There are some beatniks being brought back to life in an alleyway in Hermosa Beach.
Dana Point artist Timothy Robert Smith is hard at work painting the west facing wall of Waterman's restaurant at 22 Pier Avenue.
His interpretation of the 1950 and 1960s counterculture movement in literature, music and the arts is the ninth installment in Hermosa Beach's mission to adorn the city with 10 murals in as many years.
So far, Smith has painted out poet Allen Ginsberg, one of the fathers of the Beat Generation, and a young Linda Ronstadt. The beatnik poet read his counterculture work "Howl" in the late 1950s at Hermosa's Insomniac coffeehouse—located at the time right across from jazz club The Lighthouse Cafe. Ronstadt was a waitress and a scuffling singer at the joint, which was one of the few Los Angeles area coffeehouses open until 3 a.m.
Smith continues to bring other historic venues and beatnik characters to life such as Either/Or Bookstore and Jack Kerouac ("On the Road") and William Burroughs ("Naked Lunch").
The mural's official unveiling and fundraiser reception with the artist is at Waterman's Surfhouse at 22 Pier Ave. on Oct. 23 at 6 p.m. For tickets, visit hermosamurals.org/mural--9-beatnik-alley.html
Daily Breeze files.
The Quarterly Newsletter of the Hermosa Beach Historical Society, Volume 20, Number 3, December 2007, and Volume 21, Number 3, December 2008, Hermosa Beach Historical Society.
“Insomniac sleeps: Bob Hare, founder of a beat generation icon, exits the scene,” by Robb Fulcher, Easy Reader, Jan. 5, 2012.
Los Angeles Times files.