Members of the CSULB community will join city residents Sunday, Oct. 28 for a one-day arts and education festival in downtown Long Beach. University by the Sea, or U-Sea, will offer classes on a variety of topics designed to be fun and interesting to participants, an international film festival, a student film showcase and a classic and silent-era film showcase.
Central to U-Sea will be its series of classes on a variety of cultural, historical, practical and culinary topics taught by experts and educators from around the area. Among the classes are “History of the Roman Republic,” taught by Bob Foster, mayor of the City of Long Beach; “How to Prepare for and Pay for College,” by CSULB President F. King Alexander; “10 Most interesting Objects in Our Solar System,” by Carl Curtis, Osher Lifelong Learning Center; “The Culture of Money,” by Bill Maurer, UCI professor of anthropology; “Women During Wartime: Long Beach’s Rosie the Riveter,” by Long Beach Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske; and numerous additional selections.
A special attraction of the festival will be the one-day opening of the Jergins Tunnel, where classic films will be showcased. Located under Ocean Boulevard, the tunnel was first constructed in 1927 to provide pedestrians safe passage to the Long Beach Pike. Closed to public use since the 1960s, it still features its original art deco tilework.
The cost for participating in the class sessions is $20. The cost includes parking, four class sessions, free food and drink samples at restaurants and the U-Sea “Student Union,” an invitation to mingle with U-Sea filmmakers, artists and lecturers at a special event celebration, and 2-for-1 admission to the Aquarium of the Pacific through Nov. 28.
U-Sea will also offer a variety of free events that will be open to the public and appropriate for all age groups. CSULB’s participation will include programs in mural painting, creating miniature Japanese rock gardens, sculpture, world languages and African folktales. Also on hand will be the CSULB's Mobile Science Museum and Health on Wheels van.
An additional highlight will be the CSULB Student Film Showcase, offered from 6-9 p.m. Audiences will be able to vote by ballot for their favorite film, with the winning student filmmaker receiving a $1,000 Audience Choice Award. The films will be shown outdoors on Pine Avenue, with comfortable Hollywood Bowl-style seating.
Other free events will include a variety of offerings including music, live arts, underwater robotics, dance demonstrations and classes, carnival games, a fastball camp hosted by the Long Beach Armada and safe Halloween Trick-or-Treating at restaurants and businesses along Pine Avenue. These events will be located on Pine Avenue between Third Street and Broadway and will run from noon until 9 p.m.
Complete event information is available at the University by the Sea Web site. Those interested in participating in scheduled class sessions are advised to register online in advance.