Monthly Archives: March 2010

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Tango with a Legend in April!


With Veronica Vidan, Maxi Copello & Nadia Johnson
Los Angeles, CA -- April 8 – April 13, 2010

The King is back! One of the legends of tango returns to Los Angeles for a week of workshops and a performance at Milonga LosAmigos in Pasadena on Saturday, April 10th. Carlos began dancing tango in the early 1980s, training with the great milonguero maestros of Buenos Aires. Polishing his dance in the practicas and milongas, he rose to be one of the great tango performers of all time, touring throughout the world and starring in Forever Tango, Tango Argentino, TangoX2, Solo Tango and Rojo Tango. Carlos was the first performer to put the essence of the social dance on the stage. Carlos and Veronica will teach his elegant but playful style of social tango—how he creates the dance on the social floor. 


 Maxi Copello continues the Copello magic into the next generation. Breathing in the tango from his earliest childhood, tango music became part of his soul. He and his partner, Nadia Johnson, represent the new generation of social dancers and performers who innovate yet respect the origins and cultural context of the dance. 

 ALL CLASSES WILL BE APPROPRIATE FOR ALL LEVELS. Each class will focus on one type of movement, with introduction and technique by Carlos. Beginners will work with Maxi and Nadia on basic sequences using that movement. Intermediate and advanced students will work with Carlos and Veronica on more challenging sequences using that movement. 

(For example: basic walking steps/complex walking steps; basic giros/complex giros.) 


Thursday,  April 8                                                                                                                                          7:30-8:50 pm                                                                                                                                                               El Abrazo and La Caminada                                                                                                                                    9-10:20 pm                                                                                                                                                                 Ochos & Ochos Cortados 

 Friday,  April 9                                                                                                                                                 8:30-10 pm                                                                                                                                                                       Giros & Contra-giros                                                                                                                                                 Practica 10-midnight      Practica Free for Class Participants 

Saturday, April 10                                                                                                                                                  2-3:30 pm                                                                                                                                                                        Sacadas, Enrosques, Boleos   

Sunday, April 11                                                                                                                                                      2-3:20 pm                                                                                                                                                         Milonga                                                                                                                                                                       3:30-4:50 pm                                                                                                                                                           Vals Cruzado (tango waltz)  

All Classes in the large studio at Hollywood Dance Center, 817 North Highland Ave, Hollywood CA 90038, (1-1/2 blocks north of Melrose Ave; free street parking on Highland Ave.  

PRICES: $25 per class; 3 classes for $65; all six classes for $125 (check or cash only). Private lessons available by arrangement, April 7-13.  

 Performance at  


Saturday, April 10, 8:30 to 1:30 am at Dance Family Studio, 25 North Allen Ave, Pasadena.  

$15 per person; $10 for full-time students with student ID; April Birthdays FREE (with ID). 


FOR INFORMATION CALL LINDA (323) 653-5883 or visit our website at

Alexander Technique with Belinda Mello

Monday evenings 7:00 – 8:30 PM

Fitness shouldn’t mean stress, strain or injury! Prepare to meet your fitness challenges with more wisdom: learn about your coordination, and your self, for a safe warm-up or for any activity

Small class size to maximize individual attention

Spring Class Schedule:
Class topics are all studied in relation to the Alexander Technique:
April 12: Balance and Follow-Through
April 19: Working with the Psoas
April 26: Upper Body Balance and Strength
May 3: Hands & Eyes in Coordination

Only $25/class -please register asap for the 4-week series or for single classes
(Drop-ins welcome, but please call/email)
Classes held at
ATCPD, 330 West 38th St. #805

This class is open to all but is best taken as a complement to private lessons, to support self-study and self-care.

If you have never taken a private lesson, please contact Belinda for an introduction to the Alexander Technique.

Essential Skills for Living Well in 2010

In the Alexander Technique we begin with studying the body and breath to develop an increased awareness of how we respond to tension and balance.

With greater sensitivity, we practice suspending unneeded tension and allowing new possibilities for dynamic balancing and posture, energetic movement, voice, and authentic action

With time, who you are and how you move come into a more harmonious alignment

“I came to Alexander Technique for help with lifelong posture problems. Over the course of ten weeks, Belinda has changed my perception of my body in space. Her clear, easy-to-remember instructions gave me tools that have dramatically improved my balance and flexibility. Our work together has been a transforming experience.”

- Steve Lipmann

Meaning is Over-Rated

by Tracey Paleo

Tonight I decided to do something different.  Instead of sitting at my desk working on one paper or another, I got out of the house and walked.  Walking in Los Angeles isn’t a very typically fashionable thing to do.  But I am a city girl and a New York transplant.  I am happiest and most grounded putting my feet to the pavement.  Plus I always get the best ideas and have the most spontaneous experiences walking block by block, store to store.

As it turns out, I made several interesting discoveries including passing by a small art gallery.  Before my excitement could peak — I had a client in mind and was looking for a space to show his work — I noticed the sign on the door thanking patrons for their business and suggesting they check out the new location in Culver City.  Uggh!  What a drag.

Then I noticed something that made me pause.  In the window was a piece of art still being displayed.  A canvas with one sentence written on it:  “Meaning is Over-Rated.”  I kept that statement in my head and pondered all the way home about this curious phrase.  I decided to think it through a bit.

Do we really need for everything to have a meaning?  Is meaning really meaning-less these days?  Should everything be meaningful?  I often say to friends, “let’s just have fun for the hell of it.  It doesn’t have to mean anything.”  But that is because I get tired of every message shoved in my face everyday trying to make me pay attention or every experience having to fulfill my deepest soul desire as it seems most retailers are on a mission to do these days.    All having to be imbued with some sort of ‘importance’ which really does seem like an over-indulgence.  For truly, meaning has lost its flavor in the nano-second, digital age.

So is meaning over-rated in that case?  I don’t think so.  I just think the idea of meaning is over-used like other ideas such as ‘icon’ or ‘diva’ or “ultimate” — you get my drift.    There are lots of things that are meaningful.  People, places, objects, experiences.  But I think I understand what the artist’s statement was attempting to communicate.  And if I don’t totally understand, at least this artist has given me the opportunity, opened a dialog with me about figuring out what it means to me personally.  It’s personal and that’s the point — for me anyway.

We are just tired.  Tired of all the stuff, the messages, the indulgences, the saturation, the over-importance.  Things are just what they are.  Moments, pauses, breaths, ideas — fleeting or transforming into something else a moment later.

Thinking out loud…

by Tracey Paleo

Sometimes you just have to ask yourself, “what is all of this about?”

This entire month I have been doing nothing but organizing and “Spring Cleaning” if you will.  It’s a funny thing looking through ones papers, files, old photographs and notebooks.  It can really put your life into frame.

As I have been attempting to clear a path from my front door to my kitchen through the mountainous piles, I suddenly am getting much more perspective than I’ve had in a long time.  Yet all I’ve been able to establish is, “how boring.”  My close friends keep assuring me that I am much too hard on myself.  That I have been an inspiration, accomplished feats no other human (they know) have even attempted and I have been the driving force behind their own respective “get into gear” modes.  However, it occurred to me that, a few years ago, I asked the universe for a great big adventure.  I got one.  But along the way, I haven’t been very adventurous.  I haven’t taken a lot of risk.

A good friend read a chapter out of a branding book to me this evening which said that most people live as if they are working in a balloon factory and that their biggest fear is that a unicorn will suddenly walk in.  That made me laugh.  But seriously, it does feel like that.

Surrounded by all of this information on my bookshelves and three-ring binders, on my hard drive and everywhere on the net, I’m considering, ‘what is it that I am really trying to do?’ ‘what is the statement I am trying to make?’ ‘am I really saying anything at all that’s important?’ ‘and just what is it I want to say?’ –the profound feeling of going in circles and arriving at the starting line for a race without an exact destination.  Hmmmm…didn’t someone tell me that it was all about the journey?  yeah…

What is the information age all about?  Are we more informed or simply lost in the shuffle?  I certainly feel a little water-logged these days wading through the messages.  Most of which have hardly any weight or meaning.

A while back I posted a few lines from Lewis Carroll’s, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.  Right now I’m feeling a little bit like Gia’s Adventures in Los Angeles.

‘Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?’

‘That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,’ said the Cat.

‘I don’t much care where—’ said Alice.

‘Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,’ said the Cat.

‘—so long as I get somewhere,’ Alice added as an explanation.

‘Oh, you’re sure to do that,’ said the Cat, ‘if you only walk long enough.’

Alice felt that this could not be denied, so she tried another question. ‘What sort of people live about here?’

‘In that direction,’ the Cat said, waving its right paw round, ‘lives a Hatter: and in that direction,’ waving the other paw, ‘lives a March Hare. Visit either you like: they’re both mad.’

‘But I don’t want to go among mad people,’ Alice remarked.

‘Oh, you can’t help that,’ said the Cat: ‘we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.’

‘How do you know I’m mad?’ said Alice.

‘You must be,’ said the Cat, ‘or you wouldn’t have come here.’

Sounds like a normal day in Los Angeles.

Who am I talking to anyway?  Is anyone listening?

The Contenders Wins The 2010 Aloha Accolade Award For Film Excellence

The Contenders is already off to a “knock out” start at the 2010 Honolulu Film Festival by being selected from among the very best of several hundred of films submitted from over 30 countries around the world.
 by Tracey Paleo~

The Contenders

The festival has not yet begun.  The representatives have not yet arrived. But The Contenders is already off to a “knock out” start for the 2010 Honolulu Film Festival by being selected from among the very best of several hundred of films submitted from over 30 countries around the world.

Producer Rafaele Piscopiello and Screenwriter, Director and Lead Actress, Marta Mondelli have been showing this feature, throughout Italy and the US, at film festivals, where they have appeared and been  featured in Elle Magazine, Marie Claire, Corriere Del MezzoGiorno and on TRIP in Naples interviewed by Vittorio Sinicalchi and film critic Alberto Castellano.

The Contenders is a dark comedy, Agatha Christie-like thriller, full of jealousies, secrets, denials and “the secret of happiness,” where the night’s festivities are shortly thrown into a frenzy by the sudden, unexplained death of the guest whose birthday everyone has come to celebrate – or not.

The Honolulu Film Festival is set to be held April 24th-25th at the world famous Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort and Spa in Waikiki Beach.

Quote of the Day: Friedrich Nietzsche

And we should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once. And we should call every truth false, which was not accompanied by at least one laugh.        

                                                                       ~FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE

 A little bit of tongue and cheek today…


Healthcare Passed!


House Passes Historic Health Care Legislation

Capping a year of legislative activity and ending decades of Democratic
frustration, the House approves a pair of bills that would extend health care
coverage to more than 30 million Americans. One bill goes to Obama’s desk, the
other heads for a final showdown in the Senate.

Another Round For The Contenders

The Contenders - Producers Marta Mondelli and Rafaele Piscopiello

Here Marta Mondelli at TRIP in Napoli, with Vittorio Siniscalchi (left) and film critic Alberto Castellano (right), joined in the second photo by producer Raffaele Piscopiello.

Back in October 2009, one of my very best friends, L’Italiana Suprema (as I have now officially dubbed her) Marta Mondelli, screened her new film, The Contenders, at the
LA Femme Film Festival in Los Angeles. She had just arrived back from her first Italian tour of the film in Salento, Italy and was very excited about this venue. Of course her husband Ben was still bemoaning their cancelled ‘oo la la’ vacation in Sicily. But she spent many dedicated, vigourous hours and Italian ways cheering him up. (wink)
Cut to: Sitting at dinner the night before the closing festival. And I say, “You are brilliant! I am so proud of you! How in the heck did you do it?” And she replies, “It was an act of desperation.”
How is it possible that a sheer act of creativity could be considered an act of desperation?  Or rather why should it take an act of desperation to be creative.
“I needed something to do.  I couldn’t take it any longer!”
Well, DO, she DID! And superbly!
Marta is a gorgeous, talented, actress, teacher, expertly bi-lingual, author, writer, (with her own off and on column in the Huffington Post online) and now producer, director. Yet here stands her statement – for the record. 
I guess we all need fulfillment in our craft. To stretch.  To re-invent.  And it seems that we are all doing it in every art, profession and culture.  Sometimes, we also need a little bit of recognition.
Well, The Contenders is now back from a successful second Italian Festival Tour and making its way to New York City where it is set to premiere on April 28th, 2010 at the Anthology Film Archives. So, well, you know what’s coming…if you are a New Yorker, will be visiting or have friends that like great independent films, get your butts to the seats and see this knockout champion still contending in the festival circuit!
Honolulu Film Festival
The Contenders recently won the Aloha Accolade Award for Excellence in Filmmaking at the 2010 Honolulu International Film Festival.
Not sure if that’s a TKO, but it’s a hit never-the-less!



New York Premiere

April 28th, 2010

32 2nd Avenue (@2nd Street)
 Don’t miss it.  I hear ticket prices are only $9.  That should “knock your socks off!
The Contenders

Lady Gaga and Social Media

If there is someone out there who shows the potential of the union of social media and celebrity, it is Lady Gaga.

via Lady Gaga and Social Media.

Quote of the Day: Marcel Marceau

Music conveys moods and images. Even in opera, where plots deal with the structure of destiny, it’s music, not words, that provides power.
                 ~Marcel Marceau

Music indeed.  I have been an opera lover for several decades.  In fact, I can say, all my life although it wasn’t until I was in my 20’s living in New York City that I finally had the opportunity to experience the wonder that is the Metropolitan Opera and the Accessible Simplicity that is New York City Opera.

And since we are on the subject of power and Destiny, I wanted to take the opportunity to feature one of the more famous of all, Giacomo Puccini’s, Turandot.

Here the great master, still very much in his prime, Luciano Pavorotti, sings Nessun Dorma as part of the 1980 Live From Lincoln Center performance with renowned New York Philharmonic conductor Zubin Mehta.  Which was later made world wide famous at the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy.

Here again in 1990.  Why both?   Because they are so different.  But yet there is so much power in each performance.  I stand in awe and am moved everytime by this maestro, every time, as he sings this gorgeous aria with such emotional intensity.  I am compelled to indulge.

And well, because you will have asked, here is the English Translation of “Nessun Dorma”

“Vincerò” – I will be victorious!

Nobody shall sleep!…
Nobody shall sleep!
Even you, o Princess,
in your cold room,
watch the stars,
that tremble with love and with hope.
But my secret is hidden within me,
my name no one shall know…
On your mouth I will tell it when the light shines.
And my kiss will dissolve the silence that makes you mine!…
(No one will know his name and we must, alas, die.)
Vanish, o night!
Set, stars! Set, stars!
At dawn, I will win! I will win! I will win!

Italian Translation of “Nessun Dorma”

Nessun dorma! Nessun dorma!
Tu pure, o, Principessa,
nella tua fredda stanza,
guardi le stelle
che tremano d’amore
e di speranza.
Ma il mio mistero è chiuso in me,
il nome mio nessun saprà!
No, no, sulla tua bocca lo dirò
quando la luce splenderà!
Ed il mio bacio scioglierà il silenzio
che ti fa mia!
(Il nome suo nessun saprà!…
e noi dovrem, ahime, morir!)
Dilegua, o notte!
Tramontate, stelle!
Tramontate, stelle!
All’alba vincerò!
vincerò, vincerò!

One Of Our Own – Hall of Famer Merlin Olsen Dies

Merlin Olsen and a farewell to all that

March 12, 2010 |  9:29 am

The Rams have been gone from Los Angeles for twice as long as Merlin Olsen ever played for them.

Olsen died this week, and the Rams field teams in a different time zone, but he and his fellow Los Angeles Rams are still more identified with the team in the curled-horn helmets than just about anyone who’s played for the team since.

The Rams came to L.A. from Cleveland in 1946, the baby-boom year after VJ Day. In those early glory days, their blue and gold helmets showed black and white on that new medium of television.

As L.A. flourished in the 1960s, so did the Rams. I always loved their ornate names, like Restoration cavaliers': Norm Van Brocklin, Roman Gabriel, Merlin Olsen, all of them in the football Hall of Fame.

The team moved away from LA – but not far away – after the 1979 season. They went as far as Anaheim, which made former Los Angeles County Supervisor Kenneth Hahn declare memorably, ‘’Who’d go to see the Anaheim Rams?’’ Lots of people, as it turned out, but not enough to keep the team from skedaddling to St. Louis after 15 seasons in Disneytown.

Merlin Olsen was a rare sports star whose second career at least              equaled his first; his entertainment work, and then his charity work.

I’m sure there were some Gen X-ers who were surprised to find in his obituary that the man they knew as Jonathan from ”Little House on the Prairie” had played world-class football as one of the Rams’ ”Fearsome Foursome.”  

I don’t miss having a pro team in LA – no blackouts of any NFL games, after all. But I miss not having been here in time to know the spirit of those Rams, and that Ram in particular.

– Patt Morrison

Hall of Fame football player and actor Merlin Olsen, a giant man who friends say had an even larger heart, died Thursday after a long battle with cancer, he was 69.