Tuesday, March 22, 2011

3/23 MEDCA's Cairo Caravan, NASCAR's Jeff Burton, Real Happiness, LALA Land, Unhitched, Krupp Winery

What's Cookin' Today Hour ONE:

Rest In Peace, Liz Taylor, Who Passed Away This Morning From Congestive Heart Failure

Blume Bauer, President of the Middle Eastern Culture & Dance Association, Tells Us About MECDA's Cairo Caravan 2011!

Thousands of belly dancers from across the globe will descend on Southern California June 3rd – 5th for MECDA’s Cairo Caravan, the annual celebration of all forms of belly dance hosted by the Middle Eastern Culture & Dance Association (MECDA).

Cairo Caravan is the largest gathering of belly dancers in the country, now in its 34th year. This year, the dancers shimmy aboard The Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA and their performances and celebrations are open to the public.

For more info, go to www.mecda.org/cairo

NASCAR Sprint Cup Driver Jeff Burton Talks About the 2011 Season!

Before taking the green flag in Fontana, NASCAR star Jeff Burton and several other drivers will get their engines started in a completely different way. They’ll take to the two-mile track on foot – along with thousands of fans – as part of the Coca-Cola Family Track Walk program. The unique event gives fans a chance to get moving alongside members of the Coca-Cola Racing Family and encourages them to get active by combining their passion for their favorite sport with fun, family-friendly activities.

Nascar Sprint Cup Driver Jeff Burton drives the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series #31 Caterpillar Chevrolet and is a founding member of the Coca-Cola Racing Family.

Sharon Salzberg Shares Some Meditation Tips and Talks About Her New Book, REAL HAPPINESS!

Meditation has now been adopted by science and researchers at major universities that have produced studies which are showing that this practice can sharpen focus, lower blood pressure, help relieve chronic pain, reduce stress, protect the brain against aging and improve our capacity to learn new things. With REAL HAPPINESS, Salzberg delivers a completely accessible guide to beginners who want to understand meditation, and through it, make better decisions, break bad habits, bounce back from disappointments, connect with family, and generally become more at ease with their own bodies. REAL HAPPINESS demonstrates that if you can breathe, you can meditate.

About Sharon Salzberg: For thirty-six years, she has taught meditation to thousands of people at the Insight Meditation Society retreat center in Barre, Massachusetts, which she co-founded in the mid-seventies and at schools, corporations, government agencies, and community centers all over the world.

Brett Chapin and Netahly Leddel Talk About their New Show. LA LA Land with Brett and Rachel, on CRN Digital Talk!

Brett Chapin grew up in Laguna Beach Ca. His interest in the arts was sparked at a young age after seeing the film version of West Side Story. He began his training at the age of 9 at Sparks Theatre and continued as a teenager at the Laguna Playhouse, graduating with honors and receiving a full scholarship to their highly respected conservatory and repertory programs. He went on to work in several productions there including his first Equity show. He then relocated to Santa Barbara where he had a chance to continue his training, performing in both regional musical theatre and film.

After a short trip back to Orange County for an extended production, he relocated to Los Angeles in 2001. He has continued to work consistently, racking up 8 major Theatrical productions over the last 3 years. He recently performed as Paul in the West Coast premiere of The Good Negro at the Stella Adler Theatre and as C.C. Showers in The Diviners. He is the current Director of Marketing at Theatre Palisades and the co-host of a new show on the Cable Radio Network, LA LA Land with Brett and Netahly.

A Los Angeles native, Netahly (Neta-lee) Leddel spent her earliest years trying to follow in her mother's footsteps as a ballerina. By age 6, she'd realized she had more sucess as a joker than a dancer, so she shifted her energy over to acting. Her father, no stranger to being the neighborhood clown, remembers walking her to school in only his boxer's and Jesus sandals. She must have gotten her charm and finesse from him. Her fondest childhood memories are of creating detailed characters, which she'd dress up as and talk to in the mirror of her room. As if that isn't creepy enough, she took them outside and pretended to play with make believe company. By 1990 , Netahly was SAG eligible and busy working on film. She went on to get her B.F.A at a very small prestigious school in Seattle, Cornish College of the Arts. Today she is a working actress and jazz vocalist.


What's Cookin' Today Hour TWO:

Judith Stacey Tells Us About Her New Book, UNHITCHED!

Is our widely embraced vision of a “normal family” truly superior to all others? Does anyone, let alone politicians, have the right to define what's normal when it comes to intimacy and family life? Is it fair to discriminate against families who don't conform to the sanctioned marriage model or, even worse, to stigmatize their children? Does the revered institution of marriage truly deserve to be defended and preserved?

In her new book, UNHITCHED: Love, Marriage, and Family Values from West Hollywood to Western China (NYU Press; May 2011), noted family expert and New York University professor Judith Stacey shatters the one-size-fits-all ideal of family embedded in popular culture and at the heart of ongoing political debates.

“This book,” as Stacey states upfront, “challenges popular convictions about family, gender, and sexuality held on the left, right, and center, by feminists and fundamentalists, and especially by marriage movement advocates and opponents, gay and straight.” Urging readers to leave their cultural baggage behind, she offers an engaging and provocative exploration of some unusual, flourishing species of family life. Based on ten years of original research and field work spanning a terrain from Los Angeles to South Africa to the remote Lugu Lake region of Southwestern China, Stacey introduces families who not only defy the sanctioned image of a proper, happy family, but also dispel any cause to despair over its decline.

We're Taking A Tour of Krupp Brothers Winery with Dr. Jan Krupp!

The hunt to find unrivaled vineyard land led Dr. Jan Krupp high into Napa Valley’s eastern hills to a harsh mountain site, strewn with rocks and choked with chaparral, straddling Pritchard Hill and the Atlas Peak appellation. A physician with a green thumb and a passion for great wine, Krupp purchased a 41-acre property here in 1991 and began clearing the land for his new vineyard.

Four years later he enlisted the help of his brother Bart Krupp, a sharp businessman with an equal devotion to fine wine, to purchase and clear an additional 750 acres. A half-million tons of rock and debris later, the Krupps had carved three of Napa Valley’s most esteemed vineyards out of what had once been considered virtual wilderness: the original Krupp Vineyard, Krupp Brothers Vineyard, and the renowned Stagecoach Vineyard. Surrounded by established neighbors Bryant Family, Dalla Valle, and Chappellet, the Krupps’ low-yielding vines today produce fruit sought after by some of the valley’s most iconic wineries. Only a small percentage of select fruit from the three vineyards goes into Krupp Brothers handcrafted wines under their Veraison, Black Bart, and Krupp labels.

Dr. Jan Krupp is the founder of the Krupp Brothers Winery and the creator of Stagecoach Vineyard. He has been able to fuse a life long passion for great food and wine with a love for growing edible crops such as tomatoes, berries, rare apples, and citrus that surpass those that can be bought in a market.

While still in college and medical school he fell in love with Chateaux Margaux and Ridge Montebello. For 15 years he scouted vineyards to purchase grapes that he crafted into best of show winning home wines. Using the knowledge gained from these years he explored and researched Napa looking for terroir that would create the next Grand Cru.

After removing over a billion pounds of rocks and finding water where others failed, he was able to create a diverse and wonderful vineyard specializing in Cabernet Sauvignon and other Bordeaux varietals. This breath-taking mountain vineyard forms the basis of many great wines including those of Hobbs, Pahlmeyer, Caymus, Chappellet, Pott, and Miner.

Dr. Krupp has been able to select several exceptional blocks to lead his wine-making team in the creation of distinctive, delicious, structured age-worthy wines fulfilling his original goal of creating some of the world’s best wines from a vineyard that he has created and continues to farm.

For more info on Krupp Brothers Winer, go to www.kruppbrothers.com

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