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February 26, 2015 civiccouch0

The City of Manhattan Beach held a presentation and dedication of their new art work “Light Gate” on Wednesday February 25th.  Light Gate is located in front of City Hall on 14th street and Highland Ave.

Encouraging participation by those who experience it, this interactive piece is meant to be walked through, touch and used by as a framework to recognized what we so often take for granted- the dramatic horizon and cradle of our civic government.  The Light Gate pays homage to our civic center while it concurrently serves as a gateway, oculus and lens to the horizon, where the ocean meets the sky.

photos by Brad Jacobson –


February 8, 2015 civiccouch0

Life photos by Brad Jacobson

Kevin Sousa asked if I would shoot the No On O show at Studio 637 in Hermosa Beach.  I was amped to have the opportunity to shoot some great bands including Pennywise, Art Alexakis (Everclear), Peper, Life, Lose Control, Kevin Sousa and 100doors.  These photos are from the band “Life” performance.

Click here to view the photos from Art Alexakis of Everclear.


February 6, 2015 civiccouch0

Art Alexakis photos by Brad Jacobson

I was recently asked by Kevin Sousa if I could shoot the “No On O” show at Studio 637  in Hermosa Beach.  I was excited at the opportunity to shoot some incredible bands like Art Alexakis of Everclear, Pennywise, Pepper, Lose Control, Life, Kevin Sousa and Wise 100doors. This is the first batch of photos, Art Alexakis performing Everclear’s hits like Santa Monica, Wonderful, Father of Mine, I Will Buy You a New Life and others.

January 3, 2015 civiccouch0

Video and photos from different places and events across the South Bay in 2014.  We added a few from The Los Angeles Kings Parade, White Light White Night, Great White Sharks in Manhattan Beach, The Meistrells Statue, Earth Day, Holiday fireworks, Big Waves, Redondo Beach Parades and Festivals, Jimmy Buffett concert and more.


January 2, 2015 civiccouch0

Happy New Year!  Now it’s time to attempt to quit those bad habits…at least for a month or so.

Need an idea for a great resolution?  Here is a list of the most popular New Years Resolutions as told by USA.Gov  Any look familiar to you?

  • Lose Weight
  • Volunteer To Help Others
  • Quit Smoking
  • Get a Better Education
  • Save Money
  • Get Fit
  • Eat Healthy Food
  • Manage Stress
  • Manage Debt
  • Take a Trip
  • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
  • Drink Less Alcohol

The last one is hard to swallow but good luck with whatever you decide to work on!


December 2, 2014 civiccouch0

Wondering How To Throw An Incredible Party or Event?

We sat down with Nancy Miller (Jimmy Miller Foundation), Nicholas Arquette (Walk With Sally) and Ryan Choura (Choura Events) to see how they pull off hosting awesome events. They have each been a part of some of the largest parties and events in the South Bay.  They fill us in on everything from rentals to the invite list.


July 5, 2014 civiccouch0

Reportedly a 5-6 foot Great White attacked a swimmer who was swimming with a group of others near the Manhattan Beach Pier at approximately 9:30am.  Alex Shea was working just south of the pier when he noticed a group of swimmers yelling for help.  Others came out to help paddle him back in.  Reportedly those who helped paddled the attack victim back to shore said they might have seen muscle from the chest area wound.


***Update.  The report above was the only information that I had received at the time of posting.  Several eye witness reports say that the shark had been battling a fisherman who was reportedly attempting to hook the great white.  The fisherman had been struggling with the white for almost 45 minutes.   Witnesses also report that some fisherman were chumming the water.  The great white is legally protected in California’s Fish and Game code.

_MG_6183A dolphin swims past surfer Chris Wells.