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Pianist Steven Vanhauwaert performs at 12:15 p.m. on Friday in the First Lutheran Church and School in Torrance. The program includes compositions by Schumann, Messiaen, Bolcom, and Franz Liszt. Free; donations appreciated. Reception to follow. (310) 316-5574

Thursday, April 4
Coming up daisies
Taylor Jenkins Reid talks about her new book, “Daisy Jones and the Six,” at 7 p.m. in Pages, 904 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach. Live music. (310) 318-0900 or go to pagesabookstore.com.

When this goes with that
“Seven Boxes & Six Curiosities,” assemblages by James Preston Allen, are on view in the Basement Gallery, 520 W. Eighth St., San Pedro, and it’s open from 6 to 9 p.m. during the San Pedro Art Walk. These works are selected from his 40-plus-year career of making art. He’s a newspaperman on the side. (310) 561-7811.

Take some of it home
The Loft Studios, open tonight (Thursday) during the Art Walk, is featuring new artists and new energy. See the work and return on Sunday, April 14, from 1 to 5 p.m. for the artists’ reception. This is the annual exhibition and sale, downstairs in the second floor galleries. The Loft is located at 401 S. Mesa St., San Pedro.

Local Offers

“Figments” is a group art show, on view Friday and Saturday from 6 to 10 p.m. at ShockBoxx Gallery, 636 Cypress Ave., Hermosa Beach. The theme is artists reflecting on the relationship with one’s self and topics of mental health, including disorders like anxiety disorder, depression and body dysmorphia. More at shockboxxproject.com

Friday, April 5
Few of us are perfect
“Figments” is a group art show, on view Friday and Saturday from 6 to 10 p.m. at ShockBoxx Gallery, 636 Cypress Ave., Hermosa Beach. The theme is artists reflecting on the relationship with one’s self and topics of mental health, including disorders like anxiety disorder, depression and body dysmorphia. They were invited to explore both the causation and effects of mental health issues and instability through visual art and writing. The show aims to destigmatize mental health issues, as well as promote personal growth, a healthy relationship with one’s self, and a positive, supportive community. More at shockboxxproject.com.

Global visions
The Universe Multicultural Film Festival celebrates its annual event, Friday through Sunday, at various venues throughout Palos Verdes. About 100 films from 15 countries will be screened, and there will be panel discussions, galas, receptions, etc. (310) 266-8559 or go to umfilms.org.

Just the right touch
Pianist Steven Vanhauwaert performs at 12:15 p.m. in the First Lutheran Church and School, 2900 W. Carson St., Torrance. Vanhauwaert is the Grand Prize Winner of the 2004 Los Angeles International Liszt Competition. He’ll perform works by Schumann, Messiaen, Bolcom, and (of course) Franz Liszt. Free; donations appreciated. Reception to follow. (310) 316-5574.

The Universe Multicultural Film Festival celebrates its annual event, Friday through Sunday, at various venues throughout Palos Verdes. About 100 films from 15 countries will be screened, and there will be panel discussions, galas, receptions, etc. Pictured, the red carpet event from last year. (310) 266-8559 or go to umfilms.org

Upbeat and cooking
Joel Gaines & Friends perform at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday in the George Nakano Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. What they play is a bit of World Music, with a pinch of rock of pop, and seasoned by contemporary jazz. Tickets, $50 includes a meal, and $33 just for the concert. (310) 781-7171 or go to torrancearts.org.

The Purple Xperience performs the music of Prince at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday in the Norris Theatre, 27570 Norris Center Drive, Rolling Hills Estates. The five-piece tribute band plays all the hits, from “Purple Rain” to “Raspberry Beret.” Tickets from $45. Call (310) 544-0403 or go to palosverdesperformingarts.com

Saturday, April 6
When will you appear?
“Time Warp!!!” is being presented by April’s Fools Comedy Improv Troupe at 7:30 p.m. in the Second Story Theater, 710 Pier Ave, at PCH, in Hermosa Beach. Directed by Tom Bauer and Rebekah Chang, the troupe makes light (seriously) of your suggestions. Tickets, $10 general; $8 seniors. (310) 318-1705. Pay just $8 if you buy at AprilsFoolsImprov.com.

Feminine rage?
The Kentwood Players present “12 Angry Women,” a national play reading of the Reginald Rose drama, “12 Angry Men,” at 2 p.m. in the Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Ave., Westchester. It’s free, but donations are appreciated. (310) 645-5156 or go to kentwoodplayers.org.

Rock ‘n’ roll royalty
The Purple Xperience performs the music of Prince at 7:30 p.m. in the Norris Theatre, 27570 Norris Center Drive, Rolling Hills Estates. The five-piece tribute band hails from Minneapolis and
plays all the hits, such as “Purple Rain” and “Raspberry Beret.” Tickets start at $45. Call (310) 544-0403 or go to palosverdesperformingarts.com.

The Ragin Cajun Crawfish Jamboree takes place on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Seaside Lagoon in Redondo Beach. Featuring live crawfish shipped straight from Louisiana. Entertainment? Lisa Haley & the Zydekats, The Hillbenders, Dead Man’s Party and the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, plus a roaming Dixieland Band. Kids get in free with the purchase of an adult ticket. To buy them, call (310) 540-7403 or visit the event website at ragincajuncrawfishjamboree.com

Eat ‘em up!
The Ragin Cajun Crawfish Jamboree takes place from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Seaside Lagoon, 200 Portofino Way, Redondo Beach. The draw, or rather the catch? Fresh, live crawfish shipped straight from Louisiana. Other delicacies, too, of course. Entertainment? Lisa Haley & the Zydekats, The Hillbenders, Dead Man’s Party and the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, plus a roaming Dixieland Band. Fun stuff for the kids also, and if they’re 12 or under they get in free with the purchase of an adult ticket. To buy them, call (310) 540-7403 or visit the event website at ragincajuncrawfishjamboree.com.

Operatic voices, operatic excerpts
The Verdi Chorus presents “L’Amore e la Vita” (Love and Life) at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday, in the First United Methodist Church, 1008 Eleventh St., Santa Monica. Locally-known singers Jamie Chamberlin, Danielle Marcelle Bond, Nathan Granner, and Roberto Perlas Gómez, perform works from “Ernani,” “The Elixir of Love,” “Lakmé,” “La Rondine,” and more. Tickets, $40 priority, $30 general, $25 senior, $10 student. (800) 838-3006 or go to verdichorus.org.

“Time Warp!!!” is being presented by April’s Fools Comedy Improv Troupe at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday in the Second Story Theater, Hermosa Beach. Tom Bauer and Rebekah Chang direct. The troupe takes your suggestions and goes from there. Tickets, $10 general; $8 seniors. (310) 318-1705. All tickets $8 if you buy at AprilsFoolsImprov.com

Sunday, April 7
The five finalists
The Peninsula Symphony’s 2019 “Edith Knox Young Artists Performance Competition” takes place at 2 p.m. in the Redondo Union High School Auditorium. The first-prize winner will be announced at the end of the concert and will solo with the Peninsula Symphony at it’s June 30 concert. Both events are free and open to the public. ER

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