Posts Tagged ‘Georgie’s Place’

The June First Frizzle-Dizzle

Monday, June 13th, 2011

Jumping Jehosephat boys and girls, the Knolls Ranger’s in the house giving you the scoop on June’s First Fridays event.  First Fridays, our very own community evening art walk, is growing by leaps and bounds every month and is easily the largest such event in Long Beach (next stop the world).  The event is marked by its swell business deals, bohemian performers, and unleashed imagination.

June saw our favorite Bixby businesses light up with performances by bands as diverse as Good Citizen (a pop, folk, and soul group stationed outside of The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf), The Sepulveda Jazz Project (the offices of Edward Jones), Bluegrass crooners TED! (EJ Malloys), swing and jive artists Hot Club du Bop (Georgie’s Place), folk maiden Alyssandra Nighswonger (It’s A Grind Coffee House), 80s tribute band The Repeat Offenders (Nino’s After Hours), and more.

But that’s not all…one-man-band Timstrument was grooving, Elmo the muppet was dancing, there were lovely “ladies” at Roy Robbins Gifts and Stationery, Darren Held’s Held2Gether Improv was tickling funny bones at Elise’s Tea Room, and my old nemesis Dr. Illiterate showed up to my reading at Councilmember Johnson’s ”First books” event to challenge me to a read-off.  Fear not true believers, I won and Dr. Illiterate won’t be darkening Bixby’s door again.  Or will he….???

Check out these snapshots of the evening and see for yourself!

Councilmember Johnson's First Books Event

Dastardly Cur, Dr. Iliterate

And other villian Cruella DeVille

DJ Bill Child

Reptiles Unlimited

Geoff Parry at the new Jammin Music and Art


The Potential Lunatics


The next First Friday is July 1st!  Hope to see you there!


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.

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


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.

The Knolls Ranger Goes Green!

Saturday, January 30th, 2010


The Knolls Ranger’s my name and urban landscape beautification’s my game!  (Parcheesi is also my game, but that doesn’t really apply here).  So I was suitably siked on Saturday to join The Boy Scouts Of America troupe 29, The Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association, Tree People, and a handful of hobos with their planting of thirty five crepe myrtle “muskogee” trees along the bottom stretch of my favorite commercial corridor, Atlantic Avenue!

Requisite novelty shovel gag photo

Excavation got under way promptly at 9 AM saturday morning, (right after Dora the Explorer, don’t worry I had the horse Tivo it for me).  We sweated, grunted, planted, swept, caked our gold boots with mud, and made the same bad fungi/fun guy pun over and over again, but at the end of it all we had thirty five healthy, happy trees to show for it!


The Muskogee Myrtle is a lavender blossomed relative of the deciduous non-purple myrtles native to South Asia and Oceania.  Being part plant myself I found the 35 representatives of this species to be exceptionally ebulliant and good humored!  Except for one named Bob situated near The Golden Bowl who made a few disparaging comments about someone’s mother and seemed a tad rancorous to the ranger.  But hey, one mean myrtle ain’t bad.

A fine looking post

The turn out was great due in large part to Citizen Forester, Greg Reilly who organized the event with his fellow scouts in order to achieve his eagle scout merit!  I am happy to report that the Boy Scouts have recognized his achievement, and that he is now, and will forever remain an eagle, riding on hot air thermals, feasting on fish and roadkill, and being the symbol of America that we all need him to be.

A Tremendous Transformation, Kafka's got nothin' on Greg Reilly

These sweet little saplings can be spied along the Atlantic Cooridor from 35th street east until Bixby Road!  Check them out, feed them a dash of water if they’re thirsty, and bask in the good old fashioned greenification of Bixby knolls.  Oh, and while you’re in the area do grab a strawberry shake from Georgie’s Place.  They’re divine.

People Need Trees, Trees Need People, Welcome Rosie!