Black Meetings and Tourism

Nov/Dec 2010

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS! This is a very busy time of the year. Check out what’s happening around the country. BY DARL ENE C . DONLOE – ART S & ENT ERTAINMENT EDI TOR UGGAMS IS AN ‘UPTOWN’ GIRL Legendary performer Leslie Uggams stars in Uptown Downtown at the PasadenaPlayhouse in Pasadena,CA. The showfeatures stories and songs chron- icling Uggams’ extraordinary journey from uptown to downtown.The show fea- tures selections like, There’s a Boat That’s Leaving Soon for New York (George Gershwin–Ira Gershwin–Dubose Heyward), Them There Eyes Maceo Pinkard- Doris Taubre-William Tracey), Porgy and Bess, Being Good from Hallelujah, Baby! andmore.The showplays throughDec.12.For information: (626) 356-7529 or GO TO ‘HELL’ TheWilliam Grant StillArts Center in LosAngeles presents the exhibition, "HellNo,WeWon’tGo! 50 years of SNCC," a visual survey of 50 years of strug- gle in the civil rights movement. The exhibit, which features photographs, posters, magazines, memos and other archival material of the work of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, runs through Dec. 18, 2010. The event is free. For information: (323) 734-1165. AT THE MOVIES There are lots of goodmovies currently in theaters.Whatever your taste,you’re sure to find something you’ll like.Here aremy reviews. FRANKIEANDALICE–HalleBerrymaywell be on the verge of yet anoth- er Oscar® nod as she portrays Frankie, a woman who suffers from multiple per- sonality disorder. It’s the 1970s and Frankie ismaking endsmeet by working as a stripper. Geoffrey Sax directs.On theDonloe Scale, Frankie andAlice gets anO (OK). BLACK SWAN – Natalie Portman,Mila Kunis, and Barbara Hershey star in this dark drama about the world of ballet behind the scenes.DarrenAronofsky’s thriller is raw and gutsy as it followsNina (played by Portman) an ambitiousNew York ballerina determined to dance the lead in Swan Lake. On the Donloe Scale, Black Swan gets an E (excellent). (Fox Searchlight) IWILL FOLLOW- Publicist turned filmdirectorAvaDuVernaywrote and directed this drama about awoman trying to fig- ure out how to continue her life after its beenmet by devastation.Duvernay takes a page out of her own life to write and direct this deeply personal story. The movie stars Salli-Richardson-Whitfield, Omari Hardwick,MicholeWhite, Dijon Talton, Blair Underwood and Beverly Todd.DuVernay also wrote and directed the acclaimed BET documentaryMy Mic Sounds Nice and This Is the Life. On theDonloe Scale, IWill Follow gets an E (excellent) FASTER–After serving 10 years in prison,Driver (Dwayne Johnson) is released and immediately sets out to avenge themur- der of his brother during the botched bank robbery that put him behind bars in the first place. The film also stars Billy Bob Thornton.On theDONLOE SCALE,Faster, fromCBS Films, gets an L for Likeable. UNSTOPPABLE–DenzelWashington,ChrisPine andRosarioDawson star in this action-packed flick about a runaway, con- ductorless train loaded with combustiblematerials and headed toward a highly populated area.Director Tony Scott has sculpted amovie that will keep audiences on the edge of their seats.On theDonloe Scale,Unstoppable gets anO(Outstanding). HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS – In this seventh and final installment of the beloved Harry Potter series,Harry faces newtroubles;hemust collect all of theHorcruxes that the evil LordVoldemort has left behind.He has no idea where these are and he has to destroy them all, even without the faintest idea how to do so.The movie is totally entertaining. (Warner Bros. film) On theDonloe Scale,Harry Potter gets an E for excellent. NIGHT CATCHESUS –KerryWashington,AnthonyMackie andWendell Pierce star in this drama bywriter-director Tanya 8 Black Meetings & Tourism November/December 2010:

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