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JIM MAURER has played piano in some of the most famous hotels in Los Angeles, including the St. James Club, an art deco hotel on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood, for the club’s nearly ten-year existence. He also played piano at private parties for scores of Hollywood film, television, and theatre elite. For many years, Jim volunteered at Providence St. Joseph Hospital in Burbank, CA, playing the piano every afternoon in the lobby. His community service was acknowledged with awards from Women in Theatre, the City of Burbank, the California State Senate, and KNX radio. Click here to listen to some of Jim’s music on YouTube.
KARLA McLAREN is an “empath” (one skilled at reading emotions), researcher and award-winning author. Her newest book and audio learning program (October, 2013) is The Art of Empathy: A Complete Guide to Life’s Most Essential Skill. Learn more at her website. (11/2/13, Dr. Connie Corley)
Celebrating the life of NELSON MANDELA: a panel discussion in honor of Nelson Mandela's 95th birthday with guests Mike Murase, Director of Service Programs at Little Tokyo Service Center; Arturo Quiros, Studio Engineer & Outreach Associate, Street Poets, Inc.; and Taylor Maxie Jr., Teaching Artist. (7/13/13, Bobbee Zeno)
ALAN MANDELL is an actor known for his roles in the works of Shakespeare, Beckett, and others, in stage productions on and off Broadway, throughout California and in Europe. Alan toured France and Germany with the original productions of Samuel Beckett's “Waiting for Godot” and “Endgame,” directed by Beckett himself. Alan is the recipient of LA Weekly's first Lifetime Achievement Award. He currently stars in the LA Theatre Works’ radio theatre performance of Ibsen’s “An Enemy of the People” at the UCLA James Bridges Theater, April 10th through 13th. More here. (4/5/14 Tim Carpenter)
GEORGE M. MARTIN, M.D., is Professor of Pathology Emeritus (Active); Director Emeritus, Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center; Adjunct Professor of Genome Sciences (Retired), University of Washington; and Visiting Scholar, Molecular Biology Institute, UCLA. Dr. Martin is also the Scientific Director of AFAR, the American Federation for Aging Research. Dr. Martin discusses his research and its implications for lengthening not only our life span but also our "health span," and he explains the valuable work done by AFAR. More about Dr. Martin here. More about AFAR here. (10/18/13 ET Online, John Semper Jr.)
TY MARTIN is a seasoned LGBT activist who leads the Harlem division of SAGE, Services & Advocacy for LGBT Seniors. He discusses his new film with PJ Raval entitled, Before You Know It. Learn more about the film here. (7/20/13, Tim Carpenter)
PRESTON MAYBANK has appeared as an actor in theatres throughout the US and Europe, including Joe Papp’s Public Theatre, South Coast Rep, Pasadena Playhouse, A Noise Within, Aspen Fringe and many others. He has also appeared in numerous feature films and television shows, including “Longtime Companion,” “Wed-Lock,” “Abductions,” “Cybill,” “Matlock,” “Pride & Joy” and “Novocain” with Steve Martin. He talks about his smooth transition from thespian to stop-motion filmmaker. Find him on Facebook, and find his film, The Agitated. (6/28/15, Tim Carpenter)
NICHOLAS MEYER has achieved success as a novelist, screenwriter, and director. His many films as writer and/or director include Time After Time, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Sommersby, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, The Deceivers, Company Business, and The Human Stain. He adapted the screenplay for his first film, The Seven-Per-Cent Solution, from his 1974 best-selling first novel of the same name. For his work, Meyer was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. (9/11/16 Laemmle Royal Theatre Anniversary Classics)
MIRABAI CEIBA consists of guitarist/singer Markus Sieber and singer/harpist/keyboardist Angelika Baumbach. They have forged engaging new style of world devotional music blending Gurmukhi mantras from the Kundalini Yoga tradition with original songs in English and Spanish that reflect a Native American influence and also draw words of wisdom from Rumi, Thich Nhat Hanh, Guru Nanak and Yogi Bhajan. Their latest CD from Spirit Voyage is SACRED LOVE MEDITATIONS, available here. More at www.mirabaiceiba.com (8/3/13, Dr. Connie Corley)
ANDRE MIRIPOLSKY is a world-renowned Los Angeles artist who pushes the limits in painting, sculpture, mobiles, graphics, sets, and costumes. He was born in Paris; raised in Iran, Thailand, Austria, France, Indonesia, and Korea; and educated at CalArts in L.A. He has worked with Elton John (the famous 1980 Concert in Central Park “Piano Keys” costume) and Bette Midler (album package/visual design for her 1982 worldwide “DeTour”), as well as Quincy Jones, The Rolling Stones, Gato Barbieri, Robin Williams, Beastie Boys, Cheap Trick, MTV, and “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno. Learn more at www.miripolsky.com.(Two Parts:12/22 and 12/29/12, John Semper Jr., 9/27/15, Cynthia Friedlob)
DR. HARRY "RICK" MOODY is the head of the office of Academic Affairs at AARP and one of the lead figures in Positive Aging. He's the author of over 100 scholarly articles and book chapters, as well as a number of books. He has also been active in the field of biomedical ethics and is an Adjunct Associate of the Hastings Center. He discusses the 6th International Conference on Positive Aging, Feb. 10–12, 2013, in Los Angeles. More info about Dr. Moody here. (1/19/13, Dr. Connie Corley)
Brazilian singer/lyricist KATIA MORAES began her career in Rio de Janeiro in the '80s with her band, "O Espirito da Coisa." Since then she has worked with many top Brazilian acts. In 1996, she released her first CD, "Ten Feet and the Sun," in the U.S. with the Brasil Nuts band. In 1998, Kátia started a monthly newsletter, "Brazilian Heart," exploring culture, art and music. Learn more at her website. (7/27/13, Bobbee Zeno)
Jazz vocalist BARBARA MORRISON recorded her first appearance for radio in Detroit at the age of 10, and she hasn’t slowed down since. Over the years she has performed with a virtual “who’s who” of the Jazz and Blues worlds. She also performs at blues and jazz festivals around the world. Learn more about her at her website. (5/24/14, Bobbee Zeno Musical Rewind)
MIKE MURASE is the Director of Service Programs at the Little Tokyo Service Center (LTSC), a multi-faceted social service and community economic development agency serving Little Tokyo and greater Japanese American community throughout Los Angeles. He is an attorney, activist and administrator, has been involved in human services, social change, education, government and politics for over 40 years. Learn more here. (7/13/13, Bobbee Zeno)