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  • 00:31

    Songwriter Karl Straub on The Open Stage

    in Music

    On this edition of the Open Stage, Michelle will interview the new facilitator for the SAW Songwriter’s Toolbox, Karl Straub. Karl is a performing songwriter with a variety of groups and teaches private music lessons.  With his former band, The Graverobbers, he recorded 5 albums of his original songs.  Several local groups including Last Train Home, Little Pink, and The Grandsons have also recorded Karl’s songs. In 2013, he co-wrote a musical called “Hangtown Dancehall” with Eric Brace.  The soundtrack to the musical was released in 2013 and is available from Red Beet Records, Eric Brace's Nashville-based label.  The musical was inspired by the California Gold Rush.  It debuted in Nashville and has been performed at the Birchmere in Alexandria.  In this interview, we'll talk about Straub’s musical background and his vision for the Songwriter’s Toolbox. We'll also play some of Karl's music. Straub’s first Songwriter’s Toolbox workshop will be held Saturday, January 24th, at the Surge, 1988 Kirby Road, McLean, VA 22101, from 10am-12:30pm.  The Songwriter’s Toolbox will continue each 4th Saturday of the month throughout the year. For more information on the Toolbox, visit the SAW website 

  • 00:57

    That Signature Bikini Stage Look: Tips on Suits, Posing, Hair, Makeup & More

    in Nutrition

    Work that stage ladies! 

    Learn all that goes into creating your signature 'Bikini Stage Look' from the best!

    We will touch on topics of suit design, posing, hair, makeup and much much more. 

    Kristy Leconte has been a working in the fitness industry for 10 years and is an IFPA Bikini Pro. She lives in Maine, loves dogs and all things SNL. Kristy has been competing from 3 years and recently won the 2015 Yorton Cup for Bikini. 

    Tawnya Cline resides currently in Scottsdale, Arizona with her husband Vince and my four legged boxer/pitbull, Simba. She has two adult children that no longer live at home. Tawnya and her husband own, Indulgence Head 2 Toe (a full service salon), Bronzing Head 2 Toe (spray tan business), and Nutrition Head 2 Toe where she spends most of her time. They offer customized meal plans and a FREE calendar of fitness activities for all ages, races, and sizes. She holds three Bikini Pro cards and one in Pro Sports Model.  Tawnya has obtained several sponsorships, and also coach a competition team globally called "Smoothies and Blenderz." She has been privileged to have the title of Editor-In-Chief of Natural Bikini Magazine and now promoter of the West Coast for IPL. 

    Pam Wilkie is the owner and sole designer at Muscle Couture Competition Bikinis and Figure Suits. She began her competition career in 2007 and began designing her own suits in 2010. She's married to Michael Wilkie, owner of The Diet Doc Nashua/Team K Nashua and Fit For Life Personal Training. Pam is also a posing instructor and works as a team with her husband in offering competitors a full range of competition prep services. Pam and Michael have 3 children and live in Southern NH. 

  • 00:37

    The Open Stage with Justin Trawick

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    On Sunday, April 7 at 12 p.m., Michelle will interview Justin Trawick, a MASC award-winning songwriter who is also the founder of The 9 Songwriter Series, a touring live music event based in Washington, DC.  Each installment features nine solo singer/songwriters performing in rotation and often sitting in with each other, providing audiences with a rich, intimate, varied listening experience.  To date, over 60 different artists have participated in "The 9", at events in DC, Arlington, Bethesda, Baltimore, Annapolis, New York City, Richmond, Charlottesville, Charlotte, and Philadelphia. In addiition to organizing the shows, Justin is a multi-talented performer, expertly balancing between roles as a solo singer/songwriter and band front man. His self-described brand of “Urban Folk Rock” inspires comparisons with troubadours such as Bob Schneider, Ryan Adams, and G. Love. He has performed at such notable venues as the world-famous Kennedy Center, DC’s own 9:30 Club, Antone’s in Austin, The Knitting Factory in New York City, Philly’s World Cafe Live, and Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles. Along the way, he has shared the stage with artists such as Bob Schneider, Blues Traveler, Sara Bareilles, Brett Dennen, Pat Green, Edwin McCain, KC & the Sunshine Band, and the Ying Yang Twins. On the show, Michelle will speak with Justin about his music, and the 9 Songwriter Series, including the upcoming show at the Golden Bull Café on April 12.  

  • 00:30

    Stage Right Returns!

    in Culture

    Did you miss me?  "Stage Right" returns today after a two-week hiatus that included a trip to Toronto to see Angela Lansbury in "Blythe Spirit."  We'll talk about that production and then read a short play by a conservative playwright (Hank Kimmel, who will be on with us next week!).  We'll also speculate on current events and what plays we should expect to see in the coming months/years.  So much to do; so little time.  But please join us, call in, or write to us (stagerightaudio1@gmail.com).  Remember: life is short; be conservative!

  • 00:18

    Update on Innovations in 2-Stage Cold Press Juicing

    in Health

    The Pure Juicer team continues to perfect the engineering and details of our juicer. By the time yours is shipped, it will be even better than we expected.

    Today, we're discussing a particular change recently made to the pulping grids. One of David's goals is to make cooler pulp, which protects the produce's enzymes. Another is to maximize juice yield, and thus enzyme ingestion, from your produce.

    Listen is as David Feinberg tells us how and why juicing grids required more thinking to help you achieve the most from your cold press juicing.

  • 02:01

    Hot Topics Come Center Stage

    in Radio

    Tonight's segment of Center Stage will spotlight "Hot Topics" in our world of news. We will look at updates in the Eric Garner case. Many are seeing striking similarities in the NYPD cases involving Eric Garner and Irving Mizell. Both Garner and Mizell died while in the custody of the NYPD.

    Hot topics will also look at the new trend with kids called the "fire challenge," where kids are intentionally setting themselves on fire with accelerants like alcohol and hand santizer. Why are many of our youth entertained with games like the "fire challenge" and the "knock-out game" that involve danger and possible loss of life.

    Our panel will also discuss why Saskpower in Canada is removing 105,000 recently installed smart meters. Do we all have reason for concern.

    Lastly, we will be looking at disappearance of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 and the alleged crash of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17, are the two connected





  • 00:33

    The Open Stage with Lynn Hollyfield

    in Music

    The Songwriters Association of Washington (SAW) and Washington Area Music Association (WAMA) are sponsoring a benefit concert at the BlackRock Center for the Arts on January 12 to raise funds for communities affected by Hurricane Sandy.  The impressive lineup includes some of the areas finest singer/songwriters, including award-winning songwriter Lynn Hollyfield, who will be featured in this Open Stage show. Michelle Murray will talk to Lynn about her music and her involvement with this project, and she will also interview the concert organizer, Donate Gardner.

  • 01:59

    Hot Topics Come Center Stage

    in Radio

    Tonight's segment of Center Stage will focus on "Hot Topics" from across the country. We will look at the Seattle Pacific University shooting, the State of Michigan now allowing nurses to speak with children without parents being present, a middle school in San Marcos, CA asking 8th grade kids about their sex lives, VA hospitals being under fire, and parents using police to scare their kids into obeying

  • 02:01

    Hot Topics Come Center Stage

    in Radio

    Tonight's segment of Center Stage is titled: "Hot Topics Come Center Stage" and  will look at top news stories from across the country that has caught our attention this week. We will look at McDonald's workers protesting for higher wages, Detroit now being called "carjack city, the first Muslim accepted to Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, the postal service ending door to door delivery for millions of there customers, the botched execution of Clayton Lockett, fed workers owe $3.3 billion in back taxes, an acceptable punishment for a student who physically attacks a teacher, and term limits for politicians.

  • 00:33

    The Open Stage with Chatham Street

    in Music

    Chatham Street, the duo of Christal and Peter Prout will join Open Stage host Michelle Murray on the Open Stage on Wednesday, October 17 at 6:30 p.m. to discuss their upcoming Best of SAW Showcase appearance at the Strathmore Mansion on October 24, and share some of their songs and songwriting insights.
    Chatham Street are an Original Folk/Rock/Americana married musical duo based in Stephens City, VA. In less than three years that Chatham Street has been in existence, they have won 17 songwriting placements, been live on NPR radio, performed in multiple states,  They were just nominated for two WAMMIE awards, which are the Washington DC version of the Grammy's, for Folk Contemporary Group of the Year, and for Folk Contemporary Recording of the Year, for their second release, "All That Mattered." For more information visit www.saw.org

  • 00:32

    The Open Stage with Cary Creed

    in Music

    Award-winning singer/songwriter Carey Creed will join Open Stage host Michelle Murray on the Open Stage on Tuesday, October 9th at 6:30 p.m. to discuss her upcoming Focus Music Show in Mount Vernon with Susan Greenbaum, and to share some songs from her new CD, Small Braveries.
    Carey has garnered five top vocalist Wammies from the Washington Area Music Association, and multiple First Place honors from the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest. Carey performs at folk concerts, festivals, and retreats. Small Braveries is Carey’s third release on the Azalea label.