Monthly Archives: September 2012

Unchain My Heart – October’s MONSTER Mash

October is a big, big month and mixing it up this year are lot’s of local and national happenings from Foods to Fests, Pink to Postmodern.  Check out of few of these leads for inspiration while carving those Jack O’ Lanterns…

“Madonna is in for lunch, Elton John wants a birthday cake, Sean
Connery loves the beef, Mick Jagger can’t get a table because Michael
gave it to his wife. Kim Kardashian is here launching her clothing line. And can Michael make a menu for Dustin Hoffman?”

With over 25 million people living with diabetes in the U.S., everyone
knows someone that has diabetes.  Michael Moore, Australian Celebrity Chef and author of BLOOD SUGAR: Inspiring Recipes for Anyone Facing the Challenges of Diabetes and Maintaining Good Health (New Holland) is determined to share his personal message of healthy eating to everyone as a chef living with diabetes. Whether one is pre- or post diabetic, planting the seed of healthy eating is a
topical subject that has mass appeal.



Created by a candy loving, 15 year old boy upset by his parents when he awoke to find they had confiscated half of his Halloween loot a couple of years ago, UNREAL delivers candy with less sugar, more protein and more fiber. 

…On a candy coated mission to unjunk the world™, starting with the biggest candy holiday of the year.

  • ·        No corn syrup
  • ·        No hydrogenated oil
  • ·        No artificial flavors
  • ·        No GMO’s
  • ·        No synthetic colors
  • ·        Responsibly sourced ingredients



Etnies is collaborating with Keep A Breast Foundation (KAB) to raise awareness for KAB’s continuing efforts to eradicate breast cancer by exposing young people to methods of prevention, early detection and support.  It’s just simple.  Get a pair.  Save a life.  A portion of the proceeds from the KAB/etnies Woozy will go to KAB’s awareness program. 


Michelle Pfeiffer will host the 8th Annual Pink Party in support of the Cedars-Sinai Women’s Cancer Program (WCP) at the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute at Hangar 8 in Santa Monica on October 27, 2012 presented by Elyse Walker.

Anticipated to be the biggest fashion event to take place in Los Angeles in years. The fashion show will be on 54-foot catwalk and will feature looks from designers: Barbara Bui, Brunello Cucinelli, Chloé, J. Mendel, KaufmanFranco, Kelly Wearstler, Stella McCartney and Valentino.

Pink party® is a celebration of women, fashion, friendship and life and eight years of philanthropy supporting one of the premier medical and research centers in the world. It is without question that this year’s pink party® will be bigger and better than ever,” said Elyse Walker.

Celebrities who have lent their name in support of both the event and the cause include: Michelle Pfeiffer and David E. Kelley, Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck, Kate Beckinsale and Len Wiseman, Katie McGrath and JJ Abrams, Leslie Mann and Judd Apatow, Jennifer Meyer Maguire and Tobey Maguire, Stacy Keibler, Maria Menounos, Molly Sims, Marcia Cross, Bernadette & “Sugar” Ray Leonard, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Brad Hall, Jessica Capshaw, Caroline and Chris O’Donnell, Serena & Shawn Levy, Michelle & Michael Chiklis, Courtney Thorne-Smith and Roger Fishman, Jamie Lee Curtis, Giada de Laurentiis and Todd Thompson, Stacey Snider & Gary Jones, Allison Janney, Beth Riesgraf, Carrie Preston, Lisa Edelstein, and more.

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AIA Los Angeles and the City of Los Angeles Gear up to Celebrate Architecture Month this October!

October is Architecture Month in Los Angeles! In celebration, AIA|LA, in conjunction with Community Partners, will host a slew of events across the city that educate the public about architecture and architects, celebrate the profession and encourage the dialogue between those interested in the built environment. The theme for this year is, “Designing Design.” Come help celebrate Architecture Month!

One Last Bit…

Oh Nicky You’re So Fine…


Just one more day to go before the 405 Freeway opens back up and you’ll be making hundreds of excuses about why you simply can’t find the time.  So don’t miss the opportunity to say you did it!  You discovered art in your neighborhood.  Bike. Art. Metro.

Check the ARTmageddon website more events near you.




At the end of 2012, will be publishing the first ever ArtCard book!

To be included in this publication Angelenos are invited to submit ArtCards inspired by the theme “L.A. Life”.

ArtCards will be selected for the publication by LA-Artist organizers and community members. Once published, the ArtCard book will be available to purchase online and sales will contribute towards funding the ArtCard project thru 2013.

UPDATE: The deadline for ArtCard submissions is November 1st, 2012.

Takin’ It To The Streets! Art-maggedon L.A. Sept 29th-30th

Walk – Bike – Metro to art in your neighborhood!
An alternative to Carmageddon:
On September 29 & 30, Hollywood Fringe along with a multitude of cultural organizations  are throwing a citywide art party and celebrating the prolific and inspiring art happening all over Los Angeles. From the Valley to Pasadena, Santa Monica to Downtown, there is a lot going on and they want you to join them…
Visit to discover listings for art happening near you.
Check out what’s happening at major institutions nearby or dig deeper and discover hidden gems just around the corner. Carmageddon II is the perfect excuse to leave your car behind and support local art by experiencing the performances, concerts, screenings, exhibitions and more, being created and presented in your own backyard.
For updates throughout ARTmageddon weekend:
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ARTmageddon… Less Car. More ART!
September 29 & 30
ARTmageddon is a collaborative effort co-founded by Beyond the Usual and Curbside, in partnership with the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs, Experience LA, LA Stage Alliance, ForYourArt, and Metro, in association with an inspiring alliance of artists and community partners, and with the generous support of the Los Angeles Downtown Arts District (LADAD).

9/27 at the MRKT: The Roxy’s Grilled Cheese Night, Craft Beer Flights, Local Music!


Whoot Whoot! Enough said!

Originally posted on Sunset Strip Market:

In celebration of the Sunset Strip community, LA Beer Week and Social Media Week LA, The Roxy has handpicked a selection of seasonal craft beers, sourced produce and ingredients from local farmers and artisans for gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, and has curated performances from three amazingly talented local bands who are coming to the Sunset Strip Market to party the night away amongst neighbors and friends this Thursday night.

The Roxy’s Grilled Cheese Night Menu

  • Classic grilled cheese: Appenzeller cheese on sourdough.
  • Grilled chicken, caraway roasted cauliflower on squaw bread. Havarti-style cheese.
  • Braised lamb and raclette cheese, caramelized shallots on pistachio raisin bread.
  • Soyrizo, Jack Daiya, jalapenos, on sourdough bread with Market fresh pico de gallo. (Vegan)
  • Rum and ginger roasted nectarines, fromage blanc on brioche bread, French-toast style.

All sandwiches will be served with roasted beluga lentil with micro greens salad.

Staying true to the focus on fresh, California…

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Finds Briefs and Remembrances: LA Under the Radar

Amongst the many, many happenings in Los Angeles, the Ovation Award Nominees (Theatre) announced a couple of weeks ago and offered just the right spirit to give a nod to a few shows I never got to talk about. Sometimes there is too much going on in the week. Apologies aside, everything is worth a shout out, so here goes…

Love Rock Soul Power

Rock musicals are the new heir apparent operas and in that vein Spring Awakening brilliantly produced this year at the Hayworth Theatre in Los Angeles, CA, by Topher Rhys, James Lee Barnard and Nathan Gardner, attempted to tackle the issues of the day with yet another updated version of an old story as old as time and Teen Angst.  Puberty although arguably ridiculous at times, is serious business in any generation.  This Spring Awakening brought it down to its simplicity, kids against parents, parents against students, everyone against the moral fabric fighting in their own way through the toughness of life mixed with innocence, curiosity, delight and revolution, managing to tap into that thing we call the zeitgeist, evidenced by the completely full houses of young and old, hip and frumpy, gay and straight peeps alike.  It was a show for everyone.  One could say that LOVE CONQUERS ALL but it doesn’t prevent natural hormonal impulse, suicide, bad parenting, teen pregnancy or malicious teachers from messing with our already confusing lives.  In fact it’s pretty painful.  In the end, our own strength and will, our actions and our own decisions that we make for ourselves get us to center.  Bravo! LOVE IS LOUDER!

Lovers and Other Strangers

On the other hand the new musical Overcome Overjoyed which showcased briefly at the El Portal Theatre, in North Hollywood, CA, offered its own take on more adult themes of loss, love , violence, betrayal and forgiveness.  In this parent trap of pain and misunderstanding emerges a slightly stinging glint of sun in the eyes of a person who has finally removed his dark glasses bringing about a multi-spectrum of ecstatic self-revelation and color blossoming with life.  The moral:  You really need to pay attention to your kids.  They might surprise you!

Former Madonna Dancer, Hubbard Street of Chicago Principal and actor, Carlton Wilborn, sings up a storm surrounded by a cast of incredibly young budding song and dance talents.  Supported by a gorgeous although in progress sounding musical score and original story by seasoned writer-director Charlia Boyer of Charo Productions ( Why oh Why were there only 3 shows!  It’s only getting better.

Here’s what Carlton had to say:

The experience of working on Overcome Overjoyed!, this time around, is proving, for me, to not only be about sharing a slice of Inspirational soul-food for our audience to absorb. But, that, I myself, am also being elevated to a new level of spiritual growth, through the process of building this most divine, and entertaining show.

A Big Thank You…goes out to the productions, writer, producer, co-director and female lead Charlia Boyer and the co-director Christopher Richards!

Check out some of the super talents in this live performance:


TREASURE HUNTING… has been filled with surprising little finds.

This past Saturday I was invited to preview the very rare open showroom event with Studio City’s (LA) tiny, buzzy, back room, shopping secret, Haylee Winard.  “Call Me!” she says, and really means it.  And she’ll even throw in her EXCESS BAGGAGE to get you date, office or red carpet ready.  Only one day before the Grammy’s and the girls were flitting over sheer panels and soft sweaters, edgy jackets and glam black minis.  Excessively California chic, there is nothing second class on the racks and you can buy it all on line – if you’re lucky you might even get to be one of Haylee’s many select Los Angeles clients whose closets hail some of the best of the “au currant.”  Shoppers at this “old school” style showroom will have to compete with other stylists and fashionistas – and For Love and Lemons, NO RIPPING ALLOWED! visit:

To give the event an extra boost was the ultimate accessory boutique boasting funky, fun, and on-trend styles at the best possible prices from designers such as Noir, Ettika, Luv AJ, CC SKYE, Sugarbean, and many more.

OH HELL YEAH! I was getting my limited edition numbered poster

for the 2012 TARFEST Music and Art Festival this weekend sponsored by KCRW and Launch LA, featuring my most favorite gallery in Los Angeles.  Thank you Merry Karnowsky.  Live painting by four painters who have the LA graffiti art scene by the “skin of its imagination!” – Greg (Craola) Simkins, Johnny (KMNDZ) Rodriguez, Soft Swells and Van Saro.

Excavating Future Culture on the Miracle Mile!!!

Bad Emmy! Bad Emmy!

Now going down in history as one of the worst awards most boring ceremonies in recent memory and not particularly funny (ironic for nighttime dramedy – right?)  It was just simpler to give you the foreplay…(I was hoping there was a joke in there somewhere.  Read the rest on the news world-wide.  See the preview video here:

Long Beach Ballet And Guangzhou Ballet of China To Host Magical Cinderella Halloween Extravaganza




–In celebration of Long Beach Ballet’s 30th Anniversary, the Classical Ballet of Guangzhou from China will perform David Wilcox’s rendition of “Cinderella,” the ballet that he choreographed specifically for this Chinese Ballet company in 2005. Long Beach Ballet will feature two performances of “Cinderella,” one on Saturday, October 27th at 8pm, and one on Sunday, October 28th at 2pm at the Long Beach Terrace Theater. The short ballet performance of the exquisite Chinese-themed “Butterfly Lovers” and “Yellow River,” will be performed on Saturday, October 27th at 2PM.

Promptly in time for Halloween, children are invited to come in costume and enjoy a festive treat as Cinderella‘s “pumpkin coach” will carry her to the ball pulled by eight dazzling stallions, danced of course by eight dazzling male dancers of the Guangzhou Ballet. All are invited to engage in this magical performance and enchanting Halloween themed event. This is a great performance for families and an alternative for typical Halloween goers as they are surrounded by fantasy, and charm.

The award winning, Classical Ballet of Guangzhou has a strong artistic affiliation with the Long Beach Ballet. Collaboration between Long Beach Ballet’s artistic director David Wilcox and the Chinese ballet company began 13 years ago when he staged his “Nutcracker” production for them and it became one of their most performed ballets. Wilcox was also responsible for organizing the company’s first international tour in 1999. They, in turn, play host to Long Beach Ballet’s annual three-week long performance tour titled “U.S. Ballet Ambassadors to China,” in which 40 U.S. ballet students perform from one end of China to the other.

Classical Ballet of Guangzhou China

“We are excited to host a magical rendition of one of the world’s best-known, best loved fairy tales- Cinderella,” said David Wilcox. “The number of dancers in the Guangzhou Ballet this year has grown to 63, compared to 50 on their first tour, and the quality of the dancing is unsurpassed internationally,” he added.

Tickets go on sale September 24th at 10AM. Ticket prices range from $28 to $120 dollars. To charge by phone, please call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 or visit Tickets are also available at the Long Beach Performing Arts Center Main Box Office located at 300 E. Ocean Boulevard. The Box Office is open from 10AM to 6PM Monday through Friday and 12PM to 4PM on Saturday. Subscribers to the Long Beach Ballet are eligible to buy a combo ticket for both “Guangzhou Ballet of China” and the “Nutcracker.”


About Long Beach Ballet:
Long Beach Ballet is one of Southern California’s leading classical ballet institutions. The academy’s reputation is based on excellence, dedication and passion for the art. Students have gone on to join companies like National Ballet of Canada, and Milwaukee Ballet. For more information visit:

Los Angeles native, David Wilcox began studying the dance at the age of eleven. He continued his studies in London and at the age of nineteen began his professional career in Germany where he danced with the Berlin Ballet, the Nuremberg Ballet and the Heidelberg Ballet. In 1981, he co-founded Long Beach Ballet which became Southern California’s most successful ballet company for 15 years. He has produced and directed nine ballet tours to Asia and has staged three full-length ballets for the Classical Ballet of Guangzhou, China: The Nutcracker, La Bayadere and Cinderella. David lives with his wife and daughters in Long Beach.

Rapunzel Rapunzel Let Down Your Hair!

Dashing Busker (street-musician) Peter Romano arrives in the Big City and falls in love with a “Princess” in a glass tower.  He serenades his Lady Love, aloft in the 20th floor of her Downtown High-rise, from the 5th Street Bridge below.

Actually Peter is a native Angeleno playing, writing and recording lively and often here in LA.  It’s an awfully big height to scale … proving the phrase, Love Knows No Bounds … whew!  We hope you get the girl Peter!!!

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Shannon Haley and Ryan Michaels, known as the duo Haley & Michaels, who recently received two awards at the Nashville Independent Music Awards for Best Pop/Rock Band and Best Live Performers, will headline The Hotel Café in Hollywood on October 11 and then Club Fox in the Redwood City, CA on October 25.

The duo, originally from the Peninsula district of California’s Bay Area (Shannon grew up on Los Altos and Ryan in Palo Alto), is based in Los Angeles and Nashville and has spent a good part of this year working on their forthcoming debut album.  Studio work has been done with Mikal Blue (Colbie Caillat, Five For Fighting) and Warren Huart (The Fray, James Blunt).

A video for their first single “The Price I Pay” will be released in late October or early November. The hauntingly beautiful track can be streamed at

Ryan achieved acclaim with his own band prior to connecting with Shannon with the compelling video and track “Life Is for the Living.”  Shannon recently released her first solo EP titled Send You Some and the duo has just received an endorsement deal with Taylor Guitars.

Recent duo touring highlights include a date at Milwaukee’s Summerfest and an upcoming show this month at Nashville’s 3rd and Lindsley.

For more information on this exceptionally polished team, please visit

The Legendary “Man In Black” Johnny Cash Is Back In A New Documentary

(NAPSI)—One of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, Johnny Cash, known as “The Man in Black,” would have been 80 years old this year.

Starting October 7, 2012, Cash’s extraordinary life, as well as his impact on such artists as Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard, George Jones, Grace Potter, Shooter Jennings, Chris Isaak, John Carter Cash, Josh Thompson, Yelawolf and Justin Townes Earle, will be explored when Ovation premieres “Song by Song: Johnny Cash,” an original six-part series that remembers the legendary singer/songwriter through his most popular songs.

Check local listings.

Although a country music icon, Cash’s music spanned blues, folk, rock ‘n’ roll and gospel, adding to his tremendous multigenerational appeal. His humble farm-boy roots, his rebellious nature and his early, public battles with drugs and alcohol only added to Cash’s celebrity.

His widespread and enduring popularity, evidenced by inductions into the Country Music Hall of Fame (1980), the Gospel Music Hall of Fame (2010) and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1995), also made Cash one of the only artists to sell over 90 million records.

Signing with Sun Studios in 1954, Cash wrote and recorded songs that expressed his passion for life and compassion for others, as well as his rebelliousness and spirituality.

This is especially true of Cash’s signature songs, including “I Walk the Line,” which shot to No. 1 on Billboard’s chart in 1955 and stayed on the charts for an incredible 43 weeks, selling over 2 million copies.

Soon, Cash had performed at the Grand Ole Opry and was touring up to 300 nights a year, supported by an impressive string of hit songs. He also appeared on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” “The Tonight Show” and other popular TV programs.

But success took its toll and by the early 1960s Cash’s first marriage was collapsing and his grueling tour schedule had eased him into drug addiction.

Recorded in 1963, “Ring of Fire,” a song co-written by Cash’s new love interest, June Carter, would become the biggest hit of his career, staying at No. 1 on the charts for seven weeks. Carter would play a pivotal role in helping Cash to overcome his addictions.

In 1967, Cash and Carter ironically recorded “Jackson,” a duet about a married couple whose relationship had lost its “fire.” The song reached No. 2 on the country charts and, after the couple wed in 1968, they picked up a Grammy for Best Country & Western Performance, Duet, Trio or Group.

In 1970, Cash’s recording of Kris Kristofferson’s “Sunday Morning Coming Down” hit No. 1 on the country charts and earned the Country Music Association Award for Song of the Year.

Over the next 30 years, Cash would continue to have numerous hit songs, including his 1985 single, “Highwayman,” which he recorded as part of The Highwaymen, a group formed with Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson.

In 2002, Cash recorded a cover of the Nine Inch Nails song “Hurt,” which won an MTV Award and a Grammy and earned Cash three more CMA awards in 2003.

The Model Critic Reviews: IF THERE IS I HAVEN’T FOUND IT YET

@ The Laura Pels Theater, New York

Reviewed by Carlos Stafford, The Model Critic

“If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet” is a seemingly simple four character dramedy set in Britain, but could be anywhere. The comedy part is like the comedy you’d encounter, in say, “The Sea Gull” by Chekov–individuals orbiting in their own sphere of isolation, befuddled in how to connect to those about them.

In this case, a family, simple and neat. George (Brian F. O’ Byrne) and Fiona (Michelle Gomez) are husband and wife, both teachers; they have a fifteen year old daughter, Anna (Anne Funke), and are visited by George’s brother, Terry (Jake Gyllenhaal, making his Off-Broadway debut.)

The bare bones of the plot consists of young Anna, fat and bullied, being suspended from school for

fighting.  She has transferred to her mother’s school in hopes things will improve. Terry, a bohemian traveler, arrives unannounced and sees the neglect that Anna’s parents have for her, and through him all the problems of their marriage, and their empty relationship with their daughter are magnified.

George, played by O’ Byrne, (Coast of Utopia, Doubt) is a dry, detached, emotionally stunted academic who cannot connect with his feelings, full of knowledge, but lacking in wisdom.  Always pondering other worlds, he stutters and stammers, and lacks grace. He is writing a ponderous, depressing scientific tome on mankind’s carbon footprint on the planet, while at the same time oblivious to his own insensitivities. He clearly, myopically, doesn’t see the forest for the trees.  He reminds us of the mid-eighteenth century argument against Rationalism, where people like Rousseau felt humankind could not rely solely on science to solve our problems; that only through heart, intuition, and feelings, mainly, could we become complete, i.e., enter the Romantic Poets. George, unfortunately, is one hundred-eighty degrees to the edge of this logic.

Fiona, his wife, is bored and detached in another way, and does little to understand her daughter or connect with George. She has given up, bleak and resigned, and has accepted the gulf between them quietly.  Her role is underwritten, but she is referred to as the C-word twice by others.

Terry enters one day–skull cap, beard, hoodie, and rucksack. Dusty and tired from the road, he has returned to see his true love, Rachel, and win her over once more.  But Rachel is now engaged to another and Terry  is now left in his own personal agony, alongside Anna.  Worldly, wise, and coarse, he tries in his own gruff way to mentor Anna, and give her sound, sweet advice. She listens to her uncle, but has an unfortunate lapse in youthful judgement, and bounds into a naive sexual encounter with an older boy. From here, things unwind further for her, almost fatally.

Michael Longhurst, the director, doesn’t dwell long on the scenes– it is not a long days journey. The play moves fast, ninety minutes, no intermission. Everything begins with the family in distress and spirals downward quickly till the end. The scenes are short, with the end of each encounter having characters hurling pieces of the set as a punctuation to the building chaos. The stage soon becomes a mess.  When the play begins, there is a gentle scrim of water lightly falling at stage front that later, eventually develops into a veritable flood. Water then, becomes the fifth character, a silent narrator.

All the elements, a bad marriage, an alienated daughter, errant uncle, unfeeling parents–pretty ordinary stuff today. Nick Payne, the playwright, doesn’t care to analyze the malaise–he only presents his characters clearly, without sentimentally lingering. The characters are intelligent, well-educated, and have ethics, but are confused and dead inside. Neither George nor Fiona ever hug, kiss, joke, or laugh together, while Terry has no will, is defeated.

Jake Gyllenhaal does wonderfully as Terry.  He has fun with his cockney accent and has charisma in his spunky acting.  He loves his character and conveys Terry’s inner life with lots of feeling and range.  As a movie star he makes the leap to stage with an ease that was fun to watch–the Laura Pels is a perfect showcase for this intimate play and character.

At the end, the stage is left a mess of water and flotsam–like the Titanic, mentioned earlier in the play.

A small group of people have been set adrift, separated, rescue impossible. Later, as George lectures at the University, he unintentionally digresses and ponders, “It’s not what must be done, but how to convince people to do it.” He is speaking about his ecological concerns, but he dimly understands the fingers are all pointing to himself.

Now Playing at


Until November 25, 2012

The Laura Pels Theatre, 111 West 46th Street, New York, NY, 10036  |  Ticket Services: (212) 719-1300

Or visit the Roundabout Theatre Company Website:  Click Here