8th Annual Austin Originals Benefit Concert & Live Stream Featuring Wild Child

The Austin Originals Benefit Concert (AOBC) is Austin Child Guidance Center’s annual fundraising gala at ACL Live at the Moody Theater to be held this year on August 24, 2019 featuring Wild Child.  Each year, the event brings together community supporters, local businesses, musicians, and mental health advocates to raise money for children’s mental health services and concludes with a concert.

2019 Austin Originals Benefit Concert

The event also features live and silent auctions; the Austin Originals Tasting Grove with food bites from local Austin favorites; an exclusive VIP reception; and the annual Phyllis Richards Austin Icon for Children Award presented to two individuals making exemplary strides in improving outcomes for children (list of this year’s finalists and nominees found here.)

With your help, each year the Austin Originals Benefit Concert raises thousands of dollars in support of children’s mental health.

For sponsorship and ticket inquiries please reach out to the Development Team.

Seek Outdoor Entertainment for Personal Satisfaction

Making time to enjoy the outdoors is a simple way to boost your physical and mental well-being, no matter your age. Whether you venture out to the porch to watch the sunset or lace up your golf shoes for an afternoon on the course, there are plenty of ways you can take in some fresh air.

Going outside generally results in more physical activity than if you were to stay cooped up inside, and it’s an easy way to socialize and interact with others. It also plays an important part in maintaining your vibrancy.

Get inspired to spend some quality time outside with these ideas:

Take up a hobby. Planting a garden or tending a flower bed is terrific motivation to spend more time outdoors, and you’ll have the bounty of your work to enjoy, as well. Even a box garden designed for a smaller space requires regular care, so you’ll find yourself outdoors on a consistent basis nurturing plants to grow.

Take in a performance. Outdoor theaters offer numerous forms of entertainment from music concerts to plays. Before shopping for tickets, be sure to consider any discounts you might be able to use. For example, AARP members can find discounts on tickets for a wide range of events.

Increase your exercise. Even if you have some physical limits, keeping your muscles stretched helps maintain mobility. That might mean taking a walk or playing a round of golf. You could gather family or neighbors for a game of croquet or just move outdoors to do your daily stretches. Find a way to blend your daily exercise with the chance to get some fresh air for maximum benefits.

Go on a trip. The sights and sounds that go along with exploring somewhere new make it easy to enjoy spending time outside. Be sure to make plans for entertainment while you’re on the road, and rather than driving home in the dark or when you’re tired, consider making a hotel reservation through the AARP Travel Center. You might even consider organizing a weekend getaway with a partner or friend who shares your interest in discovering a new destination.

Enjoy a meal out. Dining al fresco is a treat when the weather cooperates, but you can incorporate a delicious meal as a bonus when you’re out and about even when the weather is less than ideal. You could opt to spend your wait time outdoors, or reward yourself after a walk with a special seafood, Italian or steak dinner. You might even pair the meal with a concert or a show for a truly enjoyable evening away from home.

Get creative when you think about how you’ll make more time to spend outdoors and remember that resources exist to assist with planning and saving money along the way. Learn more at aarp.org/memberbenefits. (Family Features)

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38th Anniversary of Princess Diana and Prince Charles Celebrate Their Union with the Princess Diana Musical

 

July 29th marked the 38th anniversary of the marriage between Princess Diana and Prince Charles.

All of August many will be remembering the life of Princess Diana. Karen Sokolof Javitch has written the Princess Diana Musical which brings to life the Princess’ relationship with Prince Charles, focusing on their courtship, marriage and divorce.

Besides Karen’s 15 albums, she has co-written four musicals and was the creator and co-host of a popular Omaha radio show, It’s the Beat. Her musicals include Princess Diana the Musical, From Generation to Generation, and Love at the Café.  These shows have been performed in many cities in the United States. In addition, Ms. Javitch has raised over $350,000 for national and local charities with her original music.

The marriage is still the most watched royal wedding in history.  Millions still remember how Princess Diana omitted the word “obey” for the first time ever in a royal wedding.

Karen wrote all 33 of the songs for the Musical. The songs reflect Diana’s transition from being an unknown 19-year old to becoming the most famous woman in the world.

Karen’s diverse creations include songs about exercising, celebrities, holidays, political figures, babies, children, math, patriotism, love and family.

The musical has been played in multiple cities across the country. You can find info about the musical and the rest of her music at her website.  https://jmrproductions.com/.

We’re pleased to have the opportunity to chat briefly with Karen Sokolof Javitch and share highlights of our conversation. 

InFluential Magazine:  What about Princess Diana inspired you to make this musical? 

Karen Sokolof Javitch:  I was always drawn to her compassion and her empathy for the downtrodden.  She knew what pain was – as she felt abandoned at age 6 when her mother was forced to leave after her parents’ divorce.

InFluential:  What song is your favorite off the musical?  

Karen:  The songs range from fun to serious to hopeful and much more.  I have two favorites – the love song There was a Time is the break-up song between Diana and Charles.  It expresses how she loved him but there was always doubt about whether he loved her.  My other favorite is Hope in my Heartbecause that is what Diana gave to all of us.  We still miss her and long for her love after 22 years. She would be very proud of her boys, William and Harry and how they are following in her footsteps.

InFluential:  What other music have you been working on? 

Karen:  I like to write current event songs – especially about politics because there is so much going on. I have fun writing political satires like – Why Don’t You run for President? and ‘We’re so Unhappy with Our Leaders.” You can find them on YouTube! I also love to write children’s songs – many of those songs are found on YouTube with cute animation!

InFluential:  One of your songs,Here in the Nursery, about the mother who had octuplets went viral with about 10 million YouTube views. What are some of your most popular songs and music videos? 

Karen:  My best-selling album is the one about Princess Diana and I have put many of those songs on YouTube.  My children’s songs are popular, and I have a family musical – From Generation to Generation that has a lot of fun and beautiful songs.  My children’s math album, You’re Math-errific, also does really well.

InFluential:  Where may people find your music? 

Karen:  My website – JMRProductions.com and on CDbaby.com, Spotify, and iTunes. Just type in my name – Karen Javitch and you can find my music!

‘Princess Diana: the Musical’ Playing in Theaters Across U.S.

Written by Merilee Kern, ‘The Luxe List’ Executive Editor

 

With July 29th having marked the 38th anniversary of the marriage between Princess Diana and Prince Charles, it’s a poignant reminder of how beloved “Princess Di” was in life and so remains in death. With this in mind, award-winning singer-songwriter Karen Sokolof Javitch has written the “Princess Diana: the Musical” that spotlights Princess’ relationship with Prince Charles, focusing on their courtship, marriage and divorce.

“The marriage is still the most watched royal wedding in history,” notes Javitch. “Millions still remember how Princess Diana omitted the word ‘obey’ for the first time ever in a royal wedding, and so began a reverence for this maverick royal.”

For this touching, one-of-a-kind musical, Javitch wrote all 32 of the songs, arranged by Chuck Penington of Mannheim Steamroller, which reflect Diana’s transition from being an unknown 19-year old to becoming one of the most famous women in the world. Not surprisingly, the musical is gaining in popularity and has been produced by theater groups and troupes in multiple cities across the United States.

Musical theater buffs may listen to one of the songs from the show, “There Was a Time,” that was the main song to “Princess Diana: The Musical,” here and the full array of songs may be accessed on Javitch’s web site here.

Besides Javitch having co-written four musicals performed throughout America, she’s also produced no less than 15 albums with original music and was the creator and co-host of a popular radio show, “It’s the Beat.” Her family-friendly music includes a variety of songs about exercising and good health, celebrities, holidays, weddings, politics, children, babies, education, patriotism, love and family.  Also philanthropic, Javitch has raised over $350,000 for national and local charities through her original music.

Especially this month, Javitch’s Princess Diana: the Musical represents one phenomenon celebrating another—a noble endeavor indeed. 


As the Executive Editor and Producer of “The Luxe List,” Merilee Kern, MBA is an internationally-regarded brand analyst, strategist and futurist. As prolific consumer trends, lifestyle and leisure industry voice of authority and tastemaker, Merilee keeps her finger on the pulse of the marketplace in search of new and innovative must-haves and exemplary experiences at all price points, from the affordable to the extreme. The best-of-the-best across all product, service and travel categories—as well as noteworthy marketplace change makers, movers and shakers—are spotlighted in her exclusive cross-media platform that reaches multi-millions each month through several syndication channels: print and online publications as well as broadcast TV and terrestrial radio. Connect with her at
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Join Big Brothers Big Sisters for, Ice Ball 2019, Austin’s Brightest Gem

ICE BALL 2019

Saturday, August 24th

6 PM – Midnight

Fairmont Austin Hotel

Join Big Brothers Big Sisters for Austin’s brightest gem, the Ice Ball gala. Enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, seated dinner, live and silent auctions, live music, dancing and more! Tickets to Ice Ball  include admission to The BIG After, Ice Ball’s official after-party. Visit https://www.bigmentoring.org/ice-ball for all the juicy details.  

Judge Tanya Acker is on the Winning Side and That’s Important to Her

Photography courtesy of Annie Shak.

Welcome to our Exclusive Interview with Judge Tanya Acker of Hot Bench for our multi-award winning July – August 2019 edition.

Judge Tanya Acker

Judge Tanya Acker

What a thrilling honor to have the opportunity to dialogue with Tanya to discuss her unique perspectives as a go-to expert on headline news and gain insight into her story.

This riveting Exclusive written and conducted by our Founder, Chief Business Officer, and Publisher William Jackson is sure to inspire and motivate.

Judge Tanya Acker

Judge Tanya Acker

 

GUIDE: The Best Places to Catch Your Fave Celeb in ATX

While events like SXSW and Austin City Limits Fest draw floods of celebrities to Austin, it doesn’t mean that the city doesn’t play host to famous folks throughout the rest of the year. From the Intercontinental Stephen F. Austin Hotel downtown to Salt Lick BBQ in Driftwood, here’s a cheat sheet to spotting a celebrity in the Music Capital of the World on any given day.

Stephen F.’s Bar & Terrace at the InterContinental Stephen F. Austin Hotel 

Standing tall next to Austin’s iconic Paramount Theater and located in the heart of downtown, Stephen F’s Bar & Terrace offers a hot spot for celebs looking to stop by for late-night cocktails after major events or shows. With ideal views of Austin, along with creative cocktails, an incredible whiskey selection, and delicious bites, Stephen F’s Bar & Terrace also features a private lounge area, The Whisper Room, perfect for celebs looking for more private outings — complete with its own terrace overlooking downtown Austin, elegant tableside cocktails, and a full cigar selection. Notable celeb visits include the likes of Austin native Matthew McConaughey, David Spade, Charlize Theron, Eva Mendez & Ryan Gosling, Lance Bass, Joan Rivers and more.

The Salt Lick BBQ in Driftwood, TX

Photography courtesy of Kenny Braun.

Photography courtesy of Kenny Braun.

Originally founded over half a century ago in 1967, The Salt Lick has become one of the most popular and successful BBQ restaurants in the country. With three locations across Texas, including an expansive vineyard and multiple private event spaces at the original location in Driftwood, The Salt Lick offers guests, including celebs, chefs, musicians, and tastemakers from around the world a place to relax and enjoy some of the best BBQ while they visit Austin and Central Texas. Well-known guests and endorsers have included folks like David Letterman, Neil Patrick Harris, Anthony Bourdain, Adam Richman, Bobby Flay, Rachael Ray, Kelly Ripa & Mark Consuelos, Kyle Chandler, Sandra Bullock, Matthew McConaughey, Willie Nelson, Jerry Bruckheimer, Ron Howard, U2, Matt LeBlanc, Ron White, Robert Rodriguez, Portugal. The Man, and countless others such as current and past elected officials like former Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

Circuit of The Americas 

COTA Tower

COTA Tower

As the only purpose-built Grand Prix facility in the United States designed for all classes of racing, Circuit of The Americas welcomes celebrities from all over to experience high-adrenaline racing year round, and heading to the track is a surefire way to spot celebrities in Central Texas. The MotoGP Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas at COTA has seen celebs including Keanu Reeves, Channing Tatum, and Kyle Chandler. Race fans like Gerard Butler, Gordon Ramsey, Lindsey Vonn, Venus Williams, Bill Clinton, Matthew McConaughey, and Gayle King among many others have been spotted at the Formula 1 Pirelli United States Grand Prix. Jesse Metcalfe and Colt McCoy ushered in the inaugural IndyCar Classic at COTA this year.

Kemuri-Tatsuya

Puff Puff Pass and Matcha Painkiller.  Photography courtesy of  Julia Keim.

Puff Puff Pass and Matcha Painkiller. Photography courtesy of Julia Keim.

Kemuri Tatsu-Ya, from the Tatsu-Ya Family behind acclaimed concepts Ramen Tatsu-Ya, Domo Alley-Gato, and DipDipDip Tatsu-Ya, offers ample comfort and adventure for guests seeking both. The Texas-influenced Japanese izakaya has achieved national acclaim, including Bon Appetit Best New Restaurant in 2017, Restaurants of the Year 2018 in Food & Wine, as well as a Best New Restaurants James Beard Foundation Awards semifinalist — and has become a hot spot for celebrities like Patton Oswalt, David Chang, Dan the Automator, and Action Bronson, especially during SXSW. 

Jesus Christ Superstar to Launch its 50th Anniversary National Tour at Austin’s Bass Concert Hall from October 8-13

WHO:                   Lexus Broadway in Austin presented by Texas Performing Arts

WHAT:                  Jesus Christ Superstar 50th Anniversary Tour

WHEN:                 October 8 – 13, 2019

Tuesday – Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Sunday at 1 p.m. & 7 p.m.

WHERE:               Bass Concert Hall | 2350 Robert Dedman Drive | Austin, TX 78712

TICKETS:               Start at $30.Tickets are available at BroadwayinAustin.com, texasperformingarts.org, the Bass Concert Hall ticket office, all Texas Box Office Outlets, by phone at (512) 477-6060.  For groups of 10 or more, call (877) 275-3804 or email Austin.groups@broadwayacrossamerica.com.

Following critically acclaimed, sold-out engagements in the UK, the reimagined 50th Anniversary tour of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR will launch its national tour at Austin’s Bass Concert Hall from October 8 – 13, 2019. The 2017 Olivier awarding-winning production from Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre goes on sale to the general public on Friday, July 12 at 10:00 a.m.

Featuring award-winning music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice,the North American tour of this iconic musical will be helmed by acclaimed director Timothy Sheader and cutting-edge choreographer Drew McOnie. Rounding out the creative team is set and costume design by 2016 Tony Awardnominee, Tom Scutt, lighting design by Lee Curran, and music supervision by Tom Deering.

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR is set against the backdrop of an extraordinary series of events during the final weeks in the life of Jesus Christ, as seen through the eyes of Judas. Reflecting the rock roots that defined a generation, the legendary score includes ‘I Don’t Know How to Love Him’, ‘Gethsemane’ and ‘Superstar’. 

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR is a proven musical phenomenon with a world-wide fan base. As demonstrated by NBC’s Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert, this epic work attracted over 9.6 million viewers, earned the highest ratings in its time period, and received the highest critical ranking of any live musical event on network TV. Now, almost 10 years after the last major tour in the US, this award-winning Regent’s Park production will play over 50 markets throughout North America.

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre production of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR won the 2017 Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival, selling out two consecutive engagements in 2016 and 2017. The production will open for a limited engagement on West End, this summer at the Barbican.

The North American tour of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR is produced by Stephen Gabriel and Work Light Productions. The original production was produced by London’s Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre.

For additional information about this production, please visit ustour.JesusChristSuperstar.com.

Facebook & Instagram: @JesusChristSuperstar | Twitter: @JCSTheMusical

TEXAS PERFORMING ARTS is situated on the main campus of one of the largest and most prestigious research universities in the country.  Texas Performing Arts serves The University of Texas at Austin campus and the Austin community at large through a diverse season of world-class fine arts performances, educational activities, and collaborative partnerships.  Texas Performing Arts presents an international season of music, theatre, dance, and conversation in our multiple venues, as well as the best in touring Broadway productions and concert attractions. As a university-based arts center it is also committed to serving the academic mission of the College of Fine Arts by supporting the work of our students, faculty and staff on our stages, classrooms, studios and production shops; and in the educational outreach programs it provides for the Austin community.

BROADWAY ACROSS AMERICA (BAA) is part of The John Gore Organization family of companies, which includes Broadway.com and The Broadway Channel.  Led by 11-time Tony-winning producer John Gore (Owner & CEO), BAA is the foremost presenter of first-class touring productions in North America, operating in 44 markets with over 400,000 subscribers. Current and past productions include Beautiful, Cats, Chicago, Dear Evan Hansen, Groundhog Day, Hairspray, Hello, Dolly!, Million Dollar Quartet, On Your Feet!, The Producers, School of Rock and Waitress. Broadway.com is the premier theaterwebsite for news, exclusive content and ticket sales. For more information please visit BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com and Broadway.com.Presented by Texas Performing Arts. Broadway Across America provides production services for Texas Performing Arts. Sales tax exempt pursuant to Texas Tax Code Section 151.3101(a)(3).

Brisk Festival L.A. Will Take Place from July 11 through August 11

The brisk festival is an international theater Festival that features short plays up to 10 min long. What makes live theater so special is the human interaction, both between the players on stage and between actors and audience. The brisk festival multiply that raw and creative energy, with different ensembles, directors and writers exchanging ideas, learning from each other and training inspiration. The short stories allow audiences to experience in a very limited amount of time a wide range of emotions and feelings, making them think and talk about different subjects and situations brought by the more than 250 talented participants.

The festival was founded in 2018 in Los Angeles, by the Spanish actor, producer, director and member of The Actors’ Gang, Christian Rodrigo. Some of his latest credits as an actor, include: Snatch (Season 2), No Way Out, Wings or Stevie (Christian Rodrigo IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2251654). Christian Rodrigo first professional theater project was as an Assistant Director of John Malkovich in 2003 and 2004 when he directed the play Hysteria in Barcelona and Madrid.

The brisk festival is a wonderful tool for writers, directors and actors, that want to share their voice and talent in a professional environment and venue.

The festival goal is to become a powerful tool for the entertainment industry, as a way to discover new or established local talent, and to engage and bring bigger audiences to the theater. The festival also wants to be an example of diversity and plurality.

Christian Rodrigo

Christian Rodrigo

Full Emotions, with more than 12 years of experience producing films, television and theater is in charge of producing the festival. Los Angeles and Mexico DF in America, and Barcelona and Madrid in Europe are the first cities chosen to host the festival in 2019 and 2020. Los Angeles Brisk Festival production will be lead by Christian Rodrigo and the Mexican producer and actor, Ramon Valdez.

The festival has 8 programs of 6-7 plays each, 54 short plays in total, that will be competing during 4 weeks, out of 350 submissions received. 34 plays are in English and 20 in Spanish. And although most of them are produced by LA local companies, there will be also artists coming from Mexico, Florida, and Australia in this first edition.

The best plays, chosen by a professional Jury (casting directors, producers, directors, actors, writers, managers and agents) and by a popular jury (the audience), will be competing in the Finals’ weekend during the 5th week of the festival, August 10th and 11th. The best play in English and the best play in Spanish will receive an award of $500.

The festival organizers are happy to share that the number of women and men participating in the different areas of the festival (from writers or directors to actors or producers) is really balanced.

Among many great writers, the festival will have works from: the Emmy and WGA winner Ken Levine and Emanuel Fried and Artvoice winner Donna Hoke.

Brisk LA (Los Angeles brisk festival) will begin on July 11th and will be based at the Broadwater Main Stage at 1076 Lilian Way, Los Angeles, CA 90038. Tickets start at $15.00 (plus taxes & fees) and are available at https://briskfestival.com/tickets/.

Bring Big Screen Entertainment Home

The smash hit “Toy Story 4” helped raise the 2019 summer box office even higher than last year’s record-breaking summer. That trend looks to continue in July with highly anticipated releases such as “Spider-Man: Far From Home” and “The Lion King” on deck. However, the local theater isn’t the only place for movie fans to get in on the big screen excitement.

Summer is the perfect time to enjoy a movie surrounded by the comforts of home. You might lounge on the couch with the air conditioner cranked up high or invite the neighbors over for a backyard movie night on the projector screen. Or if you’re on vacation and find a little down time, a movie can be a great way to keep boredom at bay.

Streaming media services and a wide range of enabled devices put an expansive library of film and TV titles right at your fingertips, so you can enjoy watching what you want the way you want. With the right service, you can even skip the hassle of credit cards and subscription fees via advertiser-supported streaming services.

For example, the world’s largest free movie and TV service, Tubi, offers more than 15,000 movies and television shows on-demand, and some of this summer’s hot releases are the perfect complement to the season’s big screen hits.

Pop culture expert Maude Garrett – TV and radio host, producer, voice actor and founder of GeekBomb.net – recommends these selections that will debut on-demand in July:

  • After you’ve seen your friendly neighborhood “Spider-Man” in action, check out the real-life heroes portrayed by Nicolas Cage and others in “World Trade Center.”
  • After you’ve taken the kids to see “The Lion King,” watch the family road trip comedy “Are We There Yet?” starring Ice Cube.
  • Following Quentin Tarantino’s ensemble drama “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” see the Best Picture-winning ensemble film “Crash” or the searing crime-drama “Rampart” with Woody Harrelson.
  • Once you’ve gotten your chills from the creepy horror film “Midsommar,” brace yourself for the psychological thriller “The Number 23” starring Jim Carrey as a tortured soul haunted by mysterious numbers.

Search for more free movies to keep your summer filled with entertainment and fun at Tubi.TV. (Family Features)

Photo caption (woman): Maude Garrett

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