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Saturday, October 1, 2016 | 12:10 PM - 1:00 PM   
George Nakano Theatre [Torrance Cultural Arts Center] 3330 Civic Center Drive
Art Historian, Mary Drobny presents another informative, interesting, and thought provoking lecture dealing with the world of art. This lecture will focus on the ‘form and content’ approach of viewing art. Not only is it the backbone to analyzing art, but includes the fundamentals, some feel, all artists must learn to produce art.
 
 
Saturday, October 1, 2016 | 2:00 PM   
George Nakano Theatre [Torrance Cultural Arts Center] 3330 Civic Center Drive
This four hour Storytelling Workshop accepts 12 students who will work on their memoir writing, receive performance tips, and enjoy a casual lunch together. The class will perform their stories in a show that afternoon. In the last 90 minutes of the workshop, friends of storytellers may attend and watch the performance, or the tellers may choose to videotape their tales. After refining their skills, students may find that performing in front of the class and guests has been a rewarding experience, plus, they now have the tools they can carry forward to job interviews, first dates, or future TV guest spots!
 
 
Saturday, October 1, 2016 | 8:00 PM   
James Armstrong Theatre [Torrance Cultural Arts Center] 3330 Civic Center Drive
Looking like entertainment icon John Denver is one thing, but sounding like him, too, is – well, comparable to a “Rocky Mountain High” for the incomparable singer-songwriter Rick Schuler. Rick has assembled a band and show that capture the essence of the legendary musician in every respect. Rick’s Denver-inspired “Country Roads” led him to Aspen, Colorado, where he attended his first John Denver tribute (the 13th annual) in memory of the popular entertainer’s life and music. During the course of the two-day event, Rick met several of Denver’s former band mates and close friends who were nothing short of astonished by the similarities the two shared in look, sound, and musical talent. Whether you’re a Denver devotee or not, you’ll want to catch Rick Schuler’s upcoming performance. Rest assured you’ll leave singing his praises and thanking God for this Country Boy’s truly amazing talent.
 
 
Friday, October 7, 2016 | 8:00 PM   
George Nakano Theatre [Torrance Cultural Arts Center] 3330 Civic Center Drive
Carney Magic is a theatre show that blends mind-blowing sleight of hand with intelligence, taste, and wit into a unique evening of pure entertainment. This is definitely NOT your typical ‘magic show’. Carney’s approach is smart, engaging, and often hilarious. Pinballing between jaunty comedic riffs and astonishing sleight of hand, Carney will have you reeling with his hilarious audience participation segments, as well as his embodiment of multiple characters. Regarded by his peers as one of the top sleight-of-hand performers in the world, Carney has won more awards from Hollywood’s Magic Castle than anyone in its history, as well as the Academy of Magical Arts’ prestigious Masters Performing Fellowship. You won’t see any big boxes, tigers, dancing girls, or lasers: Just a quirky, likable guy, cracking-wise, and doing some pretty amazing things…all the while you’ll be laughing yourself silly.
 
 
Friday, October 7, 2016 | 8:00 PM   
James Armstrong Theatre [Torrance Cultural Arts Center] 3330 Civic Center Drive
This special show will feature an Indian cultural celebration.
 
 
Saturday, October 8, 2016 | 2:00 PM   
James Armstrong Theatre [Torrance Cultural Arts Center] 3330 Civic Center Drive
This special show will feature an Indian cultural celebration.
 
 
Saturday, October 8, 2016 | 8:00 PM   
George Nakano Theatre [Torrance Cultural Arts Center] 3330 Civic Center Drive
Carney Magic is a theatre show that blends mind-blowing sleight of hand with intelligence, taste, and wit into a unique evening of pure entertainment. This is definitely NOT your typical ‘magic show’. Carney’s approach is smart, engaging, and often hilarious. Pinballing between jaunty comedic riffs and astonishing sleight of hand, Carney will have you reeling with his hilarious audience participation segments, as well as his embodiment of multiple characters. Regarded by his peers as one of the top sleight-of-hand performers in the world, Carney has won more awards from Hollywood’s Magic Castle than anyone in its history, as well as the Academy of Magical Arts’ prestigious Masters Performing Fellowship. You won’t see any big boxes, tigers, dancing girls, or lasers: Just a quirky, likable guy, cracking-wise, and doing some pretty amazing things…all the while you’ll be laughing yourself silly.
 
 
Friday, October 14, 2016 | 7:30 PM   
George Nakano Theatre [Torrance Cultural Arts Center] 3330 Civic Center Drive
Bearing an ever-expanding repertoire of, as she puts it, “obscure, lovely, and naughty songs from the 1910s, ’20s, and ’30s, Janet Klein is a musical archeologist hiding in the body of an F. Scott Fitzgerald heroine. Her music is as timeless as her personality. This is a show you won’t want to miss. Dinner Menu: chicken in wild mushroom sauce, Basmati rice, sautéed French green beans, and Italian green salad.
 
 
Saturday, October 15, 2016 | 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM   
Torrance Airport (3315 Airport Drive, Torrance, 90505)
Northrop Corporation built planes. You might recall the Flying Wings. Period. End of story. Not quite, but that is how many think of Northrop Aircraft. In 1939, Jack Northrop created and founded Northrop Corporation in the South Bay. Northrop's initial work gave birth to the Flying Wings in the 1940s. But his life didn’t start and end with the Flying Wings, and Tony Chong should know. Chong is the author of "Flying Wings & Radical Things: Northrop’s Secret Projects & Concepts 1939-1994." Chong will join us for the Western Museum of Flight’s Celebrity Series on Oct. 15 to share stories from his book, as well as stories that didn’t make the book. He will enlighten us on the many advanced concepts, both conventional and radical in shape and purpose, that were proposed and developed over the company’s proud 55-year history. Chong will review of several of the most important and intriguing of those advanced proposals by following their development and the evolving design philosophies behind them. This will be a fascinating talk for anyone interested in aviation technology and the Northrop in particular. Chong’s book will be available for sale at the museum, and he will be on hand to sign autographs. Parking is free. Be a part of the WMoF family. Think about individual, family or business membership. Membership gives you one-year unlimited free admission to celebrity lectures, plus the quarterly newsletter, access to the research library (includes membership card) and access to special events. Members also will be listed in annual publications. Support your community’s unique museum and place in history.
 
 
Saturday, October 15, 2016 | 7:30 PM   
George Nakano Theatre [Torrance Cultural Arts Center] 3330 Civic Center Drive
Bearing an ever-expanding repertoire of, as she puts it, “obscure, lovely, and naughty songs from the 1910s, ’20s, and ’30s, Janet Klein is a musical archeologist hiding in the body of an F. Scott Fitzgerald heroine. Her music is as timeless as her personality. This is a show you won’t want to miss. Dinner Menu: chicken in wild mushroom sauce, Basmati rice, sautéed French green beans, and Italian green salad.
 
 
Sunday, October 16, 2016 | 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM   
Tent in front of The Depot Restaurant at 1250 Cabrillo Avenue in Torrance
The Annual Halloween Ball presented by Chef Shafer and The Depot Restaurant is THE BEST Halloween party in the South Bay. Even better, the Halloween Ball benefits the 2,500 children of Pediatric Therapy Network. Costume Contests ~ Delicious Dinner ~ Live Auction ~ Silent Auction ~ Wine Wall ~ Open Bar ~ Live Band ~ Dancing ~ Opportunity Drawings
 
 
Sunday, October 16, 2016 | 7:00 PM   
James Armstrong Theatre [Torrance Cultural Arts Center] 3330 Civic Center Drive
A whimsical a la carte program with edibles in mind, such as Chili Con Carne, Tuna, Mashed Potato, Cabbage, tarragon, thyme, and many others - deliciously performed by the chorale. Following the performance, a buffet of scrumptious desserts will be provided by the talented singers.
 
 
Sunday, October 16, 2016 | 7:00 PM   
George Nakano Theare [Torrance Cultural Arts Center] 3330 Civic Center Drive
In the style of “The Moth”, “Story Corps”, or “Mortified”, The Torrance Cultural Arts Foundation is proud to present its own local storytellers along with experienced crowd-pleasing ‘Guest Tellers’. Curated and hosted by author/producer Mariana Williams, each performance will have a new set of local stories and “All-star tellers.” (Interested? Submit your true story for a 6-minute tale - 5 lines - to: Marianastoryteller@gmail.com with ‘Torrance’ in the subject line.)
 
 
Saturday, October 22, 2016 | 8:00 PM   
James Armstrong Theatre [Torrance Cultural Arts Center] 3330 Civic Center Drive
This celebration showcases 90-year-old survivor of the Auschwitz concentration camp, Cantor David S Wisnia. Wisnia’s vocal talent contributed to his survival during the Holocaust as recounted in his recently published memoir: One Voice, Two Lives. Wisnia began singing in synagogue choirs and was the featured child soloist in pre-WWII Poland’s largest synagogue, the Progressive Tlumacki Synagogue. His repertoire includes Yiddish show tunes, and liturgical and popular music. Wisnia’s grandson, singer-songwriter and pianist Avi Wisnia, joins his grandfather onstage. The program features two visiting cantorial soloists, Rivka Iza Foremniak and Menachem Piotr Mirski, for the renewed Progressive Jewish community, Beit Polska in Poland. Cantor Mike Stein, of Temple Aliyah in Woodland Hills, is internationally celebrated for his musical talent and energy. Cantor Paul Buch of Temple Beth Israel in Pomona is an outstanding cantorial voice. The vocalists will be supported by an instrumental ensemble from UCLA, under the supervision of Neal Brostoff.
 
 
Sunday, October 23, 2016 | 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM   
1317 Sartori Ave., Torrance, CA 90501
Join the vintage treasure hunt on the 4th Sunday of every month when more than 200 sellers line the streets of historic downtown Torrance! DJ Ozzie in the Park and live music at Buffalo Fire Dept Blues Jam. Antique Appraisal booth - only $3 per item! Lots of great restaurants, bakery & sports bars! Antique & specialty shops open! Pet Friendly! Free Admission!
 
 
Sunday, October 23, 2016 | 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM   
1317 Sartori Avenue
200-plus vendors with vintage treasures! Trick or treating for kids! Halloween costume contest for kids! Halloween costume contest and pet parade at noon! Downtown raffle with prizes donated by local businesses! DJ Ozzie Free crafting activities for kids! Refreshments - cake, punch & popcorn!
 
 
Sunday, October 23, 2016 | 2:00 PM   
James Armstrong Theatre [Torrance Cultural Arts Center] 3330 Civic Center Drive
Considered scandalous when it premiered a century ago with its provocative “Dance of the Seven Veils”, Richard Strauss’ adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s play has not lost its ability to shock. Set in Biblical times, this erotically charged opera centers on a tangled triangle: the persecuted John the Baptist, a lecherous King Herod, and the monarch’s pathologically seductive stepdaughter, Salome. German Soprano Nadja Michael is ‘mesmerizing throughout’ in the title role (New York Times), opposite bass-baritone, Greer Grimsley “as a thunderous and dramatically compelling Jokanaan, [and] tenor Kim Begley is a magnificent Herod, singing with precision and tonal brilliance” (San Francisco Chronicle). Music Director Nicola Luisotti conducted ‘with flair and muscle. The orchestral playing was powerful and richly colored’ (San Francisco chronicle). Co-directed by Sean Curran and James Robinson. “All the zesty blood lust of a good vampire movie…bravely and marvelously macabre!” – The New York Times.
 
 
Friday, October 28, 2016 | 7:30 PM   
James Armstrong Theatre [Torrance Cultural Arts Center] 3330 Civic Center Drive
Based on the six-time-Tony-Award-winning musical comedy based on Meredith Willson and Fraklin Lacey’s iconic story about a flim-flam man who walks into River City, Iowa. Harold Hill starts a band to save the youth from falling into the temptation of a pool parlor. His plan to con parents into buying band instruments and uniforms for their children runs into a snag when Harold falls in love with the town librarian, Marian. Filled with familiar songs such as “76 Trombones”, this musical will have you tapping your toes and dancing in the aisles.
 
 
Saturday, October 29, 2016 | 8:00 AM - 1:30 PM   
American Honda, 1919 Torrance Blvd, Torrance, CA
Join more than 500 motorcyclists for a charity ride benefitting the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. There will be a costume contest, 30-mile scenic ride, food, music and entertainment. We will be giving away a brand new motorcycle and other goodies! All makes and models are welcome. Suggested donation is $40. We ride for the kids rain or shine! Registration starts at 8 a.m. at American Honda Motor Co., 1919 Torrance Blvd, Torrance, CA 90501. Kickstands up at 10 a.m.
 
 
Saturday, October 29, 2016 | 6:00 PM   
George Nakano Theatre [Torrance Cultural Arts Center] 3330 Civic Center Drive
An evening of uplifting art, music, and dance.
 
 
Saturday, October 29, 2016 | 7:30 PM   
James Armstrong Theatre [Torrance Cultural Arts Center] 3330 Civic Center Drive
Based on the six-time-Tony-Award-winning musical comedy based on Meredith Willson and Fraklin Lacey’s iconic story about a flim-flam man who walks into River City, Iowa. Harold Hill starts a band to save the youth from falling into the temptation of a pool parlor. His plan to con parents into buying band instruments and uniforms for their children runs into a snag when Harold falls in love with the town librarian, Marian. Filled with familiar songs such as “76 Trombones”, this musical will have you tapping your toes and dancing in the aisles.
 
 
Sunday, October 30, 2016 | 2:00 PM   
James Armstrong Theatre [Torrance Cultural Arts Center] 3330 Civic Center Drive
Based on the six-time-Tony-Award-winning musical comedy based on Meredith Willson and Fraklin Lacey’s iconic story about a flim-flam man who walks into River City, Iowa. Harold Hill starts a band to save the youth from falling into the temptation of a pool parlor. His plan to con parents into buying band instruments and uniforms for their children runs into a snag when Harold falls in love with the town librarian, Marian. Filled with familiar songs such as “76 Trombones”, this musical will have you tapping your toes and dancing in the aisles.
 
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