South Bay arts calendar for Oct. 18 to 24
“Matriarchs” opens at ESMoA, 208 Main St., El Segundo. The work on view by 12 contemporary womxn (?) indigenous artists includes fashion, metalwork, photography, painting, basketry, and video. Through Jan. 26. More at esmoa.org. Friday, October 19
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. Closes Sunday. The church theater is located at 303 S. Peck Ave., Manhattan Beach. Tickets, $25. Call (310) 714-4038 or visit mbcctheater.com.
American roots music
Alligator Records recording artist Eric Lindell (he used to appear at Cafe Boogaloo, remember?) performs at Saint Rocke, 142 Pacific Coast Hwy, Hermosa Beach. His new CD is “Revolution in Your Heart.” Lindell combines swampy New Orleans R&B and Memphis soul and more. (310) 3720035 or go to saintrocke.com.
“Frankenstein,” with Boris Karloff in the title role, screens on Friday and Saturday at 8:15 p.m., as well as Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 p.m., in the Old Town Music Hall, 140 Richmond St., El Segundo. Tickets, $10 general; $8 seniors. (310) 322-2592 or go to oldtownmusichall.org.
Tony Award, Best Musical
“Dear Evan Hansen” opens at 8 p.m. in the Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown Los Angeles in the Music Center. It’s billed as a deeply personal and profoundly contemporary musical about life and the way we live. Tickets, $99 to $285. Through Nov. 25. Call (213) 972-4400 or go to CenterTheatreGroup.org. Saturday, October 20
The “2018 Hermosa Beach Fine Arts Festival” takes place Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the lawn of the Community Center, at the corner of Pacific Coast Hwy and Pier Ave., downtown Hermosa Beach. Over 100 booths of local and non-local artists. This year’s featured artist is Drica Lobo. More at hermosafinearts.com.
More art, more fun
Mike Siorda’s The Bandits presents “Iconoclast” with local artists Future Haircut, Splendid Disasters, Nat Losbaker, Mike Denim, Fred Straeter, Kavin Cook, and Space Toilet, as well as bands: Country Breakfast, Glue LA, and The Helen Hannas. It takes place from 6 to 10 p.m. at ShockBoxx, 636 Cypress Ave., Hermosa Beach. Free beer, from Kings Harbor Brewing.
“The Holy Ghost and Other Terrifying Tales” is set for 2 and 8 p.m. in the James Armstrong Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. It stars Sister, the Catholic nun. Tickets, $35, $30, $25. Call (310) 781-7171 or go to torrancearts.org.
Cajun faves at the beach
“The Ragin Cajun Blues Festival” goes from 12 noon to 8 p.m. at the Seaside Lagoon in Redondo Beach, with Cajun food, drinks, and live music: Tommy Castro & The Painkillers, Eric Sardinas & Big Motor, Reverend Tree, and Davey Knowles and his Band. Information and tickets at ragincajunmusicfestival.com.
Strumming and humming
We Banjo 3 presents “An Evening of Irish and American Roots Music” at 8 p.m. in Marsee Auditorium, on the El Camino College campus at Crenshaw and Redondo Beach boulevards, Torrance. Two sets of brothers, the Scahills and the Howleys, make up this Irish group. Tickets, $10 to $28. Call (800) 832-ARTS or go to centerforthearts.org.
Art and wine? let’s go!
St. Francis Episcopal Church is hosting a “Wine & Food Event” (clever title, no?) from 6 to 9 p.m. at the church,2200 Via Rosa, Palos Verdes Estates. There will also be craft breweries and a live jazz band. Cost, $40 now and $50 at the door, which includes all food and beverages. (310) 375-4617 or go to stfrancispalosverdes.org.
Wordsmiths to the rescue
This year’s “Author Fair” runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the El Segundo Public Library, 111 W. Mariposa Ave., El Segundo. There will be local musicians playing in the library all day. What about writers? (310) 524-2728 or go to eslib.org.
Singers who stand out
Mezzo-soprano Michelle Rice and soprano Camila Lima serenade us at 3 p.m. in the First Lutheran Church, 2900 W. Carson St., Torrance. Free; donations appreciated. (310)316-5574.
Worth a millan bucks!
The “Millan Music Competition 2018” goes from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Miller Recreation Auditorium, 3341 Torrance Blvd., Torrance. Free.
Artlife Gallery is hosting an art show and Halloween Party from 6 to 9 p.m. at Artlife Gallery, 720C South Allied Way, located in Plaza El Segundo, El Segundo. Free, and come in costume. The show is up through Oct. 30. Hours, Monday to Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 12 to 6 p.m. (310) 938-2511. Sunday, October 21
Days of future passed
There’s a 2 p.m. screening of “Follies,” as presented by the National Theatre Live Series, in the James Armstrong Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. It’s one of Stephen Sondheim’s finest musicals. This case, directed by Dominic Cooke, features Tracie Bennett, Janie Dee, and Imelda Staunton. Tickets, $17.50. Call (310) 781-7171 or go to torrancearts.org.
Wednesday, October 24
A different approach
Jeff Barnhart and Anne Barnhart celebrate American jazz, blues, ragtime, Broadway, and hits from the Great American Songbook at 7:30 p.m. in the Redondo Union High School Auditorium, at the corner of Diamond and PCH in Redondo Beach. The Barnharts put a bit of mirth into their show, as they reveal how they arrange a song and build a band to perform it. Tickets, $30 adults and $15 students 22 and under. Info at southbayconcerts.org. ER
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