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Artist Diane Strack: gone to the heavens

Artist Diane Strack: gone to the heavens

For Diane Strack, a fond goodbye Artist and Hermosa Beach resident Diane Strack (b. Sept. 4, 1946) passed away May 30. Her work had been shown in venues throughout the South Bay, including ShockBoxx Gallery in Hermosa Beach and in the recent “CA 101” shows held in Redondo Beach. “Her creativity always left her family […]

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South Bay arts calendar for June 13 to 19

South Bay arts calendar for June 13 to 19

Thursday, June 13 The Bard is gearing up Shakespeare by the Sea begins its 22nd season with “The Comedy of Errors,” performed Thursday through Saturday at Point Fermin Park in San Pedro. In this play, everything that can go wrong does go wrong. Which doesn’t mean it isn’t a barrel of laughs. Free; donations accepted. […]

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South Bay art calendar for June 6 to 12

South Bay art calendar for June 6 to 12

Thursday, June 6 In their own orbit “Paintings + Objects, 3 featuring” highlights recent work by Dillan Conniff, Quinn Gilmer, and Stephen Zerbe, and it goes on view during this evening’s First Thursday Art Walk at TransVagrant at 478, located in Gallery 478 (478 W. Seventh St., San Pedro). The artists seem to forget or […]

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Happy Days: Samuel Beckett’s trouble in paradise, at the Taper

Happy Days: Samuel Beckett’s trouble in paradise, at the Taper

The Woman in the Dunes Dianne Wiest is splendid in Samuel Beckett’s “Happy Days” by Bondo Wyszpolski Where are we? On a scraggly, sandy, near-barren hill, with a corseted woman buried up to her waist. She’s dressed entirely in black. It’s a very bright day, the sky as blue as can be, the sun unrelenting. […]

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South Bay art calendar for May 30 to June 5

South Bay art calendar for May 30 to June 5

Thursday, May 30 They’ve got a special guest The Mira Costa High School Band Boosters have landed jazz artist David Benoit for their annual Pops concert, taking place at 7 p.m. in the school’s auditorium at 1401 Artesia Blvd, Manhattan Beach. In addition to some of Benoit’s classic songs, the group will feature hits by […]

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Arvo Pärt – a cinematic view of the renowned composer

Arvo Pärt – a cinematic view of the renowned composer

“That Pärt Feeling – The Universe of Arvo Pärt” (film review) by Bondo Wyszpolski If you don’t know much about Estonian composer Arvo Pärt (b.1935), Paul Hegeman’s new film won’t provide a great deal of insight. However, the 78-minute documentary will at least introduce the viewer to Pärt’s numinous music, and to several ensembles in […]

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South Bay arts calendar for May 23 to 29

South Bay arts calendar for May 23 to 29

Friday, May 24 A fond farewell Maestro Barry Brisk conducts his last concert for the Beach Cities Symphony Orchestra at 8 p.m. in Marsee Auditorium at El Camino College, Crenshaw and Redondo Beach boulevards, Torrance. He’s retiring from the ensemble after 25 years. The concert highlights four local student soloists as well as selections from […]

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Maestro Barry Brisk conducts his last concert for Beach Cities Symphony

Maestro Barry Brisk conducts his last concert for Beach Cities Symphony

A musical flourish, and a fond farewell Barry Brisk of the Beach Cities Symphony sets down his baton by Bondo Wyszpolski Eventually the train comes to the station, and after 25 years and 100 concerts Maestro Barry Brisk of the Beach Cities Symphony is handing in his baton and stepping down. He’s conducted works by […]

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Pacific Visions: More than just a fish story

Pacific Visions: More than just a fish story

Our ocean… and our sustainable future Aquarium of the Pacific gets bigger and better by Bondo Wyszpolski Twenty-one years after opening, the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach has just completed its first major expansion project, a new wing (or fin, in this case) called Pacific Visions. It’s a two-story, 29,000 square foot building […]

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Oscar Rejlander: Godfather of Photoshop

Oscar Rejlander: Godfather of Photoshop

One step ahead “Oscar G. Rejlander: Artist Photographer” at the Getty by Bondo Wyszpolski Some artists are born a little too late and some are born a little too soon. Those born at just the right moment can hold out their arms and receive the accolades. Oscar Gustaf Rejlander (1813-1875) might have found a job […]

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New Mohan Bhasker photos going on view

New Mohan Bhasker photos going on view

Journey to the Centers of the Earth No place is inaccessible to photographer (and doctor) Mohan Bhasker by Bondo Wyszpolski There’s something to be said for digging in your heels, whether it’s solving math problems or, literally in the case of Mohan Bhasker, trying to keep from sliding off a mountain trail in the Himalayas. […]

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South Bay arts calendar for May 16 to 22

South Bay arts calendar for May 16 to 22

Thursday, May 16 He’ll ruin your masterpiece! Steven Rowley discusses “The Editor,” his new novel, at 7 p.m. in {pages} a bookstore, 904 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach. The book is about an author whose famous editor changes him forever, both as a writer and as a son. (310) 318-0900 or go to pagesabookstore.com. Now it’s […]

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LA Opera’s “El Gato Montés: The Wildcat”

LA Opera’s “El Gato Montés: The Wildcat”

Plácido Domingo brings zarzuela gem to L.A. Opera “El Gato Montés: The Wildcat” (a review) by Bondo Wyszpolski Spain is known for many things, from sangria to Segovia, but not for its operas. Oh, but what about “Carmen”? “Carmen,” my friend, is French. There is, however, the zarzuela, which is closer to an old Spanish […]

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The art of a more pleasant hospital stay

The art of a more pleasant hospital stay

Hospitalized, yet barely stressed? It now seems possible The USC Institute for Arts in Medicine launches on the Peninsula by Bondo Wyszpolski Given a choice, most of us would rather be vacationing in Tahiti than undergoing a bone marrow biopsy or a lumbar puncture. While the first is optional, the second sometimes is not, but […]

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South Bay arts calendar for May 9 to 15

South Bay arts calendar for May 9 to 15

Thursday, May 9 Seaside resort Chip Creek, author of the novel “Cape May,” described as “Rules of Civility” meets “Revolutionary Road,” discusses his book at 7 p.m. in {pages}: a bookstore, 904 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach. Free. (310) 318-0900 or go to pagesabookstore.com. Going around the bend “Hot Flashin’,” a musical comedy written by Gina […]

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