So far in the wildly successful happy hours we've co-hosted with KCRW-FM 89.9, we've given SanTana and Costa Mesa some love--but what about Long Beach, that wonderful metropolis that no one in journalism seems to live except us (and even then, we're forgetful lovers)? This gnawed at me after our las ... More >>
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A $1 million claim was filed yesterday against the city of Long Beach alleging police brutality during a recent raid of the THC Downtown Collective, a marijuana dispensary that follows state law but operates without a city permit. In a video posted on Youtube, one officer can be seen stepping on the ... More >>
There's only one mosque--Masjid Al-Shareef--in Long Beach. Its small space barely accommodates those who go to pray jumu'ah--a congregational prayer that takes place on Friday, usually after noon. A stuffy situation often ensues during the weekly ritual, which brings in high numbers of worshipers.&n ... More >>
We don't give Long Beach much love around here, but when it comes to Sunday farmers markets, the Marina market far outshines anything here in these fair orange acres. It's the largest market south of Hollywood, and like Hollywood, it finally has a Soledad Goats booth.
A chicken boy, a frog butler and a topless princess are only a few of the bizarre characters from film-director Richard Elfman's debut film Forbidden Zone. As the 30th birthday of the cult classic draws near, Elfman teamed up with the Long Beach shadow cast, Midnight Insanity, and Logan Crow's Long ... More >>
Drinking and biking may sound like a disastrous combination, but with the Cycle Pub, it just works. It's a trolley-shaped traveling bar powered by the calves of its imbibers. (Don't worry--a sober staff member does the steering.) So much awesome. You're drinking, getting fresh air, seeing the c ... More >>
Viento Y Agua
The seaside city reinvents itself (again) by hitching its civic reputation to cycling culture
At a mixer Thursday night that was a year to the day before the Long Beach Film Festival is scheduled to be resurrected, organizers disclosed plans for the May 17-19, 2013, event.Coming up: more mixers and--pretty please with sugar on top?--more money.Did we say please?
Yesterday marked 20 years since the acquittal of four LAPD officers in the videotaped beating of Rodney King incited several days of violence and looting in South Central Los Angeles. But it's also been 20 years since a similarly motivated uprising erupted in nearby Long Beach, resulting in numerous ... More >>
It's our weekly look back at the Weekly's week that was, with taglines indicating what this taught us.APRIL 14: Ron Thomas, the father of Kelly Thomas, the young man beaten to death by Fullerton cops in July 2011, participates in the Social Justice Summit at Cal State Fullerton. His topic is not ven ... More >>
[Locals Only] Long Beach singer/songwriter will tour the West Coast . . . on a bicycle
Like the progression of a Mad Men episode, Cougar Country Crystal Cove Promenade is slowly evolving with its dining selections. The first US branch for Tamarind of London opened late last year. Then we welcomed Bear Flag Fish Company late last month. Apparently, the upscale plaza is becoming noto ... More >>
Dealing with epic lines for wonderful meals at the Long Beach breakfast institution
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Remember the District Weekly? Long Beach's own alt-weekly, created by a bunch of former Weeklings after the Great OC Weekly Schism of 2007? Went out of business in 2009 due to the Great Recession, the death of journalism and other issues I'm not exactly at liberty to discuss.After getting my prom ... More >>
In a somewhat strange and unexpected ruling issued yesterday, the California Court of Appeals ruled that California cities cannot ban medical marijuana dispensaries so long as they cultivate cannabis at the same location. The 48-page ruling came in the case of the City of Lake Forest vs. Evergree ... More >>
When I hear the term "Broadway," I think of lots of things, but mostly I think of New York City, bright lights, people wearing pea coats, taxis and how bummed I am that I never got a chance to see those failed "Spider-Man" previews. However, thanks to Saturday's Long Beach Symphony POPS! concert, ... More >>
UPDATE, FEB. 20, 2:30 P.M.: Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent Ezequiel Garcia was asking for a transfer to be closer to his Murrieta home before Thursday evening's shootings that left Garcia dead and his supervisor Kevin Kozak wounded, the deceased's widow tells KCAL/Channel 9 News. ... More >>
How many Jews does it take to make a kickass boat party? At least ten 13 years old or older. (Author's note: Google "minyan."). From Feb. 24-26, Long Beach (or "Tel Aviv West," as no one but me has ever called it) will host the Eighth Annual Jewlicious Festival. Taking place on ... More >>
Note to marijuana smugglers: If you're going to haul 40 pounds of weed into Southern California in your private airplane, you might want to do that on the 364 other days of the year when President Barack Obama isn't using the same airspace. Apparently the San Luis Obispo man who went un ... More >>
How the city's botched marijuana lottery screwed its winners and losers alike
[Hey, You!] Enjoying my ride? Great, give it back now . . .
Feel that? The end is near.Two 3.0-plus earthquakes rocked Southern California in a recent 14-hour period.According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the last one, a 3.5 "shallow" strike, hit just before 9 a.m. today in the mountains near Coachella.A Palm Springs newspaper is reporting that resident ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And why do Mexicans cheer for the Texas Longhorns and USC Trojans in football if they never attended?
Sexed-up puppets, Nixon and more!
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OCSDA Long Beach parolee was arrested this morning in Wednesday's Rossmoor home invasion that had a 90-year-old woman held at gunpoint, tied up and robbed.The names of those involved have not yet been released, although the Orange County Sheriff's Department (OCSD) has revealed the suspect is 23, ... More >>
Ever since a pair of Long Beach medical-marijuana smokers won a Sept. 24 ruling that threw the city's ordinance regulating cannabis clubs into doubt, rumors have abounded that Long Beach, whose 2010 ordinance allowed pot clubs to operate if they won a $14,000 permit, will soon ban all dispensarie ... More >>
What the heck happened? One night I was handing out candies to adorable ghouls and ghosts, the next thing I know, we're a week past Thanksgiving with tomorrow the first day of December! This means of course, another installment of our monthly restaurant roll call, a summary of restaurants and eat ... More >>
elbullimovie.comYou think you have to cook under pressure this Thanksgiving? Imagine being a young stagiaire and invent a new dish that'll impress the master of avant-garde cuisine Ferran Adrià. That's just one snapshot within the documentary film El Bulli: Cooking in Progress. The only Los Ang ... More >>
Dan SavageDan Savage is getting a lot of OC lovin' lately. Last week, the nationally-syndicated sex columnist got glitter-bombed at an event at UCI, and this week Long Beach joined his "It Gets Better" Project. Started in 2010, after several gay teens and victims of bullying committed s ... More >>
UPDATED, Nov. 11, 11:00 A.M.: Hey everybody: happy 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of the 11th year of the current millennium!And a happy hour it is indeed. Things might not be going so well for Long Beach collective operators Joe Byron and Joe Grumbine who are facing a trial later th ... More >>
UPDATE, NOV. 9, 1:12 P.M.: The man shot by an Anaheim police officer near Casa Madrid Apartments on East Ball Road Friday later died.He has been identified as Marcel Luis Ceja, 22, of Anaheim.Ceja was among three pedestrians stopped by the unidentified officer just before noon. The cop later radi ... More >>
Lainna Fader Check out more pictures of the Long Beach Zombie Walk here! Zombie WalkPromenade, Long BeachOctober 29, 2011 The Zombie Walk Street Fest--which started at 2 p.m. and ended around 11 p.m.--stretched the length of Promenade in downtown Long Beach, between Ocean and 3rd St ... More >>
As of 2010, the population of Long Beach was somewhere in the 500,000 range, yet the city was home to only one vegan restaurant (Zephyr). While this animal-free diet ain't exactly sweeping the nation -- or the town -- by storm, that number still seemed small.Luckily, however, about two weeks ago, ... More >>
Happy Halloween! For the best holiday of the year (no arguing!), we've put together an infographic of some Orange County spots that are hot beds for paranormal activity. Check out the map after the jump--and share some of your own "experiences" in the comments!
Midnight Insanity, the presenters of The Rocky Horror Picture Show screenings in all their toast-tossing, rice-dropping, being-it glory, recently returned to the Art Theatre in Long Beach after a five-year, renovation-induced hiatus. That's renovations to the historic theater, not Midnight Insani ... More >>
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