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THEATER REVIEW: “The Dixie Swim Club” – five women in the water of life

THEATER REVIEW: “The Dixie Swim Club” – five women in the water of life

Once upon a time, in a faraway galaxy called Youth, five Southern teenaged girls were members of the same swim team, and apparently the camaraderie and group spirit was so binding that they agreed to meet every August for a long weekend at a beachside cottage on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Their story […]

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South Bay Arts Calendar 4/17/15-4/20/15

South Bay Arts Calendar 4/17/15-4/20/15

Friday, April 17 Seeing the world The 2015 Universe Multicultural Film Festival opens today and through Sunday screens 57 short films from 24 countries, 18 feature films from 10 countries, with 12 screenplays from five countries. It takes place in three close-together venues, the RHC Community Center, 735 Silver Spur Road; Promenade on the Peninsula, […]

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South Bay Arts Calendar 4/10/15-4/15/15

South Bay Arts Calendar 4/10/15-4/15/15

Friday, April 10 Get into the water The Manhattan Beach Community Church Theater presents “The Dixie Swim Club” at 8 p.m. tonight and tomorrow, plus 2 p.m. on Saturday. Also next Friday, at 8, and Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., in the MBCC Theater, 303 S. Peck Road, Manhattan Beach. More at mbcctheater.com. Sketches […]

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The Light in the Piazza

The Light in the Piazza

The Malaga Cove art show and sale is here for spring and summer Perhaps it’s the fountain and the weathered statue of Neptune, located a few dozen yards away, but there’s something slightly mythological about the 30 or so artists emerging each spring to exhibit their wares on the green lawn in front of Malaga […]

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THEATER REVIEW – “Cinderella”

THEATER REVIEW – “Cinderella”

Revamped musical tries hard to be relevant As musical collaborators, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II had a number of success stories, from “Oklahoma!” to “The Sound of Music,” but “Cinderella” (written for TV) wasn’t one of them, relatively speaking. Even so, it’s a timeless fairy tale, and it’s been dusted off for a new […]

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South Bay Arts Calendar 4/02/15-4/07/15

South Bay Arts Calendar 4/02/15-4/07/15

Thursday, April 2 Inspired sculptors An artists’ talk and walk-through with sculptors Michael Todd, Kristan Marvell, and Nicholette Kominos, in connection with the current “Ties to Modernism” show, takes place at 7:30 p.m. at South Bay Contemporary, at The Loft, 401 S. Mesa St., third floor, San Pedro. It’s during the First Thursday Art Walk, […]

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Pushing Through the Doors of Perception – Conceptual camerawork at the Torrance Museum of Art

Pushing Through the Doors of Perception – Conceptual camerawork at the Torrance Museum of Art

It wasn’t long after the birth of photography in the 1830s that creative minds got busy. Images were being manipulated almost from the get-go, and this has only intensified with the technological advances of recent years. “Second Sight: New Representations in Photography,” which is at the Torrance Art Museum through May 14, pushes even further […]

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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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