Westside Calendar

Posted August 24, 2016 by The Argonaut in This Week
Thursday, Aug. 25
Morning Ocean Swims, 6 a.m. Thursdays. Olympic Gold Medalist Dave Walters, the SCAQ Swim Club and CalTri lead free morning ocean swims throughout the summer at Santa Monica Beach Lifeguard Tower 26. RSVP to SCAQ@swim.net

Strategies for Healthier Living, 1 to 3:30 p.m. Each Thursday through Sept. 1, Wise & Healthy Aging teaches strategies for living a healthier life, making new friends and gaining social support for ongoing conditions such as arthritis, heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, lung disease and cancer. Venice-Abbot Kinney Memorial Branch Library, 501 S. Venice Blvd., Venice. Free. (310) 821-1769; lapl.org/branches/venice

Beach Eats, 5 to 9 p.m. Thursdays. The weekly festival of food trucks with a scenic harbor backdrop returns to Mother’s Beach, Lot 10, 4101 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 305-9545; lotmom.com/beacheats

Krishna’s Birthday Celebration, 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. A multicourse midnight feast for 400 caps a day of festivities that include educational exhibits, mantra meditation demonstrations, contests and a performance stage featuring Indian classical dance, Indian/American rock fusion and traditional bhajan music. Free. West Los Angeles Hare Krishna Temple, 3764 Watseka Ave., Palms. (310) 836-2676; harekrishnala.com

Networking @ Night, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce hosts an opportunity for business leaders to mingle and network at the Flight Path Museum & Learning Center, 6661 W. Imperial Hwy., Westchester. $20. (310) 645-5151; laxcoastal.com

Line Dancing Workshops, 5:30 to 8 p.m. Dance your way to fitness each Thursday at the Dockweiler Youth Center, 12505 Vista del Mar, Playa del Rey. $7 suggested donation. (310) 726-4128; beaches.lacounty.gov

Serving Up Comedy with Mark Valley, 7 p.m. Actor, comedian and veteran Mark Valley (“Boston Legal,” “CSI,” “The Millionaires”) headlines a special lineup for Serving Up Comedy to benefit service dog and disabled veterans charity 4PAWS4PATRIOTS. Main show starts at 7 p.m., followed by an open mic at 8:30 p.m. at The Warehouse, 4499 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. No cover. (310) 823-5451; servingupcomedy.com

Save Ferris, 7 p.m. The iconic OC ska band plays a free Twilight Concert Series show at Santa Monica Pier. tcs.santamonicapier.org

Live Music Showcase, 7 p.m. A night of varied performances features songwriter Larry John McNally (Bonnie Raitt’s “Nobody’s Girl,” Don Henley’s “For My Wedding”) plays some of his new and old songs with a quartet. At 8 p.m. Joe Cantor plays original blues-influenced songs. At 9 p.m. Gene Williams plays original and traditional folk songs. No cover. Donations appreciated. One-purchase minimum. Unurban Coffee House, 3301 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. unurban.com

Philosopher’s Stone Poetry’s Workshops, 8 p.m. Meet fellow writers at this weekly writing workshop. Bring work to share and critique. Café 212 Pier, 212 Pier Ave., Santa Monica. pspoets.weebly.com

Sofar Sounds: Venice, 8:15 to 10:30 p.m. A carefully curated set of live music, kept secret until showtime, at a secret location in Venice. Get instructions at sofarsounds.com

Wilderado, 10:30 p.m. Los Angeles indie rock band Wilderado, formerly Bird Dog, performs at the Townhouse & Del Monte Speakeasy, 52 Windward Ave., Venice. $5. wilderado.nightout.com

Friday, Aug. 26
Fiesta La Ballona, starts 4:30 p.m. Friday, ends 9 p.m. Sunday. Live performances, food trucks, carnival rides, games, pony rides, a petting zoo, artisan wares and vendors in Culver City’s Veterans Park, 4117 Overland Ave., Culver City. fiestalaballona.org

SongWriter Soiree, 7 to 11:30 p.m. Prove your talent at an open mic night and stay to support fellow musicians each Friday at Unurban Coffee House, 3301 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. Sign up in person at 6:30 p.m. unurban.com

Jamael Dean Quartet + DJ Jedi + DJ Shiva, 8 p.m. Live jazz until 10 p.m., followed by DJ Jedi spinning soul, funk, hip-hop, disco, dance and more in The Del Monte and DJ Shiva in the Townhouse bar. No cover. Townhouse & Del Monte Speakeasy, 52 Windward Ave., Venice. (310) 392-4040; townhousevenice.com

Surf Nite, 9 p.m. Skeeters Pool Party Band hosts a night of surf songs. All drummers invited to show up and play “Wipeout” on a communal drum. Bring your own sticks. Guitarists welcome to jam on “Crossroads.” Bring your own guitar. Long Face Louie opens the show at 9 p.m. No cover. More info at Skeeters Pool Party on Facebook. Brennan’s Pub, 4089 Lincoln Blvd., Marina del Rey. (310) 821-6622; brennanspub-la.com

Saturday, Aug. 27
“Gassers 3,” 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Explore an exhibit of nostalgic hot rod dragstrip racers with talks by Ted Radoumis, Larry Sutton, Ed “Isky” Iskenderian and Bones Balogh. $10, $8 for seniors, $5 for kids 11 to 17 and kids 10 and under get in free. Automobile Driving Museum,
610 Lairport St., El Segundo. (310) 909-0950; automobiledrivingmuseum.org

Venice Beach Music Fest 11, 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. The annual music and arts festival starts off this year with a Samba drum and dance parade and won’t stop moving until sundown. The all-day party celebrating music, dance, art and literature on the beach happens at Windward Plaza Park, 1 Windward Ave., Venice Beach. VeniceBeachMusicFest.com; facebook.com/VeniceBeachMusicFest

Harbor Tours & Sea Lion Adventures, noon to 12:45 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Sept. 5. This narrated tour of Marina del Rey harbor offers historical insights and a special focus on sea lions and other creatures that live in the harbor. Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. $6 to $12; kids 3 and under free. hornblower.com

Music by the Sea, 2 to 5 p.m. A scenic harbor view is the backdrop for a free blues concert by Jimbo Ross & The Bodacious Blues Band. Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. visitmarinadelrey.com

Live Music Showcase, 7 to 11 p.m. Jazz Funk Fest returns with fiery poetic readers Jamie Virostko, Tryg Hanson and Rex Butters slapping sense into words through multi-dimensional discourse. Gerry Fialka, Merritt Evan Raff, Alex Soschin combine fantastical funky sounds from drums, guitars and keyboards, creating ink-stained improvisational interplay. Unurban Coffee House, 3301 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. laughtears.com; unurban.com

Adults: Colormania, 2 to 3 p.m. Sip some tea and color your stress away. Millions of adults are rediscovering the simple relaxation and joy of coloring. Try it for free at the Culver City Julian Dixon Library, 4975 Overland Ave., Culver City. (310) 559-1676; colapublib.org

Conquer the Overlook 5K Run Walk and Stair Climb 2016, 5 to 11 p.m. Bring your friends to this fitness challenge benefiting the Aztlan Athletics Foundation. Run, climb, or walk yourself up Baldwin Hills’ 282 steps and then dance and chill under the stars with DJ music and entertainment.  $65; includes all-you-can-eat gourmet tacos (while supplies last) and two beers, 21+. Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook, 6300 Hetzler Road, Culver City. runningguru.com

Cardboard Yacht Regatta, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Kids build a yacht from only corrugated cardboard and duct tape, decorate it, cross their fingers and hope to makes it to t he other side of the pool. Annenberg Community Beach House, 415 Pacific Coast Hwy., Santa Monica. Free, but RSVP required. (310) 458-4904; annenbergbeachhouse.com

Fela Kuti Day, Najite & The Olokun Prophecy + DJ Jedi, 8 p.m. Live music, drum circle, Afrobeat dancers, N&OP album release party and giveaways followed by DJ Jedi in The Del Monte. The Townhouse & Del Monte Speakeasy, 52 Windward Ave., Venice. $5. (310) 392-4040; town-

Sunday, Aug. 28
Jet to Jetty 5k/10k and Kids Fun Run, 6:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The Drollinger Family Charitable Foundation sponsors the return of
the annual Jet to Jetty race along Dockweiler Beach in Playa del Rey,
a fundraiser for the Airport Marina Counseling Center that’s become Westside tradition. Following the race, have a recovery breakfast (9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.) at Tompkins Square Bar and Grill (8522 Lincoln Blvd., Westchester), with 15% going to the cause. jet2jetty.com

Westside Game Night, 1 to 5 p.m. Release your competitive side at the monthly fourth Sunday game night at Unurban Coffee House, 3301 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. unurban.com

Music by the Sea, 2 to 5 p.m. A scenic harbor view is the backdrop for a free jazz funk concert by 2 Azz1. Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. visitmarinadelrey.com

Music and Comedy at Unurban, 2 to 8 p.m. performances by Almost Vaudeville (2  to 5 p.m.) and Mews Small and Company (5 to 6 p.m.) precede the “Funny Feminist” Comedy Show from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Unurban Coffee House, 3301 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. unurban.com


Charles Lloyd Film Screening, 7 p.m. Filmmaker Eric Sherman discusses his documentary on jazz musician Charles Floyd before a screening of the film at 8:30 p.m. at Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd. Free.  (310) 306-7330; laughtears.com

Karaoke Lisa, 9 p.m. Sing your heart out every Sunday at the Prince O’Whales, 335 Culver Blvd., Playa del Rey. (310) 823-9826; princeowhales.com

The Toledo Show, 9:30 p.m. This long-running cabaret show continues to shake up Sunday nights at Harvelle’s, 1432 4th St., Santa Monica. $10 plus a two-drink minimum. (310) 395-1676; santamonica.harvelles.com

Monday, Aug. 29
Free Family Beach Days, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. A family-friendly day at the beach with arts and crafts, sports, games and more hosted by the Dockweiler Youth Center, 12505 Vista del Mar, Playa del Rey. Free. (310) 726-4131; beaches.lacounty.gov

Magic Monday, 7:30 p.m.  A new lineup of award-winning magic acts by magicians from the Magic Castle happens each Monday, starting with a special pre-show in the lobby 7:30 p.m. This week’s show features a special performance by mind-reader Max Maven (maxmaven.com). Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. All ages. $25. (310) 450-2849; magicmondayla.com

Mahalo Mondays, 8 p.m. Alton Clemente, Dorian Bey, DJ Vinyl Don and Record Surplus take over the Townhouse with live entertainment, tiki cocktails, Hawaiian and Polynesian vinyl, plus special guests. Townhouse & Del Monte Speakeasy, 52 Windward Ave., Venice. No cover. (310) 392-4040; townhousevenice.com

Sofar Sounds: West L.A., 8:15 to 10:30 p.m. A carefully curated set of live music, kept secret until showtime, at a secret location in West L.A. Get instructions at sofarsounds.com

Karaoke at Melody Bar & Grill, 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Six-dollar mai tai cocktails loosen up vocal chords and inhibitions on Monday nights at Melody Bar & Grill, 9132 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Westchester. (310) 670-1994; melodylax.com

Tuesday, Aug. 30
Gateway to Go Food Trucks, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. A rotating lineup of some of the city’s best food trucks gathers each Tuesday at Crowne Plaza LAX, 5985 W. Century Blvd., Westchester. gatewaytola.org

Gourmet Food Truck Night, 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. Each Tuesday night, a diverse array of tent vendors and gourmet food trucks takes over the California Heritage Museum, 2612 Main St., Santa Monica. (310) 392-8537; californiaheritagemuseum.org

Go Club Beginners and Open Mic Komedy, 7 to 11:30 p.m. Open mic begins at 9 p.m.; sign up at 8:45 p.m. each Tuesday at Unurban Coffee House, 3301 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. unurban.com

Wednesday, Aug.31
Cal Yacht Club’s Sunset Sailing Series, 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Sept. 7. Sunset sailing races finish at the California Yacht Club, 4469 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. calyachtclub.com

Outdoor Music at The Point, 6 to 8 p.m. Each Wednesday through August, live music greets diners and shoppers at The Point, 850 S. Sepulveda Blvd., El Segundo. Free. Today: R&B and sultry jazz by the Marieve Hereington Combo. thepointsb.com/events

Unkle Monkey, 6 to 9 p.m. Acoustic soft rock each Wednesday at The Warehouse, 4499 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 823-5451; mdrwarehouse.com

NAMI Family-to-Family, 6:30 to 9 p.m. NAMI offers this free 12-week course for adult family members or caregivers of an individual with mental health conditions. The course provides information on how to manage a crisis situation, current research related to the biology of brain disorders, treatment options, medications and side effects. Course runs through Nov. 16th. Visitation Church Parish Center, 6561 W. 88th St., Westchester. To register please contact Paul Stansbury at (310) 892-8046 or pstans5@aol.com

Take a Trip on the Red Car, 7 p.m. The Venice Historical Society presents a lecture and slide show narrated by The Red Car Maven & Historian Alan Fishel. Oakwood Recreation Center, 767 California Ave., Venice, 90291. $5 for VHS members, $8 for non-members.
(310) 967-5170; venicehistorical-society.org

Sofar Sounds: Culver City, 8:15 to 10:30 p.m. A carefully curated set of live music, kept secret until showtime, at a secret location in Culver City. Get instructions at sofarsounds.com

Rusty’s Rhythm Club, 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. and 10 to 11 p.m. Each Wednesday a swing band leads a dance party hosted by noted swing dancer Rusty Frank at the Westchester Elks Lodge, 8025 W. Manchester Ave., Playa del Rey. $15. $10 after 10 p.m. (310) 606-5606

Velvet Guerilla Cabaret, 9 p.m. Open mic poetry each Wednesday at 9 p.m., with sign up five minutes before. Unurban Coffee House, 3301 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. unurban.com


Thursday, Sept. 1
Ballona Iceplant Removal, 9 a.m. to noon and 2 to 5 p.m. The Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve needs volunteers to hand-pull invasive plants from the wetlands, giving native species a chance to grow back. Close-toe shoes required. Sunscreen and hat recommended. Additional outings happen Sept. 6 and 8. santamonicabay.org

Wine Tasting Fundraiser, 4 to 8:30 p.m. Free wine tasting, with bottles and food available for purchase, with a percentage going to support the Westside Family Health Center. Thyme Café and Market, 1630 Ocean Park Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 399-8800; thyme-cafeandmarket.com

Unknown Mortal Orchestra, 7 p.m. Live indie, garage and psychedelic rock on the Santa Monica Pier. Free. tcs.santamonicapier.com

Galleries & Museums
“Scenes from Chapter Four” Performance-in-Progress, 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26. Shana Lutker presents a 50-minute performance-lecture and preview of “The Sleeping Poet and the Jongleuse” in conjunction with her current sculptural installation, “Scenes from Chapter Four.” Punctuated with chandelier-swinging, juggling and live music ,the performance centers on a fistfight that took place in 1925 between artists at a Parisian banquet and incorporates Saint-Pol-Roux’s poetry and excerpts from French author Rachilde’s “The Juggler.”  RSVP required. 18th Street Arts Center, 1639 18th St., Santa Monica.  Free. (310) 453-3711; 18thstreet.org

“Venice Surf Culture,” through Wednesday, Aug. 30. Large photographic prints by Steve Christensen are on display on the patio of Hama Sushi, 213 Windward Ave., Venice Beach. Christensen is donating 10% of sales proceeds to Oceana, an international ocean conservation and advocacy organization. stevechristensenphoto.com

“L.A. Women,” through Sept. 1. Australian artist David Bromley’s paintings capture the individual personalities and stories of his subjects. Andrew Weiss Gallery, Bergamot Station D4, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica. (310) 246-9333; andrewweissgallery.com

“Lift Me Up So I Can See Better,” through Sept. 3. Shirley Tse’s new body of work evokes the form of eyeballs as her sculptures address both seeing and the position from which
one sees. Inspired by Oscar Wilde’s “The Happy Prince and Other Tales.” Shoshana Wayne Gallery at Bergamot Station B1, 2525 Michigan Ave.,
Santa Monica. (310) 453-7535; shoshanawayne.com

Recent Findings: Photography + Video, through Sept. 3. A group exhibit featuring photography and video by artists scott b. davis, Isabelle Harada, Alia Mailey, Adele Mills, Peter Alexander, Julius Shulman and Timothy O’Sullivan. Sloan Projects, Bergamot Station Arts Center, 2525 Michigan Ave., Gallery B5, Santa Monica. (424) 744-8265; sloanprojects.com

“Bohemians,” through Sept. 4. Amy Hill’s oil-on-wood portraits fuse 15th-century Flemish renaissance portraiture styles with contemporary subject matter. Lois Lambert Gallery, Bergamot Station E3, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica. loislambertgallery.com

Yoskay Yamamoto “In Between the Dreams,” through Sept. 7. A self-trained illustrator, Yamamoto blends pop iconic characters from his new Western home with traditional and mythical Japanese elements. GR2 Art Gallery, 2062 Sawtelle Blvd., Sawtelle Japantown. (424) 246-7626; gr2.net

“Phantom Limb,” through Sept. 9. Artists Scott Anderson, Wendell Gladstone, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Maja Ruznic and May Wilson explore the line between figuration and abstraction. Shulamit Nazarian, 17 N. Venice Blvd., Venice. (310) 281-0961; shulamitnazarian.com

“Sovereign” and “The Light Touch,” through Sept. 10. In “Sovereign,” is Kevin Peterson’s surreal compositions give hyper-realistic depictions of urban sprawl and rough city intermingled with innocent subjects. “The Light Touch,” features new works by Amanda ‘Mando’ Maire that reference old-fashioned graphics, sewing patterns and vintage 1940s illustrations using a visual theme of “twinning” to create a staged tension in what would otherwise be light and whimsical imagery. Thinkspace Gallery, 6009 Washington Blvd., Culver City. (310) 558-3375; thinkspacegallery.com

“Zabadak, The Collection,” through Sept. 14. Erwin Glaub’s solo exhibition features playful works that analyze mass movement, collecting and celebrity worship in his self-acclaimed style of “Pop Visionary Hieroglyphics.” SMC Emeritus College, 1227 Second St., Santa Monica. (310) 434-4306

“In the Cut,” through Sept 24. This group exhibition curated by Michael Peña includes photographs by Cindy Bernard, Sam Contis, Whitney Hubbs, Chelsea Mosher and Lisa Ohlweiler. Gallery Luisotti, Bergamot Station A2, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica. (310) 453-0043; galleryluisotti.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.

    Christopher Mulrooney

    Playtime is a wonderful exhibit! The location is beautiful and lenticulars by Heather Lowe are worth the visit as well as the other art. Thanks for the listing Argonaut.


    So much fun for only a buck! Need to repost this right away.

    Kim Williamson

    Westchester Rotary is local club that meets every Wednesday afternoon for lunch at the Crown Plaza on Century Blvd. near LAX. We all work together on local community and international charity projects. What better way to meet people and have fun! If interested, you can also call Kim Williamson at (310) 722-4200

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