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Surf City Theatre dips into the 1940s

Surf City Theatre dips into the 1940s

And, after all is said and done… Surf City Theatre’s “It’s a Wonderful Life” opens Saturday in Hermosa Beach by Bondo Wyszpolski What classic holiday film screens year after year, and yet always finds a devoted audience? Well, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” of course, which takes place on Christmas Eve, 1946, and stars James Stewart […]

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South Bay arts calendar for Nov. 16 to 22

South Bay arts calendar for Nov. 16 to 22

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16 Making the rounds The reggae group Indubious plays Saint Rocke, 142 Pacific Coast Hwy, Hermosa Beach, with tourmates Zahira and Ital Vibes. They’ll be in 14 cities from Washington state all the south to San Diego. (310) 372-0035 or go to saintrocke.com. Under the big top Circus Vargas is back, with performances […]

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South Bay arts calendar for Nov. 9 to 15

South Bay arts calendar for Nov. 9 to 15

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9 From grim to grin “I am Battle Comic,” a film by Jordan Brady, screens at 7 p.m. in the Hermosa Beach Community Theatre, 710 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach. Happy hour begins at 5:30. This is a fundraiser to benefit Team Rubicon. The documentary contains laughs, but also insight into the lives of […]

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Talking turkey with April’s Fools

Talking turkey with April’s Fools

Comedy Central Funny business with Sandy Marchese of April’s Fools by Bondo Wyszpolski Sometimes, when you ask a member of a group to describe what it is they do, there is a lot of hemming and hawing, false starts and detours, but Sandy Marchese puts it all in a nutshell: “April’s Fools Comedy Improv Troupe […]

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Lummox poets read Monday in Redondo

Lummox poets read Monday in Redondo

Getting the Word Out Poetry anthology published; Raindog and five local poets read Monday in Redondo by Bondo Wyszpolski On Monday evening, a poetry reading takes place at the Redondo Beach Main Library to celebrate the publication of “Lummox 6,” the latest yearly poetry anthology selected and edited and published by RD Armstrong, known far […]

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South Bay arts calendar for Nov. 2 to 8

South Bay arts calendar for Nov. 2 to 8

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2 Mayhem at the flower shop The sci-fi musical “Little Shop of Horrors” is being presented by the Palos Verdes High School Drama Department in the school’s Multipurpose Room, 600 Cloyden Road, Palos Verdes Estates. It’s campy, it’s fun. Audrey I is a girl; Audrey II is a man-eating plant. Performances, Thursday at […]

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A “Bright Star” lights up the Ahmanson

A “Bright Star” lights up the Ahmanson

Lighting up the Sky “Bright Star” at the Ahmanson, a review by Bondo Wyszpolski How often do you read a review of a show where the first thing a writer tells you is that it’s contrived, predictable, melodramatic and rather implausible, and then adds that’s it’s captivating and entertaining and that you should go and […]

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Jazz artist David Benoit rising above his musical horizon

Jazz artist David Benoit rising above his musical horizon

On the launching pad with David Benoit

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South Bay art calendar for Oct. 26 – Nov. 1

South Bay art calendar for Oct. 26 – Nov. 1

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27 Noises in the basement “The Phantom of the Opera,” being the 1925 silent version with Lon Chaney, screens on Friday and Saturday at 8:15 p.m., as well as Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 p.m., in the Old Town Music Hall, 140 Richmond St., El Segundo. Tickets, $10 general; $8 seniors and zombies. […]

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Ray Zepeda and The Bakersfield New Music Collective will put your ears to the test

Ray Zepeda and The Bakersfield New Music Collective will put your ears to the test

    by Bondo Wyszpolski The South Bay isn’t at a loss for accomplished musicians, and this newspaper could highlight one every week. Among those, I’ve found particularly intriguing is Hermosa Beach resident Ray Zepeda, whom I met a few years back, not long after the release of his saxophone-driven debut CD, “Step by Step,” […]

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South Bay Arts Calendar for Oct. 19 to 25

Thursday, October 19 Country music star, unplugged Grammy-award winning country singer Travis Tritt performs an acoustic concert at 8 p.m. in the Norris Theatre, 27570 Norris Center Dr., Rolling Hills Estates. Tickets, $95 to $98. Call (310) 544-0403 or go to palosverdesperforming arts.com.   Friday, October 20 Give them some water “The Rainmaker,” by N. […]

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Opera star Patricia Racette sings locally

Opera star Patricia Racette sings locally

La Scala to Lawndale Acclaimed soprano Patricia Racette and Long Beach Opera make their South Bay debut by Bondo Wyszpolski She’s sung with many of the world’s leading opera companies, including the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Paris Opera, the Royal Opera House, La Scala, and the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and so to have […]

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South Bay arts calendar for Oct. 12 to 17

South Bay arts calendar for Oct. 12 to 17

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12 Pushed and pulled by art “Centrifugal Force: New Work,” by Tom Jenkins, opens with a reception from 7 to 9 p.m. in the El Camino College Art Gallery, 16007 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance. There’s also an artist talk on Tuesday at 1 p.m. Through Nov. 2. Call (310) 660-3010 or go to elcamino.edu. […]

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Can you escape the mortuary basement?

Can you escape the mortuary basement?

Let’s See You Get Out of This! The “Mortuary Mystery” is an escape room fundraiser by Bondo Wyszpolski Apart from the time when you were five or six years old and your older sibling locked you in the closet, have you ever been confined to a room with only your wits to get you out […]

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South Bay arts calendar for Oct. 5 to 11

South Bay arts calendar for Oct. 5 to 11

Thursday, October 5 Dim the lights and sit back The San Pedro International Film Festival (SPIFFest) runs from Oct. 5 to15 in San Pedro’s Historic Waterfront District. The opening night film is “Dreams I’ve Never Had,” directed by Iyad Hajjaj and starring Malcolm McDowell and Robin Givens. On Sunday they’re screening Sweden’s official Oscar entry […]

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