Things to do this weekend in Long Beach including… moonlight pride bike rides and jazz

This week we’re all over the map, but we’ve found some events you can enjoy indoors or out—but mostly out because we know you’re sick of being inside. Aren’t we all?

Catch a music and magic variety show and virtual jazz performance along with an evening bike ride in honor of gay pride. Make sure to check out an artists market and a new art gallery by students from Cal State Long Beach. And if you’re feeling like giving back, we’ve got a city-wide clean-up and a brain cancer awareness event you can support.

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Brian Coakley (left) and Frank Meyer performing at Alex’s Bar. Photo by Steve Allen.

Local musician Frank Meyer, known by most as the frontman for the veteran LA Punk outfit Streetwalkin’ Cheetahs, is playing a residency at the Good Bar south of Rose Park that promises a night of comedy, magic, music and mayhem.

Though Meyer is bringing the music—and maybe some mayhem—the stand-up set will be by local Christian Lopez with magic from Edward Joseph.

Meyer, accompanied by fellow Streetwalkin’ Cheetahs member Dino Everett, will be performing a setlist of acoustic original music (solo and Streetwalkin’ Cheetahs songs) and covers by Iron Maiden, New York Dolls, Van Halen and more.

Keep a lookout for the weekly variety show, Meyer said, as they’ll be eventually bringing in other comedians and live entertainment such as burlesque.

The show starts at 7 p.m. Wednesday May 12. No cover.

The Good Bar is at 3316 E. Seventh St.


Jazz trumpeter Nicholas Payton. Image courtesy Carpenter Center.

The Carpenter Center and Cal State Long Beach Voices for Justice Series, which launched February this year, aims to foster a culture of inclusion and compassion by amplifying marginalized voices who discuss topics such as systemic racism, activism, social justice and equality through the lens of the arts.

Their latest voice features Nicholas Payton, a Grammy-winning jazz musician and trumpet player from New Orleans. During this 45-minute discussion on Zoom, Payton will explore—through performance and musings—music’s invaluable role as a tool of expression, inspiration and activism.

Leading the discussion portion of the stream will be CSULB music professor Ray Briggs. The conversation will be followed by a 15-minute student-centered, question-and-answer session.

Watch the free Zoom call at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 12. Click here to register.


“Santiago” by Bonny Jackson. Image courtesy CSULB.

The annual exhibition of works by Cal State Long Beach’s students of the arts is now available for online viewing.

With pieces from both graduate and undergraduate students, the juried exhibition features a broad spectrum of works from CSULB’s varying disciplines, including ceramics, drawing and painting, fiber, graphic design, illustration, pre-production, animation, metals and jewelry, photography, printmaking, sculpture, 4D and wood.

The gallery is not currently permitting in-person viewing but will be available to see online, which you can find here.


The San Pedro Fish Market Long Beach is offering live music and dining views overlooking Alamitos Bay. Photo courtesy San Pedro Fish Market Long Beach.

The San Pedro Fish Market Long Beach, the one not located in Ports O’ Call San Pedro, but at Alamitos Bay, kicked off its new spring series Bands on the Bay in April where guests can enjoy live music while they dine.

This week’s featured act is acoustic duo Deeper Still performing a selection of covers and original music from 3 to 6 p.m.

Enjoy a wide selection of family-style seafood trays, fresh fish entrees, cocktails and more while you listen to some relaxing tunes and catch those sweet waterfront views on their very spacious outdoor patio (or dining room, that’s open,  too).

What’s also very nice about Thursdays at the San Pedro Fish Market, is Happy Hour from 3 to 6 p.m., which features $5 draft beer, $6 wines by the glass and a selection of $7 specialty cocktails.

The San Pedro Fish Market Long Beach is at 6550 E. Marina Drive.


Image courtesy Gay Long Beach/Facebook.

Gear up (you and your bike) in all things glowing and glittery for this Friday evening bike ride roll-out in honor of Gay Pride.

The 2.5 mile excursion (round-trip) takes off at the Belmont Pier at 7 p.m. and will travel down the beach path to Downtown. After a 30-minute break, the group will head back up to the Belmont Pier.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own bike or skates, but the parade will be at a brisk walking pace for those who’d like to participate but don’t have any wheels to cruise.

For more information, click here.

The Belmont Pier is off Ocean Boulevard and 39th Place.


Nellie de la Cruz and Arlene Ramirez sit by the fountain in the courtyard at Dignity Health—St. Mary Medical Center. Photo by Cheantay Jensen.

Young Nellie de la Cruz and Arlene Ramirez are doing their part to raise awareness about cancer by creating bracelets and other crafts for the community—efforts they’ve dubbed “Cancer Fighters.”

One of their events last year was organized as a thank you to the nurses at St. Mary Medical Center, which was both a sentiment of gratitude for their hard work during the pandemic as well as for the care de la Cruz received when she was a 6-year-old battling a serious kidney condition.

This Saturday, May 15 at 2 p.m. the girls (and their mothers) will be on the corner of 14th Street and Walnut Avenue at 2 p.m handing out goodie bags to raise awareness about brain cancer. If you’d like to donate to their cause, you can find their GoFundMe here.


Image courtesy HeamarKat/Facebook.

Stop by Liberty Art Gallery and Event Space in East Village from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 15 and check out the wares from a few local vendors.

Expect to find those handmade doll heads by HeamarKat (pictured above) at a discount, as well as candles, vintage clothing and other antiques.

Liberty Art Gallery and Event Space is at 435 Alamitos Ave.


The Pike at Downtown Long Beach. Photo by John Robinson.

Volunteers are needed for a community cleanup in Downtown Long Beach, scheduled for Saturday, May 15, from 9 to 11 a.m.

Participants need to register online in advance and answer a short questionnaire.

Tools, bags and gloves will be provided or volunteers can bring their own. Participants must practice social distancing and wear masks.

Volunteers can choose to help at one of two locations: the Laugh Factory at the Pike at 151 S. Pine Ave., or Promenade Square Park at 215 E. First Street.

The cleanup is sponsored by Councilwoman Cindy Allen, the Long Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Downtown Long Beach Alliance, the Department of Public Works and the Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine.


Coming live from the steps of Grace First Presbyterian Church is folk-jazz duo Nathan and Jessie. Enjoy the free, outdoor show beginning at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 16.

Guests are encouraged to bring their own food, drinks, lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the show. Event organizers ask that the audience maintain social distancing and where a mask when not seated.

For more information and to RSVP, click here.

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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.