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The Norris Theatre puts a spell on you!

The Norris Theatre puts a spell on you!

Word games “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” opens the new season at the Norris Theatre by Bondo Wyszpolski Game shows can be silly and distracting, but amusing and addictive as well, and “The 25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee” wiggles its way into that category. The musical, which was conceived by Rebecca Feldman and […]

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South Bay arts calendar for Sept. 22 to 27

South Bay arts calendar for Sept. 22 to 27

Friday, September 22 Here’s to you, fella Contemporary pop singer Melissa Manchester, who wooed us many moons ago with “Midnight Blue” and “Don’t Cry Out Loud,” pays a musical tribute to such male vocalists as Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, and Tony Bennett. Her performance takes place at 8 p.m. in the James Armstrong Theatre, […]

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“Iphigenia in Aulis” at the Getty Villa

“Iphigenia in Aulis” at the Getty Villa

A matter of life and death “Iphigenia in Aulis” outdoors at the Getty Villa by Bondo Wyszpolski The expression, “You’re damned if you do and damned if you don’t” may be of modern coinage, but from the start of “Iphigenia in Aulis” words to that effect are pressing down hard on the head of Agamemnon […]

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Arrested and tried in Hermosa Beach

Arrested and tried in Hermosa Beach

…and a bad apple or two “A Few Good Men” opens Saturday at Surf City Theatre in Hermosa by Bondo Wyszpolski Before it was released as a film in 1992, “A Few Good Men” was a play by Aaron Sorkin, perhaps the first important work in what has been a noteworthy career as a writer […]

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South Bay arts calendar for Sept. 15 to 20

South Bay arts calendar for Sept. 15 to 20

Friday, September 15 Whimsical, colorful “José Lozano: Chicano Trickster” opens with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Manhattan Beach Art Center, 1560 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach. Hours, Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closes Oct. 8. Call (310) 802-5448 or […]

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Whimsical, colorful art from José Lozano

Whimsical, colorful art from José Lozano

Tales from the Neighborhood In Manhattan Beach, a solo show devoted to artist José Lozano by Bondo Wyszpolski You can have a down-to-earth conversation about art if you talk with José Lozano, and maybe you’ll get that chance because “José Lozano: Chicano Trickster” opens a week from today at the Manhattan Beach Art Center and […]

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South Bay arts calendar for Sept. 7 to 13

South Bay arts calendar for Sept. 7 to 13

Thursday, September 7 Forever bonded “Mother and Child,” a group show that depicts the fundamental relationship in most people’s lives, opens with a reception from 7 to 9 p.m. in the El Camino College Art Gallery, 16007 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance. An artist talk is scheduled for Tuesday at 1 p.m. Through Sept. 21. Call (310) […]

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Astrid Francis at “Resin” in Hermosa Beach

Astrid Francis at “Resin” in Hermosa Beach

Where is the Monkey? Do you see the Monkey? Rafael McMaster opens “Resin,” and Astrid Francis is among the featured artists by Bondo Wyszpolski Earlier this year, when Rafael McMaster talked energetically about revitalizing the Hermosa Beach art scene, at least one local writer remained skeptical. Many galleries and gallerists have tried; few have enjoyed […]

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South Bay arts calendar: Aug. 31 to Sept. 6

South Bay arts calendar: Aug. 31 to Sept. 6

Thursday, August 31 This is the end, my friend Strange Days, a Jim Morrison and The Doors tribute band, performs from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Octagon on the Redondo Beach Pier. This is the final RB pier concert of the summer, so don’t miss out. More at redondopier.com. Friday, September 1 All aboard! […]

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South Bay Chamber Singers debut on Saturday afternoon

South Bay Chamber Singers debut on Saturday afternoon

The Musical Grace of the Human Voice A youthful 12-piece choral group debuts this weekend with an eclectic selection of music by Bondo Wyszpolski The South Bay Chamber Singers is a brand new choral group, founded and directed by Redondo Beach resident Mallory Gantner. The inaugural performance takes place Saturday in Palos Verdes Estates. Gantner […]

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South Bay art calendar for August 24 to 30

South Bay art calendar for August 24 to 30

Thursday, August 24 Say the magic word! Abrakadabra plays Latin jazz from 6 to 8 p.m. on the Redondo Beach Pier (at the Octagon). It’s free. Further information at redondopier.com.   Friday, August 25 Sci-Fi ‘50s Four science-fiction “classics” from the 1950s are being shown this weekend at the Old Town Music Hall, 140 Richmond […]

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Innovative local photographer Bob Witte

Innovative local photographer Bob Witte

Under the Radar Bob Witte gives depth and substance to traditional modes of photography by Bondo Wyszpolski The South Bay has many talented artists, but surely one of the finest is someone you may not have heard of. That’s largely because Bob Witte, who lives in Redondo Beach, doesn’t often exhibit, doesn’t toot his own […]

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South Bay Art Calendar for August 17 to 23

South Bay Art Calendar for August 17 to 23

Thursday, August 17 Last one until next June The last of this summer’s three art walks in Smoky Hollow and downtown El Segundo takes place from 5 to 9 p.m. Fine art, live music, great food. More at elsegundoartwalk.com. Musical spectrum Living Color plays contemporary rock from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Octagon on […]

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Meeson Pae Yang on view at SoLA Gallery

Meeson Pae Yang on view at SoLA Gallery

The Unseen made Visible Losing ourselves in the art of Meeson Pae Yang by Bondo Wyszpolski In 1998, when Meeson Pae Yang was a senior at Peninsula High School in Rolling Hills, her brother died of cancer. “That was a very difficult time,” she says. “I was trying to process all of that, the fact […]

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South Bay arts calendar for August 10 to 16

South Bay arts calendar for August 10 to 16

Thursday, August 10 On their beat Ghost in the Machine, a tribute to Sting and The Police, performs from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Octagon on the Redondo Beach Pier. Free. More at redondopier.com. Happy Hour with History A presentation by the Hermosa Beach Sister City Association takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. […]

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