Westside Calendar

Posted October 15, 2014 by The Argonaut in This Week
Thursday, Oct. 23


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 can mingle with a rotating roster of beverage professionals — from winemakers and brand founders to celebrated mixologists — showcasing 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 are $12 to $16 each. (310) 430-7144; hotelcasadelmar


“Reimagining Santa Monica Airport, Part I,” 6 to 9 p.m. Four USC landscape architecture graduate students — Yongdan Chunyu, Chen Liu, Zeek Magallanes and Christopher Sison — present their visions for public parks that would replace a shuttered Santa Monica Airport should it close down in this one-night-only exhibit curated by LMU Professor Michael Brodsky. Sponsored by airport2park.org at Writers Boot Camp Gallery, Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave., No. 1, Santa Monica. airport2park.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


“Conquering the Electron” Signing, 7 p.m. Author and scientist Derek Cheung and co-author Eric Brach discuss and sign their new book “Conquering the Electron: The Geniuses, Visionaries, Egomaniacs, and Scoundrels Who Built Our Electronic Age,” exploring the combination of genius, infighting and luck that powered the world we inhabit today.  Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 458-8600; smpl.org


Sundown Stand-Up: Venice Beach Revival, 8 p.m. On Thursdays, 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


Miss Dakota’s Gypsy Rose, 10 p.m. High-end burlesque at Harvelle’s, 1432 4th St., Santa Monica. 21+; two-drink minimum. (310) 395-1676; harvelles.com


Friday, Oct. 24


Mystic Journey Bookstore One-Day Sale. Celebrating their six years of business in their second location, absolutely everything is 12% off all day long today. Mystic Journey Bookstore, 1624 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice. (310) 399-7070


Naam Yoga Third Anniversary Gala, 5:30 p.m. Come and watch a showcase benefit concert by International Soprano Jane Ohmes Mirshak and other musical guests, plus fine cuisine. Guests will have an opportunity to bid on silent auction items. Naam Yoga LA, 1231 4th St., Santa Monica. $100. tinyurl.com/simplegift


“Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” Outdoor Screening and Live Music, 6:30 p.m. (music, 6pm; film, 7:30 p.m.) Live music plus a special presentation of John Hughes’ classic 1980s teen comedy starring Matthew Broderick. Santa Monica Pier, 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica. Free. (310) 458-8901; santamonicapier.org/frontporchcinema


Halloween Cocktail Theatre: Zombies Edition, 7 to 10 p.m. Also Wednesday. Mixologist extraordinaire Mr. Floyd returns to 41 Ocean Club tonight to conjure up Halloween-related sippables. Tonight’s theme: Zombie Apocalypse. Ticket price includes five signature cocktails and a trio of dishes from Chef Jimmy Martinez. 41 Ocean Club, 1541 Ocean Ave., No. 150, Santa Monica. Admission: $50-$125. (310) 566-3870; 41oceanclub.com


“Ghostbusters,” 8 p.m. The American Cinematheque presents a 30th anniversary 70 mm screening of the classic blockbuster starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and the late Harold Ramis as the trio of intrepid paranormal investigators. “Who you gonna call?” Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave, Santa Monica. $14. (310) 260-1528; aerotheatre.com


Neil Robinson, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, 8 p.m. Robinson’s “The Rose Of No-Man’s Land” tells the story of an American family’s musical journey with songs from the Revolutionary War to the present interwoven with 250 years of letters, stories and poetry from Robinson’s rural Alabama family. This concert has already been made into a PBS presentation and features two-time Grammy-winning folk icon Elliott, returning to McCabe’s for the first time since his June appearance. Emmy and Golden Globe winning actress Kathy Baker narrates. McCabe’s Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. $22.50. (310) 828-4497; mccabes.com


Saturday, Oct. 25


Action Watersports, 10 a.m. The venerable store presents a “Change of Season Swap,” Swing on by the original Dewey Weber shop for garage sale prices on all used and end of season water sports gear: boats, kayaks, surf and snow equipment and accessories. Action Watersports, 4144 Lincoln Blvd., Marina del Rey. (310) 827-2233; actionwatersports.com


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


Chamber Music Concert, 3 p.m. Santa Monica Main Public Library welcomes a trio of musicians presenting a program of traditional favorites representing works from the 16th through 21st centuries as well as a few originals. The Main Library’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica. Free and open to the public. (310) 458-8600; smpl.org


 “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


P32 Opening, 6 to 10 p.m. Gallery officially launches tonight with a reception for owner/artist Howard Spunt and San Francisco painter Ariel Gold at P32, 3129 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 457-0619; p32gallery.com


“18 is 25” VIP Event, 6 to 10 p.m. Also Sun. Gender-bending alternative folkster Phranc headlines a night of fine and performing arts at this fundraising event celebrating the 25th anniversary of 18th Street Arts Center, 1639 18th St., Santa Monica. Tickets: $125. (310) 453-3711; 18thstreet.org


Crossing Boundaries: Stories of Strength and Survival, 6 p.m. Photography exhibition showcasing collaboration between four emerging photographers and the inspiring young women from the Teen Project WNDO, 361 Vernon Ave., Venice. facebook.com/crossingbound


Jazz Funk Fest, 7 to 10 p.m. Gerry Fialka lines up  a jazz bill that begins with Conga Poet Julio Rodriguez’s political poetry and continues with R&B collective Rag ‘n’ Bones, featuring fiery poetic readers Jamie Virostko, Mende Smith, Tryg Hanson and Rex Butters; Eric Ahlberg’s Jazz Workshop. In the tradition of the Venice West Café, the legendary Beat hang-out at 7 Dudley Ave. that became Sponto Gallery from 1984 through 2008. UnUrban Café, 3301 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. Free. (310) 315-0056; laughtears.com

Foster Care Behind the Headlines, 7:30 p.m. Subtitled “The Pain and Promise of Broken Families — How We Can Help Them Heal,” this talk by Los Angeles Times columnist Sandy Banks discusses social issues relating to our struggling foster care system. Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Santa Monica, 1260 18th St., Santa Monica. Free. (310) 829-5436; uusm.org


“9th Annual Dusk-To-Dawn Horrorthon!,” 7:30 p.m. Spend all night at the Aero as American Cinematheque offers between-film free food, giveaways, trailers, crazy shorts and surprises. This year’s macabre movie line-up includes “Creepshow,” “The Thing,” “The Night of a Thousand Cats,” “Basket Case” and “Zombie Holocaust.” Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave, Santa Monica. $14. (310) 260-1528; aerotheatre.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


Tall Men Group, 9 p.m. Leading the night’s bill, TMG unites six L.A. singer/songwriters:

Severin Browne, Edward Tree, Jimmy Yessian, Marty Axelrod, Jeff Kossack and

John Stowers. With Yessian’s birthday celebration and songs off their debut “12’ x 6’,” this show promises to be memorable. Witzend, 1717 Lincoln Blvd., Venice. $10. All ages; one-item minimum. (310) 305-4792; witzendlive.com


Sunday, Oct. 26


“Sexy Sister Paddle Tennis,” 10 a.m. Round robin tournament at the Venice Beach Courts benefiting the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. $25 donation for entry and racquet rental. 1531 Ocean Front Walk, Venice. (310) 592-1108


Playa Vista Optimist Club Celebration, 11 a.m. Come and see how the formal chartering of the Playa Vista Optimist Club is done with brunch, silent auction and a musical performance at Salt Creek Grill, 2015 E. Park Pl., El Segundo. $25. RSVP: (310)425-0196


“Beer, Art and Music Festival,” 1 to 5 p.m. The 5th annual BAM fundraiser returns, continuing a weekend long 25th anniversary celebration for the 18th Street Arts Center, 1639 18th St., Santa Monica. Tickets: $40. (310) 453-3711; 18thstreet.org


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 General,” 7:30 p.m. The classic 1926 silent comedy launches American Cinematheque’s “The Great Movies: A Tribute to Roger Ebert,” as this Buster Keaton classic was one of Roger Ebert’s top ten favorite movies of all time. Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica. $14. (310) 260-1528; aerotheatre.com


Sean Rowe, 8 p.m. The country musician headlines a show featuring songs off of his “Madman” album that includes opener Nightmare Boy (a.k.a. Barrie James O’Neill.  McCabe’s Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. Tickets: $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, Oct. 27


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


Walk With Ease, 10 to 11 a.m. Free six-week program Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays. Join Carol Hahn, MSN, RN for this evidence-based exercise program that can reduce pain and improve overall health. Sessions include stretching and walking. Space is limited. Westchester Senior Citizen Center, 8740 Lincoln Blvd., Westchester. RSVP to (310) 695-7030


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 and posture and reduces 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


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, Oct. 28


Matter of Balance, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Free eight-week program by instructor Carol Hahn, MSN, RN teaches seniors how to reduce the risk of falling. The class is conducted with a mix of physical activity, stretching, and presentation to help increase balance, flexibility and strength. Space is limited. Westchester United Methodist Church, 8065 Emerson Ave., Westchester. RSVP (310) 695-7030


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


“Women Like Us Foundation,” 6:30 p.m. Public charity assists women dedicated to creating change in the world. Event raises funds and awareness of the four pillars: Education, Environment, Economic Development and Human Services. Tiato, 2700 Colorado Ave., #190, Santa Monica. $20 to $50. eventbrite.com/e/woman-to-woman-tickets-13169286691


Jazz Night, 9:15 p.m. The Julian Coryell Trio performs. TRiP, 2101 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica. No cover. (310) 396-9010; tripsantamonica.com

The Nick Mancini Trio, 7 p.m. These three musicians use standards as a jumping off point for spontaneous new arrangements. Vibes guy Mancini leads bassist Bruce Lett and percussionist Brad Dutz in this veteran jazz ensemble. Witzend, 1717 Lincoln Blvd., Venice. $10. All ages; one-item minimum. (310) 305-4792; witzendlive.com

Wednesday, Oct. 29


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


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  HYPERLINK “mailto:jason@hlpresents.com” jason@hlpresents.com Whiskey Red’s, 13813 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 823-4522; whiskeyreds.com


Thursday, Oct. 30


Heather Gwen Martin, Tony Berlant Openings, 6 to 8 p.m. 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. Both continue through Nov. 29. L.A. Louver, 45 N. Venice Blvd., Venice. (310) 822-4955; lalouver.com


“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

Galleries & Museums


Andrea Kichaven, Sue Keane and Alison Lowe Platt, through Sunday. New works by the artists at TAG Gallery, Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave., Ste. D3, Santa Monica; (310) 829-9556; taggallery.net


“For Export Only,” through Nov. 1. 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 Nov. 1. 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


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



    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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