November 24, 2009

health insurance for artists

California Lawyers for the Arts is pleased to present...

A Free Workshop for Self-employed Artists, Families, and Individuals
With Michael Grodsky, AIF®

Wednesday, December 2, 2009, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

DESCRIPTION: Choosing a suitable health insurance plan in the individual or small-group market can be a daunting task. How does one compare plans from the hundreds available, when they are all so different? Can a
self-employed person qualify for guaranteed-issue group insurance? How might health insurance reform affect me? If you want answers to these questions and more, this friendly, interactive workshop is for you.
Topics include:

* Terminology and design features of health insurance plans.
* How to select a suitable plan.
* How self-employed entrepreneurs can qualify for guaranteed-issue small group health plans.
* Group insurance for artists who teach college part-time.
* What health insurance reform may mean for you.

What to bring: a notebook and pencil.

SPEAKER: Michael Grodsky ( is a financial consultant helping businesses and non-profit organizations implement employer-sponsored group health insurance and retirement plans, with an
emphasis on socially conscious investing. Michael also provides investment management and insurance services for individuals and families. He is a frequent guest lecturer at California School for the Arts on the topic of financial planning, a Social Investment Forum member, and CFO of Side Street Projects (, a non-profit artist-run organization. An Accredited Investment Fiduciary®, Michael holds a Bachelor's degree in Classical Guitar Performance and a Master's in Music Theory/Composition from
California State University, Fullerton. He enjoys swimming and making sounds with friends, and is married to artist Mara Lonner. They live in Los Angeles with their two trippy dogs. You can contact Michael at or call (323) 293-6800. Registered representative offering securities and advisory services through Independent Financial Group LLC, a registered broker-dealer and investment adviser, member FINRA/SIPC. Office of supervisory jurisdiction: 1800 Bridgegate St., Westlake Village, CA 91361. Aquarius Financial and Independent Financial Group, LLC are not affiliated. CAinsurance license 0F43491.

About GYST: Getting Your Sh*t Together ( is an artist run company that applies the creativity of an artist's mind to the complex and daunting world of professional practices in contemporary
art. Their mission is to support artists and arts organizations with an integrated mix of software, services and information in order to keep artists working. Michael and GYST have teamed up to present health insurance workshops at locations throughout Los Angeles. Visit for workshop dates.

About California Lawyers for the Arts: C.L.A. empowers creative people and their organizations by building the capacity of artists and arts organizations to handle the legal and business aspects of their creative activities, increasing the awareness and involvement of the legal community in issues affecting artists and the arts community, and increasing the law's responsiveness to the needs and interests of the arts community.

WHEN: Wednesday, December 2, 2009, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

WHERE: Ken Edwards Center, 1527 4th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401


REGISTRATION: Call CLA at (310) 998-5590, or email Angela (please include your contact info and specify the workshop date(s)) at:>

These workshops are made possible, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, the Department of Cultural Affairs, and the California Community Foundation. Additional support provided by the California Arts Council.

artist swap meet in nyc

The New York Foundation for the Arts cordially invites you to a pre-holiday swap meet.

Bring your books
Bring your art supplies
Bring your saucepan
Bring your clothes
Bring whatever you want

Bring 5-10 items that you’d like to swap along with a $5 entry fee*

Jeff Hnilicka of FEAST (Funding Emerging Art with Sustainable Tactics) will emcee

Baked goods for sale from Sweet Tooth of the Tiger's artist's residency bake sale program

*All proceeds will go toward keeping NYFA Current, the New York Foundation for the Arts' online arts magazine, a stable, sustainable program.

Thursday, December 10, 6-8:30 p.m.
New York Foundation for the Arts
20 Jay Street, 7th floor
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(212) 366-6900
(212) 366-6900

For directions, click here.

All gently used items not swapped will be donated to Angel Thrift Shop, whose proceeds benefit programs for individuals and families affected by substance abuse, HIV/AIDS, and mental illness.

Become an Elf!

Getting into the holiday spirit, ABC Family is hosting a World Record Elf Party where the network will attempt to set a new Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of Santa's elves in a single location (excluding the North Pole, of course). The event will take place on December 7 from 12-2p at New York's The Pond at Bryant Park. ABC Family will also promote their annual 25 Days of Christmas programming event and its new original holiday movie Santa Baby 2: Christmas Maybe starring Jenny McCarthy and Dean McDermott, who will both be present to help corral more than 250 elves to set the world record. New Yorkers, adults and kids alike, who wish to participate can show up and don an official elf costume approved by Guinness World Records and handed out by the network. Prizes will also be part of the occasion. Santa Baby 2: Christmas Maybe premieres December 13 at 8p on ABC Family.

November 19, 2009


Russell Banks, Atom Egoyan and the Scripting of Time
Time: 7:00 P.M.
Location: Bovard Auditorium, USC make reservations »

Visions and Voices: The USC Arts & Humanities Initiative and the USC College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

Invite you and a guest to a special evening with

Russell Banks, Atom Egoyan and the Scripting of Time

7:00 P.M. on Monday, November 23rd
Bovard Auditorium, USC Campus
Admission is free.
RSVP online at
(code: cc1123)


Russell Banks is a critically acclaimed author whose work has received numerous international prizes and awards. His dazzling novels include The Sweet Hereafter, Affliction, Cloudsplitter, Continental Drift and Rule of the Bone. Atom Egoyan is one of today's most remarkable independent filmmakers. His spectacular films include his stunning adaptation of The Sweet Hereafter as well as Calendar, Exotica and Ararat. Both Banks and Egoyan powerfully explore themes of tragedy, humanity, alienation and memory in their work.

This event will bring these two geniuses together for a provocative conversation about the treachery of memory and how we learn, forget and lie in time.

Organized by the USC College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.

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Washington DC Film Series
December 2009 - June 2010

NomadsLand Presents Film Series in Washington DC is seeking six social issue documentaries for the 2009-2010 season. (See our trailer here.)

For two successful years, NomadsLand has held monthly documentary screenings in conjunction with legendary progressive eatery, bookstore and salon Busboys and Poets. Our aim this year is to coordinate closely with Washington, D.C. area nonprofits and social enterprises to create 6 themed nights on important social issues and frame the discussion with a fantastic feature documentary.

To see our listing of past films and our upcoming scheduled event dates, click here at MeetUp.

Each screening consists of an independent feature film and 30-minute round-table discussion with the filmmaker. International filmmakers field questions after the screening - whether in-person or via phone or Skype video conferencing.

If you would like your film to be considered for the upcoming season, please send the following information to

- The name of the film and a short synopsis
- Your association with the film (producer, distributor, director, etc.)
- A list of festivals the film has been featured in (you must have at least one)
- Links to the film's webpage, critical reviews, online video trailers or full-length streaming-

Your preferred date of screening from our Calendars on Facebook or Meetup.

We prefer newer films (made in the last two years) but will consider all entries. Our deadline is December 10, 2009. We program on a first-com first-serve basis.

We also encourage you to check out our new website and join our growing community site.

All the best,
The Events Team at NomadsLand