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New Development Proposed for Culver City Expo Station Parking Lot

Posted by Scupine on July 30, 2015 at 6:30am 0 Comments

Currently, there is a nice big parking lot next to the Culver City Expo Station -- a parking lot that by 8:30 am every weekday is full of the cars of happy commuters. And it remains full each day as people use it park-and-ride to the Staples Center, the Galen Center and other hot downtown locations.

But there's a new proposal on the table from Lowe Enterprises to turn that handy parking lot into "500,000 square feet of high-quality, state-of-the-art office, with apartments, a hotel, stores and restaurants within a landmark, destination-oriented environment." Oh.

The proposal includes underground parking with about half of the current parking spaces. Oh.

This proposal stems from the events of January of 2012, when the Culver City Council…


Actors' Gang Performs "Harry Potter Hamlet" in Media Park in Culver City All August

Posted by Scupine on July 29, 2015 at 6:00am 0 Comments

It has become a very welcome tradition: each Saturday and Sunday in August, the Actors' Gang theater troupe performs a family-friendly adaptation of Shakespeare play in Media Park in Culver City. Last year, it was My Little Pony version of A Midsummer Night's Dream. In 2013, they put on a superhero version of Twelfth Night. In 2012, we got a Star Wars version of The Tempest, with Obi Wan Kenobi as Prospero, Princess Leia as Miranda, C3P0 as Ariel, and Jabba the Hutt as Caliban. 

This year, it seems that they're performing a Harry Potter-ized Hamlet. Here's how they describe it, neatly meshing the themes of the two works: "When the Denmark Court meets the…


Backpacks for Kids Program Will Collect Food This Weekend at Pavilions Culver City

Posted by Geoff Maleman on July 22, 2015 at 12:15pm 0 Comments

The Program Serves More Than 80 Culver City Students

 and Their Families Every Week!


Did you know that more than 39% of CCUSD students receive free or reduced price lunches at their schools every day? For many students, this vital resource includes free breakfast. In some circumstances, healthy, reliable meals on the weekends are not a guarantee.


Since 2013, the CCUSD Backpacks for Kids program has been serving students at all CCUSD school sites, serving more than 10,000 meals to students throughout the year.


The program will be collecting food at Pavilions Culver City (11030 Jefferson Boulevard) from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 25 and Sunday, July 26. To volunteer to help, please contact Leslie Gardner at lgardner63@gmail.comn or (310) 963-5218.


The group will be collecting the following items,…


Cerveteca in Culver City Makes LA Eater's List of LA's 10 Hottest Cheap Eats Restaurants

Posted by Scupine on July 16, 2015 at 6:00am 0 Comments

According to LA Eater, Culver City's Cerveteca is one of the 10 best place in the whole city to get inexpensive food. Here's what LA Eater had to say about the restaurant:

This low-key tortas and taco spot is open late every night, which is a relief for Culver City residents who need a cheap bite after hours. The tortas aren't going to be better than something you can get at a top notch East LA spot, but the bread is fresh and the ingredients are high-quality. Oh, and everything's under $10.

You can read the whole article…


Rock Musical Based on Matthew Sweet's "Girlfriend" Opens at the Kirk Douglas in Culver City

Posted by Scupine on July 14, 2015 at 5:30am 0 Comments

Ok, this one is kind of crazy in a great way. If you're of a certain age (mine), you may well have fallen in love with a largely unheralded 1991 album by Matthew Sweet. The album is full of classic pop melodies (AllMusic cites "the Beatles, Big Star, Byrds, R.E.M., and Neil Young," and, uh, yeah) as well as soaring guitar leads from Sweet himself as well as guitar gods Robert Quine and Richard Lloyd. Here's a couple of YouTube links that will give you a flavor of what I'm talking about here: GIRLFRIEND and I'VE BEEN WAITING.

Now in an unlikely but very welcome twist, this great 24-year-old album has been transformed into a Rock…


Culver City Athlete Will Compete in the Special Olympics World Games this July

Posted by Scupine on July 13, 2015 at 6:00am 0 Comments

Caelyn Griffith, 20, from Culver City, will compete at the Special Olympics World Games on July 25 to August 2 in Los Angeles as the sole Westside representative in the Artistic Gymnastics category.

This event draws 7,000 athletes from more than 177 countries, and Griffith is one of 37 California athletes who will compete in the World Games.

"I'm excited to participate in the World Games because it's a challenge to compete and the opportunity of a lifetime," says Griffith, who started in gymnastics more than 10 years ago as a way to improve her balance. Over the years, her balance has improved along with her self-esteem.

While floor routine is her favorite event, Griffith will be participating in the full gymnastics event rotation at the John Wooden Center at UCLA on July 30th…


Hatchet Hall Restaurant in West Culver City Now Open

Posted by Scupine on July 9, 2015 at 6:30am 0 Comments

According to both Eater LA and Los Angeles magazine, Hatchet Hall -- in the former Waterloo & City location in West Culver City -- is now open. 

There is no menu on-line yet, but according to Eater LA, patrons can expect, "[Chef Brian] Dunsmoor’s personal brand of cooking, which marries Southern tones with fresh local ingredients, and always packs a lot of flavor."

Los Angeles provides some details:

...the half duck...starts with a sweet tea brine and spends time in an old-school Texas smoker, and comes with barbecue pickles and rolls. “It’s somewhere between Peking duck service and a Southern-style barbecue,” the chef says. Only 12 of those are served a night.

The grill isn’t only reserved for meats.…


Westfield Culver City Offers Free Outdoor Movies Every Friday Through August 7th

Posted by Scupine on July 8, 2015 at 6:30am 0 Comments

Westfield Culver City's Summertime Cinema series begins this Friday, July 10th, with a screening of The Lego Movie. The movie screenings continues every Friday until August 7th. The movies are free to the public and viewers will enjoy various special goodies at the event. Seating opens at 6 p.m., and the movies begin at 8 p.m.

The schedule:

July 10th: Lego Movie (Mega Block Competition with a chance to win a $50 gift card)

July 17th: Cinderella (Cinderella scheduled to appear)

July 24th: Big Hero 6 (Take your pic with a life-size cutout of Baymax & Hiro and post on Instagram to enter to win a $50 gift card)

July 31st: Jurassic Park (Will have a puppy petting zoo with puppies in dinosaur…


Expo Line Extension from Culver City to Santa Monica On Target for Spring 2016 Opening

Posted by Scupine on June 29, 2015 at 6:00am 0 Comments

The 6.6-mile, $1.5 billion extension of the Expo Line from Culver City to Santa Monica reached another milestone on Monday, when for the first time a train ran to the Palms station under its own power.

Said to the Santa Monica Lookout, "This month, the authority began some preliminary testing of trains as far west as Centinela Boulevard -- between Military Avenue and Centinela -- but the tests so far have involved trains being pulled by other trains and not running on their own power as [was] the case at Monday's test."

The line is expected to be operational by Spring of 2016.

There will be seven stations between Culver City and Santa Monica: Palms, Westwood/Rancho Park, Exposition/Sepulveda, Exposition/Bundy, 26th Street/Bergamot, 17th Street/Santa Monica College…


Culver City Fireworks 2015: At West Los Angeles College This July 4

Posted by Scupine on July 3, 2015 at 6:30pm 0 Comments

The Culver City Exchange Club’s 2015 fireworks show is being held at West Los Angeles College (at 9000 Overland Avenue) this July 4. 

According to the website: "This year's show will be even longer, with fireworks firing from multiple locations." And great news: "The Firefall is back!" Personally I'm not sure what the Firefall is, but I do know i need to see it.

Gates open at 4:00 pm and fireworks begin at dusk.

Suggested donation: Walk-ins - $5 per person and $1 for children under age 6. Drive-Ins -- $5 per person in the vehicle to a maximum $20. Parking is limited so carpooling is encouraged. Show admission is included in the parking fee.

This suggested donation helps the Exchange Club fund local charities, support child abuse preventions efforts, financially support the Culver…



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