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Catch of the Day: Josh Barnes and Brandon Nonaka at Pacific Coast Gallery

Catch of the Day: Josh Barnes and Brandon Nonaka at Pacific Coast Gallery

Out to sea with Pacific Coast Gallery “Into the Deep” highlights artists Josh Barnes and Brandon Nonaka by Bondo Wyszpolski Is something fishy going on at Pacific Coast Gallery? You bet. “Into the Deep” is a two-man show opening Saturday in Hermosa Beach and featuring artists Josh Barnes and Brandon Nonaka. Last week at this […]

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South Bay arts calendar for Dec. 6 to 12

South Bay arts calendar for Dec. 6 to 12

Thursday, December 6 Get up and shake it The El Camino College Dance Department presents its annual “Choreography Showcase” at 1 and 6 p.m. in the Campus Theatre, located at Crenshaw and Redondo Beach boulevards, Torrance. These are beginning and intermediate choreography students. A variety of dance styles will be performed. For tickets, call (800) […]

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La Mer Consort and Renaissance music

La Mer Consort and Renaissance music

Renaissance fare Early music group La Mer Consort performs Sunday in Manhattan Beach by Bondo Wyszpolski What if you could delight in a freshly painted Botticelli, leaf through a crisp new edition of Boccaccio, and swoon to the latest music by Telemann and Palestrina? But you can’t, because the heyday of the Renaissance was 500 […]

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South Bay arts calendar for Nov. 29-Dec. 5

South Bay arts calendar for Nov. 29-Dec. 5

Thursday, November 29 Now it’s in their court The artists’ reception for the “Faculty Show” takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. in the El Camino College Art Gallery, 16007 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance, and it’s exactly what the title says. There’s a gallery talk at 1 p.m. on Tuesday. Closes Dec. 12. Call (310) 660-3010 […]

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A visual journey with artist Peggy Reavey

A visual journey with artist Peggy Reavey

“Sometimes you look at a cartoon and it might be really clever, but it’s like finding Waldo. Might take a little while but then it’s just a quick ‘aha’ and it’s over. Peggy’s art emits layers and layers of wonder and meaning. She’s not trying to hide anything from you, but it’s not simple either. […]

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Early season’s greetings from Surf City Theatre

Early season’s greetings from Surf City Theatre

Christmas and Hanukkah stories, gift-wrapped and parodied Surf City Theatre’s “A Very Special Holiday Special” opens Saturday by Bondo Wyszpolski Here’s how it started. At last year’s cast party for “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play,” the actors read aloud a few vignettes that were in the holiday spirit. They must have had […]

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South Bay arts calendar for Nov. 15 to 21

South Bay arts calendar for Nov. 15 to 21

Friday, November 16 Death was no obstacle “Forever Plaid,” the musical comedy about four lads (an all-male harmony group) who die tragically in the 1950s but manage to return from the great beyond for one last (and presumably memorable) concert, is being performed on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. […]

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South Bay arts calendar for Nov. 8 to 14

South Bay arts calendar for Nov. 8 to 14

Thursday, November 8 Opening night, take two “Ephemeral,” featuring the spatial seascapes of Andre Snyman, is on view from 6 to 9 p.m. at Resin, 618 Cypress Ave., Hermosa Beach. Sad death of a young man “The Laramie Project,” by Moisés Kaufman and the Techtonic Theatre Company, is being presented in Mira Costa High School’s […]

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Words of wisdom: PVHS class of 1968 looks back 50 years

Words of wisdom: PVHS class of 1968 looks back 50 years

A letter to our younger selves 50 years on: Palos Verdes High School’s Class of 1968 reflects and looks forward by Bondo Wyszpolski By the early summer of 1968, pop music was at its peak, social unrest was beginning to brew across the country, and baby boomers were booming and blooming. Released into this era […]

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“Satyagraha” shimmers on the opera stage

“Satyagraha” shimmers on the opera stage

“Satyagraha” by Philip Glass at LA Opera, a review by Bondo Wyszpolski A fantasia or meditation on the life of Mohandas Gandhi might not seem like the ideal choice for an opera, but “Satyagraha,” which Philip Glass composed nearly 40 years ago (it premiered in 1980), is musically spellbinding. It is also, in this co-production […]

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South Bay arts calendar for Nov. 1 to 7

South Bay arts calendar for Nov. 1 to 7

Thursday, November 1 Through the viewfinder The San Pedro Photography Association’s “San Pedro Photographer’s Show” features work by Vince Pirozzi, Janine King, Lisa Greget, Mark Radmilovich, Lena Milos, Bobby Fabro, and Larry Hodgson, and it takes place from 5 to 9 p.m. at Dekor Gallery, 445 W. Sixth St., San Pedro. Hosted by Lisa Medina-Guthman, […]

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South Bay art calendar for October 26 to 31

South Bay art calendar for October 26 to 31

Friday, October 26 Concert season opener The Beach Cities Symphony, under the direction of Barry Brisk, performs at 8 p.m. in Marsee Auditorium at El Camino College, Crenshaw and Redondo Beach boulevards, Torrance. The program features the “Festive Overture” by Joel Feigin, the “Violin Concerto in D minor” by Jean Sibelius (with soloist Aubree Oliverson) […]

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Video animation & painting by Carla Viparelli opens Friday in Manhattan Beach

Video animation & painting by Carla Viparelli opens Friday in Manhattan Beach

Artistry in motion “Mimesis,” with painting and video animation by Carla Viparelli, opens in Manhattan Beach by Bondo Wyszpolski Simply put, most local art venues feature local artists. However, working with the Manhattan Beach Art Center, curator Homeira Goldstein has turned this idea on its head in a big way: Carla Viparelli, whose solo exhibition […]

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“Nightwalk in the Chinese Garden” – some enchanted evening at the Huntington

“Nightwalk in the Chinese Garden” – some enchanted evening at the Huntington

“Nightwalk in the Chinese Garden” – a theater review Immersive tales of love across time and space at the Huntington by Bondo Wyszpolski The evocatively titled “Nightwalk in the Chinese Garden” has everything but the fireflies, the cicadas, and the crickets in their bamboo cages. But it’s easy to imagine that they’re present as well. […]

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South Bay arts calendar for Oct. 18 to 24

South Bay arts calendar for Oct. 18 to 24

Thursday, October 18 Indian blood “Matriarchs” opens at ESMoA, 208 Main St., El Segundo. The work on view by 12 contemporary womxn (?) indigenous artists includes fashion, metalwork, photography, painting, basketry, and video. Through Jan. 26. More at esmoa.org. Friday, October 19 First wife’s ghost returns “Blithe Spirit,” a witty and amusing play by Sir […]

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