Westside Calendar

Posted October 15, 2014 by The Argonaut in This Week
Thursday, Oct. 16

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

BevMo! Marina del Rey Opening, 6 p.m. A free happy hour celebration in anticipation of BevMo!’s Friday grand opening features such libations as Patron, Mumm Napa, Milagro Tequila, Stella Rosa, Jack Daniel’s and Caricatures Wines. BevMo!, 4214 Lincoln Blvd., Marina del Rey. RSVP via eventbrite.com (search BevMo!).

Spirited Thursdays, 6 to 9 p.m. Set against the backdrop of the all-new, Michael S. Smith-designed lounge, guests at Terrazza can mingle with a rotating roster of beverage professionals — from winemakers and brand founders to celebrated mixologists — showcasing new boutique wine, beer or spirits weekly. For every specialty drink ordered, guests receive a complimentary small plate to pair from Executive Chef Jason Bowlin. Hotel Casa del Mar, 1910 Ocean Way, Santa Monica. Specialty cocktails are $12 to $16 each. (310) 430-7144; hotelcasadelmar

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

“Akira,” 7:30 p.m. See the landmark 1988 post-apocalyptic sci-fi thriller set in Neo-Tokyo from Katsuhiro Ohtomo, (who would not make another animated film until “Steamboy” 16 years later) largely credited for ushering in the anime craze in America. Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica. $14. (310) 260-1528; aerotheatre.com

Sundown Stand-Up: Venice Beach Revival, 8 p.m. On Thursdays, 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

Jacob Jeffries, 9 p.m. Join the singer-songwriter published by Warner Bros. and sponsored by Baldwin Pianos who incorporates influences spanning from The Beatles to Ben Folds. Witzend, 1717 Lincoln Blvd., Venice. $10. All ages; one-item minimum. (310) 305-4792; witzendlive.com

Miss Dakota’s Gypsy Rose, 10 p.m. High-end burlesque at Harvelle’s, 1432 4th St., Santa Monica. 21+; two-drink minimum. (310) 395-1676; harvelles.com

Friday, Oct. 17

“Grand Budapest Hotel,” 6 p.m. Outdoor screening of the West Anderson film plus a free show by indie band Saint Motel, with coffee by Dunkin Donuts and movie-themed cocktails, at Santa Monica Pier. Parking available in the lot north of the pier at 1550 Pacific Coast Hwy. frontporchcinema.com

“Mile…Mile & A Half,” 6:30 p.m. Weekend-long Green Earth Film Festival launches with this documentary chronicling five friends hiking California’s historic John Muir Trail. After-party features live music from Santa Monica alternative rockers Opus Orange and a meet-and-greet with filmmakers over pizza and beer courtesy of South End Venice and Angel City Brewery. Green Earth also runs on Saturday and Sunday. G2 Gallery, 1503 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice. Free. (310) 452-2842; theg2gallery.com

“The Beatles at Barnum IV,” 7:30 p.m. All you need is love and a seat for a vibrant annual community-wide event celebrating the visual and performing arts programs in the Santa Monica-Malibu school district when Santa Monica High School Orchestras host the fourth edition of this Fab Four tribute on at Santa Monica High School’s Barnum Hall, 601 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. $5 to $20. (310) 395-3204; samohiorchestras.brownpapertickets.com

“Orphans,” 8 p.m. Also at 8 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 18. Lyle Kessler’s classic play about two abandoned boys, a predatory thief and a reclusive man-child who become divided after the elder sibling kidnaps a drunken, wealthy businessman named Harold. Adult language. Kentwood Players at the Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Ave., Westchester. (310) 645-5156; kentwoodplayers.org

Saturday, Oct. 18

YMCA Pancake Breakfast, 8 to 11 a.m. The Westchester Y Service Club hosts its Fall Pancake Breakfast to help needy families enjoy the benefits and facilities of the Westchester Family YMCA. Volunteers will serve pumpkin pancakes, sausages and beverages. Kids will enjoy fun Halloween-themed activities. Parking lot of YMCA, 8015 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Westchester. $5. (310) 306-5994

Mar Vista Community Fall Festival, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Under the theme of “Neighborhood Living,” the 15th annual local fair features food, family fun and live entertainment, with special honors going to Council District 11 field deputy Len Nguyen. Mar Vista Park, 11430 Woodbine St., Mar Vista. Free. marvista.org

BOO! Fest, 11a.m. A little scare for the little ones as Playa Vista Elementary holds its annual Halloween festival featuring game booths, bounce houses, face-painting, a chili cook-off, pumpkin decorating, tricks, treats and a haunted house. Playa Vista Elementary, 13150 W. Bluff Creek Drive, Playa Vista. Free. (424) 228-1800; playavistaschool.com

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

“Willy Wonka” All-Ages Musical, 3 to 4 p.m. Also Sundays, through Nov. 9. Roald Dahl’s most famous tale follows young Charlie Bucket as he crosses paths with the strange and elusive confectioner Willy Wonka after winning the Golden Ticket in his chocolate bar. This musical interpretation also features side characters Varuka Salt, Agustus Gloop, Mike Teavee, Voilet Beauregard and their guardians. All children receive a free toy musical instrument upon arrival. $12 to $20. Promenade Playhouse, 1404 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica. (310) 804-0223; creatingarts.org

Uninstructed Figure Drawing Salon, 3 to 5 p.m. Bring your paintbrushes or colored pencils and get to work at REAL Creative Space, 6207 W. 87th St., Westchester. $20, or $10 with student ID. realcreativespace.com

LeVar Burton, 3 p.m. The “Roots” actor, “Reading Rainbow” star and longtime literacy advocate reads, signs and discusses his first-ever children’s picture book, “The Rhinoceros Who Swallowed a Storm.” Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica. Call (310) 458-8600 or visit smpl.org

Gov. Gray Davis at Moonlight on the Marsh, 6 to 9 p.m. Friends of Ballona Wetlands honor the former California governor, who is credited with saving Ballona Wetlands, during its “Moonlight on the Marsh” celebration. Rooftop Bayview Ballroom, Marina del Rey Marriott, 4100 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 306-5994; ballonafriends.org

“Art Plus Music,” 6 to 10 p.m. International Rescue Committee benefit features a line-up of DJs, photo exhibit, food and beverages. Big Red Sun, 560 Rose Ave., Venice. Donation: $15 or $150 with food and beverages included). humanitarianreliefproject.com

Santa Monica Open Studios, 6 p.m. The world is the canvas for their imagination as more than 40 Santa Monica-based artists —painters, printmakers, photographers, sculptors and mixed media artists — open their studios for this 10th anniversary outing. Santa Monica Art Studios, 3026 Airport Ave., Santa Monica. Free. (310) 397-7449; santamonicaartstudios.com

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

The King’s English, 10:45 p.m. L.A. natives Derek Brambles and Eric Johnson play cuts off their debut EP “Feel Me.” Witzend, 1717 Lincoln Blvd., Venice. $10. All ages; one item minimum. (310) 305-4792; witzendlive.com

Sunday, Oct. 19

2XU Santa Monica RunFEST & Retro Run, 8 a.m. Thousands take part in the 5K, 10K and Retro Run in support of the Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation. The race’s starting location: 2600 Barnard Way, Santa Monica. Registration: $20 to $50, depending on age group. santamonicarunfest.com.

Del Rey Day, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. An afternoon festival celebrating the culture and businesses of the Del Rey community features an appearance by City Councilman Mike Bonin. Glen Alla Park, 4601 Alla Road, Del Rey. delreync.org
Playa Vista Optimist Club Celebration, 11 a.m. Come and see how the formal chartering of the Playa Vista Optimist Club is done with brunch, silent auction and a musical performance at Salt Creek Grill, 2015 E. Park Pl., El Segundo. $25. RSVP: (310)425-0196

Multicultural College Fair, 2 to 5 p.m. About 100 colleges and universities — including Harvard, Princeton, Yale, MIT and Cornell — meet Los Angeles students in this 7th annual fair. Open to all. Free parking. Hosted by Vistamar School, 737 Hawaii St., El Segundo. (310) 643-7337; vistamarschool.org/collegefair

“The Veil of Mahalia,” 2 p.m. The life and accomplishments of Queen of Gospel Mahalia Jackson are unveiled and celebrated in a tribute at Unitarian Universalist Community Church, 1260 18th St., Santa Monica. Call (310)980-6056; uusm.org

Sweet & Savory Spectacular, 3 to 7 p.m. More than 60 of L.A.’s top restaurants, vintners and craft beer-makers offer this grand tasting of sweet and savory foods. Event supports the nonprofit Careers Through Culinary Arts Program Los Angeles. 2900 31st St., Santa Monica. $100 to $150. (818) 756-1260; ccaplasss.bpt.me

España Flamenco Dance Company, 3 p.m. Del Sol Productions presents the third annual return of an afternoon featuring international dancers and the formidable talents of guest artists Paco and Yolanda Arroyo. Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave., Venice. Tickets: $23 in advance; $25 at the door. corinadelsol@verizon.net; electriclodge.org

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

Monday, Oct. 20

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

Walk With Ease, 10 to 11 a.m. Free six-week program Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays. Join Carol Hahn, MSN, RN for this evidence-based exercise program that can reduce pain and improve overall health. Sessions include stretching and walking. Space is limited. Westchester Senior Citizen Center, 8740 Lincoln Blvd., Westchester. RSVP to (310) 695-7030

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 and posture and reduces 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

“An Evening with Andrea Martin” (and Martin Short), 7 p.m. Join the two-time Tony Award-winning comedienne/actress and her special guest and former SCTV cohort Martin Short as she discusses and signs her book, “Andrea Martin’s Lady Parts.” Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica. Free tickets offered one hour before show time on first come, first served basis. (310) 458-8600; smpl.org

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, Oct. 21

Matter of Balance, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Free eight-week program by instructor Carol Hahn, MSN, RN teaches seniors how to reduce the risk of falling. The class is conducted with a mix of physical activity, stretching, and presentation to help increase balance, flexibility and strength. Space is limited. Westchester United Methodist Church, 8065 Emerson Ave., Westchester. RSVP (310) 695-7030

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, Oct.  22

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
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

Thursday, Oct. 23

“Conquering the Electron” Signing, 7 p.m. Author and scientist Derek Cheung and co-author Eric Brach discuss and sign their new book “Conquering the Electron: The Geniuses, Visionaries, Egomaniacs, and Scoundrels Who Built Our Electronic Age,” exploring the combination of genius, infighting and luck that powered the world we inhabit today.  Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 458-8600; smpl.org

Galleries & Museums

“Three Woman Show:  Shaw, Walsh & Boughton” Opening Reception, 4 p.m. Saturday. Trio of artists — Lee Webster Shaw, Sarah Wylie Walsh and Mary Mueller Boughton — reveals work documenting the fleeting essence of summer and portraying a vivid image of the UCLA Botanical Gardens and the Canadian Rockies. Through Nov. 12 at Schomburg Gallery, Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica. (310) 453-5757; schomburggallery.com

“Smile Isle,” through Wednesday. Group show featuring a roster of pop artists including Rick Morris, Camilla Taylor, Jon Stich, Gregory Siff, Alisa Yang and Amory Sanford continues its run as the Daniel Roknik Gallery’s inaugural show. 1431 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica. (310) 729-3399; danielrolnikgallery.com

“Pumpkin Pie” Opening Reception, 7 p.m. Oct. 23. Subtitled “It’s a Bird…It’s a Plane…It’s a Were-Puppy?,” this Halloween exhibit was supposed to be sweet, but then art critic Daniel Rolnik did something horrible: he lost his dog! Since the tragic news of Whiskers’ disappearance broke out, some 30 artists have been searching for Whiskers, a small terrier out for blood. Daniel Rolnik Gallery, 1431 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica. danielrolnikgallery.com

Andrea Kichaven, Sue Keane and Alison Lowe Platt, through Oct. 25. New works by the artists at TAG Gallery, Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave., Ste. D3, Santa Monica; (310) 829-9556; taggallery.net

“For Export Only,” through Nov. 1. Persian-themed Shulamit Gallery presents group exhibition of new and recent works by Iranian artists Shahab Fotouhi, Sanaz Mazinani, Mamali Shafahi and Kamran Sharif, exploring the tension these artists face with their cultural identity and diaspora experiences. Shulamit Gallery, 17 N. Venice Blvd., Venice. (310) 281-0961; shulamitgallery.com

“All the Wrong Places,” through Nov. 1. New works by Kyle Hughes-Odgers on display at CAVE Gallery, 1108 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice. (310) 450-6960; cavegallery.net

Carole Bayer Sager’s “New Works,” through Nov. 8. The iconic musician/artist uses food as a theme to explore notions of obsession embedded in our pop culture DNA in her second solo show for the gallery. WilliamTurner Gallery, Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave., E1, Santa Monica. (310) 453-0909; williamturnergallery.com

Sylvia Marcin, through Nov 8. The abstract expressionist behind such works as 2014’s “Riley’s Eye” brings her latest works to First Independent Gallery (FIG), Bergamot Station, G6, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica. (310) 829-0345; figgallery.com

“Filling the wHole,” through Dec. 4. The newly opened P32 presents an art exhibition of new works assembled by artist Ariel Gold and gallery owner and Malibu-based real estate entrepreneur and philanthropist Howard Spunt, with a reception from 6 to 10 p.m. on Oct. 25. Percentage of proceeds to support the Chase Foundation in Santa Monica. P32, 3129 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. p32gallery.com

“Passing Through,” through Dec. 6. Group show includes art by Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Jo Ann Callis and Masahisa Fukase. Rose Gallery, Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave., G5, Santa Monica. (310) 264-8440; rosegallery.net


    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.


    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!

    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.


    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.


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


    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.


    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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