Lionel Richie is about to embark on a 32-date Hello Tour, arriving at the Hollywood Bowl Aug. 5, followed Aug. 6 at the Santa Barbara Bowl. Tickets go on sale March 29 at www.lionelrichie.com with online purchases including Richie’s upcoming CD, “Live from Las Vegas.”
The disc will feature many of the current “American Idol” judge’s chart-toppers including “All Night Long,” “Truly,” and “Say You, Say Me;” as well as his hits with The Commodores like “Brick House,” “Easy,” and “Three Times A Lady.”
Splurge for the Deluxe Edition to go deeper in the group’s songbook with “Fancy Dancer,” “Sweet Love” and “Lady (You Bring Me Up).”
A LADY CAN CHANGE HER MIND: Despite earlier denials, the reclusive Anita Baker will indeed have a Las Vegas residency at the Venetian Resort for five dates: May 31, and June 1, 5, 7, 8. Tickets also go on sale March 29 at www.ticketmaster.com or www.venetian.com.
AT LONG LAST: “You’re The Man,” Marvin Gaye’s 1972 lost album which was supposed to be the follow-up to 1971’s iconic “What’s Going On,” has been released in celebration of what would’ve been the Motown crooner’s 80th birthday, April 2.
MILESTONE: The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is presented at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion April 3–7 as part of the famed troupe’s 60th anniversary tour. Highlights of the five-day stand will include The Ailey Dance Party; Dance Talks with current artistic director Robert Battle; and company treasures such as “Revelations,” “Blues Suite” and “Cry.”
The historic tour will conclude May 10–12 at Newark’s New Jersey Performing Arts Center with a new production of Talley Beatty’s “Stack-Up” featuring music by Earth, Wind & Fire and Grover Washington Jr.
“US” MINI-REVIEW: “I appreciate how Jordan Peele depicted the internal conflict we have with ourselves when we take on the job of doing the dirty work that needs to be done. Ultimately, we must decide which aspect of ourselves will come out as victorious. It’s always good versus evil. Acknowledging and confronting those dark areas of our hearts and minds is never an easy task.” – Singer/Songwriter/Actor RAHSAAN PATTERSON, whose new single “Sent From Heaven” was just released in advance of his Shanachie debut “Heroes and Gods” out May 17.
CLIPPETTES: Mike Epps is at Long Beach’s Terrace Theater March 29; while renowned singer Mary Stallings and her Quintet are at the Jazz Bakery in Santa Monica; and Dwight Trible is hosting a release party for his new CD, “Mothership” at the World Stage with ensemble members Mark de Clive-Lowe, John B. Williams, Derf Reklaw, Miguel Atwood Ferguson and more …
Michael B. Jordan is producing and will star as “Methuselah,” a man who has survived for hundreds of years, in a franchise-launching feature film that was to star Tom Cruise in a previous incarnation …
Blitz Bazawule will participate in a Q&A moderated by Ava DuVernay following the 5 and 7:30 p.m. screenings of his Ghanian drama “The Burial of Kojo” March 29 at the Ahrya Fine Arts Theater. The film will run through April 4 …
March 30 finds The New Jack City Jam Tour 2019 featuring Bobby Brown, Al B Sure, Chubb Rock, Hi-Five, Michel’le, Wrecx-N-Effect and Kool Moe Dee at the Long Beach Convention Center. While over at Santa Monica’s Mosst Theater, Abdullah Ibrahim Ekaya Septet honors Ibrahim’s late-’50s band, the Jazz Epistles. On the hip hop tip, Long Beach breakout Vince Staples is at The Novo; while KRS-One leads SNLA’s 80s N 90s Old School Sweatsuit Party at the Savoy Entertainment Center …
“The Masked Singer” winner T-Pain drops the guise to show off his musical talent at The Novo on April 4.
TASTY QUIP: “The only other thing more gratifying than an extraordinary read is being able to share that experience with others, and we’re going to do just that by building the biggest, the most vibrant, the most stimulating Book Club on the planet.” – OPRAH WINFREY on part of her involvement with the soon-to-launch Apple TV.
TC ON TV: March 30 – “50th NAACP Image Awards: Tribute Special” (TV1): Hosted and Executive Produced by Urban One Founder and Chairperson Cathy Hughes, the special features in-depth one-on-one conversations with Salli Richardson-Whitfield, John Legend, Stephan James, Loretta Devine, Clarence Avant, Kenny Lattimore, and U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters. “The 50th NAACP Image Awards” (TV1): Broadcasting legend Tom Joyner will receive the Vanguard Award at the ceremony hosted once again by Anthony Anderson. “Saturday Night Live” (NBC): Sandra Oh, Tame Impala
April 1 – “Cannon Busters” (Netflix): LeSean Thomas’ crowdfunded pilot based on his popular comic series was picked up by the network as an original anime series kicking off with 12 episodes. “The Twilight Zone” (CBSAA): The Jordan Peele produced, and hosted reboot is here with two episodes followed by new ones on Thursdays beginning April 11. Sanaa Lathan, John Cho, Kumail Nanjiani, Jessica Williams, Seth Rogan, Zazie Beets and Steven Yeun will be spotlighted in the stories.
April 2 – “Kevin Hart: Irresponsible” (Netflix): New stand-up special focusing on the comic actor’s domestic life. “Finding Your Roots” (PBS): Oscar-winning director Alejandro G. Iñárritu and artist Kehinde Wiley, whose President Barack Obama painting adorns D.C.’s National Portrait Gallery, learn their family histories. “The Last O.G.” (TBS): Tracy Morgan and Tiffany Haddish are back for a second helping with guests stars this season to include legendary hip hop artists Rev Run, Talib Kweli, and Rakim, as well as Bresha Webb and Anna Maria Horsford. You can now make and taste the show’s dishes with “The Last O.G. Cookbook” with the 4-1-1 on Tray’s Cornflake-Battered Fried Chicken with Sweet Pickles, his Prison Pad Thai, and Shay’s “Somebody Died” Spaghetti.
April 3 – “Survivor” (CBS): Shout out to Davie Rickenbacker of last season’s “Survivor: David vs. Goliath” on being gifted $14,000 by pop star Sia for his inspirational gameplay. The sixth-place finisher told EW that he’d use the grant to “pay off student loan debt, repay my parents for the support they gave me throughout the process, and of course give a donation to my God.” “Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Party Challenge” (VH1): Matthew McConaughey and Method Man battle it out for the best “4/20” munchies with Isla Fisher serving as judge.
April 4 – “Braxton Family Values” (WE): Returns in its sixth season, with the family wondering about Toni and Birdman; Tamar on life after winning “Celebrity Big Brother;” and more drama. “Hustle & Soul” (WE): Chef Lawrence Page of The Pink Teacup in Brooklyn opens his dream spot in Miami Beach. “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC): Mike Tyson, Pitbull
TASTY QUIP: “I don’t see myself casting a white dude in a lead of a movie — it’s not because I don’t like white dudes. It’s because I’ve seen that movie. We are in this time when there are so many great black directors right now. The renaissance that has happened has proven myths of representation in the industry are false.” – JORDAN PEELE at UCB’s Q&A series as reported by Deadline: Hollywood.
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