Spotlight feature

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Director/Producer Soren Sorensen joined me Monday 8/29/16 to talk about his Omar Sosa Documentary!


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Soren Sorensen is an award-winning filmmaker specializing in nonfiction film, television, and web content with an emphasis on advocacy for nonprofit organizations. His clients include the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, Families First RI, Montessori Community School of Rhode Island, and The Picture of Children’s Health. In 2013, Sorensen co-created, produced, directed, and edited "Behind the Ribbon," a series of original documentaries featuring stories of breast cancer treatment and survivorship. A collaboration with the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation, "Behind the Ribbon" premiered on Rhode Island PBS in 2013. In 2014, Sorensen co-created, produced, directed, and edited "Harvesting Rhode Island," a Rhode Island PBS series on the subject of local food and farming in the Ocean State.

In 2015, Sorensen completed his first feature-length documentary, "My Father’s Vietnam," which had its world premiere at the 2015 Rhode Island International Film Festival, where it won the Soldiers and Sacrifice Grand Prize. The film also appeared at the 2015 Red Dirt International Film Festival in Stillwater, OK; the 2015 New Haven International Film Festival in New Haven, CT; and the 2016 South African International Film Festival in Johannesburg. "My Father's Vietnam" won Best Picture (Documentary) at the 2016 Flagler Film Festival in Palm Coast, FL.

"My Father's Vietnam" was released on May 24, 2016 by Gravitas Ventures and is currently available on Amazon, Google Play, iTunes. and Vudu. It will be out soon on Blu-Ray and DVD.




ABOUT THE FILMOMAR SOSA'S 88 WELL-TUNED DRUMS is a documentary film on the life and music of Cuban-born pianist and composer Omar Sosa. CHECK OUT THE OFFICIAL TRAILER:
The film traces Sosa’s origins from his birth in Camagüey, Cuba’s third-largest city, conservatory education in Havana, and relocation to Ecuador where he briefly wrote and arranged commercial jingles. Sosa’s story continues with a fateful mid-90s move to the U.S., a stint as a sought-after sideman in the Bay Area’s Latin jazz scene, and partnership with manager Scott Price that continues to this day.
Since 1997, Sosa has released nearly 30 albums and received four Grammy nominations and three Latin Grammy nominations. Performing over 80 concerts on six continents annually, Sosa is known for a rhythmic style (hence the “Drums” of the film’s title) and musical influences as varied as his travel itinerary.
Since 2013, whenever Sosa appeared in the northeastern U.S., Providence-based filmmaker Soren Sorensen (MY FATHER'S VIETNAM, 2016) was granted unprecedented access to Sosa and his bandmates for interviews, rehearsals, and performances. OMAR SOSA'S 88 WELL-TUNED DRUMS includes glimpses of the globetrotting artist in duo with celebrated Italian trumpeter Paolo Fresu, with the Afri-Lectric Experience, and with his latest band, the Quarteto AfroCubano in storied venues including New York’s Blue Note Jazz Club.
Sosa’s Quarteto AfroCubano features fellow Camagüey natives Ernesto Simpson on drums and Leandro Saint-Hill on alto saxophone and flute and bassist Childo Tomas, who hails from Maputo, Mozambique. Perhaps most thrilling for fans is the full-circle nature of Sosa’s 2015 album Ilé, which reunited Sosa’s music with its Cuban roots. LEARN MORE ABOUT ILÉ:
I was first introduced to Sosa’s music late in 2011 by Tony Aguilar, publisher and editor-in-chief of an arts magazine called Tribe. Aguilar had hired me to write and edit for Tribe and we decided that Omar Sosa would make a great addition to the magazine’s first issue. Alma, Sosa’s 2012 collaboration with Italian trumpeter Paolo Fresu, was to be released in early 2012. After a few phone conversations and email exchanges with Scott Price, Sosa’s affable Oakland-based manager, it was decided that I would interview Sosa via Skype. What I thought would be a fifteen-minute conversation promoting ALMA stretched into an hour or more. 
Sosa’s story captivated me. 
His otherworldly talent as a pianist, composer and bandleader is only equalled by his enigmatic charisma as a person. It was obvious that other people loved his music as much as I did. Figuring that, like me, Sosa’s fans and admirers around the world might like to know more about the artist, I asked some very generous friends, who happen to be excellent cinematographers, for some help.
During the last three years we captured live performances of Sosa in duo with Paolo Fresu, with the Afri-Lectric Experience and with his Quarteto AfroCubano, who we visited at Systems Two Recording Studio in Brooklyn, NY during sessions for their 2015 album, Iié. Conversations with Sosa and his collaborators including Fresu, Leandro Saint-Hill, Ernesto Simpson, Childo Tomas and Peter Apfelbaum bring the audience closer to Sosa’s music than anyone has ever been.

The Ries Brothers Documentary

The Ries Brothers LIVE in Clearwater, FL

The Ries Brothers, Alternative Pop and Rock duo from Clearwater, Florida, who have twice toured nationally with the iconic band CHICAGO LIVE were featured today Monday August 29th on KUCI 88.9fm with host Janeane Bernstein of the "Get the FUNK Out Show!" Streaming http://www.kuci.org/ and available on iTunes after the show wraps.




If you missed The Ries Brothers TODAY on KUCI 88.9fm, LISTEN HERE!



The Ries Brothers (pronounced ”Rees”) are a brother duo that writes and performs their original material influenced by their love of rock, blues, funk, and reggae. They recently finished a 5 state tour opening for the legendary Butch Trucks (Allman Brothers) & The Freight Train Band. They have twice toured nationally with the iconic band CHICAGO. Their first 10 city tour with CHICAGO included a performance at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. They recently sold out three headlining shows at Ruth Eckerd Hall’s Murray Theatre in Clearwater, Florida. The Ries Brothers have also opened for David Cook, Daughtry, Los Lonely Boys, REO Speedwagon, Little River Band, the Edgar Winter Band & The Family Stone among others. The Ries Brothers have also appeared at the House of Blues & Viper Room in Los Angeles.

Older brother Charlie (20) handles the lead vocals while simultaneously playing the drums and keyboard bass. The duo’s full sound is a result of Charlie’s unique ability to do this. Kevin (17) plays guitar, provides background vocals and is the co-writer on many of their original songs. In the summer of 2013, the boys were 2 of only 25 performers ages 14-21 selected from the state of Florida to participate in the exclusive Los Angeles Grammy Museum’s Music Revolution Project. In the summer of 2014 the boys were part of the Van’s Warped Tour in Florida. The Ries Brothers were recently named by The Tampa Bay Times as one of their favorite artists of the past year.


Additional information on the Ries Brothers upcoming performance in NYC

The Ries Brothers, Alternative Pop and Rock duo, Featuring Special Guest
Vini "Mad Dog" Lopez. Performance on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 in NYC!


The Ries Brothers are currently conducting interviews to promote their new
single "Street Lights"
MEDIA ALERT

WHO: The Ries Brothers, Alternative Pop and Rock duo, Featuring Special
Guest Vini Lopez "Mad Dog"

WHEN: Wednesday, August 31, 2016
WHERE: Iridium 1650 Broadway New York, NY 10023
TIME: 7:30pm Check In - Performance 8:00pm

WHAT: The Ries Brothers, Alternative Pop and Rock duo from Clearwater, FL,
who have twice toured nationally with the iconic band CHICAGO. Will be
promoting their new single "Street Lights"




Ries Brothers "Street Light" Tour

Charlie (20) handles the lead vocals while simultaneously playing the
drums and keyboard bass. Kevin (17) plays guitar, provides background
vocals and is the co-writer on many of their original songs. The duo’s
full sound is a result of Charlie’s unique ability to do what he does. The
brothers distinct sound is influenced by many genres, including pop, rock,
blues, funk, and reggae.

Vini Lopez is a Founding Member of the E Street Band and a Member of the
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. He backed Bruce Springsteen in several bands,
including Steel Mill and the E Street Band. He also played on
Springsteen's first two albums, Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. and The
Wild, the Innocent and the E Street Shuffle.

'Street Light" Co-written by Grammy Award Winner & Multi Platinum Producer
- Carlos Battey of The Jackie Boyz and The Ries Brothers.

Video "Street Light" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9r9f5qxD8k

WEBSITE: http://www.riesbrothers.com/shows/

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Author Moneeka Sawyer joined me today at 9am PST to talk about her inspiring book, Choose Bliss: The Power and Practice of Joy and Contentment.


If you missed Moneeka Sawyer
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Moneeka Sawyer has often been described as one of the most joyful people you will ever meet. She finds her bliss through helping people live a life filled with meaning, purpose, passion, and joy. She has been coaching in the Silicon Valley for over 10 years and her unique approach has helped clients from artists and soloprenuers, to high-tech CEO’s discover their own personal definition of bliss and create a whole new sense of power, energy, and excitement about their lives. She shares her life and her joy with her wonderful husband, David, and adorable Pomeranian in Mountain View, CA

Choose Bliss: New Book Proves a Life of Constant Joy & Contentment *IS* Possible. It’s a Paradigm Changer Critics Hail “Authentic & Powerful”

Masterfully crafted from the life, experiences and wisdom of Moneeka Sawyer, ‘Choose Bliss: The Power and Practice of Joy and Contentment’ empowers readers to embrace the fact that bliss isn’t circumstantial, but is rather a constant state of being that anyone can thrive in. Through both deeply-personal vignettes and a host of practical exercises, Sawyer walks readers through learning how to never settle for “just good enough” and how creating true power and prosperity can be as easy as a few simple mindset shifts…

Mountain View, CA – Those who know Moneeka Sawyer often regard her as one of the happiest, most joyous and positive people they’ve ever met. It’s far from a front; Sawyer is truly blissful at all times and feels totally in control of every decision she makes.

It’s a unique yet totally transformative state of mind underpinned by a series of foundational “bliss practices” that anyone can deploy. In her new book, Sawyer explains how you too can be as happy and content as she is.

‘Choose Bliss: The Power and Practice of Joy and Contentment’ will leave readers reveling in their new life steeped with opportunity, positivity and bliss that goes far and beyond being a buzzword. It’s a book about the power to choose, and how these choices can easily create a reality more blissful than anyone believed possible.

Synopsis:

This book is about your power to choose. It is a paradigm changer that will transform your view of your life, the world around you, and what is truly possible. Filled with thought-provoking concepts, it will teach you simple bliss practices you can implement immediately and short exercises to integrate bliss into your life forever. The tools in this book have proven successful time and time again. So, from this day forward, you don't have to settle for good enough.

“The issue is that most people fall into a state of complacency, creating a vicious circle where they live “robotically” and become frustrated when they’re seldom happy,” explains Sawyer. “My book and my entire philosophy will amplify anyone’s inner light and rekindle the love in their heart. After all, don’t we all deserve to live surrounded by bliss? Feeling happy, strong and free is so empowering that it’s almost hard to put into words. This book will help anyone identify the mental, physical and spiritual adversity that’s holding them back and then inspire them to emerge victorious into a life they have only ever dreamed of.”

Continuing, “I want people to remember that they have a choice about every single thought, movement and action they make in life. When you understand how to make each of these decisions with a continuing life of bliss as the goal, amazing things begin to happen. Just ask the people I’ve helped who have proven first-hand that my methods are rock-solid and proven.”

Since its release, the book has garnered a consistent string of five-star reviews. For example, H. Blanchard comments, “I’ve read a lot of self-help books and this one feels different - more authentic - because Moneeka shares her own life journey and how she overcame problems in a way that I could relate to. The main thing I will take away is that changes are not linear and you don’t have to take action A, then B, then C etc. you can have bliss now even though you haven’t worked your way through to Z yet. I also found that as I read she left cues for the forthcoming chapters that my subconscious started working on so that when I got to the chapter on that subject e.g. Gratitude, I had already started working it into my daily routine naturally.”

James R. Cichoracki adds, “Moneeka's insights and her compelling stories (from her challenging childhood where she was relentlessly bullied to her hard choice a few years ago to not become a mother) demonstrate how deeply devoted she is to the amazing principles of choosing bliss no matter what her circumstances. I found myself underlining and making notes of things I want to incorporate into my life to live the joy-filled life that Moneeka clearly embodies every day. This book is full of gems!”

‘Choose Bliss: The Power and Practice of Joy and Contentment’, from Silver Torch Publishing¸ is available now:
http://amzn.to/2axqguL.

For more information and resources, visit the author’s official website:
http://coreblisslife.com.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Sonoko Sakai, a Los Angeles-based cooking teacher and cofounder of Common Grains and the Southern California Heritage Grain Project, joins me Monday at 9:30am PST!



Sonoko Sakai joins me Monday at 9:30am to talk about her delicious and creative recipes in "Rice Craft."






http://www.lamag.com/ digestblog/qa-sonoko-sakai-of- common-grains/

There's not a lunch box, birthday party, or afternoon snack that isn't made more delicious and fun with onigiri! These bite-size balls of rice can be made with favorite and nutritious ingredients, and are easily shaped and decorated to make animals, flowers, and more. This book features more than 30 recipes including:
Grilled Onigiri with Soy Sauce
Sweet Potato and Black Sesame Onigiri
Bacon and Scrambled Egg Onigiri
Curried Fried Rice Onigiri

Rice Craft also includes master recipes for cooking white and brown rice, plus extras to round out the meal: a miso soup to float the rice balls in, perfect soft eggs to wrap in rice, and pickled ginger to serve on the side. More than 20 color photographs inspire new creations and teach kids and adults alike to make these creative treats.
Sonoko Sakai is a Los Angeles-based cooking teacher and cofounder of Common Grains and the Southern California Heritage Grain Project.

Estelle Toby Goldstein, MD, known as "The Renegade Doctor, joined me Monday at 9am pst!

If you missed Dr. Goldstein on today's show, listen here!


ABOUT DR. ESTELLE TOBY GOLDSTEIN

My name is Estelle Toby Goldstein, MD and I'm known as "The Renegade Doctor" -- and the reason they call me that is because I'm going to tell you the things the doctors, hospitals, insurance and big drug companies DON'T want you to know ... In our radio chat, I'm going to tell your listeners how to live pain free without using over-the-counter products that damage your body, without prescription narcotics that are potentially addictive and even lethal, without going to a doctor, and without spending all of your money.  I'm here to tell you about natural products that can do the exact same things as prescription drugs, without the dangers, and without the costs, and I'm going to  tell you where you can find these products on your own in local stores, on the internet or by mail-order.

We have been missing out on some of the greatest advances in medicine.  Not because they are so new -- some of these are many years old -- maybe centuries.  But the knowledge has been buried by the special interests who not only want to keep you paying for things that may not work, and may make you worse -- This knowledge is used all over the world.  It is written up in medical journal -- but usually not in the USA.

And like nearly all Americans, you probably don't even know you've been missing out.  If you talk to your doctor about a natural product or an alternative treatment, you will be told that it is too risky, it hasn't been proven, there's not evidence that it works.  When the truth is, most have more scientific backing than anything in your doctor's sample cabinet.

If you've been feeling that modern medicine has been making you worse instead of better, then this may be the most important 20 minutes you will ever spend.


NEWS:

I will be opening my private practice in Orange County soon, and my emphasis will be in getting people off of prescription drugs safely and with minimal discomfort.  I can then give them natural treatments to take the place of those drugs, and in some cases, eventually make them totally free of the underlying problem so they don't need to take anything.

I am also going to start a series of free seminars soon concentrating on Massive Obesity -- people who are at least 50 lbs and even 100 lbs or more overweight as judged by BMI.  I have written a book about my own struggles.  


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