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BILL VAUGHAN’S TASTY CLIPS: House Full of Toys to feature ‘Stevie Wonder Song Party’

By Bill Vaughan

Entertainment Writer

Stevie Wonder announced his 22nd annual “House Full of Toys” will be held Dec. 9 at Staples Center.

As in previous years, the event will be presented by the iconic singer/songwriter’s nonprofit We Are You Foundation, benefiting children, people with disabilities and families in need during the holidays. Concertgoers are asked to bring an unwrapped toy or other gift to donate which is 100 percent tax deductible.

“The Stevie Wonder Song Party: A Celebration of Life, Love & Music” is the theme of this year’s concert that will feature compositions from the “Talking Book” and “Innervisions” albums along with gems from his timeless catalog. He may even preview some of his upcoming studio album, “Through The Eyes of Wonder.”

Special guests are to be announced later. The 2017 show featured Tony Bennett, Pharrell Williams, Andra Day, Dave Matthews and Savion Glover.

“Now, more than ever, we need a Song Party, ’cause love’s in need of love today,” said Stevie in a release. “So, get ready for you and your dancing spirit to have the time of your life!”

Choice tickets are still available to the general public at www.axs.com.

TASTY QUIP:Prince was a genius and a joy and a jolt to the senses. He shattered every preconceived notion, smashed every boundary, shared everything in his heart through his music. The only way I know how to make this film is with love. And with great care. I’m honored to do so and grateful for the opportunity entrusted to me by the estate.” – Director AVA DuVERNAY on the subject of her next Netflix documentary to Deadline

DISC-OVERY: Veteran pianist Randy Waldman geeked out while sitting next to Adam “Batman” West to find that he was a huge jazz fan. A light bulb went off and his latest BFM Jazz album “SuperHeroes” was created, assembling the likes of George Benson, Wynton Marsalis, Chick Corea, Arturo Sandoval, Take 6 and others giving memorable themes new life. Listen for cameos by James Brown, Jeff Goldblum and John Travolta.

Multi-Grammy Award-winning recording artist and songwriter Carvin Winans of the legendary gospel clan has released a catchy new single entitled “Once in a Lifetime” in advance of his forthcoming debut solo album, “In the Softest Way,” due early next year.

CLIPPETTES: Cultural Director/Executive Chair Pharrell Williams (who will sue Trump if he doesn’t stop using “Happy” at rallies) and legendary artist Takashi Murakami are the visionaries guiding the ambitious ComplexCon Nov. 3 with Rae Sremmurd and Vince Staples; and on Nov. 4 with Future, Action Bronson, Lil Baby, Tinashe and more at the Long Beach Convention Center

Fugees founding member Wyclef Jean’s life will be the subject of a Netflix CG animated musical biopic next year

Metro by T Mobile Presents Live In LA – Powered By Pandora with Cardi B and Kehlani headlining the exclusive Nov. 6 evening at Academy Nightclub. Click www.liveinla.splashthat.com/Social to be added to the waitlist

Mike Tyson, now owner of a Cali cannabis farm, is shopping a comedy series based on his current situation called “Rolling With The Punches,” according to Page Six. He’ll play himself with Russell Peters as a sidekick for the show said to be in the style of HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm”

Seal, Chaka Khan, Norah Jones, James Taylor, Kris Kristofferson, Diana Krall and Los Lobos with vocalist La Marisol (La Santa Cecilia) head the Music Center lineup of “JONI 75: A Birthday Celebration Live at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion,” a two-night all-star concert Nov. 6 and 7 honoring Joni Mitchell on her 75th birthday

Tyler Perry took to the Sirius/XM airwaves to announce he was retiring his most beloved character in next March’s release of “A Medea Family Funeral” and in a farewell stage tour

Nov. 7 will find José James at the Troubadour; and a special listening experience and discussion of the new box set “Miles Davis & John Coltrane—the Final Tour: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 6” at The Grammy Museum.

As Arrested Development mourns the death of senior member Baba Oje this week to leukemia, the hip hop collective’s leader Speech has launched a three-part series of shorts called “The Nigga Factory” on YouTube to expose what he considers to be the deeply destructive campaign to demean the perception of blacks worldwide.

TASTY QUIP: “Boycotts and marches don’t seem like they work to me, I’m sorry. I think they should send a message while they’re onstage, take advantage of your platform. But it seems really interesting to me because we’re in an industry where you see so many people do things like boycott one year and the next year they’re buddy-buddy with the thing they boycotted.” – JERMAINE DUPRI, producer of a week-long free Super Bowl Atlanta concert series, to TMZ

TC ON TV: Nov. 2 – “Homecoming” (Amazon): Julia Roberts, Stephan James, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Bobby Cannavale, Sissy Spacek and Sydney Poitier make up the all-star cast in this serialized psychological thriller directed by Sam Esmail (“Mr. Robot”). “The Holiday Calendar” (Netflix): Will Kat Graham (“The Vampire Diaries”) and Quincy Brown (“Star”) find seasonal love? “Mike Judge Presents: Tales From The Tour Bus” (Cinemax): The animated second season will chronicle the exploits of funk music greats kicking off with George Clinton, who serves as the series’ consulting producer and composer.

Nov. 3 – “Geraldo Rivera’s Murder In The Family” (Reelz): Jennifer Hudson “Shut Up And Dribble” (Showtime): LeBron James is exec producer of this three-part documentary series on issues enlightened NBA athletes narrated by Jemele Hill. “Austin City Limits” (PBS): Miguel and Alessia Cara

Nov. 4 – “2018 EMAs” (MTV): Nicki Minaj and Halsey perform with honors to 26-year-old Hauwa Ojeifo, creator of a walk-in clinic called Safe Place, the first 24/7 mental health crisis helpline and the anonymous women-only mental health support group in Nigeria. “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” (BRAVO): Kenya Moore appears to be returning for the show’s 11th season after all. Newest cast members include model/actress Eva Marcille, and Shamari DeVoe, of Blaque fame and wife of former New Edition singer Ronnie DeVoe.

Nov. 5 – “John Leguizamo’s Latin History For Morons” (Netflix): Now we may enjoy the Broadway hit at home! “Happy Together” (CBS): NBA Rookie of the Year Ben Simmons guest stars as himself. “This Is Congo” (Starz): Isaach De Bankolé narrates this look at the repetitive cycles of conflict in the region through a national army Colonel rising in the ranks.

Nov. 8 – “We Are Not Done Yet” (HBO): Sareen Hairabedian’s documentary short, with Jeffrey Wright’s participation, profiles a group of veterans and active-duty service members as they come together to combat PTSD and current traumas through the written word. “Give Us This Day” (Audience): Tracks a year in the lives of three police officers and three residents living in East St. Louis, the city with the highest homicide rate in the U.S.

TASTY QUIP: “What I learned is that the approach that early civil rights took to registering voters in resistive areas of Alabama to go county by county was magnified in the Obama campaign. They took the country apart, county by county or state congressional district by state congressional district, and that’s how they’ve been able to have a 50-state plan instead of just a border state plan. I learned that our initial instincts or intellectual revelations in the late 50s and early 60s were right but they needed to be magnified.” – Author/Playwright NTOZAKE SHANGE [R.I.P.] to Tasty Clips in 2008


As featured in the Los Angeles Wave and Independent, Tasty Clips is one of the leading entertainment newspaper columns on the West Coast, serving nearly one million weekly readers. To reach Bill Vaughan, send email to tastyclips@yahoo.com or via Twitter @tastyclips.