Drag Race All Stars: Rudemption and Ruvenge

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Things to do in the San Fernando and San Gabriel valleys, March 2-9

By Holly Andres | [email protected] | Daily News February 28, 2018 at 11:36 am  EVENTS The Classic Auto Show: Event includes exhibits of hot rods, Japanese classics, lowriders, motorcycles, vintage off-road and women-builds, live auto detailing and restoration demonstrations plus automotive celebrities, noon-8 p.m. today; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Auto enthusiast Jay Leno is scheduled to attend on Sunday on the Celebrity Stage. Admission $30. Los Angeles Convention Center, South Hall, 1201 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles. www.theclassicautoshow.com Japanese Food Festival: Japanese Food Culture Association presents cooking demonstrations, food tastes and a Japan travel exhibit, 5-8 today; 1-4 p.m. Saturday. Beer and sake tasting for ages 21 and above. Admission $50; $25 ages 4-12. InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown, 900 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. bit.ly/2fKHuxK Bianchi Planetarium at Cal State Northridge: “Winter Sky” show, 7:30, and “The Voyager Encounters,” 8:30 tonight. Minimum age 8. Tickets $6 for one show; $10 for both. Parking in Lot G4. Adjacent to Citrus Hall on the campus, 18111 Nordhoff St. For show information, 818-677-5601. For tickets, 818-677-2488. www.csun.edu Bike Ride with Los Angles City Councilmember Bob Blumenfield: 9-11 a.m. Saturday. Rain cancels. Riders escorted by Los Angeles Police Department officers. Reservations requested. Meet at Warner Park, 5800 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills. 818-774-4330. blumenfield.lacity.org/ride2018 Ventura Gem & Lapidary Arts Show: Exhibits of California rocks and fossils, gemstones, demonstrations by lapidary artists and jewelry-making and marketplace, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Free admission. Parking fee. Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura. 805-312-8467. Email: [email protected] www.vgms.org Los Angeles Lantern Festival: The Chinese American Museum presents an end of the Lunar New Year event Continue Reading

‘Dancing With the Stars’ Season 21, Episode 2 Recap: Chaka Khan eliminated, Bindi Irwin tops the leaderboard again

Singer Chaka Khan became the first star to fade out of season 21 of “Dancing with the Stars,” while child actress Bindi Irwin took the top spot again during the season’s second episode Monday night. Khan and actor and reality star Gary Busey were in the bottom two for the season’s first elimination. Another couple with the lowest judges' score and viewer votes from Monday will be eliminated Tuesday night, when the stars return at 9 p.m. to show off a new dance. The first episode of week two had celebs dance a number inspired by their “hometown glory,” with all stars scoring higher than their debut marks except for boy-band member Nick Carter. For the first time in the show’s history, couples had to learn two dances this early in the competition. Here’s how the dancing stars performed on the second week of competition: Nick Carter & Sharna Burgess The show must go on, even if the shoes come off. Carter lost the lead he had during the first week, slipping and losing his dancing shoes during his jive performance. The judges signaled out his nerves, with judge Carrie Ann Inaba telling him to lose his cold feet because “you’re a Backstreet Boy!” Carter, who was representing his hometown of Tampa, Fla., earned 21 points out of a possible 30 —a 3 point slip from his first score. Paula Deen and Louis Van Amstel Dancing for her hometown of Savannah, Ga., Paula Deen redeemed herself slightly from her debut score of 15 points. “I was really impressed,” Inaba said of Deen’s rumba. Despite almost falling, the judges praised the chef’s confidence. Her work paid off with a score of 19 and boos from the audience, asking for an even higher score. Hayes Grier and Emma Slater The North Carolina native showcased his hometown of Mooresville by riding a motorcycle onto the dance floor — a Continue Reading

Winter Olympics: Meryl Davis and Charlie White win gold medal in ice dance

SOCHI, Russia − This gold medal, this graceful, theatrical performance to Scheherazade, was forged over 17 years of early-morning wakeup calls and gray ice rinks. Hard to believe, but Meryl Davis and Charlie White became this seamless, fluid couple in staccato bits and pieces. They were once young and clumsy, like everyone else. “Seeing each other, learning from each other,” Davis said, explaining the process that led to the Olympic ice dancing gold medal on Monday. “Not just these last four years. We’ve grown as people over nearly 17 years. When we started, I wasn’t just a young skater. I was a young girl.” It had begun on a Michigan rink, when White was just 10, when Davis was 11, and when he wasn’t all that thrilled to be stuck with this girl, Meryl, who was a family acquaintance quite ignorant about ice dance. “I was a little annoyed I had to go back a few dances that were lower level,” White said. “But it was pretty obvious she was going to hold her own no matter what we did. We were sticking together like glue.” The glue stuck. They never broke up through it all, the way brothers and sisters can never really break up. They didn’t quit, even when they finished second in Vancouver four years ago to Canadians Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, who won silver this time in Sochi. “Charlie and I are very different in a lot of ways, but we’ve used those differences to our advantage,” Davis said. “In terms of our partnership, there hasn’t been a moment of doubt.” The victory on Monday was well-earned, and not unexpected. Davis and White were heavily favored and held off Virtue and Moir with more than four points to spare − earning the first ever gold for the Americans in this prestigious event since it was incorporated into the Winter Games in 1976. Among the top contenders, Virtue and Moir skated earliest in the program, topping Continue Reading

Victor Cruz signs his one-year, $2.879M tender with the NY Giants, according to sources

Victor Cruz’s long-term future with the Giants is still uncertain. But at least he is now signed up for one more year. The Giants’ star receiver ended months of angst on Friday when he finally returned to the Meadowlands and signed his one-year, $2.879 million tender, according to several NFL sources. By doing so, he beat a Monday deadline where the Giants could have — and might have — reduced his tender by more than $2.2 million. Even though he is looking for a long-term deal worth more than $9 million per season, he was apparently unwilling to walk away from that much. Cruz’s return presumably eliminates the Giants’ biggest offseason headache, which has loomed over all their offseason business for months. The 26-year-old, salsa-dancing star skipped the Giants’ entire offseason program while contract talks dragged on, including the three-day, full-team minicamp they wrapped up on Thursday. His hope was to land the lucrative, long-term contract that has been negotiated on and off for more than eight months. According to a source familiar with the talks, they have been largely stalled for weeks, though they are ongoing. One source who has been in contact with Cruz’s camp told the Daily News the Giants’ latest offer is worth an average of somewhere between $8 million and $8.5 million per season. Cruz was once looking to be paid near the $11 million per year that has been the going market rate for No. 1 receivers. But a source said that his demands dropped after he changed agents in March and he is now holding out for a deal worth in the range of $9 million per season. Though that may make it seem like the sides are close, the details and the guaranteed money are not known and neither side seems to believe a deal is imminent. So there is no guarantee that Cruz will show up for the start of training camp at the Meadowlands on July 26 — although now that he is Continue Reading

Salsa dancing in the Bronx is decades-long tradition, intertwined with NYC character: Bobby Sanabria

The Bronx has long been known as "el condado de la salsa," or the borough of salsa. Since the fast-paced rhythm and melodies first arrived in the United States from Cuba in the 1930s, no place in the world has done more to advance the musical genre than the Bronx. But the times, they are a-changin'. While salsa's popularity has exploded globally in the 21st century, the Bronx no longer has the dozens of massive clubs that spurred the music's growth in the 1950s and '60s. That does not mean, however, that the borough has lost its love of salsa. On Friday,  the Bronx Tourism Council will begin the first-ever Bronx SalsaFest with concerts and activities meant to celebrate and share the music with future generations. "Salsa music is an integral part of the Bronx identity," says multi-Grammy-nominated percussionist (and Bronx Walk of Fame inductee) Bobby Sanabria. "You can't mention the Bronx without talking about salsa. So even though there are no big salsa ballrooms in the Bronx anymore, the love of the music is still there. And it's important to keep that part of our character." The 54-year-old Bronx native believes his younger neighbors would benefit from the salsa tradition. "We need to get young people inspired and prideful of their Afro-Caribbean roots," he says. "Salsa gave this borough its identity and that's a very positive thing. It provided unity and community when times were tough." The music now referred to as salsa comes from the folk music and drumming traditions of Cuba, but was popularized mainly by Puerto Ricans in the Bronx after the Cuban Revolution and the ensuing embargoes in the early 1960s. According to Angel Rodriguez, a percussionist and salsa historian, the name "salsa" derives from Spanish slang. "It's an umbrella term that was first created to market the music," says the 57-year-old, who lived in the Bronx in 2007. "The actual word comes from the fact that musicians used to tell each other, 'Man, Continue Reading

‘Dancing with the Stars’ season 11 winner favored to be Jennifer Grey over Bristol Palin

Will it be the "Dirty" dancer or the abstinence teacher? On Monday Night, "Dancing with the Stars'" most anticipated finale in 11 seasons pits "Dirty Dancing" star Jennifer Grey against reformed teen mom Bristol Palin. Oh, and Disney star Kyle Massey. Yet despite Palin's staying power and rumors that voting fraud is helping to keep the continuously low scoring competitor on the show, she has both the odds and talent stacked against her. "This year we've had Jennifer Grey as the favorite from the beginning," odds maker Benjamin Eckstein of America's Line told the News. He said the numbers land Grey and partner Derek Hough in first place with 1:2 odds, Palin and Mark Ballas in second at 2:1 and underdogs Massey and Lacey Schwimmer bringing up the rear with 5:1 odds. He admitted that he was shocked when front runners Brandy and Maks were voted off last week. He said that with Palin in the mix -- who Eckstein said odds originally placed at the bottom of the list in "Florence Henderson territory" -- this has been "the toughest year to handicap." "If you relied on history, clearly no one comes close to Jennifer Grey," he said. "But now we're relying on voting." Melanie LaPatin, a choreographer who has appeared on "So You Think You Can Dance?" and founded the Dance Times Square studio, thinks that Grey deserves to win. "Jennifer Grey has an edge in terms of naturalness in movement for a dancer," she told the Daily News. "She has beautiful form and makes great shapes and I think she is probably the best dancer out there." LaPatin favors Massey as the show's runner up, saying he's "definitely the most energetic and the most entertaining." As for Palin, the pro dancer said she is "not up to par" and that she lacks "any passion in her dancing." But in the words of Eckstein, the competition has "taken on a life of its own" and only Tuesday Continue Reading

U.K. stars seize American R&B: Why you should get to know Jay Sean, Tinchy Stryder and Taio Cruz

We hold these truths to be self-evident: America leads the world in technology, commercial cinema and, most certainly, R&B. Lately, though, that final truism has gotten a violent shake. Over the last half year, young British (!!!!) singers, like Jay Sean and Taio Cruz, have been getting just as much play on American R&B/pop radio as homegrown genre stars like Ne-Yo and Jason Derulo. Last fall, Jay Sean's debut U.S. single, "Down," shot to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart, making him the first urban U.K. act ever to achieve that feat. The song went on to become the seventh-best-selling single of 2009, moving more than 3 million digital copies stateside. Now that achievement has been matched by another Brit: Taio Cruz (who pronounces his first name "Tie-oh"). In the last month, Cruz's debut single, "Break Your Heart," not only got to No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100, it did so in an especially splashy way. "Heart" made the largest one-week jump to the top position by any new artist in history — vaulting 52 places at once. Cruz managed his bolt by selling more than 300,000 downloads of the song in a seven-day burst. Next week, the 25-year-old's U.S. debut CD, the cockily titled "Rokstarr," arrives here. The week after, it should become the nation's top seller. The fact that both these Brit singers sound entirely American couldn't have hurt their cause. If you just heard them sing — and never heard them speak — you'd never guess their country of origin. "The majority of our audience had no idea either artist was from the U.K. until they were told," says Sharon Dastur, program director for Z-100, which heavily features both artists. Still, there are other factors behind the ability of U.K. R&B artists to crack the hard nut of U.S. radio. Over the last year, R&B/pop stations have changed their format, downplaying conventional, midtempo, hip-hop-inflected R&B in favor of faster, dance-oriented pop. "R&B Continue Reading

Dancing Mickey struts at toy fair

DONNY OSMOND was stuck yesterday with a Mickey Mouse dance partner - and he wasn't complaining. That's because the reigning "Dancing With the Stars" champ was paired with a Disney-inspired dancing machine called the Dance Star Mickey. Powered by a pair of AA batteries, the 2-foot-tall plush toy can get down in six dance styles, even a moonwalk. It also has got some attitude. "Can I get a what what?" the toy squeaked out while strutting his stuff on a stage at the Javits Center, where the American International Toy Fair is underway. "He's an amazing dancer," Osmond said. "He could be the next champion." Osmond, 52, who helped hype the $69.99 toy with a little "dance contest," said he never got to play with anything remotely like Dance Star Mickey. "We played with rocks when I was a kid," he said. The Mickey toy, which goes on sale in October, was among the most anticipated new playthings unveiled at the annual four-day fair. Other crowd favorites included Perfect Pets - toys that look eerily like living, breathing animals - and the new Rubix Slide, a mind-boggling cube puzzle with thousands of outcomes. The biggest trend at the fair was the increase in interactive electronics, such as the iXL Learning System, an iPhone-like device for kids ages 3-6 who want to emulate their tech-obsessed parents. There's even a new gadget for dogs called Puppy Tweets, which attaches to your pup's collar and posts prewritten tweets to Twitter when triggered by a bark. "This stuff is unbelievable," Osmond said. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

‘Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2’ movie review: Kevin James’ Vegas-set sequel, should have folded before release

"That is poison!" That's Paul Blart (Kevin James) worrying about someone biting into an old brown banana in "Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2." He could be talking about this atrocious movie, which is the cinematic equivalent of biting into an old brown banana. It wouldn't be hard to be at least a little better than 2009's first "Blart," a very dumb but financially successful comedy for the former "King of Queens" star. But being worse? That's a real accomplishment. Dumped by his girlfriend after six days of marriage, and stunned by his mom being killed by a truck, we find Blart is need of a vacation. So he and his college-bound daughter Maya (Raini Rodriguez) leave Jersey and head to a "Security Officers Training Association" convention in a Wynn casino and hotel in Las Vegas. It's there that the entire rest of the movie takes place, inside basically an hour-and-a-half commercial for Wynn. If you're hoping for some Vegas atmosphere, or maybe even a street scene, don't look for it here. You also shouldn't look for wit, fun or any inventive slapstick. As Maya flirts with a hotel employee and frets about leaving her dad - who's still employed by the West Orange Pavilion Mall - for UCLA, Blart meets up with old pals and stumbles upon a heist of art from the hotel. For the first hour, the big jokes are Blart scooting around on a Segway and Blart wearing a flowered shirt and cargo shorts. If that's not side-splitting for you, then you likely won't enjoy Blart asking an all-midget KISS tribute band fit they played "Beth." If, however, you think that's all comedy gold, wait until you see Blart scuttling across the floor on his side or popping up in the middle of a Cirque du Soleil-like water show wearing wings. Stop, you're killing me. James' everyman appeal is stretched to the limits here, like that polyester shirt he wears. Always willing to try a silly dance or pratfall, the comic actor's Continue Reading