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Oscars ripple effect

16473234_10154858077966291_7717459406473942745_nThe beauty of the Oscars and the Academy Awards is the culmination of all the bits and pieces to arrive at this point today. Yes there is the glamour, limos, press, red carpet, the award show, the speeches, the fans, security, the after parties. Yet there is more than meets the eye. There is all those people who helped make all these movies and it begins with the story. The tales shared. The stories written.

The journey of storytelling throughout one’s life. From before we are born the stories of the child on its way. The arrival, the stages of a new person. Each of us have stories yet only so many are really told. First those stories need to be written and our society still has so many people who fell in between the cracks in their education who cannot read or write so how do they communicate let alone survive. I know of a close friend who had a young mover who couldn’t write the labels on boxes being moved nor read the words on it. He is 33.

Then there is the time to write. In our explosive age of multiple devices to write on the messages are often just under 50 words. Time is flying. Yet the power of movies. We can watch movies on all these devices so we do love storytellers yet do we support the art of writing in our self and in our families and friends?

I was recently questioned by a sibling do I get paid for writing?  I get paid for certain projects and publications yet not always. I don’t write for the money though I would like it yet I write as I must. I feel the calling. I feel the importance of the power of words used correctly. I dislike when some adults have limited foul mouths spewing degrorative remarks. There is a dictionary of incredible descriptive words to embellish life.

A writer is part of the creative arts like a musician, singer, actor or speaker. To be in the game one must play and practice like an athlete does.

So when we watch the Oscars and go to the movies or watch them on our devices, we are watching the completed project from a thought in a mind to the printed page. Support writers and journalism. Support the arts. Without the voices of people speaking and sharing we leave too much space for those who bark and shout to silence the masses.  The Oscars give us hope that one’s person idea with a lot of help becomes a reality for others to identify with. It is our visual history. It is empowering.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Wave Of Jazz 2017

 

Celebrating 40 years of the Ocean Institute!

Don’t miss out on two nights of dazzling jazz entertainment & fine dining at the Ocean Institute!

Featuring
Ray Parker Jr., Michael Paulo, Gregg Karukas, & Kevin Toney!

Saturday night’s four-course gala dinner created by world-renowned chefs from Monarch Beach ResortThe Ranch at Laguna Beach,  Montage Laguna Beach,and Park Hyatt Aviara Resort’s.

FRIDAY MARCH 24, 2017 6pm
Purchase Tickets For Friday

Join us for a delightful evening of tastes from the finest local restaurants including Craft HouseThe Royal Hawaiian,  California FreshWhat A Dish Catering,Luciana’sParty in a Box CateringThe Point RestaurantSundried TomatoJay’s Catering, and more! Celebrate our 40th birthday with fantastic jazz, delicious wine, craft beer, and auction.

VIP Admission – $250
Attendance at VIP reception with artists at 5:30pm

Premier Admission – $125
Purchase early for best seating!

SATURDAY MARCH 25, 2017 5:30 pm
Purchase Tickets For Saturday

A night of amazing jazz, elegant epicurean dining, fine wine and a silent and live auction await you and your guests!

Gala Admission – $500
Table of 10 – $5,000

All proceeds support our mission

Using the ocean as our classroom we inspire children to learn.

Click here for exclusive sponsorship opportunities.

Can’t attend? Click here to reserve your program ad space today!
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Ocean Institute · 24200 Dana Point Harbor Dr · Dana Point, CA 92629 · USA

Rock Yer Kilt at the Queen Mary

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The Queen Mary is pleased to welcome back the annual ScotsFestival & International Highland Games XXIV February 18-19. Experience the rich culture and history of Scotland first hand through an array of authentic activities, athletics, dancing, entertainment and cuisine in ode to the Queen Mary’s Scottish legacy.

Cap off the first day of ScotsFestival on Saturday, Feb. 18 with Rock Yer Kilt, highlighting the best Scottish Rock bands this side of the pond like Bonfire, an AC/DC Tribute Band!

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ZEN MASTER OF FLAMENCO

(Photo: by THT)
(Photo: by THT)

Guitar master Ottmar Liebert comes to The Canyon Club Sunday February 12th.

By Valerie Milano

Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) 2/12/17 – With 5 Grammys, and multi-platinum icing spread over nearly 40 albums, Ottmar Liebert has survived and thrived as a solo instrumental artist, one of the toughest gigs in music.  Liebert’s guitar based music is an ambitious mix of styles with a decidedly Flamenco sensibility. Continue reading “ZEN MASTER OF FLAMENCO”

Steve Jones signs “Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistol” at Barnes & Noble Books- The Grove Thursday, February 16 at 7 PM – 9 PM

The Lord of La Cienega aka King Steve Of BlaBlaBla doesn’t mince his words nor his music selections at 12 bells weekdays on KLOS 95.5 FM. His book Lonely Boy is a deep alley journey into the back streets of the mind of a solitude Sex Pistol guitar slinger in men’s suits, platform boots and a bit of rouge. This rogue is a cheeky Chelsea fan and main man in the punk rock n roll history of the music business. Definitely never mind the bollocks!

Steve Jones signs “Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistol” at Barnes & Noble Books- The Grove Thursday, February 16 at 7 PM – 9 PM

Recognized as one of the key inventors of punk and celebrated as a living legend, guitarist and songwriter Steve Jones revisits his unruly, and often tragic, past in his autobiography, Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistol.

Its release will coincide with the 40th anniversary of the band’s platinum debut album, Never Mind the Bollocks, which set the world on fire in 1977.In Lonely Boy, Jones recounts the nihilistic songs, amphetamine-fueled music, and influential anarchical fashion that turned a street urchin into a founding member of a genre-defining band.

From his days of petty crime and havoc-wreaking in England, to his first impression of Sid Vicious and famously blowing off the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony with Johnny Rotten, Lonely Boy offers a portrait of a punk pioneer—a demigod to a generation of frustrated youth who identified with the band’s political and social condemnations of life for the working class.

In January 2016 Steve Jones returned to the daytime airwaves of Southern California FM radio at ’12 bells’ from noon to 2pm. The first month was bittersweet with the deaths of music legends Lemmy, Bowie and Prince. The two hours show was not initially a daily weekday show but the demand for more Jonesy quickly evolved.

What is the charm of this ageless lovable grumpy at times punk ?? Could it be his on air random belches on the mic? His banter with a variety of guests from book authors to music legends?  Yes, yes, yes!  He is the extraordinary one of a kind rock n roll everyman. He grumbles about the traffic and rushing to the radio station. He forgets things on air yet he picks up quick on the cues of his producer Mr Shovel, his on air wingman and radio host of the local indie hour Sound Check at 8pm on Sunday.

Steve complains about his weight yet works on improving it. He got his teeth fixed. His fans tune in from across the southland from a variety of fans like Don in Costa Mesa who listens from his longtime college job, a caregiver in Rosemead making lunch for an aging half deaf Irish granny, Jeff in a metal company in Huntington Beach, as well as countless car radios of drivers, construction workers and school teachers on lunchbreaks.
An ample supply of glam 80s rock, early heavy metal, British rock and punk is played plus random gems by Thin Lizzy, Iggy Pop, The Tubes and new indie tunes by newcomers like The Regrettes.

In his deep sexy gruff but playful voice Steve recites his playlist to the listeners. It is like a two hour visit to your favourite record store where you overhear the counter talk of the clerks and customers while the staff picks are played. Before the listener knows it the two hours recess is done and the station change of djs. Weeknights at KLOS is a rebroadcast of the daily show. When Steve is on vacation or away for a book signing then Mr. Shovel takes the helm to air a Vintage Past show. During the show there are Caller contests plus listeners can text requests. Steve is a shameless and proud self promoter with his adventurous instagram performances and his other social media connections.

Join Steve Jones for this Special Event!
This is a wristbanded event.

A wristband will be issued to customers who purchase Lonely Boy from Barnes & Noble at The Grove beginning February 16th at 9am• Limit 1 wristband per book
• Books can be personalized
• Photos from the line and front of table.No posed photos
• Steve Jones will only be signing Lonely Boy
• No memorabilia please

One Love Cali Reggae Festival Feb. 10-12 Queen Mary

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LUCK REUNION REVEALS  FULL TALENT LINEUP FOR 2017 FESTIVAL

luck M. WARD, THE FELICE BROTHERS, VALERIE JUNE,
RAY BENSON, PAUL CAUTHEN & MORE JOIN WILLIE NELSON IN HIS BACKYARD
 @ LUCK, TX
Presented By Southwest Airlines
ADDITIONAL SURPRISE GUEST ARTISTS
+ ANNOUNCEMENTS TO COME
AUSTIN, TX | THURSDAY, MARCH 16 | WILLIE NELSON’S “LUCK, TX”
Austin, TX (January 31, 2017)Luck Reunion is thrilled to announce the full lineup for the 2017 festival, celebrating five years of entertainment on Nelson’s iconic “Luck, TX” property. The one day event will showcase more than forty artists alongside specialty pop-up shops and local food & beverage purveyors. Ticket sale dates and special codes will be announced through Luck Reunion social media pages, e-mail lists, and at www.luckreunion.com.
Luck Reunion gathers a wide-ranging roster of Americana, country, rock, and folk performers who will join headliner and host Willie Nelson in the festival’s mission of continuing the American roots music narrative. Artists will perform across three stages: the World Headquarters Stage overlooking Nelson’s private “headquarters” hangout; the Revival Tent, a camp meeting-style performance space; and the Chapel Stage, situated in the town’s intimate 40-seat church. The lineup is as follows:
World Headquarters Stage:
Willie Nelson & Family; an exclusive “Conor Oberst & Friends” performance featuring M. Ward, and The Felice Brothers; Margo Price; Valerie June; Big Thief; Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real; Insects Vs. Robots; Devon Gilfillian; Indianola; Bee Caves; plus a special surprise headlining guest.
Revival Tent:
Parker Millsap; Aaron Lee Tasjan; Brent Cobb; Wild Reeds; Valley Queen; The Texas Gentlemen‘s “Texas Review” featuring: Ray Benson, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Paul Cauthen, Kirby Brown, Jonathan Tyler, K Phillips, Wesley Geiger, Dan Dyer & more; Paul Thorn & The McCrary Sisters; and several surprise guests.
Chapel Stage:
Lillie Mae; Andrew Combs; Twain; Kelsey Waldon; Frankie Lee; The National Reserve; Red Shahan; and more.
Additional special acts include: The Mastersons, The Deslondes, and more.
“We are extremely excited about this year’s lineup. Not only are we personally fans of each act coming out, but we are also lucky to call many of them friends,” said the Luck Productions team. “The Luck family is growing every year, and we are proud to announce the newest additions.”
Between sets, attendees can sip craft cocktails in the Tito’s Handmade Vodka saloon and at the event’s several bars which will also be serving Lagunitas, the official beer of Luck Reunion. The definitive getaway during SXSW, Luck Reunion offers a one-of-a-kind opportunity to experience Nelson’s beloved hill country property that served as the set for his Red Headed Stranger film; repurposed for this exclusive event to showcase boutique vendors; artists; and chefs for a day of entertainment.
The entire experience will be captured live by SiriusXM‘s “Outlaw Country” channel for an exclusive broadcast following the festival.
On the eve of the concert event Luck will host the third annual Chefs’ Pot Luck dinner benefitting Wholesome Wave, a national nonprofit empowering under-served consumers to make healthier food choices by making produce more affordable. Guests will enjoy a seated, multi-course meal by Wholesome Wave CEO and founder Chef Michel Nischan and an all-star chef lineup including: celebrity chef and restaurateur Scott Conant, Chef Dean Fearing, fondly recognized as the “father of Southwestern cuisine,” and James Beard Foundation-nominated chefs Bruce Kalman from Los Angeles and David Bancroft of Alabama. Local participating talent includes James Beard Award-winning chefs Bryce Gilmore and David Bull, Andrew Wiseheart of Contigo, and Alma Alcocer-Thomas of Alcomar. As the suns sets, 200 guests will gather family-style at farm tables to enjoy a menu by this talented lineup that highlights fresh, sustainable ingredients. Tickets will go on sale Wednesday, February 2 at www.luckreunion.com/potluck.
For more information, please visit www.luckreunion.com or Facebook.com/LuckTexasReunion. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @luckreunion for ticket sale announcements and exclusive offers. Media/press RSVP instructions will be announced in the coming days. 
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About Luck Productions
Willie Nelson and Luck Productions came together with a shared vision for creating distinctive live music experiences and groundbreaking content. In 2016 Luck Productions began its expansion outside of its flagship event, Luck Reunion at Luck TX, with a weeklong residency in Nashville during AmericanaFest. Stay tuned for additional activations at http://www.luckreunion.com.
About Southwest Airlines Co.
In its 46th year of service, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) continues to differentiate itself from other air carriers with exemplary Customer Service delivered by more than 53,000 Employees to more than 100 million Customers annually. Southwest proudly operates a network of 101 destinations in the United States and eight additional countries with more than 3,900 departures a day during peak travel season. Subject to approval of the foreign government, service to Grand Cayman begins June 4, 2017, the same date service is scheduled to begin from Cincinnati.
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HRC GALA TO HONOR THOSE WHO HONOR LGBTQ

ny_dinner_1600x900-2By Seán McCarthy

New York City, NY (The Hollywood Times) 1/30/17 – From the pitch of dark that threatens to engulf, blight and suffocate this country’s spirit of long-and-hard-fought-for human rights, brightly lit beacons glowing with a promise of hope have emerged to take a vital public stand against a now disturbingly visceral wave of venom-riddled racism, bigotry and pig-ignorant discrimination in this the Age of Anxiety.

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, has announced that the groundbreaking film Moonlight directed by Barry Jenkins, critically acclaimed multi-award-winning actress Meryl Streep, and comedian Seth Meyers will, all three, be honored at the 2017 HRC Greater New York Gala on Saturday February 11th 2017 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City at this celebrated annual event raising crucial funds in the fight for full LGBTQ equality. Continue reading “HRC GALA TO HONOR THOSE WHO HONOR LGBTQ”

ALEX COLE ANNOUNCES THE RELEASE OF HIS CD “BAD BOY ROCKER” 

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ALEX COLE is “Living The American Dream!” Born and raised in Milan Italy, he traveled to the United States to pursue his love for Rock ’N’ Roll. He was discovered by the record label, ALLIED ARTISTS MUSIC GROUP, who quickly sponsored his working Visa. He’s now living in BURBANK pursuing his career as a Retro-Rock Musician.

Alex Cole – International Recording Artist fronting a three piece power trio. His music is all original material aptly fitting into the new and cutting edge genre of “RETRO-ROCK”. When you hear his music it will sound new, but pleasantly familiar and remind you of the classic hits from AC/DC, Whitesnake, Van Halen and Ted Nugent – bands who inspired Alex to start composing all original rock music. In the wake of Alex’s show concert goers become part of an interactive synergy. The way he attacks the stage and sends his dynamic energy out to the crowd is something to be experienced. The vibe is timeless. Continue reading “ALEX COLE ANNOUNCES THE RELEASE OF HIS CD “BAD BOY ROCKER” “

The 2017 NAMM Show at the Anaheim Convention Center

3d-varius printed violin
3d-varius printed violin

Story and Photos By Geoffrey Maingart

Co-Writer Valerie Milano

Anaheim, CA (The Hollywood Times) 1/23/17 – The 2017 edition of the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) was held at the Anaheim Convention Center from Thursday 19th through Sunday 21st of January.  Musicians, instrument manufacturers, artists, software makers, lighting, special effects and every type of noise maker imaginable were on hand to be played, banged, blown into or bowed by dealers, buyers and some of the best artists in the world.

THT's own Geoff Maingart
THT’s own Geoff Maingart

Wednesday was a special day for the press and media to introduce the events planned for the week and highlight a few standout instruments represented at the show.  From modular guitars by Somnium (www.somniumguitars.com) that can be reconfigured in less than a minute with interchangeable pickups, fretboards, necks and bodies to a unique tracking chip to locate lost or stolen gear by Gearsecure (www.gearsecuremusic.com) , we were able to view and try some truly remarkable new products.  Gearsecure is really needed in today’s mobile world and comes with a mobile GPS driven app and tiny chip that can be located anywhere in the world.  One can even track other musicians in a band that wondered off. Continue reading “The 2017 NAMM Show at the Anaheim Convention Center”

NAMM Day One

NAMM President and CEO Joe Lamond speaks onstage during the 2017 NAMM Show Opening Day at Anaheim Convention Center on January 19, 2017 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for NAMM)
NAMM President and CEO Joe Lamond speaks onstage during the 2017 NAMM Show Opening Day at Anaheim Convention Center on January 19, 2017 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for NAMM)

THURSDAY, JANUARY 19 

The 2017 NAMM Show Opening Day 

NOTABLE EVENTS FOR THURSDAY, JANUARY 19 

8:00 a.m.       Breakfast of Champions and Music for Life Award Recipient, Robbie Robertson

                        Anaheim Hilton Pacific Ballroom

11:00 a.m.     TEC Track Keynote: The Future of Audio Mastering

                        TEC Lab 202B

5:30 p.m.       Women in the Music Products Industry Happy Hour

NAMM Member Center Continue reading “NAMM Day One”

NAMM 2017 with Minarik Guitar Founder

markInterview with Marc Minarik founder of Minarik Guitars NAMM 2017

By Peggy Phillips and Valerie Milano

Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) 1/19/17

THT: How many years has Minarik Guitars been exhibiting at NAMM?

Marc – Well, I want to say 15 years.

THT – Has it been a positive experience for you and what keeps you coming back each year?

Marc – It’s a rush! You’re constantly rubbing elbows with people in the industry, all the way from new artists who are just getting started and looking for leg up to get some help launching their career, to living legends. People all the way back from the 50’s and on up, who you’ll see just walking around. It’s an amazing experience. There’s nothing quite like it. You’d think after so many years it would get old, but it doesn’t. It’s like a box of chocolates. I’ll tell you if it’s still fresh and flowery for me in 30 years. Continue reading “NAMM 2017 with Minarik Guitar Founder”

GROUNDBREAKING ICONS THE ROLLING STONES REFLECT ON THE FIRST 20 YEARS OF THEIR LEGENDARY CAREER IN THE  ROCK DOC CROSSFIRE HURRICANE, ON TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14 AT 9PE 

crossfireGroundbreaking icons The Rolling Stones reflect on the first 20 years of their legendary career in the rock doc “Crossfire Hurricane,” premiering on AXS TV Tuesday, Feb. 14 at 9pE/6pP. The film features exclusive interviews with Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Mick Taylor, Ronnie Wood and Bill Wyman, and is packed with rare archive footage.  

The Film Features Exclusive Interviews with Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Mick Taylor, Ronnie Wood, & Bill Wyman, and is Packed with Rare Archive Footage

LOS ANGELES – January 17, 2017Rock icons The Rolling Stones reflect on the first 20 years of their legendary legacy in the rock doc CROSSFIRE HURRICANE, airing Tuesday, February 14 at 9pE/6pP, on AXS TV. The film is helmed by Oscar®-nominated documentarian Brett Morgen, and features exclusive interviews with past and present members Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Mick Taylor, Ronnie Wood, and Bill Wyman. CROSSFIRE HURRICANE commemorates The Rolling Stones’ landmark 50TH Anniversary, using a unique format that combines rare archive footage with off-camera interviews, capturing the band’s reflections on the first 20 years of their career—spanning 1962 to 1981—in their own words.  Continue reading “GROUNDBREAKING ICONS THE ROLLING STONES REFLECT ON THE FIRST 20 YEARS OF THEIR LEGENDARY CAREER IN THE  ROCK DOC CROSSFIRE HURRICANE, ON TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14 AT 9PE “

Burns Supper Kicks Off Queen Mary’s ScotsFestival & International Highland Games XXIV Feb. 17

AC/DC Tribute Band Set to Rock Yer Kilt at After Party Feb. 18
 

 
LONG BEACH, Calif., (January 17, 2017) – The Queen Mary welcomes back the celebration of true Scottish heritage with the annual ScotsFestival & International Highland Games XXIV February 18-19. The festival will kick off with the Burns Supper on February 17 followed by a full weekend of rich Scottish culture highlighted through authentic activities, athletics, dancing, entertainment and cuisine all in ode to the Queen Mary’s Scottish legacy.

Celebrate Scotland’s best-loved bard, Robert Burns, with a traditional Burns Supper on Friday, February 17 including haggis, whisky, traditional Scottish music and dancing in the Queen’s Salon aboard the World-Famous Queen Mary. Hosted by the formidable John Hannah, the supper experience includes a complimentary cocktail, the piping of the haggis, a traditional four-course dinner and all the Scottish entertainment imaginable.

Official ScotsFestival Opening Ceremonies begin the morning of February 18 with the traditional Grand Parade of Clans & Bands with an Address to the Haggis. February 18-19 from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily, festivities include Border Collie sheep-herding, firing demonstrations, performances by the Scots Greys Calvary, Royal Scottish Country Dance Society, and historic re-enactments in ode to the Queen Mary’s Scottish legacy. Forty members of the US Marine Corps Pipe Band are set to perform a traditional hymn with the LA Scots Grade 1 Pipe Band, the premier pipe band in the United States.

The Rock Yer Kilt concert welcomes the best Scottish, Gaelic and Celtic bands this side of the pond with live performances at the official ScotsFestival after party on February 18. Nominated by L.A. Music Awards for “Best Tribute Band”, Bonfire, the AC/DC tribute band, is set to headline this year’s Rock Yer Kilt ScotsFestival concert. The celebration starts at 6:30 p.m. and is open to all ages.

ScotsFestival honors nearly fifty Scottish clans & vendors throughout the festival weekend. The Scottish Highland Games were developed by ancient warriors to test strength, skill and technique. Experience these traditional style competitions in piping, drumming, massed bands, darts, Highland dancing and Highland athletics.

The Queen Mary’s ScotsFestival hosts World Champion Scottish Highland Dancers and many internationally acclaimed athletes competing for titles in stones, hammer throw, weights for distance, weight over bar, sheaf and the famed caber toss.

Scotch Whisky tasting sessions with aged malt experts and craft beer samplings are available for adult ScotsFestival guests, while the wee laddies and lassies can bear witness to Queen Mary’s coronation, knighting ceremonies and even take part in the Wee Highland games.

Visit queenmary.com/scotsfestival for more details and to purchase advanced tickets to experience all the Scottish festivities and celebrations.

Burns Supper
Feb. 17, 6:45 p.m.
Tickets: $99 online / $125 Door (Age 21+)
(Admission included in Rock Yer Kilt on Saturday evening)
http://www.queenmary.com/events/scotsfestival/cuisine/

Rock Yer Kilt
Feb. 18, 6:30 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Tickets: $15 online / $20 Door
http://www.queenmary.com/events/scotsfestival/

ScotsFestival
Feb. 18-19, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Tickets: $10 online for ages 4-11 and $19 online for guests 12 and over. VIP tickets, two-day festival passes and hotel packages available.
http://www.queenmary.com/events/scotsfestival/

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About the Queen Mary
Located in the Port of Long Beach, the Queen Mary features a rich maritime history, authentic Art Deco décor, and stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and Long Beach city skyline. At the time of her maiden voyage in May of 1936, she was considered the grandest ocean liner ever built. The Queen Mary’s signature restaurants include the award-winning Sir Winston’s and Chelsea Chowder House & Bar as well as a weekly Champagne Sunday Brunch served in the ship’s Grand Salon. History buffs enjoy the ship’s museum with various daily tours, and currently the ship is featuring the renowned Diana: Legacy of a Princess exhibit. The Queen Mary features 80,000 square feet of event space in 17 remarkable Art Deco salons as well as a tri-level, 45,000-square-foot Exhibit Hall. The Queen Mary boasts 346 staterooms including nine full suites. For more information or for reservations, see www.queenmary.com or call (800) 437-2934. The Queen Mary is located at 1126 Queens Highway in Long Beach.

STELLAR AWARD WINNER LUCINDA MOORE RETURNS TO MUSIC AFTER 6 YEAR RECORDING HIATUS WITH NEW CONTEMPORARY RADIO SINGLE “WALKING IN MY FAVOR” PRODUCED BY CEDRIC THOMPSON

“WALKING IN MY FAVOR” SET TO IMPACT
GOSPEL RADIO ON JANUARY 23rd

MOORE MAKES FIRST OFFICIAL PUBLIC RED CARPET APPEARANCE AT BMI’S TRAILBLAZERS OF GOSPEL MUSIC HONORS
THIS PAST WEEKEND IN ATLANTA, GA

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Tuesday, January, 17, 2017- – After a six year recording hiatus powerful independent gospel recording artist, songwriter, arranger and entrepreneur Lucinda Moore returns to the music industry by making her first official public appearance over the weekend at the annual BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Music Honors event in Atlanta, GA. Moore’s appearance on the red carpet came with excitement from press as she discussed the anticipation of her long-awaited new radio single “Walking In My Favor.” The song is written by Moore and produced by Cedric Thompson (Heather Headley, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, LeJune Thompson).

Lucinda is primarily known as a traditional gospel singer with a big voice suited for leading large choirs, which includes the vocal prowess of one of her all-time favorite Richard Smallwood songs “Total Praise.” She is now expanding her musical horizon with an all-new contemporary radio single, which is set to impact Gospel radio on January 23rd. “Walking In My Favor” is an upbeat mid-tempo tune that guarantees to have listeners grooving to the prolific sounds and vocals of this Stellar Award winning artist.

A native of Bridgeport, Connecticut, Moore began singing in church in early childhood. By her early teens, she was singing lead in local choirs. Her professional career began a few years later when she netted a position as backing vocalist for one of her influences, the incomporable Tramaine Hawkins; a post she held for five years.

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ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 14: Lucinda Moore attends 2017 BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Music Honors at Rialto Center for the Arts on January 14, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Drea Nicole for Drea Nicole Photography)

After several more years of performing with multiple gospel vocal groups, large and small, she self-released her first solo recording, an EP titled Unlimited Praise, in 2004. That led to a record deal on Tyscot Records. The label released her self-titled debut Lucinda Moore in 2006. The album landed in the Top 20 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart and spawned the hit single “Pressure Into Praise” which reached #13 on Billboard’s Hot Gospel Songs chart and spent 20 weeks in the Top 30. Lucinda also recorded a re-make of the popular Vickie Winans song “Safe In His Arms.”

In 2010 Lucinda released her sophomore project Blessed, Broken & Given (Tyscot Records), where it reached #13 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart. Moore won a Stellar Award in 2011 for Traditional Female Artist of the Year. To date, the singer has continued to perform live across the country as an in-demand artist and is working on more music as she preps for a new album this year and an autobiography titled Turn Your Pressure Into Praise as well as a shoe line she recently launched.

Lucinda has worked with the likes of VaShawn Mitchell, Rick Robinson, and contemporary Christian artist Carmen to name a few and has contributed lead vocals on several Gospel Music Workshop of America Women of Worship Mass Choir projects, Bishop Hezekiah Walker’s Live at Radio City Music Hall: A Family Affair IIproject leading the popular song, “When We Get Over There,” Joe Pace and Colorado Mass Choir’s project Speak Life project, and Eric McDaniel’s Restoration project among many others.

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IHEARTMEDIA ANNOUNCES THE RETURN OF THE IHEARTCOUNTRY FESTIVAL, BRINGING TOGETHER COUNTRY MUSIC’S BIGGEST SUPERSTARS FOR THE FOURTH STRAIGHT YEAR

ihcf17_masterJason Aldean, Little Big Town, Dierks Bentley, Brantley Gilbert, Rascal Flatts, Old Dominion, Jake Owen, Darius Rucker, Lady Antebellum, Kelsea Ballerini, The Raging Idiots and More Lead Star-Studded Lineup in Austin, Texas
New York, NY – January 17, 2017 – iHeartMedia, the leading media company in America with a greater reach in the U.S. than any other radio or television outlet, announced today the return of the iHeartCountry Festival on Saturday, May 6. For the fourth straight year, Country music’s biggest superstars will perform at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas in a live celebration of all things country.

The Country music of the iHeartRadio app will come to life with an extraordinary lineup including Jason Aldean, Little Big Town, Dierks Bentley, Brantley Gilbert, Rascal Flatts, Old Dominion, Jake Owen, Darius Rucker, Lady Antebellum, Kelsea Ballerini and The Raging Idiots with more to be announced. Continue reading “IHEARTMEDIA ANNOUNCES THE RETURN OF THE IHEARTCOUNTRY FESTIVAL, BRINGING TOGETHER COUNTRY MUSIC’S BIGGEST SUPERSTARS FOR THE FOURTH STRAIGHT YEAR”

Lifetime Makes Safe Bette With “Beaches”

(L-R) Executive producer Denise Di Novi, director Allison Anders, actresses Idina Menzel and Nia Long and executive producer Alison Greenspan.
(L-R) Executive producer Denise Di Novi, director Allison Anders, actresses Idina Menzel and Nia Long and executive producer Alison Greenspan.

“Now, almost 30 years later, we’re excited to invite an entirely new generation to come along on this journey with us, to feel what it’s like to love your best friend, to laugh, cry, and fight for life together, until the bitter end.”  Liz Gateley, head of programming at Lifetime

Beaches on Lifetime

By Valerie Milano

Pasadena, CA (The Hollywood Times) 1/14/17 – Lifetime premiered it’s made for TV reboot of the grandmother of all chick flicks, Beaches. Idina Menzel (“Frozen”) tackles the roll of C.C., the scrappy song bird who has hit the big time and is best friend to Hillary played by Nia Long (“The Best Man Holiday”)  in the role made famous by Barbara Hershey.  The story tracks the lives of these two women from childhood through to adulthood and the great beyond. Continue reading “Lifetime Makes Safe Bette With “Beaches””

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WORDS TO LIVE BY:

luke-goss-1-0A Conversation with Luke Goss

By Kely Lyons

Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) 1/10/17 – LUKE GOSS has two words woven into the intricate and beautifully-colored tattoo that covers the whole of his upper right arm. But we’ll come back to that a bit later. If you don’t know Luke Goss quite as well as you should, please allow me to provide a brief refresher.

Goss has had quite a ride so far, and one gets the feeling that he has barely even scratched the surface of what he’s capable of doing. As part of the UK pop band Bros in the late 80’s, by age 18 he and his twin brother Matt – along with bass player Craig Logan – were chart-topping sensations with legions of screaming fans flocking to their every appearance, body guards surrounding them and personal assistants attending their every need. When the band flamed out after a few short years in a nose-dive of contractual disputes and overwork, Goss became a best-selling author at age 21 with “I Owe You Nothing”, an autobiography that took its name from the band’s biggest hit. For a millisecond, at the tender age of 22, it looked like he was washed up – in his own mind, at least. But after working with his own band for a time, he turned to acting, snagging the lead role of Danny Zuko in a major UK production of “Grease”. His performance gained him accolades (“Luke Goss is a revelation … his comedy timing is uniquely his own … and his stage presence is considerable …”) and his acting career began in earnest. Since then he’s appeared in dozens of notable projects on both sides of the Atlantic, won awards and built a substantial base of genre fans. Goss currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife Shirley. Continue reading “WORDS TO LIVE BY:”