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Cat-tastic! The Los Angeles Feline Film Festival September 21

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Yesterday we featured the 1st ever Hello Kitty Con which will be arriving at MOCA Los Angeles in October.  #HelloKittyIsNotACat

However, if you are a bona fide, feline, fanatic, this year’s premiere cat-tastic event, the Los Angeles Feline Film Festival taking place on Sunday, Septmeber 21 from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Christmas Tree Lane in Exposition Park in Los Angeles, California, is the place for you.

lafff_w_lilbubTara Hero CatThis EPIC, live, local event is expected to draw in 10,000 other cat-lovers and will include a compilation of the web’s most-watched cat videos, hosted by internet cat sensations Lil Bub and Tara the Hero Cat! Adorned in your best cat costumes, you will enjoy a day of feline-themed exhibits and a viewing of the web’s most popular cat videos.  You can even…BRING YOUR OWN CAT!

Follow this festival on Twitter: @Organikat

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In addition to a 75-minute compilation of the best internet cat videos, the festival will feature a Cat Walk and Cat Crazy constume contest, LA’s top food trucks and beer garden, cat product vendors and nonprofits, cats available for adoption from local animal shelters and more.

A portion of proceeds will be going to at least five non-profit cat rescues.

You can find more information about the event at www.lafelinefilmfestival.com.

Los Angeles Feline Film Festival is presented by Organikat, makers of planet-friendly, organic pet products.

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I Wanna Hold Your Hand at Theatre of Note

By Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move

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WORTH THE TICKET!

WORTH THE TICKET!

So balanced in the writing.  So very worth the ticket.

I Wanna Hold Your Hand at the tail end of its run at Theatre of Note is a tender, unexpected triumph.

Our lives can change in an instant.  One moment you’re engaged, and a few surreal moments later you’re sitting among a group of strangers in an intensive care waiting room, praying your fiancé will survive.

The story begins with the prayer of a hopeful son for a beloved mother in a hospital ICU (Intensive Care Unit) and in a coma, as a result of a brain aneurism.  Describing his mother, Mary Jean, as she “was,” a soft-spoken, perfect and often subtly, comical woman, hot for the Beatles in her day, Paul, a high school English teacher, just needs to talk to someone “bigger than himself.” It is very private and very awkward.  Praying is not something he ever really did in his home growing up.  And so he is open and completely vulnerable and it leads us to believe that this will be a very toned down show.

Ada, a self-proclaimed, “terrible person” also stands alone in a private room uncomfortable forming the words to speak to a higher power.  In the most intimate and excruciating of moments she confesses the darkest parts of herself and her love for a man who may not wake up, also ordering him to hear her as she calls out his name.

One is pleading the other is screaming for a miracle hoping to end the agony of waiting for loved ones to possibly die even when they convince themselves there is hope.

What comes as a truly gorgeous surprise, however, is that life does not end here, for anyone.  How I Wanna Hold Your Hand trumps, what could play out as merely as heart-string puller, is that it is an authentically human experience, as are each of the remaining characters of the story.

Four people, Paul, his sister Julia, her husband Josh and Ada meet in the ICU.  Brother, sister and brother-in-law are diverting themselves with sandwich bets, cards and guessing games as they patiently wait for their mother to awaken when suddenly Ada storms in to find her fiancé, Frank, newly arrived with a similar condition.  Inside the waiting room over the course of many days, they develop and off-handed acquaintanceship which outside of the hospital walls eventually becomes rather something else with every one of them, much of it secret.

I Wanna Hold Your Hand, has plenty of surprises humorous and downright shocking from Mary Jean’s (mom) new personality and outspoken sexual awakening to Josh and M.J.’s head to head combat to Frank’s hard-core honesty about his new limitations to all of their attractions for each other.

In many ways, this is a very adult growing up story. Each one of them has to face a new and rough reality, which as the adults they are, manage at least on the surface…all but Julia.

What is interesting about the writing is that Paul, Ada, Josh, Frank even Mary Jean, come to a resolution, at least an understanding, finding a way to come to terms with their new lives.  They look forward.  They move on.

Julia however, is stuck in time looking backward and trying to stay on an even plane.  She somehow works hard to not feel anything and yet she’s dealt with the worst blows of all because of her refusal to budge.  She wants her mother back – as she was.  She wants to stay in the moment when she thought that Frank had an attraction to her.  She wants to keep Ada as her friend. She doesn’t want to really understand why her husband left her.  In some ways she wants to live the lie.

It’s not complicated, it’s just the way things are, the way people are, sometimes really clear, sometimes very confused.  It is the beauty of this story and the reason we can genuinely empathize with each person even in moments of wrong-doing or denial or outlandish behavior.  Overall, I Wanna Hold Your Hand contains so much hope and love and new beginnings and is absolutely comforting.  Well-thought out, rooted, artistic writing, capturing the laughable and sometimes dark complexities of human nature.

I Wanna Hold Your Hand

Written by Erik Patterson
Directed by McKerrin Kelly
Featuring: Keston John, Judith Ann Levitt, Alina Phelan, Kirsten Vangsness, Phil Ward and Nicholas S. Williams

Now playing its last several shows:

Friday, August 29 @8pm
Saturday, August 30 @8pm
 
Note: This show has been extended through September 7th. Please check with the theatre for additional days which were originally Thursday thru Sunday performances!)
 
Theatre of Note
1517 N. Cahuenga (just north of Sunset)
Hollywood, CA 90028

Online ticketing: www.theatreofnote.com

or call: (323) 856-8611

#GreenLabelGallery Still Accepting #StreetArt Until August 30th

The Intersection of Skate, Music and Art.

Green Label Gallery

Mountain Dew wants into the fray of Street Art and are holding their first ever crowd-sourced gallery space opening at the Iconic Green Label Gallery in Amsterdam on August 31st, 2014.  And…they are looking for submissions from YOU!

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Artists from around Europe can submit their digital street artwork until August 30th by posting on Instagram with #GreenLabelGallery.

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Screen Shot 2014-08-26 at 5.45.15 AMThe Green Label Gallery exhibition will feature a stark white space with a gallery-quality printer – the HP Designjet Z3200 as its canvas. Over the course of three days, the space will be transformed to feature vibrant and inspired artwork representing the badge of originality as artwork is printed and hung in real time along with Chaotic Bastards live art demonstrations.

Submissions featuring digital art and photos of executed street art and imaginative sketches will be curated for exhibition at the contemporary Walls Gallery in Amsterdam and on www.green-label.com/gallery.

The exhibit will be open to the public from Thursday, August 28th through Saturday, August 30th, with the complete exhibition viewable Sunday, August 31st.

Time Square Closed

Times Square New York City, was evacuated yesterday because of a bomb scared. The unidentified man who was seen running from a smoking car, has still not been found.

Quote of the Day: by Fred Astaire

“I have no desire to prove anything by dancing.  I have never used it as an outlet or means of expressing myself.  I just dance.  I just put my feet in the air and move them around.”

I’ve featured a surprise below.  Not your normal Fred Astaire profile.  ;)

California’s Easter Earthquake


MEXICALI EARTHQUAKE:

The Mexicali earthquake that struck the California-Mexico border area at 3:40 p.m. Pacific Time Sunday spawned widespread reports of shaking chandeliers and sloshing pools in the Los Angeles area.

The earthquake, which was centered about 108 miles east of Tijuana, Mexico, some 10 miles below the surface appeared to have caused some more significant damage nearer the border, including one report of a death in Mexico, but officials are still gathering information.

The shaking lasted for 35 to 55 seconds and the 7.2-magnitude quake is the largest in Southern California since the 7.3 Landers quake on June 28, 1992.

Residents across Southern California and Arizona reported serious ground shakes, but there were no immediate reports of injuries and only limited reports of damages. However, Sunday’s quake also could trigger others in the coming days.

Healthcare Passed!

BREAKING NEWS:

House Passes Historic Health Care Legislation

Capping a year of legislative activity and ending decades of Democratic
frustration, the House approves a pair of bills that would extend health care
coverage to more than 30 million Americans. One bill goes to Obama’s desk, the
other heads for a final showdown in the Senate.