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<<  Week of Sunday, January 12, 2014    >>           ALL Events   
 
Sunday, January 12, 2014 | 10:00 AM - Noon   
Madrona Marsh Nature Center and Preserve, 3201 Plaza Del Amo, Torrance
This class provides an opportunity for children to learn to paint or sharpen already acquired watercolor skills with local artist Jennifer Siegel. Ages 8-16. $10 per person. Watercolor supplies are provided. For more information please contact the Madrona Marsh Nature Center at 310-782-3989.
 
 
Sunday, January 12, 2014 | 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM   
2900 W. Sepulveda Blvd. Torrance
WELCOME THE NEW YEAR! The Torrance-South Bay YMCA will be hosting an Open House for Membership Enrollment on Sunday, January 12 from 11:00am-2:00pm. Take a tour and learn what the Y is all about. Bring your family and friends! Open to the community. 2900 W. Sepulveda Blvd.,Torrance. 310-325-5885.
 
 
Sunday, January 12, 2014 | 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM   
Katy Geissert Civic Center Library, 3301 Torrance Blvd.
The Katy Geissert Civic Center Library is open today from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
 
 
Sunday, January 12, 2014 | 2:00 PM   
James Armstrong Theatre (Torrance Cultural Arts Center) 3330 Civic Center Drive
Are your children curious? Have they ever wondered how or why something is the way it is? In desperation, you do a quick search on the internet, only to find an answer that even you don’t understand. Science doesn’t have to be confusing or scary…it’s actually fun. In this lively, interactive performance, you can introduce your kids to the magic of science. They will not only be entertained but they will also learn something (shhh, don’t tell them)…and so might you. Come early or stay late and take part in an exciting science project provided by Exxon Mobil volunteers.
 
 
Sunday, January 12, 2014 | 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM   
Madrona Marsh Nature Center and Preserve, 3201 Plaza Del Amo, Torrance
Have you ever wondered about the lives of honey bees? Have you wondered how to create a home beehive and harvest your own honey? Join LeRoy Jackson - 2nd generation beekeeper and his grandson, 3rd generation beekeeper - Frank T. Massi for Bees! "What's all the Buzz" as they share their personal stories about beekeeping and what they know about these amazing and vital pollinators for our planet. All are welcome! $5 per person or $10 per family. Pre-registration is recommended. To register and for more information please contact the Madrona Marsh Nature Center at 310-782-3989.
 
 
Monday, January 13, 2014 |   
Madrona Marsh Nature Center and Preserve, 3201 Plaza Del Amo, Torrance
 
 
Monday, January 13, 2014 | 10:15 AM   
Katy Geissert Civic Center Library, Polly Watts Story Theater, 3301 Torrance Blvd.
This storytime is for children ages 18 months to 3 years, participating with a caregiver. This program is free, but the room gets crowded so please arrive on time. This program repeats at 11:00 a.m. For more information please contact the Youth Services Department at 310-618-5964.
 
 
Monday, January 13, 2014 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM   
City Hall, Council Chambers, 3031 Torrance Blvd.
 
 
Monday, January 13, 2014 | 6:30 PM   
North Torrance Library, 3604 Artesia Blvd.
Children and caregivers are encouraged to wear their pajamas and bring in their special pillows and blankets to this evening storytime for the whole family. This program is free and no registration is required, but the room can get crowded so please arrive on time. For more information please contact the North Torrance Library at 310-323-7200.
 
 
Monday, January 13, 2014 | 6:30 PM   
Walteria Library, 3815 W. 242 St.
Children and caregivers are encouraged to wear their pajamas and bring in their special pillows and blankets to this evening storytime for the whole family. This program is free and no registration is required, but the room can get crowded so please arrive on time. For more information please contact the Walteria Library at 310-375-8418.
 
 
Monday, January 13, 2014 | 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM   
Henderson Library, 4805 Emerald St.
Dr. Grace Syn, a local doctor specializing in alternative medicine health care, will hold a free lecture on natural solutions to sleep problems. This program is free, sponsored by the Friends of the Torrance Library. Seating is limited, please call the Henderson Library at 310-371-2075 for a reservation.
 
 
Monday, January 13, 2014 | 7:00 PM   
Katy Geissert Library meeting room, 3301 Torrance Blvd.
 
 
Monday, January 13, 2014 | 7:00 PM   
City Hall, West Annex Commission Room, 3031 Torrance Blvd.
 
 
Monday, January 13, 2014 | 7:00 PM - 11:59 PM   
Torrance-South Bay YMCA 2900 W. Sepulveda Blvd. Torrance
CARING FOR LOVED ONES The Torrance-South Bay YMCA Las Hermanas group is sponsoring a guest speaker, Barb Phillips, MS, OTD, OTR/L, on Monday, January 13, 7:00pm. Program is titled "Caregiver Support: Caring for Yourself While Caring for Others". Recommended for those currently caring for a loved one or will be in the future. Tips will be given on how to stay healthy and cope with the difficulty of that task. RSVP to Lory LaGro 310-325-5885 or LoryLaGro@ymcala.org. Free and open to all.
 
 
Monday, January 13, 2014 | 7:00 PM - 11:59 PM   
Torrance-South Bay YMCA 2900 W. Sepulveda Blvd. Torrance
CARING FOR LOVED ONES The Torrance-South Bay YMCA Las Hermanas group is sponsoring a guest speaker, Barb Phillips, MS, OTD, OTR/L, on Monday, January 13, 7:00pm. Program is titled "Caregiver Support: Caring for Yourself While Caring for Others". Recommended for those currently caring for a loved one or will be in the future. Tips will be given on how to stay healthy and cope with the difficulty of that task. RSVP to Lory LaGro 310-325-5885 or LoryLaGro@ymcala.org. Free and open to all.
 
 
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 | 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM   
Charles H. Wilson Park, 2200 Crenshaw Blvd. (between Carson and Sepulveda)
Find fresh produce, local products, meat and eggs, flowers and breads, good food and lots of fun at the Torrance Certified Farmers' Market! Year 'round, rain or shine, in the parking lot of Wilson Park, adjacent to the Dee Hardison Sports Center.
 
 
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 | 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM   
Bartlett Center, 1318 Cravens Ave.
 
 
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 | 10:00 AM - Noon   
Madrona Marsh Nature Center and Preserve, 3201 Plaza Del Amo, Torrance
Volunteers are needed for habitat restoration every Tuesday and Wednesday morning of the month of every month from 10:00 a.m. - 12 noon. Join the group and gain expertise about weeds of the South Bay. This program is for adults willing to make a minimum commitment of 50-100 hours or more per year. For more information please contact the Madrona Marsh Nature Center at 310-782-3989.
 
 
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 | 10:30 AM   
Katy Geissert Civic Center Library, Polly Watts Story Theater, 3301 Torrance Blvd.
Enjoy stories, rhymes, and play targeted to build those early literacy skills. This storytime is designed for infants ages 6 to 18 months, with the one-on-one participation of a caregiver. This program is free, and no registration is required, but the room can get crowded so please arrive on time. For more information, please call the Youth Services Department at 310-618-5964.
 
 
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 | 10:30 AM   
North Torrance Library, 3604 Artesia Blvd.
This storytime features songs and fun for the whole family. This program is free and no registration is required, but the room can get crowded so please arrive on time. For more information, please contact the North Torrance Library at 310-323-7200.
 
 
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 | 10:30 AM   
Henderson Library, 4805 Emerald St.
This storytime features songs and fun for the whole family. This program is free and no registration is required, but the room can get crowded so please arrive on time. For more information, please contact the Henderson Library at 310-371-2075.
 
 
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 | 11:00 AM   
Southeast Library, 23115 S. Arlington Ave.
This storytime features songs and fun for the whole family. This program is free and no registration is required, but the room can get crowded so please arrive on time. For more information, please contact the Southeast Library at 310-530-5044.
 
 
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 | 4:00 PM   
Henderson Library, 4805 Emerald St.
January is Science Month, and children ages 5 and up are invited to join us for a fun series of science! This program is free, sponsored by the ExxonMobil Foundation, and no registration is required but the room can get crowded so please arrive on time. For more information please call the Henderson Library at 310-371-2075.
 
 
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 | 7:00 PM   
Katy Geissert Civic Center Library, Polly Watts Story Theater, 3301 Torrance Blvd.
Children and caregivers are encouraged to wear their pajamas and bring in their special pillows and blankets to this evening storytime for the whole family. This program is free and no registration is required, but the room can get crowded so please arrive on time. For more information please contact the Youth Services Department at 310-618-5964.
 
 
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 | 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM   
City Hall, Council Chamber, 3031 Torrance Bl.
5:30 P.M . - EXECUTIVE SESSION 7:00 P.M. - REGULAR BUSINESS
 
 
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 | 10:00 AM - Noon   
Madrona Marsh Nature Center and Preserve, 3201 Plaza Del Amo, Torrance
Volunteers are needed for habitat restoration every Tuesday and Wednesday morning of the month of every month from 10:00 a.m. - 12 noon. Join the group and gain expertise about weeds of the South Bay. This program is for adults willing to make a minimum commitment of 50-100 hours or more per year. For more information please contact the Madrona Marsh Nature Center at 310-782-3989.
 
 
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 | 11:00 AM   
El Retiro Library, 126 Vista Del Parque, Redondo Beach
Join the Librarian for stories, songs and fun! This program is aimed at 18 mos to 3 years, participating with a caregiver. This program is free, sponsored by the Friends of the Torrance Library, and no registration is required - but the room can get crowded so please arrive on time. For more information, please contact the El Retiro Library at 310-375-0922.
 
 
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 | 1:30 PM   
City Hall, 3rd Floor Assembly Room, 3031 Torrance Blvd.
 
 
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 | 7:00 PM   
Henderson Library, 4805 Emerald St.
Children and caregivers are encouraged to wear their pajamas and bring in their special pillows and blankets to this evening storytime for the whole family. This program is free and no registration is required, but the room can get crowded so please arrive on time. For more information please contact the Henderson Library at 310-371-2075.
 
 
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 | 7:00 PM   
City Hall Council Chambers, 3031 Torrance Blvd.
 
 
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 | 7:00 PM   
City Hall, West Annex Commission Room, 3031 Torrance Blvd.
 
 
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 | 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM   
The Bartlett Center - 1318 Cravens Ave., Old Torrance (upstairs)
As Mayor Frank Scotto enters the final stretch of serving eight years as Mayor, OTNA has invited him to give a recap of his term. Throughout the his original campaign, he promised he would, "Take back Torrance.” Learn how his vision, plans and commitment to the City played out. Mayor Scotto will also discuss the direction he sees the City headed come June when the election will provide us with a new Mayor and four new City Councilmembers.
 
 
Thursday, January 16, 2014 | 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM   
Madrona Marsh Nature Center and Preserve, 3201 Plaza Del Amo, Torrance
Join the Propagation Society and Linda Gonzales as we plant seeds for the future of the Madrona Marsh Preserve. Learn how to: prepare soil for planting on the marsh, grow native plants for restoration and fund raising events at the Madrona Marsh, 'pot up' plants to larger containers, collect and 'clean' seeds and prune native plants in the nursery. This program occurs every Thursday of the month of every month from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Best for adults and college age students. Ages 21+. Free! For more information please contact the Madrona Marsh Nature Center at 310-782-3989.
 
 
Thursday, January 16, 2014 | 2:00 PM   
City Hall, West Annex Commission Room, 3031 Torrance Blvd.
 
 
Thursday, January 16, 2014 | 3:00 PM - 8:00 PM   
1225 El Prado Ave., Torrance, 90501
The Downtown Torrance Market Place is held every Thursday in downtown Torrance. 30 + sellers with arts, crafts, vintage and new merchandise, DJ Ozzie & the downtown raffle, food demos & special events, book signings, Antique Appraisals by Dave Brownlee, Karren's Krafts 4 kids - free crafting activity & $2, $4, $6 dinner & happy hour specials at local restaurants. Free parking at The Depot Restaurant, 1250 Cabrillo or public parking structure on Sartori.
 
 
Thursday, January 16, 2014 | 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM   
City Manager's Assembly Room, 3rd Floor
 
 
Thursday, January 16, 2014 | 7:00 PM   
Historical Society Museum, 1345 Post Ave.
 
 
Friday, January 17, 2014 | 10:00 AM - Noon   
Madrona Marsh Nature Center and Preserve, 3201 Plaza Del Amo, Torrance
"Friday Fun" is a hands-on program for pre-schoolers, ages 3-6 years and their parents or guardians. This program will be offered at no charge every Friday of the month of every month from 10:00 a.m. - 12 noon, but a $5 donation is requested. Best to register on Tuesday for that week's Friday Fun Program. The program will incorporate story time, science, art and a tour emphasizing the chosen topic. Some weeks there will also be potting and other activities. The topics emphasize respect for all living things and prepare the children (and parents) to be good stewards of the planet. Pre-registration is required. Space is limited to 20 children. To register and for more information please contact the Madrona Marsh Nature at 310-782-3989.
 
 
Friday, January 17, 2014 | 3:30 PM   
Katy Geissert Civic Center Library, Polly Watts Story Theater, 3301 Torrance Blvd.
Teens are invited for a little friendly interactive competition at the Library. This program is free, sponsored by the Friends of the Torrance Library. For more information, please contact the Youth Services Department at 310-618-5964.
 
 
Friday, January 17, 2014 | 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM   
1316 Cabrillo Ave (Historic Downtown Torrance)
Mild-mannered CPA Henry Perkins' life is about to turn upside down! Henry is arriving home late for his birthday dinner party, but with good reason, he has accidentally picked up a briefcase containing loads and loads of money and now his main aim in life is to emigrate and fast! Soon the house is full, resulting in a frantic game of cat and mouse, hilarious inuendo and cruelly funny turns of fate in the battle to hold on to the money.
 
 
Saturday, January 18, 2014 |   
Torrance Art Museum
The Torrance Art Museum is pleased to announce the first exhibition of 2014, Reverb: music as both inspiration and content in contemporary art. The exhibition is curated by Max Presneill and Daniel Rothman and runs from January 18th through March 8th, 2014. The opening reception will take place Saturday, January 18th, 2014 from 6pm to 9pm. Exhibiting artists include: Tyler Adams, Steve Bankhead, Tim Bavington, Juan Capistran, Graham Dolphin, Sean Duffy, Martin Durazo, Deanna Erdmann, Jacqueline Kiyomi Gordon, Kio Griffith, Mineko Grimmer, Martin Kippenberger, Gil Kuno, William Leavitt, Adam Miller, Dave Muller, Georg Nussbaumer, Andy Ralph, Steve Roden, Marina Rosenfeld, Ed Ruscha, Andrew Sexton, Matt Stokes, and Mark Trayle. With 25 international artists, Reverb examines the complex relationship of music and contemporary art. Although music has always played a vital role in the inspiration and creation of many historical works of art, this exhibition takes a closer look at how current artist are using sound and music in their art production today. From actual recordings and video to sculpture and performance, these artists approach music and/or sound and incorporate it into their unique practices. Whether they are working from existing material or generating new sound, these exhibiting artists share this common auditory connection. Beyond The Ocean - art from China Exhibiting in Gallery Two at the Torrance Art Museum is Beyond the Ocean – art from China. This exhibition features new works from nine Chinese artists from Guangzhou, the capital city of the Guangdong Province. The exhibition will be open from January 18th through March 8th, 2014. The opening reception will take place on Saturday, January 18th, 2014 from 6pm to 9pm. Exhibiting artists include: Ming Bai, Guangbin Cai, Sijia Chen, Canbo He, Zhijie Qiu, Qingji Wei, Yi Wu, Jingsong Yang, and Zhengyao Zuo. Beyond the Ocean is a part of the Torrance Art Museum’s mission to provide cultural exchanges from not only the local community but the international stage as well. These artists were selected to present artworks created from a Chinese perspective. As all cultural producers from around the world strive to express their point of view, here too the exhibiting artists are given a chance to present their work to an international audience.
 
 
Saturday, January 18, 2014 | 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM   
Charles H. Wilson Park, 2200 Crenshaw Blvd. (between Carson and Sepulveda)
Find fresh produce, local products, meat and eggs, flowers and breads, good food and lots of fun at the Torrance Certified Farmers' Market! Year 'round, rain or shine, in the parking lot of Wilson Park, adjacent to the Dee Hardison Sports Center.
 
 
Saturday, January 18, 2014 | 8:45 AM - Noon   
Madrona Marsh Nature Center and Preserve, 3201 Plaza Del Amo, Torrance
Join us for our Habitat Restoration Program every Saturday of the month of every month from 8:45 a.m. - 12 noon on the Madrona Marsh Preserve planting natives, weeding, propagating or maybe watering new plants. Wear closed toe shoes, bring gloves and be ready to work. Refreshments are provided. Rain or a holiday that fall on a Saturday cancels this program. Be on time - late comers will not be able to work. If you are 13 years or younger you must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. For more information please contact the Madrona Marsh Nature Center at 310-782-3989.
 
 
Saturday, January 18, 2014 | 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM   
Madrona Marsh Nature Center and Preserve, 3201 Plaza Del Amo, Torrance
A beginner's guide to birds, bird life and behavior. Each class will include a short presentation about the featured birds followed by a bird walk on the Madrona Marsh Preserve. This program is held at the Madrona Marsh Nature Center and Preserve on the 3rd Saturday of the month of every month from 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.. This month's topic will be on hawks and owls. Bring binoculars and wear comfortable shoes. Classes are limited to 20 persons. Ages 9+. Pre-registration is recommended. Free! Donations accepted. To register and for more information please contact the Madrona Marsh Nature Center at 310-782-3989.
 
 
Saturday, January 18, 2014 | 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM   
Katy Geissert Civic Center Library, Community Meeting Room, 3301 Torrance Blvd.
The Friends of the Torrance Library are hosting a paperback booksale! Thousands of books at 50 cents each, with romance novels at $2 per bag! For this sale only, there are also DVDs for $1 and CDs for 50 cents. Chinese language Blu-Ray DVDs too! Unique tables will include beautiful, high quality books, priced as marked. Bargain books for all ages, and all proceeds benefit the programs and services of the Torrance Public Library. Bring your own canvas or plastic bags and stock up for some great reading!
 
 
Saturday, January 18, 2014 | 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM   
Katy Geissert Civic Center Library
Torrance Public Library invites you to try out this exciting new service that aims to expose you to the latest technologies, featuring hands-on demonstrations. Come learn about the newest trends in technology, and participate in one-on-one conversations with our knowledgeable tech savy teens. Recommended for ages 40+ or anyone interested in learning a new skill. Space is limited. Call (310) 618-5945 to register for individual appointments on Saturdays between the hours of 10 am - 5 pm.
 
 
Saturday, January 18, 2014 | 10:00 AM - Noon   
Madrona Marsh Nature Center and Preserve, 3201 Plaza Del Amo, Torrance
Have you ever wanted to learn how to draw beautiful plants and animals? Well then this class is for you. Join Lala Ragimov and discover that you can draw and can make beautiful illustrations. For both kids and adults ages 9 to adult. $10 per person. To register and for more information please contact the Madrona Marsh Nature Center at 310-782-3989.
 
 
Saturday, January 18, 2014 | 10:00 AM - Noon   
Madrona Marsh Nature Center and Preserve, 3201 Plaza Del Amo, Torrance
Join us for this fun and educational program learning about the fundamentals of Origami taught by 13 year old expert, Richard Ruan. Create animals and plants out of paper! All are welcome to attend this class. Pre-registration is required. Free! Donations accepted. To register and for more information please contact the Madrona Marsh Nature Center at 310-782-3989.
 
 
Saturday, January 18, 2014 | 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM   
Henderson Library, 4805 Emerald St.
Did you receive an electronic device for the holidays and don't know how to use it? Bring your device and have a Teen TechXPert assist you. This program is free, but you need to make an appointment. Please call the Henderson Library at 310-371-2075.
 
 
Saturday, January 18, 2014 | 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM   
Torrance Airport (3315 Airport Drive, Red Baron #3)
When someone discusses the beginning Americans in space and NASA these names always pop-up: Mercury Project, Gemini Program and Apollo manned flights. The Western Museum of Flight (WMoF) will start the New Year with a man who was connected to three programs and will offer a true step into history: Jim McCurry. McCurry has an accomplished career of 39 years in systems engineering and program management on a diverse assemblage of major engineering programs spanning aircraft, manned space, scientific and defense satellites and computerized command and control systems for the Air Force, Navy, Army and NASA. He was there from the “Get Go.” Join us Saturday, January 18th for a step into history. Before he was 30 years old, McCurry was working on Mercury in the booster acceptance and launch of all the Mercury Atlas flights at Cape Canaveral, including the historic flight of John Glenn. Done with Mercury, NASA moved Jim to the Gemini program overseeing systems engineering and technical direction of both the Gemini Titan II launch vehicle and the Gemini-Agena target vehicle. McCurry then moved on to supervising the TRW Systems Engineering at the Johnson Space Center for all the Apollo manned flights including the first lunar landing and the recovery efforts of Apollo 13. He was sent by TRW to rescue a Navy command and control system contract facing cancellation after which he returned to Los Angeles to head a Shuttle Payloads Program for infra-red detector crystal growth in the Shuttle Spacelab Module. Special note: AS a special bonus the South Bay Mustang Car Club will showcase their finest! As always, WMoF Members are free; non-members are $5, which also includes access to WMoF museum exhibits. Free parking. Support YOUR community’s unique museum and place in history: Why not start the New Year by supporting the WMoF with an annual membership (wmof.com/newmem.htm). The annual membership – individual, family, business - gives you one-year unlimited FREE admission to Celebrity Lectures, Quarterly Newsletter and access to the research library (Includes Membership Card), access to Special Events and will be listed in Annual publications.
 
 
Saturday, January 18, 2014 | 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM   
Torrance Airport (3315 Airport Drive, Red Baron #3)
For kids 5 and up (yep that means adults): The WMoF just added a Make N’ Take event: Mustangs, Skyway & Highway to follow the Celebrity Series (1:00 – 3:00 PM). Build your own Mustang car and airplane model and take it home! This event is presented by Pacific Coast Hobbies. The staff of Pacific Coast Hobbies will be on hand to assist with model building and answer technical questions. You can build as many models as you like. Both Mustang models are $14 each. Other aircraft and car models will be available to choose from – prices may vary. The real plane and cars, classic examples of aviation and automotive technology, will also be on display. Please email info@wmof.com or call 310-326-9544 to make your reservation. Walk-ins are welcome. Pay at the door. Come early for Jim McCurry’s lecture, “A Step into History.” Make ‘N Take Session attendees have free entry to the museum. The museum is located on Torrance Airport near the intersection of Zamperini Way and Airport Drive. Plenty of free parking in our lot which is directly in front of the museum.
 
 
Saturday, January 18, 2014 | 2:00 PM   
Southeast Library, 23115 S. Arlington Ave.
January is Science Month, and children ages 5 and up are invited to join us for a fun series of science! This program is free, sponsored by the ExxonMobil Foundation, and no registration is required but the room can get crowded so please arrive on time. For more information please call the Southeast Library at 310-530-5044.
 
 
Saturday, January 18, 2014 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM   
Torrance Art Museum
Beyond the Ocean-art from China January 18–March 8, 2014 Torrance Art Museum 3320 Civic Center Drive, Torrance, CA 90503 Exhibition Director: Zhengyao Zuo, Max Presneill Curator: Sijia Chen Artists: Ming Bai, Guangbin Cai, Sijia Chen, Canbo He, Gang Li, Xiaofeng Sun, Qingji Wei, Yi Wu, Jingsong Yang, Zhengyao Zuo Beyond the Ocean-art from China is opening January 18, 2014 at Torrance Art Museum A primary medium of one of the oldest continuous artistic traditions in the world, ink art has historically been a foundation of Chinese art. Since the beginning of the 20th century the dominance of the ink art tradition diminished with the rising popularity of new media and artistic practices adopted from Western Modernist genres. During the past three decades however, the ink art genre has enjoyed a resurgence as contemporary artists rediscovered its unique aesthetic qualities. In addition to employing ink art techniques to portray a wide range of subjects they have experimented with new mediums and in the process of their exploration the artists spawned a new style often referred to in China as “experimental ink art.” This exhibition features the experimental ink paintings of ten Chinese artists from various backgrounds, including ceramics, oil painting and traditional Chinese painting. During the formative years of their development as contemporary artists a number of them shifted their focus towards ink based works. The approach they are now taking is both an adoption of, and alteration to, the traditional ink art genre. Beyond the Ocean showcases how the artists employed the techniques of ink art in a way that maintains the delicate balance between the preservation of the genre’s historical cultural value with their endeavors to explore and create new expressions of contemporary art. By challenging the traditions of the ink art genre the artists breath new life into its creative use and simultaneously reinterpret its past while shaping its future. Beyond the Ocean is an exchange exhibition project between the Torrance Art Museum (TAM) and the University City Art Museum of Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts (UAM). It was conceived as a platform for Chinese and American artists to take their works across the Pacific Ocean and exhibit them in new and foreign settings, ultimately allowing the two communities to communicate with each other through their work. The TAM exhibition features the ink art of artists from China and the UAM exhibition will feature the works of American contemporary artists
 
 
Saturday, January 18, 2014 | 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM   
1316 Cabrillo Ave (Historic Downtown Torrance)
Mild-mannered CPA Henry Perkins' life is about to turn upside down! Henry is arriving home late for his birthday dinner party, but with good reason, he has accidentally picked up a briefcase containing loads and loads of money and now his main aim in life is to emigrate and fast! Soon the house is full, resulting in a frantic game of cat and mouse, hilarious inuendo and cruelly funny turns of fate in the battle to hold on to the money.
 
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