Black Velvet Deluxe – Named Among The Top Indie Rock Bands To Watch This Year

Black Velvet Deluxe, still soaking up the accolades from being chosen among the top 12 indie rock bands to watch in 2010, is set to prove the music writer right when they take the stage at the iconic Cat Club on Friday, February 5 at 10:15 PM.

Since it’s Feline Friday over at the Cat Club, the band couldn’t miss out on one of their signature ‘treat our lady fans right night,’ so they’re at it again, cooking up a special surprise. The first 25 lovely ladies in the door to listen to BLACK VELVET DELUXE will be presented with a BLACK VELVET pouch with a purr-fectly DELUXE treat inside.

“How could we not acknowledge the month of love with a little somethin’ for the felines in the house?” asked the bands’ Vocalist, Carlos Castenada. “And we all know how the ladies like gifts, so me and my band mates will have presents for the first 25 ladies who come to Cat Club to party with BLACK VELVET DELUXE on Feb 5.”

The doors open at 7:30PM, with Black Velvet Deluxe taking the stage at 10:15 to get the weekend started.

Check out the sounds of Black Velvet Deluxe at www.BlackVelvetDeluxe.com

ABOUT BLACK VELVET DELUXE:BLACK VELVET DELUXE takes you straight back to rock’s pure roots. Great hooks, mesmerizing drum beats, driving chords & powerful lyrics pay homage to the pioneers of sleaze rock. New fans are lured in and die-hard rock fans are intrigued as BLACK VELVET DELUXE redefines raucous, gritty rock-n-roll.

ABOUT THE CAT CLUB: The Cat Club is located @ 8911 West Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA. Smack dab in the center of the legendary Sunset Strip. The club is a popular rock/pop venue that is frequented by locals and the famous alike. Slim Jim Phantom of the famed Stray Cats is part owner of the club.

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Nedplay Acquired by 32Red Online Casino

32Red is today pleased to announce that Nedplay casino becomes part of the award-winning gaming operator’s group of casinos. The acquisition of the Nedplay casino, including the player database, Internet domains and Intellectual Property by 32Red, means that players at the Nedplay casino now enjoy the same high level of service and support, and exciting promotions as players at the Company’s other two casinos, 32Red and Dash.

Nedplay Acquired by 32Red Online Casino

CEO of 32Red, Ed Ware, commented:

“We are pleased to have the Nedplay Casino join our group and look forward to delivering the same high standards we apply across our existing operations to the Nedplay Casino”.

The acquisition comes after the flagship casino,32Red, following six years of successiveBest Casino awards, is named Casino of the Decade by industry watchdog and player advocacy site, Casinomeister. Ware added:

“Nedplay players join 32Red at a time when our efforts over the past 7 years have accumulated in our receiving the first ever Casino of the Decade accolade. They can now look forward to the same award-winning service and online casino experience 32Red regulars have enjoyed since the casino’s launch in 2002.”

The Nedplay brand continues for the time being with 32Red due to assess future plans over the coming weeks. Players with approved pending withdrawals that are outstanding should expect payment from 32Red shortly. Likewise any outstanding Affiliate Partner payments will be settled in the short-term.

32Red Plc – listed on the AIM of the London Stock Exchange (Ticker: TTR) – recently announced a positive end to trading in H2 2009, with gaming revenue up 19% on the first half of the same year and a 23% increase in player recruitment numbers from 2008. The addition of Nedplay will strengthen the company’s presence in the gaming sector for 2010 and is further positive news following the upbeat trading update.

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32Red Online Casino Crowned Casino of the Decade

The Gibraltar-based online casino operator, 32Red.com, has been declared Casino of the Decade by leading casino player watchdog and advocacy site, Casinomeister. Following six successive years as the Best Casino winner, the latest title rewards the firm’s consistent performance over the last 10 years.

During the last decade 32Red has featured regularly in award ceremonies and received prestigious nominations. As Casinomeister has highlighted in the past, and also in the company’s most recent award, 32Red has raised the bar for others to follow by pioneering a personal, transparent approach to player support and casino bonuses. In the official announcement, Bryan Bailey of Casinomeister said the following regarding 32Red’s achievements and new award:

“They (32Red) have maintained their focus since their launch: personable customer service, responsive and effective management, professional solid operations. Publicly traded, fully transparent, and they are bound by an ideology that is based on player satisfaction. These guys have a lot to be proud of…again”

32Red CEO, Ed Ware, was delighted by the award, commenting “the Casino of the Decade sits above all other awards in this year’s Casinomeister list and it’s one we receive with a great deal of pride. 32Red aimed to be here when we launched the online casino and we’re honoured that, come the end of ‘naughties’, we’re right at the top of our industry”.

Ware added that the company philosophy remains unchanged and that it will continue to drive the casino to new heights: “the numerous awards from Casinomeister in the past decade have shown that focussing on the player experience is valued where it matters most – the player’s themselves, which Casinomeister and the award represents. It is both justification of this philosophy and motivation to continue providing a service that really is second to none”

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Rosie’s Renegade Humor Blog Available on Amazon Kindle

Amazon.com has added Rosie’s Renegade Humor Blog by Rose A. Valenta to their growing selection of Kindle offerings: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002Z7EM7I

Rosie's Renegade Humor Blog Available on Amazon Kindle

The Kindle, Amazon’s hugely successful e-book reader, not only offers users the opportunity to download books, but also the ability to access major newspapers, such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and USA TODAY.

Rosie’s Renegade Humor Blog is a perfect fit for the Kindle because the essays satire current events, and offer an entertaining respite f r o m heavy news stories in a unique and hilarious way.

In a recent Internet survey of 442 Kindle users, 47% of the respondents indicate that they access online newspapers at least once per day. Over 41% access blogs. These are people who prefer digital media over print newspapers and turn to the internet for much of their information. Rosie’s Renegade Humor Blog is ideally positioned to reach these people through the Kindle because of its large internet presence and intelligent themes.

“This is the blog for people who would be knowledgeable about current events and politics if only politicians and news anchors didn’t stretch the truth, so what else is there to do, but share an honest laugh?” said Rose Valenta.

Columns include “Giuliani’s Gaffe Could Qualify for Political Darwin Award,” “Rush Limbaugh: The Don Rickles of Radio,” “How Congress Failed Homeland Security Duties,” and “The Mona Lisa Had High Cholesterol?”

Rose A. Valenta is a nationally syndicated humor columnist. Her columns have been published in Associated Content, USA TODAY, Newsday, NPR, Courier Post, the WSJ online, and many other local news websites.

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Honey’s Dance Academy Searches For New Bollywood Dance Stars!

The doors to new students are about to open at Honey’s Dance Academy, the UK’s top Bollywood Dance School. But before they do, you’ll be put through your paces in an X-Factor type audition process, dubbed the Bollywood Factor. Students who qualify will be trained by Bollywood’s leading Choreographers to take part in major Film, TV and Stage shows, with a special focus this year to compete in the UK Bollywood Dance Championships 2010!

Honey's Dance Academy Searches For New Bollywood Dance Stars!

The famed Academy since its inception in 1999 has grown to over 13 London Studios and has casted its dancing students in Film, TV and Stage performances such as the BBC Proms, Blue Peter, Jamie Olivers’s Oliver Twist, even Harry Potter, Bombay Dreams and blockbuster Bollywood movie Khabi Khushi Khabi Gham!

The demand from students aged 4 years old to 18+ wanting to join Honey’s Dance Academy is hotting up, but with limited spaces the queues have been building – so what better way to spot raw talent but to audition!

On Saturday 9th January 2010 at the St. Giles Hotel (Tottenham Court Road) the keen eye of Honey Kalaria, the Academy’s founder and a panel of Bollywood’s top choreographers will be hunting out new dance talent who have the passion, drive and determination to make it as a Bollywood Star!

“You don’t have to be dance professional to audition, we’re looking for students with passion, creativity and stage presence who we can train in different styles of Bollywood and Bhangra dance” Honey Kalaria, founder H.D.A

Open to all skill levels the Academy has taken novice dancers and trained them to perform on the most glamorous of stage and film sets. With Bollywood ever growing in popularity and now reaching global audiences the appeal to learn and perform in the Bollywood arts has attracted students from all cultural backgrounds – something
H.D.A encourages.

Honey Kalaria, the founder of H.D.A has led a glittering entertainment career as a Choreographer, Bollywood Actress and Singer. Her passion for dance and the arts saw her establish Honey’s Dance Academy and build it to teach, manage and promote young talent globally!

“We’re all very proud of our student’s on-going success, seeing them on stage and on the big screen is fantastic! This year we can’t wait to find more students who have a passion for dance and want to develop further with us!” Honey Kalaria, founder H.D.A

The Academy has always attracted a high number of applicants and with this year’s Bollywood Factor and forthcoming UK Bollywood Dance Championships the organisers are expecting to be inundated. So it is important for anyone interested in auditioning to register prior to the day by calling 020 8590 8050 or online at http://www.honeysdanceacademy.com.

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Is Lady Gaga The World’s Greatest Fame Machine?

It is many years since the world has seen a performer so startlingly creative, so adept at shock tactics and accomplished in the art of controversy as Lady Gaga.

Since she catapulted to fame with her single Just Dance in 2008, the theatrical singer has sold-out show tickets in minutes and rarely been out of the newspapers. And unlike many of her contemporaries, her excessive press coverage is not related to having a disastrous private life, drug addiction or series of relationships, but for her showmanship and eccentricity.

We have seen the singer giving away a lock of her hair with the deluxe limited edition of her album The Fame Monster. She has enacted a suicide on stage, performed in a giant bathroom on the X Factor and sung to the Queen of England in an Elizabethan ruff and 20 foot long rubber cape.

Real name Stefani Germanotta, Gaga has rolled about in a ‘Chanel wheelchair’, posed naked with Kanye West in pictures by David Lachapelle and bought 80 pizzas for waiting fans queuing at her album signing in Los Angeles. She seemed to revel in speculation that she is a hermaphrodite and broke chart records in America by becoming the first artist in the 17-year history of the Billboard Pop Songs countdown to score four number ones from the same debut album. Paparazzi, Just Dance, Poker Face and LoveGame all hit the top spot in record sales.

As if that was not enough to cram into a few short years, the American singer has collaborated with superstar Beyonce Knowles in her remix of Video Phone, appeared onstage with the Bolshoi Ballet dancers and worn outlandish creations including‘firework boobs’, gyroscope headgear and a jeweled neck brace and studded crutches.

If you want to go and see for yourself what the phenomena of Gaga is all about, get your Lady Gaga tickets from www.viagogo.co.uk.

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GAME Announces New Nintendo DSi XL Available For Pre-Order

GAME customers will have the option to ‘go large’ with their DS console from the 5th March 2010 when Nintendo’s DSi XL is due to hit the shelves.

Available in two colours – wine red and dark brown – the new DSi XL features two 4.2-inch screens, with are therefore 93% bigger than those on the original DSi.

One of the benefits of larger screens is larger game graphics, which make the DSi XL much easier to watch and use. Coupled with its larger pen-like stylus, the DSi XL makes handheld gaming much more comfortable and natural.

With larger screens and a larger stylus, the DSi XL is expected to appeal to older generations who may be new to gaming. The new screens’ much wider viewing angle is also expected to be welcomed by families who will more easily be able to share games and applications like the popular interactive books in the Flips range.

The DSi XL comes pre-loaded with some of Nintendo’s top DS software including ‘A Little Bit of… Dr Kawashima’s Brain Training: Arts Edition’, Dictionary 6 in 1 with Camera Function and the Nintendo DSi Browser, which enables easy access to the Internet from anywhere with a Wi-Fi connection.

In addition to these new features, the DSi XL has all the capabilities of the original Nintendo DSi, including the ability to create, customise and share photos and to listen to and play music.

Alice in Wonderland on the DS, one of the most hotly anticipated games of the year, coincides with the release of the new Nintendo handheld, with the game also available on March 5th.

Customers can pre-order the new Alice in Wonderland game now, with GAME currently offering £15 worth of vouchers (redeemable online) to customers who preorder any three games on their website before the end of February in their 2010 Preorder Power-Up Bonus. All three games must be ordered in one transaction on or before 28th February 2010. Terms and conditions apply.

The Nintendo DSi XL is available to preorder now at GAME.co.uk.

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Jennifer Brantley Is Digitally Releasing A New Unreleased, Uncut, Unrecorded Hank Williams, Sr. And Glenn Douglas Tubb Co-Written Song

The story behind the song began when Glenn was approached in 1958 by Hank’s first wife, Audrey, who told him that she had found some old lyrics of Hanks that he never finished writing. She asked Glenn, who was a big fan of Hanks, to finish writing the lyrics and to come up with a Hank Williams’ style melody for the song.

Jennifer Brantley Is Digitally Releasing A New Unreleased, Uncut, Unrecorded Hank Williams, Sr. And Glenn Douglas Tubb Co-Written Song

Although Glenn was young at the time, he had already written songs for Johnny Cash, Kitty Wells, Ernest Tubb, Hawkshaw Hawkins, and others. George Jones had just taken two of Glenn’s songs to record. But the main reasons Audrey chose Glenn were because she knew that Glenn sang a lot of Hank’s songs on his personal appearances and that he would probably come closer to finishing the song as Hank would have wanted.

Glenn waited until he had written more songs for Johnny Cash, George Jones, Bob Dylan, Tammy Wynette, Tennessee Ernie and many others before he attempted to finish writing the song Hank had started.

In 1974, he was living in Tucson, Arizona, when he completed the song and mailed it to Acuff-Rose, Hank’s publisher. He sent them a copy of the original Hank Williams lyrics along with a demo of the song. They had the handwriting checked by a hand writing expert, who concluded that it was indeed Hank William’s handwriting. In June of 1974, Fred Rose Music issued a publishing contract on the song, showing the writers as Hank Williams and Glenn D. Tubb.

Before Glenn moved back to Nashville, Audrey died in November of 1975. He doesn’t know if Audrey ever heard the finished product. After Glenn returned to Nashville, he went to Acuff-Rose and had a meeting about the song. Because of some disagreements, the song was essentially buried until now.

Glenn met Jennifer Brantley in August of this year at a guitar pull dinner party in Nashville. After Jennifer heard the song and Glenn heard her voice, it was decided that Jennifer should record the song.

Jennifer, a singer and an award winning songwriter, favors vintage country music. A few years ago, Bil VornDick, a producer with numerous Grammy credits to his name (including Alison Kraus, Bela Fleck, Ralph Stanley), heard Jennifer sing at a Nashville club. The two met a couple of times and soon after Bil produced her CD, Break Down, released September 4, 2006. It was broadcast on over 153 radio stations and has received radio airplay worldwide, on both country and Americana stations. She has won two awards from Billboard’s World Songwriting Contests. Her Myspace page has amassed over 20,000 fans. One of her songs recently reached # 6 on New Music Weekly’s Up and Coming country radio charts. Jennifer has appeared as a guest on the second longest running radio show, “Ernest Tubb’s Midnight Jamboree,” and several times on the world famous station, WSM 650 AM, this past year. She appears with country legend Razzy Bailey on his latest CD, “I’m a Damn Good Time.”

Heartbroken Forsaken and Alone” can be heard on her website: JenniferBrantley.com through SNOCAP. It is available on itunes and Amazon. Available for radio at Airplaydirect.com.

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32Red Online Casino Summons Hellboy in January

32Red Online Casino is poised to launch a slot that has been dubbed as groundbreaking this January, in an announcement made by the Gibraltar-based online gaming operator today.

32Red Online Casino Summons Hellboy in January

The Hellboy slot is based on the hit comic book of the same name, with the graphical styling from the immensely popular book added to the game. The plot is high-octane stuff too, matching the adrenaline rush the two blockbuster movies induced for millions of moviegoers in 2004 and 2008.

Mark Quayle, Head of Marketing for 32Red, believes the Hellboy slot is set to become one of 32Red’s most popular slot machines:

“The addition of Hellboy to our casino means we’re able to offer players a number of themed slots with real star appeal, but none match Hellboy’s stylised graphics, stereo sounds and potent slot engine. From spinning the reels to entering the Underworld bonus, Hellboy offers players something special and, of course, a shot at the game’s £92,000 jackpot. It all makes Hellboy arguably one of the best slots in our online casino and the perfect way to start the New Year.”

Hellboy is the creation of the talented Mike Mignola and Dark Horse Comics. A demon summoned by evil Nazi occultist during the Second World War, Hellboy ended up in Allied hands where he was raised as a “normal boy”, despite being bright red and having to regularly file down his horns. He now fights for mankind against dark forces as part of the BPRD – Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense – where Hellboy forms the backbone and strength behind the team’s ongoing battle against evil. The 5 reel and 20 payline slot allows players to guide Hellboy through the darker reaches of the Underworld to free missing members of the BPRD and to the Relic of Power, with players winning cash throughout the journey. For more information you can visit 32Red’s dedicated Hellboy slot website.

Fans of Hellboy will no doubt relish the chance to guide their hero around the reels and through the bonus games, but Quayle insists the game’s graphics and performance will draw all casino game players to its reels as “Hellboy has all the gaming entertainment a player will ever need; an instantly recognisable theme, slick graphics, an immersive plot and the chance to win nearly £100,000”.

Hellboy is due for release at 32Red on January 14 th 2009 and is joined by two other new games in a casino that already boasts over 350 unique casino games.

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International Vocalist Lua Hadar Returns To San Francisco Bliss Bar, Then Heads To NYC

Following her November sell-out, and before heading off to performances at New York’s landmark Cornelia Street Café, internationally acclaimed jazz vocalist Lua Hadar returns to San Francisco’s Bliss Bar, in Larry Vuckovich’s Sunday Afternoon Jazz Series: The Art of the Duo. Hadar performs three sets of internationally-flavored jazz from her “jazz without borders” songlist, including her signature French tunes, with TWIST’s Music Director Jason Martineau on piano and Dan Feiszli on bass. With a Paris jazz bistro-cave atmosphere, full bar, light food and cozy fireplace, The Bliss Bar is one of the jewels of San Francisco’s Noe Valley neighborhood. Sunday, January 31, from 4:30-7:30 pm, $10 cash cover. Bliss Bar, 4026 24th Street, San Francisco. (415) 826-6200. Free Parking (Radio Shack lot).

Multi-lingual and multi-talented, Lua Hadar has performed as a singer and actor since her New York childhood. After graduating summa cum laude with a B.A. in Theatre Performance, Lua attended the celebrated Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre and The Dalcroze School of Music, also studying with Metropolitan Opera coach, Joan Dornemann.

Lua sings jazz spiced with pop, funk, latin and international cabaret. Instantly accessible and truly exotic, this Broadway-influenced performer has been molded by exchange experiences in places as diverse as Bali, Russia, Switzerland, Japan, Thailand, France and in Italy, where she performed on tour for five years. Her fascination with world cultures is reflected in the sophisticated song choices for her band, TWIST, in the development of their signature “jazz without borders.”

A unique and original vocalist with a soaring range, Lua interprets lyrics in several languages with a charming, swinging delivery. Michael Arens of Jazz Germany says “…She makes the other side of the world seem a stone’s throw away.” Her Paris debut in July 2009 came on the heels of the successful New York release of her latest CD, Lua Hadar with TWIST, at Broadway’s famed Iridium Jazz Club (“…stunning…sheer beauty… she rocked!” – Cabaret Scenes, NYC) and her band’s international debut at the Bangkok International Festival of Dance & Music.

Her CD has garnered raves from around the world, (“…vivacious brand of jazz…inspired…swinging…cool” – Luna Kafé, Sweden; “…seductive… polished vocal phrasing… irresistible” – Blast Radio 1386, UK) as well as Radio Top 10 Ratings in the USA. She has appeared at The Fairmont Hotel, The Palace of the Legion of Honor, Anna’s Jazz Island, The Plush Room, Jazz at Pearl’s, and her sold-out September 2009 appearance with her band, TWIST, at San Francisco’s Rrazz Room debuted her new show, French Connection, to raves. (“…seamlessly bridges the culture gap … superb… creates the sound and atmosphere of a Paris music hall…” – Cabaret Scenes, San Francisco; the SF Examiner called French Connection “part of her worldly charm.”)

Lua Hadar with TWIST performs at New York City’s Cornelia Street Café on Saturday April 24 with two shows at 9 pm and 10:30 pm. Proclaimed “a culinary as well as a cultural landmark” by the City of New York, the club has become a cultural and intellectual focal point since its establishment in 1977. The Cornelia Street Café has played host to a wildly diverse assortment of writers, musicians, and artists. Playwright Eve Ensler debuted “The Vagina Monologues” there, and Suzanne Vega played some of her first gigs in the performance space that will host Lua Hadar with TWIST in April.

Nightlife/Cabaret listings:
WHO: Vocalist Lua Hadar with Jason Martineau on piano and Dan Feiszli on bass
WHAT: Sunday Afternoon Jazz Series: The Art of the Duo
WHEN: Sunday, January 31, from 4:30-7:30 pm
WHERE: Bliss Bar, 4026 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94114. Free Parking.
COVER: $10
PHONE: (415) 826-6200.
VENUE: www.blissbarsf.com
PERFORMER: www.luahadar.com
YOUTUBE: www.youtube.com/luahadar

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Much More Than Just Radar O’Reilly

BearManor Media proudly announces the release of its new book, Gary Burghoff: To M*A*S*H and Back. One glance through the book and its back cover tells you that there’s a lot more to the actor who portrayed M*A*S*H’s lovable Radar O’Reilly than you originally thought. Upon reading his life story, it becomes apparent that Burghoff is the kind of person you would welcome into your life with open arms. He relays his triumphant peeks and devastating valleys with complete honesty and love.

What makes this autobiography even more special? His memories of working in one of the nation’s most favorite television series and an insider’s look at its actors. Burghoff’s very clever and sometimes humorous original poems that begin each chapter. A photo spread of his beautiful nature paintings. And, best of all, the realization of what is really important in life and inspiration to incorporate it into our own.

To learn about this or other BearManor Media titles, please visit
www.bearmanormedia.com.

ISBN: 1-59393-343-6
Format: Softcover; 6” x 9”; 239 pages
Price: $19.95. Available through Ingram and amazon.com

About the author:
Gary Burghoff is a true Renaissance man. He’s a classically-trained stage actor, a jazz musician, environmentalist, poet, songwriter, inventor, wildlife artist, and author. Most television viewers, however, will always remember him most as the telepathic Radar on the long-running series M*A*S*H. He now lives happily in Florida and Connecticut.

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