South Bay arts calendar for June 14 to 20
The Bard is back in town
Shakespeare by the Sea kicks off it’s summer season with “The Merry Wives of Windsor,” Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m. in Point Fermin Park, 807 Paseo del Mar, San Pedro. Soon it’ll go on tour throughout Southern California. Opening next Thursday: “The Winter’s Tale.” Free; donations appreciated. (310) 217-7596 or go to shakespearebythe sea.org.
Artist program launched
The Dr. Robb Farms Artist Program is coming to Resin Gallery from 4 to 9 p.m. and we’ll see the works of artists Sabrina Armitage, Josh Barnes, Wendy Stillman, Julio Zarate, Blakely Hunter, Danny Gardner, Drica Lobo, and Rafael McMaster. Resin is at 618 Cypress St., Hermosa Beach. To learn more, contact email@example.com.
Friday, June 15
Feet to the fire
“Parade,” the murder mystery musical by Alfred Uhry and Jason Robert Brown, and presented by 3-D Theatricals, opens at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center. It plays Friday at 8 (preview), Saturday at 8, Sunday at 2, plus Friday, June 22 at 8, Saturday, June 23 at 2 and 8, and Sunday, June 24 at 2 p.m. Tickets, $25 to $105. Call (714) 589-2770 ext. 1, or go to 3dtheatricals.org.
Little voices raised high
The Korean American Music Academy, a non-profit children’s choir established in 1989, presents its “Annual Concert” at 7 p.m. in the James Armstrong Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. For tickets, call (310) 781-7171.
“The Foreigner,” by Larry Shue, is a comedy about small towns and mistaken identity, also billed as a melee of misunderstanding and mischief. People think Charlie doesn’t speak English, so the village folks let down their guard. It opens at 8 p.m. at Little Fish Theatre, 777 S. Centre St., San Pedro. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., plus two Sunday matinees (June 24 and July 15). Closes July 15. Tickets, $23 for the opening; thereafter $27 general and $25 seniors, with $15 tickets for those 25 and under who use the code “Hipster.” (310) 512-6030 or go to littlefishtheatre.org.
Tales from the beauty salon
“Steel Magnolias,” by Robert Harling, is being presented by Surf City Theatre in the Second Story Theater, 710 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach. The action is set in Truvy Jones’ beauty parlor where all the ladies come to have their hair done. Directed by Nicole Parsons, the play stars Sabrina Guyll, Marquel Skinner, Kolene Fultz, Lyndsey Wegner, Melody Cohen, and Betty Smith. Fridays at 8, Saturdays at 2 and 8 (only at 8 on June 16), and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets, $28. Call (424) 241-8040 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Fun, No Fun” highlights Patti Astor, who was in the heart of New York’s punk rock scene in the 1970s. The big kickoff goes from 7 to 10 p.m. at Pacific Coast Gallery, 205 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach. The films “The Foreigner” and “Blank Generation” will be screened. Also on view, art by Rebecca Taghioff, Lori Herbst, Chris Shary, Drew Carolan, with live body painting by Paul Roustan. Prizes for the best punk, new wave, hip hop clothing. (310) 853-3564 or visit pacificcoast.gallery/.
A bootlegger’s paradise
“Scarface: The Musical” is a pop-up speakeasy immersive theater event featuring the Coastliners Chorus, with Ready, Willing & Mabel, and the Rockin’ Moroccans. It takes place at the Polyester Club (Classical Underground), 20795 S. Main St., Carson, on Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Hand-crafted cocktails, beer and wine, with bar snacks and dessert. Tickets, $30. Also, tables of four are $100 and tables of six are $150. Call (800) 595-4849 or go to coastliners.tix.com.
When mediums collide
“Photography + Paintings” opens with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. at Artlife Gallery, 720C South Allied Way, Plaza El Segundo, El Segundo. Live music to be performed by “Silk” Meyra Cordova. Free to all. (310) 938-2511.
High energy, out-of-the-box
The Helix Collective (flautist Sarah Robinson, oboist Phil Popham, pianist Katie Norring, and percussionist Lorry Black) performs at 3 p.m. in the First Lutheran Church & School, 2900 W. Carson St., Torrance. Free; donations appreciated. (310) 316-5574.
Twist and shout
“Dancefest 2018,” presented by Dance West Dance Studio, takes place at 2 p.m. in the James Armstrong Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. Tickets, $18; $15. Call (310) 781-7171 or go to dancewest.org.
He’s a contender
Pianist Victor Shlyakhtenko, under the direction of Gary Berkson and the Peninsula Symphony, is featured in “Mostly Mozart,” at 7 p.m. in the Redondo Union High School Auditorium, 222 N. Pacific Coast Hwy, Redondo Beach (or, better yet, PCH and Diamond). The concert features Reynaldo Hahn’s “Overture to ‘Mozart,’” the “Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major” by Franz Lizst, and two by Mozart: the “Adagio and Fugue in C minor” and “Symphony No. 41,” the “Jupiter” symphony. A pre-concert lecture is at 6:15 p.m. Free. (310) 544-0320 or go to pensym.org.
Sunday, June 17
Lenny turns 100
The Joanna Medawar Nachef Singers present “A Tribute to Leonard Bernstein” on this, the centennial of his birth, at 7:30 p.m. in the Norris Theatre, 27570 Norris Center Drive, Rolling Hills Estates. Many of his signature songs, medleys, and arrangements will be performed, culminating with selections from the acclaimed “West Side Story.” Info: JMNSingers.com. Tickets, $25, $35, $45 (plus service charge). Call (310) 544-0403 ext. 221, or visit PalosVerdesPerformingArts.com.
The 1953 film “War of the Worlds” screens at 10:30 a.m. in the Katy Geissert Civic Center Library, Torrance.
Thursday, June 21
It’s been around quite a while
The Hermosa Arts Foundation is celebrating 65 years of entertainment at the Hermosa Beach Playhouse and Community Center. From 6 to 8:30 p.m. they’ll be introducing their new scholarship program, talking about the resurgence of art in Hermosa and how to motivate the community. More at hermosaarts.org. ER
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