June 15

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

June 15

The Aggrolites

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

Details: www.solvenue.com

Venue: El Sol Venue, 313 E. Carson St., Carson

June 16

Diana Ross

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

Details: www.hollywoodbowl.com

Venue: Hollywood Bowl, 2301 Highland Ave., Los Angeles

June 16

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

Cost: $15

Details: songkick.com

Venue: Alex’s Bar, 2913 E Anaheim St., Long Beach

June 21

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

Cost: Free

Details: www.facebook.com/makemusicday

Venue: MADE By Millworks, 240 Pine Ave., Long Beach

June 21

Make Music Long Beach

This Make Music Long Beach show Features Spider and Doll Parts.

Time: 9:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

Details: (562) 498-2461

Venue: Dipiazza’s, 5205 E. Pacific Coast Highway, Long Beach

June 23

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.

Cost: $20

Details: (310) 833-7538; www.alvasshowroom.com

Venue: Alvas Showroom, 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro

June 26

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

Cost: $15

Details: www.baroquemusic.com

Venues: James Armstrong Theatre, 3330 Civic center Dr. Torrance


June 15

The Foreigner

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

June 16

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

Cost: $15

Details: (323) 652-7248; www.hollywoodfringe.org/projects/5010

Venue: The Lounge Theatre, Lounge 2, 6201 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles

June 20

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

Details: tix4.centerstageticketing.com   

Venue: International City Theater, 330 Seaside Way, Long Beach

June 24

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

Cost: $7

Details: www.lbplayhouse.org/show/fistful-of-improv

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

Details: www.lbplayhouse.org/show/love-sick

Venue: Long Beach Playhouse, 5021 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach


June 16

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

Cost: Free

Details: (562) 433-5478

Venue: The Social List, 2105 E. 4th St., Long Beach

June 16


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

Cost: Free

Venue: Flatline, 6023 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach

June 21

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

Cost: $8

Details: www.soulstice.brownpapertickets.com

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

Cost: Free

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

Cost: Free

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

Details: molaa.org

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

Details: www.web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/992383

Venue: Long Beach City College, 4901 E. Carson St., Long Beach


June 25

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

June 28-29

Raising The Barre

Hosted by The Dance Center Torrance

Time: 7 p.m. June 28 and 29

Cost: $20

Details: (310) 781-7171; www.thedancecenterinc.com

Venue: James Armstrong Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Dr., Torrance


June 15

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

Cost:  $17.95

Details: www.tickets.aquariumofpacific.org  

Venue: Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach

June 16

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.

Cost: Free

Details: (310) 631-3130

Venue: Mills Parks, 1340 E. Diamondale Drive, Carson

June 21

Paint Night

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

Cost: $35

Details: (562) 206 2040; www.rancholoscerritos.org/upcoming-event/paint-night

Venue: Rancho Los Cerritos, 4600 Virginia Road, Long Beach    

June 23

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

Details: longbeachbayou.com

Venue: Queen Mary Events Park, 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach

June 23

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

Details: www.eventbrite.com

Venue: Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, 3720 Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro

June 23

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

Cost: Free

Details: www.torrancearts.org/festival

Venue: Torrance Cultural Arts Center, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance

June 24

Daniel Patinkin

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

Cost: Free

Details: www.dieselbookstore.com

Venue: Diesel a Bookstore, 225 26th St., Santa Monica

June 24

Summertime and Healing

Your Stories of Heat, Havoc, and Happenstance. Hosted by Rudy Caseres. All ages.

Time: 7 p.m. June 24

Cost: Free

Details: Rudy@rudycaseres.com and www.bit.ly/summertime-healing  

Venue: The Garden Church, 429 West 6th Street

June 24

Seal Day

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

Cost: Free

Details: http://marinemammalcare.org/events/2018-seal-day

Venue: Marine Mammal Care Center, 3601 S. Gaffey St., San Pedro

June 27

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

Cost: $5

Details: (562) 590-3100; www.tickets.aquariumofpacific.org  

Venue: Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach

June 28

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

Cost: $7

Details: (562) 570-1745

Venue: El Dorado Nature Center, 7550 E. Spring St., Long Beach