BOTSO: The Passion of Music, The Power of Art

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Sneak-preview, October 27th & 28th


Dear Friends,

Did you know that we have a hidden treasure in the San Luis Obispo/Morro Bay community? An incredible teacher, a mentor to generations of students, whose life story is really quite remarkable.

Wachtang “Botso” Korisheli, his teaching and the powerful forces that shaped his life, are the subjects of the full-length documentary film, BOTSO: The Teacher From Tbilisi. Next weekend, a special sneak-preview of this captivating and inspiring movie can be seen in nearby Ojai, CA in association with the Ojai Film Festival.

Botso has been teaching music for over 50 years. His unique, magical ability to inspire his students, a great number of whom have gone on to musical careers of noteworthy acclaim, is all the more remarkable considering the tragedies that marked his early life and the amazing journey that brought him from Tbilisi, Georgia, then under the oppressive dictatorship of Josef Stalin, to the small fishing village of Morro Bay in 1958.


There are only a limited number of seats available for two screenings in Ojai. If you are interested in attending one or both of the invited screenings on the afternoon of either Saturday, Oct 27th or Sunday Oct. 28th.

CLICK HERE for Saturday October 27th tickets.

CLICK HERE for Sunday October 28th tickets.

For more information and to sign up for our mailing list please visit

Thank you for your interest in this important project.

Tom Walters,

Proceeds from distribution will directly support scholarships for music students at the San Luis Obispo Youth Symphony. The San Luis Obispo Symphony is a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit organization. All contributions are tax deductible and will be acknowledged promptly. All contributors will be acknowledged in the credits in the final cut of the film.

Questions or comments? Please call (805) 788-0280.

San Luis Obispo Symphony – PO Box 658, San Luis Obispo, CA 93406 – Phone: 805 543-3533

Amber Rose shows off signature curves in bodycon LBD at VH1 Hip Hop Honors in New York It is a night honouring some of hip-hops biggest female stars of all-time. And despite not being known for her flow, Amber Rose managed to steal the spotlight from some of the most famous rappers in the world. The 32-year-old model made for a head-turning sight at the 2016 VH1 Hip Hop Honors: All Hail The Queens event, as she was hosting the red carpet festivities in New York City on Monday. Scroll down for video Hostess with the mostess: Amber Rose looked great as she arrived at the 2016 VH1 Hip Hop Honors: All Hail The Queens event,  as she hosted red carpet festivities in New York City on Monday cosplay wigsAmber strutted her stuff down the pink carpet in an LBD as she made her way to the event held in the legendary Hammerstein Ballroom. The ex of rapper Wiz Khalifa flaunted her famous curves in the short bodycon number which featured a low-cut neckline to show off her ample cleaveage. The dress may have had a short hemline but also featured long sleeves as she teamed the frock with matching black leather heels. Curvaceous: The 32-year-old model strutted her stuff down the pink carpet in an LBD as she made her way to the event held in the legendary Hammerstein Ballroom Va va voom: The bodycon number featured a low-cut neckline which showed off her ample cleavage Head-turning: Though the night was about legendary hip-hop performers, Amber certainly received plenty of attention Making a statement: Amber was one of the presenters at the show Big day: She hosted the red carpet show

Teamwork: Amber and Sway Calloway interviewed rapper Eve, who was the host of the event,  as Amber shared videos and photos on Snapchat Excited: She shared another clip of herself meeting honouree Missy Elliott Stunners: She was joined by Dascha Polanco Queens: Amber shared a few photos from backstage interviews with rappers Da Brat (left) and Rah Digga Chatting it up: Orange Is The New Black stars Adrienne Moore and  Taryn Manning were another her other guests Pretty in pink: Amber was also joined by rapper Lil Mama Back in black: One of Amber's interviewees was La La Anthony Wow factor: Amber also shared a snapchat of her posed with Coco Austin Amber also accessorised with large black designer shades and a blinged out gold watch. The mother-of-one also showed off her signature buzzed platinum locks as she let her natural looks with complimentary make-up on her face including a swipe of pink lip. She is going to be very busy at the event as she serving as host of the big night. Happy couple: The blonde model was accompanied by her husband Ice-T On the town: The happy couple were without their seven-month-old daughter Chanel Nicole Busty: The 37-year-old model sported a clingy white number with a cleavage-baring cutout at the chest Gorgeous: Kelly Rowland was also in attendance Sheer daring: She showed off her fantastic figure in a mesh number lace front wigsNatural beauty: Kelly had her raven-coloured locks tied back and had complimentary make-up on her face Stunning: Model Winnie Harlow also attended in a Houndstooth patterned and pink number with strappy thigh-high heels Gorgeous: The 21-year-old Canadian model has the skin condition vitiligo Hamming it up: She did not hesitate to take a selfie with a fan Shimmering star: Ashanti wore a silver glittered bodysuit Stunning: She wore her long brunette tresses down in a middle-part Statuesque: Model Chanel Iman wore a black dropped top with a diamond-shaped cutout at the chest along with white trousers A dream in tangerine: Model Danielle Herrington showed off her chiseled abs in a dark orange two-piece dress Back in black: Tiana Tolstoi was another model at the event as she sported a black crop top with three-quarter length baggy trousers Lovely in lace: Music video director Vashtie Kola looked absolutely fantastic in a see-through number

Pretty as a peach: Actress Dascha Polanco wore a long peach-coloured vest over a see-through bodysuit Strutting her stuff: The Orange Is The New Black star definitely turned heads on the pink carpet Amber was not the only model that graced the pink carpet at the event as Winni Harlow stunned upon her arrival. The 21-year-old Canadian fashion model looked pretty in a white and black Houndstooth-patterned number featuring a baby pink skirt. The stunner - who has the skin condition vitiligo - finished off the look with a dizzying pair of heels with leather straps reaching all the way to her upper-thigh. Stunning: Eve arrived in style as she hosted the event Peace: Queen Latifah is one of the legendary female rappers that will be honoured during the night Feeling good: She wore a flowy black number with a thigh-high split Work it: Missy Elliott is another one of the honourees Lovely in leather: The 45-year-old rapper wore a black leather jacket with pink patterned detailings What a night: She joined Amber on the red carpet before the event Fashionable arrival: Lil Kim was also being honoured as she arrived in a black velvet mini dress with matching suede thigh-high boots and fishnet stockings Queen Bee: She also had an large pearl necklaces around her neck Motherly duties: Kim also carried along her two-year-old daughter Royal Reign perruques cheveuxMommy's little girl: Her two-year-old daughter seemed to enjoy the red carpet treatment Ooh baby baby!: DJ Spinderella,  Cheryl 'Salt' James and Sandra 'Pepa' Denton of Salt-N-Pepa all arrived in black as they are also honourees Legends: The girls all wore sheer and see-through looks for a sexy arrival Mauve over: Nelly Furtado wore a flowy burgundy off-one-shoulder number Shining star: The 37-year-old Canadian singer looked picture perfect Selfie time: She stopped for a photo with one of her biggest fans Legend: Rapper and producer Timbaland looked casual cool at the event Dynamic duo: He posed with Nelly who he has collaborated with on music before LBD: La La Anthony sported a black mini dress with matching leather heels Colourful character: Nineties rapper Da Brat arrived in a navy, seafoam green and pink track suit with shiny silver trainers Royalty: Singer Keisha sported a gold tiara with matching heels and a white sheer mini dress Ravishing in red: Rapper Remy Ma wore all red including leather mini skirt and matching trainers

Wonder in white: Co-Founder of Black Lives Matter Alicia Garza was also in attendance Beautiful in blue: Alicia Quarles looked stunning in a shiny blue number Hip Hop Honors is an annual event that airs on VH1 which recognises the pioneers of hip-hop and even features performances by contemporary artists honouring them. This year will commemorate the contributions of female artists only including Queen Latifah, Missy Elliot, Salt-N-Pepa and Lil Kim. Casual cool:Rapper Dej Loaf rocked a Black Panthers-inspired look 'Stop killing us': She had a social message embroidered on the back of her olive green bomber jacket Hot mama! Rapper Lil Mama sported an LBD and heeld black leather boots Mixing it up: Actress Emma Myles sported a black, white and blue number Tremendous talents: Singers Leanne 'Lelee' Lyons, Cheryl 'Coko' Gamble, and Tamara 'Taj' George from girl group Sisters With Voices (SWV) were in attendance Relaxed: Lea DeLaria revealed a 'RUN BRB' shirt which was reference to the iconic logo of legendary rap group Run-DMC Hanging out: Rapper Busta Rhymes, actress Afton Williamson, and singer/actor Tristan 'Mack' Wilds all posed together Big night: Rapper Sweet Tee posed in front of a large H set out on the red carpet perruques cheveux naturelsMulti-talented: Eve hosted the VH1 special Stunning: She wore a very low-cut look Still has skills: Eve couldn't help but perform a rap Lucky lady: Eve was surrounded by several hunky men All eyes on them! Honorees DJ Spinderella, Cheryl 'Salt' James, Sandra 'Pepa' Denton, Queen Latifah, and Missy Elliott - pictured from left to right - all sat up in the balcony as they were honoured with performances Dynamic duo: Kelly Rowland joined singer Keisha Gorgeous: Kelly had a busy night as she presented at the gala The Queen! QUeen Latifah even performed at the event Signature style: She rocked a black double breasted jacket with gold buttons He's here: Diddy made a surprise appearance Back together: Lil Kim looked happy to have the Bad Boy mogul up there with her Hugged up: Diddy wrapped his arms around the legendary female rapper Greatful: Kim really seemed to take in the moment How sweet: Diddy planted a sweet smooch on Kim Ravishing in red: Teyana Taylor had a tribute performance for Kim New look: Lil Mama also paid tribute to the trailblazing rapper On the prowl: Lil Kim also performed as she rocked a revealing leather look Stunning: Keke Palmer paid tribute to Salt-N-Pepa Flattered: The trio seemed to enjoy the performance Making it rain: Nelly Furtado paid tribute to Missy Elliott Veteran: Fat Joe did his new song All The Way Up Beauties: La La and Chanel presented together Taking the plunge: Faith Evans was an eye-popping sight Ladies love: LL Cool J presented at the show Out of prison: Orange Is The New Black stars  Dascha Polanco, Taryn Manning, and Adrienne C. Moore - pictured from left to right - also presented Queens: Missy Elliott, Salt-n-Pepa, , Queen Latifah and Lil Kim - pictured from left to right - all held up their new trophies at the end of the night 2016 VH1 Hip Hop Honors: All Hail The Queens Honourees Queen Latifah Missy Elliot Salt-N-Pepa Lil Kim

Chris Rock's 33-year-old girlfriend Megalyn Echikunwoke flashed a diamond ring on her wedding finger on Saturday evening while at the Apollo in the Hamptons 2016 party in New York City. The timing is interesting as the next day the comedian finalized his divorce from wife of 20 years, Malaak Compton-Rock. The ring - a yellow gold double band with a small diamond - could be an engagement ring. As PageSix revealed on Thursday, a friend shared a clear image of the ring and added it was time to celebrate 'new beginnings,' strongly suggesting the standup could be on his way to another marriage. Bling it on! Chris Rock's girlfriend Megalyn Echikunwoke flashed diamond ring on wedding finger on Sunday the night before his divorce was finalized from wife of 10 years Malaak 'Last night we celebrated new beginnings . . . #lovewins,' the unidentified friend wrote in the caption. The site pointed out Echikunwoke seemed to take a dig at Malaak when she replied 'Bye, Felicia,' which is a catchphrase that pretty much translates to 'don't let the door hit you on the way out,' only not as polite. A friend added crying-laughter emojis. They look good together: The standup and Echikunwoke at the Governor's Ball at the 88th Academy Awards back in February; she does not appear to have the ring on here The post was then taken down.remy hair extensions The beauty glowed as she held onto Rock, who was also in great spirits. She had on a lovely floral-print dress with spaghetti straps and her hair was worn down over her bare shoulders. A source told PageSix, 'she always wears that ring,' which appears to be true as she has had it on several times in the past six months. They have been dating for one year and she lives at his New Jersey home. The last one: Rock and Malaak back in 2014; they have two daughters together and have raised an adopted daughter as well His rep then said Chris was '100 percent' not engaged. On Monday Chris and Malaak both appeared in a New Jersey courtroom to finalise the split, reported TMZ. The 51-year-old comic actor and his wife - who have been separated since 2014 -have two daughters Lola Simone, 14 and  Zahra Savanna, 12. Chris and Malaak Compton-Rock also appear to have been raising eight-year-old Ntombi, who first came to live with them from South Africa when she was six months old, according to the website, although details are unclear. In divorce papers, Malaak listed Ntombi-futhi Samantha as a dependent along with the Rocks’ two biological daughters. The kids: Chris with Malaak and children Lola, Zahra Savanna and Ntombi at the Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted premiere in NYC in 2012 She stated that in addition to their two children, there is a child 'who has resided with the parties since before her first birthday.' But rather mysteriously, a spokesman for Chris told TMZ he does not have an adopted child. TMZ previously reported that back in 2008, the family took in Ntombi who remained in their house and was subsequently enrolled in a local school. She mingles with the big guns: Chris and Megalyn with Harvey Weinstein at the Apollo party The site added that the girl's parents were thought to be unemployed and from South Africa, although it is not known why she was living with the Rock family. They add that when Chris and Malaak began divorce proceedings, Chris maintained contact with his two biological daughters. However their divorce case is sealed so it is not known what settlement was reached. Meanwhile, Chris began dating actress Megalyn earlier this year. Megalyn, who has had recurring roles in 24, ER, CSI Miami, The 4400, 90210 and Damien, was most recently featured as the animal-powered Vixen in the TV series Arrow.

Madonna surprised fans with an unexpected appearance at a 25th anniversary screening of her documentary Truth Or Dare on Wednesday. The superstar showed up at the event held at the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan to the delight of the 400 or so in the audience. The 58-year-old pop culture icon shared a couple of photos on her Instagram showing her standing between two on-screen images of herself from her Blond Ambition tour of 1990. 'Surreal moment!' she wrote alongside the picture. Scroll down for video 'Surreal moment!' Madonna surprised fans at a 25th anniversary screening of documentary Truth Or Dare and posed next to images of herself from the 1990 Blond Ambition Tour Madonna: Truth Or Dare was first released in May 1991 and followed the Material Girl on tour and showed her behind-the-scenes with then-boyfriend Warren Beatty, praying with her backup dancers and facing arrest for public indecency at her concert in Toronto, Canada. 'So many freedoms we take for granted that we did not have then. Thank you Alek Keshishian. We changed history with this film.!' Madonna wrote. Keshishian directed the film that was shot in black and white.pre bonded hair Who's that girl? The pop icon, who just turned 58, delighted the 400 or so fans gathered to watch the film at the museum Of Modern Art in Manhattan on Wednesday Demure: Madonna wore an off-he-shoulder red dress with white floral detailing and cinched at the waist with a black band for her surprise appearance Sharing 'a kiki': She was accompanied by her daughter Lourdes 'Lola' Leon, 19 In a second photo shared via her Instagram, she's seen sharing 'a kiki' with daughter Lourdes Leon or Lola as she calls her. Madonna wore a red off-the-shoulder dress with a flounce neckline and black spaghetti straps. The frock features white floral detailing, half-sleeves and was cinched under the bust with a black band. She added a matching black and white floral patterned purse and wore her signature blonde hair styled in loose waves to her shoulders. Madonna had just returned from a birthday trip to Cuba with Lola, 19, and adopted children, 10-year-olds David and Mercy. Truth Or Dare AKA In Bed With Madonna showed behind-the-scenes footage of the singer including candid moments with then-boyfriend Warren Beatty and prayer circles with her dancers Getaway: Madonna recently celebrated her 58th birthday with a trip to Cuba accompanied by daughter Lola, 19, and her adopted children David and Mercy, both 10