So, that’s over and we are left to somehow soldier on without the daily dose of imperiled chickens and dialysis patients of which we’ve become so accustomed. Oh, democracy, you can be such a tease.
Now that you suddenly find yourself with lots of extra time on your hands—what political mavens referred to as finding one’s self “Rohrbacher’d”—you’ll need things to fill the void. Here then, are a few suggestions of stuff to do this weekend; some fun, some enriching, some rainwater; all of it, completely cage-free.
THURSDAY: Museum and Chill
We can think of few places better suited to rehab and recharge after the election season than the Long Beach Museum of Art, that dark brown blur you pass on Ocean Boulevard while changing lanes sans blinker. And there is no better day to do it than Thursday at Claire’s at the Museum which, from its perch on the bluffs, offers stunning views of the ocean as well as a stunningly elongated happy hour (3 p.m. to 8 p.m.) featuring cheap Bloody Mary’s ($5), half-priced bottles of wine, some inexpensive eats and the time to ponder what we just collectively put ourselves through.
To that end, a receipt from Claire’s gets you half-off admission to the museum itself on any day and admission is free at 3 p.m. on Thursday which will allow you to check out exhibitions by artists Narsiso Martinez and John Sonsini, each of whom explore in their own way the experience of often marginalized, sometimes villainized Latino workers; Sonsini through portraiture (above), Martinez with mixed media, including painting on the very boxes workers, including himself, filled with produce they picked by hand.
Claire’s at the Museum, 2300 East Ocean Boulevard, is open Thursday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m, Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m, Saturday – Sunday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit the website here for more info.
FRIDAY: Youth Movements
One of the stars of the election season were the youth. You know, what do the youth think? Are the youth angry? As if the youth were some monolithic entity having shared one common experience and outlook. We do this, for some reason, when we cease to be youth, completely forgetting the fact that being young is one laborious, sometimes torturous search for identity, purpose and acceptance. Two works this weekend tackle as much.
The first is pretty much the Rosetta Stone of youth lit, Louisa May Alcott’s redoubtable Little Women which has not only been read for centuries but been made into stage plays, movies—a new film version directed by Greta Gerwig and starring Meryl Streep and Emma Watson is slated for release next year—TV series and a Broadway musical. It’s the latter that the Long Beach Landmark Theatre is staging with “Little Women the Broadway Play” which it is mounting inside the spectacular First Congregational Church. Now, we know, you’re thinking local theater company puts on a musical in a local church, it’s gonna look like a local theater production in a church and, to be honest, we were thinking the same thing. That is until we caught some of the rehearsals. As you’ll see from the above video of those rehearsals, this mix of local and professional talent is first rate.
“Little Women — the Broadway Musical” performances run Friday through Sunday from Nov. 9 through Nov. 18. Friday and Saturday performances are at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 to $50. First Congregational Church is at 241 Cedar Ave.
Both similar and different is a story being told nightly at the UA Long Beach 6 at the Marketplace on PCH, the one that, along with the Art Theatre, provides consistent art house fare, sometimes accompanied by a soundtrack from our fellow theatergoers who hail from Leisure World (“WAIT. SO DOES THAT GAL LIKE THAT OTHER GAL???”) Boy Erased tells the true story of a young man (played by Lucas Hedges), son of a Baptist pastor in a small town, outed to his parents (Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe) and subsequently faced with the ultimatum of either undergoing “conversion therapy” or be permanently shunned by his family, friends and faith community. It’s a wonderful film, garnering great reviews, and one that not only speaks to the specific issues raised but also to anyone who has struggled at some time with going our own way despite the cost. (Spoiler alert: that’s all of us.)
Boy Erased plays at UA Long Beach 6 through at least Nov. 15. Check website for showtimes.
SATURDAY: Sweet and Tender Tribute
The 22nd edition of the Long Beach Veterans Day Parade will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, starting at Market Street and Atlantic Avenue in North Long Beach and heading north on Atlantic to East Harding Street. The event, which draws up to 25,000 attendees and has about 140 entrants, is connected with a festival that will take place from Houghton Park to the Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library on Atlantic Avenue. That event will include live music, the Aquarium of the Pacific Aquarium on Wheels, the Animal Care Services Mobile Pet Adoption Vehicle, a “ninja- style” obstacle course, food, a beer garden, vendor booths and a Kid’s Zone. The street fair will also include “Vets Fest”, a section that will include services for veterans with various resources and a Career Expo.
Alex’s Bar, which is just one of our favorite places, will be presenting Sweet and Tender Hooligans tonight. You may know that Sweet and Tender is not only considered the foremost Smiths and Morrissey tribute band but the best tribute outfit around. And they have been around having just celebrated a quarter century of playing together. The band is so tight because it includes pros such as Joe Escalante—bass player with The Vandals—as well as the truest of true Moz believers in Jose Maldonando, an LA County lifeguard who sounds and moves so much like Morrissey, it’s kind of spooky. Of course, Morrissey is kind of spooky. And the nice thing with this band, you’re pretty much guaranteed the headliner will show up on time, play a full set without fear of any of that messy, vague, ambiguous nationalists talk. So that’s nice.
Sweet and Tender Hooligans play Saturday, Nov. 10 at Alex’s Bar, 2913 E. Anaheim St. Show begins at 8 p.m., tickets $20-23.
SUNDAY: Save the Rainwater
Finally, the election may have left you feeling hopeful about our democracy, then again, it may have left you feeling like humankind was on such borrowed time now that you actually would like to start gathering your own water. You’re in luck! The City of Long Beach Office of Sustainability is partnering with Rain Barrels International to offer free classes on rainwater harvesting. The class will not only discuss the importance of rainwater harvesting but the benefits of having a rain barrel, how to install one, as well as helpful methods to conserve water on your property.
What’s more, the Metropolitan Water District is currently offering all Long Beach residents a rain barrel rebate of $35.00 per rain barrel. This rebate is good for two (2) rain barrels per household Even better rain barrels will be available at the event for $65; they go for twice that at local stores. Attendance at the workshop is not required to purchase your rain barrel at the discounted price nor are you required to make a purchase to attend the free class.
Rainwater harvesting will be held Sunday, November 11th from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., at Whaley Park, 5620 E. Atherton St.
MONDAY: Augmented Reality
Long Beach Parks and Rec has utilized the Agents of Discovery platform to create a free, educational smartphone app to get kids active, engaged and learning about the world around them. For the launch of the app, 50 teens from all over Long Beach will convene at Willow Springs Park and assume the role of a secret agent on a Mission as they gain new insights into the natural open space at the park. The mission’s challenges are questions and facts created by park staff members that are geo-tagged and are triggered to appear in the app as the teens walk the trail and pass by certain locations. It’s like Pokemon Go, but more about education and less about walking absent-mindedly into traffic.
Agents of Discovery takes place from noon to 3 p.m. at Willow Springs Park, 2745 Orange Ave.
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