Friday, August 29, 2014

1958 Oldsmobile Fiesta Station Wagon, 2014 by Charles Phoneix

Long before this very 1958 Fiesta Station Wagon by Oldsmobile made it to the auction block, was a classic dream-car day I'll never forget.
One fateful Friday evening in the late 80s, I was going through the Recycler classified ads and found this uber-rare, space age spectacular listed for sale...

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Fiesta Hermosa Labor Day Weekend

Billed as the largest Arts and Crafts Festival in Southern California, Fiesta Hermosa, takes place Aug. 30 -Sept. 1st in Hermosa Beach 10AM – 6 PM each day.   

Approximately 300 artists and crafters will be featured, including painters, photographers, ceramicists, jewelers, sculptors, and handicrafters.

Fiesta Hermosa will also feature live music on two stages.  A full schedule is available at 
There will also be a food court with a wide variety of food choices including, Thai, Greek, Mexican and Tri-Tip sandwiches.   In addition, the Charity Beer & Wine Garden will offer beer and wine with proceeds benefiting a number of local charities.

The Kiddie Carnival features a 30 foot slide, mechanical rides and games for kids from 3 to 10 years old. Also included are Pony rides, a Petting Zoo, and face painters.  

Parking:  Free Shuttle Bus service will run daily – please check for more details and a shuttle bus map. 
 Hermosa Cyclery will offer a free bike valet service just south of the Hermosa Beach Pier, featuring an on-site diagnostic checkup. The lot is open from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily.   

Friday, August 22, 2014

Eyestrology: Happy Birthday Virgo! by Cici Psy-Chic

For the month of 8/22/14-9/22/14

Happy birthday to these celebrity August Virgos: Tori Amos (8/22), Barbara Eden (8/23), Dave Chappelle (8/24), Tim Burton (8/25), Macaulay Culkin (8/26), Paul Reubens (8/27), Jack Black (8/28), Lea Michele (8/29), Cameron Diaz (8/30), Chris Tucker (8/31)

Celebrity September Virgos: Gloria Estefan (9/1), Keanu Reeves (9/2), Shaun White (9/3), Beyonce Knowles (9/4), Michael Keaton (9/5), Rosie Perez (9/6), Corbin Bernsen (9/7), Pink (9/8), Adam Sandler (9/9), Colin Firth (9/10), Ludacris (9/11), Jennifer Hudson (9/12), Tyler Perry (9/13), Sam Neill (9/14), Tom Hardy (9/15), Flo Rida (9/16), Kyle Chandler (9/17), Jada Pinkett Smith (9/18), Jimmy Fallon (9/19), Phillip Phillips (9/20), Stephen King (9/21), Andrea Bocelli (9/22)

We need to be thankful this month and spread this feeling of appreciation wherever we go. This is a good time for us to conserve and share what we have in abundance by giving to charity. Many signs will need to express their thoughts but should take great care in being considerate. Communication can be too easy in that we may want to share too much information too quickly. At the same time, we may also feel as though we aren't being heard and this could lead to rows. Open dialogue but avoid saying more than is required. Let others have a chance to speak too.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Not Joss Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing by Mark Share


Theatricum Botanicum's summer 2014 series revives Shakespeare's battle-of-the-sexes comedy, Much Ado About Nothing, which is receiving renewed attention following Joss Whedon's black-and-white movie version last year, starring his usual actors and filmed in a setting that looks like it could be a casual reading at his own house. Apparently, Whedon and friends enjoy an evening of reading a Shakespeare play together, something easier to do probably if one's friends are actors--I've tried this with a group of lawyers with mixed results--and this is a good, undemanding choice of play, for Theatricum too, which company is mostly about the camaraderie of a long-running troupe and the pleasant setting under the oaks.

The story is about an older gentleman (Robertson Dean perfectly embodying the vain, aging Benedick) who swears he will never marry, and a younger, sharp-tongued woman (Susan Angelo fine as Beatrice) who has made the same pronouncement. Their friends successfully conspire to bring them together. In contrast, a very young couple falls in love at first sight (the comic and clever Jackie Kiikvee and Colin Simon), but are thwarted by false rumors of her infidelity. The rumors are dispelled, and both couples are--plot spoiler--married at the end!

Our group, ages eleven to it's-impolite-to-state, all had a great time and could follow the story, including a teen who had never seen a Shakespeare play before. And yes, it's like old times to see the familiar players and magical setting.

Much Ado runs through September 28, 2014 at Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 North Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga. 310-455-3723.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Randy’s Donuts, Los Angeles, 2014 by Charles Phoenix

Its always time to drive thru Randy's Donuts, especially when you're taking a ride in a sparkly 1959 Caddy Coupe de Ville.  Speaking of Randy's, we might as well just get it out in the open. At the end of the day, and 150 years from now, when people who haven't even been born yet, are talking about architecture in Los Angeles, the most important structure in town is Randy's Donuts. This crazy carb castle is a mid-century, mod masterpiece of the highest order. AAAND there's a GIIIANT donut on the roof. Drive-thru or walk up to Randy's, conveniently located in Inglewood, near LAX, since 1953. YESSS giant donuts matter to us in SoCal !!! ...

Cheers to Randy's Donuts and YOU !!! ...

Charles Phoenix
Los Angeles, CA

Friday, August 1, 2014

“Visionary Man”: A Soulful Tribute at the Hudson by M.R. Hunter

The name J.B. Murray probably doesn't ring any bells of recognition. Born in 1908, Murray was a tenant farmer raising eleven children in a small town in Georgia and like most people of color in the area, could not read or write. At age 70, however, he experienced a vision from God which instructed him to paint, and create what was called "spirit-script," a wild scribbling he deciphered through a glass of well water, in effect making it holy. This otherwise simple man with no formal training, connections or money would become a respected American folk hero with his art work shown across the country. He died in 1988 having become a significant artist.

It's an impressive biography for a man who preferred to live without electricity in a shack. The world premiere musical at the Hudson adds color and life to J.B. Murray with a soulful libretto supported by a somewhat uneven but passionate cast. The story itself is worth seeing and themes of faith, persistence, hope and serendipity unfold quite lovingly and believably.