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Hey Los Angeles! Get Ready for TARFEST 2014

One of Gia On The Move’s favorite free local family friendly festivals combining art, street art/graffit, music and a whole lot of fun takes place right inside the heart of LA at the La Brea Tarpits.  This year TARFEST will celebrate its 12th year on September 20th.  Visit www.launchla.org and www.tarfest.com for more information. (Or See Below)

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LAUNCH LA and 88.5 FM KCSN present Los Angeles’ 12th annual music & arts festival, TARFEST 2014, which will return to the La Brea Tar Pits on Saturday, September 20th. The FREE event will feature rising local artists, musicians and bands, with performances by Hunter Hunted, The Moth & The Flame, DNTWN, Tapioca & The Flea and The Dead Ships. This year’s music program was curated by LAUNCH LA and Kevin Bronson of BuzzBand.LA.
2B2A8824The 12th annual festival, will feature something for the whole family including food, drinks, art, activities and more. Local artists Greg “Craola” Simkins (one of Gia On The Move’s favorites!),  Nicola Verlato and DevNGosha will be live painting while popular food trucks, The Grilled Cheese Truck, Baby’s Badass Burgers and Sky’s Gourmet Tacos, will be on hand serving food. The festival will also include a Lagunitas Biergarten and the Little Bar Wine Bar. Kids’ activities will be presented by The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles, the Petersen Automotive Museum and Orchard Supply Hardware.
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launchlogo_sNew this year, LAUNCH LA presents the LAUNCH Art Pavilion curated by Merry Karnowsky. Programs include a special exhibition of James Griffith’s paintings that explore Darwin’s theory of Natural Selection through skillful images of animals painted with tar from the La Brea Tar Pits on canvas and panel. This art program will also present original artwork and limited edition prints by established and emerging artists.   Proceeds from the art sales and auction will benefit LAUNCH LA programming and TARFEST production costs. Finally, another special collaboration with the TintypeBooth and Lucie Foundation takes photography back to its Analog roots as attendees document themselves and their day using a vintage wet plate process.
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Excavating future culture on The Miracle Mile, the annual TARFEST festival utilizes Los Angeles’ historic Tar Pits and green space to unite the local community in celebration of the city’s burgeoning music and arts scene by showcasing some of the most talented up-and-coming bands and artists.  In past years, TARFEST has brought together thousands of Angelenos with performances from bands like Echosmith, Blondefire, The Steelwells, Nightmare Air, Saint Motel, Helena, Everest among others.
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TARFEST 2014 is made possible in part by a grant from the city of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs, the Los Angeles County Art Commission and The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles.  Some of this year’s sponsors include Olympia Medical Center, Los Angeles City Councilmember Tom LaBonge, Lagunitas Brewery, The Farmers Market, The Grove, Beverly Connection, Arclight Cinemas, The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, the Petersen Automotive Museum, The Sieroty Company, Walter N. Marks Jr., the Miracle Mile Chamber of Commerce, Orchard Supply Hardware and many other businesses and individuals who believe in advancing creativity and free, innovative arts programming in Los Angeles.
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About TARFEST/LAUNCH LA:  TARFEST, produced and managed by LAUNCH, provides important performance and exhibition opportunities to some of the region’s finest emerging artists, performers, and cultural innovators on the historic Miracle Mile of Los Angeles.  LAUNCH is a 501(3)(c) not-for-profit social enterprise that produces, manages and directs events, programs and exhibitions with the purpose of developing artist – audience relationships throughout important Los Angeles communities. Passionate about promoting all contemporary art-forms and their hybrids, LAUNCH recognizes the need for exemplary productions that create important cultural happenings. With the assistance of commercial partners, cultural institutions and like-minded individuals and organizations, LAUNCH strives to engage a broad cross section of Angelenos in cultural events that foster mutual understanding and creative expression.
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TARFEST SCHEDULE:
Saturday, September 20th, 1 – 8pm
TARFEST Music and Art Festival
FREE/ALL AGES
La Brea Tar Pits Park (Hancock Park)
5801 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90036
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Eat.Drink.Art Los Angeles on September 13th

About to happen at Barnsdall Art Park on September 13th is a sensational evening for locals, visitors, art lovers and foodies alike.

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EAT.DRINK.ART. A Kaleidoscope of the Senses, The Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery’s multifaceted fundraiser (sponsored by Los Angeles Magazine) invites Angelenos to tempt their palettes with delectable food, artisanal spirits and a stimulating celebration of art in all its forms on Saturday, September 13 from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. with a VIP reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. 

All to the backdrop of KCRW’s DJ Dan Wilcox spinning tunes, the evening will showcase a vast array of visual and performing art including live painting, performance artists, giant puppets, nude sketch models, and more. Live music will be preformed by musicians from “The Voice,” “American Idol,” and “The X Factor” and the annual happening boasts top-notch food trucks such as The Urban Oven, Let’s Be Frank, Postcards Central American Soul Fusion and Coolhaus.

The evening features a silent auction of more than 45 emerging + renowned artists including Claire Falkenstein, Alice Fellows, Joy Feuer, John Frame, Mark Steven Greenfield, Heather Lembcke, Leonel Matheu, Ed Ruscha, Gregory Siff, and Wayne White.

General Admission tickets cost $30 in advance ($40 at the door) and provide access to the event beginning at 7 pm along with 3 drink tickets.

VIP Admission tickets cost $100 in advance ($110 at the door) and provide access to a special reception and silent auction preview starting at 5:30 p.m.

Dance, drink and be artistically inspired—all while supporting a true kaleidoscope of exhibits and programs at LAMAG, LA’s only municipal art gallery and the City’s primary exhibition venue offering free admission to all.

Please visit lamag.org for more information.

LOS ANGELES MUNICIPAL ART GALLERY
LOCATED AT BARNSDALL PARK
4800 HOLLYWOOD BLVD.
LOS ANGELES, CA 90027
323.644.6269

Pause, Shake and Sip: Vanderpump Family Summer Sangria Recipe

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Pandora Vanderpump-Sabo, daughter of British restaurateur and Real Housewife of Beverly Hills, Lisa Vanderpump, seems to be following in the footsteps of her famous mom with a taste for posh.  Her publicist recently offered a new recipe for a delicious Summer Sangria, The LVP Sangria Royale, a multi-generation Vanderpump Family recipe (now bottled under Pandora’s direction), that is easy to prepare and perfect for these last weeks of August.

Gia On The Move is trying this recipe today, poste-haste!

You can purchase LVP Wines online or if you are in California or Florida, there are dozens of stores. Visit the website by clicking HERE

THE SANGRIA ROYALE

This cocktail is a light, refreshing way to serve our LVP Red Sangria. Similar to a Kir Royale, this drink couples the sweet, vibrant flavors of blackberry with LVP Sangria’s rich Red Sangria… topped off with the bright bubbly flavors of rosé Champagne, this cocktail is bright, effusive nectar that anyone will love!

Ingredients

  • 3 blackberries
  • ¼ lemon
  • 2 oz chilled LVP Red sangria
  • 1 oz chilled Rosé Champagne

Preparation

1. Add the blackberries to a shaker and squeeze the lemon over them. Muddle vigorously.
2. Add the sangria to the shaker and shake.
3. Pour into a Champagne coupe.
4. Top with Champagne.

serving-red-sangriaAbout LVP Red Sangria
Our traditional red sangria is crafted with Tempranillo grapes, arguably the most famous of Spain’s native grapes. Tempranillo is a vibrant, aromatic black grape that adds spicy, red fruit aromas and flavors for full-bodied red wine. The grape’s name translates to “little early one,” referencing the fact that it ripens several weeks earlier than most Spanish red grapes. The wines for LVP are aged in oak to generate increased complexity and harmony.

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About LVP Sangria
LVP is a luscious, refreshing sangria made from Spanish rosé and red wines. Using Lisa Vanderpump’s signature recipe, her daughter Pandora Vanderpump and her husband, Jason Sabo, have bottled the sangria and made it available for purchase. Launching in Los Angeles and Miami, LVP Sangria is available in the traditional red and, because it’s Lisa’s signature color, also in pink, a unique offering on the market. The sangria contains no additives and is created with 100% natural flavors. LVP Sangria is ready to be served straight from the bottle over ice and, when coupled with fresh fruit, is sure to be a crowd pleaser when entertaining. “My mother has been serving her own special sangria recipes for as long as I can remember — it’s one of her most popular drinks. Using her recipe, we’ve created something that’s light, refreshing, easy to drink and impressive to serve – an ultra-premium blend that lives up to the Vanderpump standards of quality. Our family hopes you will love LVP Sangria as much as we do.” -Pandora Vanderpump

 

“HELLʼS KITCHEN” IS NOW CASTING THE BEST IN AMERICA!

FOXʼs hit unscripted series “HELLʼS KITCHEN” is back again as Chef Gordon Ramsay looks for the BEST of the BEST to work beside him in the hottest kitchen on Earth! The nationwide casting call starts July 14, 2014 (August 11 in Los Angeles!) and weʼre in search of Americaʼs culinary elite who not only have the skills but the stamina to cook alongside the renowned, CHEF GORDON RAMSAY.

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“HELLʼS KITCHEN” will follow the chefs 24/7 through the perils of working in Chef Ramsayʼs pressure-filled restaurant, capturing the wrath, emotion and adrenaline rush that comes with cooking in a top-notch restaurant. Contestants will have to prove they have the endurance and skills to work with Chef Ramsay as they are pushed to their limits.

CASTING is searching for culinary candidates, 21 and over, who are outspoken, competitive and can stand the HEAT in one of the MOST EXCLUSIVE and TOUGHEST kitchens in the world. Applicants must be passionate, skilled at their craft and aim to become the next winner of “HELLʼS KITCHEN.”

If you think you have what it takes to smoke the competition, visit http://www.fox.com/casting.php or www.theconlincompany.com for open call locations and general casting information.
**This is a casting call with no guarantee of acceptance

Los Angeles Open Call
MONDAY, AUGUST 11th 2014
Le Cordon Bleu – Hollywood
6370 W. Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
11:00AM-4:00PM

San Francisco Open Call
MONDAY, AUGUST 4th, 2014
350 Rhode Island St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
11:00AM-4:00PM

The World’s Most Expensive Food

Paris Hilton Instagram post showing her "little bit of everything" room service meal she ordered in Shanghai last November.

Paris Hilton Instagram post showing her “little bit of everything” room service meal she ordered in Shanghai last November.

What if you decided to eat only the most expensive dishes all day long. Would you try an exquisite Anqui Pho soup in Santa Monica? Or maybe a $1000 salad by a celebrity chef Raymond Blanc? Our friend David Adelman over at Finances online did a fun experiment and compared the prices for various most expensive dishes in the world.

What was so delicous that it sold for $330,000 at an auction? What is the most expensive spice in the world? How much can a slice of 1937 royal wedding cake cost? Caviar in 24-Karat tins, sushi wrapped in 24-Karat gold leaves, truffle salad, and ‘bacon bling’ — these are just some of the outrageously expensive meals you can encounter in the culinary world and he’s gathered them all in an awesome infographic.

The Most Expensive Dishes In The World: How To Plan The Pricest Meal Ever

Holy Hard Rock! Look What’s On The New Menu

by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move
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Hard Rock Cafe Legendary Burger

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While it’s true that the menu changed earlier this year; and that Gia On The Move was recently invited to sample the new mouth-watering fare at a special press dinner; and that Hard Rock Cafes everywhere have made the upgrade; what simply hasn’t been apparent until now, is WHY you should actually make a point of trying it!

Regular patrons of Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood and Hard Rock Universal City will have already been privy to the incredibly and surprisingly succulent re-arrangement of appetizers to final courses which have catapulted deceptively ordinary fare to far beyond “du jour” near shock and awe status and into the stratosphere of outstanding yet down to earth comestibles.  Celebrating its unique rock n’ roll atmosphere, in bold style,  this menu is all about the taste!

Click this link for photos of more of Hard Rock’s new menu creations!

Hard Rock Cafe's Nachopalooza!

Hard Rock Cafe’s Nachopalooza!

The 40 year old Hard Rock brand is now offering 30 new items in addition to the current 28 already enjoyed by dedicated diners, including salads, desserts, entrees and drinks after having compared seasonings, textures, flavor profiles, burger blends and French fry cuts, also focusing on visual appeal of each course. Everything down to the garnishes and buns has been utterly re-invented with seasonal options being added as well.

Hard Rock Cafe's Air Mexico Margaritas

Hard Rock Cafe’s Air Mexico Margaritas

All the new items keep in line with Hard Rock’s core menu concept of scratch-based, all-American favorites that resonate with diners around the world.

Popular new menu items added are entrees like the Cowboy Rib eye, a USDA choice 16-ounce, bone-in steak and Smoked Beef Brisket Sandwich, slow-cooked beef brisket, topped with hickory barbecue sauce on grilled sourdough bread, Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes (a favorite of everyone’s), three new salads (Grilled Chicken Chop Salad, Grilled Chicken Arugula Salad, Cobb Salad) and three of the new desserts (House-made Carrot Cake, Molten Lava Cake and Cheesecake with Oreo Cookie Pieces), Hickory Smoked BBQ Ribs, Grilled Norwegian Salmon, Hickory Smoked Chicken Wings, and the Legendary® Burger, an 8-ounce grilled-to-perfection proprietary blend patty served with cheddar cheese, smoked bacon slices, iceberg lettuce and special Hard Rock seasoning presented on a fresh Brioche bun.  In addition, introduced is the Grilled Vegetable Sandwich, which combines freshly grilled vegetables, spicy Monterey Jack cheese, with a dash of Balsamic reduction on toasted sour dough bread.

There are quite a few drink highlights as well:

The Air Mexico, a sampling-sized portion of Hard Rock’s classic tasty margaritas, allows guests to choose three flavors, including Watermelon, Mango, Cucumber, Blue Curacao, Pomegranate or Wildberry.

Hard Rock Cafe's Twisted Shout Shake

Hard Rock Cafe’s Twisted Shout Shake

The Red Berry Press, Hard Rock’s unique, sweet fruit cocktail made with fresh hulled and sliced strawberries, fresh raspberries, lemonade, lemon-lime soda, and Clementine Vodka, garnished with a lemon wedge served in a coffee-press style vessel that infuses fruit into the cocktail throughout the drinking process.

And 2 coup de gras finals:

A Bacon, Baccardi, Guinness Beer (Twisted Shout) Milk Shake  with spiced brown sugar, salted caramel and chocolate. (This one sent Gia On The Move “over the edge” – Died and gone to heaven. Thank you!)

The Salted Caramel Cafe, Tia Maria, Baileys, Salted Caramel Syrup, half and half, and hot coffee, topped with whipped cream and pieces of caramel corn caramel sauce.

Hard Rock is introducing several new non-alcoholic milkshakes, including the Vanilla Root Beer Shake, blended with rum, spiced brown sugar syrup, vanilla vodka, half and half, vanilla ice cream, blended with a few ounces of root beer, garnished with a dollop of whipped cream.

Who’s Hungry?!

 

Super Serious Los Angeles DIY Comedy

superserious“”We started the show out of a DIY spirit, and we’’ve managed to keep that energy throughout the past four years.”

Join the live comedy show hailed as the “Best Off-the-Beaten-Path Stand-Up Comedy Party”  by LA Weekly, for their four year anniversary.

The Super Serious Show features the best sketch, stand-up, music and videos on the third Wednesday of every month at The Virgil.

On July 16th, creators Mandee Johnson and Joel Mandelkorn are thrilled to celebrate the four-year anniversary of The Super Serious Show with a killer lineup, including Jen Kirkman, Jimmy Pardo, Garfunkel & Oates and the Sklar Brothers.

Each night of comedy is like a work of art in itself. 

Unlike many comedy clubs, The Super Serious Show is an affordable night of great comedy, complete with a food truck, sweets, drink specials, a DJ and a built-in happy hour.

Follow them on Twitter for updates: @seriousshow

The Virgil is located at:
4519 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90029

Lineup and ticket information for the 4-year anniversary show are available here: Tickets

The super serious show