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Surf City Theatre does Christopher Durang

Surf City Theatre does Christopher Durang

And Now for Something Completely Different Surf City Theatre presents “An Evening of Christopher Durang” by Bondo Wyszpolski Everyone loves an old chestnut, but on the other hand who can resist a fresh bowl of cherries? Surf City Theatre dishes out the staples, and generally they do a good job of it, too, but this […]

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South Bay arts calendar for May 17 to 23

South Bay arts calendar for May 17 to 23

Thursday, May 17 Imaginations go wild “Recess” continues through Saturday at ShockBoxx Gallery, 636 Cypress Ave., Hermosa Beach, and it features high school creatives working in a variety of mediums. (310) 989-4323 or go to shockboxxproject.com. Talk it over with someone The adult book discussion of the month focuses on “Destiny of the Republic,” by […]

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Beach arts – Shakespeare by the Sea

Beach arts – Shakespeare by the Sea

Shakespeare by the Sea hits the road with “The Merry Wives of Windsor” and “The Winter’s Tale”

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Summer Theater

Summer Theater

When in doubt, the play’s the thing

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South Bay arts calendar for May 10 to 16

South Bay arts calendar for May 10 to 16

Friday, May 11 Have they met theirs? “Match” opens at the Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Ave., Westchester. Stephen Belber’s play is about a couple who goes to interview a noted choreographer and dancer, “but it is soon evident that their agenda is as multilayered as the life story that Tobi begins to tell them.” Performances […]

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Van Hamersveld envelops El Segundo with his latest, greatest mural

Van Hamersveld envelops El Segundo with his latest, greatest mural

Kaleidoscopic grandeur Peninsula resident John Van Hamersveld’s new whirlwind of a mural unveiled in El Segundo by Bondo Wyszpolski There was no way to tie a curtain around it or throw a sheet over it, but Saturday’s “unveiling” of John Van Hamersveld’s 510-foot wraparound mural has transformed a large rusted water tank overlooking the shores […]

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South Bay arts calendar for May 3 to 9

South Bay arts calendar for May 3 to 9

Thursday, May 3 Starts at the drawing table There’s a book launch from 7 to 9 p.m. for Grant Kirkpatrick’s “California Contemporary: The Houses of Grant C. Kirkpatrick and KAA Design,” taking place at Pages Bookstore, 904 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach. You can RSVP to Jane Pennoyer if you type in jane@metworksinc.net. A play about […]

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Back in orbit: Doug Stewart’s documentary of visionary artist Chesley Bonestell

Back in orbit: Doug Stewart’s documentary of visionary artist Chesley Bonestell

To the Planets and the Stars! Filmmaker Douglass Stewart’s tribute to space artist Chesley Bonestell premieres at the Newport Beach Film Festival by Bondo Wyszpolski I think we can call it a labor of love, fueled by persistence and diligence, but also a deep concern that a beloved artist and architect was being forgotten despite […]

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Mughal art through Rembrandt’s eyes

Mughal art through Rembrandt’s eyes

The Flying Dutchman: Over the Moon with Mughal Art “Rembrandt and the Inspiration of India” at the Getty – a review by Bondo Wyszpolski We’ve approached Rembrandt (1606-1669) from many angles, but probably not from that of the Muslim dynasty known as Mughal, which ruled large areas of India from 1526 to 1858. The latter’s […]

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“42nd Street” musical at the Norris Theatre

“42nd Street” musical at the Norris Theatre

Chasing those Broadway Dreams “42nd Street” opens Friday at the Norris Theatre by Bondo Wyszpolski Depending on the medium, works of art achieve “classic” status after varying amounts of time. Classic rock might be applied to hit songs from the 1970s, where as classic literature more often than not refers to folks like Jane Austen […]

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South Bay arts calendar for April 26-May 2

South Bay arts calendar for April 26-May 2

Thursday, April 26 A rainbow in your future “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” is being performed in the Mira Costa High School Auditorium, 1401 Artesia Blvd., Manhattan Beach. This is the school’s drama department’s big spring musical, and it’s a fun show. Performances, Thursday at 6:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 7:30 […]

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Beer! Music! More beer! Brew Lagoon returns to Seaside Lagoon

Beer! Music! More beer! Brew Lagoon returns to Seaside Lagoon

Something’s brewing in South Redondo Gasser’s Mike Bouchard on this year’s Brew Lagoon: 5 bands and over 20 breweries by Bondo Wyszpolski The rendezvous took place in a generic shopping center, but as soon as I climbed into the car the person next to me brought out a greasy mechanic’s rag and said, “I’m sorry, […]

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South Bay arts calendar for April 20 to 25

South Bay arts calendar for April 20 to 25

Friday, April 20 A rainbow in your future “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” opens in the Mira Costa High School Auditorium, 1401 Artesia Blvd., Manhattan Beach. This is the school’s drama department’s big spring musical, and it’s a fun show. Performances, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., plus Thursday, April 26, at […]

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Come to church, and see the strippers

Come to church, and see the strippers

Working Girls In the pews with Gypsy Rose Lee by Bondo Wyszpolski If you’ve never seen a live striptease, you may want to head over to the Manhattan Beach Community Church. Well, let’s couch this another way. The church theater’s spring production is “Gypsy,” the 1959 musical, based on the memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee […]

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South Bay arts calendar for April 12 to 18

South Bay arts calendar for April 12 to 18

Thursday, April 12 Some you win, some you lose “Almost, Maine,” written by John Cariani, is being presented by the Torrance Theatre Company, 1316 Cabrillo Ave., Torrance. The play consists of nine vignettes about love and loss, and it’s being directed by Gary Kresca. Performances are Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., and Sunday at […]

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