The MiNAPRESS Column

On with the show. The column resumes.

Posted in arts, dance, events, journalism, music, performing arts, pr, public relations, salsa, sonoma, wine country by MiNA on February 24, 2017

Greetings from the MiNAPRESS news desk…. Since our last post, freelance journalist Mina Rios wrapped up 2016 with the October 26 issue/feature story “Refined Lines” in the Pacific Sun newspaper, commemorating the 10 Year Anniversary of Alonso King LINES Ballet’s BFA Program at Dominican University in San Rafael, CA.

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As we embark on 2017, the MiNAPRESS Column will resume with more regularity, as will published articles in print with a variety of media outlets. To that end, if you’re a professional artist/arts organization, a winery, restaurant, or brewery and have a unique story angle, contact Mina Communications for consideration in a feature story or review. Submit your query here.

In other news, Mina Communications proudly announces its partnership with Santa Rosa Salsa – serving as the company’s publicist/advisor. Santa Rosa Salsa is the pulse of Sonoma County – presiding at the helm of what is an actively growing Salsa community. Regular events and classes include:

  • LIVE Salsa at the Flamingo Resort. Monthly – every 2nd Saturday
  • Salsa & Bachata dancing every Sunday at the Flamingo Resort. 21 and older. Salsa dance lesson included.
  • Bachata dancing every Thursday at the Flamingo Resort. 21 and older. Bachata dance lesson included.
  • Salsa Crash Course w/Irene. Teaching the fundamentals of Salsa to get you confidently on the dance floor. A 4-week class series begins at the start of each month.  No partner or experience necessary. Location: 1808-B Empire Industrial Ct., Santa Rosa, CA 95403
  • Santa Rosa Salsa is also the presenter of the annual Santa Rosa Salsa Festival (projected for October 2017; location TBA) as well as Dancing Under the Stars at Francis Ford Coppola Winery (live musical guests to be announced). Summer 2017 dates include:
    • June 24
    • July 22
    • August 26
    • September 23



Until next time. Live. Dance. And Prosper….

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MinaComm Pressing-on in 2016

Greetings Arts Enthusiasts!

Mina Communications has been keeping very busy since our last posting in July 2015. From article writing to new client generation, the work and results have been both steady and positive. Here’s what you’ve missed and what’s to come….

July 2015  – Pacific Sun – Restaurant Review: “Whip It Good” by Mina Rios











October 2015 – San Diego Reader – Feature: “How Comic-Con Spectators Combat Hotel Wars. The Overnight Game of Woes.” by Mina Rios


December 2015 – Pacific Sun – Cover Story: “Cool Vines” by Mina Rios

12-9-15 PacSun Covr Pt. Reyes Wildflower. Heidrun Meadery




January 2016 – Santa Rosa Salsa client PR efforts for the 6th Annual Santa Rosa Salsa Festival
2016 SRS Fest Banner


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February 2016 – Flamingo Resort client PR efforts for the 25th Annual Santa Rosa Tattoo & Blues Festival

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  • “About the Music” Screenplay by Mina Rios completed. More details to come…
  • Mina Communications and New York City based Duvall Productions will be collaborating on various creative projects beginning in mid 2016. More details to come.

Thanks for your readership. As always – Live. Dance. And prosper.


Posted in arts, dance, events, music, news, performances, publicity by MiNA on May 19, 2014

Wilcommen. Bienvenue. And Welcome….. Duvall Productions proudly announces — Soul of a Blue Butterfly is now casting for the roles of “Production Contributors.” Come partake in the launch of an artists dream by playing the role you were destined for. Semi-controversial in context — this important theatrical dance production is a rare quality piece which cries-out for your funding assistance; enabling this modest stage production to metamorphose into the international theater sensation it’s predestined to become. Earn a place with your name in the performance program with a contribution of $25 or more and make a visionary’s life work become realized.

Representing what a true crowd-funding effort is supposed to be — supporting independent artists with limited financial means — your participation via Indiegogo is respectfully requested.

Photo of dancer Jennifer Chicheportiche provided courtesy of Duvall Productions


ABOUT Soul of a Blue Butterfly….

The true story of a young Swedish woman en route to Jerusalem to discover her roots, finds unexpected love. Upon being asked to marry, the Synagogue Rabbi declares Lavana (the story’s heroine) not Jewish enough for an Orthodox wedding. As despair ensues, the struggle of a lifetime begins.

Set in the 1940s, this tragicomedy – elevated by an original music scoreperformed live by Swedish composer Elin Palmer; a lighthearted Charlie Chaplin mime motif; and breathtaking aerial theatrics by former Cirque du Soleil artist Sara Joel, is a rare theatrical feast for the senses for all generations.


  • To compensate our artists for their hard work and commitment
  • To generate positive/effective media coverage
  • To generate strong patronage for three performance dates
  • To establish our brand and continue building a national and international presence

NEEDS: $5,000 USD

  • STAGING/TECHNICAL: Lighting, sound, stage management, photography/filmography, venue space, rehearsal space, costumes, sets, and props
  • CAST/CREW: actors/directors/musician(s)/admin salaries; transportation; lodging
  • COLLATERAL/PROMOTION RELATED: programs, flyers, website maintenance, advertising/publicity

CONTRIBUTOR PERKS In addition to having your name featured in the performance program, your contribution of the below listed amounts include:

  •  $25 USD – Contributors receive an autographed Soul of a Blue Butterfly poster
  •  $50 USD – Contributors receive a CD of the soundtrack (original score by Elin Palmer/music sample: and an autographed Soul of a Blue Butterfly poster
  • $100 USD – Contributors receive a tee-shirt, a CD of the  soundtrack (original score by Elin Palmer/music sample, and an autographed Soul of a Blue Butterfly poster
  • $1000 USD – Contributors get to meet the cast and receive a tee-shirt, a CD of the  soundtrack (original score by Elin Palmer/music sample, and an autographed Soul of a Blue Butterfly poster

Support the Blue Butterflies of the World via


Thespis Theater Festival / Cabrini Repertory Theater / Washington Heights

701 Fort Washington Avenue / New York, NY 10040

JUNE 17th at 8:45pm / JUNE 20th at 9pm / JUNE 22ndat 2pm

Tickets $20 + minimal fee (no discounts) /


The Return of BalletMina/MinaComm

Posted in arts, consulting, dance, journalism, journalist, music, news by MiNA on March 2, 2014







Greetings friends… Just checking-in this day to relay that regular Mina Posts will resume starting this month — March 2014. Why now after so long? Long story…. In short — since the Luscious Noise ensemble went on hiatus in 2012 — MinaComm’s publicity project efforts have gravitated more toward journalistic endeavors.The closure of San Diego’s beloved downtown supper club Anthology (Luscious Noise’ home theatre) was a major blow to the community; as no other venue — just about anywhere — could ever replicate it entirely. For this very reason, Luscious Noise remains on an indefinite break; until otherwise announced.

In other news — in January 2014, MinaComm transitioned its website domain from .com to .org; an ambitious undertaking, yet one worthwhile.

Has MinaComm turned non-profit? Well — no not exactly — at least not yet. The subject is under review however. Once confirmed, timely announcements will be made.

As business culture today becomes increasingly dependent on the internet, the phenomenon now necessitates that business professionals of every trade, invest a substantial amount of their time in expanding their knowledge in IT (Information Technology). In becoming increasingly techy in social media and website development —  I find the parallel between being found online and surviving amongst the digital universe’s fierce competitors, closely exemplifies what Darwin’s “Survival of the Fittest” theory is all about. As such, MinaComm will be integrating occasional IT and social media news coverage to keep readers in the loop about the most relevant technological issues today.

Until next time. Live. Dance. And Prosper.

Luscious Noise ~ June 26

Posted in arts, performances by MiNA on June 17, 2011

Photo by William Zauscher

Luscious Noise ~ the live classical music and multi-media experience featuring members of the San Diego Symphony.

Featured guests ~ flutist Demarre McGill and harpist Julie Smith

Prepare to be scintillated by harp on June 26 during Carlos Salzedo’s Latin inspired “Scintillation.” Carrying on with the harp will be Hovhaness’ “Upon Enchanted Ground” for harp, flute, cello, and giant tam-tam. For solo flute, Honegger’s creamy dreamy “Danse de la Chèvre” will make the mind dance; while Debussy sustains that note with “Danses Sacree et Profane” for harp and strings.

Eyes will then be fixated on “The Red Shoes,” the Oscar winning classic that scored big in 1948 for best music score and art direction. La Divina, the larger than life Maria Callas will also appear on screen, singing “Una Voce Poco Fa” from Rossini’s “the Barber of Seville.” For further amusement — a hypnotic scene from the overture of Ingmar Bergman’s film “The Magic Flute.”

More is in store. Be there to find out.

Sunday, June 26, 2011 at 6pm
Anthology supper club · 1337 India Street · San Diego, CA 92101
Tickets $10 and up · Call 619.595.0300 or visit


Posted in arts, dance, performances by MiNA on January 7, 2011

“The future of live classical music” returns to Anthology on Sunday, January 16. The Luscious ensemble featuring members of the San Diego Symphony will commemorate Twenty Eleven with….

…live dance to the music of Bach
…live music by Vivaldi, Ravel, and Messiaen
…and Rachmaninov’s “Vocalise” performed by soprano Diane Alexander

… also featuring a film excerpt from “Wings of Desire” and footage of baritone Albert Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau.

Sunday, January 16, 2011 at 7:30pm
All ages welcome. Space is limited.

Anthology · 1337 India Street · San Diego, CA 92101

Tickets $10 – $20 · Call 619.595.0300

More Luscious Noise on March 14th

Posted in arts, performances by MiNA on March 5, 2010

The third interlude of the Luscious Noise performance series at Anthology continues on March 14th with the motif — “Night Music.” Members of the San Diego Symphony will transport audiences to old Vienna as they perform:

· Beethoven’s “Septet”
· Mozart’s “Ein Kleine Nachtmusik” and “Clarinet Quintet”
· Franz Schreker‘s “Intermezzo
· Schoenberg’s affecting arrangement of Gustav Mahler’s “Songs of a Wayfarer”

Conductor John Stubbs, producer of the event says,
“The highlight of this show will be the ‘Songs of a Wayfarer’ by Gustav Mahler. It was arranged for a small ensemble by Arnold Schoenberg for exactly this purpose; being able to present these works in an intimate environment with small forces.”

The evening event will also feature performance footage with….

· Carlos Kleiber conducting the Vienna Philharmonic performing Strauss’s famous waltz “The Blue Danube”
· Soprano Natalie Dessay’s in her career defining role as Queen of the Night in Mozart’s “The Magic Flute”
· Jiří Kylián’s breath taking dance piece, “Petite Mort” performed to Mozart’s “Piano Concerto”

Luscious Noise
serves as a means for new audiences to come experience live c
lassical music in a comfortable setting where they can eat, drink, and mingle while they watch the show. Some guests of the November and January performances have even found Luscious Noise to be a perfect outlet for introducing their children to classical music. Children of a mature six years of age and up have proven to be quite content.

Stubbs says, “I have gotten a tremendous amount of positive feedback from audience members who admitted to not knowing that much about classical music. And the members that did thoroughly enjoyed it.”

Luscious Noise · March 14, 2010 at 7:30pm. All ages welcome.

Anthology · 1337 India Street · San Diego, CA 92101
Tickets $10 – $20 · Call 619.595.0300 or visit

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