Despite how massive Los Angeles County can be, you can always find something eventful to attend from Venice Beach to Pasadena. Long Beach is no exception with monthly functions like the Long Beach Art Walk, Mixt Media Arts, and Tokyo Status to keep locals and visitors alike entertained.
Much like Downtown Art Walk, Venice Beach Art Crawl, and Wilshire Center Art and Architecture Walk, Long Beach Art Walk occurs once a month to promote artists and businesses within the community. Numerous vendors set up booths on Linden Ave between 1st Street and Broadway like Barry Rothstein, who sold 3D photographs, postcards, and albums of cats, dogs, flowers, and more that he personally shot. There are also museums, stores, and galleries scattered around like the Museum of Latin American Art, Village Treasures, and Hellada Gallery. Village Treasures sell African attire and decorative items, including masks, which were a personal favorite for Holly. When Holly and I attended Hellada Gallery, they showcased graphic design pieces by Bachelor of Art students from California State University, Long Beach that included colorful sushi menus and the like. Suffice to say, we became hungry afterwards so we settled down at a bar on 649 E Broadway called Rebel Bite that served a sweet, tangy Korean short ribs pizza called the Karl B. Marx Pie and some refreshing craft beer.
The day was constantly filled with surprises as we stumbled onto Mixt Media Arts on 322 Elm Ave, who were showcasing local artists and musicians in the East Village Arts District. They also occasionally collaborate with the Long Beach Depot for Creative Reuse next door, who sell various reused items like bottle caps that people can incorporate into their own mixed media projects.
For Tokyo Status at the Cultural Alliance of Long Beach, the party just begun after sunset. Tokyo Status is an artist showcase recently set up by Japanese J-rock band Lolita Dark that features energetic bands like Apocalipstick, films, DJs, karaoke contests, and more. While the name of the event does suggest that there’s a focus in promoting Japanese culture, Tokyo Status also celebrates diversity. For instance, we had Reuben Monastra perform together with Lolita Dark on acoustic guitar. He also sang fluent Japanese! What also makes Tokyo Status unique is how they transform the venue into an inflight experience minus the turbulence and air sickness. There are servers dressed up as flight attendants throughout the night, and the MCs are Flight Captain Anton Torres and Head Stewardess Erika Mariko Olsen, who is former Nisei Queen. It is $10 to attend, but if you pay $5 more, you get a free passport gift, access to the VIP Lounge in the back, and a complimentary drink!
Long Beach Art Walk is on the 2nd Saturday of the month from 4PM to 10PM with the next one on June 8th. Tokyo Status is a monthly night event at the Cultural Alliance of Long Beach on 737 Pine Ave from 7PM to 12AM with the next one on June 15th. Mixt Media Arts hold numerous events throughout the months on 322 Elm Ave so please check their website for further information. There is free parking from 3PM to 10PM at Lot #7 on the corner of Elm Ave and Broadway, courtesy of Long Beach Art Walk. There is also metered street parking available. You can view more photos of Long Beach Art Walk, Mixt Media Arts, and Tokyo Status on our Facebook page. Our Twitter page @SurvivingLA also provides information on all the latest inexpensive happenings in Los Angeles so don’t forget to follow us.
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