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Arthur Miller’s “A View from the Bridge” at the Ahmanson Theatre

“A View from the Bridge” – obscured by clouds (a review) by Bondo Wyszpolski We often go to the theater for the visceral, but we also go for the visual as well. Arthur Miller’s “A View from the Bridge” is a strong if overly-wrought play, and Ivo van Hove’s take on it has merit, but […]

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Young Frankenstein, the musical – at the Norris Theatre

Monster Mash Larry Raben and Tracy Lore star in “Young Frankenstein” at the Norris Theatre by Bondo Wyszpolski Sure, it’s still September, hot weather and all that, but I’m hoping for a touch of thunder and lightning tomorrow night (Friday, Sept. 23). That’s when the musical comedy “Young Frankenstein” opens for three weeks at the […]

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South Bay Arts Calendar for Sept. 22-28

South Bay Arts Calendar for Sept. 22-28

Thursday, September 22 Girl in hot water Jennifer Gooch Hummer is the author of “Operation Tenley: The Fair City Files,” and she’ll be talking about it at 7 p.m. in [pages], 904 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach. It’s a fantasy novel about a girl who can alter the weather. But Mother Nature doesn’t like that one […]

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Et in Arcadia ego (so come join me)

“Arcadia” – where past and present collide (a review) by Bondo Wyszpolski It’s hard to imagine a more challenging playwright than Tom Stoppard, first brought to the attention of many of us with “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead.” And then there’s “Arcadia” (1993) which received a stellar performance 20 years ago at the Mark Taper […]

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August Wilson’s “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” at the Taper

“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”: a paean to the blues (a review) by Bondo Wyszpolski August Wilson is one of our most acclaimed playwrights, not just for the African American community but for everyone of any color. Even after his last play (“Radio Golf”) and his death in 2005, his work continues to be widely performed. […]

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Laughing loud at the Getty Villa (a review)

Laughing loud at the Getty Villa (a review)

“Haunted House Party: A Roman Comedy” by Bondo Wyszpolski When does something go from being an annual event to being a tradition, which people look forward to year after year? When the first theatrical production of ancient Greek and Roman plays was presented at the Getty Villa’s outdoor amphitheater it seemed like a novelty at […]

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South Bay Arts Calendar 9/15 – 9/21

Thursday, September 15 Man with a trumpet Grant Hungerford and Friends perform from 6 to 8 p.m. as part of the “Thursday Tunes at TAM” series, taking place in the main gallery of the Torrance Art Museum, 3320 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. Suggested donation, $20. Hungerford is currently the principal trumpeter with the Burbank Philharmonic, […]

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Woodturner Richard Gould… and Art at the Harbor

Bowled Over Woodturner Richard Gould brings his wares to “Art at the Harbor” this weekend by Bondo Wyszpolski Richard Gould holds up a chunk of wood, which gives rise to the inevitable first question” Okay, so what? “It’s mystery wood,” he replies. “And it’s also free.” Explain why it’s free, and why it’s also a […]

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South Bay Arts and Entertainment Calendar, 9/8 to 9/14

Thursday, September 8 Pony on over Elizabeth Letts, the author of “The Perfect Horse: The Daring U.S. Mission to Rescue the Priceless Stallions Kidnapped by the Nazis,” talks about her book at 7 p.m. at {pages}, 904 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach. Letts is the author of other books, such as “The Eighty-Dollar Champion,” and is […]

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Dream Weavers: Unspooling the meaning of “Thread” at El Camino College

Dream Weavers: Unspooling the meaning of “Thread” at El Camino College

Unspooling the meaning of “Thread” at El Camino College by Bondo Wyszpolski We’ve all heard the expression, “hanging on by a thread,” which can refer to one’s job, one’s marriage, or one’s mother-in-law at the hospital. This somewhat ominous use of the word “thread,” since it’s also the title of the current fiber-centric show in […]

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South Bay arts and entertainment calendar Sept. 1 – 7

Thursday, September 1 Summer’s Almost Gone An observation, and a Doors title from “Waiting for the Sun.” The band Strange Days plays a tribute to the 1960s classic rockers from 6 to 8 p.m. at the end of the Redondo Beach Pier. Come back on Saturday for the last free concert of the season, same […]

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Man of Steele: An artist who elevates and takes pride in his community

Man of Steele: An artist who elevates and takes pride in his community

Art of Steele An artist who elevates and takes pride in his community by Bondo Wyszpolski When we step into the vast Carson studio of painter Alexey Steele we can be forgiven for thinking we’ve slipped back in time, into the atelier of Ilya Repin or Valentin Serov, dominant figures of late 19th century Russian […]

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John Van Hamersveld retrospective – tonight in Manhattan Beach

John Van Hamersveld retrospective – tonight in Manhattan Beach

  The Hammer comes down in Manhattan Beach by Bondo Wyszpolski Even if he doesn’t set foot in the water today, John Van Hamersveld will be riding the biggest wave of all. That’s because a tightly-focused retrospective of his work opens in just a few hours, with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. in […]

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Arts and Entertainment – 8/25 – 8/31

Thursday, August 25 Give ‘em some milk Feed the Kitty plays rock from 6 to 8 p.m. on the Redondo Beach Pier, part of the Summer of Music series. More at redondopier.com. Friday, August 26 But he won’t fall asleep The Torrance Theatre Company presents “The Drowsy Chaperone” at 8 p.m. on Friday and 2 […]

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South Bay Arts and Entertainment Calendar August 18-24

South Bay Arts and Entertainment Calendar August 18-24

Thursday, August 18 Art walking Smoky Hollow Industries in El Segundo presents a unique exhibition featuring a live body art painting, photography, and video by award winning body artist Paul Roustan during the final El Segundo Art Walk. Roustan is a globally-renowned artist based in Los Angeles known for his work in body painting, photography, […]

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