Craig Shoemaker: The Lovemaster’s Valentines Show 2/14

Named Comedian of the Year by the American Comedy Awards on ABC, Craig Shoemaker’s half-hour Comedy Central special has been voted by viewers as one of the network’s “Top 20” stand-up specials of all time.            

Craig’s feature film credits include the box office hit “Scream 2,” co-starring opposite Patrick Stewart in “Safe House” and his featured role opposite Daryl Hannah as her love interest in 2007’s “Dark Honeymoon.” Last year, Craig won Best Supporting Actor at the Elevate Film Festival. His own film “The Lovemaster” (with Farrah Fawcett), won “Best Film” honors at the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival.

Craig began his career in his hometown of Philadelphia, where he honed his comedy and characters winning the “Best of Philly” Award while working as a bartender and attending Temple University. As a voiceover artist, Craig’s dead-on impression of Don Knotts was featured in the film “Pleasantville” (which he also played the narrator) and has voiced many hit animated series including “Teamo Supremo,” “Monsters,” and“I M Weasel.” Craig’s small screen credits include his one-hour special on Comedy Central titled, “The Lovemaster... Unzipped,” co-hosting duties on HBO’s“Comic Relief 2006,” roles on numerous prime time series and he was actually Joy Behar’s first guest in her Comedy Corner on ABC’s “The View.”

As a scribe, Craig most recently wrote, produced and starred in “Totally Baked,” a movie which was conceived from his own son asking if his dad had ever smoked marijuana. The film was distributed world-wide by Universal and can be found in all major retail outlets, including WalMart.“Totally Baked” was asked to be a featured film in the Austin Film Festival, was nominated for the 2008 High Times “Stony Award.” It was recently re-released as a“Doobie Feature” packaged with a stand up DVD Shoemaker produced called, “420 Comedy Hour.” Craig’s writing credits also include ABC’s “Just The Ten of Us,” and “Real Funny.” He also wrote and starred in the critically acclaimed one-man show, “Who’s Your Daddy?” at the Coronet Theater.

Inspired by his children, Craig has also published two hit children’s books, now in their third printing, entitled “What You Have Now…What Your Daddy Had Then” and “What You Have Now… What Your Mommy Had Then.”

Additionally, Craig has had his own nationally syndicated radio show, which after only ten months on the air, won the prestigious Communicator Award “Crystal” prize. Two of Craig’s stand-up comedy routines made it to the Top 10 list on XM Radio, with“Playing Army” ranking #1. His “Lovemaster” routine was voted Most Popular Comedy on XM Radio’s Big Schtick Awards.

Inspired by laughter, Craig has created a new forum “Laughter Heals” where he combines his two decades of stand up into an uplifting seminar and humanistic forum to help those battling and suffering from cancer and other life threatening diseases use the gift of laughter for self -healing universal wellness.

Craig Shoemaker: The Lovemaster’s Valentines Show Special  takes place at The Wilbur Theatre on February 14 at 8pm. Tickets: $25.

Quinicy Jones Honored at Berklee 2/24

Producer, arranger, conductor, film composer, and trumpeter Quincy Jones has been at the forefront of modern American music since his years at Berklee in the 1950s. He arranged for Dizzy Gillespie, Frank Sinatra, and Ella Fitzgerald; produced Michael Jackson, Miles Davis, and Ray Charles; was an Academy Award nominee seven times for original music; and has received 27 Grammy Awards and 79 Grammy nominations.

In honor of Jones’ 80th birthday in March, his alma mater will celebrate this musical visionary with a 30-piece orchestra of faculty and students performing new arrangements of selections from his enduring musical legacy. Special guests and frequent Jones collaborators Siedah Garrett and Patti Austin will also perform.

Under the direction of Rob Rose and Ken Zambello, the concert will highlight music from Jones’ entire career, featuring songs he wrote or produced for Michael Jackson, Tamia, and James Ingram, and for movies like The Wiz, The Color Purple, and In the Heat of the Night. Selections from his Grammy Award-winning albums The Dude and Back on the Block will also be featured.

Grammy Award-winning and Academy Award-nominated singer-songwriter Garrett has co-written a number of hit songs with Jones. Five songs credit Garrett as a co-writer on Back on the Block, and the track “The Places You Find Love” highlights her lead vocals. She and Jones wrote the theme song for the opening ceremony of the 2007 Special Olympics, and the opener of the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai. Garrett co-wrote the #1 single “Man in the Mirror” and sang the duet “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You” on Michael Jackson’s Bad, which Jones produced.

Austin, a Grammy Award-winning vocal stylist, is Jones’ goddaughter. Jones produced many of her biggest hit songs, including “How Do You Keep the Music Playing" and “Baby Come to Me,” both duets with James Ingram. She sang with Michael Jackson on “It's the Falling in Love" from his Off The Wall album, produced by Jones. She performed on The Dude, and scored two Top 10 Jazz albums, Every Home Should Have One and The Real Me, while signed to his Quest label.

The Great American Songbook: The Music of Quincy Jones is part of Berklee's Signature Music Series. The concert takes place Sunday, February 24, 7:30 p.m., at the Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston. The venue is wheelchair accessible. Tickets for reserved seating are on sale now at $8 and $16 in advance, $12 and $20 day of show. Buy tickets at www.berklee.edu/bpc. For more information, call the Berklee Performance Center Box Office at 617-747-2261.