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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

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It looks like Actors Equity Association is on a mission to “kill” small theater in Los Angeles, masked by the principle that actors must get paid more. They believe they are protecting their actors, when in fact, they will suffocate them. Call it “Equity Waiver Theater” or the “AEA 99 Seat Theater Plan.” In this essay I will call it “Small Theater in LA,” and will leave the union out of it for now.

Sunday, 15 February 2015 14:24

Jump into the Los Angeles River!

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LA River by Spike Dolomite

The Los Angeles River is undergoing a major transformation from a giant cement gutter and dumping ground to an actual destination.

When I first walked in to the Charlie James Gallery, I didn’t walk in. The owner, Charlie James (complete relation to the gallery namesake), saw me tug at the locked door and sprinted over, keys in hand and apologies in mouth. The well-read and well-spoken Charlie apologized for what I’m sure he saw as lollygagging, but what I saw as local charm. He was chatting with another gallery owner on Chung King Road under the China Town lanterns.

Tuesday, 10 February 2015 16:33

Dancer Health: Mind Your Spine

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The many different styles of dance have varying demands on the body. Having a more complete understanding of how to take care of your body is crucial no matter what types of dance you do. The function and alignment of the spine is at the top of this list.

Thursday, 05 February 2015 09:33

THE HIDDEN ARTIST: Kristine Schomaker

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CONNECTION TO NOHO: Looked for artist studio in NOHO Arts District
MEDIUMS: acrylic on canvas, new media, sculptural
WEBSITE: www.kristineschomaker.net

One of the most curious aspects about Kristine Schomaker’s real life is her second life––literally. Known as Gracie Kendal, an avatar she created to represent herself in a virtual world called Second Life, Kristine has been able to blur the line between virtuality and reality. Before we get to that though, we have to start with Kristine’s beginnings and her inherent love for art and community.

Friday, 30 January 2015 19:43

The strength in Adaptability

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Top of the New Year to you! I for one am already astonished at how quickly time is flying as we launch into 2015 with the speed of life whether we are prepared to or not. 

Thursday, 22 January 2015 11:41

Business of being an actor – AGAIN!

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Happy New Year! If you’ve been following my blogs you might remember that last year at the beginning of the year I spent some time (3 parts) talking about the business of being an actor. It included goal setting, making an action list, and structuring some sort of accountability. Well, it’s a year later and I am going to repeat myself. Why? Because it is so important to remember the fact that you are a business, you are self employed and, like it or not, an entrepreneur.

Tuesday, 20 January 2015 09:47

New Projects for a New Year

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“Sunday Lunch”, 52 Films/52 Weeks Project, 2011, LA

Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it’s stupid. 
- Albert Einstein

Monday, 19 January 2015 10:52

THE FAUCET’S ON FIRE!

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“It’s a big, big world full of all kinds of people,’ says singer/song writer Roy Zimmerman, “but there’s one thing we can all agree on...” Then he strums. And he strums. He casts his eyes to the ceiling. At last he sings, “...and when I find out what it is, I’ll let you know.”

Under the artistic leadership of Nancy Evans Doede, Nancy Evans Dance Theatre (NEDT) has been producing and guest performing since 2009. NEDT is the resident dance company at Porticos Art Space in Pasadena, happily sharing the space with the acclaimed Arroyo Repertory Theatre and Pacific Opera Project. In its fourth season, the partnership has lent to the creation and support of an exciting repertoire for the company of six dancers, and has offered performance and collaborative opportunities to other locally and nationally based dance artists. “Gotta Dance” interviews Nancy about how this collaboration unfolded and how this partnership has created a strong platform for her potent dance company from Pasadena.

Thursday, 08 January 2015 12:20

THE HIDDEN ARTIST: Andrea Monroe

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THE HIDDEN ARTIST: Andrea Monroe
CONNECTION TO NOHO: Writes "The Hidden Artist"
MEDIUMS: acrylic and mixed media on canvas
WEBSITE: http://andreamonroe.com/

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Wednesday, 24 December 2014 09:25

Same Ol New Me - My New Year’s Anti Resolution

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Ho Ho Ho Ya’ll. Writing you this on the plane back from my last work trip of the year. The Golden Globes have been announced (Go see The Grand Budapest Hotel and Whiplash), the release of The Interview has been cancelled (coming to a laptop near you), and 2015 is right around the corner. For me this year has flown by (more Delta miles than ever) and I am overflowing with gratitude and appreciation for all the lessons, opportunities, adventures and joy that I have been fortunate to experience over the last 12 months.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014 16:47

Acting - Holiday time – A good time to contemplate

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Well it’s December, the end of the year and a time to wind down 2014. A time to celebrate, and for many actors - take a break, visit family, and replenish. I think it’s a good opportunity to “marinate”, contemplate, vision, or simply step back and take inventory. We say at The Actors Workout Studio that we are in the business of “transforming actor’s lives, one at a time”. We believe in the “whole artist”, not only the skills, craft, and business of the actor, but “who each actor is”.

Monday, 15 December 2014 08:34

Valley Print Studio

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The Valley Print Studio is the creation of two artists, Miles Lewis and Zeina Baltagi. They met as undergrads at the print studio at CSUN. Last year, they decided to partner to create their own print studio in the West Valley. Their mission is to educate, build community, foster collaboration and produce affordable art.

Alex, Lily & Monsie

I was asked a few months ago to take part in a filmmaking festival a dear friend of mine was putting together. Because I am ridiculously busy and always say yes to things anyway, and then sometimes run myself ragged trying to get it all done, I acted like a grown up and said no.

Thursday, 04 December 2014 08:57

THE HIDDEN ARTIST: Jennifer Gunlock

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THE HIDDEN ARTIST: Jennifer Gunlock
CONNECTION TO NOHO: Lives and breaths and “trees” there
MEDIUMS: mixed-media, photography
WEBSITE: http://www.jennifergunlock.com/

Monday, 24 November 2014 10:39

WPA Artists of the San Fernando Valley

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“Art in America has always belonged to the people and has never been the property of an academy or a class. The great Treasury projects, through which our public buildings are being decorated, are an excellent example of the continuity of this tradition. The Federal Art Project of the Works Progress Administration is a practical relief project which also emphasizes the best tradition of the democratic spirit. The WPA artist, in rendering his own impression of things, speaks also for the spirit of his fellow countrymen everywhere. I think the WPA artist exemplifies with great force the essential place the arts have in a democratic society such as ours.”
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Radio Address Dedication of the Museum of Modern Art, New York City, May 10, 1939

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