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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
Thursday, 30 October 2014 17:21

New Arts and Cultural Center Opens in the Valley

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On October 21, 2014, the new arts and cultural center, the San Fernando Valley Arts & Cultural Center (SFVACC), had its grand opening with its first exhibit, “No Boundaries: An Open Art Exhibition”, highlighting 113 works of art from 82 artists in a 4,595 square foot space.

Monday, 27 October 2014 11:24

THE HIDDEN ARTIST: Alma Magaña

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

Tuesday, 21 October 2014 08:05

5 Things I learned from my time with Joe Biden

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I have to admit I was a little star struck. I’ve worked with lots of celebrities but when I heard I might be going to the Vice Presidents home in Washington, DC to film him for a Public Service announcement, I was thrilled and butterflies took flight in my stomach.

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‘The Race’ 2011, Burbank.

Feeling a bit overwhelmed and intimidated?

You are not alone…

This is the beginning of the season of awards, fall film festivals and lots and lots of screenings.

Living in LA we are surrounded by the movie business, and that can be intimidating for very independent filmmakers because, well, everyone is bigger than you.

Monday, 13 October 2014 08:05

Dancer Health: Facts from your Feet

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Self-care comes into play once we are aware that we need it! Usually this comes from an injury or pain, or maybe a great instructor or director gives you a heads up about how to become a better you. Being detective-like and curious about health and wellness can lead you to some great discoveries.

Thursday, 09 October 2014 10:30

An Open Studio Tour in Reseda!

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The Reseda Renaissance and Arts in Education Aid Council, are producing an open studio tour for the Reseda area on Saturday, November 1, 2014.

Wednesday, 08 October 2014 08:17

THE HIDDEN ARTIST: Erin Stone

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CONNECTION TO NOHO: Her former "office" was at Republic of Pie and she has facilitated the creation of murals in and around NOHO
MEDIUM: Photography
WEBSITE: http://www.erin-stone.com/ 

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That “place on the other side of the hill,” otherwise known as the San Fernando Valley, has always held a stigma of being uncool or, at worse, the land where porn was born. Thanks to Erin Stone and the rest of her comrades at 11:11, 818 might very well become the new 213 when it comes to the Los Angeles art scene.

Thursday, 02 October 2014 11:01

Acting Blog - Do you have talent?

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In September, I started a new beginner’s acting class, which I hold three times a year - September, January, and April. I love this class, filled with all kinds of interesting people, from all walks of life. Many (most) are pursuing acting and want to get solid, professional training. Others want to “test the waters” and see if they have talent, or perhaps have been away from acting for a while and feel rusty. Often I get an actor’s spouse or boyfriend/girlfriend, who wants to understand the process and see what actors do and go through. Or, maybe a writer or director wanting to better understand and speak the language of acting. Sometimes it’s a sales person, lawyer, or someone who simply wants to be more expressive in their own life, come out of their shell, and explore themselves. It’s a great opportunity to explore acting, get in touch with your emotions, and discover your creative side.

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Filming Man Eating Tree, 52 Films/52 Weeks, 2011

I’m the kind of person who can’t stop creating, even if I don’t write it all down and it stays in my head, which is actually more often than not come to think of it, I am always thinking about some new or old idea I have for a film.

Monday, 15 September 2014 08:54

Wanted: Plaza for Granada Hills

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For the past six months, L. J. Williamson, native of Granada Hills, has been working on bringing a plaza to Granada Hills so residents can kick back and relax, talk to one another, eat good food, and enjoy the arts. She was inspired to do this after reading an article in the Los Angeles Times about the city’s pedestrian parklet plaza program: (http://articles.latimes.com/2014/mar/16/opinion/la-ed-people-st-pedestrian-parklet-plaza-20140316).

Tuesday, 09 September 2014 10:45

THE HIDDEN ARTIST: David Estrada

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CONNECTION TO NOHO: Lives there and enjoys late night grilled cheese sandwiches at Sitton's Coffee Shop on Magnolia
MEDIUMS: Mixed
WEBSITE: http://theemptystudio.com/home

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When actors act, they are in the business of creating chemistry, creating a relationship, and making it believable. Say you are playing a romantic relationship (which happens often), and you need to create chemistry with your partner. Sometimes you might just meet them for the first time that morning on set. What if your role is that you’ve been married for 10 years? That relationship needs chemistry and history. You need to make choices and create specifics.

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My dear readers, it is my great pleasure to share with you the work of my colleague and treasured friend, Amanda Hart. She is diversified and successful in the dance community, from studio teacher to choreographer to artistic director and beyond, and her passion for dance makes Los Angeles a better place to be an artist for us all. I hope her story inspires your own, as we can always learn from and lean on one another.

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The more you do, the more you do
Gustavo The Great, Angeles National Forest, 2011

A great friend of mine, who is also an accountant, reminds me regularly of the importance, as I am essentially a freelancer, of cultivating and maintaining multiple income streams. She is right of course, and while I would like to have a larger multiple of streams of income than I have at present, it also got me thinking about multiple streams of creativity.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014 10:20

THE HIDDEN ARTIST: Janet Lamb

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CONNECTION TO NOHO: Lived at 11911 Weddington from 1941-1949
MEDIUMS: Pen and ink, pastels, watercolor
WEBSITE: http://janetlamb.net/

I’m a spiritual person to a certain degree. I practice a metaphysical faith and try to affirm positive reinforcing statements about my life, but I have to admit I fail miserably at simple things like meditating and quieting of the mind. I prefer to say I get my “connection” and inner peace by performing my art. That’s because I believe I’m an expression of something larger than myself. And so it goes with Janet Lamb although she’s tapped into something at a much more sensitive level because she IS a sensitive, often referred to as a medium; someone who uses his or her psychic or intuitive abilities to tune into the spirit energy surrounding a person. Only Janet’s special gift is a constant communication from her heart center that is graciously and generously given to her recipient in the way of a symbolic energy drawing.

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Whether regaled as “America’s Suburb” or ridiculed as the capital of mini-malls and Valley Girls, the San Fernando Valley is one of Los Angeles’s most misunderstood and stereotyped areas.

Wednesday, 06 August 2014 08:42

Industry Tips - Risky Business

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Daily Risks to make you happy.

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“Of all the words of mice and men, the saddest are, “It may have been.” Kurt Vonnegut

Let's face it. Life is risky business. We take chances every day and truthfully, without taking risks, you don't truly live… you merely exist. And the funny thing is you may not even recognize or give yourself credit for the small risks you do take everyday. Like crossing the street, trying out a new dish, asking someone out, or volunteering to take on a new client. No outcome is ever 100 percent certain and that means that any attempt at anything has an equal chance of complete failure as much as success. Including getting to the other side of the street!

Tuesday, 05 August 2014 08:44

Actor quick tip #79 – When to get headshots

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Actors will often ask their acting teachers if they are “ready to audition.” Do actors also ask their coaches if they are “ready for headshots?” Is that a crazy idea? Personally, I don’t believe you should give too much power to your acting teacher. (Unless, of course, it’s me!) I do see a pattern here that’s worth a conversation. As with career advice from anyone in the industry, take it and muse on it; it may or may not apply to you. This conversation is based on years of observation, working with actors just moving to LA.

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