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April 27, 2017

Don’t Forget to Love Your Body: Now

by Connor Coman
April 26, 2017

The Best Indie Films

by Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros
April 24, 2017

LAPD North Hollywood - Our Police Captain is a 'Trekkie!'

by Waide Aaron Riddle
April 21, 2017

24 Hours In NoHo

by Jack Witt
April 19, 2017

How is your Mental Equivalent?

by Fran Montano
April 17, 2017

Six Simple Ways to be Confident on a First Date

by Cristina Morara
April 12, 2017

Po-lice

by Raleigh Barrett
Sliced Orange Marmalade Pork Belly - The Duo Dishes
April 11, 2017

Orange Marmalade Pork Belly

by The Duo Dishes
April 07, 2017

One Animal Lover Can Make a Difference

by Nancy Bianconi
April 04, 2017

“The evolution of Evolution”

by Luckie
April 03, 2017

Horoscopes - April 2017

by Maya White
March 31, 2017

5 ways to keep you and your clients happy

by Jessie Marcus
March 30, 2017

Are you lost in the gym?

by Connor Coman
March 30, 2017

Looking for Female Superhero Movies?

by Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros
Cream NoHo
March 28, 2017

Cream

by Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros
March 21, 2017

The Artist Dilemma – Perfections vs Excellence

by Fran Montano
Thursday, 04 December 2014 08:57

THE HIDDEN ARTIST: Jennifer Gunlock

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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

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.

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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THE HIDDEN ARTIST: Erin Stone
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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