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Hearken, A Great First Friday Is Come!

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

Feelin' the First Friday Funk

Please pardon the archaic English in this articles title Bixby blogsmiths, but the Knolls Ranger is old school about his joy for First Fridays!  In fact, back in 1949 (the year it was established) my grammar teacher at Hughes Middle School made me stay in class writing “I will not use the word come as an unaccusative intransitive verb.” indefinitely while all the other kids were cutting rugs over at the sockhop.  (Thanks a lot Mrs. McMurphy!)

School was tough for bean-pods

But anyway true believers, this, as always, is The Knolls Ranger, champion of the community, brave boy of Bixby, and one time Yak herdsmen in Tibet (I’m full of stories!).

And let me tell you of all the things I love in Bixby Knolls (baby gecko’s in Reptiles Unlimited, Sunday strolls with the royalty, Mike Mora’s facial hair, etc.) I think I just might love First Fridays the most.

Best Beard in Town

Now granted asking a ranger to choose his favorite BKBIA program is a bit like asking my old friend Papa Steve which one of his 14 children he loves the most, but First Fridays is unique in Bixby Knolls.  Heck, it’s unique in Long Beach!  Hey, it’s unique in CA!  Higgeldy piggeldy, it’s unique in the USA!  You know what, I can’t think of an arts and business event like it in the entire solar system!  (There is one very similar in a neighboring galaxy however, but instead of calling it First Fridays the bizarre denizens of that celestial system simply call it BLEESNAX 7)

What makes First Fridays so darn tootin’ unique is it’s successful merging of two worlds (business and art) by promoting and supporting the local actors, crafters, and music makers that make this city vibrant while drawing attention to all of our favorite local watering holes as well.   Every month due to the concerted efforts of folks like former child actor Victoria Wells, Picasso-legged magic man Blair Cohn, dog Annie, the lovely Ms. Morgan Wraight, and the always amicable Krista Leaders  we see more and more businesses open late housing galleries, bands, and performance artists!

As always I was there to give you the good word and shake my tail feathers.  And as always the paparazzi was there documenting my actions and slinging barbed queries at me demanding to know details about my weekend trip to Barbados with Branjelina among other things.  (“I don’t know how many times I have to tell you people, Nothing happened!  We JUST ranged ok?!”)

Check it out:

I had them in stitches at Roy Robbin’s Gifts and Stationary!

Roy Robbins Gifts and Stationary

Hardcore band The Gunslingers burst ear drums (in a good way) over at the Richard Goad Theatre before actors from the Long Beach Shakespeare Company took to the stage with their production of the ribald Greek comedy, Lysistrata.

The Gunslingers

Stylists from Salon Medusa were doing live painting and hair art to compliment their gallery, The Times focusing on the medias hold on us.  Woah!  Red spray!

A Touch of Color

Korean students of design, and flight attendance were having a party!


The Sultans were out enjoying the car art on display outside of Melinda McCoy’s Flowers.

The Sultans

Elises Tea Room was serving the finest!

Elises Tea Room

Plus I got to hang out with Long Beaches finest!  Folks like Rabbi Dov Gartenberg!

Rabbi Dov Gartenberg

And Hearty Love!

Getting ready for that flugtag!

First Fridays kicks off on the first friday of every month all along the Atlantic Cooridor at 6:45.  Check back here for a near comprehensive listing of next month’s events!

A Savory Supper!

Monday, March 1st, 2010

Snacking on a Scrumptious Deep Fried Ice Cream

The first Monday of every month is a cause for celebration amongst food enthusiasts in Bixby Knolls.  Why you ask?  Because that’s when the Bixby Knolls Supper Club meets to scarf, gorge, banquet, feast, sup, chow, bolster, & dine.  (Found my trusty Thesaurus in case you couldn’t tell!)  The Supper Club was formed over a year ago by Executive BIA director Blair Cohn and has since ballooned to epic proportions.  What started out as a small experiment in communal community dining during a typically slow evening of the week (ye olde dreaded Mondays), has since ballooned into a full blown evening of festivity, tom-foolery, and drunken congressmen chatting with drunken neighbors!  The latest instance of supper satisfaction came courtesy of El Torito at 3301 Atlantic Avenue.  The staff was surprised when over 100 Bixby locals including The Duke and Duchess, John Royce, and a few of my friends from Longfellow Elementary turned out for fajitas, enchiladas, and sopa!  The food was delish, and the residents fun as always.  And speaking of residents, there were quite a few attempts made to discover my secret identity which did not sit well with the ranger (The walls have ears you know, and potential arch-nemeses lurk at all corners, even brightly colored local Mexican food chains) but that was ok, they’ll never know.

A Great Turn-out

The supper club meets at a different local restaurant on the first monday of every month.  You can rsvp by e-mailing  So what are you waiting for, join the club already!