The 2017 Inductees included Non-Nevada Resident Boxers: Thomas “Hitman” Hearns, Erik “El Terrible” Morales, Michael Spinks, Salvador Sanchez, Michael Carbajal, Lucia Rijker; Nevada Resident Boxers: Leon Spinks, Richie Sandoval, Ken Norton; Non-Boxer Category: Rafael Garcia, Debbie Munch, Mel Greb, Dr. Elias Ghanem, and Davey Pearl.
How many times do I get to say I know someone who wrote and directed a musical and an off Broadway one at that? That’s a pretty impressive accomplishment because doing anything in NYC is hard. Remember Hamilton started off as an Off Broadway experiment.
Journey 16.7 light years to Mad Mel Saves the World, a madcap intergalactic adventure blending pop, rock, rap music, Vogue and club dancing with a dose of political satire, for its world premiere at the Midtown International Theater Festival.
If you happen to be in NYC, tomorrow, June 2, 2017 head down to the historic Shubert Alley at 44th street for one of my favorite events of the year Broadway Stars In The Alley. It’s a annual free concert put on by the Broadway Alliance. Featuring performances from over 20 different Broadway shows including Groundhog Day, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Get on Your Feet, School of Rock and more. It’s really just an excuse to have a free public dress rehearsal ahead of next week’s Tony Awards. I’m busing up to NYC to catch this event and will have a bunch of cool interviews. Check out this amazing list of talent that’s going to be on hand.
If the nostalgia of a new Dave & Busters in downtown Silver Spring wasn’t enough, then the local concert venue usually has you covered. On May 6th the Fillmore hosted Coheed and Cambria’s “Good Apollo: I’m Burning Star IV Neverender” tour, dedicated to their 2005 album of the same name. It’s amazing when a rock band has lasted so long in this day and age, let alone sells out a venue within hours.
The 33rd annual Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (LAAPFF) wrapped the screening of 180 films from 33 countries this week. It commenced on April 27-May 4 in Los Angeles with an extended version of the festival in Orange County from May 5-May 11. With May being Asian Pacific American Heritage month, what better time to celebrate incredible movies of Asian Pacific filmmakers both locally and abroad than at the LAAPFF!
On March 17, 2017, the 38th annual Young Artist Awards (YAA) took place at the Alex Theatre. Hosted by Mark Christopher Lawrence (Chuck) along with the appearance of Danny Glover, the YAA recognized and honored young talent. Having interviewed and chatted some of these talented young nominees and winners in real life along with seeing the work of the other talent, it was truly a delight to see them being recognized for the talent I already knew existed.
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Saturday,, March 12th, Baltimore’s Hippodrome Theater is going to be awashed in modern dance as Nick Lazzarini, the season one winner of Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance, brings his modern dance show Shaping Sound to Baltimore. Described as “an electrifying mash-up of dance styles and musical genres brought fully to life on stage by a dynamic company of contemporary dancers. In After the Curtain, these visual musicians continue to dazzle audiences as they tell the story of a man fighting to find his creative voice after the death of his one true love. Heart-wrenching, breath-taking and ultimately uplifting.” The show should be a fun night on the town. I did an email interview with Nick earlier this week.
I love a bit of innovative marketing and corporate synergy as much as the next person. In celebration of this year’s award season, Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood will spotlight Lionsgate’s Oscar nominated film, La La Land, as a limited addition to the tour. From Feb. 18 to March 6, 2017, guests can find themselves in a scene from the film as they step onto the ‘Café Sur Le Lot,’ coffee shop set, which has been carefully reconstructed. I’m actually going to be in LA next month for Wondercon and can’t wait to see this in person.
I always like to support people that I know who are pushing forward on their dreams. One such acquaintance is pursuing the NYC broadway dream and helping out on an off Broadway comedy called Wild Women of the Planet Wongo. The producers will broadcast parts of the show via Facebook Live (https://www.facebook.com/wildwomenofplanetwongo) from inside the Lower East Side’s Parkside Lounge (317 East Houston) on Friday, February 3 at 8pm.