Stay Young, Get Stoned

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.White Sea just shared her new song “Stay Young, Get Stoned”.  We don’t know much about this artist except that Morgan Grace Kibby  is an American singer and songwriter based in Los Angeles, California.  She has fronted The Romanovs, collaborated and toured with M83 and in recent years has developed a solo project called White Sea, releasing the EP The Frontier and an album In Cold Blood in 2014.  White Sea will be performing on August 1st at this year’s Lollapalooza in Chicago, IL. You want to check in on her website for more info.

In the meantime, “Stay Young, Get Stoned” is available now via iTunesSpotify, and other digital services.

@whiteseamusic

Pesto Pizza for Backyard Barbeques

A Page From the Kontos Cookbook…

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Summer is in full swing and home gardens ar at their peak. If you haven’t yet harvested your basil, now’s the time! Here’s an easy Pesto Pizza recipe sent over to us by Kontos whose ready-made pizza crusts can be used on the backyard grill.

If you want to add a touch of ethnic flair to your next backyard gathering, try serving a delicious, easy-to-make pesto pizza by Demetrios Haralambatos, executive chef at Kontos Foods,  who has developed this personal-sized pizza recipe just for backyard cooks. Toast them up outside on the grill, cut and serve.

“Hot summer days and balmy nights are the perfect time for backyard gatherings. This special pesto pizza recipe goes great with a crispy white wine, such as a Soave, or, pair it with a Pinot Noir, light Chianti or Rose,” said Steve Kontos, vice president and owner of Kontos Foods. “The best thing is, you can make or buy pesto sauce ahead of time, and create these pizzas for guests in just a few minutes – no hot oven required!”

4 Kontos Pizza Parlor Crusts
3 cups fresh basil leaves
1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
3 cloves garlic, peeled
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 cup olive oil
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 cup shredded, or crumbled, cheese for topping – try Mozzarella, Feta, Asiago, or other favorite.

  1. Pre-heat your outdoor grill, to high heat, with cover down.
  2. In a food processor, blend together basil leaves, nuts, garlic, and Parmesan cheese. Pour in olive oil slowly while still mixing. Stir in salt and pepper.
  3. Spoon pesto mixture onto each Pizza Parlor Crust, spreading evenly.
  4. Top with shredded or crumbled cheese.
  5. Place all four pizzas on the grill. Cover, heat for 2 minutes. or until crust reaches desired crispiness.
  6. Remove from grill, place on cutting board. Using a pizza cutter, cut into wedges and serve.

Note: Don’t have a green thumb? No worries!  Just pick up a jar of ready-made pesto sauce, located in your grocer’s aisle near the other pasta sauces.

Kontos 7-inch Pizza Parlor Crusts come five to a pack. Kontos sells its products to retailers and foodservice establishments across North America and around the world. Find Kontos Foods on Twitter @KontosFoods, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Kontosfoods and on Pinterest at https://www.pinterest.com/kontosfoods/.

About Kontos Foods
Founded in 1987, Kontos Foods, Inc. is a Paterson, New Jersey-based provider of traditional Mediterranean foods for restaurants, hotels, food service, retail specialty stores and supermarkets worldwide. The family-owned company specializes in hand-stretched flatbreads, including the Kontos Pocket-Less Pita®, Fillo dough, pastries, olives, gyro meats, and Greek yogurts, as well as over 50 varieties of multi-ethnic flatbreads. Kontos, which has over 225 employees and was founded by Evripides (Evris) Kontos with his son Steven, together bring over 100 years’ experience in the premium food industry. The company’s bread and Fillo products are made in the USA. Visit www.kontos.com or call (973) 278-2800.

#WhatsHotNow: ZOË KRAVITZ in DYLANLEX

Actress and singer ZOË KRAVITZ  posted a photo of herself this week to her Instagram wearing jewelry by DYLANLEX and frankly, it is HOT!

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Of course we couldn’t help but be tickled that the daughter (and practical twin) of actress Lisa Bonet and music artist Lenny Kravitz, was wearing the GIA” necklace from designer Drew Ginsburg’s DYLANLEX jewelry line.

Here’s what we love: Founder, Drew Ginsburg began DYLANLEX  as a young fashion designer’s photo journal which evolved into a social media movement. Today it is a line of original hand crafted statement pieces for people as original as the jewelry line itself.

Shop the Instagram

http://dylanlex.com/pages/shop-the-instagram

The Lillian Goes Out with The Great Divide

by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move
Adam Haas Hunter and Brandon Bales Photo credit: Bren Coombs.

Adam Haas Hunter and Brandon Bales
Photo credit: Bren Coombs.

As most of the Los Angeles Intimate Theatre community is now aware, The Lillian Theatre has been sold.  After many long years of mainstay dramatic, comedic and musical productions, this cherished location adjacent to The Elephant Theatre and Theatre Asylum and anchoring Hollywood’s Theatre Row, is mounting its last show this month.

For its final farewell, Elephant Theatre Company is presenting a world premiere of The Great Divide by Lyle Kessler, directed by David Fofi.

The Great Divide is a very complicated and convoluted fairy tale that should have been crystal clear but surprisingly missed the mark in many ways from script to execution. Billed as a dark comedy of baseball and brawls, which it momentarily touches upon, it jumps often from one unlikely story to another within this intensely dramatic puzzle about a serially controlling father, “The Old Man” (Richard Chaves) and his relationships to his sons Dale (Brandon Bales) and Coleman (Adam Hass Hunter) further tangled by a brother and sister duo Noah (Mark McClain Wilson) and Lane (Kimberly Alexander) who arrive suddenly to claim their due from Coleman who flat-out left them long ago in the middle of the night.

Floating around this more pointedly psychological piece  are so many themes and fables that come to mind which are heightened by some interesting elements, the Old Man pretending to croak and rising miraculously from the dead after days on the couch waiting for the seemingly Prodigal Son Coleman, reluctantly returned after 10 years of deliberate distance; Noah’s variety of explanations for the loss of his arm, one more extraordinary than the next; Lane’s ability to hear anything, even the clicks of the combination to Dale’s safe where he keeps his mysterious writing never seen or read by anyone, hidden from the stain of human touch or judgment; and the ghost lullaby that punctures the drama without reason, sung by the boys’ long dead mother.

So much of this play feels disconnected and I daresay that the “disconnection” is the story itself. Incredibly, although no one is utterly or exactly fulfilled by this “reunion”, freedom, love, new life, security, admiration, a big happy family, all the players come close. Saying a lie long enough or wanting something bad enough can make a thing become the truth. We are left though, with so much unresolved emotion that this piece feels like a not quite desirable scent hanging in heavy humid air, waiting for a gust of wind to blow it away.

Not for the lack of talent, this show paces quickly and is endowed with some exceptional players. But this is one case where Mr. Kessler’s writing didn’t meet his actors with a better story nor Mr. Fofi the ability to perfectly illuminate it.  It’s a toss-up.

Written by Lyle Kessler, Directed by David Fofi, Produced by Bren Coombs and Shannon McManus. Set, Sound, and Lighting Design by Elephant Stageworks.

Starring Kimberly Alexander, Brandon Bales, Richard Chaves, Kate Huffman, Adam Hunter, Forrest Lancaster, and Mark McClain Wilson.

The Great DivideNow Playing Through August 29th.

Thursday – Saturday 8 PM – Sunday at 5 PM

Where: The Lillian Theatre 1036 N. Lillian Way, Hollywood, CA 90038

How: Tickets are $25 and available at Plays411.com/divide or by calling 323.960.4429

Public Private Moments in Broken Bone Bathtub

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She took a bath and we all got in.

Her name is Siobhan O’Loughlin and she’s got some broken bones. Not just the 10 shoulder and arm bones: clavicle, scapula, humerus, radius, and ulna; or the 16 wrist bones: scaphoid, lunate, triquetrum, pisiform, trapezium, trapezoid, capitate, hamate; or the 38 hand bones: 10 metacarpals and 28 phalanges (finger bones) – the osseous matter housed in her giant colorful hand cast. I’m talking about real emotional skeletons.  The ones most of us carry around daily like unwieldy passions, unfulfilled dreams, frustration, loneliness, uncertainty.

And how does she heal?  By a heart to heart with friends, strangers and bubbles in an almost uncomfortably, immersive theatrical pastime – washing, literally and metaphorically naked in the bathtub.

Broken Bone Bathtub is so intimate that one needs to take a moment and a deep breath to relax into the interactive moments of helping Siobhan ritualistically bathe, while she also casually relates the very traumatic episode of her life-altering bike accident.

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I admit I went into a flash panic being (myself) asked to wash her back during and as a part of the performance.  Maybe it was the wine.  There was plenty of it in the kitchen along with other tasty accoutrements in a small apartment overlooking Hollywood Boulevard in the street-lit distance.  And I did giggle as one guy, awkwardly washed Siobhan’s hair, something he’d never done for anyone before. Inevitably strange yet lovely was the feeling of sharing in something  warm and personal as to be soothing and for a fleeting hour, “not weird”.  We all told our stories about love, dating and bathing, private and public moments, back and forth to each other prompted by Siobhan. But yeah, it IS weird.  Hello, she’s in the tub. The novelty though, was enough to draw all 8 of us in to the moment utterly.

Quite an experience!

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Created & Performed by Siobhan O’Loughlin

US Premiere: Los Angeles

Last performance is tonight!
Wednesday, July 22nd at 8:00pm in Sherman Oaks, zip code: 91411.

Hosted by Danielle Cintron. (Towon Alumni Night PART TWO)

EXTENDED UNTIL  SUNDAY,

JULY 26!  

VISIT THE WEBSITE FOR RESERVATIONS AND INFO: http://siobhanoloughlin.com/broken-bone-bathtub/

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Film to Watch: Prince – Playing at Arena Cinema Hollywood Aug 14

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Seventeen-year-old Ayoub has a lot on his plate: his father is a junkie, his mother is a lonely divorcé, and his sister is falling in with the wrong crowd. Haunted by his father’s terrible reputation, Ayoub can’t get the attention of Laura, the most beautiful girl in the neighborhood. He does, however, gain the attention of Kalpa, an eccentric, purple Lamborghini-driving, psychotically violent local criminal. Falling in with Kalpa, Ayoub tries to enlarge his status (and wallet) enough to win Laura over, but soon finds that his new life is far more than he bargained for.

August 14- August 20, 2015

Directed and written by Sam de Jong. Produced by Gijs Kerbosch. From FilmBuff and VICE Media. This film stars Oussama Addi, Elsie de Brauw, Ayoub Elasri, Olivia Lonsdale, Achraf Meziani and Jorik Scholten.

Winner- Berlin International Film Festival

**** (Four stars)- “Prince tells a story that just can’t be forgotten.”—The Upcoming

Color 2015, Netherlands, 78 minutes, unrated. Drama.

Admission: $12 each feature.

Information: (323) 306-0676. Online ticketing: http://arenascreen.com

At Arena Cinema Hollywood, 1625 N. Las Palmas Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028.

Discounted parking is available with validation at lots adjacent to the venue and across the street.

Arena Cinema is Hollywood’s new home for independent films, powered by Voltaire Media. Ranked among Top 5 Indie Movie Theatres in Los Angeles by CBS2.

PRINCE WILL Also BE  released ON VOD PLATFORMS  AUGUST 14TH 

“Fight for Love” in Santa Monica July 24, 25 & 26

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Rubans Rouges Dance Company and Special Guests will present its 3rd Annual Summer Series Dance Concert “Fight for Love”  featuring the host company’s repertoire including a new 45 minute piece by the same title.
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“Fight for Love” – exploring the right to love whom we choose without being bullied or brainwashed to conform to societal pressures.

 July 24 8pm, July 25 2pm & 8pm, July 26 2pm 2015
(please note the different guest artists on different dates)

Produced by: Noelle Andressen & the Board for Rubans Rouges Dance Company and made possible by and under the auspices of Glendale Arts In Partnership with Performing Arts Live, Special Guest Choreographers inlcude: Albertossy Espinoza – LA FUSION Dance Theater, Chad Michael Hall – MULTIPLEX DANCE, Amanda Hart – Hart Pulse Dance Company (Fri Only), Judith FLEX Helle – Luminario Ballet (Sat Only), Paula Present – PTERO Dance Theatre, Kenneth Walker Jr – Kenneth Walker Dance Project  – AND – a special uplifting presentation for Sunday’s Show titled “MOSAIC” featuring works by Rubans Rouges Dance and Special Guests: Albertossy Espinoza, Marlita Hill, Maria Rendina Frantz, Grete Gryzwana, Milva Rinaldelli.

Tickets: DRC get a SPECIAL Discount
Miles Memorial Playhouse
1130 Lincoln Blvd, St Monica, CA 90403

For more information

www.RubansRougesDance.com
Office: 310-890-8285