‘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…

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…