Compiled by Michael Aushenker


Party Time: Attorney Kathy Hao and singer Alecia “P!nk” Moore were among 500 guests attending the Santa Monica-based John Wayne Cancer Institute Auxiliary’s 30th annual Odyssey Ball on April 11
at the Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire Hotel.

Emceed by U.S. Army veteran and “Dancing With the Stars” season 13 winner J.R. Martinez, the event honored actor Gary Sinise for championing veterans’ causes and Dr. Maggie Dinome, head of the institute’s cancer prevention program and chief of general surgery at Providence St. John’s Health Center.

P!nk appeared in support of Dinome, with whom she collaborates for her Power of P!nk benefits to combat breast cancer.

Established in 1982 by breast cancer survivors, the auxiliary is currently helmed by Anita Swift, granddaughter of John Wayne. Institute chair Patrick Wayne, the actor’s son, presided over the gala, which raised more than $1.4 million in donations and auction proceeds.

“The Bulletproof Diet” author Dave Asprey celebrated the grand opening of his flagship Bulletproof Coffee café (3110 Main St., Santa Monica) on April 28 with a red carpet party that included appearances by “Dawson’s Creek” star James Van Der Beek and Def Jam Records co-founder Rick Rubin. The brick-and-mortar location is the first to serve Asprey’s “biohacking” butter-infused brew and other recipes together under one roof.

Eric Ong, the man behind Westchester’s Asian-accented American comfort food restaurant The Humble Potato, opened a second location on May 1 in Culver City (12608 #B Washington Blvd.) following a seven-month delay. The location features lively murals by local artists.

Lenny & Larry’s Snickerdoodle Complete Cookie — the latest in a line of all-natural, high-protein, vegan morsels — debuted at Muscle Beach, a location befitting the founders’ bodybuilding roots, during an April 24 “fit family” launch event on Ocean Front Walk.


The Mann Criterion 6 movie theater on Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade remains closed indefinitely due to a sanitation-related issue, according to a City of Santa Monica post on its doors.

 Coming soon

Turning Point Pilates, voted Best of the Westside by Argonaut readers in 2013 and 2014, celebrates the official grand opening of its new location in Venice (337 Washington Blvd., Ste. 1) with a studio tour and wine-and-dessert party catered by Saints & Sinners on May 16. (310) 846-8419;

Former TAG Gallery director Laura Korman, who left the art space collective last year, will return to the Bergamot Station Arts Center this autumn as leader of her own Laura Korman Gallery. Its first exhibit, featuring artist Katherine Rohrbacher, is set to open Sept. 5.

 Upcoming  events

May 13: The LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce presents its annual Teacher Eddy Awards, billed as “Oscar night for the educational community,” at the Hilton Los Angeles Airport Hotel, 5711 W. Century Blvd., Westchester.  (310) 645-5151;

May 26: The Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce hosts a speed networking event from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at a location to be determined. $10 to $25. (310) 393-9825;

May 27: The Venice Chamber of Commerce hosts its 4th annual business expo from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Venice, 2232 Lincoln Blvd., Venice. Registration is $80 to $125. (310) 822-5425;

June 5: The LAX Coastal Chamber hosts a lively “Black Tie BBQ” gala at the Marina del Rey Marriott (4100 Admiralty Way) to install Kristen Lonner of Burns & Bouchard as its 2015-16 board chair and announce a new honorary mayor while thanking outgoing chair Kelly King of the Villa del Mar Apartments and Honorary Mayor Rikki Barker of Wrapt in Wire for their year of service. (310) 645-5151;