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Jul 23rd

Hot Jazz at da Funky Butt

Hot Jazz at da Funky ButtMany never stop and question where some of their favorite past times have come from; that hour of expression that birthed a movement or a genre that feels effortless as it graces the scene today. For Jazz Music, unbeknownst to many, the journey has been one of challenge and risk. And thanks to writer Jean Calvit, we’ve been given the opportunity to see how it all began.

Interact Theater’s current production, “Hot Jazz at Da Funky Butt,” a piece written by Calvit and Dario Tangelson, and directed by Calvit, the companies artistic/executive director, explores the beginning of this musical staple with a piece sure to open your eyes, and incite your ears to engage in the perils that surrounded a once forbidden genre.
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Fail Up: 20 Lessons on Building Success from Failure

Fail Up: 20 Lessons on Building Success from Failure“If they’re being honest, most people who have ever succeeded in any human endeavor will tell you they learned more from their failures than they ever learned from their successes… Failure is an inevitable part of the human condition… Through my scars I have been blessed to arrive at a place I never imagined... When you take the time to learn your lessons, when you use those lessons as stepping-stones to climb even higher than you were before, you transcend failure—you ‘fail up.’ In this book, I detail 20 of the most impactful lessons of my life… I’m a witness. You CAN fail up!” (Excerps from the Introduction, pgs. ix-xvii)
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Artists heat up skillets and ovens in support of the Obsidian

Artists heat up skillets and ovens in support of the ObsidianCharles Bibbs from Los Angeles, California, is an accomplished Fine Artist, entrepreneur and philanthropist who has always believed that we are the keepers of our culture, and as such, has spent much of his time working towards developing a cohesive, energized African American Community. He is arguably the most commercially successful Black artist working in the country today.

Bibbs along with local artists Loretta Day, Nate Young, Ernest Arthur Bryant III, Richard Amos, Esther Osayande, Aziz Osman, Shirley Robertson, Charles Caldwell, Tobechi Tobechukwu and LaDonna Funderburke are participating artists at the Obsidian Arts presentation, Artists Who Cook 2011.
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Review: Madea’s Big Happy Family

Review: Madea’s Big Happy FamilyHold onto your wigs and fat suits, folks, because Tyler Perry is back in drag as America’s sassiest granny. But don’t make the mistake of attributing the Madea franchise’s enduring appeal to the loudmouthed hussy’s bodaciousness alone, since she’s as much beloved for her timely sermonizing as for all that trademark tomfoolery.

While undeniably upping the ante in terms of sheer frivolity, this sixth installment is also grounded by a bittersweet storyline. At the point of departure, we find Madea’s niece, Shirley (Loretta Devine), being informed by her physician (Philip Anthony-Rodriguez) about a resurgence of the cancer that she’s been fighting for the past seven years.
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Penumbra premieres: I Wish You Love

Penumbra premieres: I Wish You LoveLike subtle raindrops on frozen glass, Penumbra Theatre’s newest production, “I Wish You Love,” bleeds a solid tear on a subject far more ample than its doe-eyed cover. 
 
Straight from the fingertips and carefully crafted thoughts of writer Dominic Taylor, “I Wish you Love,” directed by Lou Bellamy, definitely exceeds its backdrop of jazz music and love-laced soliloquies, as they are intertwined with the life of Nat King Cole during the period in which he hosted his own television variety show.
 
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Fast Five

Fast FiveVin Diesel and Paul Walker lead a reunion of returning all-stars from every chapter of the explosive franchise built on speed in Fast Five.  Newly joined by Dwayne Johnson, they take the series that hooked the world on adrenaline and amp up the action and spectacle on a global scale.

In Fast Five, former cop Brian O’Conner (Walker) partners with ex-con Dom Toretto (Diesel) in a very unfamiliar place: the opposite side of the law in exotic Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  Elsa Pataky joins Johnson and returning favorites Jordana Brewster, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Tyrese Gibson, Sung Kang, Gal Gadot, Matt Schulze, Tego Calderón and Don Omar in an ultimate high-stakes heist.
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Eye of the Hurricane: My Path from Darkness to Freedom

Eye of the Hurricane: My Path from Darkness to Freedom“You may have heard of me, Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter, as having been a professional prizefighter. That, along with having been a wrongly convicted person who had to spend twenty years behind bars for a crime he did not commit, is a fact... I am not angry or bitter about my past or present circumstances. I do not worry about money or about not being able to pay my bills... I KNOW that I will be all right because I am connected to the source from which all life arises... Whatever is taken from you by those who abandon principle, you will ultimately win back through your priceless understanding that life has meaning. You will understand that nothing is more valuable than the love of the Spirit, and that each individual possesses that Spirit.” (Excerpts from the Introduction. pgs. 1, 22 & 23)
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