Author: The Argonaut

‘The World is Your Oyster’

The Tribe Project aims to inject an entrepreneurial spark into Venice’s art scene By Samuel Aftel During a global pandemic, economic decay, and intensifying sociopolitical division, the arts may seem secondary – unworthy of the same attention and financial assistance, as say, the decaying American health care and hospitality industries. And yet, perhaps artistic institutions, and artists themselves, are more essential than ever: art has long served as a healing mechanism amid humanity’s darkest hours. In this spirit, The Tribe Project – a Venice Beach-based nonprofit dedicated to accelerating and amplifying local artists’ work – and its visionary founder,...

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Corona by the Numbers & Local Updates: LA County meets criteria to move from ‘purple’ to ‘red,’ awaiting green light

Compiled by Christina Campodonico Reported Cases & Deaths by Neighborhood as of Tuesday, Sept. 22 Culver City: 383 (Deaths 29); Del Rey: 347 (Deaths 10); El Segundo: 130 (Deaths 1); Marina del Rey: 69 (Deaths 1); Mar Vista: 311 (Deaths 6); Playa Vista: 139 (Deaths 0); Playa del Rey: 27 (Deaths 0); Santa Monica: 854 (Deaths 41); Venice: 288 (Deaths 3); Westchester: 411 (Deaths 15) Total Westside Cases: 2,959 Total Westside Deaths: 106 Total Confirmed Cases in LA County: 262,133 Total Deaths in LA County: 6,401 Total New Cases as of Sept. 22: 810 Total New Deaths: 40 Hospitalizations:...

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Playa Vista Welcomes New Kaiser Permanente Medical Offices on McConnell

Kaiser adds behavioral health, occupational medicine, pediatrics and OB-GYN services to new facility By Shanee Edwards Kaiser Permanente has stepped up its health care game by opening a new, cutting-edge medical facility in the creative commercial district of Playa Vista, north of Jefferson Boulevard. The health care provider held a virtual ribbon-cutting ceremony and tour that introduced the public to the 35,000-square-foot facility on Thursday, Sept. 17. The new facility offers a number of expanded healthcare services and high-tech equipment. It takes the place of the now-demolished Kaiser offices on Mesmer Avenue that served the Playa Vista community for...

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From the Pageant Stage to the ICU  

For 10 weeks, Miss Marina del Rey hung up her sash and put on her scrubs to fight COVID on the front lines By Kellie Chudzinski When 2020 started Rachel Thompson was pushing her comfort zone and preparing for her first pageant ever as Miss Marina del Rey. Just over a month after she placed as the third runner-up at the Miss California competition, the COVID-19 pandemic started in the U.S., and Los Angeles went on lockdown. Thompson decided to give back and get back to her nursing roots in the ICU. Before the pandemic, she worked as an...

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The Power of the Protest Poster  

18th Street Art Center’s ‘To Protect & Serve?’ examines cycles of police violence through protest art By Christina Campodonico Can a protest poster change someone’s world view? Academic turned activist Carol A. Wells believes it can. The Founder and Executive Director of the Center for the Study of Political Graphics (CSPG) in Culver City had an epiphany while on a trip to Nicaragua to document the art of the Sandinista revolution in the 1980s. (The Sandinistas were a group of political revolutionaries who overthrew Nicaragua’s Somoza dictatorship in 1979.) “I saw a young boy go someplace he’d never been...

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