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<<  Month of January 2017    >>           Family Events   
 
Friday, January 6, 2017 | 7:00 PM   
James Armstrong Theatre [Torrance Cultural Arts Center] 3330 Civic Center Drive
Beginning, intermediate, advanced dance, and Choreo Club students come together for an exciting evening of dance.
 
 
Saturday, January 7, 2017 | 7:00 PM   
James Armstrong Theatre [Torrance Cultural Arts Center] 3330 Civic Center Drive
Beginning, intermediate, advanced dance, and Choreo Club students come together for an exciting evening of dance.
 
 
Wednesday, January 11, 2017 | 7:00 PM   
James Armstrong Theatre [Torrance Cultural Arts Center] 3330 Civic Center Drive
Come enjoy an evening of dance including hip-hop, jazz, contemporary, and lyrical styles.
 
 
Thursday, January 12, 2017 | 7:00 PM   
James Armstrong Theatre [Torrance Cultural Arts Center] 3330 Civic Center Drive
Come enjoy an evening of dance including hip-hop, jazz, contemporary, and lyrical styles.
 
 
Friday, January 13, 2017 | 8:00 PM   
James Armstrong Theatre [Torrance Cultural Arts Center] 3330 Civic Center Drive
Stories from an Undeclared War is a powerful documentary that tells the story of 150 at-risk Long Beach students who were once considered unteachable. Inspired by teacher Erin Gruwell and the writings of Ann Frank, the students discover a new way of expressing themselves. The documentary follows the students’ story from the first day of freshman year in 1994 to the present day. In a racially divided community where adolescents have been exposed to drugs, gang warfare, and homicides, Gruwell makes it her goal to teach the students to put down their fists and guns and to pick up a pen. To do this, she juxtaposes their typical reality in urban America with some of the worst examples of man’s inhumanity to man. The once-hardened teens have an epiphany that they live in an undeclared war, and writing becomes their salvation. A conversation with Erin Gruwell and several of the original Freedom Writers will follow the screening.
 
 
Saturday, January 14, 2017 | 8:00 PM   
James Armstrong Theatre [Torrance Cultural Arts Center] 3330 Civic Center Drive
Inspired by Japanese mythology, A SEED connects us to the spirit of gratitude. It’s a bountiful harvest celebrated with ravishing performances by legendary Japanese hand drum player, Saburo Mochizuki, Grammy Award-winning koto player Yukiko Matsuyama, the Wadaiko team Indora, Japanese and Baliasi dance groups, flower arrangement and a beautiful kimono show. A SEED blends the excitement and traditions of contemporary Japanese culture into a sensual feast for the mind and spirit.
 
 
Sunday, January 15, 2017 | 2:00 PM   
James Armstrong Theatre [Torrance Cultural Arts Center] 3330 Civic Center Drive
The grandest of grand operas, and a brilliant balance of spectacular pageantry and emotional intimacy. A bitter love triangle plays itself out against a backdrop of war and cultural oppression in this compelling tale of conflicting loyalties and forbidden passion. As Aida, soprano Micaela Carosi’s “voice wasn’t only luminous: she was alive in the role…every fear, frustration, and outburst of love registered in her voice, face, body”. (San Jose Mercury News) Tenor Marcello Giordani plays Radames, “mustering a ringing sound and suitably ardent phrasing” in the opera’s climax. (San Francisco Chronicle) “Mezzo Soprano Dolora Zajick delivered a powerhouse performance as Amneris, cloaking her unstoppable dramatic fury in plush and impeccably controlled tones.” (San Francisco Chronicle)
 
 
Friday, January 20, 2017 | 7:30 PM   
George Nakano Theatre [Torrance Cultural Arts Center] 3330 Civic Center Drive
The daughter of Ezra Idlet of the Grammy-nominated Trout Fishing in America, Dana Louise is a new songstress astonishing audiences with her vibrant, melodic vocals, adept finger-picking and cool sound. Now touring her debut album, she is joined by the Glorious Birds – Adams Collins (vibraphone and 5-string banjo), Ezra Idlet and Keith Grimwood (Trout Fishing in America/guitar, percussion and bass). Drawing from jazz and bluegrass, and carrying a contemporary beat, the sound is roots-flung-into-the-future folk. Dana Louise & the Glorious Birds work to leave their audiences glowing with the magic music can bring: genuine human connection.
 
 
Friday, January 20, 2017 | 8:00 PM   
James Armstrong Theatre [Torrance Cultural Arts Center] 3330 Civic Center Drive
“A living, breathing, American masterpiece! It is, quite simply, one of the most acclaimed and enduring performances in the history of theater. Fifty years ago, a young actor took the stage in a tiny off-Broadway theatre and introduced the world to a man they would never forget. The actor was Hal Holbrook and the man was Mark Twain. Mark Twain Tonight! was a study in detail and some of the best storytelling I’ve ever heard. It is amazing what effect a well-timed pause can create. Holbrook is a master at engaging an audience. Laughter was loud and plentiful but the highlight of the evening was when Holbrook, as Twain, gave us Huckleberry Finn. Taking on the roles of Huck and Jim in alternate dialogue, Holbrook captured and translated a richness of these characters that gave me chills.” (Rapid City Journal, Rapid City, South Dakota)
 
 
Saturday, January 21, 2017 | 7:30 PM   
George Nakano Theatre [Torrance Cultural Arts Center] 3330 Civic Center Drive
The daughter of Ezra Idlet of the Grammy-nominated Trout Fishing in America, Dana Louise is a new songstress astonishing audiences with her vibrant, melodic vocals, adept finger-picking and cool sound. Now touring her debut album, she is joined by the Glorious Birds – Adams Collins (vibraphone and 5-string banjo), Ezra Idlet and Keith Grimwood (Trout Fishing in America/guitar, percussion and bass). Drawing from jazz and bluegrass, and carrying a contemporary beat, the sound is roots-flung-into-the-future folk. Dana Louise & the Glorious Birds work to leave their audiences glowing with the magic music can bring: genuine human connection.
 
 
Sunday, January 22, 2017 | 2:00 PM   
James Armstrong Theatre [Torrance Cultural Arts Center] 3330 Civic Center Drive
Enjoy a special concert by world-renouned performer, Kenichi Mikawa.
 
 
Friday, January 27, 2017 | 7:30 PM   
James Armstrong Theatre [Torrance Cultural Arts Center] 3330 Civic Center Drive
 
 
Saturday, January 28, 2017 | 8:00 PM   
James Armstrong Theatre [Torrance Cultural Arts Center] 3330 Civic Center Drive
Klezmer Juice is vibrant Yiddish soul imbued with musical influences both old and new from around the world. Representing a new generation of Jewish soul musicians, the youthful group members see themselves as torchbearers of an ancient traditional craft that unites generations in spirit, offering fresh interpretations of traditional tunes.
 
 
Sunday, January 29, 2017 | 2:00 PM   
James Armstrong Theatre [Torrance Cultural Arts Center] 3330 Civic Center Drive
It’s Pirates of the Caribbean meets Whose Line Is it Anyway? Flung into the future by a bumbling Sea Witch, a crew of misfit pirates now has only one chance of returning home: By performing the greatest pirate epic ever seen onstage! There’s only one problem: Half the script is missing! The crew fills in the blanks and improvises a brand-new musical adventure based on audience suggestions!
 
 
Sunday, January 29, 2017 | 5:00 PM   
James Armstrong Theatre [Torrance Cultural Arts Center] 3330 Civic Center Drive
It’s Pirates of the Caribbean meets Whose Line Is it Anyway? Flung into the future by a bumbling Sea Witch, a crew of misfit pirates now has only one chance of returning home: By performing the greatest pirate epic ever seen onstage! There’s only one problem: Half the script is missing! The crew fills in the blanks and improvises a brand-new musical adventure based on audience suggestions!
 
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