South Bay arts calendar for May 23 to 29
A fond farewell
Maestro Barry Brisk conducts his last concert for the Beach Cities Symphony Orchestra at 8 p.m. in Marsee Auditorium at El Camino College, Crenshaw and Redondo Beach boulevards, Torrance. He’s retiring from the ensemble after 25 years. The concert highlights four local student soloists as well as selections from Berlioz and Rimski-Korsakov. There’s a party for Brisk from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on the outdoor patio next to Marsee. Everyone’s invited, and everything’s free. (310) 379-9725 or go to BeachCitiesSymphony.org.
Giving life to jazz classics
The El Camino College Studio Jazz Band performs at 8 p.m. in the Haag Recital Hall, located on campus at Crenshaw and Redondo Beach boulevards, Torrance. Directed by David Sills, the band presents swing, jazz, and great big band classics. Tickets, $10. Call (800) 832-ARTS or go to centerforthearts.org.
The Beatles tribute band performs at 9 p.m. in the Alpine Village restaurant, 833 W. Torrance Blvd., Torrance. It’s the second of seven tribute band shows throughout the summer. Admission, $15; VIP tables are $35. Call (310) 327-4384.
This vet remembers
Vietnam Veteran and guitarist Singing Joe Cipolla performs with his band, Michael & Brian Creamer, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Lighthouse, 30 Pier Plaza, Hermosa Beach. To kick off his Memorial Day Weekend show he’ll end his performance with “Proud to Be an American.”
South Bay artists in Los Angeles
SoLA Gallery presents “Dolla Days,” work by Steve Shriver, and “Voyeur: A Spy in the House of Life,” work by Candice Gawne. Shriver’s work reflects on his near-fatal biking accident, and Gawne’s work reveals her fascination with “the energy of light entering darkness.” Curated by Peggy Zask, the reception is from 4 to 7 p.m. and SoLA is located at 3718 W. Slauson Ave., Los Angeles. More at southbaycontemporary.org.
The recess bell is ringing
“Playtime is Over: A Solo Exhibition by Preston Smith” closes today at ShockBoxx, 636 Cypress Ave., Hermosa Beach. This is Smith’s first solo show in Hermosa, and his playful concept invites attendees to get down on the floor and to remember what playtime was really all about. Last chance romance, so hurry. (310) 989-4323 or go to shockboxxproject.com.
Plucking those strings
Andre Giraldo of the Artisan Ensemble performs solo, and features compositions by Villa-Lobos, Coste, M.D. Pujol, Morel, and Koshkin. His concert takes place at 2 p.m. in the Katy Geissert Civic Center Library, 3301 Torrance Blvd., Torrance. (310) 618-5959 or go to Library.TorranceCA.Gov.
The documentary film, “To Climb a Gold Mountain,” screens from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Redondo Beach Main Library, 303 N. Pacific Coast Hwy, Redondo Beach. It depicts the struggles, evolution, and legacy of Asian immigrants in America. Free. (310) 318-0675 or go to redondo.org/library.
Her prince is coming
The fairy tale classic “Cinderella” is being performed by the Palos Verdes Ballet at 2 p.m. in the Norris Theatre, Rolling Hills Estates. Also, alumna Olivia Tang-Mifsud of the Joffrey Ballet and Stephan Azulay of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet will dance to a piece from Bizet’s “Carmen.” Uta Graf-Apostol is the director. Tickets through the Norris at (310) 544-0403 or by calling the Palos Verdes Ballet, (310) 377-6663, or visiting palosverdesballet.org.
What’s there, what’s gone
The Torrance Historical Society has a free, docent-led walking tour that leaves from the Historical Museum, 1345 Post Ave., at 1:30 p.m., and continues for about 90 minutes. Lots of insights into the city that was founded in 1912. Wear comfortable shoes, but it’s not a strenuous walk (no steep valleys or perilous cliffs). Details by calling (310) 328-5392.
Tuesday, May 28
Savoring the minutes
Local author Gwendolyn Womack discusses her new book, “The Time Collector,” 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. Copies of her books will be available for sale. (310) 318-0675 or go to redondo.org/library.
From then until now
The El Camino College Guitar and Vocal ensembles perform together at 5 p.m. in Haag Recital Hall on the campus, located at Crenshaw and Redondo Beach boulevards, Torrance. Jon Minei and Cynthia Dicken direct. The groups play music of the Baroque, Classical, and Romantic eras, as well as jazz standards and rock styles. Tickets, $10. Call (800) 832-ARTS or go to centerforthearts.org. ER