South Bay arts calendar for June 13 to 19
The Bard is gearing up
Shakespeare by the Sea begins its 22nd season with “The Comedy of Errors,” performed Thursday through Saturday at Point Fermin Park in San Pedro. In this play, everything that can go wrong does go wrong. Which doesn’t mean it isn’t a barrel of laughs. Free; donations accepted. (310) 217-7596 or go to shakespearebythesea.org.
Friday, June 14
New Stuff Productions presents Theresa Rebeck’s “Seminar” at the Second Story Theater, 710 Pier Ave. Hermosa Beach. The play, which was staged at the Ahmanson with Jeff Goldblum a few seasons back, centers on four young would-be writers and their self-important professor. Jack Messenger directs. Performances, Friday and Saturday at 8, plus Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. Through June 30. Tickets, $30. Call (310) 710-7035 or go to newstuffproductions.com.
Songs from a classic album
Folk-rockers Andy and Renee, with their band Hard Rain, devote an evening to “Tapestry,” Carole King’s multi-platinum recording. They perform at 8 p.m. in the Grand Annex, 434 W. Sixth St., San Pedro. Tickets, $25 general; $30 cabaret; $35 front row cabaret or VIP. (310) 833-4813 or go to grandvision.org.
A lotta shakin’ about to go on
An Elvis Presley tribute act takes the stage at 9 p.m. in the Alpine Village restaurant, 833 W. Torrance Blvd, Torrance. It’s the third of seven artist tribute shows throughout the summer. Admission, $15; VIP tables are $35. Call (310) 327-4384.
nTyme presents its “nTyme Spring Concert” at 7 p.m. in the James Armstrong Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. Directed by Glen Kamida, this is a program of classically-based ensembles, featuring young and upcoming musicians. Tickets, $10, $5. Call Kerianne Lawson at (310) 989-4550 or go to ntyme.org.
Drawing lines in the sand
“Generation W(ar): Investigating the Mechanisms Behind the Militarization of Society” features 16 artists reflecting on increased military engagement across the globe. It’s actually an art show and not a seminar, and the opening reception is from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Torrance Art Museum, 3320 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. Through August 24. Call (310) 618-6388 or go to TorranceArtMuseum.com.
Delirium Musicum, a chamber ensemble founded by Midori student Etienne Gara, “dedicated to providing impassioned and engaging musical performances by a young generation of top Los Angeles artists,” performs at 3 p.m. in the First Lutheran Church and School, 2900 W. Carson St., Torrance. Free; donations appreciated. (310) 316-5574.
The South Bay LGBTQ Center hosts an art show, fine arts auction, and fundraiser at Artlife Gallery, 720 S. Allied Way, Plaza El Segundo, in El Segundo. From 5 to 6 p.m. we can join a VIP Experience for a $100 tax-deductible donation. This includes early entrance into the art exhibition, champagne and hors d’oeuvres, swag bag, photo booth, and more. From 6 to 9 p.m. guests have free access to the art and can learn more about the Center. (310) 328-6550 or visit southbaylgbtcenter.org.
A wild night at the opera
Long Beach Opera presents the world premiere of “The Central Park Five” by Anthony Davis. It takes place at 7:30 p.m. in the Warner Grand Theatre, 478 W. Sixth St., San Pedro. It focuses on the arrest and conviction of New York City teenagers in the 1980s, who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. They were found to be innocent. Also performed on Saturday, June 22, at 7:30 and Sunday, June 23, at 2:30 p.m. Tickets, $150 to $49. Call (562) 470-7464 or go to LongBeachOpera.org.
Someone we can trust
“The Friend,” by Sigrid Nunez, is the subject of a book discussion led by Erin Schoonover 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. You needn’t have read the book to attend this free event. (310) 318-0675 or go to redondo.org/library.
Thursday, June 20
Wear comfortable shoes
The fifth annual “El Segundo Art Walk” is taking place from 5 to 9 p.m. through downtown El Segundo and the ever-evolving Smoky Hollow neighborhood. Free. Details at elsegundoartwalk.com.
From snapshots to galleries
The Photographic and Digital Artists group (PADA) is inviting potential new members to apply. This is an active collection of both professional and accomplished amateur photographers who meet once a month to share expertise and support. They’re affiliated with the PV Art Center. Interested? Go to padapv.org and click on “New Member Application” for instructions on submitting your portfolio. The deadline is July 10. To learn more, send an email to Beverly Gates at firstname.lastname@example.org. ER