Are you ready for another art-filled weekend this Artober? This weekend is packed with arts and culture activities throughout the city of Long Beach. There are a lot of activities this weekend, almost too many to choose from! This week we have something for every budget and all ages. Have fun, get out there and enjoy some art!
Please note that our list is not meant to be exhaustive, it is merely a highlight of events going on throughout town.
The Colored Museum, in a series of vignettes, explores stereotypes through African American stories and history.
The show presents challenging and hard-hitting topics that its author, George C. Wolfe, has painted with bold strokes. The New York Times review of the Public’s production remarked that “Mr. Wolfe is the kind of satirist, almost unheard of in today’s timid theatre, who takes no prisoners.” The play has appeared in many productions since its New York debut, many of them at universities. The challenge that the play presents to its many directors is to keep the powerful satire current as our world and society continues to evolve.
The Colored Museum opens Friday, October 17th, at the Players Theatre on the CSULB Campus, accessible via West Campus Drive. $12-$15. Parking is available next to the theater for $5. For tickets and information, please call (562) 985-5526 or visit www.csulb.edu/depts/theatre.
For the first time, the Royal Ballet of Cambodia performs at the Carpenter Center, Performing Arts Center at CSULB, featuring an intimate ensemble of the best dancers and musicians in the centuries-old tradition of Khmer Classical Dance. Renowned for its graceful hand gestures and stunning costumes, the Royal Ballet of Cambodia has been designated by UNESCO as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Originally performed at royal events and ceremonies, this exquisite art form, which narrowly escaped annihilation in the 1970s by the Khmer Rouge regime, is cherished by many Cambodians and infused with a sacred and symbolic role. Her Royal Highness Princess Norodom Buppha Devi serves as the company’s choreographer. An orchestra accompanies the dance, which embodies the traditional values of refinement, respect and spirituality.
A female chorus provides a running commentary on the plot, highlighting the emotions mimed by the dancers, who were considered the kings’ messengers to the gods and to the ancestors. For more information and tickets, visit http://www.royalballetlongbeach.com/
At Carpenter Performing Arts Center, 6200 Atherton St Long Beach, 90801. Sat., Oct. 18. 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $29- $49. Tickets available online or at (562) 985-7000.
Enjoy art, music, and food at the many independently owned North Pine businesses- Kress Market, CALB, and more….. Twilight Walk is a monthly event held on the Third Thursday of each month showcasing Pine Avenue from 3rd – 8th street brought to you by HOPA (Historic Old Pine Avenue Business District Association).
At Anderson Paint and Hardware, 714 Pine Ave, Long Beach, Friday, Oct. 17, 7pm-10pm, FREE.
- Dance Long Beach is a group of 12 individual dance companies who will create a performance featuring each of their specialties
- POP’D is a drum group that will present an interactive, dynamic drum show
- David Hedden will involve patrons to paint and decorate a bird house that can later be used to home various wildlife native to North Long Beach
- Jocelyn Foye will create a 100 person synchronized ‘swimming’ dance performance that will be photographed from a 4 story crane
- Hmong Association of Long Beach will feature cultural drumming and dancing paired with craft tables geared towards families
- Rotaract Long Beach will create sand sculptures and bringing the beach to North Long Beach
At Artesia and Atlantic, Long Beach, 90813. 11:00am-3:00pm. FREE.
Opening October 18th! It’s Germany, 1891. The beautiful young Wendla explores her body and asks her mother where babies come from. Elsewhere, the brilliant and fearless young Melchior defends his buddy Moritz — a boy so traumatized by puberty he can’t concentrate on anything. One afternoon in the woods, Wendla and Melchior discover a desire unlike anything they’ve ever felt. SPRING AWAKENING explores the confusion and desperation that ensue when the onrushing tide of hormones meets the ignorance of children. Celebrating the unforgettable journey from youth to adulthood with a power, poignancy, and passion that you will never forget.
At the Long Beach Playhouse, 5021 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach Playhouse. Sat., Oct. 18. 8pm. $27. Tickets available online.
Join the Long Beach Symphony at POPS! Opening Night with Grammy-nominated conductor David Benoit and California beach party band, Papa Doo Run Run for their crowd-pleasing sounds of classic rock hits of the 60’s and 70’s and their award winning re-creation of Beach Boys’ hits. Performance will feature interpretations of California Girls, Surfin’ Safari, Wouldn’t It Be Nice, Wipe Out, Help Me Rhonda, Good Vibrations and more! Don’t forget to bring your picnic food and drinks to the party!
At Long Beach Performing Arts Center, 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, 90802. Sat., Oct. 18. 6:30pm. $29-$157.
Take a walk on the art side! Walk the Walk see the Chalk…Over 100 Chalk artists, The Belmont Shore Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest. Chalk artist start at 9am. This 10th annual event will showcase the works of diverse artists who will use chalk as their medium, and the sidewalks of Belmont Shore as their canvas. Artistic Activities for the whole family…11am to 4pm – art instruction for kids, *ballooning, face painting, and NEW is a custom made Belmont Shore mural the public is invited to color on.
At Belmont Shore, Chase Bank – 5200 E. Second St, Long Beach. Sat. & Sun., Oct. 18 & 19, 11am-4pm. (562) 434-3066. FREE.
This event is curated by the Arts Council for Long Beach and features four performing and visual arts groups. In addition to the art, Taste of North Town will be hosted on the lot. Taste of North Town features local North Long Beach restaurants in an event format similar to Taste of Downtown or Stroll and Savor.
- Jazz Angels will bring jazz to North Long Beach by featuring their troupe, local gospel groups, and other artists
- Long Beach Playhouse will create and curate three 20 minute performances including a shadow puppet piece
- Bike Odyssey is a traveling theatre performance on bikes- and for those looking for tips on how to navigate bikes on the street while following the performance the Bike Rodeo, a Safe Moves program, will be there an hour before for tutorials!
- Angela Willcocks will create short animations of barber shops in North Long Beach
At Artesia and Atlantic, Long Beach, 90813. Sun. Oct. 19th, 2:00-7:00pm. FREE.