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Michelangelo draws us to the Getty

Michelangelo draws us to the Getty

The wellsprings of creation “Michelangelo: Mind of a Master” by Bondo Wyszpolski A few years ago, in his global survey of art from its earliest moments to the present, Julian Bell stated, referring, of course, to Michelangelo: “Never before or since has so much in art revolved around a single personality.” On the face of […]

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Alive and well at the Palos Verdes Art Center

Alive and well at the Palos Verdes Art Center

When you’ve been handed the keys to the kingdom Daniela Saxa-Kaneko is the interim executive director of the Palos Verdes Art Center by Bondo Wyszpolski It’s not quite a changing of the guard, but almost. When Joe Baker left the Palos Verdes Art Center there was the inevitable speculation as to who would be hired […]

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PVAC Interim director Daniela Saxa-Kaneko

PVAC Interim director Daniela Saxa-Kaneko

When you’ve been handed the keys to the kingdom

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Heard the rumors about Surf City Theatre?

Heard the rumors about Surf City Theatre?

They’re having an affair in Hermosa Beach Neil Simon’s “Rumors” is onstage at Surf City Theatre through March 8 (a review) by Bondo Wyszpolski The party’s about to get started, or is it? Charlie Brock and his wife Myra are commemorating their 10th wedding anniversary and the first couple to arrive, Chris Gorman (Marquel Skinner-Rogers) […]

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South Bay arts calendar from 2/27 to 3/4

South Bay arts calendar from 2/27 to 3/4

Thursday, February 27 A diverse repertoire The Rawlins Piano Trio, with violinist Ioana Galu, cellist Sonja Kraus, and pianist Susan Keith Gray, performs standard works to new and undiscovered pieces, and they’re playing at 7:30 p.m. in the Campus Theatre at El Camino College, Crenshaw and Redondo Beach boulevards, Torrance. The program includes works by […]

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Rock music icons: They provided our visual soundtrack

Rock music icons: They provided our visual soundtrack

El Segundo Public Library hosted a conversation with John Van Hamersveld and Henry Diltz

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South Bay arts calendar for Feb. 21 to 26

South Bay arts calendar for Feb. 21 to 26

Friday, February 21 Getting soulful The Joanna Medawar Nachef Singers perform at 7:30 p.m. in the Rolling Hills United Methodist Church, 26438 Crenshaw Blvd, Rolling Hills Estates. The program, “Gospel, Motown, Spirituals,” is sure to be lively and vibrant. Free, donations appreciated. (310) 377-6771 or go to rhumc.org. Releasing their potential Freedom4U offers youth-oriented, peer-drive […]

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South Bay arts calendar for Feb. 13 to 19

South Bay arts calendar for Feb. 13 to 19

Thursday, February 13 Kiss me again and again “Loves Me/Loves Me Not” is a Valentine’s Day treat of five short plays centered around love, performed on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8 p.m. in Little Fish Theatre, 777 S. Centre St, San Pedro. All seats $20, plus an extra buck as a service fee. Two […]

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100 costumes/ 30 films at FIDM Museum

100 costumes/ 30 films at FIDM Museum

Dressed for success… Movie costumes on view Designs from all five of the Academy Award nominees on display in the FIDM Museum by Bondo Wyszpolski Well, we’re all back home from the Academy Awards, and already thinking about what’s in store for next year. But not so fast. You know that costume designer Jacqueline Durran […]

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Orpheus and Eurydice: her point of view

Orpheus and Eurydice: her point of view

Farewell, my lovely World premiere “Eurydice” at LA Opera: a review by Bondo Wyszpolski Writing an opera may be a solitary endeavor, but staging it with all its bells and whistles (from lighting and set design to costuming and, of course, the right singers) is a collaborative enterprise, and “Eurydice” now at LA Opera is […]

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Stardust: You are the crown of creation

Stardust: You are the crown of creation

Mind games “Stardust” at ESMoA explores creative thinking by Bondo Wyszpolski A backstage pass into the inner workings of artistic creativity is at the heart of “Stardust,” previewing Saturday at ESMoA. “We call it ‘Stardust,’” says curator Bernhard Zuenkeler, “because we’re all stardust and nature is playing with us in various ways. We also want […]

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South Bay arts calendar for Feb. 6 to 12

South Bay arts calendar for Feb. 6 to 12

Thursday, February 6 The title gives it away Presented by the Torrance Theater Company, “Black Comedy,” directed by Gary Kresca, Closes this weekend at 1316 Cabrillo Ave, downtown Torrance. Performances: Thursday at 7 p.m. (followed by a Q&A), Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., with matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. This is […]

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Cirque du Soleil’s “Volta” – a review

Cirque du Soleil’s “Volta” – a review

Razzle-dazzle under the Big Top Cirque du Soleil’s “Volta” – a review by Bondo Wyszpolski Cirque du Soleil is testing the waters with “Volta,” amping up the intensity and the spectacle, hoping to cash in on a younger audience and perhaps looking to fill the void left by the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, […]

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South Bay arts calendar – Jan. 30 to Feb. 5

South Bay arts calendar – Jan. 30 to Feb. 5

Thursday, January 30 Picture this, and that Photo L.A. features a range of contemporary photography as well as important and rare historical images from over 60 local and international galleries and dealers. Thursday through Sunday in the Barker Hangar, 3021 Airport Ave, Santa Monica Friday, January 31 A box of kleenex, please “Songs of Heartbreak […]

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The picture’s title? Spin the wheel, open the fortune cookie, and then they will find out!

The picture’s title? Spin the wheel,  open the fortune cookie, and then they will find out!

Spinning, spinning; and where it stops, nobody knows! The wheel of fortune cookies gives local artists the titles of their next artwork by Bondo Wyszpolski One evening in early January, 34 artists, or in some cases their go-betweens, gathered at La Venta Inn, high upon the hill in Palos Verdes Estates. After wine and hors […]