Tickets for Hiero Day (Sept 7th), the mayor commemorated Oakland holiday/outdoor festival, concert, food, and block party, are now on sale. Free in previous years the event has always been reliant on public contributions, while the celebration has understandably grown pricey to produce. In order to avoid overcrowding (approximately 22k people attended in 2014), ensure a safe and controlled environment and to maintain the level of quality event that you expect and deserve, the organizers have come up with the low ticket price of $19.93 (*cough* '93 Til) for a General Admission Ticket. We can all agree this is more than a fair price for the amount of entertainment provided.[...]
Well over a year ago, Don Cheadle announced plans to star and direct in an upcoming film on jazz icon Miles Davis. Yeah, he even learned to play the trumpet. Successfully crowd-funded through IndieGoGo, Cheadle's Davis project, "Miles Ahead" has finished production and been selected to screen as the closing night film at the upcoming New York Film Festival. Written by Steven Baigelman and Cheadle, the film focuses on Davis in the late '70s after having stopped practicing and performing and also stars Ewan McGregor, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Keith Stanfield. [...]
UPDATE: NBC has found it's Dorothy in 18-year-old New Jersey native Shanice Williams who has a background in musical theater.
NBC recently revealed plans to reboot the musical "The Wiz", the 1978 Diana Ross led adaptation of "The Wizard of Oz" co-produced by Berry Gordy's Motown film division. In addition to Ross, the original cast also included a young Michael Jackson, Richard Pryor, Lena Horne, and Nipsey Russell. "The Wiz" once weighed in as the most expensive film-musical ever made ($24 million).[...]
It looks like Prince's recent secret tour concept has caught on. The Wondaland camp of Janelle Monáe, Jidenna, Deep Cotton, St. Beauty, and Roman GianArthur have announced an 8 date tour of secret (free) shows accross the country, including three stops along the West Coast. These shows are invite-only, but you can enter your name and email for a chance to win.