Entertainment

 Neely Swanson

“The Weasels’ Tale” – Caught by the tail [MOVIE REVIEW]

“The Weasels’ Tale” – Caught by the tail [MOVIE REVIEW]

by Neely Swanson “The Weasels’ Tale,” a delightfully frothy film directed by Oscar winner Juan José Campanella (“The Secret in their Eyes”), co-writing with Darren Kloomok, is a high wire act in a circus of the expected and the surprising. Synopsizing this film would be impossible without revealing spoilers throughout, as this is a story […]

 Neely Swanson

“Alex Wheatle” – Swings a small but mighty axe [MOVIE REVIEW]

“Alex Wheatle” – Swings a small but mighty axe [MOVIE REVIEW]

by Neely Swanson Written and directed by Steve McQueen and cowritten by Alastair Siddons, “Alex Wheatle” is episode 4 out of 5 in McQueen’s small axe series. Like the other episodes in this series, it gets its inspiration from the African proverb upon which Bob Marley based his song, “Small Axe.” “So if you are […]

 Bondo Wyszpolski

Pricey Diggs: No concerts? Let’s record!

Pricey Diggs: No concerts? Let’s record!

Making music when you can’t play music On the road again? Not yet, but… by Bondo Wyszpolski The year dawned promisingly for most of us, or so we thought. And so thought Mark McMillen and Annie Boreson, the Manhattan Beach-based husband and wife duo who have lived in the South Bay for 10-plus years and […]

 Bondo Wyszpolski

David Wolfram’s farewell art show

David Wolfram’s farewell art show

David Wolfram, former president of Destination: Art and one of the founding artists of the Torrance-based studio, is packing his bags and leaving town, but not before his online solo show opens with a Zoom reception on Saturday (on view through Dec. 20). Wolfram has been a noted artist on the local scene for many […]

 Ryan McDonald

Trapped in paradise: Manhattan Beach’s Pages hosts authors Stan Parish and Daniel Riley for stories about places we can only imagine (for now)

Trapped in paradise: Manhattan Beach’s Pages hosts authors Stan Parish and Daniel Riley for stories about places we can only imagine (for now)

by Ryan McDonald In the penultimate chapter of Sherwood Anderson’s “Winesburg, Ohio,” the newspaper reporter George Willard is preparing to leave the village where he grew up for the big city. He spends the day walking through the county fair, alone amid the crowd and increasingly conscious of the stakes of getting older. He has […]

 Neely Swanson

“Heaven’s Gate: The Cult of Cults” – Another highway to Heaven [MOVIE REVIEW]

“Heaven’s Gate: The Cult of Cults” – Another highway to Heaven [MOVIE REVIEW]

by Neely Swanson “Heaven’s Gate: The Cult of Cults” is, as the publicity states, a thorough examination of the mysterious group that committed mass suicide in 1997 in a luxurious Rancho Santa Fe, California home. All were wearing identical Buster Brown haircuts, clothing adorned with badges that said “Heaven’s Gate Away Team,” and black Nike […]

 Neely Swanson

“The Accidental Wolf” – Knocking on her door [MOVIE REVIEW]

“The Accidental Wolf” – Knocking on her door [MOVIE REVIEW]

by Neely Swanson “The Accidental Wolf,” written and directed by Arian Moayed, is a hybrid in many ways. Part thriller, part psychological drama, part family crisis, part conspiracy theory, “The Accidental Wolf” explores all of these aspects through the eyes of Katie Bonner, a wealthy Manhattan housewife and new mother. The world of Katie and […]

 Bondo Wyszpolski

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 […]