Having just been elected President of the Art Directors Guild this past February, for a three-year term, Production Designer Mimi Gramatky knows a thing or two about progress. Her ascent to the top of the 2,000-member organization is in sharp contrast to what was expected of a woman with her talents back when she first began her career. “I remember going to the career planning office at Berkeley with my degree in environmental design, and they said, ‘Great, you can be a teacher or a secretary.’ In those days, even with a degree from Berkeley, that’s what women were expected to do.”
NOHO SENIOR ARTS COLONY APARTMENTS TO HOLD FREE HEALTH CARE REFORM WORKSHOP TO HELP ARTISTS GET COVERED
As health care continues to change at the federal level, many professional artists and actors throughout Los Angeles are seeking answers about how current health care reform will affect their ability to obtain affordable medical coverage. On Tuesday, December 3 at 4:30 p.m., EngAGE, a non-profit organization providing life-enhancing programs to active-aging apartment communities, will partner with the Actors Fund and Covered California to present an information workshop on the new health care provisions for actors, artists and the general public to be held at the NoHo Senior Arts Colony, an arts-focused apartment community for adults age 62+.
MENOPAUSIA EL MUSICAL®
Oferta Limitada de $25 Para La Última Semana
La obra musical se extenderá hasta el 10 de noviembre de la siguiente manera:
Jueves 7 de noviembre, 8pm
Viernes 8 de noviembre, 8pm
Sábado 9 de noviembre 3pm y 8pm
Domingo 10 de noviembre, 5pm
Los boletos están disponibles por $25 en la taquilla Montalbán,
o llamando al 323-870-3043.
Para obtener más información, visite: www.MenopausiaElMusical.com
Menopausia El Musical- Theatre Review by Brandon Scott
HOLLYWOOD, CA . (6 de noviembre de, 2013) - Última Semana para disfrutar la obra Menopausia El Musical®, en el histórico Teatro Ricardo Montalbán.
Esta producción de “Menopausia El Musical “ es espectacular! Le recomiendo a toda la comunidad de habla Hispana que no se la pierdan y apoyen este show.
Con mucha suerte alcance a ver este musical el fin de semana pasado, y doy gracias por haber podido asistir. “Menopausia El Musical “ es un ejemplo estelar de la excelente cualidad de producción que demuestra el gran talento latino que tenemos en el teatro, en Los Angeles. El elenco es espectacular. Las 4 actrices trabajan juntas de una forma formidable y cada una de ellas es un gran talento, como actrices y cantantes.
Después de haber visto muchas producciones en Broadway, fue un deleite ver que esta producción en Español tiene todo lo que una producción musical debería de tener. Con música que incluye temas de los 60´s, 70´s y 80´s, “Menopausia El Musical “ narra la historia de cuatro mujeres que casualmente se encuentran en un centro comercial y descubren que tienen muchas cosas en común al estar pasando por el período de "cambio de vida". Diana Burbano, Marabina Jaimes, Paloma Morales y Graciela Valderrama hacen un excelente trabajo desempeñando sus personajes . A testimonio de su gran talento como actrices, cada uno de los personajes es chistoso y ágil. Son impresionantes cantantes.
Ingeniosamente dirigida por Seth Greenleaf y con coreografía de Daria Lynne Melendez; las cuatro actrices comandan el escenario bailando y cantando a lo largo de la obra.
Pienso que todas las mujeres no so lo disfrutaran del entretenimiento pero podrán relacionar sus propias vidas con el tema de la obra. En cuanto a nosotros los hombres, bueno yo, me divertí muchísimo y aprendí un poco mas sobre que es lo que les pasa a las mujeres cuando les llega “el tiempo de su cambio”, lo cual me va ayudar a entender y tener mas compasión. Así que les súper recomiendo a todos que son esposos o que serán futuros esposos que acompañen a sus mujeres y se diviertan con “Menopausia El Musical “.
Esta es la ultima semana así que obtengan sus boletos ahora.
Están disponibles por $25 en la taquilla Montalbán, o llamando al 323-870-3043.
Para obtener más información, visite: www.MenopausiaElMusical.com
Síganos en Facebook en www.facebook.com/MenopausiaElMusical
y en Twitter@MenopausiaEM>
Vea Video de la obra :
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Vea los testimonios de la obra musical aquí:
“¡Me divertí tanto! Que chistoso todo lo que hacemos nosotras como mujeres. ¡Las actrices excelentes! Me divertí mucho con todas las mujeres que estaban aquí ¡Que lindo este show!”
-Gloria Molina, Supervisora del Condado de Los Angeles
“¡Venga a ver este show! ¡Es increíble! ¡Extraordinario!” -Ernie G., Comediante
"Una manera muy divertida de contar la honesta realidad de los cambios emocionales y físicos de la mujer después de los 40”.- Isis Sauceda, People en Español
“¡No pude dejar de bailar y cantar desde mi silla! ¡Me encanto, es muy divertida!”
- Kikey Castillo, CBS Hola LA
"Hace tiempo que no me reía tanto. ¡Es un musical con una energía única!"
- Diego Varas, MundoFox
“¡Con Menopausia, no necesitas ir al sicólogo para aceptar el cambio!”
- Tommy Calle , HOY Los Ángeles
Sobre GFour Productions
Los éxitos más recientes de GFour Productions son: el aclamado por la crítica 50 aniversario de Edward Albee WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF, que ganó 4 Tony Awards®, 5 veces ganador del Drama Desk Award® y 7 veces ganador del Oliver Award® por el mejor musical, MATILDA THE MUSICAL, y la reactivación de la aclamada THE GLASS MENAGERIE, protagonizada por Cherry Jones y Zachary Quinto, que el New York Times recientemente llamó "Glorioso y precioso". Su aclamada continuación de MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL®, MOTHERHOOD THE MUSICAL, recientemente a entretenido al público en Fort Lauderdale, Tampa, Atlanta, Dallas-Ft. Worth y Philadelphia y está viajando en una gira por 65 ciudades australianas. Ellos comenzaron a producir en 1981, con NINE, ganador del premio Tony Award® ese año por el mejor musical. Entre sus producciones favoritas de Broadway están MY ONE AND ONLY protagonizada por Tommy Tune, ZORBA THE GREEK protagonizada por Anthony Quinn, THE RINK protagonizada por Liza Minnelli, BABY, GRAND HOTEL, GRIND, BIG, TRUE WEST, el original y reestreno de LA CAGE AUX FOLLES donde ganaron Tony Awards por mejor musical en 1983 y mejor reestreno en 2004. Sus espectáculos combinados han sido nominados por 115 Tony Awards®, ganando 44 y 110 Drama Desk Awards®, ganando 56. Para más información, por favor visite
Monthly Free Movies at J.E.T. Studios - 5126 Lankershim Blvd. (cross street Hartsook)
Nov. 16 opens the series with "Lawrence of Arabia," the 1962 Academy Award Winner for Best Picture.
Director David Lean follows the heroic true-life odyssey of T.E. Lawrence in this dramatic portrait of the famed British officer's journey to the Middle East.
Assigned to Arabia during World War I, Lawrence courageously unites the warring Arab factions into a strong guerilla front and leads them to brilliant victories in treacherous desert battlefields where they eventually defeat the ruling Turkish Empire.
Free Screening begins at 7pm.
Doors and concession opened at 6pm
20 minutes intermission after 2 hrs. of screening
End time 10:50pm with intermission."
Resurrection of Hollywood Hero Sal Mineo
An Interview with Actor Val Lauren of the biopic Sal
You’ve probably heard the name James Dean once or twice. He’s the iconic 1950’s Oscar-nominated actor, best known for his captivating performance in Rebel Without A Cause, who tragically met his death in a car accident on September 30, 1955. And even with an unusually brief career, having made only three films in as little over a year before his death, James Dean is still considered legendary due to his angst-ridden, brooding on-screen persona in Rebel Without A Cause. But one Rebel alumni whom your knowledge of is almost certainly limited, even though his career spanned three decades, earning him great success in film, theatre and music, is the twice Oscar-nominated Sal Mineo.
A Profile on LAPD Senior Lead Officer John Catalano
Since the advent of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), which brought the subway to L.A. County in 2000, a change has been on the rise in the NoHo Arts District. On its way to being a transit community, in large part due to the subway bringing in 34,000 people daily, the Arts District is steadily growing with more restaurants, theaters, apartments, dance and recording studios, and even a farmer’s market peppering an area that used to be plagued with gangs and graffiti. But while the ushering in of a well-received arts community has upgraded the popularity and property values of the community, the upgrade has fallen short regarding some of the moral values people have in and around the growing neighborhood.
It seems like the wait for OutFest, now in its 31st year, gets longer and longer with every passing film festival, and this year was certainly no exception. For eleven days, I danced, mingled, laughed, and wept during some of the most tingling and enticing films in queer cinema history.
A Profile on the Filmmakers of the 2013 L.A. Film Festival
They’re Back for More
A Portrait of The Road on Magnolia Theatre…One Road, Two Destinations
Luminario Ballet Season 4 Rep at the El Portal
May 31 @ 8PM, June 1 @ 8PM, June 2 @ 3PM
Tix: $30-$40 $15 students w/ID
Luminario Ballet presents Season 4 rep including 2 Premiere Works In Progress:
“BRACE….yourself” …a flying dance experience… choreographed by Debra Brown (Cirque Du Soleil’s “O”, Mystere, Zumanity, La Nouba, Zirkana, Quidam, Allegria, etc)
“Firebird Rising” a multi media multi disciplinary ballet, aerial, puppetry piece, a mash up of Stravinsky and electronica, choreographed by Judith FLEX Helle, artistic director Stephen Hues (Obie winning Ramayana creator), a Magic Feather Production
“Vesica Pisces” an aerial duet choreographed by Bianca Sapetto and Sita Acevedo and excerpts from LedZAerial.
Additional pieces on the program include “If the Walls Could Scream” choreographed by Jamal Story, Bella Lewitzky’s “TURF”, and the World Dance Award nominated aerial dance fusion piece “Lift Ticket”, choreographed by Judith FLEX Helle.
Special music performance May 31 and June 2 by Phoenix Delgado, flute. June 1 by: www.luminarioballet.org
THE ART DIRECTORS GUILD ‘GALLERY 800’
The “Valley Water Color Society” Juried Art Exhibit Opening
GALLERY 800 MAY 18, 5-8PM
“Julie Bug” by Julie Crouch
The Art Directors Guild (IATSE Local 800) Art Gallery 800 is pleased to host the Valley Watercolor Society’s 2013 Spring Juried Show, opening Sunday, May 18, 2013 with a hosted reception from 5-8:00 p.m, where the public will have the opportunity to meet the artists and preview their paintings. Exhibit closes June 22,2013.
Photos: VWS Exhibit Photos
Gallery 800 is located at 5108 Lankershim Blvd. in the heart of the NoHo Arts District in North Hollywood. The public is welcome to attend this reception. Gallery 800 hours: Thursday – Saturday, 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm; and Sundays, 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm.
In 1977, a small group of twenty watercolor painters got together to meet in each others' homes to share their interest in and knowledge of watercolor. The membership of this group gradually increased, and the Valley Watercolor Society was born. The original purpose of Valley Watercolor Society continues today: to promote interest, knowledge and appreciation of water media through meetings, exhibits, workshops, paint-outs, and workshops.
This year, artist Al Setton will judge the Valley Water Color Society exhibit. Al is the recipient of numerous awards and his art is shown throughout Southern California. The annual juried exhibit provides members a chance to show their best works. Numerous awards are presented. Original watercolors and prints are available for purchase.
Future Gallery 800 Exhibits Include (subject to change):
July 13 – August 17 ADG Photography Show
August 31 – October 5 Animals / Homefires
About the Valley Watercolor Society:
Valley Watercolor Society (VWS) is a non-profit organization that provides a forum for learning about and sharing watercolor painting as both a vocation and a hobby. The group of 300 members in the San Fernando Valley serves all in the greater Los Angeles area. VWS meetings feature demonstrations by accomplished artists in connection with VWS workshops where the participants paint and receive critique of their work. Monthly Paint-Outs are held for those who are plain air painters. VWS meetings are held the second Thursday of each month, Sept.-June at Encino Community Center, 4935 Balboa Ave., Encino at 7 pm. http://www.valleywatercolorsociety.org
About the Art Directors Guild:
The Art Directors Guild (IATSE Local 800) represents nearly 2,000 members who work throughout the United States, Canada and the rest of the world in film, television and theater as Production Designers, Art Directors, Assistant Art Directors; Scenic, Title and Graphic Artists; Illustrators and Matte Artists; and Set Designers and Model Makers; and Previs Artists. Established in 1937, the ADG’s ongoing activities include a Film Society; an annual Awards Banquet, a creative/technology community (5D: The Future of Immersive Design); a bimonthly craft magazine (Perspective); and extensive technology-training programs, figure drawing and other creative workshops and year-round Gallery 800 art exhibitions. The Guild’s Online Directory/Website Resource is at www.adg.org. Follow ADG on Twitter: www.twitter.com/ADG800 Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/gallery800
For more information,
Valley Watercolor Society
For the ADG Gallery 800
In a city like Los Angeles, you only need to pay attention to the way people drive, and it’s clear that many of us are not present during critical, everyday events.
Mark your calendar Beverly Hills artSHOW lovers! The spring edition of The Beverly Hills artShow will be held May 18 and 19, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Annual event promotes the world of graphic literature with live art, free comics, prizes and more.
After seeing the above video, I had to interview Liz Campbell
Tell us about your unique vocals workshop?
Liz I've always known the benefits music has on people, because I experienced them myself, and I want to share those benefits, and my love for music, with as many people as possible. A big thing I find with a lot of people is that they have trouble performing or speaking in front of others. They might even have trouble in social situations. This workshop can help increase people's comfort level in front of others, using music. It is beneficial for all people, all levels, and all ages, including singers/musicians, actors, public speakers, people who are interested in learning how to sing or improve their voice, teachers,etc. What makes this workshop unique is my combination of music and music therapy experience. I am using performing in front of others, and having a good time doing it, to help people gain self-confidence (and improve their singing ability at the same time.). This can also be beneficial for people who want to overcome their fear of performing. There are many more benefits of music, which I will not go into here. That is a whole other conversation.
How did you get the idea to do this type of workshop?
Liz: I have always been a singer and musician, who loves music, and I enjoy helping others in that way. What better workshop to attend than one that makes you feel better about your life (or yourself), while improving your existing skills or learning new ones, all while having fun. I want to spread my love for music to as many people as possible. Music is my greatest passion in life.
I love this idea, because it gives people a taste of several different kinds of music in a short period of time. Their appreciation for a variety of music will grow, as they learn and grow.
Helping people in this way also helps them in several other aspects of their lives, i.e. communication, self-confidence, self-expression, etc.
Is there any student that you can't teach to sing?
Liz: Anyone can learn to sing, they just have to love music and be willing to work at it. We have to work hard to achieve our goals. When people enjoy what they're doing, they are more successful at it.
Would people who are not interested in becoming a professional singer benefit from your workshop?
Liz: Yes, it is for people of all different levels of musicianship, ages, and interests. We all have to start somewhere. Enjoyment of music is what is most important. This workshop not only improves the voice, but also confidence level, among many other things. I provide the tools, the participants then use them as they wish. The more you use the tools, the more you will get out of the workshop. We have to work together.
Give some history of you as a professional singer.
Liz: I have many years of musical theater,cabaret, and choral experience. I was invited to audition for the LA Opera Chorus, and have sung with the Phoenix Bach Chorale. As far as demo work is concerned; I have done children's music, and pop/rock music. I have been in several types of bands as lead singer, back-up singer, and keyboard player. I have been a vocal coach for several people, including Vanessa Hudgens. I have a good ear and I can sight read music. My most recent achievement was being on "Killer Karaoke," hosted by Steve-O, my 15 minutes of fame. lol Oh, and I won my episode! If you watched the show, you would know that I definitely understand facing your fears! I stuck my head in a box with a skunk, among other things! Right now, I am a semi-finalist in a competition. If I win, I will be interviewed by Larry King. Please vote for me!! Voting ends April 19th. Go to www.ora.tv/pickmelarry
What is your training as a music therapist and psychologist?
Liz: I have a BA in Psychology from Syracuse University. My Music Therapy Certificate is from Arizona State University. I then went on to do an internship at Century City Psychiatric Hospital, where I worked with adults and geriatrics. I've also done music therapy with severely emotionally disturbed adolescents, developmentally disabled children and adolescents, adults with cerebral palsy, homeless toddlers, a drumming program with at-risk children and adolescents, and a girl with trichotillomania. I wouldn't trade any of these experiences for the world, because I learned so much about so many populations and, more importantly, myself.
What advice would you give an emerging vocalist?
Liz: Not only is it about your talent, but it's also about your love for singing, your comfort level in front of others, and your ability to engage your audience. They want to be a part of the story you are telling, too. That makes you a successful singer. Hard work and a love for music are a big part of it, also. :)
Opportunity for Actors, Dancers, Models, Instrumentalists and Singers!
Worldstars Boot Camp “Full Day Boot Camp Taught by Hollywood’s Professionals”
Go Sees with Agents and Managers “Opportunity to be Signed”
Competition “Olympic Style Competition with Delegations from 40 Countries”
Finale is a Live, Global Webcast with Celebrity Judges! July 19, 2013 at 7:00 pm
Audition to receive $1,000 scholarship toward your participation in a Worldstars’ global event held in Los Angeles.
The Corporate Scholarship covers the majority of registration. However, recipients will be required to pay $595.00, when selected.
Scholarships will be awarded to the first qualified applicants.
In an unassuming building, located in the NoHo Arts District on Magnolia, between Lankershim and Vineland Avenue, extraordinary occurrences have been rapidly unfolding.
It is not often that we can announce condominiums for sale in the NoHo Arts District. There has been very few home buying opportunities for people to buy in the heart of the NoHo Arts District. I personally wanted to see these condos, so I dropped by at their Open House. These units are artistically designed to please the artists in all of us. Go see for yourself!
What does Satsuma Artist Condominiums have to offer? A lot...modern, loft-style living where highlights include: open floor plans, chef's cooking stations, balconies and rooftop patios with views. Other amenities include: polished concrete and hardwood flooring, stone counters in kitchens and bathrooms, stainless steel appliances, custom cabinetry, designer décor bathrooms with greystone ceramic flooring, glass showers and custom vanities, ultra-modern fixtures and hardware at every turn, cathedral ceilings (in top-floor units) and double-pane windows (energy-efficient ratings). In the heart of NoHo...walk to grocery stores, local shops, boutiques, theaters and great restaurants. For more photos TEXT DAVE102 to 79564
Take the Virtual Tour: http://dave102.canbyours.com/indexGo2.htm
5651 Strohm Ave.
N. Hollywood, CA 91601
Shari Shaw, is "one of Hollywood’s premier acting coaches" – and “L.A.’s #1 Acting Class for Comedy” - is teaching a 1-Day On-Camera Sit-Com Intensive Workshop for Pilot Season. Shari’s unique understanding of the art, science and performance of comedy will teach you to understand sit-com, be funny and book your auditions.
Don't forget your Valentine!
We have the most beautiful roses!
Meet Rick Shaw, the new owner of the Secret Rose Theatre. He is no stranger to the entertainment world. Rick began as a stand-up comic and became a comedy writer and producer for TV, radio, other comedians, magazines and live events. He produced "The Nanny" and wrote numerous other sit-com episodes.
GALLERY 800 ~ OPENING RECEPTION
Saturday, January 5th ~ 5:00pm – 8:00pm
YOU ARE WARMLY INVITED TO THE
OPENING RECEPTION OF
Three Artists You Should Know
Featuring the personal work from Art Directors Guild members
Eva Andry ~ Joel Schiller ~ Jeff Skrimstad
Gallery 800 is located at the
Historic Lankershim Arts Center
5108 Lankershim Blvd. NoHo Arts District, 91601
818 763-8052 Hosted bar and refreshments
Run of show: January 5th through January 26th
BLASTOFF is devoted to offering customers the best, the rarest and the most exciting from the world of comic books and graphic novels, whether it's the newest releases or vintage books from the Golden and Silver Ages! We celebrate comic-book history by putting it directly in your hands. If you're looking for something, let us know – if we don't have it, we can track it down for you!
We all live here for many reasons; weather, creative outlets and all the opportunities that only Southern California provides. The NoHo Arts District and surrounding areas provide one of the most unique living experiences throughout the Los Angeles area.
Somewhere close by, in a world not unlike your own, two young, African-American parents work to balance career, family and marriage against the never-ending passage of time.
My name is Sky (ID# A1358453) and I am at the East Valley Animal Shelter located at 14409 Vanowen St, Van Nuys. I am a female, black and white Pit Bull Terrier. I am 11 months old and I want to live. I love children and other pets and most of all I would love a Mom and/or Dad.
The monthly series of special screenings of prize-winning motion pictures by Film Festival Flix will continue on Wednesday, December 5 in Pasadena at Laemmle’s Playhouse 7 and on Thursday, December 6 in North Hollywood at Laemmle’s NoHo 7. The December film of the month will be “The Holy Land of Tyrol.”
Since 1975, Audrey M. Singer and her Actors Forum Theatre have been a mainstay and creative groundbreaking theatre entity in Los Angeles. Actors Forum Theatre is one of the oldest membership theatre companies in LA, one of the first of thirty-five companies.
“The key to staying young at any age is to keep learning, and everyday, I learn something.” And with that declaration, I look at the regal woman sitting before me in subtle admiration. With too much energy and enthusiasm for someone on a 500 calorie-a-day diet, Jennifer King- with a career that spans over forty years- shows no signs of slowing down. With a smile that soothes and a passion that ignites, she’s been an actor, model and dancer on such television classics as The Dean Martin Show, she was the first woman ever to anchor the news at KNBC in Los Angeles, she was a lawyer with her own practice for 22 years, and she’s currently a successful entrepreneur with three businesses: KZG, the #1 Custom ProLine in golf equipment, Trillium Actors Studio and Trillium International, Investment Banking, all operated out of their main headquarters in North Hollywood. With such an extensive resume, I’m pleased to be sitting down and chatting with Jennifer in her KZG office.
“Most of my day is spent on KZG; we’re the #1 Custom Proline in the world,”
Jennifer comments. “Phil Mickelson, as well as many of the other touring professionals have played our clubs. In fact, our clubs are played on every tour in every category except the putter category. We make exceptional product, and our network of professional clubfitters make it unbeatable. Studies indicate that 92% of all golfers are still playing ill-fitting clubs, a real tragedy. We are trying to change that embarrassing statistic.” Like the ultimate multitasker, Jennifer does everything from designing product and catalogs to talking to golf pros and dealers about her company.
And when not engaging in fundraising, promoting KZG, or raising money for start-up companies through Trillium International, she’s busy with Trillium Actors Studio. Housed in the same building as KZG, located on Lankershim and Magnolia Blvd in the NoHo Arts District, Trillium Actors Studio consists of ten rental spaces perfect for castings and commercial shoots and free parking for up to 75 cars. But whether or not you’re an actor, casting director, professional golfer, or someone with an innovative idea for a new business (all of whom Jennifer has helped or serviced in one way or another), one thing everyone can agree: Jennifer King is a pioneer - confidently leading by example - proving that “in this country, you can be anything you want to be.” Not bad for a women who, after a divorce left her single with two small children to raise in the 60’s, had no real plan.
The Game Changer
It was Los Angeles in the mid 60’s, and Jennifer, who had dreamt of becoming a doctor, did what young women during that period were supposed to do: she got married and started a family. “You have to keep in mind that when I was growing up, girls were housewives or maybe a teacher,” she says, “that’s what we were brought up to be.” So Jennifer, the former valedictorian of her graduating high school class, did exactly that. Yes, she had what many perceived to be a standard lifestyle, but Jennifer would prove to be anything but standard with her bankable smile quickly landing her modeling and commercial work. “Then somebody at NBC saw my work and wanted me to come in and interview for a news casting position,” she says, “and I ended up being the first woman newscaster in Los Angeles at KNBC.”
Jennifer joined the newscast at KNBC in 1969, and from there, like a dinner bell attracting hungry children, became a lucrative meal ticket for Hollywood execs. By the late 60’s, The Dean Martin Show had proven to be a huge hit for NBC, consistently earning solid ratings in large part thanks to the show’s producer Greg Garrison, who came in as a replacement for the original producer. Garrison got wind of Jennifer via KNBC, and persuaded her to audition for a part as one of The Golddiggers on the program. “They wanted me to sing, and I can’t sing at all,’ Jennifer remembers, “and by that time, I was doing the news, so I couldn’t be a Golddigger on The Dean Martin Show. But, finally, Greg talked me into one show, so I go in - and they figured out that I couldn’t sing – so they spent a whole day teaching me how not to carry a note. They gave me the song Chattanooga Choo Choo, and I was so nervous, and couldn’t believe I was even there, so I just went out there and did it really big. They loved it!”
Not only did Dean Martin’s people love it, but Jennifer had fans on other productions as well, eventually booking gigs on The Bob Hope Show and Laugh In. But it wasn’t exactly the life she had hoped for. “I was on the talent side instead of the producing side, so I had no control,” she says. “So I was working, but it was a weird kind of working. Two or three days here, a couple of weeks there, but you’re always at somebody’s mercy. And you have to get up at 4am to be in make-up by 6:30, then you sit around and wait for your part of the shoot, which might not be until 2pm. Come on, that’s not fun. And even as a newscaster I was just reading the news, I wasn’t doing the news.” Jennifer was becoming restless and the odd hours and serious demands of her several jobs were putting a strain on her home life until, conclusively, her marriage came to an end.
“After my divorce, I knew I had to figure something out and find a way to support myself and be on my own,” she recalls, “and I would’ve loved to pursue becoming a doctor, but I also knew that I couldn’t spend four years in med school and then another year as an intern with two small children to raise. So I decided to go to law school instead.” She not only went to law school, she killed it, graduating in only two years with her name firmly in place on the Dean’s List.
Jennifer went on to open up her own law firm, spending a short time practicing criminal law before making the switch to business law. And it was during this time that she developed an understanding of how businesses function - most notably serving as a lawyer for the famous men’s line Guess? for Men in 1981. It started in a small single office and with Jennifer’s help, turned a little company known as GUESS? Inc. into a 120 million dollar empire in just two years. And that was only the beginning.
Jennifer’s business law practice lasted for 22 years until a run-in with a relative changed her focus, and the course of her life. “My drunk cousin showed up at my mother’s funeral, and he was a golfer, and he kept talking about this really great golf club,” she remembers. “And we didn’t take him seriously, of course, and didn’t hear from him for another six months. Then he comes to my law firm six months later with this golf club. So my husband and daughter tested it, and we thought, ‘Wow, this is great.’ And from then on, we’ve been in the golf business.”
It was 1994, and Jennifer - along with new husband and KZG business partner Bruce McKinnon - launched KZG as a technology-based equipment company that sold new technologies to major golf companies. In 1997, Jennifer and Bruce reinvented and upgraded KZG by introducing Orlimar to a new technology, selling more than 1.75 million TriMetal and TriMetal Plus golf clubs.
“And KZG does have a fitting facility right here in NoHo because a lot of touring professionals come here to be properly fit,” she says, “but we also keep it open for the public.” Something else they had at their large facility was a lot of empty office space, so- recalling her passion for the arts, Jennifer got creative.
“The idea behind the Trillium Actors Studio was to have a central area where people could go for help with specific acting skills,” Jennifer says. “Originally, we had all kinds of talent and coaches. One coach’s forte was comedy, another’s drama or body motion, or language expert or speech therapist. Clearly, one acting coach can’t do all of those things.” So Jennifer, recognizing the need for a place with a multitude of services for actors, teamed up with two young people from Texas and launched the Trillium Actors Studio. But that still wasn’t enough for Jennifer King. “I’m a deal-maker,” she admits. “My husband’s an entrepreneur; we start businesses, that’s what we do. And everyday, it’s like a new world opening for us. The more we see, the more we know, the more we can help.”
And from this desire to help came the genesis of Trillium International, Jennifer’s investment banking business that finds capital for start-up companies and companies that need additional financing for new ventures and/or expansion. “At Trillium International, we’re open to all kinds of businesses,” she says. “I love medicine because I think there’s so much to do, which is why I’m raising money for dialysis centers. Also, right now, our country is obese, and obesity has so many medical ramifications; people are dying, and I don’t know why nothing is changing. So I would like to invest in doing something about that as well.”
It would appear that Jennifer King has a hard time slowing down and sitting still. A mogul with a zest for life, she even designed the furniture for her three homes. But even someone with her passion can’t do it alone, and- unfortunately- the two business partners who oversaw the Trillium Actor’s Studio had to leave town, forcing Jennifer to temporarily close shop on all the services and rent the space out for film, television and commercial shoots instead.
But don’t cry for her, she’s simply refocusing on other areas where she can be of use, founding the International Professional Association of Clubfitters as a start. “The purpose of the association is to have IPAC members be comparable to what the PGA is to teaching,” she says. ‘The idea is to raise the bar for the profession of club fitting and to share technological ideas because- as documented by Golf Illustrated- 92 % of golfers are playing with ill-fitting clubs, and you can’t teach around ill-fitting clubs. So it’s my attempt at helping golfers around the world enjoy the game more.”
Yes, without a doubt, Jennifer King has proven that the sky is truly the limit for anyone daring enough to reach for it. But for Jennifer, it’s never been about chasing money or getting rich, it’s a simple state of mind that she’s always possessed.
“The minute I stop being curious, the minute I stop learning and wanting to learn and wanting to meet new people, I might as well be dead,” she says. “That’s what it’s all about isn’t it? It’s exciting!”
Nancy has many talents and passions. I first met her when she was president of the North Hollywood Jaycees. Little did I know she was an internationally known singer and model - Another example of the talented people that call NoHo their home.
Film Festival Flix, the monthly film series which brings the film festival experience to communities around the country will benefit Matthew McConaughey’s “Just Keep Livin Foundation” and provide a portion of the proceeds from its November festival to his cause.
When dance and fitness instructor Heather West first envisioned opening her own dance studio, she dreamed of creating a space that liberated a woman's mind, body and spirit through movement.
WHAT: Six Taste has teamed up with www.nohoartsdistrict.com to launch the NoHo Arts District Food Tours.
The NoHo Arts District is fast becoming one of Los Angeles's creative neighborhoods, a hotbed of all things artistic. It's a one-square-mile district filled with 20+ theatres, professional dance studios, art galleries, recording studios, boutiques, venues that give us one-of-a-kind events, and a myriad of unique dining options. New restaurants are opening that add to the neighborhood's artistic vibe. The NoHo Food Tour guests will explore the creativity found in the area's eclectic cuisine, sprinkled in with fun neighborhood history and trivia. Guests will sample delicate Latin fusion small plates and retakes on American classics, as well as nouveau Italian and soul food favorites topped off with homemade pies.
"North Hollywood is a walkable arts district, has a rich history, and has every art genre within its one-mile boundaries," says Jeff Okita, CEO of Six Taste. "So we were thrilled to partner with the NoHoArtsDistrict.com team to develop a food tour highlighting the neighborhood's quickly growing 'culinary arts' scene."
"We're excited to highlight all the NoHo arts events and fun neighborhood facts using a new medium - FOOD!" says www.nohoartsdistrict.com publisher Nancy Bianconi. "We partnered with Six Taste because there is no better way to introduce people to NoHo's unique offerings and vibe than by using the one thing everyone likes to do, eat delicious food."
Next Tour: Saturday, November 17 from 1-5PM.
WHERE: Guests meet at the North Hollywood Metro Redline under the METRO sign. Cross streets are Lankershim and Chandler blvds. Tour guide will be recognized by the Six Taste bag.
HOW: Book tickets on www.sixtaste.com.
About Six Taste
Six Taste is the largest and highest rated food tour company in Los Angeles and offers walking food tours through some of L.A.'s most dynamic neighborhoods each week. USC Alumni Jeff Okita founded the company in 2009 to create an outlet for his passion for LA and good food. Six Taste works with over 100 of the best eateries in LA, offering 70+ private and public tours a month, as well as regularly hosting food and drink themed events. More about Six Taste: www.sixtaste.com
Since 1998, nohoartsdistrict.com has been the official site for everything NoHo, providing latest local North Hollywood news, theatre reviews, arts news, events and information on what's happening in the NoHo Arts District, Los Angeles' all-inclusive arts district. Bookmark www.nohoartsdistrict.com and follow them on Twitter @officialnoho.
Collage Artists of America’s annual juried exhibit will open at Gallery 800 on November 3, 2012 with an opening reception from 5pm – 8pm. Sara L. Cannon of Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery is the juror. Over 60 artists contributed to the exhibit. Tanya Mikaela has won the top prize with “Brown Bag Buddha #17,” shown here.
History Shall Not Be Lost
A Profile on the Outfest Legacy Project for LGBT Film Preservation
Somewhere not so far away, very quietly and unnoticed to the masses, history is disappearing. It’s fading away to tragic consequences because without knowledge of the past, we continue to head blindly into the future. Yes, we will always have classic books, paintings, photographs and pieces of music serving as historical bookends, but for a lot of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender filmmakers over the last century, their works of art have already been lost for good. But thanks to the pioneering Outfest Legacy Project for LGBT Film Preservation, all hasn’t been lost yet.
Located in the heart of the NOHO Arts district, the Hugh O'Brien Salon offers excellent cut and color in an upbeat and contemporary atmosphere. Come see what has made this well established and cutting edge salon the favorite of locals and celebrities alike. I recently had the opportunity to sit down with the owner/stylist of the salon Hugh O'Brien and colorist Brenda Zoran to discuss what makes coming to their salon a unique and exceptional experience.
The fall edition of The Beverly Hills Art Show will be held October 20 & 21, 2012 from 10 am to 5 pm. The free show features art by 250 exhibitors from around the nation, who showcase their work in painting, sculpture, watercolor, photography, mixed media, ceramics, jewelry, drawings and printmaking.
Held each May and October for nearly forty years, the Art Show is one of the most popular art events on the west coast.
For additional information
call (310) 285-6830.
Videos by independent filmmaker Eric Minh Swenson highlight artists at the most recent shows.
By 1968-69, when the term “Mexican-American” gave way to “Chicano,” at least among politically-engaged high school and college students, emerging musicians from East LA and surrounding areas adopted various ways to show solidarity with the movement. The quick and easy option was selecting a Spanish or Native-American name for your group. Three of the better-known examples from the era were Yaqui, a hard-rock band named after an indigenous tribe; Tierra, the Spanish word for “earth,” and El Chicano, a group combining jazz with r’n’b’ that had originally called themselves the VIPs.
Genuine hickory wood is imported from Oklahoma and meats are brought in fresh from the finest ranches in Wyoming, Nebraska and California.
Meats are treated to an exclusive blend of spices then smoked for 20 hours to tender perfection.
A meat lover's paradise...ribs, chicken, pork, brisket, hot links. The desserts are great, too....Only in NoHo can you get a "Deep Fried Pop Tart."
Besides great "Home Cooking," enjoy our Sports Bar Over 70 beers and to choose from around the world! Enjoy a game on our LCD screens throughout the bar area. Happy Hour Specials 4pm-7pm Monday- Friday!
Give this place a try! You won't be disappointed!
The Kansas City BBQ & Sports Bar
10863 Magnolia Blvd. (cross street Vineland)
North Hollywood, California 91601
How many times have you told a lie? The funny thing about lies is they often times don’t require you to tell anything; a lie can be a behavior, a belief, even an action- but no matter the form, one can argue their sole purpose is to protect secrets.
Imagine growing up in a world where the only visible images of people like you in the mainstream media were portrayals of degraded abnormals and tragic victims. Who would want to identify with a group where mass perception of your most essential truths are determined by an ill-equipped, culturally misinformed and downright ignorant bottom line? Well, many people didn’t have to imagine because this was the climate in as recent as thirty years ago for the lesbian, gay and transgender community.
When you look up the word production designer in the dictionary, you’ll get the following, very sterile definition: A production designer refers to the person who is responsible for the general look of the filmed events in a television program, commercial, music video, and/or film.
“The most difficult thing for me is realizing, at this age, that I can’t physically do the things that I think I should be able to do because nobody lives forever. And that feeling of mortality is very depressing to me because I want to be as creative as I used to be; I don’t want it to stop.”
New to Yoga? Seeking yoga in NoHo? Come to THE JADE APPLE and find out what we can do for you. We offer classes morning to night, 7 days a week.
He’s Back for More A Profile on Ray Newton of NOHO Interior & Design
Aeriform Arts: Aerial Arts, Pole Dancing & Stretching studio in North Hollywood - Come Fly With Us! Stretch yourself and your concept of fitness this summer with unique classes at Aeriform Arts. Located in the art district of North Hollywood, CA Aeriform Arts is a fitness studio every “body” can come to and work out while having fun.
A profile on Zombie Joe of Zombie Joe’s Underground Theater Group
“I'll say it was creepy, funny, silly, occasionally pretty gross- and at points, pretty terrifying.” “Blood, guts, zombies...what's not to like?” “When the room goes pitch black, you can't hear anything but your heart racing in anticipation of the next horrifying scene.”
West Coast Premiere
Presented by Simon Productions
Writer: Richard Raskind
Director: Mike Sabatino
Opening Weekend Shows:
Friday, April 20 at 8pm (Talkback after show)
Saturday, April 21 at 2:30pm (Talkback after show)
Saturday, April 21 at 8pm (Talkback after show)
Sunday, April 22, at 2:30pm (Talkback after show)
Friday, April 20 – Sunday, May 13
Friday & Saturday at 8pm
Sunday at 2:30pm
Sunday at 7pm (except opening weekend)
Opening Night April 20 - $34
General Admission all other performances - $25
Gala Package Opening Weekend: $25 ticket add-on includes pre-play dinner reception & mingle with the playwright 1hr. prior to curtain
Buy Tickets/Information: www.plays411.com/bridgeclub or (323) 960-7711
Where: Deaf West Theatre 5112 Lankershim Boulevard North Hollywood 91601
Parking: Metered parking on Lankershim & on Magnolia until 6pm; best free parking on sidestreets west of Lankershim Blvd. (please read all parking signage)
Running Time: 120 minutes (plus one intermission)
THE BRIDGE CLUB West Coast Premiere at Deaf West Theatre
Richard Raskind’s “The Bridge Club” directed by Mike Sabatino, produced by Simon Productions, will have its West Coast Premiere Friday, April 20 through Sunday, May 13 at the Deaf West Theatre in the NoHo Arts District of North Hollywood.
Set on San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, a despairing man parks his car and considers the waters below, only to find a mouthy, opinionated young woman already on the edge. These two discover what, if anything, is worth living for. This art imitates life story offers suspense, mystery, and a surprising touch of humor.
Cast features Christopher Franciosa, Shelly Kurtz, Nancy Dobbs Owen, Vesna Tolomanoska, and Andrew Villarreal.
RICHARD RASKIND (Playwright) hails from the Boston area, which makes him a diehard Red Sox fan. He attended but did not graduate from Tufts University. Richard got his start in radio comedy, where a Tufts man – Tommy Hadges – donated studio time at WBCN in Boston for Richard to put together a network of eight radio stations for his comedy sketches. Three live cabaret style shows followed – the “Nothin” show, the long-running “Nothin Special,” and “Portland’s a Piece a Cake.” Later, Richard wrote for many television shows, both comedies and dramas, and contributed famous episodes for such shows as “Family Ties,” “Coach,” “Hart to Hart,” “Hunter,” “Scarecrow & Mrs. King,” “Webster,” “Fantasy Island,” “Roc,” “Crazy Like a Fox,” and “E.R.” Richard’s play “Newtonville Weekly” was staged at the Court Theater in Los Angeles, where it captured three DramaLogue Awards. He has since created a new body of work, beginning with the “The Bridge Club” which premiered on the main stage of the Society Hill Playhouse in Philadelphia, May 2011, where it was a ‘Critics Choice’ of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
MIKE SABATINO (Director) started his career in front of the camera as an actor and stuntman. His years of film and TV acting credits include numerous Guest Star and Co-Star roles. Mike is perhaps best known for his 11 year recurring role as Officer Martelli on the hit TV series NYPD -BLUE. After directing a series of short films, Mike came back to the stage with his original play “Honor The Badge” which recently premiered at The Crown City Theater in North Hollywood. Future projects include his original plays “Heaven Sent” and “Wedding Vows” to be produced late 2012.
CHRISTOPHER FRANCIOSA (Jack) was recently seen at The Odyssey Theatre in Shaw’s Misalliance and Off-Broadway at The Mint Theatre in The Charity That Began at Home. Although being Darth Vader on Chapelle’s Show was pretty fantastic, his favorite Regional theater credits include Antony & Cleopatra with Mercedes Ruehl at Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, Camino Real with Eli Wallach at The Actor’s Studio, Dan in Closer at The Hippodrome Theatre, Treplev in The Seagull, Tom Joad in Grapes of Wrath, Ellard in The Foreigner, Banquo in Macbeth, Trinculo in The Tempest, and all the male roles in The Trojan Women. A playwright as well, Christopher has had numerous productions of his works all over the U.S. and was a member of the Warner Bros. TV Writing Workshop.
SHELLY KURTZ (Harold) Shelly’s last show was NEW JERUSALEM. Before that he was seen in COUNTER MEN, COME SUNDOWN, BROOKLYN USA, DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER, LAND OF THE TIGERS, WIT, MOLLY SWEENY, TWENTIETH CENTURY, AMY’S VIEW, SIMCHA, A SLIGHT ACHE, and many too numerous to mention. His most recent film work has been major roles in MANDOULA, THE SPHERE, THE LEPIDOCTOR, and the futuristic film/pilot THE GUNRUNNER BILLY KANE. Shelly played Coach Sanderson in the award- winning feature JUMPING FOR JOY and Feliksas in MIRIAM. He has starred and guest-starred on many television shows such as DALLAS, THE NEW LASSIE, HILL STREET BLUES, HUNTER, FREDDY’S NIGHTMARES, THE OLDEST ROOKIE and recurred as Detective Pete Reynolds on KNOT’S LANDING.
NANCY DOBBS OWEN (Sue) Nancy’s credits include National Theater: Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera. LA Theater: The Limitations of Genetic Technology at Theatre of Note, Sweeney Todd at the Production Company plus productions at The Alex Theater, The Hudson Theater, The Santa Monica Playhouse and The Met Theatre. Numerous independent films and national commercials. Other regional theater: American Musical Theatre of San Jose, The Magic Theater, 42nd St. Moon and Berkeley Opera. LA choreography: Theatre of Note, Sight Unseen Theatre, the Production Company, Santa Monica Playhouse and the Hudson Theater. She also choreographed the new video "YoSe" for the band Pie. Nancy is a dance faculty member at Gabriella Charter School, The Performing Arts Center, Centre Stage Dance, and Synthesis Dance Center.
ANDREW VILLARREAL (Sebastian) was recently seen in Carol’s Christmas under the direction of Steven Helgoth at The Underground Theatre. Notable theatre credits include Hal in Nicky Silver’s Three Changes under the direction of Sandy Martin, and El-Fayoumy in Stephen Adley Guirgis’ The Last Days of Judas Iscariot under the direction of Joe Garcia at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Villarreal has also portrayed Nick in Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, and Harold Dobbs in David Auburn’s Proof in his hometown of Laredo, Texas. Villarreal is the proud recipient of the Santa Monica Theatre Guild’s Geoffery Award for Best Actor as Alan Strang in Equus at the Morgan-Wixson Theatre directed by Madeleine Dahm.
Why did you locate your business to NoHo?
Two and a half years ago I saw the potential that this area had but it was still in a transitory state. There were a bunch of independent theaters, a few restaurants, a lot of artists, and even more heart. My business was located in Culver City and I knew that I wanted to get out of the Hollywood area. In NoHo people seemed excited about what they were doing and motivated to go out and make things happen. Today, our Art's District is thriving with new restaurants, businesses, and even an independent theatre. I saw the potential in this area and now it is becoming an arts mecca for not just the valley but Los Angeles as a whole. I feel motivated by the local business owners and I think that we have a common goal; to realize the potential of our community.
Join in the Fight Against Cancer this Spring!
The Relay For Life of Studio City‐North Hollywood will be held on May 19‐20, 2012 at Walter Reed Junior High School. Teams of 5-20 people create a relay by taking turns walking, running, or strolling around the school track for 24 consecutive hours. Participants will camp out with family and friends, enjoying music, entertainment, food, and friendship while building team spirit to help in the fight against cancer. The event’s 24 hours symbolize the difficulties cancer patients can face in just one 24‐hour period.
Rush Hour Lot is a pop-up food court serving the North Hollywood community. It's comprised of a group of rotating Food Trucks. It's every Wednesday night from 5:30pm-9pm at The Other Door 10437 Burbank Blvd. The Flatiron Truck will be there every week!
It’s Thursday night, and I’m here at the famed Federal Bar, located in the NoHo Arts District on Lankershim and Chandler Blvd, surrounded by an array of eclectic dancers, artists, and lovers of music. Deejay Anthony Valadez spins everything from reggae to salsa to 90’s hip-hop, while emcee KG Superstar keeps the crowd hyped up, smiles on faces, drinks in hand, grooving to the beats. Suddenly, a battle breaks out in the middle of the dance floor between several dancers as they try to out-jerk, out-reject and out-pop, lock and drop one anther. It’s a truly entertaining and inspiring sight for dancers and simple mortals alike.
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