Saturday, February 13, 2016

ZANG TOI'S 2016 FALL FASHION @ NYC CHELSEA PIERS

Jean Shafiroff With Zang Toi





Tonight Zang Toi held his Fall 2016 Fashion Show at Pier 59 at Chelsea Piers. Approximately 500 people turned out including celebrities, friends and fans- to cheer the very talented Malaysian/American Fashion Designer. His rich creations highlighted the sumptuous colors of Asia. Bright orange reds, purples and luminous blacks flowed down the runway. The dazzling creations kept the audience mesmerized. Fashion icon Jean Shafiroff was photographed backstage looking truly fashionable.


In 1997, Zang Toi was knighted in his homeland of Malaysia. In 2013 he was given the title of Datuk by the King of Malaysia.

Friday, February 12, 2016

LAMB OF GOD CONCERT AT VEGAS BROOKLYN BOWL

Lamb Of God



Lamb Of God played a huge concert at The Brooklyn Bowl in Las Vegas, Nevada last night.



CZECHOSLOVAK-AMERICAN MARIONETTE @ LA MAMA

Czechoslovak American Marionette Theatre



NEW YORK – "The New World Symphony: Dvorák in America" is a puppet and object theater work examining the influence of African-American and Native American music upon the great 19th-century Czech composer Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904). The piece is written and directed by Vít Horejš and performed by Czechoslovak American Marionette Theatre. It traces how Dvorák helped America accept its beautiful multicultural musical traditions by his enthusiasm for African-American and Native American music during his short but influential time in the USA. La MaMa Theatre will present the play's world premiere run March 10 to 27, 2016 in its Ellen Stewart Theatre, 66 East 4th Street (East Village). Composer and Musical Director is saxophonist James Brandon Lewis.



The piece depicts Dvorák's creative and family life during his tenure as the Director of the National Conservatory of Music of America in NYC, and the highlights of his three-year stay in the US (1892-1895) in NY and in the "little Bohemia" of Spillville, Iowa where he spent the summer of 1893.



While in America, Dvorák declared that African-American and Native American music would be the foundation on which new American music would rise up. As we all know, this happened, although the contemporary musical idioms (not only in America but throughout the world) based on African-American music are very different from what the Czech composer envisioned. During his time in New York, Dvorák composed his landmark "The New World Symphony," a work inspired by Spirituals and the Hiawatha story. His creation of the symphony is an important theme of the play. 



The characters of the play include Dvorák and his family (including his wife's sister, Josefína Cermáková, the love of his life, for whom he composed the song-cycle "Cypresses"), the founder of the American Conservatory of Music, Janet Thurber, who was his patron; his African-American students Harry Burleigh and Will Marion Cook and various New York musicians--his students and protégés. Chief Big Moon of the Hunkpapa Tribe (one of the seven council fires of the Lakota) discourses eloquently on Native American music. Several African-American luminaries also make appearamces in the play, including poet Paul Laurence Dunbar, soprano Sissieretta Jones, Frederick Douglass and Ida B. Wells. 



Music ranges from spirituals and work songs to Dvorák's original compositions, to jazz and rock. Composer and Musical Director is African-American saxophonist James Brandon Lewis. Steeped in spirituals, gospel and free jazz, Lewis was hailed by Ebony Magazine as one of "7 Young Players to Watch." Playing with Lewis will be Luke Stewart on bass and Warren Trae Crudup III on drums. Two Dvorák experts, Michael Beckerman (Chair of NYU's Music Department) and conductor Maurice Peress, have provided dramaturgical assistance.


STORM ENTERTAINMENT TRIBUTE: DAVID BOWIE COMIC

David Bowie Comic



After his untimely death earlier this month, David Bowie left behind more than a legacy of memorable songs, but bequeathed an indelible imprint on popular culture as well. Storm Entertainment captures this spirit in a new tribute comic book biography released this week.



Tribute: David Bowie, available in both print and digital, follows the enigmatic artist's innovative career from his through early days as David Jones through his ever-changing metamorphoses into a rock god, tortured artist, thin white duke and blinded prophet.



Written by Mike Lynch and Michael L. Frizell with art by George Amaru and Vincenzo Sansone, the book pays homage to one of the most influential artists any generation, constantly reinventing himself while defying convention. The one-shot features three collectable covers by Sansone, David Frizell, and Graham Hill.



The book builds on the previously published Fame: David Bowie and completes his life story. Fans of Bowie will recognize his transformation from the iconic Ziggy Stardust to Aladdin Sane to pre-punk Berliner to the The Thin White Duke and even in his star turn as the Goblin King in the 1986 movie "Labyrinth."



"Bowie should not be remembered for his multiple personas, but rather for his desire to push musical and artistic boundaries," said writer Michael Frizell. "He was on the forefront of so many musical movements; psychedelic, glam, Krautrock, funk, grunge, and his latest post modern masterpiece and farewell gift Black-Star.



Storm Entertainment president Darren G. Davis added, "I hope readers come away with not simply a sense of the richness of his life, but how he influenced practically every artist that came after; regardless of genre."



The “Tribute” series serves as a pop culture companion to Storm Entertainment’s successful “Female Force,” “Political Power,” “Orbit,” and “Fame” series. The biography comic form allows Storm’s talented writers to delve into the history of certain newsworthy figures and explore what shaped them. Storm Entertainment’s biographical comic books have been featured on CNN, Politico, Roll Call, The Today Show, FOX News, and in People Magazine among thousands of others.



“Tribute: David Bowie” is available on your e-reader from iTunes, Kindle, Nook, Wowio, ComiXology, DriveThru Comics, Google Play, My Digital Comics, Overdrive, Iverse, Biblioboard, Flipkart, ComicBin,Axis360, Blio, Entitle, Comicblender, Kobo and wherever eBooks are sold. 



Print copies of Tribute: David Bowie can be ordered starting at $3.99 at Comic Flea Market by going to www.comicfleamarket.com



Storm has published well-received tribute biographies of other musicians, John Lennon, George Harrison, Whitney Houston, Amy Winehouse, Kurt Cobian, Jerry Garcia and more.



You can download this title on ComiXology, DriveThru Comics, Google Play, My Digital Comics, Overdrive, Iverse, iTunes, Kindle, Biblioboard, ComicBin, Nook, Kobo and wherever eBooks are sold.

LIV TYLER GRATEFUL FOR ALL HER OPPORTUNITIES

Liv Tyler




Liv Tyler is one busy woman!


Among her many hats, the pregnant star was recently named the brand ambassador for Belstaff, and while chatting with E! News' Catt Sadler at the pop-up shop, where Tyler's campaign film Falling Up (which she starred in and executive produced) debuted, last night, the brunette beauty and explained how she juggles all of her duties along with motherhood.


"Every day I'm like, ‘Oh my, God!' But then I stop and take a deep breath and just focus on gratitude and how grateful I am for all the opportunities that I have," she tells us. "I always say this little mantra to myself that the Universe only gives you what you can handle, so then I say thank you for giving me so much because I can handle it. It's really fun, and my baby's so sweet, he's gonna be 1 tomorrow."


(Happy Birthday, Sailor! Hope you enjoyed your cake!)


And as if there wasn't enough on the Leftovers star's plate, she's preparing for baby No. 3!


When asked how the pregnancy is going, Tyler tells us, "Good, I'm very tired, that's the only thing. But, I'm happy, it feels good. I feel like I've been pregnant forever. I always wanted to have a big family. I'm very excited."


It also helps that fiancé Dave Gardner has been so helpful and supportive. "He's gonna come meet me soon. He was in London, so he's just arriving. We have a nice balance," Tyler shares.


"I think what works so well in our relationship is we both work very hard and we love adventure and our jobs are so interesting and different, and we like that, but we also at the core are focused on our family. That's what really makes us tick. So we kinda go out and come back together and our children are always the most important things to us."


And although the two lovebirds would love to tie the knot already, it's been an understandably busy year, so wedding plans have been pushed back a little. "We kinda talk about it, but we have a lot on our plate right now."


 

Thursday, February 11, 2016

THE VIEW COMPLETE BERNIE SANDERS INTERVIEW

Bernie Sanders



Yesterday on ABC’s “The View” Democratic Presidential Candidate Senator Bernie Sanders sat down with the co-hosts for his first interview following his New Hampshire primary win.



The Vermont senator discussed his victory and keeping momentum alive, education, Wall Street, gun control, the Flint water crisis and reaching out to the African American community. He also said some nice things about his opponents, tried his very own ice cream flavor for the first time and shot some hoops with the co-hosts. Senator Sanders’ wife, Jane Sanders also spoke with co-hosts about Donald Trump. Take a look:

Bernie Sanders On The View



Bernie Sanders on New Hampshire Win & Education



WHOOPI GOLDBERG: We were so honored that he's making this his first stop right after that huge win. So please welcome Senator and Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.


AUDIANCE: Bernie, Bernie, Bernie, Bernie, Bernie, Bernie, Bernie, Bernie, Bernie, Bernie, Bernie.



WG: First of all, congratulations on this win last night. I mean, it was quite something. But the whole -- the whole journey has been quite something. People fainting. They're screaming and passing out. So my question is, it's a wonderful thing that's happened, but how do you keep this momentum? How do you go to -- I don't know -- Nevada, how do you go to the Carolinas? How do you keep this going?


BERNIE SANDERS: With a lot of effort, I'll tell ya. There's a lot of hard work in front of us, but Whoopi, I think the message that we're bringing forth, that this country is supposed to be a nation of fairness, and we're not seeing that fairness right now. We have massive levels of income and wealth inequality, the 20th wealthiest people in America now own more wealth than the bottom 50%, 150 million people. As I go around the country, we're finding kids who leave school 50, $100,000 in debt.


JOY BEHAR: That's crazy.


BS: It is. We're punishing people for trying to get an education. What sense is that?


JB: I was telling you before which I've said on the show that when I went to college -- this is how old I am -- it was $24 a term at Queens College. That was free. That's free.


BS: And you had schools like the University of California, one of the great public university systems in the world, virtually tuition free. Today you go to Germany, Scandinavia -- I was at a meeting once and I said in Scandinavia college education is free and some kid from Finland raised his hand and said you're wrong. They pay us to go to college. The point being that countries issue investing in young people. They want the best educated workers.



Bernie Sanders on Tackling Wall Street


CANDACE CAMERON BURE: You said last night that Wall Street is running the country.

BS: Yes.

CCB: And that you implied that Hillary is tied to big banks and people are tired of the greed. Do you think that some of the votes you got in New Hampshire were from people just tired and not wanting to vote for Hillary?



BS: Let me give you an example. Everybody here knows that the greed and recklessness and illegal behavior on Wall Street drove this country into a horrible recession, right? Three weeks ago Goldman Sachs, one of the large financial institutions in the country, reached a settlement with the federal government for $5 billion. Okay? How many people in Goldman Sachs will now have a criminal record? Zero. Some kid in New York City picked up with marijuana today will have a police record for the rest of his life. But if you're an executive on Wall Street whose illegal behavior helped destroyed the economy, not a problem. And I think people are upset about that. 


AUDIENCE: Go Bernie!


JB: The kids love you.



Bernie Sanders On Gun Control



SUNNY HOSTIN: Senator Sanders, guns and gun violence in our country has become one of our nation's biggest problems. Hillary Clinton has argued repeatedly that you are out of step with what Progressive voters feel about gun control. Vermont has some of the most lax gun laws in our country and you have voted against the Brady bill. You did support allowing riders to bring guns in checked bags onto Amtrak trains. If you become president what will you do about guns in our nation?



BS: Let me just say right now about Amtrak, right now if you wanted to take a gun on an airplane and you checked it, you can do that so that's not a controversial issue. But here's the point. I resent people saying that I am out of touch. In 1988 I ran for the United States Congress from Vermont, okay? The gun people were against me because in 1988 I said I did not think it appropriate that we should be selling assault weapons in this country. I lost that election by three points, okay? I have consistently fought for instant background checks because at the end of the day what we want is to keep guns out of the hands of people who should not have them, people with criminal backgrounds, people mentally unstable. I want to work with President Obama to expand that right now. I am strongly supportive of doing away with what we call the gun show loophole which means that you can avoid the instant background check through the internet or a gun show, and you can buy a gun legally without having to go through the instant background check. So I think I am very much in tune with where the American people are in gun safety. 


WG: Let me -- I want to just ask you -- 


BS: And by the way, by the way, I have a D-minus voting record from the NRA. That should say something.




Bernie Sanders on EPA and Flint Water Crisis



WG: Say you get elected. You know you're going to be facing a house and senate that is really going to be, I feel, very obstructionist. I could be wrong, it's possible. How do you feel about the EPA and what's going on in Flint? What do you think we can do to prevent this kind of insanity from happening everywhere? Because we know there are a lot of states in the union right now that have these problems but nothing as bad as Flint has. What would you -- how would you get around these folks saying, oh, it's not a big deal?



BS: I think you have one of the great public health crises of our time.


WG: Yeah. 


BS: I have asked for governor Snyder's resignation. And I didn't say that easily. I didn't make that politically. The irresponsibility there in terms of what the government -- state government knew and should have done and did not do is literally beyond comprehension. What I will say to you, Whoopi, also as I think most people know, if that was an affluent white community I suspect government would have responded somewhat differently.


RS: Yes.



BS: But it's unspeakable tragedy because we're not going to know for many, many years what the long-term impact on brain development is for the kids right now. But the bottom line is if the state is not prepared to act, the federal government should act decisively in every respect.



Bernie Sanders on African American Community



BS: We have a lot of support within the African-American community, but I think most importantly, I think the reason we'll do well is our views on criminal justice in this country, and that is we have a broken criminal justice system. Why should we in America have more people in jail largely African-American and Latino than any other country on Earth? [ Applause ] And I think most Americans, black, white, Latino, whoever, understand that it is not acceptable to see unarmed people being shot by police officers. I'm a former mayor so I know most police officers work hard doing a very difficult job, but when a police officer breaks the law like any other public official, that officer must be held accountable. [ Applause ] And let me just say this. When youth unemployment in the African-American community, kids who are unemployed or underemployed for high school graduates is 51%, don't tell me we do not need to invest heavily in the African-American community and create decent paying jobs.



Bernie Sanders Says One Nice Thing About GOP Candidates



CCB: Since this political campaign at times has been a little bit nasty and since Valentine's Day is right around of the corner, I would like for you to say one nice thing, even if it's just one word, about the following people.

JB: Uh-oh, this is going to be challenging.

CCB: John Kasich.

BS: Old friend.

CCB: Donald Trump.

BS: What can I say?

CCB: One nice thing, come on, Bernie, one nice thing.

RS: Nice ties?

JB: Nice hair?

BS: Humble. [ Applause ]

CCB: Hillary Clinton.

BS: Intelligent.

CCB: Ted Cruz.

BS: Loud.

CCB: Is that nice? Okay, that's it.



Bernie Sanders Tastes His Ice Cream Flavor


RS: But you have your own flavor ice cream, just to lighten up the mood a little bit. [ Applause ] Bernie, are you lactose --

BS: I am not. I'm tasting this for the very first time.

CCB: What is it called?

RS: It's called Bernie's Yearnings. Ben and Jerry created one just for you and we had to show this.

BS: Mmm. [ Applause ] Really good. This is the first time I've tasted it.

RS: Did you like it?

BS: Excellent. I'm not just saying that because it's Bernie's yearning.



Bernie Sanders Plays Basketball With The View Co-Hosts


RS: You know it's funny because last night we saw you celebrating your win by shooting some hoops. Normally us girls here wear heels, but we decided to celebrate with you coming on the show by playing some basketball. Are you down for the cause?

BS: All right. Let's do it. [ Cheers and applause ]

RS: Everybody got on heels today. I don't play basketball.

[ Cheers and applause ]

BS: Come on, Whoopi.



Bernie Sanders' Wife Jane on Donald Trump



RS: I just want to point out that your wife is in the audience with us today. Thank you for coming. I have a question for you actually if it's okay. 


JANE SANDERS: Okay. 


RS: You have spoken out publicly about Donald Trump and the "Huffington Post" just labeled him as xenophobic and racist, but then you got -- you won and he won. What does that say about our country? We have such strong this and such loving this. What do you say about that? 


JS: I think they find a commonality, a surface commonality in terms of people saying what they think and not being part of the inside crowd, just saying whatever is polished and prepared by speech writers and by pollsters. I think that's the best face I can put on it considering Valentine's day is around the corner.

RS: Thank you.


Photos Courtesy Of: Lou Rocco/ABC NETWORK

PAUL MITCHELL'S 'SHALL WE DANCE ON ICE' ON ABC

Shall We Dance On Ice



Paul Mitchell 'Shall We Dance On Ice' February 13, 2016 at 3pm ET on ABC


A journey of dance through the ages with both skating and dance performances. The special is hosted by Kristi Yamaguchi and Rumer Willis and will feature performances by superstar dancers including Dmitry Chaplin, Chelsie Hightower, Anna Trebunskaya, and Damian Whitewood. The special will also include performances by ice dancers Meryl Davis & Charlie White, Tanith Belbin & Ben Agosto, Sinead & John Kerr, Naomi Lang & Peter Tchernyshev, Penny Coomes & Nick Buckland, Alexandra Paul & Mitchell Islam, Kim Navarro & Brent Bommentre, and Isabella Tobias & Ilya Tkachenko. Special musical performance by “Radio Disney’s Next Big Thing” 2015 featured artist Jacob Whitesides.


BOBBY BROWN @ WKTU 103.5 BIG HITS THROWBACK

Bobby Brown



Newark, New Jersey - WKTU 103.5 Big Hits Throwback Fest featuring TLC “No Scrubs”, SHAGGY “I Need Your Love”, JA RULE “Holla Holla”, BOBBY BROWN “My Prerogative”, STEVIE B “Spring Love”, LISA LISA “Can I Take You Home”, NAUGHTY BY NATURE “Hip Hop Hooray”, C&C MUSIC FACTORY “Everybody Dance Now”, ROBIN S “Show Me Love”, KEVIN LYTTLE “Turn Me On”, ROCKELL “In A Dream” and ROB BASE “It Take’s Two” will rock the house at the Prudential Center located at 25 Lafayette Street in Newark, NJ on Saturday, March 26, 2016 at 8:00 PM. Reserve your tickets now at Ticketmaster.com.


KATHARINE MCPHEE'S SIX YEAR MARRIAGE IS OVER

Katharine McPhee



Katharine McPhee's six-year marriage to Nick Cokas is officially over.


The Scorpion star filed for divorce from her husband in May 2014 after having already been separated for a year and now, close to two years later, a judge has signed off on their split agreement.


According to court documents filed Monday in L.A. Superior Court, McPhee must pay Cokas $102,616 within the next few days, and he will thereafter receive spousal support of up to $400,000 a year, or a prorated $33,333 a month on a sliding scale.


McPhee will get to keep all of the furniture, artwork and personal effects in her possession, including a 2013 Mercedes M Class SUV. Moreover, she'll hang onto various bank accounts and insurance policies, as well as certain music and TV rights.


As for Cokas, he keeps his 2013 Jeep Wrangler and a percentage of some of his ex's music royalties.


At the time of the filing, the Scorpion star released the following diplomatic statement:


"After six years of marriage, and having been separated for the past year, Katharine McPhee has filed for a dissolution of marriage from Nick Cokas. The two have an amicable relationship and will remain friends. They ask that people respect their privacy during this time."


The pair had first met in 2005, a year before she rose to Hollywood prominence as a contestant on the fifth season of the famous Fox talent show. Two years later, they got engaged and McPhee walked down the aisle in Beverly Hills on Feb. 2, 2008.


Signs that their relationship had gone sour were quite clear when McPhee wasspotted kissing her also married Smash director Michael Morris in Oct. 2013, a period of time when the star claims she had already silently separated from her husband. Morris has since reconciled with his wife Mary McCormack, with whom he has three daughters.


After McPhee and Cokas' separation, the singer was sighted getting very close to her Scorpion co-star and new beau Elyes Gabel as early as January of last year, most recently enjoying a beachside makeout session over the summer in between takes of their show.


She filed for divorce on May 22, 2014, though their date of separation was later listed as May 24. McPhee "is in a really good place right now," a source told E! News at the time.




TERESA GIUDICE ON JAIL HOUSE AND MAXI PAD USES

Teresa Giudice



E! NEWS -- Spending nearly one year in prison was a huge wake-up call for Teresa Giudice, to put it mildly.


The Real Housewives of New Jersey star had to quickly learn the ins and outs of life behind bars at the Danbury Correctional Facility after she began her sentence in January of 2015.


For starters? The mother of four had no idea that you still need legal tender to purchase goods while serving out her time.


"I thought when you go to prison you didn't need any money," the author of Turning the Tables: From Housewife to Inmate and Back Again told E! News' Catt Sadler in an exclusive sit-down.


"Hello! You need money when you're in prison. You need money unfortunately. Your family members send it in. You're allowed to spend $180 every two weeks."


Teresa shared how she would use the funds to purchase "shampoo, conditioner, rice cakes, peanut butter, tuna" and other personal items.


The outspoken reality television star also spilled on some of the grittier details about life away from her family and the comforts of her New Jersey mansion.


According to her, maxi pads were one of the facility's hottest commodities.


"I used it to remove my makeup…A lot of girls used it to wash the floor, they used it as shower shoes, they used it to make sex toys." Um, what?


"Yeah, with rubber gloves and a toothbrush in the middle of it. I haven't used a maxi pad since I've been home."


Teresa had one final note about the subject at hand, that she won't be using a maxi pad "anytime soon."