South Bay arts calendar for July 13 to 19
Thursday, July 13
A potent mix
Pale Chubs, a name you have to love, performs jazz/reggae from 6 to 8 p.m. on the ocean side of the Redondo Beach Pier. More love at redondopier.com.
A wild one, ain’t she?
“The Taming of the Shrew” is being staged outdoors, under the stars, by Shakespeare by the Sea, set for 7 p.m. at Valley Park, Valley and Gould, 2521 Valley Dr., Hermosa Beach. Cylan Brown directs. It’s free, but you can tip them. (310) 217-7596 or go to shakespearebythesea.org.
High falutin’ music
The Allant Trio performs classical chamber music from Brahms, Haydn, and Ravel at 8 p.m. in the Campus Theatre at El Camino College, Crenshaw and Redondo Beach boulevards, Torrance. The group includes pianist Beth Nam, violinist Elizabeth Larson, and cellist Jacob Braun. Tickets, $18. Call (800) 832-ARTS or go to centerforthearts.org.
Friday, July 14
Art from three angles
“Method Movement Memory: Selected Works by June Edmonds, Nicholette Kominos, and Pamela Smith-Hudson” opens with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Manhattan Beach Art Center, 1560 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Manhattan Beach. Through Sept. 10. More at (310) 802-5440 or go to citymb.info/culturalarts.
And in the morning, too
“Love Me Tonight,” is a musical comedy starring Jeanette MacDonald, with music and lyrics by Rodgers and Hart, and it screens Friday and Saturday at 8:15 p.m. plus Saturday at 2:30 p.m. in the Old Town Music Hall, 140 Richmond St., El Segundo. Tickets, $10 general; $8 seniors. (310) 322-2592 or go to OldTownMusicHall.org.
Going for the brass ring
“Fame: The Musical” is being performed Friday and Saturday at 7:30, plus Sunday at 2 p.m., at the Norris Theatre, 27570 Norris Center Drive, Rolling Hills Estates. Also next weekend, same times. Closes July 23. Presented by the Palos Verdes Performing Arts Conservatory. Tickets, $25 to $28 general; $15 youth. (310) 544-0403 or go to palosverdesperformingarts.com.
Some familiar, some not
“Common Objects, Uncommon People,” new paintings by Bradford J. Salamon, opens with a reception from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at the California Heritage Museum, 2612 Main St., Santa Monica. Through Sept. 3. Call (310) 392-8537 or go to californiaheritagemuseum.org.
Do something dark and scary
Auditions are being held for the usual cast of monsters and crew members for the Queen Mary’s annual “Dark Harbor” series of mazes, etc. For monsters: Friday from 6 to 11 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Operations team interviews are held Wednesday, July 19, and Thursday, July 20, from 5 to 9 p.m. To audition for the cast, register at queenmary.com/events/auditions/dark-harbor-audition.php/, and for the operations team (attendants, ushers, etc.) register at queenmary.com/events/auditions/dark-harbor-operations/.
Who’s got the dough?
“The Gingerbread Lady,” a dramedy by Neil Simon, opens at 8 p.m. in the Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Ave., Westchester. Drew Fitzsimmons directs. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m., through August 19. Tickets, $20, less $2 seniors, students. (310) 645-5156 or go to kentwoodplayers.org.
Saturday, July 15
Wet and sloshy
Neptune Cocktail performs surf music by the surf on the west end of the Redondo Beach Pier. The free event goes from 6 to 8 p.m. Check out redondopier.com.
Warming up to art
“Summer Reflections of Light” opens with a cocktail reception from 6 to 9 p.m. at ArtLife Gallery, 720 C South Allied Way, Plaza El Segundo, in El Segundo. Artworks by Dea Reinstead, Eunice Broderick, Matthew Martin, Monica Martin, Regine Legler, Jaz Pooya, Judy Lange, Joanne Mattillo-Chase, Larry Lubow, Santiago Aulet, Joel Luna, and Vanesa Andrade are featured. Through July 31. (310) 938-2511.
Get down and boogie
“A Night to Remember” features the Delphonics Experience and the Soul Vibers Old School Revue at 8 p.m. in the James Armstrong Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. The Soul Vibers specialize in the Motown sound, e.g., The Four Tops and The Temptations. The Delphonics Experience presents a tribute to The Delphonics (accompanied by the Chemistry Sound Band). Tickets, $40, $30. Call (323) 914-8804 or go to createthevision.net.
Do they bite and scratch?
The Vicious Circle Dance Company, an all-male ensemble, performs works centered on the theme of guardian angels and the forces that protect people at 8 p.m. in Marsee Auditorium at El Camino College, Crenshaw and Redondo Beach boulevards, Torrance. Tickets, $21. Call (800) 832-ARTS or go to centerforthearts.org.
Something for the wall or dresser?
The Malaga Cove Lawn Show, featuring about 30 artists and artisans, takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday at Malaga Cove Plaza, Palos Verdes Dr. W. between Via Corta and Via Chico, in Palos Verdes Estates.
A thrill(er) in your life?
The Kentwood Players hold auditions for “Farragut North,” a political thriller by Beau Willimon, from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday and from 6 to 9 p.m. on Sunday, with callbacks on Monday from 7 to 10 p.m. Sherry Coon directs. Performance dates are Sept. 8 to Oct. 14. Auditions and performances at the Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Ave., Westchester. You have questions, right? So email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, July 16
Perfect for hot weather
The Blue Breeze Band brings soothing comfort from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Polliwog Park Amphitheater, Manhattan Beach. Free. More at citymb.info/summerconcerts.
The Palos Verdes Symphonic Band presents “Ready Willing & Mabel,” an L.A.-based vocal jazz quartet, at 6 p.m. outdoors on the meadow of the South Coast Botanic Garden, 26300 Crenshaw Blvd., on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. They perform works by the likes of Glenn Miller, Henry Mancini, and Frank Loesser. Tickets, $10 adults; free admission for children 12 and under. (310) 544-1948, or go to pvsband.org.
Blow you away
The City of Angels Saxophone Quartet performs music from a bygone era (vaudeville, swing, etc.) at 2:30 p.m. in the Old Town Music Hall, 140 Richmond St., El Segundo. All seats $20. Call (310) 322-2592 or go to OldTownMusicHall.org.
Savor the finest
“Celebrate Chefs & Cellars” is an afternoon, 4 to 7 p.m. gathering in the Vineyard of Catalina View Gardens, a fundraiser to benefit the Palos Verdes Art Center. Eatings, tastings, art. Cost, $125. Reservations limited. Call or email Sharon Holman, (310) 375-6917 or email@example.com.
Wednesday, July 19
Surf on the sound
The Wave Riders plays beach music from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. as part of the Summer Music Series at The Point, Rosecrans Ave. and Sepulveda Blvd., El Segundo. ER