ST. PATRICK'S DAY EVENTS
Hermosa Beach St. Patrick's Day Parade: The Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce presents its 19th annual St. Patrick's Day Parade starting at 11 a.m. Saturday. Nearly 100 businesses, civic organizations and school marching bands will take part in the parade down the restored Pier Avenue. The parade kicks off near City Hall on Valley Drive, makes a left onto Pier Avenue and ends at the corner of Hermosa Avenue and Eighth Street. For more information, go to Hermosa Beach Chamber.
Saint Patrick's Day with Hoist The Colors: With New Way On and Kid at Heart, 9 p.m. Saturday (doors open at 6 p.m.); 21 and over; Tickets $10; 142 Pacific Coast Highway, Hermosa Beach; 310-372-0035; Saint Rocke Calendar.
Irish Hooley: The Knights of Columbus Angels Gate Council 1740 and Holy Trinity parish in San Pedro are holding an old-fashioned Irish Hooley featuring dinner, entertainment and music by the Mulligans. Holy Trinity Parish Center auditorium, 209 N. Hanford St., San Pedro. Tickets are $30 at the door. Doors open at 6 p.m. Saturday, with dinner served at 7 p.m. Call 310-547-3414.
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More merriment: St. Patrick's fun on the Long Beach side
San Pedro Art Exhibit: A new art exhibit, "Into the Wilderness: The Journey Within," debuts at 1 p.m. Sunday with a reception and gallery tour. It will put several continuation high school students in the spotlight alongside respected artists. Part of what has been a
Stairway to Led Zepagain: Led Zeppelin tribute with Metal 101 (classic heavy metal), Without Warning (super tribute band) and DJ Mr. '80s, 9 p.m. Friday (doors open at 5), Saint Rocke, 142 Pacific Coast Highway, Hermosa Beach; tickets $20; 310-372-0035; Saint Rocke.
My Wild Irish Rose: 1947 movie with Dennis Morgan and Arlene Dahl, 8:15 p.m. Friday, 2:30 and 8:15 p.m. Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Old Town Music Hall, 140 Richmond St., El Segundo; tickets $8; 310-322-2592; Old Town Music Hall.
Join the Age of Technology: The Redondo Beach Main Library is offering free hands-on demonstrations for adults who want to learn more about the new electronic gadget craze. This includes phones, eReaders and tablets. 303 N. Pacific Coast Highway. 3:30-4:30 p.m. Friday. Call 310-318-0676.
What a Pair Fundraiser: Hosted by Soroptimist International of the Los Angeles Harbor, an art show and auction will feature unique bras and other artful items decorated to raise funds to fight breast cancer. Croatian Cultural Center, 510 W. Seventh St., San Pedro. 6-8 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $65 or $120 for two. Call 310-832-5482 for tickets.
San Pedro Opera: "Cavalleria Rusticana," Pietro Mascagni's one-act opera, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, First Presbyterian Church of San Pedro, 731 S. Averill Ave.; tickets $20 at door/$15 online at San Pedro Opera; local performers are donating performance proceeds to an international music festival in southern Africa.
Airplane Celebrity Lecture Series: The Western Museum of Flight presents "From Turbochargers to Afterburners" with Barry Tyson, longtime executive with Garrett AiResearch. Western Museum of Flight, 3315 Airport Drive, Torrance. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday. $5 for nonmembers. Call 310-326-9544; Western Museum of Flight.
Women's History Month: Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum celebrates Women's History Month with Long Beach City Council member Gerrie Schipske as part of its Speaker Series. She is the author of "Rosie the Riveter in Long Beach," and will speak about the subject from 1-3 p.m. Saturday at 18127 S. Alameda St., Rancho Dominguez. $4. RSVP at 310-603-0088; Dominguez Rancho.
The Chuck Alvarez Band: Rockin' funk blues with a little Americana, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Alvas Showroom, 1417 W. Eighth St., San Pedro; tickets $25; 800-403-3447; Alvas Showroom.
Torrance Craftsmen's Guild Spring Arts and Crafts Fair: 14th annual event to help support local high school student scholarships, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Ken Miller Recreation Center, 3341 Torrance Blvd., Torrance; information: Mary Anne St. John, 310-376-7488; Torrance Cultural Arts Center, Torrance Craftsmens Guild.
Lomita Health Fair: A New Hope Christian Center presents "Spring Into Health," a free health fair for the community. Health professionals will be in attendance to provide free screenings, vision and ocular tests, chiropractic tests and massages, dental health and more. 2351 W. 255th St., Lomita. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free. Call 310-325-0253 for more information.
Andrew Moses and Tania Fleischer: Clarinet and piano featuring works by Debussy and Gershwin, 2 p.m. Saturday, Trinity Lutheran Church, 1340 11th St., Manhattan Beach; free; 310-316-5574; Trinity Church Recitals.
Tom Corbett-Kathy Craig-Bill Knopf: 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Old Town Music Hall, 140 Richmond St., El Segundo; tickets $20; 310-322-2592; Old Town Music Hall.
Claude Bourbon: Medieval and Spanish blues guitar and song, 4 p.m. Sunday, Alvas Showroom, 1417 W. Eighth St., San Pedro; tickets $20; 800-403-3447; Alvas Showroom.
ON THE STAGE
"Grease": Redondo Union High School will be premiering its spring production of "Grease" at 7 p.m. Friday. Additional performances will be at 7 p.m. on March 16, 21, 22, and at 2 p.m. on March 23. Tickets can be purchased in advance at RUHS Drama for $10, or $15 at the door.
Another "Grease": The El Camino College Theatre Department presents the Tony Award-nominated musical "Grease" starting Friday at the college's Campus Theatre, 16007 Crenshaw Blvd., near Torrance. Showtime is at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Repeats next week. Tickets are $25 and $18 and are available at the box office from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays or online at ECC Center for the Arts.
"Late Nite's" Latest: Surf City Theatre Company presents Maripat Donovan and the newest show in the Late Nite Catechism series. "Sister's Easter Catechism, Will My Bunny Go to Heaven?" will be performed Saturday and Sunday and March 22-24 at the Hermosa Beach Playhouse, 710 Pier Ave. Call for times. $20. Call 424-241-8040; Hermosa Beach Playhouse.
"Sound of Music": Family Theatre Inc. will present the popular musical at 2:30 p.m. Friday and 1:30 and 5:30 p.m. Sunday at the Hermosa Beach Playhouse, 710 Pier Ave. Tickets are $12/$18 in advance at Family Theatre Inc. and $15/$20 at the door. Read more: Rosa Blasi returns to 'Sound of Music' in Hermosa Beach
"Ragtime": Kentwood Players presents the musical weaving together three stories of life at the turn of the 20th century, opens at 8 p.m. Friday and continues 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday through April 20; Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Ave.; tickets $23/$21; 310-645-5156; Kentwood Players. Preview: Read more about 'Ragtime' at the Westchester Playhouse
"Chapter Two": Neil Simon's romantic comedy about a widowed novelist and a recently divorced woman who unexpectedly find romance, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday through April 6; also 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday and April 4, 2 p.m. March 24; no shows March 22 and 23; Little Fish Theatre, 777 S. Centre St., San Pedro; tickets $27/$24/$20; 310-512-6030; Little Fish Theatre.
"See Rock City": Drama sequel to "Last Train to Nibroc" depicting the life of a young married couple in rural Kentucky during World War II, 2 p.m. Sunday, 8 p.m. March 22, 23, 27 and 28; Little Fish Theatre, 777 S. Centre St., San Pedro; $27/$24/$20; 310-512-6030; Little Fish Theatre.
"Act II Community Variety Show": Act II's 27th annual variety show, featuring more than 100 singers and dancers and staged as a musical education seminar led by a "professor" exploring "Rhythm vs. Romance," 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Norris Theatre, 27570 Crossfield Drive, Rolling Hills Estates; tickets, $25/$15 18 and under, proceeds benefit the Norris Center for the Performing Arts; 310-544-0403, norriscenter.com.
It's "Curtains" for Students: The Peninsula High School drama department presents the musical comedy murder mystery, "Curtains." PVPHS Performing Arts Center, 27118 Silver Spur Road, Rolling Hills Estates. 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15. Call 310-377-4888, Ext. 830, or go to Peninsula High Drama for tickets.
"Best of Broadway": Narbonne High School presents "The Best of Broadway: That 70s Showcase," featuring songs and dances from top musicals that include "Annie," "Chicago," "A chorus Line," and more. NHS Auditorium, 24200 S. Western Ave., Harbor City. 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2:30 p.m. March 17; $12 at the door.
Palos Verdes Book Sale: Palos Verdes Library District Friends of the Library book sale. Malaga Cove Library, 2400 Via Campesina, Palos Verdes Estates. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Free. Call 310-377-9584, Ext. 553.
Hermosa Beach Book Sale: Hermosa Beach Friends of the Library monthly book sale. Hard covers, paperbacks, VHS tapes and DVDs at bargain prices. 1309 Bard St., Hermosa Beach. 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Call 310-379-8475.
A Look at Prohibition: The Torrance Public Library presents "Legacy of Prohibition in America" with culinary historian Richard Foss. Katy Geissert Civic Center Library, 3301 Torrance Blvd. 2 p.m. Saturday. Seating is limited. Call 310-618-5959.
TAKE THE KIDS
Make a Superhero Mask: The Torrance Art Museum presents its superhero mask making workshop for youth ages 8-14 with artist Kiel Johnson. No experience necessary, and all materials will be provided. Participants should wear old clothing and bring a sack lunch. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The museum is at 3320 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. Call 310-618-6342 to register; Torrance Art Museum.
Wednesday: Barney Bear Storytime: Puppet Barney Bear shares stories, songs and silliness; recommended for children ages 2-5; 10:15 and 11 a.m. every Wednesday, Peninsula Center Library, 701 Silver Spur Road, Rolling Hills Estates; pick up free tickets at Young Readers' Desk 15 minutes prior to story time; 310-377-9584.
Angels Gate Cultural Center: "Into the Wilderness: The Journey Within" features installations, multimedia and textile art: "Los Angeles National Forest" and "Searchin': Los Angeles and the Quest for the Sublime," in Main Gallery through April 19. Gallery hours, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 3601 S. Gaffey St., San Pedro; 310-519-0936; Angels Gate Art.
Catalina's Role in World War II: Catalina Island Museum details the island's participation in World War II in an exhibition that opens Friday on Avalon. It will continue to April 28. "First Line of Defense: Catalina Island and World War II" will explore how Catalina was transformed from a carefree paradise into a Federal Military Zone (and designated the San Pedro Channel a controlled area for vessels) used for training, coastal defense and covert operations. Derived from the Catalina Island Museum's own extensive archive, the exhibit will feature letters, photographs, rare film footage of training exercises, top-secret weapons and recently declassified military documents. The museum, its digital theater and store are on the ground floor of Avalon's historic Casino and open seven days a week, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Museum admission $5/$4/$2, free for children under 6. For more information, call 310-510-2414 or visit Catalina Museum.
Norris Theater Upstairs Gallery: "Palos Verdes Landscapes, Seascapes and Beyond," by Robin Haskell, on view through April 14 during performance and box office hours, 27570 Norris Center Drive, Rolling Hills Estates, 310-544-0403; Norris Center.
Pacific Gray Whale Watching: The annual Pacific gray whale migration has begun in Southern California and whale watchers are already excited about the number of sightings near the South Bay this week. The season lasts through mid-April. Whale watching boats: Redondo Beach Voyager Excursions offers daily trips at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person, and $15 for children 12 and under. Spirit Cruises in San Pedro has trips at 12:45 p.m. on weekends for a cost of $25 per adult and $15 per child. Weekday and weekend morning trips are also available for groups of 50 or more. Information: Voyager Excursions can be reached at Voyager Excursions website or 310-955-0512. Spirit Cruises can be reached at Spirit Cruises website or 310-548-8080. | » READ MORE
"Print: Democracy in Art and Life": Palos Verdes Art Center/Beverly G. Alpay Center for Arts Education showcases "Print: Democracy in Art and Life," two exhibitions featuring fiber art and printmaking, on view through March 17. Hours, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1-4 p.m. Sunday; Promenade on the Peninsula, 550 Deep Valley Drive, Suite 261, Rolling Hills Estates, 310-541-2479; PV Art Center.
PS Zask Gallery: "ReFresh: Furniture and Fiber," featuring handmade furniture, non-traditional fiber arts and related mixed media functional and fine art works. Opening reception 6-9 p.m. Saturday, on view through April 6. Hours, 1:15-6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, noon-4 p.m. Sunday; Promenade on the Peninsula, 550 Deep Valley Drive, Suite 151, Rolling Hills Estates, 310-429-0973; PS Zask Gallery.
Summer Studios Arts Academy: This month's theme is "Something Green," on view through March 16; theme for the March 22 event is "Hares & Hairs." Hours, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday; 2161 Lomita Blvd., Lomita, 310-325-8801; Summer Studios.
Transvagrant@Warschaw Gallery: "Flowmaster III," Recent works by Merwin Belin, Troy Cherney and Dave Smith. On view through April 27. Hours, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and by appointment, 600 S. Pacific Ave., San Pedro; 310-832-5115.
The Whole 9 Gallery: "In the Blood," work of the Shultz family, on view through March 18. Hours, 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, noon-6 p.m. Saturday; 3830 Main St., Culver City, 310-836-4600.
Thursday: Manhattan Beach Creative Arts Center: Mira Costa High School 13th Annual All Media Student Art Show, Thursday through March 28, opening reception 6-8 p.m. March 22. Hours 2-6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 2-8 p.m. Tuesday and 1-4 p.m. Saturday; 1560 Manhattan Beach Blvd., 310-802-5440.
March 24: Palos Verdes Art Center Re-Opening: PVAC celebrates a grand re-opening from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 24 at 5504 W. Crestridge Road, Rancho Palos Verdes. The center will feature art demonstrations such as glass blowing and painting, free children's projects, a no-host food trucks (including Slammin' Sliders and Cool Cow). A new exhibit will debut, "Then and Now: One Hundred Years of California Impressionism" presented by the California Art Club (established in 1909). For information, call 310-541-2479 or visit PV Art Center.