Month: January 2016

Scene Weekend: 2016 AWP Conference & Book Fair Reminder & Future AWP Conference Dates

January 30 / 16 January is coming to a close…..hard to believe, but it is! Reminders….it’s always good to have reminders. The 2016 AWP Conference & Bookfair held in Los Angeles is one of them. Now, I’ve posted this a few times, but I’m sure there are those who are interested. Here are the preregistration and will-call registration for those who haven’t registered yet. So here’s the reminder part…… credit: Association of Writers & Writing Programs 2016 AWP Conference & Bookfair Los Angeles Convention Center & JW Marriott Los Angeles March 30-April 2, 2016 Key Dates October 31, 2015: Preregistration opens December 1, 2015: Bookfair exhibit sales deadline for inclusion in printed program February 12, 2016: Preregistration closes February 15, 2016: Will-call registration opens Materials to View/Download Attendee Guide – information about Los Angeles arts and entertainment, dining, and other attractions Conference & Bookfair App – view the schedule, maps, and more Social Networking Facebook Event Twitter Use #AWP16 Bookfair Facebook Page   Conference Queries Registration registration@awpwriter.org 703-993-4553 Conference Events events@awpwriter.org 703-993-4317 If you still want …

Reflections: A January Poem

January 28 / 16 For this month’s reflection, I’ve decided on a poem by Dylan Thomas. Hope you enjoy reading it…enjoy your the rest of your Thursday, be blessed!   JANUARY 1939 – by Dylan Thomas Because the pleasure-bird whistles after the hot wires, Shall the blind horse sing sweeter? Convenient bird and beast lie lodged to suffer The supper and knives of a mood. In the sniffed and poured snow on the tip of the tongue of the year That clouts the spittle like bubbles with broken rooms, An enamoured man alone by the twigs of his eyes, two fires, Camped in the drug-white shower of nerves and food, Savours the lick of the times through a deadly wood of hair In a wind that plucked a goose, Nor ever, as the wild tongue breaks its tombs, Rounds to look at the red, wagged root. Because there stands, one story out of the bum city, That frozen wife whose juices drift like a fixed sea Secretly in statuary, Shall I, struck on the hot …

Scene Wednesday: ABI Art Business Workshop

January 27 / 16 Hello….it’s been quiet, but not too quiet. Dropped by the Arts Business Institute and found another workshop coming in April….. ♦ credit: Art Business Institute ABI ARTS BUSINESS INSTITUTE SKIDMORE COLLEGE SARATOGA ARTS/ARTS CENTER ARTS COUNCIL   Arts Business Workshop for the entrepreneurial artist          April 9-10, 2016       ♦       Saratoga Springs, NY presented by The Arts Business Institute co-sponsored by Skidmore College and Saratoga Arts April 9-10, 2016  Saratoga Arts at the Arts Center 320 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, New York 12866   Schedule at a Glance – Saturday, April 9 9:00 a.m.                       Registration opens 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.  Who is Your Customer? – Wendy Rosen 10:45 a.m. – 12 noon    Creative Marketing & Branding – Carolyn Edlund 12 noon – 1:00 p.m.      Lunch on your own 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.    Pricing for Profit – Wendy Rosen/Carolyn Edlund 2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.    Sales Strategies for Artists – Carolyn …

Creative Close-Up: Diversity in Hollywood, What Can Be Done?

January 25 / 16 The award season has already arrived. Golden Globes, People’s Choice awards, etc, etc. We all saw the Academy Award nominees announced a few weeks ago. This has created a shake up. I’m on my Twitter account and the hastag: #OscarsSoWhite is right there in plain sight. Yep, the nominees are all white. No African, Hispanic, or any other minority represented on that list. Jada Pinkett Smith is boycotting the Oscars, so is Spike Lee, but let’s be honest, will that solve the problem? No. For a long time, diversity in Hollywood has been an issue and it will continue to be an issue unless we as a whole do something about it. What I’m saying is stop complaining, stop moaning, and griping about it. If Jada, Spike and the rest of us don’t like it, then we need to do something about it. Of course it hasn’t been easy. Even though it’s 2015, minorities (not only African, but Hispanic, Asian, Native American…..) and women still have a way to go. I’m …

The Scene Wednesday: Call for Entries

January 20 / 16 Good Morning….this post is the only thing going on this week, but hopefully, there will be some reminders added along at the end of this week. Here are three calls for entries….   RRWS 23rd National Watermedia Exhibition May 19 – September 4, 2016 Juror/workshop Instructor: Tom Francisconi Top Awards: $1,250; $1,000; $750 plus more. Prospectus: #10 SASA to: Diane Harrison 2842 Lilac Lane N, Fargo, ND 58102 At redriverws.org or at http://www.callforentry.org. DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 11, 2016     15th Gibson Co. Visual Arts Association National Juried Exhibition Trenton, TN $2,000 Awards. Juror: Tom Francesconi/Workshop, April 18 – 22, 2016. $2,000 awards. Download prospectus: http://www.gcvaa.org. All original 2-D media except photography. Digital Entries/Email: gcvaa2012@gmail.com 731.784.4120. DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 12, 2016     Southern Watercolor Society 39th Annual Exhibition May 9 – June 28, 2016 at the Pryor Art Gallery, Columbia State Community College, Columbia, TN. Juror: Dale Laitinen NWS, WW. Cash/merchandise awards. Dale Laitinen workshop May 10 – 13, 2016. Limited to member artists residing in the 18 states and DC which …

The Oscar Nominees Are……

January 16 / 16 I’m sure most of you know that the Academy Award nominees have already been announced. Here are the nominees…..   Best Picture The Big Short Bridge of Spies Brooklyn Mad Max: Fury Road The Martian The Revenant Room Spotlight   Best Director Adam McKay, The Big Short George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road Alejandro G. Iñárritu, The Revenant Lenny Abrahamson, Room Tom McCarthy, Spotlight   Best Actor Bryan Cranston, Trumbo Matt Damon, The Martian Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl   Best Actress Cate Blanchett, Carol Brie Larson, Room Jennifer Lawrence, Joy Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn   Best Supporting Actor Christian Bale, The Big Short Tom Hardy, The Revenant Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies Sylvester Stallone, Creed   Best Supporting Actress Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight Rooney Mara, Carol Rachel McAdams, Spotlight Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs   Best Original Screenplay Bridge of Spies Ex Machina Inside Out Spotlight Straight Outta Compton   …

The Scene Weekend: The Memoir Writing Club

January 16 / 16  Hey! Found something for you present or future writers, courtesy of The Memoir Writing Club. Their aim is to turn your life experiences into page turning memoirs and autobiographical fiction best sellers….well that’s what they said. A writing retreat workshop is in the works….. THE MEMOIR WRITING CLUB WRITING RETREAT WORKSHOP (courtesy cred: The Memoir Writing Club website) ⇓ The Creative Writer’s Workshop: Master Classes Online 4-Week Fiction – starts Sun 21 Feb 2016 4-Week Memoir – Contact for Schedule with Book Writing Coach and Author Irene Graham Online Limited to 4 x Emerging /Advanced Writers In my Online Fiction and Memoir Master Classes I work with 4 x Emerging/Advanced Writers in a Workshopping capacity to support work-in-progress manuscripts. These dedicated LIVE Online Classes will provide pertinent feedback on your book.  You will also receive private tuition from me regarding the structure of your Novel or Memoir, together with tutoring on advanced language and writing voice skills. For full details and to apply get in touch with Irene now. There are not …

@ the Museum: Los Angeles

January 15 / 16 Good Morning…..Friday is here, the weekend is coming. Shadowbox is back with @ the Museum, but this time I’m not focusing on one museum. Nope, I’m looking and scoping cities for many museums. I’m looking towards the west….Los Angeles is the target. LA is not only the place for entertainment, the capital of LaLa Land, but it’s got cultural things and events as well. This time it’s not one museum, but several. Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) / 5905 Wilshire Blvd. 323.887.6000 / http://www.lacma.org   The Getty Art Museum / 1200 Getty Center Dr. 310.440.7300 / http://www.getty.edu/visit/center/   Hammer Museum / 10899 Wilshire Blvd. 310.443.7000 / hammer.ucla.edu   Museum of Contemporary Art / http://www.moca.org 250 South Grand Ave 152 North Central Ave 8687 Melrose Ave West Hollywood (CLOSED FOR DEINSTALLATION) Mormon Mesa, Overton, Nevada   The Broad / 221 S. Grand Ave / 213.232.6200 / http://www.thebroad.org   These are just what’s out there and there are more to visit. If you ever decide to visit or just live in …