L.A. Digest West Edition

L.A. DIGEST: Waters donates computers to Watts center

WATTS — U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters was on hand Jan. 21 to announce the donation of 13 computers to students enrolled in the Career Technical Education Department at the Los Angeles Unified School District adult school named in her honor, the Maxine Waters Employment Preparation Center.

Waters donated the desktop computers that had been replaced by an equipment upgrade in her Los Angeles district office.

Last August, Waters visited the center and while observing students in the administrative assistant program, asked how many had personal computers at home.

“When the response was so low, I decided that these students were the ideal recipients of the office’s donation,” Waters said.

“The students are so excited that a United States congressperson would take a personal interest in their career paths, that the donation of the PCs is almost secondary,” Principal Anna Elsa Madrid said.

Members of Congress are permitted to donate refurbished computer equipment from their district offices to local nonprofit organizations.

“Contrary to what many people believe, not every family in our country can afford a computer, or even computer classes, which is why I was pleased to be able to put our recycled equipment to such good use,”  Waters said.

Tax assistance

offered at college

COMPTON — Students and local residents may receive free tax preparation assistance from representatives of the Intuit Tax Freedom Project and the Computer and Communications Industry Association from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 6, at El Camino College Compton Center in the Vocational Technology Building, 1111 E. Artesia Blvd.

In order to be eligible for free tax services, individuals must have earned $31,000 in adjusted gross income or less in 2015; are eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit; or served active military duty in 2015, with a 2015 W2 and an adjusted gross income of $58,000 or less.

Participants need to bring a copy of their 2014 tax return, if available; a form of government identification, for each taxpayer and spouse, if applicable; a Social Security number or individual taxpayers’ identification number for each family member; proof of income including W2 and 1099 forms; documentation of deductible expenses; health insurance form (1095-A); and account and routing numbers of checking and savings accounts for direct deposit and a faster refund.

Reservations are recommended at (866) 577-1231.

Choral singers

give free concert

CARSON — The Albert McNeil Jubilee Singers of Los Angeles will give a free performance at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 4 at the Cal State Dominguez Hills University Theatre, 1000 E. Victoria St., as part of the school’s commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Watts Riots and in honor of Black History Month.

The Albert McNeil Jubilee Singers are a critically acclaimed choral ensemble founded in 1968 by Albert McNeil, a longtime Los Angeles-based conductor and music instructor who sought to bring attention to African-American folk music, particularly those songs known as Negro spirituals.

Complimentary parking for the performance will be in Parking Lot 6 near the theatre.

To reserve tickets, visit www.csudh.edu/watts/schedule/jubilee or call (310) 243-3337.

Stage play to mark

Black History Month

PASADENA — “Fly,” a stage play telling the story of the first African-American Army Air Corps fighters, known as the Tuskegee Airmen, who flew over Europe and North Africa during World War II, will give its first preview performance at 8 p.m. Jan. 26, at the Pasadena Playhouse, 39 S. El Molino Ave.

The play will run through Feb. 21 in honor of Black History Month.

The play is staged Tuesday through Friday evenings at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 4 and 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 and 7 p.m., with no 7 p.m. performance Feb. 7.

Tickets range from $25 to $87 with premium seating at $125. To purchase a ticket, visit Pasadena-Playhouse.org or call (626) 356-7529.

Play pays tribute

to King’s last night

LOS ANGELES — “The Mountaintop,” a stage play re-imagining the events the night before the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., will give its first preview showing 8 p.m., Jan. 28 at The Matrix Theatre, 7657 Melrose Ave.

The show runs until April 10, with performances at 8 p.m. Thursdays (only Jan. 28 and Feb. 4), Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays, and at 3 p.m. on Sundays. There will be no showings on March 7 or March 21.

On April 3 (the anniversary of the night prior to King’s assassination and when the play takes place) and April 4 (the anniversary of the assassination), a panel discussion with special guests will take place following each of the performances.

Tickets are $30 or pay-what-you-can on Monday nights. To purchase a ticket, visit www.matrixtheatre.com or call (323) 852-1445.

Play revisits

Simpson verdict

LOS ANGELES — The stage play “Watching O.J., which provides a glimpse into the lives of people awaiting the verdict on Oct. 3, 1995, opens st 8 p.m., Feb. 8 at the Atwater Village Theatre complex, 3269 Casitas Ave.

The story delves into the politics of race and social class surrounding the O.J. Simpson murder trial.

It runs through Feb. 28, in honor of Black History Month, at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays.

Tickets are $19.95 in advance at watchingoj.com or $25 at the door.

Church group

hosts dinner dance

COMPTON — The First United Methodist Men are hosting their annual Valentine Dinner Dance at 6 p.m., Feb. 13 at Compton United Methodist Church, 1025 S. Long Beach Blvd.

This year’s program includes a singing performance by member Adrian Davis at 7:30 p.m. The dancing will start at 9 p.m.

Reservations can be scheduled with Roye Love Sr. at (310) 632-1637 or Oliver Brown at (562) 865-8802.

Information: (310) 639-0775 or email hubfumcc@aol.com.

Documentary traces

history of fraternity

SOUTH LOS ANGELES — “What of the Day,” a documentary tracing the history of the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, will screen at the Pan African Film Festival at 7 p.m. Feb. 6, at Rave Cinemas Baldwin Hills, 4020 Marlton Ave.

Founded at Howard University in 1914, the community-service oriented fraternity boasts several civil rights and cultural icons as members, including Bill Clinton, Al Sharpton and James Weldon Johnson.

Information: Ron Carter, email: tca@sbcglobal.net, office: (626) 345-1413.

Church plans

Valentine’s concert 

INGLEWOOD — Morningside United Church of Christ, 8722 Crenshaw Blvd., presents a Valentine’s Day concert “Love Is in the Aria,” featuring the group SpiriTrio at 5 p.m., Feb. 14.

The artists will perform love songs from famous operas and Broadway shows. Tickets are $35, including a reception meet and greet.

Information: (323) 734-4833.

Compiled by Anne Artley. 

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