Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Fridge Facial: Sea Change Healing Center in New York City has partnered with all-natural skincare product company Essencia to introduce the Fridge Fresh Facial, a relaxing and refreshing treatment that lifts, tones, stimulates, hydrates and firms the skin while promoting new cell growth with fresh, natural and (where possible) organic ingredients.

The aestheticians at Sea Change worked with Juliana Lipe, the co-founder of Essencia, to develop the fresh techniques and ingredients used in the Fridge Fresh Facial. New ideas include freshly ground, and “live” organic ingredients such as: Plain Soy Yogurt, a natural antioxidant, astringent and exfoliant that loosens and dissolves dead skin while regenerating new cells and smoothing rough dry skin; freshly ground organic Almonds and Cashews to help with smooth exfoliation and moisturization; richly hydrating organic Honey; just-picked and ground Lavender Flower Buds to aid in exfoliation while releasing calming essential oils; organic milled Oatmeal to gently cleanse, soothe and nourish; churned Virgin Coconut Oil and Mango Butter to moisturize and condition; and pressed Rose Hydrosol with fresh-squeezed Lemon for sweet fragrance and astringent and toning hydration. The Fridge Fresh Facial Uses Essencia’s Oatmeal & Honey Facial Bar, Rose Facial Toner, Rhassoul Facial Masque, And Rosewater Body Milk, along with the raw ingredients listed above, in a healing treatment that includes an all-natural exfoliating and cleansing, warm compress and essential oil bath (with optional steam extraction), a hydrating and healing mask, d├ęcolletage and hand massage, all wrapped up with a rejuvenating glacial facial acupressure.

The Fridge Fresh Facial at the Sea Change Healing Center is $100 for 60 minutes with steam extraction, $80 for 45 minutes without steam extraction.

The Sea Change Healing Center is a mind/body wellness center located at 31 West 26th St., 2nd floor, New York, New York, 10010. For more information about the Center and its programs, visit www.seachangehealing.com. For an appointment, call 212-889-7300. For more information about Essencia, visit www.essenciaonline.com.

What’s Hot: Fur Collars – we might prefer the faux kind, but the “real” thing has been showing up all over the runways and in trend stories. It looks best on those with longer necks.

Did you hear about Madonna freaking out when her cashmere “security blanket” -- which cost $6500 – went missing? It was apparently found in the hotel she was previously staying at. But trust Mrs. Ritchie to be ahead of the curve. The lux of all knits, cashmere will be very hot for fall and winter this year. You heard it here.

Rory Kennedy Doc on HBO: On the banks of the Hudson River, just 35 miles north of midtown Manhattan, sits the Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant. Approximately 20 million people live within a 50-mile radius of Indian Point -- the highest population density surrounding any nuclear power plant in the nation. Once touted as a dependable source of cheap, clean energy, nuclear power plants have become flashpoints for debate in the wake of 9/11. <>With
the "9/11 Commission Report" revealing that terrorist groups have included U.S. nuclear power plants in their plans, the possibility of a terrorist attack on such a facility has become alarming.The America Undercover documentary "Indian Point: Imagining the Unimaginable," directed and narrated by Rory Kennedy (HBO's "American Hollow"and "A Boy's Life"), examines the potential for a nuclear disaster in New York City's backyard when it debuts Thursday, September 9, 2004 at 8 p.m. For more airdates, and for information about the documentary "Chernobyl Heart" (which explores similar territory), visit www.hbo.com

Splendid American Splendor: "Ordinary life is pretty complex stuff." Meet Harvey Pekar, bona fide American original. Cleveland native, V.A. hospital file clerk, and hilariously grumpy observer of life's strange and unpredictable pageant. A comic book writer who writes about his everyday life as an omnivorous reader, jazz lover, obsessive-compulsive collector and lousy housekeeper. A prickly poet of the mundane who knows that all the strategizing in the world can't save a guy from choosing the wrong supermarket checkout line. Before camcorders, before Webcams, before nonstop reality TV, there was Harvey Pekar and his homegrown autobiographical comic book series "American Splendor." HBO Films, in association with Fine Line Features, presents American Splendor, debuting Saturday, September 18, 2004, at 10 p.m. on HBO. The film was the Grand Jury Prize winner at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival. More info and more airtimes, www.hbo.com

Wired: "The Wire" September's episodes: Episode #26: "Time After Time" Debuts Sunday, September 19, 2004 at 9 p.m. A wave of urban reform brings down the notorious Franklin Terrace public housing towers, forcing the Barksdale drug crew to find a new home onthe streets of West Baltimore. McNulty (Dominic West), Greggs (Sonja Sohn) and the detail look to make a case against Stringer (Idris Elba) with a wiretap on a drug ring run by his ally, Proposition Joe (Robert F. Chew). Assigned to the Western District drug unit, Carver (Seth Gilliam) and Herc (Domenick Lombardozzi) notch up the pressure on street dealers. MayorClarence Royce (Glynn Turman), facing re-election next year, puts Burrell (Frankie R. Faison) on notice that crime stats, and murders in particular, must come down - whatever it takes. Daniels (Lance Reddick), too, is confronted by the reach of City Hall, as his promotion to major appears to be derailed because of his estranged wife's political ambitions. On the eve of his parole, "Cutty" Wise (Chad L. Coleman) is offered a new start on the outside by Avon (Wood Harris), but after being released, he finds the drug life has changed. Teleplay by David Simon; story by Robert F. Colesberry & David Simon; directed by Ed Bianchi.

Episode #27: "All Due Respect" Debut date:Sunday, September 26, 2004 at 9 p.m. Omar (Michael K. Williams) continues his bold strikes on Barksdale stash houses, now heavily guarded. Under orders from Stringer Bell, Bodie (JD Williams) faces a critical test against Marlo (Jamie Hector), a fierce young dealer with lucrative corners near the now-toppled Franklin Terrace towers. As the wire on Proposition Joe continues to yield little, a restless McNulty launches his own reinvestigation of D'Angelo Barksdale's prison suicide. With crime continuing to rise, Burrell himself is feeling heat from Councilman Carcetti (Aidan Gillen) and reaches an uneasy peace with the legislator. The street violence also presents Daniels with the difficult decision of whether or not to help end a drug war in the Eastern - at the cost of giving up a months-long wiretap. Teleplay by Richard Price; story by David Simon & Richard Price; directed by Steve Shill.

Ladies Room: Katja Esson Captures The Lives Of Staten Island Women Who Spend The Morning Commute Preparing For Their Day In A Place Where No Man Is Allowed. Every morning, the Staten Island Ferry brings thousands of workers from Staten Island to the southern tip of Manhattan. For most commuters it's a routine trip, but a handful of women who assemble in the women's bathroom on the 8:15 a.m. ferry have created a "secret little clubhouse," sharing a tight bond and casting a wary eye on outsiders. Leaving behind their roles as wives and mothers for jobs in the city, they fix their hair, put on makeup, and talk about anything and everything: sex, race, men, marriage, divorce and even which contractor to hire for a new deck. An Academy Award(r) nominee for Best Documentary Short Subject thisyear, the CINEMAX Reel Life presentation "Ferry Tales" takes a peek at the garrulous commuters who gossip and bond in the women's powder room of the Staten Island Ferry when it debuts Tuesday, September 14, 2004 at 7 p.m. on Cinemax.

Don’t Bury Six Feet Under: We may be about to give up on "Six Feet Under" (the Nate/Brenda and Claire stories are loathsome and irritating) but here's what's up for September Episode #51: "Untitled" Debuts Sunday, September 12, 2004 at 9 p.m. Ruth (Frances Conroy) is delighted to meet George's (James Cromwell) daughter (Tina Holmes), but worries as his paranoid views of the future escalate; Claire (Lauren Ambrose) gets high off her newfound fame; Federico (Freddy Rodriguez) pleads his case to Vanessa (Justina Machado); David (Michael C. Hall) confronts a demon face-to-face; Keith (Mathew St. Patrick) considers an unlikely business proposal; and Nate (Peter Krause) comes to final blows with Barb (Julie Dretzin) and Hoyt (Jeff Yagher) -- Lisa's sister and brother-in-law. Written by Nancy Oliver; directed by Alan Ball.

HBO Hopes Viewers Will Bond With New Series: "My name is Tom Evangelista. I work in New York with my wife, daughter, nephew and in-laws. Our policy is pretty simple: If you getarrested, we'll bail you out. Things only get complicated if you run. Then, we're coming after you. And we're the best in the business. Some people call us bounty hunters, but to me, we're just a family." -- from the opening of "Family Bonds"

Meet the Evangelistas of Medford, Long Island. As tight and tough as they come, they're like any other hard-working American family, with one major difference - the Evangelistas are bail bondsmen and bounty hunters. The series debuts Sunday, September 19, 2004 at 10 p.m. on HBO and is a 10-part real-life series.
September's episodes:
Episode #1: "Family Bonds" Sunday, September 19, 2004 at 10 p.m.
Episode #2: "The Tribe" Sunday, September 26, 2004 at 10 p.m.

UK Rock Legends: UK rockers Marillion will be performing live in LA on September 27, 2004 at House of Blues in support of their new album, Marbles, slated for release October 5, 2004. More info: www.marillion.com.

Paris Hilton Parties: Really? Haven’t had enough Paris news? This weekend, at the VMA’s, Steve Madden sponsored her Record Release Party in Miami. So there.

Get “American Jobs:” New Political Documentary "American Jobs" Joins Laemmle's
Fairfax Theater Oscar Qualification Run, August 27 to September 2, 2004 At 5:05 p.m. As part of the Laemmle Farifax Theater’s annual Oscar qualification run for documentaries, "American Jobs" make its theatrical debut from Friday, August 27 ­to Friday, September 3, 2004, at 5:05 p.m., along with eleven other new documentary films including "Girls Interrupted" and "Endangered Species." Admission is $6.50; the documentaries run from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and theatergoers can view as many films as they choose. The Laemmle Farifax engagement is the public's first opportunity to see "American Jobs," which will be released on DVD on Labor Day.

While "American Jobs" follows in the footsteps of recent direct-to-DVD political documentaries like "Outfoxed," first time filmmaker/former MTV producer Greg Spotts did not receive financing from political parties or advocacy groups, and the film represents a fiercely independent point-of-view. As the presidential candidates bicker over whether the economy has "turned the corner," Spotts's personal investigation offers a very different take on the state of the American economy, illustrating the faces behind the "jobless recovery" via interviews with blue-collar and white-collar workers in nineteen cities.

To promote "American Jobs," Spotts plans to bring the movie back to many of the cities and towns in which it was filmed, for a series of premieres and screenings throughout September and October. Among the first stops on Spotts’ journey will be the Pacific Northwest premiere at Seattle Town Hall on September 13, 2004, which will feature a panel discussion on jobs and trade. The film will have its official Los Angeles premiere at the Silverlake Film Festival
at the ArcLight Theater in Los Angeles in late September. Premieres and other showings are in the works for New York, Washington DC, Denver, Orlando, Kannapolis, North Carolina, and several industrial cities in Ohio.

From January to April 2004, Spotts traveled alone in eight states, interviewing workers in their homes with a Panasonic DVX-100 digital video camera and a few lights. In his travels, Spotts saw firsthand the new perils faced by American families, as multinational corporations use "global sourcing" to replace middle-class Americans with lower-wage foreign labor. In the worker’s own words, the documentary reveals families left behind by the brave new world, facing bankruptcy, foreclosure, and no health insurance while they struggle to retrain for an uncertain future.

"American Jobs" tells a story about the American economy that is just beginning to be told by activist workers and select media including CNN's Lou Dobbs. The film was entirely self-financed and was edited on an Apple laptop.

To view the trailer, clips from the film, and Spotts recent CNN "Lou Dobbs Tonight" appearance, visit http://www.americanjobsfilm.com