Jackie's Weekend Guide for September 5, 2013

Now that summer has (unofficially) ended, things have quieted down a bit….but not for long! The fall season is shaping up nicely with a variety of fabulous events scheduled throughout the South Bay. Take a breath while you can…..

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, 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. and this week, they’re going country with pony rides, line dancing and other activities. 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 Norris Center for the Performing Arts will open the 2013-2014 professional season and celebrate its 30th birthday on September 6th with An Evening with Debbie Reynolds. A true Hollywood legend, the multi-talented actress, singer and dancer, who first shot to stardom after performing in Singin’ in the Rain, will share songs and memories from her storied show business career. Tickets for Debbie Reynolds’ September 6th performance are $100 and $125, as well as a special post-show reception with Reynolds, which is exclusive to donors of $1000 or more in the last year. For more information and ticket purchase, visit the website at www.norriscenter.com or call 310-544-0403. The Norris Theatre is located at 27570 Norris Center Drive in Rolling Hills Estates.

El Segundo Museum of Art presents the laboratory’s fifth art experience, The Juxtaposition of FAME, opening September 8th. The experiment explores the ambivalent soul of Los Angeles via works by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Chuck Close, Gustav Klimt, Helmut Newton, Andy Warhol, Zala, Maxfield Parrish, Neil Armstrong and others. The exhibit features select works from the Sweeney Collection, whose owners are among the founders of ESMoA. Laid out in the art laboratory’s main exhibition space, the art experience includes works created with oil, acrylic, watercolor, porcelain, wood, paper, metal and canvas. For additional information, visit the website at http://www.ESMoA.org or call 424-277-1020. El Segundo Museum of Art is located at 208 Main Street in El Segundo.

The Strand House hosts the annual Sea Starry Night fundraiser to benefit the Roundhouse Aquarium on Monday, September 9th. Tickets are $100 per person and include elegant hors d’oeuvres, drink tickets for two cocktails, a live DJ, silent auction with priceless items and lots of fun! The fundraiser runs from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. with proceeds benefitting the Roundhouse Aquarium Educational Program. The Strand House is located at 117 Manhattan Beach Boulevard in Manhattan Beach. For more information, visit the website at www.roundhouseaquarium.org or call 310-379-8117.

Attention local caterers, restaurants and patrons of the arts! The Power of Art 2013 – Connections, will take place at the Redondo Beach Elks Lodge on Friday, October 18, 19 and 20. The Opening Reception is Friday, October 18th from 6 to 9 p.m.  The Redondo Beach Art Group, a non-profit organization, is looking for a caterer/restaurant to donate or steeply discount their services for the Opening Reception. The name of the business, person or entity will be properly credited with publicity…..and let’s not forget the karma that comes with using your powers for good! They expect somewhere between 500 to 700 people opening night. Anybody interested in stepping up to the plate to assist the local art scene, contact Gloria Plascencia at g.plascencia@sbcglobal.net.

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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 spoke with Kate Vineyard and Tiffany Smith of S.E.L.F. Fitness in Redondo Beach. Don’t worry, if you missed the program you can listen to it here: http://southbaybyjackie.com/september-5-2013-tiffany-smith-kate-vineyard-s-e-l-f-fitness-studio/.

Have a fabulous South Bay weekend!




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