Comedian Aidan Park’s next gig is at the Laugh Factory in Long Beach, California. Always a crowd favorite for his high-octane routines, Aidan’s Comedy Realness show unfolds on Wednesday, February 22 where he shares hosting duties with comic Kelsey Cook. Curtain goes up at 8 p.m. Other featured comics are Pandora Boxx, Keith Carey, Rebecca Donohue, and Jessimae Peluso. More information at (562) 495-2844, extension 1. Location: 151 S. Pine Avenue, Long Beach CA 90802. www.LaughFactory.com/clubs/long-beach and www.AidanPark.com. Follow Aidan: @AidanParkShow.
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And about comics, comedian/producer Tania Morales performed last week in Inglewood, California for a fundraiser at Chuco’s Legal Justice Center (see Reunification Fundraiser at https://www.facebook.com/events/770362669779598/) . Also performing were comedians JR Redwater and Dina Leffart, and rappers Kristle Lightning and White Cloud (the rappers appearing together as Lightning Cloud). You may remember Tania’s Morales Espino Productions’ Funny First Friday shows in Santa Ana, which ran for a little over the last three years. Tania returned to the stage for a breather, but she tells us that she plans to relaunch Funny First Fridays soon. Stay tuned with us and here: https://www.facebook.com/Tania.Morales.Comedy.
Turner Classic Movies announced recently that Academy Award-winning actor/director/diplomat Sir Sidney Poitier will attend its 2017 TCM Classic Film Festival for the 50th anniversary screening of ‘In The Heat of the Night,’ which will open the festival on April 6. The landmark film, directed by Norman Jewison, was a Best Picture winner and starred Sidney Poitier and Rod Steiger. From the TMC Movie Classics website: “Poitier broke stereotypes and new ground for his leading role as a black northern cop who finds himself investigating a murder in small-town Mississippi.” See: http://filmfestival.tcm.com/programs/films/in-the-heat-of-the-night/
California’s Pasadena Playhouse (The Playhouse) presents its Four by Tenn, beginning February 27, and each Monday for four consecutive weeks. According to its announcement, The Playhouse will bring together ‘some of the best and brightest Los Angeles theater talent in a celebration of Tennessee Williams. Hear the words of one of the most legendary playwrights come to life as staged readings at the theater that premiered two of his early works, and now welcomes Al Pacino and Judith Light in the development production God Looked Away, a study of Tennessee at the end of his career.” For more information and reservations: http://www.pasadenaplayhouse.org/twf
The legendary crooner and former Motown Records vice president celebrated his 77th birthday on February 19. A Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and Grammy Living Legend, Smokey has a series of recognitions, beginning with a Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) award for songwriting early in his career, followed by Kennedy Center honoree, lifetime achievement awards from Black Entertainment Television and The Society of Singers, and he was awarded the National Medal of Arts. Smokey has been inducted also into the R&B Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and most recently awarded the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. Singer/songwriter Bob Dylan said of Smokey, “He’s America’s greatest living poet.” The late singer Luther Vandross called Smokey the Shakespeare of Soul. It is estimated that Smokey Robinson has penned over 4,000 songs, including My Girl (The Temptations), My Guy (Mary Wells), Ain’t That Peculiar (Marvin Gaye), Don’t Mess With Bill (The Marvelettes), Here I Am Baby (Barbara McNair), and Tracks Of My Tears (The Miracles). Smokey Robinson continues to tour, write, and record with a noteworthy recent cover of his ‘Being With You’ as a duet with R&B superstar Mary J. Blige. www.SmokeyRobinson.com.
Written by Kato Cooks, RM Entertainment Contributor