Farley’s Finds: Film, Food & Favorites – January 26

Farley’s Finds: Film, Food and Favorites is a blog where I share with you what I love, what is deserving of a toast of whiskey, where I’ll be (events) and what I’m looking forward to this upcoming week. It’s sounds totally self-centered, but REALLY it’s because I stumble on some really amazing things other people are doing and I want to share them with you. So there!

Sharing the Love:  

Pretty positive I ate at the best restaurant in Arizona. No joke. It’s a small place in Flagstaff that is only open a few days of the week and only during certain seasons, but it is seriously some of the best food I’ve ever had served by the nicest, most friendly chef I’ve ever met. He studied cooking in Italy and all throughout Europe, but realized all he wanted was to make good food at home in the desert. His wife is a pastry chef and together they are a culinary force. Coppa Cafe serves local, fresh food prepared and presented in a truly artful way.  I had no idea a bowl of soup could be so captivating. The dining area is darling with mismatched furniture and the music is enchanting. Try it next time you head up north.


The honey and I started taking fencing lessons in an 8 week class at the Phoenix Falcons Fencing Club. That shit is hard. There’s a whole lot of precision to it and technique. I slight flick of the wrist changes things entirely and it is opposite in form to a lot of my ballet training so I have to reprogram the old noggin to accept new forms. Despite how unexpectedly challenging it is, I truly find this artful, classy and a super nerdy yet super cool hobby. Hopefully I won’t lose an eye or something … Anyway, this is actually a nonprofit organization so if you are feeling the urge to try something out of the ordinary, come on out and show them some support.


I keep battling with myself about actually spending this kind of money but it is soooooo tempting! Disney offers Park Packs which are delivered to your door on a monthly basis and it includes an assortment of official park merchandise. The thought is that even when you can’t get the magic of Disney at the parks, you can get a little bit delivered to your door and I LOVE THAT. #Disneynerd



A toast to:   

There’s a badass chick I know named Bee Haviland aka Ladiebug. She always has hair more colorful than a magical unicorn, super spiffy nails and some of the biggest energy of a warm hearted person I’ve ever encountered. She’s big in presence and spirt and you can catch her singing her heart out with her band Property Six and performing with Fun Sized Improv! (Yes, shameless plug) She’s really a master of physical comedy and she is overflowing with exuberance and creativity from the clothes she wears to the art she produces.


If you get Mike Rea on your project or film then you are one lucky little gus. He is immensely underappreciated and often the true hero on all of the film sets I’ve worked on. He is tireless, he is committed, he is brilliant in his instincts and talent, and on top of everything else he is always positive and smiling and the last one to leave even when he’s the first one to arrive. Hire him, work with him and cherish him. Don’t ever let him go.


Arlienne Scofield is a woman of limitless surprises. Just when you think you’ve discovered all the cool in her, something else awesome pops up! She’s retired after being a professional for years and has traveled all over the world. She’s got wigs that she changes out daily to fit her mood or style, wears sparkly tattoos and is so full of life. She’s a talented actor, a musician and a ridiculously kind soul that you definitely want to have in your corner. Her enthusiasm for life is contagious and this woman makes one mean batch of ribs! If I wasn’t already committed I would marry the woman.



Out and About:


Improv AND Scene Study classes taught by Melissa Farley  



THIS WEEK: In Improv, the actor often has to be the director, the editor, the props, the sounds and the player all at once. We’ll explore how to do that.
COST: Free your first time, $10 per class, $5 if you bring a friend
ADDRESS: 702 N. Central Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85004
TIME: 6:30 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.
Please RSVP by emailing me at MelissaAnnMarieFarley@gmail.com for Tuesday, Jan. 26.



We kick off 2016 by discussing one of the most talked-about books of 2015, Lauren Groff’s “Fates and Furies.” 


Kelly Young Lively – Acting Technique
Tim Ross – Auditioning
Jus Riddick – Director’s POV
Pablo Mora – Tactical Training
Katrina Rhodes – Acting Technique
Eddie Cantel – Headshots
Brandon Bell – Stunts
Cristin Azure – Assistant
Crystal Davis – Audition Filming

975 Cobb Place Blvd, Suite 101
Kennesaw, GA 30144
Cost: $125 (Register by 01/23 & Save $25)
To Register:
Email: shinetalentagency@gmail.com
Call: (678)448-7782


We have completed Phase 1 of prodcuction on The Last Responders: Life After Death. We plan on picking up production on Phase 2 around Mar/April 2016. So, in the interim, we’d like to have a little (or gigantic!) get together, raffle off some cool items to raise some money and, of course, to see all your lovely faces.

Many of the cast and crew members will be there. We’ll provide a round of appetizers to those who come early.

Raffle items to come.

We’ll be accepting cash, check, and debit/credit.

They may have board games. Be prepared, Michelle Y. Allen will want to play. She says, “Bring it!”. 😉

Feel free to ask any questions and to share with your friends. It’ll be fun! Hope to see you there!



Can’t wait for:  

Each week it’s such a pleasure and an honor to host and create segments for azcentral.com! Thank you to everyone for watching, reading and supporting me in this! I love it and I love you for watching! I’ve got fully loaded days all this week including doing a spot on a podcast on Thursday that I’m super excited about. This weekend I’m looking forward to a couple of film projects and getting the garden going in our backyard!