South Bay arts calendar July 4 – 6
Kayla Atkinson has the lead role in “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” being presented by Haven Academy of the Arts on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday (July 10, 11, and 12) at 7 p.m., and Saturday, July 13, at 2 and 7 p.m., in the OFC Auditorium, 343 Coral Circle, El Segundo. Tickets, $12 if you snap them up now, and $15 at the door. VIP tickets are $18 and $20. Photo by Bob Francis. (800) 838-3006 or go to brownpapertickets.com/event/393346.
Thursday, July 4
The Seaside Lagoon will host its annual Redondo Fireworks Show from 2 to 10 p.m., located at 200 Portofino Way. (310) 318-0681 or go to redondofireworks.com.
The Aquarium of the Pacific is celebrating the Fourth with late hours, 5 to 10 p.m., and a barbecue, 6 to 8 p.m., where the fish can watch you gnaw at some ribs. The cost is $14.95, but if you want the BBQ-admission combo then it’s going to be $42 for adults (that’s 12 and up) and $32 per child (less if you’re a member). Where? 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach. (562) 590-3100 or go to aquariumofpacific.org.
Conrad Birdie (Alex Johnson) sings “One Last Kiss” in the Belasco Theatre Company’s production of “Bye Bye Birdie,” onstage through Sunday in the Hermosa Beach Playhouse, 710 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach. Tickets, $17 general; $15 children under 12 or seniors. Photo by Christopher Barnes. (310) 379-4208 or go to belasco.org.
Friday, July 5
Pay as you go
Cubensis is performing a benefit concert to offset the medical expenses of their drummer Steve Harris, who is battling Stage 4 colon cancer. Dubbed “Stevestock,” the festival also includes appearances by Moonalice, Jason Sinay, and the Hempstring Orchestra. It takes place starting at 7 p.m. in the Golden Sails Hotel, 6285 E. Pacific Coast Hwy, Long Beach. Minimum donation $15 at the door. (310) 562-1631.
A free music concert for kids will be presented by Kim’s Music School in Torrance from 7 to 8 p.m. More at kimsmusicalschool.com.
“Sedona,” by Eve Pericich, is among the works in “A Summer with the Ladies,” featuring art by nine artists, through July 14 at 608 North, located at 608 N. Francisca Ave., Redondo Beach. (310) 376-5777 or go to 608north.com.
“Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me” screens for one week at the Nuart Theatre, 11272 Santa Monica Blvd., W. Los Angeles. Memphis band Big Star missed out on stardom, but the film gives us their history, beginning with Alex Chilton (who sang “The Letter” with The Box Tops at age 16) hooking up with songwriter-guitarist Chris Bell – who died in 1978. A story of musical and artistic salvation, or lack of, with Jody Stephens (the group’s only surviving member) in person on Saturday night. (310) 281-8223 or go to LandmarkTheatres.com.
Saturday, July 6
Top Gun entertainment
The Air National Guard Band of the Southwest – 562nd Air Force Band performs on the Redondo Beach Pier from 6 to 8 p.m. More at redondopier.com.
The California Open Photo Show, which is on view (on the third floor) at The Loft Art Gallery, 401 S. Mesa St., San Pedro, is open each Saturday in July between 2 and 7 p.m. The show is curated by Paul Blieden and Jim McKinniss and judged by Mark Comon. Pictured, “Alcatraz,” by Mike Barbee. (310) 831-5757.
Bring out the animal
There’s a closing reception from 4 to 8 p.m. for “The Wild Feminine” group exhibition at Gallery Azul, 520 W. Eighth St., San Pedro, which is, as the title suggests, each artist’s take on the wild feminine: what she looks like, what she would do, and/or what she is willing to release from within – and how far you should stand back when she does.
Sunday, July 7
The Mira Costa Jazz Band performs from 5 to 7 p.m. in Polliwog Park, 1601 Manhattan Beach Blvd., M.B.
The Old Town Music Hall in El Segundo shows old time movies and hosts old time music shows, and we were recently invited out to meet some of the folks behind the scenes, who run the show as it were. L-r, Randy Woltz, Kimberly Lee, Tracey La Monica, Rich Botto, Amanda Toney, Lara Scott, James Moll, Bill Field (seated; he plays the Mighty Wurlitzer), Janet Klein (performing with her Parlor Boys on Oct. 13), Wesley Philips, Robert Chambers Pullman, Joel Jimenez, Lily Craig, and Carl Sonny Leyland (performing August 4). Photo by Gloria Plascencia. (310) 322-2592 or go to OldTownMusicHall.org.
Pack your bags
The Trip, a rock ‘n’ roll cover band, performs at 4 p.m. in the El Segundo Library Park, which is located at Main St. and Mariposa Ave. in beautiful El Segundo. (310) 524-2700 or go to elsegundo.org/dept/recreation.
“Steel Magnolias” is playing through Saturday, July 13, at Little Fish Theatre, 777 Centre St., San Pedro. Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., and this Sunday at 2 p.m. Also, Wednesday and Thursday, July 10 and 11, at 8 p.m. Tickets, $27 general; $24 seniors ($23 and $20 on weeknights; $20 students, all shows). Pictured, Susie McCarthy as Clairee, Daina Baker Bowler as Shelby, and Kristin Towers-Rowles as Annelle. Photo by Mickey Elliot. (310) 512-6030 or go to littlefishtheatre.org.
The “Bridge USA Japanese Summer Festival” takes place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Cultural Arts Center, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. Sixty booths, maybe more, filled with food, kimonos, souvenirs, plus dancers, live music, and a traditional Mikoshi parade. Tickets, $5 general; $3 children under 12. More at bridgeusa.com. ER
A new production of the swashbuckling “Le Corsaire” is being performed by the American Ballet Theatre from Thursday, July 11 through Sunday, July 14, in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion as part of the “Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center.” The choreography is by Marius Petipa and Konstantin Sergeyev, staged by Anna-Marie Holmes. Manhattan Beach natives Madeleine and Olivia Curry, plus Redondo Beach native Ella Yoon, are among the cast. Tickets, $34 to $125. The venue is located at 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown Los Angeles. Photo by Gene Schiavone. (213) 972-0711 or go to musiccenter.org/events/dance.html.
Joan Leslie and James Cagney star in “Yankee Doodle Dandy” (1942), screening this Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., plus Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 p.m., in the Old Town Music Hall, 140 Richmond St., El Segundo. Tickets, $10 general; $8 seniors. (310) 322-2592 or go to OldTownMusicHall.org.