June 2, 2011
With flowing veils and plenty of spangles, thousands of belly dancers meet at the Queen Mary for three days of dancing, shopping, drumming and workshops at Cairo Caravan 2011. Free seminars and films offered throughout the weekend, plus an "Under the Sea" Masquerade Ball. Queen Mary, 1126 Queen's Highway, Long Beach. Fri-Sun. Check website for prices. (562) 435-3511. http://www.mecda.org.
March 25, 2011 |
Get ready to fade to black. Millions of people around the world are expected to turn off their lights at 8:30 p.m. local time Saturday -- no matter what time zone they're in -- to observe Earth Hour . Never heard of it? It was started in 2007 by the WWF conservation organization to make a statement about energy overuse and how it affects the planet. Times Square, the Golden Gate Bridge , the Las Vegas Strip, Niagara Falls, the Opera House in Sydney, and many more landmarks around the world plan to douse the lights, according to Earth Hour's website.
March 1, 2011 |
Queen Mary, meet Queen Victoria . That's pretty much how the introduction would go if these two Cunard ships -- one docked in Long Beach, one on its way to the Panama Canal -- could speak. Instead, the ships will exchange a whistle salute amid fireworks when they "meet" Thursday in Long Beach Harbor. Admission to the Queen Mary, usually $24.95 plus tax for adults, will be free to mark what Cunard calls a "royal rendezvous. " Queen Victoria is expected to sail into Long Beach Harbor between 5:30 and 6:15 p.m. and rendezvous with its sister ship between 6:15 and 6:45 p.m. The ship opens to visitors for free at 10 a.m.; guided tours and dining, however, are not free.
February 17, 2011
Many people think of the Queen Mary as a beloved Long Beach landmark and tourist destination, but it is also an enduring example of the craftsmanship of Scottish shipbuilding, being perhaps the most famous ship built on the River Clyde. The annual Long Beach Scottish Festival, now in its 18th year, celebrates that legacy with a weekend of Highland and country dancing, live music, historical reenactments, Scottish food and drink, children's activities and more. Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach.
December 30, 2010
FAMILY Ring in 2011 by sleeping with the fishes at this family event from sundown to sunup at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Activities include touch time in the Shark Lagoon, fish feeding, a gallery exploration and a pizza party to watch the fireworks on the Queen Mary. Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach. 5 p.m. Fri. $70. (562) 951-1630. http://www.aquariumofpacific.org.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 26, 2010 |
Richard S. Stevens, who had leadership roles with the Disneyland Hotel, Queen Mary and Balboa Bay Club during a wide-ranging business career, has died. He was 80. Stevens died Oct. 14 in his sleep at his Newport Beach home, said his wife, Joan. He worked more than 20 years for Wrather Corp. As president of Wrather Hotels, which included the Disneyland Hotel, he developed a plan for the company to lease the Queen Mary in Long Beach as a tourist attraction and display with it the Spruce Goose seaplane built by Howard Hughes.
October 20, 2010 |
When the Queen Mary 2 luxury liner starts off on a round-the-world trip from New York in January, not everyone will be going to sea for the 103-day tour. Cunard Line is offering an amazing fare on the first leg of the trip, a 23-day voyage to South Africa , which starts under $2,000 per person. The deal: This is one of those cruise deals with zero flexibility; the ship leaves Jan. 13 from New York and arrives in Cape Town on Feb. 4. Stops along the way include Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Barbados in the Caribbean; two stops in Brazil, Salvador de Bahia and Rio de Janeiro ; and Montevideo, Uruguay.
October 20, 2010 |
The aging elegance of the Long Beach-moored Queen Mary ocean liner and hotel provides a perfect backdrop for the fog-shrouded nautical nightmare theme that unifies the Dark Harbor haunted event. I caught Dark Harbor over the weekend after a bit of buzz touting the rebooted Halloween event as much improved over languishing past offerings. Dark Harbor will continue from 7 p.m. until midnight Thursday to Sunday (Oct. 21 to 24) and 27 to 31. Dark Harbor compares well to Halloween theme-park events at Knott's Berry Farm and Universal Studios Hollywood , albeit on a smaller scale.
HOME & GARDEN
September 4, 2010 |
Collector John Thomas is crazy about all things Art Deco. How crazy? So crazy that he bought three Art Deco mantelpieces — one marble, one bird's eye maple and one birch — and brass railings from the old Argyle Hotel (now the Sunset Tower Hotel on the Sunset Strip) even though his two-bedroom condo in Long Beach has neither a fireplace nor a staircase. "The running joke is that the availability of Art Deco is drying up because I've got it all," Thomas says with a grin.