HAVE-A-GREATER WEEKENDBy Greater Long Beach
Friday, June 1 • Go Ask Alice About First Friday
Atlantic Avenue becomes a Wonderland this month for First Friday, Bixby Knolls’ monthly celebration of art and commerce. Stores stay open late, bands play on the street, the Big Red Bus prowls the avenue, and more kooky characters than ever will be in attendance, as patrons are invited to dress as their favorite Alice in Wonderland characters. You can see Bixby Knolls’ own Queen and King of Hearts, the Duchess of Bixby Knolls and the Knolls Ranger reading to kids at the Dana Branch Library. Then disappear even further down the rabbit hole with a stop at the Historical Society of Long Beach where Press-Telegram Columnist Tim Grobaty will be signing copies of his new book Long Beach Chronicles: From Pioneers To The 1933 Earthquake. We heard it ’twas brillig.
FIRST FRIDAY • BIXBY KNOLLS ON ATLANTIC AVENUE • JUNE 1, 5:30-10PM • FREE
The Uptown Village Market is another First Fridays highlight this month, as the home grown art sale returns to the Expo Arts Center this Friday and Saturday. Check out the unique, handcrafted work of local artisans and vendors and support the local economy. Items for sale will include art, jewelry, stationary, clothing, ceramics, glass wares, edibles, and accessories.
UPTOWN VILLAGE MARKET • EXPO ARTS CENTER • 4321 ATLANTIC AVENUE • BIXBY KNOLLS • FRIDAY, JUNE 1, 5-10PM; SATURDAY, JUNE 2, 10-4PM • FREE
Saturday, June 2 • Run For It!
You still have a chance to register for the Wrigley River Run, the hyperlocal neighborhood race that bills itself as “one of only two races in southern California with a separate start time for jogging strollers!“ And isn’t that really all that those of us without jogging strollers have ever wanted?
Online registration closes Friday, June 1, but according to their website, race-day registration will be accepted if space permits.
5K run, 10K run, 5K walk and stroller run are $30, Kid’s Tadpole Trot is $5 (you can even run with your kid), or, for the overachievers out there, Double Down and run the 5K and 10K for $45.
Your price of admission will include a faster and more scenic course than last year, the Cabrillo High School Jazz Band performing along the way, long-sleeve race shirts, Buono’s pizza and pasta at the finish line, kids bounce houses and medals for all, $100 gift certificates for the winners of the 5K and 10K, and a trophy for the top stroller runner. Did we mention the separate start time for the jogging strollers?
WRIGLEY RIVER RUN AND TADPOLE TROT • 2500 PACIFIC AVENUE • LONG BEACH 90806 • JUNE 2, 6 AM REGISTRATION/PACKET PICKUP, RACES START 7:30 AM • $5-$45
More Funny Business at Club Cohiba
The long-awaited Long Beach Port of Comedy returns to Club Cohiba Saturday night. Local comics David Conolly and Brian Zuanich are presenting the second of what they hope will become a monthly comedy event in Long Beach. The show features comics who are hand-picked by Conolly and Zuanich– this Saturday’s show will feature Conolly and Zuanich, along with Courtney Cronin, Joe Dungan, Mike Dolan, and Kacey Arnold. Tickets are available at the door or at bzcomedy.com.
THE LONG BEACH PORT OF COMEDY • CLUB COHIBA • 110 E BROADWAY • LONG BEACH 90802 • 562.491.5220 • JUNE 2, DOORS OPEN 8PM • TICKETS $10
Sunday, June 3 • Roll Out the Red Carpet
Speaking of local talent, LBCC Filmmakers Association’s 6th Annual Film Festival is presented this Sunday at the Art Theatre of Long Beach. Long Beach City College’s best student filmmakers will be presenting their work and the cost is college-budget-friendly– just 5 bucks. Check out their Tumblr site for a sneak peak at what the kids have been up to.
LBCC FILMMAKERS ASSOCIATION’S 6TH ANNUAL FILM FESTIVAL • ART THEATRE • 2025 EAST 4TH STREET • LONG BEACH 90814 • JUNE 3, DOORS OPEN 1:30PM, SHOW STARTS 2PM • $5