Featured Blog Posts – July 2012 Archive (25)

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…

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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…

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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…

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

Backpacking Documentary - Special Screenig Of Beyond The Chair

A few years ago I quit my engineering job to set out on a journey of a lifetime. I wanted to broaden my knowledge of the world and find myself a bigger "fish tank." I was going to backpack around the world. Not just your typical Europe jaunt, but more adventurous destinations such as New Zealand, Cambodia, Thailand and India. What makes this story interesting is that I was going to do it all despite…

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Added by Drew Shelley on July 25, 2012 at 10:22pm — 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.…

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

Babe Ruth 14U Boys Baseball Wins Southern California State Championship

The Westchester Babe Ruth (14-year old and under) baseball team defeated La Crescenta 7-5 earlier this week to win the Southern California State Baseball championship.  Westchester beat Torrance, El Segundo (twice), Heartwell and La Crescenta (twice) on their way to the state crown.    Behind stellar pitching and an explosive offense, Westchester outscored opponents 27-11 in…

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Added by Geoff Maleman on July 25, 2012 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

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…

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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:…

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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…

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

Culver City kid VerBS featured tonight at LACMA's hip hop concert

Let me introduce to you one of the treasures of the Los Angeles community, a Culver City kid and Hamilton High grad: Verbs.

This youngster has made quite an underground impact with his rhymes and his eclectic music tastes. I love his honest and often humorous takes on life in LA, taking public transportation, new found feelings of commitment and the challenges of growing up today, which he lays over smooth beats and sometimes a live band.

But I've…

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Added by Enhager on July 19, 2012 at 7:48am — 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…

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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…

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Added by Scupine on July 17, 2012 at 5:17pm — 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…
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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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

Bonedaddys and Los Pinguos Play Culver City Summer Music Fest This Thursday

Argentinian rock band Los Pinguos will headline this Thursday's Culver City Music Fest kickoff this Thursday -- free and outdoors in the courtyard of Culver City City Hall. Opening will be "the original Los Angeles party band," The Bonedaddy's. The music starts at 7 pm, and ... well ... if this kind of music's not your thing, at least it should be nice warm…

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

Culver City in Danger? New Study Finds Fracking Can Pollute

Gas executives and allies have long argued that since the hydraulic fracking process takes place miles and miles under the ground, there is no way that the practice could contaminate shallow drinking water aquifers. Now a new study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of…

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Added by Scupine on July 10, 2012 at 6:30am — No Comments

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