Last Minute Easter Fix

Napolitano style food stop Market City Caffe in Burbank, CA is offering a LIVE String Quartet, Tableside Bloody Mary’s and tons of activities for kids along with a special Easter Brunch menu.  So if cooking doesn’t sound like your thing this year and you’d really like to do something different, reservations are still open. Market City Easter Brunch

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Eco-Friendly Sustainability in RAREFORM

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RAREFORM is creating quite a wave in the outdoor market with it’s innovative, eco-friendly manufacturing techniques. Aimed to reduce waste and sustain our natural playground, RAREFORM creates one-of-a-kind bags and accessories that protect both your gear and the environment. By using an “upcycling” process, RAREFORM is able to take billboards before they hit landfills and transform them into completely individualized works of art- perfectly fit for the active lifestyle. Founder and outdoor enthusiast, Alec Avedissian’s brilliant idea of “billboards to bags” came to mind during a surf trip to El Salvador where he noticed locals using old billboards to protect their homes from nature’s elements. Launched in September 2012 and specializing in surf, RAREFORM’s stylish products are padded, waterproof, mildew-proof, and as tough as the products they protect. The brand offers all types of uniquely well -designed accessories ranging from surf bags, paddle bags, totes and backpacks to laptop and cell phone sleeves.

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What Gia On The Move loves about this brand!:

RAREFORM has pledged to donate 1% of sales to support the preservation and restoration of our natural environment.

“With a continued commitment to the principles that got the whole thing started-quality, sustainability, and style - RAREFORM’s best days are still ahead,” Avedissian says. RAREFORM is sold in stores such as Patagonia, REI, and other outdoor retailers with prices ranging from $40-125; www.RAREFORM.com.

Food for Thought: Glutino Gluten-Free Pretzels

Glutino Pretzel Twists

by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move

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As part of my annual trek to the Natural Foods Expo West I picked up several bite-sized sample items to take home and “chew on.” Not being a fan of noshing personally, I was surprised when a sudden hankering for a salty snack didn’t turn into a walk down guilt trip lane.

I had been anticipating that heavy, weighty taste of a regular pretzel snack. Not to be. Glutino Pretzel Twists  were light, flavorful and only a small serving size, less than 1 ounce, satisfied the craving.

Free of wheat, gluten, milk, and casein, the remaining ingredients are not completely worth cheering about. Nevertheless, if you are looking for a gluten-free snack, it’s one more choice to add to the list.  Here’s the breakdown:

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CONTAINS: Soy.

MAY CONTAIN: Sesame

INGREDIENTS: INGREDIENTS: CORN STARCH, POTATO STARCH, RICE FLOUR, SOLUBLE CORN FIBER, PALM OIL, SUGAR, SALT, CELLULOSE GUM, SOY LECITHIN, YEAST EXTRACT, SODIUM BICARBONATE, SODIUM ACID PYROPHOSPHATE, CITRIC ACID. CONTAINS SOY.

You can shop online for these treats, get coupons, recipes and join their community.  There are special information and support sections for people with Celiac Disease which is the best thing about this product.

Farewell Charlotte Sometimes – R.I.P.

Charlotte Sometimes at Room 5

by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move   Photo Credit: Eric John

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“Are you looking for Room 5? [big smile]  It’s upstairs. Yeah, just go upstairs!”

I had walked in with my photographer staring around the room like a deer in the headlights until a voice from the front dining table of the first floor restaurant took charge pointing me in the right direction.  Raven hair, black eyes, stunning and personality heavy…who else could it be…of course it was Charlotte!

What an opener!

Friday, April 11, 2014 was the official release party for Charlotte Sometimes’ new EP “By Request”.  It was also her farewell performance.  At the top of the show she made the shocking announcement that this was to be her “funeral”.  After tonight indie pop, alternative rocker, Charlotte Sometimes would be no more.

No she’s not leaving the business.  But after a long career off and on as Charlotte Sometimes, Jessica Charlotte Poland, has decided to hang up her fame as an NBC, The Voice contestant and move on to a different future. It’s a whole new sound in development.

Beginning the set with How I Could Just Kill a Man and ending with It’s My Party and I’ll Cry If I Want To, she utterly captivated and excited the audience throughout with new releases like Paint the Sky and a super cool sing-along of Foster The People’s “Pumped up Kicks”. ( which, I will geekily admit was kinda fun; honestly, I never actually knew the words to that song until Charlotte made us sing them. lol)

All the other kids with the pumped up kicks

you better run better run

faster than my bullet

As the 2nd floor packed in, she wittily addressed a standing-room-only crowd while furiously wrestling with the mic and her acoustic guitar, “It’s ok were just sound checking you can talk amongst yourselves.”

Very funny…

Actually she is pretty hilarious. In a lighter tone she is spunky, adorable and quick-witted with a biting sense of humor.  Her best side however is her fiercely confident, sexy, tough-girl intensity always with a hint of longing in her voice.  She’s just Charlotte doing her Charlotte thing even though she likes to call herself a sassy bitch.  And take that anyway you like!  Because however you say it, the girl can sing!

Her voice is so much weightier and with more structure than on her recordings.  Strong in every way she challenges, invites, devours, folds you into her music. “By Request” strips down arrangements noted in her former EP “Circus Head” and focuses distinctly on Charlotte’s vocal stylings which are edgy and voluptuous.  The material is cutting-edge showcasing her unique talent.

Favorite cover of the evening – “Creep” by Radio Head – “I’m a creep…” I think she really meant it, but who couldn’t love her just the same!

We think she’s SPECIAL!

Check out and purchase more of Charlotte Sometimes music on:

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Ballroom with a Twist at Valley Performing Arts

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Ballroom with a Twist’s jam-packed line up of celebrity dancers and singers are coming to the Valley Performing Arts Center (VPAC) at California State University, Northridge, lighting up the stage on Saturday, May 17th at 8:00pm.

A brilliant new fusion of Broadway, classical and international-style song and dance, the performance is being directed by international choreographer and competitive dance champion Louis Van Amstel.

The spectacle is highlighted by Dancing with the Star’s Kym Johnson and Tristan MacManus. American Idol finalists Gina Glocksen-Ruzicka and Von Smith will also join along with So You Think You Can Dance finalists Legacy, Jonathan Platero and Randi Lynn Strong.

Australia native Kym Johnson has made the transition from ballroom to judging panel and is currently one of four judges on Dancing with the Stars.  She holds three mirror ball trophies, two in the U.S. and one in Australia, and is the only professional dancer in the world to hold trophies from two different continents.  Irish sensation Tristan McManus, also a professional dancer on Dancing with the Stars, has a long history of performance in both theatre and dance in Europe, Las Vegas and Australia.

Other cast members include Legacy, one of the most sought–after dancers in the entertainment industry; American Idol finalist Gina Glocksen-Ruzicka and Von Smith, who recently opened for Lady Gaga in Australia. In addition, featured dancers will be Jonathan Platero, finalist on So You Think You Can Dance; and Randy Lynn Strong, one of that show’s top five girls on season five.

Tickets for Ballroom with a Twist on May 17 are $ $25 to $60.  For more information and tickets, visit the center’s website at http://www.valleyperformingartscenter.org/ or call (818) 677-3000.

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The 1,700-seat LEED Gold certified Valley Performing Arts Center has established California State University, Northridge, as a hub for culture and live performing arts in the region. It was recently ranked number three on the Best College Ranking’s list of “The 25 Most Amazing College Campus Theaters” in the U.S. and was voted one of the top ten performing arts centers and theaters in Los Angeles by Time Out Los Angeles.

 

 

Forever 21′s Coachella Party in the Sky

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Forever 21 celebrated the first weekend of Coachella with an epic “Party in the Sky”on Saturday, April 12 featuring  secret guest DJ’s Gorgon City and What So Not,
as well as recording artist Azealia Banks who performed unreleased tracks off of
“Broke With Expensive Taste.”
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The event included two complimentary gifts for attendees to enjoy, the premiere of Forever 21′s Summer 2014 fashion film and for added “lift,”
a 20ft VIP party pod suspended above the main event
to create the ultimate desert party experience.
The event hashtag was cleverly dubbed “#Cranechella” 

Guests were encouraged to leave a donation for the VH1 Save The Music Foundation - 100% of donations went to the Foundation.

Official Forever 21″Party in the Sky” Playlist:

http://blog.forever21.com/music-festival-playlist/

(Photo Credits: Forever 21)

Lily Tomlin: Eighth Wonder of the World Comes to Northridge

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“Lily Tomlin Just May be the Eighth Wonder of the World.”  

USA Today

Lily Tomlin, one of America’s foremost comediennes will appear at the Valley Performing Arts Center (VPAC) at California State University, Northridge this May.

Tomlin will bring Edith Ann, Ernestine and other members of her incomparable greatest hits personas to the Valley Performing Arts Center on the campus of California State University, Northridge on May 9, at 8:00 p.m. in the VPAC Great Hall.

Critics have been raving about Lily Tomlin’s warm and uniquely affecting performance for nearly half of a century.  The N.Y. Times says, “Tomlin is amazing,” and the New Yorker adds, “Always a revelation.”  Tomlin will take her VPAC audience on what the Washington Post calls a “wise and howlingly funny trip” with more than a dozen of her timeless characters – from Ernestine to Mrs. Beasley to Edith Ann.

Tomlin’s multifaceted career includes television, theater, motion pictures, animation and video.  She has received six Emmys, two Tonys, a Drama Desk Award, an Outer Critics’ Circle Award, a Cable Ace Award, a Grammy and two Peabodys.  In 2003 she was the recipient of the prestigious Mark Twain Prize for American Humor presented at the Kennedy Center.

Tickets to Lily Tomlin on May 9 range from $50 to $100.  Tickets for Ballroom with a Twist on May 17 are $ $25 to $60.  For more information and tickets, visit the center’s website at http://www.valleyperformingartscenter.org/ or call (818) 677-3000.