BLACK CHROME: California African American Museum Exhibit

Displayed thorough April 12, 2009

Through photos, interviews, objects and 16 tricked-out motorcycles that range from choppers to drag bikes, this California-focused exhibition spotlights the innovations and creativity of African Americans that significantly changed the landscape of American motorcycling since World War II. The exhibition is a collaborative project funded by the Automobile Club of Southern California and Friends, The Foundation of the California African American Museum.

For more information, click here: BLACK CHROME

University of California Riverside Photography Museum


The Screen of Nature
Early Photography of the West
UC Riverside Museum of Photography
3824 Main St.
Riverside, CA
January 31, 2009 – March 28, 2009
http://cmp.ucr.edu/exhibitions/screenofnature/
One of the few great examples of the work of 19th-century California photographers of the 1800s. For more info, click: HERE

CHINESE NEW YEAR FESTIVAL


Chinese New Year Festival
Jan. 31-Feb. 1
10 a.m.
Parade- 2 p.m.-4 p.m.
Chinatown
Los Angeles
http://www.chinatownla.com/
Celebrate the Chinese New Year with cultural activities, music and food. It’s now the Year of the Ox. The ox is among the most powerful signs in the Chinese zodiac and is associated with prosperity and fortitude. One of the most exciting points of the celebration is the Golden Dragon Parade. More than 110,000 people are expected to turn out to see the colorful costumes, floats, marching bands, and entertainers walk along the parade route.

2009: Year of the Ox
The Ox is among the most powerful signs in the Chinese zodiac and is associated with prosperity and fortitude. People born in the Year of the Ox are dependable, patient, tireless, strong, and possess an innate ability to achieve great things. Like their animal namesake, they can also be stubborn, eccentric, and easily angered. They speak little but are extremely intelligent. When necessary, they are articulate and eloquent.

For more information, click: HERE

CHINESE NEW YEAR FESTIVAL


Chinese New Year Festival
Jan. 31-Feb. 1
10 a.m.
Parade- 2 p.m.-4 p.m.
Chinatown
Los Angeles
http://www.chinatownla.com/
Celebrate the Chinese New Year with cultural activities, music and food. It’s now the Year of the Ox. The ox is among the most powerful signs in the Chinese zodiac and is associated with prosperity and fortitude. One of the most exciting points of the celebration is the Golden Dragon Parade. More than 110,000 people are expected to turn out to see the colorful costumes, floats, marching bands, and entertainers walk along the parade route.

2009: Year of the Ox
The Ox is among the most powerful signs in the Chinese zodiac and is associated with prosperity and fortitude. People born in the Year of the Ox are dependable, patient, tireless, strong, and possess an innate ability to achieve great things. Like their animal namesake, they can also be stubborn, eccentric, and easily angered. They speak little but are extremely intelligent. When necessary, they are articulate and eloquent.

For more information, click: HERE

Paul McCartney To Headline COACHELLA

SIR PAUL MCCARTNEY WILL HEADLINE THE 3-DAY COACHELLA MUSIC FESTIVAL!

COACHELLA VALLEY MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL 2009 SET FOR APRIL 17, 18 AND 19;

STAGECOACH: CALIFORNIA’S COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL TO TAKE PLACE THE FOLLOWING WEEKEND, SATURDAY, APRIL 25 AND SUNDAY, APRIL 26

Goldenvoice has confirmed the dates for this year’s COACHELLA VALLEY MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL–Friday, April 17, Saturday, April 18 and Sunday, April 19–to be followed a weekend later by STAGECOACH: California’s Country Music Festival, set for Saturday, April 25 and Sunday, April 26. The two critically acclaimed events will again take place at the breathtakingly beautiful Empire Polo Field in Indio, CA, the same grounds where the COACHELLA VALLEY MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL debuted in 1999.

Complete Lineup: COACHELLA

Former AMC Actress Nominated For An Oscar

Actress Melissa Leo has received her first Oscar nomination for the film Frozen River.
Back in the 80’s, Melissa played Laura Warner, sister to Cliff Warner played by Emmy winner Peter Bergman. Peter now plays Jack Abbott on The Young and The Restless.
Good luck to Melissa on Oscar night.

Frozen River” is the story of Ray Eddy, an upstate New York trailer mom who is lured into the world of illegal immigrant smuggling when she meets a Mohawk girl who lives on a reservation that straddles the US-Canadian border. Broke after her husband takes off with the down payment for their new double-wide, Ray reluctantly teams up with Lila, a smuggler, and the two begin making runs across the frozen St. Lawrence River carrying illegal Chinese and Pakistani immigrants in the trunk of Ray’s Dodge Spirit.

Watch The Trailer:

photo: wire image

Oscars on Sunday February 22, 2009

Best Costume Nominee: The Duchess

Best Actor Nominee: Mickey Rourke

Best Picture Nominee: Slumdog Millionaire
The 81st annual Academy Awards will be held on Sunday, February 22, 2009 at The Kodak Theater. International film star and Tony winner, Hugh Jackman will host.

Below is a full list of nominees:

ACTOR, LEADING
Richard Jenkins in “The Visitor”
Frank Langella in “Frost/Nixon”
Sean Penn in “Milk”
Brad Pitt in “The Curious Case
of Benjamin Button”
Mickey Rourke in “The Wrestler”
BEST PICTURE
“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
“Frost/Nixon”
“Milk”
“The Reader”
“Slumdog Millionaire”
ACTOR, SUPPORTING
Josh Brolin in “Milk”
Robert Downey Jr. in “Tropic Thunder”
Philip Seymour Hoffman in “Doubt”
Heath Ledger in “The Dark Knight”
Michael Shannon in
“Revolutionary Road”
SHORT FILM, ANIMATED
“La Maison en Petits Cubes”
“Lavatory – Lovestory”
“Oktapodi”
“Presto”
“This Way Up”
ACTRESS, LEADING
Anne Hathaway in
“Rachel Getting Married”
Angelina Jolie in “Changeling”
Melissa Leo in “Frozen River”
Meryl Streep in “Doubt”
Kate Winslet in “The Reader”
SHORT FILM, LIVE ACTION
“Auf der Strecke (On the Line)”
“Manon on the Asphalt”
“New Boy”
“The Pig”
“Spielzeugland (Toyland)”
ACTRESS, SUPPORTING
Amy Adams in “Doubt”
Penélope Cruz in
“Vicky Cristina Barcelona”
Viola Davis in “Doubt”
Taraji P. Henson in “The Curious Case
of Benjamin Button”
Marisa Tomei in “The Wrestler”
SOUND EDITING
“The Dark Knight”
“Iron Man”
“Slumdog Millionaire”
“WALL-E”
“Wanted”
ANIMATED FEATURE
“Bolt”
“Kung-Fu Panda”
“WALL-E”
SOUND MIXING
“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
“The Dark Knight”
“Slumdog Millionaire”
“WALL-E”
“Wanted”
ART DIRECTION
“Changeling”
“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
“The Dark Knight”
“The Duchess”
“Revolutionary Road”
VISUAL EFFECTS
“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
“The Dark Knight”
“Iron Man”
CINEMATOGRAPHY
“Changeling”
“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
“The Dark Knight”
“The Reader”
“Slumdog Millionaire”
SCREENPLAY, ADAPTED
“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
“Doubt”
“Frost/Nixon”
“The Reader”
“Slumdog Millionaire”
COSTUME DESIGN
“Australia”
“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
“The Duchess”
“Milk”
“Revolutionary Road”
SCREENPLAY, ORIGINAL
“Frozen River”
“Happy-Go-Lucky”
“In Bruges”
“Milk”
“WALL-E”
DIRECTING
“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
“Frost/Nixon”
“Milk”
“The Reader”
“Slumdog Millionaire”
DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
“The Betrayal (Nerakhoon)”
“Encounters at the End of the World”
“The Garden”
“Man on Wire”
“Trouble the Water”
DOCUMENTARY SHORT
“The Conscience of Nhem En”
“The Final Inch”
“Smile Pinki”
“The Witness – From the Balcony of
Room 306”
FILM EDITING
“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
“The Dark Knight”
“Frost/Nixon”
“Milk”
“Slumdog Millionaire”
FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
“The Baader Meinhof Complex”
“The Class”
“Departures”
“Revanche”
“Waltz with Bashir”
MAKEUP
“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
“The Dark Knight”
“Hellboy II: The Golden Army”
ORIGINAL SCORE
“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
“Defiance”
“Milk”
“Slumdog Millionaire”
“WALL-E”
ORIGINAL SONG
“Down to Earth” from “WALL-E”
“Jai Ho” from “Slumdog Millionaire”
“O Saya” from “Slumdog Millionaire

For more info on this year’s telecast, visit: OSCARS