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South Bay arts calendar for Nov 21 to 27

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There’s an artist talk at 1 p.m. on Tuesday in the El Camino College Art Gallery, Torrance, in connection with “Layer Upon Layer,” featuring the work of Terry Braunstein, Jenny Okada, Victor Raphael, Clayton Spada, and Barbara Strasen. Through Dec. 11, but closed on Thanksgiving. Pictured, “Erosion,” from the “Climate Change” series by Braunstein and Raphael. (310) 660-3010

Thursday, November 21
Body works
The annual “Fall Advanced Dance Concert” highlights El Camino College dance students at 1 p.m. on Thursday, 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday, in the school’s Campus Theatre, Crenshaw and Redondo Beach boulevards, Torrance. Featuring guest choreographer Edwin Siguenza plus choreography by dance faculty members and students. Many genres of dance to be represented. Tickets, $15 to $10. Call (800) 832-ARTS or go to centerforthe arts.org.

World premiere play in Peedro
Little Fish Theatre presents “Embridge,” written by LFT company member Kathryn Farren. It’s a delightful story that melds Jane Austen and Oscar Wilde in Victorian-era England, with love tested and a disastrous arranged marriage averted or…? Margaret Schugt directs. Opens Thursday at 8 p.m., with Friday and Saturday shows at 8 p.m. and a couple of Sunday matinees at 2 p.m., closing on Sunday, Dec. 8. Little Fish is at 777 S. Centre St, San Pedro. Tickets, $24 opening night; thereafter $28 general and $26 seniors. It’s $15 if you’re under 25 and can remember to use the code “Hipster.” Call (310) 512-6030 or go to littlefishtheatre.org.

The Peninsula School of Performing Arts presents “The Nutcracker” at 7 p.m. on Friday, 2 and 7 p.m. on Saturday, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, at the Norris Theatre, 27570 Norris Center Drive, Rolling Hills Estates. Music by Tchaikovsky, with choreography by Tita Boulger, Vera Ninkovic, Marina Kalinina, and Alexander Kalinin. Tickets, $35 adults; $25 children 17 and under. (310) 544-0403

Friday, November 22
First one of the season?
The Peninsula School of Performing Arts presents “The Nutcracker” at 7 p.m. on Friday, 2 and 7 p.m. on Saturday, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, at the Norris Theatre, 27570 Norris Center Drive, Rolling Hills Estates. Alexander Kalinin is Herr Drosselmeier. Music by Tchaikovsky, with choreography by Tita Boulger, Vera Ninkovic, Marina Kalinina, and Alexander Kalinin. Tickets, $35 adults and $25 children 17 and under. (310) 544-0403.

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Jazz idioms on display
Directed by David Sills, the El Camino College Studio Jazz band performs at 8 p.m. in Marsee Auditorium, Crenshaw and Redondo Beach boulevards, Torrance. The ensemble plays jazz in the styles of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Oliver Nelson, Woody Herman, and Gil Evans. Tickets, $10. Call (800) 832-ARTS or go to centerforthearts.org.

The annual “Fall Advanced Dance Concert” is being presented in the Campus Theatre at El Camino College, Crenshaw and Redondo Beach boulevards, Torrance. Performances at 1 p.m. on Thursday, 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday. Featuring choreography by Edwin Siguenza plus ECC dance faculty members and students. Many genres of dance to be represented. Tickets, $15 to $10. Call (800) 832-ARTS or go to centerforthe arts.org

Putting in their two cents
The Pennyroyal Players present “Piecing It Together: “Songs & Stories of the American West,” at 7 p.m. in the Rotary Chapter Hall, 2521 Valley Dr, Hermosa Beach. In support of the Beach Cities Symphony, 100% of the proceeds will go to providing free classical concerts at El Camino College’s Marsee Auditorium, as well as music scholarships for the organization, now in its 70th season. Admission, $25. Call 310-944-1885.

Saturday, November 23
Psychedelic rock band
The Glass Family Electric Band plays their own compositions as well as tunes from The Doors, The Rolling Stones, and others of that once great era, at 8 p.m. in the Grand Annex, 434 W. Sixth St., San Pedro. Tickets, $22 general; $27 cabaret; $32 front row cabaret; and $32 VIP. (310) 833-4813 or go to grandvision.org.

Destination: Art recently celebrated its fifth birthday with a gala reception and debuted a new exhibition. The show is up through Dec. 15 at 1815 W. 213th St. #135, Torrance. Pictured, new work by Lois Olson. (310) 742-3192 or go to destination-art.net

But what if He doesn’t?
“Making God Laugh,” presumably a comedy, written by Sean Grennan, opens at 8 p.m. in the Second Story Theater, 710 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach. Ten performances through Dec. 8. See related story, this issue. Tickets, $28. Call (424) 241-8040 or go to surfcitytheatre.com.

Navigating our way
Wendy Jones, author of “365 Days Of Optimism: Embracing Optimism one day at a Time,” and Leslie Trujillo, author of “Dear Her: Letters to Teenage Girls and Young Ladies on Lessons Learned Through Education, Athletics, and Life,” speak about their books from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at Dave’s Olde Book Shop, 2123 Artesia Blvd, Redondo Beach. Copies of their books will be available for purchase.

Sunday, November 24
Morning music
The Japan Musicians’ Association of California presents its “Youth Fall Piano Concert” at 9:30 a.m. in the James Armstrong Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. It’s free. You can learn more about it by sending an email to miekun-la-la-la@hotmail.com.

Tuesday, November 26
Hear it firsthand
There’s an artist talk at 1 p.m. in the El Camino College Art Gallery, 16007 Crenshaw Blvd, Torrance, in connection with “Layer Upon Layer,” featuring the work of Terry Braunstein, Jenny Okada, Victor Raphael, Clayton Spada, and Barbara Strasen. The work is up through Dec. 11, but don’t come around on Thanksgiving: the staff will be at home having dinner. (310) 660-3010.

Coming soon
Make a senior laugh
Attention aspiring kid comedians: Senior Comedy Afternoons wants to put you onstage at the Proud Bird on Sunday, Dec. 1, for their show starting at 1:30 p.m. You just have to be funny for their seniors for five minutes. Think about growing up, aging, and your grandparents. Those between the ages of 6 and 16 can submit their 5 minute video to seniorcomedy1@yahoo.com. ER

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