Having dinner on the sidewalk will never be better than it can be tonight on Broadway ave., when there will be 13 food trucks to try out in just a four-block radius. Locals and visitors can get a taste of what the On Broadway Business Association has to offer as Heights Village hosts the final Third Thursday Food Truck Fun event of the year. The event, held on every third Thursday between April to September from 5-9 p.m., brings local food trucks to a stretch of Broadway between Loma and Obispo avenues in Long Beach. Members of the community can stop by and take in their options before creating a meal from a myriad of different style cuisines. The fun of of this event isn’t just the variety of options, but also the fusion style foods that food trucks are popular for. Attendees can choose from lobster rolls and New England style clam chowder from Lobsta Truck, sushi burritos from Jogasaki, Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches from Mandoline Grill or grab a roti from India Jones – just to name a few. “Some of the trucks have been with us since the beginning [in 2012],” said Sidney Cramer, local business owner
Cal State Long Beach students will soon have the chance to ditch mainstream electronic music and revisit the classical sounds they typically only hear in movie scores. The Bob Cole Conservatory Symphony is hosting its first concert of the season at 8 p.m. Friday at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center. Johannes Müller-Stosch, who serves as Director of Orchestral Studies and Director of the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music, will conduct the orchestra as it performs “España” by French composer Emmanuel Chabrier and “Symphony No. 5” by Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Müller-Stosch has traveled to places like Chile, Italy, Japan and South Korea in support of his career as a conductor, as well as a solo and collaborative artist. Outside of his work with California State University, Long Beach, he spends time as music director and conductor of Holland Symphony Orchestra in Michigan. Müller-Stosch chose these pieces in an effort to challenge the orchestra without making excessive demands. “I also keep in mind what the audience might want to listen to,” he said. “I also don't repeat any pieces within a 7-8 year cycle.” He hopes that this will provide performers and attendees with an enjoyable night of classical music.
When the stresses of university life begin to pile on — be it an overwhelming work-load, dating drama or a feeling of isolation — the representatives at the Student Wellness Center know students become more vulnerable to fall into substance abusing habits. To give students a healthy alternative to channel their anxiety, Beach Recovery is hosting the Art and Soul Fair Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the West Speaker’s Platform. “Beach Recovery, who sponsors the Art and Soul Fair is a substance recovery program that promotes connection with other students, and those struggling with addiction can be ok with admitting [their struggles],” said Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Coordinator Heidi Ortiz. “There is no shame in recovery.” The Art and Soul Fair gives students a day to play in the sunshine and reduce stress with interactive creative stations like painting, coloring, inspiration collage, jewelry and button making. This wellness project is opened to all who want to participate, and learn how to create alternative solutions steering away from drugs and alcohol. According to the US National Library of Medicine, there is a growing international acknowledgement that creative arts can be beneficial for well-being and health. Art
There are times in an art exhibit where gallery visitors find themselves in front of a piece, scratching their head and wondering, “What does it mean?” If only the artists were always there to explain their process, inspiration and purpose. On select Tuesdays, the Carpenter Performing Arts Center is hosting a window into artists’ minds with the series “Artists in Their Own Words.” The artists currently featured at the University Art Museum, Jud Fine and Barbara McCarren, are will be providing insight into their works, lives and careers tonight at 5 p.m. Fine and McCarren have very different creative styles. Fine describes his process as beginning with clarity and arriving at complexity, while McCarren says she begins with complexity and arrives at clarity. Cooperation isn’t a simple endeavor for this duo – who are also husband and wife. However, after 22 years of conscious collaboration in the studio, the two have reached an understanding about how to "work apart, together." Despite their differences, the two have put their works together and even collaborated on some of the pieces available in the UAM exhibit “AND/OR.” The exhibit has sixteen pieces that are part of McCarren/Fine’s long-running project Continental Edge Dwellers,” where
The time to celebrate the Latino community has arrived to Cal State Long Beach. Music, snacks, and dances will all be offered as part of the annual Latinx Heritage Month. The Office of Multicultural Affairs is hosting “Latinx Culture Through Music,” on Sept. 14 from 6 to 10 p.m. in the University Student Union Beach Ballroom. Latinx Culture Through Music arose from an idea created by the Latino Student Union, which is the parent organization of the 15 Latin associations at CSULB. Overall, the plan is to represent some Latin countries and traditions with dances. “Music is art ... it brings life and it makes you happy,” Christian Lozano, Assistant Director of Multicultural Affairs, said. “Music is part of our culture and it contains histories and that is what we wanted to highlight with this program.” The event will be divided in two sections. The program will begin with performances from campus groups such as Danza Azteca, Grupo Folklorico Mexica and Salsa Club. On the second part of the event attendees will have the opportunity to get to meet new people and enjoy Latin Music. Based out of Long Beach, Danza Azteca is a family-based group that continues the tradition
Thandisizwe Chimurenga holds her book, "No Doubt: The Murder(s) of Oscar Grant" in her hand; on the cover a protester is raising a sign that reads: “If you want to get away with murder, become a cop.” Chimurenga will be hosting an open discussion regarding her book in the Academic Services Anatol Center at Cal State Long Beach from noon to 8 p.m. Monday. "No Doubt: The Murder(s) of Oscar Grant," reflects on the nationwide violence against young black males through the lens of Oscar Grant’s murder. It argues that law enforcement uses a “playbook” of how to shield its members from accountability in the murders of young black and brown men. In the nonfiction novel, Chimurenga follows the trial of Johannes Mehserle, former Bay Area Rapid Transit police officer, who killed Oscar Grant on Jan. 1, 2009. Grant was killed in the early morning of Jan. 1, 2009, when he was riding in the lead car of a BART train bound for Fruitvale after his New Year’s Eve festivities. Following a report of a physical altercation involving up to 20 people, officers removed Grant and several other men suspected of fighting from the train and detained them on the
Everyone can use a break from the stressors of a new semester, so why not take yourself to the ball game and join the Cal State Long Beach crowd? On Sept. 17 the right field of Angels Stadium will become CSULB student, faculty and alumni territory for Beach Family Day. Last year, the event hosted over 4,000 members of the Beach family. This year’s Beach Family Day will conclude with fireworks, and guests will receive a custom Angels hat with the purchase of their ticket. Every ticket comes with a grey hat with the iconic red Angels symbol and the yellow “Go Beach“ logo under the bill. Tickets can be purchased for $25 on the CSULB website at web.csulb.edu/alumni/events/angel.html. Doors will open at 4:05 p.m. for Beach Village, where several CSULB organizations are providing live music, activities, games and prizes. Former Dirtbag Jered Weaver will throw the first pitch for the Angels at 6:05 p.m. in their home match against the Toronto Blue Jays. Weaver had an impressive college career at Long Beach State going 37–9. During his final season in 2004, he became a top pro pitching prospect in the country, with Baseball America magazine begging the question "Where
An epic week of fun has begun, and no, I’m not talking about the first week of fall classes. The ASICS World Series of Beach Volleyball begins today at 700 Shoreline Drive in downtown Long Beach, and will continue until Sunday. As the Olympics come to an end in Rio, the competition remains fierce in the realm of beach volleyball. Long Beach will host its fourth-annual WSOBV, a competition that draws the best beach volleyball player from around the world. The WSOBV is the Federation Internationale De Volleyball (FIDV) world tour season finale, where athletes will compete for the top prize of $57,000. FIDV is giving away $800,000 in total to the winning teams. American Olympians Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena will be competing in the men’s tournament. The duo was defeated in the quarterfinals by Brazil’s Alison Cerutti and Bruno Oscar Schmidt, who went on to win the gold. Cerutti and Schmidt are also participating in the WSOBV as well as Rio’s bronze medalists from the Netherlands. The women’s tournament will feature three-time Olympic gold medal winner Kerri Walsh-Jennings — former partner to Cal State Long Beach Alumni Misty May-Treanor — with her new partner April Ross. The two