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Monthly Archives: April 2012
Artist Franz Klainsek tentatively put pen to paper for the very first time in 2010. This little story was his first exercise in a creative writing class we both attended, taught by prolific writer, producer, actress, Fielding Edlow. He wasn’t sure that writing was for him or that he had any actual talent for it. He just knew he wanted to be able to tell stories. Upon hearing his reading in class, every person in the room nearly fell off their seats. It was so special, so nostalgically beautiful and painful at the same time. I had to share it.
Sometimes, a person’s work is so heartfelt that one can only give it away to the world. And so with his permission I post the writer’s poetic goodbye, a powerful remembrance of his childhood stomping ground.
The Street I Grew Up On
by Franz Klainsek
The street I grew up on is Crandon Boulevard a street I know like the back of my hand.
It is filled with all you need from pizza at a Dollar and a quarter to a bookstore for that book that will guide me thru that freakin science project.
The Street I grew up on couldn’t get rid of my bicycle tire marks even if it was cleaned daily from now til the day I die.
Ah those rides down Crandon with a smile that makes my cheeks hurt just thinking about it.
The street I grew up on.
Hmmmm that left turn I remember it as if it was yesterday.
Ah if I could go back I’ll be more patient with you red light.
Palm trees Palm Trees and more Palm Trees. Give me that coconut.
Coconut I still love you til this day.
Ah I think of the transformation they have done to you but I will never forget your natural beauty. Real beauty.
Those mangrove trees with all who live there some not my style but even you I miss.
You are all trapped in my heart just like I trapped you Mr. Racoon that day with the Milky Way bar. Haha.
The street I grew up on. Tattooed in my heart as permanent as the Truth on my arm.
Ah now I am filled with the pain I’ve felt on that street I grew up on.
But to you I hold no harsh feelings.
You were there for me to share all my experiences good, bad and all the rest.
From Death of my grandfather to life of my brother the street I grew up on has seen it all.
Blood Tears Drama drama drama. Oh Im sorry you’ve had to see such horrific sights.
Blood was never the intention love is my truth.
Thru and thru I love you Crandon Blvd I truly do I will never stop Loving you. Love is all I feel for you.
Although you were the setting for much more you have no blame.
I love thee I love me I love that I was destined to experience all that I did on that Crandon Blvd.
Crandon Blvd not sure what Crandon means but rest assured I will soon find out.
I love and respect thee always.
Bye Crandon Boulevard.
Screwball comedy takes the stage at Open Fist Theatre in the west coast premiere of Early and Often written by Barbara Wallace and Thomas R. Wolfe.
Set in Chicago 1960, democrats, republicans and everyone else will stop at nothing to compete for votes, power and a political code of honor in this tumultuous, zany, murder-mystery filled with whodunits, real estate scams and plenty of illicit affairs all around. It should have been hilarious and at times, is. But Early and Often has difficulty finding its way through the gags, setups and style as good guys do bad things to prevent the bad guys from having their share of the “goods” when suddenly there becomes a vacancy in the state assembly. Unevenly written and directed, there is never-the-less, an interesting show in development.
EARLY AND OFTEN
Now playing at Open Fist Theatre 6209 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90038
For showtimes and tickets visit: www.openfist.org
April 7-May 26th Fridays and Saturdays @ 8pm Sundays @ 2pm Tickets $25.00
Reviewed by Tracey Paleo
T, The New York Times Styles Magazine stopped by this morning to share one of the most incredibly inspired and exclusive videos on fashion I have seen to date.
T Exclusive Video | A Polished Look by Chanel
When Peter Philips, Chanel’s creative director for makeup, wanted to showcase the latest collection of Chanel nail polish on film, he called upon Ruth Hogben, a London filmmaker known for her work with Gareth Pugh and Louis Vuitton. The inspiration to use sign language came shortly after.
In this video, the Dutch model Saskia De Brauw manually conveys some of Coco Chanel’s most famous quotes; while her hands do the talking, her fingernails show off an array of chic Chanel lacquers.
Can you use toilet paper to make a beautiful wedding dress? If you can, you just might win $2012!
Wedding dress shopping. Lining up at favorite designer ateliers for hours on end on sale days. Agonizing over styles, fits and price tags. The insanity of wedding preparations. All those flowers! The dress. The single most expensive item more than a few girls will at least once in their lifetime, break the bank for. It’s a big investment.
Well, everyone likes to save money here and there. And for some, saving money on weddings is more than a hobby, and a little less than an obsession. Laura Gawne, Roxie Radford and Susan Bain operate the popular website www.Cheap-Chic-Weddings.com.
The Eighth Annual Cheap Chic Weddings Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest is sponsored by Charmin.
THE CONTEST HAS BEGUN!
Winners will be announced at an event hosted by Ripleys Believe It or Not! Times Square Odditorium on June 27, 2012. Cheap Chic Weddings also welcomes new sponsor Life In Mobile, Inc. to this years contest. All photos and video are to be submitted to Cheap Chic Weddings at TPdresscontest@gmail.com by June 1, 2012 at 11:00 PM EST. There is no entry fee. The Judging Panel at Cheap Chic Weddings will judge the digital photo entries.
The Grand Prize winner will receive $2012, the second place winner will receive $1000 and the third place winner will receive $500.
Heres How to Enter:
First: Plan your design.
Second: Enlist a friends help (optional – but seriously, you’re gonna need some help putting this all together!)
Third: Grab some Charmin Toilet Paper, Tape and/or Glue and/or Needle and Thread (thats all you can use)!
Fourth: Make the dress on your model or mannequin and take some digital photos (front, back and side). Video clips are welcome but not necessary.
Each year, the contest gets better and better. We are all excited to see the fantastic entries! said Laura Gawne of Cheap Chic Weddings.
View top and winning entries:
http://www.cheap-chic-weddings.com/wedding-contest-2011.htmlOfficial contest rules along with lots of other wedding cost saving tips and information can be found at www.Cheap-Chic-Weddings.com.
Last years Grand Prize winner Susan Brennan created a playfully sophisticated dress, which was inspired by her love of flowers.
Celebrated in over 175 countries each year on April 22nd, Earth Day is a day set aside to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s natural environment, and encourage its residents to take steps to repair the damage we have caused.
The largest online provider of sustainable flowers and eco-friendly gifts, Organic Bouquet is focused on responsible practices in every step of production – from the environment to the growers through the distribution chain to the final consumer. Want to help spread awareness in your circle? Established to help non-profit partners continue to make positive changes in the work they do, Organic Bouquet’s Flower’s for Good ™ program offers a wide selection of charity bouquets, including offerings to support Green America, The Nature Conservancy, Keep America Beautiful and more, perfect for celebrating important the day.
Whole Foods Market, America’s healthiest grocery store, is partnering with production and streaming company, NowLive to take its annual Do Something Reel Film Festival online this year. The film festival is an ongoing collection of provocative films about food and environmental issues that can be purchased online at www.dosomethingreel.com and streamed for a limited time.
Beginning in April, Whole Foods Market will stream a different film each month with proceeds helping to fund the 2012 Whole Foods Market/AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Festival filmmaker grants. The festival opens April 22, with a live screening of “The Apple Pushers” narrated by Edward Norton (which is also available online for $5.99 from April 22-30, 2012), followed by a panel discussion hosted by Debi Mazar, “Entourage” and Cooking Channel’s “Extra Virgin”. NowLive will power the live chat as well as the film releases online.
WHERE: Alamo Drafthouse’s Slaughter Lane Theater in Whole Foods Market’s hometown of Austin. Additionally, theaters in Boston, Detroit, Pittsburgh and San Francisco will host simultaneous screenings and will stream the live chat. The panel discussion will also be live streamed for free to online viewers at www.dosomethingreel.com.
Earth Day is the largest secular civic event in the world, with more than 1 billion people in 180 countries involved in Earth Day activities, according to the Earth Day Network. With over 95 million “Acts of Green” registered with the network for this year’s Earth Day, April 22, individuals and businesses alike are committing to being greener.
Nielsen-Massey Vanillas, the maker of fine vanillas and flavors, is committed to environmentally friendly practices from its facility to the production of its vanilla products. They committed to making change on a big scale. So to celebrate Earth Day they suggested making one or many of these simple daily changes on April 22 because all of these can help to make a positive difference to Mother Nature:
• Ride a bike or use public transportation to get to work.
• Purchase fruits and vegetables from a local farmers market and pair it with Nielsen-Massey’s Organic Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract to make a gourmet Earth Day meal.
• Use water wisely by taking a shorter shower, turning off the faucet when brushing teeth or using cold water for laundry.
• Clean naturally. For example, add a dash of Nielsen-Massey’s Pure Lemon Extract to rinse water for a fresh scent or put a vanilla bean in a stinky trash can rather than spraying harmful cleaning supplies.
• Save energy by unplugging cell phones, computers and other electronics at night.
by Tracey Paleo ~ Gia On The Move
Well…Everything! If you are looking…
This weekend everyone whose been looking for love in all the WRONG places will finally get some relief and an excellent helping hand from Melanie Mar, Featured Life Coach on Housewives of Beverly Hills Life and Co-Owner of Millionaire’s Club International Matchmaking Agency (with Pattie Stanger), a self proclaimed Love-a-holic when it comes to finding the right woman to fit the right man.
You will have to go no further than the LOVE EVENT taking place at, The Sheraton Gateway at LAX this Saturday and Sunday (April 21-22). Super keyed up for women to learn about how to get or keep the relationship of their dreams a world-wide team of female and male celebrity experts are offering their services and advice in earnest.
Melanie, who is also a dedicated afternoon tea and crumpets, fashionista Brit turned Angeleno is one of the many professionals set to speak at the two day LOVE ‘affair’ , graciously got on the phone with me yesterday and talked a little bit about being a sort of uber beautiful turnkey solution for wealthier singles, mostly men, who really need a helping hand occasionally in finding the woman or man of their dreams.
Gia: So what do you love about the LOVE EVENT this weekend?
Melanie: They brought me in to talk about fashion and how to attract a man. I do style and image makeovers so I’m am glad to be talking about that. But I am happy to be a part of it because it’s known as the LOVE event geared for women and empowering to women. It’s a nice event. When you take away the money and beauty you have your integrity and character. The people who are coming are regular people looking for love – looking to find a mate. I’m not going to be talking to wealthy people. I’ll be talking to normal people. I’m here to celebrate love.
Gia: Why do people come to you in the first place and what do they really want? And what exactly happens in this situation? Especially with your millionaire men?
Melanie: My entire existence is spent managing people’s expectations. When you have money or beauty you think you can have it all. There is always someone with more. For me it’s lots of things. I turn clients away if I think they won’t listen and are not willing to receive. If you come to me you’re looking for love. If you are looking for playtime – no. You want something serious, a relationship for quality not quantity. But there is always that underlying notion with a client that who he is looking for has to be this or that. It’s a lot of, “I don’t know if you will date women that height.” Sometimes, it’s exasperating.
Gia: How do you handle that?
Melanie: Last night [for instance] I had to tell a potential client, ” Go away and think about what you really want. You are setting your sights too high.”
Gia: So then how DO you get your clients to “come around” to your idea of finding a mate for them?
Melanie: I just say, let’s work with what we’ve got. When the match making kicks in I am constantly trying to say, “Do you want to be in a relationship? If you do you are going to have to change things to be more open. It’s about modification and compromise. If you continue with the same thought patterns you will be single forever.
Gia: What do you think makes for a successful match?
Melanie: Three things – Compatibility, Communication, Chemistry.
Gia: What’s your special gift?
Melanie: I’m certified in transactional analysis in date coaching and matching. I coach my clients through pre dating, preparing clients to start dating or during. Everything I do with my clients is geared for love and making or sustaining relationships. My background actually is fashion. It’s my first love personally.
Gia: What are these guys looking for? Can any woman really attract a millionaire? What does it really take?
Melanie: Men are visual of course, that’s the initial thing that any man wants. What she looks like. Is she beautiful? For a woman I always say you simply have to make what God gave you the best you can possibly be. It means looking feminine. Get a mani-pedi, put on makeup, coif your hair. Let’s start off with what you’ve got and make the most of it. Creating a wardrobe that really suits you. Don’t reveal everything. Keep a little mystery.
The men I encounter want a lady who looks like a lady. Someone who he can take into any room and who can talk and socialize. He doesn’t want to have to worry about her saying something or doing something awkward. These men feel like they can have that.
Gia: Is LA different from anywhere else when it comes to finding the right mate?
Melanie: In a cosmopolitan city like Los Angeles, it is more intense. We are surrounded by beauty. There’s always a bigger better deal.
Gia: At the end of the day, what’s the real “pay-off” for you, investing your self, your time, your insights and experience entirely into helping other people find love?
Melanie: I admit it’s exhausting. I often feel so emotionally drained because I take on so much. But for me, I go above and beyond. I am always the person saying if you need me call me or text me any time of the day. I truly care from my heart. I am heart-driven. I can’t bear to hear about anyone breaking up or divorcing. I see both sides of the coins. You know, no one is perfect.
To be broadcast on THIRTEEN on Sunday, April 29
Former Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr reunited on an American stage for the first time in 17 years during this historic April 2009 Radio City Music Hall benefit concert, which will be broadcast in New York on THIRTEEN on Sunday, April 29, at 10:30 pm (check local listings for broadcast dates and times in your area).
The Beatle reunion highlights the 90-minute “Change Begins Within” concert to benefit the David Lynch Foundation, www.DavidLynchFoundation.org, a charity set up in 2005 by the iconic filmmaker David Lynch to fund Transcendental Meditation programs for at-risk youth, veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, and women who suffer from domestic abuse and violence. www.OperationWarriorWellness.org.
McCartney performs a set of Beatles, Wings and solo classics; Starr sings his own set of Beatle and solo hits. McCartney and Starr join together on stage for “With A Little Help from My Friends,” Paul’s rarely performed “Cosmically Conscious,” and Beatle fan favorite “I Saw Her Standing There.”
Also appearing on the broadcast are comedian Jerry Seinfeld as well as musicians Sheryl Crow (“My Sweet Lord”), Eddie Vedder and Ben Harper (“Under Pressure”), Moby and Betty LaVette (“Natural Blues”), Paul Horn, newly-elected Rock-and-Roll-Hall of Famer Donovan and Jim James (“Hurdy Gurdy Man”).
The concert was co-produced by Hoosick Falls Productions and David Lynch Foundation Television with executive producers George Verschoor, David Lynch, and Bob Roth.
The David Lynch Foundation has provided scholarships for more than 200,000 students and veterans to learn to meditate.
Transcendental Meditation is a simple, easily learned technique, practiced for 15 to 20 minutes twice daily, sitting comfortably with the eyes closed. According to research funded by the National Institutes of Health and published in peer-reviewed scientific journals, the technique reduces stress and stress-related disorders, including PTSD, anxiety, depression, cardiovascular disease, and substance abuse.
Prominent meditators include Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Russell Brand, Ellen DeGeneres, Clint Eastwood, Mehmet Oz, Martin Scorsese, Jerry Seinfeld, Russell Simmons, and Oprah Winfrey.
DAVID LYNCH FOUNDATION
To celebrate twenty years of publishing Coagula Art Journal, acclaimed editor, art critic and curator Mat Gleason will open Coagula Curatorial on April 21 as a premiere exhibition space of contemporary art.
So if you didn’t audition for the latest rock musicals that have hit LA from Green Day’s “American Idiot,” Hair: The “American Tribal Love-Rock Musical,” “Hedwig and the Angry Inch“: set in the 1970s era of glam rock, “We Will Rock You”: based on the music of Queen and set 300 years in the future on “Planet Mall” where making music is forbidden but lead character Galileo is a rebel who hears music in his head and follows his destiny against all adversity, including the Killer Queen, and “Rock of Ages”: Set on the Sunset Strip in the late 1980s, a time of big-haired metal bands, (recently made into a film starring Tom Cruise set for a Summer 2012 release), just because you had no idea what-so-ever, how to actually audition for a punky, spikey-haired, leather, pop, rock&roll, Gen Xer meets Hipster, kinda show — you can belt out a note of relief. You’re secret weapon is now available.
Actually she was here in Los Angeles at the Lyric Theatre direct from New York City this past February 2012 teaching more than a few Angelenos just how ROCKIN THE AUDITION is really done. — I’m talking about, Broadway rock&roll superstar Sheri Sanders.
From zero to 100mph!
This is not your normal prep class. Don’t expect to be babied or bullied. But do expect be scared straight into giving the best 1 minute performance you have ever pulled out of your hat. Because getting the part in a modern rock musical is not for the faint of heart. It’s not Rogers or Hammerstein, Sondheim or Gershwin. You won’t be able to rely on your operatic training alone. You’ll need some hootspa. Heck you’ll need some downright guts! It’s about style. And it’s about singing way out of the box. But, surprise, surprise, you’ll actually have to learn your history first.
What does it really mean to throw down a rock musical theatrical style? Well, according to Sheri, you’ve got know a little something about the times you are singing in and singing from. Meaning — character work, body language, psychology, politics — translate that — behaviors. Every decade has its particulars, its freedoms, its restrictions, it’s nuances — the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s. Physically and musically every decade has been different. So you’ve got to begin there.
I was invited to the Lyric Theatre in Hollywood to sit in and watch the classwork for one of my favorite dance music eras – Disco – one of THE most difficult musical audition styles to sing. I had so much fun that I almost forgot I wasn’t a student!
Regularly stationed in New York City, Sheri just published a book about what it takes to ROCK THE AUDITION on Broadway and everywhere else. Offering insights like:
*Never act a rock song like a theatre piece.
* You have to feed into the music, what it asks for . Tip your hat to the style.
*80’s songs have great range. People became colorful and unbelievably present.
Acting your next rock song will be profound! In other words,
“WE WILL ROCK YOU!”
Contributed by Tracey Paleo
Motherhood may be your life, but managing has become your career. Like Tina Knowles (Beyonce’), Pattie Mallette (Justin Beiber) and Gretchen Sheckler (Ryan Sheckler) before you, somehow you have the idea that you’ve ended up with the most talented kid in the world. Music, sports, dancing or acting…from your child’s first steps and first words, you recognized her star potential; and who better to lead her down the path to stardom than her own mother? No, you’re not just an opinionated backstage momzilla with an attitude. You know her better than anyone else, and no one will ever be more committed to her success than you.
From dance classes to theater camp, auditions to call backs, you’ve been there every step of the way supporting your child’s destiny. Whether you’re already a working talent manager who discovered a “spark” in your own child or the ultimate “Momager” who’s figuring it out as she goes along…Doron Ofir Casting, the star making casting company behind, “Nashville Star”, and “Jersey Shore” wants to shine the spotlight on the women behind the world’s next big stars.
“Whether your child is a diva, a prodigy, a comedic genius, a future mogul, a thespian, or a triple threat, this brand new documentary series will get to know the true stories behind the future faces of entertainment, and the entrepreneurial Moms who will do whatever it takes to earn Top Billing for their kids.” – Doron Ofir, Executive Casting Director, who has just begun the search for “MOMAGERS” – MOTHERS WHO TALENT MANAGE THEIR OWN TEENS & YOUNG ADULTS
If you are a mother of a burgeoning star between the ages of 16-25 who manages every detail of their budding career, they are looking for you!
Applicants are encouraged to apply at www.momagerscasting.com
MadeJustRight.com, an Earth Balance-hosted online community passionate about cooking and the plant-based lifestyle announces its second annual Spring to Life Recipe Contest.
The competition which has been running since April 9 is in its last 2 week phase and is heating up with this weeks challenge – Entrees.
For this extravaganza a team of culinary experts including Kim Barnouin, author/co-author of the Skinny Bitch book series, will evaluate the recipes based on appeal, ease of preparation and creativity to select two winners this week, April 23rd – April 29th and next week, April 30th – May 6th for its final round – Desserts.
The eight winners will be considered for the final grand prize for a glamorous trip to San Francisco. All winners will be announced the week of May 14, 2002. More information about the Spring to Life Recipe Contest is available at MadeJustRight.com.