New Things to Do Around Town
First Fridays in Bixby Knolls. Shops and restaurants host various events spotlighting local artists and musicians. Most events begin by 7 tonight. Atlantic Avenue between Bixby Road and Burlinghall Drive, Long Beach. (562) 424-6052, www.firstfridayslongbeach.com
Tafesilafa’i Pacific Islander Festival. Samoan music, dance, food. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. today-Sunday. Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach. Free. (562) 628-9282, www.tafesilafai.org
Long Beach Crawfish Festival. Louisiana-style food and entertainment, including Cajun and zydeco musicians, dancers, storytellers, arts and crafts booths, kids area. Noon-midnight Saturday, noon-11 p.m. Sunday. Rainbow Lagoon Park, north side of Shoreline Drive between Shoreline Village Drive and Linden Avenue. $13 in advance; $15 at gate; admission plus crawfish feast $25 in advance, $33 at gate. (562) 495-5959, www.longbeachcrawfishfestival.com
Taste in San Pedro. Food and drink from local restaurants, musicians, Ferris wheel, craft booths, kids area, fireworks. 11 a.m.- 9 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday. Point Fermin Park, Paseo del Mar and Gaffey Street. $10; $5 seniors, military and ages 4-17; taste tickets $1 each. (310) 832-
Robert Canada Friendship Powwow. Native American music, dance and art; food and craft booths. Noon-10 p.m. Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday. Fedde Junior High School Baseball Field, 21409 S. Elaine Ave., Hawaiian Gardens. Free. (562) 420-2641, ext. 229.
Classic Car Show. Classic cars and bicycles, music, raffles. Benefit for Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s St. Matthew Conference in Long Beach serving those in need. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Frisco’s Car Hop, 12050 Woodruff Ave., Downey. Free. (310) 713-0065.
Taste of the Coast. Food and drink from more than 30 Long Beach restaurants and businesses; music and dancing; kids area. Benefit for Long Beach Kids Connection. 3-7 p.m. Sunday. Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier, 15 39 th Place, Long Beach. In advance $50, $10 for under age 12; at the gate $60, $15 for under age 12. (562) 434- 1542, (562) 233-4338, www.alfredosbeachclub.com
First Thursday Art Walk. Open galleries, street vendors, entertainment. 6-9 p.m. Thursday. Most participating galleries, restaurants and shops are between Fourth and Seventh streets and Pacific Avenue and Palos Verdes Street, San Pedro. www.1 stthursday.comFAMILY
Orange County Fair. Closing weekend. Noon-midnight today; 10 a.m.- midnight Saturday-Sunday. OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. $9; $7 seniors; $5 ages 6-12; ages 5 and under free. (714) 708-3247, www.ocfair.com; (213) 480-3232, (714) 740-2000, www.ticketmaster.com
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Final performances 1 and 7:30 p.m. today; 11:30 a.m., 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 1:30 and 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Honda Center, 2695 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim. $15-$90. (213) 480-3232, (714) 740-2000, www.ticketmaster.com
Parachute Express. The trio performs music for kids. 5:30 p.m. Sunday; gate opens at 4:30 p.m. for picnicking. South Coast Botanic Garden, 26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes Peninsula. $8, $6 ages 2- 12 in advance (including garden admission); $2 more at the gate. (310) 541-5819, www. bubblerock.comTOURS
Bolsa Chica Wetlands Tours. Amigos de Bolsa Chica offers free public tours of the Bolsa Chica State Ecological Reserve between 9 and 10:30 a.m. the first Saturday of the month, starting at the Pacific Coast Highway parking lot across from the main entrance to Bolsa Chica State Beach in Huntington Beach. (714) 840-1575, www. amigosdebolsachica.org
Rancho Los Cerritos Garden Tours. Guided tours of the rancho grounds include a history of the gardens and trees dating to the 1840 s. 2:30 p.m. first Sunday of the month. Rancho open 1-5 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. 4600 Virginia Road, Long Beach. Free, but reser-
vations recommended: (562) 570-
“Above the Influence: The Young Artist Project.” Phantom Projects presents six aspiring teenage performers in an event blending drama, poetry, comedy, dance and storytelling. 7 p.m. Saturday. La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, 14900 La Mirada Blvd. $5-$15. (714) 994-6310, (714) 690-2900, www.phantomprojects.com
“Luann.” Musical by Greg Evans based on his comic strip about the life of a teenage girl. 7 p.m. Tuesday-Aug. 8. Huntington Beach Playhouse, Huntington Beach Central Library Theatre, 7111 Talbert Ave. $15; $12 seniors, students; $7 ages 12 and under. (714) 375- 0696, www.hbph.com
“A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Long Beach Shakespeare Company presents the comedy set in a forest where fairies spread magical mayhem among two pairs of lovers and a group of amateur actors. 4:30 p.m. Sunday; preshow starts at 3 p.m. with music, jugglers, garden tours. Rancho Los Alamitos, 6400 Bixby Hill Road, Long Beach. Free, but reservations required: (562) 431-3541.
“The Tempest.” Shakespeare Orange County presents the play in which a shipwreck delivers conspirators and their guests to an island inhabited by a sorcerer, his daughter and magical characters. Opens 8:15 p.m. Thursday. 8:15 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; through Aug. 23. Festival Amphitheatre, Village Green Park, 12740 Main St., Garden Grove. $32; $30 seniors, students. (714) 590-1575, www.shakespeareoc.orgDANCE
American Ballet Theatre. West Coast premiere of Twyla Tharp’s “Rabbit and Rogue” set to a score by Danny Elfman, and a revival of Harald Landers’ “Etudes.” With the Pacific Symphony. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Aug. 9, 2 p.m. Aug. 9-10. Segerstrom Hall, Orange County Performing Artscenter, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. $25-$95. (714) 556-2787, www.ocpac.orgCOMEDY
Comedy Night. Brian Mann hosts four stand-up comedians from the Laugh Factory in Hollywood. Benefit for Huntington Beach Playhouse. 7:30 tonight; reception at 6:30 p.m. Huntington Beach Central Library Theatre, 7111 Talbert Ave. $15; $10 seniors, students. (714) 323-7686, (714) 375-0696, www.hbph.com
Platinum Elite – Clean Comedy Experience. Comedians from “BET Comic View,” HBO’s “Def Comedy Jam” and Comedy Central perform stand- up routines with no blue material and no profanity. 8 p.m. Saturday, Center Theater, Long Beach Performing Arts Center, 300 E. Ocean Blvd. $18-$25 in advance, $5 more at door. (562) 436-3661; (213) 480- 3232, (714) 740-2000, www.ticketmaster.com
Clean Comedy Showcase. Clean stand-up comedy from comedians over age 40. 6 p.m. Sunday, Long Beach Playhouse Gallery, 5021 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach. $5. (562) 494-1014, www.lbph.comMOVIES
“Kramer vs. Kramer.” Oscar-winning 1979 drama starring Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep. 1 p.m. today, Los Altos Library, 5614 Britton Drive, Long Beach. Free. (562) 570-1045.
Bellflower Movies Under the Stars. “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.” Dusk tonight, Town Center Plaza, near Bellflower Boulevard and Belmont Street. Free. (562) 804-1424, ext. 2268.
“Chungking Express.” 1996 Hong Kong movie featuring loosely connected stories of a pair of lovelorn cops dumped by their girlfriends. 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Brewitt Library, 4036 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach. (562) 570-1040.
Paramount Monday Night Movies. “Bee Movie.” 7 p.m. Monday, Progress Park, 15500 Downey Ave. Free. (562) 220-2121.
Long Beach Movies in the Park. “Surf’s Up” starts at dusk Friday at Stearns Champions Park, 4520 E. 23 rd St. “Shrek the Third” starts at dusk at these locations: Monday at Somerset Park, 1500 E. Carson St.; Tuesday at King Park, 1950 Lemon Ave.; Wednesday at Heart-
well Park, 5801 E. Parkcrest St.; Thursday at Bixby Park, 130 Cherry Ave.; Aug. 8 at Whaley Park, 5620 Atherton St. Free. (562) 570-3100, www.longbeach.gov/park
Movie Mondays at the Orange County Performing Artscenter. “Hairspray” is projected on the side of Segerstrom Hall. Dusk Monday on the community plaza, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. Free. (714) 556-2787, www.ocpac.org
Cerritos Monday Night at the Movies. “The Great Mouse Detective.” 8:15 p.m. Monday, Liberty Park Amphitheater, 19211 Studebaker Road. Free. (562) 916-1254.
Long Beach Moonlight Movies on the Beach. “The Sting,” dusk Tuesday, Granada Beach, 5101 E. Ocean Blvd. “Singin’ in the Rain,” dusk Wednesday, Cherry Beach, Ocean Boulevard and Junipero Avenue. Free. (562) 434-1542, www.alfredosbeachclub.comART
“Images From Malawi Africa.” Photos by Matt Wignall documenting the July 2007 installation of wells in bush areas by the charity Water Wells for Africa; opening reception 7-10 tonight; through Sept. 4. DDR Projects Art Gallery, 1532 E. Broadway, Long Beach. (562) 590-9030, www.ddrprojects.com
“A Baker’s Dozen of Artists Plus.” Group exhibit of paintings by 14 artists; opening reception 6-9 p.m. Saturday; through Aug. 30. Gallery 33 East, 3202 E. Broadway, Long Beach. (562) 433-1496, www.gallery33 east.com
“Fragments of Face and Hidden in View.” Photos by Heather Renne; through Aug. 29. Long Beach Main Library, 101 Pacific Ave. (562) 570- 7500.
“Viva Frida!” Art and poetry reception relating to exhibit featuring images of Mexican artist Frido Kahlo. 6-9 p.m. Saturday. Picture This Gallery, 4130 Norse Way, Long Beach. (562) 425-4861.
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