Westside Calendar

Posted September 10, 2014 by The Argonaut in This Week
Thursday, Sept. 11

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 restaurant inside Hotel Casa del Mar can mingle with a rotating roster of beverage professionals — from winemakers and brand founders to celebrated mixologists — each showcasing a new boutique wine, beer or spirit weekly. For every specialty drink ordered, guests receive a complimentary small plate to pair from Executive Chef Jason Bowlin. Tonight’s special: Art in the Age liqueurs. Hotel Casa del Mar, Terrazza, 1910 Ocean Way, Santa Monica. Specialty cocktails are $12 to $16 each. (310) 430-7144; hotelcasadelmar.

Enjoy this YouTube video of Hotel Casaa del Mar

Transmission Meditation, 6:30 p.m. Share International leads a free new-age meditation session at the Santa Monica’s Ocean Park Library, 2601 Main St., Santa Monica. (310) 367-3304; smpl.org

Del Rey Neighborhood Council meeting, 7:15 p.m. The council meets the second Thursday of every month in the community room at Del Rey Square, 11976 Culver Blvd., Del Rey. delreync.org

Charles Bradley, with King James & the Special Men, 7 p.m. Charles Bradley unleashes an organic R&B funk assault capturing the funk and soul soundtrack of the 1960s and ‘70s. Expect to hear “Through the Storm,” an aria of gratitude unfurling over a deep gospel groove from his recent album “Confusion,” as he closes out 2014′s free Twilight Concert Series at 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, Sept. 12

Candidate Forum, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Samohi Solar Alliance is hosting its first Samohi Candidate Forum on Environmentalism and Education for Santa Monica City Council hopefuls. The event is entirely student-run and a first for Santa Monica High School. facebook.com/samohisolar

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

Del Rey Yacht Club Regatta, 6 p.m. Head to Marina del Rey to catch a race on the main channel hosted by Del Rey Yacht Club, 13900 Palawan Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 823-4664; dryc.org

NASA science lecture, 7 p.m. Levin, a scientist with the NASA Juno Project, is the guest speaker at a meeting of the Santa Monica Amateur Astronomy Club at the Wildwood Applied-STEM Institute’s middle and high school campus, 11811 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica. Free. (310) 478-7189

Saturday, Sept. 13

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

Car Show and Chili Cook-Off, 10 a.m. Pre-1980s cars, live music, raffles, burgers and a beer garden—not to mention the chili. Pets welcome. The event is free to attend, but $5 to enter the cook-off and $20 to display your classic ride. Westchester Elks Lodge, 8025 W. Manchester Ave., Playa del Rey. (310) 821-3005

Harris Regatta, 11 a.m. Sailboats 20 to 50 feet long race in specifically designed courses between Santa Monica Pier and El Segundo, competing for the Fred Harris Jr. Perpetual Trophy and the Commodore’s Trophy. calyachtclub.com
Hotel Erwin planning review, 11 a.m. to noon
City officials are conducting an outreach meeting on Hotel Erwin’s plans to expand its rooftop patio and bar at the location, 1697 Pacific Ave., Venice. venicenc.org.

1450 Ocean Project Lounge, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Professional and aspiring artists are invited to hang out and work on their projects on the second Saturday of each month at the Camera Obscura building. Sewing machines, glue, yarn, paper and other materials are available. 1450 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica. Free. (310) 458-2239; smgov.net

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

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

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

Poetry in Motion, 8 p.m. The fourth season of Poetry In Motion includes presentations by local literary, performance and cinematic artists. Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice. $6-$10. beyondbaroque.com

Sunday, Sept. 14

Beethoven, Bagels & Banter, 11 a.m. Enjoy bagels and mingle with a classical music soundtrack focused on Beethoven at The Edye in the Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. $25. (310) 434-3200; thebroadstage.com

Soap Box Open Reading, 2 p.m. Want to speak your mind? Do you enjoy reading in front of large crowds? This reading and spoken-word event hosted by Jessica Wilson is for you. Each speaking session has a five-minute limit. Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice. $6-$10. beyondbaroque.com

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

Creativity Lecture, 8 p.m. Paul Kirsch speaks to artists, inventors, musicians and other creatives about maintaining a personal relationship with creativity and the effect that dominant political parties have on it. Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice. $6-$10. beyondbaroque.com

Monday, Sept. 15

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

Mar Vista Woman’s Club, 10:30 a.m. Each second Monday of the month. Learn about the club’s mission, get involved, and play an active role in the community. Followed by lunch. Spitfire Grill, 3300 Airport Ave. #E, Santa Monica. For reservations, contact Judith Wilson (310) 827-8101

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

Stamped Jewelry Class, 6 p.m. This three-hour Southwest-style class teaches the making of conchos in silver and continues the following Wednesday at Santa Monica-Malibu Adult School, 601 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. Participants must bring in their own materials. $142. (310) 644-6222

Hotel Erwin planning review, 6 to 7 p.m. City officials are conducting an outreach meeting on Hotel Erwin’s plans to expand its rooftop patio and bar at the location, 1697 Pacific Ave., Venice. venicenc.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, Sept. 16

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

Enjoy this YouTube on Heal the Bay:


Venice Neighborhood Council meeting, 7 p.m. The council meets the third Tuesday of every month at Westminster Avenue Elementary School, 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice. venicenc.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. 17

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

Firefighters’ First Aid and Emergency Response Workshop, 7 to 9 p.m. The Los Angeles City Fire Dept. Westside Community Emergency Response Team is hosting a community meeting and a workshop reviewing several emergency and first aid skills by American Red Cross instructor Patricia Nagy. Fire Station 5, 8900 Emerson Ave., Westchester. RSVP to lafdbatt4cert@gmail.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. 18

Dirty Dog Squad Five-Year Fundraiser Happy Hour, 6 p.m. Dirty Dog Squad, a nonprofit dedicated to saving the lives of homeless pets in local high-kill shelters, celebrates its  anniversary with a fundraiserat Sage Bistro & Beer Garden, 4130 Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City. Tickets are $55 in advance or $65 at the door. (310) 823-4993; dirtydogsquad.org

Galleries & Museums

Viral Venice Videos Contest, through Monday. 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

“The Long Thread,” through Sept. 27. 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

“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

“Priority Required,” through Sept. 30. 18th Street Arts Center’s visiting artist Yukako Ando presents several site-specific installations that engage with themes of urban daily life in Los Angeles. American “pop consumption culture” is humorously addressed. 18th Street Arts Center, Atrium Gallery, 1639 18th St., Santa Monica. (310)453-3711; 18thstreet.org

“White Skies,” through Oct. 2. Linda Stelling presents artwork based on the flowers in her garden and the flowers in her past. Schomburg Gallery, Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave., E3A, Santa Monica. (310) 453-5757; SchomburgGallery.com


    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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