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South Bay arts calendar for Sept. 20 to 26

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“Carmen,” presented by Pacific Ballet Dance Theatre, based on the Bizet opera, is being performed on Saturday at 8 p.m. in the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center. It’s a smoldering tale of passion, love and betrayal. Tickets, $40 to $60. Pictured, Alexander Fost as Remendado. Photo by Cheryl Mann. (800) 838-3006 or go to pacificballetdancetheatre.com

Thursday, September 20
Cameraman
“Side by Side,” photographs by South Bay photographer Brent Broza are on view at ShockBoxx Project Gallery, 636 Cypress Ave., Hermosa Beach. The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Tuesday through Sunday. The closing reception for “Side by Side” is on Sunday, Sept. 30, from 1 to 5 p.m. More at ShockBoxxProject.com.

Friday, September 21
…and something will go wrong
“On Clover Road,” written by Steven Dietz and starring Renee O’Connor (of “Xena: Warrior Princess”), opens at Little Fish Theatre, 777 S. Centre St., San Pedro. A mother meets with a cult deprogrammer, believing she will be reunited with her runaway daughter. Shows at 8 p.m. tonight (Friday), with tickets at $23 and $15 for those 25-and-under who used the code “Hipster.” Thereafter Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., and also Sunday, Oct. 14, at 2 p.m. with a talkback session. Tickets, $27, less $2 seniors, and again $15 for the hipster code users out there. Closes Oct. 20. Call (310) 512-6030 or go to littlefishtheatre.org.
Your musical interlude
The South Bay Chamber Music Society presents the Los Angeles Wind Octet, performing music by Jacques Ibert, W.A. Mozart, Daniel Wood, and Ludwig van Beethoven at 8 p.m. in the Recital Hall of the Music Department at L.A. Harbor College, 1111 Figueroa Place, Wilmington. The concert is repeated on Sunday at 3 p.m. in the Pacific Unitarian Church, 5621 Montemalaga, Rancho Palos Verdes. Details at sbcms.net.

The 2018 L.A. International Ukulele Festival takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday in the Cultural Arts Center, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. Lots of four-stringed talented performers and teachers, plus you, their students (as in the photo above). Admittance includes access to all the workshops on can handle. Tickets, $45 for everything; kids 12 and under free. (562) 556-4824 or go to KalaKoa.com

Saturday, September 22
Their hearts are on fire
“Carmen,” presented by Pacific Ballet Dance Theatre, and based on the opera by Georges Bizet (based in turn on the novella by Prosper Mérimée), is being performed at 8 p.m. in the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, 1935 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Redondo Beach. This tale of smoking passion, love and betrayal, is directed by Natasha Middleton. Tickets, $40, $45, $50, and $60. Call (800) 838-3006 or go to pacificballetdancetheatre.com.

Five-time Grammy-nominated entertainer Michael Feinstein performs at 8 p.m. on Saturday in the Norris Theatre, 27570 Norris Center Drive, Rolling Hills Estates. It’s an evening of the finest American standards. Tickets: $90 to $180. Call (310) 544-0403 or go to palosverdesperformingarts.com

It’s a string thing
The 2018 Los Angeles International Ukulele Festival is where we celebrate the little 4-stringed wonder that has been captivating hearts and bringing musical joy into people’s lives for over 100 years. This event is the only one of its kind where we can enjoy all-star performances by today’s hottest ukulele talent (Aaron and Nicole Keim, Taimane Gardner, Abe Lagrimas, Kris Fuchigami, Mitch Chang, Ukulenny, Cali Rose, Marlowe, Musical Mama, Cynthia Lin, etc.) plus access to as many workshops as you wish, all for one flat fee. Which is? $45 for everything; kids 12 and under get in free. 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Cultural Arts Center, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. (562) 556-4824 or go to KalaKoa.com.
Singing American standards
Five-time Grammy-nominated entertainer Michael Feinstein opens the new season of the Norris Theatre at 8 p.m., singing some of the finest American standards. The plush, intimate venue is located at 27570 Norris Center Drive, Rolling Hills Estates. Tickets: $90 to $180. Call (310) 544-0403 or go to palosverdesperformingarts.com.
Teaming together
The City of Manhattan Beach, the Downtown Manhattan Beach Business and Professional Association, Metlox Outdoor Plaza, South Bay Art Collective, and TDelaneyArt, present the Metlox Outdoor Art Gallery (MOAG) from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Metlox Outdoor Plaza, Manhattan Beach. Featured are 25-plus local artists and live music. Metlox Plaza is at Morningside Dr. and 13th St. in Manhattan Beach. More if you visit MetloxOutdoorArtGallery.com.
Who will amaze us this time?
“South Bay’s Got Talent V,” presented by the Torrance Cultural Arts Foundation, is happening at 7 p.m. in the James Armstrong Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. The audience gets to help choose the winner. It’s a regional talent competition. Tickets, $30, $25, $20. Call (310) 781-7171 or go to TorranceArts.org.

The Joanna Medawar Nachef Singers are going “pop” with a concert of selections from musical theater, Motown, R&B, rock ‘n’ roll, and popular music. It’s something new and exciting and it takes place on Sunday at 7 p.m. in the James Armstrong Theatre in Torrance. Tickets, $25 general, and $15 students and children. Pictured, a jubilant Joanna Nachef. (310) 781-7171 or go to jmnsingers.com

Perk up your ears
“The Joy of Mozart and Simple Gifts,” features L.A. Philharmonic performers Paul Stein, on violin, and Leticia Oaks Strong, on viola, at 2 p.m. in the Katy Geissert Civic Center Library, 3301 Torrance Blvd., Torrance. They’re going to play tunes and melodies by Mozart, Rimsky-Korsakov, and Bach, as well as the Shaker hymn “Simple Gifts.” (310) 618-5959 or visit Library.TorranceCA.Gov.
Figures in motion
During the Third Saturday Reception at the Loft, 401 S. Mesa St., San Pedro, one can breathe in the dance forms in Wilfred Sarr’s paintings. These works are from the LaMar Collection. Hours, 2 to 5 p.m. (310) 291-5316 or go to canneryrowstudios.com.

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Sunday, September 23
Look what popped out
The Torrance Pops Series, featuring the Joanna Medawar Nachef Singers, is a concert of selections from musical theater, Motown, R&B, rock ‘n’ roll, and popular music. It’s something new and exciting and it takes place at 7 p.m. in the James Armstrong Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. Tickets, $25 general, and $15 students and children. (310) 781-7171 or go to jmnsingers.com.

Tuesday, September 25
Out of the ashes
“Finding H’om’e: A Journey from Hell to Healing” author Maria Emmetti speaks about her spiritual transformation at 6:30 p.m. in the Redondo Beach Main Library, 303 N. Pacific Coast Hwy, Redondo Beach. Free, no registration required. Copies of the book will be available for purchase. (310) 318-0675 op. 5, or go to redondo.org/library. ER

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