An Evening of Heartfelt Music at The Grand Annex Holiday Season

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					                                                                                                                                                                    Susie Glaze (center), Rob Carlson,
                                                                                                                                                                    Fred Sanders and Steve Rankin




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                                                                                                                                                                    (left to right) form Susie Glaze &
                                                                                                                                                                    Hilonesome, which will be per-
                                                                                                                                                                    forming their bluegrass tunes, Dec.
                                                                                                                                                                    5, at the Grand Annex in San
                                                                                                                                                                    Pedro. Photo courtesy of Susie




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                                                                                                                                                                    Glaze & Hilonesome.




An Evening of Heartfelt Music Holiday Season of Note
                                                                                                                          by: B. Noel Barr, The Music Writer Dude
at The Grand Annex                                                                                                          Former Los Angeles County District Attorney Gil Garcetti arguably had to
                                                                                                                      practice during the most turbulent of times, starting with the rebellion after the
   by: B. Noel Barr, The Music Writer Dude                                                                            acquittal of the officers in the Rodney King beating, the racially polarizing murder
                                                                                                                      trial of O.J. Simpson, and the Rampart CRASH unit scandal that featured repeated

   O        n Dec. 5 the Grand Annex will present Susie
Glaze & Hilonesome for a night filled with the roots
                                                           The set will be eclectic; I will be playing an Appala-
                                                           chian dulcimer on one song, as well as performing a
                                                                                                                      allegations of officers beating gang members and stealing drugs. For a politician
                                                                                                                      who was often accused by critics of mugging in front of cameras, most would be
                                                                                                                      surprised to learn that Garcetti has quietly built a reputation as a photographer
                                                                                                                      of considerable merit.
of bluegrass. In this continuing series of shows prima-    song from Gillian Welch and Iris Dement, my big
                                                                                                                            On Dec. 5, from 4-7 p.m. Gallery 478 will be holding an Artist Reception for
rily exploring the heart and soul of Americana, the pro-   three—a trifecta—of song writers I adore.”                 Garcetti, presenting his work Excerpts: [Frozen Music] & Iron. The works in the
gram this Saturday night will be graced with a sound            Though the show would seem more woman-cen-            exhibition reveal a documentarian with a discerning aesthetic working in the best
straight out of Appalachia, presented by a group based     tric in its layout of bluegrass through the decades, the   tradition of the genre. Excerpts provides the viewer with a sampling from his first
                                                                                                                      two photo books.
here on the West Coast. In a phone interview, Susie        group will also be playing the songs of her lead gui-
                                                                                                                            Local photographer, Ray Carofano, referring to Garcetti’s photos of Frank
Glaze discussed the upcoming show, her band, and her       tarist Rob Carlson through out the night.                  Gehry’s Walt Disney Hall, described how “Iron: Erecting The Walt Disney Concert
life in music.                                                  “Rob Carlson is a native Californian from Santa       Hall, records the assembly of the skeletal guts of Frank Gehry’s eccentric, complex
     “Not only are we doing our own material, but how      Clarita, he loves to write in old styles. People think     architecture.”
                                                                                                                            Carofano goes on to explain that the photos captured, “the near magical
Appalachian music became bluegrass music and a little      these songs are ancient ballads, but they are only a
                                                                                                                      accomplishment of skilled union ironworkers, their relationship to the work and
bit of the history of what I do,” Susie explained about    few years old.”
                                                                                                                                                                         Random Notes / to page 16
Saturday’s show. Susie is more than just a performer,            Folk icon Bob Dylan does this, where he hits a
she is a repository of knowledge. Susie holds lecture      touchstone from the past, then uses the idea in the
demonstrations at USC, passing on the old music styles     present. Susie uses this fact to teach students, noting
                                                                                                                                                                                                             December 4 – 17, 2009
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to new generations and it is this approach to roots mu-    that, “In my latest lecture I played song clips of Dylan
sic that she’ll bring to the Annex.                        along side the derivations. You can hear where he got
     “In our second set I have woven in some a cappella    things when played side by side.”
ballads, some original Jean Ritchie songs, some songs                                   Susie Glaze / to page 14
she adapted and some that were her family’s versions.




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                                       Fine Dining



                                              Sirinat Thai Finds
                                              a Home in Pedro
                                                     by: Gretchen Williams Tostrup, Lifestyle & Cuisine Writer

                                                     A    brisk sea breeze blows apace at South ing menu. The lineup of appetizers is intriguing
                                              Shores and the sweet smell of success wafts aloft as well as great fun to eat with the fingers. Chicken
                                              at new Sirinat Thai. Sirinat Thai is the namesake sate sticks, grilled and served with a smooth and
                                              restaurant of stunning Sirinat “Nina” Willits, the traditional peanut sauce will soon be the kid’s fa-
                                              beautiful wife and partner of Long Beach State vorite thing to eat, if they can get past their par-
                                              Film School alumni Travis Willits. Nina learned ents eager mitts. Cheese puffs are crispy bits of
                                              Thai cuisine and technique at her mother’s knee, crab and cream cheese-stuffed wontons, and rival
                                              watching and participat-                                                               ‘Lady Fingers’ (shrimp
                                              ing in the kitchen from                                                                wrapped in egg roll skin)
                                              early childhood in                                                                     for satisfying golden
                                              Bangkok. She studied                                                                   color and crunch. ‘Fresh
                                              marketing in college, but                                                              Heaven’ rolls are aptly
                                              could not deny a life-long                                                             named, a refreshing rice
                                              dream of becoming a res-                                                               paper roll stuffed with
                                              taurateur. Her family’s                                                                lettuce, bean sprouts,
                                              culinary talent and spirit                                                             mint, tofu, vermicelli
                                              has come to fruition at                                                                noodles and shrimp,
                                              25 th and Western in a                                                                 served with Sirinat sig-
                                              cozy restaurant, warm            Sirinat “Nina” Willits (right)                        nature sauce for dip-
                                              with color and casual            stands beside husband Travis                          ping—positively celes-
                                              ambiance. Nina’s be-             Willits (left). The Willits recently                  tial! Garlic chicken
                                                                               opened Sirinat Thai in San
                                              loved mother Amphan              Pedro, a restaurant with cui-                         wings are marinated
                                              and dad Thitiphong have          S
                                                                               sines inspired from her                               with Thai style garlic
                                                                               mother’s cooking. Photos by
                                              been with her in the             Terelle Jerricks.                                     and served with tangy
                                              kitchen and in the dining                                                              sweet and sour sauce—
                                              room, lending hand and                                                                 Buffalo wings, watch
                                              heart. The entire staff seems to be family, though your back! ‘Calamari Delight’ is a golden take on
                                              that could just be the atmosphere.                            the old classic but with a sweet chili sauce that
                                                    Thai cuisine has traditions centuries old, dif- makes squid spectacular! Mee krob is lovely, the
                                              fering from its neighbors in using a fresh herb and traditional Thai favorite of crispy noodles, chicken
                                              coconut milk mixture to create flavorful curries, and shrimp, tossed in tamarind sauce.
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                                              instead of the hard spice intensity of Indian cur-                Each caring culture has a curative chicken
                                              ries or peppercorn heat of Northern Chinese. Cu- elixir soup, meant to bolster body and spirit.
                                              linary influences from the 17th century onward Sirinat Thai has taken chicken soup to phenom-
                                              have included Portuguese, Dutch, French and enal heights, surely effective in renewing the im-
                                              Japanese. Chilies were added to Thai cooking mune response as well as the soul. Tom yum
                                              during the late 1600s by Portuguese missionaries chicken soup is light yet intense, defined but subtle
                                              who had acquired a taste for them while serving with lemongrass, galangal, kaffir lime leaves, chili,
                                              in South America. Instead of courses, the Thai laden with mushrooms and chicken breast. This
                                              meal is typically served
                                              all at once to encourage
                                              the diner to experience
                                              complimentary combina-
                                              tions of different flavors
                                              and textures. Thai food is
                                              eaten with fork and
                                              spoon, not chopsticks,
                                              and pieces are sliced
                                              small so no knife is
                                              needed. Even this gentle
                                              eating method speaks of
                                              consideration for the
                                              diner, for ease of eating
                                              and without harsh cutlery Mango and Sticky Rice (center), Andaman Island (left), Sirinat’s Platter (right)
                                              sounds. The ideal meal is are some of the many traditional and specialty dishes featured at Sirinat Thai
   December 4 – 17, 2009




                                                                             in San Pedro. Photos by Terelle Jerricks.
                                              a harmonious blend of
                                              spicy, subtle, sweet and sour, meant to appeal to is the chicken soup you wish your mother had
                                              eye, nose and palate.                                         made. The season’s transitional viruses will fall
                                                   From its opening day in autumn, Sirinat Thai by the wayside under the defenses of this power-
                                              has been packed with enthusiastic diners and a ful and delicious soup. Tom kha shrimp soup is a
                                              lively takeout trade has kept the kitchen hopping. spicy coconut soup with shrimp and straw mush-
                                              The friendly staff has earned its wings by now, rooms, accented with fresh lime juice and lemon-
                                              welcoming families and explaining the interest-                                        Sirinat Thai / to page 17
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                                  SUNDAY 12/6            ALISTAIR TOBER “WITH YOU THIS CHRISTMAS” • $20
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                                                         latest album. AlistairTober.com, or 310.519.8566.

                                  DEC. 12 & 13           “THE NUTCRACKER” • $15 - $35
                                  Sat – 7pm              San Pedro City Ballet celebrates their 16th annual production of this holiday favorite, based on
                                  Sun 2pm                Tchaikovsky’s classic, full of magic and wonder—and quite a few community members! A real holiday
                                                         treat for the whole family. Brownpapertickets.com.

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                                  8:00PM                 Golden State Pops Orchestra rocks the holidays big band style with Jazz and Blues legend
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                                  Evenings at 8pm        The Relevant Stage returns with their audience favorite, a musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’
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                                       Susie Glaze/from page 11
                                            This is what you hear in Green Kentucky       music legend Jean Richie, and the band has a fine        they did not listen to country music too much. I        get that.”
                                       Blues, it is what Rob Carlson pulls off, that      repertoire of beyond-bluegrass originals from its        had not had my toe dipped into bluegrass until I            Green Kentucky Blues contains three songs by
                                       old time sound presented in fresh original ma-     chief songwriter, Rob Carlson. They can take you         was a little more advanced as a musician. It was        Jean Ritchie, who was born in 1922 and is a tradi-
                                       terial. Susie & The Hilonesome Band were           up in the hollers, or sound like a female-fronted        when I was in New York that I discovered blue-          tional musician by virtue of her life’s work. Alan
                                       voted number three in Folkworks Magazine’s         Asleep at the Wheel.”                                    grass which was ironic.”                                Lomax recorded Jean and her sisters on his field
                                       Top Ten Live Acoustic Bands of L.A. in 2008.           Susie did not start as a bluegrass artist, but            Susie found herself steeped in bluegrass and       recording for the national archive. Singing for
                                            The Annex show will feature Susie Glaze       rather arrived there by way of the Broadway stage.       Appalachian music when her interest in acting           children in a settlement house in New York, she
                                       on guitar and autoharp dulcimer, Susie’s hus-          “I had received a theater degree from the Uni-       began trailing off. She grew more inspired about        became known as a folk singer in the 1940s. She
                                       band Steve Rankin: mandolin/guitar/                versity of Tennessee Knoxville. It was always my         being in a band, but she never forgot her start in      would become a commercial performer - protégé
                                       songwriter, Rob Carlson: lead guitar/dobro,        intention to go to New York and work on stage.”          theatre.                                                to Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, and the Weavers,
                                       and Fred Sanders on bass (and also a               Susie got a union card while in Tennessee. When               “My background as an actor has always in-          Ritchie’s album None But One won the Rolling
                                       songwriter). Also not appearing but a part of      she arrived in New York she was ready to work—           formed me as performer; it is so elemental in my        Stone Critics’ Award in 1977.
                                       the group is another accomplished songwriter       and work she did.                                        telling of the story. These songs are all stories and       The CD has a song by another West Coast
                                       and banjo player Roger Phillips.                       “I labored for several years in all kinds of off     I become a character doing a monologue so to            bluegrass artist Iris Dement, “It is Hotter Than
                                            “Everyone has a chance to sing and solo.      Broadway productions, regional theater, lounge acts      speak.”                                                 Mojave In My Heart” and Dylan’s “Lay Down
                                       It is eclectic and fun we are doing music that     playing Atlantic City. Until I got into Roger Miller’s        Green Kentucky Blues seems to reflect that         Your Weary Tune”—originally recorded by the
                                       we love and revere, not to mention we are all      Broadway musical Big River. (Miller’s retelling of       idea of developed story and character. The equally      Byrds—closes out the collection.
                                       good friends,” Susie explained. Steve, Fred,       Mark Twain’s classic book Huckleberry Finn) This         important CD that came before—Blue Eyed
                                       and Susie had been friends in New York, when       became Susie’s epiphany. She would look inside           Darlin’—won the Just Plain Folks Best Roots al-             For information on Susie Glaze go to
                                       they came out to California, at which point they   to her roots and where she came from. She found          bum award in 2006. (Just Plain Folks is a com-          www.susieglaze.com
                                       met Rob Carlson.                                   the music that had traveled across the ocean, been       munity of over 51,500 Songwriters, Recording                Date is December 5, 2009 show time is 8:00pm
                                            “We started playing Rob’s songs as a trio,    reinvented repeatedly, and in the Kentucky Appa-         Artists and Music Industry Professionals. It is host        Tickets $18 in advance and $22 at the door
                                       so we decided to take these and play them, that    lachian Mountains, it became bluegrass.                  to the world’s largest independent music awards).           The Grand Annex is located at 434 West 6th
                                       is when we added Fred on bass in 2002-2003.”           “I had gone full circle in a way. My parents              “We were excited to receive this award,” Susie     Street ,Downtown San Pedro
                                            Larry Wines of Tied to the Tracks said,       were not Southerners. They were from St. Louis,          said. “It was the first time we had presented Bob           For more information or advanced ticket sales
                                       “Susie is justifiably endorsed by Appalachian      transplanting to Tennessee after World War Two,          Carlson’s songs to the world, it was thrilling to       call (310) 833-4813
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                                                                                                     Theater Review

                                                                                                              was an astonishing performance, with counter-            more plays opening tomorrow night deserve men-
                                                                                                              tenor Bejun Mehta, another astonishing voice, as         tion. Scrooge’s Really Really Bad Night opens at
                                                                                                              the conquering Tamerlane and Sarah Coburn as             the Little Fish Theatre and sounds like the anti-
                                                                                                              the conflicted Princess Astoria. Even at three and       dote to SCR’s A Christmas Carol, with the usual
                                                                                                              a half hours it was never less than compelling,          ghosts, rapster Big Tim and more than a little 21st
                                                                                                              and Tamerlane’s final, explosive aria was every-         Century sensibility. It continues there through De-
                                                                                                              thing you could ask for.                                 cember 13. Little Fish Theatre, 777 Centre St. San
                                                                                                                  You can’t have missed Juan Domingo Flores’           Pedro. Tickets $25, $22 seniors and students. Info:
                                                                                                              stunning performance at the Metropolitan where           (310) 512-6030, www.littlefishtheatre.org
                                                                                                              he encored the aria that Luciano Pavarotti made              The Garage Theatre also has a tradition: the
                                                                                                              his reputation with, singing it just once. Now you       ongoing adventures of Ging Pao and his friends
                                                                                                              can hear him in person, in The Barber of Seville,        (and enemies) in the final installment of the Holi-
                                                                                                              with eight performances through December 19.             day Melodrama by Jamie Sweet. It opens Friday
                                                                                                              His Almaviva is joined by mezzo-soprano Joyce            as well and continues through December 20. Ga-
                                                                                                              DiDonato as Rosina and Nathan Gunn as Figaro.            rage Theatre, 251 East 7th St., Long Beach. Tick-
                                                                                                              L.A. Opera performs at the Dorothy Chandler              ets: $10, $5 for children. Info: (562) 33-8337,
                                                                                                              Pavilion of the Los Angeles Music Center, 135 N.         www.garagetheatre.org
                                                                                                              Grand Ave., Los Angeles. Performances through
                                                                                                              December 19. Tickets: $20-$260. Info: (213) 972-
                                                                                                              8001, www.laopera.com

                                                                                                              A Christmas Carol
                                                                                                                   For thirty years now South Coast Repertory
                                                                                                              has given the community an annual Christmas
                                                                                                              present, their lovely and loving production of
                                                                                                              Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. It has be-
                                                                                                              come a tradition for thousands of playgoers. How
                                                                                                              big a tradition? Even the first preview (reviewed
                                                                                                              here) was sold-out.
                                                                                                                   It’s a magnificent production, full of surprises
                                                                                                              even for those who know the work all too well. Hal
                                                                                                              Landon stars as Scrooge, as he has for the past 29
                                                                               Hal Landon, who’s              seasons. He is Scrooge, from the flinty, hateful miser
                                                                               starred as Ebenezer
                                                                                                              at the play’s beginning to the reformed and lovable
                                                                               Scrooge for the past 29
                                                                               seasons, lifts child ac-       old man at the end. His is a performance to be sa-
                                                                               tress Angeliki Katya           vored, a theatrical tour-de-force that demands re-




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                                                                               Harris, who plays Tiny
                                                                               Tim, as he takes on the        spect and admiration. After what must be nearly a
                                                                               role for another season        thousand performances he is still fresh and ener-
                                                                               through Dec. 26 at the         getic and, backed by a remarkably gifted cast (Tiny
                                                                               South Coast Repertory
                                                                               in Costa Mesa. Photos          Tim can’t have done his part for thirty years, though)
                                                                               courtesy of South Coast        this is the gold standard for those who want a real
                                                                               Repertory.
                                                                                                              Christmas experience.
                                                                                                                   A Christmas Carol officially starts tonight,
                                                                                                              after a week of previews, and continues at SCR

Becoming Young Again                                                                                          through the day after Christmas. Performances are
                                                                                                              Tuesday-Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 2:30
                                                                                                              and 7:30 p.m., Sundays at noon and 4 p.m. with
Through the Holidays                                                                                          two performances on Christmas Eve and the day
                                                                                                              after Christmas at noon and 4 p.m. South Coast
   by: John Farrell, Special to Random Lengths News                                                           Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.
                                                                                                              Tickets: $24-$59. Information: (714) 708-5555,
Current Nobody                                                                                                www.scr.org
    Current Nobody, at the Queen Mary through December 12, tells a story much like the Odyssey but                 There is much more for Christmas this sea-
with the roles reversed. Od (David Vegh) is a stay-at home father who must battle loneliness and              son, most of it to be covered next week, but two
despair after his wife Pen, (Sarah Underwood) a photojournalist, is kidnapped while covering the
Trojan War.
    The story, told on a single, moving set, looks at Homer’s story through post-modern eyes. Melissa
James Gibson’s play, getting its Southern California premier, is directed by John Langs on a single set
that gives the play a simple setting against which its witty, serial-comic story is brilliantly played. Tel
(Jocelyn Hall) grows from 12-year-old to adulthood waiting for her mother, who returns to lively TV
coverage and a houseful of reporters to be dealt with.
    Current Nobody is at the Queen Mary, 1126 Queen’s Highway, Long Beach through December 12,
with performances Tuesday-Saturday at 8 p.m., matinees Saturdays at 2 p.m. Tickets: $20, $16 for
students, seniors and military members. Information: (562) 985-5526, www.calrep.org
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       December 4 – 17, 2009




LOS ANGELES OPERA, TAMERLANO
   Placido Domingo may be 68 years old, that’s what the calendar tells us, but his voice is apparently
about thirty, and he keeps astonishing audiences with its versatility and brilliance.
   Admittedly he isn’t the best choice for the role of Bejazet from the opera Tamerlano by Handel.
His voice lacks the nimble agility the role requires. But what it lacks in flourishes and decoration it
more than makes up in authority and sheer emotional force. Besides, how could a great tenor refuse
what is the first big tenor part in all opera?
   Tamerlano had only five performances and ended its run Tuesday, but for those who attended it
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                                                                                                                                          Entertainment


                                       Long gone are the days of exotic animals filling
                                                                                                                                                                             from a multi-genera-               when Jon Weiss hoists a sixteen-foot frame lad-
                                       the Big Top. Today’s circus rely on highly skilled                                                                                    tional circus family.              der onto his chin and walks around the ring. Eros
                                       acrobats and performers like those pictured                                                                                           Upon the 2003 retire-              Espana deftly defies gravity balancing on a plank
                                       above. Photos by Danny Simon
                                                                                                                                                                             ment of faithful co-pro-           atop on six individual cylinders. The audience
                                                                                                                                                                             ducers Roland Kaiser               shares a collective breath when he safely dis-
                                                                                                                                                                             and Joseph Muscarello,             mounts the platform; how many bad falls did it
                                                                                                                                                                             the future of the circus           take to nail this trick? And when the three Willy
                                                                                                                                                                             looked uncertain until             brothers push the laws of physics riding around
                                                                                                                                                                             2006 when the Quiroga-             the inside of a steel frame on motorcycles, com-
                                                                                                                                                                             Tabares families re-               ing perilously close to colliding, the audience is
                                                                                                                                                                             opened Circus Vargas.              stunned. The children in the audience are
                                                                                                                                                   Today, nearly half of the staff is family.                   dazzled—even the teens at ringside seem enter-
                                                                                                                                                        “When I was a child, I said, ‘I’m never going           tained—and this is no easy feat in an age of real-
                                                                                                                                                   to work in the circus!’” says Katya, who performs            ity television-spurred apathy and text message-
                                                                                                                                                   with her husband in the trapeze segment. She nods            addled attention deficit disorders. The attendance
                                                                                                                                                   approvingly at her adorable twenty-month-old                 is painfully thin, probably owing to the poor
                                                                                                                                                   daughter, Graciella, who mimics mommy by re-                 economy, and it’s a wonder the circus can make
                                                                                                                                                   peatedly answering a toy cell phone. “Sometimes              ends meet. Paradoxically, probably owing to con-
                                                                                                                                                   I wonder whether she’ll want to do it,” says Katya.          cession sales, Katya Qurioga explains that Circus
                                                                                                                                                   Graciella preens for the camera and flashes a be-            Vargas actually gives away free tickets to the un-
                                                                                                                                                   atific smile. I’m betting yes.                               employed. “We have to give something back to
                                                                                                                                                        Katya’s i-Phone rings: it’s her oldest daughter         the communities that have supported us over the
                                                                                                                                                   Mariella, age 11, who is out sick tonight with im-           years.”
                                                                                                                                                   pacted molars. Katya picks up Graciella, and heads               In the past, the circus would arrive in town
                                                                                                                                                   to her family’s poshly furnished trailer. “We only           and parents took their children to escape the
                                                                                                                                                   have to pack everything up once a week or so,”               stresses of modern life, if only for two hours, while
                                                                                                                                                   said Katya, “Other circuses move every day. Our              the children flocked to see a strange space filled
                                                                                                                                                   life is manageable.”                                         with exotic revelry. Later, those same children
                                                                                                                                                        Mariella and Daniella, age 7, sit in front of a         would fantasize about running off and joining that
                                                                                                                                                   large television screen playing video games and              strange new world. I know I did. But Circus Vargas
                                                                                                                                                   barely acknowledge the arrival of their mother and           humbly offers more: lessons of graceful adapta-
                                                                                                                                                   a stranger. While probably road-seasoned, these              tion, of collective will, and togetherness. Maybe
                                                                                                                                                   seem like pretty average American children who               a family that performs together stays together.
                                                                                                                                                   are taught on the road, along with all the other                 Circus Vargas is performing its “All New Holi-
                                                                                                                                                   circus youngsters, by two tutors five days a week.           day Extravaganza,” December 8-14, in Canoga
                                                                                                                                                   One of Mariella’s cousins will perform for her in            Park: 6600 Topanga Canyon Blvd, Canoga Park,

                                       Circus Vargas at Port’s O’Call                                                                              the bareback horse-riding segment.
                                                                                                                                                        Tonight’s show is electric. The crowd is awed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                CA 91303. Visit www.circusvargas.org for tick-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                ets and information.


                                       Village: It’s A Family Affair
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                                           by: Danny Simon                                                                                           RANDOMNotes
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                                           I   t’s an hour until show time and Circus
                                       Vargas veteran performers/co-owners Katya
                                                                                            ers past—are the core strengths with which it has
                                                                                            re-emerged… along with whiffs of mystery, magic
                                                                                                                                                   to one another.” Carofano goes on to say that “Iron
                                                                                                                                                   renders transparent the hidden truth of all architectures:
                                                                                                                                                   that it’s built from the inside out.” The quiet drama of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Papa John Creach. You can pick them up there that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                night.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Music critic Joel Okida of www.FolkWorks.org said
                                       and Nelson Qurioga appear as sedate as any           and transcendence. Today it is a streamlined, well-    these populated images are treated to the same eye           of Old School Blues, “If you are going to buy just one
                                                                                                                                                   that so skillfully celebrates the lyrical dynamism of the    blues CD this year consider this one before any others.”
                                       working couple could with three daughters            oiled entertainment machine, running the roads         concert hall’s finished skin celebrated in [Frozen Music].        Of Papa Blues, reviewer Al Lubiejewski said in
                                       and a busy business on the road in a stormy          of Southern California with 27 trailers and 10              An avid urban photographer, District Attorney           JazzErie, “Thank the stars we will always have this one
                                       economy. After posing for a picture in front         equipment trucks 40 weeks of the year and em-          Garcetti was known for carrying a small camera with          shining testament to Papa John Creach’s greatness.”
                                       of a poster of the iconic Circus Vargas clown,       ploying a staff of 50. With the exception of a very    him at all times. Garcetti’s work has been widely            This is a sweet deal: to get one of two premiums, and
                                                                                                                                                   exhibited in the United States and abroad, including         have an evening of some of the best blues in America.
                                       Nelson politely excuses himself to check on          sedate ten foot python, the circus has ditched its     the United Nations, NYC, Millennium Art Museum,              Bernie sweetens the deal further by following a
                                       show preparations.                                   exotic animals. I went wondering how many              Beijing, China, UCLA Fowler Museum, Peter Fetterman          suggestion from the folks that run clearinghouse of
                                           “He’s shy around reporters,” says Katya          pounds of dung are daily produced by their infa-       Gallery, and G. Ray Hawkins Gallery, Los Angeles, among      independent music, CDBaby, offering additional copies
                                       and flashes a trained million-dollar smile, a        mous team of pachyderms, but to no avail. Gone         others.                                                      of both CDs at a “whatever you can pay” price.
                                                                                                                                                        Excerpts: [Frozen Music] & Iron The Photographs              On Saturday, December 12, the Bernie Pearl Blues
                                       requisite for a life spent in the spotlight. She     are the carnival booths, the freak show and the        of Gil Garcetti                                              Band (Albert Trepagnier, Dwayne Smith, Mike Barry, and
                                       escorts me around the big top answering my           gaggle of clowns, though the enthusiastic com-              Exhibit runs from December 3, 2009––February 27,        Bernie Pearl) play at the Arcadia Blues Club (The ABC).
                                       fairly bland questions, the result of a bit of       edy of Matti Esqueda more than makes up for their      2010                                                         Opening at 8p.m. will be the great Bobby Bluehouse
                                       shock, as this was not the Circus Vargas of          absence. The old enormous three-ring tent finally           Reception: Saturday, December 5, 4-7p.m.                Band. Followed by BPBB with two sets starting at 10p.m.
                                                                                                                                                        Gallery 478, 478 W. 7th St., San Pedro, CA 90731        Tickets are $5 in advance, $10 at the door. Check the
                                       my youth.                                            came down, giving way to a modern lone center                                                                       links below for advance sales, or call (626) 447-9349.
                                           “It has changed,” says Katya, “ Businesses       ring complete with a booming P.A. system, ad-          Bernie Pearl at the Arcadia Blues Club, free                 16 E. Huntington Dr., Arcadia, Ca
                                       have to change.”                                     equate effects and lights display. It’s a new circus   CD with paid admission Dec 12th                              info@arcadiasbest.com
                                           Traditionally, American circuses invoke          manned by some old friends.                                Bernie Pearl is no stranger to pages of Random
                                                                                                                                                   Lengths or the L.A. Blues scene. As resident of Long         Random Half Note: Mike Watt is doing live Gigs
                                       visions of swarthy carnies, freak shows filled           Katya and Nelson Qurioga met as performers
   December 4 – 17, 2009




                                                                                                                                                   Beach, he created the Long Beach Blues Festival while        in Italy
                                       with the most marginalized elements of soci-         during the Circus Vargas’s twentieth anniversary,      working at KLON - now KJAZZ. Bernie learned the blues              The working man’s bassist, Mike Watt, headed out
                                       ety, and captivating caged animals from              the final year it was managed by founder, the late     under the greats of the genre, working as a back up          over Thanksgiving to record with a brand new trio over in
                                       around the globe; all of this presented with a       Clifford E. Vargas. Katya was a juggler and Nelson     musician and bandleader at the Ash Grove in the              Italy. The group, Il Songno Del Marino features Stefano
                                                                                                                                                   1960s. For this Holiday season, he is doing a show           Pilia on Guitar, Andrea Belfi on drums and Uber bass
                                       dangerous allure, a movable vaudevillian             was part of “The Flying Tabares” trapeze family/       way out in Arcadia, and for every paid admission, you        Mike Watt. The plans were for the group to play six dates
                                       feast.                                               team of Argentina.                                     get a free CD.                                               and record a new album. Mike’s mother was from Italy,
                                           In 2006, Circus Vargas was reborn. Physi-            “Nelson and I met January 13, 1989 and we              Bernie explained that everyone who buys a ticket         “It was a big honor for me to be a part of this project.”
                                       cal dexterity, grace, bravery and strength—          got married January 18, 1993,” says Katya, for-        either in advance - ($5) or at the door ($10) will receive   Mike said of this project, in Italian “Il Sogno Del Marinaio”
                                                                                                                                                   a voucher good for a free copy of either the double CD,      translates to “The Sailor’s Dream.” For information go
                                       classic characteristics of star circus perform-      merly of the Netherlands who, like Nelson, came        Old School Blues, Acoustic/Electric or Papa Blues with       http://www.myspace.com/ilsognodelmarinaio
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                                                                                                   Fine Dining + Entertainment
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                                                                                                                                                                            coconut yellow curry sauce, carrots and onions.
  HOLIDAYCALENDAR                                                                                                   Sirinat Thai
                                                                                                                    grass. Hurricane soup is all the flavors of the sea,
                                                                                                                                                                            Green curry is a verdant field of basil, bell pep-
                                                                                                                                                                            pers and eggplant with bamboo shoots and coco-
                                                                                                                                                                            nut milk. Red curry is made with special red co-
                                                                                                                    with shrimp, scallops, squid, mussels and king          conut milk curry sauce, colorful with red and yel-
                                                                                                                    crab, garnished with fresh basil and lime.              low bell peppers. Pumpkin curry is rich and
                                                                                                                         The Thai custom of flavorful salads suits the      smooth with squash and red coconut milk. Roast
                                                                                                                    tropical climate, and may bring a fascinating and       duck curry is full of succulent duck and chunks of
                                                                                                                    refreshing way to eat to Southern California. The       pineapple.
                                                                                                                    green papaya salad is ancient but fresh and new,             Traditional Thai noodles are favorites, and pad
                                                                                                                    julienned with shrimp, green beans and tomatoes         Thai does not disappoint. Stir- fried rice noodles
                                                                                                                    and dressed with a splendid sauce of peanuts, fresh     with bean sprouts, egg, ground peanuts and green
                                                                                                                    chilies and lime juice. Larb is a popular choice of     onions are made with a light hand and perfectly
                                                                                                                    minced beef, chicken or pork mixed with roasted         seasoned. “Drunken” noodles are flat rice noodles
                                                                                                                    Thai chili, basil, onions and roasted rice powder       with vegetables and basil leaves in chili sauce –
                                                                                                                    with fresh lime juice, served in hearts of romaine      though sans alcohol, the flavor is meant to “make
                                                                                                                    lettuce. Spicy Thai beef salad is a tender and sa-      you forget all your worries”, similar to the effects
47th Annual Holiday                                     at Banning Park. The parade is free and open to             vory charbroiled top sirloin served with romaine        of a stiff drink.
Afloat Boat Parade                                      everyone. For more information, contact Dan                 lettuce, red onions and scallions, tomatoes, cucum-          The a la carte menu is ripe with excellent
                                                        Hoffman at (310) 834-8586.                                  ber and cilantro, topped with a compelling spicy        choices, and can require serious contemplation.
     Bundle up your family and friends and head
                                                            Venue: Near the corner of Avalon Blvd. & E St.          lime sauce, satisfying and flavorful in a way that      Depend on Sirinat’s sauces to be brilliant combi-
to the waterfront on Saturday, December 5, for
                                                            Location: Wilmington                                    salads seldom are. Roasted duck salad is simple         nations of flavors, teaming with fresh herbs and
the 47th Annual Los Angeles Harbor Holiday
Afloat Parade, starting at 6 p.m. in the Port of Los                                                                and luscious, dressed with roasted chilies and lime     made with great care. The ‘Clay Pot’ of shrimp
Angeles Main Channel.                                   29th Annual Christmas                                       juice. Glass noodle salad has al dente cool glass       and scallops steamed with silver noodles and
     Cecilia Moreno, Volunteer of the Year, will        Pa r a d e — D ow n t ow n                                  (rice) noodles, a perfect compliment to ground          shiitake mushrooms is a popular dish, with clouds
preside as Grand Marshal for this year’s sparkling      San Pedro                                                   chicken, shrimp, onions, mushrooms and cilantro         of fragrant steam and the gifts of the sea. Steamed
spectacular of boats decorated in holiday themes.           The cast of The Christmas Carol will march              in a spicy lime sauce.                                  mussels with lemongrass and basil, served with
This year’s theme is “Deck the Hulls.”                  and perform at The Holiday Spirit Of San Pedro                   Thai curries are exotic and delicious, each with   Sirinat’s special Thai sauce are killer, and will sell
     Officials and community leaders will take part     Parade, beginning in the early afternoon. Those             a different spice and herb profile, accentuating key    out early. “When Tigers Cry” (from the food tast-
in the parade as judges or passengers on approxi-       who attend the parade will have the opportunity             ingredients while allowing the grace notes of co-       ing so good) is appropriately titled, steak mari-
mately 50 parade boats. Vessels of all shapes and       to receive free tickets to the opening night perfor-        conut milk, vegetables and citrus to shine through      nated with ginger, garlic and cilantro, served with
sizes will participate, including powerboats, sail-     mance of The Christmas Carol at Warner Grand                in each dish. Chicken, beef, pork, shrimp or tofu       a spicy sauce. Fabulous!
boats, tall ships and harbor working craft. The         Theatre. Parade Info: San Pedro Chamber of Com-             may be chosen for each variety. Yellow curry                 Sirinat Thai Restaurant 1627 W.25th Street San
parade, which is sponsored by the Port of Los           merce | 310-832-7272.                                       with potatoes would seem unusual in South East          Pedro 310)832-5678 open daily for lunch 11-3,
Angeles, starts in the East Basin near Banning’s                                                                    Asia, but the lowly spud becomes a swan with            dinner 5-10, delivery available after 5 p.m.




                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Shop Local. Support Your Community. Make the Pledge.
Landing Community Center in Wilmington and
takes approximately 90 minutes to cover the en-
tire parade route up the Port’s Main Channel. Spec-       ENTREÉNEWS
tators may view the procession from several points
along the Port’s Main Channel, including:                 Counting our blessings of
     • Banning’s Landing Community Center, 100
E. Water Street, Wilmington;                            holiday light and joy must
     • Los Angeles Maritime Museum, 600                 include the natural fascination
Sampson Way, San Pedro;
     • Ports O’ Call Village, 1100 Nagoya Way, San
                                                        and beauty of the Harbor Area.
Pedro;                                                  The best holiday festivities keep
     • Cruise Ship Promenade at Harbor Boulevard        the happenings and history of
and Swinford Street in San Pedro;
     • 22nd Street Landing,
                                                        San Pedro close at hand. Book
     • 141 W. 22nd Street, San Pedro;                   holiday parties early to avoid
     • Cabrillo Marina, 200 Whaler’s Walk, San          disappointment.
Pedro.
                                                             Spirit Cruises out of Ports O’Call bring the harbor
     Viewers are invited to enjoy festive pre-pa-
                                                        to you, with light show afloat, music, drinks, dining and
rade events beginning at 3 p.m. at Banning’s Land-      dancing making spirits bright. Evening cruises during
ing Community Center.                                   the holiday season highlight the pace of the port and
                                                        the brilliant bridge lit up in blue.
                                                             Spirit Cruises Berth 77 San Pedro (310) 548-
Wilmington Heart of                                     8080.
the Harbor Parade                                            San Pedro Fish Market’s banquet room on the
     On December 13, the Heart of the Harbor Pa-        2nd floor has a spectacular view of the Main Channel,
rade begins at 11:30 a.m. on Avalon Boulevard in        dance floor and full bar, fresh seafood and fun! Check
                                                        out the cargo flow and the locals at the best party venue
Wilmington, CA. This year’s Heart of the Harbor
                                                        in the port.
Parade boasts 84 entries, including several floats,          San Pedro Fish Market and Restaurant 1190
bands, and local businesses taking part in the fes-     Nagoya Way San Pedro (310) 832-4251.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               December 4 – 17, 2009




tivities. Classic cars will be on display, along with       Michael’s Tuscany Room welcomes San Pedro to
fire engines, school bands from local area schools,     the most gorgeous restaurant in the harbor area. The
and more. Local representatives, including Coun-        Tuscany Room is accepting reservations for upcoming
                                                        events, featuring their award winning cuisine and
cilwoman Janice Hahn and Supervisor Don Knabe
                                                        gracious hospitality. Romantic weddings are the Cutri
will be in attendance as well. The parade begins        Brother’s specialty, and the Tuscany Room staircase is
at noon, starting at the corner of Avalon Boule-        meant for the most beautiful brides.
vard and E Street, going north on Avalon to M               Michael’s Tuscany Room 470 W.7th St., San Pedro
                                                        (310) 519-7100.
Street, and then turning east on M Street, ending
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                                                                                                                Entertainment

                                                                                 – 6, at the Long Beach Conven-                                                     Ronnie Gutierrez at Levels at the
                                                                                 tion Center! The event will show-                                                  7th Street Chop House
                                                                                 case hundreds of the latest sports                                                 Enjoy the smooth Latin
                                                                                 bikes, dirt bikes, dual sports, cruis-                                             sounds of Ronnie Gutierrez.
                                                                                 ers, fuel-efficient scooters and
                                                                                 motorcycles, ATV’s and more.
                                                                                 Additionally, this motorcycle ex-                            5                     Ronnie has performed at the
                                                                                                                                                                    Emmys and Oscars. His music
                                                                                                                                                                    ranges from Cuban, Puerto Rican
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            9
                                                                                 travaganza will include a display                                                  & Brazilian influences to Latin
                                                                                 of eye-popping custom jobs, thrill-                                                Jazz, including old school salsa &
                                                                                 ing motorcycle performances cour-                                                  originals.
                                                                                 tesy of the Ducati Freestyle Team,       35th Anniversary Celebration at           Venue: Levels at the 7th Street Chop   KiLR at Crimisin
                                                                                 educational seminars, demo rides         the Second City Council Gallery           House                                  (Kyler not killer) This local band
                                                                                 and more. From gear heads to             The Found Theatre is celebrating          Location: 465 W. 7th St. San Pedro,    has taken over Wednesdays at
                                                                                 new riders, there is guaranteed to       its 35th anniversary with a huge          CA 90731                               Crimsin for a mid-week party
                                                                                 be something for everyone! The           1940’s – themed gala at the Sec-                                                 rumble before the week is through.
                                                                                 show begins Dec. 4 from 4 p.m.           ond City Council Gallery and Per-                                                If you’re on Facebook look up
                                                                                 to 9 p.m. Admission is $15 for           formance Space. Entertainment                                                    Crimisin and sign-up on the guest
                                                                                 adults, $12 for seniors, and$6           includes a 1940’s costume con-                                                   list on the events page. You’ll be
                                                                                 for children aged six to 11. Chil-       test, a short swing dance lesson,                                                able to sidestep the $3 cover
                                                                                 dren under 5 are free. The show
                                                                                 runs until Dec. 6, and times vary
                                                                                 by day. For more information, visit
                                                                                 www.motorcycleshows.com, or
                                                                                                                          swing dance competition, a raffle
                                                                                                                          for exciting prizes, hor d’ oeuvres,
                                                                                                                          and plenty of bubbly. In addition,
                                                                                                                          the gallery will feature an exhibit
                                                                                                                                                                                    6                      charge if you do. The music starts
                                                                                                                                                                                                           at 9 p.m. and the party goes on.
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Venue: Crimsin Lounge
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Location: 345 6th St., San Pedro,
                                                                                 call 1-800-311-5706.                     of photographs and memorabilia                                                   CA 90731
                                                                                 Venue: Long Beach Convention             from 35 years of Found Theatre
                                                                                 Center                                   productions. Tickets are $30 per          Elevator Dance Party at
                                           Venue:   Fanfare at San Pedro Gate-   Location: 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long       person, with all proceeds benefit-        Dipiazza’s
                                           way                                   Beach, CA 90802                          ting the Found Theatre and Sec-           Who doesn’t love a good dance


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                                           Location: Harbor Blvd and Swinford                                             ond City Council Gallery. The party       party? If you do, the Elevator
                                           St., San Pedro, CA 90731              Huge Book Sale at San Pedro              starts at 8 PM and goes until 11          Dance Party is your go-to band for
                                                                                 Library                                  PM. For more information, call            mind-blowing music, crazy dance

                                       4   Next2Nothin at Crimsin
                                           San Pedro favorite rap/rock band
                                           Next2Nothin are going to have
                                                                                 The Friends of the San Pedro
                                                                                 Library are hosting a used book
                                                                                 sale on December 4 and 5, from
                                                                                                                          Virginia DeMoss at (562) 433-
                                                                                                                          3363.
                                                                                                                          Venue: Second City Council Gallery
                                                                                                                                                                    moves, and one great time! This
                                                                                                                                                                    four-piece rock/pop band from
                                                                                                                                                                    Long Beach performs their pre-
                                           the house of Crimisin movin’ this     2–5 p.m., & 11 a.m.–4 p.m.,              Location: 435 Alamitos Ave., Long         record release show tonight at         The Starlite Desperation at Alex’s
                                           Friday. There’s no cover and it       respectfully. A preview sale will        Beach, CA 90802                           Dipiazza’s. Transit Studio, Joey       Bar
Xmas Music at the Fanfare Foun-            starts at 9 p.m. Call (310) 833-      take place on Friday, and is open                                                  Amor, Downtown Circus, Silent          The Starlite Desperation met as
tain                                       8818 or visit myspace.com/            to “Friends” members only, with          Susie Glaze at the Grand Annex            Ships, and The Season Finale are       infants a few months ago. Says
Come out for an evening of music           crimsinla for more info               a public sale taking place on Sat-       The music of Susie Glaze bridges          scheduled to perform as well,          singer/guitarist Dante, “We were
& special water shows. Local               Venue: Crimsin Lounge                 urday. Annual memberships will           the gap between crisp Americana           with proceeds from the event ben-      all in this golden playpen. Our
choirs will be performing at the           Location: 345 W. 6th St.,San Pedro,   be available for purchase at the         Bluegrass and the Celtic Musical          efiting Music Loves Everyone. Tick-    parents had no money but lots of
fountain beginning at 7p.m. sing-          CA 90731                              door for $10 or $7 for students          Songbook. Entertainment Weekly            ets are $10, and the show is all       gold.” They had no intentions of
ing your holiday favorites. The                                                  and seniors. Records, CD’s, and          says of Susie Glaze, “she can             ages. Visit dipiazzas.com for more     starting a band, says drummer
event, parking & the Red Car are           Cycle World International at the      DVD’s will be available for pur-         blow the roof off of any joint lucky      information.                           Ehrenberg “We didn’t know what
free. Make an evening of it! For           Long Beach Convention Center          chase as well.                           enough to book her.” Tickets are          Venue: Dipiazza’s                      music was. We were just fooling
                                           The Cycle World International         Venue: San Pedro Public Library          $18 in advance, or $22 at the             Location: 5205 E. Pacific Coast        around.” Their meteoric rise to
more information, call the water-
                                           Motorcycle Show takes over            Location: 931 S. Gaffey St., San         door. To order tickets, call (310)        Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90804              the top has baffled the world, as
front information line at (310)
732-3567.                                  Southern California December 4        Pedro, CA 90731                          833-4813.                                                                        well as the band itself. Says bass-
                                                                                                                          Venue: The Grand Annex                                                           ist Laena, “Now I’m noticing there
                                                                                                                          Location: 434 W. 6th St., San Pedro,                                             are other bands. We’re just learn-
                                                                                                                          CA 90731                                                                         ing how to talk. Sometimes I just
                                                                                                                                                                                                           want to go back to the playpen.”
                                                                                                                          60x60 & Ogogo at Los Angeles
                                                                                                                          Harbor Colleges
                                                                                                                          The Harbor College Pace Program
                                                                                                                                                                                      7                    Playing with New Fidelity, The
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Champanties, and Dante vs. Zom-
                                                                                                                                                                                                           bie. $5 at the door, 21+.
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                                                                                                                          will present a free concert at 1p.m.                                             Venue: Alex’s Bar
                                                                                                                          in the Harbor College Music Re-                                                  Location: 2913 E. Anaheim St., Long
                                                                                                                          cital Hall. 60x60 is a one-hour                                                  Beach, CA 90804
                                                                                                                          multimedia extravaganza featur-           Post-Op and the Choke at the
                                                                                                                          ing an exciting mix of contempo-          Puka Bar
                                                                                                                          rary video and electronic music,          Check out homegrown band Post
                                                                                                                          culled from an international pool         Op at the Puka Bar with The Choke.
                                                                                                                          of emerging and established com-          There’s no cover charge. An
                                                                                                                          posers. Ogogo, featuring guitar-
                                                                                                                          ist Igor and trombonist Rodney
                                                                                                                          Oakes, will perform after the
                                                                                                                          60x60 presentation with special
                                                                                                                                                                    excelent excuse to go out on a
                                                                                                                                                                    Monday night. Starts at 9 p.m.
                                                                                                                                                                    Venue: Puka Bar
                                                                                                                                                                    Location: 710 E. Willow St, Long
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            11
                                                                                                                          guests Lane More and George               Beach, CA 90806
                                                                                                                          McMullen. Ogogo play an experi-
                                                                                                                          mental brand of rock and jazz,                                                   Russell Don’t Jump at Torrance
                                                                                                                          infused with a healthy dose of                                                   High School
                                                                                                                          improvisation and electronics. For                                               Indie-rock quartet Russell Don’t
                                                                                                                          more information, contact the                                                    Jump is a group of guys who really
                                                                                                                          Harbor College Music Department
                                                                                                                          at (310) 233-4523.
                                                                                                                          Venue: Music Recital Hall, Los An-
                                                                                                                          geles Harbor College
                                                                                                                                                                                      8                    enjoy making music together, and
                                                                                                                                                                                                           do so for the unbridled pleasure it
                                                                                                                                                                                                           brings to them and to others. The
                                                                                                                                                                                                           chemisty is instarntenous and
                                                                                                                          Location: 1111 Figueroa Pl.,                                                     together the group has grown not
                                                                                                                          Wilmington, CA 90744                                                             only as musicians, but as cre-
                                                                                                                                                                    The Majic Bullet Theory at Liquid      ative and adventurous spirits.
                                                                                                                          Soluna Holiday Glam Fashion               Lounge                                 Catch them tonight at Torrance
                                                                                                                          Show                                      The Majic Bullet Theory is the         High School. The show starts at 7
                                                                                                                          Soluna is offering up its space           culmination of seven virtuoso          p.m., with local artists to be an-
                                                                                                                          again to emerging designers and           musicians schooled in nu-jazz and      nounced. It’ll be a blast!
                                                                                                                          artists to showcase their art/cloth-      neo-soul, out to prove that music      Venue: Carson High School
                                                                                                                          ing. Watch the catwalk for the            can be both an artistic and enter-     Location: 2200 W. Carson St., Tor-
                                                                                                                          cutting edge of fashion. There will       taining experience, not just one       rance, CA 90505
                                                                                                                          be tons of new merchandise...new          or the other. Join the band for a
   December 4 – 17, 2009




                                                                                                                          apparel, jewelery, and gift lines...all   free morning show at the Liquid        Elliott Caine Sextet at Alva’s
                                                                                                                          in time for the Holidays. Checkout        Lounge in Long Beach. The show         Showroom
                                                                                                                          solunafashion.blogspot.com or             starts at 10:30 a.m., and there is     The Elliott Caine Sextet invites
                                                                                                                          call (310) 833-3695 for more info.        no charge.                             you to an evening of 60’s-era
                                                                                                                          Venue: Soluna                             Venue: Liquid Lounge                   Jazz, Latin, and Blues. Come join
                                                                                                                          Location: 315 W. 6th St., San Pedro,      Location: 3522 E. Anaheim St., Long    the festivities as MC Bubba Jack-
                                                                                                                          CA. 90731                                 Beach, CA 90804                        son from Kjazz records our con-
                                                                                                                                                                                                           cert for an upcoming live release!
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Complementary tea and bottled
                                                                                                                                                                                                           water will be provided, with a $10

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suggested donation. Reservations        www.helpian.tumblr.com to find         with the likes of Kings of Leon and
are highly suggested. To place a        out how you can donate, or visit       The White Stripes. Catch a free
reservation, please call 1-800-         www.alexsbar.com for more infor-       and intimate in-store performance
403-3447.                               mation on the event.                   and signing with the band tonight
Venue: Alva’s Showroom                  Venue: Alex’s Bar                      at Fingerprints Records in Long
Location: 1417 W. 8th St., San          Location: 2913 E. Anaheim St., Long    Beach. The show starts at 7 p.m.
Pedro, CA 90731                         Beach, CA 90804                        Venue: Fingerprints Records
                                                                               Location: 4612 E. 2nd St., Long
The Nutcracker at The Warner            Palos Verdes Symphonic Band            Beach, CA 90803
Grand                                   at South Coast Botanic Garden
The San Pedro City Ballet is per-       The Palos Verdes Symphonic Band
forming its annual rendition of         will perform a selection of holiday
Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov’s          music in the Frances Hall of Hor-
classic suite The Nutcracker. The       ticulture. The beautiful sounds of
members of the San Pedro City
Ballet have choreographed and
performed this holiday favorite
every year since being built in
                                        the band will certainly put you in
                                        the holiday spirits! General ad-
                                        mission is $8.00 for adults, $6.00
                                        for seniors and students, and $3
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1994. New sets and costumes             for children 12 to 5 years. Chil-
have been built in recent years as      dren 4 years and younger and
well. The show starts at 7 p.m.,        Foundation Members are free. The       Dana Marching Band at Dana
with a second showing Sunday,           holiday concert begins at 2 p.m.       Middle School
Dec. 13 at 2 p.m. Tickets are           and runs until 4 p.m. For more         In its tenth year of existence, the
available                         at    information, call (310) 544-1948       Dana Middle School Marching
brownpapertickets.com, and              (on weekdays), or (310) 544-6815       Band continues a tradition of su-
range between $15 and $35,              (on weekends.)                         perior quality in musical perfor-
depending on seating. We hope           Venue: South Coast Botanic Garden      mance. Under the direction of Mr.
to see you there!                       Location: 26300 Crenshaw Blvd.,        Efrain Nava, the band has earned
Venue: The Warner Grand Theatre         Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA             numerous first place awards
Location: 478 W. 6th St., San Pedro,    90274                                  around the San Pedro and Los
CA 90731                                                                       Angeles area, as well as partici-
                                                                               pating in concerts, parades and
SOB at Crimsin                                                                 festival events throughout South-
Friday night and you can go                                                    ern California. This concert inside
skanking at Crimsin with the local                                             the Dana Middle School Audito-


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ska band SOB. Cover is $3 and                                                  rium is the Band’s final concert
well worth it. Visit myspace.com/                                              for 2009, and will feature a vari-
crimsinla or find Crimsin on                                                   ety of holiday musical selections.
Facebook (I’m sure they’ll add                                                 Admission is free, so bring your
you on) for more info.                                                         friends and family for a night of
Venue: Crimsin Lounge                                                          festive holiday cheer!
Location: 345 6th St., San Pedro,       Shella at Carson High School           Venue: Dana Middle School Audi-
CA 90731                                Shella is an upcoming rapper,          torium
                                        singer, songwriter, producer and       Location: 1501 S. Cabrillo Ave.,
                                        engineer ready to shake up the         San Pedro, CA 90731
                                        music scene with her originality
                                        and international commercial ap-
                                        peal. Not only does the 19 yearold
                                        write her own lyrics, she sings

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                                        nese. Her melodic lines and catchy
                                        phrases undoubtedly let you know
                                        that she has an exotic style all her
                                        own. The show starts at 12 p.m.,
                                        with special guests to be announced.
AjazzamatazzZ at the Whale & Ale        Tickets are $5 at the door.            Destroy Nate Allen
Back at The Whale & Ale by popular      Venue: Carson High School              This is an interactive sing-a-long
and insistent demand, the mellow,       Location: 22328 Main St., Carson,      folk punk husband and wife duo
smooth & dulcet tones of                CA 90745                               from Portland, Oregon, aiming to
AjazzamatazzZ, - an exquisite Jazz                                             live every moment honestly and
Trio combining the experience &                                                to have as much fun as they can
talents of three excellent musicians:                                          in     the     process.      Visit
Cengis on piano, Mike on bass &                                                myspace.com/destroynateallen
Gene on drums. The trio has been                                               for more info on this band.
creating music together since early
2009. There’s no cover and it starts
at 7 p.m. They will be back the next
                                                          15                   Venue: Viento y Agua
                                                                               Location: 4007 E. 4th St., Long
                                                                               Beach, CA 90814
evening from 5-8 p.m.
Venue: Whale and Ale
Location: 327 W. 7th St. San Pedro,
CA 90731
                                        Band of Skulls at Fingerprints
                                        The three members of Band of
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                                        vocals), and Matt Hayward
                                        (drums), first met at college and
                                        quickly discovered that having two
                                        lead singers and three songwriters
                                        in a band was going to present
                                                                                 $5.00
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                                        unlimited possibilities. With their      Your Own Earrings
                                        creative process and sonic path
                                        fully intact, the band has quickly
Benefit Concert for Ian                 established themselves in music          Ascend Gallery
MacDougall at Alex’s Bar                and art communities with a tire-         105 #B Linden Ave.,
Alex’s Bar is hosting a benefit         less touring schedule and tight          Long Beach, CA 90802
concert for Riverboat Gamblers          alternative rock songs that fit well     a s c e n d g a l l e r y. c o m
guitarist and vocalist Ian
MacDougall, who was hit by a car
on Oct. 17, while riding his bike
                                                                                                                            December 4 – 17, 2009




home. A slew of local acts have
pulled together to put on this
show and help Ian get a handle on
his medical bills. Channel 3, Bul-
let Treatment, Toys That Kill, and
Fiction Reform will headline the
event, with Blockage and Werewolf
opening. Doors open at 4 p.m.
with a free raffle and door prizes.
Tickets to the show are $10, with
all proceeds going towards Ian’s
medical       expenses.      Visit                                                                                          19

				
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