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Rose McGowan Curates The First Annual Dawn Festival DTLA

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“Best be described as Douglas Sirk-meets-David Lynch” – Chris O’Falt, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

“Provocative…slowly seductive” – Betsy Sharkey, LA TIMES

RSA/Black Dog Films announced yesterday that after the critically acclaimed world premiere at Sundance Film Festival, the taut directorial debut from Rose McGowan, DAWN, will have an Oscar © qualifying run in Los Angeles at the Downtown Independent starting September 19th.

As mentioned in The Hollywood Reporter, which you can see here, throughout the week the short film will be accompanied by seven features, one per night, curated by McGowan at the first annual “Dawn Festival”.

 “I’m curating a festival of directors that have given their lead women a strong voice.  These stories could have been told with men in the title characters, but these directors showed us what happens when you break stereotypes.  They have inspired me as a woman, as a director and as a person”, said Rose.

 Realizing that her passion lies in filmmaking, Rose McGowan’t breakthrough directorial debut, DAWN, is a disturbing tale of a young girl’s budding sexuality and one’s desire to experience the unknown.  Dawn (Tara Barr) is a quiet young teenager living in Kennedy era America who longs for something or someone to free her from her sheltered life. When she strikes up an innocent flirtation with the boy who works at her local gas station (Reiley McClendon), she thinks that he is perhaps the answer to her teenage dreams. Though when she invites the boy and his friends into her otherwise cloistered world, she gets a lot more than she bargained for.

Carefully chosen by McGowan, the films that will accompany DAWN feature iconic performances by actresses that prove rich, complex and layered roles can and should be written for and by women.  The following films will screen with Rose McGowan and special guests in attendance:

SAFE - “Todd Haynes directed Julianne Moore in a haunting study of a woman’s life.”

THELMA & LOUISE – “Ridley Scott directed two substantial actresses in two substantial, inspiring roles.”

HAROLD AND MAUDE – “Hal Ashby directed Ruth Gordon.  Two creatives on a creative journey.”

SIXTEEN CANDLES – “John Hughes directed Molly Ringwald.  He made a teen’s hopes and hurts real.”

ROSEMARY’S BABY – “Roman Polanski directed Mia Farrow in a virtuoso breakdown performance.”

SILKWOOD – “Mike Nichols directed Meryl Streep and Cher.  They showed us women can change the world by finding their voice.”

THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS – “Jonathan Demme directed Jodie Foster.  She showed us what a person can do when they go forward despite their fear.”

Take FLIGHT at Exchange LA Saturday, September 6th

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A new fitness brand has hit the Los Angeles area as the world’s first high energy fitness and electronic dance music collaboration premiering at Exchange LA nightclub on Saturday, September 6th from 1:00 – 2:00 pm. : FLIGHT!

 GET FIT * FEEL THE MUSIC * TAKE FLIGHT

Flight instructor Sydney Benner (Benner Fit) infuses her signature high-energy dance, sculpt and flow to the custom live beats of DJ Ryan Fontana (of Sex Panther) who will be spinning for an unforgettable fitness experience. As the bass booms through the club you will be taken on a workout of a lifetime leaving you soaring on a natural high. Move over SoulCycle, Crossfit, Barre and more.

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Tickets are available now for only $20 and must be purchased in advance. Doors open at 12:30pm with class beginning promptly at 1pm.

Buy your tickets now and be there first to receive a very special Flight gift bag (limited numbers apply). Yoga mat, sneakers and your favorite fitness attire will be needed for your journey. Ages 18 and up only, please.

***This event will be filmed so be prepared to smile for the camera!

Be one of the 200 club-goers to embark on this journey of electronic music euphoria. Get ready to take Flight!

WHEN:
September 6th, 2014
Doors open at 12:30, Class 1-2pm
WHERE: 
EXCHANGE LA
618 South Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90014
 
WEBSITEhttp://www.weareflight.com/
FACEBOOKhttp://www.facebook.com/weareflight
TICKETShttp://www.wantickets.com/Events/ShowEvent.aspx?eventId=164993

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#GreenLabelGallery Still Accepting #StreetArt Until August 30th

The Intersection of Skate, Music and Art.

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Mountain Dew wants into the fray of Street Art and are holding their first ever crowd-sourced gallery space opening at the Iconic Green Label Gallery in Amsterdam on August 31st, 2014.  And…they are looking for submissions from YOU!

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Artists from around Europe can submit their digital street artwork until August 30th by posting on Instagram with #GreenLabelGallery.

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Screen Shot 2014-08-26 at 5.45.15 AMThe Green Label Gallery exhibition will feature a stark white space with a gallery-quality printer – the HP Designjet Z3200 as its canvas. Over the course of three days, the space will be transformed to feature vibrant and inspired artwork representing the badge of originality as artwork is printed and hung in real time along with Chaotic Bastards live art demonstrations.

Submissions featuring digital art and photos of executed street art and imaginative sketches will be curated for exhibition at the contemporary Walls Gallery in Amsterdam and on www.green-label.com/gallery.

The exhibit will be open to the public from Thursday, August 28th through Saturday, August 30th, with the complete exhibition viewable Sunday, August 31st.

Music Monday: The Fault in Our Stars

For today, no introductions, no promotions, just music.  This video was being passed around quite a bit last week on Twitter and we wanted to share it again.  Simply beautiful music to start off your Monday morning.

The Fault In Our Stars I Birdy — Not About Angels I Official Video

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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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#ArtSetFree: Global Arts Showcase

It’s time you went public!

art-set-freeArts Brookfield, the cultural arm of Brookfield Property Partners acclaimed for presenting hundreds of exciting cultural experiences for free worldwide, just announced a recent dramatic growth of Art Set Free, the organization’s unprecedented global arts showcase that raises awareness about the importance of free public art.

Artists in all 50 U.S. states, over 100 countries and over 800 cities have shared their work with Art Set Free, the user-generated campaign that is sweeping the nation and the world and will run through the end of the year.

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Participate in Art Set Free.  See below.

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Recent Art Set Free highlights include:

  • The Art Set Free digital art collection currently includes 20,618 artworks from2,612 artists worldwide.
  • Participation in Art Set Free has expanded to 110 countries in 809 cities with submissions from all 50 U.S. states.
  • Art Set Free saw its largest growth to date during the month of July, with more than 500 artists submitting sound, visual and performing art.
  • Top locations submitting art include New York, Los Angeles, Toronto and Houston.

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“When we launched Art Set Free in October 2014, we hoped to engage the global arts community and encourage artists working in all genres to make the world their stage and set their own art free,” said Debra Simon, Vice President and Artistic Director of Arts Brookfield. “We have been extremely impressed with the quality of art submitted toArt Set Free and look forward to seeing more amazing works from artists throughout the world!”

Among the thousands of unique and inspiring artists from across the globe who have set their art free by sharing their work on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram with the hashtag #artsetfree are:

  • Sara Abid, a self-taught artist from Pakistan who sells her paintings worldwide and donates 100% of her earnings to various charities. An impressionistic painter, Abid specializes in palette knife technique and produces great textures on canvas using oils and mixed media elements.
  • Maliha Abidi, an 18-year-old self-taught painter and photographer based in San Francisco. Abidi was previously selected to represent the United States as the youngest artist of 20 from around the world for a meditation artistic retreat, and she is currently a youth director for Wake Up, a drug abuse organization that educates teens about the danger of prescription drugs.
  • Michael Hafftka, a Brooklyn-based painter whose work can be found in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, Brooklyn Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Carnegie Museum, New York Public Library and the National Gallery. Much of Hafftka’s understanding of the world comes from his perception of his parents’ wartime experiences as refugees from Europe and survivors of the Holocaust.
  • Victor Haskins, a world-class trumpet player, improviser, composer, bandleader and educator. Based in Richmond, Va., Haskins, who lived in Asia and Africa until the age of 10, released his own original album The Truth in 2013.
  • Ron Haviv, an award-winning photojournalist based in New York whose images of conflict and humanitarian crises have made headlines around the world. Haviv is the co-founder of the photo agency VII, which is dedicated to the truthful documentation of conflict.

Established artists who assisted in launching Art Set Free include Broadway star and Tony Award winner Brian Stokes Mitchell; Executive Artistic Director of New York Live Arts and Tony Award winner Bill T. Jones; Action Architect Elizabeth Streb; and the acclaimed vocal ensemble, The Tenors.

participateTo participate in Art Set Free, artists should capture their work in a photo, video or audio recording; and then share it on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram with the hashtag #ArtSetFree. Entries are welcome from any genre, including dance/movement, music/sound, painting, sculpture, photography and street art. Arts Brookfield reviews submissions on a rolling basis and curates the best pieces for display at select Brookfield buildings around the world and on ArtsBrookfield25.com, potentially reaching an audience of millions.

Images, videos and sound recordings of artwork for Art Set Free may be submitted by individuals or organizations. Submissions should be creative, innovative and inspiring, and all entries must follow the Art Set Free Terms and Conditions available atArtsBrookfield25.com.

To learn more about Arts Brookfield and Art Set Free, visit ArtsBrookfield25.com.

 

Rory Partin: Everybody’s Got Somebody But Me

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L.A. hometown hero and soulful crooner Rory Partin is back with his new album coming out Tuesday, August 19th featuring the late great Opry/Cajun music legend Jimmy C Newman and an all-star band with some of the last surviving members of legendary big bands like Tommy Dorsey, Bobby Darin, and Harry James.

We are big fans here of Rory (he’s so cool) and as a preview to the release we decided to feature his video:  “Everybody’s Got Somebody But Me”

If you’re in the area, you can see Rory LIVE at Typhoon in Santa Monica, CA tonight 8/18 at 8 p.m. 

The self-titled album “Rory Partin” takes listeners on a heartfelt journey through American music history – from swing-era standards including “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore” to contemporary classics like “Everybody’s Got Somebody But Me” – displaying Rory’s ability to build on a foundation of legends “all while adding his own unique twist to his music” (Confront Magazine).

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You can actually purchase this single right now on iTunes.

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At a time when many classic tunes from the Great American Songbook are facing extinction, powerhouse of blue-eyed soul Rory Partin and His All Star 18-piece Big Band are not only keeping musical history alive on their forthcoming fan-funded LP (out 8/19/14), they’re infusing it with fresh new energy courtesy of Partin’s “sharp sense of humor and a dash of gospel grit” (Popdose).

Poised to take his place among artists like Michael Bublé and Harry Connick, Jr., “Partin separates himself from his colleagues, offering a contrasting timbre and amplifying the soul…his beautiful upper register coupled with the hard-swinging big band arrangement gives you chills listening” (Brent Music Reviews).

A multi-instrumentalist who has lived in and taken influences from several of America’s great musical centers (including New Orleans, Nasvhille, and Los Angeles), Partin has toured internationally with five-time Grammy winner Larnelle Harris and performed with his own All Star Big Band at George W. Bush’s Inaugural Ball and The National Symphony Ball at the Kennedy Center.