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Wednesday, September 2


Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel

1700 Ocean Avenue, CA, CA 90401


Dianne Feinstein, California's senior Senator, will talk to the Los Angeles World Affairs Council over dinner on September 2nd. In a fireside chat format, she will discuss issues of concern to California and the nation: drought, global warming, and national security, including the recent Senate Intelligence Committee report on torture, which she oversaw.

Senator Feinstein, who was reelected in 2012 with the most popular votes in any US Senate election in history, has had an extensive and ground-breaking career in public service. Feinstein was the first woman President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors (1969), the first woman Mayor of San Francisco (1978), and the first woman elected Senator of California (1992). She was the first woman to head the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence that oversees the nation's 16 intelligence agencies, and the first woman to preside over the swearing in of a US President (Barack Obama's 2009 inauguration). She has championed fuel economy standards, California desert protection, crime victims' rights, an assault weapons ban, the national AMBER Alert Network, and a ban on rogue Internet pharmacies. She has raised more than $65 million for breast cancer research, serves as the Chair of the Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control and Co-Chair of the Senate Women's Caucus on Burma.

Born in San Francisco, Feinstein graduated from Stanford University with a BA in history.

**Please RSVP by August 31st, 2015. Ticket prices range from $85 for LAWAC Members, $95 for Guest of Members, and $110 for Non-Members. Cancellations must be made two business days before the event to secure a refund. For more infomration about LAWAC membership and events, please visit our website on www.lawac.org or calls us on (424) 258-6160.**

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Thursday, September 3

108 Rock Star Guitars Exhibit at Ultimate Lifestyle Shopping Destination RONROBINSON


500 Broadway, Santa Monica, 90401

5:00pm to 8:00pm

108 Rock Star Guitars author and photographer Lisa S. Johnson has partnered with the ultimate lifestyle shopping destination RONROBINSON in Santa Monica, Calif., to host a guitar-themed reception and book signing on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015 from 5 – 8 p.m. Featuring Johnson’s stunning original photography showcasing the instruments of guitar gods like Jimmy Page, Slash, Carlos Santana and more, the opening reception is open to the public and free of charge.

DJ Apollo Starr will provide music by spinning classic rock music by guitarists featured in 108 Rock Star Guitars. Additionally, guitar-themed refreshments brought by Wines That Rock, and a Jimmy Page Gibson SG EDS 1275 double-neck cake by renowned bakery Brie Darling Cakes (formerly Cakesheads L.A.) will be served.

108 Rock Star Guitars is an embossed, red leatherette book by photographer and author Lisa S. Johnson launched in 2013 (hardcover) and 2014 (softcover). Both books are 396 pages containing 486 gorgeous color images on high-quality paper using a six-color printing process. Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen, Jimmy Page, Keith Richards, Jeff Beck, Nancy Wilson, Bonnie Raitt, Slash, Carlos Santana, Jack White, Ronnie Wood, Lou Reed, Ace Frehley, Billy Gibbons, Don Felder, Joe Walsh, Robby Krieger, Willie Nelson, Johnny Winter, and Les Paul, who also wrote the foreword, are among the rock stars whose instruments are featured. The book has recently garnered the prestigious Silver Graphis Award, and American Photo magazine named it one of the “Best Photo Books of the Year” for 2013. Brian Setzer called it, “The classiest guitar book I have ever seen.”

Ron Robinson began his Los Angeles retail career in the late 1960’s, and in 1978, RONROBINSON, Inc. opened its doors at Fred Segal on Melrose Avenue. With the store’s reputation for a curated selection of high-quality merchandise and outstanding service, RONROBINSON captured a quintessentially California aesthetic and quickly became a Los Angeles retail icon and destination for musicians and stars such as Elton John, Janis Joplin, and the Beach Boys. In November of 2014, Ron Robinson opened a 5,500 square foot, free-standing, open-concept storefront in Santa Monica. The eponymous store, features a unique shopping experience, with the same expertly selected home goods, men and women’s apparel, books, jewelry, and beauty accessories. RONROBINSON continues to reinvent the concept of a retail environment and regularly hosts diverse collaborations with Southern California based artists, musicians, and designers.

The opening reception will take place Thursday, September 3, from 5 – 8 p.m., and the exhibit will run through Saturday, October 10, 2015 at RONROBINSON, located at 1327 Fifth Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401.

NOTES: On-site media interview opportunities with Lisa S. Johnson are available. Photography and video permitted.

ON-SITE MEDIA CONTACT: Pauline France (call or text) 1-480-567-4887

Media RSVP required by August 31, 2015. Please RSVP to [email protected]

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Friday, September 4


Aero Theater

1328 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, 90403


One of our favorite guests, the legendary Carl Reiner stops by for a signing of his latest book What I Forgot to Remember and Q&A following his 1982 film noir spoof DEAD MEN DON'T WEAR PLAID, which uses some creative editing to insert classic film stars such as Ingrid Bergman into the story alongside star Steve Martin. Alfred Hitchcock’s superb espionage thriller NOTORIOUS (which Bergman's scenes are borrowed from) also screens!

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Saturday, September 5

Raymond Saunders "Recent Works"

Lora Schlesinger Gallery

2525 Michigan Ave. B5b, Santa Monica, 90404


“In the process of painting, for the one thing that someone sees, there are innumerable things that they never see”

– Raymond Saunders

Raymond Saunders has been an important presence in American Contemporary Art for over 50 years. Frequently compared to Cy Twombly, Robert Rauschenberg and Jean-Michel Basquiat, Raymond Saunder’s voice has remained unclassifiable and singular. Unique in its expression, within each piece his voice is heard in dialogue with itself; like a freestyle jazz session where various instruments interact and respond with chance and intention, with rawness, and control.

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Sunday, September 6

Wokcano Santa Monica Labor Day Weekend White Party 9-6

Del Frisco's Grille Santa Monica

1551 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, 90401

8:00pm to 2:00am

Spend your Labor Day weekend by the beach at Wokcano Santa Monica's Labor Day White Party on Sunday, Sept. 6. Enjoy music from DJ Ivory and DJ Frankie and complimentary hors d'oeuvres from 8-10PM. There is no cover and all white attire is required. Dance under the stars on Wokcano’s stunning outdoor patio this holiday weekend!

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Wokcano Santa Monica Labor Day Weekend White Party 9-6

Wokcano Santa Monica

1413 5th St., Sana Monica, 90401

8:00pm to 2:00am

Spend your Labor Day weekend by the beach at Wokcano Santa Monica's Labor Day White Party on Sunday, Sept. 6. Enjoy music from DJ Ivory and DJ Frankie and complimentary hors d'oeuvres from 8-10PM. There is no cover and all white attire is required. Dance under the stars on Wokcano’s stunning outdoor patio this holiday weekend!

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Wednesday, September 9

An Evening with Aasif Mandvi No Land’s Man

New Roads School

3131 Olympic Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90404


Aasif Mandvi is well known for his work as a correspondent on Comedy Central’s Emmy-winning show, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.  He is writing, producing, and starring in the HBO series, The Brink, co-starring Jack Black and Tim Robbins. No Land’s Man is a collection of humorous and personal stories of a second-generation immigrant’s search for meaning and identity in an increasingly confusing world.   \

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