• RLn ANNOUNCEMENTS: Jan. 26, 2015

    Jan. 26
    110 Freeways Construction to Close Figueroa Street Overnight
    Figueroa Street closures will begin overnight from C Street to the John S. Gibson, Figueroa, Harry Bridges intersection from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. on Jan. 26 to Jan. 30, as part of a Port of Los Angeles interchange and roadway construction project in Wilmington. C Street on- and off-ramps on the 110 Freeway will remain open.
    Details: (310) 732-3617; www.portoflosangeles.org
    Location: C Street, John S. Gibson Boulevard, Figueroa Avenue, Harry Bridges Boulevard
    Jan. 28
    Volunteers needed for Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count
    Join the Central San Pedro Neighborhood Council in a homeless count starting on 8 p.m. on Jan. 28 in the Greater Los Angeles area.  The count will help secure the funding needed to provide services to the homeless.  Volunteers can choose their deployment center after registering at TheyCountWillYou.org
    Details: (213) 683-3333; www.lahsa.org
    Jan. 29
    POLB Chief Executive Gives State of the Port
    Port of Long Beach Chief Executive Jon Slangerup will give his first annual State of the Port address, from 8 to 10 a.m. on Jan. 29, to offer a review of the 2014 and upcoming challenges this year.  The address will begin live broadcasting at 8:15 a.m. in the Pacific Ballroom in the Long Beach Convention Center.
    Details: www.polb.com/stateoftheport
    Venue: Long Beach Convention Center
    Location: 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach

    Jan. 30
    POLA to Host Environmental Summit
    The Port of Los Angeles will host an Environmental Summit, from 9 a.m. to noon on Jan. 30, at Banning’s Landing Community Center in Wilmington.
    The summit will discuss ongoing environmental initiatives and priorities and any future programs and potential sustainability and growth of the port.
    Details: www.porttechla.org
    Venue: Banning’s Landing Community Center
    Location: 100 E. Water St., Wilmington

    Feb. 2
    Youth Opportunity Center Schedule Changes
    The Youth Opportunity Center announced changes in its operation hours to Monday through Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Fridays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Feb. 2. through Oct. 2. The changes will allow the center to serve students six days per week and during off-hours.
    Details: (562) 570-9675; www.pacific-gateway.org/youth
    Venue: Youth Opportunity Center
    Location: 3447 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach

    Feb. 7
    Join the Beach Cleanup and Native Garden Workday
    Cabrillo Marine Aquarium encourages volunteers to participate in their monthly Beach Clean-Up and Native Garden Workday, from 8 to 10 a.m. on Feb. 7.
    Details: (310) 548-7562; www.cabrillomarineaquarium.org
    Venue: Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
    Location: 3720 Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro

    Feb. 11
    Child Abuse Response Team
    The Child Abuse Response Team wants volunteers who respond 24/7 to hospitals when a child may have been sexually assaulted in Long Beach, Torrance, or San Pedro. The next volunteer training begins in February, which includes requirements of attending monthly meetings on the second Wednesday from 6 to 8:30 p.m. and more. The first will be on Feb. 11.
    Details: (562) 422-8472; cgutierrez@forthechild.org
    Location: 4565 California Ave., Long Beach

    Feb. 11
    AltaSea First Development Phase of Master Plan Campus Construction Meeting
    A Special Preview of AltaSea will look at Phase 1 often the campus construction master plan, Feb. 11 from 4 to 6 p.m., at City Dock No. 1 at the Port of Los Angeles, Berth 58, at 22nd and Signal Street in San Pedro.
    Free parking and shuttle will be available from the parking lot at 22nd Streetand Miner Street.
    Details: (310) 770-1638; pmeans@altasea.org
    Venue: City Dock No. 1
    Location: Berth 58, 22nd near Signal Street, San Pedro

    Feb. 15
    Willow and Wardlow Blue Line Stations Continue Closures for Upgrades
    The Willow and Wardlow Blue Line Stations are scheduled to close for upgrades in the upcoming weekends after 9 p.m. until Feb. 15.
    A free bus shuttle will be offered during weekends from the Del Amo and Pacific Coast Highway stations.
    Details: www.tinyurl.com/WillowWardlowClosures
    Location: Willow and Wardlow Blue Line Stations
    Feb. 17
    Airport Noise Ordinance Study Session
    The Long Beach City Council will discuss a requested study session regarding the history and structure of the Airport Noise Ordinance at 4 p.m. on Feb. 17 in the Council Chambers at Long Beach City Hall.
    Details: www.longbeach.gov
    Venue: Long Beach City Hall
    Location: 333 W. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach
    Feb. 26
    8th District Youth Ambassador Council Hosts First Meeting
    New 8th District Youth Ambassador Council will have the first meeting of the year at 5 p.m. on Feb. 26, at their field office in Long Beach.
    Details: (562) 570-6685; www.tinyurl.com/8thDistrictMeeting
    Location: 5641 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach

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  • Former Head of LA Cultural Affairs Reflects on Winds of Change

    Adolfo Nodal Welcomes Normalization of Ties with Cuba

    By Terelle Jerricks, Managing Editor

    President Barack Obama’s announcement that he was going to normalize relations with Cuba was met with surprise—a surprise that was welcomed in some quarters.

    The mainstream press has by and large described the Cuban American response to the announcement as muted. (more…)

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  • RLn ENTERTAINMENT Calendar: Jan. 26, 2015

    Jan. 28
    A Live Band Karaoke
    A live band will perform, starting at 8 p.m. Jan. 28, at Godmothers Saloon in San Pedro.
    Details: (310) 833-1589
    Venue: Godmothers Saloon
    Location:  302 W. 7th St., San Pedro
    Jan. 30
    Rob Klopfenstein
    Rob Klopfenstein performs, at 7 p.m. Jan. 30, at The Whale & Ale in San Pedro.
    Rob Klopfenstein is an all-around entertainer on the piano along with special guest artists. No cover charge for bar or dinner guests.
    Details: (310) 832-0363; www.WhaleAndAle.com
    Venue: The Whale & Ale British Restaurant and Gastropub
    Location: 327 W. 7th St., San Pedro
    Jan. 30
    A Night of Scottish Tunes
    Spend a night with the Scottish Tunes of David Brewer and Rebecca Lomnicky, starting at 8 p.m. Jan. 30, at the Grand Annex in San Pedro.
    Details: Tickets and Info
    Venue: The Grand Annex
    Location: 434 W. 6th St., San Pedro
    Jan. 31
    Markus Carlton
    Markus Carltonwill perform, at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 31, at The Whale & Ale in San Pedro.
    The lifelong musician plays jazz guitar with new material as well as jazz and blues standards.
    Details: (310) 832-0363; www.WhaleAndAle.com
    Venue: The Whale & Ale British Restaurant and Gastropub
    Location: 327 W. 7th St., San Pedro
    Jan. 31
    Warehouse One
    Enjoy a night of rock, reggae and ska from Warehouse One, which will perform, at 8 p.m. Jan. 31, at The Grand Annex in San Pedro.
    Brimful & The Day Traitors will open for the band.
    Details: Tickets & Info
    Venue: The Grand Annex
    Location: 434 W. 6th St., San Pedro

    Feb. 6
    Something’s Funny at the Warner Grand
    Something’s Funny at the Warner Grand takes place Feb. 6.
    The monthly show has some of the funniest stand-up comedians in Los Angeles.
    Details: (310) 548-2493
    Venue: The Grand Annex
    Location: 434 W. 6th St., San Pedro

    Feb. 8
    Allant Trio
    The Allant Trio is scheduled to perform, at 2 p.m. Feb. 8, at Rolling Hills Methodist Church.
    Details: (310) 316-5574;www.allanttrio.com
    Venue: Rolling Hills United Methodist Church
    Location: 26438 Crenshaw Blvd., Rolling Hills Estates

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  • Murder on the Nile is Too Long, Too Wordy

    By John Farrell, Curtain Call Writer

    Don’t be surprised if Murder on the Nile doesn’t quite take you on a journey that you expect.

    Agatha Christie play, which opened at the Long Beach Playhouse Mainstage Theatre, is genuine Christie, but it shouldn’t be confused with Death on the Nile, the 1978 film that featured Peter Ustinov as Hercule Poirot.

    Or maybe it should be. Murder on the Nile was written by Christie in 1944, when she was thoroughly tired of Poirot. (She wasn’t the only mystery writer who got tired of her sleuth: Arthur Conan Doyle killed off Sherlock Holmes but finally had to bring him back to life.) She wrote the play expressly excluding Poirot and Captain Hastings. It was a moderate success in London but ran only a dozen performances when it came to Broadway. At the opening the house was a sell-out, but many playgoers may have been disappointed when Canon Pennefather (Playhouse stalwart Gregory Cohen in the only role in the play that wasn’t a caricature) solved the mystery in Poirot’s absence. (more…)

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  • Ten Hits Come to One Show

    By John Farrell, Curtain Call Writer

    There are at least 10 reasons why you should go see the 13th Annual Pick of the Vine at Little Fish Theatre.

    And, that’s only if you count just the 10 plays selected from hundreds of submissions for: Little Fish’s yearly salute to new plays and new playwrights.

    The 10 plays were amongst a large number submitted and chosen by a committee for production. (more…)

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  • Blues Foundation Honors KJAZZ’s Gary Wagner

    By B. Noel Barr, Music Writer Dude

    On Jan. 23, the Blues Foundation is honoring 15 individuals and organizations who support and promote the blues. KJAZZ radio personality Gary Wagner will be one of recipients of the prestigious Keeping The Blues Alive Award at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis Tenn.

    The International Blues Challenge is a five-day event, where the best musicians from around the world come to perform.  

    Wagner has been part of the community-based radio station at California State University Long Beach for more than 20 years. Nicknamed “The Wag Man,” he is the host of the long running “Nothing But The Blues,” as well as having been the master of ceremonies of the old Long Beach Blues Festival. (more…)

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  • The Art of Curating is on Display at the MOLAA

    By Andrea Serna, Arts and Culture Writer

    The Museum of Latin American Art is displaying Transformations, an exhibition that visually portrays the inspiring, life-changing stories of five community members. It showcases the museum’s permanent collection in a fresh and inspired way.

    The exhibition is the creation of the museum’s Curator of Collections Carlos Ortega.

    What is curating? In today’s culture anyone can put up a Pinterest page and be a curator. You can load music on your iPod and present it as a curated project. The popular belief is that curating is “choosing” things to put together. However, Ortega has put many years and much thought into curating an exhibit that engages and interacts with museum visitors, as well as the participants who are the subject of the exhibition. (more…)

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  • LB Fire Chief Appointed President of the LAAFCA

    LONG BEACH — Long Beach Fire Chief Mike DuRee recently was appointed president of the Los Angeles Area Fire Chiefs Association.
    Comprised of 31 fire departments within Los Angeles County, the association focuses on regional training, grants administration, legislative advocacy and Firefighter safety and survival.
    Chief DuRee’s one-year term began on Jan.1, 2015. His primary focus will be to further enhance regional training opportunities and work toward developing even more effective collaboration across municipal boundaries.  A key focus area will be in developing grant strategies for training and equipment that will benefit the entire region in the event of a large scale man-made or natural disaster.

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  • Artists React to Charlie Hebdo Massacre

    By Andrea Serna, Arts and Culture Writer
    In order for art to be worthwhile, it must have something to say. And, when you have something to say, you risk infuriating extremists or even the occasional thin-skinned observer.
    As the world reflects on the attack on the Charlie Hebdo headquarters, Harbor Area artists responded to the mass shootings in France. Here’s what they had to say:
    AnnCleavesAnn Cleaves, Random Lengths News Cartoonist
    What happened at Charlie Hebdo was horrendous. The shooters were fanatic murderers.  However, it bothers me that we Americans are so quick to say that we, of course, are for free speech and freedom of expression.
    Words and images can be very powerful. Words can also be taunts, slurs, degrading stereotypes and [they can be] powerfully intimidating. We should stand up against and resist malicious words. In the U.S. there are laws against hate speech.
    The history of newspaper cartooning is full of images that were stereotypes that viciously condemned various groups of people.  Look at California cartoons of the Japanese during WWII and before.  Asians, blacks, Mexicans have all been stereotyped in an often degrading manner.  Jews and Catholics have also been singled out, as have women. Today’s news editors and many newspaper readers would definitely question these often degrading stereotypical images.

    El ImageneroThe artist who goes by the name “El Imagenero”: Photographer, Creator of “What We Censor, What We Don’t”

    Artists, at least those who have something to say, face all sorts of attempts to silence them.  Often, those start in the artist’s own head, which … (began) by something in the artist’s rearing or schooling.
    In my experience, many artists, as well as philosophers, scientists and others, risk emotional or physical injury when, like Saul of Tarsus on his way to Damascus, they find themselves “kicking against the pricks” of convention and the standards of others in service of their own sensibilities and moral imperatives.
    These restrictions on art and other expression are not relics of history or limited to Muslim extremists, although the summary execution of persons based on their expression seems to be limited to religious extremists.
    At bottom, everyone says they support artistic freedom and free speech. But most of us have an unspoken limit to what range of freedoms we will extend to others.  So, it’s nothing new. It’s nothing artists throughout history haven’t faced. But, like any other crime, it is still wrong, whether done by self-styled terrorists or government and church authorized bureaucrats.


    Mat GleasonMat Gleason, Curator of Coagula Gallery in Los Angeles

    I’m reading many reactions to this tragedy. Most of them are not talking about it. They are using the tragedy as a pivot to talk about other things. Nobody wants to acknowledge that we will be murdered for expressing ourselves. We will. We are. There will be more deaths and next time you pivot away from seeing this, you lurch toward culpability.



    Ellwood T. Risk, San Pedro Artist

    There’s a quote by Plato that reads, “Only the dead have seen the end of war.”
    It’s a sad thing indeed that as we move through the first quarter of the 21st century, men still find it necessary to kill those who don’t share their view of the world. Though a terrible day for France and artists everywhere, the horror of the massacre at Charlie Hebdo is but the latest mark on the wall of sorrow that is human history.
    Ron Lindenv2Ron Linden, Artist, Curator at TransVagrant/Warschaw Gallery in San Pedro
    Of course, I’m extremely saddened by the Charlie Hebdo killings and realize the complexity of response. Sunday, the streets of Paris were lined with as many despots as patriots — leaders of repressive governments currently incarcerating journalists and engaging in censorship locked arm-in-arm with upright citizens. Thinking of Julian Assange, Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning. I find it ironic that many of those most vocal and visible in support of “freedom of expression” are themselves comfortable living under such censorship and repression.


    Michael StearnsMichael Stearns, Artist, Curator at Gallery 347 in San Pedro
    As a person who has not been radicalized, I find it abhorrent that someone could kill another person over a cartoon, even a cartoon that was in very bad taste, totally insensitive, racist perhaps, and overtly offensive to almost everyone. I would defend the creators right to make such a cartoon or any other form of creative endeavor. I also understand that censorship exists and that it can be a very fine line, provoking discussions that will never end.
    What I do know is that we are all targets. All societies have members among them who have been radicalized and feel that extreme measures are needed. From artists who feel they have a message to pass on, a wrong to be righted, an opinion to be shared, to doctors performing an abortion, students protesting in Mexico, to kids going to school in Connecticut, people going to work in Oklahoma City, and John Lennon going for a walk in Central Park, we are all targets. But in order to live we cannot hide inside locked boxes. We must all be Charlie.

    Pat Woolley, Artist at Studio 345 in San Pedro

    PatYes, I am an artist in San Pedro and yes, I am French-born. The horrible tragedy in Paris has been on my mind since it happened.
    I come from the south. There are many Arabs living in the there, mostly Algerians. France is one of the most tolerant countries as to race and religion, but there is a strong division between church and state. There has been a grumble lately from the Muslims that schools would not tolerate girls wearing headscarves, while Christians and Jews were not allowed to wear crosses, etc.
    Like all big cities, Paris has its public housing on the outskirts, many are Arab families, poor, uneducated even if they are French citizens. Many young men, in particular, are unemployed, who may come from dysfunctional families, little education and no future. They become isolated from the rest of the society they see around them and look for excitement and purpose. Unfortunately, they get attached to the wrong elements. They see the radical Muslims in Iran as powerful, and they join them. The two that attacked Charlie Hebdo were a good example.
    This magazine is known for political cartoons, certainly not only Muslims. They ridicule the French president and all kinds of political and religious figures. I certainly cannot condone the horrible act of violence against the artists and applaud their courage, but I wonder, if knowing how edgy the subject was, it was wise for them to print this. I certainly believe in liberty and free speech but I also believe — nowadays — it might be better to back down a little. Let’s face it: several innocent people died (who) had nothing to do with Charlie Hebdo

    Peggy ZaskPeggy Zask, Artist, Curator at South Bay Contemporary Gallery
    The terrorists are people from a culture without freedom. They do not understand or respect freedom as do people in developed countries.
    If artists want to express their ideas and responses in this global culture, they must embrace the reaction that may ensue.  France has a toxic mix of democratic and non-democratic populations, and the massacre that happened was tragic.
    We, as an art community, should do everything we can to preserve freedom in the world.  Can the artists of the world be censored?  I think now is a time to focus on worldwide issues of censorship and make art that addresses every challenge to our freedom on all fronts.
    I think there is an intense energy rising in our art community that will fill the world
    with expressions of freedom.  As a curator, I would like to put together a show that captures and shares today’s feelings — and do whatever we can to preserve creative freedom.


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