Esther Kang

DiVirgilio not seeking re-election on Hermosa Beach City Council

DiVirgilio not seeking re-election on Hermosa Beach City Council

As the race heats up for the two open seats on the Hermosa Beach City Council, two-term incumbent Councilmember Michael DiVirgilio announced Thursday he will not be seeking re-election.

 Esther Kang

MUSIC PREVIEW: Pine Mountain Logs kick Hermosa Summer Concerts

MUSIC PREVIEW: Pine Mountain Logs kick  Hermosa Summer Concerts

Back in 1992, it started as a “fun side thing” at Venice Bistro, a small bar on the Venice Beach boardwalk, to bring in some extra cash. They called themselves the Pine Mountain Logs–or “The Logs”—and the band simply caught fire. The band moved their residency to Harry O’s Bar in El Segundo, which has […]

 Esther Kang

Hermosa Beach police controversy erupts at City Council

by Esther Kang  Hermosa Beach’s police chief, city council and city manager came under fire at the Tuesday night’s council meeting for what some members of the public described as poor, non-transparent handling of the March 3 incident involving anti-oil activist Chris Miller and several police officers. The public comments from eight community members came […]

 Esther Kang

South Bay public health advocate Robert Grossman remembered as lover of life

South Bay public health advocate Robert Grossman remembered as lover of life

A memorial service and open house will be held in celebration of Dr. Robert Grossman’s life at 101 Lyndon St. in Hermosa Beach this Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m.

 Esther Kang

Wrangling with Care

Wrangling with Care

Switzer Learning Center will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a Boots Buckles and BBQ party at the Empty Saddle Club in Rolling Hills Estates on Saturday, July 18.

 Esther Kang

Summer 2015: Outdoor Festivals

Summer 2015: Outdoor Festivals

South Bay boasts some of the biggest, longest-running outdoor summer concerts in the county. Redondo Beach is hosting its beachside series every Thursday and Saturday from July 2 to Sep. 5 at the end of its historic pier. Beach Boys tribute band Woodie & the Longboards will kick off the series, which is hosted by […]

 Esther Kang

Summer 2015: Concerts

Summer 2015: Concerts

You can count on South Bay’s premiere venues to provide a colorful array of musical acts this summer, spanning across genres and spotlighting both local and national talent. On May 16, The Lighthouse is hosting Costapalooza, a fundraiser featuring five bands whose members are Mira Costa alumni. The lineup includes alternative-indie-rock band Latch Key Kid […]

 Esther Kang

Summer 2015: Greek Festival

The South Bay Greek Festival is celebrating 50 years this summer. Organized by St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church in Redondo Beach, the three-day fest from July 10 to 12 is a family-friendly event with activities, dancing, DJs, and of course, plenty of Greek food. The Olympians will perform all three nights, and the church’s youth […]

 Esther Kang

Summer 2015: Riviera Village Summer Festival

Summer 2015: Riviera Village Summer Festival

The 37th Annual Riviera Village Summer Festival takes takes place Saturday, June 27 and Sunday, June 28 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The free, family-friendly festival will feature more than 300 arts and crafts booths, a wide selection of grubs at the International Food Court and carnival rides for kids and adults who may […]

 Esther Kang

Summer 2015: Medal of Valor

Summer 2015: Medal of Valor

Firefighters and law enforcement officers often find themselves in situations in which there’s no time to think or hesitate; their action matters on a second to second basis, a matter of life or death. The best of these service officers are bestowed with a medal of valor, or medal of bravery, for specific incidents. On […]

 Esther Kang

Summer 2015: Libraries

Summer 2015: Libraries

The Beach Cities county libraries will be in full force this season with a motley of free programs and events for all ages. Manhattan Beach The much anticipated, Manhattan Beach library celebrated its grand opening this month. The two-story, 21,000 sq. ft., $26.3 million project features a view to rival a home on The Strand. […]

 Esther Kang

Forever young

Forever young

Dylanfest, the South Bay’s biggest celebration of Bob Dylan, celebrates 25 years It began in 1990 as a freeform jam in tribute of Bob Dylan at the Hermosa Saloon. In the following years, musicians and longtime friends Andy Hill and Renee Safier continued the tradition in their own backyards, at parks and at Anthony’s in […]

 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 […]

 Esther Kang

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.