What is the grotesque? And why, sometimes, does it evoke opposite sides of the spectrum, both laughter and disgust? These are the questions being asked on a panel tonight at Long Beach State entitled Confronting the Exquisite Corpse: the Grotesque in Contemporary Culture. The panel runs in conjunction with the now on display exhibit of the work of horror effects guru Gabe Bartolos, whose work can easily be described at grotesquely beautiful given the painstaking detail he puts into creating monsters.
Back in September, I previewed a screening at the Art Theatre of The Paw Project, a documentary that laid out the painful project of feline declawing, its effects on cats both large and small, and rehabilitation efforts. The film was part of Long Beach’s Kindness to Animals Weekend and also had a recent showing in Los Angeles; it was developed and produced by the Dr. Jennifer Conrad, DVM and founder of The Paw Project. The organization’s mission, as stated on the website, is “to educate the public about the painful and crippling effects of feline declawing, to promote animal welfare through the abolition of the practice of declaw surgery, and to rehabilitate cats that have been declawed.”
Dr. Toni Shapiro-Phim is one of the leading experts on traditional Cambodian dance, and has written extensively on the intersection of arts and social justice. She and many others will be gathering this Sunday to share their academic and performative works at the inaugural Forum for Art and Peace, a free event organized by the local grassroots effort, Children Of Refugees, and hosted by the Khmer Arts Academy.
Just months after winning five medals and being named Best Mid-Sized Brewpub of the Year at the Great American Beer Festival, Long Beach's Beachwood BBQ and Brewing has garnered even more acclaim for its beers.
This Sunday, from 1 to 5 PM, the community is gathering to celebrate the birthday of Doors front-man Jim Morrison. The event is also a food drive for Food Finders, so people are encouraged to bring new cans of food. In this interview with Food Finders' Executive Director Patti Larson, she speaks about the amazing work they do.
On November 20, the Long Beach Arena’s Pacific Ballroom was unveiled as a new and improved event space with $10 million in renovations. Indeed, the arena aims to attract large events from national and international interests, but it is a local non-profit organization, however, that will be the first to test the engineering, design and glamour of this new municipal space.