Artful Attractions

A Southbay Web Preview

Spring is around the corner, and with the new season comes a lineup of events sure to satisfy the art enthusiast in all of us. Oh, and no freeway required. Whether you’re looking to browse the local arts and crafts scene while strolling around Hermosa Beach, want to lose yourself in a gallery exhibit or are drawn to dance and music performances, this season offers a wide range of options for all of the South Bay’s cultural aficionados.


February 22 to May 24

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays,
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Journey into an interactive exhibit showcasing the creative process of children’s fiction author Cornelia Funke.

Music in the Garden: Showcasing Young Musicians of the Peninsula and South Bay

March 1

South Coast Botanic Garden

Presented by the Peninsula Committee Los Angeles Philharmonic, the concert will feature young musicians from the Peninsula and other South Bay schools performing in the Hall and Koi Pond Patio.

BRAVO! The Classical & Contemporary Ballet Experience

March 7 & 8

7 p.m. on the 7th, 2 p.m. on the 8th
Torrance Cultural Arts Center

Experience the beauty of South Bay Ballet through an eclectic series of styles for all audiences.


Golden State Pops Orchestra presents
A Spoonful of Sherman

March 15

3 p.m.
Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center

This family-friendly symphonic concert featuring selections from the delightful Sherman brothers’ songbook, including music from Walt Disney films, Disneyland rides such as “It’s A Small World,” early rock ‘n’ roll hits and other successes like Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.


Cabaret Jazz Series

The Ellis Island Boys Featuring The Reynolds Brothers

March 15

Blue Street Jazz Band

May 17

Brunch 11:30 a.m., supper 5 p.m.
Norris Pavilion

Get lost in the toe-tapping, sweet sounds of jazz while enjoying a catered meal and sipping libations from the full, no-host bar at the Norris Pavilion.


John Elgin Woolf: Small Treasures

March 20 to May 24

Monday thru Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sundays 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Palos Verdes Art Center

Immerse yourself in the architectural style of Hollywood Regency through the work of its originator, John Elgin Woolf.


Fiesta Hermosa

May 23—25

10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Downtown Hermosa

Head to the “largest arts and crafts fair in Southern California” and enjoy live music, a beer garde —where a portion of every cup of suds purchased goes to charity, a wide range of sweet and savory dishes to nosh on, and a variety of activities for the kiddos.


May 26, 27, 30 & 31

8 p.m.
The Forum

Bono and the boys take to the road with a tour that follows the recent release of U2’s 13th studio album, Songs Of Innocence by Island Records, which was given to subscribers and gifted by Apple to more than a half-billion iTunes Music Store customers worldwide. To date, Songs of Innocence has been streamed 81 million times and has been downloaded by 30 million fans.