The invisible rope

    by Mark McDermott and Ryan McDonald  A rope went up on the beach below Bruce’s Lodge on June 23, 1912, the very first Sunday the resort that welcomed Black beachgoers to Manhattan Beach was in operation. Though the man responsible for roping off of the beach was one of the city’s founders, George Peck, the rope itself was hardly just symbolic. It was accompanied by “No Trespassing” signs and deputy constables who told Black beachgoers they could not…

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Cars chase MBPD K9 support

By Easy Reader Staff

Story and photos by Mia Dowdell Six blocks of vintage and custom cars were on display at the 3rd Annual Manhattan Beach Car Show on Sunday, Sept. 26, in downtown Manhattan Beach Because of COVID, the third annual was four years after the show’s founding. The show raises funds for Manhattan Beach Police Canine Foundation,…

“How They Got Over: Gospel Quartets and the Road to Rock & Roll” – Not a lot of rock but plenty of roll [MOVIE REVIEW]

By Neely Swanson

Robert Clem, director, producer, editor, and photographer in his feature documentary directorial debut has set a high bar for himself. Purporting to show how black gospel quartets of the 30s, 40s, and 50s ushered in the birth of rock and roll, it does no such thing. Lacking an instructive narrative, he makes no viable case…

Brazilian in, Trinidadian out, good news for vegetarians, and other dining updates

By Richard Foss

Faith In The Future: There have been plenty of stories about gloom and doom in the restaurant industry, thanks to rising produce costs due to drought, a labor shortage, and other woes. All the same, very few restaurateurs are leaving the industry, and the lease rates for anyplace with a kitchen have trended up, not…

Hermosa’s corner of England

By Richard Foss

Many British pub names are bewildering to Americans. When I mention that I enjoyed an evening of quaffing ale at the Ferret & Firkin, or a glass of fine wine at the Boot & Flogger, people think I made these places up. Nevertheless, I did drink at both, as well as the Bear & Ragged…