MELISSA BALIN LITES UP LIVE STREAM -
BSC, CA – Coming off a surprising late week news rush, see next story, I had no time to research and write it up before my next assignment hit, return to NoHo [North Hollywood for any new readers] for the last showing of the 2009 filmed documentary about Jack Herer, named after his best selling, eye-opening magnum opus, The Emperor Wears No Clothes. The film was produced and co-directed by Melissa Balin, seen below.
As I said, coming off the news in the next story and my smooth Friday the 13th trip through NoHo the week before gave this visit a different verve. Because you have to remember, LA is a strange town, an international town. So it can be as enchanting as a faerie [fairy] circle. Feelings like this don't smack you in the face, they linger like a scent. And no one can say this NoHo gathering for the last showing isn't a curious lot, starting with Melissa, whose aunt was a show biz professional.
The Crocodile Dundee-looking individual standing next to Melissa in the shell band hat did have an accent. His family had a direct tie-in to Lech Wałęsa, the labor activist who helped form and led (1980–90) communist Poland’s first independent trade union, Solidarity. Sebastian Nanya, as it turned out, is a reader and is holding a signed copy of Memoirs of Mr. Pete & Mary Jane Green. I had brought two copies with me like a Bible salesman.