Things to do in Long Beach this weekend including… ‘Grease’ and ‘Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’

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.

A new play all about teen angst and summer love is debuting by Musical Theatre West this weekend, plus a special live scoring of the classic silent film “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.” We’ve also discovered a succulent arranging workshop and an outdoor concert with some of the finest singers around.

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SIPS & SUCCULENTS – SOWING SEEDS OF CHANGE URBAN FARM (Friday)

In this file photo: A succulent sold by vendors at a booth during the annual Gin and Juice event in the California Heights neighborhood in Long Beach on Sunday, April 24, 2022. Photo by Crystal Niebla.

Like flowers, there is an art and practicality to arranging succulents and the volunteers at Sowing Seeds of Change Urban Farm will be hosting a workshop on how to do just that on Friday, July 8.

Participants will receive all the materials needed to create a 4-5 inch succulent planter you can take home afterward. The workshop, which is from 6-7:30 p.m., will also include plant-based appetizers and craft cocktails (mocktails, too).

The class costs $55. Tickets may be purchased online. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

Sowing Seeds of Change Urban Farm is at 620 San Francisco Ave.

“DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE” LIVE SCORE – ART THEATRE (Friday)

The Jack Curtis Dubowsky Ensemble will be performing a live score to the 1931 silent film “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” at the Art Theatre, Friday, July 8.

Experience the 1920 silent film “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” was it was done for years—with live music accompanying the screening. Led by composer and conductor Jack Curtis Dubowsky and his ensemble, the group will perform its own original score to the classic film.

The screening will be at 7 p.m. the Art Theatre on Retro Row on Friday, July 8. Tickets cost $18 and may be purchased online or at the door. Masks are optional at the theater, but guests must show proof of vaccination in order to attend.

Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

The Art Theatre is at 2025 E. Fourth St.

MUSICAL THEATRE WEST’S “GREASE” – CARPENTER CENTER (Friday – Saturday)

The 2022 cast of Musical Theatre West’s production of “Grease.” Photo courtesy Musical Theatre West.

Resident theater company Musical Theatre West is taking on one of the most well-known musicals around, “Grease,” with shows to begin on July 9.

This season, Musical Theatre West has invited drag queen Jackie Cox (Darius Rose), of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” season 12 to perform as the show’s host and “Teen Angel.” The rest of the classic Rydell High cast features a dynamic roster of performers, selected to represent the city’s diverse population as inspired by one of Long Beach’s own high schools: Wilson High, according to the company.

“Grease” will take stage at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center at Cal State Long Beach. Opening night’s show is sold out, but the show is slated to play until July 24. Tickets range from $20-$96.

Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

The Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center is at 6200 E. Atherton St.

LONG BEACH VEGAN SOCIAL – HAWK BAR (Saturday)

Devi’s Donuts. Courtesy photo.

Here to save you the trouble of scouting for some vegan eats is the Long Beach Vegan Social, where from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 9, plant-based businesses are bringing their vegan food and drink straight to you in Long Beach.

Expect plant-based meals, desserts and drinks, plus a small market for shopping.

Long Beach Vegan Social at The Hawk Bar is both indoors and outdoors and is free to all ages to attend, but if you want to be inside the bar you must be at least 21 years or older. Click here for more information.

The Hawk Bar is at 468 W. Anaheim St.

LONG BEACH CAMERATA SINGERS FRONT PORCH CONCERTS (Sunday)

In this file photo: An ensemble of four singers—a soprano, alto, tenor and bass—will perform a 45-minute set. Photo courtesy Long Beach Camerata Singers. Photo by Tish Camp.

The Long Beach Camerata Singers are taking to outdoor performances, with their free Front Porch Concert Series, Sunday, July 10.

Outside a home in the Long Beach area, a Long Beach Camerata quartet will serenade and entertain. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs, blankets and snacks.

Each Front Porch Concert takes place at a select home in Long Beach, those who RSVP will be notified of the location 48 hours before the show.

Click here to RSVP.

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