A reminder of tonight’s “Pot Luck and Bottle Share” at The Red Leprechaun—along with locations and times for the Big Red Bus

Don’t forget about tonight’s “Pot Luck and Bottle Share” at The Red Leprechaun, which takes place tonight, Wednesday, Jan 22nd, between 6:30p and 8:30p!

If you missed our previous announcement about the Red Leprechaun’s “Public House Night” that is being held especially for residents of Rose Park tonight, see our post from January 16th for details.

At that time, we mentioned we’d have times and locations for the Big Red Bus, which is kindly offering free transportation to and from both the north and south sections of our neighborhood and the Red Leprechaun. Here they are!

  • From Rose Park South to the Red Leprechaun—meet at the northeast corner of 4th Street and Temple Avenue (the parking lot of “4th & Temple Laundromat”) at 6:00p
  • From Rose Park North to the Red Leprechaun—meet at the gazebo in Rose Park (8th St and Orizaba Ave) at 6:30p
  • For your return to Rose Park South (the northeast corner of 4th Street and Temple Avenue)—the bus will leave the Red Leprechaun at 8:00p, having you back where you started by 8:15p or so
  • For your return to Rose Park North (the roundabout at 8th St and Orizaba Ave)—the bus will leave the Red Leprechaun at 8:30p, having you back where you started by 8:45p or so

For each return trip, announcements will be made at the Red Leprechaun so that persons wishing to get on a return bus will have time to board the bus before it leaves.

We look forward to seeing you this evening with your special dish or drink to share!

Celebration of Life for Diane Gershuny


8:00 p.m. Thursday, January 30
Art Theatre
2025 E. 4th Street, Long Beach, CA

As most of you know, 4th Street Retro Row lost one of its dearest friends and most enthusiastic supporters in December 2013 when Diane Gershuny succumbed to esophageal cancer at age 53.

So come, take part in celebrating Diane’s life. We’ll pay tribute, tell Diane stories—and they are legion—and share our joy in having had her in our lives, if for much too short a time.

First off, yes, Lucy will be there. Diane made sure that Mo and Vicki would be taking care of our little mascot for years to come. Roots rocker guitarist and friend Brophy Dale will head an impressive list of musicians whose lyrical tributes will reflect some of Diane’s greatest passions—rock ‘n roll, indie rock and the blues. There will be a photographic presentation of Diane’s life on display and true to “Diane form,” a commemorative T-shirt.

According to Stephanie Minasian and Charlene Ferry, friends of Diane’s who supported her through the final stages of her illness with esophageal cancer, said that Diane had given up all but palliative treatment in the last few months of her life and had time to share with her friends her last wishes. According to Stephanie, “She wanted any service to be held at the Art. She wanted music, and, of course, she wanted Lucy to be there.” Charlene added, “And everyone is so grateful that the Art Theatre owners, who were also friends of Diane’s, were able to make this happen. She even arranged to have a bench installed in her name on 4th Street. That’s so like her—planning right to the end.” Diane was our relentless publicist, our planner of all things needing planning, and our style guru.

An award winning publicist and journalist, Diane spent over 20 years in the music business, writing for such legendary companies as Fender Musical Instruments Corporation. She settled in Long Beach in 2008, making it her home and becoming an advocate for its unconventional culture. According to Kerstin Kansteiner, owner of the Long Beach institution Portfolio Coffeehouse and now the Berlin Bistro, acknowledges that Diane dubbed 4th Street—a corridor of independently owned vintage shops, restaurants, wine bars and purveyors of hip and eclectic wares—as “Retro Row,” and developed its reach nationally as a must-visit destination. She and her beloved Chihuahua, Lucy, were fixtures on 4th Street, devoting considerable energy to managing many successful events, including the semi-annual “Retro Ramble and Sidewalk Sales,” the hugely popular “Bike Fest” and “Zombie Walk” before her marketing efforts had it outgrow the street and move to downtown Long Beach. Logan Crow, Zombie Walk and Long Beach Cinematheque founder, attributes much of the success of his ventures in the city to her tireless pro bono support. Diane received recognition awards from Vice Major Robert Garcia (2013) and Councilwoman Suja Lowenthal (2011) for her community and leadership efforts in Long Beach and had been profiled in OC Weekly’s “Best Of” issue.