Leno returns to Hermosa Beach Comedy Club, absolves steamer car that burned him

  by Kevin Cody Sunday evening, one month after Jay Leno suffered face, hand, and chest burns so severe he required skin grafts, he was welcomed back to the Comedy and Magic Club with standing ovations at the start, and close of his performance. “You’d never know he had a problem,” John Bartlet, a Manhattan Beach resident and Comedy Club regular said following the show. Leno was burned November 12, when gasoline from a 1907 steam car he was working…

Bringing that blank page to life

By Bondo Wyszpolski

“Novelist as a Vocation,” by Haruki Murakami, trans. by Philip Gabriel and Ted Goossen (Alfred A. Knopf, 208 pp, $28) by Bondo Wyszpolski With over 20 books available in English, Haruki Murakami is the most widely-read Japanese author in this country. His recent novels include “Killing Commendatore” and “Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of…

“Christmas with the Campbells” – Turkey rehash [MOVIE REVIEW]

By Neely Swanson

Santa must be very unhappy this year because he left us with a piece of coal (actually something a lot smellier) in our stockings called “Christmas with the Campbells.” Directed perfunctorily by Clare Niederpruem, who in all honesty wasn’t given much to work with, and written badly and sophomorically (or is that moronically) by Vince…

Holy cow, a new barbecue in Redondo

By Richard Foss

I have spent a lot of time around people who enjoy food a lot and love arguing about it even more, and fans of barbecue are some of the most obsessive. They’ll quibble over the proper texture of the meat, components of the rub, appropriate level of smokiness, balance of sweetness, vinegar, and peppers in…

Artesia heats up, Hermosa gets more Mexican, Cafe Pierre Brigadoon, wine events, and more

By Richard Foss

Never Thought I’d Type This: For the first time since I started writing these columns, the Artesia corridor is the center of local dining news. I have been expecting some energy in this area, since it has high traffic, more available parking, and lower rents than the beach city downtowns, but not for so many…