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Long Beach is a virtual bazaar of things to see and do. Musicians jam out at numerous venues. Enjoy a delicious dinner while being whisked away by the bluesy sounds of jazz at the Backstage Jazz and Blues Supper Club. Or attend the Rainbow/Long Beach Jazz Festival and enjoy a full three days of food, music and art enveloped by a gorgeous setting.

Every season at the All American Melodrama Theater and Music Hall features comedic and dramatic performance arts shows, hysterical improvisational comedy and musical concerts to entice patrons to come back again and again. Killer Entertainment presents murder mystery dinner shows jam-packed with intrigue and surprise conclusions. California Reparatory Company, International City Theatre and the Long Beach Playhouse wow audiences year after year with poignant performances. Broadway travels across country to Musical Theatre West.

The Carpenter Performing Arts Center at California State University, Long Beach has quite a varied lineup of performers. Everything from ballet and dance theater to symphony concerts and children’s programs, the choices never end. Be sure to get a seat in the front row for the myriad of musical acts, special appearances by comedians, storytellers and an assortment of other celebrities.

Check out inspiring displays of visual art at The Getty Center Los Angeles, the Museum of Latin American Art, the Long Beach Museum of Art and the University Art Museum at California State University, Long Beach.

While walking along the streets of the city, view the collection of wall murals. What was once an eyesore now showcases the beauty and talent of the people in the community. These brightly colored, beautifully painted murals display the culture, identity and ideals of the community in a way that everyone can share in and admire.

Riveting professional sports teams put on a great show at every gaming event. The Dodgers and Angels have Major League Baseball covered; the Lakers and the Clippers dominate the National Basketball Association and the National Hockey League scores a goal with the Kings and Mighty Ducks. The Long Beach Grand Prix has been causing hearts to race for about 30 years.

Catalina Island is an all-encompassing destination. Visitors can escape to this very un-deserted island and participate in water activities or relax on the beach. Shopping and entertainment abound. Sophisticated accommodations make for a relaxing, luxurious stay.

Take a risk at one of several area casinos including the Crystal Casino and Hotel, Hawaiian Gardens Casino and San Miguel Indian Bingo and Casino.

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