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Jackie's South Bay Weekend Guide for January 2, 2014

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One last word on the holiday season….I want to give a huge shout out to the Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce for hosting an absolutely fabulous New Year’s Eve Celebration on Pier Plaza. Watching and listening to Lou Giovannetti and his Big Band is a great way to ring in the New Year! I definitely plan on attending again next year!

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Support local merchants and get a jump start on the weekend at the Downtown Torrance Market Place! Every Thursday, Old Town Torrance takes to the streets with gifts, arts and crafts, jewelry, clothing, food and produce, antiques and more! The weekly event features live music, tastings and product demonstrations from over thirty vendors and runs from 3 to 8 p.m. Downtown restaurants and shops will stay open late with sidewalk sales and Market Place specials. Free parking is available in the public parking lot on Cravens Avenue and the public parking structure with entrances on Sartori and Cabrillo Avenues. Free valet parking is also available at The Depot Restaurant located at 1250 Cabrillo Avenue. The Downtown Torrance Market Place is located at Sartori and El Prado in Torrance. For more information, visit the Facebook page at

Tickets are now on sale for the prestigious series, Reel Talk with Stephen Farber. The series will be held on four consecutive Tuesday evenings – January 28 through February 18 – beginning at 7 p.m. each evening. Order tickets early, because series passes will be limited. Film critic Stephen Farber is host and producer of the prestigious and immensely popular Reel Talk film series, which has run in west Los Angeles for a number of years and is beginning its second year in the South Bay. The films will be screened at ArcLight Beach Cities located at 831 South Nash Street in El Segundo at Rosecrans and Nash. The series ticket cost $75. The form and mailing address are available on my website. You can also bring a check with you to any screening of The South Bay Film Society. Titles will only be announced two or three weeks in advance of the screenings and are always subject to change. For further information, visit the website at or email

Shade Hotel will host a Meditation Retreat beginning Thursday, January 2 and running through Saturday, January 4. This three day transformational retreat will be facilitated by spiritual practitioner, Amy Perry. This meditation retreat is all about being connected and living connected. The special retreat package includes:

Two night stay at the hotel (1/2 & 1/3)
Optional yoga classes on the Sky Deck each morning (1/3 & 1/4)
Guided sunset ocean meditation (1/3)
Beach breakfast buffet served from 6:30 to 10 a.m. each morning
Hosted Courtyard luncheon (1/3 & 1/4)
Complimentary use of hotel beach bicycles
Complimentary wireless internet

The cost is $695 for the hotel room/retreat package. There is also a special visitor rate of $495 which excludes the hotel room and breakfast. For retreat details and reservations, call Shauna at 310-406-6801. Shade Hotel is located at 1221 North Valley Drive in Manhattan Beach.

The National Theatre Live production of The Audience will be screened here in the South Bay on Saturday, January 4 at Temple Menorah at 7 p.m. Temple Menorah is the newest venue for National Theatre Live. This production features Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth. Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for members and $10 for seniors and students. Tickets may be purchased online at or from National Theatre Live is the National Theatre’s groundbreaking project to broadcast the best of British theatre live from the London stage to cinemas across the UK and around the world. For more information about this amazing project, visit Temple Menorah is located at 1101 Camino Real in Redondo Beach, 90277.

This is the last weekend to see the I Love My Dog exhibition at theThe Palos Verdes Art Center. Curated by PVAC Executive Director, Joe Baker, the exhibition celebrates the special relationship between man and dog. Historical artwork will be paired with contemporary art to suggest how attitudes towards dogs have changed, or not, over the past 200 years, and how these changes are reflected in artistic activity. Paintings from the 19th and 20th century will include artwork loaned from the collection of the American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog. These masterworks depict the important role the dog has played in human history, serving as hunters, guardians, companions and friends. Contemporary artists include Antoine Bootz, Doug Meyer, Siri Devi Khandavilli and William Wegman. The exhibition is free and open to the public and will run through January 5. For additional information, visit the website at The Palos Verdes Art Center is located at 5504 West Crestridge Road in Rancho Palos Verdes.

As always, check the calendar links and ‘Things to Do’ page on my website for details on these and other events throughout the South Bay.

On The South Bay Show this morning, we had scheduled a show to discuss New Year’s Resolutions but several of our guests came down sick - so Joe and I winged it with the help of George Butts. We talked about some of the big stories from 2013, Christmas presents, what we did New Year’s Eve and upcoming events. Don’t worry, if you missed it, you can listen to it hear:

Have a fabulous South Bay weekend!




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