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Friday, February 12

Charlie Wilson w/ Keith Sweat

Shrine Auditorium

Los Angeles, CA 90007


The Natural. This simple phrase eloquently captures the essence of Charlie Wilson.


That essence is currently commanding center stage with the sparkling ballad “My Love Is All I Have” which has already reached #1 on the Billboard Urban Adult Contemporary chart. No one slam-dunks a ballad like Wilson, the Grammy-nominated multi-talent behind the 15-week Billboard UAC chart-topper “You Are.” And that truth remains undisputed with “My Love Is All I Have” from Wilson’s fourth solo album Love, Charlie through P Music/RCA Records. The set — released on Jan. 29, Wilson’s birthday, debuted #1 on the Billboard R&B chart and #4 on the Top 200.


His second single, “Turn Off The Lights” is now making its way to the top of the Urban AC chart and is destined to reach number one in the coming weeks.


2013 has been a phenomenal year for Charlie Wilson. He was honored with the 2013 BET Lifetime Achievement Award at the BET Awards. The musical tribute honoring Charlie will long be remembered as one of the finest tributes ever paid to a legend. It included India Arie, Stevie Wonder, Jamie Foxx, Snoop Lion, Pharrell and Justin Timberlake. Charlie joined Justin, Snoop and Pharrell for a medley of songs including “Signs,” “Beautiful” and numerous hits from the GAP Band. It was truly “Oustanding.”


Wilson proved yet again why he continues to have number one hits and perform to sold-out crowds both domestically and internationally. “I felt blessed and humbled when I had gotten word that I was receiving this award,” stated Wilson. “That was only exceeded by the people who came out to share that very special moment with me. We had a great time and I will always treasure it.”

With “My Love Is All I Have,” Wilson once again brings to the forefront the elegant simplicity and amazing vocals that still have a strong foothold in today’s pop, dance and hip-hop oriented world. “I poured my heart into Love, Charlie,” says Wilson, who began working on the album last January. “With this album, I didn’t want to be on the road and recording simultaneously. I wanted to take my time. The game plan was basic: each song needed to have single potential—or it didn’t make the record.”

Just Charlie. Uncle Charlie. Charlie, Last Name Wilson. Throughout his tenure with Jive (folded within RCA Records in 2012), Wilson has stayed true to who he is musically and creatively—while raising the bar each time. In the early 1990s, Wilson became a friend and regular collaborator with Snoop Dogg. Their relationship provided Wilson with access to many artists who idolized him as well as fresh, emerging talent who have inspired him to continue pushing the limits of his own material. Wilson has since

collaborated with a diverse array of artists including Kanye West, R. Kelly, Will.i.am, Jamie Foxx, T-Pain, Fantasia, Justin Timberlake and, most recently, 2Chainz on the 2012 Soul Train Awards.

“Working with these artists allows me to not be locked in a time capsule,” says Wilson, “It opens the door for me to be a part of the contemporary music scene.”

Initially signed to MCA and then Interscope as a solo artist, Wilson has come a long way from the highs of his The Gap Band heyday to the lows of his alcohol and drug addictions. The Tulsa, Oklahoma native formed the pivotal R&B funk trio with brothers Ronnie and Robert. Raised by a minister father and mother who served as the state’s minister of music, the siblings hit the charts running in the late ‘70s and ‘80s with a string of hits. These included “Outstanding,” “You Dropped a Bomb on Me,” “Yearning For Your Love,” “Early in the Morning,” “I Don’t Believe You Want to Get Up and Dance (Oops Up Side Your Head),” “Party Train,” “Wednesday Lover” and “All of My Love.” The group retired in 2010.

Working past his addictions, Wilson—sober now for 18 years—signed with Jive in 2004 after landing his first No. 1 Billboard Urban AC hit in 2000, “Without You.” His gold-certified Jive debut, 2005’s Charlie Last Name Wilson, yielded a top 15 R&B single via the title track. Uncle Charlie arrived in 2009, garnering the artist two Grammy nominations: Best R&B Album and Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for the hit single “There Goes My Baby.” A year later, Wilson stepped back up to the plate with Just Charlie and his biggest hit to date, “You Are.” After 13 consecutive weeks at No. 1, the song scored two Grammy nods for Best R&B Song and Best R&B Performance. Also in 2009, he was named Billboard’s No. 1 Adult Artist and his single, “You Are” the No. 1 Adult R&B Song that same year. In addition to his six Grammy nominations Wilson is a recipient of the 2005 BMI Icon Award, the 2009 Soul Train Icon Award and was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Trumpet Foundation on a show which aired on TV One in March 2013 and in syndication throughout April, 2013.

“I started late in the game as a solo act,” reflects Wilson. “I came out of the toilet to have a solo career that no one thought would ever happen. Now I’m on the other side of the finish line … and still have something to sing about. I’m blessed to be standing strong from back in the day.”

Still burning rubber on stage as well, the energetic Wilson averages 75-100 shows a year between concert tours, festivals and private events. He also finds time to give back. Wilson remains committed to promoting awareness and educating the male community about prostate cancer. A survivor of a disease that afflicts one in six American men—and one in three African-American men—Wilson became a spokesperson for the Prostate Cancer Foundation in 2008. In April 2012 he announced his partnership with Janssen Biotech to launch the company’s Making Awareness A Priority (M.A.P.) campaign. The program brings together leading voices in advocacy and health education through live events in select cities across the country (www.myprostatecancerroadmap.com).

With the release of Love, Charlie, Wilson says the concept behind the album can be summed up in one sentence: “The whole world needs inspiration.” Better yet, the whole world needs Charlie Wilson.

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Teragram Ballroom

Los Angeles, 90017


ALO is more than a band. It's a musical relationship that has endured for over two decades, with band members playing in numerous projects together and apart. Following the 2012 release of the free-wheeling Sounds Like This, the band took time off to work on various side projects. Zach Gill (keys/vocals) toured the world with the band's college pal Jack Johnson; Dan "Lebo" Lebowitz (guitar/vocals) played shows with the Grateful Dead's Phil Lesh; Steve Adams (bass/vocals) toured and recorded with Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers; Dave Brogan (drums/vocals) joined up with Utah band, Mokie. These and other endeavors have influenced the band's new album Tangle Of Time.

More than previous releases, Tangle Of Time really taps into what makes ALO unique. It's that special blend of classic songwriting and the ability to stretch out jams and distill dance floor grooves. It's heartfelt lyrics that make you smile, reflect and just want to sing along either way. It's four great musicians who all write and sing. And four friends who've been through a lot together and still support, challenge and inspire one another. 

Entering Allegiant Records in San Anselmo, California this past January with co-producer Dave Simon-Baker, the four members decided they'd take a different recording approach. Instead of spending pre-production days jamming and co-writing, each member brought in their own demos, roughly three dozen in total, for the group to listen to, pick apart and eventually whittle down to the 11 songs that make up Tangle Of Time. Once they narrowed their focus, they turned their attention to arrangements and production techniques. Songs were tightened up, layers made more experimental and the end results validated their new approach.

Lebo described the shared respect and admiration the band felt during the recording process this way: "There are four strong opinions in the room, but playing together for so long we've all become pretty good at the empathy thing at this point; we can be very Zen about it. We truly value being together at this point in our careers, and whatever we get from our solo and side gigs, no matter how much fun we have, it's not this."

That sort of maturity, the ability to take stock of your friends, loved ones, and collaborators, and truly appreciate them is certainly one of the cornerstones of Tangle Of Time. Lebo, Adams and Gill first started playing music together in middle school, and then with Brogan right after college. Somehow, these relationships have lasted, evolved and been made stronger every year. One can almost hear the group releasing a satisfied existential sigh throughout the album, finding acceptance, love and contentment with the world they've built. 

"I really appreciate the guys right now, more so than ever," Gill shared, excitedly adding, "Years ago the feeling was, 'I wanna get to my songs and see how they sound while we're all here', whereas now I'm rooting for everyone else's songs. It's great."

That approach of supporting each others' songs worked like a charm, capturing each member's distinct songwriting voice, while simultaneously expanding the notion of what an ALO song or album can be. Take for instance the one-two-punch of the synth-filled, spacey jam vehicle "The Ticket" and the pedal steel-driven easy-going happiness of "Simple Times". Although two ends of the sonic spectrum, both are classic Gill songs at their core but stretched wide and far by the band's collective effort.

Not to be outdone, Lebo's guitar epic "Undertow" is a song that practically begs to be stretched out live, with its swirling double guitar outro intoxicating the listener to such a degree that you might find yourself on the band's website, dreamily purchasing tickets for an entire run of shows just to see where the song ventures live. Lebo pairs this with "Push", a jaunty yet thoughtful number with a playful guitar riff that's basically the musical equivalent of joy.

"Not Old Yet" and "Keep On", Adams' contributions to the album, are also touchstones to the spirit of Tangle Of Time. The first is a light-hearted romp about keeping a positive perspective on life's long road of hurdles and surprises, while the second is an upbeat, forward-thinking sing-along with lines that could be the album's mantra: "Wherever this takes us, I know/That we've got each other, we've still got a long way to go."

Brogan's "Coast To Coast" is among the most intriguing songs on the record. He, along with co-writer buddy Ben Malan, came up with a layer-upon-layer soundscape consisting of beautifully esoteric textures. The funky but ominous track tells the surreal tale of a band on the run, with more ideas and energy than know-how. Brogan shared that the theme of "tangled time" materialized unexpectedly over the course of the sessions, elaborating: "There's a point where there is more behind you than ahead of you, and you realize that time becomes a limiting factor."

Put the record on your turntable, and you can clearly hear the band's excitement to get back on the road and explore these songs with their audience. Improvisation is a staple of what the band does, and as Adams stated: "Being in that unknown is such a great life lesson beyond just the music. For all the careful planning and preparing we do, being in the moment is really when it all matters."

The band is also planning new ways to expand the theatrical shenanigans that have become a fantastic complement to the live show. From confetti canons to 12-foot beach balls, pre-show skits to elaborate theme nights, bubble suits to a laser shooting ukulele (yes, really)... ALO is always on the hunt for new and exciting ways to interact with fans to make their shows truly special. Gill, the band's head prankster, put it this way: "I want people to come to a show expecting to be engaged in a fun and creative way. When I see someone dancing or singing along or reaching out to hit a giant beach ball, I start playing to the dancer and at that point, it's really a circle of energy traveling back and forth from the stage. The larger theatrical concepts are ways of interacting with the audience on another level." 

On Tangle Of Time the band has reached that other level, and are ready to bring everyone along.

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Saturday, February 13

2016 Ripken Baseball and Sports Authority Field Day

Torrance Little League Fields

1740 Plaza Del Amo, Torrance, CA, 90501

9:00am to 4:00pm

Ripken Baseball and Sports Authority are collaborating to host two free Field Days for youth ages 6-12 to provide fun training exercises that incorporate educational lessons and encompass the joys of baseball.

All registered Field Day participants will receive on-field instruction from Ripken Baseball coaches and engage in a variety of skill stations focused on infield, outfield, pitching, hitting and agility fundamentals. Additionally, representatives from esteemed brands in baseball, including Under Armour, Easton, Rawlings and Wilson, will be on-site to showcase latest products and innovations at the free vendor expo.

Ripken Baseball and Sports Authority instructors will lead the clinics during morning and afternoon sessions from 9am–12pm and 1–4pm. The first 150 youth players, ages 6–12, who register online at www.ripkenbaseball.com/sports_authority_clinics will be guaranteed a spot in one of the two sessions per day. The events are also open to parents, friends and members of the community who are interested in supporting and taking part in the day’s events.

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Vintage Fashion Expo

The Reef

1933 S Broadway, Los Angeles,, 90007


Once again the Vintage Fashion Expo returns to The Reef (aka LA Mart) this February 13th-14th. The Expo will bring
together vintage clothing exhibitors from around the country who will bring their finest vintage clothing and accessories
for men and women.

Come and enjoy 2 days of vintage shopping. Everything from clothing, costume and estate jewelry,
to textiles and vintage eyewear will be presented. Designers, stylists, collectors and your basic vintage
vintage enthusiast attend the Expo knowing they will be certain to find exactly what they need and want.

Our special guest vendor this month will be International Burlesque artist Dita Von Teese who
will be selling items from her extensive personal clothing and accessories collection. On sale will be her
new beauty book “Your Beauty Mark”. Dita will be available to sign copies of her book on
Saturday from 1pm – 2pm and Sunday from 3pm-4pm. What a fabulous and fun opportunity to purchase
the ultimate Valentine's gift for friend or lover (or yourself)!

Joining us this February in our lounge will be Viva Los Cupcakes! Viva Los Cupcakes is an award
winning specialty cupcake company which draws inspiration from Mexican regional foods and desserts
to create new and unique cupcake flavors.

Hours: Sat. Early Buy: 9am-10:30am ($25) Gen Adm: 10:30am-6pm ($15)
Sunday Gen. Adm: 11am-5pm ($15)

Come and enjoy 2 full days of vintage shopping. Bring a friend and shop all weekend!
For Ticket Purchase: http://bit.ly/1J5lllt
For more info: www.vintageexpo.com

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True&Co.’s lingerie ‘Try-on Truck’ Arrives at Alchemy Works on Saturday, February 13 - Sunday, February 14

Alchemy Works

826 E 3rd St, Los Angeles, 90013

10:00am to 7:00pm

WHAT: True&Co. an online lingerie retailer, is thrilled about the LA Launch of its National Try-on Truck Tour with its first stop at Alchemy Works on Saturday, February 13 - Sunday, February 14. The Try-on Truck brings complimentary, personalized bra fittings and True&Co.’s most beloved bras to women across the U.S. Inspired by the “tiny home” movement, the 24-foot-by-eight-foot mobile shop features spacious fitting rooms and stunning visual displays against a backdrop of glass, wood and steel.

Women can take True&Co.’s proprietary five-minute “Fit Quiz” online and are presented with a personalized selection of beautifully-designed lingerie at the mobile shop. True&Co.’s fit therapists give each guest a bra fitting customized not just to her band or cup shape, but to her breast shape. (No more measuring tape!) They will be presented with a personalized selection of beautifully-designed lingerie at the mobile shop showcasing how True&Co. is pioneering ‘nomadic retail’ to transform the way women shop for lingerie.

It’s all part of the company’s goal to help women find the perfect-fitting bra.

WHEN: Saturday, February 13 - Sunday, February 14 from 10 am – 7 pm

WHERE: Alchemy Works
826 E 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90013


Book an appointment here:

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