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Jack Witt’s Tight Tone and Trim and Cut, Cool and Confident

Jack Witt health and fitness expert www.nohoartsdistrict.comThe NoHo Arts District dot com team should frame this phrase: “What Makes NoHo Special Is The People.” We are happy to share the successes of our local North Hollywood folks and would like to give a big round of applause to NoHo’s own health and fitness expert and personal trainer Jack Witt on the launch of his new books. Jack’s new paperback book for women, “Tight, Tone, and Trim” and for men, “Cut, Cool, and Confident,” make getting in shape and healthy eating easy, simple and fun. The books include numerous illustrations, demonstrations and humorous anecdotes while targeting those pesky problem areas like "Cankles," "Muffin Tops,” "Beer Belly" and "Man Boobs."

What made you decide to do books?
After 10 years working as a personal fitness coach, with people of all ages, shapes, and sizes, I really wanted to get everything I've learned and all of the elements and techniques that helped a lot of my clients succesfully reach their goals, into an easy to follow, simple and fun book.

Tell us what are the books about?
They are kind of funny, as well as being chock full of great motivational tips, ways of thinking, and specific exercises; and the covers and illustrations are sort of mid century retro looking. I incorporated all the common problem areas on the human body that my clients would ask me about over the years like "Cankles," "Thunder Thighs," "Beer Belly" and "Man Boobs."

Was it difficult doing the books on your own?
It was a real learning experience being an indie author and self publishing on Luckily, I had some other indie authors that coached me and pointed me in the right direction along the way, including Leslie LeMon, author of the DisneyLand Book of Secrets on I'm really happy with how my debut books turned out, and the girl who did all the illustrations, Kaitlin Howell, was just amazing to work with.

What advice would you give to someone who wants to do their own books?
Start broad with your ideas and just get them out of your head on to paper. Let it all flow naturally. Then you can start crafting your story and ideas into more specific sections/chapters and piece it together with continuity. Most importantly though, have fun with it. It will probably take a little longer than you think to get the book finalized and up for sale, but stay focused and positive, and the day you hit the "publish" button you'll feel terrific and accomplished.

Why should someone buy your book when there are quite a few fitness books on the market?
Great question! I always say that health and fitness shouldn't be rocket science and too serious, so these books are really easy to follow, humerous, and have lots and lots of illustrations to show you how to do exercises correctly with step-by-step instructions. They are kind of like having me as your very own personal fitness trainer 24/7. Ha ha, I'm right there with you on every page!

 Jack Witt Tight Tone Trim - NoHo Arts District  Jack Witt Cut, Cool, and Confident, 

Can you give us some latest tips on fitness?
It's not really new research, but recently I've been reminding my clients that one pound of weight loss equals 3,500 calories. So a pound of weight loss per week would equal 500 calories per day (3,500 divided by 7 days per week = 500). Start looking at how you can shave off 500 calories per day, either by exercising longer to expend 500 caloires, or by eating better to intake 500 calories less, or a combination of 250 calories each, which is a great choice.

How to purchase your books?
Just go to my Amazon author page at and you're just a couple clicks away from having a fitness book that will really make a positive impact on your lifestyle.

Follow Jack on Twitter @GetFitWithWitt

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Thursday, 11 August 2016 15:10

NoHo Plaza Gets Magenta (Harley)

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Get ready NoHo for the soulful melodies of Magenta Harley on Thursday, August 18, 2016 at NoHo Plaza.

Monday, 27 June 2016 06:45

NoHo's going old school...Old School Skinny

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Old School Skinny is a mix of MC Hammer's energy, Richard Simmons' excitement, and the movie House Party all rolled into one.

Monday, 09 February 2015 17:57

It’s “Crazy Love You” Time

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“Crazy Love You”

Author Lisa Unger makes her West Coast literary premiere at NoHo’s Blastoff Comics for her new novel “CRAZY LOVE YOU,” a psychological thriller that Booklist called "Superb, complex and riveting."

“Well, it's actually "Romance" that we're focusing on this month on our website! I'd say that "Crazy Love You," while frightening in its dark and obsessive characters, is, at its heart, a pitch-black romance.” – Jud Meyers, owner of Blastoff Comics

In addition to a reading from the novel, guests can look forward to a conversation between Lisa and crime novelist Gregg Hurwitz!

WHAT: An evening with Lisa Unger, author of “CRAZY LOVE YOU”
WHEN: Saturday, February 21 at 7:30PM
WHERE: Blastoff Comics. 5118 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, California 91601

Crazy Love You Synopsis

Love hurts. Sometimes it even kills… Darkness has a way of creeping up when Ian is with Priss. Even when they were kids, playing in the woods of their small Upstate New York town, he could feel it. Still, Priss was his best friend, his salvation from the bullies who called him “loser” and “fatboy”… and from his family’s deadly secrets.

Now that they’ve both escaped to New York City, Ian no longer inhabits the tortured shell of his childhood. He is a talented and successful graphic novelist, and Priss… Priss is still trouble. The booze, the drugs, the sex—Ian is growing tired of late nights together trying to keep the past at bay. Especially now that he’s met sweet, beautiful Megan, whose love makes him want to change for the better. But Priss doesn’t like change. Change makes her angry. And when Priss is angry, terrible things begin to happen…

Pre-Release Praise!

“Riveting … This is a complex, intricate story, yet the pages fly by as Ian, the most unreliable narrator since Nick Dunne in Gone Girl, leads us on a wild ride in this superb psychological thriller. Unger is at the top of her game here.” —Booklist (starred review)

Lisa Unger Blastoff Comics book signing www.nohoartsdistrict.comAbout Lisa

Lisa Unger’s writing is unique, inventive, and often experimental, her writing is impossible to categorize. She combines her extensive knowledge of the human psyche with an understanding of trauma and fear to create novels that have earned her a reputation as one of the most skilled practitioners of the psychological thriller around today. Throughout her 12-year career, she has walked the fine line between literary novels and commercial thrillers all the while hitting The New York Times bestseller lists and earning both critical acclaim and millions of fans worldwide.

Lisa's books have named top picks by the Today show, Good Morning America, Walmart Book Club, Harper's Bazaar, Family Circle, Good Housekeeping, Washington Life, Publishers Weekly, New York Daily News, Indie Next and Amazon (Top Ten Thriller of the Year.) More than 1.9 million copies have been sold in 26 languages.


Blastoff Comics

We asked our pal Jud Meyers, owner of NoHo’s Blastoff Comics, about the event and some things that are coming up.

Why did you choose Lisa Unger's new book for a reading at Blastoff?

Lisa actually suggested to Simon and Schuster that our store would be a great fit for a west coast premiere event. Gregg Hurwitz had sent Lisa to me over a year ago when she was still researching the book. Because the main protagonist is a graphic novelist, she was anxious to make sure the dialogue and syntax were as authentic as possible. It's something I'd never consulted on before and it was a lot of fun. I'm glad to say that the night won't just be about a reading. Another unique element of the evening is that Lisa will be joined by Gregg! Having two award-winning novelists doing an "Iconoclast" style talk where they interview each other about their writing process and experiences in the Crime/Thriller genre adds a whole other level of excitement.

Will you continue to do readings of non-comics /graphic novels?

Absolutely. We're selling more and more prose books at the shop, providing the neighborhood with an underserved product. We've reached a point in both mediums where readers don't really care whether a novel is "graphic" and accompanied by stylized art or if it's just words on a page. A great story is a great story and I think readers will always be interested in hearing the creators themselves discuss how they set about developing it.


Get ready for SATURDAY, MAY 2, North Hollywood! It's not only Free Comic Book Day (always a huge event for our city), but Blastoff will take over The Federal Bar for the 1st Annual BLASTOFF COMIC FEST! Stay tuned...

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Thursday, 18 June 2015 10:26

NoHo News: NoHo's Guide to FUN.

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Here’s your NoHo arts community update!

We look forward to sharing lots of fun and unique news, events, profiles and updates on what’s happening in the NoHo Arts District.

Here’s your NoHo arts community update!

We look forward to sharing lots of fun and unique news, events, profiles and updates on what’s happening in the NoHo Arts District.

Thursday, 09 April 2015 16:57

Improvised Opera in a Black Box Theatre? Yep.

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Opera with a cause in a black box, intimate NoHo theatre. It can be done, by Operaworks.

Monday, 06 January 2014 21:31

We are advocates for the film The Advocate

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We’re an advocates for talent plus hard work. Meet the person behind The Advocate

The NoHo Arts District dot Com is fortunate to get to see a lot of incredible shows, movies and exhibits where we meet some brilliant people. We recently went to see The Advocate at the Hungarian Film Festival at Laemmle’s in North Hollywood. There we got to meet Tamas Harangi, the director, screenwriter and one of the film’s producers. The background on how the film was made is one for the movies. But his story leading up to the making of The Advocate is an interesting one that really should be a book turned movie one day. Any talented writers up for the task?

So NoHo, let’s meet Tamas Harangi and let's start from the beginning.

The Advocate

What's your background?

TH: I grew up in a small town in Hungary and I started making short films there while I was in high school. This was still when Super-8 film was the highest tech I could get ahold of, but in retrospect, that was an awesome format to work with despite its limitations. After high school, I moved to California to study at the Film and TV Department of De Anza College.

Where did you get the idea for the story of The Advocate?
TH: I love the thriller genre and I’ve always had a fascination with courtroom dramas. Having grown up in a country that was still communist at the time, the American legal and political system and the whole concept of “innocent until proven guilty” was very exotic to me when I first moved here. During my studies at De Anza, I started to really understand what film noir was about--the dark side of the American dream--so all my stories tend to revolve around that.

Why did you think it was something the public would like to see? (We saw it and loved it!)
TH: I think people enjoy a good mystery because there’s an overall draw in each of us to get to the truth if we see it hidden, and to see justice being served, as we understand it. To me this is evidenced by the public’s fascination with wall-to-wall coverage of cases like Jody Areas, to cite a recent example. With The Advocate I wanted to see behind the spectacle that is the legal chess game that needs to take place in a courtroom, and dissect the process and mindset of the attorneys who take on these kinds of cases.


What was your role in the film?
TH: I wrote and directed it and was one of the three producers along with Matthew Temple and Sachin Mehta, who’s also our lead actor.

How did you get your funding?
TH: We went the somewhat conventional way, doing a business plan and searching for equity investors outside the film industry. Crowd-funding became a big thing in the indie world right around the time, but I’m actually happy we went the old-fashioned way as crowd funding seems to have its own pitfalls.

How did you get your distribution deal?
TH: The movie first screened at the Durango Independent Film Fest and got the Jury and Audience award for Best Narrative Feature so that helped start getting the word out. Then we were in the Dances With Films Festival in LA, and that’s where we finalized our deal with Osiris Entertainment for US distribution.

What advice would you give to aspiring filmmakers?
TH: I would say write a lot, then write some more, then do some short films to learn the craft and just keep going because there is a lot of trial and error involved. Everyone’s path to success is different, but based on what I saw from my favorite directors, making an indie feature is probably the best way to prove your talent down the line. But before you can do that, just keep writing because becoming a good writer will give you the biggest advantage as a filmmaker.





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Tuesday, 29 December 2015 10:50

We’re Staying in for New Year’s…in NoHo!

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What are YOU doing for New Year’s Eve?

Monday, 11 July 2016 07:26

NoHo’s reading for the win!

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Summer Reading Just Got Even More Fun Thanks to the NoHo Library!

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