South Bay arts calendar for July 6 to 12
Thursday, July 6
Back to our roots?
Popravinas plays Americana at the Octagon on the Redondo Beach Pier from 6 to 8 p.m. Free. More at redondopier.com.
PADA, or Photographers and Digital Artists, are showing their work through August 3 at The Loft, 401 S. Mesa St., San Pedro. The group includes Judy Herman, subject of a story in this week’s issue. From 6 to 9 p.m. this evening during the First Thursday Art Walk, with a second reception from 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 15, and a closing reception from 6 to 9 p.m. on August 3. Call (310) 245-0517.
Gone, and sorely missed
“Audrey Barrett: Available Light” is on view during the First Thursday Art Walk from 6 to 9 p.m. at Gallery 478, located at 478 W. Seventh St., San Pedro. Formerly residing in Redondo Beach, Barrett passed away recently. The show consists of black and white gelatin silver and platinum palladium prints from her archive including many artist’s proofs. They will be available for purchase, with proceeds benefiting the City of Hope Breast Cancer Research. A public reception takes place from 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday. Through August 25. Call (310) 732-2150.
Kiss and tell
“Heisenberg,” by Simon Stephens,” opens at the Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown Los Angeles. A woman (Mary-Louise Parker) spots an older man (Denis Arndt) at a crowded London train station, and plants a kiss on his neck. And then? Tickets, $25 to $95. Through August 6. Call (213) 628-2772 or go to CenterTheatreGroup.org/Taper.
Friday, July 7
Secrets of weight loss?
William Powell and Myrna Loy star in “The Thin Man,” what could be the first “comedy detective film,” at 8:15 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, as well as 2:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, in the Old Town Music Hall, 140 Richmond St., El Segundo. Tickets, $10 general; $8 seniors. (310) 322-2592 or go to OldTownMusicHall.org.
Eddie Money offers two
“Ticket to Paradise,” presented by the Torrance Cultural Services Division and Susan Mann, takes place at 7:30 p.m. on Friday plus 2 and 7:30 p .m. on Saturday in the James Armstrong Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. It’s an island dance performance that “will transport you to visions of grass skirts and warm sand.” Tickets, $12. Call (310) 781-7171.
Well, did you see it?
Closing party from 7 to 9 p.m. for “Justin Favela: Gracias, Gracias, Thank You, Thank You!” and “Play: New Work by Silvie Deutsch” at the Palos Verdes Art Center, 5504 Crestridge Road, Rancho Palos Verdes. Light refreshments and drinks. (310) 541-2479 or go to pvartcenter.org.
Are you over 30?
An older adults program exhibition opens with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Manhattan Beach Art Center, 1560 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach. Like us old people it doesn’t have legs, and will come down at the end of July 9. Free.
Up, up, and away
Katharine McDonough, who recently starred in “The Music Man” at the Norris Theatre in Rolling Hills, now stars as Mary Poppins in “Mary Poppins,” previewing July 7, opening Saturday, and playing through July 23 at the Carpenter Center in Long Beach. It’s being produced by Musical Theatre West, so you know it’s going to be good. Daniel Pelzig directs. Tickets start at $20. Call (562) 856-1999 ext. 4, or go to musical.org.
Saturday, July 8
They’re having too much fun
April’s Fools Comedy Troupe offers up “Don’t Make a Scene, Not!” at 7:30 p.m. in the Second Story Theatre, 710 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach. You throw out the suggestions, and they’ll turn them into onstage comedy. Directed by Lloyd Leifer and Valerie Gorsuch. Tickets, $10 general; $8 seniors. (310) 318-1705 or go to AprilsFoolsImprov.com.
Their homes or their music?
Big Mess grinds out their indie rock from 6 to 8 p.m. on the west end of Redondo Beach Pier. Free. More at redondopier.com.
Present and pastel
“Pastel Impressions,” a group show of selected works from the Pastel Society of Southern California, opens with a reception from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Malaga Cove Library, 2400 Via Campesina, Palos Verdes Estates. Hours, Thursday and Fridays from 12 noon to 4 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Through July 29. Call (310) 377-9584 or go to pastelsocal.com.
“Jeralyn Glass: Forever Love” is a concert and full moon meditation taking place at 7:30 p.m. at Harmony Yoga, 901 N. Pacific Coast Hwy, Redondo Beach. (310) 379-6905.
“Reveries,” featuring new work by Threadwinners, opens with a reception from 3 to 6 p.m. at Branch Gallery, 1031 W. Manchester Blvd., Inglewood. Workshops on July 15 and 22, with an artist talk on July 15. More at thebranchgallery.com.
Sunday, July 9
For your musical fireplace
The Pine Mountain Logs burn bright from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Polliwog Park Amphitheater, Manhattan Beach. Free. More at citymb.info/summerconcerts.
Tap your fingers, move your feet
The South Bay New Orleans Jazz Club meets from 1 to 5 p.m. in the Knights of Columbus Hall, 214 Avenue I, Redondo Beach. Curley’s Cafe All Stars is this month’s featured band. Admission, $8 members; $12 non-members; $10 members from other jazz clubs. Visiting musicians who come to play admitted free. (310) 376-2591.
Competitive bird watchers
The Beauty of Nature film series continues with “The Big Year” (2011), starring Owen Wilson, Steve Martin, and Jack Black, and it’s being screened by the Palos Verdes Land Conservancy at 5 p.m. at Peninsula High School. And, yes, it is a comedy. Tickets, $10 in advance and $15 at the door, but free for students 18 and younger. Details at pvplc.org.
A wild one, ain’t she?
Shakespeare by the Sea performs “The Taming of the Shrew” at 7 p.m. in Hesse Park, 29301 Hawthorne Blvd., Rancho Palos Verdes. Free; donations accepted. (310) 217-7596 or go to shakespearebythesea.org.
A unique culture
The “Bridge USA Japanese Summer Festival 2017” takes place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Cultural Arts Center, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. Over 60 booths with food, kimonos, souvenirs, plus dancers, live music, and a traditional Mikoshi parade. Admission, $6; $3. More at bridgeusa.com.
Money for murals
The “Summer Soiree Fundraiser and Art Sale,” presented by the San Pedro Waterfront Arts District, takes place from 3:30 to 6 p.m. at the Deco Art Deco Penthouse Loft, 521 W. Eighth St., San Pedro. Artwork for sale, plus live painting by Pat Woolley, Ann Weber, Eugene Daub, and Alan Papaleo. Proceeds go towards more murals on Gaffey Street. For tickets, call (310) 732-0010.
Monday, July 10
South Bay Conservatory’s Summer 2017 “Musical Theatre Intensive,” which focuses on songs, dances, and scenes from popular Broadway musicals, begins Monday and goes through July 28, and is recommended for students ages five to 18. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuition is $595. Performances July 28 and 29. Call (424) 262-9722 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, July 11
Observe, and learn
The Torrance Artists Guild meets at 7 p.m. at the Ken Miller Auditorium, 3341 Torrance Blvd., Torrance. Dori Dewberry will demonstrate her technique (presumably in art).
Drink up his music
“Liquid Lunch with TJ” takes place from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. at Suzy’s, 1141 Aviation Blvd., in Hermosa Beach. Half the tip jar goes to Shakespeare by the Sea. (310) 379-6171.
Boys, girls, whatever
“Gender in Media” is a lecture presented by communication studies professors Francesca Bishop and Larry Leach(!) at 7 p.m. in the Campus Theatre at El Camino College, Crenshaw and Redondo Beach boulevards, Torrance. They’ll discuss changing portrayals of gender in media. Tickets, $15. Call (800) 832-ARTS or go to centerforthearts.org.
Wednesday, July 12
Out, out, you damned spot!
“Macbeth” 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. Tomorrow night, Thursday, July 13, come back for “The Taming of the Shrew.” Both plays free, but you can tip them. (310) 217-7596 or go to shakespearebythesea.org. ER