• Scouting for Public Land:

    Port Opens Bids for State Lands Property

    By Zamná Ávila, Assistant Editor
    Responding to a wave of community outrage the Port of Los Angeles recently extended its request for proposals from entities to lease a land at 3000 Shoshonean Road land, near Fort MacArthur.

    The Neighborhood Council Port Affairs Committee asked that the proposal be sent immediately to the appropriate people on the on the port committees of each of the Harbor Area’s neighborhood councils.

    The Central San Pedro Neighborhood Council and the Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council made motion resolutions calling on the port to open the pre-proposal meeting to the public, asking for a community representative on the evaluation committee who would be selected by the neighborhood councils via the Neighborhood Councils Port Advisory Committee and calling on Councilman Joe Buscaino and the Harbor Commissioner to assist the neighborhood councils in securing port cooperation with a community initiative to make the land more accessible to the public by making it an open facility.

    The RFP for the site was originally due Nov. 20, but calls from stakeholders to include community input have resulted in the extension of the deadline by at least 30 days. The port opened the bidding process on Oct. 7. (more…)

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  • Trouble on the Iowa Part III

    Casino Politics in Iowa and the Battleship’s Directors

    By Terelle Jerricks, Managing Editor
    In the second installment of the Trouble on the Iowa series, Random Lengths recounted both the well documented series of events as well as some of the untold back story that ultimately brought the USS Iowa to San Pedro.

    In that story, the rival Historic Ships Memorial at Pacific Square group in Vallejo, Robert Kent (aka Robert Daniels), Jonathan Williams were the dominant figures, we told their stories against the backdrop that was a perfect storm of political circumstances—a backdrop upon which Kent masterfully created a grassroots movement that brought the USS Iowa to San Pedro.

    As a result of the story, a number of volunteers, both former and current, reached out to the newspaper to share their experiences working on the Battleship Iowa. Those experiences also included questions about the khaki pants wearing officers and head honchos steering the ship—management types from somewhere beyond Southern California.


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  • Einstein!: A Portrait Of A Man We Know Too Little About

    By John Farrell

    Can you name one Nobel-Prize-winner of the last century, of any century, who has been immortalized as a Chia Pet?

    One great scientist who is remembered by millions for sticking his tongue out at a photographer? One who is known more for the unruly hair-style on his head than for what he had inside that head?

    Yes, that’s Albert Einstein, theoretical physicist, Zionist, pacifist, violinist, whose most famous formula, “E=mc2, is just about all most people know about him. His theory of relativity has created the modern world, everything from space travel to the cell phone in your pocket, but even many current physicists can’t quite understand Einstein’s theories of light, of gravity, of time, and things he spent years thinking about, including a Unified Field Theory. (Those of you who know what that is: congratulations!)

    Einstein is a figure so divorced from reality that it is hard to know him. He had a charming side, disingenuous, humorous and even playful, but he also was one of the fathers of the A-bomb.

    Who was this man, how did he live and love? That’s what Jack Fry shows us in his one man show Einstein!, currently at the Lounge Theatre in Hollywood. (It was taken on a six-city tour to Canada earlier this year.) (more…)

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  • Dark Alliance

    By Lionel Rolfe

    I surprised myself by how much the movie “Kill the Messenger” affected me. I hadn’t gone to it expecting that it would upset me. I wasn’t a close friend of Gary Webb, the journalist whose story the movie was based on. But I had made a couple of calls at his request, trying to get him a job. He was desperate after the San Jose Mercury-News dropped him when he published his powerful series, “Dark Alliance.”

    At the end of the ‘60s, I did a stint as a police reporter at the San Francisco Chronicle—and then in 1981 Chronicle Books published my book Literary L.A. and in the mid-‘90s I wrote a few op-ed columns for the paper.

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  • RLn THEATER: Oct. 23, 2014

    Oct. 25
    Hocus Pocus
    Watch a free movie at Peck Park in San Pedro. Round up the family;  bring you’re your blanket, beach chair, pack a picnic and join the fun.
    Details: http://nwsanpedro.org
    Venue: Peck Park
    Location: 560 N. Western Ave., San Pedro

    Nov. 1
    Pink Milk
    The Garage Theatre presents Pink Milk, through Nov. 1, in Long Beach
    Pink Milk is about a strange, mathematical man named Alan M. Turing. He dreamed of robots, a boy named Christopher and poisoned apples. It is a magic tragedy, full of beauty, images exploding onstage, and a belief in love and truth above all else.
    Details: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/cal/553
    Venue: Garage Theatre
    Location: 251 E. 7th St., Long Beach

    Nov. 1
    Kidnapped for Christ
    Art Theatre Long Beach presents Kidnapped for Christ, showing at 9 p.m. Nov. 1, in Long Beach.
    The film follows a young evangelical filmmaker who is granted unprecedented access into a controversial Christian behavior modification camp for teens.
    Pre-screening public awareness/press conference at 8 p.m. at The Center Long Beach.
    Venue: Art Theatre
    Location: 2025 E. 4th St., Long Beach

    Nov. 8
    Arms and the Man
    Enjoy Arms and the Man, Nov. 8 through Dec. 6 at the Long Beach Playhouse.
    It is 1885, the height of the Serbo-Bulgarian war. An armed soldier breaks into a young woman’s bedroom and demands refuge.  These events set in motion a witty look at governmental posturing, infidelity, social structures, and the passionate pursuit of chocolate creams. Watch as national and moral borders blur in this brilliant comedy of manners.
    Details: (562) 494-1014
    Venue: Long Beach Playhouse
    Location: 5021 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach
    Nov. 16
    Big Fish
    Musical Theatre West is reeling in the West Coast premiere of the critically acclaimed Broadway musical Big Fish, a new musical, through Nov. 16, at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center in Long Beach.
    Based on the celebrated novel by Daniel Wallace and the acclaimed Columbia Pictures film directed by Tim Burton, the musical adaptation of Big Fish  made a splash on Broadway when five-time Tony Award winning director and choreographer Susan Stroman (The Producers, The Scottsboro Boys) teamed with music and lyrics by Tony nominee Andrew Lippa (The Addams Family, The Wild Party) to develop the new book by esteemed screenwriter John August (Big Fish, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory).
    Tickets start at $20.
    Details: (562) 856-1999, ext. 4; www.musical.org
    Venue: Carpenter Performing Arts Center
    Location: 6200 E. Atherton St., Long Beach

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  • Harbor Division Gang Unit Raid Marijuana Collective in Connection with Oct. 19 Shooting

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    On Oct. 23, the Los Angeles Harbor Division gang unit raided Star Buds marijuana collective in San Pedro at 128 S Pacific Avenue in connection with a shooting that took place Oct. 19. Click the link to listen to Random Lengths News photographer and field reporter Philip Cook’s interview officer Lt. McKeckney at the scene of the raid.

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  • Ceasar: The Culmination of 15 years at Casa 0101

    By John Farrell

    It is a dream come true, but it took 15 years to be realized.

    Playwright Josefina López (Real Women have Curves) started the Casa 0101 theater in her Boyle Heights neighborhood 15 years ago with some of her college scholarship.

    The theater has grown with the neighborhood. When it was first opened in a little store-front its success was problematic. More than a decade later the neighborhood on First Street in Boyle Heights has changed: the Metro Gold Line goes to a station two blocks away, the Boyle Heights City Hall is at the other end of the block and a very modern police station is across the street from the new theater premises. (The old Casa 0101 is still used for smaller productions, but the new theater, with an art gallery in the lobby, is state of the art.)

    But that success was only part of the dream. López, Mexican immigrant, grew up with the classics. She always wanted to bring Shakespeare to her community. The opening night of Shakepeare’s Julius Caesar fulfilled that dream. Directed by Robert Beltrán, it features a mostly Latino cast in the tragedy, but with more than few differences. Brutus, Lucius and Antony are played by young women actors and the play is set ambiguously in a world that can be seen as Roman or thought of as contemporary. (more…)

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  • RLn Community Events: Oct. 22, 2014

    Oct. 25
    Pumpkin Decorating Contest
    The Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum will host an annual pumpkin decorating contest from 1-3 p.m.  Participants will be provided with tools to participate as well as the ability to create their own Halloween mask and candy carrying bag. Admission is free. Open to all ages.
    Details: www.dominguezrancho.org.
    Venue: Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum
    Location: 18127 S. Alameda St., Rancho Dominguez
    Oct. 26
    5th Annual Long Beach Farm Dinner
    The Growing Experience Urban Farm will offer a multi-course meal showcasing seasonal autumn harvest foods. The event highlights foods grown using sustainable methods and features meals form chefs around Los Angeles.
    Details: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/879349
    Venue: The Growing Experience Urban Farm
    Location: 750 Via Carmelitos, Long Beach, CA

    Oct. 30
    CSU Dominguez Hills Talk on Upton Sinclair 1934
    In conjunction with the November 2014 elections and an ongoing exhibition on campus, “Citizen Sinclair: Upton Sinclair–American Provocateur,” the University Library at California State University, Dominguez Hills presents author and journalist Greg Mitchell discussing muckraker Upton Sinclair’s 1934 run for Governor of California and the evolution of the modern political campaign.
    Details: (310) 243-3895
    Venue: CSUD University Library, fifth floor
    Location: 1000 E. Victoria St., Carson

    Halloween at the East Village
    The East Village will host events including trick or treating, face painting, bag decorating, ghost stories and more. There will be costume contests starting at 5 p.m. for children, adults and dogs.
    Venue: East Village Arts District
    Location: Near First Street at Linden Avenue, Long Beach

    Nov. 1
    Día De Los Muertos
    Join in the celebration of San Pedro’s Día de Los Muertos Festival from 5 to 11 p.m. Nov. 1, in downtown San Pedro. The streets come alive with art, culture, delicious cuisine and live entertainment.
    Venue: Downtown San Pedro
    Location: Between 6th and Mesa streets, San Pedro,

    Nov. 1
    Annual Horror Ball
    The Rho Chapter of Delta Lambda Phi presents the first  Horror Ball. A runway fundraising event for the Trevor Project will take place. Participants are invited to walk the runway for prizes if the come in costume. Event begins at 8 p.m.
    Venue: California State University, Long Beach
    Location: 1250 N Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach

    Free Motion Quilting  Techniques  
    Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles is hosting a free Motion Quilting techniques class from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Nov. 1.
    This quilting technique is drawing on fabric with a sewing machine needle.
    The fee to attend the class will be $55. It is required you bring your own sewing machine, but all materials will be provided.
    Details:(310) 732-1270; www.craftedportla.com
    Venue: Crafted, Port of Los Angeles
    Location: 112 E. 22nd St., San Pedro

    Día De Los Muertos Crafts
    Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles is hosting Día De Los Muertos crafts from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Nov. 1.
    Participants  will paint a decorative Dia De Los  Muertos skull onto a mason jar.
    Details: (310) 732-1270; www.craftedportla.Com
    Venue: Crafted, Port of Los Angeles
    Location: 112 E. 22nd St., San Pedro

    Nov. 4
    Teen Game Day
    The San Pedro Library is holding a teen game day at 4 p.m., Nov. 4.
    Teens can come to the library to play Xbox and other board games.
    The library is hosting this every Tuesday of this month and subsequently.
    Details: (310) 548-7779; www.lapl.org
    Venue: San Pedro Library
    Location: 931 S. Gaffey St., San Pedro

    Nov. 4
    Baby You are My Religion
    Marie Cartier will be signing her book Baby You are My Religion: Women, Gay Bars, and Theology before Stonewall behind St. Matthew’s Parish Hall. Women interviewed for the book will present and signing as well. This event is free and open to all.
    Details: (562) 439-0931
    Venue: St. Matthew’s Church
    Location: 672 Temple Ave., Long Beach

    Bottle Cap Crafts
    Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles will conduct a class on making bottle cap crafts from 1 to 6 p.m., Nov. 7.
    Learn how to create custom earrings, magnets and more with bottle caps.
    Details: (310) 732-1270; www.craftedport.com
    Venue: Crafted, Port   of Los Angeles
    Location: 112 E. 22nd St., San Pedro

    Nov. 8
    The Festival  2014
    Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles is hosting The Festival 2014, by the Shelton Brothers and Brouwerij West from 12 to 9 p.m., Nov. 8 and 9.
    The festival is a celebration of craft beer, cider and mead makers.
    Admission is $5 for five tickets, or $20 for 24. A ticket will get you a 2 oz. pour.
    A portion of the ticket sales will go to the non-profit Sharefest, which is an organization that works on developing youths.
    Details:(310) 732-1270; www.craftedportla.Com
    Venue: Crafted, Port  of  Los  Angeles
    Location: 112  E. 22nd  St., San  Pedro

    Nov. 8
    18thAnnual Long Beach Veterans Day Parade and Festival
    The parade starts at 10am from the corner of Harding & Atlantic, adjacent to Houghton Park. The Festival follows immediately after featuring live music, food and a number of booths showcasing City services and organizations.
    Location: Corner of Harding and Atlantic, Long Beach

    Nov. 9
    Lynda Arnold at Long Beach Time Exchange
    Sound Healer and Musician Lynda Arnold will play at the Long Beach Time Exchange. The first part of the session will be a group toning or singing experience with guided imagery that will rejuvenate and balance the body’s energy centers. In the second part of the session, Lynda will play her set of 14 Healing Tibetan Singing Bowls, chimes, tuning forks, flutes, voice and shruti box to help guide everyone in a relaxing music meditation.
    Venue: Building Healthy Communities
    Location: 920 Atlantic Ave., Suite 102, Long Beach

    Nov. 16
    Salt Marsh Open House
    Join Cabrillo Marine Aquarium educators and Coastal Park Naturalist as they help uncover the world of mud and water that is our local wetland.  The salt marsh help educate people about the local native plants and animals.
    Details: www.cabrillomarineaquarium.org.
    Venue: Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
    Location: 3720 Stephen M. White Dr., San Pedro

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  • RLn ANNOUNCEMENT: Oct. 21, 2014

    Oct. 22
    NWSPNC Issues Committee Meeting
    The Northwest San Pedro Neighborhood Council Issues Committee will meet, at 6 p.m. Oct. 22, at San Pedro City Hall.
    Issues to be discussed include reinstituting a speed hump, city elections reforms and the mayor’s minimum wage proposal.
    Details: (310) 259-2928
    Venue: San Pedro City Hall
    Location: 638 S. Beacon St., Room 452
    Oct. 23
    Free Flu Shot Clinic
    Come out, from 2 to 7 p.m. Oct. 23, for a free flu clinic at the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services.
    No appointments are necessary.
    Venue: Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services
    Location: 2525 Grand Ave., Long Beach
    Oct. 25
    Gaffey Street Conceptual Plan
    The Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative is inviting community members to participate in the second of three information and input workshops about improvements along Gaffey Street in San Pedro. The workshop will take place, starting at 10 a.m. Oct. 25, at the San Pedro Regional Library.
    The workshop will be an open format, where participant will be presented with an updated conceptual plans and project information, as well as information for business along the Gaffey corridor.
    Details: (213) 627-1822 ext. 18, (310) 732-4515
    Venue: San Pedro Regional Library
    Location:  931 S. Gaffey St., San Pedro
    Oct. 26
    Stand Up! Speak Up!
    Stand Up! Speak Up!, a free family workshop exploring aspects of bullying, will take place, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 26, at Cal State Long Beach.
    Fifth through 8th graders and their parents will learn strategies for dealing with bullying.
    Details: antonella.schaub@longbeach.gov
    Venue: CSULB (CBA building, Room 140)
    Location: 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach
    Oct. 27
    Trans*Scend: A Trans* Support Group 
    Join Trans*Scend, a weekly on-going trans* support and processing group for people 18 to 35, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 27 and every Monday, at The Center Long Beach.
    Weekly themes include:

    • Coming Out
    • Transition
    • Mourning old self
    • Identity
    • Relationships

    Details: (562) 434-4455 ext. 251
    Venue The Center Long Beach
    Location: 2017 E. 4th St., Long Beach
    Oct. 27
    Board of Harbor Commissioners Agenda

    The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners are scheduled to meet, at 6 p.m. Oct. 27, at the Harbor Department Administration Building.
    An ordinance to amend the POLB Tariff No. 4, a contract for the Pier D Water System Interconnect, a contract for the Pier A Way Rehabilitation Project  and an ordinance establishing rates for water and sewer services are among the items the board will consider.
    Details: http://tinyurl.com/kjfyqkl
    Venue: Harbor Department Administration Building
    Location: 925 Harbor Plaza, Long Beach
    Oct. 28
    Business Leaders Roundtable
    The Business Leaders Roundtable will take place, at 11 a.m. Oct. 28, at the Long Beach Renaissance Hotel.
    The event will feature Rep. Janice Hahn.
    Details: (562) 570-5555
    Venue: Long Beach Renaissance Hotel
    Location: 111 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach
    Nov. 6
    LADWP’s Power Integrated Resources Plan Workshop
    Join the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s workshop on power, from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 6 at the Wilmington Senior Citizen Center.
    The LADWP is transforming its energy supply by eliminating the use of coal and increasing renewable energy.
    Details: www.ladwpnews.com/go/survey/1475/21978
    Venue: Wilmington Senior Citizen Center
    Location: 1371 E. Eubank Ave., Wilmington
    Nov. 8
    Free Electronic Waste Drop-off
    Properly dispose of electronic waste, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 8, at Grace First Presbyterian Church in Long Beach.
    Drive through and drop off at no cost charge. Scouts will remove the unwanted electronics from your vehicle for your convenience.
    Venue: Grace First Presbyterian Church – parking lot
    Location: 3955 Studebaker Road, Long Beach

    Nov. 8
    Document Shredding and Recycling
    District 6 Councilman Dee Andrews will host a Document Shredding and Recycling Event, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Nov. 8 , at Martin Luther King Jr. Park in Long Beach.
    Stop by to get rid of your important documents and old electronics.  “With the help of Future Shredding and e-Recycling of California we are making it convenient for the community to do away with unwanted items.
    Items that can be recycled are televisions, computer monitors, computers (CPU’s), laptops, keyboards, printers, computer mice, hard drives, fax machines, microwave ovens, DVD players, VCR’s, cables and cords, telephones, cell phones, radios, shredders, stereo components, power supplies, tape and zip drives, and electronic devices.  X-rays and CD’s are not acceptable.
    The first 5 boxes of shredding documents per car are free, anything beyond will cost a fee of $5 per box.
    The companies cannot accept: large appliances, toner cartridges, fluorescent bulbs or batteries of any kind.
    Details: (562) 570-6816
    Venue: Martin Luther King Jr. Park
    Location: 1950 Lemon Ave., Long Beach
    Nov. 8
    Festival Volunteers Needed
    About 200 volunteers are needed for The Festival 2014, a craft beer-tasting festival. The event will take place Nov. 8 and 9 at Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles.
    The Festival will feature craft brewers from around the world, food and music.
    In exchange for volunteering one session, volunteers will receive a free beer tasting session of their choice ($45 value), an event t-shirt and an invitation to the after party on the evening of Nov. 9, when craft brew will be served with a special-edition sample glass.
    Details: volunteer@sharefestinc.org, facebook.com/sheltonbrothers
    Venue: Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles
    Location: 112 E. 22nd St., #10, San Pedro

    Nov. 15
    Long Beach AIDS Ride Adds Family Fun

    Participate in the second annual Long Beach AIDS Ride on Nov. 15.
    Funds from the ride will benefit The Center Long Beach and the Comprehensive AIDS Resource and Education, C.A.R.E. Program, at Dignity Health St. Mary Medical Center.
    The ride will begin at 7 a.m. along the shore at Alfredo’s Beach Club. Riders will choose among a 40-mile, 70-mile or a new 8-mile family fun ride.
    The event is designed to support local Long Beach efforts in the areas of education, prevention and treatment of the HIV/AIDS pandemic and related illnesses.
    Participants may pre-register for the event by going online at www.longbeachaidsride.org. Same-day registration is also an option. Registration for the 40- and 75-mile rides requires a $250 minimum fundraising commitment. The 8-mile ride costs $40, with a $5 additional charge for each additional family member. Top fundraisers will receive special recognition for their efforts from the Long Beach AIDS Ride committee.
    Alfredo’s Beach Club is at 5101 E. Ocean Blvd. in Long Beach
    Details: www.longbeachaidsride.org, http://bit.ly/LBAR2014,
    Venue: Alfredo’s Beach Club
    Location: 5101 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach

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  • RLn Entertainment Update: Oct. 20, 2014


    Oct. 24
    The GrandMothers of Invention
    The GrandMothers of Invention will perform, at 8 p.m. Oct. 24, at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro.
    Details: (310) 833-3281, www.alvasshowroom.com
    Venue: Alvas Showroom
    Location: 1417 W. 8th St. San Pedro

    Oct. 25
    Expansions – Dave Liebman Group
    Expansions – Dave Liebman Group will perform, at 8 p.m. Oct. 25, at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro.
    Details: (310) 833-3281, www.alvasshowroom.com
    Venue: Alvas Showroom
    Location: 1417 W. 8th St. San Pedro

    Oct. 25
    Etienne Gara
    Violinist Etienne Gara will perform, at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 25, at First Lutheran Church and School in Torrance.
    She is a laureate of the Fondation Marcel Bleustein-Blanchet in France and is continuing his graduate studies with Midori at the USC Thornton School of Music.
    Details: (310) 316-5574; www.palosverdes.com/classicalcrossroads
    Venue: First Lutheran Church and School
    Location: 2900 W. Carson St., Torrance

    Oct. 26
    A Band With No Name – America & Fortunate Son C.C.R Tribute
    A Band With No Name – America & Fortunate Son C.C.R Tribute will perform, at 3 p.m. Oct. 26, at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro.
    Details: (310) 833-3281, www.alvasshowroom.com
    Venue: Alvas Showroom
    Location: 1417 W. 8th St. San Pedro

    Nov. 1
    Karizma will perform, at 8 p.m. Nov. 1, at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro.
    Details: (310) 833-3281, www.alvasshowroom.com
    Venue: Alvas Showroom
    Location: 1417 W. 8th St. San Pedro

    Nov. 2
    SEA Pulse Films
    SEA Pulse Films will perform, at 12 p.m. Nov. 2, at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro.
    Details: (310) 833-3281, www.alvasshowroom.com
    Venue: Alvas Showroom
    Location: 1417 W. 8th St. San Pedro

    Nov. 7
    One World
    One World will perform, at 8 p.m. Nov. 7, at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro.
    Details: (310) 833-3281, www.alvasshowroom.com
    Venue: Alvas Showroom
    Location: 1417 W. 8th St. San Pedro

    Nov. 8
    Mitch Forman Trio
    The Mitch Forman Trio will perform, at 8 p.m. Nov. 8, at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro.
    Details: (310) 833-3281, www.alvasshowroom.com
    Venue: Alvas Showroom
    Location: 1417 W. 8th St. San Pedro

    Nov. 9
    Bruce Baker & The Altered Presence Jazz Band
    Bruce Baker & The Altered Presence Jazz Band will perform, at 4 p.m. Nov. 9, at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro.
    Details: (310) 833-3281, www.alvasshowroom.com
    Venue: Alvas Showroom
    Location: 1417 W. 8th St. San Pedro

    Nov. 14
    Kristin Korb
    Kristin Korb will perform, at 8 p.m. Nov. 14, at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro.
    Details: (310) 833-3281, www.alvasshowroom.com
    Venue: Alvas Showroom
    Location: 1417 W. 8th St. San Pedro

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