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Arts Council for Long Beach’s 5 Things for Friday

Congrats on making it to the end of the week! There are plenty of great things going on this weekend (ok one is for next week, but we really want you there!). We will keep it short and sweet, so here are the Arts Council for Long Beach’s 5 Things for Friday!

  1. Announcement, announcement! The California Arts Council is coming to town! Join the CAC next Thursday in Santa Ana for a public meeting and YOU can get the opportunity to address the council during two public comment periods (limited time, so keep it snappy, folks!).  The California Arts Council will meet on Thursday, August 28 at Grand Central Art Center, California State University, Fullerton, 125 No. Broadway, Santa Ana, CA 97201. The meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m. and end at approximately 4:00 p.m. More info can be found here-
  2. Looking for a new weekend ‘TRADITION’! Join the Long Beach Playhouse for their production of Fiddler on the Roof, extended by popular demand. Check out this gem at the longest running community playhouse to the west of the Mississippi! Tickets are $24 for both Friday and Saturday shows. More info can be found here-
  3. Get your hula on with the 14th annual Tiki Beach Festival this Saturday and Sunday at Granada beach! The Tiki Beach Festival features hundreds of Polynesian musicians and dancers, an island market place with over 100 craft vendors, and the famous Aloha Food Court. Be there as early as sunrise because over 10,000 people are expected to be in attendance! Check out more information at-
  4. Let’s hope for a starry night on Saturday as Art Exchange presents a spectacular outdoor art history meets backyard hang out event! The Art Exchange is excited to host Gregorio Luke’s one of a kind summer event, “Mural Under the Stars,” featuring the works of Vincent Van Gogh. The event runs form 8 to10pm (10-midnight is a community mixer) at the Acres of Books lot (3rd and Long Beach Boulevard). Get the whole family to come out, but don’t forget to bring some chairs! Click here for more info-
  5. Then make sure you cap off the weekend with a family art making experience at Long Beach Museum of Art! Be part of art with a hands-on projects for visitors of all ages between 11am and 3pm.This week you can create a Memory Origami Boat. Using F. Scott Hess’ Boat as a launching point, participants will create an origami boat decorated with memories. Check out the LBMA website for more information on their exhibits- .
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Last Intern Day with ACLB

It’s a strange moment when you realize you’ve fulfilled your requirements, spent the allotted time, and then realize that that time is up. The Getty Multicultural Undergraduate Internship is very specific in its timeline- the intern works for ten weeks and then is finished. It can feel quite abrupt if the nature of your job always sent you from ongoing project to project- and the eventual initiative you were assisting with is still ongoing and won’t happen until September and October. There is so much that is accomplished in those ten weeks! It is astounding to reflect on who I was as an intern when I walked in the door versus the last day. The last day and the first day. The time passed so quickly, and I never got to sit still. If you’re wondering how I felt transitioning it would be a mystery. I took online classes this summer and it felt like I had no down time whatsoever to process-just do (my last final coincided with the day before my last day as an intern). At the Arts Council for Long Beach excitement never ends because there is a constant stream of projects and meetings- leaving little time for reflection. But, although I have no emotions tracked and reflected I am quite content. Because there is plenty to say about what I learned and accomplished.

I learned how to balance keeping in contact with 25 artists and curatorial partners of all varying needs and personalities. I learned the ins and outs of social media and blog posts from the perspective of an institution versus the individual. I had the privilege of watching the Collaborative once a week and experiencing docent work where I could explain exhibits to passersby who wandered in the space. I was included in the grant panel facilitating experience and saw the true arch of the process- as well as all the categories when I read each application and attended the panels that selected those to be funded. I even had the simple experience of learning how to better communicate over the phone, email, as well as in person as a representative of the Arts Council for Long Beach. Though I had a wonderful internship before as a curator for Arts and Services for Disabled, Inc. and had been the director of a gallery space on campus at Loyola Marymount University, this was my first time experiencing such a variety of responsibilities and projects simultaneously (and it is part of the reason I felt it was hard to process when the internship was over- because the projects did not complete with that time).

In light of this feeling of incompletion I am lucky however, the Arts Council for Long Beach liked my work enough- and felt that there was still help needed up to the completion of the A LOT initiative- and have chosen to keep me on staff part-time as the Marketing and Community Outreach Assistant! As a young arts professional, this is a wonderful opportunity as I will be continuing my job search while finishing out a project I’ve come to care about deeply. I’m so grateful for all the mentoring that Shay Thornton Kulha has given me- whether its resumes, Linkedin, job searching, or mock interviews she’s always given me time and guidance. I’m looking forward to continuing forward in my position and can’t wait to see A LOT realized (as well as eventually find a full-time position). The next intern should realize how incredibly lucky they are- and take advantage of all the unique opportunities of working with an institution such as the Arts Council as well as the genuine and invested employees that will be supervising them.

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Port of Long Beach Photo Tour

This past Thursday night the Arts Council for Long Beach and the Port of Long Beach partnership for the Port of Long Beach Photo Tour came to fruition. After only four minutes of opening, the eighty spots for the preliminary class and tour were filled to capacity! Our Gallery and Social Media Assistant, Laura Sardisco took the class along with all the artists and took some great shots, making us all the more excited to see the photos of all the photographers on board!

To give some background the Port of Long Beach describes:

“The series consists of a workshop taught by Port photographers, followed by a twilight shoot aboard a boat, culminating with a juried gallery exhibition and reception showcasing photos from every participant, with recognition for the best work. A DSLR camera is mandatory to participate.

Teaching the Photo Workshop The Port will host photographers and artists with photographic interests in an exciting workshop teaching the same techniques the pros use to shoot twilight-to-nighttime images of the Port of Long Beach from the ocean.”

The photographers were a diverse and enthusiastic bunch, and as the boat leisurely glided through the port points of interest were described along with tips about how to best capture them. It was great to even be on board and document how the taught skills of the workshop were being put to use- and the sunset and evening was gorgeous so I’m sure they were plenty inspired!

If you are personally interested in seeing the images that came from this unique opportunity, an exhibition will be held at an awesome local gallery on October 4th 2014. The show will be titled the Port of Long Beach Photo Gallery, where the winning photographers (all of whom are invited to submit their best photos to be considered) will be juried and then exhibited. We were so thrilled for the opportunity to collaborate with the Port of Long Beach and look forward to the exhibition, to which all are invited to come see!

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Marcela Armas at MOLAA

One of the amazing parts of being a Getty Multicultural Undergraduate Intern is the wonderful network they help you establish. Each region of interns has its own hub groups that meet and visit each other’s sites. At these events I got to meet Erika Hirugami, the Museum of Latin American Art’s curatorial intern- and she invited me to the exhibition opening of “Marcela Armas: Resistance and Vortex”. Marcela Armas is an award winning artist from Mexico who has exhibited throughout Latin America, Europe, and Asia, and was the 2012 winner of an electronic arts competition in Arco, Madrid.

After listening to warm welcoming speeches from President Stuart A. Ashman and curator Edward Hayes Jr. we all entered the space together. Armas’ work gave me a strong first impression of innovation and dedication. The Getty interns of Long Beach started with a table that showed books that had been transformed into cogs, and a video of Vortex that is a large mechanical piece created for and held at MUAC (Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporaneo- University Museum of Contemporary Art) in Mexico. Though we were impressed, the projected video that was also shown, a well-shot and arresting video that documented why these books and pieces were created, really illuminated the purpose of the body of work. For although Marcela Armas’ artwork looks largely technical, her pieces are politically based and driven. Vortex brings to light the 2004 “Recycle to Read” program of President Vicente Fox that required all federal agencies to recycle their paper to a free textbook program for elementary and middle school children. A program that sounded benign on the surface, but allowed the Mexican government to purge their archives and effectively destroy government records.

In the back of the exhibit, in a purposefully darkened space, was the Resistance part of the show. A flowing, manipulated line of light that is pulled from all angles into precisely the outline of the Mexico/US border fills a wall of space. We interns at first wanted to know how it was possible- and curator Edward Hayes explained it was an open electrical current, which also explained why the piece is roped off at a safe distance. All parts of the piece speak of a deeper dialogue- the heat and danger, the light in the darkness of the constantly illuminated news hotspot, and the manipulations (both legal and illegal) from both sides.

Though the artist seemed quite sweet and unimposing in person, her work is bold and technically impressive. I felt so lucky to be able to attend such a wonderful opening- and fully recommend checking out the show, which will be up until January 4, 2015!

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If you aren’t aware of Homeland Cultural Center and what they do, Dancefest was the perfect place to get to know them. As the Arts Council for Long Beach’s intern I was invited to attend the event with my supervisor Shay Thornton Kulha and I was very pleasantly surprised! The program informed me all about how the cultural center is located in MacArthur Park and has “free classes and drop-in programs in street dance, instrumental music and graffiti art”. What struck me personally was the wide variety in the performing groups- both in style and age. Because I enjoyed it so much, and want everyone to check it out next year, I’m going to give a breakdown of my impressions of the show because it was truly an energetic atmosphere with so many groups to enjoy!

Dancefest featured a huge list of performing groups such as:
West Afrikan Drum and Dance Ensemble
Cambodian Fine Art Heritage Relief Foundation
Homeland Funkstylers
Xipetotec Aztec Dance
Ballet Folklorico Maria
Homeland Sound Army
Ancient Khmer Martial Arts
Homeland Street Dance Crew and Kids
Hmong Association of Long Beach
Homeland Grand Finale

In addition to the dance groups there were four spoken word performances by:
Felicia Cade
Sean Hill
Aaron Taylor (Wolf)

The show started with the West Afrikan Drum and Dance Ensemble and their wonderful high energy kept the audience engaged, clapping and cheering along. This was followed by a gorgeous dance from the Cambodian Fine Art Heritage Relief Foundation, where three young girls performed an elegantly controlled blessing dance. The pace picked up after their performance when the Homeland Funkstylers featured several ensembles ranging from hip hop to a diva all girls number! Following them was the Xipetotec Aztec Dance group- and they had a huge ensemble of children dancing in traditional costume (the amount of feathers was truly impressive)! Then finishing the first act was several numbers by Ballet Folklorico Maria, which was also performed by children. They actually had my favorite performer- probably the youngest boy in the show- who was SO excited to be dancing, but sometimes forgot to follow the group and had a couple cute unintentional solos!

By this point two of the spoken word artists, Felicia and Sean, had performed and they both had incredibly positive messages about love- loving others and romantic love- that resonated with the audience that responded quite well with them. The later artists, Wolf and Jumakae, had different focus- identity. Wolf spoke quickly and it seemed to be a battle machismo cry of manly skill and identity. This was quite different than Jumakae who spoke about her heritage both as Thai and American and reclaiming her body- something many women in the audience audibly supported!

The second half of the show began with Homeland’s Sound Army, which started with an original piece that was heavily instrumental, then transitioned into a rendition of Michael Jackson’s Beat It that had the audience singing along. Ancient Khmer Martial Arts was the next group, and they demonstrated to a fun soundtrack group movement and form, and then a series of intense mock sparring between individuals and sometimes groups! Then Homeland presented another of its groups, the Street Dance Crew and kids- which featured all ages and choreography I would never be capable enough to rock! It was clear from their comradery on stage that they loved performing and even more performing together. Next was the Hmong Association of Long Beach. Their leader Wang Xiong played a truly impressive traditional instrument (and I could not figure out how he was breathing) while a band of elegantly and traditionally attired youth marched in time and to subtle choreography around the stage. Then there was a girls number that was super sweet and involved another series of instruments I’d love to study! The Homeland grand finale had some truly impressive solos and a celebration of almost the full cast on stage!

All in all, this was a great showcase of what Long Beach has to offer, and the Arts Council was truly excited to see Jim Ruggirello, Community Services Supervisor’s vision come to life!

If this performance sounds exciting- get ready for A LOT 2014’s “Color Me Long Beach” a multi-media event that will feature many of the groups from Dancefest on September 27, 2014! A FREE event with 5 hours of programming, booths, and food trucks it’s going to be quite colorful indeed!

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The Best Kept Secret of the Long Beach Public Library: 3D Printing for Free!

If you have felt curious about the new-newfangled, expensive-sounding 3D printing craze- head down to the Long Beach Public Library!

The Library has a technology focused center on the lower floor that houses it’s completely FREE for use “MakerBot 3D printer, a MakerBot Digitizer, 2 iMac and 2 HP computers with Adobe Creative Suite 6, SketchUp 2014, Final Cut Pro X and many more programs available for public use”.

If you aren’t sure how to work a 3D printer there are weekly intro workshops every Saturday from 2:00pm-3:30pm! Throughout the week there are other tutorials on: ebooks, apps, tablets, daily coding, origami, and photoshop! All are free to attend, and if you don’t have a library card, or are from out of town, you can still use the studio and all it’s services!

I might sound a little effusive, but we are the 2nd city in California to have a 3D printer, and Los Angeles representatives are observing our model to implement into their system at later dates!

Some fun facts about the 3D printer: It uses corn based bio plastic (so it’s pretty green!), it can be used to print BLING rings like in the photo (which takes an hour) or detailed Terminator busts (that take 15 hours), it can also print parts for another 3D printer (which the staff is currently doing!), and it can work with the digitizer to create and edit objects again and again!

For reservations there is a proposal form on their website:

or you can make one in person and meet some of the wonderful staff on hand! They make a point to give priority to first time printers!

David Hedden, one of the wonderful studio staff and a Long Beach artist commented on how the space can really “accelerate innovation to all people” and I fully agree and hope you all check it out! For those who weren’t aware- this library is located in Downtown right next to city hall. However, if you’re in northern Long Beach, the North Library is in talks to get a 3D printer some time in the next two years!

So spread the word, and check it out! This Long Beach Public Library secret is one that needs to be shared!


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Fantastic Five- Five Things to Check Out in LB This Week!

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
(562) 595-9392

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
(562) 682-9735

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
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