LB Ballet mounts stellar production with star-studded Nutcracker

by Vicki Paris Goodman Entertainment Writer “But everything was beautiful at the ballet…” So goes the reflective musical number from the Broadway show A Chorus Line. And the character singing those dreamy lyrics could well have been describing the Long Beach Ballet’s gorgeous production of The Nutcracker, the famous Christmas ballet by composer Peter Ilyich…

Jazz and schmooze

St. Vincent de Paul thrift store, 2750 Pacific Coast Highway, recently hosted an intimate wine and jazz gathering on its patio, where David Fields, the Council’s new deputy executive director, spoke about the Society’s local work and outreach to community business leaders. Long Beach 4th District Councilmember Patrick O’Donnell and Vice Mayor Val Lerch were…

Compared to Web reviews of previous Halloweens, this year’s ‘Shipwreck’ may surprise

By Cory Bilicko Entertainment Writer Admittedly, based on reading previous years’ consumer reviews on the Internet, my expectations for the Queen Mary “Shipwreck” event were not very high. Former attendees had complained about rude security personnel, ridiculously long lines, and mazes that offered more downtime than fright factor. What were my friends and I about…

Cal Rep, Queen Mary teaming up to give theater patrons a horrifying night

Hundreds of theatre students from California State University, Long Beach will work as interns this October for “Shipwreck,” the Queen Mary’s Halloween event, produced every year by The Gridlock Group. This year’s “Shipwreck” marks the 15th anniversary of the “Halloween Terrorfest,” when fright-filled mazes and villainous spooks fill the ship that is itself rumored to…

Latest Disney Live! Show coming to Terrace Theatre

Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy will be joined by Buzz and Woody from Toy Story, Cinderella, Tigger, and more Disney friends in their newest onstage adventure. Southern Californians can climb on board the Mickey Mouse Bus to join Mickey and friends on their latest musical adventure in Disney Live! Rockin’ Road Show. Featuring classic characters…

Performers, vendors sought for Latin American festival

The Downtown Long Beach Associates (DLBA) is currently seeking performers, artists, vendors and other participants for the Long Beach Latin American Parade & Festival on Saturday, September 12. The one-day event will feature anything and everything Latin American, including authentic Latin American cuisine, dance lessons and demonstrations, art exhibits, vendor booths and live music and…

Signal Hill kicks off its summer movies in the park

Kung Fu Panda was shown on this 29-foot inflatable screen in Signal Hill Park. Story and photos by Tessa St. Marie Editorial Intern Providing a fun, wallet-friendly activity for all ages, Signal Hill Petroleum, in partnership with the City of Signal Hill Community Services Department and the City of Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation…