Author: The Argonaut

Million-Dollar Con Game

Marina del Rey insurance agents allegedly picked a senior clean By Gary Walker A Marina del Rey couple is facing 28 felony charges in what state insurance authorities say was a scheme to bilk an elderly client out of over $1 million in cash and property. Clement Ignatius Lancelot Chichester, 68, and wife Brittany Jade Sias, 56 — both licensed insurance agents — allegedly sold unnecessary annuities to a 91-year-old former public school teacher in order to cash in on large commissions, then convinced her to liquidate the policies so they could fund their own real estate investments. Both...

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Merging Music and Medicine

The Los Angeles Doctors Symphony Orchestra supports an unexpected creative connection By Brian Marks It’s Tuesday night rehearsal, and one of the first violins is in pain. His back is killing him, to the point that he has to take long breaks during the rehearsal to let his aching muscles relax. Seeing a grimace of discomfort on his face, the conductor asks: “Is there a doctor in the house?” What might have been a serious question in another context receives a few chuckles and sheepish grins — after all, this is a rehearsal for the Los Angeles Doctors Symphony...

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Sumptuous Sophistication

Bask in the pleasures of adulthood with “The Party” and the unparalleled pasta of Felix Trattoria By Angela Matano “Have I wasted my life on a mirage?” asks one of the intelligent yet tortured characters in director Sally Potter’s new drawing room comedy of manners, “The Party.” What sounds potentially genteel turns out to be a pitch-black dive into the murky waters of conscience. Chockablock with a baker’s half-dozen of gifted actors (among them Patricia Clarkson, Timothy Spall and Kristin Scott Thomas), this dark comedy about a group of old friends turns from celebratory to awkward as egos inflate...

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Art on the Move

Mar Vista Art Walk celebrates music, dance and magic The return of Mar Vista Art Walk brings Brazilian Carnaval to Venice Boulevard on Thursday, March 1. At 7:30 p.m., the Brasil Brasil Cultural Center is sending a procession of Afro-Brazilian drummers, samba dancers and capoeira practitioners down the boulevard from Beethoven Street to Wasatch Avenue. Local singer-songwriter-guitarist Runson Willis III and the rock band Westerner are performing on an outdoor stage at Venice and Wasatch that’ll be decked out for Mardi Gras., with The Daddies and electro-dance-pop band Piel rounding out the bill. Psychedelic folk rockers Velour Afternoon and...

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Good Art, Good Cause

Mingle with new talent while supporting UNICEF’s mission in Mexico Discover new talent and party for a good cause at Saturday’s UNICEF NexGen Art Party in Venice. Organized by a cohort of young professionals, philanthropists and curators, this soiree and silent auction at creative event space 800Main features work by L.A. “Cool School” alumni Larry Bell, Ed Ruscha and Billy Al Bengston — all with ties to Venice — plus works from 150 rising artists. Among the works offered at auction: a colorful aerial photograph of sunbathers on Ipanema Beach by photographer Gray Malin, a celestial abstract painting by...

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