The Adventures of Jurassic Pet Is On DVD and VOD

The Adventures of Jurassic Pet, arriving on DVD, Digital, and On Demand April 16 from Lionsgate. David Fletcher-Hall, Kyler Beck, and Ben Hall star in this live-action adventure “that the entire family will enjoy” (The Dove Foundation) and has been awarded the Dove Seal of Approval for all ages. The Adventures of Jurassic Pet DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $14.98. 


In this thrilling family adventure, a teen boy adopts and hatches a baby T. rex, but then must rescue the creature from a mad scientist who wants to clone a whole new breed of dinosaurs.

The 411:

The Adventures of Jurassic Pet is a movie about a boy and a dinosaur and I cannot wait for part 2.

Chris walks into a shop looking to buy something "special". An older gentleman shows him a box that is locked which he purchases. When he gets the box home it eventually opens revealing a large egg that hatches a baby dinosaur. Chris names the Dino Albert. 

When he tries to go back the shop it is different and the woman at the counter tells her there is no man working there. He sees a photo of the man behind the counter but the woman tells him that is her husband and he died a few years ago. So wait, a ghost sold a box to a boy and it has a dinosaur egg? My kids and I are intrigued.  

Like with any family friendly film about dinosaurs and ghosts an evil scientist, Dr. Yost who wants to study the dinosaur does everything to steal Albert from Chris.  Thankfully our ghost shows up to help Chris and Albert and we are taken on an adventure as they try to protect Albert.

My daughter had a few concerns with this movie. One was that she felt there were too many guns. Dr. Yost has a bunch of gun toting guys running around with him and shooting at the dinosaur but for me the movie was okay however I would have liked to see more of Chris and his friends working together.  She also didn't like that Chris willingly went into a house with our ghost friend who was working with him as an old man and a homeless man.

I think many kids won't notice the guns and the "evil" scientist who will do anything to get his test subject.

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Breaking Glass Pictures - ‘Carga’ On DVD A Review

Starring Netflix’s “1983” Michalina Olszanska in a breakout performance, 3-time Golden Globe winner Victor Norte (“Cinco dias, Cinco Noites”), and international model Sara Sampiao in her feature film debut. 


A truck driver tormented by the load he carries. A road that should lead to a better life. Human beings treated as goods for selling... In a capitalist society where each person focuses on their own needs, it is easy to forget about those around us and only do what is best for each of us. This is the story of Viktoriya, a young woman who throws everything away in search of a better life. From the moment the doors of the truck where she travels open up, Viktoriya is confronted with the cruel reality of human trafficking. Can she escape her fate?

The 411:

Knowing this is very real in our world, made the movie much harder to watch.

We follow two main characters Viktoriya a woman trying to escape her life only to be forced into a human trafficking situation and Antonio the driver with a conscious who is using his truck to transport people for the mafia to help take care of his wife, daughter and granddaughter.

The dark shadows used in the film transmit the vile organizations that support and exhibit selling human beings. It all felt all too real and harsh. Selling souls is a obviously a lucrative business run by power and money hungry degenerates who will hopefully burn in hell yet the film has you seeing the monsters as struggling souls as well. Everyone is trying to make their way through this sometimes difficult life. . I am not a huge fan of subtitles but there is very little dialogue in the movie so it didn't take away from the acting which was stupendous. My heart hurt after watching.



Tackling the issue of human trafficking, Carga is mainly a film about choices, survival instinct and strong women who do not give up, and a cargo that above all is emotional and that all the characters carry. My preoccupation with social themes is the painting of a rough portrait of the realities that humans often choose to ignore, but they are always part of what I write.


For seven years now, I and my producer have worked on several documentary stories. Once we had the story of a man who came to Portugal in a truck. This man did not want to come to Portugal, but he trusted someone who made a promise to him, but he was betrayed. Lost near Lisbon and unable to speak English or Portuguese, for a long time he was not able to ask for help. When I started writing the script, I always had this idea in my mind: how far can we go when we have nothing? How are the choices made? And when we are vulnerable, what can happen to us? I was very worried when I checked in and investigated how traffic networks operate. It was very important listen the stories of several persons connected to ONGS that work with human trafficking victims. That part of the process was essential to understand how close is this reality is from all of us. Viktoriya’s journey is not real, but represents the journey of millions of persons around the world that are caught in human trafficking networks. The fact is that these networks have victims at various levels and that is portrayed in the film.


All the characters have in their shoulders a bigger cargo that they can handle with. The film talks about choices and about the egoism of society and where the survival instinct often prevails above the common good. My concern as screenwriter and director of the film is to work the gray areas of the characters from the concept of “good people do bad things and bad people do good things.”. Despite that, all of them will live forever with the consequences of their choices.


In “Carga” we are confronted with the cultural differences and with the misunderstandings that the linguistic barriers can have on us, which was the reason that led me to cross 3 languages in the film: Portuguese, English and Russian. Communication in this film is power, that ’s why Viktor talks in english with António (despite he knows the truck driver speaks and understands the language really bad), but when he wants him to obey he speaks in Portuguese to make sure that he understands every single word. Now put yourself in the shoes of someone like Viktoriya: she doesn’t understand a word that those men are saying to her, she is suffering, afraid and even when she escape no one understands her language. How can you save yourself if no one understands you?
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Learning To Self Feed Has Never Been Easier Thanks To This Book

Annabel Karmel’s Baby Led Weaning Recipe Book: 120 recipes to let your baby take the lead

A complete recipe guide to weaning babies and toddlers into solid foods from the UK’s #1 children’s cooking author. 

For 25 years, Annabel Karmel has been the person families turn to when it comes to delicious, nutritious recipes for weaning children onto solid food.
While lots of parents start out with smooth spoon-led purees, baby-led weaning (BLW) is fast growing in popularity. But you don't have to choose one or the other.
Baby-Led Weaning Recipe Book is designed to offer a flexible approach to weaning. These expert recipes are designed to offer a flexible approach to weaning with simple methods and everything parents need to know about getting started with self-feeding. Baby-Led Weaning Recipe Book is a must-have resource for parents and is the perfect standalone guide for those wanting to explore this method exclusively. is a must-have resource for parents and is the perfect standalone guide for those wanting to explore this method exclusively.
The 411:
OMG how I wish I had this book when my kids were little but that doesn't mean I will not be making some of these recipes. 

The book is full of child and adult friendly recipes as well as the Top 10 Tips To Introduce Your Kids To Finger Foods. Annabel also talks about allergies, salt, how much you should offer, foods to avoid that could cause choking and then she jumps right in with some yummy looking food. 

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Spring Is Here - How About Some Spring Friendly Children's Books

Like the rest of us QuartoKid is ready for spring. My family and my preschool class have been spending a ton of time outdoors. Everyday I take my class outside and we run, look for rocks, talk to the birds, search for worms and enjoy the beautiful warm days after a long winter.

Tales From Nature: Bee 
By Magali Attiogbé
Board Book (ages 0-2)   
words & pictures
March 19, 2019

Join little bee as he gathers pollen from a flower and makes honey with his friends. But what happens when the queen bee arrives? Introducing nature to little ones, Tales From Nature provides simple, entertaining storylines with an animal character as the focus. Bright and colorful illustrations are sure to engage young children as they learn about each animal's day, from a cute description, to what it eats and where it lives. Simple, engaging text explains nature in a playful way for little ones. Each page includes a window or a flap to encourage children to read on and discover more. 

This is a favorite for my class. They love all the colorful flowers and the sweet face of the bees that they are learning they do not need to be afraid of.  It is a  very sweet book and they love putting their little fingers in the decorative cut outs of the page spread. I love the book because it gives my class a look into the life of bees and what they do in a very "toddler" friendly way. 

Tales From Nature: Ladybug
By Magali Attiogbé
Board Book (ages 0-2)   
words & pictures
March 19, 2019

Join ladybird as she helps gardeners with their aphids and camouflages herself from a swooping bird. But where should she hide her little eggs? Introducing nature to little ones, Tales From Nature provides simple, entertaining storylines with an animal character as the focus. Bright and colorful illustrations are sure to engage young children as they learn about each animal's day, from a cute description, to what it eats and where it lives. Simple, engaging text explains nature in a playful way for little ones. Each page includes a window or a flap to encourage children to read on and discover more. 

This book is so cute. Who doesn't love a ladybug? In this book with the cute cut outs perfect for little fingers, kids learn about the life cycle of a lady bug as well as why gardeners also love lady bugs.  

In Blossom
By Cheon Yooju
Picture book (ages 4-7)
Frances Lincoln Children’s Books
January 15, 2019

“Once spring blossom comes, I don’t want to do anything but watch blossom all day long. More than anything I love watching soft flowers bloom from ancient trees.” – Cheon Yooju

One day, a cat and dog meet on a bench. The cat eats her lunch. The dog reads his book. But the sun twinkles, the breeze blows, and there’s something sweet in the air…

I absolutely loved this book. It is so cute in it's simplistic message. The illustrations are adorable, muted and soft. A cat! A dog! A shared lunch between two "new" friends. 

The sweet message here to me was being alone is great and there is time for that but when the opportunity comes to make a new friend, embrace it. 

This would be an adorable animated short. Can someone please make that for me?

Baby Bird
Written by Andrew Gibbs
Illustrated by Zosienka
Picture book (ages 2-5)
Frances Lincoln Children’s Books
March 5, 2019

‘All birds are born to fly,’ thinks Baby Bird, watching the other hatchlings leave the nest. ‘I suppose it’s now or never…’ But one of Baby’s wings is twisted and shrunken and not at all like the other one. Instead of flying, Baby plummets to the ground. There, Baby makes a new friend, and learns that sometimes you have to find unexpected ways to achieve your dreams. A moving story about the power of friendship and the importance of accepting yourself just the way you are, this lovely watercolour picture book shows how friends can help you overcome difficulty.

This is an adorable book about a baby bird who isn't like the other siblings in the nest. One of his wings just isn't like the other. It is small and twisted, kinda like Nemos fin. When all his sibs leave the nest baby bird takes a chance and plummets to the ground where he practices and practices and practices but just can't fly. He never gives up but nothing works. Eventually he meets Cooter.

Cooter can't fly either but tries to help baby bird until Baby Bird gets angry and walks away trying on his own. He ends up under water where Cooter saves him. Cooter takes Baby Bird Cooter Scooting and baby bird learns you don't need strong wings to fly.

What a sweet book. My class was a mostly interested in the colors of Baby Bird but preschoolers will love the idea of friends lifting you when you are down.  This book is about being different and still rocking your difference, friendship, encouragement and acceptance. I thought it was adorable. I saw some reviews talking about Baby Bird being doomed and not understanding the message but I think this falls into who sees the glass half full or half empty. It is a sweet book and there is nothing wrong with the message of friends helping you until you can figure out your new normal.

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GIVEAWAY: 3 Book & Swag Bag Giveaway Linda Ragsdale & Flowerpot Press

I am happy to host this wonderful giveaway for Author Linda Ragsdale and Flowerpot Press.  Linda writes about creating peace and connecting with your compassion and her books speak to this message as well.

Hear Linda speak about Picturing peace

The Peace Dragon: Sometimes things aren't always what they seem... sometimes they are better. When a young explorer comes upon a dragon he quickly learns he shouldn't jump to conclusions. This is no ordinary dragon. This is a Peace Dragon and she is spreading a message of peace the whole world should hear. Join them in this journey that teaches about love and trust and the importance of embracing others for who they are, not how they appear.

The Brain Storm: "Sometimes you've just got to work it out. Follow along as a bad mood pesters a young boy and ends up rubbing off on all those around him. After a frustrating day under his version of a little dark cloud, he discovers that ultimately working through your feelings and emotions begins with you. This unique picture book contains no words so readers are left to ""read"" the story by interpreting the unique illustrations themselves."

Positively Purple: PB and Jeli are best bear friends. They play ball together every single day, until the day Jeli gets sick. After the doctor prescribes medication, Jeli begins to feel better but to her surprise, the medication turns her fur purple! With the help of her colorful and caring friends, Jeli learns that there is more to who you are than what shows on the outside. And that maybe being positively purple is positively perfect!

Positively Purple explores the power of empathy and friendship in building a child's self-esteem. Self acceptance is a strong theme running through the story, with a clear message that change in your appearance does not change how your friends feel about you.

About the Author: Award-winning author and international speaker Linda Ragsdale sets the Peace Dragon’s goal to encourage peace as the default response to any challenge. Survivor of the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attack, her devastating wound sparked her message and mission of empathy and compassion. Linda has shared her Peace Dragon message in schools, libraries, workshops, and featured in a TEDx talk

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4 Undiscussed But Serious Side Effects of Sleep Apnea

The reason I am sharing this is because I know quite a few people who suffer for sleep Apnea and have thought about getting tested myself. 

It’s estimated that 22 million Americans have sleep apnea, and that 80 percent of moderate to severe cases are undiagnosed.

Also known as Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome (OSAS), the condition affects between 5 and 20 percent of adults and 10-20 percent of children. While many are familiar with some side effects – loud snoring, disturbed sleep, and daytime sleepiness – other related issues are talked about less, but can be quite severe.

“The disruption of nasal breathing can affect digestion, brain function, mood, attention, growth, heart health, head pain, metabolism and much more,” says Dr. Edmund Lipskis(, director of the Centre For Integrative Orthodontics and co-author with his wife, Dr. Lynn Lipskis, of Breathe, Sleep, Live, Smile: Integrative Treatments for TMJ/TMD, Sleep Apnea, Orthodontics. “But sleep apnea in children can be treated at a young age. The symptoms include irritability, lack of concentration, poor school performance, pseudo ADHD, and nighttime bed wetting.”

Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when a blocked airway prevents the body from getting the oxygen it needs. Breathing can stop for several seconds numerous times during the night.

“This causes the brain to wake up so the sleeper can breathe,” Dr. Lipskis says. “People with OSA usually don’t remember every instance of waking up, but the result is fragmented sleep.”

Dr. Lynn Lipskis adds that proper diagnosis, combined with advanced technology, can lead to successful treatment. She says there are more than 100 FDA-approved appliances for treating sleep apnea and proper selection is key to addressing the individual’s special needs.

“For adults, that can mean therapy using an oral appliance,” she says. “For children, it can mean orthopedic orthodontics for airway development and correction.”

The Lipskis team points out four of the less-discussed but serious side effects of sleep apnea:

Depression. Depression is linked with OSA and works both ways. “That is, people who are depressed are more likely to develop OSA, and people with OSA are more likely to develop depression,” Dr. Lynn Lipskis says. “One study found that slightly less than half of people with OSA showed depressive symptoms. This is not so surprising, considering that restful sleep is so important for physical and mental health.”

Chronic pain. As with depression, chronic pain may be a cause of, or may be caused by, OSA. A study found that over half the people with OSA had chronic widespread pain and that the risk was higher in women than in men.

Hormone disruption. Sleep is a critical time for the body to regulate hormones. “An important one to note is the growth hormone HGH, which is produced during Stage 3 sleep,” Lipskis says. “It helps with cell reproduction, cell regeneration, and metabolism. If Stage III sleep is cut short, or never reached, HGH can’t perform its job. So rather than repairing itself during sleep, the body continues to break down.”

Nocturia. This is the frequent need to urinate at night. “People with OSA are more likely to get up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom,” Dr. Edmund Lipskis says. “That’s because it affects the release of antidiuretic hormone (ADH), which prevents fluid from filling the bladder and prevents the need to urinate during the night. When ADH can’t do what it’s supposed to, the bladder fills and the urge to urinate appears. This is yet another way that OSA disturbs proper bodily functions and compounds disordered sleep.”

“If you suffer from OSA or suspect you do, have a sleep study done, which includes a diagnosis by a medical physician,” Dr. Lynn Lipskis says. “This is the only way to correctly diagnose OSA or other sleep disorders. OSA should be treated as a serious medical condition because the consequences go far beyond daytime fatigue.”

About Dr. Edmund Lipskis, DDS, MS and Dr. Lynn Lipskis, DDS

Dr. Edmund Lipskis ( is the director of The Centre for Integrative Orthodontics and co-author, with his wife, Dr. Lynn Lipskis, of Breathe, Sleep, Live, Smile: Integrative Treatments for TMJ/TMD, Sleep Apnea, Orthodontics. He is a Master Senior Instructor in the International Board of Orthodontics and board-certified by the International Board of Orthodontics and the American Board of Craniofacial Pain. Co-founder of St. Charles Family Dentistry Ltd. and the TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre of Chicago, he has lectured internationally on phase-two treatment (via orthodontics) of chronic-pain individuals and airway-focused orthodontics.

Dr. Lynn Lipskis (, a graduate of Loyola University School of Dentistry, is director of the TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre. She co-founded St. Charles Family Dentistry Ltd. with her husband, with whom she has practiced dentistry for 30 years. She was a clinical instructor in pediatric dentistry at Loyola University School of Dentistry until it closed in 1993. She is a Diplomat of the American Board of Craniofacial Pain and the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. Since 2011, she has concentrated her professional attention on the practice of dental sleep medicine and the treatment of TMJ and chronic pain. The Lipskis’ host a doctors’ course on airway-focused orthodontics on an annual basis.

JURASSIC WORLD’s Iconic Tyrannosaurus Rex and Mosasaurus Invade Universal Studios Hollywood

JURASSIC WORLD’s Iconic Tyrannosaurus rex and Mosasaurus Invade Universal Studios Hollywood in Dynamic New Ad Campaign, It Just Got Real,as Anticipation Builds for the New Mega Attraction, “Jurassic World—The Ride,” Opening This Summer

Click Here to Watch the It Just Got Real Spot

Universal City, CA, April 17, 2019 – Pandemonium disrupts several elaborate film productions underway on Universal Studios’ bustling movie studio backlot, sending cast and crew running for their lives.

As panic and chaos ensue, the source is revealed:  JURASSIC WORLD’s unstoppable Tyrannosaurus rex tramples her way across sets and sound stages to ignite Universal Studios Hollywood’s new marketing campaign, It Just Got Real, in support of the theme park’s eagerly awaited mega attraction, “Jurassic World—The Ride,” opening this summer.

Click here to watch the It Just Got Real spot.

“Jurassic World—The Ride” will debut an original storyline that takes place within the theme park as depicted in Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment’s film, JURASSIC WORLD, on the day the Indominus rex escapes.

The exciting thrill ride will soar to new heights with the addition of several iconic dinosaurs from the movie, including the colossal Indominus rex and the magnificent aquatic Mosasaurus that will mesmerize onlookers in her natural habitat from behind a three million gallon glass encased Aquarium Observatory tank.

“Jurassic World—The Ride” comes to life under the direction of the award-winning and inspired minds at Universal Creative, the Academy Award®-winning special-effects visionaries at Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), a division of Lucasfilm, Ltd., Universal Pictures and acclaimed filmmakers Steven Spielberg, Colin Trevorrow and Frank Marshall.

The aesthetics of “Jurassic World—The Ride” will be dramatically enhanced welcoming guests to a reimagined space reflective of the JURASSIC WORLD films. In addition, there will be a fresh new entry statement, stonework landscaping and a contemporary redesign of the iconic JURASSIC WORLD gates, illuminated with billowing flames.

Engaging and interactive queue-line videos featuring facts and information about the dinosaurs within the ride will set the tone for the expedition ahead, as guests learn more about these imposing prehistoric creatures that first roamed the earth more than 65 million years ago.

Once aboard specially designed rafts, guests will navigate the lush environs of dense vegetation, traversing new areas besieged with towering dinosaurs meandering at just an arm’s length away from visitors.  Encounters with such docile creatures as the Stegosaurus and Parasaurolophus will quickly turn awry as predatory Velociraptors and Dilophosaurus begin to wreak havoc, turning guests from spectators to prey.  When the Tyrannosaurus rex begins to battle one of the attraction’s new ferocious dinosaurs, the rafts will spill down a treacherous 84-foot waterfall as the sole means of escape.

Located adjacent to the ride will be a new elaborately themed “Raptor Encounter” where Blue, the most beloved Velociraptor from the JURASSIC WORLD franchise, will engage guests in daring face-to-face encounters.

In addition, a new interactive “Dino Play” area will incorporate educational components within an inspired space where children of all ages can explore and excavate giant dinosaur fossils.

With so much to see and do at Universal Studios Hollywood, the new California Neighbor Pass invites guests to experience 175 days of fun for $149 when purchased online. Visit for more details. Blackout dates and restrictions apply.

More information is available at Like Universal Studios Hollywood on Facebook and follow @UniStudios on Instagram and Twitter.

Universal Studios Hollywood is The Entertainment Capital of L.A. and includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour. As a leading global entertainment destination, Universal Studios Hollywood delivers highly themed immersive lands that translate to real-life interpretations of iconic movie and television shows. Attractions include “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™” which features a bustling Hogsmeade village and such critically-acclaimed rides as “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” and “Flight of the Hippogriff™”, and the highly-anticipated Summer opening of “Jurassic World—The Ride.”  Other immersive lands include “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and “Super Silly Fun Land” as well as “Springfield,” hometown of America’s favorite TV family, located adjacent to the award-winning “The Simpsons Ride™” and DreamWorks Theatre featuring “Kung Fu Panda Adventure.”  The world-renowned Studio Tour is Universal Studios Hollywood’s signature attraction, inviting guests behind-the-scenes of the world’s biggest and busiest movie and television production studio where they can also experience such thrill rides as “Fast & Furious—Supercharged” and “King Kong 360 3D.” The adjacent Universal CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex also includes the all-new multi-million dollar, redesigned Universal CityWalk Cinema, featuring deluxe recliner seating in screening room quality theatres, and the “5 Towers” state-of-the-art outdoor concert stage.


The Perfect Easter Book For Your Sweeties - WISH by Chris Sauders

”Once every year wishes take flight

filled with hope and twinkling light.
They dance in the air, with a swirl and a swish
You have to be lucky to be chosen by a wish” 

Rabbit has never had a wish before; but one day he gets not just one, but three! But what should he wish for?

Wish by a touching picture book set in a glittering forest about the power of kindness and the magic of friendship. When Rabbit is granted three wishes, he cannot decide what to wish for, so he asks his friends Mouse, Fox and Bear what they would do if they had a wish. Being selfless and kind, Rabbit grants all three wishes to his friends. So what, then, is left for Rabbit to wish for?

The 411:

Wish is a beautiful book about how putting others first benefits you in even bigger ways.

While walking through the woods Rabbit sees all the wishes floating in the air and becomes the very lucky recipient of three wishes when one lands on his nose, and two on his feet. He is so excited but doesn't want to mes up his chance for the perfect wish so he asks his friends. They all have very different wishes and like a good friend he gives his wishes away. Thankfully his friends all share their wishes with him making him the luckiest of wish recipients.

I love the dandelion "wishes" floating in the air. Who doesn't think of these as wishes? Rabbit being the sweetest bunny ever shows kids that making your friends dreams come true will eventually come back around to you. Basically the lesson is being a good person benefits you in even bigger ways that you could have imagined.  In a world where everyone is so self driven reminding ourselves that how we make others feel does matter. 

Kids will love the beautiful illustrations and readers will love the message. 

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 JazzFest Performance May 3


"NO WALLS" Mixtape Out May 9

As singer/songwriter/feminist/activist gears up to release her memoir, No Walls and the Recurring Dream on May 7,  she is also announcing her summer run of tour dates. She kicks off her run on May 3 at JazzFest in New Orleans before a block of book events, then returns to performing May 31 in Houston. For tickets, go to her website.  In addition, at the shows DiFranco is offering a "No Walls" Mixtape, her current take on the songs related to the memoir.  The "No Walls" Mixtape will also be available digitally on May 9.

DiFranco addresses this to her fans. "So here is my mixtape for you, like the kind that I would make you on cassette if it was, like, 1993 and I was really into you. It’s a flight of Ani songs that I took the liberty of revisiting, solo stylie, twenty… (thirty?!) years later, songs that factor (either literally or figuratively) into my memoir, No Walls and the Recurring Dream." 

In her memoir, DiFranco recounts her early life from a place of hard-won wisdom, combining personal expression, the power of music, feminism, political activism, storytelling, philanthropy, entrepreneurship, and much more into an inspiring whole. In these frank, honest, passionate, and often funny pages is the tale of one woman's eventful and radical journey to the age of thirty. Ani's coming of age story is defined by her ethos of fierce independence--from being an emancipated minor sleeping in a Buffalo bus station, to unwaveringly building a career through appearances at small clubs and festivals, to releasing her first album at the age of 18, to consciously rejecting the mainstream recording industry and creating her own label, Righteous Babe Records. In these pages, as in life, she never hesitates to challenge established rules and expectations, maintaining a level of artistic integrity that has impressed many and antagonized more than a few. Ani continues to be a major touring and recording artist as well as a celebrated activist and feminist, standing as living proof that you can overcome all personal and societal obstacles to be who you are and to follow your dreams. Tour dates and book events are listed below. 

May 3 -   New Orleans, LA - JazzFest
May 7 -   New York, NY - Tishman Auditorium w/ Cecile Richards*
May 8 -   Boston, MA - Coolidge Corner Theatre w/ Robin Young* 
May 9 -   Washington, DC - Sixth & I Synagogue w/ moderator TBA*
May 10 - Chicago, IL - Wilson Abbey w/ Jessica Hopper*
May 13 - Seattle, WA - Neptune Theatre w/ moderator TBA*
May 14 - Berkeley, CA - First Congregational Church of Berkeley w/ moderator TBA*
May 15 - Portland, OR - Revolution Hall w/ Cari Luna*
May 16 - Pasadena, CA - Pasadena Presbyterian Church w/ Valarie Kaur*
May 17 - Austin, TX - Central Presbyterian Church w/ Rachel Rascoe*
May 19 - Greensboro, NC - Greensboro Bound Literary Festival w/ Rhiannon Giddens*
May 22 - New Orleans, LA - New Orleans JCC w/ Gwen Thompkins*
May 31 - Houston, TX - White Oak Music Hall^
June 1 - Tulsa, OK - Williams Theater @ Tulsa Performing Arts Center^
June 2 - Wichita, KS - The Wave^
June 4 - Columbia, MO - Rose Park^
June 5 - Milwaukee, WI - The Pabst Theater^
June 6 - Davenport, IA - Codfish Hollow Barn^
June 9 - Fargo, ND - Fargo Theatre^
June 10 - Duluth, MN - NorShor Theatre^
June 12 - Indianapolis, IN - The Vogue^
June 13 - Cleveland Heights, OH - Cain Park w/ special guest Lucy Wainwright Roche
June 15 - Croton-on-Hudson, NY - The Great Hudson River Revival
June 16 - Woodstock, NY - Levon Helm Studios
August 1 - Anchorage, AK - Barnes & Noble w/ moderator TBA*
August 2 - Ninilchik, AK - Salmonfest
August 4 - Kaslo, BC - Kaslo Jazz Etc. Summer Music Festival
August 10 - Edmonton, AB - The Edmonton Folk Music Festival
August 16 - Lyons, CO - Rocky Mountain Folks Festival
*book tour event
^with special guest Diane Patterson

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