Monthly Archives: June 2012


Track stars will “hand-off” to music stars at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Track & Field when Platinum-selling recording group Eve 6 perform at TrackTown Plaza on Friday, June 29 in Eugene, OR.

The special entertainment event organized by USA Track & Field will bring Eve 6 to the stage as they tour in support of their new album,Speak in Code. The group’s set will begin following the conclusion of track competition, shortly past 5 p.m. PST. Admission is free and open to the public.

“Most premier sports properties now have a musical and entertainment element that brings popular culture into the sports culture,” USATF CEO Max Siegel said. “TrackTown has been a tremendous host for the sport. We wanted to thank the city, all track and field fans and everyone who has worked to make the Trials a success by providing world-class musical entertainment to celebrate 10 days of great competition.”

Formed in 1995, Southern California based trio Eve 6 took over alternative rock airwaves in 1998 with their platinum selling, debut self-titled album, which featured the massive hits “Inside Out,””Leech” and “Tongue Tied.”  The band found great success again with their follow-up gold selling album Horrorscope that included the mainstream hit “Here’s to the Night.” In 2003, the band released It’s All In Your Head, which featured yet another hit, “Think Twice”, before going on hiatus a year later.  The band reformed in 2007 and spent the next several years touring, writing and recording.  In 2012, EVE 6 are at it again, taking over rock radio with their latest single “Victoria” off their new album, Speak in Code.


Tune in and watch BET AWARDS 12 on Sunday, July 1st live from The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles at 8:00 p.m*!

For the third year in a row, BET Music Matters artists will have the distinction of gracing the BET AWARDS stage.  BET’s Music Matters will again cast the spotlight on new talent who are on their way to being the next BET superstars.  Jennah Bell and Charles Perry will take the stage during BET AWARDS 12 to give the world a sneak peek of their talents.  Hailing from Oakland, CA, Jennah Bell is a singer, songwriter and musician whose sound consists of alternative, folk and soul. She recently completed the “Making Music Herstory” project and is living in New York City.  Brooklyn native Charles Perry was once described by Luther Vandross as “ferocious” and predicted a long-lasting solo career at the age of 16 years old. With the experience of performing by superstars like the late Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston, Charles is now focused on his upcoming solo album.

Leading up to the Awards, BET Networks provided an opportunity for hopeful artists to display their talents on its Next Big Music Star Mobile Tour.  After traveling to 5 cities, where hundreds of aspiring artists auditioned to be the BET Awards Next Big Music Star, the videos have been viewed and the votes tallied. The BET Awards Next Big Music Star is Marquis “DMT The Rapper” Taylor of Atlanta, GA.  DMT The Rapper received a round-trip and exclusive access to BET AWARDS 12 and will appear at the 106 & PARK Pre-Show for his achievement. Writing since he was 12, DMT prides himself in rapping without the use of profanity.  See more of DMT The Rapper and the 3 runners up at

Marquis “DMT The Rapper” Taylor

BET Networks has also just added more exciting talent to its list of presenters and performers for the BET AWARDS 12. Jamie Foxx, Quentin Tarantino, Tyler Perry and Laz Alonso will join previously announced presenters Kevin Hart, Cedric the Entertainer, Taraji P. Henson, Meagan Good and superstar host, Samuel L. Jackson.  Added to the already stellar line up of musical performers are BET’s SUNDAY BEST judge Yolanda Adams, Season 4 winner Amber Bullock, Season 2 winner Y’Anna Crawley and Season 2 1st runner-up Jessica Reedy. Previously announced top performers include D’Angelo, Usher, Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross, Wale, Meek Mill, 2 Chainz, Big Sean, and G.O.O.D. Music, all performing live at The Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, July 1, 2012 at 8:00 pm*.

*All times are ET/PT.

Comic-Con International 2012: Pure Star Wars Junk Food! Plus There’s a Saber Relay Race…


Comic-Con International 2012 is just a few weeks away! At the San Diego Convention Center July 12-15, badges are already sold out but that doesn’t mean you can’t get in the spirit.

Junk Food Launches Innovative Scan to Give T-shirts for Comic-Con in Partnership with Star Wars™

Fashionistas, athletes and Star-Wars fanatics can once again simultaneously embrace fashion and tech, as a savvy QR Code is embedded in each t-shirt.

When scanned, these QR Codes take users to an online auction benefitting the Make a Wish Foundation, as well as exciting VIP experiences and exclusive race memorabilia from the upcoming July 7th one-of-a-kind light saber relay race, Course of the Force. The Junk Food Course of the Force QR Code tee is a limited edition tee from Junk Food‘s Star Wars Collection, powered by Promojam.



Click here to download a PDF of the Comic-Con Shuttle Service, including a map showing the routes and stops!


The results are in! The coveted Vendy Cup was awarded to  Chef Sumant Pardal of India Jones Chow Truck at today’s 2nd annual LA Vendy Awards, sponsored by The Street Vendor Project at the Urban Justice Center. Hundreds of street food lovers came to Pan Pacific Park for this year’s intense grill-to-grill cook-off to determine LA’s top street chef. Categories this year also included the People’s Choice Award, handed out to the crowd favorite.


The 2012 LA Vendy Award Winners:
Vendy Cup:  Chef Sumant Pardal of India Jones Chow Truck



People’s Choice Award: Caridad Vazquez of Karina’s Food  

People’s Choice Award: Caridad Vazquez of Karina’s Food

“Every year, the Vendy Awards get bigger and better, and this year was another huge success,” said Sean Basinski, Director of the Street Vendor Project at the Urban Justice Center. “We’re proud to be back in Los Angeles, shining a spotlight on LA’s incredible street food and vibrant street culture, and to honor these vendors who keep thousands Los Angeles residents well fed and satisfied.”

The winner of the coveted Vendy Cup was determined by a star-studded panel of judges, who evaluated the vendors on a number of factors, including flavor, portability and personality. Host of this year’s awards was comedian and TV personality James Cunningham, and judges included The Spice Table’s Brian Ng, Top’s Chef’s Lee Ann Wong and editor of New York Magazine’s Grub Street Los Angeles, Hadley Tomicki. Music was provided by ArtistsPalooza, a non-profit organization that provides creative support and resources to help artists develop their careers.

Starting in May, LA street food enthusiasts were encouraged to nominate their favorite street vendor online. Loyal customers packed the ballot boxes to determine which sidewalk chefs would face off as finalists.

The Vendy Awards are an annual event organized by Street Vendor Project (SVP) at the Urban Justice Center, a membership-based organization of more than 1,300 vendors. SVP’s famed Vendy Awards have determined New York City’s top street chef for 8 years, and have become one of the most beloved and widely anticipated food events in New York, Los Angeles and Philadelphia. In Los Angeles, the Vendy Awards will serve as a fundraiser for L.A. City Farm, a non-profit whose goal is to make locally farmed organic produce and prepared foods more easily available to Southern Californian communities.

Follow the Vendy Awards on Twitter for the latest news and announcements at @vendyawards.


The Vendy Awards are an annual benefit event for the non-profit the Street Vendor Project at the Urban Justice Center. The Street Vendor Project is a membership-based project with more than 1,300 active vendor members who are working together to create a vendors’ movement for permanent change. The Street Vendor Project is part of the Urban Justice Center, a non-profit organization that provides legal representation and advocacy to various marginalized groups of New Yorkers.

Diary of a Sociopathic Freakazoid

by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move

Diary of a Sociopathic Freakazoid, hollywood fringe, theatreDiary of a Sociopathic Freakazoid as written and directed by Richard Crawford is supposed to be a relentless exploration of the mind of a sociopath and the consequences of his freakish actions over the course of a week in his Manhattan apartment. As for myself, I would more likely describe it as the heinous and pathetic behavior of the most selfish, self-serving, self-centered person anyone could ever imagine.

There is absolutely nothing likable about the main character played by Mr. Crawford himself. Childish, envious and resentful of anyone else’s joy, or sanity for that matter, there are no bounds to how he wrecks the lives of others. As a sociopath, he absolutely lives up to the dictionary definition which reads: a person with a personality disorder manifesting itself in extreme antisocial attitudes and behavior and a lack of conscience.

But there are other factors that wreak havoc in this play. Unintelligible dialog from other cast members, actors that were largely off the mark inside a story that often made no sense to the audience, a set that looked like a typical classroom rag pile, and the irritating, melodramatic music that continuously attempted to lead the audience to one emotion or another – unsuccessfully. In fact, although I often naggingly thought it was a comedy, I was pretty sure that I was supposed to take this all seriously. And that was difficult to do.

The one absolute save for this entire production was the thankfully lovely performance by Ruthie Stephens who plays the sister to the head case, reeling the production in and giving it a center as was true to her actual character, until, of course, her own brother screws her in the worst way.

Definitely a theatre production more on the experimental side. Self-described as “relentless” basically captures the essence of this show.

This review originally appeared on LA Theatre Review

Sharon Hayes: There’s so much I want to say to you

Sharon Hayes: There’s so much I want to say to you, is the artist’s largest museum installation to date. The exhibition features works across many mediums exploring the connections between love, politics, and history with a focus on the language and tools of political dissent.

June 21–September 9

Sharon Hayes

Sharon Hayes (b. 1970) is a New York–based artist who uses photography, film, video, sound, and performance to examine the nexus between politics, history, speech, and desire. This exhibition brings together existing pieces and newly commissioned works, all of which articulate forms of what Hayes calls “speech acts.” The works are presented within an environment designed by Hayes for the Whitney’s third floor galleries, in collaboration with artist Andrea Geyer.