Headlined Guests

Headlined Guests that have appeared on BBS Radio

Esther Gutierrez Sloan
Guest Occupation: President and founder of SALSArobics, Inc.
Guest Biography:

Esther Gutiérrez Sloan, a native Colombian, is the President and founder of SALSArobics, Inc.

Esther was inducted into the National Fitness Hall of Fame on March 14, 2010, in recognition of her pioneering efforts to introduce authentic Latin rhythms and dance steps into aerobic exercise 30 years ago when she created SALSArobics.

In February, 2010, Esther received the annual “Keeper of the Flame” award from the Chicago International Salsa Congress for her lifelong commitment to keeping Latin music and dance alive in our culture.

In 2011, Esther was honored by Aetna and included as the featured performer for the month of August on the 2011 Aetna Latino Calendar titled "Dancing to be Healthy."

Esther began performing South American Folkloric dance in Colombia at the age of four. In 1965, at age 12 she moved with her family to the United States. In 1978 she received a B.S. in Computer Science with high honors from Northeastern Illinois University. She worked for several years in the field of Information Science, including marketing, financial, and manufacturing systems. In 1988 her love of people, music and dance drew her to change her career and create SALSArobics, the pioneering form of aerobic exercise that combines authentic Latin rhythms with the steps to popular Latin dances. Participants in SALSArobics not only get a whole-body workout, they learn Latin dancing while they exercise.

Since 2000, Esther has been teaching SALSArobics to Latin dancing instructors at the Chicago International Salsa Congress. Esther is currently a Staff member with the Chicago Botanic Gardens Wellness Programs, the Gorton Community Center in Lake Forest Illinois, and the Lake Forest Recreation Department Fitness Center.

Esther created and managed the FITKIDS children’s fitness program for the Lake Forest Health and Fitness Center and the Youth Fitness Program for the City of Lake Forest Fitness Center. In addition, she previously was fitness counselor at Women's Residential Services, a Lake County addiction recovery program for women and their children.

Esther and SALSArobics has led workshops as a part of the Pathways to Learning “Be Well/Take Care” curriculum for continuing education for K-12 teachers. Esther has been a presenter for the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana, introducing young girls (K -8) throughout the Chicago area to a fitness lifestyle through the “Fit to Be Me with SALSArobics” program.

Esther is certified as a personal trainer by the American Council on Exercise and is trained in Bob Gajda’s Total Body Training Systems. She is a popular presenter, having led land and water workshops and SALSArobics exhibitions nationally and internationally, at fitness industry conventions, resorts, health clubs, wellness centers, hospitals, dance studios, recreation centers, fund raising events, conferences and ethnic festivals. She is a sought-after motivational speaker and presenter in the educational industry, presenting at elementary, middle and high schools, colleges and universities for both students and faculty alike. Her presentation topics include Hispanic heritage celebration, cultural diversity, physical education, language arts, communication skills, and building relationships.

Esther's community involvement has included being a school board member and board president. She has taught Spanish to preschool and elementary age students. As a PTO volunteer in the Lake Bluff public school system, Esther has taught Fine Arts History, served as a speech tournament coach, co-chaired her school district’s annual Pumpkin Chase Family Run/Walk for two years, and has been an active room-parent. Esther was a member of the Board of Directors and Board President for the Montessori School of Lake Forest. She also taught religious education and led the Liturgy of the Word for children as part of the Sunday mass at her community's parish for twenty seven years. Esther was an advisory board member of CenterStage in Lake Forest, the community's theater group. She has also volunteered her time for City of Hope, The American Heart Association, Aids Walk Chicago, Dance for Life, and Latino Entertainment, by leading warm-ups and exercise segments, and participating in promotional events.

Guest Category: Health & Lifestyle, Self Help, Sports & Recreation, Variety
Bill Crawford
Guest Occupation: Fitness Pioneer, Consultant & Educator, inventor of Nautilus & MedX equipment
Guest Biography:

Bill Crawford has been a leader and visionary in fitness since 1977. In 2012, Bill was inducted into the National Fitness Hall of Fame for his life’s work and was elected to chair the board from 2015 - 2017.In 2016& 2017,Bill represented the NFHOF in Washington D.C. at the Surgeon General's Call to Action for the "Step it Up" Program in collaboration with the American College of Sports Medicine, CDC, ACE, MFA, and others. This historic event featured Regina Benjamin, the 18th U.S. Surgeon General and Vivek Murthy, the 19thU.S. Surgeon General, along with leadership from Congress, the health care system, and the fitness industry. In 2019, I received the Arthur Jones Lifetime Achievement Award from the Resistance Exercise Conference.

Bill was certified for musculoskeletal evaluation and rehabilitation at the Exercise Science Center, University of Florida in Gainesville,Florida and was personally trained and endorsed by the late Arthur Jones, the inventor of Nautilus and MedX.In the 1970’s, Bill pioneered some of the first Nautilus clubs in the Los Angeles area implementing high intensity training principles and was one of the key players in the ignition of the fitness boom. Over the past 42 years, Bill has provided strength and fitness training for thousands, exercising muscles in isolation to muscle failure with equalized resistance through the full range of motion using a safe and effective protocol. You may have seen his national TV ads for the Resistance Chair, his features on CNN and Fox News, or read his stories and articles in countless publications. Bill is a recognized fitness columnist, consultant, lecturer, and educator.He worked with the U.S. Navy which led to the development of his Gym To Go programs featured in Men’s Fitness magazine. Bill has trained major sports teams, athletes, Hollywood celebrities and developed the careers of many fitness professionals.

Bill was born and raised in the Rocky Mountain town of Ouray, Colorado where being fit is incidental to the environment. He spent his youth competitive skiing, hiking and climbing fourteen thousand foot mountains. Bill has received numerous accolades as a longtime community leader in municipalities across the country investing valuable time serving in law enforcement, public safety, search and rescue, boards, committees, and volunteer organizations.

Bill has owned and developed fitness centers around the world. Since 1997, Basic Training Med X has been located in Scottsdale, Arizona and is owned and operated by Bill and his wife Debbie. Today,the Crawford’s clients enjoy their dedication to personal service, state-of-the-art Med X and Nautilus equipment and evidence-based weight resistance and cardiovascular exercise programs for strength, balance, mobility, weight loss, enhanced quality of life and good health. Their knowledge and motivational skills help clients attain their fitness goals by tailoring a program for everyone’s individual needs. People travel from around the world to train at their elite strength training and fitness center. There is no substitute for the decades of Bill’s practical experience and expertise. As a world-renowned strength trainer and fitness expert, Bill continues to passionately promote the benefits of weight resistance exercise and fitness worldwide.

Website:  www.BasicTrainingScottsdale.com

 

Guest Category: Health & Lifestyle, Kids & Family, Self Help, Sports & Recreation, Variety
Sandra Biskind
Guest Occupation: best selling author, international speaker, thought leader, spiritual leader
Guest Biography:

Sandra Biskind is a global thought leader, international speaker, spiritual mentor and #1 bestselling author.

She has a unique gift to identify and eradicate the unconscious programs that undermine success—instantly amplifying her client’s ability to live freely and thrive.

Sandra and her husband Daniel created a multi-global award-winning retreat in New Zealand, named the World’s Best Luxury Coastal Hotel in 2010.

Sandra Biskind offers a rare combination of business savvy, transformational leadership and soul enrichment. With her down-to-earth wisdom coupled with her multidimensional gifts, she creates profound sustainable shifts.

Sandra is committed to working with leaders who are passionate about attaining the next level of success and making a global impact.

“Known for solving unsolvable problems”, Jack Canfield said, “She is a profound healer, trainer, speaker and author who does some incredible transformational work. I’ve experienced her work and found it truly life changing — so much so I had her work with my entire staff with magical results. She has an amazing ability to shift energy and remove unconscious blocks on very deep levels.

Her unconditional love, joy and radiance fills the room. She is the real deal and I highly recommend her and her work.” — Jack Canfield.

Using her unprecedented laser-like techniques, Sandra takes the brakes off your unconscious, freeing you to accelerate into the thrilling experience of a life without limits.

Her latest book written with her husband Daniel is Codebreaker: Discover the Password to Unlock the Best Version of You. About the book they say:

Did you know you have unseen codes in your DNA that are controlling your life?

YES. The way you repel or attract relationships, the way you maintain or push away someone you love, how you feel about yourself, your motivation, your energy & zest for life and even the level of success you’ll allow yourself.

What if you could uncover these hidden codes that have been running your life and neutralize them once and for all?

You CAN!

Sandra and Daniel Biskind are International #1 Bestselling Authors, Speakers & Spiritual Teachers who for decades have been transforming the lives of Global award-winning business owners and spiritual leaders.

They are Jack Canfield’s energy shifters of choice and now YOU can experience the depth of their work that takes these codes locked in your DNA, trapped in programs within your neural pathways, and finally get yourself free – without having to pay thousands for one-on-one but instead, through experiencing their revolutionary book that shows you step by step what YOU can do to unlock the best version of YOU…right away.  There’s healing and high frequency energy even encoded within the book itself.

Their legacy work, CODEBREAKER: Discover The Password To Unlock The Best Version Of You reveals a system that helps explain the mind, body and soul connection.  As you read through and absorb the PLATINUM password you will experience deep and meaningful shifts and feel like the book is speaking directly to you.

Get yours NOW so you too can become a high frequency codebreaker and breakthrough your unconscious mind that has been running your life – to being free to have what you want.

Finally call in the love of your life, or shift your relationship or feel happy and alive, on fire with purpose once and for all.  Now with CODEBREAKER, YOU decide. YOU create (not your hidden programs running the show).

Here’s to living your ideal life NOW….

Law of Attraction masters and experts acknowledge that limiting beliefs routinely sabotage successful use of this universal law, continually frustrating the efforts of people to manifest their hearts’ desires.

Even after dozens of personal growth trainings and huge investments in coaching and therapy often unconscious beliefs persist in undermining people’s highest goals and aspirations.

These often show up as “unsolvable problems” — patterns that repeat and can’t seem to be broken.global thought leader, international speaker, best selling author

Guest Category: Education, Health & Lifestyle, Medicine, Psychology, Science
Catherine Saykaly-Stevens
Guest Occupation: Digital Marketing Strategist
Guest Biography:

Catherine's start in school was dark and miserable. It wasn't until grade 4 that she was diagnosed with a learning disability; a severe form of dyslexia. She was entered into a Friday afternoon program for the next 2 years where she learned coping mechanisms and different learning styles. That sparked her seeing the world differently. While school was never a complimentary environment, she began to explore and use her natural strengths.

Today, Catherine Saykaly-Stevens is a digital marketing strategist with the Networking Web growing audiences increasing conversions for speakers, business owners, and authors.

She guides busy professionals who are frustrated and feel overwhelmed weeding through millions of online options that don't work, wasting precious time and effort. Catherine simplifies digital marketing with a five-step, customized, easy process that gets results. Catherine believes every person has a powerful message to deliver once they find their voice, visibility, and audience to connect with.

An active member of the Evolutionary Business Council with a combined reach of 400 Million, Catherine is also the Social Media Expert in Residence for the Canadian Authors Association and the digital marketing expert for the Canadian Authors Association. Listen for more about the resurgence of Twitter engagement, those with an old account or a new account can enjoy accelerated growth and build real relationships in a 30 Day Community Challenge.
 

Guest Category: Business, Education, Health & Lifestyle, Technology
John Ford Coley
Guest Occupation: Singer-Songwriter-Musician-Actor-Author
Guest Biography:

J O H N    F O R D   C O L E Y

ON TOUR

with ROCK THE YACHT​

and Special Guests

Ambrosia, Stephen Bishop, Player Lead Singer Peter Beckett, Walter Egan and Looking Glass 

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

There are songs you hear in your life that transport you to a certain time period or give you a special feeling.  You associate those good times to the group that made them famous.  Songs like “I’d Really Love To See You Tonight,” “Nights Are Forever Without You” and “Love Is The Answer” have that kind of effect on people. Those songs and numerous others have made John Ford Coley a singing legend. He has spent decades touring, writing, recording, and producing.

John is most revered as half of the Grammy nominated duo England Dan and John Ford Coley. He continues with an active roster performing the platinum and gold record hits for audiences around the world. Classically trained on piano and a n avid guitarist, John loves the craft and enjoys every audience he encounters.

Of late, John recorded a live album while he was on tour in the Philippines with many of the hits while also recording a CD entitled “The Best of John Ford Coley.” John’s most recent CD is entitled “Eclectic” and contains all new material for an acoustic/Americana album available now at amazon .com

 “I’d Really Love To See You Tonight” appeared in the film "Long Kiss Goodnight" with Geena Davis and Samuel L. Jackson and most recently his and England Dan Seals’ song “Simone” was featured in the new HBO Series “Vinyl” where two actors portray John and Dan in the studio singing the song.

Over the years John has shared the stage with many of the music industry’s famous hit makers.  Some of those include: Elton John, Heart, Fleetwood Mac, Chicago, Carole King, Bread, Loggins and Messina, Led Zeppelin, Carly Simon, Bill Cosby, Steve Miller Band, Randy Bachman, Jesse Colin Young, Air Supply, Ambrosia, Poco, Terry Sylvester (formerly of the Hollies), Orleans, Lou Gramm and Gordon Lightfoot, Dan Hill and Stephen Bishop, to name a few.

John’s television exposure crosses all demographic boundaries. He's hosted “The Midnight Special” and co-hosted “The Mike Douglas Show”.   He's appeared on “The Tonight Show”, “Merv Griffin”, “David Soul and Friends”, “Dinah”, “American  Bandstand”,  “Hollywood  Squares”  (A  Special  Rock  Edition),  “Make  Me  Laugh”,  “Don  Kirshner’s  Rock Concert”, “Prime Time Country”, and the “Trinity Broadcasting Network.”

Some of John’s Television and Movie Theme Songs written or performed include: “Just Tell Me You Love Me”, “Dr. Pepper", “Major League, Back To The Minors”, “James At 16”, “Joe Panther”, “The Spy Within”  “Cold Case” and “Maxwell House Coffee” with Paul Newman in Japan.

John’s experiences stem from a broad background, since he is very eclectic in his interests.  Although John performed throughout high school and college as a classical and rock pianist, he chose to major in English Literature in his university studies and is an avid student of history.

In between the extensive road duty, John lives in the Nashville area as well as the Charleston, SC area with his family, where he's penned a book on his years in the music industry entitled “Backstage Pass.”

 

Purchase the latest release from John Ford Coley entitled ‘Eclectic’ at amazon.com

For more information about John Ford Coley visit …

https://www.johnfordcoley.com  or https://www.facebook.com/johnfordcoleypage

 

ROCK THE YACHT 

SUMMER TOUR 2019

This year’s illustrious crew — Ambrosia, Stephen Bishop, Player Lead Singer Peter Beckett, John Ford Coley, Walter Egan and Looking Glass — will be bringing a boatload of greatest hits on the summer trek which initially docks in such cities as Clearwater, Florida, Irving, Texas, Lake Charles, Louisiana and Biloxi, Mississippi beginning in July.

All aboard!

 CONFIRMED TOUR DATES 

AUG4

John Ford Coley @ FishStock

SUN, AUG 4 @ 7:00PM

FishStock, Fish Creek, WI

AUG15

John Ford Coley @ Cape Cod Melody Tent

THU, AUG 15 @ 7:00PM

Cape Cod Melody Tent, Barnstable, MA

AUG16

John Ford Coley @ South Shore Music Tent

FRI, AUG 16 @ 7:00PM

South Shore Music Tent, Cohasset, MA

AUG17

John Ford Coley @ Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino

SAT, AUG 17 @ 7:00PM

Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino, Lake Charles, LA

AUG20

John Ford Coley @ The Community Theatre at Mayo Center for the Performing Arts

TUE, AUG 20 @ 8:00PM

The Community Theatre at Mayo Center for the Performing Arts, Morristown, NJ

AUG21

John Ford Coley @ Broward County PAC

WED, AUG 21 @ 7:00PM

Broward County PAC, Fort Lauderdale, FL

AUG23

John Ford Coley @ IP Casino Resort and Spa

FRI, AUG 23 @ 8:00PM

IP Casino Resort and Spa, Biloxi, MS

AUG24

John Ford Coley @ Music Box

SAT, AUG 24 @ 7:00PM

Music Box, Atlantic City, NJ

SEP7

John Ford Coley @ Tilles Center’s Concert Hall

SAT, SEP 7 @ 8:00PM

Tilles Center’s Concert Hall, Brookville, NY

Tilles Center at LIU Post & Capital One Present: Yacht Rock @ Tilles Feat. Ambrosia, John Ford Coley, Peter Beckett, Robbie Dupree and Elliot Lurie

SEP13

John Ford Coley @ Misquamicut Beach

FRI, SEP 13 @ 7:00PM

Misquamicut Beach, Westerly, RI

SEP26

John Ford Coley @ TBA

THU, SEP 26 @ 7:00PM

TBA, Dayton, OH

OCT12

John Ford Coley @ Wildwood Springs Lodge

SAT, OCT 12 @ 8:00PM W/Orleans

Wildwood Springs Lodge, Steelville, MO

NOV2

John Ford Coley @ Circle Square Cultural Arts Center

SAT, NOV 2 @ 7:00PM

Circle Square Cultural Arts Center, Ocala, FL

Guest Category: Arts, Entertainment, Music, TV & Film
Dr Dravon James
Guest Occupation: Motivational speaker, author, Everyday Peacemaker
Guest Biography:

Dr. Dravon James is the founder of Everyday Peace and the author of Freedom is Your Birthright. As a motivational speaker, Dravon’s goal is to educate, empower and inspire others to build the life of their dreams no matter what shows up in their lives- good, bad, or otherwise.

Her journey began in poverty on the South Side of Chicago. Though she had always dreamt of a career on the stage, Dravon went on to earn a doctorate in pharmacy from Creighton University and has worked as a pharmacist all of her adult life. Along with her medical career and theatrical aspirations, Dravon has also always had a keen interest in personal development. After reading Norman Vincent Peale’s The Power of Positive Thinking in college, she went on to make a lifelong study of the power we all have to create the life we want.

The insight she gained from her study has served her well during good times and bad. Her marriage hit the rocks, several of her pregnancies failed, her career took a tail spin for a time, and her health has been challenged, yet through it all she has continued to follow her dreams and now teaches others to do the same. Dravon is now the happy mother of two teenagers, a wife of 23 years, a successful pharmacist, motivational speaker, author, and an actress whose career credits include a recurring role on HBO’s acclaimed “The Wire”, many stage plays, and independent films. She continues to inspire and teach what she knows to be the most effective tool for transforming, creating and building a spectacular life—tapping into Everyday Peace.  Her client list includes the University of the District of Columbia, New Hope World Ministries, Today’s Care Adult Daycare, Stadium Place, and Next Chapter online radio.

Guest Category: Education, Health & Lifestyle, Kids & Family, Philosophy, Mental Health, Personal Development, Inspirational, Motivational, TV & Film
Sacred Plant Medicine
Guest Occupation: Speaker, author, Founder of Breathflow Wellness, a transformational holistic health business
Guest Biography:

What if you could find meaning and purpose in your life? My guest is an award-winning speaker, bestselling contributing author, trainer, and life-balance coach. As a former monk of 10 years, R. Christian Minson is currently the Resident Director of the Breathwork Program at Rythmia Life Advancement Center in Costa Rica. He’s the Founder of Breathflow Wellness, a transformational holistic health business, that helps others achieve greater spiritual and emotional intelligence by integrating trauma, releasing limiting habits, managing emotions, and teaching others to find meaning in their own lives and work. Christian delivers real-world tools that result in lower levels of stress, greater emotional awareness, and higher levels of fulfillment and performance. Christian shares his message and techniques through speaking engagements, 1-on-1 sessions, and public seminars. He has reached thousands of people across the globe, and has presented at conferences, universities, churches, retreat centers, and the Chopra Center. 

Guest Category: Health & Lifestyle, Medicine, Paranormal, Physics & Metaphysics, Psychology, Self Help, Society and Culture, Spiritual, Travel & Leisure
Billy Ceranski
Guest Occupation: Former Pro Paintball Champion & American Moda Associate & CBD Advocate
Guest Biography:
I played  professional paintball for 15 years; most of that was on a team  called Aftershock based out of Chicago land area.  Aftershock was one of the most dominating teams of its time winning more World Cups than all other teams combined.  The sport has progressed from the woods and 10 players per team, to a faster pace play with teams consisting of 5 players per side and played on open spectator friendly playing areas.  
 
Additionally I work for the largest manufacture/wholesaler of paintball equipment in the world called GI sports.  I've long sense stopped playing paintball and take up my spare time with Brazilian ju jitsu … however long term impact damage to my knees has led me to use cbd topical to reduct pain and inflammation.
 

Info on Paintball:

Paintball has been described as one of the most enjoyable adrenaline action games in the world! Players work together with their teammates to run, dive, creep, crawl and sneak towards and around opponents to tag them with paintballs and attempt to capture an opposing team's flag to win! Paintball, when payed with friends and family, is enjoyable, great exercise and ideal for church groups, corporate team-building, school outings or just plain having fun outside, off the couch and in the action!

 

 
 
 
Guest Category: Entertainment, Health & Lifestyle, Kids & Family, Self Help, Sports & Recreation, Variety
Liz Fohl
Guest Occupation: Songwriter, producer and performer
Guest Biography:

LIZ FOHL

Liz Fohl is a songwriter, producer, and performer based in Los Angeles, CA. A multi-instrumentalist, Liz writes and produces music for a variety of clients, podcasts and independent artists (clients include: Comedy Central, The NFL, Sony BMG). Liz also tours internationally as a guest artist at dueling piano bars, averaging 125+ shows a year.

Guest Category: Arts, Entertainment, Music
Michael Rotondi
Guest Occupation: Internationally recognized as an architect educator
Guest Biography:

MICHAEL ROTONDI

Michael Rotondi, FAIA, principal of RoTo Architects, is internationally recognized as an architect/educator. He has practiced and taught architecture for 35 years, and defines both as one activity. He has always been based in Los Angeles, co-founding two international practices, Morphosis (1975-1991) and RoTo Archinects (1991-present).

In 1972, he and 50 colleagues co-founded SCI-Arc under the direction of Ray Kappe. He started and was the first Director of Graduate Programs (1978-1987) and for ten years (1987-1997) served as the second director of SCI-Arc. He currently teaches as a Distinguished Faculty and is an Honorary Trustee.

RoTo Architects works range from contemplative, to cultural, to commercial. The works have received many awards and have been widely published. Rotondi has lectured and taught worldwide for many years. At SCI-Arc, he teaches thesis students, design studios and a lecture-seminar of creative imagination. After so many years of teaching, he believes he is in the 5th phase shifting his approach and delivery from that of a teacher to a mentor.

Guest Category: Design, Visual Arts, Education, Kids & Family, Philosophy, Society and Culture
Jon Statham
Guest Occupation: Guitarist, singer and songwriter
Guest Biography:

JON STATHAM

Jon Statham was raised on music.

One knew when they entered the Statham house, that this family treasured music. Whether it was dad playing guitar and singing country and folk songs from the 30’s and 40’s, to mom and the kids assigning vocal parts to an Irish ballad for church – there just always seemed to be music.

Jon has honed his singing, guitar playing and songwriting into a style that honors the classics, as well as offering a new voice that pushed music further.

After living in both New York and Nashville, playing and singing lots of styles of music, Jon has come to settle in Los Angeles to write the best songs anywhere.

Guest Category: Performing Arts, Entertainment, Music
Anna Dusi
Guest Occupation: Art curator
Guest Biography:

ANNA DUSI

Anna Dusi was born in Milan (Italy). As an art curator she has been involved in the art world since 1996.

Since 2007 she was a Deputy Curator of Building Bridges Art Exchange in Los Angeles, a non-profit organization dedicated to cultivating an understanding among cultures worldwide through international art exhibitions, artist exchange and residency programs.

Anna has curated numerous international exhibitions in USA, Europe and Mexico.

From 2015 she become an Independent curator collaborating with different Galleries, Organizations and Foundations between USA and Italy.

She currently lives and works in Los Angeles.

Guest Category: Design, Beauty, Visual Arts, Entertainment, History, Society and Culture, Travel & Leisure
Elizabeth Yochim
Guest Occupation: Performance artist, dancer, art historian and art world professional
Guest Biography:

ELIZABETH YOCHIM

Elizabeth Yochim is a performance artist, dancer, art historian and art world professional. She has a degree in Italian Renaissance Art History from the University of Michigan and for ten years directed the international art exhibitions for a gallery based in Beverly Hills, California.

She is a movement educator and studied dance since childhood. Authentic movement and “no fourth wall theatre” is the basis of her artistic practice. She creates solo and group performative works internationally that collaborate with the environment—be it the city or the natural world.  From the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to the edge of the Vatican City in Rome, from Berlin to Paris, the Angelbird, an enchanting, mythical figure, Elizabeth has offered a unique public engagement experience that begins with a specific performance and culminates with the invitation to “remember your wings” and metaphorically take flight.

These works explore the nature of human connection and disconnection, engaging the observer as a participant in equal measure. They provoke the spectrum of internal states, creating pockets of intimacy within the public sphere, to feel the emotional ecosystem we inhabit alongside our patterned life. This ecosystem becomes its own performative space to facilitate spiritual and practical insights into the micro- and the macrocosm.

The performative works engage story, tales and myth to reflect on our own nature within the invitation to participate and contribute as a equal creator and artist. Extinction and rebirth are themes. Love stories requisite.  

THE ANGELBIRD

The Angelbird is a mythical winged creature inspiring people to remember their dreams about flight and freedom. Through mesmerizing movement and spoken word, the Angelbird engages the audience in a tale compiled from her own migration, adding bits of science and symbolism from art history, ultimately encouraging the audience to engage the imagination and take flight. And they do. 

The experience is a highly entertaining, thought provoking, and deeply touching public performance ritual. Through the symbolism of taking flight, the Angelbird marries humankind’s mortality and divinity. The experience rekindles the imagination and catalyzes the power of the collective—to dream our highest hopes and aspirations into reality. 

As a public performance ritual, The Angelbird shows up on the streets from Los Angeles to Europe, from Croatia to Poland, from Germany to Italy, namely Berlin to Rome, distributing messages from a bird cage inviting people to remember their wings and to fly. 

The Angelbird was created by Elizabeth Yochim, a dancing art historian, who costumed as an all white-winged creature, performs amongst the piazzas and gardens, around museums and cathedrals, on trains and buses and within various congregations gently invading the spaces of our universal, communal psyche and infiltrating the pulse of the human spirit through the cadence of her artfully orchestrated wings. Asking the people that she meets, Do you remember your wings? & Will you fly with me?

Guest Category: Visual Arts, Entertainment, History, Kids & Family, Philosophy, Psychology, Society and Culture
Ruti Celli
Guest Occupation: Classically trained cellist
Guest Biography:

RUTI CELLI

Classically trained cellist Ruti Machnai began her musical journey at the age of 8, exploring music at the highest establishments in Israel.

With an extensive orchestral & chamber music experience she moved to the US in 1997 to complete her degree in Cello Performance with Prof. Laurence Lesser at The New England conservatory of Music (Boston) after which she became a fellow cellist at The prestigious New World Symphony Orchestra in Miami (2000-2002).

Between the years 1997-2015 She participated in numerous acknowledged Summer programs such as The Tanglewood Music Festival, The Verbier Music Academy Festival, The Shleswig Holstein Music Festival and The New Direction Cello Festival.

In the past 13 years Ruti became involved in the fields of music production, developing a unique genre of songwriting- a cross between Classical, New Age/ Acid Jazz, Lounge, Trip hop & Dance music. Her productions eventually began including her own sultry vocals which led her to publish 2 solo albums- “Nocturnal Miniatures” and, “Its Just a Little Dream” (both published in 2015)- which she produced and performed on all instruments.

In 2014 Ruti established “Ruti Celli”, a brand expressing a meaningful connection with the cello as a songwriter, producer and performer.

In the summer of 2018 Ruti moved to LA. One her recent composition projects won an award for “The best soundtrack recording” at the Indie Music Channel Awards, 2019. The piece “Separate Journey” co-composed by Ruti will be placed on the soundtrack of the movie Raceland (2018).

Ruti is currently involved in 3 LA based collaborative projects:

1. Ferm & Celli- An improvisational duo with guitarist extraordinaire Fernando Perdomo. Together they improvise on some of the world’s finest platforms. In May 2017 Fern & Celli opened for Jazz Fusion Violinist Jean Luc Ponty at The Canyon Club in LA.  “Fern & Celli” also got to perform on “Cruise To The Edge 2019” as a Progressive rock act, after which they were voted on social media as “one the 5 best acts on the cruise that year”. They release their debut album “The Conversations” in February 2017.

2. “Into The Frequency”– A production project based on Ruti’s original material that expanded into a partnership with Keyboardist & songwriter Dave Schulz (Goo Dools/ Berlin) with whom Ruti plans to release & perform their entire new collection of songs. They have recently debuted their single “Handle All That” at the Viper Room in Hollywood.

3. Ruti will be touring this summer with International singer songwriter Caroline Waters (Norway/ LA) performing original material and improvisations all over Scandinavia, promoting both of their music.

Guest Category: Performing Arts, Entertainment, Music
Michael Colyar
Guest Occupation: Actor, comedian, and author
Guest Biography:

From Venice Beach to Venice, Italy…
He is Hard to Ignore and Impossible to Forget!

He is the multi-talented Michael Colyar, actor, comedian, and author. Michael is no stranger to work as he is still packing out shows in major cities night after night. His wit, charm and unique sense of style has been captivating audiences since the 80’s.

Michael consistently performed every weekend, 5 shows a day on Venice Beach and was rightfully dubbed the “King of Venice Beach” while performing 9 years straight.

His fans can’t get enough of him, “he’s real” “down to earth” “a giver”, they say. Michael’sphilanthropic legacy extends beyond his $100K win from Star Search of which he gave 50% to the homeless. Today Michael still finds the time to share laughter with those in need in shelters, rehabilitation centers, schools, and military bases.

Michael Colyar is best known for his starring roles in Blackish, House Party III, Norbit, The Princess & The Frog, and his role as Mr. Whitaker on the hit television series “Martin”.

He is currently performing his one man play called “Michael COLYAR’S Momma’s” and will be launching a 100 plus city tour that has caught the attention of major television, cable, and streaming networks.

Guest Category: Performing Arts, Comedy, Kids & Family, Philosophy, Society and Culture, TV & Film
Maestro Edin Dino Zonic
Guest Occupation: World acclaimed conductor, composer, and director
Guest Biography:

MAESTRO DINO ZONIC

Maestro Edin Dino Zonic is a world acclaimed conductor, composer, and director, born and raised in the Olympic city of Sarajevo, in the area of the world known as Bosnia and Herzegovina. But, the Sarajevo of Dino’s youth, once hailed as one of the world’s most beautiful cities, did not remain so. The ravages of the war and aggression would terrorize the people and scar this once proud capital. The war profoundly affected the course of Dino Zonic’s life and career. This life-altering experience would inspire him to dedicate his work to the service of music that bridges cultural, national, and religious barriers to bring a universal message of unity and hope to all people.

Named as Cultural Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina, he became the Balkans’ most prominent composer, conductor, and director with the objective to inspire the human spirit to action.  

During the war in 1993, Dino Zonic began to compose CIRCLE, his highly acclaimed majestic musical, which played for four years in sold out concert halls in Europe and the United States such as: “Theatre an der Wien” Vienna-Austria; City of London Festival;“Irish Art Center” Broadway-New York; “Vatroslav Lisinski” Concert Hall, Zagreb -Croatia; “Schuster Performing Arts Center” Dayton-Ohio etc.. The powerful music, words, and movement of Circle rose from the tragedy of war, and have left a lasting impression upon thousands of audience members throughout Europe. 

Dino Zonic is the composer, conductor and director of numerous productions through out Europe and the United States.
In 1995, Dino Zonic was invited to continue his mission in the Dayton Peace Accords Project as music director, composer in residence and Cultural Ambassador. For the Dayton Peace Accords and Dayton Peace Prize he composed music and directed numerous events. Symphony “Entrata” was composed in honor of the first recipient of the Dayton Peace Prize, William Jefferson Clinton. (read more)

In 2001, Maestro Zonic founded Unity Through Music in order to make a global impact in order to go wider and deeper into the spirit of people and inspire much needed unity. 

Dino Zonic’s work and his mission of unity have been recognized and praised by many such as His Holiness Pope John Paul II, the Dalai Lama, President Bill Clinton and other world luminaries.

In collaboration with Sarajevo Philharmonic, Dayton Philharmonic and Stivers Philharmonic Orchestra Dino Zonic produced Concert for Peace in Sarajevo, “United Through Music.” (read more) as well as series of “Spectaculars” events in Dayton Ohio. The galla events were performed at Schuster Performing Arts Center, Memorial Hall, Victoria Theatre, and Masonic Concert Hall. Dino Zonic conducted with combined musicians from six local orchestras, mixed choirs, soloists and international guests.
“His programs have transformed communities to re-energized involvement, and have brought attention back to the awareness of the fundamentals of humanity.” Mayor of Dayton, Ryan McLinn. 

Dino Zonic was awarded the 2006 Golden Karma Award for philanthropic works, as further testament to his dedication to promoting global unity. He joined the ranks of former honorees including Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Angelina Jolie, Jane Seymour and Muhammad Ali. He is the first to be recognized for his efforts to unite the world through music.

His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, invited Maestro Zonic to contribute to the Concert for Tibet in Bangalore, India. He was commissioned by Time Warner Productions to perform the Led Zeppelin classic, Kashmir for the Winter Goodwill Games in Lake Placid, New York.

Maestro Zonic’s current projects include a World Orchestra combining musicians from around the globe, and a film about Zonic’s life, THE COMPOSER, for which he wrote the script and is in pre-production for an epic motion picture.

The American Symphony Orchestra League and ASCAP recognized winners and outstanding winning repertoires at the awards ceremony and celebration at its 57th National Conference, June 11-15, 2002. First place award-winning repertoire: Balances by Michael Bashaw, Sandy Bashaw and Dino Zonic; and August 1956 by Michael Bashaw, Sandy Bashaw and Dino Zonic.

In 2004 he was the Winner of 40 Under 40 – Business Journal Awards 2004 – The Dayton Business Journal and Antioch University McGregor sponsored by Wright State University.

…A young Sarajevo artist, a man who lost in order to win, from whose inner struggle with the heavy weight of memories of war grew a “Bosnian tale”, composer Dino Zonic. “OBSERVER” National Daily News, Vienna-Austria

Guest Category: Arts, Performing Arts, Entertainment, Music
Brianna Amore, aka DJ Selektra
Guest Occupation: Transmedia digital artist
Guest Biography:

BRIANNA AMORE aka DJ SELEKTRA

Transmedia digital artist Brianna Amore, aka DJ Selektra, plays an eclectic range of psychedelic, mind-expanding sounds and curates transformational music events, architects immersive experiences, and produces CG/VFX works. Brianna’s DJ artistry draws upon years of performing live sets at festivals and underground dance parties. DJ Selektra performs boundary-pushing, multi-hour sets spanning a range of sounds — from downtempo to house, midtempo glitch, psytrance, and progressive techno — for some dancefloors, up to 10 hours. In 2013 Vortex Immersion Media invited Brianna to join as contract animator where she began exploring Fulldome and Virtual Reality content production, forging a new language in immersive media.

Graduating as Visual Communications Valedictorian of Alberta University of the Arts in Calgary, Canada, Brianna started out as an Environmental Graphic Designer at Gottschalk + Ash International, doing large-scale architectural graphic projects for hospitals, airports, convention centers, and museums. In 2007 Brianna’s team won the Society of Environmental Graphic Designers (SEGD) top award for the redesign of Alberta Hospital Ponoka. In Vancouver, she completed major UI/UX work, and co-founded and produced Entheos Gathering, which ran over 6 years, contributing to what’s now known as the West Coast festival vibe.

Brianna earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Geography double major from University of Calgary, and she served as an Army Reservist of the Canadian Armed Forces Signals Corps, holding a Top Secret security clearance. In addition, Brianna instructed in design at Alberta University of the Arts, and started on her DJ path at her university radio station, which is where she curated the station’s first underground electronic music show.

Guest Category: Arts, Design, Beauty, Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Health & Lifestyle, Sound Healing, Kids & Family, Music
Will Carless
Guest Biography:

Will Carless is a correspondent for Reveal covering extremism. He has worked as a foreign correspondent in Asia and South America. Prior to joining Reveal, he was a senior correspondent for Public Radio International’s Global Post team based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Before that, Will spent eight years at the Voice of San Diego, where he worked as an investigative reporter and head of investigations. During his tenure in San Diego, Will was awarded several prizes, including a national award from Investigative Reporters and Editors. He has been a finalist for the Livingston Awards for young journalists twice in the last five years. He surfs, spends time with his family, travels to silly places and pretends he’s writing a novel.

Will Carless has worked as a foreign correspondent in Asia and South America. Prior to joining Reveal, he was a senior correspondent for Public Radio International’s Global Post team based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Before that, Will spent eight years at the Voice of San Diego, where he worked as an investigative reporter and head of investigations. 

During his tenure in San Diego, Will was awarded several prizes, including a national award from Investigative Reporters and Editors.He has been a finalist for the Livingston Awards for young journalists twice in the last five years. He surfs, spends time with his family, travels to silly places and pretends he’s writing a novel. 

Guest Category: Entertainment, History, Kids & Family, Self Help, Society and Culture, Variety
Marine Brian Tally
Guest Occupation: Veteran and activist for veteran rights
Guest Biography:

Brian Tally, a former SGT in the United States Marine Corps was severely injured due to the incompetence of several doctors and ER staff, at the VA hospital in Loma Linda, Ca. His misdiagnosis led to months of neglect and malpractice, that eventually nearly cost him his life. After nearly a year long battle with the VA’s General Counsel attorneys, Brian was denied compensation for his injuries, because the VA had concluded the accused physician was not a VA employee, but an “independent contractor” working within the VA. The VA also concluded that it’s not responsible, or accountable for the injuries and malpractice due to the current FTCA law / Contractor Exception.

Brian is now on a mission to change the law to protect all veterans from unidentified “independent contractors,” and to ensure that VA is transparent and fully accountable.

Guest Category: Education, Health & Lifestyle, Medicine, Military, News, Politics & Government
Michael Benso
Guest Occupation: Fitness & Business Entrepreneur, Certified Personal Trainer, & Founder of Eco Gym
Guest Biography:

As the founder of Eco Gym, Michael works with personal trainers, health club professionals, and customers to help them reach their fullest potential along their health and fitness journey. He believes “The Journey in Life is a mindset, set it right”!

Along with the software companies, Vaazu and Buzops, Michael developed a platform that would help manage his first successful personal training business, Fitness Management Group, which eventually became a well known business program for many national fitness brands. He grew his personal training brand while developing his next business venture, Eco Gym.

Michael is a certified personal trainer with American College of Sport Medicine and has attended several seminars in his relevant field. He has developed and trained more than one-thousand personal training clients, and apprentice personal trainers throughout his career.

Michael holds a Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.

Guest Category: Health & Lifestyle, Kids & Family, Self Help, Sports & Recreation, Variety

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