Events

Sparkle and Inspire Make Your Own Vision Mandala Canvas with @cindyart0

Posted on May 26th, 2016 by & filed under ART, Events, Everything Miz Meliz

This is a FREE online CLASS with art instructor, Cindy Harrison and mandala artist, Melissa Reyes

Watch LIVE to follow along and create your OWN DIY project every week!

Check back here on Sunday, May 29th at 7:00 am Pacific / 10:00 am Eastern

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Cindy wants to visit Paris, France and has made that a part of her vision and goals.

To make your own Vision Mandala Canvas, you will need:

1 10 x 10 Canvas

an assortment of coordinating acrylic paints

ephemera such as trinkets, jewelry, sparkly things, fabric, momentos, buttons, etc. that go with your theme

photos or scrapbook paper with images that go with your theme

decopage or modpodge glue

paint brushes

water

scissors

use your own craft and decorative art products

Free Kindle Book: This is the Sound of My Soul, honoring LA Women’s Theatre ‪@LAWTF #‎LAWTF16‬

Posted on March 21st, 2016 by & filed under Events, Everything Miz Meliz, See the Video on YouTube

I am offering the Kindle book of This is The Sound of My Soul for FREE

MONDAY, March 28th – FRIDAY April 1st 2016

in support of the Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival

Anyone may download my book for free during this week as my special gift

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The L.A. Women’s Theatre Festival is a multi-cultural festival of solo artists. I am happy to support these talented and inspiring artists!

What began as a coming together of female solo artists to collectively support each other has now become the oldest solo festival for women in Los Angeles and has honored well over 50 deserving women in theatre.  The festival has brought together well over 500 solo artists from around the world, who year after year join hands to share their many heartwarming and personal stories. Audiences have become inspired, impacted and empowered to give testimony: they are not alone in their many experiences that have been mirrored on LAWTF stages over the last nineteen years.

 

On Thursday, March 24th, I had the chance to attend the Opening Night Champagne Gala that kicked off the Festival for 2016! It was lovely to see all the performers and be there for the L.A. Women’s Theatre Festival’s 23rd Anniversary Awards Ceremony. It was such an honor to be there! My husband and I enjoyed it. It was a full house at the Electric Lodge Theater in Venice, CA.

Thank you to my good friend and fellow blogventure enthusiast, Mary Lansing, of Along Comes Mary Blog, for letting me know about the festival. I am not being paid nor was I asked to share the information about the festival. I am donating my time, my Kindle book offer, and my support with social media shares and reviews for the purpose of sharing what I like and enjoy with you. See my disclosure for more information on why I write posts like this.

Please note, if you are a member of Kindle Unlimited on Amazon.com, my book is always available to read for free. Get details HERE.

Spooky Tinsel Town Tales is a-LIVE! #Halloween @gojoemoego @ScrbblngBndit @tenminitt

Posted on October 27th, 2015 by & filed under Events, Everything Miz Meliz, See the Video on YouTube

Join us for a Spooky Time!

On this episode of  Spooky Tinsel Town Tales

with Melissa Reyes, Meredith Loughran and Joe Moe!

Joining Miz Meliz live on Blab, Joe Moe returns for the annual Halloween special of Ten Minutes in Tinsel Town. Joe takes Melissa and Meredith on a virtual tour of his office at the Profiles of History’s Hollywood Memorabilia Auction House.

“Joe spooks me out sometimes and he always stumps me with his horror genre and sci-fi knowledge.” Said Melissa.

“We have to keep meeting this way!” Said Joe.

[insert shrill witchy laugh here]

Meredith tells an unnamed flash fiction story meant to frighten us and got us in the mood for Halloween. Listen for my scream at the end!

What are YOU doing for Halloween? After you watch this episode, you are going to be ready for the scariest online event ever…Meredith presents Halloween Horror Night LIVE on Blab on Halloween night at 11:11 p.m. EST. I will be reading an original flash fiction spooky tale of my own. Joe Moe has also promised to pop in for a trick-or-treat!

The Miz Meliz #DWTS Report: It’s Back! Dancing with the Stars Season 21 #ENMNCon15 Opening Night

Posted on September 14th, 2015 by & filed under Events, Everything Miz Meliz, Live Performances, Miz Meliz Newz Update

This past week has been a whirlwind of Hollywood Style Entertainment for me, which is a real treat!

First and foremost, I want to tell you about my fun experiences with the ENMNCon15 and how it ties together with my perspective on the New Dancing with the Stars Season 21 Opening.

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For details about Dancing with the Stars, photos, music, couples, and more – check out ibTimes.com’s post…spoiler alert!

I had a feeling that I would like this season of DWTS. What did you think of the season opener? I loved it. I mean, well, I really liked it. The opening scene was pretty good. Not the best I’ve seen, but I liked the creativity and use of Hollywood locations. It happened that I was in the area whenit was being filmed and I felt the excitement of being a part of it, much like the representation of thousands of fans who were dancing in the streets with the stars.

I think that is what I love most about Dancing with the Stars.It is interactive and participatory. We call in and vote, we send messages to the dancers and other fans via Twitter and Instagram during the show, we follow the journey of the contestants, the professional dancers and even the judges along the way. When the final eliminations are made we are at one with the finalists, it is a victory for all.

Talk about being in the right place at the right time. 2015-09-10 21.35.50I was at the Entertainment New Media Network Conference’s Pajama Party at Dave & Busters on Hollywood Boulevard on Thursday night, September 10th, when the street was closed down for a huge production. Looking out onto the street in the heart of Hollywood through the panoramic floor to ceiling windows and seeing the lights being set up and the cameras rolling in was a show in itself.

The excitement was built up slowly as I pointed my attention to what was happening at the party. 2015-09-10 20.56.18 (1)Genevieve Goings was giving a presentation in her pajamas on how to apply camera ready make up in ten minutes or less. She looked gorgeous after demonstrating how she fixes her hair, applies make up and false eyelashes on the go. When she was done, the scene below was ready, but for what exactly? At that point I did not know, but I kept looking through the window to see if I recognized anyone.2015-09-10 21.37.02

 

2015-09-10 20.12.47Avatar-GrandfatheredThe ENMNCon15 attendees were shown an episode of Grandfathered, starring John Stamos and The Grinder starring Rob Lowe. Both new sitcoms which will air on Fox TV later this month are exceptional. I liked Grandfathered best. The acting, timing, and writing were very good. I enjoyed the premise, too. Played by John Stamos, as a young and hot looking, successful restaurateur who finds out that he is a father to a single dad, played by Josh Peck, making him a…wait for it…a g, gr, gra…grandfather! It was hilarious and touching. It is sure to be a hit!

 

grinderIn The Grinder, Robe Lowe plays an actor who has just ended a long stint as a lawyer on a very successful TV show. He goes to his home town and stays with his brother, played by Dean Sanderson, who is actually a lawyer. Sanderson’s character is not a very successful lawyer, however and the two have a lot to learn about boundaries and brotherhood.  I see the potential for a very humorous coming together family sitcom.

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After the screenings, I looked out the window on to the street below. It was the perfect bird’s eye view of the Dancing with the Stars season premiere opening scene being filmed. The whole cast was there! I could see Paula Dean and Bindi Irwin. It was amazing. All the conference attendees were thrilled to see this unfold right before their eyes, many of them were visiting from out of state. We could have gone down to the street and fight our way through the crowd to get a close up or a selfie with the stars and the professional dancers, but the view of all the action was just too good! I wish I had spent more time watching and taking pictures, since I got stuck in grid lock traffic on the way home in front of The Hollywood Bowl as that show was letting out. (I think that is what Alexandra Williams did!)

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Seeing all this happen while I was attending the best Entertainment and Travel blogging conference in L.A. got me really pumped up to see it on TV. It went by so fast! But it sure was a thrill to see it all come together in a beautiful production that certainly expressed the Hollywood Boulevard experience. It was complete with a scene of an open air tour bus, the city lights, sparkly glitter lining the streets, and dancing the night away. Just like my life! (But more on that in another post.)

My favorite part of watching Dancing last night was sharing my thoughts on Twitter and Instagram. I found lots of pictures and funny comments from other fans, reporters, and the contestants and pro dancers themselves. It isn’t shown live where I live, so many of the info out there was from earlier broadcasts. It was still fun for us West Coasters. By the way, who did you vote for?

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Dancing with the Stars official Twitter account @DancingABC posted this pic of Hayes Grier and his supportive brother, Nash Grier. Hayes was pretty good in his Dancing debut. He reminds me of my 15 year old son, tall and lanky and a killer smile. Learning to dance at his age is going to be a real plus. Some people think he doesn’t qualify as a “star” because he is an internet sensation. I for one am thrilled that ABC recognizes that live video, You Tube and other apps are a great place to find personalities and are the popular stars of today.

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Professional dancer, Karina Smirnoff (@Karina_Smirnoff) posted this instapic collage of her “first day at school” from backstage. I love seeing these candid shots!

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DWTS Judge, Carrie Ann Inaba (@Carrieanninaba) posted this shot of herself getting ready for the show to start. And after the show, the photo below was posted. I’m not sure these were actually posted by Carrie Ann herself, since she obviously didn’t take the shots. But whoever did take and post these photos gave a great insider’s perspective. I appreciate that!

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My favorite contestant in this season of Dancing with Stars (and my most anticipated “star”) is Bindi Irwin. She stole my heart the moment she was born when I was enamored by the love story of her parents and their willingness to share their lives on television. They lead the way for reality TV. Steve Irwin’s death was such a shock. It is wonderful to see his family living his message. Bindi is a sweetheart and I can’t wait to see her every week as she dances the night away with my favorite professional dancer, Derek Hough! They are so adorable.

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Sharna Burgess and Nick Carter are a couple to watch as well. I think Nick is even more of a heart throb now than he was in the early years of the BackStreet Boys. I was never a big fan, but how can we not love this hottie! It was a great first night for everyone. It was hard to see the low scores for some of the talent, but it was nice to see some of the dancers are seriously contenders and I can’t wait to see who makes it to the finals.

One thing is for sure – the rest of the season will be entertaining, Hollywood Style!

Thank you to FOX TV, ABC TV, Getty Images, my friends at Twitter and Instagram, for the pictures in this post. All other pictures were taken by me and may be used without permission, because that is how I roll. 

Ten Minutes in Tinsel Town Featuring @christofurlopez and The Burning River Authors @wildoatmeal @JaneRLaForge and @chellacouringto

Posted on August 11th, 2015 by & filed under #SPARKLE Tinsel Town Tonight Interviews, Affiliate Links, Books, Events, Everything Miz Meliz, Live Performances, TenMiniTT 2015

I had the pleasure of meeting the Burning River authors who are about to embark on their West Coast Tour! Please join me and Jay for the interview in the video below on this episode of Ten Minutes in Tinsel Town:

Burning River Authors West Coast Author Tour 2015

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 The Tongue & Groove

Spreading the Word for 11 years!

 A monthly offering produced by Conrad Romo of short fiction, personal essays, poetry, spoken word + music. 

Sunday August 16th
6:00 pm
The Hotel Cafe

1623 1/2 N. Cahuenga Blvd.
Hollywood, Ca 90028

The Hotel Cafe is located in the middle of Hollywood on Cahuenga Blvd, between Hollywood Blvd and Sunset Blvd. Cahuenga blvd is 3 blocks west of Vine Street.

Directions: Exit Cahunega Blvd from the 101 Freeway.
Head South for a few blocks (past Hollywood Blvd) unitl you get to 1623.
We’re on the right. DO NOT USE APPLE MAPS. There are many parking options in the neighborhood. Street parking is also available.

Burning River began as a chapbook publisher in 2009 and published nine chapbooks in six years. Our publications were reviewed in various journals, such as the Boston Literary Journal, Gently Read Literature, and The Adirondack Literary Review. Our authors have been nominated for Pushcart prizes, Best of the Net anthologies, and have placed in the O. Henry awards; they have read in a number of venues, from Beyond Baroque in Venice, Calif., to the Mellow Pages Library in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Jane Rosenberg LaForge was the first author published by Burning River. I “met” Jane when she reached out to me at MizMeliz.com to help her find a location for the Los Angeles stop on the West Coast Tour. I was happy to suggest a place that I did a poetry reading at a few years ago. When Jane got back to me and told me about the Tongue & Groove show at the Hotel Cafe, I was just thrilled. I can’t wait to meet her and the other authors in the group on Sunday. In preparation and for promotion – of course I couldn’t wait to extend an invitation to the group to be on my show, Ten Minutes in Tinsel Town!

Let me know if you can attend the reading at the Tongue & Groove in Hollywood on Sunday, August 16th. Be sure to say “Hi Miz Meliz!” if you see me there!

Show Notes

 Author Showcase (for writers, published authors, book promos)

Our Guest1896762_10102284305250994_1732018790_n (1) Authors:
  • Christopher Bowen
  • Jane Rosenberg LaForge
  • Linda Lenhoff
  • Samuel Snoek-Brown
  • Chella Courington
What We Will Talk About:
  • Reading, writing, cooking, yoga, travel
  • August 16 reading at Tongue and Groove in Hollywood
  • Humanitarianism, food, travel, blogging
  • Author-friendly independent bookstores, great restaurant scene as well, and some local music venues
Where Can We Connect with You?
Blog/Website: http://www.burningriver.info
Twitter: @wildoatmeal
caaronbowen@gmail.com
Chella Courington

Chella Courington

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Flying South. Kind of a Hurricane Press (Barometric Pressures Series), January 2015

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Love Letter to Biology 250, Cincinnati, OH: Porkbelly Press, November 2014

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Girls & Women. Cleveland, OH: Burning River, April 2011

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Paper Covers Rock, Canton, OH: Indigo Ink Press, September 2011

TONIGHT : Ten Minutes in Tinsel Town: Burning River Authors. Tues 6pm PDT on #blab. Subscribe now ➼ https://blab.im/tnymng
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