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Entertainment Business Nightlife
Ryan Seacrest June 2012
American Idol Live! tour is off to a charitable start.
The rising star of actress
Stars with “IN” hair
Ed O’Neill at Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy in Beverly Hills
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26th Annual Charlie Awards
Hollywood Arts Council Photos: Michael Schwartz
Nyla Arslanian (President of the Hollywood Arts Council), James Burrows (Recipient of the Inaugural Television Arts Charlie Award), Oscar Arslanian (Producer of the Charlie Awards), Ted Danson (Presenter) served children in Los Angeles raising a record breaking $85,000-plus. Event Emcee ABC7!S George Pennacchio welcomed a crowd of celebrities, VIPS and award winners: Inaugural Television Arts Award went to James Burrows; Entertainment Arts Award to CIRQUE DU SOLEIL!S IRIS; Cultural Arts Award to Feast of San Gennaro Los Angeles; Theatre Arts Award to the Ricardo Montalban Theatre; Hollywood Arts Award to Hollywood Center Studios and Special Recognition to Eric Garcetti. The Charlie Awards support Project S.O.A.R. (Students Overcoming All Risks) the Council!s After School Art Workshops (in eight Hollywood elementary schools) and its Annual Children!s Festival of the Arts, in August at Paramount Pictures. “Although this is a celebration of creative Councilmember Eric Garcetti accomplishment in Hollywood, it also serves as a reminder to our community (Special Recognition Charlie Award that thousands of elementary school Recipient) and Nyla Arslanian children here do not have access to art or artistic instruction. The Charlie Awards provide support for worthy and necessary community efforts,” said Nyla Arslanian, President of the Hollywood Arts Council. “We are excited to continue our tradition of presenting the Annual Charlie Awards in the home of the first Academy Awards at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.” The Hollywood Arts Council, a non-profit action-oriented organization works to benefit the Hollywood community by bringing free art workshops and performance to thousands Fabiola Torres & Gilbert Smith (Theatre Arts of Los Angeles children and Charlie Award for the Ricardo Montalbán their families. ! www.hollywoodartscouncil.org.
Mother’s Day Luncheon Associates for Breast & Prostate Cancer The event at The Four Seasons Hotel, Los Angeles awarded Women of Achievement that included: Kris Jenner, Giuliana Rancic and Jillian Reynolds. The annual event benefits breast and prostate cancer research at the John Wayne Cancer Institute. Actress, comedienne and radio personality Lisa Ann Walter Emceed. Beverly Cohen and Lana Schervone co-chaired with Sherry Rosenblum chairing the boutique which featured a fashionable array of vendors who donated a portion of proceeds from their sales to the organization. “All of our honorees are not only accomplished figures in their respective professional arenas, but each is personally dedicated to alleviating struggle and suffering in our community,” said Gloria Gebbia,
President of the Associates for Breast and Prostate Cancer Studies. “We are honored to celebrate these remarkable women for their generosity, commitment, and contributions to making a difference in the war against cancer.” A Women of Achievement Award was presented by television personality, author and host Leeza Gibbons. The ABCs were formed 22 years ago by a group of dedicated philanthropists who had originally been associated with the Eddie Cantor Charitable Foundation, an organization that supported a variety of causes. Since 1981, the John Wayne family has been dedicated to groundbreaking cancer research in memory of their father, who died of cancer. !
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The Annual Luncheon held at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel benefitted the Council!s art programs for under-
Theatre), Hector Elizondo (Presenter)
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ABC President Gloria Gebbia, honorees Jillian Reynolds, Giuliana Rancic, Kris Jenner and Patrick Wayne, Chairman John Wayne Cancer Institute
Co-Chairs Beverly Cohen, Lana Schervone, Sherri Rosenblum
Sports stars Pooh Richardson, Scoop Jardin, Thomas Robinson present a check to Gloria Gebbia.
Lisa Ann Walter
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The Colleagues Luncheon honoring Sherry
Honoree and entertainment industry icon Sherry Lansing received the Colleagues Champion of Children Award by broadcast journalist/TV host and event co-host Barbara Walters. The Red Carpet Luncheon also cohosted by fashion designer Oscar de la Renta showcased his Fall 2012 Collection. The event took place at the Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire Hotel, in Beverly Hills, with 800 guests who enjoyed fashions fresh from runways in New York and Paris Fashion Week.
The Colleagues is one of LA's most respected charities. The event benefitted the Children's Institute, Inc., one of the nation!s strongest models for working with children and families affected by violence. CII helps the most at-risk and over-looked young people in Los Angeles; those harmed by child abuse, neglect, domestic violence, gang and community violence guiding them to opportunity and achievement. Sherry Lansing, former president of production at 20th Century Fox was the first woman to become a studio chief in Hollywood. As a trail blazing visionary leader in the entertainment industry, she opened doors for many women. Lansing was the first woman studio head to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and had her hand and foot prints immortalized in the pavement at Grauman's Chinese Theater. Wendy Burch, an Emmy Award winning TV anchor, reporter and host of KTLA 5 Morning News in Los Angeles served as Emcee. Chopard, Swissmaker of luxury watches, jewelry and accessories was an event sponsor. ! www.thecolleagues.com.
The Helping Hand of Los Angeles
Mother's Day Luncheon
The Beverly Hills Hotel event was hosted by Christine Devine and honored Mother of the Year Jeanne Pritzker. Guests enjoyed a luxury boutique at The Helping Hand of Los Angeles! 83rd Anniversary to benefit Cedars-Sinai Department of Obstetrics/ Gynecology at a fashion show by designer Kevan Hall with event Chair Vice President Ellen Brooks, co-chairs Nadine Glauberman and Bobbi Scherr Co-Chaired and Lauren Becker, Helen Lepor and Diane Shakin serving as Honorary Co-Chairs. The Helping Hand of Los Angeles funded their first chair, The Helping Hand
Miriam Jacobs Chair in MaternalFetal Medicine, in 1983. The Helping Hand Gift Shop, located on the Plaza Level at Cedars-Sinai is one of the largest of its type in the U.S. Funds raised from shop sales, membership dues, tributes, baby photos and annual Mother's Day Luncheon directly support Helping Hand projects. The group has around 1,800 members; with 65 volunteers who work in the gift shop to raised more than $21 million for CedarsSinai and contributes more than onehalf million dollars each year. ! Photo Credit: Vince Bucci
Sherry Lansing & Barabra Walters
Fox TV Christine Devine, Dr. Sara Kilpatrick, Jeanne Pritzker, Nan Krasne
Eliza Reed Bolen
Lynn Palmer Nancy Davis
Emcee Wendy Burch
Cookie Johnson Simone Bent
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Anna Johnson & Alexandra Dwek
Lynn Booth Maria Hummer
France Nguyen Maryanne Mogely
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Helping Hand VPresident Ellen Brooks; Senior VP, Community Relations & Development and Chief Development Officer of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Arthur Ochoa; Chairman, Board of Directors, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Larry Platt; Dr. Sarah Kilpatrick; Helping Hand President Nan Krasne.
5)&.64*$$&/5&3 Spotlight Awards for Talented Teens Photos Music Center & Alex Pitt The 24th Annual event celebrated 12 performing DQGIRXUYLVXDODUWLVWVGXULQJDĂ€QDOHSHUIRUPDQFH hosted by Tony Award-winner Ben Vereen at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. The event was the culâ€“ mination of the year-long program, during which over 2,300 high school students participated. More than $100,000 in cash scholarships was awarded to SDUWLFLSDQWVIRUVWXGHQWVUHFHLYLQJĂ€UVWSODFH and $4,000 for the runners-up in each category. â€œWe are so proud of the remarkable passion, talent and achievement of these students,â€? said Mark Slavkin, Music Center Vice President for Education. â€œWe have been so honored to work with these young artists in Spotlight and know they!re destined to make major contributions to the world of the arts,â€? stated Jeri Gaile, Spotlight Program Director.
3HUIRUPLQJDUWVDQGYLVXDODUWVĂ€QDOLVWVUHFHLYLQJĂ€UVWSODFHDQGUXQQHUXS awards included: Non-Classical Voice: First place was Elizabeth Romero, Huntington Beach High School!s Academy for the Performing Arts; runner-up Mason Alexander Park, RamĂłn C. Cortines High School of Visual and Performing Arts. Non-Classical Dance: First place was Cammi Nevarez, Southern California Online Academy; runner-up Sam Cantoria, John F. Kennedy Middle College High School. Classical Voice: First place April Cho, Marlborough School; runner-up Justin Lewis, Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. Ballet: First place was Tyler Donatelli, Huntington Beach High School; runner-up Tiana Lovett Julian Charter School. Jazz Instrumental: First place Jeremy Corren, Los Angeles County High School for the Arts; runner-up Jacob Shulman, Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. Classical Instrumental: )LUVWSODFH3KRHEH3DQ3DFLĂ€F$FDGHP\UXQQHUXS Jessie Chen, Palos Verdes Peninsula High School. Photography: First place Sophie Levine, Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences; runner-up Shelby Anne Burney, Los Alamitos High School. Two-Dimensional Art: First place Brian Wang, John F. Kennedy High School; runner-up Youngeun, New Open World Academy. The Spotlight Awards is supported by Bank of America, Helen and Peter Bing and Music Center!s Fraternity of Friends, a volunteer membership of prominent Los Angeles businessmen and entertainment industry professionals.
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American Idol Live! Partners with The Heart Foundation
David Foster presents The Steven S. Cohen Humanitarian Award to Dr. P.K. & Kimberly Shah, with Heart Foundation Chairman Mark Litman
Karen & Larry Platt, Chairman, Board of Directors, CedarsSinai Medical Center
Dana Carvey with Paul Anka
Gala Chairs Burt Sugarman and Mary Hart
Michael Bublé with honoree Dr. P.K. Shah
Previous Award honorees Anne and Kirk Douglas
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Previous honoree Berry Gordy with his wife Eskedar Gordy
Paul Stanley (KISS) and his wife Erin Sutton
Tommy Thayer (KISS) & his wife Amber Thayer
Heart Foundation Chairman Mark Littman and Michael Bublé Benefitting The Heart Campaign, emcee Ryan Seacrest announced American Idol Live! Tour 2012 to donate one dollar from each ticket sold to support heart disease research. The night of musical entertainment by Grammy award-winning singer/actor Michael Bublé at The Hollywood Palladium honored The Steven S. Cohen Humanitarian Award to Kimberly & P.K. Shah, MD, Director of Cardiology and Oppenheimer Atherosclerosis Research Center at Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute. A brilliant performance by comedian Dana Carvey kept all in a celebratory mood. Multi-award winning composer, singer, songwriter and record producer David Foster presented the award to the Shahs. Shelli and Irving Azoff, Mary Hart, Burt Sugarman, Inge and Franky Widjaja co-chaired. Tickets for the AMERICAN IDOL LIVE! TOUR can be purchased: www.AmericanIdol.com, www.aeglive.com or www.ticketmaster.com); the tour kicks off July 6, in Detroit. “We are thrilled to partner with American Idol Live! on The Heart Foundation!s One Event Encee For The Heart campaign to fight heart disease; the #1 Ryan Seacrest cause of death for men and women in the U.S.," said Mark Litman, Chairman of The Heart Foundation and close friend of the late Steven Cohen, in whose memory the organization was founded. “This partnership will help raise awareness of heart disease and fund the incredible life-saving research being done by P.K. Shah and his extraordinary team of doctors." Guests received a Sony Reader Wi-Fi, the world!s lightest 6” eReader; the first to offer wireless public library downloads from the device. www.TheHeartFoundation.org
Michael Bublé & Paul Anka on stage performing “My Way”
Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale Photos: Vince Bucci
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Celebrates the Creative Achievements of Students with Disabilities What an incredible display of heart and soul and—TALENT! The Music Center!s 33rd very special arts themed “Into the Future” was just about as wonderful an event as you can get featuring spectacular performances by Los Angeles County school students with disabilities. The festival celebrated all of these kids vast creative achievements, thankfully it was open to the public so we all got a chance to see the hard work and dedication they put into making this an exciting day. More than 40 schools from around greater Los Angeles, on two stages and unforgettable special presentations from adult professional artists participated in activities that included over 20 visual and performing arts workshops, an exhibit of 1,000 theme-based works of the students art and a photo booth. Also there was Spin-
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Legend & Legacy
Len Aaron entrepreneur and artist
the upcoming exhibit of his personal art pieces Len Aaron, the exuberant founder of Aaron Brothers is exhibiting a personal collection of his oeuvre of abstract satire. Artist, world traveler, businessman, adventurer, and all-around fun-loving non-agenarian, Len sports the attire of a true western bohemian legend. His face comfortably wears 95-years and a smile, as he preambles pearls of wisdom with curls of smoke from a fine pipe. Len and his brother got the idea to sells frames after they arrived in Los Angeles and needed a way to support themselves. Back then, the trunk of their Model A Ford served as the perfect retail outlet. Later, they each put "Life itself is an in $50 to get Aaron Brothers officially up and running. abstract satire Initially, they gained recognition for creating custom decorative photo frames for the rich and famous work in progress, Hollywood crowd. One store grew into many stores during the late 60s, art supplies were added to the so I'm naturally and one-stop shop for any creative genius-in-the-making. driven to paint By the time the 70s rolled around, Aaron Brothers had gained a reputation as the premier supplier of every and create in item needed to fulfill one!s artistic vision. Not satisfied with simply selling to artists, many that light..." may not be aware of the fact that Len himself is a critically acclaimed artist in his own right. He has spent the last 55 years bringing to life on canvas his own rainbow of creative imagery. And, recently, he made the decision to make available his private collection of his oeuvreâ€”which critics, internationally renowned museums, and amateur art lovers have unanimously praised. As one of the pioneers who helped bring art to millions, it appears that Len!s dream to bring more art into the lives of people has not waivered. The legend continues as does his dream to passionately democratize art. For this formidable exhibit, Len has selected specific pieces from his considerable work to exhibit at The Gallery in Culver City, with artists Stephen Rowe and Olivier Pojzman. The Aaron collection ranges from $500 per piece to $150,000 for his earliest and most prized post-expressionist abstract satire. "Now's the time
"I'm showing my personal collection that I began in 1967 to the public. I'm 95 years old and I want to sell them before I turn 96, so I gotta wheel and deal," says Len.
to buy art instead of stocks," says Len. And we believe him. This cowboy film extra-turned multi-millionaire entrepreneur not only knows what it takes to be a successful business man, but his broad range of out-of-the-the-box thinking has produced decades of masterfully creative impresarios who owe their success to a man who made available to the masses an open venue of dreams come true. Len is a narrative perhaps too real to be believable, but the authentic native American jewelry and classic cowboy hat that has become his signature look (even on a hiking trails in Beverly Hills where he is often seen) clues us into his true story... he is an unbelievable character, rare and original. "I've been told I drink too much, smoke too much, and paint too much...but I have a ball doing them all," he says. Lively and infused with positive life-force, Len!s good vibes are contagious. This grand master innovator takes a drag, savors a sip of brandy, and the interview may be coming to an end, but not the story, as Len gets up and heads out into his backyard to paint and pontificate. Len's work expresses a moment in time separate from our expectations of how a moment should be. The art and framing magnate forces us to seriously ponder the question... Can life be neatly matted and framed? !
"Look up. Don't watch your feet stumbling on pebbles, or that's all you'll ever see," says the icon as he tastes the freedom of an artful life from behind a paint brush. The Gallery is currently open Thurs-Sat 12-5pm, and by appointment. Contact for appointment: Dale Thomas Vaughn (817) 846-6121 Info@CulverCityGallery.com Visit Len Aaron!s web site: http://web.me.com/leewaterworth/LEN_AARON_ART/Welcome.html
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It’s a misperception that life insurance is a commodity. While carriers have guidelines to follow, they have flexibility on many decisions. An experienced and respected advisor can influence carriers on behalf of clients. Co mm on My t hs Improved Mortality Statistics Increased Competition #1 The most common is life insurance is too expensive. Based on what!? The cost for many products has come down by as much as 60% in the past 15 years. People are living longer and mortality rates continue to improve. Even for those who already have insurance, it!s possible new insurance can be obtained at a savings and/or improvement. #2 Due to technology and advertisements people believe they can buy insurance over the internet and bypass commissions. While the internet is a great place to get information, commissions are regulated by the state and are built into products regardless of where you get it. Some people may attempt this route to avoid aggressive salespeople (which I can understand), but we recommend working with an advisor who can apply to many carriers and provide service and advice; not a customer service representative you speak with on the phone who applies to one carrier. Some believe their health won!t allow them to qualify for coverage. However, different companies have different ways of assessing risk. What is of concern to one company may not be to another. Some carriers even specialize in “high-risk” cases. People are living longer and, therefore, mortality rates are improving.
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Tennis • Golf • Pool • Spa • Fitness Center Take a Belly Dance, Yoga or Spinning Class Leisurely Lunch at the Pool or Romantic Dinner for Two...
The Beverly Hills Country Club Lifestyle
Los Angeles, the movie capital of the world, where history plays a major role and keeps us on the map. With that in mind, one of the most historical clubs is the Beverly Hills Country Club. Founded in 1926, by Elmer Griffin, the uncle of famed entertainer Merv Griffin, the Club has for decades represented the social, community, business and entertainment venue for VIPs from all walks of life. The Beverly Hills Country Club is more than simply a place for fun; it is a family tradition representing the excellence of what the good life brings. From a friendly tennis match, day at the spa, private event, celebration party or a romantic dinner for two, the Beverly Hills Country Club serves as a cozy home-away-from-home where members are treated like family—and have been for generations. Located just minutes from FOX and MGM studios, the Club is easily accessible from any corner of the city. Successful professionals from every industry have chosen the Beverly Hills Country Club as it offers options of privacy, accommodations, a main dining room menu, outdoor terrace casual eating, intimate bar, larger lounge area, recreational sports and an atmosphere for either a quiet meeting or business group gathering— every day. Weekdays 5:30 am to 10:00 pm; Saturday 6:00 am to 9:00 pm; Sunday 7:00 am to 8:00 pm, and valet services throughout the day and ino the evening.
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• Indoor & Outdoor Dining • Socializing Areas & Meeting Rooms • Clubhouse • Banquet Room • 10 Lighted Tennis Courts • Golf • Pro Shop • Poolside Grill
• Game Room • Olympic Size Heated Swimming Pool • 2 Children"s Pools • Cardio & Weight Room • Health & Fitness Spa • Sauna & Steam Room • Group & Individual Exercise Classes • Massage Services • Child Care Services
space to gather whether it!s entertaining business clients at lunch, enjoying dinner with family or relaxing at the pool with a glass of wine. • Privileges at the Calabasas Country Club offer an 18-hole championship golf course in the scenic and natural setting of the Calabasas country side catering to golfers who are at all skill levels—for men, women and juniors. Golf clinics are available and superb practice facilities were designed by golf pro Dave Pelz. The practice area offers four chipping and pitching greens, two putting greens and three practice bunkers. • Reciprocal access privileges at participating Passport Clubs throughout the world. Choose a vacation destination you would like to visit, confirm the availability of the facilities in that location and inquire about using your Beverly Hills Country Club member card during your visit. The Membership office at the Beverly Hills Country Club can assist if you need a letter of introduction. • Monday through Sunday a variety of group exercise classes from cycling, strength training, yoga, pilates and total body conditioning, to belly and zumba dancing, and low impact training. Club members have a daily choice of ways to stay in shape starting at 6:15 am through 7:00 pm. !
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Shekhar Rahate is awarded TOP HONORS...Fashion Couturier of the Year. By Suzanne Takowsky You!ve seen his breathtaking fashions on the most beautiful and famous women in the world at prestigious Red Carpet appearances at the Oscars, Emmys, Golden Globes, Cannes Film Festival and others. Last year, Shekhar Rahate dressed an incredible 29 celebrities for the Oscars and seven of his gowns were worn to the Emmys. So it seemed inevitable that his innovative flair for the dramatic, breathtaking and gorgeous in couture would earn him recognition and top honors in the movie capital of the world—Los Angeles, California. In April, Shekhar was duly honored with “FASHION COUTURIER OF THE YEAR—2012 ” for his well earned achievements in the fashion industry. The international awards celebration was held at the Los Angeles Convention Center, in downtown Los Angeles, and organized by the Los Angeles County Sheriff!s INDO AMERICAN ADVISORY COUNCIL. It was the 4th Annual Awards Show honoring men and women in uniform who bravely serve their country and their community by risking their lives to keep our lives safe. Also honored at the event along with Shekhar were other distinguished Los Angeles leaders in business, community and media. The event was cohosted by the Los Angeles Sheriff's Indo-American Advisory Council headed by Retired Lt. Kistner Kevin Kaule, chairman, and Maria Amor, president of, We Care for the World, Inc., with Los Angeles Sheriff Leroy Baca presiding. Among other honorees were Varuna Gandhi, grandson of assassinated prime minister of India, Indira Gandhi, who received the Youth Leadership Award, and Prince Frederic of Germany who received the 2012 Hall of Fame honors. Awardees receiving recognition and awards were royalty, high ranking VISH and distinguished leaders from all fields. Year after year, Shekhar!s fashions take over Red Carpets and international runways as he works with celebrity stylists and publicists to design nothing less than the spectacular for their famous Hollywood clients, well-known models, favorite TV personalities, socialites and VIPs around the world. Shekhar!s Beverly Hills studio is a revolving door of the Who!s Who who come to him for their unforgettable gowns. Shekhar!s latest award comes on the wake of his successes at Fashion Weeks around the world on runways in New York, Paris, Dubai, San Francisco and L.A. ST: Congratulations on your well deserved award; FASHION COUTURIER OF THE YEAR—2012? This is a very prestigious win considering there are thousands of designers to compete with. SR: Many exceptional people were honored at the event. I was proud to be in their company. The Los Angeles Sheriff's Indo-American Advisory Council was aware that numerous celebrities had chosen my gowns for the Oscars, Emmys,
Golden Globes and Cannes Festival. As my brand expands, the Council wanted to acknowledge my work, dedication, and the praise I am receiving from people throughout the fashion industry. I"am very grateful for this honor. ST: You’re famous for glittering gowns adorned with sequins, exotic fabrics, handmade lace, embroidery... How long does it take to design a gown? SR: Design takes about three or four days; a month for final changes. Everything is done by hand; materials, beads, fabric, lace are imported. My gowns are known for hands-on detail—inside and out. Because I was a professional photographer, when I!m dressing a client for an event, I take into consideration venue, placement of lights, background and color scheme. I look at trends, but keep in mind designs from 30-40 years ago. My priority is my client; her body and how best I can design to make a gown that will bring to life all that she is as a woman. There is no ONE look to follow; there are hundreds of options when designing a gown. But there is only ONE look that is right for a client at a specific event; she has to stand out and be unforgettable. ST: In addition to your studio in Beverly Hills, you are considering opening studios in other countries. Do you have any particular places in mind? SR: I am in talks with a group interested in partnering with me to open stores in several countries. Independently, I currently brand my clothes to several venues, and for many years I!ve been involved with an International Indio business coterie and my designs are seen in 40 countries. I do many events such as fashion shows and beauty pageants in Paris, Dubai, Switzerland, South Africa, Germany, and of course, here in the United States. ST: We see so many BAD looks on the Red Carpet. What are celebrities thinking to wear clothes so unbecoming? And why would they want to? SR: When you see a celebrity on the Red Carpet looking less than she is expected to look, it is not because she has chosen a “bad” look; it is because her handlers, stylists etc., have chosen a “bad” dress. Most celebrities don!t have time to run around and look at styles and designs; they depend on those styling them to bring dresses and gowns that will produce their best looks. Wearing a gown to an event is a commitment. Once you put a gown on the night of an event there is no turning back; whatever was chosen IS the gown you will be photographed in and what the world remembers. I have strong connections with stylists and handlers world wide. We work to make certain when a client steps on the Red Carpet she is perfect. We accomplish that by making necessary changes right up to event night. Yes, many women who walk Red Carpets are sizes 0, 2 and 4. But there are also women who are not. It is my job as their designer to make ALL my clients look spectacular—not just those who are thin and tall. The right dress, designed to perfection and immaculately fit to a woman figure can hide flaws and create an absolute illusion of perfection. ! www.shekharrahate.com
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ONE Picture Says A Thousand Words....
Famous contemporary L.A. Artist TOMMY HOLLENSTEIN paints with wheelchair wheels, creates collectible art, volunteers his time, gives thousands of dollars to charity and helps people all ages— and other quadriplegics —find positive meaning in this crazy world. By Suzanne Takowsky My mother used to say…don’t forget to take time to stop and smell the roses… I think when we!re young, it!s a million times easier to stop and smell the roses. However, as the years pile on our lives become unrecognizable as we make room for a grown-up existence. I!m lucky because my job allows me to meet new people all the time. But like most of you, my waking hours are spent working, and a lot of the people I meet revolve around my job. So, a few weeks ago when something popped up that allowed me to take the time to stop and smell the roses...it felt great! I was speaking to a photographer (Corey) about doing some photos when our conversation turned to his personal life. As we were talking and he was telling me about different things he was involved in and liked to do, out of the blue he said…”I know this guy, he!s my good friend and you have to meet him. He!s one of the most positive, remarkable, inspiring people I know. He!s incredible.” Well, those exact words are uttered to me about one million times a year by people who want me to meet someone or pitch me a new client—so when Corey wrote down the phone number of his friend on a tiny piece of paper, I put it in the pocket of my Levis and forgot I"even had it. Then a couple of days later I reached in my pocket, found that little piece of paper and moved it to my desk; it ended up next to my computer key-
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What’s Up In Your Life?
Photography by Rob Norland
About 70 submissions from major artists around the world entered the competition along with Tommy; he submitted TOOK 1ST PLACE IN THE three pieces. The art was viewed by millions on Facebook and YouTube and SUSTAINABILITY winners were decided by judges and thousands of Facebook, YouTube and CATEGORY AT THE BRITWEEK Twitter votes. Tommy won first place with a sculpture that tells the story of his life T4C EVENT. ITS’ A COLLECTION as an artist. He uses paint brushes to apply paint to the wheels on his wheelOF HIS USED PAINT SUPPLIES. chair. He always threw the brushes in the trash, but then one day he started tossing them into a pile on the floor instead. The board. A few days after that I was looking at it just wet paint held the brushes and wood stir sticks laying there, so I called the number. A sexy, deep, together. Instant recycling and a first prize win in commanding voice answered; it was artist extraora hard core art competition that brought together the dinaire Tommy Hollenstein. Surprise. Surprise. It was most brilliant minds in contemportary and outrageous my day to stop and smell the flowers. street graffiti art. As fate would have it that week my daughter had For a couple of days, emails flew back and forth been telling me all about the BritWeek T4C artist between Tommy and myself until we decided to meet competition here in L.A. featuring the cream of the at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, in Beverly Hills where crop in street and graffiti art; two guys from LA and a star-studded cocktail party was happening the foltwo guys from the UK were grabbing headlines. I lowing day. Tommy was heading over to the hotel to had received a press release about an artist Tommy check things out; his art and that of the other winners Hollenstein who took top honors at the event in the was being stored in a security Penthouse at the hotel SUSTAINABILITY category—AND—now I!m talking where the party was to take place. My daughter and to him on the phone.
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son pole-vaulted to the car and off we went to see the touted art in a private viewing that allowed us to take our time, and most of all... visit with Tommy. The BritWeek T4C contests, Red Carpet events and parties surrounding the highly anticipated and much publicized contest were filled with celebrities such as Piers Morgan, Jackie Collins and tons of business, entertainment and social heavyweights. The art was spectacular, but meeting Tommy was unforgettable.
ST: Do you go into a project with a design you want, or is your art on the spot and spontaneous? TH: People might not think it, but there is planning involved. Sometimes I take a project from start to finish with my original idea; other times after I start I take it to an entirely new direction. Also, there is technique; decisions about color choices, textures, and layering. It!s all about variety. A different size canvas motivates me to different styles and, of course when my wheelchair tires wear down I!m forced to do a different style of stroking. And I embrace that.
Speaking About Tires… Born and raised in southern California, along with a tan, sun bleached hair and good weather comes a love for the outdoors. Growing up, Tommy spent every minute he could outside playing sports. And not just any sports…enjoyment came with extreme sports and fierce competition; water skiing, surfing, off road biking, skateboarding...just about anything that produced an adrenaline rush. So nothing seemed out of place on March 10th, 1985, when the then 24-year old Tommy headed outdoors with a friend to hit the dirt on their bikes for a daily dose of having fun. Nothing seemed different when they left the house, but by the end of that day everything would be different.
Tommy with Weaver his first dog companion after his accident. He says Weaver was his best friend and who he credits with giving him back the will to lead an independent life. Weaver passed away.
Before his accident, Tommy in his favorite place...OUTDOORS Confined to a wheelchair for many years, Tommy is fulfilling a childhood passion; painting. But as he cannot use his hands to produce his artistic visions, he quite by accident discovered a way to use the wheels on his wheelchair to do it. Beginning with a pre-base coat painted canvas (done by an assistant or friend) he maps out his plan of action, chooses the color he wants, has someone roll it onto his wheelchair wheels with paint brushes and then, he rolls back and forth, layer upon layer. He utilizes all four tires on his wheelchair, and the effect produced by the back and forth in one direction or swirling strokes from the trends on the tires evokes the most creative 3-D spirited art imaginable. The only down side to this process is Tommy has to wait for each layer to dry before he lays down another track of color, or the tires from his chair will pull up the wet layer. After each color he has to stop and wash off his wheelchair tires, before applying a new color. One painting can take weeks to complete and the layers upon layers of paint he applies are countless. It seems like a tedious endeavor, but not for Tommy who has risen to the top of the contemporary art scene in venues throughout the world. He is more than happy to see his hours of concentrated work be recognized by collectors and peers. For the non-profit charities he supports such as Shane!s Inspiration (he is a board member) one of his paintings raised $12,000 for the organization this year and last year he raised $64,000 in painting generated funds for them and supports Canine Companions among others. He says if his paintings make money for charity, then he is happy. “Tommy!s World” is more than magical to watch….it!s miraculous! ST: IT seems the world is your canvas. Does your mind ever stop? TH: Not really. On a rainy day in my studio waiting for my tires to dry, I!m coming up with new ideas to do.
“I remember praying to God please don’t take me now; give me another chance. As soon as I said that I remember coming back into my body and just laying there. Face down. I couldn’t feel my legs. I knew I was paralyzed.” Flying up a hill without a care in the world, but on the way down Tommy hit a hole, flipped his bike, hit the ground with his head and broke his neck. He recounts every detail with the same vivid coloring he uses to paint his brilliant art. ST: You had been riding dirt bikes for years, what did you do different? What went wrong? TH: It was a freak accident. It!s not like I was out there going crazy. There was nobody to blame, no other way for me to look at what happened other than it was an accident. I couldn!t get mad at myself for being out on the dirt and taking it too far…because I hadn!t. It was just something that happened. Looking at it the way I do makes it easier to move forward and accept it. ST: You had a dramatic and traumatic experience when literally one minute changed your life forever. Were there any days of regret, negativity or was it always about moving forward? TH: As soon as I hit my head I died. I was up in the clouds going further and further away from my body and I could see my body laying there, but I wasn!t in it. I just thought…Oh My God I!m dead. I remember praying to God please don!t take me now; give me another chance. As soon as I said that I remember
By renowned photographer Christopher Voelker coming back into my body— and just laying there. Face down. I couldn!t feel my legs, and knew I was paralyzed. I was alive, but I still thought I was going to die because a lot of times when a person breaks their neck, their lungs fill with fluid and it can kill them. But I just kept saying to myself over and over that whatever happened I could handle. Then my mother showed up. The accident happened a couple of miles from my house and when my friend went to the closest place to get help, he called my mom at the same time and she got to me even before the paramedics. They flew me to the hospital and told continued page 41
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THe Kentucky Derby
The Kings of Swag with Mary J. Blige in the green room at the Kentucky Derby.
Mark & Matt Harris with Vicky Gunvalson of the Housewives of OC Ready to bet.
Kate Flannery from the office on the red carpet at the Unbridled gala.
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Los Angeles based Wow Creations, Mark & Matt Harris better known as “The Kings of Swag” returned to Louisville for the fifth year to attend the 138th Kentucky Derby and the run for the roses and the fastest two minutes in Sports. For the second year in a row, we were invited by Churchill Downs to attend and walk the red carpet for the Kentucky Derby, but the celebrity meet and greet didn!t stop there! We also attended other A-List events from the pre-Derby social at the Galt House (host hotel for the event) which served up the best Mint Juleps in Louisville. We spotted Bob Guiney (Bachelor fame) who is gaining a reputation for being “Host of the Kentucky Derby” and Comedian Ron White and Travis Tritt. We roamed over to the Celebrity Poker Tournament at the Famous Sielbach Hotel (no we did not participate in the poker) but did participate in the wonderful buffet dinner. Also at the dinner was Vicky Gunvalson from the Housewives of Orange County, hostess of the Pegasus Parade, Cindy Lauper, Jockey favorite Calvin Burrell, ex-NFL Great Warren Moon, and ex Louisville head basketball coach Denny Crum. The excitement vibe was electric and exciting—and as the Mint Juleps continued to flow...the fun increased. From the Sielbach Hotel we were off to the next event, which was held just two blocks away at the historical Louisville Heritage museum for the grand Ferdinand Ball. Our
Mark Harris and Guy Fiero on the Red carpet exchanging recipes.
AND the Kings of Swag quest was on to meet more celebrities. On the red carpet at the Ball we had the pleasure of meeting Aubrey Oday from the celebrity Apprentice, Oscar Nunez from The Office, Brandi Glanville from the Housewives of Beverly Hills, and Dennis Haysbertt from 24 and the Unit. Many of you probably know Dennis as well from the Allstate Insurance commercials he does...fantastic! After a wonderful Friday of shopping the Haberdaseries in downtown Louisville, we found ourselves attending the Kentucky Derby Oaks! With one win after the other we felt it was time to call it a day—as we had two back to back events planned later that evening... time to move on. The Unbridled Gala and the Julep ball were up next! On the black tie red carpet, we spotted Ice-T and Coco, Randy Owens from Alabama and Dana Wilky from the Housewives of Beverly Hills. Also, Kate Flannery of The Office and too many others to list. Well, our wonderful week at the Derby events and parties was coming to an end, and amid all of the party excitement—still the main attraction of the Churchill Downs remains the legendary race! Mingling on the red carpet we chatted with David Arquette, Mary J. Blige, Guy Fiero, Star Jones and more before they all made that short walk to the sixth floor where they found their seats on Millionaires Row! And watched their pick... Here!s to another year and another terrific Kentucky Derby! Cheers! !
Mark and Matt Harris with Bachelor Star Bob Guiney at the Black tie Unbridled gala.
Oscar Nunez in the Green room at the Kentucky derby with THE Kings of Swag.
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My passion and love for drawing and painting makes a natural transition to hair, shape, and color. My journey began at 15 years of age, when I enrolled in beauty school and I got my start in 1997. When I"was 17, I began working at ALLEN EDWARDS. My constant curiosity about colors, shapes, and results on different hair types, along with a continuous evolution in professional development led me to LUKARO SALON where my journey has taken me.
What’s HOT Summer 2012 By Adrina M. firstname.lastname@example.org 323-810-4467 S TA R S w ho G E T I T !
The same hairstyle day after day; year after year loses its sex appeal and looks dated. Jennifer Lopez tops the list with hair reinvention.
Two realities come together with hair: dimension and perfection. Beautiful hair is about paying attention to the physical transformation of the shape and fluidity of movement. Achieving hair perfection shows even in the smallest detail. Result: there is nothing left to be desired, but what we see in the mirror. I joined the LUKARO team bringing passion for cutting-edge hair Style, Color and Care. Advanced hair training through P&G SEBASTIAN educated me in the creative expression of current trends and the long-standing value and importance of maintaining consistent guidelines when it comes to hair health, science and balance. This allows me to continually expand my creativity and knowledge. As a member of the LUKARO team, I am dedicated to the goal of masterful hair artistry, fearless fashion and beauty transformation.
WHAT’s HOT with hairstyle? Bright colors and waves; retro waves, glam waves, luscious curls, undone knot; the pony-tail reinvented with lots of height at the crown and strands wrapped around elastic. Detail your tail-of-the-sleek with hair accessories. When braiding hair “up” use natural textures of the hair. I suggest a little matt putty on the braided parts to add different textures and dimensions. SEBASTIAN!s Craft Clay is terrific to achieve an undone up do, especially on braids. Leather headbands complete this look nicely, especially on the pony bun. Wear a faux fringe Rooney Mara's fringe for evening. Clip it in for a super long fringe; amazing for heart or oval shaped faces. For short hair, a classic bob is always fashionable or a pixie with a long swept fringe offers a very modern finish. Jennifer Lopez
Some of our regular LUKARO clients: Whitney Cummings, Debra Messing, Blake Lively—all beautiful inside and out!
What hair colors are IN? Bright colors are the big trend: pinks, green and blues. Fuchsia clip-ons for night are a great option. Glamorous reds and rich tangerines (copper) with soft cream tones; cool meets warm beiges and pearls; for brunettes, rich chocolate browns. Street style color—Ombre's dramatic two-toned color trend has darker, natural hues at the base and, gradually lightens at the ends.
How to CHOOSE a hairstyle that compliments you. Perfect hairstyle and color depends on the shape of the face, height, weight, and features including eyes, lips, nose, ears and LIFESTYLE work together to compliment your image.
When is it time to STOP with long hair & extensions? Long hair can work for a woman into her 60!s if the cut is customized to her facial structure and enhances her features. Extensions must be cut and colored to blend with an already existing style. Long, dry, over-colored, badly colored damaged hair NEVER looks good on anyone—any age—and actually makes a face appear older.
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How does one choose a HAIR COLOR? Perfect hair color is based on skin/eye color. For COOL skin (ashy blondes) blue based colors: walnut, chestnut brown and cinnamon counteract redness in the complexion. WARM skin (strawberry blondes) buttery blondes, honey, copper and warm caramels, violet based browns add a soft glow and cancel out sallowness making the complexion peachier.
CELEBRITIES and perfect hair. Can we COPY them? Jennifer Lopez has beautiful hair, gorgeous color and styled to perfection. Ashley Simpson!s pixie with heavy fringe is fierce. I love Blake Lively's color and its perfectly “undone urban” style is very flattering. Drew Barrymore!s combination of street-meets-flower-child is an excellent example of current style with class. Gwen Stefani!s hair is fun, sexy and cuttingedge. There!s nothing BAD being inspired by someone else!s hair and wanting to change your own based on what you see and like. BUT we all have different hair types; what works for one might not compliment another. Exploring new hair styles and colors is exciting and uplifting, but it!s always best to get guidance from a hair expert to achieve your best look. !
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A Star Is Born...
Lana credits her first role on TV as the true beginning of a career she loves. The comedy drama, Hart of Dixie premiered on The CW in 2011 and stared Rachel Bilson as a doctor working in a small town in Alabama. It was Lana!s first experience on the Warner Brothers lot and she says working with Bilson was amazing in that it taught her about the production side of the screen. Lana and also compliments the show!s director David Paymer as welcoming her on set with an over-seeing eye and open arms, making her first television role a fond memory and incredible learning experience. Upcoming and now set for a pilot release is, She's Not My Sister, written and produced by Kel Mitchell and Lana!s co-star Disney/ Nickelodeon regular Tristen Mays and Hector Luis Bustamante who plays Lana!s father. “I am a series regular in this comedy that could be released to a network,” says Lana. “It was amazing working with Kel. I have been watching him on TV since I was six years old. It was laughter everyday with him and Tristin. We all had an instant connection and it was
Born in the United States, but raised in Brazil, Lana modeled as a child which led her into acting.
Lana and her co-stars from—She's Not My Sister, an upcoming comedy pilot.
so much fun. Hector Luis Bustamante who plays my father was so helpful to me.” It!s no secret the entertainment industry is a rough one. The highs can be very high and the lows very low. It takes a lot of courage, determination and of course talent to make it in show business and it isn!t for everyone. “Being in the business...I"really feel for actors,” Lana says. “To be in this industry you really have to love it. I always knew I"wanted to be in show business even from when I was a child...whether it was singing, dancing or playing the piano; in my heart I"always knew this is what I"wanted to do and I"can!t imagine doing anything else. It has all come very natural to me and I am not afraid of working hard to succeed. I am very grateful for where I am right now.” One of Lana!s more exciting acting gigs she says was being cast in the movie, A Single Shot. Filmed in Canada and directed by David M. Rosenthal, she played opposite Sam Rockwell. “He's such a sweet guy,” she says. “Before we started our scene, he came up and introduced himself and made things so relaxed. I also got to meet Jason Isaacs, he was incredibly nice and gave me a lot of advice I will follow in my career. Other members of the cast such as Melissa Leo were just lovely to meet. This movie was especially exciting because it was my first time in Canada, and I was able to visit another country and do what I love most...I couldn't ask for better.” Falling into acting was not as simple as Lana makes it seem. She brought to the table years of voice over training, singing and acting classes; some started when she was 11-years old. “Each year I learn more and what makes it even better is that I am doing something I truly enjoy, and I have the chance to experience new things which I love.” At such a young age (15) Lana is mature, responsible, hard working and caring. Because of her career she and her parents made the choice for her to be home-schooled —a decision she says is perfect as it allows time for auditions and a career in which she is determined to succeed in. As if her schedule isn!t already packed, she regularly does charity work, and says it is not only rewarding, but an incredible learning experience. “I will always have time to give back. I started by supporting the Intrepid Falling Heros Charity for injured war veterans. “I think it is SO important to help out in our community and support charities. I've learned so much being associated with this charity. It opened my eyes to the world. I also want to give time to causes involving animal rights, human trafficking and people in need. It!s a great feeling when you see in someone's face the happiness they feel with any gesture of kindless shown. That is when I know that I!m truly making a difference and doing great things with my life. I!m able to have a career and do things that make me happy. I have the amazing support of my family and friends who help me accomplish so much and keep me grounded. What I"do takes a lot of commitment and I would never be able to accomplish it without my parents support.” !
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American Cancer Society RELAY for LIFE in Beverly Hills By Suzanne Takowsky The Relay for Life American Cancer Society event in Beverly Hills was terrific. It started on a Saturday morning and went to Sunday morning. Team captains, participants, sponsors and residents made the undertaking a heartfelt meeting of the minds for all who now, or in the past have struggled with cancer, or lost someone they love to the disease. The ONLY disappointment for me was so few Beverly Hills residents came to support it. The relay was at El"Rodeo school and everyone walked the track on and off for 24 hours—because if cancer never sleeps—why should we? There were food trucks, booths with desserts, live music by amazing bands who played until almost midnight. AND there were also...
Me showing Stella Lavinthal “NO” not this nice big tent...it is that one!
Me & Ellen.....HELP US!!!!!!!
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HOT... HOT... Beverly Hills Police Officers who let us sit on their motorcycles; HOT... HOT... Beverly Hills Swat Team who let us sit in a REAL Swat truck and try on a real Swat vest (about 40 pounds) and HOT... HOT... Beverly Hills Firemen who as usual were looking extra cool. Why are the Beverly Hills Police, Swat Team Members and Firemen so cute? My girl friends and I stood enjoying the “VIEW” pondering that question all day! Everyone had a blast BUT the biggest BLAST came when it was time for bed. Yes folks, I pitched a tent along with the other Beverly Hills Relay campers, and to aide me with the over- night accommodations I asked my two sons Stephen and Niko to build a tent and make it functional BEFORE they left to go to their fluffy beds at home. To ensure I wouldn!t be alone in the bitter night elements in Beverly Hills, I called on my comrade in times of trial and tribulation... Ellen Lavinthal, president of Animal Alliance, one of my UH OH. Looks like Ellen has had it! fab staff writers, and The morning after on Whittier Drive. dear friend. Being an adventurous mother, she wanted to show her daughter Stella the life of a CAMPFIRE GIRL and brought her to the over-night soiree. I"would like to say things went as planned, but they never do, and as the evening wore on our tent got smaller. I"guess my BH bred sons are not the tent building, outdoorsmen I imagined. My daughter Mandy and I getting ready A barely- there breeze viciously descended and blew our fragile abode to the ground. So Ellen, Stella, my daughter Mandy and I did to enter our fab dwelling. our best to restructure our accommodations. But things perked up when my kids dropped by to bring us food (they didn!t want us to starve as we kept to our relay task) and friends stopped by to say “HI” ... but when we invited them to camp in our tent all we saw was a flash out the door. Another glitch came around 10 pm when our pizza delivery man couldn!t find our tent—DRAG!—and shouted our names like a fog horn. The photos tell the story of our 24hour marathon of camping challenges, but not the story of all those who came because they need our help fighting cancer. Please support our Beverly Hills community and get involved in various events in which our city participates. One person can make a difference, but taking action is required to save lives and loosen the grip of this and other diseases that hopefully in our lifetime can be obliterated. I want to say a personal and very heartfelt “THANK"YOU” to Robert Harrison, the WHAT!!!! My friend Sharyn Wynters Relay For Life Manager, the California
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with Hollywood & Scandalous Stars some we forgive...others we never will! By Vanessa Verde Celebrities and scandal go together like a shot of Tequila, lime and salt. There!s nothing shocking about stars who venture off the beaten path to take a short cut through hell on their way to work. What is amazing is how we forgive some and not others. I think it comes down to damage control, star talent and believability. It!s easier for us to watch news unfold about an out of control star!s meltdown on Monday, forgive him/her on Tuesday, and back to being a fan on Wednesday, IF we believe the offense is self-contained; meaning the brunt of the joke is the celebrity—not us. Where we begin our transition into venomous sidewinders is when we realize that WE are the fools; WE are the joke; We are the chumps believing the crap, while the star is laughing all the way to the bank. My #1 pick for the most scandalous celeb since Hollywood opened its doors is Charlie Sheen. He is so out of his mind during his HIGH/MANIC moments we can!t help but be amused. That talk of “winning” when he was so clearly “losing” the biggest pay check in television history brought tears to my eyes. He IS or does an incredible ACT of behaving like a drug addict/alcoholic. AND he is the first to take the blame or the credit depending on his mood. Just watching his infamous TV roast shortly after he got fired from his top rated TV show, Two and a Half Men, by CBS/Warner Brothers one belly laughed for an hour. As the highest paid actor in TV history (just under two million dollars an episode) the guy sat in the hot seat and was dragged through hell and did not flinch as smile after smile crossed his face. It was as if he enjoyed the backlook of his stroll into quicksand. Charlie likes hookers and goes so far as telling critics they are “jealous” he has the cash to throw away on the X-rated side of life. Charlie gets dragged into a hospital or rehab and jolts out with a smile on his face waving like he is a Rose Parade King on a float. Vivid proclamations that he refuses to be held hostage by a 12-step program that are more suited for losers than a “winning” guy like himself belongs in a confessional, not on global news. Charlie went viral on interviews saying he had the ability to consume enough drugs to kill a normal person, but not himself as he possesses Adonis DNA and tiger blood. Watching the dazed expressions of those doing the interviews was excruciating hilarious. In fact, Charlie was so sincere in his delusion, I began to root for his Superman infusion. Charlie gets fired after making snide remarks about the ethnic background of one of his bosses; instead of being contrite, he turns the event into a comedy routine and takes it on the road doing a city-to-city tour. Seriously, I was glued to my TV during his manic meltdown waiting every day to see the follow-up repercussions of the day before as were millions of other people. Now the big questions: Is Charlie Sheen down and out of Hollywood? How about us? Is he crossed off our Christmas card list? Have we made the decision to boycott him from our living rooms, and give our
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attention to more stable, sane actors? Have his meltdowns drained his fan base and chased away his cheering section? What about those ex-wives and paid for girlfriends; the ones with him during his more reflective train wreck moments? Have they turned their backs and swiped a wet washcloth across their foreheads, happy to rid of the louse? UH NO. Actually, a BIG NO. Maybe a couple of paid escorts went rogue, but the ex-wives and most of the sleepovers are sticking like glue. About five minutes after his firing, Charlie was signing a deal for a new show. Shortly after that he took the carnage of his life on the road and turned it into one of the biggest publicity stunts of all time. THEN, he took the women and his kids and went on a fab vaca. But not before two of his luxury cars were stolen out from under his nose (they were in his garage with the keys left in them) and pitched down a cliff by his house. Last question we want answered: who really stole Charlie!s billion dollar watch from the hotel room on that fateful night that ended with a hooker naked in the bathroom, cops at the door and him in court? Has the drama slowed? A tad, but Charlie!s new show hasn!t even seen the light of day and already there is $50 million lawsuit pending with people scraping over first-idea-ownership rights. Not only has Charlie!s meltdown not hurt his career, it!s back on track with a vengeance, complete with a new commercial from Fiat showing him
zooming around his mansion in a tiny Fiat smoking up the walls with burning tires, then stepping out of the car with a police ankle monitor strapped to his leg, smiling like a hyena asking: “What other choice do I have when I!m under house arrest?” Charlie is a brilliant actor (even his harshest critics had to admit he never acted up on the set only on his days off!!!). He is charming and relentlessly captivating even during his wackiest meltdowns and from what I see many of his women stand behind him, keeping their mouths shut for the most part. Is it the cash he throws their way? Maybe, but nevertheless he continues down the road undeterred by his shenanigans. Charlie!s new show will debut and we will watch it because Charlie is talented, fun and not hurting anyone but himself. He gives us what we pay for—entertainment. He is not a role model. He is an actor and he does a tremendous job doing his job. I wish him health and success as I did another amazingly talented actor a few years back who was also going through a rough patch—Robert Downey, Jr., and look how he turned his life around (happily married and a new father). Charlie needs to turn down the volume on his life not for us, but for himself. A sad day would be one with news something had brought his life to a tragic end. I think most people are rooting for him. I for one will watch his new show and as I did with his last show…sit back and enjoy the many talents this guy brings to the screen. Why don!t we feel duped by all this Charlie ruckus? Why are we still his fans? Because he is in real life who he plays on screen; he!s not PRETENDING to be something he!s not for a pay check and ratings. #2—Kim Kardashian. Charlie gave us years of brilliant acting performances. Kim has also given us a few brilliant acting performances, but unlike Charlie, she will never be nominated for an Oscar because, no script was involved. We saw Kim rise from the ashes of being a stylist to the steps of stardom with the unveiling of a sex tape she made with then boyfriend Ray J. and a fleeting friendship with Paris Hilton. Once the sex tape hit public viewing (some of her critics believe she was behind its release) it was a fast road to riches for a young woman who although grew up in an affluent and educated home (her father was a very respected, high powered L.A. attorney) had no educated ambitions of her own. Why are Kim!s fans turning on her? Not that I was ever a big fan, but people hate that she has no star talent to offer for all the money she is making. Kim by birthright is getting rich off her mother!s incredible business brain. Boo all you want, but Kris Jenner has made her family rich out of thin air and should be in the Guinness Book of World Records as the #1 agent on planet earth. Boo all you want again, but Kim is a steam roller, a hard nosed money-maker who eats, breathes and thinks cash. She is no slacker. She works hard to bring about what her mother dreams up for her to do, continued on page 35
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World Renowned Human Behavior & Personal Development Educator
Dr. John Demartini An Inspired Destiny How To Live a Fulfilling & Purposeful Life Life Sucks (Except It Doesn’t)! Like millions of people, you may be asking yourself: • Why am I here? • What do I want to do with the time I’ve been given? • What would I love to do with the rest of my life? • What purpose would I love to dedicate myself to? • What chief aim would I love to direct my future? Figuring out what you!d love to do each day can be one of the most challenging, yet inspiring tasks you!ll undertake. Once you!re clear on your direction you may face many perceived obstacles along the way to fulfilling your purpose, goals and dreams. These challenges define you, who you can become and answer important questions. Life can be challenging, Many of humanity!s greatest achievers faced incredible challenges to leave a mark on history by doing something significant and inspiring: Albert Einstein a physics genius was said to be bad at math; Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team and went on to define his sport; Mother Teresa was born into wealth, but became one of the foremost champions of those in poverty. There are thousands of people who started with obstacles and yet accomplished something we now admire.
What makes people stand out? They go after their lives with everything they’ ve got and everything they’ ve been given. You can, too. Buried in your heart is a powerful knowing that holds secrets to what you!d love to spend your life doing and how you!d love to impact the world. Events and circumstances in your life point you, mold you, guide you and hone you in on discovering and fulfilling your most meaningflul purpose. A visionary, internationally recognized author, founder of a noted America health food store and my friend Paul C. Bragg said to me...“Every day for the rest of your life, say this to yourself: I am a genius and I apply my wisdom.” That was 40-years ago and I still say that one affirmation every single day. No law exists saying you can!t discover your purpose at an early age. Some people decide to become skateboarders, teachers, dancers or performers when they!re young, and do just that. Other!s don!t find direction until later in life. There!s nothing wrong being unclear about what!s in your future, but my experience says that somewhere inside, you already know what you!d love to do. Anxiety and fear may block you from admitting or revealing it to yourself, but no matter who you are, where you have been, where you come from, what you have been through or what your belief about yourself or your life is...you can discover what you!d love to do and overcome any challenge that presents itself on your way to fulfilling your destiny.
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Choose at least one of affirmation; repeat it each day for a month; ideally the next few months. If it seems particularly challenging or rewarding, commit to repeating it to yourself every day for the rest of your life. “I know what I’d love to do, and I pursue it.” “My life reveals my purpose to me in every moment.” “I know my inspired destiny, and I take action toward fulfilling it.” “My challenges direct me to do something truly magnificent with my life.”
What’s “Missing” in Your Life? “There is nothing absent or lacking. Everything is present, already in potential.” — Lopon Tendzin Namdak Each of us lives by a set of priorities, a #hierarchy of values! determined by conscious or unconscious VOIDS; what we perceive as most “missing” in our lives becomes most valuable to us. A void is a question, mystery or challenge you!d love to solve or overcome. It!s your main focus and highest on your value list. It!s where you!ll spend the most time, money, and energy. Voids are in areas of spiritual (connection or cause); mental (intellect or knowledge); vocational (career success); financial (wealth); familial (relationships); social (connections and friendships); physical (well-being and vitality). Whatever you feel is missing, you!ll search for it, but FULFILLMENT translates into filling the mind by transforming your perceptions through your actions. You will go after whatever is highest on your values list and focus on fulfilling it, but most likely won!t take the time if it!s not important enough to you. Zen masters counsel that as soon as we stop searching outside ourselves for something we desire, we!ll find it already present in our sphere of awareness and influence. As soon as you acknowledge, honor, and appreciate the form in which your value is already fulfilled, you have the power to transform it into any other form you choose. The longer you act as if you don!t have something, either in yourself or in any area of your life, it will continue to evade you. Sounds tricky, but it isn!t. All you have to do is explore different ways your hierarchy of values influences your experiences, shapes the form in which you!re already fulfilling your values and determine the path you need to follow to live your inspired destiny.
Everyone has a desire to reach their fullest potential. I!ve never met anyone who wants to become less successful, knowledgeable, beautiful, or enthusiastic. Because we have this desire to grow, there!s usually more than one thing we perceive to be missing or unfulfilled. Pay attention to what you do with your time, energy and environment. Rank what is most to least important in your life. This hierarchy determines personal importance and the impact your values have on how you perceive, act and think. The more clearly you see what!s important to you, the more clearly you will be able to set goals to achieve them, and the more meaningful your life will become.
Inspired Insights • Your values are based on what you perceive as most “missing” in your life. • Your values can be ranked in order of importance; we call this a #hierarchy of values.! • You make every decision according to your hierarchy of values. • You perceive, think, and act upon the world in alignment with your authentic values. • Your highest values determine where you have the greatest amount of attention, long-term memory, focus, discipline, dedication, and inspiration in your life. • Living congruently with your authentic hierarchy of values increases the likelihood of discovering your purpose and living a fulfilling and meaningful life. (To determine your values, visit the Demartini website and download your FREE Demartini Value Determination form: http://bit.ly/magbh.) NEXT ISSUE: How do you spend your time? Where are your most organized? Where are you most disciplined? What do you most think about? What do you most visualize? How to attract your soulmate. ! Dr. John Demartini is a best-selling author of 40 books, published in 28 languages and a sought after authorities on helping people over hurdles that keep them in limbo. He believes that by not being willing or ready to adapt and make changes we limit ourselves at every turn. To purchase his books, transformational CDs, DVDs (more than 60 to choose from) and for seminar date listings visit: w w w. d rd e m a r t i n i . c o m
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What is The Pure Cure? Sharyn Wynters Free Your Life From Toxins
If you ask former actress, Sharyn Wynters, she will tell you The Pure Cure is the name of her latest book, released in May. She will also tell you that it is the answer to what ails you and the answer to what ails Mother Earth. The Pure Cure is a Complete Guide to Freeing Your Life from Dangerous Toxins. According to Sharyn, it!s also a guide to conscious, enlightened living. “Something is happening on the planet today,” says Sharyn. “Our hearts are opening, and we are beginning to see the results of decades of misuse of the Earth. Groups are springing up everywhere dedicated to recycling, restoration, and enhancement of the natural beauty around us.” Could this be the shift many predict for 2012? Sharyn believes it!s part of it. “As our hearts open, we are naturally drawn to Mother Earth—each in his or her own way,” says Sharyn. “It!s all part of the shift that has to take place if we are to move forward as a human community,” comments Sharyn. Conscious, enlightened living begins with awareness. “That!s why I wrote the book,” Sharyn says. “Most people don!t have the time to dig to uncover the truth about toxins. The Pure Cure is the result of a lot of digging. Twenty chapters reveal toxins and safer alternatives in all areas of life.” Toxins are everywhere. Obviously, they are in our air, water and food, but most people don!t! know they are in clothing, personal care products, carpets and building materials; they outgas from upholstery, foam pillows, shower curtains, and dry cleaned clothes. The Pure Cure covers it all. “When enough people understand the truth that has been cleverly hidden for many years, we!ll be able to really move forward. We!ll have the power to replace toxic products with natural, sustainable alternatives that will help us step into conscious enlightened living,” states Sharyn.
Eye Opening Highlights
Chapter 3 is called Electromag netic Smog. It covers the invisible, silent, odorless and tasteless toxins from electromagnetic fields. Were you aware just sleeping next to an electrical appliance (even if it is turned off) exposes you to electromagnetic fields that cause inflammation, insomnia, stress, imbalanced hormones and unnatural brain wave patterns? And what about microwaves, cell phones, WiFi networks, and high frequency power lines? You guessed it. They too, are toxic to your health! Hundreds of studies now reveal the truth.
How Many Times Have You Been Told Microwave Ovens Are Safe? “Try this experiment to see if your microwave leaks,” says Sharyn. “Place your cell phone inside a microwave oven and close the door. Using another telephone, dial your cell phone. If it rings, you know microwaves penetrated the oven and that microwaves can escape. Hmmm… But did you know that physical contact with the Earth naturally dissipates unnatural electromagnetic
fields? Did you know that simply supplying the heartbeat-like frequencies of the Earth balances the human physiology? Many ways exist to protect yourself from electromagnetic smog.”
Clothing made from synthetic fibers and coated with fabric treatments continuously outgas vapors called Volatile Organic Compounds as the fabric is warmed against your skin. Chapter 9 is about clothing and textiles. Most consumers are unaware of the waste products synthetic fabrics create, or the risks they pose to those who wear them. • Qualities like water resistance, stain resistance and wrinkle resistance require chemicals that can affect your health and that of the entire planet. • Clothing made from synthetic fibers and coated with fabric treatments continuously outgas vapors called Volatile Organic Compounds as the fabric is warmed against your skin. • Polyester fabrics trap water vapor close to your body. They can be responsible for fungal skin problems, night sweats, and itching. • Chemicals called phthalates in polyester have been linked to developmental disorders.
Numerous Natural Fibers Make Wonderful Clothing. Have you worn hemp, bamboo, or soy? Chapter 16: Toxic Thoughts and Emotions. This is an unexpected chapter in The Pure Cure, but one of the most insightful and according to Sharyn, as we learn to live from the heart, we will have to look at those things that hold
us back. Feelings of self worth, hurt, guilt, betrayal and shame keep us from opening our hearts and living our full potential. Sharyn has a variety of ways to free yourself from limiting beliefs.
Headaches • Rashes Swollen Glands Restlessness • Irritability Difficulty in Concentrating. These and others are signs of toxic overload. Chapter 19 is about detoxification. It covers the dos and don!ts of detoxification, and a variety of ways to eliminate the toxins we have all acquired. Gabriel Cousens, Founder and director of the Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center, and author of several books, writes in the foreword to The Pure Cure: “We each have a birthright to live in a clean and balanced environment; to eat wholesome, nutritious food; to fill our lungs with fresh unpolluted air; to participate in honest, loving relationships, and to enjoy the bounty of our divine heritage. The Pure Cure brings the possibility of conscious (enlightened) living to your doorstep.” ! Sharyn Wynters is a naturopath with more than 30-years experience in the wellness industry. VISIT: www.wyntersway.com
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How To Make It In Business HARVEY MACKAY
New York Times Best Selling Author “Swim With The Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive”
Catch the “AGE WAVE” With each passing birthday, some wise guy asks me if I!m finally going to retire. Oh, how I hate that question. I love my work, and I love to work. And as it turns out, I!m part of an emerging demographic: the longevity revolution. It is also an underrated generation. To confirm my suspicions, I turned to the real expert in this field. My good friend Dr. Ken Dychtwald is North America!s foremost visionary regarding the lifestyle, marketing, healthcare and workforce implications of the 50-plus generation. American Demographics magazine honored him as the single-most influential marketer to Baby Boomers over the past century. He!s the best-selling author of 16 books on agerelated issues, available at www.agewave.com. And if that!s not impressive enough, he!s a psychologist, gerontologist, documentary filmmaker, and entrepreneur. He!s devoted nearly 40 years to studying what happens when more and more of us live longer and longer. So he started his explanation by asking some basic questions: What happens to media and marketing and advertising that have pretty well exclusively been oriented toward 18 to 34 year-olds, 32 // bhtmag.com //
when that age group diminishes in size and the 50-plus population, which has always been a throwaway group, all of a sudden has all the money and all the growth? What are the business opportunities that are going to emerge as we have a new bunch of 50year-olds, 60-year-olds, 80-year-olds, 90-year-olds, maybe 110-year-olds, in the years to come? How might that indeed be the very new frontier? Those are important questions since people are living much longer than they used to. In fact, the widely-accepted retirement age of 65 is also a number that many consider “old.” But Ken is quick to point out that 65 was established by Baron Otto Von Bismarck in the 1880s, when he was designing Europe!s first pension plan—and the actual average life expectancy was 45! Clearly, 65 looks dramatically different in 2012. And that fact should shape the market, which we mostly think of as being shaped by trendsetters and trendsetters have pretty
What happens to media and marketing and advertising that have pretty well exclusively been oriented toward 18 to 34 year-olds, when that age group diminishes in size and the 50-plus population— which has always been a throwaway group—all of a sudden has all the money and all the growth? much always been young people, Ken says. Targeting young people, which builds our advertising value, and then telling people where they should target their business, is not the best strategy. Because as that group ages, you have to go back and start over with the next group of young people. And they don!t have the power or the money. Instead, he argues that rather than focusing on
trendsetters, we should turn our attention to the “influentials,” — the people who other people take note of and want to be like. Young people are looking up to those who are successful, powerful, and good at what they do. It is not true that kids have all the power in this country. “Young people are broke and have been made more broke by the recession. If you do all the analytics on the last five years, the age groups that have gotten battered the hardest in terms of losing money, losing their homes, losing their jobs, are people in their 20s and 30s,” Ken says. “People 50-plus have actually done not bad. Look simply at net worth, the portrait becomes quite compelling. The older population, whether you like them or not, whether you want to be one or not, is where the money is. Seventy percent of all the wealth in North America and Europe is controlled by people over 50. “The growth is coming from people in their 50s, 60s and 70s,” he adds. “What kind of industries will take off in the next decade?” Then Ken unleashed another statistic that should refocus marketing strategies: the highest amount of entrepreneurism in the last 10 years in America has happened among 55- to 65-year-olds. But he!s not convinced that money is the ticket to a happy retirement. Some people work because they have to, but many continue working and exploring new careers because they like to. Perhaps they aren!t planning to work full-time, but they are looking for a good balance between work and leisure. What do people really want? Ken says “It!s freedom. I!m going to do what I want to do, how I want to do it, on my own schedule. What people also want to be respected for is their wisdom, for their power, for their coolness, for their influence, for their experience.” Ken Dychtwald gave me plenty to think about as I defer “retirement.” And maybe even a couple of ideas for my next career. !
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EDITOR’S PICK Gracie Academy Jiu-Jitsu School
Grand Scale Excitement Comes To Beverly Hills The famous Gracie Family has opened a state-of-the-art self-defense school in Beverly Hills. To celebrate the Grand Opening, they're offering a 10-day FREE"TRIAL to all firsttime Gracie Academy students that includes a FREE uniform and unlimited access to their beginner group classes. They have specialized self-defense programs for men and women, and an amazing kids program GRACIE BULLYPROOF. No experience necessary. Established in 1925, Gracie Academy is the most renowned, high visibility Jiu-Jitsu training program globally. Gracie family members are the BEST Black Belt fighters on earth winning the most prestigious UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) titles in cage fighting/ring combinations of boxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Tae Kwon Do, Wrestling, Muay Thai and Karate; Rorion Gracie is the creator of the UFC. Although Gracie Jiu-Jitsu is world-renowned with Certified Training Centers around the world, the Beverly Hills location will be ONLY the second location that the Gracie Academy family has personally opened and will be on site to instruct classes. The class structure, the camaraderie, and high quality instruction will convince you to let them guide you on your path to jiu-jitsu mastery. Me, my kids and friends are signed up and ready to go. Call in or visit their website to reserve your spot! See you there!
My Interview with Rorion Gracie by Suzanne Takowsky ST: People think of Jiu-Jitsu as fighting, but Gracie Jiu-Jitsu promotes efficiency, patience and control. Is Gracie Jiu-Jitsu different from other martial arts? RG: My father, Helio Gracie was introduced to Japanese Jiu-Jitsu as a young boy in Brazil. He was so weak the techniques were not effective for him. Out of necessity, he modified the techniques to accommodate his frail physique, and through those modifications gave birth to an entirely new discipline, Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. Unlike other martial arts, the techniques of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu do not rely on strength, speed, or coordination. Instead, the entire art is based on leverage, timing, and energy efficiency so that anyone can learn and effectively apply it regardless of age or athletic ability. ST: It seems as if Jiu-Jitsu is the new karate. How did your system become so popular so quickly? RG: When I brought Gracie Jiu-Jitsu to the US in 1978, no one knew what it was. Everyone was still in “Bruce Lee mode,” where it was all about powerful punches and high-flying kicks. In 1993, I created the UFC—the Ultimate Fighting Championship—to answer the age-old question: what is the most effective martial art? By pitting all the disciplines against one another on pay-per-view, viewers from around the world witnessed the first true comparison of the arts. My brother, Royce, entered the competition and, even though he was the smallest competitor, defeated all of his opponents with relative ease. His success put Gracie Jiu-Jitsu on the map as the only
Ryron Gracie, Sage Gracie, Ralek Gracie, Eve Torres, Rener Gracie
“Three million children each month miss school out of fear of bullies. The Gracie ST: What makes a good jiu-jitsu student? Bullyproof classes give children confidence RG: At the Gracie Academy, we strongly believe there is no such thing as “good” or “bad” students, only good or to defeat bullies without violence, but with bad teachers. If the student doesn!t learn a technique, verbal assertiveness. We also teach a series it!s not their fault; it!s the instructor!s fault for not making of non-violent self-defense techniques if it easy enough to understand and execute. Guided by this philosophy for three generations, my family!s primary physically assaulted. We prepare children focus has been to teach Jiu-Jitsu in a way that is welhow to overcome bullies without turning coming, safe and easy for new students, especially those with no previous experience. Today, our patented teachthem into bullies.” — Rorion Gracie self-defense system that is truly reliable for the average person against a larger, more athletic opponent.
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ST: The Gracie Bullyproof kids program is getting a lot of attention in the media. What inspired the program? RG: When we learned three million children each month miss school out of fear of bullies, we decided to act. We created Gracie Bullyproof to give children the confidence to defeat bullies without violence. In these classes, we teach children (ages 5-13) to use verbal assertiveness to deter bullies, but also arm them with a series of nonviolent self-defense techniques if physically assaulted. More important, we don!t teach to punch or kick, since this often does more harm than good. Instead, we use leverage-based control holds to neutralize threats without violence. Many schools districts have embraced the defensive nature of the Gracie Bullyproof techniques as a reasonable, nonviolent response to bullying and host Gracie Bullyproof classes on campus! The
bottom line is: we prepare children how to overcome bullies without turning them into bullies. ST: Why open a Gracie Academy in Beverly Hills? RG: A good friend of mine, Ed O!Neill (star of the hit comedy show Modern Family) has trained with me for almost 20-years and recently earned his black belt in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. Ed tries to introduce his friends—most live in and around the Beverly Hills area—to Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. When they hear that they have to drive to Torrance to learn from us... it!s a deal breaker. So, we figured “If the mountain will not come to Mohammed, Mohammed will go to the mountain.” And here we are! ! Learn more about the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy in Beverly Hills and their specialized beginner selfdefense programs FREE for 10 days.
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—and her sisters and brother the same thing. While some kids refuse advice from a parent, Kim and her siblings embrace the brilliance of their mom!s career boosting tactics (no matter how they gripe on TV) and are riding on easy street because of it. From the outcry of popular opinion, people are getting nasty not because she can!t stay married or find a real talent or even because of those nails and broom eyelashes we are forced to notice whether we want to or not. People are sick of Kim because of her relentless self indulgent, self-promoting marketing. And I get it. She is striking non-stop while the iron is hot and before the celebrity curtain comes crashing down. Everyone makes mistakes, but why in the world does SHE need to jump from one BAD"DUDE to the other? She has money, youth, beauty and more retail endorsements than she can count. Why not cool her jets, enjoy the cash, relish the fame and give her vagina a rest? She is better than all these crumbs draped on her arm. What people are finding most scandalous about Kim is she is making money off making the public look like fools. Who in hell ever believed she was in love with Kris Humphries? I remember seeing him one night on Jay Leno, she was sitting by his side and he was acting like a pompous, smart talking jackass, so much so Jay looked like he wanted to reach over, slap his face or drag him to the men!s room to wash out his mouth with soap. Kim sat embarrassed and on pins and needles, scared of the next stupid statement that would explode out of his mouth. Was her marriage to Humphries a sham for cash and ratings? I hope to GOD it was. If I thought that smart chick was stupid enough to fall in love with that slug, I would be disappointed to the point of no return. I think Kim is shrewd, sly, opportunistic, hard working, egotistical and ambitious; not a sucker for love. The big diamond, the big dress, the big cake, the big lie? She is not the first woman to get married and divorced and won!t be the last. I think the public would be less up for a mutiny if she would put less of her life up for sale. Maybe in the beginning when she was getting started OK—full steam ahead on PR and trash-your-personallife-marketing. But now it!s time to reel in the hardship publicity antics and start behaving like the budding mogul she is. There is a big brain in what many see as an empty head make no mistake. EXCEPT when she decided to WEAR fur after her sis Khloe did a “I!d Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur” ad for PETA…GOOD"LORD! Now that Kim is officially launched and making bucks, the public is ready to see what their millions bought...not what they wasted it on. The bubblehead, lovelorn, oh my gosh routine is baloney and everyone is feeling the SUCKER punches she throws on her way to the bank. Sleep around or not. Make money. Have fun. But don!t pussy out and pretend you are a victim! Own what you do. # 3. Possibly one of the most talented actresses in Hollywood today, Lindsay Lohan is crumbling before our eyes. Watching her in courtroom mode is too harsh for words. She has lost her footing and it would be a life-saving advantage if she had someone at home in “parentmode” to give her a helping hand, but it doesn!t look like she does. All the hocus pocus she casts driving under the influence, car chases through the streets of L.A., charged with stealing a necklace? WTF... wrecking cars into trees, running, fleeing, protesting, pleading…my oh my Dorothy what can happen next? How about a taxi driver talking trash about a sex-forcab-fare-trade? On a brighter note folks Lindsay will play Elizabeth Taylor in an upcoming Lifetime biopic, Liz and Dick. Success and amazing roles on TV and the big screen and is where we want to see continued on page 38
Natural Beauty Easy BEAUTY Secret Recipes You Can Make AT"HOME By Elizabeth Tenhouten The health and beauty benefits of using pure, natural ingredients from Mother Earth are undeniable. Natural beauty recipes are essentially an affordable luxury and will certainly nurture a glowing complexion.
EYES Typically eyes reveal the first signs of aging. Under-eye puffiness can prevent you from putting your best face forward. I!ve developed a refreshing natural beauty recipe to “de-puff” your eyes with ingredients you can find in your pantry or local market. Fresh mint leaves are packed with flavonoids and antioxidants, which fight inflammation and that puffy look under your eyes. Sweet almond oil has a plentiful supply of vitamins E and D, with high levels of fat. It helps soften and repair the delicate skin underneath your eyes, reducing the appearance of dark circles.
Cooling Mint Serum (Courtesy of Elizabeth’s New Book: Reaching for Beauty, Hatherleigh Press/ Random House 2013) INGREDIENTS Mint leaves, small handful 10 drops sweet almond oil PREPARATION & APPLICATION Wash a batch of fresh mint leaves and pat dry with a paper towel. Take a small handful of the leaves and grind in a mortar and pestle with almond oil, until you have a fine, oily substance. Place in the refrigerator for 10 minutes to cool. Gently apply to the delicate skin underneath your eyes and leave mint oil on for 15 minutes before rinsing with warm water. Your eyes should feel cool and refreshed.
Your neck and décolleté are also primary revealers of age. The skin there is more delicate than on the rest of our body. It needs special attention just as your under-eye area does. Honey is nature!s moisturizer and helps skin to retain its natural moisture, as well.
Delicate Décolleté (Courtesy of Cooking Well: Beautiful Skin, Hatherleigh Press/Random House, 2009) INGREDIENTS 2 tablespoons honey PREPARATION & APPLICATION Apply a thin layer of honey over your neck and chest in an upward motion; After 10 minutes take a shower or bath to wash away the mask. Your décolleté should immediately feel softer to the touch. ! From Health magazines, Natural Solutions, and Your Health Connection, to the Discovery Channel’s Planet Green, Young Hollywood, US Weekly and Relate magazine— Elizabeth’s beauty tips and expert advice regularly appear on television, online, and in national publications. She is raising the beauty bar to a new level.
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THE TOO OFTEN FORGOTTEN ONES
THE "CATS OF THE STREETS"
By Ellen Lavinthal A banquet was held by Animal Alliance to honor the selfless caregivers of homeless and feral cats living on the streets throughout the city. These "unsung heroes" who tend their colonies mostly under the cover of darkness, were served scrumptious vegetarian food, entertained and presented with plaques and gift bags. Many said that this was the first time they had ever been thanked for their arduous devotion to these forgotten ones—the cats of the streets. Also honored were the founders of Fix Nation, Karn Myers and Mark Dodge. Fix Nation describes itself as "a non-profit organization supporting Trap-Neuter-Return, providing a free, full-time spay and neuter clinic for homeless stray and feral cats, plus low-cost, affordable spay/neuter services for tame pet cats. FN loans out humane traps and equipment to the public free of charge, provides training on how to humanely trap feral cats and kittens, and information on long-term care and management for feral colonies." At the close of the banquet thousands of pounds of food were distributed to the caregivers. The Animal Alliance food drive made this possible, a food drive that is actually on-going and needs continual support. Below is the letter that Animal Alliance sent it's members. Their hope is that you, the residents of Beverly Hills, can make a difference and support this cat food drive as well!
members, who due to no fault of their own, found themselves living on the streets when their families cast them out. The caregivers of these colonies do TNR (trap neuter and release) so the cats do not continue to multiply. Let's face it—it a statistic that most people favor dogs over the feline persuasion... that's only because they have never been owned by a cat! Cats are incredible creatures. They are beyond loving and affectionate; intelligent and proud. Once you've earned a cats love, you never be the same again. There are an estimated one million cats living on the streets of Los Angeles, struggling for their existence daily without the benefits of a secure home. The least we can do is see that they are fed. We will gratefully accept donations of any brand of food as well as gift cards to Smart Deborah Corday, Chirstina Cho, Fawn, Patty Shenker, Ellen Lavinthal, Stella Lavinthal (taking a rest!) and Final, Petco, Costco, etc. Contribution receipts for the IRS are available upon request. Donations can be dropped off or mailed to Ellen (firstname.lastname@example.org) in the BH area or Deborah (email@example.com) in the WeHo area, or via paypal: firstname.lastname@example.org (designate "food for ferals"). These dedicated caretakers and the cats need our help! Please! Thank you very much for opening your hearts! Love, Ellen Lavinthal and Deborah Corday co-founders, ANIMAL ALLIANCE, a 501 (c)(3) From Left: Jessica Schleuter, Chris Suzanne Takowsky, Nataliya Joy Prieto, non profit rescue and advocacy organization.
Hoar, Stella Lavinthal & Jana Kohl with baby Edith & Ellen Dear Animal Lovers, We are reaching out to you at this time in hopes you will donate much needed CAT food—we comprise of over 150 cats and the volunteer careare seeking both dry and wet food. No amount is too takers of these colonies work tirelessly and sacrifice small or too great! We volunteer regularly at the Fix their personal needs in order to feed and care for Nation "Catnippers Clinic" held every other month, them EVERY day, rain or shine, Christmas or their where spay and neuters are provided free of charge birthdays—7 days a week, 365 days a year—they to devoted individuals who feed numerous colonies feeding and worrying about the cats in their large of homeless and/or feral cats. Some colonies colonies. Many of these cats were once family
Ellen Lavinthal & Event Honoree, Karn Myers
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Patty Shenker & Diana Lannes
Deborah Corday, Christina Cho & Ellen Lavinthal
Ellen Lavinthal, a resident of Beverly Hills, graduated from USC law school, and is president of an LA-based animal welfare organization, Animal Alliance, a position she!s had for 19 years. She joined with national advocacy groups to combat puppy mills, fur trade and elephants and primates in captivity. Ellen hosts a webshow Animal Alliance: www.animalalliance.net & Big TV website:www.bigisgood.tv/animal-alliance.
Shelley Traywick & her daughter
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SAFETY HARBOR KIDS Ambassadors of Goodwill
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Lindsay, not behind bars. Unfortunately her story is not different than that of other child stars who were robbed of their youth and are now taking it out on themselves as adults. But this crash and burn is truly tragic. Unlike Britney Spear!s parents who grabbed the reigns of their struggling daughter and got her back to stability, Lindsay!s parents need parenting themselves. It!s difficult to get help from a dad who acts badly enough to go to jail or a mother who still hits the club scene. I see no one thrilled that Lindsay is going through a personal hell, in fact people say the opposite. Nobody wants to see her in a prison inmate stage production. Maybe this role as Liz will be the starting point of her return to a profession she is amazing at doing. It!s out right painful to watch her drowning in a sea of arrests, warrants and rehab stints. Lindsay we feel your pain and want you off Hollywood!s most scandalous list and on a Best Actress ballot. #4 John Travolta. WHAT IS THIS DUDE DOING? Whether the charges being tossed at him for soliciting sex or sexual assault or WHATEVER are true or false—we DO NOT want John!s name dragged through the mud, especially not after the last couple of years and the heart-breaking events that have transpired with his family. Having his name attached to ANY BAD headlines is beyond sad. As the COMEBACK KING of all time, I loved him in Grease, and in every other movie he has made. Now not ONE, but TWO —$2 million-plus lawsuits and attorney Gloria Allred in the mixl. We are aware that successful people are targets for creeps, but one sex scandal lawsuit threat after another... STAY"HOME. STAY"OUT"OF"HOTELS. The bottom line will rest on credibility; John!s against theirs. But as we know from other cases that have involved well-known stars and scandalous sexual charges; a lawsuit makes something we would just as soon forget way toooo real. Now that Allred, the undisputed queen of out of court settlements is on board, the chances a judge will see this is slim, making things worse. The public will never be able to look at John without unsavory visions of these torrid accusations popping up. John!s attorney denies either of these accusers have been or will ever be paid a penny of settlement and says John is looking forward to his day in court to clear his name. JUST"GREAT! How John!s wife Kelly is holding up through all of this—and his daughter (who is old enough to read newspapers) no one knows. But guilty or innocent this kind of bad press is devastating. I want to rewind the past couple of years before this started and put John back up on the nice guy/good family man shelf he was on. Then hog tie him to the couch so he can!t leave the house. YEE GODS WHAT A MESS.
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# 5 Chris Brown and Rihanna. The ongoing tie between domestic violence abuser Chris Brown and his victim Rihanna is revolting. If I were her handlers, I would ship her off to boot camp for a year of retreat and reflection. WHAT THE HELL IS THIS WOMAN THINKING? Obviously Rihanna doesn!t give a damn about the signal she is sending to every young girl on this earth who looks to her as a role model. And speaking of ROLE MODELS, this is a perfect example of the line we have to draw between celebrity and role model. Just because a person stumbles into fame and fortune does not make her/him a person of wisdom, virtue, common sense, or respectability. Success becomes its own GOD and we forget that having money and fame does not a person of honor, truth or nobility make. Judging by the vicious beating he gave Rihanna three years ago that left her face unrecognizable and the rest of us in a state of shock, Chris should have gone to jail without being allowed to get off the hook with a plea bargain that meant less than ZERO to him. As far as Rihanna goes, whether she had the self-respect to leave him after the way he brutally assaulted her, or she was forced by management to do it to avoid the bad press headed her way if she stayed with him—it!s crystal clear she will still take him, and the beating he dished out. Now it!s... working together for a song remix…RIGHT! Whether it!s for a remix or a cup of coffee, our judgement about Chris Brown remains steadfast—he!s a loser. And with Rihanna backtracking him into her life again...what!s left to say about her? The photos of her beaten face were enough to tell women every age on every continent—PHYSICAL VIOLENCE is NOT an option. The fact Rihanna is too weak to make her initial strong move stick is a sad day for her, and women everywhere in abusive relationships who are looking for the courage to get out, and need other strong women to lead the way. Some couples deserve each other. !
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social networking • video games People always ask: “How do I protect myself and my computer from online threats and viruses.” Most aren!t aware that over 6,000 new computer viruses are released on average each month. Your virus protection needs to be updated frequently OR you are exposing your computer to threats that can wipe you out. Most of your computers are connected to the internet 24 hours a day. TRANSLATION: that exposes you to online threats and hackers more. One of the most important elements protecting you from hacks and viruses is your computer!s firewall. Basically like your computer “bodyguard” the firewall projects you 24/7 and blocks all entrances and exits to your computer keeping it safe and secure. Each virus targets something different; some have been around for more than 20 years. ONE NASTY VIRUS you need to be very aware of is SPYWARE. Spyware is vicious because it “self-installs” on your computer and is capable of retrieving all of your passwords and personal information.
With millions of people using online banking, etc., the best way to avoid a computer virus is by not downloading attachments from your email unless you know 100% its NOT a virus. • Be aware of what you click. • ALWAYS copy and paste the URL into the address bar. My Top Two Favorite Anti-virus Programs 1. Bitdefender.com Antivirus Plus ($29.99). 2. Malwarebytes.org ($24.99). These two anti-virus programs are much less expensive than others and work better. Each subscription is ONLY one year so make sure you continually upgrade to keep yourself safe. $20-30 is a small investment to keeping yourself and your personal information safe.
Buying a new computer? PC vs MAC—Whats the better choice? Over the years I!ve purchased and made many computers, both PC and MAC. People ask me to assist them in purchasing computers all the time because with so many options it can be confusing and you want the biggest bang for your buck. Let!s talk about PC hardware. The important element here is Memory/Ram. Mac computers come with a standard 1-4 GB of ram; most PC's have 2GB-8GB of ram. Ram is extremely important as it is a form of computer data storage. If your computer is running slow, the first thing people normally do is upgrade the ram. Apple runs extremely clean and is very stable. From years of experience, I see PC's crashing more than MAC's. Another GREAT advantage to Mac computers is you!ve got the option to run windows software; meaning you can run a PC from your MAC computer which offers tremendous benefits. MAC's are made by Apple and ONLY Apple. Parts, service, anything to do with a MAC must be serviced at a MAC center. Most Apple prices are the same anywhere you go, so you don't have the freedom to upgrade your computer where you want. It!s their price (higher price) or the highway! PC computers are very flexible to upgrades and repairs You can bring your PC to pretty much anywhere, or even fix it yourself. Apple products are MUCH more expensive than PC and cost $$$$$$$ to upgrade. All computers are built from the same parts, the BIG differences is the software. I recently purchased a new computer that I then custom built on frys.com and paid $900 for it. If I purchased the same one from Apple the cost would of been around $1400-$1600. My overall computer-buying recommendations from 15 years of experience... I would stick with a PC. If you want a combination of Mac and PC, I suggest that you purchase a MAC computer. Most of the programs that you find on a MAC computer can also be used on a PC,—you just need to find the correct version available.
THE WORLD OF VIDEO GAMES If you are into Video games and want to enjoy a nice friendly community then you need to check out a terrific gaming site: www.steamcommunity.com. STEAM is the worlds largest online gaming platform, offering over 1,800 games to choose from. The STEAM community has over 35 million active users and is open to more than 237 countries and 21 different languages. STEAM gives the freedom to play what you want to play and do what you want to do. Some of the biggest game titles in the world are released on STEAM and gives you the option to buy, then directly download the game of your choice without having to drive to your local game store to buy it. The STEAM client is very computer/game user friendly, but it!s also easy to use and work with. With STEAM you can play your favorite games, while building a group/community of regular players. STEAM makes it easy to play games because it automatically updates all your games and library, and offers special puffers and game discounts. STEAM was made by a company VALVE who made award-winning games like Half-Life, Counter-strike and Left For Dead. If you like video games, then download STEAM—a free service, offering free games like the award winning Team Fortress 2. Get ready for the game—Dota2—also on STEAM, and free to play. Valve makes high-quality games— and they made STEAM where an average of four million people go online at one time. Check out the new STEAM app also on all Android and iOS devices. Have fun and goodluck! !
I will be covering the E 3 EXPO, the biggest electronic and technology convention on June 5-7, in the Los Angeles Convnetion Center. I’ll keep you posted....
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my parents I probably wouldn!t make it through the night...they should say goodbye. What they didn!t realize was I had already died and come back. God had a plan for me so I was going to fight for my life. I spent 19 days in intensive care. It was real tough. I fought for every breath I took. They wanted to put me on a ventilator, but I refused. My left lung collapsed, I got pneumonia and took a turn for the worst, but I had hope; I had something to live for. When I went to rehab, I met 13 people in the same situation as me. One kid was 16-years-old. Some friends thought it would be funny to loosen the front tire on his bike; another guy got into a car with a drunk driver who hit a palm tree; this one guy I knew from Pepperdine was with some friends and the driver fell asleep at the wheel and the car rolled down PCH. I was meeting these people and since I!ve always loved competition, for me it was a competition that I was trying to get better, and get out of there. I just never believed…I would be in a wheel chair.
Tommy in action painting in his studio
Tommy says his family is very close and it was their love and help that got him through the aftermath of an accident that left him a quadriplegic. He has three sisters and one brother; his father lives in Canoga Park as does he, just three miles from his house. His mother passed away eight months ago. Tommy says it!s devastatingly painful every day of his life that she is gone. His parents were married 54 years. Tommy did his best to regain the life he once had, and a big part involves sports and water.
ST: Sports is part of your life. Some aspects have changed, but what do you enjoy doing now? TH: I go to the beach. I love spending time at the lake. I have a ski boat and I feel totally free when I!m in the water driving my boat. I have a great time, especially now that I no longer drive a car. I grew up loving the extreme of going fast; on a surfboard, skateboard, dirt bike…for a lot of guys it!s in our blood. As a child I was always outside doing something active. I built bicycles. I loved surfing and had to find a way to replace what I used to do. After my accident I got into water skiing and every time I went out on the water I felt such freedom (he uses a specially designed harness). Now I can do it without anyone holding onto me. It feels amazing.
“Every bit I gained back I was grateful for and every bit gave me more independence to get to the level where I am now. I’m not fully independent, but once I’m in my chair...I am.” Sports weren!t the only thing that came to a halt after his accident. Since he was five-years-old he loved art and spent a good amount of time drawing. At the rehabilitation center, occupational therapists urged him to get back into something he enjoyed— art. But it wasn!t possible for him to use his hands, so they suggested he hold a brush in his mouth with his teeth. Not willing to do that, years passed before Tommy would paint. All that changed when he was introduced to his first animal companion Weaver, a golden lab that he says changed his life. Weaver picked up where Tommy left off by helping him with things he could not do like pick up things off the floor, turn on and off light switches and Weaver was
Tommy with good friend Joe Pecci so meticulously trained that in case of an emergency... he could help Tommy get help. “Weaver was my best friend. Having him by my side gave me a feeling of independence that enabled me to move on and get my own apartment as he was there to help me. As he grew older I kept thinking I needed something more than a photograph of us together. One day I decided to roll through paint on a canvas and have Weaver walk through the paint along side me so I"would have his paw prints walking along side my tire marks. I hung the painting on my wall to remind me of the good times we had together. That!s when I discovered I could use my chair to paint with. Weaver passed away when he was 15; it was the hardest thing I!d been through even more than my accident. Now I have Hiley who is already 13. When I go into the studio to paint it is as if God is speaking to me…painting is what I was supposed to do even from childhood. Painting is where joy and a desire to get up every day comes from.” ! Broaden your life and heart visit: www.tommystein.com
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RUNWAY RHYTHM NATALIYA JOY"PRIETO Paul Frank Hosts a Mommy & Me Celebration with Babies ‘R’ Us at The Beverly Hills Hotel
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Paul Frank!s Mommy and Me Celebration at the Beverly Hills Hotel, with Babies #R! Us brought out an amazing crowd of celebrity moms with their families. The event was to celebrate the partnership between the two iconic brands to launch the “small paul” children!s collection that showcased in the stores beginning in May. Throughout the day, the fabulous celebration gave all the children a chance to go wild and have fun at any one of the several interactive activation “fun stations” that had been set up on the hotel grounds. Everyone got in on the action that included face-painting, cookie and cupcake decorating, backpack customizing, an interactive photo booth, and more. Moms and dads attending even had a chance to relax with an array of onsite pampering that included massages, manicures and lunch in the
picturesque garden setting. All of the VIP guests received a fully stocked gift bag that included all the newest Babies #R! Us Paul Frank products. Some celebrity mommies who showed up to support the day of fun were... Busy Philipps, Catt Sadler, Candace Cameron-Bure, Jillian Barberie, Elizabeth Rohm, Tiffany Thornton and more came with their families for a day of play. To top the celebration off even Julius himself popped in to grab a few priceless photos dancing with the small attendees! The “small paul” collection is an extension of Paul Frank brand, focusing on infant and toddler clothing such as body suits, t-shirts, jumpers, sweatshirts, pajamas, robes, baby blankets, rain boots and jackets, underwear and more for newborn and 5T. ! Photos: Amy Graves
Nataliya Joy Prieto is a fashion major, actress, print, and runway model who appears regularly in movies, music videos and national commercials. www.nataliyajoyprieto.com
Candace Cameron-Bure brought her sister, nieces and nephew
Elizabeth Rohm with her daughter Easton
E! News Catt Sadler, husband Rhys David Thomas & sons Austin & Arion
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A Passion for Music... Opera Singer
By Nataliya Joy Prieto Photography by Dmitry Savchenko
Born in Los Angeles, Mariana Ramirez has become one of the most touted songbirds of current opera, giving standing ovation performances in our favorite plays. Her skyrocketing career is testament to a life filled with dreams and dedication as she worked towards the acclaimed reviews she now enjoys. Her personal life is less fervid than the drama of theater. She was raised in a small family and is very close with her older brother and mother. At home she has two adorable dogs; a chow mix and a toy terrier mix. She readily praises her boyfriend for being very supportive of her career and says he is always there for her to lean on. June 10th, Mariana is a featured soloist in Mozart's Exsultate, jubilate and Missa Brevis in D Major and will perform with the Pacific Palisades Choir and Orchestra under the direction of James Vail at the Pacific Palisades Presbyterian Church located at 15821 Sunset Boulevard, in Pacific Palisades. NJP: How old were you when you knew you wanted to sing? MR: My earliest memory was when I was 5-years-old. I heard a song from a Spanish Soap Opera and sang it; I just couldn't get it out of my head. That set off a chain of Disney songs and others I heard on TV. My uncle encouraged me to sing and it began my enjoyment in singing at a young age. My mother acknowledged my talent, and enrolled me in the Los Angeles Children!s Chorale. By age 11, I was taking voice lessons and my teacher gave me an opera ariaâ€”"O mio babino caro" from Puccini's Gianni Schicchi. From the first time I sang it, that was it for me. Singing was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. NJP: What has been your biggest highlight so far? MR: I!ve had many wonderful performances that felt like highlights. I enjoyed singing the soprano solos in Carmina Burana in Maryland, at the Salt Note Music Festival. The conductor and orchestra were outstanding. Those solos feel so great in my voice. I also loved singing Rose in Kurt Weill's Street Scene. What a wonderful combination of musical theater and opera! The production was excellent. Also, singing Musetta in La Boheme (Puccini) with Townsend Opera in Northern California was one of my dream roles to perform. NJP: Where do you see yourself going in the future? MR: Performing more lead roles, concerts and oratorios. If I could sing at the top opera houses such as L.A. Opera, San Francisco Opera, Rome Opera House and the Metropolitan Opera it would be a dream come true. I'd love to sing, Gilda in Rigoletto, the title role in Manon, Violetta in La Traviata, Cleopatra in Giulio Cesare, Norina in Don Pasquale. I love performing dramatic and comedic roles on stage. NJP: Do you have a wish list you would like to sing with? MR: It's too bad I can't time travel, because so many of the greats have left us or are retired. I'd love to work with Placido Domingo some day... in any capacity, who wouldn!t want to? Also, Alessio Vlad,
the conductor at the Rome Opera house, is so down to earth would be a great pleasure to work with. NJP: Where does your passion come from? MR: I love affecting people. What I enjoy most about performing is when people express to me how they were affected by my performance. I want to share with others my gift and bring them to emotion. I love to express my emotion and feelings, to fully play each character and transform the audience into a different world. I once sang in a recital at a New Years Eve party, and a year later, I attended a concert. A woman attending the same concert recognized me from my performance, all that time later. My passion comes from deep within; a place where I desire to give. NJP: Who is your biggest inspiration? MR: John Glenn Patton has really inspired me with his artistry, dedication and teaching style. He finds great joy from teaching, in every moment, and that has been passed on to me. It's so important to enjoy every moment and love what you do. The relationship between a teacher and student is so important. They should admire and respect each other and have a love, like family, for each other. I have that with John. I trust him because he gives so much to me and it makes me want to give back in a very sincere way. I am also very fortunate to study with Jonathan Mack whom I've learned tremendously from. NJP: Do you have any words of advice or inspiration for young singers? MR: I know what I would have liked to been told when I was young; don't stress out about anything. I know that it!s more easy to say than do, but stress is useless in life. Stress and worry is a negative factor. There is a difference between being responsible and having integrity as an artist and being stressed and high strung over your art. If you release, you perform better, have more joy and are better received by your audience. NJP: How do you want to be a positive impact on society? MR: It!s a large and important part of my life goal to affect people, to bring change within them, no matter how small. To bring more joy, or a feeling maybe they can't express before hearing the music; to touch them with my honesty, through music. I want to show people where I came from. That if I am able to pursue my goals, then they can too. I've had a wonderful support system from my mother, who is so caring and encouraging and I overcame many challenges over the years. I want people to know even if they!ve had hardships, they can set goals and move forward. They don!t have to stay stuck in whatever their situation may be. Goals can be achieved. Dreams can be reached. Nothing is too hard to overcome as long as you take one step forward. !
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Art by Mandara Takowsky.
For information: mtakowsky @yahoo.com
L A ART SCENE M a n d a r a Ta k o w s k y
BritWeek T4C Artists Competition L.A. played host to BritWeek, an outrageous Art Battle that celebrated the fun and famous BritWeek T4C Artists Competition. The Closing Ceremony was held at a private gallery showdown in downtown —an art in motion gathering of highly skilled, aweinspiring and famous artists who represented their talents in a real live art battle between four notorious names in the London, and L.A. street and graffiti art scenes. If you haven!t had the heart to enjoy the excitement of street art, this just might change your mind. It may not be the die hard action of the NBA Playoffs or Grand Prix...but if you!re into visual concepts that form the history of the underground art world—this is fast, fun and fantastic. Two UK artists, Inkie and Eine, and two L.A. artists, Mear One and Man One, went head to head in the spirit of unified competition as they put their best design flash forward designing live graffiti art on four large surfaces (aluminum car hoods provided by Jaguar and Christopher Guy). The artists used Jaguar hoods as a blank canvas and let their imagination run wild bringing their visions to life using an array of materials. BEN Eine is one of London!s most prolific and original street artists who specializes in the central London Street Artist Ben Eine is most noted for element of all graffiti—the his alphabet lettering on shop shutters. He form of letters. Originally a 'writer' he started his career has taken his lettering to the streets of Paris, 25-years ago as a vandal. Stockholm, Hastings and Newcastle.
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Eine, Inkie, Mear One, Man One He left tagging throughout London developing a distinct typographic style. Eine!s combination of huge lettering on store fronts and brilliant coloring has transformed streets around the world. INKIE is one of the most notorious graffiti writers in UK history to rise from the 80!s Bristol scene. His trademark lines appear on largescale pieces, with diverse inspiration from Mayan architecture, William Morris, Mouse & Kelly, Alphons Mucha and Islamic geometry. In the late 80s he took the street art crown from fierce L.A., New York and European competition while making headlines being arrested with 72 other writers and labeled “Kingpin” in the UK!s biggest graffiti UK Street Artist Inkie’s notorious rise to fame bust operation relived in the was chronicled in the Banksy’ s Bristol (Tangent BBC2 documentary... Books) tracing the UK graffiti scene. He and #Drawing The Line!. fellow Bristolian Banksy collaborated on the MEAR ONE, a contemporary first UK graffiti event, Walls On Fire. American artist living in L.A. is tributed by many to be Los Angeles' most prolific graffiti artist. He revolutionized the art form with a flare for fine-art realism, breaking out of old school 2D letter forms with complex characters and dynamic epic scale backgrounds. His art has political undertaking for change; in 2004, he joined other artists to create a series of "anti-war, anti-Bush" posters for a street art campaign called, "Be the Revolution." His notorious work is chronicled on streets, underground hip-hop album covers and he pioneered early street wear clothing and graffiti culture. He was the first graffiti artists from L.A. to travel to Tokyo and paint graffiti in front of a live public audience, coining the term “Live Art” to describe the spontaneous, performative, and interactive act of painting in front of a live audience, which he considered akin to freestyle poetry and music.
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Artist, teacher and entrepreneur Man One has created one of the most successful art branding firms in the world reaching a global market of advertising agencies that cater to a youth oriented lifestyle. A Fine Arts graduate of Loyola Marymount University, in LA, Man One!s artistic success changed the way the world interprets graffiti art. His masterful murals and art conquered the underground graffiti movement to pioneer the evolution of street art. From corporate marketing campaigns to citywide murals commissions, his art reaches international venues throughout the world. He is founder of Crewest, a gallery and shop in L.A. that advocates for underground artists of all mediums, promoting monthly exhibits that cater to the urban artist. He has used the power of art to save lives and make the world a better place. "When I started, I got into graffiti because I didn't want to be in a gang," Man One said. "You had two options: You were a gang member or a graffiti tagger. I would run into a gang and they'd say, 'What gang are you with?' I'd say, 'I don't bang. I write.! They'd shake my hand and walk away." Since he started in 1981, Man One!s trademark bold, colorful art strokes continue to be featured globally.
Graffiti artist Mear One targets politics, race and discourse in L.A. with an underlying passionate color wave that cries for peace. Throughout his 25-year street art reign he has been labeled the â€œMichelangelo of Graffiti.â€? // bhtmag.com // 45
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