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High Voltage: CA 101 art show is plugged into the AES Power Plant

High Voltage:  CA 101 art show is plugged into the AES Power Plant

by Bondo Wyszpolski The AES Power Plant in Redondo Beach will be generating an extra dose of energy this weekend and next. “CA 101,” an annual exhibition now in its fourth year, has again pulled in a multitude of visual artists from up and down the state, and by multitude we’re talking roughly 126 artists […]

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When Art Dresses for Dinner

When Art Dresses for Dinner

    Some spicy talk with Homeira Goldstein Composer Richard Wagner broadened the way we experience opera, and now Homeira Goldstein is expanding our definition of art. Towards this end she has created an impressive website, but it’s not for self-aggrandizement, nor is it simply for the promotion of studio or gallery art, but rather […]

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Howard Rumsey, Founding Father of West Coast Jazz, Dies at 97

by Ken Poston [Ken Poston is the director of the Los Angeles Jazz Institute, and this past May he presented a 5-day tribute to Howard Rumsey and the Lighthouse All Stars. A former deejay for KLON, Poston had collaborated with Rumsey on previous occasions and they were good friends] Howard Rumsey, one of the most […]

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Neighborhood Stroll – Holly Socrates and the El Segundo Art Walk

Neighborhood Stroll – Holly Socrates and the El Segundo Art Walk

Holly Socrates hasn’t been standing still. It was only last November that she opened her own art space–the petite Holly Socrates Gallery–on the corner of Franklin and Main in downtown El Segundo, across the street from Rock & Brews and an easy lob from ESMoA. Her business enterprise hardly off the ground, Socrates corralled various […]

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Andrea del Sarto, Master Renaissance Draftsman

Andrea del Sarto, Master Renaissance Draftsman

One cannot write in depth about an artist without placing him or her within the context of the era in which they lived and cavorted, and to write about Andrea del Sarto (1486-1530) is to instantly shuffle him into the shadow of Raphael, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and perhaps others such as Titian and Correggio. […]

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MUSIC – Primal Scream

MUSIC – Primal Scream

The record release party for Chaos Delivery Machine’s “Burn Motherf… Burn” takes place Saturday night at Fat Face Fenner’s on Hermosa’s Pier Plaza

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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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