THE QUEEN’S GAMBIT (L to R) MARCIN DOROCINSKI as VASILY BORGOV and ANYA TAYLOR-JOY as BETH HARMON Credit: PHIL BRAY/NETFLIX © 2020
The Queen’s Gambit, a Netflix TV mini-series, is a fictional story (adapted from Walter Tevis’ 1983 novel of the same name) that follows Beth Harmon (Anya Taylor-Joy), as she strives to become the world’s greatest chess player. Set in the mid-1950s through the 1960s, we start our journey with Beth at an orphanage, where, with the help of the janitor (Bill Camp), she discovers and develops her astonishing talent for chess. As her chess skills flourish, so does a growing dependency on the tranquilizers that are provided by the state to sedate the children. As a young adult, haunted by personal demons and grief, while burdened with the gift of genius, Beth navigates her social awkwardness amongst peers and her overconfident ego behind a chessboard. Fueled by a cocktail of narcotics and obsession, she evolves into an impressively skilled and glamorous outcast, determined to conquer the traditional boundaries in the male-dominated world of competitive chess.
The Queen’s Gambit is the newest binge pleasure that has everyone shouting out praise.
The New Yorker : “The Queen’s Gambit” Is the Most Satisfying Show on Television.”
USA Today: ‘One of the Best Shows of 2020’
Indie Wire: ‘Beyond an Impeccable Anya Taylor-Joy, Netflix’s Tricky Ploy Pays Off’
Chicago Tribune: Irresistible coming-of-age drama
And it deserves all the accolades because The Queen’s Gambit is simply stunning: the set design, the costumes, the lighting, the superb acting, the masterful direction, the detail – all the thought and care that went into making this series culminates into a richly, layered, authentic tone that leaves us wanting more. As Nora Dominick from BuzzFeed wrote: “Basically, I wish there was some way for me to erase The Queen’s Gambit from my mind and watch it all again because I don’t want it to be over“. I one hundred percent agree. This series is a pleasure-thrill to watch.
The Queen’s Gambit explores not only addiction, unresolved grief, and emotional suffering but also gender parity and sexism. We’ve had woman-power movies before, but what is unusual here is that Beth Harmon is attractive to the audience for her brainpower. We’re not rooting for her because she’s hot, or because she is saving the world for us, no, we find ourselves mesmerized and impressed by her sharp-witted, super-charged, neuron-firing brain. Given how America is embracing this show, could it mean that audiences are hungry for more substantial stories? Are viewers growing weary of the dumbing-down of America? Could the response to The Queen’s Gambit be a sign that we want mainstream media to clever-up? Smart is sexy, always has been – let’s bring brainy back. I feel inspired. And quick side-note, chessboard sales have sky-rocketed since the debut of The Queen’s Gambit.
ANYA TAYLOR-JOY as BETH HARMON Photo Credit. KEN WORONER/NETFLIX © 2020
The series is directed by Scott Frank, who also created the series with Allan Scott. And loud shout out to Gabriele Binder for costume design and Uli Hanisch for set production. Stunning work. The cast also features Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Moses Ingram, Harry Melling, Marielle Heller, Jacob Fortune-Lloyd, and Marcin Dorocinski.
Cover Photo Credit: PHIL BRAY/NETFLIX © 2020
The holidays are happening in Santa Monica
! Restaurants, retailers, and businesses are offering an array of festive, physically-distanced attractions and charitable food and clothing drives to give back to the community this season. From free holiday art installations at the iconic Third Street Promenade and Santa Monica Pier, socially-distanced Santa Claus photos at Santa Monica Place and festive dining and shopping along holiday-trimmed streets like Main Street, Montana Avenue, and Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica continues
to shine through the holidays while keeping the community safe and healthy.
Self-guided holiday art installations will light up the Third Street Promenade and Santa Monica Pier for the season in partnership with the City of Santa Monica’s Cultural Affairs Art of Recovery initiative. The program is dedicated to funding projects by local artists and highlighting the important role arts and culture play in recovery efforts as they strengthen and connect Santa Monica. Both installations are free and open to the public.
Santa Monica Pier
will welcome another LA icon, the Bob Baker Marionette Theater
, and their precocious puppets for a one-of-a-kind retrospective. The “Windows of Wonderment” art installation will bring marionette magic to the historic merry go-round and celebrate the theater’s most memorable moments and charismatic characters in six puppet-packed windows from Wednesday, November 25 – Thursday, January 7. Visit SantaMonicaPier.org for more details.
Winterlit holiday art installations and festivities will light up Downtown Santa Monica
all season long Friday, November 27 – Sunday, January 3. Third Street Promenade will glow under tens of thousands of lights illuminating festive outdoor retail and dining, as well as eleven different holiday-inspired storefront art installations created by a variety of Los Angeles-based artists. The official City of Santa Monica 24-foot-tall tree and festive garland will deck the Promenade and a new holiday-inspired augmented reality experience will allow guests to transform physical structures, spaces, and trees along the Promenade into holiday elements and decor. For more information, visit DowntownSM.com
Santa Monica Place
is creating magical holiday memories and family photo moments all season long with the iconic 50-foot tree adorned with thousands of sparkling lights and ornaments, candy cane stilt walkers and the new 14-foot larger-than-life Snow Globe. Guests can visit Santa at his winter home in Center Plaza from Friday, December 4 to Thursday, December 24 and enjoy a contactless visit with Santa, share a wish list, and take home a keepsake photo. For information on additional holiday happenings and to make a reservation with Santa, visit SantaMonicaPlace.com/Holiday
Miracle on Main Street returns this December with free festive tidings including two iconic holiday trees, roaming carolers and socially-distant visits from Santa with help from the Santa Monica Fire Department on select weekends in December. The world-famous 40-foot-tall Shopping Cart Tree featuring 84 shopping carts, 1,500 lightbulbs and held together with 4,000 tons of zip-ties will be lit up for the 26th-year in a row inside the Frank Gehry-designed Edgemar building and the beloved 13-foot tall Noble fir will stand tall over Main Street on the Heritage Museum lawn to welcome holiday shoppers and diners beginning December 5. For more details, visit MainStreetSM.com
Festive photo moments will be in full swing along the holiday-trimmed streets of Pico Boulevard and Montana Avenue. Shop, dine, and make a wish for the season at Pico Boulevard’s nine-foot-tall festively lit Wishing Tree on the corner of Virginia Avenue Park beginning Saturday, November 21 and the Pico Pop Up decked out in festive decor and a spectacular window display. On Montana Avenue, children can drop off a letter to the North Pole at one of Santa’s mailboxes along the street. For locations to submit a wishing card and more holiday experiences on Pico like free professional holiday ‘paw-traits’, visit PicoPassport.com
. For more details on Santa’s mailboxes, visit MontanaAve.com
For those looking to send holiday cheer this year within the community, Santa Monica has a number of different ways to give back or get involved with volunteer opportunities including food banks, clothing and blanket drives and more. The City of Santa Monica has joined forces with Santa Monica College and its foundation on a goal to give 1,000 Santa Monica families and college students struggling with food insecurity free Thanksgiving groceries. The City is also working to bring a happy and healthy season to community members in need through its Virginia Avenue Park holiday food pantry and provide holiday meals and food boxes for families this December. For a full round up of how to donate or get involved, visit SantaMonica.gov/coronavirus-volunteer
Restaurants and retailers throughout Santa Monica have implemented a number of convenient amenities including curbside, in-store pickup and takeaway dining options to make holiday meals and shopping easier than ever. Santa Monica remains committed to the health and wellness of the community and is taking extra precautions to ensure the community feels welcome and safe this holiday season and beyond. Face masks are required in all businesses and outdoor public places. The public is strongly encouraged to celebrate the holidays with household members and maintain six feet physical distance from non-household members.
For a complete list of all of the holiday happenings in Santa Monica, visit SantaMonicaShines.com.
Santa Monica Place will also offer an array of physically-distanced, festive activities for the whole family to enjoy. Santa Monica Place is dedicated to prioritizing visitor’s health and wellness and providing safe opportunities for shopping, dining and celebration. Santa is coming to Santa Monica Place December 4 and taking residence in Center Plaza through December 24. Guests can enjoy a contactless visit with Santa, share a wish list, and take home a keepsake photo. Visit SantaMonicaPlace.com/SantaPhotos for reservations.
Sing along to holiday classics and get in the holiday spirit with a House DJ mixing hip beats with traditional favorites for the perfect holiday vibe. Next, snap the perfect photo with Santa Monica Place’s iconic 50-foot tree returning to Center Plaza with thousands of sparkling lights and ornaments, along with candy cane stilt walkers, story book characters and the new 14-foot larger-than-life Snow Globe. Shop in-person and pick out meaningful gifts for loved ones this year. Take advantage of Shop Your Way amenities including curbside pickup, virtual queuing, in-store pickup and take-away dining options available from a variety of restaurants and retailers including Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, Coach, Nike, Gourmandise, Tiffany & Co., True Food Kitchen, The Curious Palate, Sonoma Wine Garden, The Cheesecake Factory, and more. Two convenient curbside pickup locations will make holiday shopping at Santa Monica Place easier than ever. Location 1 is on 2nd Street between Colorado and Broadway and location 2 is on Broadway at 3rd Street Promenade. Santa Monica Place Concierge is available on-demand, during mall hours, to answer questions, make reservations, assist with curbside pickup and provide general holiday shopping recommendations. Simply text (310) 499-2928 to chat with our helpful Concierge.
So that guests will enjoy their visit and shop with peace of mind, Santa Monica Place is committed to promoting public health in the era of COVID-19 and has implemented intensified operating standards to ensure an optimal retail environment. Some of these measures include enhanced cleaning & sanitizing, queuing & designated paths of travel, increased Security to require mask use & promote social distancing, and placing hand sanitizer stations throughout the property.
For more information about holiday happenings, shopping and dining at Santa Monica Place, visit SantaMonicaPlace.com/Holiday.
Cover Photo credit: Mathew Tucciarone
Don’t miss out! Happening now! The Catalina Film Festival is the only competitive film festival in the world to have an Award sanctioned by the King of Horror – WES CRAVEN.
So Cal Locals are invited to join CFF for the world’s first-ever CARPOOL CINEMA with DRIVE-THRU Red Carpet in Long Beach, CA for Friday Fright Night on Sept. 25 for the Wes Craven Horror/Thriller block of short films in competition for the Craven Award, plus a bonus, FREE screening of A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET; and Saturday Social Club on Sept. 26 featuring indie shorts and THE BREAKFAST CLUB. www.catalinafilm.org
Movie lovers that can’t make the socially-distant event can STREAM any of the official selections via the Catalina Film Channel now through Sept 27th!
CATALINA FILM FEST 10TH ANNIVERSARY – CARPOOL CINEMA + DRIVE-THRU RED CARPET
LONG BEACH, SEPT 25-26
Catalina Film Festival celebrates 10 Years of Cinema with the world’s first-ever CARPOOL CINEMA and DRIVE-THRU RED CARPET, Friday & Saturday, September 25-26, at the Scottish Rite Event Center in Long Beach.
Doors open at 6 p.m. for a drive-thru RED CARPET experience with step-and-repeat paparazzi photos and park-and-watch films. Guests will have access to food vendors with official programming piped right into your car speakers, sponsored by FilmFestivalFlix.com.
ONLY $40 per car, including one person per seatbelt. LIMITED TICKETS!
CARPOOL CINEMA TICKETS CATALINA FILM FESTIVAL – WES CRAVEN HORROR BLOCK
WES CRAVEN FRIGHT NIGHT
Friday, Sept . 25th
Drive-Thru Red Carpet at 6pm
Wes Craven Horror/Thriller Block starts at sundown. Short films in competition for the coveted Wes Craven Award: Gaslight, In the Deathroom, Mask of Sanity, Milk Teeth, Mongrel, Need Anything, One Last Thing, & Overkill, followed by a FREE bonus screening of slasher film, A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET.
LA SOCIAL CLUB
Saturday, Sept. 26th
Drive-Thru Red Carpet at 6pm
Toast to nostalgia. First a round of independent cinema in the L.A. Social Club Shorts Block featuring films: Balloon, In Hollywoodland, Liquid, Ride in Progress, Thank you Kindly, Un Hombre Debe Aprender, and The Roommates, followed by the 35th Anniversary of John Hughes iconic film, THE BREAKFAST CLUB, starring Molly Ringwald, Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy & Anthony Michael Hall. LA Social Club tickets
William H. Macy & Cassi Thomson attend last year’s Catalina Film Festival—photo credit Jerod Harris Catalina Film Festival
The West Coast is basically on fire spurred by a nearly 20-year mega-drought. The damage and loss is enormous. The air quality is horrendous. People are reaching breaking point. People are desperate for solutions. But it is not just the west coast of America that is feeling the heat. Fires scorched the Amazon, Brazil, Greece, Argentina, Indonesia, Bulgaria and Australia during one of the hottest years—if not the hottest year—in recorded history. Australia’s most recent climate-related disasters: catastrophic bushfires, damaging hailstorms and powerful cyclones, cost insurers more than $5 billion.
The derecho that hit Iowa on August 16, 2020 severely damaged or destroyed over 8,000 homes and caused $23.6 million worth damage to public infrastructure. The cost of cleaning up debris from the storm was estimated at $21.6 million. Plus, millions of acres of corn around the state were impacted by the storm with nearly 35% of the state’s corn destroyed leaving a giant hole in 2020’s harvest season.
We urgently need to get on track with climate change because our food supply comes from an environmentally unsustainable system that is going to unravel.
Hot sea water and extra moisture in the air from heat-driven evaporation is fueling super-hurricanes in the Gulf that are more powerful and cause more downpours than anything in recorded history. We recently witnessed Hurricane Laura, a deadly and damaging Category 4 Atlantic hurricane that was one of the strongest hurricanes on record to make landfall in the U.S. state of Louisiana. The storm caused the deaths of at least 36 people and inflicted an estimated $8.7 billion in damage on southwestern Louisiana and southeastern Texas.
Right after Hurricane Laura, a plague of mosquitos descended that killed cattle and wildlife. The vast amount of bites from the mosquitoes left the animals anemic and bleeding under their skin.
Today (Sep 15, 2020), with much of southwest Louisiana still dealing with the devastation of Hurricane Laura, new evacuations have been ordered as Tropical Storm Sally aims for the central Gulf Coast.
With climate change the risk of extinction looms over 1 million species of plants and animals. More than half a million species on land “have insufficient habitat for long-term survival” and are likely to go extinct within decades, unless their habitats are restored. We are losing our bee population and a world without bees will struggle to sustain the global human population of 7 billion because our supermarkets would have half the amount of fruit and vegetables.
Ocean life is not any better off. We are losing our coral reefs, and plankton – which forms the basis of marine food chains – corals, fish, polar bears, walruses, seals, sea lions, penguins, and seabirds.
What have we done? We’re hurting our home, we’re hurting our animal friends, and we’re hurting ourselves. And yet we have approximately 1.2 billion gasoline vehicles on our roads and 40 % of our electricity still comes from burning dirty coal, meaning we as a human race, are pumping over 38.2 billion tons of carbon dioxide, a powerful and dangerous heat-trapping gas, into the atmosphere annually. It’s like setting off daily atomic bombs in the atmosphere.
If we don’t do something immediately, pandemics will become a regular occurrence, diseases will become rampant, we’ll have tremendous displacement of humans as areas become un-inhabitable due to rising sea levels and extreme heatwaves and super storms. We will experience food shortages and water shortages. If you think I’m being extreme, you’re wrong. This is a very real and terrifying scenario that is staring us in the face. The smoke-filled, toxic orange sky above the West Coast is a roaring wake up call. Please, for your children’s sake (and for my sanity) please wake up.
What can you do?
- Vote for a leader who does NOT support fossil fuel industry and is ready and willing to combat this climate emergency — because we need all hands on deck.
- Stop driving a gas car. Buy a hybrid or full electric car. Use public transport where possible. A bicycle, a scooter, walk — anything other than a gas-guzzler. Stop supporting gas/oil. And please, stop sitting in your parked car with the engine running — if you’re going no where for a few minutes, switch your car off.
I bought a Fiat 500e. It’s a full electric car with a 100 mile range. This zippy little vehicle costs me less than $10 a month to run (and I drive a fair amount).
- If you can afford to, install solar power. I installed 8 panels on the roof of my house and my electric bill went from $150 per month to $11. And the $11 is an administration fee— so yes, solar is awesome.
- Carry a reusable cup with you for water at restaurants. Take reusable bags to grocery stores. Try to limit the amount of plastic you use. And stop buying plastic water bottles, not only do they harm the environment; they can harm your body too.
- Use a drying horse for wet clothes. Do you really need a clothes dryer in California?
- Buy soap and shampoo in bars, not plastic bottles.
- Use gentle, eco-friendly household cleaners. Better for the environment and for you.
- Start to think about your actions on this earth. The plastic cup you just drank two sips out of and then threw away, where do you think that goes?
We are drowning in our on mess. We use toxic products on our selves and our homes. We drive cars that emit exhaust fumes (as Arnold Schwarzenegger said: if you had to spend the night in a room with the car running, would you rather have a gas car or electric car?) It is not hard to know which car will kill you overnight. We spray our foods with pesticides that kill pests, but also damage the soil and slowly kill us. We need to do better. And we need our governments to do better.DEMAND that your leaders start cleaning up the mess they have gotten us into through putting profit before people. ENOUGH!
Photo credit: Cover photo: Alon Goldsmith – – –Hurricane Laura Damage: Bill Feig/The Advocate via AP, Pool – – –Derecho photo: © National Weather Service
With Death Valley hitting the highest temperature recorded on earth this week at 130 degrees, plus fire tornados in Northern Cal and extreme heat warnings all over, ‘The Troublemaker’ couldn’t be more important and more timely. We are in a serious Climate Crisis — so please pay attention everyone. This is our future and we need to take action. ‘The Troublemaker’ follows two individuals who are doing just that — taking action.
The Troublemaker’ will be released worldwide on Friday, August 21st, in English, French, Spanish, German and Italian. We all need to stand up for our future today, or we simply may not have one.
It is in times of crisis that we find out what really matters to us, and get to discover who we really are, as individuals and as a society.
The TroubleMaker follows the personal awakening of two people as they learn to accept the reality of climate breakdown and decide to do something about it.
One of them is Roger Hallam, key strategist and co-founder of ‘Extinction Rebellion’ (XR). Roger is a former organic farmer and academic expert in the spread of radical protest movements. Beginning in the U.K. in November 2018, his ideas and strategic thinking have helped to inspire thousands of ordinary people to non-violent civil disobedience and mass arrest.
Sylvia Dell is a retired IT worker and mother of 4 from Totnes in South Devon. She is not a ‘climate activist’ just an ‘ordinary’, sensible, peace loving citizen, doing what she thinks is right.
INTERVIEW WITH DIRECTOR, SASHA SNOW
1. How did you become involved in The Troublemaker?
As a filmmaker I have spent the last 20 years exploring our fractured and self-destructive relationship with the natural world, looking for stories and people that might inspire us to change.
I have always been interested in visionary individuals that attempt to stir society from passive acceptance and who are prepared to suffer for their ideas in the process.
2. How long did it take to make this film?
‘The Troublemaker’ is the result of this 20-month journey, supported all the way by the editorial wisdom of the team at Passion Pictures, one of the finest independent production companies in the U.K..
3. What were the hardest things about filming?
As ever, the hardest parts of filmmaking are never the filmmaking! In a world where more people seem to be making films than actually watching them, the path to raise funding and then find distribution is always a long one. The trick is to have an idea you believe in strongly enough to keep going, whatever it takes. This becomes more the case when you’re making films about potentially uncommercial themes or about subjects that traditional media might regard as being too truthful for their audiences to stomach. It’s entertainment that they want, so any truth-telling has to be slipped in through the back door.
4. What was the most memorable experience for you?
Being on the streets during the April rebellion in London was an experience I’ll never forget, and I haven’t met a person yet who was there who’s not felt the same thing about it. There was just this extraordinary positive energy on the streets, a feeling that the public had woken up and that now anything might be possible. It was a historic moment where the physic barriers to civil action seem to have suddenly dissolved. And despite the set-backs that XR has suffered since those heady days, we now know that the potential is there for very rapid public mobilization.
5. Could you tell us a bit about Roger Hallam and Sylvia Dell.
Roger Hallam is one of the co-founders of Extinction Rebellion (XR), a protest group that advocates for non-violent civil disobedience and engagement to bring about policy change in the face of the overwhelming scientific evidence that we are facing a climate catastrophe. Although Roger had some formative experiences of his own with the direct consequences of climate breakdown when he ran an organic farm in Wales, he was always interested in how to radically change society. After having his farming business wiped out by heavy summer rains in 2007, he moved to London to work on a PhD at King’s College London in radical protest movements. It was here that the strategic ideas that later led to the formation of Extinction Rebellion were nurtured, prototyped and tested in practice.
Sylvia Dell is a retired mother of 4 living in the beautiful market town of Totnes in South Devon. She’s about the last person you might expect to get involved in any form of radical protest, and has never broken the law in her life. That was up until she actually read the UN report on global climate change published in 2018. Initially overwhelmed by the idea that we only had 12 years left to save the planet, she eventually found solace, community and inspiration for action through her local Extinction Rebellion affinity group. And then she became aware of hitherto undiscovered qualities that have enabled her to act. In order to be able to look her children in the eye, she’s found herself morally compelled to do everything she could to affect change.
However, much as Roger and Sylvia are fascinating and courageous people, the film is not really ‘about’ them. I guess there’s a tension here between the function of the ‘hero’ figure in narrative story-telling and the real world consequences of idolizing anyone. The film takes the troublemaker trope as the hook for a message about the power of collective action, I guess trying to subvert our deep rooted need for a story to have a hero, when in the end, the hero is us.
6. What can individuals do to help fight climate change?
I think the idea that we can fix the climate problem through individual acts of consumption or voting behavior is a refection of the same paradigm that has got us into this mess in the first place. If we act as individuals we’ll change very little- at least the changes will be too slow to make a difference. We need a rapid transition to an alternative economy based on a different form of political and democratic engagement. This is founded on more active civil participation in the decisions of government through the medium of citizens assemblies. Much has been written on the potential of this elsewhere, and it has been used in several modern democracies as a means of solving particular and apparently intractable problems, for example on the question of whether abortion should be legalized in Ireland.
To get governments to return to the drawing board to re-invent how democracies function will take significant civil pressure applied through non-violent civil disobedience, a method that has also had striking successes through history- with achieving women’s suffrage in the UK at the beginning of the last century; with Ghandi’s push for independent from the British Amore in the 1940’s; and with the civil right’s movement and Martin Luther King’s leadership in the 1960s. All these movements had the direct involvement of a very small proportion of the population but they commanded the moral authority and ultimately the sympathy and political support of the majority of the people.
7. What’s next for you – and is there anything else you’d like to add?
A film is never finished even when it finally goes public. In a way, that’s when the filmmaking really begins- for a film only becomes real when an audience can watch and respond to it. After finishing a film, I’m always left feeling a little bereft and exhausted. I always think it will be my last but somehow, another story, just too good to ignore, seems to always come calling.
For this Memorial Day, I decided to participate in artist, Susan Silton’s “forceful call to action” project: MAY DAY! MAY DAY! MAY DAY! This protest memorial, conceived and organized by artist Susan Silton, asks us to honor someone who has lost their life to Covid-19 by adding their name to this “Memorial Protest digital wall”, and then to take it a step further by sending their name on a postcard (or in an envelope) to the White House. This way we’re not only memorializing and honoring those who have lost their lives to this virus, but we’re also helping out the U.S. Postal Service.
As Silton says on her website: MAYDAY! MAYDAY! MAYDAY! was created in home-shelter to register not just our outraged voices, but the voices of those who are no longer able to speak. This is just one of many monuments for urgent times. We cannot, we must not, be silenced. And we cannot, we must not, lose the U.S. Postal Service to this President’s malevolent intentions.
“If we’re not able to deliver body bags to this President, let’s deliver bags of handwritten names of those we’ve lost.”
I chose to honor and add Kious Kelly to Silton’s wall. Kelly was a 48-year-old nurse manager from Mt. Sinai West hospital, and is thought to be one of the first nurses in New York City to have lost their life to Covid-19. Had Kious Kelly had adequate personal protective equipment (PPE) while he was helping others, he may still be among us today.
Please join at www.maydaymaydaymaydayproject.com
Susan Silton is an interdisciplinary artist based in Los Angeles. Her projects incorporate photography, video, installation, performance, sound and language. Her work is exhibited in museums, galleries, and often is in public spaces, such as her contribution to the exhibition How Many Billboards? Art in Stead and her operatic work,A Sublime Madness in the Soul, which presented through the windows of her studio in downtown Los Angeles and was visible from the Sixth Street Viaduct just prior to its being demolished and reconstructed.
In 1995, she won a James D. Phelan Art Award in Photography.
Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful moms out there. This is the one day of the year where moms should be showered with appreciation.
Here are some ideas for mom, breakfast in bed (home made), or if you like, Redbird is doing a special “Mother’s Day Breakfast in Bed” package this weekend. And to those who cannot be with their moms this year, maybe you could deliver your mom a lovely breakfast.
Pickup is available Saturday evening to then heat and serve up to celebrate mom on Sunday morning. The experience includes all of the following for two from Chef Neal Fraser and team:
– LOCAL STRAWBERRY FINANCIERS
– BEET SALAD
– HOUSE CURED SALMON
– QUICHE with ASPARAGUS, SPRING ONION, MUSHROOM, GRUYERE, ESPELETTE
– CHICKEN THIGHS with PISTACHIOS, GOLDEN RAISINS, FREGOLA, RAS EL HANOUT
– BASQUE BEEF STEW with SOFT EGGS, MORCILLA, POTATOES, PIQUILLOS, OSSAU IRATY
and for dessert
– YUZU BAR with BLACKBERRIES, GRAHAM CRACKER, MERINGUE
$38 per person
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Guests can, of course, add on additional packages above TBD on the size of the family, plus extras below:
+ DIY MIMOSAS & BLOODY MARYS by Bar Director Tobin Shea
+ ADDITIONAL BOTTLED COCKTAILS (ie- Turf Club, Old Fashioned, Good Morning Vietnam + Housemade Tonic)
+ EVERYTHING BAGELS, KAYA FRENCH TOAST & KID’S CHEESE PIZZA
+ BLD RICOTTA BLUEBERRY PANCAKE KIT
+ WINE LIST (40% off list prices, including rare and allocated labels) from Wine Director Josh Wibbenmeyer
And here are some other ideas for Mother’s Day and for the upcoming Father’s Day.
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Unselfish and Unselfish Kids – are coffee table books that debuted as an antidote to Kim Kardashian’s “Selfish.” The books contain inspiring stories of people and kids putting others before themselves. The books celebrate extraordinary sacrifices of regular people and celebrities. U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist Julie Foudy says: “let’s make this mandatory reading for all ages.
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If I were to get infected with Covid-19, the first thing I’d do is have an Integrative Medicine Ozone Infusion. Why? Well, what I’m going to try and do here is lay out all the facts for you, so that you can decide for yourself what the potential of Medical Ozone Therapy is. I’m not touting it as a cure, but I sure am curious about the potential of Ozone Therapy and why the benefits of it aren’t being more deeply explored.
Firstly, what is Ozone Therapy?
As far back as 1840, ozone was used to disinfect operating rooms and sterilize surgical instruments. Then, during the First World War, ozone was found to be effective in cleaning wounds due to its antibacterial and antiviral properties. Later on, because of its excellent disinfection and oxidation qualities, ozone became the way to safely treat drinking water. In Europe, since the 1950s, ozone has been used in treating chronic diseases, like cancer, multiple sclerosis, autoimmune disease, lyme disease and heart disease. There are various ways in which ozone can be administered, but for Covid-19 we’re mainly looking at the infusion of ozone into your bloodstream. It’s called Major Auto-Hemotherapy (MAHT) which involves the patient having up to 250ml of their blood drawn into an IV bag which is then injected with ozone. That ozonated blood is then returned to the patient’s body via an IV drip. To read about other ways to infuse the body with Ozone click here.
Can Ozone Therapy successfully treat Covid-19?
As it turns out, yes it can. Many practitioners in Europe are already using Ozone Therapy (MAHT) on Covid-19 patients. These patients showed clinical improvement in 1-2 days of receiving one infusion, one time a day. The earlier the person was treated, the better the results they had. (Source article)
“In Spain, we have begun to administer ozone with the mandatory authorization of the Quality Committee of the hospital centre, and the results have been spectacular,” says Dr. Alberto Hernández, Assistant Physician for Anaesthesia and Resuscitation at the Nuestra Señora del Rosario Polyclinic in Ibiza. “We have registered a clinical trial, but we need to tell the world that Ozone is a very effective and beneficial therapy in these patients and that we must immediately incorporate it into the treatment of these patients.” (Source article)
“Concerning the results, professor Dong Ming reported that “four Covid-19 positive patients, including one critical case, one serious case and two normal cases, have been treated with Oxygen Ozone Therapy. After the treatments, the symptoms of dyspnea, severe cough, chest anguish and asthenia subsided until they disappeared. In particular, the critically ill patient recovered without using invasive mechanical ventilation or intensive care treatment. All four patients recovered and were discharged without problems after verifying the viral inactivation (“viral clearance”) of Covid-19.” (Source article)
At the Santa Maria della Misericordia University Hospital in Udine, Italy, 36 patients with Covid-19 pneumonia who had respiratory failure were administered ozone therapy. Only 3% required intubation compared to the usual 15%. There is a high mortality of intubated patients and a given a fifth were spared intubation; it is an achievement to highlight. (Source article)
Then why isn’t Ozone Therapy in every hospital ward?
That’s a good question, and one that I’m hoping to bring your attention to. Why can’t we add a proven virus fighting method to our medicinal arsenal against Covid-19?
“Ozone’s challenge is that it does not bring profit to justify private research to advance it towards regulatory agency “approval”, a process requiring many years and tens of millions of USD. Hence, few in the field are aware of it, and fewer will consider “unapproved” therapy even to save lives. Virtually all use is in private offices, where practitioners have no access to an institutional review board, now a requirement to gain acceptance of research for publication. Hence, advancement of the therapy languishes.” (Source article)
“Medical ozone is not patentable for profit; thus, corporate interests have no incentive to develop and disseminate it. Consequently, few formal studies have been performed. Yet many scientific articles have been published on research conducted in Germany, Russia, Italy, Cuba and elsewhere, demonstrating powerful biochemical effects.” (Source article)
“Simply put, ozone therapy isn’t approved by the FDA for two main reasons: it isn’t patentable, and there’s not enough money to get it through the approval process.” (Source Article)
So the answer as to why there isn’t ozone therapy available in regular medical settings seems to boil down to money and profit. And just so you know, the pharmaceutical industry is a trillion dollar business, and in 2019, the pharmaceuticals and health products industry in the United States spent more on lobbying efforts than any other industry, totaling about 295.17 million dollars.
Okay, I’m curious – where can I get an Ozone treatment?
There are literally hundreds of integrative, functional and regenerative medicine practitioners across America who offer Ozone Therapy. There are several in So Cal, but I’m only going to mention two places, because I’ve been to both facilities, and know both these doctors. These are two caring, concerned, decent human beings, who are absolutely not trying to bamboozle anyone. There’s Drs. Alice Pien MD & Asher Milgrom PhD of AMA Regenerative Medicines (with offices in Irvine and Beverly Hills), and Dr. Yoshi Rahm D.O. of the Oasis Family Medicine (in Glendale). I asked them about Ozone Therapy and here is what they said:
Dr. Milgrom: “A growing number of Integrative physicians are seeing the same incongruence between the
actual disease (Covid-19) and conventional treatments typically used for infectious pneumonia. It is not a typical
pneumonia. It appears to be a cytokine storm induced by an out of control immune response. The lung tissue is
inflamed and drowning in inflammatory fluids… impairing the flow of O2 into the tissues. Studies in Europe
show that ozone treatments are having a positive effect on hospitalized patients… helping to quickly turn
people around away from the need for ventilation, and back out of the ICU. It is cheap and fast, and hospitals throughout the county could have a working ozone generator in a matter of days. Of course, it is important to emphasize that CV19 is a new virus that we have never seen before. Therefore, here in the US, just as in Europe, studies managed by the CDC and FDA would need to be implemented to study any new potential treatments in order to verify the efficacy and safety of these treatments utilized specifically for this disease and under these conditions.
Dr. Yoshi: “I am a huge advocate of ozone. Based on preliminary medical studies done in Europe for COVID-19, ozone is showing effective results. Many studies show that not only does medical ozone improve oxygenation, modulate immune response, improve blood quality metrics, but also attacks viruses that have lipid membranes, like coronaviruses. Ozone is misunderstood by much of the U.S. medical community yet is such an amazing healing modality with minimal side effects. It is surprising to me that more doctors in the U.S. aren’t at least giving ozone a try in COVID-19 patients. Please include the petition.”
The petition that Dr. Yoshi mentions here has been signed (and circulated) by both Dr. Milgrom and Dr. Yoshi. And I strongly urge you to do the same. Sign the petition and circulate it to your family and friends. It could help save a life.
Lastly, what else can Ozone do?
To get a more in depth look at what Ozone treatment is, and what else it can do for you, here’s a link to AMA Regenerative Medicines. And below is a quick list of the health benefits of ozone therapy.
- Ozone limits the effects of bacteria, viruses, fungi, yeast, and protozoa
- Speeds up the healing process by stimulating the immune system
- Cleans up the arteries and veins and in turn, improves the circulation
- Purifies the blood
- Has anti-inflammatory properties
- helps normalize the production of hormones and enzymes
- Aids in reducing pain, helps prevent shock as well as helps to stop bleeding
- Reduces the risk and complications associated with diabetes and stroke
- Promotes brain functions and improves memory
- Helps reduce abnormal heart rhythm or cardiac arrhythmia
Of special note: AMA is offering FREE OF CHARGE ozone and Vit IV to Firefighters and Police/Sheriffs etc. in their First Responder Campaign. If you know any first line responders who could benefit from this, please spread the word.
Okay, that about covers it. Here’s to your good health!
(Volvo CE) was awarded a $2 million grant for a commercial pilot of the company’s electric, zero emission excavator and electric wheel loader in California. The grant, administered by the South Coast Air Quality Management District (South Coast AQMD), is funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Targeted Air Shed Grant Program, which helps agencies develop plans and conduct projects to reduce air pollution in areas with the highest level of smog and soot in the United States. South Coast AQMD is responsible for attaining state and federal standards by improving air quality in the South Coast Air Basin of California.
Volvo CE will invest another $1.5 million on top of the awarded amount, which will raise the total project amount to $3.5 million.
The grant aims to accelerate the deployment of zero emission technologies for off-road mobile equipment, which is one of the major contributors to nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions in the South Coast Air Basin. The South Coast AQMD region includes Orange County and major portions of Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside counties, including the Coachella Valley.
“Off-Road Construction equipment accounts for 43 tons per day of NOx emissions in the South Coast Air Basin,” said Wayne Nastri, executive officer for South Coast AQMD. “We look forward to working with Volvo as they pave the way for the development of zero emission technologies in this sector.”
Volvo CE’s electric compact ECR25 excavator and L25 wheel loader are currently being developed and tested in Europe.They both benefit from zero exhaust emissions and low noise levels and vibrations, making them the perfect accompaniment for inner city job sites. Electric compact excavators and wheel loaders – less noise, fewer vibrations and no exhaust fumes.
“We are honored to be awarded this grant. It is a recognition of Volvo CE’s commitment to building a more sustainable future,” said Stephen Roy, senior vice president for the Americas, Volvo CE. “We are also excited for the opportunity to bring these prototypes to our customers in the U.S. after our big success with customers in Europe, and show that these machines are not only key tools to reduce emissions, they are also great for business, as they deliver low noise levels, high efficiency and reduced energy costs.”
Volvo CE was the first construction equipment manufacturer to announce the production of entire ranges of electric compact excavators and wheel loaders to replace their diesel engine-based models. Last year at the bauma tradeshow, in Germany, the company launched both the ECR25 excavator and L25 loader prototypes.
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I recently read through various astrological predictions for 2020 that were written before this year even started. The reason so many astrologers and psychics were paying attention to 2020 is that Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto were coming together for “the Great Transformation”—a planetary alignment not seen in 2000 years. Everything I read pointed to something really BIG about to happen; a tectonic shift in political, financial, and personal realms.
One blog post in particular grabbed my attention because it was written in 2018—and to read it now is eerie. This blogger, known as Astro Drew, wrote these thoughts in 2018 (and I’m only listing the things that stood out):
“The conjunction of Pluto, Jupiter, and Saturn, is a mind-blowing sound of change. This is the energy shifter of all energy shifters. It will be a time of restructuring values. Many Americans values — and the world’s values — will be called into question. The upheaval will have incredibly strong economic consequences. Good luck to the stock market. China, interestingly enough, may have some new role to play in the fray. Something paranormal / difficult to explain will occur that will shift the public consciousness and add weight to the question of what is meaningful in life. The aspects are so strong that I’m worried about massive earthquakes and ground-shaking phenomena. I worry about the loss of life. Something on an alien level may occur, with some sort of revealing of other life forms not previously known.” (note: think Covid-19 for the “previously unknown life form.)
It’s pretty amazing, isn’t it, to think that was written in 2018.
Okay, so YES, we’re in a major transformational period. The human race just got a sharp smack in the face. This is our loud and unpleasant wake up call. All of a sudden we’re in a metamorphosis of sorts and, as we know, transformation is no easy thing. Think of the major alteration that caterpillars go through to turn into butterflies. It’s their power to change so radically that has made them symbolic of the human spirit. Around the world, people view the butterfly as representing endurance, change, hope, and resurrection.
Isn’t it uncanny then, that we’re all locked in our homes right now—our cocoons. It’s like the universe is forcing us to examine ourselves, and compelling us to morph into the more beautiful “butterfly” version of ourselves. And just so you know, while inside a chrysalis, a caterpillar’s body digests itself from the inside out. The same juices it used to digest food as a larva, it now uses to break down its own body! So yeah, we’re digesting our own selves right now, whilst sitting in our own muck.
In a way, this virus is showing us what we’re made of and who we really are. We see our government rushing to roll back EPA protections, basically to give the major polluters a free pass during this pandemic even though this is the complete opposite of what should be happening. We see the senators guilty of insider-trading and dumping stocks after coronavirus briefings. We see hoarding and xenophobia, and people who refuse to stay home because they want to party. This is the ugly side of human nature—the greedy, self-centered, uncaring, dishonest side.
BUT, we’re also witnessing the incredible courage of doctors and nurses everywhere; the bravery of the frontline workers; the kindness, caring and solidarity emerging as people lift each other up. There’s the creative spreading of love, like the children’s stuffed bear hunt that’s going global, and the Italians singing to each other from their balconies. People everywhere offering to sew face-masks; families, celebrities and businesses donating whatever and however they can. Suddenly we understand how much we need each other and how incredibly precious life is.
So…how will this pandemic transform you? The choice is yours.
I’m a big fan of Willy Porter and was thrilled to get to watch him perform at the renowned McCabe’s Guitar Shop in Santa Monica. From the first note, Willy Porter, a contemporary American rock musician and singer-songwriter from Mequon, Wisconsin, had his audience mesmerized. Porter has a unique finger-picking, guitar thumping-slapping-hammer-on style, uses tunings of all manners, and sometimes even places two capos on his fret board at once. The magical tone of his guitar and his soulful lyrics mixed in with his heartwarming humor make his show something pretty damn special. At one point, on strumming his guitar, Porter pointed out that all the other stringed instruments hanging on the walls of McCabe’s were resonating. It’s called Synchronized Resonance or Sympathetic Vibrations. I love that, as I think “sympathetic vibrations” describes Porter’s music and his being quite succinctly.
As Porter performs you feel like you’re hanging with a good friend. A warm, sincere, decent fellow that you cherish as a rare find. His music wraps you in a loving blanket that invites you to relax and join in.
After talking about the importance of good stewardship of mother earth, he invited the audience to sing along to “Akasha Winds”, a song penned by L.J. Booth. The song is included on Mnemonic, Porter’s latest CD. Not that Porter usually does cover songs, he’s a prolific songwriter, with 12 CD’s released. He makes songwriting appear easy, so easy in fact, that he co-write a song on the spot with the audience. “Call out some ideas”, he encouraged. We ended up with a song that included the words: hitchhiking, Ramen noodles, cheese curds, kittens, hypocrisy and folk alliance. Tricky words to slip into a song, but Porter did it artfully while making us all laugh.
Porter was described to me as: not only a consummate musician, but one of the most genuine, truly wonderful people on the planet, who performs molecule-rearranging shows. Now, doesn’t that sound like someone you’d like to hangout with? Well, you can because Willy will be leading a tour to Ireland in August 2020 (bring your instruments) – you can find more info on that at www.willyporter.com You can also find Porter’s most requested guitar tunings at his site. How cool is that!
I got to ask Willy some questions and below are his answers – enjoy!
1) Your guitar sounds so full and rich. What guitar are you using and how many different tunings are you dealing with?
I’m currently playing a Jason Kostal 6-String. It is a remarkable instrument for its overall tonal balance, intonation and playability. I tune down a whole step, D to D, then open-tune from there. So a very familiar open-tuning fro many guitarists, “DADGAD” for me is CGCFGC. From there I’ll use a lot of different variations on Bb, F, and combine open-tunings with partial capos, etc. I use medium gauge strings (.013-.56), so the really low tunings are still fairly stable to work with. I’ll go through about 6 or 7 different tunings in the course of a night, but it all depends on where the night goes musically.
2) How old were you when you first picked up a guitar?
I started playing when I was 12.
3) What’s your craziest on stage experience?
Sound-checking in Texas while Paul Simon was on-stage watching and asking me questions about what I was doing was probably the craziest moment for me.
4) What song of yours is your favorite?
The one I just finished, whatever that might be. I do like to play “Bears Ears &The Great Law” a lot these days though.
5) Which musician would you go to see perform if you could (dead or alive)?
6) Has your songwriting style changed over the years, and how many CD’s do you have available to date?
I think I’m more patient with the process of writing than I was when I started. Some music takes a long time to write, other songs happen very, very quickly. Through time and effort I’ve learned to let that process be what it is in the moment.
7) If you were interviewing you, what question would you ask?
I’d ask “When was the moment that music really spoke to you for the first time?” And it was hearing my dad play the piano.
8) What’s next for you?
I’m looking forward to working and writing with drummer Dave Schoepke and bassist Eric Madunic. We’ve had fun as a trio and I think we have some nice musical terrain ahead of us. I’m excited to see where the music might take us.
Photo Credits: Cover photo by Leeann Flynn
Insert B&W photo by Mark Waite
I was excited to attend Expo West 2020 and interview Alan Bougen founder of Comvita, the #1 maker of Maunka Honey, but sadly the expo was cancelled due to “social distancing” in an attempt to curb the spread of the Coronavirus.
Instead, however, I was invited to a much more intimate gathering of like-minded souls for Comvita’s Golden Hour: an evening of discussion and celebration on how to create a longer, more sustainable life and business. As Americans continue to invest more in wellness and the promise of living longer, healthier, more engaged and effective lives – what can be learned from tried and true expertise in the space?
First off, there was the most beautifully presented food that I’ve ever come across created by Sarah Cat from Mood Boards LA, who specialize in mood-enhancing nourishment. Sarah Cat prepares organic, nutrient-dense foods, makes dips using adaptogens, includes CBD to enhance well-being, and utilizes ingredients that enhance immunity and longevity like Spirulina and mushrooms (complete with edible glitter on). Sarah’s food display was truly a work of art and scrumptious.
To go with the food, there was a “toxin free” wine tasting of Antipodean wines provided by New Zealand Wine Navigator
For our ears, Trevor Exter played cello and sang, preforming a delightful repertoire and strumming his cello more like a guitar while singing. Click here for a sample of his music.
The evening started with a mindfulness mediation led by yoga instructor and psychotherapist, Ashley Turner. During the meditation, we were each given a teaspoon of Manuka honey and invited to close our eyes to really taste, feel and savor this treat.
And then the main event: a panel and Q&A with the longevity industry’s thought leaders in functional medicine, natural wellness, media and business. Panelists participating were:
Alan Bougen, Comvita Co-Founder and wellness industry pioneer (from NZ!)
Dr. Mary Pardee, a specialist in gut/brain health and Functional Medicine Doctor
David Stewart, an authority on 50+ living and Founder and CEO of Ageist
Agatha Achindu, an Integrative Nutrition Coach and Founder of Yummy Spoonfuls.
The topics ranged from nutrition to hormones to immunology, but the thing that fascinated me most was the power of Manuka Honey.
So, here is what I learned about health and Manuka honey:
Did you know that 70% of your immune system is in your gut? Or that your micro-biome can be affected by childhood trauma? Or that stress can damage our gut? And that it isn’t the stress that’s the issue – but how you deal with and perceive the stress.
If we know this, then a good place to start in building a strong immune system is by what we eat.
Manuka honey is a type of honey native to New Zealand that has antiviral, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits. It cab be used for wound healing, soothing sore throats, preventing tooth decay and improving digestive issues. The antibacterial and antioxidant properties, maintain a moist wound environment and form a protective barrier, which prevents microbial infections in a wound.
Manuka honey has proven effective in healing diabetic ulcers, and helping burn patients by amplifying the regeneration of tissue and decreasing pain.
Will any honey do? Not really. Manuka honey has a UMF® rating – a Unique Manuka Factor that measures the antimicrobial ability of the honey. Comvita’s UMF® strength ranges from 5+ to 20+, with 20+ indicating the highest level of beneficial compounds. The UMF rating is a rigorous rating to receive so when you buy Manuka honey you know you are buying quality.
Here’s a great Comvita blog article that tells you “All you need to know about Manuka Honey”.
Propolis is another interesting bee product that also has antibacterial, antiviral, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory properties. This bee product appears to provide protection from bacteria, viruses, and fungi.
And then there’s Bee Pollen. Here’s a list of what that can do for you.
- relieve inflammation
- work as an antioxidant
- boost liver health
- strengthen the immune system
- work as a dietary supplement
- ease symptoms of menopause
- reduce stress
- speed up healing
And of course, Do NOT take if you are allergic to bees.
Visit Comvita for many immune-boosting natural products. What better time to fortify yourself than right now given our state of emergency?