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MICHAEL JOHN GARCES is a director and writer, and Artistic Director of Cornerstone Theater Company. He and Peter Howard, founding member of Cornerstone, discuss their latest production, "Lunch Lady Courage," the third play in Cornerstone’s "Hunger Cycle." Get more information at the Cornerstone Theater website. (4/16/13, Tim Carpenter)
Over the past twenty years, DILYS TOSTESON GARCIA has worked on behalf of children at risk in a variety of child welfare settings. She is now EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR of CASA/LA. A Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) is a trained, dedicated and caring community volunteer assigned to lift the voice of a child in foster care. CASAs are sworn in by dependency court judges to advocate for what is in the child’s best interest. Dilys is joined on the show by others also involved in the CASA program. (2/6/15 Alicia Sedwick)
KATHY GARVER is most fondly remembered for her starring role for five years as “Cissy” in the long-running CBS international television hit, from the '60s and '70s, “Family Affair." Her first film, “The Night of the Hunter,” was directed by Academy Award winner Charles Laughton. Hollywood’s legendary Cecil B. DeMille had special scenes written into the 1956 epic motion picture, “The Ten Commandments,” to highlight young Kathy. Today Ms. Garver is an accomplished and versatile actress who has garnered critical acclaim in movies, stage, radio, voice-over animation, and audio book narration. (1/22/17 John Semper Jr.)
Renowned writing coach ALAN GELB's latest book, Having the Last Say: Capturing Your Legacy in One Small Story, takes on the challenge of making sense of life in its third act by helping readers organize memories and milestones, making the rich and timeless tradition of life review and authentic storytelling accessible to those who have never considered themselves “writers.” Akin to the ethical wills that have long been an element of Jewish tradition, these “last says” are short narratives of 500-1000 words, reflecting on the people, actions, and events that have shaped the writer’s life and values. Engaging in life review can have significant benefits, helping people gain greater clarity about their life experiences while combating the anxiety and chaos that can often take over in this last stage of life. Learn more here. (ET Online 12/13/15, Alicia Sedwick)
MICHAEL J. GELB is an internationally known, leading authority on the application of genius thinking to personal and organizational development. He has written 14 books, including His most recent book, Creativity on Demand: How to Ignite and Sustain the Fire of Genius, published by Sounds True. Learn more about Michael Gelb on his website. (1/24/15 Dr. Connie Corley)
RABBI LAURA GELLER is a Senior Rabbi of Temple Emanuel in Beverly Hills, California. She was among the first women to be selected to lead a major metropolitan synagogue. Prior to being chosen for this position in 1994, she served as the Executive Director of the American Jewish Congress, Pacific Southwest Region. Among her accomplishments at AJCongress was the creation of the AJCongress Feminist Center, which became a model for other Jewish feminist projects around the county. Rabbi Geller has been recognized with numerous awards and honors, including being named one of Newsweek’s 50 Most Influential Rabbis in America and the California State Legislature’s Woman of the Year Award. She was the third woman in the Reform Movement to become a rabbi. (8/7/16 Dr. Connie Corley)
PATRICIA L. GERBARG, MD is a co-founder of Breath-Body-Mind. She practices Integrative Psychiatry, combining standard and complementary treatments. Her research focuses on mind-body practices for reducing the effects of stress and trauma, particularly in survivors of mass disasters, including the Southeast Asia Tsunami, 9/11 World Trade Center attacks, 2010 earthquake in Haiti, war in Sudan, Gulf Horizon Oil Spill, veterans, and stress-related medical illnesses. With Dr. Richard P. Brown she has co-authored over 40 scientific articles, book chapters, and health books on complementary and integrative treatments. Learn more here.
ZOE GHAHREMANI is the award-winning author of Sky of Red Poppies, KPBS’s One Book selection for 2012. Dr. Ghahremani is a retired Professor of Pediatric Dentistry who turned her full attention to her passion for the written word in 2000. Since then, she has published 3 books and hundreds of articles and reviews. Her new novel is The Moon Daughter. More here. (11/30/13, Tim Carpenter)
GIRISH is an eclectic artist with roots in jazz, world, and sacred music. His musical talents find expression in a wide array of instruments – including tablas, world percussion, guitar, harmonium, and voice. Since 2000, Girish’s work as a session player has aligned him with the likes of producers Glen Ballard (Dave Matthews Band, Alani Morrisette) and Michael Brook (Nusrat Fatah Ali Khan, Youssou N’Dour), as well as the creative team at Lucas Art. His talents are featured on some of the most popular recordings in the world music/chant music field today. Visit his website to learn more.
GARY GLAZNER is the Founder and Executive Director of the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project (APP); the host and co-producer (with New York Memory Center) of the monthly Memory Arts Café, a series of free art events for people living with Alzheimer’s disease, their caregivers, and the general public; and the founder of the Institute for Dementia Education and Arts (IDEA). He’s also a poet who was a key figure in the poetry slam movement. His latest book is Dementia Arts: Celebrating Creativity in Elder Care. (6/19/15, 4/23/17, Dr. Connie Corley)
JACKIE GOLDBERG, known as the Pink Lady, is a teacher, actor, writer, and toastmaster. For over 40 years, she was in the fashion industry as a Womens’ Wear marketing & sales rep. At age 70, she developed a series of seminars called, “Get Up, Get Out, & Get a Life,” to encourage fellow seniors to embrace new challenges. She also began an acting career. This led to her creation of the non-profit Senior Star Power Productions and an annual live stage show featuring performers over the age of sixty. Learn more here. (3/26/17, Cynthia Friedlob)
Artist DON JUAN/JOHNNY D. GONZALEZ is an innovator of the 1970s East Los Angeles Chicano Mural Movement and Cultural Arts Renaissance. In 1970, he founded the East L.A. School of Mexican American Fine Arts (TELASOMAFA) and established a mural apprenticeship program to aid in the revitalization of the area. By 1975, almost 300 Chicano murals were attracting international tourism and media acclaim, which served as a catalyst that lead to L.A. being called the mural capital of the world. More here. (1/19/13, Dr. Connie Corley)
GOVINDAS (Ira Jeffrey Rosen), who is the co-founder of Bhakti Yoga Shala, first came to yoga while living in Los Angeles in 1994 because of health concerns. After years of many different practices with the intention of healing, he found his yogic "home" in the path of Bhakti Yoga, the aspect of yoga frequently described as the "yoga of the heart" or "the yoga of love and devotion." Govindas's yoga classes are an innovative approach and play between form and formless, honoring defined traditional vinyasa yoga structures and the inner creative and playful impulse. Learn more at www.bhaktiyogashala.com. (8//15, Dr. Connie Corley)
KATHRYN GRAF is a playwright whose plays include "Hermetically Sealed," "Surviving David," "Poor Pretty Birds," "The Stiff" and her latest, "The Snake Can." She is also the author of the children’s book, Always My Dad. More info here. (2/2/13, Tim Carpenter)
Los Angeles artist BRUCE GRAY's work includes kinetic art, rolling ball machines, mobiles, giant objects, abstract paintings, magnetic sculptures, functional art, modern metal sculptures, and more. His work has been featured at many museums, art galleries, in over 36 books, and countless times on TV and in movies. Visit Bruce's website and read his blog, The Steel Whisperer, for more information. (11/29/14, 6/19/16 Cynthia Friedlob)
LINDA GRIMES may well be the key to the arts scene in San Pedro. She is a committed Social Entrepreneur and has lent her considerable community organizing and marketing talents to many causes. Linda is an avid student of creative urban redevelopment strategies and is a founder of the San Pedro Waterfront Arts District, whose mission is to promulgate more public art projects in San Pedro. Linda spearheaded the SP Mural project which was awarded to Luis Sanchez, an artist from PacArts in San Pedro, one of EngAGE’s first multi-generational artists colonies. (1/29/17 Tim Carpenter)
BEN GUILLORY is producing Artistic Director of the award-winning Robey Theatre Company where he directed "Bronzeville," written by Tim Toyama and Aaron Woolfolk. The play addresses life in L.A.'s Little Tokyo neighborhood after the bombing of Pearl Harbor when Japanese Americans were moved to internment camps, forcing them to abandon their homes and businesses. Thousands of African American families moved in and Little Tokyo became known as “Bronzeville.” Click here to go to ProjectBronzeville. (6/22/13, Bobbee Zeno)