While United States soldiers were storming the beach at Normandy and battleships sailed into the Pacific Theater during World War II, the Long Beach Playhouse was experiencing a golden period for the theater. As part of the Playhouse’s year-long celebration of its 85th year in existence, the theater will recreate an interactive Stage Door Canteen fundraiser show September 13 at 6:30 PM, which will help raise money for the community theater while simultaneously tipping its cap to the city’s Naval history.
The Scottish Rite Cathedral has been, for the most part, a place dedicated to weddings and quinceañeras—rightfully so given the 1926 building’s Romanesque façade and grand five stories. But Long Beachers Ray Buffer and Jonas Sills hope to change that with the creation of their new performing arts company Arts in Relation (AiR).
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).