For those who move to Long Beach for the first time, it is an iconic structure that immediately piques curiosity: sitting along PCH across from Bixby Village Golf Course, the Assumption Orthodox Greek Church captivates the eye with its Grecian white-and-blue color scheme and beautiful dome. It is also home to the Long Beach Greek Festival, an annual festivity that celebrates its 65th birthday this weekend.
German press photographer Barbara Klemm achieved what few press photographers achieve: turning her portfolio into both a work of art and a shining presentation of her country’s more recent history. In a rare partnership, Cal State Long Beach’s University Art Museum (UAM) has paired with the Goethe-Institut to present a retrospective of Klemm’s most iconic work by way of Barbara Klemm: Light and Dark, an exhibition by the ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen).
The Long Beach Indie Film Festival, a showcase of international diversity through film, television and digital media, is taking place August 27-31 at the Cinemark at the Pike and the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center. Over 90 international and domestic films will be screened, bringing together both established and aspiring filmmakers, scholars, creative professionals and movie lovers from Long Beach and beyond.
Though infographics have an extensive history, the useful imagistic tactic to communicate numbers and facts has exploded thanks to the talent of graphic designers and the creation of innovative software. This is precisely the reason Phone Booth Gallery is hosting its newest exhibit, Info•Rama, featuring two of Long Beach’s best graphic artists, Tom Whalen and Kevin Tong.
For all of its entrancing and frustrating eccentricities, The ThreePenny Opera remains relevant and intriguing; therefore, it is never too long before another company offers up a new production. We can thank The Garage Theatre in collision with Alive Theatre for the latest. Their uneven but miraculous production offer us insight into both the challenges and the joys of the material and in their always resourceful and bohemian style, they have a few surprises up their sleeves for us as well.