Reggae Legend Peter Tosh's Murder Was Just the Start of His Family's Troubles

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Do you know the one good thing about music? “When it hits, you feel no pain.” At least that’s what Bob Marley sang with the Wailers back in 1975’s “Trenchtown Rock.” With Bob gone and the 30th anniversary of former-Wailer Peter Tosh’s death this year, does that still ring true? Does suffering begin to intermingle with a melody? Can grief effortlessly seep into lyrics of specific songs? For most people, the answer is probably yes. For one particular family, it’s a resounding no. For the Tosh family, their late father’s music is now serving as a pillar of fortitude, stamina, power, and resistance—resolute strength. ...

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New Musical 'Willy Wonka and the Weed Factory Is Lighting Up in Los Angeles

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Roald Dahl’s litany of literary characters are getting lit in Los Angeles this week with the opening of Willy Wonka and the Weed Factory, a musical satire presented by Welland Productions and sponsored by the California-based concentrates company Spliffin. The original comedy, co-written by Brittany Belland and Weslie Lechner, takes the audience to the year 2025, in which cannabis has just been legalized for use and production across the United States, and deep into the heart of a small town, where reefer madness still reigns supreme—despite pot’s new legal status. Enter Willy Wonka. ...

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