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December 08, 2017

Credit where credit is due

by Jessie Marcus
December 07, 2017

A Dog Isn’t Just for Christmas - It’s for Life

by Nancy Bianconi
December 06, 2017

Measuring Your Retirement Plan's Success

by Lillian Appleby
December 04, 2017

How to decorate for the holidays 2017

by Christopher Porikos
November 30, 2017

Walton Ford - Calafia

by Raleigh Barrett
November 28, 2017

Horoscopes - December 2017

by Maya White
November 27, 2017

Top 4 Date Destroyers

by Cristina Morara
November 24, 2017

Time to train and stay healthy through the holidays

by Connor Coman
November 22, 2017

Very Independent Filmmakers Have to Make Opportunities for Themselves

by Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros
November 21, 2017

My Thanksgiving gratitudes for the artist

by Fran Montano
November 13, 2017

Rock N’ Roll Flea Market @ The Regent Theater

by Caroline McElroy
November 10, 2017

Review of Thor: Ragnarok; LBJ

by Mike Peros
November 07, 2017

Time Out, the Practical Benefits of the Here and Now

by Jessie Marcus
November 06, 2017

Understanding and Managing Your Credit Score

by Lillian Appleby
November 02, 2017

4 Quick Tips on How to Stay Real on a Date

by Cristina Morara
November 01, 2017

Horoscopes - November 2017

by Maya White
October 31, 2017

Brewery Artwalk isn’t your “average” art show

by Raleigh Barrett
October 25, 2017

What is Fitness?

by Connor Coman

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.

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

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”.

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/

Thursday, 20 November 2014 09:32

Dancer Health: Hyperextension of the Knees

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In my bodywork practice, I rarely approach a day’s worth of clients in the same way. Recently, my schedule was booked full with a visiting dance company and for a week straight I worked on virtually the same issue amongst them all. The main focus of my therapy protocol was to treat the muscle imbalances related to hyperextension of the knees.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014 13:56

Discovering your true success.

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Most people don’t agree on everything. In fact, we stay close to the people that we mostly agree with to make our lives easier, but the most simple and profound truth is that we all want to be happy. Democrats and Republicans, PBS and Vampire Diaries watchers, ballroom dancers and booty shakers ALL share the primary goal to be happy. 

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"Fontana”, Samantha & Javier Ronceros, 2011, Lancaster, CA 2011

I was asked a question just recently, by someone who does not make films, or do anything particularly creative.

I give this lecture in my class every year as the holidays approach, and we spend quite a bit of time talking about and working with this topic. I’ll share a bit of it here. As we all know, a good acting class should challenge you, open you up, and get you in touch with your emotional life. It’s the process of unraveling yourself to be raw, present, vulnerable, and exposed. That’s what the acting instrument is - a present, vulnerable, affected being, raw with truth. Our work is to get in touch with and master our emotions, so we can utilize, not be victimized, by them.

Monday, 27 October 2014 11:24

THE HIDDEN ARTIST: Alma Magaña

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THE HIDDEN ARTIST: Alma Magaña
CONNECTION TO NOHO: Makeup Artist at the Gallery 800 for "Elements of Art and Fashion Show" 
MEDIUM: face and body paints

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