Eric Lindell plays Saint Rocke: Northern California boy turned Louisiana bluesman Eric Lindell heads back to Hermosa Beach on Thursday after a couple of years away. The guitarist, singer and songwriter blends the influences of his West Coast musical adolescence with the soul of New Orleans sounds to create rock that he calls “Americana.” Lindell has close ties to Hermosa, to the surf scene and to local musicians. This trip to the South Bay he brings with him a four piece rhythm section including upright bass, drums, keys and tenor sax. “It’s great to be back in California,” Lindell said last week in an interview from the road. “I’m just excited to get back by the ocean.” Thursday’s show is 21-plus and begins at 8 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. and tickets are $15. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit saintrocke.com. Saint Rocke is located at 142 Pacific Coast Highway in Hermosa Beach.
Dublin Public: If this isn’t an invitation to drink, what is? The group plays Irish music from 6 to 8 p.m. on the Redondo Beach Pier, 100 Fisherman’s Wharf, Redondo Beach. Come back on Saturday, same time and place, for Darrell Mansfield. He plays the blues (so how can you lose?). Information: RedondoPier.com.
‘Back to School Fest’: In honor of Yaya Boutique’s 5th anniversary, there’s an outdoor celebration from 4 to 9 p.m. taking place on the patio between the Active Ride Ride Shop and California Fish Grill, located in Plaza El Segundo at the Edge section. An outdoor art exhibition by Artlife Gallery artists is being featured, with a live music performance by Samsara. Plus children’s face-painting, treats from local restaurants, raffles and more. Free. Information: 310-615-1928.
‘Blood and Sand’: This 1922 Rudolf Valentino silent screens at 8:15 Friday and Saturday, plus 2:30 p.m. 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 OldTownMusicHall.org.
Doma Kitchen’s Backyard BBQ: Doma kicks off Labor Day weekend in style with a modern take on the neighborhood barbecue. True to the cafe’s global approach to casual dining, Doma is offering a little bit of everything: German bratwurst, beef tongue sliders, lamb and chicken sliders, and kale salad. And, since no barbecue is complete without some adult beverages, wine and King Harbor Brewing Company local craft beer will be flowing. Tickets are $25 for all you can eat barbecue. An extra $15 will get you three drink tickets. The party runs from 6 to 10 p.m. All ages are welcome, as are four-legged pals. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit domabbq.eventbrite.com. Doma Kitchen is located at 420 N Pacific Coast Highway in Redondo Beach.
BSIDE Players 20th Anniversary at the Standing Room: Redondo’s quirky Standing Room has long been a popular spot for local foodies to get a good burger. Now the folks behind the beef have expanded to Hermosa Beach, taking over the short-lived Establishment. Along with more space, an expanded menu with full bar and seats that aren’t in a parking lot, the Hermosa Standing Room is offering live music. The BSIDE Players, a nine-piece San Diego band with roots in Cuba, Jamaica, Mexico and Brazil, have chosen the new spot to celebrate their 20th anniversary. Listen to the Players’ blend of samba, hip hop, funk and rock while enjoying a seat and a meal rather than, well, standing room only. The show starts at 9 p.m. Be advised, the new spot’s only signage is pig with the letters “TSR” on its buttocks. But word is spreading quickly. The Standing Room Hermosa Beach is located at 1320 Hermosa Ave. in Hermosa Beach. For (slightly) more information, visit the the Standing Room Restaurant’s Facebook page or stop on by.
‘All Quiet on the Western Front’ at Alta Vista Park: A harrowing, epic World War I film may not be everyone’s cup on tea for weekend fun, but for the cinephiles out there, Redondo Beach is making sure you have more options than barricading yourself from Labor Day crowds and overdosing on Netflix. “All Quiet on the Western Front” will screen for free at Alta Vista Park on Friday at dusk. Based loosely on Erich Maria Remarque’s novel of the same title, the film focuses on the disillusionment of a German soldier fighting for a country and regime he grows to doubt. So bring some snacks, bring a blanket and experience what many consider an early masterpiece. “All Quiet” is a heavy, thought-provoking film, so audience discussion will likely be available to those who seek it. Alta Vista Park is located at 801 Camino Real in Redondo Beach.
Sci-Fi book fun at RBPL: Science Fiction Writers of America is bringing three authors to Redondo’s North Branch Library from 2 to 4 p.m. for readings, a panel discussion and public participation. Copies of the books will be for sale by Mysterious Galaxy and the authors will also sign any book they’ve written that attendees bring. Sherwood Smith will read from “Revenant Eve,” Stephen Blackmoore will read from “Broken Souls” and Safia Samatar will read from “Olondrea.” For more information, contact the Adult Information Desk at 310-318-0675, option 5. Redondo’s North Branch Library is located at 2000 Artesia Blvd. in Redondo Beach.
Free concerts at Baleen Lounge: Gino Matteo performs an outdoor show at 3 p.m. with his wife, Jade Bennett. Matteo, 32, is a native of East Lost Angeles and has been a paid musician since he was in high school – and it shows. The duo brings growly sweet vocals, talented guitar work and personal songwriting to their craft. After Gino and Jade, move into the cocktail lounge and listen to the fun-loving Orange County-based cover band Feed the Kitty. For more information, visit hotelportofino.com. The Baleen Lounge at Hotel Portofino is located at 260 Portofino Way in Redondo Beach.
Singing Joe Cipolla: “Mr. Joe” takes the Lighthouse stage (30 Pier Plaza, Hermosa Beach) and strums and sings from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Information: 310-376-9833.
Palos Verdes Symphonic Band: “A Scottish Salute to America” is the theme, and the 60-piece ensemble is conducted by David Stanton. The concert takes place outside on the meadow at the South Coast Botanic Garden, 26300 Crenshaw Blvd., in the Palos Verdes Peninsula. The 42nd Highlanders Regimental Pipes and Drums bagpipe band from the Queen Mary is being featured, and the program includes works by Henry Fillmore, Sammy Nestico, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Leroy Anderson, plus the movie music of Danny Elfman. Morton Gould’s centenary of his birth will be honored with “Cinerama March” and “Bombs Away.” Tickets: $9, free for children 12 and younger. Bring a blanket or chair. Information: 310-792-8286.
RD Armstrong at Banning Park: You know him as the poet Raindog, and he’s the winner of the Fourth Annual Joe Hill Poetry Award and is worth a drive to Wilmington. He reads at noon from his poem “Post Hole Digger,” sharing the day’s stage with speakers, poets, live music and food booths. The Banning House is in the center of the park, the stage on the south end, the picnic area on the west. For more information, call 310-548-7777. Banning Park is located at 401 E. M St. in Wilmington.
Dani Kerry free at Polliwog Park: South Bay’s ubiquitous free summer concerts mark their close with Dani Kerry at Polliwog Park on Monday at 5 p.m. Dani Kerry, a triple threat of an actress, dancer and singer, will ease folks’ woes at the passing of summer with classic rock tunes. For more information, call 310-802-5448 or visit citymb.info. Polliwog Park is located at 1601 Manhattan Beach Blvd. in Manhattan Beach.
‘Explorations in Contrast’: Painters Norma Cuevas White and Mina Tang Kan, plus jeweler Vicki Williams, have their work on view in The Artists’ Studio Gallery, located in the Promenade on the Peninsula, 550 Deep Valley Drive, Suite 159, Rolling Hills Estates. The opening reception is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 7 from 2 to 5 p.m. Information: 310-265-2592 or artists-studio-pvac.com.
Ian Bagg at the Comedy and Magic Club: Ian Bagg continues his residency at the Comedy and Magic Club on Tuesday at 8 p.m. He is at the club often, but Bagg’s shows are far from repetitive thanks to his ability to engage anew each night’s crowd. Just don’t expect him to play nice; this is a man who managed to provoke the even-tempered Brad Pitt during a red carpet interview. The show is 18 and over and starts at 8 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased by calling 310-372-1193 or visiting comedyandmagicclub.com. The Comedy and Magic Club is located at 1018 Hermosa Ave. in Hermosa Beach.
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