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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Lyon Jewelry's New 
Collection Launch
by Kari Marquart
BeansTalk Special Correspondent

Recently, LYON fine jewelry celebrated the launch of their 2012 Collection and Lauren Russell’s Equality Bracelet with recording artists, TV personalities and entertainment industry executives at Freak Chic and Tuff Sissy in West Hollywood.

When first walking into Tuff Sissy you hear the 80’s dance beats by Becka Diamond flooding the room. Then you notice the abstract and colorful art that lines the walls giving the party a personality of it’s own, which mimics the personality of LYON Fine Jewelry’s new innovative collection.
Marquart and her sister with the equality symbol

LYON Fine Jewelry’s 2012 collection features simple yet cutting edge pieces that are influenced by CEO Lauren Russell’s everyday life.

“My inspiration really comes from stuff I wear, leather jackets, boots, any sort of clothing item that I feel like needs that extra oomph,” Russell said. “And really making something that’s wearable but super edgy.”

The 2012 collection also includes four different Equality Bracelets, which two models flaunted at the party.

 The Equality Bracelets team up with the organization Friendfactor by giving 20% of the bracelet’s proceeds to help stop the inequalities that gay people face in employment, housing and marriage.  The bracelets are each named after a city that has been crucial in the gay rights movement.
Equality tattoo that many guests received at the event to show their support for gay rights.

Jonathan-Matthew Najm getting an equality tattoo at Freak Chic during the party.
“I like the whole idea behind them [Friendfactor] because it’s straight people helping out their gay friends and I think that speaks volumes rather than a gay person fighting for gay rights,” Russell said. “It’s more of a statement.”

Celebrities such as Adam Lambert, Jason Mraz, Allison Janney, Sarah Michelle Gellar and many more have been seen sporting the Equality Bracelets.

While walking around Tuff Sissy guests were offered custom cocktails by DAMA Tequila, refreshments by Smart Water, energy drinks by Vuka, “Equality Cake Pops” by Cake Pops LA, gourmet chocolates by Bootleg Chocolates and snacks courtesy of Sabra grab n go Hummus and Popchips.

Guests were also provided with mini-makeovers by the Sue Devitt beauty team to glamorize and spice up their normal look for the evening. Guests were then able to check out their new appearance in the Vanity Girl Hollywood’s custom black vanity mirror. Cecilia Zuniga and Jamie Ozimek, guests at the party, said that their favorite part of the event were the makeovers.

When walking into the adjoining store Freak Chic the mood, oddly enough, becomes a bit more relaxed as people spend their time getting piercings and tattoos from renowned tattoo artists.

Russell, Mollie Thomas (the first openly gay woman to run for the Miss California crown) and others showed their support for the Equality movement by getting equal sign tattoos at Freak Chic during the party.

 “I want to be inspirational,” Jonathan-Matthew Najm, one of the many to show his support by getting an Equality tattoo at the party said. “I want everyone to respect love.”
Member of Sue Devitt beauty team gives guest a new edge to her look with eyeliner.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Alive! Expo Green Pavilion
Oscar Gifting Suite

by Griselda Flores
Special to BeansTalk

Reporter Flores at Alive! Expo Green Pavilion
The Alive! Expo Green Pavilion held its Oscar’s gifting suite, sponsored by Fortune Angels, to benefit the non-profit organization Project Green. The gifting took place at the Peterson Automotive Museum Penthouse Oscar weekend with live entertainment, eco-education and eco-friendly goodies.

One of the founders and part owner of Alive! Expo Green and Project Green talked to BeansTalk about their non-profit organization. “We have been doing these events with our for-profit which is our Alive! Expo Green Pavilion and we converted the event so that all the benefits can go towards Project Green and we can launch our summer camp.”

The eco-conscious event kicked off with the young tween rock band: Lockdown.  And live music continued through out the event with performances by: Coin, Jason Walker, Tessa Barton, Victoria Rowe & The Jazz, Armada, Kerri Anne, Jon Taylor, Christopher Hawley and Major Crooner.

A variety of sponsors were at the gifting; from beauty products to organic doggie treats. Beauty products were provided by Pixi Beauty (www.pixibeauty.com), Ferro Cosmetics (www.ferrocosmetics.com), and Glitzy Lips, seen above (www.glitzylips.com) who caught everyone’s attention with eye-popping foil lipstick that has been rocked by celebrity Katy Perry. Taste buds were also satisfied with tasty cupcakes from Birdie’s Bakery (www.monamievents.com) and refreshing vegan ice cream from Divine Dips (www.divinedipsicecreme.com).

            Janna Phillips (seen above), creator of “Bohmod” eco-friendly furniture, decorated the fun and modern lounge with pieces made out of foam. Janna defines her style as regenerating, “I try to utilize whatever I can find so that the end result and the process you used to make it has less of an impact to landfill and foam will eventually disintegrate to nothing.” www.bohmod.com
Bohmod
           
            Guests and celebrities supporting the cause included Diana Maria Riva (CBS series “Rob”), actor Quinton Aaron, Larry Eudene, Rachelle Carson (Ed Begley’s wife, star of "Living With Ed"), Ed Cunningham (nominee for documentary "Undefeated"), Caroline Lagerfelt (Gossip Girl), Rubi Green (Al Green's daughter), and Taylor Armstrong.

            “A lot of the products here are focused on helping people and the environment so we can a difference if change our buying habits and it will have an impact in the future if we consciously make those changes,” says actor and producer Larry Eudene. 

             The suite featured performances by Rubi Green (daughter of legendary Al Green), and other new artists such as IDMA nominated “Jason Walker” (www.jasonwalkermusic.com), “Victoria Rowe and the Jazz” celebrating the music of Vintage Swing with a retro sound of a bygone era, opera singers and new singing tenors “Nathan Granner” and “Ben Gulley” (www.theamericantenors.com), Janis Joplin sounding “Kerri-Anne”, the Los Angeles based indie rock trio “Armada” (www.Armada-band.com); and Nocko. Nocko's produced and worked with artists such as; Dru Hill, Jazmine Sullivan, Angie Martinez, Case, Rick Ross, Sacario, Chico DeBarge, Slim Thug, AZ, 3rd Storee (Chapter 4), Murphy Lee, Rick Ross, Blaque, Lil Mo, Nokio, B.G., Woody, Teddy Riley and BlackStreet, Chopper, LuvHer, Baby, Mannie Fresh, Freeway, Juvenile, Monica, Young Jeezy, Luke & Q, Ashanti, T.I., Young Dro, Webbie, Baby Boy The Prince, Hoodlum, Bobby Valentino, Ludacris, Slick Pulla, Trillville, Lil Scrappy, Crime Mob. The VIP Eco-luxe lounge featured furnishings provided by The Fractal Gallery and Bohmod Furniture.


Other sponsors at the event:
Fortunate Angels, Aubrey Organics, 100% Natural Hair Skin and Body Care; Icelandic Glacial Water; Natural Artesian Water; Bari Olive Oil; Gourmet Certified Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil; Organic Valley, 100% Organic Coffee Creamers; Naked Grape Wines; BioK Plus; Style Cupcakes; Body Ecology; Donna Gates; One Z Jumpsuits; Jaime Lee Style Cupcakes; Fashion Hope; Undercover; YouNique Plastic Surgery; G Bike; O’Doggie; Status Vodka; Zuri Wines Sokienbicha; Cascal; Mohawk Carpet; GotWheatGrass; Bellacures Nail Bar; InstaFoods/KidsFeedingTheWorld.org; He Organics; Sweet Piece; Glamhouse; Jewelry; Guilty Star; Sun Lounge Tanning Studio & Spa; Dr. Mark Youssef, NEWD Clothing; Only You Can Save Energy; House of Art & Games; RAG; Sculptures by Matt Torrens; Artwork by Daniel Maltzman; Pearls by Fleur De Bee; Molly Sandberg Jacobs Interior/Set/Event Design & Productions; Event Decor; Brittany Gerson, Butterfly Art; L Floral Studio 

Monday, February 27, 2012

Oscar Jewelry Suite
By Kari Ann Marquart and Bianca Taylor Word
BeansTalk Special Correspondents

Attendees of the 84th Annual Academy Awards had two responsibilities: wear something fabulous and pair it with exquisite jewelry.

Somewhere in the Rainbow's $1.2 mil necklace. (Photo by Kari Marquart)

Style Lab’s Jewelry Suite exclusive jewelry preview was held in Beverly Hills at an undisclosed location. The preview featured jewelry from the Rio Tinto Global Design Competition, the AGTA collection, Rayaz Takat, Tanzanite King, Marco Mavilla and more.

At the preview celebrities and stylists took turns speaking with Michael O’ Connor, an expert on jewelry and style.

 “There seems to be a lot of people going to be wearing black on the red carpet, which is actually fabulous for a number of reasons, because sometimes when it’s a very simple black, you could pop it up with some color,” he said, “or you can just stay along the monochromes.”

When it comes to monochrome jewelry to pair with black and gray dresses O’Connor told BeanStalk that blackened metals will be common on the red carpet.
Earrings and rings designed by Rayaz Takat.  (Photo by Kari Marquart)

Baggins designed a pair of earrings where the diamonds are set into the black rhodium in a hoop style with a pearl on the inside of the hoop for the AGTA collection. O’Connor said this look works well with black dresses and vintage gowns.

Black, white, and gray are the main colors expected to be present on the red carpet, but O’ Connor said there will still be some color.

He said that since many attendees are going to be wearing gray that he has been partnering their dresses with a lot of blue and green jewelry.

Designer Rayaz Takat had half of his collection at the preview, which featured many large blue and green gemstone earrings that O’Connor thinks will go well with the dress trends he has been seeing.

O’Connor has also been noticing a number of white, gold and silver combinations as well.

“I’ve seen a lot of people… who have sent me their dresses and are doing an interesting kind of yellow and white combination, or gold and white, or gold and silver,” he said.

Stylist Lindsey Dupuis was there to find accessories for Ashley Tisdale to wear at Elton John’s Oscar Party. She felt the opposite of O’ Connor, saying that color blocking and bright colors are the current trends. Tisdale’s style will be a “sleek look, modern, simple, and sexy,” said Dupuis.

Octavia Spencer, nominated for best supporting actress for her role in The Help, is one celebrity O’ Connor would like to style. He said he tweeted about it the other day saying that Spencer would be his ideal person to dress for the Academy Awards.

O’Connor thinks that Somewhere in the Rainbow’s necklace and earrings combo for the AGTA collection would look great on Spencer.  The combo features pink and blue spinel gemstones, which took seven years to gather, and is worth $1.5 mil.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Oscar Winners 84th Academy Awards


Best picture:
WINNER: The Artist
The Descendants
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
The Help
Hugo
Midnight in Paris
Moneyball
The Tree of Life
War Horse
Actress:
Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs
Viola Davis, The Help
Rooney Mara
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
WINNER: Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn
Actor:
Demián Bichir, A Better Life
George Clooney, The Descendants
WINNER: Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Gary Oldman, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Brad Pitt, Moneyball
Director:
WINNER: Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Alexander Payne, The Descendants
Martin Scorsese, Hugo
Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
Terrence Malick, The Tree of Life
Animated short:
Dimanche/Sunday
WINNER: The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
La Luna
A Morning Stroll
Wild Life
Documentary, short:
The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement
God Is the Bigger Elvis
Incident in New Baghdad
WINNER: Saving Face
The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom
Short film, live action:
Pentecost
Raju
WINNER: The Shore
Time Freak
Tuba Atlantic
Original screenplay:
The Artist (Michel Hazanavicius)
Bridesmaids (Annie Mumolo and Kristen Wiig)
Margin Call (J.C. Chandor)
WINNER: Midnight in Paris (Woody Allen)
A Separation (Asghar Farhadi)
Adapted screenplay:
WINNER: The Descendants (Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon; Jim Rash)
Hugo (John Logan)
The Ides of March (George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Beau Willimon)
Moneyball (Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin; story by Stan Chervin)
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (Bridget O'Connor, Peter Straughan)
Original song:
WINNER: Man or Muppet from The Muppets (music and lyrics by Bret McKenzie)
Real in Rio from Rio (music by Sergio Mendes and Carlinhos Brown; lyrics by Siedah Garrett
Original score:
The Adventures of Tintin (John Williams)
WINNER: The Artist (Ludovic Bource)
Hugo (Howard Shore)
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (Alberto Iglesias)
War Horse (John Williams)
Supporting actor:
Kenneth BranaghMy Week With Marilyn
Jonah Hill, Moneyball
Nick Nolte, Warrior
WINNER: Christopher Plummer, Beginners
Max von Sydow, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Visual effects:
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 (Tim Burke, David Vickery, Greg Butler, John Richardson)
WINNER: Hugo (Rob Legato, Joss Williams, Ben Grossman, Alex Henning)
Real Steel (Erik Nash, John Rosengrant, Dan Taylor, Swen Gillberg)
Rise of the Planet of the Apes (Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, R. Christopher White, Daniel Barrett)
Transformers: Dark of the Moon (Scott Farrar, Scott Benza, Matthew Butler, John Frazier)
Animated film:
A Cat in Paris
Chico & Rita
Kung Fu Panda 2
Puss in Boots
WINNER: Rango
Documentary, feature:
Hell and Back Again
If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front
Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory
Pina
WINNER: Undefeated
Sound mixing:
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (David Parker, Michael Semanick, Ren Klyce and Bo Persson)
WINNER: Hugo (Tom Fleischman, John Midgley)
Moneyball (Deb Adair, Ron Bochar, Dave Giammarco, Ed Novick)
Transformers: Dark of the Moon (Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers, Jeffrey J. Haboush, Peter J. Devlin)
War Horse (Gary Rydstrom, Andy NelsonTom Johnson and Stuart Wilson)
Sound editing:
Drive (Lon Bender, Victor Ray Ennis)
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (Ren Klyce)
WINNER: Hugo (Philip Stockton, Eugene Gearty)
Transformers: Dark of the Moon (Ethan Van der Ryn, Erik Aadahl)
War Horse (Richard Hymns, Gary Rydstrom)
Supporting actress:
Bérénice Bejo, The Artist
Jessica Chastain, The Help
Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids
Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs
WINNER: Octavia Spencer, The Help
Foreign language film:
Bullhead (Belgium)
Footnote (Israel)
In Darkness (Poland)
Monsieur Lazhar (Canada)
WINNER: A Separation (Iran)
Makeup:
Albert Nobbs (Martial Corneville, Lynn Johnston, Matthew W. Mungle)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 (Nick Dudman, Amanda Knight, Lisa Tomblin)
WINNER: The Iron Lady (Mark Coulier, J. Roy Helland)
Costume design:
Anonymous (Lisy Christl)
WINNER: The Artist (Mark Bridges)
Hugo (Sandy Powell)
Jane Eyre (Michael O'Connor)
W.E. (Arianne Phillips)
Art direction:
The Artist (production design: Laurence Bennett; set decoration: Robert Gould)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 (production design: Stuart Craig; set decoration: Stephenie McMillan)
WINNER: Hugo (production design: Dante Ferretti; set decoration: Francesca Lo Schiavo)
Midnight in Paris (production design: Anne Seibel; set decoration: Hélène Dubreuil)
War Horse (production design: Rick Carter; set decoration: Lee Sandales)
Cinematography:
Guillaume Schiffman, The Artist
Jeff Cronenweth, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
WINNER: Robert Richardson, Hugo
Emmanuel Lubezki, The Tree of Life
Janusz Kaminski, War Horse
Film editing:
The Artist (Anne-Sophie Bion and Michel Hazanavicius)
The Descendants (Kevin Tent)
WINNER: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall)
Hugo (Thelma Schoonmaker)
Moneyball (Christopher Tellefsen)

Independent Spirit Awards 2012





BEST FEATURE
"The Artist"

BEST DIRECTOR
Michel Hazanavicius, "The Artist"

BEST FIRST FEATURE
"Margin Call"

JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD
(Given to the best feature made for under $500,000)
"Pariah"

BEST SCREENPLAY
"The Descendants"

BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY
"50/50"

BEST FEMALE LEAD
Michelle Williams, "My Week With Marilyn"

BEST MALE LEAD
Jean Dujardin, "The Artist"

BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE
Shailene Woodley, "The Descendants"

BEST SUPPORTING MALE
Christopher Plummer, "Beginners"

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
"The Artist"

BEST DOCUMENTARY 
"The Interrupters"

BEST FOREIGN FILM 
"A Separation"

"Margin Call."
MROBERT ALTMAN AWARD
(Given to one film's director, casting director, and its ensemble cast)
"Margin Call"

PIAGET PRODUCERS AWARD
Sophia Linn - "Take Shelter"

SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARD
Mark Jackson - "Without"

TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD
Heather Courtney - "Where Soldiers Come From"

Friday, February 24, 2012



Octavia Spencer at the 2012 Writers Guild Awards in Los Angeles. Spencer wore Stuart Weitzman anthracite Wicky platforms shoes with Neil Lane jewels. She carried an iconic Judith Leiber bag.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Season 17 Competitors

Open Casting Call: America's 
Next Top Model Season 18

Open casting calls for The CW’s AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL are currently being held in select cities across the country.   Cycle 19 is the “college edition” of AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL, where casting directors are looking everywhere from Ivy League campuses to party schools, from pre-med to pre-beautician, and from Big Ten to Pac Ten for girls from all walks of life, all parts of the nation, and all types of continuing education who will be invited to show their school spirit — and their modeling chops —  to Tyra and the judges.    The girls will vie for a prize package that will launch their modeling careers as well as help them continue to earn their degree.

Tyra Banks has just graduated from the Owner President Management Program of Harvard Business School and was inspired to look for model potential among women attending all types of further schooling.  Casting directors are looking for females, ages 18 to 27, of diverse backgrounds, shapes, sizes and with a minimum height requirement of 5’7” tall.

Open Call Cities:


Friday, February 24
3:00pm (pre-registration)
Ramar Communications
9800 University
Lubbock, TX 70423

5:00pm
Jefferson Pointe Mall
4110 W. Jefferson Blvd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46804

Saturday, February 25
10:00am
Jefferson Pointe Mall
4110 W. Jefferson Blvd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46804

12:00pm
Bridal Elegance
205 W. Etna Rd.
Ottawa, IL 61350

12:00pm
WPXT-TV
4 Ledgeview Drive
Westbrook, ME 04091
                                                                             
12:00pm
Polaris Fashion Place
Lower level by Saks
1500 Polaris Parkway
Columbus, OH 43240

Sunday, February 26
1:00pm (casting call)
Holiday Inn Park Plaza
3201 Loop 289 South
Lubbock, TX 79423

Thursday, March 1
3:00pm
Seminole Grand Apartments
1505 West Thorpe
Tallahassee, FL 32303

5:00pm
The Grocery Tree
University Plaza
4710 Vestal Parkway East
Vestal, NY 13850

Friday, March 2
2:00pm
La Roche College
Zappala College Center
9000 Babcock Blvd
Pittsburgh, PA 15237

4:00pm
G Entertainment
8805 Ohio River Rd.
Wheelersburg, OH 45694

Saturday, March 3
9:00am
Virginia College of Jackson
5360 1-55N
Jackson, MS 39211

9:00am
Michiana Beauty College
7321 Heritage Square Drive, Suite 160
Granger, IN 46530

9:00am
Savannah Mall
14045 Abercorn Street
Savannah, GA 31419

9:00am
Salvation Army Kroc Center
1833 Broad Street
Augusta, GA 30904

10:00am
Peachtree Mall
3131 Manchester Expressway
Columbus, GA 31909

11:00am
City Place
700 South Rosemary Avenue
West Palm Beach, FL 33401

12:00pm
King of Hearts and Bridal Shop
1707 Hudson Lane
Monroe, LA 71201

1:00pm
Prien Lake Mall
496 W. Prien Lake Mall
Lake Charles, LA 70601

1:00pm
Music City Hall
4101 East 42nd
Odessa, TX 79762

Monday, March 5
9:00am
Northern Quest Casino and Resort
100 North Hayford Rd.
Airway Heights, WA 99001

Thursday, March 8
2:00pm
Shoppes at Montage
Shoppes Blvd
Moosic, PA 18507

3:00pm
Euphoria Institute of Beauty, Arts & Sciences
A Division of Lincoln Technical Institute
Lincoln Mall
622 George Washington Highway
Lincoln, RI 02865

6:00pm
NW Iowa Community College
603 W. Park Street
Sheldon, IA 51201

Friday, March 9
8:00am
Fashion Careers College
1923 Morena Blvd
San Diego, CA 92110

10:00am
Mark Dodge
3118 Government Street
Mobile, AL 36606

1:00pm
The Shoppes at Eastchase
7274 Eastchase Parkway
Montgomery, AL 36117

5:00pm
Lake Forest Mall              
701 Russell Avenue
Gaitherburg, MD  20877

Saturday, March 10
10:00am
Westfield Franklin Park (Food Court)
5001 Monroe Street
Toledo, OH 43623

10:00am
Frontier Mall
1400 Dell Range Blvd.
Cheyenne, WY 82009

10:00am
Village Mall
1627 Opelika Rd.
Auburn, AL 36830

10:00am
The Fashion Center @ Pentagon City
1100 South Hayes Street
Arlington, VA  22202

12:00pm
Virginia College
5124 S. Peorla Ave
Tulsa, OK 74105

12:00pm
Sikes Senter Mall
3111 Midwestern Parkway
Wichita Falls, TX 76308

12:00pm
Nebraska Furniture Mart/Mrs. B’s
7312 Jones Circle
Omaha, NE 68114

TBD time
Westfield Vancouver
8700 NE Vancouver Mall Drive
Vancouver, WA 98662

Sunday, March 11
9:00am
Aveda Institute
8188 Park Lane
Dallas, TX 75231


* Locations and times subject to change. Please visit www.cwtv.com for up-to-date casting information, applications, as well as additional open calls sponsored by local CW Affiliates.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Rock 'n Roll!

Ted Nugent

REO Speedwagon, STYX and Ted Nugent will tour together for “The Midwest Rock ‘n Roll Express” 30-date U.S. tour starting on May 1, 2012 in Hidalgo, TX. Tickets are on sale now.

“Forget all those TV shows with glee clubs singing Rock songs,” says STYX guitarist/singer James “JY” Young.  “It’s time for mega-Platinum Illinois bands STYX and REO Speedwagon in a battle to the end of the Mayan Calendar with the Motor City Madman!”
Styx 
"I am a Midwest boy, born and raised with Midwest values,” adds REO Speedwagon singer/guitarist Kevin Cronin.  “In the Midwest we work hard, play hard, and rock hard.  I am proud to join my brothers in STYX and Ted Nugent to celebrate Midwest rock 'n roll and represent the greatest rock fans in the world.  I am ready to climb aboard the ‘Midwest Rock 'n Roll Express!’  Rock On baby!"

STYX singer/guitarist Tommy Shaw says, “It's gonna be a Twang Fest of screaming guitars and big, sing-along choruses that continue to be the soundtrack for the misbehavior of our collective fan base.  In other words, a real good time.”

Ted Nugent: “The heart and soul of American R&B&R&R has always gushed forth from the heartland of America.  REO, STYX and The Nuge have always celebrated the power of our special music and on the mighty ‘Midwest Rock ‘n Roll Express,’ the energy, attitude and spirit is more intense than ever.  This is the soundtrack for the hardcore.”
REO Speedwagon 
“The Midwest Rock ‘n Roll Express” stops.  Ted Nugent goes on stage at 7:00pm at every stop unless noted otherwise.

DATE                     CITY                                       VENUE                                                  ON-SALE            

Tue 5/1                  Hidalgo, TX                           State Farm Arena                                      3/9
Thu 5/3                  Albuquerque, NM                   Hard Rock Casino Albuquerque Presents The Pavilion        3/3
* Fri 5/4                  Tucson, AZ                            Anselmo Valencia Amphitheatre                3/10 (no Ted Nugent)
Sat 5/5                   Las Vegas, NV                     Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino               3/3
Sun 5/6                  Los Angeles, CA                  Greek Theatre                                             TBA
Tue 5/8                  Denver, CO                           Red Rocks Amphitheatre                            2/25
Thu 5/10                Council Bluffs, IA                 Mid America Arena                                       3/2
Fri 5/11                  Oklahoma City, OK             Zoo Amphitheatre                                          3/3
* Sat 5/12              Houston, TX                          Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion                   3/10 (no Ted Nugent)
Sun 5/13                Corpus Christi, TX               Concrete Street Amphitheatre                         3/3
Thu 5/17                Charlotte, NC                       Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre                      3/10
Sat 5/19                 Virginia Beach, VA              Farm Bureau Live Amphitheatre                      3/10
Sun 5/20                Alpharetta, GA                      Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre                     3/2
Thu 6/21                 Kansas City, MO                  Starlight Amphitheatre                                  3/2
Fri 6/22                  St. Louis, MO                        Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre                    3/9
Sat 6/23                 Ft. Knox, KY                          Godman Army Airfield                                 4/14
Sun 6/24                Chicago, IL                           Charter One Pavilion                                     3/9
Tue 6/26                 Cincinnati, OH                      Riverbend Music Center                               3/10
Thu 6/28                Detroit, MI                              DTE Energy Music Theatre                           3/3
Fri 6/29                  Scranton, PA                        Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain             3/2
Sat 6/30                 Cleveland, OH                     Blossom Music Center                                   3/3
Sun 7/1                  Atlantic City, NJ                    Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa Event Ctr           3/3
Tue 7/3                  Verona, NY                           Turning Stone Resort Casino                         3/2
Thu 7/5                  Uncasville, CT                      Mohegan Sun Arena                                       3/30
Fri 7/6                     Big Flats, NY                         Summer Stage                                            3/1
Sat 7/7                   Gilford, NY                            Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion               3/2

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012


Actress Jane Lynch at the 14th Annual Costume Designers Guild Awards With Presenting Sponsor Lacoste held at The Beverly Hilton hotel on February 21, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. Lynch hosted the event and wore a gown by designer David Meister.

Monday, February 20, 2012


The founders of Alive! Green Expo Green Pavillion introduced a recently launched non-profit organization called Project Green. Alive! Event founder Patrycja Towns locally owns Expo. In addition to Alive! Expo, Towns runs Alive! Expo Green Pavilion with partner Kim Kreiss, which organizes eco-friendly and luxury events in Los Angeles surrounding the film and television award ceremonies including the Oscars, the Emmys and during the annual Sundance Film Festival in Park City, UT. Alive! Expo additionally created the non-profit organization Project Green a 501c3 whose mission is to protect green space for future generations and invest in “A Green Tomorrow."

 “A Green Tomorrow” will run an annual “Back to Basics” Summer Camp for under-served children and teens. The program will focus on building self-esteem and bring awareness of the environment by incorporating activities.  Project Green starts in the Southeastern part of the US but plans to expand in other regions.
www.ProjectGreenUSA.org/ (Griselda Flores, BeansTalk correspondent)

About the founders (from their rep):

Kim Kreiss began her career as an entertainment executive in 1987 when she joined Landsburg Productions, where she coordinated all phases of project management including development, pre-production, production and postproduction. In 1989 with Aaron Spelling Entertainment, she worked as a key casting executive for projects including, among others, "Beverly Hills 90210" and "Melrose Place". In 1990, she partnered with Green Management to oversee the careers of Heather Locklear and Tori Spelling. From 1993 to 1995 Kreiss joined Artist Management, which represented additional Emmy-award winning actors and served as a consultant with record label management teams facilitating crossing label talent into film and TV. In 1997 Kreiss formed Mix Media, LLC, which creates events surrounding red carpet award ceremonies in Hollywood, providing luxury brands an opportunity to build awareness and gain celebrity, associated marketing materials and publicity. In 2007 Kriess partnered with the “Alive! Expo “ the largest natural health & wellness green living consumer product expo in the country. In 2008, Kim cofounded PROJECT GREEN 501c3, a non-profit dedicated to preserving green space for future generations. A longtime philanthropist Kreiss has been attached to charity affiliations & Honors including The American Red Cross, Spielberg/Starlight Starbright Children's Foundation, UNICEF, the Make-A-Wish Foundation and The Alaska Wilderness League.

Patrycja Siewert-Towns is the President and CEO of Alive! Expo, one of the nations’ largest Natural Products Health & Wellness Consumer events in the country. Patryjca is also a partner and co-owner of Alive Expo Green Pavilion, the Eco Luxury Educational Lounge that takes place surrounding Hollywood events during Emmys, the Oscars and at the Sundance Film Festival. Additionally, Siewert-Towns is also one of the founders of Project Green. She has over seventeen years’ experience in the natural products, organic foods and green living industry. Her experience also includes working with companies large publishing companies to privately owned health food retailers, and small to mid size manufacturers to develop the best natural and organic products for their consumers. 

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie attend the premiere of 'In the Land of Blood and Honey,' which Jolie wrote and directed, during the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival. Jolie is wearing a pair of Stuart Weitzman "Maria" satin pumps. (February 12, 2012 - Photo by Bauer Griffin)