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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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Dustin Brown

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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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5th ANNUAL LOS ANGELES FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL RETURNS AUGUST 27-30, 2015

Michelin starred honorees, James Beard Award winners, Food & Wine Best New Chefs, and 200 wineries, will once again converge on the City of Angels during the annual epicurean jubilee produced by Coastal Luxury Management.

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LA Food and Wine Festival in downtown Los Angeles

WHAT: The fifth annualLos Angeles Food & Wine Festival, presented with founding partnersFOOD & WINE and Lexus, is set to feature three-nights and four-days of unrivalled tastings, dinners, lunches, seminars, book signings, cooking demonstrations, and special events, showcasing the finest in food and drink culture.

In past years, the star-studded lineup has included celebrated chefs such as Daniel Boulud, Curtis Stone, Giada De Laurentiis, Rick Bayless, Wolfgang Puck, Nancy Silverton, Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto, Thomas Keller, Roy Choi, Michael Chiarello, Michael Voltaggio, Robert Irvine, Guy Fieri, Fabio Viviani, andGraham Elliot, as well as local favorites includingTim Hollingsworth, Michael Cimarusti, Suzanne Goin, Ludo Lefebvre, Jon Shookand Vinny Dotolo, Jessica Koslow, Ari Taymor, Ori Menashe, Josef Centeno, Sang Yoon, Ben Ford, andRay Garcia, to name a few.

Marquee events slated to return includeLive on Grand,Asian Night Market, the Power Lunch series, exclusive chef collaboration meals, andlive musical performances from award-winning artists.

The Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival has supported Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign, St. Vincent Meals on Wheels and other L.A. based charitable endeavors.

In the next several weeks, the festival will be announcing confirmed programming and participants for 2015. Please continue to checkwww.LAFW.com for updates!

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

WHERE: Headquartered in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles, with main events directly in front of the iconic Walt Disney Concert Hall (with closures along Grand Avenue, between 1st and 3rd street),the 5th annual 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.

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

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MEDIA CREDENETIALS/REQUESTS: Please continue to regularly check www.LAFW.com for updates on programming, and access to media credential request forms.  For any specific inquiries, please emailalex@wagstaffworldwide.com and vanessa@wagstaffworldwide.com

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Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival

Guest blog from Monica G.
Her review about LA Food and Wine Festival.

The Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival was Fabulous!
Guests had the opportunity to taste celebrity chef’s food bits around the world creations and try different types of wine. They were beef, salmon, pork, crab, salad, fruit creations, desserts, and let’s not forget the wine. My favorite food of Sunday night (and there were many) was Chef Chad Coby. Chef Colby made this awesome pasta with cream sauce and chicken which was DELICIOUS! This “fat” girl went back to his station three (3) yes I said it three times! I couldn’t contain my food cravings. Then toward the end of the night, Chef Colby made this awesome dessert (a type of custard). As I ventured to other food stations, with wine of course, I tried Adrian Giese (Mastro’s Steakhouse Chef) steak. As you all know, this is a FABOULOUS steakhouse, which I had the opportunity to dine at the restaurant in Costa Mesa (it is pricey, however well worth the dining experience). Let’s just say I went back for more steak a few times, as it was cooked medium rare and oh so juicy with a little spice. Bravo Chef Giese! Anytime you need me to sample your new ideas, I am here for you! I encountered another Chef, John Cox who was very funny, (can you believe I tried to sneak to the front of the line?) well the line was long so I had to investigate right? Chef Cox stated, well you have to wait like everyone else, but if you tweet me, I may just “consider” letting you in front. Well let’s just say, I had to go back to the end of the line, but it was well worth the wait, it was DELICIOUS and went back to the end while eating the beef for more. No need to say where’s the beef as it was right there! Next was Joseph Conrad (Bourbon Steak) which was very good. I am going to travel to Glendale, just to try more bourbon steak. Lastly, there were all types of wine. My favorite wine of the night was from Kracher of Austria. I couldn’t get enough of this wine, it was sweet and tasty! Last but not least, “Common” the rapper and actor closed the wine festival with a spectacular musical performance! Everyone was dancing, even an older couple I met!

Well everyone this is my very first blog as the talk show host, Wendy Williams always state “Say It Like You Mean it”, and I did. Until next time, as I sing Diana Ross “I’m coming out” as a blogger that is!

Peace, Love and Blessings!

Monica G.

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Actress and Journalist Vida Ghaffari Given Award by West Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce

On June 18, 2015, grant and award-winning journalist, talented actress and voiceover artist, Vida Ghaffari, received a special honor for her career achievements by the West Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce at Delphi Greek Restaurant.
Roozbeh Farahanipour, the Chamber’s President and the owner/operator of popular Delphi Greek restaurant, which is located at 1383 Westwood Boulevard, bestowed this honor upon HPC’s own Vida, who is quite the roving reporter and working actress and voiceover artist extraordinaire! This multi-talented artist received a Certificate of Appreciation on behalf of the City of Los Angeles for all her hard work and dedication to the city, which was signed by 5th District Councilmember Paul Koretz. In addition to the Chamber holding this event in her honor, she also received an honorary membership to the Chamber. “I was truly honored by Roozbeh and the Chamber to receive this incredible commendation, especially as it’s one of the largest and oldest Chambers in Southern California. There is a real sense of community here and the Chamber does such a great job in fostering that community. I’ve covered their events for a while and it’s a great thing to see as a journalist in such a vast metropolis like Los Angeles,” said Vida.
Vida is all smiles on the red carpet. Her gown was designed by Edison Cortez of http://thomasandedison.com. Hair by Drybar and Makeup by Blushington. Shoes by Enzo Angiolini. Photo courtesy of Albert L. Ortega/GettyImages
Vida is all smiles on the red carpet. Her gown was designed by Edison Cortez of http://thomasandedison.com. Hair by Drybar and Makeup by Blushington. Shoes by Enzo Angiolini. Photo courtesy of Albert L. Ortega/GettyImages
Vida receives her commendation from the West Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce. From left to right: Vice President Steve Little, President Roozbeh Farahanipour, Phil Bennett of the City of Los Angeles, Vida, and Elham Yaghoubian, human rights activist, author and handbag designer, and Board Member of the Chamber at the Ceremony. Photo courtesy of Albert L. Ortega/GettyImages.
“When it comes time to honor one of their own, the West Los Angeles City Of Commerce picked the perfect choice. Hollywood stars, as well as, many of LA’s top creative and business icons came out to support and celebrate the amazing, Vida Ghaffari. The Delphi Greek Restaurant in Westwood was literally “standing room only” with those of us who were there to show our love and appreciation for Vida…actress, writer, journalist, and someone who is very community-minded,” said acclaimed actress Suze Lanier-Bramlett.
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Vida with acclaimed actress and good friend, Suze Lanier-Bramlett. Photo courtesy of Albert L. Ortega/GettyImages
Royal Flair...Qajar Princess Mandana Farman Farmaian with Vida, who also has some relation to the Qajar dynasty on her mom's side and her father's ancestors advised that monarchy. Photo courtesy of Albert L. Ortega/GettyImages
Royal Flair…Qajar Princess HRH Mandana Farman Farmaian with Vida, who also has some relation to the Qajar dynasty on her mom’s side and her father’s ancestors advised that monarchy. Photo courtesy of Albert L. Ortega/GettyImages
Actress Reatha Grey waves to the cameras. Photo courtesy of Albert L. Ortega/GettyImages
Actress Reatha Grey waves to the cameras. Photo courtesy of Albert L. Ortega/GettyImages
Vida with Young and the Restless star Kate Linder. Photo courtesy of Albert L. Ortega/GettyImages
Vida with Young and the Restless star Kate Linder. Photo courtesy of Albert L. Ortega/GettyImages
In addition to distinguished Chamber members and government officials, numerous acclaimed celebrities friends of Vida’s appeared to support her event such as legendary Oscar winner Margaret O’Brien (Meet Me in St.. Louis, Little Women), President of the Southern California Motion Picture Council and actor Randal Malone (Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Dahmer vs. Gacy),legendary character actor James Hong (Kung Fu Panda 3, Mulan), Kate Linder (The Young and The Restless), Reatha Grey (Off Their Rockers, legendary Iranian actress Apick Youssefian (The Keeper: The Legend of Omar Khayyam, Cry of the Village), lifetime member of the Actors Studio Ford Austin (Pearl Harbor, Another World ), Suze Lanier-Bramlett (The Hills Have Eyes, Area 51), Anthony Azizi (Septembers of Shiraz, American Odyssey), and Film Composer David Raiklen (Mia, A Dancer’s Journey, Space Command Redemption). Because of Vida’s long standing relationship with the fashion community, designers such as Shekhar Rahate, Julia Clancey, Rita Mezrahi of Claires Collections, and up-and-coming designer Yuki Yim attended to show their support. This star-studded event also had a regal air with royalty such as HH Prince Maximillian Ferdinand Von Anhalt of Germany, HH Prince Mario-Max Schaumburg Lippe, Nachod of Germany, and HRH Qajar Persian Princess Mandana FarmanFarmaian in attendance. Other VIPs that atteneded were city officials,  along  with well regarded international, national and local media.
Vida with noted actor Anthony Azizi. Photo courtesy of Albert L. Ortega/GettyImages
Vida with noted actor Anthony Azizi. Photo courtesy of Albert L. Ortega/GettyImages
Actor David Banks, Entertainment Attorney Nadia Davari, Vida, actor Ford Austin, Legendary Oscar-winning actress Margaret O'Brien and actor Randal Malone at The West Los Angeles Chamber Of Commerce's Ceremony Honoring Actress/journalist Vida Ghaffari held at Delphi Greek Restaurant. Photo courtesy of Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images
Actor David Banks, Entertainment Attorney Nadia Davari, Vida, actor Ford Austin, Legendary Oscar-winning actress Margaret O’Brien and actor Randal Malone at The West Los Angeles Chamber Of Commerce’s Ceremony Honoring Actress/journalist Vida Ghaffari held at Delphi Greek Restaurant. Photo courtesy of Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images
Iconic character actors Ken Davitian and James Hong with Vida. Photo courtesy of Albert L. Ortega/GettyImages
Iconic character actors Ken Davitian and James Hong with Vida. Photo courtesy of Albert L. Ortega/GettyImages
Vida with budding fashion designer Yuki Yim. Photo courtesy of Albert L. Ortega/GettyImages
Vida with budding fashion designer Yuki Yim. Photo courtesy of Albert L. Ortega/GettyImages
Vida puckers up to a crystal embellished minaudiere "Paulo the Parrot" clutch by Judith Leiber. Photo courtesy of Albert L. Ortega/GettyImages
Vida puckers up to a crystal embellished minaudiere “Paulo the Parrot” clutch by Judith Leiber. Photo courtesy of Albert L. Ortega/GettyImages
In addition to being a very successful and prolific journalist, Vida is best known for her appearances on the television comedies, Mind of Mencia and The Mindy ProjectShe will soon be seen in the films Pond Scum, Natural Born Filmmakers, Seeking Valentina and Strangers in a Book, which will screen at popular film festivals such as the FANtastic Film Festival and the Action on Film Festival. She is also about to host an exclusive launch event for her own blog about entertainment and fashion, www.soveryvida.com.

 

Dustin Brown

Dustin Brown

I am the Senior Editor at HollywoodPressCorps.com.

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