Tap dancing is Marshall Davis Jr.’s partner in rhythm

The new-look John Anson Ford Amphitheatre got it right for its kickoff ceremony. Celebrated tap dancer Savion Glover and his friends were invited to invade the historic Los Angeles landmark. The Savion Glover in Concert is the official baptism of the IGNITE@ the FORD series. Glover, the internationally known stage performer, […]


Marvel Universe Live! showcases Black Panther

Christian Womack typically don’t do theatrical tryouts. As a Hollywood stuntman, auditions usually come and find him.  But for the opportunity to be part of Marvel Universe Live! Age of Heroes, Womack actually had to go through the process to see if he, as well as others, could be the right […]


Absinthe’s comedy venture is for gown ups

It was Cirque du Soleil meets burlesque meets risqué comedy show when Absinthe arrived from Las Vegas and opened up downtown under the tent at LA Live. Produced by Spiegelworld and now playing for six years at Caesars Palace in Vegas, they decided to take the show on the road. The […]


A peep into the NAACP Image Awards

February 20 Dennis J. Freeman 0

PASADENA, CA-Denzel. Tracee. Laurence. Taraji. Janelle. Terrence. The 48th Annual NAACP Image Awards highlighted some of the best in black filmmaking today. With “Tracee Ellis Ross’ show “Black-ish” winning four NAACP Image Awards, “Taraji P. Henson hawking three (two solo) and film superstars Denzel Washington and Laurence Fishburne coming up […]


PAFF moving along nicely at 25 years

February 14 Dennis J. Freeman 0

LOS ANGELES-The Pan African film Festival (PAFF) has hit a whole new threshold: 25 years. Every year, the festival seems to get better and better with the quality of films being shown as the African Diaspora receives an overdue examination of the rich filmmaking that have eluded mainstream media’s attention list. One […]


Denzel graces Santa Barbara Film Festival

February 4 Dennis J. Freeman 0

SANTA BARBARA, CA-Talk about making a big splash. The second day of the 32nd Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) turned out to be a good night for legendary actor Denzel Washington. This generation’s “Sidney Poitier” shook hands and signed autograph from fans before walking down the red carpet on […]


Paul Anka: no introduction necessary

December 7 Steven Lieberman 0

Internationally-famous singer/songwriter Paul Anka will need no introduction when he takes the stage at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills on December 10 and 11 to sing all of his hits and holiday favorites. In 1957, when Anka was a 16 year old teenager, his first number one hit, “Diana,” […]


Take off with Toruk: The First Flight

November 16 Steven Lieberman 0

ONTARIO, CA-There was an invasion of blue people at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California recently.  No, it wasn’t the Blue Man Group, but the talented performers of Cirque du Soleil and their production of Toruk: The First Flight, an idea taken from James Cameron’s film, Avatar. The show […]


Folk comes to The Broad Stage

November 6 Steven Lieberman 0

Internationally acclaimed Basiani, the state ensemble of Georgian folk singing, made an appearance as part of the Global Series at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica much to the delight of lovers of traditional Georgian polyphony choral music.  It was their Westside debut. It was a melodic evening of creative […]


Peace and love spurs Michael McDonald

October 30 Steven Lieberman 0

Former Doobie Brothers frontman, Michael McDonald, came out on stage at Downey Civic Theatre and the first thing he did was talk about peace, honoring our soldiers, and encouraging everybody in the audience to vote. Then he said that the first song of his performance would be one of his […]


Pat Metheny wows with UCLA performance

September 22 Steven Lieberman 0

LOS ANGELES-Jazz guitar virtuoso and living legend, Pat Metheny, was the chosen one to kick-off the 2016-17 season for the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA’s acoustically-sound Royce Hall on Thursday. He was welcomed with cheers, clapping, and ear-piercing whistles from all of his adoring fans. As an opener, […]


Kool & the Gang keeps the funk alive

August 30 Steven Lieberman 0

LOS ANGELES-There was a “celebration” at the Microsoft Theatre on Sunday night as the “Keeping The Funk Alive Tour” spaceship landed, bringing with it the old-school funk. On board was headliner and Grammy Award-winning Kool & the Gang with original, founding band members Ronald and Robert “Kool” Bell in tow, […]


Taking it easy with Jackson Browne

August 22 Steven Lieberman 0

LOS ANGELES-The always-touring, smooth-singing, Rock and Roll and Songwriter’s Hall of Fame inductee, Jackson Browne, made a stop on his concert tour on Wednesday at the Greek Theatre and treated his fans to two and a half hours of blissful music. Browne, Los Angeles-based, said he was glad to be […]


Jeffrey Osborne woo Long Beach Jazz Festival crowd

August 15 Dennis J. Freeman 0

LONG BEACH-It’s all about that jazz. For three days, the city of Long Beach, like it has been for the last 29 years, was swamped with the infusion of great saxophone play, the rhythmic of sounds of the electric guitar and exceptional vocal fireworks. The cool sounds of smooth jazz […]


Peace and love from Aloe Blacc

The Ford Signature Series at the newly-renovated John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, a jewel in the Hollywood Hills, welcomed to the stage for the first time soulful singer/songwriter Aloe Blacc with a concert promoting peace and love. For this special performance, Blacc, well-known for his chart-busting 2013 hit, “Wake Me Up,” […]