Action Lines: The Joffrey Ballet Artists Create A Company For Digital Work

Jeraldine Mendoza, Dylan Gutierrez, Olivia Duryea, Hyuma Kiyosawa, Dara Holmes, Edson Barbosa, Xavier Nuñez, Eric Grant -Photo by Christopher Andrew

Performing arts return to Chicago!

According to an official press release, Joffrey Ballet artists Xavier Núñez and Dylan Gutierrez teamed up with writer and film producer Eric Grant to make a new production company called Action Lines. Now until April 30th, you can see the company’s inaugural work, Interim Avoidance, at the 150 Media Stream public art exhibition at 150 N. Riverside Plaza, Chicago, IL. Artists Edson Barbosa, Olivia Duryea, Dylan Gutierrez, Dara Holmes, Hyuma Kiyosawa, and Jeraldine Mendoza are featured in the seven-minute piece.

Núñez and Gutierrez said the following about their first project: “Interim Avoidance seeks to provide a sense of closeness during the waning days of the pandemic. The dancers of The Joffrey Ballet have found themselves all dressed up with nowhere to perform. Six dancers emerge in a void, unsure of their purpose. A beam of red light beckons them like a stage manager on opening night, offering a moment of respite from their collective solitude. Never ones to give up an opportunity, they launch into the movements and shapes for which they have trained so long. A determination to bring joy, to excite, to spark inspiration with dance, the performers urge us all to remember that even in the darkest times, loneliness is nothing more than an Interim Avoidance.”

The Artistic Director of the Joffrey and the Curator of 150 Media Stream were also quoted in The Silverman Group press release. They expounded on the new creative venture.

Interim Avoidance – Photo by Christopher Andrew

Ashley Wheater MBE, The Mary B. Galvin, Artistic Director of the Joffrey : “The Joffrey was founded with the intention of being more than a dance company. This collaboration speaks to that. As difficult as it has been to get through the pandemic, several of our artists are putting creative energy toward different passions and interests—from education to graphic design to film. Action Lines and 150 Media Stream have created a brilliant installation that highlights the beauty of our company. It is a thrill to support it and to see it come to life.”

Yuge Zhou, Curator of 150 Media Stream: “An important part of our mission is to provide a platform for Chicago artists and organizations. We are excited to open our 2021 arts program with this mesmerizing video installation that merges performing arts and technology on a unique stage.”

Interim Avoidance is scheduled for showings “Monday – Friday: 8:00 – 9:30 AM, and 4:30 – 8:00 PM, and Saturdays: 1:00-7:00 PM. All attendees are required to wear a face covering.” It runs through April 30th.

*A Special Thanks to The Silverman Group for the images and  information.*

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Book Review: Courtney Walsh’s “Is It Any Wonder: a Nantucket love story”

This Spring, author Courtney Walsh takes readers back to Nantucket for the experience of a lifetime.

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SuperM’s Taemin OG group, SHINee, Is Making A Comeback: Here Are 23 Dramas You’ve Seen The Members Star In

Taemin – Credit: @lm_____ltm on Instagram

Before Taemin was a guest star on Nickelodeon’s All That with SuperM, the SHINee member made several appearances on Asian dramas. Since he and his band SHINee are scheduled to make a music comeback next month, I think it is great time to celebrate their TV acting careers as well.  Let’s take a look at Taemin, Minho, Key and Onew’s impressive actor resumes now!

SHINee – Credit: @bumkeyk on Instagram

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2021 Update: Val Warner Is Getting Married In The Roaring 20s

Congratulations to Val Warner and Jobba Jordan!

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[Opinion] Will GOT7’s Mark Tuan Join Twitch?


Mark’s puppy Milo – Credit: @marktuan on Instagram

On Tuesday, GOT7‘s contract with JYP Entertainment comes to an end. Fans, aka Ahgases, are excited for their next chapter, and rumors have been swirling that member Mark Tuan is coming stateside to continue his career. To jumpstart his solo endeavor, the Taiwanese American artist opened a brand new YouTube channel and Facebook page to interact with fans.

The big question is…. will he join Twitch in the near future? I know the video live streaming service is helping top influencers build their audience while communicating with fans in real time. A host of stars like Ryan Higa, Amber Liu (fx) and Megan Lee and even his own brother Joey Tuan are already on Twitch. It would be great if he joined to share his music and keep everyone updated on his busy schedule. I hope he seriously considers it in the near future.

In the meantime, feel free to follow Mark Tuan on all his social media accounts via his YouTube Channel: @MarkTuan

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BTSCelebs Is Reviewing Courtney Walsh’s “Is It Any Wonder”

Happy New Year!

BTSCelebs is kicking off 2021 with an all new book review. Courtney Walsh‘s “Is It Any Wonder” is the first one of the year. I’m currently on chapter 11 of the contemporary romance all about a young couple torn apart by tragedy and reuniting years later. The story is set in Nantucket and follows the characters Cody Boggs and Louisa Chambers.

A complete review will be published in the coming weeks. Stay Tuned to BTSCelebs!

“Is It Any Wonder” releases on April 6th, 2021.

*A Special Thanks to Tyndale House Publishers for the advance reader copy of the book and cover image*

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Happy Birthday, BTS V

Credit: Arirang Radio

On December 30th, BTS member V celebrates another year of life with his beloved bandmates and fans (ARMY). His international supporters continue to show their love with grand gestures like a birthday ad on the Burj Khalifa in Dubai (courtesy of China Baidu V Bar) and helping him rank high on the “100 Most Handsome Faces of Kpop” list. He even became the first Korean artist to score 3 number one hits on Soundcloud’s global chart.

Throughout the year, V and his band continues to top the Billboard charts, earn awards and was honored with a Grammy nomination. Let’s celebrate this global star’s 25th birthday by reliving a BTS interview during their debut year to marvel at how far V and the guys have come while acknowledging the bright future ahead.

Happy Birthday!

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[Interview] 5 Questions With Actress Tenley

Nick Vlassopoulos and Tenley

Are you a fan of family films? Then, Tenley’s latest project Faith Under Fire is for you! She earned the leading role of Tiffany Hatcher in the movie all about a firefighter, who is devoted husband and dad, struggling after his personal life is shattered.

Learn more about the young star and her time on-set now.

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Kolby Koloff Is Getting Married

Just days before Christmas, the Preachers’ Daughters alum said “Yes” to her loving boyfriend’s marriage proposal. A quaint rustic atmosphere appeared to be where the special moment happened between Kolby and Andrew on December 19th.

See Kolby Koloff’s official engagement photos below:

Congratulations to the happy couple. 

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Movie Review: Dean Cain and Kristy Swanson’s “TRAFFICKED: A Parent’s Worst Nightmare”

Dean Cain – Image Credit: Virgil Films and Collide Media Group

Prepare for an emotional roller coaster!

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