Mark McDermott

The birth of the cool (El Segundo Art Walk)

The birth of the cool (El Segundo Art Walk)

by Mark McDermott If the annals of El Segundo are ever compiled and some future scribe investigates the exact moment when the little seaside city named after Standard Oil’s second refinery reached a definitive tipping point towards cool, he or she will discover it happened on the third Thursday of June in the year 2015. […]

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How to be aquatic: Bryan Mineo’s journey from the lakes of Texas to the Pacific Ocean

How to be aquatic: Bryan Mineo’s journey from the lakes of Texas to the Pacific Ocean

by Mark McDermott  It began in on a hot summer day in a backyard pool in Bedford, Texas. The kid wouldn’t get out of the water. His mother had come out to call him to dinner. He was hungry, but staying in the water was better. He liked to go upside down in a handstand […]

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Maps: How Lisa Ritchie followed her songs west and what she found [MUSIC PREVIEW]

Maps: How Lisa Ritchie followed her songs west and what she found [MUSIC PREVIEW]

by Mark McDermott  It’s a curious enterprise, the making of songs, and how those songs can sometimes become vessels that take their makers far beyond their known horizons for reasons that even they don’t quite understand. Lisa Ritchie started making songs as a ten-year-old girl in the tiny town of Dexter, Michigan singing quietly in […]

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Luke Walton returns to his adopted hometown of Manhattan Beach as head coach of the the Los Angeles Lakers

Luke Walton returns to his adopted hometown of Manhattan Beach as head coach of the the Los Angeles Lakers

by Mark McDermott Early in the summer of 2003, an early-70s model champagne-colored Cadillac convertible pulled into El Porto with a bushy-haired big kid at the wheel. He had a tattoo on his right shoulder: four dancing skeletons, each twirling a basketball. It represented him and his three brothers and his family’s values, which were […]

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“Elstree 1976”: A tribute to the unknown faces of “Star Wars” [MOVIE REVIEW]

by Ryan Rojas/Cinemacy.com Amidst the recently renewed “Star Wars” mania, with the beloved franchise’s acquisition and and re-boot by Disney with last year’s behemoth blockbuster, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” new stories, worlds, and characters have been introduced to new audiences. But a long time ago – or rather, “About forty years ago, in a suburb of North London…” […]

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Luke Walton, a Manhattan Beach resident, named Lakers’ coach

by Mark McDermott  Luke Walton, a Manhattan Beach resident since his rookie year as a Laker in 2003, has been named his former teams’ new coach. The Lakers announced Walton’s hire as the 26th coach in franchise history on Friday night. It was a surprisingly quick courtship; the Lakers fired head coach Byron Scott five […]

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On Local Government: It’s all about the data

On Local Government: It’s all about the data

by Bob Pinzler I know a great deal about license plate recognition (LPR), having been part owner of a company that was one of the two earliest entrants into that market in the US. So, one would think I would be happy to see that Manhattan Beach is planning on placing LPR systems on intersections […]

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Champions of the Earth: Environmental heroes in the South Bay

Champions of the Earth: Environmental heroes in the South Bay

  Morgan Sliff reports: They may be small in size, but they are big in action.  Isabella and SaraJane Bacallao, Sofia Pizer, and Sofia Prenter  know the ropes when it comes to standing up for a greener community. The four best friends, aged 10 to 13, have become effective environmental activists in Hermosa Beach city politics — as […]

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Best of the Beach 2016, Liquor Store: Ocean View Liquor

Best of the Beach 2016, Liquor Store: Ocean View Liquor

The key to the success of Ocean View Liquor is as simple as it is rare: the little shop on Manhattan Avenue near the HB/MB border is genuinely a part of the community it serves. Owner Norm Kalosh lives across the street with his wife and two kids and he carefully curates what the store […]

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Best of the Beach 2016, Live Music Venue: Saint Rocke

Saint Rocke is known as a small club that books big acts, often nationally touring artists who rarely perform in such intimate settings. In the last year, for example, Big Head Todd, Ozomatli, the Dan Band, Donovan Frankenreiter, Pennywise, and Citizen Cope have graced the 280-seat venue’s stage. But it’s also a club that gives […]

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Brann, Boyles, Pirsztuk elected to El Segundo City Council

by Mark McDermott El Segundo will have a vastly new City Council after three new councilmembers were elected Tuesday night and both incumbents on the ballot suffered defeat. But both incumbents, Marie Fellhauer and Dave Atkinson, took solace in the fact that a ballot measure each helped put in motion in order to address sagging […]

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Five candidates compete in El Segundo City Council election

Five candidates compete in El Segundo City Council election

by Mark McDermott   Near the end of an El Segundo City Council candidate forum hosted by the League of Women Voters Monday night, one of the candidates made a remark unusual in the rough and tumble that so frequently dominates American political discourse. Don Brann said that voters have a tough choice because the […]

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FREEDOM SONGS: Two Long Beach musicians begin residency at Suzy’s in Hermosa Beach

FREEDOM SONGS: Two Long Beach musicians begin residency at Suzy’s in Hermosa Beach

  Two strong singers front the Cold Shoulders and The Kang Trio, who bring a taste of the Long Beach indie music scene to Hermosa Beach on Monday nights once a month — by Mark McDermott  She was a little girl who didn’t say much but had a big voice just waiting to leap out. […]

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PENINSULA DINING – The passion of Bernard Ibarra

How Terranea’s executive chef quietly transformed the resort’s farm-to-table approach to food and in so doing found his own roots

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Coyote spotted in Manhattan Beach

Police report that a coyote was spotted Monday night in the City of Manhattan Beach. The animal was last seen on 10th and John. The Manhattan Beach Police Department asked residents be cautious and take extra measures to keep pets safe. The city had an influx of coyotes a year ago but few sightings since. At that time, an information […]

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