Author: The Argonaut

Speaking Through Food

Big Mango Café sends a message that tasty meals can be healthy and fast By Jessica Koslow Without many words, Jonathan Weiss communicates volumes through his cooking. He’s in the kitchen every day at 2:30 a.m., preparing 1,000 catered meals for the surrounding business community. He greets and often hugs his customers at Big Mango Café, a successful restaurant he co-owns with partner Adam Drucker on Waterfront Drive. He’s worked alongside master chefs including Wolfgang Puck, Julia Child and Border Grill co-founder Susan Feniger. And if you don’t pay close enough attention when ordering at the counter, you might...

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Pretty Ugly and Proud

Playa Vista photographer Howie Ronay transforms trash into art By Kelby Vera Howie Ronay never imagined that a bike ride in Chicago would be the catalyst for a life-changing project, but that’s exactly how Pretty Ugly Gallery began. Since 2013, Pretty Ugly has been finding magic and beauty in the imperfect edges of urban life, blossoming from an Instagram account into a full time passion. Now about that bike ride… Ronay was cutting through an alley on his way to the downtown loft he shared with his wife Jennifer (now Pretty Ugly Gallery’s CEO), when something caught his eye....

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An Antidote to the Echo Chamber

Trial By Jury puts audiences in the public policy driver’s seat, provoking unexpected conclusions By Bliss Bowen A casually attired young man walking down the street is stopped by police officers convinced his tattoo is gang insignia. Questioning him, they learn he is an undocumented immigrant — a DACA recipient who has never really known another home and who is less than cooperative when grilled about the gang, implicated in a recent death. He is turned over to immigration officials. To defend himself against deportation, the DACA recipient sues the U.S. government on the grounds that the Constitution guarantees...

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Westside Calendar

Thursday, Oct. 19 L.A. Opera Talk: “Pearl Fishers,” 1 p.m. L.A. Opera community educators present a story of a veiled priestess with a hidden past, pursued by two lifelong friends and romantic rivals. Venice Abbot Kinney Memorial Branch Library, 501 S. Venice Blvd., Venice. (310) 821-1769; lapl.org Venice Jam Session and Music Workshop: Exploring the Blues, 2 to 4 p.m. A new program for musicians, the Venice Jam Session encourages the community to bring their instruments and play. Israel Levin Senior Adult Center, 201 Ocean Front Walk, Venice. $5 monthly fee. (310) 396-0205; jfsla.org LAX Coastal Chamber Networking @...

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On Stage – The week in local theater

Compiled by Christina Campodonico Looking Back: “It’s Time” @ Ruskin Group Theatre CHiPs star Paul Linke’s autobiographical one-man show, about a young man who finds love again after a family tragedy, returns to the Ruskin Group Theatre for an encore presentation. Two performances only: 5 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday (Oct. 21 and 22) at Ruskin Group Theatre, 3000 Airport Ave., Santa Monica. $20 to $25. (310) 397-3244; ruskingrouptheatre.com Hallelujah: Perla Batalla’s “House of Cohen” @ The Edye Grammy-nominated vocalist Perla Batalla pays homage to mentor and friend Leonard Cohen with songs and stories of her time touring...

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