Author: Jackie Balestra

August 25, 2011 (Robi Hutas Exhibit at Cannery Row Studios)

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.

August 23, 2011 (Weekly Internet Radio Broadcast)

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: Wish me luck!

August 21, 2011

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???

August 21,2011 (Strand Cruise)

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…..

August 19, 2011 (Borders Bookstore Closing)

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.

August 18, 2011 (The Strand House)

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.

August 13, 2011 (Manhattan Beach Open, Concert Series)

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.

August 11, 2011 (Comedy & Magic Club)

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.