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July 24, 2015 civiccouch0

By Brad Jacobson

Shaping the South Bay one board at a time

Wayne Okamoto has been shaping surfboards here in the South Bay for over 30 years.  “It seems like every surfer in the South Bay has been on an Oaks board at some point” stated Chris Wells.  Wayne shapes boards in a quiet industrial park on Manhattan Beach Blvd., which is where we sat down with him to discuss his shaping past and future for this edition on the Civic Couch Show.


July 14, 2015 civiccouch0

Boho-Chic is a style of fashion drawing on various bohemian and hippie influences.  Many elements of boho-chic became popular in the late 1960’s and the look has resurfaced throughout the years since.

The boho-chic look is currently one of the most popular looks, so we teamed up with fashion blogger Tanya Monaghan of @thekayagirl to bring you some of her favorite boho looks.  Tanya visits three Manhattan Beach boutiques, Beehive, Blvd and Waverly and selects a few outfits to style with the help of her friend and model Leila Cunningham.


March 31, 2015 civiccouch0

By Brad Jacobson

“Sound is God” states Aloke Dasgupta as he sits in his living room in a quant house in North Torrance.  Aloke has performed along side of some of the greatest performers including Clapton, Rolling Stones, George Harrison, Gwen Stafani, and the LA Philharmonic at venues ranging from India to the Hollywood Bowl.  His sitar music has also been featured in major film and and television soundtracks.

I first met Aloke on an assignment for the Easy Reader.  I went to his home in Torrance to take a few pictures of him for an article.  Once I started talking to him I knew I wanted to make a video for the Civic Couch Show.  His stories and the way he played his sitar were amazing, and I wanted to share them.

To read the full Easy Reader story about Aloke, click here.



February 24, 2015 civiccouch0

Photos by Brad Jacobson

I enjoy shooting portraits.  It’s different than shooting sports, I sit people in front of my lens and let them be themselves.  Their eyes show the most about themselves.  Take a moment to flip through these photos and look at their eyes.  Some people are shy and it shows in their eyes.  Some are excited, some have no idea what to do.  I didn’t give them instructions other than to sit down and look at the camera.  Some of these people have spent years in front of the camera and relaxed right away.

These are my portraits of friends and strangers. Contact brad@civiccouch.com about aquiring photos.


November 7, 2014 civiccouch0

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July 31, 2014 civiccouch0

Notable Chef Darren Weiss, who has been deaf since birth, took a group of hearing impaired children under his mentoring wing, hosted a career day designed to demonstrate that there are “no limits” to being deaf or hearing impaired.
Working in partnership with No Limits For Deaf Children, an organization dedicated to enriching the lives of children with hearing loss, Darren, along with hearing impaired comedian Kathy Buckley, hosted a behind the scenes look at the restaurant business with a private cooking class at his Manhattan Beach restaurant “Darren’s.

July 12, 2014 civiccouch0

This is Tyler Morgan’s story about how he, along with help from his fellow South Bay lifeguards, found the motivation and dedication to build a 6 man outrigger canoe. His partner, David Cartlidge, also talks about the journey and those who have stepped up to help.
This video was produced by Civic Couch.