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Create your own FYF Fest

Create your own FYF Fest

by Lina McDermott The 12th FYF Fest is this weekend in downtown LA.  With over 50 acts, you can’t see everyone. You have to create your own playlist. Of course, there are the bigger names: Frank Ocean, Morrissey, Flume, Bloc Party, etc. I’m here to tell you about some artists you might not know about. […]

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Grand Prize Writing: “Tasting Class”

Grand Prize Writing: “Tasting Class”

“It’s not the age of wine that matters,” Jack my wine tasting teacher was saying. “It’s how it ages. I bought all these Cabs back in ’84, a fine year for Napa. Some of these vintages will be accessible, and some will be . . . geriatric.”

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The Redondo Beach Mermaid in Fiji: Swimming with Sharks

The Redondo Beach Mermaid in Fiji: Swimming with Sharks

photos and words by Tessa Ptacek As one of the many perks of working for the best company in the world, Dive N’ Surf and Body Glove, recently I was able to check one of my bucket trips off my list when I was able to go to Fiji for 17 days. I went to […]

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Gary “Rockstar” Parks lived on the Hermosa streets, sang like an angel

Gary “Rockstar” Parks lived on the Hermosa streets, sang like an angel

God used Gary to break open our hearts to the homeless of Hermosa Beach.

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“Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life” author William Finnegan comes to Manhattan Beach

“Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life” author William Finnegan comes to Manhattan Beach

by Ryan McDonald You probably know Eustace Tilley, even if the name doesn’t sound familiar. He’s the mascot of the New Yorker magazine, decked out in gloves and top hat, studying a butterfly through a monocle. In a small history of the famous lepidopterist, one writer observed that it was not clear whether readers of […]

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Day of the Dead: Cubensis opens up for final Grateful Dead show streamed in Hermosa Beach

Day of the Dead: Cubensis opens up for final Grateful Dead show streamed in Hermosa Beach

by Ryan McDonald  There will be no elaborate wigs for Cubensis’ performance at Saint Rocke this Sunday, no putty noses nor period costumes. Any physical resemblance to the Grateful Dead is purely coincidental. “We call ourselves a tribute band, but that’s just for lack of a better word,” says guitarist Craig Marshall. “We try to […]

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Madrona Marsh thrives, despite drought and climate change

Most California cities have been forced to stop watering their public lands because of the drought. But in Torrance, the watery oasis known as the Madrona Marsh remains dazzlingly green.

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Dwell on Design features Hermosa architect Dean Nota

Dwell on Design features Hermosa architect Dean Nota

For its first South Bay tour, Dwell on Design selects three homes by Hermosa Beach architect Dean Nota.

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Hermosa Beach police chief prompts chamber to remove board member

Hermosa Beach police chief prompts chamber to remove board member

Hermosa Beach anti-oil activist Chris Miller has been removed from the Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors as a result of allegations that she led an obscene chant against a police officer.

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Aloke Dasgupta’s journey from accountant to Rolling Stone musical collaborator

Aloke Dasgupta’s journey from accountant to Rolling Stone musical collaborator

Aloke Dasgupta arrived in the U.S. as an accountant. He and his wife have since played with the Rolling Stones and the LA Philharmonic and established their own music school in Torrance.

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Taking Hermosa Beach’s anti-oil, eco-movement one step further

Taking Hermosa Beach’s anti-oil, eco-movement one step further

“Can we use this community-based activism to actually not just stop something bad, but to do something good?”   by Rachel Reeves For most of those who devoted themselves to campaigning against Measure O, it’s time to lay down arms. As far as they are concerned, the battle has been won. Election results are still […]

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Hermosa Beach school board considers a new bond measure

Hermosa Beach school board considers a new bond measure

The Hermosa Beach School Board, hoping to finally remedy the overcrowding crisis at View and Valley schools, met Wednesday to gather ideas on how North School could be reopened in order to address the overflow.

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A surge in property crimes concerns El Segundo police, residents

by Jennifer Passaro Five theft arrests were made in El Segundo last week in four separate events. Esteban Becerra was arrested in the early morning on February 5 in the 600 block of Virginia St. At approximately 6:13 a.m. El Segundo Police Department officers were dispatched to Concord Street near Pine Avenue regarding a traffic […]

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25 South Bay gyms and fitness studios join BCHD’s “Free Fitness Weekends” health initiative

25 South Bay gyms and fitness studios join BCHD’s “Free Fitness Weekends” health initiative

Working out in the Beach Cities just got easier, and cheaper. Dubbed “Free Fitness Weekends,” the community health initiative – organized by Beach Cities Health District (BCHD) – gives the public the opportunity to take free exercise classes at 25 participating gyms and fitness studios throughout the Beach Cities during the first weekend of every […]

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Here comes Big Smo: The rap, country, rock, and reality TV star brings his ‘Small Town Scandal’ tour to Hermosa Beach

Here comes Big Smo: The rap, country, rock, and reality TV star brings his ‘Small Town Scandal’ tour to Hermosa Beach

“The number one question people ask me is, ‘How do you classify your music?’” and I don’t have a good answer for them. I don’t have a genre that I live in. I live in a free area that is influenced by good music for people who like good music.”

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