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Coffee and art with Drica Lobo at Java Man in Hermosa Beach

Coffee and art with Drica Lobo at Java Man in Hermosa Beach

Hermosa Beach, through Brazilian Eyes Drica Lobo’s paintings glow brightly at Java Man by Bondo Wyszpolski If you like art that’s vibrant and colorful, check this box  ⃣  ; and it you like scenes of palm trees, the beach and the ocean, check here  ⃣  ; And if you like the sights of Hermosa Beach […]

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South Bay arts calendar – Feb. 23-March 1

South Bay arts calendar – Feb. 23-March 1

Thursday, February 23 Hip and avant-garde The Free Jazz Radicals, with avant-garde jazz composer Bobby Breton, J. Michael O’Neal, and Del Atkins, are featured from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in “Tunes at TAM,” the monthly jazz concert held at the Torrance Art Museum, 3320 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. Suggested donation, $20. Call (310) 376-5577 or […]

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As Emily Dickinson, Melanie Jones stars in “The Belle of Amherst”

As Emily Dickinson, Melanie Jones stars in “The Belle of Amherst”

A Quiet, Forceful voice Melanie Jones as Emily Dickinson in “The Belle of Amherst” by Bondo Wyszpolski I’m intrigued by people who are intrigued by historical figures, although not in the sense of “I think I was Napoleon or Catherine the Great in a previous lifetime.” What I’m referring to are those figures with whom […]

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Johnny Cash, channeled through Humble Harry at the Hermosa Saloon

Johnny Cash, channeled through Humble Harry at the Hermosa Saloon

Humble Harry, and How He Came To Discover Johnny Cash, the Man in Black As told to the Easy Reader prior to his performance this Friday at the Hermosa Saloon At a young age I discovered that I could imitate sounds and voices. Before high school (Carson High) I decided that I wanted to be […]

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FIGat7th: John Van Hamersveld’s downtown L.A. art installations

FIGat7th: John Van Hamersveld’s downtown L.A. art installations

Signs of Life an art Installation by John Van Hamersveld by Bondo Wyszpolski It’s not only been an endless summer, it’s been an endless career for PV resident John Van Hamersveld, whose vibrant pop art imagery has been on view in Hermosa Beach (the mural on 14th St.) and in Manhattan Beach (last year’s “JVH:D&A” […]

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Through the Pages with Ellen Cantor

Through the Pages with Ellen Cantor

Slipping Under the Covers …and glancing between the lines with Ellen Cantor by Bondo Wyszpolski A library is a dwelling place for books, and in books dwell ideas. Books themselves, the best ones, at least, don’t need to feel or smell new, but they do need to feel or smell timeless. Perhaps that’s why Ellen […]

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South Bay arts calendar for Feb. 16 to 22

South Bay arts calendar for Feb. 16 to 22

Thursday, February 16 Culture connection The Asia America Youth Symphony and the Child Fund Korea Dream Orchestra join together in “Seoul meets Soul,” conducted by David Benoit, at 7:30 p.m. in the Wilshire Ebell Theater, 4401 W. Eighth St., Los Angeles. Tickets, $75 VIP, $50 preferred, $25 general, $12 students with ID. (310) 377-8977 or […]

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“Water & Wood” – Can art galleries return to Hermosa?

“Water & Wood” – Can art galleries return to Hermosa?

Wind in the Sails for “Water & Wood” Rafael McMaster is raising a flag for art in Hermosa by Bondo Wyszpolski It takes some effort, some passion and planning, to organize and mount an art show, but that’s what Rafael McMaster has done. His endeavor bears fruit this Saturday when “Water & Wood” opens with […]

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South Bay arts calendar for Feb. 10 to 15

South Bay arts calendar for Feb. 10 to 15

Friday, February 10 Rising from the surface “Once on This Island,” presented by 3-D Theatricals, is a one-act musical from the creators of “Ragtime” and “Seussical” (Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty), and it previews at 8 p.m. (official opening is Saturday) in the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, 1935 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Redondo Beach. Additional shows […]

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Phil Weisgerber: Memories of a fine human being and artist

Phil Weisgerber: Memories of a fine human being and artist

Remembering Phil Weisgerber The longtime Redondo Beach artist will be celebrated Saturday afternoon at the Loft in San Pedro by Bondo Wyszpolski When I spoke with Bob Shepard about his long-time friend and co-worker Phil Weisgerber, he mentioned that Phil looked like Buffalo Bill Cody. It was one of those now-that-you-mention-it moments. But Phil, “who […]

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Pre- and post-election emotions in “The Faces Within”

Pre- and post-election emotions in “The Faces Within”

The Winter of Our Discontent Is America under siege from within? Many artists appear to think so by Bondo Wyszpolski No matter who one voted for on Nov. 8, most Americans would likely now agree that the first days of Donald J. Trump’s presidency have been the most contentious, if not the most divisive, in […]

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South Bay arts calendar from Feb. 2 to 8

South Bay arts calendar from Feb. 2 to 8

Thursday, February 2 Forms abstract and elegant “Ann Weber, Sculpture” is on view tonight from 6 to 9 p.m. during the First Thursday Art Walk at Gallery 478, located at 478 W. Seventh St., San Pedro. The reception for the artist is on Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m. Presented by TransVagrant and Gallery 478, […]

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The MC² Trio performs Beethoven with the Beach Cities Symphony

The MC² Trio performs Beethoven with the Beach Cities Symphony

Practice Made Perfect The MC² Trio plays Beethoven with the Beach Cities Symphony by Bondo Wyszpolski In 2015, there were over 90 groups vying for first place in the national finals of the MTNA Chamber Music Competition. That year, the Music Teachers National Association conferred top honors upon MC² (MC squared), a South Bay Trio […]

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South Bay arts calendar – Jan. 26 to Feb. 1

South Bay arts calendar – Jan. 26 to Feb. 1

Thursday, January 26 Music that’s traditional and modern Pianist Kristi Lobitz and flautist Susan Greenberg perform a music recital at 8 p.m. in the Campus Theatre of El Camino College, Crenshaw and Redondo Beach boulevards, Torrance. Tickets are $15 and you can get them by calling (800) 832-ARTS or by going to centerforthearts.org. A century […]

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Purcell’s “The Fairy Queen” – Fun at Puck’s Club FQ with Long Beach Opera

Purcell’s “The Fairy Queen” – Fun at Puck’s Club FQ with Long Beach Opera

“The Fairy Queen” Goes To Vegas a 17th Century masterpiece, reworked by Culture Clash and Long Beach Opera by Bondo Wyszpolski Find any book on the history of opera, and Henry Purcell shows up in the first chapter. But the English composer (1658-95) was somewhat of a lone voice in a country where opera didn’t […]

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