• Harbor Currents–Oct. 10, 2012

    Dancing Your Shame into Joy
    Attend “Dancing Your Shame into Joy: Re-Claiming Your Noble Gifts,” a free expressive arts workshop led by social worker Claudia Gold, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 14, at Building “H” of Angels Gate in San Pedro.

    The workshop will include some expressive arts including visual art and body-mind exercises.

    Gold is standing for the 90 percent of women, who in a study by researcher
    Brene Brown, said they felt ashamed of their bodies. Women have been put into straight-jackets about their appearance, few of them fit, and then women are persuaded that being in them is their agenda. For whose benefit?
    As a social worker who has taught 30 college classes locally and worked for 12 years at Long Beach Memorial, she is also offering tools for these women.
    Details: (310) 707-6306; ShameIntoJoy.com

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  • Community Forum on State and County Ballot Measures, Oct. 13

    On Nov. 8, Los Angeles voters will be faced with 11 statewide ballot measures and 3 local ballot measures.

    To help voters better understand the issues, Los Angeles Harbor College, Harbor City Neighborhood Council, Harbor City/Harbor Gateway Chamber of Commerce, Northwest San Pedro Neighborhood Council, San Pedro Chamber of Commerce, San Pedro Democratic Club, San Pedro Republican Club, Wilmington Chamber of Commerce, and Wilmington Neighborhood Council are co-sponsoring a community forum from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 13 at the Music Recital Hall at Los Angeles Harbor College, 1111 Figueroa Place, Wilmington (on Figueroa Place just north of Anaheim Street and south of Pacific Coast Highway).  Parking is free.

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  • What is it About Romney That is So Objectionable

    By Lionel Rolfe

    Until I saw him in the debate, I hadn’t really thought much about why Mitt Romney gets on my nerves so badly. He obviously gets on other people’s nerves as well, even including some conservatives, and even other Mormons like Jon Huntsman and Harry Reid.

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  • Brown & Out Festival Preview

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    By John Farrell

    Even Minorities have minorities.

    That’s what the second annual Brown & Out Festival at Casa 0101 Theater in Boyle Heights is all about. Its about a gay couple who have to get their traditional Latino parents to accept the new baby they have adopted. It’s about an intimate Lesbian encounter in which jalapeno juice gets in a very private part. It’s about suicide, Charlie Brown, and a whole lot more.

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  • Preview of Richard Goad Theatre Hamlet

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    By John Farrell

    If you’ve seen one Hamlet,  don’t think you’ve seen them all.

    The play, perhaps the greatest tragedy in English, is a complex story of oedipal guilt, revenge and murder, and it is, in what we know of it, more than 4 hours long, filled with complex characters and enough quotes to fill a book.

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  • It’s Good But Not Great G&S: Review of Ruddigore or The Witch’s Curse

    By John Farrell

    Following the success of last year’s production of Yeomen of the Guard by Gilbert and Sullivan, the Sierra Madre Playhouse has revived Ruddigore or The Witch’s Curse, the English duo’s wonderfully satiric look at 19th century melodrama.

    Though Ruddigore is not one of G and S’s best-known works, it should be. Filled with a dozen or so memorable songs, entertaining characters and a wonderfully Gilbertian ending, it has been reset to Morro Bay circa 1950 in this production, apparently because surfer costumes are cheap. But that doesn’t make much difference, though having a bad Baronet in California is a bit of a stretch.

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  • No Investigation into LB Harbor Commission

    Kevin Walker, Long Beach Reporter

    Long Beach City Attorney Robert Shannon blocked a request by the city council for an independent investigation of Harbor Commissioner Doug Drummond’s charges of cronyism and bribery amongst two of his commission colleagues.

    Drummond made the allegation during a closed session of the Harbor Commission on Aug. 20 and came to public attention when a letter written by Commissioner Thomas Fields to Mayor Bob Foster and City Attorney Shannon was leaked to the Long Beach Press Telegram.
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  • The Railroad Revival Tour Has Been Cancelled

    By B. Noel Barr, Music Writer Dude

    In what appears to be a move to cut losses on an 8-date concert tour, the Railroad Revival Tour featuring country music star Willie Nelson is officially cancelled. The bottom line is that there’s no money to fund these concerts across the United States. Without large investors and major sponsor participation, it is very hard to stage an event of this scale. Depending on ticket sale exclusively is not something that works very well in most cases.

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  • California’s Medical Marijuana Wars

    Editorial Note: The online edition corrects an error made in the print edition of Random Lengths regarding the outcome of the vote. We regret the confusion.

    By Kevin Walker, Contributing Writer

    A three month old ban on dispensaries selling medical marijuana in the city of Los Angeles was repealed in an 11-2 vote on Tuesday Oct.2 by the City Council. Councilman Joe Buscaino’s vote was one of the minority. The council’s move will keep a referendum on the now defunct ban off the March 5 ballot when Angeleno’s will head to the polls to vote on, among other things, who will replace Antonio Villaraigosa as the city’s next mayor.

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  • http://www.randomlengthsnews.com/category/news/at_length/Screams From the Balcony of the Irate Right

    IrrateRightEvery Four Years the Bolts Seem to Come off the Wheels of the Republican Go-cart

    By James Preston Allen, Publisher

    I know that you’ve all seen the emails and Facebook postings proclaiming Obama to be a socialist, a closet Muslim or even still from the “birthers” that he wasn’t even born here! It seems like the closer it appears that he might actually win re-election the more irate the screams from the Republican balcony become. You will note that I print the occasional rant from my right-wing critics in our letters column. I do so relishing the idea that I’m both providing a space for them to exercise their rights to free speech and exposing Random Lengths readers to the fact that not all of our neighbors are left leaning card carrying unionists.

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