Monthly Archives: September 2014

1606912_10152751401489470_3238442772253233763_nFans of all things geek, Long Beach Convention Center plays host to the Long Beach Comic Con on Saturday and Sunday (September 27 and 29) for its annual celebration. Long Beach Comic Con is a celebration of comic books and pop culture that showcases the exceptional work of talented writers, artists, illustrators and creators all types of pop-culture. Don’t miss this event that will soon rival even San Diego Comic Con. Visit www.longbeachcomiccon.com for additional information and to purchase tickets for this weekend’s event.

Special Guests

This weekend’s convention features an amazing lists of the best creators of comic books and panels. Guests include: Len Wein (Creator of Wolverine), Ben Templesmith (30 Days of Night), Bill Farmer (Walt Disney Hall of Fame Voice Actor), Matt Hawkins (Think Tank), Laura and Michael Allred (Marvel’s Silver Surfer), Pierre Bernard, Jr. (Conan O’Brien) and Mike Mignola (Hellboy). Just to name a few.

Panels

Long Beach, Con will present more than 80 panels over the weekend. These panels run the gamut of wide variety of pop-culture topics, including:

  • Celebrations of comic book icons Archie, Batman, The Crow and Hellboy.
  • Conversations about pop culture phenomenon The Katniss Chronicles: Hear the Girl on Fire; Honest Trailers; Robot Chicken.
  • Topical and timely discussions about diversity in the comic book industry: Prism Comics panel, It’s a Queer, Queer World!; Race & Comics; She Makes Comics: A Documentary Celebration of Women in Comics; and more. And the details for the Dwayne McDuffie Award will be formally announced Saturday, September 27 at 10:30 AM.
  • Animation panels dedicated to popular cartoons and appearances by Greg Weisman and Man of Action’s Joe Casey, Joe Kelly, Duncan Rouleau and Steven T. Seagle.
  • Kids programming including interactive panels where kids can learn how to draw the Simpsons and Futurama characters and “how to draw your dragon.”
  • Cosplay panels.
  • Horror programming, with a panel moderated by Horror Writers Associated and a panel sponsored by the films VHS Viral and ABCs of Death 2 with new trailers for both films.
  • A Young Adult panel featuring best-selling novelists Leigh Bardugo, Robin Benway, Cecil Castellucci, Melissa de la Cruz, Michael Johnston, and Margaret Stohl
  • A Banned Books Week discussion led by the Newport Beach Branch Library with bestselling writer Joshua Hale Fialkov and SALON contributor Samuel Sattin
  • #MakeComics workshops where aspiring writers and artists can learn from comic book professionals. Over two days, workshops will walk through the entire #makecomics process: from writing and drawing to running a Kickstarter and publicizing your work.

“We’re so excited for fans to experience the robust programming slate for Long Beach Comic Con,” said Phil Lawrence, Co-founder and Sales Director of Long Beach Comic Con. “It’s our most ambitious year to date for programing and we’re thrilled to offer panels that speak to the diverse interests and passions of comic book fans.”

Cosplay

If you’re into cosplay, Nerds Like Us will host the 2014 Long Beach Comic Con Cosplay Contest. The cost you contest will begin at 8:30 PM on Saturday, September 27. The panel of judges include: Host: Bernie Bregman, Nerds Like Us; Vegas Power Girl, Raychul Moore, Castle Corsetry & Reevz FX.

Prizes will be awarded in several categories: Best in Show, Best Hero, Best Villain, Best Youth (kids 12 and under) , Funniest, Best TV/Movie, Best Sci-Fi, and Judge’s Choice.

If you’re frustrated with the massive crowds and impossible to get badges of San Diego Comic Con, then you’ll want to be at the Long Beach Convention Center this weekend. Purchase tickets at the event or online at  www.longbeachcomiccon.com.

PRC Acrobats 03The National Acrobats of The People’s Republic of China have entertained audiences worldwide for more than 60 years with astonishing feats of acrobatic agility and stunning display of martial arts, and the company returns to Segerstrom Center for the Arts with a brand new production on Saturday, September 13 at 3 p.m. in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. This elite group of acrobats continues a remarkable 2,000-year-old tradition of mastering precision, balance, grace, strength and artistry that result in dazzling and high adrenaline performances that also feature beautiful costumes, thrilling choreography and both traditional and modern music.

Tickets to The National Acrobats of The People’s Republic of China start at $19 and will go on sale Sunday, May 11 at 10 a.m. PST. Single tickets will be available online at SCFTA.org, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or by calling (714) 556-2787.

The National Acrobats of The People’s Republic of China was founded in 1951 and has been one of the most acclaimed acrobatic troupes in China. For several generations, the company has developed many unique acrobatic acts such as “Global Motorcycling,” “Kicking Bowls to Heads on High Unicycles,” “Russian Bars in Chinese Traditional Style,” “Chinese Poles In Shaolin Style,” “Diving Through Moving Hoops,” “Aerial Bungee Tumblings” and “Aerial Tissue Flowers.” These and many other acts have been enjoyed and praised by Chinese and foreign audiences for decades. Since its inception, there have been more than 200 artists of the company that have won the gold and silver awards at international and national acrobatic competitions and circus festivals.

In 1972, the company visited the United States with 72 artists and was invited as guests to the White House by President Richard Nixon. As performing arts ambassadors, the company played a key role in the reestablishment of diplomatic relations between China and the United States, whose governments at that time had no formal diplomatic ties. More than 40 years later, the The National Acrobats of The People’s Republic of China has toured to 500 cities in 70 countries. In 2012, five troupes and teams from the company traveled to Germany, Turkey, Taiwan and Singapore.

Since 1999, the company has created several impressive productions, such as Mirage, Mirage of Dragons, Confuscise, Pirates! and Sun Birds. These productions have been performed close to 4,000 times in Germany, Brazil, Mexico, Israel, Argentina and Chile. For its 2014 North American tour, the company will bring a brand new production that is guaranteed to amaze and astound audiences.

One Night Only: Sunday, November 9 in Segerstrom Hall; tickets go on sale September 21

Segerstrom Center - Stephen Sondheim - Photo by Jerry Jackson_1Audiences have an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to journey back into the woods and American musical theater history with the creators and original Broadway cast of the award-winning musical Into the Woods on Sunday, November 9 at 6 p.m. in Segerstrom Hall. Part conversation, part musical selections, this one-night-only reunion celebration is being written and produced by Eileen Roberts in association with Segerstrom Center for the Arts. It features special guests composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim and author and director James Lapine, along with original Broadway cast members Bernadette Peters (The Witch), Joanna Gleason (The Baker’s Wife), Chip Zien (The Baker), Robert Westenberg (Cinderella’s Prince and Wolf), Kim Crosby (Cinderella), Danielle Ferland (Little Red Riding Hood) and Ben Wright (Jack). Mo Rocca is the moderator; Tedd Firth is the musical director.

Tickets to the Into the Woods Reunion start at $59 and will go on sale Sunday, September 21 at 10 a.m. PT. Single tickets will be available online at SCFTA.org, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or by calling (714) 556-2787. For inquiries about groups of 10 or more, call the Group Services office at (714) 755-0236. The TTY number is (714) 556-2746.

Segerstrom Center - James Lapine - Photo courtesy of Segerstrom Center for the Arts_2Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Into the Woods premiered in 1986 at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego. The production received its Broadway premiere on November 5, 1987 at the Martin Beck Theater. The production received ten Tony Award® nominations, winning in the categories of Best Original Score, Best Book of a Musical and Best Performance of a Leading Actress in a Musical (for Joanna Gleason). The later Broadway revival won two additional Tonys. The show went on to receive eight Olivier Awards for London’s original West End production and its later revival. Into the Woods has been seen in other productions in New York and London, in a U.S. national tour, as well as internationally in Sydney, Melbourne, Barcelona, Paris, Puerto Rico, Baltimore and San Francisco.

Into the Woods continues to be enormously popular. A new production was presented this summer at the show’s birthplace, San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre, and Walt Disney Pictures’ film adaptation starring Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Lilla Crawford, Daniel Huttlestone, Christine Baranski and Tracey Ullman opens this Christmas.

The Center’s special reunion event will honor the historic creative team of composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim and writer/director James Lapine, their extraordinary show and the actors who created its iconic roles. The audience will have the rare opportunity to witness a meeting of those whose collective talent resulted in one of the most memorable shows in Broadway history. It will inspire all generations of theater lovers and performers and give the cast an opportunity to reminisce and share how the production shaped their lives both personally and rofessionally.

This live documentary style production will be part retrospective, part moderated panel with Sondheim, Lapine and the cast, and part performance, with some cast members performing the songs they introduced. It will encompass the genesis of Into the Woods, progress to the creation of its award-winning score and book, casting for the Broadway premiere and the process that led to the show’s New York premiere in 1987. Sondheim, Lapine and the cast will share their personal accounts of shaping the musical. The cast will recall how they were selected, where they were in their careers then and relate how the success of Into the Woods affected them and where they are today.