Game of Thrones Live Experience

Game of Thrones Live Experience

GAME OF THRONES at the Forum – Sept 9th

You may not have heard of Ramin Djawadi, but I’ll guarantee you’ve heard his music, because this 44-year-old, German/Iranian composer has produced over a hundred soundtracks and scores for major films and TV shows, including HBO’s “Game of Thrones” for which he recently won an Emmy.

Following the smash success of their TV series, HBO launched the ‘Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience’ with Djawadi performing his masterpieces in massive arenas throughout Europe and America. The show features a live orchestra & a 20-piece choir (all dressed for the part), giant screens with stunning visuals, pyrotechnics, changing stage design, and a plethora of unusual instruments, all serving to give the audience an immersive musical experience of all seven seasons of Game of Thrones.

On the screen, horses charge and dragons shoot out fire, while above the stage, real fire blasts out, and on the stage, musicians build to a heart-pumping climax. You can’t help but get Goosebumps all over your body. It’s a thrill, and judging by the roar of the audience, they all feel it.

The music breathes life into the characters –  as Djawadi says: “The White Walkers have a mysterious, icy sound from a glass harmonica. The cello and violin for the Starks and the Lannisters. The Dothraki have the duduk – an Armenian ethnic wood wind instrument. Arya has a hammered dulcimer.” And Djawadi not only conducts his talented orchestra, but also, at various points, plays piano, the hammered dulcimer and electric guitar, each with impressive prowess. It’s as if the music has become a character of the series – I mean, what GoT fan can’t hum the theme tune?

It’s more than a performance, it really is an experience. A thrilling ride to Westeros, King’s landing, or the Wall. It’s a visit with your favorites – Jon Snow and Egret, the Starks, the Lannisters, and Daenerys, plus, half the fun is hearing the audience scream every time Jon Snow appears. Even if you are not a huge GoT fan, this show might make you one. It made me want to go home and re-watch all 7 seasons of Game of Thrones. “Music is Coming” and you should absolutely go hear it.

End note: There was a downside that had nothing to do with the show, only the venue, which was the Forum. I arrived 10 minutes early in my car, but the utter chaos that the parking created, meant it took almost 45 minutes to get into an actual parking spot. I was made to weave around several blocks, in a snail-paced, endless line that was excruciating, and was then directed to park in a dirt lot, far away from the entrance. This resulted in hiking through thick dust, missing the beginning of the show and paying $25 on top of it. I can’t find enough swear words in my vocabulary to express the annoyance I feel at the Forum’s lack of parking organization and unholy price. Shame on you Forum – Shame! Shame! Shame!

(photo credit – Ralph Larmann)

SEVENTH ANNUAL “SUNSET & DINE” SEPTEMBER 27 

SEVENTH ANNUAL “SUNSET & DINE” SEPTEMBER 27 

TICKETS ON SALE FOR SEVENTH ANNUAL “SUNSET & DINE” SEPTEMBER 27 PRESENTED BY KILROY

Food festival to feature 20+ Hollywood restaurants and concert; event previously sold out 

WHAT: Guests to the seventh annual Sunset & Dine food festival will sample food, wine and beer from more than 20 restaurants located near the famed intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Vine Street. A wide variety of cuisines will be featured, from chef-driven menus to local favorites, alongside entertainment curated by Amoeba Music.   The event regularly sells out.  The $40 tickets include food, beverages and entertainment. Children under 12 attend free of charge. Proceeds benefit The Center at Blessed Sacrament.
WHO: Participating restaurants include:

WHERE: Columbia Square, located at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Gower Street, 1538 N El Centro Avenue, Hollywood, Calif.
WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018, 6-9 p.m.
MORE INFORMATION:   Visit www.SunsetAndDine.org for tickets and an up-to-date list of restaurants.
SOCIAL: #SunsetAndDine
 
ABOUT: The Central Hollywood Coalition, the nonprofit board that manages the Sunset & Vine Business Improvement District, hosts Sunset & Dine to shine a spotlight on the vibrant creative community in Hollywood.
Pop Art Photo Show

Pop Art Photo Show

Opening Night Premiere & Collector Preview:

 

Thursday, September 27th6pm-10pm

Marilyn Monroe by Mischa Pelz (1953)

General Show Hours:
Friday, September 28th3pm-10pm
Saturday, September 29th11am-10pm
Sunday, September 30th11am-6pm
Barker Hangar Santa Monica
(LOS ANGELES, CA.)  May 30, 2018— Limited Runs, one of the largest independent sellers of vintage posters, photography and other pop culture art, announced today the inaugural Pop Art Photo Show will take place September 27-30, 2018 at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California. The show, produced by Limited Runs, is a four-day celebration of 70+ years of pop culture-influenced expression. The show will feature an interactive space showcasing rare and vintage images bridging all varieties of pop culture, including movies, music, celebrity, fashion, and more. Pop Art Photo Show offers everyone from car enthusiasts, classic movie lovers, and music aficionados, a space to explore and purchase their favorite rare and vintage art.

Vintage Movie Poster Collection by Zach Merck

Pop Art Photo Show will showcase a wide range of rare and vintage art, photography, and posters that span eight decades of pop culture, including:

CELEBRITY, FASHION, AUTOMOTIVE
  • Original American concept car art will be on display by Ken VendleyDon ButlerBill Schmidt, and a host of other designers that worked for the major Detroit automakers during the 1940s through the 1970s.
  • Famed fashion photographer Len Steckler’s estate will release “Mad to Mod”, a collection of rare and never before seen photographs from the late 1950s to the early 1960s, which he shot for Vogue and Cosmopolitan that include top models WilhelminaSuzy ParkerBarbara Bach, and Lauren Hutton.
  • Unpublished celebrity photos from Milton H. Greene (March 14, 1922 -August 8, 1985) including John WayneMarilyn MonroeGene Kelly, and Paul Newman.
FILM & MUSIC
  • Rare Vintage and Original Movie Posters, featuring a French Casablanca poster which is one of very few that exist today, in addition to classics such as the 1950s sci-fi Creature From The Black Lagoon, groundbreaking drama On The Waterfront, 1960s James BondJawsIndiana Jones, and a collection of rare vintage and original Star Wars posters from around the world spanning from the original film to the latest release The Last Jedi.
  • Photographs from the vault of Ray Gun and Bikini Magazine photographer/photo editor Stephen Stickler, which feature the famous faces of Iggy PopCharlize TheronChris CornellStevie Ray VaughnKate WinsletFoo FightersVin Diesel, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
  • Work by famed Rock Photographer Neil Zlozower will be on display, with never before seen fine art photography featuring David BowieTom PettyVan HalenPrince, and more.
  • A classic collection of fine art photography documenting the early history of pop music by photographers Bill SpilkaFred W. McDarrah, Maurice SeymourJames KriegsmannFrank KuchirchukRobert AldersonMichael MontfortSkippy AdelmanTed WilliamsHerb SnitzerDavid B. Hecht who shot classic images of the great American Jazz artists Miles DavisLouis Armstrong, and Billie Holiday, to the psychedelic rock era of Jimi Hendrix, the Rolling Stones, and The Beatles.
  • Contemporary rock and roll fine art photographers include Jay Blakesberg’s seminal images of the Grateful DeadU2Led ZeppelinSnoop Dogg and Green Day; Dennis Morris who shot British punk rockers the Sex Pistols and reggae legend Bob MarleyEddie Malluk worked with the premier figures of 1980’s metal such as MotorheadMötley Crüe and Guns N’ Roses; and Joe Giron who shot grunge artist royalty Nirvana and Soundgarden.
  • A unique collection of art by famed rock and movie poster artist T.A.Z. (aka Jim Evans), including Jim’s collaboration with street artist RISK, as well as unpublished rock posters, a series of super stylized pop icons art pieces in collaboration with Richard Duardo, the inventive printmaker referenced as “the Warhol of the West,” commissioned in the 1980’s which feature Frank SinatraMarilyn MonroeElvisJames DeanMadonnaSylvester StalloneMarlon BrandoSean Connery, and more.

    Sean Connery by Jim Evans/Richard Duardo (1986)

“We are proud to debut the show and bring this unique experience to Los Angeles, with a thoughtfully curated environment that makes discovering and purchasing art enjoyable” said Pierre Vudrag, Founder of Limited Runs and creator of the Pop Art Photo Show.  “We scour the globe working with the top sellers, artists and photographers to find the rarest and most valuable art.  Included in the installations will be several unpublished or never before seen collections including the concept car art, the Milton Green, Stephen Stickler and Len Steckler images. There really is something for everyone.”
For more information on the show and to purchase tickets, visit Pop Art Photo Show
A portion of proceeds from the event will benefit the T.J. Martell Foundation, a non-profit organization founded by the music industry, that has been supporting innovative cancer research since 1975.
About Limited Runs
Launched in 2014, Limited Runs is one of the largest independent sellers of original vintage posters, photography and other pop culture art.  Through partnerships with the most reputable and trusted art dealers, artists and photographers in the world, Limited Runs provides the best selection of high quality and original vintage posters, as well as limited edition print art and photography.  For more information, visit Limited Runs.
SPONSORED BY:
T.J. MARTELL FOUNDATION
The T.J. Martell Foundation is the music industry’s leading foundation that funds innovative medical research focused on finding treatments and cures for cancer. The Foundation sources and supports early-stage translational research projects which otherwise might not be funded.  A potion of proceeds from the event will benefit the T.J. Martell Foundation, a non-profit organization founded by the music industry, that has been supporting innovative cancer research since 1975.
KCRW
KCRW creates and curates a unique mix of content centered around music discovery, NPR news, cultural exploration and informed public affairs. KCRW is driven by the spirit of Los Angeles and delivers in innovative ways — on the radio, digitally and in person — to diverse, curious communities around the corner and around the world. A community service of Santa Monica College, KCRW can be found on the air in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Mojave, Palm Springs, and via five KCRW-developed smartphone apps and online at KCRW.
ANGELENO
Angeleno excels in capturing the metropolitan lifestyle. Whether it’s a special feature on the chicest trends in design, cutting-edge fashion spreads, an in-depth review of the city’s hot spots or a revealing celebrity profile, our magazines and websites consistently engage the affluent reader. Our cutting-edge photography and award-winning editorial covers the finest in fashion, dining, night-life, design and travel.
LA CANVAS
Celebrating art, fashion, music, food, and the very best of LA’s underbelly.
LA WEEKLY
Founded in 1978 by an investment group that included actor Michael Douglas, L.A. Weekly offers hard-hitting investigative stories, spirited criticism and provocative cultural coverage in America’s second-largest city. That combination has made us the nation’s mostly widely read alt-weekly, with well over 3 million active users visiting laweekly.com each month.
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To learn more about POP ART PHOTO SHOW, visit www.popartphotoshow.com
 Social Media: @LimitedRuns #PopArtPhotoShow
Recycled Fashions Rule the Runway at the Festival of Arts

Recycled Fashions Rule the Runway at the Festival of Arts

The winners of the 2018 Festival Runway Fashion Show (left to right) Festival artist Carolyn Johnson, Festival artist Adam Neeley with his model Julie Holmes, Festival artist Kate Cohen with model Mary Schmidt and Erika Schiendele wearing an outfit designed by Festival artist Kirsten Whalen.

LAGUNA BEACH, CA —The Festival of Arts held its 10th annual Festival Runway Fashion Show on August 19 and artists wowed audiences with their creativity and talent constructing outfits from reclaimed, reused or recycled materials. A panel of five judges chose the top looks in four categories and over 2,000 Festival visitors had the opportunity to cast their votes for “People’s Choice Award.”

The Festival Runway Fashion Show was hosted by actress KTTV FOX11’s Entertainment Reporter Amanda Salas. Selecting the winners were Radar Online Entertainment Editor Alexis Tereszcuk, OK! Magazine Associate Publisher Shelley Fariello, LACMA Curator of Costumes and Textiles Kaye Spilker, costume designer Alex Jaeger and film production designer Nelson Coates.

  • “Most Exciting Ensemble with Wow Factor” was awarded to mixed media artist Carolyn Johnson who was accompanied down the runway by her dog Dexter, also clothed in recycled materials for the occasion. The outfit featured a large parasol and was made up of a variety of materials including volleyball net, CDs, packing materials, Perrier bottles, PVC piping and cardboard.
  • Painter Kirsten Whalen won “Most Innovative Use of Materials” for her light versus dark ensemble featuring window screens, old light bulbs, wires, cords, sockets, plugs and other fittings that were discarded by local electricians. The shape and look of the dress were inspired by designers Alexander McQueen and Colleen Atwood as well as the tv series Game of Thrones.
  • Artist Kate Cohen won “Most Creative Concept” with her dress crafted from over sixty designer shopping bags. Each bag’s logo was meticulously placed to cascade over one another and the look was finished with a bodice, necklace and earrings made from pink tissue paper and bag handles.
  • Adam Neeley received the award “Most Glamorous & Elegant ‘Red Carpet’ Worthy Creation” for his stylish outfit made from more than three hundred cans of La Croix water. Titled Acqua, Adam crafted thousands of bubble shaped domes using his jewelry-making tools and attached them one by one in a swirling array of colors. Adam’s runway look also impressed the crowd and took home the highly coveted “People’s Choice Award.”
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL OF ARTS
The Festival of Arts is one of the most highly-acclaimed juried fine art shows featuring the artwork of 140 award-winning artists. In the newly renovated, multi-million dollar facility, patrons may enjoy the work of exhibiting artists, demonstrations and art workshops, daily art tours, live music, special events, on-site restaurants and much more. For a full listing of events, visit LagunaFestivalofArts.org. The Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters are sponsored in part by Southern California Acura Dealers, Fidelity Investments, KOST Radio 103.5, Pavilions and the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel.
DATES & TIMES
July 5 – September 1, 2018
Open weekdays: 12noon – 11:30pm
Open weekends: 10am – 11:30pm
Early closing August 25 at 1:30pm
TICKET INFORMATION
General Admission: Weekdays $10, Weekends $15
Students & Seniors: Weekdays $7, Weekends $11
Children 6 – 12: Daily $5
Free Admission for Children 5 and under, Military, and Laguna Beach Residents.
Passport to the Arts:
A special promotion (funded in part by Bank of America): Passport to the Arts for only $29. Includes unlimited admission all summer long to the Festival of Arts, the Sawdust Art Festival and Laguna Art-A-Fair. Enjoy works of art by more than 500 artists, 300 hands-on workshops, dozens of special events, plus a one time, all-day free parking pass with each Passport purchased. Order online at www.LagunaBeachPassport.com. Passports also available for purchase on-site at each festival location during the summer. Offer excludes Pageant of the Masters. Valid June 29 – September 2, 2018.
LOCATION
Festival of Arts Grounds
FOR INFORMATION & TICKETS
(800) 487-3378
ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION
The Festival of Arts, a non-profit 501(c)(3), has always been a local leader that has helped with the growth and development of the community and the arts in Laguna Beach. Established in 1932, the Festival of Arts’ mission is to promote, produce and sponsor events and activities that encourage the appreciation, study and performance of the arts. For every summer for over 85 years, the Festival of Arts has produced two world-class events: The Festival of Arts Fine Art Show and the Pageant of the Masters. Together both shows attract more than 250,000 visitors each year.
Seal at the Hollywood Bowl

Seal at the Hollywood Bowl

Photo credit: Jan Welters

Amidst cheers and applause, British R&B singer, Seal strolled confidently on stage and, right off the bat, began charming the audience with his soulful rendition of “Luck be a Lady”. Welcome to a new side of Seal and his tenth studio album “Standards”. This is an album that Seal has always wanted to make because he grew up listening to music from the rat pack era, and for him, recording these classic tunes has been a lifelong dream. Seal said “It was a true honor to collaborate with the same musicians who performed with Frank Sinatra and so many of my favorite artists, in the very same studios where the magic was first made – it was one of the greatest days of my recording career.”

Who knew that Seal was a crooner? Well, he is, and a mighty fine one at that. His voice is rich, velvety and flawless, his style is sassy, his look debonair, and this man can handle a room – or should I say a bowl? Bending down to sing to the ladies in the front and shaking people’s hands, Seal utilized the entire stage, the catwalk strip, and even ventured off stage altogether to further flirt with the audience.

Between songs, his laid back banter made him even cooler. Listening to him, one gets the feeling that this is a man who is sincere and has a gentle, generous spirit. He jokingly told the audience, “Hello Los Angeles, well I know most of the people here, yeah, you guys all hit me up for tickets.”

Things got a little more serious when Seal talked about a recent bout of depression and recanted a day when he listened to “That’s Life” at full volume. “It helped” he quipped, and proceeded to perform the song with the magic of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra behind him, conducted by Thomas Wilkins. Seal likened playing with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra to driving a Rolls Royce. He clearly loved the material he was performing and who he was performing it with.

Halfway through the show, Seal announced that a very special guest was in the house; someone who had, in part, been responsible for him being a musician. It turned out to be none other than Joni Mitchell, and as the cameras swung around to find the icon seated in the audience, Seal got everyone to sing the line: “paved paradise, put up a parking lot.”

Towards the end of his show, Seal broke out his hit songs “Kiss from a Rose”, and “Crazy”, and last but not least, invited his 8-year-old daughter up on stage to play piano for a short performance of “Superstition”.  For an encore, it was “Rebel Rebel” to honor the late David Bowie.  No matter what style: classics, pop, rock, ballads, covers – Seal handles them all with vibrant, powerful vocals and ebullient showmanship. Seal is the real deal.

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