Author: The Argonaut

Neighborhood Councils budget committees citywide to give input for City of LA budget

Neighborhood Council budget representatives from throughout the city will meet at City Hall in downtown Los Angeles Saturday, January 21st, to discuss citywide and regional budget priorities, and to select their representatives for the final phase of the process. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’sÝoffice will provide updates on the city budget, as well as feedback from Neighborhood Council leaders on their community budget priorities. This event marks the first significant input local communities have had in crafting the city budget. Those interested in expressing their thoughts about the city budgeting priorities should contact members of their local Neighborhood Council. Contact information for the 31 elected members of the Neighborhood Council of Westchester/ Playa del Rey can be found at www.ncwpdr.org LMU CHILDREN’S CONCERT — Loyola Marymount University will showcase an ensemble of children’s music on Sunday, January 15th, in Murphy Recital Hall on the Westchester campus. This event is free and open to the public. The first performance, at 1:30 p.m., targets younger audience members, while the 3 p.m. performance is geared toward older children and families. Each performance will feature the jazz piece “Rain Quartet” from Marc Blitzstein’s opera Regina, and That Pesky Rat, an original story ballet by Teresa Heiland, assistant professor of dance. Balinese gamelan music will be performed by the LMU World Music ensemble, a percussion-dominated musical group with bronze gongs, xylophones and other percussion instruments in...

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Marina del Rey: Yacht clubs pick commodores for the coming year

Local yacht clubs held Changing of the Bridge ceremonies Saturday, Janaury 7th. Changing of the Bridge is when new commodores assume office. Sandy Bartiromo is now the commodore for the South Coast Corinthian Yacht Club. She was previously the club’s vice commodore and she works at El Camino College in Torrance. Irving Blied is the new commodore for the Del Rey Yacht Club. Barrie Harnett, who owns the Venice Whaler Bar and Grill, is commodore for the Pacific Mariners Yacht Club. He was the club’s rear commodore. Harlan Holmes is the commodore for the Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club. He replaces Peter Glick. Bill Watkins, formerly vice commodore, is now commodore for the California Yacht Club. He replaces Bill Petersen. The new commodores will have one-year terms. More information on the ceremonies can be found in Judith Endler’s column on page...

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Jeffrey Hawk of Boeing 787 program first speaker at Flight Path Museum at LAX

Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner — scheduled to begin service next year — will be the topic when the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) Flight Path Museum launches its 2006 Speaker Series with Jeffrey Hawk, director of Boeing’s 787 government certification and environmental program. Hawk will speak at 10 a.m. Tuesday, January 17th, at the museum, in the LAX Imperial Terminal, 6661 Imperial Highway, Westchester. Admission and parking are free. The Boeing 787, previously called the 7E7, is in the final phases of development by the manufacturer, Flight Path president Rowena Ake said. “Our speaker will provide an inside look at how the 787 was developed, as well as previewing its many interesting features,” Ake said. Museum visitors can view a 1:100 scale model of the 787 in the museum’s main gallery, along with models of other new and vintage aircraft. Future speakers in the Flight Path 2006 series will focus on the 60th anniversary of airline service at LAX, military aviation and airport photography. The Flight Path Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and the first Saturday of each month. Admission and parking are free. The museum is operated by the Flight Path Learning Center of Southern California, a nonprofit community-based organization, in cooperation with Los Angeles World Airports, the city agency that operates LAX. Information, (310) 215-5291, or...

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City issues community arts grants to local groups

The City of Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Division has awarded 2006 Community Arts Grants to Santa Monica-based organizations that showcase eclectic arts and cultural opportunities in the city. On Wednesday, December 28th, 13 grants were awarded to the following organizations to host specific events. – The Santa Monica Museum of Art will provide Wall Works video lesson plans and art materials to elementary school classrooms in Santa Monica. When the students have completed the project, their artwork will be displayed at the Neighborhood Outreach Gallery at Santa Monica Place mall. Teachers who would like to participate in this program should call the museum at (310) 586-6488, ext. 32. Information, www.smmoa.org – Highways Performance Space and Gallery will present its second annual poetry festival In the Beginning Was the Word this April. The festival features four days of performances at Highways by local and national poets, slam champions, editors, actors, authors, teachers, and cultural workers from the gay, lesbian and transgender, African-American, Asian, Latino, hip-hop, and literary communities. Information, (310) 453-1755 or www.highwaysperformance.org -The 18th Street Arts Center will present Art Nights, a quarterly series in February, April, July, and October. The center will open its galleries and artist studios for public tours and present free performance art and music. Information, (310) 453-1755 or www.18thstreet.org – Donna Sternberg and Dancers will debut a new dance multimedia performance piece that explores...

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Davies’ lavish Santa Monica estate subject of historical lecture, exhibit

Early 20th century newspaper publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst spared no expense when it came to providing for his mistress, actress Marion Davies. Most memorably, Hearst built Davies an estate with five elaborately decorated buildings on the “Gold Coast” of Santa Monica Beach, a moniker it earned in the 1930s for its row of lavish houses and clubs. The North House of Davies’ estate, a seven-bedroom guest house designed in the Georgian architectural style by California architect Julie Morgan in 1929, was designated a historic landmark by the City of Santa Monica in 1980. The history of the estate will be the subject of a lecture by Marc Wanamaker on the history of the estate, coinciding with a photo exhibit, Marion Davies Estate Sunday, January 8th, at the Santa Monica Historical Society Museum, 1539 Euclid St., Santa Monica. A 2 p.m. reception is followed by the lecture at 2:30 p.m. Admission is free. The photography exhibit will remain on display until Friday, March 31st. Many considered the Davies estate to be the most grand example of the Gold Coast’s luxurious excess. Davies began her acting career on Broadway and her first film was Runaway Romany, which she starred in at the age of 20. Hearst’s infatuation with the much younger Davies made it no surprise that she became the most promoted actress through William Randolph Hearst’s newspaper empire, and...

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