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Carly Brooke

Carly BrookeCarly Brooke, born on January 2nd, 1989 in Long Island, New York is an actress and singer who began her acting and singing as soon as she could walk.

She graduated from Herricks High School in New Hyde Park, Long Island, New York with the Class of 2007.

When she graduated in 2007, Carly recalls being in every play and musical produced while she was in high school. She was also a member of the choir and was selected for the 2006 All-State Jazz Choir.

She received a BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia where she was trained in the Meisner acting technique.

"I went to school for musical theatre because I have a passion for both singing and acting. Since moving to New York from Philadelphia where I went to college.

I have mainly focused on film and commercial work, but I also sing with a band and write music with different collaborators.

When I was working on Taxi Brooklyn - which was a blast, I got to do some awesome chase scenes that were terrifyingly exciting!

Carly BrookeIn the movie “This is Where I Leave You” starring Tina Fey, Jason Bateman, Jane Fonda and others I have a small role playing “Chelsea” - Adam Drivers ex girlfriend. I am also currently working on a few independent films.

Carly auditioned for American Idol when she was just 16 years old, but did not make it past the first round. The following year with some encouragement from a teacher, she auditioned for Season 10 at the New Jersey auditions. It was there that she she earned her golden ticket from the judges.

She said that exposure to jazz transformed her musical taste, and her approach to singing because of the freedom it afforded her.

“I’m not a very good sight reader, but with jazz, you can make up notes that fit into the chords,” said Pearlstein, whose favorite vocalist is Ella Fitzgerald.

She chose “Summertime” as her audition song for American Idol at the initial audition in the New Jersey Izod Center. Her audtion lasted about 15 seconds, after waiting for 10 hours to deliver those several seconds.

After two subsequent renditions of “Summertime” for the producers in two other audition sessions, she made the cut and took the trip to Hollywood.

Carly Brooke“I audition for shows all the time and sometimes you get the part and sometimes you don’t."

"And sometimes it makes you wonder, did I pick the hardest work in the universe?,” she wonders.

Since graduating, she has worked on a number of films, television shows, and in various commercials.

She can also be seen singing at different New York City venues with her band Scruffy Pearls.

Scruffy Pearls is a soul-pop group with songs inspired by romance, the ups and downs of dream chasing and the belief that Good Things are all around us.

They are based out of New York where they perform regularly, and they’ve played all over the US opening for bands including Lukas Nelson + Promise of the Real, Lawrence, and Parsonsfield.

The band is comprised of two couples from New York City who turned their Sunday night jams into a heart-felt soul-pop band with songs inspired by a 12-year romance, the ups, and downs of dream chasing and the belief that Good Things will come.

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Scruffy Pearls - Band Members

Carly Brooke- Vocals
RJ Gatsby- Keys, guitar, uke
Billy Pearson- lead guitar
Renee Hikari- Drums
Parker McAllister- Bass
Adam Abresch- Trumpet



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Film and Television

Chronicle of a Serial Killer - Kate - (post-production)
Fire Island - Mimi - 2019
Before You Know It - Chloe - 2019
The Good Cop (TV Series) - Jolene - 2018/II
Summertime - Pam - 2018
Abnormal Attraction - Kylie - 2018
Who We Are Now - Felicity - 2017
Adulthood (TV Series) - Christine - 2017

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Film and Television

Younger (TV Series) - Becky - 2016
The Jim Gaffigan Show (TV Series) - Groupie Girl #1 - 2016
Mommy's Box - Jordana (as Carly Brooke Pearlstein) - 2016
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (TV Series) - Guido Girl - 2015
This Is Where I Leave You - Chelsea - 2014
My Man Is a Loser - Roslyn (as Carly Brooke Pearlstein) - 2014
Taxi Brooklyn - Debra Salvo (as Carly Brooke Pearlstein)- 2014
Love Me as I Am - Cara Venito (as Carly Brooke Pearlstein) - 2013

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Scruffy Pearls performed at the KVNF studios in New York and talked with Ali Lightfoot about their newly released debut album and first trip to Colorado.
www.kvnf.org Live Stream

There is very little information about Carly Brooke or the Scruffy Pearls online at present, but this profile will be updated as more information becomes available.


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In the Bonesetter's Waiting Room:
Travels Through Indian Medicine

BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week India defies definition, and the story of medicine in India is similarly rich and complex: shaped by unique challenges and opportunities, uniting cutting-edge technological developments with ancient cultural traditions, fuelled by political changes which transformed the lives of millions and moulded by the energy of forceful individuals. Here, Aarathi Prasad investigates how Indian medicine came to be the way it is. Her travels will take her to bonesetter clinics in Jaipur and Hyderabad and the waiting-rooms of Bollywood's best plastic surgeons, and introduce her to traditional healers as well as the world-beating heart surgeon who is revolutionising treatment of the poor around the globe.

Like a Virgin

Exploring the Frontiers of Conception

Sexual evolution is a slippery business. Like all mammals, we humans seem to have been left no choice in the matter: even though it is costly, inefficient and dangerous, if we want to reproduce we simply have to have sex. Yet most human cultures tell the tale of a maiden who gives birth untouched by a man; and in the wild there are plenty of creatures such as turkeys, komodo dragons, sharks and the Jesus Christ lizard (which walks on water, too) that take various approaches to reproducing without sex.

In LIKE A VIRGIN, the biology writer Aarathi Prasad discusses how reproduction without sex is achieved in animals and explores why evolution hasn't made it an option for humans yet. In doing so, she provides a quirky, entertaining and perceptive overview of the mysteries of evolutionary biology, sex and reproduction past, present and future.

It is a remarkable story that ranges across Greek mythology, natural history, agriculture, conservation and medicine; takes in some of the most exciting areas of developmental genetics and molecular biology that other popular science books largely ignore; and is packed full of a cast of amazing characters, be they obscure animals or eccentric scientists such as the respected geneticist Dr Helen Spurway who in the UK in the 1950s unwittingly sparked a nationwide search for a virgin mother.

There is now a plethora of strategies being developed in reproductive medicine that could ultimately keep our species going in a world of embellished sex: the creation of artificial eggs and sperm from bone marrow, labs-on-chips on which eggs are fertilized, silicone wombs and artificial wombs (where fetuses can spend their full nine months), and even research to prepare us for reproduction in space. What's more, we are finally beginning to understand what genetic modifications are needed to allow for the creation of women who could have babies without having sex. Now that we have the competent hand of science in our lives, will girls still need men?

Publisher: Oneworld (UK/US)
Pub Date: 16 August 2012
Status: Draft manuscript
Length: 288 pages

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UK & Commonwealth, US, Arabic (Arab Scientific), Japan (East Press)

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Yabanci is a book by a Dutch woman who moved from Holland to Turkey to start a new life in a Turkish village overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. A great read for those who are considering a move abroad or have lived in a different culture. Available in English as an ebook or in Dutch in both print and popular ebook formats... take a look

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