Westside Calendar

Posted December 17, 2014 by The Argonaut in This Week
Thursday, Dec. 18
Bell ringers, 4 to 8 p.m. Ring in the holiday season at Waterside Mall, 4700 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. (818) 637-8921; shopwaterside.com

“LADY: The Art of Fashion,” 6 to 10 p.m. Artist Marlena McClain curates an art show and bazaar featuring hand-crafted clothing, jewelry and other fashion accessories. Part of the Venice Art Crawl. See veniceartcrawl.com for more VAC events. Venice Love Shack, 2121 Lincoln Blvd., Venice. theveniceloveshack.com

Creative Shakra Spa Holiday Party, 7 p.m. to midnight. An art installation, deejay sets, naughty Santa costume contest and the awards for the third annual Marina del Rey Film Festival take place during the Venice Art Crawl. Bring a toy for the Great Venice Toy Drive. 3401 Pacific Ave., Marina del Rey. (310) 823-9378; creativechakra.com

SHINE, 7:30 p.m. “A Time to Forgive?” is the holiday-minded theme of the latest SHINE storytelling event. YWCA Santa Monica/Westside, 2019 14th St., Santa Monica. Free. Storiesbloom.com

Friday, Dec. 19
Girl Scouts Gift Wrapping, 9:30 a.m. (Continues through Dec. 24.) Girl Scout Troops of the Westchester-Del Rey area offer holiday gift wrapping at the lower-level entrance. Wrapping services are free but donations are appreciated. Sports Chalet, 13455 Maxella Ave., Marina del Rey. For more information, call Sue Skaggs at (310) 210-1362.

4th Annual Venice Canals Holiday Lights Tour, 2 to 5:30 p.m. Jonathan Kaplan hosts this tour through Jan. 4. For more information, visit zerve.com/VeniceWalks/Holiday

“It’s a Wonderful Life,” 7:30 p.m. Also Sunday. Director Frank Capra’s most famous film captures the Christmas spirit with this uplifting tale of suicidal George Bailey (James Stewart, in his most iconic role), who is shown by angel Clarence (Henry Travers) the positive effect his existence has had on the world. Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica. $14. (310) 260-1528; aerotheatre.com

“Twelfth Night,” 8 p.m. Also Sat. and Sun. at 4 p.m. Last weekend to catch this rousing, raucous production of the William Shakespeare comedy. CityShakes Studio (behind ModShop), 1454 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica. Tickets: $20 to $34.99; Parental discretion advised. cityshakes.org

Tocadisco 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

Meet Me at the Pub, 10:45 p.m. Local Venice band serves up the ska and funk. WitZend, 1717 Lincoln Blvd., Venice. (310) 305-4792; witzendlive.com

Saturday, Dec. 20
21st annual Venice Surf-A-Thon, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Proceeds from this day-long surfing event help support MLD Elementary School in Mindanao, Philippines.  Meets at the Venice Breakwater. Registration: $25. mldschool.com; facebook.com/surfathon

Venice Toy Give Away and Party, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fun-filled day where children up to age 16 accompanied by a parent or guardian can select a toy and a book donated by Friends of the Venice Library. Santa Claus will be available for photos and there will also be an arts and crafts area and moon bounce. Food provided. The event is sponsored
by Venice Neighborhood Council and held at the Oakwood Recreation Center, 767 California Ave., Venice. thegreatvenicetoydrive@gmail.com

Chanukah Party, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Annual Festival of Lights party featuring potato latkes and sufganiyot at Pacific Jewish Center, 726 Rose Ave., Venice. (310) 392-8749; pjcenter. Com

Music by the Sea, 1 to 4 p.m. Charangoa performs Latin music outdoors at Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. visitmarinadelrey.com

“Elf,” 7:30 p.m. Jon Favreau’s 2003 Yuletide comedy stars Will Ferrell as an overgrown elf named Buddy and Ed Asner as Santa Claus and features an action-packed cameo by “Game of Thrones” star Peter Dinklage. Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica. $14. (310) 260-1528; aerotheatre.com

Michael Rothenberg and Friends, 8 p.m. Shabda Press publisher and editor Teresa Mei Chuc hosts a celebration of the publication of Rothenberg’s latest collection of poems, “Indefinite Detention: A Dog Story.” Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice. $5 donation. (310) 822-3006; beyond-baroque.com

Jacnique, 9 p.m. Smooth Jazz artist Jacnique (pronounced Zha’nique) performs “Is It Ever?” and other tunes at The Warehouse Restaurant, 4499 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 823-5451; mdrwarehouse.com

The Blue Dolphins, 10:45 p.m. Duo Victoria Scott and Alfonso Rodenas combine American and European influences, cowboy and surf guitar in a pop package. WitZend, 1717 Lincoln Blvd., Venice. (310) 305-4792; witzendlive.com

Sunday, Dec. 21
“SOULstice” Dance Party & Potluck,” 11:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Beginning with the ringing of the Justice Bell (which has not been rung in more than 20 years), this lunchtime event includes Derek Bordeaux Band performing lively R&B music while Kimya’s “Thriving Heart” affirmation art is on display. There will also be a bounce house and other activities for the kids. Church in Ocean Park, 235 Hill St., Santa Monica. Free. (310) 399-1631; churchop.org

Music by the Sea, 1 to 4 p.m. Susie Hansen’s Latin Jazz performs Latin music outdoors at Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. visitmarinadelrey.com

M.J. Taylor and Friends, 2 p.m. Poetry throwdown featuring Kleft Jaw Poets’ Frankie Metro, Lindsey Thomas, Dustin Holland, William Seward and Taylor. Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice. $5 donation. (310) 822-3006; beyondbaroque.com

“Hitched,” 5 p.m. Quarterly poetry series hosted by Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo. Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice. (310) 822-3006; beyondbaroque.com

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 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

Monday, Dec. 22
Optimist Club Meeting, 9:30 a.m. Meets on Mondays at the Coffee Bean, 13020 Pacific Promenade, Playa Vista. (310) 215-1892

Emil Richards Big Band, 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Rousing sets at Typhoon, 3221 Donald Douglas Loop South, Santa Monica. $10 cover. (310) 390-6565; typhoon.biz

Tuesday, Dec. 23
Southern California Aquatics Swim Sessions. At Santa Monica Swim Center: Morning workouts at 5:30 and 6:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays; evening workouts at
6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays
or at 7:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays and weekend times available. At Loyola Marymount University: Morning workouts at
5:30 a.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays; evening workouts at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, plus weekend hours. $69 to $109
per month. swim.net; scaq.cfm

Trulio Disgracious, 8 p.m. Every Tuesday, Norwood Fisher of Fishbone fame leads guest musicians in a jam concert. Harvelle’s, 1432 4th St., Santa Monica. $5. (310) 395-1676; harvelles.com; truliodisgracias.com

Conservationist John Muir Remembered, 6 p.m. The 100th anniversary of the famed conservationist’s Dec. 24 birth is honored a day early in front of the Muir Woods mural (painted in 1978 by Jane Golden) at the northwest corner of Lincoln Boulevard and Ocean Park Boulevard in Santa Monica. (310) 399-1000; facebook.com/SaveTheMuirWoodsMural

Wednesday, Dec. 24
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. Every Wednesday, Steve Stafford and Casey Jones play their local tropical music, creating island music on guitar, ukulele, congas and steel drums at The Warehouse Restaurant, 4499 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey.
No cover. (310) 823-5451; mdrwarehouse.com

Brass band, 4 to 8 p.m. Soak in the holiday spirit at Waterside Mall, 4700 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. (818) 637-8921; shopwaterside.com

House of Vibe All-Stars, 9:30 p.m. On Wednesdays, Anthony “Brew” Brewer leads various musicians in an R&B and hip hop-flavored concert. Past guests have included members of Fishbone and Jurassic 5 MC Chali 2Na. Harvelle’s, 1432 4th St., Santa Monica. $5. (310) 395-1676; harvelles.com; houseofvibe.com

Burlesque Night, 10 p.m. Weekly striptease show … or, as it’s known here, the TripTease. TRiP, 2101 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica. $5. (213) 300-8107; tripsantamonica.com

Thursday, Dec. 25
Christmas Day Buffet Cruise, 3 p.m. The Hornblower yacht sets sail featuring a dinner with all the trimmings, live entertainment and breathtaking views. Leaves from Marina Del Rey Fisherman’s Village Marina, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. $86. hornblower.com

Galleries & Museums
“Beautiful Times,” Through Sunday. Last summer, artists Amanda Marie and X-O embarked on a U.S. tour creating signature murals, stencils and installations to create awareness for the Morgan Adams Foundation for pediatric research and Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. The show includes 20 canvas pieces by the pair. C.A.V.E. Gallery, 1108 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice. (310) 450-6960; cavegallery.net

Marlene Capell, through Saturday. Last chance to see Capell’s large and colorful oil and collage canvases at FIG Gallery, Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave., Ste. G6, Santa Monica. (310) 829-0345; figgallery.com

“The Board,” through Tuesday. An exhibition of custom surfboards designed by Zephyr Productions’ Jeff Ho based on the board he created for himself while living in Hawaii’s North Shore in 1999. C. Nichols Project, 12613½ Venice Blvd., Mar Vista. (310) 915-1930; cnicholsproject.com

Bob Dylan’s “Drawn Blank Series,” through Jan. 3. Paintings by the legendary musician at the Andrew Weiss Gallery, Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave., D-4, Santa Monica. (310) 246-9333; andrewweiss.com

Andy Moses’ “Recent Works,” through Jan. 10. Latest abstract works by the Venice-based artist. William Turner Gallery, Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave., Ste. E1, Santa Monica. (310) 453-0909; williamturnergallery.com

“Dawn of the Cold Season,” through Jan. 10. Solo exhibition of performance work by Sussan Deyhim. Shulamit Gallery, 17 N. Venice Blvd.   Venice. (310) 281-0961; shulamitgallery.com

“Solarentoptic Chiroteixagraphic,” through Jan. 11. New work by Jeffrey Wells. Exhibition includes a video installation, Entoptic projector and related photographs. De Soto Gallery, 1350 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice; (323) 253-2255; desotogallery.com

Wall Works, through Jan. 15. Silvina Babich and Alejandro Meitín of the Argentinian collective Ala Plástica took up residence at the Santa Monica Museum of Art for a month to work with local children and the nonprofit Friends of Ballona Wetlands, during which time they asked more than 500 K-12 students from the Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District to look out on the horizon and draw what they saw. In their home country Argentina, Plástica oversaw the cleanup of the 1999 Rio de la Plata estuary oil spill, the largest freshwater oil spill in history. Santa Monica Museum of Art, Bergamot Station G1, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica. (310) 586-6488; smmoa.org

Dan McCleary, through Jan. 17. McCleary’s crisp, almost synthetic-looking portraits often feature scenes of seated, robotic people in socially awkward moments during the most mundane of situations: the thin tension between a manicurist and client, a pair of ladies at an event check-in table, and a woman taking dictation from a man. Craig Krull Gallery, Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave., Ste. B3, Santa Monica. (310) 828-6410; craigkrullgallery.com

“If I Got Rid of My Demons, I’d Lose My Angels,” Through Jan. 18. An installation by Ann Perich. Trunk Gallery, 12818 Venice Blvd.,
Mar Vista. (310) 483-7221; trunk-gallery.org

“East-West,” through Jan. 24. Chinese artist Chen Man introduces her first exhibition of photographs and paintings created in the last decade. L.A. Louver, 45 N.Venice Blvd., Venice. roguewaveprojects.com

“Cultural Mecca: 50 Years of Entertainment,” through Jan. 24. Exhibit chronicles Santa Monica Civic Auditorium’s half century of history dating back to when the 3,000-seater opened in the summer of 1958. Santa Monica History Museum, 1350 7th St., Santa Monica. (310) 395-2290; santamonicahistory.org

“Cultural Mecca: 50 Years of Entertainment,” Through Jan. 24. Exhibit explores the lively history of the now-dormant Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, featuring imagery from its days hosting the Academy Awards and all types of musical acts from The Doors to Bruce Springsteen to The Clash. Santa Monica History Museum, 1350 7th St., Santa Monica. (310) 395-2290; santamonicahistory-

“Tattoo: The Shamrock Social Club,” Through Mar. 29. A photographic look at Mark Mahoney’s legendary West Hollywood tattoo
shop “where the elite and the underworld meet.” California Heritage Museum, 2612 Main St., Santa Monica. (310) 392-8537; californiaheritagemuseum.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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