Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Tiffany LaRocque Creates Beauty Wherever She Goes

"Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art." - Ralph Waldo Emerson 

What makes a great model? There are issues of size, shape, and a well proportioned figure. Also essential is a face that speaks to people's taste for true beauty. But often, a model’s success is determined by their attitude.  Many gorgeous models have hindered their success by not being 100% committed.

That is why the relentless passion and drive of one of Boise's top stars has long caught the attention of many around the arts and creative scene.

Gorgeous model, entertainer, event organizer, and all-around dynamo Tiffany LaRocque is one of those women who constitutes the complete package. She is a great model and a great role model. Experience, personality. community outreach and terrific looks are all traits that she holds in abundance!

Who is this amazing woman, Tiffany LaRocque?

First, she is Senior Organizer/Administrator and booking agent at Red Carpet Productions. She's dynamic and smart, the type of performer who could be cast as many different characters.

Models need to be confident in everything they do. Tiffany's poses are eye-catching and stunning. But in reality, they are just her personality coming out. Her colors always blend perfectly with each assignment she is modeling for.

The styles of Tiffany's clothes, her backgrounds, and the angles -- all suggest a very wide range of times, places, paradigms -- complex themes that are intelligent and sensual.

Tiffany also works as Senior Organizer/Administrator  and booking agent for IPAP Entertainment. And she is a model, actress and assistant at Urban Talent Boise. and is  the Head of Live Entertainment for Artists Unleashed at The Powerhouse Event Center.

I first met Tiffany as a result of her work with Amanda Woods of Woods on Fire Innovative Beauty and their work on the wildly popular 2015 Cruisin Biker Wear calender.

A recent article sums up women like these: "It’s the quality that elevates a woman from just hot or sexy," according to Elite Daily. "It’s in the way she walks, talks and presents herself. It’s the way she radiates from the inside, out. It’s her soul and her spark and that thing you just can’t put your finger on."

She is classy, unique and always full of energy.

Tiffany LaRocque is the quintessential high quality woman.

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Experience MOMIX reMIX: The Best of MOMIX Friday at the Morrison Center

"There are two ways of spreading light," wrote Edith Wharton, "to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it."
I always love creative, innovative and inventive art. That is why I am so excited to experience MOMIX reMIX: The Best of MOMIX at the Morrison Center - THIS FRIDAY! 8:00 PM.

They are the mirror that reflects the light, as they create their own.

For over 30 years, MOMIX has astounded audiences with their amazing performance. Lights, Shadows, the Human Body. You don't want to miss this!

I simply can't wait to see this show!

Known internationally for presenting work of exceptional inventiveness and physical beauty, MOMIX is a company of dancer-illusionists under the direction of Moses Pendleton. In addition to stage performances world-wide, MOMIX has worked in film and television, recently appearing in a national commercial for Hanes underwear and a Target ad that premiered during the airing of the 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards.

Tickets at or 426-1110

Take a peak now:

With a performance like the one in that video on the way, I can practically feel the excitement in this community. The Morrison center is a great venue and has delivered the best entertainment yet again!

For those who are not familiar with this show, here is more about the company. With performances on PBS's "Dance in America" series, France's Antenne II, and Italian RAI television, the company's repertory has been broadcast to 55 countries. Joining the Montreal Symphony in the Rhombus Media film of Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, winner of an International Emmy for Best Performing Arts Special, the company's performance was distributed on laser disc by Decca Records.

It is fascinating to think about the fact that with nothing more than light, shadow, props, and the human body, MOMIX has astonished audiences on five continents for more than 30 years.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Leaders in Change and Innovation: Brett Labit of Local Impact Zone

Why I Love Networking

There is something about the energy, the people, the multiple learning experiences, and the overall fun of networking events that has had me hooked on them for years. And in our increasingly global society, I had been seeking out ways to connect that went beyond mere gatherings.

Brett Labit on Networking

That is why Brett Labit of Local Impact Zone (LIZ) has rapidly become my favorite networking guru. His messages and trainings are packed with insightful and useful ideas, like this one from his blog:
Be a connector of People -It is more important that you take the time and energy at an event to introduce and edify people to others. In order to do this properly, you really need to know the positive attributes of the person you are introducing ... The group will begin to respect and appreciate you. This also begins the process of trust and we can all agree that trust is a key ingredient to earning clients. - Brett Labit in Keys to Networking #1 The Power is in the Seed not the Sower.

Why Brett and LIZ Matter

Change is inevitable. But some people sit back and let changes take them places. Others adapt to the change. However, people at the highest level lead the change. This article is the first in a series about leaders in change and innovation.
Brett is one such leader.

How I Met LIZ

I was first introduced to LIZ many months ago at their power breakfasts in Nampa and Boise, Idaho. Since then, the operation has gone international. Darwin said that survival of the fittest applies to those who are most adaptable to change. But what about those who don't merely seek to survive? Picture a small business owner with a family, whose desire is to thrive.

Featured on Huffington Post Blog

"With more and more people building lives and careers away from their hometown, city or country, people are turning to networking as a way to build new communities of support, family and inspiration, writes Julie Barnes in a Huffington Post article called "The Evolution of Business Networking." "I recently heard Brett Labit speak on this very topic. Brett is the founder of Local Impact Zone, whose mission is to create unified communities where giving, serving and caring are at the core of interaction."

Why This Innovation Matters

To remain competitive in today’s fast-changing markets, all businesses need to be innovative. Simply developing new technologies into new products or services is not enough. New models are needed for doing business in the face of change. Labit and LIZ change the rules of the game. They are a complete social community designed to help entrepreneurs and professionals grow their business. By participating in many of their free experiences, I have seen how this strategy for success is powerful and effective.

Advice From The Networking Guru

"It is better to give than to receive but receiving is necessary in order for someone else to have the opportunity to give," writes Brett in a blog entry called What We learned about the Law of Reciprocity. "In order to receive a quantum exponential effect to your business and life from a Power Network, you have to embrace the perspective, needs and philosophies of THE POWER NETWORK. It will not work if everyone takes and no one gives."

The Creativity Age

For example, the buzz around LIZ circles in which I have been included suggests a myriad of creative ways for businesses to get ahead. I'm a participant in their online community which hosts discussions, groups, member profiles, and other resources. On the site, I was recently pointed to an article by Dan Coughlin of who said:

The world has evolved from the Stone Age to the Agricultural Age to the Industrial Age to the Information Age to the Creativity Age. This era is relatively new. It began with the proliferation of the Internet and e-mail and has gained speed ever since with technologies that have connected people all over the world and given people the opportunities to do things they could never have done before. The Creativity Age caused massive upheaval for many organizations and individuals and shut down many businesses. It certainly upended many people’s otherwise wonderful careers. It cut across national borders, shrunk the planet, and changed how organizations and individuals interact with each other. It also created enormous opportunities for people all over the world… …and the crazy thing is its impact is only going to get bigger and biggervalue creation and value enhancement.

Enhancing Value

LIZ Social Marketplace puts businesses in a position to create and enhance value to the extent they choose. It was great to start of this Leaders in Change and Innovation series with a deep thinker like Brett, who also has a long track record of success in helping others.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

George Harrison Living in the Material World

There's high, and there's high, and to get really high - I mean so high that you can walk on the water, that high-that's where I'm going. - George Harrison

Illustrated life of George Harrison book coincides with Martin Scorsese documentary

Thousands of books, articles, and other works have been published about The Beatles. This is one of the very best: Harrison's widow, Olivia Harrison, has published the life of her late husband in pictures—Living in the Material World: George Harrison, named for Harrison's solo album of 1973.

Often referred to as "the quiet Beatle," George Harrison was an English musician, guitarist, singer-songwriter, actor and film producer who achieved international fame as lead guitarist of The Beatles. Following the band's break-up, he was a successful solo artist, later a founding member of the Traveling Wilburys. Harrison was also a session musician and a film and record producer. He is featured in The Rolling Stone Illustrated History of Rock and Roll: The Definitive History of the Most Important Artists and Their Music.

Most of The Beatles' songs were written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. However, Beatle albums from With The Beatles onwards generally included one or two of Harrison's own works. His later compositions with The Beatles include "Here Comes the Sun," "Something" and "While My Guitar Gently Weeps".

By the time of the band's break-up, Harrison had accumulated a backlog of material, which he then released as the triple album All Things Must Pass in 1970, from which two hit singles originated: a double A-side single, "My Sweet Lord" backed with "Isn't It a Pity", and "What Is Life". In addition to his solo work, Harrison co-wrote two hits for former Beatle Ringo Starr, as well as songs for the Traveling Wilburys—the supergroup he formed in 1988 with Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne, and Roy Orbison.

Living in the Material World was edited by Mark Holborn, distinguished editor of illustrated books, who has worked with numerous photographers and artists, from Annie Leibovitz to Lucian Freud. There is a foreword by Martin Scorsese and an introduction by Paul Theroux. The work was published this September to coincide with the release of Martin Scorsese's documentary of the same name.

Living in the Material World draws on Harrison's personal archive of never-before-seen photographs, letters, diaries, and memorabilia to reveal the full arc of his life, including his guitar-obsessed boyhood in Liverpool, the astonishment of the Beatles years—illustrated with George's own photographs—and his days as a solo musician and bohemian country squire.

Here too is the record of Harrison’s lifelong commitment to Indian music, which he introduced to the other Beatles, as well as their Western audience. His adventures as a movie producer, Traveling Wilbury, and Formula One racing fan are also chronicled. The book is filled with stories and reminiscences from Harrison’s friends, including Eric Clapton, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and many, many others. Among its previously unpublished riches are photographs taken by Harrison himself beginning in the mid-1960s. It is a rich tribute to a man who died far too young, but who touched the lives of millions.

“The four-hundred-page book is filled with reproductions of notes, letters, scribbled lyrics, and some never-before-seen photographs. How many Beatles fans are out there? And how many ‘liked George’? Quite a few, it may turn out: the book debuts at number 24 on our extended nonfiction bestseller list this week, in its first week on sale.”
Publishers Weekly

Olivia Harrison has been very generous in putting together this exquisite book. She includes a huge number of personal photos of George in non-public settings: very early Harrison family photos, from his 1963 trip to the US, at Friar Park, in India. There are early photos from The Cavern and The Star Club and from Australia; and copies of correspondence including a wonderful letter from John Lennon to Mrs. Harrison from Hamburg. I ordered it immediately if not even sooner. I loved the photographs of 2-year-old George in the arms of his sister, Louise, then nearly 14. I had to smile at tween George sunning himself with family friends, father Harold Sr. and brother Peter, in or about 1954. I especially liked the picture of Louise and Harold Sr. at a dance in the late 1940s, a loving couple who welcomed George with that same love.

It was also a treat to read about various Harrison family members. From 1965-1969, Louise Harrison lent her voice to a column in a newsletter in a fan club newsletter honoring her son. Postcards George had written various friends and family members; sketches from his school workbooks all paint young George Harrison into sharper focus. As a bonus treat, readers enjoy the inclusion of quotes by various family members, such as George's sisters-in-law, brothers, fellow Beatles and various friends.

George's love for Eastern music led to a life-long bond with Ravi Shankar, whom he met in 1965. The friendship is beautifully chronicled. George's home Friar Park is also here, from its "evolution" to its finished state, metaphoric in that it parallels George's "evolution" to that of gardener, a passion he inherited from both Harold Sr. and Louise.

It is a safe bet that fans who read this will love seeing Harrison, then 12 astride a motorcycle labeled "43" (as in 1943, perhaps), a future Formula One enthusiast. The then-future Beatle would follow his love for "things fast," as he would later sing in his 1979 gem, "Faster." In 1963, Harrison, then 20, had a blast go-karting with his fellow Beatles, no doubt wishing his go-kart could be driven with a bit more speed.

"Harrison, the artist extraordinare, humble gardener, author, father, husband, son, brother, uncle, and complex iconic figure remained a boy at heart," One amazon reviewer writes.

One thing I've long wanted to explore was Harrison's Catholic roots. Louise French Harrison was Catholic and had George baptized when he was 1 month old. His Catholic roots remained with him for his entire life. He had a beautiful statue of Blessed Mother Mary on the grounds of Friar Park. While George explored Eastern religion and philosophy, he recognized that the precepts of all faiths are very similar.

Living in the Material World is a beautifully presented coffee table-sized book that runs to nearly 400 pages, a real treasure. The photos are stunning and very few have been seen before. It is amazing that, 48 years after the start of British Beatlemania, we can experience such a wealth of previously unseen, high quality material. Olivia Harrison has my heartfelt appreciation for sharing this labor of love with the fans.

Olivia Harrison is a producer and philanthropist. She has received a Grammy Award for her video of the 2002 Concert for George, which she organized to benefit the Material World Charitable Foundation in memory of her husband, George Harrison; and a UNICEF Spirit of Compassion Award in recognition of her family’s assistance to the children of Bangladesh.

Michael Jacobs, president and CEO of Abrams, the book's publisher, commented:
"This is a publishing event that George's fans all over the world have been waiting for. He was a touchstone for a generation, and we are thrilled to have been selected by Olivia Harrison to help bring this amazing and beautiful book about George's life to the public."

This is an essential book for George fans and Beatle fans. Very highly recommended.

"I want to tell you, my head is filled with things to say." - George Harrison, 1966

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Veronica Marie and Velocity Pole Art Elevate Pole Dancing to Healthy, Athletic Heights

Veronica Marie
The dancer of the future will be one whose body & soul have grown so harmoniously together that the natural language of the soul will have become the movement of the body. ~ Isadora Duncan

"I was weight training and training for a triathlon when I found that pole dancing added unexpected benefits. I discovered a part of my heart that had never been exercised before. Through a lot of courage and determination I found that elusive confidence and security that every woman is searching for." Jessica, on the Divine Moment Blog

Boise artist, performer and athlete Veronica Marie has found a way to make people see beyond the metal pole and the strip club association that often stigmatizes pole dancers.

The concept of pole dancing often conjures up notions of smoke-filled late-night bars in bad neighborhoods. However, with pioneers like Veronica Marie at the forefront, this art form has recently gained popularity as a form of fitness and mainstream entertainment, practiced by many enthusiasts in gyms and in dedicated dance studios. A wide range of amateur and professional competitions are held in many countries around the world. Pole dance is now being included in the "aerial arts." Boise's premiere Pole Dancing Performers! Come train with Veronica Marie of Velocity Pole Art- International Pole Convention Soloist Performer, X-Pole X-Pert certified! Velocity Pole Art is the Boise area's premiere Performing Arts Pole Dancing Group! We are eager to bring the art of pole to a mainstream audience. Pole involves a great amount of strength, grace, flexibility, and artistic expression.
"My main goal with Velocity Pole Art was to show people that there is beauty and art and sport in pole dancing, said Veronica Marie who holds a Bachelor of Science in Social Sciences - Sociology and Psychology.  "I noticed that many people see a pole, and a negative stigma is attached."
I wanted people to be able to see past that. It is vertical gymnastics and air ballet (many times described as such after seeing a performance). I wanted to present it in such a way that it was elegant and focused on the athleticism. I am proud to say that I have done many all-ages shows. I knew that I would have to have my own portable equipment, so that a pole could be taken into many different environments and show many different audiences my sport and art form. I am a former ballet dancer and gymnast, and they parallel each other well as far as learning tricks and body awareness. I'm also a certified X-Pole Xpert instructor, model, and bikini division body building competitor thanks to pole dancing. 

2015 Cruisin Biker Wear calendar!
Since the mid 2000s, promoters of pole dance fitness competitions have been trying to change peoples’ perception of pole dance and to promote it as a non-sexual form of dance and acrobatics. Pole is now being included in the Arnold Classic sports festival, and many are arguing that it should have a spot in the Olympics.

The mission  of Velocity Pole Art is to showcase athleticism and artistry through pole dancing, build strength, train their students, and change perceptions of pole dancing everywhere.

Pole dance has furthermore been influenced by Chinese pole, a form of acrobatics that is most notably performed in circus. Competitive pole dance competitions are by and large performed in a non-prurient fashion which combines a range of dance styles and/or gymnastics.

Pole dance requires significant strength, flexibility and endurance. The practice proper involves athletic moves such as climbs, spins, and body inversions using the limbs to grip. Upper body and core strength are required to attain proficiency, and rigorous training is necessary. Pole dance is now regarded as a form of exercise which can be used as both an aerobic and anaerobic workout. Recognized schools and qualifications are now commonplace.

According to Velocity Pole Art:
We believe that the combination of extreme flexibility, strength, and overall control of one’s body is absolutely inspiring as a goal to achieve through pole dancing. We are so excited to be able to showcase Pole Dancing in this way, thank you everyone for your support!
The following list includes the diverse venues at which Veronica Marie, who was also an International Pole Convention 2013 soloist performer, has appeared (many of them several times): The Knitting Factory Boise -The Powerhouse Event Center -The Revolution Concert House -The Boise Grove Hotel -Angell's Renato restaurant -Meridian Storey Park -Julia Davis Park -The Basque Center -The Neurolux -China Blue -The Ice Bouquet -The New Frontier Club -Darby's -Shorty's Saloon -The Drink -The Linen Building -Subspace Grand Opening.

"This feminine fire is a primordial, elemental force that is powerful beyond our wildest imaginings. It is, in fact, power itself." ~ Teri Degler

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Cruisin Biker Wear Offers Another Classic Calendar!

Meridian, Idaho business promotes charity events and rides through FREE biker beauty calender 

Last week's signing was legendary. You could feel the spirit throughout the room: the community, the beautiful women, the amazing motorcycles, the enthusiasm and fascinating stories from all the people who put this brilliant work of art together.  

"The connection to place, to the land, the wind, the sun, stars, the moon... it sounds romantic, but it's true - the visceral experience of motion, of moving through time on some amazing machine - a few cars touch on it, but not too many compared to motorcycles. I always felt that any motorcycle journey was special."  Antoine Predock

Cruisin Biker Wear is the Treasure Valley's motorcyclist resource. Their annual calendar came out last Saturday. The calendar is a celebration of the resilience of the human body and spirit. Each month features breathtaking, high-quality photographs of beautiful models on motorcycles. Each model and bike has a wonderful, inspiring story behind them.  
Owner Bree Walker says: "If you missed the first Cruisin Biker Wear Calendar Signing you have another chance to have the girls sign your calendar this Saturday from 12-5! Come down and meet them, have some lunch and a drink, and some good biker socialization. First calendar is free, extras for purchase at $5 each or 5 for $20. See you there!"
They SOLD OUT Saturday, Jan 17,  2015
Victors Hogs n Horns 3110 Cleveland Blvd, Caldwell, Idaho 83605
12 - 5 p.m.
Bree said that her main goal is to bring the biker community together and to help those in need:
The rides that we put in the calendar are mostly rides for charity. We all raise a lot of money and are very passionate about helping our community whether it be for Vets, cancer etc. Getting the word out via the calendar and our website where we list all the upcoming rides and events, gets more bikers out to these events, which equals more money raised. And I can't say enough good things about Amanda Woods of Woods on Fire Innovative Beauty, Lenny Wheeler of Lenny Wheeler Photography, and Wardrobe specialist Unique Angeline Irish who are the core team and there from the start! I couldn't have done this without their support! I feel very blessed to have the team I do!
Cruisin Biker Wear's calender also provides you with information about local events including bike rallies, toy runs, motorcycle events, poker runs, bike weeks and motorcycle rides.

Whether it's a ride to the mountains or a charity event, the Cruisin Biker Wear will give you the schedule on where and when to be for all the motorcycle action.

When the events are over, revisit the calender for fantastic photos of gorgeous biker women and beautiful bikes!

_____ Other news: New Topix Discussion Board Created for AXS CEO Troy McClain. LINK:

Monday, January 5, 2015

Video by Idaho-based Team Receives Scores of Telly Award Votes

Peppershock Corporate Headquaters in Nampa, Idaho
EDITOR'S NOTE: This article I wrote was originally published on the now defunct Yahoo Voices on 3/25/13

I met Rhea Allen several years ago while making the circuit of volunteer events around Southern Idaho. Wherever a good cause was to be found, this energetic servant was also to be found.

So I was not surprised that when the time has come for accolades, one of her media ventures is at the top of the list: Check out their latest TV spot. The clip is up for the People's Choice Award in the Telly Awards competition. It turned out to be very popular in the voting period which was recently completed on YouTube.

Co-producers Rhea and Drew Allen deserve the recognition. Their business model puts community service first. They have championed and promoted good causes for Idaho communities, for many years.

I am always pleased to share the work of Allen's company, Peppershock Media Productions, with my communications students. The team produces valuable examples of the principles of persuasion and mass media that I try to get across in my courses. The best demonstration comes from their fresh marketing strategy and up-to-date production tools and techniques. This fosters a positive environment that is creative, supportive and allows for constructive feedback and professional growth for all involved.

Peppershock CEO Rhea Allen
"The objectives of Peppershock are to generate a profit, grow at a manageable rate, and to be of good service to our clients and our community," Allen said.

Creative teamwork is a concept that Allen takes very seriously. "We take pride in our service-oriented reputation, the role we play in the development of our employees and interns utilizing continuous improvement, progressive ideals and our community involvement," she said.

I love the way that Allen and her team combine their knowledge and expertise in marketing strategy with creative production. For anyone interested in visual media, they are a great example of how to create messaging that gets results.

That is part of the reason why their video for the Telly award received my vote!