Posts Tagged ‘self care’


May 3, 2011

Are you in LA this weekend??

If you live in LA, don’t miss this incredible performance and celebration.

Join Dylan McDermott, Barbara Bain and an all-star cast for two performances benefiting VDay Santa Monica 2011, March 25-26, at the Broad Stage/SMC Performing Arts Center. A global, annual event, VDay increases awareness by focusing on specific groups of women resisting violence with courage and vision. All proceeds go to charity – 90% locally to Peace Over Violence and 10% to support this year’s international VDay campaign, the women and girls of Haiti.

THE V MEN MONOLOGUES – Friday, March 25, 8pm

McDermott and other notable performers will read from A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant, and A Prayer a collection of monologues by world-renowned authors and playwrights and edited by Eve Ensler and Mollie Doyle. These diverse voices rise up in a collective roar to break open, expose and examine the insidiousness of violence at all levels: brutality, neglect, a punch, even a put-down. Cast includes Dylan McDermott, Jack McGee, Garcelle Beauvais, Iona Morris, Larry Wilmore, Sekou Andrews, John Ciccolini and Vincent M. Ward.Special musical performance by soul recording artist Chris Pierce.

THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES – Saturday, March 26, 8pm

The Vagina Monologues chronicles major events experienced in women’s lives through their association with the vagina. A recurring theme throughout the piece is the vagina as a tool of female empowerment and the ultimate embodiment of individuality. Barbara Bain, Cleo King, Liz Hernandez, Hattie Winston, Gwendoline Yeo, Iris Bahr, Nadege August, Rebecca Wisocky, Wendy Hammers, Gabby Sanalitroand Deborah Kagan lend their voices for this touching, humorous and powerful performance. The show concludes with a musical treat – a guest performance by the Compton-based 2010 National Gospel Choir winners, Voices of Destiny.

All performances directed by Iona Morris.

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It’s time to Celebrate VDAY!

RED CARPET AFTER PARTY – Saturday, March 26, 10pm – Sponsored by Lexus of Santa Monica

Our not-to-be missed after party features a live DJ, open bar provided by ONE Natural Experience, lite bites and desserts, a silent auction including items such as weekend getaways, spa services, yoga classes and gift baskets, a dance performance by the Flying Vs and so much more! Your ticket to either show includes this event.

1501 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90404
* delicious food * tasty cocktails * entertainment *
and ‘shake what your mama gave ya’ dancing*

Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center
1310 11th St., Santa Monica, CA 90401


Tyra Banks talks “What’s Up Down There”

October 12, 2010

“What’s Up Down There?”

September 24, 2010

This week, I came across a diamond of a book titled “What’s Up Down There: Questions You’d Only Ask Your Gynecologist If She Was Your Best Friend” that is seconds away from it’s BIG launch. The author, Dr. Lissa Rankin MD is a sassy gynecologist, artist and womens’ wellness care provider. Of course, I pre-ordered the book and immediately contacted Lissa that day. I also realized that the picture on the cover has a mirror over the pubes of the illustrated female figure. I shared peeka-bu with her and we bonded over email immediately. On a personal level, she is super cool, but the reasons Dr. Lissa Rankin is my new She-Hero go far beyond my words.

For some, a lot more that you’d ever imagine.

I read this excerpt on and was bubbling up with tears of laughter and compassion. Rankin tells a story about an emergency room run for a woman named Mildred, who is notorious for using her vagina like a purse, literally. “She then proceeded to pull down her pants and began yanking things out of her vagina like it was Mary Poppins’ magic carpet bag (or, in this case, carpet box). There was a plastic baggie of pills, a wad of bills a tube of lipstick, a pen. Half expecting Mildred to pull out a red scarf that magically turns into a bouquet of flowers, I was on the verge of busting out laughing when I suddenly realized that there was something very wrong with this picture.”

What was wrong with it is that Lissa recognized this woman went through some tragic experiences at a young age that made her hate her lady parts enough to use them for a completely different purpose. Sure, it’s an extreme example, and sounds like an episode of Grey’s Anatomy, but you get the point. The time is now to stop shutting off from essential parts of who we are and learn to tools to help us create a more loving relationship with all areas of our bodies.

What are you going to do today to take this step? Are there parts that you feel uncomfortable with and could treat better? I invite you to do some investigation–and share this with your friends! I know what I am going to do. I’m going to read the rest of this book.