Post Picks: Dance Craze, Patchwork, Avi Buffalo + more


Dance Craze: Archive Screening with Q&A
How’s this for a rarity? The cinefiles over at Cinemaattack have found an original 35mm print of the 1981 cult classic “Dance Craze” and they’re screening it for one night only. Get there a bit before show time though: DJ Lawless will spin old ska classics during a pre-show dance party, and the film’s cinematographer, Joe Dunton is hosting a Q&A session (how’d they get that guy?) If by chance you have a vintage Vespa or Lambretta, dust it off—there’s a scooter rally leading up to the event. Pork pie hats optional, but highly suggested.
Where: The Art Theatre, 2025 E. 4th St., Long Beach, CA 90814
When: Friday, June 1, 2013, Midnight
Admission: $17 advance, $20 at the door


Avi Buffalo @ 4th Street Vine
Sub Pop Records recording artist (and one of Long Beach’s favorite indie music sons) makes an unannounced appearance at the minimal Fourth Street Vine wine bar. According to Avi’s official tour schedule, his band is in the middle of a west coast club and theater tour, but this gig isn’t even on the band’s official web page so unless you’re reading this, chances are this might be the band’s most exclusive gig of the year. Intimate, too, if you know how small Fourth Street Vine is (about the width of a double garage and only twice as long (or you can just wait until next month when the band plays the Wiltern with a seating capacity of 1,850 as opposed to Fourth Street Vine’s capacity of around 50 or so.)
Where: Fourth Street Vine, 2142 4th St., Long Beach, CA 90814
When: Saturday, June 1, 8pm
Admission: Free.
More: Get there early for a opening set by another Long Beach native, Eugene Owens–


Spring Patchwork Show: Modern Handmade Festival
Do you love the multitude of crafty wares on Etsy, but you’re a little hesitant of buying handmade stuff online? Your problem’s solved. The Spring Patchwork festival is like Etsy come to life except with a caravan of food trucks, bands, DIY craft stations (create your own stuff), and photo booths. I went to the Fall 2012 festival and was steeped in local, one-of-a-kind items ranging from post-modern home décor to vintage-y clothing and accessories (and some really cool, down-to-earth vendors that’ll talk to you all afternoon about their hand-crafted merch).
Where: Marine Stadium, 5255 Paoli Way, Long Beach, CA, 90803
When: Sunday, June 2, 11am to 5pm
Admission: Free.
More: Pet friendly. Bike valet. No ATMs on site, but most vendors take credit cards.


The 2013 Great Homes of Long Beach Tour
Have you looked around some of Long Beach’s residential neighborhoods lately? There are some incredibly stunning homes out there—they’re like works of art—some literally are, too. Have you ever wanted to peek into those houses? The Long Beach Heritage group (they uphold the preservation Long Beach’s history and architecture) is making all of your voyeuristic dreams come true. This at-your-own-pace walking tour will allow you into five homes: all beautiful, some even National Historic Landmarks. Photography is allowed, but sorry—Bixby Knolls’ Ferris Bueller home in is not on the tour this year.
Where: The tour starts at any of the five listed homes at your pace.
When: Sunday, June 2, noon to 5pm
Admission: $30 LB Heritage members, $35 non-members.
More: Tour limited to 600 tickets.


10th Annual LBC Park Jam
If you have kids and if they’re like most kids, they spend their weekend affixed to the computer, TV, Xbox—whatever gadget they’re obsessed with this week. In short, you need to get them out of the house and get some fresh air. This is the event to make that happen. The LBC Park Jam is a community-run collective—yep, it’s funded and hosted by Long Beach residents like yourself. It has a “family reunion at the park” vibe: everyone brings picnic baskets and coolers filled with food and drinks, claim their spot on the park’s 33 acres, and wander from booth to booth. Past Jams featured bands, DJs, live art, and games for the kids (water balloon tosses, three-legged races, raffles, etc.) It’s like a LBC version of Coachella-meets-a De La Soul video multiplied by a neighborhood block party.
Where: Cesar Chavez Park, 401 Golden Ave., Long Beach, CA 90802
When: Sunday, June 2, 2013, noon to 9pm
Admission: Free
More: Pet friendly with leashes. Bring chairs and blankets.

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