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“531,” by Donald Rock, is among the work on view in the group show “Affordable, Collectible, Original Art,” on view through Sunday at 608 North art gallery, 608 N. Francisca Ave., Redondo Beach. All work is priced at $300 or less! Call (310) 376-5777 or go to 608north.com. COURTESY OF 608 NORTH

“531,” by Donald Rock, is among the work on view in the group show “Affordable, Collectible, Original Art,” on view through Sunday at 608 North art gallery, 608 N. Francisca Ave., Redondo Beach. All work is priced at $300 or less! Call (310) 376-5777 or go to 608north.com.
COURTESY OF 608 NORTH

Thursday 24th

YOUNG AT ART

“Art90266”: Presented by LA25, proceeds from this fundraiser go towards sending 1,400 South Bay children to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The Live and Silent Auction features paintings by Anthony Friedkin, Alex Weinstein, Kathleen Keifer, Bo Bridges, Tricia Strickfaden and others, with David Borgatta creating a live painting that will be raffled at the end of the evening. Takes place from 6 to 10 p.m. on Thursday at Shade Hotel in Manhattan Beach. Did I say “a live painting”? So I did. Hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. More at art90266.org.

VISUAL MEDIA

“Film, Animation and Video Senior Festival”: Original film and animation projects by graduating Marymount students are screening at 6 p.m. in the Warner Grand Theatre, 478 W. Sixth St., San Pedro. Free. (310) 548-2493 or go to grandvision.org.

“Ma and Pa Kettle on Vacation” (1953), with Marjorie Main and Percy Kilbride, screens at 8:15 on Friday and Saturday and 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. COURTESY OF OLD TOWN MUSIC HALL

“Ma and Pa Kettle on Vacation” (1953), with Marjorie Main and Percy Kilbride, screens at 8:15 on Friday and Saturday and 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.
COURTESY OF OLD TOWN MUSIC HALL

Friday 25th

THEATER

“Drowsy Chaperone”: A funny and somewhat bittersweet tale about an old timer in his New York apartment reliving the glory days of old musicals – and they come to live before his eyes (and ours). It plays Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. through May 11 at the Norris Theatre, 27570 Norris Center Drive, Rolling Hills Estates. Stars Larry Raben as the Man in the Chair. Tickets, $45. Call (310) 544-0403 or go to norriscenter.com.

“Cabaret:” Kander and Ebbs’s Tony Award-winning musical is onstage in the Campus Theatre at El Camino College, Crenshaw and Redondo Beach boulevards, Torrance. Performances at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, plus 3 p.m. on Sunday. Closes May 4. Tickets, $25 general; $18 children under 18 – but not recommended for children. (310) 329-5345 or go to centerforthearts.org.

“Aladdin”: The Miraleste Booster Club presents Disney’s musical at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, this weekend and next, plus 2 p.m. this Saturday and next, and 4 p.m. Sunday (this weekend only), at Miraleste Intermediate School, 29323 Palos Verdes Dr. E., Rancho Palos Verdes. Directed by Paula Dawson, with musical direction by Blake Dylan Pilger and choreography by Mira Kalmey. For tickets, also available at the door, call (310) 344-4501 or contact aladdintkts@yahoo.com.

“You Can’t Take It With You”: The 1937 winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman, is presented on the Studio Stage at Santa Monica College, 19th and Pico, in Santa Monica. Saturday and Sunday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. (Saturday and Sunday next weekend).Advance tickets, $10, plus $1 resort fee. At the door: $13. Call (310) 434-4319 or go to smc.edu/studiostage.

A restored print of Jean-Luc Godard’s science fiction and noir thriller “Aphaville” screens for one week beginning Friday at the Nuart Theatre, 11272 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. Pictured, Eddie Constantine and Anna Karina. (310) 473-8530 or go to LandmarkTheatres.com.

A restored print of Jean-Luc Godard’s science fiction and noir thriller “Aphaville” screens for one week beginning Friday at the Nuart Theatre, 11272 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. Pictured, Eddie Constantine and Anna Karina. (310) 473-8530 or go to LandmarkTheatres.com.

FILM

“Ma and Pa Kettle on Vacation”: The 1953 film with Marjorie Main and Percy Kilbride screens at 8:15 on Friday and Saturday and 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.

ART

“Optic Nerve”: An exhibition of new works by 14 members of PADA, Photographic and Digital Artists, with a reception from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at Summer Studios Arts Academy, 2161 Lomita Blvd., Lomita. Poetic landscapes, cutting-edge experimental work, and close-up wildlife photography. Artists talks: May 4, from 3 to 4 p.m., Beth Shibata; May 18, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Ariel Swartley. Through May 18. Contact Judy Herman, (310) 377-8047.

“Student Show 2014”: The art and photography departments at El Camino College have new work to show us in media that varies from sculpture to jewelry, ceramics to digital media and drawing, and it’s on view in the Art Gallery, on campus at 16007 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance. The reception for the artists takes place on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. Through May 8. Call (310) 660-3010.

“The Live Art Series” takes place on successive Saturdays through May 24, and 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 Robin Feeley is featured (other artists currently scheduled in the weeks ahead include 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. COURTESY OF ROBYN FEELEY

“The Live Art Series” takes place on successive Saturdays through May 24, and 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 Robin Feeley is featured (other artists currently scheduled in the weeks ahead include 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.
COURTESY OF ROBYN FEELEY

MUSIC AND DANCING

“Extravaganza: A Multicultural Ensemble!”: Presented by Rolando Morales and the Filipino Community of St. Margaret Mary, this fundraising showcase features the musical and dancing talents of various ethnic groups, including Filipino songs and dancing. It takes place at 7 p.m. in the James Armstrong Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. Tickets, $25. Call (310) 326-3364 or (if you dare) (424) 240-1123.

Saturday 26th

THEATER

“Arsenic & Old Lace”: The killer comedy by Joseph Kesselring opens for three weekends at the Second Story Theatre, 710 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach. Presented by Surf City Theatre, the performances are Saturday, 4/26, 5/3, and 5/10 at 8 p.m.; Friday, 5/2, at 8 p.m., plus Sunday, 4/27, 5/4, and 5/11 at 2 p.m. Tickets, $25. Call (424) 241-8040.

CULTURAL FESTIVAL

“Bunka-Sai Japanese Cultural Festival”: Performances, exhibits, demonstrations, workshops of Japanese dance, music, ikebana, calligraphy, plus Japanese food, take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday at the Cultural Arts Center, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. Free. (310) 618-2930.

Cabaret,” the Tony Award-winning musical by John Kander and Fred Ebb, is onstage in the Campus Theatre at El Camino College, Crenshaw and Redondo Beach boulevards, Torrance. “Performances at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday: April 25, 26; May 2, 3; and at 3 p.m. on Sunday: April 27; May 4. Valerie Rachelle directs. Tickets, $25 general; $18 children under 18 – but not recommended for children. Pictured, Andrew Blake Ames as the Emcee and Virginia Brazier as Sally Bowles. (310) 329-5345 or go to centerforthearts.org. COURTESY OF EL CAMINO COLLEGE

Cabaret,” the Tony Award-winning musical by John Kander and Fred Ebb, is onstage in the Campus Theatre at El Camino College, Crenshaw and Redondo Beach boulevards, Torrance. “Performances at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday: April 25, 26; May 2, 3; and at 3 p.m. on Sunday: April 27; May 4. Valerie Rachelle directs. Tickets, $25 general; $18 children under 18 – but not recommended for children. Pictured, Andrew Blake Ames as the Emcee and Virginia Brazier as Sally Bowles. (310) 329-5345 or go to centerforthearts.org.
COURTESY OF EL CAMINO COLLEGE

MUSIC

Mike Watt + The Missingmen: Still quick on their feet, or with their hands. Watt and his jazz-influenced punk sound comes alive with 30 songs in 47 minutes. The group plays at 8 p.m. in the Grand Annex, 434 W. Sixth St., San Pedro. Tickets, $10. Call (310) 833-4813 or go to grandannex.org.

Nisei Serenade: Classic songs from the 1940s camp era, brought back to life by the next generation youth – presented by the Grateful Crane Ensemble and honoring the Nisei generation. Tickets, $25. Call (310) 995-5841.

ART

“The Live Art Series”: On 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 Robyn Feeley will be featured (other artists currently scheduled include 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.

Ego Fine Art: The eleventh group show takes place at 604 Francisca Ave., Redondo Beach. Reception from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Call (310) 947-4549.

Sunday 27th

FOOD WINE EAT DRINK

“For Our Children Food and Wine Festival”: Some 90 restaurants and wineries are stepping in for this annual event held on the grounds of the Torrance headquarters of American Honda Motor Corp. Proceeds benefit TrinityKids Care. Tickets, $150 online and $175 at the door. You can get ‘em at 4Rchildren.net.

SHOWMAN

“Bubblemania: Comedy with a Drip!”: Casey Carle can make massive bubbles and he can fill them with helium or fog or even audience members, accompanied by humor and jazz. It takes place at 2 and 6 p.m. in the James Armstrong Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. What’s that saying? Fun for the whole family? Yeah, that one. Tickets, $20. Call (310) 781-7171 or go to torrancearts.org.

MUSIC

Ambrosia: The local pop outfit performs at 6 p.m. in the Warner Grand Theatre, 478 W. Sixth St., San Pedro. It’s also a “Fight Against Cancer” fundraiser. Tickets, $25, $50, and $75 at the box office on the day or the event or right now online at ambrosia.bpt.me.

Monday 28th

BOOK SIGNING

Bill Meis: The local author has a new book, “The Innocents,” the premier number in the Peter Paderewski S.J. Mystery Series, and you’ll want to be in on the ground floor. Meis reads from and signs at 7 p.m. in {pages} a bookstore, 900 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach. (310) 947-4549 or go to pagesabookstore.com.

Upcoming

CALL FOR DONATIONS

“Riders Unite” is an art exhibition, reception, and silent auction that is being hosted by South Bay Contemporary (Zask Gallery) and South Bay Surfrider Foundation, to benefit the latter’s efforts to protect the coastal environment. The exhibition opens on June 21 and needs surf/skate themed art for both the silent auction and for the show itself. Contact director Peggy Zask at (310) 429-0973 or go to SouthBayContemporary.com.

WORKSHIP

Ceramic Sculpture Work Shop

Sculptor/Artist Cinthia Joyce will be giving a series of three different demonstrations all in one day. City of Torrance Culture Arts Center, 3330 Civic Center Dr., Torrance. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Call for registration 310-618-2720, No sign up day of workshop. More information contact Janene Ferguson 310-618-2326 or visit torranceca.gov