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We Have the Chair

We’re talking about the Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman – the ultimate Eames chair.

It’s not only the most comfortable chair in the universe, it’s the most elegant — more sculpture than chair.

From one of the early editions of the chair, it may be older than you are, but it is immaculate.

If you want the stamp, go to the Ocean Park P.O.. If you want the chair, call 310 260 0015.

A Modern Vision

Opening Today: New Paintings
By Danny Heller

In his first show, Los Angeles painter Danny Heller’s focus was suburbia. This new exhibition at Terrence Rogers Fine Art features the houses that California developer Joseph Eichler built in the San Fernando Valley.

Between 1950 and 1974, Eichler teamed up with some of the era’s most noted architects to produce houses that sported wide expanses of glass, beamed ceilings, courtyards and atriums.

Architecturally adventurous, the houses captured the aspirations of Californians to live in new ways and helped define the modern movement.

Heller paints “now” – the houses as they are today and the aura of wonderment and delight that was and is unique to the houses and the mid-century modernity they represented.

Rather than doing portraits of the houses, Heller painted details — a door, a façade’s strict geometry of right angles, the wonderful triangles of a carport., a light-filled atrium. In Heller’s eyes, a light in a garage or a glimpse of forms seen through translucent glass become as magical as dusk behind Italian cypresses.

Heller’s paintings hint at the complexity of the lives that are lived in the nidst of the symmetry, poise and beauty that were hallmarks of the era, Southern California and Eichler’s houses.

Opening Reception, Sunday, June 22, 1 to 4 p.m. Artist talk at 2 p.m.

The gallery, at 1231 Fifth Street, is open Wednesday through Saturday, noon to five. p.m. 310 394 4999.www.TROGART.com

Santa Monica: At the Tipping Point

As former City Planning Director Suzanne Frick said when we embarked on the state-mandated revision of the land use and circulation elements of the General Plan (LUCE) four years ago , it’s our Constitution, for it determines our priorities and our destiny for the next two decades.

The City Council is now reviewing the “Strategic Framework” for the LUCE. It’s big, about 350 pages, and very dense, and it’s the basis for the revision.

For the record, the United States Constitution, on which an entire nation, man’s last best hope, Lincoln called it, is based, is 30 pages, including the amendments.

I have long believed that America would be a much truer democracy if the founding fathers had included an amendment requiring that no law – federal, state and local – be longer than the Constitution.

Very few residents attended the first two Council sessions. A third will be held Tuesday. Where are the residents? Why aren’t they turning out in the proverbial droves to critique, parse, praise and damn the LUCE draft.

Santa Monica’s primary fact, shaping element, and greatest asset is the beach. Its other great asset is its residents. Collectively, they are smart, savvy, knowledgeable and articulate. They speak in complete sentences, and are devoted to this iconic beach town.

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No Fireworks on the Beach on the Fourth…Again

Some years ago, the City of Santa Monica staged a magnificent, spectacular fireworks show on the beach north of the Santa Monica Pier every Fourth of July.

It was one of those glorious Southern California moments that became legendary, But the City decreed that it was too much trouble, and, in the bizarre belief that would-be trouble-makers would still be in bed dawn, it moved the fireworks to dawn on the Fourth of July. and called it “Dawn’s Early Light.”

But, of course, would-be trouble-makers and almost everyone else stayed up all night.

After a couple of dawns, the City bosses, who have never been big on fun, canceled the legendary show on the beach, and began to collaborated with Santa Monica College on a pallid little show in Corsair Field – miles from the beach – that has never been held on the fourth Of July.

This week, among the City’s “Hot Topics,” was a tepid little item reminding us that “ amateur fireworks are illegal in the city and that there are no fireworks displays at the Pier, on the beach or in the city during the Fourth of July weekend.

“Santa Monica residents and visitors are invited to celebrate the Fourth of July at ‘Celebrate America,’ Santa Monica College’s entertainment and fireworks show on June 28th and participate in the Ocean Park Association’s parade down Main Street starting at 9:30 a.m. on July 4th.”

Does City Hall really believe that fireworks on the beach on the Fourth of July do more damage to our environment than its own wholesale removal of trees and its aggressive economic polices that have elevated our daily transient population to 300,000?

Whither the Weather 6/20 – 6/27

By Ava Tramer

Beaches
Mostly sunny and hot
Highs: 70-80; Lows: 60-65

Inland
Clear and hot
Highs: 92-105; Lows: 60-66

Deserts
Hot and sunny
Highs: 105-116; Lows: 75-84

And Santa Monica…

Summer arrives here on June 21, and he wants to make sure we know it! With clear skies, hot temperatures, and plenty of sun, Mr. Summer is making it obvious that he’s officially arrived! After announcing himself with scorching temperatures, Mr. Summer takes pity on us, and temperatures will cool down a bit (no more 90s and 80s for us!) and hover in the lovely 70s all week long. So please help me give a warm welcome to Mr. Summer. He’s going to be here for about three months, and if I know Mr. Summer, I bet they’ll be a fantastic three months!