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WHAT'S THE BUZZ?

WHAT’S THE BUZZ? MIGOS, CARDI B and NICKI MINAJ

Fans have been going crazy since the release of the Motor Sport video featuring Migos, Cardi B and Nicki Minaj.

 

Migos performed at Powerhouse 2017 in New York City on October 26th where they screened the Motor Sport track to a live audience for the first time. The next day, the track hit the internet exciting fans all over the world. Migos’ member Quavo made a major united move in silencing the beef rumors between Cardi B and Nicki Minaj by including them both on the track. The highly anticipated Motor Sport video was released on last Wednesday night which was directed by Bradley & Pablo Quavo and fans went wild; causing its YouTube assessments to rise to over 11,579,269 views!

 

Nicki Minaj success within the music industry helped pave the way for artist like Cardi B. In an interview Nicki Minaj stated,

 

“My role in Hip Hop has been super unique because when my first album came out there had been so much time where there wasn’t a female rap album out that went platinum. There wasn’t um, a big female rap presence right before I got in. So, my role was reintroducing the female rapper.”

Despite the rumors, both Nicki Minaj and Cardi B spit bars on the Motor Sport track.  The “Bodak Yellow” rapper sat down with Capital Xtra while overseas in London where she clarified a few details regarding her recent collaboration with Nicki Minaj.

 

“When I heard the track her verse wasn’t finished…Quavo told me to get on the song and I just felt it’s a perfect opportunity for me to be on a track that’s big like them. Those are two big people and I just started in the game… I know if I get on this record, it’s gonna be crazy. Who doesn’t want it?”

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WHAT’S THE BUZZ? Power Couple JAY-Z and BEYONCE!

On December 4th Jay-Z celebrated his 48th birthday with a lavish cake commemorating his 4:44 album. In addition to the cake, to celebrate her husband’s birthday, Beyoncé rented out a theatre in New York for a private viewing of Woody Allen’s new film, Wonder Wheel.

 

After which, the couple was spotted leaving the Angelika Film Center where they posed in the elevator as Jay-Z told paparazzi’s,

 

“Hurry up. Come get it.”

 

Beyoncé struck a pose in a Versace dress and Jay-Z donned a wine suite with a white tee and gold chains. To commemorate the elevator incident that had the world buzzing in 2014; the Carters encouraged the paparazzi to take photos. It’s three years later and people can still recollect the elevator incident that took the world by storm.

 

Last August in an interview with Rap Radar, Jay-Z spoke on the infamous incident involving him and his Sister-in-law, Solange. He stated,

 

“We had one disagreement ever. Before and after we’ve been cool.”

 

Jay-Z added,

 

“She’s like my sister. I will protect her. That’s my sister, not my sister-in-law. My sister. Period.”

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WHAT’S THE BUZZ? Will SMITH, JOEL EDGERTON and NETFLIX!

On December 22nd Netflix will air an original fantasy crime movie starring Will Smith and Joel Edgerton. Netflix subscribers will view the premiere of Bright; directed by David Ayer (Suicide Squad) and written by Max Landis (American Ultra).

This crime fantasy is guaranteed to take you into another dimension as it catapults you into an, “alternate present day where humans, orcs, elves and fairies have been coexisting since the beginning of time. Two police officers, one a human, the other an orc, embark on a routine night patrol that will alter the future of their world as they know it. Battling both their own personal differences as well as an onslaught of enemies, they must work together to protect a young female elf and a thought-to-be-forgotten relic, which, in the wrong hands, could destroy everything.” (Bright Synopsis)

In the midst of the crime, fantasy and action, Bright takes time to address modern day social concepts, as Smith’s character, Daryl Ward declares,

 

“All of the races are different. Just cause their different doesn’t mean anybody’s better or worse than anybody.”

 

During an interview with the Associated Press Smith stated,

 

“It was spectacular for me as an African American, playing a police officer that was racist against the first orc on the force. It’s like the flip of those social concepts… as a black dude you just don’t get a lot of movies where you’re the racist.”

Bright is filled with action, fantasy, drama and suspense. A must watch Netflix original!

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For the Love of Felicia

For the Love of Felicia (Part 9)

The much anticipated weekend was here! Felicia and Jessica were preparing themselves for their double date at Jessica’s house, as had become their “going out” routine. This saved time and allowed the women to talk and pre-game before their escapade. By preparing at Jessica’s house, they also had no worry of watching the children, because Jessica’s mother automatically took over their care.

“What do you think Sergio’s friend looks like?” Felicia curiously asked Jessica.

“Girl, I’m sure he is as fine as Sergio so I don’t even care! You shouldn’t either; this night is about you having a good time with a real man!”

“I don’t know, Jessica,” Felicia responded doubtfully. “I mean, what do I really know about him?”

“Stop worrying so much! You know enough to know that he’s a gentleman and went out of his way to make sure you were comfortable going out with him. How many guys do you know who willingly take extra baggage on first dates?”

“You do make a good point. See, that’s why we’re such great friends!” Felicia laughed.

So that the women would feel even more at ease, Sergio suggested that they all meet at the restaurant that was also a night club. It was located along South Beach in Miami. The restaurant had been in business for a little over a year and was doing extremely well! It was known for having famous dj’s and live bands that played a mix of hip-hop, soul, and Latin music from all around the Caribbean. Aside from great music, some of their food dishes had been featured on various food networks. Not too shabby for a first date!

When arriving at the night club, the women, both dressed in colorful tops, with skin-tight jeans, and stiletto heels, that accentuated the strength in their calves, were greeted by the two finest gentlemen there. Sergio and his friend literally looked like night and day walking side by side. The women were so drawn into the sexy specimens before their eyes, that their mouths were agape. Luckily, there weren’t any flies around!

Sergio spoke first saying, “Good evening beautiful queens!” As he spoke, he leaned and placed a soft kiss on Felicia’s cheek while handing her a single, long-stemmed, red rose. Pointing to his friend, Sergio stated, “And this is my friend Kalief. Kalief meet Felicia and Jessica.”

Felicia took in all of Sergio’s masculine handsomeness. Sergio was about 6’2” tall. At closer inspection, Felicia compared his complexion to the soft color of jojoba butter. He had an athletic build that was making his arms beautifully stretch the bicep area of his button-down shirt.

As Sergio had given Felicia a rose, Kalief handed Jessica a small bouquet of colorful flowers that actually went with her outfit. In a deep baritone voice, Kalief said, “Nice to meet you! And you, Jessica, Sergio did you no justice when he attempted to describe your vibe!”

Blushing and smiling, Jessica responded, “Thank you, Kalief! If it makes you feel any better, I had no idea what you looked like. So seeing you is a delicious treat to my eyes!”

Kalief could have been the twin of Kofi Siriboe! He had deep brown skin that was as smooth as pressed almond butter. Kalief stood about 6’3”, which complimented Jessica’s natural height of 5’7” that she increased with the stilettos. Together, they looked like a Paris magazine cover.

Breaking the flirting session, Felicia spoke, “Look, we are all beautiful kings and queens. Even kings and queens need to eat and enjoy themselves!” Upon Felicia speaking, the double-daters entered their destination to see what was in store.

Written by Dani Powell, RM Entertainment Original Story Contributor

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Inland Pacific Ballet Presents The Nutcracker


A Holiday Tradition Returns to the Inland Empire 
Performances in three theaters between December 9 – December 23, 2017
Claremont, Rancho Cucamonga, Riverside


LOS ANGELES – Enjoy a treasured holiday tradition with family and friends at southern California’s most spectacular production of The Nutcracker from critically acclaimed Inland Pacific Ballet. The Nutcracker comes to life in this magnificent ballet comprised of beautiful sets, dazzling costumes, and more than 80 dancers on stage with a total of 10 performances from December 9-23 at three theatres – Bridges Auditorium, Pomona College in ClaremontLewis Family Playhouse in Rancho Cucamonga, and the Fox Performing Arts Center in Riverside. This annual holiday show tells the story of a young girl named Clara who receives a magical nutcracker doll on Christmas Eve and sets out on a wondrous journey to the Land of the Snow and the Kingdom of Sweets. Featuring toy soldiers, life-sized dancing dolls, falling snow, a fantastic dream with battling mice, dancing snowflakes, waltzing flowers, new Gingerbread characters in an updated choreographed Mother Ginger scene, Tchaikovsky’s classic score, and the delightful Sugar Plum Fairy that stirs the imagination. Young audience members can look forward to meeting and greeting the cast after the performance for photos and autographs.

 

Photo credits: Copyright © 2015 E.Y. Yanagi

Returning Principal Dancers include Allynne Noelle as the Sugar Plum Fairy with Thomas Garrett and Evan Swenson as the Cavalier, Cameron Schwanz as Arabian, Jonathan Sharp as Drosselmeyer, and Reece Taylor as Mouse King and Arabian. Principal Character Artist Brandon J will perform as Mouse King and Dragon Master. Soloists Michael Milligan will dance the roles of Dr. Stahlbaum and Dragon Master with Hannah Leah Oeding as Snow Queen and Spanish, and Chanel Tekin as Arabian and Spanish.


New Principal Dancers include Madison Morris, a southern California native recently returned from dancing with Houston Ballet, who with her warm and expansive performing style will grace the roles of Dew Drop, Snow Queen and Mrs. Stahlbaum.Gracie Holway, a tall, exquisite, dancer who hails from Michigan will dance the Sugar Plum Fairy, among other roles, andJessica Gadzinski, whose elegance and inner passion make her a perfect interpreter for the Arabian Princess, and Dew Drop roles.

 

 
IPB’s two new soloists are Kelsey Dorr from Lake Forest in Orange County, who among other roles will dance a Rose in Waltz of the Flowers, and Lawrence Chen, a brilliant young artist from Chino Hills who is also currently pursuing his interest in mathematics at Pomona College. With his power, athleticism and grace, Lawrence will be dancing The Nutcracker Prince, the Spanish, Russian, and the Soldier Doll.

 

 

“We are always excited to share our beautiful production of the Nutcracker with loyal fans and new audiences,”

states Artistic Director Victoria Koenig,

 

“and this year we are thrilled to introduce five outstanding new dancers who have just joined the Company. You don’t want to miss these inspiring dancers who all bring fresh and unique qualities to their roles. Their enthusiasm is infectious!”

 

 
The Nutcracker has become the most popular ballet of our times. It was first presented in 1892 at the Maryinsky Theater in St. Petersburg, Russia. The ballet was an adaptation of the 1816 story by E. T. A. Hoffman, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King. The Nutcracker was choreographed by Lev Ivanov with music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Marius Petipa, the reigning choreographer at the Maryinsky, fell ill, so the job passed to Ivanov. Tchaikovsky only reluctantly accepted the commission to compose the score which, when completed, he considered “infinitely worse than ‘Sleeping Beauty’.” At the premiere, the ballet was deemed a complete failure. More than 60 years and many productions would pass before The Nutcracker would become a staple of the repertoire in ballet companies around the world and one of the universal traditions of the holiday season.

 

Photo credits: Copyright © 2015 E.Y. Yanagi

Children’s Tickets for IPB’s The Nutcracker start at $23, senior tickets start at $38 and adult tickets start at $41 with premium seats at $59. Performances take place from December 9/10 at 2pm and December 9 at 7:30 pm at Bridges Auditorium, Pomona College in Claremont; December 15/16 at 7:30 pm and December 16/17 at 2 pm at Lewis Family Playhouse in Rancho Cucamonga; and December 22/23 at 7:30 pm and December 23 at 2 pm at the Fox Performing Arts Center in Riverside.

 

 
Inland Pacific Ballet’s educational outreach program, “A Young Person’s Guide to the Ballet,” is back this season with five additional abbreviated performances of The Nutcracker for PreK-12 students from local area schools that include a talk and demonstration showing the magic of live theater and how dancers tell a story without words. Students are encouraged to participate in simple movement activities in their seats and then view the lavish professional ballet performance, followed by a lively question and answer session. Teachers also have access to a free Study Guide to continue the experience back in the classroom with pre- and post-performance activities aligned through the California State Content Standards for Dance, California Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and the California English Language Development Standards. For many of these students, this will be the first time they get to experience live performance art, being in a theater, and learning about ballet. Information about outreach performances are available at IPBallet.org.

Photo credits: Copyright © 2015 E.Y. Yanagi

Inland Pacific Ballet, is a professional ballet company based in the Inland Empire region of Southern California. The Company is committed to producing exquisitely staged productions of full-length classic story ballets as well as presenting the best in contemporary choreography. Through creative marketing and an extensive Educational Outreach Program, Inland Pacific Ballet strives to introduce new audiences to the magic of ballet, and to make the experience more available and accessible to all. The Company is also committed to the nurturing of new talent and provides an essential training ground for serious young dancers

 

 
Over the past 23 years Inland Pacific Ballet’s Founders/Directors, southern California natives Victoria Koenig and Kevin Frank Myers, have built Inland Pacific Ballet into the premier ballet company in the region, enjoying critical acclaim while performing the largest and most varied repertoire in the area. The Company’s repertoire includes such classics as A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Les Sylphides, Graduation Ball and Swan Lake Act II. Full length classical masterpieces include Giselle, Coppélia and a lavish production of The Nutcracker. Contemporary classics include seminal works by the legendary George Balanchine including Serenade, Concerto Barocco and Who Cares? and a growing body of original work that includes creative adaptations of much loved stories such as The Little Mermaid, Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast and Dracula.


Victoria Koenig
 – co-founder and Artistic Director – is a native of Los Angeles where she trained with Carmelita Maracci, Kenneth Kreel, Tania Riaboushinska Lichine and Stanley Holden.  After many years as a professional dancer in such notable companies as the Feld Ballet, New York and extensive international travel as a guest artist and teacher for cultural institutions such as Taiwan’s National Institute of the Arts and Artemis Dance Concentrum in Amsterdam, she returned to Southern California and has become a shaping force in the region’s dance community.  In Los Angeles she co-founded the Los Angeles Chamber Ballet, a critically acclaimed contemporary ballet company known for its creativity and originality.  For eight years she was on the faculty of the Stanley Holden Dance Center where she taught the professional level class attended by local pros as well as visiting artists from companies around the world.  She also served for six years on the dance faculty of California State University, Long Beach.  Now a resident of Claremont, Victoria has brought her many years of professional experience to the Inland Valley as Co-Founder and Artistic Director of both the Inland Pacific Ballet and the Company’s official Academy, which provides unique training and performance opportunities for the region’s serious young dance artists.  She also serves the community as a grant review panelist for State and local arts agencies including the California Arts Council and the Los Angeles City Cultural Affairs Department.  Victoria is also a member of the dance faculty at Pomona College.


Kevin Frank Myers
 – co-founder and Co-Director – is a native of Riverside, California.  He danced with the Houston Ballet in solo roles in the classic repertoire including GiselleSwan LakeThe Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty and in work created on him by Houston Ballet’s renowned Artistic Director, Ben Stevenson.  Later as soloist with the Los Angeles Ballet, he danced principal roles in a variety of Balanchine ballets, including Tarantella and Jewels.  As a Co-Founder and Associate Director of Inland Pacific Ballet and of the Inland Pacific Ballet Academy, Kevin is fulfilling a dream of widening the opportunities for the young people of the Inland Empire to experience the art of ballet and providing local talent with the chance to pursue a career in the field.


Jonathan Sharp – Associate Director – was trained at the National Academy of the Arts and the School of American Ballet, the official school of the New York City Ballet. While on full scholarship at SAB, he was trained by master teachers Stanley Williams, Peter Martins, Andrea Kramarevsky, Suzanne Farrell, Alexandra Danilova, Suki Schorer, and Sean Lavery. After finishing his training there, he danced professionally with the Boston Ballet and the Pennsylvania Ballet. He was also a member of Stars of America Ballet (a touring group headlined by Robert La Fosse and Darci Kistler). He returned to NYC and appeared in the original casts of five Broadway shows: The Red Shoes, Carousel (1994 Tony winner for Best Revival), The Rocky Horror Show Live, The Dance of the Vampires and Fiddler on the Roof. He has also appeared on television as a contract player in the daytime drama Another World, as well as guest-starring on Law and Order and Gilmore Girls. Jonathan is a faculty member of Idyllwild Arts Academy and also teaches and directs all over Southern California. He is an ABT Certified Teacher for Primary to Level 5.

 

 

 

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Inland Pacific Ballet Presents


The Nutcracker

 

Who:   Inland Pacific Ballet, southern California’s premier professional ballet company


What:
  The Nutcracker
Enjoy a treasured holiday tradition with family and friends at southern California’s most spectacular production of The Nutcracker from critically acclaimed Inland Pacific Ballet. The Nutcracker comes to life with this magnificent ballet comprised of beautiful sets, dazzling costumes, and more than 80 dancers on stage. This annual holiday production tells the story of a young girl named Clara who receives a magical nutcracker doll on Christmas Eve and sets out on a wondrous journey to the Land of the Snow and the Kingdom of Sweets. Toy soldiers, life-sized dancing dolls, and a fantastic dream with battling mice, dancing snowflakes, waltzing flowers, and the delightful Sugar Plum Fairy stir the imagination. Meet the cast after the performance for photos and autographs. IPB’s The Nutcracker is an annual holiday tradition for many and family entertainment at its best!


Bridges Auditorium, Pomona College, 450 North College Way, Claremont, CA 91711
Children tickets start at $23; Senior start at $38; Adults start at $41; Premium seats are $59

 

Saturday, December 9, 2017             2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 10, 2017              2:00 p.m.


Lewis Family Playhouse, 12505 Cultural Center Drive, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91739
Children tickets start at $27; Senior start at $46; Adults start at $49; Premium seats are $59

 

Friday, December 15, 2017                7:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 16, 2017           2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 17, 2017              2:00 p.m.


Fox Performing Arts Center, 3801 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside, CA 92501
Children tickets start at $23; Senior start at $38; Adults start at $41; Premium seats are $59

 

Friday, December 22, 2017                7:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 23, 2017           2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.


Information & Tickets:  
IPBALLET.org; tickets from $39 with senior/child/group discounts available.

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Flamenco Live Productions  Presents Maria Bermudez’ Sonidos Gitanos ~ ConVivencia ~ 


Flamenco Music & Dance direct from Andalusia, Spain

November 18 & 19, 2017, El Portal Theatre, NoHo

 

Featuring Special Guest Bailaor/Dancer Pedro Córdoba

 

Celebrated by the artists of Jerez de la Frontera as an Ambassador of Gypsy culture, critically acclaimed director, choreographer, and lead dancer, Maria Bermudez brings her internationally successful Sonidos Gitanos (Gypsy Sounds) back to Los Angeles for two nights only at the El Portal MainStage Theatre in North Hollywood on November 18 and 19, featuring ​​master musicians from her adopted home of Jerez, the “birthplace of Flamenco.” Since 1995, Sonidos Gitanos has presented California audiences unique opportunities to experience Flamenco in its most authentic form, laced with spontaneity, improvisation and highlighting the most accomplished dancers Spain offers with distinctive and ever-evolving performances.

 

Photo Credit: Triana Reyes

 

​​Starring alongside Bermudez are Ana de los Reyes, Cante/Singer; Miguel Rosendo, Cante/SingerBernardo Parilla,Gypsy Violin; and Jesus AlvarezGuitar. Along with Bailaoras/Dancers direct from the Linda Vega Dance Studio inSanta Barbara, and Special Guest Artist Pedro CórdobaBailaor/Dancer.

 
Bermudez, a deeply musical artist known for soulfully expressive dancing, was born and raised in Los Angeles, but driven to learn from the legendary gypsy artists with whom she has professionally collaborated for more than two decades – one of very few foreigners to do so. Bermudez is highly recognized for her extraordinary loyalty to the art form and furthering its worldwide reach. Having presented Sonidos Gitanos at such venues as the Hollywood Bowl and John Anson Ford Theatres in Los Angeles, The Joyce Theatre and Lincoln Center in New York, the Festival de Beaucaire in France, the Folk Culture Festival Obwalden in Switzerland, and back home again to the revered Teatro Villamarta, during the prestigious Festival Flamenco de Jerez.

 

​​Onstage, Bermudez invokes the traditions she knows intimately from her earliest days of study under the great dancer and Patriarch, El Farruco (whose great-grandsons grace international stages today). Through a ConVivencia – in the sense of Community or “a life lived,” the respected artist, teacher and choreographer seeks to strengthen the connection between the Andalusian elders and her southern California communities. For the first time, Bermudez and the great musicians of Sonidos Gitanos share the stage with a group of stunning young professionals from Santa Barbara. This quinteto of young artists includeJocy CardenasAmanda CuevasMarisa HaroSabrina Ibarra, and Talia Vestal.

 

“A sense of community is one of the great joys of Sonidos Gitanos … led by Maria Bermudez, a [dancer] capable of focusing on complex percussive heelwork in one passage, powerful emotional projection in another and then throwing it all away in glorious idiosyncratic outbursts….”  – The Los Angeles Times

 

​​In a spirit of coming full circle, this show celebrates the arc of Bermudez’ formidable professional career, as well as the path ahead of aspiring artists drawn toward the sometimes lamenting, sometimes euphoric cry of Gypsy flamenco.

 


Maria Bermudez
 Sonidos Gitanos performs on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.; and Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. Tickets range from $40$75. El Portal MainStage Theatre is located at 5269 Lankershim Blvd. in North Hollywood. For tickets and information, call (818) 508-4200 or go to www.elportaltheatre.com. Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/SonidosGitanosFlamenco.

 

 

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Maria Bermudez Sonidos Gitanos

~ ConVivencia ~

Flamenco Music & Dance Direct from Andalusia, Spain

 

WHAT:
Celebrated by the artists of Jerez de la Frontera as an Ambassador of Gypsy culture, critically acclaimed director, choreographer, and lead dancer, Maria Bermudez brings her internationally successful Sonidos Gitanos (Gypsy Sounds) back to Los Angeles for two nights only, featuring master musicians from her adopted home of Jerez, the“birthplace of Flamenco.” Since 1995, Sonidos Gitanos has presented California audiences unique opportunities to experience Flamenco in its most authentic form, laced with spontaneity, improvisation and highlighting the most accomplished dancers Spain offers with distinctive and ever-evolving performances.


WHO:

• Director/Choreographer/Dancer:  Maria Bermudez
• Guitarra:  Jesus Alvarez
• Cante/Singer:  Ana de los Reyes

  • Cante/Singer: Miguel Rosendo
    • Gypsy Violin:  Bernardo Parrilla
    • Guest Artist Bailaor/Dancer:  Pedro Córdoba
    • Bailaoras/Dancers direct from Linda Vega Dance Studio in Santa Barbara:  Jocy Cardenas, Amanda Cuevas,Marisa HaroSabrina IbarraTalia VestalWHEN: 
    Saturday, November 18 at 8 p.m.
    and
    Sunday, November 19 at 6 p.m.

    WHERE:
    El Portal MainStage Theatre
    5269 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601

HOW:
•  (818) 508-4200 or www.elportaltheatre.com
• Visit us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/SonidosGitanosFlamenco
• YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZvOgfRpeyho

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxuItlaujgI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zsSdZO510wY&t=150s
TICKETS:
• VIP seating, includes post-show meet-n-greet reception (first four rows): $75
• Center Orchestra seating: $55
• Sides seating: $40

 

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Don’t call me P. Diddy call me Love or Brother Love

Yes, honey! You read the headline correct. P. Diddy is now Brother Love! On November 4th which is Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs birthday, he gifted himself with a new name. In a video on Twitter Sean Combs made the announcement to the world stating,

“I have some very serious news, I’ve been praying on this and… I knew it was risky, cause it could come off as corny to some people, but I decided to change my name again… I’m just not who I am before. I’m something different. So my new name is Love a.k.a. Brother Love. I will not be answering to Puffy, Diddy, Puff Daddy, or any of my other monikers but Love or Brother Love.”

 

Little Kim even cosigned the new name in a Tweet.

According to Forbes, the name change corresponds to the release of Brother Love’s sixth studio Album No Way Out 2 which is due to release in December. With everything going on in society, what the world needs is a little bit more loving so, cheers to love!

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Inspired by a true story, ‘The Red Dress’ explores politics, art, romance in Germany between two wars

LOS ANGELES  — Set in Berlin and inspired by a true story, Argyle Road Productions presents the world premiere of a romantic drama by Tania Wisbar that explores the intersection of politics and art during the years between the Treaty of Versailles and the rise of Fascism. The Red Dress opens as a visiting production at the Odyssey Theatre where it runs through Nov. 19

 

Wisbar’s fictionalized account of her parents’ marriage and their forced divorce by the Nazis begins in 1924 Berlin.  Alexandra Schiele (Laura Ligouri) is a famous film actress from a prominent Jewish family who falls in love with a down-on-his-luck World War I vet, Franz Weitrek (J.B. Waterman). Franz is able to parlay his wife’s connections into work as a film director. But when his career takes off making Nazi propaganda films, his wife suddenly becomes a liability. Also in the cast are Rebecca Larsen, Shanti Reinhardt and Dylan WittrockKiff Scholl directs.

 

Although in real life Wisbar’s mother was not an actress, she was from a well-connected Jewish family that was able to get her father, Frank Wisbar, his start in the German film business. Later, when Frank emigrated to the U.S., he became the producer/director of the first filmed series made for television, Fireside Theater. Tania, who was born in Berlin, came to the U.S. as a baby after her parents divorced. She first learned about her family history decades later.

 

 

“In 1999, I discovered an 88-page manuscript my mother wrote as part of a contest for Harvard University,” she explains. “It detailed the continuous harassment she and my father received at the hands of the Gestapo. It was my first and only view of what their marriage was and who they were as a couple in that horrible time.”

 

After her parents were divorced, Wisbar’s mother was brought to the U.S. by the Quakers. Wisbar didn’t learn of her Jewish heritage until she was in her twenties.

 

“It’s a huge loss when you grow up without any community,” she says.

 

In addition to the enormous social and political changes that took place in Germany between 1924 and 1936, those years bridged the history of film — from silents, to black and white, to color. The Red Dress also touches on the Eugenics Movement, which originated in the U.S. but was perfected by the Nazi regime.

 
The creative team includes set designer Pete Hickock, lighting designer Kelley Finn, projections designer Nick Santiago, sound designer Dave B. Marling, costume designer Shon LeBlanc and casting director Ferne Cassel. The production stage manager is Danny Crisp, and Victoria Watson and Racquel LehrmanTheatre Planners produce forArgyle Road Productions.

 

Tania Wisbar’s novel, “Last Cemetery in Berlin,” was optioned for film by producer Jonathan Sanger. In 2011, Sanger directed a critically acclaimed production of her play Birthday Present 2050, which starred Salome Jens

 

The LA Weekly called it

 

“beautifully detailed and elegiac… GO!”

 

Tania is the founding president and CEO of B.E.L.I., a day program for developmentally disabled adults with a large dance troupe that performs throughout Los Angeles. For 14 years she was the editor and reporter of a weekly newspaper in Imperial Beach, CA. She holds degrees in Theater Arts, Speech Pathology and Special Education.

 

Performances of The Red Dress take place Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.,  through Nov. 19. The Odyssey Theatre is located at 2055 SSepulveda Blvd. West Los Angeles, 90025. For reservations and information, (323) 960-5521 or go to www.Plays411.com/reddress

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The Red Dress

 

 

WHAT:
World premiere of The Red Dress — Set in Berlin and inspired by a true story, Tania Wisbar’s romantic drama explores the intersection of politics and art during the years between the Treaty of Versailles and the rise of Fascism.

 

WHO:
• Written by Tania Wisbar
• Directed by Kiff Scholl
• Starring Rebecca LarsenLaura LiguoriShanti ReinhardtJ.B. Waterman, Dylan Wittrock
• Produced by Racquel Lehrman and Victoria WatsonTheatre Planners
• Presented by Argyle Road Productions

 

WHEN:

Performances: through Nov. 19:
• Fridays at 8 p.m.: Nov. 3, Nov. 10, Nov. 17
• Saturdays at 8 p.m.: Nov. 4, Nov. 11, Nov. 18
• Sundays at 2 p.m.: Nov. 5, Nov. 12, Nov. 19

 

WHERE:
A visiting production at the 
Odyssey Theatre
2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90025

 

HOW:
(323) 960-5521 or www.Plays411.com/reddress

 

TICKET PRICES:
• All performances $30
• Preview: $20

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For the Love of Felicia

For the Love of Felicia (Part 8)

A few days had passed since Felicia had the argument with Terrence. To her surprise, she heard nothing from him, not even to check on their son, TJ. Felicia felt that it would only be a matter of time before he decided to contact her or show up at her house. Until then, she was enjoying the quiet of not being bothered by him.

Thinking that she spoke too soon, Felicia reluctantly picked up her phone when the text message alert went off several times in a row. She knew that it would be Terrence begging for her forgiveness and explaining how he had changed. Opening her text messages, she saw that it was Sergio instead. Before Felicia could read the messages, her phone started ringing.

“Hello,” Felicia timidly answered.

Responding in that strong Cuban accent, Sergio said, “Hello, Beautiful! I hope I haven’t caught you at a bad time.”

Smiling, Felicia said, “No, not at all. How are you?”

“I am well! I apologize for taking so long to call you, but I was back in Cuba visiting family.”

“I didn’t realize it had been that long,” Felicia playfully said.

“Oh really? So are you saying that you do not care that I called?” Sergio sounded offended and hurt at the same time.

“No, no, Sergio, that isn’t what I’m saying. I was playing with you; I’m happy that you called! I didn’t mean to offend you,” Felicia stated apologetically.

Laughing, Sergio said, “I was also messing with you, Beautiful!”

“I knew that,” Felicia chuckled.

“Before I go on, I was calling to see if I could take you out for some dinner and dancing on Saturday.”

“Well…”

“And to make you more comfortable, you can bring Jessica along. I have a friend who she may like.”

“Wow! You have thought of everything! Do you mind if I call you back after I talk to her?” Felicia was amazed that he also remembered her best friend’s name. She was impressed indeed!

“Oh, yes, that will be fine. Don’t make me wait too long, Beautiful!”

“I won’t. I will let you know as soon as I know. Talk to you in a little while.”

“Until we speak again…” Sergio ended the call.

Felicia wasted no time calling Jessica. As soon as Jessica answered, Felicia exclaimed, “Sergio called me and wants me and you to go out with him and his friend! They want to take us out to eat and to dinner! Tell me that you will go!”

“Slow down,” Jessica laughed. “When is this date? I can’t believe you actually agreed to it. I’m happy that you did, but I can’t believe it! You may really be over Terrence! I’m so proud of you!”

“Hush, woman! I didn’t say anything yet. I’m waiting on you!”

“Hurry up and call him back! I’m in! I don’t even care who his friend is…I want to see you having some genuine fun!”

“Ok, ok! I will talk to you later!” Felicia quickly hung up so that she could call Sergio back.

“Hello, Beautiful!” Sergio said as he answered her call.

“Jessica and I can’t wait to see you and your friend this weekend…”

 

Read For the Love of Felicia (Parts 1-7) HERE.

 

Written by Dani Powell, RM Entertainment Original Story Contributor

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Entertainment News

An Evening with Jonatha Brooke

Critically Acclaimed American Folk Rock
Singer-Songwriter and Guitarist


Zipper Concert Hall, The Colburn School


Wednesday, October 18 at 8:00 p.m.


Who:
Merging elements of folk, rock and pop, often with poignant lyrics and complex harmonies, Jonatha Brooke performs live in concert for one-night only at Los Angeles’ Zipper Concert Hall at the Colburn School in downtown Los Angeles. Jonatha has been a singer, songwriter, and guitarist since the late 80’s, and her songs have been used in television shows and movies. Jonatha began her career as one half of The Story (originally called “Jonatha & Jennifer”), a duo which played the coffeehouse folk circuit and radio in Boston along with two successful albums. After four major label releases, Jonatha started her own independent label, Bad Dog Records in 1999, and has since released eight more albums including the companion CD to her critically acclaimed one woman, Off-Broadway show My Mother Has 4 Noses (which ran for 10 weeks) and her most recent studio release, the timely “Midnight. Hallelujah” (2016), the first time ever a woman has composed, arranged, produced and performed a complete album of Woody Guthrie songs.


In recent years, Jonatha has co-written songs with Katy Perry (for her album PRISM), and The Courtyard Hounds. She’s also written for four Disney films, various television shows, and composed the theme song for Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse.


“I’m so looking forward to playing Los Angeles again. It’s been way too long, and there’s certainly a lot to sing about. Sometimes it feels like music is the ONLY way to try to make sense of what’s going on in the world. I’ll be bringing some shiny brand new songs, and I will polish off the old beloveds too,”

exclaimed Jonatha

Expect provocative songs, performed with great wit and charm. 

Charming and very funny. A seasoned musician with a beautiful voice, Brooke rocks it

— The New Yorker


When:             Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 8 p.m.


Where:            Zipper Concert Hall
                        Colburn School
200 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012


How/Information:
– Tickets: $37; $28; $18
– 
www.kalakoa.comhttp://kalakoa.tix.com/(800) 595-4849kalakoaent@mac.com
– 
https://www.facebook.com/kalakoa/; @kalakoa
– 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7pzLWqJQOTc
– 
http://www.npr.org/sections/world-cafe/2016/11/21/502894044/jonatha-brooke-on-world-cafe

– http://jonathabrooke.com/

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