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Council approves Jay Z and Beyoncé concert at the Rose Bowl
Efforts to make the Rose Bowl profitable without the NFL took a giant step forward on Tuesday after the City Council approved an Aug. 2 concert featuring megastars Beyoncé and her producer-rap artist husband Jay-Z.
The council had already approved the maximum 17 events allowed for this year, including an Aug. 7 concert featuring Rihanna and Eminem, meaning the council had to approve any additional event.
Councilman Victor Gordo — who is a member of the Rose Bowl Operating Co. — told the Weekly earlier this year that concerts would become the stadium’s third primary tenant, along with UCLA football and the Tournament of Roses.
The Rose Bowl has long been talked about as a possible temporary home for a professional football team relocating to Los Angeles while a permanent stadium is built somewhere in Los Angeles County. The chance of that happening seemed to have improved earlier this year when a judge threw out a lawsuit filed by homeowners alleging the city’s environmental impact report (EIR) on bringing a pro team to Pasadena did not accurately study the impacts of the additional traffic and noise.
— André Coleman and Kevin Uhrich
Registration ends Friday for popular conference
Friday is the last day to register for the 20th annual Adelante Mujer Latina (AML) Conference, being held on May 17 at Pasadena City College.
“I’m proud of this conference and of our boys’ conference, Adelante Young Men,” or AYM, held in November, wrote organizer Stella Murga, executive director of the Pasadena Youth Center. “Adelante means ‘advance,’ which is what we want all our young people to do.”
The purpose of the AML conference is to “provide young women with the tools for personal and professional growth, challenge them to raise their expectations, promote leadership, and encourage them to pursue a post-high school education, so that they may achieve their goals and have a positive impact on their lives and the lives of others,” according to Murga.
The keynote speaker is Leticia Aguilar, executive vice president and regional president for Union Bank, North America.
Mistress of ceremonies is Yarely Ramón, host of host of “Prevention con yarely” of mun2, on NBC Universal/Talmud.
To learn more about AML and register for the conference, visit adelantemujerlatina.org. — AC/KU
What’s so funny?
Book ranks Ice House among nation’s Top 5 comedy clubs
What does it take to be the best comedy club in the country?
According to “The Humor Code: A Global Search for What Makes Things Funny,” a new book by Dr. Peter McGraw, a marketing and psychology professor and an expert in the interdisciplinary fields of emotion and behavioral decision theory, and Joel Warner, a former staff writer for Westword who’s also written for Wired, Bloomberg, Businessweek and Slate, it’s not complicated.
Warm colors help, as does a darkened room with a low ceiling, where sound bounces back to the audience and people feel “disinhibited,” as the pair say. Of course, a two-drink minimum primes everyone’s giggle pump.
Using these basic criteria, McGraw and Warner have come up with the Top 5 best places to get your laugh on.
* The Comedy Cellar, New York City. comedycellar.com
* Comedy Works, Denver. comedyworks.com
* Zanies Comedy Club, Chicago. chicago.zanies.com
* Comedy Club on State, Madison, Wis. madisoncomedy.com
The Ice House (24 N Mentor Ave., Pasadena, (626) 577-1894, icehousecomedy.com), was ranked No. 2.
“A great club experience is best served dark and intimate,” the book quotes Jordan Brady, a comedian turned director who made the 2010 documentary “I Am Comic.” As for the Ice House, “It’s a dank, lackluster, no-frills venue where the comedian can almost touch the ceiling. Awesome laughs that ricochet around and infect the crowd.” n — AC/KU
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