South Bay arts calendar for August 10 to 16
Thursday, August 10
On their beat
Ghost in the Machine, a tribute to Sting and The Police, performs from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Octagon on the Redondo Beach Pier. Free. More at redondopier.com.
Happy Hour with History
A presentation by the Hermosa Beach Sister City Association takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Hermosa Beach Historical Society & Museum, 710 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach. It’s a step back into the 1960s that remembers the community’s movers and shakers and how they started and shaped Hermosa’s Sister City Association, in particular the one with Loreto in Baja California. Free. (310) 318-9421 or email hermosabeachmuseumRSVP@gmail.com.
Friday, August 11
Cheeky, impertinent, rude… and fun
“Spamalot,” presented by 3-D Theatricals and based largely on “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” is being performed at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, plus 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, in the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, 1935 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Redondo Beach. See our preview piece in the last issue. Tickets, $25 to $105. Call (714) 589-2770, ext. 1, or go to 3dtshows.org.
Chic actor, chic film
“The Sheik” (1921; silent b&w) starring Rudolph Valentino, screens at 8:15 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, as well as 2:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, in the Old Town Music Hall, 140 Richmond St., El Segundo. They’ll be live organ accompaniment. Tickets, $10 general; $8 seniors. (310) 322-2592 or go to OldTownMusicHall.org.
Shakespeare by the Sea presents “Macbeth” at 7 p.m. in Polliwog Park, 1601 Manhattan Beach. You’ll be chilled to your bones on this warm night. Free; donations appreciated. (310) 217-7596 or go to shakespearebythesea.org.
More porridge for the boy
Puttin’ On Productions presents Lionel Bart’s “Oliver!” from Friday through Sunday at Centinela Valley Cultural Arts Center, 14901 S. Inglewood Ave., Lawndale. Performed by young actors of all ages. (310) 546-5544 or go to popsonstage.com.
Saturday, August 12
From discoteque to convent
“Sister Act,” presented by the Torrance Theatre Company, is onstage at the James Armstrong Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. The show, based on the 1992 film of the same name, focuses on Deloris, who runs from a gangster husband and ends up leading the choir in a convent. Saturday at 8 p.m. Also Sunday at 2 p.m., as well as Friday, August 18, at 8 p.m., and Sat., August 19, at 8 p.m. Tickets, $35, $30, $25. Call (310) 781-7171 or go to torrancetheatrecompany.com.
Pumping it out
Scrap Yard Aces play Cali-roots reggae rock from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Redondo Beach Pier. Maybe afterwards they can find some spare parts for your car? Free. More at redondopier.com.
She’s a wild one
Shakespeare by the Sea presents “The Taming of the Shrew” at 7 p.m. in Polliwog Park, 1601 Manhattan Beach. This is the origin of the musical “Kiss Me, Kate.” Free; donations appreciated. (310) 217-7596 or go to shakespearebythesea.org.
Sink your teeth into this
The 4th Annual “Bite at the Beach” is being held from 2 to 6 p.m. at the MBS Media Campus, 1600 Rosecrans Ave., Manhattan Beach. Tickets, $65, and you can get them at manhattanbeachchamber.com.
Wind up the projector
Movies at the Beach is back, this week with “Moana,” activities at 6 p.m. and the film at sunset, just south of the Hermosa Beach Pier. Free. More at hbfop.org.
Expressing your sensibility
A poetry workshop is going on from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the second floor conference room of the Redondo Beach Main Library, 303 N. Pacific Coast Hwy, Redondo Beach. Come for inspiration, collaboration, writing, reading, and conversation. Free. (310) 318-0675, op. 5, or go to redondo.org/library.
Sunday, August 13
Summer doesn’t last forever
Everclear, with special guests, performs at the second of three summer music concerts taking place from 5 to 8 p.m. just south of the Hermosa Beach Pier. Always a popular event, as you know if you saw the show last week. More at hbsummerconcerts.com.
She’ll rock you
The Shari Puorto Band performs blues rock from 5 to 7 p.m. at Polliwog Park in Manhattan Beach. Free. More at citymb.info/summerconcerts.
A nod to our musical heritage
The South Bay New Orleans Jazz Club, presenting Dixieland and traditional jazz in a live music format, meets from 1 to 5 p.m. in the Knights of Columbus Hall, 214 Ave. I, Redondo Beach. The month’s featured group is the New Orleans Whalers. Admission, $8 members and $12 non-members, and if you’re part of another jazz club then it’s $10. Call (310) 376-2591.
Tuesday, August 15
A good read, wasn’t it?
The adult book discussion of the month is “The Underground Railroad,” by Colson Whitehead, and it takes place from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the second floor conference room of the Redondo Beach Main Library, 303 N. Pacific Coast Hwy, Redondo Beach. Free; just hop on over. (310) 318-0675, op. 5, or go to redondo.org/library.
Wednesday, August 16
Make a point of being there
Rice and Beans performs country music from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at The Point, on the corner of Rosecrans Ave. and Sepulveda Blvd., in El Segundo. Each Wednesday evening through August.
Thursday, August 17
Last one this year
The last of this summer’s three art walks in Smoky Hollow and downtown El Segundo takes place from 5 to 9 p.m. Fine art, live music, great food. More at elsegundoartwalk.com. ER