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Unveiling Jammin’ Music & Arts!

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

Let it be known, the Knolls Ranger loves to jam.  He loves to wiggle, groove, side-step, and motor.  He loves to feel the rhythm.   But that ain’t all.  The ranger also loves that fruit based spread known as jam, he loves it on toast with a smidgen of melted butter.  Oooooh, the ranger loves that.  It stands to reason then that the ranger is head-over-heels, crazy-talkin’, pure-and-sweet gaga in LOVE with Jammin’ Music.  And it’s a good thing that the Knolls Ranger has an inordinately large heart because the room for love at Jammin’ Music just grew.  I’m talking of course about their acquisition of a new space at 4228 Atlantic Ave.

For those of you not in the Know’lls, Jammin’ Music is a seven year old music education school located in majestic Bixby Knolls.  Since opening they have taught hundreds upon hundreds of children the joys of learning to play an instrument.  The aim is high quality instruction, community engagement and a creative outlet for area youth.  Says business owner Kerri Hikida, “Music is shown to benefit children’s brains in many ways, such as in their reading and math skills.”  Well ring a bell, cook some meat, and call me Pavlov!  I had no idea that music education helped childhood neurological development!

The hundred’s of children who have learned to pluck strings, blow into horns, play keys, and beat drums since 2004 can attest the most to Jammin’s value as a music education school.  So it is with tremendous pleasure that we announce Jammin’s move from their former location to the new larger space at 4228 Atlantic, which will allow them to not only increase the music classes they’re offering but to give area youth that same excellent education they have come to expect in other artistic areas as well.  Starting June 20th, Jammin’ Music (now called Jammin’ Music & Arts) is offering an eight week Musical Making workshop which will teach kids improv, acting, clowning, and vocal training skills and which will culminate in a brand new musical created completely by, and starring the children who take the class!  The eight-week class meets twice a week (Mondays and Thursdays) from 5-7:30p.m., June 20-Aug. 11, for only $350 and is catered towards ages 7-17. Payment plans are available.

“But wait, there’s more!”-the ranger says in his best Popeil impersonation.  Local youth can pick up tutoring from new theatre instructors Ellen Warkentine and Jasper Oliver outside of this class on an individual one on one basis, picking up invaluable acting skills from these professional working actor/educators.  And take truncated versions of the course during Jammin’s annual summer camp!

The new space is allowing Kerri and Geoff to try their hands at many new and exciting things including visual art classes, the afore-mentioned theatre courses and more.  Drop by the new space at 4228 Atlantic to wish them hello and congratulate them on the big digs!

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