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Red Carpet Event Re-Opens Historic Fox Theater

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In grand Hollywood fashion, guests recently walked the red carpet and entered the historic Fox Performing Arts Center during the re-opening gala.

Providing evidence of progress for the City of Riverside’s $1.68 billion Riverside Renaissance project, Mayor Ron Loveridge, City and State officials, and local VIPs celebrated the Fox Gala.

“Riverside Renaissance is not just about public infrastructure, but about an investment in the quality and pride of our great city,” said Mayor Loveridge.

“These projects ensure that Riverside is a “renaissance” city for generations to come, as well as a catalyst for private investment.

As the city invests in itself, Riverside becomes even more attractive for new employment, retail and entertainment opportunities.”

On May 3, 2007, after more than 1,300 visitors took one final tour through the auditorium, the Fox Theater closed its doors for construction. The historic structure has been reinvented as a state-of-the-art performing arts theater for Riverside and the Inland Empire.

Intimate Apparel Comes to UCR

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The Department of Theatre at the University of California, Riverside, is pleased to present INTIMATE APPAREL, a play by Lynn Nottage.

“Intimate Apparel is a deceptively simple play about a seamstress [in the early 1900s] who sews intimate apparel for prostitutes, and for ladies on Fifth Avenue. I had spent about a year and a half at the New York Public Library researching the play, trying to discover the textures of 1905 and to be true to that. And in that process of writing, I tried to capture as much of the essence of the time as possible.

It’s an exploration of race and class in America. And desire and hope.”

“I had a great-grandmother who was a very talented seamstress. She specialized in creating intimate apparel for ladies. I was always fascinated by that this very religious women creating kinky lingerie. The story is simple. The play begins with a woman, Esther, who sews intimate apparel. She connects with many people in her life, but has no intimacy.

She very much wants to touch someone—and I don’t mean physically, I mean emotionally and spiritually. And she finds it in this person named George Armstrong, a laborer in the Panama Canal who is very lonely.

They begin corresponding. Neither of them reads or writes, so they go outside themselves to help create illusions of who they are, to connect.”

“I think that the African-American woman’s voice is important because it is part of the American voice. But you would not know that by looking at TV or films. You would think that we do not exist. And part of my mission as a writer is to say, “I do exist. My mother existed, and my grandmother existed, and my great-grandmother existed, and they had stories that are rich, complicated, funny, that are beautiful and essential.” And the stories have become the myth of America.

There are folk tales brought over from Africa that find, many years later, they are on television as Bugs Bunny. I want people to know that my story, that of the African-American woman, is also the American story.”

The play is directed by Kathrn Earvin. It will be performed January 21st through January 30th. For tickets and information, contact (951) 827-4331.

Local Organizations to Hold Multi-Media Extravaganza

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On Sunday, February 21, 2010, the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Bernardino, God’s Precious One Publications, The Draper Center of Pomona College, Rare Diamonds of Pomona College, and the SCORE Office of Scripps College in cooperation with My College Connection, Sacred Sistahs, Inc. BLU Educational Foundation, Urban Lyfestyles, and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. will host a Multi-media Extravaganza inspired and titled after the soon to be released book “The ABCs of You: Words of Inspiration and Affirmation in Celebration of Women” by Micki Poole Clowney. The ABCs of You* celebration will be held in the Garrison Theater of the Claremont Col leges at the Scripps College Performing Arts Center at 3:30pm. Doors will open at 3:00pm.

The ABCs of You* is a celebration of women of all ages, sizes, and colors, which is a timely prelude to Women’s Herstory Month. *

The event is a celebration of the beauty and triumphs of women and will feature a myriad of artistic expression, including spoken word, song, dance and more, from local high school and college students.

There will also be a fashion show, including some unique styles of an up and coming designer, Zelle Couture. Finally, the event will serve as the inaugural photo exhibition of the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Bernardino’s Image Makers program. This installation will portray BGC members’ interpretations of women. ImageMakers is a national program of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. The national initiative delivers a state-of-the-art photography curriculum, provides photographic resources and opportunities for Club members to compete on a national level.

ImageMakers provides local, regional and national recognition through an annual photography contest. Winning photos will be displayed nationwide at museums as well as at BGCA’s annual National Conference.

Following the showcase, there will be a reception featuring the soulful jazz sounds of J. Boykin and a book signing for *The ABCs of You*.

The event is free and open to the public. This is a wonderful activity for the entire family.

For more information, please contact (909) 645-5962 or e-mail iamgodspreciousone@gmail.com.

ABC TV to Host Town Hall at Boys & Girls Club of SB

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ABC 7 is bringing its popular community outreach project ‘ABC 7 Listens’ to the Boys & Girls Club of San Bernardino, Thursday, January 21, 2010 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Bernardino, located at 1180 West 9th Street. San Bernardino, California 92411.

ABC-TV, ABC 7 will host the community forum to provide local residents and non-profit organizations the opportunity to speak with top station executives about community ideas and concerns.

Boy & Girls Club president, Rikke Van Johnson says while the hosts encourage people to give story ideas, the forums also give participants the chance to meet and greet other members in their community.

We encourage people to come out, sit down together in diverse groups and talk with each other. This could lead to the formation of sustainable community collaborations among various stakeholders in the region.

ABC7’s President and General Manager Arnold J. Kleiner will be on hand to listen and answer questions along with several news reporters and managers. A news camera will be present to record part of the meeting.

Space is limited, RSVP via e-mail to abc7communitymeeting@abc.com or call (818) 863-7238.

The event is free to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Christ Our Redeemer Hosts 11th Annual MLK Gospel Concert

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The 11th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Gospel Concert will be held on Sunday, January 17, 2010 at 5:00 pm, on the campus of the University of California, Irvine inside the Barclay Theatre. The event is co-hosted by Christ Our Redeemer AME Church (COR), the Black Chamber of Commerce of Orange County, 100 Black Men of Orange County, and the Orange County Ministerial Alliance.

Every year, the event is designed to raise funds for deserving college students and to honor two individuals who embody the character and leadership of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“This event is intended to provide worthy students an opportunity to achieve a higher level of education, and to pay homage to a true American icon,” said Reverend Mark Whitlock II. COR’s objective is to award deserving students with financial support toward achieving their academic and professional dreams. One scholarship recipient will receive $5,000, while the other winners receive scholarships between $1,000 and $3,000.

The honorees that will receive the Woman and Man of the Year Awards are Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications at Edison International Barbara Parsky, and President of California State University at Fullerton Milton Gordon. “Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s vision was undeniable, as well as everlasting. I am grateful for the recognition during such a symbolic event,” said Parsky. The CORale Choir, who was most recently featured in “How Sweet the Sound” is scheduled to perform, as well as a surprise gospel-recording artist. Dr. King’s fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha, has also planned an electrifying step show performance. “I am honored to be recognized at such a prestigious event, and greatly anticipate being in attendance,” said Gordon. Under the leadership of Reverend Whitlock, Christ Our Redeemer AME Church has hosted the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Scholarship Gospel Concert for the past 10 years. All funds raised are for minority students attending a college or university in Orange County.

More than $125,000 in scholarships have been awarded to minority students attending Orange County colleges and universities.

Students interested in applying for scholarships must submit a detailed application including a personal statement and an essay, which is reviewed and evaluated by a scholarship committee.

The cost to attend the 11th annual fundraising event is $25. For more information, visit www.corchurch.org or call 877-426-7263.

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