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Xaque Gruber
Xaque (pronounced “Zack”) Gruber’s first TV writing credit came with reuniting the cast of his favorite 80s soap “Dynasty” for the 2006 CBS special “Dynasty Reunion: Catfights & Caviar.” Since then, he’s written “The Scream Awards (Spike),” “The World Music Awards (ABC),” “The Producer’s Guild of America Awards,” and many others including Ryan Seacrest’s questions to the stars on E!’s “Live From The Red Carpet” specials. He is author/illustrator of the book, A Big Adventure In The Smallest State: A History of Rhode Island For All Ages and also writes for Venice Magazine, and the website for the animal rights organization, Arts For Animals Sake. When Xaque’s hands aren’t writing, they’re modeling. They have been seen in ads for Target Stores and Joe’s Crab Shack Restaurants. Sometimes his hands are painting. His fine artist has shown in galleries from Maine to the British Virgin Islands. Through the 1990s, Xaque taught art in New England to thousands of schoolchildren. In 1999, he was nominated for Massachusetts Art Teacher Of The Year.

Entries by Xaque Gruber

Downton Abbey, Grantchester and Beyond: Q&A With Composer John Lunn

(0) Comments | Posted May 21, 2015 | 2:32 AM

If you want a spectacular score to accompany your British drama series, then look no further than John Lunn, the maestro behind the music for Grantchester, Little Dorrit, The White Queen, Shetland and Downton Abbey for which he has won two Emmy Awards. And that's just scratching the surface of...

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From Professional Snowboarder to 'Mompreneur' -- a Q & A With Deckopedia's Caroline Chabert Graeff

(0) Comments | Posted May 12, 2015 | 9:15 AM

Shifting gears in life can be both a tricky and rewarding thing -- just ask Caroline Chabert Graeff, former pro athlete who reinvented herself as the creator of Deckopedia Publishing, a clever new concept (think Wikipedia as a deck of fun activity cards), specially designed for time-crunched people. Deckopedia's cards...

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Ten Reasons Why Sci Fest L.A. Is the Coolest Theatre Festival on Earth

(0) Comments | Posted May 12, 2015 | 1:48 AM

Never in my lifetime have I heard of a science fiction theatre festival -- perhaps because they never existed until actor/writer David Dean Bottrell came up with the idea in 2013 after reading The Wife's Story, a dark and unusual short piece by the great Ursula LeGuin. One ambitious Kickstarter...

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The Exceptional Touch of KCRW's Jason Bentley Shapes America's Musical Tastes

(2) Comments | Posted May 6, 2015 | 2:36 AM

What do Adele, Foster The People, Hozier, Norah Jones, Arcade Fire, Lorde, Beck, Coldplay, The Black Keys and Sia all have in common? All were unknown to the mainstream until Los Angeles' KCRW (89.9FM) embraced their debut records teleporting them into the public's consciousness and, ultimately, the pop stratosphere. Playing...

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Peaked at #11: Iconic Pop Hits That Missed the Top 10 by One Notch

(1) Comments | Posted April 3, 2015 | 11:46 PM

Considered by many in the music industry to be the most frustrating place on the charts for a pop single to peak, I have always been fascinated with songs that made their home at #11. These singles ascended almost all the way only to lose their momentum at the U.S....

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John Cantwell's Triumphant Tribute to 70s Cinema in Fade To Connie

(1) Comments | Posted March 13, 2015 | 1:10 PM

John Cantwell, the wittiest, raunchiest visionary of Los Angeles' underground theater scene, returns to Silver Lake's The Cavern Club with Fade To Connie his darkest, most inventive chapter yet in the ever-expanding "Connie" series. Whereas previous Connie installments (which unspool annually) followed a more narrative structure, Fade To Connie marks...

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The 20 Greatest Movie Songs Robbed of Oscar Nominations

(3) Comments | Posted February 22, 2015 | 2:19 PM

Fifty years ago, Shirley Bassey's Goldfinger, arguably the greatest James Bond theme of all, and one of the most explosive musical compositions in the history of cinema missed winning the Academy Award for Best Song -- in fact, it missed a nomination altogether. Yes, you read that correctly. Shirley Bassey's...

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Eight-Time Grammy Winner Manny Marroquin's Music Mixing Magic

(1) Comments | Posted February 3, 2015 | 9:21 AM

Manny Marroquin is the most humble hitmaking powerhouse mixer in the business. With eight Grammies to his name so far including the rare feat of winning a trio last year in three different categories (Best Urban: Rihanna, Best R&B: Alicia Keys, Best Pop: Bruno Mars), the Guatemalan born family man...

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Todd Schroeder Works His Musical Magic on Sam Harris' Ham

(0) Comments | Posted January 23, 2015 | 2:03 PM

Recently composer/performer, Todd Schroeder was named's "Musical Director of the Year," and it's no wonder why. He has performed at Carnegie Hall, the White House, with the Boston Pops and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and on The Oprah Winfrey Show and this weekend New Yorkers are in for a...

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The Beautiful Music of Still Alice: A Q & A With Composer Ilan Eshkeri

(0) Comments | Posted January 12, 2015 | 12:58 PM

Awards season 2015 has just begun and already Julianne Moore has been nominated for dozens of well deserved awards in the Best Actress category for the film Still Alice, which is released widely on Jan.16th.

I was fortunate enough to see this film in early December in Los Angeles with...

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TopTune Is L.A.'s Most Fun Live Music Game Show

(2) Comments | Posted January 12, 2015 | 10:57 AM

Los Angeles is a city rich with live music, but there has been no live music event that pays tribute to the songwriting talent in this city quite like TopTune, part talent showcase, part songwriting competition, part improv comedy - a "Circus of musical alchemy" and a rollicking good time....

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60 and Going On Timeless: Happy Birthday Annie Lennox

(4) Comments | Posted December 30, 2014 | 1:55 PM

Not many recording artists who debuted on the American pop charts in 1983 can say they graced the Top 10 in 2014, but Annie Lennox can. In the past 30-plus years, the Scottish born singer/songwriter has placed (as Eurythmics and solo) 20 songs in the U.S. Hot 100, and more...

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Producer Michael Levitt's Cause for Paws Will Make TV History This Thanksgiving

(18) Comments | Posted November 23, 2014 | 9:41 PM

When Los Angeles-based TV producer Michael Levitt isn't creating hit shows, he's driving all over greater L.A. rescuing dogs from kill shelters and placing them in loving "forever" homes. Now taking his passion one giant leap further, Levitt has created a groundbreaking TV event, the Thanksgiving Day dog rescue spectacular,...

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A Q&A With American Horror Story's Naomi ("Pepper") Grossman

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2014 | 11:41 AM

If Emmys were awarded to actors for playing the most bizarre characters on TV, then Naomi Grossman would surely have to clear a space on the mantle. Grossman's breakthrough role of Pepper, the deformed, nearly wordless dwarf on FX's American Horror Story: Freakshow has not only become a pop culture...

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A Q&A with C.J. Valleroy of Angelina Jolie's Unbroken

(1) Comments | Posted November 18, 2014 | 2:37 AM

Young C.J. Valleroy was first inspired to become an actor watching Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt battle it out in Mr. & Mrs. Smith's famous kitchen fight scene. How fitting then that his breakthrough role in the upcoming dramatic feature Unbroken (a Christmas Day release in America) would be directed...

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The Good Lie Is the Best Film of 2014 That You Probably Haven't Seen

(6) Comments | Posted October 21, 2014 | 10:36 AM

I once asked my grandmother why they are called 'movies,' and she said 'because they are supposed to move you.' Today, I remember this quote as I've just seen one of the year's best and most moving films, The Good Lie. A film that most people I know sadly haven't...

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Jack Fry's Triumphant Einstein! Premieres in Hollywood

(0) Comments | Posted October 21, 2014 | 1:35 AM

A few years ago, actor Jack Fry created the hit one man show They Call Me Mister Fry chronicling an innocent midwesterner's first days on the job as a teacher in a gang-infested south central L.A. public school. Thanks to the excellent writing, performing and tireless promotion, Fry won the...

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Richard Tanner Conquers Hollywood With His Small Parts

(1) Comments | Posted October 13, 2014 | 1:35 AM

One of the funniest, freshest shows we've seen in Hollywood this year, Small Parts, written and produced by veteran character actor, Richard Tanner, returns by popular demand to The Lounge Theatre (6201 Santa Monica Blvd) for six consecutive Wednesday evenings (Oct 15 - Nov 19). Tanner has said "I didn't...

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The 21 Spookiest Rock Songs for the Halloween Season

(4) Comments | Posted October 7, 2014 | 2:48 PM

As October's days grow shorter and the air chillier, the anticipation of Halloween builds -- and for a proper celebration, there needs to be a soundtrack. The fiendishly fabulous treats on this (alphabetical) list comprise my personal hit parade for October. Nothing against the obvious Halloween hits (Thriller, Ghostbusters, Monster...

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A Weekend of Great New German Films Premiere at the Egyptian Theatre

(1) Comments | Posted October 3, 2014 | 3:48 PM

For movie fans, one of the best perks of living in Los Angeles is the fantastic array of cultural film festivals all year long: in February, there's L.A. Italia, in May the Japan Film Festival, and from Oct. 9 to 12 this year, the Eighth Annual German Currents, a celebration...

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