LOCALmotion – Jozelle Smith

url3Have you ever noticed the “Punctuation Station” at the Westfield Culver City Mall (near Target)? Well, the Heidi Duckler Dance Theater will be focusing on these pieces by connecting the artwork’s punctuation symbols to body language as part of its second “1988” performance this Sunday, May 7. It’ll really consist of several events: Public rehearsals with the HDDT dancers will be on Saturday, May 6th from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and on Sunday, May 7th from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.in the Target Court. Public rehearsals with the HDDT teaching dancers and the AVPA (Culver City High School’s Academy of Visual and Performing Arts) students are on Sunday, May 7th from 12 noon – 5:00 p.m. in the Sky Lobby above Target. Then on Sunday evening at 5:30 p.m. in front of Target Court the HDDT dancers will perform their piece, followed by the AVPA dancers, who will perform at 6:00 p.m. in the Sky Lobby above Target. A Q&A session will take place afterwards from 6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. between the public, Jeff Kopp (Punctuation Station artist), AVPA students, HDDT dancers, Heidi Duckler, and Marla Koosed, Producer and former Culver City Cultural Affairs Commissioner.

Kudos to new Mayor Jeff Cooper and Vice Mayor Thomas Small, who will lead our city for the next year. Both complimented outgoing Mayor Jim Clarke on his leadership the past year and are enthusiastic about moving forward on issues of importance to us, their constituents!

This weekend, Friday, May 5; Saturday, May 6 and Sunday, May 7 marks Culver City’s 8th Annual Affair of the Arts, with participating artists (almost 50) painting live all the way from Trader Joe’s to Starbucks Plaza. The focus will be on affordable art and artisanal gifts (don’t forget – Mother’s Day is just around the corner) including works by photographers, sculptors, ceramicists, wood workers, glass blowers and jewelry artists, plus live music, DJs, interactive art projects for adults and kids, face painting, glitter tattoos, and magic! Downtown Culver City restaurants are ready, willing and able to satisfy art lovers’ appetites on Friday from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sales proceeds will benefit The Peace Project.

Rev. James S. Maines (better known to congregants as Pastor Jim, or “PJ”) will be celebrating 40 years in the ministry as an ordained pastor, and 20 years at Grace Lutheran Church this Sunday, May 7. There will be only one service, at 10:00 a.m., followed by a brunch as only the women of Grace can throw! PJ’s wife Joanie and son John will be in attendance as well as members of the congregation and their families, all in celebration of PJ’s service.

This Thursday, May 4, Jai Kumaran and Clayton Taylor will be presenting a lecture (complete with a reception and discussion) from 6:30 pm. – 8:30 p.m. at the Helms Design Center, 8745 Washington Blvd. The team founded West of West, an architecture and design studio in 2012 in California, that is now headquartered in Portland, Oregon. The firm is responsible for multiple projects ranging from commercial and cultural to residential and product design in cities across the U.S. The lecture is free and open to the public, and free self-parking is available in the lots on Helms Avenue and Venice Blvd. View more information and RSVP by visiting [email protected].

Membership at the Culver City Elks Lodge #1917 is booming (currently 333 members, an increase of 11% over last year) and they have a lot of good programs coming up, to wit: their Youth Awards Night is on May 3; a Cinco de Mayor Dinner Dance on (no surprise) May 5; a Kentucky Derby Potluck on May 6 and more coming later in the month! Elks promote volunteerism for their committees, among which is the Dictionary Program seeking to deliver and distribute dictionaries to local 3rd grade classrooms. If you’re interested in membership in this longtime Lodge, drop a line to [email protected].

Happy Early-May Birthdays to celebrants Katie Laase Saperstein, Mark Connolly, Cindy Chang Salkin, Mike Cohen, Ronnie Jayne, Barbara Steinberg, Bob Knopf, Alex Augusta, Frances Talbot-White, JoAnn Dillenbeck, Loren Peterson, Skylar Lima, Christine Lyall, Kyle Peters, Wayne Maass, John Meyers, and Shawn Lasley. 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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