After dinner last night, JB and I went to Cannery Row Studios on Catalina Avenue to see Robi Hutas’ exhibit. JB knew Robi back in the glory days of volleyball (when nobody was paid to play) and still has some of Robi’s posters of the Manhattan Beach open. There was a great article on Robi in last week’s Easy Reader and his life story is just amazing. We spent over an hour going thru the exhibit while he regaled us with stories of South Bay past and then he took us through Jerry Young’s exhibit, another local artist showing for the very first time. What a treat! The show runs through September 4th and you definately want to drop by and check it out. The studio is located at Catalina & Francisca and is open Tuesday through Friday from 7:00 to 10:00 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 to 9:00 pm.
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Circuit training at 8:00 am Wednesday mornings at Triton Training Center in Gold’s Gym on Harbor Drive in Redondo Beach. ‘nough said.
I’ve been invited to do a weekly internet radio show and my first appearance is this Thursday morning at 7:00 am. Yes, I know most of you won’t be listening at that hour but I’ll be posting links for the broadcast in the weekly newsletter, on my facebook page and on this site. Look for it sometime Thursday afternoon. If you would like to listen live, here’s the link: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/multimlm. Wish me luck!
Yesterday was a spectacular day to be in the South Bay! It just may have been the most beautiful day of the year, so we took Scout for a walk along the coast in Palos Verdes. It wasn’t much of a walk since we had to stop every two minutes because whales were breaching and blowing everywhere you looked. I’ve never seen so many boats in the bay! Everybody was out whale watching and there was a lot to watch. We decided to stop at Nelson’s for a late lunch and it was packed with a huge crowd waiting for tables. Never fear….Scout and I made freinds with a woman and her dog who already had a table and when they invited us to join them, well, we couldn’t refuse regardless of the dark looks thrown our way from the hordes waiting for a seat. We sat there, enjoying our lunch while we watched even more whales put on quite a show. Just as interesting was the fleet of Chinese junks making their way along the coast. They looked so exotic with their distinctive profile and dark red sails. I wonder where they came from???
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I attended my friend Dawn’s baby shower yesterday so I missed the Main Street Car Show…. (sigh) until next year. It was such a beautiful late afternoon, JB and I jumped on our bikes and took a leisurely cruise to MB Pier. It’s pretty quite around town this time of year, what with the kids heading back to school and families squeezing in one last vacation. On the way back, we stopped at Cantina Real on Pier Avenue for a bite to eat and a cold one. Summer afternoon, summer afternoon…..
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The El Segundo Main Street Car Show starts today at 10:00 am! There’ll be over 350 cars on display….that should satisfy the most ardent enthusiast. Afterward, stroll along the streets of downtown and grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants. Oooh! Maybe a stop at the Purple Orchid tiki bar for a mai tai! Sounds good, huh?
This may seem a little out of left field but I was in Borders today, knowing that they’re going out of business and looking forward to picking up a few books on the cheap. The store is selling off everything – and I mean everything – tables, chairs, shelving units, light fixtures, display cases, etc. If you’re in the market for anything like that, you should check it out. The books, by the way, are 40% to 50% off.
If you haven’t done so yet, make a point to stop by the fabulous new Strand House in Manhattan Beach. Featuring New American cuisine by chefs Neal Fraser and Travis Lorton, the Strand House is Mike Zislis’ (Shade Hotel, Mucho Ultima Mexicana, Rock’n Fish) latest restaurant/lounge and a fantastic addition to the South Bay dining scene. I’ll be dishing out the details over the next few weeks! Check out Mike’s interview on the Spotlight Questionnaire page.
Summer is car show season and there are several you don’t want to miss right here in the South Bay. Check out the ‘Things to Do’ page for information on the El Segundo Main Street Car Show this weekend, The Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance next month and the ‘Cruise the Beach’ gathering at Ruby’s Diner in Redondo Beach every Friday night.
I’m currently writing an article on where to find the best fried chicken in the South Bay. I’ve already sampled Flossie’s, Good Stuff’s and HT Grill’s and next week I’ll be checking out Paul Martin’s and Charlie’s Italian versions. If you have any suggestions, I’d love to hear from you.
Looking for an invigorating way to start the week? Head over to Triton Training Center at Gold’s Gym in Redondo Beach for the free women’s self defense class at 9:00 am every Monday morning. You don’t even have to be a member of Gold’s or Triton….seriously, how cool is that?
Here’s a fool-proof plan for a Saturday night on the town. Meet your peeps at Zinc Lounge in Shade Hotel for a round of sophisticated cocktails. Then head over to Mediteraneo for tapas on the patio. When you’ve had your fill, walk across the plaza to Waterman’s for a little dancing.
The dog days of summer have arrived but there’s still plenty of stuff happening in the South Bay. The Manhattan Beach open gets under way today, continues on Sunday and concludes next weekend. The Redondo Beach Pier Concert Series features Brazilian music by Carla Hassett starting at 6:00 pm Saturday night and The Eagles tribute band, The Long Run, is playing at Polliwog Park in Manhattan Beach beginning at 5:00 on Sunday.
If you didn’t get your volleyball fix during the International Surf Festival a couple of weeks ago, your have yet another opportunity. The Manhattan Beach Opens kicks off this weekend and concludes the following weekend.
If you’d like to get the weekend off to a smoldering start why not head down to the Comedy & Magic Club in Hermosa Beach for the Hermosa Beach Firefighter’s Association fundraiser, A 5 Alarm Night of Laughs. Andrew Norelli, as seen on Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Late, Late Show and others, is the scheduled headliner for the evening. Hey, it’s for a good cause, it’s tax deductable and there’ll be FIREMEN! It could be a very hot night.