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L etters Hooligans and Junkies Are Taking Over Mar Vista If you want to take the island, burn the boats, so said Julius Caesar. Or simply, the inmates are running the asylum.  Embellished, however, for those who live in (or visit) Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin’s Third World neighborhood of Mar Vista, you may be subjected to one or more of the following: running puddles of human urine, mounds of human excrement, street fights, gang bangers, drug dealers, psychotic pill poppers, heroin junkies and/or their epidemic plethora of syringes and needles throughout the neighborhood. Mar Vista is under siege. With the decriminalizing of so-called homelessness — ideologically something I staunchly support, however not at the expense of public health and safety — has come a seedy underworld contributing to the decline of community, culture, health and safety. Although often times part and parcel, not all homeless are drug addicts and not all drug addicts are homeless. I’m honored to call several homeless people my friends, and they are fine human beings who live drug- and crime-free lives. This is not about them. That said, as a longtime (renting) resident of the barrio, I’ve certainly had enough of this petty bourgeoisie lumpen

Life is Full of Surprises Re: “Developer Flattens Ecologically Sensitive Beach Dunes,” News, Aug. 15 Having been involved with Legado’s dealings in Playa del Rey for years, I didn’t think there was anything else they could do to shock or disrespect a community in which they want to develop three significant parcels of land. I was wrong. Julie Ross, Playa del Rey

liberal apathy, essentially condoning and supporting degenerate behavior. In short, Mar Vista is a microcosm of the greater whole controlled by undermining and failed leadership, who (I believe) knowingly and willingly operate within (and are obedient to) a broken system of a privatized shadow government. While the hands of public safety officers appear to be legally tied, local gangbangers and drug dealers are inundating our Mar Vista streets. Oh the hypocrisy, as local crime rates appear to coincide with the already problematic and absorbent rise in cost of living; while heroin needles pile on to our streets in front of the Mar Vista Post Office (home of the family-friendly Mar Vista Farmer’s Market), Grand View Boulevard Elementary, nearby preschools, various places of worship, residences and small businesses. Ironically, as Mar Vista continues to “improve” and “grow” (i.e. gentrify), our quality of life diminishes — even drastically depletes. To what end, Bonin? Is this your “gentry-topia”? How shall we mitigate our local blight? This ultimately global epidemic speaks to a larger systemic problem, but can we as a neighborhood please collectively address the cleaning of the “living room” we all share? Let’s create and maintain successful solutions together. Johl Smilowski, Mar Vista


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New Trash Cans Would Help a Lot Re: “Public Health Ties Rat Infestation to Google Campus, Not Homeless Encampments,” News, Aug. 15 The health inspector must’ve gone by on a Friday after sanitation workers had just cleaned the area. I don’t know why the city doesn’t just put rat-proof trash cans on Third Avenue. It would be safer for everyone. Travis Binen, Venice

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Six-Story Apartment Complex Planned for Ballona Creek Peninsula By Gary Walker Amid a shortage of rental housing and few undeveloped parcels in West Los Angeles on which to build it, one development company has its sights on an unexpected place: the peninsula that juts out between the confluence of Ballona and Centinela creeks, directly south of the Marina (90) Freeway. Currently the location is an isolated space occupied by a pair of metal shipping containers and several homeless encampments. Beethoven LLC has submitted plans to the city and an environmental review for what they’re calling Del Rey Pointe — a six-story, 236-unit apartment complex with natural preserves and a linear park along its perimeter. Vehicles and pedestrians would access the property via a new bridge connecting the peninsula to Playa Vista at the Beethoven Street cul-de-sac near Westside Neighborhood School, following the path of a defunct Pacific Electric Railway bridge that once brought the Red Car across the creek. Residents would also be able to access the Ballona Creek Bike Path to the north via a private pedestrian and bicycle crossing. Beethoven LLC land-use consultant

sions in the form of mitigation.” Novak said the developer is requesting an “expanded” mitigated negative declaration in lieu of a full environmental impact report, a process that could be both time-consuming and costly. Officials with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, which supervises the adjacent Ballona Wetlands Ecological Preserve, said the agency is aware of the project and might weigh in on the environmental analysis at a later date. Advocates for the Ballona Wetlands have concerns about the project because a variety of bird species frequent the peninsula. A bridge to Beethoven Street would connect Del Rey Pointe to Playa Vista “This parcel area is what most of the environmental groups who share conorganic for workers in these industries to Athena Novak said Del Rey Pointe has cerns about the Ballona region call ‘Bird seek employment where they live.” long been a “work in progress” because of its atypical surroundings. Beethoven LLC is asking for several city Island,” Marcia Hanscom of the Ballona “It has some interesting elements to it,” planning amendments to build housing on Institute said. “This parcel was one of the she said. “We’re building it in this the peninsula, including two major zoning ones that we all agreed needed to be protected.” location because we feel that it’s a better changes from light industrial to residenuse abutting two waterways.” tial, as well as approval for a private street “This is a birthing hotspot and a favorite for many of our birders,” acknowledged Novak doesn’t expect Del Rey Pointe to bridging Ballona and Centinela creeks. Friends of the Ballona Wetlands Execube marketed specifically to employees of According to city planning documents, Playa Vista tech companies, but the the environmental analysis in the project’s tive Director Scott Culbertson, noting proximity of the project would make it initial study shows “potentially significant however that the group has not taken a position on the project. especially attractive for them. effects on the environment, but these “They would be within walking distance potential effects may be reduced to less of Silicon Beach,” she said. “It would be than significant effects by project revi-

Return of Jet to Jetty Supports Airport Marina Counseling Service Photo by DeeDee Hoffman

By Christina Campodonico After a year’s hiatus, the Jet to Jetty 5k/10k Run for Mental Health returns to Playa del Rey this Sunday, resuming its traditional course along Dockweiler State Beach. A 10-mile bike ride starts at 7:30 a.m., a 10k run and 5k walk/run at 8 a.m. and a short fun run for kids at 9 a.m., each race sprinting off from beach parking lot No. 3. The volunteer-organized event originated in 1985, making this Jet to Jetty’s 35th anniversary year. As in years past, the race is a fundraiser benefitting the Airport Marina Counseling Service in Westchester, a nonprofit organization that has been training therapists and providing low-cost mental health services to the area since 1961. Combining themes of physical and mental wellness, runners’ bibs this year will highlight conditions and struggles that Airport Marina Counseling Service therapists help to address. “Every bib is going to have a situation that AMCS helps with. So we’ve got a list, like ‘Anxiety – AMCS helps’; ‘Depression – AMCS helps.’ So people

Jet to Jetty takes runners along Dockweiler State Beach will be able to look around at their bibs and asexual) adults. and see all the different things that AMCS “The LGBT Center was created out of that can help them with,” says Jet to Jetty a pretty high need within the community,” organizing committee co-chair Margie said Dr. Rachel Marks, who heads up Hanson. the center. “Many people had to go to In recent years, Airport Marina Counsel- the LGBT Center, which is all the way ing Service has partnered with Antioch in Hollywood or to Long Beach. … University to establish an LGBT Affirma- So we wanted to provide something tive Therapy Center, specializing in within our community specifically for positive and inclusive psychotherapy that population.” programs for LGBTQIA (lesbian, gay, “Even though there is still stigma, there bisexual, transsexual, questioning, intersex is a huge movement to destigmatize.

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People are coming out: ‘I am transgender, I am non-binary.’ So the need to provide support for those people and their families is there,” said AMCS Executive Director Eden Garcia-Balis, also observing how today’s inflamed sociopolitical climate has also made the need for a positive and affirming LGBT center even more necessary. “There was this movement toward more tolerance, and now it seems like there’s less tolerance. There are a lot people in fear, so how can they continue to be true to themselves? … We believe that affirmative therapy is the best form of treatment.” Jet to Jetty, Garcia-Balis said, is “a great way for the community to be involved.” Onsite registration begins at 6:30 a.m. Sunday (Sept. 15) at Dockweiler State Beach Parking Lot 3, 11999 Vista del Mar, Playa del Rey. Cost is $20 to $40. Pre-register or donate at Race alumni should wear a vintage T-shirt from Jet to Jetty’s first decade to win free admission to the 2020 race.


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A month after local developer the Legado Co. bulldozed ecologically sensitive beach dunes in Playa del Rey — and weeks after a homeless man set up camp on the flattened remains — a restoration effort is finally beginning to take shape. Last week the California Coastal Commission approved a plan submitted by Legado to install fencing around the habitat, commission spokeswoman Noaki Schwartz said. On Monday, Playa del Rey residents noticed white plastic bollards and yellow rope cordoning off the area; by Tuesday “Dune Restoration in Progress – No Trespassing” signs had gone up with them. Sturdier fencing is expected to go up before the end of the week, with the commission “monitoring the situation closely for noncompliance,” Schwartz said. The commission also requires Legado to conduct interim erosion control and remedial grading to allow the dunes to begin to recover, with a state-approved specialist monitoring the effort. As for reports of beach visitors lounging and even grilling on the flattened dunes, “People are going to do that type of thing.

Three inexperienced sailors who crashed their boat into the marina breakwater on Saturday evening may owe their lives to Marina del Rey Harbor Patrol deputies Josh May and Glenn Maska. Battered by gale-force winds that had triggered small craft warnings and pushed the doomed vessel on the rocks, the deputies performed a difficult water rescue to bring the men to safety with relatively minor injuries. As May piloted the rescue boat to keep it a safe and steady distance from the breakwater, bow facing away from the rocks, Maska secured a life vest to a tow rope and tossed it to the stranded sailors. One by one Maska dragged each man through the waves to the rear of the boat, with May killing the engines intermittently to keep the engine’s propeller from slicing the victims all the while steering barely clear of the rocks. “This just shows May’s incredible skill as a boat operator … and Maska really thinking on his feet to tie the line to the lifejacket and use his strength to pull them hand-over-hand through the water,” said Marina del Rey Sheriff’s Station Sgt. Brent Carlson. “And then to do that

Temporary fencing around the flattened dunes You can’t hold my client responsible for that,” said Benjamin Reznik, an attorney representing Legado. Legado is suing the city for rejecting a controversial development proposal for the vacant triangular lot at Culver Boulevard and Vista Del Mar, also among the company’s land holdings. A large contingent of locals involved in that battle see the dune demolition as an affront to their neighborhood. “I think [the Coastal Commission] should have someone monitoring the dunes more closely. I don’t think [Legado] wants to preserve that habitat,” resident Suzanne Napoleon said. “It’s going to be a constant battle with them, but we always look out for our community.” — Gary Walker


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Mr. Marina del Rey Jerry B. Epstein was a tireless advocate for the community he helped create By Joe Piasecki Jerry B. Epstein, a founding father of Marina del Rey and its leading advocate for more than half a century, died last week at age 96. Though best-known as the developer behind the towering Shores Apartments on Via Marina, Epstein’s legacy stretches far beyond brick and mortar. Old-timers have doubtless heard the story of The Surge — a violent 1963 winter storm that destroyed much of the fledgling marina-in-progress and prompted many initial investors to call in their loans, including Epstein’s. Instead of giving up on his apartment complex Del Rey Shores, the World War II veteran put on his Army Reserve uniform, headed to Washington, and helped the Small Craft Harbor Commission convince Congress to fund the protective Marina del Rey breakwater. As a member of the Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners in the 1970s, Epstein was the primary force in changing the LAX flight plan to prevent departing aircraft from making low turns directly over the harbor. Epstein also “pulled a lot of arms and did most of the frontline fighting” to get the Marina (90) Freeway completed, wrote Argonaut founder

Jerry B. Epstein (on the right with David O. Levine) made the marina what it is today David Asper Johnson in 1975, and to name of the Marina Harbor Apartments & it after the harbor instead of President Anchorage as a co-general partner, Richard Nixon. followed by the peak-Great Recession In the early 1980s Epstein led the charge reinvention of his Del Rey Shores into to block development of a commercialthe Shores Apartments — Epstein’s ized private harbor along Fiji Way in crowning development achievement. what’s now part of the Ballona Wetlands “Jerry was responsible for protecting Ecological Preserve, and in the 1990s he Marina del Rey not just in the 1960s, but worked with county officials to plan the again in the ’70s and the ’80s and the second-generation redevelopment of ’90s. He’s been the leading advocate for Marina del Rey. That work set the stage Marina del Rey since its inception,” said for Epstein’s early 2000s reconstruction David O. Levine, who assumes continu-

ity of management and ownership for Epstein’s interests in the marina. “He took the long view that anything which enhances the Marina del Rey experience is an asset to us as well.” Levine has been president of the Marina del Rey Lessees Association and Epstein’s right hand since the 1990s. A cousin of Epstein’s late wife Pat, Levine taught history at UCLA before Jerry (who did not have children in his 66-year marriage to Pat) recruited him into the family business. “Jerry understood what Marina del Rey meant to Los Angeles, and he put his heart and soul into making it work,” said Willie Hjorth, one of the marina’s earliest residents and a founder of the Marina del Rey Historical Society, which honored Epstein with a lifetime achievement award in 2015. “He’s Mr. Marina del Rey to me.” “He was level-headed, didn’t dig dirt … but he was no pushover. He was smart, strategic and evenhanded. He taught me how to navigate Marina del Rey,” said longtime area property manager Patricia Younis, who fondly recalls how Epstein, who was devoutly Jewish, would bring her a Christmas present every year. Patty Hathaway, who co-founded (Continued on page 30)

‘A Real Pot-Stirrer’ Venice community activist Dede Audet leaves a legacy of service … and speaking her mind By Gary Walker The indefatigable Dede Audet, one of Venice’s most prominent and most widely respected local activists, died Aug. 31 of congestive heart failure. She was 98. As president of the Venice Neighborhood Council from 2004 to 2008 and a founding member of the Venice Town Council that preceded it, Audet earned repute as a community leader who did not mince words and a force to be reckoned with in local affairs. Among her many causes, Audet went to bat for tenants facing eviction from the Lincoln Place Apartments, fought a massive residential development planned for what’s now the Costco on Washington Boulevard, and led the charge against destroying homes to link the 90 Freeway directly to Pacific Coast Highway. More recently, Audet could often be spotted tooling around Venice on her motorized mobility scooter and offering public comments during neighborhood council meetings. “She was a real pot-stirrer,” said former California Secretary of State Debra

Dede Audet in the 1940s and on the Venice Boardwalk in 2010 Bowen, who knew Audet for nearly three tion of an aunt who shared her name, an decades and visited Audet two days Olympic springboard diver who was before her passing. “What a great friend teaching Howard Hughes to swim. she was. She led a really juicy life.” “She was hired to work on a radar Born Thelma Payne Smead in Portland, system, which ended up becoming part of Ore., in 1920, Audet graduated from their missile guidance system. From there Venice High School and went to work at she went on to become a technical writer Hughes Aircraft Co. on the recommenda- and eventually published her own manual

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on technical writing,” said Brian McKenney, one of Audet’s two sons. Audet also worked as an industrial photographer who helped create instruction manuals for the U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force, he said. In the 1950s Audet and her children moved to Venice, where she met second husband Earle Audet, a retired professional football player who helped awaken her political activism. “She was interested in national, state and local politics, but her true love was Venice,” said Elizabeth Wright, a longtime friend and neighbor of Audet in the Oxford Triangle neighborhood. In 2010, then-Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa honored Audet as a “True Angel” — an official civic award he created to recognize the city’s most dedicated volunteers. Though a proud Republican, Audet worked hand-in-hand and in support of Democratic lawmakers, including Los Angeles County Supervisor Yvonne Braithwaite Burke and Los Angeles City (Continued on page 30)

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songs led mourners toward the beach along the north side of the pier. As they passed, pier visitors paused from their revelries to watch the solemn procession below. Beneath the pier, many who carried electric candles or flowers formed a circle around the 3½-year-old daughter of a local dive shop worker, who spread white rose petals on the sand as the bagpiper played “Amazing Grace.” The sound of crashing waves followed the mourners as they processed silently back up to the beach on the pier’s south side. Many vigil participants who spoke to The Argonaut were deeply shaken by the


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A Fresh Take on Italian Terzo MdR sets a Mediterranean-style table with locally sourced ingredients and playful cocktails Terzo MdR

13450 Maxella Ave., Marina Marketplace (310) 306-8204 Pasta, pizza and other unfairly maligned carbohydrates get the star treatment at the new Terzo MdR. Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, this iteration of the restaurant evolved from Settebello, a primarily pizza-focused eatery, into something a bit more sophisticated. Executive Chef Brian Lavin moved all the way from Baltimore to revamp the menu with a focus on locally sourced ingredients. “Part of the reason I moved to California is for the produce,” he says. “It’s a chef’s dream.” Looking north to Monterey and Santa Barbara, Lavin also incorporates fresh fish that will change with the seasons. His experience preparing fish dishes and Italian cuisine in Maryland made differences between East Coast and West Coast approaches very apparent.

cherry tomatoes with a tarragon-infused oil, evoking summer at its finest. Another appetizer that brings the warmer months to mind is the fresh plum and fig salad, heavy on the fruits, layered with shaved lard, dandelion greens, vincotto (a wine reduction) and pistachio butter. Perhaps the greatest challenge to making Terzo work with an expanded menu is the giant authentic Italian pizza oven that takes up most of the kitchen space, leaving little room for traditional stove burners. As a result, Lavin cooks a variety of items other than pizza in that oven. Lucky for us eaters, the oven still produces remarkable pizza with crust that is thin and deliciously toasty on the bottom, just as the Neopolitans would have it. The pastas at Terzo continue the kitchen’s emphasis on fresh vegetables and fruits of the sea. Summer squash, anchovies, Monterey Bay calamari and Tuscan kale rub elbows with the more common tomatoes and parmesan that

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Terzo’s tagliatelle is a pasta lover’s dream One of the first things Lavin noticed about Los Angeles was that Italian food here tends to lean toward meat-focused dishes inspired by southern Italy. That’s how he realized he could do something different at Terzo, dovetailing perfectly

with its proximity to the Pacific. One of Terzo’s standout antipasti dishes is seared sea scallops. Well-executed, with that perfect caramel exterior and tender interior, the mollusks come on a bed of sweet corn puree and marinated

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Fluid Intelligence Google Empathy Lab founder Ananda Danielle Krettek is harnessing the spiritual teachings of Ram Dass to make technology more ‘human’

By Christina Campodonico As a Google employee in Venice, Ananda Danielle Krettek has worked on the kinds of projects you might expect, like voice assistant technologies and AI (artificial intelligence). But her days also involve conducting humanistic research studies, making books, creating tone poems and even foraying into film (more on that later). As founder and head of the Google Empathy Lab, it’s her job, as she told an audience in Australia, “to speak human at a table with a bunch of incredibly brilliant folks who are fluent in machine.” Krettek has likened herself to a Montessori school teacher instructing machines on how to be a little bit more human. It’s all part of an interdisciplinary methodology she calls “Design Feeling” — making technology that not only serves up answers or solves problems, but is also emotionally intelligent and sensitive to our needs as messy, imperfect and vulnerable human beings. A “guiding star” in that philosophy of hers is the spiritual guru Ram Dass, who turned on, tuned in and dropped out with

Timothy Leary back at Harvard in the ’60s, and — after going to India to attain enlightenment and coming back with a name which means “servant of God” — took hippie-era America by storm preaching a mantra of “Be Here Now.” Also the title of his breakthrough book of Buddhist, Hindu and Christian teachings, it extolled an early form of what we may now call “mindfulness” and led to a career espousing the virtues of meditation, unconditional love and service to others. That journey and more of the now 88-year-old’s spiritual observations are woven into a meditative documentary called “Becoming Nobody,” presented in partnership with the Google Empathy Lab and screening Sept. 13 through Sept. 19 at Laemmle’s Monica Film Center in downtown Santa Monica. But how else do the teachings of Ram Dass show up in Empathy Lab’s work? For Krettek, that may be the influence of a wise-but-humorous saying or the insight to teach a voice assistant some manners.

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The following are excerpts from a wideranging conversation that has been condensed and edited for length and clarity. Krettek on the Ram Dass saying she takes most to heart… “Treat everyone as if they’re God in drag” — that’s one that has always stuck with me. When I was founding the lab, it was very much in my heart because of that idea that there is this divine spark that lives in everyone. Like you can serve someone’s cognitive and functional needs. You can even serve their most small needs ... but really the thing that you’re serving is their soul, their spirit, their energy, their essence, the force that drives them to live their life and become who they are. That’s the deepest part of their humanity. I think this idea of repairing and serving the world and doing good is sometimes about the big things — solving the big problem, doing audacious things, which is very Google. In the Empathy Lab we’re starting from a smaller, more humble, more connected place, which is:

How can I repair the part of the world, serve the part of the world, catch the part of the world that is closest to me and that is really going to touch another person? On how “You’re Welcome” entered the Google Assistant lexicon… What we found was that the assistant would answer the question … and then people would say “thank you,” but the machine wouldn’t respond because the machine did its little robot job, which was, ‘You asked me a question; I’m going to give you an answer.’ That’s what it’s programmed for. What’s funny was the machine did its job — it answered the question — but people felt deflated or disappointed … because after you say “thank you” you want to hear “You’re welcome.” Neuro-biologically, our monkey selves take over and we can’t help but be in that empathic rapport. On how experiencing a concussion improved her work … I had a concussion four years ago and it

was the best thing I ever could have done for my job. … I felt everything and I noticed everything, and it was through that healing process that I really started getting deeper into the teachings [of Ram Dass] again. And what I found was that I could feel when things, at a very subtle level, were taking from me or giving to me. … At that level of noticing, we naturally know whether the thing that we’re doing — a behavior, or using a device — is life-giving or life-taking. Where Ram Dass and Google Empathy Lab meet is this place of presence and stillness. Taking care of that place is his work. It’s my work. And I feel like if you start in that place — if you start in the place of the heart — then anything that’s created in any interaction people have will anchor us there. Can you imagine technology that looks after that part of us? We aren’t even great at looking after that part of ourselves. On what a more “Ram Dassian” technological future might look like… When I look at the forces that are shaping technology right now… I see the hard materials becoming more pliable and flexible and fluid, and even disappearing, and that devices aren’t just for one person. They’re shared, and there’s a

kind of community aspect within a family or within friends. … And then there’s AI, which is this ambient kind of fluid intelligence that shows up when you need it, disappears when you don’t, and then kind of carries with it the bits of information you need, but doesn’t make you go into an interface … but instead is kind of

and not just the parts of yourself that you think are welcome? What does it mean to be one and connected with and considering other people? What is it to lose the things that separate us? When I look at that with what’s possible in the form of technology, what I see is a place where we can follow our feelings.

“… and then we just infinitely scroll and watch too many videos or whatever. That’s part of the stickiness of the interfaces now — that they hold on to us in a way that we don’t want to be held.” rising and falling [with] what you need in the moment. Fluidity is very much becoming part of the design experience of technologies. … These things are getting lighter and more fluid. And then we look at the ‘Dassian’ piece of this this, which is human. What does it mean to be a deeply connected human, and in your best expression and your lightest and soul-est and brightest self? What does it mean to be all of yourself,

Because when we look at technology in the past and even in the present, we have to change a little bit of who we are to get the best out of it. … We entrain with it in order to do the thing we need to do and the amazing thing that’s possible. But in becoming the way it is, that’s the part of us that gets sucked in. It feels like, ‘Oh, we need to do this password thing.’ And then this other thing. And then by the time we’re finally

logged in and we do the thing, we forgot what we were doing and then we just infinitely scroll and watch too many videos or whatever. That’s part of the stickiness of the interfaces now — that they hold on to us in a way that we don’t want to be held. But the people that make it don’t want it to be like that. We live with all this stuff and our families and everything, too. So I think what’s beautiful is the intention for a smoother, more fluid experience in the technology itself. … I always start with: What does the future feel like? What is your emotional experience? What is it like for your inner life to be interacting with these things? … I think it’s really possible to have a supportive relationship and a harmonious relationship with technology. On whether machines have feelings… People ask that because I think it’s an exciting and scary question of the new era. I will never say never. … But I think what’s interesting in that conversation is not what machines feel, but what we feel in relation to these machines. And if we care for ourselves and design the machines around that experience, they will feel so different to us.

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“Phenomenal Marina Harbor, ocean and Catalina views are offered from this two-bed, two-bath Marina City Club condo,” says agent Charles Lederman. “The newly renovated kitchen boasts custom cabinetry, granite counters, and recessed lighting. Additional features include a spacious patio overlooking the marina, ample closet space, dry bar with wine cooler, and wood floors throughout. This unit is in the Center Tower with easy access to all of Marina City Club’s incredible amenities.” Offered at $850,000 Charles Lederman Charles Lederman & Associates 310-821-8980

“This stunning corner unit is a concrete and steel modern masterpiece,” says agent Lisa Philips. “This one-bed unit has recently been remodeled with a fresh look for the fabulous kitchen and ultra-luxurious bath. An amazing patio and open floor plan make for ideal indoor-outdoor living. The secure building has brand new smart entry system, well-equipped gym, bar-be-que deck and fire pit, and a bike room. This is the best location in Marina del Rey; walk or bike to restaurants, shops, beach, and Abbot Kinney!” Offered at $869,000 Lisa Phillips Lotus Estate Properties 310-701-2407

“This beautiful and rare, three-bed, two-and-a-half-bath, corner unit has a private walk-up patio entrance,” says agent Jesse Weinberg and Vivian Lesny. “The spacious first floor offers an entertainer's kitchen with breakfast bar and separate dining and living areas. Upstairs boasts the master bedroom with a private balcony and en-suite bathroom. The unit also includes side-by-side laundry and two parking spaces. Located across the street from the Playa Vista library and the Centerpointe Club's gym, pool and spa.” Offered at $1,119,000 Jesse Weinberg & Vivian Lesny KW Silicon Beach 800-804-9132

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The ArgonAuT REAl EstAtE Q&A

With rents so high in the Silicon Beach area, is there any downside to simply renting my property out for steady income instead of selling it? I have been asked this question several times recently. As a real estate broker and attorney, it is my job to stay informed on all issues that impact real property ownership. When it comes to income property, having represented landlords for many years, I am especially attuned to developments- and boy, are there developments. First, let’s go straight to what is behind this question. With rents in the L.A. area notoriously expensive, the monthly income potential for your home could be significant. Not to mention, you may have seen your neighbors making large profits renting their (homes) out on AirBnb. Why not turn your own home into a cash cow, providing reliable income for the rest of your life? Of course, each homeowner has a different set of personal and financial circumstances that must be taken into account to best answer this question, so this column will focus on the generalities. For some, keeping your home as a rental may be a good option. You have

already heard about the advantages, and now want to understand the disadvantages. Here are a few things you should think about: • Being a landlord. The checks don’t just roll in, uninterrupted, without effort. No amount of vetting potential tenants can guarantee against job loss, illness, or any personal issue that causes your tenant to default on rent. If you are dependent on that rental income, you must have backup funds sufficient to anticipate loss of rent, potential eviction, or even just time between tenants. Throughout the tenancy, you must continue to make repairs. If your heater breaks down mid-winter, not only will you need to pay to replace it, but you may have to pay for the tenants to stay somewhere else until it’s in working order. Managing a rental property, especially from a distance, can be extremely stressful. A property manager can be a great solution for this if you are willing to give them a percentage of the rent.

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• Beware of rent control. You may think that your single-family home or condo is exempt from rent control. Well, generally, you are right, but maybe not for much longer. Costa-Hawkins, the State law that restricts City’s from certain impositions of rent control, has been under heavy attack. While a proposition to completely repeal it did not pass last year, those against it have not given up. Additionally, new rent control provisions have been or are being enacted on City, County, and State levels- attempting to restrict rental increases as well as ability to evict on properties that were once believed safe from rent control!!! • Short-term rental regulations have restricted the use of Airbnb type income in many cities. Los Angeles is now limiting short term rentals to your primary residence, and even for that, with a cap on days per year you can rent it out. By the way, if your property is subject to rent control, short term rentals are prohibited. My point is- the unregulated days of short-term rentals

are mostly behind us. Don’t count on this plan, make sure you can make ends meet by reliance on longer term rentals. There you have it- being a landlord can be profitable, but there are risks and limitations that any potential landlord must take into consideration before making the decision. I’m always willing to answer questions about these issues and to help with a personal analysis, but I hope I’ve given you some information to consider.

This week’s quesTion was answered by

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Lisa Phillips is an active Realtor in the Los Angeles area, with more than twenty years as a practicing real estate broker and attorney. Lisa is also a member of the National Association of Realtors “Green Resource Council”, and achieved its “GREEN” Designation.



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legal advertising FICTITIOUS bUSINESS NAmE STATEmENT FILE NO. 2019 229391 Type of Filing: Original. The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: DOCS SPINE + ORTHOPEDICS. 8436 W. 3rd Street, Suite 900 Los Angeles, CA 90048 COUNTY: Los Angeles. REGISTERED OWNER(S) Sidper Holdings, LLC, 8436 W. 3rd Street, Suite 900 Los Angeles, CA 90048. State of Incorporation or LLC: California. THIS BUSINESS IS CONDUCTED BY a Limited Liability Company. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: 08/2019. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. /s/ Khawar Siddique. TITLE: President, Corp or LLC Name: Sidper Holdings, LLC. This statement was filed with the LA County Clerk on: August 26, 2019. NOTICE — in accordance with subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the county clerk, except, as provided in subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to Section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. a new Fictitious Business Name statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions code). Publish: The Argonaut Newspaper. Dates: 8/29/19, 9/5/19, 9/12/19, 9/19/19 FICTITIOUS bUSINESS NAmE STATEmENT FILE NO. 2019 237569 Type of Filing: Original. The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: MOTION DYNAMICS LLC. 4320 Neosho Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90066. COUNTY: Los Angeles. Articles of Incorporation or Organization Number: 199910210007. REGISTERED OWNER(S) Motion Dynamics, LLC, 4320 Neosho Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90066. State of Incorporation or LLC: California. THIS BUSINESS IS CONDUCTED BY a Limited Liability Company. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: N/A. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. /s/ Gregory George Acosta. TITLE: Owner, Corp or LLC Name: Motion Dynamics, LLC. This statement was filed with the LA County Clerk on: September 4, 2019. NOTICE — in accordance with subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the county clerk, except, as provided in subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to Section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. a new Fictitious Business Name statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing

of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions code). Publish: The Argonaut Newspaper. Dates: 9/12/19, 9/19/19, 9/26/19, 10/3/19 FICTITIOUS bUSINESS NAmE STATEmENT FILE NO. 2019230051 Type of Filing: Original The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: BEAUTIFUL SKIN BY CHARLOTTE; 8727 La Tijera Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90045, 6616 Springpark Ave., #6 Los Angeles, CA 90056. COUNTY: Los Angeles. REGISTERED OWNER(S) Charlotte M. Quintana, 6616 Springpark Ave., #6 Los Angeles, CA 90056. THIS BUSINESS IS CONDUCTED BY an Individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the Fictitious Business Name or names listed above on: N/A. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. /s/: Charlotte M. Quintana. TITLE: Owner. This statement was filed with the LA County Clerk on: August 26, 2019. NOTICE — in accordance with subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the county clerk, except, as provided in subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to Section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. a new Fictitious Business Name statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see Section 14411 et seq., business and professions code). Publish: The Argonaut Newspaper. Dates: 8/29/19, 9/5/19, 9/12/19, 9/19/19

the statement pursuant to Section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. a new Fictitious Business Name statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see Section 14411 et seq., business and professions code). Publish: Pasadena Weekly. Dates: 9/12/19, 9/19/19, 9/26/19, 10/3/19 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAmE Case No. 19SmCP00404 SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES. Petition of JULIE FRANCES GANTZ HANDELMAN BLIVAS, for Change of Name. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: 1.) Petitioner: Julie Frances Gantz Handelman Blivas filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: a.) Julie Frances Gantz Handelman Bliva to Julie Frances Blivas 2.) THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING: Date: November 8, 2019. Time: 8:30 AM. Dept.: K. The address of the court is 1725 Main Street Santa Monica, CA 90401. A copy of this Order to Show Cause shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county: Los Angeles. Original filed: August 26, 2019. Lawrence H. Cho, Judge of the Superior Court. PUBLISH: The Argonaut Newspaper 8/29/19, 9/5/19, 9/12/19, 9/19/19

may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING: Date: 10/25/19. Time: 8:30 AM. Dept.: K. The address of the court is 1725 Main Street Santa Monica, CA 90401. A copy of this Order to Show Cause shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county: Los Angeles. Original filed: August 30, 2019. Lawrence H. Cho, Judge of the Superior Court. PUBLISH: The Argonaut Newspaper 9/5/19, 9/12/19, 9/19/19, 9/26/19

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Public Notices Notice of Self Storage Sale Please take notice US Storage Centers - Marina Del Rey located at 12700 Braddock Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90066 intends to hold an auction to sell the goods stored by the following tenants at the storage facility. The sale will occur as an online auction via on 9/19/2019 at 10:00AM. Unless stated otherwise the description of the contents are household goods and furnishings. John Lewis Tandy; Amy Lou Villareal Canonizado; Samy Asadi; Dana Marie Douglas. All property is being stored at the above self-storage facility. This sale may be withdrawn at any time without notice. Certain terms and conditions apply. See manager for details. ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAmE Case No. 19SmCP00290 SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES. Petition of MELISSA NESBIT, for Change of Name. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: 1.) Petitioner: Melissa Nesbit filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: a.) Melissa Nesbit to Melanie Nesbit 2.) THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court

cated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING: Date: September 27, 2019. Time: 8:30 AM. Dept.: K. The address of the court is 1725 Main Street Santa Monica, CA 90401. A copy of this

Order to Show Cause shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county: Los Angeles. Original filed: July 19, 2019. Lawrence H. Cho, Judge of the Superior Court. PUBLISH: The Argonaut Newspaper 8/29/19, 9/5/19, 9/12/19, 9/19/19 PUbLIC NOTICE 749 Vernon Ave., Venice, CA 90291. This Property is not for sale, until court case resolved.

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FICTITIOUS bUSINESS NAmE STATEmENT FILE NO. 2019236376 Type of Filing: Original The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: GLEN ALLA RACQUET CENTER; 4601 Alla Rd. Marina del Rey, CA 90292, 8160 Manitoba St., Unit 310 Playa del Rey, CA 90293. COUNTY: Los Angeles. REGISTERED OWNER(S) Margaret Reilly, 8160 Manitoba St., Unit 310 Playa del Rey, CA 90293. THIS BUSINESS IS CONDUCTED BY an Individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the Fictitious Business Name or names listed above on: N/A. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. /s/: Margaret Reilly. TITLE: Owner. This statement was filed with the LA County Clerk on: September 3. 2019. NOTICE — in accordance with subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the county clerk, except, as provided in subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in

ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAmE Case No. 19SmCP00332 SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES. Petition of JULIETTE COMMAGERE AND JOACHIM COODER, for Change of Name. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: 1.) Petitioner: Juliette Commagere and Joachim Cooder filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: a.) Mojave Cooder to Robert Mojave Commagere Cooder 2.) THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indi-

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Compiled by Nicole Elizabeth Payne Thursday, Sept. 12 Westside Democratic HQ Debate Watch Party, 4 to 8 p.m. Join fellow Westside Democrats to watch the third Democratic presidential debate. Debate begins at 5 p.m., with happy hour specials starting an hour before, at Rusty’s Surf Ranch, 256 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica. No cover. “A Door in the Earth” Book Launch, 6:30 p.m. Author Amy Waldman discusses her new book about an idealistic young Afghan-American woman trapped between her ideals and the complicated truth. Diesel Bookstore, 225 26th St., Santa Monica. Bay Cities Coin Club Meeting, 6:30 p.m. The club meets on the second Thursday of each month to announce coin shows, present a show-and-tell, hold an auction and host a guest speaker. The club is open to the public. Westchester Municipal Building, 7166 W. Manchester Ave., Westchester.; baycitiescc@ “Maiden” Screening, 7 p.m. Watch the inspiring true tale of the first all-female crew to compete in the Whitbread Round-the-World yacht race, the world’s most dangerous. Tracy Edwards, who skippered the crew and became the first woman to win the Yachtsman of the Year Trophy, gives a Q&A at 7 p.m. The screening begins at 7:20 p.m. Burton Chace Park,

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SAMOHI All Class Alumni Day, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hang out in the quad, bring a picnic and connect with old friends and classmates. Organizers will present Spirit of Samohi awards, followed by performances of the choir, marching band and cheerleaders. Santa Monica High School, 601 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 395-3204; info@

Friday, Sept. 13 Invertigo Dance Theatre: Formulae & Fairy Tales, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Placing the world of mathematics, artificial intelligence and cryptography into a vivid, twisted fairy-tale palette, this multidimensional story casts the life of mathematical genius and World War II codebreaker Alan Turing into the mythologized ideas of his favorite film “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.” The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. $49 to $79. (310) 434-3200; The Deltaz, 8 p.m. L.A.-based band The Deltaz perform Americana, blues, folk and country with special guests Pacific Range and Mitch Bradford. Harvelle’s, 1432 4th St., Santa Monica. $10. (310) 395-1676; santamonica. “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” 11:59 p.m. “Internationally ignored” rock ’n’ roll songstress Hedwig from communist East Germany, born Hansel, undergoes a sex change operation to marry an American GI and get over the wall. The procedure is botched and he is left with an “angry inch.” Through songs, flashbacks and animation, Hedwig tells her life story. Nuart Theatre, 11272 Santa Monica Blvd., West L.A. $12. (310) 473-8530;

Cruise through COAST in Style Closed to cars but open to people-powered transportation, Santa Monica’s take on CicLAvia celebrates art and the imagination from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 15, by encouraging attendees to flock to this open streets festival in creative car-free ways (real or imaginary). Bring your tricked-out personal mobility creation (say a bike or helmet), help make a community fingerprint mural, or listen to the music of bands such as Cuñao, Sol e Mar, or the California Feet Warmers as you cruise around the festival peppered with popup performances and a roller rink. — Christina Campodonico Free admission. Closed streets include Ocean Ave. from Wilshire Blvd. to Colorado Ave., Colorado Ave. from 5th St. to Ocean Ave., and Main St. from Colorado Ave. to Pier Ave. Visit

Westchester’s Wood-Fired Community Oven Bake, noon. Bring dough and toppings to bake your own pizza in an authentic wood-fired adobe oven. Oven is ready for baking bread around 2 p.m. Holy Nativity Episcopal Church, 6700 W. 83rd St., Westchester. Free. (310) 850-8022; USC Game Watch, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. USC alumni cheer on the Trojans as they face BYU on their turf. Enjoy food and drink specials and game audio. Fight on! O’Brien’s Irish Pub & Restaurant, 2226 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica. No cover. LATrojans Culver City Arts District Second Saturdays, 4 to 6 p.m. Explore the galleries of Culver City every second Saturday, featuring special events and exhibits. Culver City Arts District, Washington Boulevard between Helms Walk and Fairfax Avenue. facebook. com/CulverCityArtsDistrict (Continued on page 28)

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Intrigue abounds in the Kentwood Players’ “Dial M for Murder” Strains of Hitchcock:“Dial M For Murder” @ Westchester Playhouse Hitchcock’s 1954 film starring Grace Kelly made this story of a tennis pro who plans to off his wife famous, but before that it was a hit on the British stage and TV. The Kentwood Players bring this suspenseful thriller back before live audiences. Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 19 at Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Ave., Westchester. $22+. (310) 645-5156;

The Magic of Numbers:“Formulae & Fairytales” @ The Broad Stage Invertigo Dance Theatre throws a little bit of Snow White folklore into this sexy and heady dance theatre production about the life of math genius Alan Turing, who brilliantly broke Nazi coded messages during WWII and, according to urban myth, died by eating an apple laced with cyanide. Two performances only: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday (Sept. 13 & 14) at The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. $49 to $79. (310) 434-3200;

Hollywood Dreamer:“Corina, From Lap Dance to Sundance” @ Santa Monica Playhouse Incorporating sinuous cumbia, salsa and merengue moves, Corina Calderon retells her journey from working as a stripper in Austin, Texas, to being cast as the lead in a Sundance nominatedfilm — including how she hid her unconventional career path from her traditional Mexican-American Catholic family and fought for her dream to make it Hollywood. One performance only: 8 p.m. Saturday (Sept. 14) at Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. $20. (310) 394-9779; Clowning Around:“On Beckett” @ Kirk Douglas Theatre Tony-winning actor, comedian and clown Bill Irwin tackles the oeuvre of Samuel Beckett with vaudevillian antics, slapstick comedy and dance in this intimate 90-minute show. Opens Friday (Sept. 13) and continues at 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 27 at Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City. $30 to $75. (213) 628-2772;

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 the daughter of Apollo as she talks with stones, rides elevators in the underworld and finds companionship in her late father’s ghost. Last shows: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday (Sept. 13, 14 & 15) at City Garage in Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave., 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 at the Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West L.A. $10 to $37. (310) 477-2055, ext. 2;

Flash of Genius: “Andy Warhol’s Tomato” @ Pacific Resident Theatre When a teenage Andy Warhol finds himself in the basement of a working class bar in Pittsburgh, he receives inspiration, guidance and friendship from a surprising source. Now playing at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 29 at Pacific Resident Theatre, 703 Venice Blvd., Venice. $15 to $34. (310) 8228392; 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. Run extended: 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 24 at Pacific Resident Theatre, 705½ Venice Blvd., Venice. $25 to $34. (310) 822-8392; pacificresidenttheatre. com

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Expect lots of culinary-based tributes, including contests, poetry, spoken word and still life paintings, as well as music by popular Xicana indie post-punk band Ella and a full-on drag show at a pop-up beer garden. Venice Blvd., from Inglewood Blvd. to Lyceum Ave., Mar Vista. Free.

Mar Vista Art Walk: “Spectrum,” 4 to 10 p.m. The Mar Vista Art Walk celebrates the LGBTQ+ community and marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots with the theme “Spectrum,” also honoring the life of Blaze N. Bernstein, a gifted young food writer whose life was cut short by an alleged hate crime last January.

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Revenge of the Grrrls on Film @ LMU LMU follows up its 2016 Grrrls on Film punk music and movie festival with a one-night sequel on Saturday, Sept. 14, featuring a meaty discussion panel and a double feature at its Mayer Theater (1 LMU Drive, Westchester). Gina Birch and Helen McCookerybook’s documentary “Stories from the She Punks,” about London’s underground punk scene, kicks things off at 5 p.m. A panel on Vivien Goldman’s new book “Revenge of the She-Punks” features punk legend Alice Bag, queercore leader Drew Arriola Sands, and Fela Kuti collaborator Sandra Izsadore at 6:15 p.m. Cap off the night at 8:30 p.m. with a rare screening of the 1982 Diane Lane and Laura Dern cult film “Ladies and Gentleman, The Fabulous Stains.” — Christina Campodonico Free, but RSVPs for each panel or screening are required. Search “Revenge of the Grrrls on Film” at

A Fresh Take on Italian

Light & Shadow

Santa Monica’s dnj Gallery exhibits large-scale photos taken without a camera Karen Amy Finkel Fishof is not your typical photographer. For starters, she doesn’t use a camera. Instead, Finkel Fishof stages scenes on light-sensitive photo paper, which she exposes to light and then processes in a darkroom, much like traditional film photography. The resulting black-andwhite silhouettes, each one a unique interplay of light and shadow, are known as photograms. “I love the anticipation and surprise of seeing how the exposures reveal once placed in the developer. I get such a thrill because it’s tasting event on Santa Monica Pier showcases the city’s best chefs and restaurants while raising money to keep our oceans and beaches clean. Enjoy food, beer, wine, live music and games. $65 to $100.

“Redline” and “Ghost in the Shell” Double Feature, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. This anime double feature showcases a violent intergalactic drag race taking place on a cyborg-run planet in “Redline” and a sentient computer program that tries to control the cyber and human worlds in “Ghost in the Shell.” Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica. $12. The Salty Suites, Phil Salazar & The Kin Folk, 8 p.m. Three-piece acoustic band The Salty Suites perform pop-bluegrass, followed by Phil Salazar & The Kin Folk’s mix of rock, blues, country, jazz and Irish music. McCabe’s Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. $25. (310) 828-4497; Jazz Bakery: Spider’s Egg Sextet, 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Spider’s

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customers are used to finding in Italian food. The rigatoni All’Amatriciana comes bursting with the traditional guanciale, or cured pig cheek, that makes the sauce so luscious you might just lick the plate. Cocktails, playful and traditional, make a grand showing at Terzo. The Pisticci Sour — a blend of bourbon, amaro Lucano, lemon, egg white and sugar — comes frothed up, like a Pisco sour, and mixes sweet and sour to perfection. Another fun choice is the Hard Black Cherry Soda, a mix of fernet Jelinek, black cherry puree and bitters. The drink brings to mind a sophisticated rum and Coke — or maybe rum and Cherry Coke, to be

exact. But mmmm … it tastes like being on vacation. If you still have room, indulge a little more with the ricotta doughnuts. Cozy like a cashmere blanket, these beauties come in a pool of honey, dusted with fennel pollen. The word “terzo” in Italian signifies a third place in life — a space to enjoy yourself, beyond work and home. Really, do you need any further invitation? Dive into fresh heirloom tomatoes and peaches or wood-roasted Spanish octopus at Terzo Photos by Melissa Valladares

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Saturday night at dnj Gallery in Santa Monica. Her largescale photograms cover not only the walls of the main gallery, but also the floor — a piece titled “Walk This Way” encourages gallery visitors to walk on it, quite literally following the footsteps depicted in the piece. Think of it as a giant welcome mat for the exhibit, she says. — Kathy Leonardo

“Boy,” a photogram by Karen Amy Finkel Fishof a moment captured in time,” she says. Finkel Fishof’s latest work is featured in a solo exhibition titled “Radiate,” opening Egg Sextet is an innovative jazz ensemble featuring guitarist Pedro Martins, singer and keyboardist Genevieve Artadi, saxophonist David Binney, alto saxophonist Sebastian Gille, bassist Frederico Heliodoro and drummer Antonio Loureiro. Moss Theater, 3131 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica. $35. “History of Venice”: A Night of Literature & Art, 8 p.m. Author and journalist Pat Thomas interviews former Beyond Baroque director Tosh Berman about his memoir “Tosh, Growing Up In Wallace Berman’s World.” The live programming comes as part of a month-long exhibit on Venice’s history. Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice. $10. (310) 822-3006; We Are The West Underground Concert Series w/Mark Hart Music, Gerald Lollie and Renata, 8 p.m. to midnight. Mark Hart Music (Crowded House, Supertramp), Gerald Lollie on turntables and Renata join inventive folk-pop five-piece We Are The West in the next installment of their Underground Series — parking garage concerts that happen on Saturday

“Radiate” opens with a reception from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at dnj Galllery (3015 Ocean Park Blvd., Santa Monica), where it remains on display through Oct. 26. Call (310) 315-3551 or visit dnjgallery. net for more information. nights before a full moon. 701 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica. Niki J. Crawford, 9 p.m. to midnight. Singer-songwriter Niki J. Crawford constructs funk and R&B songs with poignant lyrics and a soulful sound at Harvelle’s, 1432 4th St., Santa Monica. $12. (310) 395-1676; santamonica. Coyote Party Band, 10 p.m. Highenergy party band Coyote play modern and classic rock covers for an eclectic mix to keep you dancing all night. Basement Tavern, 2640 Main St., Santa Monica.

Sunday, Sept. 15 Jet to Jetty Beach 5 & 10K Walk/ Run, 6:30 a.m. This beach race fundraiser for the Airport Marina Counseling Service is for people of all ages and levels, whether just starting out or an avid racer. On-site registration and packet pickup begin at 6:30 a.m., 10-mile bike ride at 7:30 a.m., 5K and 10K walk/run at 8 a.m., kid’s fun run (ages 2 to 9) at 9 a.m., and

Street Symphony String Quartet, 11 a.m. Creating authentic, powerful engagements between professional and emerging artists among communities disenfranchised by homelessness and incarceration, Street Symphony presents free world-class musical performances. Laemmle Monica Film Center, 1332 2nd St., Santa Monica. Free. Liquid Kitty Punk Rock BBQ, featuring Mike Watt, Trulio Disgracias, & Lawndale, 1 to 6 p.m. New venue, same punk rock attitude, featuring bands Herbert, The Wrinkling Brothers, Lawndale, Mike Watt & the Missingmen and Trulio Disgracias. Grab a cheap beer and free hotdog at this afternoon of punk music. Harvelle’s, 1432 4th St., Santa Monica. No cover. (310) 395-1676; McFingerstyle Guitar Fest Concert, 8 p.m. This concert of expert guitar players features performances by Mary Flower, Jake Faulkner, Pete Steinberg and more. McCabe’s Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. $25. (310) 828-4497;

Monday, Sept. 16 The Hot Club of L.A., 9 p.m. Every Monday night The Hot Club of L.A. captivates audiences with the hot sounds of gypsy jazz and hearkening back to 1930s Paris. The Cinema Bar, 3967 Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City. No cover. (310) 390-1328;

Tuesday, Sept. 17 Public Transportation Workshop for Seniors, 12:30 p.m. Learn how to use public transportation, explore Los Angeles and meet new peers with Metro’s on the Move Riders Program. Westchester Senior Center, 8740 Lincoln Blvd., Westchester. Free. (310) 695-7030; “Holiday” Screening, 1 p.m. Society girl Katharine Hepburn falls in love with her sister’s fiancé (Cary Grant) in what many call the greatest nonconformist comedy film ever. Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica. $6. Ballona 2020, 6 p.m. The Sierra Club Airport-Marina Group invites locals to “Save Ballona Again.” Watch a short presentation on how climate action, groundwater, reforesting and renewable energy intersect with saving Ballona

Light The Barricades @ Annenberg Community Beach House Pause and sit with your thoughts at the new Light the Barricades art installation at the Annenberg Community Beach House (415 Pacific Coast Hwy., Santa Monica). One of three interactive art walls created by artists James A. Reeves and Candy Chang for the Annenberg Space for Photography’s upcoming exhibit “W|ALLS: Defend, Divide, and the Divine,” this particular barrier asks you to contemplate your doubt and what makes you afraid. Dark subject matter for sure, but somehow taking that deep dive by the beach — with waves and seagulls sounds off in the background — makes going there less scary. Get lost in the grains of sand sticking between your toes and falling through the minihour glasses inlayed into the art piece, which you get to turn when you start your mediation. On a lighter note, the whole thing lights up with a brilliant glow at night, making it an interesting object to encounter under the stars. — Christina Campodonico “Light The Barricades” is on view in Santa Monica through Sept. 22. Visit

The Power of Context “The Tipping Point” author Malcom Gladwell unpacks disastrous social miscues in new book “Talking to Strangers” In tonal languages (e.g., Ibibio or Mandarin), slight shifts in pitch change a word’s meaning, so listening to nuance and context is essential. That comes to mind reading Malcolm Gladwell’s timely new book, “Talking to Strangers,” which analyzes consequences of disregarding context. Writing with trademark lucidity, Gladwell frames it with Sandra Bland’s 2015 suicide, presenting officer Brian Encinia’s roadside exchange with Bland as a tragic microcosm of societal misunderstandings. “The right way to talk to strangers is with caution and humility,” he writes. Where and when you confront a stranger is profoundly consequential, “because those two things powerfully influence your interpretation of who the stranger is.” Historical records, case studies and court transcripts illuminate the Ferguson unrest, the Stanford rape case, and “mismatched” public figures — those whose demeanor doesn’t match their truthfulness — including Amanda Knox, whose case, in Gladwell’s hands, surpris-

Wetlands Ecological Reserve for future generations. Afterward, create posters and banners. Burton Chace Park Community Room, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey. Free. (310) 613-1175 The Sausage Co., 9 p.m. East Coasters Laurie and Sami bring their eclectic sound and style to The Basement Tavern, 2640 Main St., Santa Monica.

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Malcom Gladwell ingly reflects public character. Bernie Madoff, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, “Queen of Cuba” spy Ana Montes, and Larry Nassar also weave through his narrative, shadowed by Bland’s death. Examining Sylvia Plath’s 1963 suicide, and Britain’s subsequent plunge in suicides after converting from “town” to natural gas, Gladwell notes that half of America’s annual suicides use handguns; what would happen if the US, like Britain, “eradicated its leading cause of suicide” by “uncoupling” potential suicides from their favored exit visa? “Those few who were determined to try again would be forced to choose from far-lessdeadly options, such as overdosing on pills, which is fifty-five times less likely to result in death

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than using a gun … banning handguns would save 10,000 lives a year, just from thwarted suicides. That’s a lot of people.” It’s also a volatile topic deserving attention when Gladwell speaks in Culver City on Monday. — Bliss Bowen Live Talks LA hosts Malcolm Gladwell discussing his book “Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About the People We Don’t Know” at 8 p.m. Monday (Sept. 16) in the Frost Auditorium, 4401 Elenda St., Culver City. Tickets are $55, including a signed book, at

L.A. County Design Control Board Meeting, 1:30 p.m. This countyappointed body reviews project designs and policy initiatives of Regional Planning and the L.A. County Dept. of Beaches and Harbors each third Wednesday of the month. Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 305-9503; Meditations on Media, 6 to 9 p.m. Gerry Fialka’s stimulating soiree inventories the psychic effects of media on individuals and society, and muses on why they are ignored. Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice. Free. (310) 306-7330; Unkle Monkey Show, 6 to 9 p.m. Local favorites perform acoustic music and comedy each Wednesday in the Tiki Bar, with special guest appearances including an Elvis impersonator. The Warehouse Restaurant, 4499 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. No cover. (310) 823-5451; “Belle Epoque” Special Anniversary Screening, 7 p.m. Spanish comedy “Belle Epoque,” set in 1931 at the beginning of the Spanish Civil War,

chronicles the amorous adventures of army deserter Fernando as he hides out in the country house of a reclusive painter Manolo, where Fernando’s lust is aroused by Manolo’s four daughters. The temperature rises when the opera singer family matriarch returns from her world tour. Laemmle Royal, 11523 Santa Monica Blvd., West L.A. $13. (310) 478-3836; Twilight on Pier: “Aussie Splash” with Methyl Ethyl, Lila Gold, & Lisa Richards, 7 to 10 p.m. Exploring different cultures and the rich diversity within those cultures, the Twilight on the Pier free concert series continues with Aussie art pop and indie music by Methyl Ethel and Lila Gold on the main stage, and folk artist Lisa Richards on the west end stage. Santa Monica Pier. Free. Christopher Hawley Rollers, 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Surfer, guitarist and singer-songwriter Christopher Hawley and his band perform songs like a series of character studies from their new album “Stories.” TR!P, 2101 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica. $5. (310) 396-9010;

Museums &Galleries John Alcantara, Anne Axelrad and Mercedes Garcia Art Exhibit, through Wednesday, Sept. 18. Santa Monica College Emeritus Art Gallery presents an exhibit created by three painters brought together through an interest in surrealist painting and expressive art-making. SMC Emeritus Art Gallery, 1227 Second St., Santa Monica. Free. (310) 434-4306

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Chicago to Santa Monica, Route 66 is synonymous with the freedom of the open road. This exhibit emphasizes the Mother Road’s role in westward expansion, featuring early driving guides, historic photographs, iconic signage and vintage ephemera. Santa Monica History Museum, 1350 7th St., Santa Monica. $10. (310) 395-2290;

“The Exact Moment It Happens in the West,” through Sept. 28. Visual artist, musician and playwright Terry Allen presents an exhibit of nearly 100 drawings dating from the ’60s to the present, along with sculptural objects, video installations and audio from his various albums and radio plays. L.A. Louver, 45 N. Venice Blvd., Venice. (310) 822-4955; “California’s Route 66: Hiding in Plain Sight,” through Oct. 19. More than a 2,448-mile highway connecting

“Fear in the Sky,” through Oct. 19. Renowned art dealer and broadcaster Molly Barnes curates this exhibit examining flying things living or mechanical, real or imagined. Fine Arts Gallery, West Los Angeles College,

9000 Overland Ave., Culver City. Free.

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“Centennial: 100 Years of Otis College Alumni,” through Dec. 7. Otis College’s “Centennial” exhibit presents selected works by notable alumni from the 1920s to the 2010s, offering a glimpse into both the range of artists who attended Otis as well as work that represents a specific moment and focus. Ben Maltz Gallery, 9045 Lincoln Blvd., Westchester. (310) 665-6800; otis.ed Send event information at least 10 days in advance to calendar

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