• RLn ANNOUNCEMENTS: Sept. 26, 2014

    Sept. 27
    Overturn Citizens United
    The Environmental Priorities Network invites you to attend a public forum on “Overturn Citizens United,” which will take place at 9 a.m. Sept. 27, at the Pacific Unitarian Church.
    Three outstanding speakers will discuss how we can strengthen our democracy and reclaim it from corporate dominance.  They are Michael Tucker, a coordinator for Move to Amend.  John Smith, a Southern California Common Cause organizer, and Alison Hartson, a California State Director of Wolf PAC.
    Details: (310) 545-1384; lklight@verizon.net
    Venue: Pacific Unitarian Church
    Location: 5621 Montemalaga Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes

    Sept. 27
    Prescription Drug Collection
    The Long Beach Police Department is participating in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Pharmaceutical Take-Back initiative, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 27, at Long Beach Memorial Hospital.
    This initiative seeks to prevent increased pill abuse and theft through the collection of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. The event will offer a drive-thru service that is free and anonymous. The driver of the 25th, 50th, 75th, and 100th participating vehicle will be awarded a pair of Aquarium of the Pacific tickets.
    Details: (562) 570-7221; www.dea.gov (more…)

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  • RL NEWS Update: Sept. 26, 2014

    Arson Suspect Arrested

    LONG BEACH — Twenty-three-year-old Bryan Zuelke was arrested Sept. 23 on suspicion of arson.

    Zuelke, a Long Beach resident, is suspect of setting fire to a restaurant on the 200 block of East Pacific Coast Highway on the early morning hours of July 28. The fire cased more than $250,000 in damage. No one was injured in the fire.

    Long Beach Police Department detectives arrested in the 700 block of Cherry Avenue. He is being held at the Long Beach Jail on $200,000 bail.

    Anyone who may have information regarding this case is urged to call (562) 570-2529. or visit www.lacrimestoppers.org.


    Hotel Workers to Get Minimum Wage Hike

    LOS ANGELES — On Sept. 23, the Los Angeles City Council approved, 12-3, to approve a minimum wage hike for hotel employees. (more…)

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  • San Pedro Tri-Arts Festival Builds Dance Mecca in Los Angeles

    By Terelle Jerricks, Managing Editor

    Louise Reichlin is bringing back the San Pedro Tri Arts Festival for its eighth year, on Sept. 27. But after three years since taking the helm of the festival, it’s becoming clearer that she is attempting to turn this festival into vehicle that can add dance to the Los Angeles clout as cultural center.

    Since the founder, Joe Caccavella ,died in 2012, the festival has been growing, evolving and drawing in top flight performance arts partners in the community. In previous years, one could expect to see a lot of different artists that were similar to each other and little different from previous years.

    These past two years we have seen more high quality and more diverse talent than has been seen in San Pedro. Reichlin said as much.

    “In terms of diversity, we have grown,” Reichlin said. “ We have added a dance troupe and have one less music group this year.”

    Reichlin brought back some top shelf dance troupes such as the widely known Lula Washington Dance Theatre and the Ruby Karen Project/Orange County Aerial Arts. But she has also invited some new companies such as the APA Repertory Ensemble and Ballet Folklorico Pasion de Mi Tierra/Gabriel Avila. (more…)

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  • RLn ANNOUNCEMENTS: Sept. 24, 2014

    Sept. 27
    National Public Lands Day
    Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy invites you to National Public Lands Day, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Sept. 27, at White Point Nature Preserve.
    Help plant and water native plants, repair garden trails and signage and clean native plants seeds.
    Details: (310) 541-7613; www.pvplc.org
    Venue: White Point Nature Preserve
    Location:  1600 W. Paseo del Mar, San Pedro
    Sept. 27
    The Healing Exchange
    The Healing Exchange is a benefit to raise funds for children with cancer, from 1 to 5 p.m. Sept. 26 at Little Rec Park, in Long Beach
    Venue: Little Rec Park
    Location: 4900 E.7th St., Long Beach (more…)

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  • POLA Fire Contained, Smoke Impacts Linger

    Photos by Betty Guevara

    By Zamná Ávila, Assistant Editor
    Officials said that the origin and cause of the Sept. 22 Port of Los Angeles fire on Berths 177 and 179, but some damage is yet to be determined.

    “We are still way too early to determine any type of estimate,” said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman, Capt. Jaime Moore.

    The good news was that no one was injured during the fire.

    Arson investigators determined that workers in the area were doing a soldering operation. The welding caused the fire. The fire spread because of timber impregnated with creosote. The wharf was about 50 by 800 feet. (more…)

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  • RL NEWS Updates: Sept. 22, 2014

    LBPD Needs Help in Fatal Hit-and-Run
    LONG BEACH — The Long Beach Police Department is still looking for the public’s help with information relating to a fatal hit-and-run collision that took place, at about 12:11 a.m. Sept. 13, near Sprint Street and Studebaker Road.
    The victim, 20-year-old Daniel Gomez of Long Beach, was struck by a vehicle as he attempted to cross Spring Street.
    Through their investigation, detectives were able to determine that the vehicle involved in the collision is a 2011-2014 silver metallic Honda Fit.
    As a result of the collision, the vehicle may have sustained damage to the front driver’s side consisting of dents to the front bumper and hood, a broken driver’s side head lamp, a broken or missing driver’s side mirror housing and possibly a broken windshield.
    Anyone with information regarding the identity of the driver or who recognizes the vehicle description is urged to come forward and call (562) 570-7355 or visit www.lacrimestoppers.org. (more…)

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  • Twelfth Night Is One Laugh After Another

    By John Farrell

    Twelfth Night is probably Shakespeare’s funniest play.

    Maybe that is because, unlike his other comedies, it is really about nothing in particular.

    It is just a simple and wholly improbable situation, a mysterious island nation that doesn’t (and pretty well couldn’t) exist, and an awful lot of jokes and comic situations. The situations have more crotch grabbing and hip-thrusting than you might expect.

    (If you read up on Shakespeare you’ll discover that that kind of comedy was his forte: only in modern productions has it been cut back because Shakespeare has become, well, sacred.)

    What You Will is the play’s secondary title, and that means “Have at You” is the Elizabethan vernacular. Gregory Cohen directs the new production at Long Beach Playhouse’s Studio Theatre which opened Sept. 6, and he takes that title — pardon us — seriously. This is as fast-paced and hilarious as Twelfth Night gets, with one joke, one funny sequence, one naughty sequence, piled on top of another, fast-paced, direct and effective, with so many laughs the audience never knew when to stop laughing.

    The story is about Viola, (Paige Sherman,) a young woman whose ship is wrecked. Her identical twin brother probably drowned. She comes ashore in Illyria and very soon decides to masquerade as a man and marry the Duke, Orsino (Mikel Wills).

    She assumes the identity of Cesario, and becomes the go-between for Orsino and his love, Olivia (Ani Maderosian). Olivia, of course, falls for Cesario too.

    Along the way Viola has to deal with that and Olivia’s uncle Sir Toby Belch (Dean Figone as a bigger-than-life drunk) and Sir Andrew Aguecheek, (the very mousy, slightly gay and over-the-top hilarious Leigh Hayes).

    And then, there is Malvolio (John Byrd), a dour character who you know will have the wool firmly pulled over his head by Maria (Loren McJannett-Taylor). There are many ways to analyze this comedy, but who cares? Leave analysis for Freudians and enjoy the very obvious sexual jokes, like the yellow stockings Malvolio dons, along with a huge cod-piece, when he thinks he gets a love letter from Olivia. Or the way Viola inflames Olivia’s love. (Is she a he or a she in Olivia’s mind?)

    The only slightly sane one in the character mix is the court jester Feste (Alex Shewchuk). Yes, he is sane and sometimes even sensible, but he has a great time making everyone else the butt of his jokes and their own lack of common sense. He has a great deal of fun getting Sir Toby and Sir Andrew in a fight with Antonio (Ramon Ochoa), the long lost brother, and even more fun when Malvolio is arrested for madness. Well, yes, he is guilty, sort of, but in this crowd who isn’t?

    There is real love here, but it is trumped or at least equaled by the physical lust everyone seems to have.

    “If music is the food of love,” as the play says in its first line, it’s tunefulness is soon forgotten (as are the frequent appearances of Amanda Hillig and Steven Shane as musicians whose services are needed less and less as the evening proceeds) as the frenzy increases. Only in the play’s last song, a titillating tale of man’s sexual life, is the music restored.

    From Sir Andrew’s entrance through the audience to Malvolio’s scream exit, return and second exit, the audience laughed and enjoyed Shakespeare’s most inspired nonsense. You’ll have a great time, too, with this Shakespearean foolishness.

    Tickets are $24, $21 for seniors, $12 for students. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. through Oct. 4.

    Details: (562) 230-0564www.lbplayhouse.org
    Venue: Long Beach Playhouse Studio Theatre
    Location: 5021 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach


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  • Richard III: A Challenge Met

    By John Farrell

    Long Beach Shakespeare Company may be small. Its Richard Goad Theatre up on Atlantic in north Long Beach is really a converted storefront, with parking for the actors in back and a dressing room upstairs. It seats perhaps seventy when over-full.

    But Long Beach Shakespeare Company’s artistic heart is large, ambitious, seeking to produce, even in its humble circumstances, full versions of some of the Bard of Avon’s most critically acclaimed works. A few months ago it was King Lear, which featured a full and effective cast in one of the most difficult of Shakespeare’s tragedies.

    This month they did something a little less daunting, that great melodrama Richard III, memorable from several film portrayals and the relatively recent news that that king’s remains, lost when he was defeated at Bosworth field hundreds of years ago at the end of the War of Roses, had been found and re-interred in York Cathedral, as befitted a king who was on the wrong end of Tudor history.

    Richard III is not history. Shakespeare lived in a Tudor world and his story is based on the Tudor view of matters: Richard was a hunchback and a murderer who had everyone close to him killed and married the wife of a man, who he had murdered. He is evil, even a little slimy, and he is willing to tell the audience directly what he is planning and doing, how he intends to become king despite his deformity and how he intends to have love (or at least sex) even though he is unsightly. (more…)

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  • Yoga Revolution Comes to Long Beach

    By: Melina Paris Music Columnist

    Novices and yogis took over Bixby Park this past month, during Long Beach’s first Mantra Mela, a Yoga and Kirtan Festival.

    The name Mantra Mela essentially means a chanting festival and kirtan is the music. However, much more was included in this festival for the rapidly growing community of yoga devotees in town.

    Mantra Mela included yoga classes at three different stations throughout the day, an assortment of vegan, vegetarian and raw foods. There was a healing village with practitioners from Long Beach’s Sacred Roots Holistic Spa offering in part, massage, cupping and reiki and Tibetan sound healing.  A variety of vendors were on hand, including Natural Holistic Baby, The Peace Corps and book booths. Workshops happened throughout the day on ayurveda, “Art of Happiness.” There was also a Krsna Lounge with music from a mix of traditional kirtan instruments like drums, sitar, karatalas, small Indian hand cymbals and harmonium, a pump powered reed organ.

    Dharma Shakti, the owner of Yogalution Movement and Ayurveda,  produced the festival. A dedicated community servant and up and coming spiritual leader, Dharma initiated Long Beach’s Yoga on the Bluff. She has a large following of yoga practitioners who attend her free classes on the bluff.Up to 250 people gather on weekends for her classes. Dharma’s mission is to help Long Beach recognize what it has in its own community andput yoga on the map in a big way.

    “Yoga on the Bluff has always been my main vehicle and I think it will always remain my main vehicle somehow to promote that,” Dharma says. “For the longest time, people have always had to drive into Los Angeles when they want to take advanced yoga classes or see great instructors.” (more…)

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  • Was That A Glacier I Froze Next To?

    By Lionel Rolfe

    A half century or so ago, I took a trip to the top of the Sierra, where I made the acquaintance of the fragile land of delicate meadows and lakes and dramatic ice fields and glaciers just below the jagged peaks that form the spine of the Sierra.

    As I recollected my adventure, it became more and more like a dream, hyper-realistic, a place I know I could never really return to.

    There is no Trans Sierra Highway that crosses the John Muir trail along the spine of peaks anchored in the south by Mt. Whitney and in the north by Yosemite. Much of that pristine land would be destroyed if there were such a road. Some years back, the freeway bureaucracy wanted to build such a road, but luckily, wiser heads prevailed.

    The only way to get there is to hike in, carrying your sleeping bag and provisions. Physically I am no longer up to such a task and that means I will never see God’s country again, which makes me sad.

    But in my mind, there is one moment I can not lose. It was the moment I stood next to a glacier at the top of the Sierra.  (more…)

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