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'Nosferatu,' 'The Exorcist' to Haunt California Theatre of the Performing Arts

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Two of the spookiest and scariest movies ever made, the silent film classic “Nosferatu” and the 1973 William Friedkin directed “The Exorcist,” will be screened Oct 15 in the California Theatre of the Performing Arts.

“ Nosferatu,” accompanied by Robert Salisbury on the theater’s Mighty Wurlitzer Style 216 Theatre Organ, will be shown at 2 p.m. “The Exorcist” will screen at 6 p.m.

The movies are presentations by the City of San Bernardino Economic Development Agency.

Tickets to each show are $7-$15, available at ww.ticketmaster.com, www. livenation.com, or the theater box office at (909) 885-5152.

“Nosferatu” is considered the greatest silent horror film ever made. The 1922 German film is the earliest surviving screen adaptation of Bram Stoker’s classic novel “Dracula.”

The horror film centers on vampire Count Orlok, who expresses an interest in an old, forbidding castle as well as a beautiful woman. Directed by F. W. Murnau and written by Henrik Galeen, it stars Max Schreck, Greta Schroder and Ruth Landdshoff.

“Nosferatu” is considered to be a masterpiece of Expressionism with its unique creation of mood and setting, and use of negative film, double exposures and a variety of camera special effects, as well as the chilling performance of Schreck as Count Oriok.

Noted film critic Pauline Kael said, “... this first important film of the vampire genre has more spectral atmosphere, more ingenuity, and more imaginative ghoulish ghastliness than any of its successors.”

Organist Salisbury will accompany the film on the California Theatre’s Mighty Wurlitzer Style 216 Theatre Organ, one of only three working Wurlitzer Opus 216 pipe organs in the world. The historic organ is one of a very few in Southern California, and the only one in San Bernardino and Riverside counties still in its original theater home. Silent film/organ concerts are held several times each year in the theater.

“The Exorcist,” adapted from the 1971 novel of the same name by William Blatty,” is about the demonic possession of a young girl and her mother’s attempts to win back her daughter through an exorcism by two Catholic priests.

The film, which starred Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Jason Miller and Linda Blair as the young girl, was nominated for 10 Academy Awards, winning two (for Best Sound and Best Adapted Screenplay).

Manny Pacquiao Presents World Class Boxing At San Manuel Casino

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Thursday, October 27, famed world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao and Top Rank present a night of World Class Championship Boxing at San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino. Tickets are on sale and available at Ticketmaster.com and the San Manuel Box Office for $50 and $90.

The Pac Man returns! Famed world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao and Top Rank present a night of World Class Championship Boxing in the San Manuel ring. Generally ranked as the number one, pound-for-pound boxer in the world, Manny was the first professional fighter to win eight-division world championships. He was named Fighter of the Decade for the 2000s, and has been honored as the Fighter of the Year in 2006, 2008, and 2009.

Without doubt, he is one of the most well-known and admired persons in the world today.

Las Vegas-based Top Rank stands as the country’s premiere boxing promotions company for one reason: They take care of their fighters and fans. For nearly half a century, Top Rank has nurtured some of the sport’s all-time greats and produced some of its most exciting bouts. It’s a practice continued to this day, as Top Rank further expands its brand while introducing the sport of boxing to a new generation of fans. Top Rank promotes the sport’s most elite fighters, including the best pound-forpound fighter in the world, Manny Pacquiao, and threetime world champion Miguel Cotto. Fight card TBD.

*Fights are subject to change.

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 6:30. Must be 21 to enter Casino. Please gamble responsibly.

Riverside Shows What its Got at Fashion Night Out

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By Rory O’Sullivan –

Fashionista’s from all over the Inland Empire recently converged on Downtown Riverside to celebrate Fashion’s Night Out.

The event drew a crowd of about a thousand people according to coordinator Natasha Ferguson. Fashionista Aileen Prince of Moreno Valley said she was big into fashion having been a former model. Prince enjoyed being able to come to Riverside to enjoy an evening of fashion instead of driving to Los Angeles.

Fashion’s Night Out was a worldwide event with fashion shows being held all over the world from “Manhattan, to Milan, Atlanta to Australia,” according to their website.

The day was “intended to restore consumer confidence, boost the industry’s economy and put the ‘fun’ back in shopping,” according to their website.

Forgotten Treasures owner Maria Pineda said, “It helps us because we can bring our merchandise out and they can buy our products.” Her collection of vintage shoes, hats, jewelry, and lamps, did make a strong fashion statement.

The event also included handmade jewelry, artisan items, apparel, shoes and more for sale, as Main St. between University and Mission Inn became “Fashion Alley.”

The fashion show was the main event of the night and was put on by The Art Institute of California-Inland Empire, included everyday wear like jeans, blouses and shirts to evening wear which included gowns, suits, and ties. “I think it would be great if they could keep it here,” said model Amber Schmeltz. “Everyone was really nice and the clothes were fantastic to wear.”

Local retailers including Toni Moore Clothing and Boyd’s on Main provided clothes for the fashion show.

Students from AIS who volunteered for the event also benefited by gaining experience in their field. “It helps to connect with people,” said fashion design student Jaza Piper “it helps us throughout our careers.”

Ferguson was thrilled with the turnout of the event. She was also pleased with the enthusiasm of the crowd.

Ferguson hopes that this event will show that locals can have a great time without having to drive to far.

“We do events like this to show you can have a great time right here in Downtown Riverside.”

WICKED Celebrates L.A. Return

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Broadway's biggest blockbuster, WICKED, is returning to Hollywood's Pantages Theatre for a limited holiday engagement November 30 - January 29, and will be celebrating with a two-hour party in the Pantages Grand Lobby on Saturday, September 17th from 12 noon to 2 pm.

Patrons in attendance at this special event will get the first opportunity to purchase the best possible seating directly from the Pantages Box Office and will not incur any additional Ticketmaster service charges.  Tickets will be available for purchase online, by phone or at Ticketmaster outlets on Sunday morning, September 18th at 10am.

Fans are invited to participate in a WICKED KARAOKE CONTEST, where one grand prize winner will be selected to receive four free tickets to the first performance.  Those who participate in the karaoke contest will receive a free WICKED merchandise pack. Those interested in competing should arrive early, as only a limited number of contest spaces are available.  Free food & beverage will be catered by The Perfect Bite.

Morning radio host Valentine will be the master of ceremonies at the event, sponsored by 104.3 MYfm.

Valentine, host of 104.3 MYfm's popular morning show, "Valentine in the Morning," started in the radio industry when he was just 15 and has since become a household name.  Every Monday through Friday, Southern Californians tune in to hear him play a wide variety of music - "more variety from the 90's til now." Valentine's most important on-air attribute is his desire to be open with his listeners and to share his real life, thereby allowing the listener to share theirs as well.

Based on the best-selling 1995 novel by Gregory Maguire, WICKED, winner of 35 major awards, including a Grammy® and three Tony® Awards, is the untold story of the witches of Oz.  It is produced by Marc Platt, Universal Pictures, The Araca Group, Jon B. Platt and David Stone.

Long before Dorothy drops in, two other girls meet in the Land of Oz.  One - born with emerald-green skin - is smart, fiery and misunderstood.  The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular.  WICKED tells the story of their remarkable odyssey, and how these two unlikely friends grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good.

Orchestra level tickets for WICKED start at just $30.  Beginning Sunday, September 18th at 10am, tickets will be made available for purchase online at www.BroadwayLA.org or www.Ticketmaster.com/Wicked, by phone at 1-800-982-ARTS(2787), and in person at all Ticketmaster outlets.  The Pantages Theatre Box Office will reopen for regular business on Monday, October 3rd.

Bill Bellamy's Ladies Night Out Star in Laugh Out Loud Comedy Festival

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Comedians Bill Bellamy, J.Reid, D’Lai and Ali Siddiq star in the Aug. 28 headlining show “Ladies Night Out,” at the Laugh Out Loud Comedy Festival at the California Theatre of the Performing Arts.

The 9:30 p.m. show is the finale in the four-day comedy festival, Aug. 25-28, in the historic downtown venue. Showtime Networks will film all 11 shows, featuring more than top name 20 comedians.

Bellamy first gained fame on HBO’s “Russell Simmons’ Def Comedy Jam.” He was a VJ on MTV and was the host of several MVT shows, including “MTV Jamz,” and “MTV Beach House.” He appeared in the films Fled Love Jones,” “The Brothers,” “How to be a Player, “and “Any Given Sunday.”

He also appeared in the TV show “Kenan and Kel,” Nickelodeon’s “ Cousin Skeeter,” and co- starred in Fox’s “Fastline.” He also starred in the Showtime’ comedy special “Booty Call,” one of the network’s top-rated specials.

The comedy festival features such shows as Snoop Dogg Presents The Bad Girls of Comedy, Tommy Chong’s Comedy at 420, and Rita Rudner’s Four Potential Ex-Husbands show.

Other stand up stars include Jay Mohr, Willie Barcena, Anthony Clark, Steve Trevino, Melanie Comarcho, Ian Bagg, Monique Marvez, David Gee, Allan Stephan, Ottto & George, and many others.

This is the fourth LOL Comedy Festival and the 
second consecutive summer that the event has been filmed in San Bernardino’s California Theatre.

The 2011 LOL Comedy Festival is being filmed and produced by LOL Comedy Inc., and Payaso Productions in association with the California Theatre Of The Performing Arts and the City of San Bernardino Economic Development Agency.

Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com or the theater box office at (909) 885-5152. Admission is $25 for single shows, with VIP Gold Circle admission of $40. Single day admission is $63. The LOL Comedy Festival Package for all four days of performances is $140.

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