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Hitting the Pavement in Old Torrance

Hitting the Pavement in Old Torrance

The Torrance Artwalk is Saturday from 4 to 8 p.m. There’s strength in numbers. Small businesses in small communities have been finding a way to bring attention to themselves and to each other by means of an artwalk, whether monthly as in San Pedro, during the summer as in El Segundo, or on a once-annual […]

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South Bay Arts Calendar June 23 – June 28

South Bay Arts Calendar June 23 – June 28

Thursday, June 23 Great friends on Sunday Another in the Tunes at TAM concerts, Strangers on a Saturday Night, featuring Carey Frank on Hammond organ, Will Brahm on guitars, and Jamey Tate on drums, performs from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Torrance Art Museum, 3320 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. Suggested donation, $20. Last month’s […]

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Shakespeare by the Sea: Good Guys, Bad Guys, and Lots of Swordplay

Shakespeare by the Sea: Good Guys, Bad Guys, and Lots of Swordplay

Shakespeare by the Sea opens with “Cymbeline,” followed by “Othello” Every summer, the Shakespeare by the Sea acting troupe loads up the wagons, saddles the horses, and takes a pair of the Bard’s plays on the road, touring for six weeks throughout the Southland. The company is embarking on its 19th season, this time with […]

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Chinese Treasures at the Getty Center

“Cave Temples of Dunhuang: Buddhist Art on China’s Silk Road” is a Getty exhibition the likes of which you’ve never seen by Bondo Wyszpolski If you ever find yourself in northwestern China, wandering along the edge of the Gobi Desert on the old Silk Road (a formerly busy thoroughfare not unlike our Route 66), you […]

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South Bay Arts Calendar June 18 to 22

Saturday, June 18 Leaving their mark “Grafforists” is a painting exhibition “that seeks to address the issues of presence, meaning and mortality through mark making.” It opens Saturday with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Torrance Art Museum, 3320 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. An artist and curator discussion takes place earlier, at […]

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South Bay Arts and Entertainment Calendar June 9 to June 14

South Bay Arts and Entertainment Calendar June 9 to June 14

Thursday, June 9 Happy hour with history A preview of the Hermosa Beach Museum’s new acquisitions, with curator and manager Christopher Uebelhor, takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. in the museum at 710 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach. Free for members; $10 non-members. RSVP by calling (310) 318-9421 or email hermosabeachmuseumRSVP@gmail.com. What to paint next? […]

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Can’t Believe What You See? Sisuepahn Phila’s “Stars of Magic” takes place Saturday in Hermosa Beach

Can’t Believe What You See?  Sisuepahn Phila’s “Stars of Magic” takes place Saturday in Hermosa Beach

by Bondo Wyszpolski Sangria, at one time a popular nightlife destination on Pier Avenue in Hermosa Beach, has long since vanished, but it was partly responsible for Sisuepahn Phila becoming a working, professional magician. That was 20 years ago, one night in 1996. Sisuepahn and some girlfriends had come down to the South Bay for […]

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Pushing Over the Fence: Two Robert Mapplethorpe Exhibitions

Photographer Mapplethorpe is feted at the Getty and LACMA by Bondo Wyszpolski We have celebrated or embraced a number of distinguished photographers in recent years, from Walker Evans and W. Eugene Smith to Sebastião Salgado and Josef Koudelka. But no one seems to have received more attention than Robert Mapplethorpe, who has been given the […]

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“Fare” is a cinematic ride [SOUTH BAY FILM FESTIVAL]

“Fare” is a cinematic ride [SOUTH BAY FILM FESTIVAL]

Among the many films screening this coming week during the “South Bay Film & Music Festival” is one out of Charlotte, North Carolina, called “Fare.” Screening on Thursday, June 2, at 9:45 p.m. in the Hermosa Beach Community Theater, the picture was written and directed by Thomas Torrey. Nearly all of it was filmed from […]

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Beyond the Fields We Know

Beyond the Fields We Know

“Matter,” a solo show devoted to Michael Sistig, opens Sunday at ESMoA A finished canvas by German artist Michael Sistig is a great deal more than a flat surface covered with paint. His work is often like a bowl of soup with many ingredients floating in it, a small cluster of objects here, some over […]

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South Bay Arts Calendar June 2 to June 8

South Bay Arts Calendar June 2 to June 8

Thursday, June 2 A first look Prior to the artist reception on June 11, South Bay Contemporary is open from 6 to 9 p.m. this evening and showing works by John Sollom (“300 paintings for Sue”) and Hung Viet Nguyen (“Ancient Pines”) during San Pedro’s First Thursday Art Walk. They’re on view at the Loft, […]

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An Endless Journey: New work by Ed Moses, Andy Moses, and Kelly Berg is featured in “Family Plot,” opening Thursday in Manhattan Beach

An Endless Journey: New work by Ed Moses, Andy Moses, and Kelly Berg is featured in “Family Plot,” opening Thursday in Manhattan Beach

by Bondo Wyszpolski Three individual painters, and yet a strong underlying bond is at the core of “Family Plot,” the Homeira Goldstein-curated exhibition that highlights recent work by Ed Moses, his son Andy Moses, and Andy’s wife Kelly Berg. The show opens at 6 p.m. this evening at the Manhattan Beach art Center. Ed Moses […]

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South Bay Arts Calendar May 26 – 29, 2016

South Bay Arts Calendar May 26 – 29, 2016

Thursday, May 26 Gone girl Kim Hooper, author of “People Who Knew Me,” about a woman who runs away from everything after 9/11, discusses her work at 7 p.m. in {pages}, 904 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach. RSVPs appreciated. Call (310) 318-0900 or go to pagesabookstore.com. Anything goes The North High School Dance Dept. presents its […]

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“Fare” is a cinematic ride

Thomas Torrey’s “Fare” screens June 2 in Hermosa Beach by Bondo Wyszpolski Among the many films screening this coming week during the “South Bay Film & Music Festival” is one out of Charlotte, North Carolina, called “Fare.” Screening on Thursday, June 2, at 9:45 p.m. in the Hermosa Beach Community Theater, the picture was written […]

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South Bay Arts & Entertainment Calendar, May 18 – 25

South Bay Arts & Entertainment Calendar, May 18 – 25

Thursday, May 19 Pure voice Red Harmony, an a cappella choir, performs from 6 to 8 p.m. as part of the “Tunes at TAM,” in the Torrance Art Museum, 3320 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. Suggested donation is $20. Call (310) 376-5577.   Friday, May 20 A taste of tomorrow The Beach Cities Symphony, conducted by […]

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