Esther Kang

Spreading the joy of dance

Spreading the joy of dance

Liz Cantine, lifelong dancer and educator, takes pride in legacy at Palos Verdes Performing Art Center and beyond   Nearly 20 years ago, Liz Cantine stood in the gymnasium at San Pedro’s Dana Middle School. Scanning the group of girls who’d gathered to audition for the dance drill team, the petite advisor immediately noticed a […]

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Saxophonist Kamasi Washington, fresh from Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly, steps into the limelight

Saxophonist Kamasi Washington, fresh from Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly, steps into the limelight

The first time Kamasi Washington had contact with a tenor saxophone, an alchemical reaction unfolded in his father’s rehearsal shack in Inglewood. Unlike the clarinet, which he had played for several years prior, the sax made his fingers fly. The 13-year-old just picked it up and his fingers knew what to do. By his rap […]

 Esther Kang

Spanning three generations, Uncle Stavros carries on family legacy

Spanning three generations, Uncle  Stavros carries on family legacy

Hermosa Beach icon Uncle Stavros celebrates his 95th birthday in true family fashion — at his restaurant.

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Hermosa Beach considers strategies to repay $17.5M in aftermath of Measure O

Measure O’s overwhelming defeat at the polls on March 3 came with a price tag. A grassroots campaign defeated E&B Natural Resources’ proposal to drill for oil at the city’s maintenance yard by a 4-1 ratio, emphatically rejecting potentially millions of dollars in city revenues in favor of upholding the city’s ban on oil drilling. […]

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Best of the Beach 2015, Cosmetic Surgeon: Dr. Christine Petti

In her nearly 30 years, Dr. Christine Petti has sculpted her way into becoming a pioneering presence in the field of plastic surgery — and a very busy one at that.

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Best of the Beach 2015, Gold Store: Seymour Jewelers

Best of the Beach 2015, Gold Store: Seymour Jewelers

In the 1950s, a young WWII veteran named Seymour Bilowit walked by an empty storefront on Hermosa Avenue and decided to open a full-service jewelry store.

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Best of the Beach 2015, Best Nail Salon: Angel Nail & Spa

For 16 years, Angels Nails & Spa has charged itself with pampering South Bay residents with quality, affordable mani-pedis.

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Best of the Beach 2015, Best Waxing: European Wax Center

European Wax Center, a national franchise with two locations in the South Bay, takes the cake for best waxing job for a third year.

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Best of the Beach 2015, Best Gallery: Bo Bridges Gallery

Best of the Beach 2015, Best Gallery: Bo Bridges Gallery

“It’s always a surprise and I know there’s competition out there,” sports-action photographer Bo Bridges says of taking the Best of the Beach title again this year.

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Best of the Beach 2015, Best Live Music Venue: Saint Rocke

Best of the Beach 2015, Best Live Music Venue: Saint Rocke

The club was founded by Allen Sanford, whose other ventures include global live streaming IROCKE concert platform and the growing franchise of Rockefeller gastropubs.

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Best of the Beach 2015, Best Underage Band: 11Echo

Best of the Beach 2015, Best Underage Band: 11Echo

11Echo has arguably found in music something beyond a mere antidote to the SATs and pre-college anxiety.

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Best of the Beach 2015, Original Band: LIFE

Best of the Beach 2015, Original Band: LIFE

Growing up in the South Bay, Moi J. Quinn, Sean Chapman and Matthew McEwan skated, surfed and break-danced together.

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Best of the Beach 2015, Best DJ: DJ DIK

Best of the Beach 2015, Best DJ: DJ DIK

Richard Podgurski, as he’s otherwise known, has had a busy year.

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Changing the world, one business at a time

Changing the world, one business at a time

Palos Verdes native heads a philanthropic effort in East Africa Dianne Calvi began volunteering at a childcare center in San Pedro when she was 11 years old, as a member of the National Charity League. “I saw that there was such a difference between how I lived in Palos Verdes and the people who lived […]

 Esther Kang

Two is better than one

Two is better than one

Redondo Beach-based Pritzkat & Johnson Architects is 10 years old this May and picking up speed

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