By Stacey Silberman–
Music, Art, Tech & Fashion in the California Desert–
4/24/14 (Hollywood Today) Los Angeles, CA—
Have you ever wondered what you’re missing at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in sunny Indio, California every April? If you’ve never been, you might consider it just once to appease your curiosity. That’s what Geena Stern thought. She went this year weekend two, with nothing but music in mind. She’d always wondered what she’d missed, since she’s in the industry herself. Her many friends had gone and raved about great musical finds at Coachella. Stern has been in the music publishing business for years, but lost track of what mattered most…the music. She wanted to reclaim that part of the industry that drew her in in the first place. Stern said, “Coachella reinvigorated my love of music. It’s great to see some of the newer bands perform and it was exciting to see so many shows all at once. Coachella turns the hot desert into musical magic. There was so much electricity in the air and I loved the different genres of music.”
Empire of the Sun
There is something special about music festivals and attendees spend huge amounts of money to be part of that scene. Stern wanted to be part of it too and discovered what it’s all about and why she will go again, despite the body pain endured in the process. “I will need a few days to recover from this experience, but it was well worth it,” said Stern. [Read more →]
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Country Meets Rock & Roll
By Valerie Milano
ALL FOR THE HALL – Country Meets Rock & Roll By Valerie Milano Los Angeles, California (Hollywood Today) 3/4/2014 - “Nashville is this amazing town, with this great songwriting community, and it also has this incredible museum,” said Rita Wilson, the host for the night. She told the audience that she had been spending time in Nashville, writing songs with Jessi Alexander and Emmylou Harris’ former Nash Rambler band member, Jon Randall. [Read more →]
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Bill Mack rescued the original Hollywood Sign from a warehouse in 2007 where it had languished for over twenty-five years. Mack utilized metal from the original Hollywood sign to restore the H of the first sign and painted the images of Hugh Hefner on the original sign.
By Chris Harris
Beverly Hills,,CA(Hollywood Today)3/5/14/–She became one of Playboy Magazine’s all-time great seller’s when at the age of 55 actress Terry Moore bared it all. At 85 and still shapely and pretty in pink Terry Moore poised at her Santa Monica beach front home with the objects of her appreciation, art, and a good looking man.
Terry Moore, Cory Skyler, Bill Mack’s Hollywood Sign painting
Today as Terry toasted Champaign with a group of selected friends she unveiled the painting of Hugh Hefner. Moore said “Hugh Hefner has forever been immortalized by the world’s leading relief sculptor Bill Mack on the original metal of the Hollywood sign.”
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Cosmo’s Q&A portion (photo credit: Hollywood Today)
– Takes on the Greek and Griffith Observatory
By Valerie Milano
Los Angeles, CA (Hollywood Today) 3/6/2014 – “You know, I had always been a fan of ‘Cosmos.’ I had seen it as a child, and then, when I was in high school, saw it again and was able to process it in even more depth and was just always a fan.” So said executive producer Seth MacFarlane of the highly anticipated Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, premiering on Saturday, March 8, from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET/PT across multiple U.S. Fox networks, including Fox Broadcasting Company (FOX), National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, FX, FXX, FXM, FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2 and FOX Life. [Read more →]
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Rob The Mob:
By Valerie Milano
Beverly Hills , CA (Hollywood Today) 3/6/14 – “I’ve always been wary of doing a mob film,” said Ray De Felitta to Hollywood Today, “there’s always a fine line of things becoming too gruesome or too comical.” For the upcoming film premiering March 21st, Rob The Mob, this could be further from truth. Rob the Mob is a love story; A love story about the fragility of humanity. [Read more →]
by Thomas Jordan
“Our personal assistant service is not just for the rich and famous. We want any of our clients to feel like a celebrity, if just for one hour,” says Run Around Betties founder, Michelle McCloskey. Her business archetype is changing the way busy people manage their lives and is accessible to all Angelenos who need a single errand run, or what she calls an “administrative superstar.” Not your typical cookie-cutter personal assistant service, McCloskey’s business model follows a distinct 1950’s theme through the look, style and the name of her assistants, ‘Betties’ for females and ‘Bobs’ for the males.
“I used to buy and sell vintage clothes and I loved I Love Lucy. When I came up with the name, it was like a brick hit me. I wanted it to be fun, not intimidating, something people like to talk about,” says McCloskey.
“While some agencies require a four-hour minimum, Run Around Betties only requires we book for one-hour, which is great for me and my business,” says Gaslite owner, Claire Ragge. “When I need a task done at my home or even at my bar, I know I can always rely on a Betty to get the job done.”
“Every client is different so I’m usually looking for someone who is going to be a good personality match on top of being skilled and experienced for a specific client throughout the week. The people who apply for these jobs are attracted to the brand and a lot of them are kind of like me,” says McCloskey.
Betties typically help pick up the kids from school, run errands, assist with homework, help around the house, and organize a closet. Bob’s are like handymen, they oversee household repairs or service visits, help with moving and packing/unpacking boxes, as well as preparing/planning a garage sale and more.
“I am a personal assistant matchmaker and the clients are trusting me so I have to be heavily involved,” says McCloskey. “I am the voice at the end of the phone or the email that clients talk to, and for those who are worried about the screening process and privacy, I make the final decision for the Betty or Bob to come aboard.”
Like many successful stories, they would not be possible without hard work. Before launching Run Around Betties, McCloskey said she was assisting seven different clients, seven nights a week, only taking breaks to sleep. Her “ah-ha” moment came when she stepped outside the box and became a business owner.
“As an entrepreneur it just kind of happens, it falls in your lap and you just have to do it, I think that’s the entrepreneurial spirit. You just got for it and you’re passionate about it,” says McCloskey.
“I never really had downtime to have doubt starting my business” says McCloskey. “Every time a new client came on it was a hurdle to figure that person out. After that, you start seeing a pattern.”
McCloskey predicts that 2014 will be a huge year for Run Around Betties, with plans of major expansion throughout Southern California.
With more than 100 clients, business is good. www.runaroundbetties.com