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ShockBoxx presents “The Usual Suspects”

ShockBoxx presents “The Usual Suspects”

What Shall We Do with All This Happiness? Artist Scott Meskill is among “The Usual Suspects” at ShockBoxx in Hermosa Beach by Bondo Wyszpolski If we look north to El Segundo, south to Palos Verdes, and east to Torrance, it’s safe to say that ShockBoxx Gallery in Hermosa Beach is emerging as the most interesting, […]

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South Bay art calendar for August 9 to 15

South Bay art calendar for August 9 to 15

Thursday, August 9 Romantic, touching tale Gardner McKay’s “Sea Marks” opens at 8 p.m. in Little Fish Theatre, 777 S. Centre St., San Pedro. Richard Perloff directs, and the cast features Bill Wolski and Andrea Gwynnel, he as a rough-hewn fisherman and she as an employee in a book publishing firm. Performances are Thursdays, Wednesdays, […]

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You’ll be seeing double at LACMA

You’ll be seeing double at LACMA

One Step Beyond “3D: Double Vision” at LACMA by Bondo Wyszpolski When your parents were young, a show like this would have been described with just one word: trippy. But let’s add another few hundred words and flesh it out, shall we? “3D: Double Vision,” curated by Britt Salvesen, is apparently the first-ever survey of […]

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South Bay arts calendar for August 2 to 8

South Bay arts calendar for August 2 to 8

Friday, August 3 Unstoppable! “Mamma Mia!” the story of a young woman’s quest to learn the identity of her father on a Greek island, previews this evening and opens tomorrow, Saturday, at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, 1935 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Redondo Beach. Show times are Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. plus Sunday […]

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South Bay arts calendar for July 26 – Aug. 1

South Bay arts calendar for July 26 – Aug. 1

Thursday, July 26 The perfect nanny The Aerospace Players are presenting the musical “Mary Poppins” at the James Armstrong Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. Performances are tonight (Thursday) at 7 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., plus Saturday at 2 p.m. Tickets, $24 general less $2 seniors and students. (310) 781-7171 or go to aeaclubs.org. […]

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Inspired by Plato, art at the Getty Villa

Inspired by Plato, art at the Getty Villa

Poking the brain, but forgetting the heart “Plato in L.A.: Contemporary Artists’ Vision” at the Getty Villa – a review by Bondo Wyszpolski Why Plato? If Western philosophy is a drainage canal, Plato sits at the source and what he has deposited flows down the long meandering stream, to be joined by the conceptual droppings […]

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Saw and Soul with Lou Mannick in Hermosa

Saw and Soul with Lou Mannick in Hermosa

Seduced and serenaded Lou Mannick brings “Saw and Soul” to Live at the Lounge by Bondo Wyszpolski Apart from the occasional percussionist, can you imagine someone going to a hardware store in search of a musical instrument? Well, you might, after watching Lou Mannick bring out the sweetest sounds from his saw. Yes, the same […]

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South Bay arts calendar for July 19 to 25

South Bay arts calendar for July 19 to 25

Thursday, July 19 It didn’t look good “The Desert and the Sea,” by Michael Scott Moore, is about the author’s 32 months held captive by Somali pirates. He’ll be discussing it at 7 p.m. at Pages: a bookstore, 904 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach. This is a ticketed event which includes book purchase. (310) 318-0900. It’s […]

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A century of fashion photos at the Getty

A century of fashion photos at the Getty

Venus in Blue Jeans, a Ball Gown, and a Fancy Hat “Icons of Style: A Century of Fashion Photography, 1911-2011” at the Getty by Bondo Wyszpolski The late photographer Irving Penn described his role at Vogue as “selling dreams, not clothes,” because being stylishly attired often gave one the illusion that doors to one’s personal […]

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South Bay arts calendar for July 12 to 18

South Bay arts calendar for July 12 to 18

Thursday, July 12 Billy Bard, closer to home Shakespeare by the Sea ventures into the Beach Cities. They’ll present “The Merry Wives of Windsor” at 7 p.m. in Valley Park, 2521 Valley Drive, Hermosa Beach. Free; donations appreciated. (310) 217-7596 or go to shakespearebythe sea.org. Friday, July 13 He’s playing with you ShockBoxx presents Dennis […]

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John Van Hamersveld makes waves at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

John Van Hamersveld makes waves at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

Something fishy at the aquarium Catching Van Hamersveld’s waves at Cabrillo Beach by Bondo Wyszpolski One colorful and kaleidoscopic mural after another: John Van Hamersveld has been riding the wave of artistic success these last couple of years. It seems like we were just celebrating his 32- foot high by 510-foot long wraparound mural that […]

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South Bay arts calendar for July 5 to 11

South Bay arts calendar for July 5 to 11

Thursday, July 5 The Bard in the yard Shakespeare by the Sea encores “The Winter’s Tale” at 8 p.m. in Point Fermin Park, 807 Paseo del Mar, San Pedro. Also on Saturday night. Free; donations appreciated. (310) 217-7596 or go to shakespearebythe sea.org. By popular demand… “Uncompliant Acts: The Public Stage,” being photographs by Anthony […]

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25 years of alt rock photos by Kat Monk

25 years of alt rock photos by Kat Monk

Rock of Ages Kat Monk’s photographs of musicians go on view at ShockBoxx in Hermosa Beach by Bondo Wyszpolski In the mid-1990s, Kat Monk could be found photographing bands at local venues like Toes Tavern, the Pitcher House, or the Hermosa Saloon. Oftentimes she would submit prints to the Easy Reader. Now, nearly a quarter […]

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When dreams came true… in Carnegie Hall

When dreams came true… in Carnegie Hall

Conductor Joanna Medawar Nachef takes 120 South Bay singers to New York to perform in ‘a hall that sings back’

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Animal communicator Samantha Khury

Animal communicator Samantha Khury

With respect to God’s other children When animals speak, Samantha Khury listens by Bondo Wyszpolski Many of us speak to our pets, and probably all of us have spoken to an animal at one time or another, half-expecting it to understand what we’ve said. However, it’s that half-expectation that implies our conversation is really just […]

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