Author: The Argonaut

LOCAL VETERANS DAY CELEBRATIONS

  • The Exchange Club of Culver City joins city government and the Culver City Chamber of Commerce to host the inaugural Tribute to Heroes – Field of Valor, displaying a flag for each of the city’s first responders from Nov. 8 through Nov. 12 in Veterans Memorial Park. A ceremony honoring veterans and public safety personnel happens at 10 a.m. Saturday (Nov. 9) at Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 4117 Overland Ave. Proceeds benefit New Directions for Veterans’ efforts to help homeless Los Angeles-area vets. culvertribute.org. • Rep Ted Lieu is hosting a Conversations with Veterans forum for veterans and the public from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Sunday (Nov. 10) at the West Los Angeles VA campus. Rose Garden, 11301 Wilshire Blvd. (323) 651-1040 or eventbrite.com • The West Los Angeles VA campus hosts its annual Veterans Day celebration on Monday (Nov. 11) with a formal program from 9 to 10 a.m. followed by barbeque, music and entertainment for veterans and their families. Orlando Quad, 11301 Wilshire Blvd. losangeles.va.gov • Santa Monica Mayor Gleam Davis and other community leaders honor the service of veterans with a program from 9 to 9:30 a.m. on Monday (Nov. 11) at the city’s Veterans Memorial in Palisades Park, erected 20 years ago this week. Santa Monica Police Department explorers will post the colors. The event gives special recognition to Veterans for Peace, which maintains...

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Cracks in the Wall

The Wende Museum revisits the Eastern Bloc feminist art underground By Christina Campodonico East Germany is long dead, but women who created subversive art under the suppression of Stasi espionage are still making universal statements about feminism and patriarchy through artwork that survives at the Wende Museum in Culver City. “The Medea Insurrection: Radical Women Artists Behind the Iron Curtain” gives a long overdue spotlight to artists whose work has been overshadowed by male counterparts or interpreted only through the Cold War’s geopolitical context, asserts exhibit curator Susanne Altmann. “I think we often make the mistake that we put...

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Walls of the Mind

30 years after the Fall of the Berlin Wall, political historians fear intangible barriers are moving the world back in time By Joe Piasecki and Christina Campodonico Nov. 9, 1989, was a big day in the history of freedom. The peaceful dismantling of the Berlin Wall, which for 28 years had sealed off West Berlin from Soviet satellite East Germany, signaled an end to the Cold War and — at least in the United States — optimism about the triumph of Western democratic values. Thirty years later, Americans do not live in such optimistic times. “Surveillance is in the...

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Personal Barriers

An exhibit about walls, both literal and figurative, investigates what people project onto them By Bliss Bowen “Something there is that doesn’t love a wall…” — Robert Frost, “Mending Wall” The entire text of Frost’s classic poem greets visitors to the Annenberg Space for Photography’s new exhibit “W|ALLS: Defend, Divide, and the Divine,” on display through Dec. 29. Accompanied by a photo of a wall on Frost’s New England property, the poem emblemizes the increasing prevalence of visual language and asks: Why do we need these structures dividing us? “So often that poem is quoted just as the final line, ‘good...

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The Briefing: Trashing the Wetlands, Sprucing Up the Heart of Del Rey & Reviving Historic Fire Station 62

Compiled by Gary Walker Truck Stuck in Wetlands Prompts Illegal Dumping Probe State Fish and Wildlife officials, the California Highway Patrol and the Los Angeles Police Department are investigating illegal dumping in the Ballona Wetlands after finding construction waste and an abandoned rental truck in the preserve near Nicholson Street and Cabora Drive on Oct. 21. The driver of the truck fled the scene on foot after it became trapped in grasses near a dirt trail under the bluffs, according to witnesses. Investigators have traced the truck, which had to be towed out of the wetlands, to a contractor...

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