Gospel Stars BeBe & CeCe Winans' Story -- "Born for This: The Musical"As teenagers, BeBe & CeCe Winans faced the ultimate in culture shock when they were invited to join Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker's Praise the Lord network television show. "Born for This: The Musical", created by BeBe and Broadway director Charles Randolph-Wright ("Motown: The Musical"), brings the Grammy-winning duo's story to the stage, packed with their most loved hits as well as stellar new songs. Before they became household names with songs like "I.O.U. Me," "Heaven," "Addictive Love" and "I'll Take You There," the Winans found themselves suddenly thrust into the small screen spotlight while also having to lead the charge in integrating TV evangelism. Experience "Born for This" at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica.
Jazz, Blues, R&B, Broadway & Cabaret at the E Spot LoungeA long-time Valley favorite for jazz, blues and more, the E Spot Lounge is located above the famed Vitello's Restaurant in Studio City. A hotspot for the best singer-songwriters, Broadway and cabaret acts, the lounge is a collaboration between Vitello's and famed drummer, vocalist, producer and composer Sheila E. You'll catch up-and-coming musicians and singers, well-established artists and legendary local, national and international talent as well. A full bar and a contemporary Italian menu complete the intimate venue's fun, relaxed atmosphere, making it the perfect spot for a night out.
Nashville???s The New Schematics spent their first fifteen months as a band proving that the Born Without Borders Tour was indeed the right name for their tour that spanned 97 shows in 42 cities across the US and Canada. As a band that quickly put so many shows under its belt, it is no wonder as to why they???ve gained the reputation as a live act with ???the crowd control skills of preachers??? (Cougar Microbes) whose ???passion for their art is palpable??? (Valslist).
The band officially began as a duo, with Cory Bishop (vocals, guitar) and Michael Bare (bass, vocals), who brought a rotating cast of bandmates on the road with them. A few months after they pulled him on stage for a guitar solo in New York City, Shanan Lau left the band that was opening for The New Schematics in order to join Cory and Michael as a full-time third member.
They now usher in 2017 with the title track from their sophomore EP, Your Year. The sprawling rock???n???roll soundscape coupled with the clear-cut lyrical optimism of the lead single falls right in-line with their debut that already carried ???the markings of a seasoned classic,??? (Will Hodge, Noisetrade).
Ghost Lit Kingdom stands alone in their eclectic, self proclaimed genre of Anthemic Alternative Indie Pop. Exploding onto the scene with tremendous momentum from their debut release, the I Was Born EP, in July of 2015 and their Troubadour release show, Ghost Lit Kingdom is quickly making their mark on the LA music scene with energetic live performances, powerful vocals, stunning musicianship and songwriting of incomparable depth in today's pop music.
It's 1962 and Hairspray's big, bold heroine Tracy Turnblad twists her way to Baltimore stardom while fighting for integration on a local TV dance show. Winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book, Hairspray is an uplifting story for all ages.
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
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Jared & The Mill is a southwestern indie rock band, formed in 2011 in Phoenix, AZ. The band has spent the past few years touring extensively through the venues, dives, theaters, festivals, and arenas of the U.S. and Canada, playing alongside new burgeoning bands and established acts, and developing a strong and rooted fan base along the way. The band has multiple and successful independent releases, the most recent 2016, Orme Dugas was recorded and produced by Ryan Hewitt in Nashville,
???Orme Dugas blurs lines to the point where the ambiguity becomes an asset unto itself, a record that sounds exactly like Jared & The Mill to the returning listener but a little more gray to a newcomer. It???s not rock, it???s not country, it???s not folk, but it???s not quite pop. So where do they fit? They???ve opened for the Zac Brown Band, the War on Drugs, Allen Stone, & the Killers, to name a few, and while it???s an impressive list, it???s a still a grab bag. Their undefinable nature is also their strongest weapon.??? - K.C. Libman Phoenix New Times
As the band has stated, ???Our music has been called, compared and regarded by a number of different names and genres, and we've been influenced and shaped by many different events and people, but more than anything, we'd like to think that some shred of the Southwest -- of our home -- can be found in the heart of our music.???
Violinist Gil Shaham & LA Phil Play John Williams at the Hollywood BowlHe's been called "one of today's preeminent violinists" by "The New York Times", and now Gil Shaham is bringing his warm tone, flawless technique and engaging stage presence -- along with his priceless 1699 "Countess Polignac" Stradivarius -- to the Hollywood Bowl for a concert celebrating legendary American composer John Williams. The multiple Grammy-winning violinist is one of the world's leading instrumentalists, having performed with some of the biggest symphony orchestras on the planet. For this concert under the stars, Shaham joins the Los Angeles Philharmonic to perform the Violin Concerto (1976) by renowned film composer John Williams, who uses 20th-century harmonies similar to Bart??k and Walton to create a powerful, emotional work. Rounding out the evening are performances of Williams' "Sound the Bells!" and two in a triptych of works paying tribute to The Eternal City by Italian composer Ottorino Respighi: "Fountains of Rome" and "Pines of Rome".
"Hairspray": The Musical With a Big Heart and Bigger HairThe hit musical "Hairspray" is boppin' onto the stage at the Laguna Playhouse, and it's piled bouffant-high with laughter, romance and infectious tunes. Set in 1960s Baltimore, "Hairspray" tells the story of lovable plus-sized teen Tracy Turnblad, a misfit who becomes a local celebrity by dancing on TV's "Corny Collins Show". It's a dream come true for her, until she discovers racial discrimination in the show's casting. Tracy's love of dancing and passion for social justice transform her into an unlikely heroine, triumphing over snotty teen queens and racial prejudice without mussing a hair on her stylish 'do.
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).
FIERCE MERCY is an epic, cinematic step forward from singer-songwriter Colin Hay, most beloved for his intimate, confessional live shows but most widely known for being an influential and celebrated frontman. The range of artists who have chosen to cite him as a muse or who have found themselves on stage with him in the past year spans the genre landscape from heavy metal, to Americana, to Cuban rhythms and beyond. His inclusion as a playlist favorite from the likes of Metallica to The Lumineers reflects his continuing relevance and broad appeal.
Recorded in both Los Angeles and Nashville and mixed by Vance Powell (Chris Stapleton, Jack White) and Gordon Hammond (Buddy Miller, Don Williams), FIERCE MERCY explores themes of love and loss, mortality, and even the odd UFO sighting, but always with the singular perspective and insightful wit that define Hay???s work. He has created a new classic in his impressive repertoire (this is his 13th solo release), using a palette of pop songcraft, Americana flourishes, and soundtrack-ready strings. FIERCE MERCY is animated by its pensive, honest, and impassioned lyrics, and, Hay adds, by a sense of urgency felt deeply in the song ???The Last to Know,??? which introduces the album???s title concept of ???fierce mercy.???
???When you???re in your 20s, you think you???ve got all the time in the world,??? Hay said. ???You get older, and you go through a quickening. Everything seems to get faster.???
Using his gift for expressing struggle in a way that resonates with a wide variety of people, he compares this to the messages mankind is getting on a global level: ???With the changing weather patterns, or the polar ice caps melting, we???re getting all of these warnings, and a lot of them are incredibly fierce. But they still feel somewhat merciful ??? they???re not destroying us totally. We???re all being told, ???Listen, you can still maybe address this, and it won???t get to the point where I have to take you all out. You???ve still got a shot.??????
Ten of the album???s 13 stellar compositions were collaborations with Michael Georgiades, who contributed to Hay???s previous sets Next Year People (2015) Gathering Mercury (2011) and American Sunshine (2009). The pair co-wrote two of the album???s clear stand-outs, the pop vocal ballad ???A Thousand Million Reasons??? and the Americana leaning ???Come Tumblin??? Down.??? ???Michael Georgiades is my secret weapon but I guess now with this album it???s not a secret anymore,??? Hay jokes.
Some of the songs are deeply personal: ???She Was the Love of Mine,??? is an elegy for the singer???s mother, who died three years ago. Some are novelistic: ???Frozen Fields of Snow??? recounts the story of a war veteran returning to his childhood home after outliving the other members of his unhappy family. ???Sometimes lyrical ideas will come into your head, so you follow them and see where they go,??? Hay says.
Largely recorded in Topanga with Hay???s wife, Cecilia No??l and Hay???s regular accompanists ??? bassist Yosmel Montejo, drummer Charlie Paxson, keyboardists Fred Kron and Jeff Babko, and guitarist/tres player San Miguel Perez??? FIERCE MERCY was completed in sessions at Compass Sound Studio in Nashville with Compass Records principal Garry West at the helm, who also contributed bass on a few cuts.
Hay says, ???Garry is always trying to get me to Nashville to do some recording, to get me out of the comfort zone of my own studio ??? get me out of my lair! So I went to Nashville and we recorded the strings with a nine-piece section, and he introduced me to some players that he loves, who added another fantastic layer to the album.???
The Nashville players include guitarists Audley Freed (Sheryl Crow, the Black Crowes, the Dixie Chicks) and Doug Lancio (John Hiatt), pedal steel guitarist and organist Jim Hoke (Iris Dement, Don Henley, Darius Rucker) and Compass co-founder Alison Brown (banjo).
Though many music fans will be glad to see the end of 2016, it was something of a breakout year for this career artist that included a three-week run at the Edinburgh Fringe; performances on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel Live! and ABC???s Greatest Hits; sharing the stage with Of Monsters and Men, Milk Carton Kids, Choir Choir Choir!, Kings of Leon; being publicly cited as an influence by artists as distinct as James Hetfield of Metallica, Jeremiah Fraites of The Lumineers, Troy Sanders of Mastodon, and The Infamous Stringdusters; as well as the completion of a documentary film about his career entitled Waiting for My Real Life, named for one of his best known solo recordings. Now finding himself in the unprecedented place of having both ???80s fame and indie credibility, it???s possible that Hay has delivered the defining album of his solo career.
Burlesque Parody Tribute to Your Favorite Streaming ShowsWe're so inundated with high-quality streaming TV that it's impossible to keep up with all the content. Lucky for you, the burlesque and boylesque performers of the Hollywood Jane Revue have prepared a raunchy recap of the buzziest online series. "Streaming & Stripping" is a binge-worthy burlesque show at L.A.'s Rockwell Table & Stage that's sure to Netflix and thrill you until you're fully Amazon Primed and ready to HBOGo crazy. We couldn't think of a saucy Hulu pun, but that's no reason to miss this must-see burlesque parody performance.
The Astonishing Show Show! An evening of magic, music, and puppetry on stage LIVE at El CID! Broadway and Sirius XM's Benjamin Schrader and "Magic Castle" magician Robert Ramirez host a show featuring astonishing magical acts from some of the best award-winning magicians in the country, as well as weird and wonderful performances from some of LA's finest professional puppeteers, all accompanied by the retro funky beats of DJ Victoria Rawlins. Performers include magicians from America's Got Talent and Penn & Teller's "Fool Us," and puppeteers from Broadway and The Jim Henson Company.
Hershey Felder's World Premiere of "Our Great Tchaikovsky"Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky was not simply one of Russia's greatest composers -- he's widely regarded as one of the greatest composers of all time. Renowned for world famous compositions like "Sleeping Beauty", "Swan Lake", "The Nutcracker" and countless ferocious and brilliant symphonies, Tchaikovsky died mysteriously at the age of 53, only nine days after conducting the premiere of his enigmatic Symphony No. 6. "Our Great Tchaikovsky" at Beverly Hills' Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts is a musical play written and performed by Hershey Felder that unveils the curious life of the beloved and tormented composer.
"Pageant of the Masters": Paintings Come AliveSee a work of art come to life at the "Pageant of the Masters". This one-of-a-kind production, an Orange County tradition, uses real people to recreate classical and contemporary paintings down to the finest detail. As you take in the visual marvel, a narrator guides you through the story behind each work while a live orchestra sets the tone. This year's presentation, "The Grand Tour", recreates the experience of a time when there were virtually no public museums and people would go on artistic pilgrimages, traveling around Europe to see great works of art. Highlighting masterpieces by Leonardo da Vinci, Tiepolo, Longhi, Watteau, Reynolds and Romney, as well as American artists like John Singer Sargent, "The Grand Tour" will take you on a whirlwind journey from Pompeii to a celebration of Carnival in Venice to the European tour of Buffalo Bill's "Wild West Show" to Paris in the Jazz Age.
Worriers are a melodic punk band from Brooklyn, New York. The band???s music is centered around the songwriting of Lauren Denitzio, with the help of friends Mikey Erg, Rachel Rubino, Audrey Zee Whitesides, John McLean, Lou Hanman, and Nick Psillas, among others. They have released records with Don Giovanni, No Idea and Yo-Yo Records and toured with Beach Slang, Against Me!, The Falcon, Smith Street Band, and more. Described as "a masterfully crafted punk record" by the Village Voice, Worriers' first full-length "Imaginary Life" was produced by Laura Jane Grace of Against Me! and was released on Don Giovanni Records in 2015.
Can???t Die is a clever blend of pop and gloom, the sort of record that will keep you dancing even when the lyrics cut deep. Farren, who cites Coconut Records, Belle & Sebastian, and Magnetic Fields as his influences while recording, has crafted a record that has a true indie-pop sensibility and remains musically upbeat throughout.
Yet there is an undeniable sadness to certain tracks as well as a heavy focus on death and mortality, like on ???Until I Can See The Light,??? which was partly inspired by the death of Parks and Recreation writer Harris Wittels amongst other friends that have passed recently. It???s about ???how weird it is that they???re gone,??? explains Farren. ???You don???t get to talk to them anymore.???
Chris Farren is one of those names that is always on the tip of your tongue. Though he???s played in popular bands Fake Problems and Antarctigo Vespucci ??? and he???s become well-known for his inventive merch, including his take on the classic The Smiths shirt ??? Farren is still working on breaking out in the large world of singer-songwriters. After experimenting and honing his solo work on a few memorable EPs and a Christmas album called Like A Gift From God or Whatever, Farren is ready to become known for his own unique approach, on his own terms.
At the end of the day, Can???t Die is a record that is wholly reflective of Chris Farren???s new sound. It???s not Fake Problems or Antarctigo Vespucci but instead it???s a sound that is entirely his: resonating indie-pop that captures all of the weird little anxieties of being in your twenties and realizing that you can???t control everything around you. Can???t Die adds some lightness to that, resulting in a record that makes listeners happy while also recognizing that it???s OK to be sad sometimes, too.