Welcome to the Volume 22 edition of the McCartney Newsletter.
Time flies when you're busy! From The GIs of Comedy to our first stage production with the "Magical History Tour", and of course our annual Rocktoberfest party, there has been a lot of activity within the company over the last 3 months, so here's the scoop:
Well, it was time of the year again. Our annual Rocktoberfest!
This year the celebration was to announce our newly formed company and team in Vienna, Austria, the McCartney Group, GmbH.
In the next issues you will meet Director Mag. Raimund Carl, our old friend, and now partner, Reinhold Kiss, and new team members Benno Flotzinger and (pictured left) Carina Fischer. For more information about McCartney Group, watch our trailer here...
It was a great night of beer, Schweizer Wurstsalat, Chili con carne, Pretzels, Sausage, Sauerkraut and Rotkraut, Glühwein and other assorted snacks.
We are also happy to report that people generously dropped off canned goods, towels, cleaning detergents and various other household goodies, as a donation to the Greater L.A. Fisher House.
Here's to the kick-off of the Magical History Tour!
For those of you who had the chance to attend the show at The Good Life Festival at the gorgeous Encanterra Country Club, San Tan Valley, AZ, we want to first of all thank you for being such a great and appreciative audience. We all had a blast. Thank you! For those who couldn't make it to Arizona, here's a quick wrap up:
The show features The MopTops music, multimedia movies produced and edited by Martin, which include rare footage, old newsreels, family photos and behind the scenes imagery from the period 1963 - 1969. And then Angie and Ruth share their insider anecdotes from the swinging 60's, and answer audience questions. It's a trip down memory lane to Penny Lane - and thank you R-Entertainment (Walter, Kerry, Reed, Tom & Cynthia), Alex Baird and the crew at Encanterra, Kati Spencer and the team at BJC PR, Marshall Terrill and the folks at The Pat McMahon Show, Fox 10 Arizona, and Steve Goddard and the crew at CBS radio. Also a big thank you to all the journalists who wrote such glowing things about our show!
And of course The Mop Tops and crew ~ Mean Mr. Mustard, Gary, Luis and Papa Joe of Lamia Entertainment! Youse were all fab!
As mentioned in the last newsletter, we were a proud part of the The Greater Los Angeles Fisher House's "GIs of Comedy" show at the Wadsworth Theater. On behalf of Byk Advertising LA, we furnished all the print work, including outdoor banners and signage, flyers and the actual tickets for the event. We also handle th social media for GLAFH so please make sure you come and find them on Facebook. Having served in the German military, Martin was especially proud to be able to give something back to the service men and women of this great country.
The event was fun, and it feels great to make our Veterans and Military personnel laugh, if only for one evening.
A Day For Heroes ~ 11/9/13
The next event is the 2nd Annual "A Day For Heroes" featuring an award winning BBQ from Smokin' Steve's, outdoor music from the Rickey Minor (American Idol/Tonight Show) Band, and then a show with Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray at The Wadsworth Theater, West LA VA Campus on Sat, November 9th kicking off at 2pm.
Here's more about the Fisher House of Greater Los Angeles. We are happy to report that during our Rocktoberfest people generously dropped off canned goods, towels and cleaning detergents, etc. We thank you all!
Similar to the Ronald McDonald Houses, Fisher House Foundation is best known for the network of comfort homes built on the grounds of major military and VA medical centers. The Fisher Houses are 5,000 to 16,800 square-foot homes, donated to the military and Department of Veterans Affairs, where families can stay while a loved one is receiving treatment. Additionally, the Foundation ensures that families of service men and women wounded in Iraq or Afghanistan are not burdened with unnecessary expense during a time of crisis.
Located in close proximity to the medical center or hospital it serves, each Fisher House consists of between 8 and 21 suites, with private bedrooms and baths. Families share a common kitchen, laundry facilities, spacious dining room and an inviting living room with a library and toys for children. Fisher House Foundation ensures that there is no fee to stay in a Fisher House. Since inception, the program has saved military and veteran families an estimated $192 million in out of pocket costs for lodging and transportation.
Follow Roy Choi into a place where you can dine daily in the mess hall where the bartenders (like the fabulous Angela from Zanzibar), study up on sitting you down with the perfect drink. House-made infusions, muddled herbs and fresh-pressed juices wait for careful and quick hands to buddy them up with brainy-but-earnest selection of mezcals, tequilas, rums, gins, scotches, whiskies and vodkas. Leave pretentious at the door while enjoying a space as beautiful as the flavors that are served to you. From Furikake popcorn to lemongrass-scented chowder and Chef Roy's homage to the Korean-owned burger stands holding it down in the heart of LA, it's a place where sharing plates are encouraged between comrades and strangers and utensils are optional. So whether you want to sit at the bar, a long picnic table or gather 'round a good bonfire out on the patio to cuddle, good food and good stories are bound to transpire.
For those of you who attended our annual Rocktoberfest, the name Tommy Gimler is probably shockingly familiar!
Martin has been working for the last few months with Tommy, getting his EP "Just The Tip" ready for prime time.
A true trooper, Tommy came in from Dallas to do a short gig at Rocktoberfest and then flew back to Texas the same night! Talk about commitment! We mentioned Tommy's latest video "Bitch Has Cats" in our last issue, so for those of you who haven't seen it yet, be warned, and click here....
video directed by Pat Healy ....
PARENTAL DISCRETION STRONGLY ADVISED
McCartney NetWork News - (because it's all about YOU)
BULLYING NEEDS TO STOP
3.2 MILLION children in grades sixth through ten, nearly ONE out of every SIX kids, are bullied each year.
MOVIE PROJECT :: THE DAY I DIED.
This film will be an engaging and poignant story that surfaces the honest and raw truth behind bullying. It's a story that should be told.
The script, from writer ADAM C. BLOOM, will be directed by MICHAEL EMANUEL and produced by MICHAEL EMANUEL and DAVID REIVERS. It will be executive produced by TED STANFORD, GLEN REYNOLDS and CORBIN BLEU, from HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL and DANCING WITH THE STARS, who will also star in a pivotal role as the first year drama teacher who serves as the moral rudder in our movie.
"I am very proud of my little niece and her wonderful music...give her a listen" ~ "Aunty" Ruth!
Lance Bass Radio Show with Angie and Ruth McCartney.
Our good friend, producer Wendy Thorlaksen invited us to meet with Lance about his digital presence, and we walked right in to his Dirty Pop radio show on Sirius. We sat on the couch listening for a few minutes then - boom! Lance asked us to go live on air and the madness ensued! You can hear a short clip here.
Thanks Lance - you can join his iFanz list at his pop-up portal here...www.LanceBass.com
Recipe of The Month
Ruth's Spanish Chicken and Rice
• 1 tablespoon olive oil
• 8 bone-in chicken thighs, skin removed
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
• 2 medium red peppers, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
• 2 cloves garlic, crushed with press
• 1 large onion, chopped
• 1 tablespoon paprika
• 2 cans (14 1/2-ounce) diced tomatoes
• 1 can (14- to 14 1/2-ounce) chicken broth
• 3 cups water
• 2 cups (or boxes) of Spanish Rice with saffron / turmeric seasoning
• 1 package (10-ounce) frozen peas
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In 5- to 6-quart Dutch oven, heat oil on medium-high until hot. Sprinkle chicken all over with salt and black pepper; cook, in 2 batches, about 6 minutes per batch, until lightly browned on both sides. With tongs, transfer chicken pieces to small roasting pan (13- by 9-inch) or jelly-roll pan (1 1/2- by 10 1/2-inch).
Cover roasting pan with foil and bake chicken 25 to 30 minutes or until juices run clear when thickest part of thigh is pierced with tip of knife.
Meanwhile, in same Dutch oven turned down to low/medium, cook red peppers, garlic, and onion about 10 minutes or until vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in paprika and cook 30 seconds. Add tomatoes with their juice, broth, water, and rice; heat to boiling on high. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 10 minutes. Stir in frozen peas.
Grease two 2- to 2 1/2-quart glass or ceramic baking dishes. Spoon half the rice mixture into each prepared baking dish. Carefully tuck thighs into hot rice mixture. Cover and bake one dish 25 minutes or until rice is tender and most of liquid is absorbed. Fluff rice to serve. Meanwhile, prepare second baking dish for freezing.
Angie's One Liners
If four out of five people suffer from diarrhea, does the fifth one enjoy it?
Did you know that there's a law in Montana that it's illegal to have a sheep in the cab of our truck without a chaperone? Hmmm. I wonder why?
In Louisiana, biting someone with your natural teeth is "simple assault." But biting someone with your false teeth is "aggravated assault"
And in New Jersey, it is illegal to wear a bulletproof vest while committing a murder.
Then there's Kentucky, where by law, anyone who has been drinking is "sober" until he or she cannot hold on to the ground.
PS ~ For all of you slackers who have not yet bought my book, here are the links to Amazon UK and US. And for those that HAVE, I thank you from the heart of my bottom and ask that you give me a splendid review!
New is an album by Paul McCartney, released on 11 October 2013. It is his sixteenth studio album and his first since 2007's Memory Almost Full to consist entirely of new compositions.
The album was executive produced by Giles Martin with production by Martin, Mark Ronson, Ethan Johns and Paul Epworth. McCartney has stated that the record was inspired by recent events in his life as well as memories of his pre-Beatles history. He added that some of the arrangements are unlike his usual rock recordings, and that he specifically sought out younger producers to record the album. He and his stage band performed in various venues to promote the record, along with promotional events held through social media.
The first single "New" and the album as a whole has been greeted positively by music critics. The song became BBC Radio 2's record of the week and was placed on their A-list. The album later debuted at number three in the UK Album Chart.
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