Bixby businesses stay open for art, music on First Fridays

Businesses are gearing up for the next First Fridays event of Long Beach, scheduled for Friday, Mar. 7.
As the monthly event continues to evolve, First Fridays veterans such as Nino’s Italian Restaurant, Four Olives Café, THOR Antiques and FreeSpirit Yoga continue to showcase art and entertain guests with live music, new businesses are jumping on board to help create an art center right in the heart of Bixby Knolls.
March brings a variety of newcomers to First Fridays. Councilwoman Rae Gabelich’s 8th District field office will feature the photography of David Cooper. Mod-L-Mania will launch its “Best jazz records of all time series” featuring Miles Davis’s “Kind of Blue” and The Dave Brubeck Quartet’s “Time Out.” It’s A Grind will also be providing music.
No strangers to the Atlantic Avenue event, the Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association will be featuring artwork from Kari Barba and the stylings of beat poet Mike Sonksen. The Historical Society of Long Beach’s office will be kicking off their Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibit “The Way We Worked” and You Can Sing Karaoke will be open late for passersby to stop by and sing a little.
The mission of First Fridays is to promote and support local artists and musicians by providing them with an outlet to showcase their work. In doing so, the event hopes to encourage a dialogue between businesses, artists and the community.
The event starts at 6 p.m. and venues can be found on Atlantic Avenue between Bixby Road and San Antonio Drive. For more information, call (562) 424-6052 or visit

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