South Bay arts calendar for June 7 to 13
“Grounded,” featuring photographs by John Divola and Zoe Crosher, opens at ESMoA, 208 Main St., El Segundo. The show, curated by Colin Westerbeck, looks at LAX but in oblique angles, unlike any perspective you’ve seen before. Through Sept. 22. Call (424) 277-1020 or go to esmoa.org.
It’s not over yet
“CA 101,” the best local art show in 37 years, continues through Sunday at the former Gold’s Gym, 200 N. Harbor Drive, Redondo Beach. Hours, today from 12 to 7 p.m., Friday from 12 to 6 p.m., Saturday from 12 to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 12 to 6 p.m. Note that at 6:30 p.m. on Friday evening there is a wine-tasting in the gallery. Tickets are $75. To learn more, go to friendsredondobeacharts.org.
The Young Artist Orchestra presents its annual “Orchestra Concert” at 7:30 p.m. in the James Armstrong Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. Musicians, from fifth grade through high school perform music by Bizet, Sibelius, and others. Tickets, $10. Call (310) 781-7171 or go to yaola.org.
Feeling blue? Good for you
“Reflections in Blue: A Group Exhibition by Loft Resident Artists” opens with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Loft, 401 S. Mesa St., San Pedro. The place is spiritually akin to New York’s Chelsea Hotel, and that’s a good thing, right? Artists include Mickey Elliot, Candice Gawne, Joy Gonzales, Jan Govaerts, Carol Hungerford, Kevin Larmon, Angelica Sotiriou, Michael Stearns (who is also the curator), Richard Stephens, Nancy Towne-Schultz, Jayn Rosenquist, and Meeson Pae Yang. Through June 29. Call (562) 400-0544 or go to michaelstearnsstudio.com.
Puccini? Verdi? Mozart? Bernstein!
Opera favorites and others selections are highlighted in the “Opera Workshop” performance, taking place at 8 p.m. in the Campus Theatre at El Camino College, Crenshaw and Redondo Beach boulevards, Torrance. The program is titled “Bernstein at 100” as it also pay tribute to the late composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein. That means we’ll also hear tunes from “West Side Story” and “On the Town,” among others. Kevin Blickfeldt conducts. Tickets, $10. All (800) 832-ARTS or go to centerforthearts.org. Friday, June 8
Cartoons, naughty and nice
The Old Town Music Hall presents its “Vintage Cartoon Festival” at 8:15 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, plus 2:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, in their groovy theater at 140 Richmond St., El Segundo. Among the delights, naughty pre-code cartoons hosted by animation historian Jerry Beck. Tickets, $10 general; $8 seniors. (310) 322-2592 or go to OldTownMusicHall.org.
Reaching for the rafters
“Sing a Mighty Song!” is being presented by the Mira Costa High School Choirs at 7 p.m. in the school’s auditorium. The director is Michael Hayden and the pianist is Mark McCormick. Suggested donation at the door is $10; students and seniors free.
Not a moment too soon
The North Torrance Youth Musicians Ensemble, better known as nTyme, performs their “Spring Concert” at 7 p.m. in the James Armstrong Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. Glen Kamida directs. Tickets, $10; $5. Children under age two are free, but why bring them? Call Kerianne Lawson at (310)989-4550 or go to ntyme.org.
Saturday, June 9
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. Also next weekend, June 16 and 17, same times. 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.
The Shakti School of Bharatanatyam presents “The Shakti Recital” at 4 p.m. in the James Armstrong Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. It’s an afternoon of Indian dance. Tickets, $20. Call (310) 781-7171 or you can visit shaktibharatanatyam.com.
Del Amo’s got the beat
Del Amo Fashion Center is kicking off a summer music series at its Village Park lawn area, just outside the AMC Theatres, from 2 to 4 p.m. on these selected Saturdays: Professional Folk on June 9, Natalie Clark on July 14, Michael Physick & Band on August 11, and Lisa Ritchie on September 8. All free, so mark your calendar.
Play it again, Sam
The South Bay New Orleans Jazz Club, which presents Dixieland and traditional jazz in a live music format, meets from 1 to 5 p.m. in the Knights of Columbus Hall, 214 Avenue I, in Redondo Beach. The featured group is the New Orleans Whalers,” so expect to be harpooned by their lively sound. Admission, $8 members; $12 non-members; and $10 if you belong to another jazz club. Visiting musicians who come to play admitted free. (310) 376-2591.
Los Cancioneros Master Chorale presents its “Spring Concert: A Century of Broadway Songs Across the Footlights” at 7 p.m. in the James Armstrong Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. Directed by Allan Robert Petker and with accompanist Patty Breitag, these are songs that have entertained a nation for many decades. Tickets, $25; $15. Call (310) 781-7171 or Diana at (310)779-3072. To learn more, visit lcmasterchorale.com.
Ukrainian-born Inna Faliks performs at 2 p.m. in the Rolling Hills United Methodist Church, 26438 Crenshaw Blvd., Rolling Hills Estates. In addition to works by Beethoven, Mozart and Chopin, she’s play Rodion Shchedrin’s “Basso Ostinato,” which appears on her new Delos CD. Free; donations appreciated. (310) 316-5574.
Monday, June 11
Japanese pop stars
Junko Yagami and Senri Oe are the featured performers in the “Summer Concert 2018,” presented by Bridge USA, taking place at 8 p.m. in the James Armstrong Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. Tickets, $200; $100; $70; and $50. Call (310) 781-7171 or go to bridgeusa.org.
They came and they went
Artful Days presents “Great Civilizations of Mexico, Central America, and South America” from 12:10 to 1 p.m. in the George Nakano Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. Some of the sites discussed: Chichen Itza, Tulum, Teotihuacan, Copan, and Machu Picchu. Free. (310) 618-2378.
Eat and be entertained
Solo guitarist TJ Brinjak plays from 12 to 1:30 p.m. at Suzy’s Bar & Grill, 1151 Aviation Blvd., Hermosa Beach. Half of the tip jar goes to the Hermosa Beach Kiwanis. (310) 379-6171.
An all-out blast
Richardson Middle School presents their “Spring Concert” at 6:30 p.m. in the James Armstrong Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. The jazz band, the choir, the beginning band,and the advanced band will perform. Tickets, $5. Call (310)781-7171. ER