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Carpenter Center

For tickets to all Carpenter Performing Arts Center events, please call (562) 985-7000 or visit carpenterarts.org.

CSULB Arts Ticket Office:
Hours are Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm. Ticket prices are listed with general public admission costs first, senior/student/alumni/CSULB ID discount costs listed next.

Parking:
Parking on campus is available to the general public in all student lots when a $10 day pass is purchased. Day passes are available at the CSULB Parking Office or through the Yellow Kiosks located near the entrances of each parking lot. Patron parking outside of performance venues is available for $10 in attended lots on the afternoon or evening of performances. Additional information is available at www.csulb.edu/maps.

 

Carpenter Center Arts For Life Series

Shakespeare Aloud

Saturday, February 1 at 1pm – Much Ado About Nothing (1st Half)
Saturday, February 22 at 1pm – Much Ado About Nothing (2nd Half)
Saturday, March 7 at 1pm – Othello (1st Half)
Saturday, March 21 at 1pm – Othello (2nd Half)
Saturday, April 4 at 1pm – Pericles (1st Half)
Saturday, April 18 at 1pm – Pericles (2nd Half)
Saturday, May 2 at 1pm – Richard II (1st Half)
Saturday, May 16 at 1pm – Richard II (2nd Half)
Saturday, June 6 at 1pm – Richard III (1st Half)
Saturday, June 20 at 1pm – Richard III (2nd Half)
Los Altos Neighborhood Library (5614 E. Britton Drive, Long Beach 90815)

On designated Saturdays each month, Shakespeare Aloud hosts a FREE reading of one of Shakespeare’s plays. Community members are warmly invited to participate as readers (no experience or audition required) or as audience members. Readings begin at 1:00pm. Character names will be available; whoever wants to read out loud can choose a character. Anyone who wants to read along silently is also welcome. There will be one break halfway through each reading. During the break, readers at the table can give up their seats to anyone who would like a turn reading out loud. Some copies of the play will be provided, but readers are invited to bring their own.
Everyone is welcome! All voice, all dialects. Shakespeare Aloud is intended to be a fun exploration of Shakespeare, so bring your sense of humor!

 

Carpenter Center Dance Series

A.I.M. by Kyle Abraham

Saturday, January 25 at 8pm         
Carpenter Performing Arts Center    
Ticket Prices Vary

One of today’s most in-demand choreographers—recently commissioned to create a premiere for New York City Ballet—Abraham was born into the hip-hop culture of the late 1970s and incorporates an artistic upbringing of classical music and visual arts into his work. Abraham’s acclaimed company A.I.M stuns with its diverse range of styles, “lush movement, infectious music and magnetic dancers.” (The New York Times) The evening includes a performance of Trisha Brown’s 1976 work Solo Olos, exploring the dynamic between movement and structure with Brown's intricate craftsmanship.

 

Sunday Afternoon Concert Series

OH, WHAT A NIGHT!
A Musical Tribute to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons

Sunday, January 26 at 2pm
Carpenter Performing Arts Center    
Ticket Prices Vary

An exhilarating musical revue with boundless energy, engaging humor and hits like “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” “My Eyes Adored You,” “Working My Way Back to You,” and “Who Loves You” and more from the dynamic songbook of those boys from Jersey!

 

Carpenter Center WOW! Series

Cirque Flip Fabrique: Blizzard

Saturday, February 1 at 8pm          
Carpenter Performing Arts Center    
Ticket Prices Vary

Imagine yourself lost in a moment of pure wonder—a white-out BLIZZARD, filled with breathtaking visual poetry. Cirque FLIP Fabrique brings audiences on a fun and tender journey through winter, complete with a flurry of aerial acrobatics. Featuring some of the most exciting circus performers of the moment and all original music performed live, Blizzard takes the stage by storm!

 

One Night of Queen

Friday, February 28, 2020 at 8pm

One Night of Queen, performed by Gary Mullen & The Works, is a spectacular live concert that recreates the look, sound, pomp, and showmanship of one of the greatest rock bands of all time. With sold-out performances across the UK, US, and Europe, this tribute to the spirit and passion of icon Freddie Mercury is rocking audiences worldwide. In this note-for-note experience of mega-hits like “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “We Are the Champions,” “Killer Queen,” “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” “Radio Ga Ga,” “Under Pressure,” “Another One Bites the Dust,” and many others, One Night of Queen will ROCK you!

 

Live from Laurel Canyon: Songs and Stories of American Folk Rock

Sunday, March 8 at 2pm     
Carpenter Performing Arts Center    
Ticket Prices Vary

Journey into the music and stories of the legendary artists who lived in Laurel Canyon between 1965 and 1975. Celebrating the beloved songs of The Byrds, Carole King, James Taylor, The Mamas & The Papas, Joni Mitchell, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne and others who forever changed the look, sound, and attitude of American music!

 

Carpenter Center Cabaret Series

Ann Hampton Callaway: The Streisand Songbook

Wednesday-Thursday, March 11-12          
Carpenter Performing Arts Center    
Performance begins at 7pm/Dinner served at 6pm

Singer-songwriter Ann Hampton Callaway celebrates the music of one of America’s most powerful musical artists, singing timeless classics from five decades of Streisand’s multifaceted career. Callaway puts her pop/jazz spin on the unforgettable songs of the Streisand songbook in a musical portrait of the iconic performer.

 

An Evening with Anne Lamott

Saturday, March 14 at 8pm 
Carpenter Performing Arts Center    
Ticket Prices Vary

Utterly disarming and laugh-out-loud funny, author Anne Lamott is known for addressing complex subjects with self-effacing humor and ruthless honesty. With wisdom and forthrightness, she is “a writer who has perfected the art of saying the unsayable,” (The New York Times). In this evening, Anne Lamott lifts, comforts and inspires—all while keeping us laughing.

 

Bob Cole Conservatory of Music and Carpenter Center Arts For Life

Bob Cole Conservatory Symphony Orchestra

Wednesday, March 18 at 8pm        
Carpenter Performing Arts Center    
Free Admission

In this special concert, Moni Simeonov (Director of String Studies) will take the stage for the virtuosic violin concerto no. 1 by Shostakovich, a piece full of energy and drive. Contrasting the Shostakovich concerto will be Franz Schmidt's elegiac Symphony no. 4 featuring horn, trumpet and cello in haunting solos.

 

Carpenter Center Arts For Life Series

Versa-Style Dance Company

Friday, March 20 at 7pm     
Carpenter Performing Arts Center    
Free Admission

This highly energetic ensemble fuses dance styles that have cultural significance to local communities. Dances include Hip-Hop, Popping, Locking, Whacking, and Boogaloo as well as Afro-Latin styles such as Salsa, Merengue, Cumbia, and Afro-Cuban.

 

Drum Tao 2020

Saturday, April 18 at 8pm   
Carpenter Performing Arts Center    
Ticket Prices Vary

Internationally acclaimed percussion artists TAO bring a modern, dynamic performance showcasing the ancient art of Japanese drumming. Combining highly physical taiko drumming with contemporary costumes, precise choreography and innovative visuals, the performers of this all-new production deliver an unforgettable, pulsating production that has audiences and critics raving about their “extraordinary talent.” (Chicago Tribune)

 

Sunday Afternoon Concert Series

The Doo Wop Project

Sunday, April 19 at 2pm     
Carpenter Performing Arts Center    
Ticket Prices Vary

From the classic sound of five guys singing tight harmonies on a street corner to the biggest hits on the radio today, The Doo Wop Project takes us on a journey from the Belmonts through Smokey Robinson, all the way to Jason Mraz and Amy Winehouse. Featuring stars of Broadway hits Jersey Boys and Motown: The Musical, the DWP reimagines some of the greatest music in American history!

 

Carpenter Center Arts For Life Free Lecture Series

Cultura – Celebration of Mexican Folklore

Thursday, April 23 at 7pm  
Carpenter Performing Arts Center    
Free Admission

Dr. Antonia Garcia-Orozco will provide context to the Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles with Villalobos Brothers and Ballet Folklórico de Los Ángeles with Jarabe Mexicano performances.

 

Carpenter Center

An Evening with Bill Nye, The Science Guy

Saturday, April 25 at 8pm   
Carpenter Performing Arts Center    
Ticket Prices Vary

Scientist. Engineer. Comedian. Author. Inventor. Bill Nye is on a mission to help people everywhere understand and appreciate the science that makes our world work. Audiences revere this good-natured Renaissance man’s infectious blend of humor, intellectual curiosity and devotion to solving some of the world’s most complex challenges through science. Best known for his Emmy-winning run as “Bill Nye the Science Guy,” the author of The New York Times bestselling book Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation, Nye brings his love of science and flair for comedy to every appearance—deftly translating complex issues to help inspire audiences to engage with and improve our world.

 

Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles with Villalobos Brothers: The Soul of Mexico

Sunday, May 3 at 6pm         
Carpenter Performing Arts Center    
Ticket Prices Vary

It’s never too early to celebrate Cinco de Mayo! Join America’s first all-female mariachi ensemble, Grammy-nominated Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles, along with classically trained protégés the Villalobos Brothers for an evening of incredible musicianship and vitality. The Villalobos Brothers bring jazz harmonies and classical virtuosity to Mexican folk music and have collaborated with artists from Bruce Springsteen to Regina Carter. Mariachi Reyna have performed for Oprah and Barack and Michelle Obama and delight audiences everywhere with their groundbreaking contributions to mariachi!

 

Carpenter Center Dance Series

Ballet Folklórico de Los Ángeles with Jarabe Mexicano

Saturday, May 16 at 8pm    
Carpenter Performing Arts Center    
Ticket Prices Vary

Ballet Folklórico de Los Ángeles, the nation’s premier Mexican folk dance company, bring their graceful choreography and colorful, elaborate costumes to Carpenter Center. Sharing the stage is Jarabe Mexicano, whose dramatic, harmonized vocals have gained them acclaim across the country. A joyride through the songbook of Mexican Folk, Rock & Roll, and Tex-Mex, including a special performance to “Remember Me” from Disney’s Coco, the two Southern California break-out ensembles join together for a joyous, one-of-a-kind performance.