Things to do in Long Beach this weekend including … tiki drinks and black dance festivals • the Hi-lo

This week we are pretty confident that we have something for everyone. Do you like to drink? We have something for you. Photograph your passion? We’ve found an inspiring photographer you are sure to learn a tip or two from. Looking to improve your dance skills free? No problem. Fancy an outdoor getaway? Yeah, that too.

And if you’re looking to get out of the house and admire some cool stuff, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

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WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER IAN SHIVE VISITS THE PACIFIC AQUARIUM (Wednesday)

Photographer Ian Shive holds up his bulky camera. Photo courtesy of Aquarium of the Pacific.

Award-winning photographer, filmmaker and Discovery Channel host Ian Shive will visit the Aquarium of the Pacific on Wednesday August 4 to talk about his new book, “Refuge: America’s Wildest Places”.

Shive will show nature and wildlife photos from his book and talk about the reserves he photographed, including places such as Kenai, Alaska, and the coral reefs of Palmyra Atoll in the South Pacific.

The evening will end with a cocktail and a signing session.

the free the event is from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Reservations for the theater are required, click here. For those who wish to connect at home, a stream of the conference will be available online, click here.

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

FILMS & MOONLIGHT: “THE GREATEST SHOWMAN” – 2ND & PCH (Friday)

Participants watch an outdoor movie on Seaport Way at 2nd & PCH. Image courtesy of 2e and PCH.

Catch a free outdoor film screening of “The Greatest Showman” at 2nd & PCH on Friday August 6 as part of the Movies & Moonlight series at the Food & Drink Center.

The movie begins at sunset (around 7:45 p.m.), but it’s best to arrive early to take your seat along the main drag, which is blocked off to traffic. Guests are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets as free spaces are limited. The center asks all participants to respect social distancing.

2nd & PCH is at 6400 Pacific Coast Highway.

CATALINAVILLE FUNDRAISER – DESCANSO BEACH CLUB (Saturday)

A couple dance at the Descanso Beach Club in the evening during the Catalinaville fundraiser. Photo courtesy organizers.

This “Margaritaville-style” event at the Descanso Beach Club on Catalina Island on Saturday August 7 is a fundraiser for the Catalina Island Medical Center Foundation.

Tickets are already sold for dinner and cocktail, but the beach party (starts at 8 p.m.) promises live music, beach dancing, and a fully stocked bar.

Tickets cost $ 100 which, yes we know it’s pretty high but it’s fundraising, remember? However, as a consolation prize, it allows you to buy two cocktails!

For more details and to buy online, click here.

The Descanso Beach Club is located at 1, chemin Sainte-Catherine.

JUDY KEPES DOLLS HOUSE OPENING RECEPTION – LOITER GALLERIES (Saturday)

Loiter Galleries will unveil its new exhibition, The Doll House, by local artist Judy Kepes on Saturday August 7th.

The art reminiscent of Judy Kepes’ storybook features delicate black and white pen strokes that depict characters one might imagine to exist in a Grimm tale. Sweet, sentimental, even somewhat gruesome, the characters she creates are identifiable and unique and intricately defined.

Expect cutouts of her paper figures set in paper dollhouses, as well as life-size installations for you to browse.

The opening reception is from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Regular viewing hours are 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. The exhibition will be on view until September 11.

Loiter Galleries is at 180 E. Fourth St.

SUMMER MUSIC SERIES – LONG BEACH TOWNE CENTER (Saturday)

Flyer courtesy organizer.

The Long Beach Towne Center kicks off their summer concert series this Saturday, August 7 with 90s Nation, a cover band outfitted to perform all of your favorite rock and indie songs from the 1990s.

Expect anthems from Alice in Chains, Audio Slave, Oasis, Nirvana, Foofighters, Incubus, Muse and more. Seriously, these guys cover songs from over 50 rock bands.

Participants are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs to watch the show, which will take place on the downtown promenade.

The series will continue with a different live show every Saturday until the rest of August. Click here for more information.

The Long Beach Towne Center is located at 7575 Carson Blvd.

DANCE AND YOUNG ADULTS AND YOUNG ADULTS LESSONS – LONG BEACH PLAYHOUSE (Saturday)

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Teens and young adults are invited to attend a free hands-on drama and dance lesson at the Long Beach Playhouse on Saturday, August 7, courtesy of Village ArtReach, a nonprofit dedicated to the enrichment of youth and children. families disadvantaged by art.

The event runs from 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. and includes a drama and improvisation lesson from Rovin Jay, a 30-year veteran in the theater industry, and a hip hop, movement and dance class by Sonya Randall, a dancer who has traveled the world, singer and choreographer.

Click here for more information. For RSVP, which is required, send an email [email protected]

The Long Beach Playhouse is located at 5021 E. Anaheim St.

AUGMENTED REALITY CHALLENGE FESTIVAL – LA PROMENADE (Sunday)

A sample of the objects of the world in augmented reality showing dolphins in downtown Long Beach. Screenshot.

Long Beach’s inaugural Augmented Reality (AR) Challenge Festival kicks off on Sunday, August 8 in downtown, where locals can interact with businesses, murals, buildings and other attractions using their smartphones.

The festival is the culmination of the Long Beach Augmented Reality (AR) Challenge, which in early spring called on the community to develop AR graphics that honor, inspire, or could enhance the ‘historic past, diverse present, or l ’emerging future’ of the city.

Some of these exhibits will include fun face filters, unique “objects from the world” (like the photo above), and animated murals.

During the contest, entrants will be able to vote for their favorite AR exhibit and the winner will receive a cash prize from a pool of $ 14,000.

The bulk of the event will take place along the Promenade area, although there will be exhibits, or “trigger points” on Broadway to the historic St. Kiss Psychic Temple building and on Long Beach Boulevard towards Fourth Street. A good place to start, according to the organizers, is at Harvey Milk Park where DJ Cool Miq will perform a concert throughout the day.

The event is from noon to 5:00 p.m. The awards ceremony will start at 4:00 p.m.

Click here for more information.

Harvey Milk Park is located at 185 E. Third St.

2ND ANNUAL LONG BEACH BLACK DANCE FESTIVAL – VARIOUS VENUES (Sunday August 8 – Sunday August 15)

Organizers courtesy flyer.

Returning for a second year after a successful inaugural show, the Long Beach Black Dance Festival, organized by The CRay Project, is set to beautify the city with dance classes, enrichment workshops, panel discussions and, well. sure, a great dance concert.

This year’s theme is “Black Habits: Cultivating the Future,” which explores dance values ​​related to the Black Diaspora through the history of dance education, dialogue and performance.

“The festival is a continuum of celebration of black culture, amplifying dancers of color and occupying spaces for our voices to be seen, felt and heard,” organizers said.

The weeklong event runs August 8-15. Dance classes that include hip hop, twerking, ballet, capoeira and more will be available August 9-13. Click here for the list of available dance classes and to register online. Classes are free, just like the rest of the festival.

The festival will conclude with a community dance concert in Rose Park on Sunday August 15th.

Click here for more information on events and programming.

RUM TIKI SOCIAL – ROXANNE’S (Sunday)

Julio Gutierrez, creator of the pop-up tiki Chuntikis, stands behind Roxanne’s bar after serving one of his handcrafted cocktails, Limon y Nada. Screenshot.

This event at the Roxanne bar on Sunday August 8 celebrates the know-how of tiki cocktails.

A $ 25 general admission ticket will get you access to the event, which will feature loads of craft cocktails from the bar and Chuntikis tiki-pop ups, which create specialty cocktails inspired by stories from Hispanic culture. and latino.

Attendees will be able to view products from over 15 vendors selling specialty tiki-related products including clothing, home décor, tableware, art and more.

Drinks and merchandise are not included in the ticket price.

Click here for more information and to purchase tickets. The event is from noon to 6 p.m.

Roxanne’s is at 1115 E. Wardlow Rd.

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