Tune into Arts in the Valley, 1480 KYOS AM, on Saturday, June 23rd at 8 pm, and Sunday, June 24th at 2 pm. Host Kim McMillon will interview Dr. Jan Yager, the Friendship Expert, and author of “When Friendship Hurts.” Kim McMillon will also interview actress, writer, and performance artist Jovelyn Richards.
To listen to Dr. Jan Yager, click onto the link:jan yager-1
Jan Yager, Ph.D. has spent the last 20 years extensively studying relationships including friendship which was the subject of her sociology dissertation (City University of New York, 1983) where she had a pre-doctoral fellowship in medical sociology from the National Science Foundation.
In addition to When Friendship Hurts (Simon and Schuster, 2002), Dr. Yager is the author of the highly-acclaimed Friendshifts®: The Power of Friendship and How It Shapes Our Lives, which has been translated into five foreign editions, as well as numerous other groundbreaking books including Single in America and Victims (published under her maiden name of J.L. Barkas).
Dr. Yager is regularly quoted in the media (the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Self, Dallas Morning News, USA Today, etc.) as well as interviewed on TV/cable and radio programs including The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Today Show, Good Morning, America, The View, CBS News’ Sunday Morning Show, National Public Radio, BBC radio, and others.
To listen to artist Jovelyn Richards, click onto the link:actress
Writer and solo performance artist Jovelyn Richards, MFA, is a stand-up comedian, professional storyteller, and guest lecturer. She was a co-producer for KPFA 94.1 Women’s Magazine where she hosted a weekly commentary on mainstream media, called Welcome to Jovelyn’s World. Jovelyn currently hosts KPFA’s Cover to Cover Open Book every third Friday at 3 pm. You can listen to Jovelyn’s archived shows at kpfa.org.
She is co-author of the novel The Onion that won the Digest Merit Award; author of Raising Autumn Colored Babies; Beyond Vanity; and various other published works. Her written and stage performances include, The Diaries of Aunt Jemima; Harlem Nights; Flowers Cut in a vase and Dying; and Pussy Will Sell a Lot Longer than Cotton Any Day. She received the Playwright Center of Minnesota’s, Many Voices Award in 1993 and 1997, and the Intermediate Arts’ Artist of Color Award in 1995 and 1998, awarded funding from the Zellerbach foundation for her recent work ‘ Come Home’ which premiered at The Marsh and ran for 5 weeks this year. You can catch Jovelyn Richard’s Performance of Mrs. Pat’s House, August 10th through 12th at La Pena Cultural Center in Berkeley, CA. http://www.lapena.org.
“Jovelyn Richards is the kind of mesmerizing storyteller that can draw an audience’s senses into the palm of her hand moments after she steps onstage.” –Megan Ma, San Francisco Bay Guardian
On Saturday and Sunday, June 9th and 10th, Arts in the Valley host Kim McMillon interviews the new Merced Arts Council executive director Laura Phillips, and former executive director Staci Santa. Ms. McMillon will also interview author Bardi Rosman Koodrin, and festival director Lennie Dean, and director Linda L. Reid.
To listen to Laura Phillips and Staci Santa, click onto the link:stacy santa
The Merced County Arts Council Inc. has hired a new executive director Laura Phillips. Staci Santa is departing the position to live in Tucson, Ariz. this June. Santa spent five years as director. She started working for the council through a grant-funded program director position in 2006. Santa has worked closely with the community to sustain the Merced Multicultural Arts Center, which is managed by the council, and to develop programs for the community.
Santa organized a curatorial committee of local artists and experts who jury the art exhibits at the Arts Center throughout the year. She led the organization through the financial crisis, wrote many successful grant proposals and worked with local artists, performing arts groups, schools and governmental agencies to help the Merced arts scene thrive. For more information on the Merced County Arts Council, please visit http://www.artsMerced.org.
To listen to Bardi Rosman Koodrin, click onto link:san mateo fair
The Literary Director of the Fine Arts Galleria since 2009, Bardi Rosman Koodrin, MA originated the concept of “Events within the Event” for writers to give free workshops and readings to fairgoers. There is also an annual Author Book Day with over 20 local authors promoting their work. In conjunction with the fair, Notre Dame De Namur University www.ndnu.edu offers a contest with a $20,000 Creative Writing Scholarship for a deserving high school student.
An exciting new addition is the Sand Hill Review Press publication of Carry the Light, a 300 page anthology of stories, poems, and essays in which each entrant has at least one piece published. sandhillreviewpress.com This published collection of contest submissions appears to be the first of its kind for a county fair, and will be available on Amazon.com.
Carry the Light, San Mateo County Fair’s literary anthology 2012 book, continues the progressive outreach of the Fair with the publishing of all accepted literary entries by the Sand Hill Review Press (www.sandhillreviewpress.com) via Amazon.com.
Carry the Light, a 300-page anthology, includes short stories, poetry and personal essays that tell compelling stories. All were collected during the pre-fair entry period using the Fair’s high criteria for excellence. It is widely believed that this is the first anthology of its kind to be accepted for sale at Amazon.
Capitalizing on the thirst for the written word in the Peninsula and Bay Area, the San Mateo County Fair is offering a wide variety of free “events within the event” writing workshops, panels, short plays, presentations, author interviews, readings, book-signings, and even songs of the sea on their literary stage.
To commemorate the book, the Fair is hosting an autograph party on Sunday, June 10, at 4:30 pm in the Fine Arts Galleria in Expo Hall where published authors will be on hand to sign books and discuss their works.
About The San Mateo County Fair
The San Mateo County Fair “Where Tradition Meets Innovation” boasts a stunning variety of world class musical entertainment, live performances, fun festival food, local and traditional contests, and a “Ferris Wheeling” carnival. The fair lasts nine days and will be attended by over 150,000 guests.
“We are excited to offer these headline acts and know that the line-up puts us at the top of the entertainment spectrum for the entire region,” says Chris Carpenter, San Mateo Event Center General Manager. “There is music for just about everyone at the Fair –Top 40, Rock and Roll, Rhythm and Blues and much more.”
Redwood Writers & 6thStreet Playhouse Play Festival
To listen to Lennie Dean, and Linda L. Reid, click onto the link:6th st playhouse santa rosa-1
Lennie Dean – 2012 Festival Director
Lennie Dean has been a veteran theatre participant in Sonoma County for forty years. Her many capacities include director, actor, teacher, producer, education director and dramaturgy. She co-founded and served as artistic director for the Marquee Theatre and Studio Be Theatre. She has also contributed her talents to Actors’ Theatre, Cinnabar Theatre, Santa Rosa Players, Summer Repertory Theatre, and Academy of Arts in San Francisco. In 1999 Lennie received the Independent Eye award for her contributions to Sonoma County theatre. In 2011 she directed BUG by Tracey Letts at the Narrow Way Stage Company for which she was named second on David Templeton’s Top Ten Torn Tickets of 2011. This past March 2012, Lennie directed and co-created The Tennessee Menagerie. That same month she was the Program Events director for a successful Women’s History Month at 6th Street Playhouse. She currently teaches acting classes at the 6th Street Playhouse.
Linda L. Reid has directed over 28 years for various community theater groups, including 6th Street Playhouse in Santa Rosa and Novato Theater Company. Reid directed and re-designed My Left Breast from a monologue to a three-person show; presented in Sonoma, Napa, Ukiah, and Santa Rosa. She recently directed The Ticking Clock for 6th Street Playhouse.
Tune into Arts in the Valley on Saturday and Sunday, April 7th and 8th, Kim McMillon will interview Yvette Brisco, the Executive Director of Multicultural Promises. Yvette will discuss Randy “The Natural” Couture in Merced for one full day of training, motivation and inspiration on Saturday, April 21, 2012. For more information email Yvette at email@example.com. Also, Maxwell Norton will discuss the Valley Farmland Trust’s upcoming fundraiser “A Taste of the Country” on Saturday, April 28th at the Merced County Ag Museum. For information call, (916) 687-3178. Tickets are $35 per person and must be purchased in advance. Finally, our resident numerologist Sally Faubion, will discuss her upcoming show on 1480 KYOS AM, The Cosmic Window, beginning May 5th at 9pm.
To listen to Yvette Brisco’s interview, click onto the link:couture-1
Yvette R. Brisco is the founder of Multicultural Promises. They are developing programs that support youth through seasoned citizens in their quest to better the community and foster multicultural understanding and communications.
Go to Pacifica Tan, at 611 W. Main Street #A to get your tickets, or contact one of the Multicultural Promises Board members for tickets. Get more information at the website www.SeeRandy.com
Randy “The Natural” Couture will be in Merced for one full day of training, motivation & inspiration, and drinks. Multicultural Promises is bringing Captain America back to Merced on Saturday, April 21, 2012 for a day chock full of fun and opportunities. Start the morning off with a hands-on MMA Seminar. Randy will be teaching the techniques that made him a 6-time world champion in the seminar of all seminars. The legendary hall of famer will give individual attention to each participant. In the Afternoon, prepare to be inspired. Join in on Randy’s Motivational Conversation when this man of tomorrow tells his story of yesterday. Hear about his journey from the mat to the cage, and from the cage to the silver screen. Ask your questions and get the answers about the secrets to his phenomenal success.
A Taste of the Country
A Friend and Fundraiser presented by
Central Valley Trust
Preserving farms that feed the world
6:00 p.m. Bar and Silent Auction
7:00 p.m. Dinner
4498 E. Highway 140
Merced, CA 95340
To listen to numerologist Sally Faubion, click onto the link:__ 43
Sally Faubion has been providing insight and guidance through numerology readings for 35 years. Sally’s new show on 1480 KYOS AM, The Cosmic Window, will premiere on May 5th at 9 pm. If you have a question for Sally, send your question, your first name and birthday to firstname.lastname@example.org, and hear your question answered on The Cosmic Window.
Sally is the author of the well-received book, Motivational Numerology, and How Numbers Affect your Life, and has penned articles and columns for national magazines. She has created her own line of greeting cards, one of which is currently available on a wholesale basis. Other creations include calendars and software applications.
For more information, visit, sfnumber.com
On March 17 & 18, Arts in the Valley host Kim McMillon interviews poet Norman Finkelstein and medical intuitive Monet Brooks.
To listen to poet Norman Finkelstein, click onto the link:finkelstein
Norman Finkelstein received his B.A. from Binghamton University and his Ph.D. from Emory University. He is a Professor of English at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he has lived since 1980. He is the author of eight books of poetry and five books of literary criticism, and has written extensively about modern poetry and Jewish literature. His most recent books are SCRIBE (Dos Madres Press, 2009), On Mount Vision: Forms of the Sacred in Contemporary American Poetry (University of Iowa Press, 2010), and INSIDE THE GHOST FACTORY (Marsh Hawk Press, 2010).
INSIDE THE GHOST FACTORY finds Norman Finkelstein returning to his pre-TRACK fascination with the Coleridgean fancy, first delineated in Restless Messengers. Here, however, Samuel Coleridge meets William Gibson and the result is a retro- Blakean myth for the age of Text and Tweet. These transmissions from ‘elsewhere,’ manufactured on the assembly lines of ‘Ghosts, Incorporated. Poetry, Incorporated’ (Limited, I might add), are gleefully dissected by Finkelstein as so much ‘clap-trap.’ Still, there’s no correcting the blur of occultation and occlusion for the poet who believes ‘Books were made for secrets they cannot/keep: this is what it means to be/read'”—Tyrone Williams. Author City: CINCINNATI, OH USA
INSIDE THE GHOST FACTORY: http://www.spdbooks.org/Producte/9780984117758/inside-the-ghost-factory.aspx
Energy Healer, Angelic Messenger
KYOS’s Steve Colvard interviews Tuskegee Airman Lt. Col. James C. Warren. The Tuskegee Airmen was the first all-black aerial military unit, based in Tuskegee, Ala., in 1941, according to the Tuskegee Airmen website. Blacks were barred from flying for the U.S. military before 1940, but civil rights groups helped change that, according to the site.
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Lt. Col. Warren was a grand marshal in Merced MLK Parade, which included Bishop Dwight Amey, who sits on the city Planning Commission and is a pastor at New Faith Tabernacle Christian Church of Merced, and educator Iris Jackson, who served as mistress of ceremony at the fairgrounds.
Warren is a veteran of World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. He was navigator aboard the Hanoi Taxi, the C-141 whose mission was to pick up POWs released by the North Vietnamese and bring them to Clark Air Base in the Philippines.
Tune into Arts in the Valley on Saturday, December 17th at 8 PM, and Sunday, December 18th at 9 AM as Captain Paul Chappell discusses how we can claim peace for the planet, and ourselves. Merced Artist, writer, and actor Noelle Chandler will discuss her latest venture Miss Noelle’s Musikgarten, a program designed to nurture the child’s music aptitude by engaging children and their families in singing and movement activities which help attune the ear, refine the voice, and develop a rhythmic body through which music can be expressed.
To listen to Captain Chappell’s interview, click onto the link: chapell-1
Paul K. Chappell graduated from West Point in 2002. He served in the army for seven years, was deployed to Baghdad in 2006, and left active duty in November 2009 as a Captain. He is the author of Will War Ever End?: A Soldier’s Vision of Peace for the 21st Century, The End of War: How Waging Peace Can Save Humanity, Our Planet, and Our Future, and Peaceful Revolution: How We Can Create the Future Needed for Humanity’s Survival (publication date: Feb 2012). He lives in Santa Barbara, California, where he is serving as the Peace Leadership Director for the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation (www.wagingpeace.org). He is working on his fourth book, The Art of Waging Peace: A Strategic Approach to Improving Our Lives and the World, and he speaks throughout the country to colleges, high schools, veterans groups, churches, and activist organizations.
The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation is presenting a seven-day summer workshop on peace leadership at the beautiful La Casa de Maria Retreat Center in Santa Barbara, California, from July 22-29, 2012.
The NAPF Peace Leadership Summer Workshop is a seven-day intensive course on peace leadership and the skills for waging peace. Led by NAPF Peace Leadership Director Capt. Paul K. Chappell, participants will be empowered with the understanding and tools that can help them make a positive difference in their lives, communities, and the world.
-Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
To listen to the interview with Noelle Chandler, click onto the link:noell
The Musikgarten classes offered through Miss Noelle’s Musikgarten are designed to nurture the child’s music aptitude by engaging children and their families in singing and movement activities which help attune the ear, refine the voice, and develop a rhythmic body through which music can be expressed. Additionally, instrumental activities are part of the program, ranging from playing simple rhythm instruments such as sticks and drums for babies and toddlers to playing keyboards for older children.
Musikgarten is the leader in early childhood music education – for children and teachers. We offer a complete multi-year educational program that helps infants, toddlers, and children develop a deep love of music and the ability to express it. We have wonderful CDs of the songs sung in class, age-appropriate instruments, and parent guidebooks. These home materials reinforce lessons and involve the whole family in the fun.
Miss Noelle’s Musikgarten
Please do not contact the Multicultural Arts Center
On Saturday, November 19th, Arts in the Valley host Kim McMillon interviews Carole Bennett, author of Reclaim Your Life: You and the Alcoholic/Addict; Dr. Sonia Gaemi, author of Eating Wisely for Hormonal Balance, and Joe Sutton, author of The Year the Giants Won the Series.
To listen to Carole Bennett’s interview, click onto the link:addicts
For over twenty years, Carole Bennett, MA, has been personally enmeshed in the world of addiction and recovery with her own family’s alcohol and drug dependency issues. Professionally, her Master’s in Clinical Psychology has afforded her work as a treatment counselor for the Salvation Army and the Council of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse.
A decade ago, Carole founded Family Recovery Solutions—a counseling center geared toward the family and friends who are struggling with their loved ones’ addiction issues. Here, in a safe, confidential environment, Carole works with the family members in helping them understand their loved ones’ disease. In addition, they learn about their own recovery process and the important role they play regarding their loved ones’ recovery—or not.
Carole is a staff blogger on addiction and recovery for the Huffington Post’s Living Section, has written numerous articles for recovery newspapers, lectured and presented commentary for KCBS in conjunction with the television movie about Lois Wilson, the co-founder of Al-Anon.
Carole’s first book Reclaim Your Life: You and the Alcoholic/Addict, has become an invaluable guide for the family members and friends, clinicians, and recovery centers, as well as the alcoholic/addict themselves. Carole’s practice in Santa Barbara, California, stretches globally as she counsels by phone, as well as in person. http://www.familyrecoverysolutions.com
To listen to Dr. Sonia Gaemi, click onto link:dr healer
Sonia Gaemi Ed.D., R.D. has been a pioneer in the movement for self-healing and peace for more than 25 years, encouraging women to become peacemakers and to take leadership for their own health and human rights. As founder of the nonprofit organization Women for Cultural Wisdom (WCW), Dr. Sonia bridges communities to foster health and healing across the world. She initiated the annual One Day for Peace and Healing in 2000 in San Francisco, celebrating with tea and Qigong alongside 72 countries, and has sparked peace projects in many parks, schools, and healing centers across the US, Iran and the Middle East. Dr. Sonia is the Co-Chair of the Committee for Women’s Human Rights of the United Nations Association of San Francisco. The UN awarded her the title of “The Most Amazing Woman” in 1995 for organizing a Conference on Natural Hormones and her philosophy of Food Wisdom and Tea for Life. Dr. Sonia’s forthcoming book Sonia and Sophia; Thousands of Women like Us tells the story of unity and friendship between a Jewish and Muslim girl growing up together in Iran and moving to the US, searching for self healing and women’s justice. In this seminal journey she presents her model for healing and peace, based on four elements: eating green, thinking green, soaring in greenery (which comes through the internal energy and breathing work of Wild Geese Qigong), and a revival of traditional tea culture. International speaker and university lecturer on multicultural food practices for self-healing, having received her doctoral degree in International Education from SFU, Dr. Sonia contributes expert advice and commentary to major media outlets and has produced and hosted her own internationally broadcast TV show: The Art of Self Healing. She is the author of multiple books on nutrition, including: Eating Wisely for Hormonal Balance, and Eating Wisely for Hormonal Balance Journaling. Dr. Sonia maintains a private practice as an Integrated Preventative Registered Dietitian, having served her internship at UC Berkeley, and is a certified Chinese Medical Qigong instructor. Serving as Principal Investigator for the Public Health Institute of Berkeley, Dr. Sonia oversees research about the natural plant-based hormones found in garbanzo, soy and tea. http://www.drsonia.com
To listen to author Joseph Sutton, click onto the link:joesutton
Joseph Sutton was born in Brooklyn and raised in Hollywood. He played football at the University of Oregon and graduated with degrees in philosophy and history. He has been writing since 1969 and is the author of eight books. His essays and short stories have appeared in numerous national magazines.
A fellow fourth stringer asked him one day, “What are you going to do in life?”
“I’m going to be a writer,” Sutton blurted out. “I’m going to let the whole world know what it feels like for a fourth stringer to be treated like cannon fodder.” It was the first time the thought of being a writer entered his mind.
Upon graduating Oregon with degrees in philosophy and history, Sutton joined the Coast Guard reserve. Late in the morning on November 22, 1963, their ship docked in Alameda, CA, the crew heard the news of President Kennedy’s assassination. That night, because the president’s death hit him so hard, he did something he had never done before: he picked up a pen and started writing his thoughts and feelings. Little did he know he’d be doing the same thing to this day.
After completing six months of active duty, Sutton started teaching social studies at Fremont High School in South Central Los Angeles. Five years later, in 1969, he quit the teaching profession to follow his dream of becoming a writer. His first project was a novel, A Class of Leaders, about a white history teacher in a predominately black high school who throws the book away and lets his students teach. Sutton’s next work, a novel called Highway Sailor, deals with a man hitting the highways of America in search of himself and his country .
Sutton never forgot what he told his Oregon teammate when asked what he wanted to do in life: “…to be a writer.” ”The Fourth Stringer” was published several years ago in his collection The Immortal Mouth and Other Stories. http://joesutt.com
Arts in the Valley host Kim McMillon invites the public to 1480 KYOS Radio’s first-ever Jam Session with musicians Roddy Jackson and Cheryl Lockett on Saturday, November 5th at 8 PM-PST, and Sunday, November 6th at 9 AM.
To listen to musicians Roddy Jackson and Cheryl Lockett, click onto the link:local jazz
With his gravel-filled vocals and piano-pounding antics, Roddy Jackson’s legacy is a solid one, and he is one of the last true rockabilly pioneers still out on the circuit. Born as George Roderick Jackson in California around 1940, Jackson fronted the multi-racial Blue Notes out of Merced, CA, beginning in 1956.
Specialty released three Jackson singles in 1958 and 1959, all produced by Sonny Bono, “I’ve Got My Sights on Someone New”/”Love at First Sight,” the double-sided classic “Hiccups”/”Moose on the Loose,” and “Any Old Town”/”Gloria.”
Cheryl Lockett, a song stylist, whose riveting voice and warm style promises any listener an aesthetically pleasing and cohesive composition of music that flows like silk. Cheryl is a California native gifted with many talents. She cultivates, curate and presents an eclectic vision of sound that appeals to a diverse listening audience.
For more information on Arts in the Valley, contact Kim McMillon at email@example.com or visit the website, artsinthevalley.wordpress.com.
On Saturday, October 29th, Arts in the Valley host Kim McMillon interviews retired professional baseball player, and artist David Baldwin; Public Outreach director Pam Moody regarding Last Hope Cat Kingdom’s upcoming fundraiser on November 5th, and Artist Vanessa Stretch will discuss the Holiday Affair- A fundraising event sponsored by Soroptimist International in Atwater on Saturday, November 5th.
To listen to David Baldwin’s interview, click onto the link:baseball
David Baldwin is a retired American professional baseball player, a right-handed, sidearm/submarine Major League pitcher.
Born in Tucson, Arizona, on March 30, 1938, Baldwin pitched for three years for the University of Arizona. In the 1959 College World Series he beat Fresno State 5 to 1 on a two-hitter and lost the final game of the series 5 to 3 to Oklahoma State. He signed with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1959 and pitched on three pennant winners in his first four years of pro ball. Later, he was a relief specialist for the Washington Senators (1966–69), Milwaukee Brewers (1970), and Chicago White Sox (1973).
After he retired from baseball in 1974 he earned a Ph.D. in genetics and an M.S. in systems engineering from the University of Arizona. He worked as a geneticist, engineer, and artist until his retirement in 2003. Subsequently, he has collaborated with other researchers studying the physics, physiology, and psychology of baseball. In addition, he has published his baseball memoir, Snake Jazz, and (under the pen name “DGB Featherkile”) a collection of his poetry, Limbic Hurly-Burly. Many of his poems have appeared in such journals as American Poetry Journal, Blue Unicorn, and Evansville Review. His poetry won the Atlanta Review’s 2007 International Publication Prize and the 2009 Fluvanna Prize from The Lyric.
Baldwin’s painting “Fugue for the Pepper Players” is in the collection of the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY, and was featured in Treasures of the Baseball Hall of Fame by John Thorn (1998) pp. 188–189.
To listen to Pam Moody’s interview, click onto the link:cat kingdom
Pam Moody, the Director of Public Outreach for Last Hope Cat Kingdom will discuss their upcoming fundraiser on Arts in the Valley. The Last Hope Cat Kingdom will hold its fundraiser, A Toast For Hope, at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 5 at the Boys and Girls Club, 615 W. 15th St. Select California wines and cheeses will be served and there will be live jazz music. The event will include an autograph signing by Oakland A’s pitcher Brian Fuentes, a live auction of team memorabilia, and a silent auction of original artwork, baseball memorabilia and gift certificates. Tickets are $35 in advance or $40 at the door. Call (209) 383-3741 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
To listen to Vanessa Stretch, click onto the link:accesories unlimited
Artist Vanessa Stretch will discuss the Holiday Affair- A fundraising event sponsored by Soroptimist International At the Atwater Community Center, November 5th from 9 am – 4 pm. The center is located at 760 E. Bellevue Road in Atwater. This brings in crafters’ from all over the county for a day of shopping, great food and companionship in the Christmas Spirit.
Vanessa will be showcasing her beautiful scarves. Stop by for an afternoon of fun, community, and art. For more information, call (209) 357-0931.