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Aloke Dasgupta’s journey from accountant to Rolling Stone musical collaborator

Aloke Dasgupta’s journey from accountant to Rolling Stone musical collaborator

Aloke Dasgupta arrived in the U.S. as an accountant. He and his wife have since played with the Rolling Stones and the LA Philharmonic and established their own music school in Torrance.

 Richard Foss

A café beyond category

A café beyond category

The Antigua Cafe is part wine bar, part coffee and pastry shop, a little Guatemalan, a little Polish, and a wholly interesting dining experience.

 Richard Foss

Hey 19’s inventive, homey cuisine sings like a good pop song

Hey 19’s inventive, homey cuisine sings like a good pop song

There’s a subtle art to good smart pop songs, the ones that you find yourself singing along with and liking more each time you do. They have some musical or vocal hook, the thing that makes you listen to it in the first place, but sonic layers beneath – on the tenth listening you may […]

 Bondo Wyszpolski

In Search of Hope and Tolerance

In Search of Hope and Tolerance

Jerry Prell directs “The Laramie Project” at El Camino College It was one of those tragedies that could have slipped away from the headlines and into obscurity. But in 1998, after Matthew Shepard – a 21-year-old student who lived in Laramie, Wyoming – was beaten up and left to die because he was gay, playwright […]

 Bondo Wyszpolski

A Short Distance, But a Long Way

A Short Distance, But a Long Way

Artist Richard Stephens has found his little Santa Cruz Where’s Richard Stephens, the guy who used to run Cannery Row in Redondo Beach? Let’s follow the trail of dripping paint. There he is, in his new, intimate studio at Destination Art, a stone’s throw from Old Torrance and an easy lob from The Depot.   […]

 David Mendez

Torrance refinery explosion rocks area, injures four

Torrance refinery explosion rocks area, injures four

An explosion from the ExxonMobil refinery rocked Torrance Wednesday morning. Three were injured.

 Bondo Wyszpolski

Surveying the South Bay’s art shows of the year gone by

Surveying the South Bay’s art shows of the year gone by

As we emerge from the darkness of 2014 it’s become something of a habit to turn around and, like Orpheus, reach out to Eurydice just before she vanishes for good. And so with the visual arts: What was cool and what was a gruel over the past 12 months? This is my own glimpse back, […]

 Robb Fulcher

El Camino College’s Compton Center poised for ‘major step’

El Camino College’s Compton Center poised for ‘major step’

El Camino College has helped the Compton Center get back on its feet, financially and academically, and is preparing for the transition that will allow the community college to operate on its own again after nearly shutting its doors.

 Bondo Wyszpolski

“Mrs. Parliament’s Night Out” – but is she coming back?

“Mrs. Parliament’s Night Out” – but is she coming back?

Norm Foster’s “Mrs. Parliament’s Night Out” is a humorous spin on one woman’s midlife crisis, which kicks in when her husband forgets all about their 32nd wedding anniversary. Presumably he remembered, or at least acknowledged, the 31 that came before. As presented by the Torrance Theatre Company and directed by local stage veteran Perry Shields, […]

 Kevin Cody

Letters 1/08/15

Internet origins red and blue Dear ER: I would like to correct Bob Pinzler’s “Net neutrality and the South Bay” (ER Nov.19, 2014), especially because of the important contributions of the Los Angeles area in the development of Internet. The Internet had its origins in an ARPA project in 1969 (it was ARPA before it […]

 David Mendez

Crime was down, but that wasn’t the perception

Compared to 2013, serious (Part I) crimes declined in 2014 in all three beach cities. But the headline grabbing crimes that did occur reinforced the widespread belief that the early release of prisoners, resulting from AB 109, the Public Safety Realignment Bill  of 2011, has made the beach cities less safe. The year’s most disturbing […]

 Kevin Cody

Letters 1/01/15

Santa’s clock Dear ER: Each Christmas we look forward to the photo of Surfing Santa on the holiday cover of Easy Reader. Our children, our grandchildren, and this year our first great-grandchild enjoyed this annual South Bay tradition. Dora and Chuck Perez-Meyer Torrance   Harbor needs a hail Mary Dear ER: Take a stroll along […]

 David Mendez

Unbroken screening packs Del Amo multiplex

Unbroken screening packs Del Amo multiplex

Release of Louis Zamperini biopic is “extremely rewarding” for Torrance Tornado’s family and home   Matthew Baer stood at the front of a packed theater beside Torrance Mayor Pat Furey, siblings Luke and Cynthia Zamperini, patiently waiting his turn to speak as Furey warmed up the crowd. In a few minutes, he was handed the […]

 David Mendez

Unbroken screening packs Del Amo multiplex

Release of Louis Zamperini biopic is “extremely rewarding” for Torrance Tornado’s family and home Matthew Baer stood at the front of a packed theater beside Torrance Mayor Pat Furey, siblings Luke and Cynthia Zamperini, patiently waiting his turn to speak as Furey warmed up the crowd. In a few minutes, he was handed the microphone, […]

 Bondo Wyszpolski

Going Out on a High Note as Dr. Joanna Medawar Nachef bids adieu to Los Cancioneros Master Chorale

Going Out on a High Note as Dr. Joanna Medawar Nachef bids adieu to Los Cancioneros Master Chorale

She’d accomplished more in the preceding week than most of us do in a month or maybe two. Dr. Joanna Medawar Nachef, who’s been the artistic director for Los Cancioneros Master Chorale for well over two decades, had just returned from her native Lebanon and so far was suppressing any sign of exhaustion. Now she’s […]

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