Monday, August 17, 2015

67th Annual Emmy Nominated Costumes on Display through September 26th 2015

Emmy Statue
Photos & story by Karen Ostlund
For the ninth year, this annual exhibition celebrates the art and artistry of Primetime Emmy® Nominated Costume Designers and Costume Supervisors, including costumes from BessieBetter Call SaulMarvel’s Agent CarterOnce Upon a Time, Peter Pan Live!Reign, and 2015 Emmy nominees for Outstanding Costumes GothamThe Mindy Project,Olive Kitteridge, and Wolf Hall
The exhibition is organized by guest curator Mary Rose, costume designer and past member of the Board of Governors of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Costume Design & Supervision Peer Group.
Like all of FIDM exhibitions, it is free to the public. Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm, through September 26, 2015. 919 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, 90015

The Creative Arts Emmys Awards winners will be announced at the Microsoft Theatre (former Nokia Theatre) L.A. LIVE on Saturday, September 12. FXX will broadcast a two-hour version of the awards show on Saturday, September 19th at 8pm ET/PT, encoring at 10pm ET/PT. 

Bob Bain (Billboard Music AwardsMiss America PageantAmerican Country Awards) has been announced as the executive producer for the 2015 Creative Arts Emmy Awards.  Among the categories recognized and awarded at the Creative Arts Emmys are those for excellence in television's guest actors and actresses, choreography, costume design, music, and for the first time this year, Outstanding Variety Sketch Series.

The 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards will be held on Sunday, September 20th, 2015 at the Microsoft Theater in Downtown Los AngelesCalifornia, and will be broadcast in the U.S. by Fox TV. The awards will honor the best in U.S. prime time television programming from June 1, 2014 until May 31, 2015, as chosen by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
Actor Andy Samberg will host the show for the first time.

 100 costumes from 24 shows on display.
Emmy Costumes Designers Nominees 2015: (Left)
Lisa Padovan, Gala Autumn, Marie Schley, Ivy Heather Thaide,
Salvador Perez, Lou Eyrich and Jenny Eagan
This year, the Television Academy has instituted new rules for the Outstanding Costume Design nominees. In the past, separate awards were given in two categories, series and miniseries/movie. 
This year, two statuettes will be awarded, but they will honor contemporary costumes and period/fantasy costumes, regardless of the format of the show. 
The new rules make it easier for the Academy to recognize contemporary costumes, which were often shut out by period pieces in both of the old categories. Thus, The Mindy Project will compete against Gotham but not Wolf Hall, set in the sixteenth century.
Emmy®-nominated costumes the Fox series Gotham
by Lisa Padovani
Emmy nominated costumes by Jenny
Eagan. Olive Kitteridge, HBO
Emmy®-nominated costumes for the BBC/PBS miniseries  Wolf Hall by Joanna Eatwell

Emmy®-nominated costumes for the Fox series The Mindy Project by Costume Designers Guild President Salvador Perez 

Whitney by Lifetime, Costume designer FIDM Alumna
Mona May.Yaya DaCosta plays Whitney Houston

Monday, August 10, 2015

LAWeekly's Debut of "Burgers & Beer Pairing" at LA's Memorial Coliseum

 Last Saturday, Aug. 8th, at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, the debut of 
"Burgers & Beer" extravaganza featured all-you-can-stuff-in-your-face samples of 
L.A.'s favorite burgers, along with limited samples from some of the region's best 
breweries and live music curated by Spaceland Presents.
Charlie Overbey and the Broken Arrows
By Karen Ostlund
Musical acts included country and Americana favorites The Far West Band, Charlie Overbey 
and the Broken Arrows and Geronimo Getty.
"Burgers & Beer" is LAWeekly's new celebration of burgers and beer pairing after Tacolandia's success. It attracted a more adult crowd than regular Beer Festivals in LA.
Seating area at LA's Memorial Coliseum
It is a powerful food-and-booze union, described as "Beer & Full Bites" because many of the 41 restaurants served full size burgers, not small bites. Homeboy Industries was the charity partner.
Indian Lamb Badmaash burgers
The festival's lineup included 41 restaurants, bars, food trucks and roadside stands and 35 breweries, many of them pouring as part of the event's partnership with the Los Angeles Brewers Guild. 

The Burger Bouchon

Among burger selections included burger makers  as BelcampoCassell's, Pie 'n Burger and Hawkins House of Burgers, plus a new additions including East L.A.'s now-permanent pop-up Vaka Burger, the bizarro burger crafters at Myke's Cafe.
Thomas Keller's legendary Bouchon and Hamburguesas Puntas Cabras, which recently closed its downtown location, made this event a rare chance to try their short-lived but much-loved burgers. 
Pink's Hot-dog Mini Jaws Burger.
- beef, sausage, chili, bacon, cheese,
lettuce, tomatoes and mayo.

w/Chamomile, citrus and spices

Most unusual beertaste: Peanut Butter Milk Stout Beer from
Rolled oats and Lactose w aromas of roasted buttery peanuts and chocolate.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Sypher Arts Studio presents Labyrinth Masquerade XVIII at LA's Millenium Biltmore Hotel

Sypher Arts Studio presents the Labyrinth Masquerade Nr. 18
on August 14th and 15th, 2015
Last year, Acrobats at the dance-floor
Photos and story by Karen Ostlund 
The Royal Court of Sypher will be manifested in the new location Historic Millennium Biltmore Hotel this year at 506 South Grand Avenue Los Angeles, CA, 90071
It is a lavish event in which fantasy artists, costumers, special effects crews, dancers and stage combat performers participate in bringing a diverse host of creatures and mythologies alive through breathtaking costumes, elaborate environments, giant puppets and stunning entertainment. 
Fantasy and imagination come to fruition as faerie wings and darkened wanderers step through the crowds. One of the most elaborate masquerade events of the year, masqueraders attend in costumes ranging from beautiful fare, Victorian garb, artful Steampunk, intricate armors, to a host of fantasy creatures and characters.This year's updated performance list:

New music by artist Jeremy Soule, will be featured on the Temple Stage. Jeremy has created epic music for LOJ in Act 12 - "STARFALL" and Act 13 "Return to Court". 

Filled with mermaids from Sheroes Entertainment and performers from Sypher Arts Studio to explore the lost realms of the ARDEN, a mythical city swallowed by the distant seas, and found in the chambers of the Labyrinth.

Pre-show, lead choreographer Emily Arnstein.Producer Shawn Strider, far right
Costumes or Formal wear with Masks are Mandatory
Imaginative costumes are highly recommended

Friday August 14th and Saturday August 15th 2015
Pre-show 7:00pm
Doors open 8:00pm
Introduction 9:00pm
Closing 1:00am 

Labyrinth of Jareth is one of the most elaborate masquerade events of the year. 
Giant puppets at pre-show
 For one weekend each year the portals to this legendary masquerade are opened to bring new dreamers into the folds of the realms of Sypher and grant masqueraders a unique opportunity to lose themselves within the ambiance of the ball as the outside world fades into a dream.
The sculpted halls are transported into a fantasy realm for a weekend of magical enchantment. Nobles and sprytes move through the court as lights, projections, music and live acts fill the main chambers.
The film Labyrinth of Jareth 1986 w/Bowie and Connelly
The idea behind Labyrinth’s two days yearly masquerade is the 1986 British-American fantasy film “Labyrinth” directed by Jim Henson and produced by George Lucas.
The film is based upon conceptual designs by Brian Froud.
The leading  film stars are David Bowie as Jareth, and Jennifer Connelly as Sarah.
The plot revolves around Sarah's quest to reach the center of an enormous otherworldly maze to rescue her infant brother Toby, who has been kidnapped by Jareth, the Goblin King.
 With the exception of Bowie and Connelly, most of the significant characters in the film are played by puppets produced by Jim Henson's Creature Shop.
Last year, Mila Siler performance in courtyard
The Labyrinth of Jareth is a Masquerade Ball based on Venetian tradition, Celtic faerie and goblin lore, and stories of fantasy and wonder. Lost within the borders of chaos and light, nobles dance among the Fae while goblins wait with hungry eyes in the wings of their court.

Wander through the galleries of Sypher Arts Studios to gain an intimate glimpse of the newest stories and endeavors that continue to fuel our celebrations. 
For tickets and more info:
Tearoom line dancers
Lobby stairs, guests arriving in costume
Grand Ballroom performers

Monday, August 3, 2015

Re-cap of 2015 Holiday Gift Guide Consumer Product Show in L.A.

"Left Coast"Holiday Gift Guide Consumer Product Event Show was held at LA's west coast location  Loew's Santa Monica Beach Hotel, July 29th, 2015.
By Karen Ostlund
Alyson Dutch, one of the nation’s top consumer product PR mavens and author of the PR Handbook for Entrepreneurs ( She established Consumer Product Events in 2009, which showcase  products for press who seek content for their annual holiday gift guide editorials.
Artist Colleen Stratton's watercolor art. – California-based artist, Colleen Stratton, has developed an alphabet series featuring these adorable creatures. The “Soul Friends” come together to spell names and inspirational words. 
SPF Addict UPF of 50+ Clothing –was founded in 2011 by Marina Arnold, a former cosmetic dermatology RN and hospice nurse treating patients with sun-damaged skin.The clothing is tested by
Ultraviolet Transmission rays, and re-tested after 40 wet and chlorinated washes.
Marina Arnold designed a fashion line of clothing with organic fibers that carry sun protective factors and a UPF rating of 50+.  A portion of all proceeds benefit ACS, Relay For Life. The three fashion garments include: Sleeved wrap, Marina Cardigan and for fall 2015 a Deidre Dolman in black, grey, taupe and mango. - Custom designed luxury handbags by Master Leather Artisan, 
LuLu Comora. Bohlux treats women to exquisite, unique, designer handbags, totes, clutches made in the USA. best-sellers are made of wired semi-precious stones – is an uplifting jewelry line: rings, bracelets, earrings, necklaces and cuff-links that empowers women and men to be authentic. This mother-daughter team, create captivating high quality jewelry that inspires inner beauty and gives back a portion of the proceeds to a nonprofit organization with a commitment to end domestic abuse.

Designer Deborah Lindquist's Eco-couture, wearing
a cut-out organic dress,
and showing a new line of emoji sweaters. – Known as the “green queen,” This Eco-couture designer has attracted clients from Rhianna to Pink to her LA-based atelier. Lindquist showcased her new line of cashmere emoji sweaters,for both women and dogs, signature bustiers, and cut-out organic cotton tops and dresses in white and black.
Deborah uses organic fabrics grown without the use of pesticides and herbicides, sustainable fabrics implement earth friendly processing. The up-cycled fabrics are post-consumer items “reincarnated” into new garments. is founded by former NCAA
gymnast Katie Valleau. The collection offers sports
bras, bottoms and accessories in vibrant colors. – is a hot and upcoming celebrity driven beverage maker who’s SHE Beer boasts a Cali Citrus Amber, a German Dopple Bock, and a Red Intense Lager, among others. SHE Beverages also manufactures “The Supplement H20,” a line of waters promoting the overall well-being of women. – From Sunkist, Snack it Forward has created a new movement of snacks centered around freeze-dried fruit. Snack it Forward’s new line gives food a crunchy texture of nuts and fresh fruit while maintaining a vast majority of the food’s original qualities.

Not Ketchup, the first fruit ketchup made without tomatoes.
NotKetchup.comCreated by an award-winning L.A. food blogger, Erika Kerekes. The first ketchup without a single tomato, it's an all natural fruit-ketchup, sweetened with raw kane sugar, honey and molasses.Not Ketchup features gourmet fruit “ketchups” made from berries and fruits. It was a finalist in last year’s Martha Stewart’s American Made Awards. The 4 flavors are certified Paleo-Friendly (no white sugar or corn syrup!) and gluten free: Cherry Chipotle, Smoky Date, Blueberry White Pepper, and Spiced Fig. - "Where heat meets sweet, move over mint jelly sauce" is their slogan.It's a jelly to enjoy with crackers, vegetables and meat.

Pod Tune CD - 14 songs by musicians who used humpback whale song recordings as instrument and vocals. - An inspired musical collaboration between humpback whales songs and acclaimed composers from around the world. The mission of Pod Tune is to connect audiences to mythic undersea realms and to channel funds to support ocean vitality.
Left, Creator and owner Jennifer Hardaway mixing perfumes for – Self-proclaimed scent-ologist, Jennifer Hardaway, has always had a love affair with fragrance. Her keen nose has morphed into an entrepreneurial inspiration with the launch of the KleanSpa body care line.The line also includes bath-scrubs and pet-shampoo.
O.R.G. Skincare specializes in 3 step mineral peels. – Brian Park is bringing light-years-ahead of skincare technology from South Korea to the US through his line O.R.G. Skincare. He attracted Rachel Zoe to do a product collaboration which is included in her "Box of Style".Brian's mineral face peel is the first all natural enzyme exfoliant that extracts dermal debris and dead skin within seconds of an application.Healing ingredients are: Aloe Vera,Jojoba Oil and Mug-wort extract, finished with brightening agents as Milk Thistle and Licorice Root. Shock resistant and liquid-filled, " the new Liquid Filled Gauze" - Founded in central California, Slime created “the green slimy stuff” to repair tires. Since then, Slime has grown into a company that exports its products to 36 countries and is the leader in tire repair and sealant technology. They know how to repair any tire in 7 minutes.
This year, 2015 upcoming events will include: “Baby, Kids & Toys” on September 2nd and “Valentine’s Day Gift Guide” on October 7th both in New York City.                                                               Consumer Product Events (