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High Voltage – Power of Art’s creative energy

by Chip Reuben – This weekend, the Redondo Beach Art Group (RBAG) is taking its own community-oriented, grassroots-grown artistic force to a new level, and to a new venue – The Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center. “I wish the ‘Power of Art’ could be held here for a month,” says John LaRock, the center’s cultural […]

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Painting the Town

A photo mock-up gives the general idea of a 20 foot-long mural of downtown Hermosa circa 1920 that the all-volunteer Hermosa Beach Murals Project plans to have painted on the north face of the municipal parking structure on Hermosa Avenue, a location suggested by Councilman Pete Tucker. “We’re going to make the city more beautiful […]

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Artist Profile-Charles Perera

by Merete Horpestad

Redondo Beach artist Charles Perera has a solo show opening Wednesday at Ortega 21 in Redondo Beach. That’s close to where he lives, but far from where he was raised.

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Comedy Corner-Charlie Viracola

by Andrew Wantuck

This week I spoke with a comedian that has appeared on Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central, and Craig Ferguson. We discussed how he created his own world called Planet Charlie, creating props for Carrot Top, and a solution enabling you to never have to mow your lawn ever again.

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Artist Frank Minuto’s own little planet

As you enter the Southwest terminal at LAX this summer you’ll be greeted by a throng of giant whirring, buzzing robots. Don’t worry; they’re friendly. Their lights flash, “Happy Landings!” “Love the shoes!” and other cordial messages. Anyway, they’re only made of paint — 23 paintings and drawings  — the largest measuring eight by six […]

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Fine-Tuning the Revolution

“Marcelo! You have a girl running away with the gate! I need a bench! Any bench! Just a bench! The crate should go to the left, no – the other left.”

 Mark McDermott

Comedy Corner: Ryan Stout

Ryan Stout has a style that recalls comics of an era that’s passed us by. He digs one level deeper than some comics who hold the microphone, and his jokes always have a point of view. Yet Stout isn’t preaching from a pulpit because he is too busy crafting jokes that are respectful to the art form. They are innovative in the manner of George Carlin, Mort Sahl, Bill Hicks, and even Jonathan Swift.

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The Jazz Loft Project: Photographs and Tapes of W. Eugene Smith from 821 Sixth Avenue, 1957-1965, by Sam Stephenson

This alluring and well-illustrated book is relevant now in light of the Getty Center’s newest exhibition, “Engaged Observers: Documentary Photography since the Sixties,” because it highlights W. Eugene Smith (1918-1978) in collaboration with his second wife, Aileen M. Smith, and their in-depth photographic essay on the mercury poisoning at Minamata Bay in Japan. Although the […]

 Mark McDermott

Hotdogging: entertainment picks this week


A surrealist art show, Grease, post-punk, Greek festivities, Cannery Row’s Richard Stephens flying solo, 17 simultaneously performed love letters, Dixieland jazz, and Celebrating Wellness: the diverse choices for entertainment in the South Bay this week.

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Talking punk

Joe Sib talks about growing up punk rock in his one-man, broken word act “California Calling” at Johnny’s Dive this Thursday.

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One artist’s balancing act

by Bondo Wyszpolski


Sculptor Cinthia Joyce selects a gymnast to model for her Atlas.

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Film: “Toy Story 3”

When his son was four, my friend Chris explained the appeal the purple dinosaur Barney has to children. “When Disney or the Muppets make a film,” he said, “they always put something in it to entertain adults, too, so you don’t kill yourself when you have to watch it with your kid. And the kid knows there’s stuff in there that’s going over his head.

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Book review: She-Devil in the Mirror

The She-Devil in the Mirror, by Horacio Castellanos Moya, translated by Katherine Silver

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“Primatial”

Poem “Primatial” by JB Kennedy

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Island party

Aloha consists of this new attitude of heart, above negativism, above legalism. It is the unconditional desire to promote the true good of other people in a friendly spirit, out of a sense of kinship.