March 18th, New Group Exhibition Opens at Blue 7 Gallery
By: Libby Lancaster
The Hollywood Times (Santa Monica, CA) 3/15/2018 – “Randy and I were just brain storming,” said Lucius Peterson, gallery director.
“Ordinary into Extraordinary,” a group exhibition opens at Blue 7 Gallery on Sunday March 18th from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm.
Owned by Randy Ball, the longtime gallery has evolved into a nurturing collective, hosting shows about ten times a year.
“We were intrigued by how artists are inspired by seemingly everyday items – old shoes, a box.” Both Randy Ball (owner) and Lucius Peterson (director) are also artists and will be exhibiting work in the group show as well. In fact, the two collaborated in the production of the “Rose” photo.
Peterson explained, “It is two photographs woven together to produce a single image. I did the photography and Randy did the weaving.” Peterson went on to say both Ball and himself were fond of Lisa Wald’s cow paintings that would be part of the group show. The artist will be exhibiting works that were inspired by a recent visit to animal sanctuary.
“The way Lisa paints her animals provides the viewer with a connection to the subject as if you know the cow,” added Peterson.
“Randy & Lucius are great people to work with,” said artist Lisa Wald, who has been part of the collective since it began. “They are supportive of artists & foster a collaborative environment.”
Although she paints many different types of subjects, she will be exhibiting her animal inspired works for this exhibition. She continued, “Showing at Blue 7 Gallery has been a fantastic way to share my art with the public in a nurturing environment. It’s also very exciting to see my pieces on a gallery wall. I’m always impressed by the other artists’ work & their points of view.” http://www.lisawald.net
Special guest artist Ray Ford will be included in the group exhibition as well. A talented wood sculptor, Ford takes pride in the fact that each of his works of art is completely original.
He is a dedicated artist still at 90 years old. He continues to create work almost every day and exhibits in local galleries. His work has been shown at Ivan Gallery, the Santa Monica Art Studios, Fab-Gallery and more.
Like most artists, he has worked in all types of mediums. Wood carving was his first love and he has stayed true to it all these years, continuing to produce incredible one-of-a-kind artworks. He has done quite a bit of drawing and painting as well. His work is figurative in style. He explained, when modern art became all the rage, he was not a fan of abstract art. But…he added “I learned to appreciate it.” http://hrayford.com/
Artist Vicki Fisher-Lerer has been part of the collective since early on. She will be exhibiting her encaustic paintings. The word encaustic originates from the Greek word enkaustikos, which means to burn in. The artist explained, “Each layer you paint needs to be fused with a heat gun or a torch. Encaustic paintings are perhaps the most durable form of painting, some surviving over 2000 years without cracking, flaking or fading. An example is the Faiyum mummy portraits in Egypt.” http://vickifisher-lerer.blogspot.com/
On Sunday March 18th, Blue 7 Gallery holds a reception for “Ordinary into Extraordinary.” The group exhibition is open to the public through April 21st at Blue 7 Gallery, 3129 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405.
Call for info at (310) 449-1444 or visit the website http://blue7gallery.com/
Waterford, CT — The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, announces that multi-discipline creative artist Lin-Manuel Miranda will receive the18th Monte Cristo Award. An alumnus of the O’Neill, Miranda’s first professional production was at the O’Neill’s National Music Theater Conference with In The Heights in 2005. A gala dinner featuring a conversation with the honoree will be held at the Edison Ballroom (New York) on Monday, April 30, 2018. Continue reading “Eugene O’Neill Theater Center announces 18th Monte Cristo Award honoring Lin-Manuel Miranda Star of Stage and Screen Recognized with Prestigious Award from Alma Mater Theater”
By Valerie Milano
Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) 11/29/17 – On Tuesday night, DANCING WITH THE STARS host Tom Bergeron announced that the four-week season would exclusively feature athletes as contestants! This unique format will bring “participants from all corners of the sports world” onto the stage, according to an ABC press release. Sports figures’ natural athleticism and discipline of course translate so well to the dance floor!
This DWTS “mini-season” is distinct from the actual Fall 2018 26th season, it seems. What might this mean for the winners? Many questions still remain!
As for the biggest question about who the “mini-season” dancers might be, here are some top picks among retired or off-season champions:
Kobe Bryant, champion basketball player
Michelle Kwan, champion figure skater
Michael Phelps, champion swimmer
Alex Rodriguez, champion baseball player who is dating Jennifer Lopez (WORLD OF DANCE)
OJ Simpson, champion football player
Tony Stewart, champion racecar driver
Derek Fisher, champion basketball player
Evander Holyfield, champion boxer
Kyla Ross, champion gymnast
Kristi Yamaguchi, champion figure skater
These are the champions, my friend! See which ones DANCE to WIN on DWTS.
A Grand Allegory: Albert Camus’ THE STATE OF SIEGE Plays in LA!
By: Dr. Laura Wilhelm
Los Angeles, California (The Hollywood Times) 10/28/2017 – “My stated purpose was to make our murmuring stages resound with the loud cries that have the power to subdue or to free multitudes of men,” Camus said about this rarely staged work of genius.
Right in time for the fright-filled Halloween season, THE STATE OF SIEGE reminds us that fear of death can actually make mortal life seem all the more precious.
THE STATE OF SIEGE (L’État de siège) is the fourth play by French absurdist philosopher and author Albert Camus (1913-1960), who won the 1957 Nobel Prize in Literature for profoundly influential ruminations on resistance, rebellion, and death just such as these.
THE STATE OF SIEGE is written in three acts presenting the arrival of plague to the supposedly fortified Spanish city of Cádiz and the subsequent creation of a totalitarian regime through the manipulation of fear.
The original sense of the title is closer to “state of emergency.” The mythic play’s main antagonists are Nada, the nihilistic town drunkard, and La Peste–The Plague.
THE STATE OF SIEGE, which shares a common background with Camus’ gripping 1947 novel THE PLAGUE, was first staged in October 1948 by Jean-Louis Barrault. The play has never made much of an impression upon critics, although Camus himself was quite pleased with it. Nevertheless, THE STATE OF SIEGE has remained almost constantly in print in French and in a 1958 English translation by Stuart Gilbert.
This poetic and prescient 85-minute masterwork has been rediscovered by the internationally renowned
Parisian company Théâtre de la Ville, who staged it in all of its intensity sans intermissions on the evenings of Thursday, October 26th and Friday, October 27th at UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance (CAP) at Royce Hall.
THE STATE OF SIEGE was directed by leading avant-garde French master Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota and performed in French with English supertitles.
The roles of Nada and La Peste were enacted by Philippe Demarle and Serge Maggiani.
When a comet appears in the sky over Cádiz, Nada warns the townspeople that it is an evil omen. “If this is a sign, it must have meaning!”
The local government forbids everyone to say that they have even seen the comet. “Nothing is happening, nothing will happen.” But even this small city cannot be forced into silence and submission for long!
Comets have been viewed throughout human history as portents of horror, as in the brilliant 2016 Broadway musical “Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812” starring Josh Groban that was based upon part of Russian author Leo Tolstoy’s (1828-1910) epic 1869 novel WAR AND PEACE. The comet in THE STATE OF SIEGE appeared in all its fiery glory on screens set around the stage amidst eerie tableaus created by the cast arrayed in chic dark-hued costumes of the period.
Camus wrote in his 1951 book-length essay “The Rebel,” which traces both the metaphysical and historical development of revolutions in Western European societies, that his whole life was devoted to opposing the philosophy of nihilism while still delving deeply into individual freedom. The townspeople’s rejection of oppression AND normative justice in THE STATE OF SIEGE follows from this line of thought.
In 1949, just one year after THE STATE OF SIEGE was launched, Camus founded the Group for International Liaisons to “denounce two ideologies found in both the USSR and the USA.” Obviously, THE STATE OF SIEGE can be read as a dizzying modern metaphor during the age of Trump and Putin.
Irony of ironies, the USA has in fact been in a perpetual state of emergency ever since the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001. Now many believe the terror is coming mainly from the top!
So what role can art play in the face of paranoia and great peril? Can the human spirit still apprehend the beauty of life in the face of imminent annihilation?
These existential questions and many others are raised by THE STATE OF SIEGE. Some hope may be found in the example of Diego and his lover Victoria, whose very name suggests triumph. The classic Camus revolutionary seeks to fight for justice without abandoning transcendental values.
Albert Camus believed that a writer must be a servant to truth and always be ready to act even in the face of uncertainty and self-doubt. The clarity with which he illuminated problems of human conscience still commands universal respect as his play THE STATE OF SIEGE is performed worldwide by and for concerned global citizens.
Resistance to evil is essential whatever the outcome! Sometimes the attempt alone must satisfy us.
Ted Sprague directs. Andy Howe serves as Musical Director and Pianist with Karl Vincent on Bass and Sam Webster on Drums. “From the optimistic opening to the exuberant closing, Adams charmed and delighted!” – Cabaret Scenes Magazine.
Veteran Broadway, television and film actress and singer Neile Adams graces the stage in LA again! In recent years Adams has created and presented he own cabaret shows, which have received rave reviews in New York, London, Los Angeles, Chicago, Paris and Palm Springs. She has four CD albums. To learn more about Neile Adams, please visit the website, www.neileadams.com. To read a recent interview in Time magazine, please visit http://life.time.com/icons/steve-mcqueen-and-neile-adams-life-photos-by-john-dominis-1963/#1.
Tickets may be purchased by calling Catalina Bar & Grill at 323-466-2210, on online at www.catalinajazzclub.com.
MILA KUNIS COVERS MARIE CLAIRE NOVEMBER ‘POWER’ ISSUE ON NEWSSTANDS OCTOBER 17
As an actress, she’s making the comedic movies she wants (A Bad Moms Christmas in theaters November 1st), and as a producer, she’s elevating women’s roles on-screen. Building a career on her own terms is just how Mila Kunis rolls.
Inside the issue, Kunis is candid on the hurdle of making women-centric content in Hollywood, parenting, how she defines power vs. success, and more.
On the hurdle of making women-centric content in Hollywood: “I do sometimes come back from work like, ‘What the f*ck?’ But anger is good. It motivates us to strive to be better.”
From self-proclaimed “spiraler” to Zen master: “I overthink. I’m super-dramatic. Something not that bad, in my mind, becomes a catastrophe. I go from zero to a hundred. It’s a problem.”
On what motherhood has taught her: “What motherhood shows you is how selfless you can get. I’m ragged tired. Who cares? My kids are healthy, I’m happy.’”
On what she wants to teach her daughter: “What I want my daughter to learn from me is the value of hard work.”
On power versus success: “The real question is: Does power equal success? I mean, look at Trump. Trump is powerful. It doesn’t mean he’s successful, right?”
On today’s political landscape and her hope for the future: “I have hope for the future. None of this is permanent, this is a phase…and we will come out of it as a country.”
About Mila Kunis
Milena Markovna “Mila” Kunis, born August 14, 1983, is an American actress. In 1991, at the age of seven, she moved from Ukraine to Los Angeles with her family. After being enrolled in acting classes as an after-school activity, she was soon discovered by an agent. She appeared in several television series and commercials, before acquiring her first significant role prior to her 15th birthday, playing Jackie Burkhart on the television series That ’70s Show. Since 1999, she has voiced Meg Griffin on the animated series Family Guy.
Her breakout film role came in 2008, playing Rachel in the romantic comedy-drama Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Her other films include the neo-noir action film Max Payne (2008), the post-apocalyptic action film The Book of Eli (2010), the romantic comedy Friends with Benefits (2011), the comedy Ted (2012), the fantasy Oz the Great and Powerful (2013) as the Wicked Witch of the West, and the psychological thriller-horror Black Swan (2010), in which her performance gained her worldwide accolades, including the Premio Marcello Mastroianni for Best Young Actor or Actress, and nominations for the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress and Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role.
Kunis began dating her former That ’70s Show co-star Ashton Kutcher in April 2012, and they became engaged in February 2014. She gave birth to their daughter Wyatt Isabelle in October 2014. Kunis and Kutcher married during the first weekend of July 2015 in Oak Glen, California, and their son Dimitri Portwood Kutcher was born in November 2016. (Wikipedia)
This Saturday, October 14th, the Los Angeles Burning Man Decompression Art & Music Festival is back in the newly renovated LA State Historic Park in downtown LA.
This is the 13th year for the extravagant festival which was originally created as a way for the Burning Man community to “decompress” coming back from the desert event. It has also become a place where newcomers can take an inside look into a Burner experience.
The public can expect an unprecedented event. One of the guidelines of Burning Man is inclusiveness to everyone….so newcomers are welcomed. Participating artists will show unconventional and inventive art installations.
Producer and longtime Burner, Esquire Jauchem said, “After three years of waiting for the wonderful new DTLA Historic Park to be completed, LA Burning Man is thrilled to bring the Decom Art & Music Festival back to fiery, fantastic life.”
The public will enjoy four stages. One is called the Ignite Fire Stage and will feature fire performances. The second one is the Charlie the Unicorn stage. where the famed Diva Danielle will be spinning along with Todd Spero, Jacob Kalski, Fleetwood Smack, Erik Nelson, Somekindaweirdo, and Philip Evans.
The third stage is called the Art Car Bus Stop, and finally, Subtract Music runs the fourth stage featuring DJs, Anton Tumas, Brad Moontribe, Deltavox, Isaiah Martin, Joe P., Loboman, Massio, Patricio, Synchronometry, and Zach Walker.
Marialyce Pedersen will be hosting the Merry Mad Tea Party at this year’s Decom event. Her nickname is Merry M’Alyce in Burnerland. Serving hot and cold teas and engaging people is part of the fun. “I like the smallness and intimacy,” said Pedersen. I like that people can actually meet and interact and have meaningful exchanges. I like that people who don’t have time, money, or the inclination to travel all the way to Black Rock City can attend Decom and get a little annual taste of the thing.” This will be the Merry Mad Tea Party’s 5th appearance at LA Decom. It debuted at the 2012 event.
Dave Taylor will collaborate with Debi Cable 3D to create Destiny Lounge 3D.Taylor said he loves how these events bring out such creative energy in people. “We can be as quirky or weird as we want, create characters, alter egos, whatever! Discovering the crazy things others have come up with is a completely magical experience, and I was hooked from my first Burn!”
In addition to artistic camps in which the public can participate, art cars and mutant vehicles will also be on view at the festival. Vehicles have been transformed into large animals, caterpillars, and alien type cars. Some are huge sculptures…each with its own special feature, such as fire, music, etc. Jauchem added, “The LA Burning Man Decom Art & Music Festival is truly like a mini Burning Man (without the dust!).”
Mark your calendar for October 14th for a fantastic all day festival (from 1pm-11pm) at Los Angeles State Historic Park located at 1245 N. Spring St. 90012 Los Angeles, CA, US
Admission $20 (cash only at door – ATMs provided). Children under 12 free. No advance Sales. Cash Bar. Food Trucks.
The venue is next to the Chinatown Metro Stop. Ride-sharing and mobile car services are encouraged. Limited street parking, Garage parking is available at Union Station.
There is on-site parking available for 1000 cars for $10.
Visit the 2017 Decom website at http://www.ladecom.com
Saturday, October 7th world renowned choreographer and dancer Benjamin Millepied and L.A. Dance Project hosted their annual show stopping gala unveiling their brand new space in Downtown L.A.
Natalie Portman and friend Rashida Jones co-chaired the beautiful event sponsored by Van Cleef & Arpels, Dom Perignon, CAA and Rag & Bone and catered by An Catering (Crustacean)
Mikhail Baryshnikov was the Guest of Honor and the evening featured performances by L.A Dance Project, Emma Portner, and the students from The Colburn School.
WHAT: L.A. Dance Project hosted their annual gala at their brand new space in downtown L.A on Saturday, October 7. L.A. Dance Project’s founding Artistic Director Benjamin Millepied continues the company’s mission of presenting collaborations across artistic disciplines.
WHO: Benjamin Millepied, Natalie Portman, Mikhail Baryshnikov,
Rashida Jones, Quincy Jones,
Sacha Baron Cohen, Isla Fisher,
Ellen Page, Emma Portner
Gina Rodriguez, Alice Eve, Amber Valletta, Jennifer Grey, Barbara Kruger
WHERE: 2245 E. Washington Blvd.,
Los Angeles, CA 90021
ABOUT L.A. DANCE PROJECT
L.A. DANCE PROJECT IS A DANCE COMPANY FOUNDED IN 2012 BY CHOREOGRAPHER AND DANCER BENJAMIN MILLEPIED, ALONG WITH COMPOSER NICO MUHLYART CONSULTANT MATTHIEU HUMERY, FOUNDING PRODUCER CHARLES FABIUS AND COMPOSER NICHOLAS BRITELL.
The L.A. Dance Project is a platform for the development, creation, support and presentation of world-class dance in Los Angeles. Comprised of an internationally acclaimed dance company, a brand new performance space in Los Angeles’ burgeoning Arts District and a program of media initiatives, LAPD promotes dance not only as an artistic practice but as a way of being in the world. LADP seeks to foster dance-centered artistic collaborations across all disciplines, cultures and communities in Los Angeles and around the globe.
Since its founding, the company of the L.A. Dance Project has toured and given master classes at international venues and festivals including the Holland Festival, the Edinburgh International Festival, La Maison de la Danse, the Saitama Arts Center, Sadler’s Wells Theatre, Shanghai and Bejing Opera House, Theatre des Champs Elysees and Theatre du Chatelet. In the US, the company has performed at venues including Jacob’s Pillow, Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York City Center and the Joyce Theater.
In its home city of Los Angeles the company has performed at The Music Center’s Walt Disney Music Hall, MOCA, Union Station, The Theatre at Ace Hotel, and The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.
LADP IS A REGISTERED 501 (C)(3) NON PROFIT ORGANIZATION, AND ALL CONTRIBUTIONS ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE TO THE EXTENT PROVIDED BY LAW.
–By Dr. Laura Wilhelm, LauraWil Intercultural
Beverly Hills, CA (The Hollywood Times) 10/2/17 – “There is no difference between painting and thinking—both can be rational and emotional at the same time.”–Albrecht Behmel
Are you a fan of Marvel and the arts? Read this:
Pop artist Albrecht Behmel will unveil his new series “The Dark Side of MARVELous” for a select crowd at the Héritage Wine Bar located at 467 North Canon Drive in Beverly Hills on Thursday, October 19th from 7-10 p.m. Light refreshments will be served for guests to enjoy along with the artworks and music. Tickets cost $220 and all proceeds from the ticket and art sales will be donated to UNICEF on behalf of earthquake victims in Mexico.
Among the pieces in Albrecht Behmel’s MARVELous show will be spectacular acrylic and ink renderings of super villains Loki, Moonstone, Mystique, Sabretooth, and Thanos as well as an undisclosed large work about the Black Panther, the show’s centerpiece.
“I am fascinated by movie villains,” the award-winning German artist, who is also a bestselling writer, says about his work. “Especially the multi-faceted ones!” Behmel is best known for his unique kaleidoscopic style called The Magic of the Swarms and his private art receptions around the world.
“This is one of LA’s finest rooftops at The Heritage Wine Bar located on the Golden Triangle corner overlooking the iconic sign of Beverly Hills,” art advisor Donnalynn Patakos says.
“Art has strong social value. While we unveil new pieces in this beautiful place for people to acquire, we want to be grateful and mindful, given the current catastrophic events the Mexican people have experienced. Albrecht has a genuine philanthropic heart, and we already had the show scheduled, so we offer our international support and brotherhood to people that desperately need help now, through his beautiful art.”
Nate Moore, producer of the Marvel movies, will be at the event along with some surprise guests! To attend the event, please reserve your spot at www.themagicoftheswarms.com
You can also purchase original works and prints directly from the site if you are not in the LA area.
One of the prime movers for this international event in the USA is ANTONIO LUJAK, a Croatian-born model, actor, and producer. Lujak was a professional tennis player when he was first scouted as a model at the age of seventeen. One year later, Lujak won the prestigious title of “Mr. Croatia.”
Shortly afterwards, Lujak was awarded the notable “Best Model of Tourism” title at the Model of the World Competition in Istanbul. Lujak’s modeling career has spanned top names such as Roberto Cavalli, Calvin Klein, Hugo Boss, Versace, Olymp, Gilette Fusion, Marco O’Polo, Men’s Health, Glamour, In-Style, Maxim, and Hip Hop Weekly.
During press appearances as Mr. Croatia, Lujak was contacted by casting directors for the British television show CASANOVA for a role in the mini-series. Lujak’s talent as an actor was quickly recognized and offers for bigger projects began to roll in.
Fluent in Croatian, Serbian, Bosnian, Italian, and English, Lujak quickly found himself working on international projects such as Heineken’s THE CHASE with James Bond heartthrob Daniel Craig. Lujak is currently attached to a number of projects in pre- and post-production and recently wrapped roles in ROBIN HOOD and STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI. Lujak splits his time between Europe and Los Angeles.
So please come meet Mr. Lujak and other luminaries at the MARVELous event on October 19th! All efforts on behalf of Mexico’s earthquake victims will be GREATLY appreciated.
By Meg Taylor
Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) 9/18/17 – “If you knew this was the last day of your life, would you spend it worrying about whether or not your stomach was flat? Of course not, but you never really know when it’s your last day, do you?” These lines of dialogue are from the one-woman show “Ripe” written and starred in by the lovely Wendy Hammers. It’s incredibly profound; we know that our time is limited, yet we don’t spend our time acting like it. Hammers’ personal mission statement as a woman and as an artist is to help women celebrate their bodies and their lives and to really understand that we only have one life and one body and you should appreciate it while you can, at any age that you are, at any weight that you are, and any body that you’re living in. This is a main theme in Hammers’ production, “Ripe”. “Ripe” was written as a valentine to one of Wendy’s dear friends, the hilarious writer and comedian, Judy Toll, who passed away from cancer. Toll was an original member of The Groundlings and a writer on Sex and The City. Hammers’ wrote the play because she loved and missed her friend; she wanted to keep her memory alive. The play is about celebrating life; Hammers’ expressed that “so many young women spend time worrying about their body and worried that it’s not right; and when you see somebody that’s really sick and they don’t have their body anymore, you realize how silly all that is.” Continue reading “An Inspiration Amongst Women: Wendy Hammers”
PST: LA/LA AT PALM SPRINGS ART MUSEUM
Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center
Through January 15, 2018
|Free Admission Day
Sunday, September 17
Enjoy complimentary admission at 50 museums across Southern California in celebration of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA’s launch weekend, thanks to Bank of America! Palm Springs Art Museum and the Architecture + Design Center are participating with FREE admission all day Sunday, September 17!
#HOTISCOOL @ ANNENBERG THEATER
FALL MODERNISM WEEK TICKETS ON SALE NOW
EXHIBITIONS ON VIEW
Making it Modern
Palm Springs Art Museum, Clayes Wing
Enjoy a reinstallation of the museum’s foundational collection of works by international modern artists in Europe and the Americas. The exhibition is organized around six key principles that demonstrate how modernists pioneered
a new aesthetic language that defined shifting perspectives in the twentieth century. By reconfiguring concepts such as line, energy, aggregates, biomorphism, spirituality, and presence, artists imbued their work with ideas that propelled modernism forward.
EXHIBITIONS ENDING SOON
ANNENBERG THEATER ANNOUNCES OPENING NIGHT
POP UP MUSEUM STORE
MUSEUM CAFE CLOSED FOR RENOVATION
With 3 locations – Palm Springs Art Museum and Annenberg Theater, Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center, and and Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert, The Galen and the Faye Sarkowsky Sculpture Garden, discover a wealth of opportunities to escape, reflect, learn, create, and become inspired when you join Palm Springs Art Museum!
Your membership is valid at all museum locations and we offer a wide range of art exhibitions, programming events, family activities, theatrical programs, and much more. To join the museum and its nine support councils, click here.
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LIVE, ON ‘GOOD MORNING AMERICA’ – Professional Dancers Were Previously Announced on ‘Good Morning America’
‘Dancing with the Stars’ Returns With a Live Premiere on Monday, September 18, at 8:00 p.m. EDT
“Dancing with the Stars” is gearing up to celebrate its 25th season, and the new celebrity cast are sparkling up their wardrobe, breaking in their dancing shoes and readying themselves for their first dance on the ballroom floor, as the season kicks off on MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. This season’s lineup of celebrity dancers includes a “Shark,” a married couple whose pro partners are also a married couple, a “Pretty Little Liar,” a “Property Brother,” an 80s pop icon, a WWE superstar and a NBA champion, among others.
As announced this morning on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” the celebrities with their professional dance partners heading to the ballroom this season (in alphabetical order) are:
Barbara Corcoran with Keo Motsepe
Debbie Gibson with Alan Bersten
Derek Fisher with Sharna Burges
Drew Scott with Emma Slater
Frankie Muniz with Witney Carson
Jordan Fisher with Lindsay Arnold
Lindsey Stirling with Mark Ballas
Nick Lachey with Peta Murgatroyd
Nikki Bella with Artem Chigvintsev
Sasha Pieterse with Gleb Savchenko
Terrell Owens with Cheryl Burke
Vanessa Lachey with Maks Chmerkovskiy
Victoria Arlen with Val Chmerkovskiy
BARBARA CORCORAN – Barbara Corcoran’s credits include straight D’s in high school and college and 20 jobs by the time she turned 23. It was her next job that would make her one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the country: she borrowed $1,000 and quit her job as a waitress to start a tiny real estate company in New York City. Over the next 25 years, Barbara would parlay that $1,000 loan into a $5 billion real estate business, building the largest and best-known brand in the business.
Corcoran is the author of the bestseller “Shark Tales: How I Turned $1,000 into a Billion Dollar Business!” Corcoran is a motivational and inspirational speaker. She is a frequent small business and real estate contributor on every major network. She has been an investor/Shark for the past nine seasons on ABC’s three-time Emmy award winning show, “Shark Tank.” Follow Barbara @BarbaraCorcoran – Follow Keo @keodancer
DEBBIE GIBSON – For 30 years, Debbie Gibson has proven she’s an entertainer of immeasurable talent. From singer, songwriter and musician to actress and dancer, she embodies what it truly means to be an entertainer. A music prodigy, Gibson exploded on the Billboard Pop Charts at the tender age of 16 with the self-penned “Only in My Dreams.” The “Original Pop Princess” quickly became the youngest artist ever to write, produce and perform a No. 1 hit song, “Foolish Beat,” and entered the Guinness Book of World Records. To date, she is still the youngest female to hold that record. She has sold more than 16 million albums worldwide, performed for British Royalty and hosted “The American Music Awards,” produced by friend and legend Dick Clark.
After conquering the pop world with three consecutive albums and world tours, she set her sights on the theater and starred in 17 musicals in 17 years. Gibson made her mark in the Broadway production of “Les Miserables” as Eponine. She broke box office records in the London West End production of “Grease” as Sandy. She then took the stage in the U.S. Broadway tours of “Grease” as Rizzo and “Funny Girl” as Fanny Brice. She also wowed critics as Belle in Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” Gypsy Rose Lee in “Gypsy,” Cinderella in the national production of “Cinderella,” with Eartha Kitt, Velma Kelly in “Chicago,” and Sally Bowles in the Broadway revival of “Cabaret,” with Neil Patrick Harris. Gibson bridged the gap between pop music and Broadway with her one-woman show, “Pop Goes Broadway.” She currently has two original Broadway musicals in the works, one with Jimmy Van Patten entitled “Flunkytown” and the other entitled “Skirts” as composer and lyricist with Hilary Carlip and Katie Ford. To fill her passion of mentoring and fostering young performers and songwriters, she also created Debbie Gibson’s Electric Youth, a series of performing arts camps and music boot camps. Gibson made her debut in the world of orchestration for Dr. Rutledge’s documentary “3 Billion and Counting,” about Malaria prevention in third world countries. She collaborated on the score and the powerful closing credits song, “Rise,” which was shortlisted for an Academy Award nomination. She also composed two original songs for “Cirque Dreams Symphony,” which toured the U.S. In 2012 Gibson raised more than $50,000 for Children International on “The Celebrity Apprentice” and made a cameo in the film “Rock of Ages.” In 2011 she starred with Tiffany in the SyFy hit “Mega Python vs. Gatoroid,” which led to a joint sold out tour as well as a performance on GMA’s Summer Concert Series. She also appeared in Katy Perry’s hit music video for “Last Friday Night (TGIF).” In 2014 she starred as a celebrity judge on ABC’s “Sing Your Face Off,” and joined an esteemed list of musical performers as a 2014 inductee of the Long Island Music Hall of Fame. She starred in the 2015 original movie “The Music in Me,” featuring a new, original song, “Promises.” She wrote a new song, “Angel,” for the debut album of Nickelodeon star Isabela Moner, co-wrote and is featured on Big Black Delta’s electro-pop song “RCVR,” and was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from Rockers on Broadway in 2015. In 2016 Gibson created, executive produced and starred in Hallmark Channel’s “Summer of Dreams,” which featured her new, original song, “Wonderland,” and a new acoustic version of her self-penned debut, hit single, “Only in My Dreams.” Follow Debbie @DebbieGibson – Follow Alan @Dance10Alan
DEREK FISHER – Derek Fisher spent his entire pre-NBA life in Little Rock, Arkansas. His work ethic and determination were evident even from a young age, but basketball was always what drove him. A stand-out guard in high school, he starred for Parkview Arts and Science Magnet High. Even as a teenager, his leadership qualities were on display for all those who encountered him.
In 1996 he was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers and went on to play more than 18 seasons in the NBA, a majority with the Lakers, with whom he won 5 NBA Championships. Fisher is the all-time NBA record holder in playoff games played. While playing for the Lakers, he hit a buzzer beater with 0.4 second left in game 5 of the 2004 Western Conference Semifinals against the San Antonio Spurs, which the NBA lists as the 18th-greatest playoff moment of all time.
Fisher also served as president of the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA), while playing. In 2014 he was hired by the New York Knicks to be the team’s head coach and became one of the only players to get a head coaching job in the NBA directly from playing. In 2016 he moved back to Los Angeles and began to work professionally as a broadcaster, making appearances on TNT, NBA TV and Spectrum SportsNet. Fisher made multiple appearances on TNT’s “Inside the NBA” and was on TNT’s new “Player’s Only” coverage, where former NBA players provided color commentary on games. He worked alongside with Shaquille O’Neal, Grant Hill and Brent Barry, among others. At the start of the 2016-17 NBA season, Fisher joined Spectrum SportsNet as an in-studio analyst for the Los Angeles Lakers.
Fisher’s passion for impacting the lives of young people motivated him to create a camp experience for children and teens of all skill levels. In 2009 he started the Derek Fisher Basketball Academy, which is dedicated and focused on developing the basketball, leadership and life skills of each camper. He currently resides in Los Angeles with his family. Follow Derek @derekfisher – Follow Sharna @SharnaBurgess
DREW SCOTT – Drew Scott is co-founder of Scott Brothers Entertainment and Scott Living. He and his twin brother, Jonathan, host multiple top-rated HGTV series, including the Emmy-nominated ”Property Brothers,” ”Brother vs. Brother” and “Property Brothers at Home,” and their shows are watched by millions of fans in over 150 countries. A New York Times bestselling author and one of People’s “Sexiest Men Alive,” Scott is also a bona fide social media influencer with over three million followers across his social platforms.
Born and raised in Canada, Scott’s passion for all things entrepreneurial began at age seven when he and Jonathan started their first business. By 18, they were buying and flipping homes, and by their mid-20s they had a thriving real estate, design and renovation business with hundreds of clients. Scott’s love of acting began during elementary school. He then started doing improv, sketch and standup comedy while in high school. Later, he booked roles in popular TV series such as “Smallville” and “Breaker High.” Eventually, he and Jonathan were approached to host a home renovation show called “My Dream Home,” which later became “Property Brothers.”
In addition to his television and social media success, Scott is one half of a rising global lifestyle brand, which includes multiple extensions into music, media and retail. He and Jonathan established “Scott Brothers Entertainment,” which produces award winning and engaging content in all genres for TV, film and digital platforms. The brothers expanded their brand with the creation of “Scott Living,” a designer collection of indoor and outdoor furniture, décor and bedding. In 2015 the Scott brothers wrote and recorded two original tracks, “Hold On” and “Let the Night Shine In,” with music producers Victoria Shaw and Chad Carlson. “Hold On” hit the Billboard Hot Country charts within the first month of its release. In January 2017 they put their own country spin on Flo Rida’s wildly popular single “My House” with 100% of the single’s proceeds being donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Last year, he and Jonathan released their first book, “Dream Home: The Property Brothers’ Ultimate Guide to Finding & Fixing Your Perfect House.” It was both a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller. Scott will release a memoir, co-authored with brother Jonathan, entitled “It Takes Two: Our Story,” on September 5, 2017. Outside of his career endeavors, Scott serves as a global ambassador for World Vision, working to improve child protection domestically and abroad. His wide-ranging philanthropic contributions include working with a variety of charities such as Artists for Peace and Justice, The American Red Cross and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, among others. He is also very active when it comes to environmental responsibility and the advancement of clean, renewable energies. Follow Drew @MrDrewScott – Follow Emma @EmmaSlaterDance
FRANKIE MUNIZ – Francisco ”Frankie” Muniz IV is an American actor, musician, writer, producer, race car driver and band manager. He is best known for playing the title character in the FOX comedy “Malcolm in the Middle,” which earned him an Emmy Award nomination, two Golden Globe Award nominations and The Hollywood Reporter’s ”Young Star Award.” On the feature side, he is best known for his work in “My Dog Skip” and playing the title role in the film “Agent Cody Banks,” as well as its sequel “Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London.” Muniz also starred in the 2002 blockbuster “Big Fat Liar,” opposite Amanda Bynes and Paul Giamatti. He recently shot the lead of the independent drama feature “The Black String,” for director Brian Hanson.
Apart from his love of acting, Muniz is also an accomplished race car driver, having competed in the Champ Car Atlantic Championship. He additionally has a passion for music and manages the alternative band Astro Lasso. Follow Frankie @frankiemuniz – Follow Witney @WitneyCarson
JORDAN FISHER – 2016 was a breakout year for multi-talented artist Jordan Fisher, whose talent clearly knows no boundaries, from TV to music to film and, most recently, Broadway. In January, Fisher’s take as Doody in FOX’s Emmy-winning broadcast of “Grease: LIVE” earned him critical acclaim and was deemed the show’s breakout star by MTV and People Magazine. That spring, he released his first single, “All About Us,” which was produced by Oak Felder (Alessia Cara, Arianna Grande, Rihanna) and melded influences of pop/soul/R&B. The song was the #2 most added song and a top 30 hit at pop radio. In August, Fisher released his self-titled EP, which debuted #18 on the Billboard Heatseeker album chart.
After performing on The Today Show, the ESPY’s Red Carpet Special and opening for Alicia Keys at the Apple Music Festival, Fisher was tagged to perform the end title credit to Disney’s hit animated feature film “Moana” with award winning songwriter/producer Lin-Manual Miranda. Fisher, who has been called out by Miranda as “super-talented,” saw a lifelong dream of performing on Broadway come to fruition when he joined the cast of Miranda’s uber-hit “Hamilton,” where he took on the dual roles of John Laurens and Philip Hamilton.
When ABC was curating the music for “When We Rise,” an eight-hour miniseries event with music guiding the four and a half decade storyline, they looked no further than Fisher to cover the 70’s classic, “I’d Love to Change the World.” The song opened the two-hour premiere, directed by Gus Van Sant.
The underlying thread to all Fisher’s success across the board is music. He’s not just a multi-talented performer but also a storyteller. His influences are diverse and can be traced back to his ays growing up in a football town outside of Birmingham, Alabama, where he cultivated his tastes by listening to everything from Luther Vandross to Metallica while simultaneous developing his acting skills at the Birmingham-based Red Mountain Theatre Company.
With a bright future in front of him, 2017 is sure to be another banner year as Fisher readies his debut full-length album. This fall he will release his new single “MESS” with Hollywood Records. Follow Jordan @Jordan_Fisher – Follow Lindsay @lindsayarnold
LINDSEY STIRLING – Lindsey Stirling is one of the biggest artist development breakthrough stories in recent years. An acclaimed violinist from Gilbert, AZ., she entered a futurist world of electronic big beats and animation, using her classical violin training, to leap through the music industry with almost 10 million YouTube subscribers, over 1.9 billion views on her YouTube channel, two Billboard Music Awards, Billboard chart-topping hits and sold out tours worldwide. She’s created a new music world where modern classical meets the infectious energy of dance and electronica.
Stirling’s most recent and critically acclaimed third studio album, “Brave Enough,” debuted at #5 on Billboard’s Top 200 Album Chart and went on to score the #1 spot on Billboard’s year-end Top Dance/Electronic Album list. Collaborations on the album include ZZ Ward, Andrew McMahon and the Wilderness, Rivers Cuomo and Christina Perri, to name a few, and earned Stirling a 2017 Billboard Music Award for “Top Dance/Electronic Album.”
Stirling’s professional journey began in September of 2012 with the release of her self-titled debut album. Featuring her smash hit “Crystallize,” which has racked up over 177 million YouTube views, the album reached #1 on Billboard’s Dance/Electronic Chart and Classical Album Chart, earned her a 2014 Billboard Music Award nomination for “Top Dance/Electronic Album” and was certified Gold by the RIAA. The album reached #1 on Billboard’s Dance/Electronic Chart and Classical Album Chart and peaked at #23 on the Billboard Top 200. In 2014 Stirling released her sophomore album “Shatter Me,” which debuted at #2 on Billboard’s Top 200 album chart and has sold over a quarter million copies in the U.S. It was #2 on the Billboard Year End Dance Electronic Album Chart, #1 on the iTunes Album Chart, spent an impressive 21 weeks straight at the #1 spot on the Billboard Classical Album Chart and was recently certified Gold by the RIAA. The album includes a collaboration with Halestorm lead singer Lzzy Hale on her smash single “Shatter Me,” which has over 72 million views on YouTube and took home the 2015 Billboard Music Award for “Top Dance/Electronic Album.”
In 2016 Stirling released her first book with Simon & Schuster, a memoir called “The Only Pirate at the Party,” which she co-wrote with her sister, Brook S. Passey. The book debuted on the New York Times’ best-seller list and shares stories of her humble yet charmed childhood, humorous adolescence, life as a struggling musician, personal struggles with anorexia, and finally, success as a world-class entertainer. Next up, Stirling will lend her likeness to a new comic book series called “Sparrow,” for which she teamed up with artist/writer Darick Robertson and co-writer R. Eric Lieb; and a Christmas album is set to be released via Concord Records later this fall. Follow Lindsey @LindseyStirling – Follow Mark @MarkBallas
NICK LACHEY – Nick Lachey, a multi-platinum recording artist, television personality and businessman, first rose to stardom as the front-man of the popular band 98 Degrees, selling over 10 million albums worldwide and charting several top-40 hits. In 2003 he launched a successful solo music career and segued into television when he starred in “Newlyweds,” one of MTV’s most successful shows in the network’s history.
In addition to his music career, Lachey has been a prominent television personality and producer over the last decade, having hosted and starred in a number of major national network programs and specials, including VH1’s national morning show “Big Morning Buzz Live Hosted by Nick Lachey.” In 2015 he executive produced and was featured in A&E’s popular docuseries “Lachey’s Bar” that followed brothers Nick and Drew Lachey as they opened a new sports bar in their hometown on Cincinnati, Ohio.
Lachey’s additional television credits include NBC’s highly-rated acapella competition show “The Sing-Off,” “The Winner Is,” ABC’s “Battle of the Network Stars,” NBC’s “Clash of the Choirs” (where Team Lachey took home the championship and most importantly a check for $250,000 for the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital), “Rockefeller Christmas Spectacular” and Macy’s “35th Annual 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular.” Lachey has also guest starred on a number of popular television series, including CBS’s hit show “Hawaii Five-O,” CW’s “One Tree Hill,” “Charmed” and ABC’s “Hope & Faith.” Behind the scenes, he created and executive produced the hit MTV series “Taking the Stage,” based on the lives of students at his beloved alma mater, the School for Creative and Performing Arts in Cincinnati, which ran for two seasons.
In 2003 Lachey launched his solo music career for which his second record, ”What’s Left of Me” (2006), went to number two on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart. His additional solo projects include “Soul-O” (2003) and “A Father’s Lullaby” (2013), the latter of which was a unique collaboration with Fisher Price inspired by his first born son Camden. His fourth solo album, “Soundtrack of My Life,” was released in November 2014.
Lachey reunited with 98 Degrees in 2013 to release their 5th studio album, “2.0,” and embarked on a North America tour with New Kids on the Block and Grammy award-winning group Boyz II Men. In 2016, 98 Degrees headlined the popular My2K Tour, featuring O Town, Dream and Ryan Cabrera. 98 Degrees will release their second Christmas album, “Let It Snow” (a follow-up to their 1999 platinum holiday record “This Christmas”), which will be available on October 13th with a tour to follow. In addition to his work in music and television, Lachey remains a constant advocate for children’s and humanitarian causes through his work with organizations including Autism Speaks, Feeding America, Make-a-Wish Foundation, The Boys & Girls Club, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), VH-1 Save The Music, The Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and The Cincinnati School for Performing Arts. He is also founder and President of The Nick Lachey Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to helping children, families and communities in need throughout the United States. Lachey currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife Vanessa and three children Camden, Brooklyn and Phoenix. Follow Nick @NickLachey – Follow Peta @PetaMurgatroyd
NIKKI BELLA – If there’s a barrier to be broken or an accolade to be earned, Nikki Bella has done it, and done it with style. Bella is a philanthropist, empowered woman, executive producer, YouTuber, motivational speaker and longest reigning Divas Champion. A self-admitted ‘tomboy’ with a feminine side, Bella originally planned to play professional soccer until a leg injury ended her career. From there, she followed her twin sister Brie’s lead into WWE. Unsuccessful in seizing spots in the 2006 WWE Raw Diva Search, The Bellas caught the eyes of execs and soon landed in FCW. Training for the competition they’d soon crush, she and her sibling made their way onto the main roster in 2008 and turned heads whenever they set foot inside the ring. But don’t be fooled — Bella is more than just a pretty face. With a dash of ‘twin magic,’ she and her sister stirred up WWE, culminating with a Divas title reign apiece in 2011 and 2012. But after a brief sabbatical from WWE, the sisters began an astonishing reinvention, with Nikki cementing herself as the division’s mean-girl powerhouse and earning a Divas title reign that lasted a record-setting 301 days. Now, as a pivotal member of the SmackDown LIVE roster, Bella continues to test the limits of competition in a complete and totally fearless fashion.
Bella is the star of E!’s hit reality shows “Total Bellas” and “Total Divas.” She and Brie are continuing to grow their brand with their birdie bee apparel line and Belle Radici wine. Follow Nikki @BellaTwins – Follow Artem @artemchigvintse
SASHA PIETERSE – Film and television star Sasha Pieterse is best known for her lead role on Freeform’s “Pretty Little Liars,” which wrapped its seventh and final season earlier this year. Despite being only 12 years old when she landed the role on what would go on to become one of the network’s most popular and successful shows, she held her own as the youngest regular cast member with already years of professional experience beneath her belt.
The Johannesburg native immigrated to America with her family for greater opportunities. The daughter of professional acrobatic dancers, Pieterse became accustomed to the rigors of a career in entertainment at an early age. When she was just four and a half years old, she met with a Los Angeles agent who quickly signed her, and she has been acting and modeling ever since.
Pieterse got her start in television in 2002 at the age of six, starring in the WB comedy series “Family Affair,” a remake of the late 1960s hit, as Buffy, opposite Gary Cole. She was awarded with a Young Artist’s Award for her work on the series. She appeared in the hit series “Heroes” and guest starred in “House M.D.” She also starred in the telefilm “Claire,” opposite Valerie Bertinelli, and appeared in the Disney Channel Original Movie, “Geek Charming.”
Pieterse’s first major film role was as the Ice Princess in Robert Rodriguez’s “The Adventures of Shark Boy and Lava Girl 3D,” with Taylor Lautner and George Lopez. In 2007 she starred in “The Air I Breathe,” alongside Sarah Michelle Gellar. She also appeared in “Good Luck Chuck,” “X-Men: First Class” and the critically acclaimed film “Inherent Vice,” directed by Paul Thomas Anderson and starring opposite Reese Witherspoon, Joaquin Phoenix and Martin Short. In addition to her successful acting career, Pieterse has launched her singing career releasing four singles with co-writer and producer, Dan Franklin. Follow Sasha @SashaaPieterse – Follow Gleb @Gleb_Savchenko
TERRELL OWENS – Philanthropist, entrepreneur, fitness expert, model, motivational speaker, humanitarian, loving father and the NFL’s 6-Time Pro Bowler, Terrell Eldorado Owens is a man on a mission. His extraordinary skills on the gridiron and elite athleticism raised the bar for Wide Receivers in the league. Owens is credited with being one of the most exciting and electrifying players to ever play the game, with 1078 Receptions, 15,935 yards and 153 touchdowns during the span of his 15 year career.
Owens was born in Alexander City, AL, where he attended Benjamin Russell High School. There he excelled in several sports including football, basketball, baseball and track. After being recruited by the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC), Owens made a name for himself as an explosive receiver, earning first team All-Southern Conference honors and setting a school record for catching a pass 11 consecutive games.
Owens was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the third round of the 1996 NFL draft, spending eight seasons with the team. He made his mark in the league by amassing a highlight reel of spectacular plays and performances. This includes a game-winning touchdown against the Green Bay Packers in a 1998 wild-card playoff games that was dubbed “The Catch II”; a record breaking day of December 17, 2000 when he surpassed the 50 year old mark for the single-game reception total; and his role in leading the 49ers to the second greatest comeback in NFL playoff history, which occurred against the New York Giants in 2002.
In 2004 Owens joined the Philadelphia Eagles, making an immediate impact on the team, averaging one touchdown per game. This helped the Eagles to win 13 of its first 14 games, paving the way to Super Bowl XXXIX. Despite a late season injury that doctors had projected would take weeks to heal, Owens started the game and had nine receptions and 122 yards in a disappointing loss to the New England Patriots. Owens went on to play for the Dallas Cowboys, embarking on another storied legacy. In his first season with the team, he led the league with 13 regular season touchdowns, and this despite a serious tendon injury to his finger. While doctors recommended season ending surgery, Owens elected to wait until the end of the season to repair the damage. In 2007 he set a Dallas Cowboys record with 15 touchdown receptions and helped lead the team to the NFC East divisional title for the first time since 1988. He also amassed 69 catches for 1,052 yards and 10 touchdowns in his last season for the Dallas Cowboys. Owens entered his 14th NFL season with the Buffalo Bills. It was in this season that he became only the sixth player to record 1,000 career catches. He also added stints with the Cincinnati Bengals and the Seattle Seahawks to his resume.
Owens has garnered countless awards and accolades for his work on and off the field, including six Pro Bowl appearances, five-time Associated Press All-Pro, Recorded Five Seasons with 13 or more touchdowns, and the first to score a touchdown in seven straight “Monday Night Football” games. On September 15, 2008 in yet another remarkable Monday Night Game, Owens moved into second place on the NFL’s all-time career touchdown list. Owens’ work on the field is only mirrored by his accomplishments off the field, including partnering with the Alzheimer’s Association, which is near and dear to his heart. His beloved grandmother Alice succumbed to the disease three years ago. He also testified before Congress to raise awareness about the disease. Owens is also a respected and best-selling author, penning a children’s book, “Little T Learns to Share,” and a fitness book, “T.O.’s Finding Fitness.” His latest endeavor, the “What TO Do” Global Campaign, is an initiative aimed at empowering and motivating youth around the world through speaking, workshops and with the launch of an inspirational clothing line for men, women and children. Follow Terrell @terrellowens – Follow Cheryl @CherylBurke
VANESSA LACHEY – As the winner of the 1998 “Miss Teen USA” pageant, Lachey (then Minnillo) was awarded the title and honor of Miss Congeniality 1998, which was voted on by her peers. She later went on to serve as a backstage correspondent for “The 50th Annual Miss USA Pageant” in 2001, a judge for “Miss Teen USA” in 2007 and co-host of the 2007 “Miss Universe Pageant” in Mexico City.
In 2003 Lachey started at MTV Networks, where she served as co-host for “Total Request Live” and “MTV Hits.” She hosted several MTV specials, including “MTV’s Prom Date,” “The Real World San Diego Reunion” and “Spring Break Celebrity Fantasies.” In 2002 she hosted the UK crossover hit “Top of the Pops” for The WB and also hosted the live finale of UPN’s “The Road to Stardom with Missy Elliot.” For two seasons, Lachey was the New York-based correspondent for “Entertainment Tonight,” the #1 syndicated entertainment newsmagazine in the world. During her time with “Entertainment Tonight,” she reported on the latest news regarding music, film, television and fashion.
Lachey starred in the FOX comedy “Dads,” executive produced by Seth MacFarlane (“Family Guy,” “Ted”), and was on the NBC series “Truth Be Told,” opposite Mark-Paul Gosselaar. Additional television credits include co-hosting the popular ABC Series “Wipeout,” as well as appearing as co-host on the reality show “True Beauty.” She also guest starred on “Hawaii Five-O,” “30 Rock,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “CSI-NY” and USA’s “Psych.”
VICTORIA ARLEN – Face it. Embrace it. Defy it. Conquer it. These are the words that ESPN TV personality, Paralympic Gold Medalist and World Record Holder Victoria Arlen lives by every day. At the young age of 11, the lifelong swimmer and athlete fell ill with Transverse Myelitis, a rare viral disease that left her in a four-year long coma and without use of her legs for nearly 10 years. Unbeknownst to those around her at the time, Arlen could hear the conversations going on in her hospital room while she was in the coma as doctors expressed losing hope for any sort of improvement in her condition. However, with unwavering support from her family, her health improved tremendously.
In June of 2010, Arlen, determined to reach her childhood dream of competing in the Olympic Games, returned to the pool for the first time in years. In the spring of 2012, not only did she participate in four events at the London Paralympic Games, but she also took home one Gold and three Silver medals while also setting a world record in in the 100-meter free.
Following her successful and inspirational recovery, Arlen has since become an on-air TV personality with ESPN. She has reported for numerous sports programs, including X-Games, Invictus Games, The ESPY Awards, Special Olympics World Games and SportsCenter. Her dedication, charisma, and inspirational story has not gone unnoticed. Once in the public eye after the 2012 Paralympic Games, the 21-year-old came to symbolize a beacon of hope for many. Since then, she has presented as the keynote speaker at many functions, including for TEDx and several Fortune 500s, like Disney, Pfizer and Liberty, sharing her remarkable story across the country. Follow Victoria @Arlenv1 – Follow Val @iamValC
Hosted by two-time Emmy-winning host Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews, “Dancing with the Stars” is the hit series in which celebrities perform choreographed dance routines which are judged by a panel of renowned ballroom experts.
Reigning Mirror Ball champ Rashad Jennings surprised the cast by blending in with the “GMA” studio audience.
“A piece of advice I would give to everybody is, don’t take yourself too serious,” he said. “Have fun. It’s an experience of a lifetime. And don’t let the judges get under your skin. Embrace it all, really. Truly embrace it all.” Rashad Jennings said.
“Dancing with the Stars” is produced by BBC Worldwide Productions. Ashley Edens-Shaffer and Joe Sungkur are executive producers. Phil Heyes directs. “Dancing with the Stars” is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound. This program carries a TV-PG, L parental guideline.
“Dancing with the Stars” is produced by BBC Worldwide Productions. The show is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound. This program carries a TV-PG, L parental guideline.
About BBC Worldwide Productions
BBC Worldwide Productions is a key business under BBC Worldwide North America, the U.S. division of the main commercial arm and wholly-owned subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), BBC Worldwide. Based in Los Angeles, BBC Worldwide Productions develops and produces scripted and unscripted projects based on BBC formats/brands for cable and broadcast networks, as well as digital platforms. Key titles include ”Dancing with the Stars” (ABC), ”Getting On” (HBO), the limited series ”The Night Of” (HBO), “Top Gear America” (BBC America), and the upcoming game show, ”Hypnotize Me” (FOX).
Jimmy’s Hall is a new stage adaptation of the critically acclaimed Ken Loach film. It tells the true story of Leitrim farmer Jimmy Gralton, the only Irishman deported from his own country. His crime was to build a dance hall where he encouraged the local community to learn, to argue and to dream, but above all to dance and have fun. As the hall grew in popularity its free-spirited reputation brought it to the attention of the church and politicians who forced Jimmy to flee and the hall to close.
A decade later, at the height of the Depression, Jimmy returns from the US. The hall stands abandoned but as Jimmy sees the poverty and growing oppression in the village, the leader and activist within him is stirred. He decides to reopen the hall, and so takes on the established authorities of the church and the government.
The production marks Director of the Abbey Theatre Graham McLaren’s directorial debut at the theatre. Graham has been co-Director of the Abbey, along with Neil Murray, since September 2016. Graham’s productions of European classics have been seen in London’s West End, ancient Greek amphitheatres, black box studios and on the main stages of national theatres and major festivals across the world.
Graham McLaren said ‘It was important to me that this would be the first play I’d direct at the Abbey Theatre. Jimmy Gralton had a vision of Ireland as a fair and equal society, with people’s needs put in front of profit, at the heart of its culture. He wanted to create a space for people to come and break bread, to sing the old songs, to fall in love, argue about politics and to be a community. This act was such a threat to the people in power, that they vilified Jimmy. They burned down the hall and he was deported.
It is a great honour to play a part in telling Jimmy’s story. Our production is a celebration of his ideals – full of live music, singing and dancing. This is a story about the people of Leitrim, told for the people of Leitrim. As Ireland’s national theatre it is imperative for us, that they are the first to see it.’
With Richard Clements playing ‘Jimmy’, the talented cast includes Lisa Lambe, Bosco Hogan, Bríd Ní Neachtain, Ruth McGill, Donal O’Kelly and Muiris Crowley.
Jimmy’s Hall opened in Carrick-on-Shannon Community School on 22 July ahead of a three week run on the Abbey Stage. Booking is now open for all dates at abbeytheatre.ie. //ENDS
Lucky Leitrim had the World premiere of Jimmy’s Hall in school hall in Leitrim. Very fitting location for the only Irish man officially deported from Ireland who just wanted a community hall for people to enjoy.
From 20 to 22 July 2017, the Abbey Theatre presented the world premiere of Jimmy’s Hall in Carrick-On-Shannon in Leitrim
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Róisín McGann, Press Manager at the Abbey Theatre at email@example.com
Catherine Bell – Ensemble
Richard Clements – Jimmy
Craig Connolly – Brendan
Muiris Crowley – Sean
Aindrias De Staic – Doherty
Alan Devally – Mossie
Bosco Hogan – Fr Sheridan
Donal O’Kelly – O’Keefe
Lisa Lambe – Oonagh
Sarah Madigan – Marie
Ruth McGill – Tess
Diarmaid Murtagh – Tommy Gilroy
Bríd Ní Neachtain – Alice
Adapted from Paul Laverty’s film script
Director – Graham McLaren
Set and Costume Design – Colin Richmond
Musical Director – Michael John McCarthy
Lighting Designer – Sarah Jane Shiels
Movement Director – Vicki Manderson
Dramaturg – Pamela McQueen
Dates: 20-22 July 2017 (Leitrim) / 28 July-19 August 2017 (Dublin)
Previews: 20-21 July 2017 (Leitrim) / 28-29 July 2017 (Dublin)
Opening night: 22 July 2017 (Leitrim) / 31 July 2017 (Dublin)
Free preview: 28 July 2017
Times: 7.30pm (Matinees 2.30pm)
Tickets : http://www.abbeytheatre.ie/2017/jimmys-hall or 01 87 87 222
Leitrim – Carrick-on-Shannon Community School, Co. Leitrim
Dublin – Abbey Theatre, Abbey Street, Dublin 1.
Inspired by the revolutionary ideals of its founders and its rich canon of Irish dramatic writing, the Abbey Theatre’s Mission is to imaginatively engage with all of Irish society through the production of ambitious, courageous and new theatre in all its forms. The Abbey Theatre commits to lead in the telling of the whole Irish story, in English and in Irish, and affirms that it is a theatre for the entire island of Ireland and for all its people. In every endeavour, the Abbey Theatre promotes inclusiveness, diversity and equality.
The Abbey Theatre gratefully acknowledges the support of
The Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon
Upper West presents a solo exhibition by Bobbie Rich on Sunday, July 30th, 2017. Bobbie Rich said she always knew she was supposed to create art. “Life is better when you embrace your gifts, but that doesn’t mean everything is easy. Although incredibly rewarding, being an artist isn’t exactly the most dependable career path. I am very proud to be a successful artist.”
Rich will enjoy her second solo exhibition at Santa Monica restaurant Upper West. “I’m very excited for the July 30th opening bash and to be spending much more time at such a delicious and beautiful restaurant!” The exhibition entitled “Wanderlust” will feature over twenty works. Rich went on to explain that during the summer her teaching schedule lightens up so she has more time to paint and work on her own personal projects. “It’s been really wonderful working on my balcony to finish up new works for Upper West. Several have sold, fresh off the easel, so I am really focused on completing new large works to adorn the restaurant.”
Rich is a consistent patron of the restaurant…”Upper West has the best Happy Hour around! A few of my favorite options are the Braised Brisket Tacos, the Crispy Glazed Chicken and the Thai Peanut Noodles.”
Rich often gives her time helping nonprofits. She recently did some live painting for Harvest Home’s Gala at the Fairmont Miramar. Her painting was live auctioned in the ballroom as the grand finale of the evening for $6000, with 100% donated to Harvest Home. Harvest Home transforms the lives of homeless pregnant women and their children by providing housing, support, and programs that equip women to become great mothers.
She was also commissioned by Herman Miller to create a mural. Since she works teaching for Family Art and Art Camp for Community Corp of Santa Monica and the Boys and Girls Club of America at several affordable housing locations, she was able to connect the furniture store with the CCSM and Boys and Girls Club. She personally collaborated with the kids and Herman Miller employees to create a beautiful under the sea mural at 430 Pico Boulevard in Santa Monica. “I designed and drew an enormous paint-by-number before the Herman Miller team and Boys and Girls Club kids arrived. All the paints were pre-mixed. Paint swatches were on the walls. Everyone was assigned a color and away we went!”
When asked which artists inspire her these days, she replied, “My students are the emerging artists that most inspire me. I give them enough free reign to test and express their own ideas, while learning all the fundamentals and beyond. Each day is a surprise and I always soak in all the treasures they create.”
Bellydance Evolution presents “Fantasm – Odyssey of Dreams”
An enchanting ‘magic carpet ride’ of Scheherazade’s ancient tales of the adventures of Sinbad told through Middle Eastern and contemporary folkloric dance
Friday, July 21, 2017, 8:30 p.m.
Ford Theatres, Hollywood
As part of the 2017 Summer Season at the fully refurbished Ford Theatres, Bellydance Evolution presents the Los Angeles debut of Fantasm – Odyssey of Dreams at the outdoor amphitheatre on Friday, July 21, 2017 at 8:30pm. The timeless tales of Scheherazade and the heroes of Arabian folklore come to life following Sinbad’s voyages across imaginative worlds. More than 20 dancers will pull from a variety of Middle Eastern and contemporary folkloric dance styles to bring these mythical characters to life, set to an exciting original score by Paul Dinletir, audiomachine’s co-founder and head composer Continue reading “Friday night July 21: ‘Fantasm – Odyssey of Dreams’ Bellydance Evolution’s adventures of Sinbad through Middle Eastern and Contemporary Dance at the Ford”
Last night’s #WeAreForever Forever 21 pre-fall 2017 campaign launched their event, with a special acoustic performance by platinum-selling singer/songwriter Khalid in Los Angeles, at the Wilson Lot, in the downtown arts district.
Forever 21, one of the most recognized and largest independent fashion retailers in the world, launched #WeAreForever Pre-Fall 2017 collection and campaign globally, celebrating individuality and inclusivity, with an exclusive event in downtown LA on July 17th. The party under the stars, which featured a captivating performance by singer/songwriter Khalid, was hosted by hip-hop artist Leaf and highlighted by an inspiring live art installation by Josh Woods. The collection launched online on Monday, July 17th, and will be available globally in stores on July 28th. Continue reading “#WeAreForever Launch Event- Los Angeles”
Abramorama will kick off the national film tour of TURN IT AROUND: THE STORY OF EAST BAY PUNK with a week long run at the IFC Center in New York City on July 28, 201
New York, NY — July 13, 2017 –
Abramorama will kick off the national film tour of TURN IT AROUND: THE STORY OF EAST BAY PUNK with a week long run at the IFC Center in New York City on July 28, 2017 and exclusive one night only showings and week long runs in cities across North America in tandem with Green Day’s Revolution Radio World Tour.
More than 60 theaters have already been booked with more to come. See below for the current list and check https://eastbaypunk.com/ for regular updates. In a unique release strategy, Turn it Around: The Story of East Bay Punk will “tour with the band” enabling theatres to be marketing partners with Green Day in promoting the film’s theatrical release and the band’s nationwide tour.
The feature documentary had its world premiere as the opening night film of the 16th SF DOCFEST on May 31st followed by a sold-out two week theatrical run at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in San Francisco in early June.
Written and directed by Corbett Redford and executive produced by Green Day and Pat Magnarella, TURN IT AROUND: THE STORY OF EAST BAY PUNK is narrated by Iggy Pop and features Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt & Tre Cool (Green Day), Kirk Hammett (Metallica), Duff McKagan (Guns N Roses), Jello Biafra & East Bay Ray(Dead Kennedys), Ian Mackaye (Fugazi, Minor Threat), Tim Armstrong, Matt Freeman& Lars Fredricksen (Rancid), Brett Gurewitz & Jay Bentley (Bad Religion), Kathleen Hanna (Bikini Kill, The Julie Ruin) , Michael Franti (Spearhead, Beatnigs) and interviews with more than 100 artists and musicians from California’s East Bay punk rock music scene.
TURN IT AROUND: THE STORY OF EAST BAY PUNK spans over 30 years of the California Bay Area’s punk music history with a central focus on the emergence of Berkeley’s inspiring 924 Gilman Street music collective.
Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk is the definitive telling of this vibrant story, drawing from a wide variety of voices and viewpoints and featuring the music of many of the most famous and infamous punk bands ever.
Montreal, Canada – 7/25/2017
New York, NY – 7/28/2017
Red Bank, NJ – 7/29/2017
Baton Rouge, LA – 8/3/2017
Dallas, TX – 8/3/2017
Yonkers, NY – 7/29/2017
Berkeley, CA – 8/4/2017
Chico, CA – 8/6/2017
Houston, TX – 8/7/2017
Seattle, WA – 8/9/2017
San Jose, CA – 8/10/2017
Salt Lake City, UT – 8/10/2017
Sebastopol, CA – 8/11/2017
Denver, CO – 8/11/2017
Kansas City, MO – 8/12/2017
Cedar Falls, IA – 8/16/2017
Cedar Rapids, IA – 8/16/2017
Iowa City, IA – 8/16/2017
Elk River, MN – 8/16/2017
Oakdale, MN – 8/16/2017
Rochester, MN – 8/16/2017
Nashville, TN – 9/4/2017
Shakopee, MN – 8/16/2017
Waite Park, MN – 8/16/2017
Cape Girardeau, MO – 8/16/2017
Des Peres, MO – 8/16/2017
St. Charles, MO – 8/16/2017
St. Louis, MO – 8/16/2017
Bellevue, NE – 8/16/2017
Lincoln, NE – 8/16/2017
Omaha, NE – 8/16/2017
Columbus, OH – 8/16/2017
Pickerington, OG – 8/16/2017
Appleton, WI – 8/16/2017
Ashwaubenon, WI – 8/16/2017
Madison, WI – 8/16/2017
Menomonee Falls, WI – 8/16/2017
Oak Creek, WI – 8/16/2017
Huntington, NY – 7/29/2017
Chattanooga, TN – 8/18/2017
Indianapolis, IN – 8/19/2017
Omaha, NE – 8/20/17
Maitland, FL – 8/21/2017
Cincinnatti, OH – 8/23/24
Addison, IL – 8/30/2017
Bloomington, IL – 8/30/2017
Country Club Hills, IL – 8/30/2017
Gurnee, IL – 8/30/2017
Orland Park, IL – 8/30/2017
Philadelphia, PA – 8/302017
Chapel Hill, NC – 8/31/2017
Buffalo, NY – 8/31/2017
Coconut Creek, FL – 9/2/2017
Avondale, AZ – 9/7/2017
Mesa, AZ – 9/7/2017
Tempe, AZ – 9/7/2017
Moreno Valley, CA – 9/7/2017
Redlands, CA – 9/7/2017
Denver, CO – 9/7/2017
New Orleans, LA – 9/8/2017
Tampa, FL – 9/13/2017
Phoenix, AZ – 9/14/2017
San Antonio, TX – 9/14/2017
Winchester, VA – 9/16/2017
Los Angeles, CA – 9/18/2017
San Diego, CA – 9/18/2017
For more information on the film please visit: https://eastbaypunk.com/
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GALWAY FILM FLEADH HIGHLIGHTS FOR WEEK AHEAD
The Galway Film Fleadh kicked off its 29thedition on Tuesday with a sold out crowd for its opening film, Song of Granite, by director Pat Collins. At the opening night gala, Film Fleadh Chair Kate O’Toole urged audiences to take full advantage of the diversity of films and filmmakers available in the city during the film festival’s six days.
The celebration of all things film continues Wednesday with the Judd Apatow produced film, The Big Sick, a comedy romance starring Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley, Portlandia). There’s also Spoor, a quirky murder mystery billed as a ‘Polish Fargo’ from acclaimed director Agnieszka Holland, and Tiger Girl, a German femme street fighter flick.
Highlights for Thursday include the documentary In the Name of Peace: John Hume in America, focusing on the Nobel Peace Prize winner and how he leveraged U.S. support for peace in Northern Ireland; A Ghost Story, a supernatural romance from director David Lowery (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints) reuniting stars Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara; and Inertia Variations, a candid portrait of English band The The, playing as part of the Fleadh’s music documentary programme.
Films to catch this weekend include the wondrous space exploration documentaryThe Farthest from director Emer Reynolds; Condemned to Remember, a powerful portrait of Irish Holocaust survivor Tomi Reichental, of vital viewing considering recent sectarian attacks globally and at home in Galway; God’s Own Country, described as a British Brokeback Mountain, but better; Limbo the latest film from rising star Irish director Gerard Barrett; and Richard the Stork, a fun family animation with an adventurous spin on the ugly duckling story.
Running alongside all of these film premieres are a number of events that will be of interest to film-goers: panels on short filmmaking and international documentary filmmaking on Friday, an open discussion with directors on Irish cinema on Sunday, Q+A’s with directors and actors and surprise guests throughout the week.
The Galway Film Fleadh runs at the Town Hall Theatre and other venues throughout the city until Sunday July 16th. For the full details on all of these screenings and events, visit www.galwayfilmfleadh.com or pick up a brochure from the Town Hall Theatre.
29th Galway Film Fleadh | July 11th – 16th, 2017
21st Galway Film Fair | July 13th – July 16th, 2017
23rd Junior Film Fleadh | November 8th – 11th, 2017