Despite some inappropriate behavior, CSULB’s ‘Evita’ is an impressive show with a timely theme

By Cory Bilicko Entertainment Writer Sometimes it’s difficult to not let one particular unseemly aspect of a show ruin the whole theatrical experience. Cal State Long Beach’s University Players’ production of Evita is indeed an ambitious, successful undertaking with some exceptionally talented vocalists and dancers dramatizing the story of Eva Perón, the First Lady of…

Found Theatre bringing more SASS to adult audiences

As part of the Found Theatre’s Sunday Adult Storytelling Series (SASS), storytelling by adults for adults, Angela Lloyd will combine the warmth of ancient storytelling and the brilliance of new Vaudeville on Sunday, April 18 at 7pm. Known as being diagonally parked in a parallel world, Lloyd will share her views through story and song.…

Local after-school program helping to close ‘mentoring gap’

Long Beach BLAST (Better Learning After School Today) recently released the evaluation results of its mentoring program for 2008-2009, which indicated that it has been effective in addressing academic and other problems of at-risk youth. According to the results, the youth BLAST serves improve significantly in academic performance, behavior and interpersonal relationships. More than 70…

Two Bixby eateries among Restaurant Writers Association’s four-star winners

Twenty-two Long Beach restaurants were honored with special awards from the prestigious Southern California Restaurant Writers Association. Three restaurants earned double gold, winning the coveted Golden Sceptre–5 star and Golden Bacchus Wine awards. Additionally, Elise Benavidez of Elise’s Tea Room was recognized as Pastry Chef of the Year. Long Beach had the honor of hosting…

Disabled Resource Center awarded grant, Quality of Life award

The Disabled Resources Center of Long Beach (DRC) has been selected as a recipient of the Reeve Foundation’s Quality of Life award. The award is given to support organizations that seek to improve the quality of life for people living with paralysis. The Quality of Life program, created by Dana Reeves, is based on freedom…

Second annual bike fest to get rolling down Retro Row

Spanning three days, from Friday, May 7 to Sunday, May 9, the 2nd Annual Long Beach Bike Festival is part of the ongoing efforts to make Long Beach one of the most bicycle-friendly cities in the U.S. For the first time, 4th Street/Retro Row (between Cherry and Junipero avenues) will be part of the program,…

Jim McDonnell sworn in as LB’s 25th chief of police

By Nick Diamantides Staff Writer Inspirational words and lofty goals moved like a gentle wind in the confines of the Terrace Theater last Saturday, bringing a sense of hope to the approximately 1,000 people who came to watch the swearing-in ceremony for Long Beach’s 25th chief of police– Jim McDonnell. Although the past couple of…

Ed Wilson becomes Signal Hill’s new mayor

By Nick Diamantides Staff Writer The Signal Hill City Hall Council Chamber had a capacity crowd Tuesday night as well-wishers came to see Councilman Ed Wilson appointed as the city’s new mayor. Annually, at the second meeting in March, the Signal Hill City Council reorganizes itself by selecting a new mayor and vice mayor. By…

Around Town

GOOD TASTE Downtown Long Beach Associates will host the first Taste of Downtown at the Waterfront Wednesday, March 24 and Thursday, March 25 from 6pm to 9pm. Downtown restaurants will set out their best fare at the band shell at Pine Avenue Circle so that participants may stroll from table to table and sample all…

Soccer award recognizes courageous player, commemorates fallen soldier

By Jennifer E. Beaver Staff Writer A fallen soldier’s passion for soccer will run through future generations thanks to his family and a handful of strangers who never met Sergeant Israel Garcia– former Poly High School soccer player and posthumous recipient of the Silver Star Award, the nation’s third-highest award for valor. Sgt. Garcia’s widow,…

CSULB offering free tax-filing assistance

Accounting majors at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) are assisting students and members of the community with their 2009 tax returns free of charge through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. The program will run through April 9 at the university, but volunteers will not see clients when the campus closes for Spring…