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Featured Presentation

Heather Coates perform an original song on acoustic guitar.

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The Mix

@ VOL 5 ON JUN 06, 2016

Adam Anderson and Sarah Soriano discuss their team's Leadership Long Beach service project, The Mix, which brought together North Long Beach leaders to connect with others and address community issues.

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Home Away From Home

@ VOL 5 ON JUN 06, 2016

Christine Petit discusses her team's Leadership Long Beach service project, Home Away From Home, which involved over two dozen city and community partners gathering at Washington Middle School for a neighborhood cleanup and resource fair.

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You Are Here

@ VOL 5 ON JUN 06, 2016

Tracey Thorpe Wilson and Camille Donnell discuss their team's Leadership Long Beach service project, You are Here, which set out to approach disengaged residents, and encourage them to participate through a three-part approach of Vote, Voice and Volunteer.  

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Food and Drink in a Cult of Dionysus

@ VOL 4 ON NOV 19, 2015

Ryan Smolar discusses his favorite food city, New Orleans, campaigns to bring the "go cup" to Long Beach, and poses a challenge for Long Beach to define it own crawfish boil culture.

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Six Years Served in Restaurants

@ VOL 4 ON NOV 19, 2015

Brandon Halvorson, founder of Assignment Creative, shares about his six years in the food industry.

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A Brief Career In Karaoke

@ VOL 4 ON NOV 19, 2015

Lauren Coleman shares about her brief career in the karaoke circuit.

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An Improvised Story

@ VOL 3 ON SEP 17, 2015

The PechaKucha 20x20 format is simple and fun; even more so when the images are provided and the only task is make up a story on the fly. 

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A Space for Youth to Explore and Create

@ VOL 3 ON SEP 17, 2015

“There’s ridiculous things that teenagers can come up with.”

Long Beach's Patricia Tsoiasue shares about Makersville's work supporting the discovery and creative process of young makers.



Words and Light on a Dark Night

The lights in town were out. The core of Downtown Long Beach and its neighboring hood, the East Village Arts District, had been without electricty for over twenty-four hours.  The second installment of PechaKucha Night Long Beach at ArtExchange should have been cancelled but Long Beach's art community made it happen.
The electrical outage lasted more than 72-hours and it was a great time to reflect on how our daily needs and tasks are so interconnected with this massive - yet seemingly invisible - power structure. Having to travel out of the comfort of the East Village Arts District for WiFi to download the presentation, run-of-show and other compiled notes saved in the cloud felt like a feat from a Grecian tale. Rewriting the run-of-show because it wasn't download during said trip presented no major challenge to a nearly eidetic memory. Being reminded that printers can't print without power humbled the experience of the evening.  Calculating the battery life of lights left the team wishing they had paid closer attention in math class. 
While pre-show t-shirt block printing and drawing sessions went smoothly, it would be a lie to say the rest evening went off without issue. We needed power, lights and safety prepartions for a night of art in the dark. Magically, it all came together. Jordan Christian, one of the three abstract artists currently showing in the main gallery, had a gasoline powered generator. With generators a limited commodity in the area, we feared someone might take the one we were borrowing from Jordan. We put out a call for security. Local paparazzo Richard Shimizu answered and was even able to snag a couple of great pics of the night. A few other issues came up but were quickly resolved by our great community. Thanks to Amy for troubleshooting the generator (slash opening its carborator). Thanks to Damian for navigating us through our VGA to HDMI projector setup. And thanks to El Imagenero for catching some great shots of PKNLB at ArtExchange.
Despite the issues with the electrical grid, all of our presenters arrived on-time and ready with their best. In the comotion technical problems, something got messed up with the audio recorder for the event. Unfortunately, we'll only have a few recording from speakers to upload. But we're happy to chalk PKNLB#2 to a more experiencial volume. You had to be there to see and feel the magic. Regardless, the audience enjoyed every moment. For the night, ArtExchange had become this pocket of light and life in the beautifully dark and quite ocean skyline. Proof that the power of art wins. 

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About the City's Organizers

  • Nicolassa Galvez

    Curator of Creative and Community Spaces Joy manifesting... With authenticity... Rooted in diversity... My mission is to curate shared spaces for counter-cultures to creatively address our community's most pressing issues.

  • John Thatcher Montgomery

    TRANONMAI is the name of the art project I have been working on. When you flip the script it reads I AM NON-ART. And I'm not; I am a clumsy irresponsible masterwork of human potential, waiting to share my only asset – a personal story of intersectional drama and humor.