South Bay art calendar for May 30 to June 5
They’ve got a special guest
The Mira Costa High School Band Boosters have landed jazz artist David Benoit for their annual Pops concert, taking place at 7 p.m. in the school’s auditorium at 1401 Artesia Blvd, Manhattan Beach. In addition to some of Benoit’s classic songs, the group will feature hits by such groups as Queen and The Beatles. Tickets, $10 general; students and seniors get in free. More at miracostabands.weebly.com/.
Dance to the music
The El Camino College Dance Department presents its annual “Choreography Showcase” at 1 and 7 p.m. in the school’s Campus Theatre, Crenshaw and Redondo Beach boulevards, Torrance. Beginning and intermediate students perform ballet, modern dance, contemporary dance, jazz and hip-hop, original works directed by faculty members. Tickets, $10. Call (800) 832-ARTS or go to centerforthearts.org.
An operatic rarity
The inaugural production of Numi Opera is Alexander Von Zemlinsky’s “Der Zwerg,” which is based on a story by Oscar Wilde. Among its fine cast of performers is local baritone Roberto Perlas Gómez (the others being Shana Blake Hill, Oriana Falla, and Rodell Rosel. Two performances only, May 30 at 7:30 and June 2 at 2 p.m., in The Theatre at Ace Hotel, 929 S. Broadway, Los Angeles. Tickets, $75 to $35. Call (888) 929-7849 or go to NumiOpera.org.
Gallery walls come alive
Some 50 paintings by 30 Associate Artists affiliated with Destination: Art are having their works displayed for the entire month of June, with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. in the gallery/artists studios at 1815 W. 215th St., $135, Torrance. Artist judge Bruce Harkins will hand out awards. (310) 742-3192 or go to destination-art.net.
The El Camino College Symphony Orchestra performs at 8 p.m. in Marsee Auditorium, on campus at Crenshaw and Redondo Beach boulevards, Torrance. This is an audition orchestra for students who play at an intermediate level or higher. Conducted by Dane Teter, they’ll play “The Sunday Symphony,” Symphony No. 3, by William Grant Still, among other works. Tickets, $10. Call (800) 832-ARTS or go to centerforthearts.org.
“Ballet Goes Broadway,” presented by San Pedro Ballet School, takes place at 2 p.m. in the Warner Grand Theatre, 478 W. Sixth St., San Pedro. Inspired by all things Broadway, students perform ballet, jazz, modern, hip-hop, and contemporary dances. The ensemble also dances a new work created by Patrick David Bradley. Tickets, $35 to $29. Call (310) 732-1861 or goto sanpedroballetschool.com.
As clear as Clearwater
Fortunate Son, a tribute band, plays all of your Creedence Clearwater Revival favorites, such as “Born on the Bayou” and “Proud Mary,” at 8 p.m. in the Grand Annex, 434 W. Sixth St., San Pedro. General admission is $25, but why not upgrade? Cabaret seats are $30 and Front Row Cabaret seats are $35. Call (310) 833-4813 or go to grandvision.org.
Mysterious mystery writer
Jack Polo, author of “The Partners” and the Paraiso book series, discusses his novels and the ideas behind them from 11 a.m. to 12 noon in the second floor meeting room of the Redondo Beach Main Library, 303 N. Pacific Coast Hwy, Redondo Beach. Free. (310) 318-0675, option 5, or go to redondo.org/library.
Sunday, June 2
Rocking St. Rocke
Breck Philip and Guitars For Vets are hosting a “21 Guitar Salute” at 7 p.m. in Saint Rocke, 142 Pacific Coast Hwy, Hermosa Beach. The event features Drop The Needle, an L.A. band with a sound reminiscent of the early 1960s and ‘70s California music scene. Proceeds go to vets and those with post-traumatic stress syndromes. Admission, $15 online and $20 at the door. (310) 372-0035 or go to guitars4vets.org/.
Final dance concerts
Student dancers at El Camino College present the annual spring “Lo Tech, No Tech” dancer performances at 7 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday in Marsee Auditorium, Crenshaw and Redondo Beach boulevards, Torrance. All styles of contemporary dance are on the bill, the choreography directed by faculty members. Tickets, $10. Call (800) 832-ARTS or go to centerforthearts.org.
Tuesday, June 4
Happiness is fleeting
“La Traviata,” the opera by Verdi, is the topic from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the second floor meeting room of the Redondo Beach Library, 303 N. Pacific Coast Hwy, Redondo Beach. The popular masterpiece is about to open and will close LA Opera’s current season. Free. (310) 318-0675, option 5, or go to redondo.org/library.
Get ready for it
The 8th annual “CA 101 2019” art event takes place from Oct. 4 to 13 on Fisherman’s Wharf in Redondo Beach, but in the meantime the organizers are accepting submissions. One has until August 15 to submit work (in most mediums). Inquiries to Sandra Liljenwall, exhibition director, (310) 617-2840 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. ER
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