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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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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

You know Yelp can make your review invisible, but your Yelp page? And you won't know?

I offer services with Book Publicity by Marlan (full-service assistance for authors from editing to book design to formatting for Kindle to, well, book publicity!). Yelp has come after me before with strong arm tactics to make me stop complaining, but...I think the public has a right to know. So here you go...

For Writing-Related Business Owners With Yelp Pages: A Warning

Yelp reviews are to business owners what Amazon is to authors. The importance of reviews cannot be overstated. They provide the invaluable momentum that aids a PR campaign and ensures its swift success.

Today when I searched for "Book Publicity By Marlan" on Yelp, it failed to show up as a listing option. As a business owner, I've had this page for about 6 years, but rarely think to check on it. I then tried the link that I have on file and...voila!

But alas...I soon found out that I am the only one who can see it! Why?

The fellow I spoke with in "Advertising" (the only phone number actually showing anywhere on Yelp's contact info) explained that it's "because you're a 'freelancer' and not an actual business owner." I offer services as an independent contractor, as do many other services listed on Yelp (yoga classes, anyone?). But unless you're "brick and mortar" (right, nobody does business in cyberspace), "Your business is not a good fit for us."


Translation: "We can't sell you ads because your business is so small, you probably get clients through word of mouth or referral--or by someone landing on your Yelp biz page and reading reviews on it--so you won't lay down hundreds of dollars for our ads."

When I asked if I could change the page to a non-business-owner site: "No."

Here's what it means for you, if you have a small business listed on Yelp and you refuse to buy advertising:
  • You may still see your Yelp Page (if you can find it through a link you saved). But it may only be visible to you. If you can't find it when you search Yelp, it's not really there.
  •  Search for your business name regularly on Yelp, and call them if you can't find it. They won't be able to change it, but at least you won't live in a dream world, imagining that your Yelp reviews are being seen and the page is "active."
  • It's advisable to take screenshots of your business page. You never know what the courts will consider "evidence."

    Protect yourself. "Stay Woke."

PS – I asked why there was an ad for someone else’s PR services on my Yelp page when it’s invisible. The answer: “Oh, they won’t have to pay unless someone clicks on it.”


Monday, May 14, 2018

West Palm Brewery Launches Summer Music Series with Singer/Songwriters Monty Warren and David Gruitza (5/20) (West Palm Beach, FL)

Monty Warren

On Sunday, May 20 at 2 p.m., Monty Warren, frontman for Monty Warren & The Friggin' Whatevers, and David Gruitza, frontman for Fern Street, will go "acoustic solo" on The Spilt Beer Stage at the West Palm Brewery & Wine Vault to kick off its Singer Songwriter Summer Music Series in West Palm Beach, Florida.

"I put together this music series because Palm Beach County loves craft beer, premium wine, art, and live performances with great music," said West Palm Brewery & Wine Vault owner John Pankauski. "I invited these musicians because I love their incredible live shows."

Warren and Gruitza will alternately play their original songs sans backup from their bands. "We ain't an 'act.' No rehearsals," said Warren. "We're going to be as surprised as the audience to hear what unfolds in each moment on the stage."

Audiences will hear tunes off Warren's three albums that have all been named to The Palm Beach Press annual "Best Music" Lists (Trailer Park Angel; Let's Go To Therapy; Far Out Close Up), and a few off his upcoming album (Two Badasses) with European rocker, Phil Wolff.

"Monty Warren is an amazing singer songwriter with an accomplished body of original work," said Pankauski. "When you hear David Gruitza's music, you hear Truth."

Gruitza will be playing songs off the Fern Street EP (Fern Street). "I'm really looking forward to this," he said. "And grateful to everyone for making this happen!'

Doors open at 12 Noon. "The event is free, but parking can be tricky, so get there early for best seating," advised Pankauski. "Folks can sit in The Long Bar, The Vault, or outside in the shade. Windows and sliding glass doors will be open to share the music."

West Palm Brewery & Wine Vault has posted on its Facebook page "Five Things You Need To Know About Songwriter Musicians Monty Warren and David Gruitza" (link below).

"Let's welcome the weekend, turn up the volume and rock the joint!" said Pankauski.

Venue Address and Contact Info:
West Palm Beach Brewery & Wine Vault
332 Evernia Street West Palm Beach, Florida 33401
Email: info@WestPalmBeer.com • Phone: 561.619.8813

For more Venue Event, Parking and Musician Info:

Musicians Info
"Five Things You Need To Know"

Monty Warren Info:
YouTube: Monty Warren Channel
Facebook: www.facebook.com/Monty-Warren-The-Friggin-Whatevers-Music
E-Mail: monty60@icloud.com

David Gruitza Info:



Saturday, April 21, 2018

MAKE YOUR OWN FUN -- Sneak Peek at Phil Wolff's and Monty Warren's Creative Process for #TwoBadasses

Happiness is...Creating! Phil Wolff decided to shoot his initial reactions to hearing how the 2 songs ["Wicked Man" and "Every Time"] that he sings lead vocals on are turning out (still unmixed, with some polishing to go) after Monty Warren passed them along, months after conception and initial laying of tracks. 

"Make your own fun."-- David Mamet

Album: TWO BADASSES
Due: TBA Date 2018
Phil Wolff (Spain) (We R Comin') 
Monty Warren (USA)(Monty Warren & The Friggin' Whatevers) 
Facebook: 
Monty Warren - Facebook.com/monty-warren 
Phil Wolff - Facebook.com/philwolfffanpage/
Monty WarrenWebsite: www.montywarren.com 

YouTube Channels:
Phil Wolff Monty Warren
Marlan Warren (Publicist)

Monday, April 2, 2018

L.A. Artist Violetta Antonia Sorcini Will Show At La Galeria Gitana (4/21-6/1) Before Italy Art Trip For New Book

Echo Park DipTic by Violetta Antonia Sorcini
Violetta Antonia Sorcini
Artist: Violetta Antonia Sorcini
Show: Sat., April 21 to Fri., June 1, 2018
La Galeria Gitana, 120 N. Malay Avenue, Suite E,
San Fernando, CA 91340 
Tel. 818-898-7708
Gallery Website: http://galeriagitana.com/
Artist Website: http://www.sorcini.com/

If you've never experienced Violetta Antnoia Sorcini's passionate artwork, you will have this exciting opportunity starting Saturday, April 21 at La Galeria Gitana in the San Fernando Valley. The show, which features local artists, closes Friday, June 1.

Sorcini is a veteran artist whose paintings, photography and collages often show at local galleries, including ChimMaya.

Born and raised in East L.A., the half-Latino artist is now preparing for what she anticipates will be a life-changing Art Odyssey to Central Italy to meet and live with the Italian side of her family for a month.

"The whole reason I'm going to Italy is to create an art book about my experiences with my relatives and the communities that I'll be visiting,"
Violetta explained during our interview in her charming studio. Although she and her Italian relatives have often been in touch, they have never met in person.

Mixed Media Collage by Violetta Antonia Sorcini

The central theme of Sorcini's non-abstract paintings, photographs and collages is "story."

Señor El Sereno by Violetta Antonia Sorcini

"My artwork is composed of allegories that make statements about how I see the world," said Sorcini. "I invite contemplation while staying positive."

Lucifer at Dawn by Violetta Antonia Sorcini

Over 15 years ago, Violetta was stricken with a near fatal illness, recovering after a long rehabilitation. In recent years, she has jump started her professional art career with projects that examine her social and physical environments, while interpreting her experiences and social sensibilities. She exhibits locally ChimMaya Art Gallery and La Galleria Gitana, as well as internationally.

Ms. Sorcini has had a long and impressive career as an abstract artist, showing regularly with artist representation in Los Angeles and in New York. Her honors included a residency in Spain and being invited by His Majesty Juan Carlos II to a group show at the Palace Armory in Madrid, with notable American and European artists Jamie Wyeth and works by the renowned Spanish artist Xavier Corbero.

When I asked "V" what inspires her, she replied:

"I start my artworks with meditation on life, and then translate the resulting ideas into sketches, photography or digital format. I don't work from life, except for sketching because my artwork is produced in a subliminal fashion--making compositions decisions on the fly while balancing and keeping the initial statement intact. My work is not academic but stream of consciousness developed on canvas. Making the experience of creating a personal one that others may find relatable."

Fade to Dust [Photo by Violetta Antonia Sorcini]

Violetta Antonia Sorcini's subjects range from local impressions such as Echo Park to the recent mass shooting in Las Vegas. She dives into her abstracts with powerful emotion and sensitivity. The images below are worth thousands of words. They are presented with quotes from this honest, bold artist.

[Artist Bio Below]

Website: http://www.sorcini.com/

Violetta Antonia Sorcini's art is available at these websites:

MORE FROM VIOLETTA ANTONIA SORCINI

I work in series, not serials--dividing my interests into a series of images of places I love, people in my life, others that influence me. I express these ideas in landscapes, abstracts, figurative, photography and digital images. -- Violetta Antonia Sorcini

Emerging Woman by Violetta Antonia Sorcini
Digital Image From Charcoal Drawing
"I don't work from life, except for sketching because my artwork is produced in a subliminal fashion making composition decisions on the fly, balancing all the while to keep the initial statement in tack."--Violetta Antonia Sorcini

Las Vegas Massacre by Violetta Antonia Sorcini
24"x24" acrylic on canvas
"This one got me a lot of blow back from people accusing me of trying to profit from a tragedy. But I educated them by explaining that this is part of an artist's job: to document historical events and comment on them."   

King of the Hill by Violetta Antonia Sorcini
From "Amazing Youth" series
36" x 48" Acrylic On Canvas
"This painting represents the imagination and willingness of youth to use play to examine their social environment."
Boys With Chalk by Violetta Antonia Sorcini
Oil On Canvas

Fall at Washington Park by Violetta Antonia Sorcini
24h x 48in Acrylic
From Violetta Antonia Sorcini's Website:

Raised in East Los Angeles leaving home at age 15, Violetta Antonia Sorcini became acquainted with street and mural artists Los Cuatro from East Los Angeles. Inspired, she graduated from UCLA School of Arts, influenced by artists she studied under there, including, Richard Diebenkron, Sam Amato, Jan Stussy. 

Sunday, March 18, 2018

"BITS OF PARADISE: KOCHIYAMA'S CRUSADERS" VIDEO CLIPS OF STAGED READING

Yes, it was in July 2017, and no, I don't know why I didn't  post any video clips or the gorgeous photos I received in January 2018 from actor/playwright/producer Ariel Kayoko Labasan's father before now. But they should not be invisible to the public.

For more video clips and photos of the play and the documentary that grew out of it, please visit:
BITS OF PARADISE WEBSITE


SUMMARY:
Excerpt from staged reading of the One-Act Play "Bits of Paradise: Kochiyama's Crusaders" by Marlan Warren with Ariel Kayoko Labasan at Rogue Machine Theatre (July 2017) featuring Labasan as human rights activist, Yuri Kochiyama, and Warren as a filmmaker who wants to document the little-recognized war effort of girls and women behind the barbed wire of the "Japanese American Internment" who called themselves "The Crusaders" as they embarked on a letter-writing campaign to boost the morale of the Japanese American soldiers who were fighting to prove patriotism while their families were held in U.S. concentration camps.

Warren adapted verbatim the letters and circulars sent out to "any soldier missing a letter" (the en masse correspondence was all written by Yuri) from The Crusaders scrapbooks in the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, and the Japanese American Museum of San Jose.

Videographer: Michael J. Labasan

These scenes from the play will be integrated into Warren's documentary film, "What did you do in the War, Mama?: Kochiyama's Crusaders" -- currently in post production.

NOTE: This show was also performed as a benefit for Founders Metropolitan Community Church at the invitation of Rev. Kevin Downer and FMCC Board. (July 2017).

[This play was originally produced in 2008 at The Marsh in a Reader's Theater version, "Bits of Paradise" by Marlan Warren.] Director: Marlan Warren Producers: Marlan Warren and Ariel Kayoko Labasan Special Thanks to Rogue Machine Theatre (Hollywood, CA) and to Founders Metropolitan Community Church (Los Angeles).

Cast: Ariel Kayoko Labasan............Yuri Kochiyama and Mary Nakahara
Douglas N. Hachiya..............Bill Kochiyama & Various Soldiers of 442nd Infantry
Jacky Jung..............Various Crusaders
Zoe Jean Kim..........Various Crusaders
Scott Shima............Various Soldiers of 442nd Infantry
Mack Wei...............Various Soldiers of 442nd Infantry
Marlan Warren.......Filmmaker
Theater Sound: Amanda Bierbauer (Tech) and Roger Owens (Sound Design)
Website: http://bit.ly/2tSXRto
Facebook: @YuriKochiyamaPlay and @CrusadersFilm






"Better go and doublecross yourself / Turn tail and run / In sickness and in health / Something wicked this way comes..."

Monty Warren & The Friggin' Whatevers tune "Doublecrosses" was aired by Steve Kelly on his Kelly's Heroes show on Fylde Coast Radio (U.K.) on March 14, 2018. It was an honor to be included in the 2 hour / 48 song lineup! "Doublecrosses" was penned by Monty Warren and John Beemiller, for album #3: "Far Out Close Up." Monty Warren leads a motley group of "Whatevers" who hail from the South Florida / Raleigh, NC area -- all veteran musicians who just plain love rock 'n' roll. If you like us, won't you please get in touch or follow us? Here's some more info: Website: http://www.montywarren.com EPK: http://montywarrenmediakit.blogspot.com Facebook: @montywarrenandthefrigginwhatevers CD Baby: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/montywarrent..
. iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/tt/artist/mo... Video by Marlan Warren.

WOMEN'S MARCH REVISITED: Because Flicker deleted my photos on this blog

Because I didn't get out to the Women's March 2018, I'm posting the music video I made of the "first" Women's March that happened after Trump's "election." Music is by Monty Warren & The Friggin' Whatevers. Anger and Humor and Desire for Positive Change is by the wonderful people--women, men and children--who gave their all for Democracy.

Remember: "Power never concedes without a Demand. It never has and it never will."


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

L.A. Photo Blog

Master Au, Chinatown L.A.
Neuvo Generacion Mariachi

Archangel Raphael (LACMA)

Fumito Nagasu, Sushi Guy (Ai)

Ai Japanese Restaurant

Thursday, November 16, 2017

THE POEM OF YES




The Poem of YES

Gave up
Air pressure like an anvil
Forcing me to stop
Lie on floor
Wondering if my heart would stop
Cat there
Flattened
Why go on?
If you can't stand the Heat...
Then what?
A show of hands, please.
Who fucking knows?
Just lying there
Pretending it was good for me.
Then it came to me
After how long I don't know
"THE YES IS WHAT MATTERS"
And I saw
My Week
had too many
No's.
No, you can't do that.
No, I should do that.
No, we don't want that.
No, because she hates us.
No, because we hate him.
No, because I'm afraid of you.
No, because I just
can't.


Then I remembered a text from my friend
sent from his favorite place on Earth:
"I am always happiest when I am here..."
And I felt what it feels like to feel free.
Even just for a moment.
Because you feel loved.
And you are giving love.
You are wanted. And you are glad to be wanted.


I thought, "I need to write this down."
THE YES IS WHAT MATTERS.


I got up.
Rumbling.
Outside rain.
Sun shining.
Thunder.
So so hot still.
But wet.


And the lady across the street
Watering her lawn.


But I made it back.
And I am not afraid anymore.

Marlan Warren, August 2017, Los Angeles, California


Monday, August 14, 2017

#WonderWoman Poem By Carolyn Howard-Johnson: "My Woman-of-Steel Brand"

My mother Trudy Warren 8 months pregnant right after Hurricane Donna, Ft. Myers, FL
Perhaps I am remiss in not posting current national events and my relation to them as they happen. A couple weeks ago, I posted this poem by the extraordinary California poet, Carolyn Howard-Johnson about her inner "Wonder Woman." Now with Hurricane Irma bearing down on my hometown of Ft. Myers, I can't help but recall this picture my father took of my mother hauling away the multitude of fallen branches from the banyan tree we shared with our neighbors' yard. Eight months pregnant with my brother Monty. Mom played the piano the whole time the hurricane raged around our 2-story clapboard house. The tin roof blew off our neighbors' home behind ours. And they came into our house for protection during the calm of the Eye.

A toast to all Wonder Women everywhere. May your praises always be sung for your beautiful warrior spirits and loving ways.

You Think You Know Me Well


By Carolyn Howard-Johnson


I am Wonder Woman. You may have known 

me so long you remember

my original star-studded skirt

a la 1942 or still sigh over that skirt metamorphosed
to a bias-cut bikini singing
a patriot’s song to the female derrière
That would have been the same time 
it became hard to tell if I was born
to empower little girls or to mesmerize 
boys--the big ones and the small.
If that’s what you think
when you hear my name,
you’ve clearly not internalized
the idea of cruel waxing demanded by today’s
experts on grooming. (You should know
I didn’t do that. Somehow I was never convinced. 
Tights were another matter. I wore
them proudly--my woman-of-steel
brand-- lasso-wielding woman,
woman who bounced bullets
from magic cuffs, woman who didn’t need
D-cup implants
spilling out of her lamé bustier. 

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