Archives: October 2015

Twyla Tharp Dance Celebrates 50 Years at Wharton Center – Nov. 3

East Lansing, MichiganOctober 30, 2015 – Praised as “Nonstop, fierce, bravura” and “Deli vered with mind – boggling stamina” by The New York Times , TWYLA THARP DANCE returns to Wharton Center to celebrate their 50th anniversary. TWYLA THARP DANCE , part of the Dance Series , will be featured on Tuesday, November 3 , 2015 in the Cobb Great Hall . Tic kets are available at the official source to purchase Wharton Center tickets online, , at the Auto – Owners Insurance Ticket Office, or by calling 1 – 800 – WHARTON.

John Zorn , an American avant – garde composer, provides the vibrant introductory Fanfare for each act of the “50 th Anniversary in Dance” performance. The first act features Preludes and Fugues , which radiates with Tharp’s generous spirit and humani ty. The dance is set to J.S. Bach’s Well – Tempered Clavier . The wild and raucous humor th at Tharp locates in the jazz of Steve Bernstein and MSU alumnus Henry Butler runs rampant through Yowzie , featured in the second act of the show. Put simply by Ms. Tharp, “ Preludes and Fugues is the world as it ought to be, Yowzie as it is. The Fanfares ce lebrate both.”

With their immaculate technique and joy, Twyla Tharp’s fierce band of dancers brings the choreography to life. In each premiere, Tharp turns her decades of experience – dances for Hollywood films, television, and the Broadway stage – into l iving proof that time is her partner as she continues to deepen and expand the singular imagination which makes her one of the century’s most treasured artists.

An insight preview will be occuring before the performance at 6:45 p.m and an after chat will directly follow the performance .

T.J. Martell Foundation Celebrates 40th Anniversary – Oct. 15

New York, New York October 12, 2015 – An All-Rock Star line up has been announced for the The T.J. Martell Foundation 40th Anniversary New York Honors Gala to be held at Cipriani on Wall Street on Thursday, October 15, 2015. In addition to this year’s honorees the event will be hosted by original MTV VJ’s Nina Blackwood, Mark Goodman and Alan Hunter. Legendary rock superstars Alice Cooper, Foreigner and REO Speedwagon, TRAIN’S Pat Monahan and new pop artist Grace will be among those attending the event which is themed “Top 40” to coincide with the Foundation’s 40th Anniversary. Superstar maker and music industry icon Clive Davis will also attend. Red Carpet arrivals begin at 6pm. Media requested to reserve spot on red carpet in advance with press contact noted below.

The 40th Anniversary Honors Gala will honor John Amato, Co-President of Guggenheim Media’s Entertainment Group, Bruce Bozzi Sr., Co-Founder and Co-Owner of the Palm Restaurants and Palm Restaurant Group, Wally Ganzi, Co-Founder and Co-Owner of the Palm Restaurants and Palm Restaurant Group, Janice Min, Co-President and Chief Creative Officer of Guggenheim Media’s Entertainment Group, Dinesh Paliwal, Chairman, President and CEO of HARMAN International and John Varvatos, Chairman of John Varvatos and President and CEO of John Varvatos Records. In recognition of further research and medical treatments the Foundation will also announce the newly created Clive Davis Research Fellow Award, an annual grant bestowed upon a young investigator whose dedication has made innovative strides and extensive research in cancer and AIDS. Red carpet begins at 6pm est.

About the t.J. Martell Foundation:

The T.J. Martell Foundation is the music industry’s largest foundation that funds innovative medical research focused on finding cures for leukemia, cancer and AIDS. The Foundation, headquartered in New York, is a national 501(c)3 non-profit organization that was founded in 1975 by music industry executive Tony Martell and his colleagues in loving memory of his son T.J., who died of leukemia. The Foundation has provided more than $270 million dollars for research that supports top hospitals in the United States.

“American St. Nick” Touches Hearts – Oct. 23

‘Springville, UtahOctober 23, 2015 – “American St. Nick” tells the remarkable TRUE story of a handful of American soldiers who, during the chaos of war, help bring Christmas back a small Luxembourg town and unknowingly create a holiday tradition that continues to this very day.

While the GIs called it a Christmas party, the people of Wiltz considered it a celebration of their St. Nicholas Day, a holiday that precedes Christmas but was outlawed under Nazi rule. One of the soldiers even borrowed the mass robes of the local priest, dressed as St. Nicholas, and rode through town in a Jeep, greeting the children and passing out presents. Ten days after the celebration, German forces overran Wiltz during the Battle of the Bulge.

After the war, Wiltz was rebuilt and the town began the tradition of the American St. Nicholas as they re-enacted the original procession that took place during the war. Years later, the original American St. Nicholas was able to return to Wiltz to meet those that he had inspired during the war and participate in their continued Christmas celebrations. “American St. Nick” is a thrilling and heart-warming holiday classic that will amaze, entertain and delight.


“One more memorable and inspiring story from the greatest generation — Soldiers who put down their weapons and brought Christmas to a beleaguered town and its kids. It will touch your heart and make you proud.” – Tom Brokaw

“Better than any Christmas fable, this is a remarkable true story that I can’t believe I didn’t know: American soldiers putting down their guns in the heat of WWII battle to offer a sliver of light and holiday hope. An uplifting must-read.” – Willie Geist, NBC’s TODAY and MSNBC’s Morning Joe

“On December 5, 1944, against the bleak backdrop of World War II, a group of American GIs unleashed the strongest weapon in their arsenal: humanity. Peter Lion recaptures the magic of Santa to transcend even the darkest of times. The children of Wiltz, Luxembourg, never forgot their American St. Nick. And now neither will you.” – Meredith Vieira, Journalist and TV Talk Show Host

“This story is one of the most heartwarming of World War II. Expertly written, “American St. Nick” captures the bond that exists to this day between American soldiers and those they liberated in Europe during WWII. The story goes to show that humanity and compassion does have a place in war and that one act of kindness can last centuries.” – Tim Gray, Chairman, The World War II Foundation

About the Author

Peter Lion is a seven-time EMMY winning producer and director. He graduated from Southern Connecticut State University in 1983 with a BA in Journalism and double minors in English and Communications.

“American St. Nick” is available for purchase and review.

Peter is available for interviews.

October Cookbooks Released – Oct. 12

Springville, UtahOctober 12, 2015 – Cedar Fort Publishing & Media announces the release of its October cookbook titles. This collection of cookbooks makes cooking for all types of lifestyles easy and enjoyable.

“Real Food Real Kitchens: New York Cookbook” by Craig Chapman is about Chapman pursuing his passion: telling the real stories of real food and the people and cultures that bring a dish to life. Based on his popular Create TV series, these recipes take you behind the scenes and into the kitchens of chefs who are using food to change the world.

“Kitchen Meets Girl: 30 Easy Meals for the Reluctant Cooks” by Ashley Whitmore shares how, contrary to what you might think, making your own food doesn’t have to be stressful, and sometimes it’s even faster than takeout. New cooks can improve their confidence and culinary skills while preparing the healthy, tasty dishes presented in this book. With a little help from popular blogger Ashley Whitmore, anyone — absolutely anyone — can be successful in the kitchen!

“Party Style: Kids’ Parties from Baby to Sweet 16” by Gemma Lynn Touchstone helps readers make memories their children will treasure forever. Touchstone knows how to make children’s celebrations memorable. And with her help, you’ll want to find any excuse to party! Packed with easy and elegant DIY craft ideas, cool themes, and must-read entertaining tips, this book shows you how to party in style.

“Air Fryer Cookbook: In the Kitchen” by Allison Waggoner teaches you how to use an air fryer to fry, bake, grill, and steam foods without the added calories and mess of traditional cooking methods. This book includes recipes that will work with every size and style of air fryer, and you can also prepare them with induction air cooking. Perfect for beginners and pros alike, this book will inspire you to cook healthy, balanced meals you and your whole family will love.

Each of these titles is available in bookstores and/or from online retailers.

New October National Nonfiction Releases from Cedar Fort Publishing – Oct. 9

Springville, UtahOctober 9, 2015 – Cedar Fort Publishing & Media announces the release of its October nonfiction titles. This exciting collection will bring to life stories and activities that will brighten your home this holiday season.

“American St. Nick: A True Story” by Peter Lion recounts when American GIs Richard Brookins and Harry Stutz decided to bring Christmas to war-weary Wiltz, Luxembourg. They had no idea their simple act of kindness would change the town forever. Discover this fascinating true story of heroism and hope that stretched across enemy lines to create a Christmas that Wiltz has never forgotten.

“12-Day Nativity: Christmas Activities for a Christ-Centered Home” by Marilee Woodfield will bring your family closer to Christ this Christmas with 12 days of activities, recipes, service projects, and crafts. Each day you’ll focus on the symbolism and meaning behind one of the figures from your Nativity set. Learn about Mary, Joseph, the shepherds, and — of course — baby Jesus, and create a holiday tradition you’ll want to repeat year after year.

“Live LIFE in All Caps: The Teresa Collins Story” by Teresa Collins herself tells us about her life after a divorce, a stroke, and losing her second husband to cancer. In such circumstances, it would be easy for her to give up. But with her unfailing optimism and creative spirit, Collins is taking on the world as an internationally renowned designer and popular guest speaker. Her incredible story will change how you see your challenges and inspire you to live life to the fullest.

“Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing: Messages of Redemption in Scripture and Verse” by Angela Baxter invites the Savior into your life with this beautiful book featuring the beloved hymn, “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing.” Filled with stunning photography and accompanying scriptures that add depth and understanding to the lyrics you love, this beautiful book is the perfect size to share with family and friends — a timeless gift they’ll treasure throughout the years. Each of these titles is available in bookstores and/or from online retailers.

Michigan Restaurant Association Announces Annual Restaurant Show – Oct. 13-14

Lansing, MichiganOctober 9,2015 – The Michigan Restaurant Show, produced by the Michigan Restaurant Association (MRA), is the premier foodservice industry trade show in Michigan. Held October 13 and 14 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, the Show provides access to new products, ideas, and trends for restaurateurs.

“Whether a restaurateur is looking for new kitchen equipment, cost-saving solutions, or a new food supplier, the annual Michigan Restaurant Show is a can’t miss event,” said Brian DeBano, president and CEO of the MRA. “The Michigan Restaurant Show brings together all the pieces necessary to run a restaurant – all in one location. It’s the place to be for anyone who owns, operates, or has a management role in the food and beverage service industry.”

More than 200 exhibitors will proudly feature their products and services to the thousands of industry professionals who attend. Free educational seminars, live cooking demonstrations, and unique vendor specials will be found throughout the Show exhibit hall. A tabletop design competition and The Great Michigan Potato, Pork, Veal, and Wheat Recipe Contests will be featured at the Show this year.

On Tuesday, the founders of Tom+Chee, Trew Quackenbush and Corey Ward, will share their story with attendees. On Wednesday, Tom Izzo, Michigan State University Men’s Head Basketball Coach, will share his team building tips on the keynote stage.

New to the Show this year, the first ever MRA Pizza Challenge will take place on Wednesday. On Tuesday, the American Culinary Federation will host an official chef competition.

Details for the Show are as follows:


Tuesday, October 13 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Wednesday, October 14 – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Keynote Speaker – 11 a.m. each day


Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River, Novi, Michigan

Free parking sponsored by Gordon Food Service

The Show is for industry professionals only and not open to the public. Learn more about the Michigan Restaurant Show at

Billboard Heatseeker Top 8 Charting Group Jericho Woods – Oct. 6

Nashville, TennesseeOctober 6, 2105 – Jericho Woods’Guitarist/ Lead Vocalist Josh Mitcham & Risen Amp Co-Founder Drew Tooley Jericho Woods guitarist/lead vocalist Josh Mitcham lands endorsement deal with Risen Amplifiers during a week that featured the band headlining the Kentucky Bourbon Festival and the Big To-Do Festival in the Bluegrass state.

“We first met Josh through another artist and was impressed by the traction they had made as an independent act,” says Drew Tooley, co-founder of Risen Amplifiers. “You can often tell when someone has the ability to succeed with a music career and we have no doubts about Jericho Woods.”

“I met Drew and Lucas at Summer NAMM in Nashville and I was intrigued when I realized the attention they took throughout the manufacturing to support their local community,” says Josh Mitcham. “Their customized products and personalized customer service are what hooked me into this company. It doesn’t hurt that these Milano 50’s sound great too. These guys even put a Kentucky speaker in the cabinet since they know how much focus we put on our home state.”

Jericho Woods is currently on tour promoting their Same Ol’ Dirt album which premiered in the Top 8 on the Billboard Heatseeker charts and in the Top 25 on the iTunes Country Album Chart. They recently headlined at the Kentucky Bourbon Festival and the Bourbon Street Party in Bardstown, KY which saw over 10,000 attendees. Their full tour schedule can be found at The industry is a buzz about these Commonwealth based tunesmiths.

“One of the most talked about in the industry.” – Billboard’s Chuck Dauphin.

“Clear, liquid country-rock from Kentucky, smoothly played and sung. The dobro lines are particularly ear catching.” – Music Row’s Robert K. Oermann’s review of She Don’t Need Me Anymore.

About Jericho Woods Kentucky has always been known for Bluegrass & Bourbon, but the roots of Jericho Woods run deeper than that into the veins and musical culture of this region. “I dig this band, they know their roots, haven’t gotten above their raisin’ and do know their state and musical heritage,” says Greg Martin of The Kentucky Headhunters. Jericho Woods fuses the Grand Ole Opry with Muscle Shoals. A musical experience that only boys brought up in this diverse Commonwealth could produce. With influences ranging from outlaw country, jam bands and roots rock, to folk and bluegrass, Jericho Woods takes the best of all of those and crafted a unique blend.

Northern Nights Series Season Tickets Available Through NMU EZ Ticket Outlets

MARQUETTE, Mich.—The 2015-16 Northern Nights series at Northern Michigan University will feature performances by four ensembles representing diverse musical styles and increased opportunities for the visiting artists to interact with the community. Each will spend two days in the area conducting workshops and giving presentations. Season tickets for the series are now available at all NMU EZ Ticket outlets or at

Northern Nights kicks off with the Taiwanese music and dance troupe Sheng Dong, which translates to A Moving Sound in English. The concert will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 29, in Kaufman Auditorium. A Moving Sound fuses Taiwanese, Chinese and neighboring Asian musical ideas in modern song compositions. Pieces are performed on Chinese instruments such as the vertically held and bowed erhu and the Chinese guitar known as zhong ruan, as well as Western instruments. Tom Pryor of World Music National Geographic wrote that A Moving Sound is “one of the most original outfits working in the world music arena today.”

Michigan-based Wisaal, an Arabic-influenced world music ensemble, will perform Friday, Nov. 6, in Forest Roberts Theatre. Wisaal is an Arabic word meaning links, connections or unities. The group’s goal is to provide a high-quality concert and educational presentations of music that fuse elements of the Arabic musical heritage with Klezmer, classical Indian and American influences, while respecting the spirit of these musical styles.

Jayme Stone’s Lomax Project will revive and reimagine traditional music collected by folklorist Adam Lomax. Stone, a Juno-winning banjoist and composer, will join some of North America’s most distinctive roots musicians on Thursday, Feb. 11, in Reynolds Recital Hall. The repertoire includes Bahamian sea chanties, African-American a cappella singing from the Georgia Sea Islands, ancient Appalachian ballads, fiddle tunes and work songs collected from both well-known musicians and everyday people.

The final concert of the series will be the Celtic folk band, Dervish, on Wednesday, March 9, at Forest Roberts Theatre. Five musicians—Liam Kelly, Shane Mitchell, Martin McGinley, Brian McDonagh and Michael Holmes—came together to record an album of local music and developed the informal gathering into a working band under the name Dervish. Performances by this group are a myriad of tones and moods ranging from high-energy tunes to measured songs.

All shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Season tickets can be purchased at all NMU EZ ticket outlets, by calling 227-1032 or online at  Prices are: students/under 18, $17; NMU faculty/staff and seniors 60+, $50; and general public, $70. Tickets for individual performances are priced as follows: students/under 18, $5 advance/$6 at the door; NMU faculty/staff and seniors 60+, $15/$17; and general public, $20/$22.

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