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What Smaug and Bill Gates Have in Common

The second Hobbit movie, The Desolation of Smaug is filled with compelling facts and  introduces us to the most impressive depiction by far of Smaug since J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit was first published in the late thirties. One of our favorite content contributors, Alex Hillsberg, of FinancesOnline.com sent us this fun infographic which depicts why Smaug is the biggest, most malevolent, and… the richest creature in Tolkien’s universe.  You can get more details on Alex’s website: http://bit.ly/1aRdEHF
 

'The Hobbit' & Secrets of Smaug the Dragon: Is Benedict Cumberbatch the Most Wicked Character in the Upcoming Film?
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Crowds Will Be Gathering in Oakland, CA For Labor Day

wordsby Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move

Most people spend Labor Day on the beach. But the hottest place this holiday will be in Oakland, CA where a Revolutionary Crowdfunding Platform will be launched.

As culture goes, people all over the world suffered the greatest economic hit since the Depression when in 2008 the stock market collapsed.  We’ve never really recovered.

So when I received the press release for the upcoming CoCap – The Community Capital Symposium on September 2nd from 12-5pm PST, I was immediately intrigued. The symposium will be attended by some of the most innovative entrepreneurs, investors, and civic leaders from throughout the US and will focus not only on advancing a new way of financing, that shifts investing from Wall Street back to Main Street, it will also be the launch of a first ever crowdfunding platform that allows investors to own shares in a company instead of just donating.

coCap“A hundred years ago, individuals invested in their own community. It was really common for you as a businessperson to own an interest in 5-10 businesses in your town,” says John Katovich, President of Cutting Edge Capital. “It was a strengthening of common bonds – a vote of confidence in each other. But slowly we lost that. We’re bringing it back.”

In short, the pioneers of the Community Capital movement are bringing together both non-accredited investors, who demand the right to invest, and entrepreneurs, who are seeking new ways of raising funds.

Check out the full press release by clicking on this link to find out more information.  If you are local, you can also sign up for the conference.  It is open to all.

Interview with Artist Anita Kunz

Victor, art, by Tracey Paleo, Gia On the Move

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Some time ago, artist Anita Kunz currently managed by Gallery House, Toronto Canada, appeared on GOTMLA.  Her highly raw and sexual rendition of Red Riding Hood galloping atop a blood thirsty wolf  was certainly an attention getter. And I’ve been intrigued ever since with this woman who has been creating provocative paintings and cover art for print magazines like Time, The New Yorker, Fortune and Rolling Stone for decades as well as portraiture for iconic celebrities.  I wanted to discover more.  Below is Anita’s personal take on her contributions to the art world and a few bits more…

Anita-Kunz, artistCanadian by birth, Anita Kunz (b.1956) has lived in London, New York and Toronto, and has been widely published in Germany, Japan, Sweden, Norway, Canada, South Africa, Holland, Portugal, France and England.

Her works are in the permanent collections at the Library of Congress, the Canadian Archives in Ottawa, the Musée Militaire de France in Paris, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Rome, and a number of her Time Magazine cover paintings are in the permanent collection at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC. Kunz’s critically acclaimed paintings and sculptures have appeared in galleries world wide, including the Norman Rockwell Museum in Massachusetts and across the pond at the Teatrio Cultural Association in Rome Italy.

Q: Why do you make Art?
A: I’ve been making art all my life. For me it’s second nature, just another way of communicating. I was brought up to be a polite little girl and never to make waves. But somehow it seemed acceptable to be vocal, violent and controversial with my work, so that’s where all my emotions went.

Q: Who are your top three inspirations, art or otherwise?
A: I suppose travel would be a big one…seeing how other people live and how similar we all actually are. Secondly would be the study of human nature. I find the human condition endlessly fascinating.  And education. I’ve tried to remain a student my whole life. I attend the TED conference every year, which is an incredible source of information for me.

Q: What is your biggest challenge personally as it pertains to making your work?
A: It’s a personal thing I suppose. I’m my own worst critic so I’m continually questioning whether or not the work is good enough.

New Yorker, cover art, subway, women, religionQ: What is the significance of animals, religion and women in your work, why do you find yourself drawn to them and why are they a reoccurring theme in your work?
A: Well the gender area is self evident I think. We live in a society where the playing field is still not a level one. So that’s definitely a recurring theme. And because we share so much genetic material with other species, I think there’s endless room for visual musings.  I’m not religious but most people in the world are. So religious iconography and symbolism are good ways to describe ideas and to communicate them quickly.

Q: How has your art contributed to society? Do you think it’s important that art gives something to society?
A: I don’t think that’s for me to say. I hope that I will have contributed to society more than I’ve taken when it’s all said and done. I do think that society is improved by art, perhaps only if art is seen as somewhat of a mirror.

Q: What causes artistic blocks? What do you do to solve them?
A: I think repetition causes blocks. I think any creative people suffer them occasionally. I try to do something a bit different and hope they go away!

Q: In the past two decades who do you believe has made the biggest impact in the art world, artist, collector, philanthropist or otherwise?
A: The internet! It’s democratized everything! It has had as much of a profound effect on us as the industrial revolution did.

The Marked, art, painting, Anita KunzQ: How important do you think it is for artists to know about art history, and why?
A: I do think it’s important if only to understand context, which can be everything!

Q: What’s your process? How do you go about starting a piece and then deciding when it’s finished?
A: I start with a quick pencil sketch but don’t become too obsessed with it…that allows me to be a bit more spontaneous with the finished painting. I work layer over layer with watercolours and acrylics. It takes time, and I know it’s finished when I just can’t look at it any more!!

Q: French Fries or Beet Salad with Feta Cheese?
A: Beet salad

Q: What would you like to be remembered for?
A: Being kind.

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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

Women Lead in the Workplace: Career Trends

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(NAPSI)—If you don’t have a woman boss now, you probably will very soon. As 50 percent of the U.S. workforce and more than half of all managers and supervisors, women are reaching leadership positions in record numbers. According to the book Women Lead: Career Perspectives from Workplace Leaders” by Apollo Research Institute, women outperform men in key leadership skills.

Drawing on interviews with 200 women leaders, and survey responses from more than 3,000 male and female managers,Women Lead explores 21st-century career trends and provides practical advice to help women excel in the new world of work. Readers will discover facts, figures, and real-life stories about leadership, education, and career planning, and learn how women are using negotiation, networking, and other collaborative practices to lead their organizations into the future.womens_history_month

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Women in History

Joan Crawford

“Don’t fuck with me fellas.  This ain’t my first time at the rodeo!”

Once you get past the initial absurdity and over-acting in Faye Dunaway’s portrayal of Joan Crawford in Mommy Dearest (but then who knows, in real life, Ms. Crawford was the “fiercest of them all!”), the lesson is how women, although gaining significant strides, are still underrepresented on corporate boards of directors.  The movie’s finest scene, shows the barriers professional women have faced in achieving nominations to corporate boards–and challenges once they are on them.

While some may have originally doubted the wisdom of Joan Crawford’s eventual appointment as the first woman to Pepsi-Cola’s board of directors, the fact was that she was an asset to the company during the 1960’s until her forced retirement a few years before she died in 1977.  Business-savvy and with a fierce work ethic, Crawford traveled the world as Pepsi-Cola’s spokeswoman, enhancing Pepsi’s brand the way few celebrities could today.  Over the years plenty of men were appointed to corporate boards thanks to their connections; few toiled as hard as Joan Crawford after receiving such an appointment. (excerpt from the blog greengopost.com)

In films, Crawford often played hardworking young women who found romance and financial success. That may have been debatable in her personal life.  But, these “rags-to-riches” stories were well received by Depression-era audiences and were popular with women even then. Crawford became one of Hollywood’s most prominent movie stars and one of the highest paid women in the United States.

Here are some tips to help women (and men) acquire and demonstrate valuable leadership skills.

• Get tech savvy: By 2020, more than 70 percent of jobs will have a technical component. Stay current by upgrading your computer skills or learning new ones. Check job postings to see which skills employers are looking for, and take classes that teach those skills.

• Polish your people skills: Of more than 3,000 managers surveyed for “Women Lead,” nearly half picked communication as the most important skill for today’s leaders. Help your team excel by clearly communicating goals, roles and achievements.

• Live to learn: Continuing education ranked as the No. 1 most important activity for effective leaders, according to the managers surveyed for “Women Lead.” Make learning a lifelong habit by enrolling in a certification or advanced-degree program to boost your academic credentials.

You can learn more at www.apolloresearchinstitute.org or find Apollo Research Institute on Facebook.

Certified Organic: A Market Myth

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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.

Official Website: http://www.inorganicwetrust.org/

Follow the Film on Twitter: twitter.com/IOWTfilm

Like the Film on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/inorganicwetrust

(available Nationwide On-Demand January 22)

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SICKS: The Model Critic Spends An Evening With Six Of The Most Notorious Women In History

by Carlos Stafford, The Model Critic

In the movie As Good As It Gets, Jack Nicholson’s character, Melvin, is asked: How do you write women so well? He dryly answers: Easy, I think of a man and take away reason and accountability. All of the characters in Sicks could apply to Melvin’s outlook.

Sicks promises a fun evening of noir monologues delivered by deluded, misguided, or plain crazy women from our collective past. But as you watch and listen to their infamous deeds, at first perhaps like Judge Judy, Freud, or an historian, things get a little muddled because the obvious thread that links these women together is not as evident as you’d suppose.

For example, if you took Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin and Mao, you’d have a clear picture of evil. But if you added, say Jeffrey Dahmer or The Son of Sam, you’d have a not so clear grouping. What happens in Sicks is that the Queens portrayed in their respective monologues, Mary I of England, and Catherine the Great of Russia don’t really inform us enough of their transgressions for their time in history–the periods too remote, the documents too vague, their histories controversial.  We get a hint, that Catherine hated her husband, Peter III, and may have been involved in his assignation, and that she says she had a large sexual appetite for other stallions at Court. But her reign was long–from 1762 to 1796–and we only find out so much of her life, in a twenty minute monologue, before she is crowned Empress consort of All the Russias. Jael Golad does a great job of portraying Catherine, dignified, arch, and willful, but we don’t find out much about Catherine as really qualifying her as a true Sick.

Mary I, daughter of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon had a more controversial rap sheet.  Trying to restore the Roman Catholic Church in England after her father’s break with Rome, had hundreds of non-believers put to the stake.  Having married another Phillip, who later became King of Spain, she no doubt was influenced by Spanish methods for ridding society of heretics. Crawford Collins does her character justice by portraying Mary as neurotic, unstable, and prone to angry emotional outbursts. Mary’s reign was short from 1553 to 1558, and she could easily qualify as a Sick, but the time is too distant, the history too sweeping for us to understand the despots of the day. Being a despot was most likely a job qualification for those times. So the Queens weren’t a fun subject here, out of context, although costumed and delivered with ardent energy.

The fun gory stuff is more modern: Lizzie Borden played by Heather Nicolson opens the show, and tries to explain her circumstance of being tried for the whacking of her father and step-mother with an axe.  Her father, a rags to riches cheap skate from New England in the late nineteenth century and her detested step-mother lead to her being the prime suspect. But as we find Lizzie was acquitted of all charges for lack of evidence; the handle to the murder weapon was never found, and forensics, what they were at the time, were botched. Lizzie inherited the family’s money, built a house on a hill, and become part of American folklore. She always maintained her innocence. Lizzie is almost a sympathetic character, perhaps a victim of temporary insanity; Nicolson, also shows the deviousness of her manner and implied knowingness.

The sick meter rises with Ma Barker, played with a droll comedic delivery by Maryanne Murray.  A real, honest to goodness sociopath, without regard for her husband, who she feels lacks any sort of ambition. Bereft of maternal instincts, she leads her grown children through a mayhem of murders and robberies in the early 1900’s. For the record, all her children were criminals before she apparently got involved with their activities, but became, so it was said, the mastermind behind the Barker-Karpis gang.  Their specialty: bank robberies, theft, murder, and as Ma tells us, kidnapping, the most lucrative. Ma is the only monologue delivered reflectively post mortem, as she looks back on her whole life of crime, up to the gun battle with the FBI. Ma goes to her demise casually and unrepentant. The humor injected by Ms Murray was well appreciated. Her costume was appropriate to her sickness, no color, just heavy layers of dreary, baggy black. The girl needed a splash of color in her life, but sadly sought it in the wrong places.

Bonnie Parker was the cute Texas girl that, along with Clyde Barrow, became the criminal celebrities of their era by robbing banks and becoming popular public enemies during The Great Depression. Kim Sweet plays Bonnie as a naif, that is madly in love with Clyde and his nefarious exploits, and would follow him to the ends of the earth. Ms Sweet plays her as the all-American girl who makes a bad choice.  She is truly not sick, only smitten, and exercises a sort of a moral relativism about the Barrow Gang’s criminal activities. She compartmentalizes all the outlaw activity and is out for excitement more than vengeance. With hindsight, she appears attractive and redeemable, that is, until the Feds find them in Louisiana and rake them with firepower.

Aurora Heimbach plays Squeaky Fromme as the quintessential true believer.  As a California gal from Santa Monica, jeans, denim shirt, and barefoot, Ms Heimbach portrays Squeaky as a sweet, mellow kid, easy going, Lolitaesque, that’s looking for a savior and finds him in Venice Beach–she looks into his eyes and sees the eyes of an angel. He latches onto her soul and takes her to the deep blue of her dreams. His name is Charles Manson and Squeaky becomes his life-long devotee. Heimbach’s smiling, docile demeanor eerily portrays Fromme as a quiet convert, like someone returning from India after seeing their guru. But we know it had to be a lot of bad acid too, no doubt, combined with a loveless childhood for her self-imposed deception to continue. Fromme, never  charged with murder in the Manson family escapades, was however implicated at one point, but released. She was not present at the Tate-LaBianca murders, but was later arrested for pointing a gun at President Gerald Ford while he was in Sacramento.  She said she was trying to make him aware of the plight of the redwoods. Fromme truly lacked reason and accountability, was jailed, and released in 2009.

The showcase is fun but could be made better by more stagecraft from the director.  Having the six women silently on  stage the whole evening becomes tedious, and makes the proceedings inert–like a wax museum. Their are no visual surprises. The audience eventually becomes numb trying to understand these ethically challenged women justify their antisocial deeds, one by one. Thematic back projection, perhaps, would break up this linear quality, as well as creative lighting, entrances, and interaction.

SICKS: An Evening With Six Of The Most Notorious Women In History

by Clay Edmonds

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Cast: Lizzie Borden (Heather Nicolson); Catherine the Great (Jael Golad); Bonnie Parker (Kim Sweet); Ma Barker (Maryanne Murray); Queen Mary I (Crawford M. Collins); Squeaky Fromme (Aurora Heimbach.)

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