Month: October 2020

A California State of Mind

ESMoA’s ‘FREESTATE’ experience dreams up a world built on Golden State ideals By Christina Campodonico “Whatever starts in California, unfortunately, has an inclination to spread,” is a quote credited, interestingly enough, to Democratic President Jimmy Carter. It’s a slogan that conceptual artist and native Californian Cole Sterberg has adopted for his new exhibition housed out of the El Segundo Museum of Art (ESMoA), called ‘FREESTATE,’ and it’s a sentiment he hopes to encourage in a positive direction as our country heads into Election Day and beyond. In the exhibit, Sternberg imagines the agitprop creation of The Free Republic of...

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With reference to “The Environment v. Homeless Housing: Citing sea level rise, local planning leaders request impact report for contentious Venice Median Project,” News, Oct. 15, 2020 Sea level rise is a serious concern for all coastal communities. But it does seem mighty odd that some of my Venice neighbors only seem to raise the issue when it comes to opposing homeless housing — the Bridge Housing and the planned Reese-Davidson project (a mix of permanent supportive housing for homeless folks and general-population affordable housing) in the Venice median. Let’s get real. The ocean (Pacific Ave.) side of Reese-Davidson...

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First Baptist Church of Venice catches fire, sparking renewed interest in property’s historic significance and controversial sale By Gary Walker A beloved former house of worship in Oakwood that is the subject of a three-year fight to save it from the forces of gentrification may soon get another chance a week after firefighters extinguished a suspicious fire at the site. Los Angeles Fire Department authorities are continuing their investigation of a fire at the First Baptist Church of Venice on Oct. 22, which some advocates of saving the structure believe was arson. LAFD spokesman Nicholas Prange said the department...

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40 Years of Pasta & Family

Love for each other and Italian cuisine keeps the Somma family cooking By Jessica Koslow On Nov. 1, Vito Restaurant will celebrate its 40th anniversary — and like every other person and thing in the world this year, it’ll be a pandemic birthday. But Giovanna Somma, co-owner of the Santa Monica restaurant with her husband, Roberto, has a lot to be grateful for. “Of course, it’s nothing like it used to be,” Giovanna says. “But we are doing OK. Fortunately, we are lucky enough that we own the property and we created a patio. And we do a lot...

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Send in the (Virtual) Clowns  

Santa Monica-based children’s party planner makes Zoom celebrations pop with princesses and superheroes By Shanee Edwards Having a birthday during the pandemic can be a bummer, especially for children. Sure, drive-by parties with decorated cars and honking horns are an option to help your kiddo feel special, but it’s hard to engage with Grandma from her Buick. Now, there’s a new way to celebrate that special day that’s actually exciting, fun and meaningful: Santa Monica-based children’s party company Send in the Clowns is offering Zoom parties with your favorite movie and comic book princesses and superheroes. Send in the...

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