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PHOTO ESSAY: Behind American Ninja Lines

San Pedro is no stranger to film shoots great or small, but early last month we got a visit from one of the hottest summer shows in recent history- American Ninja Warrior. What better place to hold the very first military-only qualifier than the biggest battle ship in military history, the USS Iowa. It took […]


Three Sheets Art Space & Workshop

I was driving down Pacific Avenue not too long ago and I noticed a wood sign over a roll-up gate between 8th and 9th. I made a mental note to come back and figure out what it was. There was no need because, as luck would have it, I got my answer a couple of […]


San Pedro stands in for San Francisco during TV Shoot

The 200 block of 6th Street was shut down for three days last week due to a major TV shoot going on. TNT’s popular new show Murder in the First (MITF) took over downtown to shoot a major scene for the first episode of their second season. I was invited down to set by Linda […]


IN MEMORIAM: Mike Nichols 1931-2014

When I first started giving walking tours, I used to sit at Findings Art Center on 6th Street with my little A-frame sign that listed the different tours I gave and the times I offered them. One day a pair of guys walking up 6th street stopped at my sign to read it. One guy […]


Downtown San Pedro’s New Art Boxes

Downtown San Pedro was looking a little more colorful this weekend. I had heard that the ACE District was sponsoring some electrical box art and it was finally happening.   Artists submitted their inspired plans for the theme, “Hidden San Pedro”. Monty, the artist above, has dedicated his box to the “Battle of Los Angeles”, […]


The SPIFFest Weekend

I closed down my weekend at the 3rd Annual San Pedro International Film Festival at the Warner Grand Theatre. It was a great end to a wonderfully packed weekend of films and frivolity. The first film I saw was Bella Vita, the beautiful story about a surfer going back to Italy to reconnect with his […]