Thursday, May 30, 2024

Culture & Commentary

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 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.

Short films get their due at inaugural Tiny Film Fest in Long Beach

The idea behind Tiny Film Fest is simple: 61 films that are five minutes or less, shown in three programs of roughly an hour-and-a-half. Choose your segment and you'll get a variety of nearly every aspect of cinematic visual storytelling, from documentaries and animation to international shorts and straight-forward narratives.

Dark Art Emporium opens in its new East Village space in Downtown Long Beach

After it was announced that the Dark Art Emporium would be vacating its space inside The 4th Horseman pizzeria and into a new space in the East Village Arts District, time has sped by and the entire crew behind both projects have moved quickly as DAE is officially open for business in is new home.

Long Beach Lost: Club Sylvia, North Long Beach’s queer-fully odd, into-the-wee-hours drag bar

In this part of Long Beach Lost, we explore the history of Club Sylvia, nestled at the corner of 61st Street and Cherry Avenue in North Long Beach. It was the headquarters for drag queens—and for good reason.

‘Cambodian Cowboy’ to lead Cambodian New Year in Long Beach across three days; ends with food festival

Chef Chad Phuong is no slack when it comes to the annual celebration of the Cambodian New Year in Long Beach: Across four days beginning on Friday, April 5, he will host a variety of events that culminates with a food festival at Trademark Brewing that will be hosting some of the city's best representation Cambodian-American entrepreneurs and food creators.Camb

The disturbing, creepy history of Long Beach’s ‘Scorecard Killer,’ Randy Kraft

Following the recent news that, nearly 50 years after his death was falsely ruled as accidental and his body unidentified, Michael Ray Schlicht's body was identified. So we are revisiting the perturbing tale of Long Beach's "Scorecard Killer," Randy Kraft.

Rain or shine, Easter Walk Long Beach will continue this weekend, carrying decades of Herstory

Come rain or shine, the 27th annual Easter Walk Long Beach will continue its tradition of uplifting those in need, celebrating queerness, and connecting businesses with patrons—all in a pair of heels.