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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

New York City’s 1st Annual Drone Film Festival Opens March 7!

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Tickets are now on sale for the First Annual New York City Drone Film Festival, the world’s first film festival dedicated to works filmed using drones. Scheduled for Saturday, March 7 at the Directors Guild of America Theater, NYCDFF is a one-of-a-kind, world-class event showcasing world premieres alongside drone films never before seen on the big screen.

Tickets are available for purchase at 

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NYCDFF is a one-of-a-kind, world-class event showcasing world premieres alongside drone films never before seen on the big screen. The world’s first film festival dedicated exclusively to drone cinema, NYCDFF is enthusiastic about showing the world the amazing creative capabilities of drones.

NYCDFF supports and celebrates the creative expression of aerial filmmakers from around the world. The Festival will host a screening of short films, curated conversation and an awards ceremony featuring prizes for Technical Difficulty, Narrative, X-Factor, Most Epic Dronie and more.

Producer Kim Jackson of Evotion Media has joined the team to produce the festival. She brings with her years of experience producing feature films and festivals such as the Hamptons International Film Festival, the Tribeca Film Festival and many others.

“Submissions have come in from around the world and they are mind-blowing,” said Randy Scott Slavin, the Founder and Director of the Festival. “We’re beyond excited to recognize some of the most creative and captivating drone films the world has ever seen – all on the big screen for the very first time.”

The NYCDFF will be held on  Saturday, March 7th, 2015 at the

Directors Guild of America Theater
110 West 57th Street
New York, NY 10019

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Quick Update on the Palm Springs International Film Festival

Hopefully some of you are enjoying the great films and festivities.  We just discovered a special treat: there will be a Free Community Screening of the film X + Y, this Sunday, January 11  at 4:30 pm at the Annenberg Theater.  Take advantage and join them!  You can reserve your tickets online at PSFilm.org
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My Film History at The Charlie James Gallery

bowie-400x560From January 10 thru February 28, 2015 The Charlie James Gallery Chinatown Los Angeles will exhibit:

My Film History – Daniela Comani’s Top 100 Films, a solo exhibition of Berlin-based artist Daniela Comani.  This is Comani’s second solo show with the gallery.

ARTIST’S RECEPTION JANUARY 10

FROM 6-9PM

In response to canonical lists like the AFI Top 100, Daniela Comani has created her own list of timeless film masterpieces, and illustrated that list with the movie posters for each film.

In Daniela Comani’s Top 100 Films, however, gender assignments are reversed: Bunuel’s Belle de Jour becomes Beau du Jour, and Catherine Deneuve is suddenly mustachioed. All the President’s Men becomes All The President’s Women, the lovely Dustin Hoffman and Robert Redford now wear red lipstick. Comani intends the series to unfold slowly, one by one, like a wave of historical reversals. At first glance a witty feminist subversion, collectively the pieces drive moments of recognition of where woman exist in film history, and where they do not. Film narratives are reconsidered along gender lines – what if the Godfather was a woman, or Almodovar’s Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown were men? This kind of detournement is typical of Comani’s practice: In previous projects she has applied her subversive touch to the Western literary canon, to contemporary European magazines like Der Spiegel, and to the key events of the twentieth century.

Daniela Comani was born in Bologna, Italy in 1965; she lives and works in Berlin, Germany. Comani’s multimedia installations engage in a dialogue about history, language, identity, alienation and intimacy. Her work focuses on media images and text, which she manipulates through photography and video, and combines in her drawings and installations. Her work has been shown internationally, including the Museo d’Arte Moderna, Bologna and the 54th Venice Bienniale . She is included in the collections of Museum on the Seam, Jerusalem; Museo d’Arte Moderna, Bologna; and Kupferstichkabinett, Berlin.

CHARLIE JAMES GALLERY   |   969 CHUNG KING ROAD, LOS ANGELES, CA 90012   |   T: 213.687.0844   F: 213.687.8815   |

Now Playing: The Search For General Tso

It’s Tasty. It’s Hot. It’s America’s Favorite Dish.

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Sundance Selects, just announced that the new film, directed by Ian Cheney, THE SEARCH FOR GENERAL TSO, is NOW PLAYING in select theaters including Arena Cinema Hollywood (today Jan 2!) and on VOD!

Rent or purchase this on iTunes: Available_on_iTunes_Badge_US-UK_110x40_0824

This mouthwateringly entertaining film travels the globe to unravel a captivating culinary mystery. General Tso’s chicken is a staple of Chinese-American cooking, and a ubiquitous presence on restaurant menus across the country. But just who was General Tso? And how did his chicken become emblematic of an entire national cuisine?

For tickets and showtimes click on either logo:


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Director Ian Cheney (King Corn) journeys from Shanghai to New York to the American Midwest and beyond to uncover the origins of this iconic dish, turning up surprising revelations and a host of humorous characters along the way. Told with the verve of a good detective story, The Search for General Tso is as much about food as it is a tale of the American immigrant experience.

FINGER-LICKIN’ GOOD. A CULINARY SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN.”        – Scott Foundas, Variety

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Culture Marches On

 Of all the things I could possibly write about 2014…that it’s been Gia On The Move’s best year yet…that we’ve been so fortunate to have experienced so much gorgeous, avant-garde, unique, delicious artistry in live performance, art, music, movies, food, fashion and more…what an awesome adventure it’s been…that we love all of the great friends we’ve made along the way, and how incredibly lucky to often accidentally have stumbled across gems that no one else was noticing…  What we’re most happy to say is ‘Thank you’.  Thank you for letting us entertain, inform, introduce and offer a little bit of our passions to YOU.   What a ride!  Ready for more?   ~Gia

Happy New Year!!!

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