South Bay arts calendar for Dec. 6 to 12
Get up and shake it
The El Camino College Dance Department presents its annual “Choreography Showcase” at 1 and 6 p.m. in the Campus Theatre, located at Crenshaw and Redondo Beach boulevards, Torrance. These are beginning and intermediate choreography students. A variety of dance styles will be performed. For tickets, call (800) 832-ARTS or visit centerforthearts.org.
In the spotlight
“Duality/Antagony,” new paintings by Michael Petroni, go on view at Dekor Fine Art Gallery, 445 W. Sixth St., San Pedro. Petroni is a South Bay artist, born and raised in Manhattan Beach who’s been influenced by New York abstract expressionists and action painters. The opening reception is at 5 p.m. Call (310) 831-1800 or email DekorGallery@gmail.com.
And if you drive north
The Loyola Marymount University choruses present their gala Christmas concerts at 8 p.m. on Thursday and Saturday in the Sacred Heart Chapel on campus at 1 LMU Drive, Los Angeles. Seasonal favorites plus two world premieres: Amy Gordon’s “Light in the Darkness” and Paul Gibson’s “Sleep Holy Babe.” For tickets, call (310) 338-5466 or visit cfa.lmu.edu/tickets. Friday, December 7
Stand up to Handell
The annual “Messiah Sing-Along,” conducted by Joanna Medawar Nachef, takes place at 7:30 p.m. in the Campus Theatre at El Camino College, Crenshaw and Redondo Beach boulevards, Torrance. The free event features organist Kenner Bailey and vocal soloists Courtney Taylor, Erin Wood, Todd Strange, and Kevin Blickfeldt. (800) 832-ARTS or go to centerforthearts.org.
Hiroya Tsukamoto, guitarist, composer, and singer-songwriter from Kyoto, Japan, performs at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday in the George Nakano Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. Tickets, $33 for the concert and $50 if you’d also like to have a meal thrown in. (310) 781-7171 or go to torrancearts.org. For more on the artist, visit hiroyatsukamoto.com.
A deeper, resonant sound
Cellist Ben Capps performs at 12:15 p.m. in the First Lutheran Church and School, 2900 W. Carson St., Torrance. The program features J.S. Bach’s “Suite No. 3 in C Major,” Gaspar Cassado’s “Suite,” and Capps’ own “Fantasia,” all for solo cello. Free; donations appreciated. (310) 316-5574.
Snow on the hill?
The “Winter Show” at the Palos Verdes Art Center has a reception from 6 to 9 p.m., with a juror’s talk at 7 p.m. by artist Dan McCaw. The artwork, up through Jan. 2, is at 5504 Crestridge Road, Rancho Palos Verdes. Saturday, December 8
Across the ocean and back
“A Ceremony of Carols/Navidad Nuestra” is being presented by the Joanna Medawar Nachef Singers at 7:30 p.m. in the Norris Theatre, 27570 Norris Center Drive, Torrance. The chorus is taking its material from North and South America as well as England. Tickets, $40 orchestra and $25 balcony (plus $5 per order ticket service charge). Call (310) 544-0403 ext. 221, or go to PalosVerdesPerformingArts.com.
What’s inside of them?
April’s Fools Comedy Improv Troupe presents “Surprise Packages” at 7:30 p.m. in the Second Story Theatre, 710 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach. You make a suggestion, and the ensemble turns it into onstage comedy. Tickets, $10 general and $8 seniors. (310) 318-1705 or go to AprilsFoolsImprov.com.
Hey, is that Santa?
There’s a “Holiday Concert… and Santa on the Pier” taking place from 2 to 4 p.m. at 100 Fisherman’s Wharf, on the Redondo Beach Pier (at the west end, behind Tony’s). Take a selfie with Surfing Santa, plus the first 150 kids get a free holiday activity book. It’s also a toy drive, if you want to bring one, unwrapped. More if you go to redondopier.com.
“Lipstick,Shoes, and Fancy Moves,” presented by the TuTu Foundation, is set for 7:30 p.m. in the James Armstrong Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. It’s a mosaic of dance companies performing hip-hop, ballet, Chinese dance and more. And it’s free! Call Zo at (323) 596-1133 or go to tutudance.org.
Snap your fingers
The South Bay New Orleans Jazz Club meets from 1 to 5 p.m. in the Knights of Columbus Hall, 214 Avenue I, Redondo Beach. This month’s featured band is Chet Jaeger’s Night Blooming Jazzmen. Admission, $8 members, $12 non-members, and $10 if you belong to another jazz club. The organization promotes Dixieland and traditional jazz in a live musical format. (310) 376-2591.
Celebrating the season
The El Camino College Chorale, under the direction of Joanna Medawar Nachef, performs selections from the group’s fall concert tour as well as holiday favorites at 7 p.m. in the Campus Theatre, Crenshaw and Redondo Beach boulevards, Torrance. Among the composers featured are Eric Whitacre, Sergei Rachmaninoff, John Williams, and Moses Hogan. Tickets, $10. Call (800) 832-ARTS or go to centerforthearts.org.
Musical comfort zone
“Home for Christmas” features soprano Jennie Olivia and baritone Ben Lowe in what promises to be an afternoon of holiday music and conversation to benefit FirstServe Community Services of the South Bay. It takes place at 4 p.m. in the First Lutheran Church & School, 2900 W. Carson St., Torrance. Admission, $20 general, and $10 for those under 16. Call (310) 320-3818.
Monday, December 10
The annual “Lo Tech, No Tech” concert, featuring dancing and choreography from the El Camino College Dance Department, kicks off its shoes at 7 p.m. in Marsee Auditorium, Crenshaw and Redondo Beach boulevards, Torrance. Styles? They’re all here: ballet, modern dance, jazz, African dance, tap, ballroom, Latin social dance, hip-hop, and more. For tickets, call (800) 832-ARTS, or go to centerforthearts.org.
Tuesday, December 11
And be serenaded
Solo guitarist TJ Brinjk plays from 12 to 1:30 p.m. at Suzy’s Bar & Grill, 1141 Aviation Blvd., at Prospect, in Hermosa Beach. Eat well and leave a big tip because half of it this month goes to the Best Day Foundation. (310) 379-6171.
Seattle-based Flamenco dancer Savannah Fuentes wraps up her 18-city West Coast tour with a performance at 8 p.m. in the Second Story Theatre, 710 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach. She’ll be accompanied by Spanish-Romani guitarist Pedro Cortes and singer-percussionist-dancer Jose Moreno. Tickets, $22 general; $35 VIP; $15 students and $8 children. For tickets, go to brownpapertickets.com/event/3899028.
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