Things to do in Long Beach this weekend including… ballet Folklórico and clay ornaments

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 performance art shows, one that celebrates Mexican folk dance with some of the best dancers in that realm, plus a well loved comedy by International City Theatre. We’ve also found an ’80s horror-themed dance party and an event that explores the craft of claymation.

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’80s HORROR PROM KLBP FUNDRAISER (Thursday)

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Long Beach’s local radio station, KLBP, is hosting an ’80s Horror Prom-themed DJ night to raise funds for the public radio station Thursday, Nov. 3.

Ten local DJs, including DJ Dennis Owens, will be spinning creepy, spooky dance tunes at two stages at The Grasshopper from 7 p.m. until 2 a.m. There will also be drink specials and pizza by Speak Cheezy.

Entry costs $5, though those who’d like to support the city’s only public radio station can opt to donate more. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

The Grasshopper is at 136 E. Anaheim St.

INTERNATIONAL CITY THEATRE’S “LEND ME A TENOR” (Thursday – Sunday)

Actors Matt Curin and Bella Hicks performing in International City Theatre’s 2022 production of “Lend Me a Tenor.” Photo courtesy ICT.

International City Theatre is closing its 2022 season with its production of “Lend Me a Tenor,” the Broadway comedy hit written by Ken Ludwig.

The premise of the show follows world-renowned tenor Tito Merelli who goes a little hard with alcohol and tranquilizers just before a major opera performance and is presumed dead. The rest of the cast involved including Merelli’s wife, Maria, the opera house’s manager and hapless assistant, plus an aspiring young opera singer hatch a plan to continue the show and hijinks ensue.

The play, which received nine Tony awards since its debut in 1986, has been a popular choice for theater companies for its slapstick comedy, wordplay, romance and stellar opera music. Audiences can catch performances Thursday through Sunday until Nov. 6 at the Downtown theater. Tickets range from $49-$52.

Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

International City Theatre is at 330 E. Seaside Way.

KHMER, COME ALL! CELEBRATION (Saturday)

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Cambodian artists, authors, a film director and a celebrated chef will be convening at the Mark Twain Neighborhood Library, Saturday, Nov. 5 for a special celebration of Cambodian heritage and culture.

Programming for the Khmer, Come All Kick Off Celebration starts in the afternoon at 12:30 with a discussion by the authors of “Cambodians in Long Beach,” which delves into how Long Beach became home to the largest Cambodian community in the U.S. At 1:30 p.m. author Christine Su who wrote “Voices of a New Generation: Cambodian Americans in the Creative Arts” will speak, with guests including composer PraCH Ly, film director Caylee So and Chef Tarak Ouk, who were also featured in the book.

Afterward, at 3:45 p.m., Chef Tarak Ouk (also known as Chef T) will present a cooking demonstration of a favorite Cambodian dish. The event is free to attend, but guests will also have the opportunity to purchase signed copies of “Cambodians in Long Beach” with proceeds benefiting the Cambodian Community History and Archive project (CamCHAP).

Click here for more information.

The Mark Twain Neighborhood Library is at 1401 E. Anaheim St.

LOS CERRITOS WETLANDS NATURE WALK: HERON HIKE (Saturday)

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The Los Cerritos Wetlands is a popular place to hike, but if you’ve ever been interested in learning more about the natural environment, Saturday Nov. 5 brings the chance to do so.

Environmental educators from Tidal Influence, a local environmental organization working to restore the wetlands are hosting a guided outdoor walking tour from 8 to 10 a.m. The two-mile urban hike will go through Long Beach’s wetlands and on the property held by the Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority where guests can learn more about the area’s flora and fauna, where wildlife hikers might happen across great blue herons, egrets and other wildlife drawn to the water.

The Heron Hike is free to attend, but guests are highly encouraged to RSVP. Click here for more information.

Los Cerritos Wetlands is at 6720 Pacific Coast Highway.

BALLET FOLKLÓRICO DE LOS ÁNGELES (Saturday)

Image courtesy the Carpenter Performing Arts Center.

One of the nation’s premier Mexican folk dance companies, Ballet Folklórico de Los Ángeles, will be performing at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center AT 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5 for a special performance honoring Dia De Los Muertos.

With music from Mariachi Garibaldi de Jaime Cuéllar, whose career has garnered three Grammy awards, the show will feature traditional song and dance from various regions of Mexico, plus music from Disney’s “Coco.”

Tickets cost $45 and may be purchased online, click here.

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

“CLAYDREAM” SCREENING & CLAY ORNAMENT WORKSHOP (Sunday)

Gopi Shah stands with some of her handcrafted ceramic and pottery designs while at her workspace in Long Beach Tuesday, July 27, 2021. Photo by Thomas R. Cordova.

On Sunday, Nov. 6 the Art Theatre will be screening the film “Claydream,” a portrait about Will Vinton, known as the “Father of Claymation” for his pioneering work in the field of claymation.

Afterward, attendees will have the opportunity to create a clay ornament led by local ceramicist, Gopi Shah. Tickets to the event cost $12, click here to purchase.

For more information on the event which runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. click here.

The Art Theatre is at 2025 E. Fourth St.

SPONSORED BY THE LONG BEACH CAMERATA SINGERS

CAMERATA’S CATALYST CHAMBER ENSEMBLE PERFORMS “CONSIDERING MATTHEW SHEPARD” (Sunday, Nov. 13)


The Long Beach Camerata Singers performance of “Considering Matthew Shepard,” shines a light on that tragedy with an inspirational and heartbreaking three-part contemporary American oratorio led by 2021 Grammy-award winning Artistic Director Dr. James K. Bass.The concert is part of Camerata’s 57th season and serves as the debut for Camerata’s new all-professional group, the Catalyst Chamber Ensemble.

Composer Craig Hella Johnson’s Grammy-nominated “Considering Matthew Shepard” is an evocative and compassionate musical response to the 1998 murder of Shepard, a young gay man who was attacked, tied to a fence and left for dead in Laramie, Wyoming. His story inspired candlelight vigils and protests across the country, with an outpouring of sympathy for Shepard, his family, gays and lesbians.

The concert on Sunday, Nov. 13, will be held in the Beverly O’Neill Theater, with a pre-concert lecture at 4:30 p.m. presented by Jeff Mack from the Matthew Shepard Foundation. Tickets start at $40. Call the Long Beach Camerata Singers Box Office at 562-900-2863 or visit www.LBCamerata.org.

The Beverly O’Neill Theater is at 300 E. Ocean Blvd.

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