Author: The Argonaut

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The iconic Chez Jay (1657 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica) celebrates its 60th anniversary on Saturday (Nov. 16), with guests encouraged to wear 1950s attire, original 1959 menu pricing — Filet Mignon Béarnaise at $5.95, top sirloin and lobster tail at $6.95 — and live jazz on its new The Backyard patio from 4 p.m. to close. chezjays.com The Warehouse (4499 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey) celebrated its 50th anniversary on Nov. 6 with birthday cake, a champagne toast and live entertainment, donating 10% of the day’s sales to Heal the Bay. The restaurant is featuring a special menu of...

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Opinion: A Total Waste of Space

Downtown Santa Monica has hundreds of empty parking spaces standing in the way of safer loading zones, better-connected bike lanes and public park space By Carter Rubin and Dustin Herrmann This story first appeared in Santa Monica Next (santamonicanext.org), a community organization and news website focused on the city’s future. While Santa Monica is as bustling as ever — just ask the 8.7 million visitors the city hosted in 2017 — our downtown parking structures are serving far fewer parking vehicles, leaving hundreds of spaces empty on any given day. The city could put those spaces to much better...

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Humor for Sensitive Times

“Seinfeld” writer Peter Mehlman takes on the culture war in “#MeAsWell” By Danny Karel Peter Mehlman’s particular form of satire — playful, a touch neurotic — has earned him a successful career. He was a writer and executive producer on the iconic TV show “Seinfeld,” responsible for some of the show’s most memorable bits and phrases including “double-dipping,” “shrinkage” and “yada yada.” He has contributed humor pieces to The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and Esquire. He’s a stand-up comedian. But, as Mehlman observes — and Arnie Pepper, the Pulitzer-prize winning sports journalist and protagonist of Mehlman’s...

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Thoughts on Paper

Antonius-Tín Bui draws, cuts and slices artistic statements about history and identity By Christina Campodonico It’s easy to get lost in the intricate hand-cut paper designs of artist Antonius-Tín Bui. Precise geometric patterns coexist with swirly — literally paper thin — lines that either resemble the chaotic marks one might scrawl across a notebook in a rage or the wavy bands of stainless steel that adorn the Petersen Automotive Museum’s exterior on Wilshire Boulevard. In Bui’s hands, an ordinary piece of paper can transform into an elaborate wall hanging that’s also a portrait of a close friend or an...

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