- Terelle Jerricks
Occupy BofA from San Pedro to North Carolina
San Pedro– A dozen Occupy San Pedro demonstrators picketed Bank of America’s local branch in solidarity wit the hundreds of Occupy Wall Streets activists that descended upon the bank’s shareholder meeting in North Carolina. The protest were as much about exposing the banking giants misdeeds as it were about supporting the shareholders that saw their investments tanked several times over from $52 to $8 per share since 2008.
The Occupy protest follows a successful direct action protest at a Wells Fargo shareholder event in San Francisco last month. Thousands of protesters shut down the conference.
May 12 –Volunteer Workday
A volunteer workday will be held at the Alta Vicente Reserve between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. Help native plants grow by removing foreign competition. Reservations are advised.
Details: (310) 541-7613; firstname.lastname@example.org
Venue: Alta Vicente Reserve
Location: 30940 Hawthorne Blvd., Rancho Palos Verdes
May 13– Jim Sitterly
Violinist Jim Sitterly will perform his new composition The Five Fingers at 7 p.m. May 13, at Los Angeles Harbor College’s Miller Recital Hall in Wilmington.
Details: (310) 548-1659
Venue: Miller Recital Hall
Location: 1111 Figueroa Place, Wilmington
May 19– Great Composer Tribute: John Williams
The Golden State Pops Orchestra will pay homage to John Williams in a special night featuring music from E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, Jaws, Memoirs of a Geisha, Star Wars, Jurassic Park, and Harry Potter. Tickets cost $15 to $50 and are on sale now. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. with a stage-side chat with Hollywood Reporter Jeff Bond.
Details: (310) 433-8774; www.gspo.com
Venue: Warner Grand Theatre
Location: 478 W. 6th St., San Pedro
May 20–Thies Consort
Enjoy an afternoon with Robert Edward Thies and friends, strating at 4 p.m. May 20, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Manhattan Beach. The Thies Consort draws on Southern California premiere ensemble artists to perform innovative and unique programming with musical continuity based on on a style, composer or other concept. Suggested donation is $15 and $5 for students.
Details: (310) 937-7275
Venue: Trinity Lutheran Church
Location: 1340 11th St., Manhattan Beach
May 26– Minyo Station CD Release
Minyo Station will be performing at 2:30 p.m. May 26 at the Alvas Showroom. Tickets cost $20 advanced and $25 at the door. Seating is limited and advanced purchase is recommended. Attendees are invited to bring their own food and alcohol (beer and wine).
Details: (310) 806-1131; www.minyostation.com
Venue: Alvas Showroom
Location: 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro
May 12– Nature Walks
Enjoy a family outdoor walk led by a volunteer naturalists, historians, and geologists from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. May 12 at the Forrestal Reserve. The hike will be moderate to strenuous and participants are advised to wear walking shoes and bring water and sun protection. No reservations are required. Cancellations possible due to rain.
Details: (310) 541-7613; www.pvplc.org
Venue: Ladera Linda Community Center
Location: 32201 Forrestal Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes
May 17– Aquarium’s First Penguin Exhibit
The Aquarium of the Pacific will debut a new permanent exhibit, the June Keyes Penguin Habitat, home to the first penguins in the Aquarium’s collection. The penguins will join the Aquarium’s collection of more than 11,000 animals in the institutions 50 exhibits representing the diversity of the Pacific Ocean. Tickets are $24.95 for adults, $21.95 for seniors, $13.95 for children 11 and younger. Children younger than three and Aquarium members get in free.
Details: (562) 590-3100; www.aquariumofpacific.org
Venue: Aquarium of the Pacific
Location: 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach
May 18–San Pedro Farmer’s Market
There will be a farmer’s market on the corner of 6th St. and Mesa between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. May 18. Fresh and organic produce, crafts and flowers will be sold.
Location: near 6th at Mesa streets
May 19–Boat Tours
Public boat tours of the Los Angeles Harbor will depart from berth 75-79 at Ports O’Call Village and Banning’s Landing at 100 E. Water St., in Wilmington. Tours will leave on the hour and are first come first serve between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Details: (800) 831-PORT
Venue: Ports O’Call and Banning’s Landing
Location: Berth 75-79 in San Pedro and 100 E. Water St., Willmington
Santa Cruz Island Voyage with Naturalists
The Cabrillo Marine Aquarium will lead a trip to Santa Cruz Island from Ventura at 8 a.m. May 19. Space is limited and reservations are required. Tickets are $55 for adults and $35 for children 12 and younger. Friends members pay $50.
Details: (310) 548-7562; www.cabrillomarineaquarium.org
May 20–Armed Forces Sunday at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church
St. Peter’s Episcopal Church will host a prayer and reception in thanks to all area servicemen and women and their families at 9:30 a.m. May 20. All are invited.
Venue: St. Peter’s Episcopal Church
Location: 1648 W. 9th St., San Pedro
THEATER & FILM
May 11 –A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Enjoy A Midsummer Night’s Dream, at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays May 11 through 19, with 3 p.m. performance May 20, at El Camino College Campus Theatre in Torrance. The play revolves around the adventures of four young lovers, a group of amateur actors and their interactions with fairies who inhabit a moonlit forest. Cost is $15.
Details: (310) 512-6030, www.littlefishtheater.com
Location: 777 Centre St., San Pedro
Enjoy Panache, through May 24, at Little Fish Theatre in San Pedro. Random Lengths News theater critic John Farrell said about Panache: The play is a delight, lifer-affirming, of course, but with plenty of laughs, too.
Details: (800) 832-ARTS
Venue: Campus Theatre
Location: 16007 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance.
ITVS Community Cinema presents, Strong!, starting at 2 p.m. at the Grand Annex in San Pedro. Strong! Chrnicles the U.S. Olympic weightlifter Cheryl Haworth as she prepares for Beijing 2008, exploring popular notions of power, strength, beauty and health. Free.
Venue: Grand Annex
Location: 434 W. 6th St., San Pedro
May 27–Mrs. Smart’s Spectacular Circus!
The Found Theatre presents Mrs. Smart’s Spectacular Circus!, at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and at 2:30 p.m. Sundays, through May 27, at The Found Theatre in Long Beach. Bored with school, her parents, her electronic gadgets, and her 2,472 “really close friends” on FacePlace, Priscilla Pagliaccio decides to seek adventure under the Big Top. Come along for the roller coaster ride as she joins up with Mrs. Smart’s Spectacular Circus! and learns lessons about love, friendship, and living in the real world. With wild music, crazy costumes, fun circus acts, and lots of off-beat humor. Tickets are $10 for adults, $10 and $5 for children younger than 12.
Details: (562) 433-3363
Venue: The Found Theatre
Location: 599 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach
Pearls of Wisdom
Pearls of Wisdom: End the Violence displays works by survivors and concerned community members who recast their personal memories of domestic pain into iridescent pearl-like objects, through May 20 at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.
Using the metaphor of pearls as treasures that form inside an oyster in response to a harmful irritant, each participant took an object that symbolized the abuse and transformed it into a pearl of wisdom, using paint, text, imagery, plasters bandages and more.
Details: (310) 440-4500; www.skirball.org
Venue: Skirball Cultural Center
Location: 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles.
Witness the assemblage of Curious Matters, from 6 to 9 p.m. through June 28, at The Loft Gallery in San Pedro.
See how James Preston Allen uses The Box as a Metaphor and see the new work of Ann Olsen Daub.
Details: (310) 831-5757
Venue: The Loft Gallery
Location: 401 Mesa St., San Pedro
Experience how students use work in various media, including jewelry, ceramics, digital media and more, though May 31, at the El Camino College Art Gallery in Torrance. A gallery reception and open house is scheduled, from 6 to 9 p.m. May 18.
Details: (310) 660-3010
Venue: El Camino College Art Gallery
Location: 16007 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance.