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Weekend Round Up

You’ve made it through another week, congratulations! Now it’s 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.

Vitality LBMALBMA After Dark

Join Long Beach Museum of Art for their signautre summer event featureing entertainment, full bar, dancing under the stars, and the opportunity to see the museum’s newest exhibition Vitality and Verve: Transforming the Urban Landscape!

At Long Beach Museum of Art:
2300 E Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90803
Friday, June 26 7-10pm, $10 each, FREE for Museum Members

http://www.lbma.org/afterdark

SwingRadioland Big Band Show

Hollywood Canteen Swing Band presents the Radioland Big Band Show in the style of a live 1940’s radio show, taking you back to the time when Swing and Radio were King! Friday’s show will be a tribute to “Basie and the Blues”.

At DiPiazza’s:
5025 E Pacific Coast Highway, Long Beach, CA 90804
Friday, June 26 7:30-8:30pm, $9 each

http://hollywoodcanteensb.wix.com/hollywoodcanteensb

Don't Think I've Forgotten‘Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten’

Special screenings of ‘Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten’ at the Art Theatre Long Beach. This is the chance for Long Beach residents to see a new documentary that critics have been raving about:

“A fervent cry for the power of music.” – Washington Post

“If ‘Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten’ is any indication, this Southeast Asian country has a lot of soul.” – The Hollywood Reporter

At the Art Theatre:
2520 E 4th Street, Long Beach, CA 90814
Saturday, June 27 and Sunday, June 28 at 11am, $11.

http://arttheatrelongbeach.com

PowWowLBRuck Out Long Beach

The fourth annual Ruck Out rally, ride, meet up and custom bike show! Featuring Honda Ruckus, Groms, scooters and cafe racers. Plus awards for best customs and tons of raffle prizes!

At The Varden Boutique Hotel:
335 Pacific Ave., Long Beach, CA 90802.
Saturday, June 27 3-5pm FREE

http://www.powwowlongbeach.com/schedule/

720 Pine720° Pine

Summer And Music‘s newest event, 720° Pine, transforms Downtown Long Beach into a high-flying Skate hub with live art, food trucks, craft beer, swag, and more!

The A.skate Foundation, whose skate clinics provide children with Autism social interaction, occupational therapy and motor skills, will be on site conducting skate demos! Who knows what friends and surprises they’ll bring!

Featuring live performances by
Tijuana Panthers
FMLYBND
Bella Novela
The Moderates
KCRW DJ Dan Wilcox

After-party with SILK Rhodes.

At Pine Ave. & 7th Street.
2520 E 4th Street, Long Beach, CA 90814
Saturday, June 27 5-10pm, FREE. 

LBCommunityTheatreLogo…On the Beauty of Scars

The Long Beach Community Theatre invites you to join them for an evening of monologues, dancing, and music, poetry, and open-hearted, real-life storytelling by diverse members of our beloved community!  17 performers will take the stage to express themselves and share their stories this Saturday night.  Each participant was given the same topic and five minutes (or less) to tell a story using any form of artistic expression they like.

At St. Thomas of Canterbury Church:
5306 East Arbor Road, Long Beach, CA 90808
Saturday, June 27 6pm, $12.50

https://squareup.com/market/longbeachcommunitytheater/tickets-for-on-the-beauty-of-scars

Latin Dance Social HourLATIN DANCE CLASS & SOCIAL HOUR

Maha and Company present LATIN DANCE CLASS & SOCIAL HOUR.

At CALB At The Shore:
423 Shoreline Village Dr. C-D, Long Beach, CA 90802
Saturday, June 27 3-4:30, FREE

http://www.mahaandcompany.org/

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Weekend Round Up!

You’ve made it through another week, congratulations! Now it’s 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.

GoodFootThe Good Foot!

The Good Foot, which DJ Dennis Owens and friends have been producing for more than 15 years, is one of the most popular monthly dance parties in Long Beach. DJs Dennis & Rodi will spin Soul, Funk, Latin Sounds and more, with special guest: DJ Gazoo (Subsuelo).
At Alex’s Bar:
2913 E Anaheim Street, Long Beach, CA. 90804
Friday, June 19th $5 before 10pm, $7 after 10pm

http://www.alexsbar.com/

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It is closing weekend for the Richard Goad Theatre’s production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest.

The Tempest is thought by many critics to be the last play that Shakespeare wrote alone. It is set on a remote island, where Prospero, the rightful Duke of Milan, plots to restore his daughter Miranda to her rightful place using illusion and skillful manipulation. He conjures up a storm to lure his usurping brother Antonio and the complicit King Alonso of Naples to the island. There, his plots bring about the revelation of Antonio’s lowly nature, the redemption of the King, and the marriage of Miranda to Alonso’s son, Ferdinand.

At Richard Goad Theatre:
4250 Atlantic Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90807
Friday, June 19 and Saturday, June 20 8PM $10-$20

http://www.lbshakespeare.org/

Long Beach BayouBayou Festival

A Zydeco, Blues Creole and Cajun festival unites the Mardi Gras atmosphere, Cajun and Creole food and Cajun and Zydeco music. Dance floors, French Quarter marketplace and Kid’s Zone.

At Rainbow Lagoon Park:
400 Shoreline Village Drive, Long Beach, CA 90802 $20-$30

Saturday, June 20 11:00 am – 9:00 pm, and June 21 @ 11:00 am – 7:30 pm
http://www.longbeachbayou.com/

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Walls ARtwalk

Be sure to charge your phone and join co-founders Assignment Creative and Augmented Reality Long Beach (ARLB) for the first Augmented Reality ARtwalk in Downtown Long Beach.

Walls is an Augmented Reality ARt Walk that will transform the walls of Downtown Long Beach into an open air gallery where you can hold up your smartphone to the blank walls of downtown this weekend to see the work of local artists Sander Roscoe Wolff, Vincent Mattina, Elisa Ang and Margie Darrow, among many others. You can also watch performances and music videos using your phone. The virtual exhibit will remain on display for at least a month after Saturday’s opening.
Start at Art Exchange for a quick introduction to AR on how to download and utilize the app, and where a map will be provided to direct you toward all the active walls in downtown. Then explore multiple blocks of the city filled with local art in augmented reality. Walls also support local artists by allowing an interested viewer to instantly learn more about the individual by tapping on the AR image to learn more about each artist, and purchase artwork.

Conclude your evening at MADE in Long Beach (236 Pine Avenue) for a mixer from 5-10pm with performances by The Funny Valentines.

At Art Exchange:
356 E 3rd Street, Long Beach, CA 90802
Saturday, June 20 from 1-7PM FREE
http://wallslb.com/

Tauber-Peckenpaugh-UAMThe Sharing Project and Lost in Time: Selections from the Peckenpaugh Collection Opening Reception

In The Sharing Project, artist Joel Tauber poses questions about whether we share enough in our capitalist world. The 15-channel video installation focuses on the artist teaching his young son, Zeke, to share.

As part of the project, the artist invites the public to share their toys and arrange them in the Gordon F. Hampton Gallery over the course of the exhibition. The UAM is collecting toys now through July 19.

At the exhibition’s Family Day and closing reception, on the afternoon of July 19, the public is invited to take the toys to give to whomever they think will enjoy them, furthering the actions of sharing.

Lost in Time is a permanent collection exhibition featuring photographs from the Peckenpaugh collection, a body of work that was donated to the UAM by Tom and Barbara Peckenpaugh, longtime supporters of the museum. Lost in Time consists of a selection of the photographs that touch upon the theme of the sublime, a notion understood to inspire awe, most often in relation to the natural landscape and our place within it.

The Sharing Project is on view from June 13 – July 19, 2015, and Lost in Time is on view from June 13 – December 13, 2015 with an opening reception for both Exhibitions on Saturday, June 20, from 6-8pm (free and open to the public). The opening reception will feature a performance from 6-6:30pm by Earth Like Planets, the indie solo musical act of visual artist Brian Cooper.

At University Art Museum, CSULB:
1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90840
Saturday, June 20, 6-8PM FREE
http://www.csulb.edu/uam

The Big Irish FairThe Big Irish Fair Music Fest

The Irish Fair will be features 10 Irish bands, Irish import shops, arts and crafts, harp & fiddle competition, bag pipe bands, Irish auto show, Irish dog show as well as children’s games, rides and storytelling.

At El Dorado Regional Park:
7550 E. Spring Street, Long Beach, California 90808
Saturday, June 20, and Sunday June 21 10am-7pm. $20. 

http://www.irishfair.org/

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Weekend Round Up

You’ve made it through another week, congratulations! Now it’s 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.

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Dr. Jessica Kim, Assistant Professor of History at CSU Northridge and Gabriela Martínez, MOLAA Curator of Education explore historical and contemporary visual representations of revolutionary heroes this Friday, June 12th at 7:00p.m. Martínez will give a brief overview of Museum of Latin American Art’s newest exhibition Korda: Revolutionary Photographer while Kim will focus on the Mexican Revolution, its connections to Los Angeles, and the visual legacy the war left on both sides of the border.

At Museum of Latin American Art. 628 Alamitos Ave., Long Beach, CA 90802. Friday, June 12. 7-8:30PM. $9.

African Drum and Dance Session

Highlighting traditional West African dances and rhythms from a variety of regions and tribes including Guinea and Senegal with low-impact movements to high-impact jumps, leaps,turns and kicks, the excitement and joy of West African dance will keep you coming back every week. African drumming offers traditional rhythms with various drums. Students are asked to bring their own drums, but there are some available for in-class practice.

Homeland Cultural Center at MacArthur Park is a uniquely welcoming multicultural environment. Programs are offered year-round in traditional ethnic and  urban contemporary arts. All programs are free and open to the  public. No registration is necessary.

At Homeland Cultural Center. 1321 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach, CA 90813. Saturday, June 13. 10AM. FREE.

Sharing ProjectThe Sharing Project & Lost in Time: Selections from the Peckenpaugh Collection

The Sharing Project poses questions about whether we share enough in our Capitalist world. It focuses on the seemingly simple task of Tauber teaching his young son Zeke to share. As he and Zeke struggle to understand what sharing means and how much we should share, experts in different fields (evolutionary biology, psychology, anthropology, history, philosophy, education) offer their thoughts, creating more complexity and questions. In pursuit of answers, Tauber and his son turn to the forgotten Socialist Jewish commune of Happyville (1905-1908) in South Carolina, hoping that some of the mysteries of sharing are buried in the traces of the utopian community.

Lost in Time: Selections from the Peckenpaugh Collection is a permanent collection exhibition featuring photographs from a body of work that was donated to the University Art Museum (UAM) in 1994 by Tom and Barbara Peckenpaugh, longtime UAM supporters. This exhibition will explore the theme of the sublime, a notion understood to inspire awe, most often in relation to the natural landscape and our place within it.

Special Olympics are hosted on CSULB campus June 13-14. Parking may be limited.

At University Art Museum, CSULB College of the Arts. 1250 Bellflower Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90840. Saturday, June 13, 12-5PM. FREE. http://web.csulb.edu/org/uam/

Image Courtesy of Art Exchange Website.

Image Courtesy of Art Exchange Website.

2nd Saturday artXwalk

ArtExchange (ArtX) will host national artists, art sales and featured exhibitions for “artXwalk” happening this Saturday. The monthly celebration of visual art during Second Saturday at 3rd and Elm in Long Beach’s East Village Arts District. This is a free event, open to the public, and full of festivities.

Featured this month, Large Scale // Small Scale at Room + Border presents works from studio artists Rebecca Giesking, Noel Madrid and Joy Shannon that showcases a group of landscape based paintings exploring scale. Also featured this month is PRINT SALE // ART SALE  at  the Collective Print Studio’. which presents a special opportunity to collect affordable, original artworks by Long Beach artists.

Multiple free family-friendly activities will be held in the ArtX Classrom including, SEED BOMB workshop and hands-on instruction with illuminated paper circuits and circuit bend basics.

The New Familiar at the ArtX Main Gallery ends this month. The New Familiar  consists of works from artists that participated in the rural Wisconsin ACRE program.  The exhibition brings together emerging and mid-career artists from across the nation in Long Beach for one of a series of exhibitions happening nationwide.

Studio artists will also showcase works in process in their respective studio spaces.

At Art Exchange. 356 East 3rd St., Long Beach, CA. Saturday, June 13. 6-10pm. FREE.

Shirley JohnsShirley Johns Art Event

Shirley’s love of nature and experience in world travel are reflected in her paintings. Her vast body of work is represented in private collections throughout the United States and Europe.

As an art instructor Shirley has conveyed her passion and knowledge of the arts to both children and adults. She has led workshops at CSULB and at school districts throughout California.

At Sasha Witte Design. 3237 East Broadway, Long Beach, CA 90802. Saturday, June 13th. 6-9PM. FREE. http://sashawittedesign.com/events.htm

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*Advisory: Adult content, language, full frontal nudity, and sexual situations. Viewer Discretion Advised

Welcome to John’s life.  Having taken a break from his relationship with his somewhat controlling boyfriend, John has managed to fall in love with someone else… a woman.  In this edgy, raw, and witty look at a new kind of love triangle, Mike Bartlett tackles the concepts of sexual identity, commitment, self-knowledge, and family obligations in a way never before seen on stage.  In this intensely gritty and naturalistic production four actors will introduce you to the pain of finding out who and what we all might be and the importance, or lack thereof, of a definition of love, lust, and need. 2010 Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement.

At Long Beach Playhouse. 5021 E. Anaheim Street Long Beach CA 90804. Saturday, June 13. 8PM. $27. http://www.lbplayhouse.org/show/cock/

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Weekend Round Up

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.

First Fridays Beach Streets Kick Off

Every first Friday night of the month, participating Bixby Knolls businesses unite to promote local artists and musicians through extended operating hours to encourage a dialogue between businesses, artists and the community.

This Friday is a celebration of all things non-motorized starting with First Fridays Beach Streets Kick-Off! Ride, walk, skate, or unicycle to Atlantic Avenue for a night of art, music, and community.

Special activities include:

  • “The Art of iPhoneography” photo class at Tuttle Camera.
  • Drop into the Allery for live painting and beats by DJ Bix.
  • Preview Exhibition at the Historical Society of Long Beach for Breaking Through Lighting the Way: Historic photographic restorations by Sunny Nash and artifact collections by Carolyn Smith Watts.
  • The poets are back by popular demand at Elise’s Tea Room with a line-up of orators that should not be missed. Seating is limited so arrive early.
  • Bixby Knolls Wedding Collective has put together the neighborhoods first pocket park vow renewal at 3850 Atlantic Avenue. The festivities start at 7pm.
  • The Expo Arts Center will be filled inside and out with art, music, and locally sourced treats during First Fridays. Over 20 artists, including Squeeze Art Collective, will fill the main room and beats will be provided by DJ Phil. Toaster Music is back in the North Gallery with art by steam punk surrealist Vince Mattina, special musical guest Art Waldez, and the Maha and Company dancers. The South Gallery will feature an amazing collection of surrealist and abstract art from Connie Ericson along with Brandon Medrano, Ryan Otto, Kim Morton, and Brandon Singleton.
  • The Kids Theatre Company will be performing scenes from Cinderella and The Wedding Singer from 7-7:30p in the north theatre of Expo Arts Center.
  • Stroll through the First Fridays Farmecy outside of Expo Arts Center and grab some tasty natural treats form our local growers.
  • Catch a preview of the North Long Beach Photo Project in the north room of the Expo Arts Center.
  • The Boy Scouts are back for the summer and will be roasting up s’mores at the corner of Roosevelt and Atlantic.
  • Stop into Jammin Music for their monthly student showcase. Around 8:30 the students will perform a very special tribute to Nirvana.
  • The Kidz Crafts Zone will be located at Oh Very Young and will feature a helmet decorating station!
  • FREE parking at the Bixby Business Center on the corner of Atlantic and San Antonio.
  • Join TALB for music, art, and fun activities.
  • Special musical guests for the month: King Kang at Aura Thai/Bella Pizza, The Hawkline Monster at Historical Society of Long Beach, Eusebio Akasa and Desirable D at About U, DJ Bix at the “Allery”, John Dean at Clover, Sparrow at DRNK, Kapali Long at Oh very Young, and Michelle Mangione at Coffee Bean.
  • First Fridays favorites are back such as MOVE at Ground Control, Hedgehog Swing at 3939 north platform, Laura Wiley at Wilmore Wine Bar, Los Baranabas Boy at The Factory, The Funny Valentines at The Breakfast Club of Long Beach, Joe Perez at Bake n Broil, Lee Hansen at Goldhill Salon and Hot Club at Georgie’s Place.
  • The Homeland Cultural Center will be pop locking with the help of Dubs One spinning all the best hip-hop and R&B and the First Fridays spray crew providing the art on 3939 South.
  • Get your vinyl fix with the Record Truck

After the businesses close “after hours” fun begins. Nino’s Italian Restaurant, The Factory, BIS Italian-American Sports Café, and EJ Malloy’s stay open late for dining, drinks, and entertainment. Why go home early?

Dine on Art-Lantic Avenue at one of our tasty restaurants then grab the Big Red Bus that will transport you venue to venue from designated stops at the participating businesses.

At Atlantic Ave from Bixby Rd to San Antonio Dr., Bixby Knolls, Long Beach, CA 90807. Friday, June 5. 6-10pm. FREE. http://firstfridayslongbeach.com/.

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Beach Streets Uptown opens streets up for walking, bicycling, and socializing by temporarily closing thoroughfares to automobile traffic. Known more generally as Open Streets events, similar events are now occurring across the world, and are a common way of pursuing innovative strategies to achieve environmental, social, economic, and public health goals. The City of Long Beach, with funding from Metro, will use Beach Streets Uptown to showcase local neighborhoods, businesses, and parks, as well as local transit, health, and recreation options. The route will feature Atlantic Ave., from Wardlow Rd. to Houghton Park, and is an invitation to re-imagine how we use our streets.
Be sure to dust off your bike for family friendly entertainment at Scherer Park and live music (2 bands and a DJ throughout the day) in Bixby Knolls!
At Wardlow Metro Station. 3420 N Pacific Pl., Long Beach, CA 90802. Saturday, June 6. 9am – 4pm. 562-570-5333. info@beachstreets.com
Screen shot 2015-06-03 at 2.47.00 PMMid-City Studio Tour
The Mid-City Studio Tour is a unique look into the lives of professional artists with diverse artistic sensiblities. This self-guided tour gives the public an opportunity to see working studios and to learn from artists about their inspiration and process. Artwork is available for purchase at studio prices.
Over 25 artists ranging from painters, book artists, sculptors, and ceramic artists are amongst the many talented individuals on this tour. Begun in 2003, the tour was created to allow local artists who have shown nationally and internationally to promote their work while allowing the public to see new art, speak with artists and view artists’ work spaces.
Sponsors include the Arts Council of Long Beach, the Cultural Alliance of Long Beach (CALB) and Partners of Parks.
The self-guided tour takes place on June 6th and 7th, from 11am-4pm. FREE. Please visit http://midcitystudiotour.com/ for a map of all participating studios. Locations of special activities for children, entertainment and a small-works group show are also listed on the website.
KordaKorda: Revolutionary Photographer Opening Reception
Cuban photographer Alberto Díaz Gutiérrez, better known as Korda (September 14, 1928, Havana, Cuba – May 25, 2001 in Paris, France) is remembered for his iconic photograph Guerrillero Heroico / Heroic Guerrilla Fighter. The 1960 portrait of Marxist Argentine revolutionary Che Guevara taken in Cuba became reproduced across Europe later in the decade, and is now one of the most widely reproduced images in the world. Korda: Revolutionary Photographer presents this iconic image of protest and revolution in the context of Korda’s other Cuban Revolution-era photographs from the late 1950s and early 1960s.
Korda studied at the Havana Business Academy in El Vedado as well as the Candler College in Havana. He began working in photography at the end of the 1940s to support his family as an amateur wedding photographer. After taking interest in fashion photography, Korda earned professional advertising assignments, later establishing studio Apartment No. 2. As Cuba’s first fashion photographer, he regularly published his work in Havana Weekly, and, in 1959 he was awarded the Palma de Plata prize for his photography. That year, Korda began documenting the Cuban Revolution, and in his studio, four drawers would be devoted to photographs of the Cuban Revolution.
Through Korda’s intimate access to revolutionary Cuban leaders as an unofficial state photographer, he was able to capture Che Guevara and Fidel Castro in more leisurely moments; the exhibition offers glimpses of Cuban revolutionaries playing golf, fishing, skiing, and traveling the world with Korda. Other photographs show Che and Fidel in the fields mingling with farmers and fixing tractors. These images that portray the early years of post-revolutionary Cuba also reflect Korda’s experience in marketing and commercial photography. Remarking on his fascination with such disparate subjects, Korda stated “I have loved the beauty of women as much as the beauty of those men who led the Revolution. The beauty of those men is not only aesthetic but also moral. Loving, as I did, the work I made with men like Castro and Che Guevara, you can see the similarities between both types of photography.”
Korda: Revolutionary Photographer is comprised of nineteen vintage photographs from the collection of Dr. Steve Pieczenik and Dr. Roberta Rovner Pieczenik.

At Museum of Latin American Art. 628 Alamitos Ave., Long Beach, CA 90802. Saturday, June 6. 3:00 – 5:00pm. Info: (562) 437-1689 or www.molaa.org.

CALBlogoOpening Reception Vivian Wenhuey Chen Retrospect, “My Life”

Showing her artworks through more than thirty-five years of devotion in art works.

At Culture Alliance of Long Beach (CALB). 729 Pine Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90813. Saturday, June 6. 5-7PM. FREE. www.calbarts.org

Screen shot 2015-06-03 at 2.38.53 PMHmong Arts Projects

Homeland Cultural Center at MacArthur Park is a uniquely welcoming multicultural environment. Programs are offered year-round in traditional ethnic and  urban contemporary arts. All programs are free and open to the  public. No registration is necessary.

At Homeland Cultural Center. 1321 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach, CA 90813. Sunday, June 7. 9am-3pm. FREE.

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Homeland Cultural Center at MacArthur Park is a uniquely welcoming multicultural environment. Programs are offered year-round in traditional ethnic and  urban contemporary arts. All programs are free and open to the  public. No registration is necessary.

At Homeland Cultural Center. 1321 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach, CA 90813. Sunday, June 7. 2-6PM. (562) 570-1655.

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Patchwork Show is Dear Handmade Life’s bi-annual, makers festival showcasing local emerging artists, crafters and designers alongside artisan food, DIY craft workshops, gourmet food trucks and indie music. All Patchwork shows are free to attend and family friendly. Vendors are selected through a jury process and feature clothing for men, women & kids, handbags, accessories, jewelry, art, ceramics, garden finds, home goods, plushies, crochet & knit items, pet gear, kits & patterns, bath & body goodies and more.

At Marine Stadium. Appian Way at Bayshore, Long Beach, CA 90803. Sunday, June 7. 11-5pm

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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.

Spring Arts Festival

Westerly School is celebrating its third Annual “Spring Arts Festival”, on the Westerly campus, in the Raymond F. Bizjack Arts Village. The event showcases a variety of artistic media across the curriculum and grade levels spanning an entire year. Oil and chalk pastels, natural wool vessels, colored pencil, marker, graphite and natural found materials – leaves, sticks, rocks, acrylic and tempera paints, ceramics, relief printing and digital photography, to name a few. Also integrated into the program are live musical and theatrical performances.

The Westerly community is opening its doors for fellow artists, students, community members, and anyone curious to see a whole child approach to education. Food venders with a variety of dinner and snack options will be in attendance. Also on hand for the visitors are spin art stations, jewelry making, and drawing exercises. Westerly aims to celebrate, as a community, the unique qualities of the School, and to give its young artists a stage and gallery to celebrate a year’s worth of hard work. Showcasing the students’ accomplishments has long been a source of pride for the school.

At Westerly School. 2950 East 29th Street Long Beach CA 90806. Friday, May 29. 5-9pm. FREE. http://www.westerlyschool.org/

long-beachlandLong Beachland Live Comedy Slideshow Performance

Long Beach favorite Charles Phoenix returns to Retro Row for another great show at The Art Theatre! Celebrate our epic City by the Sea and experience a whole new side of Long Beach — in glorious Kodachrome color! With his gracious sense of humor, unbridled enthusiasm, and keen eye for oddball detail, Charles reveals his guide to underrated, undiscovered, and overlooked local landmarks along with legendary lore and the very best of his found vintage slides of Long Beach. Festive dress is encouraged. The fun continues after the show with a Book Signing/Meet & Greet/Cake & Punch Party with Charles at inretrospect, across the street from the theatre.

At Art Theatre. 2025 E. 4th St., Long Beach, CA 90802. Saturday, May. 30. 11am—1pm. $29.  www.charlesphoenix.com.

IDEA FEST

IDEA FEST is a day of celebration that transforms and inspires our community through classes, music, art, food, and fun. Presented by Leadership Long Beach, IDEA FEST is an annual event of Inspiration, Discussion, Education and Arts. Event-goers can participate in classes ranging from popular arts to social justice, and science to local culture. There are also performances, entertainment and other activities for everyone to enjoy. The festival is a catalyst for transformation and leadership in Long Beach.

Classes and performances are held at various locations throughout Long Beach. Saturday, May 30. All tickets are free. For more information: http://ideafestlb.org/

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Celebrate Long Beach Symphony’s final performance of the season tonight at the Long Beach Performing Arts Center, Terrace Theater as acclaimed guest conductor, Edward Cumming, leads the Long Beach Symphony in a performance of one of Beethoven’s most iconic works: his Symphony No. 5 and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4, commonly known as the Italian Symphony. The audience is in for another treat as Long Beach Symphony’s principal trombone player, Mr. Alexander Iles, performs Ferdinand David’s Trombone Concerto.

Join Long Beach Symphony after the concert in the lobby for a season ending toast and to meet their guest conductor! Doors open at 6:30 PM. Pre-concert talk at 7:00 PM with guest conductor, Edward Cumming. Arrive early and enjoy a lobby performance by The Kim Davis Trio!

At Terrace Theatre. 300 E Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90802. Saturday, May 30. 8pm. $20+. www.lbso.org

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Join Long Beach Opera for their Outer Limits presentation, an intimate journey through America’s cultural landscape from the 1950s through the 1980s: sex, drugs, rock & roll, eastern philosophy, and landmark political events – a kaleidoscope of social phenomena. Glass’ poignant, percussive minimalism, fused with Allen Ginsberg’s prophetic text, envelops you in an experience passionately nostalgic and stunningly relevant.

At CRAFTED at the Port of Los Angeles. 112 E 22nd St #10, San Pedro, CA 90731. Saturday, May 30. 8PM. For more information: https://www.longbeachopera.org/

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Enjoy a fantastic, art filled Sunday in beautiful Belmont Shore.

Alfredo’s Beach Club in Association with JAC, Jinx Arts Curator Proudly Celebrates 29 Years in Long Beach! Welcome the summer with art celebrating the waterfront lifestyle. This educational art event is free and open to the public.

Meet working artists and discover some of the most intriguing art being created. Be entertained by a wide array of action art, wall art, sculpture, photography, live music and performance art. Enjoy unfettered ocean views, shade trees, ocean breezes, local art and acousticmMusic. The outdoor courtyard overlooks the beautiful ocean and is located only a few yards away from the beach, pier, food, drinks and shopping.

At Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier. 39th Pl and Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90803. Sunday, May 31. 11am—4pm. For more information: www.AlfredosBeachClub.com.

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The Long Beach Museum of Art and its Fundraising Affiliate, Phoenix, are organizing Art Auction XVI. In addition to the live and silent auction of more than 150 original works of art by some of California’s most desirable artists, a wide variety of other premium arts-related items will be available including trips, services and experiences. All proceeds from the Auction will support the Museum’s mission to collect and care for a permanent art collection, present changing exhibitions in a variety of media and provide engaging educational programming for youth and adults while serving over 12,000 school children and hundreds of families throughout greater Long Beach each year. The evening will include 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.

At Long Beach Museum of Art. 2300 E Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90803. $95. Sunday, May 31. http://artauction.lbma.org/ 4pm.

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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.

SCC 25th Anniversary Celebration25th 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.

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.
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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.

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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.

InsightsInsights

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

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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.

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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/