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February 24, 2012

OSCARS 2012: Project Green to Hold Launch Party at ALIVE! Expo Green Pavilion/Mix Media Luxury Lounge; Annual Event, Founded by Kim Kreiss & Patrycja Towns, Continues Their Tradition of Green Gifting and Eco Awareness During Awards Season

Posted by Don Rose

The Academy Awards are almost upon us, and that means one of the most anticipated awards season traditions has once again returned to Los Angeles. Today and tomorrow, the ALIVE! Expo Green Pavilion/Mix Media Luxury Lounge with Fortunate Angels -- benefiting Project Green 501c3 -- kicks off their annual pre-Oscars suite. As the original green suite, ALIVE! Expo Green Pavilion introduces, educates, and entertains celebrities, media members and other VIP guests with the latest and greatest in the natural product industry, all to benefit Project Green 501c3. Kim Kreiss and Patrycja Siewert-Towns, Founders of Project Green and owners of AEGP/Mix Media Luxury Lounge, take going green to the next level; with hundreds of returning guests at each event, Kreiss and Siewert-Towns have perfected the ultimate lounge when it comes to raising awareness in the green community in conjunction with their charity. And, of course, guests are always showered with supremely Super Swag!

Several LA gift suites choose wonderful charities to help, but Kim and Patrycja founded ALIVE! Green Expo Green Pavilion/Mix Media Luxury Lounge (the ORIGINAL green gifting suite) -- and Project Green a few years later -- in order to build a brand and raise money for an unending cause.  When they’re not catering to the likes of Hollywood, their mission is in play around the country whether it’s a health and wellness expo or local event in their hometown of Atlanta. Going green, giving back, going green, giving back, it’s a fabulous cycle; gifting green is simply a bonus several times a year.

More About the 2012 ALIVE! Green Expo Green Pavilion/Mix Media Luxury Lounge (Oscar Edition)

Title Sponsors: Fortunate Angels, the event sponsor and supporter is bringing awareness for Project Green 501c3 by helping to incorporate a very special element of fashion and music to the Eco Luxury Educational and Gifting Lounge. Founder Kathleen Grace Donnelly is a philanthropist that actively engages in promoting human and social reform. She is dedicated to helping bring awareness for global improvement, making this world a better place.

Vendor Sponsors include: Mohawk; Gotwheatgrass; Status Vodka; Sokienbuka; Cascal; Bare Foot Wines; Organic Valley; BioK Plus; The Fractal Gallery Lounge, (Eco luxe furniture) Aubrey Organics; Icelanding Glacial; Bari Olive Oil; Horizon Limousine; Instafoodsinternational-Kids Feeding The World.org; Glen Willis - Rock Photo Photographer; Sculptures By, Matt Torres Pearl Jewelry -Fleur De Bee; Butterfly Necklaces - Brittany Gerson; Molly Sandberg Jacob Interior/Set/Event Design & Productions; L Floral Studio, floral art; Daniella Renee Photography www.daniellarenee.com;DJ Green; Only You Can Save Energy; and Fashion Hope 501 c3.

Expected celebrity attendees to date: Rachelle Carson, Ed Begley Jr., Carter Oosterhouse, Brett Lockett (Patriot safety), Sean Stewart, Alice Greczyn (ABC Family's "The Lying Game"), Meghan Tandy ("Jane by Design"), Alan Cumming (The Good Wife), Samantha Mumba (The Time Machine), Tony Hale (Arrested Development), Vik Sahay (Chuck), Estella Warren (Planet of the Apes), Matthew Fahey (Awkward), James Kyson-Lee (Heroes), Briana Evigan (Step Up 2), Raphael Sbarge (Once Upon a Time) and more!


Kim Kreiss began her career as an entertainment executive in 1987 when she joined Landsburg Productions, where she coordinated all phases of project management including development, pre-production, production and postproduction. In 1989 with Aaron Spelling Entertainment, she worked as a key casting executive for projects including, among others, "Beverly Hills 90210" and "Melrose Place".  In 1990, she partnered with Green Management to oversee the careers of Heather Locklear and Tori Spelling.  From 1993 to 1995 Kreiss joined Artist Management, which represented additional Emmy-award winning actors and served as a consultant with record label management teams facilitating crossing label talent into film and TV.  In 1997 Kreiss formed Mix Media, LLC, which creates events surrounding red carpet award ceremonies in Hollywood, providing luxury brands an opportunity to build awareness and gain celebrity, associated marketing materials and publicity.  In 2007 Kriess partnered with the “Alive! Expo “ the largest natural health & wellness green living consumer product expo in the country.   In 2008, Kim cofounded PROJECT GREEN 501c3, a non-profit dedicated to preserving green space for future generations.  A longtime philanthropist Kreiss has been attached to charity affiliations & Honors including The American Red Cross, Spielberg/Starlight Starbright Children's Foundation, UNICEF, the Make-A-Wish Foundation and The Alaska Wilderness League.

Patrycja Siewert-Towns locally owns the Alive! Expo. In addition to the Expo, she runs the Green Pavilion (with partner Kim Kreiss), which organizes eco-friendly and luxury events in Los Angeles surrounding the world's most famous film and television award ceremonies -- the Oscars and the Emmys -- as well as during the annual Sundance Film Festival in Park City, UT. Siewert-Towns is the President and CEO of Alive! Expo, one of the nations’ largest Natural Products Health & Wellness Consumer events in the country.  Patryjca is also a partner and co-owner of Alive Expo Green Pavilion, the Eco Luxury Educational Lounge that takes place surrounding Hollywood events during Emmys, the Oscars and at the Sundance Film Festival.  Additionally, Siewert-Towns is also one of the founders of Project Green. She has over seventeen years’ experience in the natural products, organic foods and green living industry. Her experience also includes working with companies large publishing companies to privately owned health food retailers, and small to mid size manufacturers to develop the best natural and organic products for their consumers.

Through a variety of outlets by way of education, building brand awareness, at times in conjunction with celebrity influence, and fundraising, Kim Kreiss and Patryjca Siewert-Towns are the ultimate "green team" and a perfect example of two women dedicated to providing a healthier living environment and lifestyle options for everyone.


Alive! Expo’s mission is to inspire and encourage individuals to embrace a life of health, wellness, fitness and eco-conscious living through awareness of natural, organic and alternative products and solutions. From advanced medical research to education about nutrition, exercise and the lifelong benefits of living a clean and green lifestyle, Alive! Expo helps people cut through the excess of information to find solutions that make sense for them.

Alive! Expo led to the creation of the non-profit organization Project Green -- a 501c3 whose mission is to protect green space for future generations and invest in “A Green Tomorrow”. Project Green will develop “Back to Basic” Summer Camps for underserved children and teens. These eco-camps will focus on building self-esteem and awareness of the environment by incorporating challenging and fun activities. 


Sundance Photo - Kim Kreiss

Kim Kreiss with Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall

Sundance Photo - Patrycja Siewert-Towns (center) with Award Suite Guests

February 23, 2012

FEB 26: CHILDREN UNITING NATIONS Presents Annual Academy Awards Celebration & Viewing Party at Historic Beverly Hills Estate

Children Uniting Nations Founder/CEO and best-selling novelist Daphna Edwards Ziman once again presents the annual star-studded Oscar viewing and after-party benefiting Children Uniting Nations in Beverly Hills.

2012 C.U.N. Awards Celebration and Oscar Viewing Dinner
Post-viewing party featuring presentation of the
Global Humanitarian Award to Metta World Peace
(star of the Los Angeles Lakers)

When: Sunday, February 26, 2012, 3:45PM to midnight

What: One of Hollywood’s most star-studded annual viewing parties

Where: the historic Beverly Hills estate of one of Hollywood’s founding movie moguls, Harry Warner

Who: Honoree Metta World Peace, presenter “Blind Side” star Quinton Aaron

Performers for the post-viewing show:  Dennis Quaid and his band, The Sharks, Nia Peeples, Colby O’Donis,  Robert Davi and his band, emcee/auctioneers Charlie Fleischer, Miguel Nunez

Attendees of viewing party and/or post-event party:  Jermaine & Halima Jackson, Chaka Khan, Rosanna Arquette, Tom Arnold, Jane Seymour, James Keach, Louis Gossett Jr.,  Magic Johnson, Tori Spelling & Dean McDermott, Lisa Rinna, Michael Chiklis, Janice Dickinson, Frances Fisher, Susan Sullivan, Eric Benet, Max Ryan, Stephen Dorff, Lainie Kazan, Rene Taylor, Joe Bologna, Freda Payne, Mimi Rogers,  Radha Mitchell, Erik Estrada, Deidre Hall, Maria Conchita Alonso, Connie Stevens, Mary Wilson, Beverly Todd, Joan Van Ark, Macy Gray

More information on this stellar event available by clicking here.

February 8, 2012

TIMES TRAVEL TAKES OFF: 2012 LA Times Travel Show Hits 21% Increase in Attendance

Annual "ExTRAVELganza" Not Only Sees Attendance Boost But Addition of Industry Conference Expands Trade Participation by 400%


(LOS ANGELES – February 8, 2012) The Los Angeles Times’ 14th annual Travel Show and inaugural industry conference, held January 27-29, convened more than 24,300 celebrity speakers, travel professionals, industry leaders, members of the media and consumers at the L.A. Convention Center, smashing the previous attendance record by more than 21 percent and officially making it the must-attend Southern California travel event of the year.


“The 2012 Travel Show surpassed our wildest attendance expectations and it’s enormously gratifying to have our first industry-focused conference receive such a great response,” said David Burns, The Times vice president, promotional revenue, sports and events. “We effectively brought the world to Southern California in great style.”


The Times partnered with MSE Management and IMG Worldwide to produce the three-day event, launching an all-day industry conference, as well as a design and programming upgrade. Of note was the quality and variety of featured speakers, including Lisa Ling, Rick Steves, Arthur Frommer, Adam Richman, Rudy Maxa, Don Wildman, Josh Gates and Johnny Jet, alongside experts from National Geographic Channel, LivingSocial Escapes, Travelzoo, Cooking Channel, leading industry organizations and The Times award-winning travel and photo staff.


“I had a great time talking to people that are so passionate about travel,” said Ling, host of “Our America” on the Oprah Winfrey Network. “Travel is what propelled me to want to be a journalist and being exposed to so much in the world really changed my life.”


More than 2,000 travel professionals seized the business-to-business opportunity of attending the new industry conference sessions, a show floor preview and the consumer event. An exit survey conducted by The Times indicated that a wide range of travelers were in attendance, with nearly 60 percent visiting for the first time. Consumers spent an average of four hours exploring the show floor, with 90 percent seeking information about potential destinations and 94 percent planning to travel within the year.


“The Los Angeles Times Travel Show and industry conference created an important forum linking organizations, suppliers and the entire trade together to share valuable information – one place, one time, one event,” said John Severini, president and CEO of the California Travel Association. “This event was a big success.”


Standout exhibitors Taiwan Tourism Bureau, Ecuador Ministry of Tourism, Mexico Tourism Board and Visit Newport Beach were presented with awards from the show organizers.


“We started six years ago with just a table and two posters,” said Trust Lin, director of the Taiwan Tourism Bureau. “Last year, we won ‘Best of Show,’ and we keep participating and expanded our presence because it really works. People waited in line to get in, they stayed longer and asked informed questions about where to go in Taiwan.”


Jose Vallejo, director of marketing for the Ecuador Ministry of Tourism added, “The Los Angeles Times Travel Show provided an excellent venue for educating Southern Californians about Ecuador’s four regions – the Amazon, the Andes, the Pacific Coast and the Galapagos. We were very happy to connect directly with people that have recently visited or who are now planning trips to Ecuador.”


“The Los Angeles Times Travel Show was a great experience all around,” said Virginia Goff, manager of partnership marketing & industry relations at Tourism Ireland. “We were overwhelmed by the crowds, the response to our cooking demo on the Culinary Stage and the number of people looking to book trips to Ireland.”


“Participating in this show allowed us to leverage the exposure and audience that the Los Angeles Times has to offer, which is a great fit for us,” said Michelle Lindsey, western region manager for American Express Travel Services, the show’s booking agent. “There were very savvy travelers at the show and we were able to provide travel services for a variety of destinations, from high-end African safaris to Caribbean cruises.”


The Los Angeles Times Travel Show and industry conference returns to the L.A. Convention Center February 22-24, 2013. 

For information about sponsorship or exhibiting, visit latimes.com/travelshow.

To view photos from the event, go to: latimes.com/travelshow or Facebook.com/LATimesEvents.

About the Los Angeles Times Media Group

The Los Angeles Times Media Group (LATMG) businesses and affiliates include the Los Angeles TimesThe EnvelopeTimes Community NewsLA, Los Angeles Times Magazine and Hoy Los Angeles and reach approximately 5.1 million or 38% of all adults in the Southern California marketplace. LATMG also owns and operates California Community News as well as Tribune Direct’s west coast division and is part of Tribune Company, one of the country’s leading media companies with businesses in publishing, the Internet and broadcasting.

The flagship Los Angeles Times is the largest metropolitan daily newspaper in the country, with a readership of 1.9 million Monday through Saturday and 2.9 million on Sunday, more than 17 million unique latimes.com visitors monthly and a combined print and online local weekly audience of 4.4 million. The Pulitzer Prize-winning Times has been covering Southern California for more than 130 years. Additional information is available at http://latimes.com/aboutus.

February 7, 2012

Paul McCartney's "Kisses On The Bottom" Released Today; New Album of Standards (Plus 2 New Originals) Features Appearances by Eric Clapton, Stevie Wonder & Diana Krall

Posted by Don Rose

Paul’s tribute to personal favorites and two new self-penned compositions out TODAY February 7

On December 19

2011, Paul announced that February 2012 would see the release of his brand new studio album. Scores of fans then streamed the new original track ‘My Valentine,’ many assuming it would be the new record’s title track.  While a few Twitter hints have been dropped and rumors have run rampant, Paul puts an end to speculation today, confirming that the album will indeed be titled ‘Kisses On The Bottom’.


Paul has apparently had some fun with his choice of album title—while causing some confusion amongst those who have historically subjected his every move to microscopic scrutiny (with many fixating on an anatomical interpretation!). The phrase ‘Kisses On The Bottom,’ however, actually comes from the album’s opener ‘I’m Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter’. Originally made a big hit by Fats Waller in 1935, the song opens with the lines ‘I’m gonna sit right down and write myself a letter and make believe it came from you.  I’m gonna write words oh so sweet.  They’re gonna knock me off of my feet.  A lot of kisses on the bottom, I’ll be glad I got ‘em’.


‘Kisses On The Bottom’ is a collection of standards Paul grew up listening to in his childhood as well as the two new McCartney compositions ‘My Valentine’ and ‘Only Our Hearts’.  With the help of Grammy Award-winning producer Tommy LiPuma and Diana Krall and her band—as well as guest appearances from Eric Clapton and Stevie Wonder, McCartney’s new album is a deeply personal journey through classic American compositions that, in some cases, a young Paul first heard his father perform on piano at home.  The full tracklisting reveals that Paul has been both reverent and adventurous in his song choices.


Kisses On The Bottom – Full Tracklisting

Standard CD – 14 tracks

01. I’m Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter            

02. Home (When Shadows Fall)                                                

03.  It’s Only A Paper Moon                                                      

04. More I Cannot Wish You                                                      

05. The Glory Of Love                                                               

06. We Three (My Echo, My Shadow And Me)                      

07. Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive                                        

08. My Valentine                                                             

09. Always                                                                       

10. My Very Good Friend The Milkman                       

11. Bye Bye Blackbird                                                   

12. Get Yourself Another Fool                                       

13. The Inch Worm                                                         

14. Only Our Hearts                                                         


Deluxe CD Album will feature two bonus tracks plus access to a download of the Capitol Studios show (available from Tuesday 14th February via paulmccartney.com), plus longer liner notes and expanded packaging featuring three postcards)

15.  Baby’s Request                                                          

16.  My One And Only Love                                      

The album will also be available digitally.



The album was recorded at the legendary Capitol Studios in Los Angeles, New York and London throughout 2011.  It also features guest musicians Eric Clapton and Stevie Wonder, respectively, on the original compositions ‘My Valentine’ and ‘Only Our Hearts’.  Eric also appears on the track ‘Get Yourself Another Fool’.

The album artwork concept was conceived by Jonathan Schofield (Visual Director at Stella McCartney) and designed by Matthew Cooper (who has worked with artists such as Arctic Monkeys and Franz Ferdinand).  Paul was photographed by his daughter Mary McCartney for the album sleeve.