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Stella by Starlight Honors Harry Belafonte and James Earl Jones with a Star Studded Affair at The Players Club New York City
Gia was On The Move, this Sunday evening, May 20th, with the help of New York City colleague and media correspondent, Janet Arneau, of What’s Your Problem, TV, stepping into the spotlight at, The Stella Adler Studio of Acting Seventh Annual Stella by Starlight Benefit Gala, at the Players Club in New York City, which turned out stars and sophistication at this glamorous event.
This year’s honorees included Grammy and Emmy Award Winner Harry Belafonte who received the Marlon Brando Award, and Academy®, Emmy and Tony Award Winner James Earl Jones, who received “The Stella Adler Award.”
Other honorees included, Tony Winner Daryl Roth and television and radio host Ed Schultz, who both received “The Harold Clurman Spirit Award,” and CEO for the Americas, The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Masa Tanaka, who was given “The Stella Adler Corporate Award.”
All funds raised from the evening will be used to support the studio’s charitable programs including Outreach Division Program, which provides free actor training to low-income, inner-city youth. The Outreach Division has served and trained more than 3,000 students since its inception in 2004.
“I am especially honored by the commitment of our prestigious honorees at Stella by Starlight this year. Each in their own way, Harry Belafonte, James Earl Jones, Daryl Roth, Ed Schultz and Masa Tanaka are groundbreakers who held fast to courageous positions, confronted injustice or atrocity and paved new paths that made important differences in our time,” Artistic Director of the Stella Adler Studio of Acting, Tom Oppenheim, stated. “They are wonderful role models for young theater artists who must fortify themselves with a commitment to truth, beauty and the conviction that they have a voice that can and will make a difference for the audiences they serve.”
Over the years, the Stella by Starlight Gala has honored some of the most distinguished artists in the entertainment and media industries. They have included Whoopi Goldberg, Liz Smith, Warren Beatty, Liza Minelli, Martin Sheen, Annette Bening, Harold Bloom, Tony Kushner, Elaine Stritch, Sidney Lumet, Ruby Dee, the late Ozzie Davis and the late Roy Scheider, as well as other key entertainment, theatrical and business leaders.
Since 1949, The Stella Adler Studio of Acting has been the premier actor training program in New York City and around the country. They have trained thousands of actors and artists, including the likes of Marlon Brando, Robert De Niro, Elaine Stritch, Benicio del Toro, Alvin Ailey, and Salma Hayek. The studio encourages its students to be well-versed in not only theater, art, music and literature, but also to be involved in social, humanitarian and community-related issues.
About The Stella Adler Studio of Acting: The Stella Adler Studio of Acting is an acting school based in New York City. The actress and teacher Stella Adler founded the Studio in 1949. Adler founded the Studio on her belief in the seriousness of her art. Adler and the school have trained many of the brilliant actors of our time. The Stella Adler Studio of Acting is a nonprofit organization, which trains over 500 actors annually. The Studio also presents public lectures, poetry readings, concerts, theater performances, dance theater events and an annual arts festival.www.stellaadler.com
Contributed by Editor Tracey Paleo in association with Janet Arneau
Last week’s preview tasting of Chef David Myers latest and yet unnamed restaurant, to be showcased in one of LA’s premiere “ivory towers”, THE CENTURY, in Century City, California, certainly proved that he most definitely knows how to parlay his culinary talents, media accolades and Michelin star to a “high(er) rise” of luxury proportions.
From his earliest kitchen experience with Chicago legend Charlie Trotter, to his years with iconic French chef Daniel Boulud, David has been recognized for his culinary talent and artistry, including gaining a prestigious James Beard Foundation nomination.
Having captivated the attention of the culinary world since 2002 with his first restaurant Sona, David Myers holds distinction in both the media and food industry as a “man of style.”
The new restaurant will be located on the first level of the 42-story Art Deco-inspired masterpiece designed by renowned architect Robert A.M. Stern. Patrons will arrive at the restaurant through a dedicated drive and valet separate from the private entrance reserved for The Century residents whose un-rivaled lifestyle-focused amenities include a celebrity appeal and whose top two floors are coincidentally owned by Candy Spelling.
“At The Century, I am creating a restaurant that is a true urban oasis in the heart of bustling Century City, in perfect harmony with the property and its four acres of tranquil gardens. The menu will be a collection of my travel memories, housed in a setting that is truly unique to Los Angeles,” explains David.
I concur. Harmony, would be the definitive word to describe the over-arching experience of both the food and the monolithic sanctuary.
Having been honored with a private short tour by one of The Century’s gracious personal assistants, Stephen LeRoy, I walked the perfectly manicured, lush grounds in the early evening to view private dining and party areas, an upscale doggie playground, gorgeous interior design, modern downstairs library and even a private screening room for residents, currently on a now several year Super Bowl wait list.
Asian inspired hors d’oeuvres continuously flowed throughout the evening including a spicy, Mini Lobster Roll, Lamb with Mint, Bread Crisps topped with Beets and Pistachios and my personal favorite – Yuzu Macaroons – all near religiously devoured by David Myers devotees and friends including actor Neil Patrick Harris and actor, chef and E! News Correspondent David Burtka who attended with enthusiast support.
The restaurant is set to open later this year.
Contributed by Tracey Paleo
To be broadcast on THIRTEEN on Sunday, April 29
Former Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr reunited on an American stage for the first time in 17 years during this historic April 2009 Radio City Music Hall benefit concert, which will be broadcast in New York on THIRTEEN on Sunday, April 29, at 10:30 pm (check local listings for broadcast dates and times in your area).
The Beatle reunion highlights the 90-minute “Change Begins Within” concert to benefit the David Lynch Foundation, www.DavidLynchFoundation.org, a charity set up in 2005 by the iconic filmmaker David Lynch to fund Transcendental Meditation programs for at-risk youth, veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, and women who suffer from domestic abuse and violence. www.OperationWarriorWellness.org.
McCartney performs a set of Beatles, Wings and solo classics; Starr sings his own set of Beatle and solo hits. McCartney and Starr join together on stage for “With A Little Help from My Friends,” Paul’s rarely performed “Cosmically Conscious,” and Beatle fan favorite “I Saw Her Standing There.”
Also appearing on the broadcast are comedian Jerry Seinfeld as well as musicians Sheryl Crow (“My Sweet Lord”), Eddie Vedder and Ben Harper (“Under Pressure”), Moby and Betty LaVette (“Natural Blues”), Paul Horn, newly-elected Rock-and-Roll-Hall of Famer Donovan and Jim James (“Hurdy Gurdy Man”).
The concert was co-produced by Hoosick Falls Productions and David Lynch Foundation Television with executive producers George Verschoor, David Lynch, and Bob Roth.
The David Lynch Foundation has provided scholarships for more than 200,000 students and veterans to learn to meditate.
Transcendental Meditation is a simple, easily learned technique, practiced for 15 to 20 minutes twice daily, sitting comfortably with the eyes closed. According to research funded by the National Institutes of Health and published in peer-reviewed scientific journals, the technique reduces stress and stress-related disorders, including PTSD, anxiety, depression, cardiovascular disease, and substance abuse.
Prominent meditators include Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Russell Brand, Ellen DeGeneres, Clint Eastwood, Mehmet Oz, Martin Scorsese, Jerry Seinfeld, Russell Simmons, and Oprah Winfrey.
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“The future of fan-based team ownership is racing toward us at light speed! A-11 FOOTBALL LEAGUE’S FAN-BASED OWNERSHIP IS ON THE HORIZON WITH CROWD FUNDING.”
“Growing up, many football fans dreamt of playing or coaching pro football, and they also wondered what it would be like to own a pro football team. In the past, becoming an owner of a pro football team was reserved for the ultra-wealthy. But now, with Crowd Funding those previously-sealed doors of team ownership are about to be blown off of their hinges, and that’s good news for every football fan in America and worldwide. The future of fan-based team ownership is racing toward us at light speed.”
Funding Launch Pad (Boulder, CO), will pioneer at least the League’s first Top 10 teams’ equity-based Crowd Funding campaigns regionally & nationally for each Team to begin operations. Funding Launch Pad will shortly unveil their capital-raising platform to enable each City Group, their football fans and private investors to participate in the “Fan Funding” and Ownership of their A-11FL team scheduled to begin play in April 2013.
A-11 Football League has narrowed its potential city markets into a list of 20 regions in the states of, TX, KS, OK, KY, CA, WA, NV, AZ, NM, NE, UT, GA, AR, NJ, NY, OH, VA, LA, CO and CT.
During the next couple of weeks the League will work with their 20 City Group candidates until at least the initial Top 10 City Markets have been selected. Once the League’s Top 10 city markets are finalized, each City Group and their fan base, the League and Funding Launch Pad will commence the marketing operations of their ‘Crowd Funding’ campaigns poised to begin in the summer of 2012.
“Look long and see short, we’re entering the homestretch with potential City Groups right now,” says Kurt Bryan, executive of the Spring-summer A-11 Professional Football League. ”All of us Continue reading
Re-reading a February issue of The Hollywood Reporter, I couldn’t help but hone in on an interesting interview called, “The Industry Watchdog” – Ask Bob Lefsetz.
The issue was dedicated mostly to the music industry past, present and future. In his interview Mr. Lefsetz answered one solidly important question regarding ‘what will be the surest way for a [hit song] to find an audience with [terrestrial radio's] influence waning. I bracket because as it stands, it’s a question that pretty much every industry is facing as the new age continues to accelerate and storm by at the speed of light. Mr. Lefsetz’s answer? — The next big thing is the trusted filter, something that tells people what to [listen to]…and blogs are frequently untrustworthy. The filter won’t be algorithm-based; TASTE WILL BE EVERYTHING…the audience will build superstars.
It is the single most important reason why this blog Gia On The Move, doesn’t write about everything; why I don’t blogvertise; have pop ups; sell stuff and/or otherwise haggle with readers. From the beginning, I’ve been most concerned with the integrity of presenting solidly interesting and edgy cultural events, performances, people and news about Los Angeles, New York and lots of other places around the world from time to time. From the beginning, I kind of figured, well, I probably wouldn’t gain a 100,000 person following immediately. I don’t artificially bump my stats; I don’t necessarily write about celebrities all the time, I like to discover and tell the stories of artists who don’t normally have a voice in the murky pool of media; I prefer to be passionate and engage on a very personal level with information that gets posted here for anyone else to read. And so, TASTE is a priority.
One of my favorite old columns was the now retired Louis J. Esterhazy, W Magazine’s, The Countess. As an old bag, ex-Patriot getting along on Madison Avenue, she had a very distinct point of view about fashion, manners and everything else in the modern age. I am happy to take over where ‘she’ left off, or so I keep threatening. All silliness aside. I am looking forward to writing and blogging and presenting art and culture more than ever. Because culture is happening everywhere, right on your doorstep everyday, and you might just discover it by stopping for a single moment to pause, breath, open your eyes, your ears and your hearts to experience it. And mostly — because artists need champions!
Reach out any time. I am always listening!
I think it’s time we retired the song, “It Never Rains in California” because this morning Angelenos are getting drenched!
Um, you might want to not blow the stop signs and speed through residential areas after 5pm when you think it is dark enough that no one will see you. Because actually, you might be running over a jogger or cyclist (like myself — I would need three hands for keeping a count of last night’s incidents alone — and I was wearing light-colored clothing). Let’s face it, Christmas and Hanukkah would really suck if instead of rushing to the mall to buy that awesome cheap electronic that will be obsolete in a year, to rush home to your family, girlfriend, party with friends, or worse, church, temple or Kush connection, you were instead rushing someone to the hospital or the morgue and on your way to jail. SLOW DOWN!
Bike Lanes in West Hollywood:
This week, WEHO residents proved that their misplaced selfishness has no bounds when there was a public request issued for residents, cyclists and pedestrians alike to weigh to in on the proposal to create new bike lanes in the City of West Hollywood, and how it will impact its residents and passers-through. What ensued on a local news outlet comment section was a heated dialog about how it sucked getting to Temple – but no real bike comments or anything about the issue. Not sure if anyone actually even showed up to the meeting. Hurrah for the fur ban and the now official Go-Go Dancer Day! Really?
They make me happy. Last night while running I ran into a gi-normeous display being mounted all over a two story house, around a giant cactus and other landscape foliage which illuminated the entire corner of the block. I couldn’t help but shout out how much I loved it. Plus, it sure helps to make the neighborhood safe. ( see my comment about Stop Signs)
I don’t know if I have the wherewithal to actually stand in line around an entire city block for an hour just to purchase my favorite hotdog, but it sure smells good and is quite a site to see walking down LaBrea Ave to Melrose. Still famous and going strong after 72 years, Pinks still warms my heart and my tastebuds (mostly at 1am when it’s not so crazy) as one of Hollywood’s true dog stop icons. (What’s up with only one Mrs. Santa anyway? The hardest working woman at Christmas obviously)
My aunt Rose always said I was a writer. From the time I could hold a BIC Ballpoint Retractable, to the first book I wrote in grammar school, “The History of Man” (I was very ambitious) to being a published poet, my first newsletter and finally, (but not lastly) WordPress account, I suppose the desire and under current of writing has always been there. “But who am I?”
That’s what I’ve told myself over and over again through the years. Deliberately holding back from stepping into a part of my strength. I’ve believed the label snobs, the degree snobs, the employment snobs and so many others who had an opinion about why I am not, nor could, nor should attempt to be taken seriously.
But lucky for me the digital age arrived in force and not so long ago, I decided to “pen” my first blog. “Ok, if I am not a writer yet, I can certainly practice. Who knows maybe someone might even listen.” The rest is current history so far.
So I guess that makes it official. A really super editor, whose door I’ve been knocking on for some time, has shot a thumbs in my direction and oh, how good being published is going to be.
I am looking forward to finally diving into Hollywood theater culture full force and encourage you to do the same. Or at least follow along here. Previews start this week and the festival continues to the end of the month.
So I’ll probably be referring this blog to the online mag for a bit. And why not. I’m excited to be recognized by a fellow theater lover. “Auntie, I guess you were right.”
Reading the debate this morning of an article covered by Brian Solis of PR 2.0 regarding is Twitter journalism. It’s an interesting topic especially when you consider a recent article posted on NPR. According to the NPR story, major news outlets will eventually not be the suppliers of news in the future. They will merely be endorsers, and open channels that funnel news – a lot like online aggregators. The people, bloggers, tweeters, facebookers, etc. will be the “curators” of news because more and more followers of social media, coincidentally consumers of media are following those voices they trust. NPR’s article questioned, are we tapped out by news? Are we tuning out? Partly yes, which is why more and more, audiences are tuning into entertainment. Also, there are less and less opportunities to get really accurate news and of course non of them un-slanted. Perhaps that is why ScribbleLive CEO Michael De Monte, for instance, offered little more than snide sentiment over the idea. But isn’t it funny how large corporations continue to try to tap into the news worthy side of social media in order to mask plain old product marketing in order to increase sales.
Hmmmmmmmmmmmm. Does this article make me a journalist too?
You can read Brian’s article here: Twitter Isn’t Journalism, Or Is It? It’s The Wrong Question to Ask.