The Honey Island Swamp Band, whose recent CD is “Cane Sugar,” plays Bayou Americana on Wednesday at St. Rocke in Hermosa Beach. On the same bill: Pompous Highmen and Mark Cassidy. Tickets, $12 now; $15 at the door. (310) 372-0035 or saintrocke.com COURTESY HONEY ISLAND SWAMP BAND
Thursday the 17th
A FESTIVE OCCASION
Third Thursday in the Village: It’s something of a street fair atmosphere, with participating shops staying open until 8 p.m. in Riviera Village, Redondo Beach, and with live music at various locations, and even poets on street corners. Information: (310) 791-7104.
Jack Dani’s ‘90s Rock Revue: This 1990s tribute band plays from 6 to 8 p.m. on the Redondo Beach Pier. It’s free, and bring a chair or a blanket. Then come back Saturday, same time, same place, to hear the Classic Rock Revolution performing rock ‘n’ roll classics. Information: RedondoPier.com.
10th Annual 1950s-style family summer event: Hosted by the Torrance Historical Society, and sponsored by Toyota Motors Sales, U.S.A., this free festival celebrates Torrance’s All-America City Award, which it received in 1956 when Albert Isen was the city’s mayor. It takes place on Post Avenue, with Cravens and Satori blocked off, and runs from 5 to 8 p.m. Features vintage cars, an In-N-Out burger wagon, ice cream, music groups, plus yo-yo champ Alex Hattori showing you how it’s done. Free. Information: (310) 328-5392 or go to TorranceHistoricalSociety.org.
Del Shores’ “Sordid Lives” is onstage at the Westchester Playhouse through Aug. 16. L-r: Harold Dershimer, Elizabeth A. Bouton, Eduardo Mora, Samantha Barrios, Dave Parke, and Kip Hogan. Tickets, $20, less $2 seniors, students, military. (310) 645-5156 or go to kentwoodplayers.org. COURTESY OF SHARI BARRETT
Friday the 18th
“A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum”: Presented by the Aerospace Players, this humorous play, which is set in ancient Rome, opens Friday at 8 p.m. for six performances in the James Armstrong Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. Additional shows at 8 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday, plus Thursday, July 24, at 7 p.m., and then Friday, July 25, and Saturday, July 26, at 8 p.m. Tickets, $24; $22. Information: (310) 781-7171 or go to aeaclubs.org.
“Singin’ in the Rain”: A student-cast production of this famous musical, with a live rain shower on stage, plays at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday, with the same schedule next weekend, at the Norris Theatre, 27570 Norris Center Drive, Rolling Hills Estates. Closes Sunday, July 27. Tickets: $15 to $28. Information: (310) 544-0403 or go to palosverdesperformingarts.com.
“Art of Dance”: A group show that highlights the figure in motion, opens with a reception Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. at Frame & Art Dept., 950 Aviation Blvd., Hermosa Beach. Ilona Glinarsky from Ilona Living Tango dances tango at 7 and 8:30, and violinist Julliena Okah performs throughout the evening. Through August 30. Information: (310) 869-4992.
“All Star Comedy Festival”: Billed as a quirky collection of silent and sound short comedies from Hollywood’s golden age (Keaton, Chaplin, Lloyd, Laurel and Hardy), screenings take place 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. Information: (310) 322-2592 or go to OldTownMusicMusicHall.org.
“Mood Indigo”: The latest from filmmaker Michel Gondry (“Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”) opens for one week at the Nuart Theatre, 11272 Santa Monica Blvd., W. Los Angeles, and it explores the vast landscape of human emotion and imagination. Information: (310) 473-8530 or go to LandmarkTheatres.com.
“Another Summer with the Ladies” closes Saturday at 608 North in Redondo Beach. Pictured, “Morning Dew,” by Janet Milhomme. (310) 376-5777 or go to 608north.com COURTESY 608 NORTH
Saturday the 19th
Variety Comedy Show: Jeff Mitroka has lined up a big show that takes place Saturday at 8 p.m. in the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, 1935 Manhattan Beach Blvd., R.B. Among the featured acts: Standup comedian Justin Rupple, magician David Groves from the Magic Castle, the Bachata Caliente Dance Company, sketch comedy similar to SNL, and Broadway singer Alex Ellis – among others. “The essence of our show,” Mitroka says, “is never to do the same show twice. There is always an impromptu feeling to our show.” Tickets, $15 to $35, but discounts are available if you go to one of the websites and remember to key in the word LAUGHLA (yes, in caps). Information: laughla.com or jeffsvarietycomedyshow.com.
iPalpiti: This orchestra, which draws its members from top-prize winners of international competitions, performs at 7:30 p.m. in the Rolling Hills United Methodist Church, 26438 Crenshaw Blvd., Rolling Hills Estates. Free. Information: (310) 316-5574.
“The Lit Show”: Suzy Williams performs songs based on works by Robert Graves, Kurt Vonnegut, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and other cool authors, accompanied by pianist Brad Kay, at 8 p.m. in Beyond Baroque Literary/Arts Center, 681 Veice Blvd., Venice. Cost, $15. Information: (310) 822-3006.
MUSIC… AND DANCE
“Madrid Live!”: Presented by RPV resident and Madrid-trained flamenco dancer Rina Orellana, this show with dancer Lidón Patiño (direct from the Spanish capital) takes place at 8 p.m. in Alvas Showroom, 1417 W. Eighth St., San Pedro. Flamenco singer Antonio de Jerez, flamenco guitarist Kai Narezo, and others play as well. Tickets, $30. Information: (310) 977-7332 or go to rinaorellana.com.
“Third Thursday,” with music and poetry and late evening shopping, takes place this evening until 8 p.m. in Redondo’s Riviera Village. (310) 791-7104 COURTESY ROYCE MORALES
Sunday the 20th
Beach Cities Swing Band: The orchestra performs from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Automobile Driving Museum, 610 Lairport Street, El Segundo (one block from Sepulveda). Ballroom dance floor, couples and singles welcome. Fabulous antique cars on view. Admission, $8. Information: (310) 909-0950 or go to beachcitiesswing.com.
Blue Breeze Band: Part of the Concert in the Park Series at Polliwog Park in Manhattan Beach. The group plays from 5 p.m. Information: (310) 802-5448 or go to citymb.info.
The Overstreets New Orleans Jazz Band (ONOJB) performs at 7:30 p.m. in the Old Town Music Hall, 140 Richmond St., El Segundo. Tickets, $20. Reservation accepted by phone. Information: (310) 322-2592 or go to OldTownMusicHall.org.
South Bay Country: The group plays often throughout the beach cities, and that includes Sunday at Starboard Attitude in Redondo Beach and Friday, July 25, on the rocks at the Seaside Lagoon in Redondo Beach. Information: southbaycountry.com.
South Bay Watercolor Society: The group’s “2014 Annual Juried Show” (juried by Catherine Tirr) is up through August 25 at South Bay Lexus, 24777 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance.