Things to do in Long Beach this weekend including … an anime convention and a sound bath by the beach • the Hi-lo


This weekend we found some events to relax you and get your blood flowing. Plus, there is something for you anime fanatics that you really don’t want to miss.

There is a lot more, so scroll down!

SOUND BATH AND GUIDED SUNSET MEDITATION – ROSIE’S DOG BEACH (Thursday)

An instructor plays a selection of singing bowls on the beach. Photo courtesy organizers.

Experience a free beachside sound bath and guided meditation from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. with the brave folks of SoundHumanity on Thursday, January 6 at Rosie’s Dog Beach.

Participants are encouraged to bring their own yoga mats, blankets, towels or pillows, whatever makes you comfortable. And dress warmly because it will be chilly.

Click here for more information and for RSVP. The event will take place near the lifeguard station at the intersection of Covina Ave and Ocean Blvd.

Rosie’s Dog Beach is at 5000 E. Ocean Blvd.

FREE HOT COMMUNITY MEALS – TAY ACADEMY (Thursday)

On Thursday, January 6, all community members are invited to have a hot meal provided by Project CAN (Community Ambassadors Network) at Tay Academy.

The free event, which runs from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., is supported by Mental Health America of Los Angeles.

The Tay Academy is at 2025 E. Seventh St.

ANIME LOS ANGELES 17 – LONG BEACH CONVENTION CENTER (Thursday – Sunday)

Flyer courtesy of Anime Los Angeles / Facebook.

This fan-run anime convention will occupy the Long Beach Convention Center from Thursday, January 6 through Sunday, January 9 with a plethora of anime-related programs, fashion shows, concerts and even dance battles.

Expect to see professional cosplayers, meet anime voice actors, and watch fan-made anime music videos as part of a special AMV competition, among a host of other activities. Click here to see the full lineup and guest of honor list.

Participants must prove that they are fully vaccinated (booster shots are not required) or provide a negative COVID-19 test taken two days before arrival (one day for an antigen test). The convention will offer COVID-19 testing on site, click here for more information on testing. Customers must wear a mask inside.

Registration is closed, but participants can still purchase tickets at the door. Entrance prices range from $ 30 for a single day to $ 90 for four days. Click here for more information and to view ticket prices.

The Long Beach Convention Center is located at 300 E. Ocean Blvd.

CIDRE & SONS – FICKLEWOOD CIDERWORKS (Friday)

Cade Gotthardt plays the trumpet in front of the Walter Pyramid at Cal State Long Beach. Photo by Cheantay Jensen.

Every Friday of this month, the Ficklewood Ciderworks downtown cider house will host a local musician to perform at an evening concert called Cider & Sounds. This week’s lineup (January 7) features the highly talented trumpeter Cade Gotthardt, Cal State Long Beach graduate and accomplished jazz musician.

If you need more conviction, in 2019 Gotthardt won the Yamaha Young Performing Artists Award, a prestigious national award in the world of classical, jazz and contemporary music. He also really enjoys making music that mixes the genres of jazz, neo-soul and hip-hop. We can bet it will be a good show.

Cider & Sounds takes place from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and is free.

Ficklewood Ciderworks is at 720 E. Broadway.

ROLLER MOMS MEETING – ROSIE’S DOG BEACH (Saturday)

Flyer courtesy of Pedal Movement / Facebook.

The local bike and skate rental company Pedal Movement has been running roller skating sessions on the beach every two weeks since the summer of last year. Now they are starting a new session designed to be an outlet for mothers who as we all know could use some ‘time for me’.

On Saturday January 8th, you Moms are invited to come to Rosie’s Dog Beach to skate along the beach pedestrian path. Pedal Movement will have skates available for hire if you don’t have them and instructors to help you learn to skate if you are a beginner. And, if you still want your child to come with you, you can bring those kids in a stroller.

The skate session starts at 9 a.m. Click here for more information.

Rosie’s Dog Beach (Granada Beach) is at 5000 E. Ocean Blvd.

SMOOTH & FUNKY – ROSCOE’S JAZZ LOUNGE (Sunday)

Flyer courtesy of Rory Seldon / Facebook.

Dine on food from Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles while listening to tunes from Rory Seldon with Inner Session, a Southern California-based jazz group that will perform jazz, classic R&B, funk and soul.

You can order from the restaurant and bring your dinner to Roscoe’s Jazz Lounge, located next to the restaurant. Admission costs $ 10. Note: You must be at least 21 years old to participate.

The show starts at 6 p.m. Click here for more information.

Roscoe’s Jazz Lounge is located at 730 E. Broadway.

SPONSORED BY LONG BEACH SYMPHONY

VIOLINS OF HOPE ARRIVES AT LONG BEACH – TWO DAYS ONLY (Saturday & Sunday)

Flyer courtesy of Long Beach Symphony.

Violins of Hope, a collection of instruments played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust, brings their inspiring sounds and fascinating stories to Long Beach. Amnon Weinstein and his son Avshalom have spent their lives recovering and restoring this invaluable collection to preserve their messages of hope, resilience and the power of the human spirit.

On January 8 at 8 p.m. at the Terrace Theater at the Beverly O’Neill Performing Arts Center, the Instrument Collection, featuring Israeli violinist Niv Ashkenazi, will join the Long Beach Symphony and the Camerata Singers in an overnight event for include John Williams’ theme from “Schindler’s List”; “Hatikvah” (the Israeli national anthem), featured in the film “Munich”; “Kol Nidre” by Max Bruch and “Requiem” in moving D minor by Mozart.

On January 9 at 3 p.m., in the intimate Beverly O’Neill Theater, a chamber orchestra will present Songs and Stories of Hope, a multimedia performance of cycles of passionate songs and pieces rarely heard by Jewish composers in the camps.

Tickets for these two incredible events are available at LongBeachSymphony.org or 562-436-3203.



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