Jimmy Miller to be remembered in songs by Quinn, Lindberg at BeneFiesta in Manhattan Beach

Actor/musician Ed Quinn and Pennywise songwriter/vocalist Jim Lindberg responded in similar ways upon hearing of the suicide of their surfer/musician friend Jimmy Miller in 2005. Quinn had actually written a song with Miller. Lindberg wrote a song about Miller after his passing.  Neither had any intention of ever performing the songs. Quinn wrote his song with Miller while the two were on a surf trip to Bali. Lindberg wrote his song after learning of Miller’s death while Pennywise was performing…

On Saturday, dive into “Immersion”

By Bondo Wyszpolski

Under the waterline “Ming H2 Wu: Immersion” opens Saturday at the Palos Verdes Art Center by Bondo Wyszpolski They’re graceful and sensual, these young women, as they seemingly glide or drift in their gowns or among strands of tissue-thin fabric. They’re also several feet underwater. “Immersion” is a set of 39 images photographed by Ming…

“The Convert” – Not what you think [MOVIE REVIEW]

By Neely Swanson

There are films that defy expectations and there are those that turn those expectations upside down. Lee Tamahori’s “The Convert” is a movie that does both. Tamahori, a Maori/English filmmaker from New Zealand, burst on the scene in 1994 with “Once Were Warriors” about a violent Maori family. In “The Convert,” he returns to those…

Not just for aristocrats

By Richard Foss

I fondly remember the Beach Hut in Manhattan Beach, a happy little shack that was the introduction to Hawaiian food for South Bay locals. They were noted for giant portions of cheap food that was then regarded as exotic. This is where we first experienced loco moco, spam musubi, sweet fried bread, curiously addictive macaroni…

Mongolian in Redondo, Brazilian in Hermosa, food festivals and other events

By Richard Foss

Steppes to the Beach: Thanks to a recent opening, Redondo has a curious distinction — it’s home to one of only two restaurants in greater Los Angeles serving real Mongolian cuisine. Ayan, which means “life” in Mongolian, is located in the former Denny’s at Artesia and Aviation. They opened last week, serving the dumplings, stir-fries,…