Though music is the bulk of this weekend’s festivities, check out a new play, nature adventure and a free video production workshop.
SLOW FOOD – INTERNATIONAL CITY THEATRE (Thursday)
International City Theatre will begin showing its newest production, Slow Food by playwright Wendy MacLeod, virtually Thursday-Sunday April 29th through May 16.
The play follows a husband and wife celebrating their 23rd wedding anniversary until things go awry during their anniversary dinner. The comedy is led by actor and producer Stu James and Lifetime star Meredith Thomas. James’s acting work has earned him multiple awards, including a Broadway World Award, Los Angeles for “Best Lead Actor” in a musical for his portrayal of John Dolphin in the musical, Recorded in Hollywood.
Thomas has acted in multiple Lifetime television movies including “The Wrong Crush” and “The Wrong Boy Next Door” alongside Vivica A. Fox.
The play is written by Wendy MacLeod, an American playwright, best known as the author of “Women in Jeopardy!” and as a writer for The WB’s teen comedy-drama, “Popular.”
Show will be screened virtually, tickets start at $33, click here to purchase.
ALL METAL VINYL DJ NIGHT – SUPPLY & DEMAND (Thursday)
Zaferia’s neighborhood bar and music venue, Supply & Demand will be blasting heavy metal vinyl all night, courtesy Born for Burning productions.
Supply & Demand has a fully stocked bar with cider and beer on tap. Food will be provided by co-owner Erika Norton, serving up traditional street tacos, cradled in made-from-scratch corn tortillas.
Pro-tip: make sure to check out co-owner Kevin Norton’s Slayer memorabilia hanging on the interior walls.
No cover, tunes start at 8 p.m.
Supply & Demand is at 2500 E. Anaheim St.
VOICEWAVES WORKSHOP SERIES: CREATE VIDEOS DURING THE PANDEMIC (Friday)
Join VoiceWaves multimedia journalist Paula Kiley in this workshop to learn about the stages of video production and how to use stop-motion animation in your videos inside or out of journalism during this free hour and half livestream Friday, April 30.
For reference, check out the video above. You’ll be in good hands.
Though still in college, Kiley’s work has been published in the Daily 49er, DIG Magazine, EdSource, and VoiceWaves. Viewers are recommended to download the free StopMotion studio app.
For more information and to register online, click here. Stream starts at 4:30 p.m.
MUSICA ANGELICA LIVESTREAM (Friday)
If you’ve been missing Long Beach’s Baroque orchestra, Musica Angelica, don’t worry, they’ve been missing you too. Friday April 30, tune in to watch a free livestream featuring soprano Nola Richardson and the orchestra perform a selection of greatest hits from Handel, Bach and Vivaldi.
The hour-long stream begins at 7 p.m.
Fore more information including setlist, click here.
CITY NATURE CHALLENGE – WILLOW SPRINGS PARK (Saturday)
Download the iNaturalist app (download here) and traverse Willow Springs Park, taking in all the park’s wildlife and plants, then document it in the app. Observers can upload their findings by simply taking a photo and the app will do the rest.
This event, dubbed City Nature Challenge is observed internationally as a collective way for people to feel more connected to nature and their surroundings. Staff members from the city’s Office of Sustainability will be on on-site to assist participants in how to use the app, but you can also check out a tutorial here.
Willow Springs Park is home to many native plants and animals. There is a walking trail that borders a wetland habitat restoration area and a garden at Longview Point where you can explore the many California native plants on display.
The event runs from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 1 and is free to attend.
Willow Springs Park is at 2755 Orange Ave. Click here for more info.
BLOCK X BLOCK ORCHESTRA – ROMEO CHOCOLATES (Sunday)
Though these six musicians belong to the Pacific Symphony orchestra in Orange County, all hail from Long Beach and will be performing live and in-person at Romeo Chocolates in Downtown Sunday, May 2.
Guests are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs, and asked to adhere to social distancing. Romeo Chocolates has a selection of cabanas guests can reserve ahead of time for viewing. Click here for more details on booking. The event is free to attend.
Romeo Chocolates is at 460 Pine Ave. For more information, click here.
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