Monday, October 5, 2015
We are feeling fan jitters!
Kool and the Gang will receive their well-deserved Star on the Walk of Fame on Hollywood Boulevard this week!
We are in the mood for a "Celebration"!
As we heard the good news announcing the October 8th ceremony, we could not help but reminisce about the countless events we worked with this iconic Celebration band.
The press release is an eye opener! They are celebrating 50 - FIFTY! - years on stage and they are still the hardest working band in the event industry. All of you who have experienced the guest response to Kool and The Gang understand why. It is simply impossible not to be infected by the pure joy of their performance and music. If you want to ensure a full dance floor, play "Celebration". This party anthem has survived on top of the list for four decades!
So we hope to put some pep into your step on Monday morning!
If you happen to be in Hollywood, catch the ceremony:
Thursday, October 8th
7065 Hollywood Blvd, corner of Sycamore.
Robert "Kool" Bell, Ronald Khalis Bell, Dennis "DT" Thomas and George Brown will be in attendance.
Now Get Down On It!
Monday, September 28, 2015
Max is on Linkedin
Many of you may have spoken to or met Max over the past 12 months as he has been free-lancing with us as a producer.
We love his detailed-oriented, efficient work style and his calm-in-the-storm, positive disposition and we are happy to announce that Max Blum has joined the EventWorks Team as a full-time Project Manager!
Max will lend operational and event support to our team.
Things you should know about Max:
Max is one of those rather rare real Californians, born and raised in Los Angeles. However, he carries two passports thanks to his British "mum" and he has spent a lot of time in the United Kingdom.
Max holds a B.A. in Communications and Media Studies from CSUN and comes to us with an extensive background in television and video production.
He honed his skills on National Geographic, Travel Channel, Animal Planet and commercials productions.
So how does he remain calm and collected during the mad times of live events?
And he is a really nice guy!
Max is a member of the Young Literati and in his spare time he volunteers at the Los Angeles Library Foundation.
Both organizations support programs that provide low-income families with access to learning and technology.
The young lady by his side is longtime girlfriend Tania Verafield.
Max is looking forward to learning everything about corporate event production and to producing amazing entertainment!
Monday, September 21, 2015
Steve Elkins' Honduras Adventure continues!
We are happy to announce that National Geographic is currently featuring the story in both print and television.
It's been a long time coming - National Geographic is telling the story in a new documentary that will first broadcast on October 4th.
Please check their website for local times in your area.
American author Doug Preston's print story is already available online and in the October print edition of National Geographic Magazine.
Steve Elkins is currently working with his team members and Honduran officials to return to T1, now known as part of the the Mosquitia Patrimonial Heritage Preserve.
"Modern technology has allowed us to prove there is much more to the history of the Mosquitia than previously assumed. This area has seen very little exploration. It is a relative black hole in the archaeological records. We are very excited about the possibility to learn more. Do I think that we found the famous Lost White City or the City of the Monkey Gods? They are legends and so far I think not. However, there is evidence of a sophisticated ancient culture in this area with more to come as research continues. As remote as it is, deforestation is a real threat to the area and Honduran archaeologists fear that clear cutting could reach the area within 8 years. We already saw deforested sections not very far away during our helicopter flights. But we have hope! The success of our Lidar and ground exploration has had enormous resonance with the Honduran people. It is a matter of national pride. The findings strengthen their sense of cultural and natural patrimony. Honduran officials, with the assistance of the National Geographic Society and others hope to establish a scientific research station in the area. Even though T-1 is part of a protected national preserve it is still at risk. President Juan Orlando Hernandez has created a military task force called Operation Forest consisting of special forces soldiers who protect and patrol the area from potential looters. Many of the members of this task force are indigenous to the Mosquitia. They are proud and excited to have this assignment! I hope that the project will have a positive impact on the preservation of this area. We hope to return for more exploration soon."
For a long time, we did not dare hope that this project would go so far.
I am so very happy, not just for Steve, but also for the overall positive impact of his work and dedication.
Thank you for reading and watching!
Monday, September 14, 2015
While we just fret about the drought some people are inspired to turn their concern into an amazing art installation!
Our friend Doron Gazit introduced his current environmental art project "The Red Line" a few months ago at the Pasadena Armory Center for the Arts.
Less than three months later, he realized his first large-scale installation at the Dead Sea, Israel.
We all know him as the innovative industrial designer behind air dimensional design.
Doron is passionate about using his materials in environmental art installations to draw attention to issues close to his heart.
Doron: "As an Israeli I have water conservation basically embedded into my DNA. We all grow up very water conscious and we learn how to use it responsibly. Watching the California drought evolve is difficult because I know how much water goes wasted here every day. The Red Line installation is a long, inflatable “red line” to draw attention to lands that have been devastated due to drought and climate change, such as the receding waters of the Dead Sea which loses 3 feet of water annually."
Doron installed the first project in the Dead Sea at the beginning of July.
"We actually installed two projects at the Dead Sea.
The first installation on July 3rd left me feeling somewhat dissatisfied because the location did not allow us to visualize the ravages of climate change as much as I would have liked.
Fortune had it that that very evening, when we returned to Kibbutz Ein Gedi, I bumped into Zabo. Zabo, a tour guide and resident of the Kibbutz, recognized me from a few decades before when I visited the Kibbutz for an art event. This incredibly warm and resourceful gentleman offered to help find a better location."
When Doron came down again on July 24th, Zabo drove with Doron for a good part of the day, directing them to different spots. As is often the case, they came upon the best spot at the very end of their search, right before the sunset. This was an area further north that had many sink holes but was reasonably accessible.
A splendid evening was had with Zabo, his friends, and a very cold watermelon in the hot weather. Zabo’s hospitality was priceless.
The following day before sun rise, Doron had a new support team which included Zabo, his son, Uriyah, and Zabo’s friend Becky from New York.
The following day before sun rise, Doron had a new support team which included Zabo, his son, Uriyah, and Zabo’s friend Becky from New York.
As the images show, this area was not only dry, it also had a moon-like topography and was littered with sinkholes of different sizes and depths.The images show this uninviting environment in detail. This terrain provided the impact that Doron wanted to achieve with the Red Line Project.
Wherever Doron visited and spoke about The Red Line Project, he was received with great enthusiasm. He was equally grateful to be embraced by the Israeli Drone Photographers Club, headed by Shay Shapira. Shay told Doron that he’d try to make it to the Dead Sea before sunrise, but gave no promise. It was an extremely pleasant surprise to see Shay there, and not only Shay himself but seven other club members, all with drones carrying cameras.
The footage shot by Shay and the other club members, which they so generously offered for the Red Line Project, give a fantastic perspective of the project within a wider landscape.
The 500 foot red tube of the Red Line Project is packed and ready to be reused at the next stop around the world. Doron is currently preparing a Red Line installation in the San Joaquin Valley, just North of Los Angeles.
We promise to keep you informed about dates and location on our Facebook page.
Acknowledgement: All photos and the video provided by Doron Gazit. More information about The Red Line and more art projects are available on http://dorongazit.com/
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
We feel that Labor Day is a good occasion to introduce you to Carolyn Vasi's EW production team - the amazing, hard working creators, artisans and artists who turn ideas and themes into event reality and make the magic happen!
As we were reminiscing recently, we realized that our production team can pretty much create anything you can imagine.
500 Bavarian pretzel stands for an authentic
Oktoberfest for a German company? - ✔️ - the whole crew particpates.
Intricate visual art pieces, ranging from traditional Japanese fan motives to urban graffiti walls? ✔️✔️ - Frankie Flores is our in-house visual artist.
Branded, customized props of all sizes get designed and built constantly. Since we like to be cost effective and environmentally friendly, we reuse as much as we can.
But we can do much more than that.
Carolyn Vasi still marvels at her crew's outstanding work this past spring for a series of gala events on the USS Hornet in Alameda, CA.
"The location was a challenge as we had to turn a historic aircraft carrier flight deck into a safe reception space. The flight deck has hundreds of tie-down holes, designed to keep aircraft in place. We could not take the risk of any guest in heels stumbling and falling. We custom built wooden plugs to fill the holes. We covered the wooden plugs with square cut, custom made formica tiles that we spray painted grey to match the flight deck color. Thus, a smooth, safe surface was created. Obviously, we had to return the aircraft carrier to its historical condition after the event series - all tiles and plugs were designed to be removable without trace."
We used a large parking lot adjacent to the aircraft carrier for an extra outdoor activity. The industrial area parking lot needed 500 quick patches to fill holes and create a smooth, even surface. Leo and Edwin Mejia know how to fix asphalt lots!
An external vendor ran over the entry arch while the guests were enjoying the reception. No problem, our crew quickly removed the damaged arch, repaired it and put it back in place without anyone noticing!
Come rain or come shine, hot or cold weather - our whole team performs long hours of outstanding work to ensure a smooth, successful event.
A big round of applause for - in alphabetical order:
Thank you for all you do!
Monday, August 31, 2015
We all are taking some time to enjoy the summer but Ted Bowers and his son Ted Junior just returned from the most elegant family adventure: their 1911 Pope Hartford Touring Car had been invited - as one of the Top Eight Popes in the world! - to participate in the Concours d’Elegance in Pebble Beach.
A lot of preparation and anticipation went into getting the 104 year old classic into Concours condition.The work is a labor of love and a Bowers family tradition.
Ted's father purchased the car in 1946 for just $200! He then went about restoring the automobile to its full historical beauty.
Ted caught Classic Car Fever early in life and joined his father’s travels.
|The Pope in 1946.|
|Ted Bowers' father and his 1911 Pope.|
“My father purchased the car in the 40’s and proceeded to put well over 50,000 miles on the car including dozens of national car tours that he would drive to from Los Angeles. The history shows him using the car for “street advertising”
He also used the car as a tow vehicle to bring home other cars he purchased. He became a perfectionist and the car was apart for most of my childhood as he was self-restoring the car to new factory specifications. He always got distracted by business and family matters and never finished the restoration. Eventually, he managed to turn his leukemia diagnosis into inspiration to finish the car. In addition to searching for over seven years for a cure for leukemia he pushed to complete the restoration of the car perfecting one part at a time.
Once I realized he wasn’t stopping I got very involved with helping him to complete the project. The restoration was completed and the quality of the restoration was awarded First in Class at Pebble Beach 33 years ago. My father passed away only a few months later.
I have since driven the car thousands of miles myself sharing the experience with family and friends. I also meticulously maintained the mechanics and cosmetics of the car along the way. However when I received the invite for the car to return to Pebble Beach, I knew I would be spending a lot of time detailing the car in preparation for the concours.
I’ve basically devoted every spare minute at night and on the weekends to bring the car back to concours quality. I really never thought I would have the opportunity to take the car back to Pebble Beach in my lifetime.
The Pope is also part of our EventWorks family history. Manuel and Miguel from our production department worked with me on the car over the summer.
Manuel’s involvement dates back 35 years! It is amazing he did help in the process and is around today to help again. in addition to his many skills Manuel has formal training as a tailor and assisted with the completion of the upholstery and leather work on the car.”
As unbelievable as it sounds, the Pope can still be used as a road trip car. Ted drove it to Pebble Beach and back for the Concours. Yes, it takes a little longer!
During the Concours, the Pope enjoyed full attention from collectors and fans alike.
Ted: “The family highlight was that Ted Junior was asked by the onsite Snapchat rep to create a post on the Pebble Beach international snapchat and it went viral. He had over 2 million hits within about 4 hours. His friends noticed he had as many hits as Jay Leno!
Additional highlights included talking to a few spectators who remembered the car from the last time at the show 33 years ago. One guy recalled stopping on the road to help change a flat tire as we drove to San Francisco following the concours.
One memory will always be very special. The Concours involves a charitable angle. The organization works with the Make a Wish Foundation. The Foundation connected us with a young boy named Marcos who dreamed of being a passenger in a Pope during the Thursday Tour around the Monterey area. The tour covers nearly 70 miles, an endurance test for the classics. We had fantastic weather and a wonderful time making Marcos’ wish come true.
For me personally the take away is knowing the car is looking better than ever and ready for the next car tour. I feel the only way to enjoy a collector car is to drive it. I can’t wait for the next tour which is scheduled next month in Yellowstone!"
We don’t quite know whether Ted would acquiesce any event requests involving his Pope but it would be part of family tradition after all.
We are happy to ask him, with Pretty Please!
Monday, August 24, 2015
Account Executive Brynne Price recently got engaged to the love of her life, Joe Peña.
Knowing how passionate and dedicated Brynne is at work,
we were just wondering:
What happens when an event planner plans her own wedding?
“Three days after we got engaged, I had already made a floor plan and rough timeline for the wedding day. Is that not normal?” she quipped.
We know Brynne to be organized and creative in her work as an Account Executive here at EventWorks, so it comes as no surprise that both strengths shine as she plans for the big day.
“I will confess that I am a little crazy when it comes to the design – I just can’t help it! The look of the day is really important to me, and yes, I made myself a little proposal with all the inspirational images. Soon I will be forced to quit Pinterest.”
"We do have fun! This was our first time visiting the wedding venue."
"There is certainly an unspoken pressure to execute the most amazing wedding ever because I’m a “professional” but I have the great pleasure of planning events all the time – this one is just extra special and personal.”
She smiles and continues, “Which makes it the most fun event I have ever worked on. I have to admit, it is a challenge at times not to have my personal wedding planning feel like work. The tasks and designing process feel very familiar – a part of my daily work life – but Joe reminds me to stop and enjoy the process. At the end of the day, we just want to get married.
I know I will be tempted to run around the room and tweak some tables but I have promised my bridesmaids that I will stay away. I may have planned our wedding but I am handing the reigns over to another person to be the coordinator. I will focus on being the bride.
And we do keep priorities in mind.
Most of all, this day is about us getting married. I can't wait!"
We are all enjoying this very personal and romantic event!
Kate Brack, Kristen Rensch and Nikki Wilbur celebrated with Brynne in their favorite DTLA restaurant a few days ago.
We don't produce weddings but Wedding Fever has infected us all a bit. And just in case Buckingham Palace is reading this: we would be proud to produce Prince Harry's Royal Betrothal and put Brynne's extensive experience to work!