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“Marilyn Forever,” Joyce Carol Oates, Torrance Art Museum, tanka poet Genie Nakano, Art Pepper celebration

“Marilyn Forever,” a new opera by Gavin Bryars, is onstage Sunday, March 29, at 2:30 p.m. in the Warner Grand Theatre, 478 W. Sixth St., San Pedro. This is the second of just two performances. It’s being presented by Long Beach Opera, conducted by Bill Linwood, with stage and production design by Andreas Mitisek. Pre-opera […]

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On view: “World War I: War of Images, Images of War”

In her book, Cassandra: A Novel and Four Stories, German author Christa Wolf poses a question: “You can tell when a war starts, but when does the pre-war start?” And a response: “If there are rules about that, we should pass them on… Among other things they would say: Do not let your own people […]

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South Bay Arts Calendar: Stars of Napa, the B*Side Players, Art Pepper jazz summit, Gene Simmons, theater, rock photography, Lunafest, and more….

South Bay Arts Calendar: Stars of Napa, the B*Side Players, Art Pepper jazz summit, Gene Simmons, theater, rock photography, Lunafest, and more….

Thursday March 26 Wine Fest Shade Hotel and Wine LA are hosting the first annual Stars Of Napa Valley Wine Festival. After nine years of hosting its annual Ultimate Wine Festival, Shade this year brings 40 Napa wineries  showcasing their most popular pours, including  Quintess, Alpha Omega, Trefethen, Heitz, Frank Family Vineyards, Barnett Vineyards, Bougetz […]

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“Marilyn Forever” – Long Beach Opera at the Warner Grand, 3/21 and 3/29

What’s Marilyn Monroe thinking? Maybe we should ask her… This Saturday at 8 and next Sunday at 2:30 p.m., Long Beach Opera will present the U.S. premiere of “Marilyn Forever,” a chamber opera by English composer Gavin Bryars. Along with such musical luminaries as Brian Eno, Jon Hassell, and Michael Nyman, who also came to […]

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“Taking Sides” – Life in the Third Reich

Patrick Vest may want to consider hiring a bodyguard. The actor who plays Major Steve Arnold in Ronald Harwood’s “Taking Sides” (onstage at Little Fish through April 4) is near perfect as a detestable son-of-a-bitch – an aspersion seemingly seconded by a woman in the audience who declared at intermission that she was ready to […]

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“Carrie: The Musical” – Brady Schwind’s new concept

Theater is collaborative, but the best theater always has someone at the helm with the foresight and the ambition to go an extra inch or an extra mile, either with provocative, little-seen work, or with innovative staging and an astute eye for casting. In the South Bay, two people spring to mind who came and […]

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South Bay Arts Calendar 3/13/15-3/17/15

South Bay Arts Calendar 3/13/15-3/17/15

Friday, March 13 Dressed to the nines Last fall it was Macbeth, not it’s Millie. Redondo Union High School presents the musical “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” directed by Justin Baldridge, this weekend and next in the RUHS Auditorium, 631 Vincent Park, Redondo Beach. Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. as well as Sunday, March 21, at […]

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Breathing Life into An Empty Space

Breathing Life into An Empty Space

2-D and 3-D work by 4-D artists in Manhattan Beach Paintings and sculptures aren’t usually called upon to go head-to-head with one another, but that seems to be an underlying focus for “Post-Medium,” a four-person exhibition that opens tomorrow evening at the Manhattan Beach Art Center. The work of Walpa D’Mark, David Festa, Rema Ghuloum, […]

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In Search of Hope and Tolerance

In Search of Hope and Tolerance

Jerry Prell directs “The Laramie Project” at El Camino College It was one of those tragedies that could have slipped away from the headlines and into obscurity. But in 1998, after Matthew Shepard – a 21-year-old student who lived in Laramie, Wyoming – was beaten up and left to die because he was gay, playwright […]

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A Short Distance, But a Long Way

A Short Distance, But a Long Way

Artist Richard Stephens has found his little Santa Cruz Where’s Richard Stephens, the guy who used to run Cannery Row in Redondo Beach? Let’s follow the trail of dripping paint. There he is, in his new, intimate studio at Destination Art, a stone’s throw from Old Torrance and an easy lob from The Depot.   […]

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Soaking up a little “Inherent Vice” – novel and film

Paul Thomas Anderson’s film adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s Inherent Vice is up for Best Adapted Screenplay (as well as Best Costume Design), but the film pretty much came and went and is unlikely to become a mainstay of cinematic history. Nonetheless, its South Bay connection is important, and that, at least, will persist. During the […]

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60 Shades of Burton Gray – post-abstract surrealist painter

You’ve taken your four-year-old son to church or to choir practice and you want him to sit still and somehow not be bored, so what do you do? Burton Gray’s mother handed him a pencil and a pad of paper. He was still too young to write his memoirs, but old enough to start drawing. […]

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The Living Storybooks of Cornelia Funke

The Living Storybooks of Cornelia Funke

Mirada and ESMoA and the MirrorWorld experience Cornelia Funke has authored many books for children and young adults, including the novels Reckless and Fearless, part of her enchanting MirrorWorld series. However, this latter series is now even more enchanting due to the ingenuity of a company based in Marina del Rey. Funke (pronounced “foon-ka”)  remembers […]

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Surveying the South Bay’s art shows of the year gone by

Surveying the South Bay’s art shows of the year gone by

As we emerge from the darkness of 2014 it’s become something of a habit to turn around and, like Orpheus, reach out to Eurydice just before she vanishes for good. And so with the visual arts: What was cool and what was a gruel over the past 12 months? This is my own glimpse back, […]

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Art is an experience and an adventure at ESMoA in El Segundo

Art is an experience and an adventure at ESMoA in El Segundo

In 2014, artnet named ESMoA (the El Segundo Museum of Art) as one of the top ten privately-owned contemporary art museums in America. ESMoA’s rise has been rapid. Just two years ago, as we were writing in advance of the opening exhibition, we were wondering just how well an experimental “art laboratory” (which is what […]

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