Friday, October 18
Big and bright
“Moon Over Buffalo,” presented by the Manhattan Beach Community Church, opens at 8 p.m. in the church theater, 303 S. Peck Ave., MB. The madcap comedy also plays tomorrow (Saturday), as well as next Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., plus this Sunday, Oct. 20, at 2 p.m. Call Nancye Ellington, (310) 379-3139.
With extra seasoning
Keyboardist and vocalist Joel Gaines plays contemporary jazz at 7:30 p.m. tonight and tomorrow, with doors opening at 6:30 and dinner available for purchase, in the George Nakano Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. Comparisons might be Al Jarreau and Bobby McFerrin. Tickets, $33. Call (310) 781-7171 or go to torrancearts.org.
Loud and clear
The World Taiko Music Explosion, with Hiro Hayashida and special guests, takes place at 8 p.m. in the James Armstrong Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. It’s an eclectic blend of world, pop, jazz music, and of course taiko drumming. Tickets, $30, $25, $15. Call (310) 781-7171.
Comedian and actor Evan Sayet performs at 12 noon in the Doubletree Hotel, 21333 Hawthorne Blvd., Torrance. This is in connection with the South Bay Chapter of the Lincoln Clubs, a political action committee for the development and support of Republican candidates. Cost, $35 for non-members and $25 for members. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Second that emotion
An Evening with Smokey Robinson takes place at 8 p.m. in the Cerritos Center, 12700 Center Court Drive, Cerritos. “The Tracks of My Tears,” “Tears of a Clown,” and a whole lot more weepers. Tickets, $95 to $55. Call (562) 467-8818 or go to cerritoscenter.com.
Saturday, October 19
Trio Celéste, with pianist Kevin Kwan Loucks, violinist Iryna Krechkovsky, and cellist Ross Gasworth, performs at 7:30 p.m. at the First Lutheran Church of Torrance, 2900 W. Carson St., Torrance. Free; donations appreciated. (310) 316-5574.
The Art Attack Foundation presents Diavolo Dance Theatre Education Company’s newest piece, “T.R.U.S.T.,” at 10:30 a.m. in the James Armstrong Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. Tickets, $12.50. Call (310) 781-7171 or go to artattackfoundation.org.
“Chingachgook the Great Snake” gets a free screening at 7 p.m. in the El Segundo Museum of Art, 208 Main St., El Segundo. Directed by Gojko Mitic, the film was shot in Slovakia and Bulgaria even though it’s a Western, based on a story by James Fennimore Cooper. Bring your blanket and pillow to sit on. No chairs. (310) 277-1020 or go to esmoa.org.
Sunday, October 20
Shake it all over
“What’s Your Stereotype?” presented by Shyamala Moorty, a contemporary Indian dancer and theater artist, is a group performance taking place at 3 p.m. in Marsee Auditorium at El Camino College, Crenshaw and Redondo Beach Blvds., Torrance. (800) 832-ARTS or go to centerforthearts.org.
2013 is the 200th birthday of both Wagner and Verdi, and Los Cancioneros Master Chorale salutes them with its annual “Just Desserts” concert at 7 p.m. in the James Armstrong Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. The mixed chorus of over 70 singers performs opera choruses from “La Traviata,” “Aida,” “Lohengrin,” “Tannhauser,” and others. Vocalist Anzhela Kushnirenka is featured. Joanna Medawar Nachef directs. Tickets, $22.50. Call De Giebler, (310) 779-3072.
Spanning the ‘60s
“Where the Action Is” features Paul Revere & The Raiders (“Kicks,” “Hungry,” “Just Like Me”), The Association (“Never My Love,” “Cherish”), and Mitch Ryder (“Devil With a Blue Dress/Good Golly Miss Molly”), and they’re playing at 3 p.m. in the Cerritos Center, 12700 Center Court Drive, Cerritos. Tickets, $70 to $35. Call (562) 467-8818 or go to cerritoscenter.com.
Wednesday, October 23
“Space and Substance: Abstract Paintings by Craig Antrim and Ron Linden” opens with a reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the University Art Gallery, LaCorte Hall, A-107, California State University, Dominguez Hills, 1000 E. Victoria St., Carson. Through Dec. 5. Call (310) 243-3334 or go to cah.csudh.edu/art_gallery.
Save on airfare
The West End revival of Stephen Sondheim’s “Merrily We Roll Along” screens at 7 p.m. in the Galleria, in Redondo Beach, and at the Del Amo 18, in Torrance. It’s a chance to get familiar with a classic production without leaving home.