South Bay arts calendar for June 27 – July 3
A whole series or more
“Art Talk: The Magic of Collecting” is a free talk from 6:30 to 8 p.m. moderated by “Oz” curator Jeff Cason at ESMoA, 208 Main St., El Segundo, and includes collectors and members of The International Wizard of Oz Club: Patricia Eliot Tobias, Freddy Fogarty, and Paul R. Bienvenue. They’ll discuss the fun and magic of collecting Oz artwork and memorabilia. (424) 277-1020 or go to esmoa.org.
The Bard is back
Shakespeare by the Sea has begun its 22nd season with “The Comedy of Errors,” and it’s being performed Thursday and Saturday, plus Friday, July 5, 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 28
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. Closes Sunday. Tickets, $30. Call (310) 710-7035 or go to newstuffproductions.com.
Worthy of a frame
“Portraits of Dance,” presented by the Dance Center, features performers from three to 18 years old in all genres of dance, and it’s taking place at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday in the James Armstrong Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. Tickets, $20. Call (310) 781-7171 or go to thedancecenter.com.
South Bay Customs hosts an a trio of acts in a special musical showcase. Oakland’s La Dee Da joins local favorite V Torres and South Bay natives The Charities. La Dee Da features an eclectic mix of sounds and instruments, and in December they released a record with noted producer Greg Ashley. Torres recently performed an electrifying set the Beach Life Festival, while the Charities have taken their soulful gigging up and down the California Coast, most recently performing at the Henry Miller Memorial Library in Big Sur. Tickets, $7; doors open at 7 p.m. South Bay Customs is at 115 Penn St., El Segundo.
Saturday, June 29
Music farewell bash at Suzy’s
Suzy’s, as we know it, is changing, and what the new owners will do regarding the venue’s live music is uncertain. But today, starting at 4 p.m. and running past the midnight hour, numerous groups and artists are playing 15 minute, three-song sets, concluding with an “All Star Jam Session” sometime after 11:30 p.m. Here’s the lineup so far: 5 p.m.: Acoustic Warriors; 5:20 p.m.: Michael Pliskin; 5: 40 p.m.: Nicolette Aubourg; 6 p.m.: Rose Redbirdi; 6:20 p.m.: Arlen; 6:40 p.m.: Phil Clark; 7 p.m.: special guests; 7:20 p.m.: Dorcas Daley; 7:40: Reid; 8 p.m.: Mike Roberti; 8:20: Russell Somers; 8:40: Tiki McPherson; 9 p.m.: Mike Holmes; 9:20 p.m.: Suzy Husner; 9:40 p.m.: Chuck Mathieu; 10 p.m.: Jay Constable; 10:20 p.m.: David Caris; 10:40: Hudson; 11 p.m.: Kapali; 11:20 p.m.: special guests; and 11:40 p.m.: All-Star Jam. Suzy’s Bar & Grill is located at 1141 Aviation Blvd., at Aviation, in Hermosa Beach. (310) 379-6171.
“An Everlasting Itch: A solo exhibition of sculpture and paintings by Scott Meskill” opens with a reception from 7 to 9 p.m. at ShockBoxx, 636 Cypress Ave., Hermosa Beach. Through July 6. More at shockboxxproject.com.
Smooth as velvet
The Asia America Symphony presents a benefit concert for youth in arts at 8 p.m. in Marsee Auditorium, Crenshaw and Redondo Beach boulevards, Torrance. Vocalist Oleta Adams is the featured performer, and she will be joined by David Benoit and members of the Asia America Youth Symphony Orchestra. Tickets, $150 to $25 (VIP seats include a Meet the Artists reception). Call (310) 377-8977 or go to aasymphony.org.
The Five Wisdoms Project is an ongoing series of portraits and personal philosophies collected from more than 200 inspiring people around the world and shared on Instagram by Manhattan Beach artist and photographer Corinne Cobabe Rushing. The work is on view through August 23 at Suite Six Gallery, 350 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Manhattan Beach. A book signing by the artist takes place from 1 to 3 p.m. Call (310) 613-6796 or go to 5wisdomsproject.com.
Shooting the Obamas
Photographer Anna Wilding leads a tour of her exhibition, “Celebrate Hope,” from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Palos Verdes Art Center, 5504 W. Crestridge Road, Rancho Palos Verdes. She spent a few months at the White House during the Obama administration. Free; light refreshments to be provided. (310) 541-2479 or go to pvartcenter.org.
Sunday, June 30
“Fascinatin’ Gershwin” is a live two-hour show about the life and music of George Gershwin, and it’s being presented and performed by Karl Modery from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Old Town Music Hall, 140 Richmond St., El Segundo. Tickets, $25. Call (310) 322-2592 or go to OlsTownMusicHall.org.
Symphonic season finale
The Peninsula Symphony performs the Sibelius “Violin Concerto” featuring Audrey Park, the Edith Knox Performance Competition winner for 2019. The concert, entitled “Passionate not Pathetic!” concludes with Tchaikovsky’s “Symphony No. 6 (‘Pateticheskaya’).” The free 7 p.m. concert (with a 6:15 p.m. pre-concert lecture by Maestro Berkson for members) takes place in the Redondo Union High School Auditorium, 631 Vincent St., Redondo Beach. (310) 544-0320 or go to Pensym.org.
An unwelcome houseguest
Larry Shue’s “The Nerd” opens at Little Fish Theatre, 777 S. Centre St., San Pedro. It’s a popular comedy, but one which seriously asks: How much would you put up with someone to whom you owe so much? Apart from this evening, performances are Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m., through July 28. There is a “talkback” on Sunday, July 7. Tickets, $28 general and $26 senior; $24 opening night. For those 25 and younger, use the code “Hipster” and you’re in for $15. Call (310) 512-6030 or go to littlefishtheatre.org.
Thursday, July 4
Away from the city
“Music on the Meadows,” the annual event held at Terranea on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, goes from 2 to 9 p.m. and features Wilson Phillips and J.R. Richards formerly of Dishwalla. Tickets range from $55 for general admission to $115 for VIP, before service charges. Day of ticket sales are $65 for general admission and $125 for VIP. Private cabanas available for purchase. Details at terranea.com/motm. ER