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Arts & Entertainment

A&E News Briefs

From Issue: Volume XXI - Number 2

Portfolio Coffeehouse, 2300 E. 4th St., offers an intimate evening of fingerstyle acoustic guitar featuring Scot Ryder, Jim Earp and Kev, Saturday, Jan. 26, 7-9 p.m. Last January’s event was a huge success, so get there early to guarantee a seat! Every January the National Association of Music Merchants in Anaheim brings out some of the top musicians from around the world. This will be the 3rd year running that Portfolio has been the host to the Fingerstyle Acoustic Concert Series.

University Art Museum presents Chockablock, a funky fresh exhibition featuring the art of 17 young regional artists from Jan. 26 through April 14. It shows how the influence of the digital activities of surfing, sampling, and aggregating can be discerned in the creative process and the visual characteristics of artwork, social practice, or performance by the participating regionally based artists. Info: John Ciulik, office manager | or call (562) 985-7138.

The Pacific Island Ethnic Art Museum announces the opening of Aikona featuring the works of Tongan-born artist Amelia Niumeitolu on Feb. 2 through June 2. Aikona unveils the hidden treasures of Tonga; its democracy and movement of the people. These dramatic portrayals of the human experience are captured in a nostalgic display of photography and film rendered upon the artist’s return home. For more information go to or call (562) 216-4170.

Cultural Alliance of Long Beach and Publishing Urban Words presents Wordz In Motion: A Celebration of the Beauty of Expression Through Art and Poetry featuring Spoken Word Artist UrbanVoodoo and the Inkwell Collective with Classical Calligraphy Artist Lisa Engelbrecht and the works of lettering artist Barbara Close. Opening reception on Saturday, Feb. 2, 5 p.m. at 737 Pine Ave. and continues through Feb. 24, with gallery hours Wednesday-Friday, 4-9 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Info: (562) 436-3421.