Easy Reader Staff

‘Where there’s a Willie, there’s a way’

‘Where there’s a Willie, there’s a way’

  A musical odyssey, from a Maryland farm to King Harbor by Katie Henley Saturday morning, before he went on stage, Moi from Tomorrow’s Bad Seeds asked how long I’d been working on BeachLife. I said, “Since December I’ve done nothing but work on this festival.” He laughed and said, “Katie, you’ve been working on […]

 Ryan McDonald

Punk rock lives on with fest openers X

Punk rock lives on with fest openers X

by Ryan McDonald It wouldn’t be a punk rock show if a few street urchins didn’t sneak in. By that measure and others, Thursday night’s BeachLife kickoff party featuring L.A. legends X was indeed punk rock. X, who along with Black Flag were one of six bands to appear in the influential first installment of […]

 Kevin Cody

BeachLife Silver Surfers

BeachLife Silver Surfers

 

 Easy Reader Staff

A Touch of the Dead [at BeachLife]

A Touch of the Dead [at BeachLife]

by Edith Johnson The snow was just starting to melt in the Wasatch Mountains on Sunday night. But I was far from my new home, back in my old one, sun-kissed and salty-haired with blistered feet from barefoot dancing as I took in the official BeachLife Festival after party at Saint Rocke in Hermosa Beach. […]

 Mark McDermott

The BeachLife Festival reimagines Redondo

The BeachLife Festival reimagines Redondo

by Mark McDermott Ten thousand people came to the beach last weekend in Redondo Beach, all because a teenage boy lit a fire 28 years ago. Allen Sanford was a thoughtful juvenile delinquent. He didn’t want to do harm. He just wanted people to stop and wonder for a second. So as a 13-year-old kid, […]

 Ryan McDonald

The Kid’s Alright: South Bay native Gavin Heaney has a new album shaped by the changes that have rocked his life

The Kid’s Alright: South Bay native Gavin Heaney has a new album shaped by the changes that have rocked his life

by Ryan McDonald Matich Heaney, not quite one year old, was sitting on the ground in the backyard of his Hermosa Beach home. His legs were extended wide in front of him, and his head was bobbing to some unheard music. The morning sun was peeking through the trees. Matich’s father, Gavin Heaney, sat at […]

 Ryan McDonald

Work of Art: Cypress Street fixture Keoni Boyd, after decades in surfboard industry, looks back with a Hermosa Beach gallery show steps from the places he calls home

Work of Art: Cypress Street fixture Keoni Boyd, after decades in surfboard industry, looks back with a Hermosa Beach gallery show steps from the places he calls home

by Ryan McDonald Timing is everything in surfboard manufacturing, but Keoni Boyd does not wear a watch. Nor does he have a cell phone. Going back to his days with the legendary Hermosa Beach boardmaker Wayne Miyata, Boyd used other means to punctuate the phases of making a board: When determining when to “pull tape” […]

 Kevin Cody

Retired lifeguard keeps eye on ocean, through camera lense

Retired lifeguard keeps eye on  ocean, through camera lense

by Kevin Cody Joel Gitelson spent 44 years studying the ocean, 14 of them as a New York lifeguard and 30 of them as a Los Angeles County Lifeguard. He spent his final two decades at the helm of Baywatch on Catalina island. Though he retired in 2012, he didn’t stopped studying the ocean. But […]

 Richard Foss

From Naples, with love: Locale 90 features Neapolitan pizza and rare traditional fare [Restaurant Review]

From Naples, with love:  Locale 90 features Neapolitan pizza and rare traditional fare [Restaurant Review]

Neapolitan pizza has been in the spotlight lately but restaurants serving it have little to fear from bandwagon-jumpers because it requires a special oven that is expensive and takes hours to heat to temperature.

  by Richard Foss The restaurant scene in Los Angeles often resembles the Keystone Cops of silent movie fame, who had a running gag of many people trying to go through a door at the same time. Another way to get to the same place might be nearby, but that was ignored until the person […]

 Richard Foss

Big change in Upper Pier dining, Derby Day celebrations, Veteran’s wine benefit, Brunches, and More Dining News

Big change in Upper Pier dining, Derby Day celebrations, Veteran’s wine benefit, Brunches, and More Dining News

A La Carte for 04 May 2017

Next Dance In Hermosa… Restaurants change hands all the time, and often nobody knows except employees who notice a different signature on their paychecks. Those changes become news when the new owner changes things, though it should be noted that what is an improvement to one person may annoy another who likes things as they […]

 Richard Foss

The evolution of Britt’s BBQ

There are TV shows that involve inside looks at restaurant and hotel operations, and having been present for filming on more than one of these I can say with confidence that much of the drama is manufactured. The tension-inducing moments at a restaurant happen without warning: what are the odds, after all, that a camera […]

 Ryan McDonald

Hermosa Beach filmmaker tracks improbable path from Somaliland to college

Hermosa Beach filmmaker tracks improbable path from Somaliland to college

by Ryan McDonald Kate Griendling did not know what to expect on arriving in Somaliland. But she was not exactly counting on “Glee” and Taylor Swift. Griendling, a Hermosa Beach resident and filmmaker, arrived in the horn of Africa for work on a documentary film project. She and fellow filmmakers Harry Lee and Ben Powell […]

 Ryan McDonald

The Passion of Delfina: Local musician brings her socially conscious songs to the stage at the Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair this weekend

The Passion of Delfina: Local musician brings her socially conscious songs to the stage at the Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair this weekend

by Ryan McDonald The word “aspiration” is commonly taken today to refer to a goal or ambition, strongly desired. Its root, though, is in phonetics. An “aspiration” is the burst of breath that accompanies certain sounds of speech. Hold your hand in front of your mouth, say the word “put,” and you will feel it […]

 Ryan McDonald

Hermosa Beach’s Sunscreen Film Fest to show history of the ‘Ironman,’ and more

by Ryan McDonald The marquee at the Hermosa Beach Community Theater will have an unusual set of instructions on Thursday evening. Passersby will be told to “Run Paddle Chug.” Though perhaps inscrutable to visitors, locals will recognize the words as the sequence of events for Hermosa’s annual Ironman, the beer-soaked beginning to the town’s 4th […]

 Richard Foss

South Bay dining news: Britt’s is back, Barley Hops Grill is coming, a brewmaster’s dinner at Chez Melange, Shade Redondo’s Sea Level restaurant, bread trucks and more

by Richard Foss   Can’t Keep A Good Place Down… Britt’s Barbecue in El Segundo was in the process of a menu expansion when a car smashed through their front window, forcing the closure of the place for the summer months. I am happy to report that they are open again and serving not only […]