Category: "People to Know"

Breathwork Therapy With Nathaniel V. Dust

Breathwork, or pranayama breathing, therapy is a powerful, two-stage tool + technique used to help individuals confront, and expunge, the emotional blockages holding us back in life. Practitioners have found it more effective than basic talk therapy, because it taps directly into, and expels, the raw feelings, emotions, and negative energy that prevent us from excelling in […]

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Breaking the Celluloid Ceiling: Women in Hollywood

Once upon a time, in the land known as “Hollywood,” women were just as prominent as men in the world of filmmaking. The “fairer sex” richly occupied every role imaginable, from director, to producer, to editor, to screenwriter. In fact, half the films made from 1917 to 1925 were written by women. One of the […]

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Inspirational L.A. Entrepreneur: Kasey Pitillo Births Baby and Launches New Baby Dental Care Business in Same Month

Ever heard of the term supermom? Well, we’ve discovered a local L.A. woman who fits this description. Kasey Pitillo, a longtime dental professional, managed to launch a new oral care line for babies, Happy Teeth, AND have a baby all within a few weeks of each other! In the photo above, Kasey is eight months […]

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AFI Launches Landmark Chinese Cultural Exchange Program with New Scholarship

On Wednesday November 13, 2013, The American Film Institute (AFI) announced its AFI/IDG China Story Fellowship, a new scholarship program at the world-renowned AFI Conservatory aimed at developing feature-length screenplays that foster greater understanding of Chinese history, culture and literature. Made possible through the generosity of Hugo Shong, Chairman, IDG Greater China, the fellowship provides […]

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The Estonian National Symphony Orchestra in SoCal Oct 30 and Nov 1

Many years ago, before Dudamel, and before Finnish conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen was hired to lead the LA Philharmonic, acclaimed Estonian conductor Neeme Järvi was rumored to be one of the top candidates for the position. Once a frequent visitor to Southern California, Järvi hadn’t led the Los Angeles Philharmonic since a 1990 appearance at the […]

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2013 Hollywood Black Film Festival

The Hollywood Black Film Festival (dubbed “The Black Sundance”) provided a panoply of inspiration, education and imagination with five days (October 2-6, 2013) of film screenings, panels, talks, workshops, pitchathons and live-readings. Wrapping up it’s 13th year, HBFF was launched by Founder and Executive Director, Tanya Kersey, to “showcase the most innovative and inspiring work […]

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Social Media Week Los Angeles “Social 25″

  LAST NIGHT, LA’s social set convened at premier member’s club, 41 Ocean, in Santa Monica, to honor 25 outstanding individuals, companies, and brands influencing the future of social media and kicking off Social Media Week Los Angeles (@SMWLA).  The SMWLA “Social 25” are recognized for aligning with the spirit of SMWLA by helping people and organizations […]

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Celebrity chef Michael Voltaggio: Heating up Studio City Sept 7

As if the Valley needs to get any hotter this summer….Celebrity chef Michael Voltaggio – and four other chefs – will be showing off their talent at Universal Appliance and Kitchen Center in Studio City on Saturday, September 7th for the first ever “Universal Discoveries” event. The day will feature a demo by Voltaggio (and […]

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Pretty Woman Producer Takes Next Project, A Writer’s Guide to Hollywood, To Kickstarter

Gary Goldstein is a breath of fresh air. Producer of mega-hits such a Pretty Woman and Under Seige, the Hollywood luminary has been in the filmmaking business for over twenty-five years, and yet he’s still spirited and invigorated when it comes to the magic of movie-making and storytelling, even though the landscape has shifted and […]

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A Taste of Oregon Wine from Sokol Blosser Winery

Oregon might not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of great wine, but that’s changing! Just an hour outside of Portland lies Willamette Valley and nestled in the beautiful Dundee Hills lies Sokol Blosser Winery. Last week, I enjoyed a lovely dinner at Towne in downtown Los Angeles hosted by […]

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