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No, Argentina isn’t crying for you

No, Argentina isn’t crying for you

Photography in Argentina, 1850-2010: Contradiction and Continuity Images by Argentine photographers at the Getty Museum by Bondo Wyszpolski Pacific Standard time: LA/LA, the multi-institutional exhibition of art by people of Hispanic descent, in this country as well as from Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America, is winding down. But one of the more impressive […]

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S.W. Lauden on his Greg Salem trilogy

S.W. Lauden on his Greg Salem trilogy

A Simple Twist of Fate Roped in with “Hang Time” author S.W. Lauden by Bondo Wyszpolski Some newspaper writers spend their entire career covering city council, community theater or local sports, while others use their journalistic knowhow and begin writing books. The South Bay has yielded a few examples of the latter, and among these […]

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South Bay arts calendar for Jan. 11 to 17

South Bay arts calendar for Jan. 11 to 17

Friday, January 12 Are you toying with me? “Toyetic” is an exhibition focusing on artworks inspired and informed by the toy industry, and the three-person show features Chuck Hohng (showing a series of bears that resemble children’s teddy bears), John T. Quinn (Director of Character Art for Disney Consumer Products), and Toronto-based artist Ross Bonfanti […]

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Richard Stephens: Thurs. p.m. at the Loft

Richard Stephens: Thurs. p.m. at the Loft

This Time It’s Personal A solo show by painter Richard Stephens opens tonight by Bondo Wyszpolski For most of us, apart from the champagne and “Auld Lang Syne,” there’s not much difference between the end of December and the start of January. With Richard Stephens, however, it was truly a changing of the guard. Wasn’t […]

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South Bay arts calendar for January 4 to 10

South Bay arts calendar for January 4 to 10

Thursday, January 4 Blues-rock master Alligator Records recording artist Coco Montoya plays Saint Rocke, 142 Pacific Coast Hwy, Hermosa Beach. His new album is “Hard Truth.” Showtime is 8 p.m. and tickets are $15. Call 9310) 372-0035 or go to saintrocke.com. With pen in hand There’s a free costume figure drawing event from 7 to […]

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Looking back: 17 artworks from 2017

Looking back: 17 artworks from 2017

Last One Out, Turn Off the Lights Art from the archives, or, 17 from ‘17 by Bondo Wyszpolski I’ve spent a few days in the basement, sifting through this past year’s Easy Readers and picking out a representative sample of the visual art that we’ve run during the last 12 months, almost all of it […]

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London Calling… from downtown L.A.

London Calling… from downtown L.A.

“Something Rotten!” – a final whiff by Bondo Wyszpolski You need lemons to make lemonade, but you don’t need water to make a splash–or a splashy musical, which is what brothers Wayne and Karey Kirkpatrick did when they conceived and then wrote music and lyrics for “Something Rotten!”, which is playing out its run at […]

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Photographer and writer Beth Shibata

Photographer and writer Beth Shibata

In the picture, there’s a story Through marshes and pines with photographer Beth Shibata by Bondo Wyszpolski Was another year going to slip by without my writing about Beth Shibata? Almost, but not quite, and especially not after the Redondo Beach resident and photographer had work shown in New York and Barcelona. Furthermore, just this […]

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South Bay arts calendar for Dec. 21 to 27

South Bay arts calendar for Dec. 21 to 27

Thursday, December 21 And the killer is… A murder mystery dinner show is set for 6 to 10 p.m. on Saturday evening, but RSVPs are needed by today. The event, presented by Todd Elliot Entertainment, features a three-course meal and (not sure how this fits in) photos with Santa, strolling magic, music, dancing, and dance […]

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Staying the course

Staying the course

The McCaws follow their own inner compasses

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Cruising the channel for dolphins & whales

Cruising the channel for dolphins & whales

Commotion in the Ocean When all else fails, go and visit the whales by Bondo Wyszpolski I’d always thought, in a previous lifetime, that I’d been a star pitcher, a Lefty Grove or Cy Young, but no, sorry, the old woman said, sifting through the tea leaves as we sat in her darkened parlor. “You […]

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South Bay arts calendar for Dec. 14 to 20

South Bay arts calendar for Dec. 14 to 20

Thursday, December 14 A future Pavarotti? The annual “Opera Workshop,” featuring El Camino College’s top vocal performers, is set for 8 p.m. in the Campus Theatre, on campus (where else?) at Crenshaw and Redondo Beach boulevards, Torrance. The workshop, directed by Kevin Blickfeldt, showcases scenes from operas, oratorios, and musicals. Tickets, $10. Call (800) 832-ARTS […]

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Time of the Seasons: Giovanni Bellini; Sacred Landscapes

Time of the Seasons: Giovanni Bellini; Sacred Landscapes

Why, yes, he was a Renaissance man At the Getty Museum – “Giovanni Bellini: Landscapes of Faith in Renaissance Venice” by Bondo Wyszpolski From what I understand, this is the first monographic or solo exhibition devoted to Bellini in this country, which often is a polite way of saying that an artist may be good […]

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Old Mothers: Don Preston, Bunk Gardner

Old Mothers: Don Preston, Bunk Gardner

Mothers then, grandmothers now The Don & Bunk Show comes to Torrance, and why you must go! by Bondo Wyszpolski Imagine getting all excited about a couple of “grandmothers” in their mid-80s playing an afternoon gig on Saturday, and in a library of all places (the Katy Geissert Civic Center Library). The Don & Bunk […]

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South Bay arts calendar for Dec. 7 to 13

South Bay arts calendar for Dec. 7 to 13

Thursday, December 7 Life could have been better “Letters to Sala,” by Arlene Hutton and directed by Melissa Staab, is being performed Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday, in the Redondo Union Auditorium, 1 Seahawk Way, Redondo Beach. The play is about a Holocaust survivor who went […]

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