Experience Talks Online – Now Posted: Anna Halprin

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Join us for Experience Talks Online, exclusive podcast interviews posted on our website. Carrying on the same tradition as our KPFK-FM/Pacifica Network syndicated radio show, the podcasts feature talented, creative people with experience worth talking about. Find our podcasts on the Listen Page of our website. They’ll post on an intermittent basis, so read this blog for updates about new podcasts as well as new Experience Talks radio shows. You can also like Experience Talks on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to get the latest news. Experience Talks and Experience Talks Online are produced by EngAGE, Inc.

PODCASTExperience Talks is pre-empted through the end of May, but we’ll have occasional podcasts for you during this hiatus. Just click the button to go to our Listen Page to hear this one!

 

 

Now Posted!

Anna Halprin

with host Alica Sedwick

“Age is like enlightenment at gunpoint.” ~ Anna Halprin

Anna Halprin - 2Anna Halprin’s diverse career has spanned the field of dance since the late 1930s, creating revolutionary directions for the art form and inspiring fellow choreographers to take modern dance to new dimensions. James Roose – Evans author of “Experimental Theatre” called Anna one of the most important theatre artists of the 20th century.

Anna founded the groundbreaking San Francisco Dancer’s Workshop in 1955 and the Tamalpa Institute in 1978 with her daughter Daria Halprin. Over the years, her famous outdoor deck has been an explorative haven for numerous dancers and choreographers, including Merce Cunningham, Eiko and Koma, and Min Tanaka; composers such as John Cage, Luciano Berio, Terry Riley, LeMonte Young, and Morton Subotnick; visual artists such as Robert Morris and Robert Whiteman; poets such as Richard Brautigan, James Broughton, and Michael McClure; and countless others.

Halprin is an early pioneer in the expressive arts healing movement. She has led countless collaborative dance programs with terminally ill patients, long committed to a belief in the connection between movement and the healing power of dance. Halprin has also investigated numerous social issues through dance and through theatrical innovations.

Halprin has created 150 full-length dance theater works, which are extensively documented in photographs, books, and on film. She is the author of three books and has released numerous videotapes about her work. She has received numerous honors from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Dance Guild, and many others, including a lifetime achievement in choreography from the American Dance Festival.

Halprin continues to make revolutionary work exploring the beauty of the aging body and its relationship to nature. Recent works include the award winning video, “Returning Home.”

At the age of 94, she performs, travels and teaches with fervor.

For more information: www.annahalprin.org

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109-Year-Old Australian Man Knits Sweaters to Save Oil-Covered Penguins

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From My Modern Met:

“109-year-old Alfred ‘Alfie’ Date, Australia’s oldest man, has 80 years of knitting experience under his belt, which is why the nurses at his retirement home asked him for a highly specific, peculiar favor. Back in 2013, there was an oil spill that was negatively affecting the little penguins of Australia and New Zealand, a species with only 32,000 members in its colony on the Australian Phillip Island.

“After the devastating oil spill, the Victoria’s Phillip Island Penguin Foundation began requesting knit jersey donations to ensure the survival of the penguins, since the jerseys prevent the penguins from ingesting toxins and keep water from getting into their sticky, oil-covered feathers, which causes them to freeze and be unable to hunt. Back in 2001, 96% of the 438 penguins affected in another oil spill were saved and rehabilitated using these sweaters.”

Please click through to read more about amazing Alfie and see the hysterical, wonderful photos of the penguins in their stylish garb! There’s also a charming 1:10 minute video.

 

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Mary Jackson: Nation’s Most Celebrated Maker of Sweetgrass Baskets

CRAFT“For some 35 years, Mary Jackson has created baskets true to that long, unbroken tradition [of West Africa], yet with a modern look and an expressive, sculptural flair that’s distinctively hers. She weaves them out of the strong, pliable sweetgrass that grows around the marshes and swamps of coastal South Carolina’s Low Country. . . Elegant and fine, Jackson’s baskets are shown in major art museums and prized by collectors around the world, including Prince Charles and Empress Michiko of Japan. She has received the highest honors, from a MacArthur Foundation ‘genius grant’ to a National Endowment for the Arts Heritage Fellowship. ‘I always wanted to keep the tradition in mind, to respect what was passed down to me,’ she says of her craft, which she learned from her mother and grandmother at the age of 4. ‘I just wanted to bring it to another level.'”  Learn more from the American Craft Council here .

 

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Musician Philip Glass Has Written a Memoir

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MUSICControversial avant-garde/experimental musician Philip Glass, 78, has written a new book, Words Without Music: A Memoir, that’s filled with insights into his work. Glass is considered one of the most influential music makers of the late 20th century. He is a prolific composer: he has written works for the musical group which he founded, the Philip Glass Ensemble (with which he still performs on keyboards), as well as operas, musical theatre works, ten symphonies, eleven concertos, solo works, chamber music including string quartets and instrumental sonatas, and film scores. Three of his film scores have been nominated for Academy Awards. Learn more here.

 

 

 

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Changing Times: Streit’s Matzo Factory Leaves Lower East Side of N.Y.

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CHANGE“This Passover holiday marks the end of an era for an iconic matzo factory in New York City. Streit’s has been baking matzo — the unleavened bread that Jews eat during the eight days of Passover — in the same factory on the Lower East Side for 90 years. But the company announced it will move production to a new, modern factory after the holiday. . . ‘It was sort of the last holdout in the neighborhood,’ says Megan Schlow, who has lived on the Lower East Side for 30 years. ‘It was, I guess, sort of inevitable.'” At least they aren’t going out of business, just relocating! Read more here.

 

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Jorge Tello: L.A.’s Master Mariachi Tailor

“Tailor Jorge Tello’s store feels more like a mariachi shrine than a tailor shop. Photos of Mexican stars like Pedro Infante fill the walls. And a glass case features one of Tello’s most intricate suits — a crisp, three-piece outfit with gold, flowerly designs down the lapel. . . It’s all on display at La Casa de Mariachi, the shop Tello has run in East Los Angeles for three decades. The store has become so synonymous with Mexican folk music, here and around the world, Tello has become known as El Maestro, The Master, to his customers. But it wasn’t always that way. Tello wasn’t even born in Mexico.” Read and listen to the story here.

 

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Worth Repeating: Giant Portrait Street Art Features Older People

WORTH-REPEATING“Worth Repeating” is a weekly feature on the EngAGE Blog that will bring you previous posts that we think are still timely, interesting, or just plain fun! From 4/14/14:

“Imagine walking down the street and finding yourself gazing at a gigantic, wrinkled face that seems to be holding up the elevated highway above you. And then another, and another. The whole highway supported by the older people of your city. That’s what you’d see if you were in Sao Paulo, Brazil, right now. Since 2008, artist-photographer Raquel Brust has been pasting her enormous images of regular people on the physical structures of Sao Paolo.” Read more about this fascinating project here. [Hat tip to EngAGE C.O.O. Maureen Kellen-Taylor for this link.]

See a previous EngAGE Blog post here about giant art created by street artist JR, who’s taken his “Wrinkles of the City” from Cartegena, Spain, to Shanghai to Los Angeles, and to Havana, where he was joined by Cuban artist José Parlá.

 

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Experience Talks Online – Now Posted! LBSAC Residents Gwendolyn Philips-Coates & Barbara Fay

Experience Talks Online LogoJoin us for Experience Talks Online, exclusive podcast interviews posted on our website. Carrying on the same tradition as our KPFK-FM/Pacifica Network syndicated radio show, the podcasts feature talented, creative people with experience worth talking about. Find our podcasts on the Listen Page of our website. They’ll post on an intermittent basis, so read this blog for updates about new podcasts as well as new Experience Talks radio shows. You can also like Experience Talks on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to get the latest news. Experience Talks and Experience Talks Online are produced by EngAGE, Inc.

PODCASTExperience Talks is pre-empted through the end of May, but we’ll have occasional podcasts for you during this hiatus. Just click the button to go to our Listen Page to hear this one!

 

 

Now Posted:

Gwendolyn Philips-Coates & Barbara Fay

talk with host Helene Weinberg

HELENE WEINBERG, Creative Programs Director at the Long Beach Senior Arts Colony, hosts this episode of Experience Talks Online with guests Gwendolyn Philips-Coates and Barbara Fay, two outstanding residents who have made significant contributions to that EngAGE flagship community.

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GWENDOLYN PHILIPS-COATES has enjoyed a professional career as a singer and author, and she is working on her doctorate in Ministry. She is the director of the Colony Chorus which took the gold medal at the 2014 EngAGE Senior Olympics.

 

 

Barbara Fay

 

While raising her family in the 1960’s and 70’s, BARBARA FAY committed her energies to a variety of volunteer opportunities  Those decades of experience helped her learn to resolve conflicts and develop professional skills which she is putting to good use now as a community organizer, resident editor of the newsletter, and director of the Reader’s Theatre troupe at LBSAC.

 

 

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Tyrone Polk: Photography Show at NoHoSAC

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As an Artist that has an addiction to vibrant colors and an interest in exploring photography, I found that I had an innate interest in photographing unique subjects such as graphics , landscapes, animals and unusual sites, that contain a strong interest in and that touched me spiritually and emotionally. Photography is very personal to me.

I became very passionate and very pleased to share my visions, along with my passion to capture these images. I wanted my photos to be interesting and somewhat controversial (in some cases), so that the photos speak to the person viewing them.

I am grateful to be part of the Art World that inspires and captures my full attention and brings joy in my life to share them.

Tyrone R. Polk

Love Each Other

“Love Each Other” (c) Tyrone Polk

 

Join Tyrone at the reception for his show on April 14th at 6:00 p.m., at North Hollywood Senior Arts Colony, 10747 Magnolia Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601

Read the NoHo Arts District.com post about the show here.

 

 

 

 

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Kenneth A. Picerne Foundation Grant Supports Art by Talented EngAGE Community Residents

Thanks to a generous grant from the Kenneth A. Picerne Foundation, residents at Cotton’s Point Senior Apartments in San Clemente, CA, have been enjoying classes taught by accomplished artist Susie Stockholm.  Take a look at a few samples of student work below, and be sure to click on each picture to enlarge it. They are all beautiful!  You can see additional work on the iPad by more of our artistic residents here, and see more collage work here. The artists are planning to hold an exhibition sometime this year. [Thanks to Nancy Goodhart, EngAGE Vice President, for sharing!]

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