New West Guitar Group, Sara Gazarek
According to Perry Smith, John Storie and Will Brahm — the guitarists who comprise the New West Guitar Group — they’ve parlayed acoustic-and-electric renditions of jazz standards, covers and originals into a widespread reputation as one of the premier guitar ensembles in the world. We thought they sounded familiar.
Time: 8 p.m. June 15
Cost: $20 to $30
Details: (310) 833-4813; www.grandvision.org
Venue: Grand Annex, 434 W. 6th St. San Pedro
The Aggrolites are an amalgamation of Los Angeles reggae and ska bands the Vessels and the Rhythm Doctors. The band was formed in 2002 to play live shows behind reggae icon Derrick Morgan, and when Morgan went into the studio to make a new album, the Aggrolites went with him. The record was never released but the sessions inspired the Aggrolites to become a permanent band.
Time: 7:30 p.m. June 15
Cost: $10 to $35
Venue: El Sol Venue, 313 E. Carson St., Carson
Celebrate the beginning of summer in a sensational evening with legendary icon Diana Ross, one of the greatest superstar entertainers of all time, performing with orchestra – plus fireworks.
Time: 8 to 11 p.m. June 16
Cost: $32 to $78
Venue: Hollywood Bowl, 2301 Highland Ave., Los Angeles
Brownout, Money Chicha, Casa de Calacas
Austin’s Nine-piece Psychedelic Latin-Funk Masters ‘Brownout’ collective formed 10 years and has become a musical force all its own. The band has continued to produce music that is unflinchingly progressive, while evoking the classic influences of artists such as WAR, Cymande and Funkadelic.
Time: 8 p.m. June 16
Venue: Alex’s Bar, 2913 E Anaheim St., Long Beach
Make Music Day at MADE
MADE will participate in the international Make Music Day/Fête de la Musique and Live After 5 – Make Music Day Downtown by programming 12 hours of free live music. A busker stage out front will complement the music inside. Includes art exhibit closing reception, the The Wild Chive vegan pop-up dinner from 5 to 10 p.m. and full bar.
Time: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. June 21
Venue: MADE By Millworks, 240 Pine Ave., Long Beach
Make Music Long Beach
This Make Music Long Beach show Features Spider and Doll Parts.
Time: 9:30 p.m.
Details: (562) 498-2461
Venue: Dipiazza’s, 5205 E. Pacific Coast Highway, Long Beach
Bossa Nova: An Audiovisual Experience
This is a multimedia concert delving into the most representative songs, composers, singers, and divas of Bossa Nova.
Time: 8 to 10:30 p.m.
Details: (310) 833-7538; www.alvasshowroom.com
Venue: Alvas Showroom, 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro
Music Around the World
A fun in the sun extravaganza.Take an evening off from the usual commotions of life and have an ethereal experience of music and culture. This show brings musical learning experiences to life.
Time: 6:30 p.m. June 26
Venues: James Armstrong Theatre, 3330 Civic center Dr. Torrance
Charlie, a pathologically shy Englishman, accompanies his friend Froggy on a trip to rural Georgia. Charlie is overcome with fear at the thought of having to make small talk with strangers, so Froggy informs the locals that Charlie is from an exotic foreign country and speaks no English.
Time: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays, June 15 through July 15
Cost: $25 to $45
Details: (310) 512-6030;a www.littlefishtheatre.org
Venue: Little Fish Theatre, 777 Centre St., San Pedro
Nephew of the Universe
Nephew of the Universe takes the audience on a sometimes whimsical, sometimes heart-wrenching journey of artist Rob Bruner’s 20 years in a Queens, New York eastern meditation group. Or, was it a cult?
Time: 6 p.m. June 16 and 2 p.m. June 23
Details: (323) 652-7248; www.hollywoodfringe.org/projects/5010
Venue: The Lounge Theatre, Lounge 2, 6201 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles
The 39 Steps
Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have The 39 Steps, a fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theater.
Time: 8 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, June 20 to July 8
Cost: $47 to $49
Venue: International City Theater, 330 Seaside Way, Long Beach
Fistful of Improv
A Fistful Of Improv is a comedy troupe born and bred on the streets of Long Beach. They were founded in January of 2011 and have been performing at many stages across Los Angeles and Orange Counties since April of that same year.
Time: 7:30 p.m. June 24
Venue: Long Beach Playhouse Studio Theatre, 5021 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach
Set on a Friday night in an alternate suburban reality, the John Cariani brings us an evening of nine bittersweet romantic comedies. In Love/Sick, the writer of Almost, Maine, is an unromantic comedy for the romantic in everyone.
Time: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays, through July 7
Cost: $20 to $24
Venue: Long Beach Playhouse, 5021 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach
Through the Lens Volume 4: Jose Cordon
See Cordon’s incredible photography and celebrate Los Angeles Beer Week with a tap takeover by Liberation Brewing Co.
Time: 6 to 10 p.m. June 16
Details: (562) 433-5478
Venue: The Social List, 2105 E. 4th St., Long Beach
Paintings in response to landscape serving as an exploration of space. Closing reception and artist talk 5 to 9 p.m. June 21
Time: 7 to 11 p.m. June 16
Venue: Flatline, 6023 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach
Soulstice by 0.0 Series
Visual artist Lainey Atwood and lighting designer Alvaro Nuñez present their latest collaboration: an interactive multi-media installation featuring original visual art, lighting design, and dance film. Through their individual mediums, the duo will challenge the dimensions, directions, and depths of the space consumed with paint and lights.
Celebrate the summer solstice with interactive art, wild lights, live music by Long Beach artists, dance films and a hosted wine bar.
Time: 8 to 10:30 p.m. June 21
Venue: Space 853-Art Gallery , 853 Pine Ave., Long Beach
Uncompliant Acts: The Public Stage
The exhibit features true uncompliant acts, artworks resistant to appropriation, outside the mainstream commercialism of Shepard Fairey, Kaws, Murakami, Scharf, et al, and, most importantly, not subject to market pressures or curatorial conceits.
Anthony Friedkin’s entire oeuvre can accurately be described as a pursuit of the authentic. His topics include phenomena such as surf culture, prisons, cinema, gay culture, and, most currently, the art of urban streets.
Time: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, through June 23
Details: (310) 732-2150
Venue: Gallery 478, 478 W. 7th St., San Pedro
Deciduous Gods : Sculpture by W.S. Milner
Angels Gate studio artist W.S. Milner’s Deciduous Gods was born out of a fascination with ancient history and the desire to immerse herself in myth and legend through the creation of contemporary artifacts. Fashioned through modeling, layering, carving, and sanding, Milner’s objects have a patina evocative of once buried ceremonial relics.
Time: 6 to 9 p.m. through July 28
Details: (310) 266-9216; Corneliusprojects.com
Venue: Cornelius Projects,1417 S. Pacific Ave., San Pedro
El Exploratorio: Zona I – Beyond the Limits and The Processes of Creation
Over the course of human evolution, technological and scientific innovation has played a fundamental role in aesthetic development. Exploratorio features works by nineteen Latin American and Latino artists from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico and the United States.
Time: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays, through July 29
Cost: $7 to $10
Venue: Museum of Latin American Art, 628 Alamitos Ave., Long Beach
June 15 – 16
Val Kilmer Live Presents Cinema Twain
Val Kilmer presents the film of his hit one-man play Citizen Twain In Person. Cinema Twain has played to sold-out houses across the county, now you can see Val introduce the movie and answer your questions about the film and Mark Twain.
Time: 6 and 9 p.m. June 15, and 4 and 7 p.m. June 16
Cost: $40 to $100
Venue: Long Beach City College, 4901 E. Carson St., Long Beach
Art of Dance Concert
Dance concert presented by The Studio Art of Dance
Time: 2 and 7 p.m. June 24 and 7 p.m. June 25
Cost: $17 to $23
Details: (310) 781-7171; www.thestudioartofdance.com
Venue: James Armstrong Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Dr. Torrance
Raising The Barre
Hosted by The Dance Center Torrance
Time: 7 p.m. June 28 and 29
Details: (310) 781-7171; www.thedancecenterinc.com
Venue: James Armstrong Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Dr., Torrance
Night Dive 18+
A big bash hosted by the fabulous Jewels to celebrate the Aquarium of the Pacific’s 20th anniversary.
Night Dive is an adults-only event with local bands rocking out right next to the fish, DJs spinning in the Aquarium’s galleries, inspiring works of art, cocktails and drinks and tasty bites from food trucks.
Time: 7:30 to 11 p.m. June 15
Venue: Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach
Juneteenth Rhythm and Blues Celebration
The event is presented by Councilwoman Lula Davis-Holmes and the Carson Citizens Cultural Arts foundation. Performances will include, Gavin Rhone, (Lead singer of the Gap Band0 Greg and the Greg Rose Band, Donald Hayes Jazz Ensemble, Sophisticated Dance Company, Gerald Rivers and Maestro Timothy Williams and the Christian Fellowship Chorale. All ages welcome. Includes food and vendor booths and kids play area.
Time: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Details: (310) 631-3130
Venue: Mills Parks, 1340 E. Diamondale Drive, Carson
Artist Ron Libbrecht will guide guests through the creation of a unique watercolor painting inspired by Rancho Los Cerritos’ gardens. This workshop is open to artists of all experience levels. Registration fee includes materials, wine, and cheese.
Time: 6 to 8 p.m. June 21
Details: (562) 206 2040; www.rancholoscerritos.org/upcoming-event/paint-night
Venue: Rancho Los Cerritos, 4600 Virginia Road, Long Beach
32nd Annual Long Beach Bayou Festival
Festivities include, Cajun and Creole cuisine, dance instruction and continuous dancing,
Mardi Gras parade, watermelon and crawfish eating contests and kid’s stage.
Time: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. June 23, and 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. June 24
Cost: $25 to $35
Venue: Queen Mary Events Park, 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach
The Endless Summer Starts Here
Check out the new mural by Endless Summer artist John Van Hamersveld. Treat yourself to fun food truck fare; try out some creative cocktails at the no-host bar and dancing.
Time: 6 to 9 p.m. June 23
Cost: $10 to $25
Venue: Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, 3720 Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro
South Bay Festival of the Arts
Torrance Cultural Arts Foundation hosts their annual festival of Arts extravaganza. Enjoy entertainment and participate in hands-on art, dance, theater, music and craft activities. The foundation will showcase entertainers on four stages and food provided by local restaurants.
Time: 11 am. To 5 p.m. June 23
Venue: Torrance Cultural Arts Center, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance
In spite of the widespread outrage surrounding the American gun violence epidemic, the situation remains dire. In his forthcoming book, The Trigger: Narratives of the American Shooter, author, Daniel Patinkin recounts the dramatic life stories of six individuals who have shot someone in America. He hopes to illuminate the complex social and cultural circumstances that compel individuals to pull the trigger.
Time: 3 p.m. June 24
Venue: Diesel a Bookstore, 225 26th St., Santa Monica
Summertime and Healing
Your Stories of Heat, Havoc, and Happenstance. Hosted by Rudy Caseres. All ages.
Time: 7 p.m. June 24
Venue: The Garden Church, 429 West 6th Street
This event helps inform visitors to further discover that the work they do not only benefits their marine mammal patients, but also educates the public and visitors about why seal patients are there in the first place. The day consists of guest lecturers, films, narrated rehabilitation demonstrations, and theme related children’s activities and Anime Pavilion.
Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 24
Venue: Marine Mammal Care Center, 3601 S. Gaffey St., San Pedro
Lecture: One Man’s Journey in Pursuit of Art in Nature
Cuban American artist, Andrés Pruna is a former National Geographic photographer and independent filmmaker. He has combined his love of nature, his training as a painter and illustrator and his skills in both photography and diving into a life of adventure in the pursuit of art that documents nature. In his lecture he will share stories of his experiences, photos, and film clips documenting his travels.
Time: 7 to 8:30 June 27
Details: (562) 590-3100; www.tickets.aquariumofpacific.org
Venue: Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach
El Dorado Nature Center with Steel Parade
Another outdoor summer concert series featuring island style music with a SoCal twist. Bring low chairs and, or blankets, and picnic dinner.
Time: 7 to 8 p.m. Thursdays, June 28 through Aug. 16
Details: (562) 570-1745
Venue: El Dorado Nature Center, 7550 E. Spring St., Long Beach