*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 →
*I don’t know about you, but I don’t think I can take another Trump announcement, pronouncement, or tweet! ?Yesterday, I needed a break from the dismal news cycle, so I snuck into a showing of the hysterical new The Lego Batman Movie. Even a die-hard Superman fan like me loved it.
Maybe that?s because the Man of Steel himself has a role in the movie, and provides a fairly significant plot point to the action-packed romp, during which Batman struggles with?
Yes, I am. I was drawn into the story from the first few frames. ?I howled with laughter during the flick, which has lots of action and humor that will appeal to the little ones, along with many jokes that will go right over their heads while leaving you in stitches.
Will Arnett, who provides the voice of the most vain Caped Crusader we’ve ever seen on screen (“…I get up at 4:30am and pump iron until my pecs are just sick!”), may well be my favorite cinematic Batman. Continue reading →
*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.
?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 →
*LOS ANGELES, CA (February 2017) Ebony Repertory Theatre (ERT – Producing Artistic Director Wren T. Brown) announced today that ERT will present FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE starring Emmy Award-winner Obba Babatund? (Dreamgirls/Tony nomination). Written by Clarke Peters, this exuberant, international hit musical pays tribute to the music of rhythm and blues pioneer Louis Jordan. ?ERT?s production, directed and choreographed by Keith Young (Sammy), with musical direction by Abdul Hamid Royal (FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE/original Broadway production) will commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the musical?s Broadway production. Performances will run May 18 ? June 11, 2017 with an official press opening on Saturday, May 20 at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center (4718 West Washington Boulevard) in Los Angeles, 90016.
?Ebony Repertory Theatre is very excited to present FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE in the 25th Anniversary year of its Broadway debut,? said Wren T. Brown, ERT Producing Artistic Director. ??I will never forget the sheer excitement I felt while sitting in the Eugene O?Neill Theatre on Broadway in 1992 watching six wonderfully talented men and a most swinging band celebrate the music and persona of the seminal and pioneering saxophonist, singer and bandleader Louis Jordan. ?In addition, we are thrilled to have Keith Young make his Los Angeles directorial debut with this production. ?We are also honored to have the original Musical Director of the Broadway production, Abdul Hamid Royal, leading the band. And of course, we are overjoyed to have the gifted triple-threat Obba Babatund? as Nomax. Continue reading →
*Sorry. They say truth can be hard on the ears.?But face it, some things you’ve just got to live with. So I’ve got one bit of advice for the Michael Jackson fans who continue to throw shade at Shana Mangatal, the beautiful woman who had a decades long friendship and romance with the King of Pop, and seven years after his passing turned her diaries into a book titled, Michael and Me.
Get over yourself.?
Hear me out, will ya? When I was first approached by veteran publicist Lynn Jeter, to review ‘Michael and Me,’ I had the same apprehension as many of you. Afterall, how easy would it be for?some twit?to fabricate a story about a romance with the world’s biggest star…after he died and couldn’t refute it!
I was prepared to not like it, or HER, at all (and would later tell her this)! The invitation to review the book came with a package that included several reviews that had already been written. But I trashed them without even looking (still haven’t!) as any writer worth his or her salt relies on her own thoughts and this writer didn’t need help from anyone.
So I read and reviewed the book. And if you haven’t already, you can ?read that reviewhere.?But afterwards I felt I had to interview Shana Mangatal. I felt a connection with her. Not only because many of the things in her book checked out against my own personal knowledge, the history of the times, etc., but because we both shared a rare, yet similar relationship with larger-than-life men.
I, with another celebrity…icon.
I purposely chose to write about my interview with Shana on ThisNthat, a blog site that would allow me, as a writer, the freedom I don’t have while writing a review; or writing on a site such as EURweb.
One thing Shana and I understood from the onset of that interview is, with all due respect, these kinds of stories will not be believed by many. Innately, people just don’t believe things like this can happen. There probably isn’t a tween girl alive that hasn’t dreamt about meeting their celebrity crush, and even marrying him. Shoot, these things don’t really happen, right?
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 →
*Rainbow Promotions, LLC will present “A Special Evening of Music for Friends and Lovers” — a Valentine’s Day concert featuring the remarkable Stephanie Mills, along with Eric Darius, and The L.A. Collective on?Saturday, February 11 at 7:30 p.m.?The event will take place at the Long Beach ?Terrace Theater Performing Arts Center located at?300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90802
TICKET?Prices range from?$70 – $175 ?for VIP Dinner packages which includes a savory 3-course dinner and a rose for each lady.
Doors for VIP ticket holders open at 4:30 p.m. with dinner being served from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Doors for regular non-dinner ticket holders will open at 6:30 p.m.
To purchase tickets, go to Ticketmaster.com, visit http://bit.ly/Valentines2017 or call (800) 745-3000.
*They say life imitates art. ?Sometimes, it’s the other way around.
A western drama TV series called “Trackdown,” ran from 1957 to 1959. ?One of the series’ episodes, entitled “End of the World,” featured a con man named Walter Trump who told everyone that he could prevent the world from ending by…
Hilariously, the similarities don’t end there. ? OUR Trump and THAT Trump had similar speaking patterns. ?Check out this snippet of dialogue from the 1958 episode, and see if you agree:Continue reading →