Things to do in Long Beach this weekend including… parody ballet and Kidical Mass

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.

Howdy, Long Beach, ready to do some stuff this weekend? Thursday night is looking good for an evening of comedy at the Laugh Factory. Friday, consider relaxing on the beach with a guided meditation and sound bath. This weekend we’ve found some parody performing arts, a festival celebrating art forms from people will all kinds of abilities, and a community bike ride. Oh and there’s also a vintage car show and swap meet. Didn’t see that one coming, did ya?

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LATINO COMEDY NIGHT “BROWN-ISH” – LAUGH FACTORY (Thursday)

“Brown-ish” Latino comedy night flyer courtesy Laugh Factory.

Resident Downtown comedy club, Laugh Factory, will be presenting its monthly comedy night “Brown-ish” Thursday, Jan. 27, a comedy show featuring the talents of Latino stand-up comedians.

Hosted by comedian Erik Rivera, Thursday’s lineup includes comedians who’ve appeared on HBO, Netflix, FOX and Amazon Prime.

Lineup includes:

General Admission tickets are $22; priority seating is $30, click here to purchase tickets.

Free tickets are available to reserve online, click here, but keep in mind: free tickets must be presented to box office at least 30 minutes before showtime.

Doors open at 7:15 p.m. Show starts at 8 p.m. Must be 18 years or older to attend.

Laugh Factory is at 151 S. Pine Ave.

SUNSET SOUNDBATH AND GUIDED MEDITATION – ROSIE’S DOG BEACH (Friday)

An instructor plays a selection of singing bowls on the beach. Photo courtesy organizers.

Experience a free beach-side sound bath and guided meditation from 4 to 5:30 p.m. with the fine folks from SoundHumanity, Friday, Jan. 28 at Rosie’s Dog Beach.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own yoga mats, blankets, towels or pillows—whatever makes you feel comfy. And dress warm because it will be chilly.

Click here for more information and to RSVP. The event will be near the lifeguard post across from the intersection of Covina Avenue and Ocean Boulevard.

Rosie’s Dog Beach is at 5000 E. Ocean Blvd.

SIP & SHOP POP UP – BAMBOO CLUB (Saturday)

Sip & Shop flyer courtesy Bamboo Club.

From noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 29, Bamboo Club’s outdoor patio will be sprawling with local vendors in a shopping event that allows you to browse with a tiki cocktail in hand.

Shop vintage wares, original art, home goods, apothecary items and more from over 15 vendors, or enter a raffle to win prizes.

And, in the inevitable event that shopping (and drinking) makes you hungry, Bamboo Club will be offering a burger menu that includes a vegan option.

The pop-up is free to attend (food and drink are not included) and is open to all ages.

Bamboo Club is at 3522 E. Anaheim St.

“THE TROCKS” PARODY BALLET – CARPENTER CENTER (Saturday & Sunday)

Back for its seventh performance at the Carpenter Center, the all-male dance company Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo will be performing live Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 29-30 in an evening of ballet spoofs and parody.

Emerging from the New York drag scene in the 1970s, the “Trocks,” as they’re nicknamed, began with a group of ballet enthusiasts looking to present a playful, comedic take on traditional classical ballet. The dance troupe quickly reached acclaim and has performed in theaters all over the world delighting audiences with its mix of grand comedy and technical prowess.

Tickets cost $55 and may be purchased online, click here. Saturday’s show is at 8 p.m and on Sunday at 2 p.m.

Patrons are required to show proof of being fully vaccinated in order to attend. Per city health guidelines, masks must be worn while indoors.

The Carpenter Center is at the Cal State Long Beach campus; parking costs $12 and can be purchased online or on-site the day of. Click here for more information.

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

FESTIVAL OF HUMAN ABILITIES – AQUARIUM OF THE PACIFIC (Saturday & Sunday)

Guitarist Dat Nguyen, who is blind, will be performing live during the Festival of Human Abilities Saturday, Jan. 29 at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Photo courtesy Aquarium of the Pacific.

The Aquarium of the Pacific’s annual festival celebrating the talents and creativity of people with disabilities is returning for its 19th year in Long Beach and, this time, back in person.

Some of the festival’s most popular performers are slated to return, including classical guitarist and singer Dat Nguyen, who is blind, (performing only on Jan. 29), The Rollettes, an all-female dance troupe with members who perform in wheelchairs and Zendrea Mitchell, a poet and ASL professor, who will present an American sign language musical performance.

During the festival, attendees can check out art demonstrations and take part in several creative workshops including an adaptive dance class with Straight Up Abilities and a sign language class.

The festival is included with the cost of general admission to the aquarium which is $36.95 for adults, $26.95 for children ages 3 to 11 and $33.95 for seniors 62 and older. It is free to aquarium members and children younger than 3. Capacity is limited and advance reservations are highly encouraged. The Aquarium of the Pacific requires its attendees ages 2 and older to wear a mask both indoors and outdoors.

Click here to reserve and purchase tickets and for more information on programming, click here.

The Aquarium of the Pacific is at 100 Aquarium Way.

LONG BEACH HI-PERFORMANCE SWAP MEET & CAR SHOW – LBCC LIBERAL ARTS CAMPUS (Sunday)

Hundreds of vintage cars on display during the Long Beach Hi-Performance Swap Meet and Car Show. Photo courtesy organizers/Facebook.

Whether you’re a fan of vintage cars, or looking to snag that final part needed to rev your engine, the Long Beach Hi-Performance Swap Meet will be the place to be Sunday, Jan. 30.

Going strong in Long Beach since 1983, what started with just seven vendors and 40 shoppers at Marine Stadium has swelled to a bustling car fanatics affair, seeing hundreds of vendors and thousands of shoppers each year that’s garnered the event air time on shows including “Monster Garage,” “Popular Hot Rodding TV,” and “NHRA Drag Racing Today” according to the organization’s website.

Visitors can shop for a variety of vintage, classic, antique and hi-performance car parts, purportedly at a bargain, or check out the car show, which features hundreds of cars ripe for enthusiasts’ admiration.

Admission costs $10-12 for spectators. The show is from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. Click here for more info.

Long Beach Hi-Performance Swap Meet is at 5005 E. Lew Davis St.

KIDICAL MASS COMMUNITY BIKE RIDE – LOS CERRITOS PARK (Sunday)

Courtesy Facebook/Kidical Mass.

The Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association is hosting its annual bike ride, Kidical Mass, which invites children and their families to step outside and enjoy the city by bike.

In previous years Kidical Mass would start at Georgie’s Place on Atlantic, but this year the bike ride will commence at 11 a.m. from Los Cerritos Park (on Country Club Drive just south of Bixby Road).

The event is free to attend and will provide snacks for riders during the event. For riders under 18, helmets are required.

Click here for more information.

Los Cerritos Park is at 3750 Del Mar Ave.

SPONSORED BY THE AQUARIUM OF THE PACIFIC

ORCA EXPERT OFFERS KILLER DISCUSSION ABOUT WHALES IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA – AQUARIUM OF THE PACIFIC (Wednesday, Feb. 2)

Flyer courtesy the Aquarium of the Pacific.

As part of the First Wednesdays series at the Aquarium of the Pacific, whale expert Alisa Schulman-Janiger will discuss the past, present and future for orcas that visit the West Coast each year, specifically Southern California. The most recent spotting included a pod of orcas off the local coast in December 2021.

Schulman-Janiger is the lead research biologist for the California Killer Whale Project. She is also a research associate at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and the director of the Gray Whale Census and Behavior Project by the American Cetacean Society’s Los Angeles Chapter.

The free talk and Q&A titled “Killer Whales of Southern California” — capped off with a cash bar cocktail hour, music and a paint-a-fish art activity — will take place in-person and on livestream from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 2, in the Honda Pacific Visions Theater. Reservations are required and may be made online, click here, or by calling 562-590-3100. Attendance requires proof of COVID-19 vaccinations or a negative test.

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