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The phrase, “the opera ain’t over until the fat lady sings,” first appeared on the sports pages of the Dallas Morning News in March 1976. The saying cautions against assuming that an event is irreversible and is most commonly used in association with athletic competitions.

Long Beach Symphony officials held on as long as they could, but announced Monday, Aug. 17, that all of the remaining Classical concerts will be rolled over to the next season, and the two remaining POPS! concerts have been cancelled.

Gregorio Luke, former director at Long Beach's Museum of Latin American Art, is pivoting his outdoor lecture series, Murals Under the Stars, to an online platform open to the public.

The Smithsonian American Art Museum describes Millard Sheets as one of California’s “foremost artists and architects.” Known for his excellence with watercolors, Sheets also painted with oil and acrylic.

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.

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