Archive for September, 2012

September 28, 2012

Arts in the Valley, Saturday, September 29th, 6 am, 1480 KYOS AM

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Listen to Gail Benedict, producing manager of Arts UC Merced Presents, on Arts in the Valley at 6 am this Saturday on 1480 KYOS AM.

To Listen to Gail Benedict’s interview, click onto the link:  lulu dance-2

Innovative dance company performs at Merced Theatre 

By KRISTA BJORN – Sun-Star Correspondent  –

Wednesday, Sep. 26, 2012

MERCED — This weekend Arts UC Merced Presents will host the Lula Washington Dance Theatre at the Art Kamangar Center at the Merced Theatre.

“The Lula Washington Dance Theatre is a Los Angeles-based dance company that performs innovative and provocative choreography,” said Gail Benedict, producing manager of Arts UC Merced Presents.

“Lula Washington’s powerful, high-energy choreography is derived from many dance styles: ballet, jazz, performance art and street dancing.

“Many of her works reflect the African-American culture and history. Her athletic dancers are highly trained professionals, many from the inner city of Los Angeles,” Benedict said.

Ticket prices reduced

Normally tickets to such an event run as high as $100, but this special performance will be presented to Merced audiences at a cost of $10 to $15 per ticket.

“The only reason Arts UC Merced Presents is able to bring such a high-quality program to the community is because the Lula Washington Dance Theatre received a grant from the James Irvine Foundation to tour the Central Valley’s smaller communities, who might not have access to these kinds of performances,” Benedict explained.

“The grant has allowed us to keep the prices low so that as many people as possible have an opportunity to attend the performance,” she said.

The Lula Washington Dance Theatre’s activities include community outreach.

“We’ve arranged for them to do a presentation at Golden Valley High School for the high school theater students on the Friday before their performance,” Benedict said. “Following that, they will arrive on campus to do a presentation to our biggest lecture class called ‘Core Friday’ in the Lakireddy Auditorium.”

Kim McMillon has worked with Benedict and other women in promoting the Lula Washington Dance Theatre throughout the Merced community.

“What is powerful and exciting about this event is that not only will the audience watch some of the most innovative choreography on the planet,” McMillon said, “but they will also have the opportunity to hear icon Lula Washington speak about her company, her work in underserved communities, and the magic of dance.

Youth perspective

“Lula Washington uses dance to explore social issues and culture,” she said. “Her dancers are athletic, so that when they dance, they excite, bringing an energy and power to dance.”

McMillon is excited to see the responses of area high school students.

“I’m looking forward to seeing Merced youth watching this incredible dance company,” she said, “knowing that just as I remember seeing The Alvin Ailey Dance company, or Pilobolus Dance Theatre for the first time, they will also have wonderful memories of the power of dance.”

Lula Washington Dance Theatre

The Lula Washington Dance Theatre will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Art Kamangar Center at the Merced Theatre.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for general admission, and $10 for students and children under 12. They are available at the Merced Theatre box office.

Call (209) 381-0500 or go to Box office hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call Gail Benedict at (209) 228-4566.

September 2, 2012

Arts in the Valley, Saturday, Sept. 1 (8 pm), and Sunday, Sept. 2 (2 pm), 1480 KYOS AM, Merced, CA

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Arts in the Valley host Kim McMillon interviews Crystal Langley, the Theatre Production Manager for Buhach Colony and Golden Valley High Schools, and Noelle Hanrahan, the director of Prison Radio.

To listen to Crystal Langley’s interview, click onto the link:  crystal langley-1

Crystal Langley has nearly 20 years experience as a Theatre Production Manager, currently she works for the Merced Union High School District as the Theatre Production Manager for Buhach Colony H.S & Golden Valley H.S.  and soon to be a 3rd theatre at the new El Capitan H.S.  She is a playwright, director, and actor, not necessarily in that order.  She has performed on stages around the Valley and her plays have been produced in L.A. and NY.

To listen to Noelle Hanrahan, the Director of Prison Radio, click onto the link:prison radio

What Prison Radio is:  We are an independent multi media production studio.  We produce content and we seek to distribute these essays and productions throughout the world.  We have been very successful over twenty years producing content for radio, television, and films.   We are a 501c3 non profit organization a project of the Redwood Justice Fund.  In case you are curious, what we are not is a radio station.  We work with radio stations and place our content on this and other broadcast venues.


Mission Statement

Prison Radio’s mission is to challenge unjust police and prosecutorial practices which result in mass incarceration, racism, and gender discrimination.  We do this by bringing the voices of men, women, and kids into the public debate and dialogue on crime and punishment.

Our radio broadcasts help spur the public to examine core issues that create crime and heighten disenfranchisement. Our educational materials serve as a catalyst for public activism, strengthening movements for social change. Prison Radio’s productions illustrate the perspectives and the intrinsic human worth of the more than 7.1 million people under correctional control in the U.S, and those not served by the justice system.

General Information

Prison Radio

P.O. Box 411074

San Francisco, CA 94141

Phone: 1 (415) 648-4505



September 2, 2012

Premiere of The Gathering Space with Renata Santorelli, Saturday, September 1, 2012, 1480 KYOS AM

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Psychic Medium Renata Santorelli premieres her new show The Gathering Space on 1480 KYOS on Saturday, September 1, 2012 at 9 pm. The Gathering Space will be broadcast every other Saturday.  The goal of this show is to bring hope and healing to those that have survived trauma bought on by the death of a love one through suicide, or where there are unresolved issues related to the death of a love one.  There will be a contest in which two winners will receive a free on-air reading.  You would need to just send your name, and phone number, and be willing to do an air reading.  More information about the contest will be forthcoming.

To listen to Psychic Medium Renata Santorelli, click onto the link:the gathering space 9-1-12

Renata is a psychic medium, a motivational speaker, a spiritual counselor and a radio show host. Her desire is to continue to inspire others with messages of hope and inspiration through her private consultation sessions, her personal writings… and workshops and lectures, all of which tell of her varied and often difficult life experiences. 

Unfortunately like so many others, Renata has experienced various levels of abuse while growing up. She was taken away from her family when she was twelve due to the abuse; she was made a ward of the state of California and lived in a state run girls’ home in Los Angeles, from the ages of twelve to eighteen. her spiritual journey has steadfastly led her to a place of healing and peace as a result of sharing her life’s story with thousands of others. Many other people have also endured what seemed to be impossible life experiences and circumstances.

Renata has been communicating with those in the afterlife since the age of three…

The spiritual world was not something her family understood… This was a confusing time for her, because while what she was hearing and seeing was very real, she learned that her ability was not something she could share with most of her family without severe repercussions at times. She began internalizing what she saw, heard or felt – for fear of ridicule. She was exposed to various religious beliefs, both from her family and from the religious girl’s home where she lived during her teen years. With these beliefs imposed upon her, she was again left with the impression that what she saw, heard and felt from her contact with those on the other side was not a gift, but ‘a curse’. It was not until her third near death experience in 1997 that she began to realize that maybe what she thought was her biggest curse in life might be a gift. But she was still keeping her abilities a secret at that time. In 1998, once again her life would forever be changed. It was during her physical healing process from an automobile accident that her beloved brother took his own life. After his passing, she fell into a deep depression. Then, one-night months after his passing, she had a visit from him. During this visit, he told her that it was now time for her to begin using her abilities and gifts to help others. His visit transformed her life forever.

Thus began her search for the true meaning of the Higher Power that was called ‘God’.

Renata Santorelli worked with the Windbridge Institute for Applied Research in Human Potential.  The Institute is concerned with asking, “What can we do with the potential that exists within our bodies, minds, and spirits?” Can we heal each other? Ourselves? Can we affect events and physical reality with our thoughts? Can we know things before they happen? Are we connected to each other? To the planet? Can we communicate with our loved ones who have passed?

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