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.…

Rumors at Long Beach Playhouse – Theatre review

By: Anita W. Harris Culture Writer Some parties are unforgettable. In Neil Simon’s comedy Rumors, at Long Beach Playhouse through March 25, the party becomes raucously farcical as eight guests grapple with a mysteriously missing hostess and a host who has been shot. Director James Rice orchestrates non-stop hilarity for the audience as rumors fly…

Forever Plaid at International City Theatre– Theatre review

By: Anita W. Harris Culture Writer Do you have an attitude of Plaid-itude? Then you’ll fit right in at Forever Plaid, continuing at International City Theatre through March 5. Clad in plaid or just plainly, you’ll giggle with glee hearing heavenly harmonies by four young men reunited for their first and final concert. Co-Director Scott…

LB Chorale, Chamber Orchestra to perform works by Haydn, Bach

The Long Beach Chorale and Chamber Orchestra (LBCCO) will continue its 28th season with a program of works by two of the most celebrated composers in history during performances in March. The concerts will features Franz Joseph Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass and Johann Sebastian Bach’s Concerto in D Minor for Two Violins, performed by full…

Musical Theatre West’s Evita– Theatre review

By: Anita Harris Culture Writer Back in the early 1980s and then again in the ‘90s after the movie with Madonna came out, it seemed like everyone was singing “Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina.” Musical Theatre West’s production of the Tony Award-winning Evita brings that and each of this musical’s other 24 songs vividly to…

LB Symphony concert to honor Nat King Cole

The Long Beach Symphony POPS! orchestra and vocalist Denzal Sinclaire will pay tribute to the love songs of American music legend Nat King Cole at 8pm on Saturday, Feb. 18 in the Long Beach Arena, 300 E. Ocean Blvd. In addition to featuring 10 of Cole’s biggest hits, Sinclaire will perform versions of popular songs,…

LB Chorale, Chamber Orchestra to perform works by Haydn, Bach

The Long Beach Chorale and Chamber Orchestra (LBCCO) will continue its 28th season with a program of works by two of the most celebrated composers in history during performances in March. The concerts will feature Franz Joseph Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass and Johann Sebastian Bach’s Concerto in D Minor for Two Violins, performed by full…

SH authors launch their latest mystery

Married authors Janet Elizabeth Lynn and Will Zeilinger of Signal Hill have released their third Skylar Drake mystery– Desert Ice– and will have a book-launch party at Gatsby Books, 5535 E. Spring St. on Saturday, Feb. 18 from 3pm to 5pm. The event will include a short reading and the authors sharing information about their…