Art Weekend LB

End with a Bang!

Lets conclude the 2014 Long Beach Arts Month with a bang! This weekend is packed with arts and culture activities throughout the city of Long Beach. 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 taking place throughout Long Beach. We recognize that there are many arts related activities happening throughout our great city at any given time. If you have an event you would like to bring to our attention, please let us know here!

Arts Month Celebration

 

Long Beach Post Start your Halloween night off with the Long Beach Post and the Arts Council for Long Beach at BO-beau kitchen + roof tap Friday, October 31st at 6:00PM as we celebrate Long Beach Arts Month and all of the amazing, talented artists the Post has featured this month.

Hang out under the stars and enjoy Bo-beau’s fantastic food and drinks, meet our featured Long Beach artists, and enter a raffle to win a one-of-a-kind print of one of the 22 pieces we’ve featured this month. The party starts at 6:00pm and the raffle happens at 8:00pm. Costumes are welcomed and encouraged!

At BO-beau kitchen + roof tap. 144 Pine Ave., Long Beach 90802. Fri. Oct. 31st, 6pm-12am. (562) 983-0056

Art Theatre Special ScreeningsGhostbusters

Who you gonna call?

Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, and Ernie Hudson lead the cast as the “Ghostbusters,” spirit-exterminators who fearlessly take on the other-worldly evil infiltrating Manhattan, whether it manifests itself as wicked green slime or an ancient tyrant back from the dead to take over the world. The spooktacularly successful franchise captured the imagination of audiences around the world and redefined the action-comedy genre in the process.

At Art Theatre. 2025 4th Street, Long Beach, 90802. Fri. Oct. 31, 11PM. $8-$11. 562-438-5435.

Masquerade Ball

Masquerade

Film & television actor Jaimz Woolvett will be the master of ceremony. There will be live entertainment and a buffet. Bring your mask. Costumes not required. Baby sitting available.

At Long Beach Petroleum Club, 3636 Linden Ave. 90807. Fri. Oct. 31 7pm-12am. $25. To RSVP, call 562-427-7966.

Dia de los Muertos Celebration

Dia de los MuertosCouncilwoman Lena Gonzalez invites everyone to come out in celebration of The Day of the Dead with great music, local art, local food, & local Long Beach fun on Pine Avenue. Don’t forget to #ddlm2014 & share with us your favorite moments.

Featured Activities (2PM-6PM) include:
Face Painting
Altar Contest
Photo-Booth
Beer Garden
Cultural Presentations

Live Music (5PM-10PM) Performances by:
Conjunto Nueva Ola
Very Be Careful
Alianza Rebelde
Tierra Blanca
and much more

At Pine Ave., between 6th and 8th. Sat. Nov. 1, 2-10pm. FREE.

1st Saturdays Music at Bixby Park

1st Saturdays Music

This will be 1st Saturdays Music at Bixby Park’s Final Concert of 2014 at the Bixby Park Band Shell. Featured in November are these local Long Beach musical acts:

The Black Noise
Robi’s Electro-Acoustic Indie Fusion Band
Fathers and Suns

There will be Food Trucks, an Opportunity Drawing, On Broadway Business Booths, the Really Really Free Market and more! In partnership with Friends of Bixby Park, Long Beach Music Council, On Broadway Business Association, and Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal. 1st Saturdays Music at Bixby Park will return in Spring of 2015.

At 130 Cherry Ave., Long Beach, 90802. Sat., Nov. 1. 4-7pm. FREE.

La Muerte Vive!

La Muerte Vive

“La Muerte Vive! – Where Rock Opera Meets Cabaret” is a theatrical explosion of color, culture, fiery music and sultry dance starring Santos de Los Angeles and Ms. Ruby Champagne. Please note, this is an adult-themed performance. This performance will include additional musical entertainment, food & drinks for purchase, a Día de los Muertos marketplace, face painting, photo booth and more!

At Museum of Latin American Art. 628 Alamitos Ave., Long Beach 90802. Sat., Nov. 1, 6-10pm. Members: $25/Non-Members: $30

Patchwork Show

Patchwork ShowHave you ever had the desire to stroll through aisles upon aisles of crafters and artists’ tents using their own two hands to create, fulfill and live their lives in that good ol’ hand-made way? Look no further: the Long Beach Patchwork show, this Sunday, will be located on the water’s edge at the Marine Stadium boat slip, right off of Appian Way.

Long Beach is the Patchwork Show’s largest event, offering local makers an affordable venue to show off their goods. The bi-annual event showcases local emerging artists, crafters and designers alongside artisan food, DIY craft workshops, gourmet food trucks and indie music. All shows are free to attend and family friendly.

If you’re on the gift-hunt for the upcoming holiday season then this is absolutely the place to be this weekend. Handbags, clothing for men, women and children, jewelry art, ceramics, garden finds, and home goods are just several of many handcrafted items you’ll find. Support your local artists by meeting some this weekend, having a chat and going so far as to support their life’s work.

Here are the parking options:
1. Metered lot at Mother’s Beach
2. Long Beach Yacht Club: off Appian Way. Fee shuttle from the Big RED Bus there to transport you to the event!

The Long Beach Patchwork Show will take place this Sun., Nov. 2, 11AM – 5PM along Marine Stadium. FREE.

Festival de los Muertos

Festival de la MuertosFestival de los Muertos in Honor of Gabriel Garcia Marquez (1927-2014).

Enjoy the Museum of Latin America’s annual Día de los Muertos festival, a vibrant celebration of life and loved ones! Learn more about Día de los Muertos through art workshops, live performances, gallery tours, face painting, unique craft vendors and an Altar Contest Display. Food and drinks available for purchase.

Aquarium on Wheels (mobile touch tank) will also be present and is hosted by the Aquarium of the Pacific

Día de Los Muertos attire strongly encouraged – Come dressed as a calavera!

At Museum of Latin American Art. 628 Alamitos Ave., Long Beach 90802. Sun., Nov.2, 11AM – 5PM. FREE.

 

Celebrate Art

It’s An Artful 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! This week we have 8 Ways to Celebrate Artober!

Please note that our list is not meant to be exhaustive, it is merely a highlight of events taking place throughout Long Beach. We recognize that there are many arts related activities happening throughout our great city at any given time. If you have an event you would like to bring to our attention, please let us know here!

Artful Healing 7th Annual Kids’ Art Exhibition

Join Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach for its 7th annual pediatric patient art exhibition featuring the artwork of current and former patients at an artists’ reception from 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. First 150 attendees will receive a free original patient art calendar. Patient art calendars and greeting cards will be available for purchase to benefit the Artful Healing Program at Miller Children’s.Artful Healing is made possible by donations and grant funding.

Opening Reception: Fri. Oct. 24th, 12-7pm. At Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beacch. 2801 Atlantic Ave, Long Beach, 90806. FREE. For information, please call Denise Clayton-Leonard at (562) 243-0170.

Noche de Ofrendas

Noche de OfrendasDon’t miss Noche de Ofrendas, a Dia de los Muertos celebration at the Museum of Latin American Art, that promises to be unlike any other. The evening will include :

  • A special exhibition of celebrity inspired altars by actor Hector Elizondo, star of the highly anticipated film “The Book of Life,” filmmaker Sergio Arau (“A Day Without a Mexican”), lifestyle reporter and Good Day LA host Mar Yvette, television star Valente Rodriguez (“The George Lopez Show”), with more to be announced.
  • Artwork and celebrity-inspired altars designs by the event’s honorary curator, Tony Dominguez, recognized as one of the greatest paper mache artists in the country whose work has been seen in films, music videos, television and commercials.
    A special live theatrical performance of “La Muerte Vive—Where Rock Opera Meets Cabaret,” produced by Dominguez, and starring Santos de Los Angeles and Ms. Ruby Champagne with a special guest appearance by Demetrius Navarro (“Friday,” “ER” and “Los Beltran.”)
  • Musical performances from Rocio Libertad Mendoza with Trio Alma y Alma, Casa de Calacas, Macondo y su Sonora, and DJ Brazilia.
  • A silent auction featuring unique travel, art and entertainment packages.
  • Traditional Mexican cuisine with a twist.
  • Specialty tequila-based drinks created by Herradura’s star mixologist, Damian Diaz.
  • Calavera face painting on-site.
  • An interactive Día de los Muertos-themed social kiosk photo booth.

All proceeds from the evening benefit MOLAA’s exhibition and art education initiatives.

At Museum of Latin American Art, 628 Alamitos Ave., Long Beach 90802. Sat., Oct. 25th, 7pm-12am. Tickets: $125.

Ferment: Social Practice Art

Combining the visual and culinary arts with handcrafted vessels and artisanal food, LBMA and CSULB are collaborating on a Social Practice Art Event that observes to a number of movements in experimental art and performance studies. Join us as we reflect on our diverse community, and enjoy locally sourced fermented food. Artists include: Vipoo Sirvilasa, a Thai born Australian artist, Adam Field, long-term artist in residence at the Archie Bray Foundation, MT., and Joseph Shuldiner, the Director of the Institute for Domestic Technology. Guests will receive a fermenting crock created by a CSULB student with glaze sourced from the wood ash at P3 Restaurant, and recipes to ferment your own food.

At Long Beach Museum of Art, 2300 E Ocean Blvd., Long Beach 90803. Sat., Oct. 25th, 6:30-8:30 PM. Tickets: $35-50.  562-439-2119.

 

 Roots & Branches Roots & Branches“Roots and Branches,” features work by artists living and working in Cambodia as well as artists of Cambodian descent living in Southern California.

Artwork for the show was curated by Kimberly Hocking (Greenly Director),Mao Soviet (artist and director of Make Maek Art Gallery in Battambang, Cambodia) and Tim Robertson (an American visual artist who spent the past five years working in Cambodia).

“The theme, Roots and Branches, revolves around origins and aspirations,” said Robertson. “We were looking for work in which the artists dealt with sources of strength and nourishment, aspirations, dreams and the future.”

Cambodia’s story has been a turbulent one stretching back over the past 50 years. The late 1960s through the ’80s were characterized by civil war, mass murder and displacement.

“That history has had a profound effect on those living in Cambodia and also Cambodian families who were forced to flee their homeland and settle abroad,” Robertson said. “The women and men sending work from Cambodia are some of the first artists their country has had in an entire generation. The artists living locally in California are part of the first several generations making a new start in a new place and beginning to express their unique perspective.”

“Roots and Branches” provides an opportunity to experience these artists’ unique expressions. Artists: Chuon Nyra, Polen Ly, Chhoeun Daravy, Phin Sophorn, Theanly Chov, Lon Lao, Sao Sreymao, Khchoa Touch, Kim Hak, Sokhorn Meas, Sayon Syprasoeuth, Carl Off, Ho Chan.

The exhibition opening event will be 7 to 10 p.m., Oct. 25. The show will run from Oct. 25,2014 through Jan. 24, 2015.
After the opening, this exhibit will be open for free public viewing Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. or by appointment by calling

 

At Greenly Art Space, 2698 Junipero Ave, Signal Hill, 90755. Sat., October 25th, 7-10:00PM. FREE. (562) 533-4020.

Mummenschanz, Musicians of Silence

mummenschanz musicians of silenceEnter a world of magical possibilities, where inspiring illusions are sculpted with shadow and light, colorful masks and props, and incredible forms to captivate audiences of all ages! Originally founded in France more than four decades ago, the artistry of the Swiss theatre company MUMMENSCHANZ transcends cultural barriers with its unique non-verbal theatrical style!

At Carpenter Performing Arts Center, 6200 E Atherton St., Long Beach, 90815. Sat., October 25th, 8:00PM. Tickets: $45-50.

 All That Jazz

All That Jazz

The Long Beach City College Department of Performing Arts and Associated Student Body Presents: The Long Beach City College Symphony Orchestras in “All That Jazz”

Marshall T. Fulbright III, Music Director/Conductor

Patrick Sheng, saxophone

Anne Walsh, vocalist

Works by: Gould, Gershwin, Grant-Still

At Long Beach City College Auditorium, 4901 E. Carson Street, Long Beach, 90808. Sun., Oct. 26th, 2:00pm. $0-12.  (562) 938-4846.

Dylan Thomas Centennial, Poems of Dylan Thomas & Songs of Bob Dylan

In observance of the Dylan Thomas Centennial on Sunday, October 26, folksinger/educator Ross Altman and the Found Theatre will host a very special celebration featuring the work of the brilliant Welsh poet and his superstar namesake, Bob Dylan (aka Bob Zimmerman).

This is a participatory event in which the public is invited to share a Thomas poem or a Dylan tune…or just come and enjoy the performances. Signups can be done in advance by calling 562/433-3363 or by emailing info@foundtheatre.org, or at the event if slots are still available.

Los Angeles folk singer Ross Altman has a PhD in Modern Literature; when he left the classroom for the stage he turned the stage into a classroom. Every so often he produces literary events such as this to uphold what Matthew Arnold called the best that has been thought and said. Ross and Found Theatre executive director Virginia DeMoss have invited a few  of their favorite fellow performers to guarantee a good show.

The Found’s Dylan Thomas Centennial coincides with October is Arts Month in Long Beach, as well as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Donations for the All Dylan Evening will be accepted at the door and 100% of funds raised will be donated to Interval House of Long Beach, which provides emergency aid and support for women and children who are victims of domestic violence.

Come gather round people wherever you roam and celebrate two great poets and singers of song; a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to rage, rage against the dying of the light.

This not-for-profit Dylan Thomas 2014 Centennial Commemoration is a © production of Grey Goose Music (BMI) and The Found Theatre; all works to be performed are copyrighted by their original authors or estates and therefore performances may not be videotaped, photographed or tape recorded; all cell phones to be turned off.

At The Found Theatre, 599 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach, 90802. Sun., Oct. 26th, 7pm. Donations accepted; all proceeds to Interval House of Long Beach.

Sounds & Spaces

Corelli, Concerto Grosso, op. 6, No. 1 in D Major
Mozart, Sonata da Chiesa in C Major, K.328
Goemanne, Triptych for Organ
Hailstork, Sonata da Chiesa

Long Beach Symphony joins the party as First Congregational Church of Long Beach celebrates the 100th anniversary of their magnificent Italian Renaissance style building complete with stunning mahogany interiors and remarkable stain glass windows. Long Beach Symphony’s first Sounds & Spaces features this beautiful sanctuary and it’s 1956 “Mighty Möller“ organ with music created for sacred spaces. First Congregational’s organist Dr. Marc Dickey joins forces with an intimate string orchestra led by Long Beach Symphony Assistant Concertmaster, Agnes Gottschewski in performing Corelli’s Concerto Grosso No. 1, Mozart’s Church Sonata in C Major, K. 328, Belgian-American Noel Goemanne’s Triptych for solo organ and Sonata da Chiesa by African-American composer Adolphus Hailstork.

At First Congregational Church of Long Beach, 241 Cedar Ave, Long Beach, 90802. Sun. Oct. 26th 3pm. FREE. FREE bike valet will be available.

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.

artober

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
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

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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.

2. Pink Milk at THE GARAGE THEATRE

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

Port of LONG BEACH PHOTO GALLERY

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!

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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:

http://alotlongbeach.org/

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

Madrid BannerWenhuey Chen