*The Ailey organization proudly continues its mission of using dance to educate, inspire and entertain people of all ages. Now, with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater on its way to L.A. as they embark upon their North American tour, the troupe is giving public school students the opportunity to experience residencies via the legendary Alvin Ailey American masterpiece, “Revelations,” not only the best known and most often seen modern dance performance, but an innovative curriculum-based initiative designed to inspire students to study language arts, social studies and dance in depth.
The residency is being sponsored by The Glorya Kaufman Dance Foundation, and Ailey Arts in Education Programs in Los Angeles will have residencies at two schools – Glenn Hammond Curtiss Middle School and Rancho Dominguez Preparatory School from March 9th – 13th. All expenses will be paid by the Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation through a gift from the Glorya Kaufman Dance Foundation.
*Known for creating some of the most memorable songs in music history, and helping to formulate the Motown sound, the audience at the Arcadia Performing Arts Center in Arcadia, California was treated to music royalty when The Four Tops performed on Saturday night to a nearly sold out crowd. With only one remaining original member left, Abdul “Duke” Fakir, the show would have had a more bittersweet overtone were it not for the beautiful homage paid to original members – former lead singer Levi Stubbs, who passed away in 2008; Lawrence Payton, Sr. (1997) and Renaldo Benson (2005). Continue reading →
*We’ve heard a lot of stories of how people are affected by music. It puts some people in the mood to dance, of course. While is puts others in the mood to make love. Some music inspires us to write, while some makes us want to just put the headphones on and go for a nice long walk. But there is one British mother who doesn’t fit into any of these categories. She claims music — more specifically, the music of brilliant songwriter, singer, producer and dancer Ne-yo, causes her to have crippling seizures.
No lie. This is what she claims, and further, it has been proven scientifically.
Now we know Ne-yo has always wanted people to be moved by his music. But this, my friends, is taking that a bit far, don’t you think? Continue reading →
*Looks like somebody already got a plan B in the event talent doesn’t get your attention. I’ll give you a hint: What does Kim K. and Nicki Minaj have in common?
A BIG butt, right?
Well now magnify both their butts by 50 and they might equal the huge azz on Micah who, BTW, is a man.
Micah is an up-and-coming R&B singer who actually seems to have some talent (I’ll guide you to his video). Too bad he doesn’t trust it enough to open with it.
But that’s a story for another day.
Its hard for me to even repeat that “many question” whether his attributes are real, padded or surgically-inclined; because they “have grown” over the years. Damn fools, OF COURSE THEY’RE SURGICALLY INCLINED!
Today, whether you’ve decided to cozy up in bed and watch movies all day, or get together with family and friends, here’s a tidy package of holiday gems wrapped just for you to enjoy in your downtime.
Most of all, each of us at EURThisNthat thanks you for hangin’ with us, especially over this past year. We have enjoyed sharing wonderful, crazy, downright weird stories with you and reading your comments in return. We look forward to bringing you more in 2015 and hope you will continue to engage with us by sharing your thoughts, respecting each others’ opinions and offering encouraging words at every available opportunity.
May the coming year bring each of you good health, unconditional love and fortune beyond measure.Continue reading →
*When Jennie Greenberry, who plays the role of “Cinderella” in the Oregon Shakespeare Festival production of “Into The Woods” at The Wallis Theater in Beverly Hills got an email out of the blue asking if she’d interested in auditioning for the role, she says her first thought was one, “This is amazing” – because ‘Into the Woods’ is one of her favorite musicals; but then she found herself thinking, “Do they know I’m not white.”
At a striking 5’9″ tall, Greenberry is probably one of the tallest women to ever play the role of the poor, abused servant girl who catches the eye (and heart) of prince charming. “I never saw myself in the show. Not that I didn’t want to be, I just never saw anyone that looked like me in Into the Woods. I thought, ‘Oh its a great show but there’s probably nothing in it for me.'”
Greenberry, a soprano whose theater work includes plays such as The Wiz, Pippin, Ain’t Misbehavin, Little Shop of Horrors and dozens more – was up for two roles in two different plays when the call came in for Into The Woods. She ended up getting both roles, Cinderella and a role in the play, “Cocoanuts,” as part of a 10-month contract. Continue reading →
*When a city decides to name a day after you, you know you have arrived. Let’s face it, its no everyday occurrence and there is nothing ordinary about it. So you must have done something pretty extraordinary.
So what could a shoe repairman possibly have done to warrant such an honor?
For starters, how about writing a song that brings an entire community together during a period of civil unrest. Or perhaps using the money you earned doing a McDonald’s jingle to purchase a vacant building that caters to children in need.
*What with tomorrow being Thanksgiving, I feel it’s timely, and touching, to share this video with you. Maybe you can watch as you travel to work by bus or train; or maybe as you ride to work in the carpool. What are you doing for lunch? Maybe watch it on your tablet as you sit for a while to eat your sandwich or drink your Latte.
I’m not gonna lie. I just stumbled upon this video. And please don’t look at this as a “downer” but it shows so many people of note, celebrities, who have died from cancer. I was so moved by it as I watched because, well…
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving.
And as families of all sorts come together, chances are there will be a moment when someone notices who is not there. Continue reading →