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Re-Defining “Disposable”

Confronting the relationship between human displacement and the disposable culture of the 21st century, Disposable draws upon personal experiences of displacement—some as immigrants, others as members of marginalized groups in society.

Produced by GRoW @ The Wallis and created/performed by The Wallis Youth Theater Company, this visceral, witty and highly physical theater piece takes place on a stage littered with the trash of contemporary life, and performed in English, Romanian, Farsi and Spanish.

At its core, “Disposable” is a call-to-action for the planet, and therefore will highlight various environmental and human rights organizations in the hopes of informing the public and encouraging direct involvement that may support new ways of interacting with the natural world and the rights of the displaced, refugees and immigrants.

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LA ROCK LOTTERY

What happens when twenty-five handpicked musicians are split into groups of 5 and given only 12 hours to produce new bands and new songs?

On February 10, the The Echo in Los Angeles will host the inaugural LA ROCK LOTTERY where volunteers are organized into five groups through a lottery-based chance selection. The five separate groups are then assigned designated rehearsal spaces near the venue where they must create three to five songs. The five new groups then perform what they’ve created that evening in front of a waiting audience beginning at 10pm.

The participants for the LA ROCK LOTTERY include Mike Watt (The Minutemen/The Stooges), Kelcey Ayer (Local Natives), Patty Schemel (Hole), Andrew Martin (Moon Honey) and a slew of many other talented artists!

This event intends to bring together many facets of the area’s music community. The challenge for these musicians is to forego their personal and musical differences, working together to create a unified group project that still contains the personal styles of each of the participants.

In its twenty-year history, the three cities hosting an official ROCK LOTTERY have raised money for charities as diverse as the VERA Project, CASA, Daniel’s Music Foundation, Rockaway Renegades, Feel the Music, Arts Corps and others. Proceeds from the inaugural LA ROCK LOTTERY will go to Inner City Arts.

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FEARLESS Models Unscripted

Personal development coach and co-founder of TheFearlessMan, Brian Begin, has released a short instructional video, with a group of FEARLESS models, which offers a unique insight on how to approach groups of women from a woman’s point of view.

Co-founder Dave Stultz states that “having these unscripted discussions with our models at the events is so invaluable… men really start to understand and learn from the female perspective in a more focused way.”

One model, Katie, explains the delicate art of connecting with a woman of interest, as well taking the time to recognize her friends. If the women are cold and defensive, “it’s because we’ve probably been ignored. If we haven’t been acknowledged, we don’t trust you.”

Stultz and Begin launched TheFearlessMan in 2013 as an educational tool to strengthen men’s personal power within themselves using video feedback, deep connection work, presence and body consciousness building, core belief, thought, philosophy restructuring and real-world exercises to build confidence in students that builds long-term successful behavior.

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“Conqueror’s Blade” Beta

Beta test for Conqueror’s Blade will open on January 26 revealing a medieval warfare game that recreates vast medieval civilizations in an immersive arena of war wherein players command generals and their legions in pursuit of victory.

The game showcases legendary medieval weapons and fighting styles that are available to strategic players who develop powerful Generals while tactically selecting the most effective Legions for each battle. Players’ armies consist of Legions that can vary in size from 16 to 40 men.

Each Legion features different skills and takes on a unique battlefield formation with different advantages. The Legions’ special skills yield high damage or special effects, like cavalry charges or archers’ flaming arrows, some that may be used only in particular formations.

Following 5 years of development, “Conqueror’s Blade” represents a flagship sandbox PC warfare game from Booming Games: a developer that brings a wealth of experience from top studios in game industry, and strives unremittingly to deliver immersive and authentic conqueror’s warfare experiences.

Players can register for the beta now! Follow the link below…

Circa Contemporary Circus in LA

At the forefront of the new wave of contemporary Australian circus, Circa Contemporary Circus push the boundaries of movement, dance and theatre to create a beautiful hybrid which redraws the limits to which circus can aspire.

On January 23, Musco Center for the Arts will host the Circa Contemporary Circus; a performance created by circus visionary Yaron Lifschitz in collaboration with composer and arranger Quincy Grant.

Against a stark black wall, akin to a physical poem, the acrobats of the Australian company will perform their “Circa Ensemble: Il Ritorno” to Monteverdi’s opera Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria, played and sung by a live chamber ensemble.

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Inaugural “Krewe du Kanaval”

New for Mardi Gras 2018, “Krewe du Kanaval” will be taking place in New Orleans raising funds to benefit the Preservation Hall Foundation and KANPE–two not-for-profit organizations which serve important unmet social and cultural needs in New Orleans and Haiti.

The inaugural Krewe du Kanaval on February 6th celebrates Haiti and the multitude of cultures that have enriched New Orleans’ identity for hundreds of years with a combination of parades, parties and music.

This joint effort between Preservation Hall, Win Butler and Regine Chassagne of Arcade Fire, includes a parade/procession through the French Quarter and Treme, a free afternoon festival in Armstrong Park and a ticketed Kanaval Ball at the iconic club One Eyed Jacks.

Performances will also feature the world-famous Preservation Hall Jazz Band, DJ Nickodemus, Pierre Kwenders, DJ Cosmo Gonik, Paul Beaubrun and special guests from Haiti including RAM.

For more information, goto http://www.kanaval.org/

Music On Festival : Amsterdam

A lush picturesque green space, juxtaposed against the industrial vistas of nearby harbors, provides an ideal backdrop for the “MUSIC ON” festival to take place on May 5-6, 2018 at Havenpark, Amsterdam. The new location, which is just five minutes from the Sloterdijk train station and 20 minutes from the city centre, boasts two stages that will be pumping out 11 straight hours of music each day.

The line-up includes artists such as Leon, Stacey Pullen, Paco Osuna, The Martinez Brothers, Oxia, Miss Kittin, Claude von Stroke, Apollonia, Luciano, Loco Dice, Marco Carola, Benny Rodrigues, Secret Cinema and more. Additionally, very reasonable ticket prices and hotel packages, make this game changing experience a must-do for the travel-hungry music-lover.

For more info, goto http://musiconfestival.nl

LGBT Prisoners Battle The System

Four ex-prisoners–a transgender man, a gender non-conforming person and two queer female–filed a lawsuit against the State of California and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR). Enduring homophobic and transphobic insults, these individuals claim to have been assaulted and sexually harassed by correctional officers while advocating for their basic human rights.

In one instance, which took place back in November of 2015, individuals had their clothing cut off, had their breasts and chests stomped on, were put in solitary confinement without cause, receiving no medical treatment for their injuries. In another occasion, on January of 2017, an individual was denied access to his medication, then attacked violently by multiple guards while in a wheelchair.

In all incidents, the individuals were obstructed when attempting to use the internal system of accountability designed to report abuses inside prisons.

According to Sara Kershnar of the California Coalition for Women Prisoners, “These incidents are part of a pattern of abuse at CCWF, part of a climate of increasing violence employed by correctional officers at CCWF against transgender, gender non-conforming and queer women prisoners. They represent a backlash against hard-won legal rights for trans people in prison, such as the right to access hormone therapy. They reflect officer resentment about changing cultural norms regarding gender identity. They also re-traumatize people who have suffered sexual violence and homophobia and transphobia before they were incarcerated.”

The plaintiffs’ demand systemic policy changes in the prisons to prevent such types of abuse and prejudice in the future.

For more information on how to shape the future of human rights in the prison system, go to http://www.californiabudget.org/advocacy/

“Holiday” Cocktail Lounge

Having first opened its doors in June of 2016, Holiday is a classic cocktail lounge that boasts a handcrafted wood carved bar, dimmed ambiance, & nightly entertainment. With a beautifully designed 1900’s French plantation house, Holiday stands as a crown jewel of Costa Mesa.

Holiday’s live entertainment schedule includes acts and themes such as the “Rod Stewart Tribute”, “Pat Benatar Tribute”, “The Doors Tribute” and “Industry Night & Local’s Night” that welcomes Orange County residents to enjoy 50% off drinks all evening long in addition to food offerings provided by Miguel’s Jr. Events include

Visit the events calendar for more info.

Hard Summer: 10 Year BDay

A secret pre-festival birthday party was thrown to celebrate the HARD Summer music festival, which is coming up on its ten year anniversary this August 2017.

Kill The Noise, BOT, 12th Planet and others were on hand to wreak sonic havoc during the private event–presented by MIXMAG–where there was no lack of booze (thanks to Deep Eddy Vodka), hugs and sweat. Not to disappoint, DESTRUCTO was also on deck to happily drop his own brand of insanity surrounded by close friends, and die-hard fans lucky enough to attend the invite only occasion.

After ten long years of kick-ass hard-hitting electronic music, Gary Richards’ HARD Summer Fest is still going strong… and with DJ SNAKE, JUSTICE, ZEDS DEAD, RAE SREMMURD, BASSNECTAR and SNOOP DOGG on the bill for this year’s anniversary event at the Glen Helen Amphitheater, 2017 will not disappoint.

A special tribute to Mobb Deep member PRODIGY (who recently passed) is scheduled for August 5, which will feature a specially designed video presentation of memorials from around the world, plus a set from HAVOC of Mobb Deep joined by special guest performers, and a tribute DJ set from A-TRAK. Also to note, SNOOP DOGG will perform his seminal album “Doggystyle” LIVE in its entirety for the first time.

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