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Of all of the stories we’ve been sifting through, this one came up as the funniest, most hard hitting and frankly honest assements of what Mother’s really want on their special day and I dare say “every day.” Our server was down for two days and so HuffPost beat us out on this one, but we’re posting anyway!
The ʻMomtract,” is a loving and legally binding gift to bring mothers and children closer together this year. Created by Simon Philion and Richard Langhorne the Momtract gives a mother back the power she woefully lost as her children aged. It is an online service that allows sons and daughters to contractually forsake control over one part of their lives. If you don’t meet the terms of the agreement, SHE CAN SUE!
Masterpieces of Art and Music of Iconic Film Presented by The Golden State on Saturday, May 11, 2013
On Saturday, May 11, 2013, Varèse Sarabande Records the largest label dedicated solely to film music, is celebrating 35 years of releasing film music. To mark this special occasion will be a star-studded anniversary concert performed by the Golden State Pops Orchestra, conducted by Steve Allen Fox, at the Warner Grand Theatre 478 W. 6th Street in San Pedro, CA, hosted by Varèse Sarabande’s producer Robert Townson.
The 35th Anniversary concert will include music from Hans Zimmer, Michael Giacchino, John Powell, Danny Elfman, Jerry Goldsmith, and Alex North. Hollywood’s leading film composers will be in attendance, several of whom will guest conduct. Oscar winning composer Michael Giacchino will conduct the world premiere of his music from the upcoming film Star Trek Into Darkness.
In addition to a concert celebration of the music of Varèse Sarabande, the Art Deco Gallery will house a display of paintings used in Varèse Sarabande album covers. The exhibition features original film artwork by Bob Peak, best known for his iconic movie posters including My Fair Lady, Apocalypse Now, and Superman the Movie. His son Matthew Peak, who created numerous Varèse Sarabande album covers, will also be featured.
The Art Deco Art Building gallery, located at 741 S. Pacific Building, will be free admission for the general public from 3:30 to 7:30 the day of the event. To purchase concert tickets here:
The concert is part of a global series of Varèse Sarabande events taking place throughout the year. The 35thAnniversary global concert series kicked off in February in North America at the Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro, CA. This performance was a tribute concert to Alan Silvestri, whose films scores include Captain America, Back to the Future, Forest Gump, and Castaway, selections from all of which were performed by the Golden State Pops Orchestra, a year-round orchestra specializing in film music.
Upcoming shows include a Star Wars Musical Tribute on Saturday, June 15, 2013. Additional concerts in Poland, Spain, and Austria take place this summer, and other European and U.S. concerts will be announced for the fall.
Varèse Sarabande is the most prolific film music label in the world, boasting more than 1500 soundtrack albums with 60 to 70 titles added each year. Releases of classic scores are handled by Varèse Sarabande’s imprint, Varèse Vintage.
.One lovely day in April (long before the official opening and ribbon cutting on Monday, May 6th), I got a little email to ask if I might want to take a private gander at some very luxurious extensions, illusion falls and clip-ins at an ultra modern, 1,800-square-foot space, complete with a styling salon and a private room for the ultimate VIP experience on the second floor, (aka hush hush celebrity hangout!) all conceived and designed by the masterful artistry of Flora Shepelsky, craftswoman behind the exclusive brand Design by Flora.
So off I was on the yellow brick road over the rainbow to see the Wizardess of Wigs. I landed at 300 South La Brea Avenue (@ West 3rd Street), where the corner shop, which will now be the West Coast Flagship, beamed style right out to the street in all directions like a beacon, calling to it lovers of luscious beauty.
Like Dorothy permitted entry into the Emerald City, I was ushered in for the royal make-over treatment starting with a grand tour of an enormous store house of hundred’s of fully customizable pieces in every length, color and style and luxury clip-in hair extensions. I simply couldn’t wait to try a few on and the lovely Flora obliged by applying style after style on my head.
Known by women worldwide for its use of the highest quality of all natural, virgin European hair, Flora’s patented wigs, falls and toppers are worn by celebrities, socialites and fashion-forward women of all ages. Flora also lovingly and respectfully caters to women with thinning hair, hair loss and also ladies who want cover ups for religious reasons. Everyone receives not only as much time and attention they need for choosing the right tresses and tufts but also a perfectly fitted, lightweight, virgin hair “art piece” that is seamless enough to pin back and ponytail. And that’s a rare experience.
In addition, I was wowed by a confetti-like array of fabric bolts, ribbons and straw ready to be formed into customizable hats by Sherel’s Hats & Accessories Sherel’s is a favorite stop of Katy Perry, Hilary Duff, Blake Lively, Betsey Johnson, Mischa Barton and the cast of The Carrie Diaries.
Creating the best of both worlds, these two New York fashion houses have joined forces to create an upscale hat and wig boutique catering to women with discerning tastes.
Find out more about Flora’s partner Sherel’s Hats & Accessores at www.sherels.com
We still can’t decide what part of Harry Styles caught our attention first. Was it just the British Invasion Boy Band Teen heartthrob hair mass? Or was it his being spotted in a super cool Vintage Kiss Inspired Junk Food Tee ($38) outside a local restaurant that made us melt like butter? Bashful -and we love it!
The Dance Conservatory Performance Project Annual Spring Gala and International Ballet Competition June 2013
Artistic Director Valentina Kozlova, the eminent former ballerina from the Bolshoi Ballet, offered her welcomed annual spring performance gala for students at Symphony Space, New York City, last last month.
In a smorgasbord of dances from the classical repertory, both tiny tots in leotards and tutus, to seasoned performances from professionals from ABT turned the evening into a special magic.
Kozlova’s Dance Conservatory Performance Project mission is “to foster classical dance and disseminate its education, both as a traditional value and everyday performance art form. Through classroom work, scholarships, performance presentation, the commissioning of new choreography, and its newest initiative, the Valentina Kozlova International Ballet Competition (VKIBC), formerly known as the Boston International Ballet Competition, (June 27-30: Registration currently open) DDPP strives to nurture, educate, and promote budding artists.”
Two very obvious standouts of this mission were exemplified in the beauty and grace of Veronika Verterich and Sara Steele–graduates who are off to the Dutch National Ballet and Tulsa, respectively. We wish them well, and hope to see more of them in the future.
Both Ms Verterich and Ms. Steele are equally adept in the classical repertory, as well as in contemporary dance modes. For Verterich, her Don Quixote Pas de Duex with ABT’s Alex Hammoudi was both fiery and well performed. An unusually gifted dancer with great dynamics, long line, and pliant body Verterich showed refined and confident ability once again with Cesar Reyes Lopez in Primera Vez, a contemporary piece. Ms Steele, dignified, with elegant charm, danced the Sleeping Beauty Pas de Duex with strong and attentive Craig Salstein, from ABT, to the familiar Tchaikovsky music, and closed the evening with a contemporary piece, Les Sabres du Paradis, where she displayed another dimension in her dramatic movement abilities in a dark, and apocalyptic piece by Nina Buisson and Cesar Reyes Lopez.
The evening was filled with great moments. Hannah Park and Choong Hoon Lee were flawless in the Le Corsaire Pas de Duex; Ms Park confident, graceful, and seemingly with ease captured the character of Medora, the slave girl, while Mr. Lee performed the iconic bravura dance, incidentally, the role Ethan Stiefel offered as his farewell piece at ABT last year, with concentrated commitment and artistic magic.
Jack Furlong and Darrah Brewster were winsome in Flames of Paris Pas de Duex, to the quick tempi of the music by Boris Asafiev, with Furlong showing strength, stamina and speed in this challanging piece, as well as his La Fille Mal Gardee, again danced beautifully with Brewster. Ms. Brewster showed a lot of promise with their abundant charm, daring, and fine line.
Lastly, Juex d’Eau choreographed by Nina Buisson and Olga Verterich was one of the most unusual and sensual pieces of the varied evening, in a word, beguiling. A contemporary dance with themes of water, waves and natural elements, and to music by Henri Torque and Tchaikovsky, proved to be a beautiful combination of lyrical and poetic movement patterns danced by the large and engaged cast of dancers.
The very talented students of VKDNYC showed what exposure to dedicated training can produce, as the two star graduates graced the stage.
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Ms Kozlova continues with her International Ballet Competition(VKIBC) in New York, June 27-30, showcasing dancers from around the world, and will no doubt be a grand event and great opportunity for emerging talent, and audiences alike.
Dance Conservatory Performance Project presented the students of VKDCNY in the Annual Spring Gala at Symphony Space on Saturday, April 20 Performances featured excerpts from Raymonda, Don Quixote, Flames of Paris, Le Corsaire, Sleeping Beauty, La Fille Mal Gardée and a new contemporary ensemble piece choreographed by Nina Buisson.
Registration now open.