South Bay arts calendar for Nov. 8 to 14
Opening night, take two
“Ephemeral,” featuring the spatial seascapes of Andre Snyman, is on view from 6 to 9 p.m. at Resin, 618 Cypress Ave., Hermosa Beach.
Sad death of a young man
“The Laramie Project,” by Moisés Kaufman and the Techtonic Theatre Company, is being presented in Mira Costa High School’s Small Theatre, 1401 Artesia Blvd., Manhattan Beach. This is the story of Matthew Shepard’s brutal and fatal beating outside of Laramie, Wyoming, in 1998. Performances Thursday at 6:30 p.m., plus Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets, $15 adult and $12 student, senior. Go to miracostadramaboosters.org.
What’s in the hayloft?
Tonight’s “Comedy Night” at Sisters’ Barn, the crafted barbecue eatery and market at 1408 S. Pacific Coast Hwy, Redondo Beach. Dinner from 5 to 7 and show at 8 p.m. Comedians: Danielle Arce, Becky Pedigo, Josh Florhaug, Josh Denny, and Nick Romero. 21 and over; no cover. (424) 452-6070.
A trip down Main Street
Thornton Wilder’s “My Town” is being presented by the El Camino College Theatre Department at 1 p.m. Scott Alan Smith directs. Tickets, $10 to $15. Call (800) 832-ARTS or go to centerforthearts.org.
Be carried away
“Transformance: Energy & Information” is a transformational soundscape performance by theremin virtuoso Armen Ra and post-digital media artist Jon 9, and it’s being presented by Virtularium Immersive Gallery and Experimental Mediaspace Thursday through Saturday, at 7 and 9 p.m. nightly, at 130 Penn St., El Segundo. Tickets, $20. Call (310) 400-7111 or go to virtularium.com.
Rocking at Saint Rocke
Ayline Artin and her band headline St. Rocke, 142 Pacific Coast Hwy, Hermosa Beach, performing from 8 to 9:30 p.m. She plays rock, country, jazz, and the show will feature material from Artin’s album “Chapters,” plus she’ll be talking about her forthcoming music video, “I’m Through,” about her own personal #Metoo story. Free. (310) 372-0035 or go to saintrocke.com. Friday, November 9
Patriotism in song
Singing Joe Cipolla will be joined by a full band when he performs from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Lighthouse, 30 Pier Plaza, in Hermosa Beach. (310) 376-9833 or go to thelighthousecafe.net.
“Disney’s The Little Mermaid” is being presented by the Kentwood Players, and it opens at 8 p.m. in the Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Ave., Westchester. Performances are Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. (with Saturday matinees on Dec. 1 and 8). Through Dec. 15. Tickets, $27, less $2 for seniors and students. (310) 645-5156 or go to kentwoodplayers.org.
Saturday, November 10
Keeping the old days current
The Hermosa Beach Historical Society and Museum is holding its fourth annual gala and fundraiser from 6 to 10 p.m. in the St. Cross Episcopalian Church, 1818 Monterey Blvd., Hermosa Beach. It’s entitled “Dancing into the Future,” and food and beverages will be provided by The Bottle Inn and Uncorked. Details online at hermosabeachhistoricalsociety.org.
Local art venue needs help
The South Bay Art Collective wants to keep its gallery open and so they’re having a fundraiser from 6 to 9 p.m. at Resin, 618 Cypress Ave., Hermosa Beach. Tickets, $75; and ticket holders have access to the gallery from 6 to 7 p.m. where they can purchase items before they become available for public bidding. Proceeds on donated original works of art are going to the non-profit, in order to keep the gallery functional throughout 2019. To learn more, call (310) 713-0560 or go to hbartistcollective.org.
Surfer art legend bares all
Artist John Van Hamersveld, in conversation with ESMoA founder Eva Sweeney, discusses the DWP wraparound mural on Grand Avenue (which is 32 feet high and 510 feet long) from 2 to 3 p.m. in the El Segundo Library, 111 W. Mariposa Ave. (at Main St.) in El Segundo. (310) 524-2728 or go to eslib.org.
April’s Fools Comedy Improv Troupe presents “Comedy Dreamers!” at 7:30 p.m. in the Second Story Playhouse, 710 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach. Directed by Mike Wyman and Lorna Silva. The troupe turns audience suggestions into humor. At least that’s the idea. Tickets, $10 general and $8 seniors. (310) 318-1705 or go to AprilsFoolsImprov.com.
Looking towards the heavens
“Silent Sky,” a play about astronomer Henrietta Leavitt in the early 1900s, opens at 8 p.m. in the Torrance Theatre Company, 1316 Cabrillo Ave., Torrance. It plays Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. through Dec. 16. Exceptions: There’s a 7 p.m. performance on Thursday, Dec. 13, with a post-show Q&A. Tickets, $30. Call (424) 243-6882 or go to TorranceTheatreCompany.com.
Kentwood Players is holding auditions for “Our Town,” the classic play by Thornton Wilder, on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m., with callbacks on Monday, from 7 to 10 p.m. by appointment only (and with additional callbacks on Tuesday, if necessary, at 7 p.m.). It’s a non-equity, non-paid production, which is scheduled for Jan. 11 through Feb. 16. Auditions (and performances) in the Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Ave., Westchester. Questions, concerns, email OurTown@kentwoodplayers.org.
Back to the basics
The South Bay New Orleans Jazz Club, presenting Dixieland and traditional jazz in a live music format, meets from 1 to 5 p.m. in the Knights of Columbus Hall, 214 Avenue I, in Redondo Beach. This month’s featured band is The Paul Gormley Trio. Admission, $8 members and $12 non-members, and $10 for members of other jazz clubs. Visiting musicians who come to play additional “sets” admitted free. (310) 376-2591.
What have they cooked up?
The “Senior Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair” takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Ken Miller Auditorium, 3341 Torrance Blvd., Torrance. Among the rowdy highlights, the L.A. South Towns Show Chorus is presenting “Showboat Shenanigans!” with Chipper Lowell, jazz quartet Ready, Willing, and Mabel, the South Bay Coastliners, and more. Tickets, $30, $25. Call (310)781-7171 or go to lasouthtownschorus.
Music on the hill
LA Philharmonic violinist Varty Manouelian and Belgian pianist Steven Wanhauwaert perform music by Mozart and Brahms at 2 p.m. in the Rolling Hills United Methodist Church, 26438 Crenshaw Blvd., Rolling Hills Estates. Free; all donations go to the artists. (310) 316-5574.
They fought hard for you
In honor of all veterans, Kinecta and MB Rotary present “Vetfest Beerbque” from noon to 5 p.m. in the Kinecta Headquarters parking lot, 1440 Rosecrans Ave., Manhattan Beach. Craft beers by Rock & Brews. Tickets at mbevents.org. Tuesday, November 13
This one’s for the vets
Solo guitarist TJ Brinjak performs from 12 to 1:30 p.m. at Suzy’s Bar & Grill, 1141 Aviation Blvd., at Prospect, in Hermosa Beach. One-half of the tip jar goes to the Veterans Memorial. (310) 379-1141.
Wednesday, November 14
New York classical guitarist Peter Fletcher presents “Music of Four Centuries” at 7 p.m. in the Katy Geissert Civic Center Library, 3301 Torrance Blvd., Torrance. Free. (310) 618-5959 or go to Library.TorranceCA.Gov. ER