Things to do in Long Beach this weekend including… an anime convention and a beach-side sound bath

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 we’ve found some events to relax you and get your blood pumping. Plus, there’s something for you anime fanatics out there that you really don’t want to miss.

There’s a lot more, so get to scrollin’!

SUNSET SOUNDBATH AND GUIDED MEDITATION – ROSIE’S DOG BEACH (Thursday)

An instructor plays a selection of singing bowls on the beach. Photo courtesy organizers.

Experience a free beach-side sound bath and guided meditation from 4 to 5:30 p.m. with the fine folks from SoundHumanity, Thursday, Jan. 6 at Rosie’s Dog Beach.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own yoga mats, blankets, towels or pillows—whatever makes you feel comfy. And dress warm because it will be chilly.

Click here for more information and to RSVP. The event will be near the lifeguard post across the intersection of Covina Ave and Ocean Blvd.

Rosie’s Dog Beach is at 5000 E. Ocean Blvd.

FREE HOT MEALS TO THE COMMUNITY – TAY ACADEMY (Thursday)

 

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On Thursday, Jan. 6 anyone in the community is invited to snag a hot meal provided by Project CAN (Community Ambassadors Network) at the Tay Academy.

The free event, which will run from 1-3 p.m., is supported by Mental Health America of Los Angeles.

The Tay Academy is at 2025 E. Seventh St.

ANIME LOS ANGELES 17 – LONG BEACH CONVENTION CENTER (Thursday – Sunday)

Flyer courtesy Anime Los Angeles/Facebook.

This fan-run anime convention will take over the Long Beach Convention Center from Thursday, Jan. 6 to Sunday, Jan. 9 with a host of anime-related programming, fashion shows, live music performances, and even dance battles.

Expect to see professional cosplayers, meet anime voice actors and check out fan-made anime music videos in a special AMV contest, among a host of other activities—click here to see the list of full programming and guests of honor.

Attendees must show proof of being fully vaccinated (booster shots not required) or provide a negative COVID-19 test taken two days before arrival (one day for an antigen test). The convention will have on-site COVID-19 testing available, click here for more information about testing. Patrons must wear a mask while indoors.

Registration has closed, but attendees can still purchase tickets at the door. Prices for entry range from $30 for single-day to $90 all four days. Click here to learn more and see tickets prices.

Long Beach Convention Center is at 300 E. Ocean Blvd.

CIDER & SOUNDS – FICKLEWOOD CIDERWORKS (Friday)

Cade Gotthardt plays the trumpet at in front of the Walter Pyramid at Cal State Long Beach. Photo by Cheantay Jensen.

Every Friday this month, the Downtown cidery Ficklewood Ciderworks will host a local musician to perform in an evening concert called Cider & Sounds. This week’s lineup (Jan. 7) features the very talented trumpet player Cade Gotthardt, a Cal State Long Beach graduate and accomplished jazz musician.

If you need more convincing, in 2019 Gotthardt won the Yamaha Young Performing Artists award, a prestigious national award in the world of classical, jazz and contemporary music. He’s also really into making music that blends jazz, neo-soul and hip-hop genres. We wager it’ll be a good show.

Cider & Sounds is from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and is free to attend.

Ficklewood Ciderworks is at 720 E. Broadway.

ROLLERSKATING MOMS MEETUP – ROSIE’S DOG BEACH (Saturday)

Flyer courtesy Pedal Movement/Facebook.

Local bike and skate rental business Pedal Movement has hosted bi-weekly beach-side rollerskating sessions since the summer of last year. Now they’re starting a new session designed to be an outlet for mothers who, as we all know, could use a little “me-time.”

On Saturday, Jan. 8, you moms are invited to show up to Rosie’s Dog Beach to skate along the pedestrian path at the beach. Pedal Movement will have skates available to rent if you don’t have any and instructors to help teach you how to skate if you’re a newbie. And, if you want your kiddo to tag along anyway, you’re welcome to bring those kiddos in a stroller.

Skate session starts at 9 a.m. Click here for more information.

Rosie’s Dog Beach (Granada Beach) is at 5000 E. Ocean Blvd.

SMOOTH & FUNKY – ROSCOE’S JAZZ LOUNGE (Sunday)

Flyer courtesy Rory Seldon/Facebook.

Chow down on some grub from Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles while you listen to the melodies of Rory Seldon with Inner Session, a jazz performance group based in Southern California that will play jazz, classic R&B, funk and soul tunes.

Guests can order from the restaurant and bring their dinner into Roscoe’s Jazz Lounge, which is located next to the restaurant. Entry costs $10. Note: you must be at least 21 years old to attend.

The show starts at 6 p.m. Click here for more information.

Roscoe’s Jazz Lounge is at 730 E. Broadway.

SPONSORED BY THE LONG BEACH SYMPHONY

VIOLINS OF HOPE ARE COMING TO LONG BEACH – TWO DAYS ONLY (Saturday & Sunday)

Flyer courtesy Long Beach Symphony.

Violins of Hope, a collection of instruments played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust, are bringing their inspiring sounds and riveting stories to Long Beach. Amnon Weinstein and his son Avshalom have spent a lifetime recovering and restoring this priceless collection to preserve their messages of hope, resilience and the power of the human spirit.

On Jan. 8 at 8 p.m. in the Terrace Theater at the Beverly O’Neill Performing Arts Center, the instrument collection, with Israeli violinist Niv Ashkenazi, will join the Long Beach Symphony and Camerata Singers in a one-night event to include John Williams’s theme from “Schindler’s List”; “Hatikvah” (the Israeli national anthem), featured in the movie “Munich”; Max Bruch’s “Kol Nidre,” and Mozart’s emotionally stirring “Requiem” in D minor.

On Jan. 9 at 3 p.m., in the intimate Beverly O’Neill Theater, a chamber orchestra will feature Songs and Stories of Hope, a mixed-media performance of impassioned song cycles and rarely heard pieces by Jewish composers in the camps.

Tickets for these two amazing events are available at LongBeachSymphony.org or 562-436-3203.

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Cheantay Jensen is reporter and award-winning videographer who covers entertainment, art, food and culture for the Hi-lo section of the Long Beach Post. And sometimes breaking news, you know, just to keep things interesting.
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