Arts & Entertainment
A&E News Briefs
From Issue: Volume XXI - Number 24
Charles Dicken’s “Nicholas Nickleby” will be presented Dec. 6-8 and Dec. 12-15 at the Long Beach Playhouse by Alethia Christian Theater. In “Nicholas Nickleby,” a series of colorful and unforgettable characters weave a story of adventure, laughter, sorrow, deceit, love and triumph. Tickets are on sale now for $15 each. Visit www.AlethiaTheater.com or call (562) 716-2430. Alethia Christian Theater was established January 2009 by six families interested in giving students in the Southern California area a place to develop and grow their dramatic skills and learn the craft of acting with Christian values.
Gaslamp – The question about which band is better – Beatles or Rolling Stones – has been a spirited debate for half of a century. These two legendary bands will engage in an on-stage, throw down – a musical “shoot out” if you will – courtesy of tribute bands Abbey Road and Jumping Jack Flash on Sunday, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10/$15 and may be purchased online at www.thegaslamprestaurant.com or by calling (562) 596-4718. Gaslamp Restaurant is located at 6251 E. Pacific Coast Highway. If you wish to eat dinner during the show, reservations are strongly recommended. The show is appropriate for all ages.
Victorian Christmas at the Historic Bembridge House – The holiday theme this year is “Jingle Bells and Sleigh Rides of the Past” on Sunday, Dec. 8, noon-4 p.m. There will be refreshments and crafts for the children in the carriage house. Tours of the 1906 Queen Ann Victorian Home will also be available at 953 Park Circle, preserved with its original woodwork, fixtures and many furnishings. Reservations are $10 and children under 12 are free. Tickets may be purchased through PayPal at www.lbheritage.org or by mail to Long Beach Heritage, P.O. Box 92521, Long Beach, CA 90809. For more information, call (562) 493-7019 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Long Beach Chorale will celebrate the holiday season with the opening concert of the 2013-14 season, Christmas Out Loud, on Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 15 at 4 p.m. Featuring a brass quintet, pipe organ, and more than sixty voices, the Chorale’s festive program will get everyone in the audience into the spirit of the season with bold and joyful sounds. For information and tickets, visit longbeachchorale.org.
Portraits of the Prince of Peace, a free Christmas pageant presented by five local churches, will be held Dec. 13-15, nightly from 7:30-9 p.m. in the 5500 block of Wardlow Road to Bellflower Blvd. with free parking. Enjoy the story of Christmas with a candlelit outdoor walk. Come follow the path through many scenes, complete with actors and animals. Enjoy the choirs, musical groups and refreshments provided by the churches. Each church has additional musical performances in their sanctuary.
Long Beach Camerata Singers offers a beautiful afternoon of timeless music to celebrate the joy of the season with Handel’s “Messiah.” Rejoice with radiant trumpets, joyous choruses, and thundering timpani as Long Beach Camerata Singers’ Artistic Director Rob Istad leads the symphony orchestra, Long Beach Camerata Singers, and esteemed soloists soprano Linda Leyrer, mezzo-soprano Jane Shim, tenor Nicholas Preston and baritone Abdiel Gonzales. “Messiah” takes place on Saturday, Dec. 21 at 3 p.m. at Long Beach City College Auditorium, 4901 E. Carson St. Tickets are $10-$40. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.longbeachcameratasingers.org or call (562) 522-1045.
International City Theatre invites you to take advantage of their Cyber Monday offer. New subscribers can purchase any 2014 season subscription at a 15 percent discount online for 24 hours on Monday, Dec. 2. You may also call them and mention “Cyber Monday.” For as little as $110, you can see five professional productions at an award-winning company opening their 29th season with a new Cole Porter musical. For more information, call (562) 436-4610 or visit www.InternationalCityTheatre.org.