Liberty Hill adds awardee, presenters, and musical guest to annual Upton Sinclair Dinner April 22

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Liberty Hill Foundation’s annual Upton Sinclair Dinner celebrates and honors community leaders who are working on the frontlines of change for a more equitable city for all Angelenos. This year’s recipient of the namesake Upton Sinclair Award is the executive producer of high grossing comedies, The Hangover series, and juvenile justice reform champion Scott Budnick. Vice President of Local Public Affairs for Southern California Edison Veronica Gutierrez will receive the Founder’s Award and respected independent film producers Albert Berger & Ron Yerxa will receive the Creative Vision Award. Another award at this year’s dinner has just been announced: the Diversity in Philanthropy Award will be given to Kafi Blumenfield, who stepped down as President/CEO of Liberty Hill late last year.

The 2014 fundraising gala takes place on April 22 at the Beverly Hilton. Liberty Hill brings together community organizers, donor activists and allies advancing social justice, and expects more than 700 supporters to join in celebration of their 2014 honorees. All proceeds will support Liberty Hill’s mission of change, not charity. The event will feature a performance of the classic songs “See How We Are” and “Never Enough” by John Doe, a musician revered in Los Angeles for his work as a founder of the bands X and The Knitters and whose commitment to social justice has been integrally weaved into his songs for decades. Continue reading

SewDown Returns for LA Fashion Week Fall 2014 Heroes & Heroines Agency Present Atousa G’s Street Fashion Powered Show and Sale Set for March 15th

SewDown 14 flyer NewDesigner Atousa G’s Fashion Forward event, coproduced by Chaya Sarah Bacharach, SewDown returns for Los Angeles Fashion Week Fall 2014. Presented by Heroes & Heroines Agency, a new agency representing DJs, VJs, models and personalities, the popular and edgy show and sale will take place March 15 at 333 Live in Downtown Los Angeles, at 333 Boyleston Street, from 8pm – 2am. SewDown will feature cutting edge lines on the runway at 10pm, music from top artists and DJs, visuals and the sexy crowd that made SewDown the favorite street fashion show during LA’s Fashion Week from 2003 – 2010. Continue reading

The Prime Ministers: The Pioneers to Screen at Alexandria’s AMC Hoffman Center March 7 – 13

“A sweeping tome of Israeli politics and history” – Hilary Clinton

“Offers important lessons for the future” – Benjamin Netanyahu

“An extremely important work” – Shimon Peres

The Prime Ministers: The Pioneers is the 13th release by Moriah Films, the Academy Award‐winning documentary filmmaking division of the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

Based on the best‐ selling book by Ambassador Yehuda Avner, The Prime Ministers: The Pioneers takes the audience inside the offices of Israel’s Prime Ministers through the eyes of an insider, Yehuda Avner, who served as a chief aide, English language note‐taker and speechwriter to Levi Eshkol, Golda Meir, Yitzhak Rabin, Menachem Begin, and Shimon Peres.

The first of two parts, The Prime Ministers: The Pioneers focuses on Ambassador Avner’s years working with Prime Ministers Levi Eshkol and Golda Meir and then US Ambassador Yitzhak Rabin and reveals new details about the Six‐Day War, the development of Israel’s close strategic relationship with the United States, the fight against terrorism, the Yom Kippur War and its aftermath. Continue reading

Coconut Powered: Tongan Luger Bruno Banani Competes in Sochi Winter Olympics, Makai’s Marketing Strategy Succeeds

Luger Bruno Banani, the winter free Pacific Island nation of Tonga‘s first and only ever participant in the Winter Olympics has successfully competed in the luge event, coming in 32nd, ahead of a racer from Norway, a country where it snows quite a bit, and six others.

As luge is one of the world’s fastest and most dangerous winter sports, one doesn‘t associate it with the tropical archipelago in the South Pacific, Tonga. How Bruno came to be one of the top lugers in the world is truly an amazing story of athletic and marketing genius.

Bruno’s adventure comes out of the unique culture developed by Makai Inc, an independent and top 100 global promotions agency founded in 1995 by Robbie Thain, in his bedroom, and now based in the up and coming Silicon Beach neighborhood of El Segundo, California. Known for its experiential marketing campaigns for top companies as diverse as Intel, Kraft, Toyota,  Mattel, and many more and its unique culture where ideas can bubble up from within, Thain is proud of this campaign as an example of Makai’s creativity and moxie. Continue reading

On April 22 Liberty Hill Awards Scott Budnick, Albert Berger & Ron Yerxa, and Veronica Gutierrez

Liberty Hill Upton Sinclair Dinner bannerLiberty Hill Foundation’s annual Upton Sinclair Dinner celebrates and honors community leaders working for a more just and equitable city for all Angelenos. This year’s recipient of the namesake Upton Sinclair Award is the executive producer of high grossing comedies, The Hangover series, and juvenile justice reform champion Scott Budnick. Vice President of Local Public Affairs for Southern California Edison Veronica Gutierrez will receive the Founder’s Award and respected independent film producers Albert Berger & Ron Yerxa will receive the Creative Vision Award.

The 2014 fundraising gala takes place on April 22 at the Beverly Hilton. Liberty Hill, L.A.’s public foundation, brings together community organizers, donor activists and allies advancing social justice, and expects more than 700 supporters to join in celebration of their 2014 honorees. All proceeds will support Liberty Hill’s mission of change, not charity.

The Upton Sinclair award is given annually to a person whose crusade for equality and justice inspires us. This year Liberty Hill is proud to present the award to Scott Budnick, executive producer of The Hangover films, for his inspirational and tireless work to reform the juvenile justice system. Budnick recently left Todd Phillips’ Green Hat Films, home to The Hangover movies, where he worked for 14 years, rising from casting assistant on 1999’s Road Trip to his current phenomenal success. In his post Green Hat Films career he will focus on making socially and politically relevant films as well as continuing the social justice work he thrives on. Budnick founded The Anti-Recidivism Coalition, and has been honored by Governor Jerry Brown as California’s Volunteer of the Year. He lobbied for two legislative bills that granted parole hearings and a chance at sentence modifications to approximately 6,500 California inmates serving life sentences for crimes they committed as juveniles. To many, the inmates touched by Budnick’s work are among the least sympathetic in the criminal justice system. As juveniles, they committed crimes, most of them violent, allowing prosecutors to try and convict them as adults. Until Budnick began lobbying in Sacramento, they were serving life sentences without hope of parole, or any opportunity to lessen their sentences through evidence of rehabilitation. The bills Budnick helped lobby for have changed that. Continue reading

Fantastic Early Response to Manika Kaur’s Satnam Waheguru

“Amazing Voice”-  Dipps Bhamrah, BBC Radio

“Kaur’s angelic voice overlays the familiar with a sonic message that awakens our hearts. Embracing the barren emotions of human experience, Kaur elegantly channels shades of joy, love, sadness, and utter devotion to the Divine. Her chanting is intoxicating.” - Aria Mayland, LA Yoga

“I can say for sure that Manika Kaur should be known as “Magic” Kaur because there is pure magic in her voice…You will fall in love with the album within the first few minutes.” - Roopa Modha, UrbanAsian.com

Manika Kaur’s recently released debut western album Satnam Waheguru (Invincible Music) is already receiving a fantastic early media response from London to LA in the Punjabi and yoga communities. Acclaimed throughout Asia and the Middle East for her beautiful voice and charitable endeavors Manika Kaur is poised for a worldwide breakthrough in 2014.

Along with singing Kirtan, Manika’s passion is helping others. She is currently supporting the S.O.S Initiative, a humanitarian organization focused on uplifting Sikhs in the Punjabi region of India out of poverty. Their S.O.S Initiative focuses on educating children and ensuring that they reach their full potential in hopes of breaking the painful cycle of poverty. Manika has produced a video describing the initiative that is available on her site. Continue reading

Raw Living Expo Hosts 60 Exhibitors in this Vibrant and Growing Food Segment

The exhibit area at the Raw Living Expo will feature tastings of raw foods and demos of raw lifestyle products.

The exhibit area at the Raw Living Expo will feature tastings of raw foods and demos of raw lifestyle products.

The Raw Living Expo taking place January 31 – February 2, 2014, will host 60 exhibitors at the Hyatt Westlake Village during this annual gathering of enlightened eating, which celebrates this fast growing billion dollar+ segment of the food marketplace, Raw Food. In addition to the busy expo hall the event brings together a global group of enthusiasts to for three days of panels, demos, meals and parties.

The title sponsor is Divine Organics whose mission is to provide the finest organic, chemical- free, and sustainable farm-grown superfoods to the world. Founder of Divine Organics David Kaplan is passionate to provide food in its purest state to help people maintain vibrant health and high energy. Ultimately, it is ‘living energy’ that can increase awareness and raise the overall consciousness, creating the possibility for more peace and harmony on Earth: ‘LIFE FROM LIFE, ENERGY FROM ENERGY’.

The activator sponsors are Healthforce Nutritionals – the #1 source for raw, vegan, bio-compatible nutritional superfoods; Living Intentions – the leader in sprouted raw food snacks and cereals, their founder Joshua McHugh is also speaking at the event; and the Tree of Life Center founded by Dr. Gabriel Cousens, which supports and inspires the holistic lifestyle through education and experience drawing guests from over 100 countries since 1995. Continue reading

The Jazz Bakery Receives National Endowment for the Arts Art Works Grant To Support NEA Jazz Masters Concerts in 2014

The Jazz Bakery New LogoNational Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa announced today that The Jazz Bakery is one of 895 nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant. The Jazz Bakery is recommended for a $15,000 grant to support three concerts, a master class and a pre-concert lecture featuring three NEA Jazz Masters as part of the jazz bakery’s Movable Feast concert series.

Featured in these events will be Bassist Ron Carter, who will bring his trio to Zipper Hall at the Colburn School of Music, and will also present a master class to students at the Colburn School. Pianist Kenny Barron will present his trio at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center and will also offer a pre-concert lecture. Pianist Toshiko Akioshi will bring her quartet, featuring saxophonist Lew Tabackin to the Japan America Theater.  Dates and times for these events in 2014 have not yet been finalized. Continue reading

World’s Top Raw Chefs Come Together at the Raw Living Expo’s Expanded Demo Stage

The top raw chefs from around the world will gather at the 2014 Raw Living Expo, taking place January 31 – February 2, 2014 at the Hyatt Westlake Village. Due to overwhelming demand the 2014 Raw Living Chef Demo Stage is more than twice the size of the 2013 space to accommodate more participants.

Produced by noted raw chef, educator and consultant Chaya-Ryvka Diehl of The Living Vision, the Chef Demo stage features the divine presence of 20 Professional Raw Chefs, who will demonstrate the preparation of their signature dishes, teaching how to make a gorgeous array of raw foods recipes. Everything from savory snacks to sumptuous salads to amorous entrees to delectable desserts and mouth-watering chocolates will be served up and sampled live at the Raw Living Expo. In addition to the demos, all participants will receive a Raw Living Expo Chef Showcase Book featuring all the recipes of this stellar raw weekend. Continue reading

Rawntrepreneurs Business & Marketing Conference Highlights Day One of the Raw Living Expo January 31, 2014

Of the many exciting aspects of the 2014 Raw Living Expo, taking place January 31 – February 2, 2014 at the Hyatt Westlake Village, the Rawntrepreneurs Business & Marketing Conference on Friday January 31 from 9am – 4pm will be a powerful day of enlightening education, especially for raw foods enthusiasts and heart centered entrepreneurs looking to start or grow a business in this billion dollar segment of the food industry.

With a mission to help raise individual and organizational consciousness toward ever more sustainable and regenerative business practices, the conference will educate Raw Foods business people, a.k.a. Rawntrepreneurs, and other heart centered businesspeople, from start-up to succession planning to reflect nurturing relationships with all stakeholders: shareholders, employees, customers, supply chain, distribution channels, local community, society and the environment.

The Rawntrepreneurs Business & Marketing Conference will be a day of ideas and experiences presented by international thought leaders and start-up survivors in the raw food industry and beyond. Topics covered will include publicity & marketing, raw food restauranteurship, public speaking, energy mastery for business success, branding through authentic character, creating systems in business, raw food manufacturing, how to turn your ideas into dollars with web technology and more.

The Rawntrepreneurs Conference will help raw leaders get the leg up on the latest tools, techniques and trainings for getting their powerful message out to the world and creating a successful business around it. The event will also facilitate networking among Rawntrepreneurs and create more cohesion in the raw foods industry.

Speakers scheduled for the Rawntrepreneurs Business & Marketing Conference include noted inspirational presenter and entrepreneur Sheevaun Moran, branding expert Paula Schaper, internationally renowned public speaking and performance coach Jonathan Bender, Living Light Culinary Institute directors Cherie Soria & Dan Ladermann, CEO and New Agreements in the Workplace author David Dibble, Juice Feasting and web sales expert David Rainoshek, noted San Francisco restaurateur Quentin Navia, marketing expert Deborah Tumlinson, leading raw food line Living Intentions founder Josh McHugh and more, all hosted by Chris Whitcoe of Intelligent Coach. Continue reading