Westside Calendar

Posted August 20, 2014 by The Argonaut in This Week
Thursday, Aug. 21

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

Venice Art Crawl 4th Anniversary Party, 6 to 11 p.m. Party in support of an Art Crawl milestone with the artists and supporters who make it all happen, with plenty of art and fun on hand, at Full Circle, 305 Rose Ave., Venice. veniceartcrawl.com

Bernadette Peters, 7 p.m. The Broadway songstress best associated with Stephen Sondheim musicals and the 1982 movie “Annie” plays the marina park. Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey.  (310) 305-9545; marinadlerey.lacounty.gov

Showtime Dinner Club, 7 p.m. The Westchester theatre-going group attends the Bernadette Peters concert at Burton Chace Park in Marina del Rey. No cover. Call J. Adrienne Pender for meeting time and place: (310) 215-1892.

The Zombies, with Mystic Braves and KCRW DJ Jeremy Sole, 7 p.m. Continuing the Twilight Concert Series, the second British Invasion group to top the U.S. charts arrives to perform such classics as “She’s Not There” and “Time of the Season.” Free.  Santa Monica Pier. santamonicapier.org

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

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

Friday, Aug. 22

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 Magnificent Seven,” 7:30 p.m. “The Great Escape” director John Sturges’  1960 Americanized version of the Akira Kurosawa classic “The Seven Samurai” (which in turn cribbed from Dashiell Hammett’s classic novel “Red Harvest”) has nearly eclipsed the original. With Steve McQueen in his first starring role opposite Yul Brynner, Charles Bronson, James Coburn and Robert Vaughn, all set to Elmer Bernstein’s most famous film score. Part of American Cinematheque’s “Eli Wallach: The Quintessential Chameleon” tribute. Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica. $14. (310) 260-1528; aerotheatre.com
Roses and Cigarettes, 9 p.m. Formed in 2013, the duo of Jenny Pagliaro and Angela Petrilli bring their combined influences of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Lindsey Buckingham, and Duane Allman to an Americana package that will soon inform their debut album. Witzend, 1717 Lincoln Blvd., Venice. $10. All ages; one item minimum. (310) 305-4792; witzendlive.com

Scaredy Cat, 11 p.m. The rock acts plays Trip, 2101 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica. No cover. (310) 396-9010; tripsantamonica.com

Sutter Zachman, 11 p.m.: This 25-year-old songwriter who signed with Chrysalis Music in 2008 has recorded albums with Dave Palmer (Fiona Apple), Mike Daly (Whiskeytown) and Michael Beinhorn (Herbie Hancock, Red Hot Chili Peppers). Described on Witzend’s website as somewhere between Nick Lowe and Lô Borges.” Witzend, 1717 Lincoln Blvd., Venice. $10. All ages; one item minimum. (310) 305-4792; witzendlive.com

Saturday, Aug. 23

Venice Beach Music Festival IX, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Milton Rosenberg’s popular outdoor music and arts festival returns with a line-up that includes The Untouchables, Glen Douglass Band, Zen Robbi, The Roots Collective, Jah Faith and the Hashishans, Willie Chambers, The King Brothers, and an after-party headed by Milo Gonzales and Friends, including special guest Chuck “The Duke” Dukowski of Black Flag notoriety. 1 Windward Ave., Venice. Visit venicebeachmusicfest.com.  After-party: Danny’s Deli, 23 Windward Ave., Venice. (310) 566-5610; dannysvenice.com.

“Pippi Longstocking,” 1 to 2 p.m. A slapstick stage show based on Astrid Lindgren’s novels and various films following the life of Pippi Longstocking, who likes to dance with burglars, fight the strongest man in the world and play tag with police officers. 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

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

Saturdays with LA Opera, 3 p.m. Santa Monica Public Library presents the 15th annual season of this semi-regular series of multimedia talks. Today’s lecture: Larry Verdugo on Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata.
Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 458-8600; smpl.org

“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

Movies With Mike, 6:30 p.m. City Councilman Mike Bonin presents a family-friendly evening including a screening of “Despicable Me” and a softball game hosted by Los Angeles Police Department. Plus: music by Del Rey Community Jazz Band. Culver Slauson Rec Center, 5072 S. Slauson Ave., Del Rey.

BADBADNOTGOOD, 7 p.m. Musical trio, which has collaborated with Boosty Collins and The RZA of Wu-Tang Clan blends jazz, hip hop at the Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive. (310) 440-7300; getty.edu

“Two Across,” 7 p.m. Through Sept. 28. Revival of Jerry Mayer’s comedy about a chance meeting between crossword puzzle-solving commuters on a Bart train in San Francisco. Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. $29.50. (310) 394-9779; santamonicaplayhouse.com

“The Good, The Bad and the Ugly,” 7:30 p.m. Third and most famous installment of Sergio Leone’s Spaghetti mid-1960s Western trilogy stars Clint Eastwood as “Blondie” and Lee Van Cleef as “Angel Eyes” with American Cinematheque tribute subject Eli Wallach as the comic relief Mexican bandit Tuco. Features one of the most oft-imitated and spoofed finales in cinematic history. Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica. $14. (310) 260-1528; aerotheatre.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

“Global Economic Amnesty,” 8 p.m. An evening of poetry, theater and revolution, featuring the new work  by Mark Lipman. Special guest poets: Revolutionary Poets Brigade. Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice. $5. (310) 822-3006; beyondbaroque.org

Heather Catalena, Jasmine Jordan, Xian and the Infidels, The Leapin Lizards, Jon Piazza, 7 p.m. An eclectic bill of original music takes over Witzend, 1717 Lincoln Blvd., Venice. $10. All ages; one item minimum. (310) 305-4792; witzendlive.com

Paul McDonald Big Band with Tom Nolan, 9:30 p.m. Old-school big band music at Typhoon, 3221 Donald Douglas Loop South, Santa Monica. $10. (310) 390-6565; typhoon.biz

Twin Oaks, 11:15 p.m. The dream pop duo trips out at Trip, 2101 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica. No cover. (310) 396-9010; tripsantamonica.com

Sunday, Aug. 24

Post Natal and Vinyasa Flow Yoga, 10 a.m. Part of the free open house running 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., which will also include free 30 minute classes for people of all ages including hip hop, ballet, groove, family yoga and pilates. House of Movement Studio, 4204 Lincoln Blvd., Marina Del Rey. houseofmovement.co
Real Men Cook!, noon to 3 p.m.  Lunch with delicious tastings from more than 40 chefs. Santa Monica Synagogue, 18th Street and Broadway . $35 per couple; $20 per single. (310) 453-4276; thesms.org
Tai Chi, 2 p.m. Reduce stress in this free community seminar. Dharma Health Institute, 143 Culver Blvd., Playa del Rey, (310) 822-7755; dharmahealthinstitute.com

Nebraska Girl Open Reading, 2 p.m. Open reading with features hosted by Wyatt Underwood and Melissa Alvarado. This month features Rick Lupert and Brendan Constantine. Five-minute limit, signups at 1:45 PM. Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice. Donation: $5. (310) 822-3006; beyondbaroque.org

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

“La Poeisa Salon, Bookstore, 6 p.m. Poesia Festival and Vagabond Press birthday potluck party with Mark Lipmann and Antonieta Villamil and friends. Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice. Donation: $5. (310) 822-3006; beyondbaroque.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

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, Aug. 25

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, Aug. 26

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

Tongue & Groove Literary Variety Show, 6:30 to 8 p.m.  Evening features Taylor Negron, Tonya Ingram reading from Growl and Snare, David Darmstaedter reading from Costa Rican Schadenfreude, Ann Buxie. Music by Logan Heftel. Annenberg Beach House, 4 15 Pacific Coast Hwy., Santa Monica. No cover. (310) 458-4904; annenbergbeachhouse.com/beachculture

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, Aug. 27

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, Conf. 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

We Should Join Forces, Wires, Fading Flashes, Slig, 8 p.m.  A full bill of eclectic live acts unfolds. The Good Hurt, 12249 Venice Blvd., Mar Vista. No cover. (310) 390-1076; goodhurt.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, Aug. 28

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

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.

Galleries & Museums

“Didier Massard: Territories,” through Saturday. Massard’s recent work places images of animals in mysterious landscapes and is showing 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays at Kopeikin Gallery, 2766 S. La Cienega Blvd., West L.A. Park behind the building.  (310) 559-0800; kopeikingallery.com

“California Open 2014,” Opens Tuesday; continues through Aug. 29. 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 Aug. 30. 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 Aug. 30. 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 Aug. 30. 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


    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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