Farley’s Finds: Film, Food & Favorites – March 8

Heeeeeyyyooo! I’m back! I took February off, but fear not, I have returned to adoring fans (aka the three people who read it) but what a beautiful bunch of 3 people you are ūüėČ 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:  

If you happen to be in the market for a customized video from Jesus wishing your bestie a happy birthday or for an artist that can draw you like a Simpsons character even though the can’t use the word “Simpsons” so they just call it a yellow character drawing or pretty much any other random thing you could think then you should check out Fiverr.com. It gave me endless hours of entertainment as I listened to Donald Trump impersonators leave voicemail greetings and watched dancers perform a rain dance ceremony. It’s crazy the things people will do for $5. I like crazy.


Reelhouse is a great online resource for independent filmmakers that several of my friends and contacts utilize. It allows you to watch films and projects directly from the creators. It has several functions – if you want to be a consumer and keep up with what’s new in the indie film world – that’s totally cool! Filmmakers can also sell their films on the platform by setting a price for buying, renting or pre-ordering. You can even bundle packages together with bonus footage, merch or whatever you want to sell. The films are categorized by topics as well as ‘Staff picks,’ Sundance selections and more. Scrolling through, most films are $5 or under. It’s a great way to support other artists in their craft.


I have a couple passions in life and two of them happen to be public outreach and public art. So when I heard about this project, I fell in love. I first heard it on TedTalks podcast – the story was about an artist who was dealing with grief from the loss of a loved one who decided to channel those feelings into a work of art. She sought permission from the town she lived in and erected a giant chalkboard wall on the side of the building and wrote “Before I die I want to …” all over it. By the next day, people had completely filled out the entire wall. Other towns heard of this and wanted their own walls and so it became a movement. Now there is even a book.¬†(Yes I bought it) It got me think about how I would answer that question and I have to say, I think it changes … I know it changes. I was thrilled to discover that there is one in Phoenix:¬†The location is 813. N. 1st St. Phoenix, AZ 85004.


A toast to:   

Chances are that if you’re in the industry, you’ve had a chance to work with Angela Friis.¬†She’s a co-founder of IndieAZ Fest and a professional makeup artist.¬†Every time I see her she is smiling and full of energy and humor and recently she did something that really inspired me. She went through a grueling program to earn her wings as a flight attendant. She recounted the experience to me one night with pride and a touch of exhaustion. Most people don’t make it through the whole program – it’s challenging physically, mentally and emotionally. When I asked her why she did it, she said so purposefully, “Because I’ve wanted it for years.” I respect that. I admire that. I’m proud of you for fulfilling a life goal.



A friend of Angela’s this lady deserves an equal shoutout. Partially because I’m fairly convinced I’ve been saying her name wrong for years, but mostly because she lives the kind of life that I strive to exemplify. She is a published author and motivational speaker advocating for victims’ rights. Through her personal story, Robin Cote has been able to strengthen and build up others – the truest testament and best trait of humanity that exists. I also like her because she’s direct. She’s the kind of woman who doesn’t have time for misunderstandings or padding around an issue – I love that about her! Keep on changing the world beautiful!


Being International Women’s Day, I’m going to keep it all about the ladies this week! Sometimes you meet someone and the energy just vibes and you instantly know you want to have this person in your life. That’s exactly how I felt about Lindsay Bane. She had a magnetism, a unique style and an inner strength that I immediately respected. I was a bit of a creeper and asked her to meet me for lunch after discovering that she is a fellow filmmaker! Lindsay’s work is remarkable! She has a project where she blended live action with animation based on a classic fairytale and she’s working on more under her production name Banehood. She’s currently away filming in New York, but I cannot wait till she’s back on AZ desert soil so we can collaborate! Check out her work – you’ll be captivated too, I promise.¬†


Out and About:


Improv AND Scene Study classes taught by Melissa Farley  



THIS WEEK: Improv under the stars! Come play in the great outdoors …. kinda.
COST: Free your first time, $10 per class, $5 if you bring a friend
ADDRESS: Civic Space Spark under the giant uterus (pic below)
424 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004
TIME: 6:30 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.
Right after, join us at Rosie McCaffrey’s Irish Restaurant and Pub for AZ International Women’s Day gathering!
Please RSVP by commenting on this post or emailing me at MelissaAnnMarieFarley@gmail.com for Tuesday, March 8.



“International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

This is a gathering to edify, lift up, encourage, support, and recognize all women for all they do in the community and the world.

1. Guest Speakers
2. Attendees will have an opportunity to share any projects, accomplishments, or activities they would like support on.
3. Networking with women from different industries and and communities.

Publication (Available to submit for through 3/1/2016):
Link to: http://mkt.com/chronicbehaviorstore/az-iwd-brochure
1. Businesses or individuals that would like to have their name, company, contact info, and/or project publlished in a group brochure have the option to submit to be included. Cost for the brochure listing is $10.00

Sponsorship (Available to submit for through 3/1/2016):
Link to: http://mkt.com/chronicbehaviorstore/az-iwd-sponsorship
1. If you are interested in being an event sponsor, the cost is $250.00 – this includes social media promotion up and through the event, banner representation at the event, 1 page – bio and company profile in the event brochure, and headline speaker opportunity at event.

About International Women’s Day (8 March)
International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

International Women’s Day (IWD) has been observed since in the early 1900’s – a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies. International Women’s Day is a collective day of global celebration and a call for gender parity. No one government, NGO, charity, corporation, academic institution, women’s network or media hub is solely responsible for International Women’s Day. Many organizations declare an annual IWD theme that supports their specific agenda or cause, and some of these are adopted more widely with relevance than others.

“The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights,” says world-renowned feminist, journalist and social and political activist Gloria Steinem. International Women’s Day is all about celebration, reflection, advocacy, and action – whatever that looks like globally at a local level. But one thing is for sure, International Women’s Day has been occurring for over a century – and is growing annually from strength to strength.

IWD 2016 campaign theme #PledgeForParity
Worldwide, women continue to contribute to social, economic, cultural and political achievement.

And we have much to celebrate today. But progress towards gender parity has slowed in many places.

The World Economic Forum predicted in 2014 that it would take until 2095 to achieve global gender parity. Then one year later in 2015, they estimated that a slowdown in the already glacial pace of progress meant the gender gap wouldn’t close entirely until 2133.

So how do we want to celebrate International Women’s Day 2016?
We say by Pledging For Parity!

Everyone – men and women – can pledge to take a concrete step to help achieve gender parity more quickly – whether to help women and girls achieve their ambitions, call for gender-balanced leadership, respect and value difference, develop more inclusive and flexible cultures or root out workplace bias. Each of us can be a leader within our own spheres of influence and commit to take pragmatic action to accelerate gender parity.

Commit to take action to accelerate gender parity
Globally, with individuals pledging to move from talk to purposeful action – and with men and women joining forces – we can collectively help women advance equal to their numbers and realize the limitless potential they offer economies the world over. We have urgent work to do. Are you ready to accelerate gender parity?

You can make a pledge to the Worldwide Campaign by visiting the main website – http://www.internationalwomensday.com/Theme


“Arizona’s top comic Zack Lyman is coming to Seattle on March 9th, 2016 to perform at the Highline Bar at 8:30 PM.

Buy your tickets at the door for $12 or save $2 on your ticket by purchasing your ticket online https://goo.gl/XcuFvi.

Zack launched his comedy career in 2007. He’s been featured on radio stations across the US (you’ve probably heard him on your own local station) and he’s headlined shows across the country. He actually doesn’t remember how many shows he’s done, it’s that many.

Zack Lyman is also Featured On Rooftop Comedy. Watch here:http://ht.ly/YR4Ce.

Featuring Cory Michaelis
A teacher by day and comic by night, Cory Michaelis keeps his act edgy enough to keep the audience from feeling like they’re in his 10th grade History class.

He cleverly tells short stories and jokes that try to get audiences to think but are silly and absurd as well. Cory is a regular in all of the clubs in the Pacific Northwest and has headlined clubs, colleges, casinos, and weird bars all over the country.

He didn’t win the 2013 World Series of Comedy (semi-finals), the 2012 Seattle International Comedy Competition (SICC), or the 2014 Tacoma Comedy Contest (2nd) but he took another crack at the SICC and made the 2014 finals.

Cory is proud to say he has brought a great comedy show to his hometown of Everett, Washington as host and producer of ‚ÄúEverett Comedy Night‚ÄĚ, a premier comedy show that is in its third year of monthly sold out shows”


Held under‚Äďand among‚Äďthe stars in Hance Park, the Art d’Core Gala spotlights the significant contribution our arts and culture in creating a dynamic urban core.

This fourth annual celebration is hosted by Artlink Inc., the City of Phoenix, AZ Government, Downtown Phoenix, AZ, and the Hance Park Conservancy.

The festivities will include an arts showcase; a special toast by Mayor Greg Stanton; and an eye-popping virtual tour of the Hance Park Master Plan.

5 p.m. Arts in the Park Reception
7 p.m. Hance Park Design Team Master Plan Update
Followed by Mayor Greg Stanton’s Annual Toast to Downtown and an After Party in the Park!


Thursday, March 10, 2016 from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Hance Park – 1134 N. Central Avenue Phoenix, AZ 85004


It’s raining purple for Eva’s Birthday! We want you to come join us in celebrating our amazing, beautiful friend Eva! Yes ladies and gentleman it’s Eva’s 20-something anniversary and she requests that all of you be there, for a “PURPLE” themed birthday spectacular! Wear something PURPLE and come join us at this awesome, fun and open venue!

See you there!

SCC Theatre Arts Presents: The Good Person of Szechwan | March 4 & 5 and 11-12

“Scottsdale Community College’s Theatre Arts program presents “The Good Person of Szechwan” by Bertold Brecht and translated by Tony Kushner, March 4-5 and March 11-12 in the school’s Performing Arts Center.

The student production, directed by faculty member E.E. Moe and starring Kelly Hajek in dual roles, is open to the public and free to attend with a reservation (http://bit.ly/1QbWBco).

The story is chock full of myth and metaphor, as three gods arrive in Szechuan in search of honesty and goodness, but find only evil, dishonesty, and greed. The one exception is a prostitute who gives the gods shelter for the night. It is a powerful parable in 10 scenes of a young woman torn between obligation and reality, between love and practicality, and between her own needs and those of her friends and neighbors.

Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. on March 4, 5 and 11, with 2 p.m. matinee showings on March 5 and 12.

Scottsdale Community College is located at 9000 E. Chaparral Road in Scottsdale. Enter at Entrance 1 to get to the Performing Arts Center.

For more information, call (480) 423-6356.


March 4 at 7:30 p.m.
March 5 at 2:00 p.m. Matinee, and 7:30 p.m.
March 11 at 7:30p.m.
March 12 at 2:00 p.m. Matinee

Where: Performing Arts Center, Scottsdale Community College, 9000 E. Chaparral Road, Scottsdale

Admission: Open to the public and free with reservation. Go tohttp://bit.ly/1QbWBco to reserve. ”




Samurai Comics Ladies Night
This time around we will be doing decoupage, comic book pictionary, dramatic comic reading contests, Lumberjanes friendship bracelets, raffles & more!
$5 Registration.
Tickets will be available at all Samurai Locations, through the Very Awesome Girls, & through online registration.
18+ event.


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! Crammed week again but this weekend my girlfriend and I are taking a roadtrip to LA to take an acting marketing workshop. It’s going to be a blast! I’ll make sure to let you know how it goes and recommend the studio. On Sunday, I get to do a Disney movie night (Heck Yes!) It’s going to be a stellar weekend.