South Bay Arts Calender 6/26/14-7/01/14
Thursday the 26th
“School House Rock”: Belasco Theatre Company brings this energetic youth musical from Thursday through Saturday at 7:30, with matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m., in the Hermosa Beach Playhouse, 710 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach. Tickets, $17 general; $15 seniors and children under 12. Information: (310) 379-4208 or go to belasco.org.
“Step by Step”: The Dance Center’s showcase features dancers from 3 to 17-years-old, performing at 7 p.m. on Thursday in the James Armstrong Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. Tickets, $20.50. Information: (310) 781-7171 or go to thedancecenteric.com.
Friday the 27th
Jennifer Siegel: Nature-inspired work by a distinguished local painter has its reception from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Madrona Marsh Nature Center Gallery, 3201 Plaza Del Amo, Torrance. The pictures are on view through July 13.
“Another Summer with the Ladies”: Art show featuring about 20 women artists is on view through July 19 at 608 North, located at 608 N. Francisca Ave., Redondo Beach. Information: (310) 376-5777 or go to 608north.com.
“Frozen”: This recent hit movie from the folks at Disney screens for free at 7 p.m. on the Redondo Beach Pier, 500 Fisherman’s Wharf, Redondo Beach. Information: RedondoPier.com/events.
“City Lights”: One of Charlie Chaplin’s more acclaimed films, this 1931 pictures features his iconic “Tramp” character, and it screens at 8:15 on Friday and Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. No Saturday matinee this week. Tickets, $10 general; $8 seniors. Information: (310) 322-2592 or go to OldTownMusicHall.org.
“A Coffee in Berlin”: A slacker dramedy that’s a love letter to Berlin and the Generation Y experience from director Jan Ole Gerster, and a film that swept the 2013 German Oscar Awards. It opens for one week at the Nuart Theatre, 11272 Santa Monica Blvd., W. Los Angeles. Information: (310) 473-8530 or go to LandmarkTheatres.com.
“That’s Entertainment”: The 20th annual gala presented by the Torrance Cultural Arts Center takes place at 5:30 p.m. in the Cultural Arts Center, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. Tickets, $175 per person or $300 per couple. Information: (310) 378-8100 or go to torrancearts.org.
“Shrek: The Musical”: Encore Entertainers, a local youth theater and musical training academy, presents this lighthearted show based on the film from DreamWorks. It takes place Friday through Sunday but you’ll need to check with them for times. Tickets, $17 to $27. Information: (310) 548-2493 or go to grandvision.org.
Saturday the 28th
The Riviera Village Summer Festival: This annual event occupies three stages, and takes place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Riviera Village in South Redondo Beach. Free shuttles if you park at South or West High Schools. Music, food, drink, carnival rides, plus an arts & crafts festival with 200-plus booths. Live performances by Tiki McPherson, Brookelyn, Intensity Rocks, The Shakeh, Brian Asher, the Dwain Roque Trio, Mecanica, Dance 1 Studio, Dance Forever, Jennifer Sombrotto, the Colorblind Band, and the Low Key Band. And on the main music stages: Skynyrd Reloaded, Addey Lane, Feed the Kitty, The Undercover Girls, Almost Famous, and Urban Dread. Free. Information: (310) 531-8939 or go to rvsummerfestival.com.
“The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley”: The two-dimensional hero from the children’s book springs to life, and you can follow the adventures of Stanley Lambchop as he’s mailed around the globe. Performances at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday in the Norris Theatre, 27570 Norris Center Drive, Rolling Hills Estates.Tickets, $25 general and $18 children. Information: (310) 544-0403 or go to norriscenter.com.
La Charanga Cubana: Led by Cuban-born bassist Edgar Hernandez, this group plays old-style Cuban music, featuring vocals, violin, flute and congas, and they’re performing at 8 p.m. in the Grand Annex, 434 W. Sixth St., San Pedro. Tickets, $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Information: (310) 833-4813 or go to grandvision.org.
“The Difficulty of Crossing a Field”: David Lang’s Opera/play/musical, with a libretto by Mac Wellman, is reprised by Long Beach Opera in the Terrace Theater, 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, at 8 p.m. on Saturday (the 2 p.m. Sunday show is sold-out). Based on Ambrose Bierce’s short story about a farmer who walks across his field in full view of others and then vanishes (as Bierce himself did, sort of). Tickets, $29 to $160. Information: (562) 432-5934 or go to longbeachopera.org/tickets.
Sunday the 29th
Centerfold: The cover band plays hits of the 1980s from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at Library Park in El Segundo. Food trucks, plus kids’ arts & crafts as well.
Hot August Night: This tribute to Neil Diamond takes place at 5 p.m. at Polliwog Park in Manhattan Beach. Information: (310) 802-5448.
Sedalia Ragtime Orchestra: And now for something different. This ensemble delights in music from 1897, when the first instrumental rag was -published, to 1917, when the jazz era began. They perform at 7:30 in the Old Town Music Hall, 140 Richmond St., El Segundo. All seats $20. Information: (310) 322-2592 or go to OldTownMusicHall.org.
“Red, White, Blue & You!”: This is one of Bonnie Barchichat’s Senior Comedy Afternoons, taking place from 12 noon to 3 p.m. in the Penthouse Ballroom of the DoubleTree by Hilton, 21333 Hawthorne Blvd., Torrance. Three-course meal and show is $50 (includes tax and tip). Information: (714) 914-2565 or go to seniorcomedyafternoons.com.
Superkids Dance Spring Recital 2014: Presented by SuperKids Gym & Dance, the recital features dances from 3 to 11 years old and takes place at 4 p.m. in the James Armstrong Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. Tickets, $11.50. Information: (310) 781-7171 or go to superkids.com.
“In the Garden”: The Mary & Joseph Retreat Center is a year-round, non-profit, interfaith retreat and conference center, and they’re hosting a fine art and music event from 1 to 5 p.m. with art, strawberry shortcake, plus the music of Taiko Drums, the South Bay Coastliners Barbershop Chorus, the South Bay Strummers Ukulele Band, and more. Located at 5300 Crest Road in Rancho Palos Verdes. Cost, $10. Information: (310) 377-4867 ext. 234 or go to maryjoseph.org.
Tuesday the 1st
“Soak up Light with the Impressionists”: The Artful Days lecture takes place from 12:10 to 1 p.m. and tells us how to tell a Monet from a Manet, and why these French plein air painters are still so popular. Information: (310) 618-2326.
“Rococo to Revolution”: 18th century French drawings from Los Angeles collections go on view today at the Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles, and will be on view through Sept. 21. Put it on your summer bucket list. Information: (310) 440-7300 or go to getty.edu.