Posts Tagged ‘First Fridays’

Merry Holidays Bixby Knolls!

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

Warrior Poser Gone Wrong

Whether the holidays found you spinning the dreidel, waiting up for Santy Clause, enlivening your Kujichagulia, or sacrificing the Yule Goat to Asgard ruler Wotan; it’s a down-right gaurantee that you found some merriment to be had at the Bixby Knolls December First Friday!

Long Beach Clothing Company Santa

The First Friday of ever month Bixby Knolls erupts like a Christmas cracker, raining cheer, community service, commerce, cookies, and their kin down upon the magnificent Atlantic Cooridor (from Wardlow to Del Amo).  The mission of First Fridays is to, “promote and support local artists and musicians by providing them with an outlet to showcase their work.”  And every month we see an influx of one-man-bands, clowns, dancers, costumed characters, street artists, and gallery displays on the streets and in the shops!

Roy Robbins Gifts

We danced, Bike Santa showed up, we lit trees and menorahs, I got in some misletoe smoochin’!  It was First Fridays as usal and by that we mean utter madness and joy!

Waiting Under the Misletoe

Can’t wait to see you on February 4th, 2011, for the next First Friday!

First Friday Fun Around the Corner!

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010
City Councilmembers' Rae Gabelich & James Johnson of the 8th and 7th districts share a special moment with BMX founder Scott Breithaupt and Mayor Bob Foster at the last Friday First

City Councilmembers' Rae Gabelich & James Johnson of the 8th and 7th districts share a special moment with BMX founder Scott Breithaupt and Mayor Bob Foster at the last Friday First

Yippi Kai Yay Bixby Boomers!  It’s your old pal and eponymous blogger of thissy here website,  The Knolls Ranger!  (cue tumultuous fanfare)

Knolls Ranger: Lover

Knolls Ranger: Lover

And boy george, am I ever excited right now!  “Why is that?” you respond with obligatory interest.  Because dear internet chum, another First Friday is soon to be upon us.

First Friday:  A Hat-Swappin' Good Time For Everyone!

First Friday: A Hat-Swappin' Good Time For Everyone!

“Holy Cats!”  Come the cries from the other ends of screens snaking infinitely outwards from within the nebula that is the information superhighway, “You really mean it Knolls Ranger!  You mean that my beloved Bixby Knolls (located just North of the 405 around the Cal heights region of Long Beach) is gearing up for another one of their slam-dunk epochal arts and community events lovingly dubbed First Fridays wherein there will undoubtedly be potent potables, merry-making musicians, live art, and colorful characters!”

To which we at Knolls Ranger Dot Com, nod once, close both eyes contentedly and utter our favorite word, “Yes.”*

Hooray!

Hooray!

Last month’s First Friday was a palpable potpourri of community engagement and artistic expression.  Our wonderful Mayor Bob Foster showed up at the Dana Branch Public Library with City Councilmember James Johnson to crack-wise with the kids and impart valuable lessons on the import of reading.

De Mayor und Ich

De Mayor und Ich

Tiny tots gettin' their learnin' on!

Tiny tots gettin' their learnin' on!

A bunch of roving bands took to the streets like bohemian buskers playing everything from smooth jazz to death metal.

Much Merriement

Much Merriement

Drumming and dancing!  Looks like community engagement to me!

Drumming and dancing! Looks like community engagement to me!

There was lot’s of live painting from local practicing artistes!

Don't.  Move.  A Muscle.

Scott Breithaupt, the founding father of BMX bikes was on hand at the Expo Furniture Warehouse for their display of 40 Years of BMX History.  Which featured classic collector bikes, old jersies, National Champion Trophies, and historical clippings.

Bicycle Moto Cross got it's start in Long Beach after all.

Bicycle Moto Cross got it's start in Long Beach after all.

And I was of course there to see, taste, experience, and document it all!

Check out my 180 Barspin Y'all!

Check out my 180 Barspin Y'all!

So the question is, how do we match it this month?  Can lightning strike the same place twice even though conventional logic stubbornly maintains it cannot.  Well; with a tree and Menorah lightning ceremony, Christmas carolers, rock-a-billy rovers, the eagerly anticipated return of the Long Beach Clothing Company, and special appearances by both Kris Kringle and Harry Potter; it certainly seems like it will.

Some Special Guests to Bixby Knolls

Some Special Guests to Bixby Knolls

* Here is a partial list of other words we very much like: Shin-dig, hootenanny, lugubrious, and cheese-wheel.  Thank you for your time.

A One Year Anniversary of Friday Firsts

Sunday, September 5th, 2010

Recursive Rangers

September heralds the one year anniversary of Regnar Sllonk’s rangerly duties.  That’s right it was one year ago tonight that the ranger first thawed out of his frozen repose in the window of the Long Beach Historical Society and began greeting all the wonderful citizens!

And, as if in answer to the ranger’s heightened state of nostalgia, September’s First Friday was an even larger gala affair than normal!  Between Justin Rudd’s Say “Cheese!” Long Beach 24 hour digital photo contest (on display at the Expo Furniture Warehouse) and The Potential Lunatics performance outside the BKBIA office there was much to thrill to.  But don’t just take our word for it, look at the antics the ranger got up to yourself!

Harmonious Ranger

Outside the Historical Society where it all Began

Hanging With the Nieghbors

Salon Medusa Extends My Follicles

Bring it on Derby Girls

In October we’re set to celebrate the one year anniversary as well as my 129th birthday with cake and costumes at Vangie Ogg Photography and Pixie Toys.  Check this out for more info!  Hope to see you there!

Introducing… The Naples Superhero!

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

Naples Island

Your local Bixby Knolls superhero, The Knolls Ranger, has long known he wasn’t the only civic minded masked man in existence.  That in fact, his own frenetic heroicity was merely one consumation of a great taciturn tradition of REAL PEOPLE ducking furtively into alleyways and phone booths with garish capes and tights in hand, in order that they might do their own community some greater good.  (And make a really stunning fashion statement holus bolus).

In the past we at Knollsranger.com have sought to build public awareness of the existence of these fashionable philanthropists.  Introducing you blog-smiths to the likes of Captain Prospect and his Capital City Supersquad, Terriffica, Angel-Grinder Man, and more!  But when it came to LBC heroing the ranger thought he’d cornered the market as the old bears and bulls say.  After all, Captain Prospect is kickin’ it old skool in DC, Terriffica hangs her cape in New York, and Angle-Grinder Man is a vigilante Londoner for Kee-ripes sake!

It wasn’t until a mysterious letter was Fed Exed to the Bixby Knolls Business Office that the ranger realized not only the error in his ways, but just how capacious the hero racket had become!

Ladies and Gentlemen we bring you:  The Naples Super-hero!

An unheralded letter

Disregard the spelling snafu’s this my friends is evidence of another hero in our midst!  But who is the Naples Superhero who both writes and signs his name as simply Superhero and what are his intentions?  Is the letter meant to be received as a call for collaboration or a challenge of super-hero dominance?  Could the “grate” Mr. Huntington in fact be the late Samuel Huntington?  And if so does that mean the former Political Scientist had faked his own demise in ’08, or that he is an undead zombie?

This letter, which is noteworthy for it’s brevity as well as it’s typographical errors offers no indication.  And the accompanying photo of he and former Long Beach Mayor Beverly O’Neil raises more questions and relieves no answers.

Beverly O'Neil and Super-hero

Naples Superhero, if you read this, know that we received your letter and are very interested in meeting up with you to discuss future collaborations.  Might you by chance be able to attend the next Bixby Knolls First Friday?  If not, then we will continue to keep our eyes peeled for a man dressed like Mark Twain.

The Sights and Sounds of First Fridays

Saturday, August 7th, 2010

Kapn' Kula's Pyrat Party & The Knolls Ranger:  Together at Last

Howdy Ho Bixby Brethren!  The Knolls Ranger here, happy to report on the successful mounting of yet another first friday festivity!  For those of you still unawares First Fridays is a monthly art & music event occurring in Bixby Knolls!  Businesses along the northern Atlantic Cooridor extend their hours of operation, offering special deals to patrons, as well as giving local artists a venue where they can display their work.  The event is one part music festival, one part art walk, one part farmer’s market, and all parts fun!  Here’s a look at what August had to offer!

The Magic Bullet Theory

Jazz Jam band The Magic Bullet Theory injected Nino’s Italian Restaurant with pure rhythm and soul!

Mouth Painting

Averyboo Arts featured a display commemorating the work of quadriplegic Jean Cook (1932-1999) whose work was painted using her mouth.  In order to fully appreciate this difficult task FF attendees were able to use sanitary brushes to try the same thing.

The Conjugated Beliefs of Usallica

The Conjugated Beliefs of Usallica, a new world premier absurdist dystopia from the Long Beach Shakespeare Company performed to a packed house at the furniture Expo warehouse.

Former Mayor Beverly O'Neill, The Ranger, & Author Harry Saltzgaver

Former Long Beach Mayor Beverly O’Neill and author Harry Satlzgaver were at the Long Beach Historical Society as part of their book tour for,  “Passionately Positive: The Beverly O’Neill Story“.  We had to sneak a pic.

Timstrument

Everyone’s favorite one man band Timstrument was there!

Kaptain Kula's Pyrat Party

And Kaptain Kula’s Pyrat Party rocked the plank.

Hare Krishna Band

And Hare Krishna’s brought good cheer to Free Spirit Yoga.

Watch out Knolls Ranger!

You couldn’t miss the Big Red Bus!

Paul Forman

Some Long Beach dignitaries were pout and about such as Paul Forman…

Justin Rudd

…Justin Rudd…

And the Avon Ladies

…and the Avon ladies.

Dixieland

Big band Dixieland made big noise at The Factory.

Bixby Buckaroo's

And all of my favorite citizen’s were out.

Singing Karaoke

All in all it was a First Friday to remember.  Hope to see you in September!

Brenda’s Hair By Design: A Great Place for Snips and Clips

Friday, June 25th, 2010

Too much hair!

“Holy heretic javelinas hissing handsomely! I need some hair help!” Cried the Ranger on a particularly pleasant June morning. Being un-accustomed to human grooming habits however (remember the Knolls Ranger is half pod person and has slept away the better part of 50 years in a fruit crate) he found himself at a loss for the best way to rectify his rapidly regenerating follicles.

“I can’t be in want of a cut,” he reasoned, “The good Gorgon gals over at Salon Medusa just snipped my stuff last January. Is this a result of my plant genes? Am I converting carbon dioxide into organic compounds too rapidly? Should I stay out of the sun or water myself at less frequent intervals?”

Thoughts of vegetation reminded the ranger of Natalie Gutenkauf and The Factory Gastro-bar, whose mission is to constantly serve the finest freshest food from free-range beasts to community veggies! Perhaps she might know a bit about proper pruning techniques. So he rushed over to 4020 Atlantic Avenue to assimilate her knowledge base!

Natalie Gutenkauf knows vegetables

Natalie Gutenkauf knows vegetables

After having a chat or three with the local neighbors, the ranger saddled up to the bar and asked the hard hitting questions.

“Greetings meal merchants! The Knolls Ranger here, champion of Bixby!”

“Hey guy, still wearing the cowboy get-up huh?”

“Indeed, let me ask you local business-peoples a question. You and Ms. Gutenkauf seem to know a great deal about produce, correct?”

“Sure Will Rogers, whatever you say.”

“Terrific, well my foliage is getting a bit funky.”

“Sounds like a personal problem to me.”

“What I mean to say is, I think I’m in need of pruning.”

“I think you’re in need of a CAT scan myself, but being as this is a modestly priced, gourmet food and bar and not a doctor’s office, the best I can offer you is a rib eye sandwich with crispy baked onions, roasted red peppers, le leyenda, and horseradish mayo on a french roll.”

“The Longfellow Legacy Sandwich?”

“That’s the one.”

“By Jonah you’re onto something! What does a sandwich do? Hold things together! And what needs holding together the most right now? Our human legacy in the face of planetary unrest! And who holds the key to our continued legacy? The children! The children of Longfellow Elementary School! They’ll know what to do about my hair!”

And before you could say, “You owe me still for that Sarsaparilla.” the ranger was out the door, running down the Atlantic Cooridor as fast as a mouse at Christmas! (Which is quite fast, for the record)

The Fastest Creature in the Land

The Fastest Creature in the Land

And a mere forty five.8 seconds later, (not including a five minute gatorade break at the ampm) The Knolls Ranger crashed through the pastoral entrance to Longfellow Elementary at 3800 North Olive avenue and immediately set about addressing all the children he saw.

“Children, kid’s, young people.  Lend me your ears!”

“Eeeeeww, I can’t take my ear off.”  Said one little girl and clutched her hands to her face adorably.

“You’re silly.”  Said a boy of six beaming and bouncing around.

“I guess that’s right.”  The ranger warranted after some reflection, “You would be unable to part with this extremity.”

Everybody laughed.

“But you are the hope for the future, and it is your creative energy and foresight that I throw myself at the mercy of now! What, oh what, future world leaders, do human people do about their hairs!”

“You’re a weirdo!” A boy of five exclaimed, climbing onto a desk, pointing his finger towards the ranger, and grinning ecstatically.

“You smell like fish.” Chimed in another precocious tot.

This caused the whole lot of them to begin chanting, “Fish, fish, fish, fish, fish.” And jumping up and down.

Mistaking their fun frolics for oracular crypticness  the ranger at once departed, heading for the fishiest North Long Beach shop he could think of, H. Salt Fish and Chips at 3545 Atlantic Avenue.

H Salt Fish and Chips

But no sooner had his gold boots touched down upon the hallowed grounds of H. Salt when the ranger heard the fry cook bragging about a settlement his cousin Tony’d just received, in the sum of 2,000 dollars.

“I tell ya, Maurice.  Tony had it right, you want something in this world you gotta sue ta get it.  It’s dog eat dog eat dog out there you know.  Tony had it right.”

“Excuse me brave fish mongers!  But a sue, what is this?  Besides a popular ladie’s name in southern rural areas.”

“Aaaaw, kee-ripes it’s that hero kid again.”

“Might you by chance help me with my folicle frenzy?”

“Listen ranger, you want your usual hush puppy salad or what?”

“I would like to know the definition of a sue.”

“Kee-ripes Maurice would ya get a load of the ranger?!  Alright kid listen, when something in this world don’t go your way often the only resource ya got left to ya is to sue and bleed the other guy dry.  You find yourself a lawyer, and you sue.”

“Thank you ever so much dear friend.  I will never forget this kindness you have bestowed upon me.”  Proclaimed the Knolls Ranger clasping the fry man’s hand in a symbol of good will and rushing out the door.

Catching a bus to find a lawyer

Catching a bus to find a lawyer

“What the heck was that?”  Maurice asked, mid bite into a vinegar soaked cod.

“Oh, he’s like some local mascot superhero thing.”

“Like Batman?”

“Well he ain’t got the batmobile and I never seen him fight no crime, but yeah, I guess, sorta like Batman.”

“Kee-ripes Murray, who’da thunk?  Bixby Knolls gots it’s own Batman.”

“Yeah, that’s right.  The Bixby Batman.  Hey listen, you want fry’s with that fish?”

Meanwhile back on the ranger trail, our hero was reading up on lot’s of influential court cases at The Dana Neighborhood Library.

The Dana Neighborhood Library

“Roe v. Wade, court rules in favor of Wade.  Brown v. Board of Education, court rules in favor of Brown.  King Kong v. Godzilla, court rules in favor of Mothra.  Wow, that’s an ironic twist.”

Thus, sufficiently prepared, the ranger trekked over to the law offices of Larry H. Parker on 350 San Antonio Drive, determined to win a lawsuit in the case of The Knolls Ranger v. The Knolls Ranger’s Hair.

The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker

“Larry baby.”  The ranger said as he sauntered into the door, attempting to walk the walk and talk the talk,  “You gotta help me out.  It wasn’t me man, I swear.”

“The Knolls Ranger, what a pleasant surprise,” said the celebrated personal injuries lawyer rising from his chair and shaking the hero’s gloved hand.  “It was so nice to see you at Il Poggio at the last first friday.”

“Mmmm hmmm, mmm hmmm, I understand where you’re coming from Lar, but this isn’t just a rights to privacy issue, this is a human issue.”  The ranger said, trying in vain to utilize the lawyer rhetoric he had just recently memorized.

Larry H. Parker scrunched up his brow, and his face frowned slightly.  “I’m not sure that I follow you Mr. Ranger.”

“If the glove doesn’t fit you must acquit.”

“Did you come to me seeking some sort of legal advice pertaining to a personal injury.  Say, a dog bite, or a motorcycle accident?”

To this the Knolls Ranger collapsed into a chair, weary from his travels and sweating under the weight of his massive head growth.

“No Mr. Parker, it’s my hair.  I’d like to take action against my hair.  It grows too fast you see.”

“Ah, I see. Well I’m afraid that’s not entirely my area of expertise. As far as I’m aware no legal action can be taken against rampant hair, this is just something human mammals have to deal with. But there are always barber shops and hair salons. And it can be quite fun getting your hair sculpted in a new and interesting way. Personally I would advise you to visit Brenda Gutierrez right over here on 4144 Business Street, she’s been in the business for over 20 years and crops mops with a smile.”

To this The Knolls Ranger brightened visibly, sprung from the chair, embrace the people’s lawyer, and took off.

Brenda's Hair By Design

Well after all that trouble, a mere twenty minutes was all it took to weed the ranger’s head back to a presentable shape.  True to the lawyer’s word Brenda delivered professional quality barber service with a huge smile.  The locals in the shop were interested in the goings on of the world and discussed with the ranger at length everything from local policies to the ancient city of Petra.

Brenda, formerly a soldier in the US army, and a welder for the Long Beach naval shipyard, has been specializing in men’s hair for well over twenty years.   She’s trimmed, shaved, and clipped in Hollydale and Gardena but has been practicing right here in Bixby Knolls (where she grew up) for the longest amount of time.

Help me Brenda!

That's what I call satisfaction

Can't Expose the Secret Identity

All done!

The service was excellent and I would highly recommend it to anyone with rampant follicles like myself. Brenda’s Hair Design for Men is located at 4144 Business Street in Bixby Knolls (between San Antonio Drive and Carson Street). Walk in or call ahead at (562) 997- 8700

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!

Stduents

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!

March On First Fridays

Friday, March 5th, 2010

Kidnapped by Imperial Storm Troopers

My bevy of Bixby buddies will be relieved to know that I once again manned the streets at the last First Friday.  Spreading good cheer, shouting out sunshine, and shaking my groove thing!  Allow me to guide you through the action of a typical Bixby Knolls First Friday.  Please keep your hands and feet inside the vehicle at all times!

A Ranger Rides in Style

Early on in the evening I spied the classic Chryslers, Chevys , and Rivieras parked outside both Melinda McCoy’s Flowers and Georgie’s Place!  After losing my beloved horse Chromium due to an altercation with the local fuzz, I’ve been looking for a new means of transportation.  Could a vintage 1961 Cadillac be the answer?  Do the owners accept pod currency?

The Do-Si-Do's Are My Favorites!

The Girl Scouts were out in full force slinging their wares and supporting the cookie habit of millions.  I bought a box of Do-Si-Dos (of course).

Hula Hoop-Off

Averyboo Arts was celebrating their anniversary and the tykes were throwing a dance party to END all dance parties.  DJ Dave Skott was bumping all the aviation themed chart toppers, I heard both the Chicken Dance song AND the Tiki Room song in just the short time I was there.  Everything got serious however when little Avery challenged me, The Knolls Ranger, to a hula hoop competition.  Uh, oh…

We Jammin'

Jammin’ Music held a recital chock-full of cello wunderkinds.  The pianists, and guitarists were great as well!  I ran into Tommy Fleming playing some mean music!  I presided over his Birthday last November! It’s a small small Bixby world.

The Ukettes

I danced to the melodies provided by The Ukettes at Free Spirit Yoga!

Karaoke Dokey!

I sang a song or twelve during the Karaoke party in Vangie Ogg Photography!

Please Accept This Wholly Inappropriate Gift Heather

Heather over at Pixie Toys wasn’t up for the rangers antics.  So I tried to win her heart with a gift of a lion feasting on it’s young.  Who says I don’t know a thing about romancing!

Tang Soo Do

This is where we train the incoming rangers!

Attacked by Bixby Bandits

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhh!!!!!  Where are those rangers-in-training when you need them?!

The Majesty of Art

Elise’s Tea Room held everything from soft steaks to sumptious art!

Elise's Tea Room

Mmmmmmmmmmmmm

The Ranger As Model

I did some art modeling over at the Expo Furniture warehouse!

Hug It Out Michelle

And got some hugs from Michelle Mangioni!

The Pursuit of Life, Liberty, and Elise's Tea

All in all, it was an exceptional First Fridays! Photos courtesy of Jonathan David Lewis.

Bixby’s Best Boy Blair Cohn in the Press!

Saturday, February 13th, 2010

Blair, Annie, & the Ranger

The uninitiated may not recognize this man about town, but Blair Cohn (photo’d here standing to the left of the Knolls Ranger and canine pal) is the executive director of The Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association, the organizer of successful community events such as First Fridays, the father of the Supper Club and the Bixby Knolls strollers, and my personal friend.  In other words, he’s Commissioner Gordon to my Batman.  It’s safe to say that Bixby Knolls wouldn’t be the same without him and his beautiful Bulldog Annie.  He’s implemented hundreds of fantabulous marketing opportunities on a dime!  (Literally, he’s always sitting on a dime.  It’s odd I know, but I think it has something to do with the special place he holds in his heart for four-term US president Franklin Delano Roosevelt [and the special place FDR holds in his metal alloy heart for Blair's Gluteus Maximus])  But don’t take our word for any of this (except the FDR butt thing), The Press Telgram has honored our man Friday (I mean, Cohn) with a powerful puff piece of panegyrical prowess!  Read the whole thing here, and then come up to Bixby Knolls for a potpourri of mom-and-pop-shopitude, arts and culture, and fine dining!

The First February Friday

Friday, February 5th, 2010

Ziggy Stardust Jams Jammin' Music!

Howdy Ho Buckaroo’s!  February 5th was a monumental first friday indeed!  Not only was it the first first in 2010, but it was the go-to spot for all the Valentines fun your Bixby Knolls heart could muster!

I was there of course decked out in all my cherubic finest.  A bow and quiver at my beck, feathered wings sprouting from my shoulder blades and a big heart on my chest!

Everyone loves a ranger

The Expo Building featured art by Jonathon Bueno, Rob Padilla and more!  Plus Daniel Quinonez was crafting his own unique “paintings” live.

Hendrix Portrait by Daniel Quinonez

Held 2 Gether, the improv comedy troupe, brought down the house at Elises Tea Room!

Elises Tea Room Pre Improv

The Potential Lunatics brought the rock AND roll to The Factory!

Potential Lunatics

Swoop’s World did a live podcast at Nino’s Italian Restaurant and interviewed yours truly!

Swoop there it is!

And then there was this Ziggy Stardust fellow.  Who dazzled and awed spectators up and down the corridor with his amazing feats of daring-do!  Check it out!

Gabelich and Stardust: Friends to the End