Things to do in Long Beach this weekend including… block parties and Anthony Bourdain

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 city feels back in full swing, at least if this week’s list is any indication. We’ve got a host of must-see shows, business block parties and art events, outdoor and indoor movie screenings, pop-up markets, and several art galleries all this weekend.

Get to scrollin’!

THIRD THURSDAY IN BELMONT SHORE (Thursday)

Manuel the Band performing live at Music Tastes Good in 2018. Image courtesy Belmont Shore Business Association.

This free monthly summer series organized by the Belmont Shore Business Association features live music, art, giveaways and business promotions from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, July 15 on Second Street in Belmont Shore.

Thursday’s lineup includes Manuel the Band, The Anti-Groupies, Chelsea Sanchez and Think of One.

Art by Allie Deeps will be hung in the windows at 5025 E. Second Street (previously The Gap). Promotions include half-price wings from Long Beach Tap House and 10% off purchases at Long Beach Swag. If you stop by Colossus Bread + Bakery you can also catch a rare food night: fresh, artisanal pizza (first come, first served).

Pedal Movement will be offering free bike and stroller valet at the Chase Bank parking lot. There will also be a booth in front of Chase Bank where visitors can win gift cards to Rance’s Pizza, Long Beach Swag, Taco Shore, Domenico’s, or Urban Eden.

Third Thursday is celebrated along Second Street; Chase Bank at 5200 Second St. is a good starting point. Click here for more info.

CAL HEIGHTS JAZZ NIGHTS (Thursday)

The Billy Mohler Trio. Image courtesy f/8 Studios.

On Thursday, July 15, enjoy an intimate jazz performance under the stars with the Grammy-nominated Billy Mohler Trio.

Tickets cost $20. Guests also have the option of purchasing a bottle of wine and/or charcuterie box meals to enjoy during the performance (pre-order required).

Only 30 spots are available for each performance, however, there will be two more shows, one in August and September. Proof of vaccination will be required in order to attend.

f/8 Studios is at 3764 Orange Ave. Click here for more info and to purchase tickets.

DEKE DICKERSON AND THE WHIPPERSNAPPERS – SUPPLY & DEMAND (Thursday)

Deke Dickerson, formerly the frontman of Deke Dickerson and the Ecco-fonics and before that, frontman of the 1960s-styled garage rock group The Untamed Youth, is known for his blending of country, alternative country, rockabilly, hillbilly, blues, Western swing and rock ‘n’ roll music. His following—nearly 20,000 on Instagram alone—are just as enthusiastic for his latest project, Deke Dickerson and the Whippersnappers.

Catch his set, along with fellow country artist Mitch Polzak and The Royal Deuces Thursday, July 15. at Supply & Demand.

Show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $10. You can purchase online, click here, or at the door day of.

Supply & Demand is at 2500 E. Anaheim St.

KASHIRA EDGHILL (UIAEO) EXHIBITION – 3RD FRIDAYS ON PINE (Friday)

Image courtesy artist/Facebook.

Local visual artist Kashira Edghill, who works under the moniker UIAEO, is hosting her first-ever solo exhibition at Catalyst Cannabis Co. during 3rd Fridays on Pine, a local art, entertainment and shopping event between Fourth and Fifth streets on Pine Avenue.

Drop by the shop between 5 and 9 p.m. and check out almost 50 works created between 2020 and 2021, the bulk of which has never been shown to the public before.  Edghill’s art uses a number of media, but her style predominantly features delicate linework depicting quirky, surrealist figures colored with abstract brushwork.

Catalyst Cannabis Co. is at 433 Pine Ave.

MOVIES & MOONLIGHT: “TOY STORY 4” – 2ND & PCH (Friday)

Attendees watch an outdoor movie on Seaport Way at 2nd & PCH. Image courtesy 2nd & PCH.

Catch a free outdoor movie screening of “Toy Story 4” at 2nd & PCH Friday, July 16 as part of the Movies & Moonlight series at the dining and shopping center.

The movie begins at sunset (roughly 7:30 p.m.), but it’s best to arrive early to stake your spot along the main street, which is blocked off to traffic. Guests are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets as complimentary seating is limited. The center requests that all attendees adhere to social distancing.

2nd & PCH is at 6400 Pacific Coast Highway.

AFTERDARK CELEBRATING TRISTAN EATON: ALL AT ONCE – LONG BEACH MUSEUM OF ART (Friday)

See 25 years of works from acclaimed street artist, muralist and graphic designer Tristan Eaton beginning Friday, July 16 at the Long Beach Museum of Art. The exhibition will feature a comprehensive archive from childhood sketches to newly commissioned and site-specific works including toy design, illustration, 3D murals and interactive installations.

The opening reception on Friday will have live turntable sets by DJ Z-Trip and carnival menu and cocktails by Claire’s, the  the museum’s restaurant.

Museum members are allowed into the exhibition for free and an hour early (5 p.m.) to view the gallery. Tickets for non-members are $20. The event is from 6 to 10 p.m.

Click here to purchase tickets and for more information. The gallery will be on display until Oct. 3.

The Long Beach Museum of Art is at 2300 E. Ocean Blvd.

“ROADRUNNER: A FILM ABOUT ANTHONY BOURDAIN” – ART THEATRE (Friday)

Beginning Friday, July 16, until Thursday, July 29 the Art Theatre of Long Beach will be showing “Roadrunner: A film about Anthony Bourdain,” which details the life of the revered chef, writer and television host of the very popular food and travel series, “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown.”

Tickets start at $10. Click here to see showtimes and to reserve your ticket.

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

STREETWALKIN’ CHEETAHS, DEATH MACHINE III FT. NICK OLIVERI CONCERT – DIPIAZZA’S (Friday)

Flyer courtesy organizer.

On Friday, July 16 behold an evening of rock featuring heavy hitters Streetwalkin’ Cheetahs, Electric Children, Legendary Swagger and Death Machine III, which includes former original Queens of the Stone Age and Kyuss bassist, Nick Oliveri.

Tickets cost $10, or $20 if you want to reserve a table. Click here to buy tickets.

DiPiazza’s is at 5205 Pacific Coast Highway.

EAST VILLAGE BUSINESS BLOCK PARTY (Saturday)

Flyer courtesy organizers.

Some 85 businesses in East Village are taking part in the Get Out, Give Back business block party Saturday, July 17.

From noon to 5 p.m. check out new and re-opened businesses, many of which will host other local pop-ups and offering special promotions.

For example, the recently opened home and lifestyle store, Cone 11 Studio, will be offering free mini-pottery lessons, portrait drawings and fresh tamales from Gusto Bread.

A portion of the sales will be donated to the Arts Council for Long Beach to help bring back the Long Beach Art Walk.

Cone 11 Studio is at 408 E. First St. Suite 101

GROOVESWITCH SHOW – DIPIAZZA’S (Saturday)

Local funk outfit Grooveswitch is performing a free, live show at DiPiazza’s Saturday, July 17.

Hear a selection of funk, soul, rock, blues and R&B tunes all night long with the 8-piece band—most of whom hail from Long Beach, save for Australian frontwoman Sharnee Lee Scott.

The show is from 9-11:30 p.m. No cover.

DiPiazza’s is at 5205 Pacific Coast Highway.

OUTDOOR POLE DANCING CAMP – THE BLUFF (Saturday & Sunday)

Image courtesy Booty House Twerk.

Learn the art of pole dancing on The Bluff with Booty Twerk Network Saturday, July 17 and Sunday, July 18.

One-hour lessons cost $22. Reserve your spot online, click here.

Bluff Park is at the intersection of East Ocean Boulevard and Junipero Avenue.

MARISCOS EL GARAGE GRAND OPENING (Sunday)

Celebrate the grand opening of Mariscos El Garage a new seafood food truck business in Long Beach. Owner Chef Elsa started her business in honor of her father, who ran his pop-up mariscos business out of his home garage before his death in 2016.

After years of work and patience, Chef Elsa finally realized her dream of launching her own food truck.

You can find Mariscos El Garage at 1901 CA-1 all day Sunday, July 18.

CREATIVE COMMUNAL MAKERS MARKET – 2ND & PCH (Sunday)

Flyer courtesy 2nd & PCH.

Since near the beginning of the pandemic, 2nd & PCH has blocked off Seaport Way, its main road inside the shopping center, to traffic, allowing guests to freely roam about.

This Sunday, July 18, Creative Communal locals market is taking over Seaport Way inviting locals to come check out the wares from over 30 local and regional artists and makers during this open-air event, which is free to attend.

There will also be food and live music on-site from Taylor Sackson and The Sunday Spins.

The event is from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. click here for more info.

2nd & PCH is located at 6400 Pacific Coast Highway.

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