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A&E News Briefs

From Issue: Volume XXI - Number 9

The Long Beach Playhouse presents Machinal in the Studio theatre; Helen’s life is dictated to her by societal pressures and when it becomes too much for her, she is driven to disastrous ac-tions: May 4 - June 11. And Little Shop of Horrors on the Mainstage; Down and out Seymour finds love and everything he wants, including instant fame, when he discovers a strange and unusual man-eating plant: May 25 - June 22. (562) 494-1014.

Long Beach Opera presents: US Premiere of Stewart Copeland’s Tell-Tale Heart and Michael Gordon’s Van Gogh at the Expo Art Center, 4321 Atlantic Ave., Saturday, May 11 through Sun-day, May 19. This double-bill features a boastful murderer and a self-condemned artist. Michael Gordon, Bang on a Can co-founder, dives into the restless soul of the brilliant, tormented painter Van Gogh. Stewart Copeland, drummer/founder of the band The Police, melodiously grooves Poe’s story of a Jekyll-like split personality; a meticulous murderer drowning in madness, betrayed by his own paranoia. For tickets:

The Long Beach Symphony Orchestra POPS! presents “A Century of Jazz,” conducted by Grammy award-winner Jeff Tyzik and featuring local jazz stars Alex Iles, trombone, and Brian Scanlon, saxophones, with jazz rhythm section. Bring your picnic baskets to the Long Beach Arena for Southern California’s Biggest Indoor Musical Picnic on Saturday, May 11 – concert begins at 8 p.m., doors open at 6:30 p.m. for picnicking. Call (562) 436-3203 or visit for tickets and information.

Bonnie Barchichat’s Senior Comedy Afternoons “Sailing into Spring” A Nautical Comedy Revue will be docking in Long Beach on May 19 at the Reef Restaurant. Emmy Award winning comedienne and writer Monica Piper, Eulynda Porter, Marty Ross “The Wrinkled Rebel” and MC Mel Kohl will be performing. A three-course lunch will be served. Tickets are $45 in advance, $50 at the door. Tickets are on sale at or call (714) 914-2565.