Author: The Argonaut

A Continuous Wave

Like founder Ger-I Lewis, the annual Venice Surf-A-Thon keeps evolving By Andrew Dubbins Surf’s up this Saturday for the 24th annual Venice Surf-A-Thon, a grassroots local tradition that has evolved from a mentorship gathering for youth beset by gang violence to an intergenerational celebration of community. The contest involves seven back to back age-bracketed heats, including a pro-am with top echelon riders and an “expression session” in which everyone surfs together and beginners can “take down a pro if they want,” says founding organizer Ger-I Lewis. Lewis learned to surf on the Venice Breakwater in the late 1960s and...

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Talent for a Cause

Westchester’s Le Petit Cirque heads to Norway for the Nobel Peace Prize Concert By Christina Campodonico The world is Le Petit Cirque’s stage. Based in a 10,000 square foot studio just minutes away from LAX, the highly-trained company of child prodigy circus artists has performed across the globe and raised nearly $5 million for charity in the process. On Monday the troupe adds a new city to their collective passport: Oslo, Norway, where on Dec. 11 they’ll join host David Oyelowo, R&B star John Legend and some of Scandinavia’s top artists for the 24th annual Nobel Peace Prize Concert....

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The Music of Language

California Poet Laureate Dana Gioia leads an exploration of poetry and song in Santa Monica By Bliss Bowen Though it isn’t always recognized as such, music exists inside language — in the human rhythms of syllables, sentences, diphthongs, breath and accents. That relationship between language and music will be explored throughout “Poetry Through Voice,” a presentation at The Broad Stage this Sunday. Grammy-winning soprano Hila Plitmann, accompanied by musicians from the Salastina Music Society, and composer husband Eric Whitacre (also a Grammy winner, and the LA Master Chorale’s artist-in-residence) are among the artists who will perform between readings by...

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The Incredible Costero

This LAX hotel restaurant defies expectations in the kitchen and the dining room By Richard Foss The environments in which we eat influence our opinion of the food, and it can be interesting to see how architects try to make dining spaces energetic, homelike or tranquil. It can be difficult to trace the inspiration behind modern architecture, but I found perhaps the unlikeliest of influences in a most unexpected place: the Sheraton Hotel at LAX. Costero California Bar + Bistro, not far from the hotel lobby, has conventional furniture but is visually broken up by huge square pillars decorated...

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Westside Calendar

Thursday, Dec. 7 “Did It! From Yippie to Yuppie” Book Discussion, 8 p.m. Author Pat Thomas discusses his book about Jerry Rubin’s eventful life with the likes of Allen Ginsberg, Phil Ochs, Bob Dylan, Timothy Leary, Charles Manson, Mick Jagger and other iconic figures of the era, and explores the often-misunderstood relationship between Rubin and Abbie Hoffman. Beyond Baroque, 681 N. Venice Blvd., Venice. $15. (310) 822-3006; Christmas Concerts, 8 p.m. Thursday and Saturday, Dec. 9. LMU choruses present their annual gala Christmas concerts in the Sacred Heart Chapel, featuring the Consort Singers, Women’s Chamber Ensemble and Concert...

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