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South Bay arts calendar for Oct. 17 to 23

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casebolt and smith present “close” at 8 p.m. on Saturday in Marsee Auditorium at El Camino College in Torrance. “close” is an intricate, engaging weaving of dance, story, video and music, as the duo sets out to get at a deeper understanding of their present, gesture by gesture and song by song. Tickets, $22 to $10. Call (800) 832-ARTS or go to centerforthearts.org

Thursday, October 17
Dark and dramatic
House of Bards is a new theater company that’s currently presenting “Macbeth” at the Grand Annex, 434 W. Sixth St, San Pedro. Performances: Thursday at 7:30; Friday at 7:30; Sunday at 2; plus Thursday, Oct. 24, at 7:30; Friday, Oct. 25, at 7:30; Thursday, Oct. 31, at 7:30; Friday, Nov. 1, at 7:30; and Sunday, Nov. 3, at 2 p.m. Tickets, $30 general; $40 reserved; $60 VIP deck table seating, with a signed production poster; and $20 student, if you use the 3WITCHES code when presenting your valid student ID at the door. (310) 833-4813 or go to grandvision.org.

The Manhattan Beach Community Church Theatre concludes William Inge’s “Bus Stop” this weekend in the Community Hall of the MBCC, 303 S. Peck Ave, Manhattan Beach. Performances: Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets, $25, general seating. Pictured, Dan Adams and Tracey Dye. At the box office or brownpapertickets.com/event/4341825

Friday, October 18
Step in and take a ride
The Manhattan Beach Community Church Theatre is presenting William Inge’s “Bus Stop” in the Community Hall of the MBCC, 303 S. Peck Ave, Manhattan Beach. Performances: Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Bob Manning directs. Tickets, $25, general seating. At the box office or brownpapertickets.com/event/4341825.

“Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill,” inspired by one of Billie Holiday’s last performances, stars Karole Foreman stars as the singer, with pianist Stephan Terry. It opens at 8 p.m. on Friday (lower-priced preview on Thursday) at the International City Theatre in the Long Beach. Thursday through Sunday until Nov. 3. Tickets, $55 opening night (includes post-show reception with the actors); otherwise $49 Saturdays and Sundays and $47 Thursdays and Fridays. Suggested for audiences 16 and up. Pictured, Karole Foreman as Billie Holiday, with Stephan Terry. (562) 436-4610 or go to InternationalCityTheatre.org

Tales of love and loss
Dobro player Abbie Gardner is a songwriter as well as an interpreter of folk styles, and she performs at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday in the George Nakano Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. The shows are $33, but throw in dinner and it’s yours for $50 (the menu features fall harvest salad, BBQ chicken thighs, confetti, corn salad, and roasted autumn vegetables. (310) 781-7171 or go to TorranceArts.org. For more on the performer, visit abbiegardner.com.

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She doesn’t have her gun
“Annie” (that is, orphan Annie) is being presented by the Metropolitan Educational Theatre Network/MET2 at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, as well as 2 p.m. on Sunday, in the James Armstrong Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. A popular show, revamped for a new generation. For tickets, call (310) 781-7171, or to learn more visit MET2.org.

Giving it all she’s got left
“Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill” is inspired by a performance Billie Holiday gave just months before her death at the age of 44. Lanie Robertson’s play takes place in 1959, in a seedy Philadelphia bar. Karole Foreman stars as the singer, with Stephan Terry as her accompanist on piano. It opens at 8 p.m. on Friday (lower-priced preview on Thursday) at the International City Theatre in the Long Beach Performing Arts Center, 330 E. Seaside Way, Long Beach. Additional performances Thursday through Sunday until Nov. 3. Tickets, $55 opening night (includes post-show reception with the actors); otherwise $49 Saturdays and Sundays and $47 Thursdays and Fridays. Suggested for audiences 16 and up. (562) 436-4610 or go to InternationalCityTheatre.org.

Heart by Heart features founding Heart members Steve Fossen and Mike Derosier, and the group, which features vocalist Somar Macek, performs Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the Norris Theatre, Rolling Hills Estates. They’ll play the hits: “Barracuda,” “Straight On,” “Crazy On You,” “Magic Man” and more. Tickets, $80 to $40. Call (310) 544-0403 or go to palosverdesperformingarts.com

Except for Ann and Nancy
Heart by Heart features founding Heart members Steve Fossen and Mike Derosier, and the group, which features vocalist Somar Macek, performs at 7:30 p.m. in the Norris Theatre, 27570 Norris Center Drive, Rolling Hills Estates. They’ll do all the hits: “Barracuda,” “Straight On,” “Crazy On You,” “Magic Man” and more. Tickets, $80 to $40. Call (310) 544-0403 or go to palosverdesperformingarts.com.

Saturday, October 19
Up through the ages
The Storywrens perform Renaissance songs and stories at 2 p.m. in the Friends of the Library Room of the El Segundo Library, 111 W. Mariposa Ave, El Segundo. The group brings the ancient tales of the Celtic and European traditions to life along with their romance, passion, and adventure. What could be better? Free. (310) 524-2728 or go to eslib.org.

“Pain and Glory,” the latest film by acclaimed Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar, opens on Friday at the Rolling Hills 20 AMC in Torrance. It’s quasi-autobiographical, but how much so is anyone’s guess. No matter, it’s artful and intriguing, with a superb cast. Standing: Nora Navas, Leonardo Sbaraglia, César Vicente, Pedro Almodóvar, and Antonio Banderas; sitting: Asier Flores, Asier Exteandía, Julieta Serrano, Penélope Cruz © El Deseo. Photo by Nico Bustos. Courtesy Sony Pictures Classics

Open and shut?
casebolt and smith present “close” at 8 p.m. in Marsee Auditorium at El Camino College, Crenshaw and Redondo Beach boulevards, Torrance. This is a complex weaving of dance, story, video and music, as the duo sets out to get at a deeper understanding of their present, gesture by gesture and song by song. Tickets, $22 to $10. Call (800) 832-ARTS or go to centerforthearts.org.

On Saturday, pianist Lukasz and soprano Roksana Zeinapur perform at 3 p.m. in the First Lutheran Church & School, 2900 W. Carson St, Torrance. In music, anything is possible. Free; donations appreciated. (310) 316-5574

Fine arts and crafts
“Art, Elegance & Style” is a pop-up gallery exhibition featuring work by Anthony Morrison and Cinthia Joyce, and it’s taking place Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. at 1049 Aviation Blvd., Hermosa Beach. Wine and hors d’oeuvres. RSVP for you and your guests to CinthiaJoyceArtist@gmail.com.

With Eastern European roots
Pianist Lukasz and soprano Roksana Zeinapur perform at 3 p.m. in the First Lutheran Church & School, 2900 W. Carson St, Torrance. As they say, expect the unexpected. Free; donations appreciated. (310) 316-5574.

Edgar Award-winner
Naomi Hirahara, author of the Officer Ellie Rush mysteries, Mas Arai mysteries, and the novel “1001 Cranes,” discusses her latest series, set in Hawaii, at 2 p.m. in the Kitty Geissert Civic Center Library’s community room, 3301 Torrance Blvd, Torrance. (310) 781-7599 or go to Library.TorranceCA.Gov.

Deck the halls… and walls
There’s a talk and book signing with Brian D. Coleman, MD, author of “Zuber: Two Centuries of Panoramic Wallpaper,” from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Palos Verdes Art Center, 5504 W. Crestridge Road, Rancho Palos Verdes. (310) 541-2479 or go to pvartcenter.org.

FOLA (Foundation of Local Arts) has a fundraiser on Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Lido di Manhattan Ristorante & Bar, 1550 Rosecrans Ave., Manhattan Beach. It’s to benefit local public schools for art education. Free for the public, with complimentary appetizers, no-host bar. Art for sale, with 20 percent of the proceeds earmarked for arts education. More at FoundationOfLocalArts.net

Tropical heat
The all-women Las Chikas band performs its high-energy tribute to Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound at 8 p.m. in the Grand Annex, 434 W. Sixth St., San Pedro. Tickets, $22 general; $32 front row cabaret; and $32 VIP. Hear those danceable, favorite tunes. (310) 833-4813 or go to grandvision.org.

Sunday, October 20
Roll out the artists
FOLA (Foundation of Local Arts) has a fundraiser from 5 to 7 p.m. at Lido di Manhattan Ristorante & Bar, 1550 Rosecrans Ave., Manhattan Beach. It’s to benefit local public schools for art education. Free for the public, with complimentary appetizers, no-host bar. Art for sale, with 20 percent of the proceeds earmarked for arts education. More at FoundationOfLocalArts.net.

Wednesday, October 23
Keep ‘em in, keep ‘em out
The Sierra Club presents “The River and the Wall,” a film about the environmental and human drama of the border wall by Ben Masters. It screens at 7 p.m. in the Palos Verdes Peninsula Public Library (formerly Larry’s Book Mart), 701 Silver Spur Road, Rolling Hills Estates. Snacks and refreshments will be served. ER

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