Some real characters expected at next First Fridays

The Bixby Knolls Ranger (far right) during a recent visit to Trader Joe's on Atlantic Avenue

The Bixby Knolls Ranger (far right) during a recent visit to Trader Joe's on Atlantic Avenue

Some real characters expected at next First Fridays event

It will be an early Halloween at First Fridays on October 2 as Atlantic Avenue features a mixed bag of tricks and treats, as well as its own superhero and zombies.
Offered up this month will be artwork everywhere, dance performances, live theatre (much ado about Shakespeare!), guitarists, harpists, keyboards, communal drums, wacky hairdos, vintage vinyl, metals, mosaics, makeup, songwriters, photography, face mapping, zombies, costumes on the catwalk, cemetery ghosts, lunatics, scary monsters, super creeps, TV personalities, and the Knolls Ranger, with plenty of room for the strange, surreal, and spontaneous.
Participants can support local schools by feasting at local restaurants. Nino’s Italian Restaurant will host Hughes Middle School, and Red Brick Pizza will be hosting Longfellow Elementary by offering 20 percent of the bill back to the schools. Parents and children are encouraged to dress up as zombies for dinner to add a little more “flavor” to the night. Make-up stations will be available for all who wish to be zombie-fied for the art walk after eating. Other participating venues will be:

Alive Theatre and Long Beach Shakespeare Company at the Expo building, 4321 Atlantic

FreeSpirit Yoga, 3910 Atlantic

Eat. Play. Grow., 4228 Atlantic

Long Beach Dance Company at Nino’s, 3853 Atlantic

Elise’s Tea Room, 3924 Atlantic Avenue

Mirage CoffeeHouse, 539 E. Bixby Road

Historical Society of Long Beach, 4260 Atlantic

Long Beach Arts, 4332 Atlantic

Vangie Ogg Photography and Pixie Toys, 3930 Atlantic

Averyboo Arts, 3908 Atlantic

Jammin’ Music, 3972 Atlantic

Salon Medusa, 4232 Atlantic

Baba Ghanouj Lebanese Restaurant, 4276 Atlantic

Gallery Expo, 4321 Atlantic

Roy Robbins Gifts & Stationery, 4244 Atlantic

Everyday Zen, 3740 Atlantic

Richard Goad Theatre, 4250 Atlantic

Café Bixby and Pizza, 3900 Atlantic

EJ Malloy’s, 4306 Atlantic

The Factory, 4020 Atlantic

It’s A Grind Coffeehouse, 4245 Atlantic

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