Alex Khatchadourian

Chloe Caroline takes on Nashville

Chloe Caroline takes on Nashville

Almost three years ago, Chloe Caroline left the South Bay’s musical DIY breeding grounds for Nashville, Tennessee.

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MUSIC PREVIEW – Feed the Kitty still on the prowl

MUSIC PREVIEW – Feed the Kitty still on the prowl

Local band debuts new record at Saint Rocke Two thousand eight was a rough year for Jed Mottley and Jack Maher. Although their band, Feed The Kitty, had released their self-titled debut album, they had no promotion or distribution, no money, and an unnerving notion that a return to a generic desk jobs would soon […]

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MUSIC PREVIEW – The musical journey of Anjali Ray

MUSIC PREVIEW – The musical journey of Anjali Ray

“I knew…if I could embrace my Hindu classical voice training with my first love, piano, then I had an opportunity to really do something different.” In Hindustani classical music, a raga is a particular arrangement of notes and melodic movements that make a song’s simple one-line melody erupt with sonic variation. The raga not only […]

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ZZ Ward kicks off the Hermosa Beach Summer Concerts tonight

ZZ Ward kicks off the Hermosa Beach Summer Concerts tonight

ZZ Ward kicks off both the Hermosa Beach Summer Concert Series and IROCKE’s Forever Festival this Sunday night, from south of the Hermosa Pier to all over the world. Her debut blues-driven album, “Till the Casket Drops”, not only proved a musical force to be reckoned with, but has earned her an impeccable reputation as […]

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From rap to rock- Lyricist Hunter Beard

From rap to rock- Lyricist Hunter Beard

Riding out the latter part of a drug-related sentence, Hunter Beard, who now resides in Hermosa Beach, took to avidly writing and recording raps about his past and the feelings he had with being locked up for nearly seven years, starting at the age of 18.

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A local mission: Pastor Craig and Joyce Molitoris

A local mission: Pastor Craig and Joyce Molitoris

After two decades abroad, Craig and Joyce Molitoris bring a fresh cultural perspective to the tight-knit community of Mt. Olive Lutheran Church Craig Molitoris thought he had it all figured out. He would graduate from college and then head off for four more years of study at a seminary to pursue his Pastoral calling. That […]

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No Excuses: Yvonne Bogdanovich’s commitment goes beyond boys and girls

No Excuses: Yvonne Bogdanovich’s commitment goes beyond boys and girls

Yvonne Bogdanovich can still recall when she got the letter. The return address on the envelope read, “Boys and Girls Club San Pedro.” Inside was a brief, but kind letter from an old friend named Mike Lansing, asking a favor. “Mike was a teacher at Holy Trinity for years when all of my kids went […]

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Flameco fire: Festival Flamenco Gitano comes to Redondo Beach

Flameco fire: Festival Flamenco Gitano comes to Redondo Beach

The Spanish word duende cannot be explicitly translated to any one English word. In fact, even Spanish definitions of the word vary from person to person, meanings ranging from “elf” or “goblin” to “magic.” However, according to Spanish folklore and its usage in the Spanish arts, duende describes the mysterious, looming presence of heightened emotions […]

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Welcome surprises: three iconic South Bay artists present new work at 608 North [VIDEO]

Welcome surprises: three iconic South Bay artists present new work at 608 North [VIDEO]

Four or five small pieces of white paper litter the walls of Wilfred Sarr’s one-bedroom apartment in Santa Cruz. Upon second glance, the words “welcome surprise” can be seen inscribed in Sarr’s usual slapdash scribble. Some half-finished canvases sit, leaning against the wall near the easel that Sarr is standing over. Just three hours prior, […]

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“Rock Seen: 30 Years of Rock Images by Don Adkins” takes the stage in Redondo Beach

“Rock Seen: 30 Years of Rock Images by Don Adkins” takes the stage in Redondo Beach

It was another Friday evening in 1977. Don Adkins had just gotten out of one more electrical engineering class at Long Beach State University. Adkins drove home to his parent’s house in Cerritos to grab the Minolta SRT-101 camera that he had been borrowing regularly from his father, along with some freshly printed business cards […]

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Hope for skaters in Hermosa

Photos by Brad Jacobson (CivicCouch.com) Every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday night junior high and high school kids swarm the fly boxes, quarter pipes and seven-stair, and parallel ledges at a former Albertson’s supermarket in Hermosa Beach. On a recent evening, one of the park’s regular shredders, 13-year-old Adams Middle School student Marcus Williams, explained the […]

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Erin Courtney brings ‘A Map of Virtue’ home

Playwright Erin Courtney, a Hermosa Beach native, started writing “A Map of Virtue” after reading a poem by Edmond Javes, an Egyptian Jew who was alive during the Holocaust and wrote about people witnessing horror and then how they find language to express it. Courtney, who was attending an artists “silent” retreat when she began […]

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Cancer fighter Karen Beebe honored with a paddle out in Manhattan Beach

Cancer fighter Karen Beebe honored with a paddle out in Manhattan Beach

Pink roses sprinkled the the shore at 15th Street in Manhattan Beach this morning. With each crashing wave, a new cluster of floating petals were pushed ashore, where nearly 130 people congregated after a paddle out to celebrate the life of Karen Beebe, who passed away from breast cancer last Monday evening. Just minutes before, […]

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Studio lights up Hermosa Beach

“Why are the dinner lights still on right now?” It’s nearing 10:30 p.m. and Berry Bly, co-owner of Hermosa Beach’s newest hot spot, Studio Restaurant and Lounge, darts his eyes from one end of the brightly lit bar to the other. Bly, no stranger to a club opening, understands that even the most miniscule of […]

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The perfect Fixx

The perfect Fixx

When the Twin Towers were hit on that tranquil September morning in 2001, The Fixx’s frontman, Cy Curnin felt it was time to leave the States. “After 9/11 I started to get bored of the way that big cities were just full of fear,” Curnin explains. “I started wondering what would happen if the supermarkets […]