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From the Hi-lo, the arts & culture section of the Long Beach Post, Steve Lowery and Asia Morris lead weekly discussions on the latest happenings in Long Beach’s evolving arts & culture scene. Listen in as these local experts and their guests dive into life in Long Beach, things to do and whatever happens to be on their minds this week.

Latest Episodes

Ep. 37: How to help

On episode #37 of "Can You Hear Me, Long Beach?" Post reporter Stephanie Rivera stops by to talk about the things people can do to help out in these extraordinary times. Though most of the news these days seems to center on what we can't do, Rivera recently wrote an article detailing numerous things you can do to be part of the solution, things that include providing neighborly relief to giving blood to buying gift cards to local restaurants. Then, Brian Addison calls in to talk about how local restaurants are trying to survive these unprecedented times by offering additional services and deals.

23 minMAR 20
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Ep. 37: How to help

Ep. 36: The mysteries of Catalina and coronavirus' food for thought

On episode #36 of “Can You Hear Me, Long Beach?” we consider islands oabout of mystery. Asia Morris is like a lot of native Long Beach residents who have seen Catalina Island virtually every day of their lives and yet have never made the trip across the channel. Morris finally did and found folks who felt safe knowing everyone on the island and a bit trapped by everyone on the island knowing them. And there was the zip lining, the abandon pet cemeteries and the liquor stores on every street. Morris wrote about her experiences (above) and stopped by to lend a bit more perspective and depth—about 4,000-feet of oceans worth. Next, Cheantay Jensen is a terrific writer who, like a lot of folks in the profession, has to work a second job to make ends meet. Jensen has worked at a rather nice, Newport Beach seafood restaurant for years. She's a vet, who regular customers know by name and who figured she'd seen, and been able to handle, everything the restaurant industry could thrown at h...

28 minMAR 13
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Ep. 36: The mysteries of Catalina and coronavirus' food for thought

Episode 35: Listen to our election roundup, unless you're still standing in line

If you think you found yourself surrounded by a lot of people on Tuesday, you should have seen the mass humanity that showed up in the Post's podcast studio to talk about the election, its results, the winners, losers and those who served by standing in line. Publisher David Sommers, Managing Editor Melissa joined with columnist Tim Grobaty and reporters Stephanie Rivera and Jason Ruiz to talk about what happened and what might happen eight months from now when a lot of these races finally get decided for good.

31 minMAR 6
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Episode 35: Listen to our election roundup, unless you're still standing in line

Episode 34: Margot Robbie stunt double and Moxi Skates founder Michelle Steilen

On episode #34 of "Can You Hear Me, Long Beach?" Michelle Steilen is back! Last week, the founder of Moxi Skates joined us to take part in a group discussion of love and breakup songs. This week, Steilen'sall on their own telling the story of thier unlikely journey from Philadelphia to Long Beach to founding Moxie Skates to becoming Margot Robbie's stunt double in "Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey." Steilen also reveals how Moxi got its name—it’s kind of simple and kind of amazing—if they enjoyed making a movie (they did, very much), the ups and downs of stunt work and what's the state of the Long Beach skate scene. Also, poet Nancy Lynee Woo came by to talk about her new literary column for the Post “What’s Lit?” as well as the burgeoning storytelling scene in Long Beach.

50 minFEB 22
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Episode 34: Margot Robbie stunt double and Moxi Skates founder Michelle Steilen

The poetry of giving love the finger

On Episode #33 of “Can You Hear Me, Long Beach?” We are all over Valentine's Day. First, in conjunction with the Hi-lo Listens, Love and Heartbreak Valentine's playlist, we assembled a cool ribbon panel of Moxie Skates founder Michelle Steilen—currently appearing as Margot Robbie/Harley Quinn's stunt double—DJ and Post ad exec Atira West and columnist Tim Grobaty to discuss love songs, breakup songs—both sad, angry and busting out windows—and if music can actually put you in the mood. Then, Steven Smith goes on location to an Anti-Valentine Open Mic and finds the poetry in giving love the finger. Take that love! Finally, Steven sings. Yes, love hurts.

35 minFEB 15
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The poetry of giving love the finger

Episode 32: Why Karen Carpenter matters with Karen Tongson

On Episode #32 of “Can You Hear Me, Long Beach?” Karen Tongson talks about her book, "Why Karen Carpenter Matters." Tongson, a professor of English, American Studies and Ethnicity and Gender and Sexuality Studies at USC, is the child of Filipino musician parents who named her after the pop icon. Her book interweaves the story of the singer’s rise to fame with Tongon's own trans-Pacific journey between Manila—where imitations of American pop styles flourished—and Karen Carpenter’s home ground of Southern California. In arranging and producing this episode, which also features a segment with dating columnist June Diaz who swears she's swearing off love, it was surprising to us that, to a younger demographic here in Long Beach, Karen Carpenter's name many times elicits this: "Oh, is she the name on the building?" The building is the Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center at Cal State Long Beach. And yes, that's her name on the building, along with her brother Richard....

46 minFEB 8
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Episode 32: Why Karen Carpenter matters with Karen Tongson

Episode 31: Women and infidelity; Dr. Ebony Utley knows what you're thinking

On Episode #31 of “Can You Hear Me, Long Beach?” Dr. Ebony Utley may know more about women and infidelity than anyone around. Here "He Cheated, She Cheated, We Cheated" is one of the most thoroughly researched books on the subject of women who are cheated on, women who cheat, the Other Woman and those who have done a combo or all three. But the Cal State Long Beach professor of communication studies, has very intimate experience with the subject as the first 10 seconds of our interview makes clear in a very jarring way. Though Utley's book makes her an expert on the subject of female infidelity, she says she's been surprised how reticent many people are to talk about the subject which, of course, has only been around since the dawn of humanity. Luckily for us, she's more than happy to talk about it, we advise you to listen to this from the start.

49 minFEB 2
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Episode 31: Women and infidelity; Dr. Ebony Utley knows what you're thinking

Episode 30: The art of museum navigation with Kleefeld Contemporary's Paul Baker Prindle

On Episode #30 (30!) of “Can You Hear Me, Long Beach?” Paul Baker Prindle, director of Cal State Long Beach's Kleefeld Contemporary Art Museum, talks about the museum's upcoming Gyre exhibit which, for eight weeks, will feature one artist, one work for one week. Gyre is designed to allow museum-goers the space and time to deeply experience an artist and their work without the pressure many feel to see every piece either hanging or standing in the space. It also inspired an eye-opening and gut-busting discussion of how one should go about experiencing a museum. Prindle not only has some definite thoughts about how you should think of a museum, but how you shouldn't—it's not a church, you can talk—as well as where you should go once inside and how one can best prepare yourself for your visit. If you're asking, yes, Paul Baker Prindle does partake of "pre-museum-ing." That, and Asia Morris is really sick and channeling her favorite cartoon character.

26 minJAN 25
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Episode 30: The art of museum navigation with Kleefeld Contemporary's Paul Baker Prindle

Episode 29: Artist Rick Vilchis talks street art, getting arrested and graffiti's Mt. Everest

On Episode #29 of "Can You Hear Me, Long Beach?" Artist Rick "Rickster1" Vilchis dropped by to talk about the graffiti-inspired show he and three colleagues are taking part in at the Hi-lo Gallery within the offices of the Long Beach Post. Rick was supposed to come on, talk about “Resilience,” which opens on Thursday, Jan. 23, and then be on his way. Ten minutes tops. What he did, was launch into a very personal and, at times, educational story about how he came to make art his life and how that life has sometimes taken him to the edge... and into custody a time or two. “Resilience” isa step back in time to the mid-90s, when local graffiti artists Rick “Rickster1” Vilchis and Jose “Steam” Martinez were coming up, creating community and making themselves seen through the competitive, albeit illegal, form of art. Luckily, there were safe spaces in Long Beach to paint at the time, where their creativity was able to flourish and they had the opportunity to mentor younger artists...

51 minJAN 19
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Episode 29: Artist Rick Vilchis talks street art, getting arrested and graffiti's Mt. Everest

‘Lemur Mom’ Megan Dolan and Long Beach Comic Expo

Though Megan Dolan’s one-woman performance, "Lemur Mom" begins with her son being diagnosed with Asperger’s, it is not about her son or Aspergers. Rather, Dolan talks about the pressure to measure up that all mothers, fathers, teenagers, well, just about everyone feels these days, attempting to live up to false narratives created and perpetuated by social media and reruns of “The Doris Day Show.” Dolan, a Long Beach resident and Cal State Long Beach grad who has written and performed stories for all manner of outfits, dropped by to talk about the process of creating and performing "Lemur Mom" which opens this weekend at Cal State Long Beach. Also, Mike Wellman who just opened Atomic Basement Comics, talks about what he'll be doing at and looking forward to at the Long Beach Comic Expo which takes place Saturday and Sunday. He also makes clear that he likes lasagna. A lot. All this and Asia Morris's amazing crinkling paper! 0:00 Happy New Year! Asia begins her journey into ASMR.3...

56 minJAN 11
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‘Lemur Mom’ Megan Dolan and Long Beach Comic Expo

Latest Episodes

Ep. 37: How to help

On episode #37 of "Can You Hear Me, Long Beach?" Post reporter Stephanie Rivera stops by to talk about the things people can do to help out in these extraordinary times. Though most of the news these days seems to center on what we can't do, Rivera recently wrote an article detailing numerous things you can do to be part of the solution, things that include providing neighborly relief to giving blood to buying gift cards to local restaurants. Then, Brian Addison calls in to talk about how local restaurants are trying to survive these unprecedented times by offering additional services and deals.

23 minMAR 20
Comments
Ep. 37: How to help

Ep. 36: The mysteries of Catalina and coronavirus' food for thought

On episode #36 of “Can You Hear Me, Long Beach?” we consider islands oabout of mystery. Asia Morris is like a lot of native Long Beach residents who have seen Catalina Island virtually every day of their lives and yet have never made the trip across the channel. Morris finally did and found folks who felt safe knowing everyone on the island and a bit trapped by everyone on the island knowing them. And there was the zip lining, the abandon pet cemeteries and the liquor stores on every street. Morris wrote about her experiences (above) and stopped by to lend a bit more perspective and depth—about 4,000-feet of oceans worth. Next, Cheantay Jensen is a terrific writer who, like a lot of folks in the profession, has to work a second job to make ends meet. Jensen has worked at a rather nice, Newport Beach seafood restaurant for years. She's a vet, who regular customers know by name and who figured she'd seen, and been able to handle, everything the restaurant industry could thrown at h...

28 minMAR 13
Comments
Ep. 36: The mysteries of Catalina and coronavirus' food for thought

Episode 35: Listen to our election roundup, unless you're still standing in line

If you think you found yourself surrounded by a lot of people on Tuesday, you should have seen the mass humanity that showed up in the Post's podcast studio to talk about the election, its results, the winners, losers and those who served by standing in line. Publisher David Sommers, Managing Editor Melissa joined with columnist Tim Grobaty and reporters Stephanie Rivera and Jason Ruiz to talk about what happened and what might happen eight months from now when a lot of these races finally get decided for good.

31 minMAR 6
Comments
Episode 35: Listen to our election roundup, unless you're still standing in line

Episode 34: Margot Robbie stunt double and Moxi Skates founder Michelle Steilen

On episode #34 of "Can You Hear Me, Long Beach?" Michelle Steilen is back! Last week, the founder of Moxi Skates joined us to take part in a group discussion of love and breakup songs. This week, Steilen'sall on their own telling the story of thier unlikely journey from Philadelphia to Long Beach to founding Moxie Skates to becoming Margot Robbie's stunt double in "Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey." Steilen also reveals how Moxi got its name—it’s kind of simple and kind of amazing—if they enjoyed making a movie (they did, very much), the ups and downs of stunt work and what's the state of the Long Beach skate scene. Also, poet Nancy Lynee Woo came by to talk about her new literary column for the Post “What’s Lit?” as well as the burgeoning storytelling scene in Long Beach.

50 minFEB 22
Comments
Episode 34: Margot Robbie stunt double and Moxi Skates founder Michelle Steilen

The poetry of giving love the finger

On Episode #33 of “Can You Hear Me, Long Beach?” We are all over Valentine's Day. First, in conjunction with the Hi-lo Listens, Love and Heartbreak Valentine's playlist, we assembled a cool ribbon panel of Moxie Skates founder Michelle Steilen—currently appearing as Margot Robbie/Harley Quinn's stunt double—DJ and Post ad exec Atira West and columnist Tim Grobaty to discuss love songs, breakup songs—both sad, angry and busting out windows—and if music can actually put you in the mood. Then, Steven Smith goes on location to an Anti-Valentine Open Mic and finds the poetry in giving love the finger. Take that love! Finally, Steven sings. Yes, love hurts.

35 minFEB 15
Comments
The poetry of giving love the finger

Episode 32: Why Karen Carpenter matters with Karen Tongson

On Episode #32 of “Can You Hear Me, Long Beach?” Karen Tongson talks about her book, "Why Karen Carpenter Matters." Tongson, a professor of English, American Studies and Ethnicity and Gender and Sexuality Studies at USC, is the child of Filipino musician parents who named her after the pop icon. Her book interweaves the story of the singer’s rise to fame with Tongon's own trans-Pacific journey between Manila—where imitations of American pop styles flourished—and Karen Carpenter’s home ground of Southern California. In arranging and producing this episode, which also features a segment with dating columnist June Diaz who swears she's swearing off love, it was surprising to us that, to a younger demographic here in Long Beach, Karen Carpenter's name many times elicits this: "Oh, is she the name on the building?" The building is the Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center at Cal State Long Beach. And yes, that's her name on the building, along with her brother Richard....

46 minFEB 8
Comments
Episode 32: Why Karen Carpenter matters with Karen Tongson

Episode 31: Women and infidelity; Dr. Ebony Utley knows what you're thinking

On Episode #31 of “Can You Hear Me, Long Beach?” Dr. Ebony Utley may know more about women and infidelity than anyone around. Here "He Cheated, She Cheated, We Cheated" is one of the most thoroughly researched books on the subject of women who are cheated on, women who cheat, the Other Woman and those who have done a combo or all three. But the Cal State Long Beach professor of communication studies, has very intimate experience with the subject as the first 10 seconds of our interview makes clear in a very jarring way. Though Utley's book makes her an expert on the subject of female infidelity, she says she's been surprised how reticent many people are to talk about the subject which, of course, has only been around since the dawn of humanity. Luckily for us, she's more than happy to talk about it, we advise you to listen to this from the start.

49 minFEB 2
Comments
Episode 31: Women and infidelity; Dr. Ebony Utley knows what you're thinking

Episode 30: The art of museum navigation with Kleefeld Contemporary's Paul Baker Prindle

On Episode #30 (30!) of “Can You Hear Me, Long Beach?” Paul Baker Prindle, director of Cal State Long Beach's Kleefeld Contemporary Art Museum, talks about the museum's upcoming Gyre exhibit which, for eight weeks, will feature one artist, one work for one week. Gyre is designed to allow museum-goers the space and time to deeply experience an artist and their work without the pressure many feel to see every piece either hanging or standing in the space. It also inspired an eye-opening and gut-busting discussion of how one should go about experiencing a museum. Prindle not only has some definite thoughts about how you should think of a museum, but how you shouldn't—it's not a church, you can talk—as well as where you should go once inside and how one can best prepare yourself for your visit. If you're asking, yes, Paul Baker Prindle does partake of "pre-museum-ing." That, and Asia Morris is really sick and channeling her favorite cartoon character.

26 minJAN 25
Comments
Episode 30: The art of museum navigation with Kleefeld Contemporary's Paul Baker Prindle

Episode 29: Artist Rick Vilchis talks street art, getting arrested and graffiti's Mt. Everest

On Episode #29 of "Can You Hear Me, Long Beach?" Artist Rick "Rickster1" Vilchis dropped by to talk about the graffiti-inspired show he and three colleagues are taking part in at the Hi-lo Gallery within the offices of the Long Beach Post. Rick was supposed to come on, talk about “Resilience,” which opens on Thursday, Jan. 23, and then be on his way. Ten minutes tops. What he did, was launch into a very personal and, at times, educational story about how he came to make art his life and how that life has sometimes taken him to the edge... and into custody a time or two. “Resilience” isa step back in time to the mid-90s, when local graffiti artists Rick “Rickster1” Vilchis and Jose “Steam” Martinez were coming up, creating community and making themselves seen through the competitive, albeit illegal, form of art. Luckily, there were safe spaces in Long Beach to paint at the time, where their creativity was able to flourish and they had the opportunity to mentor younger artists...

51 minJAN 19
Comments
Episode 29: Artist Rick Vilchis talks street art, getting arrested and graffiti's Mt. Everest

‘Lemur Mom’ Megan Dolan and Long Beach Comic Expo

Though Megan Dolan’s one-woman performance, "Lemur Mom" begins with her son being diagnosed with Asperger’s, it is not about her son or Aspergers. Rather, Dolan talks about the pressure to measure up that all mothers, fathers, teenagers, well, just about everyone feels these days, attempting to live up to false narratives created and perpetuated by social media and reruns of “The Doris Day Show.” Dolan, a Long Beach resident and Cal State Long Beach grad who has written and performed stories for all manner of outfits, dropped by to talk about the process of creating and performing "Lemur Mom" which opens this weekend at Cal State Long Beach. Also, Mike Wellman who just opened Atomic Basement Comics, talks about what he'll be doing at and looking forward to at the Long Beach Comic Expo which takes place Saturday and Sunday. He also makes clear that he likes lasagna. A lot. All this and Asia Morris's amazing crinkling paper! 0:00 Happy New Year! Asia begins her journey into ASMR.3...

56 minJAN 11
Comments
‘Lemur Mom’ Megan Dolan and Long Beach Comic Expo
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