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: 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

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 – 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


World Premiere of Terrence McNally’s Immortal Longings at Zach Theatre

Directed by Peter Rothstein | Choreography by Kelli Foster Warder 

(L to R) Suzanne Warmanen and Steven Epp in Immortal Longings at ZACH Theatre. Photo by Kirk Tuck

(L to R) Suzanne Warmanen and Steven Epp in Immortal Longings at ZACH Theatre. Photo by Kirk Tuck

The world premiere of Immortal Longings at ZACH Theatre, the newest work by playwright and American Theatre Legend Terrence McNally starring Steven Epp as Sergei Pavlovich Diaghliev and Wyatt Fenner as Vaslav Nijinsky; directed by Peter Rothstein; and choreography by Kelli Foster Warder, will play The Topfer at ZACH.  Performances begin June 12 with an Official Opening date of June 20 and running through July 14.

Four-time Tony Award®-winning playwright and LGBT activist Terrence McNally (RagtimeKiss of the Spider Woman) expresses his excitement on casting, “Thanks to the audition process, we found wonderful actors from both Austin and New York ideal for their roles. My hope is that these actors will bring their uniqueness to the play. We have no preconceptions about what these roles are. I’ll discover these characters along with the actors in Austin.” McNally expands on Immortal Longings, “First, we hope the play is a treat; second, plays about a genius like Diaghilev, the great Russian impresario, are not exactly a dime a dozen. His work with the Ballets Russes is the stuff of legends.”

(Front) Stephen Epp (Back, L to R) Marie Pearce, Ian J. Bethany and Kevin Murdock-Waters in Immortal Longings at ZACH Theatre. Photo by Kirk Tuck

(Front) Stephen Epp (Back, L to R) Marie Pearce, Ian J. Bethany and Kevin Murdock-Waters in Immortal
Longings at ZACH Theatre. Photo by Kirk Tuck

Immortal Longings explores the rich history of the great Russian impresario Sergei Pavlovich Diaghilev and his legendary Ballets Russes, who introduced the world to such revolutionary artists as Nijinsky, Stravinsky and Picasso. Surrounded by great talents of art, design, and music, the tempestuous relationship between Diaghilev and dancer Vaslav Nijinsky revolutionizes dance forever. The play takes place as the iron claw of the Bolsheviks closes in on the free spirits of New Art, forcing them to take refuge in a liberated and liberating Paris, at the birth of the 20th Century.

In addition to STEVEN EPP as Sergei Pavlovich Diaghliev and WYATT FENNER as Vaslav Nijinsky, Immortal Longings will star; JAMES PATRICK NELSON as Dmitry “Dima” Filosofov;SHANNON KOOB as Misia Sert; SUZANNE WARMANEN as Dunya; JOSHUA PAGAN as Leonide Massine; RACHAEL HANLONMARIE PEARCEKEVIN MURDOCK-WATERS, and IAN J. BETHANY as Ballet Ensemble; and ROB GREENFIELD as Pianist.

(L to R) James Patrick Nelson and Shannon Koob in Immortal Longings at ZACH Theatre. Photo by Kirk Tuck

(L to R) James Patrick Nelson and Shannon Koob in Immortal Longings at ZACH Theatre. Photo by Kirk

Directed by PETER ROTHSTEIN, the production team also includes KELLI FOSTER WARDER as Choreographer, MICHAEL HOOVER as Scenic Designer, SUSAN BRANCH TOWNE as Costume Designer, SERRET JENSEN as Hair and Makeup Designer, PHILIP ROSENBERG as Lighting Designer, CRAIG BROCK as Sound Designer, SCOTT GROH as Properties Designer, ROD SIMONSON as Projection Designer, AMANDA COOLEY DAVIS as Dialect Coach, and CATHERINE ANNE TUCKER as Stage Manager.

Age recommendation: Seventeen and up for adult language, sexual situations and full nudity.

Tickets start at $25 and are available online at, by phone at 512-476-0541, or in person at the ZACH Theatre Box Office, in the Topfer Theatre, 202 South Lamar Boulevard (corner of Riverside Drive and South Lamar) Monday through Saturday, 12–5p.m.  ZACH Theatre is wheelchair accessible.  Student Rush Tickets are $20 one hour before show time (with valid ID). A limited amount of Pay–What–You–Will tickets are available the day–of for Mainstage preview performances only. Groups of 8 or more may request reservations by calling  512-476-0594 x.245 or by emailing

Carolyn and Marc Seriff are Presenting Sponsors of Immortal Longings with Kathleen and Harvey Guion and Dan Jackson III and M. Jeremy Guiberteau as Executive Producers and KMFA as Supporting Sponsor.


Steven Epp – Sergei Pavlovich Diaghliev

Wyatt Fenner – Vaslav Nijinsky

James Patrick Nelson – Dmitry “Dima” Filosofov

Shannon Koob – Misia Sert

Suzanne Warmanen – Dunya

Joshua Pagan – Leonide Massine

Rachael Hanlon – Ballet Ensemble

Marie Pearce – Ballet Ensemble

Kevin Murdock-Waters – Ballet Ensemble

Ian J. Bethany – Ballet Ensemble

Rob Greenfield – Pianist



Peter Rothstein – Director

Kelli Foster Warder – Choreographer

Michael Hoover – Scenic Designer

Susan Branch Towne – Costume Designer

Serret Jensen – Hair and Makeup Designer

Philip Rosenberg – Lighting Designer

Craig Brock – Sound Designer

Scott Groh – Properties Designer

Rodd Simonson – Projection Designer

Amanda Cooley Davis – Dialect Coach

Catherine Anne Tucker – Stage Manager

Catie Tijerina – Assistant Stage Manager

Jenny Dang – Stage Management Intern

About Terrence McNally

Terrence McNally has had a remarkably far-ranging career spanning six decades. He is a recipient of the Dramatists Guild Lifetime Achievement Award and the Lucille Lortel Lifetime Achievement Award, and he is a 2018 inductee of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Terrence was recently named the 2019 recipient of the Broadway League’s Distinguished Lifetime Service Award in addition to one of three receiving a Lifetime Achievement in Theatre honor at the 2019 Tony Awards. He has won four Tony Awards for his plays Love! Valour! Compassion! and Master Class and his musical books for Kiss of the Spider Woman and Ragtime. He has written a number of TV scripts, including Andre’s Mother, for which he won an Emmy Award. He has received two Guggenheim Fellowships, a Rockefeller Grant, four Drama Desk Awards, two Lucille Lortel Awards, two Obie Awards, and three Hull-Warriner Awards. In 1996, he was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame.

He wrote the book for the Tony-nominated musical The Visit, which opened on Broadway in the spring of 2015 with music and lyrics by John Kander and Fred Ebb.  He wrote the libretto for the operas Great Scott and Dead Man Walking, both with music by Jake Heggie. He is the writer of the book for the musical Anastasia, which is recently closed on Broadway and is currently touring. A revival of Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune starring Audra McDonald and Michael Shannon is currently running on Broadway for a limited engagement. His newest play, now titled Immortal Longings grew out of Fire and Air, which opened at Classic Stage Company in 2018. Other plays include Tony-nominated Best Play Mothers and Sons; It’s Only a Play; Where Has Tommy Flowers Gone?; The Lisbon Traviata; Lips Together, Teeth Apart; A Perfect Ganesh; Corpus Christi; And Away We Go; The Ritz; and Deuce.

About ZACH Theatre

A non-profit organization, ZACH creates intimate theatre experiences that ignite the imagination, inspire the spirit, and engage the community. As Austin’s leading professional producing theatre, ZACH employs more than 250 actors, musicians, and designers annually to create its own diverse array of nationally recognized plays and musicals under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director Dave Steakley and Managing Director Elisbeth Challener. Each year, ZACH serves nearly 128,000 Central Texans – 55,000 of which are children and youth who participate in our education and outreach programs, as well as inspiring camps and classes.  ZACH Theatre is honored to host private and community events across the beautiful rental-ready spaces on our three-stage campus located in the heart of Austin. Founded in 1932, ZACH is the longest continuously running theatre company in the state of Texas, and one of the ten oldest in the country. Visit for more information.

ZACH Theatre’s 201819 Season is sponsored in part by The Moody Foundation, Baylor Scott & White Health, Dell, and Holiday Inn-Lady Bird Lake; and by grants from The Shubert Foundation, Junior League of Austin, The National Endowment for the Arts, Texas Commission on the Arts, the Cultural Arts Division of The City of Austin Economic Development Department, and Applied Materials.

Connect with ZACH:
Twitter @ZACHtheatre

Intercontinental Stephen F. Austin Hotel Kicks Off Summer with Live Music and Cocktail Popsicles

Series of seasonal events celebrate summer with live local music, boozy popsicles, and non-alcoholic pet pup-sicles

The inviting Terrace.

The inviting Terrace.

The Intercontinental Stephen F. Austin Hotel, an iconic luxury property in the heart of downtown Austin, is pleased to announce a series of celebratory events to kick off the summer. Events include the new Summer Sunset Sessions, featuring live music from three local Austin musicians on Thursday evenings, and the second annual 7 Flavors of Summer Pop-tails series menu complete with boozy popsicle cocktails, a special PRIDE popsicle, and non-alcoholic pup-sicles for pets.

The Stephen F’s Bar & Terrace Summer Sunset Series will feature three local artists every Thursday evening. Entertainment includes tunes from acoustic guitarist Joshua Klaus, country blues singer/songwriter Willy McGee, and folk-pop duo Call Me Cavalier. Free and open to the public, guests and non-guests will be able to enjoy the entertainment at the Stephen F. Austin Bar & Terrace as the sun sets.

“Summer in Austin is one of the most exciting seasons, and there’s nothing like enjoying live music and a summer treat on our beautiful terrace,” said Danelle Awtrey, Director of Sales and Marketing at the InterContinental Stephen F. Austin Hotel. “Austin is known for its spirited hospitality, and we’re pleased to welcome guests and patrons to unwind with local entertainment and specially curated boozy treats. In the heart of downtown, there’s no better place to meet friends and family as the sun sets.”

With stunning views of Congress Avenue, the State Capitol, and the historic Paramount Theatre, the InterContinental Stephen F. Austin Hotel’s Bar and Terrace offers the perfect location for guests and non-guests to enjoy Austin all throughout summer. The schedule of events include:

Summer Sunset Sessions – Every Thursday from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Enjoy entertainment from local musicians on Stephen F’s Bar & Terrace. The full Summer Sunset Sessions schedule is as follows:

  • Thursday, June 20: Joshua Klaus – Acoustic guitarist

  • Thursday, June 27: Willy McGee – Country blues singer/songwriter

  • Thursday, July 4: Willy McGee – Country blues singer/songwriter

  • Thursday, July 11: Willy McGee – Country blues singer/songwriter

  • Thursday, July 18: Call Me Cavalier – Folk-pop duo

  • Thursday, July 25: Joshua Klaus – Acoustic guitarist

  • Thursday, August 1: Joshua Klaus – Acoustic guitarist

  • Thursday, August 8: Willy McGee – Country blues singer/songwriter

  • Thursday, August 15: Call Me Cavalier – Folk-pop duo

  • Thursday, August 22: Call Me Cavalier – Folk-pop duo

  • Thursday, August 29: Joshua Klaus – Acoustic guitarist

  • Thursday, September 5: Call Me Cavalier – Folk-pop duo

  • Thursday, September 12: Willy McGee – Country blues singer/songwriter

Photography of Poptail courtesy of Julia Keim.

Photography of Poptail courtesy of Julia Keim.

7 Flavors of Summer Pop-Tails menu: Spotlighting Texas’ rich bounty of craft distillers in a fun format that provides a refreshing way to cool off during the warm Austin summer. New flavors will launch every Monday starting June 17th, 2019 and be available through August 4th, 2019, with new flavors rotating each week. The second annual 7 Flavors of Summer menu includes:

  • 6/17 – 6/23: White Russian – Café de Fuego, vodka, yogurt. $8

  • 6/24 – 6/30: Bourbon Creamsicle – Bourbon cream liquor, yogurt  $8

  • 7/1 – 7/7: Watermelon Mojito – Watermelon, lime, rum, mint syrup  $8

  • 7/8 – 7/14: Strawberry Daiquiri – Strawberry puree, rum, lime  $8]

  • 7/15 – 7/21: Peach Prosecco – Peach puree, yogurt, peach schnapps $8

  • 7/22 – 7/28: Pina Colada – Rum, pineapple juice, coca cream, coconut flakes  $8

  • 6/17 – 8/4: PRIDE Punch – Specialty popsicle to celebrate Austin PRIDE – Choose your own Skittle infused vodka pop in ruby red grapefruit juice, soda  $8

Pup-Sicles: Intercontinental Stephen F. Austin Hotel will also offer complimentary non-alcoholic Pup-Sicles for four legged friends, with flavors including:

  • Raspberry/Honey Puptails

  • Banana, Peanut Butter, Apple Puptails

Search for America’s Longest Married Couple

Karen Sokolof Javitch

Karen Sokolof Javitch

Award-winning singer-songwriter, Karen Sokolof Javitch, thos week announced that she is looking for America’s longest married couple in her worldwide launch of her personalized “Anniversary Song”.

“Everyone knows the ‘Happy Birthday’ song, yet we all stumble when we try to sing a song for someone’s anniversary,” explains Ms. Javitch. “The song will be sung by Karen to the oldest married couple. We hope to eventually find the oldest married couple in the world! And to reward their faithfulness, we’ll donate $1,000 to the charity of their choice.”

Anyone wishing to register their marriage date may do so by visiting Karen’s website,, listen to  the  anniversary song and send in their names, date of marriage and e-mail address to

Besides Karen’s 15 albums, she has co-written 4 musicals and was the creator and co-host of a popular 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 through her original music.

“My anniversary song is short and very easy to learn.  Now when you go to someone’s anniversary party – you’ll know what to sing,” Ms. Javitch concluded.

Lyrics to sing to the next happy couple you see who is celebrating an anniversary: 

Happy Anniversary, Happy Anniversary (wife’s name) and (husband’s name) we’re so happy to be at your (add # of years) Anniversary.

Karen’s music website JMR Productions.

About Karen Sokolof Javitch

Karen Sokolof Javitch has produced and written the songs for 15 CD’s, including 4 musicals and was the creator and co-host of a popular Omaha radio show, “It’s the Beat”. Feeling very thankful she can express herself through her music, she tries to help others by raising money with her songs and musicals and has raised more than $350,000 for national and local charities though her original music.  Her musicals, including one about Princess Diana, have been performed all over the country.  She is an award-winning songwriter and her music has been on television and in some movies.

Karen’s music includes a variety of songs about exercising and good health, celebrities, holidays, weddings, politics, children, babies, education, patriotism, love and family.  She especially loves to put on shows where kids and teenagers sing her songs! Some of her performances may be viewed on YouTube, as she has more than 90 music videos on the site and some have gone viral such as her hilarious song about the Octomom that has garnered about 10 million views. Karen’s songs are for anyone between the ages of 1 and 121! Visit Karen’s music website JMR Productions to see more of her musical and charitable work.

CONTACT: Andy Greenberg 402-250-3895 or visit

Enjoy Summer Movie Favorites at Home

Maude Garrett

The 2019 summer movie season is filled with exciting big screen events, from mega-blockbuster “Avengers: Endgame” to “Toy Story 4.” After the closing credits roll, however, movie fans can explore plenty of complementary film titles at home.

Summer is a much-anticipated time of the year for movie fans, but for film lovers who just can’t get enough, there are plenty of low-cost and even free options to keep enjoying your favorite characters and movie genres away from the theater, no matter where your summer plans take you.

From a sunny afternoon by the pool to some down time on family vacation, it’s possible to catch your favorite big screen and small screen entertainment on virtually any platform, including mobile devices, smart TVs, video game consoles and more. With the right service, you can also access an expansive library of films and TV shows without 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 12,000 movies and television shows on-demand. This summer will see even more movie debuts, including films similar to this season’s biggest blockbuster hits.

When you’re looking for a post-theater movie fix, Maude Garrett – TV and radio host, producer, voice actor and founder of – recommends these flicks:

  • After you’ve taken the kids to see “The Secret Lives of Pets 2,” check out the sweet family film “Finding Neverland.”
  • For more superheroes after “X-Men: Dark Phoenix,” try “Catwoman” starring Halle Berry.
  • If you’re still jonesing for action after “Men in Black: International,” watch “Escape Plan” with action icons Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone.
  • Horror fans who need more thrills after “Child’s Play” and “Annabelle Comes Home” will find Tubi has the Quentin Tarantino vampire classic “From Dusk Till Dawn.”

Make it a movie-filled summer with thousands of free entertainment options at Tubi.TV. (Family Features)

Photo caption (woman): Maude Garrett


Hot Ideas for Outdoor Living

Create the backyard retreat of your dreams

Livable space may be traditionally confined to a home’s interior, but the growing popularity of outdoor living design suggests that homeowners are broadening the definition to make the most of a home’s total footprint.

An outdoor patio is a natural extension of the home, offering additional seating and, with the right amenities, a way to enjoy meals and entertainment al fresco. After the sunlight fades, features powered by propane – like full outdoor kitchens, patio heaters, fire pits, flame lighting and more – can keep the fun going well into the night.

What constitutes the perfect outdoor living space is as varied as homeowners’ personal tastes. A simple seating arrangement with a fire pit or water feature may be ideal for one, while expansive hardscaping and a fully equipped outdoor kitchen can best meet the needs of another.

Stop dreaming and start planning with these ideas for the features that can transform your plain backyard into the envy of the neighborhood.


There’s dim mood lighting and there’s darkness. Ensure adequate light for activities like meal preparation and safe travel from one area of the yard to another with well-placed lighting. Strings of twinkling lights set a festive tone, but you’ll also want to consider lighting walkways and other high-activity areas. An option with a gas-powered flame creates an unforgettable effect and works anywhere from walkways to patios. An added bonus, real flame lights are totally odorless and function even during power outages for added security and safety.

Patio Heaters

If you’re itching to get outside before the season has fully arrived, or if you find yourself not wanting to head indoors even after the warm sun is gone, you can extend hours of enjoyment by heating the patio. A propane patio heater is a clean, safe and reliable way to raise the temperature by up to 30 degrees, so a chill won’t stop you from enjoying your backyard retreat.

Fireplaces and Fire Pits

There’s something soothing about the crackle and pop of flames dancing in the night sky, no matter what time of year it is. On a chilly evening, they add the functional benefit of delivering warmth, but year-round, there’s an ambiance that almost can’t be beat. If you prefer to skip the messy soot or ash and fuss of burning logs, instead opt for a gas-powered setup that lends the flicker of real flames with no cleanup and no firewood to store. It may feel a little like cheating to have instant fire at the flip of a switch, but you’ll quickly discover the flame and heat are very real.

Outdoor Kitchens

The ultimate entertaining experience centers around the kitchen, so when the party is outside, a kitchen must be, as well. With all the resources of a typical indoor kitchen, a fully equipped outdoor kitchen makes it possible to prepare a meal while enjoying the ambiance of the outdoors. A basic kitchen may include a preparation surface and grill. A propane powered grill is a popular choice because it heats up fast, so you spend less time preparing food and more time enjoying it. Just like an indoor gas range, propane grills give you instant on-off convenience and precision temperature control for perfectly done meals.

More elaborate kitchen designs incorporate features like an outdoor rotisserie, refrigerator, sink, ice trough and weather-proof cabinetry for storage. Don’t forget comfort and convenience by adding fans, lighting and a sound system. Home chefs may even delight in planting a garden adjacent to the kitchen, where they can pluck ingredients and herbs for a garden-fresh culinary masterpiece.

Pool and Spa Heaters

A cold dip may be refreshing for a moment, but most homeowners enjoy the ability to control the water temperature in their hot tubs and pools. A gas-powered heater can keep water at the desired temperature more efficiently and effectively compared with electric heaters.

Stay Safe

When it comes to gas amenities, safety is a top priority. If you smell gas in or near your home, follow these tips from the experts at the Propane Education & Research Council:

  1. No flames or sparks. Immediately put out all smoking materials and other open flames. Do not operate lights, appliances, telephones or cellphones. Flames or sparks from these sources can trigger an explosion or fire.
  2. Leave the area immediately. Get everyone out of the area where you suspect gas is leaking.
  3. Shut off the gas. Turn off the main gas supply valve on your propane tank if it is safe to do so. To close the valve, turn it to the right (clockwise). It’s typically a good idea to turn off the gas supply valves located near individual indoor appliances.
  4. Report the leak. From a neighbor’s home or other nearby location away from the gas leak, call 911 or your local fire department.
  5. Get your system checked. Before you attempt to use any of your propane appliances, a propane supplier or qualified service technician should check for leaks or other damage.
  6. Do not return to the area until a propane supplier, emergency responder or qualified service technician determines that it is safe to do so.

Learn more about better outdoor living at (Family Features)

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Courtney Hope is Bold and Beautiful

Interview Written and Conducted by William Jackson, MBA, Founder & Chief Business Officer of InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, and Teen InFluential 

Photography courtesy of Angelina Venturella / Shandrew PR.

Photography courtesy of Angelina Venturella / Shandrew PR.

Courtney Hope is an actress, model, and fitness enthusiast.  She stars as ‘Sally Spectra’ on the long-running CBS Series The Bold And The Beautiful, having been part of the cast since 2017.  Outside of show, Courtney takes on the role of lead character ‘Jesse Faden’ in upcoming video game CONTROL, set for release later in 2019 by Remedy Entertainment.

Photography courtesy of Angelina Venturella / Shandrew PR.

Photography courtesy of Angelina Venturella / Shandrew PR.

Beyond Bold, Courtney’s acting career flourishes both on the small screen and big screen. On television, her guest roles include acclaimed shows such as Transparent, Bones, NCIS: Los Angeles, NCIS, Criminal Minds, CSI: Miami, Grey’s Anatomy, Joan of Arcadia, Quantum Break, and Walker, Texas Ranger.  As a film actress, Courtney’s credits include Allegiant (Naomi Watts, Zoë Kravitz, Ray Stevenson, Janet McTeer), A Friend’s Obsession (Kayla Ewell), Swelter (Jean-Claude Van Damme), Prowl (Josh Bowman), Displacement, Mob Rules, and Revan.

Photography courtesy of Angelina Venturella / Shandrew PR.

Photography courtesy of Angelina Venturella / Shandrew PR.

Courtney has expanded into the medium of video games, transitioning her acting skills to voice for titles like Star Wars: The Old Republic - Knights of the Eternal Throne (Published by Electronic Arts)and Quantum Break (published by Microsoft Studios).  The latter game [Quantum Break] was based on the sci-fi television series of the same title, in which she reprised her role as the female lead, ‘Beth Wilder.’

Photography courtesy of Brett Erickson / Shandrew PR.

Photography courtesy of Brett Erickson / Shandrew PR.

When her schedule permits, Courtney focuses on Pilates, kickboxing, yoga, and dance. Also, she’s a certified cardio barre, Pilates, and piloxing instructor who loves to teach at her local studios.  When it comes to relaxing, she enjoys nothing more than hiking with her dogs Steve (named after Stevie Nicks), Bella, and Bentley.

William Jackson, MBA, Founder & Chief Business Officer of InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, and Teen InFluential

William Jackson, MBA, Founder & Chief Business Officer of InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, and Teen InFluential

I had the pleasure of chatting recently with Courtney and with her busy schedule I’m thrilled she was able to make time to chat.  Turns out Hope is not done surprising us just yet.  You can follow Courtney at InstagramTwitter, and Facebook @TheCourtneyHope.

Read the Exclusive Interview here.  

Central District Brewing Presents Grand Opening Celebration with a Beer Release Party on May 18 and 19

In addition to the house-made beer releases, the two day event will feature live music, food, and special grand opening merchandise

Central District Brewing, the small batch brewery located in the central business district of Austin, Texas, will host its grand opening celebration on Saturday, May 18, from 11 a.m. to midnight, and Sunday, May 19, from noon to 8 p.m. The two day event will commemorate the official opening of the local brewery with a day of entertainment, Batch kolaches, live music, special opening merchandise, and the release of four new beers: Belgian Wit, Belgian Pale Ale, French Saison and Ultra Limited Hazy IPA. The event will be free to attend. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Those interested in attending are encouraged to RSVP before the event at

“We’re thrilled to finally begin serving our own beers,” said Julie Ballato, co-owner of Central District Brewing. “It’s been a long time coming with some setbacks along the way but we’re here. The community has been ultra supportive and understanding so we’re excited to hear from them. Additionally, the delay has really allowed us to showcase some of our favorite beers around town.”

The brewery will continue to serve rotating options from local breweries who don’t often distribute their beers or have a very small footprint in the marketplace, including Brewtorium, Lazarus Brewing, and Roughhouse Brewing. Central District Brewing will unveil four house-made beers during the grand opening event, including its Belgian Wit,  Belgian Pale Ale,  French Saison, and Ultra Limited Hazy IPA.

Co-owner and Master Brewer Adam Duley has homebrewed for many years; he received his master’s in brewing and completed a six-week apprenticeship at the Lost Abbey and Port Brewing in California. Central District Brewing’s small brewhouse allows for Duley to produce approachable pillar beers, seasonals, and experimental beers.

Central District Brewing is located at 417 Red River St. Austin, Texas 78701. The brewery is open from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Wednesday to Thursday, 2 p.m. to midnight on Friday, 11 a.m. to midnight on Saturday, and 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday. Central District Brewing is closed on Monday and Tuesday. For more information, please visit Central District Brewing’s website,, or follow the brewery on Facebook (/centraldistrictbrewing) and Instagram (@centraldistrictbrewing).


Central District Brewing opened on Red River Street, just a block from the Austin Convention Center, in March 2019. Helmed by husband-and-wife duo Adam and Angela Duley and Joe and Julie Ballato, the small-batch brewery focuses on seasonal and small-batch beers developed by Adam, the Master Brewer of Central District Brewing. The brewery began producing a roster of rotating house options in May 2019. In addition to beer, Central District Brewing offers food from Batch Craft Beer & Kolaches. The 1,500 square foot space features a post-industrial modern setting with copper accents and live ferns.

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