South Bay art listings: March 29 to April 3
Strike up the band
The Beach Cities Symphony, conducted by Barry Brisk, presents “Melodic Moments,” the third concert (of four) in its 69th season, and it takes place at 8 p.m. in Marsee Auditorium at El Camino College, Crenshaw and Redondo Beach boulevards, Torrance. The program includes Beethoven’s “Egmont” overture by Beethoven, the “Concerto for Clarinet/Bass Clarinet,” by Maestro Brisk (Bradley Cohen, soloist), and Dvorak’s “Symphony No. 7.” Free; with a pre-concert lecture at 7:15 p.m. Call (310) 379-9725 or go to BeachCitiesSymphony.org.
From the creator of “Hamilton”
The El Camino College Theatre Department presents “In the Heights,” with music by Lin-Manuel Miranda, at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, plus 3 p.m. on Sunday, in the school’s Campus Theatre, 16007 Crenshaw Blvd, Torrance. Directed by Bill Georges with choreography by Liz Hoefner Adamis. Tickets, $15 to $25. Call (800) 832-ARTS or go to centerforthearts.org.
Dancing that dazzles
LA Imperial Dance presents that “Imperial Dance Gala Night” at 8 p.m. in the James Armstrong Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. Dancers from the Los Angeles Ballet Company, ballroom professionals, and world and USA Bronze medalists will perform. Tickets, $59, $49, $39. Call (310) 781-7171, or go to laimperialdance.com.
The South Bay Chamber Music Society presents pianist Edith Orloff and violinist Roger Wilkie at 8 p.m. in the Recital Hall of the Music Department at LA Harbor College, 1111 Figueroa Place, Wilmington. The concert is repeated at 3 p.m. on Sunday at the Pacific Unitarian Church, 5621 Montemalaga, Rancho Palos Verdes. Free. The program features music by Mozart, Debussy, Arvo Pärt, and Prokofiev. More information at sbcms.net, with maps and directions at sbcms.net/directions.
Saturday, March 30
Artistic exchanges, collaborations
“Co/LAB 4” opens with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Torrance Art Museum, 3320 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. This collaborative project presents eight artist-run galleries and collectives from Los Angeles with eight artist-run spaces from Rotterdam. The hope is that this project reaches all four corners of the globe and establishes Torrance, via TAM, as the place that brings us the global best of new art. Through May 17. Free. TorranceArtMuseum.com.
Tales to be told
The “South Bay Stories Show” returns for the fifth time, with a different lineup, of course, to the Second Story Theatre, 710 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach. Directed by Tony Torrisi and produced by Jim Mueller, this successful event takes place at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, and presents eight captivating storytellers, each relating a momentous event or two from their life. With composer and saxophonist Alex Hahn. Tickets, $20, available at southbaystoriesshow.com.
The “Palos Verdes Regional Symphony Orchestra Spring Concert,” which included over 100 members from South Bay Communities and is conducted by Elmer Su, takes place at 7:30 p.m. in the James Armstrong Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. For ticket prices and other information, phone (310) 733-6111 or go to pvrso.com.
El Camino College faculty members Polli Chambers-Salazar and Lois Roberts perform a “Duo Piano Recital” at 5 p.m. in the school’s Marsee Auditorium, Crenshaw and Redondo Beach boulevards, Torrance. The program includes “Danse Macabre” by Saint-Saëns and “Cinderella” by Prokofiev, as well as new works by ECC composer-in-residence Patrick Schulz. Tickets, $21 to $10. Call (800) 832-ARTS or go to centerforthearts.org.
Rubbed, polished, and glowing
The annual South Bay Lapidary and Mineral Society Gem and Mineral Show,” this one dubbed “Nature’s Treasures,” takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, in the Ken Miller Recreation Auditorium, 3341 Torrance Blvd., Torrance. Free. You can learn more by going to southbaylapidaryandmineralsociety.com.
You’ll want to catch this one
First it was a hit film, then a Broadway success. “Catch Me if You Can,” music and lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, with a book by Terrence McNally, opens at 8 p.m. in the Carpenter Center, 6200 E. Atherton St., Long Beach. It plays most weekends through Sunday, April 14. Tickets start at $20. Call (562) 856-1999 or go to musical.org.
Busy with her art
Yong Sin is having an “Open Studio” on Saturday and Sunday from 12 to 5 p.m., located at 443 W. Sixth St., San Pedro. She’s had a number of recent shows lately, and she’s in the Ron Linden-curated “Index: Painting” show opening April 13 at SoLA in Los Angeles. (310) 686-5613 or go to yongsinarts.com.
Sunday, March 31
The moon’s out tonight
“Lunar Fest 2018,” a traveling event, features film by and for women, and it’s being presented by Soroptimist International Manhattan Beach in the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, 1935 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Redondo Beach. 2 p.m. pre-reception; 2:30 screenings begin. Tickets, $20 online and $25 at the door. (424) 225-2050 or visit lunafest.org.
It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s…
The Flying Hero’s Club, created by Hollywood stunt coordinator Jim Churchman, enables disabled or diseased children to soar through the air like their favorite action hero. Churchman is setting up his computerized flying system at the Strand Brewing Company, 2201 Dominguez St., Torrance, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (there’s an after-party from 5 to 8 p.m.). The kids are flown on a belly board (if they can’t lie flat, they can be picked up and “flown” in their wheelchairs. This is a charity event, and to learn more, call Rich Marcello at (310) 429-4444 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Lives Well Lived: Celebrating the Secrets, Wit and Wisdom of Age,” a film by Sky Bergman, screens from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Joslyn Community Center, 1601 N. Valley Dr., Manhattan Beach. The feature documentary focuses on the wit and wisdom of adults 75 to 100 years old who are living their lives to the fullest. Free. More at lives-well-lived.com.
Sing all the hits
“Haru Utamatsuri,” presented by the Pasadena Nikkei Seniors, takes place at 1 p.m. in the James Armstrong Theatre. In their words, Take a chance and step into the fun of karaoke music. Tickets, $25. To learn more go to pasadenanikkeiseniors.weebly.com.
Wednesday, April 3
Young music makers
The Calle Mayor Middle School “Band Concert” takes place at 7 p.m. in the James Armstrong Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. Just $7 will get you in the door. (310) 533-4548. ER