SING Hits Theaters Today. Watch The Videos.

Don’t let fear stop you from doing the thing you love.

gia on the move film musicFrom the new #SingMovie which just hit theaters today watch Jimmy Fallon, Paul McCartney and the “Sing” Cast Perform “Wonderful Christmastime.”

Jimmy Fallon, The Roots and Paul McCartney join Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson, Seth MacFarlane, Tori Kelly and the animated characters of SING for an a cappella rendition of “Wonderful Christmastime”

And here is the new music video for ‘Faith’ by Stevie Wonder featuring Ariana Grande

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What To Gift The Modern Man

gia on the move food menHe’s hip. He’s smart. He’s discerning. A lover of fine wood craft, enthusiastic to get his hands dirty in a workshop or  outdoor adventurous as much as satisfying his need for luxury shoe shopping or purchasing the perfect lapel. Is a consummate epicurean cuisinier.  And yet a fierce gastronome of all things beer and barbecue!

Complex? Not really. And here’s the good news.  There’s a definitive destination for that.

For modern men looking to discover an American artisan food lifestyle resource, Mantry is the leading Food-of-the-Month club for men in North America. An engaging, ‘how to’ cook, shop and eat experience that delivers remarkable, down-home, indulgence that every guy can appreciate, enjoy and share.

Holiday gifting…done!

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Art Finds a Home at Superfine! 2016

gia on the move art miamiThe 2016 Miami Art Week edition of Superfine! The Fairest Fair proved that you need not be an oligarch or trust fund heir to collect incredible, inspired artwork.

This year’s fair hosted over 40 thought provoking, mind and body bending exhibitors including artists from Miami’s LGBTQ community, hailing from all four corners of the globe. And collectors young and old, new and established, all discovered a refreshing respite with hip, fresh work curated to reflect a core value of accessibility and challenge to the status quo.

The best part? They got it all on tape.

#superfinemiami

Russian Electro-Pop Tesla Boy Arrives With “Circles” Video

gia on the move musicIf you feel like you’re waking up to the weirdest day ever, here’s something to channel your inner strange.

Some things you should know about Tesla Boy:

1. They’re a Russian quartet made up of Anton Sevidov, Leo Zatagin, Stas “Pioneerball” Astakhov, and Mike Studnitsyn.

2. They make synth-stoked electronica with a pinch of 80s new wave pop. Remember Zoot Woman / Jacques Lu Cont / Les Rythmes Digitales? Probably not, but there are hints of all Stuart Price’s acts in Tesla Boy’s polished curves.

3. Back in March they released a video for “Nothing” directed by LA auteur Ryan Patrick, who’s helmed videos for Cut Copy, The Weeknd and more. It’s less a music video than a rad short film featuring a girl under house arrest. She’s visited by some social worker peeps and asked to show them, using a life-size burlap doll, “what happened to Sergei.” This leads to the most brilliantly freaky and fabulous interpretive dancing and elegant dry humping sequence. As if a fully grown Maddie Ziegler was reworking Lars and the Real Girl as a murderous musical. She re-enacts her entire relationship with Sergei and we’re officially in love with this lead actress Jade-Lorna Sullivan.

4. For their video for “Circles”—a house-meets-Italo-disco number—they re-team with Patrick and Sullivan and the results are similarly stunning. It all takes place in a Chinese restaurant where faces are peeled and waving roast chickens are tangoed with. App dating is also involved in the storyline, and just like with “Nothing” some sick choreography is deployed (thanks to Denna Thomsen, who’s worked with Sigur Ros and Sia).

It’s A Hit, It’s A Hit, It’s A Hit! – Merrily We Roll Along at The Wallis

by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move

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Spilt milk, sour grapes and friendships down the drain. Who would have thought that the most sobering musical ending the year could also turn out to be one of the most satisfying.

Audiences just didn’t understand it back in 1981; the opposite linear format of telling a story backwards, or the need to be so depressing. The Broadway production, then directed by Harold Prince, opened to mostly negative reviews, although Sondheim’s score was widely praised. Critics and audiences alike felt it possibly circuitous and the themes left a sour taste in their mouths. And who wanted sit through a recounting of a person’s failures anyway, right?

But life is not a straight line and the road to the top is as jagged as a meat cutter. And when you ‘arrive’, there’s a very good chance you’ll be the only one who’s made it. In Frank Shepard’s case, “It’s lonely at the top” isn’t so much a catch phrase as it is an excruciating reality.

But the story of how he got there is what oddly is soothing and terribly sad.

Merrily We Roll Along is a musical with a book by George Furth and lyrics and music by Stephen Sondheim. It is based on the 1934 play of the same name by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart.

The story rolls back over 20 years of the life of Franklin Shepard, once a talented, penniless composer of Broadway musicals, who has now abandoned his friends and his songwriting career to become a wealthy producer of Hollywood movies. Merrily We Roll Along curates the key moments in Frank’s life which point precisely to how he got there and what he gave up (ahem…a lot).

Directed by Michael Arden, what might have been a downer years ago, is now refreshed by no less than Arden’s signature dynamics. The play has air. And choreographed by Eamon Foley it is physically patterned much like a dance, where the chore reveals the leading man after abandoning his love, returning to find that she is dead and he is left to wallow in his own grief.

The performances by the entire cast are so wonderfully naturalistic as they are set in the 70’s. There are more than a few stellar moments in this show notably and especially by Wayne Brady who plays lead character and colleague/friend of Frank, Charley Kringas as well as the leading man himself. Aaron Lazar (Franklin Shepard) delivers a completely likeable Shepard throughout the journey even through the hurtful, neglectful moments. Donna Vivino as Shepard’s other best friend Mary Flynn is so down to earth that even in the crazy there is no lack of empathy. Whitney Bashor as Beth Spenser, Shepard’s wife, adds an interesting perspective after that of Kringas and calls up the question, “Who’s fault really is the dissolution of friendships?”.

Really, though, Merrily We Roll Along, in every way is a hit.

The Play About The Baby is Dangerous and Gorgeous

by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move

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“If you don’t have wounds, how can you know you’re alive?”

Strange and vast was the mind of playwright Edward Albee as referenced in The Road Theater’s current version of  The Play About The Baby directed to perfection by Andre Barron.

An illusory, complex story on the surface, the play takes the audience down a fundamental path about the deeply painful experience of loss of innocence and immaturity while awakening to suffering, pain, survival and ultimately – the greatest reward of having gone through it all – life.

It’s a giant, all encompassing theme that Albee’s play boldly and deeply addresses through bizarre comedies and intricate precisely manufactured games. Granted permission by the playwright himself to The Road Theatre, Barron moves this play down simultaneous, surreal, sinister and hilarious places.

In The Play About The Baby, we witness a young couple, set in a sort of “Garden of Eden” with only their love for one another to express and explore…until a man and a woman tell the couple that they are here to take their baby and subsequently seek to convince the boy and girl that there was no baby at all.

The couple’s journey is dark and beautiful and startling as it is absurd and even soothing, expressing utterly, the power of human existence.

The Play About The Baby is a gorgeous, dangerous experience, equally performed to excellence by the entire cast, Allison Blaize (Girl), Philip Orazio (Boy), Sam Anderson (Man) and Taylor Gilbert (Woman).

It is hands down one of The Road Theatre’s most extraordinary productions.