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California Soul Food Cookout and Festival to Benefit Regional Charities

PLEASANTON, Calif. -- This two-day California Soul Food Cookout and Festival is not only filled with food, fun and music, but purpose too. For 12 years running, this premier food and music event has grown to be a regional favorite. This year's festival will be held at the Alameda Fairgrounds on September 17 and 18, 2022 and will donate a portion of revenue to different charities in the Bay area who work to help the homeless and domestic violence victims.

Upwards of 5,000 people per day are expected to attend and the food and entertainment is setting up to be off the hook. In addition to some of the region's top food vendors, Chef Milly, a Hell's Kitchen celebrity, will take center stage.

For music lovers, R&B artists and gospel greats will include: Musiq Soulchild, Kevin Ross, Angie Stone, Marsha Ambrosius, Fred Hammond, James Fourtune, Karen Clark Sheard, Charles Jenkins and Bishop Cortez Vaughn.

And, football fans have something to get excited about too. Several sports' greats will be there to meet with attendees through "Meet the Football Legends" supported by the NFL Northern California Former Player's Chapter. Shake hands with the likes of Anthony Bell of the Raiders; Honor Jackson from the Patriots and Giants; Mike Meriwether of the Steelers and Vikings; Anthony Simmons of the Chargers and Cowboys; and more.

Annette Jackson, CEO of The California Soul Food Cookout and Festival, says, "This will be the ideal place to get family and friends together while celebrating the power of positivity through food, fun and music and giving back to the community at the same time."

To date, 35 food truck vendors are signed up and a job fair and career expo are scheduled to take place each day. There will also be many other vendors and specialty shops set up for people to enjoy.

Corporate partners are invited to help underwrite the California Soul Food Cookout and Festival, while showcasing and promoting their company's services and products.

Customized sponsorship packages are available here: https://eventhub.net/events/California-Soul-Food-Cookout-and-Festival_3027

"The California Soul Food Cookout and Festival serves as a platform for people to gather, celebrate and spread peace and love throughout the community for a long time to come," Jackson shares. "We also want everyone to have access to the event, so we're providing complimentary tickets for various community organizations to distribute."

For event information: https://www.californiasoulfoodcookoutandfestival.com/

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The Lowell Chamber Orchestra announces its fourth season

LOWELL, Mass. -- The Lowell Chamber Orchestra announces its fourth season, with five free concerts that look to entertain, educate, and enlighten Lowell audiences. "The season is designed to turn the western classical musical canon on its head," says Music Director Orlando Cela. "The programming elevates contemporary works above established masterpieces, demonstrating that music keeps evolving in the orchestral medium."

The season will feature works by very well-known composers such as Manuel de Falla, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Franz Joseph Haydn, but these will have very unusual features, such as flamenco style chanting, a vanishing orchestra, and unusual instruments. The newer works will have influences by grindcore punk, Latin-American rhythms, Cornish traditions, and more.

Most of the works have an important social message, such as Gabriele Vanoni's multimedia oratorio "Island of Peoples," about the immigrant experience, and Estefanía Pardo Perez's "Paikuna Saqinku," about displacement of ethnic communities due to environmental disasters - the latter piece being the winner of LCO's second call-for-scores.

"Even the last movement of Haydn's 45th symphony is a social commentary," continues Cela. "The ending is not so much about requesting to go back to Eisenstadt, as it is about demonstrating the importance of teamwork and working together (as told by Giaccomo Ferrari); and in a world where war and political tensions plague our everyday life, we program this piece as a call for global unity and peace."

The season features many guest artists: for the first time ever, the Lowell Chamber Orchestra will feature Canadian conductor Geneviève Leclair as the LCO's first ever guest conductor, and Roi Karni, the winner of LCO's first ever concerto competition. Vocalists Sophie Michaux and Rose Hegele, and cellist Leo Eguchi will also be featured, among others.

All of the concerts are completely free, consistent with the LCO's mission to provide extraordinarily high level classical music performances and take down socio-economic barriers to access these concerts. The LCO survives only through donations.

To see the entire upcoming season, click here: https://lowellchamberorchestra.org/events

To donate to the Lowell Chamber Orchestra, click here: https://tinyurl.com/LCOdonate

MULTIMEDIA:

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New Memoir on Picasso Makes a Number of Extraordinary Claims

CHATEAUGUAY, Quebec -- It would appear that Picasso and his famous model, Marie-Thérèse Walter, both went to their graves during the seventies with a rather ominous secret on their conscience, according to Marc Poissant, author of the new memoir, "Picasso and Marie-Thérèse Walter: The Censored Story" (ISBN: 978-0228879718). Also new for the art world is the fact that Picasso, unbeknownst to the art historians (his exegetes) secretly coded literally dozens of artworks (many of them now world-known masterpieces) around this highly private matter. A second subtitle inscribed inside the book aptly reads: "what he painted is not what he said."

Author's Synopsis:

In October 1977, Marie-Thérèse Walter was found hanged in her home's garage at age sixty-eight. She was famously known as the "sleeping blond muse," whose relationship with Pablo Picasso ('Pic,' as she preferred to call him) had always been extremely secretive.

In 1988, Dr. Herbert T. Schwarz published a study where he argued - many scholars later agreed - that he had sufficient evidence proving that the blond muse was already at Picasso's side at age fifteen in early 1925, which is two full years before the date given by Picasso who always claimed having met Marie-Thérèse on the streets of Paris in January 1927 when she was seventeen and a half. But then, this is also the man who once said "you must not always believe what I say; questions tempt you to tell lies, especially when there is no answer."

Dr. Schwarz' intrusion into the "Marie-Thérèse mystery," if on the right track, was still miles away from the truth; the evidence now shows that Picasso had in fact erased all of Marie-Thérèse's early-life narrative, starting with her family origins; because for anyone to know the identity of her true parents was also inevitably to know that Picasso had to know this young girl right from the crib.

This book tries to resuscitate some of Marie-Thérèse's cancelled narrative, as it also tries to unveil the roots and the mechanism of an old disinformation campaign, complete with cover-up; formerly under Picasso's strict control - later, under that of his heirs after he passed away in 1973 -, the scholars and the museums too have known about this hoax for well over a decade now.

Regrettably, however, ever since I published my study in 2009 a shabby posture has consistently prevailed within the Picasso Intelligentsia: video et taceo, see and keep silent. But isn't that Bob Dylan's "Blowin' in the Wind" all over again: "...and how many times can a man turn his head/Pretending he just doesn't see..."

PICASSO'S LIFE AND WORK AS NO ONE HAS YET SEEN IT; WELCOME TO A FLURRY OF NEW REVELATIONS.

With regard to the author, he can perhaps be best discovered by reading his Chapter 4. His book, "Picasso and Marie-Thérèse Walter: The Censored Story" (Tellwell Publishing, RRP $30) is available through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Indigo and more. Although one-on-one interviews are not envisioned at this time, the author will gracefully try to answer all pertinent questions for anyone having done his or her preliminary homework, which is to read the book in all of its details, the evidence behind the new claims forming a kind of complex patchwork which is spread all across most of the book's twenty-three chapters (marcpoissant@videotron.ca).

Learn more on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/022887971X

BOOK SUMMARY:

Author: Marc Poissant

Email: marcpoissant @ videotron.ca

Genre: MEMOIR / Art

Released: JULY 2022

PAPERBACK 1BSN-13: 9780228879718

Publisher: Tellwell Talent ( https://tellwell.ca/ ).

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David Vass’ One Man Show ‘What Could Go Wrong?’ Plays Six Performances at IndyFringe in August

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- 71-year-old gay elder David Vass, who participated in the birthing of the gay liberation movement from seedlings, performs his long-awaited one-man show, "What Could Go Wrong?" - a series of monologues based on over 70 diaries kept since Vass was seven years old, at IndyFringe.

A minimalist set reflects the intimate ambiance for his brutally honest, dramatic, funny, disturbing and at times cringe-worthy series of monologues culled from the diaries that he has kept for over 60 years, creating the bones of this extraordinary 'evening with', slightly condensed performance.

His one-man show, just prior to the onset of the pandemic, traveled to New York City, London, San Francisco and Australia. As the realities of the travel restrictions because of COVID were realized, David used that two-year period to rewrite the live version material and create the movie script. He also redesigned the play website, created his YouTube Television Channel, and legalized the production company ('I'm Afraid Knot LLC') into a non-profit 501(c) organization.

Fervently believing, given the content and candid honesty of this adults-only production, that "audience members should feel free to walk out, no offense taken by me," he also reminds the audiences of seeing the performances remembering his strong belief that our collective freedom of speech is under attack during these 'woke' times. This first half of his life can be brutal and repugnant, as life can be. There are performances where the coarse language used can come under attack, which he brushes off with "this is how white trash talked in those days."

For a flavor of the content and intensity of the production, he suggests having a free look at the four-minute sizzle/teaser reel found on the play's website: https://www.whatcouldgowrong-theplay.com/.

David says, "My young brothers and sisters, Cis or Gay or however you identify from the current 14-pronoun, one adjective non-binary tribe of which I am a member, you've been handed rights, gay and straight and a large degree of equality and variety on a silver platter this past decade, and off the backs of us elders who remember how we got from the early 50's to now. With RvW overturned (making way for gay marriage and other human rights to be overturned as well), get ready to put your/our bodies on the streets again, blocking the streets again, making noise on the streets again and taking over the streets again."

He recalls at seven years of age (1957 and the year he outed himself) being asked if he was a 'butch or a fem', a few years later a 'top or a bottom', skip forward to 'are you bi'. These questions all asked in the 50's and with no resources for Vass to reference - he didn't know any of those words. He learned at 14 what fellatio meant when a uniformed policeman pulled him into an alley and demanded just that. His first sexual encounter was not warm and fuzzy but makes for a sad but fascinating monologue segment about that time in gay history when the police and the Mafia pulled the strings on what the gay tribe could or could not do, and the prices paid for that suppression.

Vass reflects, "This history, this collection of real stories needs to be told, to be kept alive in the first-person for generations of our tribe who follow. Please be clear, this is not a gay play, it is a series of experiences told in monologues with the details refreshed by my beloved diaries - a series of encounters and life-changing events I have lived. Yes, I happen to be gay, and I use this theatrical forum to tell the absolute truth as I know it, and it is from a gay perspective. How could it not be? This was all seen through my eyes. I believe the monologues are relatable to everyone, and this condensed 'evening with' also features stories about my time working with strippers, Broadway stars, movie legends, Grammy winning singers, assorted celebrities and so much more. We are all humans first, and then members of whatever 'tribe' we resonate to."

The performances are the last three weekends of August and the Labor Day weekend, in Indianapolis, with the specific dates and times available, and also ticket sales on the IndyFringe website https://indyfringe.org/.

Vass asks the Indianapolis / Indiana community to support local artists and see his show by purchasing tickets now and reading additional information about IndyFringe on their website.

Snippets of what some others (reviewers, bloggists, interviewers, audience members) have to say about 'What Could Go Wrong?'...

Hugh M. Langford, Cultural and Theatre Critic-At-Large, London Review: "One story was considered by some attendees to be so offensive they walked out (4 to be exact). He is not pornographic or rude, but he is unabashedly rough, blue, and unafraid to present adult material without the ribbon and bow. At last, a show for grown-ups - imagine! A hero's medal to David Vass, diarist and storyteller, for wringing humanity out of part one of his life and sharing it with us without a hint of embarrassment or shame. His is a skilled and fully realized performance. If you can find this show, see it. You may not like it but see it." (2021)

Joshua Ringwald, Lifestyle Blog Cultural Writer, NYC Review: "I was mesmerized throughout - at times shocked, embarrassed, angry, doubtful - is this for real, is this a play in disguise, am I watching a brilliant actor or one of the most honest and adept liars I've ever listened to? And laughter, so much laughter, and a dose of weeping too. Currently he self-produces, which he can ill afford. Calling all agents, bookers and producers; this is a gold mine in waiting. This needs to be seen by a lot of people. This is worthy of a long Off-Broadway run! See it. A brilliant evening - honest!"

Rita Kohn, Arts Writer, Nuvo, Indianapolis Review: "We cry, laugh, sigh, smile, cheer, groan - we come away uplifted by your honesty, lifeforce. Story is at the center and we love a good story. David Vass imbues the 'epitome of urbane,' which he brushes off with an airwave. One of my favorite monologues is him literally pooping himself at Lincoln Center having Montezuma's revenge during a concert doing sound and lights for a two-time Grammy winner. It's all in this show. Really it is not a play so much as an 'evening with', in the tradition of Quintin Crisp, David Sedaris and Augusten Burroughs - all cringe memoirists."

Audience Member After Performance in San Francisco: "Oh my God, I hope he has a good lawyer because I can't believe what came out of his mouth about those celebrities he worked with!"

The "What Could Go Wrong?" website - https://www.whatcouldgowrong-theplay.com/ - bio information, the history of the stage production and links to watch a full-length PPV movie version of the play, filmed in June of this year.

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Hit Psychology Book Gets Updated Edition

BOSTON, Mass. -- "Calm & Sense: A Woman's Guide to Living Anxiety Free," the hit novel by psychologist Wendy Leeds (Calm Day Publishing, ISBN 978-0999901526), has an updated edition out with new updated studies and information. In honor of the new edition, there will be a limited time sale on the ebook version of the book across platforms.

Calm and sense uses a unique women-centric approach to anxiety. The book focuses on the needs of women. Combining up to date data from anxiety studies, personal stories, and practical tips, author Wendy Leeds offers something special in the space.

Leeds is a practicing psychotherapist with both a professional and a personal interest in finding ways to heal anxiety without medication. She has dealt with anxiety all her life and knows what it's like to live with the kind of worry and fear that make the smallest things in life difficult.

In 1995, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent several surgeries and six months of chemotherapy. It was at that low point, that she began a life-long journey to create a calm, centered joyful life, for herself and others. She began by reading everything she could get her hands on about anxiety. Then in 2006 she went back to school to earn two graduate degrees in psychology.

Ashley L Peterson of Mental Health at Home said, "['Calm & Sense'] doesn't feel like a therapist trying to educate you; rather, it has the feel of another regular person having a conversation with you, who just happens to have the knowledge and experience of a therapist. With the wide range of ideas offered in the book, I think any reader is likely to find things that work for them."

"For those who endure chronic anxiety, even seemingly innocuous daily tribulations can take on giant, scary, insurmountable portions," said Roberta Rosenthal Hawkins, MFA, PhD. "'Calm & Sense' is a loving, gentle, often witty, and infinitely helpful path through one's jungle of fears. As one might hope of any jungle guide, the author's compass is sure, her survival kit is well-stocked, and her cheerful, can-do spirit is reassuring and encouraging the whole way."

"Calm and Sense" is nationally distributed by Cardinal Publishing Group. It is published by Calm Day Publishing, and available for sale on Amazon, Barnes and Noble.com, and where books are sold.

Learn more about the author at: https://www.wendyleeds.com/

Find the book on Amazon at: https://www.amazon.com/dp/0999901524

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The Old Saloon of Emigrant, MT hosts Ryan Bingham for Benefit Concert

EMIGRANT, Mont. -- The Old Saloon and Ryan Bingham, acclaimed country music singer songwriter and Walker on the hit show "Yellowstone," partnered to support the Park and Madison counties from recent catastrophic flood damage.

"We were thrilled to host Ryan on our stage and blown-away by his generosity to donate his time for the cause," says Brett Evje, co-owner of the renowned Old Saloon establishment. "Having the additional support of Outriders Presents, and the large financial contributions of Simkins-Hallin, and the numerous people who rose to the occasion means a lot to the community."

"On behalf of the many individuals in Park County this fund will help, I want to extend my deep gratitude to everyone at the Old Saloon and Ryan Bingham for their generous support of the SW Montana Flood Relief Fund and the people of Park County. Over the past weeks, I have been witness to an incredible display of people helping people - the epitome of the Montana Spirit. This gift from the Old Saloon and the generosity of Ryan Bingham is an example of that way of life we all love and the reason we call Montana home," proclaims Gavin Clark, Park County Community Foundation executive director.

In the hours following the flooding, the Southwest Montana Flood Relief Fund- serving Park County, was collaboratively launched between Greater Gallatin United Way and the Park County Community Foundation to support communities affected by the severe flooding in June.

So far, the Southwest Montana Flood Relief Fund has raised over 1 million dollars from over 1,000 donors. The fund is providing financial assistance for home/business property damage, clean-up efforts, emergency evacuation reimbursement, and other crisis needs. Over $800,000 has been distributed.

Those wishing to help people most impacted by the flooding in Southwest Montana are encouraged to donate to this fund by texting Flood22 to 41-444. To donate online go to https://www.greatergallatinunitedway.org/ or https://www.pccf-montana.org/.

For people who have been affected by the flooding and need financial assistance, please fill out the Funding Request Form for the SWMT Flood Relief Fund on Greater Gallatin United Way's website or call the Park County Community Foundation at 406-224-3920.

About The Old Saloon:

Established in 1902, The Old Saloon is a classic western bar and eatery that not only offers great food, cold beer & whiskey but also hosts big name music during the summer and local music all year round.

Learn more: https://www.oldsaloonmt.com/

210 Railroad Lane, Emigrant, Montana 59027

406.333.4482

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New Financial Literacy Book – A Playbook for Financial Success

AKRON, Ohio -- "Escape the Paycheck-to-Paycheck Lifestyle" (ISBN: 978-1667832098), written by Larry Szeliga and published by MYOB Publishing, is a financial literacy book that offers a fresh new solution to an age-old problem. It's not a book about how to get rich fast or how to make a million dollars, but rather a book that recounts the author's road to financial health.

Despite the author being a successful C-Level Executive with a six-figure income and a history of managing multi-million-dollar companies through decades of profitable growth, his personal finances were a mess. In fact, they were so poor that they led to a divorce and eventually to Chapter 7 Bankruptcy. It was a wake-up call that made him take control of his life and his finances.

When Szeliga first realized he was in financial trouble, he, like many, turned to the Internet for guidance. He quickly learned that he was not alone. Statistics showed that 78 percent of working adult Americans barely have enough money to pay their bills each month; and 40 percent couldn't cover an unexpected $400 expense. Those stats really hit home.

The author took action and got back on track. When he told a friend how he turned his financial health around, that friend suggested he "write a book" to teach others how to achieve financial health and maintain it.

"Escape the Paycheck-to-Paycheck Lifestyle" focuses on action, not theory. It gives readers practical tools and templates to use in making better financial decisions. It teaches readers how mindset and perseverance can impact financial well-being. It provides step-by-step instructions on how to collect and analyze information needed to make good money management decisions and puts readers in control. It shows them how to make their income go up and their expenses go down.

Readers will learn what to do, how to do it, and understand why they're doing it. They'll apply fictious examples in the book to their own personal circumstances for a successful financial playbook that they can reference for years to come.

"I firmly believe that your life is your business, and you are the boss," Szeliga says. "People are the source of enormous, untapped potential and my goal is to help them unlock that potential."

For more information, visit: https://www.myobpublishing.com/

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0B354JTDX

About the Author:

Larry Szeliga is the founder and CEO of MYOB Publishing, LLC. He is a best-selling author, motivational speaker, business consultant and personal coach. He's recently retired and never has to work again.

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Teen Social Entrepreneur Michael C. Platt’s Cookbook ‘Michaels Desserts’ to Launch Our Tomorrow Series, Fall 2022

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- Sixteen-year-old social entrepreneur Michael C. Platt's highly anticipated cookbook "Michaels Desserts" (Mixed Media Resources; Paperback/eBook; On Sale: Nov. 1, 2022; $19.95; ISBN: 978-1684620470) will be the first title in the Our Tomorrow series published by Mixed Media Resources LLC. The food justice advocate will make his literary debut as the first of four authors in a groundbreaking series created to amplify the voices of teen activists using their gifts to make the world a better place.

At nine years old, Michael C. Platt's life changed dramatically after learning he had a disability...and fell in love with baking. In his cookbook, Michael tells the incredible story of how discovering baking helped him manage epileptic seizures. Featured on season 4 of "Kids Baking Championship" on Food Network, Michael remains one of the premier teen bakers in the country and turned his passion for dishing out delectable sweets into a business and charity. In "Michaels Desserts," his big heart is on full display as he shares the inspiration behind his advocacy to end food insecurity and gives tips for how to ensure people have access to food in their communities.

With stunning photography throughout, "Michaels Desserts" features over 44 easy-to-do, step-by-step recipes, including Michael's signature Freedom Fighter Cupcakes, named after notable historical figures. A fun and accessible cookbook, perfect for kids learning how to bake or anyone who wants to discover exciting and delicious dessert recipes.

Michael has been featured in the Capital Gazette, WUSA9 news, CBS News, PGCTV News, TEDx Talks, Good Morning America, CNN, Washington Post, People.com, Guideposts, and more.

The Our Tomorrow book series is geared toward middle school readers, assembles a diverse lineup of bright young social entrepreneurs, global community leaders, and activists who share their inspirational stories and provide concrete ideas for solving today's challenges for the promise of a better tomorrow.

Distributed by Union Square Books. Publicity is in partnership with The Oracle Group International. "Consciously founded, The Oracle Group International creates opportunities to celebrate diverse voices and empower future writers and literary activists to use 'the power of the pen,'" says CEO Mocha Ochoa. "I am honored to partner with the Our Tomorrow series to assist in the building and implementation of this new initiative." Upcoming releases include "Books N Bros" by Sidney Keys III and "Kindness Is My Hobby" by Ruby Kate Chitsey.

Learn more about the Our Tomorrow series (website under construction): http://www.ourtomorrowbooks.com/

About Mixed Media Resources LLC:

Mixed Media Resources LLC is an industry leader in the world of craft and DIY books, publishing widely distributed book and booklet titles in knitting, crochet, drawing, adult coloring, and cartooning. In 2022, MMR created Our Tomorrow, an inspirational book series geared toward middle schoolers and written by teen activists who are actively engaged in bringing positive change to the world.

About The Oracle Group International:

The Oracle Group International is a globally recognized literary public relations and marketing agency that specializes in producing events that promote literacy. Our primary focus is to connect authors with events that engage and uplift the local, national, and global community. Learn more: https://theoraclegroupinc.co/

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David Vass’ One Man Show ‘What Could Go Wrong?’ Arrives to Pay Per View

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- 71-year-old gay elder David Vass, who participated in the birthing of the gay liberation movement from seedlings, has launched his long-awaited one-man show, 'What Could Go Wrong?' His series of monologues is based on over 70 diaries kept since Vass was seven years old.

What started as three live performances just before the COVID pandemic led Vass to hire a film crew to record the 'evening with,' when it became obvious to him that traveling the show live to small venues throughout the USA, Canada and the UK would not be possible due to health regulations. The resulting pay-per-view movie is a condensed history of nearly everything that happened to the diarist from the early 50's through the onset of AIDs. He references this 81-minute production as part one and is working on a part two that will bring the PPV film and the live performances that again are being booked, up to the present.

A minimalist set reflects the intimate ambiance for his brutally honest, dramatic, funny, disturbing and at times cringe-worthy series of monologues culled from the diaries that he has kept for over 60 years, creating the bones of this extraordinary 'evening with'.

His one-man show, just prior to the onset of the pandemic, traveled to New York City, Indianapolis, London, San Francisco and Australia. As the realities of the travel restrictions because of CoVid were realized, David used that two-year period to rewrite the live version material and create the movie script. He also redesigned the play website, created his YouTube Television Channel, and legalized the production company ('I'm Afraid Knot LLC') into a non-profit 501-C organization.

Fervently believing, given the content and candid honesty of this adults-only production, that "audience members should feel free to walk out or turn off the PPV, no offense taken by me", he also reminds the audiences of both methods of seeing the 'evening with' his strong belief that our collective freedom of speech is under attack during these 'woke' times. This first half of his life can be brutal and repugnant, as life can be. There are performances where the coarse language used can come under attack, which he brushes off with "this is how white trash talked in those days."

Vass makes a point of meeting audience members at the live performances after the show in the lobby, if there is one, or under the eaves of the proverbial barn. For those watching the PPV, he urges feedback and reads it all - davidvasstheplay@gmail.com.

For a flavor of the content and intensity of the production, he suggests having a free look at the four-minute sizzle/teaser reel found on the play's website: https://www.whatcouldgowrong-theplay.com/.

David says, "My young brothers and sisters, or however you identify from the current 14-pronoun, one adjective cis/non-binary tribe of which I am a member, you've been handed gay rights and a large degree of equality and variety on a silver platter, and off the backs of us elders, us gays and brave drag queens who remember how we got from the early 50's to now. With RvW overturned (making way for gay marriage to be overturned as well), get ready to put your/our bodies on the streets again, blocking the streets again, making noise on the streets again and taking over the streets again."

He recalls at seven years of age being asked if he was a 'butch or a fem', a few years later a 'top or a bottom', skip forward to 'are you bi'. These questions all asked in the 50's and with no resources for Vass to reference - he didn't know any of those words. He learned at 14 what fellatio meant when a uniformed policeman pulled him into an alley and demanded just that. His first sexual encounter was not warm and fuzzy but makes for a sad but fascinating monologue segment about that time in gay history when the police and the Mafia pulled the strings on what the gay tribe could or could not do, and the prices paid for that suppression.

Vass reflects, "This history, this collection of real stories needs to be told, to be kept alive in the first-person for generations of our tribe who follow. Please be clear, this is not a gay play, it is a series of experiences told in monologues with the details refreshed by my beloved diaries - a series of encounters and life-changing events I have lived. Yes, I happen to be gay, and I use this theatrical forum to tell the absolute truth as I know it, and it is from a gay perspective. How could it not be? This was all seen through my eyes. I believe the monologues are relatable to everyone, and the 'evening with' also features stories about my time working with strippers, Broadway stars, movie legends, Grammy winning singers, assorted celebrities and so much more. We are all humans first, and then members of whatever 'tribe' we resonate to."

Snippets of what some others (reviewers, bloggists, interviewers, audience members) have to say about 'What Could Go Wrong?'...

Hugh M. Langford, Cultural and Theatre Critic-At-Large, London Review: "One story was considered by some attendees to be so offensive they walked out (4 to be exact). He is not pornographic or rude, but he is unabashedly rough, blue, and unafraid to present adult material without the ribbon and bow. At last, a show for grown-ups - imagine! A hero's medal to David Vass, diarist and storyteller, for wringing humanity out of part one of his life and sharing it with us without a hint of embarrassment or shame. His is a skilled and fully realized performance. If you can find this show, see it. You may not like it, but see it." (2021)

Joshua Ringwald, Lifestyle Blog Cultural Writer, NYC Review: "I was mesmerized throughout - at times shocked, embarrassed, angry, doubtful - is this for real, is this a play in disguise, am I watching a brilliant actor or one of the most honest and adept liars I've ever listened to? And laughter, so much laughter, and a dose of weeping too. Currently he self-produces, which he can ill afford. Calling all agents, bookers and producers; this is a gold mine in waiting. This needs to be seen by a lot of people. This is worthy of a long Off-Broadway run! See it. A brilliant evening - honest!"

Rita Kohn, Arts Writer, Nuvo, Indianapolis Review: "We cry, laugh, sigh, smile, cheer, groan - we come away uplifted by your honesty, lifeforce. Story is at the center and we love a good story. David Vass imbues the 'epitome of urbane,' which he brushes off with an airwave. One of my favorite monologues is him literally pooping himself at Lincoln Center having Montezuma's revenge during a concert doing sound and lights for a two-time Grammy winner. It's all in this show. Really it is not a play so much as an 'evening with', in the tradition of Quintin Crisp, David Sedaris and Augusten Burroughs - all cringe memoirists."

Audience Member After Performance in San Francisco: "Oh my God, I hope he has a good lawyer because I can't believe what came out of his mouth about those celebrities he worked with!"

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Talon International and KC Wearable Technologies Srl Partner to Launch New Fashion Innovations

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif. -- Talon International Inc. and KC Wearable Technologies Srl. in Italy have formed a strategic partnership to supply Talon's customers, the world's largest fashion brands, with the KC's wearable technology innovations. With a strong vision for the future, the cooperation will facilitate the sales and distribution of existing KC innovations, as well as the creation of exciting future joint developments to make new functionalities in clothing and accessories possible.

Sales and Distribution of Existing KC Innovations:

Given Talon's reputation for continuously revolutionizing their product offerings, as well as transforming the fashion industry, they always seek opportunities to serve their customers better. The cooperation with KC Wearable Technologies provides Talon with the ability to sell and distribute creative and unique solutions. Developments like heating systems for clothing and accessories, cooling systems for fashion and activewear, and wireless charging pockets for smartphones, will provide Talon customers with industry leading technology, to stay at the forefront of their competitors. With patented technologies, which are often designed to be removable for washing and cleaning purposes, Talon foresees their widespread use in the future.

"We've already had significant interest from our existing customer base, which has us very excited for the future of our industry," says Larry Dyne, CEO at Talon International Inc. "Thanks to our partnership with KC Wearable Technologies, these technologies can be applied to garments and accessories, to create superior products with short development to market times."

Joint Development of Further Innovations:

By combining the abilities of KC with those of Talon, both companies will begin the process of jointly exploring further game changing initiatives. For example, KC has integrated NFC tags into buttons and silicone patches, to allow consumers to create convenient shortcuts on their smartphones. In future, Talon will now also roll out this concept on many of its existing product lines, including trims, Velcro patches, fasteners, and zippers.

Dominik Kufner, Managing Partner at KC, points out another example of where the combined abilities of KC and Talon will lead to new initiatives: "In the near future, we plan to jointly create new safety vests, with a wide range of revolutionary new safety functions. With integrated new communication tools, sensor technologies and alarm systems, workers can be safer than ever before."

Sofia Cinel, Managing Partner of KC points out another invention which will change the future of the fashion industry: "KC's development of flexible lithium batteries, for applications in clothing and accessories, opens infinite new possibilities. With Talon's vast network, the use of this innovation can now be rolled out in the entire industry in countless new applications."

In future it will be normal that jackets, handbags, or wallets will re-charge cell phones. We will be used to caps or beanies functioning as earphones, and that outerwear will electrically heat or cool consumers. Silver textiles will decontaminate objects in pockets and protect credit cards, while activated carbon components will absorb odor molecules. People will have loudspeakers in the thumb of their gloves, to answer phone calls without taking them off, and they will open their handbags with biometric fingerprint locks.

The research and development teams of both Talon and KC are thrilled about the next stage in their growth and excited to help change the future.

Talon International:

Their 128-year history provides Talon with unmatched knowledge of the products and innovations required to turn their client's visions into reality. Working with prestigious brands including Guess, Urban Outfitters, Polo Ralph Lauren, Macy's, Superdry, Reebok, Spanx, Van Heusen, and so many more, Talon is well respected as a heritage brand that assists their clients in standing out from their competitors with customized solutions.

For information or images: Anthony Chiu, EngineerWearableTech @ talonzippers.com

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