#ShuckYeah August 5th is National Oyster Day

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Celebrate the holiday with special invites from these local restaurants

Herringbone Santa Monica
Chef: Jason Witzl (CDC) / Brian Malarkey (Executive Chef)

Brian Malarkey’s oceanside hotspot will offer $1 oysters during lunch, happy hour, and dinner in honor of National Oyster Day. Guests can enjoy them à la carte with a glass of wine or specialty cocktail in the restaurant’s beachy chic lounge, or as an appetizer before indulging in hearty surf & turf selections.

La Bohème
Chef: Leonardo Daniele

In addition to a newly launched menu, the classic West Hollywood restaurant is offering a daily happy hour (Tues. – Sun., 5pm – close) available at the bar an in the lounge. Guests can take advantage of $1 oysters to celebrate the occasion, as well as $3 small bites (think: baked parmigiano fries, flatbreads, truffle mushroom arancini, and more), $5 beers, $6 well drinks, $7 sangria/martinis/margaritas, and $8 prosecco.

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Ivory on Sunset (at Mondrian LA)
Chef: Steve Ledden

Diners who visit one of LA’s most iconic – and stunning – restaurant patios on National Oyster Day can enjoy a ½ dozen bivalves for $21; boozy complements include signature cocktails (with $9 specials from 4 – 6pm), by-the-glass pours from a robust international wine list, and a selection of craft beers.

Owner: Max Marder

On National Oyster Day the popular wine bar will be shucking oysters all night to pair perfectly with glasses of Muscadet. Enjoy varieties like Kumamoto, Shigoku and Kushi in quantities of half dozen all the way up to 4 dozen! A limited menu will also be available that evening featuring items like Jamon Iberico served with tomato toast, Iberico & Butter Sandwich, Mussels, the Marvin Cheeseburger and more!

Ocean Prime
Chef: Geoff Baumberger

On National Oyster Day guests can stop by the Beverly Hills restaurant to enjoy $1 oysters on the patio and lounge bar from 3pm – 11pm. Pair it with their extended happy hour and enjoy $10 glasses of Veuve Cliquot or the $10 specialty cocktail of the day!

Scatter Factory: ‘Out of the Blocks”

gia on the move musicScatter Factory presents the new single ‘Out The Blocks’ from the self-titled debut album. Set for release via Flecktone Recordings, this instrumental, pastoral track featuring an array of electronica, pianos, guitars and percussion, delivers us a motorik, ghostly and infectious roller-skate bass groove.

This is the solo project of Will Foster, a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and arranger who was a member of acclaimed art-pop band Delicatessen, as well as Top 40 hit-scoring Lodger in the 1990s.

From the nine tracks featured on the LP, one other track ‘PowWow’ (edited version) is available for free download and streaming on Bandcamp. Its mix of light-filled lyricism and downright eeriness illustrates Foster’s knack for shifting mood, as well as pace and tone.

Available through digital stores and also as a digipak CD.

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1. Catatonic Voyage
2. Scatter’d
3. Out The Blocks
4. Sheepish Hello
5. Spartan Missile
6. PowWow
7. Plains Awash
8. Not There Yet (and it’s getting dark)
9. Mea Culpa



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Tongue & Groove Is Back!

gia on the move eventsAugust will mark 13 years of the monthly reading series, Tongue & Groove!

But first things first.  Another unique mix of writers performers that you’d be hard pressed to assemble anywhere else will be at The Hotel Cafe, 1623 1/2 N. Cahuenga Blvd. Hollywood, CA 90028, on Sunday July 31 at 6-7:30 pm.  Admission is $7.00

A monthly literary variety show with music produced by Conrad Romo. This  month Tongue and Groove  has the following lineup:

Pam Ward is an author/artist and L.A. native. An art advocate as well as an instructor and mentor at ART CENTER COLLEGE OF DESIGN, Pam has designed for politicians, community organizations and corporate America.  A former board member of Beyond Baroque Literary Foundation, Pam was also an artist-in-resident for the city of Los Angeles, Venice and Manhattan Beach.  After publishing two novels, “Want Some Get Some” and “Bad Girls Burn Slow,” and working on merging writing and graphic design, Pam produced the recent installation, My Life, LA: The Los Angeles Legacy Project, a poster project blending graphics with story/facts documenting the impact of Angelenos on the actual land. Her play, “I Didn’t Survive Slavery for This” has played throughout L.A. Currently she is working on the true story of her aunt a real Black Dahlia suspect.

David Darmstaedter lives in Topanga and travels the hills dressed in tinfoil underwear to summon ideas from the wild. He has written plays, screenplays, short stories and novels. His memoir ‘My Monster; is in eternal development with Mark Ruffalo and Ethan Hawke. He will be reading from his most current book in the works – Solly’s Shangri -La.

Beth Marquez stumbled into a spoken word tent at Lollapalooza when she was 13 and it changed her life. She co-hosted Java Gardens reading in Huntington Beach and attended the National Poetry Slam as an alternate for the Laguna Beach team. She’d been  published in the Moontide Press, Valley of Contemporary Poets, and Ugly Mug anthologies and elsewhere. She will be debuting a show based on her poetry at The Victory Theater in Burbank in September.

Rios de la Luz is a queer-xicana/chapina living in Portland, Oregon. She is brown and proud. She is the author of, The Pulse Between Dimensions and The Desert (Ladybox Books, 2015). Her work has been featured in Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Entropy, The Fem Lit Magazine, World Literature Today and St. Sucia.

Kristina Wong  is a performance artist, comedian and writer who has created five solo shows and one ensemble play that have toured throughout the United States and UK. She was recently featured in the New York Times’s Off Color series highlighting artists of color who use humor to make smart social statements about the sometimes subtle, sometimes obvious ways that race plays out in America today.  She’s been a frequent ommentator/guest with, xoJane, Playgirl Magazine, Huffington Post  and The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore to mention but a few places. She has been the recipient of numerous prestigious grants and residencies and not to brag, but Kristina has twice given the commencement speech at UCLA, her alma mater.  Her most recent solo show “The Wong Street Journal” navigates privilege and economic disparity and premieres in June 2015.

Linda Ravenswood with an aim towards inquiry, tantalization,  and uncovering, she speaks, stands, beckons, and reminds  viewers to hold memory, history, place and lineage as holy, yet available markers.  In these ways, Linda has evolved  an arts practice holding a strong and defining spatial, and theatrical course.  Recent work (2014¬2016) has appeared,  or been commissioned at The Broad Theatre, AWP/Pen Centre USA, Cornell University, The Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, The Angel’s Gate Cultural  Centre, The Artery, The Bootleg Theatre, Gallery 16 (San Francisco), The Lancaster  Museum, The Hollywood Fringe Festival, and Craftswoman House.  She has been published in 30 literary journals, her music has appeared in 3  documentary films (PBS), she has 4 books in print (Sybaritic Press, Mouthfeel Press, Gallery 16 Press, LACMA Press – forthcoming), and she is a 2016 Vermont Studio Centre fellow in Poetry.  Twice nominated for The Pushcart  Prize for Poetry, Linda is a lecturer, dramaturg and workshop presenter, most recently teaching at Occidental  College.  Linda Ravenswood is NDN, First Nation, (Pokanoket Nation) a Mayflower descendant on her mother’s  side, and an Indigenous Mestiza from Baja California Sur on her father’s side.  She was raised by Holocaust  survivors from WWII.

The Indee Artist Music Awards (IAMA) Return to Los Angeles

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U Rock Corporation is re-launching The Indee Artist Music Awards (IAMA) event based in Los Angeles County.

Now grown from a 300-seater venue to a 12,000-seater venue in just eight short years, thanks to overwhelming response from the Independent community, the IAMA has decided to open its doors and allow not only Independent Artists but also Independent Labels to participate in their illustrious event.

Founded by Lupe Rose, the idea of the Indee Artist Music Awards is to publicly acknowledge and reward outstanding achievements by members of the independent society in the various fields of the music industry globally. The first Indee Artist Music Award ceremony was held in 2008 at the DI of Lancaster California.

“Our mission is to promote and expose independent music artists and labels, to recognize artistry without the music politics & payola involved in the Awards Arena, and to play our part in ensuring that music thrives in Los Angeles.” ~CEO Lupe Rose.

The IAMA will also present INDEE WEEKEND, dedicated to Independent Artists, education through music conferences, important meet and greets with Music Labels and Private Independent Celebrity parties. Additional events, Ticket Sales and much more will be announced. This will be a televised event.

King Lear is ‘Undaunted’ at LOFT Ensemble

by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Movegia on the move theatre reviews king lear

“Nothing fools you better than the lie you tell yourself.”

Shakespeare’s 2nd greatest fool seemed somewhat absent in LOFT Ensemble’s current production of King Lear. And in fact, upon discussion and mild research, he was indeed a bit shaved from the play.

Actor Leon Mayne, whose personage fits an arguable description of the Fool as a young boy, delivered a demeanor that raposed somewhere in the middle of keen, entertaining wit and almost detached sulleness. He quite accurately in this production, is a mirror to the performance of actor Leon Russom in the title role.

Russom as Lear is guileless in his demonstration of a man realizing the quick deterioration of his own mind, standing by as if a voyeur to his own ‘play’.  He is not the vain, grand-gesturing king, who openly bullies his daughters Goneril and Regan, but a defeated man, once turned out by them. Lear is genuinely shocked.  His rage immediately becomes at one turn self-pity, at another spite, but most truly a man, a father, utterly lost and with much less determination to regain his status, and unable to grapple with his self-imposed circumstance.  Lear’s descent into madness is vividly self-observed.

The Fool is Lear’s conscience and the pathos of the play and very much our estimate of Lear depending on the view we take of him. Mayne’s somewhat introspective delivery of the Fool, sets up an ‘all Lear all the time’ energy for the audience and the rest of the ensemble cast, ‘checking’ Lear, stepping in as Lear’s caretaker now that Cordelia (played modernly naturalistic by Marissa Galloway) is absent, and moving the narration forward much less.

Two characters solve this dilemma however.  The absolutely large and driven performances of Mark Bramhall as Gloucester, and the fiery, undaunted tenor of Bruno Oliver as Kent who protect, serve and surround their king with fierce loyalty throughout the play, at great cost.

Additionally, Jon Tosetti as Albany and Bart Tangredi as Cornwall step up their performances somewhere in the middle adding punch and impact.

There are some sizzling moments in this production. The juxtaposition of Mike Mahaffey’s Edgar to Tor Jensen Brown’s Edmund is well-defined by both actors, as are the relationships by Lacy Altwine as Goneril and JoAnn Mendelson as Regan in their ambitious rivalry.

Slightly jarring is an inventive movement piece inserted into Lear’s wildest moments in the storm. A potential distraction, Russom overcomes any difficulties with focused,  ‘heavyweight’ gravitas.

Overall, LOFT Ensemble’s King Lear, directed by Bree Pavey is an aspiring, very (thankfully) fast-paced, purposeful production, topped by a dramatic finale. Recommended.

Fight choreography by Mike Mahaffey
Directed by Bree Pavey
With: Leon Russom, Leon Mayne, Mark Bramhall, Bruno Oliver, Lacy Altwine, JoAnn Mendelson, Marissa Galloway, Mike Mahaffey, Tor Jensen Brown, Bart Tangredi, Jon Tosetti, Matt Gorkis, Sondra Mayer, Daye Anne Hutton, Mikaela Moody, Daniel Joo, Jefferson, Marian Gonzalez and Chris Haas.

King Lear
Now Playing at LOFT Ensemble (new location)
For tickets and information visit: www.loftensemble.org

Star Trek: Beyond (What you think you already know)

How good it your general knowledge when it comes to the epic Star Trek franchise? Did you know, for instance, that Star Trek was the first TV show in US history to show an interracial kiss? Or that the release date of Star Trek Beyond was chosen because that day is the anniversary of the original TV series debut? Here are a few teasers by our friends at Morph Costumes to celebrate this week’s opening.

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