Congratulations Yesenia Perez!!
Two of the most influential people in the music world have come to campus, but there is no entourage, no buzz, no publicity. Perry and Paul Tollett are far too humble for any of that — but make no mistake, they are Players.
The Tollett brothers are at the epicenter of the live music performance world, with a network of connections that range from Paul McCartney to Willie Nelson to Madonna and Prince, as well as virtually every top performer in the industry today.
They can jump-start fresh careers or breathe new life into older ones. Every January, legions of music fans await the announcement of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival’s lengthy list of performers and scramble to purchase the 200,000 available tickets. This year, both weekends in April sold out in three hours. Afterward, millions follow and discuss the lineup.
In Pomona’s arts district, the Glass House and theFox Theater have become the Inland Empire’s counterpart to the Hollywood scene, serving as incubators for future stars and popular venues for established musicians.
For the full article go to: http://www.csupomona.edu/~alumni/spotlight_tollett.html
Column: ‘True Blood’ batwings into Pomona for filming
The 500 block of West Second Street in Pomona was dressed up with shops for a scene for the HBO vampire drama “True Blood” that filmed Monday. That’s the first item in my Friday column, which also stops into an Ontario council meeting and presents some waitress banter from Rancho Cucamonga and Upland.
Photo is by Sally Egan. If you know that block, you’ll recognize the Kitron Radio sign, which is permanent; the others were put up for the shoot. You can find more images at The Loft on 2nd, a blog kept by a loft dweller in that block, who shot photos and a video from an upper level, and at True-Blood.net, a fansite.
Its February, which not only means 2014 has moved into second gear, but that there are a host of fantastic holidays to celebrate this month and the Pomona Arts Colony is taking notice. While we didn’t throw a party but should have on Rosa Parks Day (Feb. 4), perhaps we’ll make up for it on Susan B. Anthony Day (Feb. 15), which, believe it or not, is actually celebrated in Florida. Yes, that Florida.
The LOFT on 2nd is no slouch when it comes to merging great art with great observances, however, and in honor of Black History month offers up We Journey featuring photography from Trellis Evans, paintings by John Lee and metal sculpture by Dan Romero, all new works that pay tribute to the progress and foundations of the African American experience.
The dA Center for the Arts also gets into the holiday action with the most beloved/loathed festivity of the year, Valentine’s Day, in their annual Simply Red show. Featuring nearly 100 artists working in oil, watercolor, graphic design, sculpture, photography and mixed media, their goal is to explore the color red as an expression, a feeling, and an idea without inducing repetitive vomiting. (You’ll get plenty of that when all of your Facebook friends change their profile pictures to saccharine snaps of them and their partners, most of whom are probably on the brink of wrapping drycleaner’s plastic over each other’s faces while sleeping, but enough about ME!)
Over at the Metro Gallery, you don’t have to wait for “Do a Grouch a Favor Day” (Feb. 16) to enact niceness on the persnicketies in your life, just usher them into the wondrous world of Cindy L. Moore and her California Landscapes. There, they can Zen-out and get re-centered (and nicer) after viewing Moore’s exquisite overglaze paintings fired on Italian porcelain tiles. You’ll want to jump right in and never come back, we guarantee!
Speaking of jumping in, Loft Beats is back in the game this month with the ginormous Plethora, a collaborative show featuring over 20 artists that also serves as a special welcome back to Raymond Tucker a Loft Beats alum who’s been on hiatus for several years. In addition to the exhibition, there’ll be live art by Mikola Fuller and face and body painting by Claudia Munoz, and the Beats is also raising awareness in the form of a special art installation by Chris O’Mohoney inspired by the recent fires in Glendale.
The SPACE Gallery is going polar opposite to Boy Scout Day (Feb. 8) with their show Benjamin Alejandro: the Problem is You Think You Have Time, in which the graffiti street artist displays his array of funky silkscreens that merge his own mug shot with those of troubled celebrities, and the SCA Project Gallery unleashes Foot High, which is not how you order your stack on International Pancake Day (Feb. 24) or is it? but instead is all about work that is only 12 inches tall. Curated by R.T. Pece, a host of notable items are on the menu: Barbara Berk, Cheryl Bookout, Amy Caterina, Deborah Davidson, Tom Dowling, Shannon Faseler, Johnny Fox, Karen Karlsson, Denise Kraemer, Kerry Kugelman, Sharon Kump, David Michael Lee, Echo Lew, Stevie Love, Michael Maas, Fr. Bill Moore, SS CC, Karen Pollitt, Karen Schwager, Anita Sinclair, Sharon Suhovy, Marcella Swett, Juan Thorp, and Nancy Kay Turner.
And last but certainly not least, the Pomona Arts Colony is proud to announce the re-opening of the Second Street Sculpture Park! This staple of the Art Walk returns with a bang, featuring a fully-lit quad of street art vendors and the famous three-person teeter-totter. Don’t you dare miss it, you can always catch up on your R&R on Public Sleeping Day (Feb. 28) and good luck with that!
Continuing shows: Karen Kauffman: Grounded at Main Street Gallery; Best Kept Secrets at AMOCA; Dichotomies of Vision at57 Underground; Recycling Makes the World a Better Place at The Latino Art Museum.
- Stacy Davies
The 2014 Simply Red Exhibition is kicking off at 5 pm on Thursday February 6, 2014 with a Preview Benefit Party for the love of Art! Wine, Spirits and reception fare will be served as guests enjoy the first glimpse of the masterfully installed 2014 Simply Red show before it opens to the public for viewing. Tickets are $ 10 per person and are available in advance and at the door the night of the event at the dA or www.brownbagtickets.com/search daartcent
For over 27 years, experienced to novice artists submit oils, watercolors, sculptures, photography and mixed media to explore the color Red as an expression, the feeling, and the idea. If you love original art and are thinking of starting a collection or looking to add to an existing collection, this exhibition is full of local artists of all ages, styles that share a Love of ART! Please join us for a great preview benefit for the artists and show your support for the dA! You may find that just right original expression of LOVE for your Valentine!
Next One is March 29th
The Pomona Police Department will be on scene to facilitate the partial and occasional full closure of city streets during a 2-day filming session. The hours of the street closures will intermittently take place on Feb. 3rd (6am-6pm) & Feb. 4th 12pm-6pm.
Monday 2/3/14 Hard closures:
2nd/ West from Main
Tuesday 2/4/14 Intermittent Closures:
Street signs will be posted in the areas that are directly impacted. Please share this information with your neighbors if you live in this area. Expect possible delays and consider planning an alternative route.
The Downtown Pomona Owners Association (DPOA) in collaboration with the Miss Pomona Pageant Committee, is pleased to announce the three finalists for the 2014 Miss Pomona Scholarship Pageant.
Out of a field of 30 applicants, this year’s finalists include Laila Alvarez (12th grade) from Pomona High School, Yesenia Perez (12th grade) from Pomona Catholic High School, and Stephanie Pinedo (12th grade) from Fremont Academy of Engineering and Design.
All Finalists attend high schools in Pomona with current grade point averages ranging from 3.9 to 4.6. Two out of the three young ladies are scheduled to deliver their Valedictorian speeches at their respective schools in June. In addition to showing evidence of their scholastic achievements, the finalists explained their involvement and interest in the community. Some of these activities include playing sports, serving food to the homeless, and volunteering with local organizations such as Teen VALUE Council, PomonaEconomicOpportunityCenter, the Superintendent Student Advisory Board and much more! Combined, their awards include the L.A. County Fair’s Youth Community Hero award, the Martin Luther King Jr. Youth Social Justice award, and 1st place winner at the PAC²E Oratorical Competition.
“Each of the chosen semifinalists and finalists exemplify the qualities we hope to see inPomona’s future leaders. Although very difficult to narrow it down, I am confident the three finalists will represent and serve the city well. Their strong history of academic achievement and community involvement, along with their poise and presentation, makes them perfect role models for the youth ofPomona,” said Lorena Matarrita, Pageant Committee Chairperson.
The Miss Pomona coronation ceremony will be held at the Pomona Fox Theater on Sunday, February 23rd, 5:00pm. At this final round of the competition, each of the three finalists will present a personally prepared speech based on a topic relevant toPomona. Finalists will deliver their speeches to attending friends, family, dignitaries and this year’s distinguished panel of judges: President of the DPOA Carolyn Hemming, Executive Director of the Pomona Valley Boys & Girls Club Victor Caceres, Pomona Chamber of Commerce President Jill Reiff, Pomona Valley YMCA Executive Director Matthew Henry and one other special guest to be determined. The judges will make the final decision that night, culminating in the crowning of the new Miss Pomona 2014.
Recognitions for the newly crowned Miss Pomona and her court include scholarship monies, assorted gifts, and a full year of special appearances and community service opportunities.
While the DPOA is the major host and organizer of the pageant, other supportive sponsors are: resident and former Pomona Princess Adriana Robledo, Valley Vista Services and U.S. Bank.
“Awarding scholarships to such talented and thoughtful young ladies in our community is an honor that the DPOA values as an investment in our future,” said Larry Egan, DPOA Executive Director. “This tradition affordsPomona’s most promising young women a unique opportunity to be recognized for their outstanding academic achievements and community involvement.”
Generous support from local businesses makes the scholarship pageant a rousing success. Hoping to exceed last year’s benchmark, the committee is actively seeking sponsors at all levels, as well as in-kind donations.
“Business and community support sends a strong message that we value the hard work and healthy attitudes of these young people who are the hope ofPomona. The DPOA proudly underwrites the costs of the pageant so that one hundred percent of all money donated from sponsors goes towards scholarships for the Miss Pomona court,” explained Mr. Egan.
For more information regarding attendance and sponsorship opportunities, please visit: www.downtownpomona.org or call 909-469-1121.