Our Favorite 2013 Expressing Motherhood Moment…….

IMG_69072013 proved to be a great year for Expressing Motherhood. On personal levels, our families are healthy and our kids are all doing well in school. Lindsay and I both have side projects that scratch small itches in our personal lives, proving to be both fun and somewhat adventurous.

FixTheToaster.com is helping to project Lindsay’s voice about safety on our roads while driving. Driving and Texting should be on the minds of all of us and she’s been able to put it in the spotlight. She’s even now contributing to SheBuysCars.com on safety.

I have BurbankMom.com, which is just a hyper-local site about my favorite town! The Rose Run has raised another $10,000 for breast cancer research and we’ve filed our paper work for our 501 (c)(3) status.

photo-20Lindsay’s family took trips to Legoland and a magnificent getaway down south a bit in California where they chilled on the beach and took naps in the sun. We went to Michigan for the summer again and created many more memories with family.

Expressing Motherhood not only did a Mother’s Day show here in LA, but we went to Chicago for the first time as well!

 

 

IMG_9493We LOVED Chicago and besides the show, we ate amazing Chicago Dogs, Ann Sather’s Cinnamon Rolls and enjoyed a night out at Second City. We even took a bike tour through Chicago, which might have been my personal favorite tourist thing I’ve ever done.

Big news for Expressing Motherhood was that we signed a deal with Rooftop Media in San Fransisco to collaborate our comedic pieces from our shows to get some internet radio airplay. More details to come on that, but stay tuned… ExMo will be on a device near you!

Out of all of those moments, there is still one that will stand as our very favorite moment of 2013… The Today Show with Maria Shriver!

Jessica, Maria Shriver and Myself(Lindsay)
Jessica, Maria Shriver and Lindsay

Words cannot express how amazing this moment was for us. I mean, Maria Shriver was in Lindsay’s backyard….. All kidding aside, we were honored and blessed to have such an amazing, inspirational woman chose to feature Expressing Motherhood on her return to NBC as a West Coast correspondent for women’s issues.  Watch the video below!

We had a great year…*cheers* to 2014!

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We Are 6 Weeks From Our First 2014 Expressing Motherhood Show…Pre-Order Your Tickets!

Happy New Year 2014 images2013 is coming to a close, but things are looking great for the New Year!

Expressing Motherhood is only 6 weeks….6 weeks people…from our opening night for the first 2014 show set to open in Hollywood on February 7th.

We’ve got a spectacular cast for you, including some veteran performers as well as new faces to grace the stage.

Not only do we have a great show lined up, but we’ve got another fun opening night. Club MomMe in Los Angeles will be sponsoring our “Ladies Night Out’ on Friday, February 7th. With the price of your ticket that night, you will receive a free glass of wine and a really great goody bag from Club MomMe..oh, and don’t forget about the show…you’ll leave fully entertained and maybe even laughing or crying.

Sidebar EXMOThe future is bright! And the future is looking very good for entertainment. Get your tickets today on Eventbrite for Expressing Motherhood. Our LA shows are popular when it comes to ticket sales…so get yours today! They make great gifts, fun surprises, and stellar Girls’ Nights!

See the full schedule of performances below and be sure to follow us on Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram and like us on Facebook to stay up to date on all things “ExMo!”

The Lillian Theatre – 1076 Lillian Way, Los Angeles, CA 90038

 

Showtimes

Friday, February 7th  8pm

Saturday, February 8th  8pm

Sunday, February 9th  2pm & 7pm

Friday, February 14th  8pm

Saturday, February 15th  8pm

Sunday, February 16th   2pm & 7pm

Meet Upcoming Performer Rachel Zients Schinderman

Upcoming performer Rachel Zients Schinderman is no stranger to the Expressing Motherhood stage. She has performed with us many times over the years. Her writing classes, which she teaches, Mommie Brain, have sent us many performers our way. It’s been great having her calming presence around over the years.

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How did you hear about ExMo? 
I am not sure where I heard about Expressing Motherhood originally, but it was long ago and I knew it was something I wanted to try to be involved in.
How many kids do you have? Do you work outside of the home?
 I have two sons, ages 3 and 7.  I am mostly home with them but I teach writing groups and freelance write under www.mommiebrain.com.
How do you express yourself creatively? 
I perform in Expressing Motherhood regularly. I write.  I volunteer for The March of Dimes.  I teach.  And I make a lot of lists about all the creative projects I want to do once I have the time.
Have you ever performed before? In ExMo or other shows?
This will be my 5th time performing in Expressing Motherhood.  I have also performed many times in Spark off Rose in Santa Monica.  Long ago, many lifetimes ago, I was an actress.  I studied at The Neighborhood Playhouse and came to LA to pursue acting.  I even went to theater camp and used sing and dance for anyone who would pay attention.  Now that seems quite foreign to me.
What do you love about being a mom in LA? What do you find challenging?
Motherhood itself is challenging, regardless of LA or not.  My biggest challenge would be that our family is in New York.  But after living in LA for almost 17 years, I have been so taken by how LA is set up so nicely for families.  I think this is my happiest time in Los Angeles.  In Culver City, where we live, there is such a sense of community and so we have all the things that being in a big city offers along with sort of feeling we live in a small town.  It’s win win.

Meet Upcoming Performer Amanda MacKinnon

Meet Amanda MacKinnon. She is flying in from Boston to perform in the show! This always amazes us that people will do this. Makes us happy of course. We can’t wait to hang with you Amanda.

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How did you hear about ExMo? 

An acquaintance performed in your Boston show.

 

How many kids do you have? Do you work outside of the home?

I have two boys.   Outside, like in the yard?  Other than gardening, I don’t work outside of the home.

 

How do you express yourself creatively?

I’ve never thought of myself as a creative person.  In my pre-kid life I was an intellectual property lawyer, which involved lots of formulaic writing, but not terribly “creative” writing.

 

Have you ever performed before? In ExMo or other shows.

No. This is scary for me.

 

What do you love about being a mom in LA? What do you find challenging?

 

I’m not an LA mom.  But, what I love about being a suburban Boston mom is…going to LA becomes a fun field trip?! Really, I hope I can hold my own with the LA moms.  All of this back and forth about sending in the link to our websites and submitting our headshots has me thinking that I am in way over my head.  That’s what I anticipate finding challenging, being able to hang with the artistic types rather than just filing your trademarks and copyrights.

We Had A Sunday Morning #MomsLAHoliday Style

Moonlight Rollerway
Moonlight Rollerway

They had me at ‘Moonlight Rollerway.’

I love to skate. Let me correct that, I love to Rollerblade. I haven’t been on actual quad skates in years. Moonlight Rollerway in Glendale, California is a very fun, hip, happenin’ place to get your skate on. Most recently, I watched an episode of

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Yvonne & Sarah of MomsLA

Modern Family that filmed an episode there. It literally is “Where movie, tv, film and the celebrity stars skate and party.”

We are in LA after all. It’s kind of unavoidable.

What better place for MomsLA to host their #MomsLAHoliday party than at the roller rink.

MomsLA is LA’s go-to mom blog for all the topics that moms in Los Angeles care about, including public and private schools, local politics, parenting styles, blended families, healthy eating, home cooking, travel, and fitness. If you’re in the LA area raising a family, MomsLA is a great place to find a lot of information.

As a matter of fact, Director, Lindsay Kavet, has written several posts for MomsLA.         You can find those HERE…

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BlissyMissy.com

 

When we got to the rink, my daughter immediately got some hair bling thanks to BlissyMissy.com They were providing some fun stuff including manicures and the hair glitter you see here. I think it’s in our DNA to be attracted to anything sparkly.

 

 

 

Pizza on Wheels
Pizza on Wheels

MomsLA works with some very great sponsors including Jamba Juice and the delicious Fresh Brothers Pizza. Lunch was on them! And what was really awesome is that the owner got his skates on and did a few Pizza laps. My kids were geeked that they got to give a pizza a high five and squeeze his nose.

You can find Fresh Brothers online and on Facebook , Twitter and Instagram. 

 

 

Kim Tracy Prince
Kim Tracy Prince

 

The best part of this morning was the fact that MomsLA in collaboration with Help A Mother Out, collected 1788 diapers, cash and countless wipes for homeless babies and tots in the LA area. Upcoming Hollywood ExMo cast member, Kim Tracy Prince has been a Los Angeles area representative for Help A Mother Out for a while and was there doing the collecting!

 

 

IMG_4920The kids and I had a fantastic Sunday morning skating our hearts away… well, my daughter and I did. My son, gave it great try, but fell one too many times and decided quad skates were not on his agenda for the day. But, the parting gift cheered him right up.

Thank you MomsLA for supporting all things moms!

You can find MomsLA online, on Facebook and Twitter.

 

 

 

Meet Upcoming Performer Kari Dyas

Read about upcoming performer Kari Dyas here.

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I have 2 children. My daughter Maud is 15 and my son Hugo is 12.

 

I work as a designer – invitations and stationery, found-object assemblage pieces, re-worked vintage children’s clothes, linen napkins. I have an 1889 letterpress on which I print, feeding each piece of paper by hand. It’s in my garage behind a washing machine, dryer, and my husband’s 1974 Alpha Romeo. That car and my press are both too beautiful to be hidden away like that. It’s tragic, really.

 

I guess I’m lucky enough to be able to express some sort of creativity most days. If I’m not working on a design project, I’ll sometimes force myself to sit down and write. I also feel pretty creative when I make dinner out of a few ingredients I have on hand. I love to let the food supply get really low, just for that challenge.

 

I did a little acting as a kid in San Francisco, and a few plays in college, but otherwise, not much performing. I once thought I wanted to pursue that, but realized fairly early that it would break my heart.

 

I enjoy being a mother in Los Angeles for a few reasons. One is the access to art and culture. Since they were 5 and 2 we’ve taken them to the ISC performances of Shakespeare in Griffith Park, which they love. There’s a great young opera company called Pacific Opera Project that is also fantastic and affordable enough for the whole family to go.

 

I also love that there are so many good school choices here. We found a preschool that was great for our family, a magnet elementary school that we loved, and now a charter middle-high school where our kids are getting a wonderful classics / art-based education, with a strong program in classical music and modern dance.

 

The diversity in Los Angeles is a big plus. We’re a multi-ethnic family, and I love living in a city where that rarely even gets a curious glance. That my kids grow up around all types of families is hugely important to me. Their friends are from all different races, cultures, economic levels, and parental configurations. I think L.A. is one of the least provincial cities in the world, and it’s diverse nature reflects that.

 

Oh, and it’s also nice to have your kid’s birthday party outside in January. Every single year.

 

One of the biggest challenges I find raising kids here is the exposure to the extremes of the entertainment industry. It’s not easy to keep kids grounded when there is so much excess and opulence around them. I’ve found my ways, but my kids are total geeks because of it. Don’t tell them I said that.

Susanna Morgan’s Video

Susanna Morgan is an LA mom who was in our show, Fall of 2012.

 

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She performed a great piece.

I asked her if she’d be interested in “re-creating” it and filming it.

She was game.

I promptly ordered a fake hair piece and a mustache.

Susanna showed up one afternoon and we made this while our kids were at school. Susanna kindly let me edit it down, so it’s not the piece in its whole. I edited it during some nap times and voila, here it is.

Thanks for being game Susanna.

 

Meet Upcoming Performer Peggy Mannix

Meet upcoming performer Peggy Mannix. Peggy has lived in SilverLake for 30 years! Her piece will give you something to talk about if you are fortunate enough to be able to come see the show. It’s great. Meet Peggy…

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How did you hear about ExMo?
Went to see my beloved friend Anna Bocci perform in your show. I was sitting in between her and her now husband Joel West in the dressing room of a show we were doing together. I literally felt them falling in love.
How many kids do you have? Do you work outside of the home?
We have two grown sons who live in Seattle, Washington. Yes, besides being an actor, I work part time as a public speaker for FIDM, Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. It is very creative and I have been able to reinvent myself for my third act of life.
How do you express yourself creatively?
My piece “The Comeback” is a direct result of participating in a friend’s suggestion of a Creative Salon called Renegade Salon. We meet at each hoer’s homes and share our writing, read a scene or do anything that helps us to enrich our creative souls.
Have you ever performed before?
In ExMo or other shows. I am a show business whore and I love it.
What do you love about being a mom in LA?
My experience with mothering in LA is dated to be sure. But we lived in the little hamlet of Silverlake, raised our kids here where they went to a cooperative nursery school that is legend on the grounds of the DWP around the Silverlake Resevoir. All of our current friends for over 30 years are a direct result of the other parents we met through our kids in Mommy & Me and beyond. Amazing. Our kids went to puplic school, took buses to the magnet schools and we held our breath as they maneuvered through the maze of the magnets. It all worked out. Great kids, happy, healthy and thriving in successful careers.  What do you find challenging? We did it on our own. No family here. We also had a babysitting co-op what was extremely successful and we utilized it so much. We just bartered hours, no money passed anyone’s hands. And your kids get to be with other kids as you wither work or go on a well needed date night. During a few periods of theatrical work I had to leave town for a play for 8 weeks up in Sacramento. I was able to repay the swapping of a car pool pick up within a few weeks of my return. It was brilliant and many of us are still friends today sharing in grandchildren and weddings, etc. It was a marvelous way to raise our kids to be city kids and have a sense of community.

Meet Michelle Villemaire

Michelle Villemaire will be performing in our next show in Hollywood. Tickets are on sale now.

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How did you hear about ExMo? 
I first heard about ExMo when a mom from our synagogue, Laura Diamond, mentioned that she did the show. Then In April I met you lovelies at a Club MomMe event. 🙂
How many kids do you have? Do you work outside of the home?
I have 2 girls. One just turned 6. The other will be 3 opening night! I write/work at home. But also at Starbucks. And the library. And in my car…
How do you express yourself creatively?
Constantly expressing myself– I’m a writer, actor, crafter, cook and interior designer of my own home…
Have you ever performed before? In ExMo or other shows.
 Yes, I have been an actor. Mostly bit parts in movies or TV shows you’ve never heard of so there’s really no use mentioning it!
What do you love about being a mom in LA? What do you find challenging?
I love that we have easy access to beach, mountains and desert. I find living away from family and having to pay for childcare challenging.