Westside Calendar

Posted June 24, 2015 by The Argonaut in This Week
Thursday, June 25
Burton Chace Park Walking Club, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Free weekly walks around Marina del Rey harbor. Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 305-9595

Marina del Rey WaterBus, 11 a.m. to midnight. (Thursdays through Sundays through Sept. 1.) Hop on for a water’s-eye view of the marina with shopping and dining opportunities at eight of the WaterBus’s stops. $1 each way, cash only. marinawaterbus.com

ChamberFest LAeXpo, 4 to 7:30 p.m. The LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce’s annual merchant meet-and-greet includes a “Taste of the Chamber” component featuring food and drinks from area restaurants. The CenterPointe Club, 6200 Playa Vista Drive, Playa Vista. (310) 645-5151; laxcoastal.com

“Beach Eats” Food Truck Event, 5 to 9 p.m. Mother’s Beach hosts a variety of gourmet food trucks each Thursday through Oct. 1 in a dog-friendly setting. Mother’s Beach, 4101 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 305-9545; beaches.lacounty.gov

“The Great Escape,” 7:30 p.m. Classic 1963 WWII drama starring Steve McQueen in his career-launching role as Capt. Virgil Hilts chronicles the large-scale prison camp escape of Allied POWs in Germany. Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica. $11 to $13. (310) 260-1528; aerotheatre.com

“The Homecoming,” 8 p.m. (Also at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through August.) This staging of the Harold Pinter play explores an uncomfortable gathering in England of a Brit, his American wife, and his male relatives. Suggested $15 donation. Pacific Resident Theatre, 703 Venice Blvd., Venice. (310) 822-8392; pacificresidenttheatre.com
DJ Dimitri, 9 p.m. Old school funk and soul at Seventy 7 Lounge, 3843 Main St., Culver City (in the alley behind Rocco’s). (310) 559-7707; seventy7lounge.com

Friday, June 26

Library at the Beach, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The first of a series of Santa Monica Public Library summer outreach events on the beach, find a curated collection of books for readers of all ages, a Surfside Lounge to relax and grab some shade, and beach-themed activities for the whole family. Annenberg Community Beach House, 415 Pacific Coast Hwy., Santa Monica. (310) 434-2608; smpl.org

Ed Asner at the Activist Support Circle, 6:30 p.m. The outspoken star of the “Mary Tyler Moore Show” and “Up” joins an informal chat with activist Jerry Rubin and friends. Friends Meeting Hall, 1440 Harvard St., Santa Monica. activistsupportcircle.org

“20 Questions,” 7 p.m. Quizmaster John Rosenthal emcees the trivial pursuit game every Friday night at TRiP, 2102 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica. No cover. (310) 396-9010; tripsantamonica.com

“Dr. Strangelove, Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb,” / “The Loved One,” 7:30 p.m. Two classic satirical pieces of ‘60s Cold War paranoia lunacy written by the late, great Terry Southern. Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica. $11 to $13. (310) 260-1528; aerotheatre.com

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

“The Hundred-Foot Journey,” 8 to 10 p.m. A free movie screening at Playa Vista’s Concert Park, 13020 Pacific Promenade. playavista.com

Laurel & Hardy Festival, 8:15 p.m. (Also at 2:30 and 8:15 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday.) Program features shorts by the classic, Culver City-based comedic pair’s silent pictures and talkies. Old Town Music Hall, 140 Richmond St., El Segundo. $8 to $10. Reservations recommended. (310) 322-2592;  oldtownmusichall.org

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

DJ Nikolas Degas, 9 p.m. The refined sounds of the French native behind the tune “Horns,” who shares a surname with the master French impressionist painter of ballerinas. Seventy 7 Lounge, 3843 Main St., Culver City (in the alley behind Rocco’s). (310) 559-7707; seventy7lounge.com

All-Male “Cinderella,” 9:30 p.m. (Fridays and Saturdays through July 25.) A comic musical twist on a classic tale at the Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. $19.50. RSVP necessary. (310) 394-9779; santamonicaplayhouse.com

Saturday, June 27
Marina del Rey Farmers’ Market, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Find locally grown produce, desserts, prepared foot  and arts and crafts at the corner of Via Marina and Panay Way (parking lot 11) each Saturday. (310) 305-9545; facebook.com/MDRFarmersMarket

Ballona Creek Clean-Up, 9 a.m. Ballona Creek Renaissance hosts a voluntary effort to keep our wetlands and its main waterway free of trash and debris. Meet at Centinela Avenue and Milton Street in Del Rey. ballonacreek.org

Ballona Habitat Restoration Day, 9:30 a.m. Help restore the biological integrity of the Ballona Wetlands while also learning about watershed ecology. Gloves and tools provided. Meet behind the Alkali Water Market, 303 Culver Blvd., Playa del Rey. (310) 306-5994; ballonafriends.org

Fiesta of Gems, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Also 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.) The ultimate annual rock, mineral and jewelry show. This year’s featured stone: crystal quartz. Culver City Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 4117 Overland Ave., Culver City. Free admission; free parking. culvercityrocks.org/fiesta.htm

Summer Festival (Natsu Matsuri), noon to 9 p.m. Saturday. (Also 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.) The annual Japanese-American cultural event and community fundraiser — with food, games and workshops in the art of bonsai, ikebana and shodo — takes place all weekend at Venice Japanese Community Center, 12448 Braddock Drive, Del Rey.  (310) 822-8885; vjcc.com

Santa Monica Pier Historic Walking Tour, 11 a.m. On Saturdays and Sundays, take an hour-long tour to learn the history of the historic 1909 pier. Meet in front of the carousel building, 200 Santa Monica Pier. (310) 458-8901; santamonicapier.org

Culver City Garden Club Garden Show & Plant Sale, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Also from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.) The club’s 62nd annual show and plant sale includes a locally-judged exhibition of homegrown plants, flowers and edibles; two workshops each day on gardening and plant topics; regular raffles of merchandise and gift certificates donated by local merchants; and vendors selling gardening supplies and plants. Kids get free starter plants. Culver City Teen Center, 4153 Overland Ave., Culver City. Free. (310) 203-1482; culvercitygardenclub.org

K9 Connection Summer Festival at Clover Park, noon to 3 p.m. Bring Rover to Clover! Enjoy a dog relay, agility and Frisbee competitions, bring your own dog to the Doggie Fun Zone, eat from food trucks and participate in DIY creative projects with your kids — with all proceeds going to support K9 Connection Programs and Services.  Clover Park, 2600 Ocean Park Blvd., Santa Monica. k9connection.org

“The Good, The Bad and the Ugly,” 7:30 p.m. The third and most iconic installment of Sergio Leone’s classic Spaghetti Western trilogy starring Clint Eastwood as The Man With No Name (a.k.a. “Blondie”). Also stars Lee Van Cleefe and Eli Wallach. Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica. $11 to $13. (310) 260-1528; aerotheatre.com

Tom Noland Band, 8 and 9:30 p.m. Live music at Typhoon, 3221 Donald Douglas Loop South, Santa Monica. $10. (310) 390-6565; typhoon.biz

“Annie Hall,” 8:30 p.m. EatSeeHear continues with a screening of the Oscar-winning quintessential Woody Allen comedy co-starring Diane Keaton, preceded by food truck service beginning at 5:30 p.m. and a live concert by Haunted Summer. Santa Monica High School Memorial Greek Amphitheatre, 601 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. $14. eatseehear.com

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

DJ Marcus Shadden, 9 p.m. The Chicago turntablist and Christopher Mintz-Plasse look-alike spins the old school hip-hop, funk and R&B like it’s 1993. Seventy 7 Lounge, 3843 Main St., Culver City (in the alley behind Rocco’s). (310) 559-7707; seventy7lounge.com

Larry “Fuzzy” Knight’s Blowin’ Smoke Rhythm & Blues Revue featuring The Fabulous Smokettes, 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Knight and company are in the house, banishing June Gloom to a nunnery with a grand return to their decades-long stompin’ ground. Expect to work up a sweat! Harvelle’s Blues Club, 1432 4th St., Santa Monica. $10. (310) 395-1676; santamonica.harvelles.com.

Sunday, June 28

LE&RN’s CA Run/Walk to Fight Lymphedema & Lymphatic Diseases, 8 a.m. registration; 9 a.m. ribbon-cutting. Academy Award- and Emmy-winning actress Kathy Bates, who herself suffers from lymphedema, hosts this first-ever West Coast benefit bent on putting an end to the disease. Crescent Bay Park, 2000 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica. lymphaticnetwork.org

OULA Fitness Club, 11 a.m. to noon Sundays. High-energy dancing to lively music in a non-judgmental environment at the Los Angeles Art Collective, 8939 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Ste. 105, Westchester. $10 per session, with first session free. oulafitness.com

Killer Rides Car & Motorcycle Show, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Vintage motorcycles, hot rods, muscle cars, woodies and dune buggies all converge for a killer photo op at Killer Shrimp, 4211 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey.(310) 578-2293; killershrimp.com

Yas-A-Thon Spin to Beat Cancer, 1 to 4 p.m. Cycle the afternoon away to benefit ThinkCure. Yas Fitness Center, 1101 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice. (310) 396-6993; go2yas.com

N’Demand, 5 to 6:30 p.m. Dance to popular boy band covers from the 1990s and 2000s (New Kids on the Block, ‘N Sync, Backstreet Boys) at the Central Park Bandshell, 12045 Waterfront Drive, Playa Vista. playavista.com

“The Adventures of Robin Hood,” 5:30 p.m. The legendary scoundrel of Sherwood Forrest, portrayed by Errol Flynn, tussles with Olivia De Havilland, Basil Rathbone and Claude Rains in this 1938 Michael Curtiz (“Casablanca”) classic. Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica. $11 to $13. (310) 260-1528; aerotheatre.com

Showtime Dinner Club, 7 p.m.  Featured play: “A Phenomenal Woman,” presented by The Theatre by the Blind. Meet at the Promenade Playhouse, 1404 3rd St. Promenade # 8, Santa Monica. Tickets: $20 Showtime Dinner Group meets at 7 p.m. Call (310) 215-1892 to RSVP or visit showtimedinnergroup.com

Tom Freund, 8 p.m.  Joining the celebrated Venice artist onstage are Ben Peeler, Adam Topol and Gabe Noel, plus other special guests. The singer-songwriter performs new songs from his album “Two Moons” as well as Freund songs of chosen by the audience. McCabe’s Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 828-4497; mccabesguitarshop.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; princeo-whales.com

Midnite Mood Band, 9 p.m. Live music at Seventy 7 Lounge, 3843 Main St., Culver City (in the alley behind Rocco’s). (310) 559-7707; seventy7lounge.com

The Toledo Show, 9:30 p.m. A cabaret show held on Sunday nights at Harvelle’s, 1432 4th St., Santa Monica. $10. (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; barmelodylax.com

Monday, June 29
GED classes, various times Mondays through Thursdays. Free high school completion classes at Emerson Adult Learning Center, 8810 Emerson Ave., Westchester. (310) 258-2000; veniceservicearea.org

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

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. at The Warehouse, 4499 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. $10. (310) 823-5451; mdrwarehouse.com

Swim Sessions, 7:30 p.m. Southern California Aquatics leads evening pool workouts Mondays and Wednesdays at Santa Monica Swim Center, 2225 16th St., Santa Monica. $69 to $109 per month. (310) 458-8700; swim.net.

Jack Daniel’s Comedy Classic, 9 p.m. Comedy showcase each Monday at Brennan’s Pub, 4089 Lincoln Blvd., Marina del Rey, No cover. 21+. (310) 821-6622; brennanspub-la.com

Stage 11, 9:30 p.m. The melodic rock act continues their Monday-night residency at Harvelle’s, 1432 4th St., Santa Monica. Cover: $5, plus a two-drink minimum. (310) 395-1676; santamonica. harvelles.com

Tuesday, June 30
Swim Sessions, various times. Southern California Aquatics leads morning workouts at 5:30 and 6:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and evening workouts at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, at Santa Monica Swim Center, 2225 16th St., Santa Monica. $69 to $109 per month. (310) 458-8700; swim.net

Ocean Park Classic Car Night, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. The California Heritage Museum gathers food trucks and classic cars each Tuesday night outside the museum. 2612 Main St., Santa Monica. (310) 392- 8537; californiaheritagemuseum.org

Wednesday, July 1
Playa Venice Sunrise Rotary Club, 7:15 a.m. Meets Wednesday mornings at Whiskey Red’s, 13813 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. Contact: Peter Smyth (310) 916-3648

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/semester. (310) 397-3967

Toddler/Preschool Storytime, 11 to 11:30 a.m. Join the children’s librarian for an interactive story time that includes songs and games. Mar Vista Branch Library, 12006 Venice Blvd., Mar Vista. (310) 390-3454; lapl.org

Toastmasters Speakers by the Sea, 11 a.m. to noon. Meets every Wednesday. 12000 Vista Del Mar, Room 230A, Playa del Rey. (424) 625-3131

Playa Vista Chess Club, 4:15 p.m. Every Wednesday join other students and learn from expert Ben Eubanks. Grades 1-6. Players of all levels welcome. Playa Vista Library, 6400 Playa Vista Drive. Free. (310) 437-6680; lapl.org

California Sunset Series Sailing Regatta, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Sept. 9. Hosted by California Yacht Club on the harbor’s main channel, Marina del Rey’s biggest annual sailing event. Watch races from Fisherman’s Village (13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey) or Burton Chace Park (13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey). calyachtclub.com

Summer Sunset Cocktail Cruises, 5:45 to 8:15 p.m. (Wednesdays through Sept. 23). Appetizers, champagne, music and comfortable seating with front row views of the sailboat races and sunset. Boards at Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. $35, plus tax, service, and landing fees. Reservations required. (949) 631-2469; hornblower.com

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

Westside Wednesdays with the House of Vibes All-Stars, 9 p.m. Harvelle’s, 1432 4th St., Santa Monica. $7 cover, plus a two-drink minimum. (310) 395-1676; santamonica.harvelles.com

Thursday, July 2
Opera at the Shore, 7 p.m. Finalists and winners from the Loren L. Zachary National Vocal Competition and other guests join Marina del Rey Summer Symphony for a free concert. Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey. visitmarinadelrey.com

“Bonnie & Clyde” / “The Boston Strangler,” 7:30 p.m. Two late-1960s explorations of the criminal world; the first, Arthur Penn’s bank robber epic starring Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty which —along with Sam Peckinpah’s films —ushered ultra-violence into American film; the latter an intense portrait of a serial killer directed by Richard Fleischer and starring Tony Curtis. Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica. $11 to $13. (310) 260-1528; aerotheatre.com

Galleries & Museums
Oz El Hai, opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. on June 25; exhibit continues through July 2. See the latest colorful canvases by Israeli painter Oz El Hai, who makes a rare stateside appearance at the opening reception. Qart.com, 480 W. Washington Blvd., Marina del Rey. (310) 405-6183; qart.com

“Prisma” and “Return to Roots,” opening receptions from 5 to 7 p.m. on June 25; exhibits continue through Sept. 5. “Prisma” displays the latest works of quasi-abstract painter Phillip Griswold and “Return to Roots” the latest works of abstract expressionist Jane Park Wells. Ruth Bachofner Gallery in the Bergamot Station Arts Center, 2525 Michigan Ave., Ste. G2, Santa Monica. (310) 829-3300; ruthbachofnergallery.com

“Piecemaker,” through Saturday. A solo exhibition of new paintings by Canadian-born artist Melanie Daniel, drawing from her experiences living in Israel for the past 20 years — seven of which she has spent in the mixed Arab-Jewish city of Jaffa. Shulamit Gallery, 17 N. Venice Blvd., Venice. (310) 281-0961; shulamitgallery.com

“3 From The Street: LA Perspectives,” through Sunday. Marcel “Sel” Blanco, Edward Michael Doran and Richard Abagon bring their hoods into a gallery setting. 3129 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 457-0619; p32gallery.com

“Gaijin Fujita: Warriors, Ghosts and Ancient Gods of the Pacific,” through July 2. Paintings created by a Los Angeles native and Otis College of Art and Design graduate fusing a street sensibility with Japanese influence and much humor. L.A. Louver, 45 N. Venice Blvd., Venice. (310) 822-4955; lalouver.com

“Sculpture,” through July 2. Sculptors Tony Cragg, Richard Deacon, Sui Jianguo, Joel Shapiro, Peter Shelton and Matt Wedel present their latest. L.A. Louver, 45 N. Venice Blvd., Venice. (310) 822-4955; lalouver.com

“The Nadeshiko,” through July 5. New canvases inspired by Cork, Ireland, artist Fin DAC’s most famous urban art pieces, including “Killer Instinct,” “Canine Feline” and “Nadeshiko” showcased side by side. CAVE Gallery, 1108 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice. (310) 450-6960; cavegallery.net

Andrea Rubin Kichaven, Camey McGilvray and Elyse Wyman, through July 11. Self-reflective paintings of marriage disintegration, contemporary sculptures of women and interpretive paintings of a mother’s poems at TAG Gallery, Bergamot Station, D3, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica. (310) 829-9556; taggallery.net

Laura Fayer and Gretel Stephens Exhibitions, through July 18. See Laura’s “Dreamscape” and Gretel’s “Reflections” exhibitions at the Ruth Bachofner Gallery, 2525 Michigan Ave. G2, Santa Monica. ruthbachofnergallery.com

“Dusk to Dusk: Unsettled, Unraveled, Unreal,” through July 26. A curated exhibition that acknowledges the “unsettled, unraveled, unreal” in contemporary experience. Drawn from a single private European collection, the exhibit presents 32 haunting works of painting, photography, sculpture and video by 28 contemporary artists who examine issues of individual isolation, political repression and collective ennui in the decline of the Industrial Age. Ben Maltz Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design, 9045 Lincoln Blvd., Westchester. (310) 665-6905; galleryinfo@otis.edu

“New Codex: Oaxaca – Immigration and Cultural Memory,” through Aug. 29. Touring exhibit featuring artwork by Oaxacan women that explores contemporary issues related to migration to the U.S. Durón Gallery at SPARC, 685 Venice Blvd., Venice. (310) 822-9560; sparcinla.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.

    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.

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