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Adam Haas Hunter, Jarrod M. Smith and Charlie Robinson  in South

Hurry! Don’t Let Black History Month End Without Seeing ‘The Whipping Man!’ at Pasadena Playhouse

Adam Haas Hunter, Jarrod M. Smith and Charlie Robinson  in South

Adam Haas Hunter, Jarrod M. Smith and Charlie Robinson in “The Whipping Man

*If you’re wondering what you should do this weekend to ring out Black History Month - we’ll give you a clue: Run, don’t walk, to the Pasadena Playhouse.

It’s the closing weekend for Matthew Lopez’s multi-award winning play “The Whipping Man.” The play takes place around 1865. The Civil War has ended, leaving destruction in its wake. As a raging storm illuminates what’s left of a once majestic plantation home, three Jewish men prepare for Passover—the owner’s son, and his family’s former slaves. Only one of them, Simon, remains strong in his faith, but it is threatened with truths about what happened in this house—and in their lives—during its antebellum days.

Stage and television star Charlie Robinson stars in the play as “Simon,” and he spoke with EURweb.

“Some of its very painful. But some of it is very, very uplifting,” he says about the production. Robinson was actually in the West Coast premiere of “The Whipping Man” about four years ago at the Old Globe Theatre, and won an NAACP Image award for his work.

“There is so much that I didn’t know doing it then, that I know now,” Robinson admits rather excitedly. The actor says that a lot of what he brings to the role is what he got from his father – who he describerd as a “very pious Protestant” who went to the COGIC and was “a Christian all the way.”

Robinson plays a Jew in this role, and even speaks Hebrew in the play. He says about the role he plays, “It doesn’t matter if you’re Catholic, Protestant, it’s this kind of love inside of you, and my father had it, and that’s what I try to bring to this role.”

And he does. Robinson plays “Simon” and his focused sensibility to perfection.

Charlie Robinson absolutely raves about the two men who work with him in the play. “Caleb DeLeon,” (played exquisitely by Adam ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ Haas Hunter) is the son of the former slave owner, who has been away fighting as a Confederate soldier. And then there is “John” the slave who lived in the house with Caleb and Simon, and became an intellectual after learning how to read – played beautifully by Jarrod M. Smith.

And the three of them take the audience on a ride, starting with a task that Simon is charged with: to amputate Caleb’s leg.

The Pasadena Playhouse teamed up with South Coast Repertory once again with this production of “The Whipping Man.”

Charlie Robinson and Adam Haas Hunter (photo by Debora Robinson)

Charlie Robinson and Adam Haas Hunter (photo by Debora Robinson)

Needless to say, Caleb does not want his leg amputated!

Jarrod M. Smith, Adam Haas Hunter and Charlie Robinson (photo by Debora Robinson)

Jarrod M. Smith, Adam Haas Hunter and Charlie Robinson (photo by Debora Robinson)

The deed has been done.

Simon remains the strongest in faith.

The play is directed by Martin Benson.

THE WHIPPING MAN CLOSES MARCH 1.

The Pasadena Playhouse is located at 39 South El Molino Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101.  Single tickets for “The Whipping Man” are $30.00 – $75.00.  Single tickets and subscriptions are available online at PasadenaPlayhouse.org, by calling the Box Office at 626-356-7529 or by visiting The Pasadena Playhouse Box Office.   The box office phone lines are open Monday-Friday 12:00 pm -6:00 pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 pm -6:00 pm on non-performance dates. The windows are open from Monday-Sunday 12:30 pm -6:00 pm on non-performance dates. On performance dates the box office windows are open Monday from 12:30 pm – 6:00 pm and Tuesday-Saturday 12:30 pm -8:00 pm, and Sunday from 12:30 pm -7:00 pm.  For groups of 8 or more call 626-921-1161.

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Silas Philips: A Medical Miracle, Baby is Born Inside Amniotic Sac! (Graphic!)

 

 

Silas Philips

Silas Philips

*He’s being hailed as a medical miracle!   A baby boy was being born while still inside his amniotic sac.

A preemie three months ahead of his time delivered by cesarean section, little Silas Philips made his dramatic debut at Cedars Sinai Medical center in California, and attending doctors were shocked to see the baby boy’s amniotic sac still intact.

In pictures, taken in the delivery room, the infant is seen curled up inside with the placenta and umbilical cord, his tiny hands and a leg clearly visible.

Remarkably until the bag was broken, baby Silas was still getting his oxygen through the placenta.

Read more at EURThisNthat.

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Headphones Ad: ‘Butt Clapping’ Makes Good Music … Watch/Listen

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*You’ve got to admit, when a company says they want to introduce music made by the booty—for the booty, you get a visual that immediately tells you that’s probably too much information.

But that’s what the team at AIAIAI headphones is selling  in their latest project where sensors are attached to the booty of a woman as she goes twerk-crazy.

Just when you thought Miley had ruined twerking for everyone, the folks at AIAIAI headphones raise the bar for rump awareness with their latest project, “Real Booty Music.”Music producer Branko (from Buraka Som Sistema) attached sensors to Twerk Queen Louise‘s derrière and harnessed the movement of—well, butt cheeks—to create new music. 

Trust us: It really is something to behold.

Read more at EURThisNthat.

Nasha Thomas-Schmitt leads students in an Ailey Revelations Residency at Washington Carver Middle School, the school Alvin Ailey attended. Photo by Drew A. Kelley

Alvin Ailey Dance Theater Brings ‘Revelations’ Residency to LA Public School Students

Nasha Thomas-Schmitt leads students in an Ailey Revelations Residency at Washington Carver Middle School, the school Alvin Ailey attended. Photo by Drew A. Kelley

Nasha Thomas-Schmitt leads students in an Ailey Revelations Residency at Washington Carver Middle School, the school Alvin Ailey attended. Photo by Drew A. Kelley

*The Ailey organization proudly continues its mission of using dance to educate, inspire and entertain people of all ages.

Now, with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater on its way to L.A. as they embark upon their North American tour, the troupe is giving public school students the opportunity to  experience residencies via the legendary Alvin Ailey American masterpiece, “Revelations,” not only the best known and most often seen modern dance performance, but an  innovative curriculum-based initiative designed to inspire students to study language arts, social studies and dance in depth.

The residency is being sponsored by The Glorya Kaufman Dance Foundation,  and Ailey Arts in Education Programs in Los Angeles will have residencies at two schools – Glenn Hammond Curtiss Middle School and Rancho Dominguez Preparatory School from March 9th – 13th.  All expenses will be paid by the Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation through a gift from the Glorya Kaufman Dance Foundation.

Read more at EURThisNthat.

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Watch: Are 8-Foot-wide Hips the ‘Sexy’ Wave of the Future? (Hell No!)

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“God gave it to me. Why not love it and use it.”

This is a direct quote from one of the women featured in the video you will see in this article.

The woman is not talking about a squeaky voice or the lack of a body limb, she’s talking about the 8-Feet of fat that is the circumference of her hips. Fat which, at least to me, doesn’t look like anything God gave her.

It looks more like something she helped herself to.

Four women are featured in this video that is trying very hard to make you buy into the thought that excessively large hips is sexy.

I don’t know, maybe they just picked the wrong four. I’m still not convinced.

Read more at EURThisNthat.

<> on December 11, 2014 in New York City.

Eric Garner’s Daughter, Erica, Goes After NY Post Writer for Misrepresenting Her (Video)

<> on December 11, 2014 in New York City.

*It appears the right-wing conservatives are at it again. This time messing with Erica Garner, whose father, Eric Garner,  died in a choke-hold at the hands of a New York City police officer that was never charged.

Garner says comments she made about Rev. Al Sharpton in a video released by conservative activist James O’Keefe‘s Project Veritas were “taken out of context, edited and released to partisan outlets for nefarious reasons.” The video was published by the  New York Post with a story titled, “Garner’s Kid On Sharpton: He’s all About The Money.” 

Erica Garner released an exclusive statement to NewsOne, where she states the Post article took her comments “out of context” and used them to “sow discord and confusion among a peaceful and unified movement.”   

Read more at EURThisNthat.