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    The Holy Smokes Blog

    Holy Smokes is a band with a rotating cast of players. The group meets every Monday in Long Beach, CA. It’s all about harnessing the healing energy of music through composing, playing as a band, recording and experiencing the natural high only music can produce. At each meeting an original song is written and recorded in about 90 minutes. The weekly sessions – presented by HomeFront Rising and Rock to Recovery, and hosted by Century Villages at Cabrillo – are free to attend for anyone who wants to participate. No experience is necessary. This blog documents our works in progress.
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    August 6, 2018

    Darkness Needs The Light Look at how a single candle can both defy and define the darkness. – Anne Frank As God needs the devil, darkness needs the light. – Holy Smokes
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    Rock to Recovery

    Will Nephew of Rock to Recovery coaches songwriters and musicians who collaborate with each other. It’s all about harnessing the healing energy of music through composing, playing as a band, and recording. Have fun expressing yourself, working as a group, and experiencing the natural high only music can produce. Maybe your song will be performed in one of our U.S. Tour of Duty variety shows! FREE for everyone. No experience necessary. More info: 213.375.4150 and http://ustourofduty.org.

    The U.S. Tour of Duty is part of a cultural revival led by civic-minded military veterans and their allies. We develop the artistic abilities and creative expression of veterans, and nurture relationships between veterans and the general public for the greater good. FREE video production, dance, theater and music workshops are held at the Villages at Cabrillo in Long Beach, the Main Library in Long Beach, and The Vortex in Los Angeles. A blueprint for nationwide deployment is now in development.

    WHEN
    August 20, 2018 at 4pm
    WHERE
    Gateway Community Kitchen/Villages at Cabrillo
    2001 River Ave
    Long Beach, CA 90810
    United States
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    Veterans Community Theater

    Playwright and Marine veteran Melvin Ishmael Johnson leads the workshop every Tuesday evening. He trains veterans to work as stage managers in the Los Angeles theater community, and coordinates internships with local companies. FREE for veterans.

    WHEN
    August 21, 2018 at 7pm
    WHERE
    The Vortex
    2341 E Olympic Blvd
    Los Angeles, CA 90021
    United States
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    The U.S. Tour of Duty is part of a cultural revival led by civic-minded military veterans and their allies. We develop the artistic abilities and creative expression of veterans, and nurture relationships between veterans and the general public for the greater good. FREE video production, dance, theater and music workshops are held at the Villages at Cabrillo in Long Beach, the Main Library in Long Beach, and The Vortex in Los Angeles. A blueprint for nationwide deployment is now in development.


    ROCK TO RECOVERY

    Will Nephew coaches songwriters and musicians who collaborate with each other. It’s all about harnessing the healing energy of music through composing, playing as a band, and recording. Have fun expressing yourself, working as a group, and experiencing the natural high only music can produce. Maybe your song will be performed in one of our variety shows! FREE for everyone. No experience necessary. 4 to 5:30 PM Mondays in the Gateway Community Kitchen, Villages at Cabrillo. Check out our blog at HolySmokes.band.
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    VETERANS COMMUNITY THEATER
    Playwright and Marine veteran Melvin Ishmael Johnson leads the workshop every Tuesday evening. In addition to directing plays and multi-media productions, he trains veterans to work as stage managers in the Los Angeles theater community, and coordinates internships with local companies. FREE for veterans. Every Tuesday at The Vortex from 7 to 9 PM.
    REGISTER NOW


    SUMMER DANCE CLASS FOR TEENS
    Led by Nannette Brodie, artistic director and principal choreographer for the Nannette Brodie Dance Theatre (NBDT), this FREE workshop is aimed at teens (13-18), and will include various styles of dance from jazz to contemporary to hip hop. It will be held on three Wednesdays - July 18, July 25 and August 1 - from 4:00 PM to 5:15 PM in Anchor Studio at Villages at Cabrillo in Long Beach. Nannette will choreograph an original composition by veterans to be performed by participating teens in a U.S. Tour of Duty variety show.
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    Please support our cultural revival. Your donation will enable us to provide additional FREE workshops for veterans. Thank you!

     

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