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Introducing Tata Khachatryan – A Rising Star of Russian Cinema

Fine Art Shippers, a professional art handling and art logistics company with offices worldwide, is delighted to draw your attention to the work of Tata Khachatryan, a rising star of Russian cinema. Tata Khachatryan is a young and very talented Russian actress who has already made impressive strides in her career. She is a theater artist, actress, performer, and opera singer whose incredible charisma and energy, both on and off the stage, are undeniable. At Fine Art Shippers, we are happy and proud to know this talented Russian lady who is destined to become a star.

Fine Art Shippers has strong relationships with Russia. Our representative offices in Moscow and St. Petersburg allow us to serve many Russian artists, galleries, museums, collectors, and various institutions, providing them with an array of fine art handling and shipping services nationally and across the globe. We love to work with talented Russian people from different areas of business, and we never miss a chance to share some great artworks by contemporary artists with the world. It is also impossible not to tell about really great Russian talents who deserve to be known on an international level. One of them is the wonderful Russian actress Tata Khachatryan.

Tata Khachatryan was born in St. Petersburg, Russia on August 2, 1994. The girl’s passion for performance and incredible talent were visible to the naked eye. At the age of four, Tata was already a student of the Lyakhovitskaya Children Music School from which she graduated with honors in 2007. The same year, Tata Khachatryan entered the Children’s Theater Studio at the St. Petersburg State Conservatory named after N.A. Rimsky-Korsakov, which later moved to the St. Petersburg Theater of Musical Comedy. In 2011, Tata was already playing the lead roles in the state theaters, including in the musical “Oliver Twist” by the St. Petersburg Theater of Musical Comedy where the young talent got the part of Charlotte and later Bet, and in the opera “Duke Bluebeard’s Castle” by the Mariinsky Theatre where Tata got the part of Bluebeard’s eldest daughter. The latter was directed by the artistic director of English National Opera Daniel Kramer and conducted by Valery Gergiev. However, it was only the beginning of Khachatryan’s career.

In 2012, Tata Khachatryan was invited by the famous Russian actor and director Viktor Merezhko to play one of the leading roles in his TV series “Khutoryanin.” It was not the first screen acting experience in Tata’s life, but it was the one that marked the big start of her on-screen career. Since then, the talented Russian actress has appeared in many films and TV series, including “Lancet” (2017), “Major” (2018), and “The Final Test” (2018).

In 2017, Tata Khachatryan successfully graduated from the well-known Russian University of Theater Arts. The actress is now mostly starring in films, but she continues performing in theater too. Tata is a notable representative of contemporary Russian art and cinema scene, who has aspirations to work in Europe and Hollywood. At Fine Art Shippers, we wish this amazing actress creative success and the best of luck in her career endeavors!

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Banksy Wall Removal Service from Fine Art Shippers

As a professional fine art moving company, Fine Art Shippers deals with many different kinds of art, from works on paper and oil paintings to metal sculptures and large art installations. Our company is also proficient in moving walls with graffiti and street art. In particular, we are pleased to offer a Banksy wall removal service in New York, London, Paris, and other our locations. Our team of professional art handlers has the experience, resources, and skills necessary to extract any mural from the wall and relocate it to any destination safely and securely. 

Banksy is a world-known British street artist whose identity is hidden in a shroud of mystery. His amazing murals, most of which address social, economic, and political issues relevant to today, appear on the buildings overnight, as if by magic wand. They cover the walls of Bristol, London, New York, Chicago, New Orleans, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Toronto, Melbourne, Amsterdam, Bethlehem, Jerusalem, and many other cities around the world. Banksy prefers to stay anonymous, which, however, does not prevent his works from being sold for millions of dollars. This elusive artist has literally changed the way people look at graffiti and murals, bringing street art to a whole new level. As a result, the lucky owners of buildings covered with Banksy art do their best to preserve his works, which often leads to certain difficulties. This is where Fine Art Shippers comes into play.

Banksy’s last visit to New York in 2018 was marked by a series of gorgeous murals that appeared in the unassuming Brooklyn neighborhood of Midwood. The larger one was almost immediately destroyed, but the smaller one created on the wall of the former Mobil gas station was successfully preserved thanks to the building’s owners and our expertise in moving large and heavy artworks. The mural depicting a seal balancing a ball on its nose is now kept in a secure, climate-controlled facility and can be viewed on-demand.

Moving a Banksy wall was one of the most challenging things Fine Art Shippers has ever done. The 10 x 10 feet mural was approximately five tons in weight, not to mention that we had to extract it from the building without ruining the wall and damaging the artwork itself. This job required a cohesive teamwork approach, with professional art handlers, engineers, builders, art restorers, and steel manufacturers involved. After developing a step-by-step plan of action, we supported the wall with metal bracing elements and a custom built wooden carcass and only then extracted it from the building using special tools and equipment. Everything was done professionally, with the utmost attention to detail, which allowed us to move the valuable Banksy mural to its current location in perfect condition.

At Fine Art Shippers, we are proud to offer our Banksy wall removal service in New York and other cities around the world. We have the capacity and knowledge to handle the most challenging and complicated moving task with efficiency and safety. Whatever mural or art installation you need to relocate, we will be happy to help!

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Must-Visit Summer Exhibition 2019 at JD Malat Gallery in London

Fine Art Shippers, an international fine art shipping company, is pleased to share the amazing news that JD Malat Gallery in London is currently hosting a unique exhibition that features an outstanding collection of works by the gallery’s artists. This exhibition, which is titled Summer Exhibition 2019, highlights the originality and strength of art shown by JD Malat Gallery throughout its first year. The must-visit group show runs at 30 Davies Street in Mayfair, London through September 28, 2019.

JD Malat Gallery was founded in London in June 2018. The gallery is relatively young, but it has already held seven successful solo exhibitions featuring works by some of the best international contemporary artists. Summer Exhibition 2019 is a culmination of an intensive twelve-month gallery program, which carries a breath of fresh air with a selection of the strongest works by thirteen talented artists, both renowned and emerging. These include:

  • Enrico Castellani (1930-2017), one of the most influential Italian artists of the 20th century, who contributed to the development of European avant-garde art in the 1950s-1960s;
  • Marlene Dumas (b. 1953), a prominent contemporary South African artist known for her figurative artworks that touch on many difficult themes, from pornography to segregation;
  • Li Tianbing (b. 1974), a Chinese artist who creates thought-provoking paintings that interweave the dualities present in China today;
  • Zümrütoglu (b. 1970), a Turkish artist whose paintings represent a beautiful mix of physical abstract art and German expressionism; 
  • Mio Yamato (b. 1990), a Japanese artist known for her monochromatic works distinguished by a careful repetition of separated and individual drops of paint;
  • Henrik Uldalen (b. 1986), a Norwegian artist who creates figurative oil paintings that are rather metaphysical and emotional than narrative;
  • Ian Cumberland (b. 1983), an Irish artist known for his unique paintings focused on fictional scenes depicting people and the things, often absurd ones, they do.
  • Santiago Parra (b. 1986), a Colombian artist whose large black and white paintings perfectly combine abstract expressionism with geometric abstraction;
  • Nina Pandolfo (b. 1977), a Brazilian artist known for her delicate, sensual, and playful paintings depicting expressive, large-eyed girls;
  • Katrin Fridriks (b. 1974), an Icelandic artist whose abstract expressionist paintings examine questions about new technologies and how they work;
  • Masayoshi Nojo (b. 1989), a Japanese artist who combines Japanese aesthetics with contemporary visual languages to create his beautiful mixed media artworks;
  • Conrad Jon Godly (b. 1962), a Swiss artist whose impressive paintings are inspired by nature and its relationship to humanity;
  • Andy Moses (b. 1962), an American artist known for his distinctive paintings that are simultaneously representational and abstract.

The selection of artworks presented by JD Malat Gallery at Summer Exhibition 2019 is diverse and vibrant. At Fine Art Shippers, we highly recommend that you visit this exceptional art exhibition at your first opportunity. In case you need any art logistics services, our London office will be happy to provide you with any help or assistance, from fine art shipping to artwork installation, required.

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Art Logistics Services at Bushwick Open Studios 2019

Fine Art Shippers, a well-established NYC-based art logistics company, is pleased to offer professional art handling, art shipping, and art installation services at the upcoming edition of Bushwick Open Studios. This important art event will be held this year on September 20-22, bringing together artists and galleries based in Bushwick and bordering areas of Williamsburg, Ridgewood, and Bedford Stuyvesant.

Fine Art Shippers has more than 24 years of experience in handling, packing, crating, moving, and shipping fine art of any kind. We serve art galleries, artists, museums, dealers, architects, furniture showrooms, designers, and a whole range of other creatives in the United States and abroad. Our company is headquartered in Midtown Manhattan, but all the major work is done in our warehouse located in Brooklyn.

Brooklyn is full of art, and it is full of talented artists working in various media, styles, and genres. Brooklyn is also home to many incredible street art pieces created by both unknown artists and those whose names are known all over the world. Art in this part of New York can be found everywhere, but the most vibrant art scene is in Bushwick, a sprawling neighborhood in northern Brooklyn, which is definitely on the rise.

Bushwick offers many interesting activities and events for art lovers, including the amazing Bushwick Open Studios organized by Arts in Bushwick, a multidisciplinary arts platform that connects seasoned and new art collectors with local art business professionals and the most talented artists. Bushwick Open Studios is a three-day “open to all” festival of art and culture, aimed at keeping the cultural relevance alive within Bushwick. This important art event celebrates the creativity of the artists in the neighborhood, facilitating community dialogue and projects. Besides, it is complemented by different block parties, special presentations, and other activities focused on art in Bushwick.

At Fine Art Shippers, we love working in Bushwick, and we love helping artists, galleries, and collectors with art logistics during Bushwick Open Studios. Our services include:

  • local, national, and international art shipping;
  • art packing and custom art crating;
  • art installation;
  • curating and art selections;
  • art project management;
  • booth set-up and display fabrication;
  • framing consultation;
  • art storage in climate-controlled facilities;
  • inventory and collection management.

This list is not exhaustive because Fine Art Shippers proudly offers many other services to satisfy any need of exhibitors, event organizers, and visitors of Bushwick Open Studios. We also provide expert art consultation services and can help choose and buy the best art pieces for a private or public collection. Whatever art handling, art shipping, or art installation assistance you need, please do not hesitate to contact our team. Fine Art Shippers will be present at Bushwick Open Studios, and we will be happy to help!

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Award Winning Dancer Ashley Liang Wows Lincoln Center

Celebrated Chinese dancer Ashley Liang successfully presented the world premiere of “Flowing Colors of Charming Flowers” at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall. The performance was part of the “East Meets West” dance program presented on July 6, 2019 by the Ashley Liang Dance Company, a non-profit organization. It received a warm and enthusiastic response from the near capacity audience.

Ashley Liang started dancing at age 6 with more than 26 years of experience. She is excited to share her “American Dream” at the most famous performance venue in New York.

“This performance aims to share the Chinese dance and modern dance culture, promote multicultural art, and establish a bridge for international cultural and artistic communication. I created this style when I was studying for my master’s degree in Dance Education at New York University, and I had quoted this in my graduation thesis.”, according to Liang, “It is my great honor to share my original choreographies with the audiences at Lincoln Center.” 

The last dance of the performance “Flowing Colors of Charming Flowers” featured the creation process of artist Arthur Liu who received a creation patent of "Flowing Colors of Oil Painting".

This piece integrates not only the elements of Chinese classical dance, ballet and modern dance, and features a live accompaniment, including Chinese Guzheng, Guqin, flute, western instruments violin and cello. The piece accented the theme of the whole performance: carrying forward the Chinese dance and modern dance culture, promoting the integration and development of multicultural art. 

About Ashley Liang:

Liang is a dance artist, choreographer and dance educator. She is the Founder and Artistic Director of the non-profit Ashley Liang Dance Company, and the president of Ashley Dance Center. She received a master’s degree of dance education at New York University. 

She has received awards of “Excellent Dance Choreographer”, “Distinguish Dancer” and “Excellent Dance Teacher” from New York City Council Peter Koo and New York State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky. 

About Ashley Liang Dance Company:

Liang owns and teaches at the non-profit Ashley Dance Center.  Her students have won numerous awards in the US and China including Gold at Better USA Youth Talent Competition and Taoli World Dance Competition.

www.ashleyliangdance.com

Co-Organizers:

New York Northeastern Chinese Association, Sino-American Culture, Art & Antique Association, Inc., Federation of Chinese American Associations of New York, New York Queens Art Education Center, Chinese-American Arts Council, Inc., USA FJSEN.COM, American Fujian Artist Association, MGM Media, Sino-American Business Association, Henan Chinese Associates USA, Inc., Better Chinatown USA, Chinese Association Inc., New York Guqin School, Union National Culture and Sports Foundation, American Chinese Business Trade Promotion Association, Taishan Overseas Chinese Middle School Alumni Association, Inc., America Chinese Silk Road Chamber of Commerce, America Bamin Commerce Association, Fujian Consolidated Benevolent Association USA, Beijing Association of New York. 

Sponsors:

Kai Gao Esquire P.C., Flushing.com, Kam Man Food, HealthFirst, iHome Design, MeHome Realty, AsianinNY, Keiko Hira Music Studio, New York Fantastic Chorus, Blue Sky Creative Studio, The Wall Street Times, USA Life online.com, Right Time International LLC, CC Weekly, COCI Construction, Kang Hua Adult Day Care Center, World Peace Ever.TV 

Special Guest Performers:

Aminta Remisosky, Anne Marie Robson Smock, Ansel Cohen, Arthur Liu, Danielle Peters, Erin Kernion, Judy Shih-Hua Yeh, Jun Zhou, Michelle Joy, Nick Peregrino, Sienna Peck, Tara Pederson, Temple Kemezis

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Billy Gerard Frank to Screen “Second Eulogy: Mind The Gap” at Martos Gallery

Fine Art Shippers, an international art logistics company, is pleased to share the amazing news that Billy Gerard Frank will be doing limited screenings of his film “Second Eulogy: Mind The Gap” at Martos Gallery in New York. The screenings will be part of EBSPLOITATION, a curated program of short films and videos, which runs at the gallery through August 3, 2019. “Second Eulogy: Mind The Gap” will be showing on July 17 and 24.

Billy Gerard Frank is a Grenadian-born multi-disciplinary artist working at the intersection of filmmaking, art, activism, and design. He is one of the artists selected this year to represent Grenada at the Venice Biennale, the most prestigious and important event in the world of art and culture. At the Venice Biennale, Billy Gerard Frank presented his new 40-minute film, “Second Eulogy: Mind The Gap,” accompanied by mixed media collages, sculptures, and canvas paintings. The work is built on the memories of Frank’s father’s life and explores the themes of estrangement, sexuality, exile, and migration. It is an abstract story of interconnected lives, which perfectly combines non-fiction with fiction, mirroring the artist’s own experience in Grenada as a gay teenager. It is also worth noting that the producer of “Second Eulogy: Mind The Gap” is Lauren Beck – the same Lauren Beck who earned her Academy Award for Best Picture nomination for the critically acclaimed 2016 film “Manchester by the Sea.”

“Second Eulogy: Mind The Gap,” along with the entire installation, is on view at the Venice Biennale until November 24. However, you don’t have to visit Venice to see this film because it will be showing at Martos Gallery this July.

This summer, Martos Gallery was transformed into a movie theater to present a program of videos and short films showing a different side to filmmaking. The unique exhibition is titled EBSPLOITATION, paying tribute to Blaxploitation, a genre of black action film aimed at black audiences, which emerged in the US in the early 1970s. EBSPLOITATION features videos and short films by many talented artists, including Billy Gerard Frank and Arthur Jafa who won Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival this year. The curated program runs daily during gallery hours, with screenings of longer films every Wednesday night at 8pm. Billy Gerard Frank will be showing his film on July 17 and 24.

At Fine Art Shippers, we had the pleasure of helping Billy Gerard Frank ship his art installation to the Venice Biennale. This amazing artist did an incredible job with his “Second Eulogy: Mind The Gap,” which was called “incredible” by ARTnews. If you are in New York, don’t miss a chance to see this 40-minute film at Martos Gallery!

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Lincoln Center Debut “East Meets West” Dance by Ashley Liang

Ashley Liang is a New York based dancer, choreographer and dance educator. She is the founder of the non-profit Ashley Liang Dance Company, Inc. and president of the Ashley Dance Center. 

Liang’s performance “Flowing Colors of Charming Flowers” will combine Eastern and Western styles with some of Liang’s own creations:  a special combination of classical ballet and traditional Chinese dance. Liang, who is passionate about promoting multicultural art, worked with a production team for six months to prepare the project. The show aims to carry forward Chinese dance and modern dance culture, promote the integration and development of multicultural art, and establish a bridge for international cultural and artistic communication. Liang focused on this multicultural bridge while studying for her M.A. in dance education at New York University.

“This show I produced was a non-profit performance and was dedicated to dance art. It is my great honor to share my original choreographies with the audiences at Lincoln Center, and present my theory in the form of dance, so as to truly promote the integration, communication and development of Chinese dance and modern dance culture,” Liang wrote in her graduate thesis. 

The concluding dance program of Liang’s performance is accompanied by live music that marries the Chinese instruments guqin, guzheng and flute with violin and cello.  In Liang’s vision, this will achieve the exchange of the Chinese and Western culture of dance and music.

Liang studied and performed at prestigious organizations in both China and the US. In addition to earning her M.A. in dance education at New York University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance at Queens College, she studied professional Chinese dance at the Beijing Dance Academy. Liang is the recipient of the awards “Excellent Dance Choreographer,” “Distinguished Dancer,” and “Excellent Dance Teacher,” presented by New York City Councilman Peter Koo and New York State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky. 

In 2018, the Guggenheim Museum invited Liang to perform. In 2015, she choreographed and danced in Flowing Water and Nocturne in The Autumn Palace in collaboration with famous Chinese musician, Judy Yeh, at Shih-Hua Judy Yeh Guqin Concert at Carnegie Hall. She starred as the female lead, Yu Huan, in the dance drama The Story of Yu Huan, presented by off-Broadway Yangtze Repertory Theater of America and also choreographed the production in 2014. 

Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Go3JDDNeuyI&app=desktop

Ticket

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dance-production-flowing-colors-of-charming-flowers-at-lincoln-center-tickets-60799677472

Performance Date and Time: July 6, Saturday at 7:30pm
Performance Place: Alice Tully Hall Lincoln Center, 1941 Broadway, New York, NY 10023
Organizer: Ashley Liang Dance Company, Inc. (A Not-for-Profit Organization)

Co-Organizers:
New York Northeastern Chinese Association, Sino-American Culture, Art & Antique Association, Inc., Federation of Chinese American Associations of New York, New York Queens Art Education Center, Chinese-American Arts Council, Inc., USA FJSEN.COM, American Fujian Artist Association, MGM Media, Sino-American Business Association, Henan Chinese Associates USA, Inc., Better Chinatown USA, Chinese Association Inc., Zhe Jiang Wen Zhou Association Industry & Commerce U.S.A., New York Guqin School, Union National Culture and Sports Foundation, American Chinese Business Trade Promotion Association, Taishan Overseas Chinese Middle School Alumni Association, Inc., America Chinese Silk Road Chamber of Commerce, America Bamin Commerce Association, Fujian Consolidated Benevolent Association USA, Beijing Association of New York.

Sponsors:
Kai Gao Esquire P.C., Flushing.com, Kam Man Food, HealthFirst, iHome Design, MeHome Realty, AsianinNY, Keiko Hira Music Studio, New York Fantastic Chorus, Blue Sky Creative Studio, The Wall Street Times, USA Life online.com, Right Time International LLC, CC Weekly, Jasmine Restaurant, COCI Construction, Kang Hua Adult Day Care Center, World Peace Ever.TV

Special Guest Performers:
Aminta Remisosky, Anne Marie Robson Smock, Ansel Cohen, Arthur Liu, Danielle Peters, Erin Kernion, Judy Shih-Hua Yeh, Jun Zhou, Michelle Joy, Nick Peregrino, Sienna Peck, Tara Pederson, Temple Kemezis

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Accomplished Actress WENDY BRAUN Returns to Netflix Comedy ‘ATYPICAL’ Season 3 and Secures For Your Emmy® Consideration

LOS ANGELES – Actress Wendy Braun reprises her recurring role as the uptight, but well-intentioned ‘Kathy’ in the all-new Season 3 of the celebrated Netflix original series, Atypical. The role has earned Braun Emmy® For Your Consideration status for ‘Outstanding Guest Actress in A Comedy Series’ with the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for her work in Season 2.

Created by Robia Rashid, this coming-of-age comedy follows Sam (Keir Gilchrist), an 18-year old on the autistic spectrum who is looking for love and independence. Introduced during the first season, Kathy (Braun) is the leader of the autism parent support group and friend to Sam’s mom, Elsa (Jennifer Jason Leigh). Throughout the second season, Kathy uses her pushy but polite ways to get “something for something” when Elsa needs to find Sam a good therapist. The 10-episode Season 3 is currently shooting and the premiere date has not been announced.

Braun has been receiving raves for her work on the show, including TV.com touting “A standout among the recurring cast is Wendy Braun.”  

“I’m grateful to be part of a show that celebrates inclusion and acceptance, proves that being normal is overrated, and continues the conversation to help break any stigma around autism. It’s so much fun to continually play a character who tries so hard to keep it all together, while things around her are falling apart,” shares Braun.  


(Wendy Braun in "Atypical" / Netflix)

Braun recently wrapped a role on the upcoming second season of the YouTube original series, Liza On Demand. She was offered the role by creators Debon ah Kaplan and Harry Elfond, after working on their previous MTV comedy series, Mary + Jane.

Coming soon, Braun stars in the indie comedy feature, Donny’s Party, as the put-together, self-absorbed matriarch of a highly dysfunctional family. Braun also emerges in a pivotal role in Vital Signs, a semi-autobiographical show created and starring Dr. Dre about his road from rapper to business mogul.

Audiences have been recognizing Braun for years from her standout performances in film and television. She appeared with Ed Helms and Tracy Morgan in the indie comedy film, The Clapper; faced-off with Ellen Pompeo on ABC’s long-standing hit drama Grey’s Anatomy; took on Danny DeVito on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia; and earned laughs with Fred Armisen in IFC’s hit, Documentary Now!

Braun has racked up over 90 film, TV and theater credits, including guest-starring roles on hit shows like The Mentalist, Bones, Criminal Minds, Castle and Navy NCIS; and recurring roles on iCarly and General Hospital, which lead to a contract role in the spin-off, General Hospital: Night Shift. Braun has more than 1000 voice-over credits, including the sexy, snarky undercover agent, Gianna Parasini in the hugely popular video game series, Mass Effect; and alongside SNL alum Bobby Moynihan in Cartoon Network’s animated comedy series, We Bare Bears.

Braun is represented by BRS / Gage Talent Agency; and manager Jason Priluck at Priluck Company.

 

Watch Wendy Braun in ‘Atypical’ For Your Emmy® Consideration: wendybraun.com/fyc

Television Academy Member Viewing Platform: http://view.televisionacademy.com


(Wendy Braun in "Atypical" / Netflix)


(Wendy Braun in "Atypical" / Netflix)


(actress Wendy Braun)


(Wendy Braun on red carpet)

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Los Angeles Skid Row Artists Explore Question: What Is Your Version of Success in New Docu-Series ‘FROM BOTTOM TO TOP’

LOS ANGELES – The new documentary series, FROM BOTTOM TO TOP, brings together Skid Row artists, emerging and celebrity artists to explore: What is your version of success?

Available now on Amazon.com, Filmmakers Bel Deliá and Annalea Fiachi are on a mission to uncover the highs and lows of being an artist. The result is an 8-episode humanitarian docu-series that delivers a new form of inspiration, uncovering words of wisdom from the heart of Skid Row.

Each ‘bite-sized’ installment showcases a lively one-on-one conversation between an emerging or celebrity artist and an artist from the non-profit The People Concern’s Studio 526, an arts program in Los Angeles’ Skid Row neighbourhood available to the community and those affected by homelessness — Studio 526 is rooted in the understanding that equitable access to arts and cultural spaces is a fundamental human right for all. ­­­

FROM BOTTOM TO TOP looks beyond the art that inspires you, to the artist behind it. Whether a musician from Skid Row, an art student, an acclaimed A-List actor, an emerging director or writer, the series examines what makes us tick, what makes us human and in turn what connects us all.

Some of the featured artist pairings include:

--   Actress/Director Emma Bell (Scratch, The Walking Dead, Dallas) with Musician the late Franc Foster of Franc’s Melting Pot
--   Indie folk Singer/Songwriter Sunny War with DJ “Sir Oliver”
--   Painter/Artist Linda Leigh with Actress Jaime Slater (Daredevil)
--   Actress Alyson Reed (High School Musical) with Artist Hugo Gonzalez
--   Comedian/Actress Amy Anderson with Actress/Singer Christina C. (Urban Voices Choir, LA Poverty Department Theatre Co)
--   Artist/Filmmaker Vicki Maturo with genre Director Mike Mendez (Don’t Kill It, Masters of Horror)
--   Dancer/Choreographer Essence Florie with Painter/Artist Garrison A.
-- Artist Antonio Holguin with veteran Singer/Producer/Performer dubbed ‘The Ambassador of Soul’ Ellis Hall Jr.

Deliá began developing the project in 2016 with a specific focus, explaining “The goal is to build an awareness that homelessness is not an identity, it is not who you are, who you are is a dancer, a singer, a musician, a painter, a member of the greater community. Once we can appreciate that, we can all address the crisis of homelessness together.”

Deliá and Fiachi, artists themselves, bonded over their shared love of acting and filmmaking. Passionate about the creative arts, they ran a charity penny drive together for two years consecutive, raising funds for Studio 526’s arts program then called Lamp Arts Program back in 2013 and 2014.

FROM BOTTOM TO TOP is available for streaming on Amazon.com and Amazon Prime in the U.S. and U.K. -- direct link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07QG53Y5Z/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp__kklTCbDVHM960

 For more about FROM BOTTOM TO TOP visit: www.FromBottomToTop.org

 

('From Bottom to Top' - pictured: Emma Bell and Franc Foster)

('From Bottom to Top' - pictured: Sunny War and “Sir Oliver”)

('From Bottom to Top' - pictured: Linda Leigh  and Jaime Slater)

'From Bottom to Top' Filmmakers - pictured: Bel Deliá (R) and Annalea Fiachi (L)

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Filmmaker / Actress ANGELA MATEMOTJA Awarded BEST INSPIRATIONAL FEATURE for ‘ELEVATE’ at Golden State Film Festival

LOS ANGELES – Award-winning filmmaker and actress Angela Matemotja earns ‘Best Inspirational Feature’ award for her feature film debut, ELEVATE, at the 2019 Golden State Film Festival awards ceremony which took place at TCL Chinese Theatre.

Writing, directing and starring in ELEVATE, Matemotja delivers a drama of intertwining stories about people who must fight to overcome their struggles with homophobia, food addiction and racism. Matemotja shares, “Winning Best Inspirational Feature is such an honor and is in complete alignment with my mission: creating a cinematic culture of compassion, one story at a time. Thank you Peter Greene and Jon Gursha for this wonderful accolade.”

On April 20th, ELEVATE will screen as the final Official Selection at The Women’s International Film Festival San Diego. Hosted by the Women’s Museum of California, the festival provides female storytellers a platform to share their work and connect with each other amongst a uniquely supportive audience.

Matemotja shares, “I am so touched that we are the final screening and only feature film playing at this special festival. This is a true honor and I can’t wait to view and discuss ELEVATE with other women considering our film was written, produced, directed, scored and stars mostly women. This is more than I could have ever hoped for.”

The film has been gaining momentum with international audiences as well, screening most recently in South Africa on International Womens’ Day, where during a robust panel one audience member asked Matemotja: Did you know about the #MeToo movement at the time you were filming?

Earlier this year, Matemotja earned the ‘Best Director’ award at the U.K.’s LGBTQ focused Rainbow Umbrella Film Festival and the ‘Female Pioneer Award’ at the Downtown Los Angeles Film Festival in Los Angeles. Prior to this, the film earned an Award of Merit for Best Feature Film and Best Actress in a Leading Role (Matemotja) from the Accolade Global Film Competition.

ELEVATE delivers a drama of intertwining stories about people who must fight to overcome their struggles with homophobia, food addiction and racism. The story follows Trina, an overweight elevator switchboard operator who desperately tries to accomplish just one day of healthy eating. Overwhelmed by her abusive boss and by the trapped elevator occupants that reach out to her for help, her fitness guru provides the inspiration and escape that she craves – or does she? Ultimately, all of the occupants in this trapped world find themselves caught face-to-face with their inner demons.

The film also stars Brianna Brown (CW’S Dynasty), Kit Williamson (creator/star of award-winning and Emmy nominated LGBTQ series Eastsiders), Alexis Carra (Latina star of ABC’s Mixology) and Matemotja (Tyler Perry’s Single Mom’s Club). To produce the film, Matemotja turned to Dele Ogundiran, who is also African, and Brown, who is the CEO of the non-profit The New Hollywood, which is dedicated to supporting socially conscious storytellers and change makers.

 

ELEVATE – The Women’s International Film Festival San Diego
Location:  79 Horton Plaza, San Diego, CA 92101
Date/Time: Saturday, April 20, 2019 at 7:00pm
Details: ***Q and A panel with Angela Matemotja immediately following the screening.
Tickets https://www.womensfilmfestivalsandiego.com/passes

For more about ELEVATE visit: ElevateFilm.com

(ELEVATE cast at Golden State Film Festival 2019)

(Angela Matemotja accepts 'Best Inspirational Feature' for ELEVATE at Golden State Film Festival - alongside festival Directors Jon Gursha and Peter Greene)

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Celebrated Filmmaker / Actress ANGELA MATEMOTJA Brings ‘ELEVATE’ to Golden State Film Festival at TCL Chinese Theatre

LOS ANGELES – Award-winning filmmaker and actress Angela Matemotja brings her internationally celebrated feature film ELEVATE to the iconic TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood as part of the Golden State Film Festival on March 25th.

The film screens as an ‘Official Selection’ on the heels of playing in South Africa at the Rapid Lion Film Festival and on International Womens' Day last week. Matemotja earned the ‘Best Director’ award at the U.K.’s LGBTQ focused Rainbow Umbrella Film Festival and the ‘Female Pioneer Award’ at the DTLA Film Festival in Los Angeles. Prior to this, the film earned an Award of Merit for Best Feature Film and Best Actress in a Leading Role (Matemotja) from the Accolade Global Film Competition.

As writer, director and star of the film, Matemotja is now thrilled to take it to the famed Chinese Theatre for its final festival, adding “I am so grateful and excited to be screening at this incredible venue. This is the perfect place to have our final Los Angeles Film Festival screening -- this is a dream come true!”

ELEVATE delivers a drama of intertwining stories about people who must fight to overcome their struggles with homophobia, food addiction and racism. The story follows Trina, an overweight elevator switchboard operator who desperately tries to accomplish just one day of healthy eating. Overwhelmed by her abusive boss and by the trapped elevator occupants that reach out to her for help, her fitness guru provides the inspiration and escape that she craves – or does she? Ultimately, all of the occupants in this trapped world find themselves caught face-to-face with their inner demons.

The film also stars Brianna Brown (CW’S Dynasty), Kit Williamson (creator/star of award-winning and Emmy nominated LGBTQ series Eastsiders), Alexis Carra (Latina star of ABC’s Mixology) and Matemotja (Tyler Perry’s Single Mom’s Club). To produce the film, Matemotja turned to Dele Ogundiran, who is also African, and Brown, who is the CEO of the non-profit The New Hollywood, which is dedicated to supporting socially conscious storytellers and changemakers.

As an actress, Matemotja has appeared on screens big and small. Her notable feature film credits include the role of ‘Christina’ in Tyler Perry’s The Single Mom’s Club and alongside Kevin Hart in the indie comedy film Something Like A Business. Her television roles include appearances on the CBS mega-hit comedy How I Met Your Mother, Amazon’s top cop-drama Bosch, ABC’s long-running series Castle and edgy sitcom Don’t Trust The B…, and Ryan Murphy’s modern laugher The New Normal on NBC.

Behind the camera, Matemotja earned an NAACP Award nomination for directing the stage play Sunshine For a Midnight Weary. Her first short film as writer/director, The Encounter, screened at over 30 international film festivals, earning the Grand Jury Award at the White Sands Int’l FF, Honorable Mention at Toronto CommFFest and nominations for Best Short Film at SoCal FF, SOHO FF and Long Island Int’l Film Expo. Her second short, The Untimely Concurrence, won Best LGBTQ Film at AOF FF, San Francisco Black FF and San Diego Black FF, and the Silver Screen Award for Best Short Film at the Nevada Int’l FF. In addition, her screenplay Drunk Book was awarded Best Comedy Short for the written word competition at AOF FF.

ELEVATE – Golden State Film Festival
Location: TCL Chinese Theatre (6801 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, CA)
Date/Time: Monday, March 25, 2019 at 9:30pm
Details: Matemotja along with stars Brianna Brown and Alexis Carra will be in attendance along with the rest of the cast and crew.
Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/golden-state-film-festival-tickets-54491730232

For more about ELEVATE visit: www.ElevateFilm.com

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Actress MOLLY RATERMANN Meets Grief and Trauma Starring in Dramatic Indie Feature ‘BRING ME AN AVOCADO’

SAN FRANCISCO - Actress Molly Ratermann meets grief and trauma head-on starring in the compelling dramatic indie feature, BRING ME AN AVOCADO, making its World Premiere at the CINEQUEST Film Festival on March 8, 2019.

Early on, the project was a finalist in Seed & Spark’s 2017 inaugural Hometown Heroes rally, where it was one of 5 films awarded a grant by respected filmmakers The Duplass Brothers. Now, The Mercury News touts the completed film as a world premiere that “shouldn’t be missed”.

Written and directed by Maria Mealla, this tragic story chronicles how a family and friends must cope after a horrific shooting leaves a young mother in a coma. As her sister Greece (Ratermann) and best friend Jada step in to help George maintain a sense of normalcy for his daughters, they all struggle to adapt in her absence. As time passes, everyone is forced to face their own grief and trauma in an overbearing routine that reveals the worst in all of them.

In recent years, Ratermann has established herself as an award-winning actress and filmmaker on the indie scene. She earned ‘Best Actress’ awards at the LA Film Awards, Studio City Int. Film Festival, International Independent Film Festival, Indiefest, and the Actors Awards, among others. Ratermann is a skilled actress having trained in Los Angeles and New York at Seydways Studios, Upright Citizens Brigade and Beverly Hills Playhouse.

Under her Little Hand Productions banner, this San Francisco born multi-talent has gained international attention for creating and starring in dark comedies which shed light on important social issues. The most notable is her mental health extended short film, Suicide, which earned 20 awards at over 25 festivals worldwide and was selected for Filmmaker Spotlight by ShortsTV and earned distribution on Amazon, DirecTV and other platforms throughout the U.S. and Europe. Her performance has been heralded as “organic, profound and touching” (Actors Awards) and “immediately humorous and lovable...10/10” (LA Film Awards).

Ratermann followed it up creating and starring in the daring short, Lizze Lost, which earned accolades for dealing with the complexity of unrequited gay-straight love, isolation, and a life changing cancer diagnosis. As a director, Ratermann helmed the dramedy web series, For Your Birthday, which dives into the realm of inner family matters; and the upcoming comedy-drama web series, Commune, highlighting social issues in the African-American community and flaws in the judicial system.

Molly Ratermann is represented by Scott Carlson Entertainment and Mazlea Talent Agency.

BRING ME AN AVOCADO – CINEQUEST Film Festival in San Jose, California
World Premiere: March 8th at 7:15 pm at Hammer Theatre
Additional Screenings: March 10 at 1:05 pm and March 16 at 12:15 pm at Century 20; March 17 at 10:45 am at California Theatre.
More info: https://www.cinequest.org

For more about MOLLY RATERMANN visit: www.MollyRatermann.com

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Spaulding Youth Center Honored with ,000.00 Grant from People’s United Community Foundation

Spaulding Youth Center’s Residential Program focuses on therapeutically supporting children while fostering the fundamental philosophies of a family unit. The grant presented by People’s United Community Foundation will support Spaulding’s goals of providing comfortable, welcoming and home-like environment for its residential students. Funds from this grant will help to cover the cost of new furnishings in three common areas of one of the organization’s five residential cottages.

“The generous support of People’s United Community Foundation will make an incredible impact in the lives of the children living on campus,” said Susan C. Ryan, President & CEO of Spaulding Youth Center. “Funding for this type of need can be difficult to come by and providing our children with a restful and relaxing common area to unwind after a school day is an important part of our residential students’ daily routines. At a time in life where these kids can be at their most vulnerable, providing them with a comfortable place to live shows them they are important, cared for and loved. We are truly grateful for People’s United’s support.”

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Dr. Pradeep Ganguly Congratulates Shivaji College Faculty

Dr. Pradeep Ganguly, founder and CEO of MKK-USA, congratulated Shivaji College for facilitating the scholarship process for meritorious and needy students. Dr. Ganguly stated, “I congratulate Shivaji College. Ms. Anshu Chopra and her colleagues at the Department of Economics did an outstanding job screening, selecting and awarding MKK-USA scholarships. I am very proud of this institution, its leader Dr. Shashi Nijhawan, and the Economics faculty led by Anshu Chopra.”

Dr. Pradeep Ganguly was invited to speak on “U.S.-India Business Relations” at Shivaji College. The auditorium was packed with bright and eager students, as well as faculty members, all ready to listen, engage, learn and participate. The Q&A session was equally stimulating. Dr. Ganguly further stated, “Kudos to Dr. Shashi Nijhawan, Principal of Shivaji College, and the Department of Economics faculty for organizing such a wonderful event.”

The lectures and scholarships are part of Dr. Ganguly’s proud association with Shivaji College. He personally thanked Dr. Shashi Nijhawan, Principal, and the Economics Faculty: Anshu Chopra,Mamta Datt, Iti Dandona, Reetika Rana, Sumeet Raheja,Shivani Goel,Priyanka, Md. Irfan Alam and Ms. Aditi. I look forward to working with this team for a long time.” For more information on this amazing Economics team, log on to: http://www.shivajicollege.ac.in/academics/departments/faculty.php?department=economics

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Dr. Pradeep Ganguly announces 2018-19 Scholarships

Baltimore, Maryland. February 7, 2019. Dr. Pradeep Ganguly, Founder and CEO of MKK-USA, announced the winners of the 2018-19 MKK-USA scholarships:

1. Raghav Sharma, BA (Honors), 1st year
2. Shivani Badola, B.A Honors, 3rd Year
3. Vaishali Suchdeva, B.A. Honors, 3rd Year

All are students at Shivaji College, University of Delhi.

Dr. Ganguly founded MKK-USA in 1998 as a non-profit organization. The mission of MKK-USA is to provide educational support and humanitarian aid to needy and bright students – both in India and in the Washington, DC region. This non-profit organization also provides humanitarian aid.

Since its inception, MKK-USA has provided scholarships to students in New Delhi and Malda, India, as well as local students at Prince George’s Community College, Northern Virginia Community College, Largo High School, Flowers High School. Other recipients of MKK-USA donations include the Children’s Inn at NIH, The National Geographic Afghan Girls Fund and ASHA for Education, Community Services for Autistic Adults and Children, Rockville, and Central Fairfax Services, Fairfax, Virginia.

MKK stands for Manav Kalyan Kendra and translates to Center for Human Welfare. The primary goal of the organization is to provide quality educational support to deserving students through scholarships. They also provide economic support to educational programs in designated intermediate, vocational and higher education institutions in India, especially in New Delhi. The organization also has a good record of supporting humanitarian efforts and educational programs across the world.

MKK is also involved in medical and environmental clean-up efforts in the slums of New Delhi, India and has been instrumental in spreading the message of cleanliness and health among those who live in slums and shanties in this region.

MKK organizes high quality cultural events at regular intervals to help raise funds for their scholarship programs.

According to the spokesperson, they want to make a difference in the lives of children, one child at a time. “We help needy children get quality education so that the can become self-supporting and independent. We also provide humanitarian aid in emergencies.”

In September 2018, Dr. Ganguly organized “Nrityanjali” – a dance program – in partnership with the KONARK Dance School.

Press contact: S. K. Yadav, 703-450-4291

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Filmmaker / Actress ANGELA MATEMOTJA Named ‘Best Director’ at London’s 2019 Rainbow Umbrella Film Festival for Debut Feature ‘ELEVATE’

LOS ANGELES – Award-winning filmmaker and actress Angela Matemotja earns ‘Best Director’ award for her feature film debut, ELEVATE, at the Rainbow Umbrella Film Festival, a new LGBTQ focused event in North London, U.K.

Writing, directing and starring in ELEVATE, Matemotja delivers a drama of intertwining stories about people who must fight to overcome their struggles with homophobia, food addiction and racism. Matemotja shares, “winning Best Director from an emerging LGBTQ festival is an honor. The fact that it screened in London really warms my heart, as I lived there years ago and fell in love with the city.”

ELEVATE will continue on the international circuit this March as an ‘Official Selection’ at Rapid Lion: The South African International Film Festival in Johannesburg. Matemotja has close ties to South Africa, as she is half South African and it was while living there that she first began developing the project. She also loosely based one character in the film ‘Sipho’ on her South African father, who also plays the role in the film. Matemotja shares, “I'm especially excited the film is screening in Johannesburg as my hope is to help ‘elevate’ the minds and hearts of anyone struggling with homophobia and racism, as these issues are so prevalent on the continent.”

Last fall, Matemotja earned the ‘Female Pioneer Award’ when ELEVATE premiered at the DTLA Film Festival in Los Angeles. Prior to this, the film earned an Award of Merit for Best Feature Film and Best Actress in a Leading Role (Angela Matemotja) from the Accolade Global Film Competition.

ELEVATE follows the story of Trina, an overweight elevator switchboard operator who desperately tries to accomplish just one day of healthy eating. Overwhelmed by her abusive boss and by the trapped elevator occupants that reach out to her for help, her fitness guru provides the inspiration and escape that she craves – or does she? Ultimately, all of the occupants in this trapped world find themselves caught face-to-face with their inner demons.

The film also stars Brianna Brown (CW’S Dynasty), Kit Williamson (creator/star of award-winning and Emmy nominated LGBTQ series Eastsiders), Alexis Carra (Latina star of ABC’s Mixology) and Matemotja (Tyler Perry’s Single Mom’s Club). To produce the film, Matemotja turned to Dele Ogundiran, who is also African, and Brown, who is the CEO of the non-profit The New Hollywood, which is dedicated to supporting socially conscious storytellers and changemakers.

As an actress, Matemotja has appeared on screens big and small. Her notable feature film credits include the role of ‘Christina’ in Tyler Perry’s The Single Mom’s Club and alongside Kevin Hart in the indie comedy film Something Like A Business. Her television roles include appearances on the CBS mega-hit comedy How I Met Your Mother, Amazon’s top cop-drama Bosch, ABC’s long-running series Castle and edgy sitcom Don’t Trust The B…, and Ryan Murphy’s modern laugher The New Normal on NBC.

Behind the camera, Matemotja earned an NAACP Award nomination for directing the stage play Sunshine For a Midnight Weary. Her first short film as writer/director, The Encounter, screened at over 30 international film festivals, earning the Grand Jury Award at the White Sands Int’l FF, Honorable Mention at Toronto CommFFest and nominations for Best Short Film at SoCal FF, SOHO FF and Long Island Int’l Film Expo. Her second short, The Untimely Concurrence, won Best LGBTQ Film at AOF FF, San Francisco Black FF and San Diego Black FF, and the Silver Screen Award for Best Short Film at the Nevada Int’l FF. In addition, her screenplay Drunk Book was awarded Best Comedy Short for the written word competition at AOF FF.

For more about ELEVATE visit: ElevateFilm.com

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Yisrayl Hawkins Says The House of Yahweh Answers All Scriptural Questions With Scripture in New Post This Week

Yisrayl Hawkins, Pastor and Overseer at The House of Yahweh in Abilene, Texas, has written a new post this week that invites world leaders and lay people alike to contact The House of Yahweh for viable solutions based on Scripture.

Yisrayl says the world is in great need of answers right now and The House of Yahweh is prepped and ready to provide scriptural answers that will eliminate problems in any situation. He says the answers are foolproof and were given from the very beginning for mankind to live in peace.

“We have always had these answers, but the world rejected them early on and that’s when the problems began to escalate. We can have peace, and we will provide the plan for it,” Yisrayl says. 
Yisrayl says The House of Yahweh is the only organization on earth that is obeying the Scriptures properly and is the only group qualified to teach them. He says he has scriptural proof that will back-up every word taught. He is adamant the proof is in the results. 
“If you put what the Scriptures say into practice and don’t sway from them one bit, you will see the great blessings that come into your life and anyone else’s who comes in contact with you,” Yisrayl says.

Yisrayl says the best way to gain a better understanding of these teachings is to watch their weekly Sabbath Service live streams every seventh day of the week at 9:00am CST on their website and Facebook live. Just type https://www.facebook.com/officialhouseofyahweh/ in your web browser and hit enter.

To read the article and get more details, go to http://www.yahwehsbranch.com. Click the top title word that says “BLOG” to read the newest letter.

About Us: The House of Yahweh, fully recognized in 1983 as a non-profit organization in the United States of America, continues to this present day to fulfill its commissioned work of preaching and publishing the True Message of Salvation.

The House of Yahweh correctly translated, restored and published The Book of Yahweh in 1987. It has the Sacred Names restored in all the correct places, and many of the mistranslated Scriptures have been correctly translated.

Media Contact: Rebekah Mathews or Teshua Schoenheinz (800) 613-9494

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New Memoir from Westminster John Knox Press Explores Gender Transition in Family of Evangelical Pastors

What is the right thing to do when a family member comes out as transgender? As Jonathan S. Williams (author of She’s My Dad: A Father’s Transition and a Son’s Redemption) discovered, “There’s no handbook. There’s no You-Tube video. Behind everyone’s coming-out party there is a family who is weeping, drinking too much, and googling what exactly it means to be transgender.”

Three months into pastoring his new evangelical church plant, Jonathan learned that his father Paul was transgender. A prominent evangelical pastor himself, Paul soon became Paula, and was immediately ousted from her community. Torn between supporting his father and his church’s position on transgender issues, Jonathan spiraled into depression and drinking. She’s My Dad follows Jonathan and Paula’s stories in alternating chapters, examining the feelings of loss, confusion, and anger when a parent transitions.

Jonathan and Paula explore their family’s continuing evolution, the meaning of remaining loyal to one’s father even when she is no longer a man, the ongoing theological evolution surrounding transgender rights and advocacy in the church, and the unflinching self-scrutiny of a pastor who lost his God only to find God again in his father’s transition.

Jonathan S. Williams is Senior Pastor of Forefront Church in New York, a progressive church that works to bring a just and generous Christianity to New York City.

Paula Stone Williams is a nationally known speaker on gender equity and LGBTQ advocacy. She is the Pastor of Preaching and Worship at Left Hand Church in Longmont, Colorado, and a therapist with RLT Pathways, Inc.

Praise for She’s My Dad: A Father’s Transition and a Son’s Redemption

“Written with gut-wrenching honesty and a raw vulnerability that exposes both deep pain and deep compassion, this gripping memoir reveals the heartache and the beauty of navigating life when a family member comes out. A much-welcomed addition of the library of LGBTQ+ resources and one I highly recommend!” 
—Amber Cantorna, author of Refocusing My Family and Unashamed: A Coming-Out Guide for LGBTQ Christians

“When a parent begins living their gender identity authentically, it impacts the identity of everyone in the family. In She’s My Dad, Jonathan Williams describes the pain of reconceiving his father and himself, both as individuals and as pastors. The book is a wonderful resource for transitioning people and their loved ones.” 
—Suzanne DeWitt Hall, author of Transfigured: A 40-Day Journey through Scripture for Gender-Queer and Transgender People

“Jonathan Williams manages to honestly capture the pain and heartbreak he felt during his parent’s transition without discounting the reality of Paula’s identity. I kept waiting for the moment when the suffering of these two people would be pitted against each other. Instead, Jonathan and Paula work together to show us a reality in which two people in difficult circumstances can journey through pain and toward a new relationship.” 
—Austen Hartke, author of Transforming: The Bible and the Lives of Transgender Christians

She’s My Dad 
A Father’s Transition and a Son’s Transition 
Jonathan S. Williams with Paula Stone Williams 
November 2018 
9780664264352 • 5.5" x 8.5" • 202 pages • Paperback • .00 

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MELANIE HAYNES Delivers Holiday Fun in Lifetime’s ‘MY CHRISTMAS INN’ and Sony’s Animated ‘SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE’

LOS ANGELES -- Actress MELANIE HAYNES delivers plenty of fun this holiday season appearing in Lifetime’s TV movie, MY CHRISTMAS INN, and then in theaters with Sony’s animated Marvel feature film, SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE. Haynes will head back to the small screen in 2019 when she emerges in season three of HBO’s anthology crime drama TRUE DETECTIVE.

On November 21st, Haynes joins the festivities as Ruth in the Lifetime holiday movie MY CHRISTMAS INN. The story follows Jen Taylor (Tia Mowry-Hardict), who inherits a cozy Alaskan inn and unexpectedly discovers a spark of love with small town attorney Steve Anderson (Rob Mayes). Ruth (Haynes) and her husband are regulars at the Inn who demonstrate to Jen just how fulfilling a loving relationship can be.

Then hitting theaters on December 14th, Haynes lends her voice to the Marvel Universe for the new Sony animated feature film SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE. Spider-Man crosses parallel dimensions and teams up with the Spider-Men of those dimensions to stop a threat to all reality. Haynes joins the action as the Logic Teacher alongside the all-star cast including Nicolas Cage, Hailee Steinfeld, Liev Schreiber, John Mulaney, Mahershala Ali, Lily Tomlin.

Coming in 2019, Haynes heads back to the small screen for the anticipated season three of HBO’s anthology crime drama series TRUE DETECTIVE, premiering on January 13th. The next installment tells the story of Wayne Hays (Mahershala Ali), a state police detective tasked with investigating the disappearance of two young children in the Ozarks. Haynes joins the cast that also includes Carmen Ejogo, Stephen Dorff, Ray Fisher, Sarah Gadon and Rhys Wakefield among others.

Haynes is excited by the diverse projects she’s been part of recently, adding “I love working on such a variety of projects in drama and comedy – traveling to new, beautiful locales and working with such wonderful actors, directors, and crew!  Since so much of my work has been in voice over through the years, it was especially delightful to be asked to voice a character in this ground breaking new animated Spider-Man feature film. Excelsior!"

Haynes has landed in several celebrated indie films, including as the awkward Aunt Patty in the comedy Antiquities, starring Andrew J. West, Ashley Green, Mary Steenburgen and Michaela Watkins; and as Aunt Trish in the new digital buddy road-trip comedy release Chasing the Sun. Her film roles also include Mother of Mackenzie Davis in the coming-of-age drama, A Country Called Home; as a Church-going, pyramid scheming deceitful woman in Heartland; as the charming but lonely Southern belle Cordella in the award-winning short Tender Moments; and as the no-nonsense bar owner Sissy in the indie drama The Last Mark.

Splitting her time between Los Angeles and her hometown Houston, Texas, Haynes has appeared in and voiced numerous television projects, most recently as a Southern Chef opposite Adam Conover in TruTV’s Adam Ruins Everything. Her TV credits also include The Middle, Salem, A Face to Kill For, The Con, Arrest & Trial and The Daily Apple. She earned her Bachelor’s degree and teaching certificate in Theater and English at the University of Houston, and danced for several years with Patsy Swayze’s Houston Jazz Ballet Company. Haynes served on the board of SAG-AFTRA’s Houston Local Branch for 15 years and as the President for two terms. Today, Haynes continues to run her own professional voice over studio which she established back in 2002.

Melanie Haynes is represented by Aqua Talent, Caviar Enertainment, Osbrink Agency (VO), Pastorini-Bosby Talent (Houston/SE) and Stars Talent Studio (Utah).

For further information on MELANIE HAYNES visit: www.MelanieHaynes-Actress.com

photo - on set: MY CHRISTMAS INN (LtoR) Rob Mayes, Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Melanie Haynes, Richard Benedict

photo - on set: SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE - Melanie Haynes

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METAPHYSICAL at the Airliner November 29th!

About Artist : 

METAPHYSICAL  is featured on DJ Don D's the Funky Dope Records IL-Fated "Fire" ep vinyl release. Born in Pasadena and raised in the Central Valley (Goshen, the city of Visalia, Dinuba, the city of Tulare, the city of Reedly and the city of Hanford) of California, METAPHYSICAL a.k.a. Philip Singer, first turned 2 rhyming as a young child. 
 
Back in the day, METAPHYSICAL was known as "Phil Fresh" An aspiring 19-year old emcee. Phil Fresh gained a following by performing in local talent shows and M.C. battles. Phil Fresh's biggest moment was getting airplay with his single, "Back In Time" on the radio station B95fm in 1990.
 
 In 1994 a car accident put him in a coma for two weeks. Hospitalized for 6 months he had 2 relearn how 2 walk and talk again. Inspired with another chance @ life, METAPHYSICAL is now a non-fiction storytelling emcee on the lyric. The song RHYME FLOW from the "Fire" ep release is on the Lower Merion Films "Teacher of the Year" movie now on DVD. 
 
 
 
Rude Boy Magazine, an up and coming magazine gives METAPHYSICAL a mention in the November 2014 edition(rudeboymag.com/metaphysical-mind-blowing-messages). Combining his words with precisely produced beats 2 form mind-blowing messages with songs, get your minds ready for METAPHYSICAL!
 
For music, music videos, downloads, artist bio and upcoming show information go to www.reverbnation.com/metap7

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Filmmaker / Actress ANGELA MATEMOTJA Earns ‘Female Pioneer Award’ for Debut Feature Film ‘ELEVATE’ at 2018 DTLA Film Festival

LOS ANGELES – Filmmaker and actress Angela Matemotja picked up the ‘Female Pioneer Award’ for her feature film debut, ELEVATE, at the recent 10th annual DTLA Film Festival in Los Angeles.

The theme of the 2018 festival was women’s empowerment, a nod to the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements launched one year ago. Writing, directing and starring in ELEVATE, Matemotja delivers a drama of intertwining stories about people who must fight to overcome their struggles with homophobia, food addiction and racism. For this, she proved an exceptional choice for the ‘Female Pioneer Award’ honor beside ‘Independent Film Pioneer Award’ winners Mira Sorvino, Rosanna Arquette and Malcolm McDowell, who all starred in prominent films at the festival.

"It’s a tremendous honor to receive such an award from DTLA Film Festival," Matemotja shares. "Karolyne Sosa did an outstanding job. Because our film touches on many social issues, I am pleased that she recognized the women's issues the film deals with as well, particularly the #MeToo aspect of our story. Our screening had a great turnout, audience was extremely receptive and what a great venue. It was such a success, I’m thrilled."

ELEVATE follows the story of Trina, an overweight elevator switchboard operator who desperately tries to accomplish just one day of healthy eating. Overwhelmed by her abusive boss and by the trapped elevator occupants that reach out to her for help, her fitness guru provides the inspiration and escape that she craves – or does she? Ultimately, all of the occupants in this trapped world find themselves caught face-to-face with their inner demons.

The film also stars Brianna Brown (CW’S Dynasty), Kit Williamson (creator/star of award-winning and Emmy nominated LGBTQ series Eastsiders), Alexis Carra (Latina star of ABC’s Mixology) and Matemotja (Tyler Perry’s Single Mom’s Club). 

To produce, Matemotja turned to Dele Ogundiran, who is also African, and Brown, who is the CEO of the non-profit The New Hollywood, which is dedicated to supporting socially conscious storytellers and changemakers.

Leading up to its premiere, ELEVATE has already earned an award of Merit for Best Feature Film and Best Actress in a Leading Role (Angela Matemotja) from the Accolade Global Film Competition.

As an actress, Matemotja has appeared on screens big and small. Her notable feature film credits include the role of ‘Christina’ in Tyler Perry’s The Single Mom’s Club and alongside Kevin Hart in the indie comedy film Something Like A Business. Her television roles include appearances on the CBS mega-hit comedy How I Met Your Mother, Amazon’s top cop-drama Bosch, ABC’s long-running series Castle and edgy sitcom Don’t Trust The B…, and Ryan Murphy’s modern laugher The New Normal on NBC.

Behind the camera, Matemotja earned an NAACP Award nomination for directing the stage play Sunshine For a Midnight Weary. Her first short film as writer/director, The Encounter, screened at over 30 international film festivals, earning the Grand Jury Award at the White Sands Int’l FF, Honorable Mention at Toronto CommFFest and nominations for Best Short Film at SoCal FF, SOHO FF and Long Island Int’l Film Expo. Her second short, The Untimely Concurrence, won Best LGBTQ Film at AOF FF, San Francisco Black FF and San Diego Black FF, and the Silver Screen Award for Best Short Film at the Nevada Int’l FF. In addition, her screenplay Drunk Book was awarded Best Comedy Short for the written word competition at AOF FF.

For more about ELEVATE visit: ElevateFilm.com

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Chinese artist Fu Wenjun latest Digital Pictorial Photography works solo show at Dairy Arts Center

What is photography? When the question asked, everyone will have an image/images appear in their mind. Does the photography art just stop growing, existing as these commonly acknowledge schemes? The artist Fu Wenjun doesn’t think so. Turning away from the recording function of photography widely recognized by the public, Fu Wenjun aims at exploring to place photography art in dialogue with other art media, like Chinese painting, oil painting, print, sculpture etc, so as to extend the possibility of photography art and to provide the viewers different visual experience. Based on these reflections on the photography art, Fu Wenjun put forward concept and practice of “Digital Pictorial Photography”, an innovative photography art style.

On the occasion of the solo show at Diary Arts Center, titled “Is it photography?”, Fu Wenjun will exhibit his latest Digital Pictorial Photography works, which focus on his exploration of photography with the connection of painting, especially with sculpture. Apart from the aesthetic and artistic features, Fu Wenjun’s works show an Eastern philosophy thinking towards the global or regional issues related to history, culture, human life and nature. He brings another angle to view things happening around us and in our world. Is it photography? Yes, it is. It’s not the common one, but brings new interpretation to the definition of photography art.

The works June Snow, Tang Ceramic Horse, Play Shadow, Mysterious Ceramic Figure present the rich and colorful history of the city Xi’an, continuously inhabited since about 1100 BC. The objects like pagoda, ceramic art, shadow play show the open attitude towards different religions and integration of Chinese and other ethic culture in a long history happened in this city, as the starting point of the Silk Road, connecting East Asia and Southeast Asia with East Africa, West Asia and Southern Europe.

Under the Earth’s highest mountain, Mount Everest, Tibet is the highest region on Earth, with an average elevation of 16,000 ft. This “isolated” wonderland is given not only breathtaking natural landscape, but also the Tibetan people, their lifestyle and their unique culture are very fascinating, which lead to the series Wind from Tibet. The series focuses on the Sho Dun Festival, known as Yogurt festival is an important celebration for the Tibetan lay people as well as the monks usually in the middle of August, after a month's retreat by the monks who stay within their monasteries to avoid walking on the emerging summer insects and killing them.

The works of Fu Wenjun may confuse the viewers at a first glance if they are photography. In this way the artist called attention to people’s activity of reading images, highlighting processes of translation and interpretation that are shared by artist and viewer alike. In the process these works provoke us to reconsider the degree to which our pictures of reality are shaped by the visual conventions and codes of particular media.

About the artist

Fu Wenjun (b.1955, www,fuwenjun,com), graduated from the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute and currently lives and works in Chongqing. He creates principally through the art media of photography, installation, sculpture and oil painting, and has put forward the concept and practice of “Digital Pictorial Photography”.

His works embody his reflections on many issues related to the Eastern and Western history, culture and humanity, including the relationship between different cultures in the age of globalisation, the heritage of traditional Chinese culture in a rapidly changing society, industrialisation and urbanisation in Chinese cities.

His solo exhibitions are presented at the National Art Museum of China (Beijing), at the Museu Europeu de Arte Moderno (Barcelona), at the Old Summer Palace Museum (Beijing), at the Today Art Museum (Beijing), at the United Nations Headquarters (New York), at the Guangdong Museum of Art (Guangzhou) and at other international art organizations.

Fu Wenjun exhibited at significant international exhibitions, including the Esposizione Triennale di Arti Visive a Roma, London Art Biennale, Biennale Internazionale d’Arte del Mediterraneo, Triennale dell’Arte Contemporanea, 1st Asia Biennial/5th Guangzhou Triennial, XVIII Bienal de Cerveira, NordArt, collateral exhibition of Biennale di Venezia 2013, entitled Voice of the Unseen Chinese Independent Art 1979/Today.

He has won numerous awards, including the first prize from International Biennial of Contemporary Art in Argentina, “The Best Artist in the World” at Tour Eiffel La Grande Exposition Universelle, International Award “Lorenzo il Magnifico” of X Florence Biennale.

His works are among international organization and museum collections, such as the National Art Museum of China, Museu Europeu d'Art Modern, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum and Societe Nationale des Beaux Arts in France.

About the exhibition

Title: Is It Photography? Fu Wenjun Solo Exhibition
Duration: October 12 – November 25, 2018

Venue: Hand-Rudy & MacMillon Family Gallery, Diary Arts Center
Exhibition reception: October 12 | 5-8 pm

Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday: 10 – 6 or later | Saturday: 12 – 7:30 or later | Sunday: 12 – 5:30 or later

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Chinese Traditional Culture Program "Communication and Heritage" Featured on Nasdaq Screen

Chinese Traditional Culture Going Global Program “Communication and Heritage" showed up on Nasdaq Screen on Aug 24, 2018, in New York City.

The Communication and Heritage program was a joint project by Caring Foundation By CSWF, European and American Public Relations Association, Beijing International Exchange Association of China. It aimed at taking Chinese culture globally, encourage the cultural exchange between China and the world, as well as promoting Chinese traditional culture going global.

New York is the first stop of Chinese Traditional Culture Going Global world exhibition program “Communication and Heritage.” The program collected art items representing Chinese traditional culture from all over China. The categories include visual art, audio art and touching art. They show audience different aspects of Chinese traditional art.

This collection includes Wang Yi Pin Chinese brush shop’s “Lan Ting Xu Special Hu Brush” and outstanding art pieces from Chinese top artist Mr. Cai Yong’s birds and flowers painting series.  The collection uses high tech such as air reflection, shadow reflection and light reflection to show the accomplishments of Chinese traditional culture. Viewers can enjoy the beauty of Chinese traditional art closely. 

Diana Fu, Zhongping Qiu, Min Gao at Time Square Nasdaq Display

The world is at a cross-culture combination stage and culture is the soul of a nation. It is a nation’s collective memory and spirit. Chinese culture has a long history with elements from all over the world. It has very important social value and treasure of our world. Studying Chinese traditional art has become a global trend. The Chinese traditional culture going global “Communication and Heritage” program shows a different China to the world. It shows a different China to the world and reflects the combination and communication of Chinese traditional culture and world cultures. It gave a strong voice from China to the global culture.

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REN HANAMI’s Award-Winning Dramatic Short ‘LIKE LAST NIGHT’ Tests Teen Friendship After Sexual Assault

LOS ANGELES -- Filmmaker and Actress Ren Hanami has been earning awards on the festival circuit with her dramatic short film, LIKE LAST NIGHT, which tests the limits of a teenage friendship after a sexual assault. The coming-of-age film will screen next as an ‘Official Selection’ at the inaugural Golden State Film Festival in Los Angeles on August 12th and Long Beach Indie International Film Festival in late August.

LIKE LAST NIGHT follows Caroline (Carmen Hodgson) and Alex (Andrea Claux), two high school best friends with very different points of view on life, who are forced to confront what to do after one of them is raped at a party. Will the crisis tear them apart or bond them closer together?

The film earned ‘Best Coming Of Age Short’ at the 2018 Culver City Film Festival and ‘Best Short Film Supporting Actress’ for Hanami at the Silicon Beach Film Festival. In addition, the London Story First Film Festival declared: "This is a heartfelt short about a difficult topic, and is sensitively acted by the cast, including a strong performance by Director Hanami as Caroline’s mother.”

Behind the camera, Hanami has been writing and developing several original projects. She is in-development on the feature film, Ninja Mom; and the teen focused spin-off television series pilot, Fashionista Ninja. In addition, Hanami is developing the feature film she penned, Native Land, Rising Sun; a finalist in the 2018 Diverse Voices Screenplay Contest, the story follows a Japanese American girl and Native American girl who meet in the Poston Arizona Internment Camp during World War II.

Hanami is best known in Hollywood for her on-camera work. Most recently, she appeared in episodes of the acclaimed Netflix series GLOW, Showtime’s Shameless, CBS’s police-drama S.W.A.T. and TNT’s popular drama Major Crimes. She also flexed her funny side recurring as Ernie Hudson’s wife in the fan-favorite comedy, Angie Tribeca; ‘Claire’ in Santa Clarita Diet and recurring as ‘Lynn’ in the critically acclaimed HBO series Silicon Valley. Her previous television credits also include Criminal Minds, Pretty Little Liars, Grey’s Anatomy, Parenthood, Southland, and The Big Bang Theory among others. On the festival circuit, Hanami emerged at the Sundance Film Festival in Marianna Palka’s acclaimed bleak comedy Bitch, starring Jaime King and Jason Ritter.

A Huntington Beach, CA native, Hanami was influenced by the heritage of her Hawaiian/Japanese Mother and Scottish Father. She proudly sits as the National Chairman of the SAG-AFTRA Asian Pacific American Media Committee, which offers moral support and a forum where diverse voices can be heard.

LIKE LAST NIGHT at Golden State Film Festival
When: Sunday, August 12, 2018 – 4:00pm
Where: The Sepulveda Screening Room (1640 S. Sepulveda Blvd, Ste 104, Los Angeles, CA 90025)
Info: http://www.goldenstatefilmfestival.com

For additional information about REN HANAMI visit: www.RenWorldInc.com

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Art at the center of the "Universe"

After the resounding success on the French Riviera, the Italian artist Cesare Catania continues to amaze international critics.

Thursday 19 July 2018, during the art biennial of Saint Paul de Vence, the last sculpture of Cesare Catania, entitled "The Heart of the Earth - B Version" will be installed right at the entrance to the Provençal village. It's a sculpture of contemporary art that connects to a previous work of art in wood and acrylic made by the same artist between the years 2012 and 2015, entitled "The Heart of the Earth - A Version". The last sculpture "The Heart of the Earth - B Version" draws inspiration from the same concept of strength and energy that releases the Earth and was made of Carrara marble powder and white cement. To give even greater emphasis to the energy aspect, the artist wanted to combine the remains of a meteorite in the mixture. The origin of the latter and the historical dating of the body
from thousands of light years are controversial: the only certain data is that they are fragments belonging to the meteorite cataloged by the official bodies and by NASA as "Meteorite Gibeon", fallen in prehistoric times in the southern region of Namibia (Africa) and some pieces of which are exhibited in the most famous geology museums in the world.

In this work of art Cesare Catania wanted to concentrate all the strength of the elements considered to be of greater energetic impact: the inverted pyramide and the sphere, the marble dust coming from the Earth and the meteorite fragments coming from the Universe.

The sculpture will be installed on Thursday 19 July 2018 in the heart of Provence and in particular in the capital of world art Saint Paul de Vence, in front of the contemporary art gallery Odd Gallery.

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80's UK Pop Star and Music Industry Veteran with Surprising Comeback!

Just like Hugh Grant in the movie 'Music and Lyrics', 80's heartthrob Mark Jones was on everyone's lips, fronting his band 'Perfect Day'. Now 30 years on, Mark is back with a bang, performing the brand new World Cup Football Anthem, 'England's in My Heart'.

Unlike Hugh Grant's character in 'Music and Lyrics', Mark Jones has since his 80's heyday been a key player in the UK music industry. As head of the legendary record label Wall of Sound, Mark has both worked alongside and released acts like Grace Jones, Basement Jaxx, Röyksopp, Propellerheads, Mogwai and Human League, only to mention a few.

Now, in support of England's trophy hunt at the World Cup in Russia, Mark Jones makes a sensational comeback as frontman and lead vocalist. The football anthem 'England's in My Heart' has all the necessary ingredients; it's an immensely catchy tune with a groovy stadium rock beat and timeless sing-along chorus. 

The official video is available here:
 


The song can be streamed and downloaded here: https://lnk.to/EnglandsinMyHeart

GO ENGLAND!

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Archie Marvellous & Mark Jones Release This Summer’s World Cup Smash-Hit, ‘England’s in My Heart’

With the World Cup just around the corner, Archie Marvellous & Mark Jones have released ‘England’s in My Heart’ on legendary London record label, Wall of Sound and it contains all of the ingredients for a catchy, modern day football anthem.

This single, by the ‘mythical’ Archie Marvellous and music industry legend, Mark Jones, features one of the leading performers in the northern English music scene, Scott Cavagan and high profile female producer, Aubrey Whitfield. After several years of success with multiple chart hits and songs on TV and radio, Archie has decided to take on ‘mission impossible’ and write a football anthem to rival The Lightning Seeds’ classic track, ‘Three Lions’.

‘England’s in My Heart’ is set to lift the spirits of a new generation, twenty-two years after ‘Three Lions’ took to the airwaves. With an immensely catchy chorus, a ‘jump up and down’ stadium rock beat and timeless crossover appeal, the track is sure to be the go-to anthem for this year’s World Cup in Russia.


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DJ Chris Dollar set to debut on New York's Hot 97, drop a new mixtape and celebrate his birthday with celebrities

Queens native DJ Chris Dollar is set to have one of the biggest weekends in his career. Starting with his celebrity Gemini birthday bash alongside "The Kingpin" Funk Flex and hosted by Hot 97 radio personality TT Torrez, this Friday, May 25th at the Orbit Night Club in New York City located at 637 west 50th Street New York, NY.

This event is expected to feature a who's who of industry heavyweights and insiders with many celebrity guests. In addition, DJ Chris Dollar will make his debut on Hot 97 this Sunday, May 27th from 6 am to 7 am part of the station's annual "All-Mix Weekend". Finally this week Dj Chris Dollar drops his new mixtape "Money, Power, Respect Volume 3" with the exclusively recorded "100 Racks" by Kaio Kane featuring Lil Baby and LouGotCash.

This is the third installment of his M.P.R. series which has been well received by both fans and industry insiders alike. "Chris' work ethic is the key to the success that he has achieved in such a short amount of time. We are far ahead of schedule but we still have more work to do to reach the goals we set for ourselves." – Adante Ace In the past few years under the tutelage of mentor & manager Adante Ace, DJ Chris Dollar has become a staple of the New York party and club scene.

Chris has appeared on the same bill with many legendary turntablists. And has gained the respect of fellow deejays such as Funk Flex, DJ SnS, Dj Envy, Dj Self, DJ Camilo, DJ Prostyle and others. His impressive achievements included hosting events throughout the United States including Puerto Rico; as well as international events in places like Mexico and parts of the Caribbean; three well received and critically acclaimed mixtapes in addition to a modest hit single "Feel it (I Love NY)" which garnered major radio airplay on New York radio stations including Power 105.1. We expect this summer to be a pivotal moment in the career of DJ Chris Dollar. With hit records, a hot party, the admiration of fans and the respect of his peers the sky is the limit for this young man.

Website: www.DJChrisDollar.com

Instagram: @DJChrisDollar

Twitter: @DJChrisDollar

Booking: DJChrisDollar@AOSEntertainment

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2018 International Surrealism Now exhibition, Coimbra, Portugal, Europe

International Surrealism Now is the largest international surrealist exhibition in the world, presenting 107 of the world’s leading surrealism artists from 45 countries. This ground-breaking project is presented by Portuguese surrealist painter Santiago Ribeiro. Ribeiro is dedicated to promoting Surrealism of the 21st century through exhibitions presented over the last 7 years in various parts of the world, including Berlin, Moscow, Dallas, Los Angeles, Mississippi, Warsaw, Nantes, Paris, Florence, Madrid, Granada, Barcelona, Lisbon, Belgrade, Monte Negro, Romania, Japan, Taiwan and Brazil.
 
In an attempt to take art to the people en masse – and promote the largest group exhibit of surreal art this year – Portuguese surrealist painter Santiago Ribeiro is teasing the public with flash images of his work in the most famous intersection of the world: Times Square, photos of which can be seen at www.santiagoribeiropainting.blogspot.pt.
 
The pieces are part of the International Surrealism Now exhibit, which is to open at the Coimbra House Culture and Chiado Museum in Portugal on November 17th, 2018. Billed as the largest world exhibition of contemporary Surrealism art in Europe with more than 100 artists from 45 countries participating, the exhibit of paintings, drawings, digital art, photographs, and sculpture is also expected to be shown, at least in part, at several monuments and public spaces throughout Portugal.
 
“As always, I’m doing something different, and the idea to exhibit in Times Square in New York shows how the mass media are our modern means to show our art,” Ribeiro said.
 
As explained at santiagoribeiropainting.blogspot.pt, Ribeiro’s work has been featured at the U.S. Embassy in Lisbon, in the Portuguese American Journal, in Digital Meets Culture, Pressenza.fr, metroNews.ru, Pravda in Portuguese, Huffington Post, The Herald News, Associated Press and many other publications (link).
 
His sponsors include Coimbra House Mayor, Bissaya Barreto Foundation and MagicCraftsman Studio.
 
He conceived the International Surrealism Now movement in 2010 in Coimbra with a major exhibit organized by Bissaya Barreto.
 
International Surrealism Now of the 21st century presents a strong force for freedom of creativity, love and hope. This can be seen in the works of the personal visions of 107 of the world’s leading surrealism artists representing the hopes, dreams, and ideologies of 45 countries proposing new perspectives, solutions, and healing journeys. Showcasing the dreams of creative and ideological freedom, the modern-day internet allows us to bring to the public the vital works of these astounding 21st century surrealist artists. Some of these artists include: Achraf Baznani of Morocco, Agim Meta of Spain, Aissa Mammasse of Algeria, Alvaro Mejias of Venezuela, Ana Neamu of Romania, Ana Pilar Morales of Spain, Andrew Baines of Australia, Asier Guerrero Rico (Dio) of Spain, Brigid Marlin from the UK, Bien Banez of The Philippines, Can Emed of Turkey, Carlos Sablan of Cuba, Catlin Precup or Romania, Cristian Townsend of Australia, Conor Walton of Ireland, Cynthia Tom of China, and many, many more.
 
The 45 countries represented in the exhibit include: Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Cuba, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Ukraine, Venezuela, and Vietnam.
 
International tourists are encouraged to visit Portugal for International Surrealism Now. It’s one of the safest places in the world, as it is without terrorism, without violence, and without weapons. There are no hurricanes and cyclones, only good food and wine (vinho tinto), wonderful places and weather, the sea and mountains, the monuments and city ruins from the Stone Age to the Roman Empire; from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance; from the Classic to the Modern.
 
Log on to www.santiagoribeiropainting.blogspot.pt to learn more about Santiago Ribeiro and his upcoming International Surrealism Now exhibit.
 
About Santiago Ribeiro:
 
Portuguese artist Santiago Ribeiro spent his childhood in the village of Condeixa-a-Nova and living in Coimbra where was born, has shown his artworks with great regularity in Portugal and in other European countries. He is the driving force and the promoter of the international project “Surrealism Now”, which started in 2010, organized by the Bissaya Barreto Foundation. Recently, the “Surrealism Now” exhibition was held in Lisbon as a result of a partnership with artist Victor Lages.

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Cesare Catania exhibits his art in Cannes during the Cannes Film Festival period

After the amazing success obtained during the exhibition at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco during the Rolex Master Cup no more than 10 days ago, one of the most popular Italian contemporary artist Cesare Catania leaves his mark on the French Riviera and he will soon be the guest of honor among one of the most sparkling evenings of the Cannes Film Festival period. Catania will present, on May 14th 2018, at the gala dinner on the Radisson Hotel rooftop, one of his sculptures in silicone and acrylic. The master has repeatedly amazed the international criticism for his works and his techniques. How he mixes together substances so different from each other, like silicone and acrylic to make his sculptures, is today a mystery. During the evening in the colors of white and gold, surrounded by a luxury cocktail and a breathtaking view, there will be a prize draw among the participants and the lucky winner will take home a numbered copy and limited edition of the book called "Genesis", more of 450 pages with the life and works of the author. Obviously with the autograph and a dedication by the contemporary painter and sculptor Cesare Catania. Contacts: Cesare Catania ART ingenuity works – paintings – sculptures Art Gallery: Via Del Progresso 18 – 20125 – Milan (IT) web: www.cesarecatania.eu mail: press@cesarecatania.eu IG: @art_cesarecatania

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Join Dealers from Across the Country in New York City to Celebrate Stamp Collecting Month at the ASDA Fall Postage Stamp Show — October 5–7, 2017

The American Stamp Dealers Association, Inc. is hosting its annual National Fall Postage Stamp Show, October 5–7 at the New York Hilton Midtown, 6th Avenue and 53rd Street, New York, NY 10019. The doors open daily at 10 a.m. Thursday and Friday the show runs until 6 p.m.; Saturday until 5 p.m. There is something for everyone from the experienced to the non-collector — dealers, specialty collecting groups, and much more. Admission is Free.

Got Stamps and Don’t Know What To Do with Them? 
Take Advantage of the Free Appraisal Service — Bring in those stamps/collections that you have inherited or been storing for years. This free service will put a value on your material and advise you on what to do. The appraisal service will be open for business from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. each day of the show. To participate in this service, check in at the ASDA Booth located at the show entrance.

What To Do at the Show 
Shop ’Til You Drop — Dealers will be buying and selling stamps and historic envelopes from across the nation and around the world — from vintage to modern, and more. Buy and sell with confidence with ASDA dealer members.

Attend the United States Postal Service First-Day-of-Issue Ceremony — Join the United States Postal Service in celebration of the Holiday season with the unveiling of four new Forever stamps — Christmas Carols. The ceremony will take place at New York Hilton Midtown, 1335 Avenue of the Americas, 6th Ave. and West 53rd St., New York, New York, at Noon on October 5. The stamps feature images that illustrate the major theme of each of four beloved Christmas carols: “Jingle Bells,” “Deck the Halls,” “Silent Night” and “Jolly Old Saint Nicholas.” Familiar lines from each song highlight the individual stamps. The booklet of 20 stamps includes five of each design. The late Howard E. Paine was the art director. Artist Steve McCracken of Winchester, Virginia, created original art for the project. Please share the news using the hashtag #HolidayStamps. The USPS is online at http://www.usps.com.

Be Present at the United Nations Pre-Launch Ceremony — The United Nations Postal Administration will be celebrating World Food Day with a pre-launch unveiling ceremony at the show on October 5 at 1:30 p.m. World Food Day is a chance to show our commitment to Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2 — to achieve Zero Hunger by 2030.

Visit Society Booths — Seven stamp collecting societies will have a presence at the show: the American Topical Association, Ebony Society of Philatelic Events and Reflections, Inc., U.S. Stamp Society, Vatican Philatelic Society, and the Philatelic Foundation. 

Kids, Get Into Collecting — Each child ages 6–10, who is accompanied by an adult, will receive a free gift.

Be sure to pick up some souvenirs of your time at the show — stop by the ASDA Booth. 
Visit http://www.americanstampdealer.com for all you need to know about the show — schedule of events, dealers in attendance, and more.

Come to the Show! 
Get into collecting at the ASDA Fall Postage Stamp Show — October 5–7 at the New York Hilton Midtown. Explore the wide, wonderful world of collecting — a hobby for a life time! We look forward to seeing you.

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