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Dita Von Teese Celebrates her Birthday at the Private Residence of Jonas Tahlin, CEO of Absolut Elyx

(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS)  Los Angeles, CA — Saturday, September 29th, 2018 — Dita Von Teese celebrates her birthday with an intimate star studded themed birthday at the private residence of Jonas Tahlin, CEO of Absolut Elyx. Themed the “Fun’dos and Fondue”  birthday party, guests wore a stunning array of wigs, hairpieces and outfits for the glamorous party. Dita arrived in a Marie Antoinette inspired outfit with a towering white wig and jeweled bodice. Adding to the glamor was the Elyx Salon, with brightly colored wigs, glitter and make up for guests to get touch ups and extra glammed!

Lauren Parsekian (L), Aaron Paul (M) and Dita Von Teese (R) at Dita Von Teese Celebrates her Birthday at the at
the Private Residence of Jonas Tahlin, CEO of Absolut Elyx on September 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. Photo by Gabriel Olsen, Getty Images

Aaron Paul enjoyed the Elyx salon and playfully wore a white cropped wig and then kept it on for the rest of the night. He was there with his wife and had fun posing for photos with his close friend the birthday girl Dita. Close to midnight, a five-tiered birthday cake was delivered to the Gatsby Room of the Elyx house and guests gathered to sing happy birthday to Dita.

Aaron Paul (L), Dita Von Teese (M) and Lauren Parsekian (R) at Dita Von Teese Celebrates her Birthday at the
Private Residence of Jonas Tahlin, CEO of Absolut Elyx on September 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. Photo by Gabriel Olsen, Getty Images

Throughout the night, guests enjoyed specialty themed cocktails including the Filthy Dirty Martini, the Iced Jasmine Teese, the Tight Lacer and the Cherry on Top, all suitably inspired by Dita’s long running reign as the international Queen of Burlesque.

Dita Von Teese at Dita Von Teese Celebrates her Birthday at the Private Residence of Jonas Tahlin, CEO of
Absolut Elyx on September 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. Photo by  Gabriel Olsen, Getty Images

Earlier this year, Absolut Elyx announced a partnership with the fashion and burlesque icon for the ‘Dita Von Teese and the Copper Coupe’ show, her new national and international tour. The new show now features many glittering new copper elements throughout the all inspired by Absolut Elyx and the unique copper distilling process for the luxury vodka. New copper infused acts include the Dita appearing in a giant-sized copper seashell on stage with 1,200 pearl balloons that float from the sky and the grand finale featured the new ‘Copper Coupe,’ part of Dita’s stunning signature cocktail glass act.

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Carmen at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza by Pacific Ballet Dance Theatre

(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — Thousand Oaks, CA — Sunday, September 23, 2018 — The Pacific Ballet Dance Theatre, led by Founding Artistic Director Natasha Middleton, presented the full-length ballet, “CARMEN,” set to the music on Georges Bizet’s opera of the same name. This performance kicks off the 17th anniversary for Pacific Ballet Dance Theatre.

The performance on Sunday at the Janet and Ray Scherr Forum Theatre at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza was sold out. So many people who love dance came to experience a full length ballet. The lifts and poses of the dance troupe were smooth and graceful. The men seemed to toss the ballerinas into the air with ease. The recorded sound track by Rodion Shehedrin sounded great with all of Bizet’s iconic melodies played and timed perfectly.
Elen Harutyunyan relished in the part as Carmen. She has the beautiful body of a professional ballerina and the ability to convey the story through dance. Her performance was vibrant as she tempted and seduced the many men in Carmen’s life. Her professional level of dance was obvious and Natasha Middleton’s choreography worked well with Elen’s dance style. Grigori Arakelyan played the love smitten Don Jose. Grigori did such a good job and was graceful in his moves. Preston Swovelin was the dashing Toreador Escamillo.

Grigori Arakelyan (L) as Don José and Elen Harutyunyan (R) as Carmen
during the  Tavernpastia – Photo by Cheryl Mann

Costume designer, Ann Lindsey, did such a great job on all of the costumes. I really thought the Toreador’s costumes were just amazing. Damara Titmus played the ever faithful Micaela. Alexander Fost played the gypsy Remendado. There were, of course, many gypsies and they add a mysterious element to the production. Ricardo Jony did a great job as Zuniga, Lieutenant of the Dragoons. Again, this costume was just stunning. Part military uniform, part dance outfit. The epaulettes on Zuniga’s costume sparkled and were iconic from the back row.

Damara Titmus (Micaela) – Photo by Cheryl Mann

Members of the Corps de Ballet included Alejandro Flores as Dancaire, a gypsy smuggler, Marianna Udovchenko as a lead gypsy, Patrick Fitzsimmons as a Gypsy Bandit, Shelby Freeman as a Gypsy and Cigar Factory worker, Megan Van Deren as a lead gypsy, Chloe Verkinder as a Gypsy Factory Worker and Bridie Connors as a Gypsy and Cigar Factory Worker.

Duo Loparevi – Oleg Loparevi (L) and Natalia Lopareva (R) – a Spanish Couple – Photo by Cheryl Mann
Alexander Fost as Remendado – Photo by Cheryl Mann

I was really impressed with Rodion Shehdrin’s musical score. It sounded great on the sound system at the Scherr Forum Theatre. Georges Bizet’s sweeping musical score from his opera, Carmen, sounded well balanced and full of drama. I immediately recognized the melodies from the Habanera, the Seguidilla, and the Toreador Song.

Grigori Arakelyan (Don José) and Elen Harutyunyan (Carmen) – Photo by Cheryl Mann

Carmen is the story of a wild gypsy girl who lives in Seville, Spain. It is a “hooker with a heart of gold” story that’s been told over and over since Bizet created it in 1875. Carmen lives for sensuality and passion. She gets into a fight with a coworker while they are at work making cigars. Don Jose shows up to arrest her but is easily seduced by Carmen. Don Jose gets locked up for a month for letting her go. When he gets out of jail, he finds that Carmen has hooked up with Lieutenant Zuniga.

Preston Swovelin as Escamillo – Photo by Cheryl Mann

There’s an epic fight over Carmen. Don Jose leaves his childhood sweetheart, Micaela and joins up with Carmen’s gypsy gang which includes Frasquita and Mercedes. Carmen has a gypsy fortune teller giver her a reading. The news is bad. The fortune tellers predict Carmen’s demise. Carmen loses interest in Don Jose and hooks up with a Matador in Seville named Escamillo. Don Jose is hopelessly in love with Carmen and goes to Seville to confront Escamillo. The costumes were just stunning as the full ballet really made a full court press and pulled out all the stops. Natasha Middleton’s choreography was just amazing. They utilized the theatre space well. In the end, Carmen refuses to go back with Don Jose. Don Jose stabs Carmen to death with a dagger. He is then dumbfounded by what he did, but alas, Carmen has met her demise.
This was such a great night for regional dance theatre. It’s such a treat to watch the dancing, the costumes and the music. We look forward to covering more events from the Pacific Ballet Dance Theatre.

Dustin Brown

Dustin Brown

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Brandino’s Birthday, Roast & Recovery 2018


(BURBANK) September 19, 2018 – Kevin “Brandino” Brandon celebrated his 64th birthday and recovery at Tallyrands Diner in Burbank. Brandino has been working hard in physical therapy at Kaiser Permenanente. A few of the staff members from Kaiser were at the party to sing happy birthday and otherwise chat with friends, neighbors and other people close to Brandino. This last year was tough on Brandino and he had a major health scare that saw him hospitalized. He’s been working hard and was happy to have his friends and family around him during his birthday. Brandino donned a doctors coat and proclaimed himelf “Dr. Brandino” after learning so much from Kaiser.  Brandino’s sister, Cheryle, was the host for the evening. She was reminicing about her high school days when Brandino, Doug Jr., and Cheryle were all in a family band together back in 1969. She told me about the time that Doug had the idea to drive to Colordao to play a gig once. It took Doug and Brandino 20 hours to drive to Colorado while Cheryle flew in. She said the gig was fine, but that Doug and Brandino were singing the blues when they had to drive back to Los Angeles after the gig. Cheryle said it was the last and only time they played a gig in Colorado.

Group shot. Photo by Dustin Brown
Raymond Pounds – drummer for Stevie Wonder. Photo by Sanaz Danesh
A member from the Los Angeles Fedration of Musicians Local #47 was on hand and many people insisted their union dues were paid up. Iconic LA jazz singer Janis Mann was posing for Instagram photos and being herself. Janis can be seen performing at the Write Off Room, Catalinas and the A Frame.
Brandino (L) with Vince Wilburn Jr (R). Photo by Sanaz Danesh
Harvey Newmark from the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra. Photo by Sanaz Danesh

Freelance profesional bass player Leslie Baker (Dave Mathews Band) was enjoying the menu at Tallyrands and chatting with Brandino. Bassist and composer, Edwin Livingston, who is a close freind to Brandino was hanging out with many of the jazz musicians who came to celebrate Brandino’s birthday. Drummer and nephew to Miles Davis, Vince Wilburn Jr, was talking to Brandino about appearing on his radio show for KPFK (90.7FM) called “Evolution of the Groove.” Musician, producer and songwriter Wayne Leslie was happy to see Brandino make his speech. Wayne is the former keyboard player for the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. There were many more friends, family and neighbors in attendance. The Hollywood Press Corps had the talented photographer Sanaz Danesh at the event.

Brandino (L) with Leslie Baker (R). Photo by Sanaz Danesh

Brandino is a Grammy winning producer, composer, arranger, and bassist. He also plays jazz flute. Brandino has created music for many TV shows. Brandino created a tune called “Singularity,” which was nominated for Best Pop Instrumental Album of the Year in 2011. Brandino recorded this with Robby Krieger of the Doors. Brandino has worked with Aretha Franklin, Ty Dolla $ign, James Brown, Michael Jackson, Bootsy Collins, Justin Timberlake and Mary J Blige. Brandino is known as a hard worker, a teacher and a living legend. Check out the link to Brandino’s website to read his incredible story;

http://www.brandino.com

Dustin Brown

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PITCHOUN! OPENED ITS NEW LOCATION AT THE BEVERLY CENTER

(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — SEPTEMBER 6, 2018 — Pitchoun! held a successful grand opening of its second location at the Beverly Center last week in Los Angeles.Located at the world famous Beverly Center this event celebrity influncers and actors from sdsdf silver screen and the internet. Guests walked the red carpet at the Pitchoun Bakery Grand Opening including actress Celeste Thorson (How I Met Your Mother, Jimmy Kidddmmel Live!, The Exes), film producer Michael Gruskoff (Young Frankenstein, Prelude to a Kiss), YouTube star Matthieu Lange, actress, and influencer Elisakh Hagia, and TV reality stars Sebastien and Bryan Dubois among many others.

Treats at Pitchoun! in downtown Los Angeles. Photo by Barbara Da Costa

Drinks & mini bites were served as well as an opportunity to win a private lesson with Pitchoun’s pastry chef, breakfast delivery, a fine gourmet gift basket with a Boiron Basket of Health, and a Caudalie express facial. All proceeds from the tickets benefited the Pediatrics Department at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. The ribbon-cutting took place at 3 pm, with representatives of the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce; Mrs. Genevieve Morrill, Chamber President and CEO; Mrs. Tracy Paaso, Chamber Director of Membership and Events; Mr. Keith Kaplan, Board Chair; Mr. Ralph Barnes, Board Member and General Manager of the Beverly Center; and Mrs. Lauren Goldstein, Chamber Office Manager. Sponsors icluded: Sünder, Boiron, Zadig & Voltaire, Diptyque, Evian, Ba&sh, Caudalie, and Mod’s Hair.

At the Grand Opening for Pitchout! Beverly at the Beverly Center. Photo by Barabara Da Costa

Pitchoun! Bakery is a family-owned business run by husband-and-wife team Frédéric and Fabienne Souliès, Pitchoun! (which means “kiddo” in French) is the result of the couple’s deep passion and history for bread and baking.

Guests on the red carpet. Photo by Barbara Da Costa
Cutting the ribbon ceremony. Photo by Photo by Barbara Da Costa
On the red carpet. Photo by Barbara Da Costa

Having grown up in his grandfather’s bakery, Frédéric comes from a long line of French bakers and farmers. Fabienne inherited her knowledge of Mediterranean cuisine with an Italian twist from her parents. Backed by a supporting cast of experienced French chefs, Pitchoun! deftly brings French savoir-faire and culinary techniques to California.

Dustin Brown

Dustin Brown

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The Return of Highwire Daze Magazine – The Print Issue is Back!

(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS)  — SEPTEMBER 5, 2018 — On the 1st week of November, Highwire Daze magazine will make its return into the print arena on a continuing basis, starting off with Issue #121!  The magazine stopped printing in 2009, going fully Internet based at highwiredaze.com.  In 2015, Highwire Daze would present a special one-time only 25th Anniversary Print Edition, where Editor Ken announced in his Sketches By The Editor column that “this will be the last print issue I ever do.

311 ~ Photo by Jack Lue

Times change – even the vinyl record album has returned in an epic way.  And now is the perfect time for a Los Angeles DIY music print magazine to cover our local and national music scene,” Editor Ken now states.  After premiering the comeback edition in November 2018, Highwire Daze magazine will be presented on a quarterly basis throughout 2019 and beyond.  Distribution will be in music clubs, record stores, retail outlets, recording studios, and many other places.

Three Doors Down ~ Photo by Jack Lue

 

The print issue will feature Band and Artist Interviews, Album Reviews, Concert Reviews as well as the columns Sketches By The Editor, The Wright WaveBret’s Ramblings, and special content from world famous photographer Jack Lue.

Advertising will be available throughout the magazine, including on the glossy pages.  Highwire Daze will distribute 5,000 issues throughout Los Angeles and Orange County in Southern California.  The Internet version of the site will remain online, business as usual, updated on a daily basis.

Highwire Daze magazine was founded in 1990 by Ken Morton and Judith Scott.  Throughout the years, Highwire Daze magazine has interviewed notable bands and artists such as Black SabbathRonnie James Dio, Lonnie Jordan of WAR, Average White Band, Redbone, The Church, MegadethFoghatAvenged SevenfoldCanned HeatJethro TullSlayerAnthrax, Testament, Blue Oyster Cult, John Taylor of Duran DuranGary Numan, Ride, Material IssueKirsty MacColl and more!

An almost complete history of Highwire Daze magazine and the many bands and artists covered throughout the years may be found here: http://highwiredaze.com/about

Senior Photographer Jack Lue is best known for his iconic work with pre-record label era Guns N’ Roses, and is the co-author of Reckless Road:  Guns N’ Roses and the Making of Appetite for Destruction.  Jack Lue has been shooting for Highwire Daze Online since October 2013.

The Highwire Daze magazine staff will include:

Ken Morton – Editor

Danny S. Pasley – Managing Editor

Jonathan D. Wright – Associate Editor

Bret Miller – Associate Editor

Jack Lue – Senior Photographer

Yannick D’Assignes – Front Cover Art/Ad Design

Highwire Daze Online will partnership with Yannick D’Assignes of Smart Works International, who will supply our front cover art and select ad designs.  Smart Works International is a creative solutions provider of Marketing, Design and Development needs in any format. Their international team of professionals create digital and print experiences that have a direct and clear impact thanks to the use of the latest technologies and research driven strategies. With the capacity to dedicate full time specialists to your project, they embed themselves within your organizations culture to better understand your audience and produce results. Smart Works International passionately delivers powerful projects customized to your company directly.

Dustin Brown

Dustin Brown

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Twilight on the Pier Concert Series Returns to Santa Monica

  (HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — SEPTEMBER 5, 2018 — The Hollywood Press Corps will be covering Twilight on the Pier! This is the outdoor music festival that’s almost as iconic as the Pier itself.

It’s back for the 34th year. The 2018 series will spotlight the best and brightest SoCal has to offer and unique artists from around the world – a truly Local Meets Global experience.

Jarina De Marco will be on the Main Stage on September 5th

With stages on the Pier Deck, in Pacific Park, and the West End, each night of the series will be a Pier-wide festival, complete with immersive art, food offerings and a beer and spirits garden. The public beach adjacent to the Pier will not be activated as viewing or picnicking grounds like past seasons; instead, festival-goers will enjoy a Pier-wide takeover outfitted with activations and games along the Pier promenade. Sponsors include Aperol, White Claw, Beanfields, KeVita Kombucha, Lyft, Boxed Water, Zico, Clif, The Albright, Boulevard Brewing Co., Seaside on the Pier, Loews Hotel.

SISTER MANTOS will be on the Pacific Park Stage on September 5th

“This series is a true celebration of the values that the Pier holds so dearly: diversity, collaboration, and fun,” said SMPC Executive Director Negin Singh. “With two new stages, a new ‘art walk’ vibe, and a focus on creating a sustainable, safe event that will last another 3 decades, Twilight on the Pier will feel different in a lot of ways from past years, but the spirit stays the same: getting people from all walks of life together to connect in a glorious setting with music and art.”

QUITAPENAS Will be on the West End Stage on Sept 5th

On Wednesday, Sept 5th, the free concerts return to Santa Monica as the TWILIGHT ON THE PIER concert series debuts with Latin Waves. Produced by the Santa Monica Pier Corporation(SMPC) and RH&S Concerts, the beloved six-week SoCal event features one of the largest rosters of curated talent in the series’ 34-year existence. From 6:30pm – 9:30pm, Twilight guests will experience the rhythms of four distinct and diverse artists, summoning Latin Waves that’ll sweep over the entire Santa Monica Pier.  The outdoor music festival is free to attend and offers a Pier-wide immersion of art, food offerings, games, and features beer and spirits garden.

Here’s what’s coming for September and October;

Latin Waves Cascade Over Week One of Twilight on the Pier, Sept. 5th

AUSTRALIA ROCKS THE PIER 9/12

ISLAND VIBES 9/19

ECLECTIC INDIE 9/26

AFRO-BEAT AND R&B 10/3

SOUTH ASIAN SOUNDS 10/7

 

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Regard Magazine Pre-ESPY Party in Bel Air

BEL AIR, California  (JULY 17th, 2018) — The Hollywood Press Corps attended Regard Magazine’s Pre-ESPY Experience 2018, a celebrity filled party in Bel Air, California.  Dimitry Loiseau’s Regard Magazine along with Grand Marnier, Lyft and Soul Restaurant sponsored a sun filled afternoon of luxury cars, sports stars and delicous handcrafted cocktails. This event was held in celebration of The ESPY’S hosted by CJ  Lana Perry, the cover celebrity of this month’s annual sports edition of Regard Magazine.  Event host CJ Lana Perry is a WWE Diva on E’s WWE Diva show.  She walked the red carpet and posed for photos with guests and VIPs.

CJ Lana Perry (L) and rockstar Rachel Lorin (R) at Regard Magazine’s PreESPY Experience in Bel Air. Photograph by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
CJ Lana Perry (C) with Antoine Holmes (L) and Spencer Holmes (R) at Regard Magazine’s PreESPY Experience in Bel Air. Photograph by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Event host CJ Lana Perry (L) with UFC Ring Girl of the year Arianny Celeste (C) and Gretchen Rossi (R) of RHOC (Real Housewives of Orange County)
Byron Chamberlain and Model. Regard Magazine’s PreESPY Experience in Bel Air.  Photograph by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo

Pro Bowler and former Denver Bronco Byron Chamberlain looked stylish on the step and repeat. Byron is a former American football tight end in the NFL, who played with the Denver Broncos, the Minnesota Vikings, and the Washington Redskins. Byron won back-to-back Super Bowl Championships as a member of the Denver Broncos (Super Bowls XXXII & XXXIII). Byron and actor Steve Cederquist co-host a show for Rio Vista Universal called The Front Lines.  We asked Steve Cederquist about the HGTV reality show “Flip or Flop”.  He was happy to talk about his love for flipping properties and remodeling homes.  Steve shared that he also just appeared in the short film “REASON”(2018) directed by Graeme Finlayson.

Dimitry Loiseau (L), Owner of Regard Magazine, and guest. PreESPY Experience in Bel Air. Photograph by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Lisa Morton Woodard (L) Publicist, Kimi Applegate (C), Owner of Beverly Hills Magazine, and  Rachel Lorin (R), Rock Singer at Regard Magazine’s PreESPY Experience in Bel Air. Photograph by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
John Baskin (L),  providing the Mercedes Benz Maybachs, and  Rick Egusquiza (R), Editor of In Touch Weekly and Life and Style Magazine at Regard Magazine’s PreESPY Experience in Bel Air. Photograph by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Antoine and Spencer Holmes, Twin Actors /Screenwriters at Regard Magazine’s PreESPY Experience in Bel Air.  Photograph by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Bai Ling, Actress at Regard Magazine’s PreESPY Experience in Bel Air. Photograph by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo

This event was at an incredible location at the top of Sepulveda Pass. The upscale home of Kimi Applegate, owner of Beverly Hills Magazine, featured a swimming pool and two separate putting greens. John Beskin of Mercedes Benz provided three luxury model Maybach’s on the front lawn. Actress Bai Ling posed for photos in front of the stunning cars with VIPs.  Former pro basketball player turned designer and actor, Jason Faulknor, walked the red carpet.   Dr. Sam Nguyen was on hand with her husband Chris Luong. Dr. Nguyen is a Ms National Woman of Achievement recipient. She was awarded a Lifetime Presidential Award from President Obama in 2015.  Antoine and Spencer Holmes (Transformers)  caused double vision in identical outfits and Justin Peck, Lucas Oil Off Road Champion graced us with his presence.

Spencer Holmes (L), Jerome Dawley (C), and Antoine Holmes (R) at Regard Magazine’s PreESPY Experience in Bel Air. Photograph by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Justin Peck (L),  Lucas Oil Off Road Champion, with guest at Regard Magazine’s PreESPY Experience in Bel Air. Photograph by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Lisa Morton Woodard (L) and Mia St. John (R) at Regard Magazine’s PreESPY Experience in Bel Air. Photograph by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Rachel Lorin cooling off at Regard Magazine’s PreESPY Experience in Bel Air. Photograph by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Mia St. John, 5 Time World Boxing Champion and Playboy Covergirl at Regard Magazine’s PreESPY Experience in Bel Air. Photograph by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo

 

Lucas Oil Off-Road Driver & Mental Health Advocate, Justin Peck (L) and Publicist, Stacey Barker (R). Photograph by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Lisa Morton Woodard, Publicist, at Regard Magazine’s PreESPY Experience in Bel Air. Photograph by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo

 

World Champion Boxer Mia Saint John was shadow boxing as she posed for photos on the red carpet. Mia has a foundation where she helps the homeless. She is currently working on a documentary film. Check out Mia’s Foundation website here: Mia Saint John Foundation. Rachel Lorin looked fabulous on the step and repeat. Rachel debuted on the Billboard ROCK charts and is working on a new album to be released next year. She was featured on Oxygen/E Networks show “Next Big Thing.” Follow Rachel Lorin on Instagram here.

Rapper, Too $hort (L) and model at Regard Magazine’s PreESPY Experience in Bel Air. Photograph by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo

 

Regard Magazine’s PreESPY Experience in Bel Air. Photograph by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Tetona Jackson, Actress (L), and Choice Skinner, Actor (R) at Regard Magazine’s PreESPY Experience in Bel Air. Photograph by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo

The celebrities and VIPs moved from the red carpet to the back yard where guests were treated to gifts from the many sponsors. Rapper Too$hort and Boxer “Ice Man” Joey Davis were among the crowd.  The gazebo by the pool was full of VIPs that were relaxing in the shade.

Joey Davis, IceMan aka Black Ice (L),  Dimitry Loiseau (C), and Big Joey (R) at Regard Magazine’s PreESPY Experience in Bel Air.  Photograph by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo

Bottled water from Sobaba was gifted to the thirsty party goers. Working together with local food banks, Sobaba’s mission is to make childhood hunger a thing of the past.  When you buy a bottle, a meal is donated.  Jen Oloo’s Yahooty Who? Puppets were at the party and posing for Insta photos. The Yahooty Who? project kickstarts an animated feature based on her Puppets.

Regard Magazine Senior Publicist Kelly K (L) with Trap Recording Artist Chef Sean (R)
Dustin Brown, Editor of HollywoodPressCorps, surrounded by models at Regard Magazine’s PreESPY Experience in Bel Air. Photograph by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo

By the end of the afternoon, guests that were leaving the event were treated to complimentary luxury level rides on Lyft and giftbags featuring puppets by Yahooty Who?, iPhone charging cables by Cords of Steel and other unique gifts, given out as thoughtful momentos of the afternoon.

Dustin Brown

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CONCERN FOUNDATION’S 44TH ANNUAL BLOCK PARTY RAISES $1.8 MILLION FOR CANCER RESEARCH

(Los Angeles) – Saturday, July 14th 2018 – The Hollywood Press Corps attended the Concern Foundation’s 44th Annual Block Party on the backlot of Paramount Studios. This was in the heart of Hollywood on the foundation’s 50th anniversary. Themed this year as Cancer Crusaders, the highly anticipated and sold-out event hosted 4,000 guests, successfully raising $1.8 million for cancer research through ticket sales, donations and bids on auction items.

All guests had a chance to experience over 70 restaurants, caters, and beverage vendors including Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Fogo de Chao, Dulan’s Soul Food, Button Mash, Fresh Brother’s Pizza and Pink’s Famous Hot Dogs. The night was filled with interactive entertainment such as casino-style gaming, a celebrity bar hosting actors Lili Bourdán (BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, THE NUN), Gabe Jarret (REAL GENIUS) and Chad Johnson, the original TV Batmobile, and live and iconic Super Hero “streetmosphere”. For the 14th year in a row, The Best of LA® on Los Angeles Magazine’s street featured lounges, photo booths, food stations, beauty stations and gift bags sponsored by Infiniti.

As a focal point for the evening’s festivities, the live auction lead by lifestyle expert and entertainment reporter, Mar Yvette, presented guests with the option to bid on prizes including VIP tickets to a taping of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”, VIP tickets to the 2018 American Music Awards, a six-night vacation in Maui, and Dodger Dugout seats. Following the auction, John Ferdenzi of Town and Country Event Rentals was honored with the Spirit of Concern award. Recognized for his dedication and commitment to Concern Foundation, John Ferdenzi has been a valued member of the extended Concern family for more than two and a half decades. He has given his time and creative talents to assist at various Concern Block Parties and annual holiday events.

This year, in connection to the theme, the foundation was happy to honor Dr. Jay & Kris Calvert and family as this year’s “Cancer Crusaders” for their participation in helping to conquer cancer through research. Honored on stage alongside his family, Dr. Jay & Kris Calvert openly shared their personal experience with cancer. The Calvert’s 10 year old son Ace was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia at age 4 and while today he has beaten his cancer, ALL (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia) can always return and he is never truly cured. This is a major reason he and his family feels so strongly about raising money to help find a permanent cure. Jay himself was a young scientist who could not get funding early in his career as a molecular biologist and he personally knows how important our mission to supporting young investigators is to jump start researcher’s careers. Dr. Jay Calvert has been consecutively named one of Los Angeles Magazine’s “Super Doctors” in 2014, 2015, and 2016. He has appeared on multiple hit television programs including CBS’s “The Doctors” and OWN’s “Dr. Phil”.

Cancer survivor/superhero. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo

Concern Foundation is proud to have these members of the community serve as this year’s honorees. Their personal connection to the fight against cancer and philanthropic actions alongside the non-profit organization is sure to help make this year’s Block Party a success.

Concluding the event, Derek Alpert stated, “Having the honor to be on stage to welcome and see nearly 4,000 of the true super heroes all gathered together helping us raise funds to conquer cancer is a very emotional thing for me. It’s such a blessing to be able to help orchestrate this event each year and to bring together four generations of donors, five decades of cancer researchers that Concern has funded all surrounded by a tremendous outpouring of love and support by our local business community that donate their time and talents so that we can give as much money as possible to support cancer research.”

Concern Foundation’s mission is to conquer cancer by providing essential funds to support the early, yet critical, stages of discovery. Since its inception in 1968, Concern has raised and awarded $63 million to 750 gifted cancer scientists around the world.

For 50 years, Concern has pioneered the advancement of cancer immunology—the study of the relationship between the immune system and cancer—a field that is now widely acknowledged to hold the most potential for discovering treatments and preventions for cancer.

The Tom Nolan Band entertained the crowd with the soulful sounds of Jazz, Blues, and R&B.

Publicist Ed Solarzano.  Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo

Check out the website for the Concern Foundation here.

Dustin Brown

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Noted Entertainment Attorney Nadia Davari Guest Lectures at Raindance L.A

For those wanting to learn more about the business of show business, noted entertainment attorney Nadia Davari will guest lecture a class on Wednesday, June 13th from 6 to 8pm on Film Sales and Distribution at Raindance L.A.  This event will take place at Rough Diamond Productions, which is located at 1424 North Kings Road in West Hollywood. Producer Jason Piette (The Merchant Of Venice starring Al Pacino and Jeremy Irons; Head In The Clouds; Napoleon TV series for A & E; Perfect Creatures; I Melt With You: Iron Sky. Co-founder Disrupting Influence) will also be guest lecturing that evening.

Entertainment attorney Nadia Davari

Other guest lecturers in this informative lecture series include producer and director Julia Verdin (The Merchant of Venice, Stander, Jacks, Born of War, The Unwilling, Lost Girls), and sales agent Glenn Kendrick Ackermann (Quadra, Helkon, Capitol, VIP Medienfonds, Atlas and V International Media having secured international presales, private equity, licensed international and domestic distribution rights).

Film producer and Raindance LA founder Julia Verdin

About Raindance L.A. :
Raindance L.A. is a film/TV training and networking organization that works to promote and support independent filmmaking and filmmakers in the US. From new and emerging talent to seasoned industry pros, Raindance connects, trains, supports and promotes visual storytellers through every step of their career.

About Nadia Davari:
Nadia has over 14 years of experience as an entertainment and business attorney. She has served as the outside counsel and in legal and business affairs for several media companies and start-ups, including MavTV, Channel Factory, Prescience, and Lightning Entertainment. She works with a wide range of clients including digital media companies, new business start-ups, production companies, movie studios, television networks, investors, and talent. She is well-known for her superior negotiating and drafting skills in development, production, distribution, licensing, and acquisition of entertainment content in animated, scripted and unscripted television, and motion picture content. Nadia graduated from UCLA with a B.S. in molecular, cell and developmental biology and attended USC Law School where she participated in the Hale Moot Court Honors program.

More info about the seminar and tickets:

http://www.raindance.org/courses/sales-distribution-la/

More info about Nadia Davari at:
http://www.nadiadavari.com/

Dustin Brown

Dustin Brown

I am the Senior Editor at HollywoodPressCorps.com.

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Celebration of Life: Haideh at Westwood Village Memorial Park & Mortuary

From left to right; Persian pop sensation Sattar, from West Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce Roozbeh Farahanipour, former Beverly Hills mayor Jimmy Delshad and LA City Councilman Paul Cortez. Photo by Sanaz Danesh
(Hollywood Press Corps) — Sunday, April 29, 2018 — The West Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park & Mortuary, and KIRN 670 AM SoCalPersian.com held a  celebration of life for Persian singer Haideh. Haideh was an iconic Iranian singer of classical and pop music. She was an ambassador to Iran. To many people she is timeless. She is considered one of the most popular singers of the 20th century Iran. Haideh rose to fame and captured the hearts of her nation when she began to sing with dramatic flair and a huge dynamic range in the 1970s. Like many of her countrymen, the Iranian Revolution of 1979 forced her into exile and she moved to Los Angles. When Haideh was 48 years old, she passed away from a heart attack in January of 1990. This memorial was an event to celebrate her life. Haideh’s albums are still bestsellers and her songs are played on Iranain television stations. Her amazing talent continues to enchant generations of people all over the world.
Guests enjoying the grounds at Pierce Brothers Westwood Village. Photo by Dustin Brown
Haideh’s neice, Sahar (L) with Roozbeh (R)
Haidaeh’s birthday celebration at Pierce Brothers Westwood Village. Photo by Dustin Brown
Dustin Brown from the Hollywood Press Corps (L) with Stan Scott (R) from Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park & Mortuary
Haidaeh’s birthday celebration at Pierce Brothers Westwood Village. Photo by Dustin Brown

Sahar speaking at the memorial. Sahar is Mahasti’s daughter. Mahasti was the younger sister of singer Haideh.
Legendary Persian violin player Siamak Pouan. Photo by Dustin Brown
Haideh’s son, Keyvan Nouri (L) with Roozbeh Farahanipour (R). Photo by Dustin Brown
 There were so many Iranian celebrities and politicians from all over Los Angeles in attendance. This event was hosted by Farangis MC & Gharib Afshar.  Farangis MC began with an introduction. Stan Scott from Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park & Mortuary spoke about the Dignity Memorial. West Wood Village Memorial Park is such an amazing place. It’s the resting place of so many luminaries. People like Jack Lemmon, Hugh Hefner, Marylin Monroe, Don Knots, Bob Krane and many of Hollywood’s legends are interred here.
Roozbeh Farahanipour from the West LA Chamber of Commerce is the owner of the Delphi Greek, the only Hellenic, or Greek, restaurant in Westwood. Photo by Dustin Brown

Next to speak was Roozbeh Farahnipour from the West Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce. Roozbeh is such an amazing person. Known for being a leader in the movement for Iranian cultural resistance and the chairman of the Marz-e Por Gohar resistance movement which advocates the overfthrow of Iran’s Islamic government, Roozbeh connects so many Los Angeles business people. His position at the West Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce and running his restaurant, Delphi Greek, on Westwood boulevard, keeps Roozbeh very busy.

LA City Councilman Paul Coretz from Fifth District. Photo by Sanaz Danesh

Next up to speak was city councilman Paul Coretz from the City of Los Angeles’ Fifth District. Paul is such a great public speaker and always has something interesting and funny to say. Haidehs’s son, Keyvan Nouri, spoke about Haideh’s life. A few of the speakers spoke in Farasi, so was is difficlut to understand them, but I think most people were speaking on their connection to Haideh and how special she was. Parviz Garib Afshar spoke a lot in farsis but in the end he said a few words in english about Haideh.

Persian pop singing sensation Sattar. Photo by Dustin Brown

The next speaker was Hassan Sattar. Mr Sattar also sang two soulful songs. Sattar is known as an Iranian pop star who also sings classical. He became famous in Iran before the Iranian revolution of 1978. He had become a Phalavi Royal Family court singer up until the policitcal uprising in the 1970s. It was a real treat to hear Sattar perform. The crowd was trying to push into the tiny chapel to take a video on their iphones.
Former Beverly Hills mayor Jimmy Delshad. Photo by Dustin Brown
 Next to speak at the Memorial for Haideh was the former mayor of Beverly Hills, Jimmy Delshad. He spoke about his experience as an Iraninan in Los Angeles and how he wanted to become mayor to make a change. He also spoke about Haideh and how amazing she was in her singing. Next up was Westwood Communtity Council Chairman Steve Sann. Afghan songwiter, Farid Zoland, spoke about his colaboration with Hiadeh. Communtity College Representative Scott Svonlin spoke about his commitment to provide one free year of community college to Los Angeles resident high school students. Mr. Svonlin said that he supports former President Obama’s commitment to provide free communtiy college to anyone. He continued to say that Mayor Eric Garcetti and Govenor Jerry Brown were commited to a project that gives students one year of community college for free. So, together, students can have two years of free community college.
Roozbeh Farahanipour (L) from West LA Chamber of Commerce, LA City Councilman Paul Coretz (C), and Keyvan Nouri (R). Photo by Sanaz Danesh
Roozbeh said a few words in closing about Haideh and her amazing life. Haideh’s son, Keyvan Nouri, also said a few words in closing. Haideh’s music still inspires many Iranian and Farsis speaking people.
Dustin Brown

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