Thursday, April 28, 2016

Acclaimed Artist Rachael Sage Releases New Song "Try Try Try" New Album Choreographic Out May 20th

"baroque strings and off-kilter but memorable percussion...fueled by triumph and feminine resilience." - Baebel Music

New York, NY, April 28, 2016 - Award-winning recording artist Rachael Sage exclusively premiered her new song "Try Try Try" April 7 on Baebel Music. The track is the first release off of her forthcoming full-length studio album, Choreographic, inspired by her lifelong relationship with dance, due May 20 (MPress/ILS/Caroline). “Try Try Try” will be available as an instant download from iTunes with pre-orders of Choreographic beginning April 22.

A playful, uptempo folk-pop number with a tinge of country twang and more than a little bit of rock attitude, the track features Sage's signature clever lyrics, catchy harmonies and impressive guitar skills. Accompanied by fantastic backing musicians including members of Coldplay, Adele, Esperanza Spalding and Brandi Carlile's bands, it's an uplifting, infectious song about love, perfect for spring! "Try Try Try" debuted at #97 on the FMQB Adult Contemporary radio chart among Gwen Stefani & Ellie Goulding.

"I wrote ["Try Try Try"] from a place of pure anticipation, in that moment where you've connected with someone immediately and all you feel is endless possibility, just being in each other's presence." - Rachael Sage



About Rachael Sage:
A soulful vocalist and innovative multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter and producer Rachael Sage has become one of the busiest touring artists in independent music, performing 100+ dates a year with her band The Sequins throughout the US, UK, Europe and Asia. She has earned a loyal following for her dynamic piano playing, delicate guitar work, soulful vocals and improvisational audience interaction.

Sage has shared stages with Sarah McLachlan, A Great Big World, Judy Collins, Shawn Colvin, Marc Cohn, Jamie Cullum, The Animals and Ani DiFranco. She has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and received numerous songwriting awards including The John Lennon Songwriting Contest (Grand Prize) and several Independent Music Awards. Her songs have appeared on MTV, HBO, the "Fame" soundtrack, and 13 of her songs have appeared in the last 3 seasons of Lifetime's controversial reality series, "Dance Moms" (including several songs accompanying breakout Sia video star Maddie Ziegler's winning routines).

Rachael's full tour dates behind Choreographic are listed below, or visit: http://rachaelsage.com

Rachael Sage Social Media
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http://www.facebook.com/rachaelsagepage
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FOR ALL PRESS INQUIRIES PLEASE CONTACT Chip Schutzman – chip@mileshighproductions.com

On Tour Now (More Dates TBA!) * #ChoreographicTour

Apr 30 The Last Waltz Live @ Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Bethel, NY
May 04 Ethel's Stage Left Lounge Columbus, OH
May 06 First Unitarian Church Pittsburgh, PA
May 07 Cyber Cafe West Binghamton, NY
May 13 Rockwood Music Hall - Stage 2 New York, NY
May 14 Muses in the Vineyard Festival Columbia, NJ
Jun 02 How The Light Gets In Festival Hay-On-Wye, UK
Jun 05 Hotel Utah San Francisco, CA
Jun 07 The Hotel Cafe West Hollywood, CA
Jun 09 Uncommon Ground - Edgewater Chicago, IL
Jun 11 The Ark w/ Mary Fahl Ann Arbor, MI
Jun 12 Seven Steps Up Spring Lake, MI
Jun 24 The Avalon Theatre Easton, MD
Jul 21 Ladybug Festival Wilmington, DE
Nov 18 Nikolaisaal Potsdam Potsdam, Germany

Miles High Productions | 323.806.0400 | chip@mileshighproductions.com | http://mileshighproductions.com

Contact:
Chip Schutzman
Miles High Productions
P.O. Box 93157
Hollywood, CA 90093
323 806-0400
http://www.mileshighproductions.com

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Netswitch Technology Management is Pleased to announce that Mary Landesman has joined their Advisory Board

Netswitch Technology Management is pleased to announce that Mary Landesman has joined their Advisory Board in support of new threat intelligence and UBA-based Authentication product development.

San Francisco, CA, April 27, 2016 — Netswitch Technology Management is pleased to announce that Mary Landesman has joined their Advisory Board in support of new threat intelligence and UBA-based Authentication product development.


“Mary’s extensive experience in researching malware and security events along with her background in big data analytics will serve to guide our product direction over the next few months,” said Steve King, Netswitch’s COO and Chief Security Officer. “Mary’s knowledge of the global cyber-security market combined with her data science experience at Cisco, Microsoft and most recently with Norse will give us unique insights into the threat intelligence space and will provide invaluable design input to future products. We are lucky to have her on board.”

Mary is a widely known and broadly published author on cyber-security issues and is a popular speaker and presenter at cyber-security conferences, including e-Crime Congress, RSA, and the Gartner Security Summit. As a security analyst, Mary is well-known as the discoverer of Gumblar, the most prevalent Web threat of both 2009 and 2010 and the DarkLeech compromises of Web hosting servers in 2013.
Mary is a three-time Microsoft MVP award recipient for her role in furthering consumer security. In 2010, Apollo Research declared Mary the most quoted security researcher for malware and phishing topics and third most quoted for security overall. In 2012, eWeek magazine listed Mary as one of the “10 Women in Information Security that Everyone Should Know”, and in May 2014, Intelligent Defense listed Mary as one of “3 Women Leading the Way in IT Security.”

About Netswitch:
Netswitch is a global cyber-security solutions provider, serving businesses of all sizes whose model for success relies upon secure, smoothly running, and fully available IT systems.

The SECURLI® Integrated Security Platform is in use at over 3,000 client sites around the world providing intrusion detection and prevention, advanced behavioral analytics, preemptive breach detection, monitored and managed web firewalls and gateways, security information and event management, managed incident response and remediation and complete audit-ready regulatory compliance.
For more information, please visit us at http://www.netswitch.net/

Contact:
Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455
http://www.netswitch.net/

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Rising EDM Vocalist, Lexxica, Releases her Second Single and Lyric Video, “Hearts Collide;” Dropping April 22, 2016!

Electronic dance vocalist, Lexxica; known for her dynamic sound and broad range in vocals gets ready to drop her latest single, “Hearts Collide” due out April 22, 2016.

Hollywood, CA, April 21, 2016 - Electronic dance vocalist, Lexxica; known for her dynamic sound and broad range in vocals gets ready to drop her latest single, “Hearts Collide” due out April 22, 2016. This is the second release off of her upcoming EP which will be available this summer.

The rising artist was recently featured as “Artist of the Month” in Raver Magazine. “With her distinct sultry sound fused with melodic good vibes of electro, house and even dubstep, her tracks will make you jump out of your seat and set you free” (Raver Mag, 37). The magazine conducted an interview with Lexxica for its March issue; highlighting her upcoming EP.



Grammy nominated producer, Rusty Varenkamp produced “Hearts Collide” as well as, the rest of the tracks on Lexxica’s upcoming EP release. Also, Varenkamp and Lexxica worked together to write the lyrics for “Hearts Collide.”

“Hearts Collide” combines an upbeat and high-energy bass with expressive and stirring lyrics. The dreamy synths accentuates the poetic imagery of Lexxica and Varenkamp’s songwriting. “Hearts Collide” describes a love struck feeling; igniting a spark that arises between a love interest. Her belting vocals heighten the thrill and excitement of the song. This track holds a steady and fast tempo bass that emphasizes her electronic sound and positive energy that keeps her fans coming back for more.

Lexxica continues to assert her love for electronic music in each of her releases; “Hearts Collide” carries on the sense of exhilarating passion in both her lyrics and her vocals. “I think you have to get inspired by the music, the lyrics-get lost in the translation of the two, Lexxica continues. “When I get inside the studio, I dance, I move, I light candles all over the studio, and close my eyes, and everything else fades away,” she says.

This talented singer-songwriter continues to incorporate a number of different electronic subgenres, such as house, indie-dance, electro, and dubstep, all skillfully blended into a seamless flow to create a unique and uplifting sound.

For More Info Please Visit: Lexxicamusic.com

Contact:
Chip Schutzman
Miles High Productions
P.O. Box 93157
Hollywood, CA 90093
323 806-0400
chip@mileshighproductions.com
http://www.mileshighproductions.com

Thursday, April 21, 2016

RJ Comer Releases his Second Americana-Rock Single “The Moon Ain’t Fallen on me Yet”

Music Video Released April 15th [Single Artwork]

Los Angeles, CA, April 21, 2016 - RJ Comer returns to his frequent themes of redemption and survival in his second release, “The Moon Ain’t Fallen on Me Yet” off of his recent six-song EP Nightly Suicide. The captivating single will be available April 18th with an accompanying music video released April 15th via Growling Moon Records.

While most people find inspiration and romance in sunrises and sunsets, like a lone wolf RJ Comer has long looked to the moon for comfort when he was down. “The Moon Ain’t Fallen on Me Yet” depicts RJ’s nightlife—an allegory for his darkest and most lonely thoughts and experiences, but also—ironically—his sanctuary. The moon symbolizes hope, and is RJ’s wry and subtle allusion to John 1:5: “The light shines in the darkness, yet the darkness did not overcome it.”


Showcasing psychedelic imagery along with RJ’s shadowy, lyrical content, the music video authentically portrays the brooding singer-songwriter as he lures listeners with every line. Through his metaphorical and cryptic songwriting, Comer carefully peels back the layers of his dark side to reveal the light he seeks, and most often finds.

As America is both rural and urban, so is RJ’s take on Americana music. With Nightly Suicide, RJ steps out of the southern American Swamp genre of his 2015 release Hell Hole Swamp and onto a decidedly more urban Americana-Rock terrain; replacing banjo and fiddle with electric guitars and a deep bass. In support of his new release, RJ continues to tour primarily throughout the southern United States, but will head north for an official appearance at Canadian Music Week and a show in Chicago.

Nightly Suicide has been well-received with numerous positive reviews and significant radio play. Larry Toering at Skope Magazine proclaimed “...easy to play on repeat.... the songwriting is world class" and Jessica Harrington of The Celebrity Cafe declared "… amazing songwriting lyrical skills…. Each song is personal and poetic." MusicNotez Magazine told its readers “You can feel the pain and scars of past decisions dripping off every note and lyric sung." In addition to critical acclaim, RJ has been climbing the Americana Music Association radio airplay chart every week since releasing Nightly Suicide.

Upcoming Tour Dates:

Apr 13th – 9pm – Cock & Bull – Sarasota, FL
Apr 15th – 8pm – McCabe’s Irish Pub – Bradenton, FL
Apr 17th – 7pm – Bobby’s Idle Hour Tavern – Nashville, TN
Apr 22nd – 7pm – Kimbro’s Pickin’ Parlour – Franklin, TN
May 6th – 1am (May 7) – Canadian Music Week; The Paddock – Toronto, ON
May 8th – 8pm – The Elbo Room – Chicago, IL

For more information please visit: www.rjcomer.com

Contact:
Chip Schutzman
Miles High Productions
P.O. Box 93157
Hollywood, CA 90093
323 806-0400
chip@mileshighproductions.com
http://www.mileshighproductions.com

SMS Mobile Marketing Company Qwikon Inc. Announces New Ownership

Qwikon is simple, easy to use and allows businesses to text message their fans, creating a simple and effective marketing tool to generating real time, measurable results.

Santa Cruz, CA, April 21, 2016 — Qwikon, a national SMS mobile marketing company, has announced the sale of the company.

Qwikon is simple, easy to use and allows businesses to text message their fans, creating a simple and effective marketing tool to generating real time, measurable results. The company was created to “help small business owners to fill empty seats on demand by sending text based offers in under a minute.”

“Andria strongly believes in the benefits of this company and does not plan any major changes,” said Brooks Lambert, Qwikon founder and CEO. “As I move on to new adventures, please join me in welcoming Andria and wishing her great success as owner of Qwikon.”

Qwikon helps businesses send out exclusive deals and announcements to their customers via text. 98% of all text messages are read within 2 minutes, making contact with customers timelier than email. The text is a call to action giving customers a reason to return and will give business a boost during slower periods.

“I have used Qwikon for several years and have witnessed firsthand its effectiveness and benefits for business owners,” said Cambridge. “Qwikon will continue to grow and improve, offering our clients even more benefits. I look forward to a bright future for the company.”

As Qwikon changes ownership and leadership, nothing will change for existing clients. Andria and her team are working to increase the value users get from their Qwikon accounts and anticipate an exciting future for the company.

Website: http://www.qwikon.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Qwikon
Twitter: https://twitter.com/qwikon

Background on Qwikon:
Qwikon was founded in 2011 by successful entrepreneur, Brooks Lambert. Qwikon makes it easy to create and send a special offer in less than a minute that prompts customers show up almost instantly. We call it Filling Empty Seats On-demand. Qwikon delivers same day response rates ranging from 5% to over 30%, generating hundreds to thousands of dollars of incremental revenue in hours.

Qwikon was created for busy business owners, and provides them a unique number that also functions as a direct dial number and enables our unique Call to Join service, so customers can join with a simple phone call. Unlike shared short code providers that require many companies to share one number.

Contact:
Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455
http://www.qwikon.com

Nashville Singer - Songwriter Cody Webb Releases New Single, “More than a Little,” out April 22nd

Self Titled EP Available this Summer

Nashville, TN, April 21, 2016 – Emerging country artist Cody Webb will release his new single “More Than A Little” April 22nd. The country musician and singer-songwriter gears up for his summer EP release with his highly anticipated love song; giving fans a sneak peak of his upcoming self-titled six-song release, due out June 2016.

Hailing from South Carolina, Cody Webb kick-started his career by taking guitar lessons at the age of eight. As a child and young teenager, Cody toured local festivals and events with his father, Eddie Webb (an accomplished singer/songwriter) and his band. Cody now resides in Nashville, TN where he writes full time for ECK Publishing, a division of Monument Entertainment, LLC.


In addition, Cody has performed hundreds of tour dates nationwide with help from The Kinkead Entertainment Agency. His captivating live performances continues to grow Cody’s fan base across the East Coast, Midwest and beyond. In 2015, Cody performed in 58 cities at 100+ venues, alone. Performing live is at the core of Cody's artistry, whether it be for a packed house of familiar faces or winning over a handful in a new city. Cody Webb’s expressive tenor and deft guitar work even attracted management company, RPM who has worked with renowned country artists such as, Tim McGraw and Julianne Hough. RPM Management now represents Cody Webb in Nashville, TN.

Cody Webb anticipates his upcoming release with his first single, “More Than A Little.” The dreamy guitar introduction eases into Cody’s smooth, passionate vocals setting a romantic tone to the track. The singer- songwriter’s emotional touch is highlighted through his heartfelt songwriting. “Head Over Heels, falling into more than a little in love with you,” Cody sings. This stirring track is laced with touching lyrics and a beautiful guitar melody that breaks into a southern rock guitar solo. In support of his new release, Cody Webb released an intimate, acoustic version of “More Than A Little” which, will be followed by a lyric video releasing the end of April.

Watch Acoustic Version of “More Than A Little”

Cody Webb’s website: http://www.codywebbcountry.com

Cody Webb’s Upcoming Tour Dates:
Apr. 22, 2016 – Sunset Auction – Thomson, GA
Apr. 23, 2016 – Private Party – Orangeburg, SC
Apr. 15, 2016- Stoney’s – Las Vegas, NV
Apr. 27, 2016– Tin Roof – Orlando, FL
May 2, 3, &, 8 2016 – Lazy Gecko – Key West, FL
May 14, 2016 – Poultry Festival – Batesburg-Leesburg, SC
May 14, 2016 – Kathy’s Bar and Grill - Batesburg-Leesburg, SC
Jun. 10, 2016 – The Country Club Dance Hall and Saloon – Augusta, GA
July 1 & 2 2016- Moonshine Flats- San Diego, CA
Sept. 17, 2016 – The Esso Club – Clemson, SC

Other Inquiries:
April Rider
RPM Management
April@rpmweb.com

For Booking:
The Kinkead Entertainment Agency
Bkinkead@kinkeadentertainment.com
615-499-5115

Contact:
Chip Schutzman
Miles High Productions
P.O. Box 93157
Hollywood, CA 90093
323 806-0400
chip@mileshighproductions.com
http://www.mileshighproductions.com

Monday, April 18, 2016

The Clement Palo Alto Offers Lifetime Charter Memberships to First 50 Guests

The Clement Palo Alto, one of the most innovative, personalized and unique luxury hotels in the country, is offering charter memberships with lifetime benefits for the first 50 guests of the hotel.

Palo Alto, CA, April 19, 2016 — The Clement Palo Alto, one of the most innovative, personalized and unique luxury hotels in the country, is offering charter memberships with lifetime benefits for the first 50 guests of the hotel.

With 23 spacious and richly appointed one-bedroom suites, The Clement Palo Alto sets a new standard for personalized luxury accommodations in a contemporary residential-style atmosphere.

As one of the hotel's highly regarded inaugural guests, the Clement Charter Membership is limited to the first 50 guests of the hotel and has the following lifetime benefits:

• No charges for guests or visitors. Charter Members will never pay extra charges for guests (limit one guest per visit) which is valued at $150 per night. For day or evening guests (guests not spending the night) this is a value of $35-$75 per day.
• Reservation priority. With only 23 suites, The Clement Palo Alto will have limited availability. Clement Charter Members will have exclusive priority VIP reservation status, advancing members to the top of the waiting list during sold-out periods.
• Advisory Group. Members are invited to participate in the Clement Advisory Group and suggest ideas and recommendations for making guests’ stay a memorable one. The hotel will reach out to the Advisory Group after check-out for feedback and comments. Clement Charter Members will play a significant role in helping the hotel provide service and an overall guest experience that is second to none.
• 25% off in Monterey. Clement Charter Members are entitled to 25% off room rates Sunday through Friday at The Clement's sister property, InterContinental The Clement Monterey.

While unparalleled service is key to any great luxury hotel, The Clement Palo Alto takes its impeccable service to another level with an all-inclusive concept, including personalized concierge services, breakfast, lunch and dinner in an on-premise location of the guest's choice.

All wine, beer and cocktails, in-room mini-refrigerator (stocked with the guest's favorites), and fully-stocked Guest Pantry available around the clock, are just a few of the amenities included in this all-inclusive experience.

In fact, The Clement Palo Alto is more than all-inclusive, it is all-exclusive, catering exclusively to the guest's personal tastes and desires.

No detail has been overlooked at The Clement Hotel, from the guest's favorite sparkling water and snacks in the mini-fridge to the plush Stearns & Foster European pillow top California King beds with luxurious Frette bed linens.

The moment guests arrive at the front door, they will step into an oasis of sophistication, service and comfort. Instead of the typical lobby and registration desk of most hotels, guests at The Clement Palo Alto will be greeted by their own Personal Concierge.

This Personal Concierge will have an iPad with all the pertinent information about the guests, including their wants and needs, and take them directly to their rooms. The Personal Concierge will take care of the guests for the duration of their stay and take care of all their personal needs.

During their stay, guests can have breakfast, lunch and dinner prepared in The Kitchen, the hotel's open kitchen, with an executive chef presiding over the menu tailored to their tastes and requirements. Guests can dine in The Dining Room, the outdoor Dining Terrace, the privacy of their guest suite, or in a private cabana on the private roof-top pool deck overlooking the picturesque Stanford University campus.

Guests also have access to the beautifully appointed communal guest kitchen, which is similar to a high-end residential kitchen, with access to a fully stocked guest pantry that is available around the clock.

The 650-square-foot, one-bedroom suites offer modern and sophisticated comfort reflecting the Northern California lifestyle. Each suite provides an intuitive layout with an array of carefully curated amenities to enhance the guest's stay. State-of-the-art technology is combined with comfort of the highest quality, such as sumptuous Frette linens, 65-inch Samsung Smart TVs, Nespresso Vertuoline coffee machines, and fully stocked in-room refrigerators.

Spacious stone-lined bathrooms include a soaking tub and a separate glass-enclosed shower, lighted makeup mirrors at a dry vanity area, and a TV behind the mirrors, just a few of the features that will delight their senses.

Other luxurious touches include remote-controlled motorized draperies, a desk fully stocked with office supplies and a connectivity panel for Internet and charging, robe options and slippers of the guest's choice in the spacious closets.

The common areas of the hotel feature the elegant Living Room, which is accented with a stone fireplace and is the perfect location to relax with a favorite cocktail or glass of wine. Or they can enjoy the firepit on the outdoor Dining Terrace or at the roof-top deck with a swimming pool, whirlpool and private cabanas.

In addition, there is a fully equipped exercise room on the second floor of the hotel available to guests 24 hours.
The interior design of The Clement Palo Alto was created by Stanford Hughes of the renowned, award-winning San Francisco hotel design firm Brayton Hughes Design Studios.

The Clement Palo Alto is ideally located across from Stanford University and next to downtown Palo Alto, with its award-winning restaurants, world-class shopping and upscale spas. It is just 45 minutes south of San Francisco and only 30 minutes north of San Jose, not only making it convenient, but easily accessible to the world-famous sights and myriad activities of both cities.

Overall, The Clement Palo Alto offers a unique, one-of-a-kind 6-star experience in the heart of Silicon Valley with unparalleled personal service, all-inclusive luxury and privacy in a warm, inviting and luxurious residential environment.

About Pacific Hotel Management, LLC
The Clement Hotel is owned and managed by Pacific Hotel Management, LLC. Pacific Hotel Management, LLC. is a privately-owned company that specializes in the development and management of high quality hotels using a variety of franchise brands. Pacific Hotel Management, LLC (PHM) manages all of the hotels owned by affiliates of Clement Chen & Associates, combining a focused corporate administrative staff with a "hands-on" management philosophy to operate profitable, well-maintained hotels. PHM is based in San Mateo, California, and can be visited on the Web at www.phmhotels.com.

The Clement Hotel
711 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, California 94301
650.322.7111
www.theclementpaloalto.com

Contact:
Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455
http://www.theclementpaloalto.com

Friday, April 15, 2016

Safe International offers First Nations Train the Trainer Self-Defense Classes for Aboriginal Protection

SAFE International™, a mobile self-defense business with certified partners in Canada, the US, and Australia, has developed a Self-Defense “Train the Trainer” program for First Nations to equip their communities with the training, knowledge, and information to protect themselves from violent victimization.

Lunenburg, ON, April 15, 2016 – SAFE International™, a mobile self-defense business with certified partners in Canada, the US, and Australia, has developed a Self-Defense “Train the Trainer” program for First Nations to equip their communities with the training, knowledge, and information to protect themselves from violent victimization. Since Aboriginal people are unfortunately twice as likely to experience assault, sexual assault, or robbery in their lifetime, SAFE International™ created a specific self defense certification that can be learned and implemented in the community to help people feel safer.

“Aboriginal people are almost twice as likely to be the victim of spousal violence as non-Aboriginals,” said Christopher Roberts, Founder and Instructor at SAFE International™. “Even worse, the homicide rate for an Aboriginal individual was almost seven-times higher than that of non-Aboriginals. At SAFE International™, it’s our goal to curb these alarming statistics and equip the community leaders with the training they need to protect their youth, teens, and adults.

The First Nations Self-Defense Classes are not Martial Arts programs, nor are they designed with complex techniques that take months to perfect. The self defense training focuses on the awareness and avoidance component of unexpected assault rather than just the physical part of self-defense. The ultimate goal is to train the Aboriginal people in identifying, avoiding, and removing themselves from situations that could turn violent.

“We know these are a serious and life-threatening situations we’re training people through,” said Roberts. “What’s so different about our courses is that we take a humor-based approach to sift through the honest and chilling information. We want our attendees to remember everything they were taught, and we believe the best way to do that is to make the entire course informational and fun at the same time.”

SAFE International intends to change the alarming statistics and ensure all Aboriginal people are free from harm. Our self defense “Train the Trainer” courses are currently available for communities in Canada and the United States.

For more information, or to signup today, visit: http://www.safeinternational.biz/classes/first-nations-self-defense.html

Contact:
Chris Roberts
SAFE International™
15535 Cooper Rd.
Lunenburg, ON
Canada K0C 1R0
1 800 465-5972
info@safeinternational.biz
http://www.safeinternational.biz

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

The 35th Annual Steinbeck Festival: “From Salinas to Sea of Cortez: Steinbeck on Land and Sea,” May 6-8 at the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas

The Steinbeck Festival is back! The National Steinbeck Center, at One Main Street, Salinas, offers a weekend of engaging “JON talks,” new films, and a variety of tours (the Red Pony Ranch, Salinas walking tours, an Ag tour, Ricketts’s lab tour, and whale watching).

Salinas, CA, April 12, 2016 - The Steinbeck Festival is back! The National Steinbeck Center, at One Main Street, Salinas, offers a weekend of engaging “JON talks,” new films, and a variety of tours (the Red Pony Ranch, Salinas walking tours, an Ag tour, Ricketts’s lab tour, and whale watching). Friday night’s banquet at the NSC features a talk by the Aquarium’s new Director of Science, Kyle Van Houtan. On Saturday, May 7, the NSC is partnering with Steinbeck Rotary’s Home Beer Fest on Main—adding more “fest” to the annual festival. Sunday features a slate of teacher workshops at the NSC.

The three-day Festival celebrates Steinbeck’s land/sea ethic and his enduring legacy as writer, activist, and ecologist.

At Friday night’s banquet and wine tasting, Dr. Van Houtan will discuss “The sea turtle populations of Hawaii—linking ocean, land and culture.” (John Steinbeck and each crew member on the Western Flyer brought stuffed sea turtles back from Baja!)

This year’s Festival features films and crowd-pleasing “JON talks,” lively half hour discussions of Steinbeck’s enduring legacy as well as local history. Director Susan Shillinglaw kicks off at 9:00 AM Friday with remarks about Steinbeck’s sense of place: How is the local, global? Friday morning speakers also include biographer William Souder (author of Rachel Carson and John James Audobon biographies), who will introduce his Steinbeck-biography-in-progress. Stanford English Department Chair Gavin Jones considers Steinbeck, land, drought and race. A round table discussion follows. Afternoon speakers consider the cultural impact of braceros in the Salinas Valley—with author Sergio Chavez; documentary filmmaker Ignacio Rodriguez; and photographer Daniel Ruanova. Jean Vengua discusses Filipinos newspapers and Eric Palmer will show a “teaser” of his documentary film about Japanese Flower growers.

Tours on Friday include the Red Pony Ranch and Salinas’s Main Street.

Saturday features presentations on Steinbeck and the sea, with Steinbeck scholar Robert DeMott kicking off the day’s events with a talk on Steinbeck and fishing. Ricketts’s scholar Katie Rodgers will discuss a newly-published essay by Edward F. Ricketts. John Gregg, owner of the boat Steinbeck and Ricketts sailed to Baja in 1940, explains recent restoration work on The Western Flyer. Mary Ellen Hannibal talks about her new book on citizen science. After morning sessions, participants can stroll Main Street’s Home Beer Festival, sponsored by the Steinbeck Rotary (one beer garden is at the NSC!). That afternoon offers a “cioppino” of different “JON talks,” including “Craft Beer 101” (Steinbeck once appeared in an ad for Balantine Ale.) Former National Book Award director Harold Augenbraum discusses The Pearl in English and Spanish; Stanford professor William Gilly recounts his 2004 trip retracing Ricketts and Steinbeck’s 1940 Sea of Cortez trip; and David Dennis discusses how he creates surfboards from Steinbeck themed wood.

On Saturday night at the Steinbeck House, there will be a craft beer tasting benefit dinner at the Steinbeck House, with all proceeds going to the Steinbeck Center.

Sunday’s teacher workshop theme is “crossing boundaries” and panelists will discuss integrated lessons: jazz, teaching the common good, and Japanese internment.

A three-day Festival pass is $75 (excluding dinners and tours). Tickets are available online at Steinbeck.org or call 831-775-4721.

Contact:
Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455
http://www.Steinbeck.org