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Los Angeles Travel Magazine Launches Spring 2015

Marc Wheelerby Marc Wheeler, Mover & Shaker Extraordinaire

 

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Last night the Los Angeles Travel Magazine celebrated their Spring Issue Launch with a swanky soirée at the “World Famous” Supperclub LA. Guests were treated to spectacular aerial work, freestyle dance and a must-be-seen balloon act by the talented performers of Zen Arts. An autograph signing/meet-and-greet featuring Katie Maloney and Tom Schwartz of Vanderpump Rules transpired early in the evening. Tito’s Handmade Vodka kept the drinks flowing and SuperCool Creamery delighted the palettes of many a sweet tooth as DJ D-Dub’s mixes filled the air.

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Celebrity Cruises offered travel tips and champagne toasts as red carpet photos featuring live snakes and supperclub showgirls brought out smiles and poses to flashing lights. Additional sponsors included Alcazark Photography, BNG, How 2 Travelers, Huey Bui Photography and Sterling Social.

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La Caberet a la Mode de Paris Kicks Up It’s Heels in Style at Sofitel

 by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move
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Continuing my new “Adventures in LIVE Streaming” (just in case you didn’t catch it on Twitter/Periscope) was a visit earlier this month to the Sofitel Los Angeles for a presentation of Les Demoiselles of Cabaret Versatile “Le Caberet a la Mode de Paris”.

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What really should be taking place on a larger stage a la Moulin Rouge, is a very up close and cinematic-like view for the audience of French Cancan, cheeky Burlesque, effervescent humor and le chant très sensuelle.

The premiere of “Femmes” at Riviera 31, is a dreamy, glamorous and immersive sampling of all things feminine and female. I’d also add definitively–all things French.  We especially loved being treated chez chic champagne and macaroons while sensually embraced by the ambiance and sensational elegance.

With the Hollywood Fringe Festival fast approaching it is interesting to note that these ladies actually received an award for Best Cabaret and Variety Show, and were nominated for Best International Show at Fringe back in 2012.  Their return is nothing short of breathtaking.

ParisChansons_WebOpening act, singers Julia and Jacob of Paris Chansons, immediately set a warm, nostalgic tone with favorite tunes and sing-a-longs in French and English most recognizable to the highly percentiled Français crowd in attendance. For the rest of us, it was a ticklish treat.

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Headlining the show was actress Mhairi Morrison appearing as her ever in-a-fuss character Talullah Grace who hilariously and quite decadantly clowned up what would have otherwise been moments of unfortunate trevas in between each number.

The intermission is overly long.  But you can square away the tedium quite nicely at the fully stocked, ready and delicious bar at Riviera 31. 

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Recorded in Hollywood Hiccup — Hooray!

by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move

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Lights up. Lights down. That exactly describes the physical opening of Recorded in Hollywood last Friday evening at the Lillian Theatre, Hollywood, CA.

Notwithstanding a confluence of incidental events that transpired which nearly derailed the production – a pre-show audience member accident, a 30 minutes late curtain, a host of un-ending technical difficulties: actors singing and moving through stage direction (impressively without pause) in the dark at length, intermittent disappearing sound, and an overly long running time, Recorded in Hollywood, actually kept its musical momentum and pulled off a powerful “Hail Mary” for a truly celebratory opening night.

Recorded in Hollywood is not just another show.  It is a piece of true, iconic Los Angeles music history.

Although the actual script is not particularly dramatic, it nevertheless details the emphatic moments in the life of local legend John Dolphin who pulled African-American music up by its bootstraps and thrust it onto a white dominated music industry, promoting into dominance artists and sounds that we still know and love today. And according to his grandson Jamelle Dophin, the John Dolphin story gives long-overdue credit to the man he says influenced the likes of Sam Cooke, The Penguins and The Hollywood Flames.   All this by a man who was simply “a flashy music promoter” who started off as a used car salesman and who just loved music…long before Motown Records was a glint in Barry Gordy’s eye. 

Most impressive and equally fascinating is that during his run with his shop, Dolphin’s of Hollywood, with the help of famed DJ Dick “Huggy Boy” Hug and others, who spun records at one point, 24 hours a day inside the shop, he was able to grab the imagination of white and black teens alike, drawing them to a location on Central, to shop, dance, openly mingle (dangerous stuff during that generation) and love listening to Rhythm & Blues unabashedly together. As a black man he was not allowed to rent a retail space in the actual Hollywood area.  He went on to establish a chain of Dolphin’s of Hollywood shops and a recording/producing studio for up and coming talent.

Mr. Dolphin’s life, however was cut short, murdered by a singer in a disagreement over ownership of his songs. Eventually, although his wife and family took over the shop, Dolphin’s of Hollywood closed its doors, the first location in South L.A. being the last to shutter in 1989.

Recorded in Hollywood is a celebration of John Dophin’s legacy and the music he lived and breathed.  Despite the opening night hiccups it is only going to get tighter as a production.  This show is a must see for no less a reason of singing talent, music composition, choreography and every other outstanding element in this show, as it is an ode to John Dolphin’s vision of Black American music for his generation and beyond.

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The true story of black businessman, record label owner and music producer John Dolphin. In 1948, a decade before Motown, he opened his world-famous Dolphin’s of Hollywood record shop in South Los Angeles, but his contributions to music and the formative years of rock ’n’ roll have often been overlooked. Based on the book “Recorded In Hollywood: The John Dolphin Story,” this new musical features 16 original songs to match the musical era of the 1950s, as well as hit cover songs associated with the story.

Book by Matt Donnelly and Jamelle Dolphin
Music and Lyrics by Andy Cooper
Directed by Denise Dowse
Musical Direction by Stephan Terry
Choreography by Cassie Crump
Starring Eric B. Anthony, Brooke Brewer, Justin Cowden, John Devereaux, Richie Ferris, Jenna Gillespie, Franklin Grace, Nic Hodges, Stu James, Jade Johnson, Philip Dean Lightstone, Godfrey Moye, Jake Novak, Nic Olsen, Rahsaan Patterson, James Simenc, Matthew Sims, Jr., Sha’Leah Nikole Stubblefield, Katherine Washington
Produced by Racquel Lehrman, Theatre Planners


NOW PLAYING UNTIL MAY 17

Fridays at 8 p.m: April 24; May 1, 8, 15
Saturdays at 8 p.m: April 18, 25; May 2, 9, 16
Sundays at 3 p.m: April 19, 26; May 3, 10, 17

WHERE:
Lillian Theatre
1076 Lillian Way
Hollywood, CA 90038
(1½ blocks west of Vine at Santa Monica Blvd.)

HOW:
(323) 960-4443 or www.RecordedInHollywood.com

TICKET PRICE$30

Serious Talent We Missed in 2014: Syncopated Ladies

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The Syncopated Ladies dance crew was created by world-renowned tap dancer and choreographer Chloe Arnold who was discovered at an early age by legendary choreographer Debbie Allen.  Chloe has since gone on to perform on stages around the globe (in 21 countries and over 35 states), worked with celebrated artists including Beyonce, and appeared on national TV shows like “Dancing with the Stars” and “Boardwalk Empire.”  Chloe formed Syncopated Ladies, the first all-female tap band, to bring more appreciation for tap to modern audiences, and to create a platform for women to be at the forefront of this beloved art form.  The group has performed in Vancouver, Canada, at B.B. Kings in New York City, annually at their D.C. Tap Fest, at the Dancescape L.A.’s 10th Anniversary Showcase, and Nigel Lythgoe’s star-studded “Dizzy Feet” charity gala.  For more information, please visit www.syncladies.com

Queen Madonna’s Ghosttown

Madonna’s new music video (co-starring Empire’s Terrence Howard) for her latest single “Ghosttown” available now.

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All our favorite elements,  music, fashion and film strike a cord in this new visually powerful vide0 and we’re not surprised that it’s the “Queen of Pop” who’s responsible.

The “Ghosttown” video was directed by longtime Madonna collaborator, Jonas Åkerlund (“Ray of Light”, “Music”, “American Life”). It was choreographed by Megan Lawson, styled by B. Åkerlund and features hair styled by Andy Lecompte and makeup by Aaron Henrikson.

Clothing by: Chrome Hearts, Greg Lauren, A.F. Vandevost, and Valerj Pobega

Accessories by: Majesty Black, Greg Lauren, Palace Costume House, and Agent Provocateur

Jewelry by: Jason of Beverly Hills, Lynn Ban, and Catherine Angiel

Shoes by: Miu Miu

Madonna release her 13th studio album Rebel Heart last month which debuted at #1 album on the Soundscan album sales chart. The first single from Rebel Heart, “Living for Love” went to No. 1 on the Billboard Dance Charts. Madonna’s Rebel Heart World Tour will kick off on August 29th in Miami, FL. For more information please visit http://www.madonna.com/tour.

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Meet Me Thursday at the Sofitel for Le Cabaret Versatile

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We’ve been waiting soooo long!  Our darling Feathers and Toast Tallulah Grace, will be making a spotlight appearance with LA’s newest and most delectable French dance troupe Cabaret Versatile in their show Premiere in Riviera 31, Sofitel Beverly Hills, this Thursday, April 9th 2015.

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refined and dreamy the experience will celebrate femininity and elegance with dancers and singers performing glamorous choreographies and songs which represent the “je ne sais quoi” that built the timeless legend of inspiring women throughout the ages.

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From the indomitable and impressive, to the child-like innocent, or crazy, unpredictable, this new show Femmes! is an ode to every kind of woman we cherish and is a beautiful tribute to the Parisian chic.

Mhairi MorrisonThe show features Mhairi Morrison of the comedy web series, Feathers and Toast. She will host the show as her character Tallulah Grace, a slightly delusional cooking show host obsessed with all things French who believes herself to be the next Julia Child, but who, in reality, struggles to pull off a decent sandwich.  www.feathersandtoast.com

juliaOpening the evening is Paris Chansons, LA’s premier French band known for their original renditions of French favorites from Aznavour to Zaz, plus an exciting international twist featuring music in Russian, Italian and other world flavors. www.parischansons.com

Cabaret Versatile based in Los Angeles, creates authentic French cabaret inviting them into a world of French Burlesque and Parisian Folies. It is a magical experience full of surprises, Cabaret Versatile filled with unforgettable moments of sexiness and elegance.

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Inland Pacific Ballet Celebrates It’s 20th Season with Beauty and the Beast

An Encore adaptation of this breathtaking fairy tale ballet.

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Southern California’s premiere professional ballet company, Inland Pacific Ballet (IPB), celebrating its 20th season, presents Beauty and the Beast, a full-length ballet based on the time honored fairy tale with 10 performances taking place from April 25 through May 16, 2015 in theaters within the San Gabriel Valley and the Inland Empire.

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A creative interpretation of this universal story of inner beauty, IPB’s encore presentation promises a visual feast full of romance and drama. Stunning sets, brilliant dancing, gorgeous costumes and a stirring musical score that will transport audiences to an enchanted fairy tale world filled with fanciful characters, a charming village, an enchanted forest and the Beast’s magnificent castle, all vividly illustrating the drama and romance of this beloved story and the transformative power of love.

Beauty, a young girl pure of heart, living at the edge of a mystical forest, when her father is accosted by a mysterious Beast after picking a single white rose from the Beast’s beloved garden. Imbued with magical powers, the rose is passed between Beauty, her father and the Beast, as Beauty offers herself in exchange for her father’s freedom, beginning a journey of love and transformation for both herself and the Beast.

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For choreographer Clinton Rothwell, the white rose represents both Beauty’s pure heart and the transformation that takes place in the story.

“Prompted by the tremendous response Beauty and the Beast received last season, we are thrilled to once again be bringing this beautiful ballet to southern California audiences, and for the first time, to the Fox Performing Arts Center in Riverside,” states Victoria Koenig, Artistic Director.

“Nothing quite compares with the magic and grandeur of a big, fully produced ballet, especially one with such a captivating story. With rehearsals already underway and our dancers in top form, we are seeing Beauty and the Beast come back to life. We are especially excited to be presenting our exquisite ballerina, Meilu Zhai, in her debut as Beauty.  Meilu’s special qualities of delicacy, inner strength, impeccable technique and utter charm make her irresistible in this role.”

The cast features brilliant young talent from southern California. IPB is delighted to have principal dancers Cameron Schwanz again dancing the role of the Beast, and Meilu Zhai, formerly with the National Ballet of China as Beauty.  Jonathan Sharp also returns in the role of Beauty’s Father.

The musical score for Beauty and the Beast was created by company choreographer Rothwell as a “sound collage” featuring compositions from many of the great classical composers such as Dimitri Shostakovich, Antonin Dvorak, Felix Mendelssohn, Jules Massenet, Sergei Prokofiev, Pytor Illyich Tchaikovsky, and Alexandor Glazounov.

“Ballet is an extension of sound to me, it’s moving sculpture, but it has to go with the music. Everything has to fit together,” says choreographer Rothwell.

Award-winning set designer and scenic artist Daniel C. Nyiri designed the village, forest, garden and castle scenes that serve as backdrops for the jewel-toned costumes by designer Jeanne Nolden. Special masks for the Beast and a pack of menacing wolves were created by Bonnie Sinclair, who worked for many years with Maurice Sendak on projects including Where the Wild Things Are.

Tickets, start at $34 with senior/child/group discounts available online at ipballet.org.

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Critically acclaimed Inland Pacific Ballet, enjoying its 20th season, is a professional ballet company of national stature in the Inland Empire of Southern California. The Company is committed to producing exquisitely staged productions of full-length classic story ballets as well as presenting the best in contemporary choreography. Their large studio facility in Montclair also includes in-house costume and scenic departments. In addition, through creative marketing and an extensive Educational Outreach Program, Inland Pacific Ballet strives to introduce new audiences to the magic of ballet, and to make the experience more available and accessible to all. For more information visit their website.

Victoria Koenig, Artistic Director
Clinton Rothwell, Choreographer, Sound Collage Designer
Daniel C. Nyiri, Scenic Design
Jeanne Nolden, Costume Design
Bonnie Sinclair, Mask Design
Cameron Schwanz, Beast
Meilu Zhai, Beauty
Jonathan Sharp, Beauty’s Father

DATES: 

Saturday, April 25, 2015 – 1:00pm and 7:00pm
Sunday, April 26, 2015 1:00pm
Bridges Auditorium, Pomona College, 450 N. College Way, Claremont, CA 91711
Box Office: (909) 607-1139

Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 1:00 & 7:00 pm
Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 1:00 pm
Lewis Family Playhouse, Victoria Gardens Cultural Center,
12505 Cultural Center Drive, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
Box Office: (909) 477-2752

Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 2:00 pm
Sunday, May 10, 2015 at 2:00 pm
Arcadia Performing Arts Center, 188 Campus Drive, Arcadia, CA 91007
Box Office: (626) 821-1781

Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm
Fox Performing Arts Center, 3801 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside, CA 92501
Box Office: (951) 779-9800


Information & Tickets:  ipballet.org
; tickets from $34 with senior/child/group discounts available