Cesar Millan Brings CESAR'S WAY to the State Theatre, 3/8

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Cesar Millan Brings CESAR'S WAY to the State Theatre, 3/8

Cesar Millan, best-selling author, star of the new series "Leader of the Pack," and longstanding hit TV show "Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan" on National Geographic WILD is coming shares his secrets on how to transform dogs and their owners in this unique and new live multi-media event that has wowed audiences across the world. Fans and dog lovers alike will be inspired by the simplicity of "Cesar's Way" as he reveals that the secret to happier, healthier relationships between humans and their canine companions starts with transforming ourselves.

Show time is Friday, March 8 at 8:00 PM. Tickets are $55 & $50 and can be purchased by visiting the State Theatre Box Office, 453 Northampton Street, Easton, by calling 1-800-999-STATE, 610-252-3132 or online at www.statetheatre.org. A limited number of $85 tickets which include a Meet & Greet may be available - please call the Box Office directly. Sponsored by 100.7 WLEV Underwritten by Precious Pets

Pre-Show: Join Peaceable Kingdom (http://www.lvpeaceablekingdom.info/) in the Brown-Daub Gallery and meet some pets up for adoption, 6:30 - 8 PM.

Cesar Millan is a best-selling author, a much in demand public speaker, a branded pet care product designer/entrepreneur and, not least of all, an internationally popular and iconic series star of the hit TV show Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan, National Geographic WILD's flagship series. Millan was born in rural Culiacan, Mexico, and grew up in a small house with no amenities. He spent much of his early childhood on his grandfather's farm in nearby Ixpalino, where he observed the behavior of The Farm's many dogs. When he was a teenager, his family purchased their first TV set. He preferred the classic Lassie and The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin series and, inspired by them, dreamed that he would move to California and become the world's best dog trainer.

In December of 1990, at the age of 21, Millan, who spoke no English, crossed the border into California and began living in San Diego. He lived on the streets for a month until he landed a job grooming dogs, soon gaining a reputation for his calming effect on even the most difficult dogs. With a few dollars in his pocket, he moved north to Los Angeles and took a job washing cars.

During this time, Millan was surprised by how troubled so many of the dogs he encountered seemed to be and how disconnected Americans seemed to be from nature and the world around them. He began thinking that he should redirect his dream to becoming a rehabilitator of dogs and a trainer of humans. With the money he saved from washing cars, he started a freelance dog rehabilitation service, primarily offering his expertise with extreme cases. He was quickly recommended around town and his client list expanded rapidly. In 1994, he came to the attention of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith who likewise referred him to other celebrities. Millan became inspired to upgrade his business and broaden his exposure in the community, which led him to open his first Dog Psychology Center, a two-acre facility in South Los Angeles, designed to rehabilitate troubled, aggressive, and condemned dogs. The center, which housed a pack of thirty to forty "un-adoptable" and abandoned dogs, was moved to the Santa Clarita Valley to allow for expansion and modernization. The new facility stretches over 43 acres and includes a sheep herding area, swimming pool, obstacle course, and hiking trails.

In 2002, Millan was profiled in the Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles-based Production Company MPH Entertainment and Emery/Sumner Productions called upon Millan with the idea of creating a TV series around his unique practice. MPH, a multi-award winning Production Company that discovered and executive produced the hit film My Big Fat Greek Wedding, next developed and filmed a 'pilot' show entitled Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan, and sold it to the National Geographic Channel, where it became the cable network's top rated series its first season.

Today, Millan is a pop culture icon, inspiring flattering parodies on South Park and Saturday Night Live; references on popular shows including Two and a Half Men, Jeopardy! and Bravo's hit series Work Out; as well as personal appearances on Oprah, Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Martha Stewart, Carson Daly, Today Show, The View, and Live with Regis and Kelly. He has also appeared in cameo roles on the hit TV series Ghost Whisperer and Bones, the DVD premiere film, Beethoven's Big Break, and most recently The Backup Plan starring Jennifer Lopez. Millan's influence and the success of the show have raised so much interest in dog-related entertainment that CBS and Animal Planet, among other networks, have created their own TV shows focused on dogs.

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