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South Bay arts calendar for Nov. 28 to Dec. 4

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Artlife Gallery opens its “Holiday Art Exhibit” on Tuesday, with the artists’ reception next Saturday, Dec. 7, from 6 to 9 p.m. Over 100 works on display, with live painting at the reception. Through Dec. 31. Hours, seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Where? 720C South Allied Way, Plaza El Segundo, in El Segundo. Pictured, art by Richard Berger. (310) 838-2511 or go to artlifegallerysb.com

Friday, November 29
But what if He doesn’t?
“Making God Laugh,” presumably a comedy and spanning four decades, written by Sean Grennan, is now playing in the Second Story Theater, 710 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach. Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Same schedule next weekend. Tickets, $28. Call (424) 241-8040 or go to surfcitytheatre.com.

World premiere play in Peedro
Little Fish Theatre is staging “Embridge,” written by LFT company member Kathryn Farren. The story melds Jane Austen and Oscar Wilde in Victorian-era England, with love tested and a disastrous arranged marriage averted or…? Margaret Schugt directs. Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., plus Thursday, Dec. 5; Friday, Dec. 6; and Saturday, Dec. 7, at 8 p.m.; plus a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. on Dec. 8. Little Fish is at 777 S. Centre St, San Pedro. Tickets, $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.

Saturday, November 30
Dancing their legs off
“The Nutcracker” is being performed by the Westside Ballet, with the Santa Monica College Symphony, at the Broad Stage in the Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center, 1310 Eleventh St, Santa Monica. Saturday and Sunday at 1 and 5 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 7 and 8, at 1 and 5 p.m. Tickets, $45. Call (800) 595-4849 or go to westsideballet.com.

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Harbor lights
“Winter Ware @ 478 (Large Selection” has its artists’ reception from 4 to 7 p.m. at Gallery 478, located at 478 W. Sixth St., San Pedro. A co-production, I take it, with TransVagrant, in which the work of San Pedro and Long Beach luminaries, etc, are featured: Craig Antrim, Merwin Belin, Arnee Carofano, Ray Carafano, Dillan Conniff, Nancy Crawford, Katy Crowe, Michael Davis, Doug Henry, Nate Jones, Ron Linden, Jay McCafferty, Tim Maxeiner, Neil Nagy, Peggy Reavey, Yong Sin, Michael Stearns, Coleen Sterritt, Marie Thibeault, Ted Twine, Ann Weber, HK Zamani, and Guillaume Zuili. Through Jan. 28. Info at TransVagrant.com.

“The Nutcracker” is being performed by the Westside Ballet, with the Santa Monica College Symphony, at the Broad Stage in the Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center, 1310 Eleventh St, Santa Monica. Saturday and Sunday at 1 and 5 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 7 and 8, at 1 and 5 p.m. Tickets, $45. Pictured, Piper St. Regis, who lives in El Segundo, and Jessica Maloney, who lives in Hermosa Beach. Photo by Todd Lechtick. (800) 595-4849 or go to westsideballet.com

Sunday, December 1
Salzberg serenade
Mozart’s “Vesperae solennes de confessore, in C Major” is being performed by the Joanna Medawar Nachef Singers at 7:30 p.m. in the James Armstrong Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. The composer wrote this work, consisting of five psalms and the Magnificat (“The Hymn of the Virgin Mary”) in his native Salzberg in 1780. The four featured soloists are soprano Erin Wood, mezzo soprano Nandani Maria Sinha, teno Todd Strange, and baritone Anthony Moreno. Tickets, $30 general; $20 seniors, students;and $10 children, ages 4 to 12. Call (310) 781-7171 or go to jmnsingers.com.

Every bushel counts
The Palos Verdes Land Conservancy is screening “The Biggest Little Farm” at 5 p.m. in the Warner Grand Theatre, 478 W. Sixth St., San Pedro. The film follows a couple over an eight-year period as they deal with the ups and downs of starting an organic, biodynamic farm called Apricot Lane Farms in Moorpark, California. Tickets, $10 general, but it’s free for those 18 and under. More at pvplc.org.

Make a senior laugh
Senior Comedy Afternoons is putting aspiring young comedians on stage at the Proud Bird in El Segundo for their 1:30 p.m. show. They have five minutes to prove they’re funny to the older, if not oldest, generation. Where? 11022 Aviation Blvd, Los Angeles. (310) 670-3093 or go to theproudbird.com.

Tuesday, December 3
Strung out
The Guitar Ensemble class at El Camino College, directed by Jon Minei, performs guitar ensemble literature from the Renaissance to the present, with stops along the way for music of the Baroque, Classical, and Romantic eras, at 7 p.m. in the Haag Recital Hall, Crenshaw and Redondo Beach boulevards, Torrance. Tickets, $10. Call (800) 832-ARTS or go to centerforthearts.com.

Ah, that’s the spirit
Artlife Gallery opens its “Holiday Art Exhibit” today although the artists’ reception is not until Saturday, Dec. 7, from 6 to 9 p.m. Over 100 works are on display and there will be live painting at the official opening. Through Dec. 31. Hours, seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Where? 720C South Allied Way, Plaza El Segundo, in El Segundo. (310) 838-2511 or go to artlifegallerysb.com.

Thursday, December 5
The way it was
“Robi Hutas: Classic Photographs and Watercolors” is on view at Richard Stephens/Cannery Row Studios, in The Loft at 401 S. Mesa St., San Pedro. Open during the First Thursday Art Walk from 6 to 9 p.m. Hutas has chronicled life and sports in the South Bay, especially in Hermosa and Redondo Beach, since the 1960s. Show open each weekday from 1 to 5 p.m., with a closing reception on Sunday, Dec. 22, from 6 to 9 p.m. (310) 291-5316 or go to canneryrowstudios.com. ER

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