The song Askim Askim. Lyrics and Composition by Melis Bilen, Music by Steve C.
African elephants are the largest land animals on Earth. They are slightly larger than their Asian cousins and can be identified by their larger ears that look somewhat like the continent of Africa. (Asian elephants have smaller, rounded ears.)
Elephant ears radiate heat to help keep these large animals cool, but sometimes the African heat is too much. Elephants are fond of water and enjoy showering by sucking water into their trunks and spraying it all over themselves. Afterwards, they often spray their skin with a protective coating of dust.
An elephant's trunk is actually a long nose used for smelling, breathing, trumpeting, drinking, and also for grabbing things—especially a potential meal. The trunk alone contains about 100,000 different muscles. African elephants have two fingerlike features on the end of their trunk that they can use to grab small items. (Asian elephants have one.)
Both male and female African elephants have tusks they use to dig for food and water and strip bark from trees. Males use the tusks to battle one another, but the ivory has also attracted violence of a far more dangerous sort.
Because ivory is so valuable to some humans, many elephants have been killed for their tusks. This trade is illegal today, but it has not been completely eliminated, and some African elephant populations remain endangered.
Elephants eat roots, grasses, fruit, and bark, and they eat a lot of these things. An adult elephant can consume up to 300 pounds (136 kilograms) of food in a single day.
These hungry animals do not sleep much, and they roam over great distances while foraging for the large quantities of food that they require to sustain their massive bodies.
Female elephants (cows) live in family herds with their young, but adult males (bulls) tend to roam on their own.
Having a baby elephant is a serious commitment. Elephants have a longer pregnancy than any other mammal—almost 22 months. Cows usually give birth to one calf every two to four years. At birth, elephants already weigh some 200 pounds (91 kilograms) and stand about 3 feet (1 meter) tall.
The song Let’s Do It Now; lyrics and composition by Melis Bilen. Beat by Johnny Jam.
Actor Tab Hunter discusses his career in film, TV, singer and author with Foster Hirsch. One of the last great male stars of the Hollywood system and an early crossover to live TV, Hunter candidly discusses his life and work.
Melis Bilen singing Affettim Yine in the graduation ceremony Istanbul University Faculty of Dentistry.
AIRIE – ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE IN THE EVERGLADES – IS A PROGRAM THAT OFFERS ARTISTS THE OPPORTUNITY TO LIVE AND WORK IN THIS UNIQUE ENVIRONMENT.
ART LOFT HAD A CHANCE TO SPEND SOME TIME WITH HARUMI ABE, A HOLLYWOOD ARTIST, DURING HER MONTH IN RESIDENCE, LET’S HEAR HER STORY.
ABE’S DEEPLY PERSONAL WORK "134 DAYS AND 21 HOURS" IS CURRENTLY ON DISPLAY AT FORT LAUDERDALE – HOLLYWOOD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT AND YOU CAN LEARN MORE ABOUT HER PAINTINGS BY VISITING HER WEBSITE Harumiabe.com.
Save our River! Onward to Sugarland!
There is so much going on here my head is spinning. We the citizens along the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee Estuaries have stood up and spoken with a very loud voice.
This was suppose to be the summer of lazy kayaking, reading carl hiasson's "Bad monkey" on the beach while floating in the beautiful water. Work is slow and its time to recharge.
Can't do that now. The water is toxic with cyanobacteria and now we have dengue fever in our hood. Could I have some fries with that? Let me bring it home. Marty Baum, our riverkeeper who over 2,000 of you watched his video -has dengue fever.
I live in ground 0. The other day they were suppose to spray at 4:30 in the morning and when i went out with my pets at 7am I had mosquito spraying airplanes dive bombing my house. Even the possum that lives in yard came out of hiding to see what was going on.
I live on the corner of the St Lucie River and Indian River Lagoon. I am surrounded by Toxic Algae in the water, There's dengue fever and i'm getting sprayed with mosquito goo. What do you do? You keep on fighting - we're taking this fight to dc! We, the collective we!
So instead of kayaking this summer I have been going to protests with thousands of people and spending my spare time talking about fertilizers and septic tanks which are an issue along the entire indian river lagoon. But please don't get sidetracked. This travesty that we are dealing with is a direct result of the discharges from Lake Okeechobee into the two estuaries.
We had a huge meeting with south florida water management
Last week senator joe negron had a nine hour senate select meeting and told us not to talk unless we had solutions - and solutions we had.
There is no parties in our conversation- its all about what we can do to make this better and so it will never happen again.
I can't say enough about my community where I live. I have never ever in my life been a part of something as amazing. we could have done without this tragedy. BUt the outpouring of people willing to put their egos aside and effect change is truly the most inspiring thing I have ever been involved with and I treasure my treasure coast friends and neighbors.
we're all so busy something had to make a Facebook page to list all our events that are upcoming. We are getting DEP alerts and discussing them. This is what democracy looks like. This is an extraordinary community of people.
You can read all about it on our Facebook Page River of LIght where we have been posting information since last year. Read about learn about it. Without estuaries there are no fish. For those of you who say meh about the environment lets talk economy and my friends having to close their business's because ours just tanked. We were doing great up here. Last winter was phenomenal. We were in recovery and buzzing along.
read all about it
This is not my video so i'm just putting a link of Bobby Billie speaking at the senate meeting. "The newcomers came to our land and totally destroyed it" "we need to wake up because we are over the edge"
and everyone needs to read this and look and see if your representative voted for this and ask them why
This Sunday is the Sugarland Rally
"The Sugarland Rally will unite the east and west coasts of Florida in a peaceful, historic demonstration to speak out against the pollution of our estuaries from Lake Okeechobee discharges. We support both immediate and long-term solutions, but ecosystems and communities along the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee Estuaries are in crisis. We cannot afford to wait for ecological and economic collapse. We urge all stakeholders--especially local, state and federal governments--to act immediately."
i'm very proud to be the official video girl !
here is the link Your all invited!
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Artist In Residence in Everglades (AIRIE) held a Summer Salon on June 30th at an historic Coconut Grove home a stone’s throw from the house where environmentalist and Everglades advocate Marjory Stoneman Douglas wrote River of Grass, is was the perfect setting to enjoy a live performance by current artist in residence Ana Mendez, an audio installation by Gustavo Matamoros, work from the AIRIE collection, and light refreshments from local chefs.
Ana Mendez (June, 2013), born in Miami and graduate from the University of Illinois, is a professional dancer and performance artist. In 2001, Ana present The Body is PResent, commissioned by Miami Light Project for the Here and Now Festival. She then collaborated with artist Richard Martinez in a site-speci?c documentation project of The Body is Present in Everglades National Park and Big Cypress Preserve. In 2010, she received a commission by Miami Art Museum to present Walking Spell for the New Work Miami 2010 show. Walking Spell, an endurance based performance inspired by the work of John Cage, was present in collaboration with artists Aja Albertson, Richard Martinez, Federico Nessi and Richard Vergez, members of Phsychi Youth, Inc, a collective she cofounded in 2008.Ana’s solo work includes Valley of the Queen commissioned by Miami Art Museum, Parrucca presented by DACRA, and Bruise Blood presented at the Dorsch Gallery. She also presented choreography in collaboration with artist Jen DeNike for Art Public, part of Art Basel 2011 and with artist Christy Gast at the Bass Museum during Sleepless Nights 2009. Most recently Ana has been in performance in Natasha Tsakos’ OMEN which premiered at the Here and Now Festival 2012 and has been dancing with Rosie Herrera Dance Theater since 2009.
AIRIE, Inc. cooperates with Everglades National Park’s Volunteers-in-Parks program to manage the residency. Since 2009, AIRIE, Inc. has been incorporated as a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization with the sole mission of supporting the Artists in Residence in Everglades program at Everglades National Park through fundraising and producing special projects. The Park provides administrative staff (Board Members and Rangers co-administer the program), a live-work space at Long Pine Key, and access to the Everglades’ 1.5 million acres. AIRIE, Inc. coordinates the selection process and special events or opportunities for AIRIE Fellows.
Louis Wolfson III is a fourth-generation Floridian with an ambitious and generous entrepreneurial spirit.
As partner of Pinnacle Housing Group, Mr. Wolfson is making major strides to improve the lives and lifestyles of many people in Miami, who he believes deserve to live the American dream, by providing them with truly affordable alternatives to housing in one of the least affordable cities in the US.
His vision for affordable housing knows no boundaries, having recently set his eyes on new horizons for future affordable housing developments outside Florida.
Mr. Wolfson’s philosophy of always giving back to the community reflects in his role as chair of the Jewish Health Systems, where his principal goal is to breathe new life into its facilities.
As a true Floridian, he enjoys his time off close to the water and has a passion for the environment, having funded the roseate spoonbill research for the Audubon Society for the Everglades.
He was interviewed by Miami Today reporter Blanca Venegas.
A Younger You with Dr. Murad will premiere on WPBT2 on Friday, May 31 at 9pm. Dr. Murad will be live in WPBT2 Studios!
The song Love is Gone; lyrics, composition and arrangement by Melis Bilen.
Melis Bilen performed a couple of songs together with Istanbul University State Conservatory Jazz Band.
Premieres on WPBT2 on Friday, April 19 at 9:00pm.
WINNERS OF THE 37TH ANNUAL CARBONELL AWARDS ANNOUNCED
MALTZ JUPITER THEATRE SWEEPS MUSICAL CATEGORIES
AT ANNUAL CEREMONY
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. --- On Monday night, April 1, at the 37th annual Carbonell Awards, when the statuettes were all handed out, the musical numbers had concluded and the audience had left Broward Center for the Performing Arts to attend the after-party, two things could not be denied: South Florida is home to a rich, vibrant theatrical community packed with talent; and it was a good night to be the Maltz Jupiter Theatre.
Although the nominations were spread among 18 of South Florida theaters, three theaters dominated Monday night’s ceremony. Maltz Jupiter Theatre was honored with nine awards, winning every musical category, a feat that hasn’t happened in 34 years, when the Miami Beach Theatre of the Performing Arts swept the musical categories at the third annual Carbonell Awards. The awards for Maltz Jupiter Theatre were spread across three productions: The Music Man took honors for Best Musical, Best Actor/Musical, Matt Loehr; Musical Direction, Anne Shuttleworth; Choreography, Shea Sullivan; and Costume Design, Jose M. Rivera. Marcia Milgrom Dodge won Best Director for Hello Dolly!, a production that also saw wins for Best Actress/Musical, Vicki Lewis; and Best Supporting Actor/Musical, Matt Loehr. Angie Radosh won the Best Supporting Actress/Musical award for Cabaret.
The awards in the play categories were divided between GableStage in Coral Gables and Zoetic Stage in Miami. GableStage won four awards: Best Production of a Play for the drama Ruined; Best Director, Joseph Adler; Best Actress, Lela Elam; and Best Supporting Actor, Robert Strain, all for their work in Ruined. Zoetic Stage won three awards: Best Actor, Tom Wahl in I Am My Own Wife; Best Supporting Actress, Elena Maria Garcia, for Moscow; and Best New Work, Moscow, by Michael McKeever.
Four other theaters were honored with one award each. Broward Stage Door Theatre in Coral Springs won the Best Ensemble award for Rumors. Matt Corey won Best Sound for The Birds at Mosaic Theatre in Plantation. Margaret M. Ledford won Best Lighting for The Turn of the Screw at Naked Stage in Miami. And Michael Amico won Best Scenic Design for Talley’s Folly at Palm Beach Dramaworks in West Palm Beach.
Palm Beach County theaters earned 10 awards, followed by Miami-Dade theaters with 8 awards and Broward County theaters with 2 awards. (A full listing of the award winners follows.)
Along with honoring excellence in theater, a highlight of the annual Carbonell Awards ceremony is recognizing those who have made significant contributions to the arts.
The prestigious George Abbott Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts, awarded to an individual (or team) who has contributed significantly to the artistic and cultural development of the region, was presented to Mario Ernesto Sanchez, founder and Producing Artistic Director of Teatro Avante and the International Hispanic Theatre Festival of Miami. Sanchez has worked with a passion to preserve, promote and develop Hispanic theater across the Americas with a major impact locally and internationally since founding Teatro Avante in 1979.
The Ruth Foreman Award, which recognizes significant contributions to South Florida theater development by an individual or group, was awarded to Actors' Equity Association, the union that represents professional stage actors and stage managers across the U.S. Working to advance, promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of society, Actors’ Equity was honored in recognition of 100 years representing professional American theater on the occasion of their centennial.
The Carbonell Awards also awarded $1,000 scholarships to four South Florida students pursuing careers in theater or journalism: Sammi-Jack Martincak (Miami Dade County) who attends of New World School of the Arts; Christian Frost (Broward County) who attends J.P. Taravella High School; Vanessa Contreras (Palm Beach County) who attends John L. Leonard High School; and Jade Zaroff (Palm Beach County) who attends West Boca Community High School.
Generous Sponsors Help Set New Record
The Carbonell Awards, a not-for-profit organization, is funded by tax-deductible donations and award sponsorships. This year’s ceremony set a record for the most money raised in a single year. The generosity of this year’s sponsors shows a growing commitment from the community to the Carbonell Awards and their mission to advance theater in South Florida.
This 37th annual Carbonell Awards was generously supported by a leadership gift from the South Florida Cultural Consortium, Additional major support was provided by the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Actors’ Equity Association, Dr. Margaret and Mike Eidson, Rita and Jerry Cohen, Don Walters, Kerry and Scott Shiller, South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, Ann Kelly, Mary Ellen and Michael Peyton, Tony Finstrom, Neil Goldberg Dream Foundation & Cirque Dreams, Esslinger Wooten Maxwell (EWM) Realty, designel, Broadway Across America, Broward Cultural Division, ArtServe, Palm Beach County Cultural Council, and the South Florida Theatre League.
About the Carbonell Awards
The Carbonell Awards fosters the artistic growth of professional theater in South Florida by celebrating the diversity of our theater artists, providing educational scholarships, and building audience appreciation and civic pride by highlighting achievements of our theater community. Over 25 professional theater companies in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties participate in the awards process every year. Each season volunteer panelists and judges choose nominees and recipients from hundreds of shows produced on our area stages. The Carbonell Awards also celebrate the accomplishments of our artistic leaders by presenting ‘Special Awards’ and support the next generation of artists and journalists by awarding scholarships. Along with New York's Drama Desk and Chicago's Joseph Jefferson Awards, the Carbonell Awards are among the nation’s senior regional arts awards and predate others, including Washington, D.C.'s Helen Hayes Awards. The Carbonell Awards are named after Manuel Carbonell, an internationally-renowned sculptor, who designed the original solid bronze and marble award in 1976, the signature trophy that is given to Carbonell Award winners.
Below is a complete list of this year’s Carbonell Award winners, followed by a breakdown of the awards by county, theater and production.
Carbonell Award Winners, 2012
Best New Work (play or musical)
Moscow, Michael McKeever, Zoetic Stage
Best Production of a Play
Joseph Adler, Ruined, GableStage
Tom Wahl, I Am My Own Wife, Zoetic Stage
Lela Elam, Ruined, GableStage
Best Supporting Actor/Play
Robert Strain, Ruined, GableStage
Best Supporting Actress/Play
Elena Maria Garcia, Moscow, Zoetic Stage
Best Production of a Musical
The Music Man, Maltz Jupiter Theatre
Marsha Milgrom Dodge, Hello Dolly!, Maltz Jupiter Theatre
Matt Loehr, The Music Man, Maltz Jupiter Theatre
Vicki Lewis, Hello Dolly!, Maltz Jupiter Theatre
Best Supporting Actor/Musical
Matt Loehr, Hello Dolly!, Maltz Jupiter Theatre
Best Supporting Actress/Musical
Angie Radosh, Cabaret, Maltz Jupiter Theatre
Anne Shuttleworth, The Music Man, Maltz Jupiter Theatre
Shea Sullivan, The Music Man, Maltz Jupiter Theatre
Best Scenic Design/play or musical
Michael Amico, Talley’s Folly, Palm Beach Dramaworks
Best Lighting Design/play or musical
Margaret M. Ledford, The Turn of the Screw, The Naked Stage
Best Costume Design/play or musical
Jose M. Rivera, The Music Man, Maltz Jupiter Theatre
Best Sound Design/play or musical
Matt Corey, The Birds, Mosaic Theatre
Best Ensemble Production (play or musical)
Rumors, Broward Stage Door
Awards by County
10 Palm Beach
Awards by Theater
9 Maltz Jupiter Theatre
3 Zoetic Stage
1 Broward Stage Door Theatre
1 Mosaic Theatre
1 The Naked Stage
1 Palm Beach Dramaworks
Awards by Production
5 The Music Man Maltz Jupiter Theatre
4 Ruined GableStage
3 Hello, Dolly! Maltz Jupiter Theatre
1 I Am My Own Wife Zoetic Stage
2 Moscow Zoetic Stage
1 Cabaret Maltz Jupiter Theatre
1 The Turn of the Screw The Naked Stage
1 The Birds Mosaic Theatre
1 Rumors Stage Door Theatre
1 Talley’s Folly Palm Beach Dramaworks