Winners of port photo competition announced

The Arts Council for Long Beach announced the winners of the fourth annual Port of Long Beach Photogallery competition last week. The program, on exhibit at the Museum of Latin American Art (MoLAA) through Oct. 30, features the work of more than 60 amateur and professional photographers who attended a workshop and then captured images…

Walking tours to highlight historic homes, other buildings

The nonprofit Long Beach Heritage will host several upcoming tours of local historic homes. The organization will conduct an East Village walking tour on Saturday, Oct. 8. The East Village is home to several of the earliest “own your own” residential high-rises catering to elegant resort living built after World War I and the discovery…

The Garage Theatre’s Evil Dead the Musical

Upon arrival to the Garage Theatre, I was asked if I wanted a poncho. Confused, I quickly glanced behind me at the intimate and packed audience all slouched in tarp-wrapped chairs, wearing the thin, throwaway rain gear themselves. “Yes,” I said firmly, though not really knowing why. It just seems common sense to agree to…

The Hound of the Baskervilles at Long Beach Playhouse

The game is afoot! You don’t have to be a fan of fictional detective Sherlock Holmes to enjoy The Hound of the Baskervilles, a creepy mystery directed by Mitchell Nunn now playing at the Long Beach Playhouse Mainstage Theatre through Oct. 22. Just wear your deerstalker detective cap to help you track all the clues.…

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Various individuals recognized for arts support at Arts Council’s 40th anniversary event

It was a special day for the Arts Council for Long Beach on Sept. 22– not only because the organization bestowed numerous awards to local individuals and groups, but also because it was doing so on the exact day of its 40th anniversary. With a full house that ended up being standing-room only, the Liberty…

Long Beach Playhouse’s The Importance of Being Earnest

Historically, theatre was a man’s world. It was not until the mid-17th century that women were even legally allowed to grace the stage. Fast-forward a few hundred years and the Long Beach Playhouse is flipping the acting patriarchy on its head. Long Beach Playhouse’s (LBPH) latest production, Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, is…

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…