Category Archives: Movies

Staples Center Gets and East Coast Bite

Hebrew National Hotdogs

STAPLES Center has made Hebrew National its official hot dog.

Moving forward at all Lakers, Clippers, Kings, Sparks, concerts and special events, New York’s “finest frank” the 1905 Lower East Side original made from premium cuts of 100% kosher beef free of fillers, by-products, artificial flavors and colors and gluten-free, will be available at concession stands throughout the arena.

What we’re happiest to know: Pricing will remain the same on all hot dog offerings at all concession stands and on the suite levels.

“You’re gonna need a bigger bun!”

What’s your topping Los Angeles?  Spicy mustard and sauerkraut?  That’s how we do it in the Big Apple.  Or how about Chicago style with mustard, relish, onions, tomatoes, serrano peppers and celery salt? Every city has its own recipe & style. We actually can’t wait to find out what LA’s will be.  With all those toppings…You’re gonna need a bigger bun!

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Save Dave From the Suicide Party in North Hollywood on Friday, April 10th

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The SUICIDE PARTY: SAVE DAVE will have its world premiere as a special engagement at the North Hollywood CineFest on April 10 at the NoHo 7 Theater, 5240 Lankershim Blvd. in North Hollywood at 10 p.m. followed by a chat with the directors Jack Skyyler and Alex Zinzopoulos, writer/executive producer Gini Graham Scott, and a half dozen members of the cast and crew.

A pre-premier party will be at the Brick Yard Pub, a block from the theater, at 11130 Magnolia Blvd. from 8-9:30 pm.

ticketsDiscounted tickets are available online from the Laemmle Theater.  Click the ticket image for pricing and details

Starring Steve Medvidick (MANCATION) as Dave, Rick Lundgren (THE NEIGHBOR) as Steve, and Anna Shields (THE GHOST SHIP CHRONICLES) as Gidget, the film is a dark comedy which features a lighthearted entertaining take on some very timely issues including inequality, the loss of the middle class, and economic suicide. It tells the story of a Dave, a once successful businessman on the verge of losing his house and everything he holds dear. He can’t get help from friends who are struggling, too, and decides to have a crowdfunding campaign for a suicide party with the help of his best friend Steve’s help a social media guru Gidget. If he gains enough to save his house and get back on his feet, he’ll live; if not, he’ll end it all at the party.  Soon all kinds of complications and chaos ensues.

The film also features Stephen Manley who played Spock in THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK and Drea Castro, the villain of THE ACT OF VALOR and one of the featured women in Chris Rock’s film I THINK I LOVE MY WIFE.

 

 

 

 

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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FACTORY OF LIGHT: Film Screening at Substrate Gallery – March 26th 7pm – 11pm

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Substrate Gallery is pleased to present FACTORY OF LIGHT, a multi-media event featuring Jean Balest’s latest music video for the Berlin/Australian based post-punk band House of Light. In addition, the band will be performing an intimate live set at the screening.

Currently touring North America with their 2015 album Nervous Systems, House of Light is proud to announce the video release of their single “New York City”. In keeping with the titular theme of the track, House of Light’s Justin Maarten De Vries and Valentina Veil teamed up with director Jean Balest who has reinterpreted Andy Warhol’s New York City art scene by producing a music video in the fashion of Andy’s screen tests on 16mm film in collaboration with Italian animator Mara Autilio (Artemera).

Mara and her team of animators helped bring Balest’s vision of moving screen prints to life. Balest said of the collaboration, ‘The animator was in Italy, the band was spending time between Berlin and Australia and we all met in L.A. and somehow we all felt that Warhol was the muse that we all culled from in our own ways. You can watch the video, listen to the song, view the frames Mara illustrated and see Andy’s influence on art, music and film in each medium. He was a thief with style, and I think he’d be happy that we ripped him off.’

Please join us March 26th for an evening of film, live music, pop art photography and live projected screen tests by cinematographer Elle Schneider (Digital Bolex). Musical guests include experimental electronic group L.A.Drones! and special guests to be announced. Complimentary beer and wine with a purchase of a pop art print at the door for $10. A limited edition set of prints will be on display and available for purchase at the film screening.

Please RSVP by clicking on the Substrate Facebook Event button.

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Bombing With Uzi: TagsAndThrows

…after street art – tags is the new hype.

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Thanks to artists like Banksy and Obey, street art is getting bigger and more respected within the art world. The tag, the artists signature, is where graffiti started and TagsAndThrows seeks to shine light on this part of the subculture, an art form soon to be as respected as any other.

Bombing With Uzi is TagsAndThrows 6th short documentary. The viewer gets an unique view of how one of Europe’s most legendary graffiti writers – Uzi – gets his name up on the streets of Stockholm, while balancing his role as a family father in the meanwhile. Interviewed about his view on art in public spaces, the cost of graffiti removal and the future of graffiti within the art world.

TagsAndThrows is the worlds leading online source when it comes to the backbone of graffiti – tags and throw-ups. Our main market is the die hard fans of graffiti bombing – the ones already in love with the subculture, but we’re also aiming at educating the rest of the world about this suburban phenomenon. With 88.000 followers on Instagram and 1.6 million views on YouTube on 6 short documentaries about graffiti bombers from New York, Stockholm, Melbourne and Copenhagen – TagsAndThrows is set to document the most beautiful tags and throw-ups in the world in the most beautiful way possible.

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Thomas Gunnarsson, or OKOK as he calls himself as an artist, has been a part of the graffiti culture for more than 27 years. He’s a photographer, a filmer and a designer – and a shaker and mover in the Swedish creative industries. Right now, he’s putting his full focus into TagsAndThrows and his own career as an artist – creating art, experimenting with never-before used techniques, and expanding the universe one sketch at a time.

“I love bombing and I love photography. I snap a lot of pictures. Pictures of people, patterns and color combinations, tags and throw-ups. I love to capture the world around me, both with a camera, visually with a pen or with words on paper. It’s something inside me that I can’t stop. Something that’s gotta get out”.OKOK, founder of TagsAndThrows, covered on the BizarreBeyondBelief Magazine.

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More short documentaries by TagsAndThrows can be found here >>>

Bombing With Guns >
Bombing Alone >
Bombing With Lush > 
Bombing in Copenhagen >
Daytime Bombing with HNR >

Pulp Shakespeare (or Bard Fiction) at Theatre Asylum

by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move

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Photo by Bren Coombs: Aaron Lyons (Vincenzio de la Vega) and Dan White (Julius Winfield)

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It’s already gotten a 100% sweet twice over on Bitter Lemons from every other critic in town whose seen it.  So I didn’t think I could add much on the subject of Pulp Shakespeare (or Bard Fiction) successfully running in revival right now at Theatre Asylum on Theatre Row.  But then I got a phone call from producer Matthew Quinn.  

“I’m not sure what I could do for you at this time Matt.  The reviews are already out.”

“Doesn’t matter. You didn’t see it during the last Hollywood Fringe and you need to.  This is the kind of play that really shows you what Fringe is all about.”

That nailed it for me.

Truth be told, I was set to attend opening night.  But the show delayed one week and with a booked out schedule until the beginning of March, I thought, “Ah me!” until a block of time suddenly appeared.  I’m thrilled to not have been disappointed, and ecstatic that it turned out juicier than I thought!

More important however, and what excites me most, is the fact that it is possible for a long-in-development Fringe play to have a superlative afterlife as a mainstream small theatre production.

Nothing is a sure bet in this town especially a one-off appearing in a “test and learn” environment such as Fringe offers to its participating artists.  Even the most notable locals of the craft work hard in this safe, but never-the-less still competitive genre. So rising to the top and getting eyeballs watching, ears listening, mouths talking and butts in the seat is no easy feat to manage.  PR, good promotion and reviews from the critics certainly will do their job.  Ultimately, though, it’s the material that has to grab and keep hold of fickle audiences.

Pulp Shakespeare suffers from none of the usual ephemerality.  And whatever supposition one might initially have about this work diving anywhere near the phrase “gimmick”, just toss that thought aside.

Pulp Shakespeare, a play written by Ben Tallen, Aaron Greer and Brian Watson-Jones, developed by the Pulp Bard wiki, based on a concept originated by Kevin Peace, and based on Quentin Tarantino’s movie Pulp Fiction, is not only meritorious in its own right as an original bard mashup, but so over-the-top original that it feels like a mind scrabble to even comprehend how in the hell these guys were able to transcribe a cult film into a modern day Shakespearean iambic pentameter that undeniably mimics the bard, and on some level surpasses classic brilliance.  It’s simply astounding.

In a way, they were incredibly lucky.  The material already lends itself to a heightened poetic experience, and has so much grit and bawdiness all around. Even luckier, this show is also endowed with an exceptional cast, not just in credits, but in palpable craft and commitment to the piece.  I think they need to take it a step further and film this baby! It’s truly a winner.  

And I doth say to the writers, producers, director, cast & crew,  “Well done. Trippingly…trippingly.”

It is a MUST SEE, HEAR, DO!  You have until March 8th. Hie thee hence to the website or box office and get a ticket!

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90 minutes without intermission

Directed by Amanda McRaven Produced by Matthew Quinn & Aaron Lyons

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 Now playing until March 8th, 2015

Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays @8pm Sundays @ 3pm No performance February 22nd

Theater Asylum 6320 Santa Monica Blvd. Hollywood, CA. 90038

WORTH THE TICKET!

WORTH THE TICKET!

General admission:  $20.00 in advance and $25.00 At The Door To purchase tickets online, visit www.combinedartform.com or  www.pulpshakes.com For reservations, call 800-838-3006 To note the cast which appeared on Saturday February 7th performance also included understudies as well as regular players:

Pumpkin-Pie / Roger / Norman / Maynard                DREW DEREK Meadsweet (Yolanda) / Jody / Player                           DYLAN JONES Tavern Wench / Anne / Fabiana                                    JULIA AKS Julius Winfield                                                                   IAN VERDUN Vincenzio de la Vega                                                         AARON LYONS Scottish Dave / Marvin / Sprint                                     HANK DOUGHAN Brittanus / Waiter 2 / Ghost  / Zed                               MATTHEW HUDACS Lord Marcellus Wallace                                                   GARY POUX Sir “Butch” Coolidge                                                         CHRISTIAN LEVATINO Lancelot / Claudio                                                             MARCELO OLIVAS Lady Mia Wallace                                                              VICTORIA HOGAN

 

Brown Eyes and Broken Hearts: The New Southern Electrikk

PromoImageAlmost everybody has experienced the pain of a broken heart at some point in their lives, and it was a heartbreak that led Rikki Turner of The New Southern Electrikk to write the melody and lyrics for ‘Brown Eyes’ fourteen years ago…

And it seems the song has struck a chord with people all over the world. ‘Brown Eyes’ has been featured in magazines across the UK, Europe and America and playlisted at radio stations on five continents, including national airplay on BBC Radio 2.

Explaining where he drew his inspiration from, Rikki says ” The song was written during a particularly dark period of my life when things weren’t going well. Brown Eyes was a woman who left me. As she walked away, The Shirelles’ ‘Baby It’s You’ was playing and the song came to me there and then. The pain I felt that day can be heard in Monica’s breathtaking vocals and the band’s performance on the record is stunning.  To think something so beautiful can emerge from that level of pain is extraordinary… but that pain had to be experienced for the song to exist.”

‘Brown Eyes’ channels the sound of sixties girl groups with a pared down production style that draws inspiration from the work of celebrated producer Martin Hannett. The New Southern Electrikk however, cannot be easily categorised as b-side ‘The Theme to The New Southern Electrikk’ proves with its echoes of early New Order and The Charlatans defly woven together with samples of Charles Bukowski.

Drawing inspiration from Psychedelia, Krautrock and Post-Punk, The New Southern Electrikk craft dark, mesmerisingly beautiful melodies driven by grinding, sexy undertones. Monica Ward’s vocals can be as ethereal as they are deep and soulful; capturing her audience in the palm of her hand, with her mesmerising performances.

Zach Davies’s flowing guitar shimmers over Steven Tajti’s gritty, throbbing basslines with Rikki Turner’s keys and backing vocals providing a darker edge. Jim Correy’s drumming is brooding and purposeful giving The New Southern Electrikk a solid base on which to build soundscapes that are visceral yet sultry.

Having already found fans in Suede’s Bernard Butler and The Lemonhead’s Evan Dando to producer/Creation Records co-founder Joe Foster and punk icon John Robb who is releasing Brown Eyes on his label Louder Than War Records, The New Southern Electrikk are one of 2015’s most exciting prospects.

Live:
‘Brown Eyes’ Single Launch: The Roadhouse Manchester – Feb 13th

Follow them on Twitter: @TNSElectrikk

iTunes pre-order link:
http://smarturl.it/LTW007