Last chance! Kiel Johnson’s “Urban Sprawl Project: River Front” is among the work in “Watchmen: Surveillance and The Flaneur,” which ends Saturday at the Torrance Art Museum. More at torranceartmuseum.com. COURTESY OF TORRANCE ART MUSEUM
Thursday the 24th
“A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum”: Presented by the Aerospace Players, this humorous play, which is set in ancient Rome, is performed tonight through Saturday at 8 p.m. in the James Armstrong Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. Tickets, $24; $22. Information: (310) 781-7171 or go to aeaclubs.org.
“Hamlet”: Shakespeare by the Sea presents their engaging outdoor presentation of “Hamlet” at 7 p.m. at Terranea, 100 Terranea Way, Rancho Palos Verdes. Free, but parking is $10 and no outside food is allowed. Information: (310) 217-7596 or go to shakespearebythesea.org.
“All Shook Up”: The Belasco Theatre Company presents its 10th anniversary show with a mostly alumni cast, Thursday through Sunday at 7:30, with Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets, $20 general; $15 seniors and children under 12. Information: (310) 379-4208 or go to belasco.org.
Texas Jackhammer: Live country music from 6 to 8 p.m. on the Redondo Beach Pier, 100 Fisherman’s Wharf, Redondo Beach. Come back on Saturday, same time, same place, and hear the ‘70s disco funk of The Funkomatics. Information: RedondoPier.com.
Mae West and W.C. Fields start in “My Little Chickadee,” screening on Friday and Saturday at 8:15, as well as Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 p.m., 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 the 25th
“Floating Man – The sketchbook drawings of David Rinehart”: Over 60 watercolor landscapes, pen and ink drawings by an architect who completed this work in the 11 months after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. The works express his feelings, his struggle, and ultimately his acceptance. Reception Friday from 8 to 9 p.m. at the Palos Verdes Art Center, 5504 W. Crestridge Road, Rancho Palos Verdes. Through Sept. 7. Information: (310) 541-2479 or go to pvartcenter.org.
“Strange Engagement”: A solo show devoted to artist Scott Trimble is on view through Sunday at Ego Fine Art, 604 N. Francisca Ave., Redondo Beach. Information: (424) 206-3756.
“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, in the Norris Theatre, 27570 Norris Center Drive, Rolling Hills Estates. Tickets: $15 to $28. Information: (310) 544-0403 or go to palosverdesperformingarts.com.
“Hamlet”: Yes, the Prince of Denmark is back again! Shakespeare by the Sea performs at 8 p.m. (and presents “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” tomorrow, Saturday, same time and place) in Wilson Park (by the pond), 2200 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance. Free. Information: (310) 217-7596 or go to shakespearebythesea.org.
The Walter Trout Band and Danny Bryant, with special guest Jon Trout, perform at 9 p.m. on Thursday, July 31, at St. Rocke, 142 Pacific Coast Hwy, Hermosa Beach. $15. Call (310) 372-0035 or saintrocke.com. COURTESY DOUG DEUTSCH PUBLICITY
Saturday the 26th
“I Married a Neanderthal & Other Modern Problems”: Maripat Donovan, whom we know from “Late Night Catechism,” has dropped her habit and is returning as Honey Bukowski, a Certified Life Coach who is promoting her new book. It’s another of her one-person comedy shows – and worth a look because it’s so different while Donovan is a known quantity. Saturday at 8 and Sunday at 2 p.m. Also August 1, 2, 3, and then again on August 9 and 10. All seats $25. Where? The Second Story Theater, 710 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach. Information: (424) 241-8040 or surfcitytheatre.com.
Roast Fish Cornbread’s grand opening: This seems to be a takeover of the two-story Get It Write Studio on Amsler and Crenshaw, Torrance, in which Greg “Craola” Simkins will do live painting, along with artists Poor Al, Sonny Wong, John Michael Gill, Blinky, Trav MSK, Nik Soupe, Germizm, Shawn Griggs, Tiki Jay, Awol One, Circus, Michael Kortez, Miguel Paredes, ASYLM, Randy Kono, Joey Rotten, Bleep Bloop, John Cantu, and Kyle William Harper. They’ll be painting the joint from top to bottom, inside and out. Music? You bet! The Shapeshifters, Todd Congelliere and Toys That Kill, The Vibrometers, A Bear with a Car On Top, and Soulular. Tickets, $65 general – but mention “Easy Reader” and see what happens. Information: roastfishcornbread.com.
Spend an evening in ancient Rome with the Aerospace Players. They’re presenting “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” from Thursday through Saturday at the James Armstrong Theatre in Torrance. Back row: Jacob Helfgott, Bob Borich, and Nathan Esser. Middle: Michael Heidner and Wistan Sakamoto. Front: Alanna Wheaton. (310) 781-7171 or go to aeaclubs. COURTESY THE AEROSPACE PLAYERS
Sunday the 27th
“Lullaby of Broadway”: Guest conductor Wayne Abravanel conducts the Peninsula Symphony in a program that includes melodies from musicals like “Oklahoma!” “Brigadoon,” “Phantom of the Opera,” and “42nd Street.” Free. The concert takes place at 5 p.m. in the Redondo Beach High School Auditorium, 631 Vincent Street, Redondo Beach. Information: (310) 544-0320 or go to Pensym.org.
Petty Theft: This Tom Petty tribute band performs from 4:30 to 6 p.m., or whenever they run through the repertoire, at Library Park in El Segundo. Food trucks available for purchase.
Scott Bruce: He performs music from 5 p.m. at Polliwog Park in Manhattan Beach. Information: (310) 802-5448 or go to citymb.info.
“A Midsummer Night’s Dream”: Shakespeare by the Sea performs this rollicking classic at 7 p.m. in Hesse Park, 29301 Hawthorne Blvd., Rancho Palos Verdes. Free. Information: (310) 217-7596 or go to shakespearebythesea.org.