Dine Out Long Beach is back

Get ready to invigorate your taste buds this week at 40 restaurants across town, during the annual Dine Out Long Beach restaurant week, happening Feb. 19-25. Elizabeth Borsting, founder of Dine Out Long Beach, said restaurants across Long Beach will be offering prix-fixe menus — menus only available during the week long event — that include lunch meals starting at $10 per person and dinners starting at $25. Borsting said the goal of the city’s premier restaurant event is to “get people out and shine the light on the Long Beach dining scene.” This year’s lineup consists of some new additions, like Beer Belly, as well as returning participants such as Restauration, Brix at the Shore and Pike Restaurant and Bar. The event will focus on highlighting distinct multi-cultural cuisines, encouraging locals to step out of their comfort zones and either try foods such as rabbit legs or simply grab a sandwich at a new gastropub, all for an affordable price. Borsting said this year’s restaurant week consists of a lot of great restaurants across Long Beach, including some which are landmarks to the city. Restauration, an American bistro on Retro Row is offering discounted lunch and dinner meals, which

By | 2017-02-20T21:34:19+00:00 Feb 20, 2017 | 9:34 pm|Categories: Arts & Life, Events|

7th annual spring Long Beach Comic Expo

Long Beach was a comic book wonderland over the weekend for the 7th annual spring Comic Expo. Headlining this year’s expo were familiar big-time stars such as “Aquaman”/”Game of Thrones” actor Jason Momoa, comic book legend George Perez, “Supernatural’s” Ghostfacers and World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Famer Rikishi. Russell Nolti from Wannabee Press Comics said the Long Beach Comic Expo sets the bar for the rest of the year’s convention season, and it’s a perfect place for indie artists or first-time congoers. “This specific con is great for gearing up for the rest of the year, since it’s sort of the first one and people are super friendly,” he said. The exhibition hall was transformed into a whole different world with Cosplay Corner, Artists Alley and rows and rows of comic bins that were swarmed by veteran comic collectors and curious first-timers. Many congoers like Tony Stark cosplayer Alexander Desser expressed the importance of taking time for imaginative fun. “This is a great outlet, especially in these times,” Desser said. “There’s so much creativity in one room and everyone is just so happy. I come every year with my daughter and son.” One of the most anticipated events for Saturday

By | 2017-02-20T01:43:10+00:00 Feb 19, 2017 | 8:31 pm|Categories: Arts & Life, Events, Showcase|

Contemporary choreography collaborations

Imagine it is the end of last August and the fall 2016 university semester has just begun. You have been inspired by a personal experience, aspects of history — or even by the human mind.   You gather your peers to work with you for four months choreographing an audition piece for the spring 2017 student dance concerts. Just for fun, let’s add another formal audition process with the chance that your work may not get chosen.   This is the process that Cal State Long Beach department of dance majors go through when they decide they want to audition their own choreography for the spring student concerts. This year, out of the several student pieces that were auditioned, twelve were chosen to be showcased in the two 2017 CSULB Contemporary Dance Concerts.   Starting off the two concerts is Program A, with performances Feb. 16-18. This evening of diverse works features original choreography by CSULB undergraduate choreographers Ashley Allen, Alice Amano, Kathryn Giometti, Nathaniel Gonzaga, Tanner Miranda, Haley Richartz and Jack Taylor. The six dances being presented draw upon a wide range of dance styles, musical inspirations and artistic collaborations.   Three of the dances presented in this concert

By | 2017-02-14T21:11:44+00:00 Feb 14, 2017 | 9:11 pm|Categories: Arts & Life, Events, Fine Arts|

National Condom Day at CSULB

Feb. 14 not only marked Valentine's Day, but also National Condom Day – non-coincidentally – and just like many other campuses across the U.S., Cal State Long Beach joined in on the annual event by handing out free condoms. CSULB’s efforts to honor the less popular of the two holidays included various booths from different organizations that handed out not just condoms, but also contraceptives, female condoms and lubricant. The Health Resource Center, who had a booth set up for the occasion, had already handed out 100 condoms by the early afternoon. Coordinator for the HRC Heidi Girling expressed her excitement for the date. “It’s perfect for Valentine's Day,” she said. “It increases awareness about the use of condoms and shows students how to use them, to protect themselves.” National Condom Day, which originated from an AIDS support group in the U.S. during the late 1980’s, was created with the intent to serve an educational purpose. The women’s health & wellbeing services, which offers various clinical services and counseling for women, further explained that the intent for the day was to, “promote condom use and educate people about the need to practice safe sex.” Moreover, CSULB’s Center for Latino Community

By | 2017-02-14T21:07:14+00:00 Feb 14, 2017 | 9:07 pm|Categories: Arts & Life, Events|

Dawn of the dog

The fishy smell of the marina filled the air as thousands of feet and even more paws scampered in the mud — hopefully, from the weekend's rain and not the many plausible urinations — at Marine Stadium Park on Sunday. Animal lovers from all across Southern California met at the park for the 13th annual Haute Dog’s Bulldog Beauty Contest from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. “The whole idea is to bring people together for their love of animals,” said volunteer Brad Duerre. “It’s a great way to meet people, make friends and get involved with the community.” The event, which started off as an ironic attraction for a pet adoption fair, has evolved to include all sorts of breeds. Everyone from terriers and retrievers to Dachshunds and Great Danes were present. “Lots of people were saying ‘I’d like to bring my dog,’ so it grew over the years,” Duerre said. The once-one-hour long event has now stretched into 6 hours, including 21 competitions for everything from Best Ears, Best Tail, even Best Legs to Best Butt (open to all breeds and mixes). This year, they wrapped up the day with the first ever Cutest Corgi contest. The day began

By | 2017-02-12T20:44:43+00:00 Feb 12, 2017 | 8:44 pm|Categories: Arts & Life, Events|

Confucius Institute celebrates Chinese New Year at CSULB

Dancing, treats and a celebration of Chinese culture is what you’ll find on the bookstore lawn on Thursday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Cal State Long Beach’s Confucius Institute is hosting its first Chinese New Year celebration, offering activities and demonstrations of Chinese tradition open to all students. The Confucius Institute at CSULB is a non-profit organization that promotes the development of Chinese culture, language, tradition and arts for students, faculty and the surrounding community. The goal of the celebration is to “bring the Chinese culture and language onto campus while building relationships and friendships,” said Heidi Zhang, director of the Confucius Institute. Students will be exposed to traditional Chinese New Year cultural practices with demonstrations and learning activities. Attendees can learn how to make Chinese paper lanterns and watch a traditional dragon and lion dance. Students can play shuttlecock, a popular Chinese children’s game that resembles hacky sack but is decorated with rooster feathers. The Institute will also provide hongbao for the first hundred students, which are red packages filled with candy that symbolize good luck and fortune for the new year — which is the year of the rooster. The final day of the Chinese New Year celebration is

By | 2017-02-06T21:49:56+00:00 Feb 6, 2017 | 9:49 pm|Categories: Arts & Life, Events|

Benjamin Scheuer offers free show for CSULB

Benjamin Scheuer, a singer/songwriter, award-winning Broadway performer, author and stage-four Hodgkins Lymphoma survivor is coming to Cal State Long Beach. He currently spends his nights performing his one-man show “THE LION,” which won the 2015 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Solo Performance, at the Geffen Playhouse in L.A. His residency there, lasting from Jan. 4 to Feb. 19, will take a brief halt when he sets up stage at The Pointe, located under the yellow steps of the Pyramid on Wednesday from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Admission for the show, entitled “Making Good Things Out of Bad Things,” will cost $10 for the general public; however, Scheuer invites students and faculty from CSULB and Cal State Fullerton to join him for free in this night of stories, songs and videos. The show is also free for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society patients and families. The event will be split up into two portions, with the first hour being “stories and songs.” This section will contain Scheuer’s presentation and an audience Q&A. The second hour will be a book signing for his book “Between Two Spaces,” during which guests can meet and greet the artist as they help themselves to coffee and desserts. “Between

By | 2017-02-06T17:16:35+00:00 Feb 6, 2017 | 5:16 pm|Categories: Arts & Life, Events, Music|

Muldoon’s Saloon gathers donations for Standing Rock

Live music, art, food trucks and alcohol for a cause, what more could you ask for? All those needs will be met Saturday at Muldoon’s Saloon. The North Long Beach bar is holding a fundraiser for Standing Rock to support the protection of the Native American land and water supply being threatened by the Dakota Access Pipeline. Musicians Samerai the 7th, Myk Mansun, Char Lynch, Joesé Gloria, IllNes Infection, Dr. V & The Moans, Fueled By Saka and Jumpship!! will be playing for free to support the cause. The food trucks Dos Chinos and Pho King Awesome will also be there to serve up some delicious dishes. The event will be held at Muldoon’s Saloon on Feb. 11 from 5 p.m.-2 a.m. with happy hour from 8-9 p.m. Muldoon’s will be serving up a specialty cocktail made for this night only, and the best part? Admission is free. Muldoon's Saloon is an Irish bar located near North Paramount Boulevard and South Street. On top of encouraging patrons to come with supplies to donate, a portion of all their sales will be donated directly to the elders in the camps at Standing Rock. In August of last year, protests started against

By | 2017-02-06T15:11:08+00:00 Feb 6, 2017 | 3:11 pm|Categories: Arts & Life, Events|
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