First Fridays to ‘March’ in with Mardi Gras theme

The First Fridays Art Walk on March 4 will bring a sample of Mardi Gras to Bixby Knolls with music, food, mask-making and plenty of beads to keep things festive. 
Stop into each business to collect the different beads and see all the great things they have to offer.  Other ingredients of the night will include: live art, diverse music, improv comedy, classic cars, Timstrument, interactive art projects, community organization displays, free books, gift items, a Poetry Box book, antiques, a piano man, Bayou Brass, beads, the Big Red Bus, the Knolls Ranger, and plenty of the unexpected.
Seventh District Councilmember James Johnson’s “First Books at First Fridays” at the Dana Branch Library will again partner with Animal Care Services, this time for horse-themed books beginning at 5:30pm.
Bella Cosa, 3803Atlantic Ave., will have all the 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. Nino’s Italian Restaurant, 3853 Atlantic Ave., will feature its 562City[After]Life Hours with live artists and an all-star jam of some of the best musicians in Long Beach along with late-night dining and beverages. The Factory, 4020 Atlantic Ave., also goes late into the night with food, drinks, and music.
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.

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