Arts & Entertainment


Hollywood By Choice

There is so much on TV that it’s nearly impossible to keep up with all the channels and what they offer. I channel surf on a regular basis, and if something catches my attention I check it out.

Eso Won Books hosted ‘Birth of a Nation’ forum

Following the media build up prior to its Oct. 7 opening, “The Birth of a Nation” generated some $7 million in box office revues in its first weekend, short of the projected $10 million anticipated.

Truevine: Two Brothers, a Kidnapping, and a Mother’s Quest: A True Story of the Jim Crow South

The clowns at your job dominate Ring Number One. Ring Number Two features The Juggler (you) and your checkbook, schedule, chore list, and family obligations. And in Ring Number Three, there’s a wild combination of the other two. Run away ...

Hollywood by Choice

For those of you who like to collect DVDs, be it for entertainment or for historic purposes, there are several out this month worth purchasing for your library.

Tommy Ford dies at 52

“Martin” actor Tommy Ford died on Wednesday in an Atlanta hospital after suffering a ruptured aneurysm in his abdomen. He was 52.

Kevin Hart receives latest star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Kevin Hart, a former Philadelphia shoe-salesman and now superstar comedian, this week received the 2,591st star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The honor came four days before the release of his stand-up comedy film, “Kevin Hart: What Now?”

Another Day in the Death of America: A Chronicle of Ten Short Lives

Today was an ordinary day. It had its ups and downs; pleasant surprises came between the mundane and the irritating and you’ll look back at it tomorrow with clarity, perhaps, but its details will be sketchy in a decade. It ...

‘ARTober’ in Santa Clarita

In conjunction with National Arts and Humanities Month, the city of Santa Clarita is hosting ARTober with an array of art-focused activities. Each Saturday this month residents can partake in a variety of free events taking place throughout the city ...

Kaleidoscope will welcome muralist John Zender Estrada

The highly anticipated Kaleidoscope Music and Art Festival will welcome noted Los Angeles artist/muralist John Zender Estrada to the Palmdale Amphitheater. The festival is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow.

‘Before I Forget’ looks at parental complexities

The Palmdale Library African American Book Club will meet Oct. 18 to discuss “Before I Forget” a novel by Leonard Pitts Jr. The session will begin at 6:45 p.m.

‘Birth of a Nation’ explores one man’s conflict with spiritual duality

The union between slave descendents and Christianity is one of the most enduring covenants in American history.

El Ganzo’ has confusing storyline highlighted by first-rate acting

El Ganzo is an actual hotel in Mexico, and the title of the latest feature film by director Steve Balderson. A quirky/skewed version of a road movie (in keeping with Balderson’s reputation as a filmmaker of eccentrically stylized productions), it ...

Hollywood by Choice

Have you checked out Bishop T.D. Jakes’ new talk show on OWN? It is a powerful heartwarming and interesting look at the human condition and how we learn to cope, fight, and get past the darkness.


Someone always has to be first. That can be a good thing, or a bad one. Good, if it’s a cafeteria, supermarket queue, electronics store, or conga line; better, if free samples are involved. Bad, in experiments, taste-testing, first-on- last-off ...

Usher gets star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Usher was honored with the 2,588th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame this week, just a few days before the upcoming release of his latest album, “Hard to Love.”