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Tuesday, 27 October 2015 13:59

Moving to NoHo?

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Spotlight on Al’s Furniture, a NoHo business for 15 years and a key figure in helping to develop our arts district.

Wednesday, 04 June 2014 05:51

Ready to Join A NoHo Dance Team?

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Take a FREE Ladies Styling Salsa Class and Burlesque Class!

Do you like Salsa? (The dance that is) Are you a salsera or one in training? Do you have a flair for burlesque but never take your moves to the next level? Do you have the desire to just dance and perform? This Saturday, June 7, Living Room to Ballroom will offer a free ladies salsa class and a free ladies burlesque class to get you acquainted with their team and style. You will be placed in one of three level groups based on your ability. But you don’t have a desire to perform…yet? Don’t worry, performances are not mandatory and you can join just as a dancer in training!

So what is Living Room to Ballroom? Their mission is to provide performance opportunities and skills to dance aficionados from the Amateur to Professional level. The Company provides dancers who have never trained or performed with the opportunity to be part of a company, work with professionals, travel, perform, and be part of a truly unique experience! Join their performance teams and experience that dancer’s high that you can only get from performing.

WHEN: Saturday, June 7, 1-2PM
DESCRIPTION:  The class will begin with a sizzling warm-up, followed by a Sassy Burlesque routine complete with flirtatious body movements, seductive struts, and come-hither head whips.

Burlesque Troupe

WHEN: Saturday, June 7, 2:30-3:30PM
DESCRIPTION: The class will begin with spicy warm-up, then you will learn flavor, style, elegance, and execution with a Hot New Ladies Salsa Styling routine guaranteed to turn heads! WHERE: Dance it Off Studio
 12834 Victory Blvd. 
North Hollywood, CA 91606
We asked founder Charlene Rose some questions to get more information on the NoHo dance teams.

NoHo salsa team

It looks like you're doing a free class to build a salsa and burlesque competition team.
I currently have two performance teams, Ladies Salsa and Burlesque. Up until now we have been operating out of Santa Monica, but on June 7 I will be offering a free ladies salsa and free burlesque class in North Hollywood to spark interest in setting up a group there as well.

What are the levels for the competition team? Is there more than one team?
We don't actually do competitions, but rather performances and showcases at local venues such as clubs, or larger events such as festivals or charity events.

On the Ladies Salsa Team we have beginning, intermediate and advanced levels. On the Burlesque Troupe we have a training group of beginning to low intermediate levels, and an advanced group, which also performs weekly at a residency that we currently have at a place in Santa Monica called the Charleston.

What are the rehearsals like - when, what can they expect?
Rehearsals are once a week and last for 2 hours (they will most likely be on Saturday afternoons in North Hollywood. We begin with about a 30 minute warm-up that includes body isolations, drills, stretching, and core strengthening. Then we might spend the next 30 minutes either working on more drills, or getting a head start on choreography. The last hour is strictly dedicated to choreography. Then we finish with a cool down. Sometimes we also work on improvisation, especially for the Burlesque Troupe. We have assistants that help with the different levels as well. Why should a novice/expert join the dance team? There is no other high you can get like being on a performance team. We have countless testimonials of students who have enhanced their lives and gained significantly more confidence, have lost weight, have made life-long friends, and have amazing stories they can tell for the rest of their lives. Being on a performance team really helps you to face your fears and challenge yourself, and I find that what our students put into their rehearsals and performances carries over into their regular lives as well.

What else should our readers know about the competition team?
Its a lot of fun! :) Our website is and that is where they can sign-up for the free classes in June.

Want to see some videos of the teams in action?

Their Salsa channel:

The newer Burlesque Troupe videos:  |

Charlene Rose Founder and Director
Charlene is a well-known and respected influence in the Latin dance scene, and has been maintaining a hectic schedule as an international freelance dancer, teacher, choreographer, performer and role model for audiences and students around the world. Charlene utilizes the extensive training she received as a Dance Major at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, Washington to provide the highest level of training and expertise for her students and followers. She also founded and directs her own performance groups along the West Coast, which provides performance opportunities and dance skills to salsa aficionados from the Amateur to Professional level. Some of Charlene’s accomplishments include 2011 Golden Salsa Award for “Best Female Salsa Dancer”, 5X World Salsa Champion, Semi-Finalist on FOX’s “So You Think You Can Dance” and NBC’s “America’s Got Talent”. Charlene now resides in Los Angeles, CA where she continues to pursue her passion for the arts, and she has added to her credits a sizable list of films, television programs, music videos, commercials, modeling campaigns, and theater productions. She has co-choreographed for such prestigious shows as “Dancing with the Stars”, and worked with top choreographers such as Napoleon and Tabitha. Her goal with her art is to inspire and empower people of all walks of life to follow their passions, and make their dreams into reality.

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Tuesday, 05 January 2016 17:39

 NoHo, El Niño is not the Chupacabra.

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That’s right. El Niño is scary for us Los Angelenos. So let’s keep calm and figure out how to deal with rain in our city.

Tuesday, 14 July 2015 09:09

NoHo Students Made That!

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Film Festival Looks to NoHo Art Students for Design

Thursday, 01 May 2014 08:19

What's going on in NoHo?

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Here’s your NoHo arts community update!

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Wednesday, 27 August 2014 11:33

Wake Up and Draw, NoHo

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"Wake Up and Draw" with The Hero Initiative at Blastoff Comics!

Blastoff Comics Wake Up and Draw

The NoHo Arts District dot Com team is always eager to help support worthy causes and especially ones that involve artists. So when we received word that North Hollywood's own Blastoff Comics was doing a Wake and Draw event, we had to help spread the word.

The Hero Initiative, the charitable organization dedicated to helping veteran comic creators in medical or financial need, is celebrating the 97th birthday of Jack "King" Kirby on August 28 with a lot of help and love from Jillian Kirby and her parents, Connie and Neal Kirby. Jillian Kirby, Jack's granddaughter, has spearheaded the "Kirby4Heroes" campaign, which celebrates the King's birthday all across the globe with a variety of great events that benefit The Hero Initiative!

The Hero Initiative has recruited over 40 artists to get up on the morning of August 28, 2014, to simply "Wake Up and Draw." Search the hashtag: #WakeUpAndDraw to see all the great drawings as they happen live! All drawings will be featured in a special gallery at, and fans can bid on them in an eBay auction at a later date!

Artist Tone Rodriguez will be creating his piece live in the Blastoff Comics store starting at 11 a.m. on Thursday, August 28!

Fans can visit the official Kirby4Heroes campaign Facebook page at and donate via the PayPal link at Please type in "Kirby4Heroes" in the special instructions box.

Come down to North Hollywood Thursday and see some great art being created for a great cause!

WHEN: Thursday, August 28 at 11AM

WHERE: Blastoff Comics
5118 Lankershim Blvd.
North Hollywood, California 91601


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Thursday, 07 May 2015 12:08

The Television Academy’s New NoHo Digs

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Change Television, Change the World - A Look at the Television Academy’s New Destination

Tuesday, 04 February 2014 06:00

We make ART for Valentine's Day

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This Valentine's head over to Barnes and Noble bookstore and for a gift of ART!

Go create works of art as gifts for Valentine's Day. For the first time ever at a store location, Barnes and Noble in Burbank will have a free drawing event taking place inside the store. There will be two beautiful Valentine’s Day-themed costumed models. No formal drawing skills are required in order to attend. Art supplies will be provided or you can bring your own and prepare to experience life drawing with models, L.A. style. And for those of who are single, draw the person standing next to you...You never know.

Pierre Bernard Jr., graphic artist and TV personality from Late Night with Conan O'Brien and Conan and a member of our NoHo's Art Directors Guild/Gallery 800, will be the host for this art-filled evening. He will also be signing his new art book, "18x24 And Other Sizes," featuring drawings of art models done over a three-year period since moving to Los Angeles.

WHAT: Pierre Bernard Jr. "18x24 And Other Sizes” Book Signing and Live Drawing event.
WHEN: Saturday February 8 from 5-8PM
WHERE: Barnes & Noble. 731 N San Fernando Blvd., Burbank, CA 91502

Pierre Bernard Jr

Pierre Bernard Jr. is a graphic designer and illustrator with 30 years of experience in commercial art. He currently works for the television show "Conan," which tapes in Los Angeles on the TBS network. He's worked with Conan O'Brien for 20 years, beginning in New York on the hit talk show, "Late Night with Conan O'Brien." Not only was he a graphic designer on the show, he was also regular performer in many comedic sketches. He is most recognized for the comedic performance bit, "Pierre Bernard's Recliner Of Rage." As a result of these appearances, he has developed a large fan following.

Now living in L.A. for almost four years, he has become part of the life art drawing scene in the city. In 2013, he published his first art book, "18x24 And Other Sizes" that illustrates over three years of drawing with various art models at different locations throughout Los Angeles.

Pierre tells us:

“Upon arrival here I started attending life drawing events through the area and in 2012 through the encouragement of a friend decided to document the art I was creating with a book.

Life drawing here in Lis Angeles is very unique and unlike most other places. There is an emphasis on having fun, socializing and experiencing drawing. If Toulouse Lautrec were alive, he'd feel right at home attending these events. The reason I decided to host these drawing events along with my signings is to allow people to experience what it's like and have a better appreciation for the art work in my book.

I've done three signings to date. The first was at Gallery 800 in North Hollywood. Another at the Long Beach Comic Con and the most recent in New York, at the Art League of Long Island. “

Pierre Bernard Jr.

Reviews of "18x24 And Other Sizes" have been great.

"Anyone who thinks crayons are for kids should take a look at Pierre Bernard's new book, 18" x 24" And Other Sizes. It was a revelation to me to see what this very talented artist can do with this medium when it is applied so deftly to the human figure." -Doug Sneyd. Playboy cartoonist since 1964

"Pierre Bernard draws fluid lined pinup girls with doe-eyes and curvy hips. A delightful art book." -Molly Crabapple. Artist and Founder of Dr. Sketchy Anti-Art School

Since the publication of his book, Pierre has hosted a number of successful combined signing and drawing events in Los Angeles and New York. According to him, "Life drawing in Los Angeles is unique compared to most other places, it's kind of like a life style. My goal is to bring these events to as many locations as possible so people can experience it."

His slogan, "Bringing life drawing to the masses… one event at a time!"

Visit his website,

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Tuesday, 05 May 2015 12:49

Saying Goodbye to NoHo’s Michael Higby

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Note from the NoHo Arts District dot Com Team. We had the pleasure of knowing Michael for many years and got to see his love for our neighborhood. He was one of a select few who turned his admiration for NoHo into action. For this we are grateful. We will miss you, Michael, our passionate and fair friend. We hope you are stirring things up in your new “neighborhood.”

Thursday, 20 March 2014 09:13

Planning Your NoHo Weekend? Here's some help.

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What are you going to do in NoHo this weekend?

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