Author: The Argonaut

The High Life on a Low Budget

Tips and tricks for Westside extravagance on the cheap The entertainment business can be feast or famine, so comedy writer Marilyn Anderson has learned a thing or two about saving a buck. In her new book “How to Live Like a Millionaire When You’re a Million Short,” she reveals a plethora of tips and tricks to live the Westside lifestyle on a tight budget. Told through comical personal anecdotes, the book offers advice on affording everything from nightlife and traveling to designer clothing. It’s part consumer guide, part memoir. Anderson, whose writing resume includes “Murphy Brown” and “FAME,” lived...

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Capture the Moment

‘Before They Go’ documents Venice artists and their workspaces as the threat of displacement looms large By Christina Campodonico Photographer Debbie Zeitman has lived in Venice since 1985, but it wasn’t until recently that she started focusing her camera on the people and places around her — namely artists and their studios. When she heard last summer that more than a dozen artists would be forced to leave their workspaces at 361 Vernon Ave. to make way for renovations that would raise rents, pricing many of them out, Zeitman went to work. “Time was of the essence,” Zeitman told...

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Westside Calendar

Thursday, June 22 LAX Coastal Chamber’s LAeXpo, 4 to 7:30 p.m. Get to know your community and network with local business leaders. There will be kids’ activities, face painting, raffle prizes and giveaways and a ‘Taste Of’ event featuring 10 restaurants. Playa Vista CenterPointe Club, 6200 Playa Vista Drive, Playa Vista. Free to attend; $10 for Taste of. (310) 645-5151; Beach Eats, 4:30 to 9 p.m. Thursdays. The weekly festival of food trucks with a scenic harbor backdrop returns to Mother’s Beach, Lot 10, 4101 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 305-9545; Surfside Bar & Grill Ribbon...

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On Stage – The week in local theater

Compiled by Christina Campodonico A Little Bit of Whimsy: “Seussical the Musical” @ Morgan Wixson Theatre Beloved Dr. Seuss characters — The Cat in the Hat, Horton the elephant, lazy Mayzie, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz and Jojo the Who — come to life in this fantastical, Tony-winning musical for kids and adults. Opens Saturday (June 24) and continues at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through July 29 at Morgan-Wixson Theatre, 2627 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. $23 to $28. (310) 828-7519; The Family Tree: “Lost and Found” @ Santa Monica Playhouse Part of Santa Monica...

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Hollywood Comes Home

New tax credits are bringing film production jobs back to Los Angeles By Bonnie Eslinger Even in sunny Southern California, November is not the best month for a day at the beach. But for several days last winter, a stretch of sand in Venice was taken over by hundreds of bikini and shorts-clad sunbathers, colorful umbrellas, beach balls and gigantic inflatable pink flamingos. The spectacle turned out to be a bit of movie magic: a scene being shot for Disney’s highly anticipated film “A Wrinkle in Time,” based on the 1963 novel by Madeleine L’Engle. And while the film...

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