Things to do in Long Beach this weekend including… parody ballet and Kidical Mass • the Hi-lo


Hey Long Beach, ready to do some stuff this weekend? Thursday night is shaping up to be a comedy night at the Laugh Factory. On Friday, consider relaxing on the beach with a guided meditation and sound bath. This weekend we found parody performing arts, a festival celebrating the art forms of people of all kinds, and a community bike ride. Oh and there’s also a vintage car show and swap meet. You didn’t see it coming, did you?

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LATINO COMEDY NIGHT “BROWN-ISH” – LAUGH FACTORY (Thursday)

“Brown-ish” Latin comedy party flyer courtesy of Laugh Factory.

Downtown’s resident comedy club, Laugh Factory, will present its monthly “Brown-ish” comedy night on Thursday, January 27, a comedy show featuring the talents of Latino comedians.

Hosted by comedian Erik Rivera, Thursday’s lineup includes comedians who have appeared on HBO, Netflix, FOX and Amazon Prime.

The range includes:

General admission tickets are $22; priority seating is $30, click here to purchase tickets.

Free tickets are available to book online, click here, but keep in mind that free tickets must be presented at the box office at least 30 minutes before the start of the show.

Doors open at 7:15 p.m. Show starts at 8 p.m. You must be 18 or older to attend.

Laugh Factory is at 151 S. Pine Ave.

SOUNDBATH AT SUNSET AND GUIDED MEDITATION – ROSIE’S DOG BEACH (Friday)

An instructor plays a selection of singing bowls on the beach. Photo courtesy of the organizers.

Experience a free beachside sound bath and guided meditation from 4-5:30 p.m. with the good folks of SoundHumanity on Friday, January 28 at Rosie’s Dog Beach.

Participants are encouraged to bring their own yoga mats, blankets, towels or pillows, whatever makes you comfortable. And dress warmly because it will be chilly.

Click here for more information and to RSVP. The event will take place near the aid station across from the intersection of Covina Avenue and Ocean Boulevard.

Rosie’s Dog Beach is at 5000 E. Ocean Blvd.

SIP & SHOP POP UP – BAMBOO CLUB (Saturday)

Sip & Shop flyer courtesy of Bamboo Club.

From noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, January 29, the Bamboo Club’s outdoor patio will be swarmed with local vendors in a shopping event that will have you browsing with a tiki cocktail in hand.

Buy vintage items, original art, homewares, apothecary items and more from over 15 sellers, or enter a raffle to win prizes.

And, in the inevitable event that shopping (and drinking) makes you hungry, Bamboo Club will offer a burger menu that includes a vegan option.

The pop-up is free (food and drinks are not included) and is open to all ages.

The Bamboo Club is located at 3522 E. Anaheim St.

PARODICAL BALLET “THE TROCKS” – CARPENTER CENTER (Saturday & Sunday)

Returning for its seventh performance at the Carpenter Center, the all-male dance company Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo will perform live on Saturday and Sunday, January 29 and 30, during an evening of ballet parodies and parodies.

Hailing from New York’s drag scene in the 1970s, the ‘Trocks’, as they are nicknamed, began as a group of ballet enthusiasts seeking to present a playful, comedic take on traditional classical ballet. The dance troupe quickly won acclaim and performed in theaters around the world, delighting audiences with their blend of great comedy and technical prowess.

Tickets are $55 and can be purchased online, click here. The Saturday show is at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.

Guests are required to show proof of full vaccination in order to attend. In accordance with city health guidelines, masks must be worn indoors.

The Carpenter Center is on the Cal State Long Beach campus; parking is $12 and can be purchased online or on site the same day. Click here for more information.

The Richard and Karen Carpenter Center is located at 6200 E. Atherton St.

HUMAN CAPABILITIES FESTIVAL – PACIFIC AQUARIUM (Saturday & Sunday)

Guitarist Dat Nguyen, who is blind, will perform live at the Human Capabilities Festival on Saturday, January 29 at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Photo courtesy of Aquarium of the Pacific.

The annual Aquarium of the Pacific festival celebrating the talents and creativity of people with disabilities returns for its 19th year to Long Beach and, this time, in person.

Some of the festival’s most popular artists are set to return, including guitarist and classical singer Dat Nguyen, who is blind (performing only on January 29), The Rollettes, an all-female dance troupe with members who perform in wheelchairs and Zendrea Mitchell, poet and ASL teacher, who will present a musical performance in American Sign Language.

During the festival, participants can watch artistic demonstrations and take part in several creative workshops, including an adapted dance class with Straight Up Abilities and a sign language class.

The festival is included in the general admission cost to the aquarium which is $36.95 for adults, $26.95 for children ages 3-11, and $33.95 for seniors 62 and more. It is free for aquarium members and children under 3 years old. Capacity is limited and advance reservations are strongly encouraged. Aquarium of the Pacific requires attendees ages 2 and up to wear a mask indoors and outdoors.

Click here to reserve and purchase tickets and for more information on the lineup, click here.

The Aquarium of the Pacific is located at 100 Aquarium Way.

LONG BEACH HI-PERFORMANCE SWAP MEET & CAR SHOW – LBCC LIBERAL ARTS CAMPUS (Sunday)

Hundreds of classic cars on display at the Long Beach Hi-Performance Swap Meet and Car Show. Photo courtesy organizers/Facebook.

Whether you’re a vintage car fan or looking to snag that last bit needed to rev your engine, the Long Beach Hi-Performance Swap Meet will be the place to be on Sunday, January 30.

Having grown strong in Long Beach since 1983, what began with just seven sellers and 40 buyers at Marine Stadium has blossomed into a bustling affair of car fanatics, seeing hundreds of sellers and thousands of buyers each year that has earned the event airtime on shows such as “Monster Garage,” “Popular Hot Rodding TV,” and “NHRA Drag Racing Today,” according to the organization’s website.

Visitors can purchase a variety of vintage, classic, antique and high-performance auto parts, supposedly at bargain prices, or visit the car show, which features hundreds of cars ready for enthusiasts to admire.

Admission is $10-12 for spectators. The show is from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. Click here for more information.

Long Beach Hi-Performance Swap Meet is at 5005 E. Lew Davis St.

KIDICAL MASS COMMUNITY BIKE RIDE – LOS CERRITOS PARK (Sunday)

Courtesy of Facebook/Kidical Mass.

The Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association hosts its annual bike ride, Kidical Mass, which invites children and their families to get out and enjoy the city on bikes.

In previous years, Kidical Mass started at Georgie’s Place on the Atlantic, but this year the bike ride will start at 11 a.m. from Los Cerritos Park (on Country Club Drive just south of Bixby Road).

The event is free and will provide snacks for runners during the event. For riders under 18, helmets are mandatory.

Click here for more information.

Los Cerritos Park is located at 3750 Del Mar Ave.

SPONSORED BY THE AQUARIUM OF THE PACIFIC

ORCA EXPERT OFFERS A KILLING TALK ABOUT WHALES IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA – AQUARIUM OF THE PACIFIC (Wednesday, February 2)

Flyer courtesy of the Aquarium of the Pacific.

As part of the First Wednesdays series at the Aquarium of the Pacific, whale expert Alisa Schulman-Janiger will discuss the past, present, and future of orcas that visit the West Coast each year, particularly southern California. South. The most recent spotting included a pod of orcas off the local coast in December 2021.

Schulman-Janiger is the lead research biologist for the California Killer Whale Project. She is also a research associate at the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History and the director of the Gray Whale Census and Behavior Project for the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Cetacean Society.

The free talk and Q&A titled “Killer Whales of Southern California” — topped off with a cocktail at the cash bar, music, and a fish-painting art activity — will take place in person and live from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, February 2, at the Honda Pacific Visions Theater. Reservations are required and can be made online, click here, or by calling 562-590-3100. Participation requires proof of COVID-19 vaccinations or a negative test.

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