Authentic Greek Food at Delphi Greek in Westwood

Los Angeles, Ca – May 31st, 2017 – The Hollywood Press Corps stopped by The Delphi Greek restaurant in Westwood for a delicious press dinner. Roozbeh Farahanipour and his wife, Rana, are well known in the West Los Angeles restaurant scene. The Delphi Greek has been providing quality food in Los Angeles for over 30 years. Roozbeh became the owner of this West Los Angeles eatery in 2009.

Roozbeh Farahanipour

Roozbeh Faranipour is the nicest guy I know in West Los Angeles. Roozbeh loves his restaurant and the food he serves. As soon as we arrived for the press dinner, Roozbeh poured me a big glass of Retsina wine. The word retsina comes from the word resinated. Retsina is a famous wine in the Mediteranean region for its pine flavor that originally came from the pine resin that was used to seal the cask. It has a strong taste and its flavor is used in Greek food.
I have to say, my favorite thing about Delphi Greek are the cold appetizers. I don’t know a place that does Hummus and Tabouli better. I could eat just pita with hummus and tabouli at Delphi Greek it’s so good. Hummus, of course, is just Garbanzo beans whipped up with some lemon juice. The hummus is super fresh at Dephi Greek.

The appetizers were so delicious and freshly made

The Tabouli has wheat, tomatoes, onions, parsley, lemon juice and olive. So tasty. We ordered another pile of warm pita bread so we could eat all of the appetizer plate. We were also treated to Tzatziki, which is one of my favorites. Tzatziki is yogurt, cucumber and olives. Again, no one does Tzatziki as good as Roozbeh and his culinary team. Also on the cold appetizer plate, you simply must try the Melitazanosalata. This is a Greek style babghanoosh. It’s eggplant whipped with yogurt and tahini. All the appetizers were so good. We were drinking our wine and saying, “Opa!” which is the Greek way to celebrate life.

The lamb at Delphi Greek was high quality meat grilled perfectly

As the press dinner proceeded, we were treated to the flaming cheese dish that is a popular Greek appetizer. The dish is called Saganaki. It’s quite a spectacle to see the server light a pan of cheese on fire and sear the cheese at your table. It has a European flavor that’s not common in the states.The Delphi Greek delivers this dish with a flourish and its fun to see everyone’s reaction to the flaming cheese.

Dustin Brown (L) from the Hollywood Press Corps and Roozbeh Farahanipour (R) proprietor of the Delphi Greek restaurant in Westwood, Ca

Being a soup lover, I had to try the Avgolemono. This is a traditional Hellenistic, or Greek, lemon chicken soup. The Delphi Greek does a great Avgolemono. So fresh and just the right amounts of key ingredients. The Avgolemono paired well with the Retsina wine.

For a main course, I tried the lamb. This featured four pieces of lamb marinated in olive oil. This was so delicious. The meat at Delphi Greek is so fresh. I don’t know how Roozbeh does it, but he buys the highest quality meat. The pork chop is also expertly made, and a bit of a top dish at Delphi Greek.
The one thing that would surprise people to know about Delphi Greek is its connection to the local political scene. Assemblymen, diplomats and the West Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce often eat at Delphi Greek.

The desserts at Delphi Greek are tasty traditional recipes

Thanks to Roozbeh and his entire staff for putting on a Press Dinner. The food, the company and the journalists were so much fun. Stop by to Delphi Greek in Westwood soon!
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Matt Weiss Releases Drum Recording Course Through ProMix Academy

Los Angeles , CA – May 31, 2017 – Pro Mix Academy founder and producer/engineer Warren Huart (Aerosmith, Ace Frehley, The Fray has teamed up with Grammy nominated engineer Matthew Weiss (Ronnie Spector, Uri Caine, Dizzee Rascal) to release a drum recording course through Pro Mix Academy. This course was recorded at Matt Weiss’s personal Studio with Matt Starr (Ace Frehley/ Mr. Big) recording drums to different miking arrangements.

Matt Starr (R), Matt Weiss (C) and Warren Huart (R). Photo by Alex Kluft Photography

Matthew Weiss is a Grammy nominated and Spellemann Award winning engineer. He began his career assisting such notable engineers and producers as Bobby Eli, Mark Marshall, Denise Barbarita, and Ron St. Germaine. His clientele include award winning and Billboard charting artists such as Arrested Development, Dizzee Rascal, Uri Caine, Sonny Digital, Mega Ran, King Midas, Armageddon, Ronnie Spector, and !llmind. In 2015, Matthew executive produced the self-titled album “Soul Veggies” which debuted at #47 on the Indie Billboard Chart, #97 on the Hip Hop Billboard Chart, and #188 on Billboard’s Top 200. In addition to his engineering, Matthew has appeared as a guest speaker at Cornell University, ProStudio Live, SXSW, and SUNY Fredonia. His audio education tutorials are among the best selling and most highly regarded resources in the field of music production.

Matt Starr (L) with Matt Weiss (R) in the studio. Photo courtesy Alex Kluft Photography

Weiss demonstrates drum tuning, choosing the best microphones and showing a wide variety of miking techniques and placements to achieve a full, punchy and well-defined sound that fits the viewers song. Even if the viewer has never recorded a drum kit before, this step by step guide will provide all the necessary tools and techniques and put the viewer on the fast track to recording pro-sounding drums.

Matt Starr on drums

In addition to Matt Starr and Matthew Weiss discussing recording drums, Huart interviews both Starr and Weiss focusing on what makes a great drum sound. Key parts of the interview are a discussion on recording drums in a small room, making the drums sit well with a dense mix vs. an open arrangement, dampening, the recording signal chain, gain staging, preamps, compression, great budget microphones and a lot more.

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Legendary actors and martial artists Aki Aleong and Mel Novak are inducted into the prestigious USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame

On Saturday, May 20th, legendary actors and martial artists Aki Aleong and Mel Novak were inducted into the prestigious USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame at their gala in Fullerton, CA. This Hall of Fame was founded by Grandmaster Jim Thomas, Ph.D./D.Sc./Ma.Dsc.

Inductees Aki Aleong and Mel Novak. Photo courtesy of John Cox/Polymedia Entertainment

Dr. Thomas is a 10th-degree grand master and is recognized as one of 20 worldwide. He has been active in the martial arts for over half a century. In addition to serving as the head coach for Team USA, he was inducted into 6 various martial arts ‘Hall of Fame’ institutions and listed in ‘Who’s Who’ in the world of Martial Arts. Grandmaster Thomas has won over 200 awards and trophies and served in the U.S. Air Force for 7 years during the Vietnam Evacuation Era. He was a former athlete for the USA World Class Competition Team and has appeared in over 8 Martial Arts Motions pictures.

Grandmaster Jim Thomas. Photo courtesy of John Cox /Polymedia Entertainment

The U.S.A. Martial Arts ‘Hall of Fame’ “Hall of Heroes” was originally created in 1976 by Grand Master Robert Trias, the first man to open a martial arts school in the U.S. In its beginning it was very small in nature and was done spontaneously at various Martial Arts functions. Grandmaster Thomas and Mike Day were called upon to orchestrate this function into what it is today. Even with the passing of Grandmaster Trias and Day, Thomas has kept this event alive himself and includes new exciting things each and every year.

Sifu Mark Hoadley. Photo courtesy of John Cox/Polymedia Entertainment

This event actually spanned three days from May 19th to May 21st, with seminars and classes and the gala being on the 20th. Celebrities in attendance at the gala were Kathy Long, Art Camacho and many more. Martial artist and stand-up comic Mark Hoadley emceed the gala with his unique style of stand-up comedy. Sifu Hoadley is a three-time Hall of Fame inductee and last year’s Alliance inductee. Mark frequently performs at The World Famous Comedy Store, The Ice House and the Clown House.

Grandmaster Jim Thomas and awardee Frank Paras Jr. Photo courtesy of Frank Paras Jr.

Frank Paras Jr. was also bestowed with an award. “I would like to thank God for everything, especially receiving my 2017 Hall of Fame for Black Belt of the Year Award. I would like to thank my two mentors, Grandmaster-Actor Trovador Ramos and my best friend late Master-Actor Robert Lee. I would like to thank for Soke Frederick Peterson Jr., my beloved wife Luz, Grandmaster-Dr. Jim Thomas and especially you, Publicist-Manager Joe Williamson,” said actor, martial artist and journalist Frank Paras Jr.

Iconic martial artist Aki Aleong has starred in over 50 feature films and 150 TV shows. He has starred in films opposite the likes of Frank Sinatra Jr., Nick Nolte, Christian Slater, Marlon Brando, Faye Dunaway, Joanne Woodward, Ben Kingsley, Ernest Borgnine, Martin Landau, Roger Moore, Peter Lawford, Olivia Hussey, and Pierce Brosnan. He has served on the National Board of the Screen Actors Guild, appointed National Chair of SAG’S EEOC and was a member of the President’s Diversity/Affirmative Action Task Force. Aki’s legendary career started on Broadway in “Teahouse of the August Moon” and “The Interview.” He is probably best known for portraying Senator Hidoshi during the first season of Babylon 5, as well as portraying Mr. Chiang, the aide to Nathan Bates in the weekly series of V: The Series. He also portrayed the character of Colonel Mitamura in Farewell to the King and starred in Missing in Action Part 3 opposite Chuck Norris and The Quest opposite Jean-Claude Van Damme and Roger Moore. Aleong recently starred opposite Jean-Claude Van Damme again in Pound of Flesh and just guest starred in an episode of the three-time Peabody-nominated Suspense show opposite Torohu Masamune (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles).

Martial arts legend Mel Novak is best known as the iconic Stick the Assassin in Bruce Lee’s final film Game of Death. He has starred in more than 60 feature films opposite the likes of icons such as Steve McQueen, Yul Brenner, Chuck Norris, David Carradine, Rosie O’Donnell, Dan Ackroyd and many others. He has been bestowed with numerous awards for his acting work as well as humanitarian awards. He has been volunteering on Skid Row for over 30 years and has counseled prisoners at the most dangerous prisons in the country and has also volunteered with the Special Olympics. More recently, he starred in Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance, #1 grossing indie martial arts action movie of 2015. Mel also starred in the recently released Sony Pictures’ Checkpoint, opposite William Forsythe, Bill Goldberg, Fred “The Hammer” Williamson and Kenny Johnson. Mel also starred in the much buzzed about Holy Terror opposite Kristine DeBell (Meatballs, The Big Brawl) and Vida Ghaffari (The Mindy Project, Jimmy Kimmel Live).

For more info, please go to http://www.usamartialartshalloffame.com/california-2017

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ULTIMATE JAM NIGHT TO HOST TRIBUTE TO CHRIS CORNELL TUESDAY, MAY 23, 2017 AT THE WHISKY A GO GO

Hollywood, California, May 22nd, 2017 – In response to the untimely passing of Chris Cornell, Ultimate Jam Night, the long-running show in residency at Hollywood’s Whisky A Go Go will hold a special tribute in his honor on Tuesday, May 23, 2017. Doors open at 8 PM. The event is free of charge and will be broadcast worldwide on Zinna.TV.
“There has been profound grief associated with the loss of Chris Cornell” said Adam Mandel, one of the Producers of Ultimate Jam Night. “Almost immediate to the announcement of his death, fans and musicians began asking us to create a place for them to express their feelings. Frankly, we struggled with the timing of this tribute. Chris Cornell’s impact on a generation is significant and the sadness is real. We therefore felt it was important to create an evening for mourning,reverence, and support.”
A long list of performers including Soul Asylum’s Dave Pirner is scheduled to appear – full artist announcements will be coming right up until performance time.

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Legendary Actors and Martial Artists Aleong and Novak to Be Inducted Into the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame

  On Saturday, May 20th, legendary actors and martial artists Aki Aleong and Mel Novak will be inducted into the prestigious USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame at their gala in Fullerton, CA. This Hall of Fame was founded by Grandmaster Jim Thomas, Ph.D./D.Sc./Ma.Dsc.

Grandmaster Jim Thomas and Loretta Hallmark

Dr. Thomas is a 10th degree grand master and is recognized as one of 20 worldwide. He has been active in the martial arts field for over half a century. In addition to serving as the head coach for Team USA, he was inducted into 6 various martial arts ‘Hall of Fame’ institutions and listed in ‘Who’s – Who’ in the world of Martial Arts. Grandmaster Thomas has won over 200 awards and trophies and served in the U.S. Air Force for 7 years during the Vietnam Evacuation Era. He was a former athlete for the USA World Class Competition Team and has appeared in over 8 Martial Arts Motions pictures.

Sifu Mark Hoadley

The U.S.A. Martial Arts ‘Hall of Fame’ “Hall of Heroes” was originally created in 1976 by Grand Master Robert Trias, the first man to open a martial arts school in the U.S. In its beginning it was very small in nature and was done spontaneously at various Martial Arts functions. Grandmaster Thomas and Mike Day were called upon to orchestrate this function into what it is today. Even with the passing of Grandmaster Trias and Day, Thomas has kept this event alive himself and includes new exciting things each and every year! This event actually spans three days from May 19th to May 21st with seminars and classes and the gala being on the 20th. Celebrities in attendance at the gala are Kathy Long, Art Camacho, Olivier Gruner and many more. Martial Artist and stand-up comic Mark Hoadley will be opening the gala with his unique style of stand-up comedy. Sifu Hoadley is a 3 time Hall of Fame inductee and last year’s Alliance inductee. Mark frequently performs at The World Famous Comedy Store, The Ice House and the Clown House.

Awardees Aki Aleong and Mel Novak. Photo courtesy of Sheri Determan/PR Photos

Iconic martial artist Aki Aleong has starred in over 50 feature films and 150 TV shows. He has starred in films opposite the likes of Frank Sinatra Jr., Nick Nolte, Christian Slater, Marlon Brando, Faye Dunaway, Joanne Woodward, Ben Kingsley, Ernest Borgnine, Martin Landau, Roger Moore, Peter Lawford, Olivia Hussey, and Pierce Brosnan. He has served on the National Board of the Screen Actors Guild, appointed National Chair of SAG’S EEOC and was a member of the President’s Diversity/Affirmative Action Task Force. Aki’s legendary career started on Broadway in “Teahouse of the August Moon” and “The Interview.” He is probably best known for portraying Senator Hidoshi during the first season of Babylon 5, as well as portraying Mr. Chiang, the aide to Nathan Bates in the weekly series of V: The Series. He also portrayed the character of Colonel Mitamura in Farewell to the King and starred in Missing in Action Part 3 Opposite Chuck Norris and The Quest opposite Jean Claude Van Damme and Roger Moore. Aleong recently starred opposite Jean Claude Van Damme again in Pound of Flesh and just guest starred in an episode of the three time Peabody nominated Suspense show opposite Torohu Masamune (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles).

Aki on set with Danny Trejo

Martial arts legend Mel Novak is best known as the iconic Stick the Assassin in Bruce Lee’s final film Game of Death. He has starred in more than 60 feature films opposite the likes of icons such as Steve McQueen, Yul Brenner, Chuck Norris, David Carradine, Rosie O’Donnell, Dan Ackroyd and many others. He has been bestowed with numerous awards for his acting work as well as humanitarian awards. He has been volunteering on Skid Row for over 30 years and has counseled prisoners at the most dangerous prisons in the country and has also volunteered with the Special Olympics. More recently, he starred in Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance, #1 grossing indie martial arts action movie of 2015. Mel also starred in the recently released Sony Pictures’ Checkpoint, opposite William Forsythe, Bill Goldberg, Fred “The Hammer” Williamson and Kenny Johnson. Mel also starred in the much buzzed about Holy Terror opposite Kristine DeBell (Meatballs, The Big Brawl) and Vida Ghaffari (The Mindy Project, Jimmy Kimmel Live).

Mel on the set of Check Point with noted director Thomas J. Churchill and William Forsythe

For more info and to purchase tickets, please go to http://www.usamartialartshalloffame.com/california-2017 or call 714-922-1700

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Tony Franklin Releases Bass Recording Tutorial Through Pro Mix Academy

Hollywood, CA – May 7, 2017 – Pro Mix Academy founder and producer/engineer Warren Huart (Aerosmith, Ace Frehley, The Fray) has teamed up with fretless bassist Tony Franklin (The Firm, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Whitesnake) to release a bass recording and production tutorial through Pro Mix Academy. This course was recorded at Huart’s Spitfire Studio.

Tony Franklin on the red carpet in Hollywood, California. Photo courtesy Alex Kluft Photography

 

Franklin shows viewers how to record bass tracks through ProTools and discusses important elements like timing, getting the best tone, and how to properly play a fretless bass. Franklin takes us through 3 songs, each of a different genre and lays down the bass for them while working with a metronome. Fretted bass players are not forgotten in this video either as Franklin goes over recording tracks with a fretted bass and a pick as well as picking and muting techniques. On recording bass Franklin stated “My part is to support the song. Ultimately the bass is invisible for most listeners, unless you do something out of place”
The main topics Franklin discusses are: the decision-making process, how to achieve the sound you are looking for, creating the perfect bass part, fine tuning and editing in pro Tools, writing music charts, and being totally prepared for any recording session. Franklin also says about the bass: “People will feel you, and they’ll notice when you’re not there. Your job is to make people dance.”

Tony Franklin (L) with Warren Huart (R) at the legendary Sunset Sound Recorders. Photo courtesy Alex Kluft

 

This course also comes with an interview by Huart and Franklin where Franklin shares humorous insider stories of how he got started in music, meeting Queen bassist John Deacon, talks about his favorite basses, pick-ups, bridges and amps, and the origin of his signature bass line with Fender. He also discusses which basses lend themselves to playing live vs playing in the studio. Click here to see more information and to purchase the course.

Check out Tony’s website Fretless Monster:

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Recording & Producing Bass with Tony Franklin

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Cinzia Moniaci at Molly Malones in Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA – May 6, 2017 – When Cinzia announced that her show to launch her first solo EP release Moon Wild, available on iTunes, Molly Malone’s seemed like the ideal match of form and function – an intimate venue to showcase a collection of intensely intimate songs, and that turned out to be the unequivocal truth.

The crowd was treated to a personal showcase of Cinzia’s hopeful, and empowering lyrics and could not get enough. The rock and roll setting contrasted the hypnotic and upbeat music as Cinzia’s perfect leather When Cinzia announced that her show to launch her first solo EP release Moon Wild, available on iTunes, Molly Malone’s seemed like the ideal match of form and function – an intimate venue to showcase a collection of intensely intimate songs, and that turned out to be the unequivocal truth.

The crowd was treated to a personal showcase of Cinzia’s hopeful, and empowering lyrics and could not get enough. The rock and roll setting contrasted the hypnotic and upbeat music as Cinzia’s perfect leather ensemble contrasted the soulful, crystal-clear quality of her voice. So though a small room the sound and quality was anything but.

Cinzia backed by her long time band The Perfect Nines, including her husband Rico Quevedo on lead guitar, Edwin Itoh 2nd guitar, Sean Winchester drums (Everclear), Jonas Yip keyboards, and Tibor Bokor bass. The audience was treated to their favorite Perfect Nines songs such as “Heartbreaker” and “My Revolution” as well as two songs of the new EP ,produced by multi platinum producer Warren Huart, “Do You Believe” and “Tomorrow.”

The new songs play with expectations, both on the album and in their live incarnations as they show Cinzia’s evolution as a musician her point of view within and without the band. Cinzia shines as always front and center and we can’t wait to enjoy her next performance. contrasted the soulful, crystal-clear quality of her voice. Though a small room, the sound and quality was anything but.

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