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Gia #HFF15 #Reviews : Suicide Notes: In Their Own Words

by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move

Suicide Notes: In Their Own Words

Writer Stan Zimmerman returns to the 2015 Hollywood Fringe with a departure piece on the issue of suicide.

A totally staged reading, Suicide Notes: In Their Own Words, is an account of actual letters written by people from all walks of life – veterans to LGBT,  bullied teens, well-known historic figures throughout several centuries, even celebrities, including the letters of D.C. Madam Deborah Jeane Palfrey and Kurt Cobain.

What’s so hard-hitting about these letters is the honesty of the issues each one faces, how specifically and heartfelt they dialog to their friends and loved ones about their feelings and most of all the apologies for the guilt of committing the final act of suicide.

And yet there is an unmistakable clarity in that decision.

Most excellently directed and performed in every way, this show takes us on a journey of evidence a la Vagina Monologues and although rife with fails, ends on one incredibly hopeful note, when a young teenage LGBT boy is found lying unconscious in his room by his parents, revived at the hospital and lives.

The moral of the tale is that living is accepting that life can and will get better — if you are willing.

A portion of the proceeds for this show went to the Suicide Prevention Lifeline. (800-273-8255)

Recommended (if you can comfortably sit through the material)

http://www.hollywoodfringe.org/projects/2458

#WhatsHotNow: Kerry Washington in Timo Weiland

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Photo credit Timo Weiland

Actress Kerry Washington wore a knit separate look from New York based designer Timo Weiland’ Fall-Winter 2015 collection to attend the Scandal ATAS event at the Director’s Guild of America yesterday evening, May 1st 2015.

The Timo Weiland Brand is pretty high end and on the pricey side.

Celebrities like Taylor Swift, Tina Fey, Sophia Bush, and Pharrell are often seen wearing their designs on the red carpet. And the designers won the Ecco Domani Fashion Fund award in January 2014, recognized for their smart, innovative Men’s design, and unique attention to detail.

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What we love though beside the vibrant color combo and gorgeous design motif is that this brand is available Saks Fifth Avenue, Barney’s, Intermix, Shopbop, and Atrium New York.

And you can also shop on line.  Check out their Spring collection!

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Roger Stone’s Eighth Annual Best & Worst Dressed

“It is a very, very foolish thing for a man not to be well dressed” -Lord Chesterton.

What would a new year be without a a style review?  Roger Stone gives us his not always so cheeky but fairly spot of review of the celebs we love, hate and almost forgot about except for their fabulous moments and terrible faux pas.

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It is that time of year when those of us who paid attention to such things recall the tradition of the late Hollywood designer Mr. Blackwell – who, for nearly 50 years, released an eagerly anticipated annual list that began as a chronicle of the world’s best and worst dressed people. The flamboyant, media-savvy Blackwell spared no one — celebrities, movie stars, athletes, socialites and captains of industry were all under his microscope.

Since Blackwell’s death in 2008, we here at the Stone On Style have proudly picked up the torch, continuing this New Year’s tradition, but in its original “Best/Worst” format. It is a proud pursuit, and inasmuch as it truly is a labor of love, it is also an increasingly difficult endeavor, as the state of dress for the public-at-large continues to slide.

We vigilantly monitor the world of media, entertainment, sports, politics, academia, art and fashion to determine who has style… and who truly doesn’t. As an aside, we do recognize that we write this at a time where more gain notoriety for undressing, rather than dressing. The number of naked selfies from actresses and models that have “leaked” drive millions to view the latest celebrity nude.

FULL LIST OF BEST & WORST DRESSED

Is Rachel Zoe a Naked Princess Too?

by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move

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On Saturday afternoon, Naked Princess  CEO and owner, Jordana Woodland celebrated the opening of her “if you have to ask you can’t afford it lingerie”  flagship store on La Cienega Blvd just at the corner of Melrose Place in West Hollywood, CA. Both fashion diva Rachel Zoe and actress Ali Larter, made scheduled appearances, at the top of the event, looking stunning and elegant, creating a photographic frenzy that added to the excitement all afternoon.  Actress Jaime King was also scheduled to be in attendance.

It was guest list only for the fan fare and celeb elbow rub. But tomorrow is always another day, and there will be plenty of time to devour what’s in store.

Simple hors d’oeuvres such as miniature lobster rolls, multi-colored macaroons, garlic beef on flatbread, champagne and sparkling water were offered along with a special coffee bar service in the courtyard for a “simply sumptuous”, very un-ostentatious, afternoon affair. Guests were invited to sample the array of apparel and other items as well as refreshments and make purchases.

Rachel Zoe, Ali Larter and Jordana Woodland at the Naked Princess flagship store opening in West Hollywood, CA

Rachel Zoe, Ali Larter and Jordana Woodland at the Naked Princess flagship store opening in West Hollywood, CA

Naked Princess is the ultimate off-the-beaten-Rodeo-Drive-path in luxury shopping experience. Featuring luscious silks, chiffons and crocheted lace sourced from France, delicate garments are finely stitched to perfection (not a single seam misaligned — I checked!) and couture quality  here in Los Angeles and other parts of the U.S. Formerly a wholesale operation, the store is designed as retail and open to the public.  With Rachel Zoe making good on her guest confirmation, the new location is already a “thumbs-up” and sure to be a must-shop destination.

Ladies looking to accoutre their inner sanctums will find a plush stop-in haven in Naked Princess. Boudoir and beauty items (bodysuits, bras, chemises, panties, robes, jewelry, candles, cosmetics), books and cards are available for the indulging at prices ranging from $60-$1800.

California opulence for pleasure-loving folk.

Naked Princess
653 North La Cienega (at the corner of Melrose Place on the west side of the boulevard)
Los Angeles, CA 90069
(310) 773-0721
 
Store Hours:
Monday through Saturday 10am-8pm
Sunday 12-6pm

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Style Alerts: Scarlett Johansson in Level 99 Again!

LOS ANGELES – September 5, 2013 – Scarlett Johansson was photographed in Level 99 leaving the Venice Film Festival yesterday.  The newly engaged actress wore the Tanya High Rise Skinnies for the second timeWhile she rocked the style in Watson wash yesterday, she wore the Adams wash back in late July ($120).

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PBS ARTS FALL FESTIVAL 2013 Kicks Off October 18 – Broadway Classics, Country Music, Hugh and Babs!

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The 2013 PBS Arts Fall Festival returns in October with seven weekly programs that highlight Broadway classics, music from around the country, and legendary superstar Barbra Streisand.

image001Underscoring PBS’ ongoing commitment to giving audiences a front row seat and a backstage pass to the best of the arts on-air and online, the series will be hosted by award-winning television, film and stage star Anna Deavere Smith (“Nurse Jackie,” “The West Wing”) starting Friday, October 18, 2013 at 9 p.m. ET (check local listings).

New offerings in the Festival include: the television premiere of GREAT PERFORMANCES“ Barbra Streisand: Back to Brooklyn,” featuring the great singer’s return to her hometown; A RAISIN IN THE SUN REVISITED: The Raisin Cycle at Center Stage, which explores the impact of the groundbreaking play; NASHVILLE 2.0 which looks at some of the greatest Americana and folk music artists in the country music capital; and aGREAT PERFORMANCES “40th Anniversary Celebration” with a star-studded lineup celebrating the iconic series at Lincoln Center. Also scheduled from GREAT PERFORMANCES are a star-studded version of Stephen Sondheim’s musical Company, San Francisco Opera’s new operatic version of Moby-Dickand a re-airing of the 1999 London stage revival of Oklahoma!

pbs-ipad-app-main“PBS’ commitment to arts programming has been strong for more than four decades, and our role as the broadcast industry’s only true home for the arts is solidified by this fall’s robust lineup,” said PBS President and CEO Paula Kerger. “

“The Festival showcases all forms of art from across the country, with great star power and fantastic performances. It’s a veritable arts road-trip from New York to San Francisco with exciting stops along the way, and with Anna Deavere Smith as our host and guide, we expect these shows to resonate with audiences who seek out classic performances, cutting edge music and some of the greatest artists of all time.”

The full PBS Arts Fall Festival line-up follows below.

GREAT PERFORMANCES “40th Anniversary Celebration” 

Friday, October 18, 2013, 9:00 p.m. ET

Throughout its 40-year history on public television, GREAT PERFORMANCES has provided viewers with an unparalleled showcase of the best in all genres of art, serving as America’s most prestigious center for the lively arts. Over four decades, GREAT PERFORMANCES has provided a national stage where popular artists reveal the surprising dimensions of their creative gifts and often go beyond audiences’ wildest expectations. The honored series has also offered artists a chance to pay homage to the influential figures in their lives and careers, and has spotlighted emerging artists in their feature-length television debuts. In celebration of this legacy, GREAT PERFORMANCES hosted an all-star celebration from Lincoln Center. A stellar roster of alumni share personal stories of what GREAT PERFORMANCES has meant to them, with reminiscences and performances by Julie Andrews, Audra McDonald, Don Henley, David Hyde Pierce, Josh Groban, Itzhak Perlman, Peter Martins, Patti Austin and Take 6, Met Opera star Elîna Garanèa and Michael Bublé.

A RAISIN IN THE SUN REVISITED: The Raisin Cycle at Center Stage

Friday, October 25, 2013, 9:00 p.m. ET

Lorraine Hansberry’s groundbreaking 1959 drama, A Raisin in the Sun, was the first Broadway play to depict the strength and humanity of an African-American family striving for a piece of the American dream by buying a house in a white working-class neighborhood in Chicago. More than 50 years later, playwright Bruce Norris created Clybourne Park, a sardonic Pulitzer Prize-winning prequel and sequel that takes place in the same Chicago house and revisits the questions of race, real estate and gentrification in America.

Inspired by Hansberry’s original and Norris’ follow-up, Kwame Kwei-Armah, artistic director of Baltimore’s Center Stage, penned a third play, Beneatha’s Place, which follows two of the Raisin characters to Nigeria and its post-colonial struggles. Center Stage mounted Clybourne Park and Beneatha’s Place as “The Raisin Cycle” and as part of its 50th anniversary season. Producers James Arntz and John Paulson, in collaboration with Maryland Public Television, presentA RAISIN IN THE SUN REVISITED: The Raisin Cycle at Center Stage. The 60-minute performance documentary captures the history and legacy of Raisinand the backstage challenges of mounting two issue-driven plays simultaneously.

GREAT PERFORMANCES “Moby-Dick from San Francisco Opera” 

Friday, November 1, 2013, 9:00 p.m. ET

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One of the nation’s leading opera companies, San Francisco Opera has been the site for many memorable GREAT PERFORMANCES productions. In October 2012, GREAT PERFORMANCES partnered with the company once again to record composer Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer’s acclaimed adaptation of the classic Herman Melville novel Moby-Dick. Joshua Kosman in The San Francisco Chronicle dubbed the opera “a masterpiece of clarity and intensity, with a score that is at once thematically compact and richly inventive.” Fresh from his headline-making appearance as a last-minute replacement in the title role of Siegfried in the Metropolitan Opera’s epic Ring Cycle, Jay Hunter Morris stars as the obsessive Captain Ahab. Richard Scheinin in the San Jose Mercury News raved that the tenor “sang with a pressurized fury that practically shook the seats of the War Memorial Opera House.”

GREAT PERFORMANCES “Stephen Sondheim’s Company with the New York Philharmonic”

Friday, November 8, 2013, 9:00 p.m. ET

Legendary composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim’s groundbreaking musical Company — which premiered in 1970 with a book by George Furth and a cast including Broadway luminaries Dean Jones, Elaine Stritch and Donna McKechnie — has continually acquired generations of new fans through various regional productions and its 1995 and 2006 Broadway revivals. Centering on Bobby, a bachelor celebrating his 35th birthday with his ten closest friends (who happen to be five couples), Company culminates in Bobby’s transformation from unattached swinger to tentative monogamist. This New York Philharmonic gala concert production starring Neil Patrick Harris as Bobby and directed by Sondheim veteran Lonny Price, won rave reviews. Harris’ co-stars include Patti LuPone, Stephen Colbert, Christina Hendricks (“Mad Men”), Anika Noni Rose (Dreamgirls), Jon Cryer and Martha Plimpton, who perform the show’s many standards including “Another Hundred People,” “Barcelona,” “Side by Side,” “The Ladies Who Lunch,” and “Being Alive.” Also starring Craig Bierko, Katie Finneran, Aaron Lazar, Jill Paice, Jennifer Laura Thompson, Jim Walton and Chryssie Whitehead.

GREAT PERFORMANCES “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!”

Friday, November 15, 2013, 9:00 p.m. ET

OklahomaCelebrating its 70th anniversary in 2013, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s landmark musical Oklahoma! is still “doin’ fine” in this award-winning production from London’s National Theatre. The magic of the original cast was captured in this handsome film adaptation that returns to GREAT PERFORMANCES for a special encore telecast. The acclaimed production, directed by Trevor Nunn and choreographed by Susan Stroman, set box office records during its runs in London’s West End and later on Broadway. Critics and audiences alike were captivated by its fresh take on a venerable classic. The London production features a sensational, star-making performance by Hugh Jackman as Curly — before his ascent to international movie stardom. Also featured are cast members Josefina Gabrielle as Laurey, Maureen Lipman (The Pianist) as Aunt Eller, and Shuler Hensley as the menacing Jud Fry, for which Hensley won the 2002 Tony Award for Best Supporting Actor.

NASHVILLE 2.0

Friday, November 22, 2013, 9:00 p.m. ET

The performance-filled documentary NASHVILLE 2.0 captures Nashville, known around the world as “music city,” in its role as the historic home of music icons and institutions, as well as rising stars and young musicians who arrive with new sounds and dreams of making it big. Creating the musical landscape of tomorrow, Nashville is home to Americana music, the 21st century version of country, roots-rock, folk, bluegrass, R&B, gospel and blues. This special explores the American musical melting pot, looking to the future while embracing the breadth and genius of roots music artists. From Emmylou Harris to Mumford and Sons, Rosanne Cash to the Avett Brothers, The Mavericks to Jason Isbell, NASHVILLE 2.0 tells the story, sings the songs, and celebrates the vibrancy of the Americana music scene.

Barbara StreisandGREAT PERFORMANCES “Barbra Streisand: Back to Brooklyn”

Friday, November 29, 2013, 9:00 p.m. ET

Superstar Barbra Streisand makes a historic homecoming at the new Barclays Center arena with her first Brooklyn concert. Joined by special guests Il Volo and Chris Botti, Streisand performs an extensive selection of songs from throughout her five-decade career, and duets with son Jason Gould on “How Deep is the Ocean.” The seemingly endless collection of hits and fan favorites includes “Nice N Easy,” “Didn’t We,” “No More Tears (Enough is Enough),” “Rose’s Turn,” “My Funny Valentine,” “Some Other Time,” “Make Our Garden Grow,” along “Evergreen,” “The Way We Were,” “People,” and “Happy Days are Here Again.” Reviewing her opening night, Stephen Holden of The New York Times wrote, “Like few singers of any age, she has the gift of conveying a primal human longing in a beautiful sound.”

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Nice Guy James Gandolfini

What a shock to hear about the sudden death of James Gandolfini. Although I cannot claim to be a close friend or real acquaintance of any sort, I did have the opportunity to work side by side with him on a rare occasion or two.  On set, he was known for his generosity and just being a lot of fun.  He was a really nice guy.

One of Gandolfini’s last public appearances was on June 10 when he attended the Stella by Starlight Gala in New York City to benefit the programs of the Stella Adler Studio of Acting.  James was there to celebrate the career of his close friend and honoree Elaine Stritch who is retiring from Broadway this year.

He will be missed.

James GandolfiniPhotos by Patrick McMullan

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