Thursday, December 12, 2013


Happy Holidays  to you!

 I’m really feeling the spirit, and as always,  it’s  full of sparkly goodness.

My co-producer DeVilla and I just put on our Second Annual Jingle Belles Holiday  Extravaganza…it was a fabulous show, and a great turn out! I’m sitting here  right now surrounded by three giant garbage bags full of toys, which , along with the considerable amount of  money raised, are going to be delivered to my local fire department’s  holiday toy drive.
Leon Mancilla, Christmas Angel
 I’m no stranger to putting on  benefits… I’ve produced shows for causes I believed were worthy since 1985… but the generosity  that is always  shown by the performers who donate their time and talent, the selfless volunteers  who work backstage, on the door and  behind the scenes,  and the very giving audiences who attend never cease to amaze me!

There is something very special in knowing  that you’ll make the holidays  better for  children- and everyone goes all out. It never fails to literally bring tears to my eyes!

The Jingle Belles  show took place December 10 at Skinny’s Lounge in Los Angeles, and featured  world class as well as local performers.  Some of the acts were holida-themed, others were'nt but it didn't matter, cause the spirit was there! We had traditional  as well as tribal fusion belly dance, burlesque and stand up comedy. Thanks to those who performed: Ansuya, Rania, Lux LaCroix, Penny Starr, Jr. Leon Mancilla, Jennelah, comedian Selene Luna, Sherri Wheatley, and Devilla's  troupe Isis-Siren Sekhmet.  I’d  also like to thank the club for having us- and I wish  we could  all see the looks on the children’s  faces when  they open their presents!!!!
Penny Starr,Jr. "Ghosts Of Christmas Past:
I know many of you readers donate regularly,  all year round…but in case you’re wondering where to donate, here’s some ideas for Holiday Giving Opportunities.  These are just some links,  please check  the  deadlines  and specifications for donating in your local area.

Christmas Shoebox Project


Sleep Country Program for Foster Kids

Santa Paws Program for Shelter Animals

Salvation Army Adopt A Family Program

For Veterans  during the holidays:

 All photos  and  by Christina Maharet Hughes,
Graphic Vibe LA


  1. Congratulations! It looks like your show was a big success. BTW, love your blog banner photo. :)