• New Media Advance Indie Sounds

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    Los Angeles Indie-Rock band New Media have been making a name for themselves playing gigs from the West side to Long Beach.

    By Melina Paris, Music Columnist; Photo by Simone Wicks

    Last week, I witnessed a band who

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  • Oliver Musical Theatre West

    Oliver! Not as Big and Energetic as He Should Be

    [vc_row][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text]By Greggory Moore, Curtain Columnist Oliver! was a hit when it opened in 1960 and an even bigger hit when in 1968 it was adapted into a film ― winning the Oscar for Best Picture, no less! And if

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  • SCR’s Playful “Sweeney Todd” Communicates Sondheim’s Genius

    [vc_row][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text]By Greggory Moore, Curtain Call Columnist Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is so challenging to perform that the potential for it to be the worst of theatrical experiences is encoded in its DNA. Done right, though, it's challenging to review, if only

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  • From Amazing Grace to the Marley Festival

    [vc_row][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text]Compiled by Terelle Jerricks, Managing Editor The opening night of the 27th annual Pan African Film Festival will feature Amazing Grace, the documentary about the best selling gospel album of all time —  a documentary that was filmed 46 years ag

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  • Little Fish Theatre's Pick of the Vine 2019

    This Year’s “Pick of the Vine” Yields Too Little Variety

    [vc_row][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text]Every January, Little Fish Theatre kicks off their new season by offering “Pick of the Vine,” a program of short plays, each by a different author. This is my fourth taste of these annual offerings, and while I detect minor notes of pith and cuteness, there's just too little variety for my palate.

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  • Music for the Soul

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    Setting the Standard with a Blues Holler

    By Melina Paris, Music Columnist I’ve been preoccupied by two thoughts in regard to music these past few months. First: Thank God we have “standard repertoires of music.” Standar

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  • Town’s Public Artists Dive Into Renaissance

    [vc_row][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text]We’ve recently fallen back from daylight saving time. But if you’ve traveled along Gaffey Street during the abbreviated sunlight hours, you may have noticed the variety of new artwork on the Department of Transportation, or DOT boxes along the thoroughfare from 1st t

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  • LB Playhouse’s New, Fun, and Faithful Take on “A Christmas Carol”

    [vc_row][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text]By Greggory Moore, Curtain Call Columnist Before A Christmas Story, before the classic claymation of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, even before It’s a Wonderful Life, Charles Dickens’  A Christmas Carol established itself as a  sta

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  • Curtain Call: Darkside

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    A Powerful Meditation on the Search for Goodness

    By Greggory Moore, Curtain Call Columnist mily has a problem. She’s at university studying a bit of philosophy and she’s increasingly troubled by her investigations into the status of the Good

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  • The Case for Shopping Secondhand First

    [vc_row][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text]By Leslie Belt, Contributing Writer Along the avenues of the San Pedro arts district and beyond there has emerged a kind of home-grown market for all things retro and vintage—timeless, one-of-a-kind fashion to collectible records, books, and ephemera to a

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