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Home alone

Home alone

Humble beginnings couldn’t deter Ranee Henderson. Now she’s the recipient of a solo show at the PV Art Center Ranee Henderson didn’t grow up with a silver spoon in her mouth. She was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, in 1981, the child of mixed-race parents. She was was raised by her mother and older sister while […]

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South Bay Arts Calendar 06/18/15-06/22/15

South Bay Arts Calendar 06/18/15-06/22/15

Thursday, June 18 What’s not to like? Shakespeare by the Sea begins their 2015 touring season with “As You Like It,” Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (plus upcoming dates), at Point Fermin Park, 807 Paseo del Mar, San Pedro. It’ll be moving across the South Bay between now and the end of August, in tandem with […]

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Animal Farm at the Getty: Stay, Sit, Pose!

Animals in Photographs, by Arpad Kovacs (Getty Publications, 111 pp., $24.95) As an artistic medium, photography got cooking in the 1830s, but it wasn’t until 1870 that someone snapped a decent shot of a live animal in nature. Prior to that, because long exposures were required, an animal needed to be dead or comatose before […]

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Magic Kingdom Memories

Magic Kingdom Memories

Reflections and thoughts on Disneyland’s newest milestone birthday I’m not sure if this means it’s now a senior citizen, but this summer the Disneyland Resort–or at least Disneyland proper–turns 60 years old, and over the past few weeks the world’s most famous theme park has been touting its Diamond Celebration for all it’s worth, which […]

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South Bay Arts Calendar 06/11/15

South Bay Arts Calendar 06/11/15

Thursday, June 11 That softly glowing piano “Steinway by Starlight” features the Alan Pasqua Trio, performing the Great American Songbook, along with the CSUDH Jazz Ensemble, at 7:30 p.m. in the University Theatre of California State University, Dominguez Hills, 1000 E. Victoria St., Carson. Tickets, $30. Go to csudh.edu/uce/steinway. Time for Shorts is shorter Submissions […]

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A man of Many Voices – Roberto Perlas Gomez in “Hydrogen Jukebox”

  The last time I met with Roberto Perlas Gomez he talked about hijacking a ship somewhere in the Mediterranean. Oh yeah, right; sure thing, Roberto, uh-huh. But just days later pictures of him were in major newspapers, scowling at the camera and brandishing an AK-47. Gomez is a baritone who often sings with Long […]

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South Bay Arts Calendar 06/04/15-06/07/15

South Bay Arts Calendar 06/04/15-06/07/15

Thursday, June 4 Takes two to tango The second annual “L.A. Tango Marathon,” also known as “The Endless Summer Tango,” begins today (there’s a 6 to 9 p.m. event at Dockweiler Beach in El Segundo) and continues through Sunday, but essentially brings tango dancers from all over the country to Los Angeles. Events also take […]

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Fine Arts Festival showcases Hanson, young artists

Fine Arts Festival showcases Hanson, young artists

This year’s Hermosa Beach Fine Arts Festival featured artist is Erin Hanson, whose minimalist method of placing impasto paint strokes without layering has been dubbed “Open-Impressionism.” The festival (formerly the Hermosa Beach Art Walk) takes place Saturday and Sunday,, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the Community Center lawn, the corner of Pier Avenue […]

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A Gift from a Flower to a Garden

A Gift from a Flower to a Garden

For Jamie LaValley, the power’s in flower A visual aroma is one way to describe Jamie LaValley’s recent work, a figurative and yet nearly literal bouquet of flowers. Years spent in Paris as a fashion photographer evolved over time into a desire to capture and preserve the beauty and grace of what is surely one […]

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South Bay Arts Calendar 05/28/15-06/02/15

South Bay Arts Calendar 05/28/15-06/02/15

Thursday, May 28 Rah, rah, go team, go The Torrance Torrettes “Spring Spectacular” takes place at 7  p.m. in the James Armstrong Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. Dance and drill team girls from kindergarten through 8th grade do their magic. Tickets, $12 adults; $9 kids 12 and under. Call (310) 781-7171.   Friday, May […]

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Voyage to the Iron Reef

Prepare for battle and dive in at Knott’s Berry Farm by Bondo Wyszpolski Some years ago, without forsaking its Old West-ghost town feel, Knott’s Berry farm began frontloading a dozen or so thrill rides which then polarized its clientele: the younger set could head for the coasters while the older folks could still visit the […]

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All That Jazz! Celebrating the Lighthouse All-Stars and the legacy of Howard Rumsey

All That Jazz! Celebrating the Lighthouse All-Stars and the legacy of Howard Rumsey

by Bondo Wyszpolski Walking down Pier Avenue and stepping into the Lighthouse is quite different now than when Howard Rumsey showed up on May 29, 1949 to play his very first show. John Levine had purchased the club a year earlier and soon agreed to Rumsey’s replacing the rowdier element with an inviting atmosphere conducive […]

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South Bay Arts Calendar 05/22/15-05/28/15

South Bay Arts Calendar 05/22/15-05/28/15

Friday, May 22 To get a foot up “John Brown’s Jukebox” is a musical benefit for youth and the arts in the South Bay and it features the John Brown Band plus teachers, alumni, and students of Fantasia Family Music. A wine-tasting party and show starts at 5:30, with the main event at 8 p.m., […]

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Summer Calendar: Summer theater

“Picasso at the Lapin Agile,” written by Steve Martin and directed by Jim Hormel, runs through June 14 at the Torrance Theatre Company, 1316 Cabrillo Ave., downtown Torrance. It’s an absurdist comedy that places Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso in a Parisian cafe in 1904, just before the renowned scientist transformed physics with his theory […]

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Summer Calendar: The Bard is Back

Shakespeare by the Sea returns for its 18th season The enchanting woodland romance, “As You Like it,” opens on June 18. Directed by Stephanie Coltrin, this romp through the forest of Arden tells of Rosalind, the daughter of a banished duke, who falls in love with Orlando, the disinherited son of one of the court’s […]

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