A good week for sequels. In theaters, Will Smith and Martin Lawrence bring back the fun in “Bad Boys for Life” and “Zombieland: Double Tap” carries on the tradition of a comedy-filled zombie movie.

Fran LuJan, Pacific Island Ethnic Art Museum’s (PIEAM) director and curator, is a one-woman cast of thousands, coordinating, curating, writing grants, keeping PIEAM operating smoothly and meaningfully.

The Pinochet regime created an inhumane existence for the people of Chile. "Arte, Mujer y Memoria" at the Museum of Latin American Art presents 30 arpilleras created by Chilean artisans between 1976 and 2019 in response to the Pinochet experience.

One of the great pictures of last year or any year, “1917” arrived in Long Beach theaters last week. And “Like a Boss” is an R-Rated comedy that in the past would have featured guys, but this time stars two women.

A movie with Oscar potential (“Joker) arrives in home video this week. Theatrical releases are a predictable animated feature “Spies in Disguise” and a predictable horror film, “The Grudge.”

"My Long Beach," an exhibition at the Long Beach Museum of Art created by Long Beach Unified middle school students, explores the community and what it means to the students.

In theaters, Adam Sandler ditches his usual goofy personality for a tense and compelling role in “Uncut Gems.” Writer/director Greta Gerwig brings a fresh and different look at “Little Women.” Quiet week in home video.

Artist Philip Stein (1919-2009) was born in New Jersey, served with the U.S. military during World War II in Europe, studied art in Mexico, and spent his creative career in Los Angeles, involved with the movie industry and concerned about community events.

A single person doing the right thing is the theme this week in home video (“Ad Astra”) and in the theaters with Clint Eastwood’s latest effort, “Richard Jewell.”

“Small Works in Flux” is an eclectic mix of little works by more than 60 Southern Californian artists. Betsy Lohrer Hall, curator/director of Flux Art Space, invited artists to bring “from one to five works, measuring no more than 8 inches in any direction.”

In 1942, the film "Holiday Inn" starred Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby, and more Irving Berlin tunes than there are Holidays in a calendar year. It was hailed at the time by Theodore Strauss of The New York Times as "all very easy and graceful."

“Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood,” a great job from Quentin Tarantino, is in home video, and two smaller works are successful in theaters: “Dark Waters” and “Queen and Slim.”

"The Artful Book" provides contemporary book art selections, created by members of the California Chapter of the Guild of Bookworkers, at the Long Beach Museum of Art.

The Long Beach Creative Group is celebrating its fourth show in the new (this year) gallery space. The former studio of Rod Briggs, the gallery is an opportunity for this talented and local-art-scene-involved group of Long Beach artists to display their current works.

Original theatrical work is promised in the mission statements of many theater companies. It is a noble aspiration to want to add to the body of live theatrical performance.

Vibrant and joyful with eye-popping colors and textures, "Thread" at the Long Beach Museum of Art pushes the boundaries of textile art. Selected works range from modern to contemporary and display the ability to use thread to create narratives, sculpture and political comment.

One of the best pictures of the year, “Ford v. Ferrari” roars into theaters and a warm story about a young man and how his obsession with the music of Bruce Springsteen changed his life is home video in “Blinded by the Light.”

Danielle Eubank, an expedition artist, has 24 original artworks from her One Artist Five Oceans adventures on display at the Aquarium of the Pacific and 21 of her works at C Gallery Fine Arts.

Brandi was born in a small town 30 miles outside of Seattle called Ravensville. Accompanied by her sister Tiffany and brother Jay, she enjoyed a childhood in the ancient rainforest of the northwest.

Once again, the Long Beach Open Studios Tour ( LBOST) event was a great success. Spanning four weekends in October, The 2019 open studio tour was organized into four geographic hubs, Zaferia/Eastside, Cal Heights/Bixby, Wrigley, and Belmont Heights/Belmont Shore.

With Tootsie rolls and Snickers fun size bars still in our hands, it is the time of year we look up from our Jack O'Lanterns to witness the great changing of the seasons.

1967 — the beginning of what I know as the world. There was of course a ‘before,’ but I just remember the fire in the eyes of so many young people who saw something previous generations hadn’t.

Artist Adam Harrison’s first institutional solo exhibition, "Place," is currently on display in the Ocean Gallery at the Long Beach Museum of Art. The venue is a perfect setting for the large-scale landscapes representing locations in Long Beach and San Pedro.

A remake and sequels released this week. “The Lion King” remake in home video is a technological marvel. The sequels are in theaters with “Zombieland 2: Double Tap” and an evil fairy in in “Maleficent: The Mistress of Evil.”

Greenly Art Space has used its “Artists in Communities” grant from the California Arts Council to fund Running in Place, an exhibit by CSU Fullerton graduate student Juan Gomez. The grant is designed to help artists create work that is relevant to the communities in which they live.

What is the recipe for a psychopath? I have heard it said that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree and that usually suffices to soothe those of us who have chosen the path of parenthood.

Currently showing at the Museum of Latin American Art, "Antología Memento" (Memento Anthology) is a 16-panel installation created by Tomas Ochoa, depicting Colombia’s landscape, architecture, and people. The impression is that of linking the country’s current reality to its hidden past.