October is Arts Month and the city of Long Beach has been celebrating it for more than 30 years, which is pretty much since it was recognized nationally. And, of course, this year will be no exception. Driven by the Arts Council for Long Beach, this month will be full of exhibits, presentations, celebrations and performances. So, come out and take an active part in interacting with the arts around the city and make sure to stay aware of your surroundings because art is happening all the time.
The Arts Council for Long Beach’s Annual State of the Arts Event
The city of Long Beach kicks off Arts Month with the Annual State of the Arts Event. In partnership with the office of the Mayor, this prominent event brings together residents, the creative community, and city leaders to celebrate the arts in our beautiful city. During the event the city will be announcing new and upcoming projects. The arts council will also be honoring residents who make an impact in the arts and culture of our community.
When: Thursday Oct. 5, 2017, from 6-9PM
Where: The Packard (205 E. Anaheim St.)
Long Beach Museum of Art
Narsiso Martinez will be completing his fall semester for his CSULB MFA as an Artist in Residence at the Long Beach Museum of Art. He came to the United States almost 20 years ago as an agricultural worker, and has since obtained his GED, AA, and BFA. His work focuses on agricultural workers and their impact and contribution.
When: August 21 – December 22, 2017
Where: Long Beach Museum of Art (2300 E Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90803)
Jessica Lang Dance
A performance put together by the award-winning choreographer and artistic director Jessica Lang promises to be delightfully tasteful and breath-taking. The OC Weekly stated “Be an early witness to Lang’s genius,” of Jessica Lang. Lang’s New York-based company promises to immerse audiences in the powerful beauty of dance and movement.
When: Saturday, October 7, 8PM
Where: Carpenter Performing Arts Center (6200 Atherton Street, Long Beach, CA 90815)
Camerata Peace Project
The Camerata Peace Project explores the themes of diversity and inclusion through the power of music. They come together to sing in an exclusively peaceful manner aiming to neutralize any ethnic background or socio-economic level. Their program includes many favorites from different time eras that promise to tap into your emotions, conscience, and heart.
When: Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, at 3PM
Where: Arena Lobby, Long Beach Performing Arts Center (300 E Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90802)
The Spirit of Agave
Come celebrate the history and tradition of tequila while indulging in an unlimited sampling of various types of tequila. The ticket price includes an unlimited 1oz tequila sampling, food, and entertainment. Music will be provided by Sister Mantos, a band with a psychedelic blend of Latin beats, punk attitude and funk rhythms. Their song repertoire includes songs in Spanish and English about love, Queer & People of Color empowerment, and utopias that are free of war and oppression.
Price: $60/ Members $50 / Designated Drivers: $30
When: October 7, from 7-10PM
Where: Museum of Latin American Art, 628 Alamitos Avenue Long Beach, CA 90802
David Lamelas: A Life of Their Own
The University Art Museum (UAM) will organize the first monographic exhibition in the U.S. on the Argentine-born artist David Lamelas as part of the Getty Pacific Standard Time Initiative LA/LA. Best known as a pioneer of conceptual art, Lamelas gained international acclaim for his work in the 1968 Venice Biennale, Office of Information about the Vietnam War at Three Levels. After moving to Los Angeles in 1976, Lamelas participated in the Long Beach Museum’s influential video arts program, and his ongoing conceptual practice influenced an emerging circle of L.A. artists. The UAM exhibition will showcase the extraordinary breadth of his practice—encompassing post-minimalist sculpture, photography, and video installations and films—presenting many of his key works in the U.S. for the first time.
Co-curated by Kristina Newhouse and Maria Jose Herrera.
When: September 17 – December 10, 2017
Where: The University Art Museum is located on the campus of California State University, Long Beach. University Art Museum, CSULB, 1250 Bellflower Blvd. Long Beach, CA 90840
Pump: Public Urban Multi-sensory Presentations
Produced by FLOOD, the group that brought Long Beach Soundwalk and soundpedro, PUMP will be the first in a series of biennial events highlighting culture and creativity. An array of exhibits, presentations, and performances will isolate or link our senses and ways of perceiving. Striving to serve as a conduit, not only of local but also of regional and international expressions of imagination and artistic practice, our hope is to engender a sense of overlap and tension that will foster, within Long Beach’s dynamic art scene, an ecology rich in influence and exchange.
When: October 7-21, 2017
For more info go to: lbpump.org