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Archive for May, 2010

Trop-A-Rocka! Bret Michaels Wins Celebrity Apprentice

Posted by Katina on May 24, 2010 at 3:17 am

Congrats! Bret Michaels rocks out and brings home the title of Celebrity Apprentice.

His cause: the American Diabetes Association. He is a true champion and a great example of Song-in-Action. In his own words: “I’m here to win” and he did, while raising awareness and funds for Diabetes, a disease that affects 23.6 million people in the United States (7.8% of the population).

Filed under: Donate,Fundraiser

Butterflies, Lennon, and Lupus

Posted by Katina on May 22, 2010 at 3:03 am

Last week, one of my friends called to say she had an extra ticket to a lupus event featuring Julian Lennon. Did I want to go? Yes!!! Could I? Sadly no. I missed Julian Lennon performing Lucy, a lupus-tribute and I was kind of crushed. But I decided that it was a great hook for a Song-in-Action blog entry.

Check out James Scott Cook and Julian Lennon on the Lupus Foundation of America website as they explain how the song Lucy came to be and their goal to raise funds and awareness for Lupus research. Watch James and Julian perform Lucy (after interview on the origins of Lucy, app. 3:30).


Lucy's Legacy: Julian Lennon and James Scott Cook Join Musical Forces for Lupus Research

On a more personal note, I want to thank everyone who supported Team Metamorphosis‘ fundraising efforts during the 2010 DC Walk for Lupus Now.

With the help of my mom and sorors Keisha and Monica, Team Metamorphosis raised almost $1400 (with more coming in before May 30th). I am very excited and humbled by the support of friends, family, and the virtual community formed on Twitter and Facebook. We couldn’t have done it without you.

Much Love,


Filed under: Donate,Fundraiser,Lupus

Take Sound Bites for D.C. Central Kitchen: Music Food Social Change

Posted by Katina on at 2:20 am

What could be better than an springtime indoor-outdoor music benefit for social change? An indoor-outdoor music benefit for social change that features great food! This Sunday, May 23rd, the 9:30 club presents the Sound Bites benefit.

The details: May 23, 2010 at the 9:30 club, doors open at 5 pm – tickets are $30

Music: WILL EASTMAN • U.S. ROYALTY • FATBACK DJs • BLUEBRAIN • MIDNIGHT KIDS • BEAUTIFUL SWIMMERS With free samples from area restaurants including:
BGR the Burger Joint • Busboys and Poets • ChurchKey • CommonWealth Gastropub • Cork • EatBar • Fresh Start Catering • Harry’s Tap Room • Indique • Jaleo • Maddy’s Bar & Grill • Marvin • Masa 14 • Mie N Yu • Radius Pizza • Sâuçá • Taylor Gourmet • Zola Kitchen and Wine Bar

The Cause: DC Central Kitchen

The DC Central Kitchen is a cornerstone of anti-poverty efforts in the District of Columbia. Founded in 1989, the Kitchen believes that “when fighting poverty, one must fight to win by using every resource available.” By day the organization is a community kitchen, recycling food that would otherwise go to waste in the DC metropolitan area. They also a valuable source of job training opportunities. To learn more about the DC Central Kitchen, visit their website or watch this video.

Filed under: Donate,Fundraiser,Hunger
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Yoko K fuses music and social change at TEDxPotomac

Posted by Katina on at 1:45 am

It is very hard to put to words what Yoko K brings to the world of music and social change. This Thursday I had the joy of attending TEDxPotomac, a day-long gathering of thinkers, performers, activists, scientists, artists, etc. giving presentations on “Beyond Politics: Innovation, Inspiration, and Insight.”

Electronic musician, vocalist, and social activist Yoko Kamitani did a musical presentation in which she mixed the voices of people from around the world into an electronic music arrangement about genocide in Rwanda (you had to hear it to believe the genius).

Learn more about Yoko K’s presentation at TEDxPotomac. Tweet @TEDxPotomac and ask them to make Yoko K a TedTalk. It was that good . . .  Check out Yoko K online at and http:/home/katinara/public_html/

Watch Yoko K AON session from 2009:

AON Sessions: Yoko K. / Aphrodizia, “(Untitled)” from All Our Noise on Vimeo.

Filed under: Music and politics