Musicians

Salt Petal

March 24, 2015
Salt Petal

The city of Los Angeles is known for its diversity, and few bands represent the city’s blending of cultures better than Salt Petal, a group whose musical influences range from Argentinian folk to Brazilian tropicalia to Cumbia and up-tempo indie rock. The band’s sound is fresh and unique, showcasing deep South American rhythms with vibrant pop harmonies and textures.

Founded by Autumn Harrison and Rodrigo Gonzalez when they realized that the music they were looking for wasn’t available in Los Angeles, Salt Petal started playing in small cafes, with the positive response prompting Harrison and Gonzalez to invite talented musician friends to join the group and tour with them. The band now has a rotating roster of five to ten performers and has performed at festivals including SXSW, Los Angeles Times’ Festival of Books and Make Music Pasadena.

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Authors

Amanda Levy

March 20, 2015
Amanda Levy

Author Amanda Levy believes strongly in the power of food to bridge cultures and bring people together. And in her gripping new memoir, Stop Bullies With 21 Meals from 7 Continents, she examines this notion, hoping to use the communal strength of food to end all forms of bullying around the globe, while simultaneously recounting the remarkable and shocking details of her tumultuous life.

Despite a difficult upbringing, Levy graduated from City University of New York with a BA in Economics and Mathematics and practiced civil law for ten years in 40 United States District Courts before diverting to criminal law in 2013. The struggles that Levy has faced throughout her life paint a vivid picture of inner strength, determination and the power of the human spirit.

To learn more about Levy and her writing, follow her on Twitter.

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Musicians

Forebear

March 13, 2015
Forebear Band

Flawlessly weaving together cinematic indie rock with spectacular harmonies and a truly unique voice, the music of Forebear takes listeners on a surreal journey through ideas of inner conflict, interpersonal crisis and the perils of living in an age of global tension. Comprised of some of Los Angeles’ most prolific musicians — Scott Goldbaum (vocals, guitar), Molly Rogers (viola), Nick Chadian (bass) and Mike Musselman (drums) — the band was formed in 2014 and, after only a few months, caught the attention of famed producer Scott Gordon, previously known for his work with Alanis Morissette and Ringo Starr.

The band’s self-titled debut EP, which established them as an act to watch in 2015, features songs such as “North Korea and the Five Stages of Grief,” which was written by Goldbaum in his car and explores interpersonal drama in a manner than is both grandiose and beautiful, and “Cusp,” which highlights Goldbaum’s stream-of-consciousness lyrics and Molly’s haunting viola solos atop a driving rhythm section. The album explores the notion of finding catharis in sharing experiences — both good and bad — while finding inner peace and learning from those experiences.

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Entrepreneurs

Mike Airhart

March 12, 2015
Gecko Rock Resort

Mike Airhart met his wife Aileen five years ago, when they were both working as English teachers in South Korea. In 2012, they decided to leave their old lives behind and embark on the adventure of a lifetime. After liquidating their assets, the couple moved to a small town in southern Mexico and began building a boutique beachside resort from the ground up.

After over two years of design and construction, Gecko Rock Resort opened for business in late 2014. Located on the breathtaking Oaxacan Riviera, between the surfing mecca of Puerto Escondido and the high-end tourist destination of Huatulco, Gecko Rock offers a relaxing, intimate getaway in an unforgettable paradise. With four casitas, each equipped with private rooftop balconies, the resort provides a unique brand of personal attention and service. While sipping margaritas by the pool is always enjoyable to pass the time, for those wishing to get out and explore, the Puerto Escondido region offers some of the world’s best snorkeling, horseback riding, and mountain bike adventures.

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Entrepreneurs

RobinLynne

March 11, 2015
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Born in 1962 to Murray Jay and Rose Annette Mabin, minister and radio host RobinLynne was raised in Tacoma, Washington and, at the age of 17, enlisted in the United States Air Force, where she developed skills in the fields of telecommunications and computer operations. But a sexual assault early in her military career left her with severe post-traumatic stress disorder and, for over 20 years, her condition went undiagnosed and untreated.

Since overcoming depression and homelessness brought on by her condition, RobinLynne has found her calling as a minister and the founder of Vibes-Live Radio, where she provides exposure to business owners, independent artist and other ministries from around the world. In addition, she is a proud member of Total Victory Christian Center and a community advocate for Family in Distress, a non-profit organization serving South Florida.

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