• RLn ANNOUNCEMENTS: March 26, 2015

    March 27
    UTI Career Fair
    Universal Technical Institute will host a career fair to fill more than 80 positions at its new Long Beach campus opening in August. The event will take place on March 27 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and March 28 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at UTI temporary offices and Demonstration Center.
    Details: (623) 445-0930
    Venue: UTI temporary offices and Demonstration Center
    Location: 5000 E. Spring St., Suite 300, Long Beach
     
    March 28
    Share Your Heart … Share Your Home
    Learn about becoming a foster or adoptive parent or weekend host, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 28, in Nordic Lounge within Building E of Long Beach City College.
    The Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe and a number of local agencies, present this workshop designed to provide interested people with information on how to become a foster or adoptive parent. There will also be information about how to become a weekend host for an older foster child.
    Details: (888) 811-1121
    Venue: Long Beach City College
    Location: 4901 E. Carson St., Long Beach
     
    March 30
    New North Division Patrol Commander
    The Long Beach Police Department will have an opportunity for the community to meet its new North Division Patrol Commander, Rudy Komisza, at 6 p.m. March 30 at Carmelitos Community Center.
    Details: (562) 570-9827
    Venue: Carmelitos Community Center
    Location: 851 Via Carmelitos, Long Beach

    April 4
    Map Your Neighborhood Workshop
    COPE Preparedness is offering a free workshop that explains “Map Your Neighborhood,” from 9 to 11 a.m. April 4 at Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center. “Map Your Neighborhood” is a FEMA endorsed nine-step program that teaches communities how to work together and be self sufficient for the first 72 hours following a disaster.
    Details: (310) 982-1180
    Venue: Providence Little Company of Mary San Pedro
    Location: 1300 W. 7th St., San Pedro

     
    April 11
    Jane Addams Neighborhood Tree Planting
    Join a team of neighbors, city staff and volunteers to plant trees, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. April 11, at Jane Addams Elementary School in Long Beach. Trees reduce greenhouse gases, provide habitat, reduce cooling costs, and increase property values.
    Details: (562) 570-6866
    Venue: Jane Addams Elementary School
    Location: 5320 Pine Ave., Long Beach

    April 14
    Special Election
    The Long Beach Special Election to fill the vacant 4th District Council seat will be on April 14. The qualified candidates are Herlinda Chico, Daryl Supernaw and Richard Lindemann.
    Details: (562) 570-7479

    April 25
    e-Waste and Shred Event
    There will be an e-waste and shred event starting at 9 a.m. April 25 at the Long Beach North Station Police Department.
    Venue: Long Beach North Station Police Department
    Location: 4891 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach

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  • Hahn Calls for Budget that Returns Harbor Maintenance Tax to Ports

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — On March 24, Rep. Janice Hahn continued her efforts to have Congress increase the amount of Harbor Maintenance Tax revenue returned to the nation’s ports during the debate on the Republican budget resolution and earlier during time set aside for one-minute speeches.

    She noted that the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund now has a surplus of about $9 billion because for years only about 50 percent of the tax on shippers collected at the nation’s ports was returned to the ports.

    Hahn gained bipartisan support this past year for her amendment to the Water Resources and Reform Development Act, which set targets for annual increases in the usage of the trust fund, leading to 100 percent use by 2025.  Since then she has worked to ensure Congress meets those targets.

    Hahn yesterday filed an amendment to the House Republican budget resolution to meet the Water Resources and Reform Development Act targets, but the Rules Committee did not allow it to be considered.

    Hahn stated the budget is a matter of priorities and choices, and she stressed the value and necessity of investing in ports.

    Recently, Hahn and Louisiana Republican Rep. Charles Boustany sent a letter signed by a bipartisan group of 86 Representatives calling on increased appropriations to meet the targets Congress passed into law last year.  Many of the signers are members of the Congressional PORTS Caucus, which Hahn co-chairs.

    The Congressional Progressive Caucus proposed an alternative budget that incorporates Hahn’s proposal to fully meet the targets for harbor maintenance funding established in the 2014 Water Resources and Reform Development Act bill.

     

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  • RLn ANNOUNCEMENTS: March 24, 2014

    March 25
    Coastal SPNC Special Meeting
    Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council is hosting a special meeting at 6:30 p.m. March 25, at the San Pedro Elks Lodge Trailer.
    Details: website
    Venue: San Pedro Elks Lodge Trailer
    Location: 1748 Cumbre Drive, San Pedro

    March 25
    Joint San Pedro Committees to Talk about Anderson Senior Center’s Future
    The Committee on Homelessness and the Recreation and Parks Committee will host discussion on a possible future utilization of the Anderson Senior Center at 6:30 p.m. on March 25 at the Think Café in San Pedro.
    The meeting will discuss reports from LAPD, the Recreation and Park Department on current issues in and around the park, uses of the park’s facilities, homelessness in the park and other proposed uses for activating public access to the park and its facilities.
    Venue: Think Café (Patio)
    Location: 302 W. Fifth Street, San Pedro
     
    March 25
    Community Vision Committee Meeting
    The Northwest San Pedro Neighborhood Council will have a meeting, at 6 p.m. March 25 at San Pedro City Hall, to discuss several topics, including minimum wage, mobile/portable showers for the homeless and the city establishment of sidewalk and curb repair fund.
    Details: (310) 732-4522
    Venue: San Pedro City Hall (Room 452)
    Location: 638 S. Beacon St., San Pedro
     
    March 28
    West East Side Community Association Neighborhood Cleanup
    Volunteers are need in cleaning up neighborhood trash from 8 a.m. to noon on March 28 in Central Long Beach. All cleaning materials will be provided.
    Details: (562) 570-2895; cleanlongbeach@longbeach.gov
    Location: 1758 Gladys Ave., Long Beach
     
    March 30
    Harbor Commissioners Discuss Contract Project Extensions
    The Port of Long Beach’s Board of Harbor Commissioners will cover a variety of new business at 6 p.m. on March 30 at their administrative offices in Long Beach.
    Some of the new business topics will include contract extensions for public ads and other port-related projects.
    Details: http://polb.granicus.com/GeneratedAgendaViewer.php?view_id=18&event_id=1078
    Venue: Harbor Department Interim Administrative Offices
    Location:  4801 Airport Plaza Drive, Long Beach

     
    April 2
    Alcohol Awareness Month
    The South Bay Communities Creating Change is hosting a media event, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. April 2, to kick off this year’s observance of Alcohol Awareness month. The event will highlight the public health issue of underage drinking.
    Details: (323) 293-6284
    Venue: Gardena City Hall (Council Chambers)
    Location: 1700 W. 162nd St., Gardena

    April 4
    Map Your Neighborhood Workshop
    COPE Preparedness is offering a free workshop that explains “Map Your Neighborhood,” from 9 to 11 a.m. April 4 at Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center. “Map Your Neighborhood” is a FEMA endorsed nine-step program that teaches communities how to work together and be self sufficient for the first 72 hours following a disaster.
    Details: (310) 982-1180
    Venue: Providence Little Company of Mary San Pedro
    Location: 1300 W. 7th St., San Pedro

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  • Random NEWS Briefs: March 24, 2015

    Long Beach Appoints New Planning Bureau Manager

    LONG BEACH – Former acting director of the Economic and Community Development Department for the City of Inglewood Linda F. Tatum was recently named planning bureau manager for Long Beach Development Services.

    Tatum’s appointment is effective immediately.
    Prior to this appointment, Tatum was responsible for overseeing the Inglewood’s planning, building and safety and code enforcement divisions; and managing developments, including the reopening of The Forum by Madison Square Garden and the Hollywood Park Tomorrow project.

    She previously held the positions of planning manager for Culver City and senior planner for the City of Santa Ana.
    Tatum received her masters of science degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Florida State University Tallahassee. She has instructed at California State University, Fullerton, and is a member of the Site Visitor Pool for the Planning Accreditation Board for the American Institute of Certified Planners.  She also is a 2014 Planner Emeritus Network Award Honoree.

     

    Reward Offered for Henry Solis

    LOS ANGELES – A reward of up to $25,000 is being offered by the FBI for information leading to the arrest of Henry Solis.

    Solis is wanted for his alleged involvement in the murder of a man in the downtown district of Pomona, on March 13, 2015.

    In the early morning hours of March 13, Solis and the victim became involved in a physical altercation in downtown Pomona. Solis allegedly pursued the victim on foot and shot him multiple times, killing him.

    On March 17, the Los Angeles County Superior Court obtained a warrant for Solis’ arrest for murder. On March 19, a federal arrest warrant was issued by the U.S. District Court, after Solis was charged federally with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.

    Solis is a 27-year-old Caucasian man. He is 5’9” to 5’10” and 185 to 190 pounds. He has black hair, brown eyes and may be wearing a full beard. He has moles on his right cheek and on the top left of his nose. He should be considered armed and dangerous and a suicide risk.

    Anyone with information as to his whereabouts is urged to contact the Pomona Police Department tip line at (909) 620-2085.

    Details: http://www.fbi.gov/wanted/murders/henry-solis/view

     

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  • POLB, POLA Cargo Count Slides in February

    Cargo terminals in February at the Port of Long Beach moved 20.1 percent fewer containers than the same month this past year due to congestion issues that all West Coast seaports face.
    A total of 413,114 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) of containerized cargo were moved through the port in February. Imports were recorded at 204,462 TEUs, a 24.7 percent decrease. Exports fell 22.9 percent to 110,711 TEUs. Empty containers saw a decline of 3.9 percent to 97,941 TEUs. With imports exceeding exports, empty containers are sent overseas to be refilled with goods.
    The congestion issues that worsened in February played the biggest role in the cargo declines, just as they did in January, which had seen an 18.8 percent drop from the same month last year. However, the outlook is more promising. By the end of February, a tentative new contract for dockworkers was announced, federal regulators granted permission for Long Beach and its neighbor the Port of Los Angeles to collaborate on congestion relief, and private chassis fleets in the region agreed to pool their resources.
    This past year, against which 2015 is being compared, was the third-busiest year in port history with a total of 6.82 million TEUs.
    For all the latest monthly cargo numbers, click here.
    For more details on the cargo numbers, please visit www.polb.com/stats

    POLA Container Volumes Decrease in February

    February cargo volumes at the Port of Los Angeles decreased 10.2 percent compared to the same period this past year.

    The decline was due to terminal congestion and supply chain challenges during labor negotiations. A tentative agreement between the Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union was reached on Feb. 20, 2015.  Current and historical data is available at www.portoflosangeles.org/maritime/stats.asp

    Imports dropped 10.7 percent, from 284,812 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) in February 2014 to 254,225 TEUs in February 2015. Exports declined 10.3 percent, from 146,925 TEUs in February 2014 to 131,806 TEUs in February 2015. Combined, total loaded imports and exports fell 10.6 percent, from 431,738 TEUs in February 2014 to 386,031 TEUs in February 2015. Factoring in empties, which fell 9 percent,  overall February 2015 volumes (502,663 TEUs) declined 10.2 percent.

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  • Beam Me Up, Wolfgang

    By John Farrell, Curtain Call Writer

    Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglio is a comic singspiel about Turks and Christians.

    Written more than two centuries ago, Abduction is about rescue and redemption and a Moslem leader who is more merciful than his Christian counterparts. This all is told in spoken word and delightful tunes, and in a fanciful setting that has been adapted to all kinds of productions.

    The Pacific Opera Project’s Abduction played for one weekend at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood. While many would assume that it was the first time that the production was transformed into a Star Trek episode, they’d be wrong.

    Pacific Opera Project co-founder and artistic director, Josh Shaw, did it originally at the Southern Illinois Music Festival in 2014. He got the idea from the work’s slightly fantastic plot, renamed the characters (the Moslems became Klingons, the rescuers a starship crew) and shortened and changed the text to fit a 2-hour production.

    The result was a comic masterpiece, even if there wasn’t quite as much Mozartean music as there usually is. It wasn’t the full opera but we’d bet even Mozart, if he knew Star Trek, would have enjoyed it.

    The opera, on a set that mirrored the modest sets of the earliest Star Trek episodes, starred tenor Brian Cheney as Capt. James T. Belmonte, a swaggering and charming Star Fleet captain in the mold of Capt. James T. Kirk, beaming down to rescue his kidnapped beloved Lt. Constanza (the delightful Shawnette Sulker) on a planet inhabited by Klingons.

    Chief among them is Phil Meyer as Osmin, every bit as annoying and funny as a Klingon as he is in other versions as a noisome Turk. Meyer dominated every scene he was in, singing with real power and being both threatening and very funny. Osmin is a dark character, but you have to laugh at him.

    Belmonte is aided by Mr. Pedrillo, the bright Robert Norman, who sings his heart out in pursuit of Blondie (Claire Averill) who, dressed in harem clothes, is desired by Osmin but is feisty and independent and more than a match for her persecutor. Gregg Lawrence is Chancellor Belim, a speaking role invested with much dignity.

    Stephen Karr conducted the still-substantial score with skill, and managed to keep up with the stage antics. (Folks in the audience were surprised they recognized the opera, which is featured in the film Amadeus.) Still, the opera was much easier to understand if you were a Star Trek fan.

    Pacific Opera Project is a young company, but they have found a way to make opera accessible. Their next production, Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos, set for May 14 through 23 at the Ebell Club of Highland Park, should be another exciting event. They are also doing Verdi’s Falstaff in September and Donizetti’s Viva la Mamma in November.

    Details: (213) 739-6122; info@pacificoperaproject.com

     

     

     

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  • LB District 4 Voters Face Tough, Similar Choices

    By Zamná Ávila, Assistant Editor

    The special election to replace Patrick O’Donnell on the Long Beach City Council is just around the corner.

    Three District 4 candidates are vying to convince voters that they are the best choice for the job to replace O’Donnell, who assumed office in the California Assembly in December. Herlinda Chico, Daryl Supernaw and Richard Lindemann are in the winner-take-all race that culminates April 14.

    Chico and Supernaw ran for office in 2012, but O’Donnell, who was termed out, ran for reelection as a write-in candidate. Chico withdrew from the race and Supernaw stuck it out. Though Supernaw won the primary, O’Donnell won the write-in election.

    This time around he said he is tweaking his approach to his campaign.

    “In 2012, I did not mail out a single flier,” Supernaw said. “I just walked the district. This time I’m doing mailings. While walking is a good experience, you can’t get everybody.”

    Not having to run against an eight-year incumbent also makes a difference, he said. In 2012, O’Donnell also had the support of both political parties and labor unions.

    “I was based on keeping partisan politics out of this and still am,” he said. “I did not list any endorsements. I opted not to do that.”

    Lindemann, who described himself as a “dark horse” during a February forum, declined an interview with Random Lengths News, saying only, “I don’t think so.” The newcomer is running a self-funded campaign. He said he didn’t want to cater to self-interest groups such as unions.

    “I understand who I want to represent, not who I’ve been paid to represent,” said Lindemann, during the Feb. 24 forum that was hosted by the East Anaheim Street Business Alliance at the Long Beach Playhouse. “I’m not taking any donations for my campaign, because I don’t work for unions or PACs or any other groups.”

    The comment did not fall on deaf ears. Chico, who does list her endorsements and has a prominent endorsement from the Long Beach Police Officers Association, called it “union-bashing” in her closing remarks.

    Chico is cognizant that not everyone considers the police union endorsement positive support for her campaign, particularly in light of national demonstrations against brutality.

    “I was just having this conversation with a friend of mine who has issues with law enforcement and what I tried to explain to him [that it] was my experience,” said Chico, in a subsequent interview. “I have never had one negative encounter with law enforcement. It just hasn’t happened. I don’t know what it is like to be harassed the way he says that he’s been harassed or made to feel a certain way. But I can tell you that I listened to him. I need to hear his perspective and his experiences.”

    In terms of public safety, Chico said she believes community engagement can make a lasting impact.

    Chico said she would like to model the work of former District 9 Councilman Steve Neal. He identified leaders in his community and asked them to take charge of their blocks through neighborhood associations.

    But jobs and bringing in development are essential long-term fixes. No only are there vacant lots, but there are also vacant warehouses that could be developed. In her conversations with community leaders, Chico said she believes Bixby Knoll is an exemplary model.

    Supernaw also said he sees potential for economic development in District 4 and throughout the city. He believes Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia’s revitalized economic development department is a step forward. He would like to include corporate partnerships, such as naming rights, as a form of revenue stream.

    “It gets others involved and just a lot of name recognition,” Supernaw said. “Long Beach seems to have a lot of untapped potential.”

    Defining that potential must come with a clear understanding of district-specific issues.

     

    West Side Story

               While District 4 is a cornucopia of people, there is a clear social, economic and ethnic divide between the east side and the west side of the district. The east side (east of Redondo Avenue) is more affluent and predominantly more concerned with quality of life issues, such as increased street repair and noise pollution. The west side, which includes a large Cambodian and Latino community, also struggles with poverty, affordable housing and public safety.

    Supernaw, who boasts of being a lifelong District 4 resident, said he’s advocated for the west side over the years.

    “We need to put more resources into where the challenges are,” he said.

    Chico agreed. She said she’s been meeting with Cambodian leaders. She would like to seek funding for community centers and support a business improvement district in the area. She also would like to address the aging water infrastructure in the city.

    “I’d also look at possibly getting some interpretation devices to make it a little bit more welcoming,” Chico said. “We have Khmai speakers. We have Spanish speakers. Those are things we have to look into to attract and engage and make it welcoming to everybody on the west side.”

     

    Airport Noise Ordinance

    Recent news that JetBlue is seeking to provide international flights to and from Long Beach sparked concerns of new lawsuits and the reopening of an established ordinance that brought some measure of peace between the airport and the surrounding residents.

    JetBlue has stated it has no interest in changing the city’s strict noise ordinance, but other situations may arise. Other airlines may want to do the same and that may result in a very litigious battle.

    “We want to make sure that if JetBlue is the only one that is occupying those slots right now and they get to expand to international flights, that we are not going to have other airlines saying, ‘Hey, we want some of those flights, too,’” Chico said.

    “We just have to be careful. I am not saying an absolute ‘no’ but we have to be very careful and look to the people who have been dealing with this for a very long time. We have fantastic staff members who know the history of the airport. So, our city prosecutor Doug Haubert, Mike Mayes, they have done a fantastic job.”

    Supernaw, whose wife was on the original HUSH (Homes Under Stress and Hazard) group that got the noise ordinance in the first place, agrees.

    “I would like to defer to our experts,” he said. “What I am hearing now is that there are some issues. There are some inherent threats with bringing the international flights forward.”

    Other questions constituents are asking the candidates include their positions on the utility user’s tax, living wages ordinances, arts as a means to economic development, medical marijuana regulation, community meeting schedules and affordable housing ordinances.

    “It’s important that we select someone who is a good reflection of the entire community,” Chico said.

    “I have a strong business background,” Supernaw said. “I have presented … on three occasions to the city on new ideas for revenue streams.

    Click hereto read a highlighted transcript of the Feb. 24 forum.

    Click hereto read a highlighted transcript of an interview with Herlinda Chico.

    Click here  and flip to page 17 to read an article profiling Daryl Supernaw in March 2012.

     

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  • Klaus Center Opens With Anticipation, Controversy

    By Andrea Serna, Arts and Culture Writer

    In 2008, a group of creative visionaries gathered informally and discovered that they shared a vision for the arts and economy in San Pedro. Recently, their vision came to fruition with the opening of the Marylyn and Chuck Klaus Center for the Arts in San Pedro.

    The 4,000-square-foot, two-story center opened March 5, during the First Thursday Art Walk in downtown San Pedro with its façade flooded with neon blue light. The space will provide a permanent home for the Marymount College fine arts program.

    The new center complements the existing Marymount 6th Street facilities, which include the waterfront campus on the first floor of the Park Place building at 222 W. Sixth St., and the Arcade Gallery in the Arcade Building up the street. Also part of the Marymount campus is a music program housed at San Pedro High School’s Olguin campus.
    The combined facilities located in the historic district of San Pedro provide undergraduate and graduate students with instruction, internships and a cultural connection to the already existing creative corridor downtown. The hope is to enable students to connect with the deeply rooted arts community while interacting with galleries and artists during First Thursday Art Walk events.

    The seven-year journey began with the vision of having an art college in the heart of San Pedro. Developer and property owner Gary Larson found early inspiration on a visit to Savannah, Ga.

    “I had been very interested in the preservation and restoration of downtown San Pedro” Larson said.

    Larson visited many local sites in his search of a city that had successfully integrated arts and education with economic revitalization. None of them seemed to fit the existing climate in San Pedro, until he came upon the model of the Savannah College of Art and Design. Savannah, an Atlantic fishing community, has much in common with San Pedro.

    “The thing that immediately caught my attention was the private effort between the school and the local businesses,” Larson said. “They started with one building and grew from there. It is a decentralized campus that is integrated with the community.”

    Larson met local arts educators and it became apparent that they had found a formula that was working for them. He saw potential for translating that vision to San Pedro.

    At the time, Marymount was still a two-year school. But they were already in the process of upgrading to a four-year college.

    “The university in 2008 was busy becoming a four-year school” said Michael Brophy, Marymount California University president. “By 2010, the college had grown so quickly it was clear that [it] needed to establish itself on 6th Street, particularly for the graduate programs.”

    Initial planners included Gary Larson and Marylyn Ginsberg, founder of the Grand House restaurant, The Whale & Ale and Grand Emporium. Ginsberg is a local arts patron. Also included were:
    Peter Roth, president of the board of directors at Angels Gate Cultural Center; Beate Kirmse, gallery owner; Alan Johnson, president of Jerico Development; and Linda Grimes, arts manager of the Waterfront Arts District, among others.

    “The really exciting thing about having Marymount on 6th Street is that it is much like having Alta Sea (the marine research center) on the waterfront,” said Johnson, who is also a university board trustee. “Gary Larson and I used to say that San Pedro feels like a college town… too bad we don’t have a college.”

    Brophy and Marymount University have arguably transformed downtown San Pedro into a college town. On any given day there are about 600 students in the four-block downtown area. The hopes are for the creative and economic impact to be felt in the near future.

    Last week Otis College for the Arts released its 2015 Report on the Creative Economy. It states that the creative industry is responsible for one in seven jobs in the Los Angeles area. Many examples of economic revitalization can be found in formerly distressed local regions. The Santa Ana Art Walk is a glimpse of what is possible in San Pedro. The placement of the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art is an impressive addition to that arts district.

    But in the midst of the excitement, there is controversy. Cultural arts philanthropists Chuck and Marylyn Klaus generously provided the funds that made it possible to acquire the property. Initial plans include classrooms and offices for professors, with donors’ names on the building. But at the opening ceremonies, Chuck Klaus released a strongly worded statement of concern, that these contractual obligations have not been met. His statement makes it clear that he expects a timeline for the fulfillment of these promises.

    “I have known Marylyn for years,” developer Alan Johnson said. “She has been behind the scenes doing a lot of heavy lifting for our town. Downtown San Pedro owes a debt to her.”
    Hopes are that this controversy will be resolved soon.

    In the meantime, expect to see the Marymount shuttle running through the streets of San Pedro. The shuttle clocks 1,800 miles a month moving 600 students around downtown, and they will be here for a long time, helping to transform the San Pedro arts district.

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  • LA Harbor International Film Festival Features Live Burlesque

    By Ivan Adame, Editorial Intern

    The L.A. Harbor International Film Festival has announced its roster of films for its 12th year, taking place at the Warner Grand Theatre April 9 through 12. Among them is the 1962 musical Gypsy, which will be preceded by a live, adults-only burlesque show.

    The Academy Award-nominated film stars Natalie Wood, Rosalind Russell and Karl Malden, and is based on the memoirs of real-life burlesque performer Gypsy Rose Lee. The film will be projected in its original 35mm format. In tribute to Lee, the burlesque performers Ruby Champagne and Glama Sutra will perform before the screening April 11 at 7 p.m.

    “Seeing a film in a ‘movie palace’ like the Warner Grand Theatre is a rare and wonderful experience that speaks to the origin of the art form. It’s not only the quality of projection retaining the integrity of film, it’s about the ambience, the architecture, the historical meaning,” said Stephanie Mardesich, the festival director. “With the addition of the live ‘tease’ to compliment Gypsy, we expect to have a great audience response.”

    Other films announced include The Red Pony and The Magnificent Seven, recent documentaries Life on the Line and Becoming California, as well as a series of award-winning short films via NewFilmmakers L.A.

    The Red Pony is part of the “Read the Book, See the Movie” educational outreach program, while the screening of The Magnificent Seven is in association with the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs’ The Big Read. Both films will be preceded by discussions about the books associated with them.

    General admission for each show will be $10, and $8 for seniors and students, with exceptions.

    Details: www.brownpapertickets.com. For more information, visit www.laharborfilmfest.com.

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  • FilmLA Interrupts San Pedro Businesses

    San Pedro Community is Burdened by Sidewalk and Curb Closures
    By Crystal Niebla, Editorial Intern

    San Pedro has been invaded by the film industry.

    FilmLA notices were posted on the windows of local businesses and homes on March 6, reserving sidewalks and street parking on Pacific Avenue, 11th and Mesa streets.

    “Today, for example, [the film production] harmed [my business] a bit because people did not come, because they used the parking,” said Oliva Avila, owner of Oliva’s Beauty Salon on Pacific Avenue, in Spanish. “But it was only one day—for a little while. If you take two or three days, then, yes, it will greatly affect us.” (more…)

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