The Help Group’s summer camps provide a safe and enriching atmosphere for children, teens and young adults with autism spectrum disorder and other special needs. Our unique day camps create opportunities to engage, experience and explore. Each camp strives to developmentally and chronologically match each camper across the spectrum to ensure an appropriate peer group for learning and fun. Campers will participate in a variety of activities such as art projects, sensory play, special events, animal-assisted activities, field trips and much more! Camp will run on June 12-16, June 19-23, June 26-30, July 3-7 (no camp on July 4th), August 7-11, and August 14-18
Leapin' Lizards! Broadway in the Park's "Annie" Pre-SaleYou may actually see some leapin' lizards when this outdoor production of "Annie" comes to Peppertree Park in Old Town Tustin. Now celebrating the 40th anniversary of its Broadway debut, the musical sensation that started out life as a comic strip and then grew into a huge hit on stage and on the big screen shows no sign of outgrowing its iconic red dress and curls. The beloved story of a plucky young Depression-era orphan who never gives up her dreams of finding a family, "Annie" brings back all the great characters you know and love, including the adorable scamp herself, the lovable Daddy Warbucks, his faithful assistant Grace, the crotchety Miss Hannigan -- and of course, her dog Sandy. Featuring unforgettable songs like "It's the Hard-Knock Life," "Easy Street," "I Don't Need Anything But You" and the ever-optimistic "Tomorrow," this production represents Broadway in the Park's 17th annual show under the stars. Get your tickets early with this special Goldstar pre-sale.
Tyrone Wells has built an impressive body of work, releasing two major label albums and eight independent records. Over the course of his career, Tyrone has built a devoted international following with his powerful voice, vulnerable heart and personal story telling, making the audience feel like they are hanging out in his living room. As Tyrone Wells has grown and evolved over the years, one thing has never changed-his passion for loving people and bringing a message of hope and healing to a world that needs it more than ever.
On the Cover To Cover tour Tyrone will be sharing songs from all of his records, from past to present, as well as debuting his own unique versions of some well known songs. This Fall, for this first time in his career, Tyrone Wells will be releasing a covers album with re-imagined and acoustic leaning versions of some of your favorite songs. The covers album will span from old classics to current hits, from pop to rock, with the common thread being the emotional and organic delivery of Tyrone???s voice.
Tolliver is a soul singer born and raised in the Midwest, cornfed and churchified. He???s spent years playing in Stax-inspired boozy bar bands, including Black Diet, an act that won best new bands honors from a slew of Minneapolis publications and filmed a nationally syndicated PBS special at the end of 2014.
A. Sarr is a DJ/Producer/Performer based out of NYC who makes Electronic Pop filtered through Hip Hop. I want to see you do whatever it is you do.
WAMOO Is a Dominican-American audiovisual artist from NYC. His approach to music is akin to collage making. He has an omnivorous set of influences, including southern hip hop, shoegazing, and commercial jingles. His newest album, GOLD, was released on March 14th, 2017 (visual album 3.6.2017)
DYLLAN (Dylan Nichols) is a Los Angeles-born, bi-coastal singer-songwriter. Her silvery sound developed from her initial prowess on acoustic guitar and voice. Her style developed further through her collaborations with violinists and electronic music artists. With her most recent EP, All Those Other Windows, she has settled into a unique synergy of vast, rich textures while maintaining her relatable and intimate origins. Her work???s introspective nature allows the listener to identify with the struggle of being heard and the challenge to integrate dreams and reality.
Hunger is a specter in the lives of far too many Americans - especially women, who are 35% more likely to live in poverty than men.
MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger and the National Council of Jewish Women|Los Angeles invite you to join us for a powerful evening of art and advocacy to explore women's experiences of hunger, and what we can all do to help alleviate the crisis.
When Cody Johnson???s Cowboy Like Me debuted in the Top 10 on the Billboard Country Albums chart in January 2014, jaws dropped in offices all over Nashville.
???I got a lot of ???Who is this kid??????? Johnson says with a laugh two years later. ???I love that. That was a new horizon. And I???m gonna work to make sure people know exactly who I am.???
Johnson does that from the start in Gotta Be Me, a follow-up project that???s loaded with solid country instrumentation and winsome melodies. In the first minute alone, he paints himself as a cowboy, raised on outlaw country, who drinks too much, fights too much and won???t apologize for having an opinion. By the time the 14-track journey is over, he???s shared his rodeo history in ???The Only One I Know (Cowboy Life),??? demonstrated his woman???s influence in ???With You I Am??? and paid homage to his gospel heritage in ???I Can???t Even Walk.???
Johnson delivers it all with an uncanny confidence. His smoky baritone and ultra-Southern enunciations give him a voice as uniquely identifiable as country kingpins Jason Aldean or Tim McGraw. And he uses it to convey a Texas-proud swagger, a real-man charm and an unwavering honesty about who he is, where he comes from and where he hopes to go.
???I???m a God-fearin???, hard-workin???, beer-drinkin???, fightin???, lovin??? cowboy from Texas,??? he grins. ???That???s about it.???
The hard-workin??? part is key. The other parts are easily found in his music. It???s intense, focused, sincere. And when he takes the stage, there???s a Garth-like conviction to his performances. Johnson inhabits the songs, recreates their emotions because they???re so familiar. And he???s willing to lay bare those emotions because he???s always been willing to risk. He lives in the moment behind that microphone, the same way he rode bulls in an earlier day.
???That???s a very, very rough sport to be in,??? Johnson notes. ???It???s very, very rough on your body. It???s very rough on your mind, and it???s scary. I mean there???s not a professional bull rider that won???t tell you it???s not scary. If it wasn???t scary, we wouldn???t do it.???
Johnson pauses for just a beat.
???I???m kind of an adrenaline junkie.???
Needing a fix is part of the attraction in both the rodeo and music. In the former, there???s always another buckle to chase, another bull to conquer for eight seconds. In the latter, there???s always another fan to win over, another song to write. And in some ways, Johnson has been chasing something illusory, indefinable, since he first arrived on planet Earth in Southeast Texas.
Johnson grew up in tiny Sebastapol, an unincorporated community on the eastern shore of the Trinity River that???s never exceeded 500 residents. Even today, it???s more than 30 miles to the nearest Walmart, in Huntsville, Texas, a town best known as the headquarters for the state???s criminal justice department. It???s a rough and tumble area, and it comes through in the music. Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, George Strait, Billy Joe Shaver ??? their songs were all essential to the local clubs, and Johnson was exposed to their mysterious allure even before he was old enough to get in.
???You could hear the music from those bars across that lake,??? he recalls. ???I???d always hear somebody singing ???Whiskey Bent And Hell Bound??? or something like that, and I always wondered what was going on across that water in those barrooms. It definitely intrigued me. I always wanted to go see what was on the other side of the tracks.???
At a young age, Johnson was given the tools to eventually work in those clubs, though his official education was grounded in the church. His father played drums for their congregation, and that was likewise the first instrument that young Cody picked up.
???Learning drums first taught me about feeling the song ??? feeling that dynamic of when it???s supposed to be big and when it???s supposed to be soft,??? he says. ???I think that still sticks with me as a songwriter and as a performer, and in turn it???s helped me shape my band, because I know what I???m looking for on every front.???
Johnson learned guitar next, and when a teacher heard him playing an original song, he convinced Johnson to form a band with a few other students enrolled in the Future Farmers of America. Just a few months later, that first band finished runner-up in a Texas State FFA talent contest, creating an internal buzz that Johnson would continue to chase.
He didn???t necessarily think it would be a career. He briefly went to Angelina College in Lufkin, Texas, but traded that in to become a rodeo pro. Johnson did OK in that sport ??? the oversized belt buckle he wears today was won fair and square on the back of a bucking bull ??? but he broke a litany of bones: his right leg, his left arm, two ribs and his right collarbone.
Cody started recording his own music during that phase of his life, beginning with Black And White Label, which featured his dad, Carl, on drums. Johnson sold the CDs, pressed on his own CoJo imprint, from his pickup.
Eventually, Cody took a job at the prison to pay the bills. His band kept hitting the clubs on the weekend, with Johnson kept banging away on the guitar on Fridays and Saturdays while overseeing some very hardened convicts whose crimes had cut them off from humanity.
???There???s a lonely style of music that a lot of those guys listen to,??? Johnson says. ???I worked in the field for a while, and they sang old prison work songs. Some had kind of lost hope, and I can see now that you have to sing about people that don???t have hope the same way you want to sing to give them hope.???
Meanwhile, his weekend crowds began to grow, and Johnson started landing hits on the Texas music charts. After the release of his third album, he won New Male Vocalist of the Year in the Texas Regional Radio Music Awards.
The music thing started to look like maybe it could be a business, not just a sideline pursuit. He was stunned when his wife, Brandi, agreed.
???It was a moment when I felt like I wasn???t on my own anymore,??? Johnson says. ???To have my fianc??e at the time say ???I???m behind you, no matter what we have to do,??? it gave me a whole new level of confidence that some people might have thought I already had. But I didn???t.???
Even with her belief, the road wasn???t easy.
???I sacrificed, and I worked my tail,??? he says. ???I barely slept for years trying to make this thing happen, and me and my wife didn???t have a lot of groceries. We didn???t have a lot of things for a long time.???
Johnson reached a new creative plateau when he enlisted singer/songwriter Trent Willmon, who wrote Montgomery Gentry???s ???Lucky Man,??? to produce an album in Nashville. That project, A Different Day, raised the bar on Johnson???s barroom ambitions. The studio musicians he worked with challenged his own band. Johnson grew ??? and his bandmates grew ??? because they had to stretch themselves to live up to the album on the road. That pattern has continued through three projects as he continues to chase something illusory.
???It???s that always-never-good-enough kind of attitude that gives us that drive,??? Johnson says.
When Cowboy Like Me broke onto the Billboard chart, it demonstrated that they had built an audience, but also gave them a little cache to push it even further. The band has broken beyond the red-dirt confines, drawing sizeable audiences in such far-flung destinations as California, Montana, Wisconsin and the Southeast, as Johnson wins over fans with his honest songs and on-stage ferocity.
And Johnson???s built up a Twitter following of 73,000 fans ??? impressive numbers for a guy who???s marketed and developed his career without the aid of a major label.
He approached Gotta Be Me with two major objectives: to make yet another advance musically, and to provide an authentic self-portrait to that growing fan base still trying to figure out who this Cody Johnson guy really is. He worked with some of Nashville???s best songwriters ??? including David Lee (???Hello World,??? ???19 Somethin'???), Terry McBride (???Play Something Country,??? ???I Keep On Loving You???) and Dan Couch (???Somethin' ???Bout A Truck,??? ???Hey Pretty Girl???) ??? while drawing on his own history, rich with its own compelling subject matter.
???Every Scar??? draws a life lesson from all those rodeo bruises and broken bones. ???Half A Song??? blends his barroom experiences with the melodic and rhythmic sensibilities he picked up at his daddy???s feet. The fiddle-rich ???Wild As You??? embraces a freedom-loving woman whose sense of adventure is as deep as Johnson???s own. And that spacious gospel closer, featuring his parents on harmony, surrenders some of the rabble-rousing, adrenaline-raising pieces of his past into bigger spiritual hands.
In essence, Gotta Be Me documents the life of a guy who???s lived in the fast lane as a beer-drinkin???, rodeo-ridin??? cowboy, but who???s also seen just enough darkness to temper that wild streak.
???You???re only a couple bad decisions every day from screwing your whole life up,??? he reasons.
With a good woman behind him and a whole lot of promise in front of him, that???s enough to keep Cody Johnson in check. The energy he put into his rebel years now goes into his work. He???s not sure what he???s chasing, but he knows it???s paying off The ???me??? that Cody Johnson is becoming will continue to evolve, and it???s his intent to share that journey in an honest, meaningful way. The same way that Haggard, Strait and Nelson did when they made their marks. When it???s all said and done, the plan is mostly to reach the point where people are no longer asking ???Who is this kid????
???I don???t want to be a blemish on country music,??? Cody Johnson says. ???I don???t want to be a dot. I???d like to be a mark.???
"The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" -- See the Tony-Winning PhenomenonWinner of five 2015 Tony Awards including Best Play, the acclaimed National Theatre production of "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" is now touring North America. This Broadway phenomenon, directed by two-time Tony Award winner Marianne Elliott ("War Horse"), in an adaptation by Tony and Olivier Award winner Simon Stephen, brings Mark Haddon's internationally best-selling novel to thrilling life. When the curtain rises at L.A.'s Ahmanson Theatre, you'll meet 15-year-old Christopher Boone. Christopher has an extraordinary brain -- exceptionally intelligent but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor's dog, Christopher sets out to identify the true culprit, which leads to an earth-shattering discovery and a journey that will change his life forever.
Hear the Queen of Rock n'Roll sing her best songs again in this Tony-nominated Broadway musical. Featuring Joplin's greatest hits, including, "Me and Bobby McGee," "Piece of My Heart," and "Mercedes Benz" along with other faves from Aretha Franklin, Etta James and more.
Rock Musical "A Night with Janis Joplin" Resurrects the Icon"A Night with Janis Joplin" is a blues-rock theatrical event that captures the legendary singer's life and legacy with all of the live intensity of an actual Joplin concert. Powered by showstopping hits like "Cry Baby," "Piece of My Heart," "Me and Bobby McGee," "Summertime" and "Mercedes Benz," as well as a song Joplin never formally recorded, the show brings Joplin's story to the stage while also saluting some of her famous musical influences, including Bessie Smith, Etta James, Aretha Franklin and Nina Simone. Catch this soulful, no-holds-barred tribute to one of rock music's greatest performers at the Laguna Playhouse.
Gershwin Under the Stars With the Los Angeles PhilharmonicSpend an evening under the stars with the epic Los Angeles Philharmonic as they pay tribute to one of the greatest classical composers of all time, George Gershwin. Best known for "Rhapsody in Blue" and "An American Paris", Gershwin's expansive 23-year-career began at the early age of 15 when he dropped out of school to pursue piano professionally. From then on, he went to compose works of jazz, opera and popular songs for stage and screen that later became music standards, including tracks like "Embraceable You," "Someone to Watch Over Me" and "Oh, Lady Be Good!" Multi-prize winning pianist Aaron Diehl joins the festivities at the Hollywood Bowl as a soloist for Gershwin's tricky variations.
See Future PGA TOUR Players Tee Off at the US Amateur Golf ChampionshipCatch some of golf's greatest players who aren't yet on the professional circuit as the US Amateur Championship comes to Riviera Country Club and Bel-Air Country Club in the Pacific Palisades. While anyone with a Handicap Index of 2.4 or lower is eligible to enter, top competitors tend to be golfers on the verge of entering the PGA TOUR, and sometimes becoming stars of the sport. The premier event of the USGA, this tournament is broadcast on networks such as FS1 and Fox Sports, but you can see it live with a ticket that allows you to walk two of the most stunning golf courses in Los Angeles, both of which are annually ranked in the Top 20 in the U.S. and worldwide.
The Help Group’s summer camps provide a safe and enriching atmosphere for children, teens and young adults with autism spectrum disorder and other special needs. Our unique day camps create opportunities to engage, experience and explore. Each camp strives to developmentally and chronologically match each camper across the spectrum to ensure an appropriate peer group for learning and fun. Campers will participate in a variety of activities such as art projects, sensory play, special events, animal-assisted activities, field trips and much more! Camp will run on June 12-16, June 19-23, June 26-30, July 3-7 (no camp on July 4th), August 7-11, August 14-18, and August 21-23 (Sherman Oaks location only).
Helado Negro is the music and performance alias of Roberto Carlos Lange. A project circling Sun Ra type cosmic poetry, using abstract ideas embedded with political messages to all good humans of the earth. The compositions are made in the contemporary sense with computers, voice and field recordings. Performance wise he acts like a electrified Abner Jay, being a one man band, shouting, moving and setting up his surreal performance with his Tinsel Mammals and slow orbit sways. The music is sung in english and spanish, a product of his upbringing in South Florida and embedded with his parents Ecuadorian culture of boleros, baladas and carribean dance music. The music is the wind down and possibly the wind up, the in between before the realization of what will happen. His album Private Energy 2016, was given an 8.1 on Pitchfork and his song ???It???s My Brown Skin??? was honored as ???best New Track???.
"Emotions and Math" is not simply the name of Margaret Glaspy's new debut album. That expression drills right to the heart of the New York singer-songwriter's proper introduction, a mission statement both artistic and personal.
On its surface, the title track talks about being a touring musician and figuring out how to see your partner, looking at the calendar and calculating how you're going to spend time together. But "Emotions and Math" also sums up an epiphany she had while making the record.
"In a lot of ways, it's kind of how I operate," says Glaspy. "I've always considered myself a free spirit, someone who goes with the flow, but actually I'm not exactly like that. This record really taught me that I'm super analytical and process-driven. I think they really do go together, emotions and math. Nobody is just one thing."
As introductions go, these 12 songs waste no time in cutting close to the bone. This is a young artist with something to say, one who has found her voice, as both singer and songwriter, after years venturing down a crooked path.
After cutting her teeth in New York and Boston, where she was a touring musician and played in other people's bands, "Emotions and Math" signals an assured new direction for Glaspy.
Glaspy grew up in Red Bluff, California, self-produced the album, which frames her revealing ruminations in shards of jagged guitar rock. Building on its early buzz - Rolling Stone hailed first single "You and I" for its "hot barbs of electric guitar," and BrooklynVegan declared it a "stomping rocker with a DGAF attitude" - Glaspy prepares for a big year in 2016.
She's a fierce believer in the power of specifics to tell universal truths, to capture emotions we've all felt but don't necessarily hear reflected in pop music. Some truths are uglier than others, but Glaspy never backs down.
Take "You and I," which opens with a sentiment so gripping that Glaspy initially worried it would send the wrong message. "Tonight I'm too turned on to talk about us/ And tomorrow I'll be too turned off/ And won't give a fuck/ About you and I," she sings with a punk sneer that turns up often throughout her debut.
"A lot of the songs are so specific but also feel like they apply to so much of my life," says Glaspy. "I realize more and more on a daily basis that if you're given a microphone to share what you have to say, then I hope to God that I don't encourage some fantasy of what we're supposed to be or how we should live our lives."
Glaspy would rather tell you the truth of the matter. On "Memory Street," she envisions her past as a small town dotted with old relationships and memories both fond and painful: "Why remember all the times I took forever to forget?" She salutes her self-reliance on "Somebody to Anybody," reminding both the listener and herself that, "I don't want to be somebody to anybody// No, I'm good at no one."
The album also showcases Glaspy's finely tuned ear for production. Throughout "Emotions and Math," she keeps the recordings clean and urgent, without an ounce of fat on them. She had plenty of practice; having recorded demos of the album twice at home before eventually ironing out the wrinkles at Sear Sound studios in New York. Glaspy auditioned her players and kept the sessions brisk and loose, running through songs a few times with musicians still reading the charts she had written out. "Everyone was on their toes, waiting for the right moment," she says.
That freewheeling vibe ended up imbuing the songs with the same brittle energy and warm intimacy Glaspy brings to her live performances. In a bit of comic relief, "You Don't Want Me" is a duet with herself, an imagined conversation between an insecure woman and a man who has to reassure her. "You don't want me," Glaspy sings dismissively, countered by her own voice, slightly distorted and pitched lower: "I do/ You are on my mind/ Every night of the week/ Stop being so nave," Glaspy sings.
Told from the perspective of a parent to a child, "Parental Guidance" plumbs the fragile psyche of adolescents. "I think a lot of times kids are pigeonholed as being kids, but at the same time it's the most important years of their lives," Glaspy says. "Our view of ourselves is so paramount, and when it gets messed with at a young age, it's lethal."
The closing "Black Is Blue" is a poetic ode to accepting a reality you never knew. The least autobiographical song on the record, it's the story of a couple who were in love, had a kid, and then broke up. "But from far away, Black Is Blue' is about things you thought were one way but aren't really like that at all," Glaspy says.
"It's taken a minute," she admits, "but I'm so glad that I waited to record my debut. I went through so many different phases before I got to where I am now. It feels like it took 26 years to make this album."
Warpaint released their third studio album ???Heads Up??? via Rough Trade Records on September 23rd 2016 . ???Heads Up??? was recorded after the band spent 2015 apart working on solo projects. Reuniting in January this year, the band started to work with producer Jacob Bercovici, whom they had worked on their debut EP ???Exquisite Corpse??? ??? into the studio to begin work on the new LP.
The album was recorded in House on The Hill studio in downtown LA, their home studios and Papap???s Palace and for the first time ever, recorded in pairs and alone rather than as a full band.
???The doors were a little more open in terms of what was accepted and what wasn???t, because we were sharing ideas so rapidly between us??? says the band drummer Stella Mozgawa of the recording process.
???Everybody was allowed to have their space, time and creative freedom with songs and figure out, ???I wonder what the best notes would be? I wonder what the best would be to play???? says bassist Jenny Lee Lindberg ???Everybody got to sit and go, ???What do I want to do to this? What???s my part? What???s My Role? How can I make it the best????
???I Feel really proud of what we made ??? almost surprised,??? says Linberg ???When we were making it, I was like ???I wonder what this is going to sound like? How???s this going to come together so nicely? I feel so proud of it, and like its an evolution of our band, It sounds like a mature version of Warpaint???
They released their debut EP, Lord of Woe, on 27 September 2010.
In February 2012 the group signed with Roadrunner Records and in May that year released their debut album NeverbloomThey released a single entitled "Let Me In" on May 12, 2014.
On May 29, 2015 Make Them Suffer released their second full-length album entitled "Old Souls".They have toured with such notable acts as Thy Art Is Murder, Northlane and War from a Harlots Mouth.