Despite its worldly name, Children Sports International is fiercely community- focused. Its 100% model ensures that every donated dollar goes toward funding youth-fitness and afterschool-sports programs—and that every staff member is a local volunteer. Founder Danny Vasquez has lived his life in Los Angeles, and he sees sports as a way to inspire hope and improve health among the underserved children in his community. He and his volunteer staff work with kids aged 6–18 to get hearts pumping during age-appropriate activities that enhance physical fitness as they increase self-esteem. However, Children Sports International isn't all about athletics: in 2012, the organization spearheaded the Be the Solution to Ocean Pollution program, during which teams of volunteers and local kids helped beautify their community by cleaning up stretches of Venice Beach and Long Beach.
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Under the tutelage of melodious maestro Andreas Mitisek, the Long Beach Opera's toughened tunesmiths bang out praiseworthy performances of works by an international array of composers. The opera's stage-bound songbirds tackle questions of morality, power, and faith during their performance of Philip Glass's Akhnaten, the third in the composer's Portrait Trilogy. Making its West Coast debut, Akhnaten follows the rise and fall of the titular pharaoh, a leader known for bringing monotheism to Egypt and owning an expansive collection of ceramic kittens. True to Glass's reputation as an avant-garde artist, Akhnaten features vocal performances in historically accurate languages—including Egyptian, Akkadian, Hebrew, and Klingon—translated into eye-catching English supertitles projected for instant understanding. The cast is led by a covey of Long Beach Opera rookies, including international songsters such as Jochen Kowalski, Oxana Senina, and Ralph Cato.
As one of the founding members of the Big West Conference, Long Beach State boasts a storied history of athletic accomplishments, thrilling 49ers fans with 18 sports teams. Today's deal enables hoops enthusiasts to catch a men's basketball game at Walter Pyramid, where guard Casper Ware energizes the talent-packed roster by sinking nothing-but-net shots and playing the school fight song on a conch shell.
At Tava Grill and Lounge, owner and chef Punita Patel infuses her seasonal menu with Indian flavors and fresh, local ingredients. The paneer fajita tacos, for instance, ooze authenticity along with housemade cilantro mint chutney that can double as smelling salts for a food-comatose date. The seafood biryani paella evokes both India and Spain with a blend of shrimp, mussels, squid, and crab in a creamy curry sauce.
A separate menu in the lounge marries the food of India and California, as the atmosphere fuses nightclub and fine-dining establishment. Beside a softly lit bar, benches and ottomans are scattered around low tables, which break up regular tables and booths without the staff having to dig trenches around each.
Founded in the mid-1980s, The California Women's Conference boasts a long and proud tradition of lectures and discussion panels aimed especially at women in business. Some highlights from past years include a panel and sack race featuring Michelle Obama, Ann Romney, Cindy McCain, and Elizabeth Edwards in 2007 and a historic address from the Dalai Lama and Maria Shriver in 2006. Beyond annual conventions, The California Women’s Conference offers news and resources with a lively online community.
As one of the nation's leading comedy clubs, Laugh Factory offers stage time to up-and-coming talent as well as some of the most recognizable names in the industry of funny. Guests 18 and older can visit either location to hear hilarious commentaries on life and furniture assembly from a lineup of gifted comedians––past performers include George Carlin, Donald Glover, Tim Allen, and many others who have gone on to run for public office. Click here to view the upcoming schedule for both locations. Seating is first-come, first-served, so plan to show up early to claim a rump repository. In keeping with the Roman custom of having two drinks during every show, Laugh Factory enforces a two-drink minimum in its chuckle theater.