South Bay art calendar for July 25 to 31
Summer breeze, summer sounds
The 131ers play indie rock from 6 to 8 p.m. on the Redondo Beach Pier, behind Tony’s, 100 Fisherman’s Wharf, Redondo Beach. Come back on Saturday, same time and place, to hear Ghost in the Machine pay tribute to the Police. Free. More are redondopier.com.
Splendor under the Big Top
Circus Vargas, celebrating its 50th anniversary, has set up its tent at Del Amo Fashion Center, 3525 W. Carson St., Torrance. They’re paying homage to the golden era of circus in America: “The hypnotic call of the calliope, the sawdust, the sequins, the spangles!” Performances tonight (Thursday) at 7 p.m.; Friday at 4 and 7 p.m.; Saturday at 1, 4, and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday at 12:30 and 4 p.m.; Monday at 7:30 p.m.; Wednesday at 7 p.m., as well as Thursday, August 1 through Monday, August 5. For more details and tickets, (877) 468-3861 or visit circusvargas.com.
The Aerospace Players are presenting” Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” the Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice musical, at the James Armstrong Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. The entertaining story goes all over the map. Performances are Thursday at 7 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., and Saturday at 2 p.m. Tickets, $24 general; $22 students and seniors. (310) 781-7171 or go to aeaclubs.org.
Death can’t keep her away
“Blithe Spirit,” the comedy by Noel Coward, presented by the Kentwood Players, opens (after a delay) at the Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Ave, Westchester. This supernatural farce is being directed by Gail Bernardi. Performances Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets, $22, less $2 seniors and students. Through August 24. Call (310) 645-5156 or go to kentwoodplayers.org.
Under the stars with King Henry V
Shakespeare by the Sea presents “Henry V” at 7 p.m. in Wilson Park, Torrance. Young King Henry V seeks to unite his beloved England. Will he succeed? Free; donations appreciated. (310) 217-7596 or go to shakespearebythesea.org.
Art reflecting the season
“Summer Lifestyle” has its grand reception from 6 to 9 p.m. in Artlife Gallery, 720C S. Allied Way, Plaza El Segundo, in El Segundo. Curated by director Vanesa Andrade, the exhibition addresses three-dimensional concerns, which are sometimes realized in a two-dimensional format, as well as the implied space located between these two realms. Through July 31. Free, with live music and refreshments. (310) 938-2511.
The Bard in the yard
Shakespeare by the Sea presents “The Comedy of Errors” at 7 p.m. in Wilson Park, Torrance. In this play, everything that can go wrong does go wrong. Proving that the present is no different than the past. Free; donations accepted. (310) 217-7596 or go to shakespearebythesea.org.
Sunday, July 28
Music within a cloudless sky
The Palos Verdes Symphonic Band, under the direction of Christine Hayes, presents “Heroes and Villains: The Music of Protagonists and Their Adversaries” from 3 to 5 p.m. outdoors on the meadow at the South Coast Botanic Garden, 26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes Peninsula. Selections from “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “The Phantom of the Opera,” “The Magnificent Seven” and others will be performed. Free with Garden admission. (310) 792-8286 or go to pvsband.org.
Andy & Renee have a new CD, their 16th (and 20th album project), and the record release party for “Fuse 32” takes place at 7:30 p.m. in the Grand Annex, 434 W. Sixth St., San Pedro. The CD contains 12 original songs. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets at grandvision.org.
Shakespeare by the Sea presents “The Comedy of Errors” at 7 p.m. at Terranea in Rancho Palos Verdes. Is this where British farce got its start? Free; donations accepted. (310) 217-7596 or go to shakespearebythesea.org.
Tuesday, July 30
Selfies, of a sort
“In Focus: The Camera” is an exhibition that includes a selection of rare cameras from the 19th century to the present. Usually cameras are out of the picture (since they’re the ones taking it), but now the lens has been turned on them. At the J. Paul Getty Museum through January 5. Call (310) 440-7300 or go to getty.edu. ER