Archive for the ‘Beyond Bixby’ Category

How der ya make such good Chowder?

Saturday, March 12th, 2011


Holy cats Bixby boys and girls!  Monday March 12th was a day for the record books, not only was the premier Best of the West Chowderfest so well attended (Chowder lovers were rolling in by the bushel-full), but Natalie Gutenkauf of Bixby’s very own Factory Gastro-Bar was one of the fan favorites with her Spanish Chorizo and Alaska White Cod chowder!  I joined my pals from the Factory to sling some seafood and sing a song or two!

The event was presented by the Aquarium of the Pacific and Seafood for the Future and featured chef’s from Kavikas, Gladstone’s, Primal Alchemy, King’s Fish-House, Parker’s Lighthouse, Deb’s Kitchen, and more.

Can you spot the ranger?

Mardi Hardy at Rainbow Harbor

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday en  francais is traditionally recognized as the last day of the Catholic tinged Carnival celebrations and is marked by costume donning, normative behavioral dropping, street dancin’, and feasting on fatty fat foods.  Sounds like the ranger’s kind of holiday!  Mardi Gras specifically was brought to the United States by a couple of King Louis XIV’s lackeys checking up on the monarch’s hold of le Louisiane, and was brought to Long Beach by a tow-headed community organizer (and Bixby resident) by the name of Jeff Williams.

True Believer

This Tuesday’s celebrations were the third annual for The Shoreline Village area of Downtown Long Beach, and the second annual attended by your favorite neighborhood ranger.

And, as in last year, the walkways were rampant with pirates…

Ar, be ye mates of Kapn' Kula? Than be walkin' the plank with ye!

…mascots…

Hearty Love

…fellow super-heroes (Z Blade XX it’s been a long time, how are you?!)…

…beauty pageant winners…

Shan Smith, Mrs. Southern CA

…beaded and bedazzled residents…

…and some wonderful ladies from an owl-habitat-preservation group called Hooters!

Woodland Conservationists

…The parade kicked off at three led by Mardi Gras Queen Estro Jen of the Long Beach Skate Shop and Roller Derby

…and Mardi Gras King Blair Cohn.  That’s right, our very own Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association Executive Director!

In addition to the parade there was a shrimp eating contest, face painting station, mask-making station and a 21+ after hours event called Party gras which featured live music sets by The Gumbo Bros., 00 Soul, and Lazy Brad Lewis whose languidness is matched only by his ability to jam.

Brad Lewis: Lazy

All in all a Fat Tuesday to remember!

BEADS! BEADS! GIVE US SOME BEADS!

Photos courtesy of Daniel DeBoom, Justin Rudd, Alissa Sablan, Woody, & Logan Crow.

The Garage Theatre Turns 10: Parties Hearty!

Sunday, February 20th, 2011
The Garage Theatre Points the Way to the Next 10 Years

The Garage Theatre Points the Way to the Next 10 Years

Lordy, lordy, look who’s…10

The Garage Theatre
is as much a Long Beach staple as Bubba Gump dudes on segways and hipster diners!  In the game since 2001, (when they got there auspicious start in an actual garage) this non-profit group of (mostly) bearded thespians has been raising eyebrows, tickling funnybones, and setting minds free with their productions of funky freneticism by folks as diverse as Trey Parker and Harold Pinter.  And on the eve of their double digit b-day they were ready to party hearty at a packed Alex’s bar with the musical might of Buskerfest Winner: Korey Dane, The Sam Outlaw Band, LN&And & The LN&And Band, & Boris Smile!

Ostensibly all of Long Beach was out celebrating, so of course, yours truly: the Knolls Ranger (cue fanfare) had to make the long Long Beach trek from Bixby Knolls to join the fun!  Joing me with his camera was photo man Daniel DeBoom, whose captures you spy below.

Korey Dane of Buskerfest Fame

Korey Dane of Buskerfest Fame

The Ranger with Bixby Bucaroo: Jonelle Holden of the Paper Kites

The Ranger with Bixby Bucaroo: Jonelle Holden of the Paper Kites

Long Beach locals Jenny Stockdale and Jen Davis discuss the state of the Theatre

Long Beach locals Jenny Stockdale and Jen Davis discuss the state of the Theatre

The Sam Outlaw Band Sings and Jams

The Sam Outlaw Band Sings and Jams

Boris Smile's Boys Blasting Big Brass

Boris Smile's Boys Blasting Big Brass

Technical Director Jamie Sweet uses the facility

Technical Director Jamie Sweet uses the facility

And I cut a rug with Jen Davis

And I cut a rug with Jen Davis

...AND Alive Theatre Producing Artistic Director: Danielle Dauphinae

...AND Alive Theatre Producing Artistic Director: Danielle Dauphinae

The LN & And Band played some hits from their upcoming LOLcat Opera

The LN & And Band played some hits from their upcoming LOLcat Opera

Greggory "Don't Call Me Greg!" Moore promoted his book; The Use of Regret

Greggory "Don't Call Me Greg!" Moore promoted his book; The Use of Regret

Garage Company Member Matt Anderson and larry indich of the Music Swamp kept the crowd happy

Garage Company Member Matt Anderson and Larry Indich of the Music Swamp kept the crowd happy

The Birthday Cake had stringy things in it!

The Birthday Cake had stringy things in it!

And a Good Time was Had by All

And a Good Time was Had by All

Check out the Garage Theatre’s tenth season featuring works by the Coen Bros., Jamie Sweet, Terrence McNally, and a world premier opera about dystopian internet kittens!  Tickets available online or at the door!  The Garage is located at 251 East 7th Street Long Beach, CA 90813-4307

The Ranger Models!

Sunday, February 20th, 2011

A Ranger Ready for the Runway

The sound waves buzz with the whirr and click of a million hungry cameras raving for captured souls, the runway is slick with the glandular unrest of the other models, my own nerves swim within my skull in artful synchronized patterns of beauty.  “You can do this champ,” I affirm firmly.  I step out onto the runway wearing my Boyer, Taper, and Weingart designer duds, shamble forward like a sultry simian, and strike a pose…

Or something like that.

Truth is I was tickled pink, purple, and a whole lotta other colors too, that I was invited by the legendary Art Supply Warehouse in Westminster to model for their weekly Catalyst (no, not THAT catalyst) art classes.  I struck my contraposto, I did my best interpretation of a bowl of fruit, and I inspired local Westminster artists with the ranger form.

Now granted, the Art Supply Warehouse is a fair distance outside of Bixby Knolls, but this may be one of those rare places outside of beauteous Bixby that’s worth your attention!

Not only does the Art Supply Warehouse provide good deals on pastels and hobby brushes, but their Catalyst location (just a few doors down!) has regular gallery hangings, and life drawing sessions every Wednesday and Sunday night!  They’re also doing something for the month of April with those bulbous headed, opaque Munny characters you’ve seen in skate shops and art magazines!  Check back here for more info!  And check out these sweet pics of the ranger getting his portrait done!  Yeee-ha!

Displaying my Good Side

Displaying my Good Side

Stretching out the hammies

Stretching out the hammies

A Ranger's Many Looks

A Ranger's Many Looks

Sweepy Time

Sweepy Time

The Art Supply Warehouse is located at 6672 Westminster Blvd., Westminster, CA 92683. And their Catalyst space is less than a block away at 6630 Westminster Blvd. Call 714-891-3626, or e-mail them at catalyst@artsupplywarehouse.com for information on their Munny contest or registration for classes like the one the ranger modeled for.