Thursday, April 3rd, at 7 PM, Montana Branch,
1704 Montana

In honor of National Poetry Month, local poet
Noah Blaustein reads from and discusses his
debut collection of poetry, “Flirt,” a look
into the complexities that shape life: adoles-
cence, fatherhood, our responsibility for the
lives of others,the exhilaration of romantic
love, and memory.

Saturday, April 5th, at 11 AM,Ocean Park Branch,
2601 Main Street

The Ocean Park Book Group discusses this book
by David Rakoff. Each chapter describes, in
verse, a character illuminating the era in
which she lives.

10th, at 3 PM, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Main Lib-
rary, 601 Santa Monica Blvd.

Celebrate National Poetry Month with a read-
ing from “I’ve Always Been a Dancer” by one
of Santa Monica’s own, nonagenarian and Lib-
rary volunteer Marvin Farber.

CELEBRATE SHAKESPEARE’S 450th birthday with
screenings of four of his plays.Please note
screening locations.

Tuesday, April 1, 6:OO pm/ Ocean Park branch
James Cagney headlines this old-Hollywood
version of the fantasy comedy. Post-film dis-
cussion with film historian Elaina Archer.
[133 min]

Wednesday, April 23, 7:OO pm / Main Library
Director Joss Whedon’s contemporary version
of Shakespeare’s romantic tale. [1O9 min]

Thursday, April 24, 6:3O pm / Montana Branch
Marlon Brando gives a definitive performance
as the Roman general and statesman. [12O min]


Santa Monica College has announced that Tom
Diaz, a gun control advocate, will speak on
“The Gun Business: How We Can Change Polic-
ies That Kill” at 11:15 a.m. Thursday, Ap-
ril 3, in Room 165 of the SMC Humanities &
Social Science building on the main campus,
1900 Pico Blvd. Seating is on a first-arri-
val basis.

Diaz is a former National Rifle Associa-
tion (NRA) member, gun enthusiast, and
competitive shooter who became a strong
advocate for stricter gun control in the
United States after researching gun leg-
islation while working as a Congressional
staffer, and interviewing victims of gun

A writer and an attorney, as well as a for=
mer senior policy analyst at the Violence
Policy Center, a national nonprofit organi-
zation dedicated to stopping gun death and
injury through research, advocacy, and edu-

Diaz’s appearance is sponsored by the Assoc-
iated Students of Santa Monica College,
SMC’s Black Collegians Program, and the SMC
\ Associates (, a
private organization that funds speakers
and special programs at SMC.

For additional information, please call
(310) 434-4003.


Sam Whiting
San Francisco Chronicle

Mark Stock, a realist figure- painter, best
known for a series on butlers in tuxedos and
white gloves that suggested 1940s movie sti-
lls, died suddenly Wednesday night in Oak-
land Oakland of natural causes due to an en-
larged heart, according to the Alameda County
Coroner’s Office. He was 62.

Stock’s last exhibit here was last November
and December at the Lora Schlesinger Gallery,
Bergamot Station. At the ime of his death,
Stock was preparing for a major gallery show
to open May 1 at Modernism in San Francisco.
The show is in celebration of the silver ann-
iversary of Stock’s most famous painting “The
Butler’s In Love – Absinthe.” A portrait of a
man with slicked back hair staring at an ab-
sinthe glass smudged with lipstick, the paint-
ing hangs over the piano at Bix Restaurant in
San Francisco, where it has been since April
17, 1989. “The Butler’s In Love – Absinthe”
has been used in movies and was the subject
of its own short film, made by David Arquet-

“Mark was a narrative painter out of step with
modern painting when he started, but now he
will emerge as this unique painter who tran-
scends modernist trends,” said art historian
Barnaby Conrad III, author of “Mark Stock:
Paintings,” published in 2000. Conrad, who
lives in Virginia, had flown to San Fran-
cisco Wednesday night, with plans to inter-
view Stock for a new book, updating his ca-
reer. Mark has remained completely original
to himself,” said Conrad. “There is no school
that he is part of. he’s not a cubist or a
new geo. He paints a personal world that
brushes up a little bit against Charlie
Chaplin and it brushes up against film noir.”


Hecho en México
April 5 – May 10, 2014

“I paint as a way of discovering stories
hidden within myself, peeling away layers,
digging deeper each time, revealing images
of forgotten stories.”

Lora Schlesinger Gallery is pleased to ann-
ounce Roberto Gil de Montes’ first solo-ex-
hibition with the gallery and his first so-
lo show in nearly ten years since leaving
Los Angeles. Hecho en México features a new
painterly body of work that is a montage of
images referencing personal reflections and
cultural identity testing the plasticity of
paint. The exhibition opens with the artist’s
reception on Saturday, April 5 from 5 – 7 pm
and is on view through May 10, 2014.

Roberto Gil de Montes’ paintings passionately
explore painting for painting’s sake. He ret-
ains a purist’s approach to mark-making, creat-
ing vibrant and colorful works infused with
symbols and metaphors that reference time,
memory, cultural identity, lifestyle and his-
tory. The lush brushwork and complex composi-
tions do not merely depict the world as he
sees it, but rather invites the viewers to
physically experience the hidden images
stories of the world. Pre-Columbian symbols
scatter the works, referencing a rich cult-
ural visual language creating hypnotic pat-
terns and psychological portraits.

The fantastic interplay between the decorat-
ive and figurative elements produce dream-
like paintings with seductive and charismatic
characters that not only pay homage to the
male experience, but are also reflections of

Roberto Gil de Montes received his Bachelor
of Fine Arts and his Master of Fine Arts
from the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles.
His work is included in the Los Angeles Coun-
ty Museum of Art, The Phoenix Museum and The
Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC. Gil
de Montes was included in the prestigious
volume Hispanic Art in the US: Thirty Cont-
emporary Painters and Sculptors.

OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, April 5, 2014
5:00 – 7:00 PM

day, April 5, 4:30 PM

GALLERY HOURS: Tuesday – Friday 10:00 –
5:30 p.m., Saturdays 11:00 – 5:30



In November 2004, voters of the City of Los
Angeles passed the Proposition O – Clean
Water Bond, authorizing $500 million of gen-
eral obligation bonds for projects that pro-
tect public health and the environment by
by cleaning pollution, including bacteria
and trash in the City’s watercourses, rivers,
lakes, beaches, and ocean.

As part of the Proposition O Clean Water
Bond program, in 2010 the City of Los Angeles
Department of Public Works upgraded the cap-
acity of eight Low Flow Diversion (LFDs)
structures including several in the Pacific
Palisades area. With the exception of rain
events, these LFDs now divert urban runoff
to the sanitary sewer system during year‐
round dry weather, preventing polluted ur-
ban runoff from discharging to Santa Monica
Bay. In order to convey the increased diver-
ted stormwater flows from the upgraded LFDs
to the Hyperion Treatment Plant, the Coastal
Interceptor Relief Sewer (CIRS) will be
constructed to provide additional capacity
to the existing sewer system. Construction
of the CIRS Phase 1 was completed in April
2013, installing 3,600 feet of sewer along
Pacific Coast Highway. CIRS Phase 2 is ex-
pected to begin in the Spring of 2014. The
CIRS,along with other approved Proposition
O Clean Water Bond projects, will assist the
City in complying with the Santa Monica Bay
Beaches Dry Weather Bacteria Total Maximum
Load (TMDL) requirement, making our beaches
and bay waters safer, healthier, and meet-
ing Environmental Protection Agency and
federal Clean Water Act regulations.

Project Information
§ The CIRS will be constructed to provide
additional capacity to the existing Coastal
Interceptor Sewer.
§ Located on the border of the City of
Los Angeles and the City of Santa Monica.
§ The project boundaries are between the
City of Santa Monica’s Annenberg Beach House
(445 Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica)
going north and connecting to the comple-
ted portion of the CIRS at the privately
owned Beach Club (201 Palisades Beach Road,
Santa Monica).
§ Approximately 900 ft. of 48-inch diame-
ter sewerline will be constructed.
§ Microtunneling construction method will
be used to build the 900 ft. section of the
CIRS. This method is determined to be the
most feasible, efficient, and safest way
to complete the project.
Work Hours
Weekdays:Monday-Friday 7:00 am -7:00pm
Nights: Friday 9:00pm – 5:00am
Weekends: Saturday 8:00am – 4:00pm
Work on the project begins April 15,and
will be completed in Spring 2015.
Spring 2014 through Spring 2015.

Traffic Control
§ Closure of the one southbound (SB) lane
on PCH during construction.
§ 7:00am-10:00am – Provide two northbound
(NB) lanes, Provide three SB lanes, Prohibit
left-turn ingress and egress at driveways.
§ 10:00am-4:00pm – Provide two NB lanes,
Provide two SB lanes.
Provide ten ft. center buffer lane and open-
ings for left-turn access to driveways.
§ 4:00pm-7:00pm – Provide three NB lanes,
Provide two SB lanes, Prohibit left-turn
ingress and egress at driveways.
§ Night work – 9:00pm -5:00am, two SB
lane closure on PCH.
§ Construction Message Signs will be placed
on Pacific Coast Hwy, and the Santa Monica
(I-10) and Hollywood/Ventura Fwy (101)
prior to construction.

Project Construction Cost
$8 million.