Long Beach Opera, long known for drawing outside the lines of traditional opera, will step further out of expectations next month as it begins its 40th anniversary season with "Community Conversations."

Executive Director Jennifer Rivera said this will be a five-event series talking about facets of "Justice," the LBO's theme for the season. It is designed to bring together diverse organizations and leaders in Long Beach to explore justice.

Justice will complement programming in the current season — "In the Penal Colony" (April 25-May 5) based on the Kafka short story about the dawn of a humane justice system, and "The Central Park Five" world premiere in June, which tells the true story of five African American and Latino teenagers unjustly convicted of a crime but exonerated through DNA evidence 13 years later.

These conversations will take place around the city. The schedule is:

Feb. 9, 2 p.m. — "Dismantling Racism as a Community," Michelle Obama Library, 5870 Atlantic Ave.

March 10, 4 p.m. — "Equity and Diversity in the Arts," Museum of Latin American Art, 628 Alamitos Ave.

April 30, 6 p.m. — "Life Beyond Prison," CSLB Studio Theater, Seventh Street and East Campus Drive.

May 25, 3 p.m. — "Guilty Until Proven Innocent," Dyer Hall, Long Beach City College, 4901 E. Carson St.

June 6, 6 p.m. — "Black Lives, the Arts, and Mattering," Long Beach City Council Chambers, 333 W. Ocean Blvd.

For information, or to make reservations (recommended) for Community Conversations, and to purchase tickets for "In the Penal Colony" and "The Central Park Five," please visit www.longbeachopera.org

Harry has been executive editor of Gazette Newspapers for more than 26 years. He has been in the newspaper business for more than 35 years, with experience on both weekly and metropolitan daily papers in Colorado and California.

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