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…

‘I’ve always been comfortable with old’

Former Signal Hill resident loans Samoan artifacts to local museum

By: Laurie Hanson Contributing Writer Honoring the diversity of cultures of the South Pacific Islands in Long Beach is the Pacific Island Ethnic Art Museum (PIEAM), which currently features Lisa Papadakis-Ala’s and her husband’s private collection of Samoan artifacts on exhibition through June 4. Papadakis-Ala and her family lived in Signal Hill for 55 years,…

LB Symphony’s new music director to lead performance Saturday

The Long Beach Symphony’s classical concert on Saturday, Feb. 4 at 8pm at the Terrace Theater of the Long Beach Performing Arts Center, 300 E. Ocean Blvd., will culminate a week of activities for the symphony’s newly named music director designate, Eckart Preu. Before he takes the helm officially in October, Preu has taken part…

Babe’s Kitchen

Now under new ownership, Babe’s Kitchen, 1106 E Wardlow Rd., has some unique offerings that distinguish it from other local eateries– particularly when it comes to breakfast, which is what my friend and I enjoyed there recently. Their fresh-squeezed juices alone are enough to draw in health-conscious individuals on the go, but the menu at…

Long Beach Opera’s The Fairy Queen

In William Shakespeare’s play A Midsummer Night’s Dream, what happens in the forest stays in the forest. The same is true for Las Vegas in Long Beach Opera’s (LBO) The Fairy Queen, a unique cultural fusion structurally based on Shakespeare’s play, continuing this weekend at the Beverly O’Neill Theater. During a night of drug-fueled debauchery,…

A Murder is Announced at the Long Beach Playhouse

Agatha Christie’s work may never have been so amusingly rendered as in Long Beach Playhouse’s production of one of the Miss Marple mysteries– A Murder is Announced. If you like mirth with your mayhem, then this is your cup of tea! Inspired by the theatricality of old black-and-white mystery movies his mother watched on television,…

The Adventure of the Speckled Band at the Richard Goad Theatre

Rediscover the joy of experiencing a thrilling story, well told. Go behind the scenes of Long Beach Shakespeare Company’s 1940s radio station KBRD Long Beach (get it— K-Bard?) to hear Arthur Conan Doyle’s favorite Sherlock Holmes short story, “The Adventure of the Speckled Band,” presented as an old-time radio production. See how the actors step…