Ashley Curtin

Sisters bring olive oil ethic, culture to Hermosa Beach

The Bulgarian childhood of sisters Milena and Desi Bogdanova played out like scenes from the movie “My Big Fat Greek Wedding.” Everyone knew each other’s every move, the door to the house was open to all, and there was always something cooking in the oven. Milena recalls neighbors in the tight-knit community keeping an eye […]

 Ashley Curtin

Hermosa Arts Foundation sponsors annual 10-minute play festival

The Hermosa Arts Foundation is sponsoring “Take Two,” the second annual 10-minute play festival brought together under the production of Gerry Athas-Vazquez. It is an evening consisting of four plays individually written and directed by members of a Hermosa Beach writers group. “It is a chance to come experience theater and see a variety of […]

 Ashley Curtin

“Art” debuts at the Hermosa Beach Playhouse

Serge buys a painting, but is it “Art”? Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and no one understands this more than the cast of “Art” which begins its debut at The Hermosa Beach Playhouse Friday night. “I think it is really poignant in this time, where ideas are attacked and we are attacking […]

 Ashley Curtin

Mixing it up: Aragorn and Olivia make old songs new

Mixing it up: Aragorn and Olivia make old songs new

A remix has hit the South Bay. Cover songs from Anita Baker, Tracy Chapman and Snoop Dog flow together in perfect harmony like it was meant to be. Aragorn and Olivia are known to transform mainstream hit songs from any musical genre into acoustic wonders, taking their audience along for the ride. And on a […]

 Ashley Curtin

American Idol’s Ryan Seacrest pimps Mira Costa student’s prom

American Idol’s Ryan Seacrest pimps Mira Costa student’s prom

It started off like any other Thursday. Two weeks ago, Mira Costa senior Zeena Bhakta awoke at 6 a.m., grabbed breakfast and her books, and headed to school. By late morning, she had taken a call on her cell phone from American Idol host Ryan Seacrest, who told her that she won radio station KIIS […]

 Ashley Curtin

Mira Costa student starts first Relay for Life in Manhattan Beach

She always wears a purple bracelet etched with the word “hope.” Her cell phone case is purple. She even carries a purple bag.  These are just a few of the reasons Mira Costa junior Eliza Gesten is known as the “relay girl” to her peers. Purple is the signature color of Relay for Life, the […]

 Ashley Curtin

Bento box — Painter John Cantu’s solo show returns his love to Japan

Bento box — Painter John Cantu’s solo show returns his love to Japan

Paintings hung sporadically on the walls of the art studio. Worn oriental rugs covered wood plank floors. Canvases leaned against tables, finished paintings were up against walls and a work in progress rested on an easel. Jars of paint and brushes were scattered throughout the room. Artist John Cantu paints in a small room above […]

 Ashley Curtin

“bento box – John T. Cantu solo show — to Japan with love” [PHOTOS]

“bento box – John T. Cantu solo show — to Japan with love” [PHOTOS]

“bento box – John T. Cantu solo show — to Japan with love”

 Ashley Curtin

Wyland launches Mayor’s water challenge

Children crowded around for his autograph and adults lined up to take his picture. Twenty years after completing his massive whale-migration mural on a western wall of the AES power plant, the artist Wyland last week returned to Redondo Beach to make some changes. The restoration of his 586-foot long, 95-foot high mural was unveiled […]

 Ashley Curtin

Hermosan searches tsunami rubble

A hundred-ton fishing boat was washed a mile inland, vehicles were piled on top of each other, schools were destroyed, houses were washed away and buildings had collapsed. Reinforced concrete structures with their walls and windows blown out were the only ones left standing. With some areas still flooded with water, a carpet of rubble […]