Tuesday, January 23, 2018


Built by 100% Minority Group’s $1.2B Development
After Unanimous Selection by LA City Council

Tallest Building in Western US

Los Angeles, CA – Angels Landing Partners LLC, a 100% minority-owned team comprised of the Peebles Corporation, MacFarlane Partners and Claridge Properties, has been selected by the City Council of the City of Los Angeles, California to manage development of the coveted Angels Landing Site, and will build the tallest building in the Western US as part of the plan.

Angels Landing
“Our team is inspired by the great opportunity to transform the Los Angeles skyline with our iconic building, enhance residential life downtown, and forever change how large buildings are built in Los Angeles by ensuring that all residents and businesses receive equal access to career and business opportunities. We look forward to working with the City of Los Angeles and their team, Council member Jose Huizar and the Chief Legislative Analyst, Oscar Ixco,” said Don Peebles, Chairman and CEO of the Peebles Corporation.

Following a unanimous approval from the City of Los Angeles Economic Development Committee, the full City Council approved the approach by the team to develop the 2.24-acre site at Fourth and Hill Streets. The estimated budget, including acquisition, is $1.2 billion with a construction phase expected to run for 41 months with completion due in late 2024.

“We join our partners in thanking the City of Los Angeles for their support of our team and our plan,” said Victor MacFarlane, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of MacFarlane Partners. “Having invested in properties in downtown Los Angeles for the past 15 years, we are firm believers in DTLA and enjoy a valuable working relationship with Councilmember Jose Huizar. Angels Landing gives us an exciting opportunity to broaden the transformational work we are doing nearby in developing the Park Fifth residential project and supporting the Pershing Square Renew effort.”

Ricardo Pagan of Claridge Properties commented on the award, “We are honored and thank the city of Los Angeles, council member Jose Huizar, the CLAs office and the selection committee for supporting and entrusting us with the future of Angels Landing. We will remain committed to bringing forward a world class asset to the city and provide opportunity and growth for Angelenos. Today's vote marks an important day in the future growth of this city, our team is grateful for being a big part of it.”

The winning plan aims to increase pedestrian flow and activity, engage the public, and activate the site and surrounding neighborhood. The proposed transit-oriented development will provide a better experience for Pershing Square Metro Station commuters as well as pedestrians by increasing accessibility to the site—currently, one of the major issues affecting the difficult hill-like structure. In addition to building two towers, one of which will be the tallest residential building in the Western US standing at 1,000 feet, the master plan for the mixed-used development will deliver approximately:

· Two Hotels operated by SBE (192-key SLS hotel; 289-key Mondrian hotel)

· 425 apartments, including affordable housing units

· 250 condominiums

· Nearly 45,000 SF of restaurant and retail space

· An elementary charter school serving K through Grade 5

· +50,000 SF of publicly accessible open space, including a 25,000 SF central outdoor gathering space for year-round events called “Angels Terrace”

· A mini food hall which will incorporate local businesses

The design team is led by Handel Architects and OLIN, two global design firms recognized for their excellence and distinguished projects. Handel which will oversee the design, recently completed one of the most critically-acclaimed high rises in Los Angeles, Ten Thousand Santa Monica. OLIN, best known for The Plaza at Santa Monica and ONE Beverly Hills, will handle the landscaping.

Angels Landing Partners is a synergistic collaboration between two of the leading minority-owned national real estate development firms in the country and a local minority-owned real estate developer. The team is committed to a transformative inclusionary process by providing contracting opportunities for the project to minority and women-owned businesses. Their goal is to exceed the M/WBE requirements and generate significant employment opportunities, with a focus on strengthening the middle class.


The Peebles Corporation is a privately held, national real estate investment and development company specializing in residential, hospitality, retail, and mixed-use commercial properties. Founded in 1983 by R. Donahue Peebles, the company has become an industry leader with a portfolio of completed and current developments totaling more than 7 million square feet and $6 billion in major cities including New York, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Boston, Charlotte, and Miami.

The Peebles Corporation strategically selects its projects with excellence and community commitment in mind. High-quality development, elegant materials, meticulous engineering, along with careful construction and craftsmanship are united with premier locations, attention to neighborhood context, environmental best-practices, historic preservation, and innovative design for transformative results. Peebles has a unique focus partnering with public and not-for-profit entities to redevelop underutilized assets into economically productive uses. A majority of its developments have been in public-private partnerships with state and local governments in America's leading cities. For further information, please visit www.peeblescorp.com.

Monday, January 22, 2018


Paul 'Triple H' Levesque

Stephanie McMahon

Stephanie McMahon and Paul 'Triple H' Levesque, were photographed today at the celebration of the 25th Anniversary of Monday Night Raw at The Empire State Building in New York City.


Selma Blair

Selma Blair was photographed at the AOL BUILD SERIES today in New York City.


Felicia Madison

Laughing Affairs, founded by comedian Felicia Madison, presented Funny Business, a panel discussion for female comedians, before a packed house at New York City’s legendary Friars Club. Funny Business offered female comedians insider tips on managing the business side of their careers. “The goal is to help female comedians navigate a complicated and male-dominated field,” says Felicia Madison, who moderated the discussion. The event’s six panelists are leaders in the comedy community, and included:

Tovah Silberman, a comedy booking agent at the Gersh Agency whose projects have been featured in the New York Times, Village Voice, Time Out, and New York Magazine among many other publications.

Jessica Pilot, a talent booker who has produced television for NBC, PBS, and Comedy Central, among many others, and is currently serving as a talent producers and booker for CBS and an upcoming Netflix talk show.

Cait Taylor

Cait Taylor of Brillstein Entertainment Partners, a talent management firm and television production company that has represented clients such as Brad Pitt, Eva Longoria, and Vin Diesel.

Emmy Blotnick, a comedian and writer who currently serves as head writer of Comedy Central’s President Show. Her half hour standup special is slated to air on Comedy Central in 2018.

Krystal Stark, owner of Stark White Entertainment, which represents comedians, writers, and lifestyle talent who have appeared on or written for outlets including MTV, BET, BRAVI and HBO.

Amy Hawthorne, a comedian and writer who serves as Marketing and Web Manager for the New York Comedy Club.

About Felicia Madison and Laughing Affairs:

Comedian Felicia Madison draws on her experiences as a stay-at-home mom in affluent Manhattan as the basis for her observational comedy, poking fun at marriage, parenthood, and life in general. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a major in Biological Basis of Behavior and a minor in Marketing (she jokes that she's only qualified to sell drugs), Felicia decided to try her hand at comedy after a class at the Manhattan Comedy School. She also blogs, podcasts, and is currently writing a screenplay. She can be found performing stand-up throughout New York City. In 2016, Felicia launched Laughing Affairs, which produces daytime and evening comedy events for social events such as birthdays, showers, and corporate and fundraising events. For more information on Felicia Madison and Laughing Affairs, please visit HERE.

 Photos Courtesy Of: Stacy Slotnick / Lawlor Media Group

Saturday, January 20, 2018


Hates Trump & It's Mueller Time

Trump's Favorite Pastime

LGBT Protesters

Our longtime MSNBC producer for Rachel Maddow, Andrew Dallos, captured the anger and the solidarity of the people of New York City today.

Hundreds of thousands gathered around the nation Saturday, brandishing signs and sporting pink hats, at Women’s Marches in cities across the U.S. in the second such protest since Donald Trump entered the White House.

We just love the creativity of Americans. They carried signs like "IM'PEE'ACH" , It's Mueller Time and Thank You Rachel Maddow.

#maddow #resist #voterepublicansout18 

Friday, January 19, 2018


Jorge Garcia's Family On "The View"

Jorge Garcia, the undocumented father of two deported to Mexico this week, speaks out along with his family.

On why Jorge was deported

"The system failed us." Jorge's wife, Cindy Garcia said. "It's a broken immigration system and it needs to be fixed."

On their family's dread knowing Jorge's deportation date was coming.

"We didn't want to let him go." Jorge's wife and children emotionally share their experience: "It was devastating, because we knew our nightmare was coming to life... We were grieving. It was a death."

Jorge's message to Pres. Trump

"We're supposed to only deport people that are criminals. That's not what's going on. They're only basically hurting the economy and separating families just like mine."

On losing the family's primary source of income

"God is gonna pull me through this." Cindy discussed how she will support her family after her husband Jorge, who has been the family's primary source of income, was been deported to Mexico. "[God has] given me the power to speak up for everybody."

Additional Highlights From The Show

Hot Topics: Porn star Stormy Daniels gives interview on alleged Trump affair.

"We're at a point now where he's done so much stuff, it's hard to even pinpoint the most shocking thing he's done — I wasn't surprised by this at all," guest co-host Yvette Nicole Brown said.

"I don't know if the evangelicals will care about it because they don't care about what he does," Joy Behar said. "It goes against their religion, they don't care — as long as he gets whatever they want."

Hot Topics: The co-hosts reflect on the Garcia family's story

"We were all immigrants at one point in time and throwing people out who have become Americans, who are not a threat to society, no criminal record ... it goes against ... the values that our country is based on," Meghan McCain said.

"The party of family values needs to step in and keep this family and others like it together and stop preaching lies about family values!" Behar said.

"We are better as a country [because of] our diversity," Sunny Hostin said. "But we know that. The man that is in power now does not know that ... even though he wants his wives to be imported in..." Yvette Nicole Brown added.

Courtesy Of: ABC / Disney


Rod Kaats

ST. PAUL, Minn.  – The Ordway Center for Performing Arts announced today that producer and director Rod Kaats will assume the position of Producing Artistic Director beginning February 1, 2018. Mr. Kaats succeeds James A. Rocco, who stepped down from the Ordway last year.

“This is an exciting time for the Ordway as we welcome Rod to build on our renewed commitment to producing Ordway Original programming in addition to our work as a first-class presenting institution,” said Jamie Grant, President and CEO of the Ordway. “We look forward to Rod bringing his vast experience on Broadway and from around the world to develop new work that will advance diversity and inclusion with the stories we tell on our stages and the artists who tell them.”

Having worked on some of the most iconic and diverse theatrical productions of the last 30 years, both on Broadway and across the country, Rod Kaats, (rhymes with “gates”) brings a wealth of experience to his new position at the Ordway, having directed productions at major regional theaters, been an Assistant Director on Broadway shows and produced shows internationally on four continents. As the Vice-President of Pace Theatrical Group (now Broadway Across America) and one of the founders of The Booking Group, he is part of a small group of people who helped to revolutionize touring commercial theater in the United States.

“I’m thrilled to be joining the Ordway team. Throughout my career, I have marveled at the richness, diversity and vitality of theater in the Twin Cities. The Ordway has led the way – balancing exciting performing arts programming with meaningful education and other outreach initiatives that make the organization an essential element of the community and theater in the U.S.,” said Mr. Kaats. “I look forward to creating Ordway Originals with local performers and creative talent, with guest artists as well as welcoming productions from Broadway and around the world. I also look forward to advancing collaborative partnerships with other theaters in the Twin Cities and around the country. I can’t wait to get started!”

“We are delighted to welcome Rod to the Ordway,” said Laura McCarten, chair of the Ordway’s Board of Directors. “He clearly understands the important role the Ordway plays in our community and on a national level. His remarkable background in the commercial and not-for-profit theater makes this an ideal partnership. We’re looking forward to the many ways Rod’s expertise, global professional relationships, and creativity will be able to help the Ordway fulfill its mission for the Twin Cities.”

Mr. Kaats was selected from a diverse field of national candidates following a search conducted by a committee of the Ordway’s leadership and Board Chair.

The Ordway will announce its 2018-2019 season in late-February including its Musical Theater Series, Music & Movement series and exciting family, concert and comedy events.

About the Ordway

For over 30 years, the Ordway has been telling stories that exemplify the human experience. Our stage has been a dramatic canvas for artists to create worlds of love and loss, hope and despair, war and peace, victory and defeat. Audiences have been transported to exotic locations, met iconic characters, and embarked on exhilarating adventures.

The Ordway houses a 1,900 seat Music Theater, an 1,100 seat Concert Hall, two large rehearsal halls and magnificent lobbies.



Baruch Performing Arts Center presents HONOUR: Confessions of a Mumbai Courtesan at Baruch Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington Avenue (25th Street between Third and Lexington Avenues), NYC on February 8 and 9, 2018 at 7pm, and February 10, 2018 at 8pm. Tickets are $36 and may be purchased HERE.

Winner of Best Solo Show in the 2016 Fringe NYC

"Beautiful and devastating" - Time Out New York

HONOUR: Confessions of a Mumbai Courtesan is a fun, poignant and deeply moving coming of age story of a girl in a brothel. In this one-woman show, meet the priest, pimp, Madame, eunuch and others that make up her world. HONOUR delves into a child's life pushed to the brink; will she escape her fate?

Memoirs of Geisha meets Slumdog Millionaire in this vibrant award-winning stage show with original music, colors of India and a riveting mother-daughter tale told in the shadow of a Mumbai brothel by Dipti Mehta. Referencing both the Mahabharata and contemporary Bollywood, experience this boldly acted and danced protest to the contemporary sex trade and abuse of young women in India.

"Dipti Mehta is a passionate performer. Her vibrant piece, HONOUR, has her living and acting out multiple roles, demonstrating social constructs of gender that victimize girls and women. Funny, sad, educational, and fiery, HONOUR is a valuable example of theatre with social conscience." - Ashley Judd

"HONOUR is Mysterious, logical, Tragic, Empathetic and Kind as life itself. Our minds, are organized by stories, its how we understand other people, Honour in giving us this story allows us to enter another world and empathize." - Gloria Steinem

"HONOUR is a must-see." - Stephani Klemons, Associate Choreographer, Hamilton



NEW YORK, NY (January 19, 2018) — Juno Award-winning Toronto singer and songwriter Bahamas—a.k.a. Afie Jurvanen—releases his anxiously awaited fourth full-length album, Earthtones [Brushfire/Republic Records]—available in stores and at all digital retailers now. Get it HERE.

The record includes the rising singles “Way With Words” and “No Wrong” as well as the recently released “Bad Boys Need Love Too” and more.

To celebrate the release, Bahamas takes the stage on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel LIVE! Wednesday, January 24 for the first television performances of “Way With Words” and "Opening Act (The Shooby Dooby Song)." Be sure to tune in!

In addition, in keeping with Bahamas tradition – Afie has created a visual mini film featuring numerous songs from Earthtones titled “Bahamas In Nature” released today. Check out the film here!

Tonight, his North American headline tour kicks off with a sold-out gig at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, NY. Dates are already selling out fast! See full tour dates below.

The album upholds a tradition of progression for the artist. Recorded in Los Angeles with the ultimate rhythm secion- Pino Palladino [Adele, Ed Sheeran, The Who] on bass and drummer James Gadson Gadson [ Bill Withers, Herb Alpert, D’Angelo] —Earthtones represents another creative breakthrough for Bahamas as the sound becomes deeper and more dynamic than ever before.

Bahamas released his Juno Award-nominated full-length debut, Pink Strat, in 2009 followed by the 2012 fan favorite Barchords. Between supporting Wilco, The Lumineers and Jack Johnson on the road, he built an impassioned audience. 2014’s Bahamas Is Afie represented a watershed moment. Not only did it achieve the 2015 Juno Award for “Adult Alternative Album of the Year,” but he also garnered “Songwriter of the Year” for the singles “All The Time,” “Bitter Memories,” and “Stronger Than That.” A streaming juggernaut who averages nearly 2 million monthly listeners on Spotify, “All The Time” generated a staggering 32 million streams and counting as “Stronger Than That” cracked 9 million. Moreover, he popped up on playlists such as “Calm Down,” “Happy Folk,” “Indie Chillout,” and many more.



CUNY Dance Initiative and John Jay College, in collaboration with Dusan Týnek Dance Theatre, present the World Premiere of Anna at the Gerald Lynch Theater at John Jay College, 524 W. 59th Street, NYC on February 16 & 17, 2018 at 7:30pm. Tickets are $30 ($20 for students and seniors) and are available at HERE.

Anna is an evening-length contemporary dance-theater performance by choreographer Dusan Týnek inspired by Tolstoy's classic Russian novel, Anna Karenina. An exploration of love and infidelity within the structures of stifling social mores, Anna side steps a conventional re-telling of the novel, focusing instead on the essence of its characters and their situations.

"Structurally, dealing with such a well­-known work of literature gives me freedom to leave out parts of the story without losing the general narrative," said Dusan Týnek. "Each segment will oscillate between abstraction and literal representation as a way of exploring and being in conversation with the plot, characters, moods, and psychological themes that appear in the novel. Anna will not only investigate the romantic image of Anna Karenina but also other female archetypes as victims of gender inequality and social pressures. I want the experience to be less like seeing a play or a ballet of one of the great novels of western civilization, but of falling asleep with the book on your chest and dreaming of it."

Anna features an original composition by frequent collaborator Aleksandra Vrebalov, known for her recent commission by the Kronos Quartet, and lighting design by Roderick Murray. The premiere of Anna is the culmination of the company's two-week residency via the CUNY Dance Initiative at John Jay College's Gerald Lynch Theater.

"Intelligent and inventive dancemaking" - Dance Magazine

"The work is marvelous ... Mr. Týnek is an undoubted talent, a choreographer who seems fascinated by movement itself and the strange, subtle ways in which it communicates strange, subtle things." - The New York Times

Dusan Týnek is known internationally for his striking blend of theatricality, musicality, and humanism in formally structured modern dance and has been called "an undoubted talent" by The New York Times. Since founding his own company Dusan Týnek Dance Theatre in 2003, Týnek has created over 25 major dances, choreographed an opera, and held nine critically- acclaimed seasons in major dance venues in NYC (e.g. New York Live Arts, BAM Fisher, The Joyce Theater). Two NYC seasons have been named as the highlights of the year by The New York Times and the Huffington Post. In addition to stage work, he has created a large number of site-specific works at museums (The Met), Skyspaces by James Turrell (The Ringling Museum, FL; Rice University, TX) and flooded quarries on Cape Ann, MA. Týnek has received commissioning grants from the NEA and from the Harkness, Greenwall, and O'Donnell-Green Music and Dance Foundations. He has taught and/or set work on students at schools across the U.S. and abroad. He is the recipient of the prestigious Bogliasco Fellowship, Djerassi Artist Residency, The Hermitage Fellowship, the CUNY Dance Initiative residency and a winner of the Choreographic Fellowship at the University of Kansas. The company has received ongoing support from the Ford Foundation, NYCDCA, Czech Center NY, Trust for Mutual Understanding, and Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation among others. www.dusantynek.org