Monthly Archives: May 2010

Theatre Review: Everyday Rapture

by Carlos Stafford The Model Critic



    A young girl waves goodbye to her home in Topeka, Kansas leaving her restrictive Mennonite upbringing.
Armed with her spiritual mentors, Jesus, Judy Garland, and Mr. Rodgers, she skips on down the road to find
her own rapture in New York City.
    Before coming to Broadway, Cheri Rene Scott had a successful run of “Everyday Rapture” at Second
Stage in New York. She brings impressive credentials–“The Little Mermaid,” “Aida,” and “Dirty Rotten
Scoundrels.” Now, at the Roundabout on 42nd St., in this smallish musical she gets to play herself in a
fun-filled journey with great songs, blue-eyed personality, evanescent magic.
    This naive, archetypal, Candide-like figure has the gift of song from childhood.  Where others in her
religious community only allow singing in humble, reverent chorus’, Cheri wants to go solo and sing inside the song. So, she has to face the fact that she’s narcissistic, but nice at the same time.
    The musical has a big heart and lots of laughs in recounting her exuberance and joy of arriving in
New York. Backed-up by the “Mennonettes,” Lindsey Mendez, and Betsy Wolfe she leads us through great
songs by U 2, The Supreme’s, Judy Garland, and most importantly Mr. Rodgers, as she underscores her changing perspective and self-mocking mishaps.  Mr. Rodgers’ song “Be My Neighbor,” was at once touching and funny.
      But the best moments come when Cherie finally becomes a “semi-star” in “semi-hits.”  She has the misfortune of meeting an obnoxious, geeky, young adoring fan on U-Tube, who stalks her on-line, lip syncs all her songs, and eventually betrays her by stealing her personality–her “it-ness.” Deflated, unable to go on, she reaches deep for revelations and finds strength from her past, and hope for the future.
    The tone of the musical is intimate, revealing, comically exaggerated, funny, and sexy.  Ms. Scott is easy to watch, draws you openly into her vulnerable world, and best of all she can really sing.  Also, the direction is crisp, the musicians are strong, and the show elevates the spirit.
    Go to the theater.


Artist Kaucyila Brooke — CENSORED!

Kaucyila Brooke Exhibition Censored at the 2010 Bucharest International Biennale for Contemporary Art

Renowned artist Kaucyila Brooke, an invited exhibitor and speaker at Bucharest Biennale 4, which begins on May 21, 2010, has, without warning, had her work removed from the show.

Tit for Twat

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) May 19, 2010 — Renowned artist Kaucyila Brooke, an invited exhibitor and speaker at Bucharest Biennale 4, which begins on May 21, 2010, has, without warning, had her work removed from the show.

Ms. Brooke had been formally invited to participate in BB4 by curator Felix Vogel who has been following her work since viewing one of her exhibits in Munich in 2007. Kaucyila Brooke is a highly respected Los Angeles-based artist whose work has been shown extensively in museums and art galleries throughout Europe and in the United States. She is a member of the faculty at Cal Arts in Los Angeles.

BB4 is produced by Artphoto Asc., the umbrella organization around Pavilion Magazine, as well as the new Centre for Contemporary Art and Culture in Bucharest Pavilion UniCredit. Approximately 45 artists and artists’ groups are expected to present their works/projects in various locations throughout Bucharest, including museums, a former observatory, art galleries and public spaces. Ms. Brooke’s work was assigned to the Geology Institute.

However, once the director of the Geology Institute had viewed the partially installed exhibit, he demanded that it be removed from the museum. No formal explanation has yet to be offered, although officials at BB4 have indicated they still expect Ms. Brooke to speak—but without having her work exhibited.

This de-installation will make Kaucyila Brooke’s work, Tit for Twat, the only project to be censored during the 2010 Biennale.

“Now the work won’t be shown,” says Ms. Brooke, “because there’s no other institution that’s large enough to accommodate it. I’ve offered to be flexible, to install only part of the project, or show it in several spaces. But there’s neither the space, nor the resources to rent one, and they (BB4) refuse to consider making room within the exhibition that’s already installed.”

Kaucyila Brooke‘s ongoing project, Tit for Twat, is a three part photo montage, photo novella, gender art narrative designed for both exhibition and publication. Its chapters, Madam and Eve in the Garden, Can We Talk?, and It’s Not About Shame. Accessorize!, address the biblical presumption of heterosexuality and its relationship to other theories of origin, notions of innovation and origin in history, creationism, science and material culture.

Kaucyila Brooke’s comprehensive work “Tit for Twat”, having been developed since the early 1990’s, is one of the seminal works in gender oriented conceptual art of the last two decades. “Its prohibition at the Geology Museum in the frame of the Bucharest Biennale 2010 would not only mean a severe case of censorship but also a very sad denial for the Romanian public to see this outstanding, concise, political but at the same time warm and humorous work,” adds Stella Rollig, Director, Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz.

Ms. Brooke’s solo exhibitions include Silberkuppe, Berlin (2009); Alfred Ehrhardt Foundation/ Forum fur Fotographie, Cologne (2008); Galerie Andreas Huber, Vienna (2008. 2006). Recent group exhibitions include Centre D’Art Passerelle, Brest, France; Galician Center for Contemporary Art, Santiago do Compstela, Spain; Kunsthalle Baden Baden, Germany (2009). Ms. Brooke is scheduled to be a guest speaker at the Goethe Institute in Los Angeles, CA, USA on June 24th, 2010, for the lecture series, Big City Forum, organized by Leonardo Bravo. Ms. Brooke is represented by Andersen’s Contemporary Art, Copenhagen; Galerie Andreas Huber, Vienna and the Michael Dawson Gallery, Los Angeles. She is the former Director of the Program in Photography and Media at CalArts in Los Angeles where she has been a regular member of the faculty since 1992. Her work can be viewed at:

For further information or to for interviews with the artist, contact Tracey Paleo at GiaMedia3, Los Angeles, CA (323)325-8879 or email: gia(at)giamedia3(dot)com.



“Change MORE and PROFIT!”

 by Vanessa Summers

Think about it, change is inevitable. At this very moment, I am experiencing some big changes in my business and just this week I was presented with an unexpected change that seemed extraordinarily challenging.

I was left in the last 24 hours asking some very powerful questions about what this exact change was going to look like for my business and life in the very short run – and ultimately, how was I going to successfully embrace it?

I even reached out to a trusted biz partner for a quick emergency chat to ensure I stayed on track with my ‘peak performance’ mental mindset. (On a side note: when I texted my partner that I needed an emergency chit-chat – they immediately called to asked if it was the emergency like I cut off my big toe or what? Hee, Hee, Hee).

In the course of twenty minutes of a phone chit-chat together, I discovered that I was still reaching for an old tool of habit from childhood when big change occurs – and that tool involved asking questions even unconsciously to myself such as, “What did I do wrong?”, “How could I have avoided this situation?”, “Why is this happening to me?”, “Oh my gosh, this is awful?”.

Do you notice a theme in this line of questioning? I sure do now. These questions ignited a perspective of ‘doom & gloom’, fear, change is not good, change is scary, what is wrong with me, why couldn’t I do it better?

As I was having this mini-discussion with my business partner, I realized that this old mental habit did not fit me anymore, that I was in dire need of a mental upgrade for when BIG change occurs. And you know what, I got it!

Through the power of suggestion from my biz partner, I started asking questions such as, “What is the adventure in this?”, “What is loving about this?”, “What is fun about this?”, and of course, “What is good about this?”, “What is great about this?”, and ultimately, “What could be better?”. And WOW, it shifted every emotion I was feeling and even my immediate perspective to one of excitement, faith, hope, possibility, opportunity, and just plain being BIGGER in my thinking along with more space for ‘LIVING INTO MY IDEAL VISION’.

I believe God does for us what we cannot do for ourselves – and really, I believe this is a change for the better for all involved and really a great big gift from the universe because this change is surely going to ensure catapulting my business into an entirely new stratosphere!

Let me ask you a very important question – How do you respond to change?

I think it is an incredibly important topic if you are truly going to be a successful leader and entrepreneur in today’s marketplace, cuz a lot of change is going to continually occur – and how will YOU show up for it? Think about it, your body and cells are changing right now. The earth, the economy, technology, how we do business, and even how we communicate is changing.

You can choose to resist the changes that are always afoot and ultimately be swept away by them. Alternatively, you could choose to cooperate with change, adapt to change, and benefit from change all the while stepping into greater levels of your prosperity. I like to call it INNOVATION!

I believe most people resist change without often realizing it. They have unconscious and sometimes conscious fears, resentments, and even perhaps anxiety that arises when change occurs. Although they seek a more prosperous business and life, both financially and in their lifestyle, they end up doing the one thing that cannot ignite this new result, resisting change.

When you consciously embrace change wholeheartedly as an inevitable part of life, and align your focus to creatively seek ways to utilize new changes to make your life more abundant, easier, and fulfilling, your life will have a more graceful flow.

You will experience change as an opportunity for growth and new experiences. You will energize your spirit and higher self with possibility and wonderment.

In an effort to help you practice this prosperity tool wholeheartedly, I want you to remember back to a time when you experienced a change but resisted. Perhaps it was a move, a job transfer, a change in heart, a change in how you do business, or even your family dynamics shifting – a change you were going to have to deal with and you thought it was the worst thing in the world.

What happened once you surrendered to the change? Did you life actually eventually improve? Can you look back now and say, “Wow, I’m grateful that happened. Look at all the good it eventually brought me?”

If you can always remember that you’ve been through changes in the past – and that they’ve largely worked out for the best – you can begin to approach each new change with the excitement and anticipation you should. To help embrace any change, ask yourself the following questions:

What’s changing in my life that I’m currently resisting?

Why am I resisting that change?

What am I afraid of with respect to this change?

What am I afraid might happen to me?

What’s the payoff for my keeping things the way they are?

What benefits might there be in this change?

What would I have to do to cooperate with this change?

What’s the next step I could take to cooperate with this change?

When will I take it?

Highly successful entrepreneurs appreciate and embrace change as a universal law of life, as they understand, that if they are not changing and growing, they are not creating more space to accommodate the new desired levels of financial success they wish to have in their business and prosperity they wish to receive in all areas of their life.

With this NEW economy well underway, ask yourself what new results you would like to see unfold in all areas of your life, especially financially and then ask yourself what new changes you would need to embrace to see these results manifest!

2010 Vanessa Summers Companies LLC.

Dubbed the “Financial Guru” by CNBC & “Online Entrepreneur”, Vanessa Summers publishes ‘Insights on Business Success’ weekly ezine. If you’re ready to jump-start making more money, marketing more successfully both offline & online, building effective business systems to automate your biz growth and having an extraordinary quality of life, get your FREE tips now at

Los Angeles Youth Network Anniversary Hollywood Gala

LAYN’s 25th Anniversary Hollywood Gala

As we enter our 25th year of service to the community, we hope you will join us as we celebrate this milestone and the outstanding community partners who have made our work possible. Please support our mission at our Hollywood Gala on June 10th, 2010 at the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood. 

You can be part of the celebration!

6:00 pm
Live Jazz, Cocktails & Silent Auction

7:00 pm
Dinner, Dancing & Program

Cocktail Attire
Tickets held at door

For more event details, press kits or sponsorship information, call Allison Fuller at 323.467.8466
or visit

Download our sponsorship sheet here: GALA SPONSOR

Donate to our Silent Auction here: SILENT AUCTION DONATION

Purchase Tickets Here

As we enter our 25th year of service to the community, LAYN will celebrate the success of our programs and the outstanding community partners who have made our work possible at our Los Angeles Youth Network Hollywood Gala on June 10th, 2010 at the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood.

We are proud to honor three outstanding community partners:

Legacy Award - Gensler Architecture & Design

Gensler is a global design, planning, and strategic consulting firm. Through its gServe community service initiative, Gensler’s six-office Southwest Region draws on its staff and industry relationships to partner with nonprofit organizations and give back to the communities in which it works.

Visionart Award - Dr. Lisa Newell

Dr. Lisa Newell is a veterinarian who transformed her love of animals into a lifetime of philanthropic endeavors. A member of the State Veterinary Medical Board, Lisa is an inspirational Board Member for LAYN, the California Wildlife Center and serves on the advisory board for K9 Connection.

Vanguard Award - StandUp For Kids

StandUp for Kids is a nationwide agency working to end youth homelessness. StandUp For Kids carries out their mission through volunteers who go to the streets in order to find, stabilize and otherwise help homeless and street kids improve their lives. 

25th Anniversary Gala Dinner

Copyright © 2010 Los Angeles Youth Network. All Rights Reserved.

Alexander Tips by Leland Val

 To feel lighter, think of your body as a spring or an archer’s bow.
The more the ends of the bow are pulled together, the more they try to go apart.

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At The Theatre: 7 Miles From Prison with David L. Ray

by Tracey Paleo~

As I sat at the local Coffee Bean with David in Culver City, I couldn’t help but think, “damn I wish I had brought my camera,” and I said it out loud to boot. David laughed. “that’s very sweet.” I couldn’t help myself. Dressed neatly in a casual, yellow, barely plaid short sleeved button down shirt, sitting comfortably against a counter top legs, slightly crossed, and with the piercing blue eyes of a young sage, he had the air of a Southern gentleman from days gone by. A Tennessee Williams modern play-write.

I arrived late. Lost from my directions. Excused myself to get a cup of coffee and a blueberry scone. I didn’t want David to stay alone too much longer so as I hurried through my order, scurried back and forth for coffee, cream and plated treat, I started the conversation from across the room at the order station.

David, of course was patient, reserved and relaxed. So when I finally plopped myself down into a chair, I found myself not feeling as guilty as I should. I simply listened and effervesced (inside) as he spoke.

 ‘It’s been a long time. But like anything else in life you wrestle with yourself until things just come together.’ (David) 

‘This is your time now David. It’s all pulling together quickly now.’ (Me) 

I sincerely meant that statement. I have known David L. Ray for over two years and indeed could say things, his writing, acting and recognition for his artistic voice, are happening suddenly at almost lightening speed. At first it was just an announcement for the show but as we spoke he also began to reveal the festival appearance, the other plays, the other productions, the teaching and the press. I was astounded. I was joyous. So much to celebrate. He really is on his way.

‘So what is 7 Miles From Prison all about? What does it mean for you?’ (Me)

‘It’s partly about healing. It started out as a story about my life. But of course it’s fictional and not my life entirely. It’s about a boy whose father is a prison warden, who is a member of a Baptist Church and how he struggles through life as he becomes openly gay. Life becomes very difficult with his father who is anti-gay and with his church who is un-accepting.’

‘So it is an internal and external prison.’ (Me) 

‘Yes.’ ‘The prison is in the town. The town is the prison. The church is the prison.’

‘It’s not everything I am. It’s a beginning. Writing this piece was partly about healing. But now I want to distance myself from it and give it as an offering. I would like to soften the world’s point of view.”

David has a way of being gentle, honest and direct at the same time. He is a largely intense voice held in a captivating, nuanced, soft-spoken man. I have no doubt that 7 Miles From Prison will soften his audiences and move the world.

See the one man show that LA Weekly called,     “A sharp one- act, quite moving.”

Don’t miss the one day Los Angeles preview before 7 Miles from Prison makes its way to New York City for the All Arts Festival.

May Preview Los Angeles, CA:

May 16th, 2010 – 6:00pm
Culver-Palms UMC
4464 Sepulveda Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90230

                      Fresh Fruit Festival New York, NY

July 18, 2010, 7:00 PM
July 19, 2010, 10:00 PM

Cherry Lane Theater
38 Commerce Street
New York, NY 10014-3755

submitted by Tracey Paleo

Fairfax Business Association of Los Angeles Appoints GiaMedia3 As New Brand Strategist

The Fairfax Business Association of Los Angeles, has appointed public relations agency GiaMedia3 as part of its re-organization campaign to attract new membership and highlight Fairfax Village as an urban destination.  

The Fairfax Business Association is a non-profit volunteer-run organization. Formed initially for the purpose of beautifying Fairfax Avenue and the Fairfax Village, the FBA is now spearheading a campaign to unify local merchants and residents alike, who represent a cultural cross-section of Los Angeles including historic Jewish delis, bakeries, and kosher stores alongside, new cutting edge street boutiques, nightclubs and restaurants. Adjacent are such regional landmarks as the historic Los Angeles Farmers Market, The Grove, CBS Television, the LA County Museum and the celebrated Fairfax High School.

The FBA is looking to GiaMedia3 to help re-brand itself and create a unique identity for its operations going forward which ultimately will stimulate and support the Fairfax Village area as a bustling community hotspot.

GiaMedia3 is a boutique micro-branding, marketing and public relations company based in Los Angeles,CA which handles up and coming artists, photographers, filmmakers and designers amongst its roster of clients.