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Rancho Palos Verdes’ Geanna Culbertson, the young author of the Crisanta Knight series (she’s Cinderella’s daughter), is living in a fairy tale

Rancho Palos Verdes’ Geanna Culbertson, the young author of the Crisanta Knight series (she’s Cinderella’s daughter), is living in a fairy tale

by Bondo Wsyzpolski It was during the summer of 2011, prior to her Sophomore year at USC, that Geanna Culbertson had an inspiration that would change the course of her young life. “I wish there was a more logical way to explain it,” the Rancho Palos Verdes resident says, “but I was literally just sitting…Read More→

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South Bay Arts and Entertainment Calendar, May 5 through 12

South Bay Arts and Entertainment Calendar, May 5 through 12

Thursday, May 5 About courage and self-discovery “James and the Giant Peach, Jr.,” the 15th annual spring musical presented by Fantasia Family Music, takes place Thursday at 6:30, Friday at 7, and Saturday at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. in the George Nakano Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. The musical, based on the Roald Dahl…Read More→

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Goodbye, Connor Everts

A Canvas as Large as Life Remembering Torrance artist Connor Everts (1928-2016) by Bondo Wyszpolski I remember one day when Norman Zammitt made the comment that Connor Everts looked like Fidel Castro. Out of the corner of my eye I glanced over at Connor and, sure enough, he did seem to resemble the Cuban revolutionary….Read More→

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South Bay entertainment 4/29-5/1

Friday, April 29 Our favorite creepy family “The Addams Family,” by the creators of “Jersey Boys,” is being presented by the Drama and Tech Departments of Mira Costa High School, with performances Friday and Saturday at 7:30, plus a Saturday matinee at 2 p.m., in the MCHS Auditorium, 1401 Artesia Blvd., Manhattan Beach. Tickets available…Read More→

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Getting away with “Love & Murder”

“A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder” – going once, going twice by Bondo Wyszpolski In case you haven’t gotten around to seeing (nay, experiencing!) one of the most delightful musicals of the past few years, let me make my way into the belfry so I can toll the bells that say: Last call! “A…Read More→

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What price freedom? Suzan-Lori Parks at the Mark Taper Forum

Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3) – a review by Bondo Wyszpolski The latest effort from Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks to come to the Mark Taper Forum (“Topdog/Underdog” has stayed with me all these years) takes place during the Civil War and begins on a modest plantation in Texas,…Read More→

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Life Cycles: Artist Steve Shriver took a tumble, and it’s an arduous climb back up

Life Cycles: Artist Steve Shriver took a tumble, and it’s an arduous climb back up

by Bondo Wyszpolski We all know what happened to Humpty Dumpty: All the king’s horses and all the king’s men/ couldn’t put Humpty together again. But wait. If he’d been airlifted to the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center maybe we’d have a different rhyme and a different outcome. Steve Shriver may not forgive me for…Read More→

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Where the Music Never Ends

Where the Music Never Ends

The Norris Theatre presents “Fiddler on the Roof” for three weekends Tomorrow evening, the musical “Fiddler on the Roof” opens at the Norris Theatre for 11 performances, a decent run by local standards. However, when the show opened on Broadway in 1964 it was an unstoppable phenomenon that didn’t step off the stage until nearly…Read More→

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A Feisty Woman, and the Man in the Mirror

A Feisty Woman, and the Man in the Mirror

Surf City Theatre brings a rarely seen comedy to Hermosa Beach Charles Busch has written many successful plays, including “The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife,” which in 2002 was staged to acclaim at the Ahmanson Theatre. “Olive and the Bitter Herbs” didn’t garner as much praise when it opened off-Broadway a few years back, and…Read More→

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Long Beach Opera: Nocturnal Desperation

“La Voix Humaine,” a review by Bondo Wyszpolski In recent years, Long Beach Opera has set some of its out-of-the-usual repertoire productions in out-of-the-usual venues. We’ve seen performances in swimming pools, parking garages, warehouses, and, just last month, the National Guard Armory. Now, if you hurry, you can enjoy Francis Poulenc’s “La Voix Humaine” in…Read More→

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Sitting in with Old Friends

Sitting in with Old Friends

Jazz pianist Bob Mamet plays Saint Rocke on Saturday evening It’s good to have Bob Mamet back in town. The accomplished jazz pianist was born and raised in Chicago, where he returned nearly five years ago after spending 30 years in L.A., with 10 of those here in the South Bay. Happily, he’s missed us,…Read More→

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The songwriter behind the songs: Jimmy Webb performs his Glen Campbell songs

The songwriter behind the songs:  Jimmy Webb performs his Glen Campbell songs

Jimmy Webb wrote dozens of songs that were recorded by Glen Campbell, including “Wichita Lineman” and “Galveston.” Webb performs many of them Friday in Torrance.   by Bondo Wyszpolski Beginning in the 1960s, Jimmy Webb was on a roll. Although he himself wasn’t known as a recording artist, his songs were being recorded by the…Read More→

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LA Opera: The Scream of the Butterfly

LA Opera’s “Madame Butterfly” (a review) by Bondo Wyszpolski Sometimes we go to experience an opera we’ve never seen before, and at other times we go because it’s a work we’ve seen many times and are familiar with the libretto and score. In the latter case it’s not so much the novelty as it is…Read More→

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Magic Realism: This Way to Hogsmeade

Magic Realism: This Way to Hogsmeade

The countdown begins for “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” at Universal Studios by Bondo Wyszpolski The seven novels by J.K.Rowling, and the eight films that broadened their appeal, have been a closed chapter for five years, but in a few days the Hogwarts Express will officially pull into the station at Universal Studios. It’s…Read More→

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“Fallujah” : Long Beach Opera goes to war

“Fallujah” (the opera, reviewed) by Bondo Wyszpolski Stepping into the Army National Guard for an opera is not quite the same as entering the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion or Disney Hall, but Long Beach Opera likes to keep us on our toes (and off-balance at the same time), which thus makes this an almost ideal venue…Read More→

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