Posts tagged ‘Writing’

July 22, 2012

Arts in the Valley, Saturday, July 21 (8 p.m.) and Sunday, July 22 (2 p.m.), 2012, 1480 KYOS AM, Merced, CA

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Arts in the Valley host Kim McMillon interviews Rachel Bublitz, and Tracey Potter, the creators of the 31 Plays in 31 Days Project, and 60s Merced psychedelic band Crystal Syphon on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 8 pm, and Sunday, July 22 at 2pm.

To listen to Rachel Bublitz and Tracey Potter discuss 31 Plays in 31 days, click onto the link:31 plays

The 31 Plays in 31 Days Project is based on the idea that to become a better writer, you must write. You must write a lot. And you need to practice experimenting with your writing form constantly. The pressure of this goal will allow you to set aside preconceived notions of what you should be writing and how you should be doing it. You will not have time to overanalyze your work, you will just have to write, write, write and be surprised by what comes out of you. You may love your work some days and wonder what happened on others, but by the end of the month, you will have amassed 31 new plays. Instead of waiting for the breeze of inspiration to blow your way, you will see that writing is a craft that can be called on at any time.

When?

August 1st at 12:00 am until August 31st at 11:59pm

Where?

Anywhere and everywhere!

Who?

Playwrights who are crazy enough to write 31 Plays in just 31 short days!

Finally…. How?

Register  at http://31plays31days.com.  They will list your information in the Participating Playwrights section.  If you wish to be eligible for the 31 Plays in 31 Days Internet Staged Reading (details to be announced in September) you must select the daily submission option.

Crystal Syphon, one of the greatest “lost” groups of the West Coast psych scene, came together in Merced, California in 1965. Originally a Beatles / Byrds-influenced unit called the Morlochs, they soon shed their original moniker and moved in a more psychedelic direction, becoming a fixture on the ballroom circuit from 1966-1970. Although their music may nod in the direction of the New Tweedy Brothers and Quicksilver Messenger Service at times, it’s imbued throughout with a distinctive sound that arose from practicing up to six nights a week. The band entertained offers from various labels during their existence, but as they insisted on complete artistic control and ownership of their music, no deals were struck. Now, some 44 years after its creation, Roaratorio is proud to make the music of Crystal Syphon available for the first time ever. Drawn from studio tracks, rehearsal tapes and a live recording from the Fillmore West, Family Evil is released in an edition of 500 copies, with cover art by Norman Orr and extensive historical liner notes on an old-style “tip-on” jacket. Digital download included. 
“Family Evil” is available for purchase on iTunes and as additional pressings of the records become available at http://www.roaratorio.com.

To listen to Crystal Syphon, click onto the link:crystal syphon

July 17, 2012

Arts in the Valley, Saturday, July 14 (8 p.m.) and Sunday, July 15, (2 p.m.) 1480 KYOS AM, Merced, CA

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Tune into Arts in the Valley on Saturday July 14th (8 PM)  and Sunday July 14th (2 PM) to listen to author Joseph Sutton, and author and radio host Hazel Kahan speak on her life in the Middle East.

Click onto the link to listen to Hazel Kahan:hazel

After a Lahore birth, a Pakistan childhood, boarding schools in Kashmir, India and England, years in Australia and Israel, Helen Kahan came to the United States. Her two children were born in London and Canberra.  Helen has a Ph.D. In psychology, which led to a career in market research.

In 1999, she sold her loft in Manhattan and without much thought or planning, followed some innate sense to Mattituck on the North Fork of Long Island where she lives a bucolic life.  After decades in corporate corridors and cubicles, hundreds of focus groups and thousands of frequent flyer miles, she now watches the rise and fall of the trees instead of the ticker tape.  Helen interviews people not for clients but for her program, Tidings from Hazel Kahan on WPKN 89.5 Bridgeport, CT, an independent totally listener-sponsored radio station. Helen also creates leafages.

Leafages are made from real leaves, vines and tendrils interwoven with calligraphy, decorative pen and ink flourishes and imaginary Latin botanical names.

Leafages contain a philosophical or inspirational thought, quotation or verse from sages, poets or religious texts.  Some leafages have been specially created for an individual, a couple or a family with words or leaves reflecting their personal narrative.  www.helenkahan.com

 Click onto the link to listen to author Joseph Sutton:joe sutton-1

After playing two years of junior college football in Los Angeles, Joseph Sutton entered the University of Oregon in 1960 on a football scholarship. He didn’t become an All-American running back as he had wished. What happened was that a knee injury led to his getting on the bad side of his coach. Hence, he was a fourth string football player who saw sporadic action.

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 .

Ever since his Coast Guard days in Alameda, Sutton had always wanted to live in San Francisco. In 1977 he made the move. Within a span of four years, he met Joan Bransten, married her and they had a son, Raymond. Before Raymond was born, Sutton would write, wait until his money ran low, substitute in the secondary schools of San Francisco and start writing again when he could afford it. After his son was born, writing took a backseat to supporting his family, so he returned to teaching full-time.

Sutton taught for three years until he contracted asthma in 1984. He took his doctor’s advice and quit the profession due to the stress it caused him. He quickly landed a job as a sales representative for a costume jewelry company, and within six months his asthma faded away. Although he was making twice the money he had made as a teacher, selling costume jewelry didn’t give much meaning to his life. The only thing that mattered to him was writing. But how was he going to support a family when all he had earned in fifteen years as a writer was $4000? In his fourth year of jewelry sales, Sutton got the idea to compile a book of quotations on all aspects of health. His idea caught a publisher’s eye and Words of Wellness: A Treasury of Quotations for Well-Being was released in 1991. Since then he’s published seven more books, the latest being The Year the Giants Won the Series.

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.  www.joesutt.com

 

 

 

June 24, 2012

Arts in the Valley, Saturday, June 23 (8 PM), and June 24 (2 PM), 1480 KYOS AM

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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

 

March 25, 2012

Arts in the Valley, Sat., Feb. 25, 2012 (8pm), Sun. Feb 26, 2012, (2 PM), 1480 KYOS AM, Merced, CA

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Tune into Arts in the Valley, February 25 & 26 as host Kim McMillon interviews The Plot Whisperer Martha Alderson,  Belly Dancer & Belly-Fusion of Merced Co-Founder Michelle Byus, and Life Coach and creator of the The Integrative Energetics Rebalancing System, Kumari Fabio.

To listen to Martha Alderson’s interview, click onto the link:plot whisper

Plot Whisperer & author of Blockbuster Plots Pure & Simple, Martha Alderson, helps writers create BlockBuster Plots often by helping Bust through their Blocks. On her second in a two part interview series, Martha will answer questions from our audience on how to develop a storyline, and plot.  The Plot Whisperer: Secrets of Story Structure Any Writer Can Master was released October 2011 by Adams Media and available now for pre-order. Martha Alderson’s clients include best-selling authors, New York editors, and Hollywood movie directors.

Blockbuster Plots started as an idea in 2003. Why weren’t there any great resources out there for writers who needed help with writing plot? What did it take to go from a story to a novel? From a computer screen to a movie? Blockbuster Plots, over time, has expanded to host plot workshops and one-on-one plot consultations and to offer a free monthly Plot Tips eZine. We hope you enjoy the site, and that it helps writers around the world. The plot tools developed by Blockbuster Plots, specifically the Plot Planner and the Scene Tracker, are used by best-selling authors, New York editors, and Hollywood movie directors. A great plot can turn your stories into reality.  http://www.blockbusterplots.com.

To listen to the interview with Michelle Byus on the Bellydance Festival, click onto the link:belly dancer

Belly-Fusion Merced, co-directed by Michelle Byus, and Janet Hay, presents its first annual Belly Dance Festival, ‘The EYES Have IT!’, on April 21st at Merced’s American Legion Hall on Main Street. Belly dancers from the Central Valley and beyond perform live from 10am until 10pm. This beautiful art form combines styles from Middle Eastern, Folk, Tribal Fusion, ATS, Flamenco, Burlesque, Gothic, Cabaret, Pop ‘n Lock and Modern. Shop for belly dance clothing and accessories and enjoy food all day, with Happy Hour from 6pm to 9pm.Learn more about belly dancing with professional dancers and instructors Dana Johnson and Paige Lawrence at Belly-Fusion Merced’s workshops on April 22nd.Tickets are $10 at the door–$5 for children, students and seniors. Find pre-event discounts online at brownpapertickets.com.Come celebrate this centuries old art. April 21st at the American Legion Hall, 939 Main Street in downtown Merced. The Eyes Have It! Belly-Fusion Merced is on Facebook and at belly-fusion-merced.vpweb.com.

To listen to the interview with Kumari Fabio, click onto the link:  life coach

Kumari Fabio has studied Yoga for 25 years. She received her BA in Holistic Health Education from San Francisco State University; is a graduate of Coaches Training Institute; a Certified Peer Counselor; a Certified Ropes Course facilitator; an ordained non-denominational Minister; a Reiki Master; and a Certified Hypnotherapist.  Ms. Fabio has authored a fable entitled “The Dog Who Licked Too Much” and “The Magical Purse,” a soon-to-be released children’s book.  She is an excellent motivational speaker and can be invited for consultations and workshops.

For more information, visit Pathways & Stepping Stones

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November 20, 2011

Arts in the Valley, Saturday, November 19, 2011, 8 PM, 1480 KYOS AM

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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

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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

November 7, 2010

Arts in the Valley, Sat., Nov. 20th, 8 PM

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Click onto the link below to listen to the November 20th Arts in the Valley Program.

ARTSINVAL1120 Arts in the Valley on KYOS Radio Presents the following Programing for Saturday, November 20th, 8 PM.  http://www.1480kyos.com

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Noelle D.W. Chandler, the Education Director at Playhouse Merced,  will discuss the Playhouse’s conservatory and youth performing arts education program.  http://www.playhousemerced.com

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Melissa Tosetti
Founder/President
The Savvy Life
Smart Spending – Rich Living

 

Author of: Living the Savvy Life: Personal Finance From a Lifestyle Perspective

 

Melissa Tosetti is a Personal Finance Author, Teacher, Speaker, The Savvy Life Magazine Founder, Martial Arts Instructor and 2nd degree black belt in Choy Lay Fut Kung Fu.  Melissa teaches how to create a strong financial foundation through habits and routines that are easy to start, easy to maintain and work. She then demonstrates how to spend smart so you can live rich through The Savvy Life Philosophy of saving money on the things that are not as important to you so you can focus your spending on the things that are important to you.

 

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Bestselling author Dr. Raymond Moody will discuss his latest book, Glimpses of Eternity.  http://lifeafterlife.com

Dr. John L. Turner will discuss his book, Medicine, Miracles, and Manifestations: A Doctor’s Journey Through the Worlds of Divine Intervention, Near-Death Experiences and Universal Energy. (www.johnlturner.com)

November 6, 2010

Arts In The Valley, Sat., Nov. 13th, 8 PM – 9 PM

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ARTSINVAL1113-6click onto the link to hear the November 13th program

A Pre-recorded weekly arts-oriented radio show  http://www.1480kyos.com

Program Schedule

Rabbi Michael Lerner

Author of Spirit Matters: Global Healing and the Wisdom of the Soul
Editor, Tikkun Magazine www.tikkun.org

Rabbi, Beyt Tikkun Synagogue in S.F. and Berkeley (www.beyttikkun.org)Author of Spirit Matters: Global Healing and the Wisdom of the Soul

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Nicholas Valdez, UC Merced Faculty

Merced Writers’ Center

Nick will discuss upcoming Merced Writers’ Center Programming, as well as programs at Off the Shelf Books in MercedUC Merced Faculty & Member of Merced Writers' Center

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Merced Organics (www.mercedorganics.com) has just opened its doors in downtown Merced, 451 W. 18th Street.  Rose Vitale, the co-owner of Merced Organics, will discuss their upcoming free health seminars, and classes, and products aimed at building a healthier and happier Merced, CA.

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Joey Essig, Operations Director for the Merced County Arts Council, will discuss upcoming programs and events.www.artsmerced.org

 

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