties Venice Rat Infestation to Google Campus, Not Homeless Encampments,” News, Aug. 15

I love it — the rats are Google’s fault, not the city’s. So where did the rats come from, if not among the food waste and other garbage strewn around the homeless encampments? Does the city and The Argonaut think we are that stupid? I wish I knew what to do. Just keep yelling and screaming, and sooner or later someone who has the power will listen and work to change these awful conditions. Barbara Gibson Del Rey

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Venice Isn’t Safe for Families Anymore Re: “In Venice, the Homeless Have More Rights Than the Housed,” Editorial, Aug. 15 I have lived in Venice for more than 27 years. We have always had homeless — some we knew by name and fed and gave money to. They were not aggressive. In the past five years our quality of life has been taken away from my family. I can no longer walk at night or during the day in certain parts of my neighborhood. My 16-year-old daughter cannot walk to the corner store. We fear another crazy man walking into our yard and knocking on our door. I look nobody in the eye in fear they may get hostile. I give to homeless shelters, and I am tired of hearing that I am not compassionate. Nobody else I know in other Southern California cities deals with the same amount and hostility that comes from the homeless in Venice. Maybe my compassion has run into a roadblock, but

maybe it is also due to the roadblock I run into daily when trying to go on about my life in this town. Heidi Mylo Venice

survive outside with as few visible artifacts as possible, so it makes you (or whomever you’re speaking of) feel better. Maybe those bikes and parts were stolen from unhoused as well as housed residents, but how do you know for sure? Sounds to me like the people working with them are good with their hands. Sounds to me like they could use a garage. Sounds to me like they’re entrepreneurial. Sounds to me like they’re trying to earn a living the only way they know how, with so many other barriers to legitimate employment. Sounds like they could use a mentor. Perhaps those bikes are not for making money, but for helping those stuck on the street obtain an affordable mode of transportation. But how do you know, if you’re too afraid to engage with them? At the very least, it’s a mischaracterization that incites fear without truth or an understanding of how people have to get by and are surviving outside. Most importantly, if residents

Worried About Homelessness? Be a Better Neighbor Re: “In Venice, the Homeless Have More Rights Than the Housed,” Editorial, Aug. 15 Thanks for continuing to “condemn hateful and threatening speech,” but after reading your editorial I have to wonder whose side you’re really on. At the very least, your lack of experience surviving outside resounds loudly! As someone who lived on Third and Rose avenues for many months, when you write, “this encampment was more of a bicycle chop shop than makeshift housing,” it sounds to me like you are inferring that those folks are criminals engaged in criminal activity, without actually investigating the facts. It sounds like you believe they should

of Venice were actually interested in being a part of the solution to homelessness instead of constantly whining about how bad they have it, there would be no need for their animosity. For all your NIMBY housedwelling readers: Privilege allows you the right to do whatever you please behind closed doors. Surviving outside on a sidewalk is hardly much of a right; it makes you vulnerable to everything and everyone. If you’re seeking some empathy, you should try turning inward. It’s time the media and housed folks got to know what the needs of the homeless are, instead of assuming you and the government know. Being a friend, a mentor, or giving someone an opportunity is what could turn someone’s life around. Instead of being haters of the homeless, try hating the broken systems and institutions that allowed the issues around homelessness to get so out of hand. Act neighborly! Andi Van Gogh Westchester

The Homeless Rule Venice with Total Impunity Re: “In Venice, the Homeless Have More Rights Than the Housed,” Editorial, Aug. 15 Thank God the city got rid of those illegal planters. Finally our tax money put to good use! Really, it’s beyond absurd. Two days ago we had to close down our store on the Venice Boardwalk because there was an officer-involved shooting involving a homeless person. Our kids working at the store are scared to death. I can’t count the number of times I’ve been screamed at early in the morning by transients, not to mention having three bikes stolen and all of our patio furniture. They rule Venice with total impunity. This is the destruction of an entire community, authorized by city officials whose salaries we pay. Klaus Moeller Venice We love letters! Send praise, complaints and concerns about local issues to

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In Inglewood, Words Offer Reverence for Victims of Violence and Support for Survivors Story by Kristin Marguerite Doidge | Photos by Sofia Koyama Brave. Loved. Articulate. Dynamic. Precious. Safe. Beautiful. These were the words called out by community members after three young people touched by gun violence shared their stories on a recent Saturday morning at the Inglewood City Hall Community Center. “You could be anywhere in the world on a Saturday,” said emcee Ashley Wilkerson, “but you chose to come here.” A poet and activist, Wilkerson believes that words have power. And at this second annual “Youth Survivors Speak Out!” event organized by Mothers in Charge Los Angeles, those words have the power to heal. Wilkerson’s new poem, “Reverence,” when read aloud, calls on us to respond:

Speak event in Sacramento two years ago. Wilkerson was moved to participate having lost her brother, John, to gun violence 12 years ago. “It’s really important to center the stories around survivors and their healing journey,” Wilkerson said. “We don’t often get a chance to hear how the youth are affected by it all.” Aye, JohnJohn.

Ashley Wilkerson, who lost her brother to gun violence, led the group in a call-and-response tribute to victims and their families John Wilkerson was 28 years old when he was shot dead on Sept. 22, 2007. Ashley Wilkerson was 24. “It took us 10 long years to go to court. His killer was sentenced on Sept. 13, 2017,” she said. Ultimately, it wasn’t the sentencing of her brother’s killer so much as the work she’s done in John’s honor — with reverence – that has provided the healing Egungun* she so badly needed. Egungun Aside from her work as an artist and AyeJohnJohn poet, Wilkerson leads trauma-informed With these brown hands mindfulness meditation workshops for I touched the earth black boys and men seeking peace, called and scrubbed “Brother Breathe.” my brother’s blood. “It’s symbolic,” she told the assembled It was like red lipstick on cement. youth, parents and community members in Gun violence survivor Melvin Foltmer III (left) and other participants gather around Paula Henderson-Dix and her granddaughter A bloody kiss Inglewood. “Always go back to your after schizophrenic bullets breath.” took a piece of his heart… Melvin Foltmer III is only 18 years old, but he’s already experienced more loss “Call out the name of your loved one,” than any teenager — or adult, for that she said. matter — should have to. In a single week, “Alicia. Tony. John John.” he witnessed three of his friends get killed one summer. He too was shot in the arm. Wilkerson continued: Brave. Loved. Articulate. …Black Man Dead “That same night, I wrote a song,” at the hands of another Foltmer said. A soft-spoken, warm, black boy almost dead talented musician and entrepreneur, he doesn’t warrant a protest… may be brave — but that doesn’t mean he’s not afraid. Asked what the commuIndeed, Paula Henderson-Dix noted, nity could do to support young people like Emani McAllister, a youth panelist impacted by gun violence, hugs “violence numbers are down in the area, him, his answer was simple and profound. moderator Eyvonne Burgin after sharing her story and opioid use is up.” “You never know what a smile could do The silence is deafening. on the ground. “My brother,” Wilkerson added, “was for a young black man’s life,” he said. “We can’t sit and be quiet,” she said. “I funny and courageous.” “And prayer.” Egungun know it can be uncomfortable. But this is She continued, And while California Assemblywoman Egungun healing.” Autumn Burke (D- Marina del Rey) was They Henderson-Dix speaks from a place of AyeJohnJohn on hand to recognize the organization’s called him over to a car raw truth. Her son, Leeban Adan, was important work in the community and to Remember: these words are powerful. Aye murdered the day before his 21st birthday promise more support from legislators in Events like “Youth Survivors Speak Out!” John John! in 2010. creating change, her response was — likegive youth and families opportunities to It remains an unsolved crime. Surprised him with a gun. wise — simple, yet profoundly powerful: connect to resources and services to help “He was in the U.S. Navy and wasn’t “To the young people in the room: I see them heal — and, importantly, a chance to He was shot even home a year before he was killed,” speak. and shot Henderson-Dix said. In 2013, she founded you.” Brave. Loved. Articulate. Dynamic. and shot Mothers In Charge Los Angeles, the local Aye, JohnJohn. Precious. Safe. Beautiful. and shot chapter of a national nonprofit that aims to His killers did not know his story And yet, it still stings. It stings every and shot reduce violent crime through prevention, or the language of his stroll. time. “But if you can try to turn that pain and shot education and intervention, and to guide He loved to wear the color red, into purpose — poetry, dance,” Wilkerson and shot and support the families of victims. but his aura was indigo. explained, “You can say, ‘How can I use Families, not unlike her own, she said, like they were looking for gold this pain to transform myself inside and who are reeling from the pain of a loss If they knew how much his spirit through bullet holes. the world outside?’” that didn’t have to happen. Henderson-Dix weighed Gold they’d never find. connected with Wilkerson at a Survivors they would have prayed Contact the organizers at *“Egungun” (Eggoon-Goon) in West African refers to the for strength like his The only time they feel powerful Yoruba masquerades connected with ancestor reverence, or to instead of making him prey. is when someone else is dead the ancestors themselves as a collective force. PAGE 6 THE ARGONAUT August 22, 2019


Homeless Man Shot by Police During Standoff in Venice Photo by Jason Ryan (@JasonRyanPhoto)

New details from police about the Aug. 14 officer-involved shooting of a homeless man in Venice paint the situation as a standoff in which attempts to subdue the man with less-lethal tactics failed repeatedly. LAPD officers responded to a 5:42 p.m. disturbing the peace call about a person screaming in an alley near Thornton Court and Pacific Avenue and encountered a man later identified as 37-year-old John Penny. According to LAPD Pacific Division Capt. James Setzer, Penny was behaving erratically and refused to comply with the officers’ commands to drop a glass bottle that he was waving. Setzer said Penny grew increasingly agitated as officers continued talking to him in an attempt to deescalate the confrontation, but Penny responded by throwing a box at them. “The officers engaged the suspect with a Taser to no effect,” Setzer said. “Throughout the incident, the suspect was armed with a glass bottle, broken glass bottle, scrap metal piece, and finally a wooden board. Officers deployed less-lethal tools of a beanbag shotgun and 40 millimeter [foam] baton round while continuing to verbalize with the suspect.” Penny allegedly grabbed the piece of metal and the wooden board before

Police gather on Pacific Avenue following the officer-involved shooting “hastily approaching officers,” at which point the officer-involved shooting occurred. Penny was struck once in the lower leg and arm and was transported to a local hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening. The officers were not injured. A resident who heard the gunshots from his home but didn’t witness the shooting said Penny had been sleeping in the vicinity and voiced suspicions of police abuse on Twitter: “John Penny, an unarmed black man, was just shot in my driveway by @LAPDHQ. My landlord

knew him, he was harmless. We demand answers. #JusticeForJohnPenny.” Setzer said he’s reviewed video of the shooting that shows Penny wielding a wooden board while advancing toward an office. That video is expected to become public within 45 days amid an ongoing administrative review of the shooting. Public safety records indicate that Penny had been arrested by Marina del Rey Sheriff’s Station deputies on May 24 in relation to an unspecified misdemeanor charge and by Santa Monica police on — Gary Walker Dec. 18.

Gunshots on Third Street Promenade: At around 11:15 a.m. on Aug. 16, a Brinks Armored security guard fired his gun three times at a man armed with a knife who snatched a bag of cash near the intersection of Third Street and Arizona Avenue. The robber fled on foot, and Santa Monica Police captured him in the area a short time later in possession of the knife and the money. There were no reported injuries. Jewelry Store Owner Foils Robbery Attempt: The owner of Heist Jewelry in the 1200 block of Montana Avenue foiled an Aug. 15 smash-and-grab robbery attempt by pushing a sledgehammer-wielding man who smashed a display case outside the store, where a second suspect struck him with a hammer, causing minor injuries. Santa Monica police tracked down the getaway car on Wilshire Boulevard and an additional suspect who fled on foot, arresting one adult and three juveniles. Burglars Busted Twice on Same Boat: Marina del Rey Harbor Patrol deputies arrested a boat burglary suspect in Basin A on Aug. 4 after the intruder apparently got drunk on stolen liquor and nodded off. The next day they caught a second burglar, apparently friends with the first, on the same boat.


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The Hospital That Almost Wasn’t Thanks to a grassroots campaign to save it, Marina del Rey’s community hospital is planning for growth under Cedars-Sinai

Marina Mercy Hospital opened in 1969 and became Daniel Freeman Marina Hospital after the Sisters of St. Joseph Carondelet purchased it in 1980. The name changed to Marina Del Rey Hospital after another sale in 2007, and then Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital in 2015. PAGE 8 THE ARGONAUT August 22, 2019

By Gary Walker Marina del Rey’s community hospital turns 50 this year — a milestone birthday in more ways than one. Having survived several ownership changes and an attempt to convert the property into a hotel, what’s now Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital is ready to launch an ambitious expansion project to increase the scope and volume of medical services. Construction breaking ground next year will create a brand new nine-story hospital building facing Lincoln Boulevard, allowing the existing hospital building (which will eventually be demolished and replaced with a parking lot) to remain fully operational during up to five years of construction. The new main hospital building will be 200,000 square feet larger than the current 96,000-square-foot structure, increasing capacity from 133 beds to as many as 160 and expanding the number of operating rooms from six to 10. Enhanced diagnostic and treatment facilities include catheterization and gastroenterology labs, as well as interventional procedure suites for complex cases. “Access to high-quality health care is so important,” Cedars-Sinai Vice President of Operations and Chief Nursing Officer Joanne Laguna-Kennedy said. “We need to bring the high-tech capabilities of an academic medical center into the community setting so we can diagnose and treat acute medical emergencies, like acute cardiac events and strokes, where a rapid response is critical to saving lives.” Cedars-Sinai purchased the formerly independent Marina Del Rey Hospital four years ago — making investment in hospital infrastructure possible at a time when increased operational costs have triggered a national wave of corporate consolidation throughout the health care industry. “In today’s world it’s increasingly difficult for independent hospitals to be able to stay open, for a variety of reasons. We’re often seeing these smaller organizations joining with larger institutions in order to keep their doors open. An affiliation with an organization like Cedars allows them to be able to make sure that health care is available in these communities,” California Hospital Association President Jan Emerson-Shea said. Meanwhile, the need for health care has only increased in many communities. In 2008, Marina Del Rey Hospital logged 22,479 visits to its emergency department. In 2018, Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital saw 34,220 emergency department visits — an increase of nearly 55%. It’s also worth considering that since 2008 there has been a significant national increase in patient reliance on urgent care centers to treat less serious injuries and illnesses that once clogged hospital emergency rooms. In the past four years, Cedars-Sinai has opened two new urgent care centers in the area — one in Culver City in 2015, and another in the Runway at Playa Vista complex two years ago. All of those patients might have been forced to travel outside the community for care if not for the efforts of small band of local activists who fought to stop the closure of the hospital more than 15 years ago. ‘Life and Death’ In 2001, Tenet Healthcare bought what was then called Daniel Freeman Marina Hospital, and just six months later word spread that Tenet planned to Photos by Shilah Montiel

Righ t : Save Our Marina del Rey Hospital organizer Julie Inouye and husband Dr. Michael Rubottom were among key players in a grassroots campaign to save the hospital from becoming a hotel.

sell off the property, triggering shock and outrage throughout the community. “It was literally a fight over life and death,” said Julie Inouye, a longtime community activist and Playa del Rey resident who is married to Dr. Michael Rubottom, an internist at Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital. Tenet officials initially denied wanting to sell the hospital (“Why would we invest $55 million just to close it? It doesn’t make sense,” a spokesman told the Los Angeles Times), but finally confirmed that Daniel Freeman Marina Hospital was on the market in May of 2002. Four months earlier, Tenet had shut down St. Luke Medical Center in Pasadena, which operated 166 beds and an emergency room. At the time, an L.A. County Department of Health Services official in charge of emergency medical services stated that closing Daniel Freeman Marina Hospital would result in higher patient wait times and longer transfer times for emergency paramedics. Retired Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe, who oversaw Marina del Rey from 1996 to 2016, recalled that Freeman was “not very highly thought of” at the time of its impending closure, “but it did provide good access,” he said.

“Most of our constituents were concerned about emergency transport, and with Lincoln Boulevard being such a busy thoroughfare the time could be lengthy before they could get to a hospital,” Knabe said. ‘A Synergy of Energy’ Inouye recalls palpable anxiety about emergency room access throughout Marina del Rey, Venice, Playa del Rey, Westchester and newly opened Playa Vista.

Marina Council at the time. “They never planned to run it as a hospital—they wanted to sell from the very beginning. They were promoting the site as a [potential] Marriott hotel.” In June 2002, then-California Attorney General Bill Lockyer won a court injunction to block the sale; in mid-2003 he and Tenet reached an agreement to save the hospital, which Tenet sold in September 2004 to new owners, which renamed the facility Marina Del Rey Hospital.

“We need to bring the high-tech capabilities of an academic medical center into the community setting so we can diagnose and treat acute medical emergencies, like acute cardiac events and strokes, where a rapid response is critical to saving lives.” — Cedars-Sinai Vice President of Operations and Chief Nursing Officer Joanne Laguna-Kennedy

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Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital surgical technician Hilbert Armijo demonstrates the da Vinci Surgical System, which enables more than 25 types of robot-assisted surgical procedures.

“This was not about whether we wanted another McDonald’s on the corner. This was about humanity — that’s what health care is about, humanity.” She and a half-dozen other concerned locals formed a group they called Save Our Marina del Rey Hospital and launched an intense fax, leaflet and town hall campaign to raise awareness and put up a fight. “This was before social media, so it was a lot harder than it would have been today,” Inouye said with a laugh. Save Our Marina del Rey Hospital co-organizer James Moore recalled finding conditions in Tenet’s purchasing agreement that included public notification requirements that weren’t being met. “Tenet was very cavalier about meeting the conditions. They were at the stage where they were starting to dismember the hospital, moving staff members and nurses to other hospitals,” said Moore, who was vice president of the Villa

“There was a synergy of energy,” Inouye said. “Once you unite people around a common cause, they can be miraculous.” ‘We Will Always Be Vigilant’ Laguna-Kennedy said she and other Cedars executives recognize the peace of mind that having a local hospital brings to the community. “That’s why we’re investing so much effort to rebuild the hospital and keep it open during construction,” she said, noting that the current emergency and pharmacy departments are expanding this year. “I’m most excited about the wide range of health care opportunities we’ll be offering to local community members right in their backyard. They won’t have to leave their neighborhood to get care at a hospital that has state-ofthe-art operating rooms, cardiac, interventional and gastroenterology labs,” she said. Marina del Rey resident Roslyn Walker,

who frequently voices concerns about the impacts of new development, is concerned about additional traffic congestion on Lincoln Boulevard during and after construction, but she’s glad to see improvements. “I’m happy that Cedars-Sinai has taken over the hospital and look forward to the time when they get it brought up to their high standards,” Walker said. “Having more accessibility to good health care is a really good thing,” added Moore. “The downside is traffic will probably get worse.” Recent upgrades have included new signage around the hospital perimeter to improve traffic flow and the purchase of a new secure employee parking lot west of Lincoln Boulevard across from the hospital. And both Moore and Laguna-Kennedy said Cedars-Sinai is already working with local groups to address traffic and other concerns. “As Cedars-Sinai has been developing construction plans for the hospital, we’ve been working closely with key community leaders and neighbors, seeking their support and ensuring that their concerns are heard. The new hospital should have minimal impact on traffic owing to the demolition of the medical office building, which generates more traffic than a hospital. When the medical office building is gone, the drop in outpatient trips should balance out increased patient capacity at the new hospital,” she said. Inouye said she and others who worked to save the hospital will never take for granted how difficult it was to keep a community hospital with an emergency room in Marina del Rey. “Never. We will always be vigilant,” she said. “The community wants to get behind Cedars, and they have a good reputation that they need to uphold. We look forward to working with this new entity.” August 22, 2019 THE ARGONAUT PAGE 9

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Westside campuses begin the school year amid significant new investments in facilities and programs By Nick Melvoin Nick Melvoin represents Westside neighborhoods on the LAUSD Board of Education and previously taught English at an LAUSD middle school. It’s hard to believe another summer break has come to a close! This week marks the beginning of my third school year since being sworn in to represent your families and school communities. Throughout my campaign and over the past two years I have heard from constituents like you that our district must put more dollars back into classrooms, expand access to early education, and improve instructional pathways so that all of our students can succeed. We have worked hard to do just that — and will continue to do this work and make progress for all of our public schools. Since I took office in 2017 we have invested more than $63 million in projects to benefit the Venice, Mar Vista, Marina del Rey and Westchester-Playa school communities, including multiple “bond grants” from our office to fund projects based on individual school input. These grants ranged from technology upgrades that promote innovation in our schools to new security systems that keep students safe and water bottle filling stations to increase sustainability. This year the Dual Language Academy at Venice High School opens, officially culminating a Mandarin and Spanish immersion program that spans from kindergarten through high school, so that our families have a clear instructional pathway from the time they start

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elementary school. And for our youngest learners, we are expanding access to early education by reopening Kentwood Elementary School’s early education center and growing Westminster Elementary School’s ECE program to include more families. We are also investing in the need to keep facilities up-to-date so that our students can thrive in state-of-the-art learning environments. One hundred of our city’s public schools will be more than one hundred years old in 2020, and we have funded critical facilities projects at Marina del Rey Middle School, new sports equipment at Mark Twain Middle School, an ongoing comprehensive modernization project to update Venice High’s campus, and more. We know that school needs vary, and that you can’t solve diverse issues with one-size-fits-all solutions. Great public schools ensure that students achieve their fullest potential — not only by providing great classroom teachers and principals, but also by engaging parents, families and community partners to collectively move the school forward. I’m looking forward to another year of spending time in schools, meeting with constituents, and making progress for all of our students attending Westside schools and throughout L.A. Unified. Follow @nickmelvoin on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for updates about local schools.

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Bergamot Station’s “Vanishing America” transports viewers to another time By Christina Campodonico For his latest film “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” director Quentin Tarantino turned back the clock on a section of Hollywood Boulevard by half a century — transforming it into a 1969-smothered street of mid-20th century neon signage and marquees, with windows dressed in period fare. Film aficionados and L.A. history buffs across the internet went bananas for recreations of iconic Hollywood storefronts such as the X-rated Pussycat Theatre and Peaches record store alongside the original Larry Edmunds Cinema and Theatre Bookshop. The entire film in fact feels like a love letter to a lost Los Angeles. Emile Dillon’s “Vanishing America,” on view at Bergamot Station’s Skidmore Contemporary Art gallery through Aug. 31, exudes similar retro vibes. The assemblage of paintings by the Floridabased artist and grandson of Harlem Renaissance painter Frank Joseph Dillon captures vintage signs and storefronts

from across America in brilliant photorealistic detail. Locals will recognize the neon signs for Rae’s Restaurant on Pico Boulevard and the bright red-orange sign for Wilshire Boulevard Mexican cantina Casa Escobar amid the collection of colorful paintings depicting icons of American fast food culture. Dunkin’

It all comes from Dillon’s deep love of movies and old-school Americana. The Thom Andersen documentary “Los Angeles Plays Itself” is among the retired Eastman Kodak engineer’s favorite films and film noir has a huge influence on him, he says. Interestingly, it was a vanished movie theater from Dillon’s native New Jersey

Dunkin’ Donuts, White Castle and Waffle House come to life in all their kitschy glory Donuts, White Castle and Waffle House come to life in all their kitschy glory. Felix the Cat (embodied by the iconic black, blue and red Felix Chevrolet sign near USC) and the welcoming neon sign for Mel’s Drive-In in Hollywood also make appearances in the gallery show.

that first sparked the 75-year-old artist’s mission to capture classic American storefronts and signage on canvas about 20 years ago. “One day I was looking for a movie theater I used to go to when I was a kid, and I was looking online and I couldn’t find any pictures of it. … Well, guess

what? The theater’s not there anymore,” he says. Another old hang had turned into a parking lot, and so an epiphany: “I said, ‘Oh my God,’ I better run around and get all these theaters.” Since then, Dillon — who mastered the art of photorealistic painting with training from the Pratt Institute and Manhattan’s School of Visual Arts — has captured the facades for the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica and the New Beverly Cinema in the Fairfax District. That movie theater gets a Wes Anderson treatment with charming pink and purple pastels. The Aero is rendered with highly saturated hues reminiscent of the palette from a classic Technicolor film. Tarantino would approve. “Vanishing America” is on view through Aug. 31 at Skidmore Contemporary Art in Bergamot Station (2525 Michigan Ave., Ste. B-4, Santa Monica). Visit for gallery hours. August 22, 2019 THE ARGONAUT PAGE 11




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‘Another Op’nin’, Another Show’ The Marina del Rey Symphony presents two nights of the Cole Porter classic “Kiss Me, Kate”

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Dolled up for Tuesday’s dress rehearsal, ensemble members practice dance steps for opening night economically motivated cuts to the orchestra as artistic choices, Fetta and the symphony are giving audiences a chance to experience the music as they would have first heard it more than 70 years ago. Just as the sound will be bigger and richer,

“Some of the lyrics get pretty cheeky …and we’re not backing off.” — Artistic Director Frank Fetta

Hammerstein’s “South Pacific” last year (also directed by and starring Hollis), Marina del Rey Symphony Artistic Director and conductor Frank Fetta wanted to “stay in the same vein with a real classic — one that would utilize a big orchestra and not just a pit den.” In an era in which musical productions increasingly pass off

so will the on-stage visuals. “We’ve really, really increased our dance profile,” says Fetta, mentioning the work of choreographer and dance captain Sylvie Gosse. “There’s a lot more dancing than there was in ‘South Pacific.’” This new production will feature a revised version of “Kiss Me, Kate’s” book (originally written

by Sam and Bella Spewack) which removes some of the more sanitized alterations that crept into the work over time. “Cole Porter wrote a lot of additional, alternative lyrics. I think he probably did that with the wisdom that he knew the audiences that he would be playing for. Some of the lyrics get pretty cheeky — they’re really out there. And we’re not backing off,” says Fetta. “I think he probably thought if you’re going to do the show in L.A. or Des Moines, Iowa, we’re going to have to have different lyrics. It just won’t fly in Indiana!” Luckily for said L.A. audiences, they’ll be getting a professional version of Cole Porter’s musical that’s just as he intended. “Kiss Me, Kate” starts at 7 p.m. on Thursday and Saturday (Aug. 22 and 24) at Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey. Free. Visit or search for venue info.

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You’ll Want to Stay Awhile Dig into downtime with updated eats and fantastic cocktails at Chez Jay’s brand-new patio By Angela Matano The Backyard at Chez Jay 1657 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica (310) 395-1741

So it turns out some things do get better with age. The iconic bar and restaurant Chez Jay, kitty-corner from the Santa Monica Pier, doubled in size this month by adding a delightful outdoor space — The Backyard — which opened Aug. 15. Serving locals and celebrities since 1959 (which makes for a nice and even 60 years), Chez Jay is a veritable historic landmark. The recent expansion has been in the works since before the city opened the adjacent Tongva Park in 2013, a super charming backdrop for the space. The patio kind of looks like a tricked-out … well, backyard. Relaxed and informal, with wooden captain’s chairs, wine barrel tables, and pretty strings of lights, the setting invites diners to hang out with friends and stay awhile. There’s even a fire pit and heat lamps, making this spot work through fall and even into winter. Beyond the warm atmosphere, The Backyard also serves solid food and drinks. Chef Guillermo De Arcos G, a 27-year veteran of Chez Jay, cooks alongside his son, Guillermo De Arcos Jr. They’ve created a new menu that’s a mix of classic American and Mexican food, with a personal twist. Most of the items on offer, from starters to mains, beg to be shared. The peppercorn maple bacon comes in strips both crispy and chewy. A few chomps go a long way to satisfy cravings. Another standout is the grilled street corn, a.k.a. elote — a perfect fit for the space, redolent of summer barbecues past. Juicy and a little bit spicy, slathered with cream and dusted in chili powder, these cobs are almost, but not quite, virtuous. Guacamole, always a welcome treat, comes with the surprising addition of kimchi — a sly nod to chef Roy Choi’s famous Kogi

Bite into a scrumptious mahi-mahi sandwich …

… or kick back and relax in Chez Jay’s spanking new outdoor lounge Truck. Other treats skewing South of the Border include shrimp ceviche bites and southwest steak nachos. For those looking to maintain their waistline, lighter fare can be found as well. Three salads adorn the menu, all large enough to be a full meal. The classic Cobb and New York steak salads come with a good mix of flavors and ingredients, a lemon-honey vinaigrette on the former and cranberries and pickled onions on the latter. The third choice features crispy calamari, frisée and radicchio. The Backyard’s main dishes cover familiar and welcome territory, including a wide array of sandwiches, as well as fish-and-chips. There’s a burger, a grilled 10-inch wagyu hot dog, a mahi-mahi sandwich, a patty melt, a crispy chicken sandwich, and even a steak au poivre. Enough about the food. The cocktails are no joke at Chez Jay

and, as expected, fantastic at The Backyard. The signature cocktails emphasize fresh ingredients and beachy flavors, cruising on the hang-out vibe of enjoying the outdoors. The gin-heavy Hotel California marries rosemary and grapefruit to perfection, lively and bracing at the same time. Perfect with all the Mexican fare, the Juan Margarita takes it up a notch with the addition of fresh cilantro, jalapeño and cucumber. Not too sweet and extremely refreshing, the cocktails here could get you into real trouble. They go down so easily; pace yourself and Uber home. With rents skyrocketing, a lot of us on the Westside can’t afford gardens of our own. Lucky for us, The Backyard provides a place to hang out and live it up while enjoying the ocean breeze. Kick back, listen to “Brown Eyed Girl” and stay awhile. August 22, 2019 THE ARGONAUT PAGE 13

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you may simply need a hotel for a week, but you may also find yourself looking into shortterm rentals. Have cash on hand—in addition to your down payment funds—to survive any setbacks in between moves.

forward with the assumption your home will sell for less than expected.

5. Failing to compromise Don’t forget you’re not the only human in a stressful situation. That person selling your 3. Buying too big dream home? And the buyers under contract One of the biggest mistakes that simultaneous for your current place? They’re all probably buyers and sellers make is the same one stressed too. So keep that in mind when that many first-time buyers make: They fail issues come up—for example, if the buyers to get pre-approved on their new loan. Preneed an extra week of escrow because there approval is essential because it puts a stop was an issue selling their home, or the sellers to unrealistic dreaming by telling you exactly don’t think they need to fix a leaky pipe for what size of house you can afford. Buyers you. A little compromise goes a long way, often assume that with a large down payment especially when there are two escrows (or and increased income they will automatically more) on the line. qualify for a larger home loan. Many do, but 6. Using two different real estate agents not as large as they think or wish. They begin Expect this already messy process to get the search and are disappointed when they even messier if you’re juggling agents for can’t upgrade as much as they thought they your listing and for buying a new home. would be able to. Simplify things by using the same agent 4. Working with too little cushion for both transactions. A single agent will You know what price your house should sell have control and deep insight over both for. But what if the market softens? If you’re transactions thereby ensuring both homes forced to take an offer that’s significantly less close simultaneously. There are two instances than expected, that, in turn, could affect the when you should not use the same real down payment on your new home. Therefore estate agent. If you’re moving out of state, it’s ideal to give yourself a cushion on what obtain a buyer’s agent in your new location you need to sell your existing home for. If (your current agent can likely assist you with you’re hoping to use the entire sale price a reputable referral). If you’re remaining in as a down payment on another home, move the same area, you may also meet and like

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an agent who works exclusively with buyers or sellers — not both. In that case, ask for a recommendation within your agent’s brokerage so you can, at a minimum, keep both transactions under the same roof. 7. Closing on a Friday... While you should work with your agent to determine the best timing, you’d ideally want to finalize the sale of your current home first, and then close on your new one. Try to aim for closings within two or three days of the other—and never on a Friday. That’s because bank transfers can take a few days to go through. In order to ensure there’s money in your account when the time comes, buffer a few days to transfer funds. 8. ...or late in the afternoon When you’re scheduling those closings, aim for the morning—especially on the sale of your current home. Banks usually stop wire transfers by 3 p.m. in the time zone where the property is located, so closing in the morning allows extra time for the money to hit your account. This week’s quesTion was answered by

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3/2 Condo in desirable Marina del Rey location 2/1 Comfortable with in-unit washer and dryer and loft space 2/2 Spacious remodeled corner unit 2/2.5 Highly sought after Villa San Michele location 1/1 Fabulous condo 2/2.5 Spacious West facing town home 2/2 Spacious Marina del Rey loft 2/2 Spacious Marina del Rey loft 2/2 Enjoy resort style living 2/1.75 Best buy west of Lincoln 3/1.75 Beautifully remodeled home, in Oxford Triangle 2/2 Live the California vacation lifestyle 3/3

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3/2.5 Spacious single level at the Dorian 3/2.5 Beautiful corner unit w/ private walk-up patio entrance 4/4 Beautiful, contemporary home 3/2.5 Stunning penthouse with views & loft

$1,499,000 $1,129,000 $1,999,000 $1,428,000

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4/3 Charming Venice home on a private gated lot 1/1 Beautiful single level condo

$2,226,000 $779,000

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5/4.5 Stunning Sonoma farmhouse with dual-sided front porch 3/2 Meticulously maintained SFR in Silicon Beach 3/2.5 Charming refreshed home, hardwood floors, bay window 3/2 Attn renovators. Great value west of Sepulveda 3/2 Upgraded chef’s kitchen w/ ample storage space 4/3 Stunning Craftsman in Westchester 3/2

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Friday, Aug. 23 Unkle Monkey Band, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Local favorites perform rock,

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Australian band Wolfpack teams up with The Line and SoCal punk band Guttermouth for a benefit concert at Arbor Venice. SEE SATURDAY, AUG. 24 game bad guy Ralph and his friend Vanellope von Schweetz must find a replacement part with the help of citizens from the internet to save Vanellope’s video game “Sugar Rush.” Food trucks begin serving at 6 p.m. Bring a blanket and watch this adventure right by the waves. Dockweiler Youth Center, 12505 Vista del Mar, Playa del Rey. Free. (310) 726-4128; Funnies & Feels Fun-draiser, 9:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. Stand up to homelessness with a night of comics from sitcoms like “Seinfeld” to comedy specials on Hulu and Netflix. Enter the raffles to win prizes. TR!P, 2101 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica. $20.

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Dog Days at SMPL, 10:30 a.m. Enjoy a special family story time with Santa Monica Mayor Gleam Davis, canine crafts such as turning a photo of Fido into a button or decorating a doggy bandana. Read to a therapy dog, learn

about pet adoption and watch a dog-umentary that follows five pups learning to become guide dogs for the blind. Santa Monica Public Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica. Free. (310) 458-8600; Vegetable Garden Watering 101, 10:30 a.m. to noon. UCCE master gardener Michael Calzada shows you how to calculate the water needs of your vegetable garden, reduce runoff and improve growth. Emerson Avenue Community Garden, 8050 Emerson Ave., Westchester. Free. (310) 641-5387; Montana Avenue Summer Fest 2019, noon to 7 p.m. Come out and enjoy an afternoon of music, food and community. Listen to live music at the main stage or any one of three satellite stages. While out shopping, look for the NAMI WLA sticker in the window to help support the National Alliance on Mental Illness non-profit organization. Montana Ave., Santa Monica. “All You Need is Love” Healing Service, 3 to 5 p.m. Medical intuitive and hands-on-healer Kimberly Meredith leads this healing experience with live performances of Beatles music with Mark Hart (Supertramp), Ryan MacMillan (Matchbox 20) and Jon Cornell (SNL band member). RA MA Yoga Studio, 316 Lincoln Blvd., Venice. $40. (818) 754-4310; Playa del Rey Sidewalk Celebration and Community Unity Day of Celebration, 3 to 7 p.m. Playa del Rey residents gather along Culver Boulevard for music, activities and special discounts to celebrate community bonds and the one-year anniversary of grassroots efforts to defeat the proposed Legado development of Jake’s Lot. Learn about the Playa del Rey Mosaic Stairs Project and bring gently used clothing and hotel-sized toiletries to donate to the

Power of a Shower mobile hygiene truck serving Venice’s homeless. Search PdR Sidewalk Celebration on Facebook for event updates. Annual Cardboard Yacht Regatta, 5 to 8 p.m. Watch two-person teams race their homemade yachts of corrugated cardboard and duct tape across the beach house pool. Awards given to best use of theme, most likely to sink and most spirited. Annenberg Community Beach House, 415 Pacific Coast Hwy, Santa Monica. Free to watch; $15 to enter race. Ages 8+. (310) 458-4904; “Do The Right Thing,” 5:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Pop-up outdoor cinema, food and music experience Eat|See|Hear screens Spike Lee’s classic film about the tensions that arise between an Italian business owner and a young black man over a photo wall of fame in a beloved Brooklyn pizzeria. Alternative pop artist Deqn Sue plays at 7:00 p.m. and the movie screens at 8:30 p.m. Limited seating; bring your own chair or blanket. Santa Monica High School, 601 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. $8 to $21. Boarding for Breast Cancer: Guttermouth, Wolfpack + The Line, 7 to 11 p.m. SoCal punk band Guttermouth performs a show with bands The Line and Wolfpack (from Australia). Enjoy premium beer from Three Weavers Brewing Co. and Jiant Hard Kombucha. Take a chance on winning raffle prizes. Sales benefit Boarding for Breast Cancer. Arbor Venice, 102 Washington Blvd., Venice. $25 to $50. Funky AF Anniversary Concert, 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Venice-based band Funky AF celebrate their anniversary with a special concert of uplifting reggae, Latin, jazz and funk music at Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice. $10. (310) 822-3006; (Continued on page 26)

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On Stage – The week in local theater compiled by Christina campodonico Photo by Ed Krieger

Assertiveness Draining I met a guy, and he was very enthusiastic — calling and texting multiple times every day, almost obsessively. Soon after, I was having a really bad week: too much work, health issues with my parent … just really vulnerable. He said stuff like “I’d never leave you,”“I’ll never run away.” Well, a couple of days later, he just vanished. I blocked him after two days of no contact, and I feel kind of bad. All my girlfriends think it was too harsh, but my guy friends think it was the right thing to do and said they block people all the time. Why the difference in opinion? — Ghosted Being in a relationship can have some costs, but ideally they don’t include hiring a private detective with a team of tracking dogs. It actually isn’t surprising that your male and female friends have differing reactions to your blocking the dude. Psychologist Simon Baron-Cohen’s research suggests that women are born empathizers in a way men are not — meaning that from early childhood on, women are driven to notice and identify others’ emotional states. They tend to be deeply affected by others’ feelings and are emotionally triggered into a sort of fellow feeling (empathy). Men, on the other hand, tend to be “systemizers” — driven from early childhood on to identify the “underlying rules” of the inanimate world, like those governing the operation of machines, abstractions (such as numbers)

and objects (like a soaring baseball). Of course, men aren’t without empathy. But research consistently finds women higher in empathy than men. Law professor and evolutionary scientist Kingsley Browne observes in “Co-Ed Combat: The New Evidence That Women Shouldn’t Fight the Nation’s Wars” that women’s “greater empathy may be responsible for the heightened guilt and anxiety that women feel about acting aggressively.” Browne cites brain imaging research by neuroscientist Tania Singer that suggests men’s empathy for a wrongdoer “may be more easily ‘switched off,’” and observes that “men’s diminished empathy for those who ‘deserve’ punishment probably increases their willingness to kill the enemy” in war. The thing is that biology is not destiny. Recognizing that you, as a woman, might have a propensity to be “nice” to people who don’t deserve it can prompt you to recheck your decisions to go easy on somebody. Don’t expect it to feel comfortable at first when you stand up for yourself; you’re bucking countless centuries of evolved human female psychology. In time, however, acting empowered should start to feel right — meaning you’ll be all “Of course!” about blocking a guy who doesn’t get that just disappearing is acceptable only for a tiny subgroup of beings: those whose workstation is a magician’s top hat.

Hunk Bonds I’ve slept with a lot of really hot guys, but weirdly the guys who end up being my long-term boyfriends are not the super hot ones. My current boyfriend is attractive but not even close in hotness to some of the guys I’ve had one-nighters with in the past. I’ve noticed this pattern in female friends’ guys, too. Why is this a thing? — Interested There’s a certain kind of man a woman looks to date exclusively … for three to five hours. I often cite research from evolutionary psychology that finds that women across cultures prioritize finding a man who’s a “provider.” A man’s appearance isn’t unimportant, but context — whether a woman’s going for a long-term or shortterm thing with a man — is a factor in how much it matters. Not surprisingly, if a guy is a potential husband a woman’s more likely to make do with, say, a dad bod and a weak chin, than if she sees him as a disposable himbo or single-use Adonis. A possible evolutionary explanation for this is the “sexy son hypothesis.” Evolutionary psychologist David Buss explains that “by mating with an especially

attractive man, a woman might be able to bear a son who is especially attractive to women in the next generation. Her son might have increased sexual access, produce more children, and hence might provide his mother with additional grandchildren.” There is support for this idea in research by biological anthropologist David Waynforth, which finds that ladies on the hookup track prefer men with more masculine facial features — a la square-jawed superheroes. Hookupminded women likewise favor more muscular men (according to research by social psychologist Michael J. Bernstein). However, when a woman needs to make trade-offs between hunkaliciousness and character to land a long-term partner, it surely pays to relax a little on physical criteria: go for a really good man who’s good enough in the looks department. “Good enough”? He doesn’t have to be smokin’ hot, but he can’t be so uggo that you need to reassure him, “Not to worry! My sex drive will come back … um, when you’re on the mantelpiece in an urn.”

Got a problem? Write to Amy Alkon at 171 Pier Ave, Ste. 280, Santa Monica, CA 90405, or email her at ©2018, Amy Alkon, all rights reserved. Alkon’s latest book is “Unf*ckology: A Field Guide to Living with Guts and Confidence.” Follow @amyalkon on Twitter and visit

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Kerry Knuppe and Rob Morrow in “Death of a Salesman” Theater Lab:“Page Becomes Stage: New Plays” @ Beyond Baroque Celebrate the culmination of Beyond Baroque’s summer playwriting workshop with Leon Martell as experienced actors give voice to newly penned scripts and scenes. One performance only: 8 p.m. Thursday (Aug. 22) at Beyond Baroque, 681 N. Venice Blvd., Venice. Free, but donations accepted. (310) 8223006; A Female Perspective:“Unravel” @ Highways Performance Space Sarah Rodenhouse’s all-female MashUp Contemporary Dance Company explores feelings of shame and how women can release themselves, their bodies and their health from its deep-rooted grasp. Two performances only: 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday (Aug. 23 & 24) at Highways Performance Space, 1651 18th St., Santa Monica. $25 to $30. (310) 453-1755; Beatlemania:“Abbey Road” @ Santa Monica Playhouse This “theatrical musical documentary” with a live band and video footage chronicles the rise of The Beatles from lads in Liverpool to rock ‘n’ roll legends. One performance: 8 p.m. Saturday (Aug. 24) at Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. $25. A Family Tragedy:“All My Sons” @ Pacific Resident Theatre In this 1947 Arthur Miller play, family secrets are stirred up when two old neighbors show up unexpectedly in a Midwestern town, exposing a scheme that sent defective airplane parts to the skies of World War II. Last shows: 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday (Aug. 22 to 25) at Pacific Resident Theatre’s Co-op Space, 705½ Venice Blvd., Venice. $15. (310) 822-8392; Loman’s Last Stand:“Death of a Salesman” @ Ruskin Group Theatre Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated actor Rob Morrow (“Numb3rs,”“Billions,”“Northern Exposure”) steps into the role of Willy Loman, the tragic central figure of Arthur Miller’s classic drama about a traveling salesman, his family and

his last hours on Earth. Last shows: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday (Aug. 23 to 25) at Ruskin Group Theatre, 3000 Airport Ave., Santa Monica. $20 to $35. (310) 397-3244; Shakespeare Remixed:“Toy Story Tempest” @ Media Park Based on William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” and inspired by Disney-Pixar’s “Toy Story,” this free outdoor play staged by The Actors’ Gang follows Woody (aka Prospero) and his friends as they attempt to reunite with their beloved owner Andy on a magical deserted island. Last shows: 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday (Aug. 24 & 25) at Media Park, 9070 Venice Blvd., Culver City. Free with RSVP. 310-838-4264; A Stroke of Genius:“Einstein!” @ Santa Monica Playhouse Jack Fry delves into the life of the historic physics genius and the personal struggles that made his hair turn crazy. One performance only: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday (Aug. 27) at Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St. Santa Monica. $45 to $65. An Empowered Muse:“Eurydice” @ City Garage The Orpheus myth gets turned on its head in this Sarah Ruhl play told from the perspective of Eurydice, following her as she talks with stones, rides elevators in the underworld and finds companionship in her late father’s ghost. Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 15 at City Garage, 2525 Michigan Ave., Building T1, Santa Monica. $20 to $25 or pay-what-you-want at the door on Sundays. (310) 453-9939; A Room of Her Own:“Fefu & Her Friends” @ Odyssey Theatre In this avant-garde piece of early feminist theater by María Irene Fornés, audiences travel from room to room of Fefu’s “house,” witnessing the complicated relationships and clashing ideas of eight women exploring what it means to be a feminist in the 1930s. Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 29. Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West L.A. $10 to $37. (310) 477-2055, ext. 2; odysseytheatre.

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Led Zeppelin tribute Lady Zep rocks Veterans Park on Saturday By Danny Karel Culver City’s biggest community party of the year stages an entire weekend of family-friendly fun at Veterans Park. The annual Fiesta La Ballona features carnival rides and games, a petting zoo, dozens of food trucks, a beer-and-wine garden, more than two outdoor concert performances, and even an aquacade at The Culver City Municipal Plunge. The festival is free to attend, but carnival rides require a $30 wristband. The event kicks off at 4:30 p.m. Friday with a performance by “yacht rock” band Harbor Party, self-described as a “ragtag group of sailors, pirates and tourists in paradise.” The Culver City High School Marching Band and a cappella group The Santa Monica Oceanaires are also among the evening’s concert bill. Festivities resume at 10 a.m. Saturday, with the schedule for Day 2 featuring Louisiana-flavored eight-piece brass ensemble The Mudbug Brass Band at 4 p.m., all-female Led Zeppelin tribute band Lady Zep at 6 p.m., followed at 8 p.m. by BUMPTOWN, a rollicking dance, funk, Latin and rock group known for getting audiences up on their feet. Sunday’s lineup includes a noon

performance by Jessica Fichot, a Parisian chanteuse with Asian jazz influences and a 4 p.m. set by Irish rock-folk band Paddy’s Pig. Closing things down from 6 to 7 p.m. is the Kingston Ska Collective, a seven-piece Jamaican ska band. Throughout the festival, more than 100 vendor booths feature community groups and artisan wares, and more than 30 food booths or trucks are serving everything from Brazilian pastries to Indonesian satay, lobster rolls, funnel cakes, mini donuts and decadent nachos. The inaugural outing in 1951 — then called “Fiesta La Ballona Days” — was a week-long celebration that honored the region’s earliest settlers, and many participants dressed up in ranchero, cowboy, cowgirl, and Native American Indian costumes. Fiesta La Ballona has evolved over the years, but the spirit of cultural appreciation is still central to the modern-day event. Fiesta La Ballona happens Friday through Sunday (Aug. 23, 24 and 25) in Veterans Park, 4117 Overland Ave., Culver City. Free admission; ride wristbands are $30. See a full schedule at

Todd Bank brings his 50-foot wall of artistically upcycled materials to Fiesta La Ballona By Kelby Vera Culver City is putting zero waste consciousness on public display this weekend through an especially resourceful art installation in Veterans Park for Fiesta La Ballona. Artist Todd Bank’s “Wonderful Wall of Waste,” which will be stationed at the corner of Overland Avenue and Culver Boulevard Friday through Sunday, is a colorful 50-foot-long structure that’s made of 99% post-consumer waste materials and weighs a whopping 3.5 tons. It’s the culmination of more than two decades of work for Bank, who spent years collecting materials. The wall is a beautiful hodgepodge of leftovers, ranging from antiques to sports equipment, toys, musical instruments, jewelry and everything in between. Originally spanning a full 100 feet, the structure has now been pared down by half. Smaller versions have previously popped up at 2017’s Night on Broadway Art and Music Festival in DTLA and during Pasadena’s 2018 BoldPas art event. Though the wall is undeniably fascinating, Bank wasn’t focused on making

something pretty. “It’s not supposed to be an aesthetically beautiful piece of art. … The wall is a giant slice of the landfill, so it allows people to see accurately what a landfill looks like. This is what people throw away — perfectly good reusable stuff.” The piece is part of the larger Zero Waste World section of Fiesta La Ballona, which is hosting sustainability activities and environmental education popups for attendees. In addition to the wall — which is being sponsored by Culver City’s Office of Sustainability and the Culver City Arts Foundation — Bank is bringing along a smaller sculpture which he’ll let the public collaborate on, creating a communal piece of zero waste art. Bank hopes the wall makes people recognize the utility of things unwanted, as well as open their eyes to new creative possibilities. “People can see that anybody can make zero waste art. I hope they get the message that if you ever want to become an artist, don’t ever cry about not having enough materials. There is a world out there.”

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Monday, Aug. 26 “The Camino Voyage” Screening, 6:30 p.m. This film documents a crew of four as they embark on a dangerous 2,500 km modern-day Celtic odyssey from Ireland to Northern Spain in a

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Star players in their own right, the Molly Miller Trio form a supergroup with refined taste When discussing the Molly Miller Trio, it’s tempting to run down a list of collective credits amassed by Miller (guitarist for Jason Mraz) and her heavyweight rhythm section, drummer Jay Bellerose (Sara Bareilles, Ray LaMontagne, Robert Plant) and bassist Jen Condos (Jackson Browne, Joe Henry, Stevie Nicks). Tempting, but not necessarily illuminating. As an instrumental trio, they bring impressive musicianship, to be sure, but also refined taste that informs their arrangements of pop and jazz standards as well as Miller’s compositions. Miller, who chairs the guitar department at Los Angeles College of Music in Pasadena, has been playing guitar since she was 7 and approaches the instrument like a “relationship,” one that reveals things to her about herself as well as music. That connection

is discernible in the way she wields her Gibson 335 onstage: alternately fierce, tender and playful, as her fingers articulate notes up and down the fretboard with light precision. Jazz is the trio’s central meeting ground, but stylistically she leads them across broad pop, soul and rock terrain — taking a sultry stroll through Fats Domino’s “Blueberry Hill,” for instance, or jazzing up gospel chestnut “Just a Closer Walk With Thee” so it sounds like a jaunty two-step, or putting a moody, defiant edge on Ennio Morricone’s cinematic “The Vice of Killing.” Musicians’ musicians all, at their gigs it isn’t uncommon to spot other serious players in the audience, savoring the intuitive language that passes wordlessly between them in performance. — Bliss Bowen

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