• 00:31

    Show Me the Choreographers

    in Entertainment

         Choreographer's Showcase coordinators, Arnie Rodriguez and Briana Fallon, are on the show to talk about next weekend's show.  We will talk about current events, what's going on around BoCo, and what to look forward to for Choreographer's Showcase!
         Choreographer's Showcase is November 21 and 22, both nights at 8 pm with a 2 pm matinee on Saturday.  For tickets, please stop by the Boston Conservatory Box Office.

  • 02:59

    Wanda's Picks Radio Show: Be Still 2.0

    in Art

    This is a black arts and culture site. We will be exploring the African Diaspora via the writing, performance, both musical and theatrical (film and stage), as well as the visual arts of Africans in the Diaspora and those influenced by these aesthetic forms of expression. I am interested in the political and social ramifications of art on society, specifically movements supported by these artists and their forbearers. It is my claim that the artists are the true revolutionaries, their work honest and filled with raw unedited passion. They are our true heroes. Ashay!

    Guests:
    1. William E. Gary is current President, Harry T. & Harriette V. Moore Cultural Complex, Inc. Board of Directors and former Co-Chair, Moore Heritage Festival of the Arts and Humanities. He is presently serving his third tenure as president of the North Brevard County Branch NAACP; Dinizulu Gene Tennie is co-director of the slaveship replica project. He will give the keynote at The Harry T. & Harriette V. Moore Program, 2 p.m., Sat., Feb. 21, 2015, 2180 Freedom Avenue, Mims, Florida.

    2. We are joined once again by choreographers who will present week 2, Feb. 28-Mar. 1, at Black Choreographers Festival: Here & Now: Veterans Reginald Ray Savage, Raissa Simpson, Gregory Dawson and first time choreographer, Maurya Kerr.

    3. The 9th Annual Be Still Retreat . . . 2.0, is Sat., February 28, 10-4 p.m. at Mills College in Oakland, CA. 510-834-5990. Our guests are: Event planner,  Sharon Green-Holder; presenter, Jamila Makini, plus Mutima Imani, special guest speaker and workshop presenter.

    4. Andrew I. Wilson, visual artist, whose work is currently at Joyce Gordon Gallery in Oakland through Feb. 28. http://www.aiwart.com

  • 00:15

    Melanie Buttarazzi shares Fostering Dreams through Dance

    in Lifestyle

    Dancer and entrepreneur Melanie Buttarazzi created an outreach program called Fostering Dreams Through Dance, to empower, educate and inspire foster youth to find their voice through the art of dance. Melanie did it all not knowing what she was doing and learned along the way. With a ton of passion, hard work and no money Melanie brought this program to life.  She had to inspire a lot of people to get them involved for free. Team work made the dream work! 


     


    Working with 2 organizations last year, and continuing this year again the initiative:


     Did a 30 day program with First Star Academy at UCLA where the youth performed a flash mob on campus and performed on stage for their commencement. 


     Worked with FreeHab facility where the youth performed a flash mob at Venice Beach and performed for various events. 


    Volunteering  at FreeHab for 7 months, Melanie got choreographers to come in as well and be guest speakers. Some were celeb choreographers and they all did it for FREE.  Melanie saw the girls lives change each time she was there and it greatly impacted her own life as well.


     


    *Below is a short video we put together working with the homeless girls at the FreeHab facility. 


     


    https://vimeo.com/112102494


     

  • 00:27

    Expert Ken Weber & New York Professional Choreographer Melissa Barak

    in Women

    RETIREMENT EXPERT, KEN WEBER---Start Saving for Retirement with Simple Tips from Expert, Author & Asset Manager  Ken Weber Saving for retirement may seem impossible at times.  For many women, it may even be more difficult. In fact, according to recent statistics, 62 percent of women said they were saving for retirement, 15 percent said they were saving just enough, while 22 percent said they were barely saving anything at all. How can this be fixed? Ken Weber - asset manager, and author of the new book, Dear Investor: What the Hell Are You Doing? Smart and Easy Ways to Fix the Mistakes You with Your Money - knows why many women aren't saving for retirement. LISTEN IN


    PROFESSIONAL CHOREOGRAPHER--- MELISSA BARAK As one of the most sought after dancers turned choreographers in the United States, MELISSA BARAK has built an empire cultivating relationships with her audiences via ballet through her cutting-edge dance company, BARAK BALLET. Having being featured in such publications as the New York Times and DANCE Magazine, Barak is continuing to foster the growth of her company.  LISTEN IN...


    Drawn in to the art of dance at 8 years old, Barak began her career in Los Angeles learning from the illustrious Yvonne Mounsey at the Westside School of Ballet.  Her passion eventually took her to New York to study at the School of American Ballet and eventually earned her a spot at the New York City Ballet where she remained for the next 9 years and became known for her linear purity, relentless work ethic, and musicality.


     


     


     

  • 01:00

    Guest:Kari Perkins/Costume Designer/Boyhood/A Scanner Darkly

    in Movies

    KARI PERKINS (costume designer) has created the wardrobes for seven films directed by Austin-based filmmaker Richard Linklater, first working with the two-time Oscar® nominee as additional costume designer on his critically-acclaimed 1993 comedy, “Dazed and Confused.”While it would be another decade before Perkins reteamed with Linklater on his 2002 HBO feature, “$5.15/Hour,” she has since collaborated with him on five additional features -- “Fast Food Nation,” “A Scanner Darkly,” the critically-acclaimed comedy-thriller, “Bernie” (Best Picture nominee at the Independent Spirit Awards, Best Comedy from the People’s Choice Awards, and recognition as one of the Top 10 Films of 2011 by the National Board of Review), his epic  12-year-odyssey, “Boyhood” and, most recently, the period baseball drama, “That’s What I’m Talking About.”In addition to her film/TV work, Perkins has also designed for some of Austin’s most prolific dance choreographers such as Ballet Austin’s Stephen Mills’ “Women and Light,” “Torso” and “Wall of Names,” and Sharir+Bustamante’s “For Four” and “Court 6.”  Perkins has also worked on Ariel Dance Theater’s “Gyre,” “Five2Ten,” “Flush” and “Everything Between”; and Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Co.’s “Murmur,” “Royal Pair,” “Spin” and “Woman Smiling.”  Her stage work also include the 2002 B. Iden Payne Award for Outstanding Costume Design for the stage production “Dark Goddess.” You can email your questions to 123filmeasy@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter @123Film

  • 02:03

    Wanda's Picks Radio Show

    in Art

    This is a black arts and culture site. We will be exploring the African Diaspora via the writing, performance, both musical and theatrical (film and stage), as well as the visual arts of Africans in the Diaspora and those influenced by these aesthetic forms of expression. I am interested in the political and social ramifications of art on society, specifically movements supported by these artists and their forebearers. It is my claim that the artists are the true revolutionaries, their work honest and filled with raw unedited passion. They are our true heroes. Ashay!

    Guests:
    1. Black Choreographers: Here & Now
    2. Shaka Jamal Redman on GameChangers
    3. Kahil El Zabar on the AACM
    4. Brother Fleetwood, dir. Da Cotton Pickas

  • 02:22

    Wanda's Picks Radio Show: Dance Mission's D.I.R.T. - Dance In Revolt(ing) Times

    in Art

    This is a black arts and culture site. We will be exploring the African Diaspora via the writing, performance, both musical and theatrical (film and stage), as well as the visual arts of Africans in the Diaspora and those influenced by these aesthetic forms of expression. I am interested in the political and social ramifications of art on society, specifically movements supported by these artists and their forebearers. It is my claim that the artists are the true revolutionaries, their work honest and filled with raw unedited passion. They are our true heroes. Ashay!

    Guests: Lance McGee, MFT, a.k.a. Unique Derique, has been delighting audiences with his special brand of clowning for years. McGee joins us to talk about his latest show, FOOL LA LA! up at the Marsh Berkeley, Saturdays, Jan. 31, 2 p.m. through Feb. 28. Visit http://www.themarsh.org For a $5 discount use the code: LaFool 

    Next we rebroadcast a bit of an interview with devorah major re: her latest project: Black Classic: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/black-classic-by-devorah-major

    Choreographers and dancers from Dance Mission's D.I.R.T. -  Dance In Revolt(ing) Times, Jan. 23-Feb.1: sixteen choreographers in three distinct programs over two riveting weekends. What happens when artists revolt? brownpaptertickets.com / 1-800-838-3006

    We close with a conversation with Tash Nguyen, Sin Barras (without prison bars) & CURB and Fox Sloan, mother of Amanda Fox Sloan, who died in the Santa Cruz County jail in July 2013, about a rally/march concerning the unjust incarceration of so many young people, poor people, people of color and members of gender minorities http://sinbarras.org/

  • 02:10

    Wanda's Picks Radio Show: Dimensions Rites of Passage @20

    in Art

    We speak this morning to Latanya d. Tigner who has been with Dimensions since 1986, studying and performing traditional West and South African dance, modern, contemporary, jazz, Haitian, Cuban, and Congolese dance. She has traveled to Cuba, Guinea, Brazil, Jordan, Germany, and throughout the U.S. Latanya was selected as one of three emerging artists for the first annual Black Choreographers Here and Now Festival in 2005. This past summer she participated in Urban Bush Women’s acclaimed Summer Leadership Institute in New Orleans, where she worked with dancers and other social activists to serve the New Orleans community. She also did a residency with Shaka Zulu to study the traditions of mask dance in New Orleans. Latanya is the artistic diector and choreographer for Dimensions‘ youth ensemble, Dimensions Extensions Performing Ensemble (DEPE). She joins us to talk about the 20th Anniversary performance of Rites of Passage, Sunday, Dec. 5, 3 p.m. in Oakland. Visit www.dimensionsdance.org

    We close with two archival interviews, the first with director, Haifa Al Mansour. Her film Wadjda is the first film by a Saudi woman (2013). We close with an interview with the former director of the Museum of the African Diaspora, Grace C. Stanislaus. Our conversation with Ms. Stanilaus is about the exhibit Desert Jewels.

    Music: Gina Breedlove's  "Breathe" and "Wind."
     

  • 00:48

    Discover Janesville: Christmas Carol Ballet by StageWorks Projects, Inc.

    in Current Events

    On this episode of Discover Janesville with Yuri Rashkin:


    Britton Gandy is a Janesville resident and one of the choreographers involved in staging an original production of "Christmas Carol Ballet" for StageWorks Projects, Inc., to be performed on Saturday, December 6 at Stoughton High School.  Britton was joined by Coleen Kehl, the Artistic Director and Mary-Carel Verden, a board member of StageWorks Projects, Inc.  These three women came to talk about the excitement of producing an original production, being part of the Victorian Holiday Weekend community celebration in Stoughton, and how "fusion pieces" show the future and full potential of theater by merging together different disciplines.  


    Be in the know.  Discover Janesville. 


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    From the birth place of Paul Ryan and Russ Feingold, Janesville Community Radio presents Discover Janesville with Yuri Rashkin!  Broadcasting from the world headquarters of JCR, located at 321 E Milwaukee Street in Janesville, Wisconsin, live every Wednesday.  Tune in for in depth conversations with Janesville's newsmakers, from politics to arts and community life.  Regularly featuring live acoustic performances by local musicians.  Be in the know.  Discover Janesville.  Listen to past podcasts at www.DiscoverJanesville.com.  Follow the show on Facebook at Discover Janesville with Yuri Rashkin.  


     

  • 00:31

    A chat with director and playwright Rob Urbinati

    in Entertainment

    The King of DC Media, William Powell, welcomes playwright Rob Urbinati, who wrote the farcical British play Death By Design, which pays homage to both Noel Coward and Agatha Christie. William, who is producing the play at Greenbelt Arts Center, also welcomes various cast and crew members from the show, which runs until November 23rd. (Find out more at Greenbelt Arts Center. Read a review here.)


    Read more about Rob here (from http://queenstheatre.org/rob-urbinati):


    Rob is a freelance director and playwright based in New York City, and Director of New Play Development at Queens Theatre, where he curates the Immigrant Voices Project. He has directed at the Public Theatre, Culture Project, Abingdon Theatre, Classic Stage Company, Pearl Theatre, Queens Theatre, Lincoln Center Directors Lab, NYCFringe, New York Music Theatre Festival, New York University and theatres and universities across the country.


    Rob’s first play as a writer, Hazelwood Jr. High, was directed by Scott Elliott for the New Group. The play is published by Samuel French.  Miss Julie in Hollywood, his adaptation of the Strindberg play, was presented at the 78th Street Theatre Lab. His new play, Death by Design, opened in Houston in September 2011. His adaptation of Cole Porter’s Nymph Errant opens in New York City in July 2012.


    Rob has developed various projects for Disney Creative Entertainment, served on the Lark Theatre Playwrights Week Selection Committee, and contributed material for “Breaking the Silence, Beating the Drum,” the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery at the United Nations. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild, and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.

  • 01:00

    Creating the Dance - Kristin Mancini on The Authentic Woman with Shannon Fisher

    in Entertainment

    Shannon is thrilled to have choreographer, Kristin Mancini, as her guest this week. Kristin studied dance with the Richmond Ballet, Riverdance touring company, Broadway Dance Center, Steps on Broadway and The Edge. She earned a B.F.A. in dance and choreography from Virginia Commonwealth University's distinguished dance program. Kristin has worked with an impressive list of dancers and choreographers including Mia Michaels, Tyce Diorio, Barry Youngblood, Avron & Savion Glover, Chris Judd, Bella Lewisky, David Howard and Debbie Allen.


    Kristin has enjoyed great success as a choreographer, winning a plethora of awards for the many show choirs with which she has worked and the wide variety of dance teams and studio dancers she has taught. She has also acted as an adjudicator for both show choir and dance competitions. Some of her former students have gone on to perform in Cirque du Soleil, Broadway, professional dance teams and prestigious ballet companies.


    The Authentic Woman is a weekly radio show, hosted by women's rights leader Shannon Fisher. The show delves deeply into the worlds of writers, artists, celebrities and community leaders, discovering their personal inspiration and passions. Find Shannon Fisher on the web: Facebook - Twitter - The Authentic Woman.


    This podcast is owned by the Authors on the Air Global Radio Network LLC. Thanks to our sponsor and website professional Michael Lowndes at www.pmlmedia.com.

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