Things to do in Long Beach this weekend including…contraptions, bridge art and Charlie Brown

This week is the week to eat out in Long Beach, but for those preferring to stay home, we’ve also got some great live music and dance livestreams. Families can also find something fun for their kiddos this weekend, too.

Also—heavy metal Easter. Just keep scrolling.

DINE OUT LONG BEACH (Starting Thursday)

Scallops, brushetta and Paella from Cafe Sevilla. Image courtesy Dine Out Long Beach.

The next two weeks will be the time to eat out in the city as the sixth annual Dine Out Long Beach event returns April 1 -15.

Over 60 restaurants and breweries across the city are crafting their own food and drink menus for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner, highlighting some of their best offerings or new items entirely.

The specialty menus range from multi-course meals and chef tasting menus to small plates paired with cocktails and wine. There are even a few shared meals—1 appetizer, 2 entrees, 1 dessert—to devour at the restaurant or for take-out. There are no registration fees, all you need to do is visit the participating restaurant and request the Dine Out Long Beach menu.

For more information and to view the specialty menus, visit the Dine Out Long Beach website, here.

MAKERSVILLE RUBE GOLDBERG CONTRAPTION PLAYTIME (Starting Saturday)

The exterior of Makersville in Shoreline Village. Image courtesy Makersville/Eventbrite.

From April 3 – 11, families can bring their kids to Makersville headquarters in Shoreline Village to play and tinker with their newest Rube Goldberg contraption.

To the uninitiated, these mechanisms are reaction-type machines that take very complicated steps to do simple tasks. Impractical, yes, but very entertaining and a good lesson in simple machines and physics.

This year, Makersville has made a Goldberg contraption that causes a box of Nerds to shake and pour (view video below).

Other attractions include the Lego great ball and other Rube Goldberg-style contraptions. Only one family of up to six is allowed inside the building for the two-hour play session, click here for more information and to buy tickets.

Makersville is located at 419 Shoreline Village Drive Suite Q.

DAVID BENOIT LIVESTREAM CONCERT (Saturday)

David Benoit. Image courtesy Carpenter Center.

Though the Carpenter Center has invited Grammy-nominated jazz pianist/composer/producer David Benoit every December since 2013 to perform “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” Benoit is back Saturday, April 3 for a new livestream performance.

Expect to hear 40 years of Benoit’s work, including a sneak preview from his brand new album, plus perennial favorites and a special tribute to his jazz piano heroes.

Tickets range from $25 to $40. Show starts at 7 p.m. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

UNDER CONSTRUCTION: LONG BEACH PORT IN PAINTINGS AND PHOTOGRAPHS (Saturday & Sunday)

View of the Port from San Pedro, oil on panel by Sarah Arnold. Image courtesy Rod Briggs/Long Beach Creative Group.

Artists Sarah Arnold, Kathryn Babcock, Helen Werner Cox and Liz Talbot spent three years documenting the construction of the new Gerald Desmond Bridge. Outfitted in vests and hardhats, the artists were allowed access onto the site with 360-degree views of the harbor, often working hundreds of feet above the ground for some pretty spectacular and unique views.

Now, their art is available to see, along with photographs by Paul Trinidad and Nick Santa Ana.

Titled “A Trinidad In the Clouds,” by photographer Paul Trinidad. Image courtesy Rod Briggs/Long Beach Creative Group.

Starting Saturday, April 3 through May 1 guests can see the gallery of oil and watercolor paintings, ink, charcoal and pencil drawings and photographs at the Rod Briggs/Long Beach Creative Group Gallery in Bluff Heights. Viewing is available on Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m, no appointment is required, however guests may make reservations outside of standard viewing hours. There is also a virtual gallery available for viewing on the gallery’s website.

For more information and to book an appointment, click here, or call 562-400-5166.

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

GET UP & MOVE JAZZ DANCE CLASSES – MUSICAL THEATRE WEST (Saturday)

Every Saturday morning in April you can join actor, singer, dancer, musician, teacher, Grammy and Emmy award winner Grasan Kingsberry for a free 30-minute lesson in jazz dance via Zoom.

The lessons emulate the style of jazz dance by Jack Cole, considered to be the father of theatrical jazz dance, set to musical theater covers by artists like Ella Fitzgerald and Lady Gaga.

The Zoom class is free, but donations are welcome. Class starts at 11 a.m. Click here to sign up.

HEAVY METAL EASTER AT ALEX’S BAR (Sunday)

Join heavy metal DJ Katon Hirax at Alex’s Bar to rock out (seated and socially distanced, of course) to all the classic heavy metal hits this Sunday April 4 from 3 to 7 p.m.

Southern-inspired food supplied by Outwest Kitchen with mimosa specials while supplies last.

Alex’s Bar is located at 2913 E. Anaheim St.

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Cheantay Jensen is reporter and award-winning videographer who covers music, art, food and culture for the Hi-lo section of the Long Beach Post. And sometimes breaking news, you know, just to keep things interesting.
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