Posted on

Shadow Theater Comes to Los Angeles

Shadow Thearer

The Radar L.A. Festival presents “Ground to Cloud” a theatre show that uses not only actors but also their shadows for storytelling. Director Christine Marie, who has been studying shadows and experimenting with large scale shadow work for many years has her work now presented at REDCAT (The Roy and Edna Disney CalArts Theatre), part of the Disney Hall complex in downtown Los Angeles.

Masks and puppets are very commonly used for storytelling in the oriental world. The director has studied puppetry in Thailand and created a new concept using live actors as well. Instead of having puppeteers behind a screen to make the shadows, the director gave room to actors to help tell the story. The cast of “Ground to Cloud” (Kat Heverin, Carina Haller, Luisa Collins Chris Webb and Eddie Rowland) is responsible for every part of the show. They perform in front of the screen, creating big shadows with their bodies as well as masks and other objects. The acting is phenomenal, and it has to be extremely precise. The lead, Carina Haller, who has a dance background, creates stunning shapes with her body as she dances with a kite, effectively evoking the romance in the story. Any mistake can be seen magnified as their image is being reflected four to six times bigger by their shadows. Nevertheless the actors have complete control over their bodies and facial expressions, which captivate even more than the large scale of the show itself.

“Ground to Cloud” tells the story of Benjamin Franklin finding light for the first time. The team, all students and alumni from the California Institute of the Arts, are trained by Christine Marie for months to learn how to work with shadows. The large-scale shadow theater is a new form of storytelling that has the potential to become a completely new art form in America as new forms of visual entertainments rapidly evolve (think of the popularity of 3D imaging in films, for instance). The cast and the director create everything in the show, and though the visual imagery may seem like special effects straight from a movie, the only digital part of the show is the soundtrack selected to support the story. This is a wonderful opportunity for people who enjoy digitalized entertainment because it is very close to the cinematic feel, even though it is live theatre.

Posted on

Rare & Exclusive Interview with Freestyle Artist ” Lisa Lisa “

Lisa_Lisa

One of the greatest RnB/Pop divas to come out of the 1980’s music scene, Lisa Velez scored a series of hits. Known by her stage name, Lisa Lisa, she and her band, “Cult Jam”, produced 5 albums that sealed their fame in New York City’s thriving musical scene.

The youngest of 10 children born in the Hell’s Kitchen section of New York City, Lisa aspired to be a singer very early on in life. At the age of 13, Lisa would sneak out to nightclubs where she met Mike Hughes of “Cult Jam”. Mike introduced her to Rap band Full Force. The band was immediately impressed with Lisa’s angelic sounding voice and launched her to super-stardom.

The first Latin artist to make it big nationwide, Lisa Lisa is seen as a pioneer for any Latin artists who have entered the English-language market. She scored top 10 hits with songs like “I Wonder If I Take You Home,” “All Cried Out,” “Let The Beat Hit Em”, “Lost In Emotion”, “Little Jackie” and “Head to Toe”.

After disbanding in 1994, Lisa released the funk-soul album “LL77” which included the Top 40 hit “Skip To My Lu” and her first Spanish-language track “Cuando Me Enamore” which peaked at #1 on Puerto Rico radio stations.

Later in the 90’s Lisa starred in Broadway and off Broadway plays such as “Barrio Babes” and “West Side Story”. In 2001, Lisa starred in the Nickelodeon series “Taina” playing Gloria Morales, Taina’s young and sharp witted mother. Lisa also made a guest appearance on Law & Order’s 300th episode in 2003.

Television performances on BET and the ALMA Awards indicated a comeback for the Latin RnB songstress. In 2009, Lisa released her seventh album “Life N Love”, her first bilingual album.

In 2012, Lisa began working on her eighth studio album which has yet to be titled. Fans can catch her on her tour which is set to kick off on August 22nd.

Posted on

Miami AutoSport Technik

MIAMI AUTOSPORT TECHNIK

Miami Autosport Technik is a full service shop that specialize in high end performance vehicles such as BMW, Porsche, Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, Bentley, & Maserati, with their certified equipment. The commitment of Miami Autosport is to give each client personalized service and full attention to detail with minimal wait time.

The location is spotless and climate-controlled, a state of the art facility for both the vehicle and the customer. You will be able to see every moment of your car maintenance or service, while at the air-conditioned pristine lounge area, equipped with Wi-Fi and beverages.

Professional tools and factory-trained technicians are a key factor in the success of Miami Autosport, seperating them from rest. They are careful in making sure all of their services meet factory specifications.

Some of the services include but not limited to, Wheels, Road Force Balance, Digital Alignment as well as European Tuning, Suspension, Brakes, and Oil Change.

Since they understand what you are looking for, they plan to exceed your expectations, making this a unique experience. The search is over; visit us today for a free Balance & Alignment Inspection at the best garage in South Florida.

MIAMI AUTOSPORT TECHNIK_01
MIAMI AUTOSPORT TECHNIK_02
MIAMI AUTOSPORT TECHNIK_03

MIAMI AUTOSPORT

10200 NW 25th Street Suite A-104

Doral, Florida 33172

***
CONTACT INFORMATION:

KRISTIAN CRUZ

(305) 359-3600

***
HOURS:

MONDAY- FRIDAY

9-6PM

SATURDAY:

BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

Posted on

Elton John Stopped Traffic On The Sunset Strip

Elton_John

Elton John will treat fans to a special concert on February 27th, which also will stream live exclusively on AOL.com at 12pm PST for fans around the world to enjoy.  The free 60 minute performance will take place live on the iconic Sunset Strip found only in West Hollywood in front of the old Tower Records building, a longtime favorite destination for the singer.  The concert is to thank the City of West Hollywood and its residents for their continued support of the  Viewing Party over many years. The show is co-presented by AOL BUILD and BBVA Compass. Elton will play a jam-packed set of his classic hits, plus new favorites from his newly released album Wonderful Crazy Night. “The City of West Hollywood has welcomed the Elton John AIDS Foundation and our annual Academy Awards Viewing Party with open arms for many years, providing us with the perfect environment to host a really fun and special evening,” said Elton John.   “We are profoundly grateful for their generous support, so I wanted to do something special just for them by giving our West Hollywood fans and supporters a surprise concert.  Thank you, West Hollywood!”

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Lady Gaga performs with Elton John live on the Sunset Strip, on February 27, 2016, as a thank you to the City of West Hollywood for their support of the Elton John AIDS Foundation. The concert was streamed live on AOL.com and co-presented by AOL and BBVA. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)

About Elton John AIDS Foundation

At EJAF, we believe that AIDS can be beaten.  We act on that belief by raising funds for evidence-based programs and policies, and also by speaking out with honesty and compassion about the realities of people’s lives. Elton John created EJAF over twenty years ago, first in the United States in 1992 and then in the United Kingdom in 1993.  Through hard work and with the help of our network of kind and generous friends and supporters, the two foundations together have raised more than $349 million over the past two decades to combat stigma, prevent infections, provide treatment and services, and motivate governments to end AIDS.  The U.S. foundation focuses its efforts on programs in the United States, the Americas, and the Caribbean, while the U.K. foundation funds HIV-related work in Europe, Asia, and Africa.  Join us in speaking out, taking action, and contributing to our efforts to achieve a world without AIDS.  For more information, please visit www.ejaf.org.

 

AOL BUILD and BBVA Compass partnered to bring this one-of-a-kind experience to audiences worldwide. “At AOL we are committed to the live experience and its ability to bring offline moments online for audiences in a unique and immersive way” said Jimmy Maymann, EVP and President, Content and Consumer Brands at AOL. “We can’t think of a better partner than Elton John – his iconic stature spans generations and we’re excited for the opportunity to bring this incredible experience to his fans and our millions of viewers worldwide. “BBVA is proud to partner with Elton John this Oscar weekend in promoting our shared belief that everyone deserves dignity and a bright future,” said Jennifer Kelly Dominiquini, BBVA Chief Marketing and Digital Sales Officer.The Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) will present its 24th annual Academy Awards® Viewing Party Wonderful Crazy Night on Sunday, February 28, 2016, at West Hollywood Park in Los Angeles. Elton John and David Furnish will host the gala event.

About Elton John AIDS Foundation

At EJAF, we believe that AIDS can be beaten.  We act on that belief by raising funds for evidence-based programs and policies, and also by speaking out with honesty and compassion about the realities of people’s lives. Elton John created EJAF over twenty years ago, first in the United States in 1992 and then in the United Kingdom in 1993.  Through hard work and with the help of our network of kind and generous friends and supporters, the two foundations together have raised more than $349 million over the past two decades to combat stigma, prevent infections, provide treatment and services, and motivate governments to end AIDS.  The U.S. foundation focuses its efforts on programs in the United States, the Americas, and the Caribbean, while the U.K. foundation funds HIV-related work in Europe, Asia, and Africa.  Join us in speaking out, taking action, and contributing to our efforts to achieve a world without AIDS.  For more information, please visit www.ejaf.org.

Social Media 

facebook.com/EltonJohn

@EltonJohn (Instagram)

@eltonofficial (Twitter)

@ejaforg

#EJAFOscars

@AOLBUILD(Twitter)

@AOL.BUILD (Instagram)

#ThisIsAOL

@bbvacompass

#LiveBright

@WeHoCity

#WeHo

#SunsetStrip

Media Contacts

For Elton John

Fran Curtis / Cara Hutchison

Rogers & Cowan

212-878-5002 / 5026

fcurtis@rogersandcowan.com / chutchison@rogersandcowan.com

For AOL

Ashley Schlag

212-402-7281

ashley.schlag@teamaol.com

For the City of West Hollywood

Lisa Marie Belsanti

323-513-7861

lbelsanti@weho.org

Posted on

Straight Outta Compton

Compton

In 1987, five young men, using brutally honest rhymes and hardcore beats, put their frustration and anger about life in the most dangerous place in America into the most powerful weapon they had: their music. Taking us back to where it all began, Straight Outta Compton tells the true story of how these cultural rebels—armed only with their lyrics, swagger, bravado and raw talent—stood up to the authorities that meant to keep them down and formed the world’s most dangerous group, N.W.A. And as they spoke the truth that no one had before and exposed life in the hood, their voice ignited a social revolution that is still reverberating today. Straight Outta Compton stars O’Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchell as Ice Cube, Dr. Dre and Eazy-E, and is directed by F. Gary Gray (FridaySet It OffThe Italian Job).  The drama is produced by original N.W.A members Ice Cube and Dr. Dre, who are joined by fellow producers Tomica Woods-Wright, Matt Alvarez, Gray and Scott Bernstein. Will Packer serves as executive producer of the film alongside Adam Merims, David Engel, Bill Straus, Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni. www.straightouttacompton.com

SOC_Fin1Sheet10_RGB_0709_1_rgb

[vimeo url=”https://vimeo.com/152931079″ width=”660″]

Cast:

O’Shea Jackson, Jr.; Corey Hawkins; Jason Mitchell;

Neil Brown, Jr.; Aldis Hodge; and Paul Giamatti

Directed by:

F. Gary Gray

Screenplay by:

Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff

Story by:

S. Leigh Savidge & Alan Wenkus and Andrea Berloff

Produced by:

Ice Cube, Tomica Woods-Wright, Matt Alvarez, F. Gary Gray,

Scott Bernstein, Dr. Dre

Executive Producers:

Will Packer, Adam Merims, David Engel, Bill Straus

Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni

Posted on

LOREN is well beyond her years…

Feature Images
15 year-old indie pop singer/songwriter, Loren has premiered her new music video for “Echo“via NYLON today, here: bit.ly/LorenEcho. The song comes from her debut EP The Dare – set for release on October 16th, 2015. Loren’s moody, sonic landscapes combine her seemingly soft singing style with an intensity that is well beyond her years. Fans can now pre-order The Dare EP and receive an instant download of Echovia iTunes. For more information, please visit: www.sheisloren.com.

 

lorenAt the age of 8, Loren wrote her first song (complete with lyrics, a melody, and a piano arrangement) called “Journey”. Unaware of her beauty and the power of her talent, Loren uses writing to work through issues in her life, explaining, “the process provides clarity on life problems, helping me to solve them.” She continues, “Whenever I’m scared to do something, make decisions, anything that makes me nervous, I’ll dare myself. So when I was scared of making a record, I dared myself to do it.

 With her meticulous attention to sound and style, unassuming approach to singing, and unique combination of classical piano arrangements and modern pop, Loren creates a continuous piano transition from one song to the next on her debut EP, The Dare. The teen boasts a range of influences – including SiaFlorence and the MachineBach and Chopin – creating a debut EP that embodies the young, smart female who cares to look a little deeper. Loren will release her debut EP, The Dare on October 16th, 2015.

Be sure to keep up with Loren on her social networks:

Website: www.sheisloren.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/sheisloren

Twitter: www.twitter.com/sheisloren

Instagram: instagram.com/lorenmusic

###

Press Contact:

Amber Crisci | Big Picture Media

40 W. 29th St., Suite 401 | New York, NY 10001

O: 212.675.3103 | C: 516.606.6007

Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook