First Fridays art walk to bring some pre-summer high jinks

The First Fridays art walk in Bixby Knolls on June 3 will continue to bring its monthly programming of untraditional fun, high jinks, and plenty of “the unexpected.” Ingredients for the night will include: mobile art stations, 80s dance music, DJs, spoken word, jazz, improv comedy, Timstrument, community drawing, tarot cards, drag queens, face painting, “First Books,” antiques, piano man, the Big Red Bus, and the Knolls Ranger mascot.
Seventh District Councilmember James Johnson’s “First Books at First Fridays” at the Dana Branch Library, 3680 Atlantic Ave., will begin at 5:30pm featuring special guest reader the Knolls Ranger.
First Fridays will also initiate a new program called “Seniors First! at First Fridays” with the help of the Long Beach Shakespeare Company and LA County Supervisor Don Knabe’s office sponsoring a bus to bring senior citizens from Gold Star Manor to enjoy all of the festivities of the event.
Bella Cosa, 3803 Atlantic Ave., will provide information about First Fridays, maps, business info, and restaurant recommendations from 6:30pm to 8pm.
Participants can dine on “Art-Lantic” Avenue at one of the restaurants then grab the Big Red Bus that will transport them venue to venue from designated stops at the participating businesses.
When the businesses start to close, “First Fridays After Hours” begins. Nino’s Italian Restaurant, The Factory, and EJ Malloy’s go late into the night with food, drinks, and music.

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