IF YOU SEE ONLY ONE PLAY EVER AT THE INTERNATIONAL CITY THEATER, MAKE IT “A SHAYNA MAIDEL”

June 13, 2010 4 comments
 

AT THE ICT THROUGH JULY 3

BY GREGGORY MOORE

I haven’t particularly enjoyed the plays put on by the International City Theatre (ICT). Some of this is simply script selection—whoever is doing the choosing has very different taste than I—and some of it is a sense of what makes for effective theatre that is different than mine.

But I’m happy to say that the ICT’s production of A Shayna Maidel is unlike any show I’ve seen there. Barbara Lebow’s script deftly displays both emotional depth and architectural tightness, while director Shashin Desai and cast rarely miss capitalizing on either. Read more…

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‘RIDING BIKES WITH THE DUTCH’ TONIGHT AT THE ART THEATRE: IS IT BETTER THAN KOBE-HATING?

June 10, 2010 9 comments

MICHAEL BAUCH & SON FILMING IN AMSTERDAM

BY DAVE WIELENGA

The timing of Michael Bauch’s documentary film, “Riding Bikes With The Dutch,” couldn’t have been better—unless you count the fact that tonight’s 7 o’clock encore screening at the Art Theatre coincides with Game 4 of NBA finals between the Lakers and Boston Celtics. I do.

But a promise is a promise, and I invited my parents to see the film—a surprisingly inspirational comparison between the cycle-centric culture of Amsterdam and the pedal-pushing movement in Long Beach—before I realized it would conflict with my Kobe-hating. Then again, they’re basketball fans, too, so maybe … naahhh—I’ve been wanting to see this flick since I missed the premiere in May. Read more…

COMPTON RESIDENTS CONSIDERING BOYCOTT, LAWSUIT TO STOP POLICE DEPT COMEBACK

June 10, 2010 7 comments

BY ALLISON JEAN EATON / COMPTON BULLETIN

Aftershocks continue to ripple through Compton’s 10.5 square miles following the city council’s 3-2 vote last week to re-establish a local police department a plan that no longer has the backing of the consultant on whose study the plan is based.

A majority of the community appears staunchly opposed to reviving the department—shut down a decade ago because of rampant corruption—and several of the city’s most vociferous activists are currently rallying their fellow constituents to get active in a movement to stop the return of the Compton Police Department. They are calling for a boycott of the city’s Juneteenth celebration. There has even been mention of possibly filing an injunction preventing the city from moving forward with the plan. READ MORE

ELECTION DAY FOR PERENNIAL CANDIDATE PETER MATHEWS: MANY UNHAPPY RETURNS

June 9, 2010 12 comments

PETER MATHEWS

BY RACHEL POWERS

It’s 8:07 p.m. on Election Day—that is, the polls have been closed for seven minutes—and I am drinking tea at Sipology, the downtown Long Beach coffeehouse & gallery that has served as sort of a headquarters throughout the latest Peter Mathews for Congress Campaign. Earlier in the day, Mathews invited me here for the victory party.

Three people are at the table next to me: a middle-aged woman who has decorated her laptop with cut-out pictures of kittens; a restless, clean-cut young man–I would put him at 19—who is obviously participating in his first campaign; and his mother, who has come along to provide moral support.

The woman with the kitties on her computer finds the LA County Registrar’s website, scrolls to the early returns for the 37th District race, and asks the others, “Who’s Laura Richardson?”

The mother blinks. “Well, that’s the person he’s running against.”

“Oh, man,” says the woman. “She’s got over 5,000 votes.”

Mother: “What does Mathews have?”

Woman: “Fifteen hundred.”

“What!?” the son interjects. Read more…

COMMIE GIRL IN THE VOTING BOOTH: ASSEMBLY REQUIRED

BY REBECCA SCHOENKOPF / FOURSTORY.ORG

I don’t like to brag—oh, who’m I kidding? I do like to brag! I like it a lot! And this morning, I will be bragging about the fact that I am what I like to call a “high-information voter.” I can name you seven Supreme Court justices off the top of my head, and all nine if you give me a pencil and a sheet of scratch paper. In fact, I know that there are nine Supreme Court justices, instead of the far more popular uneducated guess of 12! That is how high-information I am!

But, as that sexy old coot Donald Rumsfeld once haiku’d, “There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we now know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns. These are things we do not know we don’t know.”

And that can extend—even for someone as brainy (and fetching) as I am—to the voting booth.  READ MORE

ONE WOMAN’S RESPONSE TO THE SECOND+PCH ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT—COMMENTS DUE MONDAY

June 6, 2010 4 comments

ARTIST'S RENDITION: SECOND + PCH

EDITOR’S NOTE: The period for public comment on the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the proposed multi-use (residential, retail, hotel) Second+PCH project closes today. Longtime resident and environmental activist  Lisa Rinaldi has already submitted her comment, and has offered a copy to Redistricted!  The DEIR can be read here and comments e-mailed to Long Beach Department of Development Services Senior Planner Jeff Winklepleck at jeffrey.winklepleck@longbeach.gov. Here’s what Rinaldi wrote:

Dear Mr. Winklepleck:

My comments on the DEIR for the Second+PCH project are set forth below.

(1) The proposed project violates existing SEADIP height limitations.

(2) The DEIR erroneously includes sidewalks, parking lots, building footprints and balconies among its open space measurements to calculate the 30% open space required by SEADIP. These are not “on-the-ground” areas for the purpose of calculating usable open space in accordance with SEADIP.

(3) (a) As stated in the DEIR, increased traffic cannot be mitigated. Read more…

ALL WRITEY!! A SAMPLING OF YOUR

June 6, 2010 4 comments

JUNE 4, BETTY PLEASANT’S “AGAINST OPINION OF VOTERS, DECLINING CRIME RATES AND EVEN ITS OWN CONSULTANT, COMPTON COUNCIL MOVES TO RE-ESTABLISH POLICE DEPARTMENT”

The crooked Mayor (I’m just guessing but, it’s a safe bet) would like to have even more City workers to keep him and his accomplices, I mean, fellow City workers in power. / JOE MACK

 JUNE 2, ERIC PIERCE’S “ELON MUSK IS … BROKE? COURT FILINGS SAY YES”

His troubles go deeper than that. Tesla’s main funding source is the Department of Energy but they’re not allowed to use that $456 million grant to produce cars, so they need independent fundraising for productions (without which they can’t generate revenue and pay back the government, or customers who have already placed cash deposits for a car that doesn’t yet exist). The government money isn’t even available until Tesla independently raises a certain amount of hard cash. Read more…