Photo exhibit to explore aspects of female identity

Greenly Art Space, 2698 Junipero Ave. #113 in Signal Hill, will host an opening reception this weekend for an art show that explores how women see themselves as individuals and how they believe they are perceived by others. Each participant was given only a disposable camera to use as a reflection on self-perception and self-realization. Participants…

Long Beach Shakespeare Company’s Much Ado About Nothing

With the heart and spirit like that of those involved at Long Beach Shakespeare Company, the writing of its eponym shall transcend time and touch audiences for years to come. In observance of the 400th anniversary of Bill’s death, the theatre’s current production is the last in its “A Wake for Shakespeare” season. Yes, we…

Doubt at International City Theatre

Proof can mitigate uncertainty, but it proves very elusive in Doubt, the thought-provoking drama by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright John Patrick Shanley, now on stage at International City Theatre (ICT) through Sept. 11. Directed by caryn desai [sic], this exceptional production– about a nun’s conviction that a priest is seducing a young student at their school–…

LB Symphony finds new music director after two-year search

Following a two-year search that brought nine guest conductors to the stage of the Long Beach Performing Arts Center, Long Beach Symphony has selected Eckart Preu to take the helm under a three-year contract beginning with its 2017-18 season. “Eckart Preu’s execution of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony #4 at our June 4 finale not only elevated the…

Reasons to Be Pretty at Long Beach Playhouse

Based on the title, you might think, like I did, that Reasons to Be Pretty would be the theatrical equivalent of a “chick flick.” That couldn’t be further from the truth. This is definitely a guy’s story, written by Tony Award-winning playwright Neil LaBute, shown in a highly polished, engaging production at the Long Beach…

Local eatery to host 366 images by local photographer

How do caterpillars, plants, dogs and plastic ducks affect our urban lives? How do we interface with nature in the city? These are some of the questions asked by photographer Victoria Bryan in Metro Nature, which will open at Utopia restaurant, 445 E. 1st St., on Saturday, July 16. “In ways both obvious and subtle,…

Musical Theatre West’s Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Bring your sense of humor, ladies and gentlemen, because Musical Theatre West’s (MTW) most recent production is packed with “Great, Big Stuff!” MTW’s Dirty Rotten Scoundrels closes the season with talented vocals and laugh-out-loud writing. Note, though: This is not a show to bring the kiddos– with sexual themes and adult humor perpetuating much of…

Comic book-themed exhibit to highlight socio-political issues, marginalized groups

The Port to Learning Gallery at the Museum of Latin American Art (MoLAA) will present Artists Assemble!: Empowerment and Inspiration in Contemporary Comics, an exhibition that features artists who highlight characters, events and stories traditionally excluded from mainstream comic book art and culture. Artists Assemble! includes individual sketches, hand-drawn panels, minicomics, comic books, video art…

Long Beach Opera’s The News

Long Beach Opera’s (LBO) The News is not for the lighthearted opera consumer, or the dim opera consumer, or even the new opera consumer. It is satirical, quick-witted and fast paced– so hold on to your seats, dear audience. LBO’s current production is a commentary on modern broadcast media, and no one is left unscathed.…

Nonprofit gallery exhibit to showcase work of local children

Greenly Art Space, 2698 Junipero Ave. #113 in Signal Hill, will host an opening reception on June 18 for an exhibit featuring work created by children in the local fine-art program ICES (Inspiring, Caring, Educational and Stimulating). The program serves around 8,000 at-risk and low-income students at more than 30 sites across Southern California, according…

Long Beach Symphony Classics on June 4, 2016

Concert review

The Long Beach Symphony ended its season last Saturday night in fine form. Guest conductor Eckart Preu led the orchestra with a masterful baton. First up on the program was the Hungarian Dance No. 5 in G minor by Johannes Brahms. It might seem surprising to many that Brahms composed this “gypsy music,” but his…

The Merchant of Venice at the Richard Goad Theatre

Theatre review

Trust William Shakespeare to dramatize our most cringe-worthy pretentions and hypocrisies and show us how they play out. This year marks the 400th anniversary of the prolific playwright’s death, and it’s amazing how little we’ve changed since his time. Case in point: The Merchant of Venice, directed by Helen Borgers, playing at the Richard Goad…