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March 8th, 2017 by Cherry

Am so excited to hear that the Paley Center for Media is welcoming Prison Break, Riverdale, Speechless, and the New ABC Musical Event, Dirty Dancing for the 2017 PaleyLive LA Spring Season! <scream> so many great programs that my head is spinning!

“The programs selected for our PaleyLive events represent the best television has to offer and tackle today’s most compelling themes and issues,” said Maureen J. Reidy, President and CEO of The Paley Center for Media. “The programs in our PaleyLive Spring Season run the gamut from thriller to mystery, from romance to the challenges facing a special needs family. Each one promises to spark the entertaining and informative conversations that have made PaleyLive programs the premier experience for both the public and industry professionals.”

PaleyLive LA this Spring selection of programs, feature screening, premier episodes, panel talks AND the opportunity for the audience to ask questions!  I just found out about these new panels and if you are a member you can buy tickets before the general public!

 

An Evening with Speechless

Tuesday, May 9 at 7:00 pm

 

I’m a huge fan of ABC Studios, and Twentieth Century Fox Television’s Speechless it’s a show that represents the challenge of a family struggling to live in a neighborhood to offer the best to their kids. The portrayal of JJ DiMeo by Micah Fowler that shows a HS kid living his life and not allowing anyone to stand in front of his wheels! Out of the entire family I must admit I want to hang with JJ and not just to cut in line <guffaw>. The Paley Center will host Minnie Driver (Maya DiMeo); John Ross Bowie (Jimmy DiMeo); Mason Cook (Ray DiMeo); Micah Fowler (JJ DiMeo); Kyla Kenedy(Dylan DiMeo); Cedric Yarbrough (Kenneth); Scott Silveri, Creator & Executive Producer; Melvin Mar, Executive Producer; and Jake Kasdan, Executive Producer; for a premiere screening and conversation.

 

 

Prison Break: Premiere Screening & Conversation

Wednesday, March 29 at 7:00 pm

I’m ready for a new adventure with Prison Break and the new nine part event series with original series stars reuniting for an all-new adventure that has the thrills and cliff-hangers of the Golden Globe Nominated original series when it aired on FOX (2005-2009). The Paley Center welcomes back members of the cast & creative team including Wentworth Miller (Michael Scofield); Dominic Purcell (Lincoln Burrows); Sarah Wayne Callies (Sara Tancredi); Robert Knepper (T-Bag); Paul T. Scheuring, Creator & Executive Producer; Vaun Wilmott, Executive Producer; and Executive Producer, Michael Horowitz, who last appeared on the Paley stage in 2008; for this special screening and conversation in advance of the broadcast premiere on April 4 at 9:00 pm ET/PT.

 

Riverdale:  Screening & Conversation

Thursday, April 27 at 7:00 pm

 

Riverdale, the CW and Warner Bros. Television’s newest series has turned Archie and the gang into a modern teen soap series heavy on the mystery! Archie Comics has always stayed relevant over the decades but this new story has introduced them to not only old but new fans! The show has captured the CW viewers and has already been renewed for Season 2! Archie, Betty Veronica,  Jughead and Josie are living a small town life with big city dreams and murder simmering under Pop’s shop as the teens sip milkshakes and exchange very simmering glances! The Paley Center welcomes the talented ensemble cast and creative team for screening and conversation including: KJ Apa (Archie Andrews); Lili Reinhart (Betty Cooper); Camila Mendes (Veronica Lodge); Madelaine Petsch (Cheryl Blossom); Marisol Nichols (Hermione Lodge); Mӓdchen Amick (Alice Cooper); Ashleigh Murray (Josie McCoy); Sarah Schechter, Executive Producer; Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Executive Producer; Jon Goldwater, Executive Producer; and additional guests to be announced.

 

Dirty Dancing: The New ABC Musical Event

Premiere Screening & Conversation

Thursday, May 18 at 6:30 pm

No fan of the 1987 movie classic can miss the 30th anniversary musical premiering this year on ABC! Paley Center is offering a first look AND talk with the talent and team behind the upcoming three hour filmed musical event that will be produced by Lionsgate and Allison Shearmur Productions. We get to see the romance of Frances ‘Baby’ Houseman and Johnny Castle during a summer vacation in the Catskills that I think will have all of us singing the songs from the original movie and era. Those lucky enough to score tickets to the premier screening will have a chance to hear from Abigail Breslin, Bruce Greenwood, Nicole Scherzinger, Colt Prattes, and Katey Sagal just before the ABC Television Network TV premiere on May 24. So don’t put baby back in the corner instead have a Dirty Dancing Party at PaleyLive: Los Angeles!

 

 

As part of the many benefits of Paley Center Membership, Paley Center Supporting and Patron Members will have the opportunity to purchase tickets starting March 7. Tickets go on sale for Paley Center Individual Members on March 8, and to the general public on March 9. To learn more about other benefits of Paley Center Membership, which includes the opportunity to experience more intimate events with today’s most famous television stars and other noteworthy personalities, please visit paleycenter.org/join-us.

 

For more information, panel updates, and to purchase tickets please visit paleycenter.org.

 

 

About The Paley Center for Media

The Paley Center for Media, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with locations in New York and Los Angeles, leads the discussion about the cultural, creative, and social significance of television, radio, and emerging platforms for the professional community and media-interested public. Drawing upon its curatorial expertise, an international collection, and close relationships with the leaders of the media community, the Paley Center examines the intersections between media and society. The general public can access the collection and participate in programs that explore and celebrate the creativity, the innovations, the personalities, and the leaders who are shaping media. Through the global programs of its Media Council and International Council, the Paley Center also serves as a neutral setting where media professionals can engage in discussion and debate about the evolving media landscape. Previously known as The Museum of Television & Radio, the Paley Center was founded in 1975 by William S. Paley, a pioneering innovator in the industry. For more information, please visit paleycenter.org

 

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February 13th, 2017 by Cherry

I’m planning to head to the Santa Monica Pier for the 4th Annual S.T.E.A.M. Innovation Fair and Rube Goldberg Curious Contraption Contest on Sunday, March 5. I feel clever as heck just planning to attend and seeing the robots! The Free Festival Includes: A Contest of Student-Imagineered Rube Goldberg Machines, an Innovation Exhibition Featuring Soccer Matches between Guest-Operated LEGO Robots, and a Panel of NASA & JPL Engineers

The Santa Monica Pier will welcome many of the country’s brightest young inventors, tech leaders, educators and students for the 4th Annual S.T.E.A.M. Machines Innovation Fair. This one-day event is free to the public and summons all to playfully dive into an interactive experience that connects the fields of science, technology, engineering, arts, and math.
Kicking off the event at 11:30am, S..E.A.M. will entertain, enlighten, and mesmerize in three ways: a Path to Innovation Panel hosting brilliant galactic and scientific minds, an Innovation Exhibition presenting a wonderland of experiential and groundbreaking delights, and the Rube Goldberg Curious Contraption Contest featuring student teams from across Los Angeles and the nation.
Rube Goldberg Curious Contraption Contest
The event will feature tiers of middle school, high school, and university squads in a battle of Rube Goldberg machines – overly engineered contraptions that achieve a simple end-game through the most complicated (and humorous) paths imaginable. Inspired by the Pulitzer Prize winning inventor and cartoonist Rube Goldberg, these contraptions inspire creativity and innovation. On the Internet, they’re viral video sensations, and in-person, they’re mechanical magic.

Student teams from Santa Monica to Alaska are scheming big for this year’s challenge – applying a Band-Aid in minimum of 20 chain reactions. Down the Santa Monica Pier, over a dozen machines will be operating in 10’x10’ plots, each tinkering towards that final Band-Aid mechanism. The winning team will be judged and awarded a cash prize and entry to the national competition by a creditable committee: Lyle Tavernier (NASA Educational Technology Specialist), Hector Alvarez (Two Bit Circus Creative Director), Brett Doar (celebrated Rube Goldberg machinist), Martin Tomasz (analog/radio/mixed-signal engineer), and Heather Doyle (S.T.E.A.M. Innovation Fair Creator).

Royal Rumble of Rube
11:30AM-2PM
Teams have taken DIY machine-building to new heights as they face off & compete for the best Rube Goldberg machine that can apply a BAND-AID™ in 20 steps or more! Prize money & everlasting glory are on the line so come pick a champ & cheer them on.

The Path to Innovation
2-3:30PM
A panel of innovators, including Michelle Easter of NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Jeremy Selan of Valve virtual reality, Zaina Siyed highschool robotics champion and founder of the FemSTEM scholarship will discuss the challenges of their fields and the opportunities that await!

I am a Robot!
11AM-1:30PM

Curby, Santa Monica Public Work’s walking, talking recycling robot will be joining us for a limited time at the grand entrance to the Santa Monica Pier along Ocean Front Walk.

Get Your Build On
11AM-4PM

Build a fort out of cardboard boxes, a sculpture out of rolled newspaper, or help create a giant recycling machine. This day is a builder’s paradise!

Swim With the Fishes
11AM-4PM 

Visit Heal The Bay’s Aquarium under the Pier to check out the coolest creates and even pilot an underwater ROV mini-sub.

Path to Innovation Panel
A notable panel of scientific wizards will enlighten folks with visionary tales, discussing challenges in their fields and revealing secrets that the future holds.
  • Gray Bright: Host of the Tomorrow Show, standup comedian, robotic engineer, and Lego enthusiast.
  • Brent Bushnell: Board President and CEO (or Chief Rabble-Rouser) of Two Bit Circus, a Los Angeles-based experiential entertainment company.
  • Michelle Easter: former high fashion runway model who diverted at 26 to pursue an engineering degree. By 31, she had finished at the top of her class with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and is now a Mechatronics Engineer for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
  • Jeremy Selan: two-time Scientific and Technical Achievement Academy Award Winner and Valve developer making an impact in the virtual reality sector.
  • Zaina Siyed: local high school student, robotics champion and founder of FemSTEM – a foundation to help encourage girls to participate in STEM activities.
During the competition, innovation stations will be activated throughout the pier hosted by event partners and vendors. Each will spark curiosity and engagement from the crowds with its own brand of genius:
  • Columbia Memorial Space Center: guests can use LEGO robots to compete against each other at soccer.
  • Craig Burrows Photography: floral photography collection lauded by Wired for its ‘ultraviolet-induced visible fluorescence’ technique.
  • Heal the Bay / Aquarium / FCEC: piloting an underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV), build boats out of aluminum foil and play around with a host of other technological gadgets.
  • Orchanic: showcasing an A.I. prototype that uses Deep Learning to identify trash on the beaches, the HEXA spider robot, and smart clothing.
  • Paisley Garbage: arts and craft vendor.
  • Peddler’s Creamery: churn delicious homemade ice cream by a bicycle.
  • reDiscover Center: turn massive amounts of recycled cardboard into anything imaginable.
  • STEMup4Youth: guests can let their imaginations go wild by building enormous structures out of recycles cardboard.
  • Steve Craig’s drawBot: a crowd favorite, Steve Craig returns again this year with his exceptionally popular drawing machines and more.
  • T4T.org: invites festival-goers to create the Ultimate Recycling Machine using their imagination, engineering skills, and some fun upcycled materials.
For more information, visit SteamMachinesLA.com; search for the official event hashtag #SteamMachines.
S.T.E.A.M. Machines
Innovation Fair & Rube Goldberg Contest
Sunday • March 5 • 11:30am
200 Santa Monica Pier,
Santa Monica, CA 90401
About The Rube Goldberg Curious Contraption Contest
Rube Goldberg was a Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist, sculptor and author. He was the inspiration for the Rube Goldberg Machine Contest, which challenges participants to make a complicated machine to perform a simple task. The contest is an annual international competition that challenges teams of students from middle school to college age to compete in building the most elaborate and hilarious Rube Goldberg Machine.

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December 27th, 2016 by Cherry

The season 2 of WGN America’s Outsiders will premier on  January 24th. Lucky Los Angeles fans of the series can see a screening & panel on January 10th with cast, creator and executive producers. It should be a fascinating talk as this is the third original series from WGN. I watched the first season and found it to be a great family drama that pushes the boundaries of what you’d expect about a ‘mountain’ people series. It has stories that span from class, education to interracial relations. Leave a comment below what’s been your favorite episode and what you’d like to ask during the panel.

THE PALEY CENTER FOR MEDIA PRESENTS A PALEYLIVE LA SEASON TWO PREMIERE EVENT OF WGN AMERICA’S OUTSIDERS

The Series Cast, Creator and Executive Producers Will Celebrate with a Screening and Panel Conversation on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 in Beverly Hills  

Christina Jackson As Sally Ann & Kyle Gallner As Hasil

 

The Paley Center for Media will present a PaleyLive LA premiere event: Outsiders: Season Two Premiere Screening & Conversation on Tuesday, January 10th. The event is open to the public and features the series cast and creatives for an intimate panel discussion and audience Q&A following the screening. Tickets for the event are currently on sale to Paley Supporting and Patron Members. Tickets go on sale to Paley Individual Members Tuesday, December 20, at 9:00 a.m. and to the General Public on Wednesday, December 21 at 9:00 am.

Big Foster And Lil Foster

From Executive Producers Peter Mattei, Peter Tolan and Paul Giamatti, Outsiders explores the epic struggle of the Farrell Clan, who have lived atop the rugged Shay Mountain for over two hundred years, and their battle to defend their land and way of life from the town below. The WGN America hit original drama series returns for a highly anticipated season two on January 24, 2017 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Participants are subject to change. For more information, panel updates, and to purchase tickets please visit paleycenter.org.

**Panelists to appear schedule permitting.

 

Outsiders: Season Two Premiere Screening & Conversation**

Paul Giamatti, Executive Producer

Peter Mattei, Creator and Executive Producer

Peter Tolan, Executive Producer

David Morse, “Big Foster”

Ryan Hurst, “Lil Foster”

Gillian Alexy, “G’Winveer” 

Kyle Gallner, “Hasil”

Christina Jackson, “Sally-Ann”

Francie Swift, “Haylie Grimes”

The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills

465 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

ABOUT THE PALEY CENTER FOR MEDIA: The Paley Center for Media, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with locations in New York and Los Angeles, leads the discussion about the cultural, creative, and social significance of television, radio, and emerging platforms for the professional community and media-interested public. Drawing upon its curatorial expertise, an international collection, and close relationships with the leaders of the media community, the Paley Center examines the intersections between media and society. The general public can access the collection and participate in programs that explore and celebrate the creativity, the innovations, the personalities, and the leaders who are shaping media. Through the global programs of its Media Council and International Council, the Paley Center also serves as a neutral setting where media professionals can engage in discussion and debate about the evolving media landscape. Previously known as The Museum of Television & Radio, the Paley Center was founded in 1975 by William S. Paley, a pioneering innovator in the industry. For more information, please visit paleycenter.org

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November 19th, 2016 by Cherry

Two of my favorite brands got together and had super cute shoes with handbags.

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“For JustFab, partnering with Betches just makes sense – we are at the forefront of using technology to better understand our customers’ needs and serve them with the right products, styling, trend information, and fashion & lifestyle content. Betches provides its customers with just that, along with a healthy dose of humor. It’s a platform where you can have fun with fashion & lifestyle content, and laugh with your friends over how relatable it really is. That’s exactly the type of partnership we want to offer our customers,” commented Traci Inglis, Chief Marketing Officer of TechStyle, JustFab’s parent company.

 

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Samantha Fishbein, Aleen Kuperman and Jordana Abraham wearing head-to-toe JustFab

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Erin Zierling, Jessica Hall and Sarah Stage

JustFab the fashion subscription, e-commerce site and lifestyle fashion brand worked with Betches to create a collection that embodies a look that fans will be wearing all season. The party was a mix of style writers, JustFab & Betches fans as well as celebrities including Johnny Wujek, Brittany Furlan, Miguel’s Fiancé Nazanin Mandi, Jaqueline MacInnes Wood, Sabina Gadecki, Renee Olstead, Logan Browning, Kara Royster, Diamond White, Lilimar Hernandez, Greer Grammer, Hazel-E and more.

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BETCHESxJUSTFAB is getting all of my holiday shoes and accessory money this year! Make it rain ladies make it rain!!!

 

 

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Who can say ‘no’ to a candy bar … especially a Pink Candy Bar BETCHESxJUSTFAB you get me!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Miles B. and Hazel-E: Sabina Gadecki wearing JustFab shoes and bag

They had a few select items at the event that made me want to have a date for NYE and Valentines and all the parties in between! BETCHESxJUSTFAB had signature drinks courtesy of the sexy bartenders at the Doheney Room on the 2nd Floor where I made friends with other stylish women and men who ponied up to the bar looking JustFab I went with my drink of choices .. something with Tequila as I snacked on munchies (YUMMY food) and indulged in shoe AND handbag porn.

 

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I didn’t realize I NEEDED a metallic envelope bag but now that BETCHESxJUSTFAB made it .. I WANT it

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I have a weakness for black sparkly high heels!

 

 

 

 

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I would walk on sexy clouds in these shoes!

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These pink bow heels are a party on the side and work at the front. This pair can go from work to a night out with friends or a date!

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Lilimar Hernandez wearing head-to-toe JustFab

 

 

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I love this fall wine boots with sexy lace up details that would be great with jeans or a wool skirt!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Skyler Shaye and Logan Browning

 

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Special thanks to Naked Princess & The Glam App

 

ABOUT JUSTFAB:
Founded in 2010, JustFab is the leading fashion-subscription ecommerce site and lifestyle fashion brand that offers members an engaging and personalized shopping experience. Millions of members worldwide are given the celebrity treatment every month as they receive a customized selection of shoes, apparel, handbags and jewelry. Members have exclusive access to fashion tips and content, clickable style boards to shop complete outfits and the team of JustFab fashion consultants for expert advice.JustFab offers high-fashion looks at affordable prices and shipping is free for all items over $39.95. JustFab is available in the US, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Spain, Sweden, Denmark and the Netherlands.
For more information, please visit: www.justfab.com
ABOUT BETCHES
Betches was started in 2011 as a blog by college roommates and childhood friends Jordana Abraham, Samantha Fishbein, and Aleen Kuperman. Their blog immediately went viral, and from there they knew they had a unique chance to build their business from the ground up. Five years later, they have a created a huge millennial brand with an audience of over 5 million, two New York Times bestselling books, and a successful retail operation, Shop Betches. The Betches are excited to be launching this collaboration with JustFab and for many new exciting projects to com

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October 28th, 2016 by Cherry

screenshot-2016-10-28-14-08-46Daredevil Actor Peter Shinkoda Set For Special Appearance with SHAKA Platform 

Stan Lee’s LA Comic Con

This Saturday at the SHAKA Booth

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I know how I plan to spend Saturday!!! It’s saying hello to Peter Shinkoda one of the stars from my beloved TNT Falling Skies series (Dai) and of course Nobu from Marvel’s Daredevil on Netflix! I hope you have your tickets to attend Stan Lee’s L.A. Comic Con! All ou have to do for a meet & greet and autograph with Peter is download SHAKA in the  Apple App Store and Google Play (shakapp.com). Than sign in and enter: PeterShinkoda, Daredevil, Netflix or Nobu as your ‘vibes‘.  Peter will be at the SHAKA booth #1403 at 1:30pm

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October 27th, 2016 by Cherry

Am SOOO excited to see Taboo’s collection of geekiness tomorrow! What’s on your must see list for Stan Lee’s L.A. Comic Con this weekend at the convention center?????

TOMORROW IS Stan Lee’s L.A Comic Con!
We have an amazing show and want YOU to have an awesome time!
But first…some last minute additions!
LET’S GET IT STARTED!

Taboo of the Black Eyed Peas is coming to LA Comic Con! Taboo will be bringing the debut of Taboo’s Toy Museum, a collection of valuable and collectible toys from the 70’s and 80’s. Come say hi and take a peek at highlights from his own personal collection!

THEY’LL BE AT L.A. COMIC CON… Mostly!

We have Aliens galore! Come say hi to Lance HenriksenMichael BiehnJenette Goldstein and Mark Rolston as they unveil the convention premiere of the Aliens Power Loader and Xenomorph! They’ll be holed up Saturday and Sunday at the Hollywood Sci-Fi Museum.We have Aliens galore! Come say hi to Lance Henriksen, Michael Biehn, Jenette Goldstein and Mark Rolston as they unveil the convention premiere of the Aliens Power Loader and Xenomorph! They’ll be holed up Saturday and Sunday at the Hollywood Sci-Fi Museum.

 THINK YOU CAN CREATE A TV SHOW?

Our friends at Legion M will be on hand all weekend, taking elevator pitches — the best one could be made into a real television series! Bring your best ideas and pitch it…but you only have the length of an elevator ride to do it!

 THINK YOU SHOULD BE ON A TV SHOW?

Think you have a rare collectible? Want to find out what you’ve got? Then bring it on Sunday to the SyFy Con Stars booth, and maybe you can make it on to the show…and discover what you’ve really got!
IMPORTANT SHOW INFORMATION!

Pick up your badge early! A ticket gets you a badge, a badge gets you in the door!  We are working hard to make sure we can process tickets as fast as possible, but you can never go wrong with arriving early! You can pick up your badge any time during badge redemption hours.

  • Friday badge redemption starts at 9am, and the show opens at 5pmFriday is shopping only. This is the best time to get your shopping done and grab your exclusives! You should also check out Club Comic Con if you are 21 and older with DJ RUFIO (Yes, from Hook, in his costume)! You can get your tickets HERE.
  • Saturday Badge redemption starts at 7am. Show doors open at 9am and the show goes until 6pm. Don’t forget all Saturday and 3-day badge holders who are 18+ get in to our Cosplay Ball at Club Novo at LA Live after the show! So come convention all day and party all night!
  • Sunday Badge redemption starts at 9am. Show doors opens at 10am and goes till 4pm. The Ultimate Kids Trick-or-Treat will start at 1:30pm. All exhibitors in booths will have candy and fun stuff to give out to the kids! The Kid’s Costume Contest, sponsored by Disney’s MOANA, starts at 12:30 pm on the Hot Topic Main Stage. Any child 12 and under can enter, sign up is at 11:00to the right of the Main Stage. SPACE IS VERY LIMITED.

Read our Survival Guide HERE. The Survival guide is your key to all the info on Stan Lee’s LA Comic Con. Serisously read it and thank us later.

Grab a progam guide! We have free program guides avaliable in the Lobby of South Hall with cover art by Camilla De’Errico. Have her sign it at A26. Program guides have floor plan and panel info. However some changes and new additions have been made so Download the ALLCal app for all the updates or see our website as well.

Autograph and Photograph Schedule! Get prices and signing/photo schedule for all our guests HERE. We try to get prices for everyone but if their price isn’t listed just go to their booth or table for price info

Panels! We have some MIND blowing panels this year!  Plan your show and check for any updates or new additions HERE

PARKING! LA Convention Center has a lot of parking and there is PLENTY of other lots close by as well. We always suggest carpooling with friends to avoid parking fees. If you can take the TRAIN, The PICO stop off the EXPO and BLUE LINE stops RIGHT across the street from the LACC and it’s super cheap.

AN IMPORTANT NOTE TO ALL SUNDAY ATTENDEES! Sunday morning is also the LOS ANGELES ROCK N’ ROLL MARATHON in Downtown L.A. Street closures and detours will be in effect — plan accordingly, and come early!

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October 23rd, 2016 by Cherry

The Forum, “Expanding the Conversation: Asian Americans in Media,” is Designed to be a Solutions-Oriented Conversation

About the Status of Asian Americans Moving the Needle on Diversity and Inclusion in Hollywood is taking place on November 2nd. I’m very excited about this panel talking about the lack of diversity for Asian actors sponsored by Comcast NBCUniversal and the Center for Asian American Media.

 

Image result for Center for Asian American Media “People are hungry for authentic representations of Asian Americans,” Stephen Gong, CAAM’s Executive Director, said. “CAAM is extremely proud to present this forum during a pivotal time in our nation. We believe that positive social change takes place not from above, but from within, from many local actions occurring simultaneously. We hope this conversation will spark real change within the media industry.”

 

Panelists for This Forum Include Sandra Oh (Sideways, Grey’s Anatomy), Grace Lee (Peabody Award-winning director of American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs), Karen Horne (SVP, Talent Development & Inclusion, NBCUniversal) and the moderator Richard Lui (MSNBC Anchor). This panel of talent from in front and behind the camera will offer will have a conversation about working in Hollywood.

 

It’s an important topic as our nation becomes more diverse and entertainment has to appeal to a global market. I strongly disagree with the belief that everyone’s default is a white man/woman. I enjoy seeing people of not only diverse backgrounds but telling stories from their point of view. It’s been over twenty years since an Asian American had a series on network TV and with the success of Fresh Off the Boat, Dr. Ken and Quantico hopefully will encourage Hollywood to not whitewash stories. If you look at the demographics Asians make up the largest growing ethnic group in the United States and more than half of the nation’s children under 18 are expected to be part of a minority race or ethnic group by 2020 (US Census). This is why Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are insisting on having a conversation about why their voices should be heard and seen!

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Karen Horne is the Senior Vice President, Programming Talent Development and Inclusion for NBC Entertainment and Universal Television Studios. Horne oversees in-front-of and behind-the-camera diversity efforts for NBC and Universal Television. NBC’s Writers on the Verge Program, the Emerging Directors Program, nationwide talent search StandUp NBC, NBC’s Late Night Writers Workshop and the NBCUniversal Short Film Festival are among the more than 20 programs she heads while also overseeing NBC’s Diversity Staffing Initiative and working with the creative programming team to identify diverse development.

 

Image result for Grace Lee directed the Peabody award-winning documentary AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY: THE EVOLUTION OF GRACE LEE BOGGSGrace Lee directed the Peabody award-winning documentary AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY: THE EVOLUTION OF GRACE LEE BOGGS that was broadcast on the PBS series POV. Her other documentaries include THE GRACE LEE PROJECT, MAKERS: WOMEN IN POLITICS and OFF THE MENU: ASIAN AMERICA. Her other directing credits include the feature film JANEANE FROM DES MOINES, which premiered at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival as well as AMERICAN ZOMBIE which premiered at Slamdance and is distributed by Cinema Libre. She is currently a Women at Sundance Fellow.

 

Image result for Sandra Oh 2016Sandra Oh was born and raised in Ottawa, Canada, Sandra Oh moved to Los Angeles in 1996 to begin the first of seven seasons as Rita Wu, the smart and sassy assistant on the HBO comedy series, Arli$$, for which she won a Cable Ace Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy. She has been nominated for five Emmy Awards and won a Golden Globe Award (Best Actress in a Supporting Role), a Screen Actors Guild Awards (Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor/ Cast in a Drama Series) and a Diversity Award (2005 Creative Liberty Award) for her portrayal of Cristina Yang on Grey’s Anatomy. Ms. Oh jumped the pond for SKY1’s Thorne: Scaredy Cat, which aired in the US on Starz Encore. Sandra is currently guest starring on ABC’s American Crime. Ms. Oh’s recent theatre work includes Julia Cho’s Office Hour, which premiered at SCR this spring and will be at the Public in 2018. As well as an upcoming production of Hansol Jung’s Wild Goose Dreams at La Jolla 2017. She has starred in productions of Death and the Maiden at Victory Gardens in Chicago, Diana Son’s Stop Kiss and Satellites at the Public in NYC, Jessica Hagedorn’s “Dogeaters” at La Jolla Playhouse and Oleanna at the Grand theatre and National Arts Centre in Canada.

 

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August 30th, 2016 by Cherry

I’m very excited to attend the preview of  Gaetano Pesce Molds (Gelati Misti) presented by The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles at the Pacific Design Center. 

The exhibition will be from September 3 – November 27, 2016 at MOCA Pacific Design Center

“I hope my work is acknowledged for its multidisciplinary nature and its curious diversity,” remarks artist Gaetano Pesce.

MOCA Senior Curator Bennett Simpson and John R. Geresh, Pesce collector & scholar organized the exhibition that focuses on the Italian artist’s use of two dimensional cast-resin reliefs that he calls ‘industrial skins’ and will have his body like vases, a selection of chairs and lamps that use his casting techniques with resin and molds.

Pesce has more than four decades of work that span architecture, exhibition and industrial design that are playful, eccentric and utilizes the medium’s variation of pigmentation, transparency and plasticity.

“Gaetano Pesce is a true icon of contemporary design,” says Simpson. “His cast resin works evoke bodies, fungi, lava flows, and ocean life—seductive and repellent in their strange beauty. It is an honor to bring his work to MOCA.”

Though many of his vases (Amazonias, Twins, Rock, Spaghetti, Pompitou, Medusa, and Tre Piedi) have structural foundations that begin with the same bullet-shaped underpinnings, their final forms are anything but identical. Each bares the process of its own making, capturing gravity and the velocity of Pesce’s hand, which renders some things humorously anthropomorphic or blithe and painterly, and others unsettlingly corporeal.

Gaetano Pesce was born in 1939, La Spezia, Italy. He has led a forty-plus-year career of exuberant and groundbreaking work in architecture, urban planning, interior, exhibition, and industrial design. His engagement with the avant-garde began with his studies in architecture from 1958 to 1963 at the University of Venice, where he became one of the founding members of Gruppo N, a collective focused on expanding the idea of programmed art that emerged out of the Bauhaus movement. During his college years, Pesce worked at three notable Murano glass factories: Moretti, Vistosi, and Venini; this occupational education in Venetian glasswork has informed much of the way he wields and approaches resin as a part of his current practice.

Geresi has written, “Pesce’s work in resin is an extension of the 20th century’s greatest Italian glass artist and is as continuous with that tradition as can be believed.”

His career has also led him to teaching at prestigious institutions such as Cooper Union, New York; Carnegie Mellon, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; the Institute of Architecture and Urban Studies, Strasbourg, France; Domus Academy, Milan; and the Architectural School of São Paulo. He has mounted over two dozen solo exhibitions and featured in a number of group exhibitions, most notably the seminal 1972 exhibition The New Domestic Landscape: Achievements and Problems of Italian Design at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York. Pesce’s work is featured in more than 30 permanent collections across the world, including MoMA; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, Germany; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; and the Musée des Arts Décoratifs at the Louvre in Paris.

Gaetano Pesce: Molds (Gelati Misti) is organized by MOCA Senior Curator Bennett Simpson with John Geresi, and with curatorial support by Executive Assistant to the Chief Curator Hana Cohn.

Lead support for MOCA Pacific Design Center is provided by Charles S. Cohen.

Exhibitions at MOCA are supported by the MOCA Fund for Exhibitions with lead annual support provided by Delta Air Lines, Shari Glazer, Hästens, and Sydney Holland, founder of the Sydney D. Holland Foundation. Generous funding is also provided by Jerri and Dr. Steven Nagelberg, and Thao Nguyen and Andreas Krainer.

RELATED PROGRAMS

BENNETT SIMPSON AND JOHN GERESI IN CONVERSATION
Sunday, September 25, 3pm
MOCA Pacific Design Center
INFO 213/621-1741 or visitorservices@moca.org
FREE

Please check moca.org for updates on related programs.

THE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, LOS ANGELES (MOCA)
About MOCA: Founded in 1979, MOCA’s vision is to be the defining museum of contemporary art. In a relatively short period of time, MOCA has achieved astonishing growth with three Los Angeles locations of architectural renown; a world-class permanent collection of more than 6,800 objects, international in scope and among the finest in the world; hallmark education programs that are widely emulated; award-winning publications that present original scholarship; groundbreaking monographic, touring, and thematic exhibitions of international repute that survey the art of our time; and cutting-edge engagement with modes of new media production. MOCA is a not-for-profit institution that relies on a variety of funding sources for its activities.

Hours: MOCA Grand Avenue (located at 250 South Grand Avenue in Downtown Los Angeles) is open MondayWednesday, and Friday from 11am to 6pmThursday from 11am to 8pmSaturday and Sunday from 11am to 5pm; and closed on Tuesday. The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA (located at 152 North Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012) has the same hours as MOCA Grand Avenue during exhibitions. Please call ahead or go to moca.org for the exhibition schedule for The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. MOCA Pacific Design Center (located at 8687 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood, CA 90069) is open Tuesday through Friday from 11am to 5pmSaturday and Sunday from 11am to 6pm; and closed on Monday. The MOCA Store at MOCA Grand Avenue (located at 250 South Grand Avenue) is open Monday through Wednesday and Friday from 10:30am to 5:30pmThursdayfrom 10:30am to 8:30pm; and Saturday and Sunday from 10:30am to 6:30pm.

Museum Admission: General admission is free for all MOCA members. General admission is also free for everyone at MOCA Grand Avenue and The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA on Thursdays from 5pm to 8pm, courtesy of Wells Fargo. General admission is always free at MOCA Pacific Design Center. General admission at MOCA Grand Avenue and The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA is $12 for adults; $7 for students with I.D. and seniors (65+); and free for children under 12.
More Information: For 24-hour information on current exhibitions, education programs, and special events, call 213/626-6222 or access MOCA online at moca.org.

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August 3rd, 2016 by Cherry

A friend of mine told be about the premier of a new play called ‘As Straw Before the Wind‘ about a Filipina nurse in WWII, secrets and aging. I’m very excited that Felix Racelis’ play will be performed at the Ruby Theatre at the Complex in Hollywood (6476 Santa Monica Boulevard, Hollywood, CA 90038) directed by Lesley Asistio for four weekends. Premiering Friday, August 12th – September 4 (Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 3pm)

We need to hear the stories of not only POC but WOC and see them not only on TV, movie, books and also the stage. I hope that all of you will support this new original play and support independent theater in Los Angeles.

As Straw Productions Presents The World Premiere Of
AS STRAW BEFORE THE WIND
Written By:  FELIX RACELIS
Directed By:  LESLEY ASISTIO

Starring:
TITA PAMBID, MUNI ZANO, SARNICA LIM,
ANITA BORCIA, ROCHELLE LOZANO, DOAN NGUYEN & GABRIEL GARCIA

Four-Week Run:
The Ruby Theatre at THE COMPLEX
6476 Santa Monica Boulevard, Hollywood, CA  90038

Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m.,
Sundays at 3:00 p.m.
August 13 – September 4, 2106
Discounted Preview:  Friday, August 12, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.



AS STRAW BEFORE THE WIND stars Tita Pambid (Nene Santos), Muni Zano (Poncing Enrile), Sarnica Lim (Pilita Santos), Anita Borcia (Mildred Novak), Rochelle Lozano (Maria Enrile), Doan Nguyen (Loan Officer, Swing 1) and Gabriel Garcia (Mr. Martinez, Jr., Swing 2).

AS STRAW BEFORE THE WIND recounts the story of Nene Santos, a Filipina nurse and enterprising owner/operator, of a fictionalized San Gabriel Valley convalescent home.  Nene has ambitious plans to expand her business, which she intends to leave to her daughter and primary assistant, Pilita, who has her own agenda.  So, what will become of the elderly and fragile resident patients of the convalescent home – Poncing Enrile, a retired Filipino American Army Captain, and Mildred Novak, a chain smoking retiree widow with Alzheimer’s Disease?  Nene confronts a string of setbacks and obstacles in her quest.  Flashbacks of the horrendous experience she and her family endured during WWII haunt her psyche and lead to a revelation of a long kept family secret.

“This is a very personal story for me, having grown up with survivors of World War II,” notes playwright Felix Racelis. “The majority of the women in my family, including my mother, were nurses, and one of my mother’s best friends was one of the nurses stationed on the island of Corregidor during the Battle of Corregidor in 1942.  ‘Nene’ is a composite character of many of these courageous women who survived the ordeal of the war, and who lived their lives with grace and stoicism.  All of them are now departed.  Their memories and spirit continue to both haunt and inspire me.  As a playwright it’s important for me to bring these stories to the stage and to a universal audience.”

“What you will see on stage is a series of wars:  a war between a mother and a daughter, between a convalescent home owner and a patient, between a loan officer and a potential borrower, and between the past and the present,” says director Lesley Asistio.  “As we weave through these battles with these characters, struggle after struggle, triumph after triumph, we ponder whether peace and success are truly possible, or whether we are simply tossed about as straw before the wind.”

Tickets can be purchased by calling Brown Paper Tickets 24/7 at 1-800-838-3006, or online at http://strawbefore.brownpapertickets.com.  Tickets are $20 per person for General Admission and $12 per person for Students, Seniors and Groups of 10 or more. Discounted Tickets will be sold for $10 per person for a Preview performance of the show on Friday, August 12, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. Street parking is available surrounding the theatre.  To learn more about the show, please visit the website, www.strawbeforewind.com and visit the show’s Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/AsStraw1/

This show is recommended for mature audiences.  Advance reservations are highly encouraged.  Tickets will be available for purchase at The Ruby Theatre Box Office at The Complex on performance nights on a cash only basis.  The Ruby Theatre Box Office at The Complex will be open one hour prior to show times on performance days only.

Production sponsors include:  FilAm Arts, United Bread & Pastry of Silverlake and the Oriental Medical Center.

About The Playwright, Director and Cast:
           Felix Racelis (Playwright/Executive Producer) of Silver Lake, is a member of Skylight Theatre Company’s PlayLab where he wrote Fault Lines last year.  AS STRAW BEFORE THE WIND was developed in the David Henry Hwang Writers’ Institute of East West Players and at First Stage LA.  Also at First Stage he penned a dark comedy,Suicide Interruptus:  A Wild Ride from Paramus to DallasManimal Crackers, and Hollywood Walk of Shame.  Motherload – his evening of six short plays about mothers directed by Kaz Matamura, entertained audiences in May 2016 at the Missing Piece Theatre.  Nearly 30 of his one-act and ten-minute plays have been produced in Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco.  His Uncommon Threads won First Place in Fire Rose Productions’ Ten-Minute Play Festival, The Grand Can was the 2014 First Stage Playwrights Express Festival Winner, and Forever Fog was a finalist in Theatre Forty’s One-Act Play Contest.  Racelis is an M.F.A. Film/TV graduate of UCLA and a Nicholl Screenwriting Competition Quarter-Finalist.  JAC Publishing & Promotions has published Forever FogA Quintessential Evening:  Five Short Plays by Felix Racelis and two of his monologues.  Racelis is also a Board Member of the Skylight Theatre Company and of First Stage, and is a member of the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights.

Lesley Asistio (Director), of El Sereno, has been creating and producing theatre for over a decade.  Her directing credits include Lunch with “Friends,” The WritersScar, We Work Out, The Length of this Play has the Half Life of UraniumDay 41, The VirginMotherWhore Project, The Va-Jay-Jay Chronicles, The VMW 2009:  Image, GiRL7, andRegrets.  Asistio is also an actress, playwright, and solo performer.  She has performed her one-woman-show, Be: Jesus + Drugs = Beauty at the Hollywood Fringe Festival and at the ZooTown Fringe Festival in Missoula, Montana.  Recently, she was awarded a 2016 Puffin Foundation Grant to develop her latest solo show Nurse Asistio:  Living the Filipina American Dream.  Asistio serves as one of the Vice Chairs of the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights.

Tita Pambid (Nene Santos), of Historic Filipinotown, has more than 25 years of theater, television and film experience.  In addition to her extensive experience as an actress, Pambid holds a Ph.D. in Philippine Studies form the University of the Philippines, and currently serves as Lecturer in Filipino Language and South and Southeast Languages and Cultures at UCLA.  Pambid started her acting career in the Philippines when she trained under the Philippine Educational Theater Association-Central Institute of Theater Arts in Southeast Asia (PETA-CITASA) in 1972.  From 1979-1989, she did various roles for the yearly season and national tours of Bulwagang Gantimpala (Hall of Winners), then the theater arm of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP).  She performed in several productions here and abroad, including I Want a Wife (1990) First Sino-American International Women’s Conference in Beijing, People’s Republic of China; Bakwet (Evacuation) (1991), Los Angeles Children’s Museum, City Hall; and Ramona Reyes of Forbes Park (1991) Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena.  In 1984, Pambid was a central actor in two popular television shows in the Phillipines: Roberta, a daily soap opera, and To Each His Own, a weekly television sitcom.  In 1991, to further hone her acting skills, she took a year-long full-time program in theater arts at the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute in West Hollywood.  Her work in film includes Ianfu, a 15-minute feature film on Filipino comfort women during World War II, where she was associate director, researcher, co-writer, and actor.  The film was shown at the Melbourne Film Festival in 1992.  It won first prize in the 1993 Gawad CCP Para sa Alternatibong Pelikula at Video (CCP Award for Alternative Film) and a Special Jury Award for Short Narrative at the 37th San Francisco International Film Festival (1994).

Muni Zano (Poncing Enrile, Ino), of Los Angeles, is a SAG/AFTRA member and veteran actor of stage, film and television.  On stage he has performed in Savages at the Mark Taper Forum and in its reprise at Seattle Rep, No Smile for Strangers and Pinoys in Space at East West Players. Other plays include:  Manilamen at Loyola, Portrait of the Artist as Filipino at the Zephyr Theatre, Barefoot in the ParkCan We Talk About it Now? at Harman Avenue Theatre,Chomolongma (Mt. Everest) at the Zigurat Theatre and The Romance of Magno Rubio at the (Inside) Ford Theatre, to mention a few.  Zano wrote and performed the one-man play Ninoy, The Uncommon Tao on tour, produced and directed by Dom Magwili, under the auspices of the LA Cultural Affairs Department. Film credits include: Universal’s McArthur” and Medallion Films/New World Pictures’ “Fire in the Night” and “Price of Glory.”  He has performed in several films made for TV, including: Stanley Kramer’s Judgement:  Trial of Gen. Yamashita, Once an Eagle, Infidelity,and Hallmark’s The Lost Valentine.  He played several recurring roles in episodes of television series such as Baa Black Sheep, The Masters, Unsolved Mysteries, and St. Elsewhere.  He did voice-overs for the film No Way Out.  As a member of Manila Actors’ Studio and Dulce Capadocia’s Silayan Dance Company, he performed intermittently in various productions of musical plays such as America is in the Heart and dramatic dance concerts like Mai Lost and Song for Tatay of the respective companies, presented in different venues from California State University, Los Angeles, University of California San Diego, Loyola Marymount University to Temple University in Philadelphia.

Sarnica Lim (Pilita Santos), of Pasadena, is a Japanese-Filipino actress and artist whose theatre credits include:  The Sex Show (Highways Performance Space), Young Explorers League (Christ Church of the Valley), Shinsai: Plays for Japan (Japanese-American National Museum), Tohubohu! Total Improv (Rachel Rosenthal Theatre Company), Site Specific Work for Opera Del Espacio and numerous appearances at California State University Los Angeles, including:  Couplings Dance Concert, Home Schooled, Moving Dance Images, Gun In A Metermaid’s Hand, Girl 7 and Machinal. Independent film credits include:  X-8Misconception, Goddamn It, I Love You, Do It Yourself and The Calling.  Lim holds a B.A. degree in Theatre Arts and Dance from California State University, Los Angeles.

Anita Borcia (Mildred Novak), of Studio City, began her theatrical career as a child in Chicago’s Yiddish Theatre, and grew up to perform a wide range of leading and character roles on Chicago stages.  Since moving to California, the film capital of the world, Borcia has been seen on screens of various sizes. Highlights include features,The Scent of Harvest and Monday Morning; short films, including leading roles in A Modest Stillness, Hit Squad, Sugar, Butterscotch, and The Gran’ Scam of Things. The most recent, When A Flame Stands Still, is screening in film festivals globally.  Borcia has been seen on television on Scary Tales (3-D television series) and All Worked Up (Tru-TV); the Internet in The Immoral Dr. DickerFunny or Die, and Thee Old School; and in music videos, PSA’s, and commercials. Onstage, she has appeared in The Book of Esther, Avery (Animals), and numerous staged readings. A member of First Stage, Borcia has previously appeared in Felix Racelis’ Forever Fog.

           Rochelle Lozano (Maria Enrile), of North Hollywood, is working with director Lesley Asistio for the fourth time on this production.  Her theatre credits include: The VirginMotherWhore Project, Vagina Monologues and Scuba Lessons.  She appeared as a Protester in the film Milk.  Lozano is a 2009 graduate from the University of San Francisco with a Media Studies major and Performing Arts minor.  She moved to Los Angeles in 2010 to pursue her dreams in the media and the pageant world.  She has performed in various theatres in Hollywood, and in April 2015, she competed in her second statewide pageant and was crowned the winner as Miss California Icon.  She hopes to continue promoting her platform of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis awareness, perseverance, and positivity through pageantry.

Doan Nguyen (Loan Officer, Swing 1, multiple characters), of Encino, was born as an only child and raised in Vietnam until he was 13.  His parents then moved to the U.S.  He studied at Cleveland State University.  He then moved to New York and studied at Stellar Adler Theater for several years.  Nguyen moved to Los Angeles in 2007.  He quickly joined several acting schools like The Playhouse West Theater.  His film and television credits include:  Deadliest Warriors, TwiHarder, Wax Off and Travis McFairland Club. Theatre credits include appearances in Fool on the Roof, Ninjacal, Soldiers Don’t Cry, Tea House of the August Moon and South Pacific.  Recently, Nguyen was cast as the lead in a short film call Names on The Wall about a friendship between two soldiers on opposite sides during The Vietnam War.  Doan Nguyen’s passion for acting was inspired by his Uncle Dung Tien Nguyen who won Best Actor Vietnamese Audience Choice Award in 1996 for leading roles he played in several Vietnamese TV drama series.

Gabriel Garcia (Mr. Martinez, Jr., Swing 2, multiple characters), of Koreatown, is a California-native actor.  His theatre credits include appearances in One Kind Thing, Valentine’s Day, Bugs, Flor, Goodnight Monster, Three Amigos Present, Art, the Laramie Project, News Kid, The Talking Stick and Hotel Paradiso.  His recent credits include:  Life’s a Bitch And So Am I at the Hollywood Fringe Festival; The Sex Show at Highways Performance Space; Young Orlando inHopscotch, The Industry’s groundbreaking first mobile opera staged in the streetscape of Los Angeles and Cornerstone Theatre’s tour of California as Trinculo in The Tempest.  Garcia obtained his B.A. degree in Theatre from California State Bakersfield in 2012. His passions include film, puppets and children’s theatre.

The production team includes:  Felix Racelis, Executive Producer and Playwright; Lesley Asistio, Director and Co-Producer; Jim Niedzialkowski, Technical Director and Stage Manager; Alejandro Chavez, Assistant Stage Manager; Ken Short, Artistic Advisor; Michael Helms Photography, Pre-Production and Production Photographer;Janis Blackschleger, Graphic Design Artist and Webmaster; Steve Moyer, Steve Moyer Public Relations and Diana Martinez, L.A. Media Group, Press Representatives.

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As Straw Productions Presents The World Premiere Of
AS STRAW BEFORE THE WIND

WHO & WHAT:
As Straw Productions presents the World Premiere of AS STRAW BEFORE THE WIND, a new play that shares the story of Filipina nurse who survives the trauma of World War II, only to discover that her war is not yet over.  Written by Felix Racelis,
under the direction of Lesley Asistio, the production stars Tita Pambid, Muni Zano, Sarnica Lim, Anita Borcia, Rochelle Lozano, Doan Nguyen and Gabriel Garcia.

Sponsors include:  FilAm Arts, United Bread & Pastry, and the Oriental Medical Center.

WHERE & WHEN:
Performances of AS STRAW BEFORE THE WIND will be presented for four weekends at the Ruby Theatre at THE COMPLEX, 6476 Santa Monica Boulevard, Hollywood, CA 90038 on Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m.and on Sundays at 3:00 p.m. from August 13 through September 4, 2016.  Saturday, August 13, 2016 marks the World Premiere Opening Night of the play.  A Discounted Preview performance will be held on Friday, August 12, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.  
A one night benefit will be held; details to be announced.

HOW:
Tickets can be purchased by calling Brown Paper Tickets 24/7 at 1-800-838-3006, or online at http://strawbefore.brownpapertickets.com.
  Tickets are $20 per person for General Admission and $12 per person for Students, Seniors and Groups of 10 or more.  Discounted Tickets will be sold for $10 per person for a Preview performance of the show on Friday, August 12, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.  Street parking is available surrounding the theatre.  To learn more about the show, please visit the website, www.strawbeforewind.com or visit the show’s Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/AsStraw1/
@AsStraw1
This show is recommended for mature audiences. Advance reservations are highly encouraged.  Tickets will be available for purchase at The Ruby Theatre Box Office at The Complex on performance nights on a cash only basis.  The Ruby Theatre Box Office at The Complex will be open one hour prior to show times on performance days only.

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July 10th, 2016 by Alexcea Matthews

Not too long ago I had the distinct pleasure of spending my day at two very different, but equally as informing, conventions around the LA area.

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Dwelling on all the Designs

I started my day–after spending 20 minutes looking for parking–at the LA Convention Center for the 11th annual Dwell on Design show. While there, I was able to browse around and check out up and coming architecture, furniture, appliances, comforts, and much more, for the modern age.

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Interior decorating meets Pinterest with Decorist and ATG stores.com.

I learned a lot about prefab housing from LivingHomes’ new spinoff Plant Prefab, and was even able to tour a few full-scale model houses. I also got to sit in the world’s most comfortable bean-bag chair from LoveSac, and get a massage from $8,000 god of a machine.

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Lovely examples from VintageView Wine Racks

From interior decorators that can use your very own Pinterest boards to create your dream home–thanks Decorist– to wine racks specialized to your specifications, I have seen the future of housing, and I’m excited for more.

So after speaking with a few of the vendors and enjoying my second cup of coffee for the day, it was time to head out of DTLA and make my way to Pasadena for the 2nd annual Politicon Convention.

In only it’s second year, Politicon has firmly established itself as what Huffington Post calls “the Coachella of politics”. From Sarah Palin to 10-year old boys the line-up was extremely diverse.

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Should we #legalizeit? From right: Mat Ferner, Nicole Boxer, Jordan Carlos, John Ratzenberger, and Hal Sparks.

I had the pleasure of sitting in on a panel about the legalization of weed with a great and lively group of debaters. Matt Ferner, Nicole Boxer, Jordan Carlos, Hal Sparks, and  John Ratzenberger were all great at making their respective arguments and respecting one another’s positions.

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Me with stand up comedian and recurring Colbert Report character, Jordan Carlos

Next and sadly finally, I enjoyed a hilarious comedy show with the likes of Jay Pharoah
Darrell Hammond,  Al Madrigal, and Greg Proops Toure. All were perfect at keeping the audience laughing while still talking about social issues and the political climate of our country–no easy feat!

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Me with SNL’s best Kanye and President Obama impersonator, Jay Pharoah.

Eventually I had to say goodbye to my new friends at Politicon and make my way back home. And after 2o minutes of being lost in Pasadena, not able to find my car, I did just that.

Thank you to Cherry LA for letting me tag along on an amazing Sunday!

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