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    Today, the last day of Mental Health Awareness month, I’m proud to announce the launch of a new video series on our channel titled RHAPSODY IN ALCHEMY, an intimate peek into the lives of artists with lived mental health experience. This first video, winner of April’s Art With Impact mental health film competition, features an extraordinary filmmaker named Sal Tran who reflects on staying grounded and empowered through battles with suicidal depression and PTSD.



    Painter Bradley Platz and his wife Kim Larson, who has a background in jewelry making and sculpture, originally opened Modern Eden in North Beach a couple blocks away from its current Greenwich street location and were told 4 years later that their rent would be doubling. Kim tells me, “We could have given up so easily; it would have been by far the easier decision but we did’t want to see another business, another gallery go under. It diminishes the whole city that we kind of fell in love with and it’s changing but we’re so stubborn to hold on to it.”



    I caught up with indie folk rockers The Wild Reeds at San Francisco’s Outside Lands festival, one of the last stops on a long west coast tour before they headed back to their native Los Angeles and then on to the East Coast for more shows. Check out their epic cover of “House of the Rising Sun”, an exclusive acoustic performance of their beautiful tune “Selfish” and my interview with these amazingly talented women who reflect on how they’ve evolved as performers and the power of music to make you feel connected during lonely moments when you’re convinced you’re “the weirdest person in the world.”



    In addition to singing in a ‘Sensual Garage Rock Band’ with her husband called Rikkha, Juliette Dragon puts on scintillating cabaret productions with her burlesque company, Le Cabaret des Filles de Joie, and founded the first burlesque school in Paris: Ecole des Filles de Joie. Girls at her school learn more than just how to dance– they are learning not just to shake but to own and feel good about what their mamas gave them. “You have to like and to love yourself to be able to be loved by someone else. In my school the girls are learning how to love themselves and love each other.”