Monday, March 29, 2010

Vinoteque: European Cuisine Family Style

By Pete Allman

There's something special about dining with friends and meeting new ones. Just as interesting is the dining atmosphere, where friends can converse in a European setting. Such is the case with Vinoteque. This quaint bistro, located at 7469 Mel rose Ave is famous for their wine selection- over 2000 bottles of some of the best wines on the market.

Our culinary began with old friends and new friends.


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Bill Jones,Pete Allman, Erin Dietch, and Ryan Hess
Bill Jones, a world famous photography to the stars, and Ed Magik, the producer and creator of edmagiktv.com; joined me. Family owned and operated by Erin Dietch(and parents), Gil Ren and Ryan Hess, we were hungry for this new dining experience! We were greeted by Ryan Hess.



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As the restaurants sommelier, Ryan has a wealth of knowledge on the topics of wine. On Tuesday's Vinoteque serves 3 wines and 3 appetizers for only $20.00 per person. The patron can also order an optional 3 course meal for an additional $40.00. This is a wonderful way to explore food and wine. The wine menu offers a bottle of wine for $30.00-which equals around $10.00 per glass. You can also try another wine by the glass. Liquid Sunday is a popular day offering 30% off of any bottle of wine. Plus there are no parking fees with a coupon from Vinoteques e-blast.
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Pete Allman, Erin Doetch, and Ed Magik
Vinoteque also has an outside patio for banquets and they grow organic herbs used in their daily preparation of food. It's a very divers-ed menu that the chef changes daily. Roasted Beets with sauvignon Blanc pear, and goat cheese. Pamela and brochette brioche crumbs is a delight. Other salads include Fried Green Tomatoes consisting of herb goat cheese, smoked tomato in vinaigrette.
Ah, how about Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus, with a panko fried poached egg with mushroom fondue and parmesan crisp Saba. For the meat and potato lovers, chicken caramelized with brussel sprouts and whipped potatoes with chick peas is just the right amount of food. Bill Jones had a Black Angus hamburger with fries and steak sauce. ''Best hamburger I've tasted ", were Bill's remarks. It should be, topped with pickles and caramelized onions; over dried tomatoes, arugula, and fries. In my travels I've always enjoyed fish.

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That's why I ordered the Roasted Salmon on a bed of Wild Rice, with fresh vegetables Cooked to perfection without being too hard or soft for that matter. Angel hair and little neck clams with garlic sausage is a dish that's unique in itself. Ed Magik, including myself were totally satisfied. But my eyes are bigger than my stomach. So we all took advantage of the homemade desserts.
Check out the Pineapple Cappuccino with raspberry and your choice of sorbets with Malton Chocolate Cake and espresso ice cream made in Vinoteques kitchen. It's a winner! Celebrate life at this family establishment. Call [310] 860-6060 for reservations and tell them Pete Allman sent you. You can visit their website at www.vinotequela.com. The service, cuisine and ambiance are one you'll remember.C.S.N.s rating for Vinoteque is a 10.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Fashion: A Reflecting Rip In The Fabric Of Our Society (Angelino.us)

LOS ANGELES, CA October 21, 2009  - The trends in fashion today mirror a world in turmoil where injustice,  social inequality , environmental peril, and economic woes have engendered feelings of frustration and even hopelessness. As a  fashion clothing designer , Alex Angelino has long been cognizant of the relationship between the inner emotions and clothing choices. Putting together an outfit to wear involves a complex thought process of both the conscience and subconscious mind.  Color, texture, materials and style are primary elements, as are the fit and proportions of the garments.   In fact, cut and proportion are the two main factors when it comes to expressing oneself as funny, serious, victorious, indifferent, sexy, conservative, etc.
 
In pre-industrial societies, clothes often reflected occupation and/or religious affiliation, as well as standing in the  social structure , but with the advent of ready-made goods in the late Nineteenth Century, consumers began to have options.  As Diana Crane writes in her compelling book  Fashion and its Social Agenda,  as “the construction of personal identity outside the workplace became increasingly important,”   clothing became “a major tool” to do so, “offering a wide range of choices for the expression of lifestyles or sub-cultural identities” as well as of the individual's emotional state.
Crane continues by offering an analysis of the blue jean as signaling rebellion, adding that when blue jeans are worn with white T-shirt and  black leather jacket , the rebellious connotations are accentuated. When the punk movement emerged, such elements as metal studs took the theme further, as did safety pins struck into the ear and eyebrows. As Crane writes: “Abuse of the body and clothing expressed derisive and nihilistic attitudes toward establishment values.”
Indeed, generations express themselves with their looks, make-up, hairstyle and accessories, and since the Hippie movement in the Sixties, Jeans have clearly been a tool to express rebelliousness. Today's Hip Hop and teenager trends are no different, the younger generation adding a twist by wearing  jeans below the waist at a sagging level. The sloppy look that results has angered and worried parents and school officials, leading to the passing of ordinances in various cities around the country which ban the wearing of low-slung pants and fine those who ignore the code. This is a violation of civil and constitutional rights.  As a clothing designer, Alex believes these young people are not only making a fashion statement, they are clearly making a social and  political statement  also.
Certainly, something has gone terribly wrong with our justice system, Alex explains, which lately seems more like an ‘injustice system' where justice can be purchased.  Attorneys often
turn a blind eye or even facilitate pay-offs to judges.   Alex himself was a victim of such a scheme. His personal court battle has had a profound effect on his clothing choices and creativity.  Formerly, Alex was in suit and tie every day and he was designing formal clothing. But his bitter court experience, affecting him emotionally, shifted his attention away from textures and motifs that represent establishment values and more toward those that represent the anti-establishment. Alex eventually ceased wearing and designing suits altogether, instead wearing and designing jeans.  Alex now uses textures, motifs, and styles that comfort him and express his inner emotions.
Looking sloppy by wearing  sagging pants  satisfies the need to express an objection to what is happening today and to express doubt about the challenges which lie ahead personally and globally.   This not only pertains to clothing, but also to contemporary  art, music, dance, painting, etc.    In fact,  as our  social justice system  has declined in strength and moral backbone, society's contemporary art has grown more aggressive, artists voicing anger.
The  discussion of what to do about art and  fashion trends  should never focus on legislating codes and ordinances against the wearers or the artists, but rather on the  social conditions  which need to change in order for people to feel more hopeful and ultimately to express themselves differently.  Perhaps it is time for everyone to be responsible and to make our voices heard by expressing ideas based on knowledge and wisdom. For more information please contact Alex Angelino at 213-748-2440 and by visiting   http://www.angelino.us.

The Ultimate Tribute to Sir Elton John & Billy Joel Opens at Las Vegas Rocks Café’s Embassy Theatre

  THE SHOW STARS veteran tribute artists
jeffrey allen and michael john

las vegas – march 22, 2010 – “The Ultimate Tribute to Sir Elton John & Billy Joel” starring veteran tribute artists Jeffrey Allen and Michael John will open for a limited engagement at the Las Vegas Rocks Café’s Embassy Theatre on Thursday, March 25, 2010.  They will headline on Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 9 p.m.

Jeffrey Allen and Michael John have joined forces to create a highly successful show that has audiences raving.  Just like the original tour, each artist performs a solo set with a killer five-to-six piece rock ‘n’ roll band, and then culminate the show with a face-to-face set featuring both of them playing together on two pianos and trading off lyrics on each song they perform.

This true rock ‘n’ roll show provides a night of hit songs, energetic performances and outrageous costumes.  In addition, the dynamic duo sprinkles the show with funny performance bits, sing-along parts, and spontaneous humor.  Both men come to the stage with viable show business credits.

Allen, visually and through his performance, captures Elton John in the 70s and current day.  He is known for his captivating entertainment prowess and unbelievable recreation of Elton’s outrageous costumes.
Allen was born in Indiana and raised in Ft. Lauderdale , Fla.   His professional career began in 1988 as a solo act, playing keyboards and singing at upscale establishments in Ft. Lauderdale . That high profile exposure led to Allen opening for John Sebastian, an ex-member of "Loving Spoonful," at the famed “Musicians.” He went on to record with Dionne Warwick and the Birds for the AIDS benefit album "Legacy." Shortly afterwards, Allen was invited to perform his original song “Don't Mind Feelin’ Good” and “The Christmas Song” on several Miami television shows, which have seen regular airplay since 1990. Allen 's career has taken him all over the world performing in England, Germany, Norway and most of the Caribbean and throughout the states including the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Ga. Eventually landing in Las Vegas, he performed as Elton John in “Legends in Concert.”

Michael John, a native of Las Vegas , Nev. , found out early that he had the voice of Billy Joel. He worked hard at perfecting his Billy Joel show and landed a gig playing in the world famous “Legends In Concert” portraying the famous piano man.  After “Legends,” John appeared on national television twice on the FOX network’s “Performing As…” talent show as Billy Joel receiving great reviews.

John has worked for many entertainment companies and performed at conventions, corporate events, birthday celebrations, holiday events, and clubs around the country. He has a long song list that he mastered, from the familiar, “Only the Good Die Young” and “Piano Man,” to the classic “Angry Young Man” and “Scenes From An Italian Restaurant.” In addition to being a celebrity look-alike, he can play the piano, sing, and entertain with the same intensity and passion.

Tickets for “The Ultimate Tribute to Sir Elton John & Billy Joel” starring Jeffrey Allen and Michael John are $19.95 plus tax for general admission, $29.95 plus tax for premium seating, and only $49.95 plus tax and gratuity for a three-course salmon or chicken dinner and premium seating.  For show tickets and reservations, call the Las Vegas Rocks Café Box Office at 227-5872 (LVRC).

The new Las Vegas Rocks Café downtown at Neonopolis, 450 Fremont Street , has easy access parking on Fourth Street between Fremont Street and Ogden in the underground Neonopolis Parking Garage. For information, call 702-227-5872 (LVRC).

Kedar Entertainment Group and CENTRIC Present Multi-Platinum R&B Group Dru Hill at Times Square's B.B. King Blues Club & Grill on Monday, March 29

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Kedar Entertainment Group and CENTRIC Present Multi-Platinum R&B Group Dru Hill at Times Square's B.B. King Blues Club & Grill on Monday, March 29

Group Makes Live Appearance on BET's 106 & Park on Monday, March 29

Group Performs at the Legendary Apollo Theater's "Amateur Night" on Wednesday, March 31

First Studio Recording in Eight Years
"InDRUpendence Day" in stores June 8, 2010

New Single "Back To The Future" Impacting Urban Adult Contemporary on April 20
  

(New York, New York - March 23, 2010)  After eight years, R&B multi-platinum group Dru Hill will release their first studio and fourth CD, InDRUpendence Day on Tuesday, June 8, 2010.   Sisqo, Nokio, Jazz and new member Tao (pronounced Tay-oh) reunites and signs a new recording contract with Kedar Entertainment Group. 

On Monday, March 29, Kedar Entertainment Group and CENTRIC presents Dru Hill's first New York performance at Times Square's B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, 237 West 42 Street, New York, NY at 8:00 p.m.  Tickets can be purchased at B.B. King Box office or at all Ticketmaster locations.  Tickets can also be charged by phone at 212-307-7171 or go online to www.tickemaster.com.  Earlier that evening, the group will make a live appearance on BET's 106 and Park.  The B.B. King performance will be followed by an exclusive New York City industry listening party on Tuesday, March 30 from 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

On Wednesday, March 31, the group will perform at the legendary Apollo Theater's "Amateur Night," located at 253 West 125th Street, New York, New York.  Amateur Night, the world's most original and enduring amateur talent competition, continues in its 75th year every Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets can be purchased at the Apollo Theatre Box Office or call Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000 or go online to www.ticketmaster.com.

The new single, "Back To The Future" is a mid-tempo ballad and will impact urban adult contemporary radio on Tuesday, April 20.  The new album is a soulful blend of R&B, rock, hip-hop and romance-in true trademark Dru Hill form.  There are several key local and national radio promotions, performances and interviews scheduled for the release of the album. 

In 2001, the group disbanded so that members could pursue solo careers.   Dru Hill group member, Sisqo went on to achieve international success with the acclaim debut album release, Unleash the Dragon, which included the mega hit, "Thong Song."  The album sold over eight million units worldwide, while former group member Woody went on to pursue a career in gospel music.

On May 20, 2010, Dru Hill will star in a reality TV series titled Sweat's Platinum House, produced by label mate Keith Sweat and airing on CENTRIC.  The series is guaranteed to keep audiences glued to their seats and further demonstrates the group's provocative and edgy swagger.  In addition to Sweat's Platinum House, Dru Hill's member Sisqo also starred in the London based (UK) TV sensation, Celebrity Big Brother.  The show has already garnered international visibility for the group and is an excellent marketing vehicle for the CD project oversees.

An international tour of Europe, Asia and Africa is set for May 2010.  Dates will be announced in the coming weeks.


For more information on Dru Hill, please visit druhillonline.com and kedar.com.

Friday, March 19, 2010

The next single release from Lauren Hildebrandt’s debut full-length CD “Not Really a Waitress” will be “Underneath.” Hildebrandt will be attending the Winter Music Conference in Miami Beach this month.

(Media Giants – West Hollywood, CA) March 19, 2010 *** Lauren Hildebrandtis ready to introduce her new single “Underneath” to the pop/dance radio world.  “Underneath” is a smart and crafty blend of invigorating pop, fat steady beats and infectious melodic poetry.  The song’s hooky lyrics and pop/dance sensibility has become Hildebrandt’s signature style and will resonate with her current fans. 
“Underneath,” from the debut full-length CD “Not Really a Waitress,” was re-fashioned by producer Josh Harris for a mainstream dance radio promotion to begin soon after the Winter Music Conference in Miami Beach, FL this month.
The updated version of "Underneath" showcases not only Hildebrandt’s powerful vocals and flair for dazzling hooks, but also the singer’s ability to truly connect with listeners.
"Underneath has always been one of my favorite tracks from “Not Really a Waitress,” says Lauren Hildebrandt. “ The single has a little bit of a club feel to it, but more of a popular up-tempo radio vibe.”
Digital downloads of the mixes by Josh Harris, Mike Bordes, Peter Borona and DJ JST will become available after the radio kickoff Spring.  The original version of “Underneath,” produced by Devine Evans and The Senate, can be purchased at iTunes, CD Baby and many other download sites.
Hildebrandt will be attending the Winter Music Conference in Miami Beach this month to promote the upcoming “Underneath” release.
For performance booking and licensing inquiries please contact:
Red Wallet Records
Ph. 310-989-0500
ABOUT LAUREN HILDEBRANDT
Lauren Hildebrandt began wowing audiences in plays and musicals when she hit the fifth grade while living in Scottsdale, AZ.  Spending her youth training as a singer, dancer, actress and gymnast, Hildebrandt absolutely loved any chance she received to perform with many dance troupes, theatre groups, and cheer squads. Lauren has performed several roles with European touring companies, such as Val in A Chorus Line and Frenchie in “Grease.” Lauren made it the Top 12 from 5000 hopefuls on the NBC “Fame” reality series. She took a job as a waitress to support herself and hit the studio to record dance tracks to perform in the clubs.  During this time, she sang back-up vocals on the Sharon Stone charity single, “Come Together” and appeared in the video.  Hildy also had the incredible experience of dancing in the Black Eyed Peas “Bebot” video as one of Fergie’s dime girl dancers.
Hildy made a huge splash in the dance world with her debut single titled “Burnin’ Out,” which hit #5 on the Billboard club play chart. The “Burnin’ Out” video, directed by Black Eyed Peas director Patricio Ginsela, helped establish her as one of the hottest newcomers on the scene.  Fans from around the world were impressed by her soulful vocals and amazing live performances.  The unbelievable popularity of Lauren Hildebrandt’s first single led to a coveted nomination as “Best New Dance Artist” in 2006 against Rihanna and Cascada at the International Dance Music Awards.
Soon after, Lauren released the successful club hits “Dance with You” and “My Life Again” in succession.  Both dance singles went top 20 on the Billboard club charts and Lauren continued to appear everywhere from Honolulu’s famous Pipeline Café to clubs in New York and Miami. 
Today, Hildy is making a splash on the mainstream scene with her debut album “Not Really a Waitress,” which features five tracks co-written by Lauren herself. 
For more information please visit: http://www.laurenhildebrandt.com

"SEDUCING CINDY" FINALE- MARCH 20th ON FOX REALITY CHANNEL



As ratings soar critics label Seducing Cindy a sure fire winner-the epitome of all reality shows 
 
LOS ANGELES, CA  -(LMS) -  Fox Reality Channel is thrilled to announce it's first original dating show Seducing Cindy is the highest rated series in the channel's history. Saturday, March 20 at 9:00pm the Seducing Cindy finale is expected to bring in bigger ratings victory when Margolis makes her ultimate decision. A sure fire winner for Cindy Margolis and the Fox Reality Channel. The newly-single Margolis put her heart on the line in Seducing Cindy, with a variety of potential partners, to find her soul mate. The suitors varied from the suave and sophisticated to the younger hot hard bodies and the self-confessed "computer nerds” who catapulted her to mass popularity and fame as "The Most Downloaded Woman" on the Internet. Cindy's men ranged from ages 18 to 71 and filled the house with non-stop laughs, muscles and pure excitement. This original dating show is the epitome of all reality dating shows you've watched to date. It features a pro-wrestler, an emotional writer that worked on Wallstreet, a Tupac impersonator, wannabe standup comic, celebrity dater, washed up actor, playgirl models, Cindy Margolis Internet super fans and self proclaimed studs. Millions of men have downloaded Cindy Margolis photos, but only one will win her heart. Seducing Cindy has drawn rave reviews: “There are so many unbelievable crazy, over the top, hysterically funny, emotional, heart wrenching, heartwarming and romantic moments and surprises. Cindy Margolis comes off refreshingly real, genuine and sincerely caring. She's the rose among the thorns. No roses are given out here though, the lucky chosen get to take a garter belt off Margolis' thigh. Seducing Cindy is everything you look for in a great reality dating show.” During the course of eight weeks the competition has been rigorous. Margolis went to extremes to find out if the men's love for her was real. In the cruelest trick ever done on a reality show, Margolis faked a car crash while the men watched helpless as an ambulance drove her away. Later the men were told Margolis was in grave condition being asked to donate their kidney. The men were more than willing. As Seducing Cindy ratings continued to soar, the country fell in love with Cindy Margolis and the wild, wonderful men who are willing to do anything to win her heart. Now down to the final three men, Margolis had to kiss some frogs in her search for Prince Charming. Will she take a leap of faith and choose one of the final three men vying for her love. This Saturday, March 20 at 9:00pm on Fox Reality Channel watch the Seducing Cindy finale to find out if Cindy Margolis finds the man of her dreams.
 
Seducing Cindy is produced in association with Glassman Media. Executive Producers Andrew Glassman and Cindy Margolis. For more information on Seducing Cindy and to view schedule of previous episodes go to www.foxreality.com. Seducing Cindy can also be seen on www.hulu.com . Seducing Cindy trailer and other Glassman Media projects at www.glassmanmedia.com . For more information on Cindy Margolis visit www.cindymargolis.com .

Thursday, March 11, 2010

TUNE IN ALERT: TRAILER PREMIERE TODAY AT 3PM EST HUSTLES WITH RUSSELLS' ON GLOBALGRIND.COM

Eight-Week Parody Series Airing Wednesdays on GlobalGrind.com
Will Parody Russell Simmons' Day-to-Day Life and Dealings with his Clone


Hustles with Russells' is a non-scripted online comedy series starring Russell Simmons and actor, comedian impressionist Affion Crockett. Being the innovator that he is, Russell decides to use his Rushcard to buy himself a clone and be in even more places at once!

The eight-week series, airing on GlobalGrind.com and Affion Crockett's YouTube Channel, will consist of eight one to three minute vignette's that chronicle the trials, tribulations and mishaps Simmons gets himself into when he decides to clone himself (Affion Crockett) to accomplish all he needs to do in a day. Every Wednesday at 3pm EST throughout the months of March and April a new episode will air on GlobalGrind.com and Affion Crockett's YouTube Channel, providing viewers a rare comical take on Russell's day-to-day business dealings.

Find out what happens when Russell's clone takes things too far and wrecks havoc on his businesses!

Affion Crockett is a sketch comedian who honed his skills on MTV'S Wild'N Out with Nick Cannon. He co-starred in the films Soul Men (Bernie Mac & Samuel L. Jackson), Dance Flick (Wayans Bros.), and Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins (Martin Lawrence).



EPISODE LIST:

EPISODE 1- "RUSH CARD"
The Clone decides to shoot his own version of the Rush Card commercial, without Russell's permission. A startled Russell comes in at the end and spoils the fun!

EPISODE 2- "CLONES?"
News media gets the word of Russell's cloning and blasts a 'breaking news' report. An interview is planned with the two "Russells", but it turns into an argument about who the clone is.

EPISODE 3- "JEWELERS"
Russell gives his jewelry designers a hard time about their 'urban' creations. When he leaves the meeting to take a call, his clone comes out of the bathroom making matters worse for the designers. He continues the meeting in true 'Russell' fashion!

EPISODE 4- "MAYBACH"
The clone tries to sneak off in Russell's luxurious Maybach. He almost succeeds until Russell exits the building and chases the car down. Once inside, Russell tries to give the clone some advice on living a wholesome life... and makes a plea for the clone to stop having sex with his woman!

EPISODE 5- "24 SHIRTS"
The clone visits Russell's favorite clothing store, Jeremy's Argyle. He sends Jeremy on an unusual mission and he returns to find the real Russell. Russell has no idea what Jeremy is talking about and continues shopping.

EPISODE 6- "DRESSING ROOM"
Russell and the clone exit adjacent dressing rooms in yet another matching outfit. The clone tries to persuade Russell to join him on his hunt for ladies, drinks, and fun! Russell begins to question his choice to clone himself.

EPISODE 7- "TIGHT SHIRT"
Russell encourages Jeremy to make his shirts in bigger sizes, to increase mobility. Out of nowhere, the clone puts on an amazing display of athleticism and negates everything Russell just said.

EPISODE 8- "THE ACQUISITION"
Russell returns to Jeremy's Argyle only to find the clone has taken over the store. With Jeremy missing and the clone out of control, Russell calls the clone factory! Something is definitely wrong...



Click HERE to watch at Global Grind.com

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

THE BLUEPRINT A Plan for Overcoming Life's Obstacles By Kirk Franklin

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(New York, NY -- March 10, 2010) -- For some people, obstacles are minor bumps in the road on the way to success. For others, obstacles represent a major catastrophe of epic proportions threatening to disrupt any chance of success they may have otherwise had. But for seven-time GRAMMY® award winner Kirk Franklin, obstacles represent the challenges needed to propel you through life. In THE BLUEPRINT: A Plan for Living Above Life's Storms (Gotham Books; May 18, 2010; $25.00), Franklin reveals how he turned negative aspects from his own life-drugs, an absent father, teenage parenthood, poverty, etc.-into blessings by learning from them and moving forward. The beauty of THE BLUEPRINT is that Franklin by no way claims to be perfect or have insider knowledge of how to live your life wisely, but rather puts his setbacks and faults on full blast and suggests that oftentimes people, like Franklin at one point, go through life without a plan for success, simply living purposelessly, and without a person to show them the right way. THE BLUEPRINT fills the void of not knowing which way to turn and arms you the necessary tools to succeed.

By the time Franklin was just fifteen years old, he was a young father, without an encouraging figure in his life, and just another statistic on the street. As he explains in THE BLUEPRINT, "The street corner was my classroom. The 'hood was my Harvard." He went through life thinking he knew it all, and blamed the fact that he didn't have a role model for not being able to achieve his dreams, until the day he realized he had to turn his life around and become the man he needed to be on his own. That is what Franklin has outlined in THE BLUEPRINT-a chance for young people to become the person they need to be, no matter what the situation, or where they come from.

Today, Franklin is the proud father of four and devoted husband of fourteen years, as well as one of the biggest multiplatinum-selling gospel artists of all time. He credits his faith in God and a very close mentor he found later in his life for his success.

Whether you're down and out, misguided, or simply need a boost to push forward, THE BLUEPRINT is the essential guide to creating a better you, one day at a time. Success doesn't come easy, but it will come with a helping hand. Follow THE BLUEPRINT and start living the life you were always meant to live.

THE BLUEPRINT:
A Plan for Living Above Life's Storms
Gotham Books | May 18, 2010 | $25.00 | ISBN: 978-1-59240547-3

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

LUDACRIS SLATED TO INTERVIEW QUINCY JONES AT ASCAP “I CREATE MUSIC” EXPO IN APRIL

                                        
 
Jason Mraz, Toby Gad, Linda Perry, Chuck Harmony, Kuk Harrell, Andreas Carlsson and Loudon Wainwright III join stellar lineup of John Mayer, Bill Withers and others at 5th annual Music Creator Conference
 
Los Angeles / New York , March 3, 2010: Multi-talented rapper and actor Ludacris will interview music legend Quincy Jones about his prolific career during the ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO, it was announced today by ASCAP (the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers).  The three-day EXPO will take place at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel, April 22-24, 2010 in Los Angeles , CA .
 
Ludacris is the highest-selling Southern hip-hop solo artist of all time, with over 24 million records sold worldwide, as well as an award-winning actor who has forged a successful career spanning the studio, the stage and the screen.  He will interview one of music’s greatest living legends, Quincy Jones, about his prolific career as a musician, composer, producer, arranger and conductor and his work with such entertainment giants as Count Basie, Miles Davis, Frank Sinatra, Michael Jackson, Ray Charles, Paul Simon, Aretha Franklin and many others.  Ludacris will also explore Jones’s pioneering fusions of pop, soul, hip-hop, jazz, classical and other forms of music across all mediums that have left his indelible mark on American popular music and culture.
 
Ludacris’s interview with Jones is part of a series of key features at this year’s EXPO, which includes an interview with John Mayer and a conversation with Bill Withers.  Also confirmed to participate are Jessi Alexander, Billy Austin, Aureo Baqueiro, Dave Bassett, Derek Bermel, Ken Burgomaster, Andreas Carlsson, Ramin Djawadi, Avner Dorman, Dot Da Genius, Mike Elizondo, Toby Gad, Chuck Harmony, Thaddis "Kuk" Harrell, Chris "Deep" Henderson, Wayland Holyfield, Jason Mraz, Jean-Baptiste, Rob Knox, Jon Lind, Mateo Messina, Gary Nicholson, Linda Perry, Jane't A. Sewell, Skillz, Alex Shapiro, Kubilay Uner, Loudon Wainwright III, Nate Walka, Doug Wood and Yo Gabba Gabba's Christian Jacobs and Scott SchultzThey will join a stellar lineup of songwriters and composers already confirmed for the 5th annual music creator conference, including ASCAP President and Chairman Paul Williams, Louis Biancaniello, Kenny Burrell, Desmond Child, Dre & Vidal, Steve Diamond, John Forté, Ashley Gorley, Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald, Ron Jones, Just Blaze, Bear McCreary, Robert Ellis Orrall, Don Schlitz, Brian Tyler, Sam Watters, Greg Wells, Wendy & Lisa, and Phil Vassar.
 
For a regularly updated list of panelists, please visit www.ascap.com/expo.
 

The ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO is the premier conference for songwriters, composers and producers. It covers all genres of music and includes panels, workshops, master classes, keynotes, One-on-One sessions, song critiquing, networking events, product displays, state-of-the-art technology demonstrations, performances, and more. All music creators, producers, publishers and executives - regardless of their performing rights organization affiliation - will benefit from this unique creative event, which is designed around personal interaction, education and networking.  For more information, and to register, please visit www.ascap.com/expo.
 
Members of the press may apply for credentials at www.ascap.com/press/pressroom/expo/.
 
About ASCAP
Established in 1914, ASCAP is the first and leading U.S. Performing Rights Organization (PRO) representing the world's largest repertory totaling over 8.5 million copyrighted musical works of every style and genre from more than 370,000 songwriter, composer and music publisher members.  ASCAP has representation arrangements with similar foreign organizations so that the ASCAP repertory is represented in nearly every country around the world where copyright law exists.  ASCAP protects the rights of its members and foreign affiliates by licensing the public performances of their copyrighted works and distributing royalties based upon surveyed performances.  ASCAP is the only American PRO owned and governed by its writer and publisher members.  www.ascap.com

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

SOI 56 Sets Trend In Dining By Pete Allman

If you haven’t traveled to Bangkok and explored their cuisine, now
is the time. However, if you’re unable to do this, the next best thing
is to visit SOI 56 Bangkok. Located between Selma and Sunset, this
quaint and contemporary eatery is an experience you’ll be pleased with.
Amanda Kutee and Kary Noochia-or, are the owners who are exceptional
hosts and very attractive. It’s always nice to have guests when you’re
dining out. Joseph Collins, the CEO of Punch Television and his guest,
along with my guest, Valerie McConnell had some great conversations
while indulging in some of the finest Thai cuisine I’ve had in a long
time.

One of the reasons is the family legacy. Amanda and Kary’s
parents opened their first restaurant in Hollywood 35 years ago. So,
what’s not to like about SOI 56 Bangkok. Here’s what we shared- family
style. Starting with the appetizers, Chile Garden Shrimp, Tangy Sticky
Ribs, Spicy Roasted Green Peas, and Wanton Rapped Shrimp served with a
Mango Coconut dip. That in-it is a meal- and all for $5.00 to $10.00 an
appetizer. At times my eyes are bigger than my stomach. We’ll I
couldn’t resist the Piquanrimpt, pronounced ”Tan yo um koong”.This soup
consists of prawns, lemongrass and Thai vegetables. We also shared the
Coconut soup with glaze and squash. The soups can be ordered mild or
hot. With all these delectable dishes, there were two main dishes which
included Pad Thai fried noodles, Green curry salmon with wild rice and
barbecue pork and beef ribs.

These dishes are priced from $9.00 to $15.00 each. They’re all
delicious and also served mild or hot. Finally, there’s just enough
room in our tummies for the traditional deserts of Thailand- Sticky
chocolate rice pudding. Wow. This is a great way to enjoy eating out
and at a moderate price for $90.00. Also, on the weekends there’s live
Thai music. C.S.N. rates SOI 56 Bangkok a 9.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Past Winners Bates, Streisand, Theron Plus Former Nominees Downey, Jackson, Queen Latifah and Travolta Join 82nd Oscar® Show


Beverly Hills, CA — Past Oscar winners Kathy Bates, Barbra Streisand and Charlize Theron will join former Oscar nominees Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, Queen Latifah and John Travolta as presenters at the 82nd Academy Awards®, telecast producers Adam Shankman and Bill Mechanic announced today. Collectively the group has earned 16 nominations and won four Academy Awards.
Bates won an Academy Award® for her lead performance in “Misery” (1990). Streisand won Oscars® in 1968 for her lead performance in “Funny Girl” and in 1976 for the Original Song “Evergreen (Love Theme from A Star Is Born).” In 2003 Theron received an Academy Award for her lead role in “Monster.”
Downey earned Oscar nominations for his lead performance in “Chaplin” (1992) and his supporting role in “Tropic Thunder (2008). Both Jackson and Queen Latifah received nominations for their supporting roles in “Pulp Fiction” (1994) and “Chicago” (2002), respectively. Travolta earned nominations in the lead acting category for both “Saturday Night Fever” (1977) and “Pulp Fiction” (1994).
Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2009 will be presented on Sunday, March 7, 2010, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network beginning at 5 p.m. PT/ 8 p.m. ET. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.

RAPPER YA BOY SIGNS TO AKON'S KON LIVE RECORD LABEL

YA BOY THE FIRST WEST COAST AMONGST LABEL MATES LADY GAGA, T-PAIN, ROCK CITY AND MORE!
LOS ANGELES, CA (March 1, 2010) –  With over 45 million  Myspace views, 37 million plays, dominating  Southern California radio stations Power 106, KIIS FM, AMP with over 3,000 spins of hit single “We Run LA”, opening up for artists such as Jay-Z, Taylor Swift, Sean Kingston and more serve as a brief rap-sheet for newly signed Kon-Live artist, Ya Boy.  The record label is lead by internationally acclaimed artist and entrepreneur Akon. Ya Boy joins label mates Lady Gaga, T-Pain, Colby O’Donis, Kardinal Official and dynamic duo Rock City as the first artist from the west coast signed to Kon-Live.  “Ya Boy is one of the hardest workers today…He’s an amazing artist that never got a chance to shine.  He never gave up and now he has a chance to shine not only on the West Coast but internationally,” says Akon.
Catchy punch lines, versatility, eyebrow raising topics, witty wordplay combined with his no-color lines policy have helped garner Ya Boy aka YB The Rock Star widespread appeal. In 2002, he further gained notoriety from his song "100 Bars of Crack" where he rapped a 100 bars over Dr. Dre's "Nuthin' But a "G" Thang" also featured on The Black Wall Street Journal Vol. 1. In the summer of 2005 Ya Boy released his first solo mixtape, “Future of the Franchise” followed by the 2006 release of his debut albumRookie of the Year .” The album featured collaborations with his Bay Area rap neighbors E-40, Turf Talk, Clyde Carson of The Team, San Quinn and more. The album’s first single, "Step Ya Game Up", was produced by musical architect, Rick Rock.  That same year, Ya Boy wrote and appeared on the Kevin Federline’s rap album Playing With Fire allowing him to expand his horizon. 
Seamlessly pounding the music industry’s pavement YB The Rock Star secured his position on the West Coast in 2008,  when he released the single "Holla at Ya Boy" (Video Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_sJdFZ9Ukk) produced by Cool & Dre. Successfully saturating the web with viral videos and music on hundreds if not thousands of multi-media stations across the globe.
Meanwhile, The Source Magazine featured him in the Unsigned Hype section,  BET’s Rap City awarded Ya Boy the mixtape of the week title, while XXL Magazine, Ozone and Hip Hop Weekly all co-signed him as the “Next To Blow.” In 2009 Ya Boy released hit single  “We Run LA” feat.  Dr. Hollywood, the song is currently spinning on multiple radio stations throughout Los Angeles. “Ya Boy truly deserves this moment…We felt there’s no one on an international level bigger than Akon. We’re excited and happy to join the Kon-Live family,” says Manager Mike G, Nitevision Management.
With multiple Ya Boy videos and mixtapes saturating the web, a total seven years of paying dues, Ya Boy will finally reap the benefits of his labor. Now that his path has been paved and recognized “It will impact music with a breath of fresh air,” says Ya Boy.  Please visit www.myspace.com/yaboy, www.yaboytv.com and follow him @ybtherockstar.

Trio of Hosts Set for “Oscars® Red Carpet…2010”

Beverly Hills, CA — Jess Cagle, Kathy Ireland and Sherri Shepherd will serve as hosts for the 82nd Academy Awards® pre-show “Oscars Red Carpet… 2010,” telecast producers Adam Shankman and Bill Mechanic announced today. This will be Ireland’s and Shepherd’s first time hosting the Oscar® pre-show and Cagle’s second consecutive year as a host.
Cagle became the managing editor of Entertainment Weekly in 2009. He is the former executive editor of People and previously served as West Coast senior editor for Time. Over his career, Cagle has interviewed some of Hollywood’s biggest celebrities.
Ireland is chief designer and CEO of kathy ireland Worldwide, which, in concert with its brand partners, designs furniture, home office and entertainment furnishings, bedding, jewelry, apparel, skincare products and more. Over the years, the model-turned-mogul has become one of the most influential women in home and fashion design with an annual sales reported by Forbes to be $1.4 billion.
Sherri Shepherd, the Emmy® award-winning co-host of ABC’s “The View” is also the star of her own Lifetime original comedy series, “Sherri.” The comedienne-actress-author also appears in the Oscar nominated-film “Precious,” and has a recurring role on the Emmy award-winning sitcom “30 Rock.”
“Oscars Red Carpet… 2010,” executive produced by Jeff Margolis, will air on the ABC Television Network at 5 p.m. PT, immediately preceding the Oscar telecast.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2009 will be presented on Sunday, March 7, 2010, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network beginning at 5 p.m. PT/ 8 p.m. ET. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.

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