South Bay arts calendar for Feb. 6 to 12
The title gives it away
Presented by the Torrance Theater Company, “Black Comedy,” directed by Gary Kresca, Closes this weekend at 1316 Cabrillo Ave, downtown Torrance. Performances: Thursday at 7 p.m. (followed by a Q&A), Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., with matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. This is a British farce with “unexpected guests, aging spinsters, errant phone cords, and other snares.” Through Feb. 9. Tickets, $30. Call (424) 243-6882 or go to TorranceTheatreCompany.com.
They create and they collect
TransVagrant and Gallery 478 present “Artists as Collectors,” featuring works by artist-collectors such as Ali Acerol, Katy Crowe, Tony DeLap, Anthony Friedkin, Charles Christopher Hill, Jay McCafferty, and Lari Pittman. Open Thursday night during the First Thursday Art Walk, with a reception from 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday. Through April 4 at Gallery 478, located at 478 W. Seventh St., San Pedro. (310) 732-2150 or (310) 600-4873.
Friday, February 7
Parents squabble, their kids die
That’s “Romeo and Juliet” in a nutshell, but the drama students at Vistamar School will be putting their own spin on it, thanks to drama instructor Mickey Blaine. It’s going to be an immersive experience, with audiences moving through the halls of the school and interacting with the Montagues and the Capulets. Performances, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m., and Sunday at 6 p.m. Tickets, $5. Located in the Vistamar Performing Arts Space, 737 Hawaii St, El Segundo. Tickets, $5. To get them, go to vistamarschool.org/theatre.
Flautist Susan Greenberg and harpist Cristina Montes Mateo perform at 12:15 p.m. in the First Lutheran Church & School, 2900 W. Carson St, Torrance. This “Music Around the World” concert features work by Adrian Schaposhnikov, from Russia, Astor Piazzolla, from Argentina, Joseph Lauber, from Switzerland, Gerardo Gombau, from Spain, Frank Brockett, from the U.K., and Bernard Andrés, from France. Free; donations appreciated. (310) 316-5574.
Saturday, February 8
A bug’s life
Deb Stoner’s large scale scanner photography, including works made from materials gathered at both the PV Art Center and the South Coast Botanic Garden, has its opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Palos Verdes Art Center, 5504 W. Crestridge Road, Rancho Palos Verdes. An artist talk is scheduled for 7 p.m. “Deb Stoner: More Pictures About Flowers and Bugs” will be on view through April 18. Call (310) 541-2479 or go to pvartcenter.org.
Young and infatuated
April’s Fools Comedy Improv Troupe presents “Foolish Love” at 7:30 p.m. in the Second Story Theater, 710 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach. Valerie Gorsuch directs the show, which is taking its lovesick cues from the audience. Tickets, $10 general and $8 seniors. (310) 318-1705 or go to AprilsFoolsImprov.com.
“Tajci – Waking Up in America” features Croatian pop star Tatiana Cameron and her sister, Sanya Matejas (lead vocalist with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra), performing at 7:30 p.m. in the Redondo Union High School Auditorium. They bring an international flair to the songs of the Great American Songbook. More at southbayconcerts.org.
Lover come back to me
“Valentine’s Art & Love Celebration” opens with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. at Artlife Gallery, 720C South Allied Way, Plaza El Segundo, in El Segundo. Regular hours are Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (310) 938-2511.
First full-length since 2003
Local singer-songwriter Danny Hamilton is having a record-release party for “Here All Along,” his first full-length album in nearly 17 years, and it’s taking place at Saint Rocke, 142 Pacific Coast Hwy, Hermosa Beach. Doors open at 6 p.m., the show’s at 7 p.m., and also on the bill are The Hollow Legs and Abby Posner. Cover, $10. Call (310) 372-0035 or go to saintrocke.com. Mozart, Bartok quartets
The Zelter Quartet (violinists Kyle Gilner and Kevin Tsao, violist Nao Kubota, and cellist Allan Hon) performs at 2 p.m.in the Rolling Hills United Methodist Church, 26438 Crenshaw Blvd, Rolling Hills Estates. Featuring: Mozart’s “String Quartet No. 16 in E-flat Major” and Bartok’s “String Quartet No. 2” (Moderato and Allegro molto capriccioso). Free; donations appreciated. (310) 316-5574. ER