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South Bay arts calendar for August 15 to 21

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“War, Art and Visual Culture: Los Angeles” is a free all-day symposium, held in conjunction with “Generation W(ar),” taking place Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Torrance Art Museum. The focus is on “today’s images of war, terror, and political violence.” The exhibition itself is up through August 24. Pictured, “Night Vision,” by Dinh Q. Lê. For more on the symposium, go to artinconflict.com/symposium-la

Thursday, August 15
Hit us with your best shot
Live From Earth is a Pat Benatar tribute band, and they perform from 6 to 8 p.m. on the Redondo Beach Pier, on the Boardwalk, below Kinkaid’s, 100 Fisherman’s Wharf, Redondo Beach. Free. More at redondopier.com.

Brian Kingston’s “Flow” is on view through Saturday at Resin, 618 Cypress Ave., Hermosa Beach. The artist merges fine art, photography and mixed media design skills, inspired by local beach culture and natural elements. Hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call (310) 713-0560 or visit resinhb.com

Waterworks
“Flow,” an exhibition of fresh works by Brian Kingston, is on view through Saturday at Resin, 618 Cypress Ave., Hermosa Beach. The South Bay resident merges fine art, photography and mixed media design skills, and is inspired by “elements of sand+ocean+beach+lifestyle.” Hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call (310) 713-0560 or visit resinhb.com.

All right, let’s play!
The Torrance Historical Society is hosting their second “Fun & Games” fundraiser, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., in their headquarters at 1345 Post Ave, Torrance. Scrabble, Monopoly, Poker, Quiddler. The “buy-in” is $5. Adults only, 18-plus. Games and snacks provided. RSVPs not necessary. (310) 328-5392 or go to TorranceHistoricalSociety.org.

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Art walk in El Segundo
And while you’re there, don’t miss “The Art of the Song,” hosted by singer-songwriter Manda Mosher from 5:30 to 8:30 in the El Segundo Public Library, 111 W. Mariposa Ave, at Main St, in El Segundo. Featured musicians include Constanza Herrero, Dan Navarro, the El Segundo duo of Sanguine & Shiny (Tony Goodreau and Neal Von Flue), and Paul Zollo. (310) 524-2728.

Last minute reminder
If you’ve been considering submitting work for this year’s “CA 101 2019” art show, which takes place from Oct. 4-19 in Redondo Beach, you have until midnight to do so. Open to all artists; all mediums welcome. Lost? Confused? Desperate? You can email sanda@ca101artexhibit.com.

“Disney’s Beauty and the Beast,” presented by the Torrance Theatre Company at the James Armstrong Theatre in Torrance, opens Friday at 8 p.m. and runs for two weekends: Also Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. Next week: Thursday, August 22, at 7 p.m.; Friday, August 23, at 8 p.m.; and Saturday, August 24, at 2 and 8 p.m. Tickets, $40, $25. Pictured, Elizabeth Bouton as Mrs. Potts. (310) 781-7171 or go to TorranceTheatreCompany.com

Friday, August 16
The leading man’s a monster!
“Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” is being presented by the Torrance Theatre Company at the James Armstrong Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. The musical runs for two weekends: Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. Next week: Thursday, August 22, at 7 p.m.; Friday, August 23, at 8 p.m.; and Saturday, August 24, at 2 and 8 p.m. Tickets, $40, $25. Call (310) 781-7171 or go to TorranceTheatreCompany.com.

Back to where they started
Shakespeare by the Sea concludes its 2019 summer season back at Point Fermin Park in San Pedro, with their last performance of “Henry V.” The curtain drops at 8 p.m. Young King Henry V seeks to unite his beloved England. Will he succeed? Are you sure? Free; donations appreciated. (310) 217-7596 or go to shakespearebythesea.org.

Saturday, August 17
Surf, sun, sound
The Hermosa Beach Summer Series takes place this weekend and next down by the pier. Here’s what’s happening on Saturday: SoHo Morning Yoga at 9 a.m.; more health and wellness activities from 10 to 11 a.m.; beach cleanup from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.; sexy tennis from 1 to 3 p.m.; and Brew Ha Ha tasting from 1:30 to 3 p.m. and thereafter open to the public. Now the bands: You Favorite Color from 4:30 to 5 p.m.; Kitten Jitters from 5:20 to 5:50 p.m.; The Wrecks from 6:10 to 6:55 p.m.; The Score from 7:10 to 7:55 p.m.; comedy by Jamie Kennedy from 8 to 8:20 p.m.; followed by a movie (“North Shore”) from 8:30 to 10 p.m. Free. Then you go home and get some rest for Sunday’s event.

“Choices,” is a group having an artists’ reception on Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. at Artlife Gallery, 720C S. Allied Way, Plaza El Segundo, in El Segundo. Refreshments, live music, and an opportunity to meet the artists. The show is up through August 31. Pictured, work by Regine Legler. (310) 938-2511

What will it be?
“Choices,” a group show featuring inspirational work by artists in different genres and mediums, has its reception from 6 to 9 p.m. at Artlife Gallery, 720C S. Allied Way, Plaza El Segundo, in El Segundo. Refreshments, live music, and an opportunity to meet the artists. The show is up through August 31. Hours, Monday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. (310) 938-2511.

Larger than life music
Polymorph plays classic and progressive rock from 6 to 8 p.m. on the Redondo Beach Pier, at the west end, behind Tony’s, 100 Fisherman’s Wharf, Redondo Beach. Free. More at redondopier.com.

The battle comes to Torrance
“War, Art and Visual Culture: Los Angeles” is a free all-day symposium, held in conjunction with “Generation W(ar),” and it’s taking place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Torrance Art Museum, 3320 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. The event addresses “today’s images of war, terror, and political violence.” The exhibition itself is up through August 24. For more on the symposium, go to artinconflict.com/symposium-la.

The Bard is signing off
Shakespeare by the Sea wraps up its season with the lighthearted (but tonight bittersweet) “Comedy of Errors,” British farce in its earliest years. Lights dim at 8 p.m., and it’s free. Donations appreciated. (310) 217-7596 or go to shakespearebythesea.org.

What they’re doing in Peedro
The 19th Parkhurst Artists’ Exhibit, featuring original work from over 40 local artists, opens with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. at Parkhurst Galleries, 439 W. Sixth St., San Pedro. Free, live music, hors d’oeuvres, wine bar. Through Sept. 18. Call (310) 547-3158 or go to parkhurstgalleries.com.

“Blithe Spirit,” the supernatural farce by Noel Coward, is onstage through August 24 at the Westchester Playhouse, in Westchester. Showtimes are Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets, $22, less $2 seniors and students. Pictured, l-r, Megan Blakeley, Joanna Churgin, and Michael Hovance. Photo by Shari Barrett. (310) 645-5156 or go to kentwoodplayers.org

Sunday, August 18
Surf, sun, sound II
The Hermosa Beach Summer Series, first weekend, second day, on the sand and down by the pier. Yoga and wellness activities in the morning again, so let’s go straight to the bands: School of Rock from 4:30 to 4:50 p.m.; The Jacks from 5:10 to 5:40 p.m.; The Orphan The Poet from 6 to 6:30 p.m.; and Iglu & Hartly from 7 to 8 p.m. Free. We’re back again next weekend.

Tuesday, August 20
Life goes on and on
The adult book discussion of the month, led by senior librarian Erin Schoonover, is “The Immortalists,” by Chloe Benjamin. It takes place from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Redondo Beach Main Library, 303 N. Pacific Coast Hwy, Redondo Beach. Free. (310) 318-0675 or go to redondo.org/library. ER

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