Roll Out Live Show with Speedy N Friends Takes Over Tommy T’s in Pleasanton for Three Nights and Five Shows

Roll Out Live Takes Over the Bay Area for Three Nights at Tommy T’s in Pleasanton, CA. The shows will be taped live.

Host Comedian Speedy Brings Nine Comics for a Live Taping During the Weekend of January 19

My vision is to have content from shows like, “Roll Out Live with Speedy N Friends” played 24 hours a day on all digital platforms.”

— Speedy who has toured and hosted for more than 20 years.

PLEASANTON, CALIFORNIA, USA, January 17, 2018 / — Roll Out Live with Speedy N Friends Comedy takes its second comedy series on the road to Tommy T’s Comedy and Steakhouse at 5104 Hopyard Road in Pleasanton, California 94566. The three-night, five-show takeover will be taped live. Dates and times are Friday, January 19 at 7:30 p.m. and 10:15 p.m.; Saturday, January 20 at 7 p.m. and 9:45 p.m.; and Sunday, January 21 at 7 p.m. This is a media-friendly, red carpet event. To RSVP and get more details about the live taping, go to RSVP is recommended.

“Opening Roll Out Studios has been a dream come true. My vision is to have content played 24 hours a day on all digital platforms,” said Speedy who has been in the comedy game for more than 20 years. “Partnering with great people who believe in my vision makes this journey exciting and fun. Having Jovan Dawkins of HMG come on board to support my vision in launching my comedy series “Roll Out Live with Speedy N Friends” couldn’t have come at a better time.”

The popular Los Angeles-based internet radio show, Roll Out Show with Speedy N Friends, produced and taped its first comedy series, “Roll Out Live with Speedy N Friends,” in North Hollywood, California on November 29, 2017. The series is executive produced by three-time Grammy nominated Jovan Dawkins of Heritage Music Group and produced by Speedy, Pam Baker, Michelle Holden-Caldwell and Marie Lemelle.

“I have known Speedy for years. He is the dopiest comedian, friend, and homie. We have been at this [comedy] for a long time. Get ready, we are going back out on the road and do our thing,” said Jamie Foxx, veteran stand-up comedian and award-winning actor/entertainer.

The Roll Out Live Comedian Line-Up for the five shows in three nights are:

Friday, January 19 at 7:30 p.m. and 10:15 p.m.
Jay Rich
Brooklyn Mike

Saturday, January 20 at 7 p.m. and 9:45 p.m.
Kente Scott
Kelly Kellz
Drew Frasier

Sunday, January 21 at 7 p.m.
Kirk McHenry
AG White
Kool Bubba Ice

“The opportunity to be around fantastic comedians daily has expanded my knowledge about the art of comedy,” said Pam “Nikki” Baker, a regular host on the Roll Out Show. “Our “live chat” no-holds-bar audience keeps me on my toes and working with Speedy makes me a better host.”

The Roll Out Show, hosted by Executive Producers Speedy and Pam “Nikki” Baker, is home to a revolving door of guest co-hosts such as, Actress Tangie Ambrose, Missterray from Love & Hip Hop Hollywood, Engineers and co-hosts Sky Holsey and Nic Caldwell, DJ Ron C, Mark Howard, Blu Mitchell, TDP, Jay Alexander, Audra Lachelle, Comedy Writer Johnny Mack, and JT Turner who collectively adds to the fun and joins in on reporting about hot topics, sports, politics, gossip, and more. Over the years, Speedy has paved the way for some of the younger comics in the LA area and around the world.

In addition to producing and hosting a radio show, as a writer, Speedy’s script was adapted to a comedy feature film, “All-Star Weekend,” directed by and starring Academy Award Winner Jamie Foxx with award-winning actors Robert Downey, Jr. and Gerard Butler, and boxing champion Floyd Mayweather. The movie will be released in 2018. Speedy is the executive producer.

Speedy is also a producer and comedy writer on the hit TV game show “Beat Shazam,” hosted by Foxx, now in Season 2.

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About Comedian Speedy:

Veteran Radio Host Comedian Speedy began his radio adventure in 2007 on Foxxhole Radio Sirius XM doing his infamous show “Speedy’s Comedy Corner.” Speedy’s show was known as the best comedy podcast on radio and paved the way for others. In 2011, he moved and took the funny to internet radio at “LA Talk Live” launching “Reach Around Radio.” The show relocated to Roscoe’s Media to continue their legacy antics until 2013. In 2014, Speedy returned to satellite radio on the Foxxhole on Sirius XM with his legendary show “Speedy’s Comedy Corner” bringing together some great fresh talent.

In 2017, Speedy embarked on a new adventure and opens his own studio with help from former host and friend Nikki Pam aka “Scrambled Eggs & Pam.” The Roll Out Show launched a weekly on air live podcast and is available on YouTube. The show features a revolving door of former hosts and comedians that have graced Speedy’s shows in the past and will also highlight the journey of Speedy’s career. Speedy has paved the way for some of the younger comics in the LA area and around the world. He continues to be the best radio host and his platform and radio model is now being used by other comics that were guests on his past shows.

Speedy wears many hats and brings his brand of funny to TV and Film with several hilarious screenplays written by Speedy. His script was adapted to a comedy feature film, “All-Star Weekend,” directed by and starring Academy Award Winner Jamie Foxx with award-winning actors Robert Downey, Jr. and Gerard Butler and boxing champion Floyd Mayweather. The movie will be released during NBA all star weekend in 2018. Speedy is also a producer and writer for the hit TV game show, “Beat Shazam.”

About the Roll Out Show with Speedy N Friends:

Comedian Speedy teamed up with veteran radio host, professional musician, and friend Nikki Pam Baker aka “Scrambled Eggs & Pam” to launch The Roll Out Show as a daily podcast from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday in their own studio in the San Fernando Valley. Speedy and Industry Insider Pam are the executive producers and regular hosts of the “on-the-air live” show the features comedians that have graced Speedy’s shows in the past, highlights the journey of Speedy’s career and how he paved the way for comics locally and around the world. Michelle Holden-Caldwell is the Producer of the Roll Out Show and the Roll Out Studio Manager. Marie Lemelle is the show’s publicist and talent booker. The show guests include actors, entertainers, celebrities, book authors, business owners and more.

Roll Out Show is home to a revolving door of guest co-hosts such as, Actress Tangie Ambrose, Missterray from Love & Hip Hop Hollywood, Engineers and Co-hosts Sky Holsey and Nic Caldwell, DJ Ron C, Mark Howard, Blu Mitchell, TDP, Jay Alexander, Audra Lachelle, Comedy Writer Johnny Mack, JT Turner who adds to the fun and joins in on reporting about hot topics, sports, politics, gossip, and more. Speedy and Pam’s impressive history of shows at the Foxxhole, Sirius XM, Reach Around Radio and now The Roll Out Show is sure to take the internet radio network to another level as the #1 visual radio network on air.

About Heritage Music Group

Jovan Dawkins, a producer, songwriter, score producer, music supervisor and marketing director, is also the founder of Heritage Music Group.

Dawkins is one third of the song-writer-production team – The Co-Captains, which is comprised of Dawkins, Jevon “Duval” Hills and Stanley Green, Jr. Together, they have worked on projects for Curtis Fields; Travis Barker; Mario; the latest single for Ciara featuring Nicki Minaj, alongside Terry “Madd Scientist” Thomas; and pop star Hunter O’Neal.

About Platinum Star PR

Platinum Star Public Relations, a certified Women and Minority Business Enterprise, is a full-service award-winning public relations consulting agency founded by Marie Y. Lemelle, MBA.

The company is experienced in reaching the general market, and specializes in engaging multicultural, urban, rural, and under-served markets through a multi-disciplined 360-degree approach.

Marie Lemelle
Platinum Star PR
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Comedian Speedy is calling all comedy lovers for the 3-night Roll Out Live Takeover at Tommy T’s

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Victory Gardens Theater announces 2018 Next Generation Fellows

Chicago, IL— Victory Gardens Theater announces Jess McLeod and Aaron Todd Douglas as the 2018 Next Generation Fellows. Beginning in February 2018, the Next Generation Fellowship will provide comprehensive mentorship, requisite training, and experience for these future leaders of color, preparing them to helm arts institutions or departments on the national and local level. The program is made possible by a generous grant fromThe Field Foundation of Illinois.

“Victory Gardens’ Next Generation Fellowship furthers our institutional commitment to inclusion, diversity and equity. It is imperative that we as a theater community invest in future theater leaders that represent our audiences, communities, and stories told on our stages. We are thrilled to have Jess McLeod and Aaron Todd Douglas as our first Next Generation Fellows,” said Artistic Director Chay Yew. “Victory Gardens is extremely grateful to The Field Foundation for their generous support to make this a reality.”

“The Field Foundation is interested in compelling art, levers of justice, and furthering Chicagoans to create the city of tomorrow,” said Angelique Power, President of The Field Foundation of Illinois. “Because of this we are thrilled to support Victory Gardens Theater’s exploration of how this theater can be a critical catalyst in propelling brilliant leaders of color forward in their careers. Keep an eye on these Fellows!”

The Victory Gardens Theater’s Next Generation Fellowship is a new professional development program for mid-career persons of color that will prepare and groom underrepresented theatre professionals for leadership positions in the American Theatre. Through hands-on experience, mentorship, and career-guidance, Fellows will be given tools to become the next generation of arts leaders. Thanks to the generous grant from The Field Foundation, fellows will be fully integrated into the Victory Gardens Theater staff and compensated for their time.

For more information about the program visit .

About the 2018 Next Generation Fellows

Jess McLeod ( Samuel G. Roberson Artistic Fellow ) is the Resident Director of Hamilton ( Broadway in Chicago ), a Resident Director at Victory Gardens Theater and was the Goodman Theatre’s 2017 Michael Maggio Directing Fellow. Chicago credits include Short Shakes! A Midsummer Night’s Dream ( Chicago Shakespeare Theater ), 2.5 seasons with Chicago Voices ( Lyric Unlimited/Lyric Opera of Chicago ), a revamped Marry Me A Little ( Porchlight Music Theatre ), Idris Goodwin’s How We Got On ( Haven Theatre Chicago ), Lauren Yee’s in a word ( Strawdog Theatre Company ), Shawn Pfautch’s Season on the Line ( The House Theatre of Chicago ); poet Kevin Coval’s one-man show L-vis Live! ( Victory Gardens Theater ); Venus( Steppenwolf Next Up! ); Bathsheba Doran’s Kin ( Griffin Theatre ); Jenni Lamb’s Suicide Kills ( American Theater Company ); Babes In Arms ( Porchlight Revisits ); and Chris Miller and Nathan Tysen’s Fugitive Songs, Zanna, Don’t, and The Pajama Game ( The Music Theatre Company ). She has directed workshops of new plays or musicals for the Goodman Theatre, Victory Gardens Theater, American Theater Company, Steep Theatre and The American Music Theatre Project, and served as Labrunner for Timber Lake Playhouse’s Summer Playwrights Lab ( 2011-12 ). Upcoming shows include Stacy Amma Osei-Kuffour’s Hang Man ( The Gift Theatre ); projects in the pipeline include Mill Girls ( Book by Samantha Beach, Music & Lyrics by Diana Lawrence ) and Ellen Bond, Union Spy ( Written by Jenni Lamb, Music & Movement by Tanji Harper & Blu Rhythm Collective ).

From 2005-08, McLeod served as Director of Programming for The New York Musical Theatre Festival, where she oversaw all curating and directed pop/musical theatre fusion concerts such as The Unauthorized Musicology of Ben Folds. New York directing credits include Joyce Carol Oates’ The Corn Maiden, Harrison David Rivers’ Fell, Rachel Axler’s Kitchen Sink ( Cherry Lane Studio ), Joe Keenan and Brad Ross’ The Times ( Sonnet Repertory Theatre ), and The Last Five Years ( Arthur Seelen Theatre ). McLeod holds an M.F.A in Directing from Northwestern University and a B.A. from Williams College, and has taught or lectured at both, as well as at NYU, Yale University, NSLC, and The Calhoun School in New York.

An avid teaching artist and believer in youth and community engagement, McLeod has also served as Festival Coordinator for Young Chicago Authors’ Louder Than A Bomb Poetry Festival ( the world’s largest youth poetry festival ) and worked as a Teaching Artist for Storycatchers Theatre.

Aaron Todd Douglas ( Marcelle McVay Management Fellow ) is a theatre artist who acts, directs, writes and teaches. He is a member of the Acting Faculty at Northwestern University, a member in good standing of AEA and SAG/AFTRA, and a former NEA Art Works Panelist. He is a founding ensemble member and a Playwright in Residence of Congo Square Theatre Company. He received an International Ibsen Scholarship from The Norwegian Ministry of Culture in cooperation with Teater Ibsen for his play, The Master Comic. Aaron Todd is thrilled at the World Premiere of his playwrighting debut: Upstate, produced by MPAACT Theatre. Recent projects include directing the World Premiere of Kia Corthron’s play, Megastasis,at Eclipse Theatre, and acting in Writers Theatre’s The Importance of Being Earnest.

Directing projects include: Ruined ( Eclipse Theatre, Jeff Award Nomination- Best Ensemble, Best Production ), Radio Golf ( Raven Theatre, African American Arts Alliance-Special Recognition for Direction ), The Nativity ( Congo Square/The Goodman ), 12 Angry Men ( Raven Theatre, Jeff Award Winner Best Ensemble, Nomination Best Director ), Smash Hit by Steve Broadnax ( Cultural Conversations Festival ), Pill Hill ( Black Theatre Alliance Award—Best Director, Best Production ETA Creative Arts ), Talented Tenth ( Black Theatre Alliance Award—Best Production ), African Company Presents Richard III ( Congo Square Theatre Company ).

A Chicago stage veteran, Aaron Todd has acted and directed at many of Chicago’s finest theatre companies including The Goodman, ETA Creative Arts, Chicago Theatre Company, Victory Gardens Theater, Chicago Shakespeare, Raven Theatre, The Court and Steppenwolf. He was recently commissioned to pen an original work by Rivendell Theatre Ensemble.

Congo Square Theatre Company acting credits include the multiple Jeff Award winning production of Seven Guitars, The Piano Lesson, Before it Hits Home, Spunk, and Ali. He originated the role of Flip in the world premiere of Stick Fly by Lydia Diamond ( the play was later produced on Broadway ) and performed in Joe Turner’s Come and Gone at The Goodman Theatre commemorating the Goodman’s historic completion of Wilson’s Century Cycle.

Other acting credits include: Tree and Wheatley ( Victory Gardens Theater ), Wait Until Dark ( Court Theatre ), Journal of Ordinary Thought ( Chicago Theater Company ), Iphigenia 2.0 ( Next Theatre ), Fortunes of the Moor ( ETA Creative Arts ), The State of Mississippi v. Emmet Till ( Pegasus Players ),Julius Caesar ( Chicago Shakespeare ), Perfect Mendacity ( Steppenwolf ), and Measure for Measure ( Goodman Theatre ).

On Camera acting credits include: Resurrecting McGinn( s ) ( Gaffney Films- Best Drama at the Amsterdam Film Festival, The One Film Festival ), He Sends Rain ( Silverwave Entertainment LLC ), Breathing Room ( FFB/Driven Entertainment- New Harvest Festival/ San Diego Film Festival ), The Porter( 99Film Collective Productions- Winner-HBO/Kodak Chase Legacy Film Festival ), Ernie the Clown ( Maddhouse Productions ), Season 2 of the acclaimed web series You’re So Talented, and Chicago PD.

About The Field Foundation

Founded in 1940 by Marshall Field III, the Field Foundation is a private, independent foundation that has been dedicated to the promise of Chicago for over 80 years. The Field Foundation aims its grant-making toward the goal of community empowerment through funding nonprofits working in Justice, Art and Leadership Investment.

We seek to invest in organizations working to address systemic issues in divested communities. At the center of the Field Foundation’s work is the idea of community empowerment. We want to clarify that we do not claim to “empower” the “powerless,” rather we see many of Chicago’s community-based organizations as immense sources of power that need support. We envision these “local power grids” as organizations, networks, alliances and seek to learn more about them for potential investment of our limited dollars. Community empowerment is also our personal north star. A way of asking the sector to hold us accountable for our work, and to ensure that our dollars are spent on powering specific communities.

About Victory Gardens Theater

Under the leadership of Artistic Director Chay Yew and Managing Director Erica Daniels, Victory Gardens is dedicated to artistic excellence while creating a vital, contemporary American Theater that is accessible and relevant to all people through productions of challenging new plays and musicals. Victory Gardens Theater is committed to the development, production and support of new plays that has been the mission of the theater since its founding, set forth by Dennis ZaÄek, Marcelle McVay, and the original founders of Victory Gardens Theater.

Victory Gardens Theater is a leader in developing and producing new theater work and cultivating an inclusive Chicago theater community. Victory Gardens’ core strengths are nurturing and producing dynamic and inspiring new plays, reflecting the diversity of our city’s and nation’s culture through engaging diverse communities, and in partnership with Chicago Public Schools, bringing art and culture to our city’s active student population.

Since its founding in 1974, the company has produced more world premieres than any other Chicago theater, a commitment recognized nationally when Victory Gardens received the 2001 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre. Located in the Lincoln Park neighborhood, Victory Gardens Biograph Theater includes the ZaÄek-McVay Theater, a state-of-the-art 259-seat mainstage and the 109-seat studio theater on the second floor, named the Richard Christiansen Theater.

Victory Gardens Ensemble Playwrights include Luis Alfaro, Philip Dawkins, Marcus Gardley, Ike Holter, Samuel D. Hunter, Naomi Iizuka, Tanya Saracho and Laura Schellhardt. Each playwright has a seven-year residency at Victory Gardens Theater.

For more information about Victory Gardens, visit . Follow us on Facebook at, Twitter @VictoryGardens and Instagram at

Victory Gardens Theater receives sustaining support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Joyce Foundation, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The REAM Foundation, Shubert Foundation, Venturous Theater Fund of the Tides Foundation, and Wallace Foundation. It receives major funding from Crown Family Philanthropies, Lloyd A. Fry Foundation, and Polk Bros. Foundation. Major funders also include: Allstate Insurance, Alphawood Foundation, Paul M. Angell Family Family Foundation, Edgerton Foundation, Exelon, Field Foundation of Illinois, Illinois Arts Council Agency, David Rockefeller Fund, Bill and Orli Staley Foundation, Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, Time Warner Foundation Inc., Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation. Additional funding this season is provided by: Alliance Bernstein, Charles H. and Bertha L. Boothroyd Foundation, Capital Group Private Client Services, Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation, The Chicago Foundation for Women, ComEd, Nathan Cummings Foundation, Golden Country Oriental Foods, John R. Halligan Charitable Fund, ITW, JCCC Foundation, Mayer Brown LLP, The McVay Foundation, Metropolitan Capital Bank & Trust, National Endowment for the Arts, Negaunee Foundation, Roberta Olshansky Charitable Fund, Origin Ventures, Pauls Foundation, PNC Financial Services Group, Prince Charitable Trusts, Seabury Foundation, Charles & M.R. Shapiro Foundation, Wrightwood Neighbors Association. In-kind support is provided by: Dimo’s Pizza, Fiesta Mexicana, Italian Village Restaurants, Southwest Airlines, Suite Home Chicago and Whole Foods Market.This project is partially supported by an Incent Ovate Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events.

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Eric Trump rejects charges of racism against his father

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How the Warriors’ David West became a self-taught expert in African American history

CHICAGO — David West was 9 years old when Phillip Pannell — an African American teenager in his Teaneck, N.J., neighborhood — was shot in the back and killed by a white police officer, triggering a night of racially charged violence in the streets near West’s house.

As the story became a fixture on the national news, West struggled to reconcile the friendly 16-year-old who had waved to him while walking by West’s house a couple of times a week with the neighborhood ruffian being portrayed on his TV screen. Even today, nearly three decades after an all-white jury acquitted the officer, Gary Spath, of manslaughter, West — a reserve big man for the Warriors — finds himself thinking often of Pannell.

“It’s whenever I try to figure out where I got started,” West said. “Like, ‘Damn, when did all this stuff start to consume you?’ I always go back to him.”

When Warriors fans look at West, they see a center who excels as the fulcrum for head coach Steve Kerr’s movement-heavy system. They see a 37-year-old who plays with a fervor that belies his age, and averages seven points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.1 blocks in 13.3 minutes per game.

What they don’t see is the deep-thinking introvert who, midway through his 15th NBA season, is a self-taught expert on African American history.

Teammates invite him to dinner to pepper him with questions about President Trump, police brutality and the deeper reasons behind today’s racial tensions. On team charter flights, while many players play cards, West reads books by James Baldwin and Ta-Nehisi Coates. Over the past three years, West has become borderline obsessed with studying the African diaspora.

“I like to look at some of the tribes in the African groups of the diaspora that are stranded in parts of India, and just try to connect those different dots,” West said. “How did they get there? What is their connection to this other group of people? That’s really been what I’ve been on the last few years, just trying to connect a lot of dots, connect the diaspora to one another.”

NEW ORLEANS, LA - DECEMBER 04: David West #3 of the Golden State Warriors warms up before a game against the New Orleans Pelicans at the Smoothie King Center on December 4, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images) Photo: Jonathan Bachman / Getty Images / 2017 Jonathan Bachman

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NEW ORLEANS, LA – DECEMBER 04: David West #3 of the Golden State Warriors warms up before a game against the New Orleans Pelicans at the Smoothie King Center on December 4, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)

West’s goal is self-education. But when he sees politicians try to pass off misinformation as fact, he sometimes feels compelled to respond.

Last week, after reports surfaced that President Trump had demanded to know at a White House meeting why the U.S. should accept immigrants from “shithole” countries like Haiti and some nations in Africa, West pulled out his copy of “A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies,” which details how third-world countries became impoverished through colonization. Underneath the excerpt of which he posted a picture to Twitter was the caption, “How they became ‘Shit Holes.’” Golden State forward Andre Iguodala quickly retweeted it with a single word of support: “Preach.”

“David knows what’s happening in the world way beyond who’s winning the Nuggets-Mavs game,” said Kerr, one of the most socially conscious coaches in sports. “He’s informed, well-read. He’s got his opinions, and he’s fearless when it comes to his take on society. I admire him for speaking out.”

It wasn’t until he was a freshman or sophomore in high school, more than a half-decade after Spath shot Pannell in the back, that West realized the depth of the racial tensions in Teaneck. The summer before West’s junior year, his father retired from the postal service and the family moved to Garner, N.C., a suburb of Raleigh.

West, who had grown up in a predominantly black section of Teaneck, was suddenly one of the few African American kids in his apartment complex. It struck him that some of his best friends went home to houses with a confederate flag hanging off the front porch.

After learning in one of his first classes at Xavier University how to research books, West began to spend much of his free time reading African American history. His head coach his first two seasons with the Musketeers, Skip Prosser, gathered the team before each practice to discuss matters bigger than basketball: racial oppression, philosophy, current events.

Before transitioning to basketball activities, Prosser, who died from a heart attack while with Wake Forest in 2007, told his players, “carpe diem,” Latin for “seize the day.” Those words are tattooed on the back of West’s calves, “carpe” on the left and “diem” on the right, as a daily reminder to live in the spirit of his former coach’s teachings.

West has many outside interests. He sponsors a summer AAU program in Garner. His charity, the West Group, has raised college scholarships for more than 400 low-income students in North Carolina. West is on the advisory board for Zoetic Global, a renewable-energy company.

His Twitter timeline is filled with highlights of young players with whom he has worked, news articles highlighting the shortcomings of President Trump’s administration and inspirational quotes from black leaders. Last summer, West ran a basketball clinic at the University of Ghana.

Long before former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the national anthem before games to protest police brutality against African Americans, West started standing about 2 feet behind his teammates during the national anthem to protest systematic oppression against blacks, a practice he still employs today.

“He understands that it’s about life, not just basketball,” Warriors center Zaza Pachulia said. “It’s so interesting to have that kind of personality in the locker room, where you can talk to him about anything.”

These days, West is reading a book called “Stamped from the Beginning” that provides a comprehensive history of racism against blacks.

“When Phillip (Pannell) was killed, that was the first time I think I was really forced to feel the impact of racism,” West said. “But the truth is, it’s been going on as long as human beings have existed.”

Connor Letourneau is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: Twitter: @Con_Chron

New Nationwide Survey on Gout Finds Patients with Gout and Chronic Kidney Disease are Sub-Optimally Treated

( – NEW YORK, Jan. 17, 2018 — A new online survey was conducted by National Kidney Foundation (NKF) to determine what patients and health care professionals (HCP) know, or think they know, about gout; how professionals approach gout co-occurring with chronic kidney disease (CKD); and what barriers exist to diagnosing and treating gout once a patient is diagnosed with CKD.  In the United States alone, gout affects over 8 million adults and CKD affects 30 million. The survey found that patients with gout and CKD are sub-optimally treated, resulting in recurring painful attacks and possible long-term consequences. The survey polled 713 patients and health care professionals (HCP); 302 were medical professionals who provide primary or nephrology care to adults with CKD; and 411 were adults with CKD, gout/hyperuricemia, or both.

“The new survey on gout shows some important findings that can help guide conversations between patients and their health care professionals.  The survey shows that kidney patients want more information about gout and how to best treat it, but most are turning to the internet instead of their doctors for advice.  The survey also shows a need for professional education on the interrelationships between CKD and gout,” said Joseph Vassalotti, MD, Chief Medical Officer, NKF.

Of the 302 medical professionals surveyed who provide primary or nephrology care to adults with CKD the survey found:

  • Two-thirds of healthcare professionals (HCP) recognize that gout is closely related to CKD, which is much less than their recognition of the connection of CKD with hypertension and diabetes. More HCPs recognize the association of heart disease and lupus with CKD more than that between gout and CKD.
  • Only three-quarters of nephrologists surveyed are aware that gout has a bidirectional relationship with CKD.
  • Only 37% of HCPs strongly agree that CKD can make gout treatment more difficult.
  • Only 21% of HCPs strongly agree that CKD patients often require different gout treatment.
  • HCPs who are more knowledgeable about gout report screening approximately 10% more patients with CKD for gout and vice versa.

Of the 411 adult patients with CKD surveyed, the findings report:

  • Two-thirds of patients say that gout affects their daily lives; one-third of patients say that gout greatly impacts their lives, and another third say it impacts their lives a fair amount. Almost half of the patients surveyed have had three or more gout flares in the past year, including 15% who have had five or more.
  • Patient actions and physician recommendations regarding gout treatment are not always aligned. Three-quarters of patients say they take an over-the-counter (OTC) medication that was not recommended to them, and one-third of patients do not take the recommended prescription or OTC medications for gout.
  • Patients are not getting complete information about gout and hyperuricemia from HCPs. Typically, 1 in 3 patients are given information specific to gout, other than the cause, which is only 51%.
  • Three-quarters of patients are interested in seeing scientific details and references in health information, but over half want it in easier to understand, non-scientific language.
  • Two-thirds of patients are turning to the internet for health information instead of their doctor.

“Kidney patients are at an increased risk for experiencing gout.  If left untreated gout can lead to permanent joint damage and increase the risk for kidney stones, which can cause kidney damage,” added Dr. Vassalotti.  “The survey results bring attention to the impact of CKD and gout, two diseases that continue to increase in prevalence, exacting both a human and financial toll on society and our healthcare system.”

About the Survey
The online clinician survey was conducted among 302 medical professionals who provide primary or nephrology care in the United Statesto adults with CKD.  The survey was focused on exploring their opinions and practices in testing and treating these patients for gout/hyperuricemia.  The online patient survey was conducted among 411 adults with chronic kidney disease, gout/hyperuricemia, or both.  The survey focused on exploring their awareness and experience related to gout and CKD.  The survey was made possible through an educational grant from Takeda.

About Gout
Gout is a painful disease that occurs when uric acid, a normal waste product, builds up in the blood and forms crystals in the joints and/or kidneys. Uric acid normally dissolves in the blood, is excreted by the kidney, and leaves the body in the urine. If the body makes extra uric acid, or if the kidneys cannot clear enough of it, then uric acid levels in the blood will become too high, a condition known as hyperuricemia. Hyperuricemia is not a disease and may not cause problems, but if it continues for a long time and conditions in the body are right, crystals may form and cause gout.  For people with gout most experts recommend that uric acid levels stay below 6.0 mg/dL in order to prevent gout joint attacks. Foods and drinks that contribute most to hyperuricemia and gout include: red meat, organ meat, seafood, beer, liquor, and sugar-sweetened items, especially with high fructose corn syrup. Health problems such as obesity, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, and high cholesterol may also lead to increased uric acid and the development of gout. Other causes of hyperuricemia and gout include kidney disease, exposure to lead, hypothyroidism, severe illness or stress, and extreme physical exertion. Some people with gout do not have high uric acid levels, so it is very important to maintain a healthy lifestyle no matter the level. Do not smoke, follow a well-balanced diet, maintain a healthy weight, and exercise. More information is available including videos, infographic, quick-facts, professional resources to educate patients, and an updated patient mobile app designed to help control gout and protect kidney function.

Kidney Disease Facts
30 million American adults are estimated to have chronic kidney disease—and most aren’t aware of it.  1 in 3 American adults are at risk for chronic kidney disease.  Risk factors for kidney disease include diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and family history of kidney failure.  People of African American, Hispanic, Native American, Asian or Pacific Islander descent are at increased risk for developing the disease.  African Americans are 3 times more likely than Whites, and Hispanics are nearly 1.5 times more likely than non-Hispanics to develop end stage renal disease (kidney failure).

The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) is the largest, most comprehensive and longstanding organization dedicated to the awareness, prevention and treatment of kidney disease.  For more information about NKF visit

DuVernay, ‘black-ish,’ ‘Power’ win NAACP Image Awards

DuVernay, ‘black-ish,’ ‘Power’ win NAACP Image Awards

Los Angeles — A jubilant Ava DuVernay was named entertainer of the year at an NAACP Image Awards ceremony that focused on the black community’s power to create change.

DuVernay lauded other black artists from the stage as she accepted her award Monday night, naming writers and directors such as Shonda Rhimes, Gina Prince-Bythewood, Kenya Barris and “Black Panther” Ryan Coogler.

“This is our time,” DuVernay said. “We can say we were here when all this gorgeous art was happening, and that we supported it — that we lifted each other up, that we did as Dr. King said we would do: Live the dream. We’re the dream.”

Anthony Anderson hosted the ceremony at the Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California, on what would have been Martin Luther King Jr.’s 89th birthday. While his politically tinged monologue poked fun at the presidential administration and Omarosa Manigault, others used their time onstage to encourage more civic involvement and the fight for social justice.

Producer Will Packer took a dig at President Donald Trump’s recent comments about immigration as the producer accepted an award for “Girls Trip,” which won for outstanding film.

“Sisters, especially the ones from Haiti and Africa, we love you as your brothers,” he said.

Kerry Washington, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laverne Cox, Jurnee Smollet-Bell, Lena Waithe and Angela Robinson set the tone for the evening when they emerged onstage holding hands to dramatically issue a get-out-the-vote call.

The six women declared support for the Time’s Up initiative to stop sexual harassment and gender discrimination and urged viewers to speak up at the polls as well.

“The midterms are a perfect moment for us to use our voices,” Robinson said. “If we can take back a senate seat in Alabama…”

“Then we have the ability to shift the imbalance of power,” Smollet-Bell said.

Barris’ show “black-ish” was the night’s big winner. The ABC hit was named best comedy series and took acting honors for stars Ross and Anderson.

“It’s an extraordinary thing to be able to show what a beautiful black family looks like on television,” Ross said as the cast accepted the comedy series honor.

“Power” was named best drama series, and star Omari Hardwick won for dramatic actor.

Other winners included “Gifted” actress Octavia Spencer and “Empire” star Taraji P. Henson, who were both absent, and Daniel Kaluuya, who won for his leading role in “Get Out.”

The British actor was clearly delighted at his victory.

“I don’t think you’re allowed to beat Denzel Washington in acting competitions,” said Kaluuya, who bested Washington for the prize. The 28-year-old actor thanked his mom and “Get Out” writer-director Jordan Peele.

“So many people didn’t believe in me, and you did, and you made all of us feel included,” Kaluuya said. “Thank you so much for letting us be seen.”

NAACP president Derrik Johnson asked viewers to text in their pledge to vote in 2018 before presenting the President’s Award to Danny Glover.

Glover was recognized for his professional and philanthropic contributions, particularly his work with the United Nations and his advocacy for labor unions.

Glover spoke specifically of a Nissan plant in Canton, Mississippi, where 80 percent of employees are black, that has yet to organize.

“Civil rights and labor rights have always been one and the same,” he said.

The special awards provided some of the night’s most poignant moments.

Halle Berry talked about the significance of presenting the NAACP Image Awards on Martin Luther King Jr. day.

“We need to take heed to his eloquent words: ‘Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter,’” she said. “Today is an affirmation that we will never ever, ever, ever be silent again.”

She presented the Music Makes a Difference award to Charlie Wilson, who talked about his road from addiction and homelessness to musical success and philanthropy.

He said he prayed and promised that if he could survive the streets, he would return to serve others. Wilson said Monday that he has been sober for 22 years and is focused on helping homeless addicts.

Labor organizer William Lucy received the Chairman’s Award for his more than 40 years of service. Beyond his union leadership, Lucy was also an activist who fought apartheid in South Africa.

He dedicated his award to the Memphis sanitation workers who went on strike in 1968, several of whom were in the audience at the Image Awards. King spoke to the striking employees the night before he was assassinated.

Another arresting moment in the show came during singer Andra Day’s chilling performance of Billie Holiday’s “Strange Fruit.” Rapper Common joined her for their song “Stand Up for Something,” and the whole audience rose to its feet.

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Oil paintings by Birger Sandzen (1871-1946) and wonderful art glass pieces will come up for bid Feb. 24 at Woody Auction

One of four paintings in the auction by Swedish-born American artist Birger Sandzen.

Woody Auction will celebrate the grand opening of its new Douglass gallery with a major antique and fine art auction on Saturday, Feb. 24, in Douglass, Kansas.

The February 24th grand opening will be the first of many auctions to be showcased in our new facility. Like in all our past auctions, everything will be sold without reserve to the highest bidder.”

— Jason Woody

DOUGLASS, KS, UNITED STATES, January 17, 2018 / — DOUGLASS, Kan. – Woody Auction will celebrate the grand opening of its new Douglass gallery with a major antique and fine art auction on Saturday, February 24th, one that will be highlighted by several original artworks by the renowned Swedish-born Kansas painter Birger Sandzén (1871-1946), plus outstanding collections of Royal Bayreuth, Daum, Galle, Tiffany, Pairpoint, pattern glass, and furniture.

The new showroom is located at 130 East Third Street in Douglass, located just south and east of Wichita, not far from Interstate 35 and Hwy. 5/Kellogg Rd. “The February 24th grand opening will be the first of many quality auctions to be showcased in our new facility,” said Jason Woody of Woody Auction. “Like in all our past auctions, everything will be sold without reserve to the highest bidder.”

All four of the original Sandzén paintings are fresh to the market, not offered to the public in over 50 years. The McCaslin Royal Bayreuth collection of 132 items out of Indiana features many of the rarest animal forms available. A private collection from Illinois will present a great selection of Daum, Galle, Tiffany, Pairpoint, pattern glass and additional quality art glass. The period furniture collection features Meeks, Wooton, Hunzinger and more. Also sold will be bronze statues, lovely brides baskets, and more.

Birger Sandzén was born in Blidsberg, Sweden, in 1871. He studied art in Stockholm and Paris early on, before coming to Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas in 1894, to teach languages and assist in the art and vocal music departments. He remained at Bethany for the remainder of his career, becoming the principal art instructor in 1899 and retiring in 1946. He painted right up until his death, in 1954.
During his lifetime Sandzén completed more than 2,600 oil paintings and 500 watercolors. He created 207 lithographs, 94 block prints and 27 drypoints which, when the editions are totaled, amount to over 33,000 prints. He was also a skilled draftsman, filling over 80 sketchbooks. He exhibited extensively throughout the United States and Sweden and today his works are found in many museums worldwide.

The centerpiece artwork in the group of four Sandzén paintings in the sale is Cedars and Rocks, a vivid and colorful oil on canvas landscape rendering of Manitou Springs, Colo., dated 1922. The 36 inch by 48 inch painting was professionally cleaned by WCCFA in Denver in 2015 and is housed in its original frame. “It’s also the finest artwork we’ve ever had the privilege to bring to auction,” Mr. Woody said.

The other paintings are Lake in the Rockies, a 26 inch by 22 inch oil on canvas using very thick paint with high ridges (the meringue technique), in the original frame, dated 1921; Horses in Wyoming, a 20 inch by 24 inch oil on board, a subject for another painting, circa 1930; and an untitled oil on board (various references have indicated Glimpse of Mountain Lake), 36 inches by 48 inches, circa 1938.

Collectors of Royal Bayreuth are in for a treat. Lots will include a 6 ¼ inch tall unmarked candlestick holder depicting a full figure fox in a colorful dinner jacket; a 4 ¾ inch tall turtle lemonade pitcher with blue mark; a 7 ¼ inch tall Santa Claus lemonade pitcher with blue mark; a 6 ½ inch tall snake water pitcher of excellent quality, rare with a blue mark; and an unmarked 8 ¼ inch tall squirrel water pitcher.

Lamps and lighting will feature a rare and beautiful Jefferson banquet lamp, electrified, displaying a scene of a warrior riding a white stallion while holding a lance and sword, set against an elaborate mosaic style background; and a must-see Galle signed figural table lamp with a French cameo art glass shade having a carved pink and green floral design with elaborate interior floral carved highlights, set on a fine bronze base showing a woman standing and feeding three rabbits, artist signed “F. Gopnik”.

Tiffany Studios will be represented in the sale, including an all original desk lamp with signed “L.C.T. Favrile” decorated art glass shade, signed “Tiffany Studios 417” on a weighted base; and a 5 ½ inch tall Cypriot art glass vase, very rare, exhibiting beautiful colors and signed “L.C. Tiffany Favrile 8324J”.

Daum Nancy will feature a French cameo art glass vase, 4 ¾ inches tall, signed, with gorgeous colors and a fall season décor; and a 28 inch tall signed French cameo art glass vase having a pale lavender background with cameo carved white leaf and blossom overlay. Also sold will be a Wavecrest plaque with 10-inch round portrait of Queen Louisa, with green, cream and pink tones, in a gilt metal frame.

Brides baskets are a huge hit with collectors. One lot certain to get paddles wagging is the 14 ½ inch by 12 inch signed Crown Milano triangular-shaped ruffled bowl with pansy and circular designs, set on an elaborate Barbour #272 figural silverplate stand and featuring three winged cherubs – a beautiful piece.

Bronzes will showcase an original statue, 39 inches tall by 16 inches wide, titled Cerberus, artist signed “Raoul Verlet” (Fr., 1857-1923), from the Ferdinand Barbeditenne foundry in Paris, with great detail and patina; and a 24-inch-tall statue, signed by Edmond Louis Charles Tassel (Fr., 1870-1900), of a young maiden carefully crossing a stream, on a marble base, titled Passage du Ruisseau, dated 1890.

The furniture category will include a pair of original, marked Hunzinger Renaissance Revival chairs with carved female heads, curved wooden sides and ebony highlights and dated 1869, upholstered with tufted pale green floral fabric; and a two-piece Meeks rococo-style parlor set, with a laminated rosewood couch and matching chair in the Stanton Hall pattern, both with red velvet upholstery.

Also sold will be an American Renaissance Revival two-hinge, standard grade patent desk made circa 1874 by Wooton Desk Company (Indianapolis, Ind.), walnut with burl walnut and birds-eye maple highlights; and a late 19th or early 20th century hand-carved Black Forest wooden male dog, 4 ½ inches tall, showing a finely detailed male St. Bernard at rest, attributed to the Swiss carver Walter Mader.

Online bidding will be available around Friday, January 19th, by going to Internet bidders are encouraged to register at least 48 hours in advance of the auction. Absentee bids should be submitted with a written statement indicating the amount of the bid. All absentee bids must be received no later than Thursday, Feb. 22nd. Bids may be fax’d to 316-746-2145, or e-mailed to

As for lodging, there are three hotels in the area. The Comfort Inn, new to Augusta, KS (316-260-3006); the Holiday Inn Express, in Andover, KS (316-733-8833); and the Hampton Inn, in Derby, KS (316-425-7900) are all within a 15-20 minute drive from the Woody auction facility. Moving forward, Woody Auction will conduct regular auction events in the Douglass location and occasionally at other venues.

Woody Auction is always accepting quality consignments for future sales. To consign an item, an estate, or a collection, you may call them at (316) 747-2694; or you can e-mail them at To learn more about Woody Auction and the February 24th auction, please visit

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DuVernay, 'black-ish,' 'Power' win at NAACP Image Awards

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A jubilant Ava DuVernay was named entertainer of the year at the NAACP Image Awards ceremony that focused on the black community’s power to create change.

DuVernay lauded other black artists from the stage as she accepted her award Monday night, naming writers and directors such as Shonda Rhimes, Gina Prince-Bythewood, Kenya Barris and “Black Panther” director Ryan Coogler.

“This is our time,” DuVernay said. “We can say we were here when all this gorgeous art was happening, and that we supported it – that we lifted each other up, that we did as Dr. King said we would do: Live the dream. We’re the dream.”

DuVernay directed the films “Middle of Nowhere” and “Selma” and the documentary “13th.” Her adaptation of “A Wrinkle in Time,” starring Oprah Winfrey and Reese Witherspoon, is set for release in March.

Anthony Anderson hosted the ceremony at the Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California, on what would have been Martin Luther King Jr.’s 89th birthday.

While his politically tinged monologue poked fun at the presidential administration and Omarosa Manigault, others used their time onstage to encourage more civic involvement and the fight for social justice.

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Culture Report: Booking Time With ‘The Last Black Man in Barrio Logan’

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Ramel Wallace is a musician and artist who’s using “Airbnb Experiences” to educate tourists about black history in Barrio Logan. / Photo by Kinsee Morlan

Home-sharing website Airbnb has rolled out, and recently ramped up, something called “Experiences.”

The new feature allows people to use the Airbnb website to book tours with local hosts. Folks can, for example, “swim like a mermaid” in Chicago, or meditate with a shaman in Bali.

Airbnb’s CEO Brian Chesky has said the purpose of the new feature is to “immerse in the local community” and experience places in a more authentic way.

In San Diego, experiences include hanging out with a local gallery owner in the Gaslamp or learning how to make boba tea in Mira Mesa.

In Barrio Logan, artist and musician Ramel Wallace invites guests to hang out with him and experience the grassroots renaissance happening there through art and food. He then takes his guests back to The Holyfield, his small recording studio on Logan Avenue in Barrio Logan (a space he also rents out via Airbnb Experiences) and shows them “The Last Black Man in Barrio Logan,” a short documentary he made to introduce people to some of the history of the black community in Barrio Logan, which is now known as a mostly Latino neighborhood.

Wallace said his great grandmother lived in a yellow house in Barrio Logan decades ago. Years later, he said, his dad unknowingly ended up in that same house, and Wallace spent some of his youth there. When he found out about the house, he started digging and learning about the black community that used to live in Barrio Logan, and why and when they left.

He’s still in research mode. But so far he’s pinned the exodus of the black community to the 1920s through 1960s. By the late 70s, Wallace said, most black people in San Diego steered clear of Barrio Logan, in part because of the emergence of gangs, but also because of racially discriminatory housing practices that put restrictions on who and where people could buy homes.

“I’m kind of using the whole Airbnb situation to funnel conversations about all that,” Wallace said.

The conversations following the film cover gentrification, racism and other hot-button issues related to socioeconomic inequality, he said.

Wallace used to live in an apartment in Barrio Logan. He rented out the apartment via Airbnb, too, but he said the landlord raised the rent to a price he couldn’t afford, so now he lives in a cheaper place in National City. He tells guests about that, too, and sometimes the conversation veers into the merits of Airbnb itself, and whether the website is fueling gentrification in low-income neighborhoods like Barrio Logan.

Brent Beltran, a community activist who lives in Barrio Logan, thinks Airbnb is causing problems in his neighborhood.

“I’m not opposed to Ramel doing this,” Beltran wrote in a Facebook message. “He’s a long time resident and it’s important to highlight Barrio Logan/Logan Heights’ African American history. But I’m opposed to businesses buying homes in this community for the sole purpose of renting them out as short term vacation rentals.”

Wallace’s Airbnb experience risks propping up black culture as something to sell to outsiders. Tourists are essentially paying to hang out with a black artist and experience an historically underserved community through his eyes. But Wallace said most of his guests so far have been people of color, and often the first thing black people ask is, “Where are all the black people in San Diego?”

Wallace said it opens up a conversation about black culture in San Diego, and where people can find it thriving.

“So ‘The Last Black Man,’ it resonates because, I mean, it fits for Barrio Logan, it fits for San Francisco, it fits for San Diego, it fits for the entire nation and what’s happening on a global scale,” Wallace said.

You’re reading the Culture Report, Voice of San Diego‘s weekly collection of the region’s arts and culture news.

Students Watching ‘Hamilton,’ Arguing About Artists’ Wages, and More

• Michael Andrew Currey is the new executive director of the California Ballet Company. (Times of San Diego)

• Tijuana artist Roberto Romero-Molina has built an immersive multimedia installation that’s on view at the San Diego Art Institute through March 17. Romero-Molina’s solo show opens Saturday and will include listening and coding workshops, concerts and more.

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Tijuana artist Roberto Romero-Molina’s installation opens Saturday at the San Diego Art Institute in Balboa Park. / Photo courtesy of the San Diego Art Institute

• I saw “Hamilton” over the weekend and the Broadway musical is as good as everyone says it is. It’s also super expensive, though, which is why programs like this one allowing thousands of local students to see and learn about the play are important. (KPBS)

• “Hamilton” is not the only thing happening in San Diego theater, of course. Union-Tribune theater critic James Hebert uses the wild popularity of “Hamilton” to examine the merits and history of San Diego’s local theater scene so that it matters to more people.

• There’s a conversation unfolding on a Facebook group for San Diego artists that I help moderate about the ethics of asking artists to work for free.

• The Union-Tribune is super excited about the San Diego Symphony’s “It’s About Time” festival taking place until Feb. 11, calling it an “ear-bending, eye-popping, borders-leaping music marathon.”

• San Diego Opera and San Diego State University’s School of Music and Dance have announced a new, shared position between the two organizations. (Opera Wire)

• CityBeat profiles Wick Alexander, a San Diego artist whose work is currently on view at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library.

• Choreographer Jean Isaacs has created five dances inspired by five different personal family photos. She’s working toward choreographing a full-length performance based on her personal history.

• Encinitas is looking to put public art in all five of its neighborhoods. (Union-Tribune)

• Check out the cool balloon art being made at the New Children’s Museum right now. (Union-Tribune)

San Diego advocates are putting pressure on City Council members to devote hotel tax dollars, as promised, to the arts.

• Researchers are exploring whether music can be used to treat nursing home patients with brain injuries. (KPBS)

• This week’s Plays by Young Writers Festival features professional productions by the winners of the 2017 California Young Playwrights Contest.

• Every time I read one of CityBeat columnist Ryan Bradford’s pieces, I LOL. He’ll be among those local authors reading at a literary event in Barrio Logan on Saturday.

• Lots of people are expected to show up this weekend for the second annual Women’s March San Diego. (NBC 7)

• Patric Stillman runs a gallery in North Park. Here’s a good Q-and-A with him. (SDVoyager)

• Check out this event that turns Lucha Libre-style Mexican wrestling into performance art.

• See contemporary art by Tijuana artists in a new show opening in San Ysidro.

• This week, VOSD Podcast Network show Cura Caos is recording a live conversation with Nicole Capretz and Ismahan Abdullahi, two community activists who also host the podcast Flip the Script.

• A new skatepark is opening in City Heights this week. And another new skate park — one of the largest in the state — will open in Linda Vista this week, too. (10News)

• A new play in Point Loma explores what it might be like if President Donald Trump builds the new border wall.

Food, Beer, Weed and Booze News

• In a new episode of I Made it in San Diego, Lisa Halverstadt talks to local farmers market guru Brian Beevers.

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Entrepreneur Brian Beevers has built several farmer’s markets in the region and is the owner of Simply Local in North Park. / Photo by Adriana Heldiz

• San Diego made it as No. 4 on this list of the country’s top 10 coffee cities. (Traveler)

• San Diego Restaurant Week is happening.

• Two new downtown beer bars are opening here and here. (Eater)

• A new vegan food truck is celebrating its grand opening this week.

• Meat lovers may want to take note of this new Argentinian restaurant downtown. (San Diego Magazine)

• Here’s a good explainer on what you need to know about legal weed. (DoSD)

• Folks from the local cannabis industry want folks to call it “cannabis” rather than pot, weed or anything else. It’s all part of an ongoing effort to normalize cannabis culture in San Diego. (Union-Tribune)

Kinsee Morlan is engagement editor at Voice of San Diego. Email her at with arts and culture news and tips. Want to recommend this culture newsletter to someone? Share this sign-up link.

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