• Bard of Avon’s 15th Season of Free Plays

    By John Farrell

    Shakespeare by the Sea opened their remarkable 15th season of free plays by the Bard of Avon last Thursday at San Pedro’s Point Fermin Park Bandshell, which has been their home base as they spread the Shakespearean words to audiences this year in 23 different venues around the Southland in three different counties.


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  • Review of Stoneface

    French Stewart as Buster Keaton and Joe Fria as Young Buster Keaton

    By John Farrell

    Last year Sacred Fools Theater in Hollywood gave one of the best performances of the year with Watson: The Last Adventure of the World’s Greatest Detective, reviewed here and voted one of L.A.’s best by us and several other newspapers.

    This year, they have reunited one of that production’s stars, French Stewart, with Watson’s director Jaime Robledo for Stoneface: The Rise and Fall and Rise of Buster Keaton, playing through June 30, and it is sure to be on the “Best”lists this year. Stewart plays Keaton in a role written for him by Vanessa Claire Stewart, who co-wrote Louis and Keely: Live at the Sahara for them (and who recently married Stewart, incidentally,) and he proves himself a master of Keaton-style slapstick. Equally important is the depth he brings to Keaton the workaholic and alcoholic who suffered more behind the camera than he ever did in front of it.


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  • First Thursday Art Walk at the ‘Dro–June


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  • Snow White and the Huntsman: There’s evil in the world kiddies, and it’s ugly!

    By Danny Simon

    Director Rupert Sanders unadulterated take on Snow White is a refreshing gore-filled romp through a world colored by the effects of good and evil. Everyone knows a version of the original(s), so I can skip spoiling the plot. This story is about beauty and power, age and class position (the later, much less).


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  • Harbor Currents, Theatre & Film, June 6, 2012

    June 8
    The Sounds of Muzak

    Experience The Sound of Muzak, at 8 p.m. June 8 and 9, at the First Congregational Church of Long Beach.
    Poor Maria! All her life she’s dreamed of being a lounge singer in Reno, but growing up in failing convent-turned-mall run by the Sisters isn’t as fabulous as she would like. She receives a new lease on life (and a reprieve from the hot-dog-on-a-stick cart) when she goes to assist the owner of the mall daycare manage unruly children. Will Maria find love or will she receive the calling? Will the Sisters save the mall or will they lose their home to a certain goose-stepping jeweler? These questions (and more) will be answered when SCC presents The Sounds of Muzak.

    The SCC is a community ensemble of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and straight performers, and their allies, dedicated to presenting high quality musical shows and events that enrich lives and affirm equality for all people. Based in the gay and lesbian community, SCC outreaches to include parents, families, and friends. Through a commitment to musical and personal excellence, the Chorale seeks to empower themselves and their audiences to build bridges between the women and men’s communities, as well as the straight and gay communities.
    Venue: First Congregational Church Long Beach
    Location: 241 Cedar Ave., Long Beach


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  • Harbor Currents–Family/Community Events, June 6, 2012

    June 7
    Finding Sane Relationships in a Crazy World
    Cynthia M. Ruiz will discuss and sign her new book Finding Sane Relationshipsin a Crazy World, on First Thursday, June 7, 2012, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Williams’ Book Store, in San Pedro. This book gives you the tools to unlock your true potential and clear the way for sane relationships
    Details: (310) 832-3631
    Venue: Williams’ Book Store
    Location: 443 W. 6th St., San Pedro


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  • Walker Beats Recall, Republican War On Public Employee Unions See Silver Lining

    The Wisconsin race was perhaps the most watched election of the night with Gov. Scott Walker beating recall opponent by nearly 7 percentage points at 53.2 percent for Walker and 46.3 for Tom Barrett.

    California’s Republicans, in search of a silver lining in this election gloated with glee the passage of pension reform initiatives in San Diego and San Jose—reforms that echo that of Wisconsin governor Scott Walker who beat the recall drive the same night. The ballot initiatives that passed in the two cities are very similar, with the following attributes:


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  • Activist, Carlos Montes, Pleads No Contest to Gun Charge

    Carlos Montes, a leader in the Chicano, immigrant rights, and antiwar movements.

    LOS ANGELES — Chicano activist Carlos Montes plead no contest, June 5, to perjury for failing to disclose he was convicted of a felony when he purchased a gun in 2010.

    The 64-year-old Alhambra man was sentenced to three years probation, given credit for one day served in county jail, ordered to complete 180 hours of community service and told he could not posses any weapons.


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  • Harbor Currents–Live Entertainment for June 5, 2012

    June 7
    Sapphire Solace

    Saphire Solace

    For this Goth/Alternative Rock duo, composed of veteran guitarist, Rick Joyce and singer/songwriter Velvet Shadow, Sapphire Solace is a collaborative effort. Velvet Shadow a veteran soloist and songwriter released an untitled five track EP in 2006. In that same year she began working on a side project titled Dream Cypher with  Alex G of the Industrial/Gothic band EvilMoon Project. It was during the end of 2006 , that the beginnings of Sapphire Solace began, with Joyce working on a track she had previously submitted to him. After working together on Velvet Shadow’s music, they both decided to collaborate on an entire project together, and Sapphire Solace began. Starts at 9p.m. Check them out on Facebook.
    Venue: Que Sera
    Location: 1923 E. 7th St., Long Beach


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  • Progressive Democratic Club Release Endorsements for June 5, 2012 Primary


    President(& Vice-President)





    Honorable Barack Obama/Honorable Joseph “Joe” Biden



    • Dianne Fienstein

    House of Representatives:

    • 33rd District: Honorable Henry Waxman
    • 43rd District: Honorable Maxine Waters
    • 44th District: Honorable Janice Hahn
    • 47th District: Peter Mathews


    State Senate:

    • 35th District: Paul Butterfield


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