A Charming Kind of Sadness…Emilio Pinchi: Trying Man

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All the way from Liverpool bringing his unique brand of folk punk and ready to appear at the 2ube Xtra Festival – eight days of live music streamed to wherever you are in the world from Paul McCartney’s Performing Arts School is Emilio Pinchi.

Influenced by the likes of Elliott Smith and The Antlers, Liverpool based Emilio Pinchi carves his own perspective on folk-punk, offering a stark, honest outlook on everyday life.

Having racked up performances around the Midlands and North West, Emilio’’s music has been aired on BBC Introducing and other independent stations, and he has recently performed live sessions for both BBC Merseyside and BBC stoke.
Staying true to his roots, 2014 saw Emilio release Trying Man, a track he produced in his kitchen after shunning established studios for a DIY approach. The lo-fi record has since grabbed the attention of the Liverpool music scene, and has garnered positive opinion from Bido Lito, amongst other blogs and reviewers.

The latter half of the year has seen Emilio quietly cause further excitement, playing a plethora of unique shows which have included a support slot with Nell Bryden at The Arts Club, an appearance on Bay TV Liverpool’s televised launch show, and even a live performance on a moving train.

Emilio will spend the first half of 2015 working on a compelling new project, which will involve the recording and release of new material in a truly singular fashion.

Social Links
www.facebook.com/EmilioPinchi
www.soundcloud.com/EmilioPinchi
Twitter/Instagram – @EmilioPinchi

2ube Xtra is Liverpool’s first and only live streamed music show and starts on April 15th 2015, featuring some of the most exciting emerging artists on the UK’s music scene.

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AEA actors set to picket own union over proposal to end 99-Seat Theater Plan in L.A.

Originally posted on Tracey Paleo:

Ilove99-80It’s finally happening.  And here are the front runners:

Frances Fisher, French Stewart, Kirsten Vangsness join with
fellow AEA members to march and
speak on Monday, March 23 with support from Jason Alexander, Alfred Molina, John Rubinstein

Frances Fisher, French Stewart and Kirsten Vangsness will join a protest march by members of Actors’ Equity Association against a proposal recently announced by their union to end the 99-Seat Theater Plan in Los Angeles.

A group of over 200 actors will march the one-mile route, starting at the intersection of Lankershim, Vineland and Camarillo in the NoHo Arts District and ending in front of the AEA offices on Tujunga near Burbank Blvd. Actors unable to appear who have sent statements of support to be read aloud at the rally include Jason Alexander, Alfred Molina and John Rubinstein. Other actors who have voiced support include

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#WhatsHotNow: Old Navy Goes On The Road with Emily & Meritt

old navyTo celebrate Spring, last Saturday Old Navy’s official 2015 season style ambassadors Emily Current + Meritt Elliott camped out at the Fig & Olive Atrium in West Hollywood, CA where they hung out their best new looks.

We loved our taste of “wanderlust”.  Everything about the line and the day evoked fresh Americana simplicity, crisp, vibrant colors and patterns.  We had fun stamping leather keychains, getting our hair braided, pressing pennies, and the mouthwatering food too!

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Bombing With Uzi: TagsAndThrows

…after street art – tags is the new hype.

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Thanks to artists like Banksy and Obey, street art is getting bigger and more respected within the art world. The tag, the artists signature, is where graffiti started and TagsAndThrows seeks to shine light on this part of the subculture, an art form soon to be as respected as any other.

Bombing With Uzi is TagsAndThrows 6th short documentary. The viewer gets an unique view of how one of Europe’s most legendary graffiti writers – Uzi – gets his name up on the streets of Stockholm, while balancing his role as a family father in the meanwhile. Interviewed about his view on art in public spaces, the cost of graffiti removal and the future of graffiti within the art world.

TagsAndThrows is the worlds leading online source when it comes to the backbone of graffiti – tags and throw-ups. Our main market is the die hard fans of graffiti bombing – the ones already in love with the subculture, but we’re also aiming at educating the rest of the world about this suburban phenomenon. With 88.000 followers on Instagram and 1.6 million views on YouTube on 6 short documentaries about graffiti bombers from New York, Stockholm, Melbourne and Copenhagen – TagsAndThrows is set to document the most beautiful tags and throw-ups in the world in the most beautiful way possible.

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Thomas Gunnarsson / OKOK.

Thomas Gunnarsson, or OKOK as he calls himself as an artist, has been a part of the graffiti culture for more than 27 years. He’s a photographer, a filmer and a designer – and a shaker and mover in the Swedish creative industries. Right now, he’s putting his full focus into TagsAndThrows and his own career as an artist – creating art, experimenting with never-before used techniques, and expanding the universe one sketch at a time.

“I love bombing and I love photography. I snap a lot of pictures. Pictures of people, patterns and color combinations, tags and throw-ups. I love to capture the world around me, both with a camera, visually with a pen or with words on paper. It’s something inside me that I can’t stop. Something that’s gotta get out”.OKOK, founder of TagsAndThrows, covered on the BizarreBeyondBelief Magazine.

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More short documentaries by TagsAndThrows can be found here >>>

Bombing With Guns >
Bombing Alone >
Bombing With Lush > 
Bombing in Copenhagen >
Daytime Bombing with HNR >

Inland Pacific Ballet Celebrates It’s 20th Season with Beauty and the Beast

An Encore adaptation of this breathtaking fairy tale ballet.

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Southern California’s premiere professional ballet company, Inland Pacific Ballet (IPB), celebrating its 20th season, presents Beauty and the Beast, a full-length ballet based on the time honored fairy tale with 10 performances taking place from April 25 through May 16, 2015 in theaters within the San Gabriel Valley and the Inland Empire.

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A creative interpretation of this universal story of inner beauty, IPB’s encore presentation promises a visual feast full of romance and drama. Stunning sets, brilliant dancing, gorgeous costumes and a stirring musical score that will transport audiences to an enchanted fairy tale world filled with fanciful characters, a charming village, an enchanted forest and the Beast’s magnificent castle, all vividly illustrating the drama and romance of this beloved story and the transformative power of love.

Beauty, a young girl pure of heart, living at the edge of a mystical forest, when her father is accosted by a mysterious Beast after picking a single white rose from the Beast’s beloved garden. Imbued with magical powers, the rose is passed between Beauty, her father and the Beast, as Beauty offers herself in exchange for her father’s freedom, beginning a journey of love and transformation for both herself and the Beast.

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For choreographer Clinton Rothwell, the white rose represents both Beauty’s pure heart and the transformation that takes place in the story.

“Prompted by the tremendous response Beauty and the Beast received last season, we are thrilled to once again be bringing this beautiful ballet to southern California audiences, and for the first time, to the Fox Performing Arts Center in Riverside,” states Victoria Koenig, Artistic Director.

“Nothing quite compares with the magic and grandeur of a big, fully produced ballet, especially one with such a captivating story. With rehearsals already underway and our dancers in top form, we are seeing Beauty and the Beast come back to life. We are especially excited to be presenting our exquisite ballerina, Meilu Zhai, in her debut as Beauty.  Meilu’s special qualities of delicacy, inner strength, impeccable technique and utter charm make her irresistible in this role.”

The cast features brilliant young talent from southern California. IPB is delighted to have principal dancers Cameron Schwanz again dancing the role of the Beast, and Meilu Zhai, formerly with the National Ballet of China as Beauty.  Jonathan Sharp also returns in the role of Beauty’s Father.

The musical score for Beauty and the Beast was created by company choreographer Rothwell as a “sound collage” featuring compositions from many of the great classical composers such as Dimitri Shostakovich, Antonin Dvorak, Felix Mendelssohn, Jules Massenet, Sergei Prokofiev, Pytor Illyich Tchaikovsky, and Alexandor Glazounov.

“Ballet is an extension of sound to me, it’s moving sculpture, but it has to go with the music. Everything has to fit together,” says choreographer Rothwell.

Award-winning set designer and scenic artist Daniel C. Nyiri designed the village, forest, garden and castle scenes that serve as backdrops for the jewel-toned costumes by designer Jeanne Nolden. Special masks for the Beast and a pack of menacing wolves were created by Bonnie Sinclair, who worked for many years with Maurice Sendak on projects including Where the Wild Things Are.

Tickets, start at $34 with senior/child/group discounts available online at ipballet.org.

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Critically acclaimed Inland Pacific Ballet, enjoying its 20th season, is a professional ballet company of national stature in the Inland Empire of Southern California. The Company is committed to producing exquisitely staged productions of full-length classic story ballets as well as presenting the best in contemporary choreography. Their large studio facility in Montclair also includes in-house costume and scenic departments. In addition, through creative marketing and an extensive Educational Outreach Program, Inland Pacific Ballet strives to introduce new audiences to the magic of ballet, and to make the experience more available and accessible to all. For more information visit their website.

Victoria Koenig, Artistic Director
Clinton Rothwell, Choreographer, Sound Collage Designer
Daniel C. Nyiri, Scenic Design
Jeanne Nolden, Costume Design
Bonnie Sinclair, Mask Design
Cameron Schwanz, Beast
Meilu Zhai, Beauty
Jonathan Sharp, Beauty’s Father

DATES: 

Saturday, April 25, 2015 – 1:00pm and 7:00pm
Sunday, April 26, 2015 1:00pm
Bridges Auditorium, Pomona College, 450 N. College Way, Claremont, CA 91711
Box Office: (909) 607-1139

Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 1:00 & 7:00 pm
Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 1:00 pm
Lewis Family Playhouse, Victoria Gardens Cultural Center,
12505 Cultural Center Drive, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
Box Office: (909) 477-2752

Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 2:00 pm
Sunday, May 10, 2015 at 2:00 pm
Arcadia Performing Arts Center, 188 Campus Drive, Arcadia, CA 91007
Box Office: (626) 821-1781

Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm
Fox Performing Arts Center, 3801 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside, CA 92501
Box Office: (951) 779-9800


Information & Tickets:  ipballet.org
; tickets from $34 with senior/child/group discounts available

 

Antaeus Flexes Its Muscle in Henry IV Part I

By Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move
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I had hardly a doubt that Antaeus could pull off their 2015 season opener, a streamlined version of William Shakespeare’s Henry IV, directed by Michael Murry.  When I merely entered and viewed the space, I immediately got the feeling that my sentiments would be confirmed.  The set was bare yet superbly dressed with perfect simple lighting, an unobstructed raised wood floor, minimal set pieces and a dark overhead back wall mural of the cosmos. Tone and breadth established, there was no need for anything else to be done but the actors to walk on and speak.
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To say Antaeus’ style with classical material is unique to the company, intellectual, heady, perfected in speech would be to praise them for their natural extraordinary qualities. The “partner casting” whereby two actors share every role, a company tradition, in this case has created symmetry.

“Anteaus wholly actualized a tightly sewn presentation led by a spectacular Ramón de Ocampo … and by a thoroughly indecorous Gregory Itzin as Falstaff.”

Notwithstanding, that I would have preferred more chemistry between some of the players and a Falstaff who was less pulled back in projection which affected other cast members momentarily torwards the end of the first act, but was in every other way, remarkable, or a much more fiercesome Bollingbrook, or a bit more emotional range from both Percy and his wife Kate, would critically overlook the fact that this company’s Henry IV delivered with absolute clarity and bold muscularity throughout and especially in the second act battle scenes.
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For the uninitiated, Henry IV is a history play, one of the most popular written by William Shakespeare and is the second in a tetralogy dealing the successive reigns of Richard II, Henry IV (parts 1 & 2) and Henry V. Henry IV depicts a span of history that begins with Hotspur’s (Henry Percy’s) battle at Holmidon against the Douglas in 1402 and ends with the defeat of the rebels at Shrewsbury in the middle of 1403.  Part comedy, part tragedy, part growing-up tale of youthful rebellion, Antaeus’ Henry IV asks the question, “What does it mean to become a man?”
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Anteaus wholly actualized a tightly sewn presentation led by a spectacular Ramón de Ocampo who drove the events no less impressively here as Hal, as he did in a prior performance of Oedipus, which was my first view of him, and by a thoroughly indecorous Gregory Itzin as Falstaff.
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One other actor’s work really stood out for me. Adam J. Smith as Mortimer married complete fluidity with the text and a tremendous emotional register and brought the kind of heightened experience that I always hope for in a classical piece.  I was inspired to hurriedly dart through my program in the dark no less to highlight his name.

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March 12th’s Rogue Cast:

King Henry: James Sutorious;  Hal, Ramón de Ocampo;  Hotspur, Joe Holt;  Falstaff, Gregory Itzin; Westmoreland/Glendower/1st Traveler, Joe Hulser;  Northumberland/Bardolph/Chamberlain, Marcelo Tubert;  Poins/Douglas/Aide, Jason Turner;  Worcester/Sheriff, Tony Amendola;  Blunt/Mortimer/Peto/ 2nd Carrier, Adam J. Smith;  Gadshill/Lady Mortimer/Messenger, Tro Shaw;  Quickly/Vernon/2nd Traveler, Elizabeth Dennehy; Lady Percy/1st Carrier, Desiree Mee Jung 

Scenic design for Henry IV, Part I is by François-Pierre Couture; lighting design is by Michael Gend; costume design is by Terri A. Lewis; sound design is by Peter Bayne; props design is by Adam Meyer; fight choreography is by Ken Merckx; dramaturge is Armin Shimerman; assistant directors are Maureen Lee Lenker and Rachel Berney Needleman; assistant stage managers areAnne Kelly and Emily Lehrer; and the production stage manager is Kristin Weber.


HenryIVwebNow playing until May 3

Thursdays at 8 p.m:

March 19, 26; April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Fridays at 8 p.m.:

March 20, 27; April 3, 10, 17, 24; May 1

Saturdays at 2 p.m.:

March 21, 28; April 4, 11, 18, 25; May 2 (no 2 p.m. matinee on Sat. March  14)

Saturdays at 8 p.m.:

March 21, 28; April 4, 11, 18, 25; May 2
Sundays at 2 p.m.: March 22, 29; April 5, 12, 19, 26; May 3

WHERE:
ANTAEUS THEATER
5112 Lankershim Blvd.
North Hollywood CA, 91601
(1½ blocks south of Magnolia)

PARKING:
$7 in the lot at 5125 Lankershim Blvd. (west side of the street), just south of Magnolia.

FOR TICKETS AND MORE INFORMATION:
818) 506-1983 or www.Antaeus.org
Join Antaeus on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AntaeusTheater
Follow Antaeus on Twitter @AntaeusTheater

TICKET PRICES:
Thursdays and Fridays: $30
Saturdays and Sundays: $34