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‘LES ORIGINALES’ TO PERFORM AT RENAISSANCE PALM SPRINGS
Proceeds from Viva Les Originales! to Benefit AIDS Assistance Program
PALM SPRINGS – July 23, 2014: The incomparable Les Originales are bringing their special brand of drag Read more ... entertainment to the Renaissance Palm Springs with Viva Les Originales! A Musical Tour Around the World. This not-to-be-missed performance will take place on Sunday, October 26, 2014 at 7 pm. The hotel is located at 888 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way in Palm Springs. This show will feature Ginger Allen, Cherilyn, Richard Barbaro, Jersey Shore, Sassy Ross, Marina Mac, and Pinkie Meringue Shimmer. Returning in the role of emcee is renowned singer and entertainer Dana Adkins. Proceeds from the event will help AAP provide food vouchers for clients living with HIV/AIDS.
“Les Originales have been loyal supporters of AAP for many years, and we always look forward to their hilarious and well-scripted performances,” says Mark Anton, Executive Director for AIDS Assistance Program. “This year’s show promises to be just as entertaining as ever, and we’re so glad to have this incredible ensemble of talent participating in this delightful evening.”
Doors open at 6 pm for a pre-performance reception and the show begins at 7 pm. Ticket prices are $35 for general seating, $55 for preferred seating, $75 for premium seating, and $85 for VIP seating. For more information and to purchase tickets, please call 760/325-8481 or visit aidsassistance.org.
The performance will feature several big ensemble numbers, all with a world-travel theme. Audience members will be taken on a journey from Paris to Mexico, to Cuba and on to Berlin. The all-volunteer troupe was formed in 2003, and 100% of the funds raised from their performances support local HIV/AIDS charities. To date they have raised more than $500,000.
Since its founding in 1991, AIDS Assistance Program of Palm Springs remains dedicated to providing nutritional support to improve the quality of the lives of people living with HIV/AIDS. Initiated by a small group of concerned citizens led by the late Gloria Greene and Jeannette Rockefeller, AAP provides food to members of the community with low incomes. For more information, please call 760/325-8481 or visit aidsassistance.org.
About the performers:
Ginger Allen (Jerry Green) is one of 20 children and was raised on a sheep ranch. She moved to the desert for the fresh air and a place where she could dig her heels into the sand.
Cherilyn was born in a trailer in Milwaukee and is one of the hardest working drag queens in town.
Richard Barbaro began his tenure with Les Originales as the resident makeup artist, but soon opened his own can of ham onstage. A native New Yorker and disco ‘fan dancer’, he has always idolized Ann Margaret, and it is widely believed that Richard thinks he’s channeling her when he’s on stage.
Jersey Shore (a.k.a. Brian Scott) performs at various locations in Palm Springs, including The Bella da Ball Dinner Revue at Azul, Flirt Thursday at the Hard Rock Hotel, and Just Jersey at Cafe Palette. Brian once received a Desert Theatre League award nomination for Outstanding Male Lead in a Musical for his role as Edna Turnblad in the production of Hairspray at The Palm Canyon Theatre.
Sassy Ross has close to a decade of experience as a female impersonator, and for Sassy, it has been a blast! Tina Turner, Whitney Houston, Donna Summer, Eartha Kitt, and Diana Ross are just a few of the divas you will see in Sassy’s shows in places like Los Angeles, Orange County, and Palm Springs.
Marina Mac debuted January 1, 2011 at Elevation Nightclub in Cathedral City. Currently a regular cast member of Bella da Ball's Dinner Review at Azul and Flirt Thursday at the Hard Rock Hotel, she hosts her own show "Rapture" in Cathedral City. Her name derived from four years in the Marine Corps (1999-2003) and her last name (McIntosh). Marina’s edgy performances incorporate military discipline, precision, and sharp movements. A professional makeup artist since 2007, she has worked with celebrity clientele, weddings, small independent movies, and the “Camp Do More Vegas Fashion Show."
Pinkie Meringue Shimmer is a resident of Idyllwild, and is widely known as the Queen of Headdresses. ‘Miss PMS herself’ dons these whimsical creations to co-ordinate with her song selections, and has dazzled audiences for the past 10 years. Pinkie has been living with HIV/AIDS for 16 years and will continue to donate her time and talents for AIDS charities as long as she’s still kicking. She enjoys her cabaret family and can be found in weekly in Palm Springs at Azul’s Bella da Ball Dinner Revue, and Flirt Thursday at the Hard Rock Hotel. Pinkie is married to the love of her life, Mr. Kevin Baar.
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tickets available at www.aidsassistance.org
8 minutes ago
Deen Mohd A
Hamid Abdulmalik Al-Hassan
Ladies and Gents, brothers and sisters. I would like to take this opportunity to appeal to the public that if you want to make a point, giving evidence with books that you have in never read is the most criminal way of going about it.
Just this morn Read more ... ing, I read on a post by Adedamola Adetayo how a gentleman by the name Mr Elediman was trying by all means to show that Islam is evil and Boko Haram are acting in accordance to the teachings of Islam. To make his point, he went on pasting names of books that according to him supports his claim.
The funny thing is this; one of the books he pointed to titled A Short History About Islam was authored by a re-known religious Historian Karen Armstrong. Unknown to this gentleman, not only did Karen Armstrong write an unbiased history of Islam based on its true teachings, but before she did, she actually took a tour to most Countries populated by Muslims including Palestine, lived with the people, learned the religion from the people and read the book before she wrote her book.
So I pointed to Mr Eledimab the fact that what he has just done is dubious to which he later accepted the fact that he has not read the book, after quoting frpm the preface of the book to him as shown the below:
"Their chief duty was to create a just community in which all members, even the most weak and vulnerable, were treated with absolute respect. The experience of building such a society and living in it would give them intimations of the divine, because they would be living in accordance with God’s will." - Preface to A Short History Of Islam By Karen Armstrong.
Seeing that he has as a matter of fact shot himself on the leg, he now asked me to quote Quran 2:191 to 198, claiming that these verses in themselves are evidence that Boko Haram is acting in accordance to the Quran, so I did. As a matter of fact, I started from verse 190:
Fight in the way of Allah those who fight you but do not transgress. Indeed. Allah does not like transgressors. Q 2:190
And kill them wherever you overtake them and expel them from wherever they have expelled you, and fitnah is worse than killing. And do not fight them at al-Masjid al- Haram until they fight you there. But if they fight you, then kill them. Such is the recompense of the disbelievers. Q 2:191
And if they cease, then indeed, Allah is Forgiving and Merciful. Q 2:192
Fight them until there is no [more] fitnah and [until] worship is [acknowledged to be] for Allah . But if they cease, then there is to be no aggression except against the oppressors. Q 2:193
[Fighting in] the sacred month is for [aggression committed in] the sacred month, and for [all] violations is legal retribution. So whoever has assaulted you, then assault him in the same way that he has assaulted you. And fear Allah and know that Allah is with those who fear Him. Q 2:194
And spend in the way of Allah and do not throw [yourselves] with your [own] hands into destruction [by refraining]. And do good; indeed, Allah loves the doers of good. Q 2:195
Now the funny thing to notice is that I stopped at verse 195, you know why? Well its because verses 196 - 198 are all talking about the Hajj pilgrimage and not the art of war which further shows that Mr Eledimab has never read these verses before putting them forth as evidence.
Do I have to mention that the verses above clearly dictates the necessity of an oppressed people to defend themselves? And that they should desist this act of self defense as soon as the oppressor proclaims the need for peace?
To tell you the truth, I felt shame on his behalf. This man probably has a wife and children at home, to whom he stands as a model of truthfulness and moral.
Let me end by quoting what prominent Non Muslims who actually read the Quran have to say about the Quran:
“It soon attracts, astounds, and in the end enforces our reverence… Its style, in accordance with its contents and aim is stern, grand – ever and always, truly sublime – So, this book will go on exercising through all ages a most potent influence.”
[Goethe - quoted in T. P. Huges "Dictionary of Islam", p. 526]
“The Koran (Quran) admittedly occupies an important position among the great religious books of the world. Though it is the youngest of the epoch making works belonging to this class of literature, it yields to hardly any in the wonderful effect which it has produced on large masses of men. It has created an all but new phase of human thought and a fresh type of character. It first transformed a number of heterogeneous desert tribes of the Arabian Peninsula into a nation of heroes, and then proceeded to create the vast politico-religious organizations of Muslims world wide which are one of the great forces with which Europe and the East have to reckon with today.”
[G. Maragliouth in his Introduction to J. M. Rodwells - 'The Koran", New York - 'Everyman's Library, 1977, p VI]
“A work, then, which calls forth so powerful and seemingly incompatible emotions even in the distant reader – distant as to time, and still more so as mental development – a work which not only conquers the repugnance which he may begin its perusal, but changes this adverse feeling into astonishment and admiration, such a work must be a wonderful production…
indeed and a problem of the highest interest to every thoughtful observer of the destinies of mankind.”
[Dr Steingass quoted in T. P. Hughes - "Dictionary of Islam", pp 256-257]
“It is impossible that Muhammad (peace be upon him) authored the Quran. How could a man, from being illiterate, become the most important author, in terms of literary merits, in the whole of Arabic literature?
How could he then pronounce truths of a scientific nature that no other human-being could possibly have developed at that time, an all this without once making the slightest error in his pronouncement on the subject?”
[Dr. Maurice Bucaille - author of "The Bible, the Quran and Science" 1978, p. 125]
“Here, therefore, its merits as a literary production should perhaps not be measured by some preconceived maxims of subjective and aesthetic taste, but by the effects which it produced in Muhammad’s contemporaries and fellow countrymen.
If it spoke so powerfully and convincingly to the hearts of his hearers as to weld hitherto centrifugal and antagonistic elements into one compact and well organized body, animated by ideas far beyond those which had until now ruled the Arabian mind, then its eloquence was perfect, simply because it created a civilized nation out of savage tribes, and shot a fresh woof into the old warp of history”
[Dr. Steingass, quoted in Hughes' Dictionary of Islam p. 528]
“In making the present attempt to improve on the performance of my predecessors, and to produce something which might be accepted as echoing however faintly the sublime rhetoric of the Arabic Koran, I have been at pain to study the intricate and richly varied rhythms which – apart from the message itself – constitute the Koran’s undeniable claim to rank amongst the greatest literary masterpieces of mankind..
This very characteristic feature – ‘that inimitable symphony’, as the believing Pickthall described his Holy Book, ‘the very sounds of which move men to tears and ecstasy’ has been almost totally ignored by previous translators; it is therefore not surprising that what they have wrought sounds dull and flat indeed in comparison with the splendidly decorated original..”
[Arthur J. Arberry - "The Koran Interpreted", London: Oxford University Press . 1964, p. x.]
“A totally objective examination of it [the Quran] in the light of modern knowledge leads us to recognize the agreement between the two, as has been already noted on repeated occasions. It makes us deem it quite unthinkable for a man of Muhammad’s time to have been the author of such statements, on account of the state of knowledge in his day.
Such considerations are part of what gives the Qur’anic Revelation its unique place, and forces the impartial scientist to admit his inability to provide and explanation which calls solely upon materialistic reasoning.”
[Dr. Maurice Bucaille in his book: "The Bible, The Quran and Science" 1981, p. 18]
May Allah Show Us More Light Just So We See The Truth.
28 minutes ago
Veronica Hernandez Morales
Stars pay tributes to Robin Gibb
Brian Wilson (Beach Boys): Robin was 'part of the family'. I love the Bee Gees voices, they're some of my favorite singers. I am so sad.
Lenny Kravitz: Another legend passed. My deepest sympathy to t Read more ... he Gibb family. The Bee Gees are the soundtrack to an iconic era that shaped a world wide phenomenon and culture. Their rhythms, melodies,and production is one of a kind and instantly warms the heart. Respect Lenny
Liam Gallagher (Oasis): ROBIN GIBB LEGEND LG
Peter Frampton: So sorry to hear Robin Gibb has lost his battle with cancer. My heart goes out to the entire Gibb family at this very sad time. RIP
Elton John: Elton John dedicates 'Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me' to Robin Gibb at a recent concert in Las Vegas
Duran Duran: Sorry to hear about the passing of Robin Gibb of the BeeGees. Our condolences to his friends and family:
Bryan Adams: Robin Gibb RIP. Very sad to hear about yet another great singer dying too young.
Justin Timberlake: We have lost a truly brilliant musician today. One of my idols. My heart goes out to the Gibb family in this time of sorrow...RIP Robin.
Ronan Keating: Just heard about Robin Gibb. I am devastated. Can't believe it. May he rest in peace. My thought and prayers are with his family. X
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Mick Hucknall (Simply Red): RIP Robin Gibb. A musical giant.
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Kim Wilde: I toured with Robin Gibb in Germany.Always a true gentleman.He has left us an amazing legacy.
Chris de Burgh: So sorry to hear of the death of Robin Gibb, who was hugely influential in the writing and performing of modern popular music....
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Peter Andre:I am so absolutely gutted about Robin Gibb passing away . One of the true musical legends whom I was honored to be friends with . RIP
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