Long Beach Ballet’s Nutcracker

The Nutcracker Returns to Long Beach

The Long Beach Ballet presents its 36th annual rendition of the holiday classic. The Nutcracker, the timeless tale, returns to fill the minds of a new generation of kiddos with thoughts of holiday adventure. Numerous productions of The Nutcracker excite the Southland every season (some are even mentioned on this blog). However, The Long Beach Ballet truly pulls out all the stops. And there are two more shows left for you to possibly check out this holiday season on the 21st and 22nd. The ticket situation is as follows:

  • $78.00  Main Orchestra/ Main Loge
  • $55.00  Perimeter Orchestra/ Perimeter Loge
  • $34.00  Balcony

Here’s a link to the website for additional ticket purchase details.

But what exactly sets this performance of The Nutcracker apart from all the others? Long Beach Ballet’s interpretation is one of the only area productions that includes not only a live full orchestra, but a horse, flying sleigh, and pyrotechnics. There are certainly many options to choose from this holiday season, but this one should be near the top of your wish list.

Nevertheless, these added touches truly set this event apart from its contemporaries. The majesty of the live orchestra only serves to enrich the imaginative aspect of the experience. Not to mention that having an actual horse and sleigh on stage with the addition of pyrotechnics will excite anyone, especially young children. The high quality of the performance and attention to detail make all the difference.

Make your way to the Terrace Theater at the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center. Enjoy the performance and have a wonderful Holiday Season!

 

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4th of July: AmericaFest

A Special 4th of July 

In a country currently defined by deep schisms and harmful rhetoric, it’s very important for everyone to remember the core tenets of this great nation. This 4th of July go to AmericaFest. You should go to this great, family-friendly atmosphere not only to celebrate your day off and your opportunity to be with your family, you should celebrate what make’s this nation great. True patriotism isn’t about wearing an American Flag tank top and watching fireworks while eating a hot dog. Instead, true patriotism is about taking a moment to remember American values. However, it’s important to remember America’s imperfections. We have to constantly criticize and seek improvement for our country to be truly great. So take a moment as you enter the Rosebowl, take a moment and remember what America is truly about.

AmericaFest gives attendees will get to dine on classic American food while they watch a dynamic motorcycle stunt show performance. Earlier in the day kids will be able to play on a variety of blow-up rides, and play games. Head over at 2pm if you want to snag the best seats, but know that fireworks don’t get started till around 9. Additional event details can be found right here. Parking itself will run you about $20, while tickets will be $15- $30.

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It’s a Wonderful Life – Enjoy It

It’s been a pretty difficult year for a lot of people. 2016 has seen a proliferation of fear and doubt; our country and world are hurting in a multitude of ways. However, the Holiday Season stands as an opportunity for reflection, and a time for hope. It is Christmas Eve, and tonight like in years past, people will watch It’s a Wonderful Life across the country. This classic film touches a new life every time it is broadcast. Why is it so effective? Because it captures the doubt, the sentiment of hopelessness that comes from the fear of losing that American Dream. And yet then, it showcases the elation, and the realization, that it is never too late for a new hope to renew your spirit.

Frank Capra directs It’s a Wonderful Life in such a manner, that James Stewart’s Everyman protagonist feels simultaneously like a good friend and as the viewer themselves. We feel sympathy, but more importantly we feel empathy for a man, James Stewart’s character, George Bailey, who dedicates his life for good, but then falls into hard times. The audience feels his frustration, senses his doubt, and understands his plight. But the most important aspect of the film is that at the end, George is rewarded for his kindness, for his perpetual good. The community that he helps over the years are responsible for saving him in his time of need. This focus on community, on helping each other, on being your brother’s keeper, is what we must all remember.

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas, and Happy Holidays. Take a moment and witness the cinematic medicine for the existential pains that ail you. Remember that it can be and truly is a wonderful life.

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