Posted in Celebrities, Chicago, Chicago Events, Performance Art, Uncategorized, tagged Andrea Kelly, Carl Thomas, Harold Washington Cultural Center, Itika Oldwine, J. Ivey, Malik Yusef, michael jackson, Power 92, Seandale, tribute on July 28, 2009|
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Itika Oldwine, NBC Chicago Street Team
Tonight, the recently departed King of Pop is being honored at Chicago’s Harold Washington Cultural Center in a live tribute called “The Man From Neverland.”
The Man From Neverland
The tribute, produced by J’Ira Productions, is a live historical musical documentary that will honor the true artistry of Michael Jackson. The show will feature performances by spoken word artists J. Ivy and G.O.O.D. music’s Malik Yusef, performances by the Andrea Kelly Dance Company and the Michael Jackson Tribute Choir featuring Shari Addison of B.E.T.’s “Sundays Best.”
Several influential community leaders including Jackie Taylor and Jimmy Tilman will be in attendance, and the event will be hosted by radio personality Seandale of Power 92. According to the show’s organizer Ira Antrelis, J’Ira Productions, “hopes that tonight’s tribute is the best show to honor who Michael really was.” I think the gloved one would be proud.
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Posted in Celebrities, Chicago, Chicago Events, comedy, Performance Art, theater, tagged Angela Yarbrough, Chicago, EDF3, Harold Washington Cultural Center, Los Angeles, Nefetari Spencer, Robin Thede, Sketch Comedy, Women In Entertainment on June 7, 2009|
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Dave Leonard, NBC Chicago Street Team
This past weekend I was treated to a fun and engaging comedic experience from seven of the funniest and most talented ladies I’ve ever seen…The Elite Delta Force 3. This all-female sketch comedy troupe have been selling out shows in the Los Angeles area and after checking them out in one of two shows at the Harold Washington Cultural Center (located at 4701 S. King Drive) on Saturday, I can see why.
The Elite Delta Force 3 is comprised of native Chicagoans Nefetari Spencer, Robin Thede, and Leshay Tomlinson-Boyce in addition to Angela Yarbrough, Nikea Gamby-Turner, Nika Williams, and rotating cast member Indira Gibson. These dynamic women who wrote, produced, and of course appear in these hilarious sketches have resumes that are comparable to seasoned comedy veterans and their “no holds barred” impressions take on everything from politics to pop culture. Their mission is to “save the world…one sketch at a time”. Two words…mission accomplished!
The ladies of Elite Delta Force 3
The show opens with a comical video intro reminiscent of cheesy ‘70s & ‘80s action serials like the “A-Team” meets “Charlie’s Angels”, showcasing each of the ladies as gun-toting, wall-climbing, karate kicking, Bond-esque divas. From there, the live sketches kick-off with a musical number that parodies the popular “Dreamgirls” anthem “One Night Only” and puts an unflinching racist spin on it. The ladies do quick wardrobe changes as they go from sketch to sketch and get a brief respite in between, while the audience is treated to their natural comedic talent in short pre-taped “behind-the-scenes” video vignettes where the EDF3 troupe spar off with one another in their writing sessions and rehearsals.
In one of the funnier sketches, the ladies take on MTVs “America’s Best Dance Crew” where Thede and Gamby-Turner do dead-on impressions of judges Lil’ Mama and Shane Sparks. Other highlights include the farcical “blind date” sketch, the “new girl at Hooters” piece, and my personal favorite, “Bear Stearns Meets Breakin’” where EDF3 even makes light of the economy. I won’t give away the ending, but the ladies do not disappoint with a sexy tribute to one of America’s iconic heroines.
If you’re looking for side-splitting, adult humor, these seven talented beauties definitely deliver. Chicago is the first of many cities where Elite Delta Force 3 will be touring. Do yourself a favor and check them out now. To find out what other cities they’ll be invading and to get more updates, check out their website at www.elitedeltaforce3.com
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Posted in 24-7_chicago, Bands, Live Music, music, Uncategorized, Weekend Activities, Word On The Street, tagged Aniba Hotep&The Sol Collective, Carl Thomas, Harold Washington Cultural Center, King College Prep High School on May 29, 2009|
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Glenn Murray, NBC Chicago Street Team
Tonight, King College Prep High School presents recording artist Carl Thomas in concert at 7PM at Harold Washington Cultural Center 4701 S. Dr. Martin L. King Jr. Dr., Chicago, IL. The event will also feature performances by special guests Aniba Hotep & the Sol Collective, Greg Gibbs and the King College Prep Jazz Band.
Thomas is an Aurora, IL native best known as an artist on Sean “Diddy” Combs’ Bad Boy Entertainment record label. His 1999 debut LP, “Emotional” featured the #1 R&B single “I Wish”. In 2006 Thomas earned a Grammy Award nomination for Best R&B Performance by a Duo Or Group With Vocals along with Chaka Khan, Yolanda Adams, and the late Gerald Levert for “Everyday (Family Reunion),” a song from the soundtrack of Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Family Reunion.
Tickets are available at the Center’s box office and at all Ticketmaster locations.
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