Things to do in Long Beach this weekend including… comedy, concerts and cartoons

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 a cool comedy show, get a head start on Christmas shopping, or enjoy some early holiday spirit. Plus, if animation captivates you, there’s a must-see animation screening happening at the Art Theatre.

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TIKI HA HA COMEDY SHOW (Thursday)

Flyer courtesy Bamboo Club.

Every third Thursday of the month comedians converge at the tiki lounge Bamboo Club for an evening of comedy and cocktails known as “Tiki Ha Ha.”

The monthly event is a solid spot for stand-up since the club consistently books quality talent from across the Southland. This month’s show includes comedians Brian Matthews, Rob Stern, Joe Abousakher, Julia Jasunas, and Josh Potter. Plus, local comedian and magician Christopher Wonder will be performing his brand of circus-themed adult entertainment.

Show is from 7-10 p.m. Tickets cost $12, click here, dinner and cocktails not included. Tickets cost $15 if purchased at the door.

Bamboo Club is at 3522 E. Anaheim St.

CREATIVE COMMUNAL MARKET (Saturday)

The 2nd & PCH shopping center in southeast Long Beach.

The monthly Creative Communal Market is returning to 2nd & PCH Saturday, Nov. 19 for a family-friendly afternoon with shopping, live music and entertainment for children.

Visitors can check out wares from over 35 vendors selling clothing, jewelry, leather goods and other artisan gifts. There will be face painting for kids and coming in for the season are the characters of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” for a meet-and-greet and photo opportunities.

Those who visit on Sunday will also find the Thomas the Tank Engine pop-up, which sells merchandise from the popular children’s train franchise.

The open-air market is free to attend and runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Click here for more information.

2nd & PCH is at 6400 E. Pacific Coast Hwy.

SWING & BOSSA NOVA CONCERT (Saturday)

Courtesy flyer.

A popular drinking destination for its speakeasy tiki lounge concept, Secret Island is also a solid spot to catch live music.

On Saturday, Nov. 19 the lounge will be hosting an evening of swing and bossa nova music with the Hot House Trio featuring Austin-based steel guitar musician Rose Sinclair. Be ready to dance!

General admission tickets cost $15, click here. VIP tickets and dinner reservations are also available. Show starts at at 8 p.m.

Secret Island is at 209 Pine Ave.

22nd ANNUAL ANIMATION SHOW OF SHOWS (Saturday & Sunday)

Courtesy flyer.

Back for the first time since the pandemic shut down all the fun, the 22nd Annual Animation Show of Shows is returning to the Art Theatre Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 19-20.

The show is a major event in the realm of animation, with screened selections of the best animated short films created by students and professionals from around the world. This year’s show features 10 films, curated under a theme about both the anxiety and hopes of dealing with existential crises. A timely topic, we think.

Here’s the trailer:

Tickets range from $9-$12. Show on both days starts at 11 a.m. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

The Art Theatre is at 2025 E. Fourth St.

COMPLEXCON (Saturday & Sunday)

Display at the entrance of ComplexCon at the Long Beach Convention Center Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021. Photo by Sebastian Echeverry.

ComplexCon, the two-day celebration of all things streetwear, art and pop culture returns to the Long Beach Convention Center Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 19-20.

The convention each year attracts thousands of shoppers looking to snag merch from their favorite brands and artists, meet influencers, check out live music and maybe even spot a celebrity or two.

This year’s live performances feature Japanese fashion designer and record producer Nigo and rapper Kodak Black. Pharrell, Pusha T, Lil Uzi Vert, Clipse and Teriyaki Boyz are also expected to appear.

ComplexCon tickets start at $117. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

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

THE QUEEN’S CARTOONISTS: A CARTOON, COMEDY, HOLIDAY HURRAH (Sunday)

The cast of the Queen’s Cartoonists. Photo courtesy the Carpenter Center.

We know, Thanksgiving is yet to be celebrated, but those who don’t mind getting a jump start on their holiday experiences for the season can check out a unique holiday special at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center Sunday, Nov. 20.

The Queen’s Cartoonist pairs comedy, animation, jazz and classic holiday cartoons to create a show that encapsulates all the classic American traditions most associate with Christmas. Holiday music and jazz arrangements are performed to synchronized video productions of classic holiday cartoons with music from Danny Elfman, John Williams, Alf Clausen and more. The show also promises outrageous props, foley sound effects and even a holiday-themed game show.

Tickets cost $40 and may be purchased online. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

The Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center is at 6200 E. Atherton St. on the Cal State Long Beach Campus. Note: Parking not included.

SPONSORED BY CIRCUS VARGAS

MR. V’s BIG TOP DREAM AT CIRCUS VARGAS

There’s a new big top adventure at Lakewood Center Nov. 19th through 29! A super, smash-hit circus extravaganza guaranteed to captivate and astound children of all ages!

Circus Vargas is proudly presents their amazing new production “Mr. V’s Big Top Dream!” A must-see, show-stopping spectacular certain to spark the imagination and indulge the senses with more sparkle, more sequins and more amazing feats of daring and artistry! Bigger and better than ever! “Mr. V’s Big Top Dream,” a semi-biographical circus spectacular honoring legendary circus impresario Clifford E. Vargas, the flamboyant, larger than life, over the top, maker of circus magic!

Two unforgettable hours of nonstop action, thrills, excitement and adventure…. only at Circus Vargas, where memories are made and cherished for a lifetime!

For Circus Vargas tickets and information visit www.circusvargas.com.

Lakewood Center is at 500 Lakewood Center Mall.

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