(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!
(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!
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.
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.
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.
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
(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.
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.
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 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;
(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.
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.
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.
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.
(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.”
“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.
The print issue will feature Band and Artist Interviews, Album Reviews, Concert Reviews as well as the columns Sketches By The Editor, The Wright Wave, Bret’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.
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.