Author: The Argonaut

Earthbeat solo dance series at Beyond Baroque in Venice

Earthbeat — The Flower of the Season, a four-day solo dance series produced by Venice butoh dancer Oguri and Body Weather Laboratory, is scheduled for 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; and 5 p.m. Sunday, April 28th to May 1st, at Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice. Admission is $15. Each dancer gets one day in the theater to design and set their lighting and set the stage for their dance performance that night. The concept of the dance series is explained by a Body Weather Laboratory spokesperson: “Dance and performance are temporal arts that exist in the present just as the splendor of a flower is fleeting. “A flower seeks light, growing and developing accordingly. It finds the right time and place to blossom. “It shares its beauty as a function of its being, not as an arbitrary choice. “The performances will be the unique expression and seasonal response of each solo dancer.” Different dancers will be featured each night. Roxanne Steinberg, artist-in-residence at the Electric Lodge in Venice, will perform at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 28th. Sherwood Chen will perform 8 p.m. Friday, April 29th. Boaz Barkan will perform 8 p.m. Saturday, April 30th. Butoh dancer and Japanese native Oguri, known for redefining the boundaries between performer and audience, will perform at 5 p.m. Sunday, May 1st. Information, (310)...

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Two men convicted for July 4th, 2000 shootout on SM Pier get death sentences

Two men, one of whom went on a shooting rampage that ended in a shootout with police and wounded six on the Santa Monica Pier July 4th, 2000, were sentenced to death Wednesday, April 20th. Joseph Flores, 34, and Oswaldo Amezcua, 30, both from Baldwin Park, did not allow their lawyers to call witnesses or conduct cross-examinations during the penalty phase of the trial, according to news accounts. Flores and Amezcua were convicted of four murders they committed in Baldwin Park and several other charges in Los Angeles Superior Court in March. Three Santa Monica Police officers and three civilians were shot on the Santa Monica Pier during a five-hour hostage standoff the morning of July 4th, 2000. None of the Santa Monica shooting injuries resulted in fatalities. The incident began at 1:04 a.m. Tuesday, July 4th, 2000 when Santa Monica police received a call from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department that a suspect alleged to be involved in three separate homicides was on the Santa Monica Pier. The suspect was identified as Joseph Flores, 30 years old at the time, of Baldwin Park. Flores was taken into custody in front of 322 Santa Monica Pier after a physical altercation with police. Two weapons were recovered on Flores. Amezcua, 25 years old at the time, of Baldwin Park, who had accompanied Flores, ran from police into the Playland...

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LAPD Pacific Area reports hike in burglaries at local construction sites

A large increase in construction site burglaries in recent weeks has been reported by the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Pacific Community Station. Police are asking employees to “keep an eye out for suspicious persons or vehicles in the area of their construction sites and report anything out of the ordinary to the LAPD Pacific Community Station.” Police say there are no confirmed suspects committing these crimes, but that suspects have been targeting office trailers for computers and storage units for tools. Construction employees are asked to: – secure all windows and doors by locking and, if possible, reinforcing them at the end of the day; – keep areas around trailers and storage units well lit during nighttime hours; – if possible, hire security for after-hour patrols; – fence off construction sites and lock and secure gates at the end of the day; – never let unauthorized personnel on the construction site; and – keep storage units closed and locked at all times. Persons who see any suspicious activity, such as individuals loitering around construction sites or “casing” the site, are asked to call the LAPD Pacific Community Station, (310) 482-6334. Those who witness a crime or need immediate emergency services should dial...

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Centuries of relics at back-to-back antique expositions in Santa Monica

Back-to-back antique extravaganzas are planned in Santa Monica. The Santa Monica Antiques Show is set to take place the weekend of April 22nd to 24th; and the Los Angeles Antiques Show is scheduled for April 29th to May 1st. SANTA MONICA ANTIQUES SHOW — Antiques, decorative arts and collectibles from the 18th, 19th and early 20th century will be displayed at the Santa Monica Antiques Show, scheduled for 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 22nd to 24th, at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, 1855 Main St., Santa Monica. General admission is $7, senior citizens are admitted for $4 and children under 12 are admitted free. The show will feature a range of art deco and art nouveau accessories. Antiques in the show include fine art, furniture, heirloom jewelry, vintage timepieces, porcelains, bronzes, silver, art glass, crystal, folk art, quilts, rugs and linens. Information, (310) 458-2288. LA ANTIQUES SHOW — The Los Angeles Antiques Show turns ten this year. The tenth anniversary of the annual high-end antique exhibit is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 29th and 30th; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 1st, at the Santa Monica Airport Barker Hangar, 3021 Airport Ave., Santa Monica. Admission is $15 per day. A preview gala to benefit the Women’s Guild of the Cedars-Sinai...

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Earth Week brought 400 to Migration Celebration at Freshwater Marsh

More than 400 people kicked off Earth Week Saturday, April 16th, at the Ballona Freshwater Marsh Second Annual Migration Celebration as native birds made their journey north from Mexico and South America. The Migration Celebration featured interactive stations on bird watching, wetlands, water preservation and native plants. Since last year, the diversity and number of birds visiting the marsh have grown significantly. More than 180 species of birds have been observed at the marsh since construction was completed in February of 2003. Some of these species have not been seen in the Ballona region for several decades. Groups participating in the event included Audubon of California, Ballona Wetlands Conservancy, Ballona Wetlands Foundation, City of Los Angeles, Water- shed Protection Division, CowaNatureCenter at Cowan Avenue Elementary, Friends of Ballona Wetlands, Friends of the Playa Vista Library, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and Playa Vista Community Services. Bird species seen most frequently at the marsh include red-tailed hawk, cinnamon teal duck, white-faced ibis, American coot, great blue heron and the snowy egret, which can often be spotted from the adjacent roadway. Children and other birdwatchers excitedly spotted and identified a long list of birds arriving at the marsh. Preserve manager Edith Read said developing and maintaining the 23-acre freshwater marsh is hard work. Perhaps the most difficult aspect, she said, is controlling the...

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