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Torrance Pops Orchestra springs to life

Torrance Pops Orchestra springs to life

Making a melodious splash The Torrance Pops Orchestra makes its debut on Friday by Bondo Wyszpolski Local residents still lament the demise of the Torrance Symphony, under the baton of Frank Fetta, which performed for many years at the James Armstrong Theatre in Torrance. At last there’s a replacement, of sorts. On Friday, the Torrance […]

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South Bay arts calendar: April 25 to May 1

South Bay arts calendar: April 25 to May 1

Friday, April 26 Drowsy, but he knows his music “The Drowsy Chaperone,” presented by the Mira Costa Drama/Tech Department, opens at 7:30 p.m. in the Mira Costa High School Auditorium, 1401 Artesia Blvd., Manhattan Beach. This is the musical comedy that’s a send-up of the Jazz Age musical, and it won a handful of Tony […]

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Darkness brewing at Hogwarts Castle

Darkness brewing at Hogwarts Castle

Fog, fire, and frenzy, or, Things that go bump in the night “Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle” at Universal Studios by Bondo Wyszpolski First you wend your way through Hogsmeade Village, past the various olde shoppes, odd taverns, and Butterbeer carts, and up the cobblestone lane towards the two attractions, Harry Potter and the Forbidden […]

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South Bay art calendar for April 18 to 24

South Bay art calendar for April 18 to 24

Thursday, April 18 Celebrity history in the making “Douglas Kirkland,” an exhibition of over 60 photographs of Hollywood stars and others, is on view through Sunday at the Palos Verdes Art Center, 5504 W. Crestridge Road, Rancho Palos Verdes. But the legendary photographer is on hand at the Art Center today (Thursday) at 11 a.m. […]

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South Bay arts calendar for April 11 to 17

South Bay arts calendar for April 11 to 17

Thursday, April 11 Imagine you’re in France “Senior Prom: Springtime in Paris” is for “senior” seniors (not high school seniors), and it features the tunes of Liz Holmes and Her Orchestra performing from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Ken Miller Recreation Auditorium, 3341 Torrance Blvd., Torrance. Just like old times, half a century ago. […]

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Behind the camera with Garry Winogrand

Behind the camera with Garry Winogrand

On the Road Again… with Camera “The Street Photography of Garry Winogrand,” by Geoff Dyer (University of Texas Press, 239 pp., $60) by Bondo Wyszpolski There are many scholarly, objective books about photographer Garry Winogrand (1928-1984), but this isn’t one of them. Here, we’ll let the author, Geoff Dyer, explain: “Within the limits of authorial […]

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It’s not just love at first sight, it’s kismet

It’s not just love at first sight, it’s kismet

Magic carpet ride The golden age of Islam: now playing in a church near you by Bondo Wyszpolski It’s not often that we stop into a church, only to discover Moorish architecture and a muezzin calling us to morning prayers. However, it could happen this weekend. That’s when “Kismet” opens at the Manhattan Beach Community […]

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South Bay arts calendar for April 4 to 10

South Bay arts calendar for April 4 to 10

Thursday, April 4 Coming up daisies Taylor Jenkins Reid talks about her new book, “Daisy Jones and the Six,” at 7 p.m. in Pages, 904 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach. Live music. (310) 318-0900 or go to pagesabookstore.com. When this goes with that “Seven Boxes & Six Curiosities,” assemblages by James Preston Allen, are on view […]

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Home on the range at Portuguese Bend with Dewey Bunnell

Home on the range at Portuguese Bend with Dewey Bunnell

America’s Dewey Bunnell gets a horse with a name

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South Bay art listings: March 29 to April 3

South Bay art listings: March 29 to April 3

Friday, March 29 Strike up the band The Beach Cities Symphony, conducted by Barry Brisk, presents “Melodic Moments,” the third concert (of four) in its 69th season, and it takes place at 8 p.m. in Marsee Auditorium at El Camino College, Crenshaw and Redondo Beach boulevards, Torrance. The program includes Beethoven’s “Egmont” overture by Beethoven, […]

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South Bay arts calendar for March 21 – 27

South Bay arts calendar for March 21 – 27

Friday, March 22 From the creator of “Hamilton” The El Camino College Theatre Department presents “In the Heights,” with music by Lin-Manuel Miranda, at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, plus 3 p.m. on Sunday, in the school’s Campus Theatre, 16007 Crenshaw Blvd, Torrance. Also plays March 29, 30, and 31. Directed by Bill Georges […]

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South Bay arts calendar for March 15 to 20

South Bay arts calendar for March 15 to 20

Friday, March 15 From the creator of “Hamilton” The El Camino College Theatre Department presents “In the Heights,” with music by Lin-Manuel Miranda, at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, plus 3 p.m. on Sunday, in the school’s Campus Theatre, 16007 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance. Also plays March 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, and 31. Directed […]

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Mozart’s “Clemency of Titus” at LA Opera

Mozart’s “Clemency of Titus” at LA Opera

“The Clemency of Titus” – an opera review by Bondo Wyszpolski If we open the door a little to allow in every last child, there are 17 operas by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, of which seven actually get to sit at the table of the operatic repertoire. Of these seven brothers and sisters, “The Clemency of […]

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ShockBoxx Gallery features new paintings by Laura Schuler

ShockBoxx Gallery features new paintings by Laura Schuler

A bigger burst of energy Laura Schuler’s “Creative Dissonance” opens Saturday at ShockBoxx in Hermosa Beach by Bondo Wyszpolski It wasn’t the answer I was expecting. “I studied systems engineering,” Laura Schuler replies when asked what she majored in. Schuler, along with Michael Collins, owns ShockBoxx Gallery on Cypress Avenue in the quasi-bohemian district of […]

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“Eat” is a feast for the eyes at ESMoA

“Eat” is a feast for the eyes at ESMoA

A meal for the senses “Eat” is an artistically tasty treat from ESMoA by Bondo Wyszpolski In Albrecht Dürer’s famous 1523 woodcut, “The Last Supper,” the meals haven’t yet arrived and the apostles look a tad bored. Let’s begin by feeding them, and taking a few lines from “The Sentimental Education,” by Gustave Flaubert: “For […]

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