Westside Calendar

Posted November 22, 2015 by The Argonaut in This Week
Thursday, Nov. 26
Thanksgiving Dinner at Venice Whaler, begins at 9 a.m. Celebrate the holiday beachside with cider-glazed turkey and lager gravy, apple brioche stuffing, roasted brussels sprouts with capers and walnuts, cranberry and rosemary sauce, and a special fall cider. Full bar and not-so-limited menu will be available. $17.95. 10 W. Washington Blvd., Venice. (310) 821-8737; venicewhaler.com

Café Gratitude Free Thanksgiving, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. A pre-set organic and vegan menu is served on a first-come, first-serve basis. Volunteers are needed to host, wait tables or wash dishes. (424) 231-8000; cafegratitude.com

Thanksgiving Buffet at El Torito, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.  All you can eat Thanksgiving Day cuisine, featuring a carving station with roast beef, turkey, and ham. $20.99. 13715 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 823-8941; eltorito.com

El Segundo Farmers Market, 3 to 7 p.m. Each Thursday, find farm-fresh and organic produce, hot prepared foods, packaged gourmet foods, live music, handcrafts, jewelry and more at the 400 block of Main Street in El Segundo. (310) 524-2701; elsegundo.org

Thanksgiving Buffet Dinner Cruise, 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Hornblower offers a traditional Thanksgiving meal minus the cleanup. Enjoy a boarding glass of champagne, cash bar, traditional Thanksgiving buffet, entertainment, and scenic harbor views. Boarding time is 3 p.m. at Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. $52.40 to $86, plus fees; kids under 3 free. (310) 301-6000; hornblower.com

Electric Comedy, 8:30 p.m. Each Thursday, an intimate night of stand-up comedy that may include a few of L.A.’s well-known comics. $25. Free beer. The Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave., Venice. electriccomedy.com

Friday, Nov. 27
Mar Vista Seniors Club, 9:30 a.m. to noon. The club meets each Friday and activities include trips and tours, speakers, bingo, live entertainment, parties and holiday celebrations for seniors 50+. Mar Vista Recreation Center, 11430 Woodbine St., Mar Vista. For more information, call Byron Stalcup at (310) 351-9876.

Marina del Rey Historic Harbor Tours, 1, 2:30 and 4 p.m. Fridays and 11:30 a.m., 1, 2:30 and 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Nov. 29. In honor of Marina del Rey’s 50th anniversary year, the L.A. County Dept. of Beaches and Harbors and Marina del Rey Historical Society are sponsoring 45-minute informative tours for just $1. Board at Hornblower Cruises and Events, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. visitmarinadelrey.com

Del Rey Farmers Market, 2 to 7 p.m. Food and produce vendors gather weekly, with free musical performances on the first Friday of each month. Glen Alla Park, 4601 Alla Road, Del Rey. delreync.org

Hornblower Dinner Cruise, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Enjoy a four-course dinner with dancing and a harbor view. Board at 7:30 p.m. at Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. $86.95 plus fees. hornblower.com

Mariachi and Folkloric Dancing, 7:30, 9:30 and 10:45 p.m. Dinner with traditional Mexican entertainment at Casa Sanchez, 4500 S. Centinela Ave., Del Rey. (310) 397-4444; casa-sanchez.com

“Something’s Afoot,” 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 19. The Kentwood Players put on a musical murder mystery that spoofs detective stories with standard British mystery characters who are invited to the lake estate of Lord Dudley Rancour. When the wealthy lord is found dead, it’s a comical race against time and booby traps to find out who did it. Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Ave., Westchester. $23 to $25. (310) 645-5156; kentwoodplayers.org

“Laurel and Hardy Festival,”  8:15 p.m. Friday, 2:30 and 8:15 p.m. Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. This family-friendly program of Laurel and Hardy’s silent and sound shorts is annual crowd-pleaser. $8 to $10, cash or check only. Old Town Music Hall, 140 Richmond St., El Segundo. (310) 322-2592; oldtownmusichall.com

Jon Burton, 9 p.m. Live music at The Prince O’ Whales, 335 Culver Blvd., Playa del Rey. No cover. (310) 823-9826; princeowhales.com

Dennis Jones, 9 p.m. Sizzling guitar solos and soulful vocals at Harvelle’s, 1432 4th St., Santa Monica. $10 plus two-drink minimum. (310) 395-1676; santamonica.harvelles.com

Saturday, Nov. 28
Marina del Rey Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Find locally grown produce, prepared food, desserts and arts and crafts at the corner of Via Marina and Panay Way (parking lot 11) each Saturday. (310) 305-9545; facebook.com/MDRFarmersMarket

Silicon Beach Philharmonic & Chorale Rehearsals, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The orchestra and chorale is auditioning experienced musicians and singers for their upcoming concerts and hosting weekly music healing recitals and opera dinners. Children’s orchestra auditions and music instruction for all ages is from 9 to 10:20 a.m., and adult orchestra and singer auditions are from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Marina Del Rey Hospital, 4650 Lincoln Blvd., Marina del Rey. Free parking with validation. All rehearsals are open to the public. (310) 999-3626; meetup.com/SBPhil/

“Make it Mar Vista,” 10 a.m. This Small Business Saturday community event showcases the spirit of Venice Boulevard, one of L.A.’s Great Streets, with a bike ride, prizes at participating businesses, an interactive community mural, live entertainment and demonstrations, and a Story Corps Living History Project for locals to document their stories. Free shuttle service at Venice and Inglewood boulevards or Beethoven Street. marvistachamber.com

Max Diamond Yoga, 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. (Also 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Wednesdays, and 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.) Yoga can increase strength, flexibility, balance and endurance while promoting spinal safety and reducing stress. All levels welcome to this weekly, donation-based yoga class at Mount Olive Lutheran Church, 1343 Ocean Park Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 922-8879; mtolivelutheranchurch.org

Music by the Sea, 1 to 4 p.m. The free waterside concerts at Fisherman’s Village continue with Bossa Nova and Samba from Brazil Brasil. Free two-hour parking with validation. Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 301-9900

Author Talk/Reading with Judith Detamore, 2 to 3 p.m. An event for the entire family to meet and hear from the author of “Jason and the Peanut Butter Sandwich.” Playa Vista Branch Library, 6400 Playa Vista Drive. (310) 437-6680; lapl.org

“Drempels,” 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 3:30 p.m. Sunday, and 8 p.m. Monday. Rudie DeCarlo’s contemporary socio-political satire and musical is told from the point of view of the Drempels, a tiny sub-species of humans and caretakers of the environment. Drempel Hieronymous Aloisios Plonk sets out on a journey to save his society and, in doing so, save the planet. $29.50. Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. (310) 394-9779; santamonicaplayhouse.com

Hot Jazz Saturdays, 8 p.m. Brad Kay’s Regressive Jazz Quartet plays early jazz and ragtime from 8 to 10 p.m., followed by DJ Jedi with soul, funk, and hip-hop. No cover. Del Monte Speakeasy, 52 Windward Ave., Venice. (310) 392-4040; townhousevenice.com

Strut, 9 p.m. A Funksgiving Celebration by one of the few L.A. bands with dancers and a full horn section. Harvelle’s, 1432 4th St., Santa Monica. $10 plus two-drink minimum. (310) 395-1676; santa-monica.harvelles.com

Hound Dog Dave & the Mel-tones, 9 to 11 p.m. Dine and dance to American Roots music with elements of rock, blues, country and R&B. $7 cover. Typhoon Restaurant (at Santa Monica Airport), 3221 Donald Douglas Loop, Santa Monica. (310) 390-6565; typhoon.biz

Sunday, Nov. 29
Mar Vista Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Score delicious prepared foods to eat under the big deejay tent and browse dozens of stands featuring fresh produce and other goods. Venice and Grandview boulevards. marvistafarmersmarket.org

Music by the Sea, 1 to 4 p.m. The free waterside concerts at Fisherman’s Village continue with Country and Rock from JB and The BC Riders. Free two-hour parking with validation. Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 301-9900

Mariachi and Folkloric Dancing, 5, 7 and 8:45 p.m. Dinner comes with a side of traditional Mexican entertainment at Casa Sanchez, 4500 S. Centinela Ave., Del Rey. (310) 397-4444; casa-sanchez.com

Panic Duo, 8 p.m. The L.A.-based ensemble performs music from a juxtaposition of styles and musical periods, including classical, jazz, modernist, contemporary and world-music. Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice. $6 to $10. (310) 822-3006; beyondbaroque.org

Electric Comedy, 7:30 p.m. Each Sunday, an intimate night of stand-up comedy that may include a few of L.A.’s well-known comics. $25. Free beer. The Electric Lodge, Electric Ave., Venice. electriccomedy.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. A cabaret show held on Sunday nights at Harvelle’s, 1432 4th St., Santa Monica. $10 plus a two-drink minimum. (310) 395-1676; santamonica.harvelles.com

Vida featuring DJ Creepy, 9:30 to 11:45 p.m. Ambient and dance vibes light up the evening’s soundscape at Melody Bar & Grill, 9132 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Westchester. (310) 670-1994; melodylax.com

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

The Mar Vista Laughter Club, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Each Monday, Certified Laughter Yoga Leader Kim Selbert leads an adults-only, donation-based laughter yoga class. Use movement, breathing and laughter exercises to decrease your stress, lift your mood and build community. St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, 11555 National Blvd., West L.A. (310) 849-4642; laughtergroove.com

VisionLA Fest Gala Opening, 6 to 10 p.m. This launch of the VisionLA Climate Action Arts Festival and kickoff for the Art Makes Change art exhibit includes a reception, performance art with Domestic Apocalypse and LA Mudpeople, music from KCRW’s DJ Jeremy Sole, beer, wine, food trucks and more. Participating VisionLA ‘15 projects happen citywide through Dec. 11, ranging from art installations to theater pieces, concerts, readings, films, street art and community art workshops as well as climate change-related lectures, panels, presentations and rallies. See the full schedule at visionlafest.org. $20. Bergamot Station, Building G1, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica. bergamotstation.org

Comics on the Spot, 7 p.m. Weekly stand-up comedy event begins with an open mic before the pros take the stage at 7:45 p.m. The Warehouse, 4499 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. No cover. (310) 823-5451; mdrwarehouse.com

Tuesday, Dec. 1
Burton Chace Park Walking Club, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Join others in a light walk while enjoying the beautiful view of the Marina del Rey harbor. Burton Chace Park, 13640 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey. Free, but RSVP by calling (310) 305-9595; beaches.lacounty.gov

Gateway To Go!, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Each Tuesday, a rotating line-up of gourmet food trucks gather at Crowne Plaza LAX, 5985 W. Century Blvd. gatewaytola.org

Gourmet Food Truck Night, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Each Tuesday night, diverse and delicious food truck cuisine takes over the California Heritage Museum, 2612 Main St., Santa Monica. (310) 392-8537​; californiaheritagemuseum.org

Geoffrey J. Band, 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. Each Tuesday and Thursday night, the Geoffrey J. Band brings rock ’n’ soul music to the Venice Whaler, 10 Washington Blvd., Marina del Rey. No cover. (310) 821-8737; venicewhaler.com

Karaoke with Kiki, 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Sing your heart out at the Prince O’ Whales, 335 Culver Blvd., Playa del Rey. (310) 823-9826; princeowhales.com

Wednesday, Dec. 2
Rotary Club of Playa Venice Sunrise, 7:15 a.m. Meets Wednesday mornings at Whiskey Red’s, 13813 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. Contact Peter Smyth at (310) 916-3648. playasunrise.org

Westchester Life Story Writing Group, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Memoir-writing workshop meets Wednesdays at the YMCA Annex, 8020 Alverstone Ave., Westchester. Donation: $10 per semester. (310) 397-3967

Toastmasters “Speakers by the Sea” Club, 11 a.m. to noon. Overcome your public presentation nerves at this weekly meeting. Pregerson Technical Facility, Room 230A, 12000 Vista Del Mar, Playa del Rey. (424) 625-3131

Rotary Club of Westchester, 12:10 p.m. Meets Wednesday mornings at the Crowne Plaza LAX Hotel, 5985 W. Century Blvd., Inglewood. (310) 986-9237; rotary-westchester.com

Westchester Senior Citizens Club Bingo, 1 to 3 p.m. Make new friends and win prizes each Wednesday at the Westchester Senior Center, 8740 Lincoln Blvd., Westchester. (310) 649-3317 or (310) 649-1173

Unkle Monkey, 6 to 9 p.m. The local duo plays Jimmy Buffet-style beach tunes each Wednesday evening at The Warehouse, 4499 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 823-5451; mdrwarehouse.com

The Grand View Market Open Mic Night, 7 p.m. each Wednesday. Performer signups begin at 6:30 p.m. Open mic strictly for musicians happens on Friday nights. Grand View Market, 12210 Venice Blvd., Mar Vista. (310) 390-7800; grandviewmarket.com

Home Brewing Class, 7 to 10 p.m. Try your hand at brewing and see what’s involved in the process before you jump into purchasing your own equipment. $20, includes a free tasting glass. Culver City Home Brewing Supply, 4234 Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City. (310) 397-3453; brewsupply.com

Michael Koppy, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Good company, cold beer and live music each Wednesday at The Cinema Bar, 3967 Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City. No cover. (310) 390-1328; thecinemabar.com

Venice Underground Comedy & Red Light Burlesque, 9 p.m. Each Wednesday, L.A. comedy club regulars and big-names perform at 9 p.m. followed by burlesque dancing by the Bootleg Bombshells at 11. No cover. Townhouse, 52 Windward Ave., Venice. (310) 392-4040; townhousevenice.com

Thursday, Dec. 3
1931 Herreshoff ketch Tioga Presentation, 7 p.m. Classic Boat magazine called the 1931 Herreshoff ketch Tioga the “most beautiful yacht ever designed or built.” Learn more during this slide presentation and see a five-foot radio-controlled model on display through the end of December at the Lloyd Taber Marina del Rey Library, 4533 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 821-3415; colapublib.org

Shafer Vineyards Wine Tasting Dinner, 7 p.m. A special end of the year wine-and-dine hosted by international wine expert Peter Kerr includes an appetizer reception followed by hard-to-find Shafer wines and a menu of Tandoori loup de mer, pork vindaloo over rice palau, lamb tikka with puree of butternut squash sabzi, and venison keema served with mashed potatoes. Wines will be available for purchase. Akbar, 3115 Washington Blvd., Marina del Rey. $125 plus tax. RSVPs required. (310) 574-0666

High Spirits Wine Tasting and Comedy Show, 8 p.m. Learn all about wine in a fun environment with a few of L.A.’s top comedians. Hosted by comedian and sommelier Patrick Ney of thecaliforniawineguy.com with comedians Beth Stelling, Brian Kiley and Eddie Pepitone. The Rose Room, 6 Rose Ave., Venice. $15 to $20. (310) 570-7221; patdmelt@verizon.net; thecaliforniawineguy.com

Galleries & Museums
“High Water” and “New Paintings,” through Dec. 5. In “High Water,” Susan Metzger focuses on ethereal seascapes, using bands of color to create wide-open spaces and translucent atmospheres of sea and sky. Ron Rizk’s “New Paintings” challenges the eye with tromp l’oeil rendered illusions of peculiar manmade objects, such as vintage toys and paper planes set in surreal landscapes. Lora Schlesinger Gallery, Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave. B-5, Santa Monica. (310) 828-1133; loraschlesinger.com

“Los Angeles in Barcelona,” through Dec. 5. Gallerist Andrew Weiss displays the works of Venice- and Santa Monica-based Cool School artists (including Peter Alexander, Larry Bell, Billy Al Bengston, Laddie John Dill, Craig Kauffman, Ed Moses, Eric Orr) for an exhibition of limited-edition etchings and lithographs on woven paper that capture the impressions and experiences of Barcelona during the artists’ short-term residency at Polígrafa Obra Gràfica. Andrew Weiss Gallery, Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave., D-4, Santa Monica. (310) 246-9333; andreweiss.com

“Ralph Bacerra: Exquisite Beauty,” through Dec. 6. More than 90 vessels and sculptures of the Los Angeles-based surface embellishment artist are on display, none of which have ever been the focus of any prior major exhibition. Ben Maltz Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design, 9045 Lincoln Blvd., Westchester. (310) 665-6905; otis.edu/benmaltzgallery

“Exercise Triology” and “Xtreme Archive: Project X 1992-1999,” through Dec. 11. Taiwanese visiting artist Chi Kai-Yuan’s interactive sculptural works explore space, body and the games of badminton, table tennis and hula-hoop. Also through Dec. 11, a collection of ephemera, images, and audio recordings on the exhibitions of Project X in the 90s. 18th Street Arts Center, 1639 18th St., Santa Monica. (310) 453-3711; 18thstreet.org

“Cauldron,” through Dec. 15. In the spirit of Jackson Pollock, D.C.-based artist Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann creates explosive yet intricately patterned compositions made with acrylic paint and sumi-ink that explore the fraught threshold between control and chaos. Laura Korman Gallery, Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave., D-2, Santa Monica. (310) 828-1883; laurakormagallery.com

“Madame Pychosis Holds a Séance,” through Dec. 19. Artist Rosson Crow explores the fictional world of Madame Psychosis, an aging showgirl obsessed with the assassination of John F. Kennedy, through new paintings and film. Honor Fraser Gallery, 2622 S. La Cienega Blvd., Culver City. (310) 837-0191; honorfraser.com

“The Avant-Garde Won’t Give Up: Cobra and Its Legacy,” through Dec.23. Blum & Poe present the L.A. leg of a two-part, bicoastal installment series that critically reassesses Cobra, a postwar European movement named for the cities of Copenhagen, Brussels and Amsterdam. The L.A. exhibition casts its view beyond the formal end of Cobra in 1951 by putting the political activities and aesthetic experiments of Asger Jorn into conversation with a range of contemporary living artists. Blum & Poe, 2727 S. La Cienega Blvd., Culver City. (310) 836-2062; blumandpoe.com

“Matt Wedel: Peaceable Fruit,” through Dec. 30. Sculptor Matt Wedel’s life-sized fantastical fruit pieces are on display at L.A. Louver, 45 N. Venice Blvd., Venice. (310) 822-4955; lalouver.com

“Nature LA: The Great Bear Rainforest,” through Jan. 31. Culver City-based artist Jennifer MaHarry exhibits a new collection of photographs that includes images of cougars, wolves and the elusive white “spirit bear” of The Great Bear Rainforest, a remote region of the British Columbia coast that’s currently threatened by an oil pipeline proposal. G2 Gallery, 1503 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice. (310) 452-2842; theg2gallery.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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