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FREE MUSIC LESSONS for Ages 7-17 years old!

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By Anthony Garcia

IM INC… Interprevention- Meaningfully Intercepting the Negatives Toward Children! Dennis Morgan Brown Founder/CEO and program administrator created IM Inc., in January 2003 incorporated into a non-profit organization. Mr. Brown’s is a Pastor and musician singer. Started taking an interest in “at risk” youths to develop their talent and de-swayed from drug and alcohol use. He decided to give children “FREE” music lessons. Jose Alejandro Ontiveras, was with the first session of students at IM INC., He was attending Morris Elementary in Rialto and taking violin at his school. Mr. Brown was Jose’s first instructor, teaching him guitar and bass. As the program gained popularity IM INC., was expanding teaching students in three different schools on Saturday mornings 8:00 a.m. – 12 noon.

One afternoon I received a call from Pastor Brown and he explained what he was doing and asked if I would be interested in being a part of this program. Of course, I said, yes! Jose was one of my first bass students in a classroom environment. This bright young man was no joke! He excelled on bass guitar, piano and guitar at an awesome pace! His parents supported him 100%! His mother, Sonia said, “They had no idea their son had this talent locked up inside. Jose and his mother came to visit and to thank us at IM INC., for helping unleash the blessing of music burning inside of him. Jose took what he learned at IM INC., to the next level. He currently is a freshman at the University of Redlands Music Dept., on a grant and scholarship from the university and the music department which he was required to audition for the position only granting 10 opportunities per school year. He’s on a full scholarship and a grant. Plays violin with the University of Redlands Youth Orchestra and is an “A” student. He loves music, that’s what he lives for! Talking with Jose, I asked him what IM INC., meant or did for him, he smiled and said, “it opened the doors to a whole new world. I really enjoy teaching these kids at IM Inc., and thank Mr. Dennis Morgan Brown for the opportunity to share the blessing of music! We have proof it works! Keep the dream alive! Keep a look-out for the next up and coming student out of IM INC., Jose spoke to the student on his visit. The best advice he shared with them was practice, practice, practice. It’s FREE here at IM INC; you have to want to do this for it to work! That same day, Mr. Brown created the Jose Alejandro Ontiveras Merit Achievement Award for our current students to focus on a musical goal. They say children are our future? Thanks to our supporters, San Manuel Reservation and Wal-Mart for their belief in our program and their donation!

What It Do With the LUE: Dada Doe

Dada Doe 1What it Do Inland Empire! This week I want to highlight an individual whom I’ve had the opportunity to see grow and blossom into an amazing artist. Can I get an “Aye Doe” in the words of LUE Productions recording artist Dada Doe.

Dada Doe whose real name is Barbra Martin is what I like to call the female Pee-wee Herman. Born and raised right here in the I.E., her love for singing, dancing, writing, and rapping made her want to become a performer. Currently a member of the Turnt Up group, Speaker Junkiez, Dada Doe felt it was time to work on her solo project. Last week fans, family, and friends had the pleasure of attending her EP release party for her project entitled “Dada Said” which includes songs such as “After Hours” featuring Mack Pepperboy; “Legend” featuring LowLa Scott; and “Pop Star”, featuring Paul Douglas. The EP includes exclusive beats from hot up and coming producer Shawn Mattison also known as SFresh, who is based out of Dayton, Ohio. With this being her first swing at it, I think she hit a home run. I’m not just saying that because she’s under our management company.

We also want to congratulate Dada Doe for receiving her first endorsement contract from “100 Proof Energy Drink Company”. From her swag, to her colorful attire, along with her lyrics and dance moves, it’s no wonder why she’s loved. Watching her perform does something to your spirit. It puts you in a happy place. Honestly you can’t say that about many of these artists. This is just the beginning I tell you. So please make sure to keep your eyes and ears open for I.E.’s female Pee-wee Herman. Download her EP on Reverbnation at www.reverbnation.com/dadadoe. Until next week, L’s Up!

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‘Sister Act’ Rocks at the California Theatre for One Performance Only

Maggie Clennon Reberg as Mother Superior, left, and Kerissa Arrington as Deloris Van Cartier in the musical number "Here Within These Walls" from "Sister Act,"

Maggie Clennon Reberg as Mother Superior, left, and Kerissa Arrington as Deloris Van Cartier in the musical number “Here Within These Walls” from “Sister Act,”

SAN BERNARDINO, CA – “Sister Act,” Broadway’s feel good musical about a lounge singer who is put into protective custody by the police after witnessing a mob crime, is coming to the historic California Theatre of the Performing Arts.

Presented by the Theatrical Arts International, the national touring show is being presented for one performance only at 8 p.m. March 28. Tickets are $38.50-$77.50 and are available through the box office at (909) 885-5152 or www.ticketmaster.com.

“We’re very fortunate and happy to be presenting this very funny and entertaining musical,” said Joseph Henson of Theatrical Arts International. “Everyone will love ‘Sister Act’.”

Sister Act 3Produced by Whoopi Goldberg, Troika Entertainment and Sister Act on Tour, LLC, the Broadway show received five 2011 Tony Award nominations, including Best Musical, Best Original Score and Best Book of a Musical.

When disco diva Deloris Van Cartier witnesses a murder, she is put into protective custody in the one place cops are sure she won’t be found — a convent. Disguised as a nun, she soon finds herself at odds with both the rigid lifestyle and an uptight Mother Superior.

Using her fabulous “disco-ness” and killer voice to inspire the choir, Deloris breathes new life into the church, but in doing so blows her cover. Soon it’s nun-on-the-run time but she finds salvation in the heavenly power of her newly found sisterhood.

“Sister Act” features original music by eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken (“Beauty and the Beast,” “Little Mermaid” and “Little Shop of Horror”) and lyrics by Tony and Academy Award-nominee Glenn Slater (“The Little Mermaid”). Book is by multi-Emmy Award winners Cheri and Bill Steinkellner (“Cheers”) with additional material by Tony and Olivier Award nominee Douglas Carter Beane (“Xanadu,” “The Little Dog Laughed”).

Based on the mega-hit 1992 film that starred Whoopi Goldberg in the title role and Maggie Smith as Mother Superior, the critically acclaimed show features musical styles from Motown, soul and funk to great disco anthems and Barry White inspired musical comedy.

“To hear people laugh and cheer the way they do at ‘Sister Act ‘— a show people think they know but are pleasantly surprised to discover is not what they are expecting — is a magical experience for a producer,” says Goldberg. “Happily, audiences across the country are able to get in on the fun as Deloris and her fabulous sisters spread the love nationwide.”Sister Act 2

“Sister Act” is part of Theatrical Arts International’s 2014-2015 season at the California Theatre. Other shows in the season are “Starlight Express,” April 17-19; and “Calendar Girls,” May 15-17.

TAI has recently announced its lineup for the 2015-2016 season of shows. Productions include the powerful “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” Oct. 23-25; the magical “Ghost – The Musical,” Feb. 19-21, 2016; the hit Broadway musical “Mary Poppins,” April 8-10, 2016; and the enchanting “The Snow Queen,” May 20-22, 2016.

Season subscriptions for all four shows are currently available from $99 to $235. For tickets, call (909) 885-5152 or go to www.theatricalarts.com

 ‘SISTER ACT’

WHEN: 8 p.m. March 28

WHERE: California Theatre of the Performing Arts, 562 W. Fourth St., San Bernardino.

TICKETS: $38.50-$77.50 and available through www.ticketmaster.com or theater box office

INFORMATION/BOX OFFICE: (909) 885-5152

ON THE WEB: www.californiatheatre.net