It’s Music Monday. Here’s THE ONE! – 8MM

“Everybody needs a little more room on the dance floor sometimes.”  ~Juliette Beavan
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LA based noir-pop band 8MM is made up of Sean and Juliette Beavan, whose songs have made appearances in award-winning movies such as Mr. and Mrs. Smith and critically-acclaimed television shows like “Pretty Little Liars”, “Grey’s Anatomy” and “One Tree Hill.”

Their latest track, “The One (LehtMoJoe & DJ Eric ILL Mix)” aired August 31st on E!’s “Rich Kids of Beverly Hills.  

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They’re the edgiest band we’ve come across in a LONG time and we LOVE them here at Gia On The Move!

Follow 8mm  on Twitter: @8mmofficial
Follow Juliette @8mmGirl

8MM recently released a video for their hot EDM track, “Around the Sun (Geek Boy’s Jersey Club Remix)”, which was directed by L. Gustavo Cooper and stars Nia Lovelis of Cherri Bomb.

Turn off the music above and WATCH IT here!

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Superfood to SuperDRINK: Misugaru – A New Kind of Coffee

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As we know “Superfood” continues to be THE buzzword of 2014, but what about a superDRINK? There’s a new trend in morning beverages. Dedicated Coffee drinkers are going to want to take note.  You might be leaving behind your ordinary brew very soon!

Misugaru is a unique and healthy, protein-packed powder comprised of black sesame, black bean, black rice, brown rice and barley and is typically mixed into smoothies or other beverages for added nutritional benefits. Misugaru first gained popularity in Korea, where the multigrain powder has been added to foods and drinks for centuries, but is now becoming more widely available across the globe.

South-Korean born coffeehouse, Caffebene, which has constructed its own ‘FTT (Farm to Table)’ system, managing the distribution of coffee from farm to table, was one of the first to introduce the ingredient to America and offers Misugaru in a number of their specialty drinks, including gourmet Misugaru lattes and Misugaru frappes (available in a variety of flavors).

By combining the power of five different grains, customers are able to get their daily energy fix in a natural way AND benefit from the added perks of the omega-3s, fatty acids, protein, fiber and other nutrients found in the Misugaru mix.

Gia On The Move hasn’t tried this yet, but we’re loving that there are local LA locations and some that are on their way in the California area; and lots on the East Coast in New York, Boston and New Jersey! (Click the image below to see if there is one near you.)

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Bloody Branding Blow-Up: Urban Outfitters in the Ugly Spotlight

Urban Outfitters Bloody SweatshirtYesterday  Gia On The Move was contacted by Kate Connors of Media Communications Strategies regarding the controversy surrounding the Urban Outfitters Kent Stage Sweatshirt outrage offering an opinion about the uproar.  We thought it was important enough to share with you.  After all, it’s not just movies, music, theatre, dance and sports that make up culture.  It’s also how we react to the norms, when we call “foul” and how we rebel against what we see as “out of line.”  You can decide for yourself.  Below is the guest post including a few comments we found this morning on Twitter:

 

Urban Outfitters’ “Vintage” Kent State Sweatshirt Showcases What Happens When You Rubber Stamp Clothing Concepts to Store Shelves

By Kate Connors and Kipp Lanham, Senior Account Team Members at Media & Communications Strategies 

Urban Outfitters Vintage KentUrban Outfitters is no stranger to brand controversy. In fact, some of their promotional language suggests they aim to be edgy and controversial. Yet how much is too much? In these times of heightened sensitivity to gun violence in any school or mall setting, Urban Outfitters might want to reconsider this type of business approach with its Kent State vintage sweatshirt.

Recently, the brand marketed this vintage-era shirt, due to the discoloration and splatters of red on the shirt, which seemed very reminiscent of blood. Immediately after its release, critics took to social media; outraged the shirt was reminiscent of the 1970 Kent State Massacre on the university’s campus that left four dead, nine injured and thousands of people across the United States outraged.

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Where do you draw the line? Our team looked at some of the things Urban Outfitters’ company leaders did correctly and some things that could have used a vast improvement.

After the outpouring of criticism from its customer base, Urban Outfitters did remove the item immediately for sale and issued an apology featured in TIME:

“Urban Outfitters would like to extend our sincerest apologies to Kent State University and the Kent State community. We are deeply saddened by the recent uproar our Vintage Kent State sweatshirt has caused. Though it was never our intention to offend anyone, we understand how the item could have been perceived negatively… To promote such an event is disgraceful, insensitive and in poor taste…The discoloration that has been mistaken for blood is from natural fading and sun exposure. With all of that said, this truth does not excuse us from our failure to identify potential controversial products head on.”

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But is this apology really genuine? It is hard for many consumers to believe Urban Outfitter company officials are truly feeling sorry when they are notorious for pushing boundaries. Their “Eat Less” t-shirt release caused celebrities like Sophia Bush to attack them for encouraging men and women to embrace “thinspiration” and other pro-eating disorder actions. Urban Outfitters targets 18-30 year olds, which for many individuals is a transitional life phase during which one feels immense pressure. The eating disorder risk heightens during this period, so creating a shirt encouraging these young adults to eat less really doesn’t help quell the self-image problems people face during this life period.

This isn’t the first time a brand has upset customers with a product, and Urban Outfitters certainly could have spent a little more time researching what other companies have done in this instance, if not at least know its US history.

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Here are just a few ideas of how Urban Outfitters could have handled this situation more appropriately:

1)      Publically Reach out to the Kent State University (KSU) Administration – Every year since the tragic 1970 shootings, KSU alumni and students hold memorials to honor the lives lost on that day. Urban Outfitters could have expressed its apologies to those directly involved.

2)      Make a public donation to a Kent State charity – Public donations are important for increasing brand awareness and giving a face to the causes an organization supports. For example,‘Kent May 4 Center’ is a non-profit educational charity that has made it their mission to educate the public about what happened on May 4, 1970 and to memorialize the victims of this tragedy. One of its initiatives has been to create memorial scholarships for the Kent State students. Sponsoring a scholarship would be a great way for Urban Outfitters to show its support for the victims and their families.

3)      Support anti-gun violence campaigns in schools: With an increase in school shootings, more companies are taking a stand against gun violence in schools. Urban Outfitters should consider taking a public stance against gun violence and doing a shirt that reflects such. Turning a negative product into a positive one is a great way to rebrand your company after a crisis.

I know some individuals are going to argue, “any press is good press.” In our business at Media & Communications Strategies, that isn’t the case. The best thing you can do in this situation is offer an apology but then take action to make amends for what you did as a corporation. This will help to restore faith in your brand, and stress the apology was sincere and genuine. Companies such as Urban Outfitters need to have sensitivity to the culture and times in which they live and operate. Who wears the clothes? Where will they be seen wearing the clothes? Will it create any concerns among the community? If these questions are asked, a crisis such as this could have been averted. It can be easy to look back and point fingers, but companies can do better to not act tone deaf to current events and history happening around them for the sake of an image that can quickly turn offensive without doing simple homework and planning.

About Media & Communications Strategies, Inc:

Media & Communications Strategies, Inc. handles all kinds of critical public relations for US and international clients out of our Washington, D.C. office. We are a founding member of the Public Relations Boutiques International network for constant, far-reaching support. High profile crisis communications is one niche talent, reputation management in all kinds of media is our core expertise and client satisfaction is our specialty.

 

Market City Caffe Celebrates Sixth Annual Ravioli Festival

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Market City Caffe (164 East Palm Ave., Burbank, CA), known for their tasty “cucina Italiana” is excited to announce the celebration of their Sixth Annual Ravioli Festival now until Oct. 26. With more than two decades of experience and outstanding service, the restaurant has been a Burbank favorite crafting more than 320,000 hand rolled raviolis.

Gia On The Move took her Sicilian mother (who coincidentally still makes her own, one by one, by hand – oh mamma!) out for a surprise Mother’s Day celebration to Market City Caffe and can attest, the ravioli are delizioso!

The event started in 2009 as a one time celebration, but after much praise from the community, Market City Caffe decided to continue the tradition every fall highlighting tantalizing and uniquely flavored ravioli dishes.

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This year’s menu has brought back favorites from the past as well as exciting new flavors including prosciutto and mushroom served with ricotta cheese, marsala cream sauce; butternut squash agnolotti;  ravioli bolognese blended with ricotta, mozzarella and parmigiano romano cheese ravioli, bolognese sauce; four cheese ravioli with cherry tomato and basil pomodoro sauce; roasted chicken with parmesan cheese, thyme, garlic basil pesto cream sauce; artichoke tortellini; spinach and pancetta with parmesan pomodoro sauce; and short rib ravioli filled with occo bucco style short rib and portabella mushroom broth. Prices range from $16-18.

Market City Caffe is open daily with fall/winter hours:

Monday-Thursday 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m.
Friday 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
Saturday 10:30 a.m.- 10 p.m.
Sunday 10:30 a.m.- 9 p.m.

Reservations are recommended by calling 818.840.7036 or visiting marketcityburbank.com.

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Carpe Noctis: Get Ready Los Angeles for the Late Night Fantasy Event of the Season

The lineup remains a mystery until you set foot in the doors.  We’ve been told it’s a wild experience like nothing you’ve ever encountered.

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Carpe Noctis is a Late Night Theatre Festival running from 10PM – 3AM nightly, taking place the first four weekends of October at The Hollywood Theatre Complex on Santa Monica & Wilcox.  The Complex is comprised of seven venues, all of which will have shows going on every thirty minutes.

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Some of the shows you can expect to see include Live Kung Fu, Suicidal Mimes, Knife Throwing, Rated R Children’s Theatre, Vintage Burlesque, Capoeira, Breakdance Combat, a stellar Striptease Showdown and many more surprises behind every door. (Click on the regular photos for some secrets links to past events.)

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Carpe Noctis runs every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from October 2nd through October 26th. The doors open at 10 p.m. and close at 3 a.m.

  • Festival passes include up to 4 nights of live entertainment.
  • $5 valet parking per night.
  • Each weekend pass gives you access to hundreds of shows. 
  • And the booze is FREE.

ADULTS ONLY

Sound good?

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Hollywood Party at the Hudson Mainstage in Los Angeles, CA

by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move

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It was a vigorous performance. But timing is everything and timing is exactly what they didn’t have.

Aspiring actors and long time friends, Alberto Samaniego & Rodrigo Altamirano are invited (so they think) to a spectacular Hollywood party for the premiere of American pioneer (mostly silent) film actor, director, producer, Fred Niblo’s latest movie. At the party, Alberto and Rodrigo discover that two guests are there to murder a VIP Hollywood celebrity. While trying to unmask the culprits, they have to deal with lights, cameras, press, maddening movie stars, jewel thieves, cross dressers and a snooping butler.

The opening of Hollywood Party was an exciting prospect.  Hollywood’s most fabulous murder mystery set in the 1920s, parodying legendary film superstars like, Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford, John Gilbert and Enid Bennett, was utterly, visually divine.  From the mirrored stools, to the leather cushions, beaded pillows, jet oversized chess pieces and other Deco remnants perfectly placed around the room, the set dressing, quite marvelously accoutred the evening to come which commenced rather calmly but eventually picked up some speed. The costuming by Octavio Carlin, multiple award-winning fashion designer to the stars, was delicious.

I can only guess that farce is not the strongest attribute of the cast as an ensemble. Right from the beginning, the lines often awkwardly halted, paused and dragged and actors seemed to have trouble keeping the split second pace, needed to make this comedy work, while keeping in heavy character.

The shining exception throughout, however, was Calli Ryals, a well rehearsed sketch comedy actress, who notably arrived as several distinctly different personalities, like a firecracker and with all of the chutzpah, and more, necessary for each diva in-house. Danny Menendez also pops in at the tail end as a very recognizable W.C. Fields.

It’s more likely, however, the production suffered from less energetic and solid direction, required for this type of burlesque as well as some of the key actors not quite understanding how to deliver it.  I kept longing for the likes of Nathan Lane or Philip Bosco to arrive with the sort of nuance, savvy and superior vaudevillian “muck up” that could actually take this show to an over-the-top zaniness.  The story, well-written as it is, almost gets lost in the middle but for Rodrigo, played by actor Kelly Brighton, who crisply sums up the play-by-play and keeps the audience up to speed.

On the glittering upside, cast members thoroughly and very successful do immerse themselves into the various characters and do camp it up quite well throwing down many highly entertaining moments. If they can marry some better pacing with all of the schtick in the coming performances, it’ll largely be a hit.  A fabulous time, however, can be had with this show.  Still giving it a thumbs up to the all around dedication by the cast and risk taken to produce this timing-difficult piece.

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Written and Directed by Octavio Carlin
Starring Kelly Brighton, Nino Alicea, Thomas Christensen, Max Hambleton, Christina Lemon, Calli Ryals, Les Williams

Now Playing Thru October 19

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Fridays at 8 p.m: September 19, 26, October 3, 10, 17
Saturdays at 8 p.m: September 20, 27, October 4, 11, 18
Sundays at 3 p.m: September 21, 28, October 5, 12, 19

Hudson Mainstage Theatre
6539 Santa Monica Blvd
Hollywood, CA 90038

TICKETS
www.plays411.com/hollywoodparty
(323) 960-4418

General Admission: $30
Students and Seniors with ID: $20

Rubicon Theatre Company Opens It’s 17th Season with Music by Beethoven, Bach, Elton John and Jerry Lee Lewis — It’s a Comedy!

For their 17th Season Opening
The Rubicon Theatre Company
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Winner of the coveted Dora Award (the Canadian equivalent of the Tony), this musical comedy has debuted on five continents and in more than 200 cities! Two actors, two pianos and many, many characters grace the stage as fifteen years of piano playing unfolds in all its awful and hilarious glory—crazy instructors, obsessed parents, torturous recitals, and other high points of musical training. From classical to pop to jazz, this funny play provides the chance for two performers to give their “all” in a virtuoso performance. Along the journey, the actors/pianists portray a remarkable range of characters and display piano wizardry featuring the music of Bach, Beethoven, Elton John and Jerry Lee Lewis, among others.

Low-Priced Previews: Wednesday, October 15 at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, October 16 at 8:00 p.m. and Friday, October 17 at 8:00 p.m. ($38)

Saturday, October 18 – Sunday, November 16, 2014

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Opens: Saturday, October 18 at 7:00 p.m. Pre-show arrivals begin at 6:30 p.m. ($95)

Wednesdays at 2 p.m. ($52) and 7 p.m. ($62) (Talkbacks following Wednesday evening shows – preview excepted)
Thursdays at 8 p.m. ($62)
Fridays at 8 p.m. ($52)
Saturdays at 2 p.m. ($62) and 8 p.m. ($62)
Sundays at 2 p.m. ($62) 
 
The Rubicon Theatre Company is located in Ventura’s (California)
Downtown Cultural District
 1006 E. Main St. Ventura, CA 93001
 
Ticket Range: $38 – $62
Previews: $38
Discounts Available for Groups of 12+
Box Office (for single or group tickets): 805.667.2900
 
For tickets, call 805.667.2900 or go to rubicontheatre.org.