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Aquarium of the Pacific Major Expansion Groundbreaking

The Aquarium of the Pacific, in Long Beach, California, one of the nation’s largest and most-visited aquariums, celebrated its future Pacific Visions wing with a groundbreaking ceremony recently. The 29,000-square-foot, two-story sustainable structure is designed by the San Francisco-based architecture and design firm EHDD. The first major expansion project ever undertaken by the nonprofit aquarium, Pacific Visions, slated to open in late 2018/early 2019, will be the new focal point of the institution and will engage the public with epic ocean stories and inspire them to create a better future for our planet. The main Aquarium building will remain operational throughout the construction phase.

Pacific Visions is designed as a biomorphic structure. Complementing the Aquarium’s existing building, Pacific Visions will have a façade made up of more than 800 non-reflective glass panels covering an area of 18,000 square feet. The Pacific Visions project includes the Honda Pacific Visions Theater, new Dr. Allen and Charlotte Ginsburg Entrance and front pavilion, changing exhibit gallery with live animals, art gallery, and orientation gallery. The two-story, 300-seat Honda Pacific Visions Theater will include a 32-foot-tall, 130-foot long, 180-degree arc digital projection wall and a 30-foot-diameter floor projection disc to immerse visitors in a virtual ocean environment. The theater will bring to life epic ocean stories, allowing audiences to discover new species, witness the processes and phenomena of Earth’s ecosystems, and grapple with the many challenges facing the natural world. Seats will be wired for interactivity, providing visitors opportunities to explore a range of possible alternative pathways to the future and to discover how our activities will determine the future. All stories will be developed by the Aquarium in partnership with leading scientists, filmmakers, and digital artists.

Pacific Visions will incorporate a range of technologies and media design developed by EMMY award-winning Cortina Productions. Media technology will create rich, dynamic, relevant multi-sensory, multi-dimensional experiences. Interactive technology will create a space where science, art, and nature can blend in a fluid, intuitive way for innovative learning. Digital exhibits using real-time data will enable the Aquarium to address breaking scientific discoveries and current and emerging environmental topics. When visitors leave the Aquarium, they will be able to remain connected and share the experience with friends and family through the Pacific Visions app.


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BBQ, Live Music and Stand-Up Comedy All at the Long Beach BBQ Festival

The BBQ chefs from around the country gather to grill their award-winning ribs, chicken, sausage, pulled pork and other succulent delicacies. Award-winning pit masters will battle local barbecue gurus to see whose ribs, chicken, pulled pork and brisket are the most irresistible, and trust us, the competition will be intense.

The event is a KCBS BBQ sanctioned event and also qualifies for the CBBBQ (TOY).

Pork Ribs, Beef Ribs, Tri-Tip, Pulled Pork, Chicken, Sausages and more…this is a competition within a competition.

Taste and experience firsthand what makes barbecue so popular in the USA — all while enjoying live music, dancing, line dancing lessons, cantinas, live sports tent, artisan exhibitions, free e-Souvenir Photo, international food court, children’s stage featuring an Animal Variety Show and Petting Zoo, Bounces, Games, Stand Up Comedy as seen on HBO, Comedy Central and more.

With stops across the country, the 2016 Great American Cookout will make its only stop in California right here at the Long Beach BBQ Festival. BBQ experts and GAC tour hosts, Mike and Christine Peters, will share grilling tips and free samples with event attendees, so this is one cookout not to be missed!

Friday night features free line dancing lessons where you can learn all the top dances from an expert.

It’s time to grab the family, put on loose clothes, come with an empty stomach and head to the Long Beach BBQ Festival, right here in Southern California.

The event also features and VIP All You Can Eat Rib Village – that is right. Indulge your cravings of BBQ meats and treats at the VIP Rib Village. You can easily spend $100 a la carte sampling the award winning participating BBQ cooking teams irresistible pork ribs and then add alcoholic drinks, unlimited non-alcoholic beverages, chicken, pulled pork, sides, desserts and guaranteed seating – it is a great deal.

The VIP Rib Village is sponsored by Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que who will be whipping up their tasty Creamy Coleslaw, Potato Salad and Old-Fashioned Banana Pudding Fresh bananas folded in with creamy banana flavored pudding topped with vanilla wafers and sweet whipped cream. Also, will be giving out free samples of pulled pork in the general area as well.

Long Beach BBQ Festival is to be held on August 19-21, 2016. On August 20th the KCBS BBQ Competition will be held.

  • Friday, August 19th at 5PM – 10:00PM
  • Saturday, August 20th at 12NOON – 10:00PM
  • Sunday, August 21st at 12NOON – 10:00PM

The event is located at the Rainbow Lagoon Park in Long Beach, CA.

400-403 Shoreline Village Drive, Long Beach, CA 90802


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