Every Thursday morning, before this Weekend Guide is sent out, I check the links for each of the featured events to make sure they are working properly. Twice during the past month, an event was cancelled at the last moment and subscribers have contacted me wanting to know why they weren’t informed of the cancellation. In both of these instances, no effort was made by the sponsoring groups to inform the public (or me!) – they just cancelled the event but the information was still listed on their websites. It’s always a good rule of thumb to re-check the links, or call, before heading out to any event since a lot can happen between Thursday and Sunday…..LIKE THE STUPID GOVERNMENT SHUT DOWN.
The Old Town Music Hall in El Segundo will be screening Classic Silent Horror Movies throughout the month of October. Since 1968, the Old Town Music Hall has been showing vintage silent and sound films and presenting live concerts by some of the world’s finest performers of jazz, ragtime and popular music from the past. Scheduled screenings include: The Black Cat, Nosferatu, Dracula, Phantom of the Opera and The Day the Earth Stood Still. Silent films are accompanied by the Mighty Wurlitzer, a massive 1925 wind-powered pipe organ that has been meticulously preserved so that silent classics can be experienced with live musical accompaniment, just as they did when they were first shown. For additional information and screening schedule, visit the website at http://www.oldtownmusichall.org/index.html. The Old Town Music Hall is located at 140 Richmond Street in El Segundo.
This sounds like a fantastic way to spend a Tuesday evening and guests can use the free shuttle service from Riviera Village! Terranea Resort presents the Fall Mixology Series on Tuesday nights throughout the month of October. The Lobby Bar at Terranea invites guests to spend an evening learning about their favorite spirits with leading mixology experts and guest bartenders. This educational series is comprised of cocktail demonstrations, two specialty drinks, hors d’oeuvres and live music. Each event will take place from 7:30 to 9 p.m. and the cost is $45 per person. Space is limited and reservations are required by calling 310-265-2836. Participants must be at least 21 years of age. Terranea Resort is located at 100 Terranea Way in Rancho Palos Verdes. For a schedule of events, visit the website at www.terranea.com or call 866-802-8000.
Support local merchants and get a jump start on the weekend at the Downtown Torrance Market Place. Every Thursday, Old Town Torrance takes to the streets with gifts, arts and crafts, jewelry, art, clothing, food and produce, antiques and more. The weekly event features live music, tastings and product demonstrations from over thirty vendors and runs from 3 to 8 p.m. Downtown restaurants and shops will stay open late with sidewalk sales and Market Place specials. Free parking is available in the public parking lot on Cravens Avenue and the public parking structure with entrances on Sartori and Cabrillo Avenues. Free valet parking is also available at The Depot Restaurant located at 1250 Cabrillo Avenue. The Downtown Torrance Market Place is located at Sartori and El Prado in Torrance. For more information, visit the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/downtowntorrancemarketplace.
The Riviera Village Farmers’ Market takes place every Friday from 3 to 7 p.m. and offers a selection of fresh produce, flowers, artisanal bread, hand crafted beverages, hummus and more. Be sure to stop by La Fiesta Movil and pick up some salsa and guacamole. They make it to order and it may be the best salsa in the South Bay! The Riviera Village Farmer’s Market takes place on Avenue I between Catalina Avenue and the Esplanade.
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. 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 and dare I say, strut your stuff. Walk In Dance Out offers dance instruction at several locations throughout the South Bay. Many of the students and instructors attend this monthly event and are delighted to share their knowledge and expertise. The cost is $7 per person with light refreshments and a no-host bar. The Joslyn Center is located at 1601 Valley Drive in Manhattan Beach. For more information, visit the website at www.walkindanceout.com or call 310-373-8487. This is a city facility, so you may want to check if it’s closed due to THE STUPID GOVERNMENT SHUT DOWN.
Cruise at the Beach happens every Friday night through October with vintage automobiles on display in the Ruby’s Diner parking lot from 4 to 8 p.m. Enthusiasts are encouraged to bring their hot rods, street rods and muscle cars and strut their stuff. The evening also features trivia, trophies and raffle. Ruby’s Diner is located at 245 North Harbor Drive in Redondo Beach. Take a stroll through the parking lot and marvel at this fine collection of classic automobiles. If you wish to display a car or require more information, contact Larry Neville at 310-962-7438. There are just a couple of Cruises left this season!
The Palos Verdes Art Center proudly presents the new exhibit, I Love My Dog, opening Friday, October 11. Curated by PVAC Executive Director, Joe Baker, the exhibition celebrates the special relationship between man and dog. The I Love My Dog exhibit examines a variety of ways that artists have brought the depiction of the dog to the art world. Paintings from the 19th and 20th century will include artwork loaned from the collection of the American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog. Contemporary artists include Antoine Bootz, Doug Meyer, Siri Devi Khandavilli, and William Wegman. A pre-opening reception begins at 5 p.m. on Friday, October 11 for PVAC members, with the general public opening following from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibit is free and open to the public and will run through January 5, 2014. For additional information, visit the website at http://www.pvartcenter.org/. The Palos Verdes Art Center is located at 5504 West Crestridge Road in Rancho Palos Verdes.
The MBS Media Campus in Manhattan Beach will host the first annual Sunscreen Film Festival October 11 through October 13. Some of the films to be screened: Waste of Space; Vivir En La Musica; Darwin – Somewhere In The Desert; Book Club; Isabel and others. In addition to the screenings, there are several other events taking place over the three days of the Festival: an Opening Night Party on Friday, Lifetime Achievement Award (Ed Asner) and Awards Ceremony on Saturday and an After Party on Sunday. Several ticket packages are available at for guests interested in attending some or all of the events. For additional information and complete schedule of events, visit the website at http://www.sunscreenfilmfestival.com/festival-2013/schedule.html.
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. The Lighthouse is usually open to the public on the second Saturday of each month for tours but DUE TO THE STUPID GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN, IT’S CLOSED. (I discovered this when I checked the link!)
Kala Koa Entertainment and Hawaiian Airlines are proud to present HAPA at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center. HAPA, “Hawaii’s hottest group” (Billboard), returns to the South Bay for one show only on Saturday, October 12 at 7 p.m. This concert performance features all new string arrangements of their biggest hits and award-winning hula and Tahitian dance performances. Attendees will also enjoy delicious Hawaiian food, island-style malasadas, shaved ice and plenty of free parking. For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the website at http://www.kalakoa.com/Kala_Koa/HOME.html. The Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center is located at 1935 Manhattan Beach Boulevard in Redondo Beach.
Seaside Lagoon hosts the first annual Beyond the Shore Festival on Sunday, October 13 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This fundraising event includes a 4.5 mile SUP (stand up paddle board) race, a fun relay race and a race just for the kids. Attendees may also take part in setting the Guinness World Record for the largest ever attempted SUP yoga class. Yes, you read correctly, yoga on paddle boards! (This is a must-see!) Fees are $35 per person for pre-registration and $40 the day of event and include all events. Beyond the Shore is a non-profit organization dedicated to ocean conservation, education and awareness. They host harbor and beach clean ups and charitable stand up paddling events. For additional information, visit the website at http://www.beyondtheshore.org/Home_Page.html. To register, visit https://www.paddleguru.com/races/BeyondTheShoreFestival. The Seaside Lagoon is located next to King Harbor, just north of the Redondo Beach Pier at 200 Portofino Way in Redondo Beach (at the corner of Harbor Drive and Beryl Street).
The Redondo Beach Pier Association presents the fourth annual Taste of the Pier on Sunday, October 13 beginning at noon. Attendance is free but if you want to sample the fabulous food, tasting tickets are priced at twelve tickets for $10. Receive one raffle entry to win a prize when you purchase 10 tickets. Each restaurant will feature a different menu item and non-food retailers will offer special discounts. The event also features live music on the stage at the end of the pier over the water as well as free balloons, face painting and arts & crafts at the new SoCal City Kids Zone. Proceeds will benefit the Redondo Beach Educational Foundation and Cancer Support Community. So take a few hours this weekend to stroll the Pier, savor small bites, listen to some live music and maybe spot a few whales. The Redondo Beach Pier is located at 100 Fisherman’s Wharf in Redondo Beach. Tickets are available for purchase at the event. For more information, visit the website at http://www.redondopier.com/event/2nd-annual-taste-of-the-pier-2-2/ or send inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chef Michael Shafer of The Depot and the Buffalo Fire Department is proud to present the 18 annual Halloween Ball on Sunday, October 13. Benefitting the children of Pediatric Therapy Network, the Ball will take place from 4 to 9 p.m. under a ghostly white tent located in front of The Depot restaurant. This spooktacular evening sponsored by Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. is attended by over 700 costumed guests and features Chef Shafer’s dinner buffet, hosted martini bar, live music, dancing, a costume contest, both live and silent auctions and lots of eerie fun. All proceeds go to support Pediatric Therapy Network’s programs and services for children with special needs. Tickets are $125 per person or you can host a table for $1,500. For ticket purchase and sponsorships, call 310-328-0276 ext. 202 or visit www.PediatricTherapyNetwork.org. The Depot is located at 1250 Cabrillo Avenue in Torrance.
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As always, check the calendar links and ‘Things to Do’ page on my website, www.southbaybyjackie.com, for details on these and other events throughout the South Bay.
On The South Bay Show this morning, Joe and I discussed all the fabulous events taking place this weekend and a sneak peak of what to look forward to the rest of the month! Don’t worry, if you missed it, you can listen to the program here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thesouthbayshow/2013/10/10/the-south-bay-show.
Have a fabulous South Bay weekend!