New Orleans comes to Southern California! It’s the 20th Annual Long Beach Crawfish Festival. Serving seasoned Cajun Crawfish dinners, prepared to mouth-watering perfection in the world’s largest crawfish pots. Crawfish meals include succulent red baby potatoes, buttery corn on the cob and creamy and a delectable remoulade dipping sauce.

Live entertainment mixes the best Cajun, Brazilian, Zydeco, and New Orleans-style jazz and blues music. www.longbeachcrawfishfestival.com


August 3-4, 2013

Saturday, August 3rd: 12noon – 11:00PM
Sunday, August 4
th: 12noon – 10:00PM











A.J. Gibbs- The Mydeco King (Zydeco Dancing Lessons)
The Louisiana to L.A. Society (LALA) Second Line Dancers
The High Steppers New Orleans Boogie Band

Click here for more details on all acts.

International food court featuring New Orleans inspired cuisine, Café du Monde-style chicory coffee and beignets, children’s stage featuring the comedy and magic of Terrell &Takako,Storytelling, Magicians, Inflatable Impressions, Bounces and FREE e-Souvenir Picture. It’s time to dress up, get out the beads, feathers and umbrellas, and head to the largest Mardi-Gras Experience west of the Mississippi!


Rainbow Lagoon
400-403 Shoreline Village Drive
LongBeach, CA 90802

Learn More: http://www.longbeachcrawfishfestival.com

Go Metro! Take the Blue Line all the way to the last stop in Long Beach. Walk just 3 blocks west to the Rainbow Lagoon. Plan your trip here: http://www.metro.net


$13 Presale General Admission Only (Valid only for advance online purchase- $15 onsite)

Children under 12 Free

$28.00 Presale 1-Day General Admission, including a delicious CRAWFISH FEAST. Feast includes 2lbs. of fresh live steamed crawfish, red baby potatoes, corn on the cob and dipping sauce. (Valid only for advance online purchase- $38.00 onsite.)

$35.00 – 1 Day General Admission, plus CRAW BUCKET FEAST. Craw Bucket feast includes: 3 lbs. fresh live steamed crawfish, red baby potatoes, corn on the cob, and dipping sauce. (Valid only for advance online purchase- $48.00 onsite)

Special admission discounts and packages available only online:


Sponsors of the 20th Annual Long Beach Crawfish Festival include: Heineken and DIRECTV.

Press Inquiries: John Forrester (323) 702-3684, john@johnforrester.com

For Media Images, Click Here!

Check out LA WEEKLY’s Slide Show by photographer Susan Slade Sanchez from last year’s Long Beach Crawfish Festival:




The Pasadena Playhouse (Sheldon Epps, Artistic Director and Elizabeth Doran, Executive Director), announced today that it would present the One Pearl and a Sphinx production of LETTERS FROM ZORA which will play a five performance, limited engagement starring Vanessa Bell Calloway. LETTERS FROM ZORA, written by Gabrielle Pina, directed by Anita Dashielle-Sparks with live music composed by Ron McCurdy is scheduled to play from August 15 – 18, 2013, with a press opening night on August 15 at 8:00 p.m.  Tickets are now on sale for all performances.

“I am so delighted to have the touching and humorous words of Zora Neale Hurston on our Playhouse stage,” said Sheldon Epps, Artistic Director of The Pasadena Playhouse.  “Her impact on the literary world during the thrilling period of the Harlem Renaissance provided such rich insight into our heritage.  Her influence and that impact are still with us today.”

“LETTERS FROM ZORA is an untold story about the unbridled creativity of Zora Neale Hurston: writer, anthropologist, voodoo priestess and overall Renaissance woman determined to live and die by her own mind,” stated writer Gabrielle Pina.  “This production offers a passionate glimpse of history, music, and artistry intended to illuminate her life, her extraordinary career and her immeasurable contributions to the American literary canon.”

Through the dramatization of personal letters, LETTERS FROM ZORA explores Hurston’s controversial views on integration, segregation and social justice showcasing a life that was filled with artistic triumphs as well as abject poverty and self-doubt. Veteran actress Vanessa Bell Calloway plays the role of Zora in this provocative multimedia production directed by Anita Dashiell-Sparks and written by novelist Gabrielle Pina. With live music composed by Ron McCurdy and archival images collected by Margie Labadie, LETTERS FROM ZORA will illuminate Hurston’s prose, her life, her distinctive array of friends and foes and her unique view of a jazz-age world.

LETTERS FROM ZORA was originally presented at Bovard Auditorium on the campus of the University of Southern California on March 3, 2012 by Vision and Voices: The USC Arts and Humanities Initiative.

Vanessa Bell Calloway is an eight-time NAACP Image Award nominee for her critically acclaimed performances on stage, screen and television.  Best known for her roles in the box office hits Coming to America and What’s Love Got to Do With It, she has also starred in the films Biker Boyz, Love Don’t Cost a Thing, Daylight, The Inkwell, Crimson Tide, The Brothers, Cheaper by the Dozen, Dawg, Lakeview Terrace and voiced the lead female role in the animated feature Bebe’s Kids.  Television credits include her current recurring role as Carol on Showtime’s “Shameless”; TNT’s “Rizzoli & Isles”; “Hawthorne RN” with Jada Pinkett Smith and NBC’s hit “Go On” with Matthew Perry; guest star roles include “Dexter,” “CSI,” “CSI: Miami,” “The Closer” and “Cold Case” just to name a few.  Television films: The Last Fall, The Under Shepard, The Temptations, A Private Affair, Red Sneakers, Stompin’ at the Savoy, The Cherokee Kid, and America’s Dream: The Boy Who Painted Christ Black.  On stage, Ms. Calloway was in The Pasadena Playhouse and Ebony Repertory Theater productions of Crowns.  She also starred in August Wilson’s Seven Guitars at the Kennedy Center’s August Wilson Theatre Festival and the Los Angeles production of August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson. Also an accomplished dancer, she was in the original Broadway production of Dreamgirls.

“As an actor you dream of a role that you can embody, a character in whom you can become completely engrossed, a role that you wake up each morning excited to portray with dialogue that flows like pure poetry,” stated star Vanessa Bell Calloway.  “For me LETTERS FROM ZORA is that perfect piece.”

LETTERS FROM ZORA will play August 15 – 18, 2013, with a press opening night on August 15, at 8:00 p.m. Single ticket prices are $30.00 – $75.00.  The Pasadena Playhouse is located at 39 South El Molino Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101.  The performance schedule is Thursday and Friday at 8:00 p.m.; Saturday at 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.; and Sunday at 2:00 p.m.

Tickets are available online at www.PasadenaPlayhouse.org, by calling The Pasadena Playhouse at 626-356-7529 or by visiting The Pasadena Playhouse Box Office, Tuesday – Sunday from 12:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. during non-performance dates.  On performance dates the Box Office is open Tuesday – Saturday from 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Sunday.  Group Sales (8 or more people) are available by calling 626-921-1161. For more information, visit www.PasadenaPlayhouse.org.

52nd Annual Sunland-Tujunga Watermelon Festival Announces

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The 52nd Annual Watermelon Festival, presented by the Sunland-Tujunga Lions Club, will be held Friday, August 16 from 4:00pm to 10:00pm, Saturday, August 17 from 12:00pm to 10:00pm and Sunday, August 18 from 12:00pm to 10:00pm, at The Rose Bowl, located at 1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena, CA 91103. Tickets at the gate are $10.00 for adults and $5.00 children. Advance discount tickets are $8.00 for adults and $4.00 for children. Every one’s a winner, as each admission includes free watermelon slices and a free spin on the Watermelon Wheel for prizes and raffle tickets. For additional information visit www.lionswatermelonfestival.com or call 818-353-4554.

Favorite activities include watermelon eating and seed spitting contests, as well as nightly raffle drawings for fabulous prizes. Friday night’s highlight is the Coronation of the Watermelon King and Queen and their court. New this year is a special appearance by the National Watermelon Queen, Amber Nolin of Alabama. The always popular Wearable Art Contest returns with watermelon outfits and accessories, along with new watermelon themed games. The new and improved Watermelon-O-matic machine also returns, slicing and dicing the delicious and huge fruits to the delight of the ever hungry festival goers.

The Chef’s Corner will feature watermelon carving demonstrations by Celebrity Chef Joseph Poon of Philadelphia, who has been featured on The Tonight Show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show and The Food Network, and Chef Jesse Sanchez of the Los Angeles Mission College, will return this year for additional demonstrations. The Watermelon Recipe Contest returns with categories in Appetizers, Entrees, Beverages and Desserts. Please check the website for deadlines and guidelines.

The Bazaar marketplace has arts and crafts, clothing, jewelry, personal services and product marketing. The Community Courtyard showcases the diverse and dynamic organizations that help the community to thrive. With appealing and unique exhibits, the individual booths have information about their respective groups and the importance of their contributions to the community. The Kids’ Zone has a Poetry Corner and storytellers, face painting and classic clowns. Kids will further love the Arcade Games and Carnival atmosphere.

The food court areas feature an array of popular festival and fair favorites and highlight selected watermelon based treats and drinks.Added attractions for Sunday, from noon to 4pm, include Special Appearances by the LA Kings Ice Crew and Galaxy Star Squad, both Champions in their sports of Ice Hockey and Soccer. They will be on hand with free giveaways and chances to win autographed merchandise.

Ara Zeith, president of the Sunland-Tujunga Lions Club, comments, “We are very pleased to be expanding the festival this year and relocating it to the Rose Bowl Stadium. We are also thrilled with the participation of National Watermelon Promotion Board, who is coming on board this year as a Silver Sponsor.”

Gordon Hunt, Director of Marketing and Communications for the National Watermelon Promotion Board adds, “This will be our first time on the west coast and we are happy to be a sponsor for the 52nd annual event, which will benefit the Watermelon Industry in California.”

Funds raised by the Watermelon Festival are used by the Sunland-Tujunga Lions Club help to support local youth and community activities, disaster relief, and to support health and vision conservation programs in California, across the nation and throughout the world. The musical lineup, additional special guests and personal appearances will be announced shortly. Vendor applications will be accepted up until August 10, 2013. So, mark your calendars, come have some fun, eat to your hearts delight and be a part of the 52nd Annual Sunland-Tujunga Lion’s Watermelon Festival at the Rose Bowl this August.

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