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Kendrick Lamar, Musiq Headline 2012 Spring Splash Festival at UCR

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Food trucks, rides and activities highlight April 28th event, which is free for UCR undergraduates. A limited number of tickets are available to the general public

RIVERSIDE - Rapper Kendrick Lamar and R&B artist Musiq Soulchild will be co-headliners at the 2012 Spring Splash Music Festival at the University of California, Riverside. Sponsored by the Associated Students Program Board (ASPB), the concert is scheduled from 2 to 7 p.m. on Saturday April 28, 2012.

With pop duo Capital Cities and local up-and-comers The Season Finale rounding out the bill, the festival promises something for almost every musical taste.

“Having a variety of acts is really important,” Campus Activities Coordinator Danielle Espino said. “Every year, the ASPB team is working to put on a show that our students will really enjoy.” Rapper Kendrick Lamar, a native of Compton who will also be playing the Coachella Music Festival, recently released his new single “The Recipe” which was produced by Scoop DeVille and features Dr. Dre. he is set to go on at 6:00 p.m.

Musiq Soulchild is an R&B/soul singer from Philadelphia who has released six albums, three of which reached No. 1 on the U.S. R&B chart. His most recent album is MusiqInTheMagiq, released in 2011. He also appears on Robert Glasper’s new album “Black Radio,” singing “Ah Yeah” with Chrisette Michelle. He is scheduled appear at 4:30 p.m. Ryan Merchant and Sebu Simonian make up the electro-pop duo Capital Cities. Having found each other on Craigslist, they began working together as composers in 2008, and then began producing material as Capital Cities in 2010. Their debut EP, Safe and Sound, was released in June 2011. They played at SXSW in March. They are scheduled to appear at 4 p.m. Hailing from nearby Rancho Cucamonga, The Season Finale was the winner of ASPB’s Battle of the Bands competition last fall. The unsigned five-piece group plays an edgy, upbeat pop-punk. They open the festival at 3:15 p.m.

In addition to the music, Spring Splash will feature several activities including a Ferris wheel, rock climbing walls, human hamster balls. Food will be available from a quartet of gourmet food trucks: Brats Berlin, Calbi Tacos, Rajun Cajun and Crepes Bonaparte. There will also be a beer garden.

“Spring Splash is a student-coordinated event,” Espino said. “Maninder Gill and Lacey Bruins have been working hard in leading the ASPB team to make this event the best it can be for their fellow students. Their ideas, initiative and follow-through have been incredible.” UCR undergraduate students can pick up their free Spring Splash ticket beginning Monday, April 16 by presenting their student ID at the HUB Welcome Desk. Tickets will be distributed Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., or until tickets run out.

A limited number of tickets will be available for purchase by non-UCR undergraduate students beginning Wednesday, April 18. Tickets cost $16 and may be bought in person at the University Box Office or ordered over the phone by calling (951) 827-4403. Sponsors of Spring Splash include Sterling Highlander and Grand Marc. For more information about the concert, please call (951) 827-ASPB or visit their website at http:// springsplash.ucr.edu.

 

Rise Up, ReNew, Rejoice! BET’s Celebration of Gospel

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By Stanton Allen Weeks

BET often falls victim to critics who argue about the appropriateness of the networks subject matter and the content of programming. That being said, BET’s Annual Gospel Celebration is arguably the networks crowning glory of validation and one of its most popular and widely viewed programs. This years Celebration didn’t disappoint, it was taped again at the Historic Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles and the capacity crowd filled with Gospel Royalty, Christians and Saints alike, packed the house to enjoy some inspirational, spiritual and rousing performances from some of the world most renowned gospel and secular artists, (Ledisi, Faith Evans and Johnny Gill). The program highlights are too numerous to count but include not-to-miss musical tributes to Whitney Houston (Kelly Price) and Mahalia Jackson (Moses Tyson Jr., Amber Riley, Jennifer Holliday, Yolanda Adams and Pastor Shirley Caesar) and spoken word performances by Dr. Bobby Jones and Wendy Raquel Robinson Steve Harvey, a self proclaimed “new christian”, returned as host for the evening (his 12th time) and injected his signature blend of edgy comedy and motivational speaking, kept the audience engaged between performances and leaning over and into the aisles with laughter.

Each rousing performance raised the bar higher and higher and the audience was compelled to their feet and throwing arms and hands in the air in praise and worship. The Celebration producers continue to be successful at designing a show that highlights both traditional and old school gospel, contemporary and new age music, as well as alternative and hip hop infused church music with a varied array of spectacular artists including; Rick Dillard and New G, Isaac Carree, Fred Hammond, Sunday Best Alum, Le’Andria Johnson and Jessica Reedy, Kirk Franklin and Mali Music, James Fortune and Rance Allen Group, Ernest Pugh and Maurette Brown-Clark.

Damon Wayans, Jr. Headlines Shaq’s Comedy Jam At San Manuel

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San Manuel Indian Nation – Thursday, April 5, 2012, San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino welcomes the return of Shaq’s All Star Comedy Jam featuring Damon Wayans, Jr., DeRay Davis, Lavell Crawford, Lil Duval, Gary Owens and Finesse Mitchell. Tickets are on sale today and available at Ticketmaster.com and the San Manuel Box Office for $25, $35 and $45.

With comedy in his genes, Damon Wayans, Jr. pursued his passion for fine arts and animation by attending the Otis School for Art and Design. This would prove much of his success when becoming the youngest staff writer on television for the comedy series “My Wife and Kids.” Following in his father’s footsteps, Damon, Jr., braved the world of stand up, and in 2006 began appearing and writing for the sketch comedy Showtime series, “The Underground.” In 2008, Damon Jr. was featured on HBO’s “Def Comedy Jam.” DeRay Davis has a long list of comedy film credits including “Life As We Know It”, “Semi-Pro”, “Old Dogs”, “Imagine That”, “License to Wed”, “Scary Movie 4”, “Barbershop 1 &2”, and “Johnson Family Vacation”. Born in Chicago, he was first noticed by Hollywood at Atlanta’s Laffapalooza Festival, and shortly after began touring on the Cedric the Entertainer Tour. His recording side came out when he wrote and performed the comedy skits on Kanye West’s LPs “Late Registration” and “The College Dropout”. He performed at the 2006 Grammy Awards with Kanye West and Jamie Foxx.

Lavell Crawford credits his first big break with his appearance on “DEF Comedy Jam” and BET’s “Comicview”. From that point on Crawford can be seen both in comedy clubs across the nation and as a regular on “Chelsea Lately.” More recently, his stand-up comedy special, “Can A Brother Get Some Love?” was released on DVD in August 2011. Roland Powell gets his stage name, Lil Duval, from the Florida county from which he hails, in which he uses his home turf in his stand-up routine. Duval hit the scene with his performance at Atlanta’s legendary Uptown Comedy Corner, but it wasn’t until a stand-up contest in Oakland, when he was noticed by Cedric the Entertainer, and appeared on “Cedric the Entertainer: Starting Lineup.” With his signature routine, “Stalker Anthem”, he gained more recognition.

Gary Owen has performed in comedy rooms across America including The Laugh Factory Hollywood, The Comedy Store, all of the Improvs, and many more. Owen has received much success from his recurring character Zach the barber in Tyler Perry’s “House of Payne.” He has also appeared in such films as “Little Man”, “Rebound” and “Daddy Day Care”. His road to comedy was not all laughs, after serving in the Navy and holding a military police officer position, Owen realized his passion and talent for comedy, and became known as the “Funniest Serviceman in America.”

Now starring on the Disney Channel's #1 hit show “A.N.T. Farm” as Chyna's Dad a.k.a Officer Darryl Parks... Finesse has not slowed down one bit. From BET’s “Comic View” to “The Tyra Banks Show” from “Comedy Central Presents...” to the “Today Show”, Finesse Mitchell got his first big break when he was asked to be a feature player on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” and was promoted to cast member in 2005. Long before becoming a regular on SNL, this author, actor and former insurance salesman made an impact in the world of stand-up comedy, with sold-out live performances all over the country and abroad.

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

American Experience Presents Jesse Owens

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Premieres Tuesday, May 1, 2012 8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. ET on PBS

“He is the quintessential Olympic hero. He stood up to racists in Germany, he stood up to racists at home and he did it with a grace and a genius that have not been equaled.” — Jeremy Schaap, ESPN reporter and author of Triumph: The Untold Story of Jesse Owens and Hitler's Olympics.

He was the most famous athlete of his time, whose stunning triumph at the 1936 Olympic Games captivated the world, even as it infuriated the Nazis. Despite the racial slurs he endured, his grace and athleticism rallied crowds around the world. Yet when the four-time Olympic gold medalist returned home, he couldn’t even ride in the front of a bus. Jesse Owens is the story of the 22-year-old son of a sharecropper who triumphed over adversity to become a hero and world champion. But his story is also about the elusive, fleeting quality of fame and the way Americans idolize athletes when they suit our purpose, and forget them once they don’t. Produced and directed by Laurens Grant and written and produced by Stanley Nelson, the team behind the Emmy Award-winning documentary Freedom Riders, the film will premiere on the PBS series AMERICAN EXPERIENCE on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 8:00 p.m. (check local listings).

It is hard to imagine a more politically charged atmosphere than the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Originally opposed to the idea of the games, German Chancellor Adolf Hitler was convinced by his propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels that they were the perfect opportunity to showcase the superiority of Aryan athletes. Hitler presided over the opening day ceremonies, whipping the crowds into a frenzy of excitement. On August 3, when Jesse Owens stepped into the massive new Olympic Stadium in Berlin, the crowd went silent with anticipation, sitting on the edge of their seats to see the much-talked-about track star from America compete against the Germans. Running on a muddy track, Owens equaled both the Olympic and world records of 10.3 seconds in the 100-meter dash and won his first gold medal. Tradition called for the leader of the host country to congratulate the winner but Hitler refused. “Do you really think,” the German leader said, “I will allow myself to be photographed shaking hands with a Negro?”

In his second event, the long jump, Owens dramatically beat the German favorite, Carl “Luz” Long, setting an Olympic record that stood for twenty-four years. The next day, against a headwind, Owens set a world record in the 200-meter dash, achieving his goal of winning three gold medals. Then, unexpectedly, Owens was ordered — against his wishes — to replace a Jewish sprinter on the 400-meter relay team. U.S. officials had changed the line-up at the last minute to placate their German counterparts by not fielding Jewish athletes. Owens won his fourth gold medal, the first African American to do so.

Following the Olympics, Owens and his teammates were ordered to embark on a European fundraising tour for the Amateur Athletic Union. Tired, exhausted, and already separated from his wife for three months, Owens wanted to go home. Brundage threatened to strip Owens of his amateur athletic standing if he left, a threat which he made good when Owens departed. Now banned from competing in any sanctioned sporting event in the U.S., the athlete returned to a country with its own racial divide. On his first night back, he and his wife couldn’t find lodging in New York until one hotel finally agreed to rent them a room if they used the service entrance.

'42nd Street' Taps Its Way Into San Bernardino

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The non-stop fun is contagious in one of Broadway’s most loved musicals, “42nd Street,” on stage March 16-18 at the historic California Theatre of the Performing Arts, 562 W. Fourth St.

A presentation of Theatrical Arts International, performances are at 8 p.m. March 16-17, 2 p.m. March 17-18 and 7 p.m. March 18. Tickets are $38.50- $77.50, available at www. ticketmaster.com, www. livenation.com, or theater box office at (09) 885-5152.

Mounting a Great White Way show in the middle of the Great Depression is no easy task, but producer Julian Marsh is not about to let that happen, even when his leading lady is injured and a young, budding chorus girl has to take her place. But the show must go on.

The award-winning musical features such songs as “Shuffle Off to Buffalo,” “You’re Getting to Be a Habit With Me,” “Lullaby of Broadway,” “Young and Healthy,” and, of course, the title song, “42nd Street.”

“42nd Street,’ a toetapping extravaganza that is sure to entertain the whole family, won the 1980 Tony Award for Best Musical. It became a long running hit on Broadway.

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