Monthly Archives: June 2012

EVE 6 TO ROCK TRACKTOWN PLAZA STAGE AT U.S. OLYMPIC TEAM TRIALS – TRACK & FIELD

Track stars will “hand-off” to music stars at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Track & Field when Platinum-selling recording group Eve 6 perform at TrackTown Plaza on Friday, June 29 in Eugene, OR.


The special entertainment event organized by USA Track & Field will bring Eve 6 to the stage as they tour in support of their new album,Speak in Code. The group’s set will begin following the conclusion of track competition, shortly past 5 p.m. PST. Admission is free and open to the public.

“Most premier sports properties now have a musical and entertainment element that brings popular culture into the sports culture,” USATF CEO Max Siegel said. “TrackTown has been a tremendous host for the sport. We wanted to thank the city, all track and field fans and everyone who has worked to make the Trials a success by providing world-class musical entertainment to celebrate 10 days of great competition.”

Formed in 1995, Southern California based trio Eve 6 took over alternative rock airwaves in 1998 with their platinum selling, debut self-titled album, which featured the massive hits “Inside Out,””Leech” and “Tongue Tied.”  The band found great success again with their follow-up gold selling album Horrorscope that included the mainstream hit “Here’s to the Night.” In 2003, the band released It’s All In Your Head, which featured yet another hit, “Think Twice”, before going on hiatus a year later.  The band reformed in 2007 and spent the next several years touring, writing and recording.  In 2012, EVE 6 are at it again, taking over rock radio with their latest single “Victoria” off their new album, Speak in Code.

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LIVE ON JULY 1, 2012 FROM LOS ANGELES THE BET AWARDS 12 PRESENTS MUSIC THAT MATTERS



Tune in and watch BET AWARDS 12 on Sunday, July 1st live from The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles at 8:00 p.m*!

For the third year in a row, BET Music Matters artists will have the distinction of gracing the BET AWARDS stage.  BET’s Music Matters will again cast the spotlight on new talent who are on their way to being the next BET superstars.  Jennah Bell and Charles Perry will take the stage during BET AWARDS 12 to give the world a sneak peek of their talents.  Hailing from Oakland, CA, Jennah Bell is a singer, songwriter and musician whose sound consists of alternative, folk and soul. She recently completed the “Making Music Herstory” project and is living in New York City.  Brooklyn native Charles Perry was once described by Luther Vandross as “ferocious” and predicted a long-lasting solo career at the age of 16 years old. With the experience of performing by superstars like the late Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston, Charles is now focused on his upcoming solo album.

Leading up to the Awards, BET Networks provided an opportunity for hopeful artists to display their talents on its Next Big Music Star Mobile Tour.  After traveling to 5 cities, where hundreds of aspiring artists auditioned to be the BET Awards Next Big Music Star, the videos have been viewed and the votes tallied. The BET Awards Next Big Music Star is Marquis “DMT The Rapper” Taylor of Atlanta, GA.  DMT The Rapper received a round-trip and exclusive access to BET AWARDS 12 and will appear at the 106 & PARK Pre-Show for his achievement. Writing since he was 12, DMT prides himself in rapping without the use of profanity.  See more of DMT The Rapper and the 3 runners up athttps://www.facebook.com/TheBETAwards/app_455846501108509

Marquis “DMT The Rapper” Taylor

BET Networks has also just added more exciting talent to its list of presenters and performers for the BET AWARDS 12. Jamie Foxx, Quentin Tarantino, Tyler Perry and Laz Alonso will join previously announced presenters Kevin Hart, Cedric the Entertainer, Taraji P. Henson, Meagan Good and superstar host, Samuel L. Jackson.  Added to the already stellar line up of musical performers are BET’s SUNDAY BEST judge Yolanda Adams, Season 4 winner Amber Bullock, Season 2 winner Y’Anna Crawley and Season 2 1st runner-up Jessica Reedy. Previously announced top performers include D’Angelo, Usher, Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross, Wale, Meek Mill, 2 Chainz, Big Sean, and G.O.O.D. Music, all performing live at The Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, July 1, 2012 at 8:00 pm*.

*All times are ET/PT.

Comic-Con International 2012: Pure Star Wars Junk Food! Plus There’s a Saber Relay Race…

GET READY FOR COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL 2012!

Comic-Con International 2012 is just a few weeks away! At the San Diego Convention Center July 12-15, badges are already sold out but that doesn’t mean you can’t get in the spirit.

Junk Food Launches Innovative Scan to Give T-shirts for Comic-Con in Partnership with Star Wars™

Fashionistas, athletes and Star-Wars fanatics can once again simultaneously embrace fashion and tech, as a savvy QR Code is embedded in each t-shirt.

When scanned, these QR Codes take users to an online auction benefitting the Make a Wish Foundation, as well as exciting VIP experiences and exclusive race memorabilia from the upcoming July 7th one-of-a-kind light saber relay race, Course of the Force. The Junk Food Course of the Force QR Code tee is a limited edition tee from Junk Food‘s Star Wars Collection, powered by Promojam.

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Click here to download a PDF of the Comic-Con Shuttle Service, including a map showing the routes and stops!

2nd ANNUAL LOS ANGELES VENDY AWARDS CROWN LA’S TOP STREET CHEF

The results are in! The coveted Vendy Cup was awarded to  Chef Sumant Pardal of India Jones Chow Truck at today’s 2nd annual LA Vendy Awards, sponsored by The Street Vendor Project at the Urban Justice Center. Hundreds of street food lovers came to Pan Pacific Park for this year’s intense grill-to-grill cook-off to determine LA’s top street chef. Categories this year also included the People’s Choice Award, handed out to the crowd favorite.
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The 2012 LA Vendy Award Winners:
Vendy Cup:  Chef Sumant Pardal of India Jones Chow Truck

 

 

People’s Choice Award: Caridad Vazquez of Karina’s Food  

People’s Choice Award: Caridad Vazquez of Karina’s Food

“Every year, the Vendy Awards get bigger and better, and this year was another huge success,” said Sean Basinski, Director of the Street Vendor Project at the Urban Justice Center. “We’re proud to be back in Los Angeles, shining a spotlight on LA’s incredible street food and vibrant street culture, and to honor these vendors who keep thousands Los Angeles residents well fed and satisfied.”

The winner of the coveted Vendy Cup was determined by a star-studded panel of judges, who evaluated the vendors on a number of factors, including flavor, portability and personality. Host of this year’s awards was comedian and TV personality James Cunningham, and judges included The Spice Table’s Brian Ng, Top’s Chef’s Lee Ann Wong and editor of New York Magazine’s Grub Street Los Angeles, Hadley Tomicki. Music was provided by ArtistsPalooza, a non-profit organization that provides creative support and resources to help artists develop their careers.

Starting in May, LA street food enthusiasts were encouraged to nominate their favorite street vendor online. Loyal customers packed the ballot boxes to determine which sidewalk chefs would face off as finalists.

The Vendy Awards are an annual event organized by Street Vendor Project (SVP) at the Urban Justice Center, a membership-based organization of more than 1,300 vendors. SVP’s famed Vendy Awards have determined New York City’s top street chef for 8 years, and have become one of the most beloved and widely anticipated food events in New York, Los Angeles and Philadelphia. In Los Angeles, the Vendy Awards will serve as a fundraiser for L.A. City Farm, a non-profit whose goal is to make locally farmed organic produce and prepared foods more easily available to Southern Californian communities.

Follow the Vendy Awards on Twitter for the latest news and announcements at @vendyawards.

ABOUT THE STREET VENDOR PROJECT AT THE URBAN JUSTICE CENTER

The Vendy Awards are an annual benefit event for the non-profit the Street Vendor Project at the Urban Justice Center. The Street Vendor Project is a membership-based project with more than 1,300 active vendor members who are working together to create a vendors’ movement for permanent change. The Street Vendor Project is part of the Urban Justice Center, a non-profit organization that provides legal representation and advocacy to various marginalized groups of New Yorkers.

Sharon Hayes: There’s so much I want to say to you

Sharon Hayes: There’s so much I want to say to you, is the artist’s largest museum installation to date. The exhibition features works across many mediums exploring the connections between love, politics, and history with a focus on the language and tools of political dissent.

June 21–September 9

Sharon Hayes

Sharon Hayes (b. 1970) is a New York–based artist who uses photography, film, video, sound, and performance to examine the nexus between politics, history, speech, and desire. This exhibition brings together existing pieces and newly commissioned works, all of which articulate forms of what Hayes calls “speech acts.” The works are presented within an environment designed by Hayes for the Whitney’s third floor galleries, in collaboration with artist Andrea Geyer.


#SCAN AND ROCK THE VOTE ON JUNE 30, 2012!

Whole Foods Market West Hollywood will be rocking the vote in a unique Eco-Media Voter Registration Drive on Saturday, June 30, 2012, from 1-3pm. And they are using Food, Fashion, Music and Smart Phones to do it!

Rock The Vote (www.rockthevote.com) founded twenty-one years ago at the intersection of popular culture and politics, and who has run the largest nonpartisan voter registration drives in the country, has registered more than five million young people to vote, becoming a trusted source of information about casting a ballot.  This event means to mobilize and empower with new technologies and grassroots organizing to engage young people in our country to participate in every election, with the goal of seizing the power of the youth vote to create political and social change while protecting their fundamental right to vote and urging politicians to pay attention to issues that matter.

What’s eco-fashionable and socially delicious about Rocking the Vote?

Social change. We can ALL participate!

It is a fact. Youth in America spend more time online and on mobile social networking applications than they do on any other form of media. This Millennial Generation is diverse and huge in number, making up nearly one quarter of the entire electorate in 2012, which evokes both challenge and opportunity.

#Scan to vote self-expression…Junk Food X, PromoJam, RedLaser, and Threads for Thought are also chiming in and teaming up to launch the first-ever #ScantoVote social media powered QR Code t-shirts for the 2012 election year. Understanding that the most effective way to reach youth is through social networks and their phone, all of these companies together have created a t-shirt, stylishly embedded with social media QR code technology to reach younger generations via platforms they care about most – fashion, technology, entertainment, social networks, and music.  Made from 100% organic cotton, the tech-savvy eco-shirts are specifically created to engage, educate and inspire youth in America to register to vote directly from the piece of technology that they use most – their smart phone. The #ScantoVote technology will be featured at the Whole Foods Market West Hollywood Voter Registration Drive. (The tees are for sale exclusively at nationwide Whole Foods Markets and online.)

Eat your heart out! The event will feature a 4th of July themed BBQ and, live music by celebrity DJ Brent Bolthouse, raffles, tote bag giveaways, and the #ScantoVote mascot .  98.7FM will also be a sponsor of the event.

Go ahead – Make a statement! The entire form can be completed from a mobile phone, in most states, excluding Colorado. The QR tool takes individuals through a step by step process on their smart phone to fill out information and repopulates a PDF document that is then emailed to them.  From there, all they have to do is print, sign and mail it to their Board of Electors.  The address is already printed on the paper as a self-mailer.

What else to ‘Like’ about Rock the Vote WEHO is that when people use the RedLaser app to scan the QR Code graphic on the tee with their smartphone, a customized PromoJam mobile experience will launch on their phone. From this mobile page, people will be able to watch educational and inspiring videos about the election, take social actions such as “LIKE-ing” Rock The Vote on Facebook, and filling out the voter registration form right from their smartphone!

To view the mobile webpage, scan the QR-Code or type the URL into your smartphone browser:  http://rockthevote.promojamgo.com/register and http://www.scantovote.org/

PromoJam: PromoJam is a leading enterprise Social Marketing Platform, dedicated to building innovating technology solutions that help people connect in new and engaging ways. PromoJam is used by many of the biggest brands and artists in the world including: NBC Universal, The North Face, Clear Channel Radio, Blackberry, Justin Bieber, Rihanna and Pearl Jam; http://promojam.com

 Junk Food X Threads for Thought: Celebrity t-shirt emporium Junk Food has joined forces with leading eco-fashion label Threads for Thought (www.threadsforthought.com) to launch a series of social cause tees, in partnership with PromoJam and Rock the Vote.   Junk Food is the original vintage t-shirt company, with distribution rights to over 800 pop-culture licenses and is distributed in over 4,500 premium fashion stores globally.  Leading ethical fashion label Threads for Thought is a pioneer in both sustainable and organic manufacturing and is a passionate champion for numerous important social causes. www.junkfoodclothing.com

RedLaser: RedLaser is a leading barcode-scanning mobile application for iPhone, Android(TM) and Windows 7 with over 20 million downloads and counting. The RedLaser software development kit (SDK) is licensed by more than 1,200 full customers across five continents, including Coupons.com, TheFind, The Knot and shopkick and stickybits. For more information on RedLaser, visit www.redlaser.com

BRAVO AND TIME WARNER CABLE BRING A FIFTH ANNUAL “TOP CHEF: THE TOUR” TO HOLLYWOOD AND HIGHLAND ON THURSDAY, JUNE 21


“Top Chef” Chef’testant Winner Richard Blais (Seasons 4 & Season 8 Winner) and Hector Santiago (Season 6) To Compete in a Live, Interactive Cook-Off at Hollywood & Highland Center, Bringing Fans the Ultimate Hometown “Top Chef” Experience

Bravo hits the road again with a customized “Top Chef” 18-wheeler semi-truck destined for Los Angeles, in partnership with Time Warner Cable, as part of the network’s highly-anticipated fifth annual “Top Chef: The Tour.” The 15-city tour brings the Emmy and James Beard Award-winning, No. 1 food show on cable to fans and foodies nationwide. Back by popular demand, the tour will feature a quick-fire show-down between two former Bravo Top Chef’testants Richard Blais (Seasons 4 & 8 Winner) and Hector Santiago (Season 6) who will compete in a live, interactive cook-off in front of “Top Chef” fans with a panel of local judges and audience members.

Thursday, June 21: Three live competitive and mouth-watering interactive shows are open to the public at 10:30 AM, 12:00 PM & 1:30 PM at the Hollywood & Highland Center located at 6801 Hollywood Boulevard.

The free event, taking place at Hollywood & Highland Center, offers fans the unique opportunity to meet and greet the Chef’testants they’ve come to know and root for, hear “Top Chef” show “secrets,” and, for the first time ever, step into the judges shoes and rate their favorite Chef’testants’ food. Guests will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of on-site activities, including: a “Top Chef”-themed Cornhole Toss; Tip the Scale, where fans will be tasked with putting items in order of weight; and a “Top Chef” Horseshoe Toss. Attendees will also have the chance to win prizes in an affiliate-sponsored challenge, presented locally by Time Warner Cable. Additionally, visitors can purchase Bravo and “Top Chef” merchandise on-site. “Top Chef: The Tour” is brought to you locally by Easy Life Furniture. For more information, visit http://www.bravotv.com/thetour.

*Wednesday, June 20: Additionally, Blais and Fabio Viviani (Seasons 5 & 8) of Los Angeles and owner of Café Firenze, will face-off in “Top Chef: The Tour’s” stop in Los Angeles, taking place the day before on Wednesday, June 20 at Hollywood & Highland. A second media alert contains these details.  



Hollywood Fringe Review Updates

The Fringe is bursting with incredible shows this year, a few of which you’ve read about here at Gia On The Move.  And there’s still time to get a few more in.  Get your tickets.  Shows continue every day and evening until June 24th!  Visit:  http://www.HollywoodFringe.org. Here’s a small re-cap of what I’ve experienced so far plus a bit more:

First Love / Worst Love @ The Main Stage 

Complex simplicity or simple complexity? No matter how you look at, see it, hear it, feel it or experience it, there’s just no getting around it – relationships, are what they are.

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This Vicious Minute @ Elephant Stages

You will not have your heart ripped out of your chest.  You will not wrench, wretch, wring your hands in ceaseless torment.  You will not cry. You will not bleed. Ben Moroski has already done that.

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Senses @ The Underground Theatre Annex

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“Life has the ability to take you on a ride…”

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Clowns, Goddesses and Tough Guys @ Theatre Assylum Lab

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Sometimes you just feel like breaking into song… spontaneously – on purpose.

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Ghost Light @ The Underground Theatre

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As if beer, pot, frats boys, sorority girls and a oujia board on a stormy Halloween wasn’t enough, that darn ghost had to show up and ruin everything!

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Doomsday Cabaret @ Lounge Theatre 1

In a satyr of “apocalyptic proportions” introduced by an ominously bizarre, expressionist, overhead, pre-show video of peasants, animals, chanting and windstorms, nine obsessive, sub-culture doomsayers gather together at the San Bernadino Community Center to wait for the end of the world, prophesy, theorize, get laid and sell books.

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Confessions of the World’s Worst Missionary @ Studio A

Faith is no match for the heartbreaking reality of poverty, racism, HIV/AIDS and the myriad of crises of post-apartheid life in South Africa.

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I Get Knocked Down @ Studio C Artists

Seven archetypal characters (magical elf, martyr, damsel in distress, scholar, angel, lover, clown) that make up the fragmented parts of actor Evan McNamara’s personality, teach him a profound and hilarious understanding of unconditional love after the ruthless dissolution of his marriage.

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In Dream @ The Blackbox at Note

In Dream is the surreal world between two dreams that may or may not be remembered by the visitors once the night is over.  In the first, a young man sits in a room with a total stranger who claims to be the most evil man in the world. In the second, a young woman has a conversation with her fully grown daughter, who has not yet been born.

June 18 is International Sushi Day – Koi of West Hollywood is Celebrating

Sushi’s humble beginnings as a means of preserving raw fish in Southeast Asia eventually became the food of choice sold from street vendors throughout the continent before becoming the refined dish it is today. Koi is internationally known for perfecting this tradition and, in celebration of International Sushi Day, has gone above and beyond by creating the:

SUNFIRE ROLL

Snow Crab, Lobster, Cilantro and Cucumber

Topped with Mango and Avocado, then wrapped with Soy Paper

Served with Wasabi Yuzu dressing

Koi Los Angeles Celebrates International Sushi Day with a new menu item: Sunfire Roll

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About Koi Los Angeles

Koi Los Angeles is the flagship restaurant of Koi Group and has been a staple in the LA dining scene since opening its doors in 2002. Executive Chef Robb Lucas’ imaginative dishes are inspired by traditional Japanese preparations, then deconstructed and infused with modern California accents. The menu includes a variety of savory cooked dishes, traditional sushi and sashimi, as well as creative rolls. Koi’s décor, conceptualized by its own design team, reflects the tenets of feng shui and Zen Buddhism. Each of the four dining rooms are illuminated by candlelight and outfitted in colors that evoke nature’s elements of water, air, fire and earth; multiple fireplaces and waterscapes add to its design. Additionally, the restaurant features a separate lounge, two private dining areas, a sushi bar and three indoor/outdoor patios.

 

There’s No Place Like…@ The Hollywood Fringe

by Tracey Paleo~
“Dorothy called.  She wants her house back!”
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There’s no place like theatre when it is ‘unleashed.’  And in bringing it’s own brand of 24-hour theatre to the Hollywood Fringe where volunteer writers are given a specific topic and a single night to write a short play, cast it, rehearse it and present it in front of an audience, a hurricane of epic proportions can and most likely will be discharged.
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In this fashion, Theatre Unleashed, handed over on Sunday night, June 17 a 6 play series of silly, quirky and utterly zany comedies with the theme of, There’s No Place Like…
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There was no place like an elevator ready to fall – in space, a visit with your missing astronaut father in your dreams, a liberal all female pirate ship with a lascivious Lesbian captain, and a political campaigning, pamphlet writing, overeating martian who typically over-stays his welcome, to name a few. Hosted by slightly sardonic, but adorably funny in a sort of totally too much beer guzzling kind of way, MC, Clayton Meeks, who pulled the show together, and thankfully for that, producer Gregory Crafts, lives up to the namesake.  A good time all around.
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Produced by Gregory Crafts

If Water Were Present It Would Be Called Drowning at The Hollywood Fringe

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Living on the verge of a nervous breakdown, looking forward to an utter collapse; inviting, investigating, wishing, hoping , dreaming, begging.  Oh, when will it come? Something has changed.  Or is it about to?
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If Water Were Present It Would Be Called Drowning is Theatre Revelations’ aptly named, stunningly brilliant and absolutely indecent, surreal projection of a woman in total lock down, just waiting, maps in hand, for her moment of escape.  It is experimental theatre at its best.
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Betsy Moore is a gutsy, solid, actress, intelligent, hilarious and quite frankly perfect as Lolly, the desperate housewife who is out of love, luck and opportunities and only in her thirties.  She sifts, caught in a loop, through her jumbled mind of pretend soap opera sexual encounters, fantasies of killing her angry, neglectful husband, abandoning her unloving children, and circumventing the monotony with secret visits to dirty motels just to do nothing on car pool days off; all the while drowning in the sickening existence of being the outwardly perfectly bored housewife.
Seamless writing and directing by John Sinner.  This performance was executed with finess and expertise assisted by the masterful sound and lighting design of Matt Richter, video construction of  both Adam Soch and Carol Gehring, tech op/stage manager, Forrest Lancaster and music, Bobby McElver, and also with co-star Paul Tucci in a rare position of strength that supported the histrionics in the simplest of ways.
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Outstanding – bar none.

D is for Dog at The Hudson Stage

by Tracey Paleo~
In the darkly comedic, Orwellian pseudo soap, D is for Dog, we live in a futuristic vision of our 1950’s past, interspersed by Aunt Jemima breakfast commercials, Betty Crocker cake mixes, and Maxwell House Coffee that’s perfect every cup, every time, mechanically on schedule, on cue.
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It’s hysterically funny watching post apocalyptic, Stepford, wife, Mrs. Rogers bounce around the kitchen creating the marvelously beautiful lives they all live – administering to her family the little clear pills that “give us the pep in our step,”  giving us the first clue that things are “not exactly right.”
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Life may seem perfect but Mr. Rogers has a dangerous secret.  He has been dabbling with the forbidden past against the knowledge and permission of the “Corporation” a government agency that provides everyone with everything and insidiously controls every aspect of their lives.
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But nature starts to rebel from the perfection as the pills slowly stop working.  Real human emotions emerge, little Jane is getting more and more uncontrollable and excited and Dick is starting to understand the truth.  Mrs. Rogers is getting sick, and their mini universe begins to fail as another outside reality of planet earth suddenly steps in to reveal the incongruence of their existence, through the computer generated screens of their lives.
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Surprising, suspenseful, thrilling and well – “perfect”, D is for Dog is an embodiment of edgy, ensemble theatre.  This production is superbly gifted by highly choreographed stage direction, excellent costumes, and peerless lighting effects, writing, delivery and puppetry.
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Written and developed by Katie Polebaum, Sean T. Cawelti and Rogue Artists Ensemble using Rogue Artists’ signature Hyper-theatrical style