Rory Partin: Everybody’s Got Somebody But Me

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L.A. hometown hero and soulful crooner Rory Partin is back with his new album coming out Tuesday, August 19th featuring the late great Opry/Cajun music legend Jimmy C Newman and an all-star band with some of the last surviving members of legendary big bands like Tommy Dorsey, Bobby Darin, and Harry James.

We are big fans here of Rory (he’s so cool) and as a preview to the release we decided to feature his video:  “Everybody’s Got Somebody But Me”

If you’re in the area, you can see Rory LIVE at Typhoon in Santa Monica, CA tonight 8/18 at 8 p.m. 

The self-titled album “Rory Partin” takes listeners on a heartfelt journey through American music history – from swing-era standards including “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore” to contemporary classics like “Everybody’s Got Somebody But Me” – displaying Rory’s ability to build on a foundation of legends “all while adding his own unique twist to his music” (Confront Magazine).

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You can actually purchase this single right now on iTunes.

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At a time when many classic tunes from the Great American Songbook are facing extinction, powerhouse of blue-eyed soul Rory Partin and His All Star 18-piece Big Band are not only keeping musical history alive on their forthcoming fan-funded LP (out 8/19/14), they’re infusing it with fresh new energy courtesy of Partin’s “sharp sense of humor and a dash of gospel grit” (Popdose).

Poised to take his place among artists like Michael Bublé and Harry Connick, Jr., “Partin separates himself from his colleagues, offering a contrasting timbre and amplifying the soul…his beautiful upper register coupled with the hard-swinging big band arrangement gives you chills listening” (Brent Music Reviews).

A multi-instrumentalist who has lived in and taken influences from several of America’s great musical centers (including New Orleans, Nasvhille, and Los Angeles), Partin has toured internationally with five-time Grammy winner Larnelle Harris and performed with his own All Star Big Band at George W. Bush’s Inaugural Ball and The National Symphony Ball at the Kennedy Center.

Pause, Shake and Sip: Vanderpump Family Summer Sangria Recipe

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Pandora Vanderpump-Sabo, daughter of British restaurateur and Real Housewife of Beverly Hills, Lisa Vanderpump, seems to be following in the footsteps of her famous mom with a taste for posh.  Her publicist recently offered a new recipe for a delicious Summer Sangria, The LVP Sangria Royale, a multi-generation Vanderpump Family recipe (now bottled under Pandora’s direction), that is easy to prepare and perfect for these last weeks of August.

Gia On The Move is trying this recipe today, poste-haste!

You can purchase LVP Wines online or if you are in California or Florida, there are dozens of stores. Visit the website by clicking HERE

THE SANGRIA ROYALE

This cocktail is a light, refreshing way to serve our LVP Red Sangria. Similar to a Kir Royale, this drink couples the sweet, vibrant flavors of blackberry with LVP Sangria’s rich Red Sangria… topped off with the bright bubbly flavors of rosé Champagne, this cocktail is bright, effusive nectar that anyone will love!

Ingredients

  • 3 blackberries
  • ¼ lemon
  • 2 oz chilled LVP Red sangria
  • 1 oz chilled Rosé Champagne

Preparation

1. Add the blackberries to a shaker and squeeze the lemon over them. Muddle vigorously.
2. Add the sangria to the shaker and shake.
3. Pour into a Champagne coupe.
4. Top with Champagne.

serving-red-sangriaAbout LVP Red Sangria
Our traditional red sangria is crafted with Tempranillo grapes, arguably the most famous of Spain’s native grapes. Tempranillo is a vibrant, aromatic black grape that adds spicy, red fruit aromas and flavors for full-bodied red wine. The grape’s name translates to “little early one,” referencing the fact that it ripens several weeks earlier than most Spanish red grapes. The wines for LVP are aged in oak to generate increased complexity and harmony.

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About LVP Sangria
LVP is a luscious, refreshing sangria made from Spanish rosé and red wines. Using Lisa Vanderpump’s signature recipe, her daughter Pandora Vanderpump and her husband, Jason Sabo, have bottled the sangria and made it available for purchase. Launching in Los Angeles and Miami, LVP Sangria is available in the traditional red and, because it’s Lisa’s signature color, also in pink, a unique offering on the market. The sangria contains no additives and is created with 100% natural flavors. LVP Sangria is ready to be served straight from the bottle over ice and, when coupled with fresh fruit, is sure to be a crowd pleaser when entertaining. “My mother has been serving her own special sangria recipes for as long as I can remember — it’s one of her most popular drinks. Using her recipe, we’ve created something that’s light, refreshing, easy to drink and impressive to serve – an ultra-premium blend that lives up to the Vanderpump standards of quality. Our family hopes you will love LVP Sangria as much as we do.” -Pandora Vanderpump

 

Fall Fashion Trends: Architectural Silhouettes Meet Rich Textures

We’ve been noticing here at Gia On The Move “on trend” contemporary women’s styles becoming just the tiniest bit pulled back.  So when these suggestions landed in the email box, we thought they were worth sharing.

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Canadian womenswear brand Judith & Charles recently unveiled its latest Fall 2014 collection of sophisticated tailoring and classic contours.  Geometric lines inspired by strong urban architecture set against nature’s softened textures and monochromatic, minimalist, colour palette, this season offers high quality fabrics (alpaca, cashmere, silk, pony hair, and leather sourced from Italy) and innovative textures as well as introducing tonal jacquard, cloque and bonded jersey.  Many of the style are traceable to 1960s mod influences as evidenced by shift dresses, mock turtlenecks and hounds-tooth motifs.

Gia On The Move’s take:  Sleek. Versatile. Easy to wear and pair. A bit on the conservative side, but just enough style to get you through the day at the office and early evening for dinner with friends. And just as easily packable for trips out of the city.

Every one of the new pieces can be shopped online.  New Yorkers can visit local stores.  Visit the website for the Look Book and other Fall ideas.

Post Contraband Graffiti: Go Directly To Jail

2Last Friday night ushered in one of the more spectacular displays of mounted imported global Street Art by artists whose works took over the Los Angeles Sofitel, Riviera 31 Lounge in collaboration with Black Apple Gallery.

What Gia On The Move was surprised to discover is that in countries such as Malaysia and Norway, Graffiti art is still illegal.  Creating imagery on a public space is punishable by fine or jail and definitely the confiscation of the artist’s masterpiece. (We’re so glad that LA finally lifted the street art ban!)

To be fair, many of the controversial artists who works were on public view  are some of the world’s top and most notorious street artists who have a lot to say, politically and culturally.  But isn’t that what art is all about after all? …and these artists truly are the cultural Pulse!

You’ll want to visit BlackAppleArt.com to view more works of these amazing artists (Ben Naz, Pobel, Snik, Ernst Zacharevic, Dot Dot Dot, John Doe, Seizer One, Harland Miller, Martin Whatson, Sandra Chevrier, Otto Schade, Mason Storm).  And all of the artworks are for sale.

Here’s a quick look at some of the pieces Gia On The Move loved!

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Wild Up: Los Angeles Choreographer Daniel Ezralow Debuts New Company

Daniel Ezralow debuts his new company, ‘Ezralow Dance,’” with a commissioned, site-specific world premiere accompanied live by adventurous chamber orchestra ‘wild Up’

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Winding up the Zev Yaroslavsky Signature Series and bringing the Ford Theatres 2014 summer season to a close, Ezralow Dance takes the stage at the Ford Amphitheatre on Sept. 13 at 8 p.m.

EZ2The commissioned, site-specific world premiere from world-renowned director/choreographer Daniel Ezralow will be accompanied by live music from contemporary classical ensemble wild Up, marking the debut of Ezralow’s new, Los Angeles-based company.

“Daniel is a visionary who creates grand pieces on a scale not usually seen at the Ford,” says Ford managing director of productions Adam Davis.

Hailed as “unforgettably gutsy” by The New York Times and “one of the best American dancer-choreographers now working on an international scale” by the Chicago Tribune, Ezralow most recently choreographed the opening ceremonies at the Sochi Olympics. He has created choreography and aerial choreography for theater, film, opera and television around the world, including The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil, Broadway’s Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark, the film Across the Universeand for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Batsheva Dance Company and Paris Opera Ballet. Ezralow is a co-founder of ISO Dance and an original dancer/choreographer of MOMIX.

ez3“I try to break traditions, to look at something we may have all viewed many times before and see it completely differently,” Ezralow explains. “With this new company of 9 dancers, I want to build a creative home for the huge amount of repertory I’ve developed around the world. Being an eclectic artist means that I’ve been lucky enough to jump from film to TV to stage, but there’s been no way until now to collect everything into a single body of work.”

According to Ezralow, the evening will begin with the “Awakening” of the Ford’s historic outdoor amphitheater, which is set against a backdrop of cypresses and chaparral in the Hollywood Hills, and close with a sequence tentatively titled “DEconstruxion.”

ez4According to Ezralow, the choreography will be intimately linked to the music, and wild Up artistic director Christopher Rountree is enthusiastic about the collaboration. He is particularly passionate about the planned premiere of a new Bach deconstruction by Chris Kallmeyer (composer of theBach As A Lens series) and a performance of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto #3 played by a completely different set of instruments than those Bach would have used, which will make the familiar piece sound wildly different and virtuosic. The two Bach pieces will “bookend” the evening. Also on the program will be dances choreographed to various 19th century composers as well as to the music of contemporary composer David Lang.

“This type of collaboration happens very rarely,” Rountree says. “We’re going to take old world music and adapt it to become something completely new. We define a concert as anything that draws people together to have a shared experience of listening, so this experiment is very exciting for us.”

wu1Since its start in 2010, wild Up has been Orchestra in Residence at the Hammer Museum, Ensemble in Residence with American Composers Orchestra and Education Ensemble in Residence with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.  The group has been featured at a number of Los Angeles’ prominent cultural spaces including the Edye at the Broad Stage, Zipper Hall, REDCAT, Beyond Baroque, the Armory Center for the Arts and the Jensen Rec. Center Studio. Their recordings of Shostakovich, Rzewski and Messiaen have been featured on KUSC, KPFK and American Public Media’s Performance Today.

WHERE:
Ford Theatres
2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East
Hollywood, CA  90068
(just off the 101, between Hollywood Blvd. and Barham Blvd. in the Cahuenga Pass)

HOW:
(323) GO 1-FORD (461-3673) or www.FordTheatres.org

TICKET PRICES:
Reserved seating: $80, $65, $50
Purchase by Sept. 6 and save $5
VIP Package: $100 (includes premium seating, choice of wine or beer and on site parking)

PARKING:
On-site, stacked parking: $5 per vehicle. FREE satellite (non-stacked) parking and FREE shuttle to the Ford available at Universal City/Studio City Metro Station lot at Lankershim Blvd. and Campo de Cahuenga. Shuttle stops in the “kiss and ride” area and cycles every 15-20 minutes. Please allow an extra 30 minutes if taking the shuttle.

OTHER:
Dress warmly for outdoor seating.  **The grounds open two hours before showtime for picnicking. The Ford offers a number of dining options: a variety of food and beverages is available on site and box dinners for evening events may be ordered in advance. Patrons are welcome to bring their own food and drink. ** The Ford is disabled accessible. Portable wireless listening devices are available upon request.

Photo credit: Angelo Redailli

 

Free Exhibition: The Visionary Art of J.B. Murray

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Los Angeles locals if you are looking for something easy-peasy to step into this coming Saturday afternoon, August 16 from 1:30pm to 3:00pm here’s a suggestion:

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The Visionary Art of JB Murray  Join the Museum of African American Art, Black Hollywood Education & Resource Center and the cast of Visionary Man, the new hit musical now playing at the Hudson Theatre, for an exhibition celebrating the visionary art of painter J.B. Murray.

Murray was a poor, illiterate farmer who received a call from the Holy Spirit to create vivid abstract paintings that would eventually be displayed at prominent museums all over the world including in Tokyo, London and New York.

Attendees will learn about the origins behind Murray’s visions and enjoy a live performance by the cast of Visionary Man.

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WHERE:
Museum of African American Art
Macy’s 3rd Floor
Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza.
4005 Crenshaw Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90008

HOW:
(323) 294-7071or http://www.maaala.org

TICKET PRICES:
Free

PARKING:
Free

The art on exhibit will be replicas – from the show.

Chad Hollister: You Can Finally “Breathe” Now

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This treat landed in our email box recently and we couldn’t wait to feature it. A soothing, positive melody to gently roll you into the end of Summer.  Chad Hollister is making music to live by…beautifully.

With 6 self-produced albums under his belt, tours spanning across the nation, and fifteen years of experience, Vermont based Chad Hollister has established himself as a mature and impressive musician crafting infectious rhythmic sounds. Hollister has opened for countless legends such as Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Blues Traveler, and Paul Simon, with music reminiscent of influential artists such as Jack Johnson and Dave Matthews Band.

Find Chad on Twitter: @chadhollister

Hollister’s ultimate goal is to share his vision of life, positivity, and uplifting music to the world. His take on rock and roll music has evolved over the years into complex tracks with inspirational messages. Being a family man and father has influenced and shaped his performances to create a diverse musical experience for his fans.  Simply put, Hollister has perfected his craft and offers the crowd a moving experience that can make you want to simultaneously dance, sing, cry and laugh. His shows vary from intimate solo shows, to gigs with his main 5 piece band, and even expansive performanceswith a 9 piece ensemble.

purchaseGet Chad’s music on CD Baby here.

 

 

Building off the success his previous albums, Chad Hollister released a self-titled LP in 2010 featuring groove oriented tracks such as  “Grow” and the“The Answer,” a song co-written by Chad and producer Anthony J. Resta. Now Chad Hollister has released the new single, “Breathe,” a beautiful and melodic track gently encouraging listeners to overcome obstacles and persevere.

East Coasters especially will want to follow Chad on his regular appearances and tours.  Visit the website for the ongoing schedule:  www.chadmusic.com

Chad at The Paradise in Boston, MA

Chad at The Paradise in Boston, MA