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The Henry Millers Are Back with POSIES

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The young and definitely nothing less than audacious pop rockers, The Henry Millers just dropped their new full length EP, POSIES, on Saturday, September 20th. This new album with a title track of the same name, has all the exuberant charge of a fresh, young, pop rock revolution ready to let its heart loose.

Standout tracks include “Children”, “Posies”, “Beautiful Woman” and “Simple Thing”. The band has earned accolades from The A.V. Club, Refinery 29, Paper Magazine, and more. They have been featured in Vogue’s “Bring in the Noise” artist playlist, hailed as “A New Artist on the Rise” by NPR and named “Best Indie Pop Band of 2012” by The Deli Magazine.

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Deaf West Theatre’s “Spring Awakening” DTLA at Inner City Arts

by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move

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Just when I thought it would be easy to discount yet another rendition of Spring Awakening on the Los Angeles theatre scene (we’ve witnessed more than a few in the last several seasons), Deaf West Theatre pulled out all the stops and delivered hands-down one of the most exciting, pop/rock musical productions to date.  The kicker — it’s all in sign language!

Spot on casting that was age appropriate with choreography that this former dance/movement professional could finally sink her teeth into, and emerging talent beyond imagination, these kids skipped all of the teen angst and went straight for the love.

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I was curious, however, about the reason for this play’s never-ending popularity.  So I turned to one of my colleagues sitting beside me during this performance and asked, “What do you think keeps this story going? What keeps it from getting old, keeps it fresh?  I mean, it’s been around a long time.  The issues are not new in any way.  They’re not taboo. Most of them are in the open. And it’s probably a given that generationally teenagers in every age are always going to be different from their parents…want different things than their parents…maybe.”

“Rebellion” was the answer I got.  Rebelling against the status quo.  “Yes, definitely” I thought.  But from my point of view, there was so much more.  It went much deeper than that.

We live in a time where “teen rebellion” almost seems too superficial a label to describe kids today, what they are dealing with, and more to the point how they are handling their environments, the issues from body consciousness, to sexual identities, to bullying, their own spirited emotions, dreams, fantasies and realities – everything really.  And certainly the story itself, although taking place in a century before ours handles the repetitive issue of adolescent sexual awakening.  It’s a topic, we can count on to stay at the forefront of tween to college aged conversations until the end of time as long as teenagers exist. But oddly enough this Spring Awakening, based on Frank Wedekind’s controversial 1891 expressionist play,  concurrently places us in a distant time frame yet appears so modern, so real, so “right now” that mere rebelliousness feels like an old-fashioned ideal.

An exquisite, flawless, cutting-edge ballad of youth for all time.

In truth, all I could see from these kids was pure, unadulterated, naive, passion.  And that is the fully tapped first cause in this production of Spring Awakening that takes the story, the music, the ideas, and all the characters to such a heightened place, there is no coming down from the nirvana.  It is the reason that although the script has a particular set of circumstances that it deals with, it is totally new and appealing to youth who are hormonally exploding and emotionally looking for definition, and wholeheartedly believable and empathetic to seasoned, experienced elders of any crowd packed into the same house, for the same performance. It’s THAT good!

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Technically, it is utterly mastered and directionally perfected musical theatre. Timing & delivery, sight & sound, choreography, costumes, set design, singing, signing, and acting, is innovative. There is not a single, solitary moment that is out-of-place.  The cast is gorgeous in every way inside and out.  Really, these kids are special. As an ensemble they are unstoppable.

An immersive production simultaneously performed in American Sign Language and spoken English one of the key components which evokes astounding electricity, is that the deaf performers had to very uncommonly pace their signing with the music’s tempo. The entire cast was urged by Director Michael Arden to really stretch. Nine non-hearing actors sign and fifteen hearing actors who had to learn American Sign Language, sing and sign the roles of their deaf counterparts, also acting as inner selves, mirroring their respective character’s stage play resulting in a perfect storm of exposition.

This is the play you absolutely cannot miss!  An exquisite, flawless, cutting-edge ballad of youth for all time.

Def West Theatre Spring Awakening

Presented by Deaf West Theatre in association with The Forest of Arden 

Produced by: David J. Kurs, Christopher Sepulveda and Ann E. Wareham

WORTH THE TICKET!

WORTH THE TICKET!

Now Thru Nov 9, 2014

Recommended for mature audiences only: strong language, nudity and adult themes

Rosenthal Theater
Inner-City Arts
720 Kohler Street
Los Angeles, CA 90021HOW:
(818) 762-2998 or www.deafwest.org

Visit them on Facebook: www.facebook.com/deafwesttheatre
Follow them on Twitter: @DeafAwakening
 
TICKETS:
General admission: $34
Students with valid ID: $30
 
Thursdays at 8 p.m.: Sept. 25*; Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; Nov 6
Fridays at 8 p.m.: Sept. 12 (preview), 19, 26; Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Nov 7
Saturdays at 8 p.m.: Sept. 27; Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25; Nov 1, 8
Sundays at 3 p.m: Sept. 28; Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26; Nov 2, 9

*ASL Nights on Thursday, Sept. 18.and Thursday, Sept. 25: arrive at 7:30 pm for a 15-minute ASL workshop that teaches signs used in the play.

Starring Joey Antonio, Miles Barbee, J.D. Barton, Jimmy Bellinger, Katie Boeck, Joshua Castille, Julian Comeau, Daniel Durant, Treshelle Edmond, Max Fishman, Sandra Mae Frank, Kathryn Gallagher,Gabrielle Garza, Sean Grandillo, Karla Gutierrez, Joseph Haro, Amelia Hensley, Troy Kotsur, Daniel Marmion, Austin McKenzie, Lauren Patten, Natacha Roi, Rustin Cole Sailors, Daniel David Stewart, Ali Stroker, Alexandra Winter

Music by Duncan Sheik
Book and Lyrics by Steven Sater
Based on the play by Frank Wedekind
Directed by Michael Arden
Musical Direction by Jared Stein
Choreography by Spencer Liff
Set Design by Christopher Scott Murillo
 
Deaf West Theatre, in association with The Forest of Arden, reinvents the multiple Tony Award-winning musical about lost innocence and the struggles of youth with an immersive production performed simultaneously in American Sign Language and spoken English. Based on Frank Wedekind’s controversial 1891 expressionist play of the same name and featuring an electrifying rock/pop score, Spring Awakening follows the lives of a group of adolescents as they navigate their entry into sexual awareness. Featuring a cast of 25 deaf, hard of hearing and hearing actors and musicians.
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It’s Music Monday. Here’s THE ONE! – 8MM

“Everybody needs a little more room on the dance floor sometimes.”  ~Juliette Beavan
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LA based noir-pop band 8MM is made up of Sean and Juliette Beavan, whose songs have made appearances in award-winning movies such as Mr. and Mrs. Smith and critically-acclaimed television shows like “Pretty Little Liars”, “Grey’s Anatomy” and “One Tree Hill.”

Their latest track, “The One (LehtMoJoe & DJ Eric ILL Mix)” aired August 31st on E!’s “Rich Kids of Beverly Hills.  

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They’re the edgiest band we’ve come across in a LONG time and we LOVE them here at Gia On The Move!

Follow 8mm  on Twitter: @8mmofficial
Follow Juliette @8mmGirl

8MM recently released a video for their hot EDM track, “Around the Sun (Geek Boy’s Jersey Club Remix)”, which was directed by L. Gustavo Cooper and stars Nia Lovelis of Cherri Bomb.

Turn off the music above and WATCH IT here!

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Carpe Noctis: Get Ready Los Angeles for the Late Night Fantasy Event of the Season

The lineup remains a mystery until you set foot in the doors.  We’ve been told it’s a wild experience like nothing you’ve ever encountered.

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Carpe Noctis is a Late Night Theatre Festival running from 10PM – 3AM nightly, taking place the first four weekends of October at The Hollywood Theatre Complex on Santa Monica & Wilcox.  The Complex is comprised of seven venues, all of which will have shows going on every thirty minutes.

www.CarpeNoctis.com

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Some of the shows you can expect to see include Live Kung Fu, Suicidal Mimes, Knife Throwing, Rated R Children’s Theatre, Vintage Burlesque, Capoeira, Breakdance Combat, a stellar Striptease Showdown and many more surprises behind every door. (Click on the regular photos for some secrets links to past events.)

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Carpe Noctis runs every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from October 2nd through October 26th. The doors open at 10 p.m. and close at 3 a.m.

  • Festival passes include up to 4 nights of live entertainment.
  • $5 valet parking per night.
  • Each weekend pass gives you access to hundreds of shows. 
  • And the booze is FREE.

ADULTS ONLY

Sound good?

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Rubicon Theatre Company Opens It’s 17th Season with Music by Beethoven, Bach, Elton John and Jerry Lee Lewis — It’s a Comedy!

For their 17th Season Opening
The Rubicon Theatre Company
Presents
 
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Winner of the coveted Dora Award (the Canadian equivalent of the Tony), this musical comedy has debuted on five continents and in more than 200 cities! Two actors, two pianos and many, many characters grace the stage as fifteen years of piano playing unfolds in all its awful and hilarious glory—crazy instructors, obsessed parents, torturous recitals, and other high points of musical training. From classical to pop to jazz, this funny play provides the chance for two performers to give their “all” in a virtuoso performance. Along the journey, the actors/pianists portray a remarkable range of characters and display piano wizardry featuring the music of Bach, Beethoven, Elton John and Jerry Lee Lewis, among others.

Low-Priced Previews: Wednesday, October 15 at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, October 16 at 8:00 p.m. and Friday, October 17 at 8:00 p.m. ($38)

Saturday, October 18 – Sunday, November 16, 2014

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Opens: Saturday, October 18 at 7:00 p.m. Pre-show arrivals begin at 6:30 p.m. ($95)

Wednesdays at 2 p.m. ($52) and 7 p.m. ($62) (Talkbacks following Wednesday evening shows – preview excepted)
Thursdays at 8 p.m. ($62)
Fridays at 8 p.m. ($52)
Saturdays at 2 p.m. ($62) and 8 p.m. ($62)
Sundays at 2 p.m. ($62) 
 
The Rubicon Theatre Company is located in Ventura’s (California)
Downtown Cultural District
 1006 E. Main St. Ventura, CA 93001
 
Ticket Range: $38 – $62
Previews: $38
Discounts Available for Groups of 12+
Box Office (for single or group tickets): 805.667.2900
 
For tickets, call 805.667.2900 or go to rubicontheatre.org.

 

Music Monday: The Wild Carmella

“Charm, now lost in the dark forest was distracting herself by spinning words, pounding a hollow trunk, and wooing the birds to sing her tune.”

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Electro Alternative Pop, singer Tracy Lorin let’s loose in The Wild by Carmella.  Gia On The Move first heard the uninhibited poetic sounds of this music artist at the Hotel Cafe in Hollywood, CA back in May and has been a fan ever since.   The Wild was sent to us unreleased in a private link and we just couldn’t wait to spotlight it!  Gorgeous, dark, emotional lyrics and sound for your spirit to take flight!

Follow Carmella on Twitter: @CarmellaTweets

~written by Tracy Lorin & RickEy Lumpkin II : produced by RickEy Lumpkin II

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Music Monday: Stereo Off! It’s “Bullet Time”

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Brooklyn-based electro-rock quintet, Stereo Off, release their video for “Bullet Time,” the first video from their debut, five-song EP, New York (2014).

Stereo Off’s video for “Bullet Time”was written, directed and edited by the band’s own Niall Madden (bassist, rhythm guitar) and features frontman Sebastian Marciano (vocals/keyboard) on the run in a mafioso-esque cat-and-mouse chase, complete with a zombie dance party.

The black and white film overlay adds to the overall vibe of the song and plays the video much like an old school movie. On this “zero-budget” video project, the band gathered friends to utilize a DIY approach to finding actors and filming locations. News Whistle says “this band is moving fast towards golden indie shores” and after checking out the video, I’m sure you’ll agree!

The DIY nature of the video has caught the eyes of various film festivals including the New York Indie Film Festival and Coney Island Film Festival, and both plan to feature the video in their short-film awards category.

Stereo Off was formed in late 2012, when a solo project by Marciano turned into a full-blown, five-piece band. Through bandmates from previous musical collaborations and mutual college friends, Marciano was introduced to Steve Williams (lead guitar/backing vocals), Niall Madden (bass/rhythm guitar), Darren Jones (drums) and Bridget Fitzgerald (keyboard/viola). Amongst them, there’s a classically trained Juilliard Masters violinist, an audio-engineer and a Brit. With varying instrumentation and orchestration brought to the table by the five musicians, the tracks on the debut EP accurately showcase the variable sound Stereo Off can execute.  Recently, the band has begun to incorporate more electronic and production elements during live shows. The band has played at  NYC venues, including the Knitting Factory, Glasslands and The Rock Shop. Music from Stereo Off has been featured in various short films that made festivals around the United States.