It’s coming. Oh, it’s coming.
The family and the forced merriment and just all of it. When you think about it, this is really your last weekend before It. All. Starts. And so we offer you some places and activities to let you recharge and/or chill. Most of them are pretty cheap to free because, you know: That. Time.
Yayoi Kusama is arguably the most famous and, without a doubt, top-selling female artist in the world. Her Infinity Mirror Rooms, speckled, other-worldly immersions, are a global sensation. Just try getting into the one at the Broad in downtown L.A.; ‘Infinity” is probably how long you’ll have to wait.
But, as is often the case with greatness or great success, Kusama’s personal story is rife hardship, sadness and perseverance, all of which is chronicled in the documentary Kusama: Infinity showing tonight for one night only at 8 p.m. at the Art Theatre.
Presented by Imprint Culture Lab and POW! WOW!, ticket proceeds will benefit the annual mural festival POW! WOW Long Beach and the theatre. For tickets and more info, check out the Facebook event page here.
The Art Theatre is located at 2025 E. 4th St.
We forget (a lot). So, remind us. Is it just a lovely coincidence that Fingerprints Music is located at 420 E. 4th St.?
Whatever, Fingerprints is another one of those favorite places of ours, not only because it is unapologetically anachronistic—imagine, a place where you not only actually have to go to, but sells stuff like vinyl records and books and framed posters of Elvis Costello that I want so bad, please baby, please, can I have it? A place that forces people into interactions with other people to talk music, art or if the store’s address is just a coincidence? It can’t be, right?
It’s also a great place to listen to music. Fingerprints has been host to many great outfits, both well known—Violent Femmes, Silversun Pickups—and less so. Tonight it hosts Canada’s Tokyo Police Club, playing this gig in support of their new album TPC. Tokyo Police Club have been described as up-tempo guitar driven indie rock and, on Fingerprints, they beautifully describe TPC as “a cinema soundtrack to a lager-fueled evening with friends, talking about the heavy stuff, but not doing much about it; it’s 12 songs that have things figured out, and are ready to fight, – but most of the dialog is internal; the adversaries hypothetical, and most of the loves short-term.”
That’s all very nice, but completely misses the most important point. Tokyo Police Club, which played three gigs on Late Night With David Letterman, also did a gig on Desperate Housewives. Behold!
This is a free with RSVP event, but pre-ordering/purchasing TPC will get you priority entry for the performance and in front of the line for the signing. RSVP, or purchase TPC, in the shop or by calling (562) 433-4996. For more info, check out the event page here.
Call us old fashion, but we remember a time when Christmas season didn’t actually begin until that period between Santa appearing at the end of the Macy’s Parade and when they began setting up triage outside of Toys R Us (RIP). Nowadays, Christmas starts pretty much anytime after Labor Day … or whenever someone turns on the Hallmark Channel. Oh, did we mention that KOST 103.5 started playing its wall-to-wall holiday music this week. So much “Santa Baby.”
Today, another sign of the Xmaspocalypse as the Pike Outlets does its Holiday Kickoff by opening up the LA Kings Holiday Ice Rink. This opening night celebration will feature a tree lighting event complete with Santa, giveaways and live music as well as someone from the Thanksgiving Lobby who will ask if this please couldn’t have waited for another week.
The rink will be open until January 6, offering two skate sessions a day. It cost $12 to get on the ice, but we’ll tell you a little secret. If you bring your own skates, you’ll get two bucks off. Here’s another secret, if you bring your own skates and can move reasonably well on the ice, you may be signed to play on the Kings second line (hockey term) because they are hooooorible this year, like worst record in the NHL hooooorible. Santa Baby, you think you could bring us someone who can put the biscuit in the basket?
LA Kings Holiday Ice Rink is open at the Pike Outlets, November 16–December 14, Monday – Friday, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM (Session1), 8:30 PM – 10:30 PM (Session 2), Saturday – Sunday 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM (Session 1), 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM (Session 2) and December 15 – January 6, Monday – Sunday 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM (Session 1), 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM (Session 2). More on the event can be found here.
Alien Dance Band rocked it tonight! Wow! What a great experience!!!
Posted by St Maria Goretti Parish Carnival on Saturday, June 10, 2017
Speaking as a Catholic, I can tell you there are two things my peeps do really well: international intrigue, many times involving Tom Hanks, and parish carnivals.
Let’s talk the latter. The folks at St. Maria Goretti are well known for putting on a heckuva carnival. Yes, there are rides, yes there are games and food and silent auctions, but one thing that always distinguishes a Goretti carnival is the quality and range of its musical acts. This year, for example, opens Friday with country act, The Big City Hillbillies, and continues Saturday with a reggae vibe—One Draw, Cal1fa and Chapter 11—and concludes Sunday with music you’d expect for what they’re billing as Family Fiesta.
To give you an idea of how adventuresome they get at Goretti’s, check out the above video of the Goretti Carnival performance by Alien Dance Band.
St. Maria Goretti Carnival is Friday 5-11 p.m., Saturday noon to 11 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. The school is located at 3950 Palo Verde Ave.
Long Beach Airport kicks off its 95th anniversary celebration with the Festival of Flight, a free event open to the public featuring food and beer trucks and numerous aircraft displays including a C-17 from March Air Force Base, a Gulfstream G650, a Lockheed Model 10 Electra (Amelia Earhart’s ride of choice), World War II era warbirds and a lot more. Find out more about the festival via this link.
Parking is free and available on the corner of E. Wardlow Road and Globemaster Way.
El Dorado Regional Park will host a free kids fishing derby from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The derby will provide free tackle and a pole to any kid 15 years or younger. If you’re 16 or older, you’ll have to have a valid California State Fishing License. Getting old is a curse, kids, get used to it.
There will be prizes awarded, if you’re into that kind of thing, and just know that apparently, the bait of choice at El Dorado is shrimp and marshmallows. Swear.
Registration takes place at 8 a.m. near picnic shelter B in Area 2 of the park. Vehicle entry to the park is free for the derby. El Dorado Park is located at 7550 E. Spring St.
“I have a dream for this garden. When a person is tired, or anxious, or in a quest of beauty, may they enter and come forth refreshed to meet the problems of the day.” So wrote Lorraine Miller Collins about the garden she brought into existence on the campus of Cal State Long Beach. The Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden, has provided refuge for many a student and, starting today and including November 25, the garden will expand its weekend hours by staying open from noon to 4 p.m. each day.
The 1.3-acre gem is a place of calm and reflection. Designed by Ed Lovell, who took inspiration from the Imperial Gardens in Tokyo, the garden was also intended to serve as an outdoor classroom for both the visual arts and sciences. It also wouldn’t be a bad place to take a photo to include on your upcoming holiday card, but please don’t write one of those family updates with a bunch of humble and not so humble brags because those are just awful.
Cal State Long Beach is at 1250 Bellflower Blvd.
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