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Win Tickets from @mizmeliz to See @TheHeatMovie See the Trailer #THEHEAT ROCKS!

You’ve gotta see this!  

Check out the Trailer Here.

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I was excited to see this movie as soon as I saw the trailer for it in the theater.  Then I found out that I can see it for FREE before it opens at a screening.  It’s a LADIES NIGHT event. If you want to attend for FREE (I don’t know why I have to capitalize the word  free.  I guess it is because I am yelling it and I am excited!) just read on.

If you live near Sherman Oaks, CA and want to win two admission passes to see a screening of the movie on Wednesday May 29th @ 7:30PM just tell me in the comments one other movie you have seen featuring one of the stars of The Heat.  If you get the answer right, and you will, I will email the details to you and make sure you and a friend are on the guest list.

I hope I see you there!  Good Luck!

Note:  You must live in the local area and provide your own transportation to the theater.  These passes do not guarantee admission to the film.  It is important to show up 45 minutes before the start of the screening to ensure VIP seating.  Space is limited.  I will post a message when all passes have been given away.  Only the names of the limited eligible winners will be placed on the guest list.  I have not been paid to promote this or any other film. All opinions are my own.  I have been offered free admission to this screening.

http://mendpoverty.org/
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My Oscar Experience: Part One @MendPoverty #MENDOSCARS #MizOscars

My Oscar experience 2013 began when I saw The Sessions and I considered it to be “Oscar-worthy”.  When I see movies I always try to predict the nominees for the Academy Awards.  Once the nominees are announced, I try to see as many of the films as possible.  This year, I think I out-did myself!

I enjoyed seeing quite a few of the Oscar nominated films including:
The Silver Linings Playbook
The Master
The Sessions
Frankenweenie
Brave
Skyfall
Snow White and the Huntsman
The Avengers
The Hobbit
Paperman
Lincoln
Life of Pi
Django Unchained
Zero Dark Thirty
Argo
Les Miserables

Here are a few I missed but would still like to see:
Flight
Amour
The Impossible
Beasts of the Southern Wind
ParaNorman
Anna Karenina
Mirror Mirror

Tonight I have the privilege of attending MEND’s Oscar® Experience Los Angeles.  MEND is a charitable organization.  With dignity and respect, powered by volunteers, MEND’s mission is to break the bonds of poverty by providing basic human needs and a pathway to self-reliance.  Meet Each Need with Dignity, MEND, is an organization that my family has supported over the years by donating and volunteering.  This is the first time I am able to attend their annual gala event.

Oscar® Experience is the Academy of Motion Pictures and Arts and Sciences’ program that enables local charities to host glamorous Oscar® viewing parties and raise money for their organizations. Only one charity in any given media market may participate in Oscar® Experience. MEND is honored that the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has designated MEND as the only official Oscar® Experience charity in the Los Angeles area.

The whole thing takes place at Universal Studios, here is the “invitation”:

MEND invites you to join us for our third annual

OSCAR® EXPERIENCE LOS ANGELES CELEBRATING THE 85TH ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS

Universal Studios HollywoodSM – the Globe Theatre Sunday, February 24, 2013

4:00 pm: Red Carpet Arrivals 5:30 pm: Program Begins 6:00 pm: Gourmet Dinner by Wolgang Puck Catering Begins

Evening includes celebrity guests, silent auction, casting your own awards ballots, and an Oscar® trivia contest.

Attire: Red-carpet appropriate

http://youtu.be/P4TB9MQMpeI

So, now I have to decide on what to wear and do a little more fact finding to participate in the trivia contest and make my final decisions so I can cast my ballot! I am so excited!  I will be Tweeting and posting on Instagram so you can follow along in the Social-Media-Sphere and join in the fun!

#MENDOSCARS @MENDPoverty @mizmeliz #mizoscars

Hopefully, I can help raise awareness for this special organization that does so much for the people of Los Angeles. If you want to volunteer or just find out more, click here VOLUNTEER NOW.

MEND – Meet Each Need with Dignity
(818) 897-2443
10641 N. San Fernando Road
Pacoima, CA 91331

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What Do You Want? “Playing for Keeps” Movie

#mizmeliz giveaway passes for screening in Los Angeles via http://mizmeliz.com @mizmeliz

Gerard Butler, Jessica Biel, Uma Thurman, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Dennis Quaid star in “Playing For Keeps,” a romantic comedy about a charming, down-on-his luck former soccer star (Butler) who returns home to put his life back together. Looking for a way to rebuild his relationship with his son, he gets roped into coaching the boy’s soccer team. But his attempts to finally become an “adult” are met with hilarious challenges from the attractive “soccer moms” who pursue him at every turn.


Playing For Keeps” is directed by Gabriele Muccino, the director of “The Pursuit of Happynesss.”

This sounds like a great flick!  Maybe a Date Night or Girl’s Night Out Movie.  I can’t wait to see it!  AND I want to offer you a chance to see an advance screening!

Join me at a special advance screening of Film District’s new movie, PLAYING FOR KEEPS  in Los Angeles on Thursday, December 6th.   The screening will take place at AMC Century City at 7:30 PM.

Here is how it works:  the first ten people who reply in the comments with the correct answer to my Miz Meliz Movie Question will get the code to access the free pass!

You should arrive by 7:00PM to redeem your screening passes.

The Miz Meliz Movie Question is:

What is a movie or TV series that Dennis Quaid is in? Put your  answer to the question in the comments. (That is it! It’s so easy! I know!)

Just respond in the comments with a correct answer and you are a winner!

I will send you a confirmation email with instructions on how to get your movie passes. Just be sure that before you answer, you can actually attend the screening. You must provide your own transportation. You must be available to go to the screening in Los Angeles, CA on December 6th and you and your guest must be able to arrive by 7:00 PM.

Good luck!  I can’t wait to review this movie and get your reactions to it!

Even if you can’t see the movie on the 6th, let me know what you think of the film if you see it.  I can’t wait to hear from you!

Tell me, what do you want?

mizmeliz.com give-away pre-screening Los Angeles
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The Sessions

I have one set of movie passes left to give away – going, going, gone!

I am looking forward to seeing this new film from Fox Searchlight called THE SESSIONS starring John Hawkes and Helen Hunt coming in theaters on October 19th.

There is a Special Screening coming up for the film. And I have a prize for the first ten people who reply in the comments with the correct answer to my Miz Meliz Movie Question!

The Prize: You and a guest are invited to attend a special advance screening of The Sessions

Thursday, October 18th @ 7:30PM

The Landmark West

10850 West Pico at Westwood Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90064

You should arrive by 7:00PM to redeem your screening passes

Miz Meliz Note: Admission is not guaranteed and this is one of those times that being “stuck in L.A. traffic” is not an acceptable reason for being late. No “fashionably late” or “Filipino Time” takers on this one, please. I really don’t want to disappoint you! So plan to be there by 7:00 PM.

The Miz Meliz Movie Question is:

What is a movie that William H. Macy is in? Put your email address and the answer to the question in the comments. (That is it! It’s so easy! I know!)

The first ten people who respond in the comments with a correct answer AND their email address will win.

I will send you a confirmation email if you are the winner. Just be sure that before you answer, you can actually attend the screening. You must provide your own transportation. You must be available to go to the screening and you and your guest must arrive by 7:00 PM.

Good luck!

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Celebrating Love and Lasting Relationships

I am blessed to be in a lasting relationship with my best friend of 28 years (I have been married to him for 20 years!)  I know what it takes to be in a devoted relationship that withstands the tests of time while traversing the hills and valleys of life’s journey.  I was recently asked to write a featurette on such a couple.  I am feeling both proud and lucky to have been given this opportunity!

Married for 37 years, living in the public eye in the entertainment business and having faced numerous hardships throughout their lives, I found the story of Gloria and Emilio Estefan, Jr. to be both fascinating and quite inspiring.  Having loved their music for decades, I never really considered myself a big fan. Thankfully, I had the opportunity to learn about their many accomplishments and the gifts that this wonderful pair are sharing with the world through their love, their music, and their philanthropy. . .

The Queen of Latin Pop and Latin King Midas

An inspiring story of Miami’s ‘Royal Couple,’ Gloria and Emilio Estefan, Jr.
By Melissa Reyes

Read the featurette:  http://salseek.com/news/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=51&Itemid=199

Photo by Richard Sandoval of http://www.hispaniclifestyle.com/ used with permission.

Disclaimer:  I received no compensation for this article or the featurette, photo credit or links.  I am not a paid contributor or sub contractor and my opinions are my own.  Information regarding the subject of the article was obtained through my own research findings, are not based on first-hand knowledge and sources have been listed accordingly.

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The Closer Series Finale Event CONTEST

ENTRIES FOR THIS CONTEST ARE NO LONGER BEING ACCEPTED.  Due to high interest in this event, I have been asked  to withhold awarding any more winners. As the producers would like to be able to ensure seating to all the winners.

Calling all fans of THE CLOSER!

To celebrate the end of seven extraordinary seasons of the record-breaking show, THE CLOSER, TNT and Lincoln are hosting a Series Finale Screening Event on Tuesday, August 7th.

This exclusive event includes a showing of the series finale, talent appearances on the red carpet, complimentary food and beverage, and a Q&A with your favorite detectives following the screening!

For your chance to win, email mizbizevents@gmail.com with the subject “THE CLOSER.” See details below.

Good luck!

mizmeliz.com contest for @TheCloser Series Finale

Would you like to attend this special event taking place on August 7th?  That is five days BEFORE the series finale airs on TNT!

This is for BIG FANS!  Here is your chance to win four tickets!

Just EMAIL your answer to my ‘Closer Qualifier’ question to me at mizbizevents@gmail.com AND let me know that you sent the email in the comments for this post.  Your name will be entered into a random drawing.  Five people will win!  It’s that easy!

As of this moment:  ENTRIES FOR THIS CONTEST ARE NO LONGER BEING ACCEPTED.  Due to high interest in this event, I have been asked  to withhold awarding any more winners. As the producers would like to be able to ensure seating to all the winners.

The Closer Qualifier Question:

What are three things that Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson loves?

There are many answers and all will be accepted!  Just send your three favorite answers in an email to me at mizbizevents@gmail.com and post a comment telling me that you entered to win on this post.  One entry per email address will be accepted. The winners will be notified on Monday, August 6th – just before the next to last episode airs at 9:00 PM Pacific Time.

To catch up on The Closer, here is this week’s schedule on TNT:

Monday, July 30, 8:00PM ET
Drug Fiend TV-14-LV
Monday, July 30, 9:00PM ET
Last Rites TV-14-DV
Monday, July 30, 11:00PM ET
Last Rites TV-14-DV
Tuesday, July 31, 2:00PM ET
Live Wire TV-14-LV
Wednesday, August 1, 2:00PM ET
Dial M For Provenza TV-14-LV
Thursday, August 2, 2:00PM ET
Problem Child TV-14-V
Friday, August 3, 2:00PM ET
Sudden Death TV-14-LV
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Hollywood Nights: The Urban Desert Cabaret Review May 17, 2012

Miz Meliz at the Urban Desert Cabaret in HollywoodI had a really good time in Hollywood the other night!  I attended the Urban Desert Cabaret show at the Pig & Whistle Back Room on Thursday night, May 17th.  I spent some quality time with my family.  My brother and sister-in-law were there with my niece and their friends.  I was accompanied by my two best girlfriends.

The music was great and the night was special because there was a performance of a portion of Varieadades, a presentation of spoken word and music by the acclaimed writer, Ruben Martinez.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1adw4z1U7Tg

Besides the amazing bass guitarist, Juan Perez and the phonetic stlylings of Martin Holmes’ poetry, it was kind of a girl’s night at the Urban Desert Cabaret.  The room was visually enhanced by the abstract art installation of Joanna Fodczuk.  Her paintings are passionate and stirring and really set the mood for the evening’s talent.

Miz Meliz with Rachel Gutierrez at the Urban Desert CabaretI was impressed by Raquel Gutierrez who performed with Martinez and included a reading of her own work as well.  Even though she comes off edgy, deep, personal and raw – I found Raquel to be cool, smooth and a powerhouse of Latina strength and fortitude.

I dropped her this note after she accepted my friend request on Facebook:

“Hi Raquel, I enjoyed your performance at #UrbanDessertCabaret! I’m posting a review on my blog, do you have a website I can link to? Or upcoming shows you’d like to plug?”

She replied promptly:

“Hi Melissa, that’s really cool! My blog’s been http://raquefella.blogspot.com/ for years now and I am on twitter @raquefella. I’ll be here on June 8: http://www.facebook.com/events/224357277677919/?notif_t=plan_edited

Awesome!!  I look forward to seeing her perform again!

Miz Meliz with Cala Elaine at Urban Desert CabaretThe highlight of the evening for me was early on when I was delighted by the incredible performance of guitarist/songstress, Cala Elaine.  I can’t wait to see her perform again. I was intrigued by the combination of her strong sultry voice (reminiscent of Stevie Nicks) and her soulful charm and grace (a little like Jewel.)  She had so much energy and depth in her performance and when I had a chance to meet her, she was friendly and genuine.

Cala and I also exchanged Facebook pleasantries and she has some website updating and more gigs in the works.  Definitely go see her (and any of the artists from UDC) if you can – you will not be disappointed!

Everything about the line up was just as described by the organizer (my cousin) Joe City Garcia on the Facebook Event Invite.  All the terrific artists coming together for a show that always seems to end too early!  The poetry, the exceptional musicians, the atmosphere and the venue – all added to the perfect evening.

The food at the Pig & Whistle was great, the margaritas are pretty good (made with a splash of orange or pineapple juice.) I just hated to leave!  The UDC combo is just getting started when they “play us out.” as everyone says their good byes.

I hope to see you next time at the Urban Desert Cabaret this Summer.  You might even see me make an appearance and read my own original poetry!!

Miz Meliz and Jonathan at Urban Desert Cabaret

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Urban Desert Cabaret A Favorite Hollywood Hot Spot

Bien Venidos a Todos! Welcome All!

Tonight’s special event hosted by Joe City Garcia will be one to remember!!

Featured guest artists for tonight’s performance include: Martin Holmes (Poeticus Racontaurus), Martínez del Río – Variedades (Ballad of Ricardo Flores-Magón), Cala Elaine (Songster of Exquisite Passion), Juan Pérez (his Awesomeness of Bass), Joanna Fodczuk (abstract installation) and songs and jams with the UDC combo: Dean H. Chamberlain, Jeremy Gilien, Tonya Lee Jaynes, Robert Matsuda & host Joe City Garcia.

Deets:

  • Thursday, May 17, 2012
  • Back Room, 714 Hollywood Blvd.  http://www.pignwhistlehollywood.com/
  • $5 cover.
  • Full menu and bar.
  • Street parking only enforced until 8PM
  • $5 lot @ Cherokee & Selma.

Join the Event: @  http://www.facebook.com/events/147032125418919/

Tell Me More Miz Meliz!

  • The Urban Desert Cabaret is a collaborative bi-monthly event consisting of guest songwriters, poets, spoken word artists and musicians. Conceived and hosted by Joe City Garcia.
  • The Pig’n Whistle Back Room is an intimate venue, a secret oasis amid the ‘new’ Hollywood Boulevard. Located between Las Palmas and MacCadden Place, you can enter from the side off of MacCadden Place between Selma and Hollywood Blvd. In fact, if you wish to avoid the boulevard altogether, you can circle around the back from Selma and look for street parking (only enforced until 8PM on Thursdays) or park in one of the lots ($5 lot @ Cherokee & Selma.)
  • Segments of L.A.’s hit performances of Variedadeswill be part of tonight’s showcase at Urban Desert Cabaret.
  • Joanna Fodcuk’s installation of Abstract Art will be highlighted tonight at the event as well.

Come back this weekend to read my ramblings of my experience at tonight’s Urban Desert Cabaret!!

VARIEDADES, the regular “performance salon” hosted by author and performer Rubén Martínez took stage in four installments at the famous Echo Club in Echo Park, in November of 2011.  Variedades focussed on an expansive theme: the Desert, in all its immensity, beauty, and fearsomeness. An eclectic bill of artists rendered the “land of little rain” as desert scribe Mary Austin once called it, with music, spoken word, comedy, performance art and even a “performance lecture” by a leading theologian. This resulted in a dramatic and poignant portrait of a place where Mexican migrants cross a searing land, monks seek spiritual purity, soldiers wage battle and students stage revolution… the many deserts within the desert. The show at the Echo Club featured legendary alternative folk figure Victoria Williams (founder of Sweet Relief), internationally recognized performance artist Elia Arce, comedian/playwright/activist Richard Montoya of Culture Clash, and author and Loyola Marymount University theologian Douglas Burton-Christie.

Variedades, as does the Urban Desert Cabaret, pays special tribute to the powerful art scene that’s taken root in recent years in Joshua Tree—a Mojave desert destination long popular with Angelenos. Angelenos are certainly obsessed with the desert. Sometimes we even say that we live in it. (We don’t—you have to cross over the mountains to get to it.) It is certainly our escape-landscape, a screen upon which to project all kinds of desires and fears, and a real, physical place to inhabit. (In the 1990s and first decade of the new millennium, the Desert West saw the fastest population growth of any region in the country.)

As long as people have been traveling to the desert, artists have been representing it. The desert is a recurring character in both the Old and New Testaments. It is the setting for the American passion play of the Western. These days it is often the mise-en-scène for narco noir and neo-nativist politics—Arizona’s SB 1070, an electrified “border wall.”

VARIEDADES is inspired by the Mexican Vaudeville Shows in 1920’s Los Angeles in which Martínez’s grandparents were regular performers.  VARIEDADES v.4 approaches this vast, contradictory space the same way previous themes had been approached (migration, the drug war, anarchy): with artists of different genres and generations bringing passion and humor, pathos and spectacle to illuminate the theme.  The original four part series, performed last year, was made possible by a generous grant from the Material World Foundation (http://www.georgeharrison.com/mwf/main.html) and Liz Garo and The Echo.

A native of Los Angeles and the son and grandson of immigrants from Mexico and El Salvador, Rubén Martínez holds the Fletcher Jones Chair in Literature and Writing at Loyola Marymount University, and is an artist in residence at Stanford University’s Institute for Diversity in the Arts. An author and a veteran journalist, he won an Emmy Award for his work in public television. As a musician, he has collaborated with the likes of The Roches, Los Illegals, Ersi Arvizu, and Marisoul Hernandez. (From: http://www.attheecho.com/2011/10/24/saturday-11-12-11-variedades-echo/ )

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The FUN ZONE

Life should be fun, right?  I totally think so!  I wish everything was fun.  Or, even more fun!  We love to laugh in our family.  I am grateful for all the different kinds of laughter.  I love when people have “laugh-lines” instead of wrinkles.  I love when people laugh at my jokes or think I am funny.  I love to tickle little kids.  I still try to tickle mine.  I love smiles and snickers, giggles, and guffaws.  Welcome to my very own “Fun Zone”!  Tell me, what makes you laugh?

Here are my favorite laughs:

  • I know a kid who loves babies and kittens.  He’s a pretty tough guy most of the time, but has a soft spot for cute adorable little things.  There is this sound that he makes when he sees something that strikes a chord. . . a high-pitched whiny “Ohhaawwhh!”  Followed by a an airy gutteral half-laugh as if in utter disbelief that anything could be so cute.

 

  • This one is a crack-up to witness and then hilarious when you join in.  It’s that uncontrollable contagious giggle-snort-laugh that you just can’t stop and at first think it’s annoying until you get it too and everything seems funny and you just keep laughing and laughing until your eyes water and you think you might have just peed in your pants!!!!

 

  • The head-shake/nervous laugh combo.  AKA the “tell.”  When I want to know what happened and I say something totally funny and I get this reaction, I know they either don’t get the joke or they are up to something.   I don’t want to give away my secrets, but I can read this one like a book!

 

  • The sigh giggle that girls make when they are in love.  It starts with a deep breath and then a light “hahhhh. . . . hee hee hee.  They most likely are thinking about something he said or did.  Ah, young love.  Butterflies.  Hearts and roses.

 

  • The histerical outburst laugh that is made when you are reading something funny.  I’ll hear this once in awhile from my kids when they are playing a video game or using head phones, too.  It’s that loud. . . “HA!” followed by, “Oh my God!”  Ha ha ha ha ahhh ha ha!! Chuckle chuckle. . . trails off and then another “Ha!”

 

  • The laugh so hard you scare yourself gut-busting laugh.  This is the one that can actually wear you out if you keep it up long enough.  I went to a comedy club when I was pregnant once and the comedian was so funny, I laughed so hard I thought I was going to hurt the baby!  Comedy shows and movies are always on at my house and laughter is going on all the time.  I just love it!!