Weekend Round Up

You’ve made it through another week, congratulations! Now its time to decompress and recharge. Have you made your weekend plans yet? No? Well then you’re in the right place.

In this week’s edition of the Weekend Round-Up we have a selection of arts and culture activities throughout Long Beach that are right up your alley. No matter how you choose to spend your weekend, we hope it brings residents together to mingle throughout Long Beach.

Long Beach Museum of Art“Feminism Ideals”

Micol Hebron is a Los Angeles based artist and is an Assistant Professor in the Art Department at Chapman University in Orange, CA. She utilizes performance, installation, photography and video in her work to explore the artist’s relationship to art-making, art history and modernism in particular.

Her current projects are focused on re-examining essentialist feminism in the context of the contemporary art world to open new dialogue in contemporary art.

“I am interested in the social, cultural, and historical constructions of identity, particularly within the role and image of the female body in the wake of modernism and second wave feminism. I use art history, social games, folklore, mythology, everyday actions, memes, and humor to destabilize expectations and stereotypes of gender.”

At Long Beach Museum of Art. 2300 E Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90803. Thursday, May 21. 6—7pm. FREE. 562-439-2119. lbma.org.

3rd Thursday3rd Thursday Open Studio

3rd Thursday to meet the ArtX Studio Artists and learn more about them and get a behind the scenes preview of their artistic process.

At ArtX. 356 E 3rd Street, Long Beach, CA 90802. Thursday, May 21. 6-9pm. 562-567-7ART or e-mail us at arthappens@artexchangelb.org

100 Days of SummerStart ‘100 Days of Summer’ with free ‘Pop Vinyl’ Concert

To get things started, “Pop Vinyl” will perform a free concert at Marine Stadium, on Appian Way between Second and Colorado Streets, on Friday, May 22, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Pop Vinyl will get the audience dancing and singing along to a playlist spanning five decades of “up-beat, rugg-cutting” hits by Artha, Beyonce, Michael Justin, RUN-DMC, Timbaland, The Bee Gees, Bell Biv Devoe, Donna Summer, Madonna, and more.

The fun will begin a 5:00 pm with a Kids Zone leading up to the free concert at 6:00 pm. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring blankets, chairs and picnic dinners and relax on the lawn for a great evening of family fun. Several food trucks will be available.

At Marine Stadium. E Appian Way & E Colorado Street, Long Beach, CA 90803. Saturday, May 22. 5-8PM. FREE. For more information: http://100daysofsummer.org/

ShipKickerShipKicker Country Music Festival

The Queen Mary is pleased to go country with ShipKicker, an all-new country music festival at the Waterfront Event Park on Saturday, May 23 and Sunday, Mary 24. Country music darling, Dustin Lynch, will headline ShipKicker on Saturday, May 23. Lynch will be joined by top country artists including Eric Paslay, Jukebox Mafia, River Road, Jay Hollister Band, Neil Morrow and Brian Lynn Jones & the Misfit Cowboys. Country star, Parmalee, will headline day two alongside favorite country artists The Railers, CJ Simmons, Pawnshop​ ​Kings​, Justin Lee, Scotty Mac Band and many more Country greats still to be announced. In addition to 20 hours of the greatest live music the country scene has to offer, ShipKicker will offer concert-goers food vendors, a beer garden, cocktails, yard-games and a wild bucking bull ride, where guests can hang on for ‘deer’ life. Festival doors open at 1PM each day and the event welcomes country music fans of all ages.

At Queen Mary. 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach, CA 90802. Saturday, May 23. 1—11pm. $35+. For more information: http://www.queenmary.com/events/shipkicker/

Pony Box Spring SoireePony Box Dance Theatre Hosts Inaugural Spring Soiree

Please join Pony Box Dance Theatre in the picturesque home of Long Beach arts patron, Anthony Gagliardi, for a delightful evening of dance, wine and appetizers. Meet the dancers and artistic director, sample the artful, athletic dances of Long Beach’s own contemporary “Ballet Boyz,” and learn how your support will strengthen the Company’s year-round schedule of programs, provide performances for underserved audiences, and classes for underprivileged students in the South Bay area. All donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowable by law.

The mission of Pony Box Dance Theatre is to bring the joy of dance to everyone. Pony Box Dance Theatre is committed to sharing their artistry with under-served audiences and students in Long Beach. They have performed twice in the A LOT series, presented by the Arts Council for Long Beach and will begin a new program for 3rd and 4th graders at International Elementary School in the fall of 2015.

At 5411 El Cedral Street, Long Beach, CA 90815. Saturday, May 23. 8PM. RSVP to jamie@ponyboxdance.org. For more information: http://www.ponyboxdance.org/

Open Mic at Shades of Afrika

Come on out and love on Shy But Flyy. The Griot Cafe Open Mic at Shades of Afrika runs 7:30 to 10 pm. Poets, emceez, sangaz, dancers, comedians, artists, musicians, audience members all wanted.

Shades of Afrika. 1001 E. 4th Street, Long Beach, CA 90802. Saturday, May 23. 8—10pm. $5.

Salesman-Event-BannerDeath of a Salesman Opening Night & Champagne Gala

Written by Arthur Miller. Directed by Carl daSilva.

Willy Loman has become the quintessential image of the traveling salesman, forever chasing his dream of success, but always falling short of true contentment and happiness.  Presented in a series of dreamlike flashbacks, we see the failing philosophy of Willy’s life, even as he stubbornly hangs onto the need to be liked. Seeing his failed  dreams reflected back from his sons, his hopes and regrets are shared by everyone who has questioned life choices.  This is truly a thrilling work of deep and revealing beauty by one of the true masters of American Drama.

At Long Beach Playhouse. 5021 E. Anaheim Street Long Beach, CA 90804. Saturday, May 23. 8PM. $27. Box Office: (562) 494-1014.

Holland26th Annual Holland Festival

Presented by the United Netherlands Organizations (UNO). Celebrate the shared cultural heritage of the Netherlands and Indonesia (former Dutch East Indies). Food, music and fun for the whole family. Numerous vendors selling Dutch and Indonesian products and food. Enjoy a wide variety of delicious dishes. Heineken beer on tap.
At Gemmrig Park (Police Park), 7390 E. Carson St, Long Beach, CA 90808. Sunday, May 24, 2015. 10am-6pm. $10. Children 12 and under FREE. Parking $8 per car.

Weekend Round Up

You’ve made it through another week, congratulations! Now its time to decompress and recharge. This weekend is particularly celebratory as many events honor Pride Month in Long Beach and celebrate Long Beach’s sizable, dynamic gay and lesbian population. No matter how you choose to spend your weekend, we hope it brings residents together to mingle throughout Long Beach.

051415LA5-posterLive After 5

Start your Pride Weekend off listening to music, on your feet, and rocking out. Presented by Downtown Long Beach Associates, Live After 5 celebrates the arts and music culture of Downtown Long Beach.

It’s a Long Beach tradition steeped in culture, acceptance, and diversity. It’s Pride. And Live After 5 in May celebrates at Howl featuring a colorful line-up. Included will none other than RIOT stage and its fearless leader Joshua Fischel performing Hedwig and the Angry Inch LIVE.

Additionally, Los Angeles musician Harriet Brown will bring his Prince-like quality to Long Beach, while woman-fronted alternative-rock outfit Spare Parts For Broken Hearts and Danielle LoPresti & The Masses are on the evening’s bill.

At Howl Event Space. 237 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90802. Thursday, May 14. 5-11pm. FREE.


The University Art Museum and the School of Art present the annual student exhibition, Insights 2015. Featuring work by both graduate and undergraduate students from the School of Art, and juried by Art faculty and distinguished guest jurors, the exhibition highlights work by students in Art Education, Ceramics, Drawing and Painting, Fiber, Graphic Design, Illustration/Animation, Metals/Jewelry, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture/4D, and Wood.

At CSULB College of the Arts. 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90840. Hours: Tues – Sun: 12 – 5PM. FREE. 562-985-5761. uam@csulb.edu


Precious Lamb Art Gala

Precious Lamb Preschool, in collaboration with art students from Millikan High School, hosts their 2nd Annual Art Gala at Liberty Art Gallery and Event Space. The Art Gala is a celebration that also serves to draw support and awareness to Precious Lamb’s work to provide preschool education to the children of homeless families in Long Beach.

This special evening will feature original art work by Millikan students of the children of Precious Lamb Preschool, available for purchase, as well as drinks, unique appetizers by The Small Cafe, and a DJ. A silent auction and other opportunities for donations will be present throughout the evening. All proceeds will benefit Precious Lamb so that more children may be able to attend the free preschool.

Precious Lamb Preschool begin in 2002 and is committed to breaking the cycle of homelessness one child at a time. Precious Lamb offers a full-time preschool education at no cost to children ages 2-5, focused on school readiness and faith formation. The organization also provides a trusting learning environment for homeless parents where individual growth fosters hopeful, healthy, and permanent change.

At Liberty Art Gallery. 435 Alamitos Ave., Long Beach, CA 90802. Friday, May 15. 7-9:00p.m. $25. Contact info@preciouslamb.org or 562-243-1715 for tickets.

Screen shot 2015-05-14 at 11.08.47 AMLong Beach Lesbian and Gay Pride Celebration

Over the past several years, the Long Beach Lesbian and Gay Pride Celebration has become one of the premiere Pride events nationwide. With 80,000 participants and 200 floats in the parade the celebration has become one of the largest Gay Pride celebrations in America.

The Festival Celebration includes five large dance areas including a main stage, which will feature performances from Salt N Pepa on Saturday and the Patti LaBelle on Sunday. A variety of other events will are planned throughout the week.

Parade: Ocean Boulevard, from Lindero Avenue to Alamitos Avenue. Sunday, May 17. 10:30am. FREE.

Festival: Marina Green Park. Shoreline Village Dr., Long Beach, CA. 90802. Saturday & Sunday. May 16 & 17. 11am-11pm. $20.

For more details, visit: http://longbeachpride.com/pride-week/ 

"Pretty in Pink". Artwork and Photo by Angela Willcocks.

A Few Brief Moments… 6021 (Atlantic) Meets 421 (Broadway)

From mid-March thru the end of April, artist Angela Willcocks took over The Collaborative and turned the gallery into a working studio. The community was invited to bring their curiosity, and feel free to watch Angela work, even get a free hands-on art lesson. Angela describes her art as “by the other for the other.” As an immigrant herself, Angela originally hails from Australia, she is very interested in those who are dissimilar or opposite to herself, and their impact on our culture.

Experimenting with bringing the community together featured several miniature pop-up portraits of Long Beach residents. perhaps the most compelling works of art are the hanging pieces she drew of gang members who float ominously above the small portraits on the floor.

In her brief time at The Collaborative, Willcocks’ work brought together judges, lawyers, local residents and workers, artists, jurors, people who have been at the courthouse and jail, and folks Angela met on the street and at the farmers market (down the street).

Below are images Angela took of the pop-up community she created at The Collaborative, and her responses to each image.

Artwork and Photo by Angela Willcocks.

Artwork and Photo by Angela Willcocks.

“The Opera Singer and the Construction Worker”

“The Cleaner and The Lawyer”. Artwork and Photo by Angela Willcocks.

“The Cleaner and the Lawyer”
Her Shadow:
mopping and sweeping floors, wiping doors with smudges, scrubbing toilets and sinks
A migrant mother supporting  3 children
the oldest is still at home.
I wanted to draw her without her cleaning equipment.
Thinking the viewer might judge her differently.

IndianMan“He came and He went”
I drew
An american indian
not the native type,
We chatted and he picked up art supplies
A twin by birth,
Wandering the streets
I saw him daily at Starbucks

“Girl on a Step”. Artwork and Photo by Angela Willcocks.

“Girl on a Step”
Eating their snacks on the front steps of a classic, old apartment building, with character.
5 kids sit, skate boards under feet, laughing.
They live, 6 occupants in a
2 bedroom apartment.
Opposite, the new condos
are casting slight shadows. while residents are lounging by a clean blue pool
drinking complimentary

The Collaborative a public art project of the Arts Council for Long Beach and the Museum of Latin American Art (MoLAA), presents exhibitions that raise awareness of both emerging artists and innovative approaches to art. This unique partnership is made possible with the support of Lyon Communities and Gallery 421.

The Collaborative is located at 421 West Broadway, Long Beach, CA 90802. Hours of Operation: Wednesday through Saturday: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m, Sunday by appointment. Admission to The Collaborative is free. Two hours free parking available with The Collaborative validation.

WE Show Art Tour

Weekend Round Up!

You’ve made it through another week, congratulations! Now its time to decompress and recharge. Have you made your weekend plans yet? No? Well then you’re in the right place.

In this week’s edition of the Weekend Round-Up we have a selection of arts and culture activities throughout Long Beach that are right up your alley. This weekend is action packed, so make the most of it. No matter how you choose to spend your weekend, we hope it brings residents together to mingle throughout Long Beach.

If you would like your event included in upcoming blog posts, please tell us about it here.

LB Poetry SlamThe Long Beach Poetry Slam 2015 
The LBPS is the longest running poetry slam in Long Beach. Top spoken word artists from all over Southern California convene at this slam for a one night winner takes all battle of words. Brought to you by Thedefinitvesoapbox Openmic with the help of the awesome folks of MADE in Long Beach.
At MADE in Long Beach. 236 Pine Ave., Long Beach, CA 90802. Saturday, May 2. 7-10PM. $8+. https://localight.ticketleap.com/slam15/
Placas CardPlacas: The Most Dangerous Tattoo

PLACAS is an original stage play of a Salvadoran immigrant who tries to reclaim his family after nine years of prison, while letting go of his gang banger past.

PLACAS was written by Playwright and nationally recognized community leader, HBO Def Poetry star, and Oakland based Latino Men and Boys Program Director Paul S. Flores. The production is directed by Los Angeles based stage professional Michael John Garcés of Cornerstone Theatre,

Currently on a national tour, the production showcases the power of story to heal communities impacted by poverty, immigration, and violence. The goal is to utilize PLACAS to engage a wide spectrum of Long Beach residents in campaigns that offer a path away from violence for young people and promote the importance of tattoo removal and second chance programs for probationary youth.

Who Should Attend: Long Beach residents, students, young people, young men of color, and community organizations who support second chance programs for probationary youth and creating opportunities for young men and women to heal through arts and culture practice.

At Scottish Rite Event Center. 855 Elm Ave, Long Beach, CA 90813. Thursday, April 30- Saturday, May 2, 7:30 p.m. Parking available next door.

procurement_conversationOpen Conversation with the Arts Council for Long Beach

On April 30, you are invited to join Arts Council for Long Beach President, Marco Schindelmann, and Executive Director, Victoria Bryan to chat about the arts in Long Beach. No agenda, just an informal time for us to hear your thoughts, concerns, and questions.

At The Collaborative. 421 W Broadway, Long Beach, CA 90802. Thursday, April 30. 4:00-6:00pm.


Two events are better than one! After Thursday’s Open Conversation event from 4-6 p.m. (https://www.facebook.com/events/345815698949605/), stay for the closing reception for The Collaborative‘s current exhibit, 6-8 p.m.: simuLAcra, with works from four dynamic artists.

This exhibition is a culmination of the artists’ five-month residency in Los Angeles, part of the Turner Semester, a Syracuse University Initiative to enhance the MFA experience through exposure to professional practices. The program provides students with studio space, career development opportunities, internships at cultural institutions such as MoLAA, and access to a wide range of artists and curators.

At The Collaborative. 421 W Broadway, Long Beach, CA 90802. Thursday, April 30. 6:00-8:00pm.

WE-Show-Q2-Artist-Feature-Corrected-FINAL--GENERALWE Show II
WE Labs co-founder and curator Robbie Brown along with a special guest curator will lead a guided tour of artwork by local artists. What’s special about this art event is that these artists will be present to introduce you to their art and answer any questions you may have.Together, the incredibly diverse artists represented in our second quarterly WE Show are truly a cross section of the contemporary art community, highlighting the artistic renaissance we are lucky to be experiencing here in Long Beach. From painting to photography, sculpture, and beyond, our walls are teeming with some of the most striking artwork that WE’ve ever encountered. WE invite you to join us as we bring the community and these talented people together in this intimate setting for an evening of artistic enlightenment.About WE Show:
In recognition that exhibition space is at a premium for Long Beach artists, WE Labs and the Arts Council for Long Beach are partnering on a new exhibition series, WE Show, just for Long Beach artists. Submission was open to all artists who were signed up on the Arts Council for Long Beach, Arts and Cultural Registry.The Arts and Culture Registry is a free service designed to be a comprehensive and inclusive list of artists and arts organizations serving Long Beach, California. It improves visibility for Long Beach’s impressive talent pool and offers a vehicle for local exposure and networking. The Registry is open to any artist who lives, works, performs or exhibits in Long Beach, California. Shows will exhibit on a quarterly basis and will be featured through monthly WE Hour gallery tours as well as WE Labs’ After Art Walk event.

At WE Labs. 325 East Broadway, Long Beach, CA. 90802. Saturday, May 2. 7-9PM. FREE.

charlesphoenixdisneylandAn Operatic Adventure Tour of Historic Downtown Los Angeles
Long Beach Opera has joined up with famous humorist, historian, and ‘retro daddy’ Charles Phoenix for a walking adventure of historic downtown Los Angeles, complete with operatic surprises around every corner. Expect the Unexpected!

The tour includes iconic locations from LA’s history including Old Chinatown, Olvera Street, a walk through the historic homes of Carroll Avenue, and much more. This tour has a break for lunch and mixes bus travel with walking, including stairs. And, Opera!

Led by Ambassador of Americana Charles Phoenix, get in tune with the Angeleno culture, find opera in the most surprising spaces and view this eclectic city from a whole new perspective. This tour is five hours long with a break for lunch. The tour includes foot travel and stairs, so wear your walking shoes! Seating is limited, so advance purchase of tickets is required. Reserve your tickets online.
At Union Station. 800 North Alameda Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012. Sunday, May 3, 11 am-4pm. $89.

MEXIKA @ MOLAA Cinco de Mayo Festival

More info as the confirmation proceeds. Last year, MEXIKA knocked out audiences with dazzlingly elegant Aztec dance…the same dancers will be back this year. They are from the Coaxochitl Aztec Dance group in Pacoima, unless direction of Liliana Curioca.

Call (562) 437-1689 for more info Age limit: All ages

At Museum of Latin American Art. 628 Alamitos Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90814. Sunday, May 3. 2:00-2:45 PM. FREE.

Stories from the Long Beach Playhouse Readers' Theater FB MastStories from the Long Beach Playhouse

Come to the Historical Society of Long Beach (HSLB) for a Reader’s Theater about the history of the Long Beach Playhouse. History, comedy and mystery! Hear the voices of the past and the present as Long Beach Playhouse actors tell of the people, places and events that shaped the 86-year history of one of the city’s oldest arts organizations.

An original script was written for the event. Andrew Vonderschmitt (Playhouse Executive & Producing Artistic Director), Madison Mooney (Playhouse Business & Operations Manager), Sean Gray (Playhouse Technical Director & Production Manager), ‘phie Mura, and Lilliana Carrillo will perform the reading. Playhouse board member and New Works Festival chair, Anna Kate Mohler is script consultant and director.

At HSLB Gallery. 4260 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach, CA 90807. Sunday, May 3. 2-4pm. $20 general admission. $15 HSLB and LB Playhouse members. Tickets will not be mailed, guests will check in at event. Call for tickets: 562.424.2220.

CrescendoLong Beach Symphony’s Crescendo 2015 Gala, Dinner & Auction

Get dolled up in your finest glad rags and transport 80 years back to the 1930s when all the swell fellas and darb dames were rejoicing the end of prohibition, Hollywood was lousy with talent, and the Symphony came into its own. Bring along your best pallies and kick up your heels with us downtown at The Federal Bar for a swinging evening of lip-smacking food, all-you-can-drink giggle water, snazzy auction items, and jazzy tunes. It’s going to be the gnat’s elbows, ya see? A real ring-a-ding-ding! Sean and Jackie Miller, Co-Chairs.

  • Full Table Syndication ($3,000) – Table for 10
  • Premier Booth ($2,000) – Booth for 4
  • Individual Tickets ($300)

At Federal Bar. 102 Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802. Sunday, May 3. 5-10pm. $300+.


Weekend Round Up!

Have you made your weekend plans yet? No? Well then you’re in the right place.

In this week’s edition of the Weekend Round-Up we have a selection of arts and culture activities throughout Long Beach that are right up your alley! This vibrant weekend has a variety of arts and cultural activities focused around Earth Day, which was officially observed this past Wednesday, April 22.

There are also a variety of other exciting events happening throughout our town this weekend as well. No matter how you choose to spend your weekend, we hope it brings residents together to mingle throughout Long Beach.

If you would like your event included in upcoming blog posts, please tell us about it here.

ForeverPlaidSquareLogoForever Plaid

Performing the songs and dance of a bygone era, THE PLAIDS, an aspiring boy-band from the early 1960’s emerge mysteriously in 2015 inside the Ernest Borgnine Theatre after having been dead for over 51 years!  As their memories gradually return, they perform the concert that they always dreamed of performing and learn things that they never knew about themselves and about each other, when they were alive.

At Ernest Borgnine Theatre – Scottish Rite Event Center. 855 Elm Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90813. April 24 .8:00PM. $30.

MissingShadesofBlueMissing Shades of Blue

The Missing Shades of Blue venture into the sultry periphery of jazz and blues, an ideal complement to the art on display at Hellada. Come listen to some standards, modern covers, and originals as the Shades re-explore each song and breathe new life into the music.

At Hellada Art Gallery. 117 Linden Ave., Long Beach, CA 90802. Friday, April 24. 8-11PM. FREE, donations appreciated.

Children's Day Festival Color Full Page Flyer Draft SPA 04Children’s Day Festival

Children’s Day is a holiday that is celebrated across the globe. This community event, presented by Councilmember Roberto Uranga’s Office and Semillas de Esperanza, a West Long Beach community group comprised of Latino parents and families, focuses on all matters concerning our children.

The event will kick off with a Kids & Family Run/Walk around the park’s walking path, which will get participants’ blood pumping, preparing them for a day full of activities and learning! There will be a community resource fair on the park green where Long Beach City Departments and local organizations will provide information about their resources and an interactive, learning activity for all children in attendance. Throughout the day, various programs will run on the main stage – everything from dance demonstrations to Zumba sessions.

At Admiral Kidd Park. 2125 Santa Fe Ave, Long Beach, CA 90810. Saturday, April 25. 9AM-2PM. For more information, please contact Michael Varela at (562) 570-7777 or by em

ShakespeareShakespeare Aloud! 2015

A Carpenter Center Arts For Life Event. Shakespeare Aloud hosts a free reading of each of Shakespeare’s 37 plays, one per month until the entire canon is complete. This month’s selection: The Second Part of Henry the Fourth.
Community members are warmly invited to participate as readers (no experience or audition required) or as audience members. Shakespeare Aloud provides the opportunity to hear all the plays, to become readers, and to listen to and work with others. There are no tickets for this event but, due to limited seating, an RSVP with the number of people in your party is strongly recommended.
At Theatre Arts Building. 7th Street & West Campus Drive. Long Beach, CA 90815. Saturday, April 25, 2015. 10:45AM. FREE. Parking is available in Lot 7 right off 7th Street.

GreenPrizeGreen Prize Festival

In celebration of Earth Day, Green Education Inc. presents the second annual Green Prize Festival! A FREE, All-Ages event.

The Green Prize Festival celebrates urban farmers, green technology, and sustainability-minded nonprofits through arts, education, live music, and artisanal food! This is a rotating event that highlights a different Long Beach public park each year. This year’s location, Cesar Chavez Park, features the first ADA accessible public garden, “The Children’s Gateway Garden”, in Long Beach.

Check out the FOUND! art show, curated by Squeeze Art Collective featuring art made from found objects.

At Cesar Chavez Park. 401 Golden Ave., Long Beach, CA 90802. Saturday, April 25th. 11am-7pm. FREE. For more information on the Green Prize Festival villages and exhibitors, please visit: www.greenprizefestival.com.

Painting by David Hocking

Painting by David Hocking


Greenly Art Space’s Second Annual Fundraiser examining the dire state of our ocean through art.  Over 70 artists are exhibiting work.

Greenly Art Space has partnered with the Long Beach Aquarium and a local, ocean conservancy non-profit to raise awareness and funding through this event. BLUE explores the concept of the ocean and the ways that it inspires us with its vast beauty. The ocean is a world unto itself with creatures big and small. As humans, our impact on the ocean has led to current issues such as plastic and oil pollution, overfishing and global warming that impact the longevity of this great wonder.

Greenly is a non-profit community art space that relies on patrons, volunteers, and donations to operate and provide community based art programs. We strive to inspire through core values of creativity, community & contemplation and through shows like this one, encouraging artists to continue making new work.

At Greenly Art Space. 2698 Junipero Ave. #113, Signal Hill, CA 90755. Saturday, April 25th6-10pm. $10 admission. All ages welcome. Reception will include: art show, live music, appetizers. Wine/Beer will be available for a donation fee.

Image by Nasa World Wind, via Wikimedia Commons from Wikimedia Commons.

Image by Nasa World Wind, via Wikimedia Commons from Wikimedia Commons.

Massive, Brilliant, Mint

‘Massive, Brilliant, Mint’ features artworks by SoCal members of the British diaspora, and is being held in conjunction with Brit Week, which celebrates creativity and innovation Between the UK & US. This exhibit at Long Beach City College is the only local opportunity to partake in the event.

London Transplants is a group of University of the Arts (UAL) alumni who are now living and working in LA. Members hail from diverse fields, including the fashion and textile industries, contemporary art, film and animation, product and graphic design.

‘Massive, Brilliant, Mint’ will be open one Saturday, April 25, from 12-4pm

At Long Beach City College LBCC Gallery – K100. 4901 East Carson Street, Long Beach, 90808. Wednesday, April 1, 6:30 – 8:30pm. Free.


Weekend Round-Up!

You’ve made it through another week, congratulations! Now its time to relax.

In this week’s edition of the Weekend Round-Up we have a selection of arts and culture activities throughout Long Beach that so you can make the most of your weekend. No matter how you choose to spend your weekend, we hope it brings residents together to throughout Long Beach.

If you would like your event included in upcoming blog posts, please tell us about it here.

artauctionexhibition15Long Beach Museum of Art’s Art Auction XVI Exhibition Now Open

The Long Beach Museum of Art’s (LBMA) Art Auction XVI Exhibition is now open through Saturday, May 30. The exhibition features more than 150 original works of art by some of today’s most desirable artists including: David Choe, Matt Wedel, Martin Whittfooth, Nathan Spoor, F. Scott Hess, Adonna Khare, Patti Warashina, and many more. Visitors are invited to view and bid on the silent auction items during the exhibition. Absentee bids can also be placed on the museum’s website in the online auction gallery. The exhibition is free to the public and will be open during regular museum hours.

The exhibition is to showcase the juried works that will be on sale for the museum’s Art Auction XVI event on Sunday, May 31. Guests who attend will enjoy an open bar with scrumptious dining, a silent auction featuring dozens of high-end items, plus an exciting live auction of extraordinary artworks in a variety of price ranges. Complimentary valet parking will be provided from the Museum’s parking lot. The Museum will utilize its entire campus for the event and guests will enjoy spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and Catalina Island.

At Long Beach Museum of Art. 2300 East Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90803. May 7 – May 30. Every Friday is FREE for Everyone thanks to the Los Angeles County Arts Commission! For more information please visit: http://artauction.lbma.org/

Orange Peel Vibrations

Orange Peel Vibrations

This Friday at Cultural Alliance of Long Beach‘s gallery above Shenanigans Irish Pub & Grille, at Shoreline VillageCALB At The Shore! Vibraphonist and Percussionist ‘Slam’ has put together a great event with Orange Peal Vibrations, a Vibes/Marimba Duo playing Jazz Standards and Original Works. With guests Dave Williams–Trumpet and Julio Muniz— Congas of MBT MajicBulletTheory), Shy But Flyy and others.

At CALB @ The Shore. 423 Shoreline Village Dr., Long Beach, CA 90802. Friday, May 8. 7-9PM. FREE.

CampusCoture27th Annual Campus Couture Fashion Show

California State University Long Beach’s Fashion Merchandising and Design Department presents the student-run event that showcases designs from senior collections and a select number of sophomore and junior designs. The Campus Couture Fashion Show is considered the largest student-run fashion event on the West Coast entirely run by students who plan and execute the show.

The Campus Couture Fashion Show is a signature event that brings national attention to CSULB as home to one of the foremost Fashion Merchandising and Design programs in American higher education.  Strategically located in trend-setting southern California, fashion design students at “The Beach” utilize the event to showcase the creativity that embodies our region’s casual but elegant lifestyle known world-wide and emulated in the high fashion houses of Paris, Milan, and Tokyo.

At Carpenter Performing Arts Center. 6200 E. Atherton St., Long Beach, CA 90815 Friday, May 8. 7PM. $22.50. 562-985-7000. www.carpenterarts.org.

Screen shot 2015-05-07 at 2.58.26 PM

Sidewalk Stories is made possible by support from Long Beach Development Services, the City of Long Beach Public Works Department, and Metro.

Sidewalk Stories

The public is invited to participate in “Sidewalk Stories,” an interactive show-and-tell presentation that will help put new ideas into motion for improving pedestrian access to transit and Metro Blue Line stations in Long Beach. The event has been scheduled in conjunction with the East Village 2nd Saturday Art Walk. 

At Hellada Art Center. 117 Linden Ave. Saturday, May 9. 4:00PM. FREE. For more information, please contact Ira Brown at 562-570-5972 or ira.brown@longbeach.gov.

Image Courtesy of Art Exchange Website.

Image Courtesy of Art Exchange Website.


ArtExchange presents three new exhibitions at May’s Second Saturday Art Walk in the East Village Arts District, where National and local artists’ work will be on display and for sale in ArtX’s myriad studios.

The New Familiar, curated by ArtX Studio Artist Steven Frost, to be found in the Main Gallery, will consist of works made by artists who participated in the 2014 Artists’ Cooperative Residency and Exhibitions (ACRE) residency program in rural Steuben, Wisconsin. These works of emerging, working and mid-career creatives from all over the U.S. will explore how everyday objects can be broken down to offer new perspectives on what was once considered familiar.

The New Familiar, featuring work by artists Marissa Williamson, Samuel Hertz, Sean Patrick Landis, Stephane Lie, Sarah Hotchkiss and Megan Mueller (work pictured above), opens Saturday, May 9 and will run through Thursday, June 18.

Artists Margie Darrow, Rebecca Giesking, Noel Madrid, Joy Shannon, Christine Fuchs, John Thatcher Montgomery, Jr., Kenny McBride and J. Renee Tanner will be opening their studios to showcase new and in-progress pieces on Saturday as well.

At ArtX. 356 E. 3rd St. Long Beach, CA 90802. Saturday, May 9. 6-10PM. FREE.

FrancesLaiWangFrances Lai Wang Art Event

What happens when a trained chemist retires early from teaching chemistry and to pursue their passion in art?

Frances Lai Wang’s work is profoundly influenced by Modernism, as she searches for the essence of matters, influenced by the Eastern Spirituality – seeing order from chaos, clarity from complexity and depicting “Chi” – the flow of life energy that articulates the tension, balance and grace in nature.

At Sasha Witte Interior Design. 3237 East Broadway, Long Beach, CA 90803. Saturday, May 9. 6-9PM.

AMILTON, BERMUDA - OCTOBER 4: Tommy Davidson hosts the second night of the Bermuda Music Festival at the National Sports Center on October 4, 2007 in Hamilton, Bermuda. Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images for the Bermuda Department of Tourism.

AMILTON, BERMUDA – OCTOBER 4: Tommy Davidson hosts the second night of the Bermuda Music Festival at the National Sports Center on October 4, 2007 in Hamilton, Bermuda. Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images for the Bermuda Department of Tourism.

The Comedy Explosion – Featuring Rickey Smiley & Friends (Special K & Michael Blackson) and Tommy Davidson

Four of today’s top comedic talents come together to set the Terrace Theater on fire with fun. The Comedy Explosion is a “must-see” combination of standup comedy styles as these cutting-edge comics ignite the Terrace Theater with bursts of uncontrollable laughter.

At Terrace Theater, Long Beach Performing Arts Center. 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90802. Saturday, May 9. 8PM. $46-$86.

Image Courtesy of LBSO Website.

Image Courtesy of LBSO Website.

Long Beach Symphony Orchestra Pops

Steven Reineke conducts Dvorak, Respighi, Bizet, Ravel and more.

This POPS! season finale will be a symphonic POPS! celebration of light classical fare! The first half will feature music by Dvořák, Respighi, Bizet and Ravel’s Boléro. The all-American second half features 20th century music, including three popular pieces by Copland, Gershwin’s An American in Paris and Times Square 1944 by Bernstein. Don’t forget to bring your picnic food and drinks to the party!

At Long Beach Arena. 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90802. Saturday, May 9. 8PM. $21-$140. 562-436-3661. www.lbso.org. 

Academy of St. Martin in the Fields

Delight in an evening of sublime music by this illustrious ensemble, including Strauss’ string sextet from the opera Capriccio, Schoenberg’s “Transfigured Night” and Mendelssohn’s Octet for strings in Eb-Major, Op. 20. “Compelling grandeur…masterful,” raves BBC Music Magazine about these stellar string musicians!

At Carpenter Performing Arts Center. 6200 Atherton St., Long Beach, CA 90815. Saturday, May 9. 8PM. $55-$60. 562-985-7000. www.carpenterarts.org