Experience the Magic of Disney. Your Full Guide to Disney+

Los Angeles, Calif. – Visiting Disneyland Resort in person is an excellent way for the young and old to see a fun, magical world and forget about day-to-day routines. However, physically going to the theme park may not always be feasible. 

Fortunately, enjoying the magic of Disney can also be done from the comfort of your own home by using the Disney+ (Disney Plus) streaming service, and it only takes one or two hours to savor. Watching it independently or with family members is an excellent choice when interested in discovering some of Hollywood’s most significant works. Viewing shows and movies created by studios in the area can be done conveniently and comfortably using Disney Plus.

What Does Disney Plus Offer?

Getting your family together to watch a Hollywood movie is an excellent way to relax and watch quality content. Using the Disney Plus streaming service allows you to view some of the best flicks and TV shows LA-based movie studios have to offer, and it’s highly affordable. Monthly plans are available at $7.99 per month, and annual plans are offered at $79.99 per year.

One of the advantages of using Disney Plus is its ad-free content. There is also no contract or cable to contend with, and cancellation is allowed at any time. With over 7500 TV episodes and 500 movies available in the on-demand content library, one or more family members should find several suitable choices to watch.

Shows and Movies Available on Disney Plus

Choosing to use Disney Plus allows a family to view content from several different genres available from an extensive library of television episodes and movies. Several shows from LA-based movie studios, such as Hollywood Pictures, Searchlight Pictures, Touchstone Pictures and 20th Century Fox are available for viewing. These Walt Disney Studio subsidiaries and affiliates offer an excellent balance with other great content from notable video entertainment providers like HBO, SHOWTIME, and STARZ.

Using Disney Plus to Stream Content

Using the Disney streaming service is an enjoyable experience, which isn’t surprising considering the time and effort the Disney brand spends on making its products meet a specific user experience. Finding content to watch meeting a user’s expectations can typically be done quickly. Navigating the Disney Plus dashboard can be completed quickly and efficiently using several of the features offered.

Finding a Movie or Show to Watch

Disney Plus offers several different methods to discover fun and exciting shows or movies to watch. One of the first choices is usually to search directly by utilizing the search bar. Using one of the service’s curated lists is also an efficient way to find something to watch, based on the person’s interest, past use, current popularity with other viewers or specific trends. Browsing can be completed by using some of the following criteria:

– Curated List

– Internet Movie Database (IMDB) top-rated content

– Trending

– Emmy Nominees

– Genre

– Channel

Having Fun Watching Disney Plus With Family and Friends

Watching a movie or TV show with family members and friends who may be on the outskirts of LA or farther away may not always be possible to complete in person. Sharing reactions when watching a show is sometimes more enjoyable than the show itself. Utilizing the Disney Plus streaming service allows family and friends who are far apart to get together virtually with a feature known as GroupWatch, allowing everyone to watch through the app together as a group. Stream syncing is available to let everyone join in on the fun. The feature provides space for seven individuals, including a host and as many as four profiles on a single account.

Creating a Watchlist

Whenever a person finds a movie or shows they want to watch but can’t do it immediately, they can place it on their watchlist. Finding the watchlist can be done quickly as it is one of the first lists to pop up on the Disney Plus dashboard, making it easy and efficient to find content appropriate for watching. Clicking on the “+” is all that’s needed to add a show to the list.

Providing Kids Profiles

While Disney Plus has access to several LA-based studios offering movies for adults and children, it also provides several age-appropriate options for children to view. Sectioning off the shows that are more suitable for younger viewers can be done by creating a kids profile. Taking this action is simple as it only involves creating a new profile and switching the option to kids. Doing so limits the content to the following ratings:

– G

– TV-G

– TV-Y

– TV-Y7/Y7-FV

Premier Access and Several Compatible Devices

Disney Plus users can also watch the latest releases from LA-based studios via the Premier Access feature. Paying $29.99 per movie enables subscribers to watch the latest releases before they become available to standard subscribers of the Disney Plus streaming service.

Watching Disney Plus can be completed on several types of devices as the service is highly supported. Making a batch of popcorn and enjoying the latest movie with family and friends from the comfort of home is an excellent way to use this convenient streaming service.

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ACADEMY REVEALS 2021 STUDENT ACADEMY AWARD® WINNERS AND MEDAL PLACEMENTS.

Los Angeles, Calif. — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has voted 17 students as winners of the 48th Student Academy Awards® competition.  The Gold, Silver and Bronze Medal awards in the seven award categories will be presented by Oscar®-winning filmmaker and 1992 Student Academy Award® winner Pete Docter, Oscar-nominated filmmaker Asghar Farhadi, and filmmakers Marielle Heller and Nanfu Wang in a virtual program highlighting the winners and their films on Thursday, October 21. 

This year, the Student Academy Awards competition received a total of 1,404 submissions from 210 domestic and 126 international colleges and universities.  The 2021 winners join the ranks of such past Student Academy Award winners as Patricia Cardoso, Cary Fukunaga, Spike Lee, Patricia Riggen and Robert Zemeckis.  Hosted by Amandla Stenberg, the 2021 ceremony is now available to view here.

The 2021 Student Academy Award medalists are: 

Alternative/Experimental (Domestic and International Film Schools)
Gold: “Frozen Out,” Hao Zhou, University of Iowa

Animation (Domestic Film Schools)
Gold: “Unforgotten,” Sujin Kim, California Institute of the Arts
Silver: “Barking Orders,” Alexander Tullo, Ringling College of Art & Design
Bronze: “Slumber with Snakes,” Teagan Barrone, Cleveland Institute of Art

Animation (International Film Schools)
Gold: “Les Chaussures de Louis,” Théo Jamin, Kayu Leung and Marion Philippe, MoPA (France)

Documentary (Domestic Film Schools)
Gold: “When They’re Gone,” Kristen Hwang, University of California, Berkeley
Silver: “Eagles Rest in Liangshan,” Bohao Liu, New York University
Bronze: “Not Just a Name,” De’Onna Young-Stephens, University of Southern California

Documentary (International Film Schools)
Gold: “Why Didn’t You Stay for Me?,” Milou Gevers, Nederlandse Filmacademie (The Netherlands)

Narrative (Domestic Film Schools)
Gold: “When the Sun Sets,” Phumi Morare, Chapman University
Silver: “Close Ties to Home Country,” Akanksha Cruczynski, Columbia College Chicago
Bronze: “No Law, No Heaven,” Kristi Hoi, University of California, Los Angeles

Narrative (International Film Schools)
Gold: “Tala’vision,” Murad Abu Eisheh, Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg (Germany)
Silver: “Adisa,” Simon Denda, Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film München (Germany)
Bronze: “Bad Omen,” Salar Pashtoonyar, York University (Canada)

First-time honors go to the University of Iowa and Cleveland Institute of Art.

All Student Academy Award-winning films are eligible to compete for 2021 Oscars® in the Animated Short Film, Live Action Short Film or Documentary Short Subject category.  Past winners have gone on to receive 65 Oscar nominations and have won or shared 14 awards.  

The Student Academy Awards were established in 1972 to provide a platform for emerging global talent by creating opportunities within the industry to showcase their work. 


ABOUT THE ACADEMY
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is a global community of more than 10,000 of the most accomplished artists, filmmakers and executives working in film. In addition to celebrating and recognizing excellence in filmmaking through the Oscars, the Academy supports a wide range of initiatives to promote the art and science of the movies, including public programming, educational outreach and the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.

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Six Flags Magic Mountain set to debut the tallest and longest single-rail coaster on the planet, taking flight summer 2022.

Santa Clarita, Calif. – Six Flags Magic Mountain’s record 20th coaster—the most at any theme park in the world—WONDER WOMAN™ Flight of Courage will debut Summer 2022 as the tallest and longest single-rail coaster on the planet. Riders will fly single file through the sky over 3,300 feet of track, towering 13 stories and soaring at speeds up to 58 miles-per-hour. 

WONDER WOMAN™ Flight of Courage will be located in the six-acre DC UNIVERSE area of the park, which will be expanded and entirely remodeled to include a new, innovative restaurant and bar experience, plus retail locations featuring exclusive DC branded merchandise. 

WONDER WOMAN™ Flight of Courage exemplifies the Super Hero’s traits of strength and speed—showcasing the legacy of WONDER WOMAN™ herself. As guests enter the ride queue, influenced by Greek architecture and featuring tropical landscaping, they will be immersed in the story of her life and how she obtained her super powers. Riders will join forces with WONDER WOMAN™ in the fight for truth, justice, and equality, to embark on an incredible journey of heroic feats, propelling through dives, banks, rolls, and turns designed to challenge the bravest of thrill seekers.

The newly-themed DC UNIVERSE™ area also includes the popular BATMAN™ The Ride and several other DC themed rides. 

WONDER WOMAN and all related characters and elements © & ™ DC Comics. 

Academy Museum and the Haas Brothers Announce Limited-Edition NFT Inspired by the Museum’s Academy Museum Pillar Award, the Future of Cinema Gallery.

Los Angeles, Oct. 20, 2021—Bill Kramer, Director and President of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, today announced that Los Angeles-based artists Nikolai and Simon Haas will issue limited-edition NFTs to benefit the Academy Museum’s access, education, and programming initiatives. The NFTs will be available via an OpenSea auction from October 20 to 25, 2021.

The design of the Academy Museum/The Haas Brothers NFTs is inspired by the Academy Museum Pillar Award, also created by The Haas Brothers, which references the museum’s soaring sphere building and the iconic gold of the Oscar®. This award is presented annually at the Academy Museum Gala to a philanthropist or philanthropists who have meaningfully supported the museum. It was first awarded to Academy Museum Campaign Chairs Bob Iger, Annette Bening, and Tom Hanks at the Academy Museum Opening Gala on September 25, 2021.

The Academy Museum/The Haas Brothers NFTs are moving renderings of the Pillar Award combined with marquee quotes by film industry leaders sourced from The Future of Cinema gallery, the exit gallery in the museum’s three-floor core exhibition Stories of Cinema. Each quote is minted in five different colors. The first grouping to be issued—comprising five NFTs—will feature a quote from actor Whoopi Goldberg that reads, “The future of cinema is in your hands now.” Other editions of the NFT will feature quotes from additional filmmakers and film artists including Howard Berger, Effie T. Brown, Sid Ganis, and R.J. Kizer.

Bill Kramer said, “We are thrilled to be working with Niki and Simon Haas on both the Pillar Award and on our first NFTs. Their work brilliantly embodies the optimism, beauty, and bold storytelling found at the Academy Museum. The Haas Brothers are dynamically envisioning our gallery, The Future of Cinema, in a new way—and supporting activities that are vital to our own future as an institution—by reimagining the Pillar Award in the forward-looking medium of NFTs.”

“Designing the Pillar Award represented an opportunity to pay homage to the film industry’s rich history and express our reverence for an art form which continues to change the world,” said The Haas Brothers. “Film as a medium is, at its core, fiercely experimental. We have looked to film as a touchstone for our own practice, holding its embrace of new media and experimentation as a guiding principle for artmaking. We are proud to carry this ethos into the newest medium of all, NFTs, with a digital Pillar Award whose existence is a testament to the power of curiosity and the relentless pursuit of storytelling. We are proud to collaborate with the Academy Museum on this opportunity.”

ABOUT THE HAAS BROTHERS
Since founding The Haas Brothers in 2010, twin brothers Nikolai and Simon (b. 1984; Austin, TX) have upended conventional boundaries and hierarchies between and within creative fields. The ethos of their studio is to define themselves by what they stand for rather than what they are in opposition to; what to some resembles rebellion and irreverence is in fact full-hearted curiosity and excitement for the endless modes of self-expression. The Haas Brothers embrace art, craft, and design in equal measure—approaching art like filmmakers with a goal of transporting viewers into a reality of their creation by any means necessary. With an emphasis on felt-sense and a voracious appetite for new mediums with which to express themselves, The Haas Brothers process their experience of the world and make manifest a fantasy-rich world of their own.

Their first solo museum show opened at The Bass Museum of Art in 2018 and their work is held in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), and the Rhode Island School of Design Museum. In 2019, they were the recipients of the Arison Award given by the YoungArts Foundation. The Haas Brothers are represented by Marianne Boesky and United Talent Agency. They live and work in Los Angeles.

IMAGES: The Future of Cinema NFT renderings, 2021, Courtesy The Haas Brothers

ABOUT THE ACADEMY MUSEUM
The Academy Museum is the largest museum in the United States devoted to the arts, sciences, and artists of moviemaking. The museum advances the understanding, celebration, and preservation of cinema through inclusive and accessible exhibitions, screenings, programs, initiatives, and collections. Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano and Renzo Piano Building Workshop in collaboration with Gensler as executive architect, the museum’s campus contains the restored and revitalized historic Saban Building—formerly known as the May Company building (1939)—and a soaring spherical addition. Together, these buildings contain 50,000 square feet of exhibition spaces, two state-of-the-art theaters, an education studio, restaurant, retail store, and beautiful public spaces.

Universal Studios Hollywood Rejoices the Return of Holiday Favorites “Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” and “Grinchmas.”

Universal Studios Hollywood Decks the Halls to Rejoice the Return of Holiday Favorites, “Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” and “Grinchmas,” Beginning Friday, November 26 and Running Daily through Sunday, January 2, 2022 Special Holiday Festivities Included in the Price of Theme Park Admission.

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Universal City, Calif.- – October 19, 2021 – Universal Studios Hollywood celebrates the most wonderful time of the year with the return of yuletide favorites and family traditions, “Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” and “Grinchmas,” beginning Friday, November 26 and running daily through Sunday, January 2, 2022. The holiday festivities are included in the price of admission.

Families will rejoice at the arrival of “Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter,” where the quaint wizarding village of Hogsmeade™ is transformed to reflect the holiday spirit featuring merry décor and jolly ambiance. Guests can take delight in special holiday a cappella performances from the Hogwarts Frog Choir, stroll through the village shops while sipping a delicious Hot Butterbeer™ and enjoy savory festive fare at the Three Broomsticks™. 

Beginning at dusk each night, “The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts™ Castle” dazzles with stunning imagery and animation as the impressive light projection show illuminates Hogwarts™ School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, bringing the iconic Hogwarts™ castle to life and infusing the land with the sounds of an arrangement of music from the Harry Potter film series.

Guests can commemorate their Christmas visit to Hogsmeade™ Village with a variety of exclusive keepsake items available for purchase, including personalized ornaments, garland, scarves and stockings.

The jolly “Grinchmas” Who-lebration returns in festive fashion as holiday park-goers will be rockin’ around the topsy-turvy 65 foot-tall “Grinchmas” tree in Universal Plaza, adorned with hundreds of ornaments and thousands of LED lights. A dazzling tree lighting ceremony accompanied by a snowfall flurry will take place every evening, bringing good tidings and season’s greetings as guests celebrate with The Grinch, his faithful dog Max and the Who-ville Whos, who will be performing on select nights. A selection of themed Who-tacular sweet treats, including hot cocoa will be available for purchase.

In addition to the theme park, spirited holiday décor will permeate Universal CityWalk. Guests to the outdoor entertainment destination will be enchanted by the spectacular 40-foot tall Christmas tree, featuring more than 200,000 LED lights. The ever popular Voodoo Doughnut will entice guests with a variety of festive designs and flavors to celebrate the season. 

More information is available at www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com. Like Universal Studios Hollywood on Facebook and follow @UniStudios on Instagram and Twitter. Admission to Universal CityWalk is free. More information available at www.CityWalkHollywood.com.

About Wizarding World

In the years since Harry Potter was whisked from King’s Cross Station onto Platform nine and three quarters, his incredible adventures have left a unique and lasting mark on popular culture. Eight blockbuster Harry Potter films based on the original stories by J.K. Rowling have brought the magical stories to life and today, the Wizarding World is recognised as one of the world’s best-loved brands.

Representing a vast interconnected universe, it also includes two epic Fantastic Beasts films, (the third releasing in 2022), Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – the multi-award-winning stage-play, state-of-the-art video and mobile games from Portkey Games, innovative consumer products, thrilling live entertainment (including four theme park lands) and insightful exhibitions.

This expanding portfolio of Warner Bros. owned Wizarding World experiences also includes Harry Potter New York – a brand new flagship store, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter, Warner Bros. Studio Tour Tokyo, and the Platform 9 3⁄4 retail shops.

The Wizarding World continues to evolve to provide Harry Potter fans with fresh and exciting ways to engage. For the worldwide fan community, and for generations to come, it welcomes everyone in to explore and discover the magic for themselves.

About Dr. Seuss

Theodor Seuss Geisel is quite simply the most beloved children’s book author of all time. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1984, three Academy Award, two Emmy Awards, three Grammy Awards, and three Caldecott Honors, Geisel wrote and illustrated 45 books for children. Hundreds of millions of copies have found their way into homes and hearts around the world. While Theodor Geisel died on September 24, 1991, Dr. Seuss lives on, inspiring generations of children of all ages to explore the joys of reading. For more information about Dr. Seuss and his works, visit seussville.com.

About Universal Studios Hollywood

Universal Studios Hollywood includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour. As a leading global entertainment destination, Universal Studios Hollywood delivers highly themed immersive lands that translate to real-life interpretations of iconic movie and television shows. Attractions include “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™” which features a bustling Hogsmeade village and such critically-acclaimed rides as “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” and “Flight of the Hippogriff™”, the new mega attraction “Jurassic World—The Ride” featuring the spectacularly realistic Indominus rex dinosaur, and the all-new ride “The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash!” Other immersive lands include “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and “Super Silly Fun Land” as well as “Springfield,” hometown of America’s favorite TV family, located adjacent to the award-winning “The Simpsons Ride™” and DreamWorks Theatre featuring “Kung Fu Panda Adventure.”  The world-renowned Studio Tour is Universal Studios Hollywood’s signature attraction, inviting guests behind-the-scenes of the world’s biggest and busiest movie and television production studio where they can also experience such thrill rides as “Fast & Furious—Supercharged” and “King Kong 360 3D.” Universal CityWalk, located adjacent to the theme park, features such popular restaurants as the all-new NBC Sports Grill & Brew, VIVO Italian Kitchen, Antojitos Cocina Mexicana, Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville and Voodoo Doughnut, along with dynamic shopping and entertainment options, including Universal Cinema, featuring deluxe recliner seating in screening room quality theatres.

LUMINOUS SYNTH POP DUO PIERA OPENING FOR POP ICON 80’S GROUP THE MOTELS ON OCTOBER 30, 2021.

PIERA OPENING FOR POP ICON 80’S GROUP THE MOTELS ON OCTOBER 30th

October 18, 2021. Hollywood CA. ……………Super Synth Duo will be opening for the Pop Icon 80’s Group, The Motels – on October 30, 2021, at The Oxnard Performing Arts center PIERA – L.A.’s rising super synth-pop duo, following a string of exhilarating post-pandemic shows, the modern-mystical, Super Synth Duo, PIERA, will be bringing an audiophile’s feast for the senses with their signature beat-driven cosmic synth-soundscapes combined with Piera Klein’s powerful, entrancing vocal stylings and alluring stage presence.

PIERA just came off from 5 stellar shows, opening for 80s iconic synth group, Berlin, on August 7th in Montclair, and The Untouchables and Bow Wow Wow on September 3rd in Santa Clarita (both at The Canyon nightclubs in SoCal), and on September 10th headlining at The Silverlake Lounge, and was just part at the iconic Punk Museum founder, Tequila Mockingbird’s “Sunday Club”, at the Oracle Tavern in Downtown Los Angeles on September 26 as part of her annual Dada Bauhaus Masquerade Ball, and opening for Oingo Boingo on October 8 at The Canyon in Santa Clarita. Almost instantaneously, PIERA has carved their own niche and established themselves as one of LA’s most promising pioneering new acts to watch. They are cultivating a new sound blending psychedelic, indie-synthpop, krautrock, Avant-Garde, and industrial pop. With a seemingly miraculous trajectory, the overwhelmingly positive press response to the release of their new music video “Unraveling” filmed in quarantine, and with only a few shows under their belts,

PIERA is captivating new audiences in the post-pandemic era. Within a few short months, PIERA has been featured in numerous press outlets including the award-winning California Rocker and favorably compared to singer Terri Nunn, as well as seen on the cover of the Arts & Entertainment section of DTLA News, in addition to many articles and blogs such as Strutter’Zine, Future Producers, Sonic Scoop, Music-News, Music Connection Magazine, and many more. Coming soon PIERA will have a special feature in Music Connection Magazine and on the Artistic Voice podcast. PIERA has already been picked up by the airwaves broadcasting nationally on more than 50 college radio stations in recent months, in addition to building a global streaming audience reaching into Europe, South America, and the UK. PIERA will be doing some incredible shows for the rest of this year, The Motels at The Oxnard Performing Arts Center on October 30th, and A Flock of Seagulls at The Canyon in Agoura on December 10th. It’s apparent that PIERA is on some sort of meteoric rise.

Now is the time for PIERA, come be part of this phenomenon.

The Oxnard Performing Arts Center (OPAC)
800 Hobson Way, Oxnard, CA 93030
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Music Link: (Just released on Spotify-“As Good As You” & “Calling You Out”

Vents Magazine
Cosmic Reaction – An Experimental Psychedelic Art Collage Video
(About The Video – In 2018 PIERA went to Puerto Rico to film their video for Cosmic Reaction. Some parts were also filmed in Joshua Tree, and some in and around the Los Angeles area. The entire PIERA album is very cosmic and mystical and sparked a desire in Klein to showcase her character/avatar waking up in different worlds – each environment in high contrast to the next, from the Puerto Rican Jungle of El Yunque to the high California desert, and back home to the rolling hills of Echo Park. The experimental psychedelic art collage was a true collaboration between friends, Piera, her best friend Adrian Arredondo, and Micah Plissner.)

ACADEMY CEO DAWN HUDSON CHARTS NEXT STEPS FOLLOWING THE BUILDING OF AN INNOVATIVE ACADEMY AND THE SUCCESS OF MUSEUM OPENING.

Los Angeles, Calif. – Dawn Hudson, chief executive officer of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, announced today that, after a successful and transformational tenure, this current term will be her last as Academy CEO.

“After more than ten years and the incredibly successful opening of our new museum, I’ve decided, when this term concludes, it will be time for me to explore other opportunities and adventures as this can hardly be topped,” said Hudson. “We’ve achieved so much together that’s been most important to me — our ongoing commitment to representation and inclusion; adapting the Academy into a digitally sophisticated global institution; and creating the world’s premier movie museum that will be the destination of film fans for decades. The Board of Governors and I are mutually committed to a seamless transition to new leadership. I’m excited for what the future holds, for both the Academy and for me.”

“Dawn has been, and continues to be, a groundbreaking leader for the Academy. Advancements in the diversity and gender parity of our membership, our increased international presence, and the successful opening of a world-class Academy Museum — a project she revived, guided and championed — are already part of her legacy. I know the Board of Governors joins me in looking forward to our collaboration with Dawn in the many months ahead, as we map out a plan for succession,” said Academy President David Rubin.

Hudson joined the Academy as CEO in 2011.  In her role, she oversees the Academy’s 450-person staff in Los Angeles, New York and London; operations and outreach, including awards, membership, marketing, communications, finance and technology; the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures and the Academy Foundation. The Foundation includes educational initiatives, fellowships and grants, the Margaret Herrick Library and the Academy Film Archive. 

With Hudson at the helm building and overseeing its financial assets, including the Oscars®, the Academy has become more accessible to its members and people around the world. The institution has achieved advances in technology and the modernization of its infrastructure, which have enabled greater global outreach, member communications and events, online voting and streaming on the Academy Screening Room, and a significantly expanded social media presence.

Under her leadership, Hudson has driven significant diversity, inclusion and representation initiatives across the Academy membership, governance and staff. As a result, the Academy more than doubled the number of women and underrepresented ethnic/racial communities within its membership through the A2020 initiative, bringing in the most diverse class in the organization’s history at that time. Hudson also oversaw the creation of Aperture 2025, establishing inclusion standards for Oscars eligibility, to further the Academy’s efforts to advance representation in the entertainment industry. 

Hudson was integral to the development of the Academy Museum, which opened to the public in September and is the largest museum in the United States devoted to the arts and sciences of moviemaking. 

A search for Hudson’s successor will soon be underway, and she will have a vital role in the transition.

ABOUT THE ACADEMY
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is a global community of more than 10,000 of the most accomplished artists, filmmakers and executives working in film. In addition to celebrating and recognizing excellence in filmmaking through the Oscars, the Academy supports a wide range of initiatives to promote the art and science of the movies, including public programming, educational outreach and the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.

“After more than ten years and the incredibly successful opening of our new museum, I’ve decided, when this term concludes, it will be time for me to explore other opportunities and adventures as this can hardly be topped,” said Academy CEO Dawn Hudson. 

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Petersen Automotive presents an EXCLUSIVE PROTOTYPE GIANTS RECEPTION, Oct. 21, 2021.

October 21, 2021 | 5:30PM

EXCLUSIVE
PROTOTYPE GIANTS RECEPTION

October 21, 2021 | 5:30PM

In collaboration with:

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Los Angeles, Calif. – Petersen Automotive presents an exclusive evening of Porsche 962 and 956 on Oct. 21, 2021! Discover the history of Porsche racing from the racers and legends themselves, Patrick Long and Alwin Springer!

Sip on cocktails and enjoy light refreshments as you enjoy the city views in our Penthouse Pavillion!  All cocktail reception tickets come with an exclusive Prototype Giants mug.  Don’t miss out on this one-of-a-kind evening!

Can’t make it in person? Enjoy the festivities online!

Members receive a 10% discount on all ticket variants. Please contact Alec Moore at amoore@petersen.org or (323) 964-6367 for more information.

Cocktail Reception Tickets ($90) include:

  • Hosted food and beverage
  • Tour of the Prototype Giants Exhibition
  • Access to the Patrick Long and Alwin Springer fireside chat
  • Access to the Penthouse Pavillion
  • Exclusive Prototype Giants lanyard

Run of Show

  • 5:30PM | Event check-in begins
  • 5:30PM – 6:30PM | Cocktails in the Penthouse
  • 6:30PM | Fireside chat begins
  • 7:00PM | Tour 1 departs
  • 7:30PM | Tour 2 departs
  • 8:00PM | Tour 3 departs
  • 8:30PM | Tour 4 departs
  • 9:30PM | Event ends 

Meet the Speakers

Patrick Long

Patrick Long is one of the most accomplished sports car drivers of his generation. Since 2003, Long has served as the lone American on Porsche’s roster of factory drivers. Long has captured victory at the world’s biggest sports car races – winning at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Rolex 24 at Daytona, 12 Hours of Sebring, Petit Le Mans, and the 12 Hours of Bathurst. Long is also a three-time American Le Mans Series champion and two-time Pirelli World Challenge champion. Long is also the creator of Luftgekuhlt. Created as a celebration of air-cooled Porsches, Luftgekuhlt has become one of the most anticipated auto events of the year.

Alwin Springer

Legendary figure in Porsche racing. Worked initially as head of Porsche racing vehicles for Vasek Polak 1969. Co-founded ANDIAL in 1975 and was VP for over 21 years (1975-’96), providing racing services to a wide spectrum of Porsche race car teams, including the Porsche 962s which won 50 IMSA races in the mid-’70s. Consultant to Porsche Motorsport N.A. 1990-’96, President of Porsche Motorsport N.A. from 1997-’04, then consultant again 2004-present.


Prototype Giants | About the Exhibit

The Porsche 956 was built to comply with the 1982 FIA World Sportscar Championship (WSC)’s new Group C regulations and was the first racing car to feature an aluminum monocoque chassis and ground effect aerodynamic elements. Factory 956s won the 24 Hours of Le Mans that year, leading every lap and taking first, second and third place. In 1983, a 956 driven by Stephen Bellof set the overall lap record at the Nürburgring Nordschleife, which stood for 35 years until a modified Porsche 919 Hybrid eclipsed it in 2018.

The 962 was created to meet the updated IMSA GTP specifications, with the Group C entrants taking the 962C nameplate.  The 962 became one of the most dominant race cars ever, winning the WSC in 1985 and 1986, the IMSA GT championship from 1985-88, the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1986 and 87, the 1994 24 Hours of Le Mans 1994 (a modified customer car), and other racing series for 10 years straight.

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The Santa Clarita Public Library Invites Residents to Enjoy “Trail Tales.”

Santa Clarita, Calif. – Ready for a walking literary adventure? The Santa Clarita Public Library has launched “Trail Tales” in Duane R. Harte Park (26401 Riverrock Way)! Visitors to the park will have the opportunity to enjoy a short story as they stroll along the paseo. Join the Library in celebrating this exciting new park amenity on Thursday, October 21, at 9:30 a.m. near the River Village Park Trail of Duane R. Harte Park.


“Trail Tales” features 11 podiums along the River Village Park Trail at Duane R. Harte Park, with pages of a short story displayed on each podium. The first featured story stars our City mascot, Sammy Clarita, in the book Sammy Stories Volume 2: Sammy Gets To Work. The Library hopes to promote the importance of a healthy lifestyle and literary exploration with this new park opportunity.

The Library is excited to host a special Thursday in the Park event to help welcome “Trail Tales” to the Santa Clarita community on October 21. In the featured short story, Sammy Clarita attempts to work various jobs throughout the City in an effort to figure out his future career. The book shows the different roles Sammy tries out, but in the end, only one suits him best.

Attendees of all ages are welcome to join in on this fun event. Children will have the opportunity to learn about and even try their hand at various City positions, just like Sammy. At the end of the story, children will also have the chance to attend storytime with a librarian!

For any questions regarding “Trail Tales,” please contact Senior Librarian Liza Purdy at lpurdy@santa-clarita.com. To learn more about upcoming library events with the Santa Clarita Public Library, please visit SantaClaritaLibrary.com.

PIERA – A Breath of Fresh Air, catapulting audiences into another dimension. 

Written By Jodi Jackson

Los Angeles, Calif.- Santa Clarita, Calif. – A breathe of fresh air, that is what the Synth Pop Duo PIERA brings to the stage. With their voluminous otherworldly soundscapes and Piera Klein’s mystical energy met with powerful and pure vocals and lyrics, the duo immersed the crowd in an ocean of ambient electronic sounds, catapulting the unsuspecting audience into another dimension. 

With much applause and fixation on the stage, PIERA held the room.

PIERA offers a welcomed alternative sound experience to the played-out music scene in Los Angeles, and around the world. PIERA has proven they can go head-to-head with the best of all the creative music legends. They pluck new and original inspirations from across the spectrum –80s, Psychedelic, Goth, Indie-rock, Punk and Synthpop — and everything between, capturing little nuances of retro music that seems to be reborn for the modern age. This show had all of the necessary ingredients to make their huge audience wanting more.

Opening for Oingo Boingo is a big responsibility, but PIERA showed up in a big way, capturing the audience and creating many new fans and followers, many of them coming to get a glimpse at their meet and greet and gushing over their new music crush. It’s a testament to how talented both members of PIERA truly are. 

PIERA performs live at The Canyon Santa Clarita, 10/8/21, Photos by Jodi Jackson 

Piera Klein and Micah Plissner, PIERA, Synth Pop duo, set to release “Cosmic Reaction” on college terrestrial radio and Spotify.

Both Micah and Piera are as individual as it gets, but somehow they manage to make it work, PIERA’S music is very distinctive, every song on the album is a singular masterpiece on it’s own. Micah says, “I think everything comes from the spiritual and manifests into the physical, including music. The more in touch you are with the spiritual side of yourself, the more your creativity will explode”.

About PIERA:

Singer/songwriter/producer, Piera Klein and songwriter/producer Micah Plissner aka PIERA have a blending of tone, pitch and composition in their music and vocals, that you just don’t hear every day. It is unique, special, puregenius. There’s a retro mystery experience that connects everything you feel about modern music in PIERA’S sound. Super fans are highly anticipating this next single, “Cosmic Reaction”, hit terrestrial college radio and Spotify, climbing significantly up the charts.

The self-titled album “PIERA” was co-written and produced by Micah and Piera, The single “Cosmic Reaction” – was released in May and quickly climbed up the triple A and College charts. The vision was to create an epic cosmic soundscape that would take the listener on a ride into another dimension, which was greatly achieved. Micah says, “It was originally inspired by psychedelic garage bands like Love, The Sonics, Sky Saxon, and The 13th Floor Elevators and somehow morphed into this. At the same time we wanted to showcase Piera as the interstellar mystic that she is. She definitely has a cosmic energy about her.”

Piera Klein vocals are haunting and pure, a cross between Sade, Terri Nunn, and Enya; but with a more sultry vibe. Piera Klein is also a passionate activist and plays a supportive leadership role in the Los Angeles based non-profit “Visionary Women”. 

Micah and Piera collaborated on the album in different ways, Piera says, “We are an executive committee of 2, requiring both of us to be in full agreement on each song in each stage of production. We both compose melodies, and write lyrics, as well as produce. One rule we have is that if one of us doesn’t like an idea in a song, it gets immediately scratched without an argument. We really trust one another’s instincts and it keeps us moving forward like lightning”. 

Both Micah and Piera are as individual as it gets, but somehow they manage to make it work, PIERA’S music is very distinctive, every song on the album is a singular masterpiece on it’s own. Micah says, “I think everything comes from the spiritual and manifests into the physical, including music. The more in touch you are with the spiritual side of yourself, the more your creativity will explode”.

PIERA is breaking all the rules; with their lyrics you get a snapshot into their private lives, these super sleuths are investigating life and the pursuit of happiness, in a new, unusual way. Piera Klein says, “By following our inner guide, having patience, being willing to learn and grow, and ultimately being unafraid to pursue our true inspirations regardless of what’s trendy at the moment”. 

80’s, Alternative, Dark Synth, Avant-Garde, Rock, Art House, EDM, all good descriptions of PIERA’S music, what ever you want to call it, PIERA is carving out a niche for their own breed of music; with many accomplishments they are well on they’re way to becoming a household name.

PIERA:

www.PIERAMUSIC.net

Facebook @theofficialpiera

Instagram @piera.music

theoffice@pieramusic.net

Cosmic Reaction – An Experimental Psychedelic Art Collage Video:

(About The Video – In 2018 PIERA went to Puerto Rico to film their video for Cosmic Reaction, some was also filmed in Joshua Tree, and some in and around the Los Angeles area. The entire PIERA album is very cosmic and mystical and sparked a desire in Klein to showcase her character/avatar waking up in different worlds – each environment in high contrast to the next, from the Puerto Rican Jungle of El Yunque to the high California desert, and back home to the rolling hills of Echo Park. The experimental psychedelic art collage was a true collaboration between friends, Piera, her best friend Adrian Arredondo, and Micah Plissner.) 

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