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South Bay arts calendar for Dec. 8 – 14

South Bay arts calendar for Dec. 8 – 14

Thursday, December 8 What’s on your plate? “The Dining Room,” a play by A.R. Gurney, is being performed at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday, in the Redondo Union Auditorium, 631 Vincent Park, Redondo Beach. Tickets are $8 if you move fast; otherwise they’re $10 at the […]

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The beat of Brazil with Sergio Mendes

The beat of Brazil with Sergio Mendes

Brazilian Beat Sérgio Mendes and his band perform Friday night in Redondo Beach by Bondo Wyszpolski In a week or so, Sérgio Mendes and his wife, Gracinha, will board an airplane for Brazil, but in the meantime they’re both preparing for tomorrow’s concert at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center. As with any performer whose […]

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Not just a day trip: Lynn Doran’s photographs from Ethiopia’s Omo Valley

Not just a day trip: Lynn Doran’s photographs from Ethiopia’s Omo Valley

A Little Light on a Dark Continent Lynn Doran’s “Omo” takes us deep into Ethiopia by Bondo Wyszpolski Three years ago, Lynn Doran journeyed to the remote Omo Valley, situated within the Great Rift Valley of Southwest Ethiopia, and photographed six indigenous peoples. That was just before construction began on the Gibe III dam which […]

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South Bay Arts Calendar for Dec. 1 to 7

South Bay Arts Calendar for Dec. 1 to 7

Thursday, December 1 What your teacher’s been up to “Faculty Show 2016,” being works by the El Camino College Art Department and Photography Department faculty, is on view in the El Camino College Art Gallery, 16007 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance. Reception tonight from 5 to 8 p.m. Through Dec. 15. Call (310) 660-3010 or go to […]

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Hung Viet Nguyen: Searching for balance, practicing respect

With Due Respect to Mother Nature Hung Viet Nguyen is among the talented artists in “South Bay Focus 2016” by Bondo Wyszpolski War upends everyone’s life, doesn’t it? In the 1960s and ‘70s, very few young men from this country wanted to go to Vietnam. From the latter 1970s and up into the 1990s, many […]

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South Bay arts calendar for Nov. 24 – 30

Friday, November 25 One’s skinny, one’s obese The “Laurel and Hardy Festival” returns to the Old Town Music Hall, 140 Richmond St., El Segundo, with silent and “talkie” shorts at 8:15 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, plus 2:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The Mighty Wurlitzer Pipe Organ will accompany the silents. Tickets, $10 general; […]

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Dawn Whitney-Hall: Immersed in the spirit

When the Spirit Calls Visionary paintings by Dawn Whitney-Hall at Art Space in El Segundo by Bondo Wyszpolski It’s a common enough saying that when one door closes another opens, and this seems especially true of Dawn Whitney-Hall, who is perhaps better known in some circles as Dawn Von Flue. The name change came about […]

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Hermosa’s Lighthouse, a photo tribute

To the Lighthouse! Photos from the classic jazz venue on view in Old Torrance by Bondo Wyszpolski The Lighthouse on Pier Avenue in Hermosa Beach has been showcasing live jazz since 1949, although it has largely given way to rock and roll in recent years. But from the 1950s to the mid-1970s it was a […]

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South Bay Arts Calendar for Nov. 17-24

Thursday, November 17 Polish up those dancing shoes Ballroom dancing with the Retro Swing Band takes place from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Redondo Beach Elks Lodge, 319 Esplanade, Redondo Beach. Everyone’s welcome, non-members and listeners. Bar available, large floor, all ballroom tempos, theater seating. Cover charge, $10. Call (310) 663-6690 or go to […]

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Cirque du Soleil’s “Toruk” coming to Staples Center, Nov. 11-13

“Toruk – The First Flight” Cirque du Soleil goes from the big top to the arena by Bondo Wyszpolski This week you won’t have to do what I did last week, which was to do the freeway crawl to Ontario in order to catch “Toruk: The First Flight,” the latest spectacle from Cirque du Soleil. […]

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South Bay Arts Calendar – Nov. 10 – 16

Thursday, November 10 Nearly time for Almost The Mira Costa High School Drama/Tech Dept. is presenting John Cariani’s romantic comedy, “Almost, Maine,” tonight (Thursday) at 6:30 p.m.; Friday at 7:30 p.m.; and Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m., in the school’s “blackbox” Small Theater, 1401 Artesia Blvd., Manhattan Beach. Tickets, $15 adult; $12 students, seniors. […]

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A different slant to theater at Vistamar in El Segundo

A Theater Program with a Social Conscience Vistamar School presents “The Diary of Anne Frank” this weekend by Bondo Wyszpolski Where have I been? Prior to last week, I’d have received an “F” if you’d asked me about Vistamar School. On the other hand, this private high school in El Segundo with a total enrollment […]

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South Bay arts calendar for Nov. 3 – 9

Thursday, November 3 Quilt while you’re ahead “Urban Graffiti,” an exhibit of fiber art that expands perspectives of time, previews from 6 to 9 p.m. during the First Thursday Art Walk at South Bay Contemporary, in the Loft, 401 S. Mesa St., third floor, San Pedro. Reception for the artists on Saturday from 4 to […]

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Fright night: Guillermo del Toro at LACMA

Before They Run Amok! “Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters” on view at LACMA by Bondo Wyszpolski I’m not sure how this happened, but a few years ago the Hollywood film industry received a mighty boost from three superb Mexican filmmakers, all born in the early 1960s: Alfonso Cuarón (“Gravity”), Alejandro González Iñárritu (“Birdman,” […]

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Alluring Graceful Gale at Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor

In the Still of the Night Queen Mary’s Graceful Gale is enchanting… and deadly by Bondo Wyszpolski If you push your way through the brambles on a moonlit night and climb towards the summit of Palos Verdes, which faces the Port of Los Angeles, there’s a magnificent view of the “Queen Mary.” But how to […]

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