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The Removal of “God Bless America”

Citing fundamental free speech rights, the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California today filed a lawsuit on behalf of an artist demanding that the City of Los Angeles allow his patriotic murals to remain on display.  The City of Los Angeles says that zoning rules allow them to order the removal of Mike McNeilly’s patriotic murals.
 
A few days after the terrorist attacks September 11, artist Mike McNeilly erected a large mural entitled “9-11″ with the words “God Bless America” beneath the images of a New York City firefighter, an American Flag and the face of the Statue of Liberty. The mural was erected on a privately owned building with the consent of the building’s owner.
 
On September 21, 2001 the City of Los Angeles issued an order requiring the artist to remove the “9-11″ mural. McNeilly refused.
 
“There is no justification for such infringements on private, noncommercial speech,” said Dan Tokaji, a staff attorney with the ACLU of Southern California.
 
“This is especially true when the city not only tolerates but welcomes both commercial and noncommercial artworks of comparable size on other buildings,” he added, citing the many lively paintings on buildings lining Sunset Blvd., paintings of classical musicians next to the 110 freeway downtown, and giant-sized paintings of Shaquille O’Neill and Wilt Chamberlain on a hotel near the Staples Center.
 
“If there is anything that we should learn from our history,” said Tokaji, “it is that the values that people are talking about these days – freedom and democracy – are most in jeopardy in times of crisis. Now is a time when we should be most vigilant to protect those freedoms that make this country great and that unite us as Americans.”
 
The article above was released just after the 9-11 attack at the World Trade Center.
 
September 2011, the City of Los Angeles is still fighting the free speech rights of artist and creating a “chilling effect” on creative expression through aggressive litigation, fines and criminal charges.

The Palm – Los Angeles

The Palm – Los Angeles Downtown is located one block east of the Staples Center and housed in the historic Toy Center on the southeast corner of Flower and 11th Streets. The Palm provides seating for approximately 400 patrons and occupies 13,500 square feet. The Palm is renowned for prime beef, jumbo lobsters and authentic Italian fare and is open seven nights a week for dinner and weekdays for lunch.

Dita Von Teese’s ‘worst nightmare’ would be a man who didn’t share her taste in interior design

Dita Von Teese's

Dita Von Teese's

The burlesque dancer ‘ who was previously married to goth rocker Marilyn Manson ‘ is incredibly proud of her vintage-inspired Los Angeles home and was relieved to find current boyfriend Louis-Marie de Castelbajac appreciated the colourful way she has decorated her abode.

She said: ‘My worst nightmare was that I’d fall in love with a man who likes white walls and modern furniture.’
The brunette beauty also admitted she has been experimenting with new culinary creations in order to impress her French partner.

She said: I make a terrific coq au vin to impress my boyfriend.’

Explaining her tastes in interior design, Dita admitted she always buys things she knows her grandmother would appreciate.

She added in an interview with Britain’s InStyle magazine: ‘ have a lot of Franz porcelain teapots, teacups and serving dishes and I love antique silver ‘ I collect the flatware pattern Love Diarmed, a sexy
design from the 19th century.

‘The rule of shopping for me is, if your grandmother would like it, I would like it.’

Sheryl Crow isn’t worried about getting old – because age is just a ‘state of mind’.

Sheryl Crow

Sheryl Crow

The 49-year-old musician ‘ who has two adopted sons, Wyatt, three, and 11-month-old Levi ‘ isn’t concerned about hitting her 50s because she intends to keep a young outlook on life.

She said: ‘Age is such an indefinable experience. I look at my grandmother when she was my age – she had boobs down to her waist and looked like an old lady. At 65, my mom is as fun, cool and beautiful as ever. I think it’s just a state of mind.’

One thing Sheryl doesn’t intend to do in the next few years is leave her Nashville home.

The ‘All I Wanna Do’ singer enjoys visiting Los Angeles but she wouldn’t want to live there because she is settled where she is.

She told the May issue of Prevention magazine: ‘ love Los Angeles. I am so happy to see my friends there, but after four or five days, I’m like, ‘Let’s go home.’ Nashville feels more reality-based. I feel centred there. There’s a connection between me and nature.

Vanessa Hudgens says she and Zac Efron are ‘figuring things out’

Vanessa Hudgens says she and Zac Efron are 'figuring things out'

Vanessa Hudgens says she and Zac Efron are 'figuring things out'

 The 22-year-old actress split from the 23-year-old actor in December 2010 due to the pressure of their careers, but Vanessa is hopeful they may be able to get back together in the future. She told our source: ‘We’re still friends. Who knows what the future will bring? We’re figuring things out.”  Rumours have circulated that they have already reunited but nothing has been confirmed. Despite her relationship woes, Vanessa was able to forget about her personal problems whilst shooting new movie ‘Journey 2: The Mysterious Island’ in Hawaii.

The ‘High School Musical’ star claims she spent most of her time having her breasts sprayed with fake sweat to recreate the humidity in the jungle scenes.

She revealed: ‘Throughout this whole movie we’re trudging through the jungle. So, of course, we’re sweating. I can’t tell you how much time is spent putting oil on my chest. And Evian. Spraying Evian bottles on my chest and my arms and my forehead, but mostly my chest. Just to look like I’m sweating. But your boobs don’t really sweat, cleavage doesn’t sweat. So it’s kind of funny.” And Vanessa’s shimmering cleavage impressed at least one of her male co-stars ‘ screen icon Sir Michael Caine. The actress claims the 77-year-old actor has been flirting with her in-between takes. She laughed: ‘Not only is he amazingly, stupidly talented, but he still kind of hits on me. All the time. If it was anybody else, I’d be like, ‘Who the hell do you think you are?’ But because it’s Michael Caine, I’m like, ‘Sock it to me more, baby, come on!’ “

Taylor Momsen announces tour dates with her band Pretty Reckless

Taylor Momsen announces tour dates with her band Pretty Reckless

Taylor Momsen announces tour dates with her band Pretty Reckless

Taylor Momsen usually makes headlines for her on-stage antics than her music. But regardless of what reason you’d have to check her out live, she’s heading to your town soon. The “Gossip Girl” star is hitting the road with her band The Pretty Reckless in support of their first full-length album, “Light Me Up.” The album will be released digitally on February 8th. The Pretty Reckless will kick off their tour on February 11th at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles, CA. It’ll continue on through March 20th, when they wrap in Hartford, CT. Runner Runner will open for the band. 17-year-old Momsen garnered major attention last year when she flashed her breasts to a crowd while performing on-stage with her band on stage. She was also reportedly suspended from “Gossip Girl” for various reasons. Along with being rock band frontwoman and little Jenny Humphrey, Momsen is also the face of Madonna’s “Material Girl” line for Macy’s and John Galliano’s fragrance “parlez-moi d’amour” (Talk to me about love).
Pretty Reckless

2011 Tour Dates

•February 11 Los Angeles, CA El Rey Theatre
•February 12 San Diego, CA Soma Sidestage
•February 14 Scottsdale, AZ Martini Ranch
•February 17 Austin, TX Stubb’s
•February 18 Houston, TX HOB Bronze Peacock
•February 19 Dallas, TX House of Blues Cambridge
•February 20 Oklahoma City, OK The Conservatory
•February 22 St. Louis, MO Firebird
•February 23 Indianapolis, IN Earth House
•February 24 Pontiac, MI The Pike Room
•February 25 Niagara Falls, NY Hard Rock Cafe
•February 26 Toronto, ON Tattoo Rock Parlour
•February 27 Montreal, QC La Tulipe
•March 2 New York, NY Santo’s Party House
•March 3 Boston, MA Brighton Music Hall
•March 4 Philadelphia, PA World Cafe Live
•March 10 Chicago, IL Beat Kitchen
•March 11 Columbus, OH The Basement
•March 12 Cleveland, OH Grog Shop
•March 13 Pittsburgh, PA Club AE
•March 16 Baltimore, MD Ottobar
•March 17 Vienna VA Jammin Java
•March 18 Asbury Park, NJ Wonder Bar
•March 20 Hartford, CT Webster Underground

Temporary Tattoos—Way to Look Apart in Crowd

Temporary Tattoos—Way to Look Apart in Crowd

Temporary Tattoos—Way to Look Apart in Crowd

Temporary Tattoos—Way to Look Apart in Crowd. A temporary tattoo is an image drawn or painted on the skin similar to a genuine tattoo but it is not permanent. They are drawn or painted on the skin for one’s self-satisfaction or advertising. They have become very popular even among teenagers since they are cheap and can be easily washed off. Some temporary tattoos are used as a ritual say like in the Muslim community. Especially during wedding ceremonies you find the bride with henna tattoos in almost all parts of the body. This thus becomes something that is a part of them and to them it has become a lifestyle. Tattoo making is like a fashion these days. So, with the change in fashion the techniques of making a tattoo is also changing and becoming better and better. In the past they were just made for kids and would peel of after contact with water. Today the kind of temporary tattoos available have been made uniquely. They are long lasting, beautiful and easy to use. Even the method used to place the image on the skin is different. The tattoo is left on the skin for a period of up to 4 days after which it is removed. At this time the image has been well placed and looks beautiful. What are the main elements of a temporary tattoo? There is the ink used, the front paper and the back paper, glue and the plastic cover. The desired image is printed on the front paper. The ink is what is used to provide the design and color of the image. The glue is then applied on top of the image and the plastic cover placed on top. The back paper now has the instructions to follow. The most important thing to do when placing them on your skin is to make sure you moisten the backing by wetting it totally. This makes sure the image is well printed and that it is clear. As mentioned above, Muslim women have a ritual of printing henna tattoos on their skin mostly during wedding ceremonies. The difference with the other temporary tattoos is that the range of colors is not available for henna. It is only available in red or brown. Another thing is that the design can stay on the skin for a period of up to a month. This also depends on the method of application and the care taken during and after application. The diversity on what can be termed as a temporary tattoo is wide so it is important that for the best results you get the best quality. Temporary tattoos can really give an amazing look, if properly applied. So, it is always recommended to hire the tattoo artist who is well known because of his/her fine work. They can give a quality work. Also they have catalogues, so you can easily select the one that you think will suit you. Besides all these important things, it is also important to know that the artist is not going to use any harmful things to make a tattoo. That is it, so now all you need to do is just go and have a temporary tattoo and look apart. For more information, please visit http://www.dinodirect.com/temporary-tattoos/

Adia Haynie Promoted to Head of A&R for Mach 1 Music

Boo Boo Stewart,

Boo Boo Stewart,

Adia Haynie Promoted to Head of A&R for Mach 1 Music. Successful Mach 1 Music Songwriter/Vocal Producer, signed to 17x Multi-platinum and award winning super producer Eddie Galan has just been promoted and named Head of A&R for Mach 1 Music. Adia has just placed the first single on Sony Korea artist, Kim Bo Kyung. The single is called “Not This Time”. Kim Bo Kyung is from Korea’s version of American Idol called Superstar K. “Not This Time” releases January 15, 2011 in Korea. She has also cowritten My Hero’s single, “One Night”. Haynie has worked on projects for Kristine Elezaj, Raven Symone, Savvy & Mandy, Boo Boo Stewart (on picture), Cody Simpson and many others, as well as developing new young acts for Mach 1 Music that will be releasing in 2011 and 2012.

Katy Perry is to guest star on ‘How I Met Your Mother’

Katy Perry is to guest star on 'How I Met Your Mother'

Katy Perry is to guest star on 'How I Met Your Mother'

Katy Perry is to guest star on ‘How I Met Your Mother’. The ‘Firework’ hitmaker will play Honey, the beautiful and naive cousin of architecture student Zoey (Jennifer Morrison) in one episode of the US sitcom. No other details of Katy’s role have been announced but she is expected to make her appearance during the show’s current season. Katy will not be the first pop star to appear in the series. Britney Spears won praise from the cast for her guest appearance in 2008, with former ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ star Alyson Hannigan – who plays Lily Aldrin ‘ describing her as hilarious. She said: “[Britney] was so funny, and she already had her character down pat. I had no idea she had such great comic timing.” Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger appeared in the sixth season of the programme as singer Jessica Glitter, who used to perform unintentionally erotic songs on a Canadian children’s show with Robin Sparkles (Cobie Smulders). Both Katy and ‘How I Met Your Mother’ were victorious at the People’s Choice Awards in Los Angeles last night’s (05.01.11) with the singer winning prizes for Favourite Female Artist and Favourite Online Sensation, while Neil Patrick Harris picked up the Favourite TV Comedy Actor accolade for his role as womanising Barney Stinson in the sitcom.

Lohan’s Ex-Girlfriend Samantha Ronson Not Happy About Next Door Move-In

Lindsay Lohan’s Ex-Girlfriend Samantha Ronson Not Happy About Next Door Move-In. Lindsay Lohan may be getting over her drug addiction problem, but she needs to get over her ex-girlfriend, Samantha Ronson. After getting released from rehab, the recovering starlet has moved into a Venice, CA pad that is conveniently located right next door to the DJ. Ronson was none too happy when she learned that Lohan, whom she dated on and off from 2008 to 2009, has moved into an apartment that is literally just a few steps from hers. When she tried to get out of her own pad, photographers asked Ronson how she feels about her ex moving in next door. Ronson was  saying, “Trust me, it wasn’t planned… Dude, I’m way too pissed off right now.”  Meanwhile, Lohan is reportedly in danger of facing a possible probation violation. The Riverside County District Attorney believes that she violated her probation when she had a physical altercation with a staff member at the Betty Ford Center. Staffer Dawn Holland revealed that she got into a physical fight with Lindsay when the troubled actress allegedly pushed her hard last month. She decided not to press charges, but the police says the case will still be submitted to the DA. If the judge handling her case thinks she violated her probation, she cold go to jail, according to our source.

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