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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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Summer Calendar: Hermosa’s Art Walk Steps Up

Same month, same place, same format, but classy new name It’s official, the Hermosa Beach Art Walk is now the Hermosa Beach Fine Arts Festival, and this year its taking place on Saturday, June 6, and Sunday, June 7, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days on the lawn at the the southwest […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: “Dark Star: H.R. Giger’s World”

MOVIE REVIEW: “Dark Star: H.R. Giger’s World”

Cinematic horror has thrown us plenty of terrifying creatures, but perhaps the one with the most dramatic entrance was the monstrosity in Ridley Scott’s “Alien,” which not only gave us stomachaches but introduced the larger world to the artistry of H.R. Giger. What kind of man had such a dark and disturbing imagination? Belinda Sallin’s […]

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South Bay Arts Calendar 05/14/15-05/18/15

South Bay Arts Calendar 05/14/15-05/18/15

Thursday, May 14 Tenors, anyone? The El Camino College Opera Workshop, directed by Vicki Muto, showcases aspiring opera singers as they run through Mascagni, Mozart, Bellini, Sondheim and others at 6 and 8 p.m. in the Campus Theatre, Crenshaw and Redondo Beach boulevards, Torrance. Tickets, $10. Call (310) 329-5345 or go to centerforthearts.org. Put your […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Rich Man, Poor Man

BOOK REVIEW: Rich Man, Poor Man

Talking dollars and sense with writer Ivan Goldman Ivan Goldman has a new novel, and here’s how it begins: “When they brought out the sidewalk chicken costume, Liz hoped they were pulling her leg, but every passing moment chipped away more of this hope. It was a one-piece outfit–bright yellow with red highlights and a […]

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Joe Turner’s Come and Gone… and Come Again

Joseph Mallord William Turner at the Getty by Bondo Wyszpolski The thoughtful Turner show at the Getty mainly sets out to do two things. First, by focusing exclusively on the painter’s late work, from 1835 when he was 60-years-old, to the time of his death 16 years later in 1851, when he was 76, to […]

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Into the Mystic

Into the Mystic

Four writers – and one artist – in search of the transcendent Maybe it’s not the best trait for a journalist, but when it comes to those who make art, few things are more appealing than a playful imagination. This is one of the qualities I admire about Cie Gumucio, a Redondo Beach artist with […]

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South Bay Arts Calendar 5/07/15-5/13/15

South Bay Arts Calendar 5/07/15-5/13/15

Thursday, May 7 Cats and dogs? maybe not Presented by South Bay Contemporary, “Visualization in Art and Science,” curated by Margaret Lazzari, opens with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Loft, 401 S. Mesa St., third floor, San Pedro. Both art and science are on an ongoing quest for knowledge about the […]

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The Endless Highway

The Endless Highway

Jim Murray’s painterly explorations span decades   by Bondo Wyszpolski Going back 40 years and more, there have been seismic shifts in the work of Manhattan Beach artist Jim Murray, shifts of style, medium, and focus that have welled up over time and then propelled a sudden jolt towards a new subject and/or approach. “Been […]

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South Bay Arts Calendar 4/30/15-5/05/15

South Bay Arts Calendar 4/30/15-5/05/15

Thursday, April 30 Très chic “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” presented by the Mira Costa High School Drama Department, continues its run with a 6:30 p.m. show, and then over the weekend with 7:30 p.m. shows on Friday and Saturday, plus a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday, in the Mira Costa High School Auditorium, 1401 Artesia Blvd., […]

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