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ARJUNA PARIS O'NEAL grew up on Detroit’s Eastside, surrounded by drugs, poverty, and violence. He was only 15 when he started selling drugs himself. But everything changed one fateful day, when a bullet nearly took his life. During his long recovery, Arjuna discovered a personal relationship with God, the power of yoga in rebuilding his strength and body, and the power of meditation in regaining control of his mind. He went back to school and earned multiple degrees—Associate of Arts in Business, a Bachelor of Science in Business, and a Master of Business Administration. He even expanded on his passion for yoga and became a certified yoga instructor. It was this inner calling that inspired Arjuna to create Share Necessities, an organization dedicated to improving communities by empowering the young people within them. The organization’s “Mindful Leadership” program launches in January, 2016, in the Los Angeles Unified School district. (11/8/15, Dr. Connie Corley)
HENRY OLEK and Susan Priver starred in a new adaptation of “The Guardsman,” the comic tour de force about love, fidelity and illusion, by Hungarian playwright Ferenc Molnár, playing at the NoHo Arts Center. In this new rendition, Molnár’s classic has been freely adapted to be played by older actors. The couple in the play is in the autumn of their lives with a personal history between them, and they are played by a real-life couple who have performed opposite each other many times for over a decade. (6/21/14, Tim Carpenter)
JOE ORRACH is an actor, dancer, singer and solo artist who has performed with Joan Baez, Bob Hope, the Smothers Brothers, and the Cookie Monster. Joe grew up a Puerto Rican street kid who went into boxing, became the US Air Force Welterweight Champ, then gave up the fight game to become a tap dancer. He was discovered by Gregory Hines and went on to dance with all the greats. His new show, “In My Corner,” tells his story at the Odyssey Theater in LA with tap shoes, boxing gloves, and a 3-piece jazz trio, 9/6 through 11/3/13. Visit his website for more information. (9/21/13, Tim Carpenter)
CHARLES OWENS is a master woodwind musician who is in demand as a first-call studio musician, a popular nightclub/concert performer, and a jazz artist of international repute. He is also devoted to teaching. He lectures at UCLA and the Los Angeles Jazz Society "Jazz in Schools" Program has employed Owens as leader of an entertaining group of musicians who present free interactive jazz concerts in Los Angeles elementary schools, designed to stimulate jazz awareness and create a future audience. A featured soloist with the Clayton Hamilton Orchestra, he also serves as conductor of the Luckman Jazz Orchestra. More here. (1/26/13, 3/23/13, 3/06/16 Bobbee Zeno)
DR. STEVE PANTILAT is a Professor of Clinical Medicine in the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco; the Alan M. Kates and John M. Burnard Endowed Chair in Palliative Care; and the founding Director of the UCSF Palliative Care Program. His new book is LIFE AFTER THE DIAGNOSIS: Expert Advice for Living Well with Serious Illness for Patients and Caregivers. It’s a guide for professionals, families and patients when faced with poor prognosis and the need to talk about chronic and end-of-life issues. (4/16/17 Tim Carpenter)
EVE PELL, the author of Love, Again - The Wisdom of Unexpected Romance, and the nationally acclaimed We Used to Own the Bronx, reported for three award-winning PBS documentaries and is an award-winning writer published in the San Francisco Chronicle, The Nation, Ms., Runners World, and other publications. She has been a staff reporter at the Center for Investigative Reporting, taught journalism at San Francisco State University and lectured at Stanford. Learn more at her website. (5/22/15 ET Online, Alicia Sedwick)
ROBERT PENG wrote a brilliant book, along with Rafael Nasser, called The Master Key: Qigong Secrets for Vitality, Love and Wisdom. In his book he describes how he healed from a heart ailment at a young age through Qigong. The wisdom of his master healer is now the legacy he carries forward in his teaching and healing throughout the world. Robert will be at the Wake Up Festival in Estes Park, CO, from August 20 through 24, 2014. His pre-festival intensive will be from August 18 through 20. More info here. (6/28/14, Dr. Connie Corley)
DR. AVRAHAM PERLMUTTER's inspiring autobiography, Determined, follows one remarkable individual as he outwits the Nazis, fights to establish the State of Israel, and overcomes every obstacle standing in his way. The book has been named a Wall Street Journal Bestseller, and was declared a finalist in the “Autobiography” category at both the Beverly Hills Book Awards 2015 and the Indie Excellence Book Awards 2015. It was also an Honorable Mention Award Winner in the “Biography/Autobiography/Memoir” category at the 2015 Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Beach Book Festivals. Learn more here. [Photo shows Dr. Perlmutter with his daughter Keren Perlmutter, who researched and edited the book.] (ET Online 12/13/15, Alicia Sedwick)
MATT PERRY is a journalist, filmmaker, actor and storyteller who has had a 6-year tenure at the California Health Report and created the “Aging With Dignity” news blog. He has interviewed some of the leading thinkers about some of the most critical issues of aging. Matt also created “The World Explained,” a live show he performs at conferences and seminars to break down the barriers between “us” and “them” as people age. (4/16/17 Tim Carpenter)
MARIE-ROSE PHAN LE (pron. fawn-lay) has more than twenty years’ experience in film and television production (Northern Exposure, Prefontaine, Ace's High). She is the founder and president of Healing Planet Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and presentation of ancient healing and spiritual traditions. She produced the award-winning documentary film, "Talking Story," the companion to her book entitled, Talking Story: One Woman's Quest to Preserve Ancient Spiritual and Healing Traditions. She is currently the chief operating officer and creative director at High Impact Inc. (3/14/15 Dr. Connie Corley)
Henry Olek and SUSAN PRIVER starred in a new adaptation of “The Guardsman,” the comic tour de force about love, fidelity and illusion, by Hungarian playwright Ferenc Molnár, playing at the NoHo Arts Center. In this new rendition, Molnár’s classic has been freely adapted to be played by older actors. The couple in the play is in the autumn of their lives with a personal history between them, and they are played by a real-life couple who have performed opposite each other many times for over a decade. (6/21/14, Tim Carpenter)