Fans of Japan

Participants of all ages wear kimonos and accessories in preparation for the traditional Japanese ondo dance presentation at the Long Beach Japanese Cultural Center’s annual Japanese festival last Saturday. The Center hosted the festival Saturday and Sunday and featured Ikebana flower arranging, taiko drumming, karate demonstrations, carnival games, origami lessons, Japanese food, and an exhibit…

Despite some inappropriate behavior, CSULB’s ‘Evita’ is an impressive show with a timely theme

By Cory Bilicko Entertainment Writer Sometimes it’s difficult to not let one particular unseemly aspect of a show ruin the whole theatrical experience. Cal State Long Beach’s University Players’ production of Evita is indeed an ambitious, successful undertaking with some exceptionally talented vocalists and dancers dramatizing the story of Eva Perón, the First Lady of…

Thoughts from the Copy Editor

You’d Think I’d Be Used to This Kind of Thing By Cory Bilicko Being a Southern man who relocated to So Cal almost exactly 15 years ago, my experience with seismic activity is rather limited. In fact, my earliest recollection of “California” is from an early-1970s television program about earthquakes. It showed an animated graphic…

TV tries to kill the radio stars in ‘Lutz Radio Hour’

By Cory Bilicko Entertainment Writer Long Beach Playhouse’s Lutz Radio Hour is a perfect holiday show for audiences who like a strong dose of nostalgia infused into their seasonal entertainment. Unfortunately, those seeking an engaging plot, distinctive character goals or refined storytelling should stay home and watch It’s a Wonderful Life. Set on Christmas Eve…

Haunted house? Or just re-possessed?

Photos and story by Cory Bilicko Staff Writer Few mortals are aware of the spooky little castle that sits ominously in Long Beach’s Wrigley neighborhood. Perhaps the skeletons and decapitated heads shock those who do pass by into a state of apoplexy, or maybe it’s the moat that keeps them away. The strangest attribute of…