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My AWESOME European Vacation

By Monica G

I recently had the opportunity to visit Europe for two weeks this summer. I had a blast! My vacation started in Dublin, Ireland. The flight from Los Angeles to Charlotte, North Carolina was four and a half (4 ½) hours, then off to Dublin which was eight and a half (8 ½) hours.

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Photo courtesy Hollywood Press Corps
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 Photo courtesy Hollywood Press Corps
Photo courtesy Hollywood Press Corps
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Albany House, it wasn’t a pleasant experience. As an American, when the hotel list double beds, you automatically think twin beds right? Well this is not the case in all the countries in Europe I visited (Ireland, France, Italy and Spain). Well at the Albany House, there was mold, which I am highly allergic and the paint was peeling off the walls. The shower was not built for a tall person, so my friends and I moved to O’Callaghan’s Hotel.

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This hotel was nice and had “twin beds”. The receptionist felt so bad for us (my friends and I) she threw in free breakfast. The breakfast was delightful, we could order anything off the menu and as much as we wanted.Note to everyone-the croissants, bacon and waffles are the best! During my trip, I had the opportunity to take a tour of Jameson Distillery and taste different types of Irish whiskey. I’m not a whiskey drinker, but wow, it was potent. The other tour that I would recommend is the Country side (Glenlock tour). The tour of the country side was so green, it was beautiful, plus the sky was gray, therefore, my pictures were magnificent. Before we left Ireland, we did some Pub hops, which was fun, but watch out-the drivers in Ireland, will run you over with their car (and despite with the Irish say-we Americans do not drive on the wrong side of the road). Overall, the Irish are very friendly and I recommend everyone to visit Dublin, Ireland you will not be disappointed!

After Ireland, my friends and I went to Paris, France. In my opinion, Paris wasn’t as fun as Ireland. Yes, I saw the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, and the Arc, but it seems like Americans are not on the French favorite list. However the hotel, Oceania Paris de Versailles and the staff were awesome (after a bump in the road). There were no twin rooms, so the hotel manager offered my friends and I an upgrade (we all had our own rooms). Well, I winked at the manager and received a robe and slippers, so I was happy. Although the hotel is far from the tourist sites, I recommend this hotel, as it is modern and chic. The breakfast however was continental and a big difference from Ireland’s. I didn’t care for French food, as there food is more rich (creamy in texture), but the desert was delish! Would I recommend Paris? Well if you want to see the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre (Mona Lisa) yes, other than that, skip it and spend more time in Italy.
Next, I was on my way to Florence, Italy, which has very old vintage hotels. We stayed at the Atlantic Palace Hotel. The staff was nice, rooms were decent, but the shower was not built for a tall person. The bellman Ramon was overly nice, eager to assist you at any time. The continental breakfast was okay, but having been spoiled from Ireland’s breakfast, it wasn’t anything special. Florence did have a city market place which had everything, wine, souvenirs, food, fresh meat, sauces, olive oil and even a cooking class. In Italy, we took a two (2) hour train ride to Rome and toured the Vatican, the Colosseum and the Spanish steps (no I did not climb the Spanish steps-this girl was tired). The Pope wasn’t home, but the Vatican has some awesome artwork and is a must see in Rome. The food was awesome. We went to this tavern named Open Baladin Roma, although the kitchen was closed, my friend had a beer and we both shared homemade chips. The chips
were made from real potatoes and were awesome. While sitting and waiting for our friend, the kitchen opened…and OMG, they made the best burger EVER! I can’t explain it, just know if you are ever in Rome, go and eat at this place, you will not be disappointed. The next day, my friends and I took another two and a half (2 ½) train ride to Venice, Italy. I’m in love! Everyone, I mean everyone should go to Venice, San Marco’s Square! It is beautiful. Take a boat tour of the city and go to the Glass Blowing Tour. It is magnificent. All of the restaurants that I attended were good, but then again I love Italian food.
Lastly, I was on to Madrid, Spain. Shockingly, I enjoyed Madrid almost as much as Italy. The hotel Inside Madrid Genova- is modern, chic and just plain awesome. The staff was great, even those who didn’t speak fluent English (it is a Latin country-so we need to learn their language). The tapas bar, El Tigre was delicious. This bar was family owned and the food was GREAT! I had steak, very well- seasoned. Don’t forget to take a tour of the Palace, and while you are there-go to the Flamenco show and a ballet. You won’t be disappointed.
I hope you enjoyed my short version of my European trip…until next time loves…

Monica G.

Dustin Brown

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L.A. Weekly’s Burgers & Beer Festival 2015

L.A. Weekly is excited to confirm the final restaurant line up for our new signature event, Burgers & Beer, taking place on Saturday August 8th, from 3 to 7 p.m. at The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in DTLA. Curated by LA Weekly’s own award- winning restaurant critic Besha Rodell and food editor Sarah Bennett, this event will feature Los Angeles’ best burger restaurants serving their signature sliders and the state’s best craft breweries sampling the brews that have made them famous!

Burgers and Beer 2015
Burgers and Beer 2015

As of press time, the following restaurants have confirmed attendance at this year’s event: animal, Abigaile, Bacaro LA, Badmaash, Barrel & Ashes, Belcampo Meat Co., Bouchon Bistro, Cassell’s Burgers, Escala, Grill ‘Em All, Haché LA, Hamburguesas Punta Cabras, Hawkins House of Burgers, Little Dom’s, Local Table, Mariscos El Cristalazo, Meat District Co., Messhall, Myke’s Café, Mrs. Fish, Perch LA, Pie n’ Burger, Pink’s Hot Dogs, Plan Check Kitchen + Bar, Pono Burger, Rush Street Culver City, salt’s cure, Seoul Sausage Company, Simmzy’s, Slater’s 50/50, The Churchill, The Counter, The Hudson, The Independence, the hungry cat, The Pikey, The Rockefeller, The Tripel, Vaka Burger, Venice Whaler and WOODSPOON.

As of press time, the following breweries have confirmed attendance at this year’s event: Ace Cider, Alosta Brewing Co., Anchor Brewing Co., Angel City Brewery, Beachwood BBQ & Brewing, Belching Beaver Brewery, Boomtown Brewery, Bottle Logic Brewing, Bravery Brewing, Brewery Ommegang, Cabotella Mexican Ale, Drake’s Brewing, The Dudes’ Brewing, Eagle Rock Brewery, El Segundo Brewing, Fireman’s Brew, Firestone Walker Brewing Company, Golden Road Brewing, Humboldt Brewing Company, I&I Brewing, Karl Strauss Brewing Company, King Harbor Brewing Company, Kinetic Brewing Company, Kona Brewing Co., Ladyface Ale Companie, The Lagunitas Brewing Company, MacLeod Ale Brewing Co., Mumford Brewing, Ninkasi Brewing Company, Phantom Carriage Brewery, St. Killian Importing, Strand Brewing Co., Sudwerk Brewering Co., Telegraph Brewing, and Wolf Creek Brewery.

For a limited time, LA Weekly is offering a Burgers & Beer Buddy Pack where guests can purchase 4 General Admission tickets for only $199. General Admission tickets are available starting at $75 for a single ticket and include entry into the event, unlimited food samples from 35+ restaurants, craft beer samples from 30+ breweries, access to entertainment and a vendor village. A limited number of Burger Only tickets will be available starting at $45 and include entry into the event, unlimited food samples from 35+ restaurants and access to entertainment and a vendor village.

Tickets can be purchased at: https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/852407. A portion of this year’s event proceeds will be benefitting Homeboy Industries who provides hope, training, and support to formerly incarcerated men and women allowing them to redirect their lives and become contributing members of our community.

Sponsors of this year’s event include: Baja California Tourism Board, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Beautiful Things LA, Budweiser, Califia Farms, Caviar, Constellation Brands , CrafBeerKings.com, CVT Soft Serve, Del Real, Diabolo, Dry Sparkling, Elysian, First Aid Shot Therapy, Follow Your Heart, Goose Island, Gustus Vitae, Hustler, Icelandic Glacial, Jarritos Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, Joshua Cohen Bike Attorney, LA Car Guy, London Manori Jewelry, Ludlows, O.pen Vape, PoachedJobs.com, Pop Candy, RESERVE, Socal Etsy Guild, and Spearmint Rhino.

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Don’t miss out on our inaugural Burgers & Beer celebration! We hope to see you there!

 

Dustin Brown

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Carol Burnett to be Honored with 2015 SAG Life Achievement Award

LOS ANGELES (July 23, 2015) – Carol Burnett – comedic trailblazer, actor, singer, dancer, producer and author – has been named the 52nd recipient of SAG-AFTRA’s highest tribute: the SAG Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment. Burnett will be presented the performers union’s top accolade at the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®,which will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016 at 8 p.m. (ET), 7 p.m. (CT), 6 p.m. (MT) and 5 p.m. (PT). Given annually to an actor who fosters the “finest ideals of the acting profession,” the SAG Life Achievement Award will join Burnett’s exceptional catalog of preeminent industry and public honors, which includes multiple Emmys®, a special Tony®, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and both a Kennedy Center Honor and its Mark Twain Prize for Humor.

Carol Burnett
Carol Burnett

In making the announcement, SAG-AFTRA President Ken Howard said, “Carol Burnett is a creative dynamo and a comedic genius. She embodies the generosity and courage that the greatest actors use in creating enduring and memorable characters. From her heartbreakingly hilarious Starlet O’Hara to the adorably inept Eunice and alarmingly funny Miss Hannigan, Carol has delighted and inspired millions of viewers and thousands of comedic actors. She took risks as a performer and through her courage, encouraged fellow actors to try new things and always, always reach for the sky. Her innate love of actors led to the creation of an ensemble cast that made The Carol Burnett Show a masterpiece of variety programming.”

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Brooklyn-Based Future Wave Band The Fantastic Plastics Release Their New Single “We are Obsolete”

The Fantastic Plastics
The Fantastic Plastics

The Hollywood Press Corps recently got a chance to interview Brooklyn-based Future Wave band, The Fantastic Plastics. They just dropped a new single and they’re calling it , “We are Obsolete.” The track is just one cut from their forthcoming full-length album, Devolver.

You can stream it/snag the embed here:

https://m.soundcloud.com/thefantasticplastics/we-are-obsolete

Here’s the interview;

1. What is the concept of The Fantastic Plastics?
We are from the present time that the people of the 1950s / 1960s envisioned when they dreamed of the 21st century. People 50 years ago had such optimism for the future. They thought the future would be a panacea as opposed to the dystopia it has become. We are from that optimistic future, that alternate dimension, transported here and now that we are here we will make it all better.

2. What are your influences?
We are equally influenced by music, books and movies. Most of our influences do not exist in this dimension. However, since arriving, we have found inspiration in Gary Numan, DEVO, Kraftwerk, B-52s, and The Ventures to name a few bands. From the literary world, we are mostly inspired by William Gibson’s Nuromancer trilogy and George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty Four. When it comes to film we take fashion inspiration from Barbarella, 2001 A Space Odyssey, THX-1138 and many more from the genre.

The Fantastic Plastics
The Fantastic Plastics

3. Have you ever been to Japan/do you know any words in Japanese?
We have not been to Japan, but it is our goal to get there soon. They seem to be the closest society to that optimistic future we spoke of; especially in fashion and design. Of course we know the phrase: domo arigato Mr Roboto.

4. If you could be any instrument what would it be?
The “Holophoner” from Futurama.

5. What is something that would surprise people to know about you?
Trans-dimensional travel has caused us to constantly crave something you people call a “Cheez-It.”

6. What are your thoughts on New York City fashion?
We love that NYC fashion is such a mix and that you can express your creativity and personality through fashion without judgment. However, on the other hand, this is also a very corporate city, with a larger number of people who feel the need to conform in that world. This is why people from other cities equate New Yorkers with always wearing black. We are just hoping to influence more people to wear silver futuristic space suits on a daily basis.

7. What does “gentrification” mean to you?
Supposedly it means progress but we find that hard to believe. They destroy and tear down old buildings that have stood in some cases over 100 years and replace them with cheaply made glass boxes. We’d like to see self-sustaining architecture. Buildings covered in solar panels with garden rooftops meant to last hundreds of years and off the grid completely. That would be progress.

8. Can you tell us about an interesting experience on the New York City subway?
We could tell you many, but most are x rated and or involve things that would turn your stomach. We once did a photo shoot on the subway for our “Outsiders” EP that involved us wearing some huge furry neon insect masks and silver space outfits. We were amazed that nearly no one batted an eye or gave us a second glance. That right there says a lot about New Yorkers and NYC Fashion.

9. What was the last book that you read?
UBIK by Philip K. Dick. It is a trip to read. We read somewhere that Michel Gondry was trying to adapt it into a movie. Fingers crossed.

10. Do you have any words of wisdom for your fans?
Keep Moving Forward
This was such a fortunate experience to interview the Fantastic Plastics! Stayed tuned to the Hollwood Press Corps for future announcements regarding the upcoming album, Devolver.

 

Dustin Brown

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LOS ANGELES FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES HEADLINING

5TH ANNIVERSARY LINEUP AND LIVE ENTERTAINMENT FOR 2015

Tickets are on sale now for the City of Angels’ annual culinary jubilee, featuring a live performance by Questlove and The Roots, and welcoming a distinguished list of Michelin-starred honorees, James Beard Award winners, and Food & Wine Best New Chefs including Tyler Florence, Curtis Stone, Thomas Keller, and Michelle Bernstein, among others.

Left to right, Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson, Tyler Florence, Michelle Bernstein, Curtis Stone, Thomas Keller
 Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson, Tyler Florence, Curtis Stone, Thomas Keller and Michelle Bernstein

WHAT: Los Angeles Food & Wine, produced by Coastal Luxury Management and presented with founding partners FOOD & WINEand Lexus, announces its 2015 festival lineup and live entertainment as it celebrates its 5th anniversary August 27-August 30. On sale now, tickets for individual events range from $50-$350, with package and VIP options starting at $650.

Set to feature three-nights and four-days of unrivaled tastings, lunches, seminars, book signings, cooking demonstrations, and special events, showcasing the finest in food and drink culture, marquee events and talent this year will include:

§ “Ultimate Bites of LA Presented by Lexus”on Thursday, August 27,hosted by Curtis Story, kicks off the festivities with special guest curator and DJ,Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson,spinning live on stage and handpicking several of his favorite culinary mavericks to show off their talents

§ “Lexus Grand Avenue Night Market”on Friday evening, August 28, hosted byTyler Florence, featuring small bites from culinary masters Charles Phan (The Slanted Door), Jet Tila (Pakpao Thai), and Hannah An (The District), among others

§ “Lexus Live on Grand featuring The Roots”; on Saturday, August 29, featuring tastings from over 30 chefs and 100 wineries

o That same night,The Roots will join bandmate Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson on the “Lexus Live on Grand”; main stage as the festival’s headlining musical entertainment

§ The festival’s acclaimedPower Lunch Series returns on Friday, August 28, with exclusive chef collaborations taking place at Los Angeles’ premier restaurants across the city including:

o Neal Fraser (Redbird) and Markus Glocker (Bâtard/NYC) at Redbird

o Ray Garcia (Broken Spanish) and Jenn Louis (Lincoln Restaurant/Portland, OR) at Broken Spanish

o Celebrity Chef Elizabeth Falkner, Ben Spungin (Coastal Luxury Management), and Ricky Webster (The Ace Hotel) at The Ace Hotel

o Michael Fiorelli and Rebecca Merhej (Love & Salt) joined by Zack Pollack (Alimento) at Love & Salt

o Nancy Silverton (Mozza) & Mourah Lahlou (Aziza) at Osteria Mozza

Please continue to visitLAFW.com for updates and details on full programming of events, chefs, wineries, sommeliers, mixologists, and culinary talent participating at the 5th Annual Los Angeles Food & Wine festival.

WHEN: Thursday, August 27 through Sunday, August 30, 2015

WHERE: Headquartered in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles, with main events taking place directly in front of the iconic Walt Disney Concert Hall (with closures along Grand Avenue, between 1st and 3rd street), the 5thannual Los Angeles Food & Wine festival will also feature tastings, dinners, lunches, seminars, cooking demonstrations, and special events located across parts of greater Los Angeles including Downtown, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Hollywood, and more.

TICKETS: Tickets are available to purchase by visitingLAFW.comor by calling 855-433-LAFW (5239)

PHOTOS: Images of the Los Angeles Food & Wine festival (2014), for pre-event coverage, are available to view/download by clickinghere.

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Alek Sandar to Debut Video of Pop Single P.O.R.N.

 

Alek Sandar's hot new single P.O.R.N.
Alek Sandar’s hot new single P.O.R.N.

The Hollywood Press Corps recently spoke  with electro-pop artist Alek Sandar. He’s soon releasing a video for his latest international pop single, “P.O.R.N.” featuring the amazing transgendered performer Amanda Lapore. The one thing that might surprise you to learn about Alek is that he is an International Business Studies major from the University. When I sat down to Skype with him, he was in Berlin.
HPC: Hi Alek! Nice to see you! Before we talk about your new single, can you tell us about Bulgaria?
Alek: My memories of Bulgaria are very positive. I got started there.
HPC:Where are you today?
Alek: I’m in Berlin. I’m visiting family and friends. I just played an exclusive show in Prague, Czechoslovakia. It’s so nice and modern there. It’s even cleaner than New York City!
HPC: Where do you stay in New York City?
Alek: I have a place on the Lower East Side. I recently played Webster Hall. It was a great show! So many people! The large clubs like Limelight are getting rare. I recently performed at La Baine on the rooftop of the Standard Hotel. The day that I played La Baine, Madonna was filming a video for, “I’m Madonna Bitch!” That was pretty cool!
HPC: Who do you work with in New York City?
Alec: Suzanne Bartsch puts on these unbelievable shows in NYC. I have to thank her! She puts these events together. She’s incredible.
HPC: You recently worked with Japanese EDM artist Ansoni. Where did you meet him?

Alek Sandar Drops In an exclusive still from his aticipated video "P.O.R.N."
Alek Sandar in an exclusive still from his aticipated video “P.O.R.N.”

Alek: We met in New York. He invited me to the studio. We clicked immediately. We would write songs all night till 7:00 AM. Ansoni told me that he enjoyed working with me because I know exactly what I want to do in the studio.
HPC: How did you get started in music?
Alek: My dad is an opera singer and my grandmother taught me piano as a child in Germany. I became a producer of music. I started in Germany, France and Bulgaria. Everyone expected me to be a manager of International talent but I realized when I produced that I wanted to express myself.
HPC: Tell us about your highly anticipated new track,”P.O.R.N.”
Alek: I did this with the amazing Amanda Lepore. It’s an “in your face” song that reflects the attitudes of my generation. We have become attention whores. Our obsession is “likes” and “hashtags”. The way you get fame today is by posting sexy videos and prostituting your body. We want as many likes so we can become famous. The metric is – if something is really good or really bad you will get “likes”. If you look at someone like Donald Trump, he has a lot of “likes” for saying things that a lot of people don’t like. The video is fun and outrageous. There’s an overweight girl who is very sexy. Also Amanda Lapore adds a gorgeous element to the video. Please watch it!
HPC: When does the video come out?
Alek: We’re scheduled to release it in August, 2015.
HPC: What are your travel plans?
Alek: I’ll be in Bulgaria next week and New York City in September, 2015.
HPC: Great! we hope to see you in Los Angeles soon!

 

Here’s a link to Alek Sandar’s soundcloud page for,”P.O.R.N.”

https://m.soundcloud.com/aleksandarofficial/alek-sandar-porn-feat-amanda-lepore-1

Dustin Brown

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Electro-Pop Artist and Social Media Activist, Alek Sandar, Drops His Hot New Single

 

July 6, 2015

(New York, NY) NYC-based electro-pop star, Alek Sandar, takes a stand on social media with his latest single, “P.O.R.N.” This club-ready track features transgender advocate, performer and socialite celebrity, Amanda Lepore. This pairing was inspired by Lepore’s lifestyle of transforming herself into the ideal looking woman with a perfect shape. The aim of the track, according to Sandar, is to show the world that through our self-absorption and public self-expression on social media, life becomes pornography. As the first

Alek Sandar Drops his new single
Alek Sandar Drops his new single

generation to have this in-your-face pressure to get “likes” and “followers,” this single seeks to open eyes on many levels and hints that society is missing the real message behind music and behind life because we’re all too busy comparing the stats, rather than creating a dialogue.

Alek Sandar's hot new single P.O.R.N.
Alek Sandar’s hot new single P.O.R.N.

Born in Sofia, Bulgaria and raised in Germany, Sandar is well-known in Europe and currently making his American debut. Sandar is a top music producer in Eastern Europe (Bulgaria and the Balkans) and has made hit records for various artists, including Kimbra, Oscar Loya, Frankmusik, Andrea and Jérémy Amelin. He’s also the co-founder of Berlin-based dance-pop label, Splendid Sound Records, and has produced music for Universal Music Germany and Payner Music Bulgaria. Having only been in The US since 2009, he’s already played major venues in NYC, including Webster Hall during NMS New York Music Festival in 2012 and Terminal 5 in 2014. Along with his close relationship with Amanda Lepore, Sandar has also become friends with celebrity personalities like Richie Rich, Patricia Field and Susanne Bartsch.

 

Alek Sandar creates sex-centric, high-energy music that’s heavily influenced by pop, EDM and hip hop, with Balkan, Arabic and Eastern European-infused musicality. With hit his prior singles, “Creature in Me,” “Say That You Love Me,” “It Ain’t Over,” “You and Me (feat. DESS aka Desi Slava) and “Peaceful Place” (a duet with Balkan superstar, Andrea), Sandar’s new album has been highly anticipated by fans all over the world. Don’t miss “P.O.R.N.” and stay tuned for more singles throughout the summer!

Listen here;

https://m.soundcloud.com/aleksandarofficial/alek-sandar-porn-feat-amanda-lepore-1

Dustin Brown

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Debut of West Los Angeles Author’s Club with Author Gina B. Nahai

Tonight is the debut of the West Los Angeles Author’s Club and this literary event opens with Gina B. Nahai, a best-selling author, columnist, and professor of Creative Writing at USC.

This event is sponsored by the West Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce. “This is one of our new activities in the West Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce where we are trying to appreciate, illustrate, and illuminate the intellectual, cultural and literary parts of our community” said Elham Yaghoubian, Director and Founder of the Author’s Club. Yaghoubian is very accomplished in her own right. She is also a board member of the Chamber as well as human rights activist, fashion designer and a noted author herself.

Photo of author Gina Nahai with her book cover
Photo of author Gina Nahai with her book cover

 

“It is a veritable delight to see the coming together of art and commerce, the acknowledgement of the symbiosis between capital and creativity which is the bedrock upon which this city was built and continues to thrive. Telling stories–in film, music, or books–and making s financial success of it is what we do in Los Angeles,” added Nahai.

Nahai’s novels have been translated into eighteen languages, and have been finalists for the Orange Award, the IMPAC Award, the Harold J. Ribalow Award, and the Jewish Book Council’s Fiction Award. She is the winner of the Los Angeles Arts Council Award, the Persian Heritage Foundation’s Award, The Simon Rockower Award, and the Phi Kappa Phi Award. Her pieces have appeared in numerous national and international publications, as well as in a number of literary and academic journals and anthologies. Nahai writer a monthly column for the Jewish Journal of

Elham Yaghoubian, founder and director of the author's club,  as well  human rights activist, fashion designer and a noted author herself. Photo courtesy of Abbas Hojatpanah
Elham Yaghoubian, founder and director of the author’s club, as well human rights activist, fashion designer and a noted author herself. Photo courtesy of Abbas Hojatpanah

Greater Los Angeles, and is a three-time finalist for an LA Press Club award. Nahai holds a BA and a Masters degree in International Relations from UCLA, and a Master of Professional Writing from USC.

Her latest novel, THE LUMINOUS HEART OF JONAH S., was a finalist for the Jewish Book Council’s fiction award in 2014.

More info at www.ginabnahai.com

 

 

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Nick Palance Headlines Star-Studded Charity Gala

Proceeds to benefit OPCC in Santa Monica

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Los Angeles, California  June 22, 2015

Acclaimed Pop-Opera recording artist Nick Palance has created the “Coming Home with Nick Palance and Friends” charity gala to benefit OPCC and individuals who are homeless. The glamorous and highly anticipated event will be held on Sunday, June 28, 2015 at 6 pm at the elegant Casa Del Mar Hotel in Santa Monica (1910 Ocean Way, Santa Monica, CA 90405).

This memorable evening will include a red carpet gala reception, seated dinner by Executive Chef Alberico Nunziata in a spectacular ballroom overlooking the sea, silent auction, and an exciting musical program. Hilarious comedian Scott Wood, known as “Mr. Punchline,” will be the emcee for the evening.

As guests sip on premium wines from Peaceland Vineyards, Alma Fria Vineyards, Notre Vin Vineyards and Vinium, they can bid on these fabulous Silent Auction items:

Sue Wong
Sue Wong

A dress by fashion designer extraordinaire Sue Wong, a wine-tasting weekend in Sonoma County, exquisite prints by Neo-Renaissance artist Giorgio Tuscani, gorgeous clothes by Kyle Richard’s Beverly Hills boutique “Kyle by Alene Too,” gift card to celebrity fashion designer Pol’ Atteu’s Beverly Hills boutique, and fragrant luxurious candles by Lisa Carrier Designs.

 

Jamie Luner
Jamie Luner

Nick Palance, referred to as the “American Bocelli,” is known for his romantic and passionate singing style. Actress Jamie Luner (“Better Call Saul,” “Melrose Place”) will take center stage, along with other special guests on June 28th.

Confirmed guests include: Sue Wong (international fashion designer), Greg Germann (“Ally McBeal”), Sofia Milos (“CSI: Miami), John Maceri (Executive Director, OPCC), Ron Whitaker (veteran rock drummer, played with members of Guns N’ Roses), Renée Taylor (“The Nanny”),

Dr.Estella Sneider
Dr.Estella Sneider

Dr. Estella Sneider (TV & Radio Host, Co-Producer of “Beverly Hills Royal TV”), Amanda Miguel (internationally renowned singer), Diego Verdaguer (internationally renowned singer), Ana Victoria (internationally renowned singer), Marisela (internationally renowned singer), Laurene Landon (“All the Marbles,” “Maniac Cop”), Mel England (“Ron and Laura Take Back America”), Michelle Tomlinson (“Axe to Grind,” “The Cellar Door”), Prince Mario-Max Schaumburg-Lippe from Germany (Actor/TV Host, Co-Producer of “Beverly Hills Royal TV”) Vincent de Paul (award-winning actor and producer of “The Bay” series), Dustin Quick (model), Gloria Kisel-Hollis (producer), Pol’ Atteu (celebrity fashion designer, “Living with the Enemy”), Patrik Simpson (international agent, “Living with the Enemy”), Mario L. Trujillo (Deputy District Attorney, Los Angeles County), Xavier Mejia (Radio Host/Co-Founder LGBT Hero Awards), Hank Garrett (“Three Days of the Condor”), Lois Aldrin, HPC’s own Vida Ghaffari (actress “The Mindy Project” and blogger “So Very Vida”), and Romulo Canizales (executive producer). Invited guests include: Kyle Richards (“Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”), Maria Conchita Alonso (“Return to Babylon”), Congresswoman Linda Sanchez, Mayor of Long Beach Robert Garcia and Senate President pro Tem Kevin De Leon.

Senate pro Tem Kevin De Leon’s office will be presenting Certificates of Recognition to John Maceri, Executive Director of OPCC, as well as to Nick Palance, Sue Wong, Dr. Estella Sneider and Romulo Canizales.

Proceeds from the gala will benefit OPCC (formerly Ocean Park Community Center), which is the largest social services agency on the Westside of Los Angeles. A non-profit organization headquartered in Santa Monica, OPCC provides highly effective, fully integrated services to the most traumatized, vulnerable and needy members of our community—homeless individuals, victims of domestic violence, and at-risk youth. OPCC offers seven core services that provide support in the areas of housing, domestic violence, physical health, mental health, life skills/wellness, income services and substance abuse. All are designed to improve self-sufficiency, restore dignity, and enable our clients to be contributing members of our community, enhancing the quality of life for everyone.

Heralded as an extraordinarily gifted Pop-Opera recording artist and tenor, Nick Palance studied and trained for 8 years under world-renowned opera singer and vocal coach Maestro Hernan Pelayo (Placido Domingo’s mentor). Palance’s repertoire spans seven languages. His career took off when he starred as the lead in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” on the original off-Broadway tour. He also had a tenure with the Canadian Tenors. Palance has toured internationally in concert halls and is well known throughout the country for his uplifting public performances as well as private concerts for prominent individuals including William Shatner, Jerry Bruckheimer, Joe Pesci, and LA Mayor Eric Garcetti.

Nick Palance states, “It has been my passion to help those who are being overlooked. When a person hits hard times and becomes homeless, not only do they lose their place to live and position in society, but they also lose their identity, and it is a difficult, if not impossible, thing to come back from. I created this event to raise awareness and bring like-minded people to make a difference and restore hope to those who need it. Let’s take the ‘less’ out of homelessness.”

Event sponsors: Casa Del Mar Hotel, Westport Construction, Simons and Liebert Foundation, Peaceland Vineyards, Notre Vin Vineyards, Alma Fria Vineyards, SEP Entertainment & Lighting, Rota Mobility, Lisa Carrier Designs, Kyle by Alene Too, Giorgio Tuscani, Sue Wong, Mauricio Umansky / The Agency.

Executive Producers of the event: Nick Palance, Dr. Estella Sneider, Romulo Canizales, Alexandra Radlovic.

To purchase tickets: https://www.opcc.net/?nd=cominghome

For more information about OPCC, please visit http://www.opcc.org; like the organization on Facebook at Facebook.com/OPCCLA; follow the agency on Twitter at @OPCCLA or Instagram at @opccsantamonica.
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For more information about Nick Palance, please visit http://www.nickpalance.com/, like him on Facebook at Facebook.com/nickpalancefans, follow him on Twitter at @nickpalance.

Sponsors:
Casa Del Mar Hotel: This elegant beach hotel offers luxurious rooms, top-rated seafood restaurant and wellness spa. hotelcasadelmar.com/

Westport Construction: Experts in Affordable Housing, Occupied Renovation and New Construction.
westportconstructioninc.com

Giorgio Tuscani: Known as “the Painter of the Soul,” this Neo-Renaissance artist uplifts the heart with his message of unconditional love.
GiorgioTuscani.com/

Peaceland Vineyards: Based in Sonoma County, they feature premium grapes, stunning views and beautiful facilities. Sponsor of the wine-tasting weekend in the Silent Auction. peacelandvineyards.com/

Notre Vin Vineyards: Their small production world class wines include a Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and Burgundian-style Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir.
www.notrevin.com/

Alma Fria Vineyards: Family-owned vineyards based on the Sonoma coast, with handcrafted Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays of elegance, finesse and complexity.
almafria.com/

Vinium Wine: Small batch craft wine for a healthier planet, with eco-friendly casks.
viniumwine.com/

SEP Entertainment & Lighting: Lighting Design and Event Production Services.

Kyle by Alene Too: Women’s designer apparel, shoes & accessories. Beverly Hills boutique.

Rota Mobility: Designs and creates ergonomic and efficient mobility products.

Lisa Carrier Designs: Luxurious Candle collection & Home Decor.

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Watch Electro/Synth Group LEX Perform July 1 At LA Theater Center

LEX–the Los Angeles group who fuse their synth-heavy sound with old school disco beats–will perform an avant-garde fantasy show on Wednesday, July 1 at the Los Angeles Theater Center (514 S. Spring St. Downtown LA 90013; www.thelatc.org/upcoming-shows/lex-showcase-3). The one-night-only performance will feature lighting and stage design from Martin Phillips (Daft Punk) and costumes from the Zamora Sisters.

 LEX will perform their self-released their self-titled debut EP, produced by longtime Daft Punk engineer Peter Franco. Franco–who engineered Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories and won the 2014 Grammy Award for “Best Engineered Album” as well as “Record of The Year” for “Get Lucky”–helped hone their synth-heavy sound.

Listen to new songs “Beam” and “Stare” on BUZZBANDS.LA

The Los Angeles-based foursome–ALEXIS (vocals, synthesizers), LP (synthesizers), LICIA (bass, synthesizers) and J (drums)–create their modern electro-pop sounds by using all analog vintage synthesizers, and everything is executed live during their performance–without backing tracks or computers onstage.

DATE:
Wednesday, July 1
LOS ANGELES THEATER CENTER
514 S. Spring St.
Downtown LA 90013
8:00pm (Show starts)

Listen to the LEX EP on SoundCloud
Listen to LEX on YouTube

FOR MORE LEX
www.EXPERIENCELEX.com

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