While life before the pandemic was very busy for Long Beach musician, writer and filmmaker Frank Meyer, staying at home has turned out to be a creative boon for the guitarist and frontman of the veteran punk rock band The Streetwalkin’ Cheetahs.

The Lakewood branch of Farmers & Merchants Bank is preserving history as it plans for the future. A large sculpture that has decorated the bank’s plaza for decades is being donated to Forest Lawn as the bank prepares for renovations.

March would have been high season for the performing arts community, but when the coronavirus pandemic prompted government officials to ban gatherings, plays and concerts had no choice but to close their curtains.

During the Great Depression, the New Deal’s Public Works of Art Project paid a myriad of artists to create murals, paintings, photographs, and sculptures. In a similar manner, the Arts Council for Long Beach has made a commitment to employ artists during the difficulties caused by COVID-19.

Located on the campus of California State University, Long Beach, the Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld Contemporary Museum has a mission to create exhibitions and programs that provide space for critical interpretation of contemporary and modern art and culture.

In 1996, a group of young actors tried their hand at writing, producing, and performing a play. Their marketing poster asked audience members to bring their own chairs and watch the show in a garage. A “sell-out” crowd packed the garage both nights.

The Primetime Players, a senior citizen theater troupe based in Long Beach, is prepared for another run of their newest production “No Business Like Show Business: A Musical of Musicals” at community centers across town this week.

Long Beach's Museum of Art has received a nearly $200,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to create and maintain digital records of work from 271 female artists with works in the museum's permanent collection.

It’s the last chance to sign up for the 18th annual Belmont Shore Chalk Art Contest happening this Saturday, where Second Street in Belmont Shore will be lined with artists hosted by the nonprofit Community Action Team, with help from the Belmont Shore Business Association.

“Collecting Long Beach: Seven Decades from the Permanent Collection,” currently showing at the Long Beach Museum of Art Downtown includes selections from 35 Long Beach contemporary artists created over the last 70 years.

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