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Indie Films for Raging Artists Everywhere PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marjorie Giberson   
Monday, 06 February 2012 08:53

LOS ANGELES, CA, January 31, 2012 – As part of its expansion into the entertainment arena, Raging Artists, Inc. has announced the establishment of a division dedicated to the development, production and promotion of independent films. These three components are not mutually exclusive, according to founder Hershel Rephun. “Returning from Sundance, it was clear to us that the opportunity exists to nurture unique ideas and content with the potential to reach a broad audience,” he said, “whether we are involved at the promotion stage or as early as development.”

Known for marketing broadcast and Web content from a wide range of companies in commercial production, post, and fashion, Raging Artists has an unusual perspective on the relationship between brands and artists.

“We’re starting with a few properties that are fully produced but can benefit from bold, strategic promotion,” said Partner/CEO Juicy Diaz. “Whether it’s a documentary dealing with special needs like GORK! – which had no brand involvement – or a couple of films sponsored by brands but which retain an independent spirit, we can help them reach their audiences.” Diaz noted that courage and freedom are two traits that hit home for Raging Artists. “The unifying element is fearlessness,” he said. “We aren’t traditional, not in our culture, not in our content. So we’re seeking out people who mirror that dynamic in the work they do.”

Produced by Bottoms Up Productions and directed by Devon Terrill, “GORK!” won the Audience Choice award and Interrobang Film Festival and screened at the Landlocked Film Festival, both in the summer of 2011 (due to overflow crowds, the fest held an encore screening of the film last September). The documentary turns a spotlight on Terrill’s outrageous, charismatic, and perplexing younger brother Adam, his challenges and disabilities, and his impact on the dynamic of his 7-member family. It is a film that has garnered accolades from critics and audiences alike for its frankness and its willingness to challenge the status quo. “GORK!” and Raging Artists are gearing up for a May 2012 DVD release and accompanying campaign.

“There is a sense of urgency at our company and I think that’s worked to our advantage, with PR, marketing, even standup comedy,” said Partner/CFO Ernie Noh. “We like to do, not talk. This quote is already too long.”

 
“LOVE NEVER DIES” – ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER’S HIGHLY ANTICIPATED MUSICAL PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Scoop Marketing   
Monday, 06 February 2012 08:27
“LOVE NEVER DIES” – ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER’S HIGHLY ANTICIPATED MUSICAL MAKES ITS U.S. DEBUT IN EXCLUSIVE MOVIE THEATER EVENT ON FEB. 28 AT 7:30 PM LOCAL TIME
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Encore Presentation on Wednesday, March 7 at 7:30 pm Local Time.
Making its first appearance in the United States, NCM Fathom and Omniverse Vision present Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies, the long awaited continuation to The Phantom of the Opera. A fully-staged production pre-recorded at The Regent Theatre in Melbourne, Australia, Love Never Dies features a 21-piece orchestra and an impressive cast of 36 including actors Ben Lewis as the Phantom and Anna O’Byrne as Christine Daaé. This exclusive event will include an in-depth interview with Andrew Lloyd Webber as well as behind-the-scenes footage following Lloyd Webber on set as he provides creative direction to the cast and crew of Love Never Dies.
Tickets are available at participating box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com. For a complete list of theater locations and prices, please visit http://www.fathomevents.com/theatrelist/loveneverdies.pdf?eventid=1066 (theaters and participants may be subject to change).
Average ticket price is $18.
Photos are available for download at: http://www.ncm.com/photos-loveneverdies
Andrew Llyoyd Webber's Love Never Dies will be playing at the following theaters in your area:

RAVE: Davenport 53 18 with IMAX 3601 E 53Rd St Davenport IA 52807
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s
Love Never Dies Makes Its U.S. Debut Only
In Movie Theaters in Exclusive February Event
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Following the Success of “The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall”25th Anniversary Event, NCM Fathom and Omniverse Vision Bring Highly Anticipated Musical to Select Movie Theaters Nationwide for Limited Showings

Centennial, Colo. – Feb. 2, 2012 – Making its first appearance in the United States, NCM Fathom and Omniverse Vision present Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies, the long awaited continuation to The Phantom of the Opera, in a fully-staged production pre-recorded at The Regent Theatre in Melbourne, Australia. This exclusive showing of Love Never Dies will be broadcast to select U.S. movie theaters for two nights only beginning with the premiere event on Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 7:30 p.m. local time; followed by an encore presentation on Wednesday, March 7. This exclusive event will include an in-depth interview with Andrew Lloyd Webber as well as behind-the-scenes footage following Lloyd Webber on set as he provides creative direction to the cast and crew of Love Never Dies.
Tickets for Love Never Dies are available now at participating theater box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com. For a complete list of theater locations and prices, visit the NCM Fathom website (theaters and participants are subject to change). The event will be broadcast to more than 500 select movie theaters across the country through NCM’s exclusive Digital Broadcast Network.
“I’m incredibly proud and honoured to be able to bring this production to U.S. cinemas nationwide,” said Lloyd Webber. “I hope very much that audiences take Love Never Dies to their hearts in the same way they have The Phantom of the Opera.”
Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies is a mesmerizing follow-up to the award winning Phantom of the Opera, featuring a 21-piece orchestra and an impressive cast of 36 including actors Ben Lewis as the Phantom and Anna O’Byrne as Christine Daaé. The cinematic production, directed by Brett Sullivan, will enchant audiences bringing them into a world of passion, obsession and romance. The captivating love story of the Phantom and Christine continues in New York’s playground, Coney Island. After his disappearance from the Paris Opera house, the Phantom begins a new life in New York amongst the freaks and side shows. The only thing missing from his new life is musical protégée Christine.  In an effort to win back his love, the Phantom lures Christine and her family to this new sparkling unknown world.
“The very best of Broadway is coming to local movie theaters again in this once-in-lifetime opportunity to see the next chapter in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom saga, Love Never Dies,” said Dan Diamond, senior vice president of Fathom. “This Fathom event gives fans their first chance to see this highly anticipated musical long before it opens in the U.S.”
Recently, Fathom and Omniverse Vision presented The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall in select theaters last October and Les Misérables in Concert – The 25th Anniversary Event in November 2010. The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall will be available on DVD in February.

 
The perfect Valentine's Day PDF Print E-mail
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Written by QCSO   
Friday, 03 February 2012 15:51

The Quad City Symphony Orchestra is hosting a Valentine's Day Gala on Saturday, February 11, at the hip and historic Hotel Blackhawk in Davenport. This black-tie optional event begins at 4:30 PM with hosted beer and wine, delicious appetizers, and a live jazz trio, followed by a latin-infused gourmet dinner in the luxuriant Gold Room.

 

The $125 reservation includes tickets to the QCSO's Valentine's Day concert down the hall in the Adler Theatre featuring romantic favorites including Scheherazade, Bolero, and the Concierto de Aranjuez with guitarist Robert Belinic.

 

After the concert you are welcomed back to the Gold Room where you can dance the night away to the sultry sounds of the Candymakers and savor an assortment of delectable desserts.

 

Silent auction items include an all-expense paid, three-night trip for two to Riviera Maya, Mexico; an authentic Italian dinner for 10 prepared by QCSO Music Director Mark Russell Smith; a $5,000 diamond pendant courtesy of Holland Jewelers, and more....

 

Click here to make your reservations or call 563.322.QCSO.

 

Overnight accommodations at the Hotel Blackhawk are available at an exclusive QCSO rate; call 563.322.5000 to find out more.

 

All funds raised at the Valentine's Day Gala support the many cultural and educational endeavors of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra.

 
LOOKING FOR PIANO PLAYERS - Piano Celebration gearing up for another successful event in 2012 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jim Foster   
Friday, 03 February 2012 13:49

Piano Celebration, hosted by Piano for a Richer Life, is looking for piano players of all levels to perform!  Last year over 400 talented local celebrities, student pianists and piano enthusiasts of all ages performed at Northpark Mall in Davenport with a dual purpose: to raise funds to support Ronald McDonald House and get the message out that piano study equals brain development!

Iowa City Ronald McDonald House serves the families of thousands of children suffering from critical conditions.  The House receives no state or federal tax dollars, relying 100% on private gifts.

Numerous University studies prove that piano study leads to increased brain development, academic achievement and builds confidence while keeping you happy and healthy.  “Piano Celebration helps to get the important message out – while raising substantial dollars for Ronald McDonald House in Iowa City,” quotes Jim Foster, the spokesman for Piano for a Richer Life.

The event will take place on Saturday, April 21st 10am-5pm and Sunday, April 22nd noon-5pm at Northpark Mall in Davenport, Iowa. Three conservatory grand pianos will be placed outside of Dillard’s, Younkers and JC Penny’s stores.

Contact Lynn Kroeger at 563-285-8421 to schedule a performance time or to give a financial contribution. Donations can also be made during the performances at any of the three concert locations.

Over the past 9 years Piano Celebration has raised over $248,000 for Iowa City’s Ronald McDonald House, and this year the goal is $35,000.  Admission is free and the public is welcome!

 
CELEBRATED FOLK MUSICIAN FROM FINLAND AND NEW FINNISH-AMERICAN BAND TO PERFORM IN DAVENPORT PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jonathan Rundman   
Tuesday, 31 January 2012 14:11
Minneapolis, MN – World-renown Finnish composer and master fiddler Arto Järvelä will tour the Midwest USA this March in support of his new solo album Arto Järvelä plays Fiddle, Volume 2.
Joining Järvelä on tour will be the new Finnish-American acoustic folk band Kaivama. The Minneapolis-based duo of fiddler Sara Pajunen and multi-instrumentalist Jonathan Rundman released their self-titled debut CD in June of 2011 and have spent the past year on tour from coast to coast.
The artists will play individual sets, as well as collaborating together during the performances.
SATURDAY, MARCH 10th, doors 7:30PM, music 8PM
all ages, $10 at the River Music Experience: Performance Hall, 129 N. Main Street, Davenport IA 52801
About Arto Järvelä:
Multi-instrumentalist and composer, Arto Järvelä is one of Finland's most accomplished folk musicians and a third generation fiddler in the Kaustinen tradition. He has represented Finnish music and culture in more than 30 countries and returns to the United States after previous tours with the legendary Finnish fiddle band JPP, as well as a solo 2009 artist-in-residence position at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago.
About Kaivama:
Finnish-American musicians Sara Pajunen and Jonathan Rundman have teamed up to form a new folk music duo called KAIVAMA. The name KAIVAMA stems from the Finnish word “kaivaa:” to delve or dig. Pajunen’s unique prowess on the fiddle and Rundman’s versatility on guitar, harmonium, piano, and banjo allow KAIVAMA to explore a surprising variety of sonic textures. Audiences from performance halls to folk festivals to rock clubs are captivated by this duo’s instrumental skill and fresh approach in creating music that is alternately joyous, primitive, experimental, haunting, and time-honored.

 
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