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South Bay arts calendar for March 7 to 13

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Installation artist Connie CK Lane has work on view in the second floor galleries of the Loft Studios, 401 S. Mesa, San Pedro, through April 26. Open tonight (Thursday) during the monthly art walk. Artist reception is from 2 to 5 p.m. on March 26

“Smudge” comprised of inmate worker IDs modified by Tom Bolema, is on view Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. at Gallery 478, located at 478 W. Seventh St., San Pedro. Through March 30. Call (310) 600-4873 or (310) 732-2150

Thursday, March 7
When the clock’s ticking
Sunita Puri, author of “That Good Night” (about life and medicine in the eleventh hour), discusses her book at 7 p.m. at {pages} a bookstore, 904 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach. Admission to the event includes a copy of the book and is $32.04 (which includes a $2.04 service fee). Puri is an engaging speaker. (310) 318-0900 or go to pagesabookstore.com.

Student dance showcase
The Regina Klenjoski Dance Company celebrates its 20th anniversary with “The Kids Show Winter 2019” at 7 p.m. in the James Armstrong Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. It’s always an event when Regina returns. Tickets, $13. Call (310) 781-7171 or for more information go to rkdc.org.

Friday, March 8
This one never gets old
“Carmina Burana” is being performed by the Huntington Beach Symphony at 7:30 p.m. in the James Armstrong Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. Music Director Grant Sevdayn also leads the Westminster Chorale, the Paul Delgado Singers, the El Camino College South Bay Children’s Choir, plus three professional soloists. If that’s not enough, the orchestra also features pianist Teresa de Jong Pombo in the neo-romantic “Heroic Ballade,” by Arno Babadjanian. Tickets, $25, $22, $20. Call (310) 781-7171 or check out HBSymphony.org.

“Douglas Kirkland: An exhibition of works by Hollywood’s legendary photographer” goes on view Saturday with an opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Palos Verdes Art Center, 5504 W. Crestridge Road, Rancho Palos Verdes. Through April 21. Pictured, Dean Martin, Judy Garland, and Frank Sinatra. Photo by Douglas Kirkland. More at pvartcenter.org

Saturday, March 9
Shooting stars
“Douglas Kirkland: An exhibition of works by Hollywood’s legendary photographer” goes on view with an opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Palos Verdes Art Center, 5504 W. Crestridge Road, Rancho Palos Verdes. Through April 21. More at pvartcenter.org.

Shriek like a werewolf
“Masters of Soul” celebrates the legendary songs and performers that defined Motown soul music, fully choreographed, and with a live band. The show goes on at 8 p.m. in James Armstrong Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. Tickets, $45, $40, $35. Call (310) 781-7171, go to torrancearts.org, or glide over to mastersofsoulshow.com.

It’s called “Cinematic Pop”
Gentri (The Gentlemen Trio) performs music with lush, epic orchestrations, from the Beatles to Broadway, plus soaring originals. They’re all highly-trained tenors, and at 7:30 p.m. are taking over the stage of the Norris Theatre, 27570 Norris Center Drive, Rolling Hills Estates. Tickets start at $40. Call (310) 544-0403 or go to palosverdesperformingarts.com.

And away we go
The ECC Symphony Orchestra performs its spring concert (before spring, but that’s okay) at 8 p.m. in Marsee Auditorium, Crenshaw and Redondo Beach boulevards, Torrance. Directed by Dane Teter, the evening features works by Mozart, Rossini, and Elgar. Faculty members such as baritone Kevin Blickfedlt and pianists Polli Chambers-Salazar and Lois Roberts will join in. Tickets, $10. Call (800) 832-ARTS or go to centerforthearts.org.

Gentri (The Gentlemen Trio) performs lush, orchestrated music from the Beatles to Broadway, at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday in the Norris Theatre, Rolling Hills Estates. Tickets start at $40. Call (310) 544-0403 or go to palosverdesperformingarts.com

What, no caviar or lobster?
The Torrance Firefighters Association presents its 48th annual “Spaghetti Dinner” from 4:30 to 8 p.m. in the Ken Miller Auditorium, 3341 Torrance Blvd., Torrance. After being in the kitchen for nearly half a century you know that they’ve got some exotic recipes! Tickets, $7 adults and $5 children under the age of 8. Eat your fill, and then some. Proceeds benefit the Alisa Ann Ruch California Burn Foundation Summer Camp. (310) 781-7000.

Stop yer moping
April’s Fools Comedy Improv Troupe presents “Get Over It” at 7:30 p.m. in the Second Story Theater, 710 Pier Avenue. Directed by Steve Lurie and Sandy Marchese, this “comedy in the moment” takes takes place on National Get Over It Day. Tickets, $10 general and $8 Seniors. (310) 318-1705, or go to AprilsFoolsImprov.com.

With a Scandinavian twist
Pia Leinonen (vocals) and Joni Tiala (guitar) perform at 2 p.m. in the Katy Geissert Civic Center Library, 3301 Torrance Blvd., Torrance. Their music is reminiscent of 1960s folk revival groups such as Richard and Mimi Farini; Peter, Paul, and Mary; and Pentangle. Free. (310) 781-7599 or go to Library.TorranceCA.gov.

The Tim Gill All-Stars perform their “Rat Pack”-style jazz and modern 21st century pop music at 2 p.m. on Sunday in Marsee Auditorium at El Camino College, 16007 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance. A group that amuses as well as entertains. Tickets, $26 to $10. Call (800) 832-ARTS or go to centerforthearts.org

The Hausmann Quartet performs at 2 p.m. on Sunday in the Rolling Hills United Methodist Church. Music by John Taverner, Christopher Tye, Jessie Montgomery, and the “String Quartet No. 62 in C Major” by Joseph Haydn. The Hausmann Quartet continues its cycle of Haydn’s 68 quartets. Free; donations appreciated. (310) 316-5574

Sunday, March 10
From another era
“Mostly Music from the Renaissance,” a program performed by La Mer Consort under the direction of Brenda Bittner, presents music by Josquin, Byrd, Mozart and others, at 4 p.m. in Trinity Lutheran Church, Eleventh and Rowell, Manhattan Beach. Free will offering. (310) 378-8750.

Stabbed in the back
“Julius Caesar,” in the National Theatre Live Series, is being screened at 2 p.m. in the James Armstrong Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. The filmed play, directed by Nicholas Hytner, stars Ben Whishaw, Michelle Fairley, David Calder, and David Morrissey. Broadcast live from The Bridge Theatre, London. Tickets, $17.50. Call (310) 781-7171 or go to torrancearts.org.

Chasing Haydn
The Hausmann Quartet, with violinists Issac Allen and Bram Goldstein, violist Angela Choong, and cellist Alex Greenbaum, performs at 2 p.m. in the Rolling Hills United Methodist Church, 26438 Crenshaw Blvd., Rolling Hills Estates. The program includes music by John Taverner, Christopher Tye, Jessie Montgomery, and the “String Quartet No. 62 in C Major” by Joseph Haydn. The Hausmann Quartet is continuing its cycle of Haydn’s 68 quartets. Free; donations appreciated. (310) 316-5574.

Wild and crazy
The Tim Gill All-Stars perform their “Rat Pack”-style jazz and modern 21st century pop music at 2 p.m. in Marsee Auditorium at El Camino College, 16007 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance. A group that amuses as well as entertains. Tickets, $26 to $10. Call (800) 832-ARTS or go to centerforthearts.org. ER

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