ARCADIA EARTH OPENS ITS IMMERSIVE ENVIRONMENTAL ART EXPERIENCE IN LAS VEGAS
Arcadia Earth, the next-generation art exhibition, and extended reality experience has opened its new location on the Las Vegas strip. Reimagining the way we address the most pressing environmental issues of our time, the 15,000 square foot Las Vegas location expands on the concept that began in New York, providing visitors a powerful and intimately personal exploration of the plight of our planet through immersive physical installations and the futuristic lens of augmented and virtual reality.
Founded and designed by experiential artist Valentino Vettori, Arcadia Earth is the world’s first multi-channel platform to shine a light on ecological issues threatening our very existence. The fifteen major exhibits in Las Vegas transport visitors to the heart of global challenges such as melting ice caps, plastic waste, overfishing, loss of biodiversity and more. The exhibits, however, do not guide guests into a tunnel of guilt. Instead, they inspire individual empowerment through beauty, education, and actionable suggestions.
In the room highlighting water scarcity, for example, a voice-over reminds Nevadans how precious water is to their state. As of 2021, over 40% of Nevada is in “exceptional” drought — the highest possible drought intensity. Guests are not left hopeless, though. They learn that Las Vegas has already reduced its consumption. The city used 23 billion fewer gallons of water in 2020 than in 2002 despite experiencing a population increase of more than 780,000 residents in the intervening decades. Visitors learn that every action counts. Posted QR codes share simple steps they can take to conserve with each exhibit following the same model: educating, enlightening, and empowering visitors. Some rooms link to the Arcadia Earth marketplace, offering a comprehensive assortment of reusable items to help diminish their environmental footprint.
Beauty and wonder are the foundation of Arcadia Earth, whether taking the form of sculptures, sensory experiences, AR or VR. In developing the concept, Vettori, a veteran experiential artist, invited leading environmental artists to create installations using upcycled materials and reusable elements. In Las Vegas, visitors are guided through a coral reef diorama illuminated by interactive AR, a playground of fishing nets, an immersive LED aquarium looking out toward jellyfish and reefs, projections on mist and a glass forest, among other delights. Arcadia Earth’s VR room features Wild Immersion content, giving visitors intimate encounters with wildlife in their natural habitats. And the Rainbow Cave is a colorful composite of 60,000 recycled plastic bags — a fraction of what we use globally every second.
Arcadia Earth’s expansive Las Vegas experience is located at 3785 S Las Vegas Blvd, Suite #102. Tickets are available for purchase starting at $33 at https://www.arcadia-earth.com/las-vegas, with 10% off for Nevada residents. A tree will be planted for every ticket sold and proceeds will go to support Arcadia’s educational and charity partner, Oceanic Global, which raises awareness about the effects of human consumption on aquatic ecosystems.
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Nevada residents: 10% on and off-peak hours
Teachers (Clark County School District Badge Holders): 25% off peak per family up to 4
Students (UNLV): 15% off peak
LIGHTHOUSE ARTSPACE CHICAGO, A NEW VENUE DEDICATED TO IMMERSIVE ART, TO OPEN IN CHICAGO WITH THE U.S. PREMIERE OF IMMERSIVE VAN GOGH
From the Pioneering Artists Behind the Parisian Atelier des Lumières, Exhibition Brings Van Gogh’s Masterpieces to Life Via 500,000 Cubic-feet of Projections Opening Feb. 11, 2021
Located in Old Town’s Historic Germania Club Building, This Exhibition is First of Many Immersive Art Experiences and Other Programming to be Presented
Lighthouse ArtSpace Chicago, a new venue within Chicago’s recently renovated landmark Germania Club Building, will open Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021 with the U.S. premiere of the blockbuster art experience Immersive Van Gogh. The three-story facility is dedicated to immersive art presentations, merging the boundaries between entertainment and culture to give visitors the sense that they are encountering art as never before. Utilizing the building’s Victorian Era architectural details, 35-foot-tall walls and multiple levels (including balconies), the venue will present vibrant art exhibitions that surround the viewer on all sides.
The venue’s first presentation, Immersive Van Gogh, is a visually spectacular digital art exhibition that recently received widespread critical acclaim and continues to see blockbuster attendance in Toronto. Immersive Van Gogh invites audiences to “step inside” the iconic works of post-Impressionist artist Vincent van Gogh, evoking his highly emotional and chaotic inner consciousness through art, light, music, movement and imagination. The Italian creative team who pioneered experiences for Atelier des Lumières in Paris will create a custom design to fit the gracious Neo-Classical architecture of the exhibition’s Chicago home.
Tickets for the exhibition will go on sale to the public at 11 a.m. CST on Monday, Nov. 23 at vangoghchicago.com and by phone at 844-307-4644. Ticket prices start at $39.99 ($24.99 for children 16 or younger), with timed and flexible ticket options available. Tickets will be on sale for viewings Feb. 11 – May 2, 2020. The venue is easily accessible by public transportation and has ample parking in the nearby James House parking garage.
The hour-long walk through experience has been designed with health and safety as a priority. Admissions will be limited in line with the City of Chicago’s capacity guidelines with touchless ticket-taking; temperature checks upon arrival; hand sanitizer stations and social distancing markers prominent throughout the venue; and digitally projected social distancing circles on the gallery floors to ensure appropriate spacing. All guests must wear a face covering at all times during their visit to Lighthouse ArtSpace Chicago.
Immersive Van Gogh was designed by creative director and Italian film producer Massimiliano Siccardi, with original, mood-setting music by Italian multimedia composer Luca Longobardi, who provided a score that combines experimental electronic music with pure, ethereal and simple-seeming piano. Vittorio Guidotti is the Art Director. Siccardi and Longobardi are both pioneers of immersive digital art experiences and veterans of the Atelier des Lumières in Paris, where they created the world-renowned Van Gogh, Starry Night exhibition, among others. With more than 50 projectors illuminating over 14,000 square-feet, visitors to Immersive Van Gogh will be encircled from head-to-toe in Van Gogh’s brushstrokes and colors, including animated details from works such as Self Portrait with Felt Hat (1888), The Bedroom in Arles (1889), Irises (1889) and The Starry Night (1889).
“Immersive Van Gogh is a new way of encountering art, as it quite literally surrounds viewers on all sides with the brilliant work of one of the greatest painters of all time,” said Immersive Art Space Co-Producer Corey Ross. “Both connoisseurs and new admirers of Van Gogh’s work are guaranteed a breathtaking perspective on the influential artist’s oeuvre. Merging state-of-the-art technology, theatrical storytelling, animation and some of the finest works of art ever created, Immersive Van Gogh is a uniquely mesmerizing experience that seemingly transports the viewer into the artist’s mind to see these timeless works as never before.”
“Despite being unknown throughout his life, Van Gogh’s artwork has created a lasting impact through its emotional richness and simple beauty,” said Massimiliano Siccardi, Immersive Van Gogh designer. “Both myself and Luca Longobardi are very excited to visit Chicago and once again bring Van Gogh’s legacy to life in a way that is unique to the beautiful architecture of the Germania Club Building.”
The premiere of Immersive Van Gogh, which opened in Toronto this past July, has already received rave reviews from critics around the world. The Toronto SUN pronounced it “intense and emotional, cathartic and liberating” and Debra Yeo of the Toronto Star reflected “I wondered: could projections of paintings on walls and floors be thrilling? The answer is yes.” Called “dazzling” by Lonely Planet and a “blockbuster digital experience that has taken the art world by storm” by artnet news, the exhibition can be summed up by CTV’s description: “a completely new way of encountering art.” Immersive Van Gogh has already been enjoyed by more than 180,000 guests since its debut in Toronto during the pandemic in July 2020. During July and August 2020, according to Ticketmaster, it has surpassed worldwide ticket sales for any of the ticketing platform’s live cultural events.
Lighthouse ArtSpace Chicago is operated by Immersive Art Space LP, a partnership between co-producers Corey Ross, Svetlana Dvoretsky, Maria Shclover and Irina Shabshis. The venue also will feature a merchandise/gift shop and café. Future plans include additional immersive art shows as well as live performances.
For more information about Immersive Van Gogh, visit vangoghchicago.com or call 844-307-4644.
About the Producers and Creative Team
MASSIMILIANO SICCARDI, Artistic Creator:
Massimiliano studied at the London School of Contemporary Dance of London. But in 1990, he left the world of dance to begin a new journey in the world of video art. Massimiliano quickly became the artistic force behind several visual mise-en-scène for choreographers around the world. He also created video scenographies for numerous prestigious festivals and galas around the world. He also re-constructed the video mapping of the Basilica di Giotto and for the Teatro Petruzzelli of Bari, where one of his permanent installation’s virtually reconstruct the frescoes of the Cupola. Massimiliano is also a celebrated photographer and has had photo exhibitions in Spoleto and Rome, to name a few. He is professor of digital image elaboration at the Accademia di Comunicazione e Immagine of Rome. In 2012 Massimiliano received the prestigious International Award “Romaindanza” for his talent in the visual work of dance theatre. Since 2012, he has been artist in residence at the Carrières de Lumières – Atelier des Lumières where he authored the mise-en-scène of numerous immersive shows. He is currently creating projects within Italy as well as New York, Berlin, Leipzig and Rome.
LUCA LONGOBARDI, Composer:
Italian composer and pianist Luca Longobardi is a classically trained musician who incorporates the contemporary electronic music into his pieces. Born in 1976, Longobardi studied classical music in Italy and New York and went on to earn his doctorate in digital audio restoration in Rome in 2011. His works reveal a strong interaction between classical and contemporary music. The experience he has gained as a theatre musician has increased his interest in the relationship between sounds and spectacle; he has composed music for ballets and films and accompanied installations and experimental art productions (Atelier de Lumières – Paris, Carrière des Lumières – Baux-de-Provence, Kunstkraftwerk – Leipzig). At his multimedia performances and in his recordings, strong experimental electronic music meets pure, ethereal and simple-seeming piano playing that nevertheless relays deep emotions.
COREY ROSS, Co-Producer:
Founded in Toronto in 2003 by Corey Ross, Starvox Entertainment has ranked in Profit Magazine’s Fastest growing Canadian companies for 5 years in a row. Starvox produces, manages, represents and promotes cross-over performing arts shows and exhibitions that tour Canada, the United States and internationally. Ross has produced multiple theatrical shows in Chicago including the Harry Potter parody Potted Potter, Evil Dead The Musical, Champions of Magic and Sherlock Holmes. In Las Vegas, Ross produces three shows for Caesars Entertainment—Wow, Extravaganza and Potted Potter. In the world of art exhibitions, Ross produces the Art of Banksy in London, Canada, the USA, Taiwan, and Japan as well as Immersive Van Gogh and Illusionarium in Toronto.
SVETLANA DVORETSKY, Co-Producer:
Toronto’s Show One Productions was founded in 2004 by the enterprising Russian born impresario Svetlana Dvoretsky. Initially focused on classical music, the company has since expanded greatly and is now a leading presenter of high-profile International artists, symphony orchestras, theatre and dance companies and special projects. The company is especially proud of its presentations of Mikhail Baryshnikov, John Malkovich, Michel Legrand, Slava Snow Show, Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra, Vladimir Spivakov and the Moscow Virtuosi, Eifman Ballet, the Vakhtangov Theatre, opera stars sopranos Sondra Radvanovsky and Hibla Gerzmava, and the late baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky. Trio Magnifico Opera Gala – the historic union and once-in-a-lifetime event at The Four Seasons Opera House of soprano Anna Netrebko and tenor Yusif Eyvazov in their Toronto debuts, with Hvorostovsky in his last Toronto appearance – remains an exceptional musical memory in the history of the performing arts in Canada. Dvoretsky is a proud recipient of the Order of York by the Government of Canada for “an outstanding contribution in art and culture.”
MARIA SHCLOVER and IRINA SHABSHIS, Co-Producers:
New York-based Maestro Immersive Arts is the latest creative venture by Maria Shclover and Irina Shabshis, in partnership with Lighthouse Immersive (Canada) to introduce the immersive art genre in major markets across the United States.
Shclover is a classically trained pianist who later became a finance and international business professional, after graduating from NYU Stern School of Business. With extensive finance experience under her belt, Shclover founded Maestro Artist Management in 2004 that initially concentrated on presenting classical music and special events.
Shabshis joined Maestro Artist Management in 2005, with a classical music background and vast computer science experience. Maestro Artist Management focused on providing a bespoke experience to international artists and over the years became one of the leading boutique artist management companies that presented international tours of such legendary classical musicians as Yuri Bashmet, Olga Kern, Denis Matsuev, Mischa Maysky, Vadim Repin, Vladimir Spivakov and Dmitri Hvorostovsky. Together, the company presented more than 1,000 events and sold more than 700,000 tickets, working with international stars such as Michel Legrand, John Malkovich, Mikhail Baryshnikov and many others. As a presenter of some of the world’s best talent in the international performing arts, the company closely collaborated and partnered with some of the most prestigious art organizations, such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, The Metropolitan Opera and various Broadway productions.
In 2012, Shclover and Shabshis formed a non-profit organization, Cherry Orchard Festival Foundation, to introduce international theatrical projects and acclaimed performers to American audience. Festival has been a summer staple in New York and beyond, and received rave reviews from critics and audiences, welcoming such prominent international companies and projects as Gesher Theatre (Israel), John Malkovich and the international cast of Giacomo Variations (Austria), The Theatre of Nations (Russia), Vakhtangov State Theatre (Russia), Jaunais Rīgas Teātris (Latvia), Tango Fire Dance Company (Argentina), Rafael Amargo Flamenco Company (Spain), The Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra (Russia), Max Raabe & Palast Orchester (Germany), Theatre-Atelier Piotr Fomenko (Russia) and many more. In 2018, Shclover and Shabshis founded yet another venture, the Russian Film Week USA, an annual showcase of both independent and artistic films that represent the dynamic landscape of Russian filmmaking today. The festival received a resounding welcome from critics and audiences, and will take place digitally in January 2021.
About Vincent Van Gogh
Legendary Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh (1853 – 1890) is recognized as one of the world’s greatest and best loved artists. He was born in the Netherlands to his father, Theodorus Van Gogh, and his mother, Anna Cornelia Carbentus, a moody artist whose love of nature, drawing and watercolors was passed on to her son. He worked at his uncle Cornelis’ art dealership when he had already been fluent in French, German and English, as well as his native Dutch. He fell in love with English culture when he was transferred to the Groupil Gallery in London in 1873.
During his short life he painted more than 2,000 artworks ranging from ordinary household items and self-portraits to surreal landscapes that inspire awe. Van Gogh was a post-Impressionist painter whose work — notable for its beauty, emotion and color — highly influenced expressionism in 20th-century art. He struggled with mental illness and remained poor and virtually unknown throughout his life.
He was tragically admitted to a psychiatric hospital after offering his severed ear to a woman at a local brothel. For hope, he turned to painting and nature, until one day when he went out to paint in the morning with a loaded pistol in his hand and reportedly shot himself in the chest. In his 37 years alive, Van Gogh only sold one painting, The Red Vineyards, to his brother Theo.
Miley Cyrus, Dennis Quaid and The Struts Join Robby Krieger To Celebrate The Doors' 50th Anniversary of 'Morrison Hotel' at The Sunset Marquis in West Hollywood
LA Art Show’s Opening Night Gala Brought Together Hollywood, Fashion & the Art World to Kick-Off the Biggest Art Fair Season In LA’s History, Benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Host Sofia Vergara, Stars Charlize Theron, Emma Roberts, Cameron Monaghan, Jared Harris and Iconic Designer Sue Wong Came to Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of LA’s Longest Running Art Fair
On Wednesday, February 5, 2020, Hollywood, fashion, and artworld stars alike gathered at the Los Angeles Convention Center for the Opening Night Party of the 25th annual LA Art Show, kicking off the largest year of art and cultural programming in our city’s history. A portion of proceeds from ticket sales went to benefit the lifesaving mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Golden Globe nominated actress Sofia Vergara was the gracious host of the evening, and the star-studded party was attended by Charlize Theron, Emma Roberts, Cameron Monaghan, Jared Harris, Joe Manganiello, Sir Brodie, Brandon Boyd, KaDee Strickland, Andrew Howard, Lauren Sivan, Brittney Palmer, Josh Pence, Rebecca Metz, Meredith Salenger, Elizabeth Chambers, Jason Behr, Tig Notaro, Stephanie Allynne, Manolo Vergara, Ava Cantrell, and more.
The VIP attendees were treated to a sneak peak of this year’s programming, which features over 130 galleries, museums and cultural institutions from 23 countries. Highlights include Walker Fine Art’s MC Escher Experience, featuring his complete series of his iconic self portraits, which have never been exhibited together before. Walker Fine Arts possesses the world’s largest collection of Escher’s work, and many of the pieces included in the LA Art Show have never been shown in California. The showcase also features an interactive photo-booth where patrons can insert themselves into Escher’s iconic sphere self portrait. Kazu Hiro’s ICONOCLASTS exhibition, featuring photo realistic, larger than life sculptures of the heads of Abraham Lincoln, Salvador Dali, Frida Kahlo, and Jimi Hendrix drew admirers before they even entered the art fair. Kazu is nominated for an Oscar for his special effects makeup in “Bombshell,” starring Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie and John Lithgow. With the Oscars taking place this same weekend, the LA Art Show also launched the FASHION section this year, featuring a retrospective of Sue Wong and her legendary gowns, many of which have been worn on the red carpet for the Academy Awards and Golden Globes.
The programming in this year’s DIVERSEartLA drew a crowd with the spectacle of the floor-to-ceiling MOLAA Pride Flag created by artists Leo Chiachio and Daniel Giannone. Next to this was Viktor Freso’s “The Birth of the Niemand,” featuring 16 larger than life statues that patrons could walk amongst and pose for photos with. The Japanese American National Museum booth drew patrons in with Taiji Terasaki’s “TRANSCENDIENTS: Heroes at Borders” exhibition, an immersive meditation on the atrocities of the Japanese-American concentration camps during World War II, and a celebration of the heroes who fight for equality and democracy for other marginalized communities to this day.
Attendees were wowed by the breadth of art featured in the new European Pavilion section of programming, featuring over a dozen galleries from Spain, Italy, the UK and beyond, in celebration of the profound influence that European art has had on the world.
Throughout the evening, attendees were entertained by roaming performers from Cirque du Soleil’s Volta, There Could Be a Monster Inside You performance by Spain’s PSJM Collective (part of this year’s DIVERSEartLA programming), live sculpting by Ichitaka Kamiji, presented by Zeal House, and live ink painting by Japanese calligrapher Sogen Chiba, presented by Gallery Kitai. Renown muralist Robert Vargas completed a new mural honoring the late Kobe Bryant.
For six years in a row, the Opening Night Premiere Party has served as a benefit for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Thanks to generous donors, families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their children live. All attendees of the Opening Night Premiere party are supporting the lifesaving mission of St. Jude: Finding cures. Saving children.
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Disney comes to the Bowers Museum Spring 2020
Coming to the Bowers March 7, 2020, the exhibition Inside the Disney Archives: 50 Years of Preserving the Magic celebrates the legacy of The Walt Disney Company on the 50th anniversary of its archives, with behind-the-scenes access never before granted to the public. The 10,000-square-feet traveling exhibit, which premiered at D23 Expo Japan in 2018, will offer several rare items only on loan to the Bowers.
Guests are invited to step into the Walt Disney Archives as they walk through a dazzling display of more than 400 objects, including original artwork, costumes, and props that tell the story of the Archives, The Walt Disney Company, and Walt Disney himself. From nostalgic classics like never-before-displayed sketches for Fantasia and ghouls from the Haunted Mansion attraction, to modern-day favorites like maquettes from Frozen and super hero costumes, this enchanting exhibition is an immersive treasuretrove the entire family will love.
The exhibition will open with a full schedule of diverse programs, beginning with an opportunity for the press to preview the exhibition on the morning of Thursday, March 5 at 11 AM. The preview will be followed by an evening Gala fundraiser with an international VIP guest list. Bowers’ exclusive Member Opening Night will take place on Friday, March 6 and include a special presentation by a speaker soon to be announced. The exhibition opens to the public on Saturday, March 7 and will continue through August 30, 2020 with family-friendly programming and presentations.
Cirque du Soleil extends VOLTA in Los Angeles – now through March 8, 2020 Engagement at Dodger Stadium starts January 18
Following Los Angeles, VOLTA travels to OC Fair and Event Center March 18-April 19, 2020.
Cirque du Soleil is excited to add two weeks of performances of VOLTA’s upcoming Los Angeles engagement. The show will be presented under its signature Big Top at Dodger Stadium, 1000 Vin Scully Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012 January 18 to March 8, 2020. Immediately following, VOLTA travels to the OC Fair and Event Center in Costa Mesa March 18–April 19, 2020.
Tickets, starting at $49, are available for purchase by visiting cirquedusoleil.com/volta or calling 1-877-9CIRQUE (1-877-924-7783). With an engagement right after the New Year, tickets for VOLTA are sure to be an appreciated holiday gift. The perfect way to start 2020!
Energetic, urban and contemporary, VOLTA is a captivating voyage of discovery that showcases never-before-seen under the Big Top acrobatics in a visually striking world. Driven by a stirring melodic score and inspired in part by the adventurous spirit that fuels the culture of street sports, VOLTA is a story of transformation. It is about being true to oneself, fulfilling one’s true potential, and recognizing one’s own power to make it possible. Ultimate freedom comes with self-acceptance, and with the liberation of the judgement of others.
Written and directed by Bastien Alexandre, with Jean Guibert as the director of creation, VOLTA weaves acrobatics in a visually striking world driven by a stirring melodic score, composed by Anthony Gonzalez from the international electronic group M83.
BMX & Street Sports
The creators of VOLTA drew inspiration from the spirit of adventure that pervades the world of BMX, street sports and acrobatics. Whether they are on a bike, hopping from rooftop to rooftop, or double dutch rope skipping, urban sports enthusiasts constantly challenge themselves and defy convention.
Sure to be a crowd pleaser, VOLTA features a full-blown BMX park mounted on stage in front of the audience’s very eyes for the breathtaking BMX finale as riders invade the stage to deliver a jaw-dropping, fast and furious performance of nonstop acrobatics on wheels. The riders go up the jump boxes and perform air tricks before
landing and leaping off the ramps again, crisscrossing and spinning their bikes in midair in a spirit of brotherhood.
The name VOLTA refers to a sudden about-face, a change in emotion or idea often used in poetry. It also speaks to the jolt of energy delivered through the show.
The stunning costumes of VOLTA have been designed by Zaldy Goco, famous for his work with Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson, Britney Spears, Gwen Stefany and for TV show RuPaul’s Drag Race.
VOLTA will be presented under the Big Top at under its signature Big Top at Dodger Stadium, 1000 Vin Scully Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012 January 18 to March 8, 2020. Immediately following, VOLTA travels to the OC Fair and Event Center in Costa Mesa March 18–April 19, 2020. Tickets, starting at $49, are available for purchase by visiting cirquedusoleil.com/volta or calling 1-877-9CIRQUE (1-877-924-7783).
Discover our VIP package – a cocktail reception with open bar and hors d’oeuvres inspired by the show, access to the best seats for greater comfort, complimentary parking and more!
Morrison Hotel Gallery and Equinox Honor Music's Biggest Night with a GRAMMYs Week Celebration
Pizza Hut x Legion M Lounge Park City, Utah - Day One
For the third year, Pizza Hut returns to Sundance as the après ski destination and on-the go fuel for talent and industry throughout the ﬁrst weekend of the festival. Friday of the film festival weekend, Pizza Hut hosted talent and industry leaders in the Red Hut Lodge, a mountain lodge escape that served as a cozy space to warm up with hot Pizza Hut pizza, signature cocktails and a quiet moment for guests while they wait for their Getty Portraits. Guests spent the day warming up with a hot slice by Pizza Hut including Kelly Rowland, Oswin Benjamin, Joe Keery, Lala Kent, James Van Der Beek, Lea Thompson, Eugene Kotlyarenko, Josh Ovalle, Clare Dunne, David Arquette, Christina McLarty Arquette, Justin Simien, Malik Shakur, Biko Eisen-Martin, Evan Jonigkeit, Maimouna Doucoure, Sam Soko, Toni Kamau, Bramwel Iro, Aya Cash, Alex Bach, Merawi Gerima, Obinna Nwachukwu, Ashley Williams, Neal Dodson, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Pat Healy, Talia Ryder, Sidney Flanigan, Kendrick Sampson, Nicole Beharie, and more.
G’Day USA 2020 Standing Together
January 25, the 17th annual G’Day USA Los Angeles dinner brought together prominent Australian and Americans from film, television, music, business, sports, and culture to support relief and recovery efforts in response to the Australian bushfires. The evening saw Australians and Americans rally together in support of those affected, and Australia’s unique land and wildlife. All funds raised from the event were directed to the Australian Bushfire Relief Fund and Australian Wildlife Fire Fund established by G’Day USA founding partner, the American Australian Association.
Former G’Day USA honoree, Hugh Jackman, introduced a compilation of messages of support from across the United States emphasizing the special relationship between our countries with messages of perseverance, rehabilitation, and recovery.
Hugh Sheridan hosted the evening which paid tribute to the brave Australian and American firefighters working side by side to battle the fires and honored those Australians and Americans who have lost their lives.
Multiple award-winning artist Delta Goodrem gave an emotional performance of her latest single “Let It Rain” against a backdrop of images from the bushfire crisis. The song was written in the wake of the bushfire crisis and served as a beautiful tribute to all those battling the blaze.
A highlight of the evening came from U.S. Forest Service Firefighter Chief Josh Mathieson. Chief Mathieson had just returned from deployment in Australia where he worked together with Australian firefighters to battle the bushfires. “We wanted to help our friends in Australia. When we were dealing with the devastating fires in California in 2018, our Australian firefighters came to our aid and we wanted to return the favor.”
Australian wildlife expert and top-guide, Craig Wickham, spoke about rescuing and rehabilitating wildlife. He shared uplifting stories from the field about the wildlife and vegetation beginning to come back to affected areas. This message of hope for the recovery ahead was echoed in a video message from the Irwin Family, which shared with attendees, “My father called Wildlife Warriors, those who couldn’t speak for themselves and it is up to us to see out this mission….Thank you all for your support and for being wildlife warriors. It’s time for us to come together for our wildlife.”
John Travolta and Oliva Newton-John took the stage to share their favorite things about Australia, by saying, “The people of Australia have this incredible ability to take responsibility for each other, as they have with these fires… and they take it to the world. To be responsible for others and see the global picture, and it deeply moves me….The beaches, the bay, the Great Barrier Reef, it’s all utterly amazing,” shares John Travolta. The duo encouraged everyone to support Australia by visiting soon highlighting the many areas that have not been affected by the fires. Olivia Newton-John commented, “We can all support the people and wildlife of Australia. It’s tragic but the Ozzies have the spirit and we thank everyone for their support.”
Paul Hogan uplifted the audience with comedic take encouraging people to come to visit Australia saying, “It’s a big beautiful continent down there, and we’d love to see ya.”
Colin Hay also performed his iconic Men at Work song “Land Down Under,” much to the crowd’s delight.
To keep the Aussie rocking going, Joel Madden introduced chart-toppers 5 Seconds of Summer performed their hit songs “Youngblood” and “Red Desert”, a song that holds a special place in their hearts as they wrote it while in Australia, exactly a year ago today.
The evening ended with a rousing and emotional singing of “I Still Call Australia Home.” Begun by Colin Hay, the number saw Hugh Sheridan, Delta Goodrem, Olivia Newton-John, John Travolta, Paul Hogan, Baiwa Kazil, Sharna Burgess, and the whole room stand and join in song, solidifying the close bond between the U.S. and Australia.
For more information on the American Australian Association’s Australian Bushfire Relief Fund for Australian Red Cross or Australian Wildlife Fire Fund for WIRES, Wildlife Victoria and ZAA visit: https://www.americanaustralian.org/australian-bushfire-donation/
ALL STARS Came Out For The LA Art Show Opening Gala!
On Wednesday, January 23, 2019 Hollywood stars joined thousands of VIPs in LA’s thriving arts community at the LA Convention Center for the 24th Annual LA Art Show Opening Night Gala, benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for the 5th year in a row. Boasting record breaking attendance, all proceeds from the sale of Patron and Vanguard tickets and 15 percent of sales of Friend tickets went directly to the charity. All attendees of the Opening Night Premiere party supported the lifesaving mission of St. Jude: Finding cures. Saving children.®
Kate Beckinsale drew a crowd as the evening’s host, meeting with St. Jude patient families and delivering an address about the organization’s mission to the VIP area. Gavin Rossdale, an avid collector and this year’s Art Ambassador, reminded the audience that art can save lives. They were joined by previous host Emma Roberts, and stars such as Jessica Szohr, Peyton List, Cameron Monaghan, Joe Manganiello, Lance Bass, Amy Smart, Odette Annable, Brandon Boyd, Brigitte Nielsen, Bailee Madison, Kevin Zegers, Perrey Reeves, Amber Stevens West, JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Naomi Grossman, Davi Santos, Barry Sloane, Brittney Palmer, Ian Bohen, Denim Richards and many more.
Art stars Camille Rose Garcia, Brittany Palmer, Circle, Robert Vargas, Kazuhiro Tsuji, Gregory Siff, Dave Pressler, Brandi Milne, Dosshaus, Gary Baseman and hundreds more were in attendance. In addition to food, beverages, live music and art, gala attendees were given special sneak peek of the LA Art Show’s 200,000 sq. ft. of programming, featuring over 100 galleries from 18 countries. RISK’s bisected cop car, Scott Hove’s cake wall, Pip & Pop’s candy installation, Dosshaus’s Littletopia archway and the mirrored light sculptures at Melissa Morgan Fine Art proved to be huge hits with the gala-goers. They also got to see the first of many performances by Dorian Wood and Sarah Trouche, among others.
Joanna Krupa, Elphia Beauty’s Brand Ambassador, Celebrates the Opening of Their First Concept Store
JOANNA KRUPA WEARS A VALENTINO DRESS AND CASADEI HEELS
Elphia Beauty concept store offers it’s two signature products: the Luxe Exfoliating Gel and the Luxe Rejuvenation Serum
Elphia Beauty is pleased to announce its first concept store is opening in Manhattan, New York. The concept store is located at 137 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10013, in the heart of Tribeca. This luxury retail store is a place where you can try our exclusive products made with natural ingredients of the highest quality and experience their incredible renewing results on the skin.
“Elphia Beauty represents today’s woman. Ethical, strong and performance driven. Our luxury skin care products are perfectly curated to fit their active lifestyles, quick and easy to use products that take care of the skin without sacrificing time,” says Ellen Peia, CEO of Elphia Beauty. “With our new concept store you are welcome to go in, learn more about the unique development of our products and try them to have a luxurious experience.”
Elphia Beauty concept store offers it’s two signature products: the Luxe Exfoliating Gel and the Luxe Rejuvenation Serum.
The Luxe Exfoliating Gel is a vegan friendly face and décolletage refining gel. Think of it as an easy-to-use at-home spa treatment, targeting your dead skin cells. It instantly exfoliates and brightens for enhanced skin renewal, comparable to a professional salon peel. The Luxe Exfoliating Gel is suitable for all skin types. Elphia Beauty features a dynamic blend of restorative ingredients that are expertly blended with the highest quality botanical extracts. Elphia Beauty harnesses the exfoliating power of unique AHA’s that radically renew the appearance of your complexion.
The Luxe Rejuvenation Serum is a pure, naturally derived formula that works to provide hydration through the layers of your skin, functioning to renew your skin’s texture and provide a spa-like radiance. Elphia Beauty developed this innovative blend of nutrient-rich ingredients to not only protect your precious skin from environmental elements but also to help diminish the appearance of age spots and blemishes.
Elphia Beauty is delighted to announce the signing of world renowned actress and beauty icon, Joanna Krupa, as its new Beauty Brand Ambassador.
The world famous personality is featured in a new integrated campaign for Elphia Beauty running across TV, print and online channels as well as in-store.
“I chose Elphia Beauty as my skin care line because with all of the make-up that I use over the years I needed a product that is not harsh on my skin,” says Joanna. “I do have very sensitive skin so I wanted a product that is gentle but it also needs to work. Elphia Beauty leaves my skin feeling silky soft and silky!”