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Home alone

Home alone

Humble beginnings couldn’t deter Ranee Henderson. Now she’s the recipient of a solo show at the PV Art Center Ranee Henderson didn’t grow up with a silver spoon in her mouth. She was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, in 1981, the child of mixed-race parents. She was was raised by her mother and older sister while […]

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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 […]

 Ron Arias

Loss Angeles: local writer Mathieu Cailler publishes debut collection of short stories

Loss Angeles: local writer Mathieu Cailler publishes debut collection of short stories

by Ron Arias  Halfway through one of his riveting stories about relationships, South Bay author Mathieu Cailler (pronounced kai-yay) presents readers with this paragraph: “The needle zigzags across her skin, and Tess guesses that Star is shading. It feels like Star has swapped her needle for a scalpel, and Tess brings her head back and […]

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South Bay Arts Calendar 06/18/15-06/22/15

South Bay Arts Calendar 06/18/15-06/22/15

Thursday, June 18 What’s not to like? Shakespeare by the Sea begins their 2015 touring season with “As You Like It,” Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (plus upcoming dates), at Point Fermin Park, 807 Paseo del Mar, San Pedro. It’ll be moving across the South Bay between now and the end of August, in tandem with […]

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Animal Farm at the Getty: Stay, Sit, Pose!

Animals in Photographs, by Arpad Kovacs (Getty Publications, 111 pp., $24.95) As an artistic medium, photography got cooking in the 1830s, but it wasn’t until 1870 that someone snapped a decent shot of a live animal in nature. Prior to that, because long exposures were required, an animal needed to be dead or comatose before […]

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Magic Kingdom Memories

Magic Kingdom Memories

Reflections and thoughts on Disneyland’s newest milestone birthday I’m not sure if this means it’s now a senior citizen, but this summer the Disneyland Resort–or at least Disneyland proper–turns 60 years old, and over the past few weeks the world’s most famous theme park has been touting its Diamond Celebration for all it’s worth, which […]

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South Bay Arts Calendar 06/11/15

South Bay Arts Calendar 06/11/15

Thursday, June 11 That softly glowing piano “Steinway by Starlight” features the Alan Pasqua Trio, performing the Great American Songbook, along with the CSUDH Jazz Ensemble, at 7:30 p.m. in the University Theatre of California State University, Dominguez Hills, 1000 E. Victoria St., Carson. Tickets, $30. Go to csudh.edu/uce/steinway. Time for Shorts is shorter Submissions […]

 Mark McDermott

The grateful ruffian: how the hell Ray Wylie Hubbard keeps getting better

The grateful ruffian: how the hell Ray Wylie Hubbard keeps getting better

The biography of the songwriter Ray Wylie Hubbard is an unlikely combination of gratitude, grit and outright cussedness.

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A man of Many Voices – Roberto Perlas Gomez in “Hydrogen Jukebox”

  The last time I met with Roberto Perlas Gomez he talked about hijacking a ship somewhere in the Mediterranean. Oh yeah, right; sure thing, Roberto, uh-huh. But just days later pictures of him were in major newspapers, scowling at the camera and brandishing an AK-47. Gomez is a baritone who often sings with Long […]

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South Bay Arts Calendar 06/04/15-06/07/15

South Bay Arts Calendar 06/04/15-06/07/15

Thursday, June 4 Takes two to tango The second annual “L.A. Tango Marathon,” also known as “The Endless Summer Tango,” begins today (there’s a 6 to 9 p.m. event at Dockweiler Beach in El Segundo) and continues through Sunday, but essentially brings tango dancers from all over the country to Los Angeles. Events also take […]

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Fine Arts Festival showcases Hanson, young artists

Fine Arts Festival showcases Hanson, young artists

This year’s Hermosa Beach Fine Arts Festival featured artist is Erin Hanson, whose minimalist method of placing impasto paint strokes without layering has been dubbed “Open-Impressionism.” The festival (formerly the Hermosa Beach Art Walk) takes place Saturday and Sunday,, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the Community Center lawn, the corner of Pier Avenue […]

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A Gift from a Flower to a Garden

A Gift from a Flower to a Garden

For Jamie LaValley, the power’s in flower A visual aroma is one way to describe Jamie LaValley’s recent work, a figurative and yet nearly literal bouquet of flowers. Years spent in Paris as a fashion photographer evolved over time into a desire to capture and preserve the beauty and grace of what is surely one […]

 Jeff Vincent

Dirty Hippie Radio Presents: The Dirty Dose with VUM

Dirty Hippie Radio Presents: The Dirty Dose with VUM

  Found on the cover flap of their first full-length vinyl “Night Sun” from 2011, alongside quotes by Henry Rollins/KCRW and Amoeba Records Hollywood, are some words from Dirty Hippie Radio hailing VUM as “One of the best psychedelic bands of our age.” That’s a bold statement; find out why we still stand behind it […]

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South Bay Arts Calendar 05/28/15-06/02/15

South Bay Arts Calendar 05/28/15-06/02/15

Thursday, May 28 Rah, rah, go team, go The Torrance Torrettes “Spring Spectacular” takes place at 7  p.m. in the James Armstrong Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. Dance and drill team girls from kindergarten through 8th grade do their magic. Tickets, $12 adults; $9 kids 12 and under. Call (310) 781-7171.   Friday, May […]

 Neely Swanson

“MARIE’S STORY” – ANOTHER MIRACLE WORKED [MOVIE REVIEW]

“MARIE’S STORY” – ANOTHER MIRACLE WORKED [MOVIE REVIEW]

  “Marie’s Story,” a film by Jean Pierre Améris, is a satisfying emotional roller coaster that will seem more than vaguely familiar. The true tale of Marie Heurtin, a child born deaf and blind in the Loire valley in 1885 whose terrorized but loving parents, unable to communicate with her in even the most rudimentary […]

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