Scorsese – American Crime Requiem Explodes The Wallis Stage

by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move

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“On every street in very city there’s a nobody who dreams of being a somebody.”

A robust mélange of dirty street slang, slut slink, curses, violence and sex took center stage at the Wallis Annenberg in Beverly Hills last Thursday night, September 29, 2016, for the official opening of, For the Record: Scorsese – American Crime Requiem. But it was the set list, blazing concert light grid and hard, heavy, rock & roll belting that brought the house down with a WHAM, BAM!!!

Cramming filthy dialog, crass sketches and over-the-top bad boys and girls alike from Scorsese films – Casino, Goodfellas, Mean Streets, The Departed, The Wolf of Wall Street and Taxi Driver, the immersive concert mash-up is a ‘revolutionizing’ live musical theater experience by acclaimed company, For The Record, currently returned to Los Angeles.

Step into Marty’s Place – a four tier venue (including  orchestra pit) that takes audiences from a Lower East Side dive bar to an Italian restaurant, a Las Vegas casino and a classic rock stage. More than a few miscreants – and all characters you will recognize – highlight 40 years of Scorsese storytelling on film.

There is absolutely nothing subtle about this production or a single moment of wistful pause. Forget about comic irony or any other literary device. And definitely don’t look for any feel-good Italian culture in any of this. The vignettes are cringe-worthy.  The bits almost extraneous to the music.  Much of the actual script reads incidental to the production really, with strung-together characters grinding through interchangeable story-lines that just happen to be Scorsese. But stylistically this deliciously excessive extravaganza is on the money from language, to costume to supernova vocals and a whole lot of attitude to go around. These peeps ‘put out’!

And although its difficult to tally the overwhelming number of  fucks that are uttered throughout the evening, they are most liberally spread (and…occasionally that’s not all).

Front to back, For The Record: Scorsese – American Crime Requiem knocks audiences up, down and around with salacious hilarity. The eye-popping, showstopping cast will blow you away.

Featuring all-stars, Tony Award-Winner John Lloyd Young, Tony Award-Nominee Carmen Cusack, Pia Toscano, Lindsey Gort and Grammy Award-Nominee B. Slade. Plus, For The Record Alums James Byous, Dionne Gipson, Olivia Harris, Doug Kreeger, Justin Mortelliti, Jason Paige and Zak Resnick.


Regenerative ‘Superwheat’ Debuts in Long Root Ale

gia on the move beerKernza a “superwheat” perennial grain derived from an ancient form of wheatgrass is making its debut via Long Root Ale, a Northwest-Style Pale Ale made in partnership with Patagonia Provisions and Hopworks Urban Brewery in Portland, Oregon.

Long Root Ale is the first commercially available beer to be made with Kernza via organic regenerative agricultural practices that restore soil biodiversity, sequestering carbon and growing crops all without fertilizers or pesticides. The process is another step towards transforming agricultural practices and supporting sustainable farming.

gia on the move beerLong Root Ale is made with organic two-row barley, organic yeast and a blend of organic Northwest hops, resulting in a beer with resinous, grapefruit hop aromas and flavor and a balanced maltiness. The addition of 15 percent Kernza adds a slight spiciness to the dry, crisp finish.

Long Root Ale is available as of yesterday (September 3, 2016) in 16 oz cans in Whole Foods Market locations in California, Oregon and Washington. In addition, select Whole Foods Market bar-restaurants and both Hopworks locations will serve the beer on draft, as will the Miir Flagship Store in Seattle.


LUNAFEST Returns to San Pedro International Film Festival

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LUNAFEST®, the fundraising film festival dedicated to promoting awareness about women’s issues, highlighting women filmmakers, and bringing women together in their communities, returns for its second year at the 5th Annual San Pedro International Film Festival at The Space on Pacific in San Pedro, CA on October 9, 2016.

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Ninera by San Francisco-based filmmaker Diane Weipert

Through this unique film festival women as leaders illustrated through nine short films by women filmmakers. The films range from animation to fictional drama, and cover topics such as women’s health, motherhood, body image, aging, cultural diversity and breaking barriers.

All proceeds from LUNAFEST will benefit the Breast Cancer Fund.

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Nkosi Coiffure by Brussels, Belgium-based filmmaker Frederike Migom

Lucy Liu at the American Theatre Wing Gala

gia on the move fashionLucy Liu attended the 2016 American Theatre Wing Gala Honoring Cicely Tyson in New York City this week. Looking as beautifully ‘Lucy’ as ever, the actress accented her pink floral gown with a trend-defying Tyler Ellis’ Jamie Clutch in Silver. It’s not on the website yet and order by request only. But you can be sure you’ll need to save your pennies for this one. Nevertheless, we love it. Timeless and classic. This accessory will be in your style repertoire for years to come.


Nothing Neutral About “Charm” at Celebration Theatre

Reviewed by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move
Lana Houston and Rebekah Walendzak star in the Celebration Theatre's West Coast Premiere of "CHARM."

Lana Houston and Rebekah Walendzak star in the Celebration Theatre’s West Coast Premiere of “CHARM.”

In no way is Charm, currently playing at Celebration Theatre on Hollywood Row, unpredictable or a shocker or immediately enthralling. Notwithstanding a very ‘everything’ Mama Darleena (Lana Houston), exquisitely coiffed and perfectly winsome in every scene.

Let’s face it, if one has ever lived or shopped anywhere remotely by the corner of Santa Monica Blvd and La Brea Ave, in Los Angeles, it’s never been hard to notice the [colorful] array of working girls, pre-ops and other gender spectrum that regularly hang out.

On the surface, Charm doesn’t cut new cloth or break new ground in so much as how today’s transgender, gender-neutral community might react to it. The simplistic title and kickin’ club pop interludes, certainly add flavor, but they merely allude to the superficiality of the moment, not the richness of the material.

For in Charm, there is a solid, singular point that screams loudly, making this story in reality, one of the more important plays a young person of any gender should see and experience.


Set in “The Center,” a shelter and safe space for LGBTQ, Charm explores the ever more complex issue of Gender Identity through Mama Darleena Andrews, an older, black transgender woman who arrives at the center to teach a class in charm to a youth group.

It’s ridiculous. Or so everyone thinks, including the center’s director of programming, ‘D’ (Rebekah Walendzak) who is happy to have Darleena there, but unnerved by her old-fashioned and potentially harmful methods of distinction.

And here’s where this world gets sticky. This particular group of young and not so young people are many things: on the street, poor, outcast, isolated, living with extraordinary, real fear, hiding in plain sight in gangs, incredibly conflicted about themselves or crossing back and forth from boy to girl at will like a Game of Life.

When Darleena steps in, the entire idea of ‘gender-neutral’ is completely challenged. She herself made a choice long ago about her own sex and in more than merely subtle ways, is instructing these young people to do the same. There are the makeup classes, the clothing choices, the tea party preparations and the dancing lessons which require a definitively unambiguous boy or girl partner.

None of this goes over well at first. But interestingly enough, against current transgender ideals of non-conformity, through etiquette and some old-school let’s get real, Darleena opens their respective eyes to the actual possibility of not just choosing the identity they want, or the labels of one. But living it. Ultimately they learn to accept themselves in their own unique ways.

Narratively and choreographically Charm is a bit of a tangle. But considering the chaos in which all these characters live, when the most truthful moments are given their deserved pauses, they land with considerable and definitive impact. And there is a substantial amount of hilarity and downright honest to goodness street smarts. The tough relationships are revealing.

Written by Philip Dawkins
Direct by Michael Matthews
With (in alphabetical order): Chris Aguila, Esteban Andres Cruz, Armand Fields, Tre Hall, Alexander Hogy, Lana Houston, Ashley Romans, Shoniqua Shandai, Rebekah Walendzak

Celebration Theatre @ The Lex
6760 Lexington Ave.
Los Angeles, CA , 90038

For more information, tickets and the online show program check the listing page.

Epic Street League Women Skateboarding

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On October 2, 2016, Street League Skateboarding (SLS) Nike SB Super Crown World Championship will, for the second year in a row, include a women’s division bringing together the world’s best female street skateboarders to compete for the title of World Champion.

The eight selected skateboarders will not only compete in front of an anticipated sold-out crowd at the Galen Center at USC in Los Angeles for the ultimate title. They will be competing for the year’s highest first-place prize in women’s street skateboarding – a $30,000 purse and a Championship G-Shock Watch.

Curated in conjunction with the Women’s Skateboarding Alliance (WSA), the Women’s Championship line-up is highly competitive. Since the 2015 inaugural Women’s contest in SLS, the pool of elite female skaters has grown rapidly.

This year’s skaters competing for the title of SLS Nike SB Super Crown World Champion are:
Lacey Baker
Pamela Rosa
Mariah Duran
Alexis Sablone
Vanessa Torres
Alana Smith
Monica Torres
and reigning Super Crown World Champion, Leticia Bufoni

*This event will also be live webcast around the world on October 2, 2016, starting at starting at 8:20pm ET and there will be a dedicated one hour special telecast on FS1 and FOX Sports GO on October 9th at 7:30 PM ET in the USA. Check the website for more info and for information on the men’s division.
Access the live stream of the Tour stops through the FOX Sports GO app or at
International fans can catch entire the official live webcast exclusively on


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Miss Saigon in Cinemas for Epic 25th Anniversary Event

gia on the move film theatreBoublil and Schönberg’s legendary musical, Miss Saigon is coming to select cinemas nationwide for a special one-night event on Thursday, September 22, in honor of its 25th anniversary.

Captured live in front of a sold-out audience at London’s Prince Edward Theatre, this epic love story tells the tragic tale of young bar girl Kim, orphaned by war, who falls in love with American GI Chris – but their lives are torn apart by the fall of Saigon.

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Eva Noblezada as Kim in Boublil and Schönberg’s legendary musical, Miss Saigon. Fathom Events, Universal Pictures and Picturehouse Entertainment.

This special event features a finale of epic proportions with appearances from the original cast, including Jonathan Pryce, Lea Salonga and Simon Bowman.