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 that would have been lost, and in fact the show has been embraced by high schools…

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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…

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Artistic double-whammy “Show within the Show” at Destination: Art by Bondo Wyszpolski Appointments to view the work in person are still required, but Destination: Art has just unveiled an exhibition of over 75 pieces by nearly 40 members of its Associate Artists, and if that isn’t quite enough to take in there’s also “Portraits of…

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A self-made writer and his hard luck hero In another galaxy with Hermosa Beach resident Steven Campbell by Bondo Wyszpolski So what happens when you’re the highest paid computer programmer in your company and you get laid off because, well, you’re the highest paid programmer on the payroll and these days new hires are getting…

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Cinematic ebb and flow The South Bay Film Society has returned to the AMC Rolling Hills 20, but will their rental agreement be feasible to keep it there? by Bondo Wyszpolski Nine years ago, Randy Berler inaugurated the South Bay Film Society with a screening of “Three Colors: Red,” and he sold out his entire…

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The rejuvenating touch Eva Matysek breathes new life into old or damaged art by Bondo Wyszpolski In 1929, two years after he’d designed the murals for Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, John Gabriel Beckman was commissioned by William Wrigley, Jr., to create the murals for the Avalon Theatre inside the Catalina Casino. The auditorium is…

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We’re doing everything possible to bring you home Waking up after 28 years, a man walks outside by Bondo Wyszpolski [Author’s note: Jô Soares, Luiz Alfredo Garcia Roza, João Ubaldo Ribeira, etc, are Brazilian writers. They’re sitting at a cafe in Rio de Janeiro (in March of 2002) and telling one another their ideas for…

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The years of living dangerously “L.A. Graffiti Black Book,” by David Brafman (Getty Publications, 166 pp., $35) by Bondo Wyszpolski Let’s give Angst the first word: “Is graffiti vandalism or art? Yes.” Street art, the kind you might notice on a nearby fence as you hop into your car to go to work, tends to…

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In dreadful times, a musical milestone Andy and Renee? They never went away by Bondo Wyszpolski The South Bay’s preeminent musical folk-rock duo, Andy and Renee, have been performing week after week after week, yes, even during the time of the coronavirus. Furthermore, no one’s had to leave home in order to enjoy their music.…

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Still swimming upriver “Pick of the Vine” streams online through March by Bondo Wyszpolski Little Fish Theatre, located in the arts district of downtown San Pedro, is arguably the best stage in the South Bay on account of the company’s willingness to tackle new or seldom-performed plays. Before the start of each season, the selection…

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Hermosa’s Jazz, punk legacy to be featured at MB film fest “Jazz v. Punk”—I think it’s a draw by Bondo Wyszpolski The Florana International Film Festival takes place Friday and Saturday atop the Manhattan Village Mall parking structure with the same 25-30 short films each evening. One of the highlights of the event was shot…

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Rural romantic “A Memoir of Samuel Palmer,” by Samuel Palmer, A.H. Palmer, and F.G. Stephens (Getty Publications, 96 pp., $10.95) by Bondo Wyszpolski In addition to its often meaty and handsome art catalogues, the Getty has since 2018 been releasing a series of low-priced, small-format paperbacks under the general title of “Lives of the Artists.”…

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Movies in Manhattan A new, drive-in film festival will take place on the rooftop level of the Manhattan Village parking structure by Bondo Wyszpolski Over the years, Manhattan Beach has hosted numerous artistic events, and sometimes there’s one the likes of which we haven’t seen. The Florana International Film Festival is a case in point.…

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Can we take a rain check? Dora Maar, Surrealist painter and photographer Originally I might have titled this piece “No longer a footnote,” but the scheduled exhibition of Dora Maar’s photography, photo-collages, and paintings never made it to the Getty. However, the show, which originated at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, traveled to the Tate…

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