First Fridays injects another dose of culture into Bixby Knolls

Bixby Knolls ushers in spring on First Fridays, April 3. Historical home movies, bronze men, drum circles, art students, photography, live music and urban ambiance are some of the things being offered along Atlantic Avenue.

· Historical Society of Long Beach, 4260 Atlantic Avenue, will be showing home movies from 1925 of local aviator Earl Daugherty flying over Long Beach. The film runs 38 minutes and will be shown at 6:30pm, 7:30pm and 8:30pm. Admission is free.

· Nino’s Italian Restaurant, 3853 Atlantic. Cal State Long Beach art students will be showcasing their work ranging from sculptures to photography and painting. Also local artist Doug Orr and the photography of David Rodriguez. DJ Neon Hunter in the “College Pub” room.

· Long Beach Arts, 4332 Atlantic, will continue to feature its exhibit Urban Ambiance.

· FreeSpirit Yoga, 3910 Atlantic, will feature the photography of Phil Harvey.

· Jammin’ Music, 3972 Atlantic. Latin/Afro-Caribbean feel for this month’s drum circle. Everyone is welcome, no experience necessary. Bring drums or use one provided.

· Councilwoman Rae Gabelich’s Field Office
, 3837 Atlantic, showcases the talents of 8th District Council staffers Linda Ivers and Veronica Servin.

· The Richard Goad Theatre, 4250 Atlantic, home of The Long Beach Shakespeare Company, will have actors in front. The players will be playing music, showing films and keeping Atlantic Avenue alive and festive.

· Elise’s Tea Room, 3924 Atlantic, will be featuring Michele Fraichard’s recent works on canvas layer metals, minerals, and geometry into natural forms.

· It’s A Grind
, 4245 Atlantic, will feature live music from the indie rock sounds of Robert Jon.

· Melinda McCoy’s Flowers
, 611 E. Carson Street, will showcase the work of Wim Griffith, an internationally recognized, multidisciplinary artist, with sculpting, painting, and murals, as well as work as a scenic artist for television and film.

· Vangie Ogg Photography and Pixie Toys,
3930 Atlantic, are hosting a Girls’ Night Out featuring local artisans Silpada (jewelry), Scentsy (wickless candle products), Snappy Apples (fresh and delicious homemade gourmet candied apples)

· Averyboo Arts, 3908 Atlantic, is a new creativity center for children ages 1 to 8 years old. Featured artist: Mr. “Averyboo” himself, will exhibit his photography. Enjoy $2 off per child and spend time in the “Open Studio” where kids can freely paint, sculpt, craft, collage, build, dress up, make believe, and use indoor “chalk walk.”

· Eat. Play. Grow.,4228 Atlantic, opens its doors to the community as one of the newest places for families to gather. Music and refreshments provided.

· Salon Medusa, 4232 Atlantic, will host, music and refreshments inside the salon.

Some venues open at 6:30pm. Big Red Bus arrives at 7pm. Venues can be found on Atlantic Avenue between Bixby Road and San Antonio Drive. For complete information regarding the different venues, visit www.firstfridayslongbeach.com

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