New Cerritos Library exhibit explores history of blues in America

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CERRITOS — Music historian and acclaimed guitarist Joey Leone will present the history, influence and impact of American blues music through songs and stories on Thursday, October 18 at 7 p.m. in the Cerritos Library Skyline Room.

Seating will be available on a first-come, first-seated basis for this free event.

Leone, who will be accompanied by other musicians at this event, has toured with numerous high-profile artists, including Etta James, The Coasters, Sam & Dave, Wilson Pickett and Chaka Khan.

The Cerritos Library is located at 18025 Bloomfield Avenue. For more information, call (562) 916-1342.

Best-selling author Peter Blauner giving talk at Cerritos Library

CERRITOS – Bestselling author Peter Blauner will discuss his latest novel, the twist-laden thriller “Sunrise Highway,” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 11, in the Cerritos Library Skyline Room A. 

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The action-packed “Sunrise Highway” follows a lone cop hot on the trail of a killer who is determined to stop her and make her pay. “Publishers Weekly” praised the book: “This is a page-turner of the highest order.”

An ex-journalist for “New York Magazine,” Blauner won an Edgar Allan Poe award for best first novel for “Slow Motion Riot.” He also penned “The New York Times” bestseller “The Intruder” and “Proving Ground.” Blauner’s other books include “Slipping Into Darkness,” “Casino Moon,” “The Last Good Day” and “Man of the Hour.” 

Blauner also has written for the television shows “Law & Order: SVU” and the CBS series “Blue Bloods.” 

Copies of Blauner’s books will be available for purchase.

Norwalk's Lindsay Mendez returns for 1-night show in Long Beach

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NORWALK -- Norwalk’s Lindsay Mendez, who has achieved much success in New York’s theater circuit, will return for one night only in “Back from Broadway,” playing this Sunday, Dec. 17, at the Beverly O’Neill Theatre at the Long Beach Convention Center. 

Mendez starred as Jan in the 2007 revival of “Grease” before being cast as Elphaba in Broadway’s 10th anniversary production of “Wicked.” She followed that up with the 2011 revival of “Godspell.” 

Mendez -- who is the daughter of former Norwalk mayor Mike Mendez -- earned widespread praise for her performance as Rose Fenny in the 2013 Off-Broadway production of “Dogfight.”

She was nominated for a Drama League Award in the Distinguished Performance category, as well as nominations for a Drama Desk Award and Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical. 

Mendez returns to Broadway this spring as Carrie Pipperidge in the revival of “Carousel.” 

Tickets to see “Back from Broadway” can be purchased online at or by calling the Musical Theatre West box office at (562) 856-1999, ext. 4.

Jewel performing in Cerritos with father and brothers

CERRITOS -- Grammy Award nominated singer Jewel will perform at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday, Dec. 3, where he’ll be joined on stage by his father and brothers. 

In the spirit of the holiday season, the concert will feature a pet adoption area and arts and crafts in the theater lobby prior to the show. 


When Jewel’s first album, “Pieces of You,” topped the charts in 1995, she drew comparisons to icons Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell. Jewel’s emotional voice and vulnerable performance were groundbreaking on full display in the record’s soulful songs, including the hits “Who Will Save Your Soul”, “You Were Meant for Me” and “Foolish Games.” 

It had been an arduous road to success for the singer-songwriter who lived in her van at age 18 while trying to break into the music industry. Her lucky break came when a radio disc jockey played a bootlegged version of one of her songs, launching her career into the stratosphere. By age 21, she was a multi-Platinum household name. Jewel went on to win the American Music Award and released the “Perfectly Clear” album, which topped the Country music charts and featured the hits “Stronger Woman,” “I Do,” and “’Til It Feels Like Cheating.”  

Jewel’s acclaimed works include “Night Without Armor,” a collection of her poetry. Her sophomore set, “Spirit,” a string-heavy sentimental record, delivered the popular single Hands. Her other albums include “Joy: A Holiday Collection;” “Chasing Down the Dawn,” a spoken-word record featuring unabridged selections from the book of the same name; and “This Way,” which featured the hit “Standing Still.”

Her version of “Serve the Ego” topped the American dance/club charts, and she followed with “0304,” a slick dance-pop album. The singer returned to her earlier sound in “Goodbye Alice in Wonderland,” which debuted in the Billboard Top 10. 

Jewel’s other works included “Sweet & Wild;” the children’s album, “The Merry Goes ’Round;” and another holiday compilation, “Let It Snow: A Holiday Collection.” 

In her autobiography, “Never Broken: Songs Are Only Half the Story,” Jewel explores her unconventional upbringing and the rocky journey from childhood to fame, marriage, and motherhood. The memoir earned her the title of New York Times bestselling author. The songstress appears in the “Fixer Upper Mystery Series” on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Channel in March 2018.

Joining Jewel on stage in Cerrito will be her father, singer-songwriter Atz Kilcher, and brothers, who appear in Discovery Channel’s hit show “Alaska: The Last Frontier.” 

For tickets or more information on the performance, call (562) 916-8500 or go to