Author: Jackie Balestra

The Spicy Spooky Cheeto Pizza @ Mickey’s Deli

October 16, 2018

This Halloween, sink your fangs into one of the creepiest pies that you’ll ever see. Mickey’s Deli is known for creating bizarre and unusual food items throughout the month of October. Last year, the massive 20” inch pizza slice and this year, they’ve decided to create an item unlike they have ever done before. With the popularity of the eerie Halloween food trend combined with the popularity of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. Mickey’s deemed it fitting to be the first pizzeria to combine the two. The result, The Spicy Spooky Cheeto Pizza.

Surfing Mosaic Mural

October 15, 2018

This is your chance to be a part of Redondo Beach history!

Friends of Redondo Beach Arts are creating a surfing mosaic mural to be installed at the Redondo Beach Civic Center. It will be located along the Police Department entrance wall and visible from Pacific Coast Highway. The mural has been designed by Debbie Collette and Patti Linnett of dp mosaics and depicts silhouettes of surfers as they survey a large ocean wave cresting at sunset.

Second Sundays at Two with Pianist Filipe Pinto-Ribeiro

October 14, 2018

Rolling Hills United Methodist Church presents Second Sundays at Two featuring Pianist Filipe Pinto-Ribeiro today, Sunday, October 14 at 2:00 p.m.

Portugal’s foremost pianist, Filipe Pinto-Ribeiro is considered a “poet of the piano”. His musical interpretations are highly appreciated by music critics and the public. Playing the whole spectrum of the piano repertoire, Steinway Artist Filipe Pinto-Ribeiro has premiered works by Dmitri Shostakovich, Marcelo Nisinman, Eurico Carrapatoso, and Sofia Gubaidulina. As a concerto soloist, he is frequently invited by leading European orchestras.

At-the-door contributions (100% are for the artists!) ensures the success of the series.

Brett George @ Hey 19 Public House

October 13, 2018

Hey 19 Public House presents Brett George on Saturday, October 13 from 9 to midnight.

Get ready to rock with Brent George and his classic rock cover band! Enjoy live music, weekend specials, and craft cocktails!

Call (310) 378-8119 to make a reservation so you can eat, drink, dance.

For additional information, visit the website at

Hey 19 Public House is located at 4525 Calle Mayor, Torrance, CA 90505.


Kendra Scott Give Back Night

October 12, 2018

Head to The Point for the Kendra Scott Give Back Night tonight, Friday, October 12 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Join FTK to celebrate the launch of Kendra Scott’s winter line with 20% of all sales donated back to Walk With Sally.

Stop in for a light bite, a drink or two, and of course, shopping! This is not just for the ladies. Get a head start on your holiday shopping, gentlemen!

This event is FREE to attend!

For additional information, visit the website at

South Bay by Jackie Weekend Guide

October 11, 2018

You know I always recommend confirming events before heading out. Last week, right after this Guide was sent, I received an email from a subscriber informing me the link for the Popovich Comedy Pet Theater wasn’t working. (This always freaks me out because I double and triple checks links to make sure they work.) Minutes later, I received an email from TOCA telling me the show was cancelled. These things happen. I don’t know why the show was cancelled, but if it was due to low ticket sales, that is the best reason to purchase event tickets early! I know many of us prefer to wait until the last minute to commit to a ticket purchase, but if enough people do that, events will be cancelled. The opposite side of the coin is they’ll sell out…. and you’ll be kicking yourself for procrastinating. Case in point, you’ll see below that the annual Palos Verdes Pastoral has sold out. I already have tickets for the Ragin Cajun Blues Festival but if you want to attend, you should get on that now. Just sayin’.

2018 South Bay’s Got Talent Winners

October 11, 2018

Congratulations to the 2018 South Bay’s Got Talent winners! They knocked it out of the park, wowing the judges and audience!

1st Place: Chelsea Snow (Opera soloist, age 13)
2nd Place: Jewel Chang (“Best Part” with guitar, age 10)
3rd Place: MaKenzie Smalling (Original song with guitar, age 13)
Judges’ Favorite: Malea Emma Tjandrawidjaja (“You’re Gonna Love Me”, age 6)

From left to right, Chelsea Snow (1st), Jewel Chang (2nd), MaKenzie Smalling (3rd), and Malea Emma Tjandrawidjaja (Judges’ Favorite)!


Ragin Cajun Cafe & Moonshine Bar

525 South Pacific Coast Highway
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
(310) 540-7403
Cuisine: Cajun
Jackie says: When you’re in the mood for some down-home, low country, Cajun cooking, look no further. Ragin Cajun offers all the classic dishes including entouffee, gumbo, jambalaya, po’ boys, crawfish and catfish, in addition to several hard-to-find-anyplace-else items like alligator, frogs legs, fried pickles and boudin. The recipes are authentic, straight from Lafayette, Louisiana. The drinks menu is extensive and offers specialty cocktails, moonshine, beer, wine, whiskey and the famous Original Hurricane. Be sure to order a Blue Voodoo – it’s served in a skull glass! This place is pure fun for the whole family, so as they say, ‘laissez les bon temps rouler’ – let the good times roll!

Mira Costa Drama Production of The Laramie Project

October 12, 2018

Listen to The South Bay Show: Manhattan Beach Chamber 360!

Our guests are Director Drama teacher, Jonathan Westerberg and students Bryson Ehrhard, Bella McDaniel, Kira Randolph, Travers Tobis, Megan Yeh, and Sofia Fontaine from Mira Costa High School, and this morning, they’re going to tell us about their upcoming production of The Laramie Project playing November 2 through November 10.

Listen to the program live at 8 a.m. or at your leisure

SBBWA Membership Drive

October 10, 2018

The South Bay Business Women’s Association (SBBWA) is a group of dedicated women who gather to raise money for worthy cause scholarships for local, deserving women. In the process they build camaraderie through friendship and networking. They meet twice a month for laughter, learning and fundraising. These efforts culminate at the annual South Bay Women’s Conference where they unite for a day of education and inspiration as they award scholarships. Ultimately, SBBWA is a fun and rewarding way to get involved in the South Bay community.

SBBWA Membership Benefits Include:

Steve Hodges, Ragin Cajun Blues Festival

October 11, 2018

Listen to The South Bay Show: South Bay Spotlight!

Our guest this morning is Steve Hodges, co-owner of Ragin Cajun Café & Moonshine Bar in Redondo Beach. Steve is producing the inaugural Ragin Cajun Blues Festival which will take place on Saturday, October 20 from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Seaside Lagoon. It’s going to be an epic day of food, fun and incredible music, featuring top artists Davy Knowles, Tommy Castro & The Painkillers, Reverend Tall Tree and Eric Sardinas & Big Motor. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at

Giving Tuesday @ Bettolino Kitchen

October 9, 2018

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, every Tuesday in October, Bettolino Kitchen will split the profits from the day with Providence Little Company of Mary.

Use your powers for good while enjoying a great meal! FYI, my husband and I ate dinner there recently and the food is PHENOMENAL. Should you need a good excuse to dine out on a Tuesday, this is it.

For additional information, visit the website at

Bettolino Kitchen is located at 211 Palos Verdes Boulevard, Redondo Beach, CA 90277.


A Little Manhattan Beach History….

October 8, 2018

A while back I came across this video by Civic Couch. It features past and current Manhattan Beach City Council Member Steve Napolitano and Brad Jacobsen discussing the iconic Robbie Hutas photo taken at the 1976 Manhattan Open.

I’m a history buff (if you haven’t figured that out yet) and enjoy discovering these local nuggets. I thought you might, too. Brad Jacobson kindly gave me permission to share it with you.

Call for Artists

October 7, 2018

The City of Manhattan Beach has put out a Call for Artists to submit their work for the new utility box beautification program.

The city plans to transform 41 utility boxes into public art. The first phase will include 12 of the boxes with the first round of submissions due by 5 p.m. on Friday, October 12.

Each chosen artist will receive a payment of $500.

For additional information and submissions, visit the website at