From Boston to L.A.: Air Traffic Controller Arrives at the Bootleg August 7

79787C54-F2EF-ACC8-43B4036D31FF6D4BYou may have heard all-American indie pop band Air Traffic Controller on Spotify where they racked up over 1.8 million plays for their “feel good pop anthem” (Filter Magazine), “You Know Me”. 
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They are coming to the Bootleg Los Angeles:
THbuy-tickets-nowURSDAY, AUGUST 7TH, 2014
Bootleg HiFi
ATC at Bootleg HiFi
9:00 PM
2220 Beverly Blvd. Los Angeles CA 90057
Price: $12 General Admission
 

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Serving in the US Navy as a real-life air traffic controller, singer/songwriter Dave Munro sent home 4-track demos he had written and recorded during his deployment. With his enlistment up, Munro returned to hometown Boston and discovered an impressive number of fans, prompting the genesis of the aptly-named rock band Air Traffic Controller.

Reminiscent of Arcade Fire, Of Monsters and Men and The Mowgli’s

“One of Boston’s finest independent bands” (WERS), Air Traffic Controller had a track named “The Best Indie Alternative Song” by the Independent Music Awards, was placed on NPR’s Hot 100 list for SXSW, and was named “Band of the Day” by The Guardian UK What: Co-headlining tour with The Tragic Thrills to build support for their forthcoming 3rd album and the new single, “The House”, produced by Bleu (Hanson, Boys Like Girls, Jonas Brothers)

Follow them on Twitter: @atcmusic

Check out the official video:



 

 

The World’s Most Expensive Food

Paris Hilton Instagram post showing her "little bit of everything" room service meal she ordered in Shanghai last November.

Paris Hilton Instagram post showing her “little bit of everything” room service meal she ordered in Shanghai last November.

What if you decided to eat only the most expensive dishes all day long. Would you try an exquisite Anqui Pho soup in Santa Monica? Or maybe a $1000 salad by a celebrity chef Raymond Blanc? Our friend David Adelman over at Finances online did a fun experiment and compared the prices for various most expensive dishes in the world.

What was so delicous that it sold for $330,000 at an auction? What is the most expensive spice in the world? How much can a slice of 1937 royal wedding cake cost? Caviar in 24-Karat tins, sushi wrapped in 24-Karat gold leaves, truffle salad, and ‘bacon bling’ — these are just some of the outrageously expensive meals you can encounter in the culinary world and he’s gathered them all in an awesome infographic.

The Most Expensive Dishes In The World: How To Plan The Pricest Meal Ever

All’s Well That Ends Well

by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move

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“All’s well that ends well”… and that’s a good thing for one of Shakespeare’s more notoriously problematic and confus-ed plays currently in production at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, as part of its celebration of the Bard’s 450th birthday and an All-Shakespeare Repertory Season.

If Love is a battlefield then this one is filled with mines for handsome, naïve, Bertram who just can’t figure out enough ways to avoid marriage and commitment.  He is convinced, like any young man, (and not just by his own mind) that life as a soldier in the King’s army is the adventure he craves.

Helena on the other hand is determined to have what she wants and gets it by all means, whether the object of her amore is willing or not, justified by the unadulterated fact that, “she loves.”

Ah me!

Though originally classified as one of Shakespeare’s comedies, All’s Well That Ends Well is considered by most critics difficult to be categorized as either a tragedy or comedy.  The title taken from the old proverb, which means that problems do not matter as long as the outcome is good, leaves one slightly aghast in this mire of manipulative mayhem.

All’s Well That Ends Well is a bittersweet story about class differences.  Theatricum’s production attempts to bring it into the 21st Century showcasing Helena as a great female role model who crosses class lines to follow her heart.

It’s a hard line to cross, though.

Low born Helena is merely the daughter of a renowned physician taken into Bertram’s house after the death of her father.  Living in the same household she falls in an awkward love with Bertram, who is a Count and well above her station. Despite all of her qualities, her beauty, her eligibility in every other way, including the blessing of Bertram’s mother, (the Countess of Rousillon), he leaves for court to make a brilliant life and an understandable “future” marriage to someone more befitting his rank and wealth.

In the most egregious of ploys, Helena travels to Paris and heals the King of France from an incurable illness with the help of one of her father’s remedies.  She is then given the right to marry any man she loves. Bertram however bitterly rejects Helena, and but only for the command of the King, forced to go through with the ceremony, subsequently leaves Helena un-bedded, alone and sent back to a home to which he will never return.  From here she must use her wits, her wiles and whatever friends she can muster in order to eventually seduce her own husband into impregnating her – the only way he says he will ever truly be her husband.

Helena although struggling from an honest place, in an honest course, still defies modernity in execution.  Embodied by the lovely and talented Willow Geer as a softer, outplayed-at-almost-every-turn, yet determined woman in love, Helena is compelled by the fact that she is a female living by the rules of a socially strict culture, to shape her fortune in what can easily come across as deceit.  And frankly, what she does is deceitful. But there are no other means.

The biggest complication with trying to make the story modern is that, were it not for a King’s ultimatum, Helena would most likely never have won an opportunity at Bertram’s heart apart from sisterly love, and most definitely would not have been made his wife.  It’s still and old-fashioned trap portraying Helena more as a go-to girl rather than the heroine that girls today are looking to for answers about love.

That all being said, the production itself is quite marvelous.  Earnestine Phillips (Countess of Rousillon), Mark Lewis (Parolles) and Wayne Stribling Jr. (King of France),  assemble, sort out and pull along a partly green but jocular cast in a thoroughly enjoyable, well-executed romp under a moonlit, outdoor, Summer theatre sky.

Leading lady Willow Greer (Helena) is a well-honed, driving instrument; perceptive and intuitive in her delivery.

All’s Well That Ends Well, is by all means, a show worth seeing and a concept curious enough worth visiting.  No matter the complications or structure of the Bard’s script or the shortcomings of a the attempted reboot, there is hardly a disappointment to be found from first to last line, made more special by the gorgeous environment of the outdoor stage itself. All in all — a treat.

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WHO:

  • Written by William Shakespeare
  • Starring Alan Blumenfeld, Willow Geer, Chelsea Fryer, William Dennis Hunt, Max Lawrence, Mark Lewis, Earnestine Phillips, Wayne Stribling, Jr., Debi Tinsley
  • Directed by Ellen Geer and Christopher W. Jones
WHEN:
Performances through Sept. 27:
  • Sunday, July 20 at 3:30 pm
  • Saturday, July 26 at 4 pm
  • Sunday, July 27 at 7:30 pm
  • Friday, Aug. 1 at 8 pm**
  • Sunday, Aug. 3 at 7:30 pm
  • Friday, Aug. 8 at 8 pm
  • Sunday, Aug. 10 at 3:30 pm
  • Sunday, Aug. 17 at 3:30 pm
  • Sunday, Aug. 24 at 3:30 pm
  • Saturday, Aug. 30 at 4 pm
  • Sunday, Sept. 7 at 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, Sept. 13 at 4 pm
  • Saturday, Sept. 20 at 8 pm
  • Saturday, Sept. 27 at 4 pm
**Pre-performance “British Pub Grub” dinner at 6:30 pm on Friday, Aug. 1 and Friday, Aug. 8 (separate admission, or combination packages available)WHERE:
Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum
1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd.
Topanga CA  90290
(midway between Pacific Coast Highway and the Ventura Freeway)HOW:
TICKETS:
  • Adults: $37 (lower tier); $25 (upper tier)
  • Seniors (60+), Students, Military Veterans, AEA Members: $25/$15
  • Children (7-12): $10
  • Children 6 and under: free
  • “British Pub Grub” dinner/play combos: call theater for pricing, advance reservations required
OTHER:
The outdoor amphitheater at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum is terraced into the hillside of the rustic canyon. Audience members are advised to dress casually (warmly for evenings) and bring cushions for bench seating. Snacks are available at the Hamlet Hut, and picnickers are welcome before and after the performance.
 

Truth or Groundlings!

Feeling adventurous and frisky?

Truth or Groundlings

Come play a revealing and (at moments) uncomfortable game of Truth or Groundlings with the main stage cast at The Groundlings Theatre. Opening night is Friday, July 25 with performances through September 27. A game of Truth or Groundlings with this legendary troupe will reveal more about yourself than you ever thought you would.

Truth or Groundlings is an evening of sketches and improvisation, always original and always hilarious. Director Michael Naughton will spin the bottle with cast members Tony Cavalero, Matt CookH Michael Croner, Mikey DayAllison DunbarDavid Hoffman, Lisa Schurga, and Annie Sertich.

Truth of Groundlings opens on Friday, July 25 through September 27 
Fridays at 8:00 p.m.
Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.  

Tickets are $20.00 and available at the box office; via phone at (323) 934-4747 or  visit www.groundlings.com.

On Friday, July 25th only, opening night tickets are $50.00 and include cocktails from Tito’s Vodka and hors d’oeuvres from new local favorite Smoke Oil Salt.

The Groundlings Theatre is located at 7307 Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood.

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The Groundlings Theatre is an improvisation and sketch comedy theatre that has been entertaining LA audiences for 40 years.  They are a non-profit organization founded by Gary Austin in 1974.  A “Groundling” is one of the 30 company members who write and perform in the theatre’s shows and teach classes at the Groundling’s School. The school has been the foremost comedy training ground in Hollywood and the springboard for countless careers including comic geniuses from film and television such as Jennifer Coolidge, Will Ferrell, Ana Gasteyer, Kathy Griffin, Cheryl Hines, Chris Kattan, Lisa Kudrow, Jon Lovitz, Michael McDonald, Paul Reubens, Maya Rudolph, Mindy Sterling and Kristen Wiig, among others.  You can see these Groundlings alumni in the recent film Bridesmaids as well as television shows such as “Mike and Molly,” “Community,” and “Workaholics.” In addition to being comedy performers, Groundlings members and alumni hold writing positions on many of Hollywood’s top television and film projects.

 

Wendy Whelan Joins NYC Ballet Academy East Faculty

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Ballet Academy Easis proud to announce that Wendy Whelan will join the Pre-Professional Division Faculty.  Ms. Whalen’s tenure will begin with Ballet Academy East’s Summer Intensive from August 18-29 and will continue through the school year, which begins on September 16, 2014.  Ms. Whalen will primarily teach the upper level students of the Pre-Professional Division.

Wendy Whelan was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, where at the age of three she began taking dance classes with Virginia Wooton, a local teacher. At age eight she performed as a mouse with the Louisville Ballet in its annual production of The Nutcracker. Joining the Louisville Ballet Academy that year, she began intense professional training.

In 1981 she received a scholarship to the summer course at the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet and a year later she moved to New York to become a full-time student there. She was invited to become a member of the New York City Ballet corps de ballet in 1986 and was promoted to principal dancer in 1991.

Whelan has performed a wide spectrum of the Balanchine repertory and worked closely with Jerome Robbins on many of his ballets. She has originated featured roles in 13 ballets for Christopher Wheeldon, as well as in the ballets of William Forsythe, Alexei Ratmansky, Wayne McGregor, Jorma Elo, Shen Wei, Jerome Robbins and Twyla Tharp. In 2007, Whelan was nominated for an Olivier Award and a Critics Circle Award for her performances with Morphoses/Wheeldon Company.

She has been a guest artist with The Royal Ballet and with the Kirov Ballet. She received the 2007 Dance Magazine Award, and in 2009 was given a Doctorate of Arts, honoris causa, from Bellarmine University. In 2011, she was honored with both The Jerome Robbins Award and a Bessie Award for her Sustained Achievement in Performance.

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In 2012, Whelan began developing new collaborative projects. Her inaugural project, Restless Creature, which premiered at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in August of 2013, is a suite of four duets, created by and danced with four of todays most cutting edge contemporary dancer/choreographers, Kyle Abraham, Joshua Beamish, Brian Brooks and Alejandro Cerrudo. Restless Creature will travel to London and Vail in 2014 and will tour in the US starting in January 2015.  Whelan was recently appointed an Artistic Associate at New York’s City Center and for two years beginning November 1, 2014, City Center will be her home for developing future projects.  She resides in New York City with her husband, the artist David Michalek.

About Ballet Academy East

Ballet Academy East trains dancers for professional careers in ballet. The faculty is led by artistic director Darla Hoover and includes Maxim Beloserkovsky, Cynthia Birdwell, Olga Dvorovenko, Peter Frame, Jenna Lavin, Joseph Malbrough, Tara Mora, Francis Patrelle, Elizabeth Walker and Cheryl Yeager. The comprehensive syllabus was created by Darla Hoover and is designed to develop technically strong, expressive ballet dancers, who ultimately can adapt to any style. The curriculum includes technique classes, pointe, partnering, variations, stretch, men’s weight training, modern, and character. Performing opportunities include two annual productions: the Studio Showing in February and the Spring Performance in May. The director and founder of Ballet Academy East is Julia Dubno.

For more information, visit www.baenyc.com.

CASS Calls for Pop Graffiti Art Submissions

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Graffiti in Los Angeles, CA in 2006

CASS (Contemporary Art Space & Studio) is currently looking for pop graffiti artists nationally and internationally.

CASS accepts images in jpg format on CDs, digital portfolios or color prints. Along with images, submissions should include a resume, exhibition history and an artist statement.

Submit materials by August 8, 2014 to http://bit.ly/1mIF5it or

2722 South MacDill Avenue, Tampa, Fla. 33629.

CASS

 

Do not send originals, as submissions will not be returned. Please visit casscontemporary.com for more information on artist submission.

CASS  focuses on modern, collectible works of art in various mediums from local, regional, national and international artists.

Follow them on Twitter: @CASStampa

Artful graffiti of a Maracatu performer in Olinda, Brazil

Artful graffiti of a Maracatu performer in Olinda, Brazil

Crash, Boom, Bang! The Bayonetes Release Debut LP in Los Angeles July 24th

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THE BAYONETS ANNOUNCE ALBUM RELEASE PARTY IN LOS ANGELES, CELEBRATING THEIR DEBUT LP, CRASH BOOM BANG! (ROBO RECORDS)

When this arrived in the email box, I had to let out a giggle.  Having been one of the original Little Steven’s (Van Zandt) International Gargage Band Festival Go Go Girls it was a no brainer that this music was making it to Gia On The Move.  Steven has always had great taste a sense of humor and drive when it comes to presenting music.

The Bayonets are throwing a party to thank their fans for such a spectacular year on July 24th at No Vacancy in Hollywood, California.
The party is from 8-10pm and is open to the public, FREE, on a first come, first served basis. There is only enough space for 150 people to watch the set and  no opening act, so the music will start at 8pm sharp. Doors open at 7:30. They will play a 30 minute set featuring brand new songs, followed by Q&A with one of LA’s longest serving beloved DJ’s.
In the bands’ words:
The reason we do this, the reason this endeavor works at all is because of the power of good independent listeners like you, with the help of brave DJ’s and radio programmers everywhere who are willing to spin something new in hopes of giving and getting that fix we all want:
Some good rock music with a little bit of spice and a whole lotta fun.”
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Although they will not be charging admission at the door, they will be accepting donations to a charity they support, called Adopt The Arts which puts real musical instruments into the eager hands of students from inner city schools in Los Angeles. You can help these kids achieve the thrill that only comes from making music with their friends at school.
fr79_bayonetssummer2014promo4smlThe Bayonets recently released the title track and single with accompanying video from their debut album Crash Boom Bang!. Little Steven’s Underground Garage premiered the tune, singling it out as a “coolest song in the world” track.
The album will be The Bayonets’ first full-length release, following previous successes with their first three singles, which all reached the Top 10 on the Classic Rock Mediabase radio chart.
The Bayonets’ guitarist and lead vocalist Brian Ray is known worldwide for his musical contributions to the Paul McCartney Band, who continue on a massive arena & stadium tour this summer. “I’ve been a very lucky man to work alongside Paul McCartney for 12 years now.  Suffice it to say, this perch on which I find myself working with Paul – as well as his generosity of spirit – gives me the space, time, and wherewithal to indulge my wildest sonic dream life in my spare time,“ Brian reflected, “pulling these musical ideas out of the clear blue sky with my friends, so that we can hopefully move people and rock out with them with reckless abandon. For me, rock and roll needs to stay dangerous and fun. I wanted that sense of adventure and camaraderie, and I found it with my good friend and songwriting partner, Oliver Leiber.”
Drummer Oliver Leiber is well known for playing guitar and recording songs for some of the biggest artists in the business, including Rod Stewart, among many others. Speaking of the band, Oliver said, “it grew organically out of a very simple desire on Brian’s and my part to do a musical project that wasn’t trying to be anything. We simply wanted to write songs without judging if they were ‘hits’ or if they would fit into a certain musical radio format. We wanted to write songs that were reflective of who we are as men and artists at this point in our lives. Most of all, we really just wanted to have some fun and rock out! The Bayonets grew out of a desire to get back in touch with the days when I just played music for music’s sake.”
Crash Boom Bang! was mixed by Joe Zook (Katy Perry, OneRepublic, Pink, Faith Hill and others).  The accompanying video was directed by Linda Cevallos-French & Brian French.
The Bayonets are: Brian Ray (of The Paul McCartney Band, Etta James, etc.) – guitar/vocals; Oliver Leiber (Rod Stewart, Aretha Franklin, etc.) – drums; Lucrecia López Sanz (of Argentina’s Nube 9) – guitar/vocals
“We are thrilled to be a part of such a great rock record,” says Robo Records president Rob Christie. “The new single sets the tone for the rest of the album. It has a vintage feel with infectious hooks that will stay with you a lifetime.”
The album will be released summer of 2014 by Robo Records and distributed by Universal Music Distribution.
** Photo credit: MJ Kim