Monthly Archives: February 2013

H&M MAKES A PARIS FASHION WEEK DEBUT

H&M Paris Debut After Party 2013Yesterday, February, 27th Pixie Geldof, Ashley Olsen, Chloe Moretz, Virginie Ledoyen and Emma Roberts were among the guests in Paris as H&M presented its first ever catwalk show during Paris Fashion Week. Watch the video with the H&M’s Autumn Collection 2013 shown in the specially created space within the grounds of the Musée Rodin. The collection will be available in around 200 stores worldwide, as well as online, from September 5, 2013.
And FYI – The after party ROCKED!
Courtesy of Barracuda TV

Gia On The Move Reviews: Plays in the Park at the Promenade Playhouse

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Danette Garrelts and Alain Washnevesky have their first encounter with sex symbols as He and She.

by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move

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The house lights are already up and we are at the opening. The set is dressed with silver leaves “falling” in front of a gray curtain, a portal, a glimpse into moments happening in the present.  The lull of a classical guitarist plays nearby what looks like a homeless man laying on a park bench with a Teddy Bear.  It is a soft, quiet, slightly somber beginning leading our hearts by strings.

Guitar playing and other continuous, musical arrangements, appears to be a current popular novelty in non-musical staged productions as it seems I’ve encountered this device several times lately.  The initial angst of wondering if I was going to have to deal with the nuisance of an uninterrupted score subversing the drama did put me off at first.  But, as it turned out, all of the music and singing was placed just right in this off-kilter anthology of small vignettes called, Plays in the Park currently showing at the Promenade Playhouse in Santa Monica, CA.

Fully landing this show is the stunningly talented Leah Ludwig who… transforms in the vocals.

Naive, sweet and simplistic, this series of pithy, humorous, dramas,  is uncomplicated and easy for theatergoers to enjoy, even if not exactly revelatory. Perfectly Meisner is what might most accurately describe the writing of former Rutgers University and long time, successful actor, writer, director, Brian Connors’, Plays in the Park.  Listening purely to the dialog brought me back to former days in acting classes spent doing repetition exercises and hearing my teacher yell out “repeat!”  I secretly kept thinking Sandy Meisner would definitely approve but he might also say, “step it up.”

This latest version of the production, which previously included an all-star cast featuring Mark Rydell, Ed Asner, George Segal, Esai Morales & Stephen Collins, does a lot less to drive the audience to something or go somewhere else, as it stays fixed in the “oh how cute and mildly saccharin” genre.

That isn’t necessarily a bad thing.  Nor is this a terrible criticism.  The plays move along quite well, stay light and are thoroughly amusing. But the cast as a whole, although wonderfully talented, charming and promising as an ensemble, is not strong enough in instances as individuals, to offer the kind of nuanced impact a group of more evenly seasoned thespians might add to this eclectic mixture of shorts plays which includes the titles, Swans, Oxymorons, Marcia and Marcus and He and She.

On the other hand, there were some incredible performances endowed with with marvelous, refined, skill, particularly by Danette Garrelts of He & She as was her He counterpart Alain Washnevsky, who was particularly on the mark, witty and utterly funny. Fully landing this show is the stunningly talented Leah Ludwig who thrives as the underdog in all of her scenes and transforms in the vocals.  Ms. Ludwig brings presence and weight in measured amounts and in precise moments throughout.

The highlight of this show is the curious use of Shakespeare’s soliloquies and monologues that although textually have nothing whatsoever to do with Shakespearean presentation, never-the-less, oddly and subtly match the intention of its players in their respective moments.  It is the brainchild of this work in the most un-gimmicky way.

As always however, it comes down to the audience. And this one is certainly a pleaser.  I have to admit to being completely satisfied and in no hurry to be transfigured as I would expect to be in much heavier drama.

Overall, in its current form, Plays in the Park  provides clever, feel good entertainment worth the ticket.

Plays in the Parkwritten and directed by Brian Connors 

NOW PLAYING

Until Sunday, March 24th
Saturday 8:00PM
Sunday 7:00PM
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$20.00 General Admission

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Running time: 120 minutes.
There will be an intermission.

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WORTH THE TICKET!

 

The Promenade Playhouse
1404 3rd Street Promenade
Santa Monica, CA  90401
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HOT ON THE RADAR: I LOVE MY GROSS GUY – SUBMIT FOR THE NATIONAL CASTING

Gia On The Move just got a heads up from Doron Ofir Casting with something almost every woman on the planet can relate to.  This one is a giggler and it’s a national! So check out the information below and submit your story for a chance at a new cable show — if you dare!  lol

Doron Ofir Casting

NATIONAL CASTING!!!!!

I LOVE MY GROSS GUY!

Are you a woman with a dirty little secret? Is your boyfriend/fiancé/husband a dirty obnoxious filthy slob?  Do these words fail to even describe the magnitude of overall grossness your man exhibits? Most importantly – do you love him anyway?

Secret or not, a major cable network is looking for men who are messy, sloppy, filthy, or just plain gross and the women who love them. Doron Ofir Casting is looking for big personalities who aren’t afraid to share their true habits with the world (biting their toenails, eating out of dumpsters, fear of bathing, etc). Whatever it is, we want to hear from you!

If you think this sounds like you – and for more information – please send your name, contact information, current photos, a description of your relationship, and why you think you’d be perfect for this show to:unconditionallovecasting@gmail.com.

We look forward to hearing your story!

On the Radar: Andy Warhol at Christie’s Feb 26 – March 5

Andy WarholSALES WILL BENEFIT THE ANDY WARHOL FOUNDATION FOR THE VISUAL ARTS

The first of the online-only Warhol sales will feature works representing a wide array of media spanning the artist’s career. Estimates range from $600 to $70,000, offering both seasoned collectors and first-time buyers extraordinary global access to Warhol’s work. The timed online format allows clients to browse, bid, receive instant updates by email or phone if another bid exceeds theirs, organize shipping, and pay from anywhere in the world.

Over the course of 2013, and throughout the ongoing partnership, Christie’s will launch a series of online-only sales of original works of art by Warhol from the Foundation’s collection, marking the first time the auction house has ever offered online-only Post-War and Contemporary art sales. The week-long cybersale kicks off the second phase of Christie’s partnership with the Foundation, a multi-year initiative built on an innovative three-tiered program of live auctions, online-only auctions and private sales. The inaugural Andy Warhol at Christie’s live auctions in New York on November 12, 2012 realized $17 million. Proceeds from these and all subsequent sales under the partnership benefit the Warhol Foundation’s grant-making programs which support artists and non-profit arts organizations.

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Pensey + Ramona Rae Trunk Show in West Hollywood This Thursday

Pencey & Ramona Rae Trunk Show

Get In On The Hollywood Fringe Twitter Chat Tonight!

Get an insider perspective of The Hollywood Fringe.

Jordan Monsell Fringe design contest winner
If you’re feeling anxious about the registration process for the 2013 Hollywood Fringe Festival, an opportunity to ask questions and get the general low down is, starting with a Hollywood Fringe Twitter Chat tonight.
Join The Hollywood Fringe for their second Twitter chat (Feb. 25th) from 8 to 9PM PST.  This chat will focus on registration preparation and community involvement, but feel free to ask all manner of questions– they’re here to help! All you have to do to join the discussion is use the hashtag #HFF13. The chat will be moderated by Rachel Stoll Armstrong, Social Media Manager, from the @HollywoodFringe account.

The registration period for the 2013 Hollywood Fringe Festival closes five weeks from today. In order for plays to enter a  three-step process must be completed by April 1st  especially if you want to be included in their printed guide and receive all the other benefits of registration.
FYI

The Hollywood Arts Council has chosen the Hollywood Fringe as the winner of the Charlie Award for Theatre Arts. The NEA recently named Central Hollywood as one of the top Art Places in America, crediting the Hollywood Art Council’s dedicated work over the past 30 years.

Keep In Touch with Fringe
Follow @hollywoodfringe and use #HFF13 to join the community conversation on Twitter or get to know other members of our community by joining the new forum. You can also follow them on Facebook, the HF blog, or check them out on Tumblr.

Streetscapes of NYC by Mark Neuwirth

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