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March 21, 2017

The Artist Dilemma – Perfections vs Excellence

by Fran Montano
March 17, 2017

Affordable Countertops; Who knew.

by Christopher Porikos
March 15, 2017

818 Arts

by Raleigh Barrett
March 09, 2017

Firehouse Subs on Lankershim

by Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros
March 08, 2017

Giving to Charities - Choosing a Cause With Care

by Lillian Appleby
March 05, 2017

Four Things You Can Do to Have an Edge in Dating Now

by Cristina Morara
March 03, 2017

Get Out; Post-Oscar Reflections

by Mike Peros
February 28, 2017

Horoscopes - March 2017

by Maya White
February 26, 2017

Saving Animals - One Bite at a Time

by Nancy Bianconi
February 23, 2017

Low Budget Film - High Expectations

by Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros
February 22, 2017

Acting Advice - Assess yourself

by Fran Montano
February 17, 2017

Kids & Money: Important Lessons Start Early in Life

by Lillian Appleby
February 15, 2017

Jane the Baptist

by Raleigh Barrett
February 14, 2017

Peace Frog - Tribute to the Doors

by Caroline McElroy
February 10, 2017

Just in Time for Oscar

by Mike Peros
Wednesday, 03 February 2016 10:02

RADIO THE WAY IT SHOULD BE!

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“Ronnie Mack’s Barndance/The Radio Show is your one stop shop for all things Roots, Americana, and Country. Hosted by the legendary Ronnie Mack, its radio the way it used to be.

Friday, 22 January 2016 10:44

Reviews of The Revenant; Carol; Bone Tomahawk

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Leonardo DiCaprio certainly undergoes a tremendous physical and emotional ordeal in The Revenant, Alejandro G. Inarritu’s follow-up to his highly praised Birdman.

Tuesday, 19 January 2016 11:28

Ziggy Stardust and his alter ego David Bowie

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Ziggy Stardust and his alter ego David Bowie have impacted my life in big ways since back in the 70's. I adore Bowie's "The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust" LP and wore the darn thing out, also had a brush with him when a few of my good friends at the time went to see a performance of his when he burst into a tirade at them about them being Jimmy Page's witches.

Tuesday, 29 December 2015 11:35

Janis Joplin, Little Girl Blue

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Although it took many years for Director Amy Berg to pull the rockumentary together, the final product of “Janis Joplin, Little Girl Blue” serves as a text book example of what to do when creating a montage tribute of a rock icon’s life.

Wednesday, 02 December 2015 09:06

BALLZY TOMORROW

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I had the pleasure of meeting famous actor-rocker Robbie Rist while sitting in his studio during the taping of a radio show that he produces. Robbie has brought Legendary Ronnie Mack’s Barndance to radio audiences across the country.

Tuesday, 24 November 2015 17:36

HEY ROSETTA and EAGLES OF DEATH METAL (EODM)

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Canadian act HEY ROSETTA recently kicked off their 5 show American tour at The Troubadour wowing their crowd with a carefully woven tapestry of tunes that ranged from their current 2014 CD SECOND SIGHT to their fledgeling 2007 effort PLAN YOUR ESCAPE.

Friday, 20 November 2015 09:34

Reviews of Spotlight; Spectre

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Spotlight, from director Tom McCarthy is a compelling account of how, in 2001, the “Spotlight” team of reporters from the Boston Globe uncovered numerous reports of child abuse by Boston’s Catholic priests, as well as the system-wide cover-up of said abuse by shuttling these clergymen from parish to parish, after a designated period of “sick leave.”

Monday, 26 October 2015 17:21

Steve Jobs

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Steve Jobs, from writer Aaron Sorkin and director Danny Boyle, is a busy three act drama that packs in a fair amount of entertainment value while trying in vain to disguise the fact that far from being innovative and profound, this film is really at heart, a conventional family drama and a tribute of sorts to all that is Steve Jobs.   

Tuesday, 20 October 2015 11:40

The music scene in Paris, France

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When it comes to the question of the music scene in Paris, France, Nelson Vard and Felix Ramaen are the go to guys in Paris for anything music.

Tuesday, 06 October 2015 13:54

CODY’S VIVA CANTINA

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With the closing of many San Fernando Valley old school restaurant bars/nightclubs, one place still holds true to the old cliché of the neighborhood bar where everyone knows your name and they are always glad to see you! Cody’s Viva Cantina has been in the same location since 1965.

Friday, 25 September 2015 19:13

Movie Review: Black Mass; Sicario

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Black Mass, from director Scott Cooper, is a hard-hitting crime drama and a welcome return to form for Johnny Depp, as he emerges from a self-induced acting coma (nothing else can explain Mordecai) to create a memorable portrait of career criminal and South Boston hero figure James “Whitey” Bulger.

Thursday, 17 September 2015 08:11

Takin' It To The Streets - John Wellington Ennis

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While I was recently working on a story, I stumbled upon “PAY 2 PLAY" Director John Wellington Ennis who has a strong background in music that is so imprssive that it needs to be lauded.

Friday, 04 September 2015 10:05

Grandma; A Walk in the Woods; Learning to Drive

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If you’ve seen Lily Tomlin in …just about anything---ever, you’ll find her performance is often the best thing, whether it’s Robert Altman’s Nashville or the new Netflix series Grace and Frankie (a well-deserved second season is on its way), or her supporting turn in Paul Weitz’ Admission.

Tuesday, 01 September 2015 12:57

New Approach To The House Concert Circuit

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Thursday, 27 August 2015 09:24

Difficult People Review

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What do you get when you have two incredibly snarky individuals living in New York City trying to make it in comedy? Well, you get nothing more than just two really difficult people.

Thursday, 20 August 2015 07:59

LOVE-IN 2015

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Clad in clothing that ranged from hippie chic to California casual the LOVE-IN 2015 was perhaps the most fun that I’ve had in quite awhile and am glad to have friends in LOVE-IN hosts Georgiana Steele-Waller and the band LOVE's co-founder Johnny Echols.

Thursday, 13 August 2015 09:53

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation; Irrational Man

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Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt is out to save the world again in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, another in the very profitable series of action films that Cruise turns to when he needs a bona-fide hit.

A few weeks ago, I just happened to walk into Joe’s Famous Bar & Grill in Burbank. I settled into a seat at the bar and heard the person on stage announce “Here’s a man who needs no introduction!” I turned toward the darkened stage and my face lit up as the familiar silhouette of a tall, lanky man walked up to the microphone. I shouted “RONNIE MACK!”, then giggled and laughed as the stage lights came on.

Friday, 31 July 2015 08:35

Reviews of Antman; Trainwreck; Mr. Holmes

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Part superhero movie, part caper film, part dysfunctional family movie (everyone’s got issues), Antman is a nice surprise, an enjoyable entry in the Marvel superhero series that is seemingly taking over the cinematic galaxy.

Wednesday, 22 July 2015 08:12

Ringo Starr is 75!

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RINGO STARR recently celebrated his 75th birthday in front of Capitol Records with an OHM chant of PEACEANDLOVE. This is a tradition that STARR began in 2005 with a few participants which has now blossomed into a few hundred enthusiastic noon time PEACEANDLOVE chanters.

Over the last several years ABC has become known for producing thought-provoking, character-driven dramas, and this summer they offer us a 10-episode mini-series entitled “The Astronaut Wives Club."

Wednesday, 08 July 2015 08:33

Reviews of Terminator Genisys; Inside Out

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Arnold Schwarzenegger is ba-a-ack in his signature role for Terminator Genisys, but the question you may have by the end is why anybody bothered.

Thursday, 25 June 2015 10:26

Love & Mercy - BRIAN WILSON biopic

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Ever since STING wasn’t cast as the Vampire Lestat in Anne Rice’s “Interview With The Vampire” I have viewed casting choices in movies with a touch of skepticism and a sideways glance. But LOVE & MERCY proved itself to be quite an extraordinary film with a soundtrack worthy of a BRIAN WILSON biopic.

Friday, 19 June 2015 09:35

Review of Jurassic World; Entourage

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Jurassic World has it all, as rampaging dinosaurs chow down on theme park visitors and employees alike, while Vincent D’Onofrio gets to chew up a lot of scenery.

Wednesday, 10 June 2015 08:58

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

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Since the series finale of NBC’s 30 Rock, fans have wondered what is next for the delightfully talented Tina Fey and her producing partner Robert Carlock. Well there’s good news, after a bit of a TV hiatus the dream team came back together, this time with Netflix original series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

Wednesday, 03 June 2015 15:40

MUSIC EDUCATION and the MUSICIAN

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In the 1970s as a pre-adolescent I was fortunate to study guitar with a legendary teacher and performer, Joe Corso on Long Island, New York. He required me to read and master traditional music notation, read cord forms and scale techniques for a jazz musician.

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