This week, we’ve got a David Bowie impersonator in town, a grad student art exhibition at Cal State Long Beach and crafts swap by Bel Canto Books.

There’s also a “Mean Girls”-themed free barre class to celebrate the remake; that is, if you’re looking for a “mean” workout or to potentially hear “that’s so fetch” repeatedly.

If you’re looking to get out of town for an afternoon to enjoy some sweet sights, check out this week’s “Off the Clock” here.

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SPACE ODDITY – The Quintessential David Bowie Experience (Friday)

Photo courtesy of the Carpenter Performing Arts Center.

Bowie fans – this one’s for you.

David Brighton, credited as the “world’s best David Bowie impersonator,” is performing at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center on Friday, Jan. 19 from 8 to 9:30 p.m.

In “Space Oddity: The Quintessential David Bowie Experience,” Brighton and his band will pay tribute to Bowie’s colorful persona and energy through their performance of classics like “Change,” “Modern Love,” “Heroes” and many more favorites by the late icon.

Tickets start at $55 plus fees and can be bought here. More info here.

The Carpenter Performing Arts Center is located at 6200 E. Atherton St.

The London Method’s Themed Barre Class & Open House (Friday)

Flyer courtesy of the London Method.

Get in, loser – we’re going sweating.

The London Method, a boutique barre fitness studio in Bluff Park, will host a free “Mean Girls”-themed open house and barre workout on Friday, Jan. 19 at 5:15 p.m.

At the event, attendees can meet instructors and other community members, watch demonstrations of the original method barre class as taught by founder Lotte Berk, eat, drink, mingle and enter a raffle for a chance to win an eight-class pass.

Barre classes are inspired by elements of ballet, yoga and Pilates, so dress accordingly if you’re planning to join the workout.

The London Method is located at 2236 E. Broadway.

Greater Los Angeles MFA Exhibition (Saturday)

Flyer courtesy of Greater Los Angeles MFA 2024’s Instagram.

Cal State Long Beach will host the 19th annual Greater Los Angeles MFA Exhibition at the CSULB Art Gallery Complex starting Saturday, Jan. 20 at 4 p.m., which is when the grand opening reception will take place.

GLAMFA, presented by the esteemed school of art graduation organization Fine Arts Roundtable, serves to showcase the work of artists from MFA programs all across Southern California.

At this exhibition, folks can get an insight into the current graduate cohort’s creative ideas, process, expressions and trends. GLAMFA will run from Monday, Jan. 22 until Wednesday, Jan. 31 and will be free to the public. Opening reception on Saturday will have a panel discussion.

Convenient parking is available in lots E7, E8, and G15, though campus parking requires payment or a permit.

The CSULB Art Gallery Complex is located at 1250 Bellflower Blvd. between Fine Arts Building 3 and Fine Arts Building 4 or Campus Art Store.

Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra at Los Altos Library (Saturday)

Photo courtesy Musica Angelica.

Two performers from Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra will come to the Los Altos library for a free performance on Saturday, Jan. 20 at 11 a.m.

Concertmaster Ilia Korol and principal cellist Alexa Haynes-Pilon will perform Baroque-era duets and answer questions afterwards, talking about their craft and instruments.

The community concert will also include a chance for ticket discounts and giveaways.

For more information, click here.

Los Altos Library is located at 5614 Britton Drive.

Long Beach Antique Market (Sunday)

An attendee to the Antique Flea Market peruses a selection of rugs. Photo courtesy Long Beach Antique Flea Market.

The antique market returns to Veterans Stadium this Sunday, Jan. 21.

Those looking for chic, cheap, unique and vintage items can shop furniture, jewelry, kitchenware, collectibles, art, textiles, musical instruments, toys, electronics, sports memorabilia, rugs and much more.

Tickets are sold at the box office the day of – general admission is from 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and goes for $10, while early admission is from 5:30 to 6:30 a.m. and goes for $15. Parking is free.

Can’t make it to this one? The market comes back every third Sunday of the month, the next is on Feb. 18. More information here.

Veterans Stadium is located at 5000 E. Lew Davis St.

Journaling & Craft Swap by Bel Canto Books (Sunday)

Flyer courtesy of Bel Canto Books.

Got unused journals or art supplies cluttering up your home? Bel Canto Books will host a journaling and craft swap at Filipino community space KUBO LB on Sunday, Jan. 21 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Attendees are encouraged to bring journals and craft supplies to swap and share with others at the event. At around 3 p.m., there will be time to create art or work on your journal with everyone at the event.

You can reserve a spot for $5 plus fees here, which comes with a free pen and sticker.

KUBO LB is located at 3976 Atlantic Ave.

Tattoo Panel (Sunday)

Flyer courtesy of Long Beach Creative Group.

If you’re really into tattoos, the Long Beach Creative Group is hosting a free panel discussion, titled “The History and Changing Perceptions of Tattoos” on Sunday, Jan. 21 at 2 p.m. at the Rod Briggs Gallery.

Panelists include artists Kari Barba, Goodtime Charlie Cartwright and Jack Rudy. They’ll discuss the evolution, self-expression and diverse narratives of body art, all moderated by tattoo journalist and culture writer Josh Chesler.

The Rod Briggs Gallery is located at 2221 E. Broadway.

Editor’s note: This article has been updated to include the correct date of Bel Canto Books’ event on Sunday, Jan. 1. 


CURRENT: [INTI]MATE Concert (Saturday & Sunday)

Image courtesy of Museum of Latin American Art.

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) has announced a collaboration with the Los Angeles LGBT Center and the Museum of Latin American Art for a chamber program titled CURRENT: [inti]mate. Curated by composer inti figgis-vizueta, the program is set to celebrate Queer and Latine music cultures. The event will take place on Saturday, Jan. 20 at 7:30 p.m, at the Museum of Latin American Art and on Sunday, Jan. 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Los Angeles LGBT Center.

Join MOLAA for an evening of art and music. Tickets to the concert at MOLAA also include gallery access from 6 p.m to 7:30 p.m. Quesadilla Calling will have food available for purchase.

The program aims to create an inclusive environment where diverse communities can come together. Featuring boundary-pushing music from the Latin-American diaspora, the repertoire includes works by Pulitzer Prize-winner Tania León, Angélica Negrón, Violeta Parra, Camilo Gonzalez-Sol, and Marcos Balter. Additionally, there will be a world premiere by figgis-vizueta and a new arrangement by Carolina Heredia of Parra’s Anticueca No. 4.

inti figgis-vizueta explores personal identities and connections to immigrant communities, Black-founded Freedom schools, and Andean and Irish heritage. The program reflects her exploration of the transformative power of group improvisation and play, aiming to reconcile historical aesthetics and experimental practices with trans and Indigenous futures.

LACO acknowledges the generous support of the Colburn Foundation and the Mellon Foundation, as well as public funding. The orchestra has been recognized for its excellence in interpreting historical masterworks and championing contemporary composers.

For tickets and more information, visit or call 213-221-3920.

Maison Tran is a fellow at the Long Beach Post. Reach him at [email protected].