Merry Mid-Century at the Found Theatre

Do you need an express route to Christmas spirit? Are you ready to go retro to get there? Then catch Merry Mid-Century at the Found Theatre, through Dec. 18, for a flashback to the kind of all-star television holiday musical special that might have warmed your living room as a child, whether in the 1950s…

Don’t Dress for Dinner at Long Beach Playhouse

Your reaction may be the same as director Gigi Fusco Meese’s exclamation in her program notes– “How lucky we are to experience live theater!” – after attending her energetic, punchy and thoroughly delightful production of Don’t Dress for Dinner at the Long Beach Playhouse Mainstage theatre through Dec. 3. Set in a converted French farmhouse…

Winners of port photo competition announced

The Arts Council for Long Beach announced the winners of the fourth annual Port of Long Beach Photogallery competition last week. The program, on exhibit at the Museum of Latin American Art (MoLAA) through Oct. 30, features the work of more than 60 amateur and professional photographers who attended a workshop and then captured images…

Walking tours to highlight historic homes, other buildings

The nonprofit Long Beach Heritage will host several upcoming tours of local historic homes. The organization will conduct an East Village walking tour on Saturday, Oct. 8. The East Village is home to several of the earliest “own your own” residential high-rises catering to elegant resort living built after World War I and the discovery…

The Garage Theatre’s Evil Dead the Musical

Upon arrival to the Garage Theatre, I was asked if I wanted a poncho. Confused, I quickly glanced behind me at the intimate and packed audience all slouched in tarp-wrapped chairs, wearing the thin, throwaway rain gear themselves. “Yes,” I said firmly, though not really knowing why. It just seems common sense to agree to…

The Hound of the Baskervilles at Long Beach Playhouse

The game is afoot! You don’t have to be a fan of fictional detective Sherlock Holmes to enjoy The Hound of the Baskervilles, a creepy mystery directed by Mitchell Nunn now playing at the Long Beach Playhouse Mainstage Theatre through Oct. 22. Just wear your deerstalker detective cap to help you track all the clues.…

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Various individuals recognized for arts support at Arts Council’s 40th anniversary event

It was a special day for the Arts Council for Long Beach on Sept. 22– not only because the organization bestowed numerous awards to local individuals and groups, but also because it was doing so on the exact day of its 40th anniversary. With a full house that ended up being standing-room only, the Liberty…

Long Beach Playhouse’s The Importance of Being Earnest

Historically, theatre was a man’s world. It was not until the mid-17th century that women were even legally allowed to grace the stage. Fast-forward a few hundred years and the Long Beach Playhouse is flipping the acting patriarchy on its head. Long Beach Playhouse’s (LBPH) latest production, Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, is…