South Bay Arts Calendar: September 4-10, 2014
Strong opening: Jeff Crosby and the Refugees swing into Hermosa Beach to play their own brand of Americana. The Idaho-born trio is Crosby on lead guitar and vocals, his brother Andy on bass and Ben Brault on drums. Jeff has other projects and bigger tours, but his work with the Refugees seems his most authentic yet. Jeff Crosby and the Refugees open for Willie Nile at Saint Rocke. Doors open at 5 p.m., show starts at 8. Tickets are $15. Visit saintrocke.com for more information. Saint Rocke, 1142 Pacific Coast Highway in Hermosa Beach.
Take a bow: The Professional Arts Education Center is holding auditions for fall training scholarships. PAEC training scholarships are geared towards serious, committed performing arts students in musical theater, acting and/or voice. Full and partial scholarships are available and students 10 years and older are eligible to audition. For more information, call 310-328-7664 or visit psarts.com. Auditions will be held at the Professional School for the Arts, 1329 Sartori Ave., Old Town Torrance.
Western musical throwback: “Girl Crazy,” the 1943 film adaptation of Gershwin’s stage musical of the same name, screens at Old Town Music Hall. Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland, in their ninth pairing, helped make this film the highest grossing film in 1943 and hearing Oscar-nominated Judy Garland sing the Gershwins’ “I Got Rhythm” is worth the price of admission. Visit oldtownmusichall.org for more information.
Save Ferris: Watch “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” in the park thanks to Street Food Cinema and the Manhattan Beach Chamber. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for live music and a slew of food choices from Adam Gertler & Dog Haus, Cake MB, Coni Seafood, Doma Kitchen, Manhattan Beach Creamery and others. Bring the kids, bring the dogs. And for all of you Camerons out there, remember: “You’re not dying – you just can’t think of anything better to do.” Marriott Golf Course, 1400 Park View Ave., Manhattan Beach. For tickets, visit streetfoodcinema.com.
Good Girl: A. R. Taylor reads from her new book, “Sex, Rain, and Cold Fusion,” at Pages Bookstore at 7 p.m. Taylor is a Stanford- and UC Berkeley-educated writer who has thrived in academia, television and theater. Her book “Male Novelists and Their Female Voices: Literary Masquerades” was nominated for the Henry Murray Award at Harvard. Theory junkies, rejoice. The reading starts at 7 p.m. and reservations are strongly recommended. Pages Bookstore, 904 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach. For more information, call 310-318-0900.
Another way to worship: Tiki McPherson, local Christian singer/songwriter, is always looking for places to share her songs of love, hope and grace. She has found a good fit with Suzy’s in Hermosa, where owners Sal and DK welcome all walks of musical life, even if it takes a little convincing. Tiki and friends now host a Gospel Rock Lunch on the first Sunday of every month from 1 to 3:30 p.m., where musicians and members from different churches throughout the South Bay take the stage. Tiki’s approach sets a comfortable, inviting tone, and Sal is yet to storm out. Suzy’s, 1141 Aviation Blvd., Hermosa Beach.
Canine Comedy: John Caparulo is headlining the second annual Basset Brouhaha Comedy Fundraiser on Sept. 16 at the Comedy & Magic Club in Hermosa Beach. All proceeds from ticket sales will go to support homeless hounds rescued by Basset Hound Rescue of Southern California; Caparulo is a BHRSC supporter and basset hound dad. Visit bhrsc.org to purchase $20 advance tickets and for complete details. Ticket sales end Fridayon September 5th.
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