• RLn ANNOUNCEMENT, CALENDAR: Dec. 16, 2014

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Dec. 18
    Soil Remediation
    The Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners will host a public hearing to receive comments relative to a coastal development permit for soil remediation at berths 171 to 173, at 8:30 a.m. Dec. 18, at the Port of Los Angeles Board Room in San Pedro.
    Details: (310) 732-3850
    Venue: Port of Los Angeles Board Room
    Location: 425 S. Palos Verdes St., San Pedro

    ENTERTAINMENT
    Dec. 20
    Holiday Pops Spectacular
    The Golden State Pops Orchestra returns for its 11th season, starting at 8 p.m. Dec. 20, at the Grand Annex in San Pedro.
    Tickets range from $22 to $60.
    Details: (310) 833-4813; grandannex.org
    Venue: Grand Annex
    Location: 434 W. 6th St., San Pedro

    COMMUNITY
    Dec. 18
    Tall Ships Offer Holiday Tours
    A pair of tall ships — Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain, are offering walk tours and cannon battles, Dec. 18 through 27, at Ports O’ Call Village in San Pedro.
    The ships are touring ports delivering K through 12 education programs to schools and service groups.
    Details: (800) 200-5239;www.historicalseaport.org
    Venue: Ports O’ Call Village
    Location: 1199 Nagoya Way, San Pedro

    Dec. 20
    Breakfast and Visit with Santa
    The Torrance Community Services Department presents Breakfast and a Visit with Santa, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Dec. 20, at the Torrance Cultural Arts Center.
    Tickets are $20.
    Details: (310) 781-7150
    Venue: Torrance Cultural Arts Center
    Location: 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance
     

    THEATER
    Dec. 18
    A Christmas Carol
    Don’t miss your chance to celebrate the holiday season with the Crachit family and Ebenezer Scrooge, Dec. 18 through 21, as Long Beach Playhouse brings A Christmas Carol, directed by Jeff Brown, to the main stage once again.
    Brown has added several personal touches to this production of A Christmas Carol, including a key character to the script: Charles Dickens.
    Details: (562)494-1014www.lbplayhouse.org
    Venue: Long Beach Playhouse
    Location: 5021 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach

    Dec. 20
    The Nutcracker
    Experience The Nutcracker, starting at 2 p.m. Dec. 20, at El Camino College in Torrance.
    The South Bay Ballet delivers a holiday confection of savvy ballet audiences.
    Tickets are $30 for adults and $20 for children younger than 12 years old.
    Details: www.centerforthearts.org
    Venue: El Camino College
    Location: 16007 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance

     
    ARTS
    Dec. 19
    Across Generations
    Experience Across Generations, a fine arts painting exhibit, through Dec. 19, at Parkhurst Galleries Inc. in San Pedro
    Details: (310) 547-3158; www.parkhurstgalleries.com
    Venue: Parkhurst Galleries
    Location: 439 W. 6th St., San Pedro
     
    Transformations
    The Museum of Latin American Art presents Transformations, through May 17.
    Transformations is an exhibition that visually depicts how everyday people deal with, and are transformed by, life altering challenges. Utilizing art from MOLAA’s collection, participants will select works that reflect their emotional state before and after their transformative experience. Five local community members will share inspiring stories ranging in topics from cancer to gang violence.
    Details: (562) 437-1689
    Venue: Museum of Latin American Art
    Location: 628 Alamitos Ave., Long Beach

     

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  • RLn COMMUNITY Calendar: Dec. 15, 2014

    Dec. 18
    Ports O’ Call Village Tour
    Get a tour of Ports O’ Call Village, from 4 to 5 p.m. Dec. 18 and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 20. A $3 donation is requested.
    Venue: Ports O’ Call Village
    Location: Berth 78, San Pedro
     
    Dec. 20
    Battle Sail
    Go on a Battle Sail, from 2 to 5 p.m. Dec. 20, at Ports O’ Call Village in San Pedro. Cost ranges from $43 to $63.
    Venue: Ports O’ Call Village
    Location: Berth 78, San Pedro
     
    Dec. 20
    Peace on Earth
    Enjoy a fun-filled afternoon of crafts, activities, a raffle, cookies and light refreshments, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 20 at Peace Park in Long Beach.
    Venue: Peace Park
    Locations: 1411 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach

    Dec. 20
    Winter in Willmore
    Snow, a jump house, Santa, elves, music food and vendors will be part of Winter in Wilmore, from 1 to 6 p.m. Dec. 20, at Drake Park in Long Beach.
    Venue: Drake Park
    Locations: 951 Maine Ave., Long Beach

    Dec. 23
    Adventure Sail
    Go on a Adventure Sail, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 23, at Ports O’ Call Village in San Pedro. Cost is $43.
    Venue: Ports O’ Call Village
    Location: Berth 78, San Pedro
     
    Jan. 1
    First Tidepool Walk of the Year
    Join Cabrillo Marine Aquarium educators and volunteers as they share the winter wonders of the natural habitats, from 12 to 1:30 p.m. Jan. 1.
    Bring family and friends to the aquarium’s John M. Olguin Auditorium for an informative slide show, followed by a naturalist-led walk to see animals in their natural habitat at the nearby Point Fermin tidepools.
    Details: (310) 548-7562; www.cabrillomarineaquarium.org
    Venue: Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
    Location: 3720 Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro
     
    Jan. 2
    Explore The Shore
    Spend exploring the shore, from 12 to 2 p.m. Jan. 2, at Cabrillo Beach.
    This free activity will include guided interpretation of inner Cabrillo Beach, saltmarsh, outer wave-swept sandy beach and the Cabrillo Beach tidepools.
    Details: (310) 548-7562; www.cabrillomarineaquarium.org
    Venue: Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
    Location: 3720 Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro
     
    Jan. 3
    Tidepool Wonders
    Explore low tides on the rocky shore, Jan. 3 through 31, at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in San Pedro.
    There are six dates to select from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Jan. 3, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 4, from 12 to 1:30 p.m. Jan. 17, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Jan. 18 and 31. Additionally, a presentation in Spanish will be offered from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Jan. 4.
    Bring family and friends to the aquarium’s John M. Olguin Auditorium for an informative slide show with a CMA Education staff member, followed by a guided walk to the nearby Point Fermin Tidepools.
    Details: (310) 548-7562; www.cabrillomarineaquarium.org
    Venue: Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
    Location: 3720 Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro
     
    Jan. 7
    Join SEA Club
    Kindergarten through 2nd grade students enrolled in Cabrillo Marine Aquarium’s SEA Club (Science Education Afternoons) will learn while having fun exploring the local marine environment, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on four consecutive Wednesdays, Jan. 7 through 28.
    The Aquarium’s marine laboratory classroom will serve as a base station for hands-on ocean exploration.
    The cost for four weekly sessions is $30 ($27 for members).Financial assistance is available. Pre-registration is required.
    Details: (310) 548-7562; www.cabrillomarineaquarium.org
    Venue: Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
    Location: 3720 Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro

     

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  • Dustin’s Throw-Back Lunch Menu

    Harkening Back to the Days of Majestic Café
    By Terelle Jerricks, Managing Editor

    Relative newcomers to San Pedro probably can’t imagine eating beef stew, spaghetti and chili beans or a beef sandwich au jus at a place like J.Trani’s Ristorante—a place that features pan-Asian and Italian cuisine on the level of a five star restaurant. But that’s exactly what long-time fans of the restaurant can expect for lunch at the four generations-strong family-owned restaurant.

    Local fans of Chef Dustin Trani may have noticed that the rising young chef is spending more time at the family restaurant. Since the Beverly Hills restaurant, DOMA, celebrated its second anniversary this past year, Dustin has been able to put more energy into the family business and launch new initiatives to bolster the J.Trani’s lunch crowd.

    One of those initiatives was to go back — way back — to the restaurant’s 1925 beginnings, when it was called the Majestic Café on 7th Street, below Centre Street, and its basement was both a pool hall and a dispatch for longshoremen.

    “We have always had a lunch business that was kind of like there but inconsistent,” Dustin explained. “But we’re very fortunate to be packed for dinner every night. But that’s when we started to ask, “What can we do to boost our lunch?”

    The move is unapologetically nostalgic, giving San Pedrans who grew up during the 1960s and 70s a trip through memory lane in the form of beef stew with chili-beans and beef sandwiches with beef dip. (more…)

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  • Cynthia Galles: The Cornerstone of Found Theatre

    By John Farrell, Curtain Call Writer

    Cynthia Galles was a star: a Long Beach star.

    She graduated with honors as class valedictorian from St. Anthony High School in Long Beach. Later, she graduated with honors from the then-new University of California Irvine in theater. She was a dynamic presence in the arts community, which she helped develop throughout three decades.  Before she died of cancer nine years ago, she directed more than 100 plays and wrote nearly as many.

    Many of her accomplishments are real, but intangible. Forty years ago, Long Beach was still a cultural backwater. Now it includes eight theater companies, the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra (which was around before any else) and a thriving Long Beach Opera. Galles was part of and integral to that growth.

    But she also left a physical monument located at 6th and Long Beach Boulevard. That’s the home of the new Found Theatre, which was built in cooperation with the City of Long Beach and the Community Redevelopment Agency. The CRA put up the new shopping center that houses, amongst other tenants, Walmart.

    The Found Theatre was purpose-built, with fine seating, a high ceiling, a broad stage and plenty of room for theater productions. Galles died nearly a decade ago, but the Found, now under the artistic direction of her partner Virginia DeMoss is still very much in business, with plays, comedy acts and more in the space that Cynthia built. (more…)

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  • The View from the Park Overlooking the Port

    Harbor Department Issues Draft Public Access Investment Funding Policy

    By James Preston Allen, Publisher

    On one of my many trips to the old San Pedro Post Office recently, I stopped off at this town’s newly renovated Plaza Park. I had good reason to stop at one of this town’s oldest green spaces that overlooks the industrial Port of Los Angeles. My mission was to talk with a few of the homeless residents who had recently been unceremoniously evicted from the park and dispossessed of their belongings by some unknown city department.

    The accusation is that the city did not follow policy on dealing with these homeless people. The park is not posted with either “no camping” or “hours closed” signage. And the law clearly states that people must be given 72 hours notice before their belongings can be confiscated, even if it looks like a pile of junk.  One man’s treasure is another’s trash, I suppose.

    On Dec. 3, the Harbor Division of the Los Angeles Police Department hosted an outreach effort at the Bartlett Center to address the community’s concern over the number of homeless at the park and their treatment, as well as offer services from various agencies that serve the homeless.

    Harbor Division’s Capt. Gerald Woodyard attended the event and said point blank, “It’s not against the law to be homeless, but if we find them in violation of any other laws we’ll enforce them.” (more…)

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  • Study Underlines the Economic Power of Nonprofits

    Volunteers at Harbor Interfaith Services help to unload Thanksgiving donation baskets Nov. 25. The local nonprofit gave away 350 Thanksgiving meals for their annual Feed The Community Day.  Photo by David Johnson.

    Volunteers at Harbor Interfaith Services help to unload Thanksgiving donation baskets Nov. 25. The local nonprofit gave away 350 Thanksgiving meals for their annual Feed The Community Day. Photo by David Johnson.

    By Zamná Ávila, Assistant Editor

    For many people the term “nonprofit” canotes a beggar organization for the needy. That’s misleading according to a recent report.

    The Long Beach Nonprofit Partnership commissioned a study, The Power of Nonprofits: Engines of Growth, an economic impact report that builds upon the ground-breaking 2007 study, Nonprofits: Profitable Partners for Long Beach, which analyzed the economic impact of local nonprofit organizations on the local economy. The recent report focused on the economic impacts on Long Beach and surrounding communities.

    For example, the 7,500-member Boys & Girls Club of the Los Angeles Harbor, which is comprised of 202 paid positions and 600 volunteers, serve about 2,250 at-risk children a day. With this workforce, the organization provides quality services and programs in a safe environment.

    “In addition to the hundreds of jobs we provide in San Pedro and Wilmington, from entry level to executive, we offer comprehensive after school programming for only $25 for the entire school year,” said Kimberly Caballero, a spokeswoman for the organization. “This includes everything from afternoon supper and homework help to enrichment activities that help our kids develop their strengths and talents. We focus on helping our members plan for the future to be productive members of our community.” (more…)

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  • Long Beach Bids Jim McDonnell Farewell

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  • Piñata Dreams

    By John Farrell

    Piñatas are the colorful creations of papier mache that are the center of celebrations for children. When broken open they reveal candy and surprises inside.

    This is a tradition that goes back hundreds of years in Mexico.

    In Piñata Dreams, the world premier play by Josefina Lopez that opened on the main stage of Casa 0101 in Boyle Heights, piñatas are the way young J.J. (played with an artless focus by Noah Logan Martinez) can focus his life on art.

    He wants to create, but his parents want a different life for him, a life of science or the law, a life with what they contend is a better future. There is much for him to experience, and his parents to experience, in a dreamscape that owes at least a little to “Alice in Wonderland,” before the shows’ end.

    Pinata Dreams is a show for children, a play full of wonder, of living piñatas, a magic stick made to break piñatas, which also connects with J.J.’s great-grandfather. There also are plenty of other creatures, all based on piñatas and alebrijes, the brightly colored Mexican sculptures of fantastical animals. Those, too, come to life in the play, which is intended to inspire children to be creative and choose their own way in life. (more…)

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  • Shop Local Discounts!

    Random Lengths News would like to remind you that spending money locally at indie businesses has a multiplier effect that big box chains do not. Some 46% of those indie shopping dollars go right back into the local economy, on local jobs, local vendors, and local charities. Make the pledge to support your local independent retailers when and wherever possible. Tell them you saw it in the Harbor Area’s best locally owned and independent newspaper. Your community will thank you.

    Pick up a copy of our Shop Local Holiday Gift Guide for these special discounts:

    $5, $10 & $15 OFF at Urban Feet and Skate • Page 3

    $5 OFF at Philie B’s • Page 6

    $5 OFF at The Grand Emporium • Page 7

    $10 OFF at the San Pedro Brewing Co. • Page 8

    $7 OFF at Buono’s Pizzeria • Page 8

    15% OFF at Sonny’s Bistro • Page 9

    FREE Session with Tanya at Range of Motion • Page 12

    Up to $3,700 OFF at Dr. Ardalan’s Dentistry • Page 13

    FREE Kids Admission Pass to Chill at The Queen Mary • Page 15

     

    View the digital edition here.

     

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  • RLn ENTERTAINMENT Calendar: Dec. 5, 2014

    Dec. 12
    Tizer Quartet
    The Tizer Quartet is schedule to perform, at 8 p.m. Dec. 12, at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro
    Details: (310) 519-1314; www.alvasshowroom.com
    Venue: Alvas Showroom
    Location: 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro

    Dec. 12
    Rob Klopfenstein
    Rob Klopfenstein performs, at 7 p.m. Dec. 12, at The Whale & Ale in San Pedro.
    Details: (310) 832-0363; www.WhaleAndAle.com
    Venue: The Whale & Ale
    Location: 327 W. 7th St., San Pedro
     
    Dec. 13
    John Daversa Big Band

    The John Daversa Big Band is schedule to perform, at 8 p.m. Dec. 13, at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro.
    Details: (310) 519-1314; www.alvasshowroom.com
    Venue: Alvas Showroom
    Location: 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro
     
    Dec. 13
    Tribute to Non-traditional Christmas Songs
    Scared Grounds is hosting a tribute to non-traditional Christmas songs, from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Dec. 13.
    Think John Prine’s “Christmas in Prison” or the Pogues’  “Fairy Tale of New York,” or John Lennon’s “Merry Christmas (War is Over)” and you get the idea.
    Details: (512) 573-5222; chuff8@sbcglobal.net
    Venue: Sacred Grounds
    Location: 468 W. 6th St., San Pedro
     
    Dec. 13
    Markus Carlton
    Markus Carlton performs, at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at The Whale & Ale in San Pedro.
    Details: (310) 832-0363; www.WhaleAndAle.com
    Venue: The Whale & Ale
    Location: 327 W. 7th St., San Pedro
     
    Dec. 14
    Richard Smith and Aaron Till Fingerstyle Duo
    Richard Smith and Aaron Till Fingerstyle Duo will perform, at 4 p.m. Dec. 14, at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro.
    Details: (310) 519-1314; www.alvasshowroom.com
    Venue: Alvas Showroom
    Location: 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro
     
    Dec. 18
    Live Band Karaoke
    Live Band Karaoke takes place, starting at 8 p.m. Dec. 18, at Godmother’s Saloon in San Pedro.
    Details: (310) 833-1589; www.GodMothersSaloon.com
    Venue: Godmother’s Saloon
    Location: 302 W. 7th St., San Pedro
     
    Dec. 18
    Karaoke
    Enjoy karaoke, from 9 p.m. to closing Dec. 18, at Blu Restaurant and Bar in San Pedro.
    Venue: Blu Restaurant and Bar, Crowne Plaza Los Angeles Harbor Hotel
    Location: 601 S. Palos Verdes St., San Pedro
     
    Dec. 19
    James Kimo West Holiday Slack Key Show
    The James Kimo West Holiday Slack Key Show will take place, at 8 p.m. Dec. 19, at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro.
    Details: (310) 519-1314; www.alvasshowroom.com
    Venue: Alvas Showroom
    Location: 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro
     
    Dec. 19
    Rob Klopfenstein
    Rob Klopfenstein performs, at 7 p.m. Dec. 19, at The Whale & Ale in San Pedro.
    Details: (310) 832-0363; www.WhaleAndAle.com
    Venue: The Whale & Ale
    Location: 327 W. 7th St., San Pedro
     
    Dec. 20
    Eric Rigler & Dirk Freymuth: A Celtic Christmas
    Eric Rigler & Dirk Freymuth: A Celtic Christmas will take place, at 8 p.m. Dec. 20, at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro.
    Details: (310) 519-1314; www.alvasshowroom.com
    Venue: Alvas Showroom
    Location: 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro
     
    Dec. 20
    Holiday POPS Spectacular
    The Golden State Pops Orchestra’s acclaimed production “Holiday POPS Spectacular” returns this year with joyous music and high spirits, at 8 p.m. Dec. 20, at the Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro.
    Celebrate the holiday season by joining Maestro Steven Allen Fox and the Golden State Pops Orchestra and Chorale (led by Choir Maestra Marya Basaraba) for a festive performance of timeless holiday film music and traditional favorites that will be sure to put you in the holiday mood.
    Details: PURCHASE NOW
    Venue: Warner Grand Theatre
    Location: 434 W. 6th St., San Pedro
     
    Dec. 20
    Markus Carlton
    Markus Carlton performs, at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 20 at The Whale & Ale in San Pedro.
    Details: (310) 832-0363; www.WhaleAndAle.com
    Venue: The Whale & Ale
    Location: 327 W. 7th St., San Pedro
     
    Dec. 28
    Peter Matuchniak & Friends
    Peter Matuchniak & Friends will perform, at 4 p.m. Dec. 28, at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro.
    Details: (310) 519-1314; www.alvasshowroom.com
    Venue: Alvas Showroom
    Location: 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro

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