Today, you should … speak, or sing, your mind at The Definitive Soapbox


The Soapbox has been offering a free, open mic, every last Friday of the month, for a decade now. An open mic to tell your coming of age story, an open mic to read your poetry, an open mic to sing your song. There’s no requirements or judgment, but you do have to get there early enough to sign up, and since this is the Soapbox’s 10th Anniversary Show, there figures to be a lot of people looking to sign up. That’s why we’d suggest being at Fox Coffee House at 6:30 p.m. when they bring out the signup sheet.

Again, this being a special occasion, the Soapbox will feature poets Yesika Selgado and Terisa Siagatonu as well as longtime Soapbox vets, and recent Buskerfest winners, BLCKNOISE—though, longtime followers, i.e. Noisys, still know them as The Black Noise… though, actually, the band was originally gonna be The Black Noise Theory, but, well, …

Another great thing: Baroque orchestra Musica Angelica is back, opening its fifth year of residence in Long Beach, 27 overall, with Virtuoso Strings, featuring iconic compositions for the violin from Vivaldi and Biber as well as Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B-flat major and concerto for three violins.

Giving us a moment’s pause: Your Musica Angelica ticket also gets you a dinner of small, chef-inspired plates designed to enrich the Baroque concert experience, served before the performance. Why can’t life always be like this?

The Definitive Soapbox begins at 7 p.m., but SIGNUP BEGINS AT 6:30. Fox Coffee House is located at 437 W. Willow St. For more information, click here.

Musica Angelica performs at 8 p.m. at the Beverly O’Neill Theater, located at 300 E Ocean Blvd. For more information or tickets, click here.

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Steve Lowery began his journalism career at the Los Angeles Times, where he planned to spend his entire career. God, as usual, laughed at his plans and he has since written for the short-lived sports publication The National, the L.A. Daily News, the Press-Telegram, New Times LA, the District and the OC Weekly. He is the Arts & Culture Editor for the Post, overseeing the Hi-lo.