Mark McDermott

Motors + Art + Music: How South Bay Customs became the coolest place in the coolest town in the South Bay

Motors + Art + Music: How South Bay Customs became the coolest place in the coolest town in the South Bay

by Mark McDermott Every night during the dog days of the summer of 2007, a gunmetal grey 1950 Chevrolet pickup truck roamed slowly through the streets of Smoky Hollow. A long, tall, razor thin dark-haired man sat behind the wheel, surveying the buildings in El Segundo’s rundown warehouse district.   Michael Schreiber was looking for […]

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Missing Redondo woman is found safe

Missing Redondo woman is found safe

Police, family, and friends are searching for Aja Taormina, a 29-year-old Redondo Beach resident, who was last seen at work on September 26. Taormina is a family law lawyer for the Law Offices of William P. Glavin in Redondo Beach. After she’d not shown up for work for three consecutive days and had not responded to email or phone […]

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Artist Paul Roustan creates a South Bay take on Pink Floyd album cover body painting

Artist Paul Roustan creates a South Bay take on Pink Floyd album cover body painting

by Mark McDermott Artist Paul Roustan has recreated the famous Pink Floyd album cover body painting, but with a South Bay twist. All six of his models, and the art he drew on them over the course of five hours on a recent afternoon, are native to the South Bay. Roustan, an artist and photographer who […]

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Manhattan Beach native Matt Warshaw, the Oxford English Dictionary’s “Surf Consultant,” profiled in New Yorker

Manhattan Beach native Matt Warshaw, the Oxford English Dictionary’s “Surf Consultant,” profiled in New Yorker

by Mark McDermott  Matt Warshaw has been the go-to source for all matters relating to surfing’s history for every writer for the better part of two decades. The Class of 1978 Mira Costa grad and alumni Hall of Fame member has long been known locally for his comprehensive knowledge of surfing.  But now it’s official: […]

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Six new almumni inducted to Mira Costa Hall of Fame

Six new almumni inducted  to Mira Costa Hall of Fame

by Mark McDermott An actress, a diplomat, a high-powered sports entrepenuer, two athletes who became business leaders and a legendary surfer who became equally legendary as a captain of the surf industry comprise this year’s new inductees to the Mira Costa Hall of Fame. The six alumni will be honored  all day Friday, starting with […]

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Vivaha extraordinaire

   Neil and Sanam Chhabria begin a new life together by following four centuries of tradition with a three day celebration by Mark McDermott Sanam and Neil Chhabria were married August 20 in a traditional Hindu wedding, or Viva Neil and Sanam Chhabria begin a new life together by following four centuries of tradition with a […]

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Local scenes: Dan Janotta’s new paintings go on view at Java Man Saturday in Hermosa Beach

Local scenes: Dan Janotta’s new paintings  go on view at Java Man  Saturday in Hermosa Beach

  by Bondo Wyszpolski If you’re sipping coffee at Java Man this weekend there’s a good chance you’ll notice a change in the decor. Several new, large paintings by Dan Janotta are being installed this Saturday, but among the regular clientele they may have the ring of familiarity. That’s because Janotta has had his work […]

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South Bay Dining News: Korean powerhouse Kang Hodong Baekjeong comes to Torrance, Hey 19’s numerological specials, Chez Melange’s special dinner, and more…

by Richard Foss One More Down on 190th… Jimmy’s Sports Bar opened in a location that had devoured many restaurants, a high-profile spot with awkward entrances and exits. The food was good and they seemed to be doing well, but the sports bar and restaurant suddenly closed on July 26 after two and a half […]

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WWII Thriller “Anthropoid” Tells Gripping Story of Assassination Attempt

WWII Thriller “Anthropoid” Tells Gripping Story of Assassination Attempt

by Ryan Rojas/Cinemacy.com For those unfamiliar with the deeper points of world history, “Anthropoid” might sound like something alien and out of this world. In actuality, “Operation Anthropoid” was the code name given for the assassination attempt of the infamous German SS officer Reinhard Heydrich, the main architect of the “Final Solution” (the Nazi plan to […]

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The rise of the Radioactive Penguins, and other tales from the Summer of Rock

The rise of the Radioactive Penguins, and other tales from the Summer of Rock

by Mark McDermott They arrived a little before 9 a.m. on Monday morning, a bit of a motley crew. Few of the kids knew each other, but a certain order quickly fell into place. A little girl with red boots and a pink electric guitar possessed natural rock n’ roll swagger. She wasn’t afraid to […]

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A welcoming Crescendo: The Salvation Army’s $6 million new music center opens the world of music to kids

A welcoming Crescendo: The Salvation Army’s $6 million new music center opens the world of music to kids

by Mark McDermott When a flugelhorn player and a trombonist cross paths, wondrous things sometimes happen. When the Salvation Army is thrown in the mix, something akin to a miracle may unfold. Garry Lawerence and Kevin Larrson are two Englishmen horn players abroad. A few years ago, Larrson, the Southern California division music director for […]

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The Endless Session: Lessons Learned

The Endless Session: Lessons Learned

by Morgan Sliff After years away from the ocean, I found heaven in salt again and made a commitment to surf for a year straight. Daily romps with the sea have taught me countless lessons, but here’s a few that will follow me for life.   The ocean is the best way to start your day The […]

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Photos by Broza: How Brent Broza became one of the South Bay’s most vital photographers

Photos by Broza: How Brent Broza became one of the South Bay’s most vital photographers

by Mark McDermott Brent Broza was living a good dream on the day the phone call came. The South Bay native and lifelong surfer had moved to Maui in 2005. He was 36 years old, and he’d built a successful career selling wine. He spent his days driving around tasting and talking about wine, surfing, […]

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The Gospel of Luke

The Gospel of Luke

The unconventional life, and death, of Luke Horgan   by Mark McDermott On a sunny summer day 10 years ago a young man with a curly mess of blonde hair, eerily clear blue eyes, and a one-dimple grin that came easily and often was sitting on the embankment outside the Starbucks in downtown Manhattan Beach. […]

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South Bay entertainment calendar July 7-13

South Bay entertainment calendar July 7-13

Thursday, July 7 You won’t sit still Mayaztek plays reggae and cumbia from 6 to 8 p.m. as part of the free Concert Series on the Pier, 100 Fisherman’s Wharf Redondo Beach. Come back on Saturday, same time and place, to hear The Local Band play Motown and rhythm ‘n blues. Bring a chair or […]