PaleyFest Presents: SCANDAL – Celebrating Episode 100!

PaleyFest Presents: SCANDAL – Celebrating Episode 100!

In celebration of SCANDAL’s 100th episode, SoCal Magazine would like to highlight our coverage of this phenomenal series from last month’s PaleyFest Los Angeles.  The entire cast of Shonda Rhimes’ hit show was in attendance and they all shared very unique stories from the set of Scandal along with their bonds off-screen and insight into what to expect from episode 100.

Bellamy Young and Kerry Washington both created emotional moments at Paley Fest when they spoke of the friendship that the cast mates have all built with one another.


“The 100th episode is insane, and you can think of it as the ‘What if…’ episode.  It’s an altered reality if things hadn’t gone they way they went.  It informs in a really unique way your understanding of all our characters.”  – Tony Goldwyn

Kerry Washington and Tony Goldwyn shared one of their most memorable moments on Scandal was when they touched the Constitution the same night that Obama was re-elected into office.










SCANDAL airs Thursdays at 9|8c on ABC.  Check out the gallery below.

Kerry Washington, “Olivia Pope”; Tony Goldwyn, “President Fitzgerald ‘Fitz’ Grant”; Scott Foley, “Jake Ballard”; Guillermo Diaz, “Huck”; Darby Stanchfield, “Abby Whelan”; Bellamy Young, “Mellie Grant”; Katie Lowes, “Quinn Perkins”; Joshua Malina, “David Rosen”;  Jeff Perry, “Cyrus Beene”; Cornelius Smith Jr., “Marcus Walker”; Joe Morton, “Rowan Pope”; and George Newborn, “Charlie” celebrated 100 episodes of the hit ABC series.  Good Morning America’s Jesse Palmer moderated the panel.

PaleyFest Presents:  Bob’s Burgers

PaleyFest Presents: Bob’s Burgers

Cast and Creators of Fox’s Hit Animated Series, Bob’s Burgers, Share Upcoming Exclusives for Fans at PaleyFest L.A.

The Belcher family for Season Six of Emmy Award-winning Bob’s Burgers airing Sundays on FOX. © 2017 TCFFC All Rights Reserved.

The second weekend of PaleyFest L.A. saw fans of the hit animated series, Bob’s Burgers, gather at The Dolby Theater in Hollywood to see exclusive clips and never before seen footage of upcoming episodes along with a live Q&A and table read with the cast and creators of the show.

There was no shortage of laughter in the theater that evening as most fans of Bob’s would come to expect from the comedic personalities that the fans have come to love.

Moderating the panel that evening was Bob’s Burgers creator, Loren Bouchard, who went on to explain that what makes the show so unique and captivating is that the core of the Belcher Family is optimism.  The cast collectively agreed that optimism is certainly an underlying theme between the Belchers as that’s what ultimately glues the family together no matter what obstacles are thrown at them.  “In terms of the show itself, a companion to optimism is acceptance and inclusiveness.  This show is supportive of anyone and everyone and so non-judgmental and that’s in large part because of you (the fans).” – Executive Producer, Jim Dauterive.

Fans were treated to a sneak peek of the upcoming Easter episode that sees Bob and Linda get competitive over who hides their Easter eggs better.  Things take a turn when the couple accidentally gets very drunk on a mysterious bottle of cheap wine.  Loren also revealed the news that Bob’s Burgers will finally release a complete soundtrack album this year with the most memorable musical numbers that were written and produced for the show.  The official release for the Bob’s Burgers musical album is May 12th, 2017.  Fans also learned that a new character will be introduced before this season is over.  The biggest reveal was right after the live table read when Loren confirmed that the first episode of the next season will be completely drawn by the fans.  Bob’s Burgers has begun promoting a contest through their social media to get fans excited to submit work and be selected to create a full episode.

Make sure to tune in to Bob’s Burgers Sunday nights on FOX.



PaleyFest LA 2017 honoring Bob’s Burgers, presented by The Paley Center for Media, at the DOLBY THEATRE on March 24, 2017 in Hollywood, California. © Imeh Bryant for the Paley Center

Panelists included:  Jon Benjamin, “Bob Belcher”; John Roberts, “Linda Belcher”; Kristen Schaal, “Louise Belcher”; Eugene Mirman, “Gene Belcher”; Dan Mintz, “Tina Belcher”; Larry Murphy, “Uncle Teddy”; Loren Bouchard, Creator, Executive Producer, Writer; Jim Dauterive,Executive Producer; Paul F. Tompkins, Special Guest; John Early, Special Guest; Brian Gattas, Special Guest; Lindsey Stoddart, Special Guest; and Jennifer Smedley, Special Guest

The Paley Center for Media Presents the 34th Annual Paleyfest Los Angeles

The Paley Center for Media Presents the 34th Annual Paleyfest Los Angeles

This weekend kicks off The Paley Center for Media’s 34th Annual Paleyfest in Los Angeles, and this year’s lineup of talent sees some of the most prominent television stars come together to meet fans and media alike.  Paleyfest Los Angeles is “Hollywood’s ultimate TV fan festival” and will be taking place March 17-26, at the DOLBY THEATRE in Hollywood.  PaleyFest LA 2017 will celebrate television’s most acclaimed series and grant fans access to special screenings, exclusive conversations, and behind-the-scenes scoops and breaking news from the stars and creative minds behind their favorite shows.

“We’re thrilled with the stellar lineup of talent participating in this year’s PaleyFest,” said Maureen J. Reidy, the Paley Center’s President & CEO. “Each year PaleyFest gives fans the rare opportunity to interact with the stars of their favorite shows and this year’s lineup features not only stars from perennial favorites but from the some of this year’s hottest new shows as well.”

The Paley Center for Media’s PaleyFest, with annual festivals in both Los Angeles and New York City, has become a destination event for the worldwide community of television fans. The Festival benefits the Paley Center’s preservation and archival digitization efforts, and its ongoing mission to explore the significant impact of media on our culture and society. The Paley Center is home the to nation’s foremost publicly accessible archives of television and radio content, over 160,000 programs spanning the history of media including the recently launched African-American, Hispanic, and LGBT collections.

As official media sponsor of PaleyFest, Hulu will be the exclusive streaming home to a selection of clips and the full-length discussions from the festival. Subscribers can view footage from the event by visiting

Citi returns as the official card of PaleyFest, offering its card members special pre-sale access to tickets. To purchase tickets, please visit or download the Paley App at

*Panelists to appear schedule permitting. All events and panelists are subject to change. Please visit for updates.

She Rocks Awards Show 2017

The 20th of January 2017, a few hours prior to the nationwide Women’s March was a perfect date for the fifth year of the She Rocks Awards Show to pay homage to women in the music industry. Started by Laura Whitmore, founder of the Women’s International Music Network, this years award show, held during the NAMM show weekend at the Anaheim Convention center in the Hilton Pacific Ballroom, was a sold out event.

Co-hosted by Christine Devine (Fox 11 news anchor) and Tish Ciravolo (founder of Daisy Rock Guitars), the show honored female role models in the music industry such as Ronnie Spector, Lita Ford, Shirley Manson, Karrie Keyes – founder of Soundgirls and sound engineer for Pearl Jam, Lisa Foxx – radio personality, and Esperanza Spalding, to name a few.

The opening act, Brandy Robinson won her well-deserved spot in the #SaveAGuitar Contest, and set an energetic, polished tone for the evening. Holding down the fort for the night was the kick-ass house band, Rock Sugah led by bassist Divinity Roxx, with Kat Dyson on guitar, Benita Lewis on drums and Lynette Williams on keys.

Shirley Manson (front woman for Garbage) identified that usually she avoids female-only events because she wants everyone to play together and doesn’t like segregation of any kind. “But these are funny times and we’ve been sent some really unpleasant messages, so this year I want to stand up and say that these messages will not be tolerated.”

And Karrie Keyes, being the only female on crew with Pearl Jam, related how the rest of the (male) crew immediately assumed that she’d cause drama. “I was probably one of the few that didn’t cause drama” she quipped.

Amongst the presenters were Steve Vai and Lisa Loeb, while performances included a line-up of guest guitarists including Nili Brosh, Nita Strauss (guitarist for Alice Cooper), Gretchen Menn and of course the legendary, Lita Ford, who won the She Rocks Icon Award. Ford dedicated her award to her first band, The Runaways, and ended the evening with a rocking performance. Rock on ladies, rock on!

Photos by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for NAMM

Pop Culture Worlds Collide at Entertainment Weekly’s PopFest 2016

Pop Culture Worlds Collide at Entertainment Weekly’s PopFest 2016

What happens when you gather some of today’s top performers across various genres, mixed with cast members from a number of popular television programs and today’s hottest movies?  Mix all those elements together and add a few podcasts and exclusive book readings, and you’ve got the EW Pop Fest.  That’s right.  Entertainment Weekly created Pop Fest as the first ever festival of its kind which was created to celebrate all things pop culture.

Pop Fest was held at The Reef in downtown Los Angeles, where a massive festival stage was created to host live acts like Nick Jonas, JoJo, Tove Lo, and Janelle Monae.  Across the festival space were a variety of activations from popular programs like “Survivor”, “LipSync Battle”, “The Voice”, and a makeover glam tent sponsored by the upcoming Fox series, “Star”.

The most unique experience of the Pop Fest was the access that fans had to live podcast recordings, book signings, comedy showcases, Q&A’s, and table readings from celebrities and artists like the casts of “Scream Queens”, “Happy Endings”, “Grey’s Anatomy”, “This Is Us”, “Teen Wolf”, and so many more.

Check out the gallery below for a round up of images from the two-day event.  Images courtesy of Slate PR.

(Getty Image Photographers for Entertainment Weekly:  Frazer Harrison, Alberto E. Rodriguez, Emma McIntyre, Matt Winkelmeyer, Joe Scarnici)

L.A. Choral Lab

L.A. Choral Lab

lachoral1The LA Choral Lab performs twice a year, and when they do, it is rather glorious. For their latest performance, entitled SACRED SONGS, 350+ concertgoers showed up to the First Congregational Church of Los Angeles in DTLA, to hear choral pieces that ranged from Gregorian chants and 1000-year-old music, to brand new works by local composers being heard for the first time. Intricate, layered harmonies resonated throughout the resplendent setting as the choir sang hymns together, and in quartets stationed around different areas of the church. There were also several songs performed by the 60+ member volunteer choir. Some of the musical pieces sounded almost like a vocalizer had been added, (like Imogen Heap) which speaks volumes to the spot on harmonics of the singers. When a full choir sings melodic, multi-part harmonies in the sanctuary of a beautifully lit church, you cannot help but want to weep. The Artistic Director of the LA Choral Lab, Michael Alfera, answered a few question for SoCal magazine about the Sacred Songs performance.

1. How often does the choir rehearse for a performance?lachoral4

The L.A. Choral Lab holds six to eight rehearsals leading up to a performance, depending on how involved the repertoire is. We rehearse once or twice a week in the several weeks leading up to a performance. At this point, we’re doing two performances per year. As we grow, we look forward to being able to perform more often than that, and in new and unexpected venues around Los Angeles.

2. Does the L.A. Choral Lab perform contemporary music?

We almost always perform contemporary music and almost every piece on our Sacred Songs program was written in the past ten to fifteen years.  We focus on recently-written pieces that have an emotional/spiritual dimension in addition to an intellectual dimension.

3. The third movement of Vidi Aquam by Greg Brown had such discordant notes. Was that a hard one for the singers to learn?              

The third movement of Vidi Aquam by Greg Brown, is a beautiful soundscape-type piece that I learned about when Mr. Brown sent me the piece as part of a call for scores that we did. To me, the piece is reminiscent of the sounds of the far East — crotales, meditation bells, ancient stringed instruments. To achieve this, each part had to be intricately crafted. The singers worked hard to nail that one down. Each piece has its own challenges. I try not to think of one piece as more difficult than another because we ultimately want to have the same sort of easy mastery over every piece by the time the performance comes. If a piece is difficult, that simply means that we have to spend more time on it.


Photo Credit: John Allen

4. And which piece was it that sounded like Paul Simon’s American Tune?

Oh! You’re talking about ‘O Sacred Head Now Wounded‘. — the melody and chorale were originally written by Hans Leo Hassler around the year 1600. And Paul Simon’s song is a direct adaptation of that chorale for solo voice and guitar. The tune is based on a melody line on the chorale from Johann Sebastian Bach’s St Matthew Passion, itself a reworking of the earlier secular song,  ‘O Sacred Head Now Wounded‘. or “Mein G’müt ist mir verwirret,” composed by Hans Leo Hassler.

For upcoming shows and current info on the L.A. Choral Lab click here




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