• MOLAA’s Salsa Intensifies the Heat

    By Melina Paris, Music Columnist Back in September, Grammy award-winning Herman Olivera sang to the driving rhythms of Conjunto Costazul during an evening of New York salsa at the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach. Olivera and Conjunto Costazul put on an energetic show in front of a full house of non-stop salsa dance

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  • Deedub, KLB Shape their Fate

    By Melina Paris, Music Columnist Artist and entrepreneur, Deedub, is intent on spreading joy through his ventures to all who will listen. He and his wife, KLB, blend reggae, hip-hop, rhythm and blues, and rock into what they call “Earth music.” “There are no borders or limits to the genres I will choose from as far as i

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  • The Coming Full Circle of a ‘90s Musical Protégé

    I’ve been told that San Pedro has been a place where the famous or the infamous — from artists to war criminals — come to lay low. I always assumed it was a tongue-in-cheek assessment. Then last summer, I met Rion Michael. At first he was simply our office’s new next-door neighbor. I usually saw Michael in the afternoon, when I was leav

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  • In Time,

    Brothers’ Dream,

    A Delgado Brothers Documentary

    Melina Paris Music Columnist Just off a great performance that pulled in a big crowd at the Sept. 6 New Blues Festival at Long Beach’s El Dorado Park, Joey Delgado of The Delgado Brothers spoke briefly about the band’s upcoming do

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  • Michael’s Pizzeria: An Authentic Italian Cuisine Experience

    [gallery ids="11055,11056,11057,11058,11059"] By Gina Ruccione, Cuisine and Restaurant Writer When people want to talk to me about good Italian food in the Harbor Area, I get agitated. I shift uncomfortably in my seat and brag that I’ve lived in Italy. I’ve eaten tomatoes sweeter than apples. I’ve had mozzarella that

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  • Real Talk on Phamiliar Ground

    San Pedro’s Local Brand of Hip-Hop Ready for Export

    By Terelle Jerricks, Managing Editor; Photos by Phillip Cooke Whether it’s country music, blues, rock, rhythm and blues or rap, storytelling is one of the most important and most basic elements of successful songwriting. I recently asked

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  • Alternate Angles an Improvisational Experience

    By Melina Paris, Music Columnist A keen curiosity follows me when it comes to renowned vocalist Dwight Trible’s projects. So, when it came to the improvisational music ensemble Alternate Angles, which he led during an Aug. 23 performance at KRST Unity Center of Afrikan Spiritual Science, I was intrigued. I was about t

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  • A Delicious Stripe Appears at the Palos Verdes Art Center

    [gallery ids="11028,11029,11030"] By Andrea Serna, Arts and Culture Writer The historic Palos Verdes Art Center has brought an exciting new addition to the culinary scene on the peninsula. Since its renovation two years ago, much has changed at the Art Center. The new executive director, Joe Baker, was there to ov

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  • QFILM FESTIVAL LINE UPS RELEVANT FEATURES

    [gallery columns="4" ids="10963,10955,10961,10960,10958,10959,10956"] By Zamná Ávila, Assistant Editor It may seem as if the United States has reached an unprecedented level of equality, now that it is moving toward a society that no longer struggles for marriage equality, but the battle is far fro

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  • Garden Church Growing an Urban Sanctuary

    By Melina Paris, Contributing Writer The bustling Friday farmers market in San Pedro was starting to close. The prayer garden was the first area I saw as I entered the Garden Church. Bedded in the west corner, a space for offerings blooms in perennials of red, yellow and pink. Ribbons of the same color

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