Today, you should… crack open Potter Parodies at Harvelle’s


The sorcerer’s stoned in the “Chamber of Dirty Little Secrets.” Whether that leads to Ron and Hermoine finally admitting their love for each other, you’ll just have to find out at Harvelle’s where Dirty Little Secrets Burlesque will bring to life a different kind of magic from the wizarding world with Potter Parodies. It’s essentially “a magical adventure of boobs, brooms and evil,” according to the group that performs their version of an epic wand waving battle complete with comedy and dance routines.

Another great thing:

Photo courtesy Long Beach Unplugged/

Long Beach Unplugged is a group of troubadours who love jamming out around the city, bringing top 40 tunes and classic rock anthems all in the name of having a good time. Retro Row boutique, Songbird, is hosting the band in their modest storefront for a three-hour show that’s sure to get you groovin’ and erase the memory of all the Christmas earworms you’ve been subjected to for the past month and a half. Sweet relief.

Expect to hear catchy tunes from The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Marvin Gaye, Elvis, Crosby, Robin Thicke, Prince, Pink Floyd, REM and dozens more. These guys have a song for everyone. (Cheantay Jensen)

Giving us a moment’s pause:

TED Bluegrass band busking on Retro Row for Fourth Fridays in 2018. Image courtesy Fourth Fridays/

Long Beach Unplugged won’t be the only reason you should swing down to 4th Street. This month’s iteration of Fourth Fridays on Retro Row promises all the live music, buskers, drink specials, business deals, art shows and fun that bring the community to the cozy area.

Where to start? We suggest embarking form Portfolio coffee house where you can grab a cup of jitters and trek down the sidewalks of 4th street to check out everything each business has to offer. If you want to be thorough, you can cross the street at Cherry and wind your way back up.

Make sure to check out Long Beach Unplugged at Songbird for your rock n’ roll fix or DJ Esuebio Akasa and Dust Digg (Dustin Rodriguez) at 4th Street Vine for all the funk, hip-hip, soul jams to swirl your glass of wine to. Shady Grove foods will also be selling their Southern-inspired comfort food. (CJ)

Two showings of Potter Parodies at 8:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. take place at Harvelle’s; 201 E. Broadway. Tickets start at $12, buy them here.

Long Beach Unplugged performs Friday, Dec. 27 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Songbird; 2240 E 4th St..

Fourth Fridays on Retro Row is Friday, Dec. 27 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. between Junipero Ave. and Cherry St. on E. 4th St. 

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Asia Morris has been with the Long Beach Post for five years, specializing in coverage of the arts. Her parents gave her the name because they wanted her to be a world traveler and they got their wish. She has obliged by pursuing art, journalism and a second career as a competitive cyclist.