LOCALmotion – Jozelle Smith

feature1-3Wow…if those walls could only talk! You could be sitting at the very table where Cary Grant romanced his favorite starlet…or where the Munchkins stood (on tiptoe) at the bar, or where more recently Matt Damon tried to relax until just too many fans wanted to chat with him. Where? It’s the Backstage Bar & Grill, 10400 Culver Blvd. this Wednesday, February 22 from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. For just $20.00/person or $35.00/couple (this is a special fundraiser for the Culver City Centennial celebration) you can enjoy an open bar – beer, wine and cocktails – and hot, homemade hors d’oeuvres. Reserve by Wednesday using PayPal or debit/credit card at the www.culvercity100.org website.

This could be the Wicked Witch of the West warning you all: “If you haven’t signed up yet for this Sunday’s Screenland 5K – The Race of the Century yet, you just may be too late’…last we heard there were 2,600 participants registered, but if you’d like to volunteer to help out, you still may be able to enjoy the yellow brick road, Dorothy, Toto and the Munchkins plus all the runners/walkers! It takes place on Oscar morning (this Sunday, February 26, convening at 7:30 a.m. in Media Park), so you’ll be finished helping in plenty of time to watch the Academy Awards that afternoon. Want to enjoy the fun? Check it out at www.Screenland5K.com.

Haven’t seen Vet’s Auditorium that packed since…hmmm…we can’t remember when… It was last Thursday evening’s CCUSD All-District Music Concert performed by members of the Culver City High School Concert Band, Middle School Symphonic Winds, High School Concert Band, Middle School Symphonic Strings, High School AVPA Orchestra, Middle School Voicestra Choir, and the All-District Elementary Choir. The finale, “Adiemus” was performed by all the CCHS and CCMS ensembles joined by the CCMS Singing Panthers and AVPA Chamber singers, a total of over 300 talented kids. The standing ovation was well-deserved, and kudos go to the talented and dedicated CCUSD Music Faculty and CCHS AVPA Music Faculty!

Who needs “LaLaLand” when Culver City High School’s Academy of Visual and Performing Arts(AVPA) presents “CulverCityLand,” billed as a Hollywood Revue Made in Culver City, with hits from MGM classics including The Wizard of Oz, Singin’ in the Rain, An American in Paris, Annie Get Your Gun, The Band Wagon, Gigi, Fame, and more, set for next month (March 16, 17, 18 and 19) at the Veterans Memorial Building. More on this later!!

Sad to report that Culver City Exchange Club member Dr. Jay Shery’s wife, Katie, passed away following bacterial infection that ultimately triggered a cardiac arrest. A viewing will take place at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 2, followed by a rosary service at 6:00 p.m. The funeral service will take place on Friday, March 3 at 12:30 p.m., all at Holy Cross Mortuary, 5835 W. Slauson Avenue.

Anybody out there remember Al Jolson? We’ve just gotten word from the International Al Jolson Society that there’s going to be an “Al Jolson Festival” in May, and it’s going to be headquartered at our own DoubleTree by Hilton on Centinela! More on this later…

“Spring Forward,” as they say – and West L.A. College’s Westside Extension classes say it a lot better than just reminders to change your clocks! Their Spring 2017 catalog offers classes that range from Learning to be a Personal Trainer, to How to “Live, Work or Retire Abroad,” Internet Dating, Cold Process Soap Making, Improv for Anxiety, Launch a Nonprofit Campaign in Just 30 Days, Grant Writing, Real Estate Investment, Make Your Own Sushi, even Play & Win at Craps, and dozens more. Plus for kids, there are classes in Swimming, Soccer, Gymnastics, plus, plus. Get more information at westside.wlac.edu and search or browse for classes, or call (3410) 287-4475.

Celebrating birthdays this week are Sandy Cavanaugh, Esther Ekmanian, Debbie Montgomery, Greg Goodyear, Patricia Baker, Ray Lanthier, Maribel Sosa, Chelsea Novalle, Ken Rogers, Dyana St. John, and Brad Sick. If you, a friend or family member have a birthday coming up and would like to see it posted here, let us know at [email protected]!

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