ARTISAN WORKSHOP: Natural Dyeing with Fabrics + Eco Friendly Materials on Sat 6/11 @ 10am-3pm

South Bay resident and artisan Stacy Wong loves to help others create something handmade through her Community Making Workshops. Make new friends, learn new skills, and create something beautiful!

Presented in partnership with Local Home Girl, her next workshop is set for Saturday, June 11 during which attendees will learn how to dye fabrics using natural materials. Guest instructor KC Cooper Sears is a co-founder of the Academy of Handmade Artists & Supporters and has worked for Martha Stewart, Urban Outfitters, and other notable clients.


The $135 fee per person includes the following:

  • Four hours of hands-on learning and fun with natural dyeing with a fiber arts specialist
  • Instructions on eco-friendly, sustainable and easy ways to dye fabric with everyday foods stuffs and natural materials
  • Training of shibori and resist techniques for patterning and designing your own set of napkins and placemats
  • All materials and supplies
  • A special thank-you gift
  • A delicious catered lunch by Savory N Sweet in Redondo Beach

Workshop spaces are limited. Wear clothing and shoes that could get dirty or stained. Free street parking. Exact address of Local Home Girl headquarters provided after registration. Questions? Call Stacy at (310) 464-7379.

GO! South Bay Vendors Among Many Participating at L.A. LIVE’s Downtown Dark Nights on Fri 6/3 … Kick off the Summer in DTLA!

I get it. Downtown Los Angeles is NOT the South Bay. After all, who really wants to venture outside of the bubble, and head to DTLA (and if you don’t know already, DTLA stands for Downtown Los Angeles!). Since I divide my time between the South Bay and DTLA, I get the pleasure of enjoying both worlds — vastly different, while at the same time, closely similar — surprising, huh?

Well, this Friday, my worlds collide. On June 3 @ 6-11pm, I am co-producing my 12th FREE community event at L.A. LIVE called Downtown Dark Nights, and this time, we have at least three of our vendors from the South Bay! Join us and be sure to support LOCAL by visiting these vendors when you come Downtown!

RSVP on FACEBOOK … Details on L.A. LIVE’s website HERE!

Here are the three South Bay locals who will be among the 40 vendors at Downtown Dark Nights!

DANE CAPO ART: A native of Hermosa Beach, California, 20-year-old Dane Capo is an artist who began painting four years ago. His world of bold color often features images of his favorite people — from famous musicians like the Beatles and Bob Dylan to artists like Matisse to family members. A world traveler, to date, he has also visited 37 U.S. states – his goal is to visit all fifty. An artist who also happens to have autism and epilepsy, his mom Krista Capo shares that “One day Dane just decided to start painting.” Learn more about Dane and his artwork by visiting his website at and by clicking HERE.

SHAY CANDLES: A long-time South Bay local who often sells in Redondo Beach’s Riviera Village, Rachez Miller makes the most amazing coconut wax candles that she mixes using unique fragrances and hand-pours into her decorated jars and tins. They burn for hours, and have the most heavenly scents! Follow this Roller Derby mom and her Shay Candles on Instagram!

SOAP SEAS: In 2015, artisan Christine Wennstrom began making and selling her small batches of handcrafted natural soaps inspired by the sea. A native of Redondo Beach, California, she shares: “The beach has always been my lifelong companion through my rough waters and calm tides. I breathe, dream, sing, and dance t­­o the beach. My soaps are my homage to the sea, and a way I can give back all that the sea has given me.” Learn more at

SUN 5/15 @ 1-6pm: Rotary DTLA Hosts Self-Guided Tour of the Arts District

See art and photography by @SouthBayMuse and @DowntownMuse to support the charitable work of Rotary DTLA during the business organization’s 3rd annual Incredible L.A. Lofts Tour on Sunday, May 15 @ 1-6pm. For only $30, this self-guided tour provides ticketholders with access to the amazing culture of the Arts District in Downtown Los Angeles with exclusive visits to artist studios, neighborhood art institutions, fascinating residences, and the warm hospitality of RESIDENT (428 S. Hewitt St., Los Angeles, CA 90013), including an extended happy hour during 1-8pm and an official after-party with live music starting at 9pm (drinks not included as part of ticket price).


Proceeds benefit local and international service projects of Rotary DTLA. Recent projects included providing clean water, handwashing stations, and latrines to 1,500 students and their families at four schools and a clinic in Kenya; support of a community garden in Watts; and dictionaries for local schools. In addition to ticket sales, sponsors ensure the success of this event. Rotary DTLA thanks its sponsors Century Housing Corporation; Loftway; Downtown News; and RESIDENT. Through @DowntownMuse, I’m providing support for the tour through my social media channels AND I’m opening up my loft for attendees, too.

The self-guided tour starts at Art Share L.A. (801 E. 4th Pl., Los Angeles, CA 90013). Free parking for ticketholders is available at 321 S. Hewitt St., Los Angeles, CA 90013 across the street. Attendees are also encouraged to take public transportation. Take Metro’s Gold Line to Little Tokyo/Arts District Station and walk just a few blocks to Art Share L.A. (directions/map posted HERE).

MY FAVES: South Bay Happy Hour Spots


Shellback Tavern
116 Manhattan Beach Blvd.
Manhattan Beach 90266
(310) 376-7857
3-7 p.m. Monday thru Friday
$2.50 draft beer, $4 wells and wine, $3 appetizers

3801 Highland Ave.
Manhattan Beach 90266
(310) 796-0200
2-6 p.m. Monday thru Friday and 9:30 p.m. to 12 midnight Sunday thru Thursday
Happy hour menu and discounted craft beers plus $1.75 oysters (increments of 6) and $1 tacos on Tuesday nights

The Rockefeller
1209 Highland Ave.
Manhattan Beach 90266
(310) 545-5810
5-7 p.m. Monday thru Thursday and 3-7 p.m. Friday
$5 select beer and wine plus $1 mix-and-match oysters on Monday 5pm to close! New happy hour menu $4.95 to $5.95 includes flatbread du jour, guacamole and chips, truffle mac n’cheese, heirloom salad, short rib tacos, and sweet potato bombs


Mediterraneo – The Med Kitchen & Bar
73 Pier Ave.
Hermosa Beach 90254
(310) 318-2666
5-7 p.m. Monday thru Friday
Half-off price of over 30 microbrews plus 2-for-1 selection of tasty small plates

Abigaile Restaurant
and Ocean Bar & Lounge

1301 Manhattan Ave.
Hermosa Beach 90254
(310) 798-8227
5-7 p.m. Monday thru Friday
“R+D Hour” drink and food specials, including #2.50 draft beer, $4 wells and wine, $3 appetizers

36 Pier Ave.
Hermosa Beach 90254
(310) 798-6585
4-6 p.m. Monday thru Friday
$5 bites include kale caesar and mushroom flatbread plus half-price selection of draft beers and drinks

Saint Rocke
142 N. Pacific Coast Hwy.
Hermosa Beach 90254
(310) 372-0035
6-8 p.m. Monday thru Friday (latest happy hour in the South Bay!)
Pick your favorite drink, draft beer, wine, or appetizer for only $5!

The Rockefeller
418 Pier Ave.
Hermosa Beach 90254
(310) 372-8467
5-7 p.m. Monday thru Thursday and 3-7 p.m. Friday
$5 select beer and wine plus $1 mix-and-match oysters on Monday 5pm to close! New happy hour menu $4.95 to $5.95 includes flatbread du jour, guacamole and chips, truffle mac n’cheese, heirloom salad, short rib tacos, and sweet potato bombs


Bouzy Gastropub at Chez Melange
314 Ave. I
Redondo Beach 90277
(310) 540-1222
4-7 p.m. daily
Special menu

Hudson House
514 N.Pacific Coast Hwy.
Redondo Beach 90277
(310) 798-9183
5-7 p.m. daily
$2.50 draft beer, $4 wells and wine, $3 appetizers

Tapas y Vino
1729 S. Catalina Ave.
Redondo Beach 90277
(310) 791-8200
3-6 p.m. Monday thru Friday
Special menu

NOTE: Avoid drama by checking times and menus with each and any of the places above in advance of your visit as happy hour specials and schedule are always subject to change without notice!

NOW OPEN: Fast Casual Eatery “Pie Pie Pie” in South Redondo

PIE PIE PIE! Sweet pies, savory pies, and even pizza pies are now freshly made and available for sale in one South Bay location. Check out Pie Pie Pie, a new fast-casual eatery that quietly opened its doors in South Redondo a few weeks ago at Torrance Blvd. and Camino Real (it occupies the space of the now-closed pizzeria, The Slice).

Don’t let its storefront location in a nondescript strip mall fool you — the savory pies, in particular, are top notch. I tasted the pumpkin pie, which is more savory than sweet (my preference) as well as the pecan pie, which is also not overly sweet. Both are excellent, but if forced to make a choice, I would more highly recommend the savory pie selections as I prefer the crust on those over the one used for the sweet pies.

Pie Pie Pie also serves Korean-style chicken wings, which are slightly sweet, not hot, and seasoned with sesame seeds. In addition, they offer a nice selection of New York-style, thin-crust pizzas (cheese, pepperoni, buffalo chicken, veggie and more), along with pasta, salads, and subs, the latter three of which I haven’t tried as of yet.

All of the yummy crusty creations at Pie Pie Pie are handmade by pastry chef Euni Kim (who trained at New York’s French Culinary Institute and worked at several New York restaurants like Battery Gardens and River Cafe). Her husband Kyoung Kang, who works in finance, runs the business side of making pies (and more). The business partners — who are also married — have lived in the neighborhood since 2011.

Call TODAY to order your holiday pies! Seasonal sweet pie selections currently include apple, pecan, and pumpkin. Order your Thanksgiving pies by 9:00pm on Monday, November 23! Note that Pie Pie Pie is always closed on Tuesdays.

610 Torrance Blvd.
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
(310) 316-5111


Open every day except Tuesdays at 11:30am to 9:00pm – pick up, eat in, or order for delivery ($20 minimum). Free onsite parking. NOTE: I recommend taking your pies “to go” and reheating them at home for lunch or dinner since the place is small (only three tables and four bar chairs) plus the ambiance of the space is not in line with the excellence of my favorite — the savory pies! 

MY FAVES: South Bay Breweries & Craft Pubs

A friend was asking me the other day about where to go for good beer in the South Bay area, so I put together this list. Which breweries and brew pubs are your favorites in the Beach Cities and surrounding areas?


Absolution Brewing Company
2878 Columbia St.
Torrance, CA 90503
(310) 490-4860

Beachwood Brewery & BBQ
210 E. 3rd St.
Long Beach, CA 90802
(562) 436-4020

Cosmic Brewery
20316 Gramercy Pl.
Torrance, CA 90501
(424) 259-2337

El Segundo Brewing Company
140 Main St.
El Segundo, CA 90245
(310) 529-3882

HopSaint Brewing Company
5160 W. 190th St.
Torrance, CA 90503
(310) 214-4677

King Harbor Brewing Company
2907 182nd St.
Redondo Beach, CA 90278
(310) 542-8657

Monkish Brewing Co.
20311 S. Western Ave.
Torrance, CA 90501
(310) 295-2157

Phantom Carriage Brewery
18525 S. Main St.
Carson, CA 90248
(310) 538-5834

Smog City Brewing
1901 Del Amo Blvd #B
Torrance, CA 90501
(310) 320-7664

Strand Brewing Co.
2201 Dominguez St.
Torrance, CA 90501
(310) 517-0900

The Dudes’ Brewing Company
1840 W. 208th St.
Torrance, CA 90501
(424) 271-2915

Three Weavers Brewing Company
1031 W. Manchester Blvd.
Inglewood, CA 90301
(310) 400-5830

Timeless Pints
3671 Industry Ave.
Lakewood, CA 90712
(562) 490-0099


Abigaile Restaurant
1301 Manhattan Ave.
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
(310) 798-8227
Brewer Paul Papantonio

Adam’s Bottle Boutique
1306 S. Pacific Coast Hwy.
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
(310) 316-3740

Alpine Village
833 W. Torrance Blvd.
Torrance, CA 90502
(323) 321-5660

Flights Beer Bar
5119 W. El Segundo Blvd.
Hawthorne, CA 90250

Mediterraneo (The Med)
73 Pier Ave.
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
(310) 318-2666

Naja’s Place
154 International Boardwalk
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
(310) 376-9951

Red Car Brewery Restaurant
1266 Sartori Ave.
Torrance, CA 90501
(310) 782-0222

Select Beer Store-Bottle Shop & Tap Room
1613 S. Pacific Coast Hwy.
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
(310) 540-1221

Sophie’s Place
1708 Catalina Ave.
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
(310) 540-8484

PHOTO: Cold El Segundo Brewing Company’s Mayberry IPA at Najas Place on Redondo Pier by Melissa Richardson Banks

EXHIBIT: South Bay Muse Snapshots at GUS Gallery

For those of you who follow my work online, you know that I take photographs of scenes from ordinary life as I walk my dogs early each morning wherever I am. For the past year, I’ve split my time between Redondo Beach and the Arts District in Downtown Los Angeles (for the latter, I share images as @DowntownMuse). It’s been an amazing experience — both communities share some things in common and in more ways than the 20 miles that separate them, they are miles apart. However, just like the Arts District, I have found a community of artists and a place that inspires me every day.

I never imagined how my photography would be in the South Bay until I arrived. Like my work in Downtown Los Angeles, I still shoot as I maneuver my two rambunctious dogs in meandering ways along the streets where I live and work. I shoot the “ordinary” — the commonplace things that attract my attention as I’m walking. I never intend to shoot; i.e., I don’t go out with the goal of photographing. It just happens. Out of the many I take each day, I only share a couple online through my social channels on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook in my online persona as @SouthBayMuse.

Opening on Saturday, November 21, 2015 @ 4-8pm, my photography exhibition “SOUTH BAY MUSE: Snapshots of the South Bay by Melissa Richardson Banks” is on view in Redondo Beach through Thursday, December 31, 2015 in GUS Gallery at GUS Vintage Goods. Located in Riviera Village, the store opened at its location of 209 Avenue I, Redondo Beach, CA 90277 in August 2014.


Store owner, vintage purveyor, and designer Kim Stoneman — who is also a lifelong art aficionado and a former elementary school art teacher — showcases local artists in her GUS Gallery, which is located inside of her popular store.

To learn more, visit and follow @GusVintageGoods on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

GUS Gallery in GUS Vintage Goods
209 Avenue IRedondo Beach, CA 90277
(310) 210-9448 •
Open daily 10am-6pm • Closed major holidays

GO! Toyota Dream Car Youth Art Exhibits on View in the South Bay

Artworks by local youth who were among the U.S. finalists of the Toyota Dream Car Art Contest in 2014 and 2015 are now on view in three separate exhibitions in the South Bay. The first is at Phantom Galleries L.A. in Hawthorne. School teachers are invited to visit this gallery on Saturday, October 10; Saturday, October 17; and Saturday, October 24 during 2-4pm to pick up their FREE classroom art kits to help their students enter this year’s free national contest (while supplies last). If you are a teacher, RSVP HERE! The exhibition is on view during special events and by appointment only thru Saturday, October 24, 2015.

The other two exhibitions are on view during public hours in the lobbies at the Main Library and North Branch of the Redondo Beach Public Library, Thursday, October 1 thru Sunday, November 22, 2015. One of the finalists whose work is on display was also a national winner last year: Gene Whang, age 14, of Rancho Palos Verdes, California won the U.S. Bronze Award for his artwork “Cable Wheel Automobile.” The library exhibitions are being presented in the South Bay as part of the Redondo Beach Art Group (RBAG)’s 2015 Power of Art :: PoAX, an annual art show, which takes place this year on Friday, October 16 thru Sunday, October 18, 2015 at the Main Library.

Now in its 10th year worldwide, the Toyota Dream Car Art Contest is starting its 5th year of participation in the United States. The free contest is designed to inspire creativity in youth and encourage an interest in design and the automotive industry. Now through Monday, February 1, 2016, U.S. youth, ages 4-15, can submit their hand-drawn artworks featuring unique concepts of their “Dream Car.” Applicants are sorted into three age categories (4-7 years; 8-11 years; 12-15 years). Judging is based on three criteria: execution of concept; uniqueness; and artistry. For details, official rules, and entry forms, visit

now thru Sunday, November 22, 2015

Main Library
303 N. Pacific Coast Hwy.
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
Monday-Thursday 10am-8pm • Friday 10am-6pm
Saturday 9am-5pm • Closed Sunday

North Branch
2000 Artesia Blvd.
Redondo Beach, CA 90278
Monday-Thursday 12-8pm • Closed Friday
Saturday 9am-5pm • Closed Sunday

Saturdays thru October 24, 2015

Katalyst Foundation Gallery
12609 Hawthorne Blvd
Hawthorne, CA 90250
The exhibition is on view during special events and by appointment on Saturdays thru October 24, 2015. Call (213) 446-3467 to schedule a gallery visit.

GO! “Where the Magic Happens” Exhibit

Curated by Kristine Schomaker and presented by Shoebox PR, “Where the Magic Happens” celebrates Los Angeles artists who are going out of their comfort zone to create opportunities for themselves, establish their place, and thrive beyond the gallery system. With more pop-up and artist-run galleries, independent artist art fairs, artist run blogs and magazines and a plethora of organizations helping artists succeed on their own, artists are bypassing the gallery system.

The exhibition is on view Saturday, October 3 through Sunday, October 19, 2015.

FEATURED ARTISTS: Susan Amorde, Terry Arena, JT Burke, Jennifer Celio, Chenhung Chen, Jeanne Dunn, Dwora Fried, Rob Grad, Carlos Grasso, Cie Gumucio, Carla Jay Harris, Teale Hatheway, Cindy Jackson, Erika Lizée, Susan Lizotte, Dave Lovejoy, Susan Melly, Freyda Miller, Mike M. Mollett, Andrea Monroe, Stacey Moore, Malka Nedivi, Margaret Ouchida, Lori Pond, Linda Sue Price, Lindsey Price, Isabella Kelly-Ramirez, Katherine Rohrbacher, Jane Szabo, Christine Weir

RSVP on FB => Opening Reception on SAT 10/3 @ 7-10pm

Gallery H of Phantom Galleries L.A.
12619 Hawthorne Blvd.
Hawthorne, CA 90250
Open on weekends 1-6pm, during special events, and by appt (310) 869-4992

To learn more, send an email to Kristine Schomaker. Gallery H is directed by Gloria Plascencia. To find out about Phantom Galleries L.A., visit the nonprofit’s website.

EXHIBIT: “Transformations” by Peggy Sivert Zask

More often seen in the art scene as a curator and gallerist promoting other artists, Peggy Sivert Zask is also a dynamic artist herself featured in this long-overdue solo show in the South Bay curated by fine art photographer, independent art curator, and photojournalist Gloria Plascencia. Focusing on the last five years of Zask’s art career, the exhibition includes ceramics, mixed-media sculpture, acrylic and oil paintings, and celebrates Zask as an artist, art teacher, and gallery owner. Regardless of the medium used by Zask, the artist is passionate and consistent with her concern for social justice and the environment. In recent years, she added ceramics as a medium. “My goal is to apply my fine art background to clay as opposed to viewing it as craft.” The exhibition is on view at Gallery H of Phantom Galleries L.A. in Hawthorne, California starting Saturday, 8/29 through Saturday 9/26. Zask also is slated to present an in-gallery talk on Sunday, 9/20 @ 4-7 pm.

RSVP on FB => Opening Reception on SAT 8/29 @ 6-9pm

During the opening reception at 7pm, the artist will perform a “Transformational Ritual” with original electronic fusion music, which signifies an important transition in her artwork.

With powerful pieces focusing on horse imagery, harbor-area ecology, and vivid depictions of the female as a signal for change, the San Pedro-based artist uses her background as a Peace Corps volunteer and art teacher to create vivid art rooted in a desire for a better world. Zask calls her most recent body of work “‘living art,’ because it has been with me for the past 15 years and continually reworked.” She notes that the heavy canvas texture represents years of layering; ceramic sculpture broken, rebuilt or deconstructed.

Born in Los Angeles, Zask has run art galleries for over 15 years, and currently serves as director and curator for both the Zask Gallery and the nonprofit art organization, South Bay Contemporary in San Pedro, an artist-run space dedicated to explorations in contemporary art. “I like to take the viewer on an adventure, an exploration of the visual,” Zask says. With the “Transformations” exhibition, it will be her own art that leads viewers on a riveting adventure.

Zask has previously shown her own art extensively, from the Ismael Gallery in New York’s Soho to the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery in Hollywood to recent exhibitions in Torrance and Santa Ana.

Gallery H of Phantom Galleries L.A.
12619 Hawthorne Blvd.
Hawthorne, CA 90250
Open during special events, on weekends 1-6pm and by appointment (310) 869-4992

Gallery H is a project of the stART up program by Phantom Galleries LA which is a nonprofit organization that transforms vacant storefronts into temporary public art galleries. Each gallery has its own identity and is created by a unique relationship between the participating curator, property owner, and the community where the gallery resides. Galleries are organized by local arts organizations, independent curators, local galleries, and local artists.

To learn more, visit the Phantom Galleries L.A. website or send an email to Gloria Plascencia.

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