Long Beach is a thriving cultural scene- and if there’s one problem, it’s keeping up with all the events happening! And so I, A LOT Intern, Ashley Ethington, have endeavored to help you all discover some FANTASTIC events to check out this weekend/week!
These events represent the variety of Long Beach quite well- so check out your favorite or them all!
1. “Pulp Fiction” Lola’s Outdoor Retro Cinema at Sunnyside Cemetery
When: Friday June 11, 2014 from 8:30pm-11:00pm
What: For those looking for a fun night out, a movie night in the cemetery is a great unusual pick! Admission is $10 to see the Quentin Tarantino classic, “Pulp Fiction” with the proceeds supporting Sunnyside Cemetery, a non-profit historical institution celebrating over 100 years in Long Beach. It is announced as “A portrait of the seedy Los Angeles mob element, told out of order and with doses of humor side-by-side with candid depictions of violence, Pulp Fiction was unlike anything audiences had ever seen in a mainstream American film” so if it’s your first time seeing the classic be prepared! As the film is Rated R, those under 17 must be accompanied by parent or legal guardian- but all are welcome to come and bring their low-back chairs, blankets, and picnic baskets! There is limited stacked parking at the cemetery, as well as street parking on Willow.
Where: Sunnyside Cemetery
1095 E Willow St
2. Artist Talk with Ramon Rodriguez
When: Saturday July 12, 2014 from 6:00pm- 8:00pm
What: For those more inclined to the fine art scene, Ramon Rodriguez, CALB (Cultural Alliance Long Beach)’s July Artist, will be speaking at CALB- where his solo show is currently located! Rodriguez was born and raised in the Bolivian Andes and in the U.S. he has paintings and sculpture in the Museum of Latin American Art (MoLAA) and has shown at the Long Beach Museum of Art. Ramón has shown his work in many museums, art centers, and galleries- frequently as a solo artist- as well as being featured in magazines and papers. In addition, he has been awarded two Professional Artist Fellowships by the Arts Council for Long Beach. Come and enjoy wonderful work and this fascinating artist’s perspective this Saturday!
Where: Cultural Alliance Long Beach
727 Pine St
(562) 436- 3421
3. Disney’s Beauty and the Beast with Musical Theatre West
When: July 11-27, 2014 (starting times ranging from 2pm to 7pm or 8pm)
What: If you’re looking for a magical night, perhaps with the family, then Musical Theatre West’s production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast should be added to your calendar! Performed at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center, they invite you to “Be our guest as we present this truly enchanting musical, perfect for the whole family. Our heroine, Belle, lives in a quiet village until her father, Maurice, is taken prisoner by a ferocious beast. Thank goodness Lumiere, Mrs. Potts, and Cogsworth are on hand to teach both Belle and Beast that you can’t judge a book by its cover.” Tickets have already begun to sell out, so get online (or on the phone) fast to purchase your tickets! You won’t want to miss a romantic and fun adaptation of the animated film- it’s a wonderful performance for any age!
Where: Carpenter Performing Arts Center
6200 E Atherton St
Box Office Information: 562.856.1999 x4
Tue – Sat 12:00 – 6:00p
4. Second Saturday Art Walk
When: Saturday July 12, 2014 from 6:00pm-10:00pm
What: If you like to wander and explore, the outdoor Second Saturday Art Walk is the place to go discover! Self-described as “a milestone of a new relationship between the artist community, businesses and residents” they offer a assortment of experiences “with a street art fair on Linden Ave, local art galleries participate by hosting the opening receptions, and businesses display the art-works in various creative ways”. If you are looking for more hands-on or interactive experiences then check out the “kid’s creative station, fashion show, live music, performances [or] pottery studio”. The businesses in the surrounding area are open late, giving more options to search in Downtown Long Beach on a lovely Saturday night!
Where: First St and Linden Avenue
5. Inauguration and Inaugural Celebration
When: Tuesday July 15, 2014 at 5:30 pm (Celebration from 7:00 pm- 10:00 pm)
What: Mayor Robert Garcia and the newly elected leadership of Long Beach will first be sworn in at a ceremony held at The Terrace Theater (limited seating so first come first serve!). This young and accomplished politician, educator, and advocate believes “The art and music scene in Long Beach has long been one of Southern California’s best kept secrets – but we must not keep it a secret any longer.” On his website he discusses how his “push to open up more areas for art and music, and give businesses more flexibility – and lower local taxes and fees – has helped revitalize the cultural life of Long Beach, especially for new and young artists who want to create and sell their work locally.” As for the Arts Council for Long Beach, we sincerely look forward to working with the new Mayor and his team to further the future of the Long Beach arts community. If you’re looking more to celebrate, or can’t make the earlier ceremony- head over to the Pacific Ballroom at the Long Beach Arena! They promise “food stations, entertainment, dancing, and a no-host bar”! As it is an event that benefits the non-profit Children Today, it’s a great fun event to celebrate the city’s future while supporting a great cause!
Where: Inauguration- The Terrace Theater
300 E Ocean Boulevard
Long Beach Performing Arts Center
Celebration- Pacific Ballroom of the Long Beach Arena
For Information on the Celebration- Call Children today at: (562) 432-1224
Facebook Invite: https://www.facebook.com/robertgarcialb/photos/a.163945320365533.37681.157667060993359/671891489570911/?type=1&theater