Los Angeles at 8:30am
Chuco’s Justice Center • 1137 E. Redondo Blvd. Inglewood CA
90302• Diana Zuniga, (213) 864-8931Oakland at 10:30am
MacArthur BART Station • 555 40th St Oakland, CA
94609 • Adrienne Roberts, (415) 519-0378Chowchilla at 3:00pm
Rally will begin at Valley State Prison • 21633 Avenue 24 • Chowchilla, CA
93610Chowchilla at 4:00pm
Speak out at California Coalition for Women Prisoners • 23370 Road 22 • Chowchilla, CA
Fresno—Just weeks after Governor Brown declared that "the prison crisis is over in California," hundreds of people from all over the state will be getting on buses and into cars Saturday morning, making the trek to Chowchilla to call his bluff. They will join hundreds of Californians from Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area and elsewhere in the Central Valley at a Freedom Rally in protest of horrendous living conditions in the notorious prison, Central California Women’s Facility (CCWF).
Some participants have a loved one at the prison; others have spent time inside; while others are activists and residents working to shrink California’s massive prison system. All are concerned about the humanitarian crisis in CCWF, and are demanding immediate release for as many people as possible.
“We are traveling all the way from LA to the Valley to show solidarity between people on the outside and people on the inside.” remarked Julio Marquez, a Youth Organizer for Youth Justice Coalition who has two cousins that have been locked up in Central Valley prisons.
CCWF is at 186% of its capacity, with 3,918 women and transgender prisoners packed into a facility designed to hold 2,000. Despite threats of retaliation, prisoner advocacy organizations Justice Now and California Coalition for Women Prisoners received over 1,000 declarations from people inside CCWF and the nearby Valley State Prison for Women (VSPW) highlighting a lack of basic medical care, increased tension and conflicts among prisoners due to crowding, increased lockdowns, and seriously reduced access to jobs, programs and legal resources. People inside CCWF are calling the treatment of prisoners and their conditions gender discrimination and a violation of their civil and human rights.
“Californians should care about this issue because we are talking about the importance of people’s lives. People die because of the inadequate medical help,” says Theresa Martinez, of Justice Now who spent 23 years of her life locked in California prisons. “Taxpayers are paying to keep warehousing people instead of figuring out how to set them free.”
Against the wishes of residents in Chowchilla, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) recently converted VSPW into a men’s prison. Instead of releasing people and closing VSPW, the CDCR is squeezing over 1,000 women and transgender people into the two remaining women’s prisons, in addition to a newly opened section of Folsom prison. Organizers of Saturday’s rally are demanding that VSPW be closed altogether, and that the state respond to crowding at CCWF by releasing prisoners through Alternative Custody Programs (ACP), parole for elderly people, and grant compassionate release for terminally ill people and medical parole for permanently incapacitated prisoners. In 2011, CDCR itself noted that at least 4,500 prisoners held in women’s facilities could be released through the ACP program, to date less then 200 have been.
“When we lock so many people up, it affects all of our communities, our families and our friends,” said Krys Shelley, of the California Coalition for Women Prisoners who was locked up for over 12 years in Central Valley prisons. “We need California to pay attention. We should reevaluate cases, look at the sentencing laws, look at parole and release programs. Let’s bring our loved ones home.”
Follow the Chowchilla Freedom Rally on twitter @curbprisonspending.org
source: press release
has teamed up with celebrity partners, such as Tori Spelling, Kathy Griffin, Perez Hilton, Jayson Blair, Melissa Rivers,
and Patti Stanger
all of whom are vocal in their support of gay marriage.
The select group of celebrities has come together to each design a same-sex engagement and wedding ring for an upcoming charity auction, with 100% of the profits going to the charity of the celebrity’s choice.
All items will be available for auction at CharityBuzz.com
, the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nominated actress and singer who created the infamous role of Major Margaret “Hot Lips” O’Houlihan in Robert Altman’s classic film, “M*A*S*H,” has been singing since she was 18, when she received her first record contract with Verve Records. She will appear as a vocalist in SALLY KELLERMAN SPOOKY
! Ed Martel will serve as Musical Director and Pianist.
Kellerman’s program will include some new takes on familiar songs. At Vitello’s Jazz & Supper Club
, 4349 Tujunga Avenue
, Studio City.
On Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 8:00 p.m.
Tickets for SALLY KELLERMAN SPOOKY! are $15 each
with a $18 Food/Drink Minimum. Dinner Seating is available starting at 7:00 p.m. Valet Parking is available. For reservations call 818-769-0905,
or visit www.ticketweb.com
. For more information, visit www.vitellosjazz.com
KATHY GRIFFIN to headline BEST IN DRAG SHOW® 2012, with MELANIE GRIFFITH, SARA RAMIREZ and GREG LOUGANIS as celebrity judges.Best In Drag Show
® – the outrageous and long-running annual fundraiser for Aid for AIDS
– has announced that Emmy Award winning comedienne Kathy Griffin
will headline this year’s event for her 10th consecutive year. Following her opening monologue, Griffin will join the celebrity judges panel alongside Academy Award nominee Melanie Griffith
, Tony Award winner Sara Ramirez
and Olympic Gold medalist winner Greg Louganis
Best In Drag Show® will be held on October 7, 2012
at the Orpheum Theatre
in downtown Los Angeles
Griffin, Griffith, Ramirez and Louganis will join the previously announced judges Lisa Rinna
(Days of Our Lives), Harry Hamlin
(Army Wives), Melora Hardin
(The Office), Kathy Kinney
(The Secret Life of the American Teenager) and Judge Alex Ferrer
After a two-year hiatus, event co-founder Patrick Rush
will return to host the show. Jeffrey Drew
, long-time lead star throughout the history of Best In Drag Show®, will once again direct, choreograph and helm the 2012 production.
The 2012 contestants include Carlos Martinez (Miss California: Fruta Fresca), Lawrence Lucero (Miss Hawaii: Tiny Bubbles), Matthew James Carlin (Miss Louisiana: Miss Clawdette), Keith Lamont (Miss Massachusetts: Anna Robix), Christian Satrustegui (Miss Washington: Tipsy Rose Lee) and Victor Montoya (Miss Indiana: LaFonda Jackson).
Best In Drag Show® was originally founded by Alexis Pittman with a small group of friends in his West Hollywood living room in 1989. Then called Battle for the Tiara, the event raised $300, collected from twenty people. Due to its increasing popularity, the show was moved to subsequently larger venues and has grown into a large and highly-anticipated annual beauty pageant spoof that makes fun of itself, while keeping the focus on giving back to the community. The current version has run since 2003, and has raised over $2.2million dollars for Aid for AIDS, in support of the work of the non-profit throughout Los Angeles County to prevent homelessness and hunger for men, women, children and families with HIV/AIDS.
To purchase tickets, visit: www.bestindragshow.org or call 323-344-4880
About Aid for AIDS
Aid for AIDS was founded in 1983 by a group of friends in the Hollywood gay community to promote at-home care for patients facing the end stages of the disease. Since then, AFA has become Los Angeles County’s premier, non-profit provider of direct financial assistance to those impoverished and disabled by HIV/AIDS.
To provide a robust continuum of care and meet the changing needs of the community, AFA merged with the Serra Project in 2009 to form the Alliance for Housing and Healing which works to prevent homelessness among persons living with HIV/AIDS. Our mission is to provide the basic necessities of life to men, women, children, and families living with HIV/AIDS through a safety net of essential housing and direct supportive services because housing is healthcare. 92% of all revenue goes directly to client services. More than 18,000 individuals have received assistance.
For more information visit www.alliancehh.org
Photos by Carol Rosegg: (L) Stephen Bienskie as Buffalo Bill (center) and cast members of the New York Company (R).
Winner of the 2012 Off Broadway Alliance Award for Best Musical, SILENCE! The Musical
the unauthorized parody of The Silence of the Lambs,
with book by Hunter Bell,
music & lyrics by Jon and Al Kaplan
, and direction & choreography by Christopher Gattelli,
will open a Los Angeles company with performances beginning August 31,
at the Hayworth Theatre. This engagement marks the West Coast Premiere of the Off-Broadway hit. SILENCE! The Musical
is produced by Theater Mogul
Two of the creators of SILENCE! The Musical
won 2012 Tony Awards – director-choreographer Christopher Gattelli
for his choreography for Newsies
, and lighting designer Jeff Croiter
for his work on Peter and the Starcatcher. Davis Gaines
, one of Los Angeles most popular musical theatre performers, plays Hannibal Lecter. Gaines performed the title role in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of The Opera
more than 2,000 times at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, in San Francisco, and on Broadway; he recently played the role of King Arthur in Musical Theatre West’s production of Spamalot
. He is joined by Christine Lakin
, in the role of Clarice Starling. Lakin is known for her role on the series “Step by Step” and as news anchor Joyce Kinney on “Family Guy.” SILENCE! The Musical
original cast member Stephen Bienskie
is also in the Los Angeles Company, playing the role of Buffalo Bill which he created. Kathy Deitch, Jeff Hiller, John Kassir, Jesse Merlin, Jeff Skowron
, and Karl Warden
are also in the cast.
Created by Jon and Al Kaplan
in 2002, SILENCE! The Musical
began as a collection of songs on the internet which immediately attracted a staggering number of fans. The Kaplans' subsequent screenplay SILENCE! The Musical
was adapted by Hunter Bell
into a live stage show, which featured newly composed songs by the brothers. Fueled by a rabid cult following, SILENCE! The Musical
shattered every box office record at the 2005 Fringe NYC Festival, winning the award for Best Musical. SILENCE! The Musical
met with further success in London where it garnered ecstatic reviews at the Above The Stag Theatre.
At the Hayworth Theatre,
2511 Wilshire Blvd •
Previews from August 31 • Opening night, Saturday, September 8, at 8 pm Tickets
: $45-$75 are now on sale. Visit www.silencethemusical.com
or call 866-811-4111
by Davidson & Choy PublicityThe Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles
, under the artistic direction of Ben Donenberg
, returns after 16 years to The Japanese Garden
on the grounds of the West Los Angeles VA
, with a summer production of William Shakespeare’s
romantic comedy “As You Like It,
” directed by Royal Shakespeare Company artist Kenn Sabberton
– July 10 to 29.
The cast is led by Tessa Thompson
as Rosalind, Peter Cambor
as Orlando, Michael Dorn
as both Duke Frederick and Duke Senior; Diane Venora
as Jacques, John Lavelle
as Touchstone, and veteran Los Angeles stage actor Tony Abatemarco
as Adam and Corin. The cast also include McKinley Belcher, Kendra Chell, Brian Joseph, Gabriella Rhodeen, Andrew Schwartz, and Lindsay Rae Taylor.
Ben Donenberg, Artistic Director of The Shakespeare Center said, “We are returning to the VA grounds to present Shakespeare – this time at the Japanese Garden, one of the loveliest outdoor venues on the West Side. Here we have a chance to enjoy one of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies. Additionally this allows us to continue working with Veterans, who will serve as valued members of our backstage and front of house team. Two veterans will also be part of the performing company, and we are making complimentary tickets available to active military personnel and veterans.”
The production features original music by Brian Joseph,
who wrote original music for the Shakespeare Center’s 2010 production of “Much Ado About Nothing,” featuring Lyle Lovett and Helen Hunt. The scenery is by Gary Wissmann
, costumes by Holly Poe Durbin
, and the lighting by Trevor Norton
Director Kenn Sabberton
has set the play in present day Los Angeles, where Shakespeare’s court is likened to the corridors of governmental and corporate power and financial influence, and where the events of the day have brought about a sorry and sour state of affairs, stemming from family strife and political maneuverings among the characters.
Since this is Shakespeare, after all, the characters repair to the forest. The Forest of Arden has become the local rural orange groves, adjacent farmland, and campgrounds where the characters gather to sing, dance, fall in love, and discuss what is truly important for their own health and the health of mankind – as many Angelinos who regularly enjoy the natural settings that are easily accessible to all who live here. “In Shakespeare, as in life, there is a restorative power of nature and in creating music, dance and song, as a healing force,” said Sabberton. “It is the transformative Shakespearean experience that an audience can enjoy – as audiences have for hundreds of years –under the moon and the stars.”
This production brings the Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles back to the VA grounds for the first time since 1992. The VA location speaks to many long-time themes of the Shakespeare Center – including presenting Shakespeare in a relevant way through settings that speak to present-day Angelenos, working with veterans, and using theater as a tool for personal and community transformation.
Veterans Summer Employment is supported by Sony Pictures Entertainment, The Capital Group,
and the Pentagon Federal Credit Union. “As You Like It” is made possible in part by The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation and the James Irvine Foundatio.
From July 10 - 29
, Tuesday through Sunday evenings at 8 pm
• Gates Open at 6:30 for pre-show picnics • Previews July 10 - 13
At The Japanese Garden • 11301 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles , adjacent to the Brentwood Theatre. or more information and for tickets go to: www.shakespearecenter.org
. Prices from $25.
Posted on May 13, 2010 by David Cohen
Celebrate PRIDE Long Beach, CA this weekend at the “Fiesta Caliente” stage. You will have a chance to hear and see some of the hottest artists from Latin America.
Christian Chávez the Latin King of this year’s Parade, will present his debut album “Almas Transparentes”. Performing for the first time for the LGBT Community, Edith Márquez will be honored for her career achievements and will sing select hits from her best selling album “Duele”, one of the best in Mexico. Pop star María José will perform songs from her platinum album “Amante De Lo Ajeno” .
For the first time in Long Beach From, Fedro from the hit reality talent show “VIVA EL SUEÑO“, will perform songs from his debut album “Besos Excesos”. Christina who just finished touring Puerto Rico and the US is ready to captivate the audience with her latest effort “De Los Pies Hasta La Frente” and Marger, the lead Venezuelan singer in the Latin version hit musical “Fame” will delight the audience with songs from her debut album “Como Te Digo”.