Music Notes – ‘Profoundly Connected to Music’

Los Angeles, Calif. As one of L.A.’s most in-demand musicians, Marco Missinato is no stranger to traversing the frequencies and dimensions of the Universe with the musical swagger evocative of The Boy from Ipanema.  Missinato has been entertaining and inspiring audiences with his  classic ballads and ethereal harmonies since moving to L.A. from his native Rome, Italy in the early 1990′s.  Since that time, his music has been featured in such television series as the original Melrose Place and Port Charles along with numerous theatrical productions and projects.

“Music is the door, the bridge between us and our soul,” says Missinato,  “It is like a ray of light which illuminates the darkness of  our fears and disintegrates all inhibitions.”

As Missinato’s music continues to evolve, he shares his journey in his newest project, Unfolding Secrets a work in progress, with music and cover design by Missinanto, orchestrations by Emanuele Arnone, and vocals by Kristin Hoffman.

“This is my latest symphonic contemporary classical album and I am very excited to share it,” says Missinato. Unfolding Secrets, Symphony of the Heart can been seen on video.

Profoundly connected to his music, Missinato shares a glimpse into his life’s journey,  while exploring the man behind those good vibrations.

Beginnings: I started with a little flute and then as soon as was possible I got involved with keyboards and piano. Since the very beginning of my physical experience here on Earth I was profoundly connected to music. I started to play musical instruments around the age of 3. More then a personal talent discovery, it was a deep feeling of love occurring when music was playing.

Los Angeles:  I came in Los Angels in 1992. The very first year I was a full-time student at the Musician Institute in Hollywood. Soon after that I started to perform in restaurant and bars as a way to make money and produce the music that I felt inside.

Photography:  When I first came in the USA back in 1988/89 (I was sent by magazines I was working with as a professional photographer) I felt an immediate sense of freedom and spaciousness. Therefore later I chose the USA as the ground platform for my musical creative evolution.

Music: All of the music and musical projects that I have created in the past as well the ones I am working in the present are coming from the same source. They are just different creative ways to express my passion and love for music. It gives me joy to express my connection with music in various ways. I like all genres of music as long as I sense, when I listen to their work, that the creative motivation of the composer, producer and artist are genuinely coming from their heart.

Inspiration: The art of composing music in my personal experience is a very mysterious process that I truly cannot explain with words. I seem to have access to it when I enter a state of no-mind. Sometimes the compositions that I create in this process sound very much like soundtracks and therefore can be used in movies and other medias. I have been performing in situations in which celebrities were present and I always had positive feed-back and enthusiastic responses.

Collaborations: I have been very lucky to have wonderful musicians performing my music. Among them Chris Tedesco, David Goldblatt, Steve Tavaglioni, Ramon Stagnaro, Joe Rotondi to name a few.

Performances:  My focus when I provide music for events is to open the heart of people and have them feel more intimately connected with life so that they momentarily let go at their mind and connect fully with their heart and soul and have a uniting experience. By monitoring constantly the crowd I select the song or music composition that my intuition tells me is most appropriate for that specific moment. That too is a mysterious process that I simply allow to naturally unfold by tapping with my higher source.

Projects:  Among my latest projects I have just finished to produce a series of seven guided imagery meditation journeys entitled “Back to Life,” a blend of guided spoken words (by world renown healer Barry Bruder) and high-vibrational original music and sounds soon to be launched in hospitals, clinics and to be used as part of recovery programs in support of healing traumas, injuries, diseases etc. “Melodies From Within” is another series of CDs I am about to distribute on the market. It is a collection of original instrumental compositions for shooting the heart and soul. “Soul Journey” is a three-albums series of “Ambient” music was released in January 2010. My band “Naked Soul” will launch is planning its first live concert for healing which will be touring in USA, Europe and Asia. Among my past compositions “Pets Love Music” is a five-CDs series of music dedicated to Pets.

Art: Music is a very powerful and transformational art form and therefore the composer and the performer hold a great responsibility. They both must make sure that their melodies come from true non-ego source.

Goals:  My intent and my life purpose (other than self growth) is to create a profound transformational musical experience in a concert and album formats in order to uplift, support and inspire people to follow their greatness.

 Advise for aspiring musicians: Follow your heart, your joy and your passion they are all the same: Streams of love coming from high source. It is life itself telling you which direction to take as it magically unfolds in front of your eyes.

Admiration: I admire every person whose attempting to express him/herself through the heart and therefore through the arts (isn’t it interesting that heart and art sound so similar?). It does not matter if they are famous or unknown, if they sing or play or simply make art out of an ordinary jobs. I have strong admiration for anybody whom are choosing the courageous act of being true to themselves despite the streams of resistances that they have to face in their daily base life when they relate with the so called ‘common sense.’

Memories: More than memories it is the constant recurrent feeling of overwhelming joy, love and unity with the whole that I sense every time I allow myself the necessary vulnerability to accommodate higher levels of frequencies. I remember how in my childhood this process was effortless and achieved in a magical instant moment.  In the past I have been using other instruments to create music, like guitar, harmonicas, flutes etc.

Favorite Movies and Songs: There are may movies and songs that I love. “Cinema Paradiso” and its music by Ennio Morricone (just to mention one) has a simplicity and yet a profoundness that touches me at the core.

A Bridge: Music when purely channeled offer the possibility to bridge oneself with the non-physical world and therefore dissipate the illusion of separation which leads to a feeling of love that is not weighted with neediness and sense of lack.

Time, Space and Art: You make art by simply following your joy. Any activity can become an artistic expression if joy and divine creativity are allowed. Time and space are a necessary and momentarily human perception which allow the soul to have a three dimensional experience. By choosing to enter this field of frequencies the soul creates the opportunity for immense explanation and self-awareness.

A glimpse into Unfolding Secrets a work in progress, with music and cover design by Missanto, Orchestrations by Emanuele Arnone, and Vocals by Kristin Hoffman can be viewed by visiting:

Missinato’s music and albums can be purchased online by visiting  www.melodiesfromwithin.com (soon to become www.marcomissinato.com), iTunes, Amazon.com, CD Baby and at http://marcomissinato.bandcamp.com.

 

 

BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL Final Weekend at the Pantages

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Hollywood, Calif., – Set to what the New York Post calls Elton John’s “best score yet,” and named “Broadway Musical of the Decade” by TIME magazine, Billy Elliot the Musical has landed at the Pantages Theatre and is thrilling audiences eight shows a week.

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Based on the hit film, this joyous show is about a son of a miner who trades his boxing gloves for ballet shoes and fights to achieve his dream of becoming a dancer, discovering a surprising talent that inspires his family and his whole community and changes his life forever. Thanks to a phenomenal cast and Tony-winning creative team, Billy Elliot has won over critics, swept awards ceremonies and delighted over six million theatergoers worldwide. As Daily Variety puts it, “This touring production captures what Broadway audiences saw” — you won’t want to miss it.
Billy Elliot the Musical is a joyous celebration of one young boy’s journey to make his dreams come true. Ben Brantley of The New York Times calls Billy Elliot the Musical “THE MOST INSPIRING SHOW I’VE SEEN IN YEARS.” Based on the international smash-hit film, Billy Elliot the Musical is brought to life by a phenomenal cast and the Tony Award-winning creative team – director Stephen Daldry, choreographer Peter Darling and writer Lee Hall – along with music legend Elton John. A big musical with an even bigger heart, Billy Elliot the Musical will enchant the dreamer in all of us.

Now through May 13, 2012

Individual Tickets: CLICK HERE TO BUY NOW!
Or Call 800-982-ARTS (2787)

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purchase 10 or more
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Running Time: 2 Hours and 50 Minutes
Parent Advisory: Recommended for Ages 8 and Up – Some Adult Language; no one under 5 admitted to the theatre

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LOTTERY ANNOUNCED FOR THE L.A. PREMIERE ENGAGEMENT OF Billy Elliot Opening Tonight at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood

LIMITED NUMBER OF SEATS AVAILBLE AT EACH PERFORMANCE

FOR ONLY $25 PER TICKET

PANTAGES THEATRE · PERFORMANCES BEGIN TONIGHT

Hollywood, Calif., – The Los Angeles premiere of BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL begins performances Tonight, Tuesday April 10 at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood for a limited five week engagement through Sunday May 13. Broadway/L.A. is announcing that a day-of-show lottery for a limited number of $25 seats will be held for each performance.

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Each day, 2½ hours prior to show time, people who present themselves at the Pantages box office will have their names placed in a lottery drum and then thirty minutes later, names will be drawn for a limited number of seats at $25 each, cash only. This lottery is available only in-person at the box office, with a limit of two tickets per person. One entry per person per show. An ID is required to purchase the tickets.

Ben Brantley of The New York Times says that BILLY ELLIOT “Sends audiences into a mass swoon!” Time Out says it’s “The most electric and passionate show in years.” The Daily News calls BILLY “So exhilarating that you feel like leaping!” Liz Smith calls the show “Absolutely awesome,” The New York Observer raves that BILLY is “The best thing to happen to Broadway in a long while,” and WOR’s Dave Richardson cheers, “All I can say is WOW!”

Based on the international smash-hit film, BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL features music by Elton John, book and lyrics by Lee Hall, choreography by Peter Darling and direction by Stephen Daldry. BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL earned critical acclaim on Broadway including 10 Tony Awards®.

Full priced tickets for BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL may be purchased online at www.BroadwayLA.org or by phone at 1-800-982-2787. Prices are subject to change without notice. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the Pantages Box Office and all Ticketmaster outlets. The Pantages Theatre is located at 6233 Hollywood Boulevard, just east of Vine Street, and the box office opens daily at 10am. Groups of 10 or more can call 866-755-3075 or visit www.NedGroups.com.

For tickets or more information about BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL’s Los Angeles engagement, please visit the Pantages Theatre’s official website, www.BroadwayLA.org.

‘Billy Elliot’ the Musical L.A. Premieres at the Pantages; Celebrities set for Red Carpet opening Tuesday

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Hollywood, Calif., – Universal Pictures Stage Productions, Working Title Films, Old Vic Productions and NETworks Presentations, LLC,  and Broadway/L.A., proudly announce that the 2009 Tony Award winner for Best Musical, Billy Elliot the Musical will make its L.A. Premiere at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood for a limited 5 week engagement from April 10 – May 13. Based on the international smash-hit film, Billy Elliot the Musical features music by Elton John, book and lyrics by Lee Hall, choreography by Peter Darling and direction by Stephen Daldry. Billy Elliot the Musical earned critical acclaim on Broadway including 10 Tony Awards. Billy Elliot the Musical is the joyous celebration of one boy’s journey to make his dreams come true. Set in a small town, the story follows Billy as he stumbles out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class, discovering a surprising talent that inspires his family and his whole community and changes his life forever.

PERFORMANCE INFORMATION:  Tickets are available at www.BroadwayLA.org or www.Ticketmaster.com or by calling

1-800-982-2787, as well as at the Pantages Box Office (6233 Hollywood Blvd) and all Ticketmaster Outlets.  Performances are Tue-Fri at 8pm, Saturdays at 2pm & 8pm and Sundays at 1pm & 6:30pm.  Recommended for Ages 8 and up (Everyone must have a ticket; children under 5 will not be admitted to the theatre) Running Time: 2 hours and 50 minutes including intermission.  Tickets start at $25 in the orchestra.

 

Tony Award winner for Best Musical, Billy Elliot the Musical will make its L.A. Premiere at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood for a limited 5 week engagement from April 10 – May 13.

Vampire Diaries panel coming to Paley Center for Media Arts

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Beverly Hills, Calif. –  The Paley Center for Media will present The Vampire Diaries panel on March 10, at 7 p.m. “I shot a hybrid in the back and chopped his head off with a meat cleaver. Typical Sunday, huh?” So says one of the denizens of Mystic Falls, and his assessment of just one of the increasingly unsettling supernatural events wreaking havoc in this small Virginia town in which The Vampire Diaries takes place is spot on. Now in its third season, Diaries continues the story of the Salvatore Brothers, feuding bloodsuckers both in love with Elena Gilbert, as each of them tries to put a stop to the most feared of vampires, Klaus, in his quest for unprecedented power. A key contributor to the current craze for love and intrigue among the walking dead, Diaries remains the CW’s most highly rated series.

March 10, 2012

The Vampire Diaries

Saturday, March 10, 2012
7:00 pm PT
Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills

In Person

Julie Plec, Executive Producer
Nina Dobrev, “Elena Gilbert”
Paul Wesley, “Stefan Salvatore”
Ian Somerhalder, “Damon Salvatore”
Candice Accola, “Caroline Forbes”
Matthew Davis, “Alaric Saltzman”
Moderator: Debra Birnbaum, TV Guide Magazine

Individual tickets on sale to Members January 13 at 9:00 am PT, on sale to General Public January 15 at 9:00 am PT on Ticketweb.com.

Orchestra Front:
General Public $75 / Members $60
Orchestra: $45 / $35
Orchestra Rear: $35 / $25
Mezzanine: $35 / $25
Balcony: $25 / $15

Please note: Events and panelists are subject to change.

http://www.cwtv.com/cw-video/the-vampire-diaries

 

For more info visit:

http://www.paleycenter.org/paleyfest2012-thevampirediaries

Chinese VP Visits L.A.

Chinese VP Visits L.A.

(CNS) Posted Thursday February 16, 2012– 10:10am

Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping, who is expected to be the next president of the world’s most populous nation, comes to Los Angeles today for a quick visit expected to include a visit to the Port of Los Angeles, the announcement of an entertainment deal involving a major studio, and an economic forum downtown.

Xi, whose visit is the first to Los Angeles by a high-level Chinese official in 13 years, also will watch Friday’s Los Angeles Lakers game with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa before flying home.

Analysts say the trip could offer an important Sino-American relationship-building opportunity in the shipping, tourism and entertainment industries. They also expect Villaraigosa and Gov. Jerry Brown to push hard for Chinese investment in a planned high-speed rail project from Los Angeles to San Francisco and regional L.A. County transit projects.

Xi is scheduled to arrive at Los Angeles International Airport from Iowa around 1:30 p.m. Brown and Villaraigosa will be at LAX to welcome Xi, who experts believe will become China’s president next year and hold the post for 10 years.

The officials will then travel to the Port of Los Angeles to visit the China Shipping terminal, which is undergoing a $121 million expansion that will more than double its space at the port to 142 acres.

Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Geraldine Knatz said she is honored to host Xi.

“For many years, China has been and continues to be the port’s leading trading partner in terms of both imports and exports,” Knatz said. In 2011, total trade between China and the Port of L.A. was valued at more than $133 billion.

Members of the Tibetan Association of Northern California, which supports Tibetan autonomy and accuses China of human rights violations, are expected to arrive by bus in Southern California today to protest Xi’s visit.

“This is a big opportunity for us to show the Chinese officials that all Tibetans stand in solidarity, and we will continue to fight for our country,” the group said on its website.

Xi has no public events tonight but a packed schedule on Friday, when he is expected to announce a deal with DreamWorks Animation to jointly build and operate a studio in Shanghai with two state-owned Chinese media companies, Shanghai Media Group and China Media Capital.

The deal, which would have the three companies produce original films and television programs for the Chinese audience, would give DreamWorks Animation the most significant access to China’s media market of any company, the Financial Times reported.

Xi, Commerce Secretary John Bryson and Villaraigosa will speak at the China-U.S. Economic Trade Forum at the JW Marriott near L.A. Live Friday morning. Afterward, Xi, Bryson and Villaraigosa plan to rendezvous with Vice President Joe Biden at a Los Angeles school before a welcome luncheon hosted by Villaraigosa at the JW Marriott.

Chinese officials will also attend a private agreement-signing between city officials and the Chinese telecommunications company ZTE Corporation. The city will commit to helping the company find possible sites for expansion and network with possible clients in the city. ZTE will commit to expand the company’s scope in Los Angeles.

Also on Friday, Brown will host a U.S. and Chinese Governors’ Roundtable at Walt Disney Concert Hall starting at 3:30 p.m.

Xi’s visit comes on the heels of Villaraigosa’s trade mission to China and other Asian countries in December, when the two met to discuss trade and business opportunities in the city.

“I am honored that Vice President Xi Jinping accepted my invitation to visit Los Angeles as we continue to foster relationships that were renewed during my trade mission to China in December,” Villaraigosa said this week. “I am committed to strengthening our local economy by expanding Chinese trade, tourism and investment in Los Angeles and exploring ways that we can expand local business opportunities in China.”

Chinese-owned businesses in the city employ about 600 people and pay $32 million in wages, according to the mayor’s office.

Xi’s visit is largely intended to send symbolic messages to the Chinese public, said Clayton Dube, associate director of the U.S.-China Institute at the University of Southern California. It will communicate that succession is proceeding in orderly fashion and that the U.S.-China relationship is an important tie that both sides are trying to improve, he said.

An investment delegation from Chongqing, one of China’s fastest growing cities, will be looking at ways to invest in shipping infrastructure, tourism- related businesses, film and video partnerships and possibly transportation projects, Dube said.

Villaraigosa is also looking to Chinese companies for investment in regional transportation projects and a high-speed rail line connecting Los Angeles to San Francisco.

“Yes, that’s one of the things I’d like to talk to (Xi) about and look forward to working with him,” Villaraigosa told City News Service. “What it will be is an opportunity to participate in what should be one of the most significant projects of its kind in our state’s history.” Kenneth Lieberthal, director of the John L. Thornton China Center at the Brookings Institute in Washington, D.C., said that “the biggest issues out there in terms of economic relations, is whether China begins to invest seriously in real assets in the U.S., assuming partial ownership of businesses here, not just treasuries and agency debt.”

The prospect of transportation investments becoming the first high- profile test of how Americans react to Chinese co-ownership of public assets seems “perfectly feasible,” he said.

“Foreign ownership even of toll roads has been politically difficult elsewhere in the U.S.,” Lieberthal said.

Villaraigosa said co-ownership is not the focus of talks at this point.

“They’re not looking at that as much, certainly, as they are at a rate of return,” Villaraigosa said.

Xi’s delegation includes China’s ministers of foreign affairs, education and agriculture, the vice minister of commerce, a trade representative, the Chinese ambassador to the United States, other senior government officials and embassy and consular staff.

Xi will conclude his trip Friday night by joining Villaraigosa in attending the Lakers game against the Phoenix Suns at Staples Center. He’s scheduled to leave Friday around 10 p.m. from LAX.

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‘Rock of Ages’ returns to the Pantages in Hollywood starring Dominique Scott in vintage 1980’s redux.

The cast of 'Rock of Ages' - coming to the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, March 20-25. Photo by Scott Suchman

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Eighties themed ‘Rock of Ages’ returns to the Pantages for limited engagement, March 20-25, starring Dominique Scott as Drew in anticipation of New Line Cinema’s summer film release starring Tom Cruise in the movie version. 

Hollywood, Calf. – Following a highly successfully L.A. premiere this past February 2011, ROCK OF AGES, the five-time Tony Award® nominated smash-hit musical, will return to Los Angeles for a strictly limited, face-melting one week engagement March 20 – 25, 2012 at the Pantages Theatre. L.A. audiences were so amped during the show‟s premiere engagement that it was clear those die-hard fans who continued singing “Don’t Stop Believin’” down Hollywood Boulevard as they left the Pantages Theatre hadn‟t been rocked hard enough!
Tickets for ROCK OF AGES may be purchased online at www.BroadwayLA.org or by phone at 1-800-982-2787. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the Pantages Box Office and all Ticketmaster outlets. The Pantages Theatre is located at 6233 Hollywood Boulevard, just east of Vine Street, and the box office opens daily at 10am.
Leading the cast of ROCK OF AGES are Dominique Scott as Drew, Shannon Mullen as Sherrie, Matt Ban as Dennis, Matt Nolan as Stacee Jaxx, Justin Colombo as Lonny, Stephen Michael Kane as Franz, Amma Osei as Justice, Phillip Peterson as Hertz, Katie Postotnik as Regina and Chris Sams as Mayor / Ja‟Keith.
Rounding out the company are Joey Elrose, Wesley Faucher, Lisa Finegold, Tymisha “tush” Harris, Alyssa Herrera, Patrick Joyce and Danny McHugh.
It’s 1987 on the Sunset Strip, a small-town girl met a big-city dreamer – and in L.A.‟s most legendary rock club, they fall in love to the greatest songs of the „80‟s. It‟s ROCK OF AGES, a hilarious, feel-good love story told through the hit songs of iconic rockers Journey, Styx, REO Speedwagon, Foreigner, Pat Benatar, Whitesnake, and many more.
Los Angeles paints the backdrop for ROCK OF AGES both on stage and throughout its development. The King King club is the Hollywood Boulevard nightclub where the earliest incarnation of ROCK OF AGES opened in July of 2005. After playing four shows over two days at King King, the show played one show in August 2005 at the Warner Brothers soundstage in Los Angeles. In January 2006, the show premiered at the Hollywood nightclub, The Vanguard, where it played for six weeks.
ROCK OF AGES‟ New York story began off Broadway in the fall of 2008, and success lead to the Great White Way. ROCK OF AGES opened April 7, 2009 on Broadway at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. The show received widespread critical acclaim and became the sleeper hit of the season, capturing five 2009 Tony Award nominations including Best Musical. In July 2009, New Line Records released the Original Broadway Cast Recording, featuring 28 songs from the show.
The Hollywood rags-to-riches story of ROCK OF AGES appears to have some staying power. A New Line Cinema/Warner Bros. film of the musical, directed by Adam Shankman (Hairspray), is scheduled to be released this June. The film will star Tom Cruise, Russell Brand, Alec Baldwin Julianne Hough and newcomer Diego Boneta as “Drew”.
ROCK OF AGES is directed by Tony Award Nominee Kristin Hanggi (Bare, Pussycat Dolls on the Sunset Strip) and choreographed by Kelly Devine (Jersey Boys – Associate Choreographer). With a book by Chris D‟Arienzo (writer and director of the film Barry Munday), original arrangements by David Gibbs (Counting Crows, Film: That Thing You Do) and the Music Supervision, Arrangements & Orchestrations by Ethan Popp (Tarzan; Europe: We Will Rock You, Mamma Mia).
ROCK OF AGES features set design by Beowulf Boritt (Spelling Bee, LoveMusik), costume design by Tony Nominee Gregory Gale (Cyrano, The Wedding Singer), lighting design by Jason Lyons (The Threepenny Opera), sound design by Craig Cassidy (Phantom, Mamma Mia), and projection design is by Zachary Borovay (A Catered Affair).
ROCK OF AGES is produced by Phoenix Entertainment.
The performance schedule for ROCK OF AGES is Tuesday through Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm & 8pm, and Sunday at 1pm & 6:30pm.
ROCK OF AGES has a running time of 2 hours and 20 minutes including intermission and is recommended for ages 14 and up. (Please note that in consideration of audiences, no one under 5 will be admitted to the theatre.)
Orchestra level tickets for ROCK OF AGES start at just $25. Prices are subject to change without notice.
For more information on ROCK OF AGES, please visit www.RockOfAgesMusical.com.
For tickets or more information about ROCK OF AGES‟s Los Angeles engagement, please visit the Pantages Theatre‟s official website, www.BroadwayLA.org.

Music legend Paul McCartney to be honored with his star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame in celebration of new release, ‘Kisses on the Bottom’

PaulMcCartney.com is very pleased to announce that Paul will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Feb. 9, 2012.

Los Angeles Life and Style News

Hollywood, Calif. – Continuing with Hollywood’s 125th birthday celebration, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that music legend Paul McCartney will be honored with his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. McCartney’s star will be lined up on the famed walk alongside his fellow Beatles, Ringo Starr, George Harrison and John Lennon in front of the famed historic Capitol Records building located at 1750 N. Vine Street.

The event coincides with McCartney’s forthcoming release of Kisses on the Bottom. A concert will stream live on Thursday from Capitol Studios.

Paul McCartney was born in Liverpool on June 18, 1942. He was raised in the city and educated at the Liverpool Institute. Having changed the world of music forever with The Beatles, McCartney has continued to push boundaries for more than 40 years as a solo artist, member of Wings, Brit award-winning classical composer, half of the experimental project The Fireman, and composer for the New York City Ballet with last year’s classical work Ocean’s Kingdom. His newest adventure is Kisses On The Bottom (out February 7 on Hear Music/Concord),a collection of standards beloved to Paul since childhood as well as two new McCartney compositions ‘My Valentine’ and ‘Only Our Hearts.’ Created with the help of Grammy Award-winning producer Tommy LiPuma and Diana Krall and her band—as well as guest appearances from Eric Clapton and Stevie Wonder—Kisses On The Bottom is the first record in McCartney’s historic oeuvre to feature him almost exclusively on vocals.

Since writing his first song at the age of 14, McCartney has always followed his own unique muse while changing the course of musical history. It’s borderline ludicrous to attempt to describe the past, present and future impact of The Beatles and their legendary albums Please Please Me, With The Beatles, A Hard Day’s Night, Beatles For Sale, Help!, Rubber Soul, Revolver, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Beatles (a/k/a The White Album), Yellow Submarine, Abbey Road and Let It Be—so suffice to say that The Beatles’ 1 compilation was the biggest selling album of the first new millennial decade of 2000-2010.

Paul’s output through the ‘70s to the present has been one of unflagging energy and influence, debuting as a solo artist with 1970’s timeless McCartney followed by 1971’s rustic classic RAM by Paul and Linda McCartney,then with Wings efforts including the currently Grammy-nominated Band On The Run, Venus and Mars, Wings at The Speed Of Sound and London Town, and following that as a solo artist again, with highlights including the ahead-of-its-time 1980 reinvention McCartney II, 1982’s Tug Of War, 1989’s Flowers In The Dirt, 1997’s Flaming Pie, 2005’s Chaos And Creation In The Backyard and 2007’s Memory Almost Full. In 2008, The Fireman, his collaborative project with revered producer Youth, released Electric Arguments, which generated rave reviews, yielded a live favorite of the current McCartney set list in ‘Sing The Changes,’ and topped the Billboard Independent Album Charts.

A 14-time Grammy winner and recipient of The Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement and Trustees Awards, McCartney’s list of accolades reads like no other: 2012 will see Paul adding MusiCares Person of the Year to this unrivalled list when this special award is presented to him on February 10. It will recognize both his incomparable creative achievements and his lifelong commitment to charitable work, which includes decades’ worth of philanthropic activities for PETA, LIPA, One Voice, The Vegetarian Society, Nordoff Robins and Adopt-A-Mine-Field—not to mention his participation in historic benefit concerts including Live Aid in 1985, The Concert for New York City in 2001, and Live 8 in 2005.

McCartney’s many other citations have included the 2008 Brit award for Outstanding Contribution to Music, an honorary doctorate of music from Yale University, his 1999 induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and of course being knighted in in 1996 by Queen Elizabeth II for his services to music. He is the first-ever British recipient of the prestigious Gershwin Prize For Popular Song. He is also a Kennedy Center Honoree. 2012 and, as ever, brings an infinite set of new possibilities for Paul McCartney. If any new musical frontier awaits—be it an entirely new musical medium or genre, a city or song he’s never played before, or something the cleverest among us has yet to imagine–rest assured Paul is already on his way there… www.paulmccartney.com For more information and to view who shares a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, visit www.walkoffame.com

William Shatner’s One Man Show beaming into Los Angeles’s Pantages Theatre on March 10th

Los Angeles Life and Style Entertainment News

Hollywood, Calif. –   William Shatner will bring his one man show SHATNER’S WORLD: WE JUST LIVE IN IT (www.shatnersworld.com) to the Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles  for one performance only on March 10 at 8pm.  Tickets go on sale February 4th at 10:00 a.m. The show comes to L.A. direct from Broadway, where it will play a three week run at the Music Box Theatre from February 14 – March 4.

Tickets for SHATNER’S WORLD: WE JUST LIVE IN IT start at just $39.00.  A limited number of VIP tickets will be available that include prime seating, a limited edition numbered tour poster and access to a post-show Meet & Greet with a opportunity for signing and photo with William Shatner. Prices are subject to change without notice.  Tickets for SHATNER’S WORLD: WE JUST LIVE IN IT may be purchased online at www.BroadwayLA.org or by phone at 1-800-982-2787.  Tickets may also be purchased in person at the Pantages Box Office and all Ticketmaster outlets. The Pantages Theatre is located at 6233 Hollywood Boulevard, just east of Vine Street, and the box office is open Tue-Fri 10am-6pm and Sat-Sun 10am-2pm.

The two-hour show will take audiences on a voyage through Shatner’s life and career, from Shakespearean stage actor to internationally known icon and raconteur, known as much for his unique persona as for his expansive body of work on television and film.

“I’m looking forward to taking this show on the road and playing for audiences across the country, says William Shatner. “It’s taken me 80 years to get this show right! “

SHATNER’S WORLD: WE JUST LIVE IN IT is produced by Innovation Arts & Entertainment; Larry A Thompson Organization; Adam Troy Epstein; Larry A Thompson; Seth Keyes; and Josh Sherman.  The show is directed by Scott Faris.  Other creative team members include:  Edward Pierce, Scenic Design; Ken Billington, Lighting Design; and Peter Fitzgerald, Sound Design.

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William Shatner is an award-winning actor, director, producer, writer, recording artist, philanthropist and horseman.   In 1966, he originated the role of Captain James T. Kirk in the TV series Star Trek, which spawned a film franchise where he returned as Kirk in seven of the movies, one of which he directed.   He played the title role in the hit series T.J. Hooker before hosting TV’s first reality-based series, Rescue 911.   He won Emmys and his first Golden Globe for his portrayal of Denny Crane on The Practice and Boston Legal and received four more Emmy nominations as well as Golden Globe and SAG Award nods. His interview series, Shatner’s Raw Nerve, aired on Bio, and he recorded the critically acclaimed album Has Been. The Milwaukee Ballet performed “Common People,” which was set to songs from the record; the event is featured in the documentary Gonzo Ballet.  Seeking Major Tom, featuring a number of heavy metal covers and songs by U2, Frank Sinatra, Queen and Pink Floyd, was released last year. Shatner has authored nearly 30 best-sellers.

His autobiography, Up Till Now, was a New York Times best-seller, and Shatner Rules was released in 2011.  His comic book series,William Shatner Presents is based on his novels Tek War, Man O’ War, and Quest for Tomorrow, along with a new title: Chimera.  He has also been successful in another area – horse breeding.  A dedicated breeder of American Quarter horses, he has had enormous success with the American Saddlebred, developing and riding world champions and has won numerous world championships in several events.  He united his passions for horses and philanthropy with the Hollywood Charity Horse Show, benefitting L.A.-based children’s charities. He appeared on Broadway in A Shot in the Dark, The World of Suzie Wong, and Tamburlaine the Great. And no, there is nothing this man does not do.

2012 U.S. Tour Dates

March 10                 Los Angeles, CA                 Pantages Theatre

March 11                 San Francisco, CA               Orpheum Theatre

March 13                 Philadelphia, PA                  Merriam Theater

March 15                 Minneapolis, MN                Orpheum Theatre

March 16                 Chicago, IL                       Auditorium Theatre

March 18                 Milwaukee, WI                   Riverside Theatre

March 20                 Denver, CO                       Temple Hoyne Buell Theatre

March 22                 Dallas, TX                         Majestic Theatre

March 23                 Houston, TX                      Jones Hall

April 12                   St. Louis, MO                    Peabody Opera House

April 13                   Cincinnati, OH                    Proctor and Gamble Hall

April 14                   Cleveland, OH                    State Theatre

April 15                   Columbus, OH                   Ohio Theatre

April 17                   Charlotte, NC                     Blumenthal Center

April 19                   Detroit, MI                        Opera House

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