Long Beach’s Carpenter Center launches first full season of shows since pandemic – San Bernardino Sun

After going dark due to the pandemic in 2020 and hosting a limited number of shows last year, the Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center is back in full swing with a new season that will bring Al Franken, Marc Maron, several musical acts and even some talented pooches to Long Beach.

Tickets are expected to go on sale later this month for the nearly two dozen events that will make up the Center’s 2022-23 season.

Tickets are now on sale for the nearly two-dozen music, dance, comedy and even animal shows that will make up the Carpenter Center’s 2022-23 season which includes a Nov. 13 show by Chris Perondi’s Stunt Dog Experience. (Photo courtesy the Carpenter Center).

“We’re just so excited to be back and excited to be able to support the artists and excited for our patrons too,” said Megan Kline Crockett, executive director of the Long Beach venue.

The new season launches on Sept. 24 appearance by former United States senator and “Saturday Night Live” alum  Al Franken, who resigned his seat in 2018 after multiple women accused him of groping and inappropriate touching. Currently on tour, Franken is also host of a podcast.

Like other live show venues, the 1,000-seat Carpenter Center had to close its doors in 2020 due to the pandemic. Shows did return in late 2021 but instead of the usual two dozen or so events that make up the Center’s typical season, only about 10 took place.

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