arts and entertainment events in the beach cities 9/18-9/24
BEER AND BBQ
Tap takeover: The beach cities’ celebration of LA Beer Week continues with a tap takeover at Select Beer Store in Redondo. San Diego-based Modern Times Beer pays a visit to the tap room, taking over multiple lines with their hand-crafted craft brews. Modern Times’ beers, like the Blazing World amber and Lomaland saison, have been popping up all over the South Bay since the brewery’s inception less than two years ago, and one of the fine folks from the brewery will be there to tell you more about what you’re drinking. To keep the vibe super local, Select Beer Store has invited the local boys of Barley Hops Grill to provide the grub. BHG is a South Bay pop-up catering group specializing in barbecue that compliments craft beer with offerings like char sui, pulled pork and collard greens. Admission is free; beer and food is for purchase. 21 and over. The event starts at 4 p.m. and ends at 10 p.m. Select Beer Store,1613 South Pacific Coast Highway in Redondo. For more information, call (310) 540-1221.
Sunset music: Mississippi-born and Louisiana-raised Lynn Drury picked up her first guitar at the age of 26. These days she plays all over New Orleans and is a regular at French Quarter Fest and New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Drury brings her sound, which she calls “Mississippi grit meets New Orleans groove,” to R10 Social House tonight from 5 to 8 p.m. Happy hour specials and sunset cocktails will be offered. R10 Social House, 179 North Harbor Drive in Redondo. For more information, visit r10socialhouse.com or lynndrury.com.
Be a patron: Lomita Railroad Museum Foundation and Summer Studios Arts Academy pair up to present “Dining with Dionysus,” a wine and dine fundraiser as part of Summer Studios’ Friday Art Jam Night. Revel in a pleasurable evening of artist presentations, art sale, music, and poetry. Mingle, enter to win raffle prizes of fine wine and memorabilia and enjoy culinary delights and drinks worthy of serving to Dionysius, the Greek god of wine and fertility and patron of the arts. All ages are welcome. Free to the public. Summer Studios, 2161 Lomita Blvd in Lomita. For more information visit summerstudios.net or lomita-rr.org.
“Ghost in the Meadow”: A spine-tingling drama by Joe Simonelli, directed by Paul Vander Roest, opens at Little Fish Theatre, 777 Centre St., San Pedro. Performances are at 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday, through Oct. 25, with a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee on Oct. 12, after which there will be a discussion with the cast. Information: (310) 512-6030 or go to littlefishtheatre.org.
Local pride: The Torrance Cultural Arts Foundation kicks off its 20th season with “South Bay’s Got Talent.” Come see the best entertainment the South Bay community has to offer from acting to variety to comedy and dance, from residents from all over the greater beach cities area. Performers will compete in front of the live audience and a panel of judges. Trophies will be awarded for first, second and third place winners, plus a special acknowledgment for the audience favorite. The show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $15 to $25. James Armstrong Theatre at the Torrance Cultural Arts Center, 3330 Civic Center Drive in Torrance. For more information and to buy tickets, call (310) 781-7171 or visit torrancearts.org.
“In This Moment”: Redondo’s 608 North gallery presents a solo show by Janet Milhomme, photographer and mixed-media artist. Located in a 100-year-old lumber mill near King Harbor and surrounded by new state-of-the-art office buildings, shopping centers and homes, 608 North is a surprising 2,000-square-foot space converted into a fine art gallery. Milhomme’s “In This Moment” will be up through October 26 but tonight is the night to meet the artist. The opening reception runs from 5 to 9 p.m. 608 North, 608 North Francisca Avenue in Redondo Beach. For more information, call (310) 376-5777 or visit 608north.com.
Cuban beat: The Museum of Latin American Art celebrates the music of Cuban icon Benny Moré with internationally celebrated percussionists, Lucas Van Merwijk and Calixto Oviedo, backed by the Cal State University, Los Angeles Afro Latin Alumni Ensemble. The 25-piece orchestra will evoke the nostalgia of the big band era, while paying homage to one of Cuba’s most celebrated bandleaders. Also featuring Salsa & Bachata with DJ JoJo and his Mambo Madness. Doors open at 3 p.m. with performances at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Museum of Latin American Art, 628 Alamitos Avenue in Long Beach. For more information, visitmolaa.org.
Ragtime: Young Ragtime Masters has become an annual concert event at Old Town Music Hall in El Segundo. This year, four of the most gifted young piano players in the states takes its audience on a journey through the ragtime era and beyond. Old Town Music Hall welcomes back Andrew Barrett (26), Vincent Johnson (22), their very own John Reed-Torres (23) and for the first time ever at Old Town Music Hall we are pleased to introduce Diego Bustamante(15). These young artists are a powerhouse of talent and you’ll hear how The Mighty Wurlitzer Theater Pipe Organ sounds in ragtime. Also enjoy a special guest appearance by “The Doo Rag Ragtime Duo.” The show begins at 7:30 p.m. All seats are $20. Old Town Music Hall, 140 Richmond Street in El Segundo. For more information, call (310) 322-2592.