Mark McDermott

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 […]

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South Bay Dining News: El Indio’s end, Buffalo Fire Department’s last call, Marsatta’s arrival, Craft Shack’s opening, Bite at the Beach, and more…

South Bay Dining News: El Indio’s end, Buffalo Fire Department’s last call, Marsatta’s arrival, Craft Shack’s opening, Bite at the Beach, and more…

by Richard Foss A Redondo Tradition Ends… The original El Indio lasted 65 years, the revamped El Indio Kitchen only six months. The renovated interior was much nicer, the idea of adding some modern and health-conscious items praiseworthy, but the execution of the new menu was inconsistent. During the time they were closed their clientele […]

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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 […]