• POLA Discusses 10-Year Plan for Waterfront Projects

    By Ivan Adame, Editorial Intern

    The Jan. 26 community forum on the Port of Los Angeles’ proposal to cap its annual mitigation spending to 10 percent of its operating income provoked a heated response from the community.

    The forum, which took place at the Warner Grand Theatre, began with a presentation from POLA Executive Director Gene Seroka. Seroka said that there are numerous challenges in business. That, in combination with its current annual spending and the exhausted borrowing of $1.1 billion out of a possible $1.2 billion, makes it necessary to have a new 10-year budget that must limit the spending of projects along the waterfront to 10 percent of its annual income. This will decrease the funding from a relative $60 million to $20 million.

    The new time frame given by the proposal, along with the decrease in funding, has provoked a unanimous disapproval amongst the community and its leaders.

    “We are asking that they be prioritized and that they be funded through the Harbor Department this next budget year, and that items such as litigation and mitigation for previous environmental issues be struck from the draft policy plan,” said John Preston Allen, president of the Central San Pedro Neighborhood Council. “We do this in cooperation with all the neighborhood councils and to some extent the San Pedro, Harbor City and Wilmington chambers of commerce.”

    “This is 40 years in the making,” said James Dimon, president of Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council. “We’ve had these meetings before. I think we’ve even met here, but the people of this community are asking that we get a working relationship that is continual so that our kids 40 years from now aren’t sitting in this room having the same conversation.”

    More than 30 speakers from the community spoke that night with common concerns about the extended wait for a finished waterfront, the amount of money allocated for the projects, and the public image of the San Pedro and Wilmington waterfronts compared to ports in San Francisco, Long Beach and San Diego.

    Seroka promised that these two meetings are the beginning of continued dialogue between themselves and the public.

    “This is not meant to be one gathering, a snapshot in time,” Seroka said. “This is the beginning of what I consider an engagement for a relationship and partnership going into the future.”

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  • RLn THEATER Calendar: Jan. 27, 2015

    Jan. 30
    Murder on the Nile

    Witness the Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Nile, Jan. 30 through Feb. 14, at the Long Beach Playhouse. In this classic by the modern mistress of mystery, we travel through the Dark Continent along with master sleuth, Canon Pennefather, as he uncovers an audacious conspiracy and brings the criminals to justice.  Passion, jealousy, infidelity and murder make this a honeymoon cruise you will not soon forget.
    Details: (562) 494-1014; www.lbplayhouse.org
    Long Beach Playhouse
    Location: 5021 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach
    Jan. 30
    Feral Child

    Enjoy Feral Child, Jan. 30 through Feb. 1, at The Found Theatre in Long Beach. The performance centers around Greta, a distraught young woman, and her perspective of societal constructs. Tickets are $10.
    Details: (562) 433-3363; foundtheatre.org
    Venue: The Found Theatre
    Location: 599 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach

    Feb. 1
    Pick of the Vine

    A veritable bounty of short plays offered up by authors from all over the world. What happens when you don’t throw a pinch of dropped salt over your shoulder? Or to the trash you throw out? Or when a prank phone call turns into a conversation? Come find out the answers to these questions and more as this season’s “picks” serve you a delectable evening of entertainment in 5-10 minute bites. Runs Feb.1 at 2 p.m. and Feb. 5 and Feb. 12 at 8 p.m.
    Details: (310) 512-6030 
    Little Fish Theatre
    Location: 777 S. Centre St., San Pedro

    Feb. 7
    Wendy Whelan
    Wendy Whelan performs, at 8 p.m. Feb. 7, at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center in Long Beach. Restless Creature is a collaboration with choreographers Kyle Abraham, Joshua Beamish, Brian Brooks, and Alejandro Cerrudo to create a suite of elegant and thrilling duets.
    Details: (562) 985-7000; CarpenterArts.org
    Venue: Carpenter Performing Arts Center
    Location: 6200 Atherton Street, Long Beach

    Feb. 8
    AKA Doc Pomus

    Watch AKA Doc Pomus, starting at 8 p.m. Feb. 8, a the Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro.
    Doc Pomus was the most unlikely of rock & roll icons. Paralyzed with polio as a child, Brooklyn-born Jerome Felder reinvented himself first as a blues singer, renaming himself Doc Pomus, then as a songwriter, creating some of the greatest hits of the early rock and roll era: “Save the Last Dance for Me,” “This Magic Moment,” “A Teenager in Love,” “Viva Las Vegas,” and a thousand others.
    Details: (310) 833-4813
    Venue: Warner Grand
    Location: 434 W. 6th St., San Pedro

    Feb. 14
    AACTFest 2015

    The Playhouse is excited and honored to host American Association of Community Theatre’s  Festival 2015, Feb. 14, at the Long Beach Playhouse.
    Up to four competing theaters will compete with 60-minute performances to be performed, adjudicated and awarded the same day.The winning theatre will go onto regional competitions.
    Details: (562) 494-1014; www.lbplayhouse.org
    Venue: Long Beach Playhouse
    Location: 5021 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach

    Feb. 18
    End of the Rainbow
    Peter Quilter’s savagely funny, tour de force musical drama about the final days of Judy Garland’s life takes place, Feb. 18 through March 15, at International City Theatre in Long Beach. The play features some of her most memorable songs including “The Man That Got Away,” “Come Rain Or Come Shine,” “The Trolley Song” and, of course, “Somewhere Over The Rainbow.”  Cost is $34 to $54.
    Details: (562) 436-4610; www.InternationalCityTheatre.org
    International City Theatre, Long Beach Performing Arts Center
    Location: 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach

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  • RLn ARTS Calendar: Jan. 27, 2015

    Feb. 6
    Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow
    Come out and participate in this three-day celebration of black history, from 6 to 10 p.m. Feb. 6, and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 7 and 8, at the Expo Arts Center in Long Beach.
    These events feature The Forgotten Images Collection, the Mamie Hansberry Art Collection, Civil Rights Era Long Beach women in Breaking Through, Lighting the Way, Duke Givens’ photo exhibit, Power of Choice, and music by Charles Julian Fearing and Sweet Baby J’ai.
    Details: www.andystreetlb.org
    Venue: Expo Arts Center
    Location: 4321 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach

    Feb. 8
    Gettin’ Off the Ground’s
    The opening reception for Gettin’ Off the Ground’s is, from 2 to 5 p.m. Feb. 8, at Angels Gate Cultural Center in San Pedro. The exhibit explores the stories of veterans and military families.
    Details: www.angelsgateart.org
    Venue: Angels Gate Cultural Center
    Location: 3601 S. Gaffey St., San Pedro

    Feb. 16
    Artistic Adventure
    Artistic Adventure, opens Feb. 16 and continues through March 29, at the Promenade Gallery in Rolling Hills Estates.
    An opening reception is scheduled, from 3 to 7 p.m. Feb. 28. Artists Joyce Walsh, Beverly Holman and Don Cocker will be featured.
    Details: (310) 265-2592; www.artists-studio-pvac.com
    Venue: Artists’ Studio Gallery
    Location: 5400 Crestridge Road, Rolling Hills Estates

    March 8
    The Purple Forrest
    The Palos Verde Art Center presents Paul Jean Martel: Post Impressionist, a comprehensive survey of the artist’s work from small studio sketches to fully realized paintings, through March 8. The exhibition explores the trajectory of the artist’s career both in Europe and the United States.
    Details: http://pvartcenter.org
    Venue: Palos Verdes Art Center
    Location: 5504 Crestridge Road, Rancho Palos Verdes

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  • RLn COMMUNITY Calendar: Jan. 27, 2015

    Jan. 30
    Farmers Market
    San Pedro’s Farmers Market will have farm fresh produce and craft vendors, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 30, in San Pedro’s Historic Waterfront District.
    Details: (562) 449-9299
    Venue: San Pedro Waterfront District
    Location: 443 W. 6th St., San Pedro

    Jan. 31
    Waterfront Market
    The Waterfront Market will have all organic produce, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 31, at the San Pedro Downtown Harbor.
    Venue: San Pedro Downtown Harbor
    Location: Berth 84, foot of 6th St. at Harbor Blvd., San Pedro
    Jan. 31
    Westmont College Invitational
    The Mariner’s Men’s and Women’s Track teams will compete, starting at 11 a.m. Jan. 31, at the Westmont College Invitational.
    Details: www.MarinerAthletics.com
    Venue: Westmont College
    Location: 955 La Paz Road, Santa Barbara
    Feb. 6
    The Golden Shore – California’s Love Affair with the Sea
    Cabrillo Marine Aquarium invites you to meet David Helvarg, author and executive director of the Blue Frontier, at the Discovery Lecture Series, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 6. In recounting his discoveries researching The Golden Shore, his critically acclaimed book on how California is defined by the Pacific, Helvarg will share the amazing history, culture and changing nature of the California coast and ocean. Lecture is free. RSVP.
    Details: (310) 548-7562; lecture@cmaqua.org
    Venue: John M. Olguin Auditorium
    Location: 3720 Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro
    Feb. 6
    Marymount Alumni Happy Hour
    Marymount alumni are invited to attend the Second Annual Alumni Happy Hour, starting at 5 p.m. Feb. 6, at the Ports O’Call Waterfront Restaurant. RSVP is required.
    Details: (310) 303-7223
    Venue: Ports O’Call Waterfront Dining
    Location: 1200 Nagoya Way, San Pedro

    Feb. 6
    First Fridays Mardi Gras
    Enjoy the Mardi Gras parade, the Black History Month celebration and all the usual art, music and more starting at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 6.
    Details: (562) 595-0081; www.FirstFridaysLongBeach.com
    Venue: Bixby Knolls Neighborhood
    Location: Atlantic Avenue between Bixby Road and San Antonio Drive

    Feb. 7
    Festival de Amigos/Friend Fest
    Enjoy a day of live music, dancing, art and much more, starting at 1 p.m. Feb. 7, at Drake Park in Long Beach.
    Details: (562) 270-4352
    Venue: Drake Park
    Location: 951 Maine Ave., Long Beach

    Feb. 7
    Marymount California University Family Day
    All students and their families are invited to spend a day on campus and experience the spirit of Marymount California University, starting at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 7.
    Details: (310) 303-7627; www.MarymountCalifornia.edu
    Venue: Oceanview Campus
    Location: 30800 Palos Verdes Drive East, Rancho Palos Verdes

    Feb. 8
    South Coast Cactus & Succulent Society
    Paul Klaassen, of Wiltshire, UK, will present “FOG” a program on fog deserts visited in Chile, Baja California, and Namibia, focusing on the spectacular and unusual succulent plants that grow there, starting at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 8, at the South Coast Botanic Garden in Palos Verdes Peninsula.
    Details: southcoastcss.org
    Venue: South Coast Botanic Garden
    Location: 26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes Peninsula

    Feb. 10
    Greece: The Road Taken
    Bruce Schwartz’s film will play, at 7 p.m. Feb. 10, at the Grand Annex in San Pedro. The film will be followed by a Q-and-A with the filmmaker and editor.
    Details: (310) 833-4813; www.GreeceRoadTaken.com
    Venue: The Grand Annex
    Location: 434 W. 6th St., San Pedro

    Feb. 14
    Tidepool Wonders
    Bring family and friends to the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium’s John M. Olguin Auditorium, starting at 11 a.m. Feb. 14 or 12 p.m. Feb. 15, for an informative slide show, followed by a walk led by the aquarium education staff to the nearby Point Fermin tide pools where you can explore some excellent low tides on the rocky shore.
    Details: (310) 548-7562; www.CabrilloMarineAquarium.org
    Venue: John M. Olguin Auditorium
    Location: 3720 Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro

    Feb. 14
    Salt Marsh Open House
    Join Cabrillo Marine Aquarium educators and Coastal Park Naturalists, from 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 14, as they help uncover the world of mud and water that is our local wetland at Salinas de San Pedro Salt Marsh.
    Details: (310) 548-7562; www.CabrilloMarineAquarium.org
    Venue: Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
    Location: 3720 Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro
    Feb. 14
    Sweetheart Sail
    Enjoy a magical evening aboard Los Angeles’ Official Tall Ships as you sail the Los Angeles Harbor with your special someone, starting at 5 p.m. Feb. 14.
    Details: (310) 833-6055
    Venue: Ports O’Call Village
    Location: Berth 78 in the Ports O’Call Village

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  • RLn ANNOUNCEMENTS: Jan. 26, 2015

    Jan. 26
    110 Freeways Construction to Close Figueroa Street Overnight
    Figueroa Street closures will begin overnight from C Street to the John S. Gibson, Figueroa, Harry Bridges intersection from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. on Jan. 26 to Jan. 30, as part of a Port of Los Angeles interchange and roadway construction project in Wilmington. C Street on- and off-ramps on the 110 Freeway will remain open.
    Details: (310) 732-3617; www.portoflosangeles.org
    Location: C Street, John S. Gibson Boulevard, Figueroa Avenue, Harry Bridges Boulevard
    Jan. 28
    Volunteers needed for Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count
    Join the Central San Pedro Neighborhood Council in a homeless count starting on 8 p.m. on Jan. 28 in the Greater Los Angeles area.  The count will help secure the funding needed to provide services to the homeless.  Volunteers can choose their deployment center after registering at TheyCountWillYou.org
    Details: (213) 683-3333; www.lahsa.org
    Jan. 29
    POLB Chief Executive Gives State of the Port
    Port of Long Beach Chief Executive Jon Slangerup will give his first annual State of the Port address, from 8 to 10 a.m. on Jan. 29, to offer a review of the 2014 and upcoming challenges this year.  The address will begin live broadcasting at 8:15 a.m. in the Pacific Ballroom in the Long Beach Convention Center.
    Details: www.polb.com/stateoftheport
    Venue: Long Beach Convention Center
    Location: 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach

    Jan. 30
    POLA to Host Environmental Summit
    The Port of Los Angeles will host an Environmental Summit, from 9 a.m. to noon on Jan. 30, at Banning’s Landing Community Center in Wilmington.
    The summit will discuss ongoing environmental initiatives and priorities and any future programs and potential sustainability and growth of the port.
    Details: www.porttechla.org
    Venue: Banning’s Landing Community Center
    Location: 100 E. Water St., Wilmington

    Feb. 2
    Youth Opportunity Center Schedule Changes
    The Youth Opportunity Center announced changes in its operation hours to Monday through Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Fridays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Feb. 2. through Oct. 2. The changes will allow the center to serve students six days per week and during off-hours.
    Details: (562) 570-9675; www.pacific-gateway.org/youth
    Venue: Youth Opportunity Center
    Location: 3447 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach

    Feb. 7
    Join the Beach Cleanup and Native Garden Workday
    Cabrillo Marine Aquarium encourages volunteers to participate in their monthly Beach Clean-Up and Native Garden Workday, from 8 to 10 a.m. on Feb. 7.
    Details: (310) 548-7562; www.cabrillomarineaquarium.org
    Venue: Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
    Location: 3720 Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro

    Feb. 11
    Child Abuse Response Team
    The Child Abuse Response Team wants volunteers who respond 24/7 to hospitals when a child may have been sexually assaulted in Long Beach, Torrance, or San Pedro. The next volunteer training begins in February, which includes requirements of attending monthly meetings on the second Wednesday from 6 to 8:30 p.m. and more. The first will be on Feb. 11.
    Details: (562) 422-8472; cgutierrez@forthechild.org
    Location: 4565 California Ave., Long Beach

    Feb. 11
    AltaSea First Development Phase of Master Plan Campus Construction Meeting
    A Special Preview of AltaSea will look at Phase 1 often the campus construction master plan, Feb. 11 from 4 to 6 p.m., at City Dock No. 1 at the Port of Los Angeles, Berth 58, at 22nd and Signal Street in San Pedro.
    Free parking and shuttle will be available from the parking lot at 22nd Streetand Miner Street.
    Details: (310) 770-1638; pmeans@altasea.org
    Venue: City Dock No. 1
    Location: Berth 58, 22nd near Signal Street, San Pedro

    Feb. 15
    Willow and Wardlow Blue Line Stations Continue Closures for Upgrades
    The Willow and Wardlow Blue Line Stations are scheduled to close for upgrades in the upcoming weekends after 9 p.m. until Feb. 15.
    A free bus shuttle will be offered during weekends from the Del Amo and Pacific Coast Highway stations.
    Details: www.tinyurl.com/WillowWardlowClosures
    Location: Willow and Wardlow Blue Line Stations
    Feb. 17
    Airport Noise Ordinance Study Session
    The Long Beach City Council will discuss a requested study session regarding the history and structure of the Airport Noise Ordinance at 4 p.m. on Feb. 17 in the Council Chambers at Long Beach City Hall.
    Details: www.longbeach.gov
    Venue: Long Beach City Hall
    Location: 333 W. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach
    Feb. 26
    8th District Youth Ambassador Council Hosts First Meeting
    New 8th District Youth Ambassador Council will have the first meeting of the year at 5 p.m. on Feb. 26, at their field office in Long Beach.
    Details: (562) 570-6685; www.tinyurl.com/8thDistrictMeeting
    Location: 5641 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach

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  • Former Head of LA Cultural Affairs Reflects on Winds of Change

    Adolfo Nodal Welcomes Normalization of Ties with Cuba

    By Terelle Jerricks, Managing Editor

    President Barack Obama’s announcement that he was going to normalize relations with Cuba was met with surprise—a surprise that was welcomed in some quarters.

    The mainstream press has by and large described the Cuban American response to the announcement as muted. (more…)

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  • RLn ENTERTAINMENT Calendar: Jan. 26, 2015

    Jan. 28
    A Live Band Karaoke
    A live band will perform, starting at 8 p.m. Jan. 28, at Godmothers Saloon in San Pedro.
    Details: (310) 833-1589
    Venue: Godmothers Saloon
    Location:  302 W. 7th St., San Pedro
    Jan. 30
    Rob Klopfenstein
    Rob Klopfenstein performs, at 7 p.m. Jan. 30, at The Whale & Ale in San Pedro.
    Rob Klopfenstein is an all-around entertainer on the piano along with special guest artists. No cover charge for bar or dinner guests.
    Details: (310) 832-0363; www.WhaleAndAle.com
    Venue: The Whale & Ale British Restaurant and Gastropub
    Location: 327 W. 7th St., San Pedro
    Jan. 30
    A Night of Scottish Tunes
    Spend a night with the Scottish Tunes of David Brewer and Rebecca Lomnicky, starting at 8 p.m. Jan. 30, at the Grand Annex in San Pedro.
    Details: Tickets and Info
    Venue: The Grand Annex
    Location: 434 W. 6th St., San Pedro
    Jan. 31
    Markus Carlton
    Markus Carltonwill perform, at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 31, at The Whale & Ale in San Pedro.
    The lifelong musician plays jazz guitar with new material as well as jazz and blues standards.
    Details: (310) 832-0363; www.WhaleAndAle.com
    Venue: The Whale & Ale British Restaurant and Gastropub
    Location: 327 W. 7th St., San Pedro
    Jan. 31
    Warehouse One
    Enjoy a night of rock, reggae and ska from Warehouse One, which will perform, at 8 p.m. Jan. 31, at The Grand Annex in San Pedro.
    Brimful & The Day Traitors will open for the band.
    Details: Tickets & Info
    Venue: The Grand Annex
    Location: 434 W. 6th St., San Pedro

    Feb. 6
    Something’s Funny at the Warner Grand
    Something’s Funny at the Warner Grand takes place Feb. 6.
    The monthly show has some of the funniest stand-up comedians in Los Angeles.
    Details: (310) 548-2493
    Venue: The Grand Annex
    Location: 434 W. 6th St., San Pedro

    Feb. 8
    Allant Trio
    The Allant Trio is scheduled to perform, at 2 p.m. Feb. 8, at Rolling Hills Methodist Church.
    Details: (310) 316-5574;www.allanttrio.com
    Venue: Rolling Hills United Methodist Church
    Location: 26438 Crenshaw Blvd., Rolling Hills Estates

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  • Murder on the Nile is Too Long, Too Wordy

    By John Farrell, Curtain Call Writer

    Don’t be surprised if Murder on the Nile doesn’t quite take you on a journey that you expect.

    Agatha Christie play, which opened at the Long Beach Playhouse Mainstage Theatre, is genuine Christie, but it shouldn’t be confused with Death on the Nile, the 1978 film that featured Peter Ustinov as Hercule Poirot.

    Or maybe it should be. Murder on the Nile was written by Christie in 1944, when she was thoroughly tired of Poirot. (She wasn’t the only mystery writer who got tired of her sleuth: Arthur Conan Doyle killed off Sherlock Holmes but finally had to bring him back to life.) She wrote the play expressly excluding Poirot and Captain Hastings. It was a moderate success in London but ran only a dozen performances when it came to Broadway. At the opening the house was a sell-out, but many playgoers may have been disappointed when Canon Pennefather (Playhouse stalwart Gregory Cohen in the only role in the play that wasn’t a caricature) solved the mystery in Poirot’s absence. (more…)

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  • Ten Hits Come to One Show

    By John Farrell, Curtain Call Writer

    There are at least 10 reasons why you should go see the 13th Annual Pick of the Vine at Little Fish Theatre.

    And, that’s only if you count just the 10 plays selected from hundreds of submissions for: Little Fish’s yearly salute to new plays and new playwrights.

    The 10 plays were amongst a large number submitted and chosen by a committee for production. (more…)

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