Westside Calendar

Posted September 24, 2014 by The Argonaut in This Week
Thursday, Sept. 25

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

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

Psychic Lynn Miller, 7:30 p.m. The renowned medium, as seen on reality television, appears tonight at Edgemar Center for the Arts, 2437 Main St., Santa Monica. $45.(310) 392-7327; edgemarcenter.org

Friday, Sept. 26

“To Have and Have Not” and “The Big Sleep,” 7:30 p.m. In honor of the late Lauren Bacall, a double-header of Bogart and Bacall classics with connections to several of the best American writers, both directed by Howard Hawks. The 1944 noir “To Have and to Have Not” includes screenwriter William Faulkner taking on a story by Ernest Hemingway; Faulkner returns as a writer on 1946’s “The Big Sleep,” based on the Raymond Chandler’s first Philip Marlowe crime novel. Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica. $14. (310) 260-1528; aerotheatre.com

“Orphans,” 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. Lyle Kessler’s classic play about two abandoned boys, a predatory thief and a reclusive man-child, divided after the elder sibling kidnaps a drunken, wealthy businessman named Harold. “Orphans” originally premiered in 1983 at the Matrix Theatre in Los Angeles, was adapted as a 1987 movie by Alan J. Pakula starring Albert Finney, and made its Broadway debut in 2013, receiving two Tony Award nominations. Through Oct. 18. Adult language. Kentwood Players at the Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Ave., Westchester. (310) 645-5156; kentwoodplayers.org

Kat and the Blues Hounds, 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Classic blues and West Coast swing  at Sonny McLean’s Irish Bar, 2615 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica. No cover. sonnymcleans.com

Saturday, Sept. 27

U.S. Open Doubles Paddle Tennis Championships, 8 a.m. The United States Paddle Tennis Association holds its annual Venice Beach event  that draws the world’s best paddle tennis players and offers other divisions for players of all ability levels. At the Venice Beach Recreation Center, 1800 Ocean Front Walk, Venice. Center. Cost: $25 for the A and B Divisions and $40 for the Open Division, which includes a T-shirt. For more information on attending or participating, contact Donald Land at (213) 308-5263; John Coray (310) 200-9094 or Mark Groves  at (310)936-1152.

Animo Westside Middle School Open House, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tour the brand new Green Dot charter school across the street from the incoming Playa Vista Whole Foods. Raffles; light refreshments. 5456 McConnell Ave., Del Rey. (323) 565-3251

Water Awareness programming, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Playa Vista kicks off the new season with very special edition of the farmers market as it profiles “water” and offers tips on conservation for kids. Children’s entertainer Yolanda will sing water-related songs. Free street parking and pet-sitting service.  Playa Vista Certified Farmers  Market, 6400 Sea Bluff Drive, Playa Vista (adjacent to Yummy supermarket).  playavista.com

Euro Soccer USA’s Weekend Soccer Academy, 9 to 10:15 a.m. Ages 4-12 Every Saturday. Also Sunday mornings. Ages 18 months to 3 years begins at 10:30 a.m. and ends at 11:15 a.m. Playa Vista Park, 13196 W. Bluff Creek Drive, Playa Vista. (310) 929-5435

Free Fall Awareness & Reduction Fair, 9:30 a.m. to noon. Join Westchester Playa Village, AllPoint Home Health, OPICA Adult Day Care Services, the Westchester Senior Citizen Center and various local businesses for a of day fun and learning on how to minimize the risk of falling. A great opportunity to receive a free balance and gait assessment, vision screening, bone density scan and medication review. Free flu and pneumonia shots will be available to Medicare patients. There will also be snacks and prizes. City of L.A. Department of Recreation and Parks, Westchester Senior Citizen Center, 8740 Lincoln Blvd., Westchester.  RSVP: (310) 695-7030.

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

Spanish Treasures Concert, 2 p.m. Virtuoso violinist Joseph Gold and guitarist-composer Jaume Torrent present a concert of music from Spain, featuring works by Granados, Rodrigo, Sarasate and Torrent. Free tickets released one hour prior to the concert. Seating is limited and on a first arrival basis. Santa Monica Public Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica. Bring supplies. (310) 458-8600; smpl.org

The Nebraska Girl Open Reading, 2 p.m., Open reading with features hosted by Wyatt Underwood and Melissa Alvarado. Five-minute limit, signup at 1:45 PM. Suggested donation: $5. Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice. Free. (310) 822-3006; beyondbaroque.org

“My Neighbor Totoro,” 3 p.m. The beloved 1988 Japanese animated fantasy film featuring young sisters Satsuki and Mei, who chance upon some spirited soot sprites upon moving to a country home. One of the stronger entries by famed anime master Hayao Miyazaki. Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica. $14. (310) 260-1528; aerotheatre.com

“Willy Wonka” All-Ages Musical, 3 to 4 p.m. 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. Also Sundays; through Nov. 9. Tickets: $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

Cave Women, 7 p.m.  The Sacramento-formed all-female group tops a bill that begins with Gary Spizzirri and continues with Some Go Haunting, the Gothic duo Carmella and “Zombie Heart” singers Cynthia Lin and the Blue Moon All Stars. Witzend, 1717 Lincoln Blvd., Venice. $10. All ages; one item minimum. (310) 305-4792; witzendlive.com

Wanda Coleman Honored, 8 p.m. Join poets Maria Mazziotti Gillan, Jan Beatty and William Harry Harding as they honor the late iconic Venice poet laureate. Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice. Free. (310) 822-3006; beyondbaroque.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

Sunday, Sept. 28

Venice Choir Now Forming, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Auditions for a modern choir covering indie and pop tunes and performing a couple of concerts a year. Looking for 25 to 30 men and women who can meet once a week for rehearsals at a local Venice space. A monthly membership is required to cover rehearsal space and choir director fees. Please come prepared with your favorite song, to be performed a capella. Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice. Contact Erin at (310) 962-8513.

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

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

“Key Largo”/”Dark Passage,” 7:30 p.m. While a double Bogie may sound like a golf term, to the American Cinematheque it can only mean a hard-boiled double-shot of Humphrey Bogart films. Based on Maxwell Anderson’s stage play and released in 1947, John Huston’s “Key Largo” features Bogart as down-on-hi-luck veteran Frank McCloud who gets stuck in a Florida Keys hotel with a bunch of mobsters as a hurricane hits. In 1948’s “Dark Passage,” Bogie plays Vincent Parry, a man wrongly accused of murdering his wife, who breaks out of jail to find the killer. Both of these movies co-star the iconic Lauren Bacall, the focus of the Cinematheque’s salute this month. Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica. $14. (310) 260-1528; aerotheatre.com

Monday, Sept. 29

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

“Two Across,” 2:30 p.m. Last week to see this comedy a smooth-talking Jewish man meets an uptight Catholic girl in San Francisco. $29.50. Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. (310) 394-9779; santamonicaplayhouse.com

Tuesday, Sept. 30

Book discussion, 6:30 p.m. Today’s conversation: “Beyond Belief: Secret Gospel of Thomas” by Elaine Pagels. Copies available at circulation desk. Venice-Abbot Kinney Memorial Branch Library, 501 S. Venice Blvd., Venice. (310) 821-1769

Wednesday, Oct. 1

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

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

“A More Democratic Bioethics Debate for Our Polarized Times,” 7 p.m. UC San Diego Professor of Sociology John H. Evans analyzes the history of the bioethical debate in America and discuss how it has become the terrain of elite intellectuals rather than embracing the varied views of the public. Lecture is free and open to the public. Reception to follow. University Hall, Loyola Marymount University, 1 LMU Drive, Westchester. lmu.edu

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

Flight Path Museum Gala Dinner featuring Beatles tribute The Moptops, 7:30 p.m. Event honors longtime aviation docent Ethel Pattison for nearly 60 years of service with the museum’s Guiding Light Award. Proceeds support Flight Path’s aviation education programs. $100. Proud Bird Restaurant,11022 Aviation Blvd., Westchester. (424) 646-7284; flightpathmuseum.com. See argonautnews.com for an exclusive online story about the gala.

Thursday, Oct. 2
Happy 160th, Oscar Wilde!, 7 p.m. Santa Monica Public Library kicks off its month-long celebration of everyone’s favorite British lit wit with a Santa Monica Rep theater reading of Wilde’s classic comedy of manners, “The Importance of Being Earnest.” Santa Monica Main Library’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica. All ages. Free tickets will be released one hour prior to the program in the lobby outside the auditorium. (310) 458-8600; santamonicarep.org

“The Judge,” 7:30 p.m. Director-producer David Dobkin leads a conversation (moderated by William Friedkin!) after an advance screening of his new film “The Judge,” starring Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall. Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica. $14. (310) 260-1528; aerotheatre.com

Galleries & Museums
P32 Gallery, grand opening Wednesday. Real estate entrepreneur and philanthropist Howard Spunt debuts his new home for “traditional and non-representational abstract art” with an exhibit by San Francisco artist Ariel Gold. A reception will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. on Oct. 5. 3129 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. p32gallery.com

“The Long Thread,” through Saturday. Award-winning painter Pam Douglas explores the cycle of birth and death. Paintings on silk and rice paper. TAG Gallery, Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave., Ste. D3, Santa Monica; (310) 829-9556; taggallery.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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