Past Stories
The Preservation Hall Jazz Band takes the spirit of New Orleans on tour to Santa Monica

The Soul of the Crescent City

Preservation Hall Jazz Band leader Ben Jaffe on their upcoming performance at The Broad Stage with Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Allen Toussaint The collective entity of American roots music is seasoned by individual cities and r...


A journey to the underworld

A journey to the underworld Mar Vista’s Ron Bassilian finds a gateway to hell underneath our city in “Inferno Los Angeles” By Michael Aushenker For Ron Bassilian, the road to hell began with a Craigslist ad. No, it isn...


Ring in the season with LMU

Thursday may be Thanksgiving, but the Christmas spirit is already drifting over rooftops like the hooves of Santa’s reindeer. Next week, the music department at Loyola Marymount University’s College of Communication and Fin...

Blues guitarist and singer Robert Heft is a “fourth-generation blues guy,” digging Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton and Dwayne Allman

He sings the Playa del Rey blues

Robert Heft returns to Prince O’ Whales for a late-night jam By Michael Aushenker Robert Heft has been here before, and that’s just alright with him. The Prince O’ Whales Sports Bar & Restaurant in Playa del Rey is on...

Westside Calendar

Wednesday, Nov. 26 Speakers by the Sea Toastmasters Club, 11 a.m. to noon. Improve your skills for public speaking.  12000 Vista del Mar, Conference Room 230A, Playa del Rey. (310) 559-2834 22nd Annual Pacific Division Police ...

Photo by Ryan Schude

Schude awakening

Photographer’s quirky but carefully constructed images of warped Americana go from cyberspace to gallery wall By Michael Aushenker Ryan Schude doesn’t just photograph American life, he turns it on its ear. A sun-bathed orgy...

The Insect Surfers — from left, guitarist Michael Abraham, bassist Jonpaul Balak, drummer 
Jeff Utterback and founder/guitarist Dave Arnson — performed at the International Surfing Museum last year after returning from a European tour
Photo by Ted Banks

A bugged-out live show

The timeless Insect Surfers help Time Warp Music celebrate a decade in Mar Vista By Michael Aushenker What better way to celebrate a decade of success in the Westside music business than with a free concert by the men who…

Venice Oceanarium Director Tim Rudnick revives Venice Beach’s annual “Moby Dick” reading once again
Photo courtesy of Joe Stanford

A whale of a tale, read as a group

It’s a challenge fit for Captain Ahab himself: 30 hours reading some 135 chapters of Herman Melville’s “Moby-Dick; or, The Whale,” as the 1851 novel was officially titled. It’s also become an annual Venice beach tradi...

The Los Angeles Doctors Symphony Orchestra returns to the stage on Sunday

A doctor in the house? Try 55!

Los Angeles Doctors Symphony Orchestra launches its 61st season on Sunday in the heart of Culver City. Founded in 1953 by Dr. Reuben Strauss with 35 doctors, dentists, veterinarians, nurses and allied health care professionals,...


From Abbot Kinney Fest to Fame

Before Capital Cities topped the U.S. alternative rock charts and hit No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 with the trumpet blasts of their ubiquitous KROQ hit “Safe and Sound,” they played the Abbot Kinney Festival. “The Abbot...

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