“Lightscape,” by K.F. Davis, is among the work on view in the group show “Affordable, Collectible, Original Art,” opening on Saturday with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. in 608 North art gallery, 608 N. Francisca Ave., Redondo Beach. All work is priced at $300 or less! Through April 27. Call (310) 376-5777 or go to 608north.com.
“The Live Art Series” is set to take place on seven successive Saturdays through May 24 at the Frame & Art Dept., 950 Aviation Blvd., Suite D, Hermosa Beach. There will be a live demonstration by a different artist each week from 12 noon to 5 p.m. This Saturday’s featured artist is Iola Scott, and her painting is shown here. Other artists currently scheduled for the weeks ahead include Cie Gumucio, Robyn Feeley, Pat Woolley, Val Simon, Sandra Chu, and Debra Flores. The work will then be on view in the gallery. Curated by Gloria Plascencia. (310) 675-4200.
“How to Succeed at Business Without Really Trying” concludes this weekend with shows on Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Manhattan Beach Community Church Theatre, 303 S. Peck Ave., Manhattan Beach. Tickets, $20. Call (310) 379-3139 or email MBCCtheater@yahoo.com.
“In a Word,” a text-based show that features painting, sculpture, and interactive installations by several artists, is on view through Sunday at South Bay Contemporary, 550 Deep Valley Drive #151, Rolling Hills Estates, in the Promenade on the Peninsula. Pictured, from the recent poetry pants performance by Edith Abeyta, are, left to right, Betsy Lohrer Hall, Dori Atlantis, Karen Frimkess Wolff, Peggy Sivert Zask, and Carolyn Carolyn Liesy. (310) 429-0973 or go to southbaycontemporary.com.
The Malaga Cove Art Show & Sale is an outdoor event taking place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday at Malaga Cove Plaza in Palos Verdes Estates. About 30 artists are expected. Once a month through September.
“School for Scandal”: Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s 18th century play in an adulterated version that has a hip-hop flair takes place on Friday, Saturday (this week and next) at 8 p.m., plus this Sunday at 2 p.m., in the University Theatre at California State University, Dominguez Hills, on Toro Center Drive/Tamcliff St., off Victoria St., in Carson. Tickets, $15 general; $10 students, seniors. (310) 243-2589 or go to csudh.edu/theatre.
“Shrek the Musical”: Based on the film, and with 17 all-new songs, this staged production takes place on April 11, 12, 17, 18, and 19 at 7 p.m., and April 12, 13, and 19 at 2 p.m., in the Multi-Purpose Room at Palos Verdes High School, 600 Cloyden Road, Palos Verdes Estates. Tickets, $15 general; $12 students, or $20 for premium tickets which include a light snack and beverage, and maybe Shrek’s cell phone number. (310) 378-8471 ext. 237, or go to pvhsdrama.com.
“Muscle Shoals: This 2013 documentary about Alabama’s FAME Recording Studios during the 1960s features Percy Sledge, Keith Richards, Etta James, Mick Jagger, Bono, Greg Allman, Clarence Carter and others, and it screens at 8 p.m. in the Warner Grand Theatre, 478 W. Sixth St., San Pedro. Tickets, $12 general; $10 students, seniors, military. (310) 833-4813 or go to grandvision.org.
“The Thief of Bagdad:” Douglas Fairbanks stars in this 1924 silent feature, accompanied live on the Mighty Wurlitzer Theater Pipe Organ, and screening at 8:15 on Friday and Saturday, plus 2:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, in the Old Town Music Hall, 140 Richmond St., El Segundo. Tickets, $10 general; $8 seniors. (310) 322-2592 or go to OldTownMusicHall.org.
Naomichi Hanazono Show: Presented by JPP at 8 p.m. in the James Armstrong Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. Tickets, $60; $40. Call (424) 237-6178.
Kentwood Players: They’re trying to raise $10,000 by May 5 so that the Westchester Playhouse can purchase a new heating/air conditioning system and theater seats. This is one of our longest-running local theaters and we want them to last a few decades longer! Here’s the link: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1795814484/renovate-the-theater?ref=discovery.
“Cinema Sweethearts with Laura Ellis;” Jazz singer and classic film buff Laura Ellis premieres a new show that celebrates the tunes that made America fall in love with its leading ladies (Judy Garland, Doris Day, Shirley Jones), and it’s happening at 8 p.m. in the James Armstrong Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. Tickets, $25. Call (310) 781-7171 or go to torrancearts.org. To learn more, go to lauraellisjazz.com.
“Affordable, Collectible, Original Art” is a group show opening on Saturday with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. at 608 North art gallery, 608 N. Francisca Ave., Redondo Beach. All work is priced at $300 or less! Through April 27. Call (310) 376-5777 or go to 608north.com.
“The Live Art Series”: On seven successive Saturdays, through May 24, there will be a live demonstration by a different artist each week from 12 noon to 5 p.m. at the Frame & Art Dept., 950 Aviation Blvd., Suite D, Hermosa Beach. This Saturday Iola Scott will be featured (other artists currently scheduled in the weeks ahead include Debra Flores (4/19), Robyn Feeley (4/26), Pat Woolley (5/3), Sandra Chu (5/10), Cie Gumucio (5/17), and Val Simon (5/24). The work will then be on view in the gallery. Curated by Gloria Plascencia. (310) 675-4200.
Malaga Cove Art Show & Sale: Outdoors at Malaga Cove Plaza in Palos Verdes Estates, taking place Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. About 30 artists are expected.
Svetlana Smolina: The Russian-born pianist performs at 3:30 p.m. in the First Lutheran Church of Torrance, 2900 W. Carson St., Torrance. Free; donation accepted. (310) 316-5574 or check out PalosVerdes.com/ClassicalCrossroads/.
OPERA on FILM
“Aida”: A broadcast of the San Francisco Opera production of Verdi’s popular opera takes place at 2 p.m. in the James Armstrong Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. Micaela Carosi has the lead role, with Marcello Giordani as Radames. Tickets, $17.50. Call (310) 781-7171 or go to torrancearts.org.
South Bay New Orleans Jazz Club: The organization meets from 1 to 5 p.m. in the Knights of Columbus Hall, 214 Avenue I in Redondo Beach. Cherry Willow Jazz, led by C.J. Sams, is the featured band. Admission, $7 members; $9 non-members. Visiting musicians who come to play additional “sets” admitted free. Dancers are encouraged to attend. (310) 376-2591.
Street Corner Renaissance: This quartet brings back the doo-wop sound made famous by the Persuasions, the Drifters, and Sam Cooke, and they’re performing at 7:30 p.m. in the Grand Annex Theatre, 434 W. Sixth St., San Pedro. Tickets, $20 in advance and make that $25 at the door. (310) 833-4813 or go to grandvision.org.
“Art & Design”: The Annual Student Exhibition, 2013-2014, opens in the University Art Gallery at Cal State University Dominguez Hills, 1000 E. Victoria Ave., Carson. The opening reception for the Design part takes place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. show from 4/14-4/24), and for the Studio Art part it’s 5:30 to 7:30 on May 5 (show from 5/5-5/15). Parking, in Lot 6, is $5. Call (310) 243-3334.
“Bite at the Beach”: Hoping to become an annual event, this food and craft beer pairing takes place from 2 to 7 p.m. on May 17, with more information at manhattanbeachchamber.com.