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Linwood E. Howe Elementary Benefits from Sony Global Volunteer Day

Posted by Geoff Maleman on April 26, 2016 at 12:09pm 0 Comments

On April 15, more than 100 Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) volunteers participated in Sony Global Volunteer Day, an annual event in which Sony employees around the world give back to their communities.  This year the volunteers took their shovels, paint brushes, and elbow grease to Linwood E. Howe Elementary School in Culver City to complete several projects, including: painting seven new murals, improving the school’s butterfly garden and constructing new benches and picnic tables.


“We are so pleased to be able to participate in this meaningful service day and spend our volunteer hours in our own backyard,” said Lani Monos, SPE’s Employee Volunteer Program Coordinator. “By working together and in collaboration with our partners, City Year Los Angeles and TreePeople, we were…


This Saturday is a Big Night for Gallery Openings in Culver City

Posted by Scupine on April 22, 2016 at 6:30am 0 Comments

The Los Angeles Times recently highlighted two Culver City galleries openings this Saturday, April 23: those at Kapeikin Gallery & Luis De Jesus Los Angeles.

Here's what Times writer Carolina A. Miranda said about Amy Park's “Ed Ruscha’s Every Building on the Sunset Strip,” at Kopeikin Gallery:

Park takes Ruscha’s iconic 1966 photo book, which documented every building on West Hollywood’s Sunset Strip, and re-creates it as a series of watercolor paintings — a 97-foot immersive environment that wraps the gallery and therefore the viewer. It’s a new way of seeing a familiar…


Swim meets open to all adults

Posted by Elizabeth Artley on April 21, 2016 at 12:45pm 0 Comments

Many remember scoring that goal or winning a race fondly from childhood. But growing up doesn’t have to mean the end of team sports! Two swimmers, Rossella Pescatori and Chris Wall, have kept competing as adults, which helps them both remember how they fell in love with the water in the first place.


Pescatori, 45, was heartbreakingly close to competing in the Olympics for her native Italy. She placed third in the 200-meter breaststroke in the trials both in 1988 and in 1992-just missing the team by one spot! Now, the mother and part-time swim coach approaches competitions differently.

 “The atmosphere at the local meets is…


Citizine Profiles Culver City's Arts District

Posted by Scupine on November 30, 1999 at 12:00pm 0 Comments

Citizine just published a really nice guide to the Culver City Arts District written by Bill Burman. The guide highlights district highlight such as Cognoscenti Coffee, Father's Office & Lukshon, Pinches (!), and cool furniture store Room & Board.

Here's what Burman has to say about the Mandrake Bar, for example. If you've accidentally stumbled in there during an art walk (and really, with so little signage, that's probably the only way you did find yourself in there) you know it's all true:

Tucked away on the east side of La Cienega is the nondescript, blink-and-you’ll-miss-it Mandrake,…


A New Film about Gloria Berlin and Michael Jackson By Pete Allman

Posted by Pete Allman on April 12, 2016 at 9:31pm 1 Comment

 Gloria Berlin, the former starlet who was a mainstay with Frank Sinatra and close friends with Michael Jackson is having a film produced on her life. Berlin, an actress during her era, caught Frank Sinatra's eye when she wrote for the Times in Hollywood. Sinatra had lost Ava Gardner and he fell in love with Berlin. After two and a half years, Gloria lost Sinatra to another lady and as a result ended up meeting Elvis Presley at a party near the Beverly Hills Hotel. Years later she  became a real estate  broker, where she catered to celebrities.Down the street where she lived, her son would play basketball with the Jacksons and Gloria would look for him, finding him at the Jackson home.It was an instant friendship. At that time Michael was making a million dollars a minute. While he was on tour, the animal control  received complaints about his exotic animals. Needless to say, it was time for  Michael to move. He confided in Gloria Berlin to find him what would be referred to as…


UPDATE: New Herakut Mural on Culver City High School Campus Promotes Gallery Show in Downtown LA

Posted by Scupine on March 16, 2016 at 6:30am 0 Comments

The internationally renowned German muralists and street artists known as Herakut are currently working on a (pretty magnificent) new mural on the grounds of Culver City High School.

UPDATE: An associate of Herakut contacted me to let me know, "The German graffiti artist duo is in town to not only promote the high school’s art program but also to debut their new art collection titled “Masters Of Wrong,” on Saturday, March 26 from 7:00-11:00 p.m. (on display through April 20) at COREY HELFORD GALLERY’s new 12,000 sq. ft. space on in downtown Los Angeles (571 South Anderson St.)

He also added:

“Masters Of Wrong” will feature more than 20 paintings, plus installations that will include works created onsite and available for sale…


WestsideToday Shines Light on Culver City's Corner Door

Posted by Scupine on March 23, 2016 at 6:30am 0 Comments

In a recent profile in Westside Today, writer Mariella Rudi makes an argument for the Culver City's Corner Door as the "go-to neighborhood bar and restaurant" in the area.

According to the article, last year the Corner Door "got a major boost in the kitchen by way of Brendan Collins of Birch in Hollywood. As executive chef, Collins revamped the menu..." The article continues:

Highlights on the dinner menu include the French fries carbonade, with beer braised beef, farm house cheese and a roasted garlic aioli; spicy fried chicken with cucumber and cilantro yogurt; chicken liver and foie gras mousse; lobster and shrimp…


The Savage Satire of "Women Laughing Alone With Salad" at the Kirk Douglas Theater in Culver City

Posted by Scupine on March 17, 2016 at 6:00am 0 Comments

If you Google "Women Laughing Alone With Salad" you'll see that as far back as 2011, careful observers of commercial advertising have noted the prevalence of photographs of pretty young women, holding salad and smiling as if they had never had so much fun—an image that conflates salad with a near-hysterical level of self-realization and self-control.

Or as one commenter on The describes what the images seem to communicate: "Making healthy choices. Taking care of me. Feeling good. Living good. Healthy and clean. I like that. For me. Because I matter. Loving myself because someone has to, right? Who? Oh right, me. Loving me for living good and eating good. Loving myself. Must. Or at least should. Possibly could if I eat salad. But only salad."

Such images are really…


Culver City Cellist Wins Music Competition

Posted by Scupine on March 9, 2016 at 6:30am 1 Comment

Cellist William Ellzey of Culver City earned top honors at the fourth annual Music Guild Competition, where six high school seniors competed for Westmont music scholarships on March 5. Ellzey won the Guild Scholarship, receiving up to $10,000 in annual music scholarship funds (up to $40,000 over four years) to study at Westmont College, an interdenominational Christian liberal arts college in Montecito near Santa Barbara.

Significant music scholarships were given to the other contestants: flutist Marissa Condie of Santa Barbara, cellist Marlena Gonzalez of Los Angeles, soprano Nyajima Tut of Minneapolis, pianist Christina Yang of Diamond Bar and oboist Bethany Yew of San Marino.

Ellzey, who…


Cold, Dark, Rainy...Even Olympians Struggle to Exercise

Posted by Elizabeth Artley on February 25, 2016 at 6:00pm 0 Comments

Two swimmers, Bob Beresh and David Walters, are opposites when it comes to skill-level. Beresh, a beginner, started attending organized, coached workouts about two months ago. Walters, a national standout, competed on the U.S. 4x200 freestyle relay with Michael Phelps in the 2008 Olympics.


But they both share a struggle that anyone trying to exercise can relate to: getting moving during the winter months. In particular, jumping in the water in weather that makes most people want to grab a sweatshirt or umbrella.


“Just show up. That’s my advice,” Walters said. He also holds the American Record in the 100-meter freestyle. “The relief of accomplishing it motivates you to make it to the next workout.”


After his last competition in 2012, Walters…


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