Hawaiian Slack Key Festival  returns to Redondo on Sunday

by Jefferson Graham Two-time Grammy winner and Maui native Jeff Peterson will be among the performers at the 15th annual Southern California Slack Key festival this Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Redondo Beach  Slack key music got its biggest boost in 2011, with “The Descendants,” a George Clooney film featuring Hawaiian artists on the…

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Sunday Manhattan Beach Photowalk, 4 p.m.

Join me Sunday 1/16 for a late afternoon free sunset photowalk at the Manhattan Beach Pier. And please bring your smartphone! No fancy camera needed. The free event is a socially distanced, fun gathering of like-minded individuals who love the Manhattan Beach Pier and want to enjoy the sunset together. Is there a better way…

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Travel: San Francisco’s Mission Murals

There are over 1,000 murals in the city of San Francisco, and the biggest concentration of them are located in the historic Mission District.  When visiting San Francisco, sure, the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf and Coit Tower are fantastic places to see, but the Mission is well worth checking out.  I recently filmed an…

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Best of 2021: Photowalks Season 2

Even in the midst of a pandemic, we still managed to bring the Photowalk cameras to some great places year for season 2 of the travel photography series, so if you’ll indulge me, a quick look back at highlights from a strange year. I just put together a highlight reel from the just concluded season which begins…

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Explore Redondo Beach with a Photowalk

We all live in the South Bay and love it. But when’s the last time you got out of the car and explored one of our local jewels on foot? The holidays are a great time to re-explore the largest and most diverse of the Beach Cities, Redondo Beach. And since my mom Judy lives…

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Surfing Santa brings smiles with surf to the beach cities

  Video by Jefferson Graham Special thanks to Derek Levy, Body Glove, Pat Ryan/ET Surf, Jefferson Graham Hermosa Beach Surfer Walk of Fame inductee Derek Levy said he first aspired to be Surfing Santa over four decades ago, when he was on the Mira Costa High surf team, and saw Surfing Santa on Easy Reader’s…

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Video: Surfing Santa, 2021 edition

Watch Hermosa Beach chiropractor and surf champ Derek Levy take you to the waves for his second year as the Easy Reader’s Surfing Santa, in this latest video.  Surfing Santa is an Easy Reader tradition that’s now in its 42nd year. 

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Travel: the Other Side of Oahu, Hawaii

The island of Oahu, as many travelers know, is the most visited of the Hawaiian islands, and home to 75% of the state’s population. Of the 1.4 million residents of the state, 1 million of them live in Honolulu County. You all know Honolulu, even if you haven’t been there. Big city, high rises, Waikiki…

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Travel: Palm Springs Weekend

Palm Springs is 90 miles or so from the South Bay and a fabulous to visit in the winter and spring, when warmer temperatures are so welcome. The mountains are snow capped, the desert flowers are full of life and blooms. And what a great time to hang by the pool.  We recently took a…

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Get ready for Sunday – Pierhenge is back!

Manhattan Beach sunset

Last year we told you about the throngs of photographers gathered under the Manhattan Beach Pier for the twice yearly event known as “Pierhenge.” That’s a magic moment when the sun sets perfectly in-between the two pillars of the Pier, making for a killer shot that attracts many, many photographers and beach lovers.  It happened…

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Travel: visit Zion National Park in Utah

  I recently returned from a week in the Zion Canyon, Utah area, photographing one of my favorite places in the world. You can see the results in my latest Photowalks episode, S2:E4, from Zion. Meanwhile, if you’re not up on Zion, let me fill you in a bit. It is one of the great…

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Easy Reader is back in downtown Hermosa Beach

After six years away, in an office complex on Pacific Coast Highway, the Easy Reader offices are back where they belong, in the heart of downtown Hermosa.  The new address: 67 14th Street, right next to the Grandview Inn.  “It’s very uplifting to be here,” says Kevin Cody, the owner-publisher of the Easy Reader. The…

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The art of photographing Manhattan Beach

How can you not fall in love with Manhattan Beach?  I’ve been photographing her for over 25 years, since moving here in 1996, and let’s face it, there’s not a bad angle down by the beach, whether that be early morning, mid-day, sunset, from the left, right or above.  For my YouTube Photowalks travel photography…

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Photographing the South Bay Lightning without getting hit

After he got an alert about strange weather coming to Manhattan Beach, local photographer Pete Halvorsen snapped into action.  “That seemed like a really good opportunity to go the beach,” says Halvorsen, who lives in East Manhattan. After all, it’s not every day we see thunder and lighting in the South Bay.  Richard Podgurski Jr.,…

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