CAVALCADE OF EXPOS: It's Expo Week in Long Beach, when, over the next several days, you can see a disc dog demo, a multimillion-dollar nickel, Magic Johnson and an iguana at the downtown venues of the Long Beach Arena and the nearby Convention Center.
From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, the Southern California Pet Expo comes to the Long Beach Arena with a passel of pet-related activities, demonstration and exhibits. It's like Burning Man for your dog and probably a little less so for your cat, what with all the dogs around. It's probably more like Vietnam for your cat.
It's a free event and you're encouraged to haul your pooch along (on a leash and with vaccination papers) and check out the the latest in pet products, attend seminars and workshops and engage in a pet/owner musical chair competition and a pet talent show.
Animal experts will talk about such far-flung subjects as "Reptiles as Alternative Pets," "What to Do and What NOT to Do Rescuing Wildlife" and "Relief for the Latchkey Dog."
You can also get your dog or cat all medded up with various vaccinations, including rabies ($13), or get it microchipped for $39.
For a schedule of all the events, check out www.socalpetexpo.com.
MAGIC AND MORE: Next, beginning on Thursday and plowing on into Feb. 9, The Long Beach Coin, Stamp & Sports Collectible Expo comes to the Long Beach Convention Center with millions of dollars worth of collectibles and talent.
Lakers and NBA Hall of Famers Magic Johnson and Jerry West, plus Hall of Fame jockey Laffit Pincay Jr.
Elsewhere at the show you'll find a 1913 Liberty nickel that is valued at $2.5 million. The 5-cent piece was found in the wreckage of a car crash in 1962 and then tossed in the closet for decades after its owners were told it was worthless. Also on display (although, as they say, everything is for sale) will be eight of the famous 1909-era Honus Wagner baseball cards and a game-worn Wagner jersey from 1913.
Show hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and Feb. 8, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 9. Admission is $8, good for all three days; $4 for kids 8 to 16 and free for children 7 and younger.
LB ON TV: With the higher-numbered cable stations showing stuff like "Pawn Stars," "Storage Wars," "Auction Hunters" and all the other reality shows about buying old things, it's difficult these days to buy a rake at a yard sale without being teamed up with a gang of hillbillies and given a show about extreme estate sales, in which we grapple with icy rows, storm-tossed crab-trawlers and loggers with missing digits in our quest for high-quality, low-priced gardening tools.
PBS, with its very call letters, brings some class to the phenomenon with its antique-collecting reality show, "Market Warriors," in which experts are hauled to a flea market or swap meet to scavenge for precise items.
Long Beach gets its air time at 9 p.m. Monday on PBS in which we'll see the warriors' assault the monthly Long Beach Antique Market. The pickers are challenged, in this episode, to find the best Asian smalls (miniature decorative or utilitarian items). Winners are determined by how much their finds fetch at an auction gallery.
REMINDER: Glen Phillips, remember, the once and future singer/guitarist of Toad the Wet Sprocket, comes to Grace First Presbyterian Church, 3955 Studebaker Road (where it collides with Los Coyotes Diagonal) at 8 p.m. Saturday. The Santa Barbaran will be doing Toad hits as well as pieces he's performed solo and with his side projects the Mutual Admiration Society and the Works Progress Administration. Tickets are $20.
FRIDAY PLAYLIST: It's Black History Month. Last year, we complained bitterly about how difficult it was to come up with black musicians, the sarcasm (for, you see, there are actually plenty of black musicians) flew over some folks' heads. This year, we're doing it again. And, seriously, we're having a difficult time, because we used up almost all the black musicians last year.