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South Bay arts calendar: 1/16 to 1/22

South Bay arts calendar: 1/16 to 1/22

Thursday, January 16 Cold shoulders “Frozen, Jr.” is being presented by Fantasia Family Music Performing Arts at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, 7 p.m. on Friday, and at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday in the James Armstrong Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. The musical is based on Disney’s 2018 Broadway musical which is itself […]

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Jousting with Purcell’s “King Arthur”

Jousting with Purcell’s “King Arthur”

When galaxies collide Long Beach Opera’s wacky take on Purcell’s “King Arthur” – a review by Bondo Wyszpolski When Henry Purcell composed the music for “King Arthur” in 1691, set to a libretto by John Dryden, he probably wasn’t thinking about Wonder Woman or President Trump or “50 Shades of Gray.” Actually, with fighting between […]

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South Bay arts calendar for Jan. 9 to 15

South Bay arts calendar for Jan. 9 to 15

Friday, January 10 Fortune cookies, art titles inside “Are You Thinking What I’m Thinking?” which is billed as a “Galvanizing Art Challenge,” takes place from 7 to 9 p.m. at La Venta Inn, 796 Via Del Monte, Palos Verdes Estates. About 30 artists will spin the wheel of fortune and get a fortune cookie with […]

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2019: A tip of the hat to art and local artists

2019: A tip of the hat to art and local artists

Looking at art in 2019 A selective glimpse of art shows in the South Bay by Bondo Wyszpolski I can only begin with apologies for what is being left out. Having again compiled the arts calendar for the entire year, I went through all the photos and somewhat randomly picked one from each month to […]

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Erich Korngold’s rarely performed “Der Ring des Polykrates” at Zipper Hall

Erich Korngold’s rarely performed “Der Ring des Polykrates” at Zipper Hall

Love conquers all in Korngold’s early opera “Der Ring des Polykrates” at Zipper Hall by Bondo Wyszpolski A musical prodigy, Erich Korngold’s first two operas, “Der Ring des Polykrates” (a domestic comedy) and “Violanta” (a tragedy) were performed together in 1916, conducted by Bruno Walther. They were written a couple of years earlier, when Korngold […]

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South Bay arts calendar for Dec. 19 to 25

South Bay arts calendar for Dec. 19 to 25

Thursday, December 19 Erich Korngold’s 1914 opera Numi Opera presents “Der Ring Des Polykrates,” the fledgling company’s second production of their inaugural season, at 7:30 p.m. in Zipper Hall at the Colburn School, 200 S. Grand Ave., in downtown Los Angeles. Another performance is set for Saturday, same time and place. Directed by Gail R. […]

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Käthe Kollwitz: War and other atrocities at the Getty Research Institute

Käthe Kollwitz: War and other atrocities at the Getty Research Institute

No compromises “Käthe Kollwitz: Prints, Process, Politics” at the Getty by Bondo Wyszpolski Käthe Kollwitz never saw the light. What I mean is that she lived through dark times, the German Empire, the Weimar Republic, and the Third Reich. Or, in bleaker terms, she was born just before the Franco-Prussian War, endured World War I […]

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Where movies are the gateway to the world

Where movies are the gateway to the world

Randy Berler’s South Bay Film Society screens art house films at the AMC Rolling Hills 20 by Bondo Wyszpolski In June 2012, Randy Berler crossed his fingers and jumped in. Three years into retirement, the former urban planner for the City of Redondo Beach was hoping to sell 59 tickets for “Three Colors: Red,” by […]

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South Bay art calendar for Dec. 12 to 18

South Bay art calendar for Dec. 12 to 18

Thursday, December 12 Making themselves heard The annual fall “Opera Workshop” takes place at 8 p.m. in the Campus Theatre of El Camino College, Crenshaw and Redondo Beach boulevards, Torrance. The singer-actor ensemble performs scenes from the musicals of Stephen Sondheim, the oratorios of Handel, and the operas of Mozart and Rossini. Directed by Kevin […]

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South Bay arts calendar for Dec. 5 to 11

South Bay arts calendar for Dec. 5 to 11

Thursday, December 5 The way it was “Robi Hutas: Classic Photographs and Watercolors” is on view at Richard Stephens/Cannery Row Studios, in The Loft at 401 S. Mesa St., San Pedro. Open during the First Thursday Art Walk from 6 to 9 p.m. Hutas has chronicled life and sports in the South Bay, especially in […]

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South Bay arts calendar for Nov. 28 to Dec. 4

South Bay arts calendar for Nov. 28 to Dec. 4

Friday, November 29 But what if He doesn’t? “Making God Laugh,” presumably a comedy and spanning four decades, written by Sean Grennan, is now playing in the Second Story Theater, 710 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach. Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Same schedule next weekend. Tickets, $28. Call (424) 241-8040 […]

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Barbara Strasen and the group show “Layer Upon Layer” at El Camino College

Barbara Strasen and the group show “Layer Upon Layer” at El Camino College

Over, under, sideways, down by Bondo Wyszpolski No one should be surprised, when standing in front of a painting by Barbara Strasen, to find themselves drawn forward into its depths, under or just behind the surface images where other images are waiting. It’s a bit like swimming through a gently swaying kelp forest where ocean […]

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The rabbit’s been singing, but nobody saw it

The rabbit’s been singing, but nobody saw it

It’s a bright new mourning by Bondo Wyszpolski The coastline may not have changed much, but if we turn back the clock a few hundred years we’d have to clear the map of “Palos Verdes,” “Rolling Hills,” “San Pedro, and write in the names of the Indian villages and communities that dotted the Peninsula: Chowingna […]

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From Japan, creatures great and small

From Japan, creatures great and small

Zoological gardens “Every Living Thing: Animals in Japanese Art” at LACMA by Bondo Wyszpolski Robert T. Singer was probably put on Earth to shepherd this exhibition into existence. He’s been (good-naturedly, I’m sure) referred to as a zookeeper rather than a curator because of all the Japanese art depicting animals that he’s collected for LACMA […]

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South Bay theater: makeup artist Patty Jarvis brings the illusion to life

South Bay theater: makeup artist Patty Jarvis brings the illusion to life

As the scene changes, so does the cast Hair and makeup artist Patty Jarvis lends her ‘Midas touch’ to local theater productions by Bondo Wyszpolski We’ll be checking in on Ruthie and Bill and their three grown children over the course of nearly four decades in Sean Grennan’s “Making God Laugh.” Surf City Theatre’s new […]

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