Author: The Argonaut

The Advice Goddess

Caveheart I’m a woman in my 30s. I love parties and talking to people — and thank God, because I attend networking events for work. My boyfriend, on the other hand, is an introvert, hates talking to strangers, and loathes “shindigs.” How do we balance my longing to go to parties with his desire to stay home?   — Party Girl     Taking an introvert to a party can be a challenge. On the other hand, if it’s a Fourth of July party, you know where to find him: hiding in the bathtub with the dogs. I actually have...

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Music Without Borders

Venice’s John Beasley joins Quincy Jones for an inter-national celebration in Cuba By Christina Campodonico Sunday is International Jazz Day, and musicians from all over the world will be celebrating in Havana, Cuba. Fortunately, you don’t need a passport to see it. The event is being livestreamed at jazzday.com. Leading the musical operation will be Grammy-nominated Venice pianist, composer and arranger John Beasley, who serves as music director for the UNESCO-sponsored world event co-chaired by jazz legend Herbie Hancock. Beasley got the Grammy nod for his band’s homage to Thelonious Monk on Vol. 1 of their self-titled album “MONK’estra”...

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Arts & Enlightenment

Laemmle Live continues with Street Symphony, Jamie Lee Curtis and Denny Croy of McCabe’s Tickets for this Sunday’s Street Symphony concert at Laemmle’s Monica Film Center may be sold out, but Laemmle Live Program Director Sheryl Myerson says a short film about Street Symphony will be screened at every theater in the Laemmle chain between April 28 and May 4, before regular film showings. Produced by Upworthy, the two-minute film is intended to spread the word about the nonprofit’s mission: presenting concerts by professional musicians for homeless and prison communities, and raising awareness of homelessness with audiences who don’t...

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Movies & Movement

“To the Sea” merges cinema and dance on Santa Monica Pier By Christina Campodonico L.A. choreographer Jacob Jonas got his start in dance as a teenager busking on the Venice Boardwalk, cutting his teeth with the Calypso Tumblers and the late street dance legend Vincent “Mr. Animation” Foster. “My heart has always been in the art form of dance,” says Jonas, whose unique brand of break dancing and ballet has earned him accolades in the press and sold out runs at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. Now the 25-year-old Santa Monica local and founder of Jacob...

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Santa Monica Life: Pleasures, Pastimes & the Spirit of the City

Record Store Day @ Record Surplus The Grammy-nominated California Feetwarmers provided a bouncy ragtime and early jazz soundtrack for Saturday’s 10th annual Record Store Day celebration at Record Surplus. “A couple of times I just wanted to break out into a dance, but I figured that I’ll let the little kids do that,” said store owner Neil Canter. The California Feetwarmers tickled the toes and eardrums of more than 100 patrons who came out to peruse some 350 limited-edition vinyl pressings offered as part of the annual event celebrating independent records stores. Some were in line as early as...

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