COMING UP: First Fridays at TALB on Feb. 6th

The next First Fridays events throughout Bixby Knolls will have a Mardi Gras theme on February 6th, 2015.

There will be a Mardi Gras sidewalk parade starting at 7pm at Atlantic Avenue & Roosevelt which will definitely pass by TALB as it makes its way up and down the corridor.

Here at TALB starting at 6:30pm, we will be featuring a band, poets, the Long Beach Free Store, and some information booths with our community partners. Be sure to come on by!

Check out our First Fridays page to see videos and photos from previous events.


Sugar Solstice

Formed in March 2012, Sugar Solstice is an indie rock band with a sound involving a nice amalgamation of undertones including, but not limited to, pop, beach, blues, and folk. The group from La Puente, California is comprised of Andrew Garcia (drums, backing vocals), Jess Kelly (lead guitar, backing vocals), Sean Kelly (bass), and Danielle Zamora (lead vocals, occasional rhythm guitar). The band released their extensive, 10-track demo Water, Dirt, A Lightbeam in January 2013. In March 2013, Sugar Solstice released their self-produced music video for their song “Wobbling Wheel”. The name of the band stems from the idea that good times seem to be in the wake of a transitional period in all of our lives. In essence, change is sweet.

Keayva Mitchell

Keayva Mitchell is a twenty-two year old currently living in a shady part of Long Beach. Depending on what day you ask, she hails from Los Angeles, Florida, New York summers, or Hogwarts. Some of her favorite poets include Terrence Hayes, Cristin O’Keefe-Aptowicz, and Rachel McKibbens.  Keayva has slowly and awkwardly imbedded herself in the Long Beach poetry/music/art scene and has no plans to leave it any time soon. She thinks you're cool.

Kelsey Bryan-Zwick

Kelsey Bryan-Zwick is a poet, a bookbinder, and an artist from Long Beach, CA.  As a child she lived in Spain where she fell in love with green olives, the smell of fresh bread, and learned to speak Spanish.  At UCSC she received a B.A. in Literature/Creative Writing-Poetry.  Kelsey participated in Write Bloody Publishing’s Dirty Dozen Workshop and she is a 2014 Pushcart Prize nominee. Her poems can be found at, in A Poet Is A Poet, No Matter How Tall: EPISODE II Attack of the Poems, and in Poems by Sunday.  Kelsey’s recently published chapbook, Watches Synchronized To Awestruck, is hand-bound by the poet.  Her next collection is due out in 2015 by Sadie Girl Press.

LeAnne Hunt

LeAnne Hunt lives in Orange County with her daughter and a furry sphere of a cat. She is a regular at the Ugly Mug reading. She was published in LUMMOX Number Two (LUMMOX Press, 2013) and by Cadence Collective. She has poems in the forthcoming anthology Like a Girl.




Long Beach Free Store

The Long Beach Free Store is a project of the Catalyst Network of Communities, providing a space for you to donate items in condition and also to shop for free! (You don't need to donate in order to shop.) Bring your items to TALB during First Fridays.