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Dedicated to the One I Love

  Dedicated to the One I Love Annie Appel’s portraits of her Muse are on view in San Pedro’s Gallery 381 by Bondo Wyszpolski Photographs by Annie Appel One can be inspired by a sunset or a sermon, but when a creative artist is inspired by another person then that person becomes a muse. An […]

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Entertainment calendar from 7/28 to 8/6/2016

Thursday, July 28 Get up and dance Retro Revival performs 1960s and ‘70s music from 6 to 8 p.m. on the far end of the Redondo Beach Pier as part of the Summer of Music Concert Series. Free. Come back on Saturday, same time, same place, to hear the reggae/rock sounds of SayReal. More at […]

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“CA 101” opens Friday at the South Bay Galleria in Redondo Beach

“CA 101” opens Friday at the South Bay Galleria in Redondo Beach

Gallery in the Galleria “CA 101” has an impressive lineup of artists from throughout the state by Bondo Wyszpolski Just as Highway 101 brings together northern and southern California, so it is with “CA 101,” the annual arts exhibition founded four years ago in Redondo Beach. Previous exhibitions have taken place at the AES Power […]

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Entertainment calendar for July 21-27

Entertainment calendar for July 21-27

Thursday, July 21 Welcome to Coolsville The second installment of this summer’s El Segundo Artwalk takes place in 33 venues throughout the city’s downtown and Smoky Hollow districts from 5 to 9 p.m. Among the featured artists are body painter Paul Roustan, who is doing a “glow in the dark” exhibition at Smoky Hollow Industries […]

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Wraths: Music with a sting

The Sound and the Fury Down to basics with South Bay’s Wraths by Bondo Wyszpolski If you ask him about his involvement with Wraths, Jim Lindberg may reply that he’s just the hired help. But regardless of how he’d answer, the mere presence of the lead singer of Pennywise gives any project in which he […]

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Hillside Serenades

Hillside Serenades

Summer-long concerts each Wednesday evening at Malaga Cove Malaga Cove is an enclave unto itself, and it’s also one of the first things we see when we drive up from Redondo Beach and into Palos Verdes Estates. In the plaza, landmarked by the statue of Neptune, there are art shows each month, but a little […]

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Théodore Rousseau and “Unruly Nature”

Alight in the Forest “Unruly Nature: The Landscapes of Théodore Rousseau” at the Getty by Bondo Wyszpolski We know him as one of the key figures of the Barbizon School, and as an artist who was pushing up at the floorboards of Impressionism, but how does Théodore Rousseau (1812-1867) fare in his own right? Of […]

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Going, Going, Gone? “Horses and Dragons” and “Vanishing Animals” at the Aquarium of the Pacific

Going, Going, Gone? “Horses and Dragons” and “Vanishing Animals” at the Aquarium of the Pacific

by Bondo Wyszpolski In his novel, “Tereza Batista,” Jorge Amado muses on the other two-thirds of our planet: “There were all sort of things in the sea: fishes and castaways, black octopuses and silver rays, ships from the other side of the world, and sargasso plantations.” There are all sorts of things in the Aquarium […]

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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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