Metaphorically speaking

At a ‘crossroads,’ BKBIA director manages a ‘chessboard’ of businesses

When Blair Cohn, executive director of the Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association (BKBIA), speaks about the overall state of retail and development in his district, he often vacillates between two metaphors. Sometimes, he likens it to a chessboard– a game of moving pieces and strategic maneuvers. Other times, he uses the word “crossroads,” since the…

Musical Theatre West’s Mary Poppins– Theatre review

Like its title character, Musical Theatre West’s Mary Poppins is practically perfect in every way, from transporting sets to lively performances. If you are a fan of the 1964 Disney film Mary Poppins (and who isn’t?), you’ll be pleased that this production, ably directed by Daniel Pelzig, follows the essential storyline. But it also offers…

Long Beach Playhouse’s Guys and Dolls– Theatre view

Guys and Dolls is ostensibly about the battles of the sexes in the tradition of Hollywood’s screwball comedies– men and women outwitting and outwooing each other with a dose of emasculation. Its vaguely 1930s setting is a mythologized, exaggerated vision of New York City where people sincerely use words like “crooks” and “dolls,” gangsters scheme…

Z world according to Zoe | July 14

Two weeks ago, I introduced Generation Z, explaining what defines the youngest generation. I determined that those of us in Gen Z, we Boomlets, are in fact not addicted to our phones. This week, I will talk about the ways we get our news. It is a strong belief among older generations that the Boomlets…

Around Town | July 14

SEE, SIP AND SAVOR What Historical home tour Who Hosted by the Historical Society of Long Beach When Friday, July 14 from 6pm to 9pm Where Under the umbrella on the 1100 block of East La Dera Drive More Info Guests will see homes in Bixby Knolls, drink wine and snack on hors d’oeuvres and…

LB Transit graduates seven new bus operators

A class of seven bus operator trainees graduated July 7 from Long Beach Transit’s (LBT) eight-week training course and are beginning work as licensed bus operators. The graduates are Helen Bushrod, Danielle Ferguson, Kaleab Gorfu, Frank Luna, Frank Nieblas, Jasmyne Press and Reuben Watson. They were culled from an initial applicant pool of 150 candidates,…

LGBTQ Center to relaunch AIDS Walk Long Beach

The LGBTQ Center of Long Beach has announced that it will relaunch AIDS Walk Long Beach on Nov. 5 in Bixby Park. The walk was originally a program of The Center’s and then was a project of The Long Beach AIDS Foundation. Keeping a nearly 30-year tradition alive, the walk will raise awareness and support…

Port has second-best June ever

The Port of Long Beach moved enough containers last month to make it the second-best June ever, wrapping up a quarter when cargo volume rose by more than 8 percent, according to port officials. Measured by industry-standard, twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs), cargo climbed 9.2 percent in June compared to the same month last year, to…

Eye on Crime | July 14

LBPD reporting system is still down. Crimes reported by Signal Hill Police Department Thursday, July 6 7:43am Identity theft 2500 block Cherry Ave. 11:46am Assault and battery 2500 block Cherry Ave. (suspect taken into custody) 1:46pm Elder abuse 2500 block E. Willow St. 3:40pm Strong-arm robbery 2700 block Cherry Ave. (suspect taken into custody) Friday,…