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    The MoJo Pitching Cage featured in new baseball movie 'The Million Dollar Arm'

    BAKERSFIELD, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- California-based Mojo Sports, makers of interactive sports and entertainment equipment, announced today that their flagship product, the Mojo Pitching Cage(TM), is the 'Official Pitching Cage of The Million Dollar Arm Pitching Contest' featured in the movie 'The Million Dollar Arm.'

    Two Pedals Publishing Announces its Guide to Green Fabrics, Eco-Friendly Textiles for Fashion and Interior Design

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Two Pedals Publishing(TM) announced today the release of its full suite of books and other materials related to its new title, 'Guide to Green Fabrics, Eco-Friendly Textiles for Fashion and Interior Design' (ISBN: 9780975298398) the ultimate eco-fiber reference guide for instructors, textiles professionals, design students, fashion and interior designers, product manufacturers, and home sewing aficionados wanting to learn more about the latest developments in green textiles.

    Los Angeles Music Network's 2014 ROCK and URBAN LAMN Jam Music Contests welcome sponsor Send2Press News Service

    HOLLYWOOD, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The Los Angeles Music Network (LAMN) is delighted to announce a returning sponsor of its upcoming 2014 ROCK and URBAN LAMN Jam Music Contests ('LAMN Jams') happening this spring in Los Angeles. Send2Press(R) Newswire, a unit of Neotrope(R), will again be the official press release service, helping to take LAMN Jams to a new level.

    Prime Focus Technologies Completes Acquisition of DAX LLC and its patented technology including Primetime Emmy award-winning Digital Dailies

    LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Prime Focus Technologies (PFT), the technology subsidiary of Prime Focus (BSE:532748), today announced that it has completed the acquisition of DAX, a leading provider of cloud-based production workflow and media asset management applications to the entertainment industry.

    Music Industry Author and Consultant Loren Weisman to appear at 2014 LA Times Festival of Books

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Music industry guru, Loren Weisman, author of 'The Artist's Guide to Success in the Music Business' (ISBN: 978-1608325788) and co-founder of Artists Bridge, a new music industry resource hub, will be at the 2014 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books from April 12-13 at booth 934.

    Alegria Fresh, Orange County Produce and Filtrexx Corporation launch the 'Farm of the Future' at the Great Park in Irvine

    IRVINE, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- California-based Alegria Fresh, in collaboration with Orange County Produce, LLC and Filtrexx Corporation, today announced the launch of the 'Farm of the Future' hydroponic and organic farming demonstration center at the Great Park in Irvine. The demonstration center just completed a new organic food production farm using GardenSoxx.

    Five Queens and their Robot qualify for First Tech Challenge 2014 Robotics World Championships

    MONROVIA, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Five young women from Monrovia High School and their rhinestone-encrusted robot qualified to advance to the 2014 First Tech Challenge Robotics World Championships as a result of their strong performance at the West Super-Regional Robotics Tournament held near Sacramento at the former McClellan Air Force Base this past weekend, the Monrovia High School Robotics Program announced today.
    Assemblyman Mike Gatto

    Calif. State Assembly Arts and Entertainment Committee Green Lights the Film and Television Job Creation Act by Bocanegra and Gatto

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- AB 1839, the California Film and Television Job Retention and Promotion Act of 2014 passed the Assembly Arts, Entertainment,...

    25th Annual Laguna College of Art and Design Event to Honor Philanthropists Terry Smith and Wayne Peterson

    LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD) announces its Collector's Choice 25th Anniversary Celebration from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 21, 2014 at the main campus, 2222 Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach, CA, 92651. The 25th Annual Collector's Choice honors Terry Smith and Wayne Peterson, as honorary chairs.

    Digital Dailies company DAX LLC to be acquired by Prime Focus Technologies

    LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Prime Focus Technologies (PFT), the technology subsidiary of Prime Focus (BSE:532748) today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire DAX LLC, a leading provider of cloud-based production workflow and media asset management applications to the entertainment industry.

    Bugatta, the highly esteemed bar, restaurant, events and wedding venue, hosted CBS wrap party for 'The Crazy Ones'

    LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The Bugatta Supper Club, which has been hosting wrap parties for hit TV shows, movies, extravagant weddings and even the Academy Awards, today announced that it hosted the wrap party for the CBS hit comedy, 'The Crazy Ones,' starring Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar. The party featured some of the tastiest drinks and mouthwatering food in Los Angeles.

    King of Selfies Courts Ellen DeGeneres

    HOLLYWOOD, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Celebrity talk show host and comedian Ellen DeGeneres was sent a selfie machine two years ago, she could have made history with it. The Quik Pod, from Fromm Works, Inc., the 'ultimate selfie machine' as described by the inventor, is an extendable smartphone holder with a built in selfie mirror.

    Mojave National Preserve's Artist-in-Residence program to feature 'Mojave Moonlight' by Photographer Tom Lowe

    BARSTOW, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- 'Creating a fine art exhibit for Mojave National Preserve's Artist-in-Residence program requires reflection, introspection, and then interpretation,' says Linda Slater, Chief of Interpretation, 'because artists have to develop a thematic from 1.6 million acres of visual communities and millennia of history.'

    Sandra Piller Sings About a 'Good Night Kiss' in latest Country Music Ballad

    LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Every one of us has been through the emotional roller coaster leading up to a first kiss and all of those sensations are presented in 'Good Night Kiss,' the latest country song from Shady Hill Records artist Sandra Piller, recorded at Rough Edges Studio in Nashville.

    Five Queens and a Robot Win Top Honors at Los Angeles FIRST Tech Challenge Regional Championship Tournament

    MONROVIA, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Five young women from Monrovia High School and their rhinestone-encrusted robot won the top Inspire Award at the Los Angeles FTC (FIRST Tech Challenge) Regional Championship Tournament held at Monrovia this past Saturday, the Monrovia High School Robotics Program announced today. Along with six other teams from cities ranging from Santa Barbara to San Diego, they advance to compete with top teams from eleven western states.
    L.A. Mayor Garcetti

    L.A. Mayor Garcetti names Ken Ziffren to Manage Entertainment Industry Initiatives

    LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti on Monday appointed Ken Ziffren to be his chief advisor on motion picture and...

    Scott Kiloby of The Kiloby Center for Recovery says Philip Seymour Hoffman's Death Highlights Need for New Addiction Treatment Methods

    PALM SPRINGS, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Addiction experts are speaking out over Philip Seymour Hoffman's probable overdose death as a tragedy that could have been prevented. According to Scott Kiloby of The Kiloby Center for Recovery, what most aren't saying is that many traditional recovery methods simply don't work in the long term.

    Ian Ross Gallery in San Francisco to host joint exhibit 'Hard Candy' by John Waguespack and Katja Tapia

    SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The Ian Ross Gallery in San Francisco is pleased to bring you its first two-person show for 2014. As a gallery committed to showing the work of local talents, we are very excited to be showing prolific San Francisco artist John Waguespack and introduce rising star Katja Tapia, both new to the Ian Ross Gallery.

    Latest 'Books to Bookmark' List of 21 Interesting New Book Titles from 2013 announced by Publishers Newswire

    LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Publishers Newswire (PNW), an online resource established in 2004 for small publishers, as well as lesser known and first-time book authors, today announced its latest semi-annual 'Books to Bookmark' round-up. This list of 21 new books is from the second half of 2013 which may have been missed due to not originating from major New York book publishers, or so called 'big name' authors.

    'In the Studio with MJ' features Matt Forger to hear true stories about the studio sessions that created 'Thriller,' and 'Bad'

    LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- What was it like to be in the recording studio as Michael Jackson created the iconic tracks for such monumental albums as 'Thriller,' 'Bad,' 'Dangerous,' 'HIStory,' and "Blood on the Dance Floor"? Truly dedicated fans will find out from two of the recording engineers who were there with MJ, Quincy Jones, and all the famous musicians as Matt Forger joins Brad Sundberg for the next 'In the Studio with MJ' session scheduled for February 8, 2014, in Orlando, Florida.

    Join the sing-along fun with 'Valentine Songs That Tickle Your Funny Bone' from Ruth Roberts Music

    LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- When it comes time for February 14, Valentines Day, most people think of romance, flowers, candy, and candlelit dinners. But children also celebrate by sending and receiving valentines, dreaming up DIY projects for their parents, siblings, and teachers -- and they are definitely pleased about the candy! Ruth Roberts Music also brings something sweet for the occasion.

    Envy Corner says the sexiest gift you can give on Valentine's Day is yourself

    LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- What is important about Valentine's Day other than bringing two loved ones together to celebrate their special moment? 'There is nothing else that would be more important,' says Armen Leylekian of California-based Envy Corner, 'the Valentine's Day gift should be aimed to accomplish the same thing.'

    San Diego Attorney Stanley D. Prowse featured on Andrea Kaye Radio Show 'Legal Eagle' Programs

    CARLSBAD, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Carlsbad attorney Stan Prowse was approached in early 2013 by the Andrea Kaye Financial News and Talk radio show to participate in a Legal Eagle series of segments focused on Family Law. Since that time seven segments have been produced and aired live on AM1450 San Diego and AM1510 Las Angeles.

    Author D.L. Carroll's 'Sir Licksalot and The Arctic Fools' Receives Best Of The Year 2013 from Family Review Center

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- A new Children's Chapter Book, 'Sir Licksalot and The Arctic Fools' (ISBN: 978-1629076713), by author D.L. Carroll, officially releases with honors, awards, and 5 Star Reviews! This fast paced epic adventure will melt your heart, make you sweat, and give you goose bumps.

    SoulDirection1 Helps Homeless through Contemporary Christian Music and Street Ministry

    LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Zaricor Jackson, Jr. and Lillie Jackson of SoulDirection1 announced this week the release of their new contemporary Christian album, 'To the Least of These,' a compilation of 13 songs they have written to inspire and uplift most anyone who is experiencing a difficult time in their lives or for the simple enjoyment of listening to good music.

    New Year's 2014 at Sacramento Hilton hosted by Professionals Guild features Live Bands, DJ, for Eligible Bachelors and Bachelorettes

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Professionals Guild today announced its annual New Year's Eve Party, to be held at the Hilton Hotel, Arden West. Couples are also welcome to attend. The party starts at 8:30 p.m., Tues. Dec. 31, 2013. This Sacramento New Year's 2014 party includes three dance floors, two live bands, the Groove Thang Band and Innersoul band, as well as DJ Nic Javier.

    Exhibition from photographer Kathy Curtis Cahill, 'Night Echoes' at The Calumet Gallery

    LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Calumet Gallery today announced the upcoming opening of a new fine art photography exhibit, 'Night Echoes' (January 3 - February 3, 2014, 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. M-S), a thematic exhibition from photographer Kathy Curtis Cahill. Calumet will host an 'Open to the Public' wine and cheese Artists Reception on January 9, from 6 - 8:30 p.m., with an artist talk at 7 p.m.

    Christmas Sing-Along Songs from Ruth Roberts Music Are a Gift for the Whole Family

    LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- When elementary school teachers plan for their holiday entertainment programs, they turn to the Ruth Roberts' children's music catalog of song collections for Christmas, Halloween, Easter, Thanksgiving, Valentine's Day, and more. 'Ruth Roberts' specialty songs have been delighting children since 1973,' states Susan Nicoletti, of Goldenrod Music.

    Author of 'Tilt Diary of a Virgin Stripper' A.A. Jones wins 2013 Readers' Favorite Award

    BURBANK, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Burbank's own self-confessed housewife by day and stripper by night author, A.A. Jones was recently acknowledged as a 2013 Readers' Favorite Silver Medal Winner in the Relationships category for her memoir, 'Tilt Diary of a Virgin Stripper' (ISBN: 978-1257802869). The award ceremony was held in Miami.

    'Mistletoe and You' Song and Video Bring Joy to Country Music Fans

    LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The magical time of year between Thanksgiving Day and New Year's Day is filled with thoughts of family celebrations, colorful decorations, gift-giving, gatherings of friends, and the fun of kissing under the mistletoe. 'All of those wonderful things are in this song,' states country music artist Sandra Piller, singer of 'Mistletoe and You.'

    Climate Control exhibition from artist John Waguespack opens at 111 Minna Gallery

    SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- 111 Minna Gallery proudly presents the second installment of prolific San Francisco Artist, John Waguespack, who nearly sold out his first solo show with the gallery in 2012. Waguespack was the inaugural Artist-in-Residence at the Fairmont San Francisco and for the second year in a row has been selected to showcase work at Art Basel Miami's Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series. Waguespack will exhibit his latest work 'Climate Control' at 111 Minna Gallery through January 31, 2014.

    New Children's Book 'Surprising Silhouettes 2' Visualizes How People View the World

    SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Connie Tamaddon, author of 'Surprising Silhouettes' (ISBN: 978-0977801831) today announced release of 'Surprising Silhouettes 2' for Apple iPad. Tamaddon, a respected photographer, has a repeat performance with her unique use of light properties and shadows to create a clever read-out-loud guessing game that illustrates that not everything is as it first seems.

    The Pacific Pinball Museum signs Letter of Intent with Alameda to restore the vacant Carnegie Library as its new home

    ALAMEDA, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- After more than a decade of preserving and promoting the game of pinball, the Pacific Pinball Museum (PPM) is excited to announce it has signed a Letter of Intent with the City of Alameda to restore the vacant Carnegie Library as their new home. This magnificent 1902 building has sat vacant since 1998. This location will more than triple the museum's display capacity. The facility will also provide space for community events, classrooms, exhibits and many other expansions.

    The Joy of 'The First Thanksgiving' Can be Yours in Songs for the Whole Family

    LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- It's never too early in your child's development to talk turkey - to teach them the meaning of the Thanksgiving holiday - and Ruth Roberts Music is making it fun with the release of 'The First Thanksgiving,' a collection of sing-along songs, all newly digitized and available on iTunes.

    The Gardenia in Hollywood welcomes Country Artist Sandra Piller for Thanksgiving 2013 Event

    LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- On the Saturday night before Thanksgiving 2013, country music artist Sandra Piller will perform a special show featuring songs written by her mother-in-law. What makes this sweet gesture interesting to music lovers is that the songs co-written by Ruth Roberts were hits for such stars as Doris Day, Debbie Reynolds, and The Lennon Sisters.

    At 2013 SMPTE Conference DAX LLC Demos Emmy-winning Digital Dailies

    CULVER CITY, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- DAX, LLC, the leading provider of production workflow and media asset management applications and services to companies that produce, distribute and license audio-visual content is exhibiting at SMPTE 2013, annual conference and exhibition October 21-24, 2013.

    Josh C. Kline, DAX Co-founder, earns EMMY® for his Invention of Digital Dailies

    CULVER CITY, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Digital Dailies, the patented technology at the heart of DAX, the leading provider of production workflow and media asset management solutions to the entertainment industry, along with its inventor and DAX, LLC co-founder Josh C. Kline, have been honored by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences with a Primetime Emmy Engineering Award for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Development.

    Artist John Waguespack's 'Uplifting' to Represent San Francisco at Art Basel, Miami 2013

    SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Artist John Waguespack is the San Francisco winner of the 4th Annual Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series for 'Uplifting,' a portrait of Kate Moss, one of the most influential models of our time. John was a Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series representative for San Francisco in 2012, this is his second year representing San Francisco at Art Basel, Miami 2013.

    Paraphrase, LLC donates book sales during October to fight hunger with the Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission

    LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Paraphrase, LLC and author Arnold Rudnick have pledged all net profits from sales of the children's book 'Little Green' (ISBN: 9780981587974) for the month of October 2013 to Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission, which supports the hungry, homeless and hurting of the San Fernando Valley. They're also donating 100+ copies of the book to the first grade of Roscoe Elementary School.
    Assemblyman Mike Gatto

    California Film and Tax Credit Legislation to be Crafted by Assembly and Senate Appropriations Chairs

    HOLLYWOOD, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) and Senator Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) announced today that they will introduce...

    'Rust Revised' by photographer Bill North opens at The Calumet Gallery

    LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The Calumet Gallery announces the opening of a new thematic fine art photography exhibition, 'Rust Revised,' (Oct. 3 - Nov. 3, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday - Saturday) from Arizona photographer, Bill North. Calumet Photographic of Los Angeles will host an open to the public wine and cheese Artists Reception from 6 to 8:30 p.m., with an artist talk at 7 p.m. on Oct. 10, 2013.
    S.F. Mayor Edwin M. Lee

    SF Mayor Lee Announces Filming of New HBO Series 'Looking' in San Francisco

    SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- On Tuesday, S.F. Mayor Edwin M. Lee and HBO announced the signing of a lease for stage and...

    Envy Corner announces Top Ten Hottest Halloween Costumes for 2013

    LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- California-based Envy Corner, a company selling sexy Halloween costumes and women's lingerie, announced today their list of the 'Top Ten Sexiest Halloween Costumes of 2013.' They surveyed over 1,500 users on social media, and ten costumes were selected to be the ultimate and most popular Halloween costumes of 2013.
    Assemblymember Isadore Hall - Feb 14 2013

    Calif. Assemblymember Hall Statement on Second HIV Transmission of Adult Film Actor

    LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Today, Calif. Assemblymember Isadore Hall, III (D-Los Angeles) released the following statement following the announcement today that a...

    Jon Gheri presents Theatrical Fashion Show which will help launch Nourishing Minds of our Youth

    LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Jon Gheri presents 'Theatrical Fashion Show' on Saturday, October 12, 2013. Red Carpet begins at 3:30 p.m. Hors d'oeuvres will be served during the event. The show begins at 4 p.m. featuring fashion designs influenced by the 1920's, 1940's and 1960's along with songs from popular recording artists from each of these eras.
    Assemblymember Isadore Hall - Feb 14 2013

    No Happy Endings: Calif. Assemblymember Hall Statement on Reported HIV Transmission from Adult Film Actor

    LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Today, Calif. Assemblymember Isadore Hall, III (D-Los Angeles) released the following statement in response to news reports that...

    Food Finders announces its third annual Viva Las Vegas Casino Night fundraiser to fight hunger in Southern California

    SIGNAL HILL, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- For the third year in a row, Food Finders is betting that its Viva Las Vegas Casino Night will be another fundraising success, sure to offer something for everyone. On September 21, 2013, the 24-year young nonprofit will celebrate its 100 millionth pound of food rescued by hosting the event at the Alpert Jewish Community Center in Long Beach. Proceeds will support its Food Rescue Program.

    A troupe of comedians with disabilities promises big laughs to benefit the Pacific Pinball Museum

    ALAMEDA, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- A blind man. A woman who stutters. A wheelchair user. A Little Person. While this may sound like a description of a support group, it is, in fact, the lineup for the 'Comedians with Disabilities Act,' a comedy tour that the San Francisco Examiner called 'The most unconventional comics to pop up in 2011.'

    Actor Zak Lee Guarnaccia has lead role in Indie Action Feature 'Kalm' Produced by LightRow Pictures and Mill Reef Films

    HOLLYWOOD, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Actor and stuntman Zak Lee Guarnaccia, Executive Producer at LightRow Pictures and Paul Lupi, Producer of Mill Reef Films, are developing a feature film in the martial-arts, action-thriller genre entitled 'Kalm.' In addition, Guarnaccia is in talks for a role in another Lupi production 'Degradation,' written and produced with brother Daniel Lupi.

    Pacific Pinball Museum announces 'Sailing Through Pinball' Art and Pop Culture Exhibition

    ALAMEDA, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The Pacific Pinball Museum is excited to announce the opening of a new art show celebrating the America's Cup Race with a collection of pinball machines and art featuring sailing and yachting: 'Sailing Through Pinball.'

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