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January 16, 2020
I received some sad news earlier this week and posted the information Tuesday morning to my website and social media platforms. If you haven’t yet heard, the venerable Chez Melange will be closing after 37 years. There have been a number of local businesses that have closed their doors in recent months but this one breaks my heart. Chez/Bouzy is my and many others ‘Cheers’, that place where everybody knows your name. Chez has always been a fine dining destination but still manages to be a genuine neighborhood joint where you can stop in any night of the week and run into friends and neighbors. Michael Franks runs the front of the house and makes everyone, EVERYONE, feel like family. Robert Bell is the magician in the kitchen, creating the most memorable meals in the South Bay. Several members of the staff have worked there for decades and know multiple generations of the families that dine there. The community response on social media has been overwhelming and like nothing I’ve ever seen…. everyone is stunned and saddened. While we know all good things must end, it still comes as a surprise. But I mean, c’mon…. 37 years in the restaurant business!?! That’s an amazing run and testament to their achievement. They plan on closing by February 29, and until then, will be cooking and dishing up some of their greatest hits from the last four decades. Be sure to stop in and give them some South Bay love. So here’s to Michael, Robert and the entire Chez team – thanks for the meals, the music, the memories – you will be missed! You can read the press release at https://www.southbaybyjackie.com/chez-melange-close/.
Ten Thousand Villages presents the annual Fair Trade Rug Event starting today, Thursday, January 16 and running through Sunday, January 19 at American Martyrs Church and Wednesday, January 22 through Sunday, January 26 at the shop in Redondo Beach from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Shop over 300 hand-knotted Chobi, Persian, Kazak, Bokhara and other types of rugs in various shapes and sizes, from runners to room. Made by adult artisans who are paid a fair and equal income, these rugs will withstand most messes life brings. On January 16 at 6:30 p.m. at American Martyrs, hear the history and stories behind Bunyaad Fair Trade Rugs at the Room to Loom presentation. Get a glimpse into how Bunyaad rugs are hand-made, from dyeing the wool to tying the fringes. These quality products are made to last a life time. RSVP is requested at 310-465-1600. For additional information, visit the website at http://www.tenthousandvillages.com/redondobeach#fndtn-home or call 310-465-1600. American Martyrs Church is located at 700 15th Street, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.
Social Workplace hosts the monthly Social Hour: Thirsty Third Thursdays tonight, Thursday, January 16 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Get social at Social Workplace! Bring your best smile and plenty of business cards. Each person has a chance to pitch their business to the group with plenty of mingling before and after. Pitches start promptly at 6 p.m. and refreshments are served. Know anyone who might need a workplace or meeting space? Bring a friend! Pre-purchase tickets are $10 or pay $20 at the door. For additional information and registration, visit the website at https://www.socialworkplace.com. Social Workplace is located at 2315 Lomita Blvd, Lomita, CA 90717. Parking is first-come, first-served. Parking is also available on surrounding streets. Uber, Lyft and ride sharing encouraged.
Attention local foodies! Restaurant Week is back and it’s time to DineLA! DineLA Restaurant Week is a bi-annual dining event established to introduce diners to the extensive assortment of restaurants in neighborhoods throughout Los Angeles County. DineLA Winter Restaurant Week takes place over 14 consecutive days and runs from January 17 through January 31. Local foodies and visitors to the area will have the opportunity to enjoy a selection of specially priced prix fixe menus from some of LA’s best restaurants during this this period. Restaurants from El Segundo to Palos Verdes will be participating in this culinary event. Some of the restaurants will feature lunch, some will offer dinner and some will present both so be sure to check the website at https://www.discoverlosangeles.com/dinela. Diners may make a reservation online at Open Table or contact the restaurant directly. Due to the popularity of this event, advance reservations are strongly recommended. Walk-ins are welcome but there is no guarantee they can be accommodated. This is a great opportunity to sample something different and it’s sure to whet your appetite without emptying your wallet!
The South Coast Botanic Garden will host the Winter Flashlight Tour on Friday, January 17 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Explore the night’s sky with experts and telescopes from the South Bay Astronomical Society. The Winter Flashlight Tours allow you to explore the Garden in a new light, literally and figuratively. Discover new sights, sounds, smells and mysteries of the Garden during this self-guided tour while learning all about the beautiful sky above! Tickets are $4/$9. Free for members! For additional information, visit the website at https://southcoastbotanicgarden.org/event/winter-flashlight-tours-2020-01-17/. The South Coast Botanic Garden is located at 26300 Crenshaw Boulevard, Palos Verdes, CA 90247.
The Manhattan Beach Art Center (MBAC) presents the Opening Reception: Mare Vitalis on Friday, January 17 from 6 to 9 p.m. The importance of the sea in maritime communities is evident in the work of three painters: Alex Weinstein, Wendy Stillman, and Marlene Yamada. Their work spans from abstract to representational, and the idea of ocean is represented through specific cultural references, philosophical theories about nature and beauty, and the physicality and motion of water. This event is FREE to attend and all are welcome! For additional information, visit the website at http://www.citymb.info/departments/parks-and-recreation/cultural-arts/exhibitions. Manhattan Beach Arts Center is located at 1560 Manhattan Beach Boulevard, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.
The City of Gardena presents the annual MLK Jr. Commemorative Parade & Celebration on Saturday, January 18 at 10 a.m. The parade starts at the corner of Van Ness and Marine Avenues and ends at Rowley Park. A celebration will immediately follow the parade at Rowley Park. The event features a Battle of the Bands and other entertainment. For additional information, visit the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/2520305244872035/. Rowley Park is located at 13220 Van Ness Avenue, Gardena, CA 90249.
The Redondo Beach Police Department, in partnership with St. Baldrick’s Foundation, will host a Sarcoma Cancer Awareness Event on Saturday, January 18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the RBPD Annex Station. About 20 to 30 Officers will shave their heads to show support for all kids and families touched by cancer. The community is also invited to participate by either shaving your head or cheering others on. The donations will start at $25+ per haircut. Reach out to as many people as you can to show up and support. The Redondo Beach Police Officer’s Association is going to help by donating an additional $25 for others who participate in this important event. For additional information, contact Officer Bradley McGill at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Redondo Beach Police Department Annex Station is located at 200 North pacific Coast Highway, Redondo Beach, CA 90277.
The Redondo Beach Public Library will host Teen Tech Help on Saturday, January 18 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Adults (and anyone else) can come by for a tech help drop-in session and get assistance from tech experts: teens! Get help with gadgets like smartphones, tablets and apps. This program is free and open to the public. No reservations are required. It will be held in the 2nd Floor Meeting Room of the Redondo Beach Main Library. For more information on programs and services, call (310) 318-0675, option 5, or visit the website at http://www.redondo.org/library. The Redondo Beach Main Library is located at 303 North Pacific Coast Highway in Redondo Beach. Free underground parking is available at the Library.
The Foster Baby Foundation in partnership with the South Bay Church and Department of Children Family Services Torrance present the South Bay Community Foster Care Baby Shower & Foster/Adoption Expo on Saturday, January 18 from noon to 2 p.m. at the DCFS Torrance Office. All baby shower gifts will go directly to the Department of Children Family Services to benefit the infants and toddlers of the South Bay and surrounding cities. In addition, there will be informational booths from various adoption and foster care agencies for those interested in learning more about foster care, adoption and/or volunteer opportunities. Please consider donating the following NEW, unwrapped items: bottles, diapers, newborn and toddler clothes, diaper bags, formula, blankets, towels, swaddles, bath items, pacifiers, etc. Thank you in advance for supporting the children who find themselves in the system through no fault of their own. For additional information, contact Robbie Miles at email@example.com or Mary Atkins at firstname.lastname@example.org. RSVP is not required to attend. There will be a receiving attendant at the door if you are unable to stay but would still like to drop off a gift. The DCFS Torrance Office is located at 2325 Crenshaw Boulevard, Torrance, CA 90501.
Tito’s Vodka will sponsor the Beachlife Backyard Games every month at a different location in the South Bay leading up to the BeachLife Festival in May 2020. The BeachLife crew wants to stay busy in the off season, while giving back to the community. They’ve partnered with Tito’s Handmade Vodka to throw some BeachLife Backyard Games for charity. It’s always FREE to enter, super FUN, and they’ll donate $1,000 to local non-profits every time. In addition to the games, the events will feature live music and after parties!
Saturday, January 18 – BeachLife Triathlon at The Underground
Saturday, February 29 – Beach Rugby, Manhattan Beach
Sunday, March 22 – Beach Volleyball, Hermosa Beach
For additional information and to RSVP, visit the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/2383156015257853/.
The L.A. County Historical Society presents the Opening Reception: Industry of Meaning on Saturday, January 18 from 5 to 9 p.m. at Resin Gallery. Be immersed in the Industry of Meaning. This exhibit reflects an observation of the surf, skate, street and beach mediums and presents a 100-year retrospective of the creative ripple effect which surf, skate, street and beach mediums have had on culture and artists. This exhibit brings together fine artists, cultural icons and and a range of cultural artifacts. There are over 50 participating artists in this exhibit, including cultural icons like Skip Englom and Jim Gonzer, both of whom have over 50 years in their respected mediums. Show curators Matt Wessen and Skip Engblom, both prolific surfers and founders of LA County Historical Society. This event is FREE to attend! For additional information and to RSVP, visit the Eventbrite page at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/industry-of-meaning-over-1000-years-of-culture-tickets-88924492551. Resin Gallery is located at 618 Cypress Avenue, Hermosa Beach, CA.
The Torrance Art Museum (TAM) presents the Opening Reception for two new exhibitions, Death Cult in Gallery One and Alptraum in Gallery Two on Saturday, January 18 from 6 to 9 p.m.
–Death Cult examines the human fascination with skulls and mortality throughout the history of art and its intersection with motorcycle sub-cultures. The obsession with death has always been a fundamental pivot for much of art throughout history and across geographical boundaries. As Western contemporary culture moved into a period of youth sub-cultures in the mid-1950s, the skull took on various signifiers for myriad groups and has continued to maintain that tradition with greasers, punks, contemporary skaters, and others making use of the skull as a motif. This exhibition focuses on the ubiquitous human skull and sub-cultural expression of ‘the American Dream’, with a particular focus on the motorcycle world lifestyle, as its participants have one of the largest mortality rates among these sub-cultures. Death Cult explores the link between the sub-cultural yearnings for freedom expressed through the motorcycle, its movies, its tropes, and the vanitas nature of skull related art works – a reminder of our own mortality, memento mori. Curated by Max Presneill with Sue-Na Gay.
–Alptraum (Nightmare) is a touring show of 2D works by 200+ artists, from 21+ countries, conceived and organized by Marcus Sendlinger (Germany) that has been travelling through the world since 2010. The title was inspired by the paintings of the Swiss artist Johann-Heinrich Füssli (1741 Zurich – 1825 London) who painted different versions of Incubus (Nachtmahr). Inspired by ghost stories, Füssli made the world of dreams and visions the subject of his paintings. This exhibition reflects on various artistic, social and cultural circumstances individually concerning nightmares – and each artists’ interpretation or reflection in drawing, collage, photography or works on paper. The 200+ artists invited to contribute to this exhibition have been asked to only submit works which they have had a direct hand in creating, so physical contact and mark making on the surface of the material is implied in a manner akin to the scryer, an ‘automatic writer’, a pyromancer’s stirring of the hot embers, an ectoplasmic medium – the hand that re-creates the subconscious wanderings of its owner.
Death Cult and Alptraum (Nightmare) will be on view from January 18 – March 14, 2020. For additional information, call 310-618-3846 or visit the website at http://www.torranceartmuseum.com/. The Torrance Art Museum is located at 3320 Civic Center Drive in Torrance.
The annual Southern California Slack Key Festival returns to the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center on Sunday, January 19, for one performance only at 2 p.m. One of the most acclaimed Hawaiian concerts to ever leave the islands, the Southern California Slack Key Festival takes fans on a Hawaiian musical journey that showcases Grammy-winning slack key guitarists, the best hula dancers in the world, special guest performers and an Island Marketplace. This year’s Southern California Slack Key Festival line-up includes John Keawe, Jerry Santos, Kamuela Kimokeo, the Lim Family, Ikaika Marzo, Bobby Moderow, Jeff Peterson, Anthony Pfluke, and Bobby Ingano. The Island Marketplace – free to the public – takes place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and features a variety of island themed gifts, home décor, accessories, apparel, and more. Plus, Hawaiian food, authentic island-style shave ice and outdoor entertainment. Ticket prices range from $20 to $135. For additional information and ticket purchase, call 562-556-4824 or visit the website at http://www.kalakoa.com/slackkey.html. The Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center is located at 1935 Manhattan Beach Boulevard in Redondo Beach.
The Redondo Beach Police Department Community Engagement Board will host the first annual MLK Jr. Celebration on Monday, January 20 at 5 p.m. at City Hall. The community is invited for an evening of reflection and celebration to honor the life, leadership and legacy of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The event features Dr. Marcus “Goodie” Goodloe, an educator, speaker, and the RDPD Chaplain; Tonya McKenzie, Chairwoman of this inaugural MLK Jr. Celebration; Captain Jon Naylor from the Redondo Beach Police Department; and special musical guest, Corbin Jones’ Big Band. The RBPD Community Engagement Board plans to develop a scholarship for a Redondo Union High School student that exemplifies the characteristics of Dr. King and contributes to the community. For details, contact Tonya McKenzie at email@example.com. Redondo Beach City Hall is located at 415 Diamond Street, Redondo Beach, CA 90277.
Shade Hotel Redondo Beach will host Movie Night on Tuesday, January 21 at 6:30 p.m. at Sea Level Restaurant & Lounge. Enjoy screenings of both classic and new films. Blankets and popcorn will be provided, so head on down to the marina and cozy up! The schedule is as follows:
October 22 – Beetlejuice
November 19 – Harry Potter & the Half Blood Prince
December 17 – Elf
January 21 – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Seating is limited and the movies are subject to change. For additional information and to make reservations, call 310.921.8950. Shade Hotel Redondo Beach is located at 655 North Harbor Drive, Redondo Beach, CA 90277.
Ready, Set, Launch! Walk With Sally presents the Friendship Bowl Kick Off on Tuesday, January 21 at 6:30 p.m. at Uncorked in Hermosa Beach. Attendees will learn just how easy it can be to fundraise enough to give a child hope for their future despite the impact of cancer. The goal is to raise enough funds to create a satellite office in Downtown Los Angeles so they can reach and support families impacted by cancer throughout L.A. County. Wine flights and complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be available as guests mingle and chat about what this year’s fundraising campaign means for Walk With Sally. This event is FREE to attend! For additional information and RSVP, visit the website at https://donate.walkwithsally.org/event/friendship-bowl-2020-kick-off-party/e265088. Uncorked is located at 302 Pier Avenue, Hermosa Beach, CA.
The Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce will host a New Year Fiesta & Ribbon Cutting on Wednesday, January 22 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at Mercado. The community is invited to celebrate the New Year with a FIESTA at Mercado. The festive evening will start with a ribbon-cutting to officially welcome Mercado to Manhattan Beach. Guests will enjoy delicious tamales, jicama Ahi tacos, Dos Gringas, and taco de carnitas. The cash bar will offer Happy Hour drink specials from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Chamber Members attend for FREE. Cost to non-members is $15. For additional information and ticket purchase, visit https://patch.com/california/manhattanbeach/calendar/event/20200122/719596/new-year-fiesta-and-ribbon-cutting-with-mercado. Mercado is located in Manhattan Village Mall at 3212A North Sepulveda Boulevard, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.
The Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce presents the annual Board Installation Dinner Gala on Wednesday, January 22 at 5:30 pm at the Comedy & Magic Club. The event features an award ceremony for the Man & Woman of the year, John Horger and Merna Marshall. The cocktail hour will start at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:15 p.m., the awards ceremony at 7:30 p.m. and the comedy show at 8:15 p.m. Tickets are $70 per person. This event is open to the public. For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the Eventbrite page at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2020-chamber-installation-dinner-gala-tickets-86180224371. The Comedy & Magic Club is located at 1018 Hermosa Avenue in Hermosa Beach.
Here’s a HEADS-UP on a few events you’ll want to plan for now!
This event listing is current as of yesterday, but new events are posted EVERY DAY! Check the website for updates at http://www.southbaybyjackie.com for details on these and other events happening throughout the South Bay.
Want to know how easy it is to listen to The South Bay Show podcast? Just say, “Alexa, play The South Bay Show podcast.” Or “Siri, play The South Bay Show podcast.” Or “Google, play The South Bay Show podcast. See? Easy peasy! Listen during your commute to work, or during your workout at the gym – it’ll make the time fly by!
Beach Cities Rank #1 in Longevity. Came across this the other day…. it’s not an official poll or study, but according to the author, we’re doing something right! https://parade.com/976846/paulaspencer/how-to-live-to-100/?fbclid=IwAR1Se2ME5QcSE0kpTzxfA138r8Mt9YAyr71HbmhD_wDY1r971HaCZgitMJg.
The South Bay Women’s Conference is now accepting application for Elevate Talks. There will be a few changes to the schedule of the Conference this year, but one popular segment remains: Elevate Talks. Five women will each present a 5-minute talk, using 20 rapid-fire slides with only a few seconds per slide to keep things moving. The goal for Elevate Talks is to end with an impactful call-to-action that coincides with our theme and mission. Also, it should inspire us all to take action to elevate other women in our lives. Each selected speaker will have:
•five minutes to present her inspirational talk with 17 to 20 slides
•control to start slide 1; all other slides will advance every 15 seconds
•a call-to-action on final slide related to the theme: Inspiration. Intention. Integrity.
Submit an application by March 8, 2020. You can download the application at https://kv248.infusionsoft.app/app/form/elevateapp?inf_contact_key=6d908cebf7c0526d8a5ba94b890443f8.
The City of Manhattan Beach is seeking community-minded individuals to fill vacancies on the City’s Boards and Commissions. There are seats available on the Board of Building Appeals, Parks & Recreation Commission, Cultural Arts Commission, Parking & Public Improvements Commission, Library Commission and Planning Commission. To be considered for one of these seats, you must be a resident of Manhattan Beach and a registered voter. You must submit your application by April 15, 2020. To download an application, visit the website at http://www.citymb.info/boardsandcommissions.
This morning on The South Bay Show: South Bay Spotlight, our guests are Dr. Marcus Goodloe, Tonya McKenzie and Captain John Naylor in their capacity as representatives of the RBPD Community Engagement Board and we’re going to learn about the inaugural MLK Jr. Celebration taking place this coming Monday, January 20 at 5 p.m. at Redondo Beach City Hall, and what attendees can expect. Listen live at 8 a.m. or at your leisure at https://www.southbaybyjackie.com/mlk-jr-celebration-2/. Tune in every Thursday morning at 8 a.m. to keep up with what’s going down throughout the South Bay!
Tomorrow morning on The South Bay Show: Manhattan Beach 360, our guests will be Dave Salzman and Carol Glover from The Salzman Real Estate Team and they’ll bring us up to date on current real estate trends and what attendees can expect at their Lunch & Learn event on February 12. Listen live at 8 a.m. or at your leisure at https://www.southbaybyjackie.com/salzman-real-estate-team/. 0Tune in every Friday morning at 8 a.m. for the latest happenings in Manhattan Beach!
Enjoy the MLK Jr. holiday and have a fabulous South Bay weekend!