Author: The Argonaut

Ballet is Back

Westside School of Ballet reopens with socially-distanced summer session By Katherine Brubaker Summer dance intensives, hosted by dance schools and academies around the world, are a vital part of a young dancer’s training. For these intensives, dancers often leave their homes for several weeks to attend elite schools in pursuit of a career in dance. But as a result of COVID-19, everything has changed this year. Many summer intensives — if they haven’t been outright canceled — have moved online, leaving students with a sliver of the physical training they desperately crave and need to prepare for dancing at...

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Corona by the Numbers & Local Updates: COVID-19 cases top 120,000; Local state assemblymember tests positive for coronavirus

Compiled by Christina Campodonico Reported Cases by Neighborhood as of Tuesday, July 7 120,539 Culver City: 232; Del Rey: 151; El Segundo: 69; Marina del Rey: 30; Mar Vista: 147; Playa Vista: 60; Playa del Rey: 9; Santa Monica: 457; Venice: 111; Westchester: 208 Total Confirmed Cases in LA County: Total Deaths: 3,579 • Last Wednesday (July 1), Governor Gavin Newsom ordered the closure of indoor dining rooms at Los Angeles County restaurants. Indoor dining rooms are to remain closed for at least three weeks. Outdoor dining is still allowed as of press time. Bars and nightspots remain closed....

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Shakespeare in a Box

Zoom is the playground for LMU’s virtual Shakespeare on the Bluff By Shanee Edwards Theatre professor and director Kevin Wetmore admits he has a “bad habit” of wanting to do Shakespeare outdoors for free. He created his first Shakespeare festival in Connecticut when he was just 19 and didn’t stop there. Having taught at Loyola Marymount University since 2005, it’s no surprise that when the college built Lawton Plaza, a big open-air amphitheater, Wetmore was compelled to create a summer Shakespeare program called Shakespeare on the Bluff that would provide free entertainment for the local community. The Bard’s most...

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Mochi for Breakfast

Japanese tradition meets the all-American flapjack By Amy Watsky For those of you looking for a way to spice up your usual quarantine brunch, look no further! This recipe combines two all-time favorites from both my Japanese and American heritages — mochi and flapjacks — into one perfect fusion. These pancakes are fluffy and light while at the same time packing a satisfying chew and they pair perfectly with local, seasonal berries. This week, I highlight Koda Farms, a local California farm growing rice since the early 1900s. Their Mochiko sweet rice flour is perfect for this recipe, adding...

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Venice High School Sends Off Graduates with a Curbside Celebration

Venice High School 2020 Graduation By Julia Esobar and Christina Campodonico | Photos by Luis Chavez Graduating Venice High seniors had a drive-thru graduation celebration at the foot of the storied high school’s Venice Boulevard campus on the morning of June 12. From 9 a.m. to noon, over 200 Venice High seniors (now graduates) and their families were a part of a graduation parade that ran from the back of the high school’s gym, up Walgrove Avenue and then onto Venice Boulevard, where the lane closest to the school was closed especially for the parade. Feted with congratulatory banners...

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