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Stories of Dreamers

California Repertory Company, part of the CSULB Theatre Arts Department, begins its spring season with Dreamers: Aquí y Allá, co-directed by Andrea Caban and Julie Granata-Hunicutt opening Feb. 16 at the CSULB Studio Theatre.This new play represents the stories of 800,000 Dreamers, whose way of life has been threatened by the cancellation of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

Performances run through Feb. 25. For tickets and Information:


Questing Heirs Genealogical Society will host a lecture by Hal Horrocks on British Research and Colonial Genealogy Records. On Sunday, Feb. 18, at 1 p.m. The meeting at 5918 E. Parkcrest St. is free and open to the general public.

Info: or call Liz Stookesberry at (562) 760-3027.

‘Pack of Lies’

Set in the UK in 1960, Hugh Whitemore’s “Pack of Lies” tells the story of the Johnsons, a nice middle-aged English couple, and their best friends, the Krogers, who live next door. Imagine their surprise when a Scotland Yard detective asks to use their house to observe a Soviet espionage ring operating in the area. The Jacksons are more and more put out as Scotland Yard’s demands on them increase. Then they are really put to the test when the detective asks them to help set a trap for the suspected spies – the Krogers.

The show opens Feb. 24 and runs through March 24 at the Long Beach Playhouse. Performances are 8 p.m. Friday, and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Ticket prices run from $14 to $24 and are available at, or by calling (562) 494-1014, option 1.

Walking Tour

Visit historic Willmore City on Saturday, Feb. 24, at 9:30 a.m. Home to the impressive Victorian Queen Anne Bembridge House and numerous smaller examples of this style, Willmore City was the first residential development in Long Beach. Started in 1881 from a subdivision of the Rancho Los Cerritos, Willmore City contains Drake Park, named for Colonel Charles Rivers Drake developer of the Pike amusement complex and the Knoll Park housing development.

This tour is designed as an educational introduction to a cross-section of early 20th century Long Beach residential architecture. There are numerous examples of variations on the Victorian style as well as turn-of-the-century transitional homes and the first modern architecture – the Craftsman. A few of the 1920s revival styles such as the Spanish Colonial, Dutch Colonial and Tudor are found in the area.

Cost is $15 per adult. Phone (562) 493-7019 for reservations.

‘King John’

The Long Beach Shakespeare Company presents “King John” Feb. 23 to March 17 at the Goad Theatre, 4250 Atlantic Ave. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $22.50 for general admission and $12.50 for students, available at or (562) 997-1494.

John, King of England, ruled England early in the 13th Century, in a famously tumultuous time. Shakespeare’s play captures the era’s political dramas, scandals, and rapacious machinations with wicked humor and lavish spectacle.

Meet Candidate Mungo

Marlene and Sumer Temple host an afternoon with Stacy Mungo. Share your thoughts and ask your questions.

Saturday, Feb. 24, 1-3 p.m. at 4338 Heather Rd., Long Beach

STEM Career Conference

The 15th annual STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Career Conference for girls will take place on a Friday afternoon in late February, at Long Beach City College, Liberal Arts Campus. The invitation-only conference is organized by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) Long Beach Branch. Sponsored in 2018 by the Port of Long Beach, TABC, Inc. and AES, this is the year that a major milestone will be reached – over 2000 girls will have participated in the program since its inception in 2003. Sixty-plus volunteers, comprised of AAUW Long Beach members and others, provide the support to put on this exceptional conference.

Girls are registered through seven Long Beach middle schools. The February 2018 Conference has partnered with math and science teachers at Franklin Classical Middle School, Hamilton Middle School, Jackie Robinson Academy, Muir Academy, Powell Academy for Success, Stephens Middle School, and Washington Middle School to enroll, transport, and supervise 250 seventh and eighth grade girls.

The AAUW Long Beach branch has been actively involved in the community since 1911. The mission of AAUW is to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research, with membership open to those with an AA degree or greater. For details about membership in AAUW and the local Branch, please visit


One of the staples of Long Beach Playhouse’s Collaborative each year has been Held2gether, Improv for Life’s original sketch comedy shows. This is the 5th annual collaboration between the Long Beach theatrical landmarks. The original sketch compilation known for selling out its weekend run has added a Thursday preview night, running March 1-3 in the Studio Theatre. The all-new show returns with a dozen sketches touching upon universal relationships, the current political climate, outrageous characters, and commentary on pop culture.

Grass-Fed, Free-Range Sketch Show promises to be an equally entertaining evening of comedy, pushing the envelope at all corners. Tickets are $15 Friday and Saturday, and $10 for preview Thursday night. They are now available through the box office of the Long Beach Playhouse (562-494-1014, option 1) or at Performances are at 8 p.m.

Gospel Singers

They were part of the epic line-up for 2016’s inaugural Music Tastes Good festival; they came back to Long Beach to light up the stage at the Folk Revival Festival. And now, the Eagle Rock Gospel Singers are bringing their unique blend of foot-stomping Americana and gospel to Music at the Point.

The concert will be held in the sanctuary of Grace First Presbyterian Church, on Sunday, March 11 at 3 p.m. Grace First Presbyterian Church is located at 3955 Studebaker Rd. The phone number is (562) 420-3393. This concert is a free-will donation concert, with a suggested donation of $10. This show is a replacement for the original act on this date, Marley’s Ghost.

For more information about the concerts, or for interviews, please contact Stan DeWitt, Minister of Music, at (562) 420-3393, or


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