Thursday, May 30, 2024

Meet the Sicilian godmother of Long Beach, feeding us one arancini and cannoli at a time

She calls herself the Godmother of Long Beach, a Palermo-born mother who has decided post-divorce to do one pretty wild endeavor: Park herself at the southeast corner of Ocean Boulevard and Bennett Avenue, pop up a tent, set up a frier and stovetop, and serve up massive balls of arancini, stuffed-to-order cannolis, and more.
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Long Beach BBQ Festival is stacked with some of the finest—and this is the local couple behind it

As the second annual Long Beach BBQ Festival approaches its day of taking over Shoreline Aquatic Park this Saturday, May 25, Longbeachize and Brian Addison have partnered with the festival to highlight some the local talent being featured at the festival. Today, we focus on the incredible couple behind the whole festival, Qiana and Ian Mafnas.

Long Beach Food Scene Intel: Holey Grail to open June 1; Los Compadres to score patio; more

Long Beach Food Scene Intel is a series from Brian Addison that will recap food news throughout the city, both news that needs just a quick mention or repeated news where you might have missed the full features.

Michael’s on Naples has one of the city’s strongest cocktail programs—so why do so few know about it?

Michael's on Naples has been known for many things, be it their long-held steel grip on regional Italian cuisine or their dive into creating a sustainable market or... But their cocktail program, headed by master mixologist Jocelyn Jolly, is certainly an underrated gem of a space that deserves constant praise (and yet receives so little).

Favorite things I’m eating right now in Long Beach: May 2024

Brian Addison's Favorite Things is a monthly list showcasing his five favorite things he is mowing down and gulping through in Long Beach—and it's not always new items but it's definitely never repeated things from previous months.

Broken Spirits Distillery will open its doors in Downtown Long Beach on May 31

After announcing their plans back in October of 2023, the group behind Orange County's wildly popular Smoke & Fire and Villains Brewing concepts are ready to unveil their distilling space, Broken Spirits Distillery. Taking over the former Portuguese Bend space in Downtown Long Beach, Broken Spirits has announced they will open May 31.

Meet the couple with big dreams for historic 440 Elm Ave. building in Downtown Long Beach

It is one of Long Beach's oldest church structures, having survived the 1933 earthquake after its 1913 construction—and the small business owners who are now overseeing the building at 440 Elm Ave. have big plans for this massive, gorgeous ode to the Classical Revival style from famed Los Angeles architect Elmer Grey.

Developer to double units in 937 Pine Ave. residential building in Downtown Long Beach

Developers want to go bigger: A project previously entitled for 69 units wanted to expand to 140 units—including 15 units set aside for very...

The waves aren’t returning: The Long Beach breakwater is here to stay—and it’s been that way for a while

This isn't news. That's for sure. But it might have been lost as it was released shortly before the pandemic in December of 2019: The Long Beach breakwater—the vast, linear seawall that joins two others in stretching across the coast of Long Beach and largely prevents larger waves hitting our shores—isn't going anywhere. Meaning said waves aren't coming back.

Renaissance to revamp, rebrand as Marriott Downtown Long Beach (new bar and restaurant included)

The Renaissance at Ocean Boulevard and Pine Avenue is undergoing a massive, interior revamp and will rebrand as the Marriott Downtown Long Beach when it formally reopens in the coming weeks.

Tour the oil islands, step inside historical homes, and more: Long Beach Architecture Week 2024 arrives

From celebrating the 100th birthday of Downtown Long Beach's historic Cooper Arms building to having a tour of the T.H.U.M.S. Islands, Long Beach Architecture Week is taking 2024 by the foundation with a slew of events for everyone's inner lover of architecture, spatial history, and Long Beach appreciation.

Long Beach LGBTQ district takes step forward toward fruition—and why that matters

Initially presented as an idea two years ago, the creation of a formally sanctioned Long Beach LGBTQ district along the Broadway Corridor has taken a major step forward, with councilmembers unanimously approving a strategic plan that will guide the City and planners on how to make the district a tangible, explorable space.

The ‘Keith Haring: Radiant Vision’ exhibit is the artist’s first solo show in Long Beach—and that’s important

"Keith Haring: Radiant Vision" at the Long Beach Museum of Art marks the famed artist's first solo show in the city—and it is not just a cultural bookmark for Long Beach but is reverberating throughout the museum world because "Radiant Vision" could arguably be the most intimate exhibition of the artist's work to have been shown this century.

Broadway at the Beach to bring certified Great White Way shows to Downtown Long Beach

Broadway at the Beach, a partnership between the Terrace Theater in Downtown Long Beach and MagicSpace Entertainment, is set to feature fully sanctioned national tours of Broadway musicals and shows—and will be formally making its debut at the Terrace Theater, becoming the first time the city has a seasonal set of touring shows from the Great White Way.

Long Beach Lost: When the waves brought avid surfers and competitions to our shores

In this part of Long Beach Lost, we explore Long Beach surfing—something that might be completely strange to think of now. But Long Beach was, at one point, one of the most sought-after early era surf spots along the West Coast with its six-foot swells that earned it the moniker of "Queen of the Beaches."

IN PICTURES: Hundreds boogie on down aboard The Queen Mary for Longbeachize’s free disco party

500 people reveled and boogied aboard The Queen Mary back in March with a free disco dance event—and once again, in conjunction with Longbeachize and Visit Long Beach, we allowed Long Beach denizens to get down with a free disco’n’funk party inside the ship’s famed Art Deco masterpiece that is the Observation Observation Bar this past Thursday.

Midsummer Scream—world’s largest horror and Halloween convention—returns to Long Beach for heated haunts

Oh yes, boys and ghouls: Midsummer Scream, the world's largest convention dedicated to all things gruesome and grotesque, returns to Downtown Long Beach in all its gory glory. And yes, you can expect tens of thousands of cosplayers, horror enthusiasts, warmly welcomed nerds, and some of the most creative minds in the macabre when Midsummer Scream welcomes the ghastly'n'grim come July 26 through July 28 at the Convention Center.

Long Beach BBQ Festival: Full Send BBQ is a veteran’s salute to his Filipino family and heritage

As the second annual Long Beach BBQ Festival approaches its day of taking over Shoreline Aquatic Park on May 25, Longbeachize and Brian Addison have partnered with the festival to highlight some the local talent being featured at the festival. Today, we feature Full Send BBQ, a veteran-owned barbecue popup that is flush with love, uplifting our country in a time when few do, and honoring Filipino heritage.

Queen Mary in Long Beach to host Edgar Allan Poe speakeasy

Fans of Victorian Gothic literature and poetry—or just anything that resembles the aesthetic of everything from "Sleepy Hallow" and "Crimson Peak" to "Frankenstein" and "Dracula"—shall rejoice in dark harmony: The Edgar Allan Poe Speakeasy, a traveling immersive cocktail experience, will be invading The Queen's Salon aboard The Queen Mary come May 30 through June 1.

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