Shaggy Dog Stories and Other Tales

This group exhibition includes works and collaborative projects by Kate Berlant and Natalie Labriola, Josh Callaghan, Wynne Greenwood and K8 Hardy, Alake Shilling, Roni Shneior, The Smudge, and Barak Zemer. Guest curated by Audrey Moyer and Paulina Samborska, Shaggy Dog Stories and Other Tales marks the first exhibition in Angels Gate Cultural Center’s Curatorial Takeover 2019. The show runs through March 23.

Time: 12 to 4 pm.

Cost: Free


Venue: Angels Gate Cultural Center, 3601 S. Gaffey St., San Pedro

Intangible in Paint

The Venice Institute of Contemporary Art (ViCA) presents Intangible in Paint, a show featuring all new works by 10 artists from Southern California. Artist/curator talks and tours will be announced early in the new year. The exhibit runs through Feb. 28.

Time: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and by appointment

Cost: Free

Details: (310) 957-7037

Venue: The Lofts, 401 S. Mesa St., San Pedro

Michael Stearns

A series of paintings that strive to translate the construction of the dynamics that occupy human consciousness expressed through pain, joy, anxiety, and awe. In other words, LOVE. Artist’s reception, Sat. Feb. 9, 2 to 6 p.m.  The show runs through Feb. 23.

Time: Tuesday through Saturday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. or by appointment.

Cost: Free

Details: (562) 400-0544

Venue: Michael Steans Studio @The Lofts, 401 S. Mesa St., San Pedro

Agarrar Monte

New landscapes by Paloma Menéndez that redefine contemporary plein-air painting. The exhibition runs  through Feb. 24.

Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday

Cost: Free

Details: (310) 541-2479;

Venue: Palos Verdes Art Center, 5504 W. Crestridge Road, Rancho Palos Verdes

KOKO’s Neighborhood

LA artist Yoshie Sakai’s fourth installment of her ongoing video project  KOKO’s Love, which explores the everyday anxieties, fears and joys of living, all depicted using the over-the-top tropes of the soap opera.  The exhibit is open Monday through Thursday and runs Jan. 30 to March 23.

Time: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Cost: Free.

Details: (310) 243-3334;

Venue: CSU Dominguez Hills,1000 E. Victoria St., Carson

Call and Response, When We Say… You Say

Join an evolving project curated by Mario Ybarra Jr. and Karla Diaz, co-founders of the Wilmington art collective Slanguage. Ybarra and Diaz examine how “high art” and pop culture intersect, as they address social inequities and different inter-generational aesthetic perceptions over the course of this group exhibition. Exhibition runs through April 14.

Time:  4 to 6 p.m.

Cost: Free

Details: (562) 985-5761;

Venue: University Art Museum, 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach

SMUDGE: Inmate Portraits by Tom Bolema

Tom Bolema is an artist, musician and educator with a long history of championing the underdog socially, politically, and culturally. The exhibit runs through March 30. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and by appointment.

Time: 4 to 7 p.m.

Cost: Free

Details: 310-600-4873

Venue: Gallery 478, 478 W. 7th St., San Pedro

Noble Places

Thornton Ladd and John Kelsey designed several notable SoCal buildings over a 30-year period, including the Norton Simon Museum, Aviva High School, and the California Institute of the Arts. The exhibition runs Feb. 8 through May 26.

Time: 6 to 9 p.m.

Cost: Free


Venue: Palos Verdes Art Center, 5504 W. Crestridge Road, Rancho Palos Verdes


Feb 15

Zine Workshop

Get hands-on practice and submit your work through mid-March for inclusion in a Women’s History Month zine publication.

Time: 4 to 6 p.m.

Cost: Free

Details: 310-377-9584 ext. 215,

Venue: Peninsula Center Library, 701 Silver Spur Road, Rolling Hills Estate

Friday Local Artist Mixer

Fabulous Friday is a great way to network with other local artists. Through sharing ideas you will learn from those just like yourself.

Time: 6 to 9 p.m.

Cost: Free

Details: Eventbrite

Venue: Machine Studio, 446 W. 6th St., San Pedro

Feb 16

Run to Fight Childhood Obesity

There is a complimentary breakfast for the first 100 runners. Registered participants will receive a finisher medal and T-shirt.

Time: 8:30 a.m.

Cost: Free


Venue: Wilmington Waterfront Park, 1004 W. St., Wilmington

Long Beach Comic-Con

The annual Long Beach comic book convention features cosplayers, panels with comic book industry creators and exhibition halls.

Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Feb. 16 and 17

Cost: Free to $399


Venue: Long Beach Convention Center, 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach


Long Beach Comic Expo Flyer

Feb 17

Abalone Cove Walk

Hike past the unique native flora and fauna and explore the tide pools teeming with fascinating marine life. The hiking difficulty is moderate to strenuous.  This is a kid friendly hike. Rain cancels a hike.

Time: 1 to 2 p.m.

Cost: Free

Details: 310-544-5366;

Venue: Abalone Cove Shoreline Park, 5970 Palos Verdes Dr. South, Rancho Palos Verdes



Feb 14

Miss MuMu LaRue

Spend your Valentine’s Day with your sweetheart being serenaded by Miss MuMu LaRue. RSVP

Time: 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

Details: 310-831-0246

Venue: Babouch Moroccan Restaurant, 810 S. Gaffey St., San Pedro


Photo of singer Miss Mumu Larue




The Ultimate Anti-Valentine’s Day with Live Band Karaoke

To hell with Valentine’s Day. Join the ultimate anti-Valentine’s Day bash with live band karaoke begins at 9:30 p.m. with Casual Encounters. Bring a picture of an ex for a heated darts contest.
Time: 4 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Cost: Free

Details: 562-269-0832;

Venue: The Harbor, 130 Pine Ave., Long Beach


Poster for Anti-VDay Event at The Harbor



Feb 15 & 16

Maria Muldaur

Maria Muldaur  recorded the 1973 hit song Midnight at the Oasis, which garnered several Grammy nominations and enshrined her forever in the hearts of Baby Boomers everywhere.

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $33 to $50

Details: 310-781-7171;

Venue: George Nakano Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance


Photo of Maria Muldaur

Feb 16

Romantic Pairings

Enjoy a romantic afternoon listening to the sounds of guitarists Aaron Haas and Jaxon Williams, with sopranos Anastasia Malliaras and Laurel Irene.

Time: 3 p.m.

Cost: Free

Details: 310- 316-5574;

Venue: First Lutheran Church & School, 2900 W. Carson St., Torrance

Long Beach Symphony POPS!

The symphony will present Tango Caliente.

Time: 8 p.m.

Cost: $29 to $175

Details: 562-436-3203

Venue: Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center, 300 Ocean Blvd., Long Beach


See Hamersmyth, high-octane heavy metal cover band, perform at the People’s Place.

Time: 6 p.m.

Cost: $10


Venue: People’s Place, 365 W. 6th St., San Pedro

El Twanguero

Enjoy a mix of Spanish and American roots music for a driving Latin rockabilly twang by guitar virtuoso Diego García.

Time: 8 p.m.

Cost: $20 to $30

Details: 310-833- 4813;

Venue: Grand Annex, 434 W. 6th St., San Pedro


Feb 17

4 Level Interchange

The 4LI meld their influences of funk, post bop, progressive rock, and world music into compositions that serve as a basis for improvisation and group interplay.

Time: 4 to 6 p.m.

Cost: $10


Venue: Alvas Showroom, 141 E. 8th St., San Pedro

Feb 17

Joanna Medawar Nachef Singers

Join an evening with a guest Grammy-nominated American jazz pianist, composer, producer, and director of the Asia America Symphony Orchestra and the Asia America Youth Orchestra.

Time: 7:30 to 10 p.m.

Cost: $15 to $25

Details: 310-781-717;

Venue: James R. Armstrong Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance


Feb 16

SPIFFest: Oscar-Nominated Shorts

San Pedro International Film Festival presents three evenings of live-action, animated and documentary short films all vying for the 2019 Academy Award on March 24.

Time: 7 p.m.

Cost: $10 to $12


Venue: Warner Grand Theatre; 478 W. 6th St., San Pedro


Albatross is a journey to the Midway Island in the heart of the Pacific where these beautiful birds come to mate and breed. The event comprises the films, including two short films, dance performances and a Q&A

Time: 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Cost: Free


Venue: Angels Gate Cultural Center, 3601 S. Gaffey St., San Pedro

Audre Lorde: Catalyst for Change

In celebration of Black HERstory Month, join Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez in partnership with Out Loud for Audre Lorde: A Catalyst for Change. This event will feature a film screening by Jennifer Abod called, The Edge of Each Other’s Battles: The Vision of Audre Lorde.

Time: 4 to 7 p.m.

Cost: Free


Venue: Cesar E. Chavez Park, 401 Golden Ave., Long Beach



Feb 15

Loves Me/Loves Me Not

The Little Fish Theatre members have put together a special Valentine’s Day treat – a reading of short plays centered around love.

Time: 8 p.m.

Cost: $20

Details: 310-512-6030;

Venue: Little Fish Theatre, 777 S. Centre St., San Pedro

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

This four-time Tony award-winning musical centers on Monty Navarro, a lowborn young Englishman and distant heir to  a family fortune who sets out to elevate his social standing by speeding up the line of succession.

Time:  8 p.m., Friday and Saturday Feb. 15 to March 1, and 2 p.m., Saturday and Sunday Feb. 17 to March 3.

Cost: $45 to $85

Details: 562-916-8500;

Venue: Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, 18000 Park Plaza Drive, Cerritos

Feb 20

photo still of scene in A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder

Life Could Be a Dream

Take a trip with Denny and the Dreamers, a fledgling doo-wop singing group preparing to enter the Big Whopper Radio contest to realize their dreams of making it to the big time.

Time: 8 p.m. Thursday to Saturday and 2 p.m. Sundays, Feb. 24 to March 10

Cost: $35 to $55


Venue: International City Theatre, 330 E. Seaside Way, Long Beach