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Marlan Warren is a free-lance publicist who promotes entertainers and book authors (Roadmap Communications and Book Publicity by Marlan, respectively). She is also a film maker (Roadmap Productions), Reiki Master/Teacher (Light Hands Reiki Studio and Institute), Screenwriter, Novelist, PhotoJournalist, Tai Chi practitioner. 

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Yuri Kochiyama Interview 2009 Segment: "What did you do in the War, Mama...

For the first time since I've been working on this film (since Dec 2008) I was finally able to find a way to post a segment to YouTube (7 min.) that shows the actual video. Very grateful to the Movie Maker software I've been able to put onto this aging computer--although there's no way for me to actually edit the footage yet., This helps anyone who is interested or has donated $ to see what the film would include. Here Yuri at age 87 reads missives from the correspondence campaign she led at age 20 from behind the barbed wire of a U.S. concentration camp, to lift the morale of soldiers and in so doing, lift the morale of herself and the women & girls who participated during their World War II incarceration. Won't you please take a look, leave a comment, donate or whatever moves you to do. Thank you! Many blessings!  
Movie Website:
http://tinyurl.com/YuriFilm

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Tucson, Lock Up Your Conservatives! Here comes Sherry Glaser!


Sherry's "Taking the High Road" 
to the Tucson Fringe Festival!

Don't miss this one-woman show by comedian Sherry Glaser! 
Americans for Safe Access

Sherry Glaser's ability to breathe life into her characters allowed the audience to journey with her as she morphed from person to person.Cannabis Now Magazine

A groundbreaking show.Clovis Thorn, Director of Development, Drug Policy Alliance

TAKING THE HIGH ROAD:
COMIC CONFESSIONS FROM BEHIND THE CANNABIS CURTAIN
by Sherry Glaser
Mendocino, CA Performance Artist


What: Tucson Fringe Festival

Where: 
Club Congress (Hotel Congress)
311 E. Congress Street
Tucson, AZ 85701

When:
Saturday 1/16 1pm
Saturday 1/16 5:30pm
Sunday 1/17 3pm

Appropriate for: 18+

Tickets: $10
Available for pick-up at the box office or online at Tucson Fringe Festival

Summary:
As the Legalization of Pot dawns, Sherry Glaser comes to Tucson fresh from Northern California's Emerald Triangle to shed some light on the end of the "drug war" as her lively, heartfelt characters share their unique experiences with this "notorious" plant.

History:
The show had its New York debut in 2015 as a benefit for Drug Policy Alliance's Compassionate Care New York. Glaser's poignantly hilarious FAMILY SECRETS, holds the title of the Longest Running One-Woman Off-Broadway show.

Credits:
Solo Performer/Playwright: Sherry Glaser
Director: Ricci Dedola
Producer: Love In It Productions
Website: http://www.sherryglaser.com 
Publicist: Roadmap Communications / memoircity@gmail.com
Media Kit: http://takingthehighroadmediakit.blogspot.com

Details:
When Life gives you Feds busting down your door, arresting you and your family, seizing your assets—all because of an herbal plant—if your name is Sherry Glaser, you will make Comedy.

Act One of TAKING THE HIGH ROAD features such well-meaning characters as Rose Fisher, an 80-year old Jewish lady who convinces a doctor to write a prescription for medical marijuana for her cancer-ridden husband and herself (“For my PMS…Post Menopausal Syndrome…It’s forever!”). Rose embarks on a bittersweet journey from Brooklyn to a New Jersey dispensary (“I’ll have the vanilla kush with sprinkles”), and ends up on a New York subway in handcuffs after a cop spots her pot.

In Act Two, Glaser “comes out” as herself with her own truths about her experiences as a “potwife” who faced multiple challenges, not the least of which was the Spring 2014 multi-agency raid, targeting Glaser who is one of the founders of the Mendocino pot co-op, Love In It.

“Act Two is about the Power of Catharsis,” says Glaser. “I deal directly with the raid, and other terrible disasters like my Gay Divorce being final three days after the Supreme Court decided to legalize Gay Marriage in all 50 states. I’ve decided to take the ‘High Road’—which to me means choosing a path that does no harm to yourself or anyone else.
Each character has a definite, yet surprising, relationship to marijuana...So the show can appeal not only to hipsters, but also patients facing life threatening diseases, and anyone struggling with mental health in a world gone mad.”






So will there be nudity? Glaser’s Breasts Not Bombs Peace Movement has caused a stir over the years during protests where women protest half-naked to proclaim that war, not “boobs,” is indecent.



“I’m only baring my soul in this one," says Glaser.


Video Clip: Grandma Rose on PMS, Pot & Handcuffs.






#tucsonfringe
#tftf16
#takingthehighroad
#sherryglaser
#legalizepot
#potshops



















Monday, December 21, 2015

Monty Warren & Friggin Whatevers named to Palm Beach Post's 2015 Fave Music List: Album #3 "FAR OUT CLOSE UP"


Artist: Monty Warren & the Friggin Whatevers
Title: Far Out Close Up
Release Date: 12/18/15
Genre: Roots Rock with a heartfelt/ironic chewy center.
Producers: Monty Warren & Chris Taylor (Green Cheese Records)
Hometown: Raleigh, N.C./West Palm Beach, Fla.
Booking Contact: Monty Warren (561) 762-3009 [monty60@icloud.com]
Press Contact: Roadmap Communications [memoircity@gmail.com]
Website: http://www.montywarren.com
Media Kit: http://montywarrenmediakit.blogspot.com
Available at Amazon; CDBaby; SoundCloud

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa. Skidding under the wire, just in time for Xmas and Keith Richards’ birthday (not in that order), Green Cheese Records announces the launch of Monty Warren & The Friggin Whatevers' third album "Far Out Close Up" (released 12/18/15).

“And that ain’t all,” says “Far Out Close Up” co-producer Chris Taylor. “The Palm Beach Post (PBP) just named Monty Warren & The Friggin’ Whatevers (MW&TFW) to its Fave Music List for 2015.” In 2012, PBP named the artists’ sophomore album “Let’s Go to Therapy” Best Rock Roots CD. Their debut album “Trailer Park Angel” was named Best Florida Band Roots Music CD of 2008 by PBP.

“Might as well face it,” says the band’s co-producer, head writer and front man, Monty Warren. “We’re on a roll.”


"Ever wonder what Bob Dylan, Keith Richards, Paul Westerberg and Steve Jordan would sound like in a band together? Listen to Monty Warren & The Friggin Whatevers.”—The Palm Beach Post

“We just might be the best band you’ve never heard of,” jokes John Beemiller, the MW&TFW guitarist who co-wrote “Raise the Bar,” “Into the Light” and “Doublecrosses” with Warren. The core players play Raleigh, N.C. venues whenever Warren can get away from his thriving Florida law practice while their albums continue to soar in popularity with fans posting such online gems as:

“Good ol' Rock-n-Roll. I wish there were more tunes like this being produced.”—Radio Airplay

So who the heck is Monty Warren?

A 2008 interview with Country Standard Time’s Rick Cornell put it best: “What if, instead of heading for L.A. in the '70s in pursuit of a record deal, Tom Petty put his rock 'n' roll dreams on hold to support his mother for 20 years until she passed away?” In a nutshell, that is Warren’s story. After learning his divorced mother was living in her car while he was at Emory University in Atlanta, Warren vowed to become a successful attorney so she would never go hungry again. His “Grace of God” pays homage to Trudy Warren, and is, in his words, ‘The most direct song on the record”:

“Mama grew up in a Depression / 10 years old in 32 / Left this world with one confession / ‘There but for the Grace of God go you.’”—Monty Warren, “Grace of God”

In 2007, Fate brought Warren face to face with seasoned musicians Terry Anderson & The Olympic Ass-Kickin' Team (“Battleship Chains” and “I Love You Period”). After hearing the songs on Warren’s demo, they insisted on helping him make his first record, “Trailer Park Angel.”

And the rest, as they say, is Roots Rock History.

One more thing: If you want to buy “Trailer Park Angel”…it is sold out. The same goes for the band’s 2013 EP “Have Yerself a Merry Friggin Christmas.” So sorry, Virginia.

Monty Warren: Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Harmonica
The Whatevers: Chris Taylor: Bass, Guitars, Pedal Steel, Percussion; Ryan Weidenfeld: Drums, Percussion; John Beemiller: Guitars; Phil Wolff: Vocals, Guitar; Dayna Blitz: Vocals; Dave Bartholomew: Drums; Keith Christopher: Bass; Victor I. Reyes: Harmonica; Jesse Huebner: Bass; Bill Meredith: Drums 

Album Cover Design: Paul Friedrich









Look Out, World! Here comes Monty Warren & the Friggin Whatevers with "FAR OUT CLOSE UP": (Album #3)

MONTY WARREN AND THE FRIGGIN WHATEVERS
"Far Out Close Up" CD * Digital * LP

Green Cheese Records is excited to announce the release of Monty Warren and the Friggin Whatevers' "Far Out Close Up" on the birthday of Monty's longtime inspiration, Keith Richards (12/18/15) and on the heels of being named to Palm Beach Post's Fave Music List for 2015.

Artist: Monty Warren and The Friggin Whatevers
Title: Far Out Close Up
Producers: Monty Warren and Chris Taylor (Green Cheese Records)
Hometown: Raleigh, NC/West Palm Beach, FL

Booking Contact:
monty60@icloud.com
Press Contact: memoircity@gmail.com
Website: http://www.montywarren.com
Media Kit [montywarrenmediakit.blogspot.com]

GENRE: Straight ahead roots rock with an intelligent, heartfelt, ironic chewy center. Inspired by The Kinks,Tom Petty,Stones and Paul Westerberg, et al.

PRESS:
"Ever wonder what Bob Dylan, Keith Richards, Paul Westerberg and Steve Jordan would sound like in a band together? Listen to Monty Warren & the Friggin Whatevers..."
—The Palm Beach Post

"From gritty foot-stompers to jangly roots and blues belters to acoustic melancholy, Warren brims with a rare and raw musical sincerity."—Vex Magazine, Calgary, CANADA

"Retroactively bridges the gap between '70s pub rock/power pop and the arrivals of Tom Petty, Graham Parker and Elvis Costello…effortlessly enjoyable, a virtue without expiration."—Indy Week

"Old-school, Beatles-Stones-Dylan-Band-Dead-Prince-inspired, psychedelic-white soul-funky roots rock...as earnest, lyrical, raunchy or grandiose as their songs—and maybe lives?—require."
Jazz Beyond Jazz (Arts Journal Blog
 

Discography:
"Far Out Close Up" (12/18/15)

Fave Music List 2015 —Palm Beach Post

"Let's Go to Therapy" (2012)
Best rock roots CD of 2012
—Palm Beach Post
 

"Trailer Park Angel" (2008)
Best Florida band roots music CD of 2008
—Palm Beach Post

Who the Heck is Monty Warren?
What if, instead of heading for L.A. in the '70s in pursuit of a record deal, Tom Petty put his rock 'n' roll dreams on hold to support his mother for 20 years until she passed away?

That's essentially the choice Monty Warren made. But in 2007, this successful Florida attorney played a demo for Terry Anderson & The Olympic Ass-Kickin' Team (Battleship Chains, I Love You Period) and after hearing the songs, they insisted upon helping him make a record. And the rest, as they say, is roots rock history.
[Country Standard Time Interview Excerpt]

Television Appearance: CBS12 News (Aug. 2009)

Available at Amazon *CDBaby* Soundcloud: Far Out Close Up





Tracklist: All Songs Written by Monty Warren except where indicated

 

Far Out Close Up

Hey Junkman

Doublecrosses (Monty Warren & John Beemiller)

Musclehead

Standing in Line

Raise the Bar (Monty Warren & John Beemiller)

Used to Be

Coming Around Again

Gettin' it Good

Grace of God

Into the Light (Monty Warren & John Beemiller)


Players:
Monty Warren: Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Harmonica
Chris Taylor: Bass, Guitars, Pedal Steel, Percussion
Ryan Weidenfeld: Drums, Percussion
John Beemiller: Guitars

Guests:
Phil Wolff: Vocals, Guitar (Hey Junkman)
Dayna Blitz: Vocals
Dave Bartholomew: Drums
Keith Christopher:  Bass (Gettin' It Good)
Hon. Victor I. Reyes (Retired Judge): Harmonica (Musclehead)
Jesse Huebner: Bass (Doublecrosses)
Bill Meredith: Drums (Used to Be) 
 ===================================
Recorded at:Embassy Studios (West Palm Beach, FL) and
Laundry Room Studios (Coral Springs, FL)

Mastered by Carl Staff, Saffmastering.com

Special Thanks: Chris Peet, Denise Bartholomew, Marie Muniz, Jim Young, Skillet Gilmore and Jack Cornell.









Saturday, November 14, 2015

Vivre La France! Long live Art! (The day after the Massacre in Paris)

Norton Simon Museum: Lotus Pond & Sculpture Garden

All photos by #MarlanWarren, copyright protected. 

Yesterday afternoon I went to the Norton Simon Museum to unwind from what has been a very tense few weeks fraught with personal tension, and its sudden lifting and the relief that was flooding me. I try to go weekly, and spend the most time with the French impressionists, French sculptures and the Asian sculptures. 


The museum is open at night only on Fridays, and I willed myself to hang out as dusk turned to night. I took the bus from L.A. to Pasadena, and needed to hop back on before I turned into a pumpkin. Last night, I took these photos as I absorbed the stunning beauty of the museum's lily pond and sculpture garden. The evening air was perfectly crisp and fresh. And I spent more time than usual inside, studying the art of Degas, Van Gogh, Monet, Manet, et al. Everything inside and outside me was finally feeling happy and balanced. Fresh hope.


Norton Simon Museum: Lotus Pond & Sculpture Garden
I passed a guard standing in front of the museum theater's podium. I asked what was playing, and he said it was the "Umbrellas of Cherbourg" (the Catherine Deneuve film we watched in film school). I mentioned I hadn't seen it since that time, and the guard flashed me a sweet smile and said, "Well, come on in!" I said I had to think about it. A few minutes later, I decided the cat needed feeding and I had no desire to walk L.A. streets too late at night. So I declined. 


On the way home, a friend called and I told her about my day. How lovely everything was at last. 

Then I got home and saw the news for the first time that day...

It is very hard to turn away from the Evil that is so pervasive.






 Vivre La France! Long live Art!



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