If you’re looking to fill your weekend with cultural happenings, we’ve got you covered. From a groundbreaking art opening at Cal State Long Beach’s University Art Museum to the 14th annual Japanese Classic Car Show, there’s no shortage of things to do.
California Coastal Clean-Up Day
On Saturday morning, the Aquarium of the Pacific will be cleaning up the beach at the end of the Peninsula as part of the statewide clean-up day. You can help, too, by assisting aquarium staff with picking up trash and protecting our oceans. Gloves and bags will be provided on site.
The clean-up will take place from 9 a.m. to noon. Look for the Aquarium tent to check in. For more info, visit the Facebook event here.
The clean-up event is located at the end of the Peninsula in the lot at 72nd Place and Ocean Boulevard.
Tiki Art Rumble
Battle for the Island of the Gargantuas! A Tiki Art Rumble! is opening at MADE by Millworks hosted by Gargantuas Art Collective. Limited-edition tiki mugs and bowls, Polynesian Pop art, an art battle on gallery walls, music and more will make for a raucous Saturday night.
The opening reception takes place from 7 to 10 p.m. For more info check out the event page here.
MADE by Millworks is located at 240 Pine Ave.
Japanese Classic Car Show
Described as the “epicenter of the Japanese classic-car movement” this annual event will bring over 500 cars to Marina Green Park on Saturday. Now in its 14th year, original, restored and modified cars made before 1985 will be showcased, as well as Japanese classic motorcycles.
Marina Green Park is located at 386 E. Shoreline Drive.
Long Beach Zine Fest
Check out the independently printed work of 120-plus writers, artists and more at the fourth annual Long Beach Zine Fest, readying to take over the Expo Arts Center in Bixby Knolls on Saturday. It’s a free all-ages event with multiple panels, live music, workshops, food vendors and more.
LBZF runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Check out the website here for more info.
Expo Arts Center is located at 4321 Atlantic Ave.
Cambodia Town Film Festival
The Cambodia Town Film Festival was started to ensure that Cambodian and Cambodian-American narratives play on the big screen, gaining the recognition and exposure they deserve. Seven short films, four feature narratives (including a free screening of “The Joy Luck Club” on Sunday), three feature documentaries and a live one-woman show all take place this weekend.
Film festival screenings begin at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday and run all day Sunday. For tickets and more information, check out the website here.
The Art Theatre is located at 2025 E. 4th St.
American MONUMENT Launch Reception
Dallas-based artist lauren woods’ sound installation is the centerpiece of this new exhibit at Cal State Long Beach’s University Art Museum, an exhibit transforming the space into a monument examining “the cultural conditions under which African-Americans have lost their lives to police violence.”
“This monument serves to contemplate and critically engage the systemic violence that we help to maintain, not specific victims or localized instances,” woods said in a statement. “My hope is that people will use it as a tool to help clarify where and how they can personally work to help end the problem.”
The launch reception takes place from 4 to 6 p.m. and the exhibit runs through Dec. 9. It’s free and open to the public, but RSPVs are requested. For more information, visit the website here.
The University Art Museum is located on campus at 1250 Bellflower Blvd.
Portfolio Series: Cecilia Paredes
Opening on Saturday with a members-only reception, get inspired by the works of Peruvian-born multimedia artist Cecilia Paredes on Sunday. One of the artist’s most known pieces is “Paisajes,” where she uses her own body as a canvas and blends into her own painting.
“Cecelia Paredes is a peerless pioneer that embodies a vibrant spirit that we are pleased to feature at our museum,” Lourdes Ramos, president and CEO of the Museum of Latin American Art, said in a statement.
The museum’s Portfolio Series shows rotating masterworks by modern and contemporary Latin American and Latino artists in The Contemplation Deck, a rotating gallery space. This exhibit will run through December 30. For more info, visit the website here.
Museum of Latin American Art is located at 628 Alamitos Ave.
Asia Morris is a Long Beach native covering arts and culture for the Long Beach Post. You can reach her on Twitter and Instagram @theasiamorris and via email at [email protected]
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