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Mirror Media Group, publisher of the Santa Monica Mirror
and parent company of Direct
Community Video, has acquired
the biweekly business publication
Century City News.
The transaction comes a little
more than a week after Mirror
Media Group acquired the
monthly publication Brentwood
Mirror Media Group president T.J. Montemer said he was
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Housing Element
In the year 2021, the Expo
Line will have already been
operating in Santa Monica for
about five years, another president will occupy the White
House, and the makeup of the
City Council should be different. That year will also be the
next time City Hall updates the
Housing Element.
What operates between now
and then will not be decided
until the end of this year, but
council members took their first
crack of what they think Santa
Monica’s Housing Element
should look like between 2013
and 2021.
The Housing Element, the
current version of which expires
this year, serves as a key document setting forth Santa Monica’s
policies and programs for housing
City Council Delivers Vote To
Preserve Shuttered Post Office
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Santa Monica’s recently shuttered Post Office on the corner of
5th and Arizona is now on a path
to become a historic landmark,
thanks to a 5 to 1 vote in favor of
a preservation covenant Tuesday
The City Council approved a
“preservation covenant” in order
to protect the former Post
Office’s structure and allow it to
gain historic status.
After the Post Office on Fifth
Street shut down June 29 at the
direction of the U.S. Postal Service, city officials have been looking for ways to preserve the
building at 1248 Fifth Street in the
downtown core.
As local activist Jerry Rubin
and City Attorney Marsha Jones
Moutrie both suggested the Post
Office was not shut down due to
any sort of public sentiment,
Santa Monica had been working
with federal officials to preserve
the former mail center after City
Hall’s fight to keep it open failed.
Landmarks Commissioner
Margaret Bach said the council
had before them a rare consensus
between City Hall and the federal
government – albeit a consensus
that was reached only after City
Hall unsuccessfully challenged
the federal government in court
to keep the former Post Office
“This is a critically important
step,” Bach told council members
of the preservation covenant. “It
paves the way for the sale of the
building for adaptive reuse.”
Once the Post Office building
is sold to a private party and no
longer under federal ownership,
the Landmarks Commission,
Bach said, will be able to designate the property as a landmark
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City Council approved a preservation covenant Tuesday for the shuttered
Post Office at 1248 Fifth Street.
and begin the process covenant
“We have an opportunity to
save the building,” Roger Genser,
another Landmarks Commissioner present at the Aug. 27
meeting, told council members.
Mayor Pam O’Connor was
the sole vote against the preservation covenant, stating it was a classic case of the federal government
passing a responsibility it does not
care to have off to a local government.
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go about preserving it,” O’Connor
said in dissent.
According to City staff, the
former Post Office was “eligible
for listing in the National Register
of Historic Places.” However, the
building must have certain proprietary restrictions in place prior to
the Postal Service potentially designating the building as a historic
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Council Supports Federal,
State Bills On Helicopter Noise
Perhaps helicopter noise is not the most
pressing issue in Santa Monica. Yet, the City
Council hopes a trio of bills will help control the
amount of noise pollution in the skies above
Santa Monica and West Los Angeles.
At their Tuesday meeting, council members
unanimously backed two federal and one state
bill aiming to limit the amount of helicopter noise
in residential neighborhoods.
Each of the three proposed bills is entitled
“Los Angeles Residential Helicopter Noise
Relieve Act of 2013.”Sen.Diane Feinstein introduced the version of the bill in Congress’s upper
house, while Rep.Adam Schiff brought the proposed noise restriction law to the House of Representatives (H.R. 456).
Sen. Barbara Boxer also supports the upper
house bill, S. 208, according to news reports.
Up in Sacramento, State Senators Ted Lieu,
who represents Santa Monica, and Fran Pavley
brought the proposed law (SJR 7) to the State
Council member Kevin McKeown
requested his colleagues support the “legislation
intended to control helicopter noise over
Greater Los Angeles” in light of an Airport
Commission recommendation in July.
The three bills revived a previous attempt to
regulate helicopter noise. Rep. Howard Berman
previously spearheaded the legislative campaign
in Washington, D.C. However, he lost his seat in
2012 to rival San Fernando Valley representative
Brad Sherman.
Interestingly enough,Sherman is now one of
the backers of the new legislation in the House of
Representatives; Rep. Henry Waxman (33rd
District) also backs H.R. 456.
The legislation specifically targets low-flying
commercial helicopters.
Should the legislation become law, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) would be
required to regulate noise emanating from lowflying commercial helicopters by instructing such
aircraft to fly in specified flight paths and above a
certain altitude in non-emergency situations anywhere within Los Angeles County.
Schiff’s bill also proposes additional safety
regulations and requires the FAA to gather input
from local communities and helicopter operates
in determining its policy.
As the proposed legislations focuses on commercial helicopters, such aircraft operated by
emergency responders – police, fire, or military –
would be exempt.
According to news reports, Berman proposed legislation on helicopter noise after his
office received complaints shortly after “Carmageddon” in 2011. When a stretch of the 405
Freeway was shut down for an entire weekend
between Westwood and Sherman Oaks, many
aircraft took to the skies to observe the open
stretch of road and residual impacts on other
Southern California roads. Commercial airliner
JetBlue,for example,sold plane tickets for $4 per
person to fly between Long Beach Airport and
Burbank’s Bob Hope Airport. The flight path
took passengers above the Sepulveda Pass at relatively low height.
Other commercial aircraft, including helicopters, toured the 405 Freeway closure in similar fashion.
Berman’s office received complaints by
many residents who lived at the top end of the
405 Freeway closure, as part of his district
included the southern San Fernando Valley.
Much of Berman’s district, which was
redrawn in 2012, now belongs Sherman.
According to City staff’s report, the FAA
plans to issue a report next spring, offering ways
to reduce noise pollution in the skies above Los
Angeles County.
City staff’s report to council members also
pointed out the FAA would be required to
determine flight paths and minimum altitudes
for commercial helicopters flying above Los
Angeles County within one year of the new regulations, should they be passed.
Council member Tony Vazquez was not
present for the vote.
Family Of Venice Boardwalk Tragedy
Victim Serves Public Record Requests
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The family of Alice Gruppioni, the Italian
newlywed tragically killed on the Venice Beach
boardwalk Aug. 3, has served a public records
request on several local agencies seeking information to help answer questions as to how such
a tragedy could have occurred.
Gregory L. Bentley, partner at Shernoff
Bidart Echeverria Bentley LLP, said the family
would like answers as to how and why this terrible event happened.
"We trust that the City and the various agencies will be forthcoming in producing this vital
information affecting public safety," Bentley
Those entities the family is seeking public
records from are the Los Angeles City Department of Transportation, Los Angeles City
Bureau of Street Services (Department of Public
Works), Los Angeles City Department of Parks
and Recreation (Venice Beach Recreation Center),Los Angeles City Council,Venice Neighbor-
hood Council, Los Angeles Police Department,
and the Los Angeles Fire Department.
The filing includes requests for information
such as Venice Beach Public Safety Needs
Assessment Report ordered by the 11th District
Councilman Mike Bonin, historical records for
the last 20 years regarding the planning, design,
construction, and maintenance of the Boardwalk, complaints communicated to the city of
Los Angeles, directly or through related entities,
regarding the safety of pedestrians along the
The filing also seeks any incident reports,
accident reports, records of 911 calls, radio calls,
service logs,or requests for service from police or
fire,regarding incidents within the last 20 years of
unauthorized automobiles or motorized vehicles
driving onto the Boardwalk.
Suspect Nathan Louis Campbell, a 38-yearold transient from Colorado, pleaded not guilty
Aug. 6 to one count of murder, 16 counts of
assault with a deadly weapon, and 17 counts of
Campbell is due back in court Sept. 4.
Parking Rules For Electric Vehicles To Be Clarified
The omission of three words – “current
and valid” – from a Santa Monica law governing parking meters could result in greater
privileges for electric, low-, or zero-emission
vehicles based upon direction council members gave City staff on Tuesday.
In a request brought by Mayor pro tem
Terry O’Day and council members Kevin
McKeown and Ted Winterer, City staff will
look into preparing an ordinance amendment to allow users of electric and other
low- or zero-emission vehicles to be entitled
to free parking in Santa Monica despite
evolving State laws.
Council members voted 5 to 1 in favor of
the City staff direction.
The inquiry came up when, according to
McKeown, a local member of the State
Assembly parked in Santa Monica but
received a parking ticket although City Hall
passed the current ordinance allowing such
vehicles to park at a metered stall without
having to pay so long as it had a “current and
valid” permit.
However, State law regulating what constitutes a “current and valid” permit is constantly changing, according to council
member Kevin McKeown. Therefore, there
are various people in Santa Monica who
have zero-emission vehicle permits but, as
an unintended consequence, are not able to
take advantage of parking privileges as City
Hall had originally intended because local
law was directly tied to the evolving State
McKeown said during the council meeting he had a few discussions about this issue
with City staff and a simple resolution was
suggested: decouple City law from State law.
Eliminating the words “current and
valid” from the local ordinance would be
sufficient action, according to McKeown.
“It would keep the rest of our parking
ordinance, yet it would allow Neighborhood
Electric Vehicles to get the privilege of being
zero emission and very desirable in Santa
Monica,” McKeown said.
Neighborhood Electric Vehicles, or
NEVs, suffer the most from current State
law. NEVs are battery powered vehicles that
resemble golf carts and are legally allowed
on roads with speed limits up to 45 MPH.
However, State law currently provides zero
emission stickers to vehicles using carpool –
or high occupancy vehicle – lanes on freeways. Since NEVs are not legally allowed on
freeways, drivers of such vehicles cannot
obtain a zero emission sticker and therefore
would be subject to pay for parking in Santa
Those who voted in favor of the City
staff direction hope the amended ordinance,
if ultimately approved, would bring NEVs
into the fold and reinstitute an incentive for
drivers to obtain such vehicles.
Mayor Pam O’Connor, who was the sole
vote against the direction, said while she was
in favor of incentivizing greater use of zero
emission vehicles providing free parking was
not the best means to do so.
Neighborhood Electric Vehicles are battery powered vehicles that are legally allowed on roads
with speed limits up to 45 MPH.
“It’s still a vehicle, it’s still a vehicle on
the road,” O’Connor said. “While it’s a
cleaner vehicle, it’s still not going to be the
cleanest vehicle. The most environmental
way to get around is to take a walk, take the
low emission public transit, et cetera. People
will still make the choice to drive, but I don’t
think we give them a free pass on parking.”
No timeline was set for when proposed
ordinance amendment would come back to
the dais.
Contact Parimal M. Rohit
[email protected]
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The Scott Family Charitable Fund will
give the Santa Monica-Malibu Education
Foundation a $500,000 gift – the secondlargest donation in the organization’s history.
The Scott family includes longtime
Santa Monica residents who have matriculated through SMMUSD schools and been
active both with PTAs and as teachers’
SMMEF Executive Director Linda
Greenberg Gross announced the gift
She said the SMMUSD recently
adopted the “Vision for Student Success,” a
six-part initiative focused on ensuring quality educational opportunities for every student in the District.
She said the Education Foundation’s
annual fundraising goal in support of the
Vision for Student Success is $4 million; the
Scott Family gift will be allocated in full
toward that goal for 2013-14, and specifically
toward the provision of ongoing professional development for teachers and instructional aides in classrooms.
She said the family’s strong commitment to the District’s Vision for Student
Success, coupled with the Education
Foundation’s 31-year history of support
for students throughout Santa Monica
and Malibu schools, served as motivation
for the gift.
“We are anxious to see the annual
fundraising goal for the Vision for Student
Success reached this year and every year,
and we know the first year is the most challenging,” the Scott family stated. “We hope
this gift will inspire parents and community
members throughout the District to join us
in providing enrichment opportunities for
every student.”
Gross said the SMMEF couldn’t be
more excited to have the opportunity to
accept this monumental gift.
“This gift is the largest ever from one of
our District families, and it serves as affirmation of the critical importance of the Vision
for Student Success,” she said.
The Scott gift comes as the District
implements a centralized fundraising model
in which the Education Foundation broadens its focus from events and annual appeals
to major and planned gifts that will create
sustainability for important programs at
schools throughout the District.
New Ocean Front Walk Restrooms, Bond Study Approved
Almost $740,000 in funding was
approved by Santa Monica’s council members Tuesday night to build new restrooms
and to conduct a voter survey on a potential
ballot measure.
G2K Construction, Inc., will receive
$711,700 to upgrade public restroom facilities as part of the 2400 Ocean Front Walk
(OFW) Beach Restroom Replacement Project, while $27,800 of City funds is allocated
to the firm Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz,
and Associates so they could conduct a voter
survey for a potential ballot measure for the
2014 election.
According to City staff, the OFW Beach
Restroom Replacement Project would
update current public restroom at 2400
Ocean Front Walk and bring them into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities
Act (ADA).
“The project would remove the existing
non-compliant facility, and provide new,
fully compliant restroom facilities and associated amenities,” City staff stated.
G2K Construction outbid five other
contractors for the project, which has submitted bids ranging from $698,000 to
$930,000; the company previously worked
on Beverly Hills’ Hamel Park Project, Long
Beach’s Orizaba Park Project, and Pasadena
Unified School District’s Hamilton Elementary Project.
City staff stated construction would
begin in October and continue for 199 working days. If construction completes without
delay, the public restrooms would open prior
to the Memorial Day holiday in September
Meanwhile, Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin,
Metz, and Associates – also known as FM3 –
will be conducting a voter survey of potential ballot measures on funding for capital
projects and affordable housing.
While it is unclear whether the potential
ballot measures on capital project or affordable housing funding have already been
developed, City Hall might be bringing both
issues to voters in 2014 in hopes for filling a
monetary void left by state lawmakers when
they dissolved redevelopment in 2012.
“With the dissolution of redevelopment,
the City has lost its primary source for capital project and affordable housing funding,”
City staff stated. “Redevelopment funds
were previously used to provide pay as you
go funding or to cover the debt service of tax
allocation bonds for the rehabilitation of
essential infrastructure and construction of
priority community facilities.”
Though City Hall has managed to
“accommodate [a few] high impact projects
that could no longer be funded with redevelopment funds,” other programs, such as
affordable housing, fire station construction
and upgrades, and work on the City’s safety
communications equipment and Corporation Yards were all left unfunded.
“It will be necessary for the City to seek
new financing and funding sources for these
projects,” City staff stated.
Accordingly, Santa Monica voters could
see one or more ballot measures next year,
potentially proposing a way to raise the requisite amount of funding to execute various
civic projects.
The projects City Hall was able to execute despite the loss of redevelopment funding were the Pico Branch Library, the Early
Childhood Education Center, and the Colorado Esplanade.
FM3 previously worked with City Hall
in public opinion research polling. The firm
had already earned $123,185 in separate
contracts in the past five years, gaining
insight of local public opinion on the mod-
ernization of the Utility Users Tax in 2008
and the viability of Measures Y and YY in
2010. The firm also conducted a pair of biannual resident satisfaction surveys in 2011
and 2013.
Both items were on the council’s Consent Calendar and approved unanimously.
Council member Tony Vazquez was not
present at the Aug. 27 meeting.
Contact Parimal M. Rohit
[email protected]
Local Rugby Club Pull FedEx Airbus
Team members from the Santa
Monica Dolphins rugby club participated at the 2013 Special Olympics
Plane Pull fundraiser at Long Beach
Airport on Saturday. Besides their
own effort, the Dolphins came to the
aid of three other pulling teams who
needed support. The Dolphins team
pulled a 164,000 pound FedEx
Airbus 12 feet a total of eight times
with an average time of 11.22
seconds per pull.
Santa Monica Writer
Debuts Sixth Novella
Santa Monica writer Darryl Sollerh debuts
his latest novella entitled “Alibis of the
Santa Monica writer Darryl Sollerh –
whose novellas published this year have garnered him First Horizon, Hoffer Award Finalist honors, as well as two Readers’ Favorite
Book Award Finalist honors – this week
debuted his latest piece “Alibis of the Heart,”
which marks his sixth novella in the past eight
Sollerh’s debut novella, “SHaDOW
GAME”, released this past January, is both a
First Horizon Award Finalist (Hoffer Literary
Awards), and a 2013 Readers’ FavoriteBook
Award Finalist, and has been described by the
Pacific Book Review as “riveting.”
“Author Darryl Sollerh has created a dramatic fiction about violence,” the review said. “It
takes some brilliance in writing for an author to
bring together these worlds and make them work
in a way that offers up a Buddhist lesson on the
soul of a man... You don’t want to put it down!”
Sollerh subsequently released his critically
praised thrillers “Trancer,” “Speculum,” and
“Eddy Falls,” as well as his romantic dramedy
“Cowboy and Indian,” also selected as a 2013
Readers’ Favorite Book Award Finalist.
His most recent novella, “Alibis of the
Heart”, a southern murder-mystery-romance, is
about a suddenly divorced, big-city lawyer
named Will, who heads south to lick his
wounds and write the great American crime
novel, only to meet Jasmine, a beguiling wait-
ress with a murky past, whose late night, blackhumored tales of Gothic mayhem and coldblooded murder in Okefenokee swamp draws
Will inexorably into her hazardous world.
Raised in Los Angeles, Sollerh grew up with a
deep appreciation for its diverse communities and
cultures, including Santa Monica and its beaches.
Since moving to Santa Monica 15 years ago,
he has become a regular contributor to the Huffington Post.
He has taught literature at Crossroads
School for the Arts and Sciences in Santa Monica, and his short stories and articles have
appeared online and in literary collections,
including Angel’s Flight.
He has also recently co-authored two wellreceived parenting guides with Crossroads
School counselor Leslie King, LCSW, based on
their years of working with students of all ages
and their families, entitled “Stop Yelling, Start
Listening – Understanding Your Middle School
Child”, and “How To The Loving, Wise Parent
You Want To Be... Even With Your Teenager!”
as part of their “The Dancing Parent” online
All his books and guides are now available
in print, as well as on Kindle, iPad, Nook, and
Today he lives with his wife and intrepid,
adopted son, enjoying the Santa Monica’s sunsets that for Sollerh will always glow with childhood memories.
For more on Darryl Sollerh and his books
and guides, visit
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Shakespeare Santa Monica Concludes This Weekend
“Shakespeare is as much an attribute of
summer as ice cream and BBQ,” commented Jessica Cusick, Cultural Affairs
Manager for the City of Santa Monica, when
talking about Shakespeare Santa Monica at
Reed Park.
I think the Bard himself would have
been pleased with the sounds of merriment
coming from the laugh out loud audience at
the Shakespeare Santa Monica performance
of “Twelfth Night.”
“Twelfth Night” is a classical shipwreck
romantic comedy.
The grown twins Viola and Sebastian are
separated when their boat is shipwrecked.
To survive until she can be reunited with her
family Viola pretends to be a young man and
goes into the service of the local duke,
Viola promptly falls in love with Duke
Orsino but he is in love with Countess
Olivia.As part of her responsibilities Viola is
required to woo Olivia on behalf of the duke
when she would much rather be the one he
The complications of mistaken identity
and the audience knowing the truth create
great humor as the dramatic twists and turns
of the play bring about its rightful end with
the matching of the lovers.
Vincente Cardinale directs “Twelfth
Night.” John Copeland plays Malvolio to the
hilarious delight of the audience. Elizabeth
Godley and Chelsea Brynd share the role of
the enchanting Viola.
We see Copeland again in The Taming of
the Shrew, this time as Hortensio. Lillian
Beaudoin is Kate. Her suitor, Petruchio, is
played by Tim Halligan.
“The Taming of the Shrew is typically
known as a battle of the sexes,” the play’s
director, John Farmanesh-Bocca said. “Kate
is a wounded bird – fighting for liberation.
And the story is one of two people, each of
whom is given to trouble and how they
become paired. It is a case of a mischief
maker finding another mischief maker and
making a match.”
John Farmanesh-Bocca, who is also the
Artistic Director of Not Man Apart, the parent company of Shakespeare Santa Monica,
said,“To give perspective on the plays, in the
late 1500’s and early 1600’s when these plays
were first performed was also the time when
the New World was being discovered and
explored.” He went on to say, “‘Taming of
the Shrew’ was an early play, simplistic, its
adolescence is right there whereas ‘Twelfth
Night’ is a complex and heart centric play.”
Not Man Apart Physical Theatre
Ensemble is known for use of athleticism
and dance to tell their story. They communicate character and plot through intense
movement. All performers are both dancers
and actors. Not Man Apart has produced
plays at the Getty Villa, the Kirk Douglas
Theater, and the Los Angeles Theater Center.
Every year they hold a “Fortnight Training.” Louis Schneeder, Chair of the Classical
Studio at NYU and Jean-Louis Rodrique,
Chair of Master’s Acting at UCLA join Farmanesh-Bocca in guiding the actors’ workshop and to form the ensemble for
Shakespeare Santa Monica.
When the Shakespeare plays were first
performed The Lord Chamberlain’s Men
were the players. Often plays were staged in
grass tennis courts with torches to light the
Shakespeare Santa Monica carries on
the tradition by holding performances at the
tennis court at Reed Park in Santa Monica.
I think and hope the physicality and ath-
Shakespeare Santa Monica “Twelfth Night” players perform on the tennis court at Reed Park in
Santa Monica.
leticism, the antics and high jinks used in the
telling of these enduring plays will make you
laugh out loud in this fun romp through
The last two shows of this summer’s season are this weekend with “Taming of the
Shrew” playing tonight, Aug. 30 at 8 pm and
“Twelfth Night” Saturday, Aug. 31 at 8 pm.
Suggested donation is $20 and 18 and under
have free admission.
For more information go to
Contact Susan Cloke
[email protected]
Santa Monica Place Disney Store
Collects Supplies For Youth Club
With support from the Disney store at Santa Monica
Place, the Boys & Girls Clubs
of Santa Monica kicks off the
back-to-school season with the
National Supply Drive and an
in-store and virtual call for
school supply donations to prepare kids and families in the
Santa Monica community for
academic success in the 2013-14
school year.
Aaron Young, President &
CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs
of Santa Monica, said while
more than one million American youth fail to graduate from
high school each year, the truth
is that many kids are falling behind in
school, and in life, before they even get
“Kids need basic school supplies, and
through the National Supply Drive, these
donations will help us provide the needed
supplies for back-to-school to keep kids on
track for academic success and a great
future,” Young said.
Through Sept. 3, the community can
help the Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica put thousands of school supplies in the
hands of Boys & Girls Club members by
donating supplies at Santa Monica’s local
Disney store, located at 395 Santa Monica
Place, in collection bins.
Disney store employees will also be visitng the Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica’s main branch on Sept. 5 at 4 pm to do a
Learn to Draw demonstration and talk to
Club kids about staying on track in school.
The National Supply Drive is part of
Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA)’s
Tools for Back-to-School initiative, a
national back-to-school campaign designed
to raise awareness about the need for community-based Boys & Girls Clubs that support academic success for youth during
critical out-of-school hours.
For more information about how to support Tools for Back-to-School, visit
Alert: Police Blotter
“U” Locked Up.
A 44-year-old resident of Los Angeles
was arrested Thursday, Aug. 22 after
being caught with a stolen bike that still
had a “U” style lock attached to the rear
wheel. At 8 pm officers of the Santa Monica Police Department were driving east
in the 500 block of Colorado Avenue in
their police patrol vehicle when they happened upon a man walking westbound on
the north side of the street. This man was
pushing a bicycle, and proceeded to cross
the street at the intersection against a red
light. The officers decided to stop this
man at that point for the infraction and
investigate. The officers began to chat
with this man and noticed that he had a
“U” style lock attached to the rear wheel
and locked to the bicycle frame. The officers probed and the man told the officers
that he and a friend had been shopping at
a nearby market. He told the officers that
the friend had stayed outside while he
went into the market and did some shopping. When he exited his friend had suddenly acquired this bicycle and the friend
had asked him to take the bicycle to an
address on the 500 block of Colorado
Avenue. The officers asked this man what
his friend’s name was and which apartment number he had requested the bicycle was to be delivered to. Strangely, the
man could not remember either of these
evidently vital details. He could also not
explain why he didn’t have a key to the
“U” lock, or even where such a key could
be found. The officers decided to arrest
this man and as they were doing so
another individual approached and told
the officers that the bicycle was his property. This individual then produced the
key to open the “U” lock. This LA man
was charged with receiving stolen property. Bail was set at $20,000.
He Fell For It.
Santa Monica police arrested a heavily intoxicated 57-year-old man Thursday,
Aug. 22 who had pulled over on the side
of the road and could not stand up
straight after getting outside the vehicle.
At 1:12 am officers of the Santa Monica
Police Department who were on patrol
noticed a stopped vehicle in the number
one lane of the southbound carriageway
of 20th Street. Since the vehicle had its
hazard warning lights flashing, the officers decided to approach the vehicle from
the rear in order to discover what the
problem was. The officers then noticed a
man exit the vehicle via the driver side
door and as he did so this man almost fell
over, and had to make a grab for the door
in order to stay upright. The officers
approached this man and detected the
unmistakable odor of alcohol upon the
man’s breath and person. They also
noticed that his eyes were watery and
bloodshot, suggesting that this man was
very, very drunk. The officers instructed
this man to sit down on the curb, and they
then saw that the vehicle had sustained
some damage to the front end, suggesting
that it had collided with something. The
officers then decided to summon the
assistance of the California Highway
Patrol. As they were waiting for CHP
officers to arrive the driver suddenly
arose and made attempts to walk away.
The officers told this man to “sit down,”
however he stumbled backwards and
almost fell over again. The officers
attempted to aid this man from falling
over but he responded by attacking them.
The officers then handcuffed this man
and arrested him. This LA resident was
charged with assault on a police officer.
His bail was set at $20,000.
Elvis Has Left The Building.
Bail was set at $50,000 on Thursday,
Aug. 22 for a Los Angeles man who Santa
Monica police officers caught immediately after he had broken into a residence
and stolen a $250 guitar. At 1:20 am officers of the Santa Monica Police Department were called out to the 400 block of
21st Street in response to a report of a
residential burglary. The officers arrived
at the scene and proceeded to conduct an
interior check of the residence in order to
ensure that there were not any suspects
still inside at that time. After satisfying
themselves that the coast was clear the
officers spoke with the victim and she
told them that she had heard a man walking up the stairs and then saw the man
walking down the stairs, at which time she
yelled out to her roommate for assistance
as she was obviously scared. The victim
added that she was not sure how this man
had left the building but that the only
thing that appeared to be missing was a
guitar. As the officers were taking the
statement from this victim another
responding unit informed them that they
had detained a man nearby who could be
a suspect because he was in possession of
a guitar, as well, incidentally, a screwdriver and a flashlight. The officers
brought the guitar back to the victim’s
residence whereupon she identified it as
her property. This 56-year-old man, a resident of Los Angeles, was eventually
arrested and charged with residential
burglary and possession of burglary tools.
Bail was set at $50,000.
The Woman Allegedly Looked
A 25-year-old Santa Monica woman
was arrested Friday, Aug. 23 after trying to
touch a four-year-old child without the
father’s permission. At 10:04 am officers of
the Santa Monica Police Department were
called out to investigate a case of a strange
woman who was attempting to touch a
child. What had happened, the officers
were later told, was that a visiting tourist
had accidentally scratched his four-yearold daughter’s head while he had been
loading her into the carry trailer attached
to his rental bicycle. The child had begun to
cry, at which point a woman had
approached and attempted to console and
comfort the toddler. This supposedly compassionate individual was described as
being barefoot, disheveled, and looking
insane. This woman then attempted to
touch the child with her hand and the
father of the child, in fear for his daughter’s safety, grabbed the woman’s wrist in
order to prevent her from touching the little girl. The woman then attempted to
force her way past the father in a determined effort to touch the child. This act
caused them both (the woman and the
father) to collide and fall to the ground
where the father held the woman until the
arrival of the police. The officers interviewed the father, the woman, and several
eyewitnesses, and subsequently arrested
the aforementioned woman and arrested
her. This Santa Monica resident was
charged with simple assault, resisting
arrest, and giving a false identification. Bail
was not granted.
Editor’s Note: These reports are part of
a regular police coverage series entitled
“Alert Police Blotter” (APB), which
injects some minor editorial into certain
police activities in Santa Monica. Not all
of the Mirror’s coverage of incidents
involving police are portrayed in this
manner. More serious crimes and policerelated activities are regularly reported
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The approved covenant prohibits any
purchasers and future owners of the Post
Office and the property it sits on “from
undertaking any construction, alteration
or rehabilitation on the property that
would affect the historic features of the
property without first seeking review and
approval from the certified local government.”
Another layer of public review could
be added if the building is also landmarked.
The covenant, according to City staff,
designates certain features to be preserved, including “the mass and plan of
the main façade, the poured concrete siding, the wood frame windows, the ornate
groves in exterior walls, pilasters,
columns, exterior motifs and the ornamental metal fence.”
Inside, the building’s the original
hanging light fixtures would possibly be
protected, as well as the “marble wainscoting, horizontal wood walls and ceilings, metal staircase rails, and tall tables.”
Without the proposed covenant
attached to the building, the Postal Service could sell it to a private party, who, in
turn, could tear down the former Post
Office and potentially develop another
structure on site.
The Postal Service made a similar
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production and maintenance to accommodate the needs of the community.
During a study session held at the council’s Tuesday meeting, Santa Monica’s
elected panel of policy makers hoped the
Housing Element would maintain affordable housing in the City, provide options for
senior citizens, and ensure accessibility.
A document all cities must maintain
under state law the Housing Element must
include specific programs and timelines for
implementing those programs, said senior
planner Elizabeth Bar-El.
“The Housing Element is rather formulaic,” Bar-El told council members. “The
State has very specific requirements about
what to include. It’s also a very important
document in that it does encompass the
City’s policies for housing.”
While State law requires each California
municipality to strive to meet certain levels
of available inventory for new housing, it
does not necessarily mean such levels have
to actually be met.
During the public testimony, resident
Nancy Morris said the Housing Element
needed to include more plans for senior
housing, something she said was missing
from the document’s mission statement she
had read online.
“The document focuses on the baby
boomer generation but ignores everyone
over the age of 68,” Morris told council
members. “It treats all senior housing as the
Council member Gleam Davis agreed,
saying seniors have different needs and the
available housing units catering to Santa
Monica’s aging population should accommodate those diverse needs.
“We have to make sure it’s not one size
fits all for senior housing,” Davis said.
She also wanted to know what the housing pipeline looked like – not just the proposed projects already on the City’s radar
but also developers who are interested in
obtaining a development application or permit down the line.
Council member Kevin McKeown
brought up the issue of pony walls and differentiating between zero- and one-bedroom apartments. Pony walls are waist-high
barriers often used in studio apartments to
City Council members hope the Housing Element will maintain affordable housing in the City,
provide options for senior citizens, and ensure accessibility.
create some separation within the unit but
do not necessarily make it a one-bedroom
McKeown was curious whether the
inventory of available units within the Housing Element took into account the distinction between one-bedroom apartments and
studios using pony walls.
Planning Director David Martin told
McKeown the studio versus one-bedroom
distinction had not yet been made and the
council will later determine the policy on the
Accessibility was a key concern for both
Davis and McKeown.
McKeown added affordability should
be significant element of the Housing
Element. Since traffic is a major issue in
Santa Monica and about 11 percent of
those who work here could actually
afford to live in the City, McKeown said it
was vital to maintain affordable housing
if Santa Monicans want to improve driving conditions in the area.
Mayor Pro Tem Terry O’Day said certain trade-offs have to be made in order to
maintain affordable housing.
“We don’t obtain affordable housing if
we don’t create a market incentive to do it,”
O’Day said, adding a broad range of housing
must be available in Santa Monica in order
to compensate for the loss of redevelopment
Redevelopment funding was a key element for cities to provide affordable housing.
Council member Bob Holbrook tried to
maintain a level of pragmatism, stating the
City should not set the Housing Element’s
goals too high.
Workforce housing was also an issue
the council asked about, pondering how
to best shape a City policy, through the
Housing Element, to increase the number
of people who both live and work in
Santa Monica.
According to the Housing Element,
about 11 percent of Santa Monica workers
live in the City. Francie Stefan, the City’s
strategic planning manager, told council
members the number of Santa Monica residents who work here is probably a higher
Resident Crystal Anderson told council members during public testimony
Santa Monica should not focus on including affordable housing units in tall buildings but should instead impose strict
height restrictions keeping residential
structure to two and three stories tall.
“We need to have… fair housing,”
Anderson told council members.
The Housing Element should return to
Planning Commissioners in November;
council members expect to see the updated
document in December.
The 2013-2021 Housing Element
updates the 2008-2014 Housing Element
and, if the public process goes as planned,
will be in effect from Jan. 1, 2014 through
June 30, 2021.
According to State law, the Housing Element must be adopted within 120 days of
Oct. 15, 2013.
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Main Street Celebrates Summer SOULstice
Main Street’s annual Endless Summer
SOULstice Festival featured 15 live bands on
four stages throughout the Main Street business district on Sunday afternoon.
This event featured bands including
Highway 61 Revisited (Bob Dylan Tribute),
Dr. Wu (Steely Dan Tribute), Chainsaw
Brothers (Original Blues), Moose, Turn The
Page (Bob Seger Tribute), The Rising
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Brothers Tribute), Petty Theft (Tom Petty
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Local Resident Wins National
Book-Collecting Competition
Santa Monica resident and UC Riverside graduate student Elias Serna knew he
had become a collector of books the day his
mother told him, “Ya no compres tantos
libros” (“Don’t buy any more books”).
Persistence and a love of books and
other materials documenting the Chicano
Movement paid off.
Serna’s collection of nearly four dozen
books – many of them rare or hard to find –
pamphlets, art catalogs, and films has won
first prize in the Antiquarian Booksellers’
Association of America’s National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest.
He will receive the $2,500 prize in an
awards ceremony Oct. 18 at the Library of
Congress in Washington, D.C. UCR
Libraries will receive a $1,000 prize.
Serna, a Ph.D. candidate in English, is
the first UCR student to win the national
“UC Riverside is honored that one of
our own has won the ABAA’s National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest,” said
Steven Mandeville-Gamble, university
librarian. “Elias Serna demonstrated an
insightful and keen collecting focus as he
built his personal book collection chronicling scholarship on the Chicano/Chicana
Serna’s collection previously won first
place in the UC Riverside Adam Repán
Petko Student Book Collection Competition. Winners of local competitions for
undergraduate and graduate students
advance to the national contest, which is
administered by the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America (ABAA),
the Fellowship of American Bibliophilic
Societies, the Center for the Book, and the
Rare Books and Special Collections Division of the Library of Congress, with major
support from the Jay I. Kislak Foundation.
The UCR Libraries competition is
named in honor of Adam Repán Petko
(1896-1995), who immigrated to the United
States in 1912.
His son, Dr. Edward Petko, funded the
contest to honor the memory of his father by
providing an opportunity for undergraduate
and graduate students at UCR to display
their talents in assembling and organizing a
personal book collection.
“We are delighted that Elias has won
first prize, particularly as it comes on the
10th anniversary of the Petko competition at
UC Riverside,” said Melissa Conway, head
of Special Collections & Archives of the
UCR Libraries. Conway established the
annual contest in 2003 after many conversations with Dr. Petko, himself the winner of
the undergraduate prize at UCLA in the
Judges of the national competition
called the collection “a reflection of how a
political movement awoke a cultural awareness. Protest morphed into theater, posters,
poetry, literature and art. Serna himself
founded the comedy group Chicano Secret
Service. His deep commitment to his roots
obviously has driven his collecting, but his
well-tuned collector’s sensibility has
informed his selection of essential texts and
rare ephemera key to this important movement.”
Deborah Willis, chair of UCR’s Department of English, said Serna is doing crucial
work to build an important new archive.
“The poems, posters, manifestos, films,
broadsides, and rare books in his collection
do not always find their way into traditional
libraries, and without them a rich diversity of
voices and perspectives can be lost to history,” she said. “Scholars of Chicana/o studies, historians, literary critics, poets,
journalists, activists, and everyday readers
will be grateful for Elias’ collection. Elias’s
work enriches us all and I’m delighted that
he has been honored with this award.”
Serna, who grew up in the Pico neighborhood of Santa Monica, expects to complete his Ph.D. in spring 2014.
He holds a B.A. in Chicano studies from
UC Berkeley and an M.F.A. from UCLA,
and taught Chicano studies at California
State University, Northridge for seven years
before enrolling in the Ph.D. program at
His dissertation, currently titled “Composing a Chicano Rhetorical Tradition:
Decolonial Polemics of the Past, Present,
and Future,” examines Tiburcio Vasquez’
photographs and letters from jail in the
1870s, feminist journalism from the Mexican
anarchist group Partido Liberal Mexicano
(PLM) in Los Angeles at the turn of the 20th
century, and polemics from the Chicano
Movement of the 1970s, especially the plans
to create Chicano studies departments.
These books are among Serna’s favorite
titles in his collection.
“The legacy of the Chicano civil rights
movement, especially the student and arts
movements, has been a key inspiration and
moral guide, and the texts that this early
movement produced have been my ‘holy
books’ and documents that continue to
inspire my work,” he said.
Serna said he has admired learned people and has wanted to build a personal
library for as long as he can remember.
“The ancient peoples in Andalusia
revered being ‘people of the book,’ and the
ancient people of the Americas were the
same until their books were burned,” he
said. “I think this is relevant to what’s going
on in Arizona and the destruction of the
high school Mexican-American studies
departments there.”
News Briefs
Big Blue Bus Fall Service
Changes Now In Effect
Big Blue Bus’ new fall service schedule was implemented Sunday with
changes designed to provide additional
service on some of BBB’s busiest routes
with only minor schedule updates on various routes.
Highlights include:
• Routes 1, 2, 3, 8, 12, and Rapid 12: Ackerman Terminal is closed for construction; BBB will use a new transit hub
located on Charles E. Young Drive at
Manning Avenue weekdays from 8 pm to
7 am and all day on weekends.
• Route 1, 2, 3, and 5: Cancellation of various weekday morning trips.
• Rapid 3: New mid-day trips added.
• Route 6: Service will operate during fall
and spring semesters; no service during
SMC breaks.
• Route 7 and Rapid 7: Frequency
increased to every 12 minutes from every
15 minutes.
• Route 8: Service will begin/end on 7th
Street at Broadway (outside of the fire
house). Weekday frequency decreased to
every 20 minutes from 9:30 am until 3
pm. The span of weekday service will
continue to be from 6:08 am until
approximately 11:30 pm.
• Rapid 10: SMC Express: The 6:31 am
trip from Union Station to SMC will
operate along the regular Rapid 10
route. SMC-bound riders should disembark on Bundy Drive at Pico Boulevard,
then transfer to a westbound Route 7 or
Rapid 7 bus. First weekday trip at 5:35
am departing from 4th Street at Santa
Monica Blvd. will now leave at 5:30 am
to help riders make connections in
Downtown LA.
• Rapid 12: Cancellation of various afternoon trips.
• Sunset Ride: Route change due to
SMC AET campus closure. See website
for updated route.
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How Miley Cyrus Almost Got Me Hurt
Mirror Columnist
Regardless of the headline, this
is a local story. It’s a story of excess
and potential danger. It involves
blood, albeit neatly collected
pouches of it. And it involves one
of the most controversial women in
Madonna. Oops, sorry, that was 20
years ago. I meant Kim Kardashian. Oops, sorry, that was five
minutes ago. Miley Cyrus? Didn’t
we tag that and move on already?
On Monday, Aug. 25 I entered
the 11th street headquarters of the
Red Cross here in Santa Monica.
I’ve been there many times before,
to donate blood. Since I’m kind of
a big galoot in general good health,
I donate blood as often as three
times a year because it’s a good
thing that can be easily done in
about two hours. And unlike hookintensive witless pop music and the
desperate stunts that promote its
sale, blood donations are something that society actually needs.
Arriving at the Red Cross, I was
prepared for the wait that comes
before you actually start giving over
your blood. That’s because blood
donors need to be screened by working with a laptop computer on a series
of questions meant to keep bad things
out of the blood bank system. Years
ago the Red Cross, like everybody
else, was not prepared to screen for
HIV-infected blood and that sadly
resulted in some dangerous mistakes.
Now the screening is as thorough as possible short of running
lab tests right there on the scene.
And volunteer donors understand why all this is necessary.
What we don’t get, and I’d love to
have our local Red Cross weigh in
on some of this, is why making an
appointment time almost never
impacts the processing at blood
donations. Too often the volunteers
receiving donors as they enter
don’t seem to understand how
those times are meant to affect
procedure, if at all.
But I’ll take my carping and get
lost if the Red Cross can explain
why the room for blood donations
must have a television set on and
why that TV must be tuned to the
worst afternoon programming
available, playing at a volume that
compels the medical personnel collecting blood to shout over the television in order to be heard. To be
heard, possibly, about large needles, dripping blood, or people
fainting, etc. It’s one thing to
donate and watch your own blood
drip out; it’s completely another to
do that while something as lifedraining as “The Ricki Lake Show”
is being blasted at you.
At first I thought the TV was
meant to somehow relax the
donors. Then I learned otherwise.
That’s when our friend Ricki
was done with her presentation of
psychics and we next enjoyed television’s answer to the crisis of illiteracy, “TMZ Live.” This is where
the danger part comes in.
“TMZ Live” is a collection of
pop culture effluvia, much of it
generated by having sad-sack
weasels camp out at LAX and wait
for a “celebrity” to get off a plane.
Then the weasels ambush those jetlagged victims with cameras and
shout a couple of lame questions…
and then that’s a TV show. However, on Monday, TMZ was armed
with the clip of Miley Cyrus prostituting what’s left of her public
image for some pre-release promotion to sell her next CD. Never
mind what she and Robin Thicke
actually did on a cable channel now
known globally for its cupidity;
you’ve either seen the video
already or you’re lucky.
But at the moment that Hollywood video dumpster TMZ ran the
clip I observed that many, if not all,
of the trained medical person in
the blood collecting room at the
Red Cross turned away from whatever they were doing to watch the
video. The nurse attending to me
was held transfixed for almost 10
seconds. Then she yelped something in reaction to the clip as others gasped their sentiments. True it
was only a few seconds out of a
long day of collecting blood donations, but it didn’t tend to reinforce
the professionalism associated with
blood donation personnel.
Fortunately, Miley’s performance art didn’t run at the exact
moment I was getting jabbed with
a large needle. But then, it really
wasn’t Miley Cyrus that could have
got me hurt. It was our shared
preoccupation with celebrity media
manipulation and advertising camouflaged as “content”; clown stunts
meant to hold our attention for a
moment and allow us to completely tune out troubling real
news such as Syria’s campaign
against its own people… or distract
us from whatever task we’re supposed to be doing.
Dear Santa Monica Red Cross:
You do important and necessary
work. And it’s not your fault that
Miley Cyrus has psychological
issues. But it is your fault that,
somehow, it has become standard
operating procedure to provide
blood-donation medical personnel
with a loud television set that is
evidently capable of pulling their
attention away from procedures. I
know what I’m trying to do; I’m
trying to donate that blood you
told me was critically needed in
case LA has a serious wide-spread
disaster on its hands. But first, I
think you have a tiny but easily
fixed disaster in your donation
room. Pull the plug on it, folks.
Porn Star Case Puts New Focus On Condom Law
Mirror Columnist
No one knows for sure just how
things will go, but a new law passed
last year in California’s largest
county to force condom use in
pornography films and videos will
at least be tested this fall.
It’s about time, too, as evidenced by the late August revelation from adult film actress
Cameron Bay (the stage name of a
28-year-old woman) that she’s
tested positive for the AIDS virus
less than a month after her last previous, negative test finding.
The Los Angeles County law
mandates protection in all forms of
sex except manual and oral – something the industry strongly maintained would make its films less
attractive and drive much of its $13
billion gross revenue out of California. That figure compares with
about $22 billion for conventional
movie-making in this state, and $37
billion for agriculture.
So far, there has been no significant exodus and there’s now a
strong possibility the law will be
taken statewide. The San Fernando
Valley portion of Los Angeles
remains the world capital for adult
filmmaking, with some shoots in
nearby areas and counties.
Any shifts were in abeyance
until late this summer, awaiting a
decision from U.S. District Judge
Dean Pregerson on a lawsuit by
porn producers which claimed the
law infringes on constitutionally
protected free speech.
Nope, Pregerson finally ruled.
The new law, he said, would prevent
health risks and “alleviate those
harms in a direct and material way.”
How great were the risks
behind the law, which passed as
Measure B? No one can pinpoint
just how much higher than normal
the rates of AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases are
among porn actors, but porn star
Jenna Jameson last year called the
business a “ticking time bomb.” It
certainly was for “Cameron Bay.”
Pregerson’s ruling will let Measure
B have the full intended effect.
While he allowed the basic law to
stand, he tinkered with parts of it –
maybe enough to let pornographic
filming go essentially unchanged.
Yes, the judge allowed manda-
tory AIDS testing of porn actors to
stand. He said the county can
charge producers for health permits, obtain warrants to inspect
production sites and levy fines and
criminal charges against violators
But at the same time, the ruling
says health permits cannot be
required as a condition of making a
film, nor can the county revoke
permits or stop filming because of
violations. And officials cannot
inspect a film site merely because
they suspect condoms are not
being used.
So the decision can be seen as
a big wink at porn producers. If
they establish an informal code of
secrecy, sheriff’s deputies or other
enforcement personnel won’t often
be able to come on site. To get a
warrant, they would need more
than mere suspicion or innuendo.
Chances are, the ruling means
most producers will only use AIDStested actors, not much of a change.
But there’s almost always some time
between any test and the next time
an actor performs in a porn scene.
The Bay case demonstrates that participants can acquire diseases during
those interims.
What’s more, even if large pro-
ducers either get health permits or
move to nearby counties, small
producers whose presence is not
very noticeable outside the swank
homes where many porn shoots
occur may not bother, figuring that
as long as all participants are discreet and refrain from whistleblowing, they won’t get in trouble.
Under the radar operations will
probably stay that way.
Even with those obvious loopholes in the law, the porn industry
will appeal the ruling, maintaining
it still limits free speech rights,
another way of saying the law
could crimp production and profits.
No one knows what comes
next: Will production move out of
Los Angeles County, as porn star
James Deen predicted immediately
after the law passed? Will there be
at least some compliance? Might
that lessen the popularity of online
and DVD porn movies?
There’s a good chance there
may now be at least some reduction of AIDS cases in Los Angeles
County. And since the basics of the
law have been upheld, some legislators want to adopt a similar one
for the whole state.
Stay tuned.
Samohi Spirits Soar High Anticipating Football Season
Santa Monica High School football is
ready to take on the competition with their
intense style of division one play. The team
returns with a number of starters that went
undefeated in the Ocean League at 5-0 and
posted an impressive 8-4 overall record for
the 2013 season.
Vikings football head coach Travis Clark
said he has seen the excitement for the
return of fall football pervade the campus at
“Everybody is excited about football,”
said Clark. “The spirit is in the air.”
The Vikings look set to amaze the
Samohi home crowd with a cluster of acrobatic agility found in their running backs and
receivers while a large offensive line digs in
to take on the fray in the trenches.
Running back Will Taylor returns to play
his third year on varsity.
Clark said he expects Taylor be a leader
on the Samohi team.
“We have a lot of guys returning,” said
Clark. “Our number one guy is Will Taylor.
We are really excited about what he is going
to do this year.”
Taylor will play running back and slot
back for Samohi. According to Clark he is
vital to the shaping of the 2013 Vikings football team.
“He has had a great off season and has
been working really hard,” said Clark. “He
plays with lots of passion and this makes him
a really good key cog and component to our
Jordan Detamore is expected to fill the
quarterback shoes for the Vikings after the
departure of Ryan Barbarin to graduation.
Clark said that he hopes that Detamore can
remain healthy throughout the season.
“Jordan Detamore has had a good summer but has had some nagging injuries,” said
Clark. “I do have some concerns about his
health but if he is healthy he will be the guy
to take the first snap.”
Detamore will get some help in the
receiving position with returning starter
Trent Hill.
Clark said he was very happy with Hill’s
improvement during spring and summer
“He has been looking really good in the
off season,” said Clark. “He is going to be an
important part as a defensive back. Hill will
be manning secondary, playing wide
receiver, and backing up Taylor at running
Another receiver to watch is junior Josh
De La Rosa.
Clark said he looked forward to seeing
De La Rosa on the field.
“I think he is going to have a sensational
season,” said Clark. “He is really explosive
off the ball and we are excited to have him
these next two years.”
Perhaps the biggest concern on offense
is the Vikings offensive line that lost a good
number of their giants to graduation.
“We have a young inexperienced line,”
said Clark. “We lost some great players last
But Clark doesn’t seem to be too worried about his young line as their size dictates respect with sophomore Sean Wheeler
at left tackle already sizing in at a whopping
6’5” 250 lbs and three year starter Matthew
Galvan at 6’2” 255 lbs.
Juniors Sebastian Langlois 6’3” 268 lbs,
Ben Kerr 6’4” 278 lbs, Noah Anderson 6’4”
275 lbs, and Christian Reeves 6’1” 280 lbs
will add some size to both the offensive and
defensive lines.
“These guys are probably the biggest
group of guys we have had on the team,”
said Clark. “They are physically bigger then
what we have had in the past.”
On the defensive line outstanding defensive tackle Justin Nelson, a junior who
started last season during the Ocean league
games, is set to lead the big group of junior
defensive line men.
All Ocean League kicker and workhorse
Denicio Gonzalez-Drake will start at middle
linebacker and set the tone for the defense
before switching over to offense to pound
defenses as the Vikings fullback.
Clark said that Gonzalez-Drake was a
key component to the defense of the
“He sets the table for our defense,” said
De La Rosa will help out commanding
the secondary along with the explosive play
of Taylor and Hill.
A wild card can be found in newcomer
Kuame Duggins who just recently transferred to Samohi but whose prowess was
apparent from the moment he stepped foot
Samohi Vikings quarterback Jordan Detamore
tosses around the football during summer ball
at Santa Monica High School.
on the football field.
Clark said that he expects Duggins to
develop into a division one football player
and will be playing running back along with
Taylor as well as doubling as a defensive
back on defense.
First game of the season for the Vikings
is away against Redondo Union on Friday,
Sept. 6 at 7 pm.
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“The Life of Air” Opens At TAG Gallery
Award-winning painter Pam Douglas
launches the highly anticipated finale in a trilogy of art
shows inspired by earth’s primal energies – water, fire,
and air – at TAG Gallery this Tuesday.
The exhibition titled “The Life of Air” will continue through Sept. 28 featuring Douglas’ original
paintings on silk.
Special events at the gallery include an artists’
reception Sept. 7 and an artists’ talk Sept. 21.
Douglas said her new works experiment with
transparencies where the motion of air flows through
abstracted imagery.
“I chose air to explore the subtle power within an
invisible energy,” Douglas said. “I also wanted to evoke
the transparencies of our time where so much of life is
permeable and fleeting.”
Earlier this year, Douglas exhibited at the Palm
Springs Fine Art Fair, and at the California African
American Museum where she had a six-month long
installation. Douglas, whose work is widely collected,
has also been exhibited at The Los Angeles County
Museum of Art (LACMA) sales and rental gallery,
and in juried shows including TarFest, i-5 Gallery at
the Brewery Art Complex, and The California Open.
Her 2012 solo show “The Life of Fire” was critically acclaimed by James Bae, who wrote, “These
paintings are stunning tropes of singular instances…
never repetitive but endlessly unpredictable… transcending the scope of traditional arguments on how
nature can be represented. Like fire, they have their
own way of being alive.”
Douglas said working on “The Life of Air” was a
transcendent experience for her because it was an
experiment with delicate materials that were new to
“The silk panels receive the inks and water-based
mediums in different ways from canvas or other
cloths, allowing colors to seep through multiple layers,”
she said. “This technique creates dimensionality that is
at once fragile and deep.”
In “The Life of Air,” Douglas will exhibit 11
This series is strikingly different from the hardedged, brightly colored pieces from last year’s “The
Life of Fire,” and the dense layers of paint in “The Life
of Water.”
“All the pieces created for the trilogy of primal
energies are abstractions of nature,” she said. “They
also have thematic similarities with my sepia work on
raw linen from a few years back, as they create subtlety
as well as movement.”
On Saturday, Sept. 7 from 5-8 pm, Douglas will
be present at the artists’ opening reception at TAG
Gallery, which will also include solo shows by two
other local artists. The event is free and open to the
On Saturday, Sept. 21 at 3 pm there will be an
artists’ talk, a discussion among the three artists. This
event is also free and open to the public.
TAG Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday
from 11 am to 5 pm; and Sunday afternoons.
For more information, call TAG Gallery at
310.829.9556 or visit For more
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Slurp Up At Brian’s Shave Ice
Brian's Shave Ice has endless desert options that will leave you craving more.
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The conversation at Brian’s Shave Ice went
something like this:
Sallie: I want a snow-cone machine at home so I
can eat it every day. All day. For breakfast, lunch, and
Nick: That’s a lot of sugar and not so much
Sallie: I’ll sprinkle it with protein powder and
fiber powder.
Nick: We can go back, you know.
Sallie: Tomorrow! ... Tonight?
You know it’s that good when you start plotting
your return before you’ve even finished your first.
And that is the unwritten step 6 on Brian’s menu:
how to satisfy your new addiction.
On the sidewalk front of Sawtelle right after you
turn off Olympic and on to “the street with all the
Asian fare,” as I reference, Brian’s is a one-stop shop
for everything you can think that relates to shave ice.
How-To Order at Brian’s Shaved Ice:
1. Pick your size (kiddie, regular, large). Unless you
revel in regret, go for the large ($4.50).
2. Choose your fillings: dole whip, azuki bean, mochi,
or ice cream. I went for half dole-whip, half vanilla
ice cream. What is dole whip, you ask? It’s pineapple
soft-serve, basically. The kind that you can get at Disneyland, apparently. Tangy and creamy, it’s the stuff
people will pay $90 for admission just to get a tuck.
3. Choose your flavors: The list is the length of
Santa’s, but don’t freak. The cashier will guide you to
“most popular,” and/or if you pick one or two, she
will advise as to “what goes with that.” I selected
green apple, POG (passion fruit, orange, guava), and
Tiger’s blood (strawberry colada).
4. Choose your topping: condensed milk, sour
spray, and a few typical sauces (chocolate,
caramel) and some other available dousings
that don’t matter because you’re always going
to get condensed milk.
5. Get a stamp card (after 9, the 10th is free!).
6. Fantasize about your next flavor combo as you
mercilessly suck down your creation.
7. Get parking validated (so it’s free).
A blessed replacement for all those “self-serve”
yogurt shops, Brian’s is a welcome summer (and
hopefully year-long to forever) addition to the daytime (nighttime, and every-time) list of dessert
options. Slurp up!
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What’s In Your Food? How To
Streamline Your Shopping
Chances are you have
heard a lot about the latest
buzzword, GMO, which
is short for genetically
modified organism. You
might have noticed that
your grocery store is stocked with items labeled
GMO-free, but what exactly does that mean for
you and your health? Are GMOs decreasing
your longevity and should you stay clear from
them? The following will help to clarify the
confusion to help streamline your grocery
What Is A GMO?
Advancements in science and technology
seem to make almost anything possible, including changing the DNA in our foods. In a nutshell, GMOs contain genes from bacteria,
viruses, animals, and humans.
With altered genes, this food may grow
more quickly, reach a larger size, increase shelf
life, and even change and preserve its color.
That plump, red tomato you always see in your
grocery store may have been genetically altered
to give it that rosy red appearance.
While proponents of GMOs claim it is safe
to eat, others are concerned about the longterm safety of consuming genetically modified
While GMOs may be able to resist bugs
and increase yields, the thought of eating food
created in labs may sound a bit intimidating.
Some animal studies have linked GMOs to
lowered immunity, accelerated aging, and
reduced fertility.
The increased incidence of allergies is
thought by some to be possibly linked to
increased consumption of GMOs. Because
there aren’t sufficient studies linking GMO
consumption to any harm, more long-term
studies are needed to ascertain their safety or
I tend toward steering clear of GM foods
until more research can confirm if they are safe.
Below are tips that will help you identify and
avoid GMOs in your food.
How To Opt Out
While approximately 70 percent of the
foods in your grocery store contain genetically
modified organisms, the good news is that you
can choose to opt out of eating them. Most
products containing soy, corn, canola, and cottonseed oil will be GMOs, unless they are 100
percent USDA certified organic.
Support Local Farms
Your smaller local farmer will most likely
use minimal to no pesticides, and no GMO
crops. In addition, when farmers produce foods
that don’t travel long distances, the shelf life
doesn’t need to be as long as that of foods
shipped across country.
When shipping their food products locally,
farmers don’t need to grow a ton of food yields
to be shipped across the country.
Without the demand for high yields, the
farmer is at liberty to try small crops of various
vegetables and fruits that you probably wouldn’t find in your grocery store, which can offer
exciting new options.
You can pick up their food in farmer’s markets or consider signing up for a CSA, where
you can pick up a box of fresh produce once a
Here are some other benefits of choosing
local food:
• You get superior freshness, flavor, and quality.
• You support the local economy and community.
• Local foodstuffs promote a safer food supply.
Food that travels long distances has a greater
chance of contamination during the harvesting,
washing, shipping, and distribution process.
• You get to know how your food is grown.
You can ask your farmer how they raise and
harvest crops. Having direct access and information about where your food comes from is
always a plus!
Look For NON-GMO Project Seals
When grocery shopping, look for the
NON-GMO seal. The NON-GMO project is a
non-profit organization that is committed to
providing you with foods that are independently verified GMO-free choices.
Watch For Red Flags
Read the ingredients to avoid the following
from sneaking into your meals: corn, soybean,
canola, cottonseed. Some sugar beets, most
Hawaiian papaya, and some zucchini and yellow squash will be GMOs. Look out for dairy
products that label No rBGH, rBST, or artificial hormones.
Brief recap: When in doubt, look for the
NON-GMO sticker or choose a 100 percent
organic option. Better yet, get to know your
local farmers and confirm that they do not
grow GM crops.
May you live long, live strong, and live
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and board certified anti-aging expert. He has
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Monica, Newport Beach, and Pasadena. Dr. Mao
and his brother, Dr. Daoshing Ni, founded the Tao
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and savvy. Check out this week’s Hot Flash!
Top Tips To Look Young The Natural Way
Who doesn’t want to look seven years
younger with or without surgery? I am not
against a little nip and tuck here and there, but
the majority of face-lifts in Los Angeles scare
the crap out of me.
I don’t want my eyes to look stretched, or
my hairline to be moved, or my jaw line to have
that tell-tale “pulled back behind my ears” (that
have also been moved) look either. Now, before
I start getting letters from all the plastic surgeons who live here, and I know a quite a few
of you, I do know that there are some that do
amazing work, with none of the tell-tale signs
(please do drop me an e-mail if you are one of
And, looking younger in the face is a small
part of looking younger. I consulted my Go-ToGay Stylist to the Stars, Colin Magaro, for the
top things you can do to achieve an overall
younger look without turning to surgery.
Colin recommends the following:
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1. Hydration, hydration, hydration. Drink lots
of water. Our bodies are made up of mostly
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Don’t just go for the style of the moment, especially if it does not fit your body. Think about
women who try to look younger by squeezing
into teen-age styles. They don’t look younger,
they look older and stupid.
5. Make up – Use colors that are fresh, but still
age appropriate. You can look older by applying
too much makeup, and look younger by using
makeup that makes you look dewy and glowing, smoothly corrects flaws and does not look
heavy. I would stay away from the blue eye
shadow and stick with neutrals, very classic and
understated, like Orgasm from NARS!
6. Shoes – Colin swears by higher heels. He
says they make your legs leaner, add height,
and make you stand up straighter. I bet Colin
never wears these puppies. They hurt! But I
still love them. This year, the sexy pointed-toe
high heel is finally back. Yey! So I’ll look good
in them for 15 minutes, until they start to hurt.
It’s a start.
7. Diet – Another thing that adds age to women
instantly is being overweight. Make a commitment to be a healthy weight for your body-type.
You don’t have to model-thin to look fit and
sexy and younger. I’m working on it.
8. Exercise – Goes with the territory. Exercise
is the key to growing older gracefully. You’ll
be fit, energized, active, happier. You’ll avoid
injury and even help to heal current injuries.
You might even live longer. Walking just half
an hour a day (so my trainer tells me) makes a
big difference. Now I have the bug. Weight
training, walking, hiking, yoga. Who knew?
There’s nothing more “older looking” than
a woman with deep wrinkles and skin beyond
her years from being out in the sun too much,
drinking too much, not getting enough sleep,
yada, yada, yada. Stuff your mother told you
was gonna happen did. Glad I listened.
9. Sleep – Please remember that sleep is a regenerating activity, and doctors recommend at least
eight hours a night. I know when I don’t get
enough sleep I look and feel like crap. My eyes
get red and swollen and I drag along for the rest
of the day. When I do, it makes so much of a
difference – bigger eyes, brighter skin, not as
3. Get a custom bra fitting – Colin insists, if “the
girls are high,” you will always look younger.
He mentioned boobs the last time I talked to
him. Hmmm, maybe he’s not so gay after all.
10. Smile! One of the simplest things in life that
will brighten your whole being is to smile. A
beautiful, joyful smile is ageless! I am smiling
now! :)
4. Age-appropriate clothes – Colin recommends
that you only wear color on the top half of your
body. Wear what looks good on you, and choose
items that flatter your “younger-looking” assets.
Barbara Bishop is President of Santa Monicabased BBPR, Inc. For comments or suggestions,
email [email protected]
With Anthea Kerou
Hi Anthea!
I have had a rough year of dating, but I
really want to find a girlfriend who I can spend
time with for exclusive dating. Almost three
years ago I dated a girl who I really fell for, but
she broke it off after three months as she had
just moved to LA and didn’t want to be serious
with anyone. We haven’t talked since then, but
I would really like to approach her about dating
as I see she has been single on Facebook for
some time. What steps should I take and what
advice do you have to see if we can make it
work a second time around?
– Michael, 27
Hi Michael!
Wow three years is a long time to be
holding a torch for someone! When that much
time has passed it’s easy to forget all the negative
experiences and exaggerate the positives.
If she didn’t want to date anyone seriously,
and still isn’t in a committed relationship, she
might not be the relationship type. Don’t let the
fact you’ve had a “rough year” keep you from
moving forward.
Are you willing to go through the same experience and repeated heartbreak with this girl
again? You can’t tell through Facebook if she has
grown as a person or if she is relationship ready.
Be careful about reaching out to someone
you have been keeping tabs on through Facebook. Make sure not to come across as a creepy
lurker. You don’t want to come on too strong
out of the blue.
The safest way to make contact is to offer a
friendship. Something as simple as - “How have
you been? I hope all is going great with you. I
would love to catch up if you’re ever free for
This could open the door to reconnect as
friends first with no pressure.
That way you can see her in person and find
out more about her life right now. People do
change over time and she may be a different person now with interests and lifestyle that no longer
match with yours.
You have to take this from square one; you
are practically strangers now. When you rekindle
a friendship with her you may find that she is no
longer the one who got away.
If she is not interested at all she will not be
available for lunch, and then you have your
If you do get a negative response then it’s time
to close the chapter on this dead end for good. I
mean it!
No more visiting her Facebook page and
checking to see if she’s still single. In fact – delete
and block her for your own sanity! You need to
move on and focus on available women who do
want to spend time with you.
If you do hit it off over lunch and you feel a
connection then you can absolutely go one step
farther and tell her you’ve been thinking about
her and ask her if she’s open to dating. If she’s not
then refer back to my previous advice. It would
be best for you to cut contact completely and
move on.
If she is open to dating, be careful and take it
slow. Make sure you find out what has changed
for her emotionally since your breakup. Ask her
what she learned from the experience and her
current relationship goals. You don’t want to get
involved again with a person who is still not ready
for a commitment.
Anthea Kerou is a Certified Holistic Health
Coach based in Santa Monica specializing in dating coaching. She is available for private coaching sessions, email [email protected]
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By Elizabeth C. Gorski / Edited by Will Shortz
1 It may come down in a storm
10 Divider in a musical score
13 Hang-out locale?
20 Wrote a couple of letters?
21 Montréal street
22 Chef Boyardee offering
23 Called on the carpet
24 N. Amer./Afr. separator
25 Not finished
26 China’s Chiang ___-shek
27 Optimistic
28 Change
30 Visit anew
31 Loop transports
32 “There ___ there there”
33 Like choruses
35 Ready-___
37 A Bobbsey twin
39 Less certain
40 Half-___ (coffee request)
43 “Malice N Wonderland” rapper Snoop ___
46 Trains
48 “Tootsie” Oscar nominee
50 “You want a piece ___?”
53 Main hood in “Little Caesar,” 1931
55 Without face value, as stock
57 Brink
58 Two-Face and the Riddler, to Batman
59 French children’s song
61 “You Gotta Be” singer, 1994
62 Allen of “Candid Camera”
63 Sister of literature
64 Originates
67 Bank statement abbr.
68 Sea eagle
69 Gray areas, maybe … or a hint to
12 incomplete answers in this puzzle
71 Kind of lab
72 Cpl., for one
73 “What ___ thou?”
74 Island group in the Bahamas
75 Province of Saudi Arabia
76 Susan who wrote “The Volcano Lover”
78 Old-fashioned street conveyance
80 Texting while driving, e.g.
81 Comment often followed by “So sue me”
82 Designer Geoffrey
84 Head of une école?
85 Act like a rat, say
86 Supported, as a ballot measure
88 Nothing doing?
90 Being, to Claudius
92 Before, in sonnets
93 Primitive drive
95 Airport info: Abbr.
ARIES (March 21-April 19) You can get
approximately the same hamburger on three
out of four corners of the main thoroughfare.
In cases where the differences are minimal,
you’ll find it so hard to choose that you’re likely
not to choose anything at all.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20) Don’t take anything too personally now. Instead, focus on
what needs to change to get a desired result.
This is likely to start with a resolution to think
positively and take the action steps to support
those thoughts.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21) You have an
advantage in competitive environments
because you don’t do what the other competitors are doing. You remember or discover your
own strengths and lead with those.
97 Monotonous routine
101 Hide
103 Virginie, e.g.
106 Ski-___
107 Type units
111 Honor at graduation?
112 Checkbook record
113 Old TV’s Cousin ___
114 “You can talk to me privately”
116 Ground cover
117 Last chance to strike out?
120 Whitewashed, with “over”
121 Suffix with morph122 Jumping-off point
123 Supermarket time-saver
124 Draw a mark through for cancellation
125 Means of one-to-one communication
1 Movie theater sight
2 Represent as a saint, say
3 Act as a go-between
4 Figures in Astounding Stories, for short
5 Set (against)
6 Shavings, maybe
7 Old-time announcer Johnny
8 “Kinsey” star, 2004
9 Little sucker?
10 “___ yourself”
This Week’s Puzzle
11 Just going through the motions, after “on”
12 Air-conditioning on a hot day, maybe
13 More curmudgeonly
14 Office PC hookup
15 Certain car gears
16 Prong
17 Masonry containers
18 Gen. Robert ___
19 Hobby activity
29 ’90s commerce pact
32 Skater Midori
33 ___ polymerase
34 Convention closer?
36 Carol starter
38 With 56-Down, where to find this puzzle’s
12 theme answers
40 Rants and raves
41 Pope Francis’ birthplace
42 Court stripe
44 Mixture
45 “Michael Clayton” director Tony
47 Hybridized
49 Some fridges
50 Quarterback protectors
51 Like some printing
52 Amish relative
54 ___ Light
56 See 38-Down
60 Tour de France season
61 Urges
65 How picnic drinks may be packed
66 Galactic ___ (“Star Wars” setting)
70 Fleur-de-___
71 Part of a nativity scene
73 Real pain in the butt?
77 Driving aid
79 Feature of St. Basil’s Cathedral
82 Olympic racers
83 “Fanny” author Jong
87 A swimmer might rightly be scared to see one
89 New Guinea port from which Amelia Earhart
left on her last flight
91 Army fig. who knows the drill?
94 Fire extinguisher
96 Go to sleep
98 Cry of victory
99 Posting, say
100 Bottom of a contract
102 Gave up
104 Listening, with “in”
105 Counters
107 Locale for finished works that haven’t
yet appeared
108 Big-screen format
109 Dogpatch creator
110 A, e.g.
112 Org. in “Monk”
115 Super ___ (old video game console)
118 Driver’s ID: Abbr.
119 Superfund org.
Last Week’s Answers
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Unfortunately,
many people are self-involved and myopic.
That’s why when you meet a like-minded
curious and observant type, as you will today,
it’s important to make the effort to befriend
that person.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) The person who is
making everyone laugh may be doing so intentionally for the financial benefit. As one Greek
tragedian said, “It is a profitable thing, if one is
wise, to seem foolish.” – Aeschylus
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Important decisions are on the docket. You’re not interested in
the choice that seems like the best one to everyone around. You want the solution that actually is the best because it’s the right fit for you.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) You could do it
alone, but that would be stealing someone’s
chance to help you. Giving you their help will
raise their self-esteem, skill level, and commitment to your relationship.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21) Consider that the
person who is less than friendly toward you
may be under an enormous amount of pressure. Lead the way with your love, compassion
and patience.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) You may
feel torn between your need to keep things
moving and your desire to be nice. Consider
issuing a gracious invitation for someone to
join you on your way to another destination.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) When you
make people laugh, you create such a positive
feeling for all involved that you want to repeat
it over and over. Alas, the laws of comedy dictate that it’s only really funny the first time.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) You have a very
unobtrusive way of getting information. Your
best lead will answer the question that starts
out: Do you know anyone who might have
some ideas about...?
Fill in the squares so that each row, column,
and 3-by-3 box contains the numbers 1 through 9
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) Your cosmic gift
of the day is poise. Your actions will be graceful; your gestures, well received. You could
really take advantage of this by taking a social
risk or going dancing.
“The Rainmaker”
Extended By Popular Demand!
“The Rainmaker,” which stars
David Garver, Stephen Howard,
Tanna Frederick, and Benjamin
Chamberlain, has been extended
through Sept. 29 at the Edgemar
Center for the Arts. See page C3.
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Pharaohs Festival Arrives For Labor Day Weekend
Pharaohs Festival, a nonprofit organization established in
2011, is hosting its annual event on
Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade
today through Sunday.
The promenade between Santa Monica
Boulevard and Arizona will be hosting the festival, which is free of charge and full of cultural
music and food.
Festivities will be held from 4-10 pm today,
and 10 am to 10 pm Saturday and Sunday.
The festival is a cultural event that aims to
educate and entertain visitors by engaging the
senses with food, music, and souvenir items from
All proceeds go to the Saint Peter and Saint
Paul Service Center, which serves the community
through numerous activities such as feeding the
homeless, serving at women’s shelters, and offering
tutoring to students.
The service center caters to kids by hosting
sports activities and group outings, while providing
mental and emotional support.
Festival marketing director Karim Malek said
the event welcomed thousands of visitors a day last
“We hope to attract even more visitors this
year,” Malek said. “The more people are aware of
the Pharaohs Festival, the greater the benefit will
be to the greater Santa Monica community. The
services offered by the Saint Peter and Saint Paul
Service Center ultimately provide responsible role models
for today’s kids and give them the confidence to reach for
their dreams.”
The Pharaohs Festival is a festival for the senses:
• Smell the aroma of BBQ carried miles away by Pacific
Ocean breeze.
• Taste the delicious variety of fresh food.
• Listen to the best live Middle Eastern music.
• See hundreds of Pharonic items in the jewelry and the
bazaar tents.
• Feel the touch of hena on your hand or threading on
your skin.
Pharaoh’s Festival, Inc. is a 501(c) non-profit organization that serves the immediate community of Santa
Monica by empowering today’s youth to help those less
By partnering with the Saint Peter and Saint Paul
Service Center, Pharaoh’s Festival organizes community
activities that not only help those less fortunate in the
community, but also teach today’s youth about the
importance of commitment, teamwork, generosity,
helping others, being selfless, having compassion and
much more.
Community activities include feeding the homeless,
volunteering at women’s and children’s shelters, tutoring
students in elementary school through high school, visiting centers for terminally ill children, visiting patients at
local hospitals, educating youth about the dangers of
drugs and alcohol and promoting abstinence, and many
other activities.
In between event outings, the Center opens its doors
for basketball games to foster camaraderie, build friendships and keep kids healthy, active and out of trouble.
Good Food Fridays Tonight
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The Market at Santa Monica Place presents the
fourth installment of Good Food Fridays today,
Aug. 30 with a special Back To School theme.
This month’s event will start early at 5 pm
(until 9 pm) and offer samples, tastings, and
activities for the whole family, as well as an
opportunity to give back to local Santa Monica/Malibu schools.
This free, interactive community event will
take place the last Friday of every month through
October, and allows guests to mix and mingle with
friends and meet the local purveyors from The
Market and beyond.
Special guests include the Almond Milk LA,
Gindo’s Spice of Life, Green Brooms Music Academy KRAVE Jerky, KIND Bars, ZYL Collections,
Go Green Nopal Foods, and Naam Yoga.
The festivities will include pop-up boutiques
from talented local designers including Ivory
Mason Eyewear, A Lost Art, A Wish, Michaela
Jewelry by Design, Home Baked Beanies and
Jeanie Madsen Gallery and discounts from Buy
Local and Santa Monica Place Shopper Rewards.
Live musical performances will be provided by
the students of the Green Brooms Music Academy
in Santa Monica and Santa Monica Merchant
curated organic food delivery.
Guests will also enjoy 10 percent off all purchases from the purveyors in The Market during
the event and the first 200 people through the door
will receive a free Market tote bag filled with products such as Honest Tea and Pretzel Chips.
The Market is located on the third floor Dining Deck of Santa Monica Place.
Santa Monica Bike Center will offer free bike
valet for two hours and $1 for each additional hour
thereafter (corner of 2nd and Colorado).
For further information on Good Food Fridays
“The Rainmaker” Extended
The Edgemar Center for the Arts in Santa
Monica has extended “The Rainmaker” through
Sept. 29.
Performances will continue to be held Fridays
and Saturdays at 7:30 pm, and Sundays at 5 pm at
2437 Main Street.
Henry Jaglom & The Rainbow Theater Company, in association with Edgemar Center for the
Arts, presents Tanna Frederick and Robert Standley in the play by N. Richard Nash. The cast also
includes Benjamin Chamberlain, David Garver,
Ralph Guzzo, Steve Howard and David Stanbra.
The show is directed by Jack Heller and produced by Alexandra Guarnieri.
“The Rainmaker” focuses largely on the fate of
Lizzie (Frederick), who lives on a family farm with
her brothers and father in the Dust Bowl during
the Depression.
She capably takes care of the men in her house,
but there’s an emptiness in her life.
She has no one of her own, and she dreams of
a husband and children.
A visit to her cousins, actually a failing attempt
to find a prospective mate, has left her more frustrated than ever.
The recurrent reminders that she is considered
“plain” by her family and herself do not relieve her
fears of winding up as the “maiden aunt.”
Tanna Frederick and Robert Standley star in “The
The Curry farm, like all those around them, is
impacted by a withering and persistent drought.
Suddenly, a charismatic stranger named Starbuck
(Standley) appears, claiming that he can make the
clouds come and the rains fall.
“The Rainmaker” is about love, desire, and
magic, and expresses these themes so resonantly
that the play has been translated into forty languages since it premiered on Broadway in 1954.
It was also made into a hugely successful film
in 1956 by director Joseph Anthony and famously
starred Katharine Hepburm as Lizzie and Burt
Lancaster as Starbuck.
Tickets are $34.99. A limited number of tickets
will be available for each performance at $25.
For reservations, call 310.392.7327 or visit
TAG Gallery concludes the eighth annual California
Open Juried Exhibition today, Aug. 30. 2525 Michigan Ave. D3 (Bergamot Station). 310.829.9556,
Patrick Painter Gallery concludes a group exhibition
featuring the works of Bas Jan Ader, Mike Kelley,
Glenn Brown, Christopher Wool, and Richard
Prince this Saturday, Aug. 31. 2525 Michigan Ave. B2
Kline Academy Contemporary Art Show will conclude this Saturday, Aug. 31. The work in this show
is representative of the artists who attend two classes
at Kline Academy: “A Different Abstract Painting
Class” with instructor Scott Yeskel and “Contemporary Painting” with instructor Cheryl Kline. Featured artists include Marianne Roberts, Teresa Ko,
Ron Klotchman, Robert Mitchell, Richard Reiner,
William Perkins, Nancy Milner, Kamran Nikravan,
Ireland Wisdom, Ellen Price, Christopher Ossorio,
and Daniella Schweitzer. Admission free. Schomburg Gallery, 2525 Michigan Ave. (Bergamot Station). 310.927.2436,
this Sunday, Sept. 1. 2525 Michigan Ave. D4 (Bergamot Station). 310.315.9502,
Friday, August 30
Pharaohs Festival, an unforgettable weekend of food,
fun, and culture on Santa Monica’s world-famous
Third Street Promenade, will take place from 4-10
pm. The event will continue this Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 10 pm. Third Street Promenade
between Arizona Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard. Admission free. 424.210.7656,
Saturday, August 31
Learn Martial Arts on the Beach for free today. The
School of Martial Arts is holding a high-energy,
interactive event open to all skill and fitness levels.
Meet on the sand just south of the Santa Monica Pier
and make sure to wear something you can move
around in. Times: 10 am kids 5-15 (self-defense, flying kicks), 11 am T’ai Chi (core strengthening, moving meditation), 12 pm Adult Martial Arts (Practical
Self-Defense for all situations). Call 310.442.0888 or
visit for more information.
Shakespeare on a Tennis Court will be conclude this
Saturday, Aug. 31 at 8 pm. Shakespeare Santa Monica has been delighting audiences of all ages with outdoor performances of Shakespeare’s comedies set in
the Tournament Tennis Courts at Reed Memorial
Park in Santa Monica since 2004. This summer,
Shakespeare Santa Monica returns for its 10th year
anniversary season with performances of “Twelfth
Night” and performances of “The Taming of the
Shrew.” Kids and teens 16 years old or younger are
always free. They will be presented outdoors at Reed
Park – Tournament Tennis Court #1, corner of 7th
and Wilshire Blvd. Shows are for all ages. Food and
drinks are allowed. Suggested donation of $20.
Dick Larson presents a lecture on UFO sightings at 3
pm at the Santa Monica Library, Martin Luther
King Jr. Auditorium, 601 Santa Monica Blvd. Hear
Larson explain who they are, where they are from,
and why they are here. Admission free.
JNA Gallery concludes “The Beauty of Inner Truth”
Rosh Hashanah Children’s Workshop “Bees &
Roga at the Pier concludes with an 8 am run and 9
am yoga on the west end of the Santa Monica Pier.
You can join either class or both, in an inclusive nojudgment environment with some of Santa Monica’s
best instructors. Free. 310.458.8901,
Sunday, September 1
Honey” will be held at 12:15 pm. Children ages 5-12
will be painting ceramic honey dishes and Rosh
Hashanah platters. They will also meet Ruth the Bee
Keeper who will be bringing her live bee hives in and
teaching us all about bees and how they make honey.
Sample freshly made “Los Angeles” honey. At
Chabad House, 1428 17th St. RSVP [email protected] or call 310.341.3837. $10 per child.
gogue will also be showing a Yom Kippur film
and discussion at 1pm in addition to a pre-school
program at 2 pm and a K through 3rd family
service at 3 pm. The holiday will come to a conclusion with 4 pm afternoon services directly followed by 5pm conclusion services. 1448 18th St.
Tuesday, September 3
Peter Fetterman Gallery presents Steve McCurry
book signing from 6-8 pm. In celebration of his new
book, “Steve McCurry, Untold: The Stories behind
the photographs” published by Phaidon Press,
McCurry will join the gallery for a brief discussion
and book signing. 2525 Michigan Ave. A1 (Bergamot
Station). 310.453.6463,
Wednesday, September 4
Chabad will be holding High Holy Days services
Sept. 4 through Sept. 6 (Rosh Hashanah) and Sept. 13
through Sept. 14 (Yom Kippur). A break-fast will
immediately follow services, which ends at 7:38 pm.
1428 17th St. 310.453.3011,
Beth Shir Shalom High Holy Days services will be
held at Barnum Hall at Santa Monica High School,
601 Pico Boulevard. Rosh Hashanah services will be
held on Sept. 4 at 7 pm, followed by a morning Rosh
Hashanah service at 9:30 am on Sept. 5. Rosh
Hashanah children’s afternoon services will be held
at 1:30 pm. Yom Kippur services will begin on Sept.
13 at 7 pm and will continue on Sept. 14 for morning
services at 9:30 am. Yom Kippur services will conclude at 3:30 pm. 1827 California Ave. 310.453.336,
Thursday, September 5
Santa Monica Synagogue will hold Rosh
Hashanah services on Sept. 5 from 10 am to 11
am. On Sept. 13 from 7:30-8 pm Santa Monica
Synagogue will hold Yom Kippur services.
Evening services will be followed by morning
services on Sept. 14 from 10-11 am. The syna-
Friday August 30
11th Floor Band, Common Trouble @ Rusty’s Surf
Dessy DiLauro & D.on Darox @ Harvelle’s
The Goods with DJ Anthony Valadez and Host KG
Superstar @ Zanzibar
Surf Rock Friday Night The Futures League Adam
West the Bat TahitiShuttleExperiment @ Trip
Pico Joke Show @ Bar Pico
The Shams @ O’Brien’s Pub
Saturday, August 31
Andy Frasco & Soul Scratch @ Harvelle’s
Zen Robbi @ Rusty’s Surf Ranch
Space Hurricane, The Wes Coast, Boy King @ Trip
Vayden @ O’Brien’s Pub
Funk Night with The OverEasy @ Bar Pico
Sunday, September 1
The Toledo Show @ Harvelle’s
Breaking Bad @ Bar Pico
HollowBodyLA Presents @ Trip
Monday, September 2
Swamp Monster Events Presents @ Trip
Tuesday, September 3
“Service Your Soul” hosted by Hunter and the Dirty
Jacks @ Harvelle’s
ZJ Boarding House Night Sesh
Friday, Aug. 30 at 8 pm
California Heritage Museum
2612 Main Street
2nd Annual Broad Fest
Sunday Sept. 1 from 11 am to 3 pm
The Broad Stage
1310 11th Street
Get ready for another installment of Night Sesh
tonight. This time ZJ Boarding House is screening a
one of a kind movie, “The Living Curl,” narrated in
person by the creator of the film, Jamie Budge. This
film is all about surfers in the early 60s when the film
“Gidget” first brought the world’s eyes to the California
scene. Featuring such legends as Miki Dora, Johnny
Fain, and Lance Carson; Jamie calls his film an ode to
the “abilities, agilities and finesse” of the early California surfer. Shot in 8mm by Jamie as a young pup, one
can see a world that is much different from the California beaches today. Attendees are encouraged to bring a
blanket or chair and enjoy free popcorn. For more information, visit
The 2nd Annual Broad Fest returns to The
Broad Stage this Sunday. Take advantage
of the last days of summer – walk or ride
your bike to The Broad Stage for a fun day
of performance and art for the whole family. The day features free performances and
interactive art activities for kids of all ages.
In addition to free concerts on the plaza featuring Masanga Marimba, Klezmer Juice, TJ Mayeshiro, The Edye will be transformed into a jazz
lounge with artists presented by Santa Monica College, Jazz Bakery, and The Blue Whale. Theatre tours
will be hosted throughout the day, and food and drinks will be available to purchase from Homegirl
Café and Beachy Cream. Complimentary valet parking is available for all guests who arrive on bikes.
For more information, visit
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Vignatis, Open Mic @ Bar Pico
Kristi McU’Laff Comedy, Feed Me Jack, Lido
Beach, Jori and the PUSH @ Trip
Wednesday, September 4
House of Vibe All-Stars @ Harvelle’s
Luminous Movement presents a Rainbow Peace
Concert and Dance Party wtih Fantuzzi and special
guests niceFingers @ Zanzibar
The Dollface Dames’ TRiP Tease Burlesque Show,
Nostatic Trio + @ Trip
Thursday, September 5
Pier Deck Stage: Mr. Little Jeans, Rusty’s Stage: Rage
Area @ Rusty’s Surf Ranch
Afro Funké Sound System with special live guests @
Whispers Night @ Bar Pico
Spin Cycle Jamband Series: Atticus, Saturn Returns,
Dusty Green Bones Band @ Trip
Jack’s Cafe (formerly the 17th Street Cafe) on Montana
Avenue is currently exhibiting the art works of Jane Silver through Sept. 26. The works reflects both her growing up on a farm (barnyard animals) and her experience
after suffering a severe stroke on Valentine’s Day 2012.
1610 Montana Ave.
Talisman Fine Art Gallery presents “Spirit Hawk Eye:
A Tribute to American Native Culture” weekdays
through Sept. 19. 2525 Michigan Ave. A6 (Bergamot
Peter Fetterman Gallery presents Sebastiao Salgado’s
“Genesis” through Oct. 19. 2525 Michigan Ave. A1
(Bergamot Station). 310.453.6463,
The Santa Monica History Museum presents Santa
Monica: A Journey Into An Extraordinary Past Permanent Exhibit Gallery. Admission is $5 general, $3 seniors
and students, free for children under 12. 310.395.2290,
The William Turner Gallery presents Greg Miller
“Love at First Site” through Sept. 6. 2525 Michigan Ave.
E1 (Bergamot Station). 818.281.3629,
The Christopher Grimes Gallery presents the work of
Joshua Podoll and Carlos Bunga through Sept. 7. 916
Colorado Avenue. 310.587.3373,
Santa Monica Museum of Art presents Joyce Pensato’s
“I Killed Kenny” through Sept. 28, Marco Rios’
“Anatomy of an Absent Artist” through Aug. 24, and
“dosa at SMMoA: Exploring Joshua Tree” through
Aug. 24. 2525 Michigan Ave. G1 (Bergamot Station).
TAG Gallery presents Pam Douglas’ show “The Life of
Air” Sept. 3 through Sept. 28. 2525 Michigan Ave. D3
(Bergamot Station). 310.829.9556,
The Santa Monica Playhouse presents “Adults, Keep
Out - A Merry Musical for Adults Only (and some
kids)” through Sept. 9. Saturdays at 7 pm, and Sundays at 3 pm. General admission is $25, $22.50 for students, senior, teachers, members of the military;
$17.50 groups of 8 or more; $15 for ages 15 and under.
1211 4th St. 310.394.9779 ext.1,
The Santa Monica Playhouse presents a production
all rolled into one including “Hansel & Gretel,” “The
Little Mermaid,” and “Kamikakushi” Saturdays and
Sundays through Sept. 29. Saturdays at 3 pm and
Sundays at 12:30 pm. 1211 4th Street. Admission is
$12.50 general and $10.50 kids 12 and under.
310.394.9779 ext.2,
Areal restaurant presents Stand-Up Comedy Thursdays at 9 pm. Headlining comedians come to the
heart of Main Street. New line-ups each week featuring CISCO (Just for Laughs & SiriusXM), Eleanor
Kerrigan (Comedy Store & Dice: Undisputed), Nick
Cobb (March Comedy Madness Champion), Dan
Ahdoot (Tonight Show, Workaholics), Laura Hayden (Stand-Up In Stilettos) and Theo Von (Comedy
Central, Primetime in No Time). Happy Hour
prices all night. Admission is free. 2820 Main Street.
Edgemar Center for the Arts presents “The Rainmaker” through Sept. 29. Admission is $34.99. 2437
Main Street. 310. 392.7327,
YWCA presents “Creative Spirit Unleashed: The
Artist’s Way fused with Compassionate Creative
Mentorship” recurring weekly on Tuesdays from
Sept. 3 through Nov. 26 from 7:15-9:15 pm. Creative
Spirit Unleashed is a gentle, practical, and playful
approach to re-awakening your creativity through
the writings and exercises of Julia Cameron’s The
Artist’s Way. This course includes homeplay such as
reading, writing, and creative exercises that help you
to take ownership of your own creative process. 2019
Fourteenth Street. 310.452.3881,
night for a live music set at 6:30 pm at the Sonoma
Wine Garden, 395 Santa Monica Place, third floor
Dining Deck. 424.214.4560,
Tale Spin: A Monthly Gathering of People Telling
True Stories is held monthly on the last Thursday
from 7:30-9:30 pm. Vidiots Annex, 302 Pico Blvd.
Admission $10. Seating limited to 35 people. Bring a
bottle of wine or preferred beverage and an appetizer
of any kind. 310.392.8508,
Painter’s Breakfast at Paint:Lab is held weekly on
Sundays from 10 am to 1 pm. Start your Sunday
morning off on the creative side of the bed, filled with
painting, coffee, tea and a light breakfast fare. 2912
Main Street, Santa Monica. Admission $25 plus the
cost of canvas. 310.450.9200,
The American Cinematheque, a non-profit, viewersupported cultural organization, hosts weekly screenings of art, independent, and classic films. Also sneak
peaks of upcoming movies with celebrity guest
appearances and discussions with film-makers.
Admission $10 or $7 for members. 1328 Montana
Avenue. 323.466.3456,
Santa Monica Flying Museum Flight Simulator at
the Santa Monica Museum of Flying, recurring every
week day from 10 am to 5 pm through Dec. 9. Experience the latest addition to the Santa Monica
Museum of Flying – the MaxFlight high definition,
3D virtual reality flight simulator FS3000. The simulator features a 360 degree full range of motion and
carries two passengers. The air-to-air combat feature
and the carrier landings seem like the real thing. The
true to life depth and clarity of the HD-3D projection
SaMo Wine Party will be held weekly on Fridays
Aug. 30 through Sept. 27 from 8-11 pm. The event
will take place at Monsoon Cafe, 1212 3rd Street
Promenade. Try unlimited pours of wines like Justin
Vineyards Cabernet, Turley Wine Cellars Zinfandel,
and other carefully chosen wines. Enjoy discounted
pricing on custom sushi rolls prepared on site, and put
on your dancing shoes because there will be a
DJ. Admission $52 ($25 for a limited time
with promo code “YES.” 310.869.5788,
Marion Davies Guest House and Docent Tours are
held weekly on Sunday, Monday, Thursday, Friday,
and Saturday. Learn about the rich history of the
Beach House from a Santa Monica Conservancy
docent. Tours are free, last approximately 30 minutes,
and no reservations are required. Call the day before
you plan to visit to confirm. 415 Pacific Coast Highway. Admission is free. 310.458.4904,
Food Truck Bazaar at California Heritage Museum
is held weekly on Tuesday from 5:30 to 9:30 pm.
Gourmet Food Trucks, sit-down eating accommodations and facilities. Free parking in the Museum
parking lot. Metered parking in the adjacent lots.
Free bicycle valet. Proceeds benefit the Museum. California Heritage Museum, 2612 Main St.
Join Brett Young and special guests every Tuesday
September 6 - JOHN HIATT &
September 7 - AN EVENING WITH
September 20 - KENNY LOGGINS
September 27 - FRANKIE VALLI &
October 3 - FOREIGNER
October 11 - ERIC BURDON
October 19 - LEON RUSSELL
October 26 - JONNY LANG
November 8 - GINO VANNELLI
November 9 - BUDDY GUY
November 14 & 15 - RADIOLAB
Original New York Cast Star In “Rapture, Blister, Burn”
With Beverly Cohn
Shortly after graduating from Stanford,
Evan went into the full-time ministry of
healing others through prayer. He has
written dozens of published articles
and lectured on the subject of prayerbased healing for over 17 years.
Mehlenbacher is a member of the Christian Science
Board of Lectureship.
This Webinar is sponsored by:
First Church of Christ, Scientist, Santa Monica,
505 Arizona Avenue, Santa Monica CA 90401
For info call 310.395.1411
Isn’t It Time
For Your
To Grow?
Call today.
310.310.2637, ext. 134
Before I get down to brass tacks in reviewing
Gina Gionfriddo’s “Rapture, Blister, Burn,” on
stage at the Geffen Playhouse via New York’s Playwrights Horizons where it premiered, in an effort
to put a context around her play, I feel compelled to
do a brief history of the feminist movement, highlighting some of the key figures during that historic
During the heyday of the “Second Wave”
women’s movement in the 60s, those of us of a certain intellectual and higher consciousness persuasion joined ranks with Gloria Steinem and Betty
Friedan whose book “Feminine Mystique” became
a liberating salvo to those women who thought
there was more to life than just raising children and
baking apple pies, giving them “permission” to
break free from those shackles.
Friedan formed the politically active National
Organization for Women (NOW) whose charter
was to bring women into mainstream society and to
give them equal partnership with men. It should be
noted that she was opposed to bra-burning radical
groups that attacked men and women who chose to
be homemakers.
Gloria Steinem launched the pioneering, feminist Ms magazine, which tackled such subjects as
domestic violence and other pertinent issues of the
day as well as participating in the creation of New
York magazine for which she wrote a political column.
Then there was the infamous Phyllis Schlafly,
author of “The Flipside of Feminism,” who
opposed modern feminism and whose mantra was
to fundamentally scorn equal opportunity saying
basically you would rot in hell if you abandoned
your basic role in life, which was to be an untiring
mother and devoted wife who would work with
her husband to reach his goals and not in helping
other women reach their goals.
Forming the STOP ERA campaign, Schlafly
worked tirelessly to torpedo the passage of the
Equal Rights Amendment warning legislators that
enactment would force courts to approve same-sex
marriage and deny Social Security benefits for
housewives and widows.
She denigrated Roe v. Wade referring to it as
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“the worst decision in the
history of the U.S. Supreme
Court…responsible for the
killing of millions of
unborn babies.”
The irony or hypocrisy
of Schlafly’s advocacy for
domestic bliss through subversion of woman’s possible
desire to transcend the limitations of the nest, was that
she was far from a domestic
homebody having attended
Harvard University, Radcliffe College, and Washington University and was
an American constitutional
lawyer who unsuccessfully
ran for a number of politi- Beth Dixon as Alice and Amy Brenneman as Catherine in Gina Gioncal offices and who basically friddo’s “Rapture, Blister, Burn” on stage at the Geffen Playhouse.
was able to have it all – famPHOTO BY MICHAEL LAMONT
ily and career. Oh yes. She
supported the microscopic
too, is dissatisfied living with Catherine who is
brained, intellectually challenged Michelle Bach- encouraging him to write a book and definitely, in
man and what more can you say about Schlafly’s the name of supporting and inspiring her man, tries
judgment? Now we get to Gionfriddo play with a pushing him out of his pot-smoking, porno
point of view that ultimately plugs into Schlafly’s addicted comfort zone.
opinion that you can only achieve happiness
Catherine realizes she has pushed him too far
through domestic bliss.
and says she’ll back off and he can do whatever he
We meet an incredibly successful, unmarried pleases with his life, but alas, to no avail, as he wants
woman named Catherine (Amy Brenneman) to be reunited with his domestic wife.
who is an academic genius, has written books,
Avery, in her infinite young wisdom, advises
taught, and has even been on Bill Maher’s televi- Catherine that she should play with Don and then
sion program. She’s got it all. But does she? She return him to Gwen because Don is mediocre and
has come home to look after her mother, Alice not nearly at her level. Catherine pleads that she
(Beth Dixon), who has just suffered a heart attack would be happy with mediocrity thus flying in the
and is faced with the reality that when her mother face of all her accomplishments, which doesn’t
dies, no one will care about her.
seem to hold much sway for her.
She visits with her old roommate Gwen (KelOne of the characters at the end says that
lie Overbey) who is now married to Catherine’s maybe Phyllis Schlafly was right at which point I
old college boyfriend Don (Lee Tergesen), a low dropped my pen.
achiever who is dean of a bottom rung college and
Understanding that the playwright perhaps
spends his days getting stoned and watching wants to illuminate the on-going struggle
porno. They have two children and this couple women might still be facing today, it was unfordoesn’t exactly exude satisfaction with their lives. tunate that she ends her play with such a retroRounding out the cast is the babysitter Avery graded statement – especially for any young
(Virginia Kull) who Gwen has fired because she women who might actually be faced with these
showed up to babysit with a black eye.
Act 1 is pretty much devoted to the women’s
The material is serviced extremely well as
movement exposition which did get a bit tiresome directed by Peter DuBois who keeps the action
but the real fireworks starts in Act 11, much of moving at a good pace and achieved excellent
which takes place in Catherine mother’s living performances by this very talented ensemble.
room where she is teaching a class suggested by
The production is enhanced with excellent
Don which is basically an exploration of, among technical support including a wonderful multi-set
other topics, the balancer of power between males design by Alexander Dodge, lighting by Jeff
and females. The young Avery is the uninitiated Croiter and Jake DeGroot, sound design by M. L.
voice that can walk both sides of the women’s Dogg, and costume design by Mimi O’Donnell.
rights issue as Catherine and Gwen each reveal
Perhaps the conflict over career versus famtheir dissatisfaction with their lives. Catherine ily still rears its confused head from time to time,
feels she has missed out on having a husband and but surely in 2013 young women should be
children while Gwen feels she missed out on a assured that like the hypocritical right-wing
career so we have the proverbial grass is greener conservative Schlafly, you can have it all.
and as it turns out for Don and Gwen, once you
The Geffen Playhouse
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to be with him again. It seems all’s well that ends Tuesday–Friday: 8 pm
Saturday: 3 pm & 8 pm
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younger son, thus satisfying her need for
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