San Pedro International Film Festival Celebrates 5th Year

gia on the move films moviesThe San Pedro International Film Festival (SPIFFest) celebrates its 5th anniversary presenting one of the South Bay’s largest film festivals from October 6-16, 2016 in San Pedro’s Historic Waterfront District.

The festival will spotlight expanded multimedia programming including art, music and the latest technology innovations in virtual reality.

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October 15 Dark Progressivism: On Rupture and Rebellion reveals the creative and social forces behind some of the most important artists today like Saber, Cryptik, Defer, Big Sleeps, Gajin Fujita, Prime, Patrick Martinez, Chaz Bojórquez,  and Chuey Quintanar.

The festival kicks off October 6th during San Pedro’s First Thursday Artwalk with an art exhibition in conjunction with the documentary Dark Progressivism, directed by Rodrigo Ribera d’Ebre.  The film covers LA’s history of murals, tagging and street art born during the urban upheaval of the 80s and 90s. The film screens October 15 as part of an evening of programming presented with the San Pedro Waterfront Arts District in the historic Warner Grand Theatre.*

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October 15 Playing Lecouna, a performance-based tribute to legendary Cuban pianist Ernesto Lecuona.

A screening of Playing Lecuona follows, the stunning documentary film that explores Cuban pianist & composer Ernesto Lecuona’s influence through the lens of three of the maestro’s most well-known jazz pianist descendants:  Chucho Valdés, son of renowned bandleader and composer Bebo Valdés;  Gonzalo Rubalcaba, a Cuban from the generation after Chucho;  and the Dominican Michel Camilo.

October 8th
SPIFFest presents its first tech event with a look at Virtual Reality and its applications in cinema and entertainment, featuring a panel discussion and demo of the latest works by some of today’s top VR innovators including Oscar winning visual affects artist Kevin Mack (What Dreams May Come, 1999)

October 14
Music store Alva’s hosts a music showcase  with innovative master of styles, John Heussenstamm (Surf Punks, Deniece Williams).  Live music follows with his Blues Fusion Trio, featuring special guest jazz pianist Ron Kobayashi (Mel Tormé, Peter Frampton, Tom Scott).

 

Get Your Free Haus Dogs in Pasadena on August 26

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To commemorate 6 years of delicious dogs, and recent menu additions of six new draught beers, Fosselman’s premium milkshakes and soft-serve, locals and long-time fans are invited to swing by Dog Haus located at 105 N. Hill Ave in Pasadena, California for a free Haus Dog on Friday, August 26th.

Guests can stop by from 11am-10pm and enjoy from a selection of Dog Haus’ seven hot dog creations featuring signature all beef skinless dogs served up on grilled Hawaiian rolls.

Options will include favorites like:

  • Sooo Cali, with arugula, tomato, crispy onions, spicy basil aioli and avocado
  • Downtown Dog, featuring a smoked bacon wrapped dog topped with caramelized onions, pickled peppers, mayo, mustard and ketchup;
  • or the new Free Bird turkey dog, with avocado, ranch, smoked bacon and fresh tomato.

 

Here’s How to Make Sure No Kid Goes Hungry Today

Today’s Goal:
Serve one million pancakes to make an impact in the lives of hungry children across America.

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At least one in every five children (over sixteen million) across the U.S. struggles to get the food they need to grow and thrive.

gia on the move pancakesSo today, Tuesday August 23 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., IHOP restaurants and No Kid Hungry will come together again in the fight against child hood hunger. nationwide will offer a short stack of their world-famous buttermilk pancakes for just $1 with 100% of the proceeds benefiting No Kid Hungry.

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Participating IHOP Restaurants in the United States

This Band Will ‘Self-Destruct’ on November 18, 2016

“Strap yourselves in … INCOMING!” ~Metallica’s Lars Ulrich

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The 2 CD / 2 Vinyl set of the Grammy® Award winning Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee’s first studio album since 2008’s multi-platinum Death Magnetic,  Hardwired…To Self-Destruct is set to release on November 18th via Blackened Recordings and is available for pre-order at Metallica.com

TRACKLISTING
Regular Album (on CD, Vinyl and Digital formats):

Disc One
1. Hardwired
2. Atlas, Rise!
3. Now That We’re Dead
4. Moth Into Flame
5. Am I Savage?
6. Halo On Fire

Disc Two
1. Confusion
2. Dream No More
3. ManUNkind
4. Here Comes Revenge
5. Murder One
6. Spit Out The Bone
Deluxe Version (On CD & Vinyl only):

Disc One
1. Hardwired
2. Atlas, Rise!
3. Now That We’re Dead
4. Moth Into Flame
5. Am I Savage?
6. Halo On Fire

Disc Two
1. Confusion
2. Dream No More
3. ManUNkind
4. Here Comes Revenge
5. Murder One
6. Spit Out The Bone

Disc Three
1. Lords Of Summer
2. Riff Charge (Riff Origins)
3. N.W.O.B.H.M. A.T.M. (Riff Origins)
4. Tin Shot (Riff Origins)
5. Plow (Riff Origins)
6. Sawblade (Riff Origins)
7. RIP (Riff Origins)
8. Lima (Riff Origins)
9. 91 (Riff Origins)
10. MTO (Riff Origins)
11. RL72 (Riff Origins)
12. Frankenstein (Riff Origins)
13. CHI (Riff Origins)
14. X Dust (Riff Origins)

Photo Credit: Herring & Herring

Project Runway’s Nick Verreos Has a ‘Passion for Fashion’

gia on the move project runway fashionFormer Season 2 Project Runway contestant and celebrity fashion designer-turned-author, Nick Verreos is releasing his first book (with a foreword written by pop icon and Project Runway host Tim Gunn),  A Passion for Fashion: Achieving Your Fashion Dreams One Thread at a Time, on August 23, 2017.

Since his Project Runway stint, Verreos has dressed celebrities like Beyoncé, Katy Perry, Heidi Klum, Carrie Underwood, and Academy Award-winning actress Marlee Matlin. As a red carpet fashion expert and correspondent, he has reported for E! Entertainment, TV Guide, Style Network, NBC, and CNN International.

In 10 easy-to-read chapters, Verreos debunks common myths and reveals the harsh realities of the fashion industry.  He takes modern fashion professionals through the steps of finding your place and standing out from the pack from being a prospective fashion student, creating a portfolio to land a dream job, launching a new label and how to get your designs on the red carpet.

One Audition Book to Rule Them All

gia on the move shakespeare auditionsIn the world of performing arts, one audition trumps them all when it comes to sweating palms and butterflies in the stomach – the dreaded Shakespeare speech. Casting Director Donna Soto-Morettini remembers her first Shakespeare monologue…because who could forget it? Preparing Shakespeare’s texts can be a bit like a literary puzzle.

In her game-changing new book, Mastering the Shakespeare Audition, the only one of its kind on the market, Soto-Morettini provides a definitive guide that actors of any level can use to face auditions in only 35 concentrated hours, with confidence in the quest to get the role of their dreams.

 

Hansen Natural Soda ‘Takin’ it to the Street – Art’

gia on the move natural foods graffitiOn Friday night, August 12, 2016, Hansens Natural Soda celebrated art and people by partnering with the Mar Vista Art Department in Venice, California with a one-night-only opening of Hansens House designed to bring west coast street art artists, musicians and other adventure seekers together to create one-of-a-kind originality at its one-of-a-kind party.

gia on the move natural foods graffitiWhile we could describe in words just how cool the Pedicab transporters, high-octane sets by Stones Throw Records DJ Peanut Butter Wolf & J-Rocc, party games, pinball, skate boarder giveaways, inspired cuisine by Chef Steven Fretz and California’s own original beverage (since 1935) were, show and tell is so much better!

Five premier L.A. street artists demonstrated once again with breath-taking live-painting murals that ‘All the worlds a canvas stage’ most specifically on the streets of Venice.  And you can see them right now for yourself by visiting the area.

#HansensHouse      #OriginalTaste

Here are the artists:

Apexer – theapexer.com
His work has been shown extensively both in the Bay Area and abroad. Recent group exhibitions include Calligraffiti: Writing in Contemporary Chinese and Latino Art, Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena, CA (2009); Bay Area Now 4, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco (2005), White Walls and the Luggage Store Gallery. He was the artist in residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts (2007), and was featured in documentaries and publications regarding the Mission District in San Francisco.

gia on the move natural foods graffitiStarfightera – christinaangelina.com
Venice-based artist, street artist, photographer, producer and gallerist. She currently owns and operates StarFighter Studios, a gallery and production studio in Venice and California.

MadSteez – madsteez.com
After being born blind in his left eye and given 3hree first names (Mark Paul Deren), MADSTEEZ is a multi-faceted artist/designer based in WEENSV!LLE, CA. Growing up on the outskirts of Washington DC, surrounded by nicknames and the oh so frequent game of biscuit, his HEYD!K sense of humor emerged.

DJN3FF – canlove.org
CANLOVE has exhibited in Los Angeles, New York, Miami and London and they continue to gain global interest and momentum. Their work combines innovation, chaos, process, pain, curiosity, passion, wonder, whimsy and purpose. It fits somewhere within the merging worlds of art, sustainability, community and design.

Wyatt Mills – hijinxarts.com/wyatt-mills
Since moving to Los Angeles over two years ago, Mills has exhibited with Project Gallery, Sam Francis Gallery, Superchief Gallery, at Bergamot Station and at Miami Project with Visual Arts Gallery.

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