I decided to step out of my normal circle of activities and do something different last weekend, choosing to take my kids to see “Annie” at Playhouse on the Square. I know you remember the story of Annie, a spunky Depression-era orphan determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City orphanage run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan.
I remember seeing the movie years ago, but the play was a lot of fun. My children are so funny. When it got to the part where the cast sings, “It’s A Hard Knock Life,” they both looked at me and said, “They’re singing Jay Z!”
I’m like, that’s where Jay Z got the song from.
Anyway, it’s a top quality play and I highly recommend you check it out. It will be playing through Dec. 23. Check out the website at www.playhouseonthesquare.org.
I’m pretty sure that over the next few days I will be forced to go see “Happy Feet.” I’ll be sure to share my experience.
This year, I have made a vow not to consume any turkey products whatsoever.
Year after year, there seems to be more turkey than I can handle. I swear the more you eat the stuff the more it multiplies.
So no turkey and dressing, no turkey sandwiches, nor any turkey salad! That way I can be up and alert for Black Friday. I am planning to hit as many sales as I can. As a matter of fact, I will be up and ready to go at 3 a.m.! Perhaps I’ll see you out there.
Curtis Givens All Black Affair
CGI Entertainment & Crown Royal Black presents The 11th Annual Curtis Givens All Black Affair on Friday, Nov. 25 at the Esplanade 901 Cordova Station in cordova. Tickets are $40 in advance and can be purchased at Sammy’s on American Way or Big Bills on Elvis Presley. For more information or VIP booth reservations, call 901-233-8416.
Lalah Hathaway at the Hard Rock
Her name is legendary. Her music is timeless. Her lyrics touch you at the core. Her voice possesses rich warmth that soothes your ears and holds you close. She is Grammy nominated artist, Lalah Hathaway and she is coming to Memphis in December.
Daughter to Soul Music Legend, Donny Hathaway, she is one of this generation’s greatest soul legends. She will be performing at the Hard Rock Café at 315 Beale Street on Tuesday, Dec. 20 at 7 p.m. Get your tickets at www.soulloungeusa.com.
Musiq Soulchild & Chrisette Michelle
Do you like Musiq SoulChild? Of course you do. I know you love those hits such as “So Beautiful,” “Love,” “Yes” and “Anything.” Well, you will get a chance to hear those and much more when he blows into town on Dec. 30 at the Cannon Center.
Also on the show is songbird Chrisette Michelle. This show will be a great one to wrap up the year on, so get your tickets soon. They are on sale now at all Ticketmaster outlets and the Cannon Center Box Office.
Soul Train Music Awards
If you’re still stuffed with Thanksgiving dinner and too full to leave the house, be sure to check out the “Soul Train Music Awards” this coming Sunday (Nov. 27) at 8 p.m. on BET & Centric.
There will be performances by the Original 7ven, formerly Morris Day and the Time, and much more. There will also be a tribute to Gladys Knight and Earth, Wind and Fire. Expect surprise and a whole lot of fun.
I am excited about seeing the all-star tribute to Heavy D, with Whodini, Big Daddy Kane and Kurtis Blow.
Will Downing & Boney James
Just a reminder...Tickets are still available for the big show featuring Will Downing & Boney James at the Cannon Center on Dec. 3. Get yours now at www.mixandmingle.net.