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Every Cause Has An Effect: Fashion Designer Marc Jacobs Disconnects on April 12

Cause: The vulnerability of wanting to believe in someone that’s connecting with you on the internet…The effect of technology in our daily lives…

Marc Jacobs in Disconnect

On March 27th, Arianna Huffington hosted in New York, a special screening and Q&A with director Henry Alex Rubin, star Frank Grillo and fashion designer Marc Jacobs, in preview to the upcoming film Disconnect. As we discovered, Marc is making a surprising reluctant screen debut. Below is a video excerpt.

Who knew that Marc was so shy!On The Move 

disconnect-posterA hard-working lawyer, attached to his cell phone, can’t find the time to communicate with his family. A couple is drawn into a dangerous situation when their secrets are exposed online. A widowed ex-cop struggles to raise a mischievous son who cyber-bullies a classmate. An ambitious journalist sees a career-making story in a teen that performs on an adult-only site. They are strangers, neighbors and colleagues and their stories collide in this riveting dramatic thriller about ordinary people struggling to connect in today’s wired world.ia On The Move

buy-tickets-nowIn select theaters April 12.  Tickets are available in advance!

Directed by: Henry Alex Rubin

Written by: Andrew Stern

Cast: Jason Bateman, Hope Davis, Frank Grillo, Michael Nyqvist, Paula Patton, Andrea Riseborough, Alexander Skarsgard & Max Thieriot

MPAA Rating: R

Runtime: 115 Minutes

Studio: LD Entertainment

Certified Organic: A Market Myth


Is the label “organic” something we can really trust?

78% of Americans eat organic food, because they think it’s healthier. But is organic really better for us or just a marketing scam?

When corporations went into the business and “organic” became a brand, everything changed.

The upcoming film In Organic We Trust documents an eye-opening personal journey that follows Director/Producer Kip Pastor as he investigates and answers the commonly asked question about organic food: What exactly is organic?

The documentary digs deep with farmers, organic certifiers, scientists, and organic critics to explore the content beneath the label and the truth behind the marketing.

In Organic We Trust movie posterIt takes a balanced approach to clear up misconceptions about organic food while highlighting practical solutions that are transforming the way we grow and eat.

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The Magic Bullet Theory – 1/2 Price Tickets This Weekend in LA

This Ain’t Your Father’s Conspiracy Theory…

Gia On The Move followers – Use promo code 008 at  for 1/2 price tickets this weekend!

November 22, 1963. America goes through the looking glass. The only thing anyone knows for sure is that someone murdered The President.
Earl Warren had a take on it. So did Oliver Stone. Plenty of other kooks. Why can’t we?

Come and join our anti hero Charlie as he negotiates a trail littered with murder, betrayal, drugs, ghosts and yes, dear reader, Love.  The writers of this play, Alex Zola and Terry Tocantins, promise no answers. But we can say, just like Lee Harvey Oswald, We Did Not Act Alone.

After a successful run at the Sacred Fools Theater , The Magic Bullet Theory comes to The Matrix!

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Heidi Klum at the Polls

Heidi Klum was all smiles as she participated in her second presidential election as a US citizen today!  And we love that she Rocked the Vote in patriotic colors and Earnest Sewn Harlan Anjas.

Check out what’s happening state by state and get live coverage on the election by clicking one of the images below:

Wake Up America!



Musings of a Sunday Afternoon — but isn’t it Monday?

Well yes.  Of course it’s the beginning of the biggest week of the year – the most critical week in the life of every single American with our current election.  Take a big breath and plunge.

For those of you who are Astrological devotees, this should be a page turner for you…Election Day falls on the very first day of one of the most powerful Mercury Retrogrades we’ve seen in some time.  It’s probably going to get messy out there, confusing, electronically defusing or at least be VERY surprising.  We’ve decided to go with the flow on this one.

Here in California the Battle of Prop 37 has been raging.

If you’re unfamiliar with the proposition in short it’s to force genetically modified foods to have a label. So far the food industry has spent millions in California advertising against it. Those that are for the bill are not backed by big companies and as such have raised significantly less at this point.

I recently got a couple of videos from Chris at Kinkling Inc. who is donating his time to spread the word.  Below is the first of a set of videos.  Make up your own mind.

You can can view the rest by clicking the links below:

The WoodCutter’s Song… The Poor Man Renewed

Welcome, red and roundy sun,
Dropping lowly in the west;
Now my hard day’s work is done,
I’m as happy as the best.

Joyful are the thoughts of home,
Now I’m ready for my chair,
So, till morrow-morning’s come,
Bill and mittens, lie ye there!

On Saturday evening I visited the Fifth Floor Gallery on Chung King Road in Chinatown and saw for myself how two artists can make a true global difference in theory, craft, skill and marketability.

Dynamic duo Leo and Lishu of El Dot Designs have taken their OTIS educations on the road, country to country teaching local farmers who are living outside of their own communities and globally marginalized, how to use abundant natural and sustainable resources to create home goods while learning better ways of building.  What makes this work is that the designers go into a country and live for an extended period of time (so far they’ve visited Nepal and India), teaching modern design and how to apply it to furniture making craft.  Local communities immediately benefit educationally and are able to provide lower cost goods to native buyers.  On the bigger scale, it’s an opportunity to provide other countries such as the US with sustainable goods that are practical, useful, truly chic and simply beautiful.

“Bamboo in Nepal is considered a poor man’s wood.  It is so available that no one wants to use it.  But when we show the people pictures and videos about its use and application they get excited.  Bamboo is so incredibly renewable.  It’s durable, pliable and it converts 30% more CO2 than a regular tree.  A big part of our job is just convincing [them] of the benefits.”

And just for the record the El Dot team also constructs a great part of their US made goods from fallen trees.  No intentional chopping and cutting.  Just by pure donations and left-overs.  (They’ve even taken a request or two.)

The yield is amazing.

Sipping and Such…

I woke up on Sunday morning and knew I needed flowers.  As visions of outdoor gardens floated through my  fantasy, it occurred to me that along with a breezy tip-toe through the tulips,  Afternoon Tea was just the thing.

So I threw my spontaneity headlong into a reservation at Chado Tea Room on Hollywood and Highland, put on my prettiest dress and sandals and walked to the 2nd floor hideaway.  I got my flowers in the tea.

Scones, cakes and cucumber sandwiches were complimented by my current reading (and properly so) The Whitney Women and the Museum They Made – A Family Memoir by Flora Miller Biddle.

A definite girls afternoon, it was fun making new tea loving friends hailing from India (they really loved their Chai!) and looking forward to being invited to the upcoming festival (to be announced soon).

ClownMa Dell’Arte Presents the 0% in Silver Lake, CA – Occupy WHAT Street?

by Tracey Paleo

O% is definitely not what they were (or rather the performance they gave) but it is however the self-described characterization of the new ClownMa dell’Arte group in their Los Angeles debut performance at the Lyric Hyperion Theatre & Cafe in Silver Lake, CA where “No Fat Cat!” is the clown solution to the Occupy Movement and indeed a hilarious touchtone for the antics of “people who are too big to fall.”

Commedia dell’Arte otherwise known as the “comedy of the craft of improvisation” or comedy of the artisans (as opposed to art as it is often incorrectly referred) even at the beginning of its history in 16th century Italy was believed to be a response to the political and economic crisis of the time.  The performers worked mostly without extensive stages and relied on various props instead of scenery playing out the characterizations of fixed social types, archetypes.  Dubbed as the ultimate street performers, even then, it is not certain when they donned masks.  But in the modern aesthetic is the ultimate exaggeration and distortion of anti-humanism.

Where other types of theatre narrate a story.  Mask will get you closer to the truth.

“Clowning around” for the ClownMa troupe is not simply funny.  It can be of course.  What I found and realized, however, during this performance is that mask is much more poignant, precise, even threatening because it attempts to show us ourselves in often the ugliest of ways.  Not by simply holding up a mirror, but by pulling us inside out and openly revealing our “secret” faces, the ones we want or think we can hide.  The masks themselves are the pronounced verity of the situation, even our souls.  The skin that lies beneath is inconsequential because it is exactly the same.

There is also the classic, traditional plot of innamorati (lovers) accompanied by vagabonds and madrigalists in part played out here which during last week’s opening, was a delight mixed with a refreshing naivety of a company of performers in their infancy.  Satisfying the appetite for comedy, brutal tragedy and unadulterated triumph, ClownMa dell Arte brings the ideas of Occupy forward, what it means to be a part of the 99% and why ultimately 0% coins the meaning of “free.”

This story will only get larger and better in the weeks ahead (every Friday evening, October 12, 19 and 26 @ 8:30pm) and the troupe so far is destined for a bright future with clowns, Austin McCoy(Pringles), Kristal Pires-Patch(Winnie), Eric Kuntz (Flex), Alex Makardish (Sky), Kyle Johnston (Dusty), Tyler McGraw(Zero), Emily Brennick (Sassifrass), Nicholas Law (Wade), and Jeremy Charles Hohn, (Q).

O% is filled to the brim with just as many possibilities and solutions, as it is slapstick, gags and satire; jealousy and rage as it is forgiving and funny.  Skillfully done by a cast  with great instincts.

ClownMa dell’Arte Presents 0%:  Occupy WHAT Street

When: October 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th @ 8:30 pm

How Much: $15

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Lyric Hyperion Theatre & Cafe

2106 Hyperion Ave., Los Angeles, California 90027

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