Mark McDermott

The Unsettler: Mark Sundeen and the search for the good life

The Unsettler:  Mark Sundeen and the search for the good life

  by Mark McDermott Mark Sundeen was three and a half years into his book, “The Unsettlers: The Search for the Good Life in Today’s America,” when he gave it to a friend to read. He’d already written two revisions of the book, which was about three couples —  in Missouri, Detroit, and Montana — […]

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Yogis plan meditation flash mob on Manhattan Beach pier Sunday morning

Yogis plan meditation flash mob on Manhattan Beach pier Sunday morning

    by Mark McDermott  The tumult of the election took its toll on nearly everyone, fraying many of the ties that bind American society. One poll in the months prior to Election Day, by Monmouth University, showed that seven percent of Americans had severed at least one friendship due to the election. Seventy percent agreed that the […]

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Grindhouse comedy “I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore” wins Sundance Grand Jury prize [MOVIE REVIEW]

Grindhouse comedy “I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore” wins Sundance Grand Jury prize [MOVIE REVIEW]

by Ryan Rojas/cinemacy.com   Cinemacy just came back from covering this year’s Sundance film festival (my and Morgan’s first time!), and we were lucky enough to see the film that took home the top prize. That film was Macon Blair’s comedy-thriller “I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore”, which won the coveted Grand […]

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Manhattan Beach’s Polliwog Park becomes Polliwog Lake

Manhattan Beach’s Polliwog Park becomes Polliwog Lake

Manhattan Beach’s Polliwog Park has once again flooded, due to the heavy rains that began late last week. The City noted on its Facebook page that Polliwog is actually designed to flood:  “It looks pretty dramatic, but remember, Polliwog Lake is just doing its job. The pond functions as a retention basin for LA County […]

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The Boy and the Bear: a ‘Third Wave’ coffeehouse arrives in Redondo Beach from Colombia, by way of Sweden

The Boy and the Bear: a ‘Third Wave’ coffeehouse arrives in Redondo Beach from Colombia, by way of Sweden

  by Mark McDermott The story of the Boy and the Bear begins at a coffeehouse in the small town of Falkenberg, Sweden. Andres Piñeros, a musician and graphic designer, had been asked to “fika” with some Swedish friends —  that is, to get together for a cup of coffee. Piñeros is from Colombia, so […]

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Life Aquatic: ocean dwelling storytellers share watery tales at Sloopy’s

Life Aquatic: ocean dwelling storytellers  share watery tales at Sloopy’s

  by Abby McMillen That insatiable tug on a person’s heart to abandon routine in pursuit of purpose: it’s a feeling we can all recall and relate to. Personal evaluation of happiness occurs in a wide range, from grandiose epiphanies to little daily realizations, and everything in between. For Jennifer Capo, the enchantingly wild mind […]

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Congressman Ted Lieu announces he will not attend inauguration

Congressman Ted Lieu announced this weekend that he will not attend Friday’s Inauguration of Donald Trump as president.  Lieu, a Democrat from Torrance whose 33rd District encompasses the South Bay and reaches up the coast as far north as Agoura Hills, took particular issue with Trump’s criticism of Congressman John Lewis, a fellow Democrat and […]

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USC picks Rolling Hills golf to host 2018 Pac 12 tourney

USC picks Rolling Hills golf to host 2018 Pac 12 tourney

Golf course designer David Kidd, whose redesign of the Rolling Hills Golf Club course is scheduled for completion next June, said one test of a great course is its popularity among top level amateur players. “Pros will play anywhere if you put up $10 million. But for top flight amateurs, it’s all about the golf […]

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Beach 2016: 16 stories of the year

Beach 2016: 16 stories of the year

  The battle over the Redondo Waterfront.      The battle over development citywide in Redondo.      Manhattan Beach tries to preserve small-town downtown.      The year in business.    Setting the stage for Redondo’s political battle royale.    The year in dining: creative cuisine continues to thrive.      School bonds pass […]

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New Year’s Eve: where to go to celebrate in the Beach Cities

New Year’s Eve: where to go to celebrate in the Beach Cities

HERMOSA BEACH LOU GIOVANETTI AND HIS BIG BAND ON PIER PLAZA Lou Giovanetti and his Big Band help turn Hermosa Pier Plaza into the South Bay’s answer to Times Square. The East Coast disco ball drops at 9 p.m. But the real New Year’s Eve celebration will begin when the clock strikes midnight, California time. […]

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In “I, Daniel Blake”, the most valuable parts of life cannot be monetized [MOVIE REVIEW]

In “I, Daniel Blake”, the most valuable parts of life cannot be monetized [MOVIE REVIEW]

H. Nelson Tracey/cinemacy.com While many critically acclaimed movies are buoyed by their flashy craftsmanship and ostentatious use of cinematic technique (which I love nonetheless when done right), there is an equally fascinating space for the films who reject these notions. Indeed, unassuming style is a technique in and of itself, and when paired with the […]

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Manhattan Beach police seek help identifying elderly man

Manhattan Beach police seek help identifying elderly man

The Manhattan Beach Police Department is seeking assisting in identifying an elderly gentleman who was found walking on Artesia Boulevard. Contact MBPD at 310 802-5140.

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A Basq Kitchen opens up artful treasure trove: the Whatsits Galore Holiday Art Fair

A Basq Kitchen opens up artful treasure trove: the Whatsits Galore Holiday Art Fair

by Mark McDermott Let there be art, Ariel Perkins thought. Mondays are traditionally a night off in the dining industry. But Perkins, the assistant manager of A Basq Kitchen on Redondo Beach’s International Boardwalk, also happens to be an artist. And thus she had a vision in which her two worlds —  art and dining […]

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Veterans honored, meaning of their service pondered at Redondo Beach ceremony in election aftermath

Veterans honored, meaning  of their service pondered at Redondo Beach ceremony in election aftermath

by Mark McDermott Veteran’s Day was felt with particular depth last Friday at a ceremony in Veteran’s Park at which a young wounded warrior was given an American flag and a trio of elected officials spoke about the meaning of our soldiers’ service. Marine Corporal Jonathan Francis Carnes, 26, lost his lower right leg to […]

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Public funding of Redondo Beach Visitor’s Bureau funds comes under scrutiny

Public funding of Redondo Beach Visitor’s Bureau funds comes under scrutiny

by Mark McDermott The Redondo Beach Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Bureau and the more than $600,000 in annual funding it receives from the City of Redondo Beach came under intense fire Tuesday night as the City Council reexamined its contract with the Chamber. But every major hotelier in the city and several small business […]