Welcome back to #WhatsUpWednesday, your weekly recap of the latest pop culture, movie, music and local buzz. Check in every Wednesday for a weekly dose of entertainment news.

Events You Won’t Want to Miss

My Nana’s Salsa Challenge

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The 33rd Annual My Nana’s Best Tasting Salsa Challenge is a two-day-long festival featuring the #1 condiment in the U.S. – Salsa! This annual culinary competition features over one hundred freshly made salsas and professional “chefs” will compete for the judge’s vote while attendees enjoy all the chips and salsa they can eat! The Salsa Challenge proudly features restaurants, businesses and individuals competing to make the best tasting salsa in their category. More than 20,000 people are expected to come and taste freshly made salsas, listen to live music, enjoy margaritas, cold beers, and vote for their favorite salsa chef.

Saturday, March 25, 2017
10:00am – 6:00pm
AND
Sunday, March 26, 2017
10:00am – 4:00pm

Get tickets at sle. bz/SalsaTickets

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Maya Day and Nightclub hosts some of the Valley’s most exciting dance music events. Don’t miss this week’s stellar entertainment lineup! Morgan Page performs this Friday, March 24. Doors open at 10 pm. R3HAB headlines the latest installment of the Sound Wave Pool Party Series this Sunday. Doors open at 12 pm.

Pop Culture Update

Celebrities Give Back

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When it comes to entertainment news, most of the buzz is generated from juicy rumors and eyebrow-raising gossip. It’s refreshing when we can bring you a story that celebrates the ways celebrities use their wealth and influence to make the world a better place. A recent online campaign spearheaded by actor Ben Stiller, former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, Vine personality Jerome Jarre, YouTube stars Juanpa Zurita and Casey Neistat and trainer and activist Chakabars Clarke, has resulted in more than $2 million in donations for people suffering from famine in Somalia.

The stars used their social media platforms to ask for help bringing relief to those most affected. Their campaign caught the attention of Turkish Airlines, who ultimately agreed to send a cargo plane carrying 60 tons of food to Somalians in need. This initiative highlights the power of people from around the world coming together to offer a helping hand to those in need. We tip our hats to everyone who played even a small part in furthering this cause!

Jake Gyllenhaal + Ryan Reynolds Bromance

Two of Hollywood’s most beloved actors and hearthrobs, Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds, are currently promoting their new movie, Life, all the while giving the Internet a lot to laugh about in their press interviews. Check out this hilarious video in which the dynamic duo discusses everything from their make-up habits to pressing questions such as “is Ryan Reynolds related to Ryan Gossling,” and “what time of day was Jake Gyllenhaal born?” See the A-listers on the big screen in Life, playing in theaters everywhere.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are (Reportedly) Speaking Again 

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“Bradgelina” shocked the world when they announced their separation roughly two months ago. Since then, sources close to the former couple indicated that the two were refusing to speak to each other directly, instead, opting to communicate through lawyers and assistants. Now, sources close to the mother and father of six are suggesting that they are now on speaking terms and are moving closer toward resolving the terms of their impending divorce. Regardless of the speculation and rumors surrounding Hollywood’s (former) highest-profile couple, one thing everyone can agree on: their kids are their number one priority. We’re wishing the Jolie-Pitts the best of luck in their new lives.

New Music Debuting Friday, March 24

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Several artists are releasing new albums this Friday, including rock and metal band, Steel Panther and hip hop artisit, Trey Songz. See the below list for more new music hitting the market this week.

  • James Blunt, Afterlove
  • Jethro Tull, The String Quartets
  • Laetitia Sadier Source Ensemble, Finding Me Finding You
  • Pallbearer, Heartless
  • Raekwon, The Wild
  • Snakehole, Interludes Of Insanity
  • Spiral Stairs, Doris And The Daggers
  • Steel Panther, Lower the Bar
  • Steve Hackett, The Night Siren
  • The Bug vs Earth, Concrete Desert
  • The Jesus and Mary Chain, Damage And Joy
  • Trey Songz, Tremaine The Album
  • Wolf Eyes, Undertow

That’s it for this week’s What’s Up Wednesday. Check back next week for more music, pop culture and entertainment news.