By Bill Vaughan
Kendrick Lamar’s sold-out Oct. 22 show at the Accor Arena in Paris, as part of his “The Big Steppers Tour,” is set to stream live exclusively through Amazon Music and Prime Video.
The event will mark the 10-year anniversary of the release of Lamar’s universally praised “good kid, m.A.A.d city,” the triple-platinum selling album which earned him seven nominations at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards and received international acclaim from both fans and critics.
The livestream will provide fans with a special look at Lamar’s 65-date world tour in support of his latest release, “Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers.”
Airing live at 11 a.m. West Coast time, fans will be able to watch for free exclusively on Prime Video in more than 240 countries and territories worldwide, the Amazon Music channel on Twitch, and on the Amazon Music app.
The stream will also feature sets from pgLang’s Tanna Leone and Grammy Award-winning recording artist, Baby Keem. Lamar’s performance will be available to view on-demand on Prime Video afterwards.
OTHERWORLDLY: While on the red carpet of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) interviewing Michael Abels for his work on the soon to be released period biopic “Chevalier,” the USC grad who has been Jordan Peele’s go-to composer (“Get Out,” “Us,” “Nope”) gave Tasty Clips a narrative preview of the LA Opera’s presentation of “Omar,” running Oct. 22–Nov. 13 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.
“It tells the story of Omar ibn Said, who was kidnapped in Senegal, enslaved, brought through the Middle Passage to the Carolinas in 1807,” said Abels about the opera he co-wrote with Grammy winner Rhiannon Giddens.
“He could read and write Arabic, and this was to his captors quite an interesting thing that he could do. They tried to convert him to Christianity and they got him to write his life story. An autobiography which is now in the Library of Congress because it’s one of the few first-person narratives of an enslaved person ever.”
“What people didn’t realize is that he never really converted to Christianity. It’s hidden in his autobiography. So, if you’re someone who knows the Quran, you realize that he never converts. I promise, anyone who doesn’t even like opera or know anything about it, will enjoy it.”
Abels is next working with “Bad Education” director Cory Finley on a film called “Landscape With Invisible Hand,” which he describes as “a very interesting piece that also involves aliens but in a totally different way.” It stars Tiffany Haddish, William Jackson Harper (“Love Life“), Clifton Collins Jr. (“Westworld“) and Asante Blackk (“When They See Us”).
CLIPPETTES: Maxi Priest brings his reggae hits to Hyatt Regency Newport Beach on Oct. 21; as The Stylistics, Peaches & Herb, and Blue Magic perform at the Saban Theatre; and the Miracle Theater hosts comics A.J. Jamal, Tommy Chunn, Roz Washington, Jammin Jay Lamont and more …
Earlier that evening, Emmy Award-winning chef Lidia Bastianich visits Eataly LA to host a dinner of her favorite Italian recipes along with a book signing …
Janelle Monáe is being honored as a trailblazer at the Outfest Legacy Awards being held Oct. 22 at Paramount Studios; as Redcat presents Marquis Hill + John Escreet’s “Seismic Shift” CD Release Party …
Cece Winans: Believe For It Live Tour arrives Oct. 23 at the Orpheum Theatre; while Harry Styles turns The Forum into Harry’s House through Nov. 15 …
Jazz Is Dead is presenting a tribute concert for famed Brazilian percussionist Airto Moreira at the Lodge Room on Oct. 25 with special guests Patrice Rushen, Alex Acuna, Byron Miller, Pete Escovedo, Peter Erskine, Justo Almario and more. All sales will go to a fund managed by Airto’s daughter and son in-law to go toward his recovery via home nurse visits, physical therapy and treatments for loss of hearing and vision …
Marvel’s “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” has its Hollywood Premiere Oct. 26 at the El Capitan Theatre & Dolby Theatre. Expect stars including Letitia Wright, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira and perhaps Rihanna, who is said to have two new songs on the soundtrack. Arrivals begin around 5 p.m. …
Melissa Villaseñor, who broke barriers by becoming the first-ever Latina cast member of “Saturday Night Live,” brings her tour to The Bourbon Room on Oct. 26, coinciding with the Chronicle Books release of “Whoops … I’m Awesome,” a creative self-help journal featuring her original art …
On Oct. 27, “Inside Bridgerton” brings together Shondaland executive producers Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers to discuss the making of the landmark series at Culver City’s Robert Frost Auditorium. The $60 general admission includes a book with signed bookplate …
The night finds Billy Porter hosting and performing at City of Hope’s 2022 Spirit of Life Gala at the Pacific Design Center; and superstar DJ/producer Diplo opening Mondrian Live 2022 with an open bar.
TASTY QUIP: “I’m still here. It is trying to do the best you possibly can to take care of your better self. I’ve been fortunate to have some good people around me. I have my moments of backsliding. I’m an avid cigar smoker and I remember Sidney P[oitier] saying, ‘Why would you do that to your body?’ But there are some things that you enjoy that you can’t give up. I have no answers. I’ve just been an incredibly fortunate person. A lot of the people that I’ve come along with were health fanatics, I could go down the list … and I’m still standing.” – RICHARD ROUNDTREE, co-star of OWN’s “Cherish The Day,” on turning 80 to Tasty Clips at TIFF
TC ON TV: Oct. 21 – “Raymond & Ray” (Apple TV+): Rodrigo Garcia’s dark comedy stars Ewan McGregor and Ethan Hawke as long-estranged half-brothers who reunite to bury their father. Sophie Okonedo, Maribel Verdú and Vondie Curtis-Hall round out the fine ensemble. “The Peripheral” (Prime Video): A sci-fi drama series offering a hallucinatory glimpse into the fate of mankind with Chloë Grace Moretz (“Tom & Jerry”), Gary Carr (“The Deuce”) and Eli Goree (“One Night in Miami”). “From Scratch” (Netflix): This sweeping romance, executive produced by Reese Witherspoon, star Zoe Saldana and best-selling author Tembi Locke, also features Danielle Deadwyler (“Till”), Keith David (“Greenleaf”) and Kellita Smith (“The Bernie Mac Show”). “Descendant” (Netflix): The kin of enslaved Africans on an illegal ship that arrived in Alabama in 1860 seek justice and healing when the craft’s remains are discovered. “Ron Carter: Finding The Right Notes” (PBS): Filmed over the course of six years, this documentary invites viewers to meet the most recorded bassist in history.
Oct. 22 – “The Hair Tales” (Hulu): From executive producers Oprah Winfrey, Tracee Ellis Ross and Michaela Angela Davis comes a six-episode docu-series connecting the personal tales of phenomenal Black women featuring Issa Rae, Chlöe Bailey, Marsai Martin, Ayanna Pressley, Chika and others.
Oct. 23 – “The Equalizer” (CBS): Big Daddy Kane guest stars as a motorcycle club founder in this episode directed by Benny Boom (“All Eyez On Me”). “East New York” (CBS): TV’s No. 1 new dramatic series continues to win by casting Broadway royalty — LaChanze, Tonya Pinkins, Ron Canada and Paul Calderón tonight. “Unsung” (TV1): Warryn Campbell “Uncensored” (TV1): Keke Wyatt “The BMF Documentary: Blowing Money Fast” (SHO): A half-hour episodic series about the infamous Black Mafia Family, as told by former members, insiders, associates and close celebrity figures.
Oct. 24 – “The Surreal Life” (VH1): The original celebrity social experiment is rebooted with Dennis Rodman, Kim Coles, Tamar Braxton, Frankie Muniz, Stormy Daniels and Jada Pinkett Smith’s “entanglement” August Alsina living under one roof. “Live with Kelly & Ryan” (ABC): John David Washington
Oct. 25 – “Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities” (Netflix): The Academy Award-winning filmmaker of “The Shape of Water” and “Pan’s Labyrinth” curates this collection of sinister stories. “Making Black America: Through The Grapevine” (PBS): The fourth and final episode looks at how Black political and cultural movements, including Black Power and Black Twitter, provide a safe space to debate, organize and celebrate.
Oct. 26 – “The Good Nurse” (Netflix): Jessica Chastain, Eddie Redmayne and Malik Yoba star in this thriller based on a true story. “Sherman’s Showcase” (IFC): Comedic duo Diallo Riddle and Bashir Salahuddin’s Emmy Award-winning “Soul Train” parody returns for a second season with a lineup to include Chance The Rapper, Jay Pharoah, Amanda Seales, Porsha Williams, Jerome Benton, Michael Blackson and Ted Lange.
Oct. 27 – “Family Reunion” (Netflix): A final round for the family sitcom starring Tia Mowry and Loretta Devine. “The Best of All The Smoke with Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson” (SHO): Snoop Dogg
END QUOTE: “There’s nothing to EVER be ashamed of. Shame is the biggest trick your ego can play on you to set limitations on your life experience. You were born to MAKE MANIFEST! Anything you have experienced or gone through has only been to prepare you. Do not believe in the delusion of FEAR, it is a CHOICE.” – KEKE PALMER on Instagram
As featured in the Los Angeles Wave and Independent, Tasty Clips is one of the leading entertainment columns in the nation, serving nearly one million weekly readers. Bill Vaughan may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, via Twitter @tastyclips, or Instagram @tasty_clips.