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South Bay art calendar for June 6 to 12

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“Now Trending,” this year’s Alpay Scholarship University Student Juried Exhibition, juried by Shana Nys Dambrot, opens with a reception on Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Palos Verdes Art Center, Rancho Palos Verdes. Through July 6. Pictured, “The Feast,” by Diana Echeverria. (310) 541-2479 or go to pvartcenter.org

“Paintings + Objects” includes recent work by Dillan Conniff, Quinn Gilmer, and Stephen Zerbe, on view during the First Thursday Art Walk at TransVagrant at 478, located at 478 W. Seventh St., San Pedro. Artists reception is set for Saturday, June 8, from 4 to 7 p.m. Call (310) 732-2150 or (310) 600-4873

Thursday, June 6
In their own orbit
“Paintings + Objects, 3 featuring” highlights recent work by Dillan Conniff, Quinn Gilmer, and Stephen Zerbe, and it goes on view during this evening’s First Thursday Art Walk at TransVagrant at 478, located in Gallery 478 (478 W. Seventh St., San Pedro). The artists seem to forget or to discard conventions, restraints, and scepticisms. A reception is scheduled for Saturday, June 8, from 4 to 7 p.m. Call (310) 732-2150 or (310) 600-4873.

Friday, June 7
Arvo Pärt and more
Two members of the Lisbon-based DSCH – Shostakovich Ensemble, pianist Filipe Pinto-Ribeiro and violinist Corey Cerovsek, perform “Fratres,” by Arvo Pärt, as well as a sonata by Mozart and selections by Korngold, at 12:15 p.m. in the First Lutheran Church and School, 2900 W. Carson St., Torrance. Free; donations appreciated. Complimentary reception follows. (310) 316-5574.

Saturday, June 8
Creative endeavors
The “Hermosa Beach Fine Arts Festival 2019” is taking place on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the spacious lawn of the Hermosa Community Center, on the corner of Pier Ave. and Pacific Coast Hwy, Hermosa Beach.

Getting your feet wet
“Scenes by the Sea” is being presented by the April’s Fools Comedy Improv Troupe at 7:30 p.m. in the Second Story Theater, 710 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach. Directed by Lloyd Leifer and Rashel Mereness, this is comedy in the moment. Seems to be a Hawaiian theme this month, but you can never be sure. Tickets, $10 general and $8 seniors. (310) 318-1705 or go to AprilsFoolsImprov.com.

“Anna Wilding: Celebrate Hope”opens with a reception on Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Palos Verdes Art Center, Rancho Palos Verdes. Images of the former President and First Lady were taken by Wilding when she was based at the White House from 2015 to 2017. Through July 6. Pictured, Barack Obama, by Anna Wilding. (310) 541-2479 or go to pvartcenter.org

Ah, remember when?
“Anna Wilding: Celebrate Hope,” being photographs of the Obama White House, opens with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Palos Verdes Art Center, 5504 W. Crestridge Road, Rancho Palos Verdes. Images of the former President and First Lady. Through July 6. Call (310) 541-2479 or go to pvartcenter.org.

The April’s Fools Comedy Improv Troupe presents “Scenes by the Sea” at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday in the Second Story Theater, 710 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach. Spontaneity and humor, lots of it. Tickets, $10 general and $8 seniors. (310) 318-1705 or go to AprilsFoolsImprov.com

Motion slickness
“DanceFest 2019” takes place at 2 p.m. in the James Armstrong Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. It’s presented by Dance West Studios and the Metropolitan Ballet Company. Tickets, $18, $15. Call (310) 781-7171 or visit dancewest.org.

Eat to the beat
Arugakki & Mochi Mochi says the press release, and you may ask, What’s that? The first is a taiko drumming outfit, and the second is a traditional Japanese dessert. You’ll find both at 8 p.m. in the Grand Annex, 434 W. Sixth St., San Pedro. Tickets, $20 general; $25 cabaret; $30 front row cabaret or VIP. (310) 833-4813 or go to grandvision.org.

Picked and chosen
“Now Trending,” being the fourth annual Alpay Scholarship University Student Juried Exhibition, juried by Shana Nys Dambrot, opens with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Palos Verdes Art Center, 5504 W. Crestridge Road, Rancho Palos Verdes. 40 out of 300 submissions were selected for this show. Through July 6. Call (310) 541-2479 or go to pvartcenter.org.

Sunday, June 9
War and Peace
Los Cancioneros Master Chorale, under the direction of Allan Robert Petker, presents “The Armed Man – A Mass for Peace” at 7 p.m. in the James Armstrong Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. Composed by Karl Jenkins, “this masterpiece is the most performed choral work around the world today.” The concert is in honor of our veterans. Tickets, $25 general; $15 students. Call Diana at (310) 779-3072 or the box office at (310) 781-7171.

Pianist Filipe Pinto-Ribeiro and violinist Corey Cerovsek perform “Fratres,” by Arvo Pärt, as well as music by Mozart and Korngold, at 12:15 p.m. on Friday in the First Lutheran Church and School in Torrance. Free; donations appreciated. The duo also plays on Sunday in Rolling Hills. (310) 316-5574

Another venue, another program
Two members of the Lisbon-based DSCH – Shostakovich Ensemble, pianist Filipe Pinto-Ribeiro and violinist Corey Cerovsek (see above, for Friday), present the “Russian Soul,” a program that features work by Tchaikovsky and Schostakovich, at 2 p.m. in the Rolling Hills United Methodist Church, 26438 Crenshaw Blvd., Rolling Hills Estates. Free; donations appreciated. (310) 316-5574.

Inspired by controversy
“Indecent,” a play by Pulitzer Prize-winner Paula Vogel (“How I Learned To Drive”), opens at 6:30 p.m. in the Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown L.A. in the Music Center. It focuses on events surrounding the opening of Sholem Asch’s “God of Vengeance” in 1923, which some said was a seminal work of Jewish culture, while others claimed it was an act of traitorous libel. Through July 7. Tickets, $149 to $30. Call (213) 972-4400 or go to CenterTheatreGroup.org.

Monday, June 10
Warriors at heart?
The “Spartan Band Spring Concert,” performed by the South High School Band, is set for 7 p.m. in the James Armstrong Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. Tickets, $20.

Arugakki & Mochi Mochi… The first is a taiko drumming outfit, and the second is a traditional Japanese dessert. You’ll find both at 8 p.m. on Saturday in the Grand Annex, 434 W. Sixth St., San Pedro. Tickets, $20 to $30. Photo by Taso Papadakis. (310) 833-4813 or go to grandvision.org

Tuesday, June 11
Serenaded
Solo guitarist TJ Brinjak plays from 12 to 1:30 p.m. at Suzy’s Bar and Grill, 1141 Aviation Blvd., at Prospect, in Hermosa Beach. Half of the tip jar goes to the Hermosa Beach Kiwanis. (310) 379-6171.

Watch her every move
Joy Gonzalez demonstrates painting an oil landscape from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Ken Miller Auditorium, 3341 Torrance Blvd, Torrance. The evening is presented by the Torrance Artists Guild. ER

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