Mar 222017
 
Los Angeles Supports Immigrant Communities

Mayor Garcetti signing Executive Directive 20
Photo courtesy of L.A. Mayor’s Office

Mayor Garcetti leads more than 60 mayors in ‘Cities’ Day of Immigration Action’

Los Angeles coordinates nationwide, bipartisan effort to inform and empower immigrant communities

Mayor Eric Garcetti today led the first-ever Cities’ Day of Immigration Action, an effort by mayors in more than 60 cities to mobilize law enforcement, faith leaders, legal advocates, and community organizations in affirming the indispensable role of immigrants in American life, and connecting people with the resources they need to protect themselves and their families.

“Immigration is at the heart of the American story, because people from everywhere have made immeasurable contributions to the diversity, ingenuity, and cultural richness that defines who we are. That is especially true in Los Angeles, and people who have made a home here deserve all of the resources and protection their City can provide,” said Mayor Garcetti, who chairs and founded the United States Conference of Mayors Latino Alliance. “No one in Los Angeles should live in fear of being taken from their home, or separated from their family. I will never stop fighting to protect all Angelenos, and making sure they are given the support they need and deserve.”

In Los Angeles, the Cities’ Day of Immigration Action was highlighted by Mayor Garcetti signing the twentieth executive directive of his administration. The directive, “Standing with Immigrants: A City of Safety, Refuge, and Opportunity for All,” ensures that L.A.’s public servants stay focused on protecting people, serving communities, and saving lives — not inquiring about immigration status or engaging in federal civil immigration enforcement.

The directive expands existing LAPD policies on immigration enforcement to Airport police, Port police and firefighters — and prohibits all city employees from using public facilities or resources to assist or cooperate with federal civil immigration enforcement. It also requires that every city facility and service be made available to all Angelenos without regard to citizenship or immigration status, and orders protections on the confidentiality of information submitted by residents who enroll in city programs and services, unless required by law.

Los Angeles also hosted citywide legal clinics, “Know Your Rights” workshops, and training sessions throughout the day — giving Angelenos a chance to ask questions, and get answers, about immigration processing. Mayor Garcetti met with pro bono legal service providers at the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA), and hosted a ‘Know Your Rights’ workshop at the Dolores Mission with immigration advocates, law enforcement officials, and faith and community leaders.

The Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs has issued a Community Resource Guide for immigrant Angelenos — which includes comprehensive know-your-rights information and resources, including contact information for legal service providers and community organizations. The guide can be found at LAMayor.org/KnowYourRights.

Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti said on Instagram: “We are reminding our immigrant communities: We see you. We support you. You are welcome here. And we will do everything in our power to keep you safe.”

Anything L.A.’s comment: Hats off to City of Los Angeles and its Leaders for putting human rights, first!

For more information about the Cities’ Day of Immigration Action in Los Angeles, please visit LAMayor.org/Immigrants. To see the list of more than 60 Mayors and cities participating in 32 states across America, go to http://www.usmayors.org/mayors-stand-for-all/immigration/.

 

 

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Mar 212017
 
L.A. Local State of Emergency

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Mayor Garcetti declares State of Emergency to address unprecedented snowmelt in the Owens Valley

LADWP must act quickly to protect communities and critical infrastructure along the L.A. Aqueduct from flooding.

 

Mayor Eric Garcetti has declared a local State of Emergency to protect the lands and communities near the Los Angeles Aqueduct from flooding, as this year’s historic Eastern Sierra snowpack begins to melt into the Owens Valley.

This year’s snowpack in the Eastern Sierras is 241% above normal, and once spring sets in, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) expects the snowmelt to send up to 1 million acre-feet of runoff into the Owens Valley.

This runoff — nearly twice the amount of water Angelenos use in a year — will likely threaten local communities, hydroelectric power plants, and dust mitigation infrastructure in Owens Lake with destructive flooding. Mayor Garcetti’s Emergency Declaration will trigger City rules that enable LADWP to act quickly in response to the threat, and begin the process of requesting assistance from the state and federal governments.

“I am declaring a local State of Emergency today because we have a responsibility to protect Angelenos and the people of the Owens Valley — we must act quickly to address this threat,” said Mayor Garcetti. “I have also requested that Governor Brown help us coordinate our response with state agencies.”

“This emergency reminds us that climate change is not a problem for the distant future — it is already causing harm, and we know there is more to come. That’s why it’s critical for us to continue investing in infrastructure that makes our City more sustainable and resilient, and continue pushing to reduce our carbon emissions,” he added.

Mayor Garcetti is committed to making the City more sustainable, and combating climate change. His administration’s Sustainable City pLAn outlines ambitious goals for water conservation, carbon emission reduction, climate resiliency, and expanding the use of renewable energy. This historic snowpack directly after a historic drought is an example of the extreme climate patterns modeled in many climate studies.

Today’s Emergency Proclamation will help LADWP respond to the immediate threat of flooding in the Owens Valley by triggering special City rules that enable the utility to contract for the goods and services it needs more quickly. Since it is intended to last longer than seven days, the declaration requires approval by the City Council.

LADWP is already taking steps to prepare for this year’s snowmelt, and Mayor Garcetti’s declaration will enable the utility to act more quickly. For example, the agency is spreading water along the length of the L.A. Aqueduct system — so that the excess water can be used to replenish underground aquifers — and maximizing flows throughout the system, using more Aqueduct water to supply Los Angeles. It is also shoring up existing flood control infrastructure and emptying reservoirs along the Aqueduct to prepare for the snowmelt and protect its hydroelectric power plants and critical endangered species habitat from flooding.

In Owens Lake where the City has spent more than $1 billion on dust mitigation over the last two decades, LADWP is building new infrastructure to guide the flow of excess runoff away from its dust control operations and prevent them from destruction.

“Public safety is among our core values as an organization,” said LADWP General Manager David H. Wright. “LADWP has made a commitment to the residents of the Owens Valley to control dust emissions that can be harmful to breathe, and have spent over $1 billion on infrastructure to mitigate this dust. As storm waters threaten to destroy much of this investment, we must honor our commitment to the residents of the Owens Valley to reduce this form of air pollution, just like we honor our commitments to rate payers in the L.A. Basin. This Declaration by Mayor Garcetti today allows us to bypass lengthy supply procurement regulations to ensure that we can immediately continue to keep particulate matter from being blown off the dry lake playa during periods of high winds.”

Learn more about the impending snowmelt flood from LADWP

 

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Mar 212017
 

2017 Los Angeles Marathon

With more than 24,000 runners from all 50 states and 63 countries raced the 26.2 miles iconic “Stadium to the Sea” course from Dodger Stadium to Santa Monica Pier on Sunday, March 19th 2017, establishing Los Angeles Marathon as the fourth largest marathon in the U.S. and the tenth largest worldwide.

And the 2017 Los Angeles Marathon’s Winners are runners from Kenya: Elisha Barno (the first man) and Hellen Jepkurgat (the first woman) to finish the race.

  • Elisha Barno crossed the finish line in 2 hours, 11 minutes and 52 seconds.
  • John Pickhaver (United States) placed 10th. (He is the only United States runner who was among the first 10 Los Angeles Marathon finishers.)
  • Hellen Jepkurgat finished her run in 2 hours, 34 minutes and 23 seconds.
  • Joanna Reyes (United States) placed 4th. (5 United States female runners earned a place among the first 10 finishers.)

Congratulations to ALL participants of the Los Angeles Marathon!

Many contributed to the overall success of the 2017 Los Angeles Marathon.

Starting with the official sponsor, The Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon was proud to host the city’s newest professional sports team, the LA Chargers, who participated in this year’s race by running their own 13-person relay. LA Chargers linebacker Denzel Perryman, General Manager Tom Telesco, Chargers’ Cheerleaders and Super Fans made up the team that partook in the marathon festivities and journey from Dodger Stadium to Santa Monica.

The Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon teamed up with Guinness World Records to give athletes the opportunity to attempt an official Guinness World Records title, with on-the-day record verification at the race.

Skechers Performance returned in 2017 as the official title sponsor of the race, with new activations and a limited-edition footwear and apparel collection that encapsulates the city. The brand is also launching the GOrun Forza 2 “FO SHO” sneaker model in a very limited release – which was only available at the Skechers Performance official race merchandise booth at the official Health & Fitness Expo – which plays up Los Angeles themes with bright graphics highlighting iconic landmarks and imagery from the city.

Once again, the 2017 Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon app powered by Fitbit delivered a best-in-class experience that allowed runners, spectators and the entire Los Angeles community easy access to race information, the course map and social media tools that enhanced their experience with this iconic race.

Through an unprecedented partnership with Snapchat, runners and spectators at the Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon had a unique way to commemorate their experiences on social media by using more than 40 on-demand Snapchat Geofilters specially-designed for the race.

The Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon supported 95 charity partners through its Official Charity Program, offering them the opportunity to leverage the world-class endurance event to increase awareness and raise funds for their causes.

Conqur Endurance Group (the organizer of L.A. Marathon) continued its support of the Students Run LA program, which provides at-risk high school students with mentors and coaching to train for the race throughout the school year. During the 28-year partnership with SRLA, the marathon organizer has provided 6.5 million dollars’ worth of free marathon entries to local high school students in the Students Run LA program. This year too, Conqur Endurance Group supported SRLA with 3,500 free marathon entries for students and mentors.

2017 Los Angeles Marathon – like the many before – was a huge success as a competitive sport event but maybe even more so as a social event that brought Los Angeles together for fun and celebration and made a positive impact on our City’s future.

For more information on 2017 Los Angeles Marathon visit: https://www.lamarathon.com/

 

 

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Mar 182017
 

Bring It! Live At Microsoft Theatre

 

LIFETIME’S HIT SERIES “BRING IT” SET TO TAKE THE STAGE IN LOS ANGELES
AT MICROSOFT THEATER
AUGUST 16TH 2017 AT 7:30 P.M.
ON-SALE FRIDAY, MARCH 17TH AT 10:00 A.M.

 

After a massive sold-out 2016 summer tour, Lifetime®’s hit series Bring It! is back by overwhelming demand, and set to take the stage in Los Angeles. Miss D and her Dancing Dolls, the stars of Lifetime’s hit series Bring It! return to the live stage August 16th at 7:30 p.m. at Microsoft Theater as part of the “Bring It! Live” 2017 summer tour.

Tickets go on sale Friday, March 17th at 10:00 a.m. and can be purchased at www.axs.com or by phone at 888-9-AXS-TIX (888.929.7849). Tickets start at $47.75 (plus applicable service charges) with pricing subject to change. VIP packages include an add-on photo opportunity with Miss D and the Dolls (available to all price levels), or a deluxe option, which includes premium seating, a souvenir tour program and a photo opportunity. Add-on VIP packages can only be purchased if accompanied by a valid ticket to the live performance. Limited supplies are available.

In 2016, the elite world of hip-hop majorette competition was brought to the main stage with an inimitable energy that took the country by storm. Audiences across the nation were enamored by the fierce, original, high-octane performances that brought motivation, inspiration and formation. With hotter-than-ever, never-before-seen performances on deck for the 2017 tour, there has never been a better time for Bring It! fans.

New episodes of Bring It! can be seen on Lifetime Fridays at 9/8c or anytime on mylifetime.com.

“Bring It! Live” is produced by Mills Entertainment, the leading producer and promoter of branded live entertainment.
About Lifetime:
Lifetime is a premier entertainment destination for women dedicated to offering the highest quality original programming spanning scripted series, non-fiction series and movies. The critically acclaimed UnREAL, Project Runway, Dance Moms, Bring It!, The Rap Game and Little Women franchises anchor the network’s programming, in addition to its over 25 original movies annually that continue to define the TV movie genre. In 2015, Lifetime launched Broad Focus, a major global initiative dedicated to supporting and hiring female directors, writers and producers to make its content which totals over 450 original hours. Lifetime’s Fempire positions the network as a curator of feminist content and conversations, as well as a place where women connect, learn and are entertained. Lifetime Television®, LMN®, Lifetime Real Women® and Lifetime Digital™ are part of Lifetime Entertainment Services, LLC, a subsidiary of A+E Networks. A+E Networks is a joint venture of the Disney-ABC Television Group and Hearst Corporation.
About Mills Entertainment:
Mills Entertainment is a leading producer and promoter of branded live entertainment. Mills collaborates with top brands and personalities to develop, market, and produce live events throughout the US and worldwide. Current projects include Theresa Caputo Live! The Experience, Mel Brooks: Back in the Saddle Again!, Cesar Millan Live, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live, and Christopher Lloyd Goes Back to the Future. www.millsentertainment.com

 

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Mar 182017
 

CONVICTION IN LGBT CENTER HATE CRIME

 

CITY ATTORNEY FEUER SECURES CONVICTION IN LGBT CENTER HATE CRIME VANDALISM CASE

City Attorney Mike Feuer announced that his office has successfully secured a conviction and jail sentence against a graffiti vandal for damaging a Los Angeles LGBT Center facility with hate speech.

“In these increasingly precarious times, it’s particularly important that my office stand at the forefront in protecting all our residents against acts of violence and hate,” said Feuer.

“We will not tolerate hate or bullying of any form. Los Angeles is and will continue to be a place of refuge for all. I commend the City Attorney’s office for their work prosecuting this case and protecting our residents.” Said Councilmember David Ryu.

“Messages of hate and violence will not be tolerated in the City of Los Angeles,” said Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, who is openly gay and shares representation of the Los Angeles LGBT Center in Hollywood. “I commend our City Attorney for taking swift action regarding this crime, and for working with my office to create an environment where our diversity is celebrated and one’s truth is respected.”

“This hateful incident was not an isolated event,” said Los Angeles LGBT Center CEO Lorri L. Jean. “There has been a rash of similar incidents targeting LGBT centers nationwide. We are living in a very different climate—when LGBT people, Muslim people, Jewish people and others are increasingly under attack—but we must remain resilient. We’re grateful to the Los Angeles Police Department and to City Attorney Mike Feuer.”

Damario Brown, 23, was charged on March 13, 2017 with one count each of hate crime damaging property and vandalism. The defendant pled open to the charges on March 14, 2017 and was sentenced to 36 months of probation, nine days in jail, 45 days of graffiti removal and was ordered to stay away from the Center. A restitution hearing is scheduled for April 27, 2017.

On February 9, 2017, the Center’s Director of Facilities reported an unidentified individual had spray painted the phrase “F–k Trannies,” among other slurs, on the front facing wall of the Center’s Village at Ed Gould Plaza located at 1125 N. McCadden Place. Defendant Brown was identified by officers after recognizing him on surveillance video at the location and was arrested on March 9, 2017.

Deputy City Attorney Chadd Kim of the City Attorney’s Special Trials Unit successfully prosecuted the case.

 

 

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Mar 172017
 
Former Sheriff Lee Baca Found Guilty

Former Sheriff Lee Baca (right) with then-Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa

Jurors found the former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca guilty of obstructing a federal investigation and then lying to cover-up his involvement in corruption, civil rights violations and inmate abuse in L.A. County jails. (It took the jurors less than two days of deliberations to render their decision.)

A total of 10 people – all former employees of Sheriff Lee Baca – have either been convicted already or pled guilty in connection with the case. Former Sheriff Lee Baca is believed to have organized, controlled, supervised and covered-up the crimes while pragmatically obstructing FBI’s investigation.

Today 74 and allegedly afflicted with early symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, Baca disclaims any responsibility. Luckily, no one – including former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca – is above the law, his excuses not withstanding. Abuse of power should never go unpunished.

Sentencing is scheduled for this coming Monday. Baca is expected to appeal.

Anything L.A. Magazine’s Editor, E. Elrich

 

 

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Mar 162017
 

Hawaii Has Spoken: NO Travel Ban

 

A federal judge in Hawaii, U.S. District Judge Derrick K. Watson, stopped President Trump’s revised travel ban cold in its tracks. The judge blasted the new Executive Order on travel ban as unconstitutional, discriminatory and damaging to Hawaii’s economy (harming in particular education, technology and tourism industries).

The modified travel ban was to suspend the U.S. refugee program for 120 days and stop the issuance of new visas to citizens of Somalia, Sudan, Yemen, Iran, Libya and Syria for 90 days. Even though this time the ban doesn’t include Iraq, would not have affected green-card holders and specified several exceptions, at its core the “revised” travel ban is still specifically anti-Muslim.

U.S. District Judge Watson is the first to issue an opinion. A federal judge in Maryland followed with the same decision already. Washington State is expected to issue its opinion as well. Los Angeles is against the revised travel ban, too.

In response, President Trump called the decision of U.S. District Judge Watson an “unprecedented judicial overreach” and promised to fight the decision all the way to the Supreme Court.

In the context of today’s decision it may be note-worthy that just yesterday, President Trump met with Saudi Arabia’s Prince Mohammad, who is also the Saudi defense minister, and both parties found the meeting gratifying. (Saudi Arabia is not among the countries affected by either one of President Trump’s travel bans. One has to wonder about America’s commitment to Saudi Arabia in spite of the fact that the 9/11 terrorists where either Saudis or otherwise had strong ties to Saudi Arabia. In contrast, no citizen of either Somalia, Sudan, Yemen, Iran, Libya or Syria has ever committed an act of terrorism against the United States.)

The rationale of either of the travel bans doesn’t hold up: we’re not even attempting to protect our Country from Saudi Arabia while fanatically blocking entry to the United States of people who have never posed a threat to us. Apart from being unconstitutional, even the revised travel ban is hardly rational.

Were the travel bans intended to keep us safe from terrorists we would all rally to support them. Neither one of them is: not the old one and not the revised one. Many United States District Judges – not to mention millions and millions of Americans – can see that clearly. The travel bans may well serve some agenda, but certainly not the stated one.

Anything L.A. Magazine’s Editor, E. Elrich

 

 

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Mar 152017
 

Los Angeles Against The New Travel Ban

 

CITY OF LOS ANGELES JOINS AMICUS BRIEF AGAINST REVISED TRUMP TRAVEL BAN

 

City Attorney Mike Feuer announced the City of Los Angeles has joined a coalition of local municipalities opposed to President Trump’s revised Executive Order commonly known as the travel ban. The Cities of Chicago, New York and Los Angeles joined with jurisdictions across the nation in an amicus brief in State of Washington, et al. v. Donald J. Trump, et al. filed in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington. Read the official filing.

“All the window dressing in the world won’t magically transform a travel ban that’s unconstitutional at its core into a lawful order,” said Feuer. “Los Angeles proudly stands with cities across the nation at this perilous time, when many of our nation’s most fundamental principles hang in the balance.”

“The travel ban targets people indiscriminately and is far out of step with the values of religious tolerance and equality that we believe in as Americans,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “Cities are coming together to lead this fight because we understand the urgency of working together to keep our country safe — and doing it in a way that honors our shared humanity, celebrates our diversity, and does not turn away from the ideals that define who we are.”

Prompted by reports that visa and green card holders were detained or denied entry at LAX, Feuer sought to intervene with federal officials at LAX the night of January 28. When Feuer’s efforts were rebuffed by these officials, Feuer sent this letter to top federal authorities seeking answers regarding the unlawful treatment of legal immigrants at LAX. When reports indicated LAX detainees suffered deplorable conditions -–for example, receiving little or no food or water for hours—Feuer submitted a Freedom of Information Act request to the federal government last month.

Feuer’s office joined an amicus brief in February opposing the original travel ban.

 

 

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Mar 142017
 
“Remote L.A.” Opens Today

Participants in “Remote L.A.,” part of Center Theatre Group’s 50th season at the Mark Taper Forum. Created by Rimini Protokoll, “Remote L.A.” is a pedestrian-based live art experience that takes place on the streets of Downtown L.A. Performances for “Remote L.A.” run through April 2, 2017. For tickets and information, please visit CenterTheatreGroup.org or call (213) 628-2772.
Photo by Craig Schwartz. All Uses © 2017 Craig Schwartz

 

RIMINI PROTOKOLL’S LIVE ART WALKING EXPERIENCE “REMOTE L.A.” OPENS MARCH 14 AS PART OF CENTER THEATRE GROUP/MARK TAPER FORUM’S 50TH SEASON

“Remote L.A.” Takes Place Throughout Downtown L.A.

 

Currently in previews, pedestrian-based live art experience “Remote L.A.” opens Tuesday, March 14 at 4 p.m. as part of Center Theatre Group’s 50th season at the Mark Taper Forum. Created and conceived by Stefan Kaegi and Jörg Karrenbauer of international documentary theatre team Rimini Protokoll, “Remote L.A.” takes place in Downtown L.A. and will run through April 2, 2017.

Audiences will join a group of 50 people exploring Downtown Los Angeles on a guided audio tour that seems to follow them as much as they are following it. Audience members meet up, put on headphones and have their perspectives changed as they are provided with a soundtrack to the streets, sights and rooftops of Los Angeles. A computer-generated voice sets them out on a trail through the city, guiding the group’s movements in real time. The performance reveals a “secret Los Angeles,” journeying to places normally unseen, places where humans encounter their limits, places where crowds gather, back alleyways, dark hallways and common areas seen through a new lens. Participants are not just audience members, they are actors and spectators, observers and observed, individuals and a pack, all at the same time.

 

 

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Mar 112017
 

Daryl Hall & John Oates And Tears For Fears L.A. Concert

 

DARYL HALL & JOHN OATES AND TEARS FOR FEARS

ANNOUNCE 29-CITY NORTH AMERICAN SUMMER TOUR

Plus a Special Acoustic Performance by opener Allen Stone

LOS ANGELES, CA – FRIDAY, JULY 28 – STAPLES CENTER

 

Rock and Roll Hall of Famers, Daryl Hall & John Oates, are partnering with international multi-platinum selling band, Tears For Fears, for a 29-city North American tour. The tour will kick off on Thursday, May 4th in Tulsa OK at the BOK Center and will include stops in Chicago, Nashville, Miami, New York, Toronto, Dallas, Denver, Las Vegas and more, before wrapping up in Los Angeles at STAPLES Center on Friday, July 28. The summer arena tour will also feature a special acoustic performance by opening act, Allen Stone.

Tickets and VIP packages for the Los Angeles, CA show go on sale beginning Friday, March 17 at 12:00 p.m. (PST). American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Tuesday March 14 at 10:00 a.m. (PST) through Thursday, March 16 at 10:00 p.m. (PST)).

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, Daryl Hall and John Oates, are the number-one selling duo in music history.

“I am very excited to be touring with Tears for Fears. Their music has a timeless quality that complements what we do. I think everyone is going to love this show!” said Daryl Hall.

“I can’t wait to get back out on the road in 2017. Performing with Tears For Fears will be an exciting and musical experience for me and all the fans,” added John Oates.

“We’re thrilled to be going out on the road with Daryl Hall & John Oates this summer,” said Tears For Fears. “We’ve been longtime fans of the band so it’ll be fun to reconnect and also to see our fans throughout the US.”

“We are excited for the partnership between Daryl Hall & John Oates and Tears For Fears and look forward to a fun summer of music,” added Jay Marciano, Chairman & CEO, AEG Live

CALIFORNIA TOUR DATES

  • Wednesday, July 19 San Diego, CA Valley View Casino Center
  • Sunday, July 23 Sacramento, CA Golden 1 Center
  • Tuesday, July 25 San Jose, CA SAP Center
  • Friday, July 28 Los Angeles, CA STAPLES Center*

*Tickets on sale Friday, March 17 at 12:00 p.m. (PST)

 

About Daryl Hall & John Oates
From the mid-’70s to the mid-’80s, the duo would score six #1 singles, including “Rich Girl” (also #1 R&B), “Kiss on My List,” “Private Eyes,” “I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do) (also #1 R&B), “Maneater” and “Out of Touch” from their six consecutive multi-platinum albums—’76’s Bigger Than Both of Us, ’80’s Voices, ’81’s Private Eyes, ‘82’s H2O, ‘83’s Rock N Soul, Part I and ‘84’s Big Bam Boom. The era would also produce an additional 5 Top 10 singles, “Sara Smile,” “One on One,” “You Make My Dreams,” “Say It Isn’t So” and “Method of Modern Love.” By 1987, the RIAA recognized Daryl Hall and John Oates as the NUMBER-ONE SELLING DUO in music history, a record they still hold today.

On May 20, 2008, the duo was honored with the Icon Award during BMI’s 56th annual Pop Awards. The award has previously gone to the Bee Gees, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Paul Simon, Brian Wilson, Willie Nelson, James Brown, Ray Davies, Carlos Santana and Dolly Parton.

In 2014, Daryl and John were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. 2017 finds Daryl Hall and John Oates very much at the height of their powers making their own kind of soul, with a new generation of musicians recognizing not only their historic track record of success, but also their continuing influence and achievements.

About Tears For Fears
Beyond selling 30 million albums worldwide, performing to countless sold out audiences, and winning various awards, the DNA of Tears For Fears—Roland Orzabal [vocals, guitar, keyboards] and Curt Smith [vocals, bass, keyboards]—remains embedded within three generations of artists. Quietly casting a shadow over rock, hip-hop, electronic dance music, indie, and beyond, their music has been sampled by Kanye West, The Weeknd, David Guetta, Drake, and more, while getting covered by Lorde, Adam Lambert, Ally Brooke Hernandez, Gary Jules, and Disturbed, to name a few. Meanwhile, classic songs figure prominently everywhere from The Wire and Donnie Darko to Straight Outta Compton and Mr. Robot.

Representing an inimitable intersection of pop palatability, clever and cognizant lyricism, guitar bombast, and new wave innovation, their catalog spans a string of classic albums, namely the gold-certified debut The Hurting [1983], quintuple-platinum BRIT Award-winning Songs from the Big Chair [1985], and Seeds of Love [1989]. The latter proved to be Roland and Curt’s last collaboration together until Everybody Loves A Happy Ending in 2004, which rekindled the creative fire between them. Breaking another quiet spell, the boys engaged in a three-year touring whirlwind across North America, Japan, South Korea, Manila, and South America beginning in 2010. 2013 saw them return with their first recorded music in a decade: a cover of Arcade Fire’s “Ready to Start.” It proved to be a welcome addition to their three-decade discography of immortal hits ranging from “Mad World,” “Change,” and “Pale Shelter” to “Everybody Wants To Rule The World,” “Shout,” “Sowing The Seeds of Love,” and “Everybody Loves A Happy Ending.” Now, 2017 marks the beginning of a new era for the band. Signed to Warner Bros. Records, they will release their seventh full-length album, fifth for Roland and Curt together, and first in 13 years following a summer co-headline tour with Daryl Hall & John Oates.

About Allen Stone
On his third full-length album, soul artist Allen Stone proves himself deeply devoted to making uncompromisingly soulful music that transcends all pop convention.

Made in collaboration with Swedish soul singer/songwriter/phenom Magnus Tingsek, Radius captures the warm energy of that creative connection and transports the listener to a higher and more exalted plane.

Now including seven exciting bonus tracks, Radius Deluxe will be available March 25th. Among them will be the previously unreleased songs “Voodoo” and “Faithful” as well as a new version of Stone’s energetic single “Freedom”.

The New York Times said the Chewelah, Washington-bred 28-year-old’s lyrics on Radius “promise honest sentiments, grooves built with physical instruments and a gospel-rooted determination to uplift … glimmers of Al Green, Bill Withers, Curtis Mayfield, George Clinton, Prince and a bit of Sting.”

Tearing through nearly 600 shows in just two years – including sold out performances at LA’s Ace Hotel and NYC’s Apollo Theater – Allen Stone is determined to make 2017 yet another impactful year of writing and performance.

https://www.hallandoates.com/
http://tearsforfears.com/
https://www.allenstone.com/

 

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Mar 102017
 
“Heisenberg” Joins Mark Taper’s 50th Anniversary Season

PIC: Denis Arndt and Mary-Louise Parker in the Manhattan Theatre Club production of “Heisenberg.” Written by Simon Stephens and directed by Mark Brokaw, “Heisenberg” plays June 28 through August 6, 2017, as part of Center Theatre Group’s 50th anniversary season at the Mark Taper Forum. Tickets are currently available by season ticket membership only. For information and to charge season tickets by phone, call the Exclusive Season Ticket Hotline at (213) 972-4444. To purchase season memberships online, visit www.CenterTheatreGroup.org/Taper.
Photo by Joan Marcus. ©2016 Joan Marcus

 

CENTER THEATRE GROUP BRINGS HIGHLY ACCLAIMED

MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB PRODUCTION OF “HEISENBERG” TO LOS ANGELES

COMPLETING 50TH SEASON AT THE MARK TAPER FORUM

Denis Arndt and Mary-Louise Parker

Reprise the Roles They Played on Broadway

at the Taper June 28th Through August 6th 2017

 

Manhattan Theatre Club’s acclaimed production of “Heisenberg” by Tony Award and two-time Olivier Award winner Simon Stephens has been announced as part of Center Theatre Group’s 50th Anniversary Season. This insightful and entertaining new play comes to the Taper June 28th through August 6th 2017. Opening is set for July 6th.

Directed by Drama Desk Award winner Mark Brokaw and featuring Denis Arndt and Tony, Emmy and Golden Globe winner Mary-Louise Parker, the creative team for “Heisenberg” includes Mark Wendland (scenic design), Michael Krass (costume design), Austin R. Smith (lighting design) and David Van Tieghem (sound design).

Amidst the bustle of a crowded London train station, Georgie (Parker) spots Alex (Arndt), a much older man, and plants a kiss on his neck. This electric encounter thrusts these two strangers into a fascinating and life-changing game as “Heisenberg” brings to blazing, theatrical life the uncertain and often comical sparring match that is human connection.

 

 

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Mar 062017
 

L.A. Convicts Irresponsible Father

 

CITY ATTORNEY FEUER SECURES CONVICTION, JAIL SENTENCE IN UNSAFE FIREARM STORAGE CASE

 

City Attorney Mike Feuer announced that his office successfully obtained a conviction and jail sentence against a father for leaving a semi-automatic firearm and multiple large capacity magazines unsecured in his Studio City apartment while his 12-year old son was visiting.

“Thousands of children are injured or killed by firearms each year, often because unsecured weapons fall into the wrong hands,” said Feuer. “Safely storing firearms saves lives, and my office will hold adults accountable when they fail to secure their guns properly.”

Following a 14 day jury trial, Calvin Devereaux, 50, was found guilty on four criminal counts including criminal storage of a firearm, improper storage of a firearm, possession of an extra capacity magazine, and import of an extra capacity magazine in the State.

The defendant was sentenced on February 24, 2017 to three years of probation, 120 days in the county jail, and was ordered to complete 52 Alcoholics Anonymous Classes, 52 parenting classes, and six months of psychological counselling. A protective order was also issued for the defendants’ ex-wife and son.

On July 5, 2016 LAPD officers responded to the defendant’s Studio City apartment after receiving a call from the defendant’s ex-wife relating to her concern about their son and multiple firearms in the house after receiving disturbing text messages. Responding officers observed the defendant with observable signs of alcohol intoxication. During their search of the home, officers observed an unsecured and loaded .40 caliber semi-automatic firearm in the nightstand draw of the master bedroom. Multiple large capacity magazines were also found along with the firearm.

The defendant was subsequently taken into custody and the child was returned to his mother in Seattle. All weapons, magazine and ammunition found in the home were confiscated.

Deputy City Attorney Margie Barron successfully prosecuted the case.

 

 

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Mar 052017
 
Two Local High School Students Advance To 2017 AWMC National Finals

L-R: Winners Aryana Williams, Alexander Villaseñor and Elija Hall backstage at the Mark Taper Forum after the 2017 August Wilson Monologue Competition hosted by Center Theatre Group on February 27. Photo by Ryan Miller / Capture Imaging. Capture Imaging

 

CENTER THEATRE GROUP NAMES THREE LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

FOR 2017 AUGUST WILSON MONOLOGUE COMPETITION NATIONAL FINALS

12 Students Participated in the Los Angeles Regional Finals at Mark Taper Forum on February 27

The National Finals Will Take Place on Broadway on May 1

 

Center Theatre Group has named Aryana Williams, Alexander Villaseñor and Elija Hall as the top performers of the August Wilson Monologue Competition (AWMC) Regional Finals held at the Mark Taper Forum on February 27, 2017. Williams and Villaseñor will go on to represent Los Angeles in the national finals on May 1.

Aryana Williams of Carson has placed first in the competition, earning a $500 scholarship; Alexander Villaseñor of Los Angeles took second place with a $400 scholarship; and Elija Hall of Los Angeles took third place and a $300 scholarship. Both Williams and Villaseñor will also receive a paid trip to New York City to compete in the national finals held at the August Wilson Theatre on Broadway. Hall will serve as alternate.

This is the sixth consecutive year Center Theatre Group is hosting the Southern California component of the national monologue competition. The program is designed to inspire and educate Los Angeles youth using monologues from August Wilson’s “The American Century Cycle,” a 10-play dramatization of the African American experience in the 20th century.

Williams, Villaseñor and Hall were selected from a pool of 12 regional finalists. The 12 students represented seven local high schools within Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino counties. As preparation for the national component of the competition, the three national finalists will receive master classes to workshop their monologues.

 

 

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Mar 042017
 
“GOOD GRIEF” OPENS AT KIRK DOUGLAS THEATRE ON SUNDAY

L-R: Carla Renata, Marcus Henderson, Dayo Ade, Ngozi Anyanwu, Mark Jude Sullivan and Omozé Idehenre in the world premiere of “Good Grief.” Written by Ngozi Anyanwu and directed by Patricia McGregor, “Good Grief” plays at Center Theatre Group’s Kirk Douglas Theatre through March 26, 2017. Photo by Craig Schwartz.
All Uses © 2017 Craig Schwartz

 

THE WORLD PREMIERE OF “GOOD GRIEF” OPENS AT CENTER THEATRE GROUP’S

KIRK DOUGLAS THEATRE SUNDAY, MARCH 5, 2017, AT 6:30 P.M.

Ngozi Anyanwu’s Debut Production Will Play Through March 26

 

Currently in previews, the world premiere of Ngozi Anyanwu’s new play “Good Grief” will open at Center Theatre Group’s Kirk Douglas Theatre on Sunday, March 5 at 6:30 p.m. Directed by Patricia McGregor, Anyanwu also performs in “Good Grief,” which runs through March 26, 2017. This is the first of Anyanwu’s plays to receive a full professional production.

The cast features, in alphabetical order, Dayo Ade, Wade Allain-Marcus, Ngozi Anyanwu, Marcus Henderson, Omozé Idehenre, Carla Renata and Mark Jude Sullivan. Scenic design is by Stephanie Kerley Schwartz, costume design is by Karen Perry, lighting design is by Pablo Santiago, sound design is by Adam Phalen and Kathryn Bostic is composer. Casting is by Meg Fister, Joy Meads is the dramaturg and Anne L. Hitt is the production stage manager.

“Good Grief” follows Nkechi (played by Anyanwu), a good Nigerian-American girl frozen in her own coming-of-age story. When tragedy strikes on an unplanned break from college, she retreats into her childhood home and reexamines the many steps she’s taken on the way to adulthood, from first crush, to missed connections, to the struggles of being a first-generation girl blending in to her suburban Pennsylvania reality.

The recipient of the 2016 Humanitas /Center Theatre Group Playwriting Prize, Anyanwu is an actress, writer, producer and director. She is a graduate of the University of California San Diego’s MFA acting program and also holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theatre from Point Park University. She has performed at the Pittsburgh Public Theater, Barrington Stage, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater and the Mark Taper Forum. Anyanwu is the founder and one of the original members of the 1st Generation Nigerian Project where she served as Artistic Director and wrote and performed along with several other Nigerian American female artists under the direction of John Gould Rubin (Bank Street Theatre, Women Center Stage Festival). She now serves as Co-Artistic Director of NOW AFRICA Playwrights Festival. She has directed “She Gon Learn,” by Lisa Strum for the Emerging Arts Festival and for the United Solo Festival. She has also served as assistant director at Intar (Unit 52) and under Eve Best with Old Vic New Voices.

Center Theatre Group, one of the nation’s preeminent arts and cultural organizations, is Los Angeles’ leading nonprofit theatre company, programming seasons at the 736-seat Mark Taper Forum and 1600 to 2000-seat Ahmanson Theatre at The Music Center in Downtown Los Angeles, and the 317-seat Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City. In addition to presenting and producing the broadest range of theatrical entertainment in the country, Center Theatre Group is one of the nation’s leading producers of ambitious new works through commissions and world premiere productions and a leader in interactive community engagement and education programs that reach across generations, demographics and circumstance to serve Los Angeles.

Tickets for “Good Grief” are available by calling (213) 628-2772, online at www.CenterTheatreGroup.org, at the Center Theatre Group box office at the Ahmanson Theatre or at the Kirk Douglas Theatre box office two hours prior to performance. Tickets range from $25 – $70 (ticket prices are subject to change). The Kirk Douglas Theatre is located at 9820 Washington Blvd. in Culver City, CA 90232. Ample free parking and restaurants are adjacent.

 

 

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Mar 042017
 

Los Angeles Reacts To Arrests For Anti-Semitic Threats

According to multiple sources, an arrest has been made and a suspect in multiple threats against Jewish Community Centers is in custody. The 31 year old African American man, identified as Juan Thompson was arrested in St. Louis, Missouri. He is accused of making at least eight threats nationwide.

It appears that the anti-Jewish threats have been made as a part of his campaign to get even with his white ex-girlfriend. Thompson is not suspected of committing any acts of violence but attempting to destroy the ex-girlfriend’s reputation by falsely reporting her as a racist and anti-Semite, creating and carrying out a nationwide campaign of fear by phone and Online which included making anti-Semitic threats in her name.

In response to the arrest (and possibly others which have not been made public, yet), City Attorney Mike Feuer released the following statement:

“We applaud the work of federal law enforcement officials in this morning’s arrest of a suspect in connection with threats made against Jewish community centers. While these threats targeted the Jewish community in particular, they are part of a broader wave of acts of hate that assault our most basic American values.

Here in Los Angeles, my Office, LAPD, federal law enforcement and interfaith leaders are unified in our condemnation of such acts and in strong support of all members of our community.”

In a statement praising the arrest, Mayor Garcetti said:

“The acts of hate and antisemitism that have threatened our Jewish community in recent weeks are an attack on all of us — and they undermine our most fundamental American values. On behalf of our entire city, I thank our federal law enforcement partners for their commitment and hard work to arrest a suspect today in connection with these unconscionable acts.
“Los Angeles has always been a city of kind, compassionate people who stand together, and speak up for one another in the face injustice. I am committed to protecting those values, and we will not stop working until we know every Angeleno can feel safe.”

 

 

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Mar 022017
 

Gender Equality In Los Angeles

 

Mayor Eric Garcetti and First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland Announce Inaugural Los Angeles State of Women and Girls and Young Women Assembly

March 14th event on the campus of the University of Southern California will focus on issues of gender equality in Los Angeles

Women’s achievements, challenges, and future opportunities will be at the center of a historic conference to be hosted by Mayor Eric Garcetti and First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland on March 14th at the University of Southern California (USC).

The daylong, inaugural Los Angeles State of Women and Girls and Young Women’s Assembly will bring Angelenos together with civic and thought leaders, as well as hundreds of LAUSD students, for a series of in-depth conversations, workshops, and presentations on the state of gender equality in Los Angeles.

“Women have been a driving force in L.A.’s growth, creativity, and prosperity since our city was founded, and we are strengthening that legacy by empowering women and girls in our time,” said Mayor Garcetti. “Our city has made so much progress: we achieved gender parity on our boards and commissions for the first time shortly after I became Mayor, more women are in positions of power and influence than ever before, we’re taking new steps to improve services for women and girls, and hundreds of thousands of Angelenos marched downtown last month in solidarity with women around the world. This conference is about taking stock of where we are — and setting bold new goals to build on the incredible energy and momentum that this moment in history has put before us.”

Sponsored by WeWork, the conference is a program of the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles and the Bloomberg Philanthropies Innovation Team (i-team). The Los Angeles State of Women and Girls and will feature keynote addresses by the Mayor and First Lady. There will also be a Young Women’s Assembly for 700 LAUSD students — and special programming for young women ages 16-21, including workshops, leadership training, and panel discussions. The panels will feature top women leaders in the business, entertainment, finance, technology, and public sectors. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in a resource fair featuring dozens of nonprofit organizations. All of the programming is aimed at equipping young women with the tools they need to succeed now and in the future.

“Mayor Garcetti has put gender equality at the center of his administration’s work to build a better Los Angeles — and we are making extraordinary progress in supporting women’s leadership, advocating for better services, and broadening the number and quality of opportunities for girls across the City,” said First Lady of Los Angeles Amy Elaine Wakeland. “I was proud to partner with the Mayor to commission the study on the Status of Women and Girls in Los Angeles, and this conference is an important step forward in deepening our understanding of the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.”

Speakers at the conference will include actress and philanthropist Eva Longoria; Janice Bryant Howroyd, CEO of the ACT-1 Group, the nation’s largest privately-held, woman- and minority-owned workforce management company; and three-time Olympic medalist Carmelita Jeter.

“At WeWork we transform buildings into innovative spaces and communities that empower people to create, explore new ideas, and boldly pursue their life’s work,” said Adam Neumann, CEO and Co-Founder, WeWork. “We are honored to announce our support of the first-ever Los Angeles State of Women and Girls and Young Women’s Assembly and look forward to working with Mayor Garcetti and First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland to continue the important work of advancing gender equity and supporting women in entrepreneurship.”

In 2015, Mayor Garcetti issued an executive directive on gender equity, which called on every City department to study how their services affect women and girls, set goals for improvement, and measure their success. He also asked the City of Los Angeles Commission on the Status of Women to commission a report to guide policymaking to address economic, social, and other inequities faced by women. “The Report on the Status of Women and Girls in Los Angeles,” the first-ever study of its kind, was researched by Mount Saint Mary’s University and can be viewed at www.lamayor.org/statusofwomen.

 

 

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Feb 282017
 

Construction Of A New LAX Terminal

Mayor Garcetti breaks ground on new $1.6 billion LAX terminal

 

Mayor Eric Garcetti broke ground this week on a new, $1.6 billion terminal at LAX that will make traveling through the airport easier, and help bring even more visitors to L.A. from around the world.

The 750,000-square-foot Midfield Satellite Concourse will improve LAX by adding 12 new gates, a new baggage system, and additional dining and shopping amenities for travelers. The Mayor joined Councilmembers Mike Bonin, Bob Blumenfield and Joe Buscaino along with Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) leaders to unveil plans for the terminal.

“LAX means so much to L.A.’s economy — it’s an incredible job-creator that employs more than 50,000. A record 47.3 million tourists visited our city last year — that’s why we’re investing billions to make it one of the premier airports in the world,” said Mayor Garcetti. “The Midfield Satellite Concourse is a transformational project that will put thousands of people to work and help extend L.A.’s worldwide reach even further.
The new, sustainably designed terminal will be an extension of Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT). It will be located in the airfield just west of TBIT, and will connect passengers to it directly through a 1,000-foot underground tunnel.

“LAX is quickly becoming the world-class airport that Angelenos demand and deserve,” said Councilmember Mike Bonin. “I am especially excited that the Midfield Satellite Concourse will incorporate a number of sustainability features, such as using passive daylight lighting for the interior spaces, water-saving plumbing fixtures and a cool roof that reduces heat absorption. These eco-friendly features will go a long way to minimizing the environmental impact of this needed new facility, and will further LAWA’s commitment to make LAX a world class airport that is also a first-class neighbor.”

The additional capacity created by Midfield Satellite Concourse will enable LAX to add flights to destinations around the world, relieve congestion at other terminals, and make operations at the airport smoother for travelers.

“As chair of the committee that oversees LAX, I am thrilled to help to help break ground on a project that will help transform our airport into the state of the art, environmentally friendly, amenity filled, and beautiful facility it needs to be,” said Councilmember Bob Blumenfield, chair of the Council’s Innovation, Grants, Technology, Commerce and Trade Committee. “The Midfield Satellite Concourse project will employ thousands and benefit millions.”

“Los Angeles is ground zero for new construction and infrastructure investment. Our downtown is growing, our public transportation infrastructure is expanding, our waterfront is developing and so it is appropriate that we are investing billions into modernizing the second busiest airport in the country,” said Councilman Joe Buscaino.

Construction of the new terminal is expected to create 6,000 new jobs and produce more than $300 million in direct wages. And more than $195 million of that work will go to small businesses.

“This long-awaited element of LAX’s massive modernization effort continues the transformation of LAX,” said Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners President Sean Burton. “With nearly 81 million passengers in 2016, and projections for more in the future, LAX is leading the nation in airport infrastructure improvement with innovative design, state-of-the-art features and efficiencies that will return LAX to iconic status and give travelers the world-class experience they expect and deserve.”

“Our passengers will soon experience LAX in a new and exciting way,” said Los Angeles World Airports Chief Executive Officer Deborah Flint. “With our vision of delivering gold-standard airports, the Midfield Satellite Concourse will be built with sustainability principles and architectural features that reflect Los Angeles with great views and natural daylight. We will provide our guests a new concourse ready for the technology enhancements of tomorrow.”

The Midfield Satellite Concourse is set for completion in 2019. The terminal is just one piece of a $14 billion modernization plan that includes upgrades to nearly every terminal in the airport, and a generational rail project that will connect airport passengers directly into L.A.’s public transportation system.

For more information about the LAX modernization, visit www.laxishappening.com.

 

 

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Feb 232017
 
Roger Waters Us + Them EXTRA Concert In L.A.

Roger Waters in concert

 

ROGER WATERS – US + THEM –

2017 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR

THIRD SHOW AND FINAL SHOW ADDED IN

LOS ANGELES – TUESDAY, JUNE 27 – STAPLES CENTER

TICKETS ON SALE MONDAY, MARCH 13

 

Due to overwhelming demand, Roger Waters has announced a third and final Los Angeles show on Tuesday, June 27 at STAPLES Center. This follows the previously announced shows on June 20 and 21. The 54-show Us + Them tour will feature songs from Pink Floyd’s greatest albums (The Dark Side of The Moon, The Wall, Animals, Wish You Were Here) plus some new songs and solo work. The tour kicks off in May and runs through October of 2017 and is promoted by AEG Live’s Concerts West.

Tickets for the newly added date will go on sale Monday, March 13 at 10am local time. For ticket and tour information, visit www.RogerWaters.com.

Roger Waters – Us + Them will showcase highlights from Waters’ groundbreaking body of work. The title is derived from the 1974 track “Us And Them,” from the multi-million selling Pink Floyd album The Dark Side of the Moon.

Roger Waters’ legendary live performances are renowned as immersive sensory experiences featuring high class, state-of-the-art audio visual production and breathtaking quad sound. This new tour promises to be no exception, following months of meticulous planning and visionary craft, it will inspire crowds with its powerful delivery to take the audience on a musical journey.

Roger Waters – Us + Them marks the artist’s first US return since The Wall Live (2010-2013), his sold-out world tour which was seen by more than 4 million fans globally at 219 shows and remains the highest grossing tour by any solo artist in history.

 

 

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Feb 222017
 

New Immigration Enforcement And L.A.

Los Angeles Mayor, Eric Garcetti made the following statement on DHS Plans for Implementing the President’s Executive Orders on Immigration:

“Stoking fears of mass deportation, turning our backs on refugees and children, denying asylum-seekers the right to see a judge, and showing indifference to suffering are not policies to make us safer — they’re a cruel abandonment of everything we believe as Americans and stand for as Angelenos.

Whether they live in Van Nuys or Virginia, East L.A. or East Lansing — Americans everywhere expect their leaders in Washington to act with the justice, grace, and tolerance that give us our identity. The Administration’s release today of details on how it will implement the President’s executive orders on immigration enforcement reveal plans that run counter to fundamental American principles: Protecting our homeland means focusing on criminals who pose a threat to our safety and security — not turning local police into a deportation force or creating widespread fear by targeting hardworking immigrants who contribute so much to our economy, culture, and spirit of brotherhood and sisterhood. And that no matter who is in power, people who have already built lives in this country — or seek refuge from violent persecution, religious oppression, and other extreme hardships — should never have to live in fear of their families being torn apart, and should be able to count on all of the protections that our Constitution and judicial system provide.

Los Angeles stands firm on those ideals, and I will do everything in my power — in partnership with the City Council, our City Attorney, the LAPD, advocates for immigrants, educators, and members of Congress — to protect and defend the rights of all Angelenos whose families may be unjustly affected by these orders. We will fight for the people who call our communities home, and stay committed to leading with the humanity and openness that define us as a people.” — Mayor Eric Garcetti

Los Angeles’ Mayor’s statement is noble and courageous. At some point however the authority of the City and the State ends and is superseded by the Federal authority.

President Trump’s Executive Orders on Immigration were explained during a press conference on February 21st 2017 by the White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer. A memorandum of the Department of Homeland Security explains which specific groups of undocumented immigrants are priorities for removal. The people who:
(a) have been convicted of any criminal offense;
(b) have been charged with any criminal offense that has not been resolved;
(c) have committed acts that constitute a chargeable criminal offense;
(d) have engaged in fraud or willful misrepresentation in connection with any official matter or application before a governmental agency;
(e) have abused any program related to receipt of public benefits;
(f) are subject to a final order of removal but have not complied with their legal obligation to depart the United States;
(g) in the judgment of an immigration officer, otherwise pose a risk to public safety or national security.

During immigration raids, none of the above exempts the undocumented immigrants who don’t pose a threat to national security and who didn’t break any but one of American laws by entering the Country illegally. Some of them have been detained and deported already. While a panic is spreading across the nation, Sean Spicer reassured that: “everybody who is here illegally is subject to removal at any time.” The new immigration guidelines open the door for mass deportations in accordance with “expedited removal” procedures. “Expedited removal” vastly reduces court proceedings, meaning the undocumented immigrants will be either deprived of access to the justice system entirely or have access to appeal or otherwise defend themselves severely limited.

To have the new immigration regulations enforced efficiently, the President is increasing the budget of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Customs and Border Protection, etc. There will be thousands more immigration officers and judges and many more detention centers to expedite deportations.

As far as we know, for now at least, DACA and the protections it provides for illegal immigrants who were brought to the United States as children will remain in effect as the sole exception to the wide-reaching immigration sweep.

When we think of undocumented immigrants, we usually imagine people illegally sneaking into our Country and compromising our safety. We think of these people as “them”, not “us”. As much as this image and reference is true in a small percentage of cases, in the vast majority of cases, it isn’t “them”, it’s very much “us” and about “us”. Why? Because the undocumented immigrants have legally-American and / or American-born families. The new immigration guidelines and enforcement are not just a punishment to undocumented immigrants but a huge disruption to all Americans: American families torn apart, American children not being sent to school, taken to a doctor or vaccinated, crimes not being reported, no eyewitnesses to accidents, significant changes in economy, etc. Many are terrified of a sudden separation of their family. The fear affects the “illegals”, traumatizes their legal families including children and negatively affects normal functioning of the community.

This is only the beginning, what to expect? Increase in psychological problems, crises in several industries, crime, diseases, homelessness, an urgent need for orphanages for American children separated from their parents, not to mention high anxiety in ethnic American citizen communities that anticipate being targeted based on profiling.

Significant and negative impact on local economy will lower our standard of living. High anxiety and fear of authorities will not only disrupt normal functioning of communities but diminish our safety and wellness. If you think about it, the consequences of the new immigration guidelines and enforcement will reverberate throughout the society at large and affect us nearly as much as the illegal immigrants.

Perhaps we should secure our borders first and then deal with the undocumented immigrants already here humanely, in a fashion befitting a nation of immigrants? This way future immigration problems would be prevented, current immigration problems would be solved while the rest of the nation would continue functioning without fear, increase in disease and crime or economic instability. Such a gentler and more diplomatic approach would also strengthen relationships with our neighbors and help preserve the international image of America as compassionate, fair and respectful of human rights. Just a thought.

Anything L.A. Magazine’s Editor, E. Elrich

 

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Feb 112017
 

Sing To Win Complimentary Tickets For “Fun Home”

CENTER THEATRE GROUP TO HOST SING OUT “RING OF KEYS” CONTEST

INDIVIDUALS AND NON-PROFESSIONAL CHOIRS ELIGIBLE

WINNERS WILL RECEIVE TICKETS TO “FUN HOME”

 

In anticipation of “Fun Home” coming to the Ahmanson Theatre, Center Theatre Group will host a Sing Out “Ring of Keys” Contest. Individuals and non-professional choirs are invited to submit video of themselves singing the song “Ring of Keys” from the musical “Fun Home.” Center Theatre Group will present “Fun Home” at the Ahmanson Theatre February 21 through April 1, 2017. Opening night is February 22.

Contest applicants are asked to create a video that is between two and five minutes long which can include an introduction of themselves or their group. Center Theatre Group will provide sheet music in the form of a four-part acapella arrangement of “Ring of Keys” upon request. All submissions must be received no later than Friday, February 24.

All video submissions will be posted to Center Theatre Group’s YouTube channel on Monday, February 27. Judging will occur between February 27 and March 3. The video that receives the most likes will be named the contest winner. The singer or singers in the winning video will receive complimentary tickets to see “Fun Home.”

For more information about the Sing Out “Ring of Keys” Contest, please visit www.CenterTheatreGroup.org/SingOutRingofKeys.

 

 

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