Westside Calendar

Posted October 29, 2014 by The Argonaut in This Week
Thursday, Oct. 30
Chess Club, 4:15 p.m. Kids ages 5 to 16 can learn to play chess or improve their strategy through free Thursday classes at Venice-Abbot Kinney Library, 501 S. Venice Blvd., Venice. (310) 821-1769; lapl.org/branches

Spirited Thursdays, 6 to 9 p.m. A rotating roster of beverage professionals — from winemakers and brand founders to celebrated mixologists — showcase 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 run $12 to $16. (310) 430-7144; hotelcasadelmar

“Life Itself,” 7:30 p.m. Join Oscar-nominated filmmaker Steve James and Chaz Ebert, widow of Roger Ebert, for James’ absorbing documentary on the late movie critic’s final years. Screening with James’ 2002 documentary “Stevie,” which finds James returning to the southern Illinois town where he’d once been an Advocate Big Brother to a young man who now stands accused of a serious crime. Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica. $14. (310) 260-1528; aerotheatre.com

Sundown Stand-Up: Venice Beach Revival, 8 p.m. Every Thursday, area comedians bring spoken word and comedy performance to the Venice Bistro, 323 Ocean Front Walk, Venice. No cover. (310) 392-3997; thevenicebistro.com

Friday, Oct. 31
“Halloween Hop,” 3 to 6 p.m. Trick-or-treating and themed activities await kids at Montana Avenue’s annual event, with participating merchants giving out treats along the avenue from 6th Street to 17th Street. montanaave.com

Marina City Club Halloween Party, 6 p.m. Buffet dinner: 6 to 10 p.m. Live music: 8 to 11 p.m. Don Paul serves as master of ceremonies. Costume parties, Halloween-themed cuisine, car washes, tennis lessons and more. Marina City Club, 4333 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. $28.95. (310) 822-0611, ext. 215

Mo’s Halloween Party, 6 p.m. Outrageous costume party with prizes, food and beverage specials. Everybody attending in costume gets a prize. Mo’s Place, 203 Culver Blvd., Playa del Rey. (310) 822-6422; mosplacepdr.com

Zombie Bar Crawl, 7 p.m. Join the undead for the annual bar crawl that starts at Rusty’s Surf Ranch and ends at Wokcano’s “Wok-ing dead” after-party from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m.  Rusty’s Surf Ranch, Santa Monica Pier. Wokcano, 1413 5th St., Santa Monica. Admission: $15 (includes wristband for specials at participating bars and complimentary zombie makeup). (310) 458-3080; wokcanorestaurant.com

“The Lego Movie,” 7:30 p.m. Come in costume as your favorite character from 2014’s highest-grossing original animated feature  and get some free toys and treats at this special Halloween Night 3-D screening. Taco Obsession food truck sells Mexican delicacies following the film. Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica. $14. (310) 260-1528; aerotheatre.com

“Enchanted Halloween Ball,” 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Gibber like a ghoul or howl like a werewolf at this masquerade party replete with a costume contest, deejays, live performers, body paint, visual projection art, a photo booth and tarot readings. Proceeds benefit the Venice Art Crawl and Full Circle’s nonprofit arts activities. Full Circle Venice, 305 Rose Ave. Tickets: $30 to $35; VIP access: $40 (includes ticket, drink and gift). (206) 910-0384; venicebeachmasquerade.com

The Untouchables, 8 p.m. “Free Yourself” as the Silver Lake-spawned soul/mod revival band from the early 1980s returns to perform the cult hits that have landed them on concert bills with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Fishbone, The B-52s, No Doubt, Black Uhuru, Bow Wow Wow and X. Witzend, 959 Superba Ave., Venice. $10. (310) 305-4790; witzendlive.com

Haunted Blood Vessel, 8:30 p.m. (boards at 9 p.m.) Special holiday boat party includes DJ Andy Vargas and DJ Vision. 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. (323) 604-6030

4th Annual “Nightmare on Main Street,” 9 p.m. Holiday party at the Italian restaurant 31 Ten Lounge, 3110 Main St., Santa Monica. (310) 450-5522; 31tenlounge.com

Halloween Party, 9 p.m. to midnight. Holiday bash at the recently opened seaside art venue founded by art writer and curator Daniel Rolnik features the art of Tripple U. Zombies from the concurrent Zombie Bar Crawl are expected to attend. Daniel Rolnik Gallery, 1431 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica. danielrolnikgallery.com

Costume Contest, 9 p.m. to midnight. Cash prizes and drink specials at Cinco, 7241 W Manchester Ave., Westchester. (310) 910-0895; cincola.com

Costume Dance Party, 9:30 p.m.  to 1:30 a.m. All-night costume dance party starring the Jeremiah Roko Band and local favorite Miss Jessica with The Sugar Shack Attack. Brennan’s Pub, 4089 Lincoln Blvd., Marina del Rey. No cover. (310) 821-6622; brennanspub-la.com

Saturday, Nov. 1
Optimist Club Meeting, 9 to 11 a.m. Meets Saturdays at Jerry’s Deli, 13181 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 215-1892

Dia de los Muertos, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Traditional Day of the Dead celebration complete with an opening procession of Ketzaliztli dancers, a Nahuatl ceremonial blessing, a workshop for creating offerings of marigold crowns and perforated paper for deceased loves ones, a documentary depicting how a town in Mexico prepares for the holiday and a tour of the cemetery that explores the histories of the famous people buried there. Musicians perform live. Woodlawn Cemetery, 1847 14th St., Santa Monica. Free. (310) 458-8688; 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

“The Boxtrolls,” 3 p.m. Directors Anthony Stacchi  and Graham Annable and animator Travis Knight appear to talk about the latest stop-motion animated feature from Portland, Ore.-based animation studio Laika (“Coraline,” “Paranorman”). Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica. Free. (310) 260-1528; aerotheatre.com

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

“The Calling of the Spirits,” 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. SPARC hosts the annual Day of the Dead ritual honoring the dead. Ceremony includes altars adorned with traditional sugar skulls and offerings of flowers, candles, colorful tissue paper and the deceased’s favorite food and beverages. SPARC, 685 Venice Blvd., Venice. Free. (310) 822-9560; SPARCinLA.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

Harry Waters, 10:45 p.m. The jazz pianist influenced by the early modern jazz sound of the 1950s and his band plays songs from the great American song book plus originals. Draws from the likes of Miles Davis, Bill Evans, Chet Baker and Oscar Peterson. Witzend, 959 Superba Ave., Venice. $10. (310) 305-4790; witzendlive.com

Sunday, Nov. 2
SMC Fall Concert, 2 p.m. The Santa Monica College Emeritus College Concert Band, under the direction of Jessica Swift, performs a program that includes the music of George Gershwin, “Oklahoma” by Rogers and Hammerstein, “Second Symphony for Band” by Frank Erickson, the Mexican folk dance “Chiapanecas,” and marches by composers including John Philip Sousa. The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. smc.edu
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

“Blow-Up,” 7:30 p.m.; Karina Longworth Book Signing, 6:30 p.m. Italian New Wave director Michelangelo Antonioni’s most famous and enigmatic film from 1966 features Vanessa Redgrave as the intriguing beauty after a specific roll of film from fashion photographer David Hemmings. Karina Longworth signs her book “Hollywood Frame by Frame” in the lobby. Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica. $14. (310) 260-1528; aerotheatre.com

Tracy Newman & the Reinforcements, 8 p.m. The witty folk singer and TV writer (“Ellen,” “The World According to Jim”) returns to play wry songs off of her two albums, “A Place in the Sun,” and “I Just See You.” McCabe’s Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. $16. (310) 828-4497; mccabes.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

Monday, Nov. 3
Optimist Club Meeting, 9:30 a.m. Meets Mondays at the Coffee Bean, 13020 Pacific Promenade, Playa Vista. (310) 215-1892

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

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. 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
11/3 Monday, 8:00pm and 9:30pm $10.00 Cover

Tuesday, Nov. 4
“Saving the Legacy of Pearl Harbor,” 10 a.m. A program in anticipation of Veterans Day presented by Gary Steinhauer, regional director of the Pacific Aviation Museum at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Steinhauer will relate how the legacy of Dec. 7, 1941— the date that the United States entered World War II — is being preserved for future generations at the museum on Ford Island, a 441-acre island near Honolulu and a national historic landmark. Flight Path Museum, LAX Imperial Terminal, 6661 W. Imperial Highway, Westchester. Free.  (424) 646-7284; flightpath.us

“An Evening with Michael Connelly,” 7 p.m. Connelly released his debut novel, “Black Echo,” featuring hard-luck LAPD homicide detective Harry Bosch, 22 years ago.  He has since gone on to blockbuster bestseller success with protagonist Bosch chugging along in 19 books. Connelly discusses and signs the latest Bosch thriller, “The Burning Room,” as a TV series based on his intrepid hero called “Bosch” is in development for Amazon in 2015. Santa Monica Public Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica. Free admission. (310) 458-8600; smpl.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

Trulio Disgracious, 8 p.m. Every Tuesday, Norwood Fisher of Fishbone fame gathers some musicians together to jam. Also featuring Nate Hancock and the Declaration, Katja Koren and Conner “Sully” Sullivan. 1432 4th St., Santa Monica. $5. (310) 395-1676; harvelles.com

Suzy Williams & Her Solid Senders, 8 and 9:30 p.m. The group returns to deliver original tunes with a vintage vibe. Expect Forties-channeling songs such as “Tijuana Bible Thumpin’ Mama,” “Knuckledown, Knucklehead!” and “A Fast Ticket to Thrillsville.” Typhoon, 3221 Donald Douglas Loop South, Santa Monica. Cover: $10. (310) 390-6565; typhoon.biz

Wednesday, Nov. 5
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 Wednesdays, with special guests each week. No cover. All ages. The Warehouse, 4499 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 823-5451; mdrwarehouse.com

Sunset Live, 7 p.m. Waterfront music series features emerging musical acts under the stars, with extended happy hour through sunset. For bookings, contact jason@hlpresents.com. Whiskey Red’s, 13813 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 823-4522; whiskeyreds.com

Thursday, Nov. 6
Bob Dylan’s “The Drawn Blank Series” Reception, 6 to 9 p.m. The legendary musician’s latest paintings. Andrew Weiss Gallery, Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave., D-4, Santa Monica. (310) 246-9333; andrewweiss.com

Galleries & Museums
“For Export Only,” through Saturday. Persian-themed Shulamit Gallery presents group exhibition of new and recent works by Iranian artists Shahab Fotouhi, Sanaz Mazinani, Mamali Shafahi and Kamran Sharif, exploring the tension these artists face with their cultural identity and diaspora experiences. Shulamit Gallery, 17 N. Venice Blvd., Venice. (310) 281-0961; shulamitgallery.com

“All the Wrong Places,” through Saturday. New works by Kyle Hughes-Odgers on display at CAVE Gallery, 1108 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice. (310) 450-6960; cavegallery.net

Joshua Charles Hart, Kyle Hughes-Odgers, Rubin415, through Nov. 8. Trio of solo shows by whimsical artists features new works. Hart’s “So Quiet, So Small,” Hughes-Odgers’ “All the Wrong Places,” and Rubin415’s  “Gothometria.” C.A.V.E. Gallery, 1108 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice. (310) 450-6960; cavegallery.net

Carole Bayer Sager’s “New Works,” through Nov. 8. The iconic musician/artist uses food as a theme to explore notions of obsession embedded in our pop culture DNA in her second solo show for the gallery. WilliamTurner Gallery, Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave., E1, Santa Monica. (310) 453-0909; williamturnergallery.com

Sylvia Marcin, through Nov 8. The abstract expressionist behind such works as 2014’s “Riley’s Eye” brings her latest works to First Independent Gallery (FIG), Bergamot Station, G6, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica. (310) 829-0345; figgallery.com

“Three Woman Show:  Shaw, Walsh & Boughton, through Nov. 12. Trio of artists — Lee Webster Shaw, Sarah Wylie Walsh and Mary Mueller Boughton — reveals work documenting the fleeting essence of summer and portraying a vivid image of the UCLA Botanical Gardens and the Canadian Rockies. Through Nov. 12 at Schomburg Gallery, Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica. (310) 453-5757; schomburggallery.com

“Pumpkin Pie” through mid-November. Subtitled “It’s a Bird…It’s a Plane…It’s a Were-Puppy?,” this Halloween exhibit was supposed to be sweet, but then art critic Daniel Rolnik did something horrible: he lost his dog! Since the tragic news of Whiskers’ disappearance broke out, some 30 artists have been searching for Whiskers, a small terrier out for blood. Daniel Rolnik Gallery, 1431 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica. danielrolnikgallery.com

Heather Gwen Martin, Tony Berlant, through Nov. 29. Titled “Rogue Wave Projects,” Martin’s minimalist abstracts, including 2014’s eloquent “Diving Bells,” go on display as Berlant’s short film “Close to Home” screens. L.A. Louver, 45 N. Venice Blvd., Venice. (310) 822-4955; lalouver.com

“Filling the wHole,” through Dec. 4. The newly opened P32 presents an art exhibition of new works assembled by artist Ariel Gold and gallery owner and Malibu-based real estate entrepreneur and philanthropist Howard Spunt, with a reception from 6 to 10 p.m. on Oct. 25. Percentage of proceeds to support the Chase Foundation in Santa Monica. P32, 3129 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. p32gallery.com

“Passing Through,” through Dec. 6. Group show includes art by Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Jo Ann Callis and Masahisa Fukase. Rose Gallery, Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave., G5, Santa Monica. (310) 264-8440; rosegallery.net

“Citizen Culture: Artists and Architects Shape Policy,” through Dec. 13. Multimedia exhibition explores the intersection of art and politics, discussing artists, architects, designers, creative thinkers and collectives who have reshaped public policy using aesthetic strategies. Santa Monica Museum of Art, Bergamot Station, G1, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica. Suggested donation: $5. (310) 586-6488; smmoa.org


    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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