This Week in Entertainment: 2/15

Isabel Hanewicz, RHStoday Editor-in-Chief

Read up on this week’s biggest happenings in entertainment with this weekly breakdown by Isabel Hanewicz.

Monday, Feb. 15: Grammys

The 58th Annual Grammy Awards take place at 8 p.m. Eastern Time and will be aired on CBS. LL Cool J will host as this year’s best in the music industry will be honored. Kendrick Lamar leads in nominations with 11, followed by Taylor Swift and The Weeknd with seven each. Swift will open the show, with performances from artists including The Weeknd, Lamar, Adele, Lady Gaga, Alabama Shakes and Justin Bieber. Out of the 83 categories, keep your eye on Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year and New Artist, considered four of the biggest accolades given out.

Tuesday, Feb. 16: The Weeknd Turns 25

Hopefully, The Weeknd will get an early 25th birthday present Monday with his first Grammy win after a nomination in 2014. The Weeknd has had a prolific year, releasing his second album Beauty Behind the Madness in August 2015. “Earned It” reached the top five in the Billboard 200 and”The Hills” and “Can’t Feel My Face” both topped the singles charts at number one. With these three songs, he became the first artist in history to hold the top three spots on Billboard’s Hot R&B songs chart simultaneously. He certainly has a lot to celebrate about the past year.

Wednesday, Feb. 17: Carly Rae Jepsen at the Ritz

In 2011, Carly Rae Jepsen charmed the music industry with her single “Call Me Maybe,” which reached number one in 18 countries in 2012 and was the top-sold single worldwide. Her newest album, Emotion, included the single “I Really Like You” which reached the top 40 in the US in 2015.  Jepsen takes the stage as part of her Gimme Love Tour at Ybor’s The Ritz (1503 E 7th Ave, 33605). Tickets can still be bought online, with prices ranging from $24 to $35 and doors open at 7 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 18: Dr. Dre Turns 50/John Travolta Turns 61

Beats co-founder and rapper Dr. Dre turns 50 Thursday. It’s been a notable few weeks for Dre, as it was just announced that Apple would release their first scripted TV series, called Vital Signs, produced and starring Dre. Unlike Dre, John Travolta, who turns 61, has had a less notable year. Travolta is set to star in March 2016’s  In a Valley of Violence as the Marshal and is currently filming I Am Wrath as lead character Stanley Hill.

Friday, Feb. 19: Risen Opens

Historical drama film Risen will be released Friday, Feb. 19. The movie follows Roman Centurion Clavius (Joseph Fiennes) as he is ordered by Pontius Pilate (Peter Firth) to check out rumors of a risen Jewish messiah and locate the body of the Jesus of Nazareth, Yeshua, to stop an uprising in Jerusalem. The story is set in the first 40 days following the resurrection of Christ and also stars Tom Felton and Cliff Curtis, with the run time at 107 minutes. The movie plays at AMC Westshore at 1:30 p.m. and 7:05 pm. Friday, with showtimes also available at AMC Veterans in Westchase and AMC Regency in Brandon. Click here for a complete list of local showings.

Saturday, Feb. 20: Rihanna Turns 27

R&B and pop darling Rihanna turns 27 Saturday. Rihanna’s year has included surpassing more than 100 million Gold & Platinum song certifications in July 2015 and joining the ninth season of The Voice in October 2015. Rihanna is set to have a “major role” in the film Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, which started filming in December of 2015 and will be released in 2017. She released her eighth album, Anti, in January 2016 and opens her Anti World Tour Feb. 26 at the Viejas Arena in San Diego, CA. For a complete listing of tour dates, including a March 13 stop at Tampa’s Amalie Arena, click here.

Sunday, Feb. 21: Alison Wonderland at The Amphitheatre

No, not a typo. EDM artist Alison Wonderland, along with special guest Atlas, travel to The Amphitheatre (1609 E 7th Ave) as part of the Run Tour. Expect the music to sound like Lewis Carol’s fantasy stories taken up a few notches. The show starts at 10 p.m., and is limited to those 18 or older. To buy tickets, click here.