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Hot Tickets: Los Angeles

Here are this week’s hot tickets in the Los Angeles area. Check back every Monday at noon, PST for stellar events that fit the interests of locals and tourists alike.

TONIGHT! February 27 (and Wednesday, February 29) | THE BLACK POWER MIXTAPE 1967-1975 (2011) & !WOMEN ART REVOLUTION (2010) – A double bill of two recent, critically acclaimed documentaries about two important social, political and artistic movements of the late 60s and early 70s

Thursday, March 1BRANDEE BUILT ON CRAZEE –  BRANDEE BUILT ON CRAZEE is a One Woman Show directed by Michael Steger (90210) and Sean Hankinson.  This comedy is loosely based on Brandee Tucker’s life. Tucker plays over fifteen characters where she walks the audience through her experiences starting from age six. The audience will go through a journey meeting childhood bullies, a beauty shop guru, relatives with mental illness, an inspiring grandmother and many more characters.

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Posted by on February 27, 2012 in Hot Tickets, Los Angeles

 

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February is Black History Month!

In the United States, February is when  Black History Month is celebrated in recognition of the incredible contributions African-Americans have made to American history and culture. The holiday began as a week-long celebration established by historian Carter G. Woodson, who chose the second week of February because it marked the birthdays of both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. In 1976 it was expanded to a month, with then President Gerald Ford urging Americans to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavour throughout our history.”

We have a ton of great events going on throughout the rest of the month that give you plenty of opportunity to celebrate.

TONIGHT! Monday, February 20

Josephine Baker: Black Diva in a White Man’s WorldHuntington, New York  In Person: Jean Claude Baker and Jarry Baker. Jean Claude will sign copies of his new book about his mother: “Josephine: The Hungry Heart.” A revealing documentary about one of the most famous and popular performing artists of the 20th century. Her legendary banana belt dance created theater history. The film portrays the artist in the mirror of European colonial clichés as well as a resistance fighter, an ambulance driver during WWII, and an outspoken activist against racial discrimination involved in the worldwide Black Consciousness movement of the 20th century. For black Americans, Baker became ‘a role model’. Baker herself “wasn’t allowed to be the real American she wanted to be.” In an article she says, “I had been suffocating in the United States. A lot of us left, not because we wanted to leave, but because we couldn’t stand it any more.” During the mid-1920s Baker found fame in Paris, performing at the Theatre des Champs-Elysees and eventually the Folies Bergeres. It came at a cost; she often performed in erotic costumes with racist overtones. The dance routines are seen as distasteful now, but at the time it was an aspect of a black popular culture forced to adapt to white tastes. Baker’s career spanned fifty years, and she is portrayed as a true superstar, one with grace and humility. Black Americans loved her, the French referred to her as their “Black Venus” and in the last years of her life white American audiences gave her the standing ovation she longed for. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 20, 2012 in Seasonal

 

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Hot Tickets: New York

Every Friday at noon, EST, Brown Paper Tickets posts upcoming events happening in the New York area. Here are hot tickets for events coming up. Check back for stellar events that fit the interests of locals and tourists alike.

TONIGHT! AZTEC TWO-STEP 40th Anniversary Tour ~ CD Release Party! Aztec Two-Step’s debut album was named one of the top five classic folk albums by Real Simple magazine in ’07, joining work by Bob Dylan, Judy Collins, Tom Rush and Phil Ochs; also “…surpassing Simon and Garfunkel for exquisite harmonies, musicianship and emotion.” Their music was a staple of progressive FM and college radio, helping to bring the music of the 1960s into the ’70s. Aztec Two-Step continues to impress audiences with their shimmering, intricately textured twin guitar sound, as well as their intelligent songwriting ~vintage & brand new~ and their inspiring harmonies. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 23, 2011 in Hot Tickets, New York

 

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