• RLn COMMUNITY calendar: Aug. 28, 2014

    Aug. 30
    Share your memories of the Port of Los Angeles
    You are invited to a workshop to gather photos, stories and memories to share on Historypin.com, from 1 to 4 p.m. Aug. 30, at Angels Gate Cultural Center in San Pedro.
    Details: http://tinyurl.com/POLAHistoryPin
    Venue: Angels Gate Cultural Center
    Location:  3601 S. Gaffey St., San Pedro

    Sept. 1
    Labor Day Parade
    Participate in the Labor Day parade and rally, starting at 8 a.m. Sept. 1, at Broad and E streets in Wilmington.
    The march will conclude at a rally at Banning Park in Wilmington.
    Details: (562) 595-1891
    Venue: Broad at E streets

    Sept. 2
    Tour de Torrance
    Check out the birding hot spots of the South Bay, starting at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 2, at Madrona Marsh Nature Center and Preserve in Torrance.
    Details: (310) 782-3989; www.torranceca.gov
    Venue: Madrona Marsh Nature Center and Preserve
    Location: 3201 Plaza Del Amo, Torrance (more…)

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  • Shins Bruised During Extreme High Tide in Long Beach

    No homes were damaged on the Long Beach Peninsula Wednesday night during the extreme high tide occurring at approximately 11 p.m. due to Hurricane Marie, but there was one casualty.

    Greggory Moore, a resident of downtown Long Beach who ventured to the Peninsula to “see the big waves, dude” was slightly injured in the area of 63 Place when the largest swell of the night easily crested the 15-foot berm at all horizontal points of the compass from this reporter’s vantage point and streamed across the sand with enough volume and force to dislodge a 10-foot plywood board set up by the Department of Public Works at the edge of the boardwalk as a final layer of protection for the oceanfront homes.

    Moore was standing on the deck wall of a very smart house, when the huge swell propelled the board edge-on across the boardwalk, where it struck Moore square in the shins. Moore declined to seek medical attention, saying only, “Whoa!”

    Because Moore’s presence prevented the board from striking and possibly damaging the house, President Barack Obama will be in Long Beach during BuskerFest on Saturday, September 6, where he will present Moore with the Medal of Freedom.

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  • RLn ENTERTAINMENT Weekend edition: Aug. 28, 2014

    Aug. 29
    Mitch Forman Trio
    The Mitch Forman Trio will perform, at 8 p.m. Aug. 29, at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro. A $20 suggested donation is requested.
    Details: (800) 403-3447
    Venue: Alvas Showroom
    Location: 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro
    Aug. 31
    Ask Dino Show
    Musical guest Larry Dunn of Earth Wind & Fire will explain how he made it and performing, at 7 p.m. Aug. 31, at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro.
    Details: (310) 782-1440
    Venue: Alvas Showroom
    Location: 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro

    Sept. 5
    Frank Potenza
    Frank Potenza will be performing, at 8 p.m. Sept. 5, at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro.
    Details: (800) 403-3447
    Venue: Alvas Showroom
    Location: 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro

    Sept. 6
    Sandi Thom
    Sandi Thom will be performing, at 8 p.m. Sept. 6, at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro.
    Details: (800) 403-3447
    Venue: Alvas Showroom
    Location: 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro
    Sept. 7
    Nuevo Mundos
    Nuevo Mundos will be performing, at 4 p.m. Sept. 7, at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro.
    Details: (800) 403-3447
    Venue: Alvas Showroom
    Location: 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro

    Sept. 12
    Preview for TriArts Festival
    Check out a preview of the TriArts Festival, at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 12, at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro.
    Details: (800) 403-3447
    Venue: Alvas Showroom
    Location: 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro

    Sept. 13
    NPH Guatamalan Orphanage Fundraiser
    Participate in the NPH Guatemalan orphanage fundraiser, at 6 p.m. Sept. 13, at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro.
    NHP Guatemala Orphanage music program purchases instruments and hires music teachers to advance the quality of life for less fortunate children.
    Details: (800) 403-3447; lifepwr@gmail.com
    Venue: Alvas Showroom
    Location: 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro

    Sept. 13
    Female Hip Hop Honor Awards
    Comedians Rodney Perry and Melanie Comarcho host a program honoring Oaktown 3.5.7, DaBrat, Michel’le, Charli Baltimore and Sparky D in the third annual Female Hip Hop Honor Awards, at 7 p.m. Sept. 13, at the Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro.
    Tickets range from $40 to $150.
    Details: undergroundgirlsofhiphop.com
    Venue: Warner Grand Theatre
    Location: 478 W. 6th St., San Pedro
    Sept. 14
    Cole Marcus Trio
    The Cole Marcus Trio will perform, at 4 p.m. Sept. 14, at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro.
    Details: (800) 403-3447
    Venue: Alvas Showroom
    Location: 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro

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  • RLn ANNOUNCEMENTS: Aug. 27, 2014

    Aug. 28
    Central San Pedro Neighborhood Council Land Use, Public Works Committee
    The Central San Pedro Neighborhood Council Land Use and Public Works Committee meets, at 6 p.m. Aug. 28, at The Whale & Ale.
    Agenda items include:

    1. Proposal to convert Sixth and Seventh Streets in downtown San Pedro to one-way (Alan Johnson).
    2. Proposal to expand Goodfellas Sports Bar at 356 W. Sixth Street to include a gaming room (Alexander Hall to chair this portion of the meeting).
    3. Follow up review on the gas station development proposal for 311 N. Gaffey Street (Gordon Teuber).

    Details: (310) 489-3026; planning@centralsanpedro.org
    Venue: The Whale & Ale
    Location: 327 W. 7th St., San Pedro
    Sept. 2
    Long Beach City Council Meeting
    The Long Beach City Council is scheduled to meet, at 5 p.m. Sept. 2, at City Hall.
    The city council will consider adopting several fiscal year 2015 budgetary resolutions including a Harbor Department resolution as adopted by the Board of Harbor Commissioners and a Long Beach Water Department resolution as adopted by the Board of Water Commissioners on June 19.
    Council members are expected to vote on whether or not to adopt a motion approving the fiscal year 2015 budget for the Long Beach Community Investment Co. for more than $9.29 million.
    The council will also consider establishing charges for water and sewer services as an emergency ordinance. Council members may vote on adopting a resolution that would change the master fee and charges schedule for specified city services.
    Details: http://longbeach.legistar.com
    Venue: City Hall
    Location: 333 W. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach

    Sept. 3
    Chat with Pat
    Long Beach State President Jane Close Conoley, Long Beach City College President Eloy Oakley and Long Beach Unified School District Superintendent Chris Steinhauser will be the guests at the Chat with Pat, at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 3, at Los Altos Library in Long Beach.
    Venue: Los Altos Library
    Location: 5614 Britton St., Long Beach
    Sept. 4
    Board of Harbor Commissioners Meeting
    The Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners will meet, at 6 p.m. Sept. 4, at the Port’s Administration Building in San Pedro.
    Venue: Port’s Administration Building
    Location: 425 S. Palos Verdes St., San Pedro

    Sept. 4
    NWSPNC Board Seat Available
    Be a member of the Northwest San Pedro Neighborhood Council Board. The deadline to apply is Sept. 4.  Learn More

    Sept. 6
    Electric Lawn Mower Exchange Program
    The South Coast Air Quality Management District invites you to participate in its Electric Lawn Mower exchange program, in San Pedro on Saturday, September 6th. You can trade-in your old gas-powered mower for a non-polluting electric model and save money while helping clean the air. Purchase a rechargeable, cordless electric mower for as low as $100, with the trade-in of a working gas mower.
    Details: http://nwsanpedro.org/2014/08/electric-lawn-mower-exchange-program/

    Sept. 8
    NWSNC Board, Stakeholder Meeting
    The Northwest San Pedro Neighborhood Council meeting is scheduled, at 6 p.m. Sept. 8, at Peck Park.
    Details: http://nwsanpedro.org/
    Venue: Peck Park
    Location: 560 N. Western Ave., San Pedro
    Sept. 16
    Joe Buscaino to Speak at Global Innovation Breakfast
    Councilman Joe Buscaino will be providing the welcome and attending the Global Innovation Breakfast, at 8:30 p.m. Sept. 16, at the Topaz Building in San Pedro.
    Chamber members pay $20 and non-members pay $25.
    Details: (310) 832-7272
    Venue: Topaz Building
    Location: 222 W. 6th St., San Pedro
    Sept. 18
    Board of Harbor Commissioners Meeting
    The Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners will meet, at 6 p.m. Sept. 18, at the Banning’s Landing in Wilmington.
    Venue: Banning’s Landing
    Location: 100 E. Water St., Wilmington

    Sept. 19
    Harbor Schools: S.T.E.A.M. Initiative.  
    S.T.E.A.M. (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) blends the arts and creativity with technical subjects, uses hands-on projects and programs to engage students, and uses the larger community as a laboratory for testing ideas.   Grant submittal deadline is Sept. 19.
    Details: http://tinyurl.com/STEAM-Initiative
    $10,000 Reward Issued in Murder Investigation
    The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors issued a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for murder of 25-year-old Olataga Filemoni of Long Beach.
    At about 11 p.m. July 25, the Long Beach Police Department responded to a shooting in the 3200 Block of Baltic Avenue.  When officers arrived, they discovered Filemoni on the ground suffering from several gunshot wounds.  Long Beach Fire Department paramedics transported him to a local hospital where he underwent emergency surgery. On July 28, Filemoni succumbed to his injuries and died at the hospital.
    Through the investigation, detectives learned that Filemoni was in front of his home talking with friends, when a car they did not recognize stopped in front of the house. Someone from inside the car yelled a gang phrase at the group. Since no one in the group was from a gang, they did not initially react to the statement.  Almost simultaneously upon the statement being made, gunshots were fired from inside the car at Filemoni and the others. One person with the victim was able to describe the suspect vehicle as a small compact. Several other witnesses reported hearing the shots, yet no one has come forward to provide a description of the suspect(s).
    A motive for the shooting is unknown. Detectives believe it may have been a case of mistaken identity.
    Anyone with information relating to this incident is strongly urged to call (562) 570-7244 or visit www.lacrimestoppers.org. 

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  • RL NEWS update: Aug. 27, 2014

    Long Beach Technology Services Director Retires
    LONG BEACH — Curtis Tani, director of the Long Beach Department of Technology Services, recently announced his plans to retire, effective Sept.12, 2014.
    Curtis has been director since 2004. Prior to that time he was acting director and also customer services manager for Technology Services, and assistant to the city manager. He began his career with Long Beach in 1990 as a senior auditor in the city auditor’s office.
    Under his leadership, Long Beach modernized information systems and technology infrastructure, leveraged cloud technology, deployed virtualized servers and personal computers, expanded fiber optic and wireless network technologies, migrated to internet-based phone technology, implemented smartphone apps, deployed Wi-Fi at city facilities, launched the Citizen Technology Advisory Committee, increased the use of mobile computing technologies, expanded its video surveillance camera network and implemented disaster recovery capabilities.
    Long Beach has been named a Top Ten Digital City in the nation the past three years by the Center for Digital Government, recognizing the city’s commitment to innovative and effective use of technology to enhance City operations and improve the customer experience.
    Long Beach will conduct a national search for the next director of Technology Services. In the interim, City Manager Pat West announced he will appoint Chris Wilding as acting director of Technology Services upon Tani’s retirement. (more…)

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  • Lady of Shalott: A Theatrical Experience Not To Be Missed

    By John Farrell

    The Lady of Shalott is the latest production from Aaron Ganz and his new theater group in San Pedro, Theatre Elysium San Pedro Rep.

    It was obvious from the moment you stepped into the small theater that this was going to be much more than just a play.

    The premises on Seventh St. had been transformed into a small museum of memorabilia and relics from The Lady of Shalott, Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s 1842 poem of a legend of King Arthur.

    Before the play begins the audience is allowed in the theater. The poem inspired many artists in the Victorian era. John William Waterhouse, the painter, is perhaps the best known. His paintings are on the simple brick wall, on a suit of armor, King Arthur’s sword in its stone and a written version of the poem on foolscap. But that poem, as dramatic as it is, is no play. It took Ganz’ extraordinary imagination and the adapting skills of David Mancini — listed as dramaturge as well as adapter — to turn the story from its focus on the Lady to a retelling of the Arthurian legend.

    Ganz and Mancini used Tennyson’s Idylls of the King, T. H. White’s The Once and Future King and even a little Monty Python and the Holy Grail and Shakespeare to flesh out the story.

    Lady of Shalott is a shimmering, exciting, sometimes bewildering and always exalting celebration of Arthurian legend. Its action, which begins and ends with the Lady in White of Tennyson’s iconic poem and stretches metaphorically from the beginning of the legend to it’s bitter end.  Geographically, in the theater from the round table in the back (where member’s of the audience occasionally sit and people walking down the alley stand and look) to every nook and cranny inside, is a mixture of rock songs, modern dance, violent and frightening sword play and murder.

    By itself The Lady of Shalott isn’t a drama. Ganz took the four-part poem and expanded it to a story that invokes the Arthurian legend, a legend of love and honor and betrayal. A story that responds to dancing, to music and to violence.

    The play doesn’t quite begin: instead it just starts flowing, the audience moving and flowing with it from room to room. First there is Paris Langle, the one contemporary character in this production, dressed in black and mourning over the art. From there the action flows back and forth, with the audience, some seated (temporarily) some standing, getting a view of the dancing and singing and acting, being treated by the actors as participants dancing at the wedding feast, sitting at the Round Table and feeling a little insecure as the fabulous sword-fights range only a few feet away. There are two intermissions, announced only by the lights coming up and the actor’s retreating. This isn’t a new way of seeing theater (Ganz did it in his last production, Wouldn’t It Be Lovely,) but it does require a new mindset. You can’t just sit in your comfy plush seat and sleep the evening away. You have to keep moving and watch the actors for cues to where the action is going to be.

    Cassandra Ambe is the white-clad Lady, trying hard not to be interested in the world that flows by her window, which, because of the curse, she can only watch in a mirror. But when she spies Sir Launcelot (Sam Fleming), the handsome and upright flower of the knights, she begins to want to see things herself. King Arthur (William Reinbold) wants to begin an era of peace and justice, though he has to explain why he is king to a youngster with democratic leanings. He does fall in love at once with the Guinevere (the delightful and delicious Jamie Ann Burke) but so does Lancelot. And when Nimue, the Lady of the Lake, (Dorrie Braun) introduces Arthur’s illegitimate son Mordred (his name sounds like death and Chris Lang looks the part) the end is inevitable.

    The music is eclectic, everything from rocks songs which the audience sings, including the Beatles’ “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” and not only Dance Choreographer Laura Linda Bradley and Fight Choreographers Kevin Moran and Danielle Burlington deserve kudos. How many times have you had a great appreciation for the lighting? It was designed by John Delfino. San Pedro Rep can be hot on these summer nights, so wear cool clothing and be prepared to experience one of the most exciting nights of theater anywhere.

    Tickets are $25 and $20, for students. Performances are Thursdays through Saturdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. through Sept. 21. There aren’t any performances Aug. 28 through 31.

    Details: (424) 264-5747www.sanpedrorep.org

    Venue: T.E. San Pedro Rep Theatre

    Location: 331 W. 7th St., San Pedro

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  • RLn THEATER Listings: Aug. 25, 2014

    Sept. 5
    Pocho in the House
    Pocho in the House will be performed at 8:30 p.m., Sept. 5 through Sept. 7 at the Found Theatre in Long Beach.
    The show usess humor to break down stereotypes and promote cross-cultural understanding. It is a one-man show about growing up as a Mexican-American in California.
    Tickets are $15.
    Details: (562) 433-3363; foundtheatre.org
    Venue: Found Theatre
    Location: 599 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach

    Sept. 12
    Long Beach QFilm Festival
    Tickets for the 2014 Long Beach QFilm Festival are on sale now.
    The weekend will open at the Art Theatre the evening of Sept. 12 with the Long Beach premiere of Appropriate Behavior,  and the Los Angeles area premiere of My Straight Son (Azul y No Tan Rosa). An Opening Night party will take place between screenings at The Center. To stay up-to-date on this year’s screenings and events, or to purchase tickets, visit the QFilms site here.
    Check out the lineup for this year’s festival here.
    Appropriate Behavior is an New York City-based comedy about the romantic misadventures of a bisexual Iranian-American woman.  Azul y No Tan Rosa is an award-winning Venezuelan drama in which a gay man struggles to connect with his teenage son from a previous relationship. An Opening Night party will take place between screenings at The Center.
    Other narrative and documentary features selected to screen on Saturday and Sunday include Happy End?!, Letter to Anita, Cupcakes,Out in the Night, Boy Meets Girl,” Blackbird,” Transvisible: The Bamby Salcedo Story and Tru Love.
    CLICK HERE for more information.
    Details: http://qfilmslongbeach.com/

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  • RLn COMMUNITY calendar: Aug. 25, 2014

    Sept. 5
    A Sip of Long Beach
    A Sip of Long Beach is having a cocktail mixer, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 5, at Gaucho Grill in Long Beach
    A Sip of Long Beach takes place the first Friday of every month in a different location in town. It is an opportunity to meet, sip, network, laugh, mix, converse, unwind and hang out.
    Details: www.facebook.com/ASipOfLongBeach, www.gauchogrilldining.com
    Venue: Gaucho Grill
    Location: 200 Pine Ave., Long Beach
    Sept. 7
    2014 Long Beach AIDS Ride Kick-off Party
    A kick-off party for the 2014 Long Beach AIDS Ride will take place, from 3 to 6 p.m. Sept. 7, at Alfredo’s Beach Club in Long Beach.
    Meet the 2013 riders and event staff to ask questions and learn about this year’s ride.
    The Long Beach AIDS Ride is a fundraising event produced by, and benefitting The Center Long Beach and The Comprehensive AIDS Resource and Education program at St. Mary Medical Center.
    Details: here
    Venue: Alfredo’s Beach Club
    Location: 5101 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach (more…)

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  • Israel Divestment Campaign Organizers Launched Another Zim Shipping Protest

    Photo and article by Barry Saks

    More than a 100 protesters affiliated with Block the Boats and BDS-LA formed a circular picket line outside the Long Beach Harbor Pier A terminal at the arrival of the Israeli shipping firm, Zim American Integrated Shipping Services Company, on Aug. 23. (more…)

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  • RLn ENTERTAINMENT Weekend Edition: Aug. 22, 2014

    Aug. 23
    Mike Pinera
    Iron Butterfly’s Mike Pinera will perform with New Blues Image, at 8 p.m. Aug. 23, at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro.
    Mike Pinera played Lead Guitar and co Lead Vocals with Butterfly on the albums, Metamorphosis, Evolution, Light And Heavy and on the DVD In A Gadda Da Vida.
    Suggested donation is $20.
    Details: (800) 403-3447
    Venue: Alvas Showroom
    Location: 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro

    Aug. 24
    Joe La Barbera Quintet
    Joe La Barbera Quintet will perform, starting at 4 p.m. Aug. 24, at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro.
    Suggested donation is $20.
    Details: (800) 403-3447
    Venue: Alvas Showroom
    Location: 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro

    Aug. 28
    Summer Concerts at the Nature Center
    Join your neighbors for calypso music, starting at 7 p.m. Aug. 28, at the El Dorado Nature Center in Long Beach.
    Bring low chairs or blankets and an earth-friendly picnic dinner. Your $3 suggested donation supports Friends of El Dorado Nature Center and habitat restoration and education programs at the Nature Center. Children 5 and younger are admitted free of charge.
    Venue: El Dorado Nature Center
    Location: 7550 E. Spring St., Long Beach
    Aug. 29
    Mitch Forman Trio
    Mitch Forman Trio will perform, starting at 8 p.m. Aug. 29, at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro.
    Details: (800) 403-3447
    Venue: Alvas Showroom
    Location: 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro

    Aug. 31
    Ask Dino Show
    The Ask Dino Show will take place, starting at 7 p.m. Aug. 31, at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro.
    Details: (800) 403-3447
    Venue: Alvas Showroom
    Location: 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro

    Sept. 12
    Flamenco Rhythms at Rancho San Pedro 
    Flamenco Fridays at the historic Dominguez Adobe are back by request, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 12, featuring Sarah Parra with special guest Ricardo Chavez and guitarist Gabriel Osuna.
    Experience the profound musical expression from Spain with authentic flamenco guitar and an intimate dance performance by first class Los Angeles artists.
    There is $15.
    Details: (310) 603-0088; http://dominguezrancho.org/
    Venue: Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum
    Location: 18127 S. Alameda St., Rancho Dominguez

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