Archive for February, 2012

Books: Screaming Through the Silence

Wow! A very dear friend and colleague has just written and published “Screaming Through the Silence: Memories, Truths and a Hope Towards Understanding.” Can’t tell you how proud I am that she had the courage, fortitude, and passion to find her voice so powerfully and eloquently. I had the extreme pleasure of finding an opportunity to read it while on an out-of-town excursion to attend advocacy training. I was nearly bursting with such pride when I finally put it down, and restrained myself until the following evening to call her and offer my deepest respect and admiration.

Kudos Mary Ann for your eloquence! Your voice is loud and strong. I am so proud of your insight, and your gentle graceful strength in articulating against the rape culture we currently inhabit. It is to work alongside you, and to bear witness to your spiritual growing and absoluteness. Life blessings to you and many thanks for allowing me to share this path with you!

About the Book:

“It happens quickly. I’m not in that house ten minutes before my world stops making sense.” From victim to survivor, Mary Ann Ricciardi pens from a most honest and heartfelt point of view, sharing what she knows to be true about the emotional ruin that trails behind the silence and myths surrounding intimate violence. In Screaming Through the Silence: Memories, Truths and a Hope Toward Understanding, Ricciardi writes with a purpose and desire to end the harmful silence of generations past and present. Presenting the issues simply and logically, Ricciardi’s “gentle rant” comes from years of social observations, her own personal struggle as victim turned survivor and her ongoing work with victims of intimate assault. Included are the voices of intimate assault and abuse survivors who so willingly share their truths in hopes of encouraging better understanding and awareness. “Society cannot understand because victims don’t tell; victims don’t tell because society does not understand.”

About the Author:

Mary Ann has been a Sexual Assault Support Services (SASS) Advocate at the Crisis Call Center since 2005, and has provided over 930 hours of face-to-face advocacy to child and adult victims of sexual assault, their friends and families in the year 2011 alone. She has been recognized by Senator Harry Reid, the Alliance for Victims’ Rights, and the Crisis Call Center as an exceptional advocate because of her tremendous dedication to and compassion for victims. Mary Ann continues to be an integral part of the SASS program not only as valuable member of the advocacy team, but also as a teacher, role model and mentor to advocate trainees.

Mary Ann is well known among her peers and colleagues as an outspoken, passionate activist whose writing and public speeches encourage societal dialogue and reflection on our views of rape. She reveals the long-term emotional and spiritual impacts of sexual assault and explains how our silence contributes to tacit acceptance and perpetuation of intimate violence.

*All proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to various nonprofit shelters and crisis centers.

🙂 :: Find it @ Amazon or Sundance Bookstores.

I Just Fell In Love…

Once (2006)

🙂 :: Once

Now That’s A Look!

Myrna Loy - 1930's


DV8 Physical Theater The cost of living

The O’Jays perform “For The Love of Money” on Soul Train


XOXAYA, posted with vodpod


A performer from the Beija Flor samba school parades during Carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro on Feb. 20, 2012. Millions watched the sequin-clad samba dancers at Rio de Janeiro's iconic Carnival parade. (Silvia Izquierdo/Associated Press) A performer from the Beija Flor samba school parades during Carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro on Feb. 20, 2012. Millions watched the sequin-clad samba dancers at Rio de Janeiro's iconic Carnival parade. (Silvia Izquierdo/Associated Press)

🙂 :: Carnival 2012 – The Big Picture

Blood Brother Trailer

Adam Hurst-Cello Remix by RONDEVA


Félix Nadar - Sarah Bernhardt, 1865

🙂 :: via HotParade


🙂 :: Tribe of the Big Glitter in the Sky

Now That’s A Look!

Nina Payne in Josephine Baker revue, 1928

The Cave Of Silken Web

Studio rehearsals of the new creation by Marco Goecke for Nederlands Dans Theater 1


Isn’t She Lovely!


Body of a Dancer

Body of a dancer, posted with vodpod

Now That’s A Look!

Ayami Nishimura by Rankin

Gloria Estefan – Hotel Nacional Official Music Video

Killer Diller EP

🙂 :: Unkle Ho & Rube & Nabin Shanti


It’s Friday…

🙁 :: Update 02.11.12 – Just heard on the radio driving home from teaching class that Whitney Houston has died at age 48. R.I.P. Whitney.

Trey McIntyre Project – Making of Bad Winter

SFPD “It Gets Better” Video



Trailer | Null | Vertigo Dance Company

Fats Waller – I’ve Got My Fingers Crossed

🙂 :: Looka there, looka there!

Cloud Gate – Songs of the Wanderers

Performers: Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan

Choreography – Lin Hwai-min
Music – Georgian Folk Songs (sung by Rustavi Choir)
Lighting Design – CHANG Tsan-tao
Set Design – Austin WANG
Costume Design – Taurus WAH
Props Design – YANG Cheng-yung SZU Chien-hua

“Songs of the Wanderers” was inspired by a novel on a Buddhist theme titled “Siddhartha” by Hermann Hesse. It depicts the journey of pilgrim wanderers fervently in search of inner peace. With 3.5 tones of golden rice grain on stage and music based on Georgian folk songs, the production has reached out to the audience of many lands and is acclaimed as “a dance of gold” by Lin.

Nothing Else Matters/Despedida Medley (Live from Paris)

Kinetic Head

Kinetic Head, posted with vodpod

🙂 :: More James Sewell Ballet goodness


Prestidigitations: Jacket A Classic JSB Clip

This shows amazing control and strength! More at