The following is a curated roundup of weekend events in Long Beach published every Wednesday on the Hi-lo/Long Beach Post. Have an event to share? Email [email protected] with “Things to Do” in the subject line.

This weekend locals can check out two art exhibitions, live music, entertainment and some interactive events—like free music lessons. And for those who’d like to get a head start on gift shopping, there’s a darling Valentines Day pop-up in North Long Beach.

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Courtesy flyer to the photography exhibition, “Hidden: Life with California’s Roma Families,” by Cristina Salvador Klenz at Cal State Long Beach Thursday, Feb. 2.

Local photojournalist Cristina Salvador Klenz has dedicated years of her life to photographing Southern California’s Roma families, work that culminated after 30 years in “Hidden: Life with California’s Roma Families” by Brown Paper Press, a book featuring 120 of her black-and-white photos, shot on 35 mm film.

The photography book was the first of its kind to document American Roma (also known as Gypsy) communities, some of which include families in Long Beach. Though these family lineages share a unique history of persecution stemming from European condemnation and genocide during the Holocaust, today many Romani-Americans have little social contact with each other. Through her book, Klenz hopes that readers gain a greater understanding of Romani-American history, life, family and tradition.

A collection of the photographs will be featured in an exhibition at Cal State Long Beach from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday until April 29, but locals can get a special glimpse into the work from Klenz herself on Thursday, Feb. 2, when she will give a tour of the exhibit and talk about each particular photograph. The free exhibition can be found on the third floor of the Academic Services Building on the college campus, and Thursday’s event will last from 5-7 p.m., with Klenz’s tour starting at 5:30 p.m.

Cal State Long Beach is at 1250 Bellflower Blvd.


Courtesy flyer to the free music lessons event at Cafe Chapin Saturday, Feb. 4.

Cafe Chapin, a cafe and art gallery space in Cambodia Town, is hosting free music lessons in piano, guitar and violin Saturday, Feb. 4.

Guests of any age are invited to learn, though children and teens must be accompanied by an adult. Organizers have a limited number of instruments for attendees, but those who already own instruments are encouraged to bring their own.

The class invites students of all age levels or abilities, but the focus of the three-hour class will be tailored more toward beginners. Click here for information.

The classes are a weekly event every Saturday, so those who can’t make it this weekend may visit at a later date.

Cafe Chapin is at 1436A Cherry Ave.


A preview of the Cirque FLIP Fabrique show at the Carpenter Center Saturday, Feb. 4. Photo by Stephanie Bourgieos courtesy of the Carpenter Center.

Quebec-based cirque company FLIP Fabrique is performing live at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center Saturday, Feb. 4, with a show of gravity-defying stunts, acrobatics and athleticism.

The show in all of its spectacle, with performers in football uniforms and ballet costumes, is designed to explore and playfully push the boundaries of gender norms with a unifying message of acceptance in the pursuit of finding and accepting your truest self.

Tickets for the show are $40 and may be purchased online.

The Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center located on the Cal State Long Beach Campus is at 6200 E. Atherton St.


Courtesy flyer to the Dainty Disco Valentine’s Day Pop-up Saturday, Feb. 4.

Handmade gifts and accessories shop Dainty Disco is hosting a Valentine’s Day-themed pop-up Saturday, Feb. 4, for those who’d like to get a head start on their Valentine’s Day shopping.

Over 15 vendors will be present at the store in North Long Beach, selling art, jewelry, flowers and other handcrafted gift items. The event will also feature a raffle with prizes.

The pop-up is free to attend and is open from noon to 3 p.m. Click here for more information.


Courtesy flyer to the 7th Annual Fun-A-Day-LA art show at Firehouse Community Farm Saturday, Feb. 4.

Firehouse Community Farm is hosting an art gallery Saturday, Feb. 4, featuring a wide variety of artists and disciplines as part of its seventh annual art show, Fun-A-Day-LA, which aims to make art more accessible and engaging for the public.

Saturday’s event will showcase illustration, sewing, weaving, painting, printmaking—even edible art. The four-hour show will also have live music and food.

Fun-A-Day-LA is from noon to 4 p.m. and is free to attend. Click here for more information.

Firehouse Community Farm is at 6509 Gundry Ave.


Courtesy flyer for the Emo After Dark concert at The Gaslamp Saturday, Feb. 4.

Cover bands are nothing new to music venue and restaurant The Gaslamp, but this Saturday, Feb. 4, the tunes of bands that defined the genre of “emo music” will be performed all night long.

Listen to the wails of My Chemical Romance, The Used, The Killers, Panic at the Disco, AFI and more all night long, performed by a full band. The show will also feature a live DJ performing in between sets.

Tickets to the show cost $20. Those who’d like to purchase a table at additional cost can book online. Must be 21 or older to attend.

Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

The Gaslamp is at 6251 E. Pacific Coast Highway.


Courtesy flyer to the Community Mural Painting event in Bixby Knolls Sunday, Feb. 5.

Help bring to life a new mural at the Expo Arts Center in Bixby Knolls on Sunday, Feb. 5.

The event will be led by art director Greg Pickens from StudioPick and will provide all the materials for volunteers. The event is family-friendly and welcome to all ages.

Refreshments will be provided for volunteers. The event runs from noon to 4 p.m. Click here for more information.

Expo Arts Center is at 4321 Atlantic Ave.




With tickets to Long Beach Symphony’s next classics concert, listeners will hear nature translated into sound with a spectacular performance of Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons” violin concertos and Mozart’s stormy Symphony No. 40 in G minor.

The evening celebration of timeless classical music is part of the Long Beach Symphony’s 88th season. Under the direction of Maestro Eckart Preu, the magic of the music will reflect the warmth of springtime or the intensity of a hot summer or freezing winter day. Each of Vivaldi’s seasons will be exquisitely presented by Long Beach Symphony’s stellar lead violinists Roger Wilkie, Agnes Gottschewski, Chloé Tardif and Chyi-Yau Lee.

“The combination of ‘The Four Seasons’ with Symphony No. 40—two well-loved masterworks—provides audiences with virtuosic playing by world-class musicians,” Long Beach Symphony President Kelly Ruggirello said.

Tickets for the show at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, are available now and start at $32. The doors open early at 6:30 p.m. for a 7 p.m. pre-concert talk. Reserve your seat now at or by calling 562-436-3203, ext. 1.

The Terrace Theater is at 300 E. Ocean Blvd.