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Author: Frances McGarry

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Featuring Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary things in The Arts
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Gianmarco Soresi is a stand-up comedian and actor who just released his first comedy special "Shelf Life" on Amazon Prime, documenting the experience of writing and performing new material in the middle of a global pandemic.    
For over thirty-five years, Iman Aoun, a theatre-maker from Palestine has dedicated herself to advancing her mission of “breaking down walls” that exist as both physical and psychological phenomena by “cultivating hope [and creating] beauty and change” through her art.  Refusing to compromise her commitment to stripping both visible and invisible walls, Iman’s work has become a source of healing not only for her Palestinian communities, but also global populations.
With fashion being the 2nd biggest polluter, we need to consume and produce smarter.  Guess what? The solutions exist, now we need to implement! Through this series, I want to show the potential that's all around us, give a stage to the visionaries and give a great cause to stand behind for those who already have amplifiers.  Fun story-telling that inspire the masses to embrace positive change is my vision. ~Bunny Yan
A children's book writer, folk artist, and founder of Maggie Stern Stitches, a sock company featuring Stern's illustrations of notable women—from Maya Angelou to Greta Thunberg to Gloria Steinhem. On the sole of each sock Maggie stitches a quotation from the featured woman:  "I hope that their words inspire the wearer as much as they inspire me."  A portion of the proceeds from sales goes to women's organizations and other foundations whose work aligns with the ambitions of my heroes.
Put on your Super Hero Cape when you listen to Valerie David’s podcast: The Pink Hulk, a One-Woman Warrior’s survival story from cancer. But her show is NOT just about cancer; it is about conquering our fears, our anxieties, our despair during the pandemic and removing our metaphorical masks to voice the racial injustices of Black Lives Matter.
  So what’s a young Muslim woman born in Saudi Arabia, raised as a US citizen in Mississippi, only to defy all the odds by moving to NYC to become a one-woman sensation in her highly- acclaimed show Dirty Paki Lingerie? Listen in to her airing an authentic assessment of how women, women of color, Muslim women break all the boundaries of what it means to be an American today.
The Calamari Sisters

The Calamari Sisters

2020-05-1323:44

Feeling trapped during the COVID-19 self-quarantine? Here's a pair of Italian Sisters, Delphine and Carmela, cooking up concoctions that will soothe your soul. Listen to their hilarious spin of how The Arts (and food) can cure what ails ya! The Calamari Sisters bill themselves as the only all-singing, all-dancing, all-cooking cooking show around.  Delphine & Carmela Calamari are two plus size Italian sisters from Bay Ridge, Brooklyn that began touring the country in 2009 with their stage shows.  Their irreverent comedy and outrageous kitchen antics have had people in stitches from California to Florida to Chicago to New York for the past decade.  They are currently in lockdown together and are looking forward to being with a live audience again.
  THE TRAUMA BRAIN PROJECT is a unique theatrical narrative about the personal journey of one of its survivors, playwright Dayle Ann Hunt. Actress Marsha Mason talks about her role in the play and how The Arts can spark a conversation about early sexual trauma. Following the NYC performance, a panel of neurologists, psychologists, and body-oriented psychotherapists discuss the relationship between early sexual trauma, PTSD and its hidden effects.
First Online With Fran

First Online With Fran

2017-09-2030:31

The podcast offers opportunities for you to join her in discussions on how ordinary people are doing extraordinary things in The Arts to make our world a richer, deeper, better place to live. In these divisive times, tune in and listen to how The Arts transforms people's lives and remind us how vitally important a role The Arts play in tapping into our humanity.
Comments (5)

Roger Hendricks Simon

Brava, Frances! More! More! Keep me posted with what you're doing. Come back soon.

Jan 14th
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Melba LaRose

What a FABULOUS, informative, and educational show! I loved it!

Jan 9th
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Pooja Mallipamula

Fran, you have such a calming voice, it’s peaceful to listen to :)

Jan 4th
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