Tag Archives: press release

Charles Wright, Funk & R&B Legend, at South Pasadena Library this Thursday! (Free)

Charles Wright
Charles Wright

*A very special Author and Music Night in honor of Black History Month brings Charles Wright, legendary L.A. musician and bestselling author of “Up From Where We’ve Come: An Eventful Journey” to the South Pasadena Public Library Community Room on Thursday, February 23 at 7 p.m.  The event will also feature Petrella, “The First Lady of Country Soul” and her band, Mixed Influence. The event is free and will be presented by the South Pasadena Public Library and the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library, with special thanks to 210 eastsound!

Charles Wright is the founder of the pioneering funk and R&B band of the 60s and early 70s, The Watts 103 Street Rhythm Band, known for the hits “Do Your Thing”, “Till You Get Enough”, and “Love Land”. Their biggest and most enduring hit “Express Yourself” is among the most sampled tracks by rap and hip hop groups. Continue reading

El Capitan in Hollywood Presents ‘Festival of Fairytales’ Series

Festival of Fairytales

*HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (February 14, 2017) – In anticipation of the upcoming release of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” the latest live-action adaption of a classic animated film, the legendary El Capitan Theatre presents a series of films, FESTIVAL OF FAIRY TALES: Disney’s Live Action Adventures, from March 3 – 12, 2017.

The Festival of Fairytales will kick off with Disney’s “Maleficent” (2014) directed by Robert Stromberg, March 3-4, followed by Disney’s “The Jungle Book” (2016) directed by Jon Favreau, March 5-6;  “Pete’s Dragon” (2016) directed by David Lowery, March 7-8,  “Cinderella” (2015) directed by Kenneth Branagh, March 9-10, and concluding with “Alice in Wonderland”(2010) directed by Tim Burton, March 11-12.

A re-imagining of Disney's cherished film, PETE'S DRAGON is the story of a boy named Pete (Oakes Fegley) and his best friend Elliot, who just happens to be a dragon. Photo Credit: © 2016 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
A re-imagining of Disney’s cherished film, PETE’S DRAGON is the story of a boy named Pete (Oakes Fegley) and his best friend Elliot, who just happens to be a dragon. Photo Credit: © 2016 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

“Recently Disney has taken some of its most beloved stories and made them into new films for new audiences – of which “Beauty and the Beast” opening March 17 here at The El Capitan Theatre is the latest,” said Ed Collins, General Manager of The El Capitan Theatre.  “Many of these new films which have been very popular with audiences and critics alike have become classics in their own right.  They have given a whole new generation a way to have a unique experience with these characters. We know that our El Capitan Guests will welcome a chance to see these films again on the big screen as they were meant to be seen and we are thrilled to present them now.”

The El Capitan Theatre is offering a special FESTIVAL OF FAIRYTALES Package; for $50 per person, guests receive a Reserved Ticket, small box of popcorn & 12 oz. fountain drink to each of the five films, tickets for this package must be reserved in advance by calling 818-845-3110.  Guests will choose show date & seats for all five films at the time of purchase.  A $20 VIP preferred ticket is also available for each film individually, which includes a VIP Preferred Seat, popcorn in a souvenir tub and 20 oz. drink. Continue reading

Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Comes to Hollywood’s El Capitan Theatre! (Photos)

Courtesy: © Disney
Photo courtesy: © Disney

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (February 2017) – Hollywood’s legendary El Capitan Theatre presents a special engagement of Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST March 17 –  April 30, 2017, in Dolby Vision™ Laser Projection and Dolby Atmos® Sound Technology.  Plus, an additional show on Thursday, March 16 at 9:30pm!

Exclusively at The El Capitan Theatre, the theatre will come alive under the magical spell of an immersive light and projection show before the movie featuring a dazzling SWAROVSKI crystal curtain, bringing the tale as old as time to life in a new and spectacular way. Continue reading

‘A Great Day in Black Hollywood’ Honors Filmmakers as 2017 BHERC Festival Opens

bherc-logo

(Hollywood, CA) – The Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center (BHERC) opens its 23rd Annual African American Film Marketplace (AAFM) and S.E. Manly Short Film Showcase with a Gala Celebration “A Great Day in Black Hollywood,” Friday, January 13, at the Harmony Gold Preview House, 7655 W. Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90046.   This popular event honors outstanding professionals in film and will premiere over 66 short films during the 2017 S.E. Manly Film Showcase.

 The 2017 class of honorees are: Preston L. Holmes, Producer/Director, “The Ivan Dixon Award of Achievement;” Lillian Benson, Film Editor, “Lifetime Achievement Award;” Darryl McCane, Filmmaker and Youth Film Instructor, the “President’s Award” and Vanessa Williams, veteran actress, “Community Service Award.”

 BHERC is pleased to award Lillian Benson with the “BHERC Lifetime Achievement Award” for her groundbreaking film work, longevity and continued contributions to the film industry. 

Lillian Benson (Editor) is a native of New York. Her body of work as a television, video and feature film editor spans almost thirty years.  Ms. Benson is the first African-American female editor selected to be a member of the American Cinema Editors (ACE), the internationally recognized honorary society of film editors, where she serves as a member on the Board of Directors. She is also a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the International Documentary Association.  Continue reading

Pasadena Playhouse Presents Student Matinee Performance of ‘A Cinderella Christmas’

1479958926-a-cinderella-christmas-tickets

* (PASADENA, CA)  Happy Holidays! The Pasadena Playhouse (Sheldon Epps, Artistic Director and Danny Feldman, Producing Artistic Director)) announced on Thursday that the opening night celebration of this year’s Panto at the Playhouse, A CINDERELLA CHRISTMAS, on Thursday, December 8, 2016 will be dedicated as a benefit event with proceeds supporting The Pasadena Playhouse Education Programs and a student matinee performance over the holiday season.

The benefit will be co-chaired by Anita Lawler and Julietta Perez. Benefit Committee members also include Darrell Brooke, Renee Chang, Amber Gerhardt, Kathryn Hamilton, Emilie Lanstra,   Elsa Luna, Rebecca Lythgoe, Kris Lythgoe, Pam King, Cherol Nellon, Jennifer Rogers, and Melissa Tyson.

The benefit includes a VIP pre-show reception in the Carrie Hamilton Theatre of The Pasadena Playhouse, including delicious hors d’ oeuvres, desserts, beverages, and a post-show celebration with the cast of A CINDERELLA CHRISTMAS.

Julietta Perez, Panto Benefit Co-Chair, says, “I look forward to Panto at the Playhouse every year because it always such a sensational show! It’s an honor to attend Opening Night, filled with holiday cheer, and know we are helping children attend the theatre and have their first introduction to this magical art form, who otherwise would not have the opportunity.” Continue reading

Pasadena Playhouse Tree Lighting Celebration (Free Community, Celebrity Event, Dec. 4)

L-R: Alex Newell, Lauren Taylor, and Morgan Fairchild in A CINDERELLA CHRISTMAS Photo credit: F. Scott Schafer.)
L-R: Alex Newell, Lauren Taylor, and Morgan Fairchild in ‘A Cinderella Christmas. Photo credit: F. Scott Schafer

*PASADENA, CA – The Pasadena Playhouse (Sheldon Epps, Artistic Director and Danny Feldman, Producing Artistic Director) announced today that this year’s Panto at the Playhouse, Lythgoe Family Productions’ ‘A Cinderella Christmas’ (opening Thursday, December 8, 2016) kicks off with a special Tree Lighting Celebration on Sunday, December 4, 2016 at The Pasadena Playhouse (39 S. El Molino Avenue).

The event will be hosted by Ben Giroux (CW’s Hart of Dixie), and features performances by Dawnn Lewis (A Different World), The Bob Baker Marionettes and Alex Newell (Glee) with special guests Assemblymember Chris Holden and his wife Melanie Caldwell-Holden and Lauren Taylor (“Cinderella” in ‘A Cinderella Christmas’ ) to help light the Christmas Tree.

Danny Feldman, Producing Artistic Director of The Pasadena Playhouse, said, “I can’t think of a better way to usher in the holiday season with a Tree Lighting  Celebration before next week’s opening of our production of ‘A Cinderella Christmas’ . This is a time to bring together not only our good friends and family, but a special time to share with the community as well.” Continue reading

A New Way of Life Re-Entry Project Proudly Presents 18th Annual Gala and Awards Ceremony

Susan Burton, ANWOL Founder
Susan Burton,  ANWOL Founder

(LOS ANGELES, CA) The 18th Annual A New Way of Life Re-Entry Project Gala and Awards will take place on Sunday, December 4th, 2016 at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel. A New Way of Life welcome’s Empire’s Casting Director – Leah Daniels Butler as a new board member. This event will celebrate the accomplishments of those who forge the path of leadership, provide examples of dedication and passion, and inspire others to embrace the challenges that lay ahead.

This is a red-carpet event and there will be live performances. This year’s honorees include New York Times Best – Selling Author – The New Jim Crow, Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness – Michelle Alexander, Filmmakers – WIGS Unscripted – Susan: A Documentary – Tessa Blake and Emma Hewitt, Professor of Psychology at Loyola Marymount University – Dr. Cheryl Grills Ph.D, Former ANWOL Resident and Certified Nursing Assistant – Vasanté Bailey, and Current ANWOL Resident and Graduate – Carolyn Robinson. The Mistress of Ceremonies will be FOX News Anchor, Christine DeVine, and celebrity presenter will be ABC ‘Castle’s’ Tamala Jones, and more. Continue reading

Remember L. A. Women’s Theatre Festival on #GivingTuesday (November 29)!

la-womens-theatre-festival-logo

*(Los Angeles) #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving that celebrates and supports the work of nonprofit organizations and encourages people to contribute. On Tuesday, November 29, 2016, you can join the national day of generosity and make a difference.

All proceeds will go towards funding the Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival’s 24th Annual Festival that will be held on March 23-26, 2017. Your giving will support their venue rental, performer and tech team stipends, Champagne Gala and Awards Ceremony, and Marketing Campaign for our upcoming and exciting next Festival.

There are three ways in which you can give, help and act. Continue reading