BeachLife Festival to bring music back to Seaside Lagoon, Redondo Beach

by Mark McDermott Seven hundred and thirty eight days ago, Willie Nelson stood on the main stage at the BeachLife Festival in Redondo Beach. The sun had just gone down over King Harbor, forming a spectacular, multi-hued backdrop behind the legendary singer that, like the festival itself, seemed almost too joyous to be real.  Musical highlights were many. Black Crowes’ Chris Robinson joined Grateful Dead tribe elder Bob Weir to close out Friday night. Beach Boys Brian Wilson and Al…

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“There Is No Evil” – If everything is evil [MOVIE REVIEW]

By Neely Swanson

“There is No Evil,” is a profound and uncomfortable exploration of the blurry lines between personal morality and right and wrong, by Iranian filmmaker Mohammad Rasulof. It is almost impossible to summarize each distinct chapter without revealing an important story point acting as a spoiler. Rasulof, who has, himself, been jailed by the Iranian regime…

PVHS drama dept. streams “Urinetown”

By Bondo Wyszpolski

PV High’s “Urinetown” goes with the flow Director (and Hermosa native) Nicole Thompson had challenges aplenty by Bondo Wyszpolski One might have wagered that a musical called “Urinetown” would have a strike or two against it from the start, let alone little chance of reaching Broadway (and pulling in three Tony Awards). It’s a wager…

Pure and sweet [restaurant review]

By Richard Foss

One of the hit films of the 1960s was La Dolce Vita, a bleak comedy about shallow, thrill-seeking hipsters in Rome. The title, which means “The Sweet Life,” is ironic in that the sophisticates have wealth but not the capacity to enjoy it, nor to appreciate simple pleasures and natural beauty. The essence of the…

Steaks and beer, The Deck endures, upcoming openings, scam alert, and other dining news

By Richard Foss

Blossoming In Spring: LA County’s movement to the lowest tier of pandemic restrictions occurs just as restaurateurs are gearing up for the summer crowds. This is a happy event for both established places, and new projects that have been able to navigate the maze of permits and find staff in a very tight market. I’ll…