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Host Deardra Shuler invites comedian Paul Rodriquez to her show, Topically Yours. Paul will be appearing at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts in the Bronx, NY on Saturday, November 30 at 8 pm. One of the first Latin Kings of Comedy, Paul was added to the Comedy Central list of the “100 Greatest Standups of All Time” in 2004. He got his first big break on the Norman Lear produced ABC comedy a.k.a. Pablo. He appeared in Crocodile Dundee, Blood Work, The World's Fastest Indian and the Deported, et a. His voiceover work includes Beverly Hills Chihuahua, King of the Hill and Dora the Explorer, etc. Rodriguez has been nominated for two American Latino Media Arts Awards, one Imagen Award and his latest major motion picture, the comedy Gravy, will have its’ theatrical release in December 2013.
Comedians Ruperto Vanderpool, Cuquin Victoria, Jochy Santos and singer and comedian Anthony Rios are also performing that night. For tickets call 718-960-8833 or go on line at www.Lehmancenter.org
Host Deardra Shuler talks with Eva Bornstein, Executive Director of Lehman Center for the Performing Arts about their upcoming special invitaiton fundraising gala prior to singer/songwriter Michael Bolton's concert on her show Topically Yours, BlakeRadio Network, Rainbow Soul.
Singer/songwriter Michael Bolron will be appearing at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, June 7th at 8pm in the Bronx, NY. Ms. Bornstein will discuss the gala (held from 5 pm to 7 pm, June 7th) and the upcoming acts at Lehman Center. For concert tickets call 718-960-8833.
There are many giant sinkholes appearing across the nation, NJ, PA, Arizona and particularly in Florida. They are appearing in Egypt, Mexico, Venezula, Russia and Australia. China is seeing increasing numbers of sinkholes, some as large and deep as caverns. Topically Yours host, Deardra Shuler, invites Prof. Robert Brinkmann to discuss this increasing sinkhole occurrence. He is the Director of Sustainability Studies at Hofstra University and the Director of Sustainability Research at the National Center for Suburban Studies. Brinkmann is a Professor in the Department of Geology, Environment and Sustainability at Hofstra. In 1979, he entered the Geology Program at the University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh.
Mr. Brinkmann attended the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee earning an MS in Geology in 1986 and a Ph.D. in Geography in 1989. In 1990, Brinkmann became a Professor at the University of South Florida where he continued his research on sinkholes, environmental pollution and urban sustainability.
Now at Hofstra University, he has authored numerous articles, chapters, and books. He is Assoc. Editor for the Journal of Cave and Karst Studies. His new book, Florida Sinkholes: Science and Policy will be published this year and is available from the University of Press of Florida.
Deardra Shuler invites 2 up-and-coming artists to talk about their music and burgeoning careers. Raised in a showbiz family, Siameze is a singer, designer, songwriter and dancer based in Las Vegas. He has appeared on the X-Factor and after debuting at Elvis's Night Club on Sahara was sited as Vegas's youngest headliner. His gifts include vocal harmonies/arrangements & comedic timing.
Kristine Mirelle started playing piano at age 4. Eventually signing with Upstairs Records, where her single, “Let Go” and “Candy” received radio play in the SW US, netting a following in Japan. Her interviews on KISS FM and POWER 106 in LA, led to 6 continents. She currently performs overseas where she displays her "pop / soul" style inspired by the music of the 60's. With 2 singles "Over and Over" and Temporary High," on ITunes, Kristine is working on a new album. 'Business minded, Kristine created organic chips & salsa called; LIL KRISTI'S. Find out more about me at www.KristineMirelle.com.
Taj Weekes, a former guest on Topically Yours, will return again to talk with host, Deardra Shuler, about his most recent endeavors. Mr. Weekes recently received an award from St. Lucia House in New York City for his humanitarian work via his charity. Please visit his "They Often Cry " Outreach website (TOCO - www.theyoftencryoutreach.org), to learn more, Recently, the charity has expanded into Trinidad and will move into Haiti and Dominica this year. Taj will also update the listeners on his new music projects. He will be featured alongside legendary musicians Joan Baez, Crosby & Nash, Jackson Browne, Willie Nelson, Yoko Ono, Deborah Harry and others on a compilation CD to raise money for the worldwide Occupy Wall Street Movement. The CD will be released in May. Additionally, he will be releasing A Waterlogged Soul Kitchen in France with 4 new songs as well as a live album, featuring a couple of new songs that are part of his repetoire on the road this Spring/Summer. Taj will also be performing at the 92Y in Tribeca on March 10th, featuring former John Brown's Body singer Kevin Kinsella.
Topically Yours Host, Deardra Shuler, talks with filmmaker Mariette Monpierre about her feature film ELZA. A French Guadeloupean filmmaker and director, Monpierre was raised in Paris. Educated at the Sorbonne she worked at BBD&O before becoming a filmmaker. Mariette is premiering her film at the Walter Reade Theatre in Lincoln Center as part of the African Film Festival screening on Thursday, April 12th at 4:00 pm and on Sunday, April 15th at 6:15 pm. ELZA is the first narrative by a Guadeloupean female director. Ms. Monpierre's film won three awards at the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angles: The Best Director First Feature: Special Jury Recognition - Feature Narrative at PAFF/LA; The Festival Choice Award at the Pan African Film Festival-British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA/LA); The Festival Programmers' Award - Narrative PAFFA/LA.
Tickets on line @ http://www.filmlinc.com/films/on-sale/elza
Box office (212-875-5601).
Host Deardra Shuler invites salsa legend Eddie Palmieri to discuss his upcoming show at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts in the Bronx, Ny on Saturday, September 28, at 8pm, where he celebrates Sabiduria with his friends and with the Mambo Legends.
Eddie Palmieri is best known for his charismatic power and innovative drive. His musical career spans over 50 years as a bandleader of Salsa and Latin Jazz orchestras. The NEA Jazz Master and honorary Doctor of Music from Berklee College of Music has been awarded 9 Grammy Awards. His recordings have become classics with such hits as"Azucar,” "Muneca,"and "Vamonos Pa'l Monte.” Born in Spanish Harlem in 1936, he spent a year with Tito Rodriguez before forming the legendary Conjunto La Perfecta. Palmieri’s band ranks with Machito, Tito Rodriguez and other leading orchestras of the day.
For tickets call 718-960-8833.
Host Deardra Shuler invites Dr. Steven Frierman, a sports psychologist and professor of Health Studies and Kinesiology at Hofstra University to discuss bullying in sports. Dr Frierman was also Sport Psychology Editor of American Football Quarterly. He served on the Panel of Experts which included NFL and Collegiate football coaches and participated in two conferences for AFQ which provided continuing ed credit for high school football coaches. Presently, Dr. Frierman serves on the editorial board of “The Journal of Youth Sport: Youth First, where he is the Sport Psychology Editor.
Dr. Frierman will talk about bullying and mental health issues in professional sports, the psychological aspects of why bullying occurs in major sports leagues, the consequences of bullying occurring at this level, why athletes challenge new players to see if they fit in mentally, why teams have rules to keep things "in house," how teams have worked to stop this by establishing harsh rules, what's slump busting, when the goal is set to win the championship--why that doesn't work, poor team chemistry, performance enhancing substances,
He authored “Commit to be Fit: Now and Forever,” and is currently writing a second book about performance enhancement strategies for sports and exercise.
Host Deardra Shuler invites playwright Greg Kalleres to talk about his play entitled “HONKY.” Through his comic production, Greg brings the issue of race to the forefront to explore the racism embedded within us all, whether in denial or not. Can a pill cure us all? Well we will see what Greg has to say about the play's hypothetical theory. Stay tuned on Sunday, October 27th at 3:00 pm to see if indeed its possible to discuss race and racism, facing issues that are not just black and white.
Greg Kalleres received his BFA from Tisch's Dramatic Writing Program at NYU. His plays have been produced in numerous cities, including New York, Los Angeles, Berkeley, Chicago and Beirut, Lebanon. Greg received the Certificate of Excellence from the Kennedy Center, is a two-time finalist for the Lila Acheson American Playwrights Program at Juilliard and a two-time finalist for Aurora Theatre Company's Global Age Project. His one-act plays have won top honors at the Samuel French Festival, Turnip Festival and Fusion Theatre One Act Play Festival. Greg's work has been published in the New York Times, TDF Stages Magazine, Cracked.com and United Stages' "Best of EATFest" Volumes 3 and 4. He has also been featured in African American newspapers.
His latest play, “WRECKED,” was commissioned by the Three Jennys Theater Company, recently secured $50,000 from the Speranza Foundation Lincoln City Fellowship. In addition to playwriting, Greg has written, produced and won numerous awards for his commercials for ESPN, Nike, Brand Jordan, Budweiser, Google and Twitter. Greg was the lead writer on the award winning "This is SportsCenter" campaign and created ESPN's Monday Night Football campaign: "Is it Monday Yet?" Greg's screenplay, LAST DAY MAN, was optioned by Evamere Entertainment.
Host Deardra Shuler invites Grammy Award winner, Gloria Gaynor, as her guest to her Topically Yours Show. Ms. Gaynor is best known for her hit I Will Survive. Gaynor’s version of “Never Can Say Good-Bye” became the first dance song to reach No.1 status in dance music. Gloria recorded I Am What I Am, which reached the Top 10 on Billboard’s Dance Disco Hits. Just Keep Thinkin’ About You, topped the Billboard Dance/Club Charts at No.1, while Gloria’s international hit Last Night with Giorgio Moroder debuted at No.1 throughout Europe. She is also known for her albums Never Can Say Good-bye and I've Got You Under My Skin. Gaynor made a splash in Broadway's Smokey Joe’s Café, and on national TV, as a guest star on such popular programs as That ‘70’s Show, "Ally McBeal," "The Wayans Brothers’ Show," and "Don’t Forget The Lyrics." This year, “I Will Survive” will be inducted into the Hall of Fame and her long-awaited new dance EP, a new Contemporary/Christian single, is slated to be released. Her NY fans can catch Gloria Gaynor at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts in the Bronx, located at 250 Bedford Park Boulevard West, on April 21st at 8:00 p.m. Gloria will be sharing the stage with Colonel Abrams and the Hit Men. For tickets call 718-960-8833 or go on line at www.lehmancenter.org
To learn more about Gloria Gaynor visit www.Gloriagaynor.com
Host Deardra Shuler interviews drummer Ali Jackson of the Ali Jackson Quartet who appears at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center starting Monday, August 5th thruThursday, August 8th. 7:30 and 9:30 sets.
Mr Jackson developed his talent on drums at an early age. In 1993, he graduated from Cass Tech High School and in 1998 was the recipient of Michigan’s prestigious Artserv Emerging Artist award. After earning an undergraduate degree in Music Composition at the New School University for Contemporary Music, he studied under Elvin Jones and Max Roach. Jackson has been part of Young Audiences, a program that educates New York City youth on jazz. He has performed and recorded with artists including Wynton Marsalis, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Aretha Franklin, George Benson, Harry Connick, Jr., KRS-1, Marcus Roberts, Joshua Redman, Vinx, and Seito Kinen Orchestra conductor. Jackson currently performs with the Wynton Marsalis Quintet, Horns in the Hood, and leads the Ali Jackson Quartet.
Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola is located on the 5th Floor of Jazz at Lincoln Center on 60th St and Broadway in NYC.
Host Deardra Shuler talks to animator and performer John Walter Adamczyk, (whose stage name/moniker is J.Walt). Academy Award Winner J Walt's groundbreaking, spectacular, live virtual reality show is called "Spontaneous Fantasia," wherein Walt transforms flat video space into virtual reality via 3-D animated musical worlds he draws in front of a viewer screen. Walt does this by way of computer technology, using 3-D stereo, 2-D screens and multiple projections in a curved surround theater. As Walt says: "These visual worlds dazzle the eyes, inspire the spirit and touch the soul." Listen to his show on Topically Yours and watch the videos via visiting http://www.spontaneousfantasia.com/