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September 21, 2021


2015 San Pedro Prep Softball Preview -

Friday, May 1, 2015

Art Preview: ‘Non-Native’ by Ingrid Dietrich -

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

San Pedro Prep Baseball 2015 Preview -

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Recapping The Final Gaffey Street Community Workshop -

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Tiffany Torres Bears Down For Success At POLA High -

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

San Pedro Fish Market Launches Scholarship Contest -

Thursday, January 15, 2015

San Pedro’s Rita Fiorenza Is A Basketball Revelation -

Thursday, January 15, 2015

‘No Lane Reductions’ As Gaffey Street Redevelopment Plans Move Forward -

Friday, January 9, 2015

San Pedro Prep Sports 2014 Fall Review -

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

LAPD Harbor Division and Philie B’s Pizza To Host Charity Events This Weekend -

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

San Pedro Holiday Parade Returns Sunday with a Twist -

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Winter Wonderland Comes To The Waterfront -

Monday, December 1, 2014

One-Way Streets May Come to Downtown San Pedro -

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

San Pedro’s Two Newest Volleyball Skyscrapers: Allison Kittell & Tracy Folchi -

Monday, November 10, 2014

San Pedro and POLA Prep Girls Cross-Country Preview: Running For More Glory -

Thursday, November 6, 2014

International Craft Beer Festival Comes to Crafted This Weekend -

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Second Workshop for Urban Greening Project Receives Warm Reception from Community -

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Construction of Mixed-Use Apartment Complex on Gaffey Could Begin Next Spring -

Thursday, September 25, 2014

UPDATE: Blaze Inside Port of L.A. in Wilmington Nearly Contained; Air Quality Deemed ‘Safe’ -

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

San Pedro High Football Off To Another Strong Start -

Monday, September 22, 2014

Cirque du Soleil’s Big Top Rises in San Pedro

Raising the TOTEM tent (photo by Megan Barnes)

A crew of more than 65 workers raised Cirque du Soleil’s signature blue and yellow big top in San Pedro’s outer harbor Wednesday, just over a week away from TOTEM’s opening night.

“The next step is for all the show equipment and bleachers to come in,” Production Manager David Millman said after the crew raised more than 100 poles supporting the 66-foot tall, 167-foot wide canvas tent that seats over 2,600.

Set up usually takes eight days, but because the crew has been on a three week break since wrapping up in Columbus, Ohio, it got a head start over the weekend, when some of Cirque du Soleil’s 64 trailers rolled into town.

“It’s all hands on deck right now,” Millman said. “We’re loving the set up here. The weather has been ideal. We’re surrounded by three sides of water and it makes everyone have a big smile on their face.”

Everything should be set up by next week, in time for a dress rehearsal on Thursday night.

Operations Director Tara Tallentire said members of the cast and crew are staying in and around San Pedro, and have a kitchen staffed with four chefs on site, as well as a school for children on tour with their parents.

In addition to laborers, the show is hiring 100 to 150 staff to run concessions and the box office. Today’s tent raise was the first big day of set up.

“The tent envelopes the stage, so it’s quite an intimate experience,” Tallentire said. “There’s not a bad seat in the house.”

TOTEM opens Oct. 11 and will run through Nov. 10 before going on to Irvine and Santa Monica. The critically acclaimed show traces the evolution of humankind from amphibians, to it’s aspiration to fly, telling the story through world-class acrobatic acts in extraordinary costumes against stunning visual effects and live music.

The show has been promoted on billboards and television in Los Angeles for the past few weeks. Numbers on ticket sales for San Pedro’s run of shows aren’t in yet, but the company estimates they’re doing well.

“When people see the acts they’re going to think, ‘How can they do that?’ and that’s really what people want to see,” said Company Manager Jeff Lund. “Everything is just top notch and state-of-the-art. ”