South Bay arts calendar for Oct. 11 to 17
“Caminos and Passages,” a solo show devoted to artist, educator, and collector Raoul de la Sota, opens with a reception from 7 to 9 p.m. in the El Camino College Art Gallery, located at Crenshaw and Redondo Beach boulevards, Torrance. A gallery talk is set for Tuesday at 1 p.m. Through Nov. 1. Call (310) 660-3010 or go to elcamino.edu.
Calling the shots
Student-directed “One-Act Plays” is taking place at 1 p.m. on Thursday, plus 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, in the Campus Theatre at El Camino College, Crenshaw and Redondo Beach boulevards, Torrance. The young directors are Alexa Ahn (“No More, Mr. Nice Guy,” by Jonathan Rand), Kellen Slattery (“Another Beautiful Story,” by John Clancy), Claire Griswold (“This is a Test,” by Stephen Gregg), and Blessing Oluwole (“’Twas Brillig,” by Frank D. Gilroy). The faculty advisor is Ron Scarlata. Tickets, $10. Call (800) 832-ARTS or go to centerforthearts.org. Friday, October 12
First wife’s ghost returns
“Blithe Spirit,” a witty and amusing play by Sir Noel Coward (who also authored “Private Lives”) is being presented in the Manhattan Beach Community Church Community Hall, directed by Bob Manning and starring Victoria Bailer Allvin as Evira (that pesky first wife!) and Phyllis Nofts as the psychic Madame Arcati. The cast also features Dan Adams, Valerie Sullivan, Jerry Bennett, Denise Stehney, and Anna Dipprey. Performances are Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Same schedule Oct. 19-21. The church theater is located at 303 S. Peck Ave., Manhattan Beach. Tickets, $25. Call (310) 714-4038 or visit mbcctheater.com.
Van Cliburn winner
Pianist Yekwon Sunwoo performs “Ramble on Love” from the Strauss opera “Der Rosenkavalier,” “Four Impromptus” by Schubert, and the “Piano Sonata No. 3 in F minor” by Brahms, at 8 p.m. in Marsee Auditorium at El Camino College, Crenshaw and Redondo Beach boulevards, Torrance. For ticket prices, call (800) 832-ARTS or go to centerforthearts.org. Saturday, October 13
“Rejoice in Art!” being the Riviera UMC Fine Art Fair, takes place Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with 30 artist booths that feature all media, from ceramics to painting to photography. Saturday concert from 6 to 7:30 p.m., with an awards ceremony and opportunity drawing on Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m. This year’s show, under the title of “For the Beauty of the Earth 2018,” remains on view through Oct 28. (310) 378-9273 or go to RejoiceinArt.com.
The world on life support?
Hosted by the South Bay Artist Collective, painter Drica Lobo’s “There’s No Planet B” opens with a reception from 4 to 9 p.m. at Resin, 618 Cypress Ave., Hemosa Beach. The show honors the planet and hopes to spread environmental awareness. Drica has incorporated earth-friendly elements into her work such as recycled paints and textiles. Through Oct. 20. Go to dricalobo.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grin like a pumpkin
April’s Fools Comedy Improv presents “Fools Tricks for Treats!!” at 7:30 p.m. in the Second Story Theater, 710 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach. You know the drill: Throw out a suggestion and let the cast run with it. Rick Ramirez directs. Tickets, $10 general and $8 seniors. (310) 318-1705 or go to AprilsFoolsImprov.com.
South American way
“Splendors of Peru: A Tribute to Cuzco” goes from 7 to 9 p.m. in the James Armstrong Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. The event celebrates the music, dance and other traditions of this historic Peruvian city. Las Polleras de Agus Fashion and the Raices Peruanas Folk Dancers, with an ArteMerida exhibit, round out the evening. Tickets, $45, $30. Call (310) 781-7171, but for more insight telephone Martha Galvez at (626) 260-2502 or Ana Uzategui at (818) 395-6495.
Let’s get those cantos finished
A poetry workshop, for both seasoned poets and beginners, takes place from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the Second Floor Meeting Room of the Redondo Beach Main Library, 303 N. Pacific Coast Hwy, Redondo Beach. It’s free. (310) 318-0675 or go to redondo.org/library.
Let’s enter his world
There’s a free talk and walk-through with Artist Danial Nord (whose “Cloud Nine” exhibition is on view) and curator Kathy Rae Huffman at 3 p.m. in the Torrance Art Museum, 3320 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. Details at TorranceArtMuseum.com.
She’s stepping up again
FOLA, the Foundation of Local Arts, is holding a fundraiser from 5 to 7 p.m., the purpose of which is to raise money (20 percent of all art sales) for arts education. The free public event, with complimentary appetizers, takes place at Lido di Manhattan Ristorante & Bar, 1550 Rosecrans Ave., Manhattan Beach. The featured artists are Emily Brantley, Joanna Garel, Brandon Nonaka, Bobbie Rich, Eric Sanders, and Kerry Stitt. Also in the spotlight: fashion designer Dana Richards. And there’s more! Dance choreographer Arthur Crenshaw is joined by dancers Rudi Bena, Heather Donaleshen, Jenny Jackson, and Kelly Mora. More at FoundationOfLocalArts.net.
Upbeat, always lively
The South Bay New Orleans Jazz Club meets from 1 to 5 p.m. in the Knights of Columbus Hall, 214 Avenue I, in Redondo Beach. They present Dixieland and traditional jazz in a live music format, and this month’s featured group is the Magnolia Street Jazz Band. Admission, $8 members and $12 non-members. $10 if you’re a member of another jazz club. Sit back or get up and dance. (310) 376-2591.
Ice cream and cookies?
“Just Desserts: Singin’ About My Friends” is being presented by Los Cancioneros Master Chorale at 7 p.m. in the James Armstrong Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. The ensemble performs songs about friendship, beginning with Renaissance composer Thomas Tallis and moving on up to James Taylor, The Beatles, Randy Newman, and others. Tickets, $25. Call (310) 781-7171 or go to lcmasterchorale.com.
Let the season begin
The Chamber Orchestra of the South Bay starts its 2018-2019 season with Bernstein’s Overture to “Candide,” Beethoven’s “Piano Concerto No. 3 in c minor, Op. 37” (with pianist Kenneth Broberg), Copland’s “Three Latin-American Sketches,” and Korngold’s Suite to “Much Ado About Nothing.” Frances Steiner wields the baton, and there’s a preview talk at 6:45 p.m. before the 7:30 p.m. concert in the Norris Theatre, Rolling Hills Estates. Tickets, $58, plus facility fee. (310) 544-0403 ext. 221 or go to palosverdesperformingarts.com.
Poet of the piano
That’s what they call the Portuguese pianist Filipe Pinto-Ribeiro, who performs at 2 p.m. in the Rolling Hills United Methodist Church, 26438 Crenshaw Blvd, Rolling Hills Estates. His program includes several works by Franz Liszt and also José Vianna da Motta. Free; donations accepted. (310) 316-5574. Tuesday, October 16
It’s been a best-seller
Senior librarian Erin Schoonover leads a discussion from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. of “A Gentleman in Moscow,” by Amor Towles, in the second floor meeting room of the Redondo Beach Main Library, 303 N. Pacific Coast Hwy, Redondo Beach. Free; come hang out and listen. (310) 318-0675 or go to redondo.org/library. Wednesday, October 17
Movie in the morning
“Rebecca,” the Alfred Hitchcock-directed thriller starring Joan Fontaine and Laurence Olivier, screens at 10:30 a.m. in the Katy Geyser Civic Center Library, 3301 Torrance Blvd., Torrance. Free. (310) 618-5959 or visit Library.TorranceCA.Gov. ER