Spotlight On: Katie Griffin & Yvonne Portra

Spotlight On: Katie Griffin & Yvonne Portra I've always been captivated by endlessly talented Katie Griffin. Her crystal blue eyes are more piercing than any you've seen, her spirit is kind, and her gift for dance is immeasurable. Katie and I met in college, sharing both studio and stage, or site-specific space as the case may be, working toward our dance degrees. Photographer Yvonne Portra started appearing form behind her camera lens during classes and rehearsals, Katie's better half, whose ability to capture stillness in motion is unparalleled. Both the other's muse, these lovely artists seemed to make the perfect match. They've most recently embarked on a new endeavor together, launching their company, Nut 'n Bean.
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Shout Her Lovely Name
Short Stories by Natalie Serber

It’s a rare book that stays with me throughout the day, and keeps me looking for windows of time in my day when I can read another installment. Shout Her Lovely Name, by Natalie Serber, was one such book. It’s a collection of short stories, most of them centered on two characters: the flamboyant Ruby Hargrove and later her daughter Nora.
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An Interview with Novelist Alexis Smith
And Why ‘Glaciers’ Just Might Be the Perfect Book

If you read the jacket cover of Glaciers, a little blue book by Portland writer Alexis Smith, here’s what you find: This is a story about Isabel, a twenty-something thrift-store shopper who lives alone in a small apartment with a cat. She works in the Portland library, where she repairs damaged books and falls in love with a co-worker, a returned soldier. And she’s haunted by the life of discarded things, like old postcards and photographs that end up at thrift stores. In short, it is the perfect book. Which is why I avoided reading it.
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Q+A: Julia Eichten, LA Dance Project

Q+A: Julia Eichten, LA Dance Project Years of rigorous training granted Julia Eichten admittance to the dance program at the prestigious Juilliard School. It was there on the campus in New York City where she encountered French-born dancer/choreographer Benjamin Millepied, best known for his choreography and performance in the 2010 film Black Swan. It's said that timing can be everything: Millepied was in the process of forming a new dance company to fill the void in the dance-starved city of Los Angeles, and invited Julia to collaborate on the new venture. Julia left NYC, moved cross-country to make Los Angeles her new home and to devote her creative energies into the fledgling dance company.
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Q+A: Kelly Lester

Q+A: Kelly Lester As a creative mom who knows how to makeover a lunch box, performer and entrepreneur Kelly Lester created a solution to a problem, resulting in a thriving company. EasyLunchboxes was born out of Kelly’s innate ability to do things efficiently while on a shoestring budget, and the desire to send her three daughters to school with simple, healthy food with little to no extra packaging or ingredients.
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Q & A: Alexa Von Tobel, CEO of LearnVest

Q & A: Alexa Von Tobel, CEO of LearnVest I love the online financial management program LearnVest: it completely revolutionized the way I manage my finances, and frankly, the way I manage my entire life. It's beautiful, easy to use and designed for women without being in the slightest way demeaning or frilly. So imagine how much more I loved it after disovering founder Alexa Von Tobel is a smart and delightful young woman who created her dream company from scratch at the young age of 25!
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Q & A: Heidi Hornbacher, Impact Personal Safety

Q & A: Heidi Hornbacher, Impact Personal Safety Impact Personal Safety is simply an amazing self-defense course in Southern California, and at its core, a course in communication and personal empowerment for women. Heidi Hornbacher is a lead instructor and the Executive Director of Impact Personal Safety of Southern California. She shares her own journey toward finding her own strength and calling, and the scariest moments her students have encountered.
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Q + A: Janine Salinas Schoenberg

Q + A: Janine Salinas Schoenberg Janine Salinas Schoenberg is an emerging writer with an empathetic voice that speaks for the under represented. In her writing, she gamely explores the oft-overlooked landscape of faces in America: women, immigrants, and minority populations. A playwright, filmmaker and mother-to-be, Janine has been nominated for the coveted Wendy Wasserstein Prize, was selected to join the elite crop of women in AFI's Women Directors Workshop, and was recently a MacDowell Fellow. I had the opportunity to talk to Janine about her journey as a writer and to find out about her new play, The Anatomy of Gazellas, which has its Los Angeles Premiere tonight, April 26, 2013, through the Playwrights' Arena.
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