The annual student exhibition at Cal State Long Beach is Insights 2013. Yep, the University Art Museum and the School of Art put their heads together and named the student art exhibition after a 1960s-based Catholic television show. Get used to reading Insights 2013 because this exhibit, which manifests the restless passion, or if you [...]
For many avid comic book fans, Free Comic Book Day exists as a celebration of comic book sub-culture. It celebrates the coming together of thousands of people with a common interest and passion. For new fans, it serves as an introduction. In the past few decades, comic culture has turned from being a niche group to [...]
Adam Bock's bizarre black comedy, "The Thugs," touches on nearly every weary observation about modern life---a variety of topics and characters and depth and silliness that adds up to everything that Cal Rep does best. On the Queen Mary through April 30.
It's Earth Day, dedicated to the proposition that people really should remember not to shit where they eat---at least on one day each year, and we've come up with a short list of fun and healthy things to do, which we hope you won't poo-poo.
Four musical acts---Best Coast, Jimmy Eat World,, Laurence Juber and Mike Watt---who represent the stylistic variety that can find their audiences in independent record stores around the world, will return the favor by performing on April 20 at Fingerprints.
Most of us, if we could write songs, play the piano and sing like Bill Grisolia, would never, ever consider—even remotely or for a moment—trying anything else. But Grisolia isn’t like most of us—which is what our references to his composing, playing and singing were trying to get across—and several times over the years he’s [...]
Even enthusiastic and deftly executed performances by the CSULB Players couldn't sufficiently sharpen the script of the Tony Award-winning musical "Spring Awakenings" so that its lines and lyrics could convincingly make its points. Playing through arch 30.
YARNIVAL! [SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23] Yes, that’s right—Bellflower is throwing a just-like-the-olden-days Yarnival! If you’ve ever attended one, well, how nice for you, but there’s really no reason for suddenly acting so stuck up. But if you don’t happen to be familiar with the place the Yarnival occupies in American culture, can we just say that holding one [...]
The lifelong love of storytelling that has fueled Renee McClellan’s rise out of poor and discouraging beginnings has finally made her a filmmaker. The daughter of a political kingmaker, TracyKittinger went on to manage campaigns that put crowns on the heads of her own clients, but retired suddenly—and happily—when she was able to acquire the historic [...]
Registration has opened for two new adaptive recreation programs—an art class for young adults and a socializing opportunity for adults who, shall we say, are not as young—just added to the offerings from the Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine department. In the ArtBeat for Humanity Drum Painting class, 18 to 22-year-old artists with disabilities [...]
A memorial to veterans of the United States’ armed services will be unveiled and dedicated outside of Downey City Hall this morning at 10 a.m. The memorial, commissioned by the City Council in March and still undergoing installation late Friday afternoon, depicts a 10-feet-high abstract eternal flame fashioned of stainless steel. It is mounted on [...]
Listen to Porter Gilberg, administrative director of The Center Long Beach, provide an insider's preview of the 2012 Long Beach QFilm Festival, which will present nearly 30 films at the Art Theatre and The Center this weekend---September 14, 15 and 16.
Uduak Ntuk was born, raised, educated, still lives, currently works for and is engaged to be married in the City of Long Beach, and though he loves his hometown … well … let’s just say he doesn’t need any help counting the ways it’s become a hot mess. At times like this—when Long Beach’s shorter-and-shortercomings [...]
By Jack Chavdarian / Daily 49er To some, “Call Me Maybe” may just be a dumb pop song that’s playing nonstop on the radio. To others, it may be just the push they need to hand their number over to an axe murderer. “I just met you, and this is crazy,” sings Carly Rae Jepson, [...]
Here's a link to the Greater Long Beach Radio episode on which "LOLPERA" creators Andrew Pedroza and Ellen Warkentine share their observations on the unlikely journey of their epic parable about cats, cheezburger and the search for meaning.
LOLPERA, which has sold every seat in the Hudson Theatre during a run at the Hollywood Fringe Festival that was scheduled to end this Sunday (July 24), has earned one more show on one more Sunday (July 1) at 5 p.m. The opera’s co-creators, Ellen Warkentine and Andrew Pedroza, announced the additional performance during their appearance Thursday evening on Greater Long Beach [...]
Pastry chef Justina Fenton and eco-florist Shelley Anders, tenants of a downtown brownstone that is a cornerstone of the burgeoning movement toward a more-authentic Long Beach, will be the featured guests in the opening segment of Greater Long Beach Radio with Dave Wielenga this evening to share the joys, stresses and strategies of this grass-roots [...]
BY KEITH HIGGINBOTHAM When I was in 7th grade at Whitney, I was selected with several other students as the winners of a school essay contest. The prize was breakfast with Ray Bradbury. He showed up, having read all of our essays and ready to talk about them. He was the first person to ever [...]
Ray Bradbury left this world for the Acres of Books in the sky Tuesday night, dying at age 91. The writer who influenced the world with the expansive flights of fantasy he presented as into vivid word-pictures never lost touch with the root of his special gift—the library of mankind. During much of the 20th century, a significant portion of [...]
If the Alice In Wonderland theme of this month's First Friday in Bixby Knolls doesn't keep you up too late---and it shouldn't; this is a family event, people---get up early Saturday for the annual Wrigley River Run. It's your kind of run, no matter who you are.
Friday, May 18 Think Pink Kick off Long Beach Lesbian and Gay Pride Weekend at the 5th annual Pink Party in the East Village Arts District. This official Pre-Pride event hosted by the one-and-only Jewels Long Beach will feature a Drag Diva contest, DJ Barry Weaver spinning dance music, outdoor bars by Hamburger Mary’s and [...]
THURSDAY, MAY 10 One of the best products ever to come out of Chicago (along with deep dish pizza and Schwinn bicycles), This American Life, the award-winning weekly radio show hosted by Ira Glass, will be performed on stage in NYC this Thursday and beamed live via satellite to more than 500 select movie theaters. [...]
Belle the Cow, the massive bronze mascot of the City of Bellflower, finally has a home—a spot near the trailhead of the city’s bike-and-pedestrian path, where Woodruff Ave., Flora Vista St. and Flower St. intersect—and tentative plans are to move her in within the next six months, according to a story by Arnold Adler in [...]
A New York government building designed in the Brutalism style of archetecture---just like the Long Beach Civic Center (above)---is being considered for demolition ... a frequent topic for this building in Long Beach. Why? Among other things, people hate it.
[Editor's note: This spontaneous Have-A-Greater-Weekend recommendation comes from a regular GreaterLongBeach.com reader who calls him/herself by the initials DWR in the comment sections. Such submissions are always appreciated. Also, for the record, GreaterLongBeach.com is the media sponsor of the Long Beach Cinematheque's current membership drive.] By DWR I saw The Artist at the Art Theatre [...]
Volunteers are still needed to assist Saturday—that’s tomorrow—at Long Beach’s annual celebration of Mardi Gras—which is French for, “Fat Tuesday,” and which in Long Beach apparently means, “A Tuesday so fat that we celebrate it on Saturday.” “We still need a significant number of volunteers to help out,” wrote Mike Kamer, the Volunteer Coordinator for [...]
Award-winning reporter and author Nick Schou, whose current OC Weekly cover story about medpot dispensaries in Long Beach also serves as a disturbing case study of the institutional culture at City Hall, will be the featured guest Greater Long Beach Radio with Dave Wielenga on Wednesday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m. on KBEACH.org.Schou and Wielenga, [...]
Claudia Schou, whose movement to rehabilitate Bixby Park is either disproving the sad-but-truism that “You can’t fight city hall” or completely disregarding it (see, the woman doesn’t want to fight), will discuss the inspiration and effectiveness of tactful activism tactics at 7 p.m. Wednesday on Greater Long Beach Radio with Dave Wielenga. The second half [...]
Three things one person can do in one day: STEAMPUNK’D: Mixed-media art show that doesn’t wonder, “What if Ashton Kutcher did that show in the 1880’s?” Warehouse 1333, LB, 11am-7pm, Free. STAND UP FOR COMEDY: Debut of Long Beach Port of Comedy show, Club Cohiba, LB, 7 p.m., $10. MARATHON PREP: Early registration for [...]
No, dude, I don’t know if there is a dress code for the Long Beach Symphony’s exquisite presentation of holiday music, which—and I’m guaranteeing this, without even knowing you—at several points is going to feature musical notes in combinations that will function like sonic access codes to some of the most resonant moments of your life. [...]
In an interview with Logan Crow that will be featured tonight on 'Greater Long Beach Radio with Dave Wielenga,' the promoter of last Saturday's (Oct. 29) Zombie Walk charges that incessant demands and fees by the City of Long Beach diminished the event and left him $40,000 in debt. Listen tonight at 7 p.m. on KBEACH.org
As the first of thousands of former inmates of California state prisons arrive in Greater Long Beach—released early by order of the U.S. Supreme Court because of overcrowding—Long Beach City Prosecutor Doug Haubert and criminology/sociology professor Dr. LaTanya Skiffer of Cal State Dominguez Hills will discuss potential problems, opportunities and strategies on tonight’s edition of [...]
Comedian Ricky Harris, who 20 years ago was among a crew of kids who passed through V.I.P. Records on their way to stardom, will host a benefit show at The Laugh Factory this Sunday at 8 p.m. in hopes of helping to save Long Beach’s iconic record shop.
Two representatives of OccupyLongBeach, a spinoff of the social-justice movement that began on Wall Street last month, will be featured guests on Greater Long Beach Radio with Dave Wielenga tonight at 7 p.m. on KBEACH.org, the online radio station at Cal State Long Beach. The program will open with a long-awaited visit from Greggory Moore—yep, [...]
Anyone who missed last Thursday’s special V.I.P. Records episode of Greater Long Beach Radio with Dave Wielenga can now listen to the program at any time of any day via computer or as a podcast downloaded to a personal device. Simply follow this link to the website of KBEACH.org, the Long Beach State online radio [...]
Kelvin Anderson of V.I.P. Records, who will soon close the neighborhood store that launched the worldwide phenomenon of West Coast hip-hop in the mid-1990s, will be the featured guest tonight on Greater Long Beach Radio with Dave Wielenga. The weekly hour-long program begins at 7 p.m. on KBEACH.org, the online radio station at Cal State [...]
Kate Braid, a founder of the Long Beach Rage Against the Machine Working Group (LB RAM) that has endorsed the recall of 7th district Long Beach City Council member James Johnson, will be the featured guest this evening on Greater Long Beach Radio with Dave Wielenga. The hour-long program goes live at 7 p.m. on [...]
Attorney Mark Cabaniss, who has authored two piercingly clear pieces of analysis and perspective about the Kelly Thomas case—the fatal beating of a homeless schizophrenic man by six Fullerton Police Department officers on July 5—expands upon the themes of those articles in the Sept. 1 episode of Greater Long Beach Radio with Dave Wielenga. • [...]
Jonathan Cabrera and Elizabeth Bustamante were just back from church and preparing for bed just before midnight on May 14 when Long Beach Police Department officers opened fire on them in their central-city home, wounding Cabrera. On this week's Greater Long Beach Radio, the couple recounts the horrific details of that night and shares their hopes for transforming it into a positive experience.
This TV viewing tip isn’t for everybody—demographics include an obsession with the Queen Mary, a tolerance for Mickey Rooney, a subscription to the TCM (Turner Classic Movies) cable network, as well as, insomnia. For those who qualify, however, tonight’s middle-of-the-night showing of the 1938 film, Lord Jim, is can’t-miss appointment television. It begins at 1 [...]
Although it’s been less than two years since the Bellflower City Council voted to spend $95,000 on a slightly larger-than-life bronze sculpture of a dairy cow, now that the big ol’ bovine—nicknamed “Belle”—is about to come out of the foundry, nobody seems to remember where they intended to put her. City Manager Mike Egan has been doing [...]
The Hope and Freedom Film Festival returns to the Art Theatre this Saturday (May 21), and in its second year it shares the same weekend as the Long Beach Lesbian and Gay Pride Festival. That’s appropriate—according to its website, the mission of the Hope and Freedom Film Festival is “to help create a society where [...]
The second printed edition of the Long Beach Post has hit the streets—for now, very specific streets—as publisher Shaun Lumachi continues a march toward what he predicts will be media dominance of Long Beach. What does that mean? “The Long Beach Post will be Long Beach’s most-read media publication by Jan. 1, 2015,” Lumachi asserts. OK, [...]
Let’s see … you’ve got the return of Beer & Politics with City Manager Pat West talking about Long Beach’s road (or sharrow) to bike-friendliness, an opportunity to make a mandala (or at the least, discover what the hell a “mandala” is), a chance to witness the one-year-anniversary renewal of wedding vows by Laura and [...]
One thousand tickets to Saturday’s otherwise-private memorial service for Long Beach hip-hop pioneer Nate Dogg in the Queen Mary Dome are available by telephone today on a first-come, first-served basis. To order a ticket, you must call (562) 570-6147 before 3 p.m. today (Friday, March 25). To use it Saturday, you must have a valid [...]
These days it seems as though everywhere you look in Downey is soon going to look much different. Blueprints for restaurants, grocery stores and an assortment of civic projects are circulating in some of the best briefcases in town—and as each of these developmental plans becomes a real place, they are going to end up on the [...]
Operations of the publicly owned Downey Civic Theatre will be conducted by a private firm under a five-year contract approved Tuesday night by a 4-1 vote of the Downey City Council. Council member David Gafin dissented, calling for more time for public input. VenueTech currently operates six theaters in the cities of Campbell, Eureka, Vacaville, [...]
The Alive Theatre has cancelled all three of this weekend’s performances of Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead due to what a spokesperson for the company called “regrettable and uncontrollable circumstances.” The cancelled shows were scheduled for tonight (Friday Nov. 12) Saturday and Sunday. Also cancelled are performances scheduled for November 26 and 27. [...]
Greater Long Beach publisher Dave Wielenga is among the featured guests on the current episode of Imagine This Radio, a weekly online interview program hosted by Antonio Ruiz of The Creativity Network. Wielenga, 55, who has been covering local news, arts, sports and culture since 1972 for the Press-Telegram, OC Weekly and the late District [...]
It’s called the Zombie Walk, although not all of them do. And amid the gruesome shuffling and staggering along Fourth Street by hundreds of graveyard escapees Saturday night came tooling this cool ride---obviously a reincarnated relic of the cash-for-clunkers program.
Absolutely unsurprisingly, mile marker 26 received the most bids from Long Beach Marathon participants last weekend during a silent auction to benefit the Artful Healing program at Miller Children’s Hospital. Twenty-six miles is pretty much what marathoning is all about—although those with experience never underestimate the additional 385 yards to the finish line. A whole [...]
These mile markers are special. They were created and painted by young patients from Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach (MCHLB) as part of the hospital’s “Artful Healing for Our Heroes” campaign. Exactly 100 percent of the proceeds of the silent auction will benefit this program, directed by MCHLB artist in residence, Denise Clayton-Leonard.
The Green Is Greater Festival convenes today at noon—eight musical acts, dozens of environmental groups, artists and vendors—in a first-of-its kind opportunity for the often-fragmented environmental movement to unite during six hours of celebration and fundraising at The Gaslamp Restaurant. The event is free. Korey Dane heads an exciting musical lineup that also features The [...]