New Film From Writer/Director Marcia Kimpton “Bardo Blues” To Close Out Eighth Annual SOHO International Film Festival As Official Selection

With the SOHO International Film Festival right around the corner at  Village East Cinemas (189 2nd Avenue on 12th Street), #SOHO8 recently announced a brand new drama making its WORLD PREMIERE as an official selection on Closing Night, Wednesday, June 21st!

From Writer/Director/Producer/Actress Marcia Kimpton comes her Feature Film Debut “Bardo Blues” starring Stephen McClintic (“Planet M”), Brian Gross (“2001 Maniacs”), and Natalie Sperl (“Around the World in 80 Days”).

Set in Thailand, Bardo Blues follows Jack as he struggles to learn the truth about the mother that abandoned him and his own reason for existing. Weaving spiritual awakenings and soulful struggle, Bardo Blues will leave you questioning everything you think you know about who you are, where you came from and where you’re going.

More About Writer/Director/Producer/Actress Marcia Kimpton:

Marcia Kimpton has produced and directed a number of successful web series, TV pilots and short films. With “Brado Blues” being her first feature film, it has already been submitted to a number of of other film festivals in 2017.

“Planet M” was Kimpton’s short film directorial debut in which she acted, produced, and wrote the screenplay of the dark comedy that captures a late night host in a downward spiral into the depths of reality TV. Given the rise of content satirizing reality TV, Marcia created a continuing web series with the characters from the film that is going into it’s third season. Prior to “Planet M,” her first short was “STAR” – a mock documentary and satire she starred in, wrote and produced. Kimpton also created a pilot for the TV series “An American in Amsterdam” which is currently being pitched to Dutch networks.

Kimpton has produced, written, hosted and acted in 25 shows for television. In 1998, she produced and hosted “Live From the Starlight Room,” a local late night show on KGO-ABC in San Francisco. Prior to this, she was a music and entertainment reporter for four years on KTVU-Fox Morning Show in San Francisco.

She’s studied with the Lee Strausberg Actor’s studio and NYU’s film program in New York City, and has traveled to more than 40 countries, studied at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, and continued her extensive studies in meditation and yoga.

With such an accomplished writer/director behind the helm and an incredibly engaging story blending the cold realities of failure and the troubles of someone’s own mind, Bardo Blues is a film not to be missed at the Eighth Annual SOHO International Film Festival’s Closing Night, Wednesday, June 21st!

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Enjoy an Unforgettable Night of BEATLEMANIA Featuring a Special Screening of the Exciting New Film Release “Deconstructing the Beatles: Sgt. Pepper” at Bow Tie Squire Cinemas Followed by a LIVE Performance of the Album’s Best Tracks by “BeyondFab” at The Gold Coast Arts Center!

On Thursday, June 1, the Gold Coast Arts Center and International Film Festival celebrate the Golden Anniversary of one of The Beatles’ greatest, most innovative albums of all time: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band with a film and live concert fundraising event! Marking the 50th anniversary of the album’s release on June 1st, 1967, the Arts Center will present an unforgettable night of BEATLEMANIA featuring a special screening of the exciting new release “Deconstructing The Beatles: Sgt. Pepper’s” at Bow Tie Squire followed by a LIVE performance of the album’s best by BeyondFab!

People across the world and throughout generations love the Beatles for a variety of reasons. Some love them because they created an incredibly diverse catalogue of music within a relatively short period of time. Others argue that they set a new standard for inventiveness and originality in popular music. For some, hearing a certain song or a specific chord transition transports them back to exact memory from their lives, and for many more their non-formulaic and relatable approach to popular music continues to resonate and inspire, proving that they were well ahead of their time. No matter what the reason is for appreciating The Beatles’ contributions to music as a whole, everyone can agree that their impact remains palpable through contemporary artists and their message.


Guests of all ages are invited to celebrate what Rolling Stone describes as “the most important rock & roll album ever made, an unsurpassed adventure in concept, sound, songwriting, cover art and studio technology by the greatest rock & roll group of all time” and dance the night away while enjoying cocktails and delicious Beatles-themed desserts. All proceeds from this event will benefit the Gold Coast Arts Center & International Film Festival, which is dedicated to promoting and supporting the arts through education, exhibition, performance, and outreach.



Timetable for the Event:


Date: Thursday June 1, 2017

Film Screening: 7:00 – 8:30pm (Bow Tie Squire Cinemas: 115 Middle Neck Rd, Great Neck, NY 11021)

Live Concert/Party: 8:45pm – 10:00pm (Gold Coast Arts Center: 113 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck, NY 11021)




In Deconstructing Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, composer, musician, and Beatles expert Scott Freiman looks at Sgt. Pepper from multiple angles, exploring the history behind the music. Mr. Freiman conducts an educational journey into the creative process of The Beatles performances and recording sessions. You are guaranteed to leave amazed at The Beatles’ innovation in the studio and have a newfound appreciation for the talents of Lennon, McCartney, Harrison, and Starr.



Directly following the film, you are invited to keep the party going as you go next door to the Arts Center where you can grab a drink, some delicious desserts and dance the night away while enjoying a live concert by Long Island’s very own Beatles cover band, BeyondFab! BeyondFab features the talents of Mike Green, Pete Bross, Michael Ponella, Reggie Bell, & George Tebbitt.


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$65.00 for Adults | $45.00 for Students

Become a Beatles Subscriber and get all FOUR films in the series PLUS the event for only $100! (Please note, tickets to the film and concert will not be sold separately)


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More About the Gold Coast Arts Center:


The Gold Coast Arts Center is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting and supporting the arts through education, exhibition, performance and outreach. For over 20 years we have brought the arts and arts in education experiences to tens of thousands of people throughout the region through our 1) School for the Arts, which offers year-round classes in all visual and performing arts to students of all ages and abilities, (2) Free public art gallery, (3) Concert and lecture series, (4) Arts-in-Education Outreach programs, (5) Year round film screening and discussion series and (6) Gold Coast International Film Festival. The Arts Center is an affiliate of the John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts: Partners in Education Program and the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC.


More About the Gold Coast International Film Festival:

Located on the “Gold Coast” in the Town of North Hempstead, the Gold Coast International Film Festival was founded with the purpose of establishing a home on Long Island to showcase the work of exceptional filmmakers and provide the public with an insider’s view of the film industry. The Festival’s long-standing and impressive track record of screening the best new independent, foreign, art-house & repertory films, includes many Oscar-winning and Oscar-nominated feature films in advance of award selections.  Each screening is followed by a lively and informative Q&A with a filmmaker, film critic and/or other media professional.  The Festival also includes workshops, special events and parties as well as many free events.

Past honorees and special guests of the Arts Center and Film Festival include filmmakers and actors Francis Ford Coppola, Baz Luhrman, Hugh Grant, Brian Dennehy, Paul Sorvino, Ed Burns, Bruce Dern, Isabella Rossellini, Eli Wallach, Gabriel Byrne, Phylicia Rashad , Bill Plympton, Lou Diamond Phillips, Phil Donahue, Joan Allen, Jay McInerny and Michael Cuesta as well as composer Morton Gould, Grammy-winning musician Vince Giordano, visual artists James Rosenquist, Larry Rivers and Bob Gruen, Broadway stars and Tony winners/ nominees Melissa Errico, Savion Glover and Kelli O’Hara, legendary fashion designer Oleg Cassini and 4-time Oscar winner for production and costume designer,  Catherine Martin.

In addition to the annual Fall Film Festival, GCIFF also presents dozens of preview screenings and filmmaker Q&As throughout the year at their year-round Gold Coast Cinema Series and Douglas Elliman Film Series.

The Gold Coast is just a short ride from New York City, and is easily accessible by car, train and the area’s three major airports: John F. Kennedy International, LaGuardia, and MacArthur.image2.png


Having recently celebrated the 40th anniversary of his timeless classic “Legalize It” on the heels of the Peter Tosh Museum grand opening, fans worldwide are getting ready for “International Peter Tosh Day” on Thursday, April 20th, 2017!


Among the many acts who are planning tributes and messages of gratitude spreading the “Legalize It” movement worldwide; Tosh’s children and grandchildren including sons Andrew Tosh and Jawara “Tosh 1” McIntosh, grandson Dre Tosh, and granddaughter Jahzarah McIntosh have continued their father and grandfather’s legacy through music and advocacy.


Granddaughter Jahzarah, who will be participating in a Facebook LIVE stream to commemorate the third annual International Peter Tosh Day, recently had this to say on the upcoming celebration:


“I believe that it’s time that the world comes together and celebrates my grandfather Peter Tosh. Over 40 years ago, he released his iconic song and album Legalize It.  A song that became the anthem for those that believed that our human rights should NEVER be compromised. Join me and many others as we celebrate the musician, the activist, the revolutionary, and the visionary on April 20th,  International Peter Tosh Day by sharing your videos and photos with #petertosh420 and #420intlpetertoshday.”


WATCH: Jahzarah McIntosh – International Peter Tosh Day Facebook LIVE Stream


WATCH: Jahzarah McIntosh Sings Her Original Song Dedicated to Peter Tosh


Additionally- Dre Tosh, who released a cover of “Comin’ In Hot” late last year in tribute to his grandfather, will be be going LIVE via Facebook continuing to spread the message of equal rights, cannabis legalization, and expansion of Jamaica’s worldwide cultural influence that Peter Tosh so passionately fought for.


Just last year, the Tosh Family announced the launch of the “Peter Tosh 420” cannabis brand, which will be launched in tandem with this year’s celebration! A company with a mission to organically grow the Peter Tosh legacy by providing quality cannabis products for medicinal power, spiritual enlightenment and recreational enjoyment- PT 420 will embrace the mind, body, and spiritual aspects of the cannabis culture. In addition, proceeds from every sale will be donated to the Peter Tosh Foundation to support education and social programs with an emphasis on social justice, cannabis legalization, and other humanitarian causes in Jamaica and around the world.

International Peter Tosh Day will also be a day of recognition focused on Tosh’s contributions as a revolutionary musician in hopes that he will be considered for the 2018 class of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductions and given the rightful honor he wholeheartedly deserves, with the continued #InductTosh movement spreading worldwide.

A self-taught multi-instrumentalist, Peter Tosh and The Wailers became pioneers of the burgeoning reggae scene in the late 1960’s, and together they toured the world for over ten years. He left the band in 1973 to pursue his solo career and earned huge success with “Legalize It” and later solo releases. He was tragically assassinated in his home in 1987 at the age of 42. In 1988, he was posthumously awarded a Grammy for Best Reggae Album for 1987’s “No Nuclear War”.

So this coming Thursday, April 20th celebrate International Peter Tosh Day via Facebook Live and join the Tosh Family, Estate, and countless others around the world in honoring the legacy of a true cultural icon!


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More About The Peter Tosh Museum:

The Peter Tosh legacy has been carried on into 2016/2017 with the grand opening of the Peter Tosh Museum at Pulse Center in Kingston, Jamaica. The Museum showcases personal artifacts including tour jackets, Tosh’s passports, telephone and radio, audio and video recordings featuring the superstar, as well as his famed M16 guitar and beloved unicycle- giving fans a fascinating and introspective look into the life of one of Jamaica’s most celebrated figures.


Up and Coming Rapper Sky Katz Releases New Single, Talks About Gun Violence

It’s always refreshing to see young artists talk about important social issues, even more so when they’re spreading a message through their music.

America’s Got Talent contestant and up and coming hip-hop recording artist, Sky Katz, has released singles already, but her latest release, “Long Way to Go” sends a powerful message- End Gun Violence. The message can impact people of all ages, races, ethnicities, religions, and sexes.

Sky’s lyrical flow is impressive for her age, as is her charismatic and charming stage presence. The future definitely holds exciting things for her, as she’s already working on her album slated for a 2017 release.

See more on Sky Katz, her new single, and he career thus far here.


Billy Joel’s Music to be Required for Long Island High School Students Participating in Piano Competition

On November 10th, Grace Music School will celebrate its grand opening by hosting a press conference and a competition featuring high school students playing the music of Billy Joel’s album, “Fantasies and Delusions”.

The competition will give students the chance to showcase their talents and the winner of the competition will walk away with a $1000 prize as well as the opportunity to perform at the highly regarded Carnegie Hall!

This is a very exciting event honoring not only the Long Island born legend, Billy Joel, but young talent in the local area, too.

Separate grand opening celebrations will also take place on November 12th and 13th.

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Halloween Weekend has Arrived- Last Chance to Go to Long Island’s Scariest Haunted Houses!

October flew by and Halloween weekend is already here! And you know what that means- last minute costume ideas, empty shelves at the Halloween store, too much candy to even eat, and long lines at haunted house attractions. As for that last one, those lines will be totally worth it.

Scream LI’s four Haunted Houses will be frightening guests all weekend as they have throughout the Halloween season. It’s everyone’s last chance to visit Chamber of Horrors, Darkside Haunted House, Gateway’s Haunted Playhouse, and my personal favorite, Schmitt’s Family Farm’s Haunted Mansion of Melville.

With fair prices and special ticket offers (like combo tickets) it’s hard to pick just one. Each venue puts its own flare on their haunted attractions. If you can, check out at least one of them!

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Have a safe, scary, and happy Halloween everybody!

Dread Marley is a Breath of Fresh Air in the Hip Hop Scene

Dread Marley, formerly known as Elite Motivated, is about to release a new single. Dread Marley’s influences span many artists all with different styles and their own takes on rap music. Marley has already grasped the attention of radio and magazines with his style of music and is sure to bring in more with the release of his new single in the coming weeks.

His music has already gotten plays in clubs around the tri-state area and releasing new content is sure to push him further. Keep your eyes out for his name and let’s see what’s next!