Have peace your way (with ketchup)

By Mikey Tittinger

Taking vigorous action to bring about social change, or activism, comes in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes it comes wrapped in a foldable, food-grade paper burger box.

 

Despite getting a big, greasy fat rejection from its rival with the golden arches, Burger King is pressing on with an attempt to create a showpiece burger in harmony with other fast-food joints. All in the name of peace. The King needs its fellow jesters to help create (and market) the Peace Burger, a one-day Frankenstein merger of meat patties to honor the United Nations’ International Day of Peace (Sept. 21).

 

They’re spreading peace like they slather Whopper sauce.

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Caution! That video is dangerous

By Katharine Romefelt
The wide broadcasting of last week’s tragedy in Roanoke has renewed the debate about firearms in our country. But it also raises concerns over the merits of violent videos on social media.
Some exposure to tragic events can be a good thing, in that they prompt activism or bring a community together. Following the Rodney King footage in 1991, when white police officers were filmed repeatedly beating a black suspect after a high-speed chase, efforts to curb police brutality and retrain officers were put into effect. But we aren’t obligated to watch every morbid event caught on film to become more knowledgeable about the world.

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Pop some tags, help some kids

By Megan Tambio

As the poet Macklemore taught us, a thrift shop can be a magical place. Assistance League of Santa Monica (ALSM) has one that will keep your closet and wallet stuffed and, of course, help support a great cause.

better thrift 2ALSM’s thrift shop has everything you could want — clothes (both current and vintage to keep you looking good for the new school year), jewelry, home supplies (for Mom and Dad) and a collection of books for your reading pleasure (or for, you know, school. Sorry to bring it up again). You can make room for all your new swag by donating items to the shop.

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Hey there, Muscles

By Katharine Romefelt

Ready to get ripped? Being kind to your body and your health is one of the easiest ways to clear your mind and feel refreshed so that, unhampered by stress, you can be your best self from day to day. And “Hey There Muscles” at the Santa Monica Pier next Saturday (Aug. 8) is an adventurous way to get your body moving.

Screen Shot 2015-07-30 at 3.20.05 PMLed by instructors from Ferrigno FIT, “Hey There Muscles” lasts about an hour and includes a short “self awareness talk”, followed by an intense 50 minutes of interval training that will challenge your mind, body and spirit.

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Cause Celeb: Long wields guitar against mental illness

by Colin Newton

If singer-songwriter Bobby Long has one solid piece of advice, it might be to keep playing the cello. That was his first instrument, which he foolishly quit playing when he was 12.

“I literally know as much as everybody else,” he told Giive a (bleep) with a laugh.

But Long is still pretty solid on anything resembling a guitar, and he has more than just one piece of advice.

BL MG_0078 cropped by Eric PetersonHis latest album, Ode to Thinking, is as thoughtful as they come, the result of changing perspectives and taking time with friends to look at events that matter in a social sense.

“I just feel like I’ve changed a little bit as a person. I’m a little bit more into my surroundings and socially,” Long said. “We have conversations about an article or a segment on the news or a bill that passed.

“I wasn’t necessarily trying to write from my perspective.”

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