• St. Patrick’s Day Shenanigans Hit the LBC

    By Mick Haven, Contributing Writer

    Looking for something different than seas of green beer this St. Patrick’s Day?

    Here’s Random Lengths News’ alternative guide to getting your drank on in Long Beach.

    Yeah, so what if St. Patrick’s Day is another hijacked holiday like Cinco de Mayo, providing an excuse to get plastered (like most of you need one)? We’re here to tell you where the liquor’s at.

    Consider the Irish Sandwich: a pub crawl starting at Clancy’s and ending at O’Connell’s; a dive-bar option to the Belmont Bore pub crawl. That’s so cliché and yesterday.

    Start at Clancy’s on Broadway and Los Alamitos (try a Moscow Mule; not very Irish, but it comes in a copper cup), head to the V-Room on 4th and Los Alamitos, then cross the street to the Stache; slide down 4th to the Red Room, then Fern’s; stumble ever onward to Ashley’s and the Pike, and finally pour yourself into O’Connell’s.

    Sure, Clancy’s Irishness stems solely from a name, and O’Connell’s is only as Irish as the green paint and green neon sign make it. The former offers the aforementioned Moscow Mule and reasonable prices on stiff drinks, and the latter provides a good place to end because the bar is, indeed, a dive. Meaning O’Connell’s is like the last-ditch babysitter your parents employed when you were a wee lad or lassie: your septuagenarian, alcoholic aunt.

    Mercurial as hell, one day she’s proffering a bowl of chocolates while regaling you with tales of when she was turning tricks with sailors at the original Pike post-World War II and you’re yucking it up together. But the next time you two hang, with her crazy mutant booze strength she grabs your ear, twisting it so violently you’re thinking surgery to reattach it, while the index finger on her other hand jackhammers against your thoracic cavity till you’re sure her fingertip is going to punch through, spearing your heart on the end of her boney digit. All because you were being loud, talking in a normal voice while her migraines flared up.

    So you should expect stiff drinks and the ability to go in the parking lot out back, empty your guts, come back in and refill them with more cheap booze. That’s all you should expect.

    Continuing with the cheap booze motif but heading to 2nd Street, Murphy’s above Belmont Athletic Club offers Cheez-Its in bowls and the whole Hall of Hops around-the-world-in-70-beers-green-card-passport deal. St. Patrick’s Day might be a good time to see how many countries you can see from a bar stool. Plus, there are all the other bars in the Shore if you want to get away from good deals on liquor and free snacks.

    And now for a couple of completely different options:
    First, why crawl when you can ride? Besides Uber and Lyft, another option allows you to avoid crawling or drinking and driving: The Big Red Bus, a double-decker from England.

    Big Red Bus has two events planned. Both involve joining other revelers while Big Red ferries the lot of you to three Irish pubs. The trip on St. Big Red Bus Patrick’s day starts at Dogz Bar & Grill on 2nd in the Shore. There is also a trip the Sunday before that starts at the Tilted Kilt.
    The cost is $30 for either trip.

    Speaking of the Kilt, you don’t go there for the booze, although the reasons you do also start with B-O-O. Drinks ain’t cheap and the food ain’t all that good. But there’s a reason the Kilt’s getting swole in the breastaurant niche while their gorilla of a rival shrivels a little more every year. Kilts are way sexier than dolphin shorts and support hose. Unless you’re Richard Simmons.

    Next, how about some water with your whiskey? The Queen Mary is putting on its annual Shamrock ‘N’ Roll on St. Patrick’s Day featuring live music from a number of Irishy bands. The only bummer is that it ends at 11 p.m.

    The event costs $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Parking is $5. Only people 21 and older will be admitted.

    Isolated on the corner of Anaheim and Termino, The Red Leprechaun serves interesting food if you’re into adulterating your booze with food. The place serves Irish-fusion, gastro-pubbie fare along with craft beers and  live Irish music.

    As for the rest, with Irish sounding names, interchangeable décor, Guinness on tap and Jameson in a bottle there is The Auld Dubliner, E.J. Malloy’s (multiple locations), Gallagher’s, Shannon’s (multiple locations) and K.C. Branaghan’s—and almost certainly other equally generic examples—all fit squarely in the middle of American Irish pub-land. So, there’s mosdef an offering in your neighborhood. Sláinte!

    Details: (562) 888-2870
    Venue: The Big Red Bus

    Detailswww.queenmary.com/events/shamrock-n-roll
    Venue: The Queen Mary

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  • RLn ANNOUNCEMENTS: March 3, 2013

     March 4
    NWSPNC Budget and Finance Committee Meeting
    The Northwest San Pedro Neighborhood Council will host a budget and finance committee meeting, at 5 p.m. March 4 at Taxco Restaurant, to review and approve Neighborhood Purposes Grant Applications.
    Details: (310) 732-4522
    Venue: Taxco Restaurant
    Location: 29050 S. Western Ave., San Pedro

    March 6
    Blood Drive
    The American Red Cross will have a Bloodmobile Unit set up, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 6, at San Pedro Mental Health Center.
    Details: (310) 519-6100
    Venue: San Pedro Mental Health Center
    Location: 150 W. 7th St., San Pedro

    March 7
    EVA Social Saturday
    The East Village Association will host its monthly Social Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Thai District in Long Beach.
    Venue: Thai District
    Location: 149 Linden Ave., Long Beach

    March 14
    Open House for Western Avenue Design Guidelines
    The cities of Rancho Palos Verdes and Los Angeles have teamed together to develop design guidelines to improve the Western Avenue Corridor Vision Plan for residents, businesses and visitors. There will be a public open house, at 10 a.m. March 14 at the Peck Park Community Center, to see the work in progress, ask questions and provide feedback.
    Venue: Peck Park Community Center
    Location: 560 N. Western Ave., San Pedro

    March 14
    A Midsummer Night’s Dream Auditions
    Youth theater company The Troupe will host auditions, from 12 to 2 p.m. March 14, for their upcoming production of  A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
    Details: pedrotroupe@gmail.com
    Venue: The Troupe Theater Company
    Location: 619 S. Mesa St., San Pedro

    March 20
    SPCC Leadership Series
    The San Pedro Chamber of Commerce will present the 2015 Leadership Series with Assemblyman Patrick O’Donnell at 11:30 a.m. March 20 at Ports O’Call Restaurant.
    Details: (310) 832-7272
    Venue: Ports O’Call Restaurant
    Location: 1200 Nagoya Way, San Pedro

    March 23
    Call for Artists to Design and Paint DOT Utility Boxes
    The San Pedro Chamber and the San Pedro ACE District Committee are seeking artists who wish to participate in the Public Art Program in the San Pedro ACE District, Spring 2015.
    In collaboration with City Council District 15 and Clean San Pedro, Inc., the Chamber and ACE District Committee have selected five DOT Utility Boxes for custom painting by artists.
    Submissions are due March 23, 2015. The District Design Advisory Panel will select five submissions. Boxes will be painted the week of April 27.
    Details: (310) 832-7272

    April 2
    Alcohol Awareness Month Event

    South Bay Communities Creating Change will host a media event, at 10 a.m. April 2 at the Gardena Council Chambers, to kick off this year’s observance of Alcohol Awareness Month. There will be elected officials, health professionals, law enforcement, youth and community leaders of the South Bay to present local and regional data and provide testimonies.
    Details: (213) 304-1394
    Venue: Gardena City Hall
    Location: 1700 W. 162nd St., Gardena

    April 14
    Long Beach City Council Special Election
    There will be a Special Municipal Election to fill the vacant 4th District Council seat on April 14. The qualified candidates are Herlinda Chico, Daryl Supernaw and Richard Lindemann.
    Details: (562) 570-7479

    CLOSURES

    Pier T Detour March 7-9

    Pier T Avenue from Ocean Boulevard and Terminal Island Freeway (SR-47/SR-103) will be detoured to Pier S Lane via New Dock Street from 4 p.m. March 7 through 6 a.m. March 9. This closure affects Port of Long Beach traffic headed to Pier T.
    Nightly Closures of Southbound Harbor Scenic Drive
    Southbound Harbor Scenic Drive from the southbound Long Beach (710) Freeway is closed nightly through April 17. All traffic heading to Piers F – J at the Port of Long Beach, the Queen Mary, cruise terminal and waterfront businesses will be detoured to the Pico Avenue (Piers B – E) exit.
    GDB Replacement Project Work:
    Southbound Harbor Scenic Drive Closure
    Type of Work: Full street closure
    Area of Work: Southbound Harbor Scenic Drive from the southbound Long Beach (710) Freeway will be closed nightly. All traffic headed to Piers F – J, the Queen Mary, cruise terminal and waterfront businesses will be detoured to the Pico Avenue (Piers B – E, Terminal Island) exit.
    When: Through April 17, the nightly closure schedule is: Monday through Thursday, 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., Friday through Sunday from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Saturday, 8 a.m. Sunday, and 5 a.m. Monday.
    Eastbound Pier S Lane Closure
    Type of Work: Lane closure
    Area of Work: Eastbound Pier S Lane is closed through April. Flaggers are present from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily to direct both directions of traffic. Outside of these hours and on weekends, only westbound traffic is allowed.
    When: Ongoing through approx. late-April
    Pier D Street Lane Closure
    Type of Work: Lane closure
    Area of Work: There are alternating lane closures on Pier D Street. Flaggers are present to direct traffic.
    When: Daily from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. through approx. mid-April
    Southbound Harbor Scenic Drive Lane Closure
    Type of Work: Lane closure
    Area of Work: The inside lane of southbound Harbor Scenic Drive is closed from the southbound Long Beach (710) Freeway to Ocean Boulevard.
    When: Ongoing through approx. late-March

    Northbound Pico Avenue Lane Closure

    Type of Work: Lane closure
    Area of Work: A short stretch of northbound Pico Avenue is reduced to one lane between the westbound Ocean Boulevard off-ramp and Pier D Street.
    When: Ongoing
    Pier T Avenue Ramp Closure
    Type of Work: Ramp closure
    Area of Work:  The Pier T Avenue on-ramp to westbound Ocean Boulevard is closed. The entrance to the detour route along Pier S Lane is approximately 300 feet from the former westbound on-ramp at the Pier T Avenue/Pier T Lane intersection.
    When: Ongoing through mid-2015

    SB I-710 Freeway to WB Ocean Blvd. Connector Closure
    Type of Work: Freeway connector closure
    Area of Work: The southbound Long Beach (710) Freeway to westbound Ocean Boulevard connector is closed through 2016. The detour for traffic headed to Terminal Island and San Pedro is southbound Pico Avenue to westbound Ocean Boulevard. Follow detour signs for “Terminal Island.”
    When: Ongoing
    Westbound Ocean Blvd. Lane Reduction
    Type of Work: Lane closure
    Area of Work: Westbound Ocean Boulevard from downtown Long Beach is reduced to one lane approaching the Gerald Desmond Bridge.
    When: Ongoing
    WB Ocean Boulevard to SR-47/SR-103 Intersection Lane Closure (Caltrans)
    Type of Work: Lane closure
    Area of Work: The dedicated right turn lane for northbound Terminal Island Freeway (SR-47/SR-103) from westbound Ocean Boulevard is closed. Access through the intersection and northbound Terminal Island Freeway is maintained.
    When: Ongoing until approx. May 2015

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  • RL NEWS: March 2, 2015

    Skid Row Robbery Suspect Dead after Brawl with Police in LA

    LOS ANGELES — On March 1, a brawl with police officers resulted in the death of a robbery suspect in downtown Los Angeles, official said.

    Los Angeles Police Department officers attempted to detain a robbery suspect on San Pedro Street, when the suspect began fighting police and an officer-involved shooting followed on March 1, officials said.

    The incident took place at about noon. Officers were responding to robbery report near 545 S. San Pedro St.  When officers approached the suspect, the man reportedly began resisting arrest. The officers attempted to use a Taser to subdue him, but the suspect continued to fight and resist the officers.  They fell to the ground.

    Police officials said that the suspect attempt to grab one of the officers’ handguns. An officer-involved shooting took place.

    Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded and pronounced the suspect deceased at the scene and then transported the suspect’s body to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Officer.  Two of the officers involved in the incident suffered minor injuries, were treated and released.  Officials said that the man may have been homeless living on skid row.

    Several sources captured the portions of the incident on video. Officials said that a specialized task force will review the evidence.

    The division’s investigation will be conducted in coordination with the LAPD’s Office of Inspector General and presented to the Board of Police Commissioners to determine whether the use of deadly force was consistent with department policies and procedures.

    If anyone has any information about the incident is asked to call (213) 486-5230.

     

    LA, LB Ports Get Approval to Work with Congestion Relief Regulators

    LONG BEACH —Federal Maritime Commission gave approval to the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, on Feb. 26, to find new ways to prevent congestion and cargo delays, while improving the transportation network and air quality.

    In December, the Harbor commissions overseeing the neighboring ports requested the Federal Maritime Commission to expand working agreements in an effort to find long-term solutions to the congestion that had slowed the movement of cargo shipped through Long Beach and Los Angeles in recent months.

    The tentative contract agreement reached on Feb. 20 by longshore labor and management will help the ports work through the backlog of containers.

    The expanded agreement specifies that the two ports can exchange information on projects and programs in addition to rates, charges, operating costs, practices and regulations related to marine terminal, trucking, rail and vessel operations.

    The two ports handle about 43 percent of the nation’s total import traffic and 27 percent of its total exports.

     

    Garcetti Launches Refurbishing Program

    LOS ANGELES —  On Feb. 27, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti launched “OurCycle LA,” a program that would refurbish city computers set for replacement and give them to residents in need.

    Computers not suitable for refurbishment will be recycled by a local e-waste social enterprise company committed to providing job training to previously incarcerated Angelenos who face barriers to employment.

    Garcetti worked with other officials and agencies to collect about 10,000 old computers from all city departments.  The computers were donated to the LA Cleantech Incubator, which contracted withhuman-I-T, a local nonprofit that transforms old technology into educational tools for those in need. The nonprofit evaluate each computer.  About 3,000 computers qualify to be fully retooled by human-I-T and loaded with software including Microsoft Windows 7, Microsoft Office and a Web browser.  The computers that are not viable will be transferred to Isidore Electronics Recycling.

    The refurbished computers will either be donated to nonprofit centers that provide computer labs to low-income communities or given directly to families who have never had high-speed Internet at home.   Nonprofit recipients are determined by a lottery throughL.A. Shares, and individual participants are recruited byCommunity Build and theKoreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance.

    Individual recipients will be required to participate in digital literacy training and to sign up for high-speed Internet service, which will be provided by Best Buy’s Geek Squad, the Youth Policy Institute and Citi.

    Details:ourcyclela.com

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  • RLn ARTS: Feb. 27, 2015

    March 5
    First Thursday Art Walk
    Join the fun at the First Thursday Art Walk, starting at 6 p.m. March 5, in downtown San Pedro.
    The first Thursday of each month is San Pedro’s arts night out. Galleries and studios are open throughout the area with specials in the restaurants.
    Details: www.1stThursday.com
    Venue: Downtown San Pedro
    Location: Pacific Avenue, Harbor Boulevard, 4th and 9th Streets in San Pedro

    March 7
    Hyung Mo Lee
    Los Angeles Harbor College Fine Arts Gallery presents Lessons Learned, recent works by Hyung Mo Lee, from March 7 through April 24, in Wilmington.
    Hyung Mo Lee’s practice reflects many of the aesthetic and philosophic strategies associated with the Italian Arte Povera (literally poor art) movement whose artists attacked corporate mentality with an art of unconventional materials and style, often incorporating found objects in their works.
    Details: (310) 600-4873; ronmon@dslextreme.com
    Venue: LAHC Fine Arts Gallery
    Location: 1111 Figueroa Place, Wilmington

    Life Cycle
    Be part of Poli Marichal, Marianne Sadowski and Los de Abajo Printmaking Collective’s conversations and soliloquies with Life Cycle, exhibiting through April 2, at the El Camino College Art Gallery in Torrance.
    Details: (310) 660-3010; www.elcaminocollege.edu
    Venue: El Camino College Art Gallery
    Location: 16007 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance

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  • RLn ENTERTAINMENT: Feb. 26, 2015

    ENTERTAINMENT     
    Feb. 27
    Soul Sacrifice
    Call Alvas Showroom to get on the waiting list for Soul Sacrifice — a Tribute to Santana featuring Chuck Alvarez, starting at 8 p.m. Feb. 27.
    The sold out show is a chance to enjoy a night of Santana music and be part of a live video. Cost is $20.
    Details: Follow this link to purchase your tickets
    Venue: Alvas Showroom
    Location: 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro

    Feb. 28
    Tri-Fecta                         
    Check out Tri-Fecta, featuring “A Hard Rocking Blues Throw Down Party…” starting at 8 p.m. Feb. 28, at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro.
    Details: WEBSITE
    Venue: Alvas Showroom
    Location: 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro

    Feb. 28
    Dave Widow & the Line Up
    Bernie Pearl opens for Dave Widow & Line Up, at 8 p.m. Feb. 28, at the Grand Annex in San Pedro.
    This will be an evening of rhythm and blues flavored rockin’ blues.
    Details: Tickets and Info
    Venue: Grand Annex
    Location: 434 W. 6th St., San Pedro

    March 1
    Ken Dance Company
    The Ken Dance Company will perform at 3 p.m. March 1, at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro.
    Kenji Yamaguchi teaches ballet, jazz and modern dance at USC’s Kaufman School of Dance, Hama’s Dance Center and Millennium Dance Complex.
    Cost is $20 in advance and $25 at the door.
    Details: (800) 403-3447
    Venue: Alvas Showroom
    Location: 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro

    March 6
    Lauren Koval, Michael Ragonese Trio
    Lauren Koval and the Michael Ragonese Trio will perform at 8 p.m. March 6, at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro.
    Details: (800) 403-3447
    Venue: Alvas Showroom
    Location: 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro

    March 6
    Batala Los Angeles
    Batala Los Angeles will perform with the Taiko Center of Los Angeles, at 8 p.m. March 6, at the Grand Annex in San Pedro.
    The Taiko Center of Los Angeles explores rhythms of the world with drumming, dance and special guests.
    Details: www.grandvision.org
    Venue: Grand Annex
    Location: 434 W. 6th St., San Pedro

    March 6
    Trio Celeste
    The Trio Celeste will perform at 12:15 p.m. March 6, at the First Lutheran Church of Torrance.
    Admission is free.
    Details: (310) 316-5574
    Venue: First Lutheran Church of Torrance
    Location: 2900 W. Carson St., Torrance

    March 7
    Trio Eclectic
    Trio Eclectic performs at 8 p.m. March 7 at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro.
    Details: (800) 403-3447
    Venue: Alvas Showroom
    Location: 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro

    March 8
    John York
    John York performs at 4 p.m. March 8 at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro.
    Details: (800) 403-3447
    Venue: Alvas Showroom
    Location: 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro

    March 8

    Inna Faliks
    Ukrainian-born pianist, Inna Faliks performs at 2 p.m. March 8, at the Rolling Hills United Methodist Church.
    Faliks will play Johannes Brahms third piano sonata.
    Admission is free.
    Details: (310) 316-5574.
    Venue: Rolling Hills United Methodist Church
    Location: 26438 Crenshaw Blvd., Rolling Hills Estates
     
    March 11
    Bettman and Halpin
    CSU Long Beach presents Bettman and Halpin, 7 p.m. on March 11 and March 12, at the Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center in Long Beach.
    The duo will perform a mixture of folk, roots, bluegrass and jazz with transcendent harmonies and roof-raising instrumentals.
    Details: (562) 985-7000; www.carpenterarts.org
    Venue: Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center
    Location: 6200 E. Atherton St., Long Beach

    March 13
    Paddy Keenan
    Paddy Keenan performs at 8 p.m. March 13 at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro.
    Details: (800) 403-3447
    Venue: Alvas Showroom
    Location: 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro

    March 14

    Doug MacLeod CD Release Party
    Doug MacLeod CD release party takes place at 8 p.m. March 14 at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro.
    Details: (800) 403-3447
    Venue: Alvas Showroom
    Location: 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro

    March 14
    Cash’d Out
    Cash’d Out takes the stage, at 8 p.m. March 14 at the Grand Annex in San Pedro.
    Cash’d out is a tribute to Johnny Cash.
    Details: (310) 833-4813
    Venue: Grand Annex
    Location: 434 W. 6th St., San Pedro
     
    March 15
    David Sanborn
    Experience an evening of smooth jazz with David Sanborn, one of the most acclaimed saxophonist for more than four decades, at 2 p.m. on March 15 at the Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center in Long Beach.
    Details: (562) 985-7000; www.carpenterarts.org
    Venue: Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center at CSU Long Beach
    Location: 6200 E. Atherton St., Long Beach

    March 15
    Blues Alive
    Blues Alive performs at 4 p.m. March 15 at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro.
    Details: (800) 403-3447
    Venue: Alvas Showroom
    Location: 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro

    March 15
    A Spoonful of Sherman: A Symphonic Concert
    A quintet of dynamic vocalists and a children’s chorus will join the Golden State Pops Orchestra for a family-friendly concert to celebrate the music of Richard and Robert Sherman. The sibling songwriting team has penned some of the most memorable melodies in the Disney songbook. The performance is scheduled to start at 3 p.m. March 15, at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center.
    Details: (310) 433-8774
    Venue: Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center
    Location: 1935 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Redondo Beach

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  • RLn THEATER Calendar: Feb. 26, 2015

    Feb. 28
    The Real Thing

    Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing is being performed at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and at 2 p.m. Sundays through March 28, at the Long Beach Playhouse.
    The Real Thing is about an articulate and romantically idealistic playwright who receives a challenge from his wife: take the inept play of a “political prisoner” named Brodie and rework it into a theatrical triumph.  In the process, the writer must show his wife that Brodie is more of a thug than a victim of political repression, all the while challenging his own long-held concepts of love, marriage and fidelity. Tickets for adults are $24, seniors $21 and students $14.
    Details: (562) 494-1014; www.lbplayhouse.org
    Venue: Long Beach Playhouse
    Location: 5021 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach

     
    Feb. 28
    Stop Kiss

    The California State University, Dominguez Hills Department of Theatre and Dance presents Stop Kiss, at 8 p.m. Feb. 27 and 28, and March 6, 7, 13 and 14, with 2 p.m. matinees March 1, 8 and 15. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $12 for students and seniors.
    The play is a funny, sensitive love story. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $12 for students and seniors.
    Details: (310) 243-3589; www.csudh.edu/theatre/tickets.htm
    Venue: California State University Dominguez Hills Edison Theatre
    Location: 1000 E. Victoria St., Carson

    Feb. 28
    Beyond the Valley of the Flight Attendants
    The Found Theatre will present Beyond the Valley of the Flight Attendants, at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and at 2:30 p.m. on Sundays through March 29. Tickets are $20 for first class and $15 for penny pincher tickets.
    Details: (562) 433-3363; info@foundtheatre.org
    Venue: The Found Theatre
    Location: 599 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach

    March 7
    The Penis & Vagina Talk Shows

    Eye-popping, honest, and funny, The Penis Talk Show and The Vagina Talk Show are an unprecedented look at human sexuality. The performance takes place at 7 p.m. March 7 at The Center Long Beach.  Three exposed (yet anonymous) individuals recline onstage and let their genitalia do the talking− answering questions from the audience and sharing their personal stories.
    Tickets for each show are $20.
    Details:
    www.brownpapertickets.com/event/973042
    Venue: The Center Long Beach
    Location: 2017 E. 4th St., Long Beach

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  • RLn ANNOUNCEMENTS: Feb. 25, 2015

    Feb. 26
    Gaffey Street Conceptual Plan Workshop
    The Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative is hosting a Gaffey Street Conceptual Plan workshop, at 6 p.m. Feb. 26, at the Grand Annex in San Pedro.
    The workshop is the last of three to share project information and gather input for streetscape improvements along Gaffey Street.
    Details: (310) 732-4515
    Venue: Grand Annex
    Location: 434 W. 6th St., San Pedro

    Feb. 26
    Long Beach Civic Center Outreach Meetings
    The City of Long Beach is holding community meetings in each Council District to inform the public, and solicit feedback, about the Long Beach Civic Center Project.
    Details: (562) 570-3800; LBCivicCenter@longbeach.gov
    When: Feb. 26, 6:30 to 9 p.m.
    Where: Council Chambers, 333 W. Ocean Blvd., Council District 2
    When: Feb. 28, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
    Where: Rogers Middle School, 365 Monrovia Ave., Council District 3
    When: March 7, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
    Where: Cesar Chavez Park, 401 Golden Ave., Council District 1
    When: March 14, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
    Where: Houghton Park, 6301 Atlantic Ave., Council District 9

    Feb. 27
    GDB Replacement Project Closures
    There will be a series of traffic closures in Long Beach due to the Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement Project.
    Southbound Harbor Scenic Drive Closure
    Type of Work: Full street closure
    Area of Work: Southbound Harbor Scenic Drive from the southbound Long Beach (710) Freeway will be closed nightly. All traffic headed to Terminal Island, Piers F – J, the Queen Mary, cruise terminal and waterfront businesses will be detoured to the Pico Avenue (Piers B – E) exit.
    When: Beginning 9 p.m. Feb. 27, nightly closure schedule: Monday through Thursday, 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., Friday through Sunday nights beginning at 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Saturday, 7 a.m. Sunday and 8 a.m. Monday.
    Eastbound Pier S Lane Closure
    Type of Work: Lane closure
    Area of Work: Eastbound Pier S Lane will be closed for approximately two months. Flaggers will be present from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily to direct both directions of traffic, through late April. Outside of these hours and on weekends, only westbound traffic will be allowed.
    Pier S Lane Rolling Closure
    Type of Work: Lane closure
    Area of Work: There will be short-term rolling closures on Pier S Lane for construction equipment mobilization. Flaggers will be present to maintain traffic.
    When: Daily from 3 to 5 a.m. through Feb. 27

    Feb. 28
    Community Day 
    AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps and the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy will host a community service day, at 9 a.m. Feb. 28 at the White Point Nature Preserve, to remove tumbleweeds and invasive species in addition to other beautification projects. Volunteers will be provided with training and tools, but should bring water, closed-toe shoes and sunscreen.
    Details: (310) 541-7613; contactinfo@pvplc.com
    Venue: White Point Nature Preserve
    Location: 1600 W. Paseo del Mar, San Pedro

    March 2
    2015 Council Applications Are Now Being Accepted
    FEMA is looking for youth leaders who are dedicated to public service, who are making a difference in their communities, and who want to expand their impact as national advocates for youth disaster preparedness. Any individual between the ages of 13 and 17 who is engaged in individual and community preparedness, or who has experienced a disaster that has motivated him or her to make a positive difference in his or her community, may apply to serve on the Youth Preparedness Council. Applications must be received by March 2, 11:59 p.m.
    Details: http://www.ready.gov/youth-preparedness-council

    March 2
    Wilmington Pipeline Maintenance Project
    Phillips 66 Pipeline is conducting a multi-year maintenance project to excavate and install test wires on the pipelines. Work is being done in commercial zoned areas and may result in sidewalk closures. Alternate routes will be provided and on-site personnel will be available to assist residents crossing the street in the affected areas.
    Schedule
    When: Week of March 2
    Where: Figueroa St. & I-110 Freeway Northbound onramp
    When: Week of March 16
    Where: Figueroa St. & Pacific Coast Highway
    When: Week of March 30
    Where: Figueroa St. & Lomita Blvd.

    March 7
    Job Fair and Open House
    Virgin Galactic will be hosting a job fair and open house on March 7 at its new facility in Pacific Pointe South at Douglas Park. Prospective applicants are welcome.
    Details: VirginGalactic.com
    Venue: Pacific Pointe South
    Location: Lakewood Boulevard at Conant Street, Long Beach

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  • RL NEWS Briefs: Feb. 25, 2015

    LA City Attorney Closes Wilmington Marijuana Dispensaries
    LOS ANGELES – On Feb. 24, City Attorney Mike Feuer announced that his office has ensured a temporary restraining order to stop the operation of 420 Collective, an illegal medical marijuana business in Wilmington.
    Feuer plans to extend his restrictions against six other Wilmington marijuana businesses clustered within a six block span of each other. His enforcement efforts have already resulted in the closure of 18 dispensaries within the Los Angeles Police Department’s Harbor Division.
    The operators of 420 Collective, a medical marijuana dispensary at 408 N. Avalon Blvd. in Wilmington, are charged in a civil lawsuit with violations of Proposition D, zoning code violations and unlawful business practices. The property owner faces similar charges.
    The maximum penalty for each violation is $2,500 daily. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Ross Klein granted a temporary restraining order restricting the business from operating. A hearing date for a preliminary injunction is scheduled for March 19 in at the Governor George Deukmejian Courthouse in Long Beach.
    The locations for the six other dispensaries are Weedland (646 N. Avalon Blvd.); Wilmington Organic Wellness (618 N. Avalon Blvd.); Wilmington Buds (712 N. Avalon Blvd.); LA Collective Herbal (728 N. Avalon; Avalon Center (814 N. Avalon Blvd.) and Avalon Medical Center (1019 N. Avalon Blvd.).
     
    Motorcycle Collision Results in Death
    LONG BEACH — A 19-year-old woman died in a motorcycle collision, Feb. 24, on the Interstate 710 overpass near Ocean Boulevard in Long Beach, officials said.
    Two motorcycle riders collided with the wall of the 710 overpass at about 6:30 p.m. Long Beach Police Department officers responded to the call and found a 2003 Suzuki GSXR 1000 and the riders.
    Investigators found that the motorcycle driver and passenger were traveling eastbound on Ocean Boulevard over the Gerald Desmond Bridge at a high speed. The driver took the northbound 710 Freeway overpass, where he was unable to maintain control of the motorcycle and collided with the wall on their right side. The collision ejected both riders off the motorcycle and over the wall of the overpass onto Ocean Boulevard.
    The driver came to rest on the shoulder of the westbound lanes of Ocean Boulevard. The passenger fell on the eastbound lanes of Ocean Boulevard and was immediately struck by a 1994 Jeep Grand Cherokee that was traveling eastbound.
    The motorcycle came to rest on the overpass about 620 feet past where the riders were ejected.
    The driver of the motorcycle was a 20-year-old man from Anaheim. He was transported to a local hospital where he is in critical condition. The driver had a valid license to drive a motorcycle and current insurance.
    The woman, also was an Anaheim resident, was a passenger. She was pronounced deceased at the scene. Identities are being withheld at this time pending notification of next of kin.
    The driver of the Jeep Grand Cherokee was identified as a 68-year-old Long Beach resident. He did not sustain any injuries.
    Anyone who may have information regarding this incident is urged to call (562) 570-5520 or visit www.LACrimeStoppers.org.

    Former Tax Preparer Pleads Guilty to Filing False Income Tax Returns
    LOS ANGELES – On Feb. 23, a former self-employed income tax preparer pleaded guilty to filing false federal income tax returns for clients that understated tax liabilities by thousands of dollars, IRS officials stated.
    Susan E. Amezcua, a former operator of Four Seasons Income Tax Services with offices in Long Beach and Bellflower, pleaded guilty to two-count charges of aiding and assisting in the preparation of false tax returns. The two counts to which Amezcua pleaded guilty relate to the 2008 and 2009 federal income tax returns filed on behalf of clients, which included false deductions and credits, reducing the taxpayers’ liability by $8,757 and $5,340, respectively.
    Amezcua prepared, or supervised the preparation of, federal income tax returns for clients of for the calendar years of 2009 and 2010 through Four Seasons Income Tax Services, which were usually filed electronically with the IRS. These actions resulted in an attempted loss to the government of more than $1 million.
    While preparing or supervising the preparation, Amezcua claimed fraudulent itemized deductions and credits, such as false employee, hobby and cell phone expenses. Consequently, the returns understated the amount of taxes that the defendant’s clients owed by several thousand dollars.
    She faces a statutory maximum sentence of six years in federal prison and a fine of $500,000 when she is sentenced July 20. She may further be ordered to pay restitution of about $523,000.

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  • Birmingham Goes Above, Beyond Rainbow

    By John Farrell, Curtain Call Writer

    Judy Garland died in 1969.

    That’s a fact.

    But when you go see End of the Rainbow at International City Theatre in Long Beach, you can be pardoned if you don’t quite believe that fact.

    Gig Birmingham stars as Judy Garland in the play by Peter Quilter. You are unlikely to see a better Judy anywhere, anytime. (more…)

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  • Fall in Love with The Ghosts of Versailles

    By John Farrell, Curtain Call
     
    The Ghosts of Versailles is a big opera, with more than 100 people on stage and a variety of effects.

    The opera was commissioned from John Corigliano for the Metropolitan Opera’s 100th anniversary in 1983 but wasn’t finished until 1991. It has had a checkered career since then, being reworked and downsized. Now, as part of the Los Angeles Opera’s Beaumarchais Festival, it has been given its West Coast premier at the Los Angeles Music Center in a full-scale production March 1.
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