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An Evening with Conchita Wurst

Recording artist and drag queen Conchita Wurst from Austria became an international sensation when she won the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 with “Rise like a Phoenix”.

The artist has become a symbol of acceptance and tolerance throughout Europe. After performing in front of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon he described Wurst as a "cultural icon" and asserted that "Everyone is entitled to enjoy the same basic rights and live a life of worth and dignity without discrimination. This fundamental principle is embedded in the UN Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Conchita is a symbol in that sense.”

Conchita Wurst is in Los Angeles to attend the Golden Globe Awards, but will make room in her busy schedule to stop by Los Angeles Press Club. She will sit down for an onstage interview with LAPC board member Barbara Gasser.

Los Angeles Press Club @ Steve Allen Theater
4773 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Thursday, January 8th, 2015 from 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM (PDT) Registration: http://www.lapressclub.org/event-1815031

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Black History Month Celebration

The New, Multimedia One-Man Show, Ghost in the House, starring Tony Todd (Candyman) to be followed by a conversation about race in America, moderator: Brian Watt.

Before Barack Obama and MLK, before Jackie Robinson, Paul Robeson and Medgar Evers, before Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali, before Ferguson and "I can't breathe"-- there was Jack Johnson, the first African-American Heavyweight Boxing Champion who defied the powers that be.

Ghost in the House recounts the racism and vindictiveness of White America against a man whose talents went way beyond the ring. Johnson was a musician, raconteur, entertainer, horse jockey, bullfighter, inventor, race car driver and secret agent during World War I. He was an infamous Lothario who flaunted his flashy lifestyle in the face of contemporary mores. Jack Johnson was the catalyst for celebrations, condemnations, deadly riots and outrage from all sides of the racial divide. He was also the most famous Black man in the worldundefinedand one of the most misunderstood.

Tony Todd (well known from the Candyman films) stars in Ghost in the House written by Ernie Hudson and Frank Megna and directed by Megna. The show will be offered to both amateur and professional theater organizations as a packaged, multimedia production. During its initial run, cultural and educational institutions will be given priority with a New York production as the ultimate goal.

This special performance is part of Los Angeles Press Club’s Black History Month celebration.

Los Angeles Press Club @ Steve Allen Theater
4773 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Thursday, February 26, 2015 from 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM (PDT) Registration: http://www.lapressclub.org/event-1815046

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