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A Devilish Caper

A Devilish Caper

Good vs. Evil, an alcoholic Jesus, and lots more in Angelo Masino’s world premiere drama Looking to cast his new play, “The War in Heaven,” Angelo Masino sent out copies of the script to various actors. He mentions the response of one recipient. “The first thing he said to me when he got on the […]

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“Candide” – tragedy with a smile at Long Beach Opera

Clowning around with “Candide” by Bondo Wyszpolski Composed in the mid-1950s and fussed over during the remaining decades before his death in 1990, Leonard Bernstein’s handling of Voltaire’s 18th century novella (“a comic vision of disaster” is how Matthew Hodgart phrased it) is quite a romp, and perhaps more so in David Schweizer’s staging of […]

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Kyra Belle Johnson: Straight to “Mamma Mia!” from PV High

Kyra Belle Johnson: Straight to “Mamma Mia!” from PV High

An Overnight Sensation In the blink of an eye, Kyra Belle Johnson went from high school to starring in the national tour of “Mamma Mia!” by Bondo Wyszpolski A few months ago Kyra Belle Johnson graduated from Palos Verdes High School and, guess what? she’s already touring the country as one of the leads in […]

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Aerospace Players present “Annie Get Your Gun”

The Aerospace Players present “Annie Get Your Gun” at the James Armstrong Theatre They can put a man on the Moon, but can they act? Mercifully shortened from its original Aerospace Employees Association Musical Comedy Club, the Aerospace Players have been launching musicals into the orbit of community theater since 1988. Consisting of employees from […]

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Victor Hugo Zayas at the Museum of Latin American Art

Victor Hugo Zayas: The River Paintings by Bondo Wyszpolski There is, quite simply, an oceanic monumentality in the work of Victor Hugo Zayas, a palpable ambition and courageousness, coupled with a thoughtful strength and humanity. His canvases catch the essence of his subjects, and they speak to our soul. I don’t exaggerate. Zayas is a […]

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In Hollywood, It’s Eat or Be Eaten

In Hollywood, It’s Eat or Be Eaten

Surf City Theatre presents “Cannibals” through Jan. 31 If a starring role in a play or film is up for grabs, even your best friend may stab you in the back. A few years ago, R. J. Colleary wrote a play called “Cannibals” about a group of middle-aged women who offer moral support and encouragement […]

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Thoughts on two L.A. museum shows

Greece’s Enchanting Landscape: Watercolors by Edward Dodwell and Simone Pomardi by Bondo Wyszpolski Two hundred years ago, the English antiquarian Edward Dodwell and the Italian artist Simone Pomardi spent 14 months canvassing the Greek countryside, drawing and documenting the landscape with its people and its classical ruins. Together, they produced roughly 1,000 drawings and watercolors, […]

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“Touch” – Photographs of artists by Jim McHugh at ESMoA

The Big Picture ESMoA features the artist portraits of photographer Jim McHugh by Bondo Wyszpolski It’s a big job, massive in fact and never ending, but someone’s got to do it. Someone’s got to photograph the visual artists who have made Los Angeles a tier one contender for Art Capital of the World, and right […]

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2015 Year in Review – Canvassing the Galleries: The year gone by in art

2015 Year in Review – Canvassing the Galleries: The year gone by in art

They come and they go, not only art shows but exhibition spaces and the people who have their work on view. This is a survey of what the South Bay put on display during 2015, a few things left out on purpose and probably just as many left out by accident. With some luck, most […]

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Misty-eyed in San Pedro

America’s favorite ballerina returns to where it all started by Bondo Wyszpolski Misty Copeland will soon be stooped over with all the awards and accolades she’s garnered during her professional career as a ballerina. Not only is the 33-year-old Copeland the first African-American to be named a principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre, but […]

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Japanese photographer Ishiuchi Miyako at the Getty

“Ishiuchi Miyako: Postwar Shadows,” or Darkness, Darkness, Hear My Plea by Bondo Wyszpolski Although its recovery and growth has been astonishing, Japan after World War II was largely in ruin. Born in 1947, when the gray pall of defeat had still not dispersed, Ishiuchi Miyako grew up to become one of the country’s most notable […]

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The Way We Were, The Way We Lived: “Our South Bay,” from photographer John Post

Our South Bay is a photographic panorama of the Beach Cities by Bondo Wyszpolski It wasn’t long ago, in 2012, that John Post published a book of his photographs to commemorate the Manhattan Beach centennial. The John Post Gallery has been a staple of downtown Manhattan Beach for many years and it’s a safe guess that […]

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Santa’s Dark Companion

Santa’s Dark Companion

Krammpstein does Rammstein at Alpine Village by Bondo Wyszpolski Saint Nicholas, better known as St. Nick and better still as Santa Claus, knows who’s been naughty or nice, and good children are amply rewarded with train sets or a collector’s edition of Barbie dolls. But what about bad children? More familiar to German-speaking countries than […]

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Art by James Gilbert opening Thursday in Manhattan Beach

Protective Devices Not the guarded, but the guardians in James Gilbert’s new work, opening tonight in Manhattan Beach by Bondo Wyszpolski Pink sandbags and a few two-by-fours to keep them propped up. What shall we make of this? Out of the gate, I was perplexed and, honestly, not too interested. So, that’s my starting point […]

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Circling Back to the Dream Deferred

Circling Back to the Dream Deferred

Art nearly got away from Scott Trimble, but now it’s his #1 passion   by Bondo Wyszpolski Each evening, at 7 or 7:15, Scott Trimble arrives home in Hermosa Beach from his office in Beverly Hills. He doesn’t turn on the TV or pick up the newspaper but goes straight to his garage where he […]

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