Country singer Alan Jackson is set to get his Hollywood star next year. If you are not a country music fan, you probably couldn’t care less. For those who are into country music, however, this should prove to be interesting.
There are over 2,000 stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame already. They first started putting stars in their in 1958 and each year, worthy celebrities are awarded their own stars. Year in and year out, people from all over the world come in droves to visit Hollywood, and guess what is one of the most visited places in Tinsel Town? You got it – the Walk of Fame.
Alan Jackson is not the only person to be receiving his star in 2010. There are many other categories for the stars and the Times Herald lists down more of them:
Jackson is nominated in the recording category — along with Bryan Adams, The Funk Brothers, Chaka Khan, Van Morrison, Marco Antonio Solis, Ringo Starr, ZZ Top and — posthumously — Roy Orbison.
In addition to Thompson, motion picture nominees were James Cameron, Russell Crowe, John Cusack, Colin Firth, Gale Ann Hurd, Alan Menken, Randy Neuman, Adam Sandler and Mark Wahlberg. Nominated in the television category were Graves, Chris Berman, Jon Cryer, Jimmy Kimmel, Julia Louis-Dreyfuss, Bill Maher and Sam Waterston.
The year is not really half way done but I am sure that the awardees are already beside themselves with excitement. As for us mere mortals, we can hope to be there during the formal ceremony.
After seven years of being officially “dead,” Laserium is once again opening in Hollywood. This time, its new home is the much loved Vine Theatre.
Never heard of Laserium? Well, it is a laser light show, which has withstood the test of time, becoming an icon in its own right. For more than three decades, this laser light show has wowed millions and millions of people in 46 cities. Um, it also gained somewhat of a reputation for being a rite of passage for stoners.
According to Marla Maples, one of the new people behind the light show, she is well aware of this reputation but she also promises that there will be no smoking in the new Laserium. In fact, she is trying to turn things around with regard to the show’s reputation. She is working on a program that will send some money down the way of charities. Her goal is to have one fourth of the group-ticket sales to be given to a good cause.
So what is in store for you at the new Laserium? Expect to see the 3D versions of the classic shows: Beatles, Stones, and Zep. There are new shows as well, including LightDancer Experience, wherein viewers can become participants and control the lights with body movements. In addition to these, live acts are also slated to perform, incorporating the lights into their sets.
For more information, visit the Laserium web site and book your tickets now!
In spite of the fact that marijuana (weed or pot or whatever other name you call it) is illegal, we know that it is being used widely across the country. Hollywood is no exception. In fact, weed may even be used here more than in other parts of the country.
If the LA authorities are to be followed, however, weed is soon going to be harder to come by in the area. City inspectors are currently targeting what is known as medical marijuana dispensaries in Los Angeles. One by one, these dispensaries are being inspected – the first step towards shutting them down. The orders come from the City Council, which is now regretting its decision to allow the shops (hundreds of them) to operate.
Naturally, shop owners are not happy with the developments. Anthony Folsom is one of the owners of Bulldog Café, one of the medical marijuana dispensaries. He is quite unhappy with the City Council’s move as he believes that they (the shop owners) are in the business for the right reasons. He also stated that if this crackdown does not stop, all those people with good intentions are going to disappear and that at the end of the day, the city will be left with illegal drug dealers.
He does have a point and the City Council realizes this. They are having a hard time getting their way and many members acknowledge how difficult and potentially dangerous the road they are taking is. In the meantime, shops which are still in business are being frequented by their loyal patrons.
With a name like Cirque Berzerk, this circus is sure to raise some eyebrows. Yes, it is not your every day family circus. For several days now, a gigantic red and white big top tent has been spied in the Los Angeles State Historic Park area. For the locals, this area is also known as the Cornfields.
So what is the Cirque Berzerk all about, and why isn’t it a “family circus?” The LA Times says:
But parents be warned: this is no kid-friendly elephants-and-acrobats fare. Sexy, scandalous and wholly unsuitable for children, this is Cirque Berzerk. Last summer, Cirque Berzerk ‘s debut show, “Beneath,” introduced L.A. to its nouveau mix of burlesque beauties, daring aerialists, fire-dancers and freak show artists to sold-out audiences.
Besides revamping their staple acts – burlesque, fire-dancing, and clown, contortion and aerial numbers – seven new acts are set to premiere. As if playing with fire and dangling from tissue weren’t daring enough, they’ve added bungee and trampoline acts, as well as a jaw-dropping two-person contortion act. Headed up by Michael “Tex” Redinger, who’s come to some fame for what he calls “stilt-jumping”, this unique double trampoline piece requires bouncers to clear (or land on) a high platform or suffer a major fall.
These acts will surely help you forget your woes for a while.
For more information (and to go get your tickets!):
Where: Los Angeles State Historic Park, 1245 N. Spring St. When: Shows run from June 18 through July 5, times vary. Two shows per day on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Price: Ticket prices, $25, $45, $60, $80. Info: cirqueberzerk.com