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Dear President: South Bay Contemporary sends a message to Washington

Dear President: South Bay Contemporary sends a message to Washington

Reality Check With “Dear President,” South Bay Contemporary sends a message to the White House by Bondo Wyszpolski Shhh, don’t tell anyone, but most art shows aren’t that relevant to what’s going on in the world. It’s a pleasure, therefore, to find one that’s timely and right on the money. “Dear President” (billed as “An […]

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South Bay arts calendar for Jan. 12 to 18

South Bay arts calendar for Jan. 12 to 18

Friday, January 13 Special effects “Very Cinematic Narrative” flows with the kinetic sculptures of William Sandell (see last week’s Easy Week feature) and the paintings of Cynda Valle, and it opens with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Manhattan Beach Art Center, 1560 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach. (310) 802-5440 or go […]

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“Very Cinematic Narrative” at the Manhattan Beach Art Center

“Very Cinematic Narrative” at the Manhattan Beach Art Center

Toys in the Attic William Sandell’s kinetic sculptures evoke memories of times long gone by Bondo Wyszpolski When we step inside William Sandell’s art studio, we’ve entered a space that feels partly like an eccentric showroom or museum and partly like a repair shop for vintage arcade machines. Or so it seems. Located in the […]

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South Bay art calendar for Jan. 5 to 11

South Bay art calendar for Jan. 5 to 11

Friday, January 6 The right touch Pianist Steven Vanhauwaert, a native of Belgium and a resident of Redondo Beach, performs at 12:15 p.m. at the First Lutheran Church and School, 2900 W. Carson St., Torrance. Free; donations appreciated, and a reception follows the concert. (310) 316-5574. Now you see it, now you don’t Sisuepahn Phila, […]

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South Bay Art – 2016, a year in review

South Bay Art – 2016, a year in review

She Doesn’t Look Anything Like Her Picture by Bondo Wyszpolski Whether art is a forest fire or a candle flame, the person who creates it has to be something of a matador where the result can be dance-like poetry or a trip to the morgue. But either way, art by its very nature has to […]

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Playing with Fire

Playing with Fire

Werner Herzog dives headfirst “Into the Inferno” by Bondo Wyszpolski Last week, the Hammer Museum concluded “The Contenders,” a 10-film series that combined screenings with live interviews (director, leading actor, etc.) and an audience Q&A. Among the motion pictures shown this year were “Manchester by the Sea” and “Arrival,” but the one I want to […]

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Amélie, from screen to stage

Amélie, from screen to stage

“Amélie: A New Musical” – a review by Bondo Wyszpolski Many of us enjoyed the 2001 French film “Amélie” that starred Audrey Tautou. The picture is charming and sweet, and years later Craig Lucas (book), Daniel Messé (composer, co-lyricist), and Nathan Tysen (co-lyricist) thought they could turn it into an equally charming musical. Well, they’ve […]

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Sunset Serenades

Sunset Serenades

Silhouettes by the Sea An hour before sunset with Ileana Landon by Bondo Wyszpolski In 2013, a documentary film called “Finding Vivian Maier” was released, about a woman who lived from 1926 to 2009 and for most of that time found employment as a nanny. On her days off, however, she took photographs, hundreds, thousands […]

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South Bay arts calendar for Dec. 15 – 21

South Bay arts calendar for Dec. 15 – 21

Thursday, December 15 The next Fleming or Domingo? “Opera du Jour” is an annual opera workshop that highlights the work of vocal students at El Camino College, and it takes place at 8 p.m. in the Campus Theatre, Crenshaw and Redondo Beach boulevards, Torrance. Kevin Blickfeldt directs. Tickets, $10. Call (310) 329-5345 or go to […]

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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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