Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival Presents “Of Culture, Of Self on September 5th

For one very special night

the Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival (LAWTF) comes to Culver City for a unique performance on

Friday, September 5, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.

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The venue will be the Ivy Substation, 9070 Venice Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232.

Tickets for the performance are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, and $18 for students, seniors, and groups of ten or more.

Reservations: (818) 760-0408. Online reservations are available at http://www.lawtf.org

Follow LAWTF on Twitter: @LAWTF

The theme of the evening will be “Of Culture, Of Self,” featuring three of LAWTF’s favorite performers, as well as one artiste new to the Festival. Included are:

Karen A. Clark: In this spoken word excerpt from “The Women,” Karen A. reflects on the powerful women in her family through music, poetry and storytelling. She recounts the ritual of baking bread at family reunions, an activity that brought everyone together. In particular, she pays homage to her loving mother, who added a “wow” factor to her life.

Sariyah Idan : “Homeless in Homeland” has a documentary hip-hop theatre aesthetic and is based on Sariyah’s journey that  took her to Israel and Palestine. It combines poetry, dance, and characters met. Idan conveys in this excerpt a young Jewish-American woman’s struggle to understand her identity and the meaning of home through the lens of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Ada Luz Pla: “Tracing My Lineage: A Story of a Puerto Rican Spitfire” pays homage to the many women who raised Pla in Puerto Rico and later in the South Bronx projects where 15 of her family members shared a small three-bedroom apartment. In the lively excerpted piece, Pla brings to life some of the amazing women in her family.

Kat Kramer : MY DUET WITH MICK is an original one-person-musical-solo-show that follows Kramer’s journey down “Rolling Stones Road” to meet the great and powerful “Sir Mick Of Jagger.” Along the way, in this excerpt, Kat meets some unique characters, and makes an important discovery about herself.

The Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival, a non-profits arts organization, was founded by Executive Producer Adilah Barnes and Miriam Reed.

“Of Culture, Of Self” marks the LAWTF’s fourth-year program for residents of Culver City. This program is made possible in part by the City of Culver City Performing Arts Grants Program with support from Sony Pictures Entertainment.

To join and follow LAWTF on Facebook and Twitter, click on their links at http://www.lawtf.org

#ArtSetFree: Global Arts Showcase

It’s time you went public!

art-set-freeArts Brookfield, the cultural arm of Brookfield Property Partners acclaimed for presenting hundreds of exciting cultural experiences for free worldwide, just announced a recent dramatic growth of Art Set Free, the organization’s unprecedented global arts showcase that raises awareness about the importance of free public art.

Artists in all 50 U.S. states, over 100 countries and over 800 cities have shared their work with Art Set Free, the user-generated campaign that is sweeping the nation and the world and will run through the end of the year.

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Participate in Art Set Free.  See below.

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Recent Art Set Free highlights include:

  • The Art Set Free digital art collection currently includes 20,618 artworks from2,612 artists worldwide.
  • Participation in Art Set Free has expanded to 110 countries in 809 cities with submissions from all 50 U.S. states.
  • Art Set Free saw its largest growth to date during the month of July, with more than 500 artists submitting sound, visual and performing art.
  • Top locations submitting art include New York, Los Angeles, Toronto and Houston.

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“When we launched Art Set Free in October 2014, we hoped to engage the global arts community and encourage artists working in all genres to make the world their stage and set their own art free,” said Debra Simon, Vice President and Artistic Director of Arts Brookfield. “We have been extremely impressed with the quality of art submitted toArt Set Free and look forward to seeing more amazing works from artists throughout the world!”

Among the thousands of unique and inspiring artists from across the globe who have set their art free by sharing their work on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram with the hashtag #artsetfree are:

  • Sara Abid, a self-taught artist from Pakistan who sells her paintings worldwide and donates 100% of her earnings to various charities. An impressionistic painter, Abid specializes in palette knife technique and produces great textures on canvas using oils and mixed media elements.
  • Maliha Abidi, an 18-year-old self-taught painter and photographer based in San Francisco. Abidi was previously selected to represent the United States as the youngest artist of 20 from around the world for a meditation artistic retreat, and she is currently a youth director for Wake Up, a drug abuse organization that educates teens about the danger of prescription drugs.
  • Michael Hafftka, a Brooklyn-based painter whose work can be found in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, Brooklyn Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Carnegie Museum, New York Public Library and the National Gallery. Much of Hafftka’s understanding of the world comes from his perception of his parents’ wartime experiences as refugees from Europe and survivors of the Holocaust.
  • Victor Haskins, a world-class trumpet player, improviser, composer, bandleader and educator. Based in Richmond, Va., Haskins, who lived in Asia and Africa until the age of 10, released his own original album The Truth in 2013.
  • Ron Haviv, an award-winning photojournalist based in New York whose images of conflict and humanitarian crises have made headlines around the world. Haviv is the co-founder of the photo agency VII, which is dedicated to the truthful documentation of conflict.

Established artists who assisted in launching Art Set Free include Broadway star and Tony Award winner Brian Stokes Mitchell; Executive Artistic Director of New York Live Arts and Tony Award winner Bill T. Jones; Action Architect Elizabeth Streb; and the acclaimed vocal ensemble, The Tenors.

participateTo participate in Art Set Free, artists should capture their work in a photo, video or audio recording; and then share it on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram with the hashtag #ArtSetFree. Entries are welcome from any genre, including dance/movement, music/sound, painting, sculpture, photography and street art. Arts Brookfield reviews submissions on a rolling basis and curates the best pieces for display at select Brookfield buildings around the world and on ArtsBrookfield25.com, potentially reaching an audience of millions.

Images, videos and sound recordings of artwork for Art Set Free may be submitted by individuals or organizations. Submissions should be creative, innovative and inspiring, and all entries must follow the Art Set Free Terms and Conditions available atArtsBrookfield25.com.

To learn more about Arts Brookfield and Art Set Free, visit ArtsBrookfield25.com.

 

Eat.Drink.Art Los Angeles on September 13th

About to happen at Barnsdall Art Park on September 13th is a sensational evening for locals, visitors, art lovers and foodies alike.

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EAT.DRINK.ART. A Kaleidoscope of the Senses, The Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery’s multifaceted fundraiser (sponsored by Los Angeles Magazine) invites Angelenos to tempt their palettes with delectable food, artisanal spirits and a stimulating celebration of art in all its forms on Saturday, September 13 from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. with a VIP reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. 

All to the backdrop of KCRW’s DJ Dan Wilcox spinning tunes, the evening will showcase a vast array of visual and performing art including live painting, performance artists, giant puppets, nude sketch models, and more. Live music will be preformed by musicians from “The Voice,” “American Idol,” and “The X Factor” and the annual happening boasts top-notch food trucks such as The Urban Oven, Let’s Be Frank, Postcards Central American Soul Fusion and Coolhaus.

The evening features a silent auction of more than 45 emerging + renowned artists including Claire Falkenstein, Alice Fellows, Joy Feuer, John Frame, Mark Steven Greenfield, Heather Lembcke, Leonel Matheu, Ed Ruscha, Gregory Siff, and Wayne White.

General Admission tickets cost $30 in advance ($40 at the door) and provide access to the event beginning at 7 pm along with 3 drink tickets.

VIP Admission tickets cost $100 in advance ($110 at the door) and provide access to a special reception and silent auction preview starting at 5:30 p.m.

Dance, drink and be artistically inspired—all while supporting a true kaleidoscope of exhibits and programs at LAMAG, LA’s only municipal art gallery and the City’s primary exhibition venue offering free admission to all.

Please visit lamag.org for more information.

LOS ANGELES MUNICIPAL ART GALLERY
LOCATED AT BARNSDALL PARK
4800 HOLLYWOOD BLVD.
LOS ANGELES, CA 90027
323.644.6269

Rory Partin: Everybody’s Got Somebody But Me

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L.A. hometown hero and soulful crooner Rory Partin is back with his new album coming out Tuesday, August 19th featuring the late great Opry/Cajun music legend Jimmy C Newman and an all-star band with some of the last surviving members of legendary big bands like Tommy Dorsey, Bobby Darin, and Harry James.

We are big fans here of Rory (he’s so cool) and as a preview to the release we decided to feature his video:  “Everybody’s Got Somebody But Me”

If you’re in the area, you can see Rory LIVE at Typhoon in Santa Monica, CA tonight 8/18 at 8 p.m. 

The self-titled album “Rory Partin” takes listeners on a heartfelt journey through American music history – from swing-era standards including “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore” to contemporary classics like “Everybody’s Got Somebody But Me” – displaying Rory’s ability to build on a foundation of legends “all while adding his own unique twist to his music” (Confront Magazine).

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At a time when many classic tunes from the Great American Songbook are facing extinction, powerhouse of blue-eyed soul Rory Partin and His All Star 18-piece Big Band are not only keeping musical history alive on their forthcoming fan-funded LP (out 8/19/14), they’re infusing it with fresh new energy courtesy of Partin’s “sharp sense of humor and a dash of gospel grit” (Popdose).

Poised to take his place among artists like Michael Bublé and Harry Connick, Jr., “Partin separates himself from his colleagues, offering a contrasting timbre and amplifying the soul…his beautiful upper register coupled with the hard-swinging big band arrangement gives you chills listening” (Brent Music Reviews).

A multi-instrumentalist who has lived in and taken influences from several of America’s great musical centers (including New Orleans, Nasvhille, and Los Angeles), Partin has toured internationally with five-time Grammy winner Larnelle Harris and performed with his own All Star Big Band at George W. Bush’s Inaugural Ball and The National Symphony Ball at the Kennedy Center.

Pause, Shake and Sip: Vanderpump Family Summer Sangria Recipe

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Pandora Vanderpump-Sabo, daughter of British restaurateur and Real Housewife of Beverly Hills, Lisa Vanderpump, seems to be following in the footsteps of her famous mom with a taste for posh.  Her publicist recently offered a new recipe for a delicious Summer Sangria, The LVP Sangria Royale, a multi-generation Vanderpump Family recipe (now bottled under Pandora’s direction), that is easy to prepare and perfect for these last weeks of August.

Gia On The Move is trying this recipe today, poste-haste!

You can purchase LVP Wines online or if you are in California or Florida, there are dozens of stores. Visit the website by clicking HERE

THE SANGRIA ROYALE

This cocktail is a light, refreshing way to serve our LVP Red Sangria. Similar to a Kir Royale, this drink couples the sweet, vibrant flavors of blackberry with LVP Sangria’s rich Red Sangria… topped off with the bright bubbly flavors of rosé Champagne, this cocktail is bright, effusive nectar that anyone will love!

Ingredients

  • 3 blackberries
  • ¼ lemon
  • 2 oz chilled LVP Red sangria
  • 1 oz chilled Rosé Champagne

Preparation

1. Add the blackberries to a shaker and squeeze the lemon over them. Muddle vigorously.
2. Add the sangria to the shaker and shake.
3. Pour into a Champagne coupe.
4. Top with Champagne.

serving-red-sangriaAbout LVP Red Sangria
Our traditional red sangria is crafted with Tempranillo grapes, arguably the most famous of Spain’s native grapes. Tempranillo is a vibrant, aromatic black grape that adds spicy, red fruit aromas and flavors for full-bodied red wine. The grape’s name translates to “little early one,” referencing the fact that it ripens several weeks earlier than most Spanish red grapes. The wines for LVP are aged in oak to generate increased complexity and harmony.

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About LVP Sangria
LVP is a luscious, refreshing sangria made from Spanish rosé and red wines. Using Lisa Vanderpump’s signature recipe, her daughter Pandora Vanderpump and her husband, Jason Sabo, have bottled the sangria and made it available for purchase. Launching in Los Angeles and Miami, LVP Sangria is available in the traditional red and, because it’s Lisa’s signature color, also in pink, a unique offering on the market. The sangria contains no additives and is created with 100% natural flavors. LVP Sangria is ready to be served straight from the bottle over ice and, when coupled with fresh fruit, is sure to be a crowd pleaser when entertaining. “My mother has been serving her own special sangria recipes for as long as I can remember — it’s one of her most popular drinks. Using her recipe, we’ve created something that’s light, refreshing, easy to drink and impressive to serve – an ultra-premium blend that lives up to the Vanderpump standards of quality. Our family hopes you will love LVP Sangria as much as we do.” -Pandora Vanderpump

 

Fall Fashion Trends: Architectural Silhouettes Meet Rich Textures

We’ve been noticing here at Gia On The Move “on trend” contemporary women’s styles becoming just the tiniest bit pulled back.  So when these suggestions landed in the email box, we thought they were worth sharing.

Judith & Charles

Canadian womenswear brand Judith & Charles recently unveiled its latest Fall 2014 collection of sophisticated tailoring and classic contours.  Geometric lines inspired by strong urban architecture set against nature’s softened textures and monochromatic, minimalist, colour palette, this season offers high quality fabrics (alpaca, cashmere, silk, pony hair, and leather sourced from Italy) and innovative textures as well as introducing tonal jacquard, cloque and bonded jersey.  Many of the style are traceable to 1960s mod influences as evidenced by shift dresses, mock turtlenecks and hounds-tooth motifs.

Gia On The Move’s take:  Sleek. Versatile. Easy to wear and pair. A bit on the conservative side, but just enough style to get you through the day at the office and early evening for dinner with friends. And just as easily packable for trips out of the city.

Every one of the new pieces can be shopped online.  New Yorkers can visit local stores.  Visit the website for the Look Book and other Fall ideas.

Post Contraband Graffiti: Go Directly To Jail

2Last Friday night ushered in one of the more spectacular displays of mounted imported global Street Art by artists whose works took over the Los Angeles Sofitel, Riviera 31 Lounge in collaboration with Black Apple Gallery.

What Gia On The Move was surprised to discover is that in countries such as Malaysia and Norway, Graffiti art is still illegal.  Creating imagery on a public space is punishable by fine or jail and definitely the confiscation of the artist’s masterpiece. (We’re so glad that LA finally lifted the street art ban!)

To be fair, many of the controversial artists who works were on public view  are some of the world’s top and most notorious street artists who have a lot to say, politically and culturally.  But isn’t that what art is all about after all? …and these artists truly are the cultural Pulse!

You’ll want to visit BlackAppleArt.com to view more works of these amazing artists (Ben Naz, Pobel, Snik, Ernst Zacharevic, Dot Dot Dot, John Doe, Seizer One, Harland Miller, Martin Whatson, Sandra Chevrier, Otto Schade, Mason Storm).  And all of the artworks are for sale.

Here’s a quick look at some of the pieces Gia On The Move loved!

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