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D-List Actor Steve Comisar Joins Social Media Superstars to Jumpstart Career afrer Prison

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Actor Steve Comisar has appeared in numerous films, TV shows, and commercials. He is also a felon completing the last year of a 15-year federal prison sentence for fraud. The unique combination of felon and actor is apparently very appealing to the public. Just ask Comisar's half a million Twitter followers or the over one million fans that have viewed his YouTube videos.

Arab-Latina Beauty Sofia Hanan Runs for Miss California USA Despite Backlash Towards Arabs

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Regardless of America's focus on 'white nationalism,' Palestinian-Latina-American Sofia Hanan continues on her quest to become Miss California USA 2016. The U.S. has become ultra sensitive to the idea of outsiders living amongst them. Fears heightened after recent Paris attacks and the on-going manhunt for its coordinator.

Digital Spiritual Resort: Celebrated Hollywood Creatives Launch a Unique New Form of Entertainment

MALIBU, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- This is The Frequency presents 'The Digital Spiritual Resort,' a totally original and anarchic form of interactive entertainment that turns enlightenment, meditation and philosophy on its head. The Frequency experience uses music, humor and drama to explore the deepest issues of existence, and offers insights that will help you overcome the obstacles you face in getting the life you want.

National Foundation for Military Family Support teams with The Charitable Mint to launch two initiatives

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Helping to weave a critically needed safety net for our nation's soldiers and their loved ones, the non-profit National Foundation for Military Family Support (NFMFS) has joined forces with The Charitable Mint to battle urgent needs military families are facing not met by other sources.

Crown Diva Boot Camp Event helps Miss Calif. USA Contestants Take Performance to Next Level Nov.21

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Beauty pageants are sometimes criticized for being overly competitive, cut throat and an advantage to the wealthy due to high costs of preparing for and participating in the pageant, says Stephanie Farrell of Miss Greater Bay Area, Calif. California's state pageant, owned and operated by Top 10 Productions of Southern Calif., works with several independent regional directors who host preliminary pageants that qualify contestants for the Miss California USA(R) and Miss California Teen USA(R) pageants.

Grant Hier, Chair of Liberal Arts at Laguna College of Art Nominated for Pushcart Prize

LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD) announced Grant Hier, Chair of Liberal Arts and Art History, has been nominated for the prestigious Pushcart Prize. Hier was nominated as an author and will choose which works he wishes to submit to Pushcart judges for consideration for inclusion in their revered annual anthology.

KMA Black Belt Champions: Martial Artist Maria Turnhout Promoted to 5th Degree Black Belt

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- On Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015, KMA Black Belt Champions is proud to host their 16th ceremony showcasing the new Black Belts at their Sherman Oaks, California school. The celebration, at Van Nuys High School Auditorium, is the culmination of a three month testing process.

Phil Sears Collectibles announces Walt Disney Teenage Scrapbook of Original Cartoon Drawings at Auction

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Phil Sears Collectibles LLC announced today that the only known existing scrapbook of original cartoons drawn by Walt Disney will be auctioned at Bonhams in New York City this month. Walt Disney was no more than 17 years old when he drew the 13 cartoon characters in the scrapbook. Two of the characters are rodents, drawn a full 10 years before he created his iconic Mickey Mouse.

New Art Movement, Excessivism, is a Commentary on Economic Materialism

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Art collectors have something to get excited about. It's a new global art movement called 'Excessivism' and its early adopters date back to the late twentieth century. The movement's founder, American artist Kaloust Guedel, explains that Excessivism is a commentary on economic materialism.

Uproar Entertainment Announces New Comedy CD from Darryl Littleton, pka D'Militant

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Uproar Entertainment is pleased to announce the release of Darryl Littleton's newest comedy CD, 'Too Raw for Mainstream.' For Darryl Littleton pka D'Militant, no subject is out of bounds, no topic too sensitive, no commentary too raw. With his crackling wit, Littleton holds nothing back, unflinchingly delivering slicing and incisive social and political commentary.

Hermosa Beach Rocks! The Usual Suspects Headline Show at Saint Rocke in Hermosa Oct. 25

HERMOSA BEACH, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The Usual Suspects, a progressive rock band with a bluesy soul, is making an appearance at the Sainte Rock in Hermosa Beach, Calif. on October 25, 2015. They will also be promoting their debut CD - 'Back to Zero.'

Get Sexy This Halloween with a Killer Costume from Envy Corner

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Envy Corner announces their launch of high quality Halloween costumes at unbeatable prices. The decision to move forward with this came from the President of the company, Armen Leylekian, a very successful entrepreneur whose business practices are based on customer demand satisfaction enablement.

U.S. Olympian Justin Reiter files suit and challenges International Olympic Committee in Swiss court

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- U.S. Olympian Justin Reiter (2014 - Sochi Winter Olympics US Alpine Snowboarding National Team), who rose to national fame in 2013 as the Olympic athlete who had made his pickup truck his home in order to afford top level training, has filed suit in Switzerland against the International Olympic Committee (IOC) seeking to modify the schedule for the 2018 and 2022 Winter Olympics.

Nothing is off limits in Kat Radley's Comedy Debut from Uproar Entertainment

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Uproar Entertainment announces the debut comedy CD from the dynamic and talented KAT RADLEY. Hailing from Montclair, Virginia, Kat Radley began her stand-up comedian career as a contestant in Rooftop Comedy's National College Comedy Competition. After being voted into the Final Four by the public, Radley landed a coveted spot in the Aspen Comedy Festival.

'Foster's Animal World TV' Takes a Bite Out of Cyber Bullying for Animal Rescue

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- As an African American dog photographer, director Foster Corder has always had a special affinity and vision for animals. Over the years, his photographic and film contributions have laid the groundwork for some of the most prominent canine experts in the field. With his two hit web series 'Foster's Animal World TV' and 'Conversations with a Pit Bull' he has solidified himself as a preeminent voice for thousands of dogs, particularly those abused and in the shelters.

Comedian SHANG Hosts Big Daddy Kane 'SUPERFLY' Release Party with Author Gloria Goldwater

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Author Gloria Goldwater opens our eyes to the Golden Age of hip-hop music, as it grew from a localized sub-culture to a worldwide lifestyle in 'SuperFly - My Untold Story of Hip-Hop' (ISBN: 978-0991356003). Her writing revisits her wide-eyed enthusiasm as she launched her improbable magazine publishing career, dedicating herself to a genre that was still unfamiliar to mainstream America and a wide array of artists who were just beginning what would become legendary careers.

CHESS the Musical featured as rarely staged classic in Long Beach by Art-In-Relation

LONG BEACH, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- It's the early 1980's and the radio is blasting a catchy tune about a Chess game, 'One Night in Bangkok.' If you are old enough to remember this time you will also recall the confusion regarding the song. Such is the story too of the musical, 'Chess' being boldly staged by Art-In-Relation in Long Beach, Calif.

Ann Randolph's Award-Winning, Uproariously Funny Solo Show, 'Loveland' lands at The Marsh S.F.

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Ann Randolph's award winning solo show 'LOVELAND' returns to The Marsh along with a transformative interaction workshop on Good Grief following each performance. 'LOVELAND' is directed by Joshua Townshend-Zellner and presented Saturdays at 5 p.m., September 12 - October 17 at The Marsh San Francisco.

Brats Need Help Too! B-Movie Actor Steve Comisar asks Pres. Obama for Early Release from Prison

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Steve Comisar is an actor who has appeared in dozens of movies, television shows, and commercials. He is also serving a federal prison sentence for fraud. In July, Obama commuted the sentences of 48 federal prisoners. Comisar's petition should already be on the President's desk, ready for his next round of releases.
Assemblyman Mike Gatto

California Film Tax Credit Legislation is a Blockbuster Hit with Local Jobs – AB 1839

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ –- Today, the California Film Commission announced the first round of recipients for feature films and independent projects, bringing back...

Actor Omar Gooding and Universal Domino League Present 'Dominos After Dark' at Dave & Buster's Hollywood

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Starting Monday, Aug. 31, 2015, at Dave and Buster's Hollywood, the Universal Domino League (UDL) will feature its one-of-a-kind professional domino league to add to the excitement of Dave and Buster's magnificent brand. With over 200 games under their roof, the eatery and mega arcade will add one more game when the Universal Domino League brings their 'Dominos After Dark' event to the party.

Air Force One Detailers Join P&S Sales to Prep Vintage Classic Autos at Monterey Car Week

HAYWARD, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Sixteen members of the elite Air Force One Detailing Team led by Master automotive and aircraft detailer, Renny Doyle of Detailing Success and the Detail Mafia, has partnered with Bob Phillips, president of P and S Sales, an innovative professional detailing product manufacturer and distributor, to be the exclusive detailers and detailing product providers at the 24th Annual Gordon McCall Motorworks Revival Event.

Art-In-Relation Introduces Kids of All Ages to Musical Theater with Unique Productions for SoCal Families

LONG BEACH, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Art-In-Relation (A.I.R.), Jonas Sills and Ray Buffer, producers are proud to present their sixth stage production in a unique version of Andrew Lloyd Webber's classic, 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat' for a limited run from August 14-23, 2015.

28th Long Beach Jazz Festival features jazz legends Stanley Clarke, Poncho Sanchez, Keiko Matsui and more

LONG BEACH, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- For over 27 years, Rainbow Lagoon Park has been transformed into a musical arena of sounds performed by jazz greats that have traveled all over the world. In addition, the vendor's cuisine and upscale merchandise in the pavilion has always been guests' favorite area to parlay. Produced by Rainbow Promotions, LLC, each year guests are in awe of the level of performances and the Long Beach Jazz Festival 2015 is no exception.

Film Screening of 'Trace Amounts' includes Filmmakers and Calif. Health Practitioners Discussing Vaccination Concerns

ALISO VIEJO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- On August 6, Liberty Lives and Council for Vaccine Safety will co-sponsor a film screening of the powerful, eye-opening documentary 'Trace Amounts.' An expert panel will directly follow the film and include the film's producers Eric Gladen and Shiloh Levine, local pediatrician Dr. Bob Sears, investigative journalist Lori Martin Gregory, civil rights lawyer George Fatheree and former Merck representative Brandy Vaughan, founder of Council for Vaccine Safety.

First Comedy CD by Tobe Hixx released by Uproar Entertainment

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Uproar Entertainment announces a new comedy CD from Tobe Hixx, 'Laugh or Die.' Comedy saved Hixx's life! A skinny kid who was often teased and ridiculed by his peers, Hixx ultimately turned to a life of crime that included gangs and selling crack. After stints in both state and federal prison, Hixx chose to return to his first love, comedy.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat: Art-In-Relation Brings Biblical Story of Joseph to Life

LONG BEACH, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The magnificent musical 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat' is playing at the Ernest Borgnine Theatre in Long Beach, Calif. from Aug. 14-23, 2015, courtesy of Art-In-Relation. The talented cast of over 20 adults and more than a dozen children come from all parts of Southern California.

Art, Science and History Through Pinball: The Pacific Pinball Museum Opens New 'Science Room' in California

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- In furtherance of its mission: to teach art, science and history through pinball while preserving this unique part of American culture, the Pacific Pinball Museum (PPM) will be recreating a room within its facility to strictly focus on teaching science through pinball.

COMIC-CON: Actor, Filmmaker Zak Lee Guarnaccia Launches Kickstarter for New Martial Arts Action Film 'KALM'

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Zak Lee Guarnaccia, Actor/Stuntman, Executive Producer at LightRow Pictures, and Paul Lupi, Producer of Lupi Pictures, enter production of the feature film in the martial-arts, action-thriller genre entitled 'KALM.' Principal photography partially funding being raised on Kickstarter. The project will debut at the SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON 2015 (SDCC).

Stars Behind Bars: Actor and Author Steve Comisar asks Celebrity A-List Felons for a Little Help

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Steve Comisar is an actor who was convicted of fraud and sent to federal prison. The media and Wikipedia have branded him a con man. Some of Hollywood's major players have served time and can relate to his situation.

The Truth Hurts: Uproar Entertainment Announces New Comedy CD by Travis Simmons

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Uproar Entertainment is pleased to announce the release of Travis Simmons' newest comedy CD, 'The Truth Hurts.' Simmons' brilliant observations, amazing impressions, and astute political commentary are as compelling and authentic as they are hilarious. 'The Truth Hurts' was recorded at The Comedy Underground in Seattle, Wash. and is Simmons' first recording for Uproar Entertainment.
Black Legacy Plate

Calif. Black License Plates Return: DMV Now Processing Iconic Plates for Legacy Plate Program Created by Assemblyman Gatto

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- In 2012, when Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Glendale) introduced AB 1658 to create the California Legacy License Plate Program, he...

Lehman Moses Photographic Exhibit, Through My Lens, opens at Randsburg Art Gallery

RANDSBURG, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The Randsburg Art Gallery is extremely proud to announce the opening of the Lehman Moses Photographic Exhibit 'Through My Lens' on June 27 and 28 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Originally from Philadelphia, Pa., Lee has taken the art of photography to the highest of professional levels. Using medium format film cameras, Lee owns the entire creative process for his most impressive work.

'Carmen' comes to Ernest Borgnine Theatre in Long Beach for One Show, June 20, 2015

LONG BEACH, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Art-in-Relation (AIR) will present a co-production of the classic opera 'Carmen' to The Ernest Borgnine Theatre, Saturday, June 20, 2015. The co-production will run for one performance only. The Ernest Borgnine Theatre is located at 855 Elm Ave. in Long Beach.

2nd Annual City of Angels Celebrity Red Carpet Experience Honors Hip Hop Legend Yolanda 'Yo Yo' Whitaker

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- On June 26, 2015, Yolanda 'Yo Yo' Whitaker will be celebrated at the 2nd Annual City of Angels Celebrity Red Carpet Experience through awards and a live performance produced by Darryl Pitts (DP Productions) and partners Kevin and Schvone Rouse (Rouse House Entertainment). For over 25 years, Whitaker has influenced the world of hip hop.

New Comedy CD by Brett Riley announced by Uproar Entertainment

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Uproar Entertainment is pleased to announce the release of Brett Riley's first comedy CD, 'I'm An Idiot.' Riley's signature impersonations, witty observations, and colorful stories incite bouts of laughter from the start. 'I'm An Idiot' was recorded at The Comedy Underground in Seattle, and is Riley's first recording for Uproar Entertainment.

Le French Festival 2015: A 10-Day Bastille Day Celebration in Los Angeles of French Artisans and Culture

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- In a celebration of French artisans and culture in Los Angeles, Selavi Global and Canard Duchene Champagne have teamed up to launch the brand new 'Le French Festival' set to take place across Los Angeles from July 4-14, 2015. The event will end with a closing night party produced by French Tuesdays on Bastille Day, July 14 at Riviera 31 at the Sofitel Hotel.
Assemblyman Mike Gatto

Gatto's California Film Tax Credit Legislation is a Hit with the Motion Picture Production Industry

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Today, the California Film Commission announced that four major television productions will be relocating to California from out of...

Los Angeles Celebrates Veterans on 71st Anniversary of D-Day, 70th Anniversary of VE Day, and 50th Anniversary Vietnam War

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Celebrated philanthropists Jane and Bert Boeckmann of Galpin Ford and the Heritage League of the Second Air Division, today announced they have joined forces again to honor WWII Veterans at the 71th Anniversary D-Day Luncheon at The Proud Bird, in Los Angeles, on June 6. All WWII and Vietnam Veterans, as well as their friends and family, are encouraged and invited to attend.
Kristina Andrada

Calif. Congressman Cardenas announces winner of 29th Congressional District Art Contest for 2015

PANORAMA CITY, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- U.S. Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-San Fernando Valley, Calif.) on Tuesday announced the winner of the 29th Congressional District...
Hall and Lamar

Calif. Senator Isadore Hall, III Names Compton Native Kendrick Lamar 'California Senate Generational Icon'

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- On Monday, Calif. Senator Isadore Hall, III (D – South Bay) has bestowed fellow Compton, California native and two...

Author Kelly Browne Reissues '101 Ways To Say Thank You' with Social Media Tips for 2015

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- 'In the electronic revolution we live in, nothing makes an impact and expresses your gratitude more than the classic handwritten thank you note, sent in the mail with a stamp!' says Kelly Browne, author of the bestselling book, '101 Ways To Say Thank You' (ISBN: 9781402747021; Sterling Publishing)

Author Ryan Gattis and Artist Evan Skrederstu collaborate on new, hard hitting novel 'All Involved'

MILL VALLEY, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- ArteQuesta, a fine arts investment company, today announced that 'Ernie's Last Ride,' a piece by Evan Skrederstu, a Los Angeles-based artist and member of art collective UGLARworks (Unified Group of Los Angeles Residents), has been featured in fellow UGLARworks member Ryan Gattis's latest novel, 'All Involved' (ISBN: 978-0062378798).

Master Jeweler David Bellman and Segway inventor Dean Kamen unveil AquaSonic Wave for Daytime Emmy Stars

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- This year's Daytime Emmy(R) Award stars will walk away with trophies and accolades as well as learning about a revolutionary new invention, The AquaSonic Wave. Co-created by Dean Kamen, creator of the Segway, and Master Jeweler David Bellman, the AquaSonic Wave provides a novel, time-effective way to keep diamonds and other precious jewelry sparkling like new.

Kings And Queens Robotics Team Advances to 2015 FIRST Tech Challenge World Championship Second Year in a Row

MONROVIA, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The Monrovia High Robotics Program announced today that the ten Monrovia High School students of the 'Kings and Queens' robotics team and their purple robot 'Sir Lancelot' qualified to advance to the 2015 FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics World Championships for a second year in a row as a result of their excellent performance at the West Super-Regional Robotics Tournament held in Oakland March 26-28.

New book by Margaret Galabe is unforgettable story of the human spirit triumphing over poverty, hopelessness and despair

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Margaret Galabe, author, award-winning humanitarian, philanthropist, and founder of Student International Development Engagement (SIDE), a program in which students travel abroad to enrich their global experience, contribute to development issues, shares her experiences as a member of the team that brought this pilot project to fruition in this meaningful, heartfelt, and insightful, illustrated book.

Art-In-Relation announces musical 'Forever Plaid' swings into Long Beach for Limited Engagement

LONG BEACH, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Art-In-Relation, in conjunction with the Long Beach Scottish Rite, will present 'Forever Plaid' the musical, about a 1950's quartet of high-school chums who return from the afterlife for one final chance at musical glory. Show dates are April 24-26, May 3, May 9 and 10, 2015.

John Waguespack's 'Channeling The Dionysian' presented at Rocha Art in San Francisco April 10 – May 15, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- John Waguespack, a San Francisco based artist, unveils a new chapter in his creative evolution in 'Channeling the Dionysian,' a solo exhibition at Rocha Art. In his first solo exhibition in over a year, Waguespack's work is inspired by Friedrich Nietzsche's dramatic theory of the 'Dionysian' and 'Apollonian' modes of the human mind.

Author of the 'Sir Licksalot' Series, D.L. Carroll, Receives Prestigious 2015 Award from Family Review Center

SANTA CLARA, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Family Review Center honors D.L. Carroll, author of the 'Sir Licksalot' children's book series, with the 2015 Star Award. The Star Award is to recognize outstanding companies and business owners. An interview with Carroll is published in the 2015 Awards Edition of the Family Review Center's Magazine.

Casting Call: Casting Agent Jacqui Pitman is Looking for Reality TV's New 'It' Couple

BURBANK, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Casting is the backbone of all great reality shows and veteran TV casting agent Jacqui Pitman knows casting. She is a true behind-the-scenes powerhouse when it comes to finding the perfect people for the perfect parts. Her agency, Pitman Casting, is a full service, reality television casting company that has provided talent for some of TV's hottest shows. Now the veteran casting director is on the search for reality TV's next 'It' couple.

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