• Entertainment

    Restaurant review: Enjoy tastes of Honduras and Ecuador in Lawndale

    I’m not sure that two restaurants, just a few blocks apart, make for a “Little” anything. But the presence of a Honduran restaurant just three blocks from an Ecuadorian restaurant on generally industrial Prairie Avenue, just south of Rosecrans Avenue in Lawndale, is worth noting. Let’s call it a Very Little Little South of South of the Border strip, where you can delve into two of our least- represented Latin American cuisines. And where, I should add,...

    Merrill Shindler

  • Air shows

    Breitling aerial thrill show with Blue Angels, vintage aircraft this weekend at Huntington Beach

    HUNTINGTON BEACH Blue Angels and Snowbirds, hoverboards and vintage aircraft, and even the Air Force fifth-generation F-35A fighter plane will be in the skies this weekend for the second Breitling Huntington Beach Airshow. After some touch-and-go moments when the show’s event planner asked the Huntington Beach City Council for some help with costs, which came mostly in the form of raised parking rates for the show, the high-flying extravaganza is returning to the city Friday,...

    Greg Mellen

  • Performing arts

    Ukelele in hand, singer-songwriter Aleyna Yim proves ‘South Bay’s Got Talent’

    Aleyna Yim charmed the judges with a self-penned song in a performance that was part pop, part rap and all confidence, winning Saturday night’s “South Bay’s Got Talent” competition at Torrance’s Armstrong Theater. Accompanying herself on the ukelele, Yim impressed a panel of six expert judges, all employed in various elements of the entertainment industry. The event featured 22 performers — most under 21 and some still attending local...

    By Tom Bray @tbray on Twitter|

  • Children's movies

    My Turn: Whether it streams or plays on VHS, ‘Toy Story’ offers timeless lessons

    “Toy Story, Gampa.” It was about the 15th time during a 10-day stay with us that our 3-year-old granddaughter, Maci, had asked to see her now favorite movies. No longer able to tolerate “Trolls,” “Frozen,” and “Moana,” we ordered all three “Toy Story” movies for Maci’s entertainment. We had all three movies in perfectly working VHS format sitting in a closet that we purchased for Maci’s father and aunt...

    By Joe Franklin|

  • Entertainment

    Going to Queen Mary’s Halloween Dark Harbor? Here are some places to eat

    The Queen Mary is busy with events like concerts, comedy shows, dance parties and even MMA fights happening there. But it’s ghosts, monsters and other creatures that draw some of the biggest crowds of the year during the ship’s annual Dark Harbor event. The popular Halloween event runs Sept. 28-Nov. 1 and includes mazes, monsters and a macabre carnival that attracts about 120,000 people during its run. And while these visitors are looking for scares, they...

    Richard Guzman

  • Entertainment

    ‘All My Sons’ revival in Torrance does Arthur Miller’s legacy proud

    Arthur Miller’s classic “All My Sons” opened on Broadway in January 1947, but it still feels relatable, thought-provoking and moving in its revival at Torrance Theatre Company. Aside from the flawless writing, Torrance offers meticulous direction by Sasha Stewart Miller and effective, serious yet charming portrayals by the “supporting” cast. But one portrayal is stupendous, giving this production the heft of a Broadway drama. It takes place in...

    By Dany Margolies|

  • Celebrity legal affairs

    Kathy Griffin asks for restraining order against CEO who launched tirade

    LOS ANGELES — Kathy Griffin has filed a request for a restraining order against her neighbor Jeffrey Mezger, the CEO of KB Homes, following an obscenity-laced tirade he unleashed in response to a complaint to police about noise at his home, apparently generated by his grandchildren. The documents filed in Los Angeles County Court Thursday ask a judge to protect Griffin from her neighbor, the celebrity news website Blast reported. The Blast obtained legal documents that show her...

    City News Service|

  • Things to do

    Weekend events: Lobster Festival, Blues & Jazz Festival among South Bay things to do

    By Sandy Gerety @sandygerety on Twitter Redondo Beach Lobster Festival: Lobster, steak, craft beer, wine, live music, exhibits, kid’s area. Seaside Lagoon, 200 Portofino Way, Redondo Beach. 6-11 p.m. Sept 22, noon- 11 p.m. Sept. 23, noon-8 p.m. Sept 24. Admission $5-$35; dinners run from $25-$45 extra. Go to for a complete list of musical entertainment and ticket...


  • Entertainment

    Feed your Italian deli cravings at Giuliano’s in Gardena

    I grew up in New York City, where there were Little Italys everywhere. Not just the famous one in downtown Manhattan, between Chinatown and the Village, but in the Bronx (Arthur Avenue), Brooklyn (Bensonhurst) and pretty much the whole borough of Staten Island. I moved to San Francisco, where there’s a thriving Little Italy in North Beach (also next to Chinatown). And then, to Los Angeles, where there used to be a Little Italy on the east side of Dodger Stadium. But these days,...

    Merrill Shindler

  • Missing persons

    LACMA film screening to call attention to missing Manhattan Beach woman Nancy Paulikas

    Nearly a year since a Manhattan Beach woman with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease went missing after an outing at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, her family will renew attention to the case with a film screening at the museum this weekend. Nancy Paulikas, 56, was last seen on security video walking a block west of the museum not long after she became...

    Megan Barnes

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