Author: The Argonaut

‘Chance and Circumstance’

Ed Moses debuts new paintings at Bergamot Station Ed Moses may be almost 91, but that hasn’t stopped him from compulsively creating new work. The famed Venice artist and alum of the West L.A.-based Cool School art movement presents his newest paintings — completed since last year’s landmark retrospective “Moses@90” — on Saturday at Bergamot Station’s William Turner Gallery. “Chance and Circumstance” (a nod to Moses’ Buddhist practice) features the artist’s latest grid paintings, in which thick bands of black, white and gray paint crisscross the canvases, while splatters of vivid, sometimes neon colors punctuate the geo-metric scenes. The...

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The Advice Goddess

Pleaser Burn My problem is that I’ll go on one or two dates with a girl and then get the whole “I just wanna be friends.” And they really mean that. They want me to do lunch and go shopping and talk on the phone about their guy problems. How can I nicely tell these girls, “I don’t want to hurt your feelings, but no, I’m not going to be your friend — and I especially don’t want to hear about your new guy”? I guess the problem boils down to the fact that I don’t want to make...

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Neighborhood Watch: St. Patrick’s Day Morning @ Brennan’s Pub

Keeping a time-honored tradition, LMU students party at the break of dawn Early morning classes may be a drag, but Loyola Marymount University students enthusiastically toasted the St. Patrick’s Day sunrise with glasses of green beer at Brennan’s Pub in Marina del Rey. LMU kids have been celebrating St. Patrick’s Day at Brennan’s as long as LMU kids can remember, and last Friday they were already in full party mode by our photographer’s 6:30 a.m. arrival. The expansive Irish pub with a packed calendar of no-cover live music — known far and wide for its Thursday-evening turtle races —...

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

Intercultural Dumpling Making Party @ Camera Obscura Art Lab Dumplings come in various shapes and sizes, but many cultures share the tradition of making pouches of dough stuffed with yummy goodness. On March 11, Camera Obscura Art Lab Artist-in-Residence Grace Hwang invited participants to learn about dumplings from around the world at an Intercultural Dumpling Making Party. “My main focus was to take something, like the dumpling, that each culture has modified and created as their own comfort food, and make connections between them,” said Hwang, who invited four chefs to demonstrate making dumplings. Chefs Jessica Li made Chinese...

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Westside Calendar

Thursday, March 23 L.A. Opera Talk: “The Tales of Hoffman,” 1 p.m. An LA Opera community educator provides an entertaining audiovisual presentation on this opera by Jacques Offenbach. Hoffman’s boozy recollections recount the stories of the fascinating women who have captured his heart — wind-up doll Olympia, conniving Giulietta, fragile Antonia and elusive Stella. Venice Abbot Kinney Memorial Branch Library, 501 S. Venice Blvd., Venice. Free. (310) 821-1769; lapl.org Culver City Woman’s Club Spring Fiesta Fundraiser, 5 to 8 p.m. Featuring a fashion show, free hors d’oeuvres and soft drinks, cocktails at happy hour prices, door prizes and a...

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