FRIDAY

Million Dollar Mermaid: 1952 movie with Esther Williams and Victor Mature, 8:15 p.m. Friday, 2:30 and 8:15 p.m. Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Old Town Music Hall, 140 Richmond St., El Segundo; tickets $8; 310-322-2592; Old Town Music Hall.

SATURDAY

Beatles vs. Stones: A musical shootout featuring tribute bands Abbey Road and Jumping Jack Flash, with Blue Comet; 9 p.m. Friday (doors open at 5 p.m.), Saint Rocke, 142 Pacific Coast Highway, Hermosa Beach; tickets $18; 310-372-0035; Saint Rocke.

Louie Cruz Beltran: Beltran and his ensemble perform an extensive repertoire of music from Brazilian style and Afro-Cuban rhythms; 7:30 p.m. Friday and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, George Nakano Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance; tickets $30/$27; box office, 310-781-7171; Louie Cruz Beltran; Torrance Arts.

No Duh: Tribute to No Doubt with Candy-O and Saw Red (Sublime tribute), 9 p.m. Saturday (doors open at 4:30 p.m.), Saint Rocke, 142 Pacific Coast Highway, Hermosa Beach; tickets $13; 310-372-0035; Saint Rocke Calendar.

Beach Party Boys: Tribute to the Beach Boys: Beach Boys tribute band, 8 p.m. Saturday, Norris Theatre, 27570 Norris Center Drive, Rolling Hills Estates; tickets $42/$25; 310-544-0403; Norris Center.

Richard Sears and Josh Nelson: Two sets from the pianists featuring original compositions and jazz; 8 p.m. Saturday, Alvas Showroom, 1417 W. Eighth St., San Pedro; suggested donation $20; 800-403-3447; Alvas Showroom.

Think Clean, Go Clean! Eco Art Contest and Festival: Sponsored by the South Coast Air Quality Management District and JPy Magazine. Clean air, environment and healthy living exhibits, art contest, entertainment, food, test drive of new cars by Toyota. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Torrance Cultural Arts Center, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance; free.

SUNDAY

Stunt Dog Experience: 2 and 6 p.m. Sunday,, James Armstrong Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance; part of the Torrance Cultural Arts Foundation: Guest Series; tickets $20/$18; box office, 310-781-7171; Extreme Canines; Torrance Cultural Arts Center.

Ron Rhode: American Theater Organ Society's Theater Organist of the Year of 1989, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Old Town Music Hall, 140 Richmond St., El Segundo; tickets $20; 310-322-2592; Old Town Music Hall.

Side Street Strutters: Norris Center for the Performing Arts Cabaret Jazz Series, 11:30 a.m. (brunch show) and 5 p.m. Sunday (dinner show), Harlyne J. Norris Pavilion, 501 Indian Peak Road, Rolling Hills Estates; tickets $65; 310-544-0403; Norris Center.

The Beach Party Boys pay tribute to South Bay’s Beach Boys in concert Saturday at the Norris Center in Rolling Hills Estates.
The Beach Party Boys pay tribute to South Bay's Beach Boys in concert Saturday at the Norris Center in Rolling Hills Estates.

TAKE THE KIDS

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.

BOOK EVENTS

"Chopsticks in the Land of Cotton": Author event. John Jung discusses and signs "Chopsticks in the Land of Cotton: Lives of Mississippi Delta Chinese Grocers," 2 p.m. Saturday, Katy Geissert Civic Center Library, 3301 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, 310-618-5959.

Louie Cruz Beltran and his ensemble perform Saturday night at the George Nakano Theatre in Torrance.
Louie Cruz Beltran and his ensemble perform Saturday night at the George Nakano Theatre in Torrance.

"An Episode in the Life of a Landscape Painter": Book discussion groups: The Annex, Palos Verdes Library District, 627 Silver Spur Road, Suite 210, Rolling Hills Estates, 310-377-9584, Ext. 301. Novel Ideas Book Club meets 11 a.m. third Tuesday: "An Episode in the Life of a Landscape Painter" by Cesar Aira.

"Persuasion": Book discussion at Miraleste Library, 29089 Palos Verdes Drive East, Rancho Palos Verdes, 310-377-9584, Ext. 452. Meets 1 p.m. second Saturday: "Persuasion" by Jane Austen.

ONGOING

ARTS Manhattan: "Junk," by Bob Van Breda, on view through Feb. 3. Hours 2-6 p.m. Tuesday, 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, 2-6 p.m. Thursday, 1-5 p.m. Saturday; Manhattan Beach Creative Arts Center, 1560 Manhattan Beach Blvd.; 310-798-4904; Arts Manhattan.

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 exhibt 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. Tickets are $10. For more information, call 310-510-2414 or visit Catalina Museum.

Beginner's Conditioning Hike: Make new friends and get in shape on a moderate, four-plus-mile hike on the greenbelt and hilly streets of Hermosa and Manhattan Beach. Sponsored by the local chapter of the Sierra Club. All are welcome. Hikers depart from the parking lot near the Hermosa Valley School, 1645 Valley Drive, Hermosa Beach. 7 p.m. Tuesdays.

Norris Center Upstairs Gallery: "Leading Ladies," exhibit of oil paintings depicting women from different genres of life by Jennifer Siegal, on view through Feb. 25. Presented in conjunction with the Palos Verdes Art Center. Viewings are available at every Norris Theatre performance and during regular 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

PS Zask Gallery: "Place," artwork in a variety of media based on individual perceptions derived from a unique natural environment, on view through Jan. 12. Extended holiday hours, 1-7 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday;, Promenade on the Peninsula, 550 Deep Valley Drive, Suite 151, Rolling Hills Estates, 310-429-0973; PS Zask Gallery.

Village Gallery: "Bronze, Canvas and Pixels," sculptor Bob Schmit, oil painter Lois Barnes, and photographer Mike Mathews; on view through Feb. 17. Hours, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday; 627 Silver Spur Road, Suites 300-C and 214, Rolling Hills Estates, 310-265-2592.