Your definitive guide to South Bay events occurring weekly in Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach and Redondo Beach.
Thursday, Sept. 19
■ Drag show at ESMoA
The “Queens & Kings, a Royal Drag Show,” takes place at ESMoA, located at 208 Main Street in El Segundo, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 19. The event is a high-energy drag show emceed by Ellie Cota with performances by Los Angeles drag royalty. PFLAG Manhattan Beach, the South Bay LGBTQ Center, and Mykie’s will also be participating at the event. The performance is recommended for audiences ages 18 and up. Admission is free. For more information, visit esmoa.org.
■ Happy Hour With History
“Happy Hour With History: Rockin’ Through Troubled Waters” takes place Thursday, Sept. 19, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Hermosa Beach Museum, located at 710 Pier Ave. Don Jung, author of “Rockin’ Through Troubled Waters” and Mark Shoemaker will discuss West Coast music scene in the South Bay in the 1960’s and 1970’s. The event is free to members or $10 for non-members. For more information, visit hermosabeachhistoricalsociety.org.
Friday, Sept. 20
■ Old Town Music Hall screens ‘Top Hat’
“Top Hat,” starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, screens at the Old Town Music Hall, located at 140 Richmond St. in El Segundo, Sept. 20 and 21. Screening times are Friday, Sept. 20, at 8:15 p.m., and Saturday, Sept. 21, at 2:30 and 8:15 p.m. Every film program begins with live music on the pipe organ, an audience sing-along, a short comedy, and a 15-minute intermission followed by the feature film. Tickets are $10 regular admission or $8 for seniors. Cash or checks only. For more information, visit oldtownmusichall.org.
■ Lunch and Learn: Fearless Fermentation
Cancer Support Community Redondo Beach hosts cancer survivor and integrated nutrition health coach, Paula Marchica Friday, Sept. 20, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at 109 W. Torrance Blvd., Redondo Beach. The act of fermentation enables millions of beneficial bacteria to form that support optimal health for the body and the gut. Marchica will demonstrate how to make things like Kombucha, pickled vegetables and Sauerkraut. A lunch will be provided by The Spot Restaurant in Hermosa Beach from 12:30 to 1 p.m. Advance registration required. For more information, call (310) 376-3550 or visit cancersupportredondobeach.org.
Saturday, Sept. 21
■ Andy Roy & the Route 66 Blues Band
The Andy Roy & the Route 66 Blues Band performs at the El Segundo Public Library, located at 111 W. Mariposa Ave. Saturday, Sept. 21, beginning at 2 p.m. For more information, call (310) 524-2728.
■ Brain health seminar
A Brain Health Seminar with Dr. Arlene Taylor takes place Saturday, Sept. 21, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the South Bay Adventist Church, located at 401 S. Prospect Ave. in Redondo Beach. Taylor will present four lectures and one question-and-answer session. Taylor is founder and president of Realizations Inc, a nonprofit corporation that engages in brain-function research and provides related educational resources. A free plant-based lunch will be served to all attendees. Registration is required. To register, visit SouthBayChurch.net, or call (310) 214-3123.
■ Trans Chorus of Los Angeles performs
The Trans Chorus of Los Angeles performs at ESMoA, located at 208 Main Street in El Segundo, from 2 to 4:30 p.m., on Saturday, Sept. 21. Enjoy a selection of songs inspired by the music of “The Wizard of Oz,” “The Wiz” and “Wicked.” Performances take place at 2 p.m, 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. and is appropriate for all ages. Admission is free, but donations to TCLA are appreciated. For more information, visit esmoa.org.
■ David Benoit performs in Torrance
David Benoit, with the Asia America Youth Symphony, will perform Saturday, Sept. 21, beginning at 8 p.m., at the James R. Armstrong Theatre, located at 3330 Civic Center Drive in Torrance. For more information, call (310) 618-6339, or email TCAC@TorranceCA.Gov.
■ ‘Back to the Future’ screening
Free Movie Nights on the Redondo Beach Pier will next feature “Back to the Future” on Saturday, Sept. 21, beginning at dusk. Presented by Miller Children’s and Women’s Hospital Long Beach, visitors are encouraged to bring a blanket and low-backed beach chair. The last film in the series is “School of Rock” on Sept. 28. For more information, visit redondopier.com.
■ Alzheimer’s Association Walk
The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to end Alzheimer’s-Beach Cities takes place Saturday, Sept. 21 beginning at 10 a.m., starting and ending at the Hermosa Beach Pier. Registration begins at 9 a.m. followed by a ceremony at 10 a.m. and the walk at 10:30 a.m. For more information, visit alz.org/walk.
Sunday, Sept. 22
■ Hermosa Beach blood drive
A community blood drive hosted for the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center takes place Sunday, Sept. 22, from noon to 6 p.m., at the Clark Building, located at 861 Valley Drive in Hermosa Beach. All blood donors will receive a ticket for two to the Comedy & Magic Club, shave ice cream from Wanna Chill?, a coupon for a pint of Baskin Robbins ice cream and a special edition T-shirt. You are eligible to give blood if you last donated on or before 7/28. No appointments necessary. Bring a valid ID. All blood types are needed. Minimum age to donate is 17 years old. Signed parental consent required if 16 years old. For more information, visit cedars-sinai.org/giveblood.
■ Vaudeville On Film
Vaudeville on Film takes place at the Old Town Music Hall, located at 140 Richmond St. in El Segundo, Sunday, Sept. 22, beginning at 2:30 p.m. The event features Vitaphone Variety Film Shorts of the 1920s followed by live music from Janet Klein and Her Polar Bears. Klein’s favorite shorts feature vaudevillians, bands, novelty dancers and comedians. In many cases these rare films give a glimpse of the world’s most treasured vaudeville acts. Tickets aer $20, cash or check only. To reserve tickets, call (310) 322-2592.
Wednesday, Sept. 25
■ LGBTQ teen support group
The South Bay Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Transgender and Queer Center, located at 16610 Crenshaw Blvd. in Torrance, hosts a teen peer support group Wednesday, Sept. 25, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The group focuses on teens exploring sexual and gender identity issues in a safe and supportive environment. Membership is open to teenagers 13-18 years old and from all walks of life. Identification as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer is not required to attend. The group is open to anyone desiring a safe space to talk. For more information, call (310) 6550 or visit southbaycenter.org.
■ ‘Comedy Night Out’ autism fundraiser
The Comedy & Magic Club in Hermosa Beach hosts the “Comedy Night Out” fundraiser supporting Our Village’s efforts. Wednesday, Sept. 25, beginning at 7 p.m. Our Village helps raise funds for social skills groups for children, teens and young adults with autism, ADHD or social anxiety. Tickets are $25 and proceeds benefit the programs of Our Village. For more information, visit comedyandmagicclub.com.
■ Raising Capable Children
The workshop, “Raising Capable Children,” takes place at the Manhattan Beach Community Church, located at 303 S. Peck Ave., Wednesday, Sept. 25, beginning at 7:30 p.m. The workshop, with developmental psychologist Erik Erikson and South Bay Mommy and Me director Bryana Kappadakunnel, will cover practical and useful strategies to support a child’s independence and increase their sense of security, while also increasing your sense of confidence as a parent in today’s society.