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South Bay arts calendar for March 21 – 27

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Based in Montreal, cutting-edge Collectif9 performs “No Time for Chamber Music” at 8 p.m. in Marsee Auditorium at El Camino College, Torrance. The group delivers innovative takes on works by Mahler, Ligeti, Bartok, Prokofiev, and more. Tickets, $28 to $10. Call (800) 832-ARTS or go to centerforthearts.org

“The Funeral Party” is the first solo show ever by Mike Collins, and it opens Saturday with a reception from 5 to 9 p.m. at ShockBoxx, 636 Cypress Ave., Hermosa Beach. Pictured, “The Stitches Remover.” Find out more at info@shockboxxproject.com

Friday, March 22
From the creator of “Hamilton”
The El Camino College Theatre Department presents “In the Heights,” with music by Lin-Manuel Miranda, at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, plus 3 p.m. on Sunday, in the school’s Campus Theatre, 16007 Crenshaw Blvd, Torrance. Also plays March 29, 30, and 31. Directed by Bill Georges with choreography by Liz Hoefner Adamis. Tickets, $15 to $25. Call (800) 832-ARTS or go to centerforthearts.org.

Picnic lunch
“Sunday in the Park with George,” music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim with a book by James Levine, is on stage at the Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Ave., Westchester, with performances on Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m., through April 20. This musical received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Tickets, $27, less $2 for seniors. (310) 645-5156 or go to kentwoodplayers.org.

Islands in the stream
“Where We Stand,” presented by A Stage of Our Own, takes place at 8 p.m.in the James Armstrong Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. It’s a multimedia performance featuring collaborations with Gunita Collective, Pamana Kali, and others. It’s the culmination of a project looking at relationships between Filipinos and Pacific Islanders upon the native Tongva lands of the South Bay. Tickets, $20, $18. Call (310) 781-7171 or go to astageofourown.com.

The 29th annual edition of the magic show “Poof Too!” takes place at 7 p.m. on Saturday in the Hermosa Beach Community Theatre, Hermosa Beach. The show features manipulator Rabby Yang, comedy magician David Kovac, Rob Zabrecky, Jon Armstrong (also the emcee), illusionist Jody Baran, with guest performer Lauro Castillo and Dan Manson performing close-up magic during intermission. Tickets, $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Pictured, Rabby Yang with the cards. Ring up OJ at (310) 879-3059

Saturday, March 23
Brotherly love
Kenny Cetera, brother of former Chicago front man Peter, brings Kenny Cetera’s Chicago Experience to the Norris Theatre, 27570 Norris Center Drive, Rolling Hills Estates. The 7:30 p.m. concerts features Chicago favorites like “Saturday in the Park.” If you can’t make it Saturday, there’s Sunday in the Park with George, see above. Tickets start at $40. Call (310) 544-0403 or go to palosverdesperformingarts.com.

Tropical nights
The “Classical Side of Cuban Music” concert, featuring Cuban pianist Daniel Amat and various sidemen, pays tribute to Cuban composers like Ignacio Cervantes, Ernesto Lecuona, and Israel “Cachao” López at 8 p.m. in the James Armstrong Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. Tickets, $35, $30, $25. Call (310) 781-7171 or go to torrancearts.org.

Now you see it, and now…
The 29th annual edition of the magic show “Poof Too!” takes place at 7 p.m. in the Hermosa Beach Community Theatre, 710 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach. Sponsored by the Redondo Odd Fellows and Silver Crest Rebekah Lodges, the jam-packed show features Rabby Yang, David Kovac, Rob Zabrecky, Jon Armstrong (also the emcee), illusionist Jody Baran, with guest performer Lauro Castillo and Dan Manson performing close-up magic during intermission. Tickets, $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Get them before they disappear! Doors open at 6:30. Ring up OJ at (310) 879-3059.

Artlife Gallery presents “Goddess,” featuring 10 artists working in painting, sculpture, photography, etc., and the reception is Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. in the gallery at 720 C South Allied Way, Plaza El Segundo, in El Segundo. Pictured, photo by Joanne Chase-Mattillo. To learn more, call Vanesa Andrade, (310) 938-2511

Classical string ensemble
Based in Montreal, the nine-member cutting-edge Collectif9 performs “No Time for Chamber Music” at 8 p.m. in Marsee Auditorium at El Camino College, Crenshaw and Redondo Beach boulevards, Torrance. The group delivers its innovative takes on compositions by Mahler, Ligeti, Bartok, Prokofiev, and others. Tickets, $28 to $10. Call (800) 832-ARTS or go to centerforthearts.org.

She’s simply divine
Artlife Gallery presents “Goddess,” a multimedia show featuring 10 artists working in painting, sculpture, photography, etc., the reception is from 6 to 9 p.m. in the gallery at 720 C South Allied Way, Plaza El Segundo, in El Segundo. Hours, Monday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. To learn more, call Vanesa Andrade, (310) 938-2511.
Another world
“Anifest,” presented by JCEG and Anime Convention Fans, takes place at 10 a.m. at the Cultural Arts Center, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. The event celebrates the beauty and fandom of all things anime. Tickets, $20, $15. More at anifest.org.

Singing for an upgrade
A “Sanctuary Celebration” fundraiser takes place at 7:30 p.m. in the Manhattan Beach Community Church, 303 S. Peck Ave., Manhattan Beach. Many fine local singers will entertain us, one and all. Proceeds help upgrade the Sanctuary. Tickets, $75, private champagne reception, and $30 general admission. Contact Frank Hanzel, (310) 318-2259 or go to mbccucc.org.

Out of the box at last!
“The Funeral Party” is the first solo show ever by Mike Collins, and it’s taking place with an opening reception from 5 to 9 p.m. at ShockBoxx, 636 Cypress Ave., Hermosa Beach. Find out more at info@shockboxxproject.com.

Kenny Cetera is the brother of former Chicago front man Peter Cetera, and he’s bringing Kenny Cetera’s Chicago Experience to the Norris Theatre in Rolling Hills Estates for a 7:30 p.m. show on Saturday. Features Chicago favorites like “Saturday in the Park” and “If You Leave Me Now.” Tickets from $40. Call (310) 544-0403 or go to palosverdesperformingarts.com

Have a free night of theater, Tuesday at 8 p.m. in the Second Story Theatre, 710 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach. Actors create scenes and monologues from TV, film, and theater. It’s 40 minutes long, no reservations needed. Pictured, front row l-r, Andrea Leigh and Shannon Welles; back row, l-r, Annemarie Walsh, Carol Tupine, and Bob Fox. Learn more at actsproductions@gmail.com

Sunday, March 24
A local art colony
The Hawthorne Arts Complex, located at 13040 Cerise Ave, Hawthorne, is holding its Spring Open Studios from 2 to 6 p.m. Apparently the largest artist work space in the South Bay. Free parking, free food, live music, and lost of art. (424) 456-7004 or go to HawthorneArtsComplex.com.

Comic controlled chaos quests
“Page Turner Adventures” combines story, circus, and steampunk, starring Riley Roam and Kenny Mikey, Page Turner is an intrepid Storyologist, and at the end of the multi-direction performance kids are inducted into the Storyologist Society, where they’re encouraged to create their own fearless feats of fact and fiction. Takes place at 2 and 5 p.m. in the James Armstrong Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. Tickets, $25, $20, $15. Call (310) 781-7171 or go to torrancearts.org. Better yet, go to pageturneradventures.com.

Tuesday, March 26
See how it’s done
Have a free night of theater, beginning at 8 p.m. in the Second Story Theatre, 710 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach. A cast of five creates scenes and monologues from TV, film, and theater. It’s 40 minutes long, no reservations needed. Free parking. Learn more at actsproductions@gmail.com. ER

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