Luna Lee on Gayageum

Above is gayageum virtuoso Luna Lee (known professionally as simply "Luna") covering the guitar solos from the 1976 Eagles classic "Hotel California" with such perfection, it would surely make Don Felder and Joe Walsh proud.

The Korean National University of Arts graduate has been studying the traditional Korean instrument since childhood, and also teaches traditional music to elementary school students. According to an April 2013 interview Luna did with the Korea Times, she began experimenting with American-style blues after a guitarist friend introduced her to the song "Tender Surrender," by Stevie Ray Vaughan. In the interview, Luna was quoted as saying the "gayageum has a technique called nong-hyun, which is quite similar to bending on the guitar, but nong-hyun can go further. It really has a dynamic range. This makes the gayageum perfect for playing the blues."

To date, her Youtube channel has nearly 3 million views and it features her versions of such other popular American rock songs as Santo and Johnny's "Sleepwalk," Joe Satriani's "Starry Night" and Bob Dylan's "All Along the Watchtower" (which is more popularly known from Jimi Hendrix's version). Also check out her Facebook fan page.

Tara Cardinal at Florida Supercon

The Red Reaper herself, Tara Cardinal will be appearing at Florida Supercon in Miami from July 3rd-6th. The gorgeous redheaded actress, stuntwoman, and producer will be on hand for the screening of her films Legend Of The Red Reaper and Scarlet Samurai: Incarnation. Afterwards, she'll be taking part in panel discussions with fellow indie filmmakers Kaare Andrews and Lloyd Kaufman. Also on her schedule will a sword fighting demo with her martial arts master.

Of course, Tara will be meeting fans and signing her Legend of the Red Reaper novel and DVDs, which will be available for sale. Reliable sources tell me Tara also may have something special in store for Red Reaper fans who show up at the event. Full details of Tara's schedule are at Florida Supercon's official website.

Above is the shot of Tara that graces the first page of her feature in this month's issue of BTS Book Reviews, that you can read online. (She's featured on pages 4, 13-19, and 164-167.) Also check out my April 2012 feature with Tara.

Friday the 13th Victim, Lana

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It's that date again, so in recognition of Friday the 13th, above is sexy waitress Lana (played by Rebecca Wood) literally getting axed in the franchise's 1985 installment, Friday the 13th: A New Beginning. Just prior to her death, Lana gave a gratutious breast flash, so you just knew she was going to get it, however she didn't get it from Jason. She got it from (SPOILER ALERT) a paramedic named Roy Burns, who donned the infamous hockey mask and stepped into the then-allegedly-dead Jason's role, in order to seek revenge for his son, who was murdered earlier in the film. As far as Rebecca Wood; she's been residing in the "Whatever Happened to..?" file ever since her last role; a small part in the 1991 film Switch.


Debra Lamb in "Event"


The above 2001 USC student short film Event, is a rarity in that it features Scream Queen Debra Lamb in one the few student films she starred in during the early 2000s. During this period, Debra did just this and one other USC, and two UCLA student films. Event was produced by director Teresa Kuan and her cinematographer Sarah Johnson.

Waveya Moves to Allegro con fuoco from Dvořák’s 9th

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Antonín Dvořák’s New World Symphony, traditionally know as Symphony No. 9 was by far his most popular musical work. Composed in 1893, while Dvořák was the director of the National Conservatory of Music in America, the piece’s fourth movement, “Allegro con fuoco,” starts in E minor, goes through a realm of dynamics, accented by strings and horns, finally intensifying at about the 11-minute mark until it builds to a climatic crescendo, ending in E major.

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