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Three-Time Finalist at the TCU Texas Youth Entrepreneur of the Year Awards Takes Home Grand Prize


Fort Worth, TX (PRWEB) February 3, 2011

Parks Production Company, founded in 2005, has grown into a multi-product company offering photography, video and DJ services. Parks Production Company’s owner, Matthew Burke, was announced as the TCU Texas Youth Entrepreneur of the Year for 2011.

Matthew Burke has been a finalist for the past three years and in 2011 he was named the Grand Prize winner.

Matthew Burke stated, “I am honored to be part of such an amazing program at TCU and I am excited to continue to grow the Parks Production Company brand.” Matthew plans to attend TCU in the fall of 2011.

About Parks Production Company:

Matthew Burke founded Parks Production Company in 2005, and their target market was family and friends with needs for video and DJ services. In 2006 PPC added photography services.

2007 was a breakout year for Parks Production Company, as they became a preferred vendor for an Arlington private school. “Initially our relationship was limited to school dances. As the year progressed, Parks Production Company developed a brand for excellence, and word spread.” The school then asked PPC to handle all school events. After building a solid reputation for excellence, they began scheduling sweet sixteen’s, birthday parties, office parties, weddings, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs and non-profit auctions.

Fast forward to 2011 and Parks Production Company has been building solid relationships with consumers and businesses alike in video production, photography and DJ Services. Parks Production Company utilizes state of the art photography, video and DJ equipment. They have a web site in which customers can order their event photos.

Parks Production Company plans to continue its growth and the client-company relationships that have helped it become the preferred company of choice in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area for all types of events.

For More Information Contact:

Parks Production Company

817/939-1995

Youth Entrepreneur Award Winner’s Website – http://www.ParksProCo.com

The TCU Texas Youth Entrepreneur of the Year Awards Website – http://www.tcuyeya.org

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Wedding Favors – Glass Love Coasters

Wedding Favors – Glass Love Coasters

At a wedding, glass LOVE coasters are a good way to thank guests for their attendance. Glass LOVE coasters are a wonderfully romantic, yet practical wedding favor.

The 3.5″ x 3.5″ or 4″ x 4″ coasters feature a bold design spelling out LOVE, a letter in each quadrant of the coaster. Two of the four quadrants are white, and two are clear. A free-form heart in the center ties the letters together. The design is frosted on the underside of each coaster. With proper care, it will last through years of use, reminding friends and family of your special occasion.

At your wedding, glass LOVE coasters can be separated out of the boxes, and presented individually to guests. This works well if your wedding favor budget is limited. Guests often receive only one coaster as a wedding favor, and will not be offended. Simply discard the boxes and place a LOVE coaster at each table setting with a note. Or scatter LOVE coasters around the room for convenience.

With a larger budget for your wedding, glass LOVE coasters can be presented as a set of four. They are packaged in sets of 4, nestled in a clear box, and tied with white ribbon. Even as a full set, glass LOVE coasters make an affordable wedding favor. We found them online for just .75 USD per box of four.

Glass LOVE coasters are not just wedding favors, of course. They are good anywhere love is the theme: bridal showers; anniversary parties, Valentine’s Day parties, and more.

For a wedding, glass LOVE coasters fit easily with any color scheme, any theme, and any season. They are elegant enough to be formal wedding favors, yet casual enough to be informal wedding favors. They are available in clear or mirrored glass finish.

Unique Glass LOVE Coasters

Glass LOVE coaster wedding favors are so popular that no one would call them unique. Variations, however, may be unique where you live. Here are examples of glass LOVE coasters we found online.

1. AMOR glass coasters: In Roman mythology, Amor was the god of love. You might say he was Cupid. These wedding favor coasters use the four letters of his name in the quadrants of the square glass coasters. The quadrants alternate between clear and frosted glass. These wedding favors come four in a box.

2. Asian LOVE glass coasters: These unique wedding favors announce your love in several languages. Framed by clear lines around the frosted squares, an Asian calligraphic character for LOVE is “subtitled” in English with the word “Love” in script. This wedding favor comes two to a box.

3. Heart glass coasters: These coasters are clear, heart-shaped pieces of glass, each etched in beautiful fonts with words of love: joy, bliss, hope, faith, honor, forever – and “love” itself. Each wedding favor contains a set of 2 coasters. If guests come as a couple, each receiving a wedding favor, they go home with a set of four. These are great for occasions other than weddings.

4. Cherry blossom love coasters: These glass LOVE coasters feature beautiful pink cherry blossoms on frosted glass, with the word “LOVE” inscribed beneath. The use of a heart for the letter “O” makes these wedding favors a mix of sassy style with classic elegance. Tempered glass coasters are packaged four to a box. A couple receiving a wedding favor each will go home with 8 glass coasters – a practical reminder of your love.

Photo Glass LOVE Coasters

A more personal touch for a wedding, glass love coasters sometimes feature a photo of love.

Heart design glass photo coasters begin like other LOVE coasters. The tempered glass square is divided into 4 quadrants. On these wedding favors, however, the quadrants alternate between black and ivory. Each quadrant bears a free-form heart in the opposite color. The center of the coaster holds a card or photo. Present these wedding favors with place cards or notes in the center, and send photos later of the bride and groom. You might also insert a casual pre-wedding photo, or simply a card with the couple’s names and wedding date. These wedding favors are packed two to a box.

“Capture My heart” photo coasters are romantic, heart-shaped glass love coasters. They feature a frosted glass rim with a photo frame center. Insert photos or cards and create an instant memento of your wedding. These wedding favors come in boxes of two hearts.

Finally, plain glass photo coasters come in a variety of sizes and styles. Insert a photo or message of your love, and they become glass love coasters. They make beautiful wedding favors.

Helpful Tip

At any wedding, glass love coasters are certain to be a fitting wedding favor. Before you present them, however, be careful to check for breakage. You don’t want guests receiving broken wedding favors.

Chic Outlet Shopping


London (PRWEB) October 30, 2013

Chic Outlet Shopping® has gift-giving all wrapped up with its ‘Toast to Chic’ campaign. Launching in the nine luxury outlet shopping Villages on 1 November, the campaign will bring in the start of the festive season with a tempting assortment of gift ideas.

’Toast to Chic’ salutes the art of gift-giving with the help of prolific photographer and filmmaker Elaine Constantine, who has shot memorable spreads for iconic publications including The Face and US Vogue. Constantine will craft a visually arresting campaign with renowned set designer Sarah May, using enchanting photography of Bicester Village near London, turning quintessential elements of Christmas on their head to capture the magic of the season.

The Collection of Chic Outlet Shopping® Villages across Europe invites guests to come and discover more than 900 boutiques of luxury fashion and lifestyle brands. With savings of up to 60%, and sometimes more, on the recommended retail price, the nine Villages are filled with an array of festive gift ideas promising to be the perfect destinations for shopping this Christmas. The magical ‘Toast to Chic’ campaign will offer guests to the nine Chic Outlet Shopping® Villages across Europe an opportunity to experience the enchantment of the season in a unique and inspiring setting, with a programme of events across the Villages.

At Bicester Village near London, the Harper’s Bazaar pop-up boutique (open until 5 January 2014) will offer an expert edit of seasonal gifts specially selected by the Harper’s Bazaar team, from brands including Lily and Lionel, Ila, Wilbur & Gussie and Leathersmith. To help you to make those all-important decisions, the team from Harper’s Bazaar will be on hand to offer tips and styling advice in the boutique.

In Germany, Wertheim Village near Frankfurt will start the festive season in style, celebrating its ten year anniversary. On 11 November, an event hosted by Chic Outlet Shopping® ambassador Milla Jovovich will celebrate this very special birthday.

In Spain, La Roca Village near Barcelona and Las Rozas Village near Madrid will collaborate for the second year with the Red Cross, to raise awareness of its ‘Now More Than Ever’ campaign. Both Villages will host various activities during the festive season to raise funds for the food programme that helps families affected by crisis. Additionally, a pop-up boutique at Las Rozas Village will feature a host of unique gift ideas from Spanish brands, along with a premium gift-wrapping service.

Over in Ireland, model Suki Waterhouse will turn on the festive lights in Kildare Village, near Dublin, on 4 November.

Across the Villages, this seasonal theme will be captured in the first-ever Chic Edition magazine by Chic Outlet Shopping®, entitled Toast to Chic. With a selection of inspiring fashion and gift ideas, party and lifestyle tips, the magazine promises to prepare you for the festive season in style. It will be available at the nine Chic Outlet Shopping® Villages in Europe.

“Christmas is a time of gift giving and magical moments – for our seasonal campaign we created a momentous whimsical dinner party for ‘Toast to Chic’ in the middle of one of the Villages.” – Kim Andreolli, Artistic Director, Value Retail PLC

About Chic Outlet Shopping®

Chic Outlet Shopping® is a unique concept in outlet shopping created by Value Retail, the only company to specialise exclusively in the development and operation of luxury outlet shopping destinations, the Collection of Chic Outlet Shopping® Villages. The Villages offer the authentic previous seasons’ collections of leading luxury fashion and lifestyle brands with savings of up to 60%, and sometimes more, on the recommended retail price, all year round. Within easy reach of some of Europe’s favourite gateway cities – London, Dublin, Paris, Madrid, Barcelona, Milan, Bologna, Brussels, Antwerp, Cologne, Frankfurt, Munich and, coming in the first half of 2014, Suzhou in China – the Villages are defined by high fashion, superior service and hospitality, a calendar of celebrated events, and exceptional value for money. Located in regions of cultural and historic renown, the Villages have become international tourist destinations in their own right. Value Retail’s new venture – Value Retail China – to bring the distinctive Chic Outlet Shopping® Villages to China will see the first Village – Suzhou Village™ – located in historic Suzhou, 50 miles west of Shanghai. As with other members of the Collection, Suzhou Village™ will be defined by its offer of international luxury fashion and lifestyle brands, together with an exceptional level of service.







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Recipe: cafe iguana yucatan margarita with tropical fruit

Recipe: cafe iguana yucatan margarita with tropical fruit

Cafe Iguana Yucatan Margarita with Tropical Fruit

Lime wedges
Sugar
3 cups Homemade Sweet-and-Sour Mix for Margaritas
1 cup gold tequila
12 tablespoons papaya nectar
12 tablespoons guava nectar
1/2 cup canned cream of coconut
16 ice cubes
12 lime slices

Rub rims of 12 glasses with lime wedges. Dip rims in sugar.

Combine 1 1/2 cups sweet-and-sour mix, 1/2 cup tequila, 6 tablespoons papaya nectar, 6 tablespoons guava nectar, 1/4 cup cream of coconut and 8 ice cubes in blender. Process until blended. Pour into 6 glasses. Repeat with remaining sweet-and-sour mix, tequila, both nectars, cream of coconut and ice cubes. Pour into 6 glasses. Garnish each with lime slice. Makes 12 servings.

Homemade Sweet-and-Sour Mix for Margaritas
3 cups water
3 cups granulated sugar
2 cups fresh lemon juice
2 cups fresh lime juice

Combine water and sugar in large saucepan. Stir over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Bring to boil. Cool syrup.

Mix syrup, lemon juice and lime juice in pitcher. Chill until cold. (Can be made 1 week ahead. Cover; keep chilled.)

Makes 8 cups.

Custom Event Design Launches Custom Horse Race Party Kit

Richmond, Virginia (PRWEB) January 26, 2008

Having been synonymous with different events such as casino nights, and fundraisers Winners’ Circle Indoor Horse Racing has continually gained steam and earned a reputation worldwide as being one of the most encompassing party themes to either pair with another event or be the sole entertainment. In 2005 at an annual trade show held by an event planning magazine, Winners’ Circle Indoor Horse Racing was chosen as one of the top 42 best party ideas and one of the top 5 ideas for entertaining between 2 and 3 hours!

To focus on this growing market and immense success and bring the same thrill and excitement as Winners’ Circle Indoor Horse racing had done Custom Event Design has created the Custom Horse Race Party Kit.

Upon purchasing a party kit the host sends Custom Event Design 30 names of guests they would like to be horse owners. Those names are then voiced over by a professional announcer, creating a DVD of 5 different animated races tailored specifically to their event and projected to the crowd via large TV or projector. All materials that are used at a Winners Circle event are included, such as sheets to help calculate odds, play money and even the betting windows.

With set up and removal of the party kit being done by the client and taking less than 5 minutes, the Custom Horse Race Party Kit incurs minimal cost and only takes a small amount of the client’s time away from his/her guests.

To learn more about the Custom Horse Race Party Kit visit http://www.customhorseracepartykit.com

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New Airstream Photo Booth Is A Big Hit at Austin and Texas Hill Country Weddings and Events


Austin, TX (PRWEB) March 24, 2011

SoCo foto, a division of Austin Imagery Photography, is excited to introduce a new photo booth concept for Texas weddings, events and parties.

The Airstream Photo Booth is a restored vintage 1967 Airstream Globetrotter trailer with the interior retrofitted to include a state-of-the-art photo booth setup complete with a professional camera, studio lighting system, touch screen display and a dye-sublimation (dye-sub) printer for fast and professional photo prints.

“Austinites have a love of all things “Airstream” and with our SoCo foto brand we wanted to bring that airstream goodness to the photo booth concept, says Chris Johnson, co-owner of SoCo foto and Austin Imagery Photography.

In addition to the photo booth setup inside the Airstream, the exterior of the Airstream has also been restored to it’s original beauty with fun graphics added to the outside so the Airstream can double as a photo prop during wedding receptions and other events.

“As wedding photographers, the most requested mural our clients request to have their photos taken in front of is the popular ” Welcome to Austin” mural on South First Street in South Austin. We’ve added a derivative of that mural to the outside of the Airstream to to lend an “Austintatious” vibe to the airstream and to give event guests a unique backdrop for additional photos,” says Yvonne Johnson, co-owner of SoCo foto and Austin Imagery Photography.

The Airstream Photo Booth is perfect for Austin and Hill Country weddings as so many weddings today incorporate a vintage or Texas-style theme. While the Airstream Photo Booth is located in the Austin metro and Hill Country area, it is also available for weddings and events in San Antonio, San Marcos, Dallas, Waco, Bryan-College Station and Houston.

There are several photo booth packages to choose from and all packages include an on-site attendant, adorable props, unlimited photos and a DVD of all images including the ability for guests to download their images to Facebook.

Although the Airstream Photo Booth is perfect for wedding receptions, it’s also ideal for:

Birthday parties of all ages
Sorority and fraternity parties
Graduation parties
Proms
Corporate events and promotions
Bar and Bat Mitzvahs
Charity events

Getting married or having a party in Texas? Visit http://www.airstreamphotobooth.com to inquire about availability for a photo booth rental date for your event or call (512) 614-4711 and email us at smile(at)airstreamphotobooth(dot)com.

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Wedding Favors Everyone Will Love

Wedding Favors Everyone Will Love

It is common practice that the bride and groom will offer a small token of appreciation to their wedding reception guests, commonly known as wedding favors. There are many different kind of wedding favors. Wedding favors vary in material and purpose. The savviest brides often seamlessly integrate the wedding favors into their wedding theme. For example, a beach wedding may have beach wedding favors, such as flip-flop candles as wedding favors.

A common characteristic of wedding favors is that they are usually inexpensive. Brides and grooms usually spend no more than a few dollars per guest. Many brides chose to make their own wedding favors, but most will end up purchasing them ready made.

It is important to remember that the primary purpose of the wedding favor is to show your appreciation toward your wedding reception guests, your friends and your family.

The most popular wedding favors are edible. The most popular edible wedding favors are chocolate. Personalized chocolates are especially popular with brides and wedding guests. Let’s face it, everybody loves chocolate, so chocolate wedding favors are a sure hit with wedding guests of all age. While some wedding favors may be more popular with women than man, or vice versa, chocolate is a gender-neutral wedding favor.

To make chocolate wedding favors even more exiting, some companies offer personalized chocolate wedding favors. Personalization adds a special touch of elegance to your wedding favors. The personalization service includes printing the names of the bride and groom on the front of the candy wrapper. Some companies even offer to print a special message from the bride and groom on the back of the wrapper. Not only, that the personalized chocolate wedding favors can include the names of the bride and groom, but they can be color coordinated to fit the wedding colors.

Secrets Limousine Service Celebrates First Anniversary as Philadelphia’s Best Special Occasion Limousine Service

Blue Bell, Pennsylvania (PRWEB) July 10, 2008

In the fall of 2006, Frank Phifer came to the realization that the greater Philadelphia area was badly served by the existing limousine services, where the focus was on volume sales that resulted in poor customer service.

Phifer, a successful entrepreneur who has launched over 12 companies over the past 20 years, did his research and his homework, attending limousine industry trade shows in Las Vegas and other cities.

By early 2007, he launched Secrets Limousine Service, catering to customers seeking the highest level of service for their special occasion.

One year later, Secrets Limousine Service has helped countless customers in Philadelphia and the surrounding suburbs celebrate hundreds of weddings, proms, concerts, sporting events, “night out” parties, bar mitzvah and bat mitzvah, holiday parties, bachelor and bachelorette parties, theatre outings, and other special events.

“We are one of the fastest-growing companies in this industry right now,” Phifer said in a recent interview. “We have a very high service level, and high attention to customer service, beginning with the receptionist, to our professionally-trained chauffeurs (not drivers), to our new and very clean limousines.

“I started this business because I saw a need in this area for a high-end limousine company,” said Phifer. “There are other companies who have been in this area for many years, but no one has the service and attention to detail that we provide. We strive for perfection, and everything we do is based on what the customer needs. We have so many great testimonials about our service including our chauffeurs helping brides with their wedding gown. They even carry sewing kits and bobbie pins with them in case of a last-minute detail.”

Secrets Limousine Service started with one limousine and one chauffeur on Saturday, March 31, 2007. A little over one year later, Phifer’s company has 10 chauffeurs working full-time, with eight limousines in service, and as more very satisfied customers continue to recommend Secrets Limousine Service, business continues to grow.

According to Tom Zachary, the General Manager for Executive Coach Builders, “I’ve done business with many of Frank’s competitors over the years, and they are complaining to me right now about how their business is faring in the current economy. But Secrets Limousine Service has taken off faster than any company I’ve ever worked with. Frank has found the right combination of hard work, customer service, limousines that are impeccably clean, and chauffeurs who are trained, and courteous to the customers. Above all, he treats his customers’ right.”

Phifer grew up in the Philadelphia suburbs, went to high school in the area, and has been a serial entrepreneur in the region since he was 21 years old. He’s started many successful companies over the years with the most recent ones being a multi state Real Estate Title and Appraisal companies.

“I never had a limousine company before,” Phifer noted. “I just liked the challenge of starting a new business. Business is business, so I went out to learn about the industry. I knew nothing about the limousine industry, but I did see a need for something that wasn’t in the Philadelphia area. I took classes and attended seminars at industry trade shows, read a lot of articles in the limousine industry trade journals and for over a year actively went out to see what the competition looked like. I heard about the services at other companies, and I heard nothing but horror stories. I knew I could do this, the right way.”

Mike Marroccoli is the Regional Vice President for The Capacity Group, one of the largest providers of limousine insurance in the country. “I first met Frank at a limousine show in Las Vegas,” recalled Marroccoli. “He was doing his research into the industry, and what really struck me about him was that he was already extremely well-prepared, had a detailed business plan, and was very diligent about starting his business. Frank’s business acumen is far greater than other operators out there, and the fact that Secrets Limousine has grown so rapidly is proof that he’s doing all the right things.”

Customer testimonials that Secrets Limousine Service is, indeed, doing business the “right way” have come from all over the Philadelphia area.

One, from the Chief Executive Officer of a major financial company, noted that Secrets Limousine Service is “the best I have ever used. They have beautiful cars, prompt service and the most courteous chauffeurs.”

Angela Pavone used Secrets Limousine Service for her best friend’s bachelorette party. “No only was the limousine beautiful, but our experience with our chauffeur was perfect,” said Pavone. “Who would have thought that by the end of the night when it started to rain he’d be there by all our sides taking turns with an umbrella?”

“I called many other places, but not of them were happy to talk to me or they just gave me a quoted price and wouldn’t give me any other information until we sent in a deposit,” Elizabeth O’Hara said. “We picked Secrets Limousine Service because of their great customer assistance and how personal they made the experience.”

“Our business over this first year has been built completely on referrals and repeat customers,” stated Phifer. “That’s why we put the customers first. I had the idea to do this because of my experiences as a customer at other companies. It took me a year to get my PUC license from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and by February 2007 I had the opportunity to buy our first two limousines.”

Secrets Limousine Service has been a popular resource for Philadelphia’s caterers, wedding planners, special event coordinators, hotel concierges, and corporate marketers responsible for putting together memorable occasions. One of the “secrets” of Phifer’s company’s success has been his believe that they shouldn’t say they could do “everything.”

“We truly focus on weddings, proms, nights out and special events for people, not a corporate ‘car service’ or airport transportation,” Phifer said. “I knew we could make our business successful just by doing what we should be doing, which is helping people have a happy memory of a special occasion.

“All our chauffeurs are professionally trained and must complete and pass a comprehensive training program designed to assure the safety and comfort of our customers,” added Phifer. “Each chauffeur’s extensive training includes not only vehicle safety but customer etiquette. They are professionally dressed, and are all thoroughly efficient. Also, all our limousines have GPS and navigation/tracking systems for both safety and convenience.”

While challenges always abound for a young company, Phifer and Secrets Limousine Service have overcome everything from new vehicles that weren’t “perfect” for his customers to competitors hoping to stop the company from launching with legal challenges.

“Since we started, we’ve been fortunate to become exclusive providers to companies that include Presidential Catering, Talamore Country Club, Marjeane Caterers, the Manor House at Commonwealth Manor, and others in the Philadelphia suburbs,” said Phifer. “Our focus on becoming the best at the one thing – making special events memorable – has given us a better feel for how do build our business. I heard a speaker at a limousine industry trade show tell me he never turn down a ride, he booked it and would refer it out to another company to make a referral fee. That’s not the way I want people to think of our company, and I don’t want to ever jeopardize our relationship and our reputation with our customers.

“You don’t want to ever be remembered as the person who ruined someone’s wedding day, or messed up their special night on the town,” Phifer concluded. We’ll do whatever it takes to make sure that all of our customers are happy and completely satisfied, each and every time.”

For additional information, visit Secrets Limousine Service’s web site at http://www.secretslimo.com.

Media Contact:

Jim DeLorenzo

Phone: 215-564-1122

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College Professor Takes on Bullying by Rapping in New Feminem Music Video; Hollywood Producer Options Story


Oakland, CA (PRWEB) June 26, 2012

What do you get when you combine the brains of a university instructor with the auburn-haired good looks and comedic knack of Debra Messing and a quirky and endearing tendency to periodically speak like Fran Drescher? You get Noemi Zeigler, the creative force and performer behind her sexy alter ego Madeline Minx, star of the new music video “Feminem.”

“I’m Noemi Zeigler, a self-doubting, irreverent, insecure, Jewish girl with a critical mother; my inner superhero is Madeline Minx, a confident, sexy, fully-empowered superstar,” says Zeigler, a musician, comedic actress and filmmaker who holds an MFA in Film Directing from the American Film Institute.

The premise of the music video centers around Madeline Minx, initially a self-doubting aspiring pop star, who gets a temporary teaching gig at an inner-city community college in Oakland, California. Things go awry when Minx tries to win over her students by emulating her idols Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj, Eminem and Madonna. The students ridicule Minx because she’s trying to be someone other than herself. Roles become reversed when the students become the teacher and inspire Minx to embrace her own unique talents rather than imitate others, resulting in Minx’s mantra “I am the Feminem. No compromising who I am.”

In real life, students from Laney College in Oakland, where Zeigler is a media instructor, were not only supportive but inspired “Feminem.” Zeigler says she had become financially and spiritually bankrupt after years of chasing fame, when she took an interest in her students’ rap music. Her students taught her that great rappers tell the truth about their fears, failures, hopes and dreams. Spurred on by her students, Zeigler began penning “Feminem.” “My students said I was gassin’ and had flow. At first I thought that was a bad thing,” laughs Zeigler. In a moment reminiscent of the movie “Fame,” soon Laney students were dancing and freestyling and the initial concept of the music video “Feminem” was conceived.

“To think about a Jewish woman who is my teacher rapping was at first inconceivable to me,” says Laney College student A.J. Bozeman. “But to see the music video process, hear the beat, and see the creative juices that flowed into this project is better that matzah ball soup at a Bat Mitzvah!,” jokes Bozeman, who is a featured freestyler in “Feminem.” “I’m a fan of hip-hop, and although “Feminem” has a pop feel to it, it’s definitely worth listening to,” adds Bozeman.

Zeigler says daily survival can be tough for some of her Laney College students who face poverty and violence on a daily basis. On top of that, there are pressures to fit in — and some students struggle to define themselves as openly gay or different in some way from their community’s values, subjecting them to ridicule, ostracization and bullying. Nevertheless their spirits soar. “It can be far more satisfying to touch and inspire other people than the sometimes lonely pursuit of my art,” Zeigler says. A portion of “Feminem” sale proceeds will be donated to provide scholarships for Laney College media students.

Zeigler recruited professional Director of Photography, Devon Taaffe and her crew to shoot “Feminem” using the cutting-edge Red MX Digital Cinema Camera. The cast and much of the remaining crew — Set Designer, Costume Designer, First Assistant Director and Production Assistants — were all college students. By the end of the shoot, everyone on the project became a family.

“The common thread running through my work is the quest to integrate various facets of my psyche into a coherent whole — masculine/feminine, self-doubting/fully empowered — much like Clark Kent and Superman express different aspects trying to assimilate,” Zeigler says. Zeigler’s feature script “What Do You Thinx of Madeline Minx?” — also about a character in search of her identity — won ‘Best Farce’ at the Broad Humor Film Festival in Los Angeles and ‘Best Fresh Voice’ at the Female Eye Film Festival in Toronto.

On the heels of the “Feminem” music video release, the project caught the attention of Hollywood Producer Wendy Kram (“Mad Money”). Kram and Zeigler are collaborating on a TV series inspired by Noemi’s real life story. “Noemi is not your every day school teacher. Her character is a cross between “I Love Lucy” with her quixotic efforts to break into show biz and Mr. Kotter, the teacher everyone wishes for in real life. Kram sees the series as an inner city version of “Glee” with elements of “Welcome Back, Kotter” for a whole new generation.” Zeigler hopes to cast and shoot in Oakland, and draw from the incredible pool of local talent, including her students.

Zeigler says, “I’d love people to embrace “Feminem” as a catchy song. The real message is to embrace your authentic inner weirdo, be okay with whoever you are. That’s what I am working through as an artist and how I hope to inspire others both as a teacher and a performer.”

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Boca Joe’s Catering Celebrates 18 Years as South Florida’s Premier Caterer

Boca Raton, Florida (PRWEB) September 10, 2008

Boca Joe’s Catering announced today that it has launched a new updated website promoting its premier catering services in South Florida. Boca Joe’s has been servicing the community in South Florida with quality catering since 1990.    

“We’ve been catering events from cocktail parties with a few friends to weddings with thousands of attendees for nearly 20 years and that experience shows in our culinary offerings as well as our white glove service. We know what this very special market expects of the catering company that they entrust and we provide that service with a smile. We expertly handle events from South Miami to Jupiter and everything in between” said Chef “Boca Joe” Rodina. “We’re so happy to be a part of this wonderful community and provide our catering services ranging from Weddings, Bar Mitzvahs, Bat Mitzvahs, Corporate events, Latin events, Holidays, Graduations, Funerals, Breakfasts and Brunches, Buffets, Pizza Party’s, Outdoor Barbeques and Cookouts to any other occasion that our clients can dream of”.

“We typically design the catering menu and provide wait staff including bartenders. We also work hand in hand with those clients that wish to be more hands on. Either way, we provide a catering experience second to none” said Rodina.

“We’re so excited about our new website, we have a wonderful repeat clientele and look forward to all the new friends we’ll meet as a result of the launch of our new site!” concluded Rodina.

Boca Joe’s Catering offers gourmet catering for the exclusive South Florida market. They offer more than 150 standard offerings such as Cocktail Parties, Viennese Tables, Confirmations and Communions, Cappuccino and Espresso Carts, Office Lunches and more. They specialize in Customized Events, Party Planning and Private Chef Services. The staff at Boca Joe’s understands how to make your catered event the talk of the town. No matter the reason for your gathering Boca Joe’s Catering will provide gourmet catering with 5 star white glove service.

For more information visit http://www.bocajoescatering.com .

Call Boca Joe Rodina (877) 419-3663

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