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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!


May I Have Another First Friday?

Saturday, May 8th, 2010

Culture Shock LA

April Showers brought May Madness during First Fridays on the 7th!  Boy Howdy!  There were more colorful characters than you could shake a horned toad’s hat at ifn’ Old Toady would take the gol’ durned head coverin’ off his reptilian dome long enough so’s you could do the shakin’!

Colorful Characters 1 and 2

See what I mean?

In addition to rangers, Commisioner Thomas Fields and his Segwayed minions from the Port of Long Beach docked themselves in the Expo Furniture Warehouse where they discussed Port potential as portrait painters drank potent potables!

Pondering Ports

Funny folks from Held2gether Improv once again turned Elise’s Tea Room into a laugh factory!

This Comedy Troupe's on Fire!

Babylon Blues played to a packed audience at It’s A Grind Coffee House.

With It's a Grind Coffee I Can't Feel the Blues

Home Care Health Partners (4122 Atlantic) displayed vintage art of the Queen Mary and Cyclone Racer.

Ye Olde Pike

Alive Theatre closed their absurdist comedy, A Hell of a Mess over at Paul Forman’s former retail building, 3838 Atlantic!

Moment of Meta-Fiction or Sign of Imploding Universe?

There was a belly dancing and much merriment at Baba Ghanouj Lebanese Cuisine!


And District 8 Boutique housed Culture Shock LA a 501C3 happy, hip-hop dance company dedicated to aiding education, and community awareness through shaking groove things.

Make Some Noise Culture Shock!

All in all, it was an exceptional First Friday.

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