LOCALmotion – Jozelle Smith

13-225x300Like “Dine LA?” Love Waterloo & City? Well this will be our last chance to combine the two, since W & C will be closing at the end of the month when Dine LA concludes February 1. Watch for chef Brendan Collins and partner Carolos Tomazos to open another (but somewhat smaller) version – hopefully nearby…

Congratulations go to Phil Tangalakis, who was named Culver City Rotary Club’s “Rotarian of the Month” for all of the work Phil did with the club’s USC/UCLA meeting and the Bill Winn Luncheon. President Joel Forman presented the award at the club’s last meeting. Hard to believe, but the Culver City Club’s 85th Anniversary Celebration is coming up – February 28 at the Four Point Sheraton Hotel in Culver City.

Frankly, my Dear, the Culver City Historical Society’s general meeting, set for this Wednesday, January 21, at 7:00 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room in the Veterans Memorial Building will feature renowned historian Marc Wanamaker as he reveals behind the scene information about the making of the movie classic “Gone with the Wind.” Through little-seen photos, he will tell about the people who created this film from pre-production, to production, to post production and to exhibition, plus many more facts, heretofore unrevealed. Get there early: this will be a popular presentation!

Lots going on this Sunday, January 25th: First off is the latest in the Culver City Cultural Affairs Foundation’s “architectureTALKS” series of conversations presented by internationally renowned professionals based in Culver City. Sunday’s features Studio Pali Fekete architects [SPF:a] and runs from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the [SPF:a] building, 8609 W. Washington Blvd. in Culver City’s famed Arts District (free parking is available at the Exceptional Children’s Foundation lot, 8740 W. Washington Blvd.) Award-winning architect Zoltan E. Pali, FAIA, will lead the conversation, moderated by architectural writer Thomas Aujero Small. (Pali created the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills out of an existing Spanish Mission Revival Beverly Hills Post Office, adding a state-of-the-art concert hall and performance space!) Tickets are $40.00 each and are 100% tax deductible (all proceeds go to benefit technical improvements including lighting, sound and projection equipment for the Veterans Memorial Building Auditorium that will increase public performances and film screenings at that location). A reception, catered by Akasha, is included in the ticket price. To purchase tickets, visit www.architecturetalks.eventbrite.com. For additional information call Christine Byers at (310) 253-6003 or email her at [email protected]

From that event Sunday, you can dash over to the Culver-Palms United Methodist Church (4464 Sepulveda Blvd., next to the YMCA) where you will enjoy the Culver City Chamber Orchestra’s presentation of “Cello Mania.” There will be a range of works including Vivaldi, Rossini, Strauss, Lady Gaga, Metallica (and more!) beginning at 4:00 p.m. The performance is dedicated to “Junior,” otherwise known as Alberto Vera Jr. of Sorrento Italian Market for his contribution to the Chamber Orchestra. Co-Founder and Conductor Arlette Cardenes has announced that admission is $15.00 for adults, and seniors and students $10.00, but cello students are FREE (if they bring a signed teacher referral). For ticket information visit www.ccchamberorchestra.com or for information call (310) 397-2490.

Would you like to participate in a hillside restoration overlooking Ballona Creek? You’ll get that rare chance to feel really good about yourself from 9:00 a.m. – noon, this Saturday, January 24. Ballona Creek Renaissance volunteers will be participating in a Los Angeles Audubon-led restoration activity in Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook State Park and it’s open to middle school, high school, and adult volunteers. (Enter Hetzler Road from Jefferson Boulevard in east Culver City. Free parking passes will be provided at the park entrance. Bicycle parking also is available.) Meet at the Visitor’s Center at the top of the hill. Under the leadership of the Audubon Society you will be removing invasive plants and weeds and planting native plants. Wear close-toed shoes, long pants, and sun protection. RSVP and/or get more details via email to [email protected]lonacreek.org. That will enable BCR to have the necessary plants, tools, gloves, and water for everyone. However, you’ll still be welcome if you come without an RSVP. And students can earn service credits! (All volunteers must bring completed waivers or sign them at the site. Minors (under 18) need a parent or guardian signature. Check BCR’s website, www.ballonacreek.org for waivers, fliers, and updates. For those who enjoy the outdoors and connecting with the earth, this would be a great way to start the new year!

Still in a holiday mood this week are birthday celebrants Janey Campbell, Mary Ruebsamen, Shirley Hanf, Jane Corey, Alek Stenshoel, Cherie Parks, Charlotte Gilbert, Liese Aufill, Eric Senchuk, and Flint Smith. If you’d like to have your (or a friend, neighbor or family member’s) birthday noted here, send the info to [email protected] and we’ll post it!

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