• New Jackson’s Wine Bar Complements Downtown Vibe

    By Andrea Serna, Arts and Culture Writer

    For several months, Linda Jackson and her daughter Melissa Klug have been working to bring a spot with urban flair and sophistication to the heart of the 7th Street gallery row.

    In January 2015 a new establishment, stocked with a wide array of wines and beer, will open in that area. For two generations, the family has owned 14 units occupying almost the entire south side block of 7th Street, between Mesa and Centre streets. Jackson’s father, Vartkes Barsam, purchased the property from the City of Los Angeles in the mid-1970s. Many years prior to his ownership, the historic location was a meat processing factory.

    Many of the units are occupied by small business and artists. A few of the units are highly prized live-work spaces, but Jackson had one double width space that she was unable to keep occupied.

    “Tenants would say, ‘it’s a nice big space,’ but it was a lot of overhead if you don’t have an aggressive business,” Jackson said.
    Eventually Jackson and her daughter began kicking around the idea trying their hand at running their own business.

    “After college I began getting into craft beer” said Klug, an engineer. “My mom has always been a really good hostess. She is the person who always entertains at her home. We got together and decided, ‘Why don’t we put something together?’”

    They sat down with a pencil and paper one night and began to envision the possibilities. “We hope to attract young professionals in the nearby apartments” Klug said.

    The interior of the spacious location was designed by their neighbor Decha Ruangboonsuk of Visionary Arts. The designer occupies the building across the street and operates the tattoo parlor UDOIDO. His creative talents have fashioned a rich wood interior with modern cement flooring and massive wall spaces that the business owners hope to fill with the work of local artists. Comfortable booths, modern design and a sophisticated atmosphere will provide an urbane alternative to the happy hour crowd.

    Klug said the neighborhood business community has been supportive of the efforts to bring another drinking establishment to the area. In particular, they have already established relationships with local eateries.

    “We are going to have all the menus from the local restaurants here and they will deliver to our customers while they are here,” Klug said.

    They did not include a full kitchen in the remodel of the space, so they will not be serving dinner there in the future.

    “We are planning to offer wines from small boutique wineries, things you can’t find in the local stores.” Jackson said. “We will depend on our distributors to help us with the offerings.”

    Reserves from small labels will be a specialty for wine lovers. Tastings will be on the agenda, as well as special events and acoustic music. In the beginning the pair plans to test the waters with soft openings and private parties.

    After many months of construction delays, it looks like wine and beer lovers will have a new place to relax and taste the undiscovered. With Jackson’s Place and Brouwerij West opening at the port, the choices for beer and wine lovers are getting better for 2015.

    Details: (310) 251-2065; jacksonsplace.com
    Venue: Jackson’s Place
    Location: 335 W. 7th St., San Pedro


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    Jan. 30
    David Brewer, Rebecca Lomnicky
    David Brewer will perform, at 8 p.m. Jan. 30, at the Grand Annex in San Pedro.
    Enjoy the high-energy reels and elegant Celtic tunes on fiddle and bagpipes with guest vocalist, Christina Burch.
    Venue: The Grand Annex
    Location: 434 W. 6th St., San Pedro
    Jan. 31
    Warehouse One
    Warehouse One will perform, at 8 p.m. Jan. 31, at the Grand Annex in San Pedro.
    Enjoy fresh rock, reggae and ska-pun from the to ’Pedro band. Brimful and The Day Traitors will open for the group.
    Venue: The Grand Annex
    Location: 434 W. 6th St., San Pedro
    Jan. 31
    The Aristocrats will perform, at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31 and 5 p.m. Feb. 1, at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro.
    Details: (800)403-3447
    Venue:Alvas Showroom
    Location: 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro

    Jan 31
    The Scottish Musical Parade

    The Scots are coming Jan. 31, at The Carpenter Performing Arts Center in Long Beach. From the impressive sound of the bagpipes and drums to sentimental ballads full of emotion and depth, the entire company comes direct from Edinburgh.
    Details: (562) 985-7000; CarpenterArts.org
    Venue: Carpenter Performing Arts Center
    Location: 6200 Atherton St., Long Beach
    Feb. 5
    The Nile Project

    Experience this landmark collaboration among musicians from nations that share the longest river in the world, The Nile Project, Feb. 5, at The Carpenter Performing Arts Center in Long Beach.
    Details: (562) 985-7000; CarpenterArts.org
    Venue: Carpenter Performing Arts Center
    Location: 6200 Atherton St., Long Beach
    Feb. 8
    Bob Malone
    Bob Malone will have a live concert video shoot, starting at 8 p.m. Feb. 8, at the Grand Annex.
    Venue: The Grand Annex
    Location: 434 W. 6th St., San Pedro

    Feb. 14
    Rose Pawn Shop
    Rose Pawn will perform, starting at 8 p.m. Feb. 14, at the Grand Annex in San Pedro. Tickets are $20 and $25.
    Venue: The Grand Annex
    Location: 434 W. 6th St., San Pedro

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  • Clean Start: A New Look at a Beverly Hills Maid

    By John Farrell

    Celebrating the beginning of its 15th year, Casa 010 opened Clean Start, a new play by Casa founder Josefina Lopez and Kathy Fischer.

    The play opened to an almost full house of celebrants who enjoyed the play’s comic look at the relations between a Mexican maid and her Beverly Hills employer. The celebrants also enjoyed the opportunity to celebrate theater in the reviving Boyle Heights district of East Los Angeles. (more…)

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  • RLn ANNOUNCEMENTS: Jan. 28, 2015

    Jan. 29
    LB Harbor Commission Meeting Reset
    The regular meeting of the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners has been rescheduled — a special meeting will take place, at 6 p.m. Jan. 29, at the port’s Interim Administrative Offices in Long Beach.
    Details: (562) 283-7070; www.polb.com/webcast
    Venue: Port of Long Beach’s Interim Administrative Offices
    Location: 4801 Airport Plaza Drive, Long Beach

    Feb. 3
    Long Beach City Council Meeting
    The Long Beach City Council will meet, at 5 p.m. Feb. 3, at Long Beach City Hall.
    The city council will discuss a revised strategy for the Tidelands Capital Budget and the 5-year Capital Plan. The council also will  request for the conversion of 6th Street and 7th Street, between Alamitos Avenue, and Atlantic Avenue from one-way streets to two-way streets, among other items on the agenda.
    Details: (562) 570-6101; http://tinyurl.com/LBCC020315
    Venue: Long Beach City Hall
    Location: 333 W. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach

    Feb. 4
    Community Meeting on Civic Center
    A meeting will be take place, at 6 p.m. Feb. 4, to discuss the proposed Downtown Civic Center Project. This is a great opportunity to learn about the proposal and share your thoughts.
    Details:(562) 570-3800;www.LBCivicCenter.com
    Venue: Los Altos Library
    Location: 5614 E. Britton Drive, Long Beach


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  • RL NEWS Briefs: Jan. 28, 2015

    Hahn Helps Keep Defense Logistics Jobs in Pedro
    Washington, D.C. – On Jan. 28, Rep. Janice Hahn announced that the Defense Logistics Agency Energy Americas West office will remain operating in its San Pedro location.  The Defense Logistics Agency had announced plans in September to close its San Pedro office and consolidate its operations at a facility in Houston, Texas.
    Hahn intervened on behalf of the workers and advocated keeping their jobs in San Pedro, part of her congressional district.  Following months of communication between Hahn and Defense Logistics Agency, the agency has decided not to leave San Pedro, and as a result, all employees at the Defense Logistics Agency Energy Americas West office on Gaffey Street in San Pedro will be able to keep their jobs.
    Post Office Burglar Gets Five Years in Prison
    LOS ANGELES – The leader of a burglary ring that targeted post offices and stole boxes full of mail was sentenced Jan. 28 to five years in federal prison.
    Jose Manual Guerra, also known as “Tricky,” 45, of Los Angeles, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge John A. Kronstadt.
    Guerra pleaded guilty in September to postal burglary and admitted that he used a crowbar to forcibly break into the North Torrance Post Office on Crenshaw Boulevard on Oct. 24, 2013, with the intent to steal mail.
    When he pleaded guilty, Guerra also admitted that he broke into at least two other post offices in the fall of 2013. Guerra may have been involved in five other burglaries, according to court documents.
    Authorities believe that Guerra learned he was wanted by law enforcement in connection with the postal burglaries and that he fled California to avoid arrest. In December 2013, he was arrested by postal inspectors. A search of his then-residence in New Mexico resulted in the recovery of checks, credit cards, various forms of identification all issued in the names of others, credit card statements, bank statements and other items sent through the mail. Some of the checks recovered had been washed and altered.
    Individual victims suffered losses of about $1,800 when their checks were altered and cashed by Guerra.

    Hahn, Duncan Introduce Legislation to Repay Surviving WWII Merchant Mariners
    Washington, D.C.—On Jan. 27, Reps. Janice Hahn (CA-44) and John Duncan Jr. (TN-2) introduced the “Honoring Our WWII Merchant Mariners Act of 2015.”
    This legislation would provide surviving Merchant Marines who served during World War II with a modest benefit for their bravery and sacrifice.
    During World War II, more than 200,000 Americans served in the U.S. Merchant Marines and aided our nation’s military efforts in both Europe and the Pacific.  Thousands of our Merchant Mariners faced enemy attack and died at sea while hundreds more were captured and held as prisoners of war. Despite having the highest casualty rate of any U.S. service during the war, they were not eligible to receive veteran’s benefits
    The legislation would provide a one-time lump sum of $25,000 to each of surviving World War II Merchant Marines. As many of these veterans are now well into their 90s, and fewer than 5,000 Merchant Mariners who served in World War II are alive, Hahn stressed the importance of passing this bill as quickly as possible.

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  • Selma: Not Your Traditional Civil Rights Movie

    By Davey D. Cook, Guest Columnist and Oakland-based Community Activist

    A few thoughts on the movie Selma: First and foremost go see it. Again, I repeat, go see the movie.

    It’s powerful; it’s moving; it’s inspiring; it opens the doors for deeper and more critical conversations. At a time when the rewriting textbooks in many states have completely erased movements, heroes and heroines, this movie takes on added importance.

    At a time when states, such as Arizona, are going full tilt in banning and removing books from the classroom and are making it unlawful to have ethnic studies taught in the classroom, Selma is important. (more…)

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  • POLA Discusses 10-Year Plan for Waterfront Projects

    By Ivan Adame, Editorial Intern

    The Jan. 26 community forum on the Port of Los Angeles’ proposal to cap its annual mitigation spending to 10 percent of its operating income provoked a heated response from the community.

    The forum, which took place at the Warner Grand Theatre, began with a presentation from POLA Executive Director Gene Seroka. Seroka said that there are numerous challenges in business. That, in combination with its current annual spending and the exhausted borrowing of $1.1 billion out of a possible $1.2 billion, makes it necessary to have a new 10-year budget that must limit the spending of projects along the waterfront to 10 percent of its annual income. This will decrease the funding from a relative $60 million to $20 million.

    The new time frame given by the proposal, along with the decrease in funding, has provoked a unanimous disapproval amongst the community and its leaders.

    “We are asking that they be prioritized and that they be funded through the Harbor Department this next budget year, and that items such as litigation and mitigation for previous environmental issues be struck from the draft policy plan,” said John Preston Allen, president of the Central San Pedro Neighborhood Council. “We do this in cooperation with all the neighborhood councils and to some extent the San Pedro, Harbor City and Wilmington chambers of commerce.”

    “This is 40 years in the making,” said James Dimon, president of Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council. “We’ve had these meetings before. I think we’ve even met here, but the people of this community are asking that we get a working relationship that is continual so that our kids 40 years from now aren’t sitting in this room having the same conversation.”

    More than 30 speakers from the community spoke that night with common concerns about the extended wait for a finished waterfront, the amount of money allocated for the projects, and the public image of the San Pedro and Wilmington waterfronts compared to ports in San Francisco, Long Beach and San Diego.

    Seroka promised that these two meetings are the beginning of continued dialogue between themselves and the public.

    “This is not meant to be one gathering, a snapshot in time,” Seroka said. “This is the beginning of what I consider an engagement for a relationship and partnership going into the future.”

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  • RLn THEATER Calendar: Jan. 27, 2015

    Jan. 30
    Murder on the Nile

    Witness the Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Nile, Jan. 30 through Feb. 14, at the Long Beach Playhouse. In this classic by the modern mistress of mystery, we travel through the Dark Continent along with master sleuth, Canon Pennefather, as he uncovers an audacious conspiracy and brings the criminals to justice.  Passion, jealousy, infidelity and murder make this a honeymoon cruise you will not soon forget.
    Details: (562) 494-1014; www.lbplayhouse.org
    Long Beach Playhouse
    Location: 5021 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach
    Jan. 30
    Feral Child

    Enjoy Feral Child, Jan. 30 through Feb. 1, at The Found Theatre in Long Beach. The performance centers around Greta, a distraught young woman, and her perspective of societal constructs. Tickets are $10.
    Details: (562) 433-3363; foundtheatre.org
    Venue: The Found Theatre
    Location: 599 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach

    Feb. 1
    Pick of the Vine

    A veritable bounty of short plays offered up by authors from all over the world. What happens when you don’t throw a pinch of dropped salt over your shoulder? Or to the trash you throw out? Or when a prank phone call turns into a conversation? Come find out the answers to these questions and more as this season’s “picks” serve you a delectable evening of entertainment in 5-10 minute bites. Runs Feb.1 at 2 p.m. and Feb. 5 and Feb. 12 at 8 p.m.
    Details: (310) 512-6030 
    Little Fish Theatre
    Location: 777 S. Centre St., San Pedro

    Feb. 7
    Wendy Whelan
    Wendy Whelan performs, at 8 p.m. Feb. 7, at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center in Long Beach. Restless Creature is a collaboration with choreographers Kyle Abraham, Joshua Beamish, Brian Brooks, and Alejandro Cerrudo to create a suite of elegant and thrilling duets.
    Details: (562) 985-7000; CarpenterArts.org
    Venue: Carpenter Performing Arts Center
    Location: 6200 Atherton Street, Long Beach

    Feb. 8
    AKA Doc Pomus

    Watch AKA Doc Pomus, starting at 8 p.m. Feb. 8, a the Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro.
    Doc Pomus was the most unlikely of rock & roll icons. Paralyzed with polio as a child, Brooklyn-born Jerome Felder reinvented himself first as a blues singer, renaming himself Doc Pomus, then as a songwriter, creating some of the greatest hits of the early rock and roll era: “Save the Last Dance for Me,” “This Magic Moment,” “A Teenager in Love,” “Viva Las Vegas,” and a thousand others.
    Details: (310) 833-4813
    Venue: Warner Grand
    Location: 434 W. 6th St., San Pedro

    Feb. 14
    AACTFest 2015

    The Playhouse is excited and honored to host American Association of Community Theatre’s  Festival 2015, Feb. 14, at the Long Beach Playhouse.
    Up to four competing theaters will compete with 60-minute performances to be performed, adjudicated and awarded the same day.The winning theatre will go onto regional competitions.
    Details: (562) 494-1014; www.lbplayhouse.org
    Venue: Long Beach Playhouse
    Location: 5021 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach

    Feb. 18
    End of the Rainbow
    Peter Quilter’s savagely funny, tour de force musical drama about the final days of Judy Garland’s life takes place, Feb. 18 through March 15, at International City Theatre in Long Beach. The play features some of her most memorable songs including “The Man That Got Away,” “Come Rain Or Come Shine,” “The Trolley Song” and, of course, “Somewhere Over The Rainbow.”  Cost is $34 to $54.
    Details: (562) 436-4610; www.InternationalCityTheatre.org
    International City Theatre, Long Beach Performing Arts Center
    Location: 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach

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  • RLn ARTS Calendar: Jan. 27, 2015

    Feb. 6
    Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow
    Come out and participate in this three-day celebration of black history, from 6 to 10 p.m. Feb. 6, and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 7 and 8, at the Expo Arts Center in Long Beach.
    These events feature The Forgotten Images Collection, the Mamie Hansberry Art Collection, Civil Rights Era Long Beach women in Breaking Through, Lighting the Way, Duke Givens’ photo exhibit, Power of Choice, and music by Charles Julian Fearing and Sweet Baby J’ai.
    Details: www.andystreetlb.org
    Venue: Expo Arts Center
    Location: 4321 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach

    Feb. 8
    Gettin’ Off the Ground’s
    The opening reception for Gettin’ Off the Ground’s is, from 2 to 5 p.m. Feb. 8, at Angels Gate Cultural Center in San Pedro. The exhibit explores the stories of veterans and military families.
    Details: www.angelsgateart.org
    Venue: Angels Gate Cultural Center
    Location: 3601 S. Gaffey St., San Pedro

    Feb. 16
    Artistic Adventure
    Artistic Adventure, opens Feb. 16 and continues through March 29, at the Promenade Gallery in Rolling Hills Estates.
    An opening reception is scheduled, from 3 to 7 p.m. Feb. 28. Artists Joyce Walsh, Beverly Holman and Don Cocker will be featured.
    Details: (310) 265-2592; www.artists-studio-pvac.com
    Venue: Artists’ Studio Gallery
    Location: 5400 Crestridge Road, Rolling Hills Estates

    March 8
    The Purple Forrest
    The Palos Verde Art Center presents Paul Jean Martel: Post Impressionist, a comprehensive survey of the artist’s work from small studio sketches to fully realized paintings, through March 8. The exhibition explores the trajectory of the artist’s career both in Europe and the United States.
    Details: http://pvartcenter.org
    Venue: Palos Verdes Art Center
    Location: 5504 Crestridge Road, Rancho Palos Verdes

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  • RLn COMMUNITY Calendar: Jan. 27, 2015

    Jan. 30
    Farmers Market
    San Pedro’s Farmers Market will have farm fresh produce and craft vendors, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 30, in San Pedro’s Historic Waterfront District.
    Details: (562) 449-9299
    Venue: San Pedro Waterfront District
    Location: 443 W. 6th St., San Pedro

    Jan. 31
    Waterfront Market
    The Waterfront Market will have all organic produce, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 31, at the San Pedro Downtown Harbor.
    Venue: San Pedro Downtown Harbor
    Location: Berth 84, foot of 6th St. at Harbor Blvd., San Pedro
    Jan. 31
    Westmont College Invitational
    The Mariner’s Men’s and Women’s Track teams will compete, starting at 11 a.m. Jan. 31, at the Westmont College Invitational.
    Details: www.MarinerAthletics.com
    Venue: Westmont College
    Location: 955 La Paz Road, Santa Barbara
    Feb. 6
    The Golden Shore – California’s Love Affair with the Sea
    Cabrillo Marine Aquarium invites you to meet David Helvarg, author and executive director of the Blue Frontier, at the Discovery Lecture Series, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 6. In recounting his discoveries researching The Golden Shore, his critically acclaimed book on how California is defined by the Pacific, Helvarg will share the amazing history, culture and changing nature of the California coast and ocean. Lecture is free. RSVP.
    Details: (310) 548-7562; lecture@cmaqua.org
    Venue: John M. Olguin Auditorium
    Location: 3720 Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro
    Feb. 6
    Marymount Alumni Happy Hour
    Marymount alumni are invited to attend the Second Annual Alumni Happy Hour, starting at 5 p.m. Feb. 6, at the Ports O’Call Waterfront Restaurant. RSVP is required.
    Details: (310) 303-7223
    Venue: Ports O’Call Waterfront Dining
    Location: 1200 Nagoya Way, San Pedro

    Feb. 6
    First Fridays Mardi Gras
    Enjoy the Mardi Gras parade, the Black History Month celebration and all the usual art, music and more starting at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 6.
    Details: (562) 595-0081; www.FirstFridaysLongBeach.com
    Venue: Bixby Knolls Neighborhood
    Location: Atlantic Avenue between Bixby Road and San Antonio Drive

    Feb. 7
    Festival de Amigos/Friend Fest
    Enjoy a day of live music, dancing, art and much more, starting at 1 p.m. Feb. 7, at Drake Park in Long Beach.
    Details: (562) 270-4352
    Venue: Drake Park
    Location: 951 Maine Ave., Long Beach

    Feb. 7
    Marymount California University Family Day
    All students and their families are invited to spend a day on campus and experience the spirit of Marymount California University, starting at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 7.
    Details: (310) 303-7627; www.MarymountCalifornia.edu
    Venue: Oceanview Campus
    Location: 30800 Palos Verdes Drive East, Rancho Palos Verdes

    Feb. 8
    South Coast Cactus & Succulent Society
    Paul Klaassen, of Wiltshire, UK, will present “FOG” a program on fog deserts visited in Chile, Baja California, and Namibia, focusing on the spectacular and unusual succulent plants that grow there, starting at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 8, at the South Coast Botanic Garden in Palos Verdes Peninsula.
    Details: southcoastcss.org
    Venue: South Coast Botanic Garden
    Location: 26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes Peninsula

    Feb. 10
    Greece: The Road Taken
    Bruce Schwartz’s film will play, at 7 p.m. Feb. 10, at the Grand Annex in San Pedro. The film will be followed by a Q-and-A with the filmmaker and editor.
    Details: (310) 833-4813; www.GreeceRoadTaken.com
    Venue: The Grand Annex
    Location: 434 W. 6th St., San Pedro

    Feb. 14
    Tidepool Wonders
    Bring family and friends to the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium’s John M. Olguin Auditorium, starting at 11 a.m. Feb. 14 or 12 p.m. Feb. 15, for an informative slide show, followed by a walk led by the aquarium education staff to the nearby Point Fermin tide pools where you can explore some excellent low tides on the rocky shore.
    Details: (310) 548-7562; www.CabrilloMarineAquarium.org
    Venue: John M. Olguin Auditorium
    Location: 3720 Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro

    Feb. 14
    Salt Marsh Open House
    Join Cabrillo Marine Aquarium educators and Coastal Park Naturalists, from 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 14, as they help uncover the world of mud and water that is our local wetland at Salinas de San Pedro Salt Marsh.
    Details: (310) 548-7562; www.CabrilloMarineAquarium.org
    Venue: Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
    Location: 3720 Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro
    Feb. 14
    Sweetheart Sail
    Enjoy a magical evening aboard Los Angeles’ Official Tall Ships as you sail the Los Angeles Harbor with your special someone, starting at 5 p.m. Feb. 14.
    Details: (310) 833-6055
    Venue: Ports O’Call Village
    Location: Berth 78 in the Ports O’Call Village

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