Fall for the Arts

Ways to Celebrate Artober This Weekend

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

The Colored Museum

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.


Royal Ballet of Cambodia performs at the Carpenter Center

Cambodia Royal BalletFor 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.

Twilight Artwalk

Twilight Art Walk Map

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.

A LOT North 1

COMMON GROUND: People + Places + ArtThis event is curated by the Arts Council for Long Beach and features six performing and visual arts groups. Come check out the great music, dance groups, and artists- and giant sand sculptures!

  • 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.

Spring Awakening: The Musical

Spring AwakeningAdvisory: Adult content, strong sexual content, language and full frontal nudity,

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.

POPS! Opening Night!

Long Beach Symphony Pops

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.


Belmont Shore Art Walk

Belmont Shore Art Walk

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.

A LOT North 2

COMMON GROUND: People + Places + ArtThis 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.

Royal Cambodia Ballet

Royal Ballet of Cambodia Resurges

Cambodia Royal BalletRoyal Ballet of Cambodia Re-surges to its Former Splendor, Bringing its Top Stars to Southern California for a Single Historic Performance Three decades after being almost eliminated by the Khmer Rouge regime, the Royal Ballet of Cambodia miraculously endures as the cherished emblem of Khmer culture. The Royal Ballet’s visit to Long Beach is part of a six week tour of the US and Mexico which follows a decade of resurgence after the 2003 designation by UNESCO of the Royal Ballet as “Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.”

The Royal Ballet of Cambodia comes to the Carpenter Performing Arts Center at CSULB with a program entitled “The Stars of the Royal Ballet of Cambodia.” The October 18, 8 p.m. performance will feature an intimate ensemble of the best dancers and musicians in the centuries-old tradition of Khmer Classical Dance. With choreography by Her Royal Highness Princess Norodom Buppha Devi, inspired by her grandmother Queen Kossamak Nearyrath, the program will include selections highlighting the exquisite grace and austere beauty of this sacred art form, cherished as the emblem of Khmer culture.

The Royal Ballet’s visit to Long Beach is part of a six week tour of the US and Mexico which follows a decade of resurgence, from the designation by UNESCO of the Royal Ballet as “Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity” in 2003 and culminating in a major appearance at the “Season of Cambodia”  festival in New York in 2013. The last time the troupe performed in So Cal was in September 2001, in the wake of the Al-Qaeda terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. The New York Times called the Royal Ballet of Cambodia “extraordinary and mysterious” while the San Francisco Chronicle called them “timeless.” Renowned for its graceful hand gestures and stunning costumes, Khmer classical dance was established in the early Cambodian royal courts for the purpose of entertainment as well as ceremonial propitiation.

The repertoire includes dances of tribute or invocation and the enactment of traditional stories and epic poems. 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. In contrast to Westernized ballet with its emphasis on foot positions and movements that project a sense of weightlessness, Khmer classical ballet is grounded, focusing on detailed hand gestures and slow, precise movements. While more than one hundred hand movements have been recorded, it is rumored that the total number may be over four thousand five hundred.

Four distinct character types exist in the classical repertory: Neang the woman, Neayrong the man, Yeak the giant, and Sva the monkey. Each possesses distinctive colors, costumes, makeup and masks. The gestures and poses, mastered by the dancers only after years of intensive training, evoke the gamut of human emotions, from fear and rage to love and joy.

Over the centuries, The Royal Ballet has suffered all the repercussions of Cambodia’s eventful history, and at various times was nearly lost. It practically ceased to exist under the repressive rule of the Khmer Rouge, who eliminated almost all master dancers and musicians. Immediately after Pol Pot’s defeat in 1979, dance troupes re-emerged and performances of the ancient repertory resumed. Miraculously, today’s Royal Ballet has regained its former splendor, but still faces numerous difficulties such as a lack of funding, suitable performance spaces and competition from modern media.

“The Stars of the Royal Ballet” will be presented October 18, 2014 at 8 p.m. at The Carpenter Performing Arts Center at CSULB in Long Beach. Tickets are $29, $39, and $49. Senior, student, and group rates are also available. For more information and tickets, visit http://www.royalballetlongbeach.com, or contact the Carpenter Center Ticket Office at (562) 985-7000.


More Ways to Celebrate Artober This Weekend!

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! Although the first three we mention are in the same location on the same night, with varying times. This week we also have something for every budget! 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 that have come to our attention.

2nd Saturday Art Walk

2nd Saturday Art Walk2nd Satuday Art Walk is a monthly event that takes place in the East Village Art District of Downtown Long Beach, every second Saturday of each month. The Art Walk takes place around the streets of Linden Ave., 1st Street, Broadway, 4th Street, and Elm. Local art galleries and retail businesses such as gift shops, boutiques, restaurants and coffee shops stay open until late evening. Linden Avenue is closed to car traffic and transformed into a street fair by local artists. Two states are dedicated to street performances and live music. Everyone is welcome. 4pm-10pm.

Shops on 3rd & Elm

Shops on 3rd & ElmWhile you’re at 2nd Saturday Art Walk, be sure to check out the Shops on 3rd & Elm from 5pm-9pm! A night of meeting new local Shops on 3rd & Elm and discovering what they all have to offer! Their unique specialities include art galleries, eco-friendly children’s merchandise and reusable materials, up-cycled furniture, salon and barber services, sign art, floral design, and vintage modern fashion. The Shops on 3rd & Elm will also host food trucks, artists, vendors, and music. Don’t forget to stop by Sweet Dixie Kitchen for delicious sweet & savory food!

At Hellada Gallery, 117 Linden Ave., Long Beach, Sat. Oct 11, 5pm-10pm, FREE. (562) 435-5232.

Louise Kripal Art Memorial Fundraiser

Louise Art Park Memorial SculptureA group of East Village Neighborhood friends decided to provide an everlasting memory for their friend Louise Kripal. She lived in the East Village and dedicated many years to volunteering for various non-profits including East Village Association, Long Beach Arts (at one time located in the East Village/St. Anthony area), Arts and Services for the Disabled, and Gallery 117. Louise Kripal was a graduate of Neighborhood Leadership Long Beach, Class of 2008 and dedicated herself to making East Village a great place to live.

As she graced the neighborhood of East Village, her friends would like to honor her by placing a graceful sculpture in the Art Park in her memory. The East Village Art Park was dedicated to the purpose to display art and what better place to put a piece of sculpture for everyone to enjoy.

Come celebrate International Oktoberfest with music and a Bavarian Beer toast at East Village 2nd Saturday Arts Walk on October 11 from 5-10 PM. Festivities will take place at Hellada Gallery, 117 Linden Avenue, between Broadway and 1st Street, downtown. Donations will be collected to create a mosaic art piece in honor of a respected East Village leader and volunteer, Louise Kripal. Louise, who was also disabled, was an advocate of Arts and Services for the Disabled. Hellada Gallery will host a gallery show by this organization as part October Arts Month “Defining Ourselves”. Donations to the Louise Art Memorial can also be made by clicking HERE or by visiting the 2nd Saturday Art Walk Organization website.

At Hellada Gallery, 117 Linden Ave., Long Beach, Sat. Oct 11, 6pm, Donations Requested. (562) 435-5232.

Core: 10 Defining Ourselves

Core10: Defining OurselvesArts & Services for Disabled, Inc. celebrates 10 years in partnership with The National Arts and Disability Center (NADC) this year with CORE 10: Defining Ourselves! Join their celebration, honoring National Arts and Humanities Month and Disability Awareness Month. At Hellada Gallery, 117 Linden Ave., Long Beach, Sat. Oct 11, 6pm, FREE, (562) 435-5232.

Open Studio Tour
LB Open Studio TourYou are cordially invited to the LB Open Studio Tour on October 11th & 12th, 2014 from noon to 5 p.m! Enjoy a two-day, self-guided artist studio tour and meet established Long Beach professional artists in their working environments that aren’t usually open to the public. Get together with friends and follow the tour route, using the map provided. Look for LB Open Studio Tour lawn signs to help you locate studios.

Studios are open for two afternoons, so come on Saturday, Sunday, or both days! Either way, it is a fun-filled weekend. This annual tour allows you to take advantage of studio pricing for quality fine art. Live music, entertainment, and refreshments can be found at select locations. Please check the website for artist information, music schedules, and interactive map!

At various artists studious throughout Long Beach, download a map here. Sat. Oct. 11 & Sun. Oct. 12, 12pm-5pm. FREE.

Glorious International City Theatre’s 2014 season comes to a close with Glorious! It’s the story of Florence Foster Jenkins, a NY 1940’s heiress and socialite who loved to sing, but had one of the worst voices ever! She still held sold out major concerts! An amazing story running October 8 through November 2. Box Office Phone: 562.436.4610.

At International City Theatre, 300 E Ocean Blvd, Long Beach. October 10-12, 8pm. $47/per person, Buy tickets here or call 562-436-4610.

Celebrating Women of Passion

Sue BienkowskiAndreas Mitisek, Artistic/General Director & the LBO Board of Directors invite you to celebrate LBO and to honor Sue Bienkowski for her 10 years as LBO President at our 2014 Gala. We thank her for breaking the boundaries of opera with Long Beach Opera!

Join Long Beach Opera for a fun, show-stopping evening, full of Hollywood glamour at the beautiful Museum of Latin American Art, starting at 5:00pm with cocktails and Silent Auction in the Sculpture Garden,

At Musuem of Latin American Art Sculpture Garden/Balboa Studio, 628 Alamitos Ave., Long Beach. Sun., Oct. 12, 5pm-10pm. $200-$10,000. RSVP here or call 562.432.5934 for more details.

“American Tapestry” presented by Long Beach Camerata Singers

American TapestryA star-spangled tribute to our nation’s singing heritage features a Bluegrass band and other guest artists in beautiful new arrangements of familiar folk songs, American standards, spirituals and a patriotic salute to the armed forces.

Performance includes Shenandoah, Beautiful River, Wondrous Love, Copland’s Stomp Your Foot Upon the Floor, Dale Warland’s arrangement of Simple Gifts and Dr. Rob Istad’s own arrangement of the Star Spangled Banner, among other favorites. After the show, the Long Beach Camerata Singers are holding an Opening Night Gala fundraising dinner.

At Long Beach City College Auditorium, 4901 Carson St., Long Beach (Corner of Clark and Harvey), FREE parking provided in Parking lots E and F. Sun., Oct. 12, 2014 at 4:30pm. $10-$30/per person. (562) 522-1045.

Long Beach Camerata Singers Opening Night Gala
Virginia Country ClubImmediately following the American Tapestry concert, is a swanky fundraising dinner event to celebrate the opening of the 2014-15 season; an opportunity to mingle with with our artistic staff, board of directors, and singers, as well as, our new season sponsors: the Port of Long Beach. Musical entertainment provided by American Tapestry’s banjo player and guitarist, Jeff Askew.

At Virginia Country Club, 4902 Virginia Rd., Long Beach. Sun. Oct. 12, 7:00pm. $125. (562) 522-1045.

Found and Lost

Giggles Guaranteed!

Giggles Guaranteed!

Described as an “improv comedy extravaganza”, Found and Lost is directed by Daren Held and plays at the Found Theatre this weekend. Your reward: uncontrollable laughter! It’s Held2gether’s Short Form Graduation Show! Join us for a night of unscripted comedy based completely on your suggestions. May come into contact with questionable shenanigans and outrageous characters. Giggles guaranteed.

Held2gether brings the skills and joy of improvisational comedy to people of every walk of life. They offer improv classes for beginning, intermediate and advanced students as well as private coaching. At Found Theatre, 599 Long Beach Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90802. Sat. & Sun. Oct 11, 8:00pm. $10. (562) 433-3363.

Regardless of what event, or events, you attend this weekend be sure to share your pictures on Instagram and Facebook using the hashtags #ShowYourArt and #NAHM to participate in the coast-to-coast collective celebration of culture in America known as National Arts and Humanities Month (NAHM).

National Arts & Humanities Month

5 Ways to Celebrate “Artober” This Weekend

October is National Arts & Humanities Month.  National Arts & Humanities Month (NAHM) was established in 1993 and is celebrated every October in the United States. NAHM is a coast-to-coast collective recognition of the importance of culture in America. It was initiated to encourage Americans to explore new facets of the arts and humanities in their lives, and to begin a lifelong habit of active participation in the arts and humanities. As the nation’s largest collective annual celebration of the arts, we want you to be a part of the festivities.

Want to join in the celebration? Great! You can find a Long Beach National Arts & Humanities Month event in the Gazettes, or you can create an event and invite others to attend.

5. ARTober First Fridays


Autumn is finally here and that means Arts Month is upon us. We are celebrating our local artists and musicians with ARTober First Fridays. From Graffiti to Andy Warhol to break dancers, First Fridays has it all and Bixby Knolls is the place to find it!

Stop by Clover (3803 Atlantic) from 6:30pm – 8:00pm to find all the information about First Fridays, business info, and restaurant recommendations.

When the businesses start to close, “First Fridays After Hours” begins. Nino’s Italian Restaurant, The Factory, Willmore, Atun, and EJ Malloy’s go late into the night with food, drinks, and music. Why go home early? Stay out late and continue the energy Dine on Art-Lantic Avenue at one of our tasty restaurants then grab the trolley that will transport you venue to venue from designated stops at the participating businesses.

4. 1st Saturdays Music at Bixby Park

1st saturday1st Saturdays Music at Bixby Park is a monthly event highlighting local music talent, theater, and other performance groups to perform at Bixby Band Shell. At Bixby Park, 130 Cherry Ave, Long Beach; Sat., Oct. 4 5-8 p.m., FREE. (562) 570-1601.

3.  Photographers Night at the Aquarium of the Pacific

Professional and amateur photographers are invited to capture the Aquarium’s wildlife during exclusive “photographers only” hours. Meet vendors, test new equipment, attend workshops, and meet other wildlife photo enthusiasts.

Now is your chance to take the photos you have always wanted. Back by popular demand, on this night, the Aquarium will be available to photographers for the sole purpose of getting their dream photos without having to worry about the general public either getting in their shots or being bothered by their equipment. At the Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach., Sun., Oct 5, 5:30 or 6:30pm, $28.95 per person, $26.95 for Aquarium members. (562) 590-3100, ext. 0.


Once upon a time there lived a strange, mathematical man named Alan M. Turing. He dreamed of robots, a boy named Christopher and poisoned apples.

In its West Coast Premiere, based upon this brilliant man’s emotional life story, this theatrical crash of movement, music, and mathematics transports us into a world filled with calculations, living experiments, a talking daisy, and even Snow White. It is a magic tragedy, full of beauty, images exploding onstage, and a belief in love and truth above all else. Pink Milk runs thru November 1. At THE GARAGE THEATRE, 251 E 7th St, Long Beach, Fri., Oct. 4 & 5, 8pm. $15-$18 per person. (562) 433-8337.
1. Port of Long Beach PHOTO GALLERY Opening Reception


The Port of Long Beach partnered with the Arts Council for Long Beach for Port of Long Beach Photo, a three-part photography learning experience for amateur and pro photographers alike. The free program culminates with a gallery showing to be held in October in conjunction with Long Beach Arts Month, which is an annual celebration of local arts and culture.

The series consisted of a workshop taught by Port photographers, followed by a twilight shoot aboard a boat. Both those events took place in August and the participants are hard at work, getting ready to submit their best pieces for the juried gallery exhibit.

Opening Reception at the The Liberty Art Gallery and Event Space, 435 Alamitos Ave., Long Beach; Sat., Oct. 4, 6pm. 

You can also participate in the NAHM #ShowYourArt Instagram campaign. Upload photos and videos to your Instagram account with the tags #ShowYourArt and @Americans4Arts, and share to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and more!


Arty Tower with Renee Tanner

Residents and visitors of downtown Long Beach be on the lookout for a visual standout that is coming for A LOT 2014! Arty Tower is the brainchild of Renee Tanner resident artist of ArtExchange here in downtown Long Beach, and artist partner for A LOT 2014.

When the Arts Council for Long Beach got to talk to her about her piece and A LOT in general, Renee spoke on her impressions and really captured the spirit of A LOT!

To explain: What is Arty Tower?

Arty Tower is a 30 foot tall scaffolding tower that will be constructed on the downtown lot of A LOT with banners of art and event information covering all four sides. When considering what sort of project she wanted to create for this year’s event Renee chose to build a tower because she felt artists “needed structure to be seen”. Two of the sides will feature other local Long Beach artists- Noel Madrid and Vivian Wenhuey Chen- and the other two will clearly identify A LOT for all those driving by hopefully looking to join us! Her work with these two artists is part of one of her main themes (as well as A LOT’s) of “inclusivity” and is her way of providing “staging for the visual artist”.

 Ms. Tanner has actually participated in A LOT before, and is a returning artist partner. She describes A LOT as a “festival of art that is homegrown, rich, and beautiful.” and feels that is truly the “Community emerging itself”.

When asked why she felt A LOT was important, she felt that it was an “arts festival representing the arts communities” and that “A LOT is an example of what we can do together”. 

Personally, the Arts Council for Long Beach cannot agree more and can’t wait to see the tower go up on site! Check out the project and other artists in the Our Artists section of the A LOT 2014 website and see Noel Madrid and Vivian Wenhuey Chen’s images and more! The website link is:


And look for these two gorgeous images below (by Noel Madrid and Vivian Wenhuey Chen respectively)!

Madrid BannerWenhuey Chen





So, What Does Long Beach Look Like to You?

Maybe you’ve heard, we are partnering with the Long Beach Post during the month of October to put on a social media campaign. The campaign will coincide with “Arts Month” and will showcase art of all types in Long Beach. As a part of this campaign we will be featuring stylized and re-imagined versions of the Long Beach Post banner and there will be a new banner for every week day in October.

Think Google doodles. What’s a Google doodle you might ask? Well, as Google puts it, “doodles are the fun, surprising, and sometimes spontaneous changes that are made to the Google logo to celebrate holidays, anniversaries, and the lives of famous artists, pioneers, and scientists”.

The idea is to decorate the Long Beach Post logo to celebrate Long Beach arts month, and raise money for Non-Profits which support the arts in Long Beach by auctioning the original pieces. We also hope to raise more awareness of local artists, art offerings and the general art scene in Long Beach. So, what does Long Beach look like to you?

The submission deadline is September 31st. If you are interested in submitting your work, the Long Beach Post is looking for your version of the “Long Beach” part of the Long Beach Post web banner in the medium of your choice (template attached). If you are using a 3-D medium, we will take a picture of your piece to use as the banner.

If you are interested or have further questions, please email: Marlo@lbpost.com

color me long beach


The Arts Council for Long Beach is ramping up for the start of A LOT 2014 and starting it all will be COLOR ME LONG BEACH presented by the Creativity Network! So here’s an up to date run down about all the fun things to see and do- and details about the event to add to your calendars!

USA Today has called Long Beach the most diverse city in the United States. COLOR ME LONG BEACH: A Multicultural Urban Arts and Video Experience, offers the community an opportunity to experience that diversity in a celebration of multicultural urban arts and video representing the many communities that call Long Beach home. On Saturday, September 27th from 4 pm to 9 pm, join COLOR ME LONG BEACH for this unique, hands-on experience. Presented in partnership with The Creativity Network and Homeland Cultural Center, it will take place in the parking lot adjacent to the former site of Acres of Books at Third Street and Long Beach Blvd. and will also include food trucks.

Mayor Robert Garcia says, “I want to encourage everyone to come and enjoy this great event that highlights the creativity and diversity of our city’s youth. It promises to be educational and entertaining for all. I look forward to seeing you there!”

Some background on what the whole event of ALOT:

A LOT 2014: Common Ground.


Come join the Arts Council for Long Beach for A LOT 2014! A LOT is a city-wide initiative presented by the ACLB in collaboration with the City of Long Beach. Each FREE A LOT event (there are four days- including the kickoff day with COLOR ME LONG BEACH) presents a variety of genres of performance in vacant lots, activating the spaces with art, culture, and even food for the community to enjoy! So bring your friends and family and check out any or all of the four dates in September and October for a full day of fun!

A LOT adds to the national conversation about creative placemaking. As the City’s arts agency, whose mission is to foster creativity and culture, enliven communities, and enable a thriving economy, the Arts Council is honored to be facilitating this initiative. Founded in 1976 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization and governed by a local board of directors, the Arts Council believes that the vibrant art scene makes Long Beach a premiere destination for residents, businesses, students, and visitors.

A LOT was made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) received by the Arts Council. Long Beach was the only city in Southern California selected to receive an Our Town grant and only one of six to receive the largest grant of $150,000 over two years. Other funders for the event include the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation and California Community Foundation.



The five-hour long curated experience will feature live performances and interactive activities for the entire family. “COLOR ME LONG BEACH will highlight the richness and depth of the changing demographics of Long Beach and the arts and culture that rises from it,” says event producer Antonio Ruiz. “Our goal is to engage all of the city’s residents with a special focus on those communities that have not traditionally participated in larger citywide arts events.”



Featured Performers will host workshops following their time onstage to allow attendees to participate and learn more about their unique performances, dance forms and instruments.

  • Dembrebrah West African Drum and Dance Ensemble
  • Kutturan Chamoru Performers of Guam
  • Homeland Street Dance Crew
  • Cambodian Fine Art Heritage Relief Foundation
  • Homeland Funkstylers
  • Hmong Association of Long Beach
  • Danza Azteca Xipetotec
  • Halle Johnson, Singer/Songwriter
  • Homeland Spoken Word Artists

Emcee June Kaewsith, Long Beach multidisciplinary artist, educator


Artists’ Way Hands-On Workshops

  • Join Long Beach Main Library’s Studio, WE Labs, and the Y’s Youth Institute at UrbanTechno, an exploration of technology and urban communities. Visitors can participate in live video recording and experience the excitement of designing and creating 3-D printed pieces.
  • Join The Long Beach Depot for Creative ReUse and Save Oceans & Seas: Our City Our Ocean that will use reclaimed articles from local beaches to create beautiful mixed media art on discarded surfboards.
  • Join Village Treasures, an African Gift Shop, Boutique and Gallery, and Dembrebrah, an African American Cultural Association, to learn more about The African Diaspora and participate in a demonstration of African dance and drumming.
  • Enjoy Centro CHA: My Story, an Urban Art Exhibition of artworks created by youth from the Be S.A.F.E. Summer Project
  • Join featured Performers following their time onstage in workshops to participate and learn more about their unique performances, dance forms and instruments.


Molina Healthcare Presents Healthy Me Zone

Healthy living workshops, tips and resources. Participants include:

  • Long Beach Health & Human Services Department
  • Building Healthy Communities


ColorVision Video Showcase

A video showcase of visions by Long Beach youth curated by Digital Revolution, Really Big Boom Productions and Long Beach Cinematheque.


COLOR ME LONG BEACH is accessible by bike, bus, and the Metro Blue Line. Pedal Movement will provide secure bike parking throughout the event. Parking for cars is available on street and at adjacent city lots.

COLOR ME LONG BEACH is sponsored by the Arts Council for Long Beach (ACLB) and Molina Healthcare, with additional support from the Downtown Long Beach Associates. It is funded in part by the Arts Council for Long Beach’s A LOT initiative to activate empty lots throughout the city with Art. A LOT was made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Other funders include the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation and California Community Foundation.


If you have any more questions check out their awesome website at:


And their facebook is:


If you want to contact the event producer:

Antonio Ruiz