LA Art Show returns Less spectacular, but plenty to see by Bondo Wyszpolski There are many places to see art in and around Los Angeles, but one location where it all comes together is the annual LA Art Show, where dozens and dozens of galleries and exhibitors display dozens and dozens of the most talented…

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Of dinosaurs and dogs Barks and growls at Universal Studios Hollywood by Bondo Wyszpolski Let’s start with the one where you won’t get drenched, and that would be “The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash!” which is the newest attraction at Universal, and one that’s fairly charming all in all. Besides, it’s one thing…

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Running in the family Annie Appel’s “The Mexico Journeys – Carmelita” opens Saturday at the PV Art Center by Bondo Wyszpolski It’s one thing for a photographer to shoot hundreds or thousands of nicely composed or stylized pictures, and yet another to immerse herself in long-term projects, to venture out of her comfort zone, and…

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Tears of joy, tears of sorrow, and what’s that about social media? Jason Jenn curated “Even Sparkles Have Shadows” for the Torrance Art Museum by Bondo Wyszpolski “Ultra!” was conceived last summer when the Torrance Art Museum staff realized that having a mostly outdoor public art tour would be beneficial for everyone. It has since…

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Struggling within the jaws of the universe Scott Meskill’s “Fall Down and Rust” coming to ShockBoxx in Hermosa Beach by Bondo Wyszpolski The figures in Scott Meskill’s recent and not-so-recent paintings are pretty much cut from the same cloth. Generally speaking, they’re male, nude, and often in a curled or contorted position. None of them…

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Back to the backlot Warner Bros. Studio Tour has rolled out the red carpet by Bondo Wyszpolski If you can’t be in the movies or on TV, you can always visit the places where they make them, and with that said we’re now in Burbank and ready to join in on the new and improved…

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Smiles of a summer night Looking up at the Constellation Quartet by Bondo Wyszpolski Violinist Emily Moore, sitting outdoors on a recent sunny afternoon, mentions the difficulty of finding intimate venues in which to perform. “We call them listening spaces,” she explains, “the small space where acoustic acts do really well. The string quartet will…

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Feat of Clay “Architecture of Touch” in local art center by Bondo Wyszpolski It’s probably one of the last art shows with limited access for the public, but “Architecture of Touch” highlights recent work by the instructors, staff, and students of the ceramics studio and pottery program that the City of Manhattan Beach initiated in…

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Local color in black and white “Mario Giacomelli: Figure/Ground,” by Virginia Heckert (Getty Publications, 160 pp., $24.95 paper) by Bondo Wyszpolski Mario Giacomelli (1925-2000) lived his entire life in the Italian coastal town of Senigallia, in the Marche region along the Adriatic Sea. He opened a print shop in 1950, bought a camera in 1953…

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Resonating at Resin Mira Costa student art show this weekend by Bondo Wyszpolski It can be a little too easy to overlook or ignore the many exhibitions at Resin Gallery, but one would need to be extremely nearsighted, culturally speaking, not to see and admire Rafael McMaster’s enthusiasm and optimism as the driving force behind…

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by Bondo Wyszpolski One might have wagered that a musical called “Urinetown” would have a strike or two against it from the start, let alone little chance of reaching Broadway (and pulling in three Tony Awards). It’s a wager that would have been lost, and in fact the show has been embraced by high schools…

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PV High’s “Urinetown” goes with the flow Director (and Hermosa native) Nicole Thompson had challenges aplenty by Bondo Wyszpolski One might have wagered that a musical called “Urinetown” would have a strike or two against it from the start, let alone little chance of reaching Broadway (and pulling in three Tony Awards). It’s a wager…

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Artistic double-whammy “Show within the Show” at Destination: Art by Bondo Wyszpolski Appointments to view the work in person are still required, but Destination: Art has just unveiled an exhibition of over 75 pieces by nearly 40 members of its Associate Artists, and if that isn’t quite enough to take in there’s also “Portraits of…

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A self-made writer and his hard luck hero In another galaxy with Hermosa Beach resident Steven Campbell by Bondo Wyszpolski So what happens when you’re the highest paid computer programmer in your company and you get laid off because, well, you’re the highest paid programmer on the payroll and these days new hires are getting…

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Cinematic ebb and flow The South Bay Film Society has returned to the AMC Rolling Hills 20, but will their rental agreement be feasible to keep it there? by Bondo Wyszpolski Nine years ago, Randy Berler inaugurated the South Bay Film Society with a screening of “Three Colors: Red,” and he sold out his entire…

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The rejuvenating touch Eva Matysek breathes new life into old or damaged art by Bondo Wyszpolski In 1929, two years after he’d designed the murals for Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, John Gabriel Beckman was commissioned by William Wrigley, Jr., to create the murals for the Avalon Theatre inside the Catalina Casino. The auditorium is…

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