October 2011 AuthorsandArtistsMag.com
Authors & Artists Magazine Vol. 10, Issue 20 Gina Smith Editor & Publisher
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October is also National Hispanic Heritage Month (9/15-10/15). We celebrate the accomplishments of our Hispanic brothers and sisters. We‘re excited about our interview with Eric Darius. He is such an incredibly talented young man. He took time out to speak with SPMG Media host LaTonya Washington about his new music and his life and being On A Mission. Welcome Miko Cannon Deale as an SPMG contributor. She hails from Georgia and will be contributing articles on a variety of topics. Miko is also CEO of Jamillians, a gift basket company. In this issue, Miko introduces us to Common‘s recent book One Day It‟ll All Make Sense. Lots of interesting reading here! ENJOY! Here we go….
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What Goes Around Comes Around: A Hotlanta Novel by Mitzi Miler At their prestigious Atlanta high school, twins Sydney and Lauren Duke rule the roost. While straight-A Sydney wields her power in Tory Burch flats and pearl studs, reckless, sultry Lauren makes it happen as head of the cheerleading squad. But the girls' messy family history and their involvement in a dark mystery- may topple everything they hold dear. Their mother and stepfather want to tear apart Sydney and her new boyfriend. And Lauren's true love, Jermaine, is tied to sketchy dealings on the wrong side of town. Can the Duke sisters redeem themselves while staying true to what's real?
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Mitzi Miller is an award-winning journalist and the bestselling author of five books, including the wildly popular Scholastic/Point 3-book teen series, Hotlanta. Currently, she is a contributing editor for ESSENCE Magazine. Miller also regularly pens entertainment and relationship stories, as well as biting commentary and first-person pieces to ELLE (U.K.), GLAMOUR and UPTOWN Magazines. Her extensive television experience includes regular appearances on VH1’s humorous list shows, as well as ABC’s top-rated morning show, Good Morning America, BET and The Food Network. Learn more about Mitzi Miller at http://mitzimiller.com
Is It Love….Or Merely a Sick Attachment By Pamela Reaves Are you happy in your current relationship? Are there things about your loved one you wish you could change? Is It Love...Or Merely a Sick Attachment? Discover for yourself in this thought-provoking pageturner. Sometimes all you need is a fresh perspective, and through heartwrenching short stories and gripping news headlines, author Pam Reaves unmasks the devastating difference between true love and toxic relationships. Learn more at http://www.pamreavesnellallc.com
Taaj Rauf Taaji Rauf is a native of Los Angeles, California. She is a graduate of Crenshaw High school and Howard University. At Howard she majored in English. These two institutions nourished her love for reading and writing books. She currently lives in Los Angeles after making the District of Columbia home for many years. She is writing more books to contribute to the literary movement. She is writing her first how-to book, a novel, and her next collection of short stories. This has been an amazing journey for her. She wishes, hopes, and prays that you enjoy Before Life. In the near future you will be able to enjoy many, many more of her books. She is making her dreams a reality by writing, teaching, and enjoying life. Learn more at http://taajirauf.weebly.com/index.html
I Was There Famous Trials, Trips, Tragedies & Triumphs â€“ My Life as a LA Activist By Linda Jay As a L.A. Activist, philanthropist and mother, Linda Jay has marched and mingled with top notch politicians and celebrities. She has endured tragedies and triumphs and witnessed famous trials, such as OJ Simpson, Michael Jackson, Rodney King, Reginald Denny, Snoop Dogg, Geronimo "Jijaga" Pratt and others. While the whole world watched at a distance, Linda Jay was there inside the courtrooms up close and in front. She got on the bus for numerous marches, protests and demonstrations in her quest for justice. She will take you there as she marched at the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco for Propositions 209 and 187, Count the Vote, Election 2000 Florida, worked on then Senator Obama's campaign in Ohio, Save Tookie in Sacramento, Jena 6 and Katrina. She drove a U-haul truck across country with others to help the Katrina victims in Louisiana in 2005. She tells her account of historical events such as Barack Obama's Nomination at Mile High Stadium in Denver, CO on August 28th, 2008. Linda Jay culminates her journey with President Obama's Inauguration in Washington, D.C. on January 20th, 2009. Learn more at http://www.iwastherethebook.com/?alt_id=TCGMN-MA5585E3&ts=1299731261302
An Exclusive Interview with Jazz Saxophonist
Eric Darius Saxophonist and composer Eric Darius is on a mission.
“I want my music to be a vehicle for change and to transcend boundaries from age to race. I believe my music can make a difference in the world,” states the commanding and strikingly handsome 20-something musician, composer, and performer, known for his dynamic and exhilarating live shows. Darius‘ explosive arrival on the contemporary jazz scene at age 17 caused a frenzy. This was not a surprise as the ambitious saxophonist, who has shared the stage with everyone from Prince, Carlos Santana, Wynton Marsalis, Wyclef Jean, George Benson, and Brian McKnight, had just released an auspicious recording debut and several years prior had already made an appearance at the famed Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. Garnering accolades from critics, musicians and fans alike, there
“Contemporary jazz is the genre that has embraced my music, but I see myself as a musician first.”
Eric Darius, who has scored a #1 hit on Billboard‘s Contemporary Jazz Charts and several top ten hits, has steadily proven to be anything but your typical ‗smooth jazz guy.‘ Pictured left: Eric Darius and Gina Smith, Publisher/Editor SPMG Media
you think of jazz as a wonderful tree whose trunk is its great tradition and whose branches are the never ending innovations of its young disciples, then Eric Darius is the newest branch of that tree. He can swing like the masters and funk like a hip-hopper; truly the blossoming of tomorrow's jazz.” – Danny Weiss, Shanechie Entertainment Pictured left: Eric Darius and Gina Smith of SPMG Media
The savvy business school grad whose iPod features a mix of everyone from John Coltrane and Bob Marley to Jay-Z , the Rolling Stones and Alicia Keys, confesses, “Contemporary jazz is the genre that has embraced my music, but I see myself as a musician first. I play every style of music from Jazz, R&B, Pop, Reggae, Hip-hop, Rock to Gospel. As I continue to evolve and grow musically, it‟s the journey to explore new things that keep me excited and hungry to do what I do.” Eric Darius released his latest album and Shanachie Entertainment debut, On
Mission, in the summer of 2010. Danny Weiss, VP of Jazz A&R for Shanachie states, “If you think of jazz as a wonderful tree whose trunk is its great tradition and whose branches are the never ending innovations of its young disciples, then Eric Darius is the newest branch of that tree. He can swing like the masters and funk like a hip-hopper; truly the blossoming of tomorrow's jazz.” The seeds have been sown and Eric Darius unearths his talents not only as a saxophonist but equally important, as a composer and co-producer on On A Mission. The saxman, who first started experimenting with writing at age thirteen, cites Stevie Wonder and Herbie Hancock as among his biggest compositional influences. Darius acknowledges that music has always been an outlet for him to express his emotions and experiences. The Tampa-based musician says, “Stevie Wonder is incredible
and I love the way his music can‟t be categorized. The same is true for Herbie Hancock. With Herbie, his whole music catalog varies from album to album and even to this day, he continues to evolve as an artist and is not afraid to take chances, artistically.”
“One of my goals is to expose young kids to music with substance and to help make them aware that music can be an outlet for their emotions… I would not be here had it not been for the opportunities I had in school early on." – Eric Darius
The highest praise maestro, Duke Ellington bestowed on people or music he loved was the phrase ‘beyond category.’ Expanding on this concept, Eric Darius sets out to make an album of purely good music fusing all of the music that has inspired him along the way. A particular mission of Eric’s was to capture the same energy and vibe of his live shows in this studio recording.
“In the past I have tried to tailor my recordings to fit a certain sound or style that fits within the boundaries of what contemporary jazz is „supposed to be,” explains Darius. “This time around, I scrapped all the rules and said „I want to make music my way that best defines me as an artist.‖ Eric Darius‘ approach to playing is muscular, visceral, imaginative, technically proficient and soulfully free-spirited. It is evident that he is in his element when his reed presses his lips. The joy he derives from playing is evidenced on many songs on his latest release. “I think one of the staples of what I do is my live show; it is young and energetic! I wanted to bring this element to On A Mission. There is often a big disconnect from people‟s live shows and studio albums. I want people to be able to close their eyes and feel like we are playing right in front of them,” exclaims Darius. Eric with SPMG Media Host, LaTonya Washington
"I want to make music my way that best defines me as an artist" Hailing from a musical family (his father from Haiti and mother from Jamaica) and raised in Tampa where he still lives, Eric Darius realized his calling for music at an early age. “ I remember being nine and hearing a saxophonist play at my church. I instantly loved the sound…I remember being blown away by the soul and emotion of the instrument. It was as if I could almost hear the words and lyrics with each note being played…it was at that point that I fell in love with the instrument. The saxophone has a way of reaching people in a way that no other instrument does. It is the closest to the human voice.”
…”Eric’s energy and musicality are undeniable. He’s fusing Jazz with HipHop, R&B, Soul, and Rock for a new sound that’s exciting and truly innovative!” - Dave Koz
is one of those musicians who was fortunate to benefit from music programs in the school system. He shares, “It is important to me that these types of music programs remain available for children today. One of my goals is to expose young kids to music with substance and to help make them aware that music can be an outlet for their emotions…that it can be a positive influence in their lives. I believe that music is a vital part of every child's complete education. I would not be here had it not been for the opportunities I had in school early on."
Pictured Above: Eric at Gulfside Elementary School Pictured Left: Eric at West High School
By age eleven—after only playing for one year—Eric was chosen to be in Sonny LaRosa and America's Youngest Jazz Band, which consisted of young musicians, ages 512. The group toured the country and even played at the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. Throughout Eric‘s young but already dynamic career, he‘s had the tremendous opportunity to travel and perform worldwide with numerous groups. Even as a college student, he had the fortune to travel internationally with the South Florida Jazztet (The University of South Florida is where he studied both Music Performance and Business). The much in demand saxmans‘ worldwide gigs include Japan, Indonesia, London, France, Italy, among numerous other countries.
Darius concludes, “As
a young person into jazz, it is important for me that the music stays alive and remains relevant in today‟s music scene. I am trying to bridge the gap and create music that appeals to all age demographics, especially the high school and college kids. I am bringing them music that they can relate to. I strive to make music that is always true to myself, and hopefully that will reach people. The greatest joy to me is connecting with people through my music. ” His friend and mentor, Dave Koz, may have summed it up best…”Eric‟s energy and musicality are undeniable. He‟s fusing Jazz with Hip-Hop, R&B, Soul, and Rock for a new sound that‟s exciting and truly innovative!”
Eric Darius‟ mission continues…. Pictured: Eric and Dave Koz
Check out SPMG Media‟s exclusive video interview by host LaTonya Washington. CLICK HERE Learn more about Eric Darius and his “On A Mission” school
mission, latest news, tour dates, visit http://www.ericdarius.com
One Day It’ll All Make Sense By Common with Adam Bradley Available at Amazon.com (CLICK HERE) “Common has written a magnificent memoir. It states that it is a book about his fascinating life. That is true. More importantly, his story is the story of all young people trying to grow up. His saga reminds the reader that love liberates and poverty cripples. Common writes beautifully, like the poet he is.” –Maya Angelou
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Sweetness: The Engmatic Life of Walter Payton By Jeff Pearlman Available at Amazon.com (CLICK HERE) At five feet ten inches tall, running back Walter Payton was not the largest player in the NFL, but he developed a larger-than-life reputation for his strength, speed, and grit. Nicknamed "Sweetness" during his college football days, he became the NFL's all-time leader in rushing and allpurpose yards, capturing the hearts of fans in his adopted Chicago. Crafted from interviews with more than 700 sources, acclaimed sportswriter Jeff Pearlman has produced the first definitive biography of Payton. Sweetness at last brings fans a detailed, scrupulously researched, all-encompassing account of the legend's rise to greatness. From Payton's childhood in segregated Mississippi, where he ended a racial war by becoming the star of his integrated high school's football team, to his college years and his thirteen-year NFL career, Sweetness brims with stories of all-American heroism, and covers Payton's life off the field as well. Set against the backdrop of the tragic illness that cut his life short at just forty-five years of age, this is a stirring tribute to a singular icon and the lasting legacy he made.
Stop Ho-N The Redemption of a Woman’s Worth By Valencia Burch Available at Amazon.com and the authors website CLICK HERE How do you handle your need to survive? Have you ever stayed in a relationship for financial gain or other benefit? Joined an organization for the recognition? Taken a job because the perceived benefits outweighed your temporary discomforts? Have you done business with someone to "get your foot in the door"? This series of perspectives, questions, exercises, affirmations and inspiration, initiate a journey into self awareness, personal validation and a more committed relationship with God, that makes you dig deeper than your comfortable place and destroys yokes that have bound you. This book will shed light into the darkness where talents, names and abilities are being put up for sale every day and help you examine your "transactions". Become empowered today and know your worth. It's time to Stop Ho-N!
One Day It’ll All Make Sense Commentary/Review by Miko Cannon Deale
A week ago I was reading an article on book releases. I'd stumbled across an article on Common's new book "One day It'll All Make Sense", written by Common and Adam Bradley. I had to admit I was very intrigued by just the title. What was the purpose? Why did he pick that as the book‘s title? Lonnie Rashid Lynn Jr. aka Common had written a book. Wow! I love his music, but what would this book entail? I had to know! This memoir tells a story most have never heard. Beginning with the explosive revelation of 18-monthold Common and his mother being kidnapped at gun point by his father – this intimate work gives the reader a window into Common‘s childhood, teens, and his path into manhood - A journey that Maya Angelou proclaim as one from a rapper to eloquent poet. Each chapter begins with a letter from Common to various people in his life: His daughter, his mother, his grandmother, lost loves, Erykah Badu, fellow artist such as Kanye, Ice Cube, and even his fans. Common elaborates on his very public and controversial invitation to the White House from President Obama. His story is reminiscent of so many young black men in our inner cities. It‘s a well-written narrative about an unassuming Hip Hop icon who has managed to keep a relative low profile. A must read from the foreword to the books end. This je ne sais quoi of storytelling offers up juicy anecdote and stories that will be of interest to many. Now I understand and agree that the paths that intertwine on the boulevards of life…and the quest for success….WILL one day make sense. Curl up with this good book!
Miko Cannon Deale is the proud mother of three, wife to a devoted husband, CEO of Jamillians, a gift basket company, writer and author. Miko is a native of Los Angeles, California currently living in Atlanta, Georgia. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org , her blog at http://wp.me/1 and visit her company at www.facebook.com/jamillians. She's also an encourager..... so be encouraged!
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Author Interview…….Meg Cabot
What inspired you to create the character Mia from The Princess Diaries? Do any of Mia's characteristics, qualities, childhood (aside from the princess thing, of course!) relate to your own? I was inspired to write The Princess Diaries when my mom, after the death of my father, began dating one of my teachers, just as Mia's mom does in the book! I have always had a "thing" for princesses (my parents used to joke that when I was little, I did a lot of insisting that my "real" parents, the king and queen, were going to come get me soon, and that everyone had better start being a LOT nicer to me) so I stuck a princess in the book just for kicks...and VOILA! The Princess Diaries was born. The voice of Mia, of course, is taken directly from my own diaries that I kept when I was in high school...I still have them, though I am the only one who will ever be allowed to read them. I was pretty much a huge geek in high school—although I was pretty involved with the school's drama group. Most of what's in my journals from those days is about boys, boys, boys, and that's why I am the only one who is allowed to look at them! It is too embarrassing!
New York City is described in such rich detail. Do you feel the setting of a story is important?
My advice to writers is to write the stories you like to read. If you don’t love what you’re writing, no one else will. “ – Meg Cabot
I really do think New York City would be the best place in the world to be a princess (or, for that matter, a novelist). Where else can you walk outside your door and within half an hour be standing in front of a Vermeer, or a life-size wax replica of Whoopi Goldberg? I think setting is so important to a story. I like to give mine some good solid pavement to walk on. And Mia, of course, just had to be in the best city of the world, New York. What is the main thing that you hope teenage girls will gain from these books? I hope girls will realize that they are not alone in feeling the way I did when I was in high school—like a great big freak! Also that "normal" is not what they see on TV. Being true to yourself, and to your friends, is way more important that being part of the "in crowd." I am living proof that is possible to profit from being a high school freak. Do you think that like Mia, teenage girls are too judgmental of themselves and others around them? Oh, yeah. Not just teenage girls, either, boys too. And grown ups! We all need to take a deep breath and remember it's what inside that counts. What advice do you give to budding writers? My advice to young writers is: Write the kinds of stories you like to read. If you don't love what you're writing, no one else will, either. Don't tell people you want to be a writer. Everyone will try to talk of you out of choosing a job with so little security, so it is better just to keep it to yourself, and prove them all wrong later. You are not a hundred dollar bill. Not everyone is going to like you...or your story. Do not take rejection personally.
If you are blocked on a story, there is probably something wrong with it. Take a few days off and put the story on a back burner for a while. Eventually, it will come to you. Read—and write—all the time. Never stop sending out your stuff. Don't wait for a response after sending a story out...start a new story right away, and then send that one out! If you are constantly writing and sending stuff out (don't forget to live your life, too, while you are doing this) eventually somebody will bite! What were some of your favorite books when you were growing up? I read a lot of fantasy, such as the Susan Cooper 'Dark Is Rising' series, and the Lloyd Alexander books. Lately I am exploring all of the great books for girls that I missed because I was too much of a tomboy to read them, such as the Betsy-Tacy books by Maud Hart Lovelace. And I am a big fan of Mary Stewart—though many of her best novels are sadly out of print now. Where did you come up with the concept for your novel All-American Girl? I think every kid—and some of us grown-ups, too—fantasizes about being a hero. And what would be the most heroic thing of all? Saving the life of the most important man in the country, that's what! And that's what Samantha Madison does in All-American Girl—though of course she is ANYTHING but the all—American girl. Being a national heroine is a bit of a burden for her. Are there any similarities between Mia and Samantha? Samantha is a little older and a little wiser than Mia, but certainly the two girls share the same desire NOT to be a celebrity...and they both wear the combat boots in their families. How did it feel to have The Princess Diaries, made into a major motion picture? Did you have any input on the direction of the film? I was VERY excited when I found out Disney would be making a movie from my book. And I thought Garry Marshall did a great job—and that Anne Hathaway made the perfect Mia. At first I was a little iffy when I heard Julie Andrews would be playing Grandmere—Julie is too nice to play such a mean character! But when I saw Julie's performance, I knew she had just the right amount of regalness mixed with grandmotherly warmth. I am excited that most of the same cast will all be in the sequel this summer.
Alex Boyd “Lights Up Tonight” With His New Release COMMIT ME Boyd made his television debut on CBS’s The Early Show performing Light Up Tonight CLICK HERE to view.
"A powerful and energetic composition bringing the right amount of orchestral sophistication to your speakers, framing Alex Boyd‟s singing perfectly. I‟d say a definite treat for whoever‟s on the receiving end of Alex‟s smoky, steamy vocals." - KickKickSnare.com, on "Light Up Tonight" "... it's fresh, infectious and intelligent. What a pleasant surprise for the pop music landscape. The world is thirsty for something this bright and uplifting." - Frank Cody, founder of Broadcast Architecture. Many singers take a while to find themselves and a sound that works for them, but when an artist finally finds their lane, watch out there now. Such is the case for vocalist Alex Boyd who grew up on the Beatles and Metallica in Northern Virginia then discovered neo-soul at the hands of D'Angelo and Musiq Soulchild when he started attending Washington, DC's Duke Ellington School of the Arts. While at Ellington, he received a scholarship to Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan where he then went on to study opera. After getting kicked out of the boarding school (oops!), Boyd found himself on reality TV on NBC's Fame competition and settled in Los Angeles where he experimented with everything from electro-pop to jazz. With so many musical influences and tastes, Boyd thankfully decided to go in a more soulful direction when it came time to record his own music, which led him to be signed to Jive Records who will release his debut album, Commit Me, later this year. Comparisons to another blue-eyed soul crooner, Robin Thicke, will be immediate, if a little unfair. Alex's sound is all his own, which you can hear on his catchy first single "Light Up Tonight." The song starts off with a slow burn, then builds to a foot-tapping, finger-snapping chorus and a big finish. The track has a pop rock edge to it, but his voice brings the soul out. Expect to hear more from Alex Boyd as his new release Commit Me, makes its way up the charts.
HBO Documentary Films Presents “Sing Your Song: A New Documentary About Harry Belafonte “””””””The most powerful, amazing, inspiring and poignant film I've seen in a long long time.” - Vera Anderson from CINE PREMIERE
"Loved it. Every second of it." - Krista Smith from VANITY FAIR
“It isn't just the story of man, but the story of a country and a century.” - VARIETY “A call to action for viewers to emulate Belafonte's example of engaging with the world's
problems and searching for solutions no matter how long‐range they may be.” - REUTERS
Wonderfully archived, and told with a remarkable sense of intimacy, visual style, and musical panache, Susanne Rostock‘s inspiring biographical documentary, SING YOUR SONG, surveys the life and times of singer/actor/activist Harry Belafonte. From his rise to fame as a singer, inspired by Paul Robeson, and his experiences touring a segregated country, to his provocative crossover into Hollywood, Belafonte‘s groundbreaking career personifies the American civil rights movement and impacted many other socialjustice movements. Rostock reveals Belafonte as a tenacious handson activist, who worked intimately with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., mobilized celebrities for social justice, participated in the struggle against apartheid in South Africa, and took action to counter gang violence, prisons, and the incarceration of youth. Because of his beliefs, Belafonte drew unwarranted invasions by the FBI into both his personal life and career, which led to years of struggle. But an indomitable sense of optimism motivates his path even today as he continues to ask, at 84, "What do we do now?" His example may very well inspire you to action. Learn more about this exciting documentary at http://www.hbo.com/documentaries/sing-yoursong/synopsis.html?cmpid=ABC453#/documentaries/sing-your-song
The Musical “Wicked” is Headed Back for the Pantages Theater Wicked will hit the Pantages Theater Hollywood in Los Angeles, CA, showing from December 1, 2011 through January 29, 2012. Back by ―Popular‖ demand. Los Angeles‘ most ―popular‖ musical flies back to the Pantages Theatre for the holiday season after a record-breaking two-year run. Called ―a phenomenon that keeps growing‖ by The Los Angeles Times and ―the defining musical of the decade‖ by The New York Times, Wicked tells the story in which two unlikely friends grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West – Elphaba, and the Good Witch of the North – Galinda later Glida, while struggling through opposing personalities and viewpoints, rivalry over the same love-interest, reactions to the Wizard‘s corrupt government, and, ultimately, Elphaba's public fall from grace. It is the story of the popular beautiful girl vs. the castoff. How these two grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good makes for ―America‘s must-see musical‖.
Filmmaker Janks Morton and his Groundbreaking Documentary “Dear Daddy” CLICK HERE to view promo clip.
Dear Daddy is a feature length documentary about the life-long effects of fatherlessness on women. The film follows the dramatic journeys of eight young women from the tough city streets of Washington,DC as they struggle to overcome poverty, poor educational systems, no healthcare, and the most difficult life circumstance they have been dealt… the absence of their fathers. Dear Daddy is not only about the struggles to survive and navigate as a young woman of color, but at its core, it‘s about the
importance of a father‘s role in the lives of their daughters. 82.3% is the number of African American children born since 1990 that will not live in the same home as their biological fathers before graduating High School. Today, a generation of African American youth, have not had sustained access to positive paternal or male role models. Consequently, the concept of a residential father is often too removed from these children‘s reality. Many of us know the statistics; too many of us have attempted to affect the multiple social, economic and educational dilemmas facing the African American community. Through outreach media, iYAGO Entertainment Group has dedicated its works to familial reconciliation and healing. Learn more at http://whatblackmenthink.com/dear-daddy/
Clarence Pointer Creates Art Masterpieces in Pencil “I get in a zone and my hand just starts moving,” he said. “I know in my mind what I want to capture, but I‟m not thinking grid lines or anything else. I just draw.”
Clarence was born in Hillsboro, a small town in Alabama. It was there he developed his God given talent with no formal training. With the support of family and friends, he continued to develop his own unique style of drawing and quickly became known as “The Pencilman”. He has always believed in creating realistic detailed masterpieces, which showcase his greatest skills and abilities. Clarence welcomes challenging and seemingly difficult projects, which keeps him sharp. Success came after a lot of practice, time, perseverance, selfdiscipline, patience and determination to be the best. While serving in the U. S. Air Force stationed at Okinawa, Japan, he was mentored by a master Japanese artist who told him to devote even more time to his craft. Those words of wisdom instill in Clarence a drive to improve his skills with each creation. In turn, he began winning numerous art contests throughout Southern California and has gained international recognition. With hundreds of drawing to his credit, there are no signs of the master pencil artist slowing down. People are sometimes blown away by the level of detail in each masterpiece. Seeing is not always believing...some people remain in disbelief due his masterpieces life-like resemblance of the original photograph. Clarence “The Pencilman” can basically draw anything on the planet! Learn more at http://www.clarencepointer.com/#!
The Hourglass Art & Wine Gallery – Fine Wines & Unique Art
The HourGlass Art & Wine Gallery is a unique and one-of-a-kind social gathering place hosting both business and special events. The Gallery is Inland Empire‘s newest destination point exhibiting fine art from both local and national artists as well as showcasing fine wines from California and other regions of the world. The Gallery officially opened earlier this year and celebrated its opening with an unveiling of the area‘s own resident artist and owner, Stephen Bryan Cooper. The Gallery offers beautiful picturesque views of the San Gabriel Mountains where you can relax and enjoy the ambiance of their elegant venue. Un-Wine during our Happy Hour Monday thru Friday from 5pm until 7pm, and enjoy featured wines at half price, and visit the Gallery on weekends where you can meet and greet with the inhouse artist. They are open Monday thru Thursday from 12pm until 9pm, Friday and Saturday from Noon until Midnight, and Sunday‘s are available for private parties and scheduled events only. Call yours in today! To get more information, visit http://www.hourglassartgallery.com Event at the Hourglass Art & Wine Gallery
Owners Diane Cooper and Resident Artist Stephen Cooper
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With several organizers still expected to announce dates and venues for presentations of Spring 2012 collections in Los Angeles–and related fashion events and pop-ups during L.A. Fashion Week–there are several productions we can already pencil onto the October Fashion Week LA calendar: Oct 11: Fashion blogger community Two Point OH! LA will gather for its seasonal pre-fashion week kick-off party Oct 13-17: Concept Fashion Week installations and presentations takes place at Ace Gallery with designers to be announced Oct 14: The peerless Project Ethos fashion/music/art jam returns to the House of Blues Oct 17-21: Relative newcomer Style Fashion Week to present its second season at Vibiana Oct 17-21: It‘s Market Week at California Market Center and other showroom buildings downtown Oct 20: Moss Adams LLP presents its Fashion Innovator Award at a runway event featuring emerging designers affiliated with the education non-profit Fashion Business Inc at Vibiana. Oct 22: Gen Art Fresh Faces in Fashion Los Angeles edition at Vibiana. Oct 21-23: Closing Market Week is LA Fashion Weekend at Sunset Gower Studios Oct 26-27: The definitive pop-up showroom Simply Stylist for editorial and celebrity stylists returns Oct 28: Designs for the Cure hosted by David Meister in affiliation with Otis College of Art & Design to benefit Susan G Komen for the Cure.
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Los Angeles Fashion Week 2011 October 17 – 28, 2011 www.fashionweek.la Los Angeles Fashion Week takes place each March (for fall collections) and October (for spring collections) in locations throughout the Los Angeles area.
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