Author: The Argonaut

The Advice Goddess

Flee Infestation Disturbingly, I’ve had two close female friends “ghost” me in five months. I’ve known each for 15 years. (They don’t know each other, and one lives out of state.) I’ve tried repeatedly to contact each, asking “Did I do anything to hurt or offend you?” No response. I just want the truth so I can move on. — Baffled    There comes a time when you wish someone would treat you with a little more kindness, like by screaming out all the reasons you deserve to be left for dead and have your face eaten off by raccoons....

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A Life of Generosity

Venice remembers Orson Bean, 1928-2020 By Joe Piasecki Orson Bean knew how to tell a joke. Keep it short, and always present-tense: “An old guy goes for a checkup. The doctor says ‘Mr. Mendelson, we’ll need a sample of your urine, your feces and your sperm.’ The man says ‘Here, take my shorts.’” Bean, who died Friday night after being struck by two cars on Venice Boulevard near his beloved Pacific Resident Theatre, also had a way of making whomever he was speaking to — a fellow actor, a local news reporter, a stranger who recognized him in the...

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Letters

Don’t Silence Matt Fisher Venice Neighborhood Council members: Please do not remove Matt Fisher from the Venice Neighborhood Council board. To remove a duly elected representative who has the interests of a diverse population at heart would undermine any semblance of economic and racial equality on the board. We have watched the VNC support unfair acts of gentrification for far too long. We have begged you to stop the developers from destroying spaces for artists and other creative people, pointing out other cities’ mistakes and efforts to come from extreme gentrification, but you have ignored us all along. As...

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Fire on the Water: Power Boat Burns and Sinks in Slip off Marquesas Way

A 34-foot power boat docked in C Basin caught fire and sank on Thursday night Photo by Candice Alström (@cfahooligan) By Joe Piasecki A tower of flame and the sound of small explosions startled boaters in Marina del Rey Harbor’s C Basin last Thursday night, when an unoccupied power boat burst into flames in its slip outside the Villa del Mar Apartments of Marquesas Way. Marina del Rey Sheriff’s Station deputies responded to the fire at about 9:10 p.m. and found the 34-foot Bayliner fully engulfed in flames, Sgt. Brent Carlson said. Los Angeles County firefighters extinguished the blaze,...

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Jane Fonda and Joaquin Phoenix lead Fire Drill Fridays march in L.A.

Story by Kellie Chudzinski | Photos by Ted Soqui Following 14 weeks of climate change protests in Washington D.C., actress Jane Fonda brought her star-studded Fire Drill Fridays demonstration home last week with a rally of about 300 people on the steps of L.A. City Hall. Those people happened to include Joaquin Phoenix — who two days later spoke of climate activism while accepting this year’s Academy Award for Best Actor —as well as TV producer Norman Lear and actors Piper Perabo, Amber Valetta, Brooklyn Decker, Rooney Mara and Kate Mara. “I’m excited not just because I’m home, but...

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