Past Stories
ABOVE: Michael Altman will screen his work alongside films he 
helped his dad make  Below: A family photo of Michael Altman and father Robert Altman
Photos courtesy of Michael Altman

Like Father, Like Son

Rarely seen short films by Robert Altman and Michael Altman’s “American Songwriter” screen Sunday in Venice By Michael Aushenker He was one of cinema’s most eclectic filmmakers, turning Raymond Chandler’s Anglo gumsho...


Brett Morris launched his gamer community on June 15 at Cinemark Playa Vista
Photo by Michael Aushenker

Multiplayers in Multiplexes

Super League Gaming uses excess movie theater capacity to build community among gamers By Michael Aushenker Some 50 excited kids filled a movie theater at the brand new Cinemark Playa Vista multiplex on June 15 —  bouncing, ...


The Moth founder George Dawes Green takes back-porch stories center-stage
Photo by Denise Ofelia Mangen / The Moth

Bringing Flame to The Moth

Storytelling series finds popular success with tales of honesty and vulnerability By Tyler Davidson As long as spoken language has existed, so too has the art of oral storytelling — the act of spinning yarns for a (hopefully)...



Kathy Bates has battled symptoms of lymphedema, including fluid retention and swelling in both arms, for the past three years

Mama Says Knock You Out

Actress Kathy Bates takes her battle with lymphedema to the streets of Santa Monica By Michael Aushenker When The Argonaut caught up with Kathy Bates in May, the Academy Award-winning actress was looking forward to watching “...


In the 1970s, the irascible Ed Asner had roles in two of the highest-rated TV events in history: “Roots” and “Rich Man, Poor Man.”

An Actor with a Voice

Ed Asner, who visits the Activist Support Circle on Friday, has spoken for progressive Hollywood from “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” to “Up” By Michael Aushenker Ed Asner doesn’t remember the gripping read he did of “A...


Quartz Crystals are the featured stone of this year’s Fiesta of Gems

Fiesta of Gems Shines and Sparkles

The 54th annual Fiesta of Gems runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday at the Culver City Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 4117 Overland Ave., Culver City. Free admission and parking. Visit culvercityroc...



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Happy Natsu Matsuri, Del Rey

It’s time once again for the Venice Japanese Community Center’s annual Natsu Matsuri (Summer Festival), a two- day celebration of Japanese and Japanese-American culture in beautiful Del Rey. The family-friendly event doesn...


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The Wizardry of OZ

An opening reception to celebrate the new works of Oz El Hai happens from 6 to 9 p.m. tonight (June 25), at the Qart.com gallery, 480 W. Washington Blvd., Marina del Rey. The exhibit continues through July 2. For more…


Pacific Resident Theatre’s staging of “The Homecoming” (starring Anthony Foux, Jason Downs, Jude Ciccolella, Trent Dawson and Lesley Fera) is fraught with sexual tension
Photo by Erika Boxler

‘Homecoming’ is Where the Heart Isn’t

The team behind last year’s hit production of ‘Henry V’ takes on Nobel laureate Harold Pinter’s savage two-act play By Michael Aushenker Sometimes, you can’t go back home. It’s a sentiment the Pacific Resident Theat...



Marcel Blanco’s “Falcon in Flight,” one of several mixed media canvases currently on display at P32 Gallery in Santa Monica

Fences and Falcons

Once known as the graffiti artist Sel, Marcel Blanco now makes a name for himself painting fine art canvases and legit street murals By Michael Aushenker In the mid-1980s, one could identify the work of artist Marcel Blanco by ...






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