Worth Repeating: Elders of Organic Farming Gather to Discuss the Future

“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 2/17/14:

Don Bustos, co-director of the American Friends Service Committee and organic farmer with salad mix. Most of it will be sold to the school district to be served in kids' lunches. Photo: AFSC

Don Bustos, co-director of the American Friends Service Committee and organic farmer with salad mix. Most of it will be sold to the school district to be served in kids’ lunches.
Photo: AFSC

“Perched on a California cliff high above the Pacific surf, with whales spouting offshore, the Esalen Institute beckons to those seeking physical and spiritual betterment. But for a week in January, it served as Mount Olympus for two dozen organic farmers. It was an organic summit of ‘agrarian elders’ convened by farmers Michael Abelman and Eliot Coleman . . . . These were the farmers who’d launched a movement, gained decades of wisdom and supported their families well. . . . Most were from non-agrarian backgrounds, but their stories trace the arc of organic farming’s history, from idealistic beginnings through years of insanely hard work to the takeover by industry and the current threat to diversity by GMO patents on seeds.” Read the full article here.

 

 

 

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Rebel Low-Brow Painter Robert Williams

Williams poses before his 2007 painting, "Hollywood After Midnight." The artist is inspired by myriad aspects of California culture, including cars, pinups, animation and comic books. (Katie Falkenberg / Los Angeles Times)

Williams poses before his 2007 painting, “Hollywood After Midnight.” The artist is inspired by myriad aspects of California culture, including cars, pinups, animation and comic books. (Katie Falkenberg / Los Angeles Times)

“‘Robert Williams: Slang Aesthetics‘ is a survey of the artist’s recent work, with more than 84 pieces, including painting, water colors, concept sketches, drawings, prints and some cartoonishly insane looking sculptures. Among them: a 9-foot fiberglass piece from 2013 titled “The Rapacious Wheel,” a circular arrangement of bared teeth that looks like a combination of a Mayan totem and Wile E. Coyote’s worst nightmare.” Read more here about the 72-year-old whose life was “inspired by hot rods and comics.”

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Experience Talks Online – Now Posted: Mark S. Komrad, MD

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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.

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MARK S. KOMRAD, M.D. with host DR. CONNIE CORLEY

Mark Komrad

Mark S. Komrad, MD, is the author of the acclaimed book, You Need Help! A Step-by-Step Plan to Convince a Loved One to Get Counseling. Dr. Komrad is a psychiatrist on the clinical and teaching staff of Sheppard Pratt Hospital and the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore,  Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Maryland, and on the  teaching faculty of Oceania University of Medicine in Samoa. For 25 years he has treated patients and advised people on how to convince an emotionally or behaviorally troubled loved-one to accept psychiatric evaluation and treatment.

Last week, Dr. Komrad was inducted into the prestigious American College of Psychiatrists, an organization of only 750 psychiatrists from around the world.   

“Membership in The College is by nomination and extensive review, limited to psychiatrists who have demonstrated outstanding competence in the field of psychiatry, and who have achieved national recognition in one of the following fields: clinical practice, research, academic leadership, and teaching.”

Learn more about Dr. Komrad at his website. Get additional information, including his speaking schedule, articles about the book, all the radio and TV interviews he has done about it, excerpts, reviews, endorsements, and more at YouNeedHelpBook.com.

 

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International Perspective: Co-Housing in Europe

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The Improvistos architects' plans involve revamping the apartments, with minimal structural changes. Neighbors would be able to trade rooms, and share kitchens, roof gardens and office space.  (Credit: Improvistos)

The Improvistos architects’ plans involve revamping the apartments, with minimal structural changes. Neighbors would be able to trade rooms, and share kitchens, roof gardens and office space. (Credit: Improvistos)

Twenty-something architects María García Mendez and Gonzalo Navarrete in Spain envision a different way of living:

“It’s like up-cycling the neighborhood — connecting existing resources to make them work,” García explains. ” For example, all this workforce that’s unemployed, all these empty spaces that are without use, all these elderly people that need help, all these natural resources that are not being taken care of — making a project for all these things.”

Read more and listen to the NPR story here.

You can also listen here to a 2014 “Experience Talks” radio show hosted by Cynthia Friedlob and featuring author Beth Baker discussing her book, With a Little Help from Our Friends: Creating Community as We Grow Older.  Co-housing is one of the models she explores. There’s also a Q&A session that took place after the interview. Listen here.

 

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Gray and Stylish

Over the last few years, there’s been a noticeable increase in activity online and off in support of stylish seniors.

Fashionistas in London

The Fabulous Fashionistas at the Mirror Mirror event at the London College of Fashion. Photograph: London College of Fashion

 

In 2013, a conference at the London College of Fashion “announced itself with a chat with Advanced Style’s Ari Seth Cohen, followed by a quick blast of exercise led by the alarmingly supple and energetic Daphne Selfe and rounded off with Sue Kreitzman styling up That’s Not My Age blogger Alyson Walsh – who finished the evening looking pretty fabulous. Speaking of which, you will surely recognise both Sue and Daphne from Sue Bourne’s documentary, Fabulous Fashionistas. My word, has that programme started something – I believe we have the seeds of a revolution.” Read more here.

Vivienne Westwood … her designs are eminently suitable for older women Photograph: Martin Argles

Vivienne Westwood … her designs are eminently suitable for older women Photograph: Martin Argles

IN 2014, The Invisible Woman, writer of the regular column, “The Vintage Years,” for the UK’s The Guardian, talks about her frustration with what fashions are offered to older women and announces a quest to find designers who offer what really does work. Vivienne Westwood is her first choice. Read more here.

 

Dolce & Gabbana’s spring 2015 ads feature three grandmothers. Credit: Dolce & Gabbana

Dolce & Gabbana’s spring 2015 ads feature three grandmothers. Credit: Dolce & Gabbana

In 2015, fashion advertising embraced the older model:  “For the last three years at about this time — which is to say, in the nascent days of the new year, when the calendar lies clear and the sense of possibility is at its apex — Selfridges, the British department store, has dedicated its windows, all 13 of them, to a new class of Bright Young Things: dozens of up-and-coming stars of fashion and art, including names like Simone Rocha, Christopher Shannon and Maarten van der Horst, who it thinks will shape what we wear and how we shop in the year to come.

“New year, new generation!

“But this year, things look a bit different. [This year], the emporium will unveil its first windows of 2015, all dedicated to the work of Bright Old Things (BOTs): 14 men and women of a certain age, who changed careers late in life, moving into the worlds of fashion and art at a time most people start thinking about saying goodbye to fashionable things.”

Read more here about “Fashion’s Two-Faced Relationship with Age.”

 

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Art Goes to the Dogs at NoHo SAC

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The Gallery @NoHoSAC will feature the works of photographer Lisa Dragani in the solo show, “Bitches and Sons of Bitches,” a personal, ongoing project combining shelter, rescue and domestic dog portraits.

Stop by for the free Opening Reception on Tuesday, February 24th, from 6 to 8 pm.

NoHo Senior Arts Colony
10747 Magnolia Blvd .
North Hollywood, California 91601

The show runs from February 24th to April 12th. Read a brief interview with the artist here and visit her website here.

 

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Ian McKellen on Working

Ian McKellen as Mr. Holmes

Ian McKellen as Mr. Holmes

“Ian McKellen was in Berlin [recently] in support of his performance as Sherlock Holmes in Bill Condon’s well-received drama ‘Mr. Holmes.’ The film, an adaptation of the novel, A Slight Trick of the Mind, by Mitch Cullin, picks up with the former detective, now 93, as he reflects on his life and deals with deterioration of his once incredible mind. Unlike the character he portrays onscreen, McKellen, 75, is still very with it and busier than ever. Indiewire sat down with the actor in Berlin to discuss ‘Mr. Holmes’ and why he feels the need to continue to work.” Read more here.

 

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Worth Repeating: Astronomer Jill Tarter’s Search for E.T.

“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 2/13/15:

Photo by Seth Shostak/SETI

Photo by Seth Shostak/SETI

Astronomer Jill Tarter, 70, has dedicated most of her career to answering one question: Are we alone in the universe? Dr. Tarter is the outgoing director of the Center for SETI Research. Her astronomical work is illustrated in Carl Sagan’s novel Contact. In the film version of Contact, the protagonist Ellie Arroway is played by Jodie Foster. Tarter conversed with the actress for months before and during filming, and Arroway was “largely based” on Tarter’s work. Click here to read an interview with this award-winning scientist.

 

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The Road Theatre 2015 Season Is Underway

Please support our friends at The Road Theatre! Two locations, including The Road on Magnolia at the NoHo Senior Arts Colony!

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Los Angeles Premiere

“THE OTHER PLACE”
By Sharr White
Directed by Andre Barron
Feb 20 – April 11, 2015
At The Road on Magnolia

Juliana Smithton is a successful neurologist whose life seems to be coming unhinged. Her husband has filed for divorce, her daughter has eloped with a much older man and her own health is in jeopardy. Piece by piece, a mystery unfolds as fact blurs with fiction, past collides with present and the elusive truth about Juliana boils to the surface. Nominated for a Tony, an Obie Award and 2 Outer Circle Critic Awards including Outstanding New Play. “The Other Place” is a cunningly constructed entertainment” – NY Times ~ Read more here.

 

English Bride

 

West Coast Premiere

“THE ENGLISH BRIDE”
By Lucile Lichtblau
Directed by Marya Mazor
March 5 – April 26, 2015
At The Road on Magnolia

The mystery wasn’t what happened; the mystery was why. Inspired by the real-life failed bombing attempt of an El Al flight in 1986, this play centers around an Israeli agent’s desperate search for the truth as he interrogates an Englishwoman and her Arab lover. Who put the bomb on the plane and why? Deceptions and manipulations abound in what the New York Times calls, “A mystery wrapped in a love story — or the other way around. ~ Read more here.

Previews: Feb 28 at 3PM, March 1 at 7PM, March 3 at 8PM

Get the full 2015 Road Theatre season schedule here!

 

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Experience Talks Online – Now Posted: Robert Peng

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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.

Podcast ButtonExperience Talks is preempted in February for a KPFK Fund Drive. Please enjoy our Experience Talks Online podcast on the Listen Page of our website.

 

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ROBERT PENG with host DR. CONNIE CORLEY

Robert PengROBERT 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 talk about the practice of qigong, and we’ll experience a taste of this ancient healing art with him.

 

Robert will be at the Super Qi Summit at Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY, on May 22 – 25, 2015.

 

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