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Howie Mandel to Perform at San Manuel

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Thursday, December 16, 2010, San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino welcomes powerhouse comedian and TV funnyman, Howie Mandel to the San Manuel stage. Tickets are on sale today and available at Ticketmaster.com and the San Manuel Box Office for $25, $35, and $45.

As a comedy powerhouse for over 30 years, Howie Mandel’s career has encompassed all aspects of the entertainment spectrum, including television, film and stage. His career began on the comedy stage in Canada at Yuk Yuk in 1978. It was only when his friends dared him, one year later, to get on the famed Los Angeles Comedy Store amateur night stage that he found success in America. His comedy skit was heard by a producer who hired him to appear on the comedy game-show, “Make Me Laugh”. From there, Mandel landed a television series, “St. Elsewhere”, where he spent six seasons on the award-winning NBC drama.

It was in 1990 when Mandel created “Bobby’s World”, which ran on FOX Kids for eight seasons and was Emmy Award-nominated.

As the series’ creator and executive producer, Mandel was involved in the show’s writing, as well as provided the voice of Bobby, Bobby’s dad and other characters.

More recently, Mandel’s success has come as host and judge for two hit NBC primetime shows: “America’s Got Talent” and “Deal or No Deal”.

Mandel received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Reality/Competition Host for “Deal or No Deal” as well as a Daytime Emmy nomination for “Outstanding Game Show Host for the syndicated version of the show. His credentials continue with author, when in 2009, Mandel released his frank, funny, no-holds-barred memoir, “Here’s the Deal: Don’t Touch Me”. The memoir made the New York Times Bestsellers list in its first week, and dives into the comedian’s struggle with OCD and ADHD.

Every Thursday night with headliner entertainment, San Manuel gives away $1,000 just for seeing the show. To be eligible to win, guests only need a ticket to the show, a Club Serrano card and to be 21 or older. Guests can enter beginning at noon on such days.

Three drawings will be held on those nights: $250 at 7:20 p.m., $250 at 10:00 p.m. and $500 at 11:00 p.m. Winners must be present.

New Michael Jackson Single Prompts More Controversy

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(Reuters) - The first Michael Jackson single from a new December album was released on the Internet on Monday, sparking a new round of controversy over whether the voice is really that of the dead "Thriller" singer and if the track does him justice.

"Breaking News", a new song said by his record label to have been recorded by Jackson in 2007 and "recently brought to completion", opens with clips from old news reports about the more bizarre events in Jackson's life.

The song was released at the same time a rare TV interview with Jackson's mother, father and three children was broadcast on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" about their life after the singer's sudden 2009 death at age 50.

The "Breaking News" vocals, which feature many of Jackson's signature whoops and hee-hee's, are in a lower-register than the tone usually associated with the "King of Pop", and the lyrics start with the line "Everybody wanting a piece of Michael Jackson."

Jackson's Epic record label, part of the Sony Music Entertainment Group, said last week that after extensive research, they had "complete confidence" that the vocals on the new album are Jackson's own.

But Jackson's two eldest children are reported to have said they do not believe it is their father singing, and the entertainer's sister LaToya has also expressed doubts.

"I listened to it ('Breaking News')...It doesn't sound like him," LaToya Jackson was quoted as telling celebrity website TMZ.com.

The new album "Michael" -- the first since Jackson's death and the first of new material since "Invincible" in 2001 -- is due to be released on December 14.

Jackson's father said last week that his son would never have wanted to release incomplete and unfinished songs.

On Monday, fans were divided, with many loving the new single and others expressing skepticism.

"So it sounds a bit different. That was the great thing about Michael, he could change the way he sang, the way his music sounded. I would rather hear some of his music than not hear any of it," wrote MJJFAN4LIFE on the Entertainment Weekly comment boards.

In one early review, entertainment reporter Ashante Infantry of the Toronto Star website thestar.com called it "a self-referential rehash that spotlights all that was wrong with Mike" and added that the new single's theme of persecution by the media "threatens to diminish the posthumous goodwill afforded the pop star."

The "Michael" album has the backing of Jackson's official estate and is the latest commercial venture to capitalize on the singer's renewed popularity in death. A Cirque Du Soleil show, dance videogame and complete DVD set of his pop music videos are also on their way.

(Reporting by Jill Serjeant, editing by Christine Kearney)


Color Purple Sees Sellout Crowds in Riverside

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By Cheryl Brown –

Color Purple saw sellout crowds at its first appearance east of Los Angeles at the Riverside Fox Theatre. Saturday night there were no more seats. Many attending from the community expressed joy with the fact that it was local and most reported they had never seen a show like that outside of New York or Los Angeles.

Color Purple originally written by Alice Walker, was a hit. Pam Trotter, whom played Sofia said the play has a new director and there are twists on it that slightly changed what has been seen before. The changes were noticed; Jonathan Bufong, of San Bernardino said “I loved the play and I have seen it before but this one was different. I can’t quite put my finger on it but it was different.” Of the young adults in his group they all seemed to enjoy the evening out.

Trotter said she used to practice the lines of the play with her friends for fun and it paid off, she was awesome. The entire cast was excellent, professional and kept you wondering what is next, even if you had seen the play before. Verna Clayvon said a night out so close to home was a lifesaver for her. “I was so happy to be in the beautiful space (Fox),” she said. She too joined the chorus of others who were chatting away as they left the theatre.

“I attended the Saturday matinee,” said Woodie Rucker Hughes, a Riverside resident and President of the Southern California Conference of the NAACP as well as the Riverside Branch. “As I sat in the beautiful theatre, watching the magnificent well done play, I thought, I’m in River City!!!. If you missed it you missed it,” she exclaimed.

The voices were melodic. Celie, played by Dayna Jarae Dantzler had a strong mellow voice, she carried the show along with Trotter and Taprena Augustine, who played the role of Shug Avery, and when she came to town she changed everything.

Augustine was another hit of the show. Allison Semmes was just right for the role of Squeak. The top of the cast was closed out by Edward Smith as Mister, and he was a convincing bad guy who redeemed himself when he lost all that he had. And rounding out the stars was Lee Edward Colston II playing Harpo. Both men showed contradictions, one trying to do everything to please his wife the other doing everything to hold his wife down. This review wouldn’t be complete without a shout out to the church ladies and the rest of the ensemble cast.

The dancers were top notch. They did more dancing than I remember in other Color Purple presentations. On a scale of 1-5 I give it a The Color Purple at the Fox Theater a 5.

Hotel California Rocks San Bernardino's Sturges Center

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The music of the Eagles, including such hits as “Take It Easy,” “Heartache Tonight” and “Witchy Woman,” will be performed in concert at 8 p.m. Dec. 4 by Hotel California in “A Salute to The Eagles.”

For more than two decades, Hotel California has been known for faithfully and accurately reproducing the sound of the Eagles studio recordings, while recreating the group’s classic California sound of rock, country, and rhythm and blues.

The band features five multitalented musicians who perform 150 to 200 shows a year, including festivals and concerts, corporate functions, benefits and fairs, both a top of the bill act and opening for some of the most prominent names in the entertainment industry.

Each concert presents a showcase of the Eagles mega-hits, including “Desperado,” “Take It to the Limit,” “Lying Eyes,” “Hotel California,” and “Get Over It.” The group also performs songs from the solo works of Eagles members Don Henley, Glenn Frey and Joe Walsh.

The show incorporates Hotel California’s renowned vocal harmony and authentic instrumentation, including all specialty instruments, in a stage show that has gained recognition worldwide.

The group has performed at Disneyland and California Adventure, the Orange County Performing Arts Pavilion, in New York’s Central Park, the Laughlin River Run, Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota, Pacific Northwest Expo, Epcot Center, and many other venues nationwide.

Hotel California members are Dicky-Lee Dickinson, guitar and vocals; Wade Hogue, keyboard, guitar and lead vocals; Phil Rowland, drums and percussion; Scott Fronsoe, bass and vocals; and Steve Probst, guitar and vocals.

The Eagles formed in Los AngEles in 1971 with members Frey, Henley, Bernie Leadon and Randy Meisner. Don Felder joined the group in 1974.

Leadon left the band in 1975 and was replaced by Walsh. When Meisner left the group in 1977, Timothy B. Schmit joined the band.

The band was considered one of the most successful recording artists of the 1970s. The Eagles had five No. 1 singles, won six Grammys, and had six No. 1 albums. Two of their albums, “Their Greatest Hits (1971- 1975) and “Hotel California,” were among the 20 best-selling albums in the U.S.

The Eagles broke up in 1980 but reunited in 1994, and have toured and recorded off and on since then. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998. Members Frey, Henley, Schmidt and Walsh all have had very successful solo careers.

Al Green Visits San Manuel

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By Lea M. Cash –


It’s October 2010, and summer has long been officially over. As a reminder, there is a chill in the air, with the sun setting a littler earlier, brings about darkness, a harvest or crescent moon, sweaters and boots, giving indication to the fact that soon it will be time to roll our clocks forward once again.

We are all in this movement together, this understanding of nature’s way. Whether we like it or not, acceptance is mandatory usually by October, producing a swing into holiday cheer or depression.

For the Baby Boomers, those in this special generation who remodeled society it is simply the recognizable beginning of the close to another year in the autumn of their lives. They have reached their golden years and retirement is the order of the day.

Recently, I attended the Al Green concert at San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino in Highland. I watched the grey-haired Boomers parading into the sold out venue. Many groups of hard working men with names like Bob, their wives or significant others to reminisce through old school music and song. The women, they came in groups, by the droves, dressed to the nines in October gear. Right on the dot, it is 8:00 PM. Their anticipation is over and the legendary Al Green appears.

He is 64 years old, pleasingly plump, extraordinary in every way. He displays his infectious wide grin, and is holding his signature red roses that he throws throughout his performance to the ladies. The audience explodes in pandemonium for a man who sings their language.

Which is why, several times during his performance, he says to the crowd, “Ya’ll are going to make me forget the words.” For the Boomers with their excitement, with each song, out sang him. It was an honest-hearted singing along, completely off key, yet word for word, a simple way to tell a legend, “Hello dear friend. We love you.”

I am a Boomer as well. So, I had my moments. I thought back to 1972 when my best friend Sharon and I went to an Al Green concert. We were freshmen in college, thinking we were all that God had created.

We wore hip hugger pants, sky-high afros, large hoop earrings, fake eyelashes and halter-tops. We made it backstage to Al Green, and got a ride home in his plush white limousine that evening.

Sharon and I talked about it for days until something new happened in our lives. Still to this day, Sharon who I met in seventh grade and who still lives in Boston, where I was raised, reminds me of our Al Green concert, and how we made it back stage and spent the evening with Al Green. I wondered if he would remember being nice to two college girls, giggly and in awe of him. Naw! That was so long ago.

When Green performed his string of legendary hits from the early 70’s, taking the Boomers back to a time and place, three decades removed, the sing along, with folks dancing in the aisles as if no one was looking, lifted the spirits and warmed the heart.

With every yell, or sway of Green’s hips the audience went crazy which motivated the legend to sing louder, producing a voice full of falsetto swoops, booming louder than the funky bass and horn arrangements.

Green says to the audience, “Some people want to know do I still got it?” “Well, let me show you,” he continues. The Boomers are in ecstasy. They cheer him on, the louder the applause the faster his legs moved—an entertainer of the highest order.

Green once told a reporter, “I’m not trying to fool anybody. I’m a Christian, but I’ve lived a life that full. I’ve been married a couple of times, been up and been down, been right and been wrong. You go through in life these things. But at the end of the day it’s about family, it’s about kids. Life is about devotion.”

Words spoken like a true Boomer, healing the old wounds of living a full life, causing a ripple effect that touches the lives of his fans.

Unquestionably, a soul music legend who was born on a farm in Arkansas, April 1946, knew his audience. He has been singing professionally since the age of nine with his brothers, The Greene Brothers, a family gospel quartet. Years later in his solo career, he dropped the (e) and became Al Green. His breakthrough came in 1971 with “Tired of Being Alone.” Then followed a slew of hits that kept him in the Top 10 and Top 40 through 1976. Hits like “Let’s Stay Together”, “I’m Still In Love With You”, and the all time classic “Love and Happiness.”

He performs them all.

There is a list of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time” that Rolling Stone Magazine presents. Al Green is number 65. In 1995, presented by Natalie Cole, he was inducted in the Rock and Roll, Hall of Fame from shaping a sound that has defined its own place in pop and R& B music.

Richard Valles, 59 from West Covina said, “Old school, soul music is real music.” He continues, “Nothing these kids sing about today relates to me. Al Green speaks my language.

I teach my kids old school music.” In one hour, the concert is over. The Boomers scatter to all four corners of San Manuel. Many are still humming their favorite Al Green tune and remembering their lives in days gone by.

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