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.
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 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 email@example.com
Start ‘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/
ShipKicker 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
Death 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.
25th Anniversary Concert
Join South Coast Chorale, the LGBT chorale of Long Beach, for a celebration concert featuring music from the entire 25 year history of the chorale, including a special tribute to the early years as over 30 alumni singers, conducted by founding director Bob Phibbs, reunite on stage. This is a one-in-a-lifetime concert you won’t want to miss!
At Carpenter Performing Arts Center. 6200 Atherton Street, Long Beach, CA 90815. Saturday, May 23. 8:00pm. $35.
26th 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.