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Articles from the June 27, 2019 edition

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  • Can a Southern Girl Find Peace and Contentment, at a SoCal Awards Show Gifting Suite?

    Sterling Roberts, Observer Staff Writer|Jun 27, 2019

    I, a nineteen year old North Carolinian, attended a gifting suite for the BET awards this past Saturday morning in downtown Los Angeles. "What is a gifting suite?", you might ask. Well, prior to this venture, I didn't know either. Because I feel that many people are unaware of what a gifting suite would entail, I'm breaking down its ins and outs. Let's start with a definition: a gifting suite is an event which is connected to a particular awards ceremony to entice celebrities into promoting...

  • Classic Book "The Diary of Anne Frank" Retold From a Feline Perspective

    Mary Leipziger, Observer Staff Writer|Jun 27, 2019

    In 1996 Steven Rubin had the idea for retelling this tale in another media. His friend David Miller was a knowledgable of children's literature, had a poetic nature and they worked well together. Originally they thought of making an animated movie, but 3 years ago they went back to the idea of writing it as a book. David was in charge of production of the Criterion Collection which invented an the interactive sound track for classical feature films. Steven is an expert of James Bond movies and i...

  • The Politics of Pastrami: Fromin's Celebrating 40 Years, Signs Lease for the next 20 years

    Sterling Roberts, Observer Staff Writer|Jun 27, 2019

    If you live in Santa Monica, you know Fromin's. Whether you're a regular at the deli or someone who simply drives past the restaurant on the way to work, you have most likely heard of this Wilshire Blvd eating spot. As a self proclaimed family restaurant, they have become a staple in the community for 40 years. Fromin's which first opened its doors in Encino was started by Dennis Fromin in 1962. At one point, Fromin's had four locations but has since decided to only have one location Santa...

  • The Biggest sporting event in the world just took place over the weekend and it was a thriller!

    Preity Upala, Observer Staff Writer|Jun 27, 2019

    Move over FIFA, Wimbledon, Basketball, American Football and the rest. The biggest sporting event in the world, which took place over the weekend, is none of these, but actually a Cricket match between India and Pakistan! And it's happening during the preliminary rounds of the Cricket World Cup in Manchester, United Kingdom on Sunday. And it beats all the rest! The FIFA World Cup Final last year between France and Croatia had roughly 1.5 billion viewers. Yet this standard, Round Robin match...

  • The Downfall of Art: An Interview with Seidman Gallery's Cathy Seidman

    Sterling Roberts, Observer Staff Writer|Jun 27, 2019

    Having been in the art and framing business for 25 years, Cathy Seidman has witnessed the downfall of art. Cathy, and her sister, Connie, own the Seidman Gallery in Culver City. When asked how she feels about the way art is going, Cathy replied that she was pessimistic. She claims that there are two sides of the downfall of art: when regular people began putting art in their homes and when the television took the place of art above the fireplace. As experts in decorating homes and corporate...

  • DoorDash, Postmates and Uber Eats Have Emptied Local Restaurants, some staff say

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Jun 27, 2019

    Yogi Berra reportedly once said about a particular New York restaurant, "no one goes there anymore. You can never get a seat it's so crowded." The opposite is apparently true at some local eateries: the culprit Karen: DoorDash, Postmates, Uber eats and the like. Such delivery services may add $5 or $10 to the cost of a meal. But using them means that diners don't have to wait in line, or drive to the restaurant at all. As a consequence, Juan at Izzy's Deli on Wilshire reports he has eight...

  • Samohi Alum Pursue Dream, Release Game Changing Board Game

    Justin Golden, Observer Staff Writer|Jun 27, 2019

    A group of seven friends who grew up in California and met in high school and college have gotten together to design a board game. Samohi alum Bobby Butchko, Justin Golden, and Vincent Nagoshi as well as Kyle Calip, Alyssa Gahagan, Peter Nguyen, and Evan Rank all shared a mutual love for all things board, card, and tabletop game. Not only did they want to release their own game, and pursue a dream of theirs, but to release a game that provides a card game experience, without the overhead of...