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It’ll brighten up your evening

It’ll brighten up your evening

All lit up, and somewhere to go A glowing review, of course by Bondo Wyszpolski The wonders of orchestrated illumination are to be found in “GLOW” at the South Coast Botanic Garden. This nightly event, in collaboration with San Pedro-based California Outdoor Lighting, allows guests to meander through a select area of the grounds which […]

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Sculptures in the great outdoors

Sculptures in the great outdoors

Basking in the Moonlight When “Form and Movement” came out to play by Bondo Wyszpolski As noted last week in Easy Reader, Simon Ouwerkerk’s sculptures are being quarantined inside of the Manhattan Beach Art Center—and that means no visitors. So this past Saturday they were brought out into the light of day and were available […]

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When indoor sculpture ventures outdoors

When indoor sculpture ventures outdoors

Sculptures on the move Simon Ouwerkerk puts his pedal to the metal in Manhattan Beach by Bondo Wyszpolski Across the board, artists have been cheated. Cheated from performing in front of a live audience or from having their work viewed in person. Right now there’s a full gallery with sculptures by Simon Ouwerkerk in the […]

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While smoking and drinking in Brazil

While smoking and drinking in Brazil

“Kiss Me Again as I Ride Off into the Sunset” A fictional aside for your reading pleasure by Bondo Wyszpolski In the salon and smoking lounge of Captain Nemo’s Underwater Seafood Restaurant, the Brazilian writer Jô Soares has just told Moacyr Scliar and others that “This is the kind of fable I think you’ll enjoy.” […]

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“On stage” – Mira Costa drama zooms in

“On stage” – Mira Costa drama zooms in

It’s showtime! Mira Costa drama students star in two fall productions by Bondo Wyszpolski It’s not ideal, and it’s not how anyone envisioned doing this earlier in the year, but the Mira Costa High School Drama and Tech Department has adapted to the rules and rigors of the pandemic and is forging ahead with two […]

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Dave’s bookshop: a new edition

Dave’s bookshop: a new edition

Chapter Two Dave’s Olde Book Shop turns the page… by Bondo Wyszpolski Bookstores that only traffic in new items are great if we’re in search of a current title, but secondhand bookstores fulfill a niche that’s no less vital, and quite often more rewarding, for the simple fact that one may find an out-of-print gem […]

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No smiling: Ray Carofano’s “Faces of Pedro”

No smiling: Ray Carofano’s “Faces of Pedro”

From Street to Studio Ray Carofano’s “Faces of Pedro” shows the essence of lives lived by Bondo Wyszpolski It’s easy to be flippant about someone’s looks, as when Oscar Wilde wrote that “A man’s face is his autobiography. A woman’s face is her work of fiction.” While that may be good for a chuckle, when […]

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Mesopotamian art: sorta, kinda, not on display at the Getty Villa

Mesopotamian art: sorta, kinda, not on display at the Getty Villa

Once upon a time and far away “Mesopotamia: Civilization,” closed before it opened at the Getty Villa by Bondo Wyszpolski I want you to read this, and weep. Among the hundreds of art events or exhibitions that have not happened this year and may not happen at all, “Mesopotamia: Civilization Begins” is one of the […]

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Hosted by {pages}, Nicole Wachell discusses her new novel on Thursday

Hosted by {pages}, Nicole Wachell discusses her new novel on Thursday

Meeting the man in the mirror Local author and teacher discusses her new novel on Thursday by way of {pages}: a bookstore by Bondo Wyszpolski Nicole Wachell is in her 12th year teaching English at Mira Costa High School. She’s also co-chair of the department. But when we met last week at Polliwog Park it […]

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Clayton Kershaw goes the distance

Clayton Kershaw goes the distance

Kershaw teams up with Skechers shoes, Zislis Group beer Dodger Ace loosens up with Manhattan Beach businesses beer, shoes by Bondo Wyszpolski The Los Angeles Dodgers have once again entered the post-season playoffs, and the first team they’re facing is the Milwaukee Brewers. Which presently brings to mind Clayton Kershaw. Why is that? A pitcher […]

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PV Art Center highlights Belgian post-impressionist Paul Martel

PV Art Center highlights Belgian post-impressionist Paul Martel

Color was the soul of his painting Belgian post-impressionist Paul Martel’s online art show by Bondo Wyszpolski The Palos Verdes Art Center has been very good to Paul Martel, the Belgian Post-Impressionist painter, born in 1879, who fell out of the game, so to speak, when he and his American-born wife Muriel returned to America, […]

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The Torrance Cultural Arts Center forges ahead: a talk with Christian Wolf

The Torrance Cultural Arts Center forges ahead: a talk with Christian Wolf

Empty stages Progress and possibility at the Torrance Cultural Arts Center by Bondo Wyszpolski Those shows that you attended at the James Armstrong Theatre, the George Nakano Theatre, and elsewhere at the Torrance Cultural Arts Center? The man responsible for getting them booked and onstage is Christian Wolf. But then, in March, everything went south […]

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Drica Lobo’s vibrant artwork at ShockBoxx

Drica Lobo’s vibrant artwork at ShockBoxx

Be Here Now Drica Lobo’s ShockBoxx show is about connection, and being in the moment by Bondo Wyszpolski Drica Lobo celebrated her birthday last Saturday evening by hosting the virtual opening of “Decoding the Flow,” up through Sept. 12 at ShockBoxx in Hermosa Beach. The exhibition is like a big candy box with its vibrant […]

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Literary icon: Bukowski at 100

Literary icon: Bukowski at 100

Light some candles, raise a glass Remembering Charles Bukowski on his 100th birthday This Sunday, August 16, Charles Bukowski would be drinking a glass of wine and celebrating his 100th birthday, but his earthly partying came to an end in 1994 and so the rest of us will have to do the drinking and the […]

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Quality films for home viewing

Quality films for home viewing

Let’s dim the lights and screen a movie Film quartet: “A White, White Day”; “A Girl Missing”; “Shanghai Triad”; and “You Never Had It: An Evening with Bukowski” by Bondo Wyszpolski The movie-going experience at our local theaters may have to wait, but recent or re-digitized arthouse films are available on DVD or through virtual […]

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