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Welcome to Authors & Artists Magazine! We’re excited to bring you the latest on authors, publishing, artists, performances and events. In this issue, national bestselling author, Deborah Smith Pegues shares her latest effort, coauthored with Pastor Ricky Temple, Why Smart People Make Dumb Choices. We also hit you with the latest Authors on the Rise and profile new and interesting books – these books are by both independent and traditional publishers. Our cover story is on singer-songwriter, Dove and Grammy award winner Nicole C. Mullen and her latest project – her tour schedule with Women of Faith. We also salute the Dance Theater of Harlem for 40 years, Julien Mendoza for his beautiful art, and get you - the actors in our midst - in the know on latest films in development.

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Why Smart People Make Dumb Choices By Deborah Smith Pegues & Ricky Temple Publisher: Harvest House Release Date: May 15, 2010

Even people with great intelligence and great experience can fall victim to bad choices. The only way to avoid those bad choices is to understand the keys to making smart ones.

Publisher’s Message………..Pg. 2 Authors……………………. Pg. 3 Authors on the Rise………...Pg. 3 Book Profiles……………….Pg. 4 Music……………………….Pg. 5 Performance………………..Pg. 6 Film ………………………..Pg. 7 Art …………………………Pg. 8 Galleries & Museums………Pg. 9 Actors Profile………………Pg. 10 Film in Development………Pg. 10 Calendar of Events…………Pg. 11

Why Smart People Make Dumb Choices takes you on a journey with some of the Bible’s smartest people—such as Abraham and Sarah, David, and Peter—who also made some not-so-smart decisions. By looking at the choices they made, readers will discover the keys to avoiding similar mistakes and will learn principles that will keep them on the road to good decision-making. The principles of smart decision-making found in this book will be helpful to anyone confronted with important choices—from the housewife and mom trying to manage the challenges of her busy day to the college student choosing his or her friends to the leader trying to figure out the best direction for his organization. Visit Deborah at and Ricky at .


Author Paul Harding. Harding was awarded the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his book Tinkers. Congratulations! Website:

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Judge Mablean of Divorce Court fame has penned her first book, Life Lessons: Tools for Weekly Living is a practical, self-help and improvement book. In it, Judge Mablean shares her wisdom, learned from experience and age, on topics that affect our daily lives, such as dating, marriage, parenting. There are 52 lessons or pearls of wisdom to learn. If you read and apply one of these lessons weekly, you will transform your life into one of dignity, balance, and develop a strong moral character. Visit her website:

Letting My Pen Bleed By Beverly Davis Letting My Pen Bleed by Beverly Jones Davis, is a collection of evocative writings that capture feelings of fear, pain, anticipation and love. Purchase your copy at

Elijah’s Coin By Steve O’Brien Elijah’s Coin tells the story of a young man, Tom Wagner, who has suffered a tragic loss and is spiraling out of control. Angry, anti-social, and rapidly descending into a life of crime, he seems lost until a mysterious night watchman, Elijah King, is encountered. With a strange coin Elijah has given him, Tom sets off on a journey of self-discovery. Through coming to know others whose lives were also transformed by Elijah, he begins to find himself. Still, he feels desperate to locate Elijah again—a quest that ultimately leads to a shocking discovery. Website:

100 Important Life Lessons for Everyone By Gina Johnson Smith 100 Important Life Lessons for Everyone presents wisdom in a straightforward, no nonsense way. These timeless truths of life will help you to wake from inaction, take the steps necessary to renew your own mind, while navigating your way through life with the wisdom necessary to improve the quality of your whole life. Purchase your copy at bookstore.

Raising A Father By Arjun Sen During Arjun Sen’s tenure in the corporate world, a wise, corporate stair-climbing friend told him, “Arjun, in order to achieve bigger glories, one must make smaller sacrifices in life.” It was clear he referred to spending less time with family, not being there for children’s special moments, and similar “small” sacrifices in personal life. Sen learns the hard way that these sacrifices come with large costs, and in Raising a Father he recounts his journey to this realization. Website:

Nicole C. Mullen: Mullen: Get to know this incredible woman of God! After seeing Nicole C. Mullen at the Women of Faith Conference in Denver, CO, I knew I had to create a lens about her. She is so full of life and talent that if you haven't heard her music, you need to scroll down right now and listen to one of the YouTube videos! She is amazing! And so buff! She teases that no one dare abuse her again with arms "like these" as she flexes her sinewy muscles. This lady has it goin' on. Learn more at Women of Faith is a faith-based women’s organization encouraging women of all ages and stages in life to grow in faith and spiritual maturity through a relationship with Jesus Christ and an understanding of God’s love and grace. Visit

SUMMER WILL SIZZLE WITH GROUNDBREAKING NATIONAL TOUR “MORE TODAY THAN YESTERDAY” EXCLUSIVE PERFORMANCES WILL FEATURE GREATEST HITS IN A THEATRICAL EXPERIENCE The one and only Diana Ross will be making summer nights red hot with her “MORE TODAY THAN YESTERDAY” tour. The legendary icon will perform her greatest hits in a multi-city spectacular live show. Ms. Ross will be pulling out all the stops with breathtaking costumes and stage designs, along with a live string and horn section. The must see show kicks off in Boston, MA on May 15th, the tour runs thru June 12th.

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40 Years of Firsts Dance Theatre of Harlem is proud to announce that they will make a return to the west coast with “Dance Theatre of Harlem: 40 Years of Firsts” which will be installed at the California African American Museum (CAAM) in Los Angeles, January 28 until June 6, 2010!

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“Dance Theatre of Harlem: 40 Years of Firsts” is a multimedia exhibition that captures the 40 years of arts and accomplishment of Dance Theatre of Harlem. Through unique stage props, spectacular costumes, programs, posters, intimate photographs and more, this exhibition highlights the historic productions and community outreach that brought ballet to Harlem and the Dance Theatre of Harlem to the international stage. For more information, visit

There’s never been a better time to experience CHICAGO, Broadway’s razzledazzle smash. This triumphant hit musical is the recipient of six Tony Awards®, two Olivier Awards, a Grammy® and thousands of standing ovations. A sensational tale of sin, corruption and all that jazz, it’s no surprise that CHICAGO has wowed audiences from Mexico City to Moscow, from Sao Paulo to South Africa. And now it’s coming to your town! If you’re looking for your first Broadway musical CHICAGO has everything you could want: knockout dancing, an edge-of-your-seat story and one showstopper after another. If you loved the Academy Award®-winning film, nothing beats the live show, and if you are already intimately acquainted with the musical, experience that sizzle again, CHICAGO always delivers! Grammy Award winner Michelle Williams, formerly of Destiny’s Child, will play "Roxie Hart" in the Los Angeles engagement of CHICAGO at Pantages Theatre following her extended Broadway engagement! Joining Ms. Williams in this Los Angeles return will be Terra C. MacLeod as "Velma Kelly", Brent Barrett as "Billy Flynn", Tom Riis Farrell as "Amos Hart" and Carol Woods as "Matron 'Mama' Morton." Please note that Michelle Williams will not appear in either of the performances on Saturday, May 1st. April 20th – May 9th.

Becky Smith s Film 16 to Life Wins Best Foreign Feature Women in Film member Becky Smith's "16 to Life," won "Best Foreign Feature" at the Female Eye Film Festival in Toronto. Smith, a 1993 WIF Film Finishing Fund grant winner, is an Emmy-nominated writer/director for "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy." "16 to Life" puts a wry, witty and unpredictable ensemble cast in a smalltown locale. The film centers around Kate, played by Hallee Hirsh (ER, You’ve Got Mail), a small town girl whose angst about her sexual inexperience fuels a comic quest for love and understanding on a birthday to end all birthdays. Kate’s turning Sweet 16 and she’s never been kissed. In pursuit of a kiss before the clock strikes midnight, she’ll learn what a 16 year-old American girl has in common with a 16 year-old Chinese girl half a world and a cultural revolution away. Congratulations Becky! Visit Women in Film at and ____________________________________________________________________________________



Award-winning Filmmakers to Receive Cash Award, Distribution Offer, and Expanded Editorial Coverage. Moving Pictures Film & Television and Newport Beach Film Festival proudly announces the launch of the 2010 Moving Picture Film and Television Awards – Movies that Matter, created to celebrate excellence in contemporary filmmaking and honor groundbreaking cinematic works that aim to make a impact in society. As an established media partner of the NBFF through Moving Pictures magazine an official sponsor of the 2010 MPFTV Awards at the 2010 Newport Beach Film Festival, Moving Pictures joins the Festival in its quest to discover fresh, compelling cinema from around the glove and support the advancement of emerging filmmakers. Competition winners in each category will receive recognition at the 2010 Newport Beach Film Festival, cash awards, an offer of distribution from Moving Pictures Film & TV Distribution division and editorial coverage in Moving Pictures Magazine print and online editions. In addition, all filmmakers who submit a feature length narrative film to the 2010 Newport Beach Film Festival will receive a complimentary one year subscription to Moving Pictures Magazine. Festival is scheduled for April 22- 29, 2010. For more information, visit

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Julian Mendoza From the May, 2010 issue of Lowrider Arte By LRA Staff Photography by Edgar Hoill

The long arm of the World Wide Web has given artists an opportunity to create, inform, and spread their message and art globally. So when you find an artist who is yet to be published it truly is a treasure, and that is exactly the case with Julian Mendoza. He's a Southern California artist that was born and raised in the Los Angeles Harbor/South Bay area, and he's lived on the same block for well over 50 years. But even deeper than the roots that he's planted in his neighborhood are the roots that he's vested in his craft. As a graduate of L.A. Trade Tech back in the '70s, Julian began working as a commercial artist that specialized in package design, but once his time card was punched and he was back in the comfort of his home, he soon found himself immersed in a world that was dedicated to drawing Bombs, Zoot-Suiters and Pachucas.

Charles Ommanney, United Kingdom, Getty Images for Newsweek. The annual World Press Photo Contest is at the core of the organization's activities. It offers an overview of how press photographers tackle their work worldwide and how the press gives us the news, bringing together pictures from all parts of the globe to reflect trends and developments in photojournalism.

If you were to ask him when he first took up the art of drawing, he'll be the first to let you know that he doesn't remember, but he'll be quick to tell you that he first acknowledged his interest in Pachuco stuff while browsing through family albums and seeing the striking images of his father in zoot suits and his mom dressed as a Pachuca. Today, Julian spends a good amount of his time with that same program, and you'll find him changing lives at school programs as well as prison and youth camps. As for his art, well, the art still remains a huge part of his passion, and he's gained a cult following of global collectors that treat his piece as they should-and that's treasured artifacts. He's an artist for those in the know and a man that is devoted to changing lives but never changing his passion and positive outlook for the lifestyle of Zoot-Suiters and Pachucas. To see more of his work please visit... | |

May 22-23, 2010 Campbell Boogie on the Bayou, 32nd Annual Downtown Campbell Presented by the Campbell Chamber of Commerce Over 100 Artists and 15,000 Attendees For more information, visit

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The Latino Museum of History, Art And Culture & LA Opera present: Ring Festival LA Angelino Myths Celebrating the Arts, LA Style April – June 2010 More than a century ago, composer Richard Wagner conceived his epic four-opera cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen as a festival event that completely engaged the city of Bayreuth, Germany. In 2010, LA Opera will join forces with more than 75 cultural and educational institutions in Los Angeles to stage Ring Festival LA. Southern Californians and cultural tourists from around the world will be able to enjoy a wide variety of special exhibitions, performances, symposia and special events all centered on LA Opera’s upcoming presentation of Wagner’s Ring cycle in 2010, the first time that the epic masterwork will be presented in its entirety in Los Angeles. Ring Festival LA events will take place in a wide variety of venues throughout Southern California from April 15 through June 30, 2010, with each organization providing its own unique point of view on the influences of Wagner’s art and philosophy from the 19th century to the present day. It is important to note here that while Richard Wagner is considered one of the most important and influential of all composers, he is also rightly reviled as having been an anti-Semite. Wagner’s writings on the subject percolated into German politics and popular culture and, decades after the composer’s death, were celebrated by Adolph Hitler and the Third Reich. It is the Company’s belief that opera has value not only as musical and theatrical entertainment, but as a way to gain important historical insight and to explore moral issues. Ring Festival LA will specifically address the subject of Wagner’s anti-Semitism in several contexts, including seminars, panel conversations and performances. For more information visit


California Science Center Final Weeks — Closes May 2, 2010 America I AM celebrates nearly 500 years of African American contributions to our country and the world. Through artifacts, multimedia, and programs visitors explore the influence and innovations of African Americans. Visitors can walk past the ‘Door of No Return’; view personal artifacts and innovations of African American artists, activists and inventors; and investigate key moments in the evolution of the nation to open dialogue about our collective experience and future.

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Tori Spelling

Through the '90s, Tori Spelling was known as TV's most famous virgin – which is what happens when your father, legendary TV producer Aaron Spelling, casts you in his hit show, Beverly Hills, 90210, and refuses to let you be deflowered on air for seven long years. Though nepotism made her a star, Spelling's determination and self-deprecating wit endeared her to audiences on 10 seasons of 90210. After her father's death in 2006, she weathered a well-publicized rift with her mother, Candy, but the birth of Spelling's son, Liam Aaron, with second husband Dean McDermott brought the estranged mother and daughter closer together. In 2008, Spelling, who stars with McDermott in their Oxygen reality show, welcomed daughter Stella. Represented by Ruthanne Secunda, United Talent Agency. 310-246-6088

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Men in Black 3 Rumored to be Will Smith’s next film….Sony wants to revive the Men in Black, the self-funded New York City-based agency that secretly monitors and regulates extraterrestrials' activity on Earth! Indeed a third installment of the Men In Black movie series has been decided. In a presentation April 1, 2009 at ShoWest, Rory Bruer (Sony Pictures' president of worldwide distribution) announced that they were developing Men In Black 3 for release in 2011. Casting: Ronna Kress Casting Director – 333 S. Beverly Drive, Suite 109, Beverly Hills, CA 90272.

SkyFest Film & Script Festival May 1-2, 2010 Asheville NC

Dinner & Jazz Friday, April 23, 6:00 and 8:00 p.m. St. Orres, Gualala Ned Ripple and Dennis Fortin perform European Gypsy Jazz in St. Orres' spectacular, three-story domed dining room for an encore performance as The Hot Club Duet of Marin. Regular dining room menu at both seatings. Due to the popularity of this event, advance reservations are highly recommended and a credit card guarantee is required. Call 707-8843335 to make reservations. MC/VI accepted.


David Sedaris Presented by Fox Performing Arts Center 3801 Mission Ave. Riverside, CA May 6, 2010 NPR Humorist and Bestselling Author of Naked, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim and When You Are Engulfed in Flames.

Trisha Yearwood "Home Cooking with Trisha Yearwood" Sunday, April 25, 2010 2:45 PM @ Los Angeles Times Book FestivalUCLA Campus 405 Hilgard Avenue Los Angeles CA 90024 Book reading/Book Signing Event.

May 21-23, 2010, Houston, Texas Crowne Plaza Hotel - Downtown Houston

Rough Around the Edges Jerome and Kimberly Ralston with Carol Arkley

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