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March of the Mardi Gras!

Friday, March 4th, 2011

A Mighty Mardi

Greetings and salutations from your favorite community noise-maker, The Knolls Ranger!  (Cue tumultuous fanfare)  Happy to offer a tell all exposé on another successful First Fridays.  In addition to the usual bands of Bohemians, costumed characters and Bixby lovers First Fridays was happy to welcome the Jazz-funk ensemble The Gumbo Brothers who joined me and the neighborhood in a Mardi Gras parade of epic proportions!  We weaved in and out of all of my favorite Bixby businesses before making one last splash to an unsuspecting consortium of consumers in Bixby’s very own Trader Joe’s!  Could we dig it, yes we could.Parading with the Neighborhood

The Gumbo Brothers Serenade Trader Joe's

The Gumbo Brothers Serenade Trader Joe's

Make Way for Tuba!

The Potential Lunatics & I

3 Year old Maise Debeck makes a Mardi Gras mask at Averyboo Arts

Connie Hope takes a trip with Lewis Anderson's infinite mirror box dsplay at the Expo Furniture Warehouse

The First Friday of every month finds us taking the streets of Bixby Knolls in unadulterated majesty, celebrating life, art, and discount slices at Porky’s Pizza!  Hope to see you next month!  Huzzah! Photo’s courtesy of Daniel DeBoom and 562 City Life.

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.