February 15 – April 28, 2018
Experience 33: AWKWARD will show the wonderful collection creators Mike Bender and Doug Chernack continue to grow with the help of families from all over. Art is a state of mind and when you decide to expose yourself to awkwardness you will soon discover that perfection is totally overrated. It is time to smile and see how family portraits have a true right to stay in art histories priority list. The homestyle setting in ESMoA’s gallery will provide insight on how to keep your own family memories alive with fun.
January 12 – April 1, 2018
Toyetic is an entertainment industry term used to describe a figural toylike quality of an item. Toyetic is an exhibition focusing on artworks inspired and informed by the toy industry. The exhibition will include the work of emerging artist Chuck Hohng, who explores the issues of life, home and gender roles through the medium of traditional children’s toys; industry giant John T. Quinn, the Director of Character Art for Disney Consumer Products, whose art drives the look, direction and essence of today’s largest toy and character producer: the Walt Disney Company; and Ross Bonfanti, who uses discarded stuffed toys and local thrift shops finds, manipulating childhood objects to produce unique sculptures and mixed media works with concrete as a central medium.
For additional information, visit the website at http://www.citymb.info/city-officials/parks-and-recreation/cultural-arts/exhibition/creative-arts-center-exhibitions.
The Manhattan Beach Art Center is located at 1560 Manhattan Beach Boulevard, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.
This free, monthly event is the place to be every first Friday! Head to the Village and enjoy live music, food samplings, gallery viewing, promotional offers and more while you dine and shop. Riviera Village merchants and art galleries stay open until 8 p.m. The energy will be fueled by live music at the north east corner of Avenue I and Catalina from 6 to 8 p.m.
The Village has plenty of metered parking on every street, along with a large metered parking lot in the triangle bordered by South Elena Avenue, Via El Prado and Avenida del Norte, and additional parking off South Catalina Avenue and Vista Del Mar. The parking fees are $1.50 per hour from 9am to 9pm and many meters conveniently accept credit cards for payment.
For additional information, visit the website at http://rivieravillage.net/.
Mondays & Wednesdays
Gather a few friends for an hour long, all levels class. This event is ‘weather permitting’, so don’t show up if it’s raining. Attendees should wear comfortable clothing. Mats are available on a first come, first serve basis. It’s a terrific way to start the day!
Call 310.921.8940 to reserve your spot!
For additional information, visit the website at http://rb.shadehotel.com/.
Shade Hotel is located at 655 North Harbor Drive, Redondo Beach, CA 90277.
LIVE is a FREE series of Thursday night community-building activities designed to enhance artistic skills and develop presentation confidence in local artists. Small refreshments and good vibes will be provided. LIVE is open to everyone 16 years and older. Events are FREE but a donation of $12 is much appreciated to help defray costs.
Hang out with your friends and work on your figure drawing skills with a live costumed model. No instructors and no pressure – draw as you feel! Attendees should bring their own materials; easels will be provided if necessary.
For additional information, call (310) 802-5440 or contact via email at email@example.com.
Manhattan Beach Art Center is located at 1560 Manhattan Beach Boulevard, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.
Take 30 minutes to downshift and practice mindfulness techniques.The monthly sessions will be led by trained Beach Cities Health District staff. No prior experience with meditation or mindfulness is required.
Please arrive a few minutes early to sign in and get settled.
Wonder of Dinosaurs features museum quality robotic and static dinosaurs. The dinosaurs are beautifully displayed and accompanied by signs that provide information that you will find both educational and fascinating. The Exhibition is a walk through at your own pace, self-guided tour.
While the robotic dinosaurs have been known to make adults jump back, the entire exhibit is family friendly for even the youngest of children.
Every Friday & Saturday
Here’s your opportunity to show the kids a great time and give yourself a guilt-free adult night out. Your children will have as much fun as you learning a new activity from an AdventurePlex class instructor, creating arts and crafts, playing games, challenging themselves in sports and, of course, exploring all five levels of the famed play structure. A healthy dinner is provided as well!
In this informal drawing club, attendees will start with warm-up drawing exercises and then take inspiration from the featured artworks. No artistic experience is required and all supplies will be provided. This program is for adults.
Sunday Paradise offers an elevated twist on the conventional Sunday Funday to keep the festivities going after brunch has ended. zinc@shade, the hotel’s contemporary lounge and restaurant, will offer guests the opportunity to wind down their weekend – or turn up their Sunday – with live music, gourmet food specials, French press cocktails and table-side mimosa and bloody mary service. Guests have the option to enjoy Sunday Paradise al fresco on the terrace under the glistening afternoon sun or in the chic setting of the contemporary lounge.
For additional information and to make reservations, call 310-469-3466 or visit the website at http://mb.shadehotel.com/.
Shade Hotel is located at 1221 North Valley Drive in Manhattan Beach.
Every Friday: April through October
Cruise at the Beach returns to Ruby’s Diner in Redondo Beach for the season!
Open to the public, this free event happens every Friday night through October and features a gathering of vintage automobiles on display in the Ruby’s Diner parking lot from 4 to 8 p.m.
Third Thursdays, May through December
Parents of pre-schoolers know it’s not always easy to keep kids stimulated and occupied, and it can be downright exhausting. Luckily, The Point is kicking off a monthly Kid’s Club to provide nothing but fun activities and good times for South Bay families, at no charge. Parents and their pre-school aged kids are welcome to come to The Point for arts and crafts, live entertainment, face painting, stilt walker, Smitten Ice Cream tastings and more!
Breweries have become a favorite destination for not only beer aficionados, but those looking for an unpretentious neighborhood joint where they can kick back and enjoy a cold one.
New breweries are opening for business at an incredible pace, so be sure to check for updates!
The following is a list of South Bay breweries, brewpubs, tap and tasting rooms.
Having spent the last seven and a half years using their brewery to create hand-crafted, small batch beer, Joel Elliot and Rich Marcello are excited to share their space as a gallery to host other local artists.
Third Fridays is a recurring event focusing on local artists and featuring their work in the Tap Room of the brewery. In addition to the art exhibits, the event features on-site food trucks and plenty of Strand Beer for purchase.
For additional information, please contact, Miah Smith at Miah@strandbrewing.com.
Strand Brewing is located at 2201 Dominguez Street, Torrance, CA 90501.
Join the Athleta crew for a FREE workout taught by local instructors on the grass in the Plaza. The schedule includes Yoga, Couples Yoga, Yoga Cycle, Pilates, Sweat & Sculpt and more. Get ready to get your sweat on during these fun workouts! All you need to bring is your mat, water and a friend!
First & Third Sundays
They host public run days on the first Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the third Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. every month. The trains are located at the eastern end of the park near the picnic tables.
Southern California Live Steamers is a 501(c)3 non-profit and an all-volunteer organization that provides free rides during public run days. Each volunteer is a member of the City of Torrance volunteer program.
Tuesdays & Thursdays
Featuring the best of Los Angeles area food trucks, the event offers free parking, a casual dining area and a safe, pleasant environment to enjoy the trendiest delicacies on four wheels. Foodies will experience the thrill of eating gourmet specialties such as fresh lobster rolls, Asian fusion cuisine, gourmet burgers, and exotic grilled cheese sandwiches.
Parking is free and there’s no admission. Meals range from $6 on up.
Every Tuesday from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Every Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Tight, tense, and not flexible? The answer is Pilates. This class is designed to sculpt your body making tight areas more agile and in the same time focuses on increasing abdominal and back strength. It also improves and makes many functional activities a lot easier on your muscles and joints. Variations and modifications are given to accommodate all levels and abilities.
RHUMC Music Director Charles Dickerson serves as Artistic Advisor for the series of free afternoon recitals and chamber music concerts from September through June, except December and the month of Easter, when there are other musical offerings at RHUMC. Admission is FREE but donations are appreciated! 100% of donations go directly to the artists.
For additional information, visit the website at http://rhumc.org/concerts-at-rolling-hills/.
Rolling Hills United Methodist Church is located at 26438 Crenshaw Boulevard, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274 (NE corner of Crenshaw & PV Drive North).
Every Monday & Saturday
Gather a few friends for an all levels class taught by certified Yogi Katherine Guerra. The class begins at 10 a.m. both days and is an hour long.
This event is ‘weather permitting’, so don’t show up if it’s raining, and attendees should bring their own mat. It’s a terrific way to start the day!
Call 310-546-4995 to reserve your spot!
For additional information, visit the website at http://www.shadehotel.com/ or call 310-546-4995.
Shade Hotel is located at 1221 North Valley Drive in Manhattan Beach.
Local rock star drummer Sabina Sandoval facilitates this very popular drum circle which draws crowds of onlookers and participants. Drums and percussion instruments are provided so that no one is left out. Any donations received are used for the purchase, maintenance and repair of instruments and to keep the circle alive.
Every Friday & Saturday
Led by yoga instructor, Ryann MacMurdo, the classes take place on the roof top at pool side with an incredible ocean view. It’s a refreshing and rejuvenating way to end the work week and start the weekend!
Classes take place at 6:30 p.m. on Friday evenings and 9 a.m. on Saturday mornings.
Attendees should bring a yoga mat, water and jacket in case of cool weather. These classes are free of charge – but gratuities are appreciated! There is a fee for parking in the structure.
For additional information, contact Ryann MacMurdo at 310-800-4924 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Crowne Plaza Hotel is located at 300 North Harbor Drive in Redondo Beach.
Open to the public Friday through Sunday
Founded by Brian and Eva Sweeney and curated by Bernhard Zuenkeler, ESMoA is a non-profit art space located in a new building next to the former post office on Main Street.
Located in El Segundo, the ADM exists to preserve automotive history. The ADM has an impressive, rotating collection of 130 classic, antique and historic cars on display.
Several Southern California collector car clubs showcase their vehicles at the ADM and on any given weekend you can find collections of particular makes and models.
Over 200 sellers will be set up along the tree lined streets with antiques, collectibles, vintage clothes, furniture, jewelry, toys, tools, home decor and more…all on sale at bargain prices!
The monthly event features live entertainment with DJ Ozzie in the park, Stacy Robin & Friends in the Plaza and live music in front of the coffee shop and Just Luigis.
All ages and musical abilities are welcome to this FREE event; drums and percussion instruments are provided for everyone.
This is a casual group of friends and music lovers that enjoy sharing the joy of music with the community and it’s a particular pleasure when children get involved.
There’s something romantic about a lighthouse….
If you’ve ever driven along the coast of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, chances are you’ve caught a glimpse of the Point Vicente Lighthouse. Built in 1926, the 67 foot high tower is perched on a cliff offering breathtaking views of the endless Pacific and its beacon can be seen from twenty miles at sea.
The Classical Crossroads’ concert series, First Fridays at First, is graciously hosted as a gift to the community by FirstServe Community Services, the non-profit community service partner organization of First Lutheran Church & School in Torrance.
Talented rising artists from around the world are presented at First Lutheran Church at noon the first Friday of each month.
Ballroom dancing is more popular than ever before and you don’t have to be a ‘star’ to take part in this popular pastime.
Walk In, Dance Out hosts Swing & Sway at the Joslyn Center in Manhattan Beach the second Friday of every month from 8 to 11 p.m.
If you’ve ever dreamed of tripping the light fantastic, this is your chance.
The South Bay ballroom dancing community is extraordinarily welcoming and encouraging, so even if you’re a beginner, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to practice your moves.
We’ve all heard of the Segway but have you been on one yet?
South Bay Mobile Tours operates out of Riviera Village in Redondo Beach and offers a variety of tours around the South Bay by Segway. Instruction takes all of twenty minutes and before you know it you’re off on an adventure.
The $20 mini tour provides the perfect opportunity to get a feel for the technology. Standard tours cover approximately five to six miles and costs $82 per person. Riders will explore the waterfront along the Strand, Pier and Marina.
The mission of Torrance Cultural Arts Foundation is to enrich the community through the performing arts by providing diverse cultural, educational and entertainment experiences of the highest quality.
Located at the heart of the South Bay, the Torrance Cultural Arts Center houses the James R. Armstrong Theatre and George Nakano Theatre. They offer a variety of live entertainment including dramatic, comedic and musical theater productions, concerts and other events.
RBPAC plays host to the Distinguished Speaker Series, the Los Angeles Ballet, 3D Theatricals and live concerts including the Southern California Slack Key Festival, Aloha Falsetto Festival, Los Angeles Flamenco Festival, Los Angeles Guitar Festival and Gypsy Jazz Festival.
Since 1931, when it was founded as a cultural arm of the planned community of Palos Verdes Estates, the Art Center’s exhibitions, educational and outreach programs have made the visual arts available, accessible and affordable.
Palos Verdes Performing Arts is a non-profit organization committed to providing the South Bay with a performing arts venue that is also available for community use. Throughout the season, PVPA stages an eclectic selection of productions, including the best of Broadway plays and musicals, revues and concert performances as well as classes and camps.
PVPA boasts the 450-seat Norris Theater for stage productions, the 300-seat Pavilion for concerts and the Upstairs Gallery for art exhibits.
When was the last time you pretended to be the Red Baron?
The Western Museum of Flight is a non-profit, educational institution dedicated to preserving and displaying aircraft history and artifacts of Southern California’s aviation heritage.
Do you enjoy watching the latest foreign and independent films but loathe driving to theaters in Pasadena or Santa Monica to see them?
The South Bay Film Society was created to bring the best of new foreign and independent films to the big screen in the South Bay.
The Society screens films shortly after they play art house theaters in West Los Angeles, Santa Monica, and Pasadena and well before the films are available on DVD.
The motion picture industry has made dramatic advances since the invention of the first movie camera in the late nineteenth century – from the introduction of ‘talkies’ to 3D technology, the movies have come a long way – but have you ever wondered what it was like to watch a movie where the only accompaniment was live music?
Filmgoers can experience the Silent Era of film at the Old Town Music Hall in El Segundo. (Read More)
The South Bay is world-renowned for its miles of delightful beaches and coastline – but did you know there are also hundreds of acres of woodlands, meadows and trails just waiting to be explored?
One of the South Bay’s best kept secrets is the surprising amount of natural habitat to be found in the area and it is the mission of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy to “preserve land and restore habitat for the enjoyment and education of all.”
They host a full calendar of popular activities, volunteer workdays, training programs and special events throughout the year including:
The Lomita Railroad Museum is dedicated to educating and informing the public about railroads — particularly of the steam era — the present, past, and future of transportation, the history of the U.S. Westward Expansion, the settlement of California, and the people who made this all happen.
The museum, located in Irene Lewis Park, is owned and operated by the City of Lomita and is overseen by the Lomita Parks & Recreation Department. Hours are Thursday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Museum is closed for major holidays. Admission is $4 for adults and $2 for children under 12. FREE Parking is located in lot adjacent to museum. For additional information, visit the website at http://www.lomita-rr.org/
The Lomita Railroad Museum is located at 2137 West 250th Street in Lomita.
The South Bay has several terrific Farmers’ Markets throughout the week.
These are great community amenities that provide an opportunity to shop locally for the freshest, seasonal produce available.
Here’s a schedule by day of the week:
The Roundhouse Marine Studies Lab and Aquarium is ideally located at the end of the Manhattan Beach Pier.
Open daily to the public free of charge, the Roundhouse is dedicated to teaching students and visitors about the oceans, marine life and the environment.
They offer a variety of programs including class field trips, volunteer opportunities, summer camps and more. Group tours are also available by reservation.
The 87-acre Garden, known as the ‘Jewel of the Peninsula’, has more than 2,500 different species of plants from as far away as Australia, the Mediterranean and southern Africa. The Garden is situated in Sunset’s Zone 23, one of the most favored growing areas in the world.
About 100 trees and shrubs are rare mature specimens, infrequently seen elsewhere. The wide variety of plant life provides food and shelter to an abundant wildlife and bird population, and over 200 species of birds are sighted annually.
Are you looking for ways to expand your child’s education? Expose them to the world at large? Teach them the benefits of stewardship? Engender an atmosphere of adventure and exploration?
A visit to SEA Lab accomplishes all this and more in a fun and stimulating environment. Nestled in a structure located on the west side of Harbor Drive and Herondo, SEA Lab boasts an enchanting microcosm of Southern California marine life.
Mankind has employed birds of prey to hunt for thousands of years. Falconry is “the taking of wild quarry in its natural state and habitat by means of a trained raptor” and the sport has been around for a long, long time.
Have you ever had an opportunity to view a hawk or falcon up close and personal? Have you ever watched them hunt? Falconry is a fascinating pastime and if you’ve ever wondered about this ancient pursuit and would like to learn more about it, you’re in luck.
We wake up on weekend mornings and contemplate all the things we could and should accomplish with our free time. As everyone knows, keeping up with the Joneses is a full time occupation….but seriously, when was the last time you squandered away a perfectly good afternoon?
As Lin Yutang professed, “If you can spend a perfectly useless afternoon in a perfectly useless manner, you have learned how to live.” I think he’s onto something.
Many places claim to be dog friendly – hotels, parks, shops, even entire towns – but when it comes to dining, there are few and far between that actually practice what they preach. Fortunately, for our furry friends that frequent the South Bay, there is an establishment that encourages inter-species dining.
Nelson’s at Terranea in Palos Verdes is a casual dining venue, one of seven restaurant options at the resort. The freestanding structure is situated on a bluff overlooking the Pacific with magnificent views of Catalina.
When you live in Southern California, it is predestined you will have friends and family come to visit. Often. Let’s be honest – hosting visitors can be a chore.
You want your guests to enjoy their time here in the Land of LA but you’ve done Hollywood Boulevard and lunch at the Ivy to death.
Cruising along Vista Del Mar on any given afternoon you’ve probably seen the colorful hang gliders hovering above the dunes overlooking the Pacific.
Go ahead, admit it – you’ve wanted to stop and check out the action but for one reason or another kept driving.
Here’s an idea: Pack a picnic lunch, drive to Dockweiler State Beach, unfurl a blanket and spend an hour or two lounging on the beach watching a few adventurous souls take hang gliding lessons.