Despite some inappropriate behavior, CSULB’s ‘Evita’ is an impressive show with a timely theme

By Cory Bilicko Entertainment Writer Sometimes it’s difficult to not let one particular unseemly aspect of a show ruin the whole theatrical experience. Cal State Long Beach’s University Players’ production of Evita is indeed an ambitious, successful undertaking with some exceptionally talented vocalists and dancers dramatizing the story of Eva Perón, the First Lady of…

Fundraiser to mix board game fun with dinner favorite

Calling all Scrabble enthusiasts and spaghetti lovers! A Spaghetti Scrabble fundraiser will take place on Friday, March 19, from 6pm to 9pm to benefit the Rising TIDE program at the Marguerite Kiefer Education Center, Inc. Rising TIDE is a nonprofit drop-in program that serves more than 400 at-risk inner-city children and youth living in downtown…

Found Theatre honoring four decades of women, music

The Found Theatre, 599 Long Beach Blvd., is celebrating Women’s History Month by showcasing women poets, comedians, and musicians. The third installment, “4 Women, 4 Decades, 4 Styles,” is an evening of music by accomplished local female singer/songwriters representing a broad array of ages and musical styles. Featured performers are Susan Picking (susanleighpicking.com), Jennifer Abod…

Behind the TV screen at CSULB

A Human Interest Story (or The Gory Details and All), by Carlos Murillo, is an unflinching portrait of a nation obsessed with voyeurism. Directed by Edgar Landa, this intriguing play opens Friday, March 5 at the Players Theater on the Cal State University, Long Beach South Campus, and runs for 15 performances, closing on Saturday,…

Nixon in China

On Saturday, March 20 at 8pm and Sunday, March 28 at 4pm at the Terrace Theater, 300 E. Ocean Blvd., the Long Beach Opera will present Nixon in China, America’s landmark opera by Pulitzer Prize- and Grammy-winning composer John Adams. In 1971, a game of ping-pong brought China and America to opposite sides of a…

Found Theatre getting SASSy again

Found Theatre will continue to let an ancient art form step into the modern world with its Sunday Adult Storytelling Series (SASS!), storytelling by adults for adults, on four Sundays in 2010. On Feb. 21 at 7pm, Ellaraino, the Teller of Tales, Legends, History and Personal Stories, will lead the Found’s audience on a journey…

LB Playhouse celebrating its 80th with speakeasy

The Long Beach Playhouse will “turn the clock back” to 1929 to celebrate its 80th anniversary at Joey “The Saint” Valentine’s Speakeasy on Saturday, February 13. Vintage attire is encouraged at the celebration, which will commemorate the February 1929 founding of the Playhouse, the oldest continually operating community theatre west of the Mississippi River. Joey…