Category: Entertainment

Paper Playground

By Julia Escobar Born from the ashes of school closures and isolation, the new Farmers Market Zine has planted a seed for a new community of young artists and writers that stretches from West Los Angeles all the way to the Canadian border. Seventeen-year-old Annabel Axtell, a rising senior at Culver City High School, founded the teen and young adult print magazine composed of art from local and international high school students. The inaugural issue will come out at the end of July. Creative works from everywhere under the sun, in every genre — photography, paintings, music playlists (with...

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A Jack of All Trades

By Dev Jaiswal Samir Mallya does it all — math, comedy, ice skating, teaching — all while excelling in school and earning a spot at a top university. “Passions are made to pursue,” says Mallya, who plans to attend UCLA this fall. Mallya credits his high school program’s flexibility as the reason he was able to do all of his co-curricular activities. He graduated from California Connections Academy Southern California, a free online public school. Mallya started at Connections in sixth grade. He most appreciated being able to schedule his own school day. Not having to set aside a...

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Service and Self-Discovery

Military veterans share true-life struggles and triumphs as stars of “Marching On” By Brian Marks If there’s one thing Navy vet Paul E. Johnson is sure of, it’s that his first theatrical production will also be his last. Johnson is adamant about that after the opening performances of the military veterans-driven play “Marching On,” which premiered at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills at the end of June. “It’s not something I want to do,” says Johnson. “But I can appreciate it, because I always appreciate people doing what they enjoy doing. And the...

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A not-so-simple plan

Billy Bob Thornton shares the story of his rise from abused child to Oscar-winning writer and movie star with students at LMU’s School of Film and Television By Michael Aushenker If Billy Bob Thornton were an animal, he’d surely be a cat because he’s lived nine lives. As a writer, he co-wrote “One False Move” and scripted his breakthrough film, 1996’s Oscar-winning “Sling Blade,” which he also starred in and directed. As an actor, he’s deftly played roles in everything from dark dramas and indie films (Sam Raimi’s “A Simple Plan,” “Monster’s Ball”), cult-favorite comedies (“Bad Santa,” “School for...

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18 turns 25

Santa Monica’s 18th Street Arts Center throws itself a 25th birthday bash to help fund affordable housing and studio space for emerging artists By Michael Aushenker They say 40 is the new 30. This weekend in Santa Monica, you might say 18 is the new 25. The 18th Street Arts Center — a visual and performing arts incubator that includes studio space and affordable housing for artists — marks its first quarter century with a two-day benefit party and arts sale celebrating the continued success of its unique cultural and economic mission. The center expects 300 people for Saturday’s VIP party featuring a concert by alt-folk singer-songwriter and former 18th Street resident Phranc, plus self-guided studio tours, video art installations and performance pieces by resident artists. On Sunday, a crowd 1,000-strong is anticipated for its 5th annual Beer, Art & Music Festival, which includes unlimited tastings from more than 40 craft breweries (including the newly opened Santa Monica Brew Works), food trucks, crash courses in art, open studio tours and live music and performance pieces by members. Across both days, a benefit art sale hosted in partnership with Saatchi Art features more than 50 unique works by past and present 18th Street artists. “We play a really important role in supporting artistic diversity on the Westside,” said 18th Street Arts Center Executive Director Jan Williamson, who first came on...

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