Monthly Archives: November 2012

Whiskey On My Breath at TenOver6 This Saturday 12/1/12

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Saturday, December 1, from 2-6 PM, join Ten Over 6 to celebrate new metal jewelry by Steven Shein and original artwork by Nathan Bell. Both artists will be on hand to discuss their work, and light refreshments will be served.

LIVING WITH BEAUTIFUL THINGS

Whether  it’s Fashion to be worn, Art to be loved, Home Design to be lived with, Beauty to uplift, or Music/ Books/ Films to inspire, the experience at TENOVERSIX IS one of discovery, and fun. The focus: being obsessed with the details of good design and displaying the product as art, but with a wink, in an all white gallery-like space that is highly influenced by art, galleries and installation.

Burton2Burton Premiers at Axion Contemporary Today November 30th

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Working in collaboration for the first time, sisters Jane and Tyler Burton will be exhibiting large scale, figurative ceramic sculptural words at Axion Contemporary Gallery in Santa Monica, CA, the West Coast premier venue for the Burtons’ first collection.

Artist Tyler Burton - A DAY'S WARMTH - ceramic

Artist Tyler Burton – A DAY’S WARMTH – ceramic

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A new series of sculpture works by:

Jane and Tyler BurtonFeaturing paintings by Paul Ecke
OPENING RECEPTION

DJ and Drinks
Friday, November 30, 2012

6-10pm

November 30 – December 14, 2012
AXIOM CONTEMPORARY
2801 Main St.
Santa Monica, CA 90405

Broken Anchor Plays The Satellite in Silver Lake, CA This Saturday!

If you are as excited as I am by the recent  Broken Anchor — “Flagpole Sitta” Music Video debut which also features a cameo appearance by Rachael Leigh Cook (Josie and the Pussycats), you will definitely not want to miss their live appearance this weekend.  Breath stopping sound that is so deep, view the video for a preview.

“Austin Harley-Leonard’s voice is rugged ethereal. It’s glorious.”

WORTH THE TICKET!

Don’t miss Broken Anchor opening for Trixie Whitley - This Saturday, December 1st 

Doors: 8:30 pm / Show: 9:00 pm (event ends at 2:00 am)
$12.00

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at The Satellite
1717 Silverlake Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90027

GET TICKETS NOW: http://www.thesatellitela.com/event/180643/

We dont see an end

GiaOnTheMove:

Sci-Fi to the max LA!

Originally posted on hovercraftdoggy:

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Los Angeles, photographed by Michael Görmann

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We Are Geeks – Photo of the Day

GiaOnTheMove:

In 2009, I motivated and did the publicity for a talented dance choreographer who created a a short Pas de Quatre Ballet which premiered in Los Angeles, CA. It was loosely based around what CERN was doing with the Hadron Collider interwoven with the powerful energy of four Hollywood starlets. I also got to experience an off the wall comedy called, The God Particle Complex, during the Hollywood Fringe festival this past summer which played out the “accelerated effects” of time gone awry. So what an amazing thing to see this awesome piece of machinery much more up close (courtesy of hovercraftdoggie). #WhyGeeksAreAwesome

Originally posted on hovercraftdoggy:

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Large Hadron Collider LHC, Maximilien Brice / © 2012 CERN

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Crafty Little Cyber Monday (Do’s and Deals)

She’s at it again!

Martha Stewart Crafts “Crafty Mondays” Sweepstakes 

Each Monday through 12/31, 5 lucky fans will win a $100MarthaStewartCrafts.com online shopping spree. (Martha Stewart Crafts is a member of the EK Success Brand family).

To enter, visit the “Crafty Mondays” Sweepstakes tab on the EK Success Brands Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/EKSuccessBrands) for your chance to win! Or use these quick links:

You can enter once a day, and be sure to check the Facebook page every Monday to see who the five winners are!

And Gia On The Move readers receive a 20% coupon code for MarthaStewartCrafts.com. Just enter BLOG20 at checkout.

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Holiday Craft Month Kickoff 

New Ceramics by Kristen Erickson
Saturday, December 1, 6-9pm

Fifth Floor Los Angeles is kicking off the Holiday Season in Chinatown this Saturday, December 1st!

Holiday Craft Month starts off with new ceramics by L.A. designer, Kristen Erickson. Her new work includes hand-built ceramic succulent containers that are simply gorgeous little garden worlds unto themselves. There will be a lot more going on that night as the Chinatown Christmas Tree lighting occurs in the Central Plaza. The night also includes a Holiday Pop-up Shop around the corner at KK Gallery as well as a new performance called Cabaret Automata next door at our neighbor,Automata.

ps. They’ve recently added quite a few items to the online store and you can use the code, Cyber20, to receive 20% off until Wednesday, November 28th!

502 Chung King Court
Los Angeles, CA 90012
http://www.fifthfloorgallery.com
213.687.8443

Cyber Monday with The Cools 

Monday, November 26th  
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Performance by Raekwon of Wu-Tang Clan 
The Gallery
Dream Downtown
355 West 16th Street OPEN TO THE PUBLIC – GET ON The Cools Jamboree RSVP list at  www.thecools.com 
@thecools
#thecools

Social shopping start-up The Cools is stepping offline for Cyber Monday for another one of their infamous Jamboree events. For this edition of his famed Jamboree’s Olivier Van Themsche will debut 26 collaboration items designed specifically for the holiday season in partnership with The Cools.
About The Cools:
The Cools is a New York City startup founded by Parisian entrepreneur Olivier van Themsche. The Cools delivers a social marketplace tailored to your personal style. Follow curators you trust, share inspiration, shop from the community or sell your own things. This social marketplace is a vibrant and shop-able dialogue among tastemakers.
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ALL THAT GLITTERS IS GOLD

Pants designer, Alvin Valley, (aka, the “king of pants,”) is renowned for his highly coveted, flawlessly fitting pants that captured the attention of such starlets as Cameron DiazGwyneth Paltrow, and Kate Winslet, the designer has re-introduced his line exclusively online at http://www.alvinvalley.com.

Cyber Monday Shopping Exclusive!

25% off of your purchase of the following  Holiday pant styles including:

Gold 190 Skinny, High Waisted Winged Skinny, Super High Banded.  Perfect pick me ups for the holiday season and beyond!

Charles Dickens Arrives in LA on December 7th

In his lifetime, Charles Dickens was recognized not only as a great writer, but as a tremendous actor, famous for performing solo renditions of his novels. (Women were known to faint in excitement at his performances!)

One of the first pieces he presented to great acclaim wasA Christmas Carol. 

In A Christmas Carol With Charles Dickens, Independent Shakespeare Co. re-creates (with a little artistic license) the experience of a public performance given by Mr. Dickens himself. Based on the novelist’s own adaptation, it is performed by ISC co-founder David Melville as Charles Dickens, who plays nearly every character in the story, for a night of wry humor, ghosts, romance and redemption.

David says, “in most productions of A Christmas Carol,the narrative voice of Dickens is lost. He was a remarkably complex author, and was quite critical of contemporary Victorian culture. Our version retains both the dry and satirical humor as well as the remarkable humanism Dickens was able to interweave throughout the story.”

A Christmas Carol With Charles Dickens
based on the acting text of Charles Dickens
Adapted by David Melville and Melissa Chalsma

December 7-23
Fridays at 8:00 pm, Saturdays at 5:00 pm, and Sundays at 3:00 pm

Independent Studio
3191 Casitas Avenue, #168
Los Angeles, 90039

Tickets: $20 (children and students $15)
Recommended for children 8 years old and up.

For tickets, contact www.iscla.org or call (818) 710-6306

The Magic Bullet Theory: Funny Satire or JFK Infraction – Gia On The Move Reviews…

Terry Tocantins as Charlieby Tracey Paleo~

David H. Donald, noted biographer of Lincoln, relates that when he met John F. Kennedy in 1962, Kennedy voiced his deep dissatisfaction and resentment with historians who had rated some of his predecessors. Kennedy said, “No one has a right to grade a President—even poor James Buchanan—who has not sat in his chair, examined the mail and information that came across his desk, and learned why he made his decisions.”[1]

And yet,  in effect, his very own rating in some ways rests upon the history that was created by those who chose to end his reign, the secrets and unanswered questions that still hover around his death and those who have since, risen up to deify a man who simply made “decisions” every day.

That being said, it is a curious thing to find myself having to “grade” as it were a play that actually takes on a great deal of the amassed and unadulterated conspiracy theories of this one monumental event, that changed the country and course of the United States of America forever.

Those who were living at that time will certainly have closer, more devastating  perhaps even truer memories about the assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, our 35th President.  Most of us of younger generations who were born shortly after and so forth have gone on to debate, theorize, fantasize and conceptualize, based on years of emerging evidence and fiction around the fatal shooting that took place on Friday, November 22, 1963, 12:30 p.m. Central Standard Time (18:30 UTC),  in Dealey Plaza, Dallas, Texas.

I read several of the other reviews of this play which previously debuted at Sacred Fools in April of 2012, sweet and bittersweet (courtesy of Bitter Lemons).

It is true that one could say, “maybe it’s too soon” to satirize the death of perhaps one of America’s dearest icons. But, The Magic Bullet Theory doesn’t actually do that.

I myself am not a conspiracy theorist.  I’ve been in love, like most people, with the whole Camelot story;  the man who grew up in Brookline, Massachusetts  close to my home city of downtown Boston and became even more famous for showcasing the youngest and possibly the most beloved First Lady America has ever had.  Indeed a point in this entire melodrama that is continuously mentioned. (They might not have liked Jack, but Jackie, “oh!”) I’ve followed the late Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and the lives of the late John Jr., of Caroline, of the late Robert, of the late Ted and so on.

But again, The Magic Bullet Theory doesn’t really talk about what happened prior to or much after.  Instead, it blocks and weaves what ended up being noted as the (and possibly spurious) 169 deaths that resulted after the assassination.  It’s not claiming a single thing.  In fact, it is, in its intent, surreal, ridiculous and thoroughly irreverent…just not actually about the president.  Although he does get to have his say at some point.

The Magic Bullet Theory explores the familiar players involved- -the mob, the CIA, the Cubans, JFK, Jackie Kennedy, Lee Harvey Oswald, Jack Ruby, Arlen Specter, Earl Warren and “The Texan” aka “The Hat,” an amalgamated character based on several historic people including LBJ and E. Howard Hunt. Then, there is Charlie Harrelson, actor Woody Harrelson’s estranged father who died in prison in 2007 where he was serving two life terms for killing a Federal Judge.

It is actually, in a very perverse, hilarious way a story of failures.  An action meant to bully our leader into towing the line [around his policies on Cuba] rather than killing him, but botched by stupidity, inaccuracy, anxiety, and bad decisions one after another and another and another.

The shooter was supposed to miss the president!  Something went horribly wrong.

With all of the shenanigans and surreality that takes place in this production, the one thing above all I will say about it is that The Magic Bullet Theory is the straightest, “straight-shooting” (no pun intended) play I’ve seen this year. I never thought for a moment I was supposed to take it all seriously and I am pretty sure that is the point.

I was not bewildered by special effects.  I wasn’t distracted by extraneous choreography. I did not have to over-think or understand the reasoning behind any of the dialog, the costumes, the sets, the stage directions.

There was a moment in the beginning where I thought that I wasn’t sure that this was all “ok.”  The proverbial knot in my stomach felt like a warning sign that maybe laughing was a bit overboard. But as the story progressed I realized that the bulk of the production was as it read in the press release: a script that examines the event and how it affected those involved and the public on a surprisingly human level, albeit with the irreverent eye of a post-baby boomer, sans the Camelot haze.

In this point alone, The Magic Bullet Theory, delivers a 100% performance with an exceptionally funny, talented, spot on cast who are in every way throughout every moment, excellent.

There were a few times when I felt the lighting could have been adjusted to set the scene just a bit better, and in a second act bar scene a few of the characters started to remind me of the nonsensical “mechanicals” in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  But I’ve decided to chalk it up to being part of the fact that really, none of it makes sense at all; therefore a very clever interlude in the script that is meant to lead one down a path, conspiracy style, to nowhere.

It is otherwise, a wonderfully conceived, written, acted and directed satirical lampoon.

Brilliant direction by JJ Mayes. Produced by Annette Fasone, Mike Schneider, Mandi Moss and Alex Zola with choreography by Natasha Norman.

THE MAGIC BULLET THEORY
A Guest Production at the Matrix

NOW PLAYING - NOVEMBER 8 – DECEMBER 15

Thurs-Sat @ 8pm
Sundays @ 7pm 

Tickets: $25 http://www.matrixtheatre.com/nowplaying.html or call (323) 960-7784

written by Terry Tocantins & Alex Zola

CAST:
Terry Tocantins as Charlie
Cj Merriman as Marsha
Rick Steadman as The Texan
Bryan Krasner as Louie / Whykowski
KJ Middlebrooks as Frank / Sanchez
Vanessa Claire Stewart as Jackie
Eric Curts Johnson as JFK
Michael Holmes as Lee Harvey Oswald
Marz Richards as Jack Ruby
Leon Russom as Earl Warren
Victor Isaac as Arlen Specter
Lisa Anne Nicolai as Dorothy Kilgallen / Mary
Curt Bonnem as Lee Bowers / Zapruder / Gov. Connolly / Doctor / Zangretti/Chimpmunk
Monica Greene as Yalie #1
Will McMichael as Yalie #2

HAPPY THANKSGIVING – WHAT ARE FRIENDS FOR ANYWAY?

Last Minute Turkey Ideas – And Yes, There’s An App(italism) For That Too!

Thanksgiving is almost upon us, thus bringing with it the holiday rush of anticipation and family gatherings.  But if you are still struggling with that perfect recipe and buzz over your divinely delectable edibles and counting down the hours to prep time – there’s help!

Appitalism.com (the mobile app superstore), the first site to combine a social community with an online store to help consumers quickly and easily discover, discuss and download the best digital content for all devices, recommends the following apps for the best in thanksgiving preparation, recipes, and amusement sure to keep you out of that turkey-induced coma.

Allrecipes.com Dinner Spinner (Free for iPhone)

The app includes hundreds of Thanksgiving recipes, including Green Bean Casserole, Candied Sweet Potatoes, and plenty of recipes for that perfect Turkey. AllRecipes.com is also useful because you can see user ratings, which makes it easier to pick the best recipes. If you’re on a budget, the AllRecipes.com Dinner Spinner app is a great pick for planning your Thanksgiving meal.

 Epicurious Recipes (Free for iPhone)

Epicurious has a dedicated section for Thanksgiving, and it includes nearly 200 recipes from Gourmet and Bon Appétit magazines. If you’re not sure how you want to cook your turkey, this is the app for you. There are a ton of turkey recipes, including Clementine-Salted Turkey with Redeye Gravy and Sage Butter-Roasted Turkey. Those planning a vegetarian Thanksgiving will also appreciate veggie-friendly holiday recipes like Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie or Pumpkin Stuffed with Vegetable Stew.

Whole Foods Market Recipes (Free for iPhone)

The Whole Foods Market Recipes app are healthy and include nutrition information — not that you’re likely to be worried about calories and fat grams on Thanksgiving! One of my favorite recipes is the Thanksgiving Weekend Strata, which uses leftover stuffing. You could also try the Roasted Parsnips and Sweet Potatoes with Honey-Pecan Drizzle in place of your normal marshmallow-topped sweet potato recipe.

Martha Stewart Cocktails (99 cents for iPhone)

Give thanks to the home goods queen for an app that allows you to easily infuse that hard edge into your Thanksgiving drink menu.  This all-inclusive cocktail recipe database can be easily shared with friends and even comes with a specialized Thanksgiving selection guaranteed to keep more than the conversation flowing

How to Cook Everything for iPhone ($4.99 for iPhone)

Mark Bittman’s popular How to Cook Everything app has thousands of recipes, including many specifically for Thanksgiving. There are Thanksgiving recipes for all the popular dishes, including Classic Roast Turkey with Stuffing, Traditional Cranberry Sauce, and Pumpkin Pie with Gingersnap Crust. If this is your first time preparing a Thanksgiving meal, you’ll also find lots of how-to content.

 About Appitalism.com

Appitalism.com combines a social community with an online store, enabling consumers to discover, discuss and download digital media from a catalog of over ten million premium apps, songs, books, games and videos compatible with a broad range of digital devices including smartphones, tablets, PCs and eBook readers. Simply put, there is no better way to discover and download apps and digital content than on Appitalism.com

Football Tailgating History – Pass the Turkey and the Pigskin Please

Did you know that 50M people spend $12 billion tailgating each year?  Ever wonder how it started? What cities tailgate the most?

With Thanksgiving on Thursday the nation will also enjoy a full day of football. It’s time to break out the cooler, grill and team jerseys for this distinctly American pastime, celebrated at professional and collegiate football games across the country.

Check out the graphic below to learn tailgating history, statistics and tips.

www.nationwide.com

Thanksgiving: The Reason for the Season

SodaHead.com, the web’s largest opinion based community, this week released the results of a poll asking the public their opinions on their favorite things about Thanksgiving.  Results included:
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-          For men, their favorite part of the holiday is spending time with family (31%), followed by eating (29%) and watching football (13%)
-          For women, their favorite of Thanksgiving is eating (36%), followed by family time (31%) and watching football (10%)
-          The favorite food on Thanksgiving is turkey (33%), followed by stuffing (23%), mashed potatoes (11%) and sweet potatoes (7%). The classic green bean casserole only received 4% of the vote.
-          The favorite dessert on Thanksgiving is pumpkin pie (41%), followed by pecan pie (18%), apple pie (14%) and sweet potato pie (7%)
-          On Black Friday, 28% of women and 20% of men plan on hitting the stores. While 52% of those between ages 13 and 17 plan on braving the crowds, only 3% of those over 65 will be shopping on Black Friday.
-          For those that do shop on Black Friday, 49% want electronics, 25% desire clothes, 14% will be buying toys, 8% homegoods and 4% will shop for jewelry.