Saturday, January 25, 2020

Tommy Chong Writing Cheech and Chong Horror Film

Before I start writing, take this with a grain of salt.  Tommy Chong is always supposedly writing a new Cheech and Chong film.

Tommy has been making the rounds promoting his new film Color Out of Space.

Tommy Chong tells Movie Web that he's been trying to write a Cheech and Chong horror film.

"Every comedy team before they broke up, they always had a horror movie. Abbott and Costello Halloween. Abbott and Costello meet the monster. Bing Crosby and Bob Hope, they had one. Everybody has a horror movie. So I always wanted to do a horror movie. In fact, we did a reunion tour movie and I wanted to make that a horror movie but I didn't have the clout that I once had with Cheech, so I couldn't talk him into it. It's a nice genre to play with, you can have a lot of fun with it. Like Get Out, I like that approach to it."

Chong doubts it will ever get made.
 

Tommy Chong's Not an Actor

Tommy Chong has been promoting his new film, The Color Out of Space.  The Richard Stanley film which stars Nicholas Cage has been getting great reviews.

Tommy Chong portrays a hippie named Ezra.

When he sat down with Forbes, he told them he lives in a small house in the Pacific Palisades, surrounded by $30 and $40 mill homes.

"I’m not an actor. I’m Tommy Chong. And if you’ve got a part that’ll work, I’m there. Cheech [Marin] is more of an actor, he went on to do Nash Bridges and Tin Cup. Me, I’m more like Leo in That ‘70s Show. And I love that. You know, people don’t have to wonder what I want in my dressing room. They know what gifts to buy me, and how to make my day. I love being me, there’s no work involved.



Tommy Chong says Cheech and Chong Should be Hollywood Walk of Fame and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

During this media blitz promoting his new film, Color Out of Space.  The Richard Stanley film which stars Nicholas Cage has been getting great reviews.  Tommy Chong portrays a hippie named Ezra.

Tommy Chong told the New York Post...
“I think they should be giving Cheech & Chong a special award on the Hollywood Walk of Fame,” he says. “We should be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It’s time for us to get some achievement awards for helping to legalize the medicine.”

We at this site agree.  Their albums were rock comedies.  Their films were rock comedies.

Tommy Chong Says Nicholas Cage is One of the Finest Actors in America

Tommy Chong sat down with the New York Post during this media blitz promoting the film Color Out of Space.

Chong, 81, plays a small but memorable role in Richard Stanley’s gonzo new movie, based on an H.P. Lovecraft story, as a hippie who lives in the woods abutting an alpaca farm. When a meteorite crashes on the property, saturating everything around it with a neon glow, Chong’s character is sucked into its mind-altering effects, along with the family on the farm, headed by Nicolas Cage’s character Nathan.

Chong has known Cage ever since [1983’s] ‘Valley Girl,’ ” says Chong. “He was a big Cheech & Chong fan. We got along really well, and I’ve just followed his career ever since. He’s one of the finest actors in America — he’s the real deal!”

Monday, January 20, 2020

2 GIRLS 1 CHONG!!! Smoking Game!

This weeks episode of 2 Girls features Tommy Chong.

Cheech Marin will be Honorary Chair for LEAD Summit

Comedian Cheech Marin will be the honorary chair/padrino de honor for the 2020 Latino Education and Advocacy Days LEAD Summit XI, which is set for March 26 at Cal State San Bernardino.

Each year the summit, which is open to the public and free to attend, brings together teaching professionals and educators, researchers, academics, scholars, administrators, independent writers and artists, policy and program specialists, students, parents, civic leaders, activists and advocates -- all sharing a common interest and commitment to education issues that impact Latinos to help them define the future.

The theme for the 11th annual summit is “Movimiento y Compromiso: 50 Years of Challenges, Possibilities, and the Quest for Educational Equity.”

The summit programs will revisit and commemorate social movements from the last 50 years, including the birth of Chicano-ethnic studies, the school walkouts/blowouts, bilingual education and the Chicano Moratorium.

Marin is probably best known as half of the comedic “irreverent, satirical, counter-culture no-holds-barred duo of Cheech and Chong,” as his website states. But he also is an actor, director, writer, musician, art collector and humanitarian.

Born in South Central Los Angeles, Marin met Tommy Chong in Vancouver, British Columbia. Once they moved back to Los Angeles, the duo rocketed into fame, with six of their albums going gold and four of them nominated for Grammys, with the album “Los Conchinos” awarded the 1973 Grammy for Best Comedy Recording. They also appeared in eight feature films.

Marin appeared his own work, written and directed by him, “Born in East L.A.” in 1987. He also appeared on TV, including the crime drama “Nash Bridges” with Don Johnson from 1996-2001, as well as the voice of several animated film characters, including Ramone in “Cars” and Banzai in “The Lion King.”

Off screen, Marin is known as a strong advocate for Chicano art, and began developing his collection in the mid-1980s, according to his website bio.

“Much of it formed the core of his inaugural exhibition Chicano Visions: American Painters on the Verge, which broke attendance records during its groundbreaking 15‐city tour during 2001‐2007 to major art museums across the United States,” the website says. “He states, ‘Chicano art is American art. My goal is to bring the term “Chicano” to the forefront of the art world.’”

Portions of his collection have toured more than 50 major art museums in the United States and Europe.

In the Inland Empire, Marin has entered into “a partnership with the city of Riverside and the Riverside Art Museum to create the Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art, Culture and Industry (aka ‘The Cheech’),” Marin’s website says. “Slated to open in 2021, The Cheech will become the permanent home for his more than 700 works of Chicano art, including paintings, sculptures, and photography; collectively, the most renowned Chicano art collection in the United States.”

“Our audience/membership will be a perfect fit with all the efforts with the Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art, Culture and Industry of the Riverside Art Museum, and this opportunity would serve to share the tremendous economic impact the Cheech Marin Center will have on the Inland Empire and how the museum in our region will elevate us in the art world,” said Enrique Murillo Jr., LEAD executive director and CSUSB professor of education. “Cheech Marin will share how the renovation project is progressing, what types of programs we can expect to see at the ‘Cheech’ and how we can be part of the incredible effort.”

Registration for LEAD XI, which is free, may be done online at the LEAD Summit XI website at leadsummit.csusb.edu. LEAD Summit XI will take place from 8 a.m. to about 4 p.m. at the university’s Santos Manuel Student Union.

Monday, November 25, 2019

Free Cheech and Chong CD

Hempy Holi-doobies!

From now until Saturday, December 21st, 12PM New York, there's no domestic shipping on anything, plus you get a FREE CHEECH AND CHONG CD (our choice) with every order of $25 or more.

Tommy Chong Selling One of his Homes

Tommy Chong has often said his wife, Shelby, is a real estate mogul.  He said she's made a killing flipping homes in Canada.  Hitting the real estate market this week is their home in West Vancouver, British Columbia.

Description from Zillow:
Live close to nature and connect with your soul at this amazing space. Nestled in one of the most private streets of West Vancouver, this home shares its harmony with the perennial gardens and a tranquil path that leads to the ocean. Full of windows and natural light. Current owner Tommy Chong, of the famous Cheech & Chong duo, knows it is a magical place and ready for the next family to create a lifetime of memories. With the wood-burning fireplace as the centrepiece of the open concept living room, it is ideal for entertaining. Stairs wind to a large master bedroom with an alcove perfect for a sitting room with views of the water. Feel right at home in a welcoming kitchen and family area overlooking the gardens. Don't miss this one of a kind opportunity in West Vancouver.

As you can tell from the photos, it looks staged.  In other words, the real estate company rented some furniture.

C$6,999,000
4 bd 5 ba 4,022 sqft
4488 Ross Cres, West Vancouver, BC V7W 1B2

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Cheech and Chong Announce Rescheduled South Dakota Show

Earlier this month, Cheech and Chong announced they needed to cancel the rest of their tour because Cheech has bad knees.  Their South Dakota show has been moved from November 22 of this year to November 20th, 2020.  Yes, a full year.

Friday, November 15, 2019

Cheech Marin Joining Don Johnson for Nash Bridges Revival

Cheech Marin will be joining Don Johnson for USA Network's Nash Bridges revival.  The show is currently being written.

The original Nash Bridges series ran on CBS from 1996 to 2001.

Why they're bringing this back is beyond me.  They show was mediocre at best.  Cheech is so old he had to cancel the remaining Cheech and Chong tour dates because of bad knees.  It's standup.  He could have just sat on a stool.

Thursday, November 07, 2019

Cheech and Chong Cancel Sold-out Tucson Show

Cheech and Chong canceled tonight and tomorrow's sold out shows because Cheech injured his knee.  It's unknown if they will be canceling the remaining dates on their tour.

Tucson, Arizona = Canceled
Chandler, Arizona = Canceled

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Bruce Springsteen Recalls Opening for Cheech and Chong

On Jimmy Kimmel Live last night, Bruce Springsteen recalled the time he opened for Cheech and Chong.  It was at a college in Pennsylvania.  He was relatively unknown.  After five songs, someone tapped him on his shoulder and says that's enough.


Saturday, October 19, 2019

Cheech and Chong Honor Lou Adler

In April, we announced that Cheech and Chong would present Lou Adler with a Grammy Salute to Music Legends.  It aired last night.  Richard and Tommy's relationship with Lou has been on and off again.  Mostly due to money and album ownership.  However, they can make more money being cordial with Lou, the music mogul.

The Recording Academy will produce "Grammy Salute To Music Legends" in partnership with Thirteen as part of the "Great Performances" series on PBS, set to air later this year. Previously held during Grammy Week, this is the fourth year The Recording Academy has celebrated the Special Merit Awards with a stand-alone TV event and musical tribute. In addition to the tribute concert, special celebrity guests will present recipients their award statues and guests will enjoy never-before-seen video packages celebrating each of the honorees' contributions to the music industry and our cultural heritage.


Thursday, October 10, 2019

REVIEW: Cheech & Chong, Nothing New Here

Canada's Daily Courier newspaper caught the Cheech and Chong tour when it hit South Okanagan Events Centre.

"Fans of Cheech & Chong back in their day would have found Wednesday's concert at the South Okanagan Events Centre to be a pleasant nostalgia trip.

For just about everyone else, it was an agonizing 75 minutes."

The reviewer is correct.  They never change their performance.  It's not even worth seeing anymore.

Monday, October 07, 2019

Rest in Peace Rip Taylor

Legendary actor and comedian, Rip Taylor, died yesterday at age 84.  Cheech and Chong fans may remember him from their film Things are Tough All Over. He will be missed.

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Interview with Precious and Tommy Chong

Fantasia the Talkshow interview Zach Gayne, actress Precious Chong and producer Tommy Chong about their upcoming film Homewrecker.

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Cheech of Cheech and Chong named grand marshal of St. Pat's Parade

Actor and comedian Cheech Marin, one-half of the classic comedy team Cheech & Chong, will serve as the grand marshal of the First Ever 17th Annual World's Shortest St. Patrick's Day Parade, Visit Hot Springs announced Sunday morning.

"Cheech will fit in perfectly with the zany, fun-for-all atmosphere that defines the World's Shortest St. Patrick's Day Parade," Steve Arrison, CEO of Visit Hot Springs, said in a news release.

Tommy Chong Says Banning Vapes will Make it Worse

At the Daytime Beauty Awards, Tommy Chong told TMZ that banning vaping is comparable to the war on drugs.  Once it's sold on the black market, it will be easier to buy.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Cheech Marin Suing New Jersey Coffee Company

According to The Blast, Cheech Marin is suing a New Jersey coffee company for using his name. Richard “Cheech” Marin has filed suit against Steven Chiocchi and his company Cheech’s Own, LLC.

The comedian says his company has taken out a trademark for “Cheech”, which is pending with the Trademark Office.

We here at CCDC think he'll lose this suit.  Cheech is a widely used nickname for Chicharonne.  Cheech loves to sue people.  Soon he'll sue anyone that names their chihuahua Cheech.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Conversation with Cheech Marin and Robert Rodriguez at SXSW 2020

What do a rock legend, a video game visionary, a cannabis reform activist, an executive chef, and a quantitative futurist have in common? They’ll all be in Austin next March!

Introducing the first programming announcement for SXSW 2020 with industry leaders and diverse visionaries across the fields of technology, film, and music.

For the 34th edition of the Conference, we are pleased to announce Managing Partner at Brentwood Growth Partners and former President and COO of Nintendo of America Reggie Fils-Aimé and musician, singer, songwriter, visual artist, and actress Kim Gordon as our initial Keynotes with more to be announced this Fall.

Spanning the Conference’s 22 programming tracks, newly-announced Featured Speakers include Benny Blanco, Tressie McMillan Cottom, Steve DeAngelo, Camille François, Chip and Joanna Gaines, Roxane Gay, Chris Hughes, Guy Laliberté, Yo-Yo Ma, John Maeda, Col Needham, Kwame Onwuachi, Nile Rodgers with Merck Mercuriadis, Robert Rodriguez with Cheech Marin, Amy Webb, Shoshana Zuboff, and more.

“We’re kicking off the 2020 season with a captivating group of speakers,” said Hugh Forrest, Chief Programming Officer. “From Keynotes Reggie Fils-Aimé, who oversaw Nintendo of America during its most successful era, and Kim Gordon, a creative virtuoso whose passion and achievements have paved the way for others, to our diverse range of expert Featured Speakers, these talents prove that SXSW is the premier destination for innovation and creative discovery. We’ve also added new tracks and more programming to the second half of the week, as our event evolves to reflect the continued convergence of the industries that gather here.”

Access these exciting speaker presentations and more when you register to join us March 13-22 for the 2020 SXSW Conference & Festivals in Austin, TX. Attendees will receive primary access to programming associated with their badge type while also enjoying secondary entry to most other SXSW events. Secure your spot now through September 27 for the biggest savings of the season and book your stay with SXSW Housing & Travel for the best available rates and locations.

Get to know the first round of speaker additions below and stay tuned for more programming announcements throughout the 2020 SXSW season.

Keynotes

Reggie Fils-Aimé (Convergence) – As an award-winning innovator and disrupter, Reggie Fils-Aimé has helped bring Nintendo’s greatest successes to the global marketplace over the past 15 years. He retired as President and Chief Operating Officer of Nintendo of America Inc. in April 2019 with world-wide acclaim as an executive who loved leading his business and interacting with its employees, business associates, and consumers. Before Nintendo, Fils-Aimé had a successful career spanning the consumer-packaged goods, restaurant, beverage, and media/entertainment industries. Since retiring, he has focused his energy to grow the next generation of business leaders. In August 2019, he was named Cornell University’s Dyson Undergraduate Business School Leader in Residence. Fils-Aimé also founded Brentwood Growth Partners to help emerging companies scale and enable leaders to create world-class cultures.

Kim Gordon (Music) – With a career spanning nearly four decades, Kim Gordon is one of the most prolific and elusive artists working today. A Co-Founder of the legendary Sonic Youth, Gordon has performed all over the world, collaborating with many of music’s most exciting figures including Tony Conrad, Ikue Mori, Julie Cafritz and Stephen Malkmus. Most recently, Gordon has been hitting the road with Body/Head, her spellbinding partnership with artist and musician Bill Nace and debuted her solo exhibition “She Bites Her Tender Mind” at IMMA (Irish Museum of Modern Art) in Dublin and “Lo-Fi Glamour” at Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, PA. Despite her expansive and diverse résumé, the most consistent aspect of Gordon’s body of work may be its resistance to formula. Works discover themselves as they unspool, each one performing a test of the medium’s possibilities and limits. Her command is astonishing, but Gordon’s artistic curiosity remains the guiding force behind her music. Gordon continues this pursuit on No Home Record, her first-ever solo release, produced by Justin Raisen (Charli XCX, Ariel Pink, Sky Ferreira) at Sphere Ranch in Los Angeles, along with contributions from Shawn Everett (Jim James, The Voidz, The War on Drugs) and composer/filmmaker Jake Meginsky (L’appel Du Vide).

Featured Speakers

Activating Change with a Cello and a Shovel Featured Session – An exploration of how to use culture to transform social problems that create division and uncertainty into moments that confirm community and activate change, featuring musician Yo-Yo Ma and artist Pedro Reyes. Moderated by NPR’s Peter Sagal.

Rohit Bhargava – Founder of the Non-Obvious Company, Rohit Bhargava is on a mission to help the world be more open-minded by teaching others how to be non-obvious thinkers. He previously spent 15 years in leadership roles at two renowned ad agencies: Leo Burnett and Ogilvy. Rohit is the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of six books and has delivered presentations in 32 countries around the world. His signature workshops have been used by the World Bank, NASA, Intel, Disney, Colgate, Swissotel, Coca-Cola, Schwab, Under Armour, NBC Universal, American Express, and hundreds of others. Rohit is a popular Adjunct Professor of storytelling at Georgetown University and also writes a monthly column for GQ magazine in Brazil.

Benny Blanco – Award-winning record producer, songwriter, and artist, Benny Blanco is a five-time BMI Songwriter of the Year award recipient as well as the winner of the 2013 Hal David Starlight Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame and 2017 iHeartRadio Producer of the Year. Blanco’s producer and writing collaborations have garnered over hundreds of millions in album sales globally from chart-topping artists like Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Halsey, Shawn Mendes, Ed Sheeran, Rihanna, Keith Urban, Kanye West, and more. He is also the founder of two record labels in collaboration with Interscope Records, Mad Love Records and Friends Keep Secrets.

Changing the Immersive Storytelling Wild West Featured Session – A conversation about how to collaborate to create sustainable, transformative and inclusive work in immersive storytelling, between Royal Shakespeare Company Director of Digital Development Sarah Ellis; anthropologist, technologist, professor and Intel senior fellow Genevieve Bell; and Guild of Future Architects Executive Director Kamal Sinclair. Moderated by Watershed CEO Clare Reddington.

Steve DeAngelo – A globally recognized cannabis leader, Steve DeAngelo was dubbed “the father of the legal industry” by former Speaker of the California Assembly Willie Brown. As a lifelong activist, author, educator, investor, and entrepreneur, he has spent over four decades on the front lines of the cannabis reform movement. DeAngelo is the Co-Founder of Harborside, one of the first six dispensaries licensed in the US and now a publicly-traded company on the CSE; Steep Hill Laboratory, the first cannabis analytics company; and the Arc View Group, the first dedicated cannabis investment network. He is also author of The Cannabis Manifesto; starred in Discovery Channel’s Weed Wars; and launched the Last Prisoner Project in 2019.

Van Espahbodi – As Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Starburst, Van Espahbodi is championing today’s aerospace renaissance, uniting early-stage technology innovators with private investment to modernize infrastructure in mobility, communications, and intelligence. Espahbodi launched Starburst in the US in 2015, operating globally today with offices in Los Angeles, Paris, Munich, San Francisco, Singapore, Tel Aviv, Abu Dhabi, and Montreal. His team works alongside 500+ technology startups developing new aircraft, spacecraft, satellites, drones, sensors, autonomy, robotics, and much more.

Camille François – As the Chief Innovation Officer at Graphika, Camille François leads the company’s work to detect and mitigate disinformation, media manipulation, and harassment. François has advised governments and parliamentary committees on both sides of the Atlantic on policy issues related to cybersecurity and digital rights. She served as a special advisor to the Chief Technology Officer of France in the Prime Minister’s office, working on France’s first Open Government roadmap. François is a Mozilla Fellow, a Berkman-Klein Center affiliate, and a Fulbright scholar.

Chip and Joanna Gaines – What started as a Waco, Texas-based home decor shop in 2003 has since grown into Magnolia, a national home and lifestyle brand spanning retail, home design and construction, media, and more founded by Chip and Joanna Gaines. They are also the Chief Creative Officers for Magnolia’s joint-venture with Discovery, Inc., which was announced late last year and includes plans for the couple’s very own, Magnolia-inspired television network set to launch in late 2020.

Chris Hughes in conversation with Josh Constine – Chris Hughes is the Co-Chair of the Economic Security Project, a non-profit working to make the modern economy more dynamic and fair by reinvigorating anti-monopoly policy and creating a guaranteed income for all Americans. He is also a Senior Advisor at the Roosevelt Institute, a progressive think tank working to reimagine the rules of the economy. In 2018, he published his first book, Fair Shot: Rethinking Inequality and How We Earn. Josh Constine is the Editor-At-Large for TechCrunch where he’s written four thousand blog posts about tech giants and startups over the past eight years with focuses on social networks, streaming music, and early stage companies. He’s been ranked the #1 most-cited technology journalist by news aggregator Techmeme.

Dr. Rana el Kaliouby – A pioneer in artificial emotional intelligence (Emotion AI), Rana el Kaliouby, Ph.D., is Co-Founder and CEO of Affectiva, and author of the forthcoming book Girl Decoded. She grew up in Cairo, Egypt, earning her BSc and MSc in computer science at the American University in Cairo, and her Ph.D. from Cambridge University. She then joined the MIT Media Lab as a research scientist, where she spearheaded the applications of emotion recognition technology in mental health and autism. An acclaimed TED speaker, she was named one of Forbes’ “Top 50 Women in Tech” and was included on Fortune Magazine’s “40 Under 40” list. She is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders and co-hosted a PBS NOVA series on AI.

Guy Laliberté – Founder of Cirque du Soleil, One Drop Foundation, and Lune Rouge, Guy Laliberté was named by Time Magazine as one of the most influential personalities in the world and has been recognized as one of the most creative and innovative minds by Condé Nast. An inventive entrepreneur and great philanthropist, he now dedicates his time and talent to his new company, Lune Rouge. Through inspiration and the transfer of values and knowledge to young entrepreneurs, Laliberté continues his commitment to young creators by supporting several innovative initiatives. For this true ambassador of creativity, there is nothing more precious than humanity. Human relations and interactions are at the heart of every project that he contributes to or develops.

Hear to Slay Featured Session – A live podcast recording offering compelling conversations and uncommonly incisive reads of the politics and pop culture that shape the world we live in, featuring writer, editor and podcaster Roxane Gay; award-winning professor and author Tressie McMillan Cottom; and Special Guest.

John Maeda – Named as one of the “75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century” by Esquire, Maeda draws on his diverse background as an MIT-trained engineer, award-winning designer, and executive leader to bring people and ideas together at scale. He was recently appointed chief experience officer at Publicis Sapient, the technology consulting and delivery arm of communications and marketing conglomerate Publicis. Maeda has held positions with Automattic, the parent company of WordPress.com; the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins; led research at the MIT Media Lab; and served as president of the Rhode Island School of Design. He is the author of several celebrated books, including The Laws of Simplicity and Redesigning Leadership and his upcoming book How to Speak Machine will be available November 2019.

Cheech Marin in conversation with Robert Rodriguez – Actor and comedian Cheech Marin and filmmaker Robert Rodriguez discuss Chicano art, filmmaking, and their collaboration to support the national Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art, Culture & Industry of Riverside Art Museum. The conversation will include the screening of an 11-minute documentary film by Edward Tyndall and a student film crew about Marin and his art collection, and may include a short musical performance by El Dusty who wrote and performed the score for the film.

Col Needham – Founder and CEO of IMDb, the #1 movie website in the world, Col Needham has had a lifelong interest in both technology and movies. After starting a computer games software business at the age of 14, he completed a computer science degree at Leeds University before commencing a career in technology research in Bristol, England. IMDb grew out of a personal database of movie information which Needham created as a teenager, combined with similar data collected on the Internet in the late 1980s/early 1990s. Published in 1990, Needham coordinated IMDb as a worldwide volunteer effort through 1996. IMDb was incorporated in January 1996 and became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Amazon.com in 1998. Needham continues in his original role to this day, working from an office in Bristol with IMDb staff members in countries around the world.

Kwame Onwuachi – James Beard Award winner Kwame Onwuachi is the executive chef at Kith/Kin and owner of the Philly Wing Fry franchise in Washington, D.C. He was born on Long Island and raised in New York City, Nigeria, and Louisiana. Onwuachi was first exposed to cooking by his mother, in the family’s modest Bronx apartment, and he took that spark of passion and turned it into a career. From toiling in the bowels of oil cleanup ships to working at some of the best restaurants in the world, he has seen and lived his fair share of diversity. Onwuachi trained at the Culinary Institute of America and has opened five restaurants before turning thirty. A former Top Chef contestant, he has been named one of Food & Wine‘s “Best New Chefs” and a “30 Under 30” honoree by both Zagat and Forbes.

Cat Packer – As the first Executive Director and General Manager of the Department of Cannabis Regulation, Cat Packer leads the licensing and regulation of commercial cannabis activity within the City of Los Angeles and furthermore, manages the implementation of the City’s cannabis related policies and programs. Packer previously served as California Policy Coordinator for the Drug Policy Alliance, where she worked to ensure the successful and equitable implementation of various cannabis policy reforms, as well as Campaign Coordinator for Californians for Responsible Marijuana Reform, a social justice-centered campaign in support of the 2016 Adult Use of Marijuana Act.

Huston Powell – Promoter at C3 Presents, Huston Powell is a world-renowned music industry veteran with over 15 years of experience in concert promotion. Powell most notably books Lollapalooza, bringing top talent to hundreds of thousands of fans around the world each year from the likes of Paul McCartney, Pearl Jam, The Killers, Radiohead, Jay Z, Foo Fighters, Chance The Rapper, and White Reaper. Additionally, Powell oversees the international Lolla editions in Chile, Argentina, Brazil, France, Germany, and Sweden and has grown the footprint of the festivals in South America and Chicago with sold out years.

Nile Rodgers in conversation with Merck Mercuriadis – The legendary Nile Rodgers is a multiple Grammy-winning composer, producer, arranger, and guitarist who constantly traverses new musical terrain. Rodgers transcends all styles of music with a body of work that’s garnered him inductions into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the Songwriters Hall of Fame (Rodgers is also the Chairman of the SHOF), and most recently the appointment of Chief Creative Advisor for the Abbey Road studios. His work in the CHIC Organization and his productions for artists like David Bowie, Diana Ross, and Madonna have sold over 500 million albums and 75 million singles worldwide while his trendsetting collaborations with Daft Punk, Avicii, Sigala, Disclosure, and Sam Smith reflect the vanguard of contemporary music. Rodgers will be in conversation with manager Merck Mercuriadis, the CEO, Founder and managing partner of Hipgnosis Songs Ltd, an artist management firm, publisher, and record label based in London and Los Angeles. Mercuriadis is a Canadian-American music executive and former manager to artists including Sir Elton John, Guns N’ Roses, Iron Maiden, Pet Shop Boys, and Mary J. Blige. Most recently, Hipgnosis Songs Fund has raised over $500 million in investment capital and has acquired hit songs and copyrights.

Amy Webb – Quantitative futurist Amy Webb is a professor of strategic foresight at the NYU Stern School of Business and the Founder of the Future Today Institute, a leading foresight and strategy firm that helps leaders and their organizations prepare for complex futures. Webb is a Visiting Fellow at Oxford University’s Säid School of Business, a Fellow in the United States-Japan Leadership Program, a Foresight Fellow in the U.S. Government Accountability Office Center for Strategic Foresight, and was a Visiting Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. She is the bestselling, award-winning author of several books, including The Big Nine: How the Tech Titans and Their Thinking Machines Could Warp Humanity and The Signals Are Talking: Why Today’s Fringe is Tomorrow’s Mainstream. Webb serves as a technical, script, and creative consultant for films and shows set in the future. All of her futures research, frameworks, and tools are open source and made freely available to the public.

Shoshana Zuboff – In the hugely influential book The Age of Surveillance Capitalism, author Shoshana Zuboff outlines the challenges to humanity posed by the digital future. Zuboff is the Charles Edward Wilson Professor emerita, Harvard Business School. She is also the author of In The Age of the Smart Machine: the Future of Work and Power and The Support Economy: Why Corporations Are Failing Individuals and the Next Episode of Capitalism.