“Forgive to Live”

The Love Story presents: “Forgive to Live”

Date: Wednesday Evening, June 14, 6:30-9:30pm

Location: Gibson Showroom, 9350 Civic Center Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Sponsors: Gibson, Inertiart, Brit Bratt Productions, Kombucha Dog, and Peiwei

#PaintoPassion #ArtistInspired #TheLoveStoryOrg

“Forgive to Live” Break Open Showcase is about discovering the power of forgiveness–What it is, what it isn’t. We also explore the process of anger, resentment, and grudges as well as our process letting go of the emotions that no longer serve our higher purpose. This showcase is about transforming those emotions into artistic expression.

Executive Producer:

Mingjie Zhai

Associate Producers:

Skyler Shelley & Madilyn Lee

About The Positive Results Corporation:

To increases awareness and reduce violence and abuse in youth and young adults of Color, it’s impact on them and their community, promote healthy relationships and build good community citizens.

Featuring:

 

Open Mic

 

Andrew Tyree on Deepest Pain

“If you’ve ever been in love, somebody say ‘hell yeah’ [hell yeah]. If you’ve had your heartbroken, somebody say, ‘Hell Yeah.’ [Hell yeah] And if you got over that shit real quick ’cause you realize that sorry motherfucker didn’t know what they was missing, say ‘Hell Yeah’ [Hell Yeah!]” -Andrew Tyree

About Andrew Tyree:
Andrew is a Tony award winning poet, comedian and actor, NAACP Image award nominee, and who has opened for Jill Scott on her national tour.

You can find more of Andrew at:
IG & FB Andrew Clinkscale

 

Andrew Tyree on Carnivore

Andrew Tyree, “Carnivore”

“How to fix a sink, not how to mend a marriage. There are no ‘I Love You’s’ passed down in the midst of power tools instructions.” -Andrew Tyree

 

Madilyn Lee on Not Me

“This shit ain’t me. You don’t even look at me, and more importantly, you don’t see me…you love what I represent, you love what I do for you, you love the idea of me.” -Madilyn Lee

Madilyn Lee is a journalist and a creative writer.

 

Skyler Shelley on To My Father: The Son and His Holy Ghost

Skyler Shelley, “To My Father: The Son & His Holy Ghost”

“This dirty mind is enriched with the soil so that I may keep planting the rose bushes that make the world beautiful. Yes, roses have thorns but it doesn’t prevent people for picking them and spilling their blood on the leaves that keep us breathing.” -Skyler Shelley

Mingjie "MJ" Zhai on Woman with the Phoenix Tattoo

Mingjie “MJ” Zhai, “Woman with the Phoenix Tattoo”

“For the helpless, where are the words? To express what needs to be expressed, to feel what needs to be felt, and to reveal what needs to be healed.” -Mingjie Zhai

Mingjie is the founder and producer of The Love Story. You can find more of Mingjie Zhai’s creative work at:
www.MingjieZhai.com

Karen Sotomeyer on Nothing But All

“The The silence you wanted me to fill, and I did not. What’s wrong with me? The sex you wanted me to fake, and I did not. What’s wrong with me? The bed you wanted me to destroy, and I did not. What’s wrong with me?”

-Karen Sotomeyer

Karen is a poet and singer.

Featured Artists

 

Samuel J with All Your Heart

Samuel J,  “All Your Heart”

Cornish born Samuel J, is an innovative singer song writer, healer and conservationist. His unique music and soulful performances have helped him to establish a strong reputation with an ever-growing global fan base.

Some of his career highlights include, being selected to perform for his holiness the Dalai Lama as part of the Dalai Lamas 70th birthday celebration and performing at the Olympic and Paralympic games in London.

Samuel, has toured and shared the stage with the likes of Ben Harper, Michael Franti, Jack Johnson, Donovan Frankenreiter, Zero 7, Alice Russell, Jurassic 5 and an array of the leading musicians in Brazil where he was based for many years, including Marcelo D2, Maria Gadu, Gabriel O Pensador and many others.

 

More on Samuel J –> Samuel J Music

Larisa Gosla's Listen to Your Heart and Follow

Larisa Rose, “Listen to Your Heart and Follow”

“Listen to the sound of the heart. This is the place where it starts…
Don’t ever be led astray wherever you go. Listen to your heart & follow.” -Larisa Rose

Larisa Gosla's Crystal Bowl Sound Healing

Larisa Rose, Crystal Bowl Sound Healing

“Sound healing is using sound as a therapeutic application to align the mental, emotional, spiritual physical bodies, and anything that manifests on a physical level starts on energetic, emotional, physical, spiritual level first.” -Larisa Rose

Bryan Reeves on Self-Forgiveness

Bryan Reeves on Self-Forgiveness

“True forgiveness begins with forgiving yourself. I was in an abusive relationship once. And when I say, ‘abusive’, I mean that we have abused each other—verbally, emotionally, and eventually physically.” Bryan Reeves

About Bryan Reeves:
A former US Air Force Captain turned Author / Coach / Speaker, Bryan Reeves has triumphed through multiple dark nights of the soul after hurling himself into the transformational fires of intimate relationship over and over again. He’s worked on various projects featuring world-wide luminaries such as Eckhart Tolle, Michael Beckwith, Marianne Williamson, Deepak Chopra, Don Miguel Ruiz and many others. With a Masters Degree in Human Relations, Bryan now coaches men, women and couples in creating thriving lives and relationships. He’s the author of the viral blog, “Choose Her Every Day or Leave Her” and two books, including his latest ”Tell The Truth, Let The Peace Fall Where It May.”

You can find more of Bryan Reeves at:
www.BryanReeves.com

Indy Rishi on Laughter Healing

 

“Who takes themselves too seriously? …can you all let go?” -Indy Rishi

Call to action: Partake in this exercise with us at your own space.

Indy Rishi Singh is a wellbeing engineer, integrating Eastern and Western modalities of health and science to learn the secrets of long life, happiness and personal evolution. He has studied with accomplished psychiatrists, yogis, scientists, Gurus, academic researchers, shamans, and renowned storytellers.

You can find more of Indy Rishi’s Creativity at:
www.iLivingGuru.com

Borderline Delusion

Borderline Delusion, “Society”

“This is our first show ever…this first song is called “Society” and it is about the danger of people thinking they are superior to other people.” -Lauren Rhodes

About Borderline Delusion: Danny Brook and Lauren Rhodes met during recovery and bonded through music. Their dream three years ago was to speak out about their experience with the stigma of mental health. Over the years, through persistence and a commitment to transform their pain into passion, they attracted Phil on the piano, Justin, Binky Womack on the guitars, and Dan on the drums, and became the band now known as Borderline Delusion. Their songs center around the themes of mental health, family loss, and love, expressing real struggles.

You can find them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Borderline-Delusion-291735614614133/

 

 

Borderline Delusion

Borderline Delusion, “Morning Wings”

“This song is written for my mom who passed away from cancer and it’s the first time it’s ever been played in front of anybody. It’s called ‘Morning Wings’ and it was taken from…psalms 139.” -Danny Brook

You can find them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Borderline-Delusion-291735614614133/

 

“The Butterfly Effect”

The Love Story “Break Your Heart Open” Fundraiser

Purpose: Providing Video Cards and The Love Story Journals to Peace Over Violence.

Update: We have gifted over 1,000 video cards to Peace Over Violence.

Date: April 11, 2017

Location: The Gibson

Program Theme:  “The Butterfly Effect”

“You don’t know you’re a butterfly until you’re all the way out.”

–Dream Rockwell

Dedicated to Peace Over Violence: A nonprofit that aims for the elimination of violence against women and children.

For more Information: http://www.peaceoverviolence.org/

Sponsored by: The Gibson, Trader Joes,  GetLit, and The National Women’s Political Caucus.

About Peace Over Violence:

Peace Over Violence, (formerly LACAAW), established in 1971 by pioneering feminist activists, is a sexual and domestic violence, stalking, child abuse and youth violence prevention center headquartered in Los Angeles and dedicated to building healthy relationships, families and communities free from sexual, domestic and interpersonal violence.

Event Producer: Mingjie Zhai

Associate Producers: Megan Dooley & kweisi gharreau

 

Videographers: Sherman Wellons and Adélie Buclier

Photographers: Julia Fong, Mingjie Zhai, and Emily Wu Truong.

Featuring

Megan Dooley "What is Love?"

Megan Dooley headlines the performance, “What is Love,” to confront and process the consequences of childhood sexual abuse and trauma. In this candid artistic dialogue in spoken word, she speaks up about the perception of love and the revelations of breaking through from it all.

 

Peace Over Violence

Presented by Kayla Wagennman and Jacita Keys (in order of appearance)

About Peace Over Violence
Peace Over Violence, (formerly LACAAW), established in 1971 by pioneering feminist activists, is a sexual and domestic violence, stalking, child abuse and youth violence prevention center headquartered in Los Angeles and dedicated to building healthy relationships, families and communities free from sexual, domestic and interpersonal violence.

One of the first agencies of its kind in the country, POV has been committed to social service, social change and social justice for 41 years. POV’s innovative programs are comprehensive and include Emergency, Intervention, Prevention, Education and Advocacy services.

 

For more on Peace Over Violence –> http://www.peaceoverviolence.org/

Julia Price "Painkiller"

Julia Price wrote “Painkiller,” initially for her cousin who became addicted to prescription medication and later heroin. Later, she realized that it was also for herself, as painkillers, like addiction, could be in many forms. “Letting You Go” was inspired by a breakup she had during a time she was physically sick back while living in New York. She found solace through her piano during a time when she couldn’t get out of the house.

For more on the interview:
Julia Price behind “Painkiller:”

Julia Price Behind “Painkiller”


Julia Price behind “Letting You Go:” https://thelovestory.org/project/letting-you-go/

Andrea Sáenz

Singer, Actress, Producer, Andrea is a survivor of incest and sexual abuse. From this experience she has found a way to alchemize “that vicious venom into sacred vials of anti-venom” by infusing her art to consequently heal others worldwide through the many facets of her artistic expressions.

Andrea Sáenz

Hennessy

Singer and songwriter, Hennessy, wrote “The Letter” as a dedication to the people who she loves in her life. It is about wanting to reach out to the people we love most dearly but sometimes can’t or don’t know how to help.

For more on the interview:
Hennessy
https://thelovestory.org/project/behind-the-letter

Dedicated to Peace Over Violence: A nonprofit that aims for the elimination of violence against women and children.
For more Information: http://www.peaceoverviolence.org/

Videographers: Sherman Wellons and Adelie Buclier

Sponsored by: The Gibson and The Love Story Media, Inc.
In Association with: Peace Over Violence and Get Lit

For more information about our live events go to:
https://community.thelovestory.org

Josefina Bashout

Josefina Bashout

Once a victim of sexual abuse and genital cruelty, Josefina recognized that she had become her own greatest healer and went on a mission to empower women to reframe issues around their Pussy and step into their feminine power the same way she did with a commitment to radical self love, herbal remedies, meditation, yoga, mindfulness, the Akashic Records, spiritual psychology and plant medicine.

After a massive awakening that shifted her entire perspective around the divine feminine and what it means to be an embodied woman, Josefina was guided through her own pussy reclamation process that helped her release 20+ years of shame, guilt, trauma, and codependent behaviors that held her back from designing her best life.

She is a certified Life Coach, Akashic Record Practitioner, Lifestyle Designer, Spiritual Psychologist & Holistic Healer who is trained in the ancient wisdom teachings of Mindfulness, Kriya Yoga, Tantra, Shamanic Healing, and Metaphysics.

For more on the interview:
Josie Bashout
https://thelovestory.org/project/behind-the-healer/ ‎

Dedicated to Peace Over Violence: A nonprofit that aims for the elimination of violence against women and children.
For more Information: http://www.peaceoverviolence.org/

Videographers: Sherman Wellons and Adelie Buclier

Sponsored by: The Gibson and The Love Story Media, Inc.
In Association with: Peace Over Violence and Get Lit.

 

Hanna Harris

Hanna Harris

Losing her dad to suicide, Hanna Harris channeled all that pain into spoken word. As one of the poets of Get Lit, Words ignite, an organization that brings classic poetry to the streets and street poetry into the classrooms. By engaging youth in great works of literature, in-school and beyond, teens engage in their own futures and unearth their potential.

You can find more information about Get Lit at GetLit.org.

Videographers: Sherman Wellons and Adelie Buclier

Sponsored by: The Gibson and The Love Story Media, Inc.
In Association with: Peace Over Violence and Get Lit.

 

Commissioner Irma

Irma Beserra Núñez

At The Love Story Break Your Heart Open Showcase, Los Angeles Commissioner Irma Núñez speaks what it means to transform our pain into social impact.

Irma Beserra Núñez is currently a Member of the City of Los Angeles Housing and Community Investment Department; Founder/Owner of Doña Irma Heritage Arts (Preservation, Revitalization, Education, and Archive); Co-Founder/Co-Chair, Lead Advocate/Artist Spokesperson of the Coalition to Save the First Streets Mural Wall (1970s two story, 175 foot, 18 mural panel Chicano Historical Monument); Partner/Business Manager, Assistant Designer/Muralist, Graphic Artist of Ricet Don Juan Revitalization Innovation (Community Cultural Educational Tourism initiative); Founder/Chair, Lead Advocate/Instructor of the CA Coalition to Save Older Adult Education (Program for Older Adults, LAUSD Division of Adult and Career Education); and Steering Committee Member of the Coalition Against CSU Impaction.

Beginning at the age of 14, Irma has worked as a Visual and Performance Artist, Cultural Arts Educator and Archivist, Community Advocate and Spokesperson, Producer and Director, Media and Marketing Consultant, Fine Arts Curator and Distributor, and Artist Representative in the areas of Bilingual and Multicultural Education, Chicano and Mexican American Historical Preservation, Community Revitalization, Hispanic Marketing and Communications, Government and Community Relations, Aging and Health Education, Alleviation of Homelessness and Poverty, and other critical issues that impact our city and nation’s diverse multiethnic and multigenerational families and low income communities.

In 2012, Irma was honored by the L.A. City Commission on the Status of Women and then Council President, now Mayor Eric Garcetti, as his “Pioneer Women of the Year.” In 2012 and 2013, Irma was honored by the California Council for Adult Education with their “Excellence in Teaching Award.” Since 1972, Irma has received awards and recognition from city, state and national political and educational leaders and organizations.