Celebrity paintball tournament hosted by PEACEFund

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PEACEFund is bringing together a great group of professional paintball stars with star studded actors and actresses to help earn money for the nonprofit’s awareness campaign for children’s causes that include providing support for youths struggling through matters of life.

The two day event will take place at the Camp Pendleton Paintball Park in Oceanside, CA on Saturday, Dec 6, and Sunday, Dec 7.  Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.thepeacefundgames.org/tickets.php or at the event location: 1700 Vandergrift Blvd, Oceanside, CA 92057.  Registration begins at 8 am while the celebrity tournament will start at 10 am.  The organization hopes to host the world’s largest paintball battle on Sunday as everyone will come together for a day long war to challenge stamina and wit.

Camp Pendleton has a restriction against automatic paintball guns, but bring your rags and microfiber cloths, auto-feed hopper, double triggers, extra pods and semi-automatic paintball guns if you’ve got them.  Of course, loads of water, Gatorade and snacks would be wise accessories.  Keep in mind that the entire weekend is intended to be days full of fun.

Not only is PEACEFund working to earn money for their organization; the event is designed to allow the honored guests to represent their own charities.  Winners of each event will be able to choose where proceeds go.  Weekend tickets can be purchased and daily tickets are just $25 per day with a $15 parking fee.  Various other options are listed.  For a one-of-a-kind experience, $1,000 allows teams of up to seven to register together to team up with one pro and one celebrity as part of their group.

Existing celebrities registered for participating in the event include: Adrian Paul of Highlander, Robbie Jones from Tyler Perry’s Temptation, Bret Lockett (formerly played for New England Patriots), Wesley Jonathan of What I Like About You, Kyle Massey of Dancing with the Stars, Walter Jones of the Power Rangers, Jacqueline Toboni of Grimm and many more.

Production and Performance class takes theater back to basics

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Only six opportunities are available to witness this performance like no other, starting tomorrow evening. The art of script writing for stage and theatre acting has evolved with the evolution of media allowing performance art to be witnessed with the stroke of our fingertips. Seriousness of content and well desired performances that are worth repeating have become scarce over the past decade as the old is somehow made new while nothing new is actualized. TA 489 is a production and performance class that has challenged students to really think about what is important to them and to the society they live in. Allowing students the opportunity to express themselves in ways they never thought possible, six students have come together to transform their individual narratives into a performance like no other.

The main question of “Who the hell are you?” was the topic starter for finding reason to pursue the artistic endeavor. Stereotypes of the young adults starting out in the world claim that these new found members of society are a self-involved generation not showing interest in society and everyday happenings of the world beyond their cell phones or iPads, so the question of “what do you care about” as individuals became true motivation.

“They wrote it. They’re acting in it. All elements of production and marketing were conducted by the students themselves. It’s been a fairly easy and fun process,” said Professor Marcos Martinez, the production’s director.

Nicolas Sandoval, Olivia Battle, Brandon Kennedy, Christine Dillard, Caroline Floto and Taylor Mu’min are VPA and theatre majors that poured their deepest contemplations into a tell-all script that has been brought to life with the help of Ryan Michael, Lana Cook and various other students enrolled in the course.

“This has been my first time getting involved in theatre involving cultural awareness: straying away from entertainment for the sake of “entertainment,” not just what I can’t see, but also what I wouldn’t see. The human way of social ignorance and the path of least resistance,” said Brandon.

The issues being addressed in this performance are concerns that our present day social structure will not allow us to verbalize and actually hold discussions over. There is no longer room for grey areas or true freedoms of speech and personal perspectives. Rather, the proper thing to do is keep these thoughts and ideas to ourselves in order to keep from having to create conflict or place ourselves in uncomfortable situations because standing up for individuality is “not okay.”

“This has been a bitter sweet experience. Marcos really dug the scene writing experience out of us. Seeing the work progress is mind blowing,” said Nick.

Risking Our Forbidden Narratives covers the taboo, “Things that people we know and love would never expect us to say or think,” said Olivia Battle, senior theatre major.

“Stories you never thought you’d share,” said Caroline, “I’m excited about having written our own work because I don’t think that perspectives are seen, especially in North County, as most theatre productions in this area are written by and for affluent Caucasian adult perspectives rather than the youths. We have stories that are compelling and unique that you will not see anywhere else.”

Inspirations for this play came from Roberto M. Cossa’s La Nona and iTunes RISK! at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/risk!/id334724074?mt=2

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Becoming a part of a performance like this has been a great opportunity for the students involved. “Someone gave us a chance to really write how we feel,” said Christine. Taylor Mu’min had addressed the fact that this experience is one that she will carry with her for the rest of her life. As a Black 19-year-old lesbian, she has been given the opportunity to truly address her individuality with the world and show that her struggles in life and what she has to say about them are relatable to everyone. Regardless of race, gender, social status, creed or sexual preference, there is a part of this show that will give you goose bumps and speak to your core. Taylor is a theatre major and hopes to become a teacher in the art form and help to influence students in their goals, much like Professor Martinez, in aiding individuals in finding their paths to success.

Being that the performance is comprised of various narratives put together by these six individuals, there are more than 10 characters that are portrayed throughout this hour and 15 minute performance. Ryan Michael was honored to take on the task of lead costume designer. “This has been the most challenging in terms of costuming. It’s been very fun, hectic…a challenge but also rewarding in the same respect and I’ve gotten to meet a wonderful group of people.”

While watching rehearsals, I got to witness the actors warming up by using the Suzuki Method of Actor Training, developed by Tadashi Suzuki of Japan. This preoperational exercise is an advanced method of finding center of gravity and honing one’s presence. The discipline that this practice demands helps the performers to find their balance, organization and verbal resonance. As I sat in the audience waiting for the actors to work through the exercises, I could feel the air in the room become more dense, as though empty space was being filled with permeating energy that was swelling from the six bodies in motion. As they stood still the calm of the room encapsulated the energy.

Tickets are still available at csusm.edu/sofa/events/. Students, faculty and staff can purchase tickets for $5 and tickets are available for the general public at $10. Remaining performances are Nov 13, 14, 15, 20, 21 and 22 at 7 pm in Arts 101 located at the new School of Arts in California State University, San Marcos.

Comikaze 2014 comes to an end

Comikaze Photos by Anne Hall of Syrenia Imagery

The sun has long set on the last day of Comikaze, but so much remains of the treasures and excitement from the weekend. The best was saved for last as Sunday was filled with Sleepy Hollow, Constantine, Gotham, the last of the autograph signings for Stan Lee and Elvira and the last rush for goodies on the sales floor.

Parchments made and sold by the talented Mark Rivers.

Parchments made and sold by the talented Mark Rivers.

So many vendors were selling one of a kind products that are hand made, often using recycled products, working to help a cause and collaborating to make a mark in the world. There were zombie children’s books, hand crafted products, paintings, prints, sculptures and so much more. New apps, like Stan Lee’s Hero Command video game app for Android and IOS coming out this December, and gumi’s Brave Frontier for Android and Apple products. The vintage video games were, once again, a huge hit and the space was always occupied. Even Robert Downey Jr. was seen enjoying the sites with his adorable daughter as he was disguised as Iron Man himself.

 

Pixie Dragon by The Goblin Bazaar

Pixie Dragon by The Goblin Bazaar

The Rabbit Piskie by the Goblin Bazaar

The Rabbit Piskie by the Goblin Bazaar

Blue Pixie Dragon by The Goblin Bazaar

Blue Pixie Dragon by The Goblin Bazaar

Sprout by The Goblin Bazaar

Sprout by The Goblin Bazaar

The talent behind The Goblin Bazaar

The talent behind The Goblin Bazaar

Stay tuned for detailed descriptions of events and groups that were interviewed during the weekends events.  So much to share!

Comikaze winding down, yet still going strong

Morning crowd on Saturday in the Los Angeles Convention Center for Comikaze.  Photo by William Walbourne of Syrenia Imagery.

Morning crowd on Saturday in the Los Angeles Convention Center for Comikaze. Photo by William Walbourne of Syrenia Imagery.


The best is yet to come as Comikaze hosts “Sleepy Hollow,” John Barrowman of Doctor Who, various industry panels and blowout deals in the main floor on Sunday.

So far, we’ve celebrated Halloween surrounded by Cosplay of all sorts; witnessed the newest episode of YouTube’s Star Trek Continues; been both tantalized and violated by Spike and Mike’s Sick and Twisted Animation; ran into MUCK and it’s Kickstarter to fandom; missed Adam West, but enjoyed being graced by the always flaunting Catwoman (Julie Newmar); learned about the new way of “dropping a LINE”; seeing good old Howie Mandel as his team petitions to bring back “Bobby’s World”; and enjoying the memorable and irreplaceable talents of Cassandra Peterson (Elvira) as Stan Lee continues to rock the show from all over the Los Angeles convention center.

Stan Lee doing what he enjoys most and spending time with his fans as he autographs memorabilia.  Photography by Anne Hall of Syrenia Imagery.

Stan Lee doing what he enjoys most and spending time with his fans as he autographs memorabilia. Photography by Anne Hall of Syrenia Imagery.

Burt Ward (Robin) and Julie Newmar (Catwoman) humor the crowd as Adam West (Batman) is regretfully caught ill.  Photo by Anne Hall of Syrenia Imagery.

Burt Ward (Robin) and Julie Newmar (Catwoman) humor the crowd as Adam West (Batman) is regretfully caught ill. Photo by Anne Hall of Syrenia Imagery.

Comikaze Photos by Anne Hall of Syrenia Imagery

Comikaze Photos by Anne Hall of Syrenia Imagery

Comikaze Photos by Anne Hall of Syrenia Imagery

Comikaze Photos by Anne Hall of Syrenia Imagery

Comikaze Photos by Anne Hall of Syrenia Imagery

Comikaze Photos by Anne Hall of Syrenia Imagery

Comikaze Photos by Anne Hall of Syrenia Imagery

Comikaze Photos by Anne Hall of Syrenia Imagery

Comikaze Photos by Anne Hall of Syrenia Imagery

Comikaze Photos by Anne Hall of Syrenia Imagery

Just a very small example of the many costumes that were sported all over the place during Oct 31-Nov 2 Comikaze fun. Many spectators say that there was better fashion being represented by fans than what was displayed on stage for the Geek Fashion Show.

Comikaze Photos by Anne Hall of Syrenia Imagery

Comikaze Photos by Anne Hall of Syrenia Imagery

Comikaze Photos by Anne Hall of Syrenia Imagery

Comikaze Photos by Anne Hall of Syrenia Imagery

Comikaze Photos by Anne Hall of Syrenia Imagery

Comikaze Photos by Anne Hall of Syrenia Imagery

On another note, gamers of all sorts could find something to enjoy at Comikaze as the gamer floor once again hosted Elvira’s Pinball Machines provided by Pinball Arcade and Deal or No Deal hiding within the Bobby’s World booth. On the opposite end of the main floor there were old school arcade games that people of all ages enjoy, along with the Dave and Buster’s Booth that featured some of their popular ticket games, various console games and opportunities to encounter interactive action packed activities that encouraged physical activity and developing skill.
Just inside the panel area a gaming room was filled by playing card gamers that were competing for some big prizes playing Magic and many other games throughout the day Saturday. Winners are yet to be announced.

Comikaze Photos by Anne Hall of Syrenia Imagery

Comikaze Photos by Anne Hall of Syrenia Imagery

Comikaze Photos by Anne Hall of Syrenia Imagery

Comikaze Photos by Anne Hall of Syrenia Imagery

Comikaze Photos by Anne Hall of Syrenia Imagery

Truly, it takes a great deal of talent to keep up with all of the Pop Culture trends that flood our lives. This convention has a little bit of everything: from Steampunk and various retro and geeky couture fashions, to new found writers and illustrators of children’s books and sarcastic independently funded comics that are looking to start out in the industry. If you’re looking to be noticed in any pop culture industry this con is definitely the place to be.