Calendar of Global Media and Showbiz Industry Social Networking Events

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Stuart Cinema and Cafe Events
Tuesday, January 1 - Thursday, January 31
Stuart Cinema and Cafe
79 West Street, Brooklyn, New York 11222
Phone: 347-721-3777
The Cafe has programmed in feature film screenings for January that include: ‘The Meg, Home Alone 2, Rampage, Fourth Quarter, The Happy Time Murders, The Disaster Artist, Small Foot. There are private screenings planned as well. Please check the website calendar for other ongoing feature film screenings and event activities that might not be included here. Stuart Cinema and Cafe is a converted warehouse in the Greenpoint section of North Brooklyn serving artists that want to present creative productions, and the community as an entertainment center. Features of the programming for the cafe include, film festivals and screenings, pop-up theater, adaptable venue space used to present fashion events, live stage events for bands, singers, spoken word and comedy acts, book readings and signings.
 
One Mic Nite Open Talent Showcase at LOA (#LiveSeries)
Thursday, January 3,, 19:00-22:30 (and every Thursday)
LOA Live On Air Restaurant
335 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11217
Phone: 718-618-0156
A mix of indie music, dance, theatre, poetry, and art backed by the grooves of the resident Artist DJ on the turntables. Featured guests, and all artists welcome to perform, including singers/songwriters, musicians, poets, actors, comedians, etc., where performances are live-streamed across several social media platforms. Live On Air restaurant in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, features a live-streaming stage In addition to a full dining menu specializing in Louisiana-style cuisine. All performances are broadcast live across all major social media platforms, giving these artists the opportunity for even greater exposure. The Mic is Open! A nite of informal networking for artists of all kinds presented by industry veteran Marcos Luis, Every Thursday night.
 
Gotta Sing! Search for A Star Open Mic
Saturday, January 5, 15:00-18:00
The Iguana Lounge
240 West 54 Street, New York, New York 10019
Phone: 212-874-7956; 212-765-5454
Singers search and open mic held every Saturday night at "THE IGUANA" right around the corner from the David Letterman show. Talented newcomers and experienced singers are all welcome. Just come in, sign up and sing. A Pianist is resident or bring your background tracks or CDs. The pianist transposes instantly in any key for you. Open to the public, all ages and all styles are welcome. Produced by the long-running showbiz team of Billy Shepard and Judi Jourdan who also produce their own television show "How to Succeed in Show Business By Really Trying", shown on Time Warner Cable. There is no admission or cover charge for performer and guests, but there is a food/beverage minimum per person.
 
76th Golden Globe Awards
Sunday, January 6, (5-8 pm PST)
The Beverly Hilton
9876 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills, California 90210
Phone: 1-310-274-7777; Fax: 1-310-285-1313
The 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards will take place in Los Angeles, with a live telecast airing on the NBC television network at 20:00 (EST). Founded in the 1940’s during World War II, the HFPA was originally comprised of a handful of LA based overseas journalists. The Golden Globe Award recognizes excellence in film and television, for both domestic and foreign productions. The ceremony is administered by the 93 members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA). At this year's ceremony actor Jeff Bridges will receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award. Chosen by the HFPA Board of Directors, the Cecil B. DeMille Award is given annually to the talented individuals who have made an incredible impact on the world of entertainment. Oprah Winfrey was bestowed with the honor last year. Previous honorees include Lucille Ball, Bette Davis, Walt Disney, Harrison Ford, Judy Garland, Audrey Hepburn, Sophia Loren, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Martin Scorsese, Frank Sinatra, Steven Spielberg, Barbra Streisand, among many others. Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg will host the 76th Golden Globe Awards.
 
Jazz Congress 2019
Monday, January 7 - Tuesday, January 8
Jazz at Lincoln Center
Broadway at 60 Street, New York, New York 10019
Phone: 212-258-9877
The second annual Jazz Congress, co-produced by Jazz at Lincoln Center and JazzTimes, brings together members of the global jazz community to network, as well as to grow the audience for the music. The program, in brief, will feature conference keynote address and schedule of panels, workshops, and receptions. The annual gathering seeks to nurture businesses and organizations that promote, produce, present, market and support jazz. The conference complements both APAP and Winter Jazzfest in NYC. JazzTimes has been organizing confabs for the jazz industry since 1979, when it first hosted the Radio Free Jazz Convention, later the JazzTimes Convention, which was held until 1998. Beginning in 2000, JazzTimes partnered with the International Association of Jazz Education (IAJE) to create the Industry Track as part of that organization’s annual conference.
 
BMI Songwriters Workshop with Jason Blume (New revised format)
Tuesday, January 8, 11:45-16:45
BMI Nashville
10 Music Square East, Nashville, Tennessee 37203-4399
Phone: 615-401-2000
This month’s topic is Song Critiques and Creative Exercise. Selected songs will be forwarded to (10) publishers. Songs Jason Blume feels impressed with will be forwarded to publishers. These publishers are only considering fresh song concepts that their own staff writers have not approached. Attendees should bring a lyric sheet that he can write notes on. You do not need to be a BMI member to attend or have your song(s) considered. Registration is free and is conducted online. Only 35 participants will be admitted online on a first-come, first served basis, until all 35 seats are filled. Please email NashvilleWorkshops@bmi.com with any questions regarding the workshop. All participants must check in from 12:00-12:20 or the spot will be given away to those on the waiting list. 35 participants will be admitted online on a first-come, first-served basis until all 35 seats are filled. There is a registration fee. Check the website for precise details.
 
Variety at anual CES – Consumer Electronic Show
Wednesday, January 9,
Aria Resort & Casino
3730 S Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, Nevada 89158
Phone: 323-617-9100
Entertainment media publication, Variety, will be in attendance at the annual CES show with an array of panels and discussions reflecting on the rate at which technology is transforming the entertainment industry, and how practitioners need to produce, monetize, market and distribute content for today’s digitally savvy audiences. Pioneers and innovators of the entertainment industry will share how they are taking risks and finding opportunities. Among invited speakers you can expect to hear from, Andrew Wallenstein, Variety; Alex Kurtzman, Star Trek Franchise; Chris Daughtry, musician; Steve Harvey, Host/Producer; Warren Schlichting, SLING TV; Bob Bakish, VIACOM; Yoon Lee, Samsung Electronics America; Kelly Campbell, Hulu; Jeff Kunins, Alexa-Amazon; David Stern, Commissioner Emeritus and Senior Advisor, NBA/Greycroft Partners, and others not mentioned here. A sampling of topics you can expect to find covered include, Brands and Trendsetting Storytelling Across Platforms, Go Big or Go Home – The Idea Makers, Into the Zeitgeist – The Direct-To-Consumer Entertainment Economy, New Rules of Engagement in the Disrupted Age, Audience Battle Royale – The Future of the TV Industry.
 
Cliff Goldmacher Workshop: Quick Fixes to Instantly Fix Your Songs
Thursday, January 10, 13:30
BMI Nashville
10 Music Square East, Nashville, Tennessee 37203
Phone: 615-401-2000
The session will divulge insight into a dozen ways to revise and improve your songs using simple tips across lyric writing, melody and song structure. In particular, areas covered in clude,  editing tips for distilling your song to its most concentrated form, use of a song’s bridge to explore a new angle both lyrically and melodically, recognizing  value from a unique - but not unnecessarily complicated - melody, use of concrete details and imagery your song’s verses. Visit the online registration page to secure a place at this link. 45 participants will be admitted online on a first-come, first-served basis, until all 45 seats are filled. As an educator, Cliff Goldmacher teaches workshops for BMI, ASCAP, The Standard Jazz Workshop, Nashville Songwriter’s Association International, Taxi and the Durango Songwriter’s Expo. Admission is free.
 
One-On-One With Writer and Producer Robert Cox at Scriptwriters Network
Saturday, January 12, 12:30
Sidetrack Creative Studios
5723 Auckland Avenue, North Hollywood, California 91601
Phone: 310-278-2345
A Writer and Producer will discuss a variety of topics, including: writing strong characters, creating a compelling premise and/or story, finding your voice, hooking your reader, script development, among other topics. Robert Cox writes in a variety of genres including Sci-Fi, Drama, Comedy, Family/Faith-Based, LGBT, and Action-Adventure. He has been awarded or placed in over eighty film festivals and screenplay contests in 2018 alone. To attend these “Special Events,” you must be a current SWN member, REGISTER before the deadline and show your SWN card at the entrance door. 
 
Five-Day Filmmaking Workshop at Solar
Saturday, January 12 - Wednesday, January 16
Solar Film/Video Productions
632 Broadway, Suite 304, New York, New York 10012
Phone: 212-473-3040
With an emphasis on light and shadow, the workshop emphasize shooting in real-world situations while learning how to make quality and cost-effective films. this five-day intensive, hands-on workshop comprehensively guides students through the stages of filmmaking (Script Writing, Producing, Directing, Camera, Lighting, Sound Mixing and Editing) with techniques that are easy-to-learn and practical-to-use to complete a film in five days. Solar is a one-stop production company equipped to handle a project from concept and filming to editing, audio post production, multi-media, graphic/web design and media distribution.
 
 
BMI 101 Workshop LA
Thursday, January 17, 16:00-17:00
BMI Los Angeles Office
8730 Sunset Boulevard, 3rd Floor West, West Hollywood, California 90069
Phone: 310-289-6336; 310-659-9109 Ext. 6336
This is an introductory workshop for writers and publishers covering the history of performing rights, the origins of BMI and the current role BMI plays in the music industry. It will be conducted by two BMI Reps who will explain how to utilize BMI services to the fullest, and some Basic 101 tips and tricks. Attendance is free, but seating is limited so RSVP to: BMI101@bmi.com. Admittance is granted only through advance RSVP.
 
Master Class with Director Naomi Kawase
Thursday, January 17, 13:00-14:30
TCL Chinese 6 Theatres, Theatre 6
6801 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, California 90028
Phone: 323-461-3331
As part of "Short Shorts Film Festival in Hollywood," Japan House Los Angeles and Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia present a master class led by Naomi Kawase, notable director of Sweet Bean (2015) and Radiance (2017), on the theme of "the possibilities of film." It will be moderated by Akira Mizuta Lippit, Vice Dean and Professor at the University of Southern California. Kawase, who has directed over 47 films including documentary, short film and feature film formats, is known for a documentary-realism approach that explores the distorted space between fiction and non-fiction that has occurred in modern society. Kawase has received international recognition and awards, such as the Grand Prix at the Festival de Cannes. She was the first Japanese member selected as a juror at Cannes. This class will offer an in-depth discussion of the possibilities of film and the short film format. Following the presentation and discussion, participants will view two of Kawase's short films, including the US premiere of Parallel World (2017). This session is ideal for students of film, film buffs, or anyone interested in learning more about the short film format and Japanese cinema. Admission is free, however, online registration is required at this link.
 
Post Production Audio Editing Workshop
Saturday, January 19, 13:00-17:00
Asheville School of Film
45 South French Broad Ave, Suite 120 Asheville, North Carolina 28801
Phone: 1-844-285-3456
This is a one-day intensive course that will cover all aspects of the post-production process in relation to audio. The course will use recorded media and the Adobe Suite to examine the entire workflow of audio in post. The session starts with learning how to ingest audio into digital editing software in coordination with a picture. It goes on to cover the fundamentals of editing audio, including finessing dialogue, adding sound effects, the correction of bad sound, and mixing. The workshop wraps up with how to successfully output a finished audio product in order to sync it successfully to the edited picture.
Email: ashevilleschooloffilm@gmail.com
www.ashevilleschooloffilm.com
 
New York Comics and Picture-Story Symposium: James Sturm & Robert Andrew Parker (#NYCPS)
Tuesday, January 22, 29, 19:00-21:00
Bob and Sheila Hoerle Lecture Hall, Room UL105, University Center
63 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10003
Phone: 212-229-5667, ext. 3187
James Sturm will read excerpts from his new graphic novel, ‘Off Season,’ a love story about a marriage hanging on by a thread against the backdrop of the 2016 presidential elections. Sturm’s presentation will also touch upon the drawing of dogs, crooked contractors, LSD, and 4 x 6 index cards. Then on January 29, Illustrator Robert Andrew Parker will show and discuss his illustration work over the years done at publications, Fortune, Sports Illustrated, New Yorker, as well as several other magazines. New York Comics and Picture-Story Symposium is a weekly symposium for artist/writers working in various text-image forms: comics, picture-stories, animation, etc. at which to present and critique current work To be considered to make a presentation, please send an email outlining the concept: symposium(at)katchor.com
 
Network at the Hollywood Chamber Business After Hours Mixer at Howl at the Moon
Tuesday, January 29, 17:30 - 19:30
Howl at the Moon
1000 Universal Studios Boulevard, Universal City, California 91608
Phone: 323-469-8311
Part Bar. part concert, mix and mingle with Chamber members and the business community, where everyone can sing and dance along to a group of versatile and talented musicians performing popular songs from 80's rock, 90's pop, and today's dance hits on pianos, guitars and more. For a broader description, visit howlatthemoon.com. Members must RSVP as reservations will be closed when at max capacity. Two guests are allowed from each company. Non-member who wish to attend, please contact info@hollywoodchamber.net for information. The Hollywood Chamber was formed in October 1921 to replace the old Hollywood Board of Trade. It consists of owners, managers, presidents and other key representatives from a spectrum of businesses and organizations around the Hollywood community.
 
Open Mic Night at The Actors Theatre Workshop
Wednesday, January 30, 20:00
The Actors Theatre Workshop
145 West 28 Street, New York, New York 10001
Phone: 212)-947-1386
The Actors Theatre Workshop excels as a non-profit theatre that produces classical and contemporary plays, develops new dramatic works, trains and develops actors, writers and directors while making a difference in the lives of homeless children and the community at large. The educational program teaches innovative educational techniques and theatre principles to adults and children from all walks of life; produces classical and contemporary plays and documentary films that maintain goal stated artistic standards. The theatrical program develops new dramatic works that examine the social issues of the day. The open mic happens the last Wednesday of every month. 
 
BMI 101 Workshop NY
Thursday, January 31, 12:00-13:00
BMI New York Office
Seven World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich Street, New York, New York 10007
Phone: 212-220-3000; 646-779-8455
BMI 101 is a free one-hour introductory workshop for writers and publishers, covering the role that BMI plays in the music industry, basics of performing rights, and becoming a BMI affiliate. Attendance is free, but seating is limited so RSVP with the total number of guests by email to BMI101NY@bmi.com. Admittance is granted only through advance RSVP.
 
Hollywood Networking Breakfast
Thursday, January 31, 08:00-10:30
Raleigh Studios
5300 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood, California 90038
Phone: 323-465-9800; 310-854-1111
To attend the Hollywood Networking Breakfast(R), you should be directly involved in the entertainment industry, a group which usually includes writers, producers, directors, development / production execs, talent representatives, casting directors, entertainment attorneys, financiers, actors and others at various levels of experience and achievement. Check-in starts at 07:20. Everyone gets 15 seconds to introduce themselves to the room. The breakfast -- held on the last Thursday of every month -- begins at 08:00 and lasts until approximately 10:30. The breakfast may sometimes be held on a Saturday or another weekday. Parking is available, free of charge.
Email: contact form
 
 

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