South Bay art calendar for October 26 to 31
Concert season opener
The Beach Cities Symphony, under the direction of Barry Brisk, performs at 8 p.m. in Marsee Auditorium at El Camino College, Crenshaw and Redondo Beach boulevards, Torrance. The program features the “Festive Overture” by Joel Feigin, the “Violin Concerto in D minor” by Jean Sibelius (with soloist Aubree Oliverson) and the “Enigma Variations” by Edward Elgar. Free, but three bucks to park. (310) 379-9725 or go to BeachCitiesSymphony.org.
The South Bay Chamber Music Society presents pianist Rina Dokshitsky and violinist Henry Gronnier performing sonatas by J.S. Bach, Beethoven, and Franck at 8 p.m. in the Music Building’s Recital Hall at L.A. Harbor College, 1111 Figueroa Place, Wilmington. The concert is repeated at 3 p.m. on Sunday in the Pacific Unitarian Church, 5621 Montemalaga, Rancho Palos Verdes. Free admission and parking. Details at sbcms.net.
In the folk tradition
Sarah Jane Scouten performs at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday in the George Nakano Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. Scouten is a three-time Canadian Folk Music Award nominee with flavors of Lucinda Williams, Nanci Griffith, and Iris DeMent. Tickets, $50; $33. Call (310) 781-7171 or go to torrancearts.org. For more about the artist, go to sarahjanescouten.com.
Art that moves
“Mimesis,” video art and paintings by Carla Viparelli, opens with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Manhattan Beach Art Center, 1560 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach. Program at 7 p.m. It’s being presented by Homeira Goldstein and Time4Art. Through Dec. 30. Story in today’s paper.
“Don’t Shoot Me Down… again!!” is the second incarnation (with new art) of the show that debuted several weeks ago at ShockBoxx in Hermosa Beach. This version takes place with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. at The Loft Gallery, Mesa and 4th St., San Pedro. The show is also up on Saturday, from 1 to 5 p.m., and then it’s over, so don’t hesitate.
Good guys, bad guys
The Metropolitan Educational Theatre Network/MET2 presents “Getting to Know… The Sound of Music” at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday plus 2 p.m. on Sunday in the James Armstrong Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. It’s an adapted musical collaboration with the score from Rodgers and Hammerstein, geared toward enticing a younger audience. For tickets, contact MET2.org. Saturday, October 27
Hermosa Beach is recreating movie magic with “La La Land Day at the Beach,” in which the city celebrates its starring role in the film “la La Land.” The Hermosa Beach Pier will be outfitted with the streetlights that were in the film when actor Ryan Gosling strolled onto the pier at sunset. Performances by the Lou Giovanetti Jazz Orchestra and professional dancers from 5 to 7 p.m., with a screening of the film on the beach at 7:30 p.m. The Lighthouse Cafe was also featured in the movie. It’s all free.
Dancing through fairy tales
The Redondo Ballet presents “Through the Pages” at 3 and 6 p.m. in the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, 1935 Manhattan Beach Blvd., in Redondo Beach. The vignettes move from Cinderella to Alice in Wonderland, from the Three Little Pigs to Peter Pan and the Lost Boys, and from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to the Pied Piper. The featured dancer is Carlton Wilborn. Tickets,$30 to $35. At the box office or go to redondoballet.com/.
“Scary Stories,” now in it’s 16th incarnation, is an evening of terror tales told around a big bonfire from 6:30 to about 7:45 p.m. at the Angels Gate Cultural Center, 3601 S. Gaffey St., San Pedro. General admission is $5; children 6 and under (always in danger of being eaten) are free. Dress warmly and bring your own seating. Produced and directed by Melanie Jones. (310) 387-0908.
Girl gone crazy
Boogiezone Utopia presents “Dystopia: The Sev7nth Bride,” a Halloween theatrical dance show, at 7 and 9 p.m. on Saturday and 7 p.m. on Sunday, in their studio at 1951 W. Carson St., Torrance. Starring Siri Tveter, this interactive dance show revolved around the clinical observation of a young woman suffering from the debilitating mental illness, DID – Dissociative Identity Disorder. And then it gets worse! Elm “Elmboogie” Pizarro directs, with choreography by Elmboogie and his associates. Tickets, $12 online and $15 at the door. (310) 320-4386 or go to dystopia18.brownpapertickets.com/.
“Mitchell Gaudet: Shooting Gallery” opens with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Palos Verdes Art Center, 5504 W. Crestridge Road, Rancho Palos Verdes. Gaudet’s new works are cast in glass and metal, and comment on gun violence. There’s also a carnival shooting booth with fleeing school children instead of the usual tin ducks. The object is to hit the “active shooters” without hitting the children. Through Nov. 25. More at pvartcenter.org.
Sunday, October 28
The 52nd season begins
Pianist Rufus Choi is the featured artist when the Peninsula Symphony presents “Keyboard Klassics” at 7 p.m. in the Redondo Union High School Auditorium, 631 Vincent St., Redondo Beach, at the intersection of Diamond and Pacific Coast Hwy. The program includes the “Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor” by Brahms and “Pictures at an Exhibition” by Mussorgsky. Free. Members can attend the lecture at 6:15 p.m. (310) 544-0320 or go to pensym.org.
Sunrise before sunset
The Choral Evensong, a traditional service of Evening Prayers, features the “Sunrise Mass” by Ola Gjeilo, among other works, at 4 p.m. in St. Francis Episcopal Church, 2200 Via Rosa, Palos Verdes Estates. Singers and string ensemble directed by Jeannie Cobb. Free-will offering. (310) 375-4617 or go to stfrancispalosverdes.org.
Watch how it’s done
A free evening of theater is being performed from 8:30 to 9:15 p.m. in the Second Story Theatre, 710 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach. Starring Shannon Welles, Bob Fox, Ed Fletcher, Annemaie Walsh, and Andrea Kelsey Aders, comedy and drama scenes from film, stage, and TV will be enacted. It’s all free. (310) 621-6303.
Art and photography
“Caminos and Passages,” paintings by Raoul de la Sota, are on view through Nov. 1 in the El Camino College Art Gallery, 16007 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance. Call (310) 660-3010. And, close by, in the El Camino College Library, now extended through December, is “A Clustered Collection,” featuring artistic works by Linda Detwiler Burner and Bradley “Scott” Burner. (310) 880-4664. ER