Art exhibit to explore wilderness theme

Greenly Art Space in Signal Hill will host an opening reception Saturday, May 20 for Within the Wilderness, a fundraising art show aimed at supporting the nonprofit gallery, as well as Bolsa Chica Land Trust, a local organization involved with environmental restoration. In the exhibit, each art piece explores the artist’s personal interpretation of the…

Biennial art-studio tour to feature 15 local artists, gallery

Fifteen established Long Beach visual artists and a gallery will open their studios to the public during the 8th Biennial Mid-City Studio Tour on Saturday, June 3 and Sunday, June 4 from 11am to 4pm. The tour is free and made possible through a microgrant from the Arts Council for Long Beach. Artworks include paintings,…

MoLAA to host art auction preview, reception

The Museum of Latin-American Art, 628 Alamitos Ave., will host an art auction preview and champagne reception on Friday, May 5 from 7pm to 9pm to allow attendees the opportunity to view and place early bids on artwork that will be included in its annual gala and art auction on May 20. The 2017 art…

Uncanny Valley at International City Theatre– Theatre review

By: Anita W. Harris Staff Writer The future is closer than it appears. Exploring the brave new world of intelligent robotics, Uncanny Valley, at International City Theatre through May 7, offers a riveting and cerebral experience of what it means to create artificial life. This timely drama engages the essential questions of what constitutes humanness…

LB Symphony concert to feature local chorale

Four professional soloists, 80 voices from Long Beach Camerata Singers and 62 musicians from the Long Beach Symphony will combine forces to bring Mozart’s Requiem mass to life at the Terrace Theater of the Long Beach Performing Arts Center, 300 E. Ocean Blvd., at 8pm on Saturday, April 29. The Symphony will welcome conductor Robert…

California Repertory’s Nora– Theatre review

By: Adam Buchsbaum Culture Writer College theater provides a space for budding young actors to stretch their abilities, try out new things and grow as performers. An armchair criticism feels unfair to the whole spirit of college theater. CSULB CalRep’s production of Nora has an admirable message, but it is hamstrung by weak source material…

Stupid F*cking Bird at The Garage Theatre – Theatre review

By: Anita W. Harris Culture Writer The playbill for Stupid F*cking Bird, at The Garage Theatre through April 29, warns that it contains gunshots, fog, herbal cigarettes, adult language and actors. The last item, all seven of them, are the most amazing thing about this production, lifting the play out of its cynicism and enriching…

Treasure Island at Long Beach Playhouse – Theatre review

By: Anita W. Harris Culture Writer Ahoy there, all ye theatre adventurers! There’s treasure to be had in yonder Long Beach Playhouse! Treasure Island, that is, from the book by Robert Louis Stevenson, adapted for the stage by Phil Willmott and very imaginatively directed by Dale Jones. Take your fill of rummy pirates, rollicking sea…

The Taming of the Shrew at the Richard Goad Theatre– Theatre review

By: Anita W. Harris Staff Writer April is not only tax season and the “cruelest month,” according to T.S. Eliot, but also William Shakespeare’s birthday month. Celebrating his would-be 453rd year, Long Beach Shakespeare Company (LBSC) is airing not one but two old-time radiobroadcasts of Shakespeare’s plays. The first, The Taming of the Shrew, continues…

Carousel at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center– Theatre review

By: Adam Buchsbaum Contributor In the age of Hamilton, Book of Mormon, and unasked movie-to-stage adaptations (here’s looking at you, Spiderman), the 1945 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Carousel is positively quaint. Synchronized dance, lush orchestral scores and even a song extolling the merits of a clambake hit the stage. But there’s something endearing and enduring…

MoLAA appoints new president/CEO

Robert Braun and Mike Deovlet, co-chairmen of the Museum of Latin American Art’s (MoLAA) board of directors, announced this week that the museum has selected Lourdes I. Ramos Ph. D. to serve in the position of president and CEO, following an international executive search process led by Arts Consulting Group. Ramos will bring an international…

Arts council announces Cambodia Town Mural Project artists

The Arts Council for Long Beach this week announced the selected artists for a new mural project. In October, the organization launched the Cambodia Town Mural Project, an initiative that will install eight public art murals along Anaheim Street between Long Beach Boulevard and Junipero Avenue. The project is in partnership with: Cambodia Town Inc.;…

Theatre review: Long Beach Opera’s The Perfect American

By: Anita W. Harris Staff Writer Long Beach Opera holds the honor of producing Philip Glass’s The Perfect American in its American debut. Sung in English, this opera tells the story of Walt Disney’s final few months in a hospital, delving into Disney’s struggle with his legacy, his Americanism and fear of his own death.…