South Bay arts and entertainment calendar 12/18 to 12/23
Holiday laughs: Greg Hahn is a favorite on the Bob and Tom Radio Show and a regular guest on Late Night with Conan Obrien, Comedy Central, CBS, ABC, FOX, MTV and CMT. Hahn has parlayed his absurdly energetic, all-out style of physical humor, one liners and crowd work into an act of pandemonium and panic. Hahn visits the beach cities this week with a show at the Comedy and Magic Club tonight at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15, plus a two item minimum. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit comedyandmagicclub.com. Comedy and Magic Club, 1018 Hermosa Avenue in Hermosa Beach.
Christmas at Old Town: Sit back and enjoy the best of holiday music played by Bill Field on the Mighty Wurlitzer theater pipe organ. Watch classic comedy shorts and sing along your favorite Christmas carols, then enjoy “Scrooge,” a rarely seen 1922 silent version of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Showtimes: Friday at 8:15 p.m., Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Admission is $10.00 ($8.00 for seniors 62+). Doors open and tickets go on sale 30 minutes before show time. For more information, visit oldtownmusichall.org. Old Town Music Hall, 140 Richmond Street in El Segundo.
Nutcracker 1: The spirit and magic of the season is brought to life as Palos Verdes Ballet presents its 33rd Annual production of “The Nutcracker” for an event the whole family will enjoy. Directed by Uta Graf-Apostol, this enchanting ballet classic will be performed at the Norris Theatre for one weekend only on Saturday, December 20 at 7p.m. and Sunday December 21 at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Palos Verdes Ballet students from various South Bay area schools will be sharing the roles of the main character of Marie throughout the performance. Founded in 1955, Palos Verdes Ballet is the oldest established classical ballet company in the South Bay with an extensive history and reputation for creating talented, strong classical ballet dancers. Tickets are $32 for adults, $22 for children, and can be purchased through the Norris Theatre box office at (310) 544-0403 or online at www.palosverdesperformingarts.com. The Norris Theater, 27570 Crossfield Drive in Rolling Hills Estates.
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Nutcracker 2: The South Bay Ballet returns to El Camino College to perform the wintertime favorite, “The Nutcracker,” set for 2 p.m. December 20 and 21 in Marsee Auditorium.The ballet has become a holiday tradition at El Camino College, attracting students, faculty and community members each year. Under the direction of the mother-son team of artistic director Diane Lauridsen and assistant artistic director Elijah Pressman, more than 100 dancers will take the stage to perform Charles Maple’s choreography to Tchaikovsky’s original score.Tickets for “The Nutcracker” are $30 for adults and $20 for children under 12 and may be purchased online at www.centerforthearts.org, by phone at 310-329-5345 or toll-free at 800-832-ARTS. The El Camino College Marsee Auditorium, 16007 Crenshaw Blvd. in Torrance.
Freedom4U’s youth concert: Connie Lim and Louisa Wendorff perform at the Annex near Peninsula Library for a holiday music celebration on Saturday. The concert will benefit the Freedom4U Youth programs. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for teens admission at the door. Both women are eclectic, talented young singers and musicians and will perform a variety of holiday favorites. The Annex, Deep Valley Drive in Rolling Hills Estates.
Menorah lighting: On Sunday, December 21, the Jewish Community Center of the Beach Cities invites the community to celebrate the Festival of Lights with a special Menorah Lighting Ceremony at South Bay Galleria starting at 5:30 p.m. This special menorah lighting is part of the eight-day Chanukah holiday celebration, or the Festival of Lights, which begins on Tuesday, December 16 and ends Wednesday, December 24. Kids and adults will be treated to an entertaining and educational evening to celebrate this special holiday. Guests will enjoy music, special tastes of traditional Chanukah food, and fun holiday crafts. Crafts will be provided to the first 50 children to arrive, starting at 4 p.m.This free event will take place on South Bay Galleria’s Level 3 at the food court. South Bay Galleria, 1815 Hawthorne Blvd. in Redondo Beach.
Local tunes: The Ofersures (pronounced Oh – Fer – Shure-s) are a band out of Manhattan Beach. The 5-piece group is a line-up of mandolin, acoustic guitar, piano, bass and drums. The Ofersures’ music travels the musical landscapes between folk, punk, hillbilly, indie, roots rock, bluegrass, and even Tin Pan Alley–all tinged with the influence of the Southern California Beach culture that they grew up together in. They perform Tuesday night at Saint Rocke. Doors open at 6 p.m., show starts at 9 p.m. and tickets are $15. For more information, visit saintrocke.com. Saint Rocke, 142 Pacific Coast Highway in Hermosa Beach.