Tickets are now on sale for the 40th annual Playboy Jazz Festival June 9-10 at the Hollywood Bowl. It is the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association’s fifth year presenting the event, which in this edition will feature both emerging jazz artists as well as renowned superstars of the genre.
George Lopez will once again host the event, marking the sixth year of his involvement with the festival.
Among the artists scheduled to perform are soul singers Anthony Hamilton and Jazmine Sullivan; renowned guitar/keyboard duo Lee Ritenour and Dave Grusin; the Ramsey Lewis Quintet; Snarky Puppy; the legendary Charles Lloyd & The Marvels with special guest Lucinda Williams; the Count Basie Orchestra, under the direction of Scotty Barnhart; the Miles Electric Band, featuring John Beasley, Darryl Jones, Munyungo Jackson, Blackbyrd McKnight and DJ Logic; and fabled R&B-based horn section and band Tower of Power, celebrating its 50th anniversary.
For a complete list of events, including Freddie Hubbard’s 80th birthday celebration with Randy Brecker, Nicholas Payton and others, visit: www.HollywoodBowl.com .
TAKING A BOW: The cast of ABC’s “Scandal” – Kerry Washington, Guillermo Diaz, Darby Stanchfield, Tony Goldwyn, Joshua Malina, Bellamy Young, Scott Foley, Joe Morton and more – will reunite for a one-night-only live staged reading of the highly anticipated final episode on April 19 — the same night the series finale airs on television after seven seasons.
All proceeds from this once-in-a-lifetime event at the El Capitan Theatre will benefit the Actors Fund — the national human services organization that fosters stability and resiliency, and provides a safety net for performing arts and entertainment professionals over their lifespan.
Four levels of tickets are available at www.actorsfund.org/Scandal.
DEALMAKERS: Queen Latifah and Toni Braxton have inked agreements with Lifetime to produce a mix of documentaries and original movies later this year.
The former will serve as executive producer of “Where Did the Women of Hip Hop Go?,” which tells the history of the pioneering female rappers in a world dominated by men and explores what the future holds for the next generation of female emcees, and the new one-hour special, “U.N.I.T.Y.,” following Queen Latifah as she remakes her pivotal hit single from 1993.
Straight off the success of “Faith Under Fire,” which reached over 8 million viewers, Braxton signs on for a multi-picture production deal of which one will be the centerpiece of the network’s holiday programming block.
MOVIE WATCH: Heavyweight electronic dance music artists Moby and Paul Oakenfold will attend and participate in a question-and-answer session at the L.A. premiere of “What We Started” on March 29 at American Cinematheque’s Egyptian Theatre.
The documentary, by Bert Marcus and Cyrus Saidi, features observations from top DJs Martin Garrix, Carl Cox, Erick Morillo, David Guetta, Afrojack and Tiesto. There are also multiple cameos from musical superstars, including Usher and Ed Sheeran, who help exemplify the power and reach that electronic dance music has over mainstream music genres.
TASTY QUIP: “It’s kind of very frustrating to me because all of a sudden feminism became such a mainstream thing, now white … no shade, white rich actresses start coming out and saying, ‘Me too, me too.’ But what happened to all of us? What happened to the strippers, and the LGBTQ community? And the black girls in college… Like, you know, no one wanted to talk about these people.” – AMBER ROSE on “The Raw Word”
CLIPPETTES: The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra presents keyboardist Chick Corea and vocalist Kurt Elling at the Walt Disney Concert Hall on March 23 …
Director Ava DuVernay (“A Wrinkle in Time”) will next take on DC Comics’ property “New Gods,” chronicling characters created by the late Jack Kirby including iconic villain Darkseid …
PaleyFest continues with a salute to the hit OWN series “Queen Sugar” with the cast and creators on March 24. Later that night, Wyclef Jean’s Carnival Tour hits the Regent Theater …
Ving Rhames has been cast as the precinct captain in CBS’ reboot of “Cagney & Lacey …
Morris Day & The Time are in concert March 24 at the Rose in Pasadena and on March 25 at the Saban in Beverly Hills with Vicki Sue Robinson and Saturn …
Charli XCX, Charlie Puth, OneRepublic, Troye Sivan and DJ Questlove are set for the Hunter For Target Ultimate Family Festival on March 25 at the Rose Bowl from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets are free with RSVP at http://ultimatefamilyfestival.connectngo.com/#/ …
Will “Black Panther” Really Change Hollywood? is discussed by the film’s executive producer Nate Moore, UCLA’s Hollywood Diversity Report author Darnell Hunt, “Left of Black” host Mark Anthony Neal, and Afrofuturist novelist and screenwriter Tananarive Due at ArcLight Hollywood on March 27. Reserve a free ticket for the forum and post reception at www.ZocaloPublicSquare.org …
Jazz is Dead will be held on March 28 at the Lodge Room with an orchestral performance by Adrian Younge’s Voices of Gemma, a special DJ set by Ali Shaheed Muhammad of A Tribe Called Quest and more …
Anne Marie Horsford, Fay Houser-Price, James Pickens Jr., Hattie Winston, Eloise Laws and Ted Lange are among the esteemed hosts of the 25th anniversary L.A. Women’s Theatre Festival (March 29–April 1) at Barnsdall Art Park. Visit www.lawtf.org for details.
TC ON TV: March 23 – “Roxanne Roxanne” (Netflix): Chanté Adams stars as Roxanne Shanté, the 80s teenage hip hop legend, in this film that wowed audiences at the Sundance festival. Mahershala Ali and Nia Long support the effort.
March 24 – “This is Not Happening” (Comedy): Roy Wood Jr. hosts Lil Rey Howery (“Get Out”) and “Saturday Night Live” regular Chris Redd
March 25 – “Unsung” (TV1): Shirley Caesar “Uncensored” (TV1): Le’Andria Johnson
March 26 – “One Strange Rock” (NGC): Acclaimed filmmaker Darren Aronofsky (“Black Swan”) is a principal of this 10-part cinematic event series, hosted by Will Smith, that promises to be a mind-bending, thrilling journey exploring the fragility and wonder of planet Earth, brought into perspective by the only people to have left it behind: astronauts. “Teyana & Iman” (VH1): The series provides an intimate look into newlyweds Teyana Taylor and Iman Shumpert as they take on the music, sports and fashion worlds.
March 27 – “Black Lightning” (CW): The series’ string of strong directors continues with veteran Eric Laneuville (“M.A.N.T.I.S.”). “Independent Lens” (PBS): “Dolores” documents the struggles of Dolores Huerta, who has tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice.
March 28 – “Empire” (Fox): With the show’s return, we find Nurse Claudia (Demi Moore) had kidnapped Lucious (Terrence Howard). Can Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) rescue him? “grown-ish” (Freeform): Yara Shahidi’s breakout college spin-off concludes … until next semester. “Star” (Fox): Secrets are reveled in this spring premiere guest starring Patti LaBelle, Brandy Norwood and Keke Palmer. “Crossroads” (CMT): Smokey Robinson and Cam
TASTY QUIP: “Honestly, here’s the deal. God created music for everyone to enjoy, so we cannot limit ourselves by people’s fears and insecurities.” – STEVIE WONDER to TMZ
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