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MichaelKushner
#67 - Jared Grimes: My Gifts Are Not A Distraction

MichaelKushner

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 29, 2022 46:00


“Being a multi-hyphenate is not a disability – it's an ability. It's an advantage.” Jared Grimes is a Tony Nominated actor currently starring in Funny Girl on Broadway. His effervescent energy lights up the stage every night at The August Wilson Theatre. In this episode, his energy continues into our conversation as we discuss what being a “bag of tricks” in this industry actually means.  In this episode, we discover Grimes' road to Broadway, how he turned his ADD diagnosis into multi-hyphenation, inspirations, getting people in power to understand the multi-hyphenate, and we chat about how tap opened up his eyes to the art of multi-hyphenating.  “At an early age I began to latch on to the idea that if you're a tap dancer, that means you can be many things. It doesn't mean that you just use your feet to connect with people or share with people. I'm looking at all my heroes and they are singing, they are acting, they are comedians, they're lindyhoppers, they're writers, they're choreographers, they do camerawork – they are behind the camera, in front of the camera – all those guys did that and I was just like wow so that's what it is to be a tap dancer. My earliest idea of what a tap dancer was, was a multi-hyphenate.”  Jared Grimes is a quadruple threat in the world of the arts where he is heavily making his mark in singing, dancing, acting, and choreographing. He received a Tony Nomination for his performance in Funny Girl on Broadway, which he is currently starring in. On numerous occasions, he has danced alongside legends such as Wynton Marsalis, Gregory Hines, Ben Vereen, Jerry Lewis and Fayard Nicholas. and also performed for Barack Obama and Ted Kennedy at the Kennedy Center. Most recently on Broadway, Jared could be seen in the Tony Award-winning production of A Soldier's Play. Grimes has toured with Musical legend, Mariah Carey, under the choreography of Marty Kudelka, and danced for artists such as Common, Salt-n-Pepa, Envogue, Busta Rhymes and the Roots. Jared's theater credits include, After Midnight on Broadway directed by Warren Carlyle, Twist directed by Debbie Allen, Babes in Arms at the Goodspeed Opera House choreographed by Randy Skinner, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes directed by John Rando at Encores and Broadway Underground directed by himself. In the world of acting, Jared is known for his recurring role of ‘Adrian' on NBC's hit show “Manifest.” He performed the lead role of ‘Jackson' in the Annapurna feature film Swing Kids and Sammy Davis Jr.'s “Birth of the Blues” on Michael Feinstein's American Songbook for PBS. Other film credits include Paramount's, The Marc Pease Experience starring Ben Stiller, New Line Cinema's Little Manhattan and Elevation Filmwork's' First Born starring Elizabeth Shue. Grimes has appeared in commercials for Coca-Cola, Subway, MTV and television shows such as CBS' “Star Search,” “Showtime at the Apollo,” ABC Family's “Dance Fever” and “The Jerry Lewis Telethon.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Tia Time with Artists
Alex (CABA)Cabanilla

Tia Time with Artists

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2022 53:47


This week my guest is singer, and songwriter, Alexandra Cabanilla now known as CABA.She tells us of her journey and how music has taken her all over the world.https://cabamusica.com/Singer, songwriter, actress, producer, and vocal coach. She has become one of the most talented exponents of Ecuadorian vocal music, being part of important jazz and contemporary music projects in Ecuador. She opened for renowned musicians such as Jorge Drexler and Marco Antonio Solis.In the academic field, she was a student of the FOSJE (Youth Orchestra Foundation of Ecuador), and a student of the National Conservatory. She has a degree in Contemporary Music from the Universidad San Francisco de Quito joint with Berklee College of Music. Certified teacher in "Music Together" early musical stimulation.Winner of the "Emisarios Del Jazz 2008" contest organized by the Embassy of the United States, performing at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC followed by a national tour in Ecuador with this format.She ventured into the world of musicals with leading roles: Old-fashioned lover ,   Enriqueta and the ever-late story, Enredos entre dos y Les Miserables as Fantine, Yerma in Canto Yermo , an adaptation of the original script by García Lorca, Chicago as Velma Kelly.General producer of the Opera Madame Butterfly 2018 and Producer of Chicago el musical 2019.In 2012, she was invited to perform the soundtrack of the renowned Mexican documentary ABC Nunca Más by famous director Pedro Ultreras.This is how he brings original compositions of Ecuadorian music to movie theaters in Mexican and North American lands with great reception.In 2014, she became the first Ecuadorian to be hired as a solo singer by the prestigious Cirque du Soleil , in the OVO show.2015 tour in Japan. Obtaining a Pedro Pablo Traversari award for personalities from the world of the arts 2015.After his two record productions (Pasional and Sweet Christmas), he is now working on his third record album, hoping to be on digital platforms.This podcast is sponsored byMichigan ArtShareColdPlunge RecordsTo become a sponsor for this podcast, go to the Patreon link below.https://www.patreon.com/TiaTime1Produced by Green Bow Music https://www.canr.msu.edu/michigan_artshare/https://www.coldplungerecords.com/

Active Hope
Season 2, Episode 2: "Stolen Land, Sovereign People" w/ Lori Pourier and Natalie Hopkinson

Active Hope

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 23, 2022 58:57


Join us for the second episode of our second season featuring guests Lori Pourier and Natalie Hopkinson. Kamilah Forbes, Marc Bamuthi Joseph, and Paola Prestini engage in conversation surrounding sovereignty, indigenous peoples, and gentrification through a macro and micro lens. This episode is in tandem with the We the Peoples Before celebration happening at the Kennedy Center on June 30 – July 2. For more information on the event, click on this link: https://www.kennedy-center.org/whats-on/festivals-series/we-the-peoples-before/.

That's Total Mom Sense
Maz Jobrani: Immigrant Dads & Comedy Life

That's Total Mom Sense

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 23, 2022 31:56


Throughout the pandemic, we've been watching a ton of comedy + Netflix. My next guest Maz Jobrani is a comedian, actor and host of his own podcast, Back to School with Maz Jobrani, on the All Things Comedy Network. His new standup comedy special, Pandemic Warrior, is now available for streaming on PeacockTV. Maz's other specials include Immigrant, which was filmed at the prestigious Kennedy Center and is a Netflix original, as well as 3 additional solo specials on Showtime: Brown and Friendly, I Come in Peace, and I'm Not a Terrorist But I've Played One on TV. As an actor, Maz starred as the title character in the award-winning indie comedy, Jimmy VestVood: Amerikan Hero, a feature which he co-wrote and co-produced. He played the lovable “Fawz” on the CBS comedy Superior Donuts and has appeared on Grey's Anatomy, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Better off Ted, Last Man Standing, and Shameless. He has co-starred in films including Sydney Pollack's The Interpreter, Disney's Descendents and Ice Cube's Friday After Next. He's a regular guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and The Late Late Show with James Corden. In the Spring of 2016 he performed at the White House where he had the privilege of introducing Michelle Obama. As a UC Berkeley alum, Maz gave the keynote speech to the graduating class of 2017. Maz served as the host for the 45th International Emmy's in New York. He was a founding member of The Axis of Evil comedy tour, which aired on Comedy Central. He is a regular panelist on NPR's “Wait Wait Don't Tell Me” and has given 2 TED Talks. His LA Times Best Selling Book, I'm Not a Terrorist, But I've Played One on TV, published by Simon & Schuster. Maz executive produced Everything Must Change, a documentary about his sister's battle with breast cancer which is currently available on iTunes. Meet My Guest: WEBSITE: MazJobrani.com INSTAGRAM: @mazjobrani FACEBOOK: /mazjobrani Press DEADLINE: Maz Jobrani Developing Animated Comedy With Curiosity Ink Media

Our Black Gay Diaspora Podcast
Episode 31 - Michael J. Bobbitt, Executive Director, Mass Cultural Council

Our Black Gay Diaspora Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 22, 2022 45:47


Michael J. Bobbitt is the Executive Director of Mass Cultural Council, Massachusetts's “largest public investor in the arts, humanities & sciences.” As the highest-ranking cultural official in the state, Michael is also a theater director, choreographer, and playwright. He's directed and/or choreographed productions at The Shakespeare Theatre, Strathmore, The Kennedy Center, Helen Hayes Awards, Washington National Opera, and other venues. He shares his experiences as a black gay professional and how he utilizes these to create more diverse cultural and artistic communities. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Beyond The Fame with Jason Fraley

WTOP Entertainment Reporter Jason Fraley chats with Mary Badham, who played the original Scout Finch in Hollywood classic "To Kill a Mockingbird" (1962). Starting today, she's starring in a stage version at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. They discuss the new play and her memories of working with Gregory Peck on screen.

Now Hear This: Canby
Episode 371: Requiem for a Dream

Now Hear This: Canby

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 20, 2022 61:10


News and More: A suspect is killed in an officer-involved shooting following a police chase in Milwaukie. Canby's Great Backyard and Patio Tour is, well, back. The Canby High School trap shooting team impresses in spring competition. Canby Conversation: Canby vocalist Malinda Buckles shares her experience taking part in the debut performances of Damien Geter's An African American Requiem at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. This Week's Sponsors: DirectLink, Canby Independence Day, The Book Nook, Mason for Oregon, Wild Hare Saloon, Canby Foursquare Church, Odd Moe's Pizza, The Odd Pod, Reif & Hunsaker P.C., Retro Revival Please support our show! To listen without ads, and ensure we can continue to bring you important news and amazing stories you can't get anywhere else, join Canby Now Plus today! For details, visit patreon.com/canbynowpod.

The Big Fat Joey Show Radio Podcast
TV sitcom Happy Days Marion Ross A.K.A. Mrs. Cunningham/Mrs. C, Discover Plus 'Serving The Hamptons' star Zach Erdem and Indie Artist Oliver Houser

The Big Fat Joey Show Radio Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 17, 2022 60:44


On today's show, we have iconic and legendary TV actress Marion Ross, AKA Mrs. C-Mrs. Cunningham from the TV show Happy Days. Marion talks about her early days in Hollywood, Happy Days, working with and being friends with Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Anson Williams, Donny Most, Erin Moran and Mr. C himself-Tom Bosely, along with what brought her to write her HIT memoir, My Days: Happy & Otherwise. In her warm and candid memoir, My Days: Happy & Otherwise, Marion shares loving recollections from the award-winning Happy Days team from break-out star Henry Winkler to Cunningham 'wild child' Erin Moran. Marion shares what it was like to be a starry-eyed young girl with dreams in poor, rural Minnesota, and the resilience, sacrifices, and determination it took to make them come true. She recalls her early years in the business, being in the company of such luminaries as Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, and Noel Coward, yet always feeling the Hollywood outsider-a painful invisibility that mirrored her own childhood. She reveals the absolute joys of playing a wife and mother on TV, and the struggles of maintaining those roles in real life. Among Ross's most heart-rending recollections are those of finally finding a soul mate-another secret hope of hers made true well beyond her expectations.  Funny, poignant, revealing and featuring Gary Marshall's final illuminating interview, as well as a touching forward from her 'TV son' Ron Howard, and her conversation with her real-life son Jim Meskimen (IG: @jimpressions), Marion Ross's story is one of inspiration, persistence, and gratitude. It's also a glowing tribute to all those who fulfilled her dreams and in turn, gave us some of the happiest days of our own lives.  Get her book, My Days: Happy & Otherwise at www.amazon.com ISBN-10: 1496715152 ISBN-13: 978-14967145159   Next is our friend and the King of the Hamptons Zach Erdem (IG: @zacherdem), owner of 75 MAIN restaurant in Southampton and the STAR of the HIT reality TV show 'Serving The Hamptons', now playing on (IG: Discoveryplus). Zach talks all things 'Serving The Hamptons', his restaurant 75 Main (IG: @75main) and the sun-filled fun he and his staff have serving the Hamptons locals and celebs.  Zach also talks about his humble start in the restaurant biz. He came here from Turkey in his early twenties, slept on a park bench in NYC, and couched surfed until he put enough money together to get himself a place to live.  He not only has a place to live and eat, he also owns: Blu Mar Restaurant (IG: @blumarhamptons) where they serve the freshest fish on the east end, Harpoon House (IG: harpoonhouse) the ultimate in luxury hotel accommodations and Buddha Lounge (IG: @buddha_lounge_) where you can dance the night away.  If you want to eat, sleep, party, and play, the KING of the Hamptons, Zach Erdem (IG: @zacherdem) has you covered.  You can Peep Cyn and me on the first episode of 'Serving The Hamptons'. Thank you Zach for having us on.   To keep up with all things Zack Erdem/King of the Hamptons, follow him on the web at: www.75main.com   Wrapping up the show is singer/songwriter and musical theatre artist Oliver Houser. (IG: @oliverhouser). ***Oliver Houser will be holding an EP release concert at www.rockwoodmusichall.com in NYC on June 23, 2022 @ 7 PM EST. Oliver Houser is a New York-based singer/songwriter and musical theatre artist. Being the winner of the inaugural Stephen Schwartz Award, the ASCAP Foundation-Sammy Cahn Award, and a Dramatists Guild Foundation Fellowship, has afforded Oliver the opportunity to present his work at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, the Village Theatre, the Kennedy Center, the annual National Alliance for Musical Theatre Conference (NAMT), the SoHo Playhouse, the New York Musical Festival, the New York International Fringe Festival, the Other Palace Theatre in the UK, London's Royal Academy of Music and other venues across the United States and the world. Oliver has headlined at the Kennedy Center and performs his music throughout New York City. He has developed work at the Ucross Foundation, the KHN Center for the Arts, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Rhinebeck Writers Retreat, the Johnny Mercer Colony at Goodspeed Musicals, and the Warren Miller Center for the Arts. Oliver is a Jonathan Larson Grant finalist, and his work was a finalist for the O'Neill Musical Theatre Conference. He was selected for Jeanine Tesori's Front & Center Master Class and is an alum of the ASCAP Musical Theatre Workshop, the BMI Advanced Musical Theatre Workshop, and the Johnny Mercer Songwriters Project. Oliver is a proud member of ASCAP and The Dramatists Guild.  To keep up with all that he's doing, follow him on the web at: www.oliverhouser.com Thank you for listening to the show and follow us on IG at: The Big Fat Joey Show.

The Big Fat Joey Show Radio Podcast
Interviews with 2x Heart Transplant Recipient and Author Steven Taibbi, Singer-Songwriter INIKO and Artist-Musician Sidney Riley

The Big Fat Joey Show Radio Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 17, 2022 59:41


On today's show, we have 2X heart transplant recipient Steven Taibbi. He discusses his latest book. 'Grateful Guilt: Living in the Shadow of My Heart'. In his book, Steven documents his life's journey dealing with his heart issues along with all the up's and downs life has thrown his way. In a rare moment of extended family bonding, Steven Taibbi a 2X heart donor recipient just met with the family of the recent donor. The family, that did not originally respond to the thank you from Mr. Taibbi, would later contact him when they were ready. The donor's mother expressed their desire to meet him. Steven arrived with a stethoscope in hand, should they wish to listen to the heart of their son and father beating in Steve's chest. All of the women in the family (mother, sister, daughter, ex-wife, and aunt) took turns listening, while the male members (father and sons) opted not to listen. They informed Steve, that night, that they considered him family now. Statistically, only 3% of donor families answer any correspondence, let alone meet the recipient, and it sometimes does not go well. However, in this case, the donor's mother expressed her joy that her son's life helped not only save Steven's life but several others as a multiple organ donor. For 25 years, Steven owned his own production company and was a Director/Producer/Director of Photography for both corporate and commercial video and film. He has also been a contributing writer for Videography magazine and other productions. He has written television scripts, TV and Radio commercials and was the lyricist for a song-writing team. Mr. Taibbi was the Vice President of Transplant Speakers International and is currently a public speaker and organ donation advocate, as well as a professional photographer.  Pick up his book on www.amazon.com Paperback, ISBN: 9780578473390 Also today we speak with singer/songwriter INIKO and listen to their latest HIT song, 'The King's Affirmation'. To wrap up today's show we speak with singer/songwriter Sidney Riley and listen to his latest HIT song, 'It's Always Been You'. Originally hailing from Washington, D.C., Sidney has been involved with the arts since he learned to play the piano at age 9. After discovering his deep passion for singing, as a cast member of 'Children's Choice', a popular children's British television show filmed in the Middle East, Riley decided to take his musical career more seriously. While in high school, he formed an acapella group and began writing original music. During that time, he alongside his high school choir had the fortune to perform at The Kennedy Center honoring Quincy Jones.  Soon after celebrating this momentous occasion, Riley fell critically ill with meningoencephalitis, a rare disease that had him fighting for his life and in a coma for several months. Upon waking from his coma, he embarked on the long road to recovery.  He credits his recovery, in part, to the role music played in his life and the motivation it gave him to get better. Since then, he has made music his priority. Currently involved in several projects for himself and other artists from various genres, Sidney is ready to put his best foot forward while letting music guide his journey.  To keep up with all that he's doing, follow him on the web at: www.iamsidneyriley.com

Legends of Reed
Season 3 Episode 8: Sara Schoenbeck

Legends of Reed

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 16, 2022 68:51


The Wire places Sara Schoenbeck in the "tiny club of bassoon pioneers" at work in contemporary music today, while the New York Times has called her performances "galvanizing" and "riveting.” She has performed with or been a member of Anthony Braxton's 12+1(tet) and Tri-Centric Orchestra, Wayne Horvitz's Gravitas Quartet, Harris Eisenstadt's Golden State, Wavefield Ensemble, SEM Ensemble, Wet Ink, Marty Ehrlich's Duende Winds, Nels Cline's Lovers, Adam Rudolph's Organic Orchestra, and the Michael Leonhart Orchestra. She has worked with many of creative music's luminaries including Roscoe Mitchell, Henry Threadgill, Butch Morris, Yusef Lateef, Wadada Leo Smith, George Lewis, and Pamela Z. She can be heard on music and film recordings including Matrix 2 and 3, Spanglish and Dahmer. She has performed at major venues throughout North America and Europe. A partial list includes Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, the Kitchen, Iridium, Disney Hall, Redcat, the Kennedy Center, the Free Music Festival in Antwerp Belgium, Biennale Musica in Venice Italy, the American Festival of Improvised Music, MicroFest, SXSW, New Orleans, Newport, Berlin, Victoriaville and Ottawa Jazz Festivals; the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, Angel City Jazz Festival in Los Angeles; San Francisco, Saalfelden and Tempere Jazz festivals. Sara received her BFA from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and MFA from the California Institute of the Arts. Sara has been adjunct faculty at California Institute of the Arts, Citrus College, and Pasadena Conservatory and has given master classes at Amherst College, Hampshire College, Cornish College, University of Denver, and Western Washington University. She is currently on faculty at Brooklyn Conservatory of Music and Packer Collegiate Institute. In this episode, I speak to Sara about her musical journey, how her career developed and took off, and the inspiration behind her recent self-titled album release, she gives me some practical tips on how to become a better improviser and how to approach free improvisation, tips on creativity, her main musical influences, the challenges of working as a female musician, tips for young musicians and she fills me in on the jazz/music scene in New York, and which jazz clubs I should visit in New York. Listen to her album here: https://open.spotify.com/album/6SMnwqkm8odd2KXNaUqku9?si=3JzotXziSY6u_InOokxYfA Find out more about Sara: https://www.saraschoenbeck.com LOR podcast is being sponsored by Baron Cane, use the coupon code "legendsofreed", to enjoy free shipping on Barton Cane. https://www.bartoncane.com/

One Symphony with Devin Patrick Hughes
Michael Mizrahi and the Music of Now

One Symphony with Devin Patrick Hughes

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 13, 2022 32:10


Devin Patrick Hughes sits down with pianist and new music pioneer Michael Mizrahi. Praised as "intrepid" (Philadelphia Inquirer), "engaging" (Houston Chronicle), and "endlessly fascinating" (WQXR New York), pianist Michael Mizrahi has won acclaim for his compelling performances of a wide-ranging repertoire and his ability to connect with audiences of all ages. He's appeared as concerto soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, and teaching artist across the United States and abroad.   Michael Mizrahi has performed in the world's leading concert halls including Carnegie Hall, the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and has soloed with orchestras such as the Houston Symphony and the National Symphony. He has won first prize at competitions such as the Ima Hogg International Competition and the Bartok-Kabalevsky Competition.    Michael Mizrahi is a founding member of NOW Ensemble and also a member of Decoda, ensembles on the forefront of premiering and championing new classical music, has recorded extensively for New Amsterdam Records, including Currents which was featured as one of NPR's best albums of the year and album of the week on WQXR. Michael is on faculty at the Lawrence University Conservatory, where he trains a new generation of musical Jedi.    Thank you for joining us on One Symphony, My apologies for the hiatus, I had a bad case of COVID in May, but am happy to be back in action!  Thanks to Michael Mizrahi for sharing his music and wealth of knowledge. Thank you to NOW Ensemble and New Amsterdam records for making this episode possible!  Computer Wave by William Brittelle and 4 Pieces for Solo Piano by Ryan Brown can be found on the album, The Bright Motion. Dreamfall by Mark Dancigers and Cradle from Before and After by Sean Friar were performed by NOW ensemble.    You can check out the music of Michael Mizrahi and NOW Ensemble wherever you listen to your music, and online at michaelmizrahipiano.com and nowensemble.com. You can always find more info at OneSymphony.org including a virtual tip jar if you'd like to support the show. Thank you to new supporters Robin and James for making this show possible! Please feel free to rate, review, or share the show! Until next time, thank you for being part of the music!

Richard Skipper Celebrates
Richard Skipper Celebrates Elliott Forrest and Judy Garland in Concert 6/9/2022

Richard Skipper Celebrates

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 9, 2022 64:00


For Video Edition, Please Click and Subscribe Here: https://youtu.be/DTiQGl9tPoM Peabody Award winning broadcaster, director, designer, filmmaker and producer. Afternoon host on New York's Classical Radio Station 105.9FM, WQXR, host of the national radio concerts of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and has hosted more than 60 concerts on-stage at Carnegie Hall, where his film FACE TO FACE premiered. Founding Executive Artistic Director of ArtsRock.org of Rockland County, NY. For 20 years he's been bringing professional concerts, theater and conversations to his upstate community. Co-Creator and Producer of the National Tour of AN EVENING WITH ITZHAK PERLMAN and MICHAEL FEINSTEIN CELEBRATES JUDY GARLAND. Co-Director and Projection Designer of the live national tour and PBS TV Special of CONSIDERING MATTHEW SHEPARD by Craig Hella Johnson. Executive Producer of The Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park on the Radio of RICHARD II. Elliott has directed several versions of A CHRISTMAS CAROL with such Scrooges as David Hyde Pierce, F. Murray Abraham, Brian Cox, Tony Roberts and Kathleen Turner. He regularly produces, directs and designs symphony concerts: LA Philharmonic, The NY Philharmonic, Houston Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony, New Haven Symphony Pasadena Pops and the Little Orchestra Society in venues including the Kennedy Center, Hollywood Bowl and Lincoln Center. Orchestra narrator: Saint-Saens' Carnival of the Animals, Peter and the Wolf, Stravinsky's Soldier's Tale and Britten's Young Person's Guide. For 12 years, Host for A&E Television's Breakfast with the Arts. BA in Theater from the University of Texas, Austin. www.ElliottForrest.com  

With the Bark Off: Conversations from the LBJ Presidential Library
A Conversation With AFI Founder George Stevens, Jr. on growing up in the Golden Age of Hollywood

With the Bark Off: Conversations from the LBJ Presidential Library

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 9, 2022 48:32


On today's episode, we go slightly beyond the presidency as we talk to George Steven's Jr. about his new memoir, My Place in the Sun: Life in the Golden Age of Hollywood and Washington.The son of famed film director George Stevens, George Stevens Jr. grew up in the highest reaches of Hollywood, on the sets of classic films like Giant, Shane, The Diary of Anne Frank, and A Place in the Sun. But yearning for his own place in the sun, he ventured to Washington to work with legendary journalist Edward R. Murrow at the United States Information Agency, producing films for John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson, before going on to work for other presidents in other capacities.The founding director of the American Film Institute and the creator of the Kennedy Center Honors, Stevens describes his remarkable life and unimaginable brushes with history.

All That's Jazz
Season 3 Episode 4 Sherrie Maricle

All That's Jazz

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 9, 2022 38:49


Drummer, composer, arranger, teacher and a truly inspiring “force of nature”, Sherrie Maricle, leads The DIVA Jazz Orchestra, her quintet FIVE PLAY and co-leads the 3D Jazz Trio.  With her bands, Sherrie has performed at many of the world's most acclaimed music venues and festivals; from Lincoln Center to the Kennedy Center and the Hollywood Bowl, to Jazz Festivals around the world.  In this episode, we talk with Sherrie about a wide range of topics including the route that led her to the drums, her love of Big Band music; the changing role of women in Jazz, and the constant challenge of recognition and acceptance. 

hey, girl.
HEY, GIRL LIVE!

hey, girl.

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 8, 2022 94:46


Our live show at the Kennedy Center was AMAZING! Enjoy the audio.  Until next time, take good care of yourself yall.  PRE-ORDER HOW WE HEAL: https://www.alexelle.com/buythebook Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Faith Health & Home
Conversation with Legendary Dancer Nena Gilreath, Co-Founder of Ballethnic Dance Company Atlanta, GA

Faith Health & Home

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 6, 2022 35:05


For the first time in 31 years of performing, Atlanta's Ballethnic Dance Company has been invited to perform in Washington D.C. as part of a week-long celebration in recognition of Juneteenth. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts will present a special performance series, “Reframing the Narrative” featuring Ballethnic Dance Company, Dance Theatre of Harlem and Collage Dance Collective. I had the honor of speaking with Nena Gilreath, Co-Founder of Ballethnic Dance Company to discuss more about the upcoming historic performances and more. MORE INFO: June 14–19, 2022 in the Kennedy Center Opera House with the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra TICKET INFORMATION Tickets start at $29. Tickets can be purchased on the Kennedy Center website, at the Kennedy Center box office or by calling Instant Charge at (202) 467-4600. Patrons living outside the Washington metropolitan area may dial toll-free at (800) 444-1324. For all other ticket-related customer service inquiries, call the Advance Sales Box Office at (202) 416-8540. #Juneteenth #juneteenthcelebration #ballet #dance

Two Gays Watch Drag Race
83. Barbara Cook- Kennedy Center Honors

Two Gays Watch Drag Race

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 1, 2022 72:09


On this week's episode, the two gays are watching something a little different, for a change. They'll be diving into a youtube video that they've both played countless times. A video that includes immense Broadway talent, gorgeous gowns, stellar celebrity audience cutaways, and an icon being celebrated. That's right, it's the Kennedy Center Honors tribute to Broadway legend Barbara Cook! But before they head to the Kennedy Center, the gays talk about what they've been watching lately, namely, RuPauls Drag Race All Winners season!

ArtBox DMV
Episode - 60 Helen Zughaib

ArtBox DMV

Play Episode Listen Later May 26, 2022 31:56


In this Episode Jason met up with Helen Zughaib at her exhibit in the Hall of Nations at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. Helen is a visual Artist that paints with gouache and ink on illustration board and canvas. Her work is about creating empathy and dialogue to see through other peoples eyes. They talk about her ongoing series Syrian Migration, the role of color and patterns play in her work and the mediums she uses to help tell these stories. Huge thank you Helen for taking the time to do the interview. If you want to learn more about Helen and her work go to, Her website at www.hzughaib.com and her instagram page is hzughaib. Visit the Kennedy Center's website for more information and the latest at www.kennedy-center.org. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the interview. And thank you for listening!

Something (rather than nothing)
Episode 147 - Joe Uehlein

Something (rather than nothing)

Play Episode Listen Later May 25, 2022 44:27


Joe Uehlein is the founding President of Voices for a Sustainable Future and the Labor Network for Sustainability. Joe is the former Secretary-Treasurer of the AFL-CIO's Industrial Union Department and former director of the AFL-CIO's Center for Strategic Campaigns. Joe spent 35 years doing bargaining, organizing, public policy, and strategic campaign work in the labor movement. Joe also served on the United Nations first commission on global warming from its founding in 1988 until 2003. In the early 1970's he worked in an aluminum mill in Mechanicsburg, PA as a member of the United Steelworkers of America, and then on heavy and highway construction projects as a member of the Laborer's International Union of North America. Joe is most often seen fronting The U-Liners, his band of 19 years: www.uliners.com. Joe's been playing (guitar & vocals) in bands for nearly 54 years, since the age of 13, and has played all across the U.S., as well as in Japan, Germany, Switzerland, Canada, Great Britain, and Venezuela. Joe's music over the years has spanned genres from rock'n roll to bluegrass, folk to jazz, country to Motown, and more. From his early days growing up along the banks of the great Lake Erie, and working in an aluminum mill in Central Pennsylvania and on heavy and highway construction, and playing with Billy Wray & the Expressions, Joe developed a keen interest in Rock & Roll, Soul, and the Folk and Country sounds of working class music. Joe has performed with Pete Seeger, Lester Chambers of The Chambers Brothers, Dave Alvin, Steve Earle, Tom Morello, Boots Riley, Jill Sobule, Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer, Emma's Revolution, John Kadlecik, Billy Bragg, John McCutcheon, Si Kahn, and with the punk band, the Dropkick Murphys. Joe has also performed at all of Washington, DC's finest venues, including Gypsy Sally's, the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage, The Birchmere, Strathmore Music Hall, IOTA Club, Jammin' Java, the Hamilton, Howard Theater, the Black Cat, and more. Joe has also played NYC's Knitting Factory, Starlight Ballroom, The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Bally's in Las Vegas, among other fine venues. http://joeuehlein.com/

Beyond The Fame with Jason Fraley

WTOP Entertainment Reporter Jason Fraley chats with Jay Leno to mark the 30th anniversary of Leno taking over for Johnny Carson as host of "The Tonight Show" on May 25, 1992. They spoke in 2017 when Leno performed a live standup gig at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., discussing his favorite guests, his interview approach and his thoughts on David Letterman, Conan O'Brien and Jimmy Fallon.

Create and Grow Rich Podcast
Episode #88 - Why Artists Are a Key To Healing Healthcare with Justus Harris

Create and Grow Rich Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later May 23, 2022 34:58


Did you know that it is possible to transform your health data into artistic expression? Justus is here to tell you how having something tangible about your body's information helps in healing healthcare. In today's episode of The Create and Grow Podcast, we speak with Justus Harris.Justus Harris is the epitome of what it means to combine disciplines to make a greater impact in the world. They are an artist, educator, and health advocate.  After their Type 1 Diabetes diagnosis, Justus founded MedSculp, which from 2016-2020 used the expertise of doctors, entrepreneurs, and technologists to create data visualization experiences for patients to better understand their complex medical history.  Justus Harris has taken this initiative into patient-experience consulting work with clients in clinical trials such as Medidata, where he is a Patient Insights Board member.  In corporate consulting Justus is a facilitator specializing in the patient perspective in design-thinking, empathy, and using creativity in multi-disciplinary teams.   Their international art practice has taken them to the Kennedy Center as a Citizen Artists Fellow and Berlin as a European Commission Recipient. As an educator, Justus focuses on public speaking and facilitation, including features at TEDx and Stanford Medicine X.  Justus supports individuals 1x1 through coaching with professionals in career transition who are prioritizing their creative practices to transform their lives and the world. Topics Covered on this episode of The Create and Grow Podcast: 06:20 A Creative Skill called Transformation09:30 Dr. Daniel Siegel: Interpersonal Neuro-Biology11:25 Art Transforming Health14:30 Third Gem of Intercultural Creativity: Observation15:40 Draw to Increase Observational Skills17:12 Redefining Creativity18:48 Transforming Diabetes 1 Data into Artistic Expression22:30 Highlighting the sculpture with Dr. Katz' Keeping Your Brain Alive24:29 Build Your Creative Space to Innovate Any Workplace25:05Justus' Sculptures on Exhibits26:48 Art is Solving the Problem28:16 Tips from Justus for People to Dive in Their Artistic Creativity Subscribe:  Spotify | YouTube  Connect with Genein Letford: Visit CAFFE Strategies Visit GeneinLetford.com Follow Genein on Facebook  Connect with Justus Harris: Website:  JustusHarris.com  TEDx Talk: https://www.ted.com/talks/justus_harris_artists_are_key_to_healing_healthcare LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/justusharris/  #PowerOfJournaling #PerspectiveShifting #SeeingYourLifeFromAnOutsidePerspective #CAFFEStrategies #Intercultural #Diversity #InterculturalCreativity #Creativity #InterculturalCreativity #innovation #Mental Health #WhyArtistsAreaKeyToHealingHealthcare

Beyond The Fame with Jason Fraley

WTOP Entertainment Reporter Jason Fraley chats with five-time Grammy winner Lalah Hathaway, who leads an NSO Pops tribute to Joni Mitchell at the Kennedy Center on Wednesday and Thursday. We discussed her journey from growing up the daughter of soul legend Donny Hathaway to her acclaimed collaborations with Snarky Puppy, Robert Glasper, Snoop Dogg and Kendrick Lamar.

Academic Dean
Dr. Charlene Gilbert, University of Toledo

Academic Dean

Play Episode Listen Later May 23, 2022 29:55


Dean Gilbert has been a leader in higher education for more than 20 years.  She began her career as a faculty member and over the years has served in a variety of higher education leadership positions.  She became the Dean of the University of Toledo's College of Arts and Letters on July 10, 2017.  During her tenure, the College of Arts and Letters (CAL) has seen record highs in retention rates, graduation rates, and external research funding.   Faculty in the College have received numerous accolades for their research excellence including four Fulbright scholars, a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow and a winner of the Kennedy Center's National Playwright Award.  In addition, students in the college have significantly increased their participation in undergraduate research both on campus and at regional and national conferences.  This past fall CAL students represented over 20% of the student participants in the University's annual undergraduate research showcase.   In the spring CAL students were part of two teams of students who competed in the international Biodesign Challenge at the Museum of Modern Art in New York city.  During her first year as Dean, Gilbert led the College through a college-level strategic planning process that identified the following five key values as the foundation for achieving strategic success during the next five years:  Integrity, Excellence, Diversity, Engagement and Innovation. Dean Gilbert is deeply committed to building the College of Arts and Letters into one of the finest liberal arts colleges, housed in a public university, in the country.  In her first year as Dean, the College approved a new minor in Data Analytics.  In her second year, she led a university-wide initiative to develop new majors in data analytics and data science. Other curricular initiatives under her leadership have included:  a LatinX curriculum infusion project, a graduate certificate in Disability Studies, a re-activated Masters in Public Administration program, and an ongoing effort to develop an interdisciplinary doctoral program in the humanities.  Gilbert believes that creating a supportive and engaging academic environment is essential to academic excellence.  During her tenure as Dean, the College established a New Scholars Program designed to create an intellectual community for students who are highly engaged in terms of their academic achievements, commitment to service and/or leadership.  In addition to co-curricular activities, Gilbert has prioritized scholarship support for students in need.  Under her leadership the College has created the Strategic Scholarship Initiative designed to support students in academic good standing who need a small amount of financial assistance to stay on track to graduation.  From July 2014 to July 2017, Professor Gilbert served as the Dean and Director of the Ohio State University, Lima Campus.  During this time the campus saw record increases in retention rates, graduation rates, and fundraising.  Under Gilbert's leadership, the campus became known for its commitment to community engagement efforts focused on creative collaborations and service.  She also served as a Professor in the OSU Department of Women's , Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Prior to this position, she had been at the University of Toledo as a full professor and Chair, in the Department of Women's and Gender Studies and the founding director of the School of Interdisciplinary Studies. In addition to serving as the Dean of the University of Toledo's College of Arts and Letters, Gilbert is also a tenured full Professor in the Department of Theatre and Film.  For the past 20 years Gilbert has been an independent documentary filmmaker, teacher and scholar. She has been a national producer for public television and has produced two award-winning feature documentaries and several short non-fiction films. Her first feature documentary film, Homecoming Sometimes I am Haunted by Memories of Red Dirt and Clay, premiered nationally on PBS and won several national awards for Best Documentary.  Professor Gilbert also co-authored, with Quinn Eli, a companion book to the film, also entitled Homecoming, published by Beacon Press. Her documentary, Children Will Listen, which followed DC public school children engaged in a year-long theater arts project, premiered at the 2004 AFI Silverdocs Documentary Festival and had a national primetime PBS broadcast premiere.  Her films and videos have been screened in numerous international and national festivals including the Women in the Director's Chair Festival, the Chicago International Television Festival, FESPACO, the Athens International Film and Video Festival, and the Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema. Gilbert is the recipient of several awards and fellowships including the Rockefeller Media Arts Fellowship, Harvard University's Bunting Fellowship, the Kellogg National Leadership Fellowship award and the American Council on Education Fellowship. Dean Gilbert received her bachelor's degree from Yale University, her Master of Fine Arts degree from Temple University and Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska

Kickass Boomers
#85: It's Never too Late to Laugh, Have fun, and Learn New Techniques to Build Your Confidence & Change Your Life With Jane Marla Robbins!

Kickass Boomers

Play Episode Listen Later May 23, 2022 30:45


Jane Marla Robbins, a Finalist for a CAPS Grant in Poetry from the National Endowment of the Arts, is the author of the bestselling Poems of the Laughing Buddha; DOGS IN TOPANGA 2000-2018; and CAFÉ MIMOSA IN TOPANGA (winner, South California Book Publicists Poetry Award).  You can see and hear her read all three books on YouTube. Her poems have been published in many places, including The Cultural Weekly, Thrive Global, and The Scarlet Leaf Review. Commissioned by the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. to write and perform the one-woman play Reminiscences of Mozart by His Sister, she also performed it in Lincoln Center in New York.  Her one-woman play in verse, Miriam's Dance, about Moses' sister, was produced in New York and Los Angeles, as was her two-character play, A RADICAL FRIENDSHIP, about Martin Luther King, Jr., and Rabbi Abraham Heschel, (starring Ed Asner). Jane's best-selling self-help book, Acting Techniques for Everyday Life: Look and Feel Self-Confident in Difficult Real-Life Situations, and its accompanying deck of illustrated flashcards, won the Gold Axiom Business Book Award. Articles on her teaching, as well as her essays, have appeared in The Los Angeles Times. In New York, she starred in her three-character play, Jane Avril. After its Off-Broadway run, the play was translated into Danish and produced in Copenhagen. Also in the same city, she starred in her Obie-nominated one-woman play, Dear Nobody, which she co-authored with Terry Belanger, and which ran for a year in New York, was produced on CBS for Camera Three, and toured to London and all over the United States. Jane's play, Bats in the Belfry, was directed by Roscoe Lee Browne at the Spoleto Festival, and her one-act, Cornucopia, won the University of St. Thomas One-Act Play Competition Join me in this episode and learn why Jane is a Kickass Boomer! [00:01 - 06:48] Opening Segment Let's get to know Jane Marla Robbins The importance of having fun in life and how it can help you be more confident. Actors must have the self-confidence to be successful and it is not easy to be oneself at 50. [06:49 - 10:38] Gaining Self Confidence! Switching her careers from playing characters in movies, and television shows to “Being Jane Marla Robbins” Having someone that can help you trigger that self-confidence. Stage Fright: Being afraid is the same thing as being excited [10:39 - 17:06] Preparing Yourself Feel alive as possible Making sure you're emotionally accessible: “Being angry won't make you accessible” – Jane Marla Robbins Include spiritual preparation Relaxing your muscles, so you can breathe. “Just take three deep breaths; Pick up that Yoga book it's 2,000 years old of technique” – Jane Marla Robbins [17:07 - 20:40] The Importance of Laughing as We Don't Do This Enough. Laughter is Healthy Being strong in dealing with emotions, Living fully means being brave and taking risks. Standing for yourself. Jane discusses coaching people for job interviews Showing up as authentic as possible. [20:41 - 28:01] Do What You Love to Do It will make a difference when you are doing what you love to do. Allowing yourself to vent out. Overcoming obstacles and achieving success. Jane talks about her books Links below [28:02 – 30:44] Closing Segment Connect with Jane! Links below Tweetable Quotes: "When I see children be born, I remember what it feels like to be open to the mystery of life” – Jane Marla Robbins "When you're doing something, you love to do that will make a difference."- Jane Marla Robbins Email janemarlarobbins@gmail.comto connect with Sharon or follow her on LinkedIn or visit janemarlarobbins.com to learn more about her work.   Resources Mentioned Poems of Covid Perform Your Best Acting Techniques Acting Techniques for Everyday Life ----- BEE BOLD, NOT OLD. LEAVE A REVIEW and join me on my journey to become and stay a Kickass Boomer! Visit http://kickassboomers.com/ to listen to the previous episodes. Also check us out on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.  You can also connect with me by emailing terry@kickassboomers.com.

Dawn and Steve Mornings
Hour 2: Charles Billingsley

Dawn and Steve Mornings

Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2022 21:27


Musician, Charles Billingsley, is in the studio to talk about his new album The Shadow of Your Smile, a big-hearted, show-stopping collection drawing from the hits of Broadway, big band, smooth jazz, and the Great American Songbook. From the stages of Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center to numerous events and conferences around the country, Charles Billingsley has been one of Christian music's most distinctive artists for nearly 30 years. Beginning his career as a lead vocalist for GRAMMY®-nominated genre giant NewSong, Billingsley has since headlined more than 3,200 concerts, released 24 recordings as a solo artist, and garnered seven #1 Inspirational radio hits. Charles and his wife, Shae, have been married for 28 years and they have two sons, Caleb and Cooper.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

The Theatre Podcast with Alan Seales
Ep206 - Dave Harris: He is his own Exception to the Rule

The Theatre Podcast with Alan Seales

Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2022 48:24


With two of his plays, Tambo & Bones and Exception to the Rule, being produced simultaneously, Dave Harris shares his chaotic but exciting schedule as he goes back and forth to LA and New York to help and make sure everything is in order on their openings. He talks about his relationship with writing and how switching from a public school to a private one influenced his writing as well as his love for theatre. He reflects on what makes theatre frustrating at times, why he chooses to write from an individual perspective, and how he uses playwriting to address his personal fears. Dave also shares why he's happiest when he's doing multiple projects, and why his friends' imaginations motivate him the most. Dave Harris is a poet, performer, and playwright whose recent works include Tambo & Bones produced at Playwrights Horizons and Center Theatre Group, and Exception to the Rule which will premiere this year at Roundabout Underground. He has won numerous awards, including the 2019 Ollie Award, The Lorraine Hansberry Award, Mark Twain Award from The Kennedy Center, the 2018 Venturous Fellowship from The Lark, and a Cave Canem poetry fellowship. Other works include Summertime, his adapted film that premiered at Sundance in 2020. His first full-length poetry collection, Patricide was also recently published from Button Poetry. His work has also been seen at Actors Theatre of Louisville Humana Festival, Roundabout Underground, Manhattan Theater Club, Center Theatre Group, The Goodman, Victory Gardens, The Kennedy Center, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and many more. In this episode, we talk about: His fear of birds and how he got it Getting into the Tow Foundation Playwright Residency Program Joining the Callaloo poetry workshop Reading Stephen King at a young age Playing Elden Ring for a week straight Connect with David: Instagram: @staydancingdave Twitter: @StayDancingDave Web: staydancingdave.com Connect with The Theatre Podcast: Support us on Patreon: Patreon.com/TheTheatrePodcast Twitter & Instagram: @theatre_podcast TikTok: @thetheatrepodcast Facebook.com/OfficialTheatrePodcast TheTheatrePodcast.com Alan's personal Instagram: @alanseales Email me at feedback@thetheatrepodcast.com. I want to know what you think. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

MFM SPEAKS OUT
EP 37: Neel Murghai on Brooklyn Raga Massive and the New Raga Renaissance

MFM SPEAKS OUT

Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2022 61:45


"We're Creating New Musical Art Forms Indigenous to Brooklyn."Our guest for this episode is Neel Murghai. Neel is a sitarist, overtone singer, percussionist, composer, teacher, and Co-Artistic Director of the Brooklyn Raga Massive, a raga inspired musician's collective.  He is a graduate of Goddard College's MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts program, and studied sitar with Pundit Ravindra Goswami in Banaras. Neel's music ranges from Indian classical to original compositions and contemporary cross-cultural collaborations. Neel has worked with a diverse array of artists and ensembles, including Adam Rudolph, Wyclef Jean, Cyndi Lauper, Karsh Kale, Samir Chatterjee, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Laraaji, Baba Israel, Andre DeShields, Raz Mesinai, Mission on Mars, Akim Funk Buddha, Loren Conners, Sameer Gupta, Marc Cary, Jay Gandhi, Arun Ramamurthy, Haunted House, and Cosmo Vinyl. He has performed at Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, the Blue Note, at festivals around the U.S, and appeared on the David Letterman Show, and on a music video for Will Smith's Bel Aire. Topics discussed:Neel's beginnings and interest in music and his beginnings with sitar and other musical pursuits, how the Brooklyn Raga Massive (BRM) began, his sources of inspiration, his experiences as c-Artistic Director for the BRM Orchestra and musicians' blending genres, performances with jazz and rock musicians, and musicians from all over the world, performances and recordings of Terry Riley's "In C." collaborations with Adam Rudolph and the Go Organic Orchestra, the BRM's strong online presence with performances and education during the pandemic, their promotion, PR, marketing, and funding strategies, and the friendship and alliance between the BRM and MFM.Music on this episode:"Bagheshri Unbound"  (live recorded improvisation by Neel Murghai using sitar, vocals and loops)"For Elijah” (Brooklyn Raga Massive Orchestra)“In D” (Brooklyn Raga Massive Orchestra)

MTR Podcasts
Darin Atwater

MTR Podcasts

Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2022 29:29


About the guestAn artistic force in the broadest and most creative sense of the word, Darin Atwater's career has encompassed the roles of composer, conductor, pianist, record producer, artist, arranger, film composer, vocalist, entrepreneur, educator, and arts advocate. As a master inventor of musical hybrids, he has blended American pop, soul, Hip Hop, jazz, classical, and gospel music into many dazzling fusions, traversing virtually every medium, including records, live performance, radio, and television--literally reinventing the symphony orchestra in America.Born in Washington, D.C., Atwater made his orchestral debut as both composer and pianist in May 1995 with the National Symphony Orchestra performing his own Piano Concerto. The following year the National Symphony and the National Cathedral Choral Arts Society premiered his Proclamations. In 1997 he accompanied Kathleen Battle and the NSO for the re-opening of the Kennedy Center Concert Hall along with a performance that summer with Jennifer Holiday and the NSO for the PBS national broadcast of A Capitol Fourth. engagements with major orchestras, In Performance at The White House, European tour, and world premieres of his numerous compositions followed. As a guest conductor he has appeared with the Baltimore Symphony, the Dallas Symphony, M phis Brass, and the Columbus Symphony. Atwater appears regularly with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis as both guest conductor and composer. From 20042007 Atwater served as Composer-in-Residence with the Baltimore Symphony. This collaboration produced many evening length works that have become staples in the repertoire. Among th are Song in a Strange Land, Evolution of a People, Paint Factory, Southern Folk Sketches, God's Trombones, and a ballet, Ghetto Safari. As solo artist, Atwater presented annually for the Steinway Series presented by the Smithsonian Museum of American Art. He was vocalist, pianist, and arranger with the U.S. Air Force Band for America's Veterans; A Musical Salute on PBS. Most recently, Atwater performed a solo piano recital for the grand opening of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, the first artist to perform in the Oprah Winfrey Theatre.In 2000, Atwater founded Soulful Symphony, an 85 member orchestra with vocals made up of mostly African American and Latino musicians. After 10 wildly successful seasons of sell-outemperformances in a joint venture with the Baltimore Symphony, Soulful Symphony entered into a historic partnership with Broadway Across America. Soulful Symphony delivered another three seasons of sold outemperformances at the Hippodrome Theatre before a triumphant return to the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall to celebrate 15 yearstaking an entire culture and setting it to music. The 2009 my Award(r)winning Soulful Symphony with Darin Atwater is one of the longest running pledge specials, airing currently nationwide on PBS/APT.Atwater r ains a strong advocate for Arts, Culture, and Music Education. He served on the board of Maryland Citizens for the Arts, testifying before the House and Senate for state and national funding. Through his work with Soulful Symphony, Atwater has lectured and spoken to countless schools along with hosting open rehearsals that has accompanied every concert since the inception of the organization.The critics' praise has been unanimous: The New York Times described him as composer with a muscular imagination. The Baltimore Sun wrote, Atwater has an uncommon ear for instrumental coloring and the urban beat. The Philadelphia Inquirer writes, Atwater has created a musical antidote for the malaise gripping classical music and is a unifying vessel for a dozen or so genres of music in the commercial and art realms The Washington Post adds, From the first few chords, his music sets itself apart, otional and riveting. Among his many honors and recognitions, NBC named him in The Grio 100: History Makers in the Making. Ebony magazine dubbed him one of the 30 Leaders of the Future, and the Baltimore Business Journal placed him on their exclusive 40 under 40 list. Atwater received The Prestige Award by the State of Maryland foremindividuals who bring prominence to the region along with Legends and Pioneers Award by The Afro American Newspaper and The Vision Award from Maryland Public Television. He was profiled on an ABC special for Entertainment Studios We are the Dream following President Obama, Oprah Winfrey, and the late Ted Kennedy.Along withemexpanding the cultural footprint of Soulful Symphony, He is scoring two feature films along with recording his debut album with a label releaseemscheduled for the summer of 2017. 2016-2017 seasonThe Truth In This ArtThe Truth In This Art is a podcast interview series supporting vibrancy and development of Baltimore & beyond's arts and culture.Mentioned in this episodeDarin Atwater - Kennedy CenterTo find more amazing stories from the artist and entrepreneurial scenes in & around Baltimore, check out my episode directory.Stay in TouchNewsletter sign-upSupport my podcastShareable link to episode★ Support this podcast ★

The Tuddle Daily Podcast
Episode 646: Tuddle Daily Podcast 628 “Grammy Winner”

The Tuddle Daily Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2022 78:40


Tuddle Daily Podcast 05122022My interview with Grammy winning classical pianist Angelin Chang“America's 1st woman GRAMMY-Award Winning Classical Pianist”MusicMusic InterviewsMusic TuitionEducationSelf-ImprovementAbout MeCritically acclaimed for her musical poetry and technical brilliance, Angelin Chang is America's first woman classical pianist to win the GRAMMY® Award (Best Instrumental Soloist with orchestra). Recognized in the Women of Hopkins honoring female trailblazers from Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Angelin Chang is Professor of Music and Law at Cleveland State University. As a leader in the music industry, she has been selected into Nashville's prestigious Leadership Music. Through specialized performance-related injury prevention and alleviation techniques, Dr. Chang helps pianists develop virtuosity while liberating them from fatigue, pain and injury, and has published on the subject for the European Piano Teachers Association International Conference. She brings immediate and lasting results for high-level performing musicians to enjoy technical freedom with artistic expression.Angelin Chang has performed worldwide on major concert stages to stadiums from New York to Nepal before royalty and the UN Secretary-General for UN75, World AIDS Day, and the United Nations Women's Organization. She performs worldwide at venues such as Carnegie Hall (New York), Kimmel Center (Philadelphia), Severance Hall (Cleveland), Radio France, Worldwide Afro Network, South African Broadcasting Corporation, and with members of The Cleveland Orchestra and The Philadelphia Orchestra. As the first Artist-in-Residence at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., she developed and launched the Arts for Everyone initiative. Dr. Angelin Chang presents piano seminars and masterclasses at such institutions as the Cleveland Institute of Music, Manhattan School of Music, University of North Texas, Temple University and Curtis Institute of Music (Philadelphia). She provides online programs to professionals in piano mastery for music-playing career longevity. www.angelinchang.com

Dear Asian Americans
146 // Julia Riew // Musical Theater Composer-Lyricist and Playwright // Create Your Own Role

Dear Asian Americans

Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2022 63:12


Julia Riew, a musical theater composer-lyricist, playwright, and soon-to-be Harvard grad, joins Jerry on Dear Asian Americans to share her journey growing up in St. Louis as one of very few Asian kids, how she found her passion for musicals and plays, and how she wants to use her talents and voice to tell stories we all wish we had. Connect with her @JuliaRiew on all platforms and support her work at JuliaRiew.comMeet JuliaJulia Riew is a Korean-American musical theater composer-lyricist and playwright from St. Louis and New York City. She is primarily known for her work on Shimcheong: A Folktale, an original musical that has received international support online and in the news for asking the question, “What would a Korean Disney Princess look like?”Julia grew up singing Broadway soundtracks in the family car and playing the violin from age 4. She has been composing since she was 8, songwriting since she was 12, and writing musicals since she was 14 years old. Despite her love for musical theater, Julia spent her first two years at Harvard as a pre-med student before finding her footing as a joint-concentrator in Theater and Music.In college, observing a lack of Asian students in theater, Julia co-founded the Harvard College Asian Student Arts Project (ASAP), a club created to provide the resources and community for Asian student artists, and co-wrote their first production, a musical called The East Side. She also advised and performed as “Paulette” in ASAP's all-Asian production of Legally Blonde: The Musical, which received national recognition in fall 2021.Julia was the inaugural recipient of the Musicians United for Social Equity (MUSE) Linda Twine Scholarship (2021) as well as a member of the first MUSE One-on-One Mentorship Program (2021-22) in which she was paired with composer Jeanine Tesori. She was also a member of the inaugural Maestra Music Mentorship Program (2020-21) in which she was paired with Deborah Wicks La Puma. Her original work has been featured at the American Repertory Theater, Harvard University's Farkas Hall and Agassiz Theater, AMAS Musical Theater, The UNC-Greensboro School of Theater, Nora Theater Company at Central Square Theater, The Harvard Art Lab, University of Missouri, The Community Music School of Webster University, and John Burroughs High School.Julia's recent works include Alice's Wonderland, an original musical in collaboration with J Quinton Johnson (Hamilton on Broadway, In the Heights at the Kennedy Center). Her other works include the TYA show Jack and the Beanstalk: A Musical Adventure was commissioned for the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.)'s 2020 Family Musical, and Thumbelina: A Little Musical (The A.R.T. 2019 Family Musical).(Source: JuliaRiew.com)Connect with JuliaTikTok: @juliariewInstagram: @juliariewWeb: JuliaRiew.com// Support Dear Asian Americans:Merch: https://www.bonfire.com/store/dearasianamericans/Buy Me a Coffee: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/jerrywonLearn more about DAA Creator and Host Jerry Won:LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jerrywon/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jerryjwon/// Listen to Dear Asian Americans on all major platforms:Transistor.fm: http://www.dearasianamericans.comApple: https://apple.dearasianamericans.comSpotify: https://spotify.dearasianamericans.comStitcher: https://stitcher.dearasianamericans.comGoogle: https://google.dearasianamericans.com  Follow us on Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/dearasianamericans Like us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/dearasianamericans Subscribe to our YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/dearasianamericans // Join the Asian Podcast Network:Web: https://asianpodcastnetwork.com/Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/asianpodcastnetwork/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/asianpodcastnetwork/Dear Asian Americans is produced by Just Like Media:Web: http://www.justlikemedia.comInstagram.com: http://www.instagram.com/justlikemedia

Game Changers With Vicki Abelson
Jay Kogen On Game Changers With Vicki Abelson

Game Changers With Vicki Abelson

Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2022 81:25


Jay Kogen on Game Changers With Vicki Abelson So fun to spend time with the funny. Four-time Emmy award-winning writer/producer, Jay Kogen ~ The Simpsons, Frasier, Everybody Loves Raymond, Malcolm in The Middle, Tracy Ullman, to name but some. 2nd generation in the Kogen entertainment empire, son of Arnie, The Bob Newhart Show, The Carol Burnett Show, The Dean Martin Show, and father to Charlie, who while still in High School performed an original song at The Kennedy Center, we talked the father/son dynamic from both sides now. Not sure Jay could be a prouder papa or a more beloved son. Arnie, one of the most successful comedy writers of his generation, paved the way for the legacy Jay carries forward. Beginning as a tyke, Jay was on set, garnering small roles in his father's shows, with stars in his eyes and ambition to act. He did for a while, adding stand-up and then Improv which he continues to this day. You can catch him this weekend if you're in LA. Jay's passion for performing has not diminished an iota, even if it's not his bread and butter. We talked the pandemic slowdown and its effect on the business and the work––hard to fathom with all the projects Jay's currently cooking and shopping. From his first earned $5, to selling jokes to Harvey Korman at age 10, his father kind of eviscerating his first attempt at script writing (deserved, says Jay), to PA'ing on The Garry Shandling Show, getting encouragement from Garry and Alan Ziewbel, enough to try his scriptwriting hand again with his partner Wally, which landed them a gig at The Tracy Ullman Show, which begat The Simpsons, simultaneous offers from Seinfeld and Frasier, choosing neither at first and why, loving Malcolm in The Middle, not so much the iCarly reboot, great stories of family and the business of show. Aside from enormous talent, there's great love, humanity, and service. The Kogen upbringing and home life sound pretty idyllic. Jay exudes joy and gratitude, giving back by teaching and personally mentoring young writers. Entertained and inspired, I'm left wanting to create more, laugh more, give more. I sure miss life as it was… this time with Jay reminded me how fun it can still be. Even if it is on Zoom. Jay Kogen on Game Changers With Vicki Abelson Wednesday, 5/11/22, 5 pm PT, 8 pm ET Streamed Live on my Facebook Replay here: https://bit.ly/3PidULC All BROADcasts, as podcasts, also available on iTunes apple.co/2dj8ld3 Stitcher bit.ly/2h3R1fla tunein bit.ly/2gGeItj Also on iHeartRadio, SoundCloud, Voox, OwlTail, Backtracks, PlayerFM, Himalaya, Podchaser, and Listen Notes Thanks to Rick Smolke of Quik Impressions, the best printers, printing, the best people people-ing. quikimpressions.com Nicole Venables of Ruby Begonia Hair Studio Beauty and Products for the best tressed. http://www.rubybegoniahairstudio.com/ Blue Microphones and Kevin Walt

I Am Refocused Podcast Show
Oscar-nominated and multiple Emmy winner Alfre Woodard, star of new series The Porter on BET plus

I Am Refocused Podcast Show

Play Episode Listen Later May 9, 2022 7:45


ABOUT ALFRE WOODARD AND THE PORTERBET+ has a new series on its way called The Porter and it's a civil rights drama that'll keep you coming back for more.The weekly series is set to premiere on May 5th and has an ensemble cast including Alfre Woodard, who also serves as an executive producer for the series.Woodard plays Fay, a woman who runs the local brothel in St. Antoine who is sexy, direct, and takes great pride in living life on her own terms.Set in the early 1920s and inspired by real events, the drama follows two train porters and their friends and families as a tragedy on the job sets them on starkly different paths to better lives - and on a direct collision course with each other.Other cast members include Aml Ameen, Ronnie Rowe Jr., Mouna Traoré, Loren Lott, Olunike Adeliyi, Luke Bilyk, Sabryn, Paul Essiembre, Arnold Pinnock, Bruce Ramsay, and Luc Roderique.The show will premiere on BET+ on Thursday, May 5th with all episodes readily available for streaming. Here's the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjgaLE16BOoAlfre Woodard's work as an actor has earned her an Oscar nomination, four Emmy Awards and seventeen Emmy nominations, three SAG Awards and a Golden Globe. The versatile Boston University School of Fine Arts graduate has portrayed doctors, judges, mothers high and low, queens, freedom fighters, suburban neighbors, POTUS and a comic book supervillain.Woodard's illustrious body of work includes an Oscar nominated performance in Martin Ritt's Cross Creek; HBO's Mandela, for which she earned an ACE award for her portrayal of Winnie Mandela; Lawrence Kasdan's Grand Canyon; John Sayles' Passion Fish; Joseph Sargent's Miss Evers' Boys, for which she won an Emmy, SAG and Golden Globe Awards; Spike Lee's Crooklyn; Gina Prince-Bythewood's Love and Basketball; Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys; Maya Angelou's Down in The Delta, and, most importantly, her intergalactic turn with Captain Picard in Star Trek: First Contact.We've enjoyed Alfre's astonishing range on screen over four decades, about which she advises "Google me!"She played Betty Applewhite on the ABC drama Desperate Housewives and Ruby Jean Reynolds, mother to Lafayette Reynolds, on HBO's True Blood. Woodard co-starred in Lifetime's hit remake of Steel Magnolias, for which she was nominated for Screen Actors Guild and Emmy Awards, and won a NAACP Image Award for her performance as Ouiser.Most recently, she appeared in the acclaimed drama 12 Years A Slave, directed by Steve McQueen, and Marvel's Captain America: Civil War, plus New Line's Annabelle, and the Netflix Original feature Juanita, as the title character. Somehow she also found time to star in Marvel'S Luke Cage as the diabolical Mariah Dillard, and she also appeared in the Apple series SEE, opposite Jason Momoa. Woodard also gave voice to Sarabi in Jon Favreau's Live Action The Lion King. Recently, her riveting portrayal of a death row prison warden in Chinonye Chukwu's Clemency, was awarded the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.Whilst building this illustrious career, Alfre co-founded Artists for a New South Africa, a nonprofit working to reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS and further the cause of democracy and human rights in South Africa and the U.S. For this and her anti apartheid activism she was honored with the Order of Companions of Oliver Tambo, that country's highest civilian medal. Alfre directed and produced, Nelson Mandela's Favorite African Folktales, which won the 2010 Audiobook of the Year, and garnered a 2010 Grammy Award nomination for "Best Children's Spoken Word Album." The audiobook hosts a collaboration of talent both broad and diverse, featuring: Matt Damon, Don Cheadle, Helen Mirren, Alan Rickman, and Samuel L. Jackson.In 2009, President Barack Obama appointed her to his President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities. As part of her work on the Committee, Woodard adopted several high poverty and under-performing public schools around the country.She is an active advocate for the arts in education, largely through her work on the Committee's "Turnaround Arts" initiative, which was launched in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Education and the White House Domestic Policy Council to narrow the achievement gap and increase student engagement through the arts. Now based in the Kennedy Center, Turnaround Arts is spurring the creativity, expanding the scholarship, nurturing the citizenship, and introducing possibility in the lives of 50,000 kids, while turning around 80 formerly 'at risk' schools nationwide.She says acting is her profession, but feels everyone's real job "is to learn how to love each other - in our households, in our communities," she has said. "We do that by working for justice."Woodard is unfazed by the glitz of celebrity, but is grateful for its opportunity to "get her to the mic".  She remains fueled by the values she learned growing up in Tulsa.In November 2014, she was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, and took the opportunity to credit her parents in her acceptance remarks. Her parents, always mindful of the hardship of others, "planted the seed of humanity" in her as a child. "They allowed me artistic as well as personal freedom. They didn't say 'go out and conquer' or 'go out and accumulate,' they just said 'Go. Do it. Be it. Be yourself. Fill yourself all the way up, Alfre, and never, ever forget your neighbor.'" 

Modern Minorities
Maz Jobrani's (immigrant) curiosity

Modern Minorities

Play Episode Listen Later May 9, 2022 61:27


“I love doing accents - Indian, Iranian, Arab. But now stand-up allows you to go do the movie of the week and then go on stage and make fun of it.” Maz Jobrani is a comedian, actor and entertainer - who happens to be Persian, but most definitely identifies as an immigrant. His Netflix special “Immigrant” at the Kennedy Center had him doing some Arab dancing to Public Enemy, he's given two TED talks, and has been on shows and movies you've seen like Superior Donuts (CBS), Grey's Anatomy, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Shameless, Stephen Colbert, James Corden, and even NPR's Wait Wait Don't Tell Me. Maz has got more than a few comedy specials on Showtime and Netflix. He's performed at the White House and opened for Michelle Obama. His latest standup special is Pandemic Warrior on NBC's Peacock TV streaming service, and his weekly podcast “Back to School” has him outsourcing his kids' questions to experts on God, politics, fashion, and more. You'll enjoy hearing us nerd out with one of the nicest, most curious stand up comics around. This episode is sponsored by the Department of Health & Human Services, who's encouraging you and your community to make sure you've got the COVID-19 Vaccine & Booster. We can do this, together. Find vaccines and boosters near you @ VACCINES.gov LEARN ABOUT MAZ mazjobrani.com twitter.com/MazJobrani // instagram.com/mazjobrani PODCAST: “Back to School” - https://apple.co/3w9Sh7A NETFLIX: netflix.com/title/80179433 MENTIONS 1979 Iranian Revolution: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iranian_Revolution PERSON: Peter Sellers - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Sellers TV: True Story “Yasmin” peacocktv.com/watch-online/tv/true-story-with-ed-and-randall/4884081076824702112/seasons/1/episodes/yasmin-episode-2/436b3c09-6c41-3ec3-8a6c-5457d12c823a TV: Superior Donuts - https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5462364 FILM: The Interpreter - https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0373926 FILM: The Godfather - https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0068646