Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Pasadena Playhouse Centennial Celebration Block Party Set For June 9

Pasadena Playhouse – State Theatre of California is announcing more entertainment and participants for the Playhouse Block Party, the theatre’s Centennial celebration in partnership with the Playhouse District Association.  This all-day event, free to the public, is from noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday, June 9 on El Molino Ave. at Colorado Blvd.  There will be more than twenty performances on two different stages – a Main Stage and a Kids’ Stage -- during the course of the day, in addition to activity booths hosted by some of Pasadena’s most celebrated arts organizations, theatre tours, a silent disco, and more.

Performances will include Culture Clash (presenting Bordertown Now at the Playhouse May 30 – June 24), Athletic Garage Dance Center, Ballet Folklorico Quetzal, Blue13 Dance Company, Bob Baker Marionettes, Creating Arts Company, Los Angeles College of Music, Makoto Taiko, Nine O’Clock Players, Pasadena City College Theatre & Opera, PCDA (Professional Child Development Associates) Youth Choir, Pasadena Civic Ballet & Musical Theatre, Pasadena Conservatory of Music, Pasadena Dance Theatre, Pasadena Master Chorale, and School of Rock Pasadena.  The evening will end with headliner bands California Feetwarmers, Caught A Ghost, and Boogaloo Assassins.  A full schedule of events can be found at

Throughout the day, guests can experience interactive and immersive activity booths and games created by community partners and local art organizations.  These include Kidspace Children’s Museum, Armory for the Arts, Metaforyou, MUSE/IQUE, Pasadena Dance Theatre, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena Museum of History, Pasadena Public Library, Pasadena Symphony & POPS, Pasadena Walking Tours, Rogue Artists Ensemble, Shumel Arts Council, Side Street Projects, Sierra Madre Playhouse, Akabeko Project, Surrogate Gallery Projects, and USC Pacific Asia Museum.  In additionspecial guided tours of the Playhouse District and of the Playhouse itself will be available, including backstage access and production departments, rarely seen by the public.

Midway through the day, producing artistic director Danny Feldman will take the stage with Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek and other community leaders for a short presentation to honor the legacy of the Pasadena Playhouse, the second oldest regional theatre in the country.

Pasadena Playhouse Producing Artistic Director Danny Feldman said, “Our team has assembled all things Pasadena for our block party -- live music and performances on two outdoor stages, interactive exhibits, food, libations, guided tours, and much, much more.  Beginning at noon, families can enjoy activities in the Kids’ Zone centered around a stage erected in the Playhouse Courtyard. In the late afternoon and early evening, the focus will shift to a “street party” feel with live music and bands, food, drink, and more fun.”

He continued, “We wouldn't be here today without the support of our community. Since our founding in 1917, we have been fortunate to be supported by the people of Southern California, a community that truly values the power of theater. For our Centennial celebration, we wanted to throw a free party for thousands of people to say thank you."

Playhouse District Association Executive Director Brian Wallace said, “Our partnership with Pasadena Playhouse reflects what is great about our community – the drive to promote the Playhouse District as Pasadena’s home for arts and culture. We are excited to welcome everyone to enjoy what’s great about this area and hope the event encourages many repeat visits to all of our great destinations here.”
About the Centennial of Pasadena Playhouse

Pasadena Playhouse, one of the most prolific theaters in American history with a legacy of profound theatrical impact and courageous new work, is celebrating its Centennial with this Block Party in partnership with the Playhouse District Association.

Three significant anniversaries are observed concurrently. The Centennial; the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Playhouse College of Theatre Arts; and the 80th year of the Playhouse’s designation as the official State Theatre of California. These milestones point to the importance of Pasadena Playhouse in the chronicles of American theatre, with very few, if any, professional theatres in this country able to claim similar distinctions of history, impact and longevity. Such a powerful pedigree is now considered against the context of producing live theatre with the modern, digital era as the backdrop for a second century.

Pasadena Playhouse is one of the most prolific drama-producing organizations in the history of American theater, having commissioned over 550 new works, produced upwards of 1,200 shows, spearheaded over 500 world premieres, developed several shows that went on to Broadway, and welcomed more than one million audience members. 

As a community center, it has been the recipient of well over a million hours of service by more than 12,000 volunteers.  The well known Friends of the Pasadena Playhouse has been instrumental in the running of the theatre both backstage, front of house, and administratively.  For more than thirty years, Pasadena Playhouse ran a famed and fully accredited college -- more than 30,000 students received arts education and access programs.

In 2016, longtime artistic director Sheldon Epps ended his tenure. Today it continues that tradition of excellence under the helm of producing artistic director Danny Feldman. Dedicated to enriching lives through theater, community programs, and learning initiatives, Pasadena Playhouse is a living force in the community.

About the Playhouse District Association

The Playhouse District Association (PDA) carries out a mission to promote the economic vitality of the Playhouse District as the center of culture, commerce, and community in the heart of Pasadena. Formed as a non-profit corporation in 1995 dedicated to marketing Pasadena’s Playhouse District, the PDA began managing a Property-Based Business Improvement District (PBID) in 2001. The PBID pools private dollars largely from property owner assessments in the 32-block Playhouse District area to fund enhanced activities and services. Governed by a quasi-public 11-member board of directors representing the district’s property owners, businesses and institutions, the PDA organizes its work into five program categories, each with a standing committee to guide and carry out activities and tasks focusing on a clean and engaging public realm, economic development, organizational resources, parking, and promotions / marketing.

Calendar Listing for Playhouse Block Party

Venue:                    El Molino Avenue at Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena, CA 91101

Dates:                    Saturday, June 9 beginning at 12 p.m.

Tickets                    Event is free to the public

Information:            Online –
                               By phone at 626-356-7529

Gunn Forms The Royal Krunk Jazz Orkestra

To grasp the purpose of trumpeter Russell Gunn’s newest creation, The Royal Krunk Jazz Orkestra, it’s important to understand that the alchemist’s recordings are cultural and historical amalgams as much as they are audacious musical experimentations rooted in jazz. His mission for the 19-piece Big Band slated to issue its debut album, “Get It How You Live” on the Ropeadope label on July 13, is to breathe new life into “traditional” jazz Big Bands by expanding its possibilities in the modern era. Adding voice to the collection produced by Gunn that incorporates all shades of jazz, R&B, pop, hip-hop, and funk is Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Dionne Farris.

Gunn, a two-time Grammy nominee for his far-reaching “Ethnomusicology Vol. 1” and “Ethnomusicology Vol. 2,” spent a year honing his vision and shaping The Royal Krunk Jazz Orkestra’s sound, composing originals and constructing thoughtful arrangements for more than thirty tunes. The ensemble’s lab was on stage during a long-running weekly residency at Atlanta’s St. James Live. Once fully realized, Gunn selected nine tunes for the debut disc.

“Most of the music on ‘Get It How You Live’ is original compositions that I felt were deserving of expansion into the grander format of a large jazz ensemble,” said Gunn, who grew up in East St. Louis.

Hard-hitting hip-hop beats bolstered by bombastic horns power Gunn’s “Sybil’s Blues,” which features trumpeter Theo Croker. His “Critic’s Song” bounces to a grinding go-go beat amidst cacophonic horn blasts that build towards a pummeling sax crescendo from Brian Hogans, who only yields the mic to the furious rhymes spit with vitriol by Dashill Smith. Gunn’s other standout composition on the session is the richly-melodic ballad “Lyne’s Joint,” which spotlights Melvin Jones’s trumpet.

I am a melody-first musician and am drawn like a magnet to melody. That is why my favorite musicians of all time are Peter Tchaikovsky, Charles Mingus, and Benny Golson. Melody is king!” proclaimed Gunn.         

As for reboots, Farris’s hit “Hopeless” is given entirely new dimensions in a Big Band setting courtesy of Gunn’s deft arrangement. Drawn to the original’s soulful harmony, Gunn converts Shai’s vocal acapella hit, “If I Ever Fall In Love,” into an “acapella” trumpet and horn section meditation with haunting yet regal qualities. The rendition will be given visuals when a video is lensed later this month. Old-school R&B heads will rejoice over the three-part “Switch Medley” that Gunn masterminded by seamlessly fusing “There’ll Never Be,” “A Brighter Tomorrow” and “I Call Your Name.” The collection closes with the poignant “Ballad Of The Sad Young Men,” on which Farris elegantly delivers a stunning knockout performance.
Inherent in Gunn’s artistic muse is the message of being genuine and true, “owning” what you are and what you stand for. “The title of the album is the realist and most honest album title I have had since ‘Ethnomusicology Vol. 1.’ The laymen definition of ‘Get It How You Live’ loosely translates to ‘going about things in an honest fashion.’ I was on the front lines of the transition from the ‘Wyntonite’ sensibility of the ‘nouveau retro’ jazz musician to the jazz musician that grew up in hip-hop culture and I owned it. I can go as far to confidently say that I am primarily responsible for that shift. I say that not to give myself retroactive credit, but simply to say that I’ve been ‘Getting It How I Live’ for a long time.”

The Royal Krunk Jazz Orkestra is not the first time Gunn and Farris have collaborated. In 2013, they released “Dionne Get Your Gunn,” which is revisited on the new offering in the form of “Fair,” a bitter yet sultry, expansively-layered suite about a breakup penned by Farris.  

Gunn concludes, “The Royal Krunk Jazz Orkestra is my greatest achievement to date. I am proud to carry the torch of the great Big Bands into the modern era. I consider it a huge responsibility to represent the lineage of Big Band leaders like Fletcher Henderson, Jimmy Lunceford, Count Basie and the king of all, Sir Duke (Ellington), in a way that pays homage to the tradition while expanding the possibilities.”

The songs contained on “Get It How You Live” are:

“Get It How You Live (Intro)”
“Sybil’s Blues (featuring Theo Croker)”
“If I Ever Fall In Love”
“The Critic’s Song”
“Lyne’s Joint”
“Switch Medley” comprised of “There’ll Never Be,” “A Brighter Tomorrow” and “I Call Your Name”
“Ballad Of The Sad Young Men”

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Monday, May 21, 2018

A REVIEW: 'Soft Power' Plays It Hard and Fast

Courtesy of Craig Schwartz
Conrad Ricamora, center, and cast in Soft Power
By Darlene Donloe

Either I went to a play and a musical broke out, or I went to a musical and a play broke out.  Then again, maybe I went to a political rally and a love story broke out. Or, possibly, I was watching a love story and a political rally broke out. Or, I went to a play about racism and a socio-political civics lesson broke out. Or, perhaps, it was all of the above.

The production is Soft Power, an original musical by Tony Award-winners David Henry Hwang and Jeanine Tesori, which recently made its world premiere at the Ahmanson in Los Angeles.

Soft Power is a social and cerebral influence, but it is also a bold mish mash – a satirical hodge-podge of vibrant insanity that somehow rights itself when presenting pragmatism in the most madcap of scenarios. It’s kind of a throwback to the Golden Age of the Broadway musical.

Conrad Ricamora (How To Get Away With Murder) plays a Chinese executive named Xue Xing, who flies to America to do business. He meets and hires DHH, (Francis Jue) a Chinese American television writer. DHH’s mission is to create an American television series set in Shanghai.

Xue wants the writer to present only the best of Shanghai. He rebukes anything negative.  He even has a problem with the writer referring to the term, “good air quality” because someone might think Shanghai has “bad air quality.”

HHD and Xue go to a 2016 fund-raiser where Xue meets Hillary Clinton and is immediately enthralled.  Xue, who has fallen hard for Mrs. Clinton, decides to help bring America back from the brink of war.

Although the show is loosely about the 2016 election, the name of the current president is never uttered. NEVER!  So it won’t be uttered here either!

As evidenced by this review’s opening paragraph - there is a lot happening in this show.  A lot!  It tries to address many of the world’s troubles in two acts. That’s a lot to cram into two acts. But what it does manage to accomplish is brilliant!

One could never imagine seeing a Hillary Clinton riding onto the stage on a Big Mac while singing, “I’m With Her.”  Next, we see her character in a Wonder Woman costume twerking on a giant hamburger under McDonald’s neon golden arches.  Then there is Clinton hysterically trying to learn Mandarin. And, let's not forget the White House made of beer cans in a political fantasy where East meets West.

After the election, Clinton pigs out on ice cream and pizza.   We then see Clinton and Xue taking a walk on the Golden Gate Bridge while they sing, Happy Enough, which signals a merging theme between China and the U.S.

Hwang (Yellow Face, Chinglish), a big fan of The King and I, wanted to do something to pay homage to the show. He pays homage to the production in several ways, including incorporating that classic waltz that happened, in the movie version, between Yul Brynner and Deborah Kerr.

There’s so much to talk about regarding this production – that it would take way too many words.

The play, fabulously directed, is all over the place, but so are the subjects and issues that are addressed.

Soft Power is a great night of theater.

Soft Power, directed by Leigh Silverman, stars Billy Bustamante, Kara Guy, Jon Hoche, Kendyl Ito, Francis Jue, Austin Ku, Raymond J. Lee, Alyse Alan Louis, Jaygee Macapugay, Daniel May, Paul HeeSang Miller, Kristen Faith Oei, Maria-Christina Oliveras, Geena Quintos, Conrad Ricamora, Trevor Salter and Emily Stillings.

Soft Power is presented by Center Theatre Group in association with East West Players and the Curran, with book and lyrics by David Henry Hwang, music and additional lyrics by Jeanine Tesori, set design by David Zinn, costume design by Anita Yavich, lighting design by Mark Barton, sound design by Kai Harada, music directed by David O and choreography by Sam Pinkleton.

On the DONLOE SCALE: D (don’t bother), O (oh, no), N (needs work), L (likable), O (oh, yeah) and e (excellent), Soft Power gets an O (oh, yeah).


Soft Power, Ahmanson Theater, Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre The Music Center, 135 N. Grand Avenue in Downtown L.A. 90012, Tuesday through Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., Sunday at 1 and 6:30 p.m., through June 10. No Monday performances.  Exceptions: Added 2 p.m. performances on Thursday, June 7.  No 6:30 p.m. performance on Sunday, June 10; $30 – $130 (Ticket prices are subject to change.) Tickets are available online at, by calling Audience Services at (213) 972-4400 or in person at the Center Theatre Group Box Office. Groups: (213) 972-7231. Deaf community: Information and charge, visit

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Janet Jackson Receives Icon Award And Performs At 2018 Billboard Awards

Janet Jackson

The 2018 Billboard Music Awards took place Sunday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena 
in Las Vegas.
Ed Sheeran and Kendrick Lamar showed out, taking home six awards each.
That being said, the night belonged to Janet Jackson, who performed for the first time 
in nearly a decade. She was honored with the Billboard Icon Award. She is the first 
BLACK woman to receive the award. 
The complete list of winners is below.
Top Artist
Kendrick Lamar
Bruno Mars
Ed Sheeran *WINNER*
Taylor Swift
Top New Artist
21 Savage
Camila Cabello
Cardi B
Khalid *WINNER*
Kodak Black
Billboard Chart Achievement Award
Camila Cabello *WINNER*
Cardi B
Sam Hunt
Ed Sheeran
Top Male Artist
Kendrick Lamar
Bruno Mars
Post Malone
Ed Sheeran *WINNER*
Top Female Artist
Camila Cabello
Cardi B
Demi Lovato
Taylor Swift *WINNER*
Top Duo/Group
Imagine Dragons *WINNER*
The Chainsmokers
Top Billboard 200 Artist
Drake *WINNER*
Kendrick Lamar
Ed Sheeran
Chris Stapleton
Taylor Swift
Top Hot 100 Artist
Imagine Dragons
Kendrick Lamar
Bruno Mars
Post Malone
Ed Sheeran *WINNER*
Top Streaming Songs Artist
Cardi B
Kendrick Lamar *WINNER*
Post Malone
Ed Sheeran
Top Song Sales Artist
Imagine Dragons
Kendrick Lamar
Bruno Mars
Post Malone
Ed Sheeran *WINNER*
Top Radio Songs Artist
Imagine Dragons
Bruno Mars
Charlie Puth
Ed Sheeran *WINNER*
Top Social Artist
Justin Bieber
Ariana Grande
Demi Lovato
Shawn Mendes
Top Touring Artist
Guns N’ Roses
Bruno Mars
Ed Sheeran
Top R&B Artist
Chris Brown
Bruno Mars *WINNER*
The Weeknd
Top R&B Male Artist
Bruno Mars *WINNER*
The Weeknd
Top R&B Female Artist
Top R&B Tour
Bruno Mars *WINNER*
Lionel Richie
The Weeknd
Top Rap Artist
Kendrick Lamar *WINNER*
Lil Uzi Vert
Post Malone
Top Rap Male Artist
Kendrick Lamar *WINNER*
Post Malone
Top Rap Female Artist
Bhad Bhabie
Cardi B *WINNER*
Nicki Minaj
Top Rap Tour
J. Cole
Kendrick Lamar
Top Country Artist
Kane Brown
Luke Combs
Sam Hunt
Thomas Rhett
Chris Stapleton *WINNER*
Top Country Male Artist
Sam Hunt
Thomas Rhett
Chris Stapleton *WINNER*
Top Country Female Artist
Kelsea Ballerini
Miranda Lambert
Maren Morris *WINNER*
Top Country Duo/Group Artist
Florida Georgia Line *WINNER*
Old Dominion
Zac Brown Band
Top Country Tour
Luke Bryan *WINNER*
Florida Georgia Line
Tim McGraw & Faith Hill
Top Rock Artist
Imagine Dragons *WINNER*
Linkin Park
Portugal. The Man
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
twenty one pilots
Top Rock Tour
Guns N’ Roses
Top Latin Artist
J Balvin
Daddy Yankee
Luis Fonsi
Ozuna *WINNER*
Romeo Santos
Top Dance/Electronic Artist
The Chainsmokers *WINNER*
Calvin Harris
Top Christian Artist
Elevation Worship
Hillsong UNITED
Hillsong Worship
MercyMe *WINNER*
Zach Williams
Top Gospel Artist
Anthony Brown & group therAPy
Travis Greene
J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise
Tasha Cobbs Leonard *WINNER*
Tamela Mann
Top Billboard 200 Album
Drake “More Life”
Kendrick Lamar “DAMN.” *WINNER*
Post Malone “Stoney”
Ed Sheeran “÷ (Divide)”
Taylor Swift “reputation”
Top Selling Album
Kendrick Lamar “DAMN.”
P!nk “Beautiful Trauma”
Ed Sheeran “÷ (Divide)”
Chris Stapleton “From A Room: Volume 1”
Taylor Swift “reputation” *WINNER*
Top Soundtrack
“Black Panther”
“The Fate of the Furious: The Album”
“The Greatest Showman”
“Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2: Awesome Mix Vol. 2”
“Moana” *WINNER*
Top R&B Album
Khalid “American Teen”
Bruno Mars “24K Magic” *WINNER*
The Weeknd “Starboy”
Top Rap Album
Drake “More Life”
Kendrick Lamar “DAMN.” *WINNER*
Lil Uzi Vert “Luv Is Rage 2”
Migos “Culture”
Post Malone “Stoney”
Top Country Album
Kane Brown “Kane Brown”
Luke Combs “This One’s For You”
Thomas Rhett “Life Changes”
Chris Stapleton “From A Room: Volume 1” *WINNER*
Brett Young “Brett Young”
Top Rock Album
Imagine Dragons “Evolve” *WINNER*
Linkin Park “One More Light”
Panic! At The Disco “Death of a Bachelor”
Portugal. The Man “Woodstock”
U2 “Songs of Experience”
Top Latin Album
Nicky Jam “Fenix”
Christian Nodal “Me Deje Llevar”
Ozuna “Odisea” *WINNER*
Romeo Santos “Golden”
Shakira “El Dorado”
Top Dance/Electronic Album
Avicii “AVĨCI (01)”
The Chainsmokers “Memories…Do Not Open” *WINNER*
Calvin Harris “Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1”
Kygo “Stargazing”
ODESZA “A Moment Apart”
Top Christian Album
Elevation Worship “There Is A Cloud”
Hillsong UNITED “Wonder”
Hillsong Worship “Let There Be Light”
Alan Jackson “Precious Memories Collection” *WINNER*
MercyMe “Lifer”
Top Gospel Album
Anthony Brown & group therAPy “A Long Way From Sunday”
Travis Greene “Crossover: Live From Music City”
J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise “You Deserve It”
Tasha Cobbs Leonard “Heart. Passion. Pursuit” *WINNER*
Marvin Sapp “Close”
Top Hot 100 Song
Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber “Despacito” *WINNER*
Kendrick Lamar “Humble.”
Bruno Mars “That’s What I Like”
Post Malone ft. 21 Savage “Rockstar”
Ed Sheeran “Shape Of You”
Top Streaming Song (Audio)
Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber “Despacito”
Kendrick Lamar “Humble.” *WINNER*
Lil Uzi Vert “XO Tour LLIF3”
Post Malone ft. 21 Savage “Rockstar”
Post Malone ft. Quavo “Congratulations”
Top Streaming Song (Video)
Cardi B “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)”
Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber “Despacito” *WINNER*
Lil Pump “Gucci Gang”
Bruno Mars “That’s What I Like”
Ed Sheeran” Shape of You”
Top Selling Song
Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber “Despacito” *WINNER*
Sam Hunt “Body Like A Back Road”
Imagine Dragons “Believer”
Imagine Dragons “Thunder”
Ed Sheeran “Perfect”
Top Radio Song
The Chainsmokers & Coldplay “Something Just Like This”
Imagine Dragons “Believer”
Bruno Mars “That’s What I Like”
Charlie Puth “Attention”
Ed Sheeran” Shape of You” *WINNER*
Top Collaboration
Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug “Havana”
The Chainsmokers & Coldplay “Something Just Like This”
Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee v Justin Bieber “Despacito”
French Montana ft. Swae Lee “Unforgettable”
Post Malone ft. 21 Savage “Rockstar”
Top R&B Song
Childish Gambino “Redbone”
DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller “Wild Thoughts”
Khalid “Young Dumb & Broke”
Bruno Mars “That’s What I Like” *WINNER*
Bruno Mars ft. Cardi B “Finesse”
Top Rap Song
Cardi B “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)”
DJ Khaled ft.Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance The Rapper & Lil Wayne “I’m The One”
French Montana ft. Swae Lee “Unforgettable”
Kendrick Lamar “Humble.”
Post Malone ft. 21 Savage “Rockstar” *WINNER*
Top Country Song
Kane Brown ft. Lauren Alaina “What Ifs”
Sam Hunt “Body Like A Back Road” *WINNER*
Dustin Lynch “Small Town Boy”
Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line “Meant To Be”
Brett Young “In Case You Didn’t Know”
Top Rock Song
Imagine Dragons “Believer” *WINNER*
Imagine Dragons “Thunder”
Linkin Park ft. Kiiara “Heavy”
Portugal. The Man “Feel It Still”
The Revivalists “Wish I Knew You”
Top Latin Song
J Balvin & Willy William Ft. Beyonce “Mi Gente”
Becky G ft. Bad Bunny ”Mayores”
Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber “Despacito” *WINNER*
Maluma “Felices Los 4”
Wisin ft. Ozuna “Escapate Conmigo”
Top Dance/Electronic Song
 The Chainsmokers & Coldplay “Something Just Like This” *WINNER*
Cheat Codes ft. Demi Lovato “No Promises”
Clean Bandit ft. Sean Paul & Ann-Marie “Rockabye”
Kygo & Selena Gomez “It Ain’t Me”
Zedd & Alessia Cara “Stay”
Top Christian Song
Hillsong Worship “What A Beautiful Name” *WINNER*
Elevation Worship “O Come To The Altar”
Lecrae ft. Tori Kelly “I’ll Find You”
MercyMe “Even If”
Zach Williams “Old Church Choir”
Top Gospel Song
Anthony Brown & group therAPy “Trust In You”
Travis Greene “You Waited”
J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise “You Deserve It” *WINNER*
Tamela Mann “Change Me”
Charlie Wilson “I’m Blessed”

Thursday, May 10, 2018

George Lopez's 11th Annual Celebrity Golf Classic Helps To Raise Awareness Of Community Issues

By Darlene Donloe

Doris Bergman, the queen of gifting suites, hosted her Second Annual Gratitude Lounge as part of the 11th Annual George Lopez Celebrity Golf Classic, held recently at an exclusive golf club in Toluca Lake.

Doris Bergman

Bergman, whose two other annual gifting suites (The Annual Emmy Style Lounge and Party) and (The Annual Valentine Romance Oscar Style Lounge) are the talk of the town, pulled off an envious invitation-only event that was co-sponsored by Precious Vodka and Melanated Rich Beauty.

Avonda Anderson, CEO of Reserved Luxury

The soiree featured limited edition timepieces, travel accessories, jewelry collections, men’s wear, urban wear, chic chapeaus, skin & body care, premium Tequila, cannabis topical & edible products, eyewear, electronics, gourmet cannabis cuisine, unique spirits, delectable sweets and more!

George Lopez with Precious Vodka
D.L. Hughley
Cedric The Entertainer with Precious Vodka
Sheryl Underwood and Bend Beauty Skincare

Celebrities in attendance included George Lopez, Eve 
(The Talk), Samuel L. Jackson, Andy Garcia, Anthony Anderson (Blackish), Yasiel Puig (LA Dodger), Eddie Van Halen, Luke Wilson, Don Cheadle, David Arquette, Cedric The Entertainer, Joe Mantegna (Criminal Minds), Andy Buckley (Lady Bird), Bailey Chase (Silver Lake), Dean Geyer (Glee), Tommy Chong (Railroad To Hell), Alfonso Ribeiro (America’s Funniest Home Videos), Dennis Haysbert, Tim Allen, Jillian Murray (Code Black), Oscar De La Hoya, Sheryl Underwood (The Talk), Joe Regalbuto (Murphy Brown), Joe Pesci, Billy Dawson (Country Singer), Esai Morales.

David Arquette with NutriVista

Other stars in attendance included Sugar Ray Leonard, Bruce McGill 
(The Best of Enemies), Bryan Kellen (comedian), Chris Spencer (Real Husbands of Hollywood), D.L. Hughley, Debbe Dunning, Byron Scott (former LA Laker), Emilio Rivera (On My Block), Frank Buckley (KTLA), Dr. Jason Diamond (Reality Personality), John Brotherton (Fuller House), John Pyper-Ferguson (Burning Kentucky), Johnathan Fernandez (Lethal Weapon), Ken Corday (prod and composer for Days of Our Lives), Kevin Rahm (Lethal Weapon), Kyle Lowder (Ladies of The Lake), Jonathan Antin (reality personality), Lizzy Small (actress/recording artist), Mark Rolston (Gang Land), Mauricio Umansky (reality personality), Michael Bearden (music producer), Norman Nixon (former NBA player), Pat Monahan (Train lead singer), Patrika Darbo (Emmy Winner), Paula Trickey (actress), Richard Karn, Roland Martin (TV host), Steven Michael Quezada (Flexx), Travis Strickland (Baltaire Exec-Chef), William Wilson (NASCAR driver), Yancey Arias (Canal Street), Vinnie Jones (Deception), Gary Valentine (Kevin Can Wait), Phillip Palmer (KABC), Michael Bearden (music producer), Kelly Sheehan (PGA) and Cheech Marin (Naya: Legend of the Golden Dolphin), to name a few.

Journalist/commentator Roland Martin

Anthony Anderson with Backyard Mary

George Lopez presented each one of the participants with custom-made CURTIS & Co. watches that he personally designed specifically for the event. 

CURTIS & Co. watch
The mission of The George Lopez Foundation is to create positive, permanent change for underprivileged children, adults and military families confronting challenges in education and health, as well as increasing community awareness about kidney disease and organ donation.

Twisted Silver

Twisted Silver

Tequila Exotico

Lit Up Beverages

Bend Beauty Skincare

Beauty Kitchen By Heather Marianna

Marisa China's Porto Vino fashionable wine purse

Backyard Mary

Manny Lopez of Universal Mobile Apps

Dionne Ellison, founder, and CEO of Vuliwear Sunglasses

Vuliwear Sunglasses

Chef Matt's products

Chef Matt, the premium cannabis chef

Calivolve THC Infused
Dark Belgian Chocolate Truffles

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