Arts Preview

The South Bay and greater Los Angeles area will soon come alive with an exciting mix of performances, gallery shows and more to drop in your iPhone calendar. Here are a few arts and entertainment events that we are most looking forward to now through August.


  • The Taming of the Shrew March 22–April 3 William Shakespeare’s comical romp about love, marriage and an often-spirited battle between the sexes. Art May 17–29
  • How much would you pay for a white painting? Playwright Yasmina Reza looks between the lines in this Tony Award-winning comedy. For tickets and information, visit


  • 33rd Annual Playboy Jazz Festival June 11–12 Bill Cosby presides over a weekend of jazz that includes The Roots with special guest Terrence Blanchard, SFJAZZ Collective and a night of New Orleans music.
  • Sarah McLachlan and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra July 15–16 The multi-Grammy-winning singer/songwriter makes her Bowl debut and celebrates her recent release, Laws of Illusion.
  • Dolly Parton July 22–23 One of the most adored figures in American music showcases her talents and classic songs.
    For tickets, visit


  • Iris Opening July 22 The home of the Academy Awards will soon host Iris, Cirque du Soleil’s lyrical, fanciful and kinetic foray into the world of cinema. For tickets, visit
  • LACMA Magna Carta April 26–May 5 An original manuscript of the Magna Carta from the Bodleian Library, Oxford University will be on view on Level 2 of the Art of the Americas Building during the annual celebration of BritWeek.
  • Tim Burton Opening May 29 A major retrospective exploring the full range of Burton’s creative work, both as a director of live-action and animated films, and as an artist, illustrator, photographer, and writer.
    For tickets and information, visit


  • The Andrew Brothers April 29–May 15 Three soldiers find themselves giving the performance of a lifetime when a certain trio of singing sisters fail to arrive at their USO gig.
  • Shotgun Blues: The Blues Brothers Experience May 27–28 An evening of rocking, blues, fun and nostalgia, performing hit songs “Soul Man,” “Sweet Home Chicago,” and more, with a show band, gospel choir and more.
    For tickets and times, visit


  • Once Upon a Time May 8 Gail Eichenthal narrates an evening of storybook-inspired musical selections, like Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel and Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf.
  • Summer Pops Concert July 24 Music favorites from Richard Rodgers, Alfred Newman, Duke Ellington and more.
    All performances are at 7 p.m. at Rolling Hills Covenant Church in Rolling Hills Estates.For tickets and information, visit


  • Nina Storey March 13 The singer and songwriter, with openers Lindsey Harper and Shannon Larsen
  • SambaDa’ March 23 The vibrant sounds of this favorite Afro-Brazilian funk band.
  • Hermosa Beach Summer Concerts July 31, August 7, 14 and 21 Saint Rocke, in collaboration with Vox Entertainment, will again bring back the massive beach concerts with a soon-to-be-announced line-up.
    For event tickets and times, visit


  • Much Ado About Nothing & King Lear The company will present both Bard shows in repertory at various locations in the South Bay during July and August, including Polliwog Park in Manhattan Beach, Valley Park in Hermosa and Recreation Park in El Segundo. Admission is free.
    For complete a schedule and locations, visit


  • Sade with very special guest John Legend August 19–20 Following the platinum selling success of Soldier of Love, the chanteuse will perform songs from her latest album plus songs from her collection of timeless hits.
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