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.

Sunday Extra: How Innovative Is In Your iPhone 6 Really?

iPhone_infographic-thumbnail-150x150Everybody’s looking forward to seeing the new iPhone 6 this week. What do you think is the most wanted feature? Better camera? Bigger screen? You’d be surprised. Customer surveys show that what people wish for most is improved battery life. As for entirely new features sapphire glass tops the expectations list.  Check out this latest info-graphic by Alex Hillsberg at Finances Online using latest customer surveys and comparing specs of previous iPhone models, that shows how much innovation there really was in each iPhone so far. There’s also included a detailed analysis of what features clients expect from the new model.  You can also view the full article by clicking HERE.

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HI-TECH HIJACK – A Musical In Three Bytes at Studio C

By Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move

hitechhijack_poster_web-2Studio C Artists is in their final weekend of its current production HI-TECH HIJACK – A Musical In Three Bytes. And this show is one you don’t want to miss!

WORTH THE TICKET!

WORTH THE TICKET!

We’ve been hijacked by technology and we’ve all got to come to terms with it.  This comical collection of three one-acts explores man’s relationship with technology, how it has invaded our lives, how we, as a human race, deal with it and the quite surprising consequences.

Originally developed with New Musicals Inc. and presented as part of the 15 Minute Musicals evening MAN V. MACHINE in June of 2012 at the Colony Theatre in Burbank, HI-TECH HIJACK makes a seriously outstanding comeback with its Studio C rendition.

Actors/singers Allie Costa, Shannon Martinous, Luke Klipp, Kila Packett and Bryan Blaskie, pull out all the stops in every anxiety ridden, fantastical, desperate, kitchy piece of choreography and song.  The show is wildly funny at every moment in the vein of film musicals like Grease and Hairspray, with a tremendous amount of personality, especially Ms. Costa who full on vibes her own personal version of a “Breakfast Club” Ally Sheedy.

Each number (albeit repetitively) drones out the hilarious insanity of people trying and failing badly to communicate likes, loves, needs and cries for attention in a world where the ease of tech and social media is supposed to make our lives better and more connected but somehow gets ever more in the way. Even the technology itself makes a break from its own nano-prison into the unknown black hole of re-boot, tired of being tied down to fickle human preferences.

IWISH – In a desperate plea to her parents for attention, teenaged Becca calls for a gadget intervention and hides all the cell phones, computers and iPads in the house.

PHOTO FINISH – What would happen if grandma’s family photos took on a life of their own? Could they survive outside of the hard drive?

#BRAD4LAURA – It’s LOVE and Brad, wants to immediately tell the world…If only he can get past all the online disclaimers, pop-ups, advertisements, thumb typing mishaps and accidental sends to everyone else in his iPhone address book in order to get to Laura’s personal Facebook timeline, YouTube page, text messages, AOL email or Twitter.

At 45 minutes this show is so worth the ticket for the laughter. Not a second is lost with the momentum, the acting, outstanding singing talent, the music or the stories.  An all around great time!

A STUDIO C ARTISTS PRODUCTION
Located at:
6448 Santa Monica Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90038

Two shows left:

Friday, September 5th at 8pm
Saturday, September 6th at 8pm
 
Tickets can be purchased online at EVENTBRITE
Or call: (323) 988-1175
 

Three Shorts by Tim McNeil at the Stella Adler Academy & Theatre

by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move

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WORTH THE TICKET!

WORTH THE TICKET!

One show whose final performance you won’t want to miss this weekend is Three Shorts written by critically acclaimed playwright in residence at The Stella Adler Academy, Tim McNeil, a series of one acts that expose the farcical, absurd and sometimes perverse underbelly of life.

In two out of three Mr. McNeil takes the starring role.  As Evan Dougherty, in The Straight Bozo, he is a man with a secret traveling the morning commute from Long Island New York to Wall Street.  A sort of idiot savant, he expresses his loneliness through the most outlandish intellectual dialog that takes two of his fellow passengers  on a ride they didn’t quite expect.  As it turns out, an idiot he is not – far from it. But his personal truth gets him into trouble with the other passengers.  Curiously written McNeil downplays this character to perfection as the most unlikely but brilliant sage.  It’s a straight up, oddball New York subway story, and believable if you’ve actually ever ridden the Long Island Express.  Supporting cast Brad Kaz (Bob) and Nikki McCauley (Terry) align wonderfully in their long haul duel with each other as Ms. McCauley’s character comes to understand McNeil’s true identity. Jay Kim’s appearance as a subway cop is a light entry but never-the-less gets the job done.

Purplish is a two women play which offers a view of a young poet dying of stomach cancer, trying to understand what the afterlife might be like.  Mona’s writing is her life and in death there is the possibility that there will be absolutely nothing.  It’s a terrifying awareness that she takes out on her estranged lover Amanda in a late afternoon love/hate melodrama.  McNeil’s writing for women is somewhat uneven here leaving Maia Nikiphoroff (Mona) struggling a bit for the character, but both Ms. Nikiphoroff and her lover Meghan Leone Cox (Amanda) pull this play quite nicely together.  Cox’s work is very strong and there is a lovely resolution that happens between them.

It is the finale, of this show however, that will have you rolling in your seat!  Schism is a thoroughly wicked comedy about Urban (McNeil) who has set up a second Vatican in a Kansas farmhouse where, he and his devoted assistant Milla (Fanny Rosen) attempt to bring down a corrupt Rome.  Milla and Urban play out  a high camp, burlesque of religion, uproarious love and lusty temptation. Unrequited, over-the-top, sinfully delinquent attraction culminates with a showdown ending of astronomical proportions.  One of the best and most outlandish pieces of writing experienced in a short play, Schism, leaves the audience in twisted stitches of shock and awe laughter.

Three performances left:

Friday, September 5th @ 8pm
Saturday, September 6th @ 8pm
Sunday, September 7th @ 7pm
 
Three Shorts
Playing at the Stella Adler Academy & Theatre -Gilbert Stage
6773 Hollywood Blvd, 2nd Floor
Hollywood, CA 90028
Tickets: General $20 / Students & Seniors $10
To purchase visit: www.LabTheatre.bpt.me or call (323) 455-3111

Martin Scorsese To Premiere REVENGE OF THE GREEN DRAGONS at the Toronto International Film Festival

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Directed By Andrew Lau & Andrew Loo
Presented By Martin Scorsese

In the vein of crime classics like MEAN STREETS and INFERNAL AFFAIRS, REVENGE OF THE GREEN DRAGONS follows two immigrant brothers Sonny (Justin Chon) and Steven (Kevin Wu) who survived the impoverished despair of New York in the 1980s by joining Chinatown gang “The Green Dragons”. The brothers quickly rise up the ranks, drawing the unwanted attention of hard-boiled city cops. After an ill- fated love affair pits Sonny against his own brother, he sets out for revenge on the very gang who made him who he is. From acclaimed Director Andrew Lau and Andrew Loo, and legendary Executive Producer Martin Scorsese comes a brilliant mix between a Hong Kong action film and a New York City crime thriller, portraying the never-before-told true story of “The Green Dragons”.

REVENGE OF THE GREEN DRAGONS stars Justin Chon (TWILIGHT), Kevin Wu, Harry Shum, Jr. (GLEE and seen in the upcoming CROUCHING TIGER HIDDEN DRAGON II: THE GREEN DESTINY), Shuya Chang (CHINESE PUZZLE), Jin Auyeung (THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS), Eugenia Yuan (MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA) with Geoff Pierson (J. EDGAR), Billy Magnussen (seen in the upcoming INTO THE WOODS) and Ray Liotta, reuniting him with Martin Scorsese for the first time in nearly 25 years since GOODFELLAS.

WATCH THE OFFICIAL TRAILER HERE:

The film also reunites Lau with Martin Scorsese, who came on-board as an Executive Producer on the film. Scorsese previously won an Academy Award © for THE DEPARTED, a remake of Lau’s INFERNAL AFFAIRS.

The film will have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.  DirecTV will immediately follow with an exclusive 30-day window beginning September 11, followed by an A24 theatrical release in October. This is the third film to be released in the partnership between A24 and DirecTV following Denis Villeneuve’s critically acclaimed ENEMY starring Jake Gyllenhaal, and Jeff Baena’s directorial debut LIFE AFTER BETH which opens Friday.

Running Time: 94 Minutes

Distributor: A24

DirecTV Release: September 11th

Theatrical Release: October

The Most Massive Woman Wins: A Hollywood Fringe Encore Extension

by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move

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Playing at Theatre Asylum on Santa Monica Blvd., as a Hollywood Fringe Festival 2014 Encore extension, The Most Massive Woman Wins, by Madeleine George and directed by Lish Ananda, opened the 2014-15 inaugural season for the Poor Man Theatre Company, and I will say, it was definitely a great choice.

The Most Massive Woman Wins takes a look at how today’s society and the media has arrested women’s bodies away from them.  Espousing rhetoric that takes a journey with four ladies as they claim their bodies back, this play attempts to become a champion for Woman’s Rights and “girl power.”

“Baby Got Back!”

Opening to the music of Sir Mix-a-lot we get a close up view of four women in the waiting room of the surgeon who is going to transform their bodies from the socially unacceptable, overweight, bingers to (in a land far far away) more svelte and shapely, more lovable, more desirable versions of themselves.  Selves that will be taken more seriously and hold more “weight” without all the fat.

Each tells her story, of subjugation and bullying: eating disorders that begin in early childhood from criticisms; teasing in the form of school-yard paddy-cake rhymes by other children; mothers who bribe them into patient and good behavior with treats, off-handedly encouraging habits that start them on the road to obesity; the humiliation of being paraded around as the not quite perfect daughter; the inability to live up to the current GQ version of the female ideal, the cutting, the secret snacking, the eating for love, the teenage pregnancies and all the worst choices that each makes from feeling outcast in her own own body.

As the story progresses it actually becomes more universal than just a story about fat girls.  It really is the “war on women”; how we are expected to be pretty, silent, silly, perfect, automaton, decorations or maids and want nothing at all.  And it becomes crystal clear that these women eat because they are SO emotionally starved.

It is truly black box theatre, but certainly not at it’s barest.  And it works, most of the time. There is movement choreography which tends to be a bit naive and obscure.  Check that off to inexperience but not for lack of imagination.  And there are empty holes in the direction. But otherwise, the intention was all there and each woman fully dedicated herself to this performance.  By the end, it was hard not to see them as a slowly emerging force, albeit at the beginning stages, to be reckoned with.

Melibelle Lavandier (Rennie), Marta Portillo (Sabine), and Jenelle Russell, (Cel) captured every bit of the spirit, heartbreak, language, longing, frustration and silent anger of today’s women and young girls.  Cherilyn Walker (Carly) knocked a home run right out the park with her performance which was thoroughly honest and plain out “gutsy”.  Ava Violetta Laurel (Receptionist) played a fine touch supporting role.

Well done!  A performance that stands centered on its feet and talks about the issues as women “experience” them.

The only disappointment about this show was that there were just three performances.

If you are interested in getting more information about this company, I suggest you connect with them on Twitter: @1playatatime or email them for information about upcoming shows: poormantheatrecompany@gmail.com.

Chaos, Control and Every Day Happenings at The Charlie James Gallery September 6th

Deepwater1The Charlie James Gallery in Chinatown, LA is presenting combined opening exhibitions and receptions of artists this coming Saturday from 7-10PM.

 

ESKE KATH – ARENA
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THEY’RE THERE – CURATED BY DANE JOHNSON
 
Both exhibitions run September 6 thru October 18, 2014

CJ1 Arena is the chosen title for Danish artist Eske Kath‘s second solo show with the gallery in Los Angeles. This new body of work will examine Kath’s interest in the forces of destruction and rebirth and the tension as an artist between chaos and control. Kath is painting on multiple surfaces for this show. Several pieces are painted directly onto raw linen wherein Kath has drawn compositional rules as the basis for his figuration. Foreground and background change position, and visible bits of linen and sketch lines become part of the finished work. The pattern of woven linen is exposed in these pieces, suggesting patterns of sand. As in all of Kath’s work, the single-family house is again depicted, in this work partially immersed in tides of (linen) sand. There are also paintings on blackboards, with houses in similar states of submergence by the ashen surface of the boards. Some pieces find houses in flight; against the dark surface of the blackboards suggestive of deep space. The surfaces of hard-bound books are also subjects of composition.

Eske Kath (b. 1975, Denmark) studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Artist in Copenhagen, DK, graduating in 2003. In 2009, Kath was commissioned to paint a chamber ceiling in the Crown Prince of Denmark’s Amalienborg Palace. Kath’s work has been exhibited internationally, including Denmark, Berlin, New York, Los Angeles, Oslo, Frankfurt and Vienna. He is represented by Galerie Mikael Andersen in Copenhagen and Berlin, by Judith Charles Gallery in New York, and by Charlie James Gallery in Los Angeles. Kath lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

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They’re There is a group show curated by Los Angeles-based artist Dane Johnson.  Art history, regular history and day-to-day happenings are examined by California Artists: Rafael DeLaCruz, Christopher Lux, Ruby Neri, Willy Reed, Henry Taylor, Jessica Williams and Aaron Wrinkle.  In a presentation of 7 paintings, figure and background are handled with equal gravity.  This democratization of space and the protagonists that exist within it create an exciting, magical and convoluted world where space is flat, rooms can be emotional, people can serve as props and clarity is temporal.  They’re There presents a collection of works that meander in and out of reality while presenting an honest and earnest exploration of our surroundings.

Rafael Delacruz lives and works in Oakland.  He has recently shown at Mission Comics, 1038 gallery and Adobe Books in San Francisco. He is the co-founder of Last Renaissance.

Chris Lux: TableGuache, MDF, Enamel, Wax, Resin, Wood, Twine, Clay 75" x 32" x 28", 2012. Courtesy of The Popular Workshop.

Chris Lux: TableGuache, MDF, Enamel, Wax, Resin, Wood, Twine, Clay 75″ x 32″ x 28″, 2012. Courtesy of The Popular Workshop, San Francisco

Christopher Lux is a sculptor and painter living in San Francisco. He has shown widely across the US and internationally, most recently at Muddguts in New York City.  Other exhibitions include V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Popular Workshop and the Luggage Store in San Francisco.  He is represented by Jancar Jones Gallery in Los Angeles. Lux received a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2002.

Ruby Neri is a Los Angeles based painter and sculptor. She received her MFA from UCLA in 1998.  Recent exhibitions include The Oracle at The Underground Museum in Los Angeles, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, Berkeley Art Museum, The Rubell Family Collection, Stephen Wirtz gallery and the Hammer’s Made in LA Biennial in 2012. She is represented by David Kordansky in Los Angeles.

Willy Reed is a sculptor and painter living in San Francisco.  He has recently exhibited at Either Way in Los Angeles, Eleanor Harwood Gallery, RVCA and the Luggage Store in San Francisco.  He is currently completing a bachelor’s degree in painting at the California College of Arts in San Francisco.

Los Angeles painter, Henry Taylor has exhibited at MOMA PS1, The Studio Museum, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Rubell Family Collection, MOMA NY, Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, The Whitney, The Hammer and is represented by Blum and Poe. He received a BFA from the California Institute of Arts in 1995.

Jessica Williams is a Los Angeles based painter.  She received an MFA from Columbia University in 2008.  She has most recently exhibited at Sergeants Daughters in NY and is represented by Young Art, Los Angeles.  Other exhibitions include Thierry Goldberg gallery, Smithumenta organized by Bruce High Quality Foundation and Important Projects, Oakland.

Aaron Wrinkle Promotional Image  w/ Contour Study 1, Chinese Calligraphy Ink on Canvas, Digital Photograph, 2012

Aaron Wrinkle Promotional Image w/ Contour Study 1, Chinese Calligraphy Ink on Canvas, Digital Photograph, 2012

Aaron Wrinkle is a Los Angeles based multi disciplinary artist. Recent shows include Thomas Solomon Gallery, Actual Size, Cottage Home, Night Gallery, La Cienega Projects and Luis De Jesus Gallery.  He received an MFA from California Institute of Arts in 2008.

Dane Johnson is a Los Angeles based artist and occasional curator.  He has shown with Popular Workshop and Luggage Store Gallery in San Francisco, Sabina Lee Gallery, Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, New Image Art, Either Way and currently at 356 Mission in Los Angeles. He received a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2003.

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