South Bay arts calendar for June 20 to 26
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. Among the highlights, the El Segundo Public Library is open so we can see Nanibah Chacon’s new “Portals of Memory” mural, and there’s a display devoted to Oz to complement the “Oz” exhibition at ESMoA. Details at elsegundoartwalk.com.
Under the stars with the Bard
Shakespeare by the Sea is presenting “Henry V” at Point Fermin Park in San Pedro from Thursday through Saturday, plus Tuesday, July 2, and Saturday, July 6. Young King Henry V seeks to unite his beloved England. Will he succeed? Free; donations appreciated. (310) 217-7596 or go to shakespearebythesea.org.
New Stuff Productions presents Theresa Rebeck’s “Seminar” at the Second Story Theater, 710 Pier Ave. Hermosa Beach. The play 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.
Drive, she said
The Cars tribute band (“Just What I Needed,” “My Best Friend’s Girl”) takes the stage at 9 p.m. in the Alpine Village restaurant, 833 W. Torrance Blvd, Torrance. It’s the fourth of seven artist tribute shows throughout the summer. Admission, $15; VIP tables are $35. Call (310) 327-4384.
The “South Bay Festival of the Arts” is for the whole family and it’s taking place at the Cultural Arts Center, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Among the attractions: Hands-on art, dance, theater, hands-off art, music, and craft activities. Entertainers to appear on four different stages. Food for sale from local vendors. Free. More at torrancearts.org.
Quick, he’s heading out
The musical “Pippen” closes with the 8 p.m. show on Saturday in the Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Ave., Westchester. “Pippin” debuted on Broadway in 1972 with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by Roger O. Hirson. Tickets, $27, minus $2 for seniors, students, and servicemen. (310) 645-5156 or go to kentwoodplayers.org.
A wider vision
The opening reception for “Open View” takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. at Artlife Gallery, 720C S. Allied Way, Plaza El Segundo, in El Segundo. This show is devoted to the international group of artists represented at this gallery, and it’s in many styles and mediums. The show continues through June 30. Call (310) 938-2511 or email email@example.com.
Who did it? You did it?
The annual fundraiser gala presented by the Friends of the Torrance Theatre Company is “Bye Bye, Bayou… Hello, Torrance,” and it’s a comic murder mystery written by Cindy Shield and directed by Perry Shields. It’s taking place at 5:30 p.m. in the DoubleTree Hotel in Torrance. Tickets are $125 and proceeds go towards the 2019-2020 season. (424) 243-6882 or go to TorranceTheatreCompany.com.
They’ll be grateful
The 23rd annual “Celebrate Wellness” food and beverage tasting fundraiser, presented by Cancer Support Community Redondo Beach and hosted by the South Coast Botanic Garden, takes place in the garden from 3:30 to 7 p.m. at 26300 Crenshaw Blvd, Palos Verdes Peninsula. Tickets, $175, and guests must be 21 or older. (310) 376-3550 or go to CelebrateWellness.org.
Monday, June 24
Artistry in motion
The “Art of Dance Showcase,” featuring C.C. Dance Company I II III, is being presented by the Studio Art of Dance at 2 and 7 p.m. on Monday and 7 p.m. on Tuesday in the James Armstrong Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. Tickets, $23, $20, $17. Call (310) 781-7171 or go to thestudioartofdance.com.
Ralph Cissne, author of “Prudence in Hollywood and Other Stories,” talks about his book from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the second floor meeting room of the Redondo Beach Main Library, 303 N. Pacific Coast Hwy, Redondo Beach. He appeared at the library last year and discussed his novel “Angel City Singles.” Copies of his book will be for sale. (310)318-0675 op. 5, or go to redondo.org/library. Wednesday, June 26
Long live Ozzie!
Hermosa Beach is honoring the 70th anniversary of The Lighthouse, owned by John Levine and booked by Howard Rumsay (who brought in such musicians as Miles Davis and Chet Baker). And in so doing the City is also honoring the late jazz promoter Ozzie Cadena and his wife Gloria: the latter two will be honored with a plaque, installed at 6 p.m. on Pier Plaza to honor their contributions to the former local jazz scene. Afterwards, at 7 p.m., there will be a free concert inside The Lighthouse, performed by David Benoit and others. ER