South Bay art calendar for Dec. 12 to 18
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 Blickfeldt. Tickets, $10. Call (800) 832-ARTS or go to centerforthearts.org.
Giving it their all
Richardson Middle School Music presents its annual “Winter Concert” at 6:30 p.m. in the James Armstrong Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. The jazz band, choir, beginning and advanced band are performing, presumably not all at once, but you never can tell. Tickets, $5. Call (310)781-7171.
Travelin’ for the holidays
“A Joyful Sound,” presented by the Torrance Civic Chorale, happens at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday in the James Armstrong Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. Holiday music is featured from Mexico, Canada, and the U.S., including Hawaiian holiday songs accompanied by the South Bay Strummers Ukulele Ensemble, probably worth the price of admission right there. Tickets, $25. Call (310) 781-7171 or head over to TorranceCivicChorale.org.
Rehearsed, and ready to dance
Palos Verdes Ballet is presenting its 39th anniversary “Nutcracker,” directed by Uta Graf-Apostol, at 7 p.m. on Saturday plus 1 and 5 p.m. on Sunday, in the Norris Theatre, Rolling Hills Estates. Tickets, $39 adults and $28 children. (310) 544-0403 or go to palosverdesperformingarts.com. Double dose of humor
April’s Fools Comedy Improv Troupe joins up with The Wild Cards for “Merry Fools Holiday with The Wild Cards,” kicking off at 7:30 p.m. in the Second Story Theater, 710 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach. Rick Ramirez and Doris Usui direct this one. Tickets, $10 general, but $8 if you can prove you’re a senior. (310) 318-1705.
Party at their new digs
Pacific Coast Gallery invites us over for music, holiday treats and glogg, a traditional mulled wine from Sweden, while we check out their new gallery space. Matthew Welch’s local and non-local photos are on display. From 5 to 8 p.m. at 1217 Highland Ave, Manhattan Beach. (310) 853-3564.
Sunday, December 15
Put your feet up and sing
“Home for the Holidays,” performed by Los Cancioneros Master Chorale and directed by Allan Robert Petker, fills the James Armstrong Theatre at 7 p.m. Holiday favorites and C.P.E. Bach’s “Magnificat,” accompanied by pianist Patty Breitag and a chamber orchestra. The music ranges from the 18th to the 21st century. It’s at 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. Tickets, $25 general; $15 students. Ring up Diana at (310) 779-3072 or the box office at (310)781-7171, or visit LCMasterChorale.com.
The “2019 PUC Holiday Small Works Art Show” is happening from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Pacific Unitarian Hall, 5621 Montemalaga Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes. Abstract and figurative works, painting, drawing, and sculpture, priced from $50 to $350, are on sale. (310) 378-9449 or email email@example.com.
She’ll make it come alive
Soulful singer Barbara Morrison brings her Singers Jam to Janny’s Showroom at People’s Place, 365 W. Sixth St, San Pedro. Songs will be Sung, Dances will be Danced, and Wine will be Sipped. The show is from 4 to 6 p.m., and there’s a $10 cover. (310) 547-2348.
Tuesday, December 17
Big time holiday sound
“Lou Giovannetti: It’s Christmas Time,” presented by Joe Lou Productions, begins at 8 p.m. in the James Armstrong Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. Our holiday favorites, performed by a 20-piece orchestra. For tickets and other info call (310) 722-1084 or email LouGiovannetti274@gmail.com.
Read it or learn about it
Senior librarian Erin Schoonover leads a discussion about Tara Westover’s “Educated: A Memoir,” from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. 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 redondo.org/library.
Stashed away no more
“Unseen: 35 Years of Collecting Photographs,” being never-before-seen or displayed to the public, opens at the Getty Center in Los Angeles. Now, 200 of them are going on view where we can see them through March 8. Call (310) 440-7300 or go to getty.edu. ER