first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A sudden hard rainstorm did little to dampen the spirits of more than 60,000 fans of Mexican-pop phenomenon RBD on Saturday at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum. The good-natured crowd, consisting mostly of preteen girls, their big sisters and moms, roared with delight as the six-member singing group performed hit after hit on a chilly night under cloudy skies. “Hola, Los Angeles,” were the first words from the performers as they took the neon-rimmed stage to an explosion of fireworks and smoke. Fans held aloft handmade signs and banners, singing along to the songs, which were largely pop ballads and gentle rockers. The incredible success of the group, which has developed under the radar of the English-language music press, is due to a Spanish-language teen-oriented soap opera called “Rebelde” (“Rebel”), which is set in a wealthy private school in Mexico City. The telenovela, which airs locally after school at 3 p.m. on KMEX-TV, deals with teen issues and stars the six members of RBD, who, in the show, perform in a band. “Anahi is my favorite because she’s popular,” said Cindy Lopez, 10, of Bloomington, naming one of the group members as she waited for the concert to begin. Her mom, Laura, added that, “Mommy likes them because they don’t use dirty lyrics.” In the hour leading up to the show’s 7:30 p.m. kickoff, vendors did a brisk business up and down Figueroa Street, selling T-shirts, hats, posters, DVDs, CDs, bracelets, pennants and necklaces emblazoned with the RBD logo. Inside the gates of the stadium, families waited in lines for pizza, nachos and soft drinks. The well-behaved, orderly crowd remained in high spirits despite intermittent rain. Whenever a KMEX helicopter hovered overhead, thousands roared and began doing the wave throughout the venue. The young fans, some of whom wore temporary RBD tattoos on their cheeks, screamed whenever one of their favorites took lead on a song. Of the six, Poncho was the choice of Martha, a 17-year-old from Wilmington. “He’s talented, he’s hot and he has a really nice smile,” she said without giving her last name. A longtime usher at the Coliseum said Saturday’s was the best behaved audience he’s ever seen at the venue for a music event. He said the orderly nature of the event would make things easier for cops since the L.A. Marathon was set to launch the next morning just a few blocks away. The concert, the first of RBD’s current tour of U.S. stadiums, was filmed for future episodes of “Rebelde,” which beats “Oprah” in the ratings in some major cities. When televised in Mexico, the series, which is now two years old, is 18 months ahead of U.S. plot lines. (818) 713-3676 [email protected]last_img read more

first_imgFEATURES: A family fun day has been organised by the family and friends of a brave little 4 year-old boy from West Donegal, to help raise funds for Temple Street Children’s Hospital. Family and friends are inviting young and old to the Banks Mullach Dearg this Sunday the 29th, for a fun day of activities beginning at 2pm. Cian Mulligan, along with his family and friends, are hosting a Family Fun Day to raise funds to thank Temple Street Children’s University Hospital and Jack & Jill Foundation for the care they have shown him.Cian Mulligan is a 4 year old boy from Dungloe, Co. Donegal. He was in receipt of care at his home from Jack and Jill Foundation until his 4th birthday, and currently attends Temple Street Children’s University Hospital in Dublin.His family, and their friends, are extremely grateful to both organisations for the consideration and attention that has been afforded to Cian.The comfort and care they have given him has been second to none and, together, they decided to come up with a way to raise funds for both charities, and thank them on Cian’s behalf for the tireless and valued work they do. This Sunday, May 29th see’s a great day of fun and loads of activities including, It’s a knockout to a Cross Country Challenge and Go-Karting for the boys to a Princess Pamper Parlour for the girls  and lots more on the day, planned for the Banks in support of Team Cian’s upcoming Dublin Women’s Marathon where a team of ten locals will take part raising funds for the outstanding charities of Temple Street Children’s Hospital and the Jack and Jill Foundation.L-R Diane Robinson, Mairead Harkin, Amanda Boyle and Donna Boyle who were part of Team Cian which completed WAAR pictured along with Cian Mulligan last weekend.Cian’s mum, Majella Mulligan, along with a group of her friends and family, came together to form ‘Team Cian’ with a view to raising funds to donate to the charities. Some of the team decided to take part in the VHI Women’s Mini-Marathon in Dublin on June 6th, dedicating their fundraising to both charities. Under the title of ‘Team Cian’ some took part in WAAR in the Lower Rosses in mid May, with 2 members completing the full event, and 2 competing in the duathlon challenge. They also thought they might run a charity 5K in the run-up to the mini-marathon, as an extra community fundraiser. The 5K idea grew legs and extra events were added in. From this, ‘Cian’s Fun Day’ was born.“Temple Street Children’s University Hospital & The Jack & Jill foundation provided excellent care for Cian and this fun day is a good way of raising money for two excellent services while having a great time for young and old” said Cian’s aunty Donna Boyle.The local GAA club, Naomh Muire, were quick to lend their support. They offered to host the event at their grounds and assist with manpower in the lead-up and on the day. Businesses in the area have rallied around to sponsor resources and prizes. The local support has been overwhelming!Team Cian are so very grateful to everybody who has helped them so far; from raising awareness of their fundraising to supporting them in the preparation for Cian’s Fun Day. The money raised on the day will be split between both charities. What goes to Jack and Jill will help families just like Cian’s by giving them the gift of time….time to go shopping, or spend with other children in the family, or simply enjoy a good night’s sleep, time other families might take for granted, but which is precious to the families of these special children. The money that will be donated to Temple Street is going straight to the new Neurological Department in the hospital, which so desperately needs funding to be able to sustain the level of care these children deserve.“We hope to see everyone next Sunday, 29th, at The Banks in Mullaghduff, at what promises to be a fun-filled event for all the family!” – said family friend and event organiser Diane Robinson. Bígí linn!FANTASTIC DAY IN STORE THIS SUNDAY FOR CIAN’S FUN DAY was last modified: May 26th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:bankscians fun dayjack & jillsunday 29thTemple Street Hospitallast_img read more