South Bay arts calendar for Feb. 13 to 19
Kiss me again and again
“Loves Me/Loves Me Not” is a Valentine’s Day treat of five short plays centered around love, performed on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8 p.m. in Little Fish Theatre, 777 S. Centre St, San Pedro. All seats $20, plus an extra buck as a service fee. Two plays by Steven Korbar, two by Mark Henry Levine, and one by Little Fish company member Kathryn Farren. (310) 512-6030 or go to littlefishtheatre.org.
Friday, February 14
Jump up and shake it
Angel Town Combo is a soul, jazz, ska, and improvisational groove collective, and they’re playing at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday in the George Nakano Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. Tickets are $50 if you want to eat to the beat: Red Car salad, chicken piccata, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables, and $33 if the concert is sustenance enough. (310) 781-7171, TorranceArts.org, or to learn more visit angeltowncombo.com.
Yes, but others, too
The South Bay Chamber Music Society presents Bach’s Circle, with flautist Janice Tipton, oboist Allan Vogel, violinist Elizabeth Baker, bassoonist Julie Feves, cellist Erika Duke Kirkpatrick, and harpsichordist Patricia Mabee, performing at 8 p.m. in the Music Department Recital Hall at L.A. Harbor College, 1111 Figueroa Place, Wilmington. In addition to works by J.S. Bach, pieces by Telemann, Fasch, and Vivaldi will be performed. The concert is being repeated on Sunday at 3 p.m. in the Pacific Unitarian Church, 5621 Montemalaga, Rancho Palos Verdes. Free admission; free parking. More at sbcms.net.
The Palos Verdes Performing Arts Conservatory presents a student-cast production of “The Wizard of Oz,” with shows on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Norris Theatre, 27570 Norris Center Drive, Rolling Hills Estates. Also next weekend, closing on Sunday, Feb. 23. Tickets, $15 to $25 plus a facility fee. (310) 544-0403 or go to palosverdesperformingarts.com.
Saturday, February 15
When will she be loved?
“It’s So Easy: A Linda Ronstadt Tribute,” performed by Lisa Margaroli, takes place at 2 p.m. in the El Segundo Public Library, 111 W. Mariposa Ave, El Segundo. Margaroli and and her band have enough classic Ronstadt tunes to keep you humming for hours. Free. (310) 524-2728 or go to eslib.org.
It’s never pain-free
“Love Hurts” opens with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. at ShockBoxx Gallery, 636 Cypress Ave, Hermosa Beach, featuring the art of Debbie Korbel, Dustin Grabiner, Mike Collins, KT, Wendy Layne, and maybe a few more. It’s up through Feb. 29. More at shockboxxproject.com.
Drumming, in so many words
Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko – Los Angeles presents its 25th anniversary show, “Gajumaru – Shinhanseiki No Sasae” at 5 p.m. in the James Armstrong Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. Performers dance and drum to a blend of Okinawan and Japanese music. Tickets, $25, $20. Kyosuke Rocky Kataoka at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tenor Xavier Prado from Chile and soprano Camila Lima from Argentina, with pianist Douglas Sumi, perform at 3 p.m. in the First Lutheran Church & School, 2900 W. Carson St, Torrance. The program includes works by Manuel Penella, Fernando Obradors, Joaquin Turina, Carlos Guastavino, Francesco Paolo Tosti, Jules Massenet, Ernesto De Curtis, Gaetano Donizetti, Giuseppe Verdi, Giacomo Puccini, and Charles Gounod. Free; donations appreciated. (310) 316-5574.
Don’t wilt, get up and quilt
The South Bay Quilters Guild of Torrance presents their “Ruby Celebration” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday in the Cultural Center, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. Over 160 quilts will be on display, alongside quilting supplies for those so inspired. Auction at 1 p.m. Sunday for themed raffle baskets. Rizzo’s Pizza will be open for business in the Quilter’s Cafe. Admission, $10; $9. More at southbayquiltersguild.org.
Swing Peedro, featuring the Fabulous Esquires Big Band, is set for 8 to 11 p.m. at Janny’s Showroom at People’s Place, 365 W. Sixth St, San Pedro. A beginner’s dance lesson is included, starting at 7 p.m. Cost, $25 per person or $40 per couple. (310) 547-2348.
Tuesday, February 18
Where knowledge finds a home
Senior Librarian Erin Schoonover leads a discussion about “The Library Book,” by Susan Orlean, 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. (310) 318-0675 op. 5, or go to redondo.org/library.
Mankind’s best friend
Nope, not your neighbor’s barking dog. “What Is It About Trees?” goes on view in the El Camino College Art Gallery, 16007 Crenshaw Blvd, Torrance. It’s a large group show with a forestful of artists. The reception is from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 26. Artists’ talk on Tuesday, March 3, at 1 p.m. in the gallery. Closes March 12. Call (310) 660-3010.
Dancing shoes, on and all
North Torrance High, West Torrance High, and South Torrance High gather together at 7 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday for the 21st annual “TUSD Dance Collaborative Effort” (can’t you come up with a better name?) in the James Armstrong Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. Tickets, $12, $10. Call (310)781-7171.
Big musical comedy returns
“The Book of Mormon” opens at 8 p.m. in the Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown Los Angeles in the Music Center. Tickets start at $45. Through March 29. Call (213) 972-4400 or go to CenterTheatreGroup.org. ER