Experience Talks: On Hiatus for KPFK Summer Fund Drive

 

Tune in to Experience Talks, our weekly “Radio Magazine for the Experienced Listener,” on Sundays at 5:00 PM PT on KPFK 90.7 FM Los Angeles, 98.7 FM Santa Barbara, 99.5 China Lake, 93.7 N. San Diego, streaming live online, and now syndicated on up to 100 Pacifica Network stations! Experience Talks is produced by the non-profit EngAGE, Inc.

 

Miss the show? You can always hear it as a podcast on the Listen Page of our website! You’ll also find an archive-in-progress of all of our previous shows there for you to enjoy. New shows are usually posted within 48 hours after broadcast.

 

 


 

We’re on hiatus this week for the KPFK-FM Summer Fund Drive. Please take a moment to support fiercely independent KPFK, the only radio station powered by the people. Click here to see the cool perks you can get!

 

 

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News from Buckingham: Exercise, Creativity, and Celebration

Residents surely do look happy with their varied activities at Buckingham Senior Apartments in Los Angeles, CA!

The exercise class enjoys their evening walks around the neighborhood.

In Jewelry Class, residents created drop earrings with a matching bracelet.

Residents had a blast at the masquerade/ birthday celebration. They enjoyed delicious food provided by EngAGE and danced the afternoon away.

~ Sandra Vargas, Regional Program Director

 

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News from Jasmine and Coventry Court: Red Cross Disaster Preparedness Presentations

EngAGE community residents at the Jasmine at Founder’s Village in Fountain Valley, CA, and at Coventry Court Senior Apartments in Tustin, CA, benefited from disaster preparedness presentations by the Red Cross. Residents were instructed in emergency procedures and what to expect in the event of a fire or earthquake. At the end they were given a starter grab-n-go bag containing a blanket, water, dehydrated food, a whistle, and a first aid kit.

At Coventry Court:

At The Jasmine:

~ Meloney Morse, Regional Program Director

 

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News from Burbank Senior Artists Colony: 4th of July Party Includes NoHo SAC and Piedmont

BSAC hosted a massive 4th of July party and invited residents from both NoHo Senior Arts Colony and The Piedmont Senior Apartments, also in North Hollywood. With over 80 people in attendance, the entire first floor of BSAC was filled with patriotic party-goers mingling, eating, and dancing to the AMAZING Beatles tribute band, The Beatunes. Resident Esther Fernandez’s daughter, Jennie Kwan, helped organize the music. She also generously offered to man the grill and brought goodies for the residents to snack on.  It was such a fun day and we had many requests for the band to return for our annual Halloween extravaganza.

~ Megan Hocking, Program Director

 

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Older Artists in the Art World

EngAGE Southern California Board Member Robert T. Wang, Ph.D., M.D., kindly called our attention to the first link on this list about a gallery in New York that represents only artists over the age of 60. That inspired a search for more interesting articles and posts about older artists active in today’s art world. There are many; here’s a small selection:

At a Chelsea Art Gallery, an Age Requirement: Over 60 Only

David Hockney’s Home City Bradford Gives Him a Gallery for 80th Birthday

“You Become Better with Age” – Artists who are going strong at 80 and up find that old age offers freedom, self-assurance, and room to explore

Esther Mahlangu Is Keeping Africa’s Ndebele Painting Alive

Why Old Women Have Replaced Young Men as the Art World’s Darlings

Is This a Golden Age for Older Artists?

For Betye Saar, there’s no dwelling on the past; the almost-90-year-old artist has too much future to think about

A 101-Year-Old Artist Finally Gets Her Due at the Whitney

John Outterbridge: Assembling a Movement

 

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News from PacArts: Green Thumbs in the Garden

What could be better than playing in your garden box on a beautiful Saturday morning?  That’s just what a few of the resident artists at Pacific Avenue Arts Colony in San Pedro did with the guidance of Master Gardener, Elizabeth Sala. We first met Elizabeth in April on Earth Day and on this visit she gave great tips for sprouting summer seeds, pruning, and plant maintenance. She will be returning in October to help us start the winter gardens.

~ Helene Weinberg, Program Director

 

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Experience Talks 7/9: Guitar Legends – John Chiodini and Phil Upchurch

Tune in to Experience Talks, our weekly “Radio Magazine for the Experienced Listener,” on Sundays at 5:00 PM PT on KPFK 90.7 FM Los Angeles, 98.7 FM Santa Barbara, 99.5 China Lake, 93.7 N. San Diego, streaming live online, and now syndicated on up to 100 Pacifica Network stations! Experience Talks is produced by the non-profit EngAGE, Inc.

 

Miss the show? You can always hear it as a podcast on the Listen Page of our website! You’ll also find an archive-in-progress of all of our previous shows there for you to enjoy. New shows are usually posted within 48 hours after broadcast.

 


SUNDAY 7/9 @ 5 PM PDT
GUITAR LEGENDS
JOHN CHIODINI
host John Semper J.
PHIL UPCHURCH
a Bobbee Zeno Rewind


JOHN CHIODINI – The guitarist and composer  began his performing career in clubs, recording studios, and theaters throughout New England in the 1960s and ‘70s. As a member of the Boston Pops Orchestra under Arthur Fiedler, John made numerous appearances in concerts and on recordings, including the long-running PBS television series “Evening At Pops.” In the early 1980s, he relocated to Los Angeles, touring, writing, and recording with Peggy Lee. He toured and recorded with Natalie Cole on her “Unforgettable” tour. His own MCA album entitled “Weightless” was critically acclaimed. Other artists with whom John has toured and/or recorded include: Buddy DeFranco, Maynard Ferguson, Carl Andersen, Louis Bellson, Tony Bennett, Michael Bolton, Bobby Caldwell, Celine Dion, Dr. John, Arthur Hamilton, Shirley Horn, Lainie Kazan, Hubert Laws, Barry Manilow, Rebecca Parris, Terry Harrington, Diane Schuur, Nina Simone, Barbra Streisand, Nancy Wilson, and Michael Buble. As a session player in Los Angeles, John has numerous motion picture and TV credits. Most recently you can hear him on Paul McCartney’s latest album, “Kisses on the Bottom.” Click here to see his discography.

PHIL UPCHURCH – A prolific guitarist whose distinctively funky, blues-steeped jazz style has graced well over a thousand recordings across the popular music spectrum, the legendary Phil Upchurch has also recorded 27 albums of his own leadership, as well as movie soundtracks. Jazz enthusiasts love and respect Upchurch for his singular approach to composition. He’s been a prominent figure in the blues, soul, R&B, and jazz circles for more than 50 years. Upchurch started his career working with the Kool Gents, the Dells, and the Spaniels before going on to work with Curtis Mayfield, Otis Rush and Jimmy Reed. Later he worked with Woody Herman, Stan Getz, Groove Holmes, B.B. King, Dizzy Gillespie. John Lee Hooker, Grover Washington Jr., Cannonball Adderley, George Benson, Carmen McRae, and Michael Jackson. Click here to learn more.


This show is from our 2015 archives.


 

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EngAGE Receives Grant from The NAMM Foundation

EngAGE, Inc. has been named a grant recipient of The NAMM Foundation. The organization was selected as one of 24 organizations to receive a grant to fund vital programs that create and support access to musical instruction and that serve to inspire a life-long love of making music in its population.

“We are so pleased to benefit EngAGE, Inc. with a grant in their quest to continue to create access and opportunities for all people to experience the joy of making music,” shared Mary Luehrsen, Executive Director of the The NAMM Foundation. “It is through their transformative work of nonprofit music service organizations that thousands of people will discover their own musical talent.”

The grants serve to underscore the Foundation’s mission to advance participation in music making and offer quality access to all people. As one of 24 recipients, EngAGE will utilize this first-ever NAMM Foundation grant to support “EngAGE in Music,” an expansion of ongoing EngAGE in Creativity programs that transform senior apartment communities into vibrant centers for teaching and learning, artistic exploration, creativity and engagement. Funding support for EngAGE in Music will offer a variety of music programs (taiko drumming, ukulele, choir and other ensemble music opportunities) for low-income seniors residing in CommonBond communities in Minneapolis, MN, through a collaboration with the MacPhail Center for Music.

Tim Carpenter, EngAGE CEO/Founder said, “We look forward to offering exceptional music learning experiences to the residents of the communities we serve in Minneapolis, thanks to the generosity of The NAMM Foundation.”

Since its inception in 1994, The NAMM Foundation’s annual grant program has donated more than $16 million in support to domestic and international music education programs, scientific research, advocacy and public service programs related to music making.  The grants are funded in part by donations from the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) and its 10,300 member companies worldwide.


About The NAMM Foundation
The NAMM Foundation is a nonprofit organization funded in part by the National Association of Music Merchants and its 10,300 members. The Foundation’s mission is to advance active participation in music making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving and public service programs. For more information about The NAMM Foundation, please visit www.nammfoundation.org.

 

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Featured Resident Artist: Jo Lynda Blake, Burbank Senior Artists Colony

We have many talented, creative residents living in our EngAGE communities. Here’s one from BSAC:

Jo Lynda Blake is a writer and artist originally from Oklahoma. She takes drawing, poetry, jewelry making, and crafts classes, and participates in the writing group. She says that she has always written and doodled. She had a charcoal drawing printed on the family page of The Christian Science Monitor when she was 12. Her story about her father’s spiritual experience was published in Christian Digest. She also has one unique “claim to fame” — a one-liner in the National Enquirer! She was asked, “What is happiness (in one sentence) to you?” Her reply: “Happiness is a warm tomato fresh from the garden.”

Jo Lynda models a scarf she made in the BSAC shibori indigo dying workshop.

Some of Jo Lynda’s colorful work currently hangs in the BSAC resident gallery.

~ Megan Hocking, Program Director

 

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News from Olivera Senior Apartments: Planting the Garden

At Olivera Senior Apartment in Pomona, CA, residents began planting in their garden plots last Friday, and they are already excited to start harvesting! The garden is brand new, and all tools and supplies are provided by EngAGE and FPI Management.

 

 

~ Meloney Morse, Regional Program Director

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