Good vs. Evil, an alcoholic Jesus, and lots more in Angelo Masino’s world premiere drama Looking to cast his new play, “The War in Heaven,” Angelo Masino sent out copies of the script to various actors. He mentions the response of one recipient. “The first thing he said to me when he got on the […]
Clowning around with “Candide” by Bondo Wyszpolski Composed in the mid-1950s and fussed over during the remaining decades before his death in 1990, Leonard Bernstein’s handling of Voltaire’s 18th century novella (“a comic vision of disaster” is how Matthew Hodgart phrased it) is quite a romp, and perhaps more so in David Schweizer’s staging of […]
An Overnight Sensation In the blink of an eye, Kyra Belle Johnson went from high school to starring in the national tour of “Mamma Mia!” by Bondo Wyszpolski A few months ago Kyra Belle Johnson graduated from Palos Verdes High School and, guess what? she’s already touring the country as one of the leads in […]
The Aerospace Players present “Annie Get Your Gun” at the James Armstrong Theatre They can put a man on the Moon, but can they act? Mercifully shortened from its original Aerospace Employees Association Musical Comedy Club, the Aerospace Players have been launching musicals into the orbit of community theater since 1988. Consisting of employees from […]
Surf City Theatre presents “Cannibals” through Jan. 31 If a starring role in a play or film is up for grabs, even your best friend may stab you in the back. A few years ago, R. J. Colleary wrote a play called “Cannibals” about a group of middle-aged women who offer moral support and encouragement […]
The legendary John McEuen plays Live at the Lounge In 2009, musician John McEuen produced comedian Steve Martin’s “The Crow: New Songs for a Five-String Banjo,” a record that earned the two men a Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album. Students of Garden Grove High School and retail clerks at Disneyland in the 1960s, they shared […]
“Pick of the Vine” is Little Fish Theatre’s annual presentation of new one-act plays–and there’s always a gem or two or three by Bondo Wyszpolski At the beginning of each year Little Fish Theatre does something truly remarkable. Having read through hundreds of one-act plays, the San Pedro-based company then presents their “Pick of the […]
by Whitney Youngs When asked what jazz, country, and R&B have in common, famed trumpeter Wynton Marsalis said, “The blues. It runs through all American music. Somebody bending the note. The other is the two-beat groove. It’s in New Orleans music, it’s in jazz, it’s in country music, it’s in gospel.” The trajectory of American […]
They come and they go, not only art shows but exhibition spaces and the people who have their work on view. This is a survey of what the South Bay put on display during 2015, a few things left out on purpose and probably just as many left out by accident. With some luck, most […]
During my enrollment in the Southern California college culture of the mid 2000s, Mickey Avalon’s underground hits, “Jane Fonda,” “Mr. Right,” or “My Dick” (featuring Dirt Nasty and Andre Legacy) were all the rage, heard in dorm rooms, house parties, or bumped out of a heavily tinted late model foreign car. Mickey introduced us to […]
During the summer of 2005, lifelong surfer Denny Bales, born and raised in Palos Verdes, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma disease. He was 21. “We all were in college in our spirits were high,” said Nick Weber, one of the founders of Ratopia Surf Classic. “It was a shock at the age when we all […]
Manhattan Beach police were searching the campus of Mira Costa High School Monday a little after noon, according MBPD Community Affairs Officer Stephanie Martin.
The Sandpipers are holding their 23rd annual tour of four local homes decorated for the holidays from Dec. 4 through 6.
The annual Manhattan Beach fireworks event will take place on Dec. 13 at 7 p.m.
Art nearly got away from Scott Trimble, but now it’s his #1 passion by Bondo Wyszpolski Each evening, at 7 or 7:15, Scott Trimble arrives home in Hermosa Beach from his office in Beverly Hills. He doesn’t turn on the TV or pick up the newspaper but goes straight to his garage where he […]