Friday, September 23, 2016

Wines for a Worthy Cause Give the Gift of Jarman Wines and Give Back this Holiday Season

By purchasing Jarman Wines you will not only enjoy certified organic ultra premium wines, but you will be supporting a worthy cause, finding a cure for Alzheimer's disease.

Salinas, CA, September 22, 2016 - Toast the holidays with a wine that gives back. By purchasing Jarman Wines you will not only enjoy certified organic ultra premium wines, but you will be supporting a worthy cause, finding a cure for Alzheimer's disease.

Jarman Wines make the perfect hostess gifts and party offerings. Even better, each purchase will help to benefit the Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF). In addition, the winery has opened a tasting lounge in Carmel Valley that offers three levels of wine tasting and three specially themed picnic packages. Gift certificates for the picnic packages make the perfect holiday gift.

To honor her late mother's memory, Holman Ranch CEO and eldest daughter Hunter Lowder took the best hand-selected estate grapes and created two premium varietals—Jarman Chardonnay and Jarman Pinot Noir—with $1 from each bottle sold going to the ADDF.

Jarman Lowder, Hunter’s mother, grew up in Chattanooga, Tenn., and lived up to being voted “best all around” in high school. She earned a nursing degree, worked as an R.N. and raised three daughters with her husband, Thomas. An active volunteer, animal lover, athlete and enthusiastic traveler, Jarman wanted to spend her golden years making wine with her husband at Holman Ranch, an idyllic piece of property in Carmel Valley, Ca. they purchased to realize that dream. Tragically, Lowder died in March 2011 at age 60 following a long battle with early-onset Alzheimer's disease.

Holman Ranch and Jarman Wines have partnered with the ADDF to support research toward treatment and a cure for Alzheimer’s disease and to celebrate the life of Jarman Lowder.

“We wanted to honor her, give back and increase awareness,” said her daughter Hunter. “Everything we do here and the reason all this exists is because of her.”

“We appreciate the generous support of Holman Ranch and the Lowder family,” says Dr. Howard Fillit, founding Executive Director and Chief Science Officer for the ADDF. “And we are proud that 100 percent of every dollar donated through this partnership will go directly to fund drug research for Alzheimer’s disease.”

Dr. Fillit knew Jarman Lowder personally and was excited by the opportunity to honor her legacy in such a meaningful way.

Give the Gift of a Wine Society Membership:
Enjoy the prestige of being a part of an exclusive membership! Receiving shipments of limited-production Jarman Estate Pinot Noir and Jarman Estate Chardonnay is an excellent way to build a cellar through two special installments of Jarman vintages, Heritage Society and Legacy Society. Email for more information on the exclusive benefits. Membership is limited to 150 members due to the very limited case production. For more information on benefits visit the website here.

About Jarman Wines:
Jarman’s terroir (a French word that speaks to a wine’s place of origin, its subtle nuances of traceable character, flavor, lineage and integrity) refers to a special place in Carmel Valley — and also to a special woman, family matriarch Jarman Fearing Lowder, who inspired a family to bottle the essence of a mother’s spirit.

A Jarman wine reflects quality, with only the best local grapes used during an artisanal, small-batch winemaking process.

- Newest offerings from the Jarman estate include; 2014 Estate Chardonnay, 2014 Estate Pinot Noir, and 2013 Estate Pinot Noir.

Jarman wine uses only 100-percent estate-grown, certified organic and certified sustainable grapes. Aged in French oak barrels, Jarman’s vintages are held in limited supply, and are not available anywhere outside their tasting room in Carmel Valley Village (open noon to 5 p.m., Thurs.-Sun.; or by appointment), next to the historical Will’s Fargo Restaurant & Bar, the restaurant the family purchased in 2014.

The tastings will feature full-fledged experiences, including tours and wine education, and each culinary parings that complements the wine. The new Jarman Tasting Lounge & Patio provides visitors with four unique experiences: Vin de Table, Cru Tasting, Premier Cru Experience and the Grand Cru Experience.
For more information call Jarman Tasting Lounge & Patio at 831-298-7300 or email

Jarman Tasting Lounge & Patio
18 W. Carmel Valley Road,
Carmel Valley, CA
Phone: 831-298-7300

About the ADDF:
Founded in 1998 by co-chairmen Leonard A. and Ronald S. Lauder, the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation is dedicated to rapidly accelerating the discovery of drugs to prevent, treat and cure Alzheimer's disease. It follows a venture philanthropy model, funding promising research in academia and the biotech industry. It’s the only such charity solely dedicated to funding the development of drugs for Alzheimer’s. Since its founding, the ADDF has awarded more than $75 million to fund over 450 Alzheimer’s drug discovery programs and clinical trials in 18 countries. By supporting innovative research projects around the globe, the ADDF increases the chance of finding a cure.

Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Robert Miller’s Project Grand Slam Releases New Single “The Queen’s Carnival”

“The Queen’s Carnival” is Title Track and Third Single From Group’s Most Recent Release

New York, NY, September 20, 2016 – Robert Miller’s Project Grand Slam, the jazz rock fusion band led by the acclaimed bassist/composer, is excited to announce the release of their latest single and title track from their new album The Queen’s Carnival. An upbeat, fun tune, Miller describes the track as “a fiesta – a Latin celebration”. The track’s accompanying music video, which will be released on Monday, September 19th, captures the sights of a Carnival celebration, a perfect match for the scenes evoked by the song. “The Queen’s Carnival” is a song that will find its way into your soul and inspire you to get up, dance, and enjoy life.

You can view the music video for “The Queen’s Carnival” via this private link.

Project Grand Slam’s 4th and latest album, The Queen’s Carnival, is available now in digital form via CEN/RED Distribution, a division of Sony Music. This exciting and fresh take on jazz rock fusion features eleven tracks, including nine original songs by Robert and both vocal and instrumental versions of Robert’s reimagined version of the Kinks’ classic, “You Really Got Me.” Dave Davies, guitarist and co-founder of The Kinks, had this to say about PGS’s version of “You Really Got Me” – “Very unique version and I am liking it!”. The new album draws from a variety of influences across genres as diverse as Celtic folk and afro-Cuban rhythms while highlighting Miller’s unique approach to blending jazz and rock into an entirely new sound.

This album follows the successful 2015 release of their third album, “Made in New York”, which featured the hit songs “New York City Groove” and “Fire” (Robert’s highly acclaimed reimagined cover of the Jimi Hendrix classic).

About Project Grand Slam:
Robert originally formed the band in 2007. Project Grand Slamʼs first two celebrated CDs, Play (2008) and Spring Dance (2012), had three top radio singles – “The Captain Of Her Heart” (feat. Judie Tzuke on vocals) from Play, and “Catch You Later” and “Spring Dance” from Spring Dance. The band also had a featured role in the hit NBC-TV series Lipstick Jungle starring Brooke Shields and Kim Raver, with five of the bandʼs tunes featured in the soundtrack and Robert having a speaking part.

In November 2015 the band opened for Scott Weiland (formerly of Stone Temple Pilots) at NYC’s Gramercy Theater. In May 2016 the band opened for 4-time Grammy Award nominee Boney James at the Bergen Performing Arts Center in NJ. In July the band was the featured performer at the Kirby Center For The Performing Arts in PA. In August PGS performed at the Tin Angel in Philadelphia and at Garcia’s at The Capitol Theater in Port Chester, NY (following YES). Also in August PGS hosted a CD Release Party at NYC’s Rockwood Music Hall. In October the band will again open for Boney James at the Ridgefield Playhouse and in December PGS will be the featured performer at the Highland Lakes Concert Series in NJ. The band continues to play at various clubs in NYC including a monthly residency at The Groove.

Follow Project Grand Slam:

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | SoundCloud | BandsInTown

See Project Grand Slam Live:

September 23
The Groove
New York, NY
October 19
Ridgefield Playhouse
Ridgefield, CT
October 22
The Groove
New York, NY
November 12
The Groove
New York, NY
December 2
Highland Lakes Concert Series
Highland Lakes, NJ
December 3
The Groove
New York, NY

For more information, to request an interview, or for a review copy of “The Queen’s Carnival” single or full album contact:

Chip Schutzman
Miles High Productions
PO Box 93157
Hollywood, CA 90093

The Thought-Provoking Electro-Pop Group, AOA Announces their Second Single “Future Back”, Out 9/16/16!

The socially conscious trio Astronauts of Antiquity (AOA) are set to release their newest single “Future Back” on September 16, 2016.

Los Angeles, CA, September 19, 2016 - The socially conscious trio Astronauts of Antiquity (AOA) are set to release their newest single “Future Back” on September 16, 2016. The electro- pop group returns with their second stimulating track off of their forthcoming Beyond The Maze EP, available in 2017. The single will be followed with an accompanying music video.

It seems that even with robots love knows no bounds. At least this is the case in the new Astronauts of Antiquity “Future Back” music video. The band teamed up with TribeSound Productions, a Philadelphia based production company to produce this veiled millennial social commentary love story staring.....robots. Nuclear fallout, stunning post-apocalyptic scenery, adventure, and a never ending romantic quest amidst the forces of evil set the tone for this fun and provocative film short. Look for the release by mid-October.

After releasing their debut hip-hop single “Paradise”, AOA showcases their versatility and eclectic talents with a new electronica and alternative pop format in their latest release. Sonic wizard and producer, Ivica begins “Future Back” with a Daft Punk influenced vocal effect that sets a glitchy and experimental tone to the track. The song then eases into lead singer, India’s passionate vocals that narrate the appreciation of love and nature as she expresses her desire for a future of harmony across the world. Her lush vocal melodies are laced over B. Rhyan’s dreamy and funky guitar riffs that are blended perfectly with Ivica’s electro-organic elements. Overall, AOA’s dynamic chemistry creates a vibe of futuristic funk that accentuates their contemporary sound.

In addition to AOA’s unique and refreshing sound in the urban, electronic and pop scene, the collective also offers thought- provoking and motivating words of wisdom within their lyrics. The group’s efforts intend to raise awareness to the many social concerns across the world. AOA’s first single “Paradise” was already featured in a Huffington Post article that discussed the harmful effects of genetically modified organisms. “Paradise” was also featured on other news sources such as Popped Culture.

"First see that all life is sacred, that there is a spiritual spark in every living being from the earth itself down to the tiniest insect. With that equal vision we will be more inclined to make policies based on compassion and the greater good. Without this fundamental shift we will live in a world of fear, which teeters on the brink of nuclear engagement at the hands of those whose motives are not based on higher principles. 'Future Back' is a charming/alarming wakeup call" – B. Rhyan

Aside from informative sites, AOA has been featured on popular hip-hop sites such as ThisIs50, Hip Hop on Deck, SOHH and more. “There comes a time when you think you’ve heard it all but then Astronauts of Antiquity comes smashing down your door in supersonic speed and slaps you in the face with the force of a thousand suns,” says SOHH.

For more information please visit:

Chip Schutzman
Miles High Productions
PO Box 93157
Hollywood CA 90093

Sunday, September 18, 2016

2017 Big Sur Foragers Festival Dates Announced Festival Announces Partners & Details Tickets on Sale

Big Sur Health Center announced January 13 – 15, 2017, as the dates of its annual Big Sur Foragers Festival.

Big Sur, CA, September 18, 2016 - Big Sur Health Center announced January 13 – 15, 2017, as the dates of its annual Big Sur Foragers Festival. This year’s partners include Carmel Valley Ranch, the sister property of longtime host Ventana Big Sur. Due to renovations at Ventana Big Sur, the Fungus Face-Off and the Grand Chef dinner will take place at Carmel Valley Ranch this year.

The event has traditionally served as a fundraiser for the Big Sur Health Center. The community’s non-profit health center will receive the proceeds from the foraging events to help support the continued presence of local healthcare services in the Big Sur area.

New events for 2016 include:

· A new Friday night winemaker dinner series held at select restaurants throughout Monterey County. Some partners include La Balena, Alvardo Street Brewery and more! Details to come

· Post Ranch Inn will host a Friday night fundraiser for the second year! Details to come.

· Join us for a special evening in the legendary wine room at Hyatt Carmel Highlands. Chef Chad Minton and the culinary team will create a three course meal paired with wines from Bonny Doon Vineyard. The evening will begin with a reception of passed appetizers, wines from Bonny Doon and live music from Dino Vera from 6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. At 7:00 p.m. enjoy a three course dinner in the legendary wine room. Meet the culinary team and Bonny Doon Vineyard! There are only 24 seats available. Tickets are $175 per person

Back by Popular Demand:

· An exclusive Friday night dinner at Sierra Mar restaurant at Post Ranch Inn with a special menu and a unique opportunity to enjoy wines from their award-winning wine cellar. This event is limited to 14 people.

· This year’s partners include Carmel Valley Ranch, the summer-camp-inspired sister resort of longtime host Ventana Big Sur that sprawls across 500 acres in the nearby Carmel Valley. Due to renovations at Ventana Big Sur, this year’s Fungus Face-Off and the Grand Chef dinner will take place at this playful destination resort that celebrates a deep connection to the land with passionate culinary, wine and farming artisans, and guest learning experiences ranging from organic gardening and foraging to wine making and lavender and beekeeping workshops. The “Fungus Face-Off” will take place in a beautiful tented setting on the Pete Dye-designed golf course at Carmel Valley Ranch. This popular event sells out early. There are 250 tickets available. Tickets are $65 per person.

· Grand Chef Dinner at Carmel Valley Ranch — details to be announced soon.

· Foraging walk led by local experts at Ventana Big Sur. “Wild Mushroom Walks and Talk” at Pfeiffer State Park led by expert mushroom foragers. This year hikes will be held on Sunday. There are 30 spaces available per walk. Tickets are $60 per person.

For event details visit . Tickets can be purchased at

Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Los Angeles-Based Indie Rock Band Cranky George to Release New Single “Nighttime” on September 16

“Nighttime” is the first single from Cranky George’s debut full-length album, Fat Lot of Good, out October 14 in digital, CD, and limited-edition vinyl formats.

Los Angeles, CA, September 15, 2016 – Cranky George, the folk-influenced indie rock band featuring actor Dermot Mulroney and co-founder of The Pogues, James Fearnley, will be releasing the first single from their upcoming debut full-length album, Fat Lot of Good, on September 16. This single, “Nighttime” draws from a variety of influences including legendary Canadian indie rockers Arcade Fire and will be accompanied by a music video, which will also be released on Sept. 16. Cranky George’s album Fat Lot of Good is their first full-length album and will be released on October 14.

Cranky George describes “Nighttime” as “Big in the way that Coldplay is big,” and says that the song is “A siren call for lovers – for anyone who's ever slept beside someone they loved and wished the night would never end.” Featuring Kieran Mulroney on vocals, the song is a mid-tempo song from the heart and draws equally from groups as diverse as Elbow, The Decemberists, Coldplay, and Band of Horses while incorporating dripping guitars and horns at the climax. The accompanying music video features the five members of Cranky George as they perform the song and interweaves the story of a woman in distress, pining and longing for a lost love.

Recorded over a span of five years at Brad’s Seagrass Studio, Fat Lot of Good tips music from the bucket that dredges the confluence of the Danube, the Shannon and the Missouri. The album will be released in digital and CD formats, with a limited edition of 450 double gatefold albums of heavyweight vinyl, each signed and numbered by the band. The music on the record, while diverse, features common threads such as Cranky George’s signature folk-inspired instrumentation – including accordion, violin, mandolin, acoustic guitars and ukuleles.

As a perfect foil to the effervescence of the musicianship in Cranky George, the band’s blend of vocal harmonies, its cross-graining of voices – James’s chiselly drone, the honeyed timbre of Sebastian’s voice, Brad’s incisive falsetto, the Mulroney brothers’ baritones – Kieran’s urgent, Dermot’s lusty – is as sturdy as marine plywood.

Fat Lot of Good embraces fourteen songs, individually divergent, but which together ply a course from haven, round horn and back to harbor, by means of lullaby, torch song, sea shanty and murder ballad – an album which, with compassion, irony, humor and sometimes horror, tells stories of desire, love, loss, cruelty, ruination and pity.

About Cranky George:
Los Angeles based Cranky George has brought together members and musical styles from both sides of the Atlantic to create a unique take on folk-influenced indie rock that is as special and diverse as the members themselves.

James Fearnley, co- founder and accordionist for the London-Irish folk-punk band, The Pogues, and the Mulroney brothers, Kieran and Dermot, siblings from a large, Irish-American family from Alexandria, VA, first came together as neighbors in Hollywood, California. While both of the Mulroney siblings are known for their work on and behind the screen with movies, they are both classically trained musicians; Dermot on the cello, mandolin, and guitar and Kieran on violin, ukulele, and tenor guitar. In 1994, they formed the LA based band, The Low and Sweet Orchestra, which released an acclaimed record, Goodbye to All That, on Interscope Records in 1996. After The Low and Sweet Orchestra split, both Mulroney brothers and Fearnley formed the Cranky George Trio.

During this time, Brad Wood, who has produced records for artist from the likes of The Bangles, Ben Lee, Pete Yorn, and Veruca Salt, was added on bass. To round out the new line up of Cranky George, Sebastian Sheehan Visconti, a sound designer and sound effects editor who notably worked on the television series The Muppets and The Flash, joined on percussion. After five years of work, Cranky George’s full-length debut – Fat Lot of Good – will be released on October 14, 2016.

Follow Cranky George:

See Cranky George Live:
October 15 – Molly Malone’s – Los Angeles – ‘Fat Lot of Good’ CD Release Party – Tickets
November 5 – Molly Malone’s – Los Angeles
November 19 – Molly Malone’s – Los Angeles
December 3 – Molly Malone’s – Los Angeles

For more information, to request an interview, or for a review copy of “Nighttime” or ‘Fat Lot of Good’ contact:

Chip Schutzman
Miles High Productions
PO Box 93157
Hollywood, CA 90093

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Angie and the Deserters Return with the Title-Track, “You” Off of their Upcoming EP!

Single Releases 9/16, EP Out 10/7!

Los Angeles, CA, September 13, 2016 - With their edgy style and entrancing vocals, Angie and the Deserters charmed listeners with their latest summer EP, titled Blood Like Wine. The band is ready to showcase to the world a continuum to their Nashville recordings which also produced their last record. The new title-track EP will be available on all digital stores on October 7, 2016. To give you a taste of the upcoming EP, the band will be releasing their first single, “You” on September 16, 2016 which will be followed by an accompanying music video, out later this month.

Already announcing a brand new single and EP “You,” Angie and the Deserters prove they are not going anywhere anytime soon. Produced by Jeff Huskins (Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood), the single is filled with soring pain as Angie Bruyere highlights a time of realization in a withering relationship. The recurring secrets, the hidden thoughts can no longer continue as she delivers, “got to move on without you.” Bruyere’s chilling vocals are followed by enticing violins that bring brightness to this awakening.

“You” was written while I was touring with the London Quireboys in England. I was on the tour bus driving though the English countryside, and wrote it one long night with Guy Griffin about what was going on back home in Los Angeles,” Angie recalls.

The band’s latest releases have received some honorable recognition. Angie and the Deserters most recent single “The Gift” debuted on Radio Indie Alliance’s charts at #1 the first week of its release. “The Gift” also reached # 4 on The Alternate Root’s Top Ten Songs of the Week.

In addition, the band’s “Country Radio” music video reached over 32K views on Facebook and YouTube! The band also received phenomenal reviews from The Daily Country, No Depression, The Alternate Root and more! “This is as good as it gets in the genre, a raw-throated and well played shot of hopped up rockabilly that defies you to stand still. It’s infused with an added intelligence that helps strengthen the band’s overall presentation” says, Gas House Radio. The band’s new single, “You” is expected to receive a considerable amount of attention as well.

For more information, please visit:

For all PR inquiries please contact: Chip Schutzman- Founder, Miles High Productions,, 323-871-4821

Chip Schutzman
Miles High Productions
PO Box 93157
Hollywood CA 90093

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

National Steinbeck Center Announces Nea Big Read Activities

Monterey County to Read and Celebrate SUN, STONE, AND SHADOWS: TWENTY GREAT MEXICAN SHORT STORIES During the NEA Big Read with Several Activities

Salinas, CA, August 31, 2016 — The National Steinbeck Center was a recipient of a grant of $14,000 to host the NEA Big Read in Salinas. A program of the National Endowment for the Arts, the NEA Big Read broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. The National Steinbeck Center was one of 77 nonprofit organizations to receive a grant to host an NEA Big Read project between September 2016 and June 2017.

The book selected by the NSC for the 2016 Big Read is Sun, Stone, and Shadows: Twenty Great Mexican Short Stories edited by Jorge Hernández González. Activities will take place beginning September 2016. Events will be held Salinas, Monterey, King City and other Monterey County locations.


Sponsored by the National Steinbeck Center and in partnership with

· The Western Stage

· Hartnell College

· Hijos del Sol

· Maya Cinemas

· Salinas Public Libraries

· Monterey Public Library

· Monterey County Free Libraries

· California State University, Monterey Bay

· Hartnell Library and Learning Resource Center

· Monterey County Office of Education

· “Voices of California,” Department of Linguistics, Stanford University

Free admission to all NEA Big Read events below

Sept. 6: NSC, 10-5pm
National Read a Book Day! Free NSC admission 10am-5pm! 10% off books in NSC bookstore! Pop-up discussion of “My Life with the Wave” at 12pm. Contest for copies of Sun, Stone, and Shadows.

Sept. 9-15: Maya Cinemas, Main St. Salinas
Hola Mexico Film Festival showcases great Mexican films. See schedule.

Sept. 10: The Western Stage, Mainstage Theater, Hartnell College, 7:30pm
Opening Night of Bandido. A brilliant retelling of the controversial life and death of Tiburcio Vásquez, a thief and hero. This play is a stunning biography, a thumping melodrama, a political epic and a musical satire by the contemporary theatre icon Luis Valdez.

Pop up exhibit by the National Steinbeck Center. From Sept. 16 through Nov. 1 bring a Bandido ticket to the National Steinbeck Center for free admission. Show a copy of Sun, Stone, and Shadows to The Western Stage Box Office for a half-price ticket to see Bandido.

Sept. 10: National Steinbeck Center, 5pm
Mariachi Festival and Tequilla tasting. See for details.

Sept. 11: The Western Stage, Mainstage Theater, Hartnell College, 2-5pm.
Bandido Talk-Back Session with Director, Cast, and David Serena, Monterey Peninsula College Professor of Ethnic Studies and Political Science. Q&A with panel. Pop-up exhibit by the National Steinbeck Center.

Sept. 11: Alisal Street, Salinas, 11-5
El Grito Parade and Festival: Celebrate Mexican Independence Day. Stop by the NSC pop up exhibit for the chance to win a free copy of Sun, Stone and Shadows in Spanish or English.

Sept. 13: Hartnell College Library, 10-1pm
10th Anniversary Celebration: Celebrate the building’s birthday with cake and giveaways, including copies of Sun, Stone, and Shadows.

Sept. 14: National Steinbeck Center Bookstore, 6pm
Books and Bites: Come discuss stories in the first half of Sun, Stone, and Shadows. Book group led by Susan Shillinglaw, Director, NSC.

Sept. 16: National Steinbeck Center, 3-7:00pm
NEA BIG READ Kick-Off and Open House: Free admission all day! 3:00: Archives highlights from our Steinbeck-Mexico collection. Pop up exhibits by all BIG READ partners. 3:30: “Steinbeck’s Mexico,” Susan Shillinglaw, Director of the NSC. 4:30: The Western Stage premieres a dramatic adaptation of “My Life with the Wave.” 5:00: Music by CSUMB concert band, Sharp Nine. 5:30: “Voices of California,” Stanford University’s project on oral histories in Salinas. 6:00: Tacos served on the patio.

CSUMB Library launches its art contest: “Cover Art.” Submissions due by October 17. See

Sept. 17: Monterey Public Library, 1pm
Sun, Stone, and Shadows Discussion with Susan Shillinglaw

Sept. 19- Oct. 16: John Steinbeck Library
SET THE SCENE ART CONTEST for students aged 13-18 and adults 19 and up. All entries will be displayed at the John Steinbeck Library, and the public will vote on their favorite. A panel of local artists will also judge the entries. See contest rules and prizes on the Library's website.

Sept. 21: National Steinbeck Center, 5:30pm
Sweet Wednesday (with pan dulce): “What Can Literature Tell us about Ourselves?” Rafael Gomez, Professor of Mexican Literature and Spanish at California State University, Monterey Bay.

Sept. 24: Monterey Public Library, 1pm
“When We Were Mexico: A Frontier Province and Its Capital—Monterey,” Dennis Copeland, Monterey’s manager of museums, cultural arts, and archives.

Sept. 24: John Steinbeck Library, 10am-6pm
Stories on Saturday: The Fantastic Unreal. Programs throughout the day focusing on the first section of Sun, Stone, and Shadows. See Library's schedule.

Sept. 25: The Western Stage, Mainstage Theater, Hartnell College, 2-5pm
Bandido Talk-Back Session with with legendary playwright Luis Valdez and David Serena, MPC Professor of Ethnic Studies and Political Science. NSC Pop-up Big Read Display.

Sept. 27: CSUMB Student Center, 2pm
The Western Stage performance of “My Life with the Wave” followed by

Discussion of “Tell Them Not to Kill Me” with Donaldo Urioste, Professor of Spanish and
Chicano Literature

Sept. 28: Maya Cinemas, 153 Main St, Salinas, 7pm
BIG READ Steinbeck Film Series: Forgotten Village (1941) with introduction by Ruben Mendoza, CSUMB Professor of Mexican Archaeology. Q&A at closing with Susan Shillinglaw and Ruben Mendoza.

Sept. 29: National Steinbeck Center, 5:30pm
Sweet Thursday: “The Mexico We Left Behind” Claudia Melendez, author of A Fighting Chance and journalist at the Monterey Herald, leads a discussion of Sun, Stone, and Shadows.


Oct. 1 & 2: National Steinbeck Center 11am to 5pm, both days.
Salinas Artists’ Open Studio “From Pen to Brush”: Artists ages 17-30 from Hijos del Sol will showcase artistic interpretations of the 20 stories of Sun, Stone, and Shadows. On Oct. 2 at 2pm, there will be a panel discussion with the artists.

Oct 1: Cesar Chavez Library, 10am-6pm
Stories on Saturdays: Scenes from Mexican Reality. Programs throughout the day focusing on second section of Sun, Stone, and Shadows. See Library's schedule.

The Western Stage performance of “My Life with the Wave” at 2:30pm

Oct. 5: Maya Cinemas, 153 Main St, Salinas, 7pm
BIG READ Steinbeck Film Series: Tortilla Flat (1942). Film intro. tba.

Oct. 6: National Steinbeck Center 5:30pm
Sweet Thursday: "A View of Mexican Culture by Exploring Human Behavior." Leslie Price, Professor of Psychology at MPC and Hartnell.

Oct. 6: Castroville Library, 6pm
The Western Stage performance of “My Life with the Wave”

Oct 8: John Steinbeck Library, 10am-6pm
Stories on Saturdays: The Tangible Past. Programs throughout the day focusing on the third section of Sun, Stone, and Shadows. See Library's schedule.

Oct 9: Alisal Street, Salinas, 10am-2pm
Ciclovia- Open street project where people enjoy art, music and activities with no motor vehicle traffic. NSC pop up exhibit and chance to win prizes, books, and more.

Oct. 12: National Steinbeck Center Bookstore, 6pm
Books and Bites: The second half of Sun, Stone, and Shadows. Discussion led by Susan Shillinglaw, Director, National Steinbeck Center.

Oct. 13: National Steinbeck Center, 6pm
Sweet Thursday: Reader’s Theater Extravaganza: Performance of “The Panther” by Everett Alvarez High School students, directed by Taylour Matz. Performance of “Permission Granted” by Alisal High School students, directed by Veronica Pulido. Coordinated by Mike Roddy..The Western Stage performance of “My Life with the Wave.” Discussion to follow.

Oct 15: Cesar Chavez Library, 10am-6pm
Stories on Saturdays: The Unexpected in Everyday, Urban Life. Programs throughout the day focusing on the fourth section of Sun, Stone, and Shadows. See Library's schedule.

Oct. 15: King City Library, 12pm
The Western Stage performance of “My Life with the Wave”

Oct. 19: Hartnell Student Center, 12:30pm
The Western Stage performance of “My Life with the Wave”

Oct. 19: Maya Cinemas, 153 Main St., Salinas, 7pm
BIG READ Steinbeck Film Series: Viva Zapata! (1952) Intro by Donaldo Urioste, CSUMB.

Oct. 20: National Steinbeck Center 5:30pm
Sweet Thursday: “Mexico in the Modern Imagination,” Ruben Mendoza, CSUMB Professor of Mexican Archaeology.
Oct. 21: National Steinbeck Center, 12-2pm
Archives Q&A with highlights from our Steinbeck-Mexico collection.

Oct 22: John Steinbeck Library, 10am-6pm
Stories on Saturdays: Intimate Imagination. Programs throughout the day focusing on the final section of Sun, Stone, and Shadows. See Library's schedule.

Oct. 23: Artesanias, Fiestas & Cultura, 27 4th St., Gonzales, 1pm
“El Mexico que Dejamos”: Discussion of Sun, Stone, and Shadows in Spanish, led by Claudia Melendez.

Oct. 26: Maya Cinemas, 153 Main St, Salinas, 7pm
BIG READ Steinbeck Film Series: The Pearl (1947). “Legend and Ecological History” by William Gilly, Professor of Biology at Stanford University.

Oct. 27: National Steinbeck Center 5:30pm
Sweet Thursday: “The Bull in Commerce and Culture,” Bruce Elliott, former Senior
Biologist for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Oct. 28: National Steinbeck Center, 10am-5pm
Día de los Muertos Exhibit opens: Curated by Jose Ortiz, founder of Hijos del Sol, the exhibit touches on themes and images of the holiday.


Nov. 1: National Steinbeck Center
Día de los Muertos and Closing Party. The NSC and our local partners invite you to
join us for our final event and street parade celebrating NEA BIG READ.

All local events will be posted on the NSC website,

For more information about the NEA Big Read, please visit For more information about programs contact Lisa Josephs at or visit the NSC website,

The National Steinbeck Center opened in 1998 as the only museum in the world solely dedicated to the life, works, and legacy of John Steinbeck. Located in Salinas, California the National Steinbeck Center is situated in the heart of Steinbeck Country and the sites and sounds immortalized in dozens of Steinbeck's novels.

Established by Congress in 1965, the National Endowment for the Arts is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the NEA supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the National Endowment for the Arts and the agency is celebrating this milestone with events and activities through September 2016. Go to to enjoy art stories from around the nation, peruse Facts & Figures, and check out the anniversary timeline.

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Why, the “Facebook” for Muscle, registers a monthly Growth of +108 Percent

When Social Media Meets Live Cam - the next generation of Gay Adult Entertainment

The Netherlands, August 25, 2016 - How to bring innovation in the adult industry? A totally unique LiveCam – Social Media – Hookup / Dating and forum platform is registering an overwhelming success. It’s the next generation in Adut Entertainment, Social Media meeting Live Cam.

JockMenLive, the online community for bodybuilders, male athletes, jocks and their admirers, decided to offer community-driven environment to their free members where… they get paid to post! They can spend their JockBucks on a cam show with one of the over 250 models ready to flex their muscles in (and out) their posing trunks, custom made muscle pics & videos, tips and bodybuilding sponsorships.

In addition to this, members have their own profiles, can interact over Skype, communicate via news-feeds, or even broadcast their own shows for fun and profit. Coming next will be new dating and Hook-up Tools, allowing members and models to find Mr. Right, Mr. Right Now, or even arrange Live Muscle Worship sessions with some of the top names in the muscle world.

“From the inception of JockMenLive, we wanted to create a new kind of user experience”, says JML lead, Shaun L, “Cam sites are ubiquitous, and sex is easy to come by online. What our members kept telling us is that they were looking for something more. The wanted 'relationship' , and to be part of something.. We surveyed them, asking them for specific suggestions, then we delivered. That’s how our platform became the next generation in Gay Adult Entertainment: a totally unique Live Cam – Social Media – Hookup / Dating and forum platform.”

All started with a much-requested old-fashioned forum, where members could exchange pics, interact with models and with each other, and exchange information. According to Shaun L, “We were a little terrified, as there is little worse than an empty, inactive forum - but our members got busy making that space their own. That feature has been an overwhelming success.”

The other most frequently requested feature was the ability to use Skype. “Skype has always been the enemy of normal cam sites. Models can easily be tempted off-site, and the losses can be staggering to a small company such as ours. But, we decided to listen to what our members were saying: Skype still provides the most intimate cam-to-cam, voice to voice experience, and our members really want intimacy.”

“The internet is an amazing tool”, Shaun L continues, “but research has shown that it can also lead to social isolation. We want to use this media to allow people to come together. Our members were clear - they want our platform to increase their connectedness to other human beings. It's our goal to provide a fully realized Social Cam site for this Market, and then expand to new niche's over time. Once we make the Facebook of Muscle, we can do the same for any other fan group. We'll never be the Walmart of the Cam world, nor do we wish to be. We'd much rather be known for great concierge level service, unique products, and for really listening to our valued members.”

The idea to create a concierge service for their members proved to be successful, JockMenLive has been growing at an average rate of +108% per month. “Plus, our members are very loyal because they are treated as a community, not as consumers.” is now bringing fans of the masculine male, everything they asked for - Live Cam with some of the most famous faces in the adult and bodybuilding world, forums, videos, facebook style profiles where members can upload photos, videos, interact using news-feeds, and leave reviews of any models anywhere.

To learn more about or to request more pictures, please contact

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Better Cam Company B.V.
Dokweg 27/B
1976 CA, IJmuiden,
The Netherlands