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Get Ready California For The Cow Parade!

California Milk Processor Board got milk

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It’s the largest and most successful public art event in the world, having been staged in 80 cities globally since 1999, featuring variously designed and painted, life-sized fiberglass cows.  And it will be arriving in California September 2015.  So mark your calendars!

The got milk? CowParade is partnering with educational nonprofits including THINK Together and STAR Education among others and will exhibit in select cities throughout the Golden State, promoting art, learning and celebrating the California dairy industry.  And if that’s not special enough, here’s a fact that Gia On The Move is excited about: no other state has hosted a public art event of this magnitude.  At the end of the exhibit period, the art pieces will be auctioned and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the organizations.

The got milk? CowParade will connect with adults and children. The goal is to have large art installations in Sacramento, San Francisco/San Jose, Fresno, Bakersfield, Los Angeles, Palm Springs and San Diego.

Here’s another detail we LOVE:  National and internationally renowned artists and local talent as well as celebrity supporters will be invited to participate in the exhibitions.  So…California artists get your creative juices flowing and your skills on the table.  We’d like to see YOUR art in this one!  For participation and/or submission info, visit www.gotmilkcowparade.com.

CowParade New York City 2000 Frida Astaire and Ginger Rogers aka The Dancing Divas

CowParade New York City 2000 Frida Astaire and Ginger Rogers aka The Dancing Divas

“The got milk? CowParade is a fun, entertaining and whimsical art exhibit that highlights education and California’s thriving dairy industry,” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson. “At the same time it generates funds for educational groups that do important work for our students.”

Follow the got milk CowParade via social media on Facebook @gotmilk, Twitter @gotmilk and Instagram @officialgotmilk. Join the conversation via #gotmilkcowparade.

Past cities includeChicago (1999), New York City (2000), London (2002), Tokyo (2003), Dublin (2003), Stockholm (2004), Mexico City (2005), Sao Paulo (2005), Buenos Aires (2006), Boston (2006) Paris (2006), Milan (2007), Istanbul (2007),Taipei (2009), Rio de Janeiro (2011), Hong Kong (2013), and Shanghai (2014).  The cow sculptures, mounted on a 300 pound cement display base, are made of fiberglass with steel rebar reinforcement. The sculptures come in three basic positions – standing (head up), grazing (head down), reclining. The Standing Cow is 95″ long x 29″ wide x 57″ high, the Grazing Cow is 84″ long x 29″ wide x 48″ high, and the Reclining Cow is 88″ long x 44″ wide x 42″ high.


About the CMPB

The California Milk Processor Board was established in 1993 to make milk more competitive and increase milk consumption in California. Awareness of got milk? is over 90% nationally and it is considered one of the most important and successful campaigns in history. Got milk? is a federally registered trademark that has been licensed by the national dairy boards since 1995. The CMPB’s Spanish-language campaign began in 1994 using the tagline “Familia, Amor y Leche” (Family, Love and Milk). The TOMA LECHE (Drink Milk) campaign replaced it in 2006, in order to better align the English and Spanish language work. The CMPB is funded by all Californiamilk processors and administered by the California Department of Food and Agriculture.

“Will You Marrow Me?” The San Gennaro Feast in Hollywood Starts Today!

Tea Cups at the San Gennaro Feast Hollywood

Thursday, September 26th  was the first night of the 12th Annual Galbani® Cheese Italian Feast of San Gennaro, Los Angeles. The evening’s fundraiser was hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and Adam Carolla with Mark DeCarlo Master of Ceremonies, and featured songs from the San Remo Music Festival and “That’s Amore! An Italian American Songbook.”

Kicking off October’s Italian Heritage Month, Hollywood will be celebrating everything it means to be Italian, the festival Officially opens in Hollywood to the public starting today from September 27–29, 2013 from 11:00am to 11:00pm. 

Located across the street from the Hollywood and Highland complex and Metro Red Line, directly behind the Jimmy Kimmel Live Theater at 1651 N. Highland Ave.

General admission is $5 and kids under 12 are free.

All proceeds benefit the San Gennaro Foundation, established to provide aid to children and families in need in Los Angeles.

In honor of the Feast’s 12th Anniversary and to raise funds for their various charities, there will be special events going on throughout the weekend, including:

  • feastA “Gravy-Sauce” competition and “Galbani® String Cheese-building” contest hosted by The Meatballs of Comedy, Live Telethon for Veterans from the Main Stage on Sunday September 29th and a weekend. 
  • ‘Will You Marrow Me?” donor campaign for Be the Match registry, which recruits marrow donors to save lives of blood cancer patients.
  • Blood Drive for City of HopeCedars SinaiChildren’s Hospital and American Red Cross will also be hosted on-site.
  • A Procession of St. Gennaro on Hollywood Blvd. will begin at noon on Saturday, September 28th and conclude with a Mass on the Main Stage presided by Monsignor Antonio Cacciapuoti.
  • And there will be so much more!

For more information about the Galbani® Cheese Italian Feast of San Gennaro, Los Angeles, please visit www.feastofla.org or call (818) 508-0082.

Theatrical Producers League of Los Angeles (TPL-LA) is Up and Running

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(Shared by Bitter Lemons earlier today…)

The TPL-LA has launched their website and announced their inaugural membership. Here’s the list:

Staff-Driven Companies

  • 24th Street Theatre
  • Black Dahlia Theatre
  • Bootleg Theatre
  • Celebration Theatre
  • The Chance Theater
  • Company of Angels
  • Crown City Theatre Company
  • DOMA Theatre Company
  • Greenway Court Theater
  • Grove Theater Center
  • The Malibu Playhouse
  • The MET Theatre
  • Odyssey Theatre Ensemble
  • Padua Playwrights
  • Repertory East Playhouse
  • Rogue Machine Theatre
  • Sierra Madre Playhouse
  • Skylight Theatre Company
  • The Academy for New Musical Theatre
  • The Blank Theatre Company
  • The Fountain Theatre
  • The Production Company
  • The Theatre @ Boston Court
  • The Victory Theatre Center
  • The Visceral Company
  • Unbound Productions
  • VS. Theatre Company
  • West Coast Jewish Theatre

Membership-Driven Companies

  • Brimmer Street Theatre Company
  • Buzzworks Theatre Company
  • Circle X Theatre Company
  • Coeurage Theatre Company
  • Evidence Room Theater
  • Furious Theatre Company
  • Moving Arts
  • Open Fist Theatre Company
  • Pacific Residents Theatre
  • Santa Monica Playhouse
  • Son of Semele Ensemble
  • The Antaeus Company
  • The Road Theatre Company
  • Theatre Banshee
  • Theatre of NOTE
  • Theatre Unleashed

Independent Producers

  • Andrew Carlberg
  • David Elzer
  • Dina Morrone
  • Gordon Firemark
  • Linda Tolliver & Gary Gundinger
  • The Pink Lady of Los Angeles
  • Rick Culbertson
  • Theatre Planners

Associate Members

  • Absolute Theatre Company
  • Alethia Christian Theater
  • Cece Tio
  • International Arts Group
  • Ipso Facto Theatricals
  • John R. Lacey
  • Kaleidoscope Theatre Ensemble
  • LA Women’s Theatre Festival
  • L’Atelier Arts
  • Los Angeles Womens Theatre Festival
  • Lucid by Proxy
  • Maureen Chesus
  • Theatre 68
  • Vox Lumiere
  • West Perkinson
  • Peter Finlayson
  • Christopher Sepulveda
Gregory Crafts of Theatre Unleashed

Gregory Crafts of Theatre Unleashed


And now the gearing up for the voting on the inaugural Leadership Council begins.

Our favorite front runner Gregory Crafts, of Theatre Unleashed has thrown his hat into the ring along with Gary Lamb,  Michael Seel, Marco Gomez and Michael C. Kricfalusi.

A 4th of July Tribute to Classic Americana


If you’ve never been to a Queen Mary celebration, then July 2013 would be the time to head on down to the docks in Long Beach, CA for an outrageous commemorative to Classic Americana.

This year, the Queen Mary will celebrate America with a unique take on the July 4th holiday by highlighting the best of traditional American entertainment decade by decade.

Queen Mary Maiden Voyage 1930One of the brightest part of the attractions will be (starting at noon), a throwback to the last century with a take on The Golden Age, which coincides with the ‘hey-day of transatlantic travel’. This period is of special significance to The Queen Mary which embarked upon its Maiden Voyage to Southampton, New York during the 1930s, also smack dab at the beginning of the Gold Age of Hollywood when some of its most iconic films and film stars were born. Amusement and entertainment will include a stilt-walking Uncle Sam, Bingo and golden era games and characters, the Lil’ Big Band, a barbershop quartet and will conclude with the not-to-be-missed California Foot Stompers.

The Maiden Voyage of the Queen Mary


Throughout the day, the air will fill with the sounds of Big Band, Swing, Pop and Rock while the decks become alive with vintage style entertainment, live performance acts and summer games.  In honor of Independence Day, uniformed Active Duty Military men and women will be admitted free of charge. 


Bob Hope on the Queen Mary

Trivia:  Did you know that a lot of famous people actually travelled aboard the Queen Mary?

Bob Hope , Elizabeth Taylor, Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby, Clark Gable, Greta Garbo, Audrey Hepburn, Winston Churchill, The Duke & Duchess of Windsor, even Jackie Kennedy and Queen Elizabeth!


“We’re transforming all decks of the ship in to a ‘time machine,’ with each new era marked by a change in music and programming,” said Steve Shelton, Queen Mary Director of Entertainment Events. “Guests will reminisce Independence Day in bygone eras while still being able to enjoy today’s popular music and entertainment. There’s something for the whole family.”

The Andrews SistersThe mid-century celebration kicks up its heels with vintage games and entertainment from the Andrew Sisters to the Pointer Sisters, concluding with a Beatles Tribute Band, Disco grooves and tail-shakers from the 70s, 80s and 90s, while games, amusements, libations and treats are served up. The session concludes with the Mike Vitale Band performing favorites of the period.pointer sisters

The festive spirit of activities, touring, dining, shopping, a patriotic movie under the stars on the open air Sports Deck and dancing will crescendo with one of the most highly touted 4th of July Firework displays in Southern California.  

The All American 4th of July event time is 12:00 noon to 11:00 pm. For more information, tickets, VIP Packages, and special July 4th Overnight Stay visit http://www.queenmary.com/events/july-fourth.php (you can also click the image below) or call (877) 342-0738.


Memorial Weekend Extras

Toganga Day Fair 
The Memorial Weekend is here and it’s pretty certain that not everyone made plans in advance.  Not too worry.  There is always something to do.
Los Angeles’s Longest Running Bohemian Festival

The 40th Annual Topanga Days Country Fair 


Enjoy Music, Food, Games and Fun for the entire family all day and every day Saturday through Monday, May 25, 26, 27


Topanga Community Club Grounds
1440 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd
Topanga, CA 90290
There is music all day long but to add to add a bit of extra excitement appearances will be made by
Musical headliners:
CLORIS LEACHMAN  Queen of the Famous Annual Memorial Day Parade – to take place starting at 830AM Monday, May 27th




& SENIORS 65+: $10


There’s also a free shuttle service.

Get more information on the Website!

Masterpieces of Art and Music of Iconic Film Presented by The Golden State on Saturday, May 11, 2013

The Golden State Pop Orchestra violinsOn 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.

Varese Sarabande Star Trek Into DarknessIn 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 LadyApocalypse 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:

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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 AmericaBack to the FutureForest Gump, and Castaway, selections from all of which were performed by the Golden State Pops Orchestra, a year-round orchestra specializing in film music.

Varese Sarabande A 35th Anniveersary CelebrationUpcoming 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.

Monsters With Misdemeanors Wins Big At ISC!

We are so excited…


to announce that Yellow Red Sparks won the Grand Prize  in the world’s premiere songwriting event, The International Songwriting Competition (ISC)!

“Monsters With Misdemeanors,”  by Joshua Hanson, entered in the Folk/Singer-Songwriter category, competed against a total of 68 winners from 119 countries worldwide who were selected from over 20,000 entries and for the first time ever, more than half of the winners are from outside the USA.

Excited about the competition- and in conjunction with their album release, the band are about to hit the road for a Spring Tour. Dates below.

Yellow Red Sparks Tour Dates

** Thursday, May 2 @ The Griffin, San Diego, CA
Sunday, May 5 @ Moon Room – Denver, CO
Monday, May 6 @ The Bottleneck – Lawrence, KS
Tuesday, May 7 @ Evanston Space – Evanston, IL
Wednesday, May 8 @ The Gramophone, St. Louis MO
Friday, May 10 @ Mickey Finns – Toledo, OH
Saturday, May 11 @ The Basement – Columbus, OH
Monday, May 13 @ Boulder Cafe – Rochester, NY
Tuesday, May 14 @  Smiling Moose – Pittsburgh, PA
Wednesday, May 15 @ Milkboy – Philadelphia, PA
Thursday, May 16 @ The Saint – Asbury Park, NJ
Friday, May 17 @ Union Hall – Brooklyn, NY
Saturday, May 18 @ Jimmy’s Bar & Oven – Brookline, MA

Past ISC winners include Gotye, The Band Perry, Kasey Chambers, Amanda Palmer, Gin Wigmore, King Charles, Kimbra, Passenger, Andrew Bird, and many more.

The Grand Prize winner is awarded $25,000 in cash (US) and an additional $40,000 in merchandise and services.  Not too shabby!