South Bay Weekend Guide

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South Bay by Jackie Weekend Guide

August 22, 2019

Last Thursday, I remarked on the numerous craft beer breweries located right here in our backyard – and if the number of clicks and comments generated last week is any indication, we South Bay inhabitants certainly appreciate our local breweries! Today, I want to mention our tremendous, local music scene. We have several extraordinary outdoor venues (the pier! the beach! the parks! the dock!), in addition to several cultural arts theaters, the ample bar/lounge/club scene, special events and music festivals. We also have a deep pool of super talented, local musicians and bands. Have you ever stopped in Barney’s Beanery or the Portofino Hotel lounge to listen to Jack Tracy? You can’t miss Feed the Kitty as they’ve played at just about every venue and event in the South Bay. The Jokers are playing at Lomita Ale House next weekend. I caught Charis Rey at Bouzy last Saturday and I’ll be attending Sunday Funday at the dock with Arnie Vilches & Friends this Sunday. Andy & Renee are staples of the South Bay music scene as are Evyn Charles, Brent George, Barley, Retrofit, Kevin Sousa, Freestone, Blues Alive and so many more. We’re also fortunate to have a number of local youth bands and musicians making their mark: Jamisen Jarvis, Alinea, Behind Schedule, XYZPDQ, Totally Mental, Chroma Haze, Minor Problem, Good Vibe and several others. Sometimes, a little music is just the thing. For a list of local live music venues, visit

The Torrance Theatre Company production of Beauty & the Beast continues through August 24 at the James Armstrong Theater. Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, the smash hit Broadway musical, is coming to Torrance! Based on the Academy-Award winning animated feature film, this breathtaking spectacle has won the hearts of millions of people worldwide. Reserved Seating is $40. Select discounts for children and 4-packs available. For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the website at The James Armstrong Theater is located at 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance, CA 90503.

Native Harvest presents the Redondo Beach Night Market tonight, Thursday, August 22 from 5 to 9 p.m. in the parking lot of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church and every Thursday night during the summer months. The Night Market vendors offer an array of hot and prepared foods for purchase, seating area, DJ, and kid’s corner for the little ones. For additional information, visit the Facebook page at The Night Market takes place in the parking lot of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church located at 301 Avenue D, in Redondo Beach.

El Segundo Museum of Art presents Happy Hour Tour: The Lost Art of Oz with Brady Schwind tonight, Thursday August 22 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Go beyond the rainbow to learn more about the illustrators of Oz, whose imaginations helped create one of the most popular book series of the last hundred years, and Brady’s quest to track down their missing original artwork. Beer and wine for 21+. Non-alcoholic beverages will also be available. Drinks and light appetizers will be served after the tour in the Entry. Learn more about the “Lost Art of Oz” project at As always, admission is FREE! For additional information, visit the website at El Segundo Museum of Art is located at 208 Main St, El Segundo, CA 90245.

The Roadium Open Air Market presents Summer Fridays Drive-In Movies every Friday (August 23) this summer. The Roadium is reviving its classic 1950’s drive-in for a one-of-a-kind movie-going experience this summer. Every Friday night, guests can enjoy a great film in this throwback retro setting, along with food trucks, movie concessions, and more! Enjoy a screening of The Avengers. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. with the movie starting at 8 p.m. Admission is $20 per car. For additional information, visit the website at The Roadium Open Air Market is located at 2500 West Redondo Beach Boulevard, Torrance, CA 90504.

The City of Redondo Beach hosts Movies Under the Stars every Friday night (August 23) in August at Alta Vista Park. This FREE event is open to the public and the community is invited to bring your lawn chairs, blankets and popcorn down to Alta Vista Park at dusk and enjoy a night of cinema under the stars. The movies start at dusk. The schedule is as follows:
August 02 – Small Foot
August 09 – Ocean’s 11
August 16 – Little Shop of Horrors
August 23 – Speedway
August 30 – The Black Stallion
For additional information, visit the Newsletter page 37 at Alta Vista Park is located at 715 Julia Street, Redondo Beach, CA.

The Torrance Police Department Traffic Division will conduct a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint at an undisclosed location on Friday, August 23 between 8:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m. the following morning. The Police Department offers these reminders to ensure a fun night doesn’t get spoiled with a DUI:
• Always use a designated sober driver – a friend who is not drinking, ride-share, cab or public transportation to get home.
• See someone who is clearly impaired try and drive? Take the keys and help them make other arrangements to find a sober way home.
• Report drunk drivers, call 911.
• Hosting a party? Offer nonalcoholic drinks. Monitor who are drinking and how they are getting home.
The impact of a DUI arrest can be upwards of $13,500. This includes fines, fees, DUI classes, license suspension and possible jail time. The Torrance Police Department continues to encourage the community to be vigilant and report drunk drivers. “See Something, Say Something”.

Equinox and Promenade on the Peninsula present Community Yoga on Saturday, August 24 from 9 to 10 a.m. in the central courtyard. The community is invited for an all-levels yoga class! Mats and props will be provided with pre-registration or you can bring your own mat. Also, a complimentary day pass for those who would like to use Equinox facilities and Kids Club access where you can drop off the kids while you work out! Kids Club accepts ages 3 months all the way up to 7 years! You must RSVP for Kids Club to This event is FREE to attend! For additional information and registration, visit the Facebook event page at Promenade on the Peninsula is located at 500 Deep Valley Run, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274.

Assembly Member Al Muratsuchi will host a Community Coffee on Saturday, August 24 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Lomita Library. The community is encouraged to attend, enjoy a cup of coffee and share your thoughts regarding state and legislative issues affecting the South Bay. Attendees will hear what’s happening in the district and what services are available. For additional information and to RSVP, call the District Office at 310-375-0691 or visit the website at Lomita Library (Don Knabe Room) is located at 24200 Narbonne Avenue, Lomita, CA 90717.

The Automobile Driving Museum presents Gassers 6 on Saturday, August 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This 6th annual Gassers event will be bigger and better than ever. Celebrate vintage speed and all nostalgia classes of the era. FX, superstock and altereds welcome! Blown vehicles must have roots-style blowers. Special Guest Speakers are Ed “Isky” Iskenderian, Bones Balogh, and Bob Muravez. Join these special guests at the ADM for autographs and a discussion panel, moderated by Wicked Kuztomz very own Ken Vela! For additional information, visit the website at The Automobile Driving Museum is located at 610 Lairport Street, El Segundo, CA 90245.

The South Bay Parkland Conservancy is looking for Community Volunteers to enhance native habitat in Hopkins Wilderness Park on Saturday, August 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Attendees should bring sunscreen, a refillable water bottle and a hat. This is a family friendly activity. Help re-wild your community park! Food, supplies and tools will be provided. Future events are scheduled for September 14 & 21 and October 12 & 26. For additional information, visit the website at Hopkins Wilderness Park is located at 1102 Camino Real, Redondo Beach, CA 90277.

The Lomita Railroad Museum will host Community Day on Saturday, August 24 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This event is FREE as a thank you to the community for supporting the Lomita Railroad Museum throughout the year! The event features an array of entertainment including live music, dancing, DJ, demos, crafts, games, free admission to the museum, face painting, martial arts demonstrations, RR model display, photo booth and more. For additional information, visit the website at The Lomita Railroad Museum is located at 2137 250 Street, Lomita, California 90717.

Hermosa Beach Kiwanis presents the annual Taste at the Beach on Saturday, August 24 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Hermosa Beach Community Center. The event is one of Kiwanis’ special social fundraisers and features fine wines, craft brews, favorite dishes from local restaurants, a silent auction and live music. Guests will receive a commemorative wine glass, hors d’oeuvre tray and unlimited sips and bites. Chat with locals, listen to live music, and casually tour the facilities, including the famous Hermosa Beach Historical museum just steps away. Tickets are $65 per person or $75 at the door. For additional information, visit the website at The Hermosa Beach Community Center is located at 710 Pier Avenue in Hermosa Beach.

5B Artists & Media present the 2019 Hermosa Beach Summer Series on Saturday, August 24 and Sunday, August 25 starting at 4:30 p.m. sponsored by KROQ. The popular FREE community event returns to the sands of the quintessential Southern California beach town over two weekends in August, and for the first time ever, is expanding to both Saturday and Sunday at 5 p.m. each day with a jam-packed lineup of music, comedy, movies on the beach and other family-friendly experiences. The schedule and line-up are as follows:
• Saturday, August 24 – Los Angeles’ The White Buffalo (the stage name of musician and singer/songwriter Jake Smith) who has performed at numerous music festivals around the world. Comedy favorite Steve Byrne (“Sullivan & Son”, Comedy Central, Chappelle’s Show) will also perform stand up, along with additional music from instrumental alternative surf group Pounded By The Surf and LA’s Trapdoor Social. The evening comes to a close with a surf side screening of another classic movie via Hermosa Beach Friends of the Parks at 8 p.m. as voted on by Hermosa Beach locals.
• Sunday, August 25 – Headliner Mariachi El Bronx (the popular alter ego of indie rock band The Bronx). Also on the bill are three-time Grammy-nominated roots reggae legends, Wailing Souls who are celebrating their 50th anniversary as a band, as well as LA rockabilly fave Gamblers Mark.
Visit the Hermosa Summer Concerts Facebook page for updates and event information at The concerts will take place on the south side of the Hermosa Beach Pier.

This is one of the most fun events of the summer….. The Richstone Family Center presents the annual Endless Summer Beach Party on Saturday, August 24 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on a stretch of beach in Redondo. Enjoy an evening filled with flavorsome dishes from local restaurants, live music and dancing. Guest will stay cool with refreshing cocktails, beer and wine. The evening will also feature entertainment from the talented 12-member band, Night Owl Productions, covering all the beachy classics. All proceeds of ticket sales will continue to fund free mentoring programs against domestic violence for children who escaped abused homes. With invitations targeting Richstone’s most dedicated and generous supporters, they anticipate a sold-out event. Early Bird tickets are $125 until July 31. Tickets are $150 per person. For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the website at The Endless Summer Beach Party will take place on the Beach next to the Charthouse located at 208 Yacht Club Way in Redondo Beach.

The Monarch Ballroom will host Miami Nights Salsa Party on Saturday, August 24 from 6 to 10 p.m. The community is invited to dance the night away and celebrate the one-year anniversary of The Monarch Ballroom. Attendees will enjoy a Cuban buffet and beverages at 6 p.m. followed by a couple of Salsa classes and live Cuban music and dancing from 7 to 11 p.m. in addition to professional performances. Tickets are $40 per person. For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the Eventbrite page at The Monarch Ballroom is located at 1323 El Prado Ave, Torrance, CA 90501.

American Honda Motor Company and the Torrance Chamber of Commerce will host the annual Evening under the Stars: Annual Gourmet Food & Wine Festival on Saturday, August 24 from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at the Honda Headquarters in Torrance. The evening features Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Kenny G, scrumptious bites from the finest South Bay restaurants and more than 80 varietals of wine. Professional sommeliers will be on hand to educate guests about wine. As part of the event’s festivities, guests will have the opportunity to participate in a live and silent auction for exclusive items and experiences, including entertainment packages, sporting events and memorabilia, dining, travel, local outings and specialty items. Tickets are $200 per person. Dress code: cocktail attire. No one under 21 years of age will be admitted. Proceeds will benefit Torrance Memorial Medical Center’s North Patient Tower, which will house new Pediatric, Neonatal Intensive Care and Mother/Baby Units and Vistas for Children. For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the website at American Honda Motor Company headquarters is located at 700 Van Ness Avenue, Torrance, CA.

The LA-based New Orleans funk band, Alligator Beach, has just released their debut album titled Throwin’ a Party! on Spotify. The Alligator Beach Album Release Party will take place on Saturday, August 24 at 7 p.m. at Saint Rocke. The band’s founder, Lance Keller, is a longtime Hermosa Beach resident who is frequently seen playing trombone with a variety of local bands in the South Bay and in Hollywood. His passion for New Orleans funk inspired him to create Alligator Beach a few years ago. The band now has a loyal following, packing local venues and enjoying immensely popular word-of-mouth reviews. Their music is described as “pure musical party fun”, with lead vocalist Carol Hatchett tearing the house down in nearly every song. The band’s debut album features original songs and two covers, including a New Orleans groove-version of Led Zeppelin’s Whole Lotta Love. Members of Alligator Beach have performed with and/or recorded with Etta James, Bette Midler, Rod Stewart, The Eurythmics, Tom Petty, Dr. Dre, Barry White, Ziggy Marley, Yes, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Stanley Clarke, Ringo Starr, Beyonce, Ray Charles, Maceo Parker, Kool and The Gang, Van Morrison, Keith Richards, Roger Daltry, Buddy Guy, Bob Weir, Levon Helm, Albert Lee, The Jacksons, Sister Sledge, Shiela E, Tierra, Bo Didley & Orgone. For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the website at Saint Rocke is located at 142 Pacific Coast Highway, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254. To view a recent video, visit

The Catalina Classic Paddleboard Race will take place on Sunday, August 25. The longest, most demanding race on the paddleboard circuit, the Catalina Classic is a grueling, thirty-two milelong paddleboard marathon which takes off from Catalina Island and finishes at the Manhattan Beach Pier. Founded in 1955, the event is a herculean endeavor drawing qualified watermen from all over the world to compete. The event was cancelled in 1961 due to dangerous conditions and languished for more than twenty years. It was revived in 1982 with a field of ten competitors. Since then, the sport has experienced an enormous resurgence in popularity, particularly in the South Bay. The race gets under way at 6 am and finishes at approximately 3 pm with the first finishers expected about 11 a.m. at the Manhattan Beach Pier. You’ll definitely want to be at the finish line to witness this amazing feat of endurance. For additional information, visit the website at

The monthly Torrance Antique Street Faire takes place on Sunday, August 25 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event features 200+ sellers offering antiques, collectibles, vintage clothes, jewelry, LP’s, toys, tools, plants, home decor and more. Have your antiques appraised for only $3, enjoy a free crafting activity with Karen’s Krafts 4 Kids and live music. Rain or shine, free admission and pet friendly!2019 DATES: Jan. 27 • Feb. 24 • Mar. 24 • Apr. 28 • May 26 • June 23 • July 28 • Aug. 25 • Sep. 22 • Oct. 27 • Nov. 24 • Dec. 22. For additional information, call (310) 328-6107 or visit the website at The Torrance Antique Street Faire is located at 1317 Sartori Avenue in downtown Torrance.

I TOLD you this would sell out….. The City of Gardena presents the annual Jazz Festival on Sunday, August 25 from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Rowley Park. The Stanley Clarke Band will headline this year’s event. Also, gracing the main stage will be Jazz Funk Soul with Jeff Lorber, Everette Harp and Paul Jackson Jr., the phenomenal Marcus Johnson, the ladies of Jazz in Pink, Corney Mims and tHE-KNOW-IT-ALLz, and the Fernando Pullum Community Arts Center youth group. The second stage will feature the Supa Lowery Brothers, The F.E.R.M., The Wyldebunch, and will showcase the winner of the talent contest “Coming to the Stage, the Next Big Thing!”. Tickets are $25 – $85. For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the Eventbrite page at Rowley Park is located at 13220 Van Ness Avenue, Gardena, CA 90249.

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Sunday Funday at Portofino presents Arnie Vilches & Friends on Sunday, August 25 from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Port Royal Gas Dock. Guitarist/vocalist Arnie Vilches has toured and recorded with artists such as Mark Farner of Grand Funk Railroad, Cheap Trick, Blue Oyster Cult, Viva Santana, Edgar Winter and currently Bobby Kimball, original lead singer of TOTO to name a few. Get ready to dance to your favorite classic rock and funk tunes. They have a full bar set up and grill area with food for purchase. Come hang out on the dock! For additional information, visit the website at Baleen Lounge is located at The Portofino Hotel & Marina at 260 Portofino Way, Redondo Beach, CA 90277.

Nasty Bad Habit will be playing at Starboard Attitude on Sunday, August 25 from 3 to 7 p.m. Starboard Attitude is my absolute favorite watering hole on the pier – they’re generous with the pours, the prices are good, there’s an actual dance floor and they play kick ass rock and blues all day. You can’t go wrong with Nasty Bad Habit and their voodoo blues. For additional information, visit the Facebook event page at Starboard Attitude is located at 202 Fishermans Wharf, Redondo Beach, CA 90277.

St. Luke’s Presbyterian Church presents the FREE Garden Concert Series on Sunday, August 25 from 5 to 7 p.m. on the lawn. Attendees should plan to arrive early and picnic on the lawn. Dessert and coffee will be hosted by St. Luke’s. This event is FREE to attend and there is ample free parking available. For additional information, call 310-377-2825. St Luke’s Presbyterian Church is located at 26825 Rolling Hills Road in Rolling Hills Estates.

Join Beach Cities Health District for the FREE Summer Fitness Series: Mindful Yoga in the Park every Monday in August at 6 p.m. at Valley Park in Hermosa Beach. Get moving and de-stress with this free, public event that brings together community, fitness and fun! Everyone is welcome to participate — women, men and children — and you can participate at your own pace. By all means, invite friends, family and co-workers! Registration starts at 6 p.m. with the hour-long yoga class beginning at 6:30. All participants must sign a waiver. Attendees should bring their own yoga mat. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable, athletic clothing and bring a jacket in case of cool weather. Classes will be led by certified instructors from the Center for Health & Fitness. For additional information and to register, call 310.374.3426 or visit the website at Valley Park is located at 2521 Valley Drive, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254.

The South Bay Women’s Conference hosts the monthly Let’s Connect Mixer at Bliss Nail Lounge on Tuesday, August 27 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. These monthly mixers are held on the 4th Tuesday of each month at various locations around the South Bay to show support for local businesses. Come prepared to meet other like-minded, professional business women in a warm, easy-going and fun environment. Men are also welcome to attend these mixers! Light appetizers and beverages will be provided. Catch up with friends, meet new ones and learn more about the annual South Bay Women’s Conference and opportunities to volunteer or give back. Tickets are $5 for members and $15 for non-members. For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the website at Bliss Nail Lounge is located at 1721 South Catalina Avenue Redondo Beach, CA 90277.

The Neptunian Woman’s Club hosts the annual Open House on Tuesday, August 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the clubhouse. The oldest philanthropic organization in the South Bay, this event is open to all women in the South Bay! Enjoy a glass of wine, light tapas and conversation with the Neptunian Woman’s Club members. This will be a great opportunity to learn about the club that has been a Manhattan Beach philanthropic organization since 1909. Bring a neighbor and a friend! This event is FREE to attend! For additional information and to RSVP, visit the Eventbrite page at The Neptunian Woman’s Club is located at 920 Highland Avenue, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

The Redondo Beach Chamber of Commerce will host the annual Regional Mixer on Wednesday, August 28 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Seaside Lagoon. Mix, mingle, make new friends and meet up with other local business owners at this popular annual event. Guest will enjoy live entertainment, opportunity drawings, great food from local Chamber member restaurants and more. Members from 11 local Chambers will be attending. This mixer can draw over 300 people from the South Bay. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to make connections and don’t forget your business cards. The cost is $10 for any Chamber member and $20 for non-members. To register, call 310-376-6911 or visit the website at Seaside Lagoon is located at 200 Portofino Way in Redondo Beach.

The community is invited to join Congressman Ted Lieu for his next Town Hall on Wednesday, August 28 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at El Segundo High School. This will be an opportunity for constituents to hear directly from Congressman Lieu on current events in Washington, D.C., voice their opinions on issues important to them, and ask questions. Please note: outside signs and banners will not be allowed inside the auditorium. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Parking is available in the lot at the intersection of Standard Street and East Mariposa Avenue, and at Main Street and West Mariposa Avenue. For additional information and to register for the event, call (323) 651-1040 or visit the Eventbrite page at El Segundo High School is located at 640 Main Street, El Segundo, CA 90245.

Here’s a HEADS-UP on a few events you’ll want to plan for now!

This event listing is current as of yesterday, but new events are posted EVERY DAY! Check the website for updates at for details on these and other events happening throughout the South Bay.

Don’t forget these Summer Concert Series currently underway!

Live Music at Metlox

Nelson’s Summer Concert Series

Lunada Bay Concert Series (Last concert of the season August 25!)

Polliwog Park Summer Concert Series

The Point Summer Music Series

Redondo Pier Summer of Music Concert Series

Malaga Cove Concerts in the Park

The City of Hermosa Beach Community Resources Department’s Fall 2019 Recreation & Enrichment Programs Brochure is now available. The Recreation Brochure of activities, programs, and events is produced three times yearly and is available for viewing at the Hermosa Beach Community Center, 710 Pier Avenue or online at Unique opportunities for both youth and adults exist to provide recreational experiences in sport, athletics, creative arts, and social interaction. A scheduled list of annual events is available from the Community Resources Department. You can view the brochure at For additional information, visit the website at Feel free to call if you have any questions at (310) 318-0280.

The City of Torrance now has the MyTorranceCA App available to residents to directly report graffiti, coyote sightings, and shopping cart retrieval with photos, comments, and GPS coordinates right from the palm of their hand. MyTorranceCA is available on iTunes and Google Play Store.

This morning on The South Bay Show: South Bay Spotlight, we’re opening up the phone lines to discuss the new Hermosa Beach Summer Series format and hear your thoughts on last weekend’s event. We had one of the producers scheduled to be our guest this morning, but he backed out yesterday. Call 714-242-5288 between 8 and 9 a.m. to opine! Listen to the podcast live at 8 a.m. or anytime at Tune in every Thursday at 8 a.m. to keep up with what’s going down throughout in the South Bay!

Tomorrow morning on The South Bay Show: Manhattan Beach Chamber 360, we have a couple of returning guests, L.A. Kings Radio Analyst Daryl Evans and Jennifer Pope from the Kings Care Foundation. We’re going to learn about the upcoming LA Kings Beach Cities 5K/10K Run/Walk taking place Saturday, September 7 benefiting the Hydrocephalus Association, the annual Taste of the South Bay on Sunday, September 8 at Westdrift Hotel from 4 to 8 p.m. and the second annual LA Kings Golf Tournament on Monday, September 30 at the Palos Verdes Golf Club. Listen to the podcast live at 8 a.m. or anytime at Tune in every Friday morning and discover what’s happening in Manhattan Beach!

Have a fabulous South Bay weekend!