Archive for February, 2011

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.

A Felicitous First Friday For February

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

Epidermis Canvas on display at LB Clothing Co.

Like the energy conserving metabolic depression that occurs in hibernating woodland mammals, First Fridays needs an occasional bit of repose to strike back fresh and re-invigorated.  And strike back they did!  After taking January off in order to digest December’s figgy puddin’, First Fridays was a veritable  galestorm of energy, art, passion, and community engagement on Feb. 4th!

Of course, yours truly, the Knolls Ranger was there all decked out in my cherubic finest!  I was launching wayward love arrows into the Bixby breeze and arresting the hearts of the neighborhood with thoughts of romance and bonhomie!  Yee-haw!

Watch out Vangie Ogg, cupid's arrow's comin' for you!

I spotted some of my very favorite Long Beach citizens such as Evan Kelly of LB Creative, and Logan Crow of Mondo Celluloid.

Evan Kelly and Logan Crow:  Friends to the End

The Poly bunnies
were seen in the Long Beach Historical Society and the Long Beach Clothing Company where they were enjoying the hip hop music.  You get it?!  Hip Hop?!  Because they’re bunnies!  Hahahahahahahaha!  Wooooh!….I slay me.

Polytechnic High School, they don't cotton much to bad puns

There were four different jazz bands playing in locations as diverse as Georgie’s Place, It’s a Grind Coffee, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, & the BKBIA office!

Blow daddy blow!

And for those who liked things a little more experimental, Sander Wolff and co. were turning heads and blowing minds with their systems-based improvisation immersion sound art in a former furniture expo.  Say that five times fast!

Drones so good

And for you shop-o-holics there was baked goodies, crafts, chocolatey things, live art and more made fresh by local artisans included these super swell Dia de Los Muertos style skull pillows from Belleza Muerta!  Death never felt so cushy.

Death never felt so cushy

One of the craziest sights of the evening was the window display at Long Beach Clothing Company where my commander-in-chief, Blair Cohn, and local contest winner Somatra Sean got public tattoos!  Ouch!

Blair Cohn gets Inked at Long Beach Clothing Company

In addition to all that there were improv actors, jewelry designers, doggies from the LB animal care unit, city council members, Tarot card readers, punk rockers, mandolin crooners, classic cars, and Hawaii Hula dancers!  Truly a bohemian experience!  For those of you who feel left out by all the fun, fear not!  For First Fridays will be back next month on March 4th from 6 to ten pm on the Atlantic Cooridor between Wardlow and Del Amo!  See you there Bixby Buckaroos!  Peace out.

Straight up Bixby y'all

Photos courtesy of Vangie Ogg, 562 City Life, and Daniel DeBoom.

Happy Valentine’s Day Bixby Knolls!

Sunday, February 13th, 2011

Howdy Ho Sweethearts!

Roses are Red

Violets are Purple-ish

The Ranger Loves You

And That’s all you can…(Boy, I’ve really gotten myself into a jam now)

Whether you’re trying desperately to find a word that rhymes with purple, scouring Roy Robbin’s Gifts & stationary for some vintage valentines, or trying to get Roman Emperor Claudius 2 off your back, chances are pretty good you’re still scrounging to perfect that gift for your loved one.

Well scrounge no longer Bixby Buckaroo’s!  Bixby Knolls Florists is your one stop shop for roses, orchids, daisys, and adorable stuffed plush things!  Offering a wire array of fair smelling quality plants at affordable prices Bixby Knolls Florists is the place to be this Valentines Day!  But don’t take our word for it, check them out yourselves at 3901 Long Beach Boulevard, or give ‘em a call at (562) 426-6996.  Happy day of love to you all!

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