Things to do in Long Beach this weekend including… art exhibitions galore and American Idiot

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.

The local art scene is in full swing this weekend, at least if this article is any indication. We’ve got four new art exhibitions to check out, with works spanning from the macabre to the whimsical. We’ve also discovered a vegan food social, a rock opera, plus a few other performing arts concerts, with one commemorating 9/11 by the Long Beach Camerata Singers.

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GREEN DAY’S AMERICAN IDIOT PLAY – THE FOUND THEATRE (Friday-Sunday)

Image courtesy Mid-World Players/Facebook.

Southern California theatrical troupe Mid-World Players is returning to live productions with performances of “Green Day’s American Idiot” beginning Friday, Sept. 10 through Sunday, Oct. 10 at The Found Theatre.

The rock opera follows three young men who struggle to find their place in the world following 9/11, using the album by punk rock band Green Day as source material. Expect to hear anthems such as “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” “When It’s Time,” “Holiday,” and “Wake Me Up When September Ends.”

Tickets cost $30, click here to purchase. Performances on Friday and Saturday begin at 8 p.m. and on Sundays at 2 p.m.

The Found Theatre is at 599 Long Beach Blvd.

TIMELINE EXHIBITION GRAND OPENING – ABLE ARTS WORKS (Friday)

Image courtesy Able Arts Works.

Local arts and disability non-profit Able ARTS Works will be presenting Timeline, a new exhibition celebrating their 39 years as an organization and 1-year anniversary at their 2ND & PCH location.

The exhibition will include works by various residents at the non-profit, some of whom have benefitted from the organization’s music and art therapy over the last 20 years.

The gallery will be available for viewing beginning Friday, Sept. 10 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Able ARTS Works is open every day — Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome, but masks are required indoors.

Able ARTS Works is at 6420 E. Pacific Coast Highway, Suite 150.

CATALINA WINE MIXER – DESCANSO BEACH CLUB (Friday – Saturday)

A couple dances at the Descanso Beach Club in the evening during the Catalinaville fundraiser. The Catalina Wine Mixer on Saturday also takes place at the beach club. Photo courtesy organizers.

The annual Catalina Wine Mixer returns this year on Friday Sept. 10 and Saturday Sept. 11 with live entertainment, music, food and selections of domestic and imported wine tastings that make the beachside event a popular haven for oenophiles. The event will also include a screening of “Step Brothers” at the historic Avalon Theatre.

A number of tickets are available ranging from $79 to $399 for VIP. Tickets are also available just for the “Step Brothers” screening.

Check out ticket options by clicking here.

Descanso Beach Club on Catalina Island is at 1 St. Catherine Way.

CAMERATA SINGERS 9/11 REMEMBERED CONCERT – MARINE STADIUM (Saturday)

Image courtesy Long Beach Camerata Singers.

A 12-piece Long Beach Camerata Singers ensemble will commemorate and remember the lives lost during the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks with an evening of music and song Saturday, Sept. 11 at Marine Stadium.

The program will include “America the Beautiful,” “Bright Morning Stars,” Eliza Gilkyson’s “Requiem,” “True Colors” and many more.

The free concert will be outdoors and guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets and snacks to enjoy the show. Alcohol is prohibited at Long Beach public parks.

The show begins at 5:30 p.m.

Marine Stadium is at 5255 E. Paoli Way.

LONG BEACH VEGAN SOCIAL – THE HAWK BAR (Saturday)

From noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday Sept. 11 visit the Hawk Bar and check out food from seven vegan restaurants and pop-ups including All Vegan Franks, Secret Vegan Pizza, Vegan Jam, Superstition, Mama Chingona, Youtopia LA and Vegan Banh Mi Thao.

The event is free to attend, however you must be 21 or older to enter the Hawk Bar.

The Hawk Bar is at 468 W. Anaheim St.

CAROLINA SETH & EGO EXHIBITION – DARK ART EMPORIUM (Saturday)

Image courtesy Dark Art Emporium.

The Dark Art Emporium will be presenting works by artists Carolina Seth and Ego this weekend, with the opening reception kicking off Saturday, Sept. 11 from 5-9 p.m.

Carolina Seth is a Spanish-born painter and illustrator. Her dark and dreamy-styled works are often inspired by childhood comics and cartoons, sci-fi and horror literature and film, fashion, pop culture and everyday life.

Seattle-based painter Ego strikes a balance between pop culture fascinations and techniques employed by Old World masters and contemporary painters to bring his eerie and surrealist imagery to haunting life.

The exhibition will be available for viewing Friday and Saturday from noon to 7 p.m. and on Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. until Oct 3. Click here to see a preview of the exhibition. Those who would like to see the gallery outside of regular weekend hours can make reservations online, click here.

Dark Art Emporium is located inside pizza bar 4th Horseman at 121 W. Fourth St.

SUMMER MENTORSHIP ART SHOWCASE (Saturday)

Students who attended the six-week Creative Flow Arts Summer Art program this year will be showcasing their projects from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11 at Somerset Park.

The exhibition was made possible through fundraising efforts by local non-profit A Superhero and Friends, which raised $1,350 for materials and other gifts for the children.

The event is free to attend, but reservations are encouraged to gauge how many will be attending, click here to RSVP.

Somerset Park is at 1500 E. Carson St.

FIDDLIN’ SCREENING – ART THEATRE OF LONG BEACH (Saturday – Sunday)

Image courtesy Art Theatre/Facebook.

This weekend only at the Art Theatre of Long Beach, see “Fiddlin’,” an acclaimed documentary about a particular style of “old-time” bluegrass music originating in the Appalachian Mountains.

The documentary is set in and around the 80th annual Old Fiddlers Convention in Galax, Virginia and follows a group of teen and pre-teen virtuosos.

Showtimes are only at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 11 and Sunday, Sept. 12. Tickets are $10 for adults, $9 for seniors and children between ages 2 and 12. Click here to purchase.

The Art Theatre of Long Beach is at 2025 E. Fourth St.

THE NEWLY MODERNE EXHIBITION  – LONG BEACH CREATIVE GROUP (Sunday)

Artist Donald Tiscareno. Photo courtesy Long Beach Creative Group.

See 54 works from local painter Donald Tiscareno in the exhibition, The Newly Moderne, at the Long Beach Creative Group/Rod Briggs Gallery Sunday, Sept. 12.

In this first solo exhibition at the gallery, visitors will see decades of work by the 80-year-old abstract impressionist painter who moonlighted as an artist for years before retiring as an art educator, interior designer and furniture business owner to work on his art full-time.

The exhibition will be on display Saturdays and Sundays from 1-4 p.m. until Oct. 17. The gallery is free to attend.

The Long Beach Creative Group/Rod Briggs Gallery is at 2221 E. Broadway.

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