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Sunday, 23 November 2014

Dinah Shore Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary!

CLUB SKIRTS DINAH SHORE WEEKEND
COMMENCES CELEBRATION OF ITS
2015 SILVER ANNIVERSARY:
CELEBRATING 25 EPIC YEARS OF WORLD-CLASS ENTERTAINMENT 

AS ONE OF PALM SPRINGS’ LEADING SIGNATURE EVENTS

Palm Springs, CA - The legendary Dinah Shore Weekend, founded and produced by Mariah Hanson under her Club Skirts marquee, has officially commenced the six-months long celebration of its Silver Anniversary.



April 1-5, 2015 Club Skirts Dinah Shore Weekend is turning twenty-five and taking the event to a new zenith.

Twenty-five years of excellence and unwavering commitment to deliver world-class entertainment and top notch customer service that continue as Mariah Hanson and her team commemorate the landmark by honoring the partnerships that have been part of the amazing journey and contributed to the event’s stratospheric success.

A quarter-century ago, Mariah Hanson did more than just kick-start her Dinah. She also and most importantly launched what would become her enduring legacy to both the city of Palm Springs and the LGBT community.

From a small, one-night event at a Palm Springs museum with 1,500 participants twenty-five years ago, to booking lavish locations at deluxe hotels over five days of epic pool parties and world-class entertainment with some 15,000-plus attendees and major corporate sponsors today, Club Skirts Dinah Shore Weekend has evolved into one of Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley’s largest tourism boosters and undisputed biggest lesbian event of its kind in the world.

The natural symbiosis shared by these two iconic LGBT Mecca has continuously been a match made in heaven. More than a tradition The Dinah Shore Weekend has over these past 25 years (and counting) become a Palm Springs institution and one of the city’s most popular spring attractions.

Once the party pied-a-terre of Frank Sinatra and his Rat Pack, who turned Palm Springs into America’s most glamorous destination for the glitterati in the 1950s, the famous sunny oasis has now gotten back in the swing of things to once again reclaim its status as one of Hollywood’s hippest playground and the world hub for major high-profile festivals and special events.

The envy of the world with its 360-days of sunshine, the swanky modern city of glitz and glamour has been attracting a new generation of visitors from young hipsters, international jet-setters to Hollywood A-listers and socialites, who vie for the ultra-chic weekend getaway of martini-sipping, cabana lounging and celebrity sightseeing.
As one of the early pioneers, the Dinah has become one of Palm Spring staple events sharing the spotlight with the likes of the Coachella Music Festival, Stagecoach, The Palm Springs International Film Festival, the BNP Paribas Open Trophy, and the PGA and LPGA golf tournaments –all intrinsically linked to the famous desert community.
In the span of twenty five years The Dinah has cemented its status as not only an event the entertainment industry’s most elite go to but also as a trendsetting event that music industry insiders watch and jockey to book their artists’ performances.
It is the only acknowledged all-girl party that features such a phenomenal line-up of talent to ever to perform at a lesbian event. Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Colbie Caillat, India Arie, The Pussycat Dolls, Kesha and more recently Iggy Azalea, are just a few examples of major recording artists that headlined the epic event while still "unknown" and then systematically went on to hit international superstardom.

While The Dinah has been spearheading music careers, it has, most importantly, also been transforming lives and making a difference in and for the LGBT community. Offering an unparalleled one-of-a-kind experience for myriads of women who come every year from all over the world to enjoy the freedom to be who they truly are without fearing the judgment of others, and gain, as well, a tremendous amount of self worth. 

The event has also been serving as a platform to mobilize the LGBT community around humanitarian projects and social issues, famously partnering in previous years with a variety of activist associations and charity organizations such as GLAAD, HRC, NOH8, Love is Louder, Equality California, and The Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center among others. 
The Dinah has certifiably come to represent an ever-growing movement that has crossed over to mainstream bringing more and more visibility to the lesbian community - one that had never existed before.

Now ready to soar to new heights, the 25th installment of The Dinah is already expected to be one of the major highlights of the 2015 Palm Springs festival season.

Club Skirts Dinah Shore Weekend is not just breaking grounds; it is making history!

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Ben Bridge Jeweler Extends Presence of Rony Tennenbaum Jewelry Collection To Three of its West Coast Locations

Seattle, WA - Ben Bridge Jeweler is proud to announce the expansion of Rony Tennenbaum’s Wedding Jewelry collection to three of its locations in Seattle, San Diego and Los Angeles. In less than a year since inaugurating Tennenbaum’s collection in two of its Washington State stores, the world-renowned retailer has seen rapid growth in demand for Tennenbaum’s niche collections.

  
As acceptance of gay marriage continues to grow across the country, the LGBT wedding market has increased dramatically. The expansion of the Tennenbaum Jewelry line to three additional retail stores mirrors the nationwide embrace of today's evolving culture, traditions, expectations and new frontiers of same sex marriage - now part of the new normal.

The Tennenbaum brand represents a growing movement offering unprecedented visibility to the LGBT wedding market.

This past April, Rogers & Hollands - one of the largest & oldest family owned jewelry chains in the country - added Tennenbaum’s same-sex bridal jewelry to its Chicago-area stores. More recently, Tapper’s Diamonds and Fine Jewelry, Michigan's most trusted jeweler since 1977, began carrying jewelry by Rony Tennenbaum in all three of its Detroit locations.  

Continuing to expand its robust network of independent retailers and premier jewelry chains, Tennenbaum’s presence now extends nationwide to include major bridal markets such as California, Michigan, New York, Massachusetts, Florida, Virginia and Connecticut, to name a few. 

Rony Tennenbaum has been revolutionizing the bridal jewelry industry with 25 years of experience creating engagement, wedding, and anniversary rings for straight & same-sex couples. Tennenbaum’s unique pieces are built with fashion in mind and driven by classic, timeless features. Showcasing high-end designs beyond stereotypical rainbows and triangles, the Tennenbaum jewelry line distinguishes itself from the rest by focusing on love rather than sexual orientation.



About Ben Bridge Jeweler

Ben Bridge Jeweler was founded in Seattle, Washington in 1912 on a simple promise: to offer the finest jewelry, best selection, and friendly, knowledgeable service. Family-run for five generations, Ben Bridge operates more than 80 retail stores in 11 states including Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, and Washington.  In 2012, the American Gem Society awarded the Bridge family with a Lifetime Achievement Award in honor of their significant contributions to the jewelry industry.   For more information about Ben Bridge Jeweler visit www.benbridge.com.

Monday, 17 November 2014

Rony Tennenbaum's LGBT Jewelry Continues To Spread!

TAPPER’S JEWELERS ANNOUNCES ADDITION OF 

RONY TENNENBAUM’S LGBT WEDDING JEWELRY COLLECTION


Detroit, MI - Tapper’s Diamonds and Fine Jewelry stamp its mark in its 37th Anniversary with the arrival of a new wedding jewelry collection from LGBT designer Rony Tennenbaum.

Tapper’s, Michigan's most trusted jeweler since 1977, is expanding its demographic reach and marketing to include the LGBT community by adding a new wedding & engagement jewelry collection created to celebrate marriage and equality. Serving the metro Detroit community, Tapper’s - a royalty in the jewelry industry -  has just announced the addition of Rony Tennenbaum’s Jewelry collection to its bridal cases in each of its three metro-area locations in Novi, Troy and West Bloomfield.

Founded in 1977 by husband-and-wife team Howard and Susan Tapper, the Tapper family considers the values of community involvement, philanthropy and equality to be integral elements in their company’s philosophy and has long taken an accepting stance and being outspoken on support for the LGBT community. 

 “We live by the Golden Rule,” says Steven Tapper, Howard’s brother and the firm’s vice president.. “Treat others the way you want to be treated. It’s real family values—caring for other people.”

The addition of Tennenbaum’s jewelry collection to include same-sex couples as part of their all-inclusive accepted family of consumers is a natural extension of the company’s ethos. Through its "Precious Lives, Precious Metals” charitable campaign,Tapper's Jewelry awarded $300,000 to AIDS organizations benefiting the Midwest AIDS Prevention Project (MAPP) and YouthAIDS.

The partnership between Tapper’s and Tennenbaum marks the celebration and embracement of today's evolving culture, ceremony, traditions, expectations and new frontiers of same sex marriage.

Tennenbaum’s ongoing contribution to the LGBT community (of which he is part) and his commitment within the context of a burgeoning same-sex wedding industry, has him positioned as a recognized and sought-after authority on LGBT wedding jewelry fashion and protocol.


An openly gay jewelry designer striving to make a difference in and for his community, Tennenbaum has been sending a strong message of inclusiveness to the LGBT as well as mainstream communities for over 25 years. His unique wedding and engagement ring styling is built with fashionable timeless features showcasing high end designs beyond stereotypical rainbows and triangles. 

A staple in the jewelry industry, Tapper’s multi-generation family-owned business has been offering an outstanding selection of the highest quality diamonds, fine designer jewelry and luxury timepieces for over three decades.  Representing high-end brands such as Rolex, Cartier, Chopard, Panerai, David Yurman, John Hardy, Escada, Scott Kay and Mikimoto, among many others, the luxury jewelry store has been committed to helping clients “mark the moment of special occasions and life-cycle events”  providing a luxury shopping experience with unparalleled customer service.

It’s no surprise Tapper's Diamonds & Fine Jewelry was voted best place to buy an engagement ring, best jeweler, and best estate jewelry by readers of Hour Detroit magazine in its 2014 Best of Detroit contest - claiming Best of Detroit awards from Hour Detroit for 11 consecutive years.

“It is an honor and privilege for me to be displayed at Tapper’s. I am a strong believer in inclusiveness and family values and I believe Tapper’s encompasses the same feelings towards everyone they cater to.  I applaud their show of support to include “every” family unit and look forward to a fruitful relationship with them and their customers”, says Rony Tennenbaum.

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Friday, 14 November 2014

Up & Coming LGBT Music: Mount Sharp

Brooklyn-Based Fuzzcore Trio
Mount Sharp

Premiere Music Video "Icarus" on Impose Magazine


“A mixture of distant and echoed vocals drift in and out of ghostly, sometimes eerie pop guitar, displaying a plethora of influences, and making for an uncomfortably enjoyable (or enjoyably uncomfortable) listening experience.”
-The Deli Magazine
Check out Brooklyn-based fuzzcore rockers, Mount Sharp and their brand new music video for "Icarus" that premiered yesterday on Impose Magazine. Check it out HERE! Impose says, "The “morning streaked glow” of dawn from Mount Sharp’s trio of Sarah Wood, Ryan Zumsen, and Bryan Bruchman is accompanied by a romantic short film that shines the light of day on the feelings and thoughts that are often reserved for restless nights."
 



More Info:
NYC-based “fuzzcore” trio will release first single, "Icarus," off of their forthcoming EP Weird Fears, set to release later this summer. “Icarus,” premiered on CMJ, who described the track as, “sublimely summery.” Check out the feature HERE. The collection of tracks on the upcoming EP features soft crooning and aggressive shouts. With up-tempo drum beats, distortion-drenched guitars and melodic bass lines, Mount Sharp’s distinct sound comes into fruition.
Having met in Portland, Maine, Sarah Wood (Vocals/Guitar) and Bryan Bruchman (Guitar) ended up as roommates in the Gowanus neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY, working on songs at home and building the foundation for what would become Mount Sharp. Joined by their friend Ryan Zumsen on bass, they got to work crafting songs about “science and bad decisions” and started playing shows in late 2012. The band is an amalgamation of inspirations, past and present. With inflections of Fleetwood Mac and Joanna Newsom, the band also cites indie powerhouses Yo La Tengo and Dinosaur JR. as influences. The band has played major New York music festivals including CMJ and Northside, and just completed a 4-week residency at Pianos in NYC.

Now in their third year of playing together, the threesome have honed their sound and put out an EP that is simultaneously accessible and original, jangly and ornate, and subtly in your face. “It’s the kind of summer music I need,” says Knox Rd. Lookout for more from Mount Sharp!

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Smirnoff Supports Second Winter Pride UK Arts Awards

Hosted by Irish broadcasting personality Brendan Courtney, Smirnoff supports the second Winter Pride UK Arts Awards, which will culminate in one of the biggest parties of the winter season at Tobacco Dock in East London on Saturday 15 November 2014. 



Stephen Fry, winner of the inaugural Smirnoff Winter Pride UK Luminary of the Year said, "Winter Pride UK is a unique opportunity for up-and-coming artists and performers to showcase their creativity at a key LGBT artistic and cultural event - creative ventures of this kind are all-important for both the arts and LGBT communities."

Open to all artists and performers regardless of their sexuality, Winter Pride UK is a unique celebration of creativity and a dazzling display of the finest performance and visual arts. Held within an iconic London setting steeped in Victorian history, this significant event in the LGBT social calendar brings together leading industry figures, celebrities and enigmatic performers, for an elegant evening of recognition, diversity and outstanding artistic talent.

Jamie Young, Smirnoff Brand Manager, said, “We have supported the LGBT community for many years and are very proud to be partnering the second Winter Pride UK. We have a huge passion with our relationships within the community and with such a pivotal event like this there is no better way for us to show our support.”

The Winter Pride UK Arts Awards not only raises a considerable amount of money for notable charities, it promotes and rewards previously unrecognised artists, creating an important opportunity to embrace diversity and unashamed self-expression.

Simon Tarrant, Director of the Winter Pride UK Arts Awards elaborates, "Our theme this year #Artis... is targeted at artists and performers who want to make a difference. The Awards are open to all artists and performers regardless of their sexuality and we are challenging them to tell us what they think Art Is - to express themselves and create pieces that are adventurous, playful and provocative".

The Arts Awards judging panel is made up of arts industry professionals, comprising Royal and celebrity sculptor Frances Segelman, international musician and "Queen of Harps" Catrin Finch, and gallery director Andrew Lacey, who will host a post Winter Pride UK art exhibition at Lacey Contemporary in Notting Hill from 18-29 November 2014.

Frost Festival will be unveiled in the vast, vaulted Great Gallery at Tobacco Dock featuring a spectacular exhibition of artworks from a group of international artists and the Arts Awards' Finalists, as well as live performances introducing the top talent from this year's Performance Awards. The Winter Pride UK Arts Awards will be presented by personalities from the world of arts, including Lucian Freud's muse and model Sue Tilley and Hermaphrodite celebrity artist XXXora.



LINE UP:

Kicking off Frost Festival proceedings in the Great Gallery are are the hostesses with the most-esses John Sizzle and Amantopet with what promises to be a drag extravaganza - sparkles, glitter and off the-scale-camp high jinx and hilarity.   

THE RETURN OF CLUB GHETTO:  Club Ghetto, the London venue that spawned many a legendary LGBT club night, returns for one night only.  They’ll be celebrating all things pop bringing back a selection of DJ’s from Don’t Call Me Babe (Tuesday), Miss Shapes (Thursdays) and Wig Out (Saturdays) to recreate the pop madness of this much loved venue.  Serving up the pop platter are Tommy Turntables (Wig Out, Miss Shapes, DCM Babe) Prince Nelly (Songs Of Praise, Wig Out) and some very special Ghetto Guests.
GIRLS ARENA:
Izzy Trixx ft. REDNPINK - exclusive live collaboration - For one night only the Girls Arena will host electrohouse DJ and producer Izzy Trixx (Mr Hudson, Maya Jane Coles, Charlie XCX) alongside pride favourites, grime, dubstep, electro duo REDNPINK (Pussy Parlour @ Glastonbury, Ed Sheeran, Misha B, Passing Clouds)
DJ Melody Kane (Radio 1 Xtra, SBTV  -  With a solid reputation thanks to her monthly mix-show on BBC Radio 1Xtra plus experience playing to crowds of 70,000 on line-ups featuring Snoop Dogg, A$AP Rocky, Ms Dynamite and more, Melody Kane - one of few females still spinning vinyl - promises to bring ferocious sounds set to fill the dancefloor ‘til the early hours.
DJ DANA (Brighton) - House, chart, RnB, hip hop and alternative spins, Brighton Pride regular, Brighton Club Revenge resident and one to watch, DJ Dana’s rise from the Manchester student scene has been rapid and well deserved. She’s our number one choice to open the Girls Arena this year!
R’N’B VAULT:
Bootylicious: London’s longest-running and respected urban LGBT night hosts it’s own area – get ready for some booty-shaking!

Misfits: Mischief and mayhem from East Bloc’s Wednesday night party arriving for the evening with Mark Ashley Dupe on the decks, bringing a serious boogie down and scandalous behaviour as always...

EAST BLOC:  
Old Street’s premiere underground haven bring four of their most popular nights to Tobacco Dock with DJs including Tom Stephan, Borja Pena, Dave Kendrick and Chris Camplin (Gay Little Brother) 

Dish:  Offering up a mouth-watering selection of underground house and techno to a loyal following of delicious dishes. Gay, lesbian, butch , camp, trans, cross dressing , gym bunnies, twinks , bears, leather queens or straight - everybody is welcome. As their slogan says... come hungry.. leave happy!

Handsome:  Gives a nod to the gay clubs of the 80s and 90s - classic US house and a positive, uplifting energy define this night.

BLOCHEADS - a house and techno meltdown from dusk 'till dawn: pumpin' beats and relentless sounds mark this night out with its loyal crowd of blocheads that make it one of the busiest gay parties in east London. 

Choice Cuts: The best cuts from choice DJ's and a late night session of quality house for those who like it hard, pumpin' and deep -from those who love to serve it. Gigantic tunes and fresh meat: this is Choice Cuts.

BEAR PIT: 
Hosted by PLUS cabaret from: BEARFEST with DJs...

Done and Dusted (Tonker)
The Done & Dusted formula is simple – they play music to make your body move. You can expect lots of energy with plenty of old skool classics mixed wih their latest upfront secret weapons.  Their goal – “to have you dancing non-stop and by the end of the night you should be totally Done & Dusted!"

Ben Jamin & Ross Jones (The Kings Arms) – Soho’s premiere den for bears bring their resident DJ’s along to the Winter Pride party. 


To enter the Arts Awards visit the Winter Pride UK website: www.winterprideuk.com

For tickets to the Arts Awards & Frost Festival go to: BUY TICKETS 

Saturday, 30 August 2014

NEW ONLINE WEB SERIES “GRRL’S GUIDE TO FILMMAKING”

AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER ROLLA SELBAK 
DEBUTS BRAND NEW ONLINE WEB SERIES “GRRL’S GUIDE TO FILMMAKING”

LOS ANGELES, CA - Award-winning out filmmaker Rolla Selbak is releasing a new online “interview” series called "Grrl's Guide To Filmmaking”, in which she shares her personal Hollywood vlogs as she visits some of the most prominent lesbian filmmakers making it happen today. 

Grrl's Guide To Filmmaking offers an exclusive glimpse behind the scenes, showing the magic, behind the magic. 



Selbak sneaks us into the Paramount writers room with Faith Soloway, writer on the breakthrough Amazon series Transparent; stumbles into Cathy DeBuono's backyard; gets the juicy details from Guinevere Turner and how she came up with the title "The L Word", and much....much more.

Season One kicks off on August 10th with episode one featuring an up close and personal interview with Faith Soloway, which will stream on  www.tellofilms.com

Selbak is an award winning filmmaker who is part of the San Francisco Women's Film Institute Leadership council, and is responsible for creating and producing the S.F International Women's On-line Film Festival. She's queer, an Arab-American and a woman.
But that hasn’t stopped the self-taught auteur from writing, directing and producing films that matter to her. 

We all know her as the mastermind behind the web series sensation “Kiss Her I’m Famous” starring Tracy Ryerson and Ilea Matthews which satirizes the booming business of the sex tape madness, and how celebrity wannabes utilizes their home movies as a ticket to greater stardom and a major payday. But Selbak carries a filmmaking dossier that may very well rival some of the most prominent out female filmmakers in the industry.

Selbak's impressive credits include writing and directing the internationally acclaimed feature film "Three Veils”, starring Sheetal Sheth (Looking for Comedy in a Muslim World, I Can’t Think Straight), Mercedes Masohn (666 Park Ave), and featuring Eric Avari (Heros, The Mummy).  The film confronts delicate subject matters such as arranged marriage, homosexuality, and love within the Muslim-American subculture, and portrays the leading female characters as human beings first, women second, and their cultural surroundings as veils that dictate how much of their inner-selves are revealed. 

With "Three Veils", Rolla Selbak,  who grew up in the Middle East and chafed under the strict social structure of a Muslim family, delivered a snapshot of her feelings about how women's rights are trampled under in her otherwise rich and vibrant culture. The feature film won Best Screenplay at San Diego LGBT International 2012; Best LGBT Film at the New York City International Film Festival 2011; Jury Award Best Film at S.F Women's International 2011; Jury Award Best Female Feature at the Long Island LGBT Film Fest 2011; and the Rainbow Award at the Honolulu LGBT Film Fest 2011, among other.

Her previous feature, “Making Maya”, has found a successful niche within the independent film world, and has been screened at film festivals and universities nation-wide.  She was announced a Winner of the LinkTV’s One Nation Many Voices film competition in 2008 for her documentary “Green Blue Sea”, profiling a young, Palestinian scuba diver, and his profound respect for the ocean.

She is known to delve into subject matters that bear distinctively bold, thought-provoking and compelling qualities. It’s no surprise this established filmmaker/Palestinian native has been invited to speak at multiple panels on independent filmmaking and women in the arts, and was a grant panelist for the 2008 Regional Arts & Culture Council of Oregon.  Her other notable achievements include scoring and writing music for her films, and being a recipient of the inaugural Women’s Vision Film grant for her screenwriting, awarded by the Faerie Godmother Fund.


EPISODE GUIDE

EP1 - Faith Soloway - 8/10
EP2 - Cathy DeBuono - 8/17
EP3 - Cathryn Hayes - 8/24
EP4 - Heather de Michele & Gretchen Michelfeld - 8/31 
EP5 - Guinevere Turner - 9/7 

Thursday, 28 August 2014

ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK'S BIG BOO In New Web Series!

Lea DeLaria of “Orange is the New Black” is the first guest on BK Beats!

Dedalus Moving Pictures (www.DedalusMP.com) premiered its newest web series Brooklyn Beats & Eats on Wednesday August 6th, 2014! In true BK fashion, Brooklyn Beats & Eats is an irreverent and hilarious take on art, food, talk shows and music.  

Deep in the heart of Bushwick, host Sheena Alexis Suarez invites fellow creatives to put on an apron and exchange recipes, stories and perhaps a few too many drinks in her kitchen. Local bars, restaurants and venues are also featured, introducing the faces behind some of Brooklyn’s most creative and successful concepts. Each episode features some of Sheena’s favorite musical acts taking a seat on her couch for a live performance in The Green Room. 

The premiere episode features Lea DeLaria (Orange Is The New Black’s “Big Boo”) and Brooklyn-based band Darling Din. Brooklyn Beats & Eats is our love letter to the crazy, complicated and creative borough we call our home. By sharing these ideas and stories we hope to inspire people to make their own crazy passions a reality no matter where they live. Stay tuned for our next episode featuring the one, the only, Yo! MTV Raps legend Ed Lover.