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Music Legends Jazz It Up In NYC For A Cause On April 26

cirque du jazz

JAZZ FOUNDATION OF AMERICA presents the 23rd Annual Jazz Loft Part, Cirque du Jazz”  at the Hudson Studios in New York City.

Sponsoring the event is Parmigiani Fleurier and will be featuring iconic jazz legends The Heath Brothers, Randy Weston, Billy Harper, Kahil El’Zabar, Hamiet Bluiett and more; blues aristocracy Sweet Georgia Brown, Ray Shinnery and Blind Boy Paxton; imported tango gems Pablo Ziegler and Julio Botti; piano phenoms ELEW, Isfar Sarabski and Matthew Whitaker; Russian folk rebels from New Orleans Debauche; vintage swing’s coolest bands Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks and The Baby Soda Jazz Band; flamenco dancers from Seville.

There will be other serious jaw-dropping surprises to come beginning with special appearance by Richard Marz and Dianne Reeves starting at the VIP reception.

A Lifetime Achievement Award will also be presented during the evening to Bruce Lundvall for a career spanning half a century which included signing a wide array of artists, including Willie NelsonHerbie HancockDexter GordonJames TaylorStan GetzWynton MarsalisDianne ReevesRichard MarxNatalie ColeCassandra WilsonAnita Baker andNorah Jones. He headed the following labels: Blue Note Records (jazz), Angel Records (classical), and Manhattan Records (adult pop).

Lundvall began his music career in marketing at Columbia Records where he remained for 21 years, becoming President of the domestic division of CBS Records in 1976. In the course of his tenure, he built Columbia’s jazz roster into the largest of any major label.


WHERE | Hudson Studios
601 West 26th Street, 13th Floor
7:00PM – Midnight

 The Cause: For 24 years, the Jazz Foundation of America has been dedicated to saving the homes and lives of elderjazz and blues musicians in crisis. We now assist in nearly 6,000 cases a year, including hundreds of musicians and their families affected by Hurricane Sandy in the New York region as well as those still recovering from Katrina in New Orleans.

Our Programs Include: Preventing homelessness and evictions by paying rents and mortgages, creating dignified work through our Agnes Varis Jazz in the Schools program, providing free medical care and operations through our partners at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center and keeping the heat turned on and food on the table through our Musicians’ Emergency Fund.

Standard ticket: $300
VIP ticket (includes admission to VIP reception): $400       
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Ballroom with a Twist at Valley Performing Arts

Ballroom with a Twist


Ballroom with a Twist’s jam-packed line up of celebrity dancers and singers are coming to the Valley Performing Arts Center (VPAC) at California State University, Northridge, lighting up the stage on Saturday, May 17th at 8:00pm.

A brilliant new fusion of Broadway, classical and international-style song and dance, the performance is being directed by international choreographer and competitive dance champion Louis Van Amstel.

The spectacle is highlighted by Dancing with the Star’s Kym Johnson and Tristan MacManus. American Idol finalists Gina Glocksen-Ruzicka and Von Smith will also join along with So You Think You Can Dance finalists Legacy, Jonathan Platero and Randi Lynn Strong.

Australia native Kym Johnson has made the transition from ballroom to judging panel and is currently one of four judges on Dancing with the Stars.  She holds three mirror ball trophies, two in the U.S. and one in Australia, and is the only professional dancer in the world to hold trophies from two different continents.  Irish sensation Tristan McManus, also a professional dancer on Dancing with the Stars, has a long history of performance in both theatre and dance in Europe, Las Vegas and Australia.

Other cast members include Legacy, one of the most sought–after dancers in the entertainment industry; American Idol finalist Gina Glocksen-Ruzicka and Von Smith, who recently opened for Lady Gaga in Australia. In addition, featured dancers will be Jonathan Platero, finalist on So You Think You Can Dance; and Randy Lynn Strong, one of that show’s top five girls on season five.

Tickets for Ballroom with a Twist on May 17 are $ $25 to $60.  For more information and tickets, visit the center’s website at or call (818) 677-3000.

Ballroom with a Twist

The 1,700-seat LEED Gold certified Valley Performing Arts Center has established California State University, Northridge, as a hub for culture and live performing arts in the region. It was recently ranked number three on the Best College Ranking’s list of “The 25 Most Amazing College Campus Theaters” in the U.S. and was voted one of the top ten performing arts centers and theaters in Los Angeles by Time Out Los Angeles.



Forever 21′s Coachella Party in the Sky

forever 21
Forever 21 celebrated the first weekend of Coachella with an epic “Party in the Sky”on Saturday, April 12 featuring  secret guest DJ’s Gorgon City and What So Not,
as well as recording artist Azealia Banks who performed unreleased tracks off of
“Broke With Expensive Taste.”
forever 21 coachella
The event included two complimentary gifts for attendees to enjoy, the premiere of Forever 21′s Summer 2014 fashion film and for added “lift,”
a 20ft VIP party pod suspended above the main event
to create the ultimate desert party experience.
The event hashtag was cleverly dubbed “#Cranechella” 

Guests were encouraged to leave a donation for the VH1 Save The Music Foundation - 100% of donations went to the Foundation.

Official Forever 21″Party in the Sky” Playlist:

(Photo Credits: Forever 21)

Late Guest at the Party

Late Guest at the Party 

Check out NYC based Italian electro-rock group, LATE GUEST AT THE PARTY  and their BRAND NEW single “Gravel”.

Their first critically acclaimed debut LP garnered rave reviews from Radio BBC One and Rolling Stone Magazine. Since then, they’ve been joined by lead vocalist and notable producer, Caleb Shreve (formerly Chuck Body), who’s worked with many influential artists, including: Phantogram, Yoko Ono, Wu-Tang Clan, Peter Bjorn & John, Tegan and Sara, Santigold and many more.

Combining elements from different genres since they started out in 2002, eclectic Italian group Late Guest at the Party have always been able to cross several geographical and musical borders with their unique sound made of well-read electro lashes, engaging beats and catchy anthems, all permeated by a peculiar r’n’r DNA and 90′s brit-pop / rave hints.

“Italy’s Late Guest at the Party creates the musical backdrop and catchy melodies that any good pop band should have, but they’ve also got the bite of a rock band.”   Pigeons and Planes

“Late Guest at the Party are high on the heels to becoming the next big thing.”— Filter Magazine

Find them on Twitter: @lgatp



Go Backstage Theatreland on May 13th

TheatrelandAthena, the distributor behind the universally acclaimed, star-studded documentary Playing Shakespeare, is excited to announce another must-see documentary for theatre fans with the DVD debut of Theatreland, featuring  Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart, recently seen on Broadway in Waiting for Godot and No Man’s Land.

Theatreland offers a rare, candid behind-the-scenes look at a historic London theatre’s 2009 production of the most successful production ever of Waiting for Godot, which ran for 172 performancesstarring McKellen and Stewart, as well as the first-ever staged adaptation of Truman Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s starring Anna Frie.

Featuring theatre and film heavyweights—and real-life friends—Sir Patrick Stewart (Star Trek: The Next Generation, X-Men) and Sir Ian McKellen (The Lord of the Rings, X-Men) and offering a compelling look behind the scenes of a West End production of Beckett’s influential Waiting for GodotTheatreland debuts on DVD on May 13, 2014. The DVD 2-Disc set includes eight episodes, plus a 12-page viewer’s guide (201 min., $39.99,  UPC: 0-54961-2183-9-4

Filmed over six months, on location at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in London’s West End, Theatreland goes behind the scenes of both productions to reveal what makes a West End theatre tick. Meet the stars, the artistic director, the managers, stagehands, carpenters, and ushers. Explore the Haymarket, one of London’s oldest theatres, with 100-year-old seats and plumbing to match. Audiences realize none of this as the lights dim and the magic begins. From the first read-through to the final curtain call, this is theatre as you’ve never seen it before.

The documentary also features Simon Callow (Four Weddings and a Funeral), Ronald Pickup (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), Joseph Cross (Lincoln) and Anna Friel (Pushing Daisies).

Episode 1: Bringing the House Down

Episode 2: OK—Now Entertain Us

Episode 3: Flushed with Success

Episode 4: Is There a Spectre in the House?

Episode 5: Waiting in the Wings

Episode 6: Goodbye, Godot

Episode 7: Blonde or Brunette

Episode 8: Blood, Sweat, and Magic

Bonus Features: 12-page viewer’s guide with a timeline of the Theatre Royal Haymarket, a look at the West End, profiles of the participants, an article on theatre ghosts, and fun facts about the productions

DVD 2-Disc Set: 8 episodes – Approx. 201 min. – Documentary – SDH Subtitles


The Voice 2014 Tour Kicks Off on June 21st

img_the_voice_logo_v2Fans of the hit NBC show, “The Voice”, can finally see their favorite contestants live as the season’s talented top Finalists and favorite past stars hit the road on a huge summer tour. Talpa Media and AEG Live announced today the 31-show concert tour launches June 21st in San Antonio, TX and stops in major cities including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Toronto, ON before wrapping in Redmond, WA on August 2.

Tickets go on sale April 17 at 10:00 AM local

Purchase tickets at either: and

Already confirmed on the tour is Jamaica native and Season 5 champ, Tessanne Chin. Also joining the tour from Season 5 is soul-pop teen artist, and runner up, Jacquie Lee and vocal powerhouse and family man, Will Champlin. Dia Frampton, a Team Blake favorite, from Season One will be hitting the road too, along with this season’s Winner, Runner Up, and 3rd place. Another fan favorite is guaranteed to tour and will be determined in the month of May by America via social media.

The Voice Tour Featured Guests 2014

Fans can experience the finalists performing favorite moments from their seasons again live on tour. THE VOICE Season 6 Finale will air on NBC on May 20th, but this season’s fan-favorites and past stars will continue on with the 2014 Tour.

CLEAR SCALP & HAIR™ will join NBC’s The Voice as the official title sponsor of The Voice Live Tour.  CLEAR SCALP & HAIR™ will bring the message of resilience across the U.S., and provide fans with exclusive behind-the-scenes access and content from the road. The multiplatform partnership will bring to life America’s inner and outer resilience, while engaging with the show’s thousands of fans in real-time.


San Antonio, TX Majestic Theatre


Grand Prairie, TX Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie


Houston, TX Bayou Music Center


Tampa, FL David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts


Fort Lauderdale, FL Broward Center for the Performing Arts


Orlando, FL Bob Carr Performing Arts Center


Atlanta, GA Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre


Charlotte, NC Ovens Auditorium


Hershey, PA Hershey Theatre


Lowell, MA Lowell Memorial Auditorium


Atlantic City, NJ The Mark Etess Arena at Trump Taj Mahal


New York, NY Beacon Theatre


Baltimore, MD Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric


Toronto, ON Sony Centre for the Performing Arts


Niagara Falls, NY Seneca Niagara Events Center


Mashantucket, CT The Grand Theater at Foxwoods


Cleveland, OH Playhouse Square – State Theatre


Detroit, MI Masonic Temple Theatre


Chicago, IL Chicago Theatre


Minneapolis, MN Mystic Lake Casino Hotel


Milwaukee, WI Milwaukee Riverside Theater


St. Louis, MO Peabody Opera House


Denver, CO Temple Hoyne Buell Theatre


Phoenix, AZ Comerica Theater


Las Vegas, NV The Joint at the Hard Rock


Indio, CA* Fantasy Springs Resort Special Events Center


San Diego, CA San Diego Civic Theatre


Los Angeles, CA Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE


San Jose, CA San Jose Center for the Performing Arts


Portland, OR Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall


Redmond, WA Marymoor Park Concerts
*The Indio, CA event will go on sale Friday, April 25th.
Tickets are subject to applicable service charges.
Event time and date subject to change.

A Curious Collection of Mid-20th Century “Selfies”

Mystery Photobooth Portraits Baffle Historians



.Writer Patti Verbanas recently contacted Gia On The Move with the incredible story of a photo collections, currently showing at the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers, New Brunswick, New Jersey, which in the strangest way is a photo precursor to the modern selfie.  Ms. Verbanas originally wrote the article for Rutgers Today.  But we found it so intriguing and fun that it is a “must publish” for the Tuesday art plug.

A haunting collection of 445 photobooth images of a man taken over decades is unveiled at the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers, begging the question: Who is he?

By Patti Verbanas, Rutgers Today

He likely hailed from the Midwest, sometimes sported a fedora and smoked a pipe. He dressed in casual plaids or in a suit. His tie was sometimes in a bow, other times straight. His demeanor ranged from jovial to pensive. His hair evolved from thick black to a thinning white widow’s peak. And sometimes, a “Seasons Greetings” sign hung over his head.

We might know a lot about how this man aged, but what we don’t know is his identity, nor why he took – and saved – over 450 images of himself in a photobooth over the course of several decades.

This mystery that has come to light with “445 Portraits of a Man,” a collection being shown for the first time as part of “Striking Resemblance: The Changing Art of Portraiture,” an exhibition on display through July at Rutgers’ Zimmerli Art Museum in New Brunswick, New Jersey.



The 445 images – silver gelatin prints owned by photography historian Donald Lokuta – were taken over the three decades from the Great Depression through the Swinging ’60s, when the booths were most popular. “There’s quite an age difference in the photos: You see him as younger man and then with a white, receding hairline and wrinkles,” says Lokuta, who came across a few of these images at a New York City antiques show in 2012. Upon learning that the antiques dealer had hundreds of these portraits of the same man, Lokuta knew he had to keep them together and purchased them all. “As a historian, I knew this was very rare, but on a deeper level, I wondered, ‘Why would somebody want to take almost 500 photos of himself in a photobooth?’ In appearance, they are unremarkable. They look like mugshots, but that’s what makes them special: The sameness, the repetition.”

Lokuta showed the collection to his friend, Zimmerli curator Donna Gustafsonas she was gathering works for the “Striking Resemblance” exhibition, which examines both the modern history of the portrait and the contemporary definitions of portraiture. “This collection of photo-portraits is very special, and the fact it had never been shown before was exciting,” says Gustafson. “The concept of the series has been going on in contemporary art since the 1970s; it’s a very conceptual way of thinking. But what struck me was that these portraits were taken as early as the 1930s and ’40s, before many of us were thinking conceptually about photography.



“I wanted this collection in the exhibition because everyone is intrigued by photobooths, and these portraits were never intended to be shown in a museum,” she continues. “These images bridge the span from photography into something really exceptional.”

Lokuta’s theory is that the unidentified man was testing the photobooth equipment after servicing it. But even this still begs the question: Why would he save the portraits?

Lokuta’s curiosity led him to Näkki Goranin, author of American Photobooth, for assistance in researching the man’s identity. The photobooth historian was equally mystified – especially since it turned out she also owns seven images of the same man. After Lokuta and Goranin determined they had purchased the photographs from the same dealer, Goranintracked down the previous owners and learned that the images originated at a Michigan auction. After that, the trail grows cold. “It’s not a given that the guy worked for the photobooth company. It could be that he’s just a quirky personality,” Goranin says. “I’ve seen a lot of things in my research, but this collection is very strange.”

Gustafson hopes that the exposure in the Zimmerli exhibition will shed new light on this individual who chronicled a significant period of his life in a photobooth. “When you look at all of the images together, it takes your breath away,” says Gustafson. “And if it is true that this was a man just doing his job, he ended up creating something extraordinary.”




Charlotte Sometimes Releases New EP at L.A.’s Room 5 This Friday

Charlotte Sometimes


LA based Charlotte Sometimes (of The Voice) celebrates the release of her latest EP By Request, at Los Angeles’ Room 5, Friday, April 11, 2014, 9PM 

By Request (featuring Coley O’Toole of We The Kings) strips down the arrangements, putting the spotlight on Charlotte’s thoughtfully sincere lyrics and distinct vocal stylings. The follow up to 2012’s Circus Head, Charlotte turned to her fans and friends for inspiration on this new endeavor. Through an interactive social media campaign, Charlotte let her audience select songs to be re-imagined in intimate versions for this acoustic EP, which was recorded live in one day at NYC’s Cutting Room Studios. By Request also features one new song, the first single, “Magic.”

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“Stunning…” (MTV Buzzworthy)

“We have loved Charlotte Sometimes for awhile, and her new album only deepens our devotion.” (I Heart Daily)

“From the opening acoustic guitar chords of “Magic” to Sometimes’ final, heartfelt vocal yowls on “Losing Sleep,” it’s clear that this special release is a unique vehicle that once again showcases the 26-year-old singer’s incredible wealth of talent.” (Idolator)



L.A. Fashion Awards 2014: Spectacular Spectacular!

Mikey Koffman welcomes the crowd at the L.A. Fashion Awards April 5, 2014

Mikey Koffman welcomes the crowd at the L.A. Fashion Awards April 5, 2014

When it comes to throwing a party, fashionistas, couturiers,  style mavens and beauty brokers do it better than anyone else.  Last night’s 2nd Annual L.A. Fashion Awards which took place at Sunset Gower Studios, Hollywood, CA indelibly stamped its mark onto the Los Angeles landscape heralding the dawn of a new day for trendsetting and chic in a city much in need of a glamour re-make. This town will never be the same.

Imprimatured by local and international designers, heavy-hitting sponsors, editors, bi-coastal celeb fans and industry icons, creator and long-time L.A. Fashion Week host Mikey Koffman has solidified her reign as the west coast queen of avant-garde promotion.

In attendance were representatives and award winners from Nobu Hotel, Las Vegas, Monster Energy Drink, Planet Salon, 97.1 AMP Radio, Straightjacket Sam, Le Ma Li, Amour Luxury Swimwear, Nathanelle Couture, Shail K.sabrina-antoinette,  Palm Springs Fashion Week,, L.A. Splash, and more.  Music artist, Sabrina Antoinette edged up the evening with 3 musical showdown numbfashion, style, Gia, Gia on the Move, Tracey Paleoers and officially makes it to the Gia On The Move ‘What’s Hot Now’ list of entertainers to watch. During the ceremony Ms. Koffman asked for a moment of silence for recently deceased American costumier, L’Wren Scott. The awards also officially debuted Koffman’s new company, Endless Entertainment which will be serving (beyond) the Los Angeles region with top-tiered production/promotion events in the fashion entertainment and music arenas.  Phenomenal!





Gia Reviews: The Monica Davis Show at Studio C


by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move


Know when you meet a guy with tattoos and a motorcycle and you think, ‘he looks like trouble’?  Well then why would you go home with him, you nut? ~Monica Davis

Last Saturday evening saw what was to be the final performance of The Monica Davis Show  (now extended) at LA’s Theatre Row small playhouse, Studio C on Santa Monica Blvd.  The material was unexpectedly heavy.  The drama, surprisingly light.

As a dramedy in archetypes Ms. Davis lives out her fantasy of being an Oprah style talk show host while interviewing her multiple alter egos, six altogether, as guests, highlighting the more profound aspects of a perniciously abusive relationship.  It is a quite a comical display of inner personalities who give voice to Davis’ intimate thoughts and private/public actions to viewers in a way that she openly cannot.  They chastise her, sooth her, tear her down, defend her, support her (a heck of a lot better than her own parents), argue with the show’s host and ultimately get her “over the hump” and out of a destructive living situation with a dreadfully alcoholic, drug addict boyfriend.

As a whole, it was an un-even event.  Ms. Davis is an “available” performer easily registering vulnerability and possessing the ability to quickly shift from one emotion to the next.  However,  as a character actress she has work to do. Thus, the array of personalities becomes rather amorphous, tending to display similar tones. This slightly flatlined some of the more important material, bits of which should be shocking, but get glossed over in the acting and the writing.  Ms. Davis could have also used more help in the stage direction which often kept her far too upstage instead of granting us more of her presence front and center.  She comes across often as shy even when her characters are not.

However, as I’ve said in the past regarding one-woman and one-man shows, they are hard; entirely exposing the outer and inner core of the performer, not just the material presented. This being Ms. Davis’ first live performance never-the-less is quite an achievement.  She herself along with this show has the potential to pull out all the stops.  With two more weekends to go, audiences have a lot to look forward to.

THE MONICA DAVIS SHOW is for anyone who has ever bought a self-help book, sought relationship advice, read a Cosmo article or cried into a pillow after a break-up. Or all of the above!


One-Woman Show Starring Comedienne Monica Davis

Directed by John Coppola
Written by Monica Davis
Produced by Michael Sonntag

At Studio C Artists
Now Extended Through April 12th

Studio C Artists is excited to present THE MONICA DAVIS SHOW – a talk show satire about the wisdom of listening to your own voice and leaving bad relationships behind for good.

General Admission – $15.00 in advance ($20 at the door)
Approximate running time: 1 hour

Get Tickets

Studio C Artists

6448 Santa Monica Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90038

Movie Watch: Palo Alto Debuts in Select Theaters on May 9th

Palo Alto

From writer-director Gia Coppola comes an astonishing debut feature that deftly captures the complicated ties, heightened emotions, and romantic highs and lows of adolescence. Based on several linked stories by James Franco, PALO ALTO is a teenage movie for the ages, made indelible though its ensemble cast featuring some of the most gifted up-and-coming young actors working today.

Shy, sensitive April (Emma Roberts) is the class virgin -a popular soccer player and frequent babysitter for her single-dad coach, Mr. B. (James Franco). Teddy (Jack Kilmer) is an introspective artist whose best friend and sidekick Fred (Nat Wolff) is an unpredictable live wire with few filters or boundaries. While April negotiates a dangerous affair with Mr. B., and Teddy performs community service for a DUI – secretly carrying a torch for April, who may or may not share his affection – Fred seduces Emily (Zoe Levin), a promiscuous loner who seeks validation through sexual encounters. One high-school party bleeds into another as April and Teddy finally acknowledge their mutual affection, and Fred’s escalating recklessness spirals into chaos.

Watch The Trailer

Directed by: Gia Coppola
Written by: Gia Coppola (screenplay), James Franco (book)
Producers: Sebastian Pardo, Adriana Rotaru, Miles Levy, Vince Jolivette
Cast: Emma Roberts, James Franco, Jack Kilmer, Nat Wolff, Zoe Levin, Claudia Levy, Chris Messina, Val Kilmer
Original Music: Devonté Hynes, Robert Schwartzman
Distributor: Tribeca Film
Runtime: 98 minutes
MPAA Rating: R
Debuting in Select Theaters on May 9th, 2014

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