South Bay Arts Calender 7/31/14-8/03/14
Thursday the 31st
The Swing Kings: You’ll sway and be persuaded by their music, performed lived from 6 to 8 p.m. on the Redondo Beach Pier, 100 Fisherman’s Wharf, Redondo Beach. And then come back on Saturday to hear the roots/soul music of Justin Hopkins. Information: RedondoPier.com.
Louis Zamperini – Celebration of Life: Various Torrance organizations are holding a joyful memorial for Louis Zamperini, who passed away earlier this month, at 6 p.m. in Zamperini Stadium, 2125 Lincoln Ave., Torrance. Airplane flyovers, reflections from family and friends, and a symbolic lap around the track. Parking in the SCROC lot, off of Crenshaw Blvd. Information: TorranceHistoricalSociety.org.
Friday the 1st
“I Married a Neanderthal & Other Modern Problems”: Maripat Donovan, whom we know from “Late Night Catechism,” has dropped her habit and is returning as Honey Bukowski, a Certified Life Coach who is promoting her new book. It’s another of her one-person comedy shows – and worth a look because it’s so different while Donovan is a known quantity. Saturday at 8 and Sunday at 2 p.m. Also August 9 and 10. All seats $25. Where? The Second Story Theater, 710 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach. Information: (424) 241-8040 or surfcitytheatre.com.
“The Freedom Train”: Written, produced, and directed by Kathy Long-Hill, this work tells the story of the Ross family and their struggles in the 1880s. It takes place at 7 p.m. in the James Armstrong Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. Tickets, $20. Information: (310) 781-7171.
The Hula Honeys: Direct from Maui, Robyn Kneubuhl and Ginger Johnson, joined by Tony Wisler on bass, perform from 5 to 8 p.m. at The Crowne Plaza Hotel, 300 N. Harbor Drive, Redondo Beach. No cover.
“Feel the Rhythm: The Art of Lorna Kaye”: There’s a reception on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. for this local artist whose paintings will be on view at Harmony Works, 1911 S. Catalina Ave., Redondo Beach. Information: (310) 791-7104.
“Meet Me in St. Louis”: The 1944 film, starring Judy Garland and directed by Vincente Minnelli, screens at 8:15 Friday and Saturday, plus 2: 30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, in the Old Town Music Hall, 140 Richmond St., El Segundo. Tickets, $10 general; $8 seniors. Information: (310) 322-2592 or go to OldTownMusicHall.org.
“Alive Inside”: A documentary film about music and how it can reawaken our souls to discover the deepest parts of humanity. Opens for one week at the Nuart Theatre, 11272 Santa Monica Blvd., W. Los Angeles. Director Michael Rossato-Bennett and social worker/film subject Dan Cohen in person for Q&A after the twilight and prime show on Friday, and after the mid-afternoon, twilight, and prime show on Saturday; the director alone after the mid-afternoon and twilight show on Sunday. Information: (310) 473-8530 or go to LandmarkTheatres.com.
Saturday the 2nd
“Damn Yankees”: Presented by 3-D Theatricals, this Broadway musical is playing for two weekends at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, 1935 E. Manhattan Beach Blvd., R.B. Times: Saturday at 8 and Sunday at 2 p.m. Also next week: Friday, Aug. 8., at 8, Saturday, Aug. 9, at 2 and 8, plus Sunday, August 10, at 2 p.m. Tickets, $35 to $65, plus $3 per ticket handling. Information: (714) 589-2770 ext. 1, or go to 3dtshows.com.
“All Themes Considered”: Presented by South Bay Contemporary, this group show opens with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Promenade on the Peninsula, 550 Deep Valley Dr., #151, Rolling Hills Estates. Special guest artist and juror is Scott Canty, with featured artist Beanie Kaman. Through August 31. Information: (310) 429-0973 or go to SouthBayContemporary.com.
Sunday the 3rd
Nathan Shrake: Live performance from 5 p.m. at Polliwog Park in Manhattan Beach. Information: (310) 802-5449 or go to citymb.info.
John Proulx: An evening celebrating the genius of Nat “King” Cole, starts at 7:30 p.m. in the Old Town Music Hall, 140 Richmond St., El Segundo. Tickets, $20. Information: (310) 322-2592 or go to OldTownMusicHall.org.
Tuesday the 5th
“In Focus: Tokyo”: Drawn from the museum’s collection, this show features four contemporary Japanese photographers: Mikiko Hara, Daido Moriyama, Shigeichi Nagano, and Masato Seto. Opens Tuesday and remains on view through Dec. 14 at the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles. Information: (310) 440-7300 or go to getty.edu.