Hot Dogging 1/8-1/16
Saturday, January 8
Music you experience
The Torrance Art Museum (TAM) hosts the opening reception of REVERB! the effect from a source of sound on the world around it. This exhibition combines the work of visual and sound artists to explore the role of music in contemporary art. 6 – 9 p.m. The reception is free to the public and no RSVP is necessary. The exhibition will be on view from Tuesday, January 21 – Saturday, March 8, 2014. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Joslyn Center, Torrance City Hall.
Thursday, January 9
Music you can hear
Musicians are invited to play together informally during a jam session at 7 p.m. at Artlife Gallery, 1217 S. Pacific Coast Hwy, Redondo Beach. Free. (310) 938-2511 or go to artlifesouthbay.com
Friday, January 10
How she did it
Multiple Emmy Award-winning national correspondent Hattie Kauffman signs her book, “Falling into Place: A Memoir of Overcoming,” from 12 noon to 4 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, 1800 Rosecrans Ave., Bldg. B, Manhattan Beach. Information about the book is at hattiekauffman.com.
“Breaking Through,” presented by the West High Dance Department, takes place at 7 p.m. in the James Armstrong Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. Beginning, intermediate, and advanced students perform in their winter dance concert. Tickets, $8. Call (310) 781-7171.
Saturday, January 11
Your wish is her command
Poet, dancer, photographer, columnist (for the Gardena Valley News) Genie Nakano dances to the shamisen accompaniment of Joseph Kamiya and signs her book of haibun poetry, “Entering the Stream,” from 5 to 7 p.m. at Harmony Works, 1911 S. Catalina Ave., Redondo Beach. (310) 791-7104 or go to harmony-works.com.
What it became
The finissage (public unveiling) for “Sting” at the El Segundo Museum of Art takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 208 Main St., El Segundo. We will be able to see what Mauricio Abad, Fidel García, Celia & Yunior, and Dennis Valdés have done with the raw materials they started out with a few weeks ago. (424) 277-1020 or go to ESMoA.org.
Plucking those strings
Classical guitarist Ines Thomé performs at 2 p.m. in the Peninsula Center Library, 701 Silver Spur Road, Rolling Hills Estates. No charge. (310) 377-9584 ext. 601 or go to pvld.org.
Sunday, January 12
Now tap those toes
The South Bay New Orleans Jazz Club meets from 1 to 5 p.m. in the Knights of Columbus Hall, 214 Avenue “I” in Redondo Beach. The Hyperion Outfall Serenaders (the official band of Manhattan Beach) performs. Admission, $9 general and $7 members. Visiting musicians who attend to play additional “sets” get in free. (310) 376-2591.
They’ve got the right name
The Schumann Duo, being pianists Elizabeth and Sonya Schumann, perform Romantic Era works by their namesake Robert Schumann, transcribed for piano four-hands by his virtuoso pianist wife Clara and their friend Johannes Brahms. The free concert takes place at 2 p.m. in the Rolling Hills United Methodist Church, 26438 Crenshaw Blvd., Rolling Hills Estates. (310) 316-5574.
At the top of these stairs…
Artwork by Jean Stephenson goes on view today and will be up through Feb. 24 in the Upstairs Gallery of the Norris Theatre, 27570 Norris Center Dr., Rolling Hills Estates. The artist is known for her whimsical fantasy sculptures, while her paintings include figurative, abstract, mixed media and realist modes. Open during shows and box office business hours. (310) 544-0403 or go to norriscenter.com.
Stranger than fiction
“Super Science Sunday,” sponsored by ExxonMobil, introduces kids to the magic of science. It all comes together at 2 p.m. in the James Armstrong Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. Tickets, $9.50. Call (310) 781-7171 or go to torrancearts.org.
The classics done right
Standard Mel, backed by L.A. musicians, performs at 11:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. in the Harlyne J. Norris Pavilion, 501 Indian Peak Road, Rolling Hills Estates. The cabaret-like jazz performances are in the style of Ella Fitzgerald, Nancy Wilson, and mixes in the likes of more recent artists like Jill Scott, John Legend, and Martin Sexton. Catered gourmet meal, full no-host bar, dance floor, and two sets of jazz. Tickets, $68 for the brunch show and $70 for the dinner show. (310) 544-0403 or go to norriscenter.com.
Preparing for its presentation of Duke Ellington’s “Queenie Pie” (a blend of opera, jazz, and musical theater, which will be staged from Jan. 26 to Feb. 2 in San Pedro’s Warner Grand Theatre), Long Beach Opera and the Museum of African American Art will host “Duke and the Renaissance” from 2 to 5 p.m. at MAAA, 4005 Crenshaw Blvd., Los Angeles. “Queenie Pie” cast members and a jazz trio to be among the musical fare. Tickets, $25. Call (562) 432-5934 or go to longbeachopera.org/tickets.
Wednesday, January 15
The Clancy/Fabus Quintet, with Brian Clancy and Jason Fabus on sax, Matt Politano on piano, Wesley Anderson on drums, and Cooper Appelt on bass, performs from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Lighthouse Café, 30 Pier Plaza, Hermosa Beach. Free. (310) 376-9833.
Thursday, January 16
Nothing like Pinocchio
Puppeteer Ronnie Burkett brings “Penny Plain” to the Little Theatre in Macgowan Hall on the UCLA campus, tonight (Thursday, Jan. 16) through Saturday at 8 and Sunday at 7 p.m. Penny’s sitting at home, listening to the news: “Her end-of-days vigil is interrupted by survivalists, a serial killer, a cross-dressing banker, talking dogs and mysterious strangers, all seeking sanctuary.” Children under the age of 14 will not be admitted. Tickets, $45. Call (310) 825-2101 or go to cap.ucla.edu.