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South Bay art calendar for Aug. 30-Sept. 5

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Photographs by Robert Glenn Ketchum are among the works in “Terra Firma: A Commentary on Land,” a group show on view through Oct. 14 at the Manhattan Beach Art Center, 1560 Manhattan Beach Blvd., MB. (310) 802-5440 or go to

Saturday, September 1
Literary cohorts
Calling all aspiring writers! Discuss topics writers want to explore, and have the opportunity to share information, get feedback on ideas and writing, and give and receive support and encouragement. Free. It takes place from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the second floor conference room of the Redondo Beach Main Library, 303 N. Pacific Coast Hwy, Redondo Beach. (310) 318-0675 or go to

Here’s the album Cover!

Local star plays locally
The Hermosa Beach-based Shari Puorto Band performs on the Main Stage from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. during Fiesta Hermosa’s Labor Day weekend event. This isn’t a tribute band, and their newest release is “Live at Bogie’s,” available now. More at

Be seen, be someone
The Palos Verdes Library District is calling for entries for their annual community art show which open Nov. 17 at the Peninsula Center Library, 701 Silver Spur Road, Rolling Hills Estates. They are accepting applications from Sept. 1-30. Questions on how to submit, call Ketzie Diaz at (310) 377-9584 ext. 230 or email

Peter Liashkov is among the artists in “In the Beginning,” on view in the El Camino College Art Gallery, 16007 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance. The reception of the group show is Thursday, Sept. 6, from 7 to 9 p.m. Pictured, Liashkov’s “Birth. (310) 660-3010 or go to

Monday, September 3
Scents, sounds of late summer
The Palos Verdes Symphonic Band performs from 3 to 5 p.m. outdoors on the meadow of the South Coast Botanic Garden, 26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes Peninsula. Entitled “Meet the Band,” highlights include Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf,” narrated by Eugene McAdoo. Amuse Music Center is providing a musical instrument “petting zoo” before the concert and during intermission. Tickets, free with garden admission. You can bring a picnic and blanket or lawn chair for outdoor seating. No outside alcohol permitted. (310) 792-8286 or go to

Wednesday, September 5
Hard times ‘a coming
“Sweat,” written by Lynn Nottage and directed by Lisa Peterson, opens at 8 p.m. in the Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown Los Angeles in the Music Center. The friendly dynamics among a group of friends on the factory floor changes after layoffs, promotions and picket lines start chipping away at their mutual trust. Tickets, $30 to $99. Call (213)628-2772 or go to ER


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