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  • WiZaRD Goes Back to Oz

    By Bobbie Katz

    Toto, we’re not in Kansas anymore.

    One click of our heels and we're off to see the WiZaRD – in New York, this coming December.

    That would be the show by that name, which brings to the fore the music of one of the most prolific – and least known– songwriters of the Great American Songbook, films and Broadway, Harold Arlen, who wrote the entire musical score for The Wizard of Oz (with lyrics by E.Y. “Yip” Harburg). After being workshopped in 22 cities around the country in an 18-month period, this production that transports audiences to a magical time in entertainment history has proven that it has all the courage, heart, and brains behind it that it needs – the Lion, Tin Man, and Scarecrow aside. WiZaRD is now ready for a trip down the Yellow Brick Road to bestow some long-deserved name recognition on the man who gave the 1939 movie, and more than 500 songs, musical life.

    Although Arlen, who was inducted into the songwriter’s Hall of Fame in 1971 and died in 1986 at the age of 81, wrote some of the Great American Songbook's biggest hits and well-known tunes, many people are simply unaware of that fact. That’s what this concert production seeks to remedy.

    “People are always surprised to find out that he wrote the songs he did,” notes Sam Arlen, the songwriter's son and the publisher of most of his father's catalog. “Once I started licensing his catalog and talking to all the different publicity companies, licensers and performers and found out how little they knew about the catalog in my father’s name, I began a mission to have his name recognized. Even where The Wizard of Oz alone is concerned, both the film and the music have become an anthem to so many people.”

    “My father never had a publicist – by choice,” continues Arlen, talking about why his father doesn’t have the name recognition of a Gershwin or an Irving Berlin. “He felt that his music would do the talking for him. Plus, he wasn’t part of a writing team so there was no name recognition there – he worked with a lot of different lyricists such as Ira Gershwin, Johnny Mercer, Ted Koehler, Dorothy Fields, and Leo Robbin. However, he wrote over 550 songs and was nominated for an Oscar nine times. He won, of course, for 'Over the Rainbow.'”

    WiZaRD was written by acclaimed singer/crooner/pianist George Bugatti and is being produced by The Harold Arlen Foundation, created in 2009 by by Arlen, Bugatti, and Mary Shriver Bugatti. The Foundation's mission is to provide free music classes and theater tickets to the under-served children of public school systems across America So far, in Clark County, Nevada, alone,where the foundation has been given a grant from the Nevada Arts Council, Bugatti and Arlen have reached more than 7,000 elementary, junior and high school students via their classes.

    “Over the Rainbow” on its own could have earned Arlen a major place in musical history. It became Judy Garland’s signature tune and has been rated the No. 1 song on the American Film Institute’s “100 Years, 100 Songs” list and on the Recording Industry Association of America's and the National Endowment for the Arts’ “Songs of the Century” list.

    But while Arlen may have been best known for composing the musical score for The Wizard of Oz, he also wrote many of music’s great standards, including “Stormy Weather,” “Come Rain or Come Shine,” “The Man That Got Away,” “I’ve Got The World on a String,” “Let’s Fall in Love,” “That Old Black Magic,” “Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea,” “One For My Baby” and others too numerous to mention.

    He also wrote “Down With Love,” which was the focal point of a 2003 movie called “Down With Love” starring Renee Zellweiger and Ewan McGregor (Judy Garland was actually seen in the movie singing the song on TV). Additionally, Garland’s daughter, Lorna Luft, proclaims Arlen to have been her mother’s favorite composer and tells an anecdote about him in her stage show “Songs My Mother Taught Me.”

    It took Sam Arlen's meeting Bugatti back in 2005 to set the wheels of WiZaRD in motion. Both were in New York and had retained the same publicist. Arlen, who is also a talented saxophone player, was working on the Centennial Celebration Tour in honor of what would have been his father’s 100th birthday (for which Tony Bennett and Barbra Streisand were the co-chairmen). Bugatti, who was discovered by the late Steve Allen and was mentored by Tony Bennett and, to this day, remains the only singer Bennett has ever pulled up from the audience to sing with him on stage, was releasing an album at that same time. Bugatti, who was also in the process of branding his Three Crooners group, had always been a fan of Arlen’s music and had sung his songs in live performance and on his CD’s.

    “Everyone who is a fan of this kind of music or who sings it does it because they know that this is what the craft is all about,” expresses Bugatti. “I’ve always been a fan and I’ve always sung his songs because Harold Arlen composed some of the best-written songs ever. While, to me, that’s because he wrote sophisticated melodies and chord structures, sometimes it’s also because of his song’s simplicity – it takes a lot of craft to write something so simple and so beautiful.”

    “It was an easy decision to do this show because the quality of Arlen’s work is so high,” he continues. “Everything in it focuses on him and his music. We wanted to make sure that all his biggest hits, the ones that the audience would be familiar with, were covered. We wanted to bring back memories for people. But every song, even the more obscure ones, is artistically a home run.”

    There are approximately 22 Arlen hits in the two-hour show (with 15-minute intermission), which covers the three periods of Arlen’s songwriting life – The Cotton Club, the Broadway stage, and the Silver Screen. WiZaRD takes place at ficticious radio station WZRD. It stars Bugatti’s Three Crooners, in which Bugatti is featured. Making her debut will be 23-year-old Jenny Gulley, the winner of an 11-city “Be the Next Dorothy” competition sponsored by the Harold Arlen Foundation. The collection of vignettes that make up WiZaRD, based on Arlen's most nostalgic songs, includes a Wizard of Oz scene, culled from the imagination of Frank Baum on the eve of the creation of his Oz characters.

    “Harold Arlen’s music makes a singer sound great,” Bugatti sums up. “A classic is a classic. Like a solid piece of furniture or a good suit of clothes, his melodies are timesless and hoid up even today. History has proven it.

    Arlen and Bugatti are hoping to one day turn WiZaRD into a TV special. No one knows better than they do that somewhere over the rainbow, dreams come true.

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    Sep 10 4:51 PM | Link | Comment!
  • The House That Lefty Built

     

     

     

    By Bobbie Katz

     

    From the outside, the house in the exclusive Las Vegas Country Club appears to be par for the course – just another home on the green built during the 1970’s that possesses an old Vegas charm all of its own.

    But once inside, the details or “bullet” points emerge. Things like hidden compartments in the top of closets, bulletproof glass windows, 150-pound doors made of metal and triple-thickness wood, a steel staircase, remnants of a state-of-the-art monitoring system and more denote that this was once the home of Frank “Lefty” Rosenthal, the organized crime figure who secretly ran the Stardust and other casinos (without a Nevada gaming license) when they were controlled by the Chicago Outfit. The house, currently up for sale with an asking price of $677,000, is concrete proof of the real inside story in Las Vegas history not depicted in the movie Casino, of which Rosenthal, played by Robert DeNiro, was the subject.

    “This historical property is more than a home – it’s a lifestyle,” says Celebrity Real Estate Agent Aaron Auxier. “It’s an opportunity you can’t refuse.”

    Although Rosenthal, who died at his Miami Beach, Florida, home at age 79 on October 14, 2008, was forced out of Las Vegas in 1988 after being placed in the persona non gratis “Black Book,” the house he left behind still resonates with the spirit of the era.

     

    “Rosenthal bought the house brand new in 1970,” says photographer Jeff Green, the house’s current owner. “In 1976, the house next door caught fire and it spread to this house. So Frank had the Stardust redo it the way he wanted it. He spent $500,000 back then. It had sophisticated equipment with which he could monitor his office at the Stardust and the front and back doors of the house. There were also pressure plates so that he could hear someone coming up the stairs.”

    The 3,266-square-foot house retains the original entryway, bar, mirrored ceilings, wood ceilings, built-in, upstairs catwalk, sunken rectangular bathtub, door handles, faucets, key box, pool, art pieces by Bill Barnes, some wallpaper and other things. It was designed by famed designer Steven Chase of Palm Springs. Rosenthal, who made $250,000 a year at the Stardust but made millions as a renowned sports bettor and handicapper, spared no expense.

     

    “He had an outside box to hook up a telephone, which is still there,” Green notes. “He also had the balcony outside his bedroom removed for safety reasons. At one point, in the early 80’s, it was said that he had guards on the golf course. The curved two-story window in the back of the house is cut into the brick and there is a mark on it that they say is from a gun during an assassination attempt.”

    Born in Chicago on June 12, 1939, Rosenthal's arrival in Las Vegas was far from welcome. Upon checking into the Tropicana hotel and going to his room to unpack his bags, he answered a knock on his door and found several plainclothes detectives standing there, who promptly arrested him for breaking and entering. They whisked him off to an interrogation room where he was told on no uncertain terms by the chief of detectives that he and his Chicago friends weren't welcome in town and to take the next flight out and not come back.

     

    Of course, Rosenthal stayed, having been tapped to run the new Stardust Hotel and Casino, He was at its helm from the 60s through the early 80s and, at one time, he was not only the official CEO of that property but also of the Hacienda, Fremont, and Marina casinos simultaneously. A perfectionist, he ran a tight ship when it came to customer service and had no tolerance for cheaters and scams. According to Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman, Rosenthal's attorney back in 1970, Rosenthal once ordered his casino security men to crush the right hand of a card cheat he had caught. They used a rubber mallet so it wouldn't leave marks and the man became a lefty.

     

    Rosenthal was full of novel ideas and, in an effort to keep his casinos turning profits,was always trying new things. A pioneer in sports gambling, he was the first casino operator in the city to implement a Race & Sports betting parlor, resulting in the other Vegas properties following suit. Another of his innovations was the institution of female blackjack dealers, which doubled the Stardust's income within one year. During his heyday, he created his own local TV show called “The Frank Rosenthal Show” and hosted guests from Frank Sinatra to Bob Hope and Mohammed Ali.

    In 1982, Rosenthal survived a car bombing assassination attempt in a parking lot on East Sahara Avenue, thanks to a strong metal plate under the driver's seat of his 1981 Cadillac Eldorado, The plate had been installed by GM to correct a balancing problem and ended up absorbing most of the force of the explosion. It is not known who rigged the car with the explosives.

     

    That same year, Rosenthal's drug-and-alcohol-addicted ex-wife Geri, with whom he had two children, died at a Los Angeles motel, apparently from a drug overdose, at the age of 46. After leaving Rosenthal, the former showgirl had stolen a substantial portion of his savings.

    Rosenthal was denied a license to operate a casino and was blacklisted in 1988 by the Nevada Gaming Commission for being a suspect in directing a casino on behalf of organized crime and directing the money skimming operation. That came about as a result of the FBI having bugged Rosenthal's table in the lounge at the Stardust where he used to sit and have conversations with his friends, the Spilatro Brothers, who had set up a huge crime operation in Las Vegas. Rosenthal's unsavory reputation was, in large part, due to his ongoing boyhood friendship with Chicago hitman Anthony Spilatro.

    Rosenthal, once called “the greatest living expert on sports gambling” by Sports Illustrated, has come to be known as the most important man in Las Vegas' gambling history. Outside phone aside, when his house “talks,” people listen. It’s a chapter of Las Vegas’ unique past you won’t find anywhere else -- a true mob scene in its finest sense.

     

     

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    Sep 10 1:22 PM | Link | Comment!
  • COKE, DTSL, EQLB, PROT - Stock Alert For September 10, 2010 From CRWENewswire.com

     

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    dtsl 2 DTSL, Delivery Technology Solutions, Inc., DTSL.PK

    The SUBWAY® restaurant chain is the world’s largest submarine sandwich franchise, with nearly 33,000 locations in 92 countries. The SUBWAY® chain has surpassed McDonald’s® in number of locations in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and more.

    + DTSL’s subsidiary Universal Delivery Solutions has a National Vendor Agreement with Doctor’s Associates, Inc. (DAI) the franchisor of SUBWAY® Restaurants. The agreement authorizes the introduction of 888-SUB-TO-GO Catering & Delivery services as an optional program for the company. It also allows UDS to explore national catering opportunities amongst large corporations and organizations for consideration by DAI.

    DTSL is the leader in providing comprehensive custom-developed catering/delivery solutions to industries throughout North America, including restaurants, retail and others.

    Recently DTSL and its subsidiary Universal Delivery Solutions, Inc. management hosted a successful shareholder teleconference on August 9, 2010, revealing several important company updates.

    DTSL’s CFO opened the conference by addressing participants about the company’s history and detailed how UDS’ customized chain delivery system has already been adopted by a major American fast food retailer and a national movie theatre chain.

    In the Q&A section DTSL’s CFO revealed that DTSL expects to realize a 100% revenue increase in Q3 over Q2 of this year, and another 100% increase in Q4 over Q3. He forecasted 2010 revenue at $400,000 to $500,000, with 2011 revenue expected to more than double this year’s total.

    DTSL’s CFO assured investors that the company would explore every opportunity to market and raise awareness of the UDS delivery system, and the long-time shareholders showed excitement for the company to realize its potential by breaking away from the sub-penny values into penny lands. With this success, DTSL sees the potential to eventually move up to a higher stock exchange.

    Last Trade: 0.0044

    More about DTSL at www.universaldelivery.com

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    http://doubleinstocks.com/img/eqlb_logo_234x60.jpg EQLB, EQ Labs, Inc. (Pink Sheets: EQLB)

    EQLB Labs Inc. (OTCPK:EQLB) has just entered into a “marriage” of convenience.

    The company, which makes EQ Energy Drink, a trim, effervescent tablet that when dropped into water or any other beverage of choice creates instant energy, has recently signed an agreement, effective immediately, for the sale of its product in the Terrible Herbst convenience stores. Along with this, the EQ brand will also be prominently displayed on 480 media screens daily in the stores. This marketing collaboration is being implemented along with a sales order in which product will be placed in 108 stores in less than 30 days. As a result of EQ's participation in the digital network, the brand can potentially reach up to 4 million consumers per month.

    EQ Labs, which encourages folks to “think outside the can,” is engaged in the development, marketing and sale of EQ ("The Smart Energy Drink"), which consists of a blend of essential vitamins, Gingko Biloba, and less caffeine than a cup of coffee. EQ is currently sold at Best Buy, 7-Eleven, Walgreens and other leading retailers.

    Effervescent products have been appreciated and trusted in European countries for years. During this new millennium, novel products like the EQ Smart Energy Drink® tablet are consistently gaining acceptance and popularity in North and South America. They are penetrating the $8.5 billion energy drink industry at a noteworthy level.

    Last Trade: 0.02

    To find out more, please visit: www.drinkeq.com

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    Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated (NASDAQ:COKE)

    Millions of Americans across the country proved the power of social media and the strength of their voice through this summer's "America Is Your Park" campaign

    When Coca-Cola issued a call for American families to vote for their favorite park, millions answered. The "America Is Your Park" campaign ignited a fierce competition online, across the airwaves and in newspapers across the country, with Bear Head Lake State Park in Ely, Minnesota emerging as "America's Favorite Park" thanks to more than 1.6 million votes. People across the United States cast over 5.7 million votes during this unique online campaign that encouraged families to be active outdoors this summer and visit LivePositively.com to help their favorite park win funding. In addition to winning the title of "America's Favorite Park," Bear Head Lake State Park was awarded a $100,000 recreation grant made possible by Coca-Cola's Live Positively initiative.

    Through its partnership with the National Park Foundation and the National Park Service, and in collaboration with America’s State Parks and the America’s State Parks Foundation, Coca-Cola donated more than $500,000 in grants to national, state and local parks across the country this summer for new activity equipment such as bikes and kayaks, and the restoration and construction of activity areas. In addition to millions of online voters, many others came out to local health and wellness events hosted by Coca-Cola that featured Women’s National Basketball Association FIT Clinics at parks in select cities across the country.

    The product that has given the world its best-known taste was born in Atlanta, Georgia, on May 8, 1886. Dr. John Stith Pemberton, a local pharmacist, produced the syrup for Coca-Cola®, and carried a jug of the new product down the street to Jacobs' Pharmacy, where it was sampled, pronounced "excellent" and placed on sale for five cents a glass as a soda fountain drink. Carbonated water was teamed with the new syrup to produce a drink that was at once "Delicious and Refreshing," a theme that continues to echo today wherever Coca-Cola is enjoyed.

    Coca-Cola has over 3,300 products in over 200 countries. The variety of products include sparkling beverages, diet and light berverages, water, juices, juice drinks, tea, coffe, energy drinks and sports drinks. That's a LOT of choices, so follow that truck!

    Last Trade: 51.11

    Lots of interesting information on: http://www.coca-cola.com/

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    http://doubleinstocks.com/img/prot_logo_225x70.jpg Proteonomix, Inc., PROT.OB

    Mr. Michael Cohen, Proteonomix, Inc. (OTCBB:PROT.OB)’s Chairman and CEO, is scheduling a multi-city European road trip to create additional awareness of the Proteonomix, Inc. investment opportunity to institutional investors.

    Scheduled for early October, Mr. Cohen will discuss with sophisticated investors the recent contract to establish a joint venture with a group of investors that will establish a new stem cell treatment and research facility in the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.). In addition, Mr. Cohen will discuss the opportunity to set up additional joint ventures in other countries using the U.A.E. arrangement as a model.

    The recent contract calls for the joint venture partner to invest $5 million on or before September 10, 2010 in a Joint Venture company, XGEN Medical LLC. (”XGen”), a Nevis Island limited liability company.

    Previously, PROT executed a joint venture agreement with a group of investors that will create a new stem cell treatment and research facility in the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.). The Investor Group has committed to invest $5 million on or before September 10, 2010. The Joint Venture company, XGen Medical LLC (”XGen”), a Nevis Island limited liability company, will be owned 51% by Proteonomix and 49% by the Investor Group. Due to confidentiality and competitive reasons, the Investor Group has requested to remain anonymous for the present. The Investor Group is not related directly and/or indirectly to the Company, its management, its board of directors and/or its current shareholders.

    In this case, Mr. Cohen stated: “Proteonomix has made great strides recently and we have been contacted by several European entities that have requested additional information about our proprietary stem cell activities. In recognition of the interest in Europe and the potential for additional joint venture agreements in various European countries, we recognize that it is propitious to meet with a number of the European institutional investors both to educate them on the intrinsic value of Proteonomix shares and garner interest in strategic relationships.”

    Last Trade: 2.00

    More about PROT at: www.proteonomix.com

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