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Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Patti Temple Rocks shares the scoop on her new book, I'm Not Done: It's Time to Talk About Ageism in the Workplace

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When it comes to discrimination in the workplace, we've come a long way as a society. But there's still one systemically ignored form of discrimination that happens all the time, and it affects everyone: ageism. Ageism is real. It's widespread, insidious, and up until now, it's been largely hidden, due to the low rate of reporting from those who are pushed out of their jobs when they reach a certain age. 

With the largest demographic America has ever seen-baby boomers-now experiencing age discrimination at work, it's time to talk about this deeply hurtful and bad-for-business practice. In I'm Not Done, Patti Temple Rocks takes a deep dive into ageism in the workplace-what it looks like, how it harms people and businesses alike, and how business leaders can get on the right side of the issue. Patti's story, and the stories of those like her, create a powerful declaration and a movement to stop this last remnant of workplace discrimination in its tracks: #ImNotDone!

Monday, August 3, 2020

On August 3, 2020 at 9:00am pst - KUCI host Janeane speaks with HGTV’s Steve Cederquist about his NEW Book: GET OUT ALIVE: Surviving and Thriving After Drugs, Guns, Gangs, Dysfunction, and Crazy

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SoCal local Steve Cederquist speaks with KUCI host Janeane about his story of survival and how he changed his mindset to success.

You know him from HGTV's hit show "Flip or Flop," but what you don't know is that he spent time in prison, was a drug addict, a gang member, and had a whole lot of crazy going on in his life before!

NOW - he's an Emmy Judge, runs a successful renovation and design company, is an award-nominated philanthropist, and a season regular on HGTV's show "Flip or Flop."

His new book "GET OUT ALIVE: Surviving and Thriving After Drugs, Guns, Gangs, Dysfunction, and Crazy" is out, and everyone is raving about it!

It's not only his memoir, but Steve is sending a message for spreading positive growth to everyone and contributing to eliminating addiction issues.

It will take you on a ride! 

Here's the TRAILER: https://youtu.be/DK1YF6_FoKQ



Sandra Tsing Loh, a performer, adjunct associate professor of Drama at UC Irvine, and author of seven books, including The Madwoman in the Volvo, which was named one of 2015's NY Times 100 Notable non-fiction books.

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SANDRA TSING LOH is the author of six books, including THE MADWOMAN IN THE VOLVO: MY YEAR OF RAGING HORMONES (2014, W.W. Norton), which was selected as one of the New York Times’ 100 Most Notable Books. It is based on her Best American Essay 2012 on menopause, originally published in The Atlantic Monthly. The Madwoman in the Volvo has inspired Sandra's new stand-up show, The B**** Is Back: An All-Too Intimate Conversation, running at The Broad Stage in July, 2015, as well as a multi-character play, which will premiere at South Coast Repertory Theatre in January, 2016.

SANDRA TSING LOH is the author of the THE MADWOMAN IN THE VOLVO: MY YEAR OF RAGING HORMONES (2014, W.W. Norton), which was selected as one of the New York Times' 100 Most Notable Books. It is based on her Best American Essay 2012 on menopause, originally published in The Atlantic Monthly. Her previous book, MOTHER ON FIRE, was inspired by her hit solo show about Los Angeles public education. During that time, she was named one of the 50 most influential comedians by Variety. 

Her other solo shows include "Aliens in America" and "Bad Sex With Bud Kemp" (both off-Broadway at Second Stage Theatre), "Sugar Plum Fairy" (Geffen Playhouse, Seattle Rep), and "I Worry" (Kennedy Center, Actor's Theatre of Louisville). Her short story, "My Father's Chinese Wives," won a Pushcart Prize in 1996, and is also featured in the Norton Anthology of Modern Literature. Loh's previous books include A Year in Van Nuys, Aliens in America, Depth Takes a Holiday, and a novel, If You Lived Here, You'd Be Home By Now, which was named by the Los Angeles Times as one of the 100 best fiction books of 1998. 

She has been a regular commentator on NPR's "Morning Edition," and on PRI's "This American Life" and "Marketplace"; currently, her weekly segment "The Loh Life"" is heard on KPCC. Loh's education includes a BS in physics from the California Institute of Technology, an institution which granted her a Distinguished Alumna Award, its highest honor, and for whom she was the first alumna to give a now-famous commencement speech. 

Loh's combining of her communication and science skills continue with her syndicated daily minute "The Loh Down on Science," which is heard weekly by 4 million people. Excerpts from her solo piano CD Pianovision has been heard on several NPR shows, and she also scored the music for the 1998 Oscar-winning documentary Breathing Lessons. A Pushcart Prize winner, MacDowell Fellow and three-time National Magazine Award nominee, she is a contributing editor for The Atlantic Monthly and adjunct professor of visual art and science communication at the University of California, Irvine. 

Sandra's stand-up show, The B**** Is Back: An All-Too Intimate Conversation, ran at The Broad Stage in July, 2015. Her multi-character play based on The Madwoman in the Volvo premiered at South Coast Repertory Theatre (SCR) in January, 2016, and enjoyed subsequent runs at The Pasadena Playhouse and Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Loh workshopped a new piece, "Blue State," at the Ojai Playwrights Conference in August, 2017. A new three-actor version of "Sugar Plum Fairy" will be produced by SCR in December, 2017. Loh is an adjunct associate professor of Drama at UC Irvine, where she also teaches Science Communication.

American composer/conductor/violinist/violist/pianist and educator Maria Newman joins Janeane on KUCI 88.9fm!

Maria Newman, Composer/Violinist/Violist

United States Congress Commendation and Recognition

Annenberg Foundation Composition Fellow
Mary Pickford Library Composition Fellow
Composer-in-Residence, Malibu Coast Chamber Orchestra
Composer-in-Residence, Viklarbo Chamber Ensemble

Music Director/Conductor, Malibu Coast Silent Film Orchestra

“Hugely musical, bewitching, witty, profound and playful, with an instantly recognizable and unusually appealing musical personality, Maria Newman is one of the most charming and distinctive composers of her generation.” Jim Svejda, NPR’s “The Record Shelf Guide to the Classical Repertoire”/KUSC Radio. 

American composer/conductor/violinist/violist/pianist and educator Maria Newman has been commended and recognized by the U.S. Congress for her work in the field of music composition, performance, and recording, as well as earning accolades as an Annenberg Foundation Composition Fellow, a Mary Pickford Library & Foundation Composition Fellow, and a Variety American Music Legend. 

“This is real genius.” Fanfare Magazine. As composer and performer, Newman’s original concert works, as well as scores for film and historic silent films, are presented around the globe in the world’s major municipalities, including such domestic venues as Carnegie Hall, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the U.S. Capitol Building on Capitol Hill and the National Archives in Washington D.C., William Randolph Hearst Castle Private Theater, the President’s Own Marine Band Barracks, Nokia’s NOVO Theatre, NYC’s Symphony Space, the Clarice at UMD, the Music Scoring Stages of 20th Century Fox, MGM, Paramount, Sony, Universal, and Warner Bros., to name but a few. Newman continues to be featured regularly on radio and television worldwide in live recorded concert performances/spotlight interviews on broadcasts such as CBS Sunday Morning, and National Public Radio's From the Top with Christopher O'Riley. A George Wellington Miles Scholar of Yale University, Newman is a passionate advocate for the strength of storytelling and the power of human understanding within our universal language of music, and she has been privileged to partner with many commissioning organizations and world-class performers in composing and presenting her works to the concert-going public and beyond. 

She has taken these ideas along with her to conservatory and university artist-faculty residencies at such institutions as Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music, University of Maryland School of Music in Washington D.C., among many others. Her many compositions continue to enjoy a meaningful musical life. 

Educated at Yale University (MM) and the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music (BM; Pi Kappa Lambda; magna cum laude), Newman is currently Composer-in-Residence, soloist, and concertmaster with the Malibu Coast Chamber Orchestra, and Viklarbo Chamber Ensemble, (with whom she has earned multiple grants from the National Endowment for the Arts), and is Music Director and Conductor of the Malibu Coast Silent Film Orchestra. Often in the international spotlight, Maria Newman was the acclaimed soloist in Miklos Rozsa’s Viola Concerto with the Nuremburg Symphony (Germany) on the GRAMMY Award-winning Symphonic Hollywood CD, (Varese Sarabande label), and served as solo violinist and physical animation inspiration for the character of “The Grasshopper” in the 1996 Walt Disney release of Tim Burton’s, James and the Giant Peach. 

Along with musical partner/husband, conductor and producer Scott Hosfeld, Newman has presented an award-winning live classical concert series at the Montgomery Arts House for Music and Architecture (MAHMA, Malibu) for the past fifteen seasons. During this unprecedented era in which we find ourselves staying close to home, the two have already broadcast 5 streaming events featuring the resident musicians actually living at the venue. A virtual summer festival is planned for August 20th – 30th, 2020. Please visit: www.malibufriendsofmusic.org for more information. 

Often referred to as the “Musical Newman Family Dynasty,” Maria Newman is the daughter of 9-time Academy Award-winning composer, Alfred Newman; the sister of Academy Award-nominated film composers and conductors Thomas Newman and David Newman; and the cousin of Academy Awardwinning singer-songwriter and film composer Randy Newman. Maria Newman’s music/recording studio is based in Malibu, California, in a beautiful California craftsman venue designed by renowned architect, Eric Lloyd Wright, of the Frank Lloyd Wright family of architects. 

Thursday, July 30, 2020

NEW on KUCI 88.9fm with host Janeane - Director, Producer and Writer Varda Bar-Kar talks about her latest film, Fandango at the Wall

FANDANGO AT THE WALL follows Arturo O’Farrill, maestro Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra founder, and Kabir Sehgal, bestselling author and music producer, as they prepare to record a live album at the U.S.-Mexico border wall. Their project is inspired by the annual music festival called Fandango Fronterizo, which unites people in son jarocho's song and dance on both sides of the Tijuana-San Diego border.

Before recording, Fandango Fronterizo organizer, Jorge Francisco Castillo, takes O’Farrill and Sehgal on an inspiring journey of Veracruz, Mexico, where son jarocho, the 300-hundred-year-old folk music called combining indigenous, Spanish, and African traditions originated. As they travel to the remotest regions of the Veracruz coast, they meet legendary son jarocho musicians and artisans and recruit them for the upcoming festival. Their travels culminate at the annual border celebration, promoting peace, and celebrating unity. From executive producers, Quincy Jones, Andrew Young, Carlos Santana, producers Kabir Sehgal and Doug Davis, and director Varda Bar-Kar, the film introduces the beautiful music of the region through intimate storytelling and captivating concert footage. FANDANGO AT THE WALL is a powerful reminder of music’s ability to bridge cultural barriers.

director | producer | writer 
NFMLA Board Member
BIG VOICE (on Hulu, PBS SoCal, July 31 @ 8 pm)
FANDANGO AT THE WALL (coming soon)
music without borders
Ford Foundation & Miranda Foundation Grant Recipient

KUCI's Janeane Bernstein chats with Leslie La Page of the LA FEMME International Film Festival

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Meet Leslie La Page 

For over a decade Leslie La Page has Produced, Directed and Line Produced/UPM for Film, TV, Music Videos, Commercials and Theatrical productions nationally and internationally in both the independent and commercial markets. She has worked for such companies as Black Entertainment Television Action Pay Per View (BET) HBO, Lifetime TV, MTV, Paramount and Nickelodeon just to name a few.

While at BET she line produced their entire slate of original programming which aired on their network and additional achieved international and domestic video releases. Her production experience also involves her in the areas of marketing, developing scripts, creating promotional copy as well as promotional feature spots and trailers.

In 1997 Ms. La Page ran and operated TIGER’S EYE SOUND, a dialogue editorial company, with her partner Bruce Murphy. There she worked with numerous awarding winning dialogue editors and edited over 20 independent feature films in the company’s first year. Ms. La Page and TIGER’S EYE SOUND dialogue-edited such critically acclaimed films as: 1998 Academy Awards Nominee, Best Foreign Film – “Four Days in September”; 1998 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award for “Smoke Signals”; and the film “Dead Man’s Curve,” which was a Sundance Film Festival Invitee.

In 2003, Leslie and her Partner Saul Stein, Co-Executive Producer of “The Holy Land”, formed BooYah! Films and have released through Cavu Pictures the critically acclaimed film “The Holy Land”, which opened domestically at the Angelica Theatre in New York City before rolling out to 45 cities across the nation. She still has her production company Infinity Films which is involved in feature film, music video, and commercial productions.

Ms. La Page also consults independent filmmakers for feature films, script analysis, budgets, independent marketing, and film festivals and taught at the New York Film Academy and has taught as an adjunct professor nationally at universities. She was a Slamdance Film Festival Programmer for over five years and was the creator and Executive Producer for the Slamdance Filmmaker’s Bootcamp.

Ms. LaPage was the Director of Programming for the New Orleans Media Experience Film Festival (NOME 2003) occurring in Louisiana which platformed over 100 films. 50% of the films platformed at NOME went on to have theatrical distribution: Show Boy, Nursie, Hungry Hearts, Dog Walker and Flavors just to name a few.

Ms. LaPage launched in 2005 the LA FEMME International Film Festival which still operated today as one of the most prestigious women’s film festivals in Los Angeles. The focus of the film festival is to empower women in entertainment and to platform women artists with commercially viable productions. Ms. LaPage has been a forerunner in the empowerment of independent artists. Ms LaPage explored new technologies as the V.P. of Production for Fun Little Movies channel on the Sprint mobile network. She directed and produced the channel’s first animated series, “Spacey Movie, The Series”.

Ms. LaPage launched a “Christian Faith Based Network” for a philanthropic Christian organization. She held the title of Supervising Producer for all Original Programming in Production and Post Production for their scripted and non-scripted content.

Ms. La Page holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and a Master of Fine Arts in Film Directing from the California Institute of the Arts. She currently teaches as an Adjunct teacher at Columbia College Hollywood. Ms. LaPage is currently in development with Television shows for the major networks and writing a novel series.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Coming up on KUCI 88.9fm - Anna Penenberg talks about her new memoir, Dancing in the Narrows - a powerful book detailing her journey to rediscover herself after spending years as a single mother struggling to help her daughter navigate Lyme disease

“Dancing in the Narrows” chronicles a mother and daughter’s multiyear journey through illness and trauma. At sixteen, Anna’s youngest daughter, Dana, is stricken with a mysterious debilitating condition, eventually diagnosed as Lyme Disease. Completely dependent and in excruciating pain, Dana spends years on the sofa.

Desperate to find a cure, the two women are thrust into the established medical world, then far beyond. When endless supplements, pharmaceuticals, dietary restrictions, and alternative therapies don’t deliver, only hope remains. Full of adventure, humor and blind faith, “Dancing In The Narrows” is an inspiring story of self-discovery, as a single mother fights to save the life of her child.

Anna Penenberg on her new memoir, Dancing in the Narrows (She Writes Press, July 7, 2020). This powerful book details her journey to rediscover herself after spending years as a single mother struggling to help her daughter navigate Lyme disease.

A healer by training, Anna’s book recalls in detail the stress and confusion of navigating the health system to identify and treat the then-mysterious illness. In the age of COVID-19, where family members across the globe find themselves suddenly transformed into caregivers, Anna’s memoir couldn’t have come at a more urgent time.