Luke Perry, star of ‘Beverly Hills 90210’ and ‘Riverdale,’ dead at 52

(CNN)Luke Perry, who played the beloved Dylan McKay on the hit coming-of-age series “Beverly Hills 90210,” has died.

Perry, 52, died Monday after suffering a massive stroke, his publicist Arnold Robinson told CNN.
“He was surrounded by his children Jack and Sophie, fiancé Wendy Madison Bauer, ex-wife Minnie Sharp, mother Ann Bennett, step-father Steve Bennett, brother Tom Perry, sister Amy Coder, and other close family and friends. The family appreciates the outpouring of support and prayers that have been extended to Luke from around the world, and respectfully request privacy in this time of great mourning. No further details will be released at this time,” a statement from Robinson read.
Born Coy Luther Perry III in Mansfield, Ohio, and raised in the small community of Fredericktown, Perry moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting soon after graduating from high school.
There he worked a series of odd jobs as he tried to break into the business.
The Big Apple beckoned in 1988 after he scored an appearance as Ned Bates on the soap opera “Loving,” which required him to move to New York City.
In 2013 during an appearance on the radio show “Sway in the Morning,” Perry said it took him 256 auditions before he scored his first gig.
“I just kept thinking, ‘You know, I just walked out of a room full of fools,'” Perry said of how he maintained the confidence to keep going. “Those people have no idea.”
The same year as his “Loving” appearance, Perry landed a role on another soap, this time portraying Kenny on “Another World.”
But it was his role as seemingly bad boy Dylan McKay on Fox’s “Beverly Hills 90210” in 1990 which shot Perry into the atmosphere.
The series was both wildly popular and also criticized because of its willingness to take on topics such as teens being sexually active.
“We have done some shows that dealt with pretty some touchy topics and people weren’t altogether happy with how we dealt with it,” Perry said during an appearance on “The Arsenio Hall Show” in the 1990s. “I thought we handled it pretty intelligently and we were willing to answer the questions we brought up.”
Perry’s character was so popular among fans that in 1991 an expected crowd of 2,000 at a Florida mall turned into a stampede of 10,000 when he appeared at an autograph signing.
Several people were hospitalized and the mall was forced to shut its doors after the chaos.
The actor famously left the show in Season 6, seeking to break away from the Dylan character, but returned in Season 9.
Perry also appeared on the big screen with roles in films including “Good Intentions,” “Red Wing” and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” which later became a hit television series.
He made his Broadway debut in 2002 as Brad in “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.”
But it was the small screen that showed the actor the most love, with roles on “The Incredible Hulk,” “Jeremiah,” “Oz,” “Windfall” and “John from Cincinnati.”
More recently, Perry took on the role as Archie Andrews’ father Fred in the hit CW drama “Riverdale,” based on the characters from the Archie comics.
Perry married “Teen Wolf Too” actress Rachel “Minnie” Sharp in 1993 and the couple welcomed son Jack and daughter Sophie.
They divorced a decade later.
Perry is in director Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming film “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” which set for release in July.

Spike Lee wins Oscar Award

Spike Lee’s first competitive Oscar win (for co-writing BlacKkKlansman) on Sunday night resulted in cheers, a standing ovation, and a jubilant leap into longtime friend and collaborator Samuel L. Jackson’s arms on stage at the Dolby Theatre. Inside the White House, though, his achievement led to the opposite reaction. On Monday morning, President Donald Trump tweeted that Lee’s speech was “a racist hit on your President.” Though Lee hadn’t mentioned Trump at all, he had wrapped up his acceptance speech with a plea for voters to “be on the right side of history” and “make the moral choice between love versus hate” at the 2020 presidential election — a statement that appears to have caused the president’s reaction.

Philly Film Producer Nina Brooks Presents “The Lovers Lyfe”

“The Lovers Lyfe” is based on a true story that shows no matter how long or how far apart if its meant to be.” The film centers on the story of Nina, a young, single mother in Pittsburgh during the 1990s.
At just the tender age of 19, Nina must act with bravery and determination when she is faced with multiple challenges at once: losing her mother to cancer, parenting on her own, and supporting herself and her young daughter. While working in a Pittsburgh nightclub Nina meets Chris, a spirited young entrepreneur who shares Nina’s resolve for a better life. While time and circumstance drive the two apart, a chance Facebook message – sent nearly two decades after their first encounter – ultimately brings them back together.
Inspired by the events of Brooks’ own life, her goal in creating the series is to encourage others to overcome their greatest challenges, and remind them to never give up on love. “Who would have thought a simple Facebook message would rekindle a lost love in such an unforgettable way. Here’s the story of “The Lovers Lyfe”

“As a native of Pittsburgh, it is both a privilege and honor to film “The Lovers Lyfe” amid what is one of the most cinematic skylines anywhere in the world. I’m excited and blessed to film here in Pittsburgh, not only because of the talent and visual splendor of our city, but to help advance film in Pittsburgh for all artists, African-American performers and independent film producers.” –Nina Brooks

Emmy Award-winning film director Emmai Alaquiva, nationally-renowned actress Christina Cooper, and celebrated screenwriter Cambreisha Montgomery are among the cast and crew. With an emphasis on bringing African-American talent to the screen, “The Lovers Lyfe” spotlights the extraordinary abilities of artists from both Los Angeles and Pittsburgh. In addition to sharing her story and expanding opportunities for African-American artists, Brooks also hopes to strengthen Pittsburgh’s burgeoning footprint in the film and television industry.

About Nina Brooks 

Film Producer, Writer, Creator and IT Guru, powerhouse of leadership and the creative force behind production. Humble beginnings as an orphan teenage mother , she is now Co-Founder of CEP Productions, LLC., a film production company. Nina attended the Pittsburgh High School for the Creative and Performing Arts and has acquired a Master’s Degree in Leadership from prestigious Duquesne University. Nina’s work has been selected to showcase at The 2019 PAN African Film Festival.

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Earlii_Red Offers a Plethora of Opportunities for Artists @Earlii_Red

Earlii_Red Promotions is a thriving Independent Company based out of New Jersey.  Earlii_Red who is the CEO and Founder of ERP is well known in the Communities and Entertainment World as a Hip Hop and Arts Activist, Publicist, Event Planner, Booking Agent, A&R Scout, and Host. Earlii_Red is not only a phenomenal woman but has earned title of successful Entrepreneur!
MJ:  First and foremost let’s take it back, as most often in this business we are fans first.  You have always been an enthusiast of music, specifically Hip Hop and R&B. How did that evolve from being a fan to starting a career in Entertainment?
ER: Firstly, I will always be a fan first every step along the way in my career. It all started from when I was a kid, years ago and always had a special vision on music and helping people. It’s very important to keep that “musical ear” going so with that said I decided to start my Independent Company, Earlii_RedPromotions. With a mission to get the upcoming artists and more advanced artists in getting the exposure they need via promo, social media, marketing, bookings, etc.…since new technologies are growing and building every day. I also act as a mentor to many because sometimes as we all know life can be hard and sometimes people just need to build and grow with the right people in their life not always on a business level.  That I believe separates me from most.

MJ: You have and still presently work closely with independent artists as well as major artists and mainstream labels.  Talk about some differences between working with indie and major artists.  Do you notice a difference in attitudes, or work ethics? What would you say are key elements an indie artist needs in order to cross over to that mainstream lane?
ER: The difference between Independent and Mainstream in my opinion all falls on the artists and what goals they might have in their music careers. Attitude is very important to me when it comes to business and in my opinion Independent artists have a better attitude or work ethic because they look at the outside world differently and are easier to plan and build with. Sometimes a Mainstream artist will think since they made it all the work will be done for them and that is not always true. They still will have to keep a great rapport with the people and listeners. If an Independent artist is looking to go mainstream my advice to them would be to get the proper support and team to have with them every step of the way of their career. Not knowing the business side of things always worries me about all artists in general because that is key, and they will need to look at it as their own company to see growth. A lot has changed since the older era and more people need to be educated on it more than ever now, in my opinion.
MJ: You provide an incredible amount of platforms for artists to shine, gain recognition, and to progress in their careers.  Take a moment to share a little bit about those specific platforms.
ER: Yes! I’m all about artists and people that know me will vouch for that because I like to always see every angle of situations but most importantly what is the best interest of that particular artist. With that said, I offer shows/concerts, and I power myself or work with my affiliated partners to get their hard work out there and noticed by the right people. Whether it’s various Independent or Mainstream companies/labels like Def Jam, Universal, Sony, and ASCAP to name a few. I also started my own TV Show a few months ago (2017) RedTV on SNYCTV’s Manhattan TV Network located in Midtown Manhattan, NY. I interview artists and entrepreneurs, and air their music videos or information about their company. I’m all about building, networking, and making better relationships with people I work with so we all can achieve success in this crazy world we live in today. So why not do something you love to do? The time is NOW! If anyone is interested in submitting to my show you can email: redtv.nyc@gmail.com for more information.
MJ: It’s no secret that is double time work for a woman in the music and entertainment industry.  What keeps you motivated to keep going?  What is some advice you can give to other women who are thinking about following your footsteps career wise?
ER: My motivation everyday changes honestly, I set goals for myself daily, weekly, monthly and yearly and that keeps me going because I’m always up for a challenge and like to do new things. Besides having an Entertainment background and playing sports currently and most of my life, being productive and a “go-getter” is very important too if you’re looking to accomplish something. Yes, we all go through trial and error or even failures but my advice to all women would be to get back up and face all your challenges because STRONG women are hard to defeat. Women need to empower each other everyday and more in my opinion because it always seems we have bigger burdens to fill and we all need to let people know the difference, and where we are coming from in our work ethics.
MJ: In terms of the platforms you provide and the different hats you wear do you have a favorite, such as cyphers, showcases, special events, hosting?
ER: As far as choosing a favorite task or job I prefer to do it all. I like the many hats I wear and gives me a variety because it never makes it boring or gets old. There is always room for improvements. I love to help others so wherever I’m needed pertaining to an event I’m all for it! But, if I really had to choose working special events and hosting would be one of my favorite choices because I like to engage people and crowds to have a good time!
MJ: I’m curious, who is in your personal playlist? Also who have been top influences in the evolvement of Earlii_Red?
ER: Currently on my personal playlist would be my favorite tracks from my Independent Hip Hop Artist Cashrac which I manage, 90’s slow jams, and 80’s Freestyle music. My top influences would have to be my artist Cashrac for whom I expanded on my vision and really started going hard for when I heard his lyrical content and it was like “love at first sight”!  He is so talented and gets his credit all over the world in this industry. Lastly, I would like to shout out my business partner Ed from StudioNYC and the rest of the SNYCTV family as we have been building and working hard for years now and they both have ALWAYS had my back. Building a strong team to me is always the key to success!
MJ: Before we wrap up, tell everyone what is coming up this year for ERP. Will ERP be expanding?
ER: So far coming up this year in 2018, ERP will be involved with many special events, political events, festivals, distribution opportunities, deals for artists, and of course more showcases and concerts. Also, I will be hosting and bringing back out a new and approved segment on RedTV called “Fire Dept” that will feature artists rap freestyles and cyphers. I encourage people to follow me because my schedule is always changing and we are always expanding…At the time all dates are TBA.
MJ: Thank you for taking time out, much continued success!
ER: Follow @earlii_red on FB, IG & Twitter.   Thank you all and most importantly MJ for this awesome interview! ~ Red
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More than 20 professional theater companies produce an enormous variety of events

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In the last quarter century, Philadelphia has witnessed a huge growth of professional theater activity, and more than 125 productions now originate in Philadelphia in a season. Philadelphia has become a vibrant, diverse and distinctive theater town.
More than 20 professional theater companies produce an enormous variety of events for all tastes and ages through a season running year-round. We have a particularly strong range of mid-sized companies that perform a wide repertory from avant-garde to musicals, from recent hit plays to original scripts, from classics to children’s theater. Numerous smaller theaters specialize in adventuresome work culminating each September during the Fringe Festival.
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Independence After Hours
A sneak peek at Philadelphia’s history
Through October 21, 2017 (select dates)
Prepare yourself for a V.I.P. night…Colonial style! Enjoy a delicious, three-course meal at historic City Tavern before heading out on an evening of adventure at Independence Hall.
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2017 Fringe Festival
City-wide celebration of though-provoking progressive performing arts
September 7-24, 2017
For fans of new and experimental theater, the Fringe Festival presented by FringeArts features tons of must-see performances each September.
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Prince Theater
Contemporary performance space for live entertainment and film
Home to the Philadelphia Film Society, the Prince Theater is a contemporary performing arts venue in the heart of Center City featuring live performances and film screenings.
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Bastille Day Festival
at Eastern State Penitentiary
Wigs are welcome at this day-long reenactment of the French Revolution
July 15, 2017
Grab a pitchfork and storm the walls! Whether you’re a revolutionary or a royalist, there’s something for you in this celebration of all things French at Bastille Day at the Eastern State Penitentiary.
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Hedgerow Theatre
Challenging theater in an 1840s gristmill
Hedgerow offers the opportunity to watch emerging actors grow under the mentoring experience of veteran actors and directors.
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Philadelphia International Children’s Festival
A family-friendly theatrical extravaganza in University City
May 18-20, 2017
Philadelphia International Children’s Festival brings professional theater from across the globe, created specifically for children, to the Annenberg Center for Performing Arts at the University of Pennsylvania.
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The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre
Vivid and emotional stories by William Shakespeare
Always contemporary, always relevant, the Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre’s productions create the vitality of the play and reflect modern day hopes and fears.
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ComedySportz
Philly’s longest-running comedy show
ComedySportz, Philadelphia’s longest-running comedy show, is improv comedy played as a sport, an interactive show with fans shouting out suggestions and even joining the “players” on the “field.”
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First Person Arts Festival
The only festival of its kind dedicated to personal stories from everyday people
November 5-18, 2017
The only festival of its kind in the world, the 15th annual First Person Arts Festival is a celebration of people and the stories they have to share. Artists and everyday individuals from across the country take part in the annual event, sharing their personal experiences on stage.
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Pennsylvania Ballet
More than 50 years of breathtaking performances
Captivating and inspiring, The Pennsylvania Ballet ranks as one of America’s foremost regional ballet companies. Each new season brings a combination of classical performances, world premieres and timeless traditions, including the beloved holiday performance of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker.
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Juneteenth Festival
Annual festival in Historic Germantown celebrating African American freedom
June 17
Historic Germantown celebrates Juneteenth, the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States, with its seventh annual Juneteenth Festival on Saturday, June 17.
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The Rotunda
Performance space and community gathering place
Built as a house of worship in 1911, The Rotunda is now a smoke-free and drink-free space for world, soul, hip-hop, rock, jazz and experimental music. When bands aren’t playing, the socially conscious venue hosts movie screenings, yoga classes, theater projects and art exhibits.
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FringeArts
Permanent home for progressive performing arts on the Delaware River Waterfront
FringeArts, formerly known as the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe, now has a permanent home for the arts on the Delaware River Waterfront.
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Wayne Art Center
The Main Line’s first art center
Established as the first art center on the Main Line, the Wayne Art Center comes complete with state-of-the-art studios, galleries and a gallery shop.
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Hiway Theater
Historic home of independent cinema in the center of Jenkintown
For more than 100 years, the Hiway Theater has been a cultural fixture in the center of Jenkintown.
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Design in Revolution: A 1960s Odyssey

Design in Revolution: A 1960s Odyssey
February 3, 2018 – September 9, 2018

 

The art of counterculture

From Pop Art and psychedelia to the civil rights and anti-war movements, the 1960s was a decade of liberation—and of great loss. See how designers, artists, and architects responded to the tumultuous period that still looms large in the American imagination. Highlights include the Museum’s surprising collection of vintage rock ‘n’ roll posters.

Curators

Juliana Rowen Barton, Andrew W. Mellon Graduate Fellow; with Kathryn Bloom Hiesinger, the J. Mahlon Buck, Jr. Family Senior Curator of European Decorative Arts after 1700

Location

Collab Gallery, first floor, Perelman Building

Art Wars Throw Down comes to Philly this weekend

It’s no secret that Philadelphia has a longstanding reputation as an artist-friendly city because of reasonable rent prices, a tight-knit creative community, and all the perks of living close enough to other major metropolitan areas without the hefty price tag (cough: New York City).
Now we’re getting a multi-week artists’ tournament, opening this weekend at an arts store and continuing later at bars and restaurants, with an ultimate cash prize of $1,000 or more.

But first, the artists will have to throw down.
 In a preliminary qualifying round Saturday at the Blick Arts Materials Store on Chestnut Street, the Philly Art Wars Throw Down will pit any interested professional, emerging, or amateur artist — granted they’ve signed up ahead of time and they’re over 18 — against one another for a friendly challenge. Artists will get a prompt and two hours to create a piece (with their own materials). The 16 competitors with the most audience votes will continue on to the formal Art Wars “battle rounds,” the first of which is Feb. 15 at University City Tap House (3925 Walnut St.).

The Lehigh Valley’s iDreamMachine marketing company is the promoter behind the arts mayhem, which comes to Philly after a successful launch in and around Easton, where the company is located. “It’s a way to get artists out of the studio and showcase their creative process as a form of entertainment,” said Ryan Walsh, a producer at iDreamMachine and a member of the Art Wars planning team.
The throw down and subsequent rounds are free to attend, but if you’re interested in casting a vote for an artist, ballots are $5. The cash from ballots in the preliminary throw down goes toward raising the top prize for the competition above $1,000. Ballot cash in the subsequent rounds goes in part to the competitors from that round and in part toward the grand-prize kitty. So, artists: It’s worth getting a crew together to vote for you.

Think of it like a sporting event meets behind-the-scenes exhibition, presenting a side of the artistic process seldom seen. Typically, “you only see the outcome of what an artist does, you don’t see the process behind it,” Walsh said.
The artists with the highest vote count at the end of the throw down move on to the first battle round, where four creators at a time will battle in another timed event. The victors move on to the next round.
The goal, ultimately, is to bring together artists and a community that might not typically admire art into a shared space to view the creative process from idea to completion.
“We know there are so many artists that are constantly doing work and looking for opportunities to get their work shown,” Walsh said. “We feel it’s one of the best way to get your artwork in front of your audience who may have little to no appreciation for what goes into creating a piece of art.”
All of the artwork from the 16 finalists’ first-round battles will be auctioned off at a wrap party, with 75 percent of the sales price going to the artist.

ART WARS

Preliminary Throw Down

  • 2 p.m. Saturday at Blick Arts Materials, 1330 Chestnut St. Free to attend and to compete (if you’ve registered), $5 to vote. Artists are required to bring their own art supplies, a 4’x4’ drop cloth, an easel or table, and a substrate to create on. Details at the Philly Art Wars Throw Down Facebook page.

Interview With The Heavy Element – A Dubstep Trio From Manchester

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Tony Chang – The Unparalleled Jazz Virtuoso Is Finally Back!

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