South Bay arts calendar for October 4 to 10
Painting the big questions
“Time & Space: Recent Work” by Jessica Jang, is open from 5 to 9 p.m. (during the First Thursday Art Walk) at Dekor Gallery, 445 W. Sixth St., San Pedro. If you miss it, there’s the official opening this Saturday from 2 to 6 p.m. (310) 831-1800.
Friday, October 5
Sunscreen Film Festival West and the Hermosa Beach Historical Society are presenting 60 short films and eight features over the course of the weekend in the Hermosa Community Theatre, 710 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach. Happy hours and after-film parties. Friday evening’s film is “Jazz v. Punk: Hermosa Beach,” a documentary that looks at the legacy of both genres as they played out within the confines of the city.
“A Clustered Collection” is a display of works by photographer Linda Detwiler Burner and painter Bradley “Scott” Burner, and a reception is being held from 5 to 7 p.m. in the El Camino College Library, 16007 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance. The title derives from the fact that the work is grouped in sets of three, with a common bond between each. On view through October. (310) 880-4664 or go to elcamino.edu.
Violinist Ken Aiso and pianist Valeria Morgovskaya perform at 12:15 p.m. in the First Lutheran Church and School, 2900 W. Carson St., Torrance. The eclectic, carefully chosen program consists of “The Swan” by Camille Saint-Saëns, “Vocalise” by Sergei Rachmaninoff, “Salut d’Amour” by Edward Elgar, “Dance of Dragon” by Koichi Kishi, the “Méditation” from “Thaïs” by Jules Massenet, and “Zigeunerweisen” by Pablo de Sarasate. Free, donations accepted. (310) 316-5574. Saturday, October 6
On the road again
The Artists’ Studio of Palos Verdes annual studio tour, “Tour d’Art 2018,” takes place Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days and includes eight studios and 40 local artists. There were also be a dozen artisans in the Atrium at the Palos Verdes Art Center. Artists on the itinerary include Nancy Sewell, Susan Soffer Cohn, Errol Gordon, Don Crocker, Deborah E. Giese, Margaret Mohr, Jeanne Zaske, and Susan Whiting. Tickets, $20 (cash or check only), available at the Art Center, 5504 W. Crestridge Road, Rancho Palos Verdes. More at taspv.com.tickets.
Out with a bang
“Ride the Wild Wheels,” photography by Spot, former producer of early albums by Black Flag, the Minutemen, Descendents, Meat Puppets and Husker Du, etc., has a second reception from 6 to 10 p.m. at Pacific Coast Gallery, 205 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach, this one in conjunction with the Sunscreen Film Festival. The show closes Nov 3, with yet another reception (and panel discussion) at 7 p.m. Call (310) 853-3564 or go to pacificcoast.gallery/.
Think you know him? Think again
“Gene Kelly: The Legacy” is a one-woman show presented by Patricia Ward Kelly, the late actor’s wife, and it’s happening twice, at 2 and 8 p.m., in the James Armstrong Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. She’ll take us behind the scenes, presenting an intimate portrait of the man who starred in “An American in Paris” and “Singin’ in the Rain.” Tickets, $40, $35, $30. Call (310) 781-7171 or go to torrancearts.org.
Up with the times
The Pennington Dance Group performs at 8 p.m. in Marsee Auditorium at El Camino College, Crenshaw and Redondo Beach boulevards, Torrance. Their work contains social, emotional, political, abstract, and scientific themes. For tickets, call (800) 832-ARTS or go to centerforthearts.org.
Aspiring writer? Look here
There’s a Writer’s Meetup from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the second floor conference room of the Redondo Beach Main Library, 303 N. Pacific Coast Hwy, Hermosa Beach. Discuss topics of interest, get feedback on ideas and writing. Free. (310) 318-0675 or go to redondo.org/library.
A Guston-like brusqueness
“Metaforms,” being recent paintings by Ted Twine, goes on view in the L.A. Harbor College Fine Arts Gallery, 1111 Figueroa Place, Wilmington. Twine’s work engages the viewer in a tug-o-war between abstraction and figure painting. An artist’s reception takes place from 4 to 7 p.m. Through Nov. 30. Call (310) 600-4873 or (310) 233-4411.
It’s been a journey
“Judy Dater: Only Human” is a 50-year survey of the feminist photographer, and it’s on view through Dec. 8 in the Laband Art Gallery of Loyola Marymount University, 1 LMU Drive, in the Fritz B. Burns Fine Arts Center, Los Angeles. The reception is from 2 to 5 p.m., with remarks at 3 p.m. Dater also gives a walkthrough on Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (310) 338-2880 or go to cfa.lmu.edu.laband.
Easy Reader LiveMarket
Saturday, October 6
“Fireworks, Should We See It From the Side or the Bottom,” from producer Genki Kawamura, takes place at 2 p.m. in the James Armstrong Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. There’s a sci-fi twist to this story of adolescent longing. Free. (310) 781-7171 or go to torrancearts.org.
Four local teen bands vie for top honors when they perform between 10 a.m. and noon during the Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair. The groups are: Xyzpdq (classic rock), Late Ship (alternative rock), Emerald Street (fast-paced rock), and Pier Pressure (alternative covers and originals). Good luck, fellas
The Southern California Brass Consortium, directed by Hector Salazar, presents “Leonard Bernstein at 100: A Celebration!” at 3 p.m. in Marsee Auditorium, Crenshaw and Redondo Beach boulevards, Torrance. For tickets, call (800) 832-ARTS or go to centerforthearts.org.
Where’s the loot?
“It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World,” Stanley Kramer’s comedy classic, is being screened at 5 p.m. in the Warner Grand Theatre, 478 W. Sixth St., San Pedro, as part of the San Pedro International Film Festival (or, more poetically, SPIFF). The film is celebrating its 55th anniversary. The festival runs from Oct. 4 to 7. Details and tickets at SPIFFest.org.
“Caminos and Passages,” a solo show devoted to artist, educator, and collector Raoul de la Sota, goes on view in the El Camino College Art Gallery, located at Crenshaw and Redondo Beach boulevards, Torrance. The artist reception is on Thursday, October 11, from 7 to 9 p.m. Through Nov. 1. Call (310) 660-3010 or go to elcamino.edu.
Tuesday, October 9
Joe Ide, author of “Wrecked: An IQ Novel,” discusses his book at 7:30 p.m. at pages bookstore, 904 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach. The Long Beach detective’s past haunts him as he solves crimes with his sidekick, Dodson. Cost, $30, which includes the book. (310) 318-0900 or go to pagesabookstore.com.
Half of the tip jar goes to Making Strides (breast cancer awareness) when solo guitarist TJ Brinjak plays from 12 to 1:30 p.m. at Suzy’s Bar & Grill, 1141 Aviation Blvd., Hermosa Beach. (310) 379-6171.
Wednesday, October 10
Step behind the curtain
LA Opera’s community educators give a preview lecture about “Satyagraha,” the Philip Glass opera that opens on Oct. 20 in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, downtown at the Music Center. The talk takes place 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.
Cats, dogs on the move
“The World Famous Popovich Comedy Pet Theatre,” co-presented by the World Clown Association, features a European-style circus extravaganza, with includes jugglers and acrobats and trained cats and dogs. Family entertainment, what are you waiting for? It takes place at 7 p.m. in the James Armstrong Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. Tickets, $30, $20. Call (310) 781-7171 or, on Facebook, PopovichComedyPetTheatre/. ER