Mark McDermott

Hotdogging: entertainment picks this week

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Longtime Hermosa Beach post- punk band Trenchtown plays an acoustic set tomorrow from 4 to 6 p.m. and then from 6 to 8 p.m. they’re throwing a release party for their new CD. It all takes place at The Lighthouse Café, 30 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach. Photo by Ashley Sallows. (310) 376-9833 or visit

Friday, July 9

Colorful exuberance

“Not Actuality, Surreality,” featuring the work of Dora Perez-Meyer, opens with a reception from 5 to 9 p.m. at Ma Griffe, 3624 S. Gaffey St., San Pedro. Complimentary refreshments, handcrafted by the artist. The work is up through August 29. Call (310) 547-2154 or go to

Slick back your hair

The Belasco Theatre Company is presenting “Grease” tonight and tomorrow at 7:30, plus matinees at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, in the Hermosa Beach Playhouse, 710 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach. The 1950s musical was written by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey. Tickets, $15 general. (310) 796-7952 or go to

If Pericles was here…

The “South Bay Greek Festival” takes place today from 5 to 10 p.m., tomorrow from noon to 10 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 9 p.m. at 722 Knob Hill Ave., Redondo Beach. Live music, dancing, arts and crafts; not to mention Greek food and pastries. Admission, $2 general, $1 seniors, kids under 12 free. (310) 540-2434 or go to

Saturday, July 10

The spotlight’s on him

Richard Stephens has a solo show opening tonight with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. at Cannery Row Studios, 604 N. Francisca Ave., Redondo Beach. Gallery hours, Thursday through Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. Call (888) 366-1988 or go to

Art show, part 2

There’s also a private art show in the attics of Cannery Row, 604 N. Francisca Ave., Redondo Beach, that features the work of John Cantu and Tomo Koike, with this one going from 6 to 11 p.m. Call (424) 206-3756 or go to

The sound of collaboration

“Zoom 2,” featuring “Love Letters to a Surrogate,” is a one-day event of 17 ongoing performances, occurring in real time from noon to 5 p.m. throughout the Torrance Art Museum, 3320 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. Immediately after the event, at 6 p.m., there is a panel discussion with Marco Schindelmann, Robert Crouch, and Warren Neidich, the co-curators of the “Zoom 2” exhibition. Free. (310) 618-6340.

Discuss it, and hear it

The South Bay New Orleans Jazz Club, presenting Dixieland and traditional jazz in a live music format, meets from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 214 Avenue “I” in Redondo Beach. The featured band is clarinetist Jack Widmark’s So. Cal. Hot Jazz Dixie Jammers. Admission, $9 general ($7 members; free for visiting musicians who come to play). Call (310) 376-2591.

Kicking back

Upstream plays reggae from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Polliwog Park amphitheater in Manhattan Beach. Free. (310) 802-5417 or go to

Each day a miracle

The Wellness Community presents its 14th annual “Celebrate Wellness” event from 4 to 7 p.m. at the South Coast Botanical Gardens, 26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes Peninsula. Food and wine specialties from area restaurants and wineries. Also, a chance to bid on meals to bikes or a trip to Las Vegas. Tickets, $120 (have to be 21 or over). Call (310) 376-3550 or go to

Cheaper than flying there

Bridge USA presents their “Japanese Summer Festival” from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Cultural Arts Center, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. Over 60 booths with food, kimonos, souvenirs, plus dancers, live music, and a Mikoshi parade. Admission, $5; $3. More at

Taking pictures

Angels Gate Cultural Center has three photography shows opening up, and there’s a reception for all of them from 2 to 5 p.m. at the center, 3601 S. Gaffey St., San Pedro. Featured: Slobodan Dimitrov: “Artist Portraits,” Camilo Cruz: “Theatre of Souls,” and Nicholas Grider: “Soldiers and a Sailor.” Through August 29. Call (310) 519-0936 or go to

Complimentary coffee

Percussionist Andrea Centazzo and pianist Don Preston play at 6 p.m. at Alvas Showroom, 1417 W. Eighth St., San Pedro. You may remember Preston from his days with The Mothers of Invention. Suggested donation, $20. Call (800) 403-3447 or go to

Wednesday, July 14

A lively gathering

The Doug Webb Quartet, with Webb on sax, performs from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Sangria Restaurant, 68 Pier Plaza, Hermosa Beach. (310) 376-4412. ER

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