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Hollyshorts Announces Official Lineup for 11th Annual Festival

 

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OVER 400 SHORT MOVIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD SET TO BE SHOWCASED HOLLYWOOD

 

$15,000 CASH PRIZE ON THE LINE FOR OVERALL WINNER FROM ZYPE

 

$60,000 POST PRODUCTION PRIZES SET TO BE AWARDED FROM COMPANY 3 AND METHOD STUDIOS

 

Hollywood August 1, 2015—-The organizers of the 11th annual HollyShorts Film Festival are announcing today the official film lineup that will compete for the $15,000 cash prize from Zype and $60,000 in post-production services from Company 3 and Method Studios at the upcoming festival. The lineup includes 400 of the top short movies from almost every major continent. The festival received a record 2,200 submissions this year a festival record. HollyShorts, which was named “The Cannes of Short Film Festivals” by Indie Wire, and is consistently ranked as one of the top film festivals each year by MovieMaker, prides itself on not putting any restrictions on it’s coveted filmmakers and allows them to showcase and premiere their works where they want, when they want it, unlike any other Los Angeles area film festival, no premiere restrictions.

 

The organizers bill HollyShorts as “The Filmmakers Festival.” The festival will take place at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres August 13-22, 2015. The HollyShorts Film Conference, which will feature heavy hitter panel discussions, will take place at IgnitedSpaces August 14-21.

 

This year’s festival feature shorts with talent including: Jerry Stiller stars in Steve Monarque’s Simpler Times, Caity Lotz who stars in Susana Hornil’s short Missed Call,

Jennifer Morrison stars in Chris Peters’ To Dust Return, Corbin Bernsen in his son Oliver Bernsen’s short Midland, Dominic Polcino’s animated award-winning short Lovesick Fool: Love in the Age of Like stars Janeane Garofalo, Fred Willard and Lisa Kudrow. Joe Magee and Bill Bailey’s Love Song stars Emma Thompson, Brent Weinbach’s I Don’t Dance stars Natasha Leggero, John Henry Hinkel’s HOME stars Robert Forster. JT Mollner’s Flowers in December stars Dee Wallace, Emad Asfoury’s Duality stars Don Most, Sarah Lynn Dawson, Jon Foo and was voiced by Deepak Chopra. Aaron Webman’s After Lilly stars Jack Quaid, Raymond Cruz stars in Alexandra Debricon’s A Gringo Honeymoon. Michael Gross stars in Linda Palmer’s Our Father.

 

This year’s categories include: Live Action, Animation, Documentary, Web Series, Trailers, Commercial, Music Videos. Short genres range from Horror, Romance, Drama, Action, Comedy, Thrillers and much more.

 

Commented Theo Dumont, HollyShorts co-founder and co-director: “We are honored to showcase this selection of the world’s top short movies at HollyShorts. This festival has grown into the biggest and most prestigious annual celebration of short movies and prides itself on providing next level opportunities for our filmmakers. It’s going to be an epic 10 days with receptions every day for our guests.”

 

Added co-founder and co-director Daniel Sol: “We are flattered that other festivals in Los Angeles this year have aggressively contacted our filmmakers with numerous efforts to poach them, this shows the demand for their great works. What those festivals don’t understand is that this is THE filmmakers festival and they’ll do whatever they want here whenever they want, and we encourage that.”

 

The festival’s opening night celebration lineup will be announced momentarily and will take place at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres and OHM nightclub at Hollywood and Highland. Advance tickets, the lineup, all-access passes and the fest schedule are currently available at hollyshorts.com.

 

This year’s HollyShorts sponsors include:

All Short TV, Brickyard VFX, Color Space Finishing, Company 3, Creative Handbook, Crypt TV, Daily Motion, Dark Horse Wine, Delmay Partners, Diablo, Evil Slave, Film Radar, FilmLA, Final Draft, Greenleaf Gourmet Chop Shop, Ignited Spaces, Indi.com,

Indievent, Jungle Software, Kim Ruggles Events, Law Offices of Clifford Lo Entertainment Law, Lightspeed EPS, Lyft, Mercury Production Report, Method Studios, New Media Vault, NYFA, OHM, Panavision, Philippe Catering, Pond5, Red Giant, Robert Taylor Insurance, Script Pipeline, Shorts HD, Showbiz Software Store,

Simple DCP, Stage 32, TCL Chinese 6 Theaters, The Agency-Sports & Entertainment Division, Uber, UCLA Extention, Women in Film, Zype.

About HollyShorts

HollyShorts Film Festival is an annual short film festival showcasing the best and brightest short films from around the globe. HollyShorts is devoted to the advancement of filmmakers through screenings, Q&A sessions and networking events. The HollyShorts Film festival showcases the top short films produced 40 minutes or less. Categories include Short Animation, Short Live Action, Short Documentary, Music Video, Webisode, Commercials, Trailers, 3D Shorts, Youth Film and Digital Microbudget.

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RAPPER AND POET LYSSEN TO PERFORM AT LA’S LAS PALMAS ON FRIDAY, AUGUST 7 WITH JOELL ORTIZ OF SLAUGHTERHOUSE

Los Angeles (August 5, 2015) –

Lyssen (pronounced listen) is a Chicago
rapper, but a poet at heart, who uses her music to influence change through self-awareness. On Friday, August 7, she will be performing her music at Las Palmas in Hollywood as a part of the Joell Ortiz tour. Ortiz is known for his role in the hip-hop group Slaughterhouse, organized by Eminem. The doors open at 7:00pm PT with performances beginning at 9:00pm PT. To buy tickets, visit her website or you can click the below flyer to order.

Lyssen
Lyssen
Lyssen with Joell Ortiz in Hollywood, California
Lyssen with Joell Ortiz in Hollywood, California

Inspired by the violent decay of her hometown Chicago, Lyssen breaks the common artist mold with various combinations of poetry and rap while motivating the lost souls to notice the world around them and consciously depict how they fit into it. “My goal is to allow people to not only enjoy my art, but also find the art within themselves and display it,” explains Lyssen. The delivery and wordplay of her lyrics keeps listeners engaged and stimulated, while the music entertains as a theatrical rendition of soul.

 

 

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THE SHILLS DROP BRAND NEW VIDEO FOR “OH, THIS DEVILISH PLACE”

(New York, NY) Boston-based rock quartet, The Shills, announce the release of the video for their new single, “Oh, This Devilish Place,” which comes from their brand new LP, Keep Your Hands Busy: Volume 2, that dropped in May 2015. The four-piece band fuses modern rock and pop to create a sound that The Deli NYC describes as “simultaneously catchy, challenging and experimental in sound and concept.” The video highlights the second release from their album, which Baeble Music says melds psychedelic, swirling melodies with propulsive riffs and deeply layered guitar work. It’s rare for guitars on a record to sound simultaneously this spacey while also carrying so much forward rock momentum. The vocals snake through your mind — Bryan Murphy switching up between a Travis Morrison yelp and Thom Yorke falsetto.”

The Shills
The Shills

The Shills originated in Boston in 2004, and consist of Bryan Murphy ­(guitar/vocals), Ryan Jackson ­ (guitar), Dave Sicilian ­(bass) and James Zaner ­(drums). After releasing an EP (Push), an LP (The Shills) and a concept record (Ganymede), the band began creating a two-part record, Keep Your Hands Busy: Volume 1 and 2. The first part was released in 2012 and was produced by Scott Riebling (Fall Out Boy, Cobra Starship, We The Kings). In early 2015, they released a cover of Ginuwine’s “Pony,” which caught the attention of Huffington Post, who raved, “The Shills have given the R&B singer’s hit a new spin, keeping plenty of the sexy that made the song so great.” With a tone that ranges from mellow to heavy and soft to aggressive, the band is currently preparing for the release of Keep Your Hands Busy: Volume 2.

The Shills
The Shills

Boston Globe praises the band’s 2012 single, “Move A Mountain,” saying, “[it] chugs like the riff from Heart’s ‘Barracuda’ under another soaring vocal that cements Murphy’s chillingly spot-on voice as one of the most dependable rock weapons in Boston right now.” Keep an eye out for upcoming releases from Keep Your Hands Busy: Volume 2, as well as the band’s Boston album release show on May 21st at Brighton Music Hall.

Dustin Brown

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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.

Photo courtesy Hollywood Press Corps
Photo courtesy Hollywood Press Corps
Photo courtesy Hollywood Press Corps
Photo courtesy Hollywood Press Corps
 Photo courtesy Hollywood Press Corps
Photo courtesy Hollywood Press Corps
Photo courtesy Hollywood Press Corps
Photo courtesy Hollywood Press Corps

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.

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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.

Follow L.A. Weekly on Facebook facebook.com/LAWeekly, Twitter @laweeklystreet, Instagram @laweekly and foursquare for updates as they unfold.

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

Dustin Brown

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