THIS WEEKEND – Metalpalooza, June 16th-17th


is happening this weekend, and quite frankly it sounds like a good time.

Belly dancing, fire breathing, live blacksmithing, swordfighting, raffles, artisan presentations and much more will be available to everyone who attends. Demos such as sword making, gem cutting, jewelry making, bronze casting, leather working and many other fascinating talents will be shown to attendees along with full access to The Sword & The Stone showroom.

Oh, did I mention there will also be sword fighting? I feel compelled to mention that again.

Tony Swatton will be hosting, a highly skilled blacksmith who has worked with the film and television industry for decades, along with showcasing many other talented individuals.

To get tickets to the event, stop by Metalpalooza.net where you can even nab some discounted tickets!

Don’t forget it’s two days! You can also grab single day tickets for either Saturday or Sunday.

Hope to see you guys there!

Website: www.swordandstone.com

Debbies Book CEO Subpoenaed by Mueller’s Team

Los Angeles – The FBI this week detained and questioned Ruby Payne, CEO of Debbies Book – a valuable resource for finding props, especially in the Greater Los Angeles area.

Payne issued a written statement saying she was detained by the FBI on Sunday after she arrived at a dog park on her way home from a walk. Federal investigators took her cell phone and purse, then questioned her about where to find sci-fi and futuristic items as well as western themed props. Debbies Book is known for helping people find these kinds of items and more for film and television. Ruby says she was then served a subpoena before being released to appear before Muellers nephews birthday event coordinators, which she is expected to do next month. The birthday party itself will occur in May.

“The questions got more detailed about the types of items they were looking for (which they were hoping would be free or at least cheap since the birthday was a non-union “low-budg” affair); what prop houses carry what items; whom I knew and how well – they had a long wishlist of items,” Payne said. “They seemed to then focus more attention on larger scale event rentals (of whom I have plenty of recommendations too); multiples of cabanas and steampunk themed event chairs. Then they brought up something about Russians, which I knew nothing about.”

She said she was asked specifically if she had visited all of the larger resources in her database, verifying the inventories of these so-called prop houses. She had, she said. Payne’s statement shines a spotlight into the workings of Mueller’s nephews birthday party, of which the public up until now knew very little about.

The birthday event council declined to comment.

Debbies Book has long been a resource for finding props and services for the film and television industries, not just for the nephews of special investigation teams formed by the FBI.

Happy Holidays from Debbies Book (2017)

From everyone over at Debbies Book, we wish you a happy holidays and a fantastic New Year!

The office will be closed down until January 2nd, at which point we will be hunkered down to make sure the 2018 book is ready for everyone.

20% Off at Enchanted Studio Props

With the passing of Black Friday, Cyber Monday and what I can only assume will soon be Wholesale Wednesday or something similar, Enchanted Studio Props has announced a deal that will actually last for a little while.

20% off rentals for new clients!

All you have to do is choose what you want to rent from them and remind them you are a first time client who saw this ad.

A copyright cleared art rental and sales gallery in Burbank, they are a more recent addition to the SoCal art scene for film and television. With an inventory that includes many styles and mediums and inventory that is always growing they are a must add in your artwork rotation.

Check out their website for more info: www.espart4film.com

 

A little background:

Enchanted Studio Props was originally formed in Albuquerque, NM in 2012. Dave and Daphne Benavides are both CA natives who have returned to be close to family, and the Pacific Ocean. Dave has worked on sets in the Motion Picture Industry for nearly 2 decades, while Daphne is new to MPI having recently retired from teaching dance and running a performing arts charter school. They are both passionate about providing opportunities to local artists. In their free time, they enjoy attending art shows, and taking walks on the beach.

The ESP gallery is open 7:30 to 4:30 Monday – Friday. 5 Ton Access, and free parking for Decorators/Buyers.

Malabar Coast Living Closing Auction

One very unique resource in Los Angeles will be closing it’s doors this week, and with it it’s ability to source Indian, Balinese, Chinese, Tibetan, Thai, Moroccan and many more styles of furniture and accessories. Due to the nature of the liquidation, everything must go.

Following their final weekend of sales (of which I would highly recommend everyone go check out) the last of their stock will be auctioned off ending this Wednesday at 12pm, September 27th. The auction will take place at their latest location:

Malabar Coast Living
500 N La Brea Ave,
Los Angeles, CA 90036

You can check out what’s available, along with what will be missed once the auction and sales are over an the Auction Nation website here: Malabar Coast Living High End Imported Furniture Auction

Items up for sale are the same as they always have been; Asian doors, unique consoles and cabinetry, Asian themed furniture, carved statues including Buddhas, folding screens, bar stools and beyond.

It is recommended that you stop by beforehand and see what you can grab before it goes up for auction!

[Auction Announcement] – Angel Appliances is Closing its Doors

Sepulveda, CA, August 17, 2017 – The very unique and trusted prop house Angel Appliances is closing its doors after more than 60 years of business: At 9 o’clock on Tuesday, August 22nd, both online and at their address (8545 N Sepulveda Blvd, North Hills, CA, 91343), the “doors” will open.

You can access the online live bidding at the following page: Angels Appliances/Trucks/Inventory

  • MAKE SURE TO CREATE AN ACCOUNT on BidSpotter.com
  • Please note: Props shown throughout the link – many toward end of list. Practical and cut-away props noted.

The auction itself will run from 11 to whenever their inventory is all accounted for and promises to have some very unique items available. For those familiar with Angel Appliances, you know that the items up for bid are going to include a wide array of brand new, vintage, antique, and down right unique appliances of many kinds. The list of items will include but not be limited to; refrigerators; stoves; washing machines; air conditioners; dishwashers; cooktops; venthoods; and more. They also will have items such as coin operated laundry machines and break room appliances.

It will be a loss to the set decor community no longer having all of these items in a single location. Their knowledge was an extra bonus to nabbing the appropriate piece. Of course, everyone is allowed to finally retire. Now is a chance for new homes to carry their torch (or pilot light in this case).

For more information you can email Lisa at lisa@angelappliances.com

You can also download the flyer for their auction here.

 

Below is a transcript of the original press release:


*Photos are a representative sample of items being sold. Not all models in photos are available.

Angel Appliance has closed its doors. Thank you for your business all these years!
In business – 1955 on. SDSA member – 2001 on.

Auction
Location:   Online & In-Store 8545 N Sepulveda Blvd, North Hills, CA, 91343
Time:   9 am viewing; 11 am bidding starts [on Tuesday, August 22nd]

Link showing items for sale: bidspotter.com – look for the Aug. 22 auction of appliances
Please note: Props shown throughout the link – many toward end of list. Practical and cut-away props noted.

1920 stove to modern appliances. Kitchen, home laundry, laundromat & more. Practical & background.

Aero Mock-Ups Opens Skyway Stage – An Airport Terminal Mock-Up

Airport terminals can be incredibly tedious. The baggage security checks, the long hallways, check-in/ticketing, and your staple Auntie Anne’s Pretzels knockoff shop. They are also practically impossible to film in.

After almost a year of planning, construction, and installation of everything necessary for the project, Aero Mock-Ups now has the perfect go-to airport terminal to film in.

The 2,200 Sq. Ft. remodeled filming location of Skyway Stage provides:

  • Wi-Fi controlled LED Green Screen backing 36’ wide x 9’6” high corner windows with eight pivot panel
  • Three high-profile arches with dimmable recessed lights
  • Three double doors, one with Jetway entrance
  • Two Restroom and a VIP entrance
  • Carpeted wood floor and dimmable side wall wash lights
  • Architectural styled stage that can provide the setting for a Penthouse, Boardroom, Corner Office, Nightclub, or Dressed as a Passenger Terminal, it can facilitate; Check-in/Ticketing, TSA security, Boarding/Gate, Concessionary, Customs and Immigration areas. Appropriate Set Dressing included.

To get a glimpse check out some of the photos below. Of course to really get an idea of this exciting updated spot you should swing by!

Still located at 13126 Saticoy St, N Hollywood, CA, 91605, Aero Mock-Ups has provided airplane and aircraft mockups/filming locations since 1988 along with most dressing and props available on site.

Ralph Hernandez Jr of The Earl Hays Press Passes

The film and television industries have lost yet another great. Rafael Hernandez Jr has passed away on May 15th according to The Earl Hays Press. Anyone who knew him would have to agree that he was not only a good guy, but a good guy with a big smile. He always had your back and would work with you to find exactly what you needed and when you needed it.

From all of us at Debbies Book, our condolences go out to the Hernandez family and their extended work family.

Memorial and funeral service information is posted on The Earl Hays Press’ Facebook Page:

It is with our deepest sorrows that we inform you of the death of Rafael (Ralph) Hernandez Jr. on May 15th, 2017

Viewing will be held on Tuesday, May 23rd at 6pm
followed by a Rosary/Mass at 7pm
at the Little Church of the Flowers, Forest Lawn Glendale.

Funeral Service will be held
Wednesday, May 24th, 2017 at 1:30pm
at the Church of the Recessional, Forest Lawn Glendale

UTW Day Coming Up in June – How You Can Help!

Looking to have a positive impact in your community AND meet great people? The local nonprofit A Million Drops will be renovating a sober living house for the 5th annual Unfuck The World Day (UTW), on Saturday, June 10, 2017.

For this to be a full success they don’t just need bodies, however. There are many necessities including more funding. If you want to participate check out some of the information shared with us below (or linked here as a downloadable pdf):

 

  • As part of the 5th annual Unfuck The World Day, LA-based non-profit A Million Drops is going to give a fresh look to a sober living house, 2nd Chance For Sobriety. The facility houses 70 men ages 20-45 – most of them court-ordered – and it operates on a shoestring budget. Our goal is to beautify three areas: the Visitation Room, the Dining Area and the Back Yard. It will be a joint effort between volunteers and residents.
  • To make this happen, we need your help. We are looking for individuals and organizations interested in providing materials, such as building supplies, furniture, etc. as outlined in the attached presentation. We also need volunteers experienced in the areas of painting and furniture making. Volunteers are needed to work on the day of the event as well.
  • If you prefer to make a monetary contribution, we will gladly accept donations in the form of cash, checks made out to A Million Drops, or payments via PayPal to donate@amilliondrops.org . A Million Drops is a 501(c)3, and all donations are tax deductible.

 

For more information about how you can help, reach out to:

A Million Drops
c/o Maike Both
357 South Fairfax Ave. Ste. 411
Los Angeles, CA 90036
323-829-2830  •  maike@amilliondrops.org

Websites: www.unfucktheworld.net & www.amilliondrops.org

Debbies Book Announces New ‘Left in the Dust’ Campaign

LOS ANGELES – April 1, 2017 – Debbies Book, Inc. today announced the all-new Debbies Book campaign ‘Left in the Dust’, bringing a revolutionary experience to those with non-dominant right hands. The campaign includes an updated printed book experience which will let you choose what hand you hold the book in as well as which hand can turn the pages. The new book also features inspirational quotes to the reader such as, “Everyone else may think they’re right, but you’re left with the real answers.”

The new Debbies Book App (available here) also dramatically simplifies how you select, scroll and navigate through your favorite prop related categories while your device is being held in the left hand.

“There has been so much innovation in the entertainment and event rental industries, we want to bring that same excitement and access to Lefties,” said Ruby Payne, Debbies Book’s C.E.O. and board chairman. “Righties have had their hands in everything prop since the first rent-able wooden club to the latest futuristic alien flight consoles that you see in some prop houses.”

The move to include Lefties isn’t entirely selfless, however. Adding accessibility to Lefties will also expand the reach of Debbies Book by almost 10%. “I understand that when one hand washes the other success can often be achieved more easily. I just wonder how the dynamic of the Entertainment and Event Industries will be affected by allowing access to that many more people,” says George P. Hagopian, founder of the organization Right’s Rights for Right Now. “I haven’t actually worked in the entertainment industry at all. I just think adapting your platform to only access 10% more people seems a little heavy-handed.”

Pricing & Availability
As has always been the case, the website and apps for Debbies Book, Inc will be accessible to everyone for free. A downloadable version of the printed book is also available for free from their website at their Get the Book page. The actual book itself is still listed on Amazon for $40. As part of the ‘Left in the Dust’ campaign, 10% of the proceeds made from the revamped ambidextrous printed edition of Debbies Book will be given to Hands Over Fists, a nonprofit that funds outreach activities that promote public awareness and normalization of those born with a right hand that is less dominant than their left.

Created in 1978, Debbies Book is the respected art department resource for the niche industries of both entertainment and event creative professionals. Many of the listed companies are owned by individuals who can’t bring themselves to ever have a garage sale and therefore have an absurd amount of items available for rent.