If you’ve been watching The Platform (National & Washington at the Expo Line station) develop, get ready to visit it in person. It’s making the news via a recent Los Angeles Times feature “…as a shopping, eating, office and residential destination featuring things that can’t be found elsewhere in the area such as unique brands, unusual retail concepts or restaurants new to the L.A. area. The Aesop cosmetics store will be the first local store also offering day spa services, and the Blue Bottle coffee shop next door will include an upstairs bookshop alcove curated by New York City-based One Grand Books.” Can this really be Culver City as we know (knew?) it? The murals and bright paint have attracted this street-art fan for months, and we can’t wait to go visit!
Right around the corner is the Culver City Symphony Orchestra’s Saturday, April 2, 2016, 8:00 p.m. concert: “For Young Musicians.” This will be a Piano Extravaganza: One Piano, Three Young Pianists, plus Conductor Fetta-Piano/Conductor. In addition to Fetta, there will be piano concertos by Hyewon Chang, age 24; Caroline Ho, 17; and Tristan Paradee, 15. The concert takes place at Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium, and general admission is $10.00, (these tickets are available online at www.culvercitysymphony.ort/CCSO Concerts 2015-16. Ages 13-17, $5.00 only available at the Box Office the evening of the concert when accompanied by an adult or guardian, and ages 6-12, free, when accompanied by an adult or guardian. You may contact the Symphony at Contact us at: [email protected]. This concert features the orchestra’s continuing support of young musicians chosen from its concerto competition.
Does CCUSD have great teachers or what!! The Culver City Education Foundation announces the Sony Pictures Entertainment Teacher of the Year nominees: Office of Child Development, Renee Bailey; El Marino School, Kimberly Diamond; El Rincon, Tiana Rezac; Farragut, Shonda O’Neal; La Ballona, Annie Mendez; Linwood E. Howe, Darla Frazier; Culver City Middle School, Donna Bergonzi; Culver City High School, Tony Spano, DMA; Culver Park High School, Stephanie Bentsvi; Acult School, Joy Rosenberg; and District Office, Alenjandra Valencia. The Sony Pictures Entertainment Teacher of the Year 2016 will be chosen from these nominees and announced on Saturday, April 30, 2016, at CCEF’s glorious Tribute to the Stars fundraiser! All of the 2016 awardees will be celebrated, along with music, dancing, delicacies from Culver City’s finest restaurants and a champagne gem raffle on Saturday, April 30, 2016, at CCEF’s Tribute to the Stars – this year at Culver Studios. More on this next week, but you’re urged to mark it on your calendar!
If you have friends or family coming to town but aren’t into organized tours (unless it’s Sony’s…), just stroll through Downtown Culver City. We’ve got a collection of outdoor cafes, unique shops, galleries and nightlife opening onto tree-lined boulevards perfect for an afternoon walk. Not only do we have a beautiful City Hall with a wonderful courtyard, but also the “Shortest Main Street in the USA”, great for a Farmer’s Market every Tuesday, 2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.. We’re not just Sony Studios and The Culver Studios, Downtown Culver City is a perfect combination of a small-town and more sophisticated urban living – in other words, one of Los Angeles’ best kept secrets!
Do you think, like we do, that the candidates for City Council could pretty much change chairs and give their opponents’ speeches by now? But just in case you haven’t had the opportunity to hear them speak (individually) on their goals for the City, you’re invited to the Culver City Downtown Business Association’s Candidates Forum this Wednesday, March 23 at 10:00 a.m. – yes, that’s in the morning – at the Kirk Douglas Theatre 9820 Washington Blvd. Convenient parking is available underneath the City Hall, 9770 Culver Blvd.
Here’s to a happy holiday weekend – kids out of school, Purim Wednesday, March 23, Good Friday March 25 Easter eggs in hiding for March 27, beautiful Spring weather. And blowing out the candles on their birthday cakes this week are Mark Kleinman, Roger MacGregor, Katie Peters, and Claire Snodgrass. If you’d like your (or a friend or family member’s) birthday mentioned here, just send the information to [email protected] and we’ll be happy to post it!