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Cirque Du Soleil Presents Dralion in Ontario Seven performances only from October 24-28

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Ontario - Cirque du Soleil is pleased to announce that the critically-acclaimed touring production Dralion will perform in Ontario at Citizens Business Bank Arena from October 24 - 28, 2012 for seven performances only. Advance discounted tickets for Dralion are available now online exclusively to Cirque Club members through August 9. Cirque Club membership is free and benefits includes access to advance tickets, special offers and exclusive behind the scenes information. To join, go to www.cirqueclub.com. Tickets for the general public will be available starting August 10 at www.cirquedusoleil.com/dralion or by calling 1-888-9AXS-TIX.

Thrilling more than 8 million people worldwide since the show premiered in 1999, Dralion is the fusion of ancient Chinese circus traditions and the avant-garde style of Cirque du Soleil. The name Dralion (pronounced “Drah-lee-on”) is drawn from its two main symbols: the dragon, representing the East, and the lion, representing the West. Dralion derives much of its inspiration from Eastern philosophy with its perpetual quest for harmony between humankind and nature. The international cast features 52 world-class acrobats, gymnasts, musicians, singers and comedic characters.

PONCHO SANCHEZ IN CONCERT AT BLUE JAY AUG 2– KING BROTHERS BLUES AUG 9

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The Blue Jay Jazz Foundation is proud to present world renowned Grammy Award winner Latin band leader and master percussionist Poncho Sanchez back by popular demand in Blue Jay. The concert will be held August 2, 2012 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Rite-Aid Center venue located at 27177 State Highway 189, Blue Jay California 92317. Tickets are $20.00. Tables and tickets available at www.bluejayjazz.com Children under 12 free with adult.

Making his fourth appearance at the annual ‘Jazz in Blue Jay Summer Concerts’ series, Poncho is not only legendary but a local favorite. More than anything else Poncho Sanchez is a storyteller. And as a leader of the most popular Latin jazz group in the world it’s his congas that spin vivacious tales that pay homage to the glories of Afro-Cuban jazz merged with bebop. “Its music from the heart that hits you right between the eyes,” said Chris Levister, President of the Blue Jay Jazz Foundation. The wildly entertaining King Brothers are on tap August 9 for an evening of “gut-bucket blues”. The King Brothers’, unique passion and visceral interpretation of the blues attract fans from all walks of life. Rather than relying solely on tried and true blues styling - which the Kings inherited naturally from second-cousins and blues legends Freddy and Albert King - Sam and Lee King are cutting a new standard.

"It's danceable, it's rock-flavored, funk-flavored, gospel-flavored," explains Lee of the King Brothers' music. "I don't know a damn thing about picking cotton; I don't drink whiskey; I don't dip snuff; I don't fit any of those blues-man stereotypes. We just ‘dig’ it for the art form, and we're taking it where it needs to go."

The Blue Jay Jazz Foundation is an all volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to building the jazz arts community by advancing education, promoting cutting edge performance and developing new audiences.

BET Awards 2012: An Evening to Remember

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By Lea Michelle Cash

Los Angeles, CA—It was a brief few moments in time, which stood still as a magnificent voice of a mother, Cissy Houston sang tribute to her late daughter, Whitney Houston as an emotional highlight on Sunday, July 1 at the BET Awards held at the legendary Shine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Whitney’s brother, Gary, Brandy, Monica, Mariah Carey and the cast of Waiting to Exhale graced the stage as well to remember Whitney, but the stage belonged to Cissy.

She sang Simon and Garfunkel’s unforgettable song, Bridge Over Trouble Water and by the time, she had reached the lyrics, “Sail on silver girl. Sail on by. Your time has come to shine, all your dreams are on their way. See how they shine…” tears from those in the audience and backstage were falling everywhere. A beautiful performance was rendered from a heart not yet healed regarding a precious daughter gone too soon. This emotional moment will go down in time as a Black Entertainment Television classic.

Actor Samuel L. Jackson hosted the three- hour telecast this year. There were performances by Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj, Pusha T, Big Sean and several others. The show remembered the late Don Cornelius and Dick Clark. Chante Moore performed a short medley of Donna Summer’s hits in remembrance of her as well. Kanye West and his G.O.O.D music collaboration kicked off the show. The first award of the night, for the Best Group went to Jay-Z and Kanye’s The Throne. This year’s Humanitarian Award presented by State Farm went to Reverend Al Sharpton.

The electric star-studded evening produced another highlight—the honoring of Frankie Beverly and Maze. This was a musical tribute long overdue. Maze received the Cadillac Lifetime Achievement Award. The telecast premieres a video montage of the legendary performer’s forty-year career with Tyrese, Joe and Faith Evans singing the soul groups’ classics. After receiving their award, and acknowledging a member of the group “McKinley “Bug” Williams” passing on, they then took over the stage and performed two songs.

Many awards were passed out to deserving Black entertainers as the evening featuring old school, Hip Hop, gospel and R& B music took center stage. The winners were: Best Group — The Throne (Kanye West & Jay-Z); Best Actor — Kevin Hart; Best New Artist – Big Sean; Best Male R&B Artist — Chris Brown; Best Collaboration — Wale ft. Miguel; Best Gospel — Yolanda Adams; Best Female R&B Artist — Beyonce; Best Female Hip Hop Artist — Nicki Minaj; Video Of The Year — “Otis” by Kanye West & Jay-Z; Viewers’ Choice Award –Mindless Behavior; Video Director of The Year — Beyonce & Alan Ferguson; and Fandemonium Award — Chris Brown.

Multiple Grammy® Winner, Anita Baker, Headlines San Manuel Casino Singer/Songwriter Brings Classics to the Inland Empire on August 23

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San Manuel Indian Nation – Thursday, August 23, 2012, San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino welcomes multiple Grammy® Award winner, Anita Baker. Tickets are on sale today and available at Ticketmaster.com and the San Manuel Box Office for $35, $45 and $55.

Anita Baker started singing in church and later in groups throughout Detroit, before landing a gig with Chapter 8 with whom she had the hit “I Just Wanna Be Your Girl” in the early 80s. Anita later went solo and recorded the classic collection The Songstress before finding her way to Elektra Entertainment and a decade-long collaboration that birthed such projects as Rapture, Giving You The Best That I Got, Compositions and The Rhythm Of Love. These albums produced a powerhouse songbook that includes such masterpieces as “Watch You Step,” “Been So Long,” “Lead Me Into Love, “Talk To Me,” “Body and Soul,” and “I Apologize.”

In 2003, Anita debut My Everything which held a collection of the best attributes of the singer, songwriter and producer. The album produced 10 songs including the album namesake single. The record also included other masterful pieces “Like You Used To Do,” a duet with fellow singer/songwriter/producer Babyface. Anita’s mantel holds Grammy, Soul train, NAACP Image, Billboard and Rolling Stone Awards.

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. Doors open at 6:30pm. Must be 21 to enter Casino. Please gamble responsibly.

University Village Concerts Concert Series

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RIVERSIDE – Are you looking for a romantic date night or family outing this summer? Mark your Thursday calendars from 7 to 9 p.m. from July 19 through August 23 for the free Summer Music Concert Series at University Village, located at the intersection of University and Iowa in Riverside. Come listen or dance-a-long to live bands perform favorite hits from The Beatles, Tom Petty, The Heartbreakers and more. Bring lawn chairs and blankets every week to enjoy an array of music from classic rock to Tribute Bands: July 19, The Magnutz, Classic Rock; July 26, Copycats, Top 40; August 2, 45RPMS Rock N’ Roll; August 9, Dsanti Rock and Blues; August 16, The Petty Breakers, A Tom Petty Tribute; and August 23, Silver Beetles, A Beetles Tribute Band Each week Concert attendees can register for the chance to win merchant prizes. Plus shoppers who present University Village store receipt(s) of $25 or more dated July 19- August 23, 2012 at the concert event table get a FREE concert T-Shirt. Shirts limited to one per customer while supplies last. Enjoy free delicious food sampling during the concerts and come for dinner, snacks or specialty beverages at great University Village restaurants including At Thai, Boba Café, Busy Café, Fatburger, Juice It Up!, Lollicup Tea Zone, Pho Vinam Restaurant, Quizno's Classic Subs, Ranch One, Ray’s Pizza, Rubio's Fresh Mexican Grill, Starbucks, Sushi Ya, Teriyaki Bowl, The Flame Broiler and Yoshinoya. For more information on the Summer Concert Series, call Danielle Bovard at 818.710.6100 or visit HYPERLINK "http://www.universityvillageriverside.com" http://www.universityvillageriverside.com.

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