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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.

The Best of 2010, A Ranger’s Year-In-Review

Saturday, January 8th, 2011

My Senitments Precisely

As the ball dropped behind Dick Clark  and citizens made kissy faces in the dark, the Knolls Ranger decided to look back and remember the super year that just was.  From shipwrecked 16 year olds to precognitive cephalopods, 2010 was a veritable hootenanny of local, state, and world excitement!  But don’t take my word for it, cast your mind back through the fog of time and recall these rip-roaring dates of revelry for the Ranger’s 2010 Year-In Review!

Jan. 4th : The tallest man made structure to date, the Burj Khalifa opens in Dubai, of The United Arab Emirates.  Upon opening, area man, “Jack” climbs up the building and brings back a golden egg laying goose and singing harp.

The Towering Burj Khalifa of Dubai

Jan. 3oth: Boy Scout Greg Rielly of troop 29, turns into a majestic soaring eagle.  But this stunning transformation had nothing to do with Voodoo brouhaha and the casting of chicken bones, and everything to do with community activation.   Thanks for the Muskogee Myrtles Greg!

Tree Planting

Feb. 3rd.  The Long Beach Police Department ends their exhaustive six month long search for a new chief of police after former LAPD second-in-command Jim McDonnell successfully beats out other contestants in a televised program called, So You Think You Can Chief. The program called for the police officers to perform weekly choreographed dance numbers and eat icky looking insects, among other things.

LBPD Cheif of Police Jim Mcdonnell

Feb. 12th, The 2010 winter Olympics kick off in Vancouver and Whistler.  Canadian sports commentators Bob & Doug McKenzie report, “It’s a beauty, eh.”

Take off Hoser

Feb. 26th, After double parking my beloved horse Chromium on an impacted Long Beach street, she runs off and crosses the Bering Strait.  Marking her the First Horse Owned By A Pod Person Super-hero to Successfully Cross The Bering Strait from the Pacific Coast.  Take that Silver!

Dear Chromium, you will be missed

April 9th, Local troupe Alive Theatre debuts their uncompromising vision of civic inaction with Eugene Ionesco’s A Hell of a Mess at 3838 Atlantic.  Venue holder Paul Forman, inspired by the theatrics, announces his upcoming one-man-show, Paul’s Way.

A precursor to Paul Forman's One-Man-Show

April 14 – Ash from erupting volcano’s beneath the ice cap Eyjafjallajökull in Iceland, halts air traffic in northern and western Europe.  Which is good news for my buddy Dale who’s in the train business.

Money Time Dale!  Yee-ha!  Git 'er Done!  Etc...

April 29th, City Mobility Coordinator Charles Gandy, members of the bike community, DJ Neon Hunter, and the Ranger IPA guys meet up at the Factory Gastro-bar to discuss making Long Beach the most bike-friendly city in the US and drink brewskies.  In an unprecedented and shocking move that gets some hate mail, I turn in my regular duds for a decidedly PG-13 wardrobe that resembles a beer keg. Heaven’s to Betsy!

Controversial Costume with Another Ranger

May 4th, A new world record is set for art sold at an auction when a Pablo Picasso piece entitled, Nude, Green Leaves and Bust, sells for $106.5 million.  It seems an exorbitant price for a single painting but any struggling Non-profit organization that expresses dismay probably lacks culture and just doesn’t “get it.”

Picasso painting worth more than GDP of Malyasia

May 5th, The First Annual Long Beach Bicycle Tour attracts thousands who bike and huff across all thirty miles of scenic bike routes, city streets, and historical landmarks.  Here’s to hoping that 2012′s First Annual Unicycle Tour is as well attended.

The First annual Bike Tour

May 7th, The Neanderthal Genome Project announces that they have successfully sequenced enough of the genome to suggest that man and neanderthal interbred.  Neanderthal Civil Rights activists rejoice in a series of funny TV commercials for a car insurance company.

Man and Neandrethal, unlikely Bed-fellows?  Not According to Science

May 19th, The Bixby Knolls Strollers continue their monthly morning community treks from It’s a Grind Coffeehouse (4245 Atlantic Ave) to the far reaches of Bixby Knolls and Cal Heights.  On this morning the Knolls Ranger accompanied them and shared stories of his days on the Rancho photo-synthesizing alongside Jotham and Llewellyn.

A Morning Bixby Stroll Club

June 11th-July 10th, Paul the octopus from the Oberhausen sea life center gained notoriety for successfully predicting the winning team for each of Germany’s seven matches in the 2010 world cup.  In addition to football outcomes, the cephalapod was able to accurately predict lotto numbers, keno numbers, and that Oedipus Rex would eventually kill his father and marry his mother.

Paul the oracle octopus predicts a win for Germany

July 20th, The 5th Annual Bixby Knolls Dragster Expo & Car Show drew huge crowds and featured over 200 classic and vintage rods.  There was music and merriment and beer gardens, oh, my!  Mark your calendars for July 9th, 2011.  When once again the tranquil North Long Beach night will roar with the sounds of motor engines.  Hot diggity!

The 5th Annual Bixby Dragster Show & Car Expo

August 7th, Council Members, Congresswomen, RDA folk, neighbors, and the ranger drink coco and shop at the brand new Marshalls Department store!  I auction off a handbag!

Ladies and Gentlemen of Bixby Knolls, get your shop on

August 25th, The BKBIA office gets a surprise letter from another local do-gooder who refers to himself simply as the Naples Superhero.  Mystery man-o-Naples, we still want to meet up with you!
The Naples Hero

Sep. 3rd, Due to an influx of microscopic krill to our shores, record numbers of blue whales show up off the coast of Long Beach.  The Aquarium of the Pacific and Harbor Breeze Cruises shuttle tourists out to see the behemoths and gain evidence about their migratory patterns.  As of press time the whales declined to make any statements one way or the other regarding the Long Beach breakwater.

Bring on the Blue Whales

Sep. 10th, Greggory Moore heads to Burning Man.  Wears funny clothes.


Sep. 14th, Hollywood Photographer Peter Tangen, (responsible for the Hellboy, Spiderman, and Batman movie posters) begins to create stylized photo poster images of real life super-heroes (like the Knolls Ranger) the world over.  Subjects include Vancouver’s Thanotos, New York’s NYX, and San Fransisco’s Motor Mouth.

San Fransisco Hero, Motor Mouth

Sep. 18th, Long Beach Harbor Board Commissioner Mario Cordero is nominated to the Federal Maritime Commission by US President Barack Obama.  Which I’ll warrant is slightly more auspicious than my nomination to Homecoming King.

Mario Cordero

October 17th, I turn 129 years old in human years and my party at Vangie Ogg Photography and Pixie Toys (3930 Atlantic avenue) was the talk of the town! The yummy cake was courtesy of Alsace Lorraine Bakery.

D'aaaaw, too cute

December 2nd, GFA-41, an arsenic based strain of rod-shaped bacterium is discovered in CA’s Mono lake, thus showing that life is possible without phosphorous.  Everyone from NASA scientists to the casual man-on-the-street was excited by this new expansive view on what makes life and the possibilities of encountering it in space.  Everyone, I should say, except for the chemical compound Phosphorous himself, who grew very depressed and didn’t leave his room for a week.

Arsenic Bacteria in Mono Lake

And that, in essence was 2010.   Only time will tell what 2011 holds, but this ranger for one is excited.

Scary Good Fun on a Festive Friday First

Sunday, October 17th, 2010

Vangie Ogg's Lovely Photography

The law of individual differences mandates that no First Friday is ever alike.  Like every beautiful falling snowflake or the unique physiological make-up of each individual gnu in the Savannah, each First Friday in Bixby Knolls is something special.  But this latest First Friday was doubly so being as it was also my birfday.  Holla!

Make a Wish Uncle Knollsey!

That’s right Bixby Boys and Long Beach Ladies, the Knolls Ranger turned 129 on October 1st (but I’m only 5 in ranger years) and to celebrate the fine folks at Pixie Toys and Vangie Ogg Photography threw me a gala party complete with cake, toy horsey’s, face painting, caramel apples, and a photo booth!

E. Thor Carlson

Woah!  Watch out Thor!

Cake Time!

All of my favorite friends showed up and we partied like it was 1881 y’all!

All Hands on Deck for First Friday Fun!

But lest you should think that my party was the only happenin’ hot spot on ye olde atlantic ave.  Let me show you what else was happening on this spooky night of community engagement!  There were masks:

Blending InMusic:A fan of the Dance

And Monsters:

Lookin' Horrifying Elise's Tea Room!

There were artists expressing themselves like madmen at the Expo Furniture warehouse:

A litte bit of Post Modernity at the Expo Furniture Warehouse

And everyone from local politicians:

City Council howlin' up a good time

To community event coordinators:

Ron Petke promoting the Great Long Beach art Lab can you dig it?

To guys with beards and cool hats were there:


It all happens on the first friday of EVERY month in beautiful Bixby Knolls.  Can’t wait to see you next time and a have a sp-ooo-ooo-ky season!

Kickin' it Art Style!

Photos courtesy of Vangie Ogg, Blair Cohn, Krista Leaders, and Thom Wasper.  For more information on First Fridays events go here.

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!

In the Market for Farmers!

Monday, May 31st, 2010

Salutations Bixby Knolls

Welcome to the site cowpokes!  For those of you who are new-comers I am the Knolls Ranger, local superhero for Long Beaches very own Bixby Knolls, part time food and culture connoisseur, general do-gooder, and fancy dancer!

I traverse the wild expanse that is Bixby Knolls, from the LA river on over to the Atlantic Boulevard!  From Del Amo all the way to Wardlow!  Pitching in with a helping hand, a Bixby smile, and a lick of good spirits, yessiree.

Last weekend I managed to corral my way over to Bixby Knolls Farmer’s Market, a weekly stopping point for any weary traveler looking to find homemade wares and garden goodies!

Let's do it Bixby!

While there I discussed community development with Kelli Johnson and other coordinators of the Farmer’s Market.  I discovered that the market was a result of grant money given by The Long Beach Community Foundation and the Knight Foundation for the Connected Cooridor Project!  Well, I’ll be gosh darned, idn’ that great!


I lent a hand towards Hughes Middle School who were raising funds via soda sales to keep their music program intact.

Yippe Ki Yay Hughes Middle School!

A Wonderful Cause

Then I bought a refreshing sarsaparilla from the musical merchant.

Pleasure Doing Business With Ya!

I poked my head into a bucket of creepy crawlies and learned a thing or two about sustainable composting with the ladies over at Gypsy Worm Farm!


I sampled soaps with Shannon La Bounty from the Scared Waters Soap Co.



Smells Like Cleanliness

Never one to shy away from the spotlight, I had a thing or two to report to the camera crew!

I'm ready for my close up Mr. Deville

Avery and I played with all the goodies from Pixie Toys!


I was able to read my favorite Ranger tale with all my Buckaroos:  Cowboy Dan.

Oh my Gosh, that's classic Dan!

No Farmer’s Market is complete without puka shells!

No Farmer's Market is complete without puka shells!


I was thrilled to discover my friends from Jammin’ Music engaging in a drum circle of epic proportions!

We Jammin'

All this music making made me hungry!

Asian Pear, a must

Oh yeah

Burrito Time

Not to mention thirsty.

A Thirst Quencher

The Farmer’s Market is located at Longfellow Elementary School, 3800 Olive, and takes place every Sunday starting at Nine am.

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.