That $10 million art theft at the home of Santa Monica bond trader Jeffrey Gundlach has been solved — or at least he has gotten his artwork back and two men have been arrested. I guess rewards work when they are big enough. Gundlach had offered $1.7-million. From the LA Times:

“The focus was on recovering the artwork, and it was all recovered,” Gundlach told The Times. “The thieves had worked on moving the property, but we were able to get a good lead and apprehend them. It’s a great day for the art world.”

Santa Monica police arrested two suspects in the crime, and Gundlach said that at least one of the pieces was in the midst of being sold.

The big break in the case came Wednesday when Pasadena police officers received a tip that the stolen art was held at an automobile stereo shop, Santa Monica police said in a news release. Officers raided the Al & Ed’s Autosound store on South Rosemead Boulevard, recovered all but one of the stolen paintings and arrested the store’s manager — Jay Jeffrey Nieto, 45, of Canyon Country — on suspicion of possessing stolen property.
A second suspect, Wilmer Cadiz, 40, was arrested at his home in Rosemead, also on suspicion of possessing stolen property.

The final painting was recovered at a residence in Glendale.


A benefit for Get Lit Players Keep Culture Alive for At-Risk Youth
will be held Sunday, September 30th, 2:00 to 5:00 PM, at the home and garden of Jan Goodman & Jerry Manpearl, 939 San Vicente Blvd, Santa Monica 90402. Donation: $15 Adults, $5 Students, Tickets Online at:

The Get Lit Players have built a launch pad for literacy among at-risk youth with innovative programs that blend memorizing classic poetry and original free-form spoken-word slams. Many minority teens on the edge of dropping out have regained self-confidence and reconnected with reading through exposure to great poets of diverse cultures and the prospect of becoming poets themselves. Semi-finalists in the 2008/2010 Brave New Voices International Teen Poetry Slam, the Get Lit Players have been featured in the LA Times, on HBO, NBC and PBS and were invited to the White House by Michelle Obama last year.

With California’s brutal budget cuts about to further devastate arts programs at LAUSD and in local charter schools — hundreds of music, theatre, visual arts and dance teachers no longer have gigs — it’s vital to bring arts aid to these culture-stripped communities. Get Lit has taken root in almost 40 area high and middle schools to date, touching over 10,000 SoCal teens. Its Adopt-a-School program will expand that reach.

All Funds from this event, sponsored by Ashgrove Music, will bring Get Lit to Animo Inglewood High School, where desperate teachers welcome this life support. They know that arts -– the oasis where students can find their own voice — are the prime reason many young people remain in school.

Last fall’s Get Lit benefit featured a poem written specially for the event by David Mamet and performed by Helen Mirren. This event will showcase the Players themselves, plus performances by their outstanding musical confreres from Brave New Music.

Headlining the afternoon of poetry and music is blues and gospel icon Bettie Mae Fikes, who will be joined by the Bernie Pearl Blues Band. Alabama-born Fikes made her gospel debut as a 4-year-old. At just 16 she enlisted in the Civil Rights Movement, mobilizing music against segregation and for voting rights through the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) Freedom Singers. Ms. Fikes has graced the stages of Carnegie Hall, Newport Jazz Festival, the Library of Congress, numerous Blues Festivals and clubs (debuting at the Ash Grove) and two Democratic National Conventions, and has performed with Lightnin’ Hopkins, Albert King, James Brown, Bob Dylan, Mavis Staples, and others. Her throaty but velvety voice can vibrate a room until the walls beg for mercy.


FOR MORE INFO on the Event Call: 323-930-0857


To Friends and Members of Santa Monica Mid City Neighbors:

We are committed to helping you meet the candidates during this most important election. As part of that effort, we have posted candidate information on our website––and will be sending updates on Meet & Greet events on a regular basis. We hope you will pass on this information on.

Sunday, September 30th, Council candidates, Bob Seldon and Ted Winterer, 3 to 5 p.m. Please contact Amy Aukstikalnis at for location and confirmation.

Gregg Heacock, Mid-City Neighbors


Saturday, September 29th, 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM. At Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd, Venice. 100,000 Poets & Musicians will gather around the world to speak for change.

In Venice, a special presentation at 8:00 PM by the Revolutionary Poets Brigade. A poetry panel. Poetry and Revolution: The Momentum Within the Movement.

Arrive Early as Seating is Limited.


They’re telling us to stay off the freeways this weekend, so let’s take to the streets…Walk, Bike, Metro to art in your neighborhood!

On September 29 & 30, we’re throwing a citywide art party and celebrating the art happening all over Los Angeles. From the Valley to Pasadena, Santa Monica to Downtown, there is a lot going on and we want you to join us…

Check out what’s happening at major institutions nearby or dig deeper and discover hidden gems just around the corner. Carmageddon II is the perfect excuse to leave your car behind and support local art by experiencing the performances, concerts, screenings, exhibitions and more, being created and presented in your own backyard.

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ARTmageddon… Less Car. More ART! September 29 & 30…
a collaborative effort co-founded by Beyond the Usual and Curbside, in partnership with the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs, Experience LA, LA Stage Alliance, ForYourArt, and Metro, in association with an inspiring alliance of artists and community partners, and with the generous support of the Los Angeles Downtown Arts District (LADAD).