Entertainment

 Bondo Wyszpolski

“Hercules vs. Vampires” – campy humor from LA Opera

Before Italy unleashed a plethora of spaghetti westerns in the 1960s there were the sword-and-sandal epics of the ‘50s, nearly all of them done on a budget of pocket change. After years as a cinematographer, Mario Bava jumped into the gladiator/sci-fi ring with “Hercules and the Haunted World” (1961), just one of many “B” movies […]

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South Bay Arts Calendar 4/23/15-4/29/15

South Bay Arts Calendar 4/23/15-4/29/15

Thursday, April 23 WORKS PRICED UNDER $100 The PADA Group, South Bay fine-art photographers, are featured in “Let’s Get Small, Small Works of the PV Art Center PADA Group.” The show is on view through May 2 at the Frame And Art Department, 950 Aviation Blvd, Hermosa Beach. For more information, call (310) 374-6900. BEFORE […]

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Nine Lives and Counting

Nine Lives and Counting

“Cats” purrs its way into the Norris Theatre There are musicals that most of us have never heard of, and then there are musicals that everyone has heard of. “Cats” is clearly among the latter. Scored by Andrew Lloyd Webber and based on T.S. Eliot’s “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats,” “Cats” opened in 1981 […]

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THEATER REVIEW: “The Dixie Swim Club” – five women in the water of life

THEATER REVIEW: “The Dixie Swim Club” – five women in the water of life

Once upon a time, in a faraway galaxy called Youth, five Southern teenaged girls were members of the same swim team, and apparently the camaraderie and group spirit was so binding that they agreed to meet every August for a long weekend at a beachside cottage on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Their story […]

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South Bay Arts Calendar 4/17/15-4/20/15

South Bay Arts Calendar 4/17/15-4/20/15

Friday, April 17 Seeing the world The 2015 Universe Multicultural Film Festival opens today and through Sunday screens 57 short films from 24 countries, 18 feature films from 10 countries, with 12 screenplays from five countries. It takes place in three close-together venues, the RHC Community Center, 735 Silver Spur Road; Promenade on the Peninsula, […]

 Alex Khatchadourian

MUSIC PREVIEW – Feed the Kitty still on the prowl

MUSIC PREVIEW – Feed the Kitty still on the prowl

Local band debuts new record at Saint Rocke Two thousand eight was a rough year for Jed Mottley and Jack Maher. Although their band, Feed The Kitty, had released their self-titled debut album, they had no promotion or distribution, no money, and an unnerving notion that a return to a generic desk jobs would soon […]

 Sean Carroll

MOVIE REVIEW – Furious 7: Furiously Exceptional

MOVIE REVIEW –  Furious 7: Furiously Exceptional

It’s amazing how much mileage The Fast and the Furious franchise has gotten over the course of 14 years. It’s latest installment, Furious 7, is a blast. It delivers everything a fan of this series could possibly want, with the added bonus of a tribute to the late Paul Walker. Furious 7  assumes that you’ve seen the previous movies, […]

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South Bay Arts Calendar 4/10/15-4/15/15

South Bay Arts Calendar 4/10/15-4/15/15

Friday, April 10 Get into the water The Manhattan Beach Community Church Theater presents “The Dixie Swim Club” at 8 p.m. tonight and tomorrow, plus 2 p.m. on Saturday. Also next Friday, at 8, and Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., in the MBCC Theater, 303 S. Peck Road, Manhattan Beach. More at mbcctheater.com. Sketches […]

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The Light in the Piazza

The Light in the Piazza

The Malaga Cove art show and sale is here for spring and summer Perhaps it’s the fountain and the weathered statue of Neptune, located a few dozen yards away, but there’s something slightly mythological about the 30 or so artists emerging each spring to exhibit their wares on the green lawn in front of Malaga […]

 Judy Rae

Richstone Honors Wolfs, Wagner

Richstone Honors Wolfs, Wagner

“This is a perfect evening,” Larry Wolf said as he and his wife Lynn looked out across the more than 300 guests attending the 20th Annual Richstone Family Center Affair of the Heart. “It’s a party and it helps support all the Richstone kids.”

 Joe Firstman

Jam for Zane

Jam for Zane

Joe Firstman remembers the saxophonist Zane Musa, who will be honored with a show at Saint Rocke April 8.

 Esther Kang

Saxophonist Kamasi Washington, fresh from Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly, steps into the limelight

Saxophonist Kamasi Washington, fresh from Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly, steps into the limelight

The first time Kamasi Washington had contact with a tenor saxophone, an alchemical reaction unfolded in his father’s rehearsal shack in Inglewood. Unlike the clarinet, which he had played for several years prior, the sax made his fingers fly. The 13-year-old just picked it up and his fingers knew what to do. By his rap […]

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THEATER REVIEW – “Cinderella”

THEATER REVIEW – “Cinderella”

Revamped musical tries hard to be relevant As musical collaborators, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II had a number of success stories, from “Oklahoma!” to “The Sound of Music,” but “Cinderella” (written for TV) wasn’t one of them, relatively speaking. Even so, it’s a timeless fairy tale, and it’s been dusted off for a new […]

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South Bay Arts Calendar 4/02/15-4/07/15

South Bay Arts Calendar 4/02/15-4/07/15

Thursday, April 2 Inspired sculptors An artists’ talk and walk-through with sculptors Michael Todd, Kristan Marvell, and Nicholette Kominos, in connection with the current “Ties to Modernism” show, takes place at 7:30 p.m. at South Bay Contemporary, at The Loft, 401 S. Mesa St., third floor, San Pedro. It’s during the First Thursday Art Walk, […]

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Pushing Through the Doors of Perception – Conceptual camerawork at the Torrance Museum of Art

Pushing Through the Doors of Perception – Conceptual camerawork at the Torrance Museum of Art

It wasn’t long after the birth of photography in the 1830s that creative minds got busy. Images were being manipulated almost from the get-go, and this has only intensified with the technological advances of recent years. “Second Sight: New Representations in Photography,” which is at the Torrance Art Museum through May 14, pushes even further […]

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