Scupine's Blog – July 2012 Archive (28)

Confirmed: Culver City's Parcel B & Market Hall Projects in Limbo at Least Until the Fall

Development of the Culver City properties that were formerly owned by the city's Redevelopment Agency -- including Parcel B downtown (9300 Culver Blvd, above) and the Market Hall property at Washington and Centinela -- is on hold into the indeterminate future.

When all California redevelopment agencies were dissolved this February, the Culver City Council…


Added by Scupine on July 31, 2012 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

Additional Funding Will Ensure Culver City's Kirk Douglas Theatre Thrives

The Kirk Douglas Foundation has pledged additional funding to the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City. The foundation announced this week that a total of $50 million would be split among four organizations, including St. Lawrence University (Douglas' alma mater), the Sinai Temple in Westwood, Harry's Haven Alzheimer's unit at the Motion Picture & Television Fund in…


Added by Scupine on July 30, 2012 at 6:57pm — No Comments

Best Restaurants in Culver City? Chowhound Answers

Last thursday, Chowhound members nominated some of their favorite restaurants in Culver City. Dommy started the discussion in fine form with the following suggestions: 

* Jasmine Market: I love their SUPER cheap Veggie Special with fresh Naan

* Yamayada: Great ramen, I am addicted…


Added by Scupine on July 27, 2012 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

Cafe Vida Is Coming to Downtown Culver City

LA Eater is reporting that Café Vida -- a Pacific Palisades eatery that offers low fat, healthy California and Latin dishes -- is coming to downtown Culver City. According to the website, the restaurant will move in to the west of Saint Amour by…


Added by Scupine on July 26, 2012 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

It's Coming Down! The End of the Culver Plaza Theatre Building

The Culver Plaza Theatre Building at Washington and Duquesne in downtown Culver City appears to be coming down.

Here's what it looked like earlier in the year, wrapped in Ed Massey's mural.

Here's how it looked after they stripped out Ed Massey's "Syncopation" this spring.…


Added by Scupine on July 25, 2012 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Brenda Lee Eager Headlines Culver City Music Festival

Soul singer and songwriter Brenda Lee Eager will perform this Thursday night, July 26, at 7:00 pm, as part of the Culver City Music Festival. As a solo singer, she had two minor R&B chart hits, "Good Old Fashioned Lovin'" and "Watch My Body Talk." She worked as a backup singer for such…


Added by Scupine on July 24, 2012 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Carmageddon II: Coming to Culver City This September

Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky announced on Thursday that the 405 Freeway will be closed for 53 hours beginning Friday, September 28, at 7 pm and ending on Monday, October 1, at 5 am. Like last July, this year's Carmageddon will close the 405 for 10 miles from the 10 to the 101, as workers demolish the north side of the Mulholland Bridge to widen the freeway and add a carpool lane.

Last year, of course, all…


Added by Scupine on July 23, 2012 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Los Angeles Times Calls Culver City's Revival "At Risk of Stalling"

Parcel B: in doubt?

Roger Vincent's profile of Culver City in today's Los Angeles Times paints a portrait of a town at a crossroads. Extensively quoting new Culver City councilman Jim Clarke and real…


Added by Scupine on July 22, 2012 at 3:30pm — 3 Comments

Where Am I in Culver City? Game 033

Every other friday, I'll post a picture of something in Culver City that is 'hiding in plain sight.'

This time, the question is: Do you know where in Culver CIty this structure is? If you know, enter your response in the comments box of this post! I'll reveal the answer in two Fridays, when I post a new game.

Last time, I posted these snowflakes:…


Added by Scupine on July 20, 2012 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

"The Crash of Ruin Fitfully Resounds" Opens at Luis De Jesus Gallery in Culver City

Starting this Saturday night, July 21, Luis De Jesus Gallery will present "The Crash of Ruin Fitfully Resounds," a group exhibition of painting and photography organized by Luis De Jesus and independent curator Carole Ann Klonarides. The show includes work by Nena Amsler, Jennifer Boysen, Kaucyila Brooke, Tony de los Reyes, Mara De Luca, Ken Gonzales-Day, Christian…


Added by Scupine on July 19, 2012 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Django Lives! Stephane Wrembel Brings Gypsy Jazz to the Culver City Summer Music Fest

French-born guitarist Stephane Wrembel will performs his beautiful, complex, and fiery gypsy jazz this Thursday night, July 19, at 7:00 pm, as part of Culver City Music Fest. This one, I'm looking forward to! If Wrembel looks familiar in this clips, it may be because he performed his original theme to the Woody Allen film "Midnight…


Added by Scupine on July 18, 2012 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Culver City Public Theatre Performs in Carlson Park Every Saturday and Sunday in July

Each Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 for the rest of the month of July, the Culver City Public Theater is performing "A Servant to 2 Masters," a new adaptation of a play by Carlo Goldoni. Then during the first three weekends in August at 2:00 the troupe will perform an adaption of "The Matchmaker" by Thornton Wilder.

Each 2:00 performance is preceded by a performance of the Children's Popcorn Theatre at 12:00 performing an adaptation of The Odyssey. The show pulls in a…


Added by Scupine on July 17, 2012 at 5:17pm — No Comments

Culver City Council Votes to Place 1/2-cent Sales Tax Increase Measure on November Ballot

Culver City Times member Kevin Lachoff reports that last night the Culver City Council voted to place a measure on the November ballot that would impose a 1/2-cent city sales tax increase, with a 10 year "sunset."

In his comment, Kevin argues:

This measure will be a crucial…


Added by Scupine on July 17, 2012 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

Final Culver City Council Community Dialogue Series on City Finances Tonight

The City Council invites all Culver Citizens to participate a "Dialogue Meetings" to garner community input on the current state and future plans for the city’s finances. The meeting will be held this Monday, July 16, at 7:00 at the City Council Chambers. 

This is the final meeting of a series of "road shows" attempting to garner broad community input. The other meetings were held in June and July at El Rincon Elementary School, Veterans Memorial Rotunda Room, and Linwood Howe…


Added by Scupine on July 16, 2012 at 6:30am — No Comments

Culver City Council to Consider Imposing Half-Cent Sales Tax Increase at July 16th Meeting

At its next regular meeting, Monday, July 16, the Culver City Council will consider placing a half-cent sales tax increase measure on the November ballot.

The Culver City Chamber of Commerce, which supports the half-cent sales tax increase as long as it is accompanied by a five-year sunset provision, makes the following argument:

  • A half-cent increase will…

Added by Scupine on July 15, 2012 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

Check Out OY!, The New Play at the Actors' Gang Theatre in Culver City

The Actors’ Gang is premiering OY!, the work of author, professor, theorist and critic Hélène Cixous, best known as a playwright of epic work with Le Théâtre du Soleil. 

The story of two German Jewish sisters who compare memories of their experiences of the period of Nazism in Europe, here's how the Actors' Gang describes the…


Added by Scupine on July 13, 2012 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Shoes for the Homeless in Culver City Needs Your Help with their "Shoe Processing" Today

Shoes for the Homeless -- a non-profit organization founded by local podiatrist Ira Diamond that provides "gently used" and new shoes free of charge to the homeless -- has organized one of its semi-regular "shoe processing" date for today, Friday, July 13th from 4-5 pm. They could really use help with this task and are requesting volunteers. The shoe processing will take place at 4123 Jackson Avenue in Culver City.

If you're reading this too late to help -- not to worry,…


Added by Scupine on July 13, 2012 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Eric Fortune's "A Life to Leave" opens at LeBasse Projects in Culver City

Artist Eric Fortune's new show, "A Life to Leave" -- flowing and color-saturated paintings -- opens at LaBasse Projects in Culver City this Saturday, July 14th. The opening reception is from 6 pm to 9 pm, and, as always, the public is welcome.

"Fortune’s soft but riveting lighting effects are produced with a technique called ‘glazing’ -- a…


Added by Scupine on July 13, 2012 at 6:00am — No Comments

New Show "All I Want Is a Picture of You" Opens at Angles Gallery in Culver City

Starting this Saturday night, July 14, Angles Gallery will present "All I Want is a Picture of You," a group exhibition of handmade portraits. The opening reception is from 6 pm to 8 pm, and, as always, the public is welcome. Angles Gallery…


Added by Scupine on July 12, 2012 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Culver City Orchestra Presents Free Outdoor Opera in Marina del Rey this Thursday

This Thursday the Culver City Orchestra will begin its summer-long series of outdoor concerts at Burton Chace Park in Marina del Rey with their presentation of "Opera at the Shore." The finalists and winners from the Loren L. Zachary National Vocal Competition in arias and ensembles will perform arias from some of the best-loved operas. 

The show begins at 7:00 pm, but you should arrive early. These events are very popular. 

Bring a blanket for the grass, or…


Added by Scupine on July 11, 2012 at 6:00pm — No Comments

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