South Bay Arts Calendar June 21 – 25
Friday, June 21
Make up your mind
Genesis Harvest Ministry and Nu Vision Production presents “Decision” at 7 p.m. in the James Armstrong Theatre, 3300 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. “Decision” is a play that will entertain and also make you think. Tickets are $35. Call (310) 781-7171.
Willow weep for me
Ron Howard’s 1988 fantasy adventure “Willow,” produced by George Lucas, will be presented as a new digital version at the Landmark’s Nuart Theatre, 11272 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles. Call (310) 281-8223 for show times and information.
“Far Out Isn’t Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story” combines traditional documentary storytelling with original animation culled from seven decades worth of art from Tomi Ungerer, the renegade children’s book author and illustrator. Directed by Brad Bernstein. The film will be presented from June 21-June 27 at the Landmark’s Nuart Theatre, 11272 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles. (310) 281-8223 or go to LandmarkTheatres.com.
In Mother Russia…
Los Angeles Theatre Planners presents a world premiere play, “The Assassination of Leon Trotsky: A Comedy,” written by Peter Lefcourt, and directed by Terri Hanauer. The work previews tonight (Friday) at 8 p.m. and opens tomorrow at 8 p.m., and runs through Saturday, July 28, as a guest production at the Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., in Los Angeles. (323) 965-7735 or go to plays411.com/trotsky.
East meets West
Las Estrellas De Arsenio, is an all-star ensemble of today’s L.A. and N.Y. musicians who came together for the first time in 2011 to pay tribute to Arsenio Rodriguez, the Father of Salsa, on his 100th anniversary. The show is being performed at 8 p.m. in the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA), located at 628 Los Alamitos Ave., Long Beach. (562) 437-1689 or go to molaa.org.
Saturday, June 22
Dance Dance Dance
The Metropolitan Ballet presents “Dance Fest 2013” at 5 p.m. in the James Armstrong Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. Make a date to see this special ballet presentation. Tickets are $17/$15. Call (310) 781-7171.
Get your art on!
A 58-year tradition, the Malaga Cove Art Show and Sale will be on June 22 and 23, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Malaga Cove Plaza, Palos Verdes Drive West between Via Chico and Via Corta, Palos Verdes Estates. View many forms of art and talk with their artists. There will be approximately 30 in attendance. (310) 541-2479.
Support the troops
The South Bay Masquers present a staged reading of “Blithe Spirit” by Noel Coward at 2 p.m. in the community room of the Peninsula Library in Rolling Hills Estates for the Wounded Warriors Benefit. Suggested donations beginning at $10. For more information contact Jean Alden Cohoe at (310) 377-2034.
Artwork by students from Otis College Art & Design, Westwood College and Torrance High School will be featured in the latest fine art open house and exhibition hosted by Torrance-based Doffin Investments titled “Youth Invest In The Future.” The open house will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at 3655 Torrance Blvd., Suite 250, Torrance. Call Liliana Rodriguez at (310) 634-113.
Sunday, June 23
That time, once again
Summer! The Manhattan Beach Parks and Recreation Dept. presents its annual “Concerts in the Park” series, each Sunday through Sept. 1. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves: The Hyperion Outfall Serenaders play Dixieland from 5 to 7 p.m. at Polliwog Park in Manhattan Beach. Next week, June 30, Scot Bruce gives us his Elvis tribute.
The Himawari Karaoke Dokokai presents “Hiroshi Harada Special Charity Show” at 1 p.m. in the James Armstrong Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. The sales from the evening’s event will be donated to Tohoku “Grandma” in Rikuzen-Takada City, Iwateken. Tickets are $35. Call (310) 781-7171.
Join Cancer Support Community-Redondo Beach for the 17th annual “Celebrate Wellness” from 3 to 7 p.m. at the South Coast Botanic Garden, 26300 Crenshaw Boulevard, Palos Verdes Peninsula. Tickets, $140 (must be 21 or over, oh oh!). Call (310) 376-3550 or go to cancersupportredondobeach.org.
Monday, June 24
The Studio Art of Dance presents “Art of Dance Concert,” featuring The Christy Curtis Dance Company, tonight through Wednesday at 7 p.m., also Wednesday at 2 p.m., in the James Armstrong theatre, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. Enjoy an evening of dance under the direction of Christy Curtis Buss. Tickets are $22/$19/$16. Call (310) 781-7171 or go to thestudioartofdance.com.
Wednesday, June 26
Works in Progress 2013 ends its “Coming of Age” series of staged readings by presenting “Hannah And The Dread Gazebo,” by Jiehae Park, at 7 p.m. in the George Nakano Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. Inside the FedEx box are two things; a 100% bonafide, heart’s desire-level wish, and a suicide note. Hannah tracks the package back to Korea, where her grandmother recently jumped from the roof of the Sunrise Dewdrop Apartment for Senior Living to the wrong side of the Demilitarized Zone. Oops. Admission is free but reservations are required. Information and reservations by contacting info@Torrancelive.us. ER