South Bay arts calendar for July 12 to 18
Billy Bard, closer to home
Shakespeare by the Sea ventures into the Beach Cities. They’ll present “The Merry Wives of Windsor” at 7 p.m. in Valley Park, 2521 Valley Drive, Hermosa Beach. Free; donations appreciated. (310) 217-7596 or go to shakespearebythe sea.org. Friday, July 13
He’s playing with you
ShockBoxx presents Dennis Dugan’s first solo Show, “Monkeys & Typewriters,” with a preview at 7 p.m. on Friday and then two additional dates, Saturday, July 14 and 21, from 7 to 10 p.m. on all nights. The public receptions are on the 14th and 21st. The gallery is at 636 Cypress Ave., Hermosa Beach. (310) 989-4323 or go to shockboxxproject.com.
Where anything can happen!
“A Night in Paradise” features the dance and music of Polynesia, and it’s taking place at 7:30 p.m. on Friday as well as 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, in the James Armstrong Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. Susan Mann directs, and the show features dancers of all ages. Tickets, $12. Call (310) 781-7171.
Divvying up the spoils
The Kentwood Players present “Daddy’s Dyin’ Who’s Got the Will,” by Del Shores, opening at the Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Ave., Westchester. The comedy circles a family gathered to away the imminent death of its patriarch. Performances Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m., through August 18. Tickets, $22, less $2 seniors and students. (310) 645-5156 or go to kentwoodplayers.org.
Saturday, July 14
“Synchronous Objects,” a set of dance performances by Jessica Kondrath/The Movement paired with the visual art of Diana Baumbach, plus music, takes place at 8 p.m. in the Campus Theatre, located on the campus of El Camino College, Crenshaw and Redondo Beach boulevards, Torrance. Tickets, $10 to $21. Call (800) 832-ARTS or go to centerforthearts.org.
Auditions for “Dangerous Obsession,” by N.J. Crisp, take place Saturday from 12 to 3 p.m. and Sunday from 6 to 9 p.m., with callbacks on July 16, at the Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Ave., Westchester. It’s a three-person play, two males, one female, with ages 30-45 in mind. Performance dates are Sept. 7 through October 13. Intrigued? Contact DangerousObsession@kentwoodplayers.org.
Happy days are here again
The Palos Verdes Symphonic Band performs from 4 to 6 p.m. outdoors on the meadow of the South Coast Botanic Garden, 26300 Crenshaw Blvd., on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. The program features new and old Broadway favorites, such as Rodgers and Hammerstein, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Leonard Bernstein and Cole Porter. Special guest vocalist Araceli Applegate joins the ensemble for several numbers. Free with garden admission. You can bring a picnic, a blanket or lawn chair. No outside alcohol, but beer and wine sold on the premises. (310) 544-1948 or go to pvsband.org.
“Celebrate Chefs and Cellars” takes place from 4 to 7 p.m. at Catalina View Gardens, 6001 Palos Verdes Drive S., Rancho Palos Verdes, and the 21+ event features food from Bettolino Kitchen, Brio, Critic’s Choice Catering, Chef Kelly Cook, Entertaining Friends Catering, Good Stuff, H.T. Grill, La Traviata, Lisa’s Bon Appetit, Marsatta Chocolate, Pappy’s Seafood, Rebel Republic Social House, Stonefire Grill, and Chef Dora/Chef Paular. And then there are the wineries and breweries… Tickets, $125, but must be purchased prior to the event (no same-day tickets). Call Sharon at (310) 375-6917 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Classical to jazz
Robert Coomber and Satin Brass perform a concert entitled “Something New, Something Borrowed, and Something Blue,” at 3 p.m. in the Campus Theatre at El Camino College, Crenshaw and Redondo Beach boulevards, Torrance. The quartet features Coomber on bass trombone, with June Satton on trombone with trumpeters Steve Charpie and Dave Pittel. Tickets, $10 to $21. Call (800) 832-ARTS or go to centerforthearts.org.
Tuesday, July 17
Have you read it yet?
Senior librarian Erin Schoonover leads a discussion of “Exit West” by Mohsin Hamid 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. (310) 318-0675 or go to redondo.org/library.
Thursday, July 19
Times were tense
Michael Scott Moore discusses “The Desert and the Sea” at 7 p.m. at pages: a bookstore, 904 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach. Moore was kidnapped by a Somali pirate gang in January of 2012. He was in captivity for 32 months. Ticket price includes book purchase. ER