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Theme of 2019 Monterey County Fair, ‘High Tides and Carnival Rides,’ and official poster unveiled

The Monterey County Fair announced that the theme for the Aug. 29-Sept. 2, 2019, fair will be “High Tides and Carnival Rides.”

Monterey, CA, November 18, 2018 — The Monterey County Fair announced that the theme for the Aug. 29-Sept. 2, 2019, fair will be “High Tides and Carnival Rides.”

The fair also unveiled its official poster for this year’s event, featuring critters from the fair’s popular livestock displays and auctions, including a cow, horse, goat, rabbit, ewe, rooster and pig frolicking on the beach with a “woodie” station wagon and surfboards with the fair’s carnival rides in the background.

The poster was designed by artist Scott Westmoreland, who is well known for his surf, ocean, and woodie car-themed work. He also created official posters for the fair in 2009, with “Reel in the Fun,” in 2013 with “At the Heart of it All,” and in 2015, with “Farm Fresh Fun.”

Westmoreland began his career as an illustrator in the entertainment industry as an artist for major theatrical productions nationwide, including the Broadway stage. He has also worked with the Walt Disney Company and MCA Universal, later becoming a full-time staff artist at Disney. Westmoreland created numerous marketing, merchandising and collector edition pieces for Disney, as well as countless conceptual and developmental campaigns for Michael Eisner.

Westmoreland later rejoined the freelance world and is known as a “top 100” seller on Art.com. Westmoreland has been featured by television shows like Fox’s “Trading Spouses,” ABC Family’s “Knock First,” and in publications like “Decor” and “Total Art Licensing.”

“We are thrilled about the 2019 Monterey County Fair theme, it ties in a lot of our favorite things, including the beach, surfing, livestock and carnival rides,” says Kelly Violini, Monterey County Fair CEO. “We hope that everyone can come out and join us for next year’s fair.”

Westmoreland’s Monterey County Fair art will be featured through the course of the 2019 Fair as the Fairs’ graphic identity. His Monterey County Fair art will be seen as the 2019 poster and shown in all of the merchandise, including T-shirts, sweatshirts and souvenirs.

The Monterey County Fair will run from Thursday, Aug. 29-Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, at the Monterey County Fair & Event Center, 2004 Fairground Road, in Monterey.

Contact:

Alyssa Wygal

Monterey County Fair & Event Center

2004 Fairground Road, Monterey, CA 93940

(831) 372-5863

alyssa@montereycountyfair.com

http://www.montereycountyfair.com

About the Monterey County Fair & Event Center

The Monterey County Fair & Event Center is a premier event center set on 22 oak-studded acres with ample parking. It is a state-owned multi-use facility that features four large banquet rooms, two outdoor concert venues, and a variety of outdoor and indoor cost-effective sites ideal for all types of events. It is home of the annual award-winning Monterey County Fair, host to many major and private events on the Central Coast, and the site of the Monterey Bay Race Place, a Satellite Wagering Facility.

For more information, contact the Fair Administration Office, at 2004 Fairground Road in Monterey, by calling (831) 372-5863 or go to www.montereycountyfair.com for more information.

Contact:

Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

http://www.montereycountyfair.com

Twisted Roots Wine offers Custom Labeling Program for Bottles of its Award-Winning Wines

Twisted Roots has launched a unique new custom labeling program in which you can buy a whole barrel of one of its award-winning wines — that’s 264 bottles! — and they take care of the rest.

Carmel Valley, CA, November 06, 2018 — If you’ve ever wished you had your own personal wine label but didn’t want the hassle of actually owning a vineyard, winery and bottling and labeling facility, Carmel Valley and Lodi-based Twisted Roots has the perfect answer for you.

Twisted Roots has launched a unique new custom labeling program in which you can buy a whole barrel of one of its award-winning wines — that’s 264 bottles! — and they take care of the rest.

“It’s all inclusive, we provide the wine, bottling, custom labeling, and help with artwork as needed,” said Matt Pridey, partner in Twisted Roots Wine. “It’s really a hands-off process for them, we even handle all the legalities. It’s a really cool product for companies or individuals, like client gifts, employee gifts, special events, parties and weddings.”

Pridey said the custom labeling program is based on the winemakers’ available product. Twisted Roots produces about 1,000 cases a year, or about 35 barrels, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Chardonnay and Twisted Roots’ signature “1918” Old Vine Zinfandel. In addition, they need a lead time of three to six months, to allow for bottling and design decisions.

Twisted Roots has already completed several projects and is ready to take on orders. Cost varies according to what varietal is selected.

“We’re ready to rock!” he said. “It’s a really cool product and is a really great deal if you want volume. It looks like they made the wine themselves!”

To order your own custom-labeled bottles of Twisted Roots wine, go to twistedrootsvineyard.com or call (831) 594-8282.

About Twisted Roots

Centered in the heart of the Lodi appellation, Twisted Roots Vineyard is the work of three generations of family members dedicated to the practice of growing great wine grapes following sustainable growing practices. While the family established the vineyard in 1918, it wasn’t until recently that they began producing their own wines.

The Twisted Roots Vineyard label started with a Petite Sirah in 2005 produced by Ross Schmiedt, as a result of an overabundance of Petite Sirah on the vineyard. In 2009, production was expanded to include other varietals grown on the estate, while the wine making was moved from the old farmhouse, to their partners at Estate Crush in Lodi. Even though their famous Petite Sirah will always continue to be their flagship variety, Twisted Roots also offers a Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Old Vine Zinfandel.

Twisted Roots Wine LLC, was incorporated in 2010 by partners Josh Ruiz, Mike Hodge and Ross Schmiedt. Ross passed away in March of 2014 and will always be remembered for his contributions to making Twisted Roots what it is today.

In January of 2016, Josh and Julie bought Twisted Roots from the family. A few months later, the Twisted Roots partnership took on a new look as college friends Andy Gulley (wife Laura) of Fresno, Matt Brem (wife Laura) of Salinas, and Neil Amarante of Paso Robles joined Josh and Julie in an effort to help grow the business.

Also joining the partnership is Whitney Pridey (husband Matt) of Salinas who is the current wine club manager and also the sister of Matt Brem.

Each partner brings a unique skillset to that has proven to be invaluable in helping Twisted Roots reach its goals.

Twisted Roots has two tasting rooms, one in Lodi, where Twisted Roots Vineyards was born, and a recently renovated one in Carmel Valley.

Contact:

Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

http://www.twistedrootsvineyard.com/

Singer-Songwriter Brooke Josephson Teams up with Producer Rocky G for “Mr. Fix It” (Remix) – Out 11/16/18!

“Mr. Fix It” (Rocky G Remix) Music Video Available 11/8/18!

Los Angeles, CA, November 04, 2018 – Singer-songwriter Brooke Josephson is on the rise with her charismatic lyricism and infectious melodies. After the release of her pop-rock EP, “Sexy N Domesticated”, Brooke teamed up with house producer Rocky Gto create the remix of her “Mr. Fix It” single. The electro house remix will be available on all digital stores and online streaming platforms on November 16, 2018. To excite fans for the new release, Brooke will be dropping a music video to accompany the single on November 8th.

November marks the one-year anniversary for the release of the original track “Mr. Fix It” (2017). The song taunts female domestication and encourages women to finda man that caters tothe woman’s needs.In the remix, Rocky G opens with a progressive build that’sfilled with dreamy vocals and echoic synths. The hook then slams into hard-hitting drums and awakening sirens for a big-room styled drop.

In the music video, Josephson is dressed in a white furry coat and wears a pair of vibrant kaleidoscope glasses. She stands in front of a mesmerizing LED background that fades between a shimmering skyline. You see Brooke’s 9-year-old daughter, Shira,bust out her moves and even drop to the floor for some breakdancing.Her LED kicks add a new visual component to the scene. A live video of one of Rocky G’s DJ setsintermingles throughout the entire piece.

Electronic producer, Rocky G began her career in Portugal in 2008. In 2010 she was an ambassador and resident DJ on international tours for brands such as Red Bull, Ministry of Sound, and others. Rocky G saw success from her 2017 remix to Camila Cabello’s “Havana”, which racked over 1.5 million streams. Currently based in Amsterdam, Rocky G continues to create unforgettable and energetic tracks.

About Brooke Josephson:

From her expressive music, captivating videos, to her heaping media support,

Brooke proves she is a force to be reckoned with. Born and raised in small-town Warsaw, Indiana, Brooke earned a scholarship to pursue Vocal Performance at a Liberal Arts College in the area. During her time there, she performed Handel’s Messiah at Carnegie Hall in New York City and toured with the all girls group Agape for three years. Soon after, she became a principal performer at The Round Barn Theatre. This opened the door for Brooke to move to New York City where she worked as a singer and actress. Josephson landed roles on All My Children (ABC), Bones (FOX),Disney’s Enchanted, and others. After settling down with her husband Barry Josephson (TV/Film Producer) and earning her Masters certificate in songwriting from Berklee School of Music, Brooke self-released her debut EP Live and Let Live in 2013.

With her latest 2018 EP Sexy N’ Domesticated, Josephson hopes to empower women balancing their personal lives while working full-time. Brooke’s cutting edge and crisp music videos received various awards for the performance and cinematography. The title-track “Sexy N’ Domesticated” received the Global Music Award for songwriting and best music video. “SN’D” also received Best Performer by American Tracks Music Awards, and received best video from Los Angeles CineFest,Western NY Film, Art, and Music Event (Fame), International Independent Film Awards, and others.

Brooke’s charisma on the TV screen not only follows her in her music videos, but also her live performances. Already, the LA based artist has played at some of Southern California’s notable venues such as; House of Blues (Anaheim), The Mint, Peppermint Club, to name a few. Josephson is definitely an artist that will take full grip of her audience and showcase a stirring performance.

Connect With Brooke Josephson:

Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Spotify | Soundcloud

Contact:

Chip Schutzman

Miles High Productions

PO Box 93157

Hollywood CA 90093

323-806-0400

Chip@mileshighproductions.com

http://www.mileshighproductions.com

Carmel Academy of Performing Arts Announces Noted Chicago Area Dancer/Choreographer, Carmel Native and CAPA Alumni, Mackenzie King Will Hold Workshops, Performance in January 2019

The Carmel Academy of Performing Arts (CAPA) in partnership with Rockstar Dance Studio in Pacific Grove, has announced Moonwater Dance Project Artistic Director and Founder Mackenzie King, an alumni of CAPA, will perform and conduct a workshops on Jan. 9 and 12, 2019, in Pacific Grove and Carmel.

Carmel, CA, November 02, 2018 — The Carmel Academy of Performing Arts (CAPA) in partnership with Rockstar Dance Studio in Pacific Grove, has announced Moonwater Dance Project Artistic Director and Founder Mackenzie King, an alumni of CAPA, will perform and conduct a workshops on Jan. 9 and 12, 2019, in Pacific Grove and Carmel.

Chicago, Illinois-based Moonwater Dance Project is a contemporary dance company built on the idea that dance and humanity go hand in hand. Moonwater believes it is of the “utmost importance to focus on the ethical treatment of dancers through collaborative creation, showcasing the duality of strength and softness possessed by all individuals.”

Fostering the collaborative spirit intended by their mission, Moonwater joins with CAPA and Rockstar offering workshops at each studio. A contemporary partnering workshop from 4:30-6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019, at Rockstar Dance Studio, 510 Lighthouse Ave. #3 in Pacific Grove and building on the partnering workshop, King will offer a repertory workshop from 2-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at CAPA, Mission Street & Eighth Avenue in Carmel.

The Company will offer a public performance at the Carmel Academy of Performing Arts, 7:00 p.m., Saturday, January 12, with a Q&A session and reception following the performance.

The cost for a single workshop is $30. A package deal for both workshops is also available for $50, with a discounted ticket to the Jan. 12 performance for $15.

Tickets are available at http://www.moonwaterdanceproject.com

Workshop registration is available at both studios, Carmel Academy of Performing Arts (831) 624-3729 or Rockstar (831) 375-4200.

About Moonwater Dance Project

During a successful professional dance career, founder Mackenzie King experienced and witnessed personally, as did many of her colleagues, a disturbing climate in which individual talent and artistry are ignored, dancers minds and bodies not honored and disregard for personal spirit.

When Dana Alsamsam created Moonwater Dance Project and hired Mackenzie to be a part of a small, one-time performance, each of her dancer’s commitments and talent was valued by creating an artistic, emotional, and physically fulfilling performance piece. This fresh ideal, contrary to previous less collaborative experiences, left Mackenzie inspired and she vowed to keep that environment alive and growing. Ultimately Ms. Alsamsam generously gifted the name, as well as the company’s first piece of repertoire to Ms. King and Moonwater Dance Project was founded as a non-profit organization in 2018.

Mackenzie’s laser focus is on artistry, individuality and the ability to be vulnerable. Artists love what they do yet often are taken advantage of and receive far less than deserved. Ms. King’s dream is to honor the passion and sacrifice without lessening the quality of life.

The aesthetic of Moonwater Dance Project is similar to water and has a captivating duality, soft yet strong, nurturing and destructive; a force to be reckoned with, unpredictable and utterly calming.

Contact:

Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

http://www.moonwaterdanceproject.com

Mini Performance of Dance Kids’ ‘Nutcracker: A Monterey Peninsula Tradition,’ will be held Dec. 22 at Carmel Valley Ranch

Dance Kids of Monterey County, celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, announced that it will perform a mini version of its popular “Nutcracker: A Monterey Peninsula Tradition,” Dec. 22, at Carmel Valley Ranch.

Carmel, CA, October 30, 2018 — Dance Kids of Monterey County, celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, announced that it will perform a mini version of its popular “Nutcracker: A Monterey Peninsula Tradition,” Dec. 22, at Carmel Valley Ranch.

Due to renovations at the Ranch, the event will be held in the Golf Club House this year. The event will be held from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m., with the show beginning at 2:30 p.m.

A full production of Dance Kids’ “Nutcracker” will be performed Dec. 7-9 at the Sunset Center in Carmel. The full production features the 39-member Monterey County Pops! symphony orchestra conducted by Dr. Carl Christensen. And, for the first time, the production will feature a children’s choir performing onstage during Act I’s “Dance of the Snowflakes.”

About Dance Kids

With over 24 years of production history, Dance Kids of Monterey County, a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization founded by Richmond, is proud of its wide range of theatrical experience that support the youth of the Monterey Peninsula. In the early days, productions at the Carmel Ballet Academy included “Nutcracker” and original spring musicals written by Walt de Faria and a full-length spring ballet, produced at Sunset Center.

Dance Kids was known for fun-loving nostalgia surrounding the musical and drew from the community a range of young people and their families committed to theater. As it grew, its little venue could not handle the “Nutcracker” any longer, but continued at the venue for the spring musicals, until those too, outgrew the dance studio. “Nutcracker” moved to Sunset Center in 1995 and has remained there as its home venue except for the years the center was being remodeled.

Dance Kids “Nutcracker” has grown into a premier production eagerly awaited by cast and community. The original vision of Dance Kids of Monterey County has been honored as well as surpassed in the ensuing years. This year is one of pivotal change and growth.

Street Address:

Sunset Center, Cottage #17

San Carlos Street at 10th Ave.,

Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 6225

Carmel, CA 93921

Phone: (831) 622-9008

Fax: (831) 218-1293

Email: info@dancekids.org

Website: dancekids.org

Contact:

Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

http://www.dancekids.org

Chamber Music Monterey Bay presents Music from Copland House

“They played with exhilarating confidence and verve…fluid, fluent, and lithely balletic.” – The Strad

Carmel, CA, October 29, 2018 – Returning to Chamber Music Monterey Bay after their last performance in April of 2007, MUSIC FROM COPLAND HOUSE is the internationally-acclaimed touring ensemble-in-residence at Aaron Copland’s National Historic Landmark home near New York City, an award-winning creative center for American music (http://www.coplandhouse.org/). Hailed by The New York Times for “all the richness of its offerings” and “illuminating essential truths about music,” MCH occupies a special place as perhaps this country’s only wide-ranging American repertory ensemble. Provocatively uniting past and present, American and non-American, it journeys across 150 years of our nation’s rich musical legacy, reaching back deep into the 19th century and forward to just-completed compositions.

MCH has been engaged by Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Library of Congress, Yaleand the Smithsonian Institution’s Freer Gallery of Art, among many others. The ensemble records for Arabesque, Koch International, and Copland House Blend labels, and has just begun the 10th season of its popular main-stage concert series at the historic Merestead estate in New York’s lower Hudson Valley. Its live and recorded performances feature a stellar roster of award-winning founding, principal and guest artists. Inspired by Copland’s peerless, lifelong advocacy of American composers and their work, MCH commissions and premieres many new works andalso presents a wide variety of educational and community outreach activities across the U.S.

performing works by Shostakovich, Puts, Lam, and Fauré

7:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 3, 2018

(6:45p.m. Pre-Concert Talk with musicologist Kai Christiansen)

Sunset Center, Carmel

Clarinetist ALEXANDER FITERSTEIN has performed in recital and with prestigious orchestras and chamber music ensembles throughout the world. As a soloist, he has appeared with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Lincoln Center, Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela, Tokyo and Belgrade Philharmonics and many others. A dedicated performer of chamber music, he frequently collaborates with distinguished musicians and ensembles, and performs at esteemed chamber music festivals and societies. He taught at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and is Professor of Clarinet at Baltimore’s Peabody Conservatory.

Violinist CURTIS MACOMBER is a member of Da Capo Chamber Players, the Manhattan String Quartet, and Walden Chamber Players and a founder of the Apollo Trio. Previously, he was a member of the pioneering Speculum Musicae, and, as a member of the New World String Quartet, performed on nearly all of America’s leading concert series and toured widely abroad. He is on the chamber music faculty of The Juilliard School, his alma mater, and the violin faculties of both the Manhattan School of Music and Mannes College of Music, and has also taught at the Tanglewood, Taos, and Yellow Barn Music Festivals. Among one of today’s most versatile performers, his extensive discography includes core repertory and critically-praised recordings of hundreds of contemporary solo and chamber works.

Cellist ALEXIS PIA GERLACH has appeared extensively in recitals and as a soloist with orchestras around the U.S. and the world. As a sought-after chamber musician, she performs at the Marlboro, Aspen, Bridgehampton, La Musica di Asolo and Caramoor Festivals, and as a Guest Artist with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. She is a founder of Trio Solisti and the string sextet Concertante. She has also commissioned new works from Kevin Puts, Richard Danielpour, and Paul Moravec, among many others.

Pianist and Copland House Artistic and Executive Director MICHAEL BORISKIN has performed in over 30 countries, at Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, BBC, London’s Wigmore Hall, among many others. He has appeared extensively as soloist with leading international orchestras and as guest artist with the Borromeo, Lark, St. Lawrence, and St. Petersburg String Quartets, Dorian and Sylvan Wind Quintets, and New York Philharmonic Ensembles, and served as Music Director of Mikhail Baryshnikov’s fabled White Oak Dance Project. He has recorded widely on Naxos, SONY, New World, Albany, and Bridge and is a frequent presence as a performer, host, and commentator on NPR and American Public Media.

Join Chamber Music Monterey Bay for a riveting program that includes:

Piano Trio No. 1 in C minor, op. 8 (1923) by Dmitri Shostakovich

Living Frescoes(2012) by Kevin Puts

Fragrance of the Sea (2017)by Angel Lam

Piano Trio in D Minor, op. 120 (1923) by Gabriel Fauré

Living Frescoes was inspired Bill Viola’s 2002 video art installation Going Forth by Day, a series of five looped digital “frescoes” which explore themes of human existence: individuality, society, death, rebirth. The performance will feature a unique multi-media component.

Commissioned by Chamber Music Monterey Bay as part of a larger commissioning project entitled The Arc of Life, Living Frescoes was an idea conceived by CMMB Artistic Director Emerita Amy Anderson who commissioned composers Christopher Theofanidis, Joan Tower, George Tsontakis and Kevin Puts to create works related in some way to Mr. Viola’s Going Forth by Day. It was premiered on October 12, 2012 by Trio Solisti, (Maria Bachmann, violin; Alexis Pia Gerlach, cello; Jon Klibonoff, piano) joined by clarinetist Jon Manasse. Ms. Gerlach returns to Carmel for a second performance of Living Frescoes as a member of Music for Copland House.

Please contact Tammy Moore at tammy@dworkincompany.com for additional quotes or interview opportunities with the artists.

Music from Copland House will visit Monterey High School on Friday, November 2 for two interactive student outreach sessions with music teacher Bob Aguilar and his music students in advanced and beginningstring classes as part of Chamber Music Monterey Bay’s Visiting Artists Outreach program.

Learn more about the music on the program by attending Chamber Music Monterey Bay’s popular pre-concert lecture with musicologist Kai Christiansen at 6:45 p.m.

Kids up Front and Free! Students in grades 3-12 and music teachers receive FREE tickets. $15.00 discounted tickets are available for their adult companions through Chamber Music Monterey Bay’s education program. Experience the concert up close.

Ticket prices: $33.00 – $52.00; $15.00 for adult students under 30 years of age and active military.Tickets are available at ChamberMusicMontereyBay.org or (831) 625-2212. Box office opens at 5:45 p.m. on the day of the concert.

Chamber Music Monterey Bay is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve the tradition of live classical chamber music performance and explore the evolution of this intimate art form through commissions of new compositions and local educational outreach.

Contact:

Andrew T. Sudol

Executive Director

asudol@chambermusicmontereybay.org

(831) 625-2212

For more information, visit the following links:

Music from Copland House

Michael Boriskin

Alexis Pia Gerlach

Curtis Macomber

Alexander Fiterstein

Piano Trio No. 1 in C minor, op. 8 (1923) by Dmitri Shostakovich

Living Frescoes(2012) by Kevin Puts

Fragrance of the Sea (2017)by Angel Lam

Piano Trio in D Minor, op. 120 (1923) by Gabriel Fauré

Contact:

Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

http://www.chambermusicmontereybay.org

Monterey Symphony’s 2018-2019 Season, ‘Sound Waves,’ Concert #2 Nov. 17-18, Features Acclaimed Flutist Carol Wincenc

Monterey Symphony’s 2018-19 Season, “Sound Waves,” continues Nov. 17-18 with concert #2, at the Sunset Center in Carmel

Monterey, CA, October 26, 2018 — Monterey Symphony’s 2018-19 Season, “Sound Waves,” continues Nov. 17-18 with concert #2, at the Sunset Center in Carmel, and features acclaimed flutist Carol Wincenc performing with the Symphony and members of the Youth Music Monterey County Honors Orchestra.

Wincenc, professor of flute at Juilliard, joins the orchestra for Carl Nielsen’s “Flute Concerto,” composed in 1926 for the legendary flautist M. Holger-Gilbert Jespersen. Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4, Op. 36 — often referred to as the “Fate” symphony because of the dark undertones — headlines the second concert of the season. Written in the shadow of Beethoven’s masterful Symphony No. 5, Tchaikovsky echoes the great master’s melancholy in this hallmark orchestral work.

This concert will also feature members of the Youth Music Monterey County Honors Orchestra playing side-by-side on Hector Berlioz’s Overture, Le corsaire, Op. 21, which, like the Tchaikovsky symphony, was also composed during a period of great despair.

During the season, one hour prior to every performance there will be pre-concert lectures in the Hall of Sunset Center.

KAZU will be rebroadcasting the Saturday, November 17 concert on both Saturday, December 1 at 4:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 2 at 4:00 p.m.

All concerts during Monterey Symphony’s 2018-19 season will be held at the Sunset Center in Carmel and conducted by Symphony Music Director Max Bragado-Darman, except for concert number four, March 16-17, 2019, which will be guest conducted by Jung-Ho Pak. All concerts in the season will be held at 8 p.m. Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays at Sunset Center.

In addition, throughout each concert season, special events are held to benefit the nonprofit Monterey Symphony orchestra, and to provide educational and social opportunities for Symphony patrons. This season features a music course and a composer discussion, opening night party, luncheons with the Friends of the Monterey Symphony, Supper Clubs at the best local restaurants, and Gala by the Bay at the Monterey Bay Aquarium on May 3, 2019.

To purchase tickets for concert this concert go to www.montereysymphony.org

For a complete list of special events, go to https://www.montereysymphony.org/special-events.htm.

About the Monterey Symphony

The mission of the Monterey Symphony is to engage, educate and excite our community through the performance and continual discovery of symphonic music.

The Monterey Symphony, under the artistic leadership of Music Director & Conductor Max Bragado-Darman, is the only fully professional, full-season orchestra serving the communities of the Monterey Bay, Salinas, Salinas Valley, Big Sur, and San Benito County. It provides double performances of a six-concert subscription series at Carmel’s Sunset Theater, as well as youth education programs that include in-class visits and culminate in full-orchestra concerts for school children.

The Monterey Symphony is a nonprofit, public benefit corporation, supported through various generous individuals and through grants and corporate gifts from The Arts Council of Monterey County, The Berkshire Foundation, The Barnet Segal Charitable Trust, California Arts Council, The Community Foundation for Monterey County, The Harden Foundation, Monterey Peninsula Foundation, Music Performance Trust Fund, Nancy Buck Ransom Foundation, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, The Pebble Beach Company Foundation, S.T.A.R. Foundation, The Robert and Virginia Stanton Endowment, Taylor Farms, Union Bank, The Yellow Brick Road Foundation and many others.

For additional information, please call 831-646-8511 or visit the website: www.montereysymphony.org.

Contact:

Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

http://www.montereysymphony.org

Monterey Symphony’s 2018-2019 Season, ‘Sound Waves,’ Features Number of Special Events, Including Luncheons, Dinners, Talks and Seasons-End Benefit Gala November Events Announced

In addition to its six concerts, the Monterey Symphony’s 2018-19 Season, Sound Waves, includes a number of special events, including luncheons, dinners, lectures and an end-of-season gala at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Monterey, CA, October 25, 2018 — In addition to its six concerts, the Monterey Symphony’s 2018-19 Season, Sound Waves, includes a number of special events, including luncheons, dinners, lectures and an end-of-season gala at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

This season features a music course and a composer discussion, an opening night party, luncheons with the Friends of the Monterey Symphony, Supper Clubs at the best local restaurants, and Gala by the Bay at the Monterey Bay Aquarium on May 3, 2019.

The Symphony’s six-concert season opens Oct. 20-21 and ends May 18-19, 2019, with all concerts at the Sunset Center in Carmel. All concerts in the season will be held at 8 p.m. Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays at Sunset Center.

For a complete list of special events and to buy tickets, go to https://www.montereysymphony.org/special-events.htm.

The Symphony’s 73rd season special events:

November Luncheon

November 15, 2018 11:30 a.m.

Beach House at Lovers Point, Pacific Grove

Join the Friends of the Monterey Symphony for a preview luncheon. Support classical music, enjoy great food and company, and engage with guest artists from the upcoming concert. Cost: $50 per person.

11:30 a.m. – Check-in/No Host Cocktails

11:45 a.m. – Luncheon

1:00 p.m. – Guest Speaker Presentation

November Supper Club

November 18, 2018 5:30 p.m.

Il Fornaio, Carmel-by-the-Sea

Join the Monterey Symphony at a delightful Italian Supper Club for the beginning of the holiday season, ending each Symphony weekend with a sizzling and sumptuous supper for the senses.

The Supper Clubs are on sale now for $75 per person. Supper Clubs include appetizers and wine upon arrival followed by a gourmet three-course dinner with several entrees to chose from. The Supper Club price will be $75 after October 7, 2018.- delete

February Luncheon

February 14, 2019 11:30 a.m.

Schooner’s Coastal Kitchen & Bar, Cannery Row, Monterey

Join the Friends of the Monterey Symphony for a preview luncheon. Support classical music, enjoy great food and company, and engage with guest artists from the upcoming concert. Cost: $50 per person

11:30 a.m. – No Host Cocktails

12:15 p.m. – Luncheon

1:15 p.m. – Guest Speaker Presentation

February Supper Club

February 17, 2019 5:30 p.m.

Location: Sunset Center, Carmel

Join the Monterey Symphony at the Sunday Supper Club, ending each Symphony weekend with a sizzling and sumptuous supper for the senses.

The Supper Clubs are on sale now for $75 per person. Supper Clubs include appetizers and wine upon arrival followed by a gourmet three-course dinner with several entrees to chose from. The Supper Club price will be $75 after October 7, 2018.- delete

March Luncheon

March 14, 2019 11:30 a.m.

Location: Beach and Tennis Club, Pebble Beach

Join the Friends of the Monterey Symphony for a preview luncheon. Support classical music, enjoy great food and company, and engage with guest artists from the upcoming concert. Cost: $50 per person

11:30 a.m. – No Host Cocktails

12:15 p.m. – Luncheon

1:15 p.m. – Guest Speaker Presentation

March Supper Club

March 17, 2019 5:30 p.m.

Anton & Michel, Carmel-by-the-Sea

Join the Monterey Symphony for a gourmet dinner overlooking the Court of the Fountains at Anton & Michel at Sunday Supper Club, ending each Symphony weekend with a sizzling and sumptuous supper for the senses.

The Supper Clubs are on sale now for $75 per person. Supper Clubs include appetizers and wine upon arrival followed by a gourmet three-course dinner with several entrees to chose from. The Supper Club price will be $75 after October 7, 2018.- delete

April Luncheon

April 11, 2019 11:30 a.m.

MPCC Ballroom

Join the Friends of the Monterey Symphony for a preview luncheon. Support classical music, enjoy great food and company, and engage with guest artists from the upcoming concert. Cost: $50 per person

11:30 a.m. – No Host Cocktails

12:15 p.m. – Luncheon

1:15 p.m. – Guest Speaker Presentation

April Supper Club

April 14, 2019 5:30 p.m.

PortaBella, Carmel-by-the-Sea

Join the Monterey Symphony for a spring party in the dining room of PortaBella, “The Quintessential Carmel Restaurant,” at this Sunday Supper Club, ending each Symphony weekend with a sizzling and sumptuous supper for the senses.

The Supper Clubs are on sale now for $75 per person. Supper Clubs include appetizers and wine upon arrival followed by a gourmet three-course dinner with several entrees to chose from. The Supper Club price will be $75 after October 7, 2018.- delete

Gala By The Bay

May 3, 2019 6:00-10 p.m.

Monterey Bay Aquarium, Cannery Row, Monterey

Join the Monterey Symphony in a celebration of the stunning natural and artistic beauty of the Monterey Bay. Enjoy a gourmet seated dinner, delicious wines and private access to the renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium and its Open Ocean exhibit. Live auction and musical moments with our own Symphony performers await you, with ocean-themed surprises and more. All proceeds benefit the Monterey Symphony and our Music for the Schools initiative. Tickets: $250.

May Luncheon

May 16, 2019 11:30 a.m.

MPCC Beach House, 3000 Club Road, Pebble Beach

Join the Friends of the Monterey Symphony for a preview luncheon. Support classical music, enjoy great food and company, and engage with guest artists from the upcoming concert. Cost: $50 per person.

11:30 a.m. – No Host Cocktails

12:15 p.m. – Luncheon

1:15 p.m. – Guest Speaker Presentation

About the Monterey Symphony

The mission of the Monterey Symphony is to engage, educate and excite our community through the performance and continual discovery of symphonic music.

The Monterey Symphony, under the artistic leadership of Music Director & Conductor Max Bragado-Darman, is the only fully professional, full-season orchestra serving the communities of the Monterey Bay, Salinas, Salinas Valley, Big Sur, and San Benito County. It provides double performances of a six-concert subscription series at Carmel’s Sunset Theater, as well as youth education programs that include in-class visits and culminate in full-orchestra concerts for school children.

The Monterey Symphony is a nonprofit, public benefit corporation, supported through various generous individuals and through grants and corporate gifts from The Arts Council of Monterey County, The Berkshire Foundation, The Barnet Segal Charitable Trust, California Arts Council, The Community Foundation for Monterey County, The Harden Foundation, Monterey Peninsula Foundation, Music Performance Trust Fund, Nancy Buck Ransom Foundation, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, The Pebble Beach Company Foundation, S.T.A.R. Foundation, The Robert and Virginia Stanton Endowment, Taylor Farms, Union Bank, The Yellow Brick Road Foundation and many others.

For additional information, please call 831-646-8511 or visit the website: www.montereysymphony.org.

Contact:

Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

http://www.montereysymphony.org

Viv Storms Fine Jewelry Donating Percentage of First Month’s Sales to Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles

Following the successful launch of her fine art jewelry line, entrepreneur, fine art gallery owner, jewelry designer and devoted mother Viv Storms is giving back.

Los Angeles, California, October 25, 2018 — Following the successful launch of her fine art jewelry line, entrepreneur, fine art gallery owner, jewelry designer and devoted mother Viv Storms is giving back. Viv Storms Fine Jewelry is donating 5% of their first month’s sales to Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles, helping to grant more life-changing wishes to children with critical illnesses.

Photographed: Viv Storms, Mike Kallhoff (CEO & President, Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles), Frances Mojica (VP, Development, Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles)

“I’ve always admired the extraordinary work being carried out by Make-A-Wish. Children bless us with joy and unconditional love and that’s why it’s such an honor to be contributing to the efforts of this great foundation,” said Viv Storms, CEO and designer of Viv Storms Fine Jewelry. “Giving back to children in need was something I promised myself I would do upon launching my jewelry line. I’m glad I was able to make a difference.”

“It’s only through the commitment of supporters like Viv Storms that Make-A-Wish is able to achieve our mission,” said Frances Mojica, VP, Development, Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles. “We greatly appreciate her generous gift and look forward to creating even more life-changing wishes for children throughout LA with her support.”

Viv Storms Fine Jewelry features sophisticated fine jewelry designs showcasing the unparalleled artwork of cold-glass artist Jack Storms. Having heard countless mentions of how Jack’s artwork improved and enlightened the hearts and lives of many, Vivian felt compelled to offer those who love the medium a chance to own a piece of Jack’s fine art.

Since Jack Storms’ sculptures are fairly large and out of reach for many of its admirers, Vivian’s vision was to allow greater accessibility to her ex-husband’s art through the creation of more affordable and wearable fine art jewelry.

Each of the Viv Storms Fine Jewelry pieces is unique and imbued with Jack Storms fine art crystal stones made of optical crystal and dichroic glass to create captivating kaleidoscopic cores that outshine even the brightest diamonds. Fifty times more intricate than one of Jack Storms’ cold-glass sculptures, these fine art crystal stones truly embody the beauty and complexity of his larger-scale artwork.

Thanks to Vivian’s love and unequalled passion and enthusiasm for designing, Viv Storms Fine Jewelry is finally available for pre-sale purchase at a 25% discount through November 30, 2018. For more information, please visit www.vivstorms.com.

About Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles

Founded in 1983, Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. The LA chapter has granted nearly 10,000 wishes to children in Los Angeles County. The chapter grants over 300 wishes each year, and facilitates nearly as many wishes for children from all over the world whose wish is to come to Los Angeles.

Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles is an independent 501(c)(3) that is part of Make-A-Wish America, a national organization that oversees 62 chapters across the country. Make-A-Wish America is one of the world’s leading children’s charities, serving children in every community in the United States and its territories.

For more information, visit www.la.wish.org.

Contact:

Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

http://www.la.wish.org

9th Annual Carmel Jewish Film Festival From Hollywood to Bollywood Award-Winning Movies, Speakers, Receptions March 2-17, 2019

The 9th Annual Carmel Jewish Film Festival (CJFF), featuring eight films from six countries, noted speakers, and panel discussions, will be held March 2-17, 2019.

Los Angeles, CA, October 16, 2018 – The 9th Annual Carmel Jewish Film Festival (CJFF), featuring eight films from six countries, noted speakers, and panel discussions, will be held March 2-17, 2019. Film information, dates, venues and times can be found on the website (www.carmeljff.org) starting on January 1. Tickets go on sale January 1 either through the CJFF website or by calling (800) 838-3006.

Festival highlights include:

-Opening Night (March 2) documentary Carl Laemmle about the man who began the Hollywood film studio industry followed by Q &A with Greg Laemmle, President of Laemmle Theaters in Los Angeles.

-The return to the CJFF of two notable award-winning film makers: Roberta Grossman and Dani Menkin.

Grossman (Hava Nagila: The Movie, Above & Beyond) will discuss her award-winning documentary Who Will Write Our History on Sunday afternoon, March 3. The film transports its viewers inside the Warsaw Ghetto, where a group of journalists, scholars, and community leaders secretly buried documents which are later discovered after the war.

Dani Menkin, (Dolphin Boy, On the Map) returns with his film A Picture of His Life, a documentary about world renowned underwater wildlife photographer and Pacific Grove resident Amos Nachoum. Both Menkin and Nachoum will participate in a Q & A following the film on Saturday evening, March 9.

-Partnering with The Village Project, Inc., there will be a screening on Sunday, March 10 of the Dutch film, An Act of Defiance, a nail-biting political thriller that explores the dark period in South Africa’s recent history, when 10 political activists, including Nelson Mandela, face a possible death sentence after being arrested by the apartheid government.

-Closing Night (March 17) reception with Indian food and dancing preceding Shalom Bollywood, a film about the role of Jewish women in the early Bollywood industry.

As the only Jewish film festival in Monterey County, we serve all residents in efforts to promote understanding, respect, and cooperation through education using the medium of film. While informed by a uniquely Jewish sensibility, our films communicate themes and messages with universal appeal to a wide audience drawn from the Monterey Peninsula and beyond. Our festival’s accompanying programs further engage mind and heart through discussion and social interaction. We hope that our festival will help bridge cultural and religious differences and contribute to solidarity and peace.

Contact: Susan Greenbaum

831-277-3211

greenbaumcarmel@sbcglobal.net

Additional information about all films and events, including ticket prices, can be found on the Carmel Jewish Film Festival website (www.carmeljff.org).

Contact:

Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

http://www.carmeljff.org