Author: The Argonaut

Letters

Developer Must Remedy Damage to Dunes Re: “Developer Flattens Ecologically Sensitive Toes Beach Dunes,” News, Aug. 15 I’m a homeowner, mother and realtor who supports smart development and construction of affordable housing in Playa del Rey. However, it is of utmost importance to me and my community that the environment is preserved, the charm of the neighborhood is respected, and the needs of my neighbors and local friends are heard. I am hopeful that the developers who bulldozed our beautiful dunes, displacing local plant and wildlife, will work quickly to remedy the harm they have caused. Thank you so...

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Time Warp

Bergamot Station’s “Vanishing America” transports viewers to another time By Christina Campodonico For his latest film “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” director Quentin Tarantino turned back the clock on a section of Hollywood Boulevard by half a century — transforming it into a 1969-smothered street of mid-20th century neon signage and marquees, with windows dressed in period fare. Film aficionados and L.A. history buffs across the internet went bananas for recreations of iconic Hollywood storefronts such as the X-rated Pussycat Theatre and Peaches record store alongside the original Larry Edmunds Cinema and Theatre Bookshop. The entire film in...

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‘Another Op’nin’, Another Show’

The Marina del Rey Symphony presents two nights of the Cole Porter classic “Kiss Me, Kate” By Brian Marks Though it’s a convention in many musicals to suspend disbelief as characters publicly burst into song, there’s a long tradition of Broadways shows that openly acknowledge their artifice and let audiences in on the joke. One of the best of these meta-musicals, Cole Porter’s “Kiss Me, Kate,” concludes the Marina del Rey Symphony’s free outdoor summer concerts season with fully-staged productions on Thursday and Saturday in Burton Chace Park. “Kiss Me, Kate” takes place in a single evening as a...

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You’ll Want to Stay Awhile

Dig into downtime with updated eats and fantastic cocktails at Chez Jay’s brand-new patio By Angela Matano The Backyard at Chez Jay, 1657 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica (310) 395-1741 chezjays.com So it turns out some things do get better with age. The iconic bar and restaurant Chez Jay, kitty-corner from the Santa Monica Pier, doubled in size this month by adding a delightful outdoor space — The Backyard — which opened Aug. 15. Serving locals and celebrities since 1959 (which makes for a nice and even 60 years), Chez Jay is a veritable historic landmark. The recent expansion has...

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