South Bay Weekend: Cinematic Art, Kick the Keg, Telescopes & Beer, Freedom Writers Documentary, Surf Series Contest, Benjamin Franklin’s B-day, Pulped Fictions, Hellride & Slack Key Festival

So, the rain’s gonna stop this weekend? Looks like it, a momentary clearing for weekend activities and sunshine on your shoulders. Below are a list of South Bay Events happening this weekend.

Southern California Slack Key Festival

Southern California Slack key Festival (Photo Courtesy of Kala Koa Entertainment)

Kick the Keg Fundraiser at Select Beer Store: Friday, January 13, 2017 – 5:00 PM Select Beer Store donates all sales from their kick the keg event Firday night to TrinityKids Care Hospice. Keg to be kicked and tapped is from Sierra Nevada Brewing’s Beer Camp Series, a gigantic beer brewing collaborative adventure where Sierra brews beers with a mess of other county-wide brewers. Keg to befallen: Beer Camp #158 – Southern Peppers and The Lemongrass Band. Select Beer Store: Riviera Village, 1613 S Pacific Coast Hwy, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

Very Cinematic Narrative Opening Reception: Friday, January 13, 2017 – 6:00 – 9:00 PM The City of Manhattan Beach Cultural Arts Division invites the public to the opening reception of Very Cinematic Narrative, an exhibition of kinetic sculptures by William Sandell and oil paintings by Cynda Valle. The opening reception will be held on Friday, January 13, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the Manhattan Beach Art Center (MBAC), located at 1560 Manhattan Beach Boulevard, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266. There is ample parking behind the center and admission is free. more info

Telescopes & Beer at Cosmic Brewery: Friday, January 13, 2017 – 8:00 PM Hoist a cold beverage and then ponder the celestial world above us at Cosmic Brewery when they host Telescopes & Beer event Friday night. There will be professional astronomers on-hand with meteorites, binoculars, laser pointers that can answer space questions, along with the telescopes too. Cosmic Brewery: 20316 Gramercy Place, Torrance, CA 90501

Freedom Writers – Stories From an Undeclared War: Friday, January 13, 2017 – 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM 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 Anne Frank, the students discover a new way to express themselves. Tickets start at $20; location: 3330 Civic Center Dr., Torrance, CA 90503

E.T. & CHILLI Surfboards Surf Series Contest: Saturday, January 14, 2017 – 7:00 AM The South Bay Boardriders Club host their second live surf contest of the 2016-2017 season at 26th Street in Manhattan Beach this Saturday early in the morning. The contest will be sponsored by E.T. Surf Shop, CHILLI Surfboards and others. All ages and skill levels are welcome to participate and compete in various divisions like Micro Groms (under 9), Legends (over 50), a longboard division, and many others. more info

Benjamin Franklin’s Electric Birthday Celebration: Saturday, January 14, 2017 – 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Come celebrate the birthday of Ben Franklin at International Printing Museum in Carson. Highlights of the day include two special presentations by Dr. Franklin himself in the Museum’s Heritage Theatre, working tours of the Museum’s collection, and printing of colonial souvenirs. Join all the festivities with birthday cake, punch and more. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors & students; located at 315 W. Torrance Blvd.Carson, CA 90745.

Torrance Art Museum Opening Reception: Pulped Fictions: Saturday, January 14, 2017 – 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM Everybody’s favorite moving material, cardboard, gets a swan call when it becomes an artistic focus that gets resurrected and re-structured into works of Pulped Fiction at Torrance Art Museum. Opening reception is Saturday at TAM from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and exhibition is open to the public through March 4th. TAM is located at 3320 Civic Center Drive, Torrance, CA 90503. more info

Hellride at The Standing Room: Saturday, January 14, 2017 – 9:00 PM Raw power and high-strung jazz meet for a moment Saturday night at The Standing Room in Hermosa Beach when Hellride (the LA band) perform live. The band describes itself as, “A side project live band featuring Porno For Pyros guitarist Peter DiStefano, former Minutemen, fIREHOSE, and Porno For Pyros bassist Mike Watt, and Jane’s Addiction and Porno For Pyros drummer Stephen Perkins” on their facebook page. Cover charge is $5. Location: 1320 Hermosa Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

Southern California Slack Key Festival: Sunday, January 15, 2017 – 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM Kala Koa Entertainment celebrates 10 years of bringing the biggest and brightest names in Hawaiian music to the mainland when the Southern California Slack Key Festival returns to the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center on Sunday, January 15, 2017 at 2:00 pm. Slack Key Festival takes fans on a Hawaiian musical journey that showcases GRAMMY-winning slack key guitarists, the best hula dancers in the world, special guest performers and an Island Marketplace. tickets