Author: The Argonaut

Jet to Jetty: 29 Years and Running

Playa del Rey’s annual friendly footrace supports local student leadership programs One day a year since 1988, Westchester-Playa locals and dedicated L.A.-area runners get up early on a Sunday morning and head to Dockweiler Beach en masse to run, jog or walk under the LAX flight path in support of a great cause. Word is they have a pretty great time doing it, too. This Sunday the annual Jet to Jetty 5k and 10k run/walk returns to Dockweiler, this time also with a companion 10-mile bicycle race as well as a kid’s fun run closing out the morning’s activities....

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Bring on the Big Brass

Arturo Sandoval closes out the Marina del Rey Summer Concert Series Cuban-American jazz legend Arturo Sandoval brings his brassy brand of transcendent music to Burton Chace Park on Saturday, closing out this season’s Marina del Rey Summer Concert Series with a free evening show sure to bring out a crowd. Known for his virtuosic improvisational skills and famous friendship with Dizzy Gillespie, the standard-bearer of Latin and Afro-Cuban jazz visited Santa Monica High School earlier this year and imparted his professional insights to music students during a master class on the art of jazz. “If you want to play...

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50 Years After the Summer of Love

The Strawberry Alarm Clock return to Venice  for an anniversary concert on the beach By Christina Campodonico If the counterculture revolution known as the Summer of Love lives on through its soundtrack, The Strawberry Alarm Clock’s psychedelic jam “Incense and Peppermints” stands up as an anthem intrinsic to a time when young people would “turn on, tune in and drop out” in hopes of changing the world. Released in May 1967, a month after Jefferson Airplane’s “Somebody to Love” and a week before The Beatles’ “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,” the trippy song reached No. 1 on the...

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Powermeals and More

Lunchtime hotspot Il Forno is still spot on after all these years By Richard Foss It’s been a good 20 years since a friend invited me to join her for lunch at her favorite Italian restaurant, but I still remember being surprised at her choice. Patti seemed ecstatic about the food, and I recall thinking, “Il Fornaio is good for a corporate place, but what’s the big deal?” I wasn’t the first person to confuse independent Santa Monica restaurant Il Forno with the similarly named chain restaurant, and I won’t be the last. (Il Forno translates to “the oven”...

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Master of Invention

‘Godfather of British Blues’ John Mayall embarks on new musical explorations with every live gig By Bliss Bowen It’s strange that we’re living in times of such political chaos and historic consequence, yet so few artists are addressing current events in their songs. Blues and folk in particular have historically lent themselves to that kind of musical commentary. “I’ve always believed in writing about real things going on around us,” says Blues Hall of Famer John Mayall, who has often tucked timely songs into his albums, from “The Laws Must Change” on 1969’s “The Turning Point” to “The Devil...

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