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Posted July 23, 2014 by The Argonaut in This Week
Thursday, July 24

Business Travel Seminar, 6 p.m. A high-profile business executive who has traveled all over the world, Stacy Waite explains how to travel safely and successfully around the globe during a free seminar and cocktail reception at Whiskey Red’s, 13813 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. 21+. RSVP at positivereturn.com.

“Meditation in Today’s Modern Life,” 6:30 p.m. Doug Frankel leads a discussion and meditation in part one of a session about techniques to reduce stress, enhance productivity and improve concentration at Venice-Abbot Kinney Library, 501 S. Venice Blvd., Venice. (310) 821-1769; lapl.org/branches/venice

William Hagen and the Marina del Rey Symphony, 7 p.m. Studying music since age 4, violinist prodigy Hagen spent years learning at the feet of greats such as Itzhak Perlman and Catherine Cho and performs a free concert. Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 305-9595; chacepark.com

Cayucas, with openers Papa and Chris Muckley, 7 p.m. Characterized by beachy sounds and drifting harmonies, Cayucas formed in Santa Monica two years ago and makes a triumphant return headlining a night in the Twilight Concert Series at Santa Monica Pier. santamonicapier.org

“Sundown Stand-Up: Venice Beach Revival, 8 p.m. Each 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, July 25

Self-Portrait Collaging Summer Camp Gallery Show, 2 to 3 p.m. Photographs of Westchester taken by kids ages 11 and older on their iPhones. REAL Creative Space, 6207 W. 87th St., Westchester. (310) 645-REAL; REALCreativeSpace.com

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 the last Friday of each month on the patio. Whiskey Red’s, 13813 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 823-4522; whiskeyreds.com

Singer-songwriter Ryan Grey, 7 p.m. The musician performs an original blend of alternative/R&B with strong lyrics and soulful singing at Witzend, 1717 Lincoln Blvd., Venice. $10. All ages; 1 item minimum. (310) 305-4792; witzendlive.com

“All the President’s Men” and “Klute,” 7:30 p.m. This double feature by director Alan J. Pakula includes his classic real-life journalistic thriller of how Washington Post reporters Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward uncovered the truth that led to President Nixon’s downfall; and the love story/thriller set in the Big Apple starring Donald Sutherland as a detective and Jane Fonda as the titular prostitute. Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica. (310) 260-1528; aerotheatre.com

“Airplane!” 7:30 p.m. Catch the zany 1980 classic Zucker Brothers comedy, in which an airplane crew takes ill and the only person who can land the plane is an-ex-pilot with a fear of flying, as part of the ongoing Cinema on the Street series at Third Street Promenade. downtownsm.com
Kat and the Blues Hounds, 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Monthly residency for singer Kathy Leonardo and her band features classic blues and West Coast swing. Sonny McLean’s Irish Bar, 2615 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica.  Free admission. (310) 449-1811; sonnymcleans.com

The Doctor Wu Band at 9 p.m., The Big Surprise at 11 p.m. Doctor Wu Band re-creates wildly popular 1970s Steely Dan hits while The Big Surprise promises (spoiler alert) cosmic modes and dulcet tones that leave thirsty ears quenched and hungry souls gormandized. Witzend, 1717 Lincoln Blvd., Venice. $10. All ages; 1 item minimum. (310) 305-4792; witzendlive.com

Saturday, July 26

Friends of the Library Book Sale, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Support the library and find a treasure for you or someone special. Venice-Abbot Kinney Library, 501 S. Venice Blvd., Venice. (310) 821-1769; lapl.org/branches/venice

Ballona Dunes Restoration Party and Freshwater Marsh Interpretive Tour, 9:30 a.m. Help restore wetlands by planting native flora and removing invasive plants. Plus: learn wetland ecology in a free guided tour. Children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the parking lot behind Gordon’s Market, 303 Culver Blvd., Playa del Rey. (310) 306-5994; ballonafriends.org

Native American Storytelling & Craft Workshops, 10 a.m. to noon. Tongva Park continues its first season of cultural programming with family-friendly Tongva and Chumash storytelling and craft workshops. Free. Tongva Park, 1615 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica. tongvapark.squarespace.comBike, Walk and Scoot Festival, 10 a.m. The Culver City Walk & Rollers teach kids essential bicycle and pedestrian safety lessons in an engaging event with activities for all ages. Free; continues until 2 p.m. at Culver City Middle School, 4601 Elenda St., Culver City. (310) 842-4200; ccwalkandroll.com

Venice Beach Summer Fest, 10 a.m. Celebrate summer with live bands, vendor booths and food from all over the world near Windward Avenue on Venice Beach. Continues Sunday. Fx3events.com

“Out of Boondoggle Central,” 3 to 4:30 p.m. Also Sunday, 3 to 4:30 p.m. A children’s musical (ages 3 and up) reminds us what friendship is all about, following the life of Colton the cowboy, a chimerical friend determined to find his way back into the real world. Along the way, he befriends Crash the ninja, Fae the fairy and Pinkle the pirate. Miles Memorial Playhouse, 1130 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica. $12. (310) 804-0223; creatingarts.org

Douglas C. Bloom’s “Seismic Light” Opening Reception: 5 to 7 p.m. Bloom’s latest batch of oil paintings trades in his longtime interior concerns for some bold, enigmatic outdoor surrealscapes. Through Aug. 30. Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave., G2, Santa Monica. (310) 829-3300; ruthbachofnergallery.com

Venice Book Club, 6:30 p.m. Join a reading of “The Pleasure of Finding Things Out: The Best Short Works of Richard P. Feynman” at the Venice-Abbot Kinney Library, 501 S. Venice Blvd., Venice. (310) 821-1769; lapl.org/branches/venice

“The Godfather,” 7:30 p.m. A screening of the Francis Ford Coppola classic featuring Marlon Brando as mafia patriarch Don Vito Corleone, followed by “The Godfather: Part II” starring Al Pacino as Michael Corleone on Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica. (310) 260-1528; aerotheatre.com

“Sordid Lives,” 8 p.m. The Kentwood Players present a comedy centering on a family from a Texas town who must grapple with the death of the elderly family matriarch during her clandestine meeting in a seedy motel room with a young married neighbor. Filled with adult situations and language. Continues through Aug. 11, running Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. The Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Ave., Westchester. (310) 645-5156; kentwoodplayers.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, July 27

Old Fashioned Day in the Park, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. See vintage yachts, antique classic cars, motorcycles and ship models at Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey. Free.  (310) 429-3028; classicyacht.com

Seaside Soireé, 2 to 9 p.m.  Silent Dance Parties at the Santa Monica Pier, this week featuring KCRW DJ Travis Holcombe, LAMP and Vinyl City DJs, runs Sundays through summer on the west end of the Santa Monica Pier. $10. Silentfrisco.com

Julliena Okah Book Signing, 6:30 p.m. In 2001, Okah was struck by a powerful force that encouraged her to paint. Months later, she became an artist without any prior experience in painting. Mystic Journey Bookstore, 1624 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice. (310) 399-7070; mysticjourneybookstore.com

Sunday Jazz Suppers, 7 p.m.  Jazz 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, 10:30 p.m. The Brig now features “Live Blues and Soul” nights every Wednesday, tonight featuring Toshi Yanagi, who rounds out the series’ first month. No cover. The Brig, 1515 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice. (310) 399-7537; thebrig.com

Monday, July 28

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

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

Tuesday, July 29

Mystery Author C.J. Box, 7 p.m. The best-selling writer visits the new Pico Branch Library to inaugurate their adult programming schedule with a talk and audience meet-and-greet, followed by a book sale and signing. Free; seating first come, first served. Pico Branch Library, 2201 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 458-8600; smpl.org

The Other Side of the Room Acoustic Tuesdays, 9:30 p.m. Live acoustic music accompanied by $1 tacos and $4 Coronas every Tuesday at Brennan’s Pub, 4089 Lincoln Blvd., Marina del Rey. No cover. 21+. (310) 821-6622; brennanspub-la.com

Wednesday, July 30

Beach Cleanup, 8 a.m. Gather near the paddle tennis courts; free refreshments for participants. 1800 Ocean Front Walk, Venice. (310) 399-2775; laparks.org

Free Silver Seminar Series, 10 to 11 a.m. YMCA staff present a free seminar on how men over 50 can live an active and healthy life. Includes tips on reducing stress as well as improving mobility and balance. Westchester Family YMCA Annex, 8020 Alverstone St., Westchester. (310) 695-7030; ymcala.org/westchester

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

Kids’ Corner Storytimes for Toddlers, 11:30 a.m. Nurture a love of reading and the library with stories, songs and finger plays. Venice-Abbot Kinney Library, 501 S. Venice Blvd., Venice. (310) 821-1769; lapl.org/branches/venice

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

Salsa Dancing, 7 to 9 p.m. Take a free salsa lesson from four-time world salsa champion Cristian Oviedo  and partner Maria Zhukovskaya, followed by a live performance by the 12-piece Orquestra Tabaco Y Ron at Tongva Park, 1615 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica. Free. tongvapark.squarespace.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

“Broadway Danny Rose,” 7:30 p.m. Lounge singer Lou Canova is on the verge of a comeback in entertainment, as long as agent “Broadway” Danny Rose can keep the performer’s affair with a gangster’s ex-girlfriend a secret, in this beloved Woody Allen film. Paired with another of the filmmaker’s classic early-‘80s comedies, “Zelig,” a historical comedy centered on a human chameleon. Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica. (310) 260-1528; aerotheatre.com

“Pay 2 Play,” 7:30 p.m. A film about the fight against the corrupting influence of money in politics, featuring Robert Reich, Marianne Williamson and others. Followed by a community discussion. Purchase tickets at The Crest Theater, 1262 Westwood Blvd, Westwood. $15 advance; $20 at the door.  tunestub.com/event.

Thursday, July 31

Yachting Luncheon, noon.  Explore the world of Mark Twain’s “Life on the Mississippi” through images and spirited commentary during a special lunch presentation at California Yacht Club, 4469 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. $18.50. (310) 823-4567; calyachtclub.com
Computer Class, 12:30 p.m. Learn to become comfortable using the Internet and get a better understanding of cloud computing through free Thursday lessons at Venice-Abbot Kinney Library, 501 S. Venice Blvd., Venice. (310) 821-1769; lapl.org/branches/venice

Social Security Seminar, 6 to 8 p.m. Learn the 201 different ways how married couple retirees can claim and maximize Social Security benefits. Venice-Abbot Kinney Library, 501 S. Venice Blvd., Venice. (310) 821-1769; lapl.org/branches/venice.org


6 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.





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