Kito Flex Dopeness: #WalkThisWay

Let me introduce you to the budding premium fashion accessory line of Mr. Kito Flex

Kito Flex

Growing up in Houston, TX, 26 year-old Kito Flex always had big dreams of being successful and always had a love for fashion, especially unique accessories that assisted in making his outfits stand out from the crowd. Kito had the artistic idea to create a men’s accessory line (must be the dog…lol…kidding) that would reflect his unique style while staying true to his Houston roots. In early 2013, the Kito Flex Collection was born.

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Gia On The Move: “This dude is “killin’ it”! And we love the inspirational message on the back of his labels.  Check out what he recently wrote to his Instagram followers:

Kito FlexIMG_9758-2.“You guys probably never noticed this but, I do have an inspirational message on the back of all my products! Romans 8:18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. #HappySunday Be blessed “

Bringing awareness of Houston culture to the forefront and cultivating design filled with inspirational art and creativity the line currently includes four premium sock patterns:

  • Baby Bottles”,
  • the vicious red “Bomb” socks,
  • the swangin’ “SLAB” socks (Slow, Loud, and Bangin aka a fully customized car)
  • and the most popular socks shrouded in “Lean Cups” filled with purple drank, inspired by the music of DJ Screw, UGK, Slim Thug and other Houston legends.

image005“It’s a brand that represents, and is influenced by, a Houston culture…a society that the whole world is slowly trending on. I’ve taken ordinary accessories and just added my creative twist to it and hope everyone else enjoys the art. I believe, no matter race or gender, my brand has something to offer to all individuals.”           - Kito Flex

The popularity of the Kito Flex Collection is spreading like wild fire and currently you can spot Houstonians all over rocking these socks.  We love the line at Gia On The Move because it’s just plain fun and sexy.  Plus we’re huge advocates of edgy entrepreneurs on the pulse! …and Gia will be rockin’ her own pair(s) very shortly. :)

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Currently available at Premium Goods (Houston), Active Athlete (Texas, Alabama, Louisiana), Exclusive Taste (Houston), and Tradition (Beverly Center), just to name a few, you can also buy them online!

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Highly recommended for stocking stuffers and totally cheapskate gift givers this holiday season!

The Sublime and Beautiful Available on iTunes December 16th

CAN WE FORGIVE?

The Sublime and Beautiful

Recently screened in October at Arena Cinema Hollywood…THE SUBLIME AND BEAUTIFUL will screen in NYC at Anthology Film Archives on Tuesday, December 16th and will be available on iTunes / VOD the same day.

David Conrad (Blake Robbins) is a college professor raising three children in a small Kansas suburb with his wife Kelly (Laura Kirk).  David and Kelly’s marriage is brought to its breaking point when they lose their children to a drunk driver, and David’s desire for retribution leads him into uncharted moral territory with the question: can we forgive?

Veteran film, television, and theatre actor Blake Robbins (NBC’s The Office, FX’s Sons of Anarchy, HBO’s Oz) makes his directorial debut with THE SUBLIME AND BEAUTIFUL, which he also wrote, produced, and stars in. After a successful career as an actor, including his best known role of Tom Halpert on NBC’s The Office, and a critically acclaimed role in the HBO series Oz and most recently on SX’s Sons of Anarchy as Mitch Glender, Robbins utilized his vast on-set experience to write a drama centered around natural performances and his deep love of the acting process. Using a small crew, handheld cameras, and natural light, Robbins drew upon the landscapes of Kansas, local actors as well as his ‘acting family’ to tell an emotional and hard hitting story of family bonds, morality, and the limits of vengeance.  

This performance driven narrative drama premiered at the 2014 Slamdance Film Festival, and after a successful festival run is now being released digitally and in select theatres by Candy Factory Productions & Distribution.  Matthew Del Negro (Teen Wolf, Scandal) also stars.

Running Time: 93 minutes
The Sublime and Beautiful

 

Written, Directed, and Starring Blake Robbins (NBC’s The Office, FX’s Sons of Anarchy, HBO’s Oz)

Produced By Blake Robbins and Warren Ostergard

Casting Director / Producer Marci Liroff (E.T., Blade Runner, Footloose)

Cast: Blake Robbins, Laura Kirk, Matthew Del Negro (Teen Wolf, Scandal), Armin Shimerman

Composer acclaimed LA musician Lily Hadyn

Curious Thanksgiving Art: The Turkey Platter Museum Downtown Los Angeles

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It’s not really Thanksgiving without a big turkey.  So on November 23, 2014 the Red Pipe Gallery in Downtown L.A.’s Historic Chinatown will play host to a salute to Thanksgiving by installing the Turkey Platter Museum, a private collection of antique, vintage and contemporary Turkey Platters, works of art made by artisans for over a hundred years.

Local collector Helen Gleason has been buying Turkey Platters for the past forty years at antique stores, estate sales, swap meets, yard sales and cross-country collectibles shopping trips. Over 200 of the pieces on display are from her private collection, assembled to give an overview of Thanksgiving and
America through the eyes of dozens of nameless craftspeople from all around the world.

Some platters depict naturalistic scenes of turkeys in the wild while many are portraits of one large bird. The art styles vary from realism to expressionism but a careful attention to artistry, form and detail are visible in all.  Some of them will even be for sale!

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The exhibit opens Sunday afternoon, November 23, from Noon – 5 PM. The Gallery is open Wednesday thru Sunday, Noon – 5 PM.

This exhibit will run thru Sunday, January 4, 2015. The gallery is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

Red Pipe Gallery is at 978 Chung King Road in Downtown L.A.’s Historic Chinatown, Los Angeles CA 90012

King Lear at the Broad Stage

by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move

ShakespeareGlobe4_426x426When I think about Shakespeare, I imagine that during his time, he might have  produced a perfect play with a company such as the modern Globe Theatre now touring and having recently made an appearance at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica.  It is probably the closest and most authentic I’ll experience to true Elizabethan stage.  This cast was so very deft with every aspect of this production, every word, piece of music, physical movement and breath. It was an immersion like none other which kept my attention for almost 3 hours. And yet, except for the final moments at Cordelia’s death, I was oddly unmoved.

The Tragedy of King Lear is based on the legend of Leir of Britain, a mythological pre-Roman Celtic King, regarded as one of Shakespeare’s supreme character and writing achievements with the title role coveted by many of the world’s most accomplished actors.  As we have come to know him today, Lear is a fearsome, powerful, largely reactive emotional man and a king to boot. He is ruthless, raw, unrefined in too many ways, even cruel and prone to favoritism on a whim as he proves in the beginning of this play.

As a way to exercise a show of it, in a most ego-centric theatricality, he forces his elder daughters to practically beg at his feet by professing,  a love he knows they don’t have for him, in a couched contest against his beloved youngest daughter, Cordelia, who he intends the best portion of his kingdom all along.  What results in a sharp and vengeful turn of events, is the utter dissolution of his power, his sanity and his life as well as all his children, even his friends.  In fact, pretty much no one gets out of this story unharmed or untainted.

This wasn’t the most robust Lear I’ve experienced.  The entire cast is endowed with an extraordinary level of technical prowess in the genre, with the text, the delivery, range and vocal power.  But Lear seemed to be acting all by himself, so much so, directing all emotion and action outward to the audience, that he left the rest of the cast to interact with each other, apace and apart. And so I found it difficult to really “connect”.  Not to mention his behavior was rather less imbued with bravado or eventual madness as opposed to jovial silliness and “possible” confusion.  It just wasn’t appealing in a way that I’d hoped, although still effective.  But that is as far as it went.

As for the rest of this production however, it is magnificent. The language is crystal clear.  The interludes wonderfully surprising.  The multiple character changes by the cast members, exciting.  In short, for any faults at all, the craft made exquisite.

So if you have had any complaints or shyness with Shakespeare before, about following the text, understanding intention, or being utterly confused for lack of aptitude with the language, there is unconditionally no danger of that; certainly not in this production.  Not a moment is ever lost.  And no distraction of any sort of bells & whistles.  Finally, a purity for “true-believers”.

The only real drawback is the attention span of American audiences which may find it difficult to sit through the length of the play.  But it’s a given that if you are going to “hear” a language play, it is an investment in time.  

Alas, this was a short run and there are unfortunately no more performances left.

KING LEAR
By William Shakespeare
Performed by Shakespeare’s Globe
Touring the UK and US on a small-scale, Elizabethan-style stage.
 
CREATIVES
Directed by Bill Buckhurst
Designed by Jonathan Fensom
Composed by Alex Silverman
 
CAST
Gwendolen Chatfield
Goneril/CuranBethan Cullinane
Cordelia/FoolJoseph Marcell
King LearAlex Mugnaioni
Edgar/Duke of Cornwall/Duke of BurgundyBill Nash
Earl of KentDaniel Pirrie
Edmund/Oswald/King of FranceShanaya Rafaat
ReganJohn Stahl
Duke of Gloucester/ Duke of Albany/Doctor

The LA Art Show 2015 is Los Angeles’ Art Show

“After 20 Years, We Know Art in LA…”

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LA is quickly becoming the most important art Scene in the US.  It has become increasingly clear the only art fair to crack the code for success in the city is the LA Art Show.    Taking place January 15-18, 2015 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, The LA Art Show is a 200,000 square foot platform for fine art that brings in more than 50,000 visitors, eager to see 120 galleries representing 22 countries from North & South America, Europe & Asia.

The LA Art Show meets the needs of this very diverse city with a comprehensive art experience and has been curated into two distinct sections: Modern & Contemporary and Historic & Traditional Contemporary.

“January is your time to be a part of the LA art scene.”

 

St. Jude Children's Research HospitalThe LA Art Show kicks off with an Opening Night Premiere Party on Wednesday, January 14 and is open to the public from January 15-18, 2015.  General admission is $20.  The LA Art Show takes place at the Los Angeles Convention Center, South Hall, 1201 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015.  For additional information about the LA Art Show, please visit www.LAArtShow.com.

The LA Art Show has received media accolades from: the Los Angeles Times, Juxtapoz, Hi-Fructose, KCET, KPCC, Artnet, Art Daily, NBC Los Angeles, the Orange County Register, The Huffington Post, LA Magazine, The Los Angeles Daily News, The Pasadena Star News, The Daily Breeze, Examiner.com, LAist, Cartwheel Art, Fine Art Connoisseur, Art Nerd and others. In addition, an extensive New York Times article highlighting the Treasures of the Maya Spirit exhibition at our sister event, the Los Angeles, Jewelry, Antique and Design Show.

 

Jensen Reed “This Time”

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It wasn’t too long ago that alternative pop hip-hop artist  Jensen Reed released his latest song “This Time” featuring soul songstress Lisa Donnelly.  A departure from the kind of music we normally gravitate to and definitely not totally language clean, we thought it was interesting enough to feature  here at Gia On The Move.  Here’s why:

“This time we’re so much different…”

Reminiscent of Macklemore and Gym Class Heroes, Reed is an LA-based artist who is known for his style of fusing upbeat pop structure and dark hip-hop overtones to create unique compositions. His music has been featured on celebrated shows such as Friday Night Lights and Showtime’s House of Lies, as well as the Oscar-nominated film The Messenger. His most recent album, The Left Coastwas released in April 2014 and featured Michael Vinzce and The Mowgli’s.  He also collaborated with prolific YouTuber Taryn Southern on a cover of Tove Lo’s “Habits (Stay High)”.

Check out the blog too…very cool!

 http://www.jensenreed.com/

Coupons and Causes for the Holidays — Right Here!

9 Early Holiday Deals to Help you Save on Gift Shopping and Make a Difference too!

With the holidays fast approaching, people are thinking about the perfect gifts to buy for their loved ones, and the best stores to find the deals for those gifts. As demonstrated in the infographic below, however, shoppers aren’t just thinking about savings - they’re also passionate about giving back this holiday season.

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The best part is, with Goodshop.com, people can do their holiday shopping AND give back at the same time. Goodshop is a site that gets shoppers the best deals and coupons at thousands of retailers, and donates a percentage of all purchases to the cause of the shoppers’ choice!

So, buying a new Apple iPhone for your niece or nephew, could raise enough to feed a shelter animal for a day. Shopping for a warm scarf from Land’s End for your best friend, could raise enough to fund vaccinations for kids in need. There are thousands of deals to save with and more than 110,000 nonprofits and schools to support.

Below is a list of early Holiday deals.  Save money and give back with Goodshop!

christmas-boxshoppingKohl’s – Save 10% on any order of $75 or more.
Expires: 01-02-2015. 2% Donation
 
Ralph Lauren - Up to 25% off select kid’s styles, plus free shipping at the new Holiday Savings event!
Expires: 12-31-2014. 5% Donation
 
Dell - Get 20% off Dell electronics and accessories with free shipping.
Expires: 11-17-2014. 3% Donation
 
Sundance Catalog – Free shipping on orders over $100 (offer valid on full price purchases only)!
Expires: 11-16-2014. Up to 5% Donation
 
Edible Arrangements - $5 off your Edible Arrangements order.
Expires: 11-16-2014. 1% Donation
 
Amazon – 20% off purchases over $75 in clothing and apparel!
Expires: 11-20-2014. 1.5% Donation
 
Best Buy – Up to 25% off laptops
Expires: 01-01-2015. 7.5% Donation
 
Express - Take 40% off your $200 purchase, 30% off your $100 purchase, or 20% off your $50 purchase.
Expires: 11-16-2014. 7% Donation
 
Office Depot & Office Max - $20 off your qualifying purchase of $125.
Expires 11-17-2014. 3% Donation