Sunday, July 26, 2015

"JANIS JOPLIN" - Tony Award® Nominated Rock'n Roll Play Will Run Through August 23, 2015 in L.A.


By Karen Ostlund
The Pasadena  Playhouse had their own booth at LA Pride Festival in West Hollywood, last June 13-14th to promote "A Night with Janis Joplin".
Mary Bridget Davies is powerful with a convincing voice as Janis Joplin. 
The play features Janis' thoughts and music, with live musicians and female choristers as co-stars on stage.
Mary Bridget Davies plays Janis Joplin (photo by Joan Marcus)
The Pasadena Playhouse (Sheldon Epps, Artistic Director) presented A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN, opening tonight July 21st.and starring Mary Bridget Davies, following her Tony Award® nominated Broadway run.  Pasadena native Kacee Clanton, also from the Broadway production of A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN, will alternate the role of Janis Joplin with Davies.  The production is conceived, written and directed by Randy Johnson, with choreography by Patricia Wilcox and musical direction by Tyler Evans.

The musical performs now through August 16, 2015. A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN is presented by The Pasadena Playhouse in association with Michael Cohl, Todd Gershwin and Daniel Chilewich. 
A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN is presented in further association with The Estate of Janis Joplin and Jeffrey Jampol of JAM, Inc.
Left,Yvette Cason, Jenelle Lynn Randall, Sylvia MacCalla and Sharon Catherine Brown 
(photo by Earl Gibson III)

The show is a musical journey celebrating Janis and her biggest musical influences – trailblazers like Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Odetta, Nina Simone and Bessie Smith, who inspired one of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s greatest legends.  Like a comet that burns far too brightly to last, Janis Joplin exploded onto the music scene in 1967 and, almost overnight, became the Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll.  The unmistakable voice filled with raw emotion and tinged with Southern Comfort made her a must-see headliner from Monterey to Woodstock.  Audiences will enjoy Joplin’s favorites, including “Summertime,” “Piece of My Heart,” “Cry Baby,” and “Me and Bobby McGee,” among others.

A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN features: Sharon Catherine Brown as Blues Singer/Lead Chantel/Joplinare (Broadway’s Dreamgirls, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Crowns at The Pasadena Playhouse), Yvette Cason as Aretha Franklin/Nina Simone/ Joplinaire (Broadway’s Play On and Dreamgirls, Ray Charles Live! at The Pasadena Playhouse), Sylvia MacCalla as Bessie Smith/Odetta/ Joplinaire (Original Broadway tour of Rent, Ray Charles Live! at The Pasadena Playhouse) and Jenelle Lynn Randall as Etta James/Joplinaire (Broadway’s All Shook Up, Kiss Me Kate at The Pasadena Playhouse).

The creative team for A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN includes Rob Bissinger (Set Designer), Mike Baldassari (Lighting Designer), Amy Clark (Costume Designer), Ben Selke (Sound Designer), Darrel Maloney (Projections Designer), and Leah Loukas (Hair and Makeup).

Tuesday through Friday evenings at 8:00 p.m.         Saturdays at 4:00 p.m.and 8:00 p.m.; 
Sundays at 2:00 p.m.and 7:00 p.m.
Singer Mary Bridget Davies performs the role of Janis Joplin on Tuesday through Friday evenings at 8:00 p.m.; Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. 
Singer Kacee Clanton performs the role of Janis Joplin on Saturdays at 4:00 p.m.and Sunday evenings at 7:00 p.m.
                           Prices: $45.00 to $150.00
The Pasadena Playhouse, 39 South El Molino Avenue, Pasadena CA 91101
                        Phone: 626-356-7529 

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Red Rock Ballet presents HEART OF STORM Debut July 24th & 25th

By Karen Ostlund
On stage in smoke-effect, left Derek Sherinian, Gregg Bissonette, Brent Woods, Tony Franklyn, Brandon Fields and Doug Aldrich

The  symphonic rock musicians behind "Heart of Storm" are all from California and Nevada:
Derek Sherinian as music director and keyboards performer, Gregg Bissonette on drums, Doug Aldrich as a solo guitar, Brent Woods with rhythm guitar, and Brandon Fields on a saxophone, who explained during the dress-rehearsal:
"We are not dancing ourselves - we are the live musicians on stage"
"All dancers travel from Europe and are part of the Russian Ballet, and we hope it will be the beginning of a long-running tour with them - The idea comes from our soon-to-be release CD with the same name HEART OF STORM"
 Presented by Red Rock Ballet with support from JNCS, HEART OF STORM–the internationally acclaimed live rock concert and Russian ballet–will make its debut to U.S. audiences on Friday, July 24 and Saturday, July 25 at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Los Angeles (842 S. Broadway Los Angeles, CA 90014). Visit,
HEART OF STORM will offer American rock and ballet fans the chance to view these shows in their entirety with complimentary tickets, only on July 24 and July 25. For complimentary tickets and show details, fans can email:
A sonic and visual feast fusing Russian ballet and a live rock concert with symphonic touches, HEART OF STORM formed when rock musicians including renowned keyboardist Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater), drummer Gregg Bissonette (Ringo Starr, Electric Light Orchestra), lead guitar Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake, Dio, Revolution Saints), bassist Tony Franklin (The Firm, Jimmy Page, Paul Rodgers) and rhythm guitarist Brent Woods(Warrant, Sebastian Bach) and alto saxophonist Brandon Fields(Tower Of Power, George Benson) came together with an original post rock instrumental composition. The music needed a strong visual and the group teamed with the young and talented Russian-Korean choreographer Stas Tsoy.The result is HEART OF STORM an explosive and theatrical rock ballet extravaganza.
“When I first heard about the idea about combining rock and ballet I was intrigued,” says lead guitarist Doug Aldrich. “I’ve been rehearsing with a killer band that Derek (Sherinian) put together for this show, and it’s seriously cool, more of a perfect match than I could have ever expected. With the ballet it’s combining two important arts and still very Rock n’ Roll. I’m excited for this show.”
This hybrid progressive rock concert fused with stunning, young Russian ballet talent–spanning the Bolshoi Theatre, Swan Lake and the Nutcrackerinherits the tradition of classical ballet, while charting new territory into live, emotional theater. U.S. audiences are invited to witness the short, tumultuous story of a young Major named Storm will take you to the depths of the labyrinth of Life, Death and Love.
HEART OF STORM is made possible with the support of Jay Nolan Community Services (JNCS). JNCS is a Los Angeles-based non-profit organization that assists children and adults with Autism and other developmental disabilities.
Doors: 6:30 PM, Show begins: 8:00 PM
*Parking is available in four reserved lots next to
About Red Rock Ballet Inc.:Red Rock Ballet Inc. was incorporated by a group of international investors with a passion for rock music as well as contemporary ballet.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Health, Fitness & Skincare Launches at Aesthetic Everything ESPY Lounge 2015

By Karen Ostlund
The gifting suite featured rising brands of sport and fitness, electronics, food/beverage,anti-aging, health and beauty.

Aesthetic Everything, an industry leader in the networking, promotion and press for aesthetic, anti-aging and beauty companies, brands, and professionals along with BG Sports Enterprises, one of the nation's premiere sports branding agencies,produced the BGSE AE Celebrity Gifting Suite last Tuesday July 14th, 2015 at Project LA Club in Hollywood. 
JBIT MedPro, is designed to help strengthen the core and upper and lower extremity muscles, resulting in relief of shoulder, back, hip and knee pain.
Presenting sponsor was Neograft, the “State-of-the-Art” Solution for Hair Loss.
NeoGraft is a game-changer for the hair loss industry with its revolutionary, minimally invasive hair transplant machine that gives natural looking results. That means tedious hair transplant surgery with scalp-cutting and staples is a thing of the past. 

For sport injuries and even old age, knee and hip replacement surgery can become obsolete with newer, regenerative solutions such as tautologous (from yourself to yourself) stem cell treatments and platelet rich plasma treatments. Healeon Medical provides state-of-the-art medical devices to assist in harvesting these cell composites for treatments. Healeon Medical and has become the standard of care for many clinicians. One of their products, the CENTRIcyte 1000, helps extract 4 to 6 times more stem cells from the same amount of adipose (fat) tissue than any other system on the market.

Skincare is no stranger to stem cell technology and human growth factors in skincare are becoming more and more prominent. Growth factors are a naturally occurring substance capable of stimulating cellular growth, healing, and repair.
Supermodel/business mogul Kathy Ireland, who grew up in California, is the face of The NuGene Collection. The NuGene skin care collection is formulated with multiple human growth factors, polypeptides, vitamins, amino acids and minerals that will help reduce signs of aging, restore skin and improve luminosity.
mybody skincare
From stem cells to probiotics.mybody skincare products are products powered by probiotics and a patented lipid-based bio-emulsion delivery system. Their topical probiotic bioactives are shown to mimic a wound-healing response without the typical insult or injury to skin - which is considered a key contributor to cellular degradation.
Topical probiotics are non-living molecules from body-friendly bacteria with skin enhancing properties that actually boost immunity, and can rehydrate skin and increase oxygen. Mybody products include cleansers, moisturizers, brighteners, exfoliates, and a sunscreen and are all free from parabens, phthalates, dyes, sulfates and gluten.

 BTL Vanquish machine for reducing fat around the mid section and upper thighs, with no pain or downtime. The machine uses heat energy in the form of radio frequency, it generates heat within the fat cells and causes death of the fat cells. With numerous treatments, you metabolize those fat cells out. On average, patients see results within 8-10 weeks after the 4th treatment.  BTL Vanquish machine can be found here in LA at LEIF ROGERS, MD in Beverly Hills

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All invited guests left with a handful of gifts ranging from apparel, sports training equipment, skincare, beauty and health products, accessories, clothing, and more from a variety of high-end brands. Southpaw the movie was present at the event and had a unique activation on site!​
Brands at the suite included: Pain Free Therapy Group, Neograft, SKR Apparel, Aquahydrate, Global Vodka, Cliff Bar, Figueroa Mountain Brewing, Zephyr Hats, Mana Healthcare Solutions, Nugene, BTL Aesthetics, Dope, Powercrunch, Vitargo, MyBody Skin Care, Bare Snacks, Rock God, Book A Tailor, Naranjo Cigars, Dice the Barber, Body Works Massage, Hoosca, Energice, Contraband Hats, Loaded Dock,BabyFootUSA and Healeon.
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Guests also received fromThe Aesthetic Everything Network, a beautiful gift bag with Dr. Traci Williams $300 facial gift certificates, Pencil Me in CosmeticsiSkyn, and Dr. Neuzil's Irrigator Herbal Enhanced Nasal Spray. -
Aesthetic Everything also had 3 doctors in attendance to greet the athletes and celebrities. In attendance were Dr. Stephen RonanDr. Luis H. Macias and Dr. Leif Rogers (representative).
Food ​was provided by and​
Music was provided by Celebrity child DJ, DJ Kiss.​
Two piece male bathing-suit by

Powercrunch protein nutrition in bottle or powder.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

GBK's 2015 ESPY Awards Lounge at Andaz Hotel in West Hollywood

GBK's 2015 ESPY Awards’ Nominees and Presenters Gift Lounge and its products.

GBK  the luxury lifestyle gift lounge and special events company,  honored the 2015 ESPY Awards’ nominees and presenters with their annual GBK Pre-Awards Lounge two days prior to the awards.

By Karen Ostlund in West Hollywood 
The event took place at Andaz Hotel in West Hollywood, and featured a wide variety of sports-related gifts and luxury items ranging from vacations to apparel, and concluded with a charity-driven poker tournament in the evening.Signature cocktails were provided by Tito's vodka and AsomBroso Tequila. Juices

GBK’s  invited celebrities, VIPs, and media had the opportunity to enjoy gifts from participating sponsors, music by GoodBoy, party DJ, and a poker tournament same night –  to raise funds for the event’s participating charities:
The Model Citizen Fund – Model Citizen Fund distributes life-sustaining backpacks filled with 150 items that include food, health, and survival essentials to the homeless and disaster victims, giving them the tools and confidence to build/rebuild their lives.
Muscular Dystrophy Association – MDA is the world’s leading nonprofit health agency dedicated to saving and improving the lives of people with muscle disease, including muscular dystrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other neuromuscular diseases.
KIDS in the GAME – KIDS in the GAME provides grants and passes to kids, youth sports organizations, and schools to support kids’ physical activity across the country.
Presenting sponsor  ZIRH Men's Grooming

This year’s lounge featured a variety of luxury and lifestyle brands:
Presenting Sponsor, ZIRH Men’s Skincare, provided premium skincare and shaving essentials. ZIRH is a go-to for celebrities, professional athletes and musicians.             

On the health and wellness front, gifts included: a $2,500 gift certificate towards a Health Mate Infrared Sauna, - "bring ultimate comfort and style to your sauna experience and enjoy the benefits of both nature and technology in Health Mate Classic for Two"

Celebrity trainer Lalo Fuentes is the creator of the proven freeze technique with his 2 workout videos, and now Lalo's Lifestyle  Vacations:
When you sign up to join one of my fitness trips, you can expect a hands on sailing experience in the Caribbean, sand boarding on the Sahara desert, snorkeling on the Adriatic Sea, hiking Machu Picchu or paddle boarding off the Amalfi coast. The idea is to fill your day with fun activities that keep you moving, motivated and looking for more, just like when you were a kid." Guests also received 3 personal training sessions with  Lalo Fuentes with LaloFitness.

 Celebrity trainer Lalo Fuentes

An anti-aging facial serum from DERMAFFECT is biotech company that manufactures peptides and protein for skin  Dental hygiene gifts from PlaqueHD, the first professional plaque-identifying toothpaste loved by dentists, patients and parents nationwide.  toothpaste and Violet Iodine tablets, 
-non prescription pill to remove pre-menstrual breast discomfort
Vesselbags are best known as golf-bags, and now also launching duffle-bags, backpacks and briefcases in material as pebble grain, matte, satin, brushed, patent, carbon and canvas

 Ferocious Nutrition, gifted Natural Testosterone and HGH Booster for men looking to boost performance and gain muscle mass; and Cheribundi, a fresh pressed tart cherry juice made from a proprietary juicing process to yield peak antioxidant levels.
JH Design Group presented custom official team jackets from MLB, NBA, NHL and Nascar. gifted Compression Sleeves for athletic and everyday wear.
M the Movement, "M Face Tee" with a gold foil hit. 


Whats Your Word bracelet making. 
 Dale's low calorie energy blend, that does not contain taurine, sunglasses, are also environmentally correct.
Woodzee glasses are both optical and sunglasses, and have been providing quality wooden eyewear and accessories from exclusively recycled, natural, and biodegradable materials since 2011, manufactured in Chico, CA: Among material choices: acetate, buffalo horn, red sawokecik, bamboo, wood and oak barrel.

Other great gifts included: certificate for resorts throughout Mexico and Jamaica, compliments of Caribbean Living Magazine; $400 gift certificate towards a custom scrapbook from and a free “Ike’s for a Year” card and “Skip the Line” pass from Ike’s Place – award-winning sandwiches for meat eaters, vegetarians, vegans and gluten-free The Barber Lounge offered last minute men's grooming services and BL products such as shampoo, conditioner, pomade and shave oil.  

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

DEVO & Berlin Celebrated The 50 by 50 Winery Launch at The Record Parlor in Hollywood


GERALD CASALE of DEVO & friends 
celebrated last Tuesday - a night of music and wine tasting at
the newest record store to open in Los Angeles

By Karen Ostlund
Photos by  Chelsea Lauren

GERALD CASALE of DEVO and THE 50 BY 50 vineyard. 

TERRI NUNN of BERLIN and GERALD CASALE celebrated at THE 50 BY 50 launch party. 

GERALD CASALE, legendary musician and co-founder of the iconic, new wave art rock group DEVO, hosted a night of music and wine tasting at THE RECORD PARLOUR--the newest and most distinguished record store to open up in Los Angeles last Tuesday night.

GERALD CASALE played vintage DEVO remixes and rarities on vinyl to a variety of his guests as well as the media and industry.Those in attendance were also treated to CASALE's new vintages from THE 50 BY 50--his award-winning new wine brand which includes the 2013 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir and the 2014 Sonoma Coast Rosé of Pinot Noir. The appetizers that were paired with the wine were provided by Hollywood's Aventine.

Last year, CASALE successfully launched his celebrated debut vintages the "2012 Pinot Noir" which Virginie Boone from Wine Enthusias magazine awarded a 94 point rating and described as, "an ethereal, feminine Pinot, sublime in color and texture, bright in tart cherry. Brisk in acidity, it offers an undercurrent of dried herbes de Provence, cinnamon and exotic spice, evolving in the glass as it goes" (February 2015).
Matt and Mark Harris of A&E's Storage Wars w/GERALD CASALE. 

Chris Honetschlaeger (previous BETA records) owner of THE RECORD PARLOUR and GERALD CASALE. 

THE RECORD PARLOUR quickly becoming a staple hang out in the heart of Hollywood, and 
 is a one-of-a-kind environment with an authentic vibe: as artists perform live, surrounded by over 30,000 vinyl records, vintage stereo gear and music memorabilia.

The store has been building a name for itself as it comes upon its second year, by hosting in-store showcases, from pop-up gigs and DJ sets to entire live performances recorded and transferred directly to vinyl onsite. 
Owned and operated by founder Chris Honetschlaeger (previous BETA records) and manager/partner ChadwickHemus,  Chris has a background in vintage equipment and Chadwick is a vinyl curator for the original Amoeba (San Francisco)

THE RECORD PARLOUR's vintage offerings  jukeboxes, amps, microphones, '70s turn-tables and speakers-- are refurbished to pristine condition alongside its vinyl collection which focuses on original releases verses new releases. 

In 2014, CASALE successfully launched THE 50 BY 50 with a Pinot Noir and Rose of Pinot Noir. His celebrated debut vintage,the "2012 Pinot Noir," which Virginie Boone from Wine Enthusiast magazine awarded a 94 point rating and described as "an ethereal, feminine Pinot, sublime in color and texture, bright in tart cherry. Brisk in acidity, it offers an undercurrent of dried herbes de Provence, cinnamon and exotic spice, evolving in the glass as it goes" (Feb. 2015). 
Gerald's 50 BY 50 Estate is a 23-acre property situated southeast of the Atlas Peak AVA (American Viticultural Area)and north of the Wild Horse AVA on the Monticello Road incline in the Wooden Valley of Napa, CA. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot varietalsare being planted there for the purpose of producing an exquisite, hand-crafted, bio-dynamically farmed Bordeaux-style blend in roughly three years.