Thursday, August 21, 2014

CLUB COSPLAY, THE SEQUEL



TMNT, BATMOBILE, DWEEBCAST, DARK HELMET TURN OUT

Temecula, CA – Today more than any past time, the desire to be a hero, even a pretend hero, is greater than
at any other in our human cycle. Thankfully modern technology has made all our dreams come true while the real heroes partner unseen with forces such as Divine Intervention between the scenes. On Saturday, August 16 at M15, this reporter became a scribe to the second issue of Club Cosplay in Corona. This time the growing Cosplay scene for nerds like them featured a Transformer and an ‘origin shop’.

Following the highly successful first launch of Club Cosplay at M15 by Ivan Promotions earlier in the summer, this event was sandwiched between two geek events Friday and two events on Sunday, including SongHammer playing to three million gamer fans worldwide via internet, take that Rolling Stones in Rio [2 million record/beach]*.

This night also saw some old friends Paul Bahou with GF Melissa [Inverse band, The Infamous They] cosplaying Indiana Jones and Marion Ravenwood [ROTLA] and Jamaal Harley [Illnoise, Harley Gold] get his glitter eyeliner from a professional make-up artist in the green room. Over 60% of the crowd was brand new as this dress-up in costume club phenomena spreads. Walt Disney, now the owner of Marvel, is taking the entire Universe ‘on ice’ next year rather than the usual brunch of critters.

Let’s face it. With the state of the world and this country, who doesn’t yearn for a super hero to save us from ourselves?

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

AMERICAN RACISM



HOME OF THE SLAVE, LAND OF THE FLEE

Temecula, CA – Genesis 3 tells us about two seeds – the woman’s seed and the serpent’s seed. In America, you have black people and white people, but you also have people who are white and people who are black. There is a difference between the group designations.

Author with first son by pool, circa 1968
In 1963 this author graduated high school in Louisville, Kentucky, a town just south of the Mason-Dixon Line. That summer seeking a job before I went away to college, I answered a newspaper ad for office manager, in training. The preliminary job interview over the phone went very well and the company owner was thrilled to talk to such an energetic and intelligent young man. I could hear him tell others in the office of the news about the potential new hire for the summer. You could also tell by the voices in the background that the office was all white.

Hanging up the phone excitedly, the interview was set for 4 o’clock that same day. 

Parking my mother’s car, I walked down the street to the office of my possible summer job. Knowing the office was all white, I was looking forward to the job as a way to experience the real world since the storied high school I attended seemed more a southern Walt Disney movie scenario with me a tanned Richie Cunningham/Fonzie mix. I felt prepared to be a good representation of my school and my race.

I straightened my tie and walked to the front door of my potential summer job.

Friday, August 15, 2014

WHAT REALLY HAPPENED IN FERGUSON - Update



EYEWITNESS WHO SAW FIRE FROM COP’S GUN

Temecula, CA – Though a 28 year old man has been gunned down in LA a few days ago, it is the 18 year
old teenager gunned down in cold blood in Ferguson, Mo, just outside of St. Louis that has the nation’s attention. As a service to our readers who have/are young readers and those who are black especially, here is the witness report from the exclusive interview granted to MSNBC journalist Trymaine Lee.

“The last moments of Michael Brown’s life were filled with shock, fear and terror, says a witness who stood just feet away as a police officer shot and killed the unarmed teen.

“I saw the barrel of the gun pointed at my friend,” said Dorian Johnson, 22. “Then I saw the fire come out of the barrel.”

Johnson, in an exclusive interview with msnbc, said what began as an order by a police officer to ‘get the f— onto the sidewalk’ quickly escalated into a physical altercation and then, gunfire.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

DROP TWO BOMBS, CALL ME IN THE MORNING



WW3 PLAYERS IN PLACE FOR WAR BETWEEN EVILS

Temecula, CA – What’s next in the pre-trib is the boooom now that all the players are in place. China has annexed the South China Sea to which both Vietnam and The Philippines have voiced objections to. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi met his counterparts from some southeast Asian countries, including Vietnam, on the sidelines of the summit in Myanmar.

Wang told Vietnamese Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh that the China would take "all necessary means to safeguard national sovereignty and maritime rights and interests" and urged Vietnam to properly deal with the aftermath of the anti-Chinese riots which happened in Vietnam. That’s the equivalent of STFU and take it.

For America it was business as usual. Congress broke for their summer vacation, a new VA appointee promised to put in new fixes for the sorry case delays there, and Obama ordered a couple of sorties [drone?] flown to pimp slap ISIS, the group beginning to frighten Muslims over 30 who live in the area. ISIS draws an international brotherhood of radicals, and they’re not Arab. 

I’M A HERO



CLUB COSPLAY 2.0

Temecula, CA – “I play a little bit of guitar. My education hasn’t gotten me far. I’m a gamer I don’t
know who you are. I’m a hero.”

Those words from track 7 off of World Of SongHammer match up with the character sentiments expressed by LeeAnna Vamp’s geek in Strike Twelve’s No Rain cover vid. Now in just 2 days, the world according to costume play will again assemble for the extravaganza birthed by Ivan Promotions at Corona’s M15 for Club Cosplay 2.0, the second edition of a growing phenomena highlighting shutting out actual reality for that found in fantasy and friendship. With GMO apples and probably salmon appearing unannounced in the marketplace, the world has become a scary place for those inside and outside of Gaza.

With evil fighting evil, it is much more blissful to be in a world where good guys wear white and the bad guys wear black, and if that black is just a little showboat-ty, done with tongue in cheek, so much the better for those who have alter egos rather than those who are mega maniacs. Stop the world – I want to get in costume.

Monday, August 11, 2014

GET ON UP MAKES SOME WOMEN GET ON DOWN



LOOKING BEYOND CRITIQUES ON JAMES BROWN BIOPIC

Temecula, CA – Awaiting word* if someone I met up in LA during Occupy had a fingerprint on the mix reviewed James Brown biopic Get On Up, I felt the need to address an issue recently featured in the LA Progressive toward the film. That issue is brutality toward women and how abuse is pushed under the rug while the lifestyle around that abuse is glorified in film. I have not seen this film; as such all opinions are of the writer, Sikivu Hutchinson.

“Charismatic black men slapping black women around are funny. This was the takeaway conveyed by some audience members at a screening I attended of the new James Brown biopic Get On Up at a predominantly black theater in Los Angeles. Largely sidestepping the chronic abuse Brown inflicted on multiple spouses (Brown served jail time for domestic violence), the film all but deifies him as an uncompromising god-fearing, rugged individualist and red-blooded race man who inspired all black people to “get on up”. Yet during the film a group of male viewers howled to the rafters at a gut-wrenching scene in which actor Chadwick Boseman’s Brown sends wife Deirdre Jenkins—played by the luminous Jill Scott—crashing into a table. Later in the film we see Jenkins cowering after being verbally abused by Brown in an exchange which disturbingly segues into her initiating sexual foreplay.

The film’s uncritical juxtaposition of black male hero worship with intimate partner violence brought to mind the recent gyrations of ESPN commentator Stephen A. Smith and other prominent black male media figures who’ve mouthed off about black women’s alleged complicity in their own abuse. Last week, Smith elicited controversy when he criticized NFL player Ray Rice’s abuse of his spouse then proceeded to admonish women about “provoking” abuse. Smith received a one-week suspension for his comments but the message was unequivocal—women need to self-police to make sure they’re not inciting violence with their out of control mouths and “bitchy” emasculating attitudes.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

BUILDING THE BUZZ FOR DJ CAMOUFLAGE



MEET CAMERON W. BENBOE

Temecula, CA – When you’re a community news blog that addresses the needs of those in distress, it is nice to get a call to help someone in pleasant circumstances achieve that next level. This request came from a friend that I’ve known since Heck was a pup. 

For those in college or with those memories of the past, was there ever a time that you didn’t need some assistance, even to rock the party? At a time when you are most striving to be an adult or hanging on to that last thread of family before embarking into the [so-called] real world, it’s still nice to get some outside help. After the hatchet job on Murrieta lately, the Temecula Calendar is happy to put forth some good PR to those outside the valley. 


This being a music scene outlet also, meet and greet Cameron W. Benboe, grandson of classmate Ann Elizabeth Long, someone I’ve known since before I could count to twenty-one. Cameron is in a contest and needs your vote as he enters his junior year at Hampton University, a top ranked, upwardly mobile college not unlike Howard but a lot less crowded or known about. However, college is college so every contest carries a prize that helps toward reaching the end goal of graduation.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

WORLD OF SONGHAMMER – A REVIEW



SOUNDTRACK TO CLUB COSPLAY

Temecula, CA – No hero ever gallops into battle without an appropriate theme song, be it at the movies, on the television, or inside your imagination. The same is true if you are partaking in role play adventures with video games. So it should stand to reason that fans dressed as their favorite heroes in costumed play or Cosplay should also have a soundtrack to trumpet up their hero light to. Music sets the mood, as voiced by the director of GofG who stated it set the action filmed in the summer blockbuster.

When Club Cosplay debuted in June at M15, Corona, it was an extravaganza of costumes, collectibles, and music, featuring not just DJs spinning trance with bass augmentation along with other EDM for fans to dance to, but also a live music set to watch. Unlike most bands I watch who are dressed in jeans and tee shirts kicking musical ass, like my friend to the right, the band which took the stage at Club Cosplay could have easily been part of the crowd, dressed as Conan Age warriors. 

Funny thing is, I had seen these guys years before at The Vault in the band Conspiracy of Thought. The rising phoenix back cover shot from Nothing More Than Light, CoT’s 2009 CD release, proved to be prophetic for the group as Ben Stewart (vox, guitar) along with newcomer Dustin Miller play ShredHammer and CroonHammer characters aka Songhammer.

Monday, August 4, 2014

NETANYAHU ASSASSINATION FORETOLD SEZ LEWIS LANE



NEXT BLOOD MOON NAMED ‘THE HUNTER’S MOON’ TO BRING DISMAY – SCOOP

Temecula, CA – As part of the valley’s news group, our purpose is to keep our readers informed on topics of the day. But as we all do that, it became a TemCal purpose to show trends and give a medley for the music being played to the general audience, as via this story. Next, being based on professed Christian values, the Calendar brought in stories concerning eschatology like this one. Now today we come full cycle by presenting not just what’s coming, but when and how we know. We present Prof. Lane, Lewis Lane.

“We are in the blood moon tetrad cycle. Blood moons are signs for or concerning the Jewish Nation, in their land and in the general population, meaning around the world. What is coming will affect every Jew everywhere by virtue of the fulfillment of a Bible Code prediction. However, it isn’t what the Hunter Moon predicts that will affect the world in total, but the event this prediction leads to.”


I had found Prof. Lane quite by accident through a chance meeting of an old friend in Old Town. Talking and tasting wine, the topic of the day, I mean night, was Netanyahu basically telling the United States stay out of Israel’s business, these are my people to destroy as I see fit. Not that we don’t have other nations’ leaders doing the same thing to people in their mitts. Somehow however, these other leaders don’t have Israel’s arrogance, or as Jesus would say ‘stiff-necked’ postures. To be fair, the situation in the Middle East isn’t cultural, religious, or magical, so a solution isn’t within man’s reach, only History’s.

Friday, August 1, 2014

THOU SHALT KICK ASS



THE GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY REVIEW [No Spoilers]

Temecula, CA – The red phone has been augmented by my presence on Face Book and that’s where this story starts, with an invite from Thou Shalt Game*, an emporium of comics, board games, figs [miniature action figures], tournaments, etc. through a Cosplay vendor I met at Club Cosplay

Opening at 7PM, 2 hours earlier than the advance showing at the Mall’s Edwards Cinemas and $2 cheaper also, Jesse of TSG explained to me that this Digiplex premiere promotion was part of a new effort to attract a larger market share by teaming up with the local popular hangout of geek culture. Surprisingly, though many in the audience were self-admitted ‘geeks’, not everyone identifies, as one young woman remarked behind me, “I didn’t know this was a geek thing, I thought it was an action movie.”


Happily, this is a film for both markets; geeks and non-geeks. For the geeks, they get to see the successful big screen launch of characters from Marvel’s Universe who, like in the plot, were misfits and known only to geeks. For the rest of us, this movie kicks ass in that comic book fashion we have come to love from the likes of Iron Man, The Avengers, and Thor. However, beyond the rock ‘em-sock ‘em cinematics, this movie has heart and depth. You even get the Stan Lee cameo.

Here’s my report.