(GLENDALE) September 17, 2019 – Kevin “Brandino” Brandon celebrated his 65th birthday at Mambo’s Cafe in Glendale. Many friends, family and fellow professional musicians stopped by to visit and say Happy Birthday to Brandino.
There were so many talented musicians in attendance last night. Legendary Lap Steel guitarist Jay Leach was dining with Quentin Dennard. Jay plays for the house band on American Idol and counts his work on the John Davidson Show to be a great achievement in his career. Quentin is a professional drummer from Detroit and known for playing with the Temptations and Stanley Turrentine back in the day.
Quentin has a jazz trio available for booking through his Facebook page. LA jazz legend John Heard was with his wife Carol. John is known for his work with Pharaoh Sanders, Count Basie and George Duke. John retired from bass playing years ago and know spends his time as a sculptor. He had a photo on his iPhone of the bust of Coltrane that he made. Kenny Elliot was also at the party. Kenny is known for his work with the Lou Rawls band. Kenny has such a positive energy and always gets people into a fun mood. Brandino is a 7 time Grammy awarded, Producer, Composer, Arranger, and Bassist.Brandino has worked with Michael Jackson, Bootsy Collins, Justin Timberlake and Mary J Blige. Its great that Brandino continues to recover and play all these amazing shows. We all look forward to next years celebration!
(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — APRIL 23RD, 2019 — The Hollywood Press Corps got a chance to visit the headquarters of the Niwaka Corporation. They are one of Japan’s top high end jewelers and are world famous for having A-List celebrities don their jewlery on Hollywood’s hottest red carpets. Each Niwaka collection is carefully hand-fashioned using the finest materials by top craftsmen. Without question, Niwaka jewelry embodies the true essence of excellence. Showcasing a smooth, flawless finish, luxurious stones and bold designs, Niwaka’s jewelry is a collection of the finest red carpet curated pieces. Niwaka hopes that their collections express the power of nature and its beauty. Looking towards the future, Niwaka will continue to grow and move forward while remaining rooted in the rich culture and traditions of Kyoto. Known as the ancient capital of Japan, Kyoto remains one of the most historically important cities in the world. Kyoto is known for its beauty and dedication to preserving arts and culture. It’s fitting that Kyoto is also the birthplace of Niwaka Fine Jewelry. The flagship store in Kyoto is elegant and striking in its simplicity. Set in a wide, open layout with a purple tone, the store is chic and impressive. The staircase in the main lobby looks like a movie set. The refined space is suited for Niwaka’s brilliant and luxurious jewelry. Each piece is a luxurious work of art. From the home office in Kyoto to Hollywood’s top red carpets, Niwaka is the jewlery of choice for today’s top celebrities. The most recent awards season saw many top stars wearing Niwaka jewelry.
The Niwaka Kyoto Headquarters building was designed by the Ando Tadao Architecture Research Institute headed by Ando Tadao, one of Japan’s most influential architects. The modern design seeks to blend with the harmony of Kyoto’s traditional neighborhoods.
At the most recent Acadamy Awards, Jennifer Lopez paired the yellow gold and diamond earrings from Niwaka’s Karahana collection with earrings made from pink gold, rose quartz and diamond earings Global super star Jennifer Lopez stunned in her mirror mosaic dress by Tom Ford. Amanda Seyfried wore Niwaka’s white gold and diamond earrings from the Kyokomichi collection and a white gold and diamond bracelet from the Hanaguruma collection. Emila Clarke stunned in her Balmain gown. Emila paired Niwaka’s white gold and diamond earrings from their Renka collection with a Karahana white gold and diamond bracelete and a Suiren white gold and diamond ring.
(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — MARCH 25TH, 2019 — NY based Singer Rachel Lorin, known for her charting song “I Hate You”, today announced bi-coastal shows and a live stream event in support of her new full-length album “Worship The Unbroken” due to be released later in 2019. The first single, “Under My Skin” will soon debut with an accompanying video.
The LA show takes place Tuesday, April 3 at 8pm, PST at LA’s iconic club The Whisky A Go Go. The show will be Live-Streamed Worldwide via RYouLive (www.ryoulive.com). Rachel’s NYC show will be the following week on April 11, 7pm ET at Berlin Under A.
The live shows and streaming event will be offered free.RYouLive is also available via free download at iTunes or Google Play.
The upcoming album, produced by award-winning Producer Kane Churko of the Hideout Las Vegas (Ozzy Osbourne, Papa Roach, Modern Science, In This Moment, 5 Finger Death Punch) represents a musical departure, moving Lorin away from her Hard Rock past into a unique Rock/Alternative/Pop feel. All songs were written by Rachel Lorin, Rob Endling, Curtis Martin, and Kane Churko.
Drawing on influences as diverse as Muse and Panic! at the Disco. the 10-song album combines Rachel ’s multi-octave vocal power with complex musical layering for a sonic experience.
Rachel has toured extensively over the last few years and will be announcing new dates soon with the yearly Wisconsin Rock Fest already booked for Summer 2019. Rachel will share the festival stage with bands such as Evanescence, SKILLET, Marilyn Manson and others.
(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — LOS ANGELES — The Beverly Hills Temple of the Arts at the Saban Theatre will hold a Rally To Condemn anti-Semitism & Racism. It will be led by Rabbi David Baron. Holocaust Survivor Bill Harvey, and Leon Bass Jr., son of WWII liberator of Buchenwald Concentration Camp, the late Leon Bass will join the Rabbi on this special night. The Shared Heritage of Freedom Shabbat Service will be held just before the Rabbi’s sermon, “Jew Hatred: It’s Back – But It Never Really Left – It Only Morphed Into Anti-Zionism.”
Rabbi David Baron said, “In light of the recent resurgence of deplorable acts of anti-Semitism, the Beverly Hills Temple of the Arts at the Saban Theatre will be holding a Rally To Condemn anti-Semitism & Racism. Newcomer Representative Ilham Omar of Minnesota, a Somali-American, sent a tweet last week implying Congressional support for Israel has been bought by money from the lobbying group, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. Meanwhile, teen students from Newport Harbor High School in Newport Beach, CA, with a Nazi salute, hailed Swastika shaped beer cups during a drinking game at a private home party; the video went viral. And in Belgium at the recent Aalst Carnaval, a float depicted two huge puppet caricatures of Orthodox Jews standing on bags of money, with a synagogue façade in the background; Pascal Soleme, who wrote the float’s theme song about ‘bulging coffers’ and who works for the Aalst Police Department, thought the float was funny. These outright anti-Semitic acts of racism have no rightful place in a world where tolerance and understanding of all humankind should prevail.”
The Rally To Condemn anti-Semitism and Shared Heritage of Freedom Shabbat Service, which begins at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, March 15, 2019 is FREE, and open to all members of the public to attend. Free Parking is available after 5:00 p.m. at La Cienega Tennis Center, 325 South La Cienga Boulevard, at Gregory Way, one block south of Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills, CA 90211.
(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — FEBRUARY 22ND, 2019 — It was Pre Oscar party time Friday night with Absolut Elyx at the San Vicente Bungalow. Hollywood’s biggest stars and film elite turned out to celebrate the Academy Awards on Sunday.
Guests spotted at the event included Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga, Gerard Butler, Glenn Close, Leonardo DiCaprio, Mick Jagger, Mark Ronson, A$AP Rocky, Chris Evans, Eva Longoria, Oliver Stone, Roland Emmerich, Ted Sarandos, Ron Howard, Willem Dafoe, and more.
(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — FEBRUARY 10TH, 2019 — Sunday night at Oil Can Harry’s was the location of the hottest Grammy party in town. Pop superstars and music heavyweights gathering for industry icon Mark Ronson’s ‘Club Heartbreak’ Grammy Party with Absolut Elyx.
British producer, performer and songwriter, Ronson, has been one of the most talked-about artists this award season, having written and produced the soundtrack for critically-acclaimed motion picture A Star Is Born alongside Lady Gaga. Ronson was nominated for three Grammy awards – including Song Of The Year for ‘Shallow’ with Lady Gaga – and took home the Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media. Ronson’s current single with multi-platinum-selling recording artist Miley Cyrus, ‘Nothing Breaks Like A Heart’, represents his third entry on the Billboard Hot 100 and was the inspiration behind the evening’s festivities.
A VIP guestlist of industry elite sipped on specialty cocktails by Absolut Elyx, with names like Electricity, Silk City and Heartbreak Era, the latter being a bespoke recipe masterfully created with Absolut Elyx vodka, coconut, pineapple, ginger, lime and champagne by the expert team of Absolut Elyx mixologists. The first guests to arrive were pop sensations Katy Perry, who wore a gorgeous off-the-shoulder gown and swept back blonde do, and Charli XCX, wearing a leather dress complete with studded detailing. Troye Sivan pulled up to the entrance shortly after, wearing an oversized unbuttoned shirt.
Around 11pm Lady Gaga made a typically grand entrance wearing a black bralette and hot pants with a striking bedazzled jacket draped over her shoulders. Longtime Ronson collaborator and fellow Brit Adele arrived moments before and was seen chatting with Gaga and Perry until the early hours of the morning.
The evening came to a dizzying pinnacle of excitement around 11pm when the man of the hour, Ronson himself, jumped on the DJ decks to spin a mix of his famous tracks – both old and new – to a dancefloor alive with elated party guests. The set started with a remixed rendition of the hit track he helped write ‘Shallow’ – with Gaga dancing on stage beside him.
(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — FEBRUARY 9TH, 2019 — On Friday evening, BASIC Magazine threw an intimate pre-Grammy party at the private residence of Jonas Tahlin, CEO of Absolut Elyx, to celebrate 5-time Grammy nominee H.E.R.
R&B artist H.E.R., nominated in 2019 for 5 Grammy Awards including Album of the Year, Best New Artist, and Best R&B Album of the Year, arrived wearing a black printed jumpsuit high patent black heels. Issues of the latest BASIC magazine were scattered throughout the exquisitely designed private home, which feature H.E.R. in an 8-page spread. See amazing behind-the-scenes footage of the shoot here. Guests sipped on specialty cocktails by Absolut Elyx, all appropriately named after H.E.R. hit songs and albums including, “Breakthrough,” “Lights On,” and her favorite, the “Anti-Star”, which is made with Absolut Elyx, coconut liqueur, pineapple syrup, lime juice, ginger juice, and champagne.
Jake Miller arrived early in the evening with a group of friends and was seen at the bar laughing and enjoying drinks. Snow Tha Product arrived and was seen in all black with a white off-the-shoulder jacket. The ever-stylish Lady Victoria Hervey looked head-to-toe flawless in a slim fit black leather dress. Shamier Anderson and Stephan James chatted with H.E.R. inside at the Mermaid Bar. BASIC magazine Publisher & Editor-in-Chief,Viktorija Pashuta, and BASIC CFO & Partner, Jackson Chong,were spotted mingling with their latest BASIC magazine subject. H.E.R.
Just after 11pm, H.E.R. and her band took to a makeshift dance floor in the decadent Martini Room as guests sang along to their jams and swooned to the tunes of her hit track “Focus”. Stanajgrabbed the mic to sing along with H.E.R. in the middle of the crowd, watched by Ty Dolla $ign, Jermaine Dupri, and others.
Leave it to BASIC magazine to throw yet another amazing party that guests will talk about until the next one…
(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — JANUARY 29, 2019 — Westfield Santa Anita brought in the Year of the Pig with its seventh annual Lunar New Year celebration. On Tuesday, Jan. 29, Westfield kicked off celebrations with a preview of activities surrounding Westfield Santa Anita’s Lunar New Year festival.
Westfield Santa Anita unveiled a larger than life Lunar New Year “flying piggy bank” statue in honor of the Year of the Pig. There was a blessing ceremony for the installation. Artist, David Flores was on to speak to the press.
This year, Westfield Santa Anita’s Lunar New Year celebrations hope to bring a modern fusion to the Center’s annual traditional event. On Feb. 2, the shopping center will host a live concert series of Asian contemporary musical and dance performances, Lion Dances, “red envelope” decorating, Lunar New Year themed artwork, as well as promotions and treats from Santa Anita’s shops and restaurants.
Los Angeles based designer and boutique owner Karen Michelle in association with LYB Events, Destiny Candle, Madam Norma Jean, Mickey Fine Pharmacy and Grill, Softweb America, Cali Distillery, Jackels Collection Beverly Hills, Aleksandra Kulmaticki JP Morgan, Coco Taps, Annipuf, and LRM Publicity present the “6th Annual Love Your Body Fashion Show and Shopping Event.” This much anticipated event is the event of the season and has over a thousand RSVPs!
Press check-in is 3:00pm, the Red Carpet starts right on the dot 3:05pm and the Fashion Show starts at 4:00 pm. Confirmed celebrity runway models include: Chloe Noelle (True Blood, & New Girl), Jordyn Curet (Bizaardvark, Child Support ABC), Calah Lane (Kidding), Somali Rose (Raven’s Home), Emmy Perry (Mermaids are Real), Kiana Lyz River (Miss SD Plus America), Kennedy Madison (Seize the Moment), Zaria Kelley (Mirrors), Stacia Gates (Artquench), Samantha Gangal (OMG!), Brooklyn Robinson (Pineapple), Isabella Leon (The Good Church), Ainsley Ross (Should I do it?), Kacey Fifield (Game Shakers), Mahkenna Tyson (A Father’s Journey), ELS (Second Chance at Faith), Natasha Blasick (Jean Claude Van Johnson), Terri McDonald (KTLA 5 Morning News), Tara Cardinal (Spreading Darkness), Nataliyajoy Prieto (Spreading Darkness) among others. Confirmed celebrity guests for the red carpet include: Marcus LaVoi (Den of Thieves), Laura & Sarah Bellini (Trust), Jax Malcolm (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), Connor Dean (9-1-1), Alyssa De Boisblanc (Modern Family),Vida Ghaffari (The Mindy Project), Neil D’Monte (Batman v Superman), Laura Sharpe (Founder and President of Artists For Trauma), Stephanie Rachel (Director of Social Media, Artists for Trauma), actress/models Vanessa Osman, Janelle Hinshaw, Cassandra Tang, Lilian Raven (Founder of Lilian Raven clothing), Kiaundra Jackson, Monica Zaragoza (Ms. California Elite World), Dr. Dawn Mooney (Miss California Alta Dena 2019), Kendal Brenneman (Model/Actress), Matt & Mark Harris (Storage Wars), and many more.
About Love Your Body:
#LYBevents is a beauty festival designed to empower all women and girls of all shapes, sizes, ages, and ethnicities. This one-day event will host celebrities, social media influencers, fans, and brands to celebrate, “All Things Beauty Inside and Out!” The full event runs from 10:30am- 6:00pm includes shopping, celebrity fashion show, and dessert party. The celebrity host(s) for #LYBevents are Vida Ghaffari (The Mindy Project), Kiana Lyz Rivera 2019 Miss San Diego Plus America, Melody Trice (The Melody Trice Show). Featured Designers include: Karen Michelle, Jinza Bridal, Klara Designs, Orange Creek, Melanie Henderson, Stella & Dot, Papillon, Idyllwild Arts Academy, Graffiti Gloss, Sophii Michii, Pinky Rose, Madam Norma Jean, More Rockin, and Bubblegum Shoes. Honorary charities include: Artists for Trauma, Safe Passage, Jewish Queer International and Sharsheret. #LYBevents
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About Karen Michelle:
Karen Michelle is a noted fashion designer and retailer on fashionable Robertson Boulevard in Los Angeles that caters to women and girls of all sizes and shapes. She felt the desire to enable women and girls of all sizes and shapes to feel beautiful inside and out and decided what better way than to let them all walk a runway. She came up with the concept of her “Love Your Body” event 6 years ago and went out on a mission to make her dream event and fashion show into a reality.Over the years, Karen has grown her “LYB” event from 100 attendees to well over 600 with countless celebrities in attendance walking her red carpet and even making appearances in her runway shows. Karen chooses a very special charity to involve for each and every event. Karen takes great pride in being able to give back to the community and continues to do so in her own whimsical and eclectic fashion creations catering to modern, modest women and girls around the world. She also has a popular line called Destiny Candle by Karen Michelle that she created that has been featured on the Ellen Show, The Hallmark Channel and many other media outlets.
(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — The Hollywood Press Corps got a chance to cover the 2018 Los Angeles Comic Con! We assigned our two top photographers to look for the best costumes and get a few photos of each genre. With so many subjects to cover, we decided to look out for comics, gaming, horror, anime, film and television! Long time Los Angeles photographers Alex Kluft and Ellen Zuckerman were shooting photos and meeting all of the attendees at LA Comic Con 2018!
More than 100,000 people joined Los Angeles Comic Con at the Los Angeles Convention Center. There were so many artists, vendors, people selling comics and collectibles, art, toys, apparel, and everything in-between. There were also events, and meet n’greets throughout the day.
Los Angeles Comic Con is for the fans! There are opportunities to see celebrities, meet other fans and see some of the most amazing cosplay costumes ever assembled in one location. The Hollywood Press Corps was honored to cover this amazing event. We look forward to Los Angeles Comic Con 2019!