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Jun 14,2017: Hermosa Beach Farmers Market

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Jun 13,2017: Manhattan Beach Farmers Market

Market Hours:

Summer Market

Memorial Day – Labor Day
Tuesdays, 11AM – 5PM

Location: Metlox Plaza behind Shade Hotel – 13th Street and Morningside Drive



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Jun 11,2017: BACK TO THE CATSKILLS

     FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                 CONTACT: BONNIE

                                                                                                                              714.914.2565

 

                                BACK TO THE CATSKILLS

      JUNE 11TH A TRIBUTE TO THE BORSCHT BELT

 

Redondo Beach, CA.–2017 Senior Comedy Afternoons is having it’s next show starting at 2PM at the Clark Building on June 11th at 861 Valley Drive, Hermosa Beach, CA. 90254 Break out your sequins and spangles! Our show will be a tribute to the Borscht Belt and the “Golden Era” of the Catskills Mountains!

Our show begins with a dessert reception followed by three comedians and an MC to make sure you’re having a great time! There’s comic Tom McGillen who’s toured with George Lopez and who’s worked with Jay Leno and Arsenio and has been featured on Showtime and Comedy Central. Followed by Karen Rontowski who’s been featured on the Letterman Show, Sirius Radio, and Comics Unleashed with her optimistic humor who’ll make you fall in love with her. And our headliner the amazing Annie Korzen who played a recurring character on the TV Show “Seinfeld!”. You’ll remember her instantly! Annie has performed solo shows on three continents. She’s done Oprah too and has been in several movies and is a published author. Our MC is comedian Michael Preminger, who’s worked with Dean, Merv and Carson and is originally from the Bronx!

They’ll also be a special drink option at our Egg Cream Bar for your sweet tooth if coffee and tea won’t do it for your New York sensibilities.

 Senior Comedy Afternoons promotes positive aging so that also means celebrating birthdays with flourish! Seniors don’t be shy, tell us it’s your birthday and we’ll celebrate YOU! SCA knows that with age comes wisdom and we like celebrating both!

 Just Added… Live Dance Performance from the Iconic Catskills Film “Dirty Dancing!” You can’t forget it! “The Time of My Life”

Tickets On Sale Now $35 in advance, online or by phone.  

Show Day: $40 Cash.  



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Jun 10,2017: Spazmatics

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Back to the Catskills.. A Tribute to the Borscht Belt

     FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                 CONTACT: BONNIE

                                                                                                                              714.914.2565

 

                                BACK TO THE CATSKILLS

      JUNE 11TH A TRIBUTE TO THE BORSCHT BELT

 

Redondo Beach, CA.–2017 Senior Comedy Afternoons is having it’s next show starting at 2PM at the Clark Building on June 11th at 861 Valley Drive, Hermosa Beach, CA. 90254 Break out your sequins and spangles! Our show will be a tribute to the Borscht Belt and the “Golden Era” of the Catskills Mountains!

Our show begins with a dessert reception followed by three comedians and an MC to make sure you’re having a great time! There’s comic Tom McGillen who’s toured with George Lopez and who’s worked with Jay Leno and Arsenio and has been featured on Showtime and Comedy Central. Followed by Karen Rontowski who’s been featured on the Letterman Show, Sirius Radio, and Comics Unleashed with her optimistic humor who’ll make you fall in love with her. And our headliner the amazing Annie Korzen who played a recurring character on the TV Show “Seinfeld!”. You’ll remember her instantly! Annie has performed solo shows on three continents. She’s done Oprah too and has been in several movies and is a published author. Our MC is comedian Michael Preminger, who’s worked with Dean, Merv and Carson and is originally from the Bronx!

They’ll also be a special drink option at our Egg Cream Bar for your sweet tooth if coffee and tea won’t do it for your New York sensibilities.

 Senior Comedy Afternoons promotes positive aging so that also means celebrating birthdays with flourish! Seniors don’t be shy, tell us it’s your birthday and we’ll celebrate YOU! SCA knows that with age comes wisdom and we like celebrating both!

 Just Added… Live Dance Performance from the Iconic Catskills Film “Dirty Dancing!” You can’t forget it! “The Time of My Life”

Tickets On Sale Now $35 in advance, online or by phone.  

Show Day: $40 Cash.  



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Jun 07,2017: Hermosa Beach Farmers Market

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Jun 06,2017: Manhattan Beach Farmers Market

Market Hours:

Summer Market

Memorial Day – Labor Day
Tuesdays, 11AM – 5PM

Location: Metlox Plaza behind Shade Hotel – 13th Street and Morningside Drive



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Earth Talk: Attractive Solar Panels

Dear EarthTalk: Why do rooftop solar panels have to be so big and unsightly? Are there any better-looking alternatives out there? — M.L.

 

If aesthetics is the reason you’ve been holding off on converting your home to solar power, 2017 just might be the year for you to take the renewables leap. For starters, several panel makers now sell “frameless” or “seamless” designs whereby photovoltaic panels appear to “float” on the roof surface, with sightlines unencumbered by big black metal framework apparatus. But getting rid of the frames hardly constitutes an aesthetic revolution.

 

 

For that, we turn to electric-car pioneer Tesla, which made a big splash recently with the launch of its new Solar Roof system, which uses attractive, integrated solar tiles made out of tempered quartz glass to replace conventional roof tiles and shingles. The Solar Roof tiles can withstand upwards of three times the storm force of other traditional roof tiles—and as such come with a warranty lasting the lifetime of the home or infinity, whichever comes first.

 

 

While the Solar Roof system still costs about a third more than a traditional photovoltaic rooftop set-up, its visual appeal could make the transition much more palatable to many potential rooftop solar wannabes. Photovoltaic installer SolarCity (co-founded by Elon Musk and then acquired by Tesla in late 2016) will roll out the new system, available for outright purchase or through a lease, in California beginning in June and plans to expand to other parts of the United States soon thereafter.

 

 

But Tesla’s new Solar Roof isn’t the only option when it comes to more attractive rooftop solar installations. Italian start-up Dyaqua, inspired to bring the historic retrofit industry into the 21st century, has ramped up manufacturing on its so-called “Invisible Solar” photovoltaic roof tiles that are indistinguishable from traditional terra cotta, wood or stone roofing. This replacement roofing looks opaque but is translucent to the sun’s rays so light can enter and stoke the silicon solar cells inside.

 

 

Meanwhile, Boston-based Sistine Solar is developing a “solar skin” product that matches the underlying rooftop. These newfangled MIT-designed panels reflect back an image of the roof below while still letting light through to the photovoltaic cells within. Sistine’s “camouflaged” solar panels cost about 10 percent more than typical photovoltaics, but the start-up is banking on homeowner willingness to spend a little more so unsightly roof panels don’t stick out like sore thumbs in the neighborhood.

 

 

For that matter, the rooftop isn’t the only option any more. Maryland-based Solar Window Technologies is developing invisible window coatings that house ultra-small solar cells designed to convert light from both the sun and artificial sources into electricity. And California-based Sunflare is pioneering a new generation of “thin-film” photovoltaics that are only a few micrometers thick and can be affixed to just about any surface with some double-sided tape.

 

 

Given that we could power all of humanity’s electrical and industrial activities for a year with the amount of sunlight that hits the Earth’s surface in just an hour, it’s a shame that solar power still accounts for less than one percent of global energy production. But with the costs of solar panels coming down, maybe improving their look is just what we need to kickstart the transition away from fossil fuel home power.

 

 

CONTACTS: Tesla Solar Roof,  www.tesla.com/solarroof; Dyaqua, www.dyaqua.it; Sistine Solar, www.sistinesolar.com; Solar Window Technologies, www.solarwindow.com; Sunflare, www.sunflare.com.

 

 

 

EarthTalk® is produced by Roddy Scheer Doug Moss and is a registered trademark of the nonprofit Earth Action Network. To donate, visit www.earthtalk.org. Send questions to: question@earthtalk.org.

 



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Jun 04,2017: Poncho Sanchez

More than anything else, Poncho Sanchez is a storyteller. And, as leader of the
most popular Latin jazz group in the world today, it’s his congas and seasoned
ensemble that do the talking. Live in concert or on recordings, they spin vivacious
tales that pay homage to the glories of a half-century tradition that was born
when Afro-Cuban rhythms merged with bebop. One-on-one, the Chicano conguero is
equally expressive, recounting in vivid detail the encounters, friendships, and
passions that have contributed to his remarkable career as a bandleader and recording
artist. Behind the choice of every song, album title and guest artist, there’s
a story Poncho Sanchez delights in telling.

Do It!, the latest in a long series of releases that began in 1982 for Concord
Picante, is no exception. “Its name is taken from the tune by our trombone
player Francisco Torres that was originally called ‘Duet,'” Sanchez explains.
“It features a duet between the trombone and tenor sax. For a while, we
even called it ‘Brothers Duet,’ and then Francisco suggested we just call it
‘Do It.’ When we announce it at gigs, the audience starts yelling, ‘Do it, do
it!’ So, I said, ‘Well, there it is. That has to be the title for the new CD!'”

Do It! is distinct, even by Sanchez’s high standards. The album features on
two tracks the entire nine member Tower of Power, an iconic group that has become
a high-octane symbol of the funk era of the 1970s. Another two tracks boast
the presence of an equally legendary musician, South African Hugh Masekela.
Over the years, Sanchez has hand-picked guest artists who have had a special
role in shaping his growth as a musician, from trumpeter Freddie Hubbard and
saxophonist Eddie Harris, to Latin jazz patriarch Tito Puente, conga titan Mongo
Santamaria and the late Ray Charles. The guests invited to participate on Do
It! have been among Sanchez’s favorites for decades. “I’m just doing the
things I grew up with and that I respect and really love,” he adds. “It’s
part of my life.”

He was in high school, Sanchez recalls, when Hugh Masekela’s “Grazing
in the Grass” became a hit. “But I was hip to him before that, through
his album The Emancipation of Hugh Masekela. On ‘Grazing,’ there was a sound
that my friends liked. They hadn’t really understood why I dug him so much until
then, but when they heard this recording, they said, ‘Wow, he is pretty cool.’
It was a way for me to get my friends to listen to his Emancipation album, which
was a little deeper.” Sanchez first encountered Masekela at a festival
on the East Coast half a dozen years ago. Four years later the trumpeter was
featured as a guest with Sanchez’s group at the Duke Ellington Jazz Festival
in Washington, D.C. That laid the groundwork for his participation on Do It!

A fan of Tower of Power since day one, Sanchez first met members of the group
when they shared the stage as part of an all-star band assembled for the eighth
anniversary of “The David Letterman Show.” “That’s when I actually
got to meet those guys, and I told Emilio Castillo, the tenor sax player and
leader, that we should do something together. About six years ago, they invited
me to play on one of their albums,” he details, launching into another
story. “Then one day recently I got a call from Hal Gaba, the owner of
Concord Records, who said, ‘Hey Poncho, you have to hear this track I’m listening
to on satellite radio.’ He said he thought we should record it. So, he sent
me a recording of the song by a Japanese big band playing ‘Squib Cakes.’ I called
him and said, ‘Yeah, that’s good, but you know, that’s a Tower of Power song,
so why don’t we get their horn section to do it with us?'” When he told
Castillo that just the group’s highly touted horn section would be needed, the
sax man responded, ‘Hey man, what are the other members of the band going to
say when they find out the horns get to record with Poncho Sanchez and we don’t?”

The story had a happy ending when the whole band was booked, making it the
largest assemblage of guest artists ever to participate on a Sanchez recording
date. Hanging out with Castillo also led to another bonus for the album. “Emilio
is hip to all of the old funk stuff,” Sanchez states, “and he started
talking about Dyke and the Blazers, a funk band. Dyke was killed really young.
It was Emilio’s idea to do one of those old tunes, so I had Francisco Torres
arrange ‘Shotgun Slim’ for the session.”

The album includes a variety of styles that illustrate the leader’s fondness
for traditional tropical Latin fare, jazz standards, RB, and funk. On “Yo
Quisiera,” co-composed by Sanchez and trombonist Torres, Poncho croons
in the best tradition of Tito Rodriguez and other storied vocalists. On Chano
Pozo’s “Tin Tin Deo,” a standard made famous by the late Dizzy Gillespie,
Sanchez revisits through a new arrangement a classic sound that had once been
prominent in the band’s performances but had not been used in years. “We
always like to do a 6/8 tune,” he explains, “so Duke Ellington’s ‘African
Flower’ was a nice fit for this album. ‘Together,’ written by flautist Hubert
Laws, was introduced on an old Mongo Santamaria album from the 1960s, El Pussy
Cat.”

Today, Sanchez’s life’s story has become a well-known part of Latin jazz lore.
He was born in Texas on October 30, 1951 into a large Mexican-American family
(rumor has it that his 13-year old mother fled to the U.S. after hiding under
the bed as revolutionary Pancho Villa stormed her village), but grew up in the
Los Angeles area, where he was weaned on a broad range of Latin and non-Latin
popular music. Inspired by the conga playing of Cuban great Mongo Santamaria,
he honed his skills as a percussionist and broke into the limelight at the age
of 23 when he joined vibraphonist Cal Tjader’s famed Latin jazz ensemble in
1975. Poncho performed with him until Tjader’s untimely death in 1982. A year
later, he began his unprecedented 23-year relationship with Concord Records,
which has produced two dozen recordings, a GRAMMY® Award and several GRAMMY
nominations.

“It’s always worked for me and Concord,” Sanchez says, describing
his unique, long-lasting relationship with the label that stands in contrast
to the experience of virtually all of his peers. Picante, in fact, celebrates
its 25-year anniversary in 2005, and the conguero has been part of the family
for much of that time. “In the beginning, owner Carl Jefferson would keep
an eye on us in the studio like a hawk, because he didn’t want us wasting any
time and money,” he laughs. Jeff, as the Concord founder was known, actually
introduced Poncho to Jim Cassell at the Berkeley Agency, who would become his
long-time manager, as well as John Burk. “I hung out with John, and he
was a nice guy,” Sanchez recounts. “He played guitar and knew a lot
about music. Today, he’s vice president of Concord Records, and I consider him
one of my best friends. The label never pushes me¯never tells me, ‘Hey
Poncho, you need to do this or do that.’ That’s way I can just keep doing the
stuff I grew up listening to, like we’ve done on Do It! As far as I’m concerned,
it’s still the best stuff there is!” Fans of Latin jazz and Poncho Sanchez
are likely to agree.



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