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Signal ST3439 - March1_Layout 1 3/1/13 12:49 PM Page 1 T VoL. 34 No. 39 R I B U N E SERVING BIXBY KNOLLS, CALIFORNIA HEIGHTS, LOS CERRITOS, WRIGLEY AND THE CITY OF SIGNAL HILL Final candidate forum for SH Council is reduced to choice between experience or change Your Weekly Community Newspaper “Juan,” acrylic on polytab on wood, by Jose Loza For more on this artist, see page 12. March 1, 2013 Two theater companies ‘collide,’ and a new entity is born Jonathan David Lewis Nick Williams and Aaron Van Geem perform in Alive Theatre’s 2011 production of Entropy General. Alive Theatre has recently merged with The Garage Theatre to form a new company called The Garage Theatre In Collision With Alive Theatre. Nick Diamantides Staff Writer CJ Dablo/Signal Tribune Five of the seven candidates who will be on the ballot for the Signal Hill City Council election were present during the third forum of the campaign season. From left, Robert Mendoza, Michael Noll, Lori Woods, Ellen Ward and Ed Wilson debated issues that included the proposed construction of a new library and a controversial charter-amendment initiative that will be on the ballot in 2014. Nancy Sciortino was ill, and Elizabeth Wise had a family emergency. CJ Dablo Staff Writer At the Feb. 25 Signal Hill City Council candidate forum, three incumbents seeking another term in office continued to defend their records as long-time councilmem- bers, but their opponents pressed for a change in leadership. The Signal Hill Police Station’s community room was packed with more than 60 people at the forum, where five out of the seven candidates turned up to debate local issues that included the proposed construction of a new library and a controversial charter-amendment initiative that will be on the ballot in 2014. Monday’s forum was the final time that the candidates would debate Exhibit on Long Beach area’s gay-rights history ‘comes out’ see FORUM page 16 Sean Belk Staff Writer Sean Belk/Signal Tribune Grammy and Oscar Award-winning singer and musician Melissa Etheridge (left), with her partner Linda Wallem at the opening gala of the Historical Society of Long Beach’s exhibit Coming Out in Long Beach, talks about when she played in various gay clubs in Long Beach. Often considered an overlooked part of Long Beach history, the gay rights movement that today involves such issues as same-sex marriage and gays in the military can be traced back to the local area, where organizations and activists for decades have led a charge against discrimination based on sexual orientation. Major historical moments span as far back as 1914, when 30 gay men were entrapped by Long Beach police and charged with “social vagrancy.” More than 50 years later, Long Beach resident Lee Glaze led a flower protest outside of the Los Angeles Police Department station in 1968 after police had raided a gay bar known as The Patch once located in Wilmington. These stories and many others are now being told through the Historical Society of Friday 84° see LGBT page 22 Saturday Sunday Monday Two of Long Beach’s avant-garde theatre companies joined forces recently, and the leaders of the new entity said audiences can expect more energy and creativity on stage beginning with the new season that opens March 15. The Garage Theatre and Alive Theatre merged into the new company now calling itself The Garage Theatre In Collision With Alive Theatre. A press release issued by the group contained this statement: “Our mutual goal is to combine our strengths and pool our resources, furthering our shared vision, aesthetic and mission, allowing our companies, now unified, to keep growing and thriving here in Long Beach. We will be colliding at the current home of the Garage Theatre on 7th Street with the two companies now acting as one: one board, one season, and one mission.” Eric Hamme, Jamie Sweet and Matthew Anderson founded Garage Theatre about 13 years ago. In a phone interview with the Signal Tribune, Hamme outlined the history of that company, explaining that the three founders met while see THEATERS page 18 Courtesy Jessica Variz, Paul Knox, and Matthew Anderson in The Garage Theatre’s 2012 production of Goose and Tomtom March 1 through March 5, 2013 Tuesday 85° 69° 66° 65° This week’s Weekly Weather Forecast sponsored by: Very sunny Partly sunny Partly sunny and cooler Very sunny Sun all day Lo 55° Lo 52° Lo 50° Lo 51° Lo 47° 4350 E 7th St Long Beach (562) 856-1999 A place for books & handmade gifts Join us as we celebrate our new location! Friday, March 1, 2013 We will have a DJ courtesy of the BKBIA, champagne, and a raffle of handmade items from our featured artists to benefit the Friends of Long Beach Animals 4244 Atlantic Ave., LB


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