Things to do in Long Beach this weekend including … the Catalina Film Festival and Manic Hispanic • the Hi-lo


This week we have plenty to keep your hands, ears, mind and heart busy. Live concerts that you absolutely want to bring earplugs to – why aren’t more people doing it?

We also have a few firsts to check out: the city’s inaugural trans pride festival and a concert featuring new songs from a 15-year-old album in the works.



Flyer courtesy of Alex’s Bar / Facebook.

It’s been 15 years since Orange County’s Manic Hispanic released a new album, a feat that fans and even the band themselves believed could never come after the deaths of two of their most iconic members in 2018.

Now the revamped band is releasing their new album “Back in Brown” on Thursday, September 16 with an album release show at Alex’s Bar. Thrashers, Neighborhood Brats and 13 Dead End Drive will join them.

Waitlist tickets are still available for $ 21.20 and can be purchased online, click here. Doors open at 8 p.m. show (probably) at 9 p.m.

Alex’s Bar is located at 2913 E. Anaheim St.


Zine flyer courtesy of Voicewaves / Compound.

Youth-led media organization Voicewaves is hosting a free two-hour zine-making workshop at Compound in Zaferia District on Friday, September 17th.

Learn the basics and myriad of creative uses for zine creation with Voicewaves editor Carlos Omar and Long Beach-based amateur zine collector, designer and illustrator Emma DiMaggio, who is also the founder of El Camino College Zine. Club and previously volunteered as a zine librarian for the Los Angeles Zine Fest. As editor-in-chief of the Signal Tribune newspaper, DiMaggio’s illustrations are often featured in his publication.

The workshop will have art supplies available, but guests are encouraged to bring their own supplies if available. Reservations are encouraged. Click here for more information and for RSVP.

Class starts at 4.30 p.m.

The resort is located at 1395 Coronado Ave.


Locals enjoy the Third Fridays on Pine festivities downtown. Image courtesy of organizers / Facebook.

Every third Friday of the month, businesses and other local pop-ups set up shop along Third and Fourth Streets on Avenue des Pins to connect with the community through art, music, food and entertainment. drinks.

This Friday, September 17, those visiting the near-block party can stop by the now closed Kress Market and check out the Love Beach Gives fundraising charity pop-up getting ready for their event. annual city-wide fundraiser.

Visitors can purchase fresh, handmade tortillas courtesy of Pueblita Tortillas and chat with on-site organizers to find out where and how they can donate to their choice from over 200 nonprofits in need. support this year. Click here for more information on the event.

Kress Market is at 443 Pine Ave.


Flyer courtesy of Alex’s Bar / Facebook.

Friday night at Alex’s Bar is set for another boisterous night out with rock ‘n’ roll and punk rock shredders headlining Supersuckers and Throw Rag.

Opening acts include The Cornfed Project and Los Angeles-based punk rock band The Streetwalkin ‘Cheetahs.

Tickets cost $ 25.60 and can be purchased online, click here. Doors open at 8 p.m., the show presumably starts at 9 p.m.

Alex’s Bar is located at 2913 E. Anaheim St.


Flyer courtesy of the Catalina Film Festival.

Returning live after a virtual season last year, Catalina’s 11th annual Film Festival kicks off its Long Beach celebration from Friday September 17 through Sunday September 19 at the Scottish Rite Event Center downtown.

The film festival returns to Catalina Island the following weekend, September 24-26.

Friday’s opening night in Long Beach will feature a screening of “Voodoo Macbeth,” a film produced by USC and Warner Bros., based on actual events during the theatrical production of Orson Wells’ adaptation of “Macbeth.” by Shakespeare which featured an all-black cast in 1936 in Harlem. Saturday, “The Runner” directed by Michelle Danner will be screened, and Sunday, the world premiere of “A Savannah Haunting”, directed by William Mark McCullough.

Sunday’s festivities also include an outdoor, family-friendly community event with a vintage car show, live music, food trucks, interactive games and more from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Click here to purchase tickets for in-person events.

Customers can purchase unlimited access virtual tickets or individual tickets to access over 200 films and other virtual cinematic experiences that will be screened September 17-26, including online theaters, meet and greet sessions with filmmakers, industry guest speakers, panels, Catalina Red Carpet, Catalina Beach Lounge and more.

Click here for more information and to purchase virtual tickets.


Singers Frank Meyer of the Street Walkin ‘Cheetahs and Eddie Spaghetti of the Supersuckers will perform a song together in honor of the release of their new album together under the name Spaghetti & Frank, “I Think It Sucks (And I Don’t Like It) ”at the SoCal Hoedown at the Port of Los Angeles, Saturday, September 18. Photo by Sarah Remetch.

More than 7,000 people are expected at SoCal Hoedown this Saturday, September 18 at the Port of Los Angeles with nearly two dozen acts and renowned headliners such as Suicidal Tendencies, Fishbone, Supersuckers and TSOL

Attendees can expect three stages, food trucks and vendors, and plenty of beer for everyone. Tickets for the full day festival are on sale for $ 54.06 and can be purchased online, click here. Discover the program here.

Festival opens at 11 a.m.

The Port of Los Angeles is located at Berth 46, 3011 Miner St., San Pedro.


The first municipal celebration of trans people takes place this Saturday, September 18 at the leisure park.

The eight-hour festival will begin with a commemorative trans pride march, followed by live performances, guest speakers, spoken word artists, food and drink vendors, and a headlining performance from the Award-winning songwriter, LGBTQ activist and actor Ryan Cassata.

The celebration takes place from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and is free.

The amusement park is located at 4900 E. Seventh St.


Artist Glenn Kaino, creator of the immersive “Tidepools” exhibition currently on display at Compound. Image courtesy Composed.

The artist behind the immersive art exhibit, “Tidepools” currently on display at Compound, will speak on Saturday, September 18 at the Zaferia neighborhood art gallery and community space.

Kaino will speak about art as a creative agency to inspire hope and increase the visibility of marginalized communities, a philosophy at the heart of his work and lived out through scores in exhibitions around the world.

The event starts at 5 p.m. and is free. RSVP is encouraged, click here.


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File photo of a boy picking up trash on a California beach.

Help clean up litter and plastic pollution along the Long Beach coastline from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, September 18.

This statewide event saw more than 74,000 volunteers pick up more than 900,000 pounds of trash from beaches and waterways across California in 2019. The 2020 event was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

There are four places in Long Beach where volunteers can help, including the Belmont Pier and Alamitos Beach areas. Find the areas you can help using their map tool, click here.

Click here for more information.


Moompetam Cultural Festival – PACIFIC AQUARIUM, SEPT. 18-19

Three women performing at a previous Moompetam festival at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Image courtesy of Aquarium of the Pacific.

Join the Aquarium of the Pacific for its 17th annual American Indian Festival, Moompetam: Gathering of the Salt Water People, the September 18 & 19.

The festival is a celebration of native California maritime cultures including Tongva, Chumash, Acjachemen, Costanoan, Luiseno, and Kumeyaay. You can enjoy traditional songs and dances, craft demonstrations, educational programs, storytelling, and a colorful array of indigenous life in the Pacific Ocean. “Moompetam” means “from the ocean” in Tongva.

Reservations are required at this time, click here. Ensuring the safety of our customers and staff is our top priority. For the most recent information, visit

The Aquarium of the Pacific is located at 100 Aquarium Way.

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