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Posted August 27, 2014 by The Argonaut in This Week
Thursday, Aug. 28

Chess Club, 4:15 p.m. Kids ages 5 to 16 can learn to play chess or improve their strategy through free classes each Thursday at Venice-Abbot Kinney Library, 501 S. Venice Blvd., Venice. (310) 821-1769; lapl.org/branches

Balance and Fitness Class, 7 p.m. Free class offered Thursdays; also 9:45 a.m. Saturdays. Class builds total core strength with squats, push-ups, lunges and other techniques utilizing StrongBoard Balance, a new fitness product. Equipment provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey. $5 donation recommended, with proceeds earmarked for Heal the Bay. (310) 804-0514; strongboardbalance.com

Lee “Scratch” Perry with Mexico 68, 7 p.m. The Grammy-winning musician has worked with Bob Marley, The Clash and The Beastie Boys. Now the “Police & Thieves” singer/songwriter returns to California to play a free Santa Monica Pier show. Will he attract as big a crowd as last summer’s Twilight Concert Series closer and rival reggae legend Jimmy Cliff? He is, after all, also known as the Upsetter! Santamonicapier.org

“The Bad News Bears,” 7:30 p.m. The loveable 1976 comedy featuring Walter Matthau as the grumpy coach of a rag-tag kiddie baseball team. Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica. $14. (310) 260-1528; aerotheatre.com

Showtime Dinner Club, 7:30 p.m. The theatre-going group will meet to attend William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at the Actor’s Gang, 9070 Venice Blvd., Culver City. $15. Send monetary reservations to J.  Adrienne Pender, 7049 Flight #203, Westchester 90045. Call (310) 215-1892.

Sundown Stand-Up: Venice Beach Revival, 8 p.m. Every Thursday, area comedians bring spoken word and comedy performance back to the Venice Bistro, 323 Ocean Front Walk, Venice. No cover. (310) 392-3997; thevenicebistro.com

People the Kangaroo, 9 p.m. The alternative rock act gets the crowd jumping at Witzend, 1717 Lincoln Blvd., Venice. $10. All ages; 1 item minimum. (310) 305-4792; witzendlive.com

Friday, Aug. 29

Cigar & Whiskey Night, 5 p.m. Grab a $5 cigar from Hollywood Smoke and hoist a $5 bourbon by Bulleit while learning to roll cigars. Last Friday of each month on the patio. Whiskey Red’s, 13813 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 823-4522; whiskeyreds.com

“The Kid”/”Modern Times,” 7:30 p.m. A rare chance to see two of Charlie Chaplin’s most iconic silent films, featuring his beloved Tramp character, on the big screen. Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica. $14. (310) 260-1528; aerotheatre.com

Disco Dust, 10 p.m. The group delivers Friday night fever at Witzend, 1717 Lincoln Blvd., Venice. $10. All ages; 1 item minimum. (310) 305-4792; witzendlive.com

Saturday, Aug. 30

“Lord of the Rings” Trilogy, 1 p.m. Peter Jackson’s original Oscar-winning films, based on the J .R.R. Tolkein mythos, screens back-to-back-to-back. Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica. $14. (310) 260-1528; aerotheatre.com

Saturday Jam Sessions, 2 to 6 p.m. Hang out with cool musicians and jam out on stage. Open to all; first come, first play. TRiP, 2101 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica. No cover. (310) 396-9010; tripsantamonica.com

“You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown!” 3 to 4 p.m. A musical based on cartoonist Charles M. Schulz’s beloved characters, recommended for ages 3 and up. Also on Sunday, same time. Runs until Sept. 7 at Promenade Playhouse, 1404 3rd St. Promenade, Santa Monica. $12 to $20. (310) 804-0223; creatingarts.org

DJs and Waves, 8 p.m. Dance under the stars and enjoy special summer dinner and cocktail menus at Whiskey Red’s, 13813 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 823-4522; whiskeyreds.com

JC Villafan, House of Vibe, 10 p.m. Bring in the noise, bring in the funk at Witzend, 1717 Lincoln Blvd., Venice. $10. All ages; 1 item minimum. (310) 305-4792; witzendlive.com

Sunday, Aug. 31

Seaside Soireé, 2 to 9 p.m. Silent Dance Parties (using headphones) run Sundays throughout summer on the west end of Santa Monica Pier. $10. silentfrisco.com

“Los Angeles Plays Itself,” 5 p.m. Thom Andersen’s mesmerizing 2003 documentary uses film clips from hundreds of movies to depict how the City of Angels has been utilized in cinematic history to convey the past, the future or, in the case of “The Exiles,” practically a document of the long-gone Bunker Hill era, its present. Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica. $14. (310) 260-1528; aerotheatre.com

Sunday Jazz Suppers, 7 p.m.  Local bands create a lounge atmosphere on the patio of Whiskey Red’s, 13813 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 823-4522; whiskeyreds.com

The Toledo Show, 8 p.m. A cabaret show held on Sunday nights at Harvelle’s, 1432 4th St., Santa Monica. $10. (310) 395-1676; santamonica.harvelles.com

Live Blues and Soul at the Brig, 10:30 p.m. The Abbot Kinney bar features live blues and soul every Wednesday night. No cover. The Brig, 1515 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice. (310) 399-7537; thebrig.com

Monday, Sept. 1

Optimist Club Meeting, 9:30 a.m. Meets on Mondays at the Coffee Bean, 13020 Pacific Promenade, Playa Vista. (310) 215-1892

Balance and Mobility Program, noon to 1:30 p.m. For people who feel unsteady on their feet and have concerns about falling, this program helps improve confidence, posture and reduce risk of falling. $15 per class; also meets Thursdays. Holy Nativity Parish, 6700 W. 83rd St., Westchester. (310) 670-4777; spiritedbalance.com

Learn to Knit, 5 to 6:30 p.m. Knitting classes every Monday at Santa Monica Public Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica. Bring supplies. (310) 458-8600; smpl.org
Music and Me Class, 5:30 p.m. Music classes for children half a year to four years old in both Russian and English, includes guitar, drums, voice and violin lessons. Kids can enjoy singing and dancing to music, learning rhymes, counting and colors. $18 per class. Music Teacher LA, 1400 Palawan Way, Marina del Rey. (424) 488-3361; musicteacherLA.com

Comics on the Spot, 7:45 p.m. Weekly Monday-night stand up comedy show, following a 7 p.m. open mic, at the Warehouse Restaurant, 4499 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey; $5, no drink minimum. To sign up, call Vicky at (310) 883-4177.

Stand Up Mondays, 8 to 10 p.m. Live comedy every Monday at Danny’s Venice, 23 Windward Ave., Venice. No cover. (310) 566-5610; dannysvenice.com

Tuesday, Sept. 2

Tidewater Goby Exhibit, 2 p.m. The tidewater goby, an endangered species featured in only one other aquarium in the nation, takes center underwater stage in a special exhibit alongside 100 other types of local marine life at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium. $5; kids 12 and under free. (310) 393-6149; healthebay.org

Neighborhood Council of Westchester-Playa, 6:30 p.m. The council meets the first Tuesday of each month at the Westchester Building Community Room, 7166 W. Manchester Ave. Westchester. ncwpdr.org

Life Drawing Tuesdays, 7 to 9:30 p.m. YWCA offers uninstructed life drawing classes with diverse models each Tuesday. $15 per week or buy four sessions at discount. YWCA Santa Monica/Westside, 2019 14th St., Santa Monica. (310) 452-3881; smywca.org

Wednesday, Sept. 3

Adult Yoga, 10:15 a.m. Bring a mat and get ready to breathe! All levels welcome. Venice-Abbot Kinney Library, 501 S. Venice Blvd., Venice. (310) 821-1769; lapl.org/branches/venice

Speakers by the Sea Toastmasters Club, 11 a.m. to noon. Improve your skills for public speaking.  12000 Vista del Mar, Conference Room 230A, Playa del Rey. (310) 559 2834

Unkle Monkey, 6 to 9 p.m. Local duo performs tropical music and folk rock on guitar, ukulele, congas and steel drum each Wednesday, with special guests each week. No cover. All ages. The Warehouse, 4499 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 823-5451; mdrwarehouse.com

Election endorsements, 6:30 p.m. The Santa Monica Democratic Club is holding a meeting for members to discuss endorsements for local candidates. Democrats who are candidates for the Santa Monica City Council, the rent control board, the Santa Monica College Board of Trustees and the Santa Monica –Malibu Unified School District school board will be considered, with those received 55% support getting the club’s endorsement. The meeting is public but only members may vote. Santa Monica Public Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica. santamonicademocrats.com
Sunset Live, 7 p.m. Waterfront music series features emerging singer/songwriters and bands under the stars, with extended happy hour until the sun goes down. For bookings, contact jason@hlpresents.com. Whiskey Red’s, 13813 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 823-4522; whiskeyreds.com

Live Blues and Soul at the Brig, 10:30 p.m. The Abbot Kinney bar features live blues and soul every Wednesday night. No cover. The Brig, 1515 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice. (310) 399-7537; thebrig.com

Thursday, Sept. 4

Emilia Phillips, 8 p.m.  The Richmond, Virginia-based “Signaletics” author shares and discusses her poetry in the Mike Kelley Gallery. Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice. Free. (310) 822-3006; beyondbaroque.org

Lost Marauders, Dirty Birdy, Stemlife, DTWA, Burst Mode, 8 p.m.  An eclectic bill of contemporary music sets the tone at The Good Hurt, 12249 Venice Blvd., Mar Vista. (310) 390-1076; goodhurt.com

Cuñao, 9 p.m. Originally from Ecuador by way of Queens, L.A.-based singer-songwriter Julio C. Montero mixes South American folk, ‘60-‘70’s romantic ballads, tropical and cumbia, electronic and rock. Witzend, 1717 Lincoln Blvd., Venice. $10. All ages; 1 item minimum. (310) 305-4792; witzendlive.com

Galleries & Museums

“California Open 2014,” through Friday. Annual juried show featuring nearly 50 artists from all over California returns. TAG Gallery, Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave., D3, Santa Monica. (310) 829-9556; taggallery.net

“2014 Summer Exhibition,” through Saturday. Annual summer show features 14 artists represented by FIG Gallery. First Independent Gallery, Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave., G6, Santa Monica. (310) 829-0345; figgallery.com

Douglas C. Bloom’s “Seismic Light,” through Saturday. Bloom’s latest batch of oil paintings trades in his longtime interior concerns for some bold, enigmatic outdoor surreal-scapes. Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave., G2, Santa Monica. (310) 829-3300; ruthbachofnergallery.com

“Masters of Illusion,” through Saturday. Exhibition of artists who have mastered the art of visual illusion with pieces covering photorealism, optical art, trompe-l’oeil and new forms of sculpture that tease the eye and bend the mind. Includes artists Mikel Glass, Alex Schaffer, Vincent Tomczyck, Ryan Mcintosh, Jack Reilly, Nick Veasey, Carol Powell, Ted Gall, Michelle Neilsen, Lizzy Waronker, Mike Saijo, Susie Loucks, Simone Gad, Rex Bruce, Poppy Lawman, Douglas Alvarez, Timothy Bailey, Alessandro Diddi,  Colin Glasgow, Gary Raymond, Nathan Cartwright and Danielle Eubank. bG Gallery 1431 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica. (310) 906-4211; info@bgartdealings.com

“Remix Every Second,” through Sept. 6. Latest works by Morten Andersen and Vesod. C.A.V.E. Gallery, 1108 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice. (310) 450-6960; cavegallery.net

Viral Venice Videos Contest, through Sept. 15. A contest open to students everywhere celebrating the art, creativity and community of Venice, sponsored by Hal’s Bar & Grill, V-SCAPE and Missionlines.com  in association with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Venice. Jurors to include Mark Farina, head of Video Lab and instructor at Otis College of Art and Design and the Wildwood School; actress Lori Petty; Ruskin Group Theatre’s Amy and John Ruskin; EMA President of Commercial Production Andrew Halpern; Bizazz Media President Rupert Hitzig; NetStarStudio.com creative director Harry Velasquez; Actors Studio’s Will Munroe; and Venice Arts Programs Director Elysa Voshell. Prizes to be awarded ViralVeniceVideos.org

“Ecotone: Boundaries, Tensions, Integrations,” through Sept. 20. A free exhibition featuring 17 artists, each exploring transitional spaces through photography or video. These works, investigating interactions caused by human displacement and urban encroachments onto nature, question how we relate to places of transience and what exists in these spaces. Venice Art Gallery, 1702 Lincoln Blvd., Venice. (310) 392-0846; venicearts.org

“Warriors of Flames,” through Sept. 27. Photography exhibit chronicling the evolution of the Santa Monica Fire Dept. highlights the equipment used, the firefighters and chiefs, and details the major fires of Santa Monica. Open Tuesdays through Saturdays at Santa Monica History Museum, 1350 7th St., Santa Monica. (310) 395-2290; santamonicahistory.org

“Country: Portraits of an American Sound,” through Sept. 28. More than 100 photos of some of the biggest country music stars snapped by notable Nashville photographers. Plus: mini-documentary films, memorabilia, musical instruments and other items, as well as a jukebox loaded  with “hillbilly ear-pleasers,” in an exhibit open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays at Annenberg Space for Photography, 2000 Ave. of the Stars, Century City. (213) 403-3000; annenbergspaceforphotography.org


7 Comments


  1.  
    Mrs. Davis

    I just love your news paper. I love that you place the events that are “Free”…which give me a chance to enjoy outing with my family at low to no cost. Keep up the good work.




  2.  
    Conny

    I read your paper every week. It gives great local information. Thank you for announcing the newest Venice High Theatre production “ANY NUMBER CAN DIE”, starting tonight at 7.30 PM, for two weekends! It is great to have good local productions with a short commute!




  3.  
    Dorothy Griffen

    Hello…I’m trying to find the article regarding Republic Party meeting to be held at Loyola Marymount in January. I need the date and time.




  4.  
    Delia

    I am from Santa Monica and have lived in Hawai’i for 30 yrs. now and I am sooooo happy I can read news from home and surrounding areas and what’s happening around town in the Argonaut on line. Thank you for making that available.




  5.  

    Thank you for letting everyone know about the Pistachio Novella show tonight. We are much obliged and appreciate The Argonaut’s support.




  6.  
    Gee

    Thanks for getting the word out about Toastmasters Speakers By The Sea Club! Toastmasters is a non-profit with a proven track record for helping people overcome the fear of public speaking. Meetings every Wednesday from 11am-12pm.




  7.  

    Fun times this Sunday at Fisherman’s Village this Sunday August 24 featuring the 2AZZ1 BAND (pronounced “two as one”) 2:00pm to 5:00pm.





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