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The Queen Mary’s Salute to Service Memorial Day Weekend May 25 - 27, 2019

Period Actors, Wartime Reenactments, Historical Demonstrations, and More.

The Queen Mary is pleased to present, Salute to Service, a three-day Memorial Day Tribute honoring those who have served, and paying homage to the Queen Mary’s duty as a troopship during WWII, taking place on Saturday, May 25 – Monday, May 27 from 12 – 8 p.m. Guests are welcome aboard the ship to experience character reenactments and demonstrations, appearances by historical figures, lectures and family-friendly activities.

The Queen Mary’s impressive speed and size set her up to become an ideal troop hauler often carrying between 10,000-16,000  men in a single voyage. Over the course of the three-day event, guests will be able to explore the ship and witness WWII troops, nurses, Allied leaders, presentations and lectures. In honor of those who have fallen, a Taps performance will be held Saturday, Sunday, and Monday at sunset.  

Presentations and lectures in the Queen’s Salon will include the War Rooms at Sea exhibit, Queen Mary Voices, a series of short films featuring stories from original crew members and passengers, and the legend of Queen Mary and the War led by Commodore Everette. A special War Bride film screening with June Allen, the first War Bride to be transported by the Queen Mary in 1946, and Victory through Strength and Unity: A Woman’s tale with Captain James will also be shown throughout the three-day tribute.

Additional activations can be found around the ship transporting guests back to the 1940s including the Captain’s Meet and Greet at the Bridge, Captain’s Reception for Hotel Guests at Observation Bar, a tour of Sir Winston’s Restaurant and Lounge led by Commodore Everette and Winston Churchill, and two Ship’s Officer Tours.

The Queen Mary’s Salute to Service takes place Saturday, May 25 – Monday, May 27 from 12 – 8 p.m. All veterans, active duty military and first responders receive free ship admission. Guests of the same party receive 25% off discount on ship admission tickets. Ship admission tickets are available for $40 for adults (12 years +) and $20 for children (ages 4-11). On-site parking is $20 per vehicle. For hotel accommodations and more information please visit www.queenmary.com

 

20th Annual Maui Film Festival June 12-16, 2019

The 20th Annual Maui Film Festival is happening June 12-16!

To celebrate 20 years of Aloha, our passes and packages are now available at special 2000 prices for a limited time only: http://bit.ly/mauiffpasses2019

INAUGURAL ROM COM FEST ANNOUNCES EVENT & FILM LINEUP FOR 2019 FESTIVAL

THE LOS ANGELES-BASED EXPERIENTIAL FILM FILM FESTIVAL,
TAKING PLACE JUNE 20-23,
SHINES A SPOTLIGHT ON THE ROM COM GENRE

Rom Com Fest, a new Los Angeles based film festival which celebrates love through film and experiences, announced the lineup for its inaugural festival which will take place June 20-23, 2019. The lineup includes special themed screenings of iconic romantic comedies, as well as a competition lineup of new romantic comedies, and a number of unique themed events and activities. The program was announced today by the festival’s Founder and Executive Director Miraya Berke.

The experiential festival is a reimagining of a traditional film festival – pairing rosé and desserts with films, encouraging that its audiences show up dressed in themed attire, and holding memorable events and activities that bring together those that love and/or create romantic comedy films. Rom Com Fest will take place primarily at the Downtown Independent Theater in Los Angeles, with select events at other venues.

Highlights of the festival include a special curated screening and fireside chat with actress Rachel Bloom (CW’s “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”) on her favorite classic rom com film NEVER BEEN KISSED, as well as anniversary screenings including 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU, featuring a special Q&A with the film’s writers Kirsten “Kiwi” Smith and Karen McCullah (writers of LEGALLY BLONDE, SHE’S THE MAN), as well as a screening of BRIDE WARS, featuring a special Q&A with the film’s writers, both of whom are also acclaimed actresses known for memorable roles in romantic comedies and TV shows – June Diane Raphael (LONG SHOT, Netflix’s “Grace and Frankie”) and Casey Wilson (Showtime’s “Black Monday”).

The festival will also hold the west coast premiere of actor Joseph Cross’ directorial debut SUMMER NIGHT (starring Lana Condor, Analeigh Tipton, Victoria Justice, Justin Chatwin and Ellar Coltrane).

Special event highlights during the festival include a Mortified live comedy show, a live read of the winner of the Rom Com Fest screenplay competition (presented by Scriptd), as well as a live taping of WhoHaha’s “Dirty Girl” Podcast – a company co-founded by producer/actress Elizabeth Banks.

The festival was organized and curated by its Founder and Executive Director, Miraya Berke. Berke is a female entrepreneur, the founder of Pop Productions event boutique studio (whose mission is to create events that spark joy & delight), and the founder of Dessert Goals, the popular dessert festival that is held in New York and Los Angeles. With a background in events and partnerships and a personal love of romantic comedies, Berke is passionate about the romantic comedy genre and its legitimization in the eyes of film fans, filmmakers, and critics, in addition to the pure enjoyment of the films themselves. Rom Com Fest aims to showcase empowering and realistic stories that have dynamic female characters.

“We all need something uplifting to escape to. Routinely dismissed by film critics as a lesser genre artistically, romantic comedies are universally beloved and are a true art form, being some of the most classic and beautiful films that we know today.” said Berke. “I’m thrilled to be able to bring the Los Angeles community together to experience these films in a new, fun and creative atmosphere.”

The festival will present both jury prizes and an audience award prize (presented by Frolic, The fastest growing entertainment media brand for the modern Romance fan) to its competition lineup for features and short films.

Badges and individual screening/event tickets are on sale as of today (May 7th) online at www.romcomfest.com. Tickets range from $12.00 to $15.00 USD per ticket, and you can save by bring a date/best friend, with a “party of two” paired discount.

PAST EVENTS

ALL STARS Came Out For The LA Art Show Opening Gala!

On Wednesday, January 23, 2019 Hollywood stars joined thousands of VIPs in LA’s thriving arts community at the LA Convention Center for the 24th Annual LA Art Show Opening Night Gala, benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for the 5th year in a row. Boasting record breaking attendance, all proceeds from the sale of Patron and Vanguard tickets and 15 percent of sales of Friend tickets went directly to the charity. All attendees of the Opening Night Premiere party supported the lifesaving mission of St. Jude: Finding cures. Saving children.®

Kate Beckinsale drew a crowd as the evening’s host, meeting with St. Jude patient families and delivering an address about the organization’s mission to the VIP area. Gavin Rossdale, an avid collector and this year’s Art Ambassador, reminded the audience that art can save lives. They were joined by previous host Emma Roberts, and stars such as Jessica Szohr, Peyton List, Cameron Monaghan, Joe Manganiello, Lance Bass, Amy Smart, Odette Annable, Brandon Boyd, Brigitte Nielsen, Bailee Madison, Kevin Zegers, Perrey Reeves, Amber Stevens West, JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Naomi Grossman, Davi Santos, Barry Sloane, Brittney Palmer, Ian Bohen, Denim Richards and many more.

Art stars Camille Rose Garcia, Brittany Palmer, Circle, Robert Vargas, Kazuhiro Tsuji, Gregory Siff, Dave Pressler, Brandi Milne, Dosshaus, Gary Baseman and hundreds more were in attendance. In addition to food, beverages, live music and art, gala attendees were given special sneak peek of the LA Art Show’s 200,000 sq. ft. of programming, featuring over 100 galleries from 18 countries. RISK’s bisected cop car, Scott Hove’s cake wall, Pip & Pop’s candy installation, Dosshaus’s Littletopia archway and the mirrored light sculptures at Melissa Morgan Fine Art proved to be huge hits with the gala-goers. They also got to see the first of many performances by Dorian Wood and Sarah Trouche, among others.  

Joanna Krupa, Elphia Beauty’s Brand Ambassador, Celebrates the Opening of Their First Concept Store

JOANNA KRUPA WEARS A VALENTINO DRESS AND CASADEI HEELS

Elphia Beauty concept store offers it’s two signature products: the Luxe Exfoliating Gel and the Luxe Rejuvenation Serum

Elphia Beauty is pleased to announce its first concept store is opening in Manhattan, New York. The concept store is located at 137 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10013, in the heart of Tribeca. This luxury retail store is a place where you can try our exclusive products made with natural ingredients of the highest quality and experience their incredible renewing results on the skin.

“Elphia Beauty represents today’s woman. Ethical, strong and performance driven. Our luxury skin care products are perfectly curated to fit their active lifestyles, quick and easy to use products that take care of the skin without sacrificing time,” says Ellen Peia, CEO of Elphia Beauty. “With our new concept store you are welcome to go in, learn more about the unique development of our products and try them to have a luxurious experience.”

Elphia Beauty concept store offers it’s two signature products: the Luxe Exfoliating Gel and the Luxe Rejuvenation Serum.

The Luxe Exfoliating Gel is a vegan friendly face and décolletage refining gel. Think of it as an easy-to-use at-home spa treatment, targeting your dead skin cells. It instantly exfoliates and brightens for enhanced skin renewal, comparable to a professional salon peel. The Luxe Exfoliating Gel is suitable for all skin types. Elphia Beauty features a dynamic blend of restorative ingredients that are expertly blended with the highest quality botanical extracts. Elphia Beauty harnesses the exfoliating power of unique AHA’s that radically renew the appearance of your complexion.

The Luxe Rejuvenation Serum is a pure, naturally derived formula that works to provide hydration through the layers of your skin, functioning to renew your skin’s texture and provide a spa-like radiance. Elphia Beauty developed this innovative blend of nutrient-rich ingredients to not only protect your precious skin from environmental elements but also to help diminish the appearance of age spots and blemishes.

Elphia Beauty is delighted to announce the signing of world renowned actress and beauty icon, Joanna Krupa, as its new Beauty Brand Ambassador.

The world famous personality is featured in a new integrated campaign for Elphia Beauty running across TV, print and online channels as well as in-store.

“I chose Elphia Beauty as my skin care line because with all of the make-up that I use over the years I needed a product that is not harsh on my skin,” says Joanna. “I do have very sensitive skin so I wanted a product that is gentle but it also needs to work. Elphia Beauty leaves my skin feeling silky soft and silky!”