The First Fridays Art Walk on Feb. 1 will “laissez les bon temps rouler” (let the good times roll) by bringing Mardi Gras to Bixby Knolls with Dixieland music, food, king cake, mask-making and beads. Long Beach’s Mardi Gras Queen Kelli Johnson and King John Royce will lead attendees around Atlantic Avenue during the event.
Participants may stop in at each business to collect beads and see what each has to offer.
Other ingredients of the night will include: live art, music, beaded goats, Cajun cuisine, Toaster Music’s “Sound Lab,” creation stations, break dancers, the one-man “band” Timstrument, interactive art projects, free books, gift items and antiques.
Attendees may also experience the “Great L.A. Air Raid of 1942” in 15-minute performances at the Richard Goad Theatre, 4250 Atlantic Avenue (with special guest– 8th District Councilmember Al Austin).
Seventh District Councilmember James Johnson’s “First Books at First Fridays” at the Dana Branch Library will feature LBUSD Board of Education Member Diana Craighead as the guest reader beginning at 5:30pm.
Austin’s “Council on Your Corner” will be set up at Atlantic Avenue and Burlinghall Drive to “meet and greet” attendees.
Attendees may dine on “Art-Lantic” Avenue at one of the local restaurants then grab the Big Red Bus to travel from venue to venue via designated stops at the participating businesses.
Bella Cosa, 3803 Atlantic Ave., will have information about First Fridays, maps, business info, and restaurant recommendations from 6:30pm to 8pm.
When the businesses start to close, “First Fridays After Hours” begins with dining and entertainment at: Nino’s Italian Restaurant, 3853 Atlantic Ave.; The Factory, 4020 Atlantic Ave.; and E.J. Malloy’s, 4306 Atlantic Ave.