Scupine's Blog – July 2013 Archive (22)

Ballona Creek Wetlands, PART ONE: A Century of Sabotage

Area C, a 64-acre portion of the Uplands area of Ballona Creek Wetlands, is a pretty piece of open, Culver CIty-adjacent land owned by State of California – and a battleground between the esteemed Annenberg Foundation and local environmental groups. The foundation has put a $50 million proposal on the table that offers to make extensive improvements to the land but also…

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Added by Scupine on July 31, 2013 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

Guitarist Albert Lee To Perform This Thursday in Culver City's Summer Music Festival

This summer, as always, Culver City is presenting a series of free concerts in the courtyard of Culver City City Hall. The 2012 summer series offers rock, r&b, jazz, soul, and country acts on six consecutive Thursdays this July and August at 7:00 p.m. The festival is produced by Gary Mandell of Culver City’s Boulevard Music. 

This Thursday, August 1, country,…

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Added by Scupine on July 30, 2013 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Eat at Akasha this Wednesday and Support the Arts in Culver City

The Culver City Cultural Affairs Foundation and Akasha restaurant in downtown Culver City are partnering this Wednesday, July 31, from 4 to 7 pm, to raise money to support the city's Music in the Chambers program, a free classical music concert in the Mike Balkman Council Chambers at Culver City City Hall later this year. Just enjoy a meal at Akasha, and and 10…

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Added by Scupine on July 30, 2013 at 6:30am — No Comments

Sang Yoon of Culver City's Father's Office Competing in This Season's "Top Chef Masters" on Bravo

Executive Chef Sang Yoon -- the mastermind behind Culver City's Father's Office gastropub as well as Lukshon (small-plate South-East Asian cuisine) -- is currently competing in Bravo's "Top Chef Masters." On this, the fifth season of the show, Yoon is competing against 12 other chefs for $100,000, to be donated to a charity of their choice. Chef Yoon is competing for Worldwide…

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Added by Scupine on July 29, 2013 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Where Am I in Culver City? Game 059

Every other Thursday, 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 tree is? If you know, enter your response in the comments box of this post.

If your answer fails to appear in the comments section immediately, fear not! So more people can play, I'll hold all the…

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Added by Scupine on July 25, 2013 at 9:30am — 7 Comments

Actors' Gang's Midsummer Night's Dream Extended

The Actors' Gang's interpretation of "Midsummer Night's Dream" has been extended through August 17. Directed by Tim Robbins, the play has been playing to sold out crowds through it's run. 

Here's what I wrote about the play when it opened in June:

We got proof last August that the Actors’ Gang could put on a great version of The Tempest in Media Park in…

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Added by Scupine on July 23, 2013 at 10:44pm — No Comments

Blaze Pizza to Open Culver City Location in Early August

Blaze Pizza, which bills itself as "the leader in the fast casual build-your-own pizza category" will be opening a new 65-seat restaurant in the Culver Crossroads mini shopping center on the southeast corner of Washington and Sepulveda this August. 

Blaze Pizza uses an assembly line format (similar to that of Chipotle), that lets guests customize…

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Added by Scupine on July 23, 2013 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Brenda Lee Eager Plays the Culver City Music Festival This Thursday

This summer, as always, Culver City is presenting a series of free concerts in the courtyard of Culver City City Hall. The 2012 summer series offers rock, r&b, jazz, soul, and country acts on six consecutive Thursdays this July and August at 7:00 p.m. The festival is produced by Gary Mandell of Culver City’s Boulevard Music. 

This Thursday, July 25, Brenda Lee…

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Added by Scupine on July 22, 2013 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Where Am I in Culver City? Game 058 Solution

Every other Friday, I post a picture of something in Culver City that is 'hiding in plain sight.' Last week I asked: Do you know where in Culver City this sunny sign is? …

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Added by Scupine on July 18, 2013 at 6:00am — No Comments

PostHeeHawFunkadelicHipHopNewGrass Band Plays Culver City Music Fest This Thursday

This summer, as always, Culver City is presenting a series of free concerts in the courtyard of Culver City City Hall. The 2012 summer series offers rock, r&b, jazz, soul, and country acts on six consecutive Thursdays this July and August at 7:00 p.m. The festival is produced by Gary Mandell of Culver City’s Boulevard Music.  

This Thursday,…

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Added by Scupine on July 17, 2013 at 6:00pm — No Comments

DineLA Restaurant Week Brings Discounted Prix-Fixe Menus to Culver City Favorites

The popular bi-annual food fest known as dineLA’s Restaurant Week runs for the next two weeks, from July 15-26, in restaurants across Los Angeles. Participating restaurants offer lunch and dinner prix-fixe menus at (relatively) low prices. Participating restaurants in Culver City include: Akasha, Brunello Trattoria, Father's Office, Ford's Filling Station, K-Zo, LIbra…

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Added by Scupine on July 16, 2013 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Culver City Historical Society Hold Annual Picnic This Wednesday

The public is invited to attend the annual Culver City Historical Society Picnic and meeting held in the Veterans Park picnic area at 5:30pm on Wednesday, July 17.

The picnic will be catered by Santa Maria BBQ and its chef Jim Rodrigues. The event will feature music by the local RAZZMATAZZ Dixieland Jazz Ensemble, and there will be free gifts and door…

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Added by Scupine on July 15, 2013 at 1:30am — No Comments

Where Am I in Culver City? Game 058

Every other Thursday, 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 sunny sign is? If you know, enter your response in the comments box of this post.

This week we're again offering a prize to one of the people who correctly identifies the picture: four free passes…

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Added by Scupine on July 11, 2013 at 8:30am — 5 Comments

Culver City's Cozy Inn Named Westside's Best Dive Bar

I previously remarked how LA Weekly recently named Oldfield's Culver CIty's Best Happy Hour (although Culver City Times member Natasha Ericta prefers the two (!) daily happy hours offered by Waterloo & City). Now the publication has awarded the designation…

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Added by Scupine on July 10, 2013 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

Culver City's Muddy Leak Offers Free Appetizer

If you've been meaning to try Muddy Leak -- the "farm-to-table" restaurant in Culver City's Art District -- now's the time. The restaurant -- which Jonathan Gold called "a comfortable stylish place that serves good food -- is offering a complimentary appetizer…

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Added by Scupine on July 10, 2013 at 6:00am — No Comments

Ballona Creek Renaissance Environmental Group Honors Four Culver City High School Students

Ballona Creek Renaissance recently presented Awards of Excellence to Emma Kurihara, Priya Patel, Yvonne Ball, and Zacky Ezedin -- three Culver City High School students. The four students were honored for their longtime volunteer contributions to Ballona Creek Renaissance’s work on behalf of community and environment. Each received a personalized, illustrated and framed…

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Added by Scupine on July 9, 2013 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Aquamarine is Special Honoree at 52nd Annual Fiesta of Gems in Culver City This Saturday

This Saturday and Sunday, the Culver City Rock and Mineral Club plays host to what is considered to be the best of the best of gem and mineral shows in the Southern California area: The 52nd Annual Fiesta of Gems. The event is held at the Culver City Veterans Memorial Auditorium July 13 and 14, from 10 am to 6 pm (5 pm on Sunday).

The…

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Added by Scupine on July 9, 2013 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Marina del Rey's Classical Thursday Summer Concerts Starts July 11 - A Must for Music Lovers in Culver City

If you live in Culver City and have never checked out the Summer Music Series in Marina del Rey's Burton W. Chace Park, make this the summer you check it out. You won't regret it.

This series of fee outdoor concerts - which begins on July 11 - is held in one of this area's the most spectacular waterfront settings: Burton W. Chace Park. Four classical music concerts…

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Added by Scupine on July 8, 2013 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Where Am I in Culver City? 57 Solution: Mear One Mural Behind The Wood

Every other Friday, I post a picture of something in Culver City that is 'hiding in plain sight.' Last week I asked: Do you know where in Culver City this menacing face is

We received a total of four responses correctly identifying it as a detail from the mural by street artist Mear One behind The Wood…

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Added by Scupine on July 4, 2013 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

Leaf Organics Restaurant in Culver City Has Closed

Leaf's windows are papered over, and LA Eater verifies the sad new: the raw food and vegan restaurant on Washington Blvd in Culver City is no more. According to a letter from owner Rod Rotondi posted on the front of the restaurant, the closing is part of a larger project of interest to Culver City residents:

The whole property includeing…

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Added by Scupine on July 3, 2013 at 6:00pm — No Comments

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