Archive for July, 2011

INXS Shine in Los Angeles

by Cindy Robinson

A review in photos of the INXS concert at the Wiltern in Los Angeles on July 22, 2011.

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Seeking Donations to Help Tiny the Dog Get Healthy Again

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Last night when we arrived home for our day at work and summer camp, my daughter and I found a tiny, tiny emaciated female Chihuahua sitting on the sidewalk in our front yard. She immediately came to me with very little hesitation, her pencil thin tail slightly wagging.

She is very thin and weighs about 3-4 pounds right now. She definitely needs to gain a few pounds to be at a healthy weight again. Naturally we scooped her up and took her inside. A busy residential street is no place for a tiny dog to be, let alone any lost creature.

We offered her a variety of pet food – dog kibble, canned dog food, Pupperoni treats, peanut butter and finally, after a lot of sniffing around she decided the kitty kibble was to her liking. She drank a ton of water too.

After that we gave her a quick bath to wash off the first layer of dirt & grime and gave her a doggy t-shirt to wear and a blanket to snuggle up with and placed her in our extra-large pet carrier for sleeping (since we weren’t sure of her tinkle habits or if she’s been housetrained).

Lately I think the “barking chain” has been telling dogs in need the lady in the white house will help you! If you aren’t familiar with the barking chain, it’s the string of dogs barking in Disney‘s 101 Dalmatians that helps Pongo & Purdy locate their puppies and find safe hideouts and transportation along their journey.

Tiny is very thin right now. She needs a trip to the Vet’s office to make sure she is otherwise healthy, she needs to be de-wormed, receive flea medication, receive her vaccinations and eventually get her spay surgery once she gains some weight. She is super friendly and gets along with everyone in the household.

Won’t you consider skipping your venti Starbucks or big lunch out today and donate a few dollars to Tiny so she can become a healthy, happy dog again? We are always happy to help critters in need as they have no voice of their own in this scary world of crazy humans that neglect, beat and abandon them. We can’t save them all, but with the help of generous donors during this difficult economy we can make a difference to the dog or cat that is no longer sleeping under a bush tonight or foraging for food in a garbage can. Your help is appreciated! Please remember to spay and neuter your pets.

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Lyric Culture Presents its ‘Electro Sexual’ collection With Private INXS Performance

by Cindy Robinson

Lyric Culture recently presented its ‘Electro Sexual’ collection during a private fashion show and intimate performance in Beverly Hills, CA at the Gibson showroom from iconic Australian band INXS.
Hanna Rochelle, founder of Lyric Culture, met the band in 2005 when they working at a recording studio in Los Angeles on their hit album, “Switch” with Rockstar: INXS winner J.D. Fortune. Rochelle was inspired by the colorful imagery, gritty and wildly expressive, often controversial lyrics in the songs penned by Andrew Farriss and the late Michael Hutchence. The ‘Electro Sexual’ collection of women’s apparel and accessories were unveiled in a runway show inspired by the INXS songs “Suicide Blonde,”  “Devil Inside,”  “New Sensation,” and “Beautiful Girl.”
Lyric Culture’s designs also capture memorable lyrics from the Beatles, Madonna, Rod Stewart, the Beach Boys, Miley Cyrus, Carrie Underwood and more on their stylish t-shirts and accessories. Their designs are available nationally at stores such as Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, Nordstrom, Wal-Mart, and Claire’s Accessories.

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The fashion show culminated with a private performance by INXS as a preview to their concert at the Wiltern Theatre. The semi-acoustic set show cased the talents of INXS band members Kirk Pengilly, Jon Farriss, Garry Beers and Andrew Farriss (guitarist Tim Farriss had the night off) but lacked in the frontman department as the performance went off with a big surprise – singer J.D. Fortune wasn’t in the house as the band opted to have their back-up singers perform lead vocals for the short set. The event was attended by music and fashion industry guests. Panda Express and Monster Energy Drink  sponsored snacks & beverages for the guests. Please enjoy a semi-acoustic performance if the INXS classic, “Don’t Change”:

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Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows Official Trailer; Twilight Hits Comic Con

Sherlock Holmes 2 image courtesy of Warner Bros.

Robert Downey Jr. is back to super sleuthing in the sequel to 2009’s Sherlock Holmes. The next Warner Bros. installment, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows is due in theaters on December 16, 2011 and the official trailer is available now for your perusal! Head over to Apple Trailers to check out the clip.

http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/wb/sherlockholmesagameofshadows/

Downey Jr. will once again be joined by Jude Law as his famous sidekick, Dr. Watson. Noomi Rapace and Jared Harris as Professor Moriarty are also on board.

In Marvel super hero news, Robert Downey Jr. stepped out in Hollywood this week to support actor Chris Holmes at the premiere of Captain America which opens in theaters across America July 22nd.

It’s anyone’s guess if Robert Downey Jr. will show up at the madness & mayhem that is the wonderful glory of Comic Con in San Diego this weekend. Fans & journalists alike were shocked when several of the big studios announced they were pulling out of the traditional Hall H film panels. It’s beyond this reviewer’s comprehension as to why they would want to miss out on promoting their upcoming films to more than 100, 000 Comic Con attendees.

Summit Entertainment won’t disappoint the Twilight fans this year though. The cast of Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1 including Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner, Ashley Greene, Robert Pattinson and more have already hit the floor at Comic Con walking the red carpet to attend the Breaking Dawn press conference. Nikki Reed was outside greeting fans and signing autographs for fans who have been camping outside the venue since Monday.

 

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INXS to Play the Wiltern this Friday

Garry Beers image courtesy of Esther Oliver

by Cindy Robinson

Legendary Australian band INXS are currently in the midst of their first North American tour in nearly four years which has them crisscrossing Canada and the United States this summer on “The Original Sin Tour.”

The coast to coast tour brings the band to the historic Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles this Friday July 22nd, the Pearl Concert Theater at the Palms in Las Vegas on July 23rd. It’s amazing to me that these shows aren’t sold out yet! INXS are one of the best live bands out there, churning out a powerful live set with Canadian frontman, J.D. Fortune who has been singing with them since he won the Rockstar: INXS competition in 2005.

Don’t delay, grab your ticket today! Here are some incentives and perks for the Los Angeles show. Social savings site Groupon had an amazing  deal of the day on tickets to the show, which were quickly snapped up. Don’t despair, another great option is still out there! INXS is running a competition on their site where you can win an upgrade to watch the entire show from the side of the stage (right next to the band as they walk on & off the stage!) along with a meet & greet with INXS at the show. Enter to win today before the competition closes!

80’s alternative new wave band, Malcolm McClaren proteges, Adam & the Ants cohorts, Bow Wow Wow fronted by the stunning Annabella Lwin will open the night. Who could forget their classic hit “I Want Candy”? INXS has been a hit machine for more than thirty years now so don’t miss out on what is sure to be a set chock full of hits like “New Sensation”, “Need You Tonight”, “Suicide Blonde” and more.

Remaining tour dates are listed below and tickets are on sale now via Ticketmaster.

After thirty years, INXS still consists of original band members Tim, Jon and Andrew Farriss along with Kirk Pengilly and Garry Gary Beers (original front-man Michael Hutchence passed away in 1997). They are touring in support of their latest release, “Matchbox Twenty’s Rob Thomas on the album’s title track, “Original Sin”, a song which just reached number one on the U.S. Billboard Dance charts.

To see the latest on INXS, check in with them via their Facebook page, and you can also catch up with sax man, guitarist Kirk Pengilly on Twitter as well as singer J.D. Fortune

Date               Venue                                              Location            

July 22 2011    the Wiltern                                        Los Angeles,CA 

July 23 2011    the Pearl Concert Theater (The Palms Casino)               Las Vegas,NV

July 25 2011    Ogden Theatre                                   Denver, CO         

July 28 2011    Mystic Lake Casino Hotel                  Prior Lake,MN                        

July 29 2011    the Venue at Horseshoe Casino         Hammond,IN                          

July 30 2011    Fox Theatre                                      Detroit,MI                              

August 02 2011 the National                                    Richmond,VA     

August 03 2011 Wellmont Theatre                            Montclair,NJ       

August 04 2011 Beacon Theatre                               New York, NY     

August 06 2011 House of Blues                               Atlantic City,NJ  

August 07 2011 Mohegan Sun                                 Wilkes-Barre,PA

August 08 2011 Filene Center at Wolf Trap                Vienna, VA         

August 10 2011 Pier Six Concert Pavilion                  Baltimore,MD     

August 12 2011 nTelos Pavilion                                 Portsmouth, VA  

August 13 2011 House of Blues                               Myrtle Beach,SC

August 14 2011 Chastain Park Amphitheatre        Atlanta, GA

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Tom & Jerry Cartoon Capers on DVD

Tom & Jerry DVD image courtesy of Warner Bros.

So tell me, did you watch Tom & Jerry growing up? I know it was on all the time in our household and I love that Tom & Jerry Fur Flying Adventures Volume 2 is out now on DVD for another generation to enjoy! It’s hard to believe that Hanna Barbera created this zany cartoon more than 70 years ago! Amazingly, every decade since Tom & Jerry’s inception in the 1940’s have seen the comic duo re-emerge as a top cartoon in that decade from Saturday morning cartoons to movie shorts, they are always there.  

In case you aren’t overly familiar with the cat & mouse team (perhaps you’ve just returned from say, Mars?) here is a little bit more info about them and what to expect on this fun-filled DVD from Warner Bros. I love how Spike the dog always steps in to help Jerry and how the lady of the house usually catches Tom in the act of some wrongdoing and yells out “Thomas!”.

One flustered feline + one resourceful rodent = 14 wild and wacky cartoons! Tom – the eternally crabby cat – and Jerry – the hopelessly adorable mouse – find themselves in a fracas once, twice and many times again in this latest bunch of 14 fast and funny cartoons! This time around the dizzy duo takes their tiffs to the beach (Surf-Bored Cat), to the Alps (The A-Tom-inable-Snowman) and to the orchestra (Tom and Jerry in the Hollywood Bowl). In Top with Pops Spike the dog pounces into the fray and Jerry learns a mouse’s best friend is a dog! Even vampire hunter Van Helsing gets in the middle of the cat/mouse combat in Monster Con. Your hunt stops here: this new collection of animated antics will delightfully drop you into the middle of non-stop family fun!

As a parent, one of the best things about having kids is that you still get to watch cartoons on a regular basis! I love this DVD compilation because it contains 14 different episodes so if the kids really want to watch some Tom & Jerry, they can pop it in and watch an episode or two without taking over the TV for the time it takes to watch an entire movie. I’m really enjoying the resurgence of cartoons that I enjoyed on Saturday mornings long past and hope you will enjoy this fun DVD with your family too.

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Lenny Kravitz Offers New Song for FREE

Lenny Kravitz by Cindy Robinson

For two days only, Rolling Stone magazine and Lenny Kravitz are offering a FREE download of his new song “Rock Star City Life” from his forthcoming album, “Black and White America” which is currently scheduled for release on August 30th. The rocker has been on tour with U2 recently and will hit the road for a European tour this fall. Grab the free track while it’s available and don’t forget to check out his current single “Stand” available now via iTunes.

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Go-Go’s Vacation Sweepstakes

 

the Go-Go's, image courtesy of http://www.gogos.com/

The Go-Go’s are on tour this summer in the United States celebrating the 30th Anniversary of their classic album “Beauty and The Beat” and have teamed up with Cost Plus World Market to offer fans this exciting summer getaway to Los Angeles! You can enter the sweepstakes here to win a trip for you and 10 of your closest friends to see the Go-Go’s live at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles on August 17th. You will also get a VIP party and meet the band at the show. The winner will receive a $2,000 Cost Plus World Market gift card. Being the frugal shopper that I am, I could do some damage with that! You can enter the contest once per day (for those who really need a “Vacation”) until July 23, 2011.

Who doesn’t listen to classic tracks from “Beauty and the Beat” like “Vacation” , “Our Lips Are Sealed” and “We Got the Beat” while enjoying those warm summer afternoon barbecues with friends? A classic, fun summer album and the 30th anniversary extended edition is out now. Grab your digital copy now via iTunes!

The Go-Go’s have already played to the Eastern half of the USA during May and June before taking a well deserved break during July. They will start up again for the second half of the tour on August 5th in St. Petersburg, FL. Don’t miss these 80’s legends! Tickets and VIP packages are on sale now via Ticketmaster.

Have you already been to see the Go-Go’s this summer? We’d love to see your photos & videos from the shows. Leave a comment with a link where we can check them out.

The remaining tour dates include stops in the following cities:

08/05/11 St. Petersburg, FL   Rays Summer concert series

08/07/11 Ft. Lauderdale, FL   Seminole Hard Rock

08/09/11 Atlanta, GA              ChastainPark

08/12/11 Vancouver, BC        Commodore Ballroom

08/13/11 Portland, OR           Oregon Zoo Amphitheater

08/14/11 Seattle, WA             Woodland Park Zoo

08/16/11 San Francisco, CA  The Fillmore

08/17/11 Los Angeles, CA     The Greek

08/20/11 Temecula, CA          Pechanga Theater

08/23/11 Aspen, CO                Belly Up

08/24/11 Denver, CO              Ogden Theater

08/26/11 Dallas, TX                 House of Blues

08/27/11 Houston, TX             House of Blues

08/28/11 Austin, TX                 Paramount Theater

 

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Have You Seen U2 on the 360 Tour?

by Cindy Robinson

Life On The Scene readers, I have been moonlighting, for a site called Tree.com doing some writing for their entertainment section and covering a variety of live events for them. One of the recent ones was the massive, long-awaited return of U2 to Anaheim, California where they took over Angel’s Stadium for two shows. They put on an incredible show, as one would expect from U2 with fine support from Lenny Kravitz to kick off the evening.

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Here is a sampling of images from the evening and if you’d like to check out the entire review, slideshow and alternate set of images, please enjoy them here: http://www.tree.com/entertainment/blog-blog/archive-2011-06-22-u2-at-angels-stadium-worth-the-wait.aspx 

I’ve also been covering events such as Bruno Mars, Duran Duran (who we were lucky enough to see before lead singer Simon le Bon suffered vocal cord injuries which led to cancellation of the band’s European summer tour), Honor Society and My Chemical Romance recently. I hope to get some links and images from those reviews posted for you soon.

Looking ahead, we hope to bring you coverage on INXS, Joe Jonas of the Jonas Brothers as he launches his first solo album, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part II (I can’t believe we’re at the end of the series!), Comic-Con and some projects Robert Downey Jr. is working on and Katy Perry.

Your comments and feedback are always appreciated!

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