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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


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

by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move


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 


Until Sunday, March 24th
Saturday 8:00PM
Sunday 7:00PM
Show Calendar

$20.00 General Admission

Special Show Info
Running time: 120 minutes.
There will be an intermission.




The Promenade Playhouse
1404 3rd Street Promenade
Santa Monica, CA  90401
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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



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

We look forward to hearing your story!

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


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.


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.

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

New York City.








Happy National Margarita Day!

MargaritaA day dedicated to appreciating a tequila-based cocktail is a good day. February 22, also known as National Margarita Day.

Claimed to be named after the woman who created it, Margaret Sames, a wealthy Texan socialite (although no one knows for sure) National Margarita Day is a celebration of one of the most popular cocktails in the world.

Tequila Herradura got a little creative with the classic margarita this year, and created the British Breakfast Margarita and the Mango Scotch Bonnet Margarita especially for its day.

Fun Fact:  The original Margarita was made with Cointreau, not Triple Sec, a cheaper substitute.

 Fun Fact:  Tequila products sold under the Herradura name are still 100% agave, made in the same traditional ways as those of the last century, about 125 years ago.

British Breakfast MargaritaBritish Breakfast Margarita


•       2oz. Herradura Silver Tequila
•       Large bar spoon of apricot jam
•       ¾ oz. lime juice
……………………………..•       ¼ oz. simple syrup


  1. Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker.
  2. Shake hard and pour into an ice filled old fashioned glass.
  3. Garnish with kumquats, apricots and a mint sprig.


Mango Scotch MargaritaMango Scotch Bonnet Margarita


•       2oz. Herradura Silver
•       ¾ oz. Lime juice
•       3 slices of scotch bonnet pepper
……………………………….•       3 cubic inches of mango diced
……………………………….•       ½ oz. mango jam


  1. Crush mango and chili slices in the base of a shaker with a muddler.
  2. Add cubed ice and remaining ingredients.
  3. Shake hard and strain over ice in an old fashioned glass.
  4. Garnish with a scotch bonnet chili and a roll of dried mango.

Get More Margarita recipes and a little bit of the history here: *

Fashion Week Updates:In London It’s Not JUST About Fashion

Thomas Tait, Ready to Wear Collection, Fall Winter 2013, London Fashion Week

by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move

Having worked behind the scenes for almost 10 years during Fashion Weeks in New York City, I got a birds-eye view to not only some of the most talented designers of the decade and a backstage pass to the shows but the bonus of having to arrive at some of the more interesting locations in the city.   The Armory of The Sixty-Ninth Regiment at Lexington and 26th Street which regularly showcased influential designers like, Marc Jacobs, was not just fun, it’s rich history and architecture was a super bonus and brilliant background for his new brand of minimalist chic.

This year for London Fashion Week iconic designer Tom Ford and style star Thomas Tait’ took to the magnificent St James’s, London and a transformed industrial car park (sans any Monarch remains).

Ford hosted his debut London Fashion Week catwalk to the backdrop of St James’s stunning Lancaster House, named by The Independent as London Fashion Week’s venue of the week. This was Ford’s first  show since 2004 and had a multi-ethnic embroidery theme, exploring the use of lively patterns, sequins and bright colours.

The autumn/winter show of Thomas Tait, Central Saint Martins graduate, took place on Saturday February 16th, at the unique Carlton House Terrace Garages which had been transformed for the show by St James’s.  Tait featured slick masculine tailored coats and daring blocks of colour.

St. JamessSt James’s is a world renowned shopping and lifestyle destination,  which, over the next 10 years, it’s holder, The Crown Estates, intends to focus on developing.  From Piccadilly Circus to Jermyn Street what we can expect will be  a distinctive, stimulating and eclectic display of public art, retail shops, leisure accommodations, and residential and office use spaces.

What is most enthralling is that the entire project will enhance, refurbish and preserve historic facades and landmarks and create inspired streetscapes keeping in line with the grand spectacle of Haute Couture for years to come.

Pedestrians, residents and tourists alike, can rest assured at finding inspiration everywhere from stylish bars, cafés and restaurants, such as the new Italian restaurant, Cicchetti. Shops in the area will continue to specialise in producing bespoke (i.e. very high quality) collections.

World famous heritage retailers in St James’s include: Turnbull & Asser, shirt makers by Royal Appointment; London’s leading cheesemongers, Paxton & Whitfield; Floris, perfumers since 1730; and the “Queen’s Grocer” Fortnum & Mason, all holders of Royal Warrants.

For more information on St James’s visit:

Gia On The Move Gets: Absolutely Filthy at Sacred Fools

Absolutely Filthyby Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move

The wildly fanatical, abundantly fantastical and absolutely insane is standard fare at Sacred Fools especially for exuberant intellectuals, counter-culture enthusiasts and the occasional libertine (and those are the regular audiences! – I count myself in…).  Which is why, based on its physicality alone, Absolutely Filthy may go down in infamy as the most un-sacred rendition of a Peanuts assemblage that ever made it to the stage.

The premiere of one of Sacred Fools more important parodies to date did everything to generally astound audiences, beginning with lead actor Brendan Hunt’s almost two hours, non-stop hula hooping feat, to unabashed nudity, to a spirit visit from “Snoopy in the Sky” (sans diamonds), and curious advice from – ah – Jesus – as we observe a reluctant, middle-aged and miserable Peanuts reunion.

Although they are not specifically named in the program (for legal reasons), Charles Shultz’s characters come recognizably through. Lucy, Linus, Charlie, Sally, Schroeder, Peppermint Patty, Marcie, Franklin, Pig Pen and of course Snoopy. Essentially none of their personalities and/or behaviors have changed including that of  Charlie Brown’s, whose untimely death from encephalitis (a severe swelling of the brain), as we quickly discover, has brought them all together.

In Absolutely Filthy we are given a modern day view of what’s become of a group of estranged friends encountering one by one, a dirty, crazed, homeless man outside the church where the event is taking place, who at a second glance, turns out to be their childhood buddy, Pig Pen, or “The Mess,” as he is referred to in this production.

Absolutely Filthy

It is shocking and disturbing for them for several reasons.  One: Each has reached a mecca level of success in their respective careers, which of course becomes entirely embarrassing upon recognizing a once close companion, that none of them would like to admit knowing at this moment. This incurs a certain amount of guilt about deliberately attempting to ignore him. Two: The Mess was Sally’s love of her life, and he unforgivably botched it, having sex with Patty (while they were all at college together) and then abandoning a shattered Sallie (out of guilt) without explanation. And three:  None of the friends had even made an attempt at contacting and definitely not inviting The Mess in the first place.  He is entirely and sadly unaware that his best friend, Charlie, is even dead.

Couched in characters that we find funny and quirky  is a sad, sweet, brilliant irony about people – their disappointments, detachments, living and feeling alone in the world, love and the loss of it, loyalty, joy and what it means to be a true friend.  Here is where Absolutely Filthy gets absolutely deep.

This group of respective childhood playmates who have tried very hard to distance themselves from each other, i.e, the past, find themselves inevitably, in the same small room attempting to honor a person they’ve called a friend in name, but never  greatly acknowledged as one until this moment.  What proceeds is an awkward undertaking for exculpation, by all.

Charlie Brown has struggled all of his life with his own perceived inadequacies.  It’s the comedy we remember him by, “Oh, I’m a failure.” And yet he himself has never swayed in his loyalty and love for his buddies or the so many others he’s tried to help apparently as a [adult] therapist.  No matter what, Charlie always found good in everything and everyone.  His great success, was his enormous capacity for love and also being the Best, Most Ardent Friend any person could ever have.  Yeah, it’s a tear-jerker.

This one revelation turns out to be the salvation for them all, especially for The Mess, who in this moment finally is able to step up and do one thing totally right in his life.

Absolutely Filthy is psychotically written, but keenly designed.  It is an intricate, enormously inspired, hilarious display of humanity at its worst and best.  We are all the better for experiencing it.  Definitely awesome performances by the entire ensemble!

That all being said, this, I thought was a moment for veering from a regular review and to speak with both lead actor Brendan Hunt and Director Jeremy Aldridge, for a more personal take on this outlandish and poignant production, which is also Ovation Award Recommended.  They were nice enough to get on the telephone — Jeremy from his car on his way out of the theatre from rehearsal.  That’s dedication! lol

Tracey Paleo Gia On The MoveGia: Brendan, tell me a little bit about how you came up with the idea for the character, the hoola hooping and all the craziness…

Actor Brendan HuntBrendan: A friend of mine who posted randomly in November 2009 on Facebook “I get it now, pig pen was a Burner.”   “Dirty”  resonated and then it took a couple of years.

Gia: And the idea just started developing?

Brendan: Two Burns later at Burn of 2011 – one day my friends were all out dancing and we were way out in the desert with tons of room. There was a woman there I had a fling with the year before which didn’t pan out.  So I was keeping my distance. I had space. But I was isolating from the group.  Dust was kicking up everywhere – suddenly Pig Pen as a Burner clicked and the structure of the show came together.

Gia: [giggle] How did you learn how to hula hoop like that?

Brendon Hunt of Absolutely Filthy

Brendan: It was what could I do to be theatrical, present and kinetic.  The trick of it is to not making a big deal  of it.

Gia: This seemed so much deeper than just a Peanuts reunion. Yes?

Brendan: There’s an Elvis Costello quote, “Read this quiet.” It’s not so much about describing a feeling but taking that and transforming it into a piece of work. In “Alison” he’s moved on from her but he’s still churning out songs.  I don’t’ really feel abandoned and left behind but I can, [well] you can feel kind of isolated and on your own, although I don’t necessarily feel that way.

Gia: Explain the internal rages that The Mess takes when he goes inside of himself.

Brendan: It’s about finding the truth, trying to connect to stuff; and things like Burning Man and Goth. Be less bummed out.

Gia: What do you really love about doing this piece?

Brendan: This is my first fully produced piece. By far it’s the most involved thing I’ve completed.  I’ve been really fortunate too. Right from the beginning the cast was up for it!  I didn’t know all of the people in the show previously. But it’s been spontaneous and exciting. Even on opening night we wrote new lines.  It’s been really gratifying.

Tracey Paleo Gia On The MoveGia: Brendan is so shy! [giggle]  So I’m leaving it up to you to run with this…What is it like as a director to get a hold of a show like this?  Where do you begin? This kind of show seems daunting.

Jeremy AldridgeJeremy: [Yeah Brendan is definitely a quiet guy...] We were working on Serial Killers.  The process for that is so intense. It’s a space [so short and small] where you don’t get to over-think, but you do get to set a basic template.  You have an 80% idea how scenes are going to play, find out what works, doesn’t work, and how things conceptually work on different sets and see what supports the piece.  Really you start there, especially character and text-wise. You have a head start, then delve into character pace.  After [the experience of] Serial Killers, telling a story over two hours – that feels like a luxury.  We had 8 weeks over the holidays to really think about scenes and design to support the story and invest.  What we came up with is rich and well-developed.

Gia: This is your first time working with Brendan?

Jeremy: No we’ve worked on a couple of other productions: Savin Up for Saturday Night Honky Tonk Musical won the Ovation Award for that performance – Male lead in a musical.  Then I produced Crumble [Gia: "Hey I reviewed you guys for that!"] and worked with Jeremy Aluma.  cast of Absolutely FilthyBrendan and I would be working under the deck, under the lights and kicking around this idea of doing a Serial Killer Pig Pen at 30.  You have five different 10 minute pieces for that week. The audience votes on which 3 will continue.  You have to write rehearse and put up the next episode and etc. Ed Goodman ran 13 weeks at Serial Killers.  Really the development of Absolutely Filthy happened inside of the program.

Gia: What part of the process did you love about this particular show?

Jeremy: Brendan let’s the performance and show do most of the talking.  What’s “nice” for me that Brendan is a genius.  [laughs] He’s done an amazing job.  I really enjoyed helping him with surrounding the text with the set, lights music that supports the show.  It really lends it real theatricality.  Snoopy is a combination of Charlie’s, Red Haired girl and Snoopy, the iconic loves of his life.

Gia: It’s quite beautiful tackling the ideas of forgiveness, self-forgiveness and redemption through Charlie Brown dying from encephalitis.

Jeremy:  Triumphant! An awful lot in the play that is rich and spiritual comes from a character that is dirty, who hates himself and is plunged to the depths of human existence for a decade. In the end he finds a crack of light and some bit of hope through his friendship with Charlie.  It’s totally relatable without being heavy-handed. It’s beautiful and I’m proud of it.  Playing with Brendan in Absolutely Filthy been a remarkable project.  And it’s kind of the pantheon of stuff that will move out of Fools.

Gia: Then I guess we should look for that after this first run!

absolutely filthy

Absolutely Filthy


written by Brendan Hunt
directed by Jeremy Aldridge 


Thursdays-Saturdays @ 8pm
plus Sun, March 3 & 10 @ 7pm
(no performance Thurs, Feb. 28)

(310) 281-8337 or Buy Tickets Online

For Mature Audiences Only.

Adapted from the Serial Killers serial.


She’s complex and one of a kind, uniquely cultivated and temptingly sweet.  She’s a rarity, a natural.

Lady Alice apples

There is a new apple in grocery stores nationwide for the first time in 2013, The Lady Alice Apple.

Lady Alice is a non-GMO product— in fact Mother nature created this one all on its own.

Unlike many others, it started as a chance seedling in the orchards of a farm near Gleed, Washington in 1978 when a grower accidentally cut an apple tree with his farm equipment. Since then, Ranier Fruit has spent decades cultivating this distinctive, heirloom-like fruit which, like a fine wine – is flavorful and complex, and one that gets better several months after it is picked when the flavor reaches its peak. The Lady Alice® brand apple is named after Alice Zirkle, the co-founder of Rainier Fruit Company in honor of her memory.

This new apple variety possesses several unique and desirable characteristics such as having a distinct pink stripe over a creamy-yellow background, which distinguishes it from other known varieties.

The Lady Alice® brand apple is available in stores coast to coast now through May.

What Gia On The Move LOVES about the Lady Alice ®:

Johnny AppleseedApples have been my favorite fruit since I was a little kid growing up in Boston, fantasizing about Johnny Appleseed running around tossing seeds in his path. Since getting a heads up a couple of weeks ago about the Lady’s arrival, I’ve been eating one for breakfast everyday!  It’s the sweetest, juiciest apple I’ve tried in a long time, not kidding. Crisp, fragrant and delicious the Lady Alice has been beyond taste bud satisfying.  I’m hooked! And I can’t think of any other apple that I’d rather have. I purchased mine at my local West Hollywood Whole Foods but you can find a store near you by accessing the Lady Alice Store Locator.

More Info about the Lady Alice below:

“Its delicious sweet bite offers a hint of tartness that lingers on the palate,” said Suzanne Wolter, director of marketing for Rainier.

What consumers really love is Lady Alice’s flavor and cooking qualities. The heirloom-like Lady Alice apple is similar to a fine wine – flavorful and complex. The apples are harvested in the fall, stored and sold to consumers at their flavor peak. They are characterized by a banana-yellow color and sweet, crisp, dense flesh with a hint of tartness.  The density of the apple leaves those who eat them feeling satisfyingly filled after enjoying one.

The versatile Lady Alice apple is an excellent choice for snacking, baking and cooking. It is is slow to brown when cut – making it perfect for salads and fruit trays. The Lady Alice can also be used in a variety of cooking and baking recipes. Its distinctively sturdy flesh helps the apple retain its texture when heated at high temperatures. Just like fresh cherries, the Lady Alice apple has a short season, yielding a limited supply of this delectable fruit.

For delicious and healthy recipe ideas including: Lady Alice apple squash soup, roasted halibut with apple chutney, apple pancakes with apple cider syrup, curried chicken salad with apples and almonds, please visit:

Rainier Fruit Company is the exclusive supplier of the Lady Alice apple. Lady Alice are available at select locations throughout the United States.



We Heart Peace

After 12,000 boxes and counting, FdLM Studio’s little packages of Peace, Love and Hope are getting their very own home – a new virtual domain:  The Priority Boxes Art Project: A Message of Peace and Hope.

They’ve traveled from New Jersey to Argentina to Thailand. They’ve been exhibited in galleries, classrooms and kitchens. Their message has been taught in schools, recreated by community organizations and featured in TV, print and blogs.

From his small New Jersey studio, visual artist Franck de Las Mercedes has delivered Priority Boxes around the globe, to countries in every continent.

With labels that read “Fragile Contains: Peace, Love or Hope”, he sends abstractly painted, seemingly empty boxes to anybody who requests one, anywhere in the world, for free.

The “Priority Boxes” Art Project is a public art series that seeks to initiate dialogue on peace, challenge people to reconsider their ability to influence change and question the fragility, value and priority given to those concepts.


Each box, sent by mail, is both a canvas for a unique abstract painting and a platform for communication through art. A mixture of art and activism, the boxes convey that something of such priority as peace should not have a price and that art can be both inclusive and accessible to all.

Since its beginning in 2006, the project has been funded by the artist and donations.  It has evolved into a movement that has been embraced by popular culture, the mainstream media, schools and art educators across America.


This is exactly the kind of movement that Gia On The Move really loves.  We’ve already gone ahead and requested a box in the hope that we can help make the message a Priority with its readers!

Need to request a box? Set up a workshop? Have a pic to share? Want to support the project? Visit Peaceboxes at

Follow the spirit of Peac, Love and Hope on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr!