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A Conversation with the playwright, Michael A. Jones, author of “Angela’s Justice”, August 21, 2014

August 21, 2014


“Angela’s Justice” is set in a fictitious place in 1970. It is an adaption of Sophocles’ “Antigone” and an homage to Angela Davis, wherein Angela is determined, by any means necessary, to get her brother properly buried. The piece takes a play that was written over 2000 years ago and transforms it into a modern-day cultural piece by melding the spirit of Antigone and Angela.

Two more performances of “Angela’s Justice” are scheduled: Saturday, 8/23 @ 5:00 PM, and Sunday, 8/24 @ 8:00 PM

Dream Up Festival tickets are $12-$20. Tickets are now on sale by calling smarttix (212) 868-4444 or at the Dream Up Festival website.

All performances will take place at Theater for the New City at 155 First Avenue (corner of E. 10th Street, East Village) New York, NY 10003.

Michael A. Jones is an actor/writer/
He has performed in plays such as August Wilson’s Women, 365 Plays/365 Days, Two Gentleman of Verona, Black Girl, and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. His films include, “No Tips; No Love,” “A House with Many Windows,” and “An Unremarkable Life” (with Charles Dutton).

His writing credits include the plays, “It Takes a Village to Raise…Hell,” “Soiled Wings,” “Blood,” “Family Matters: A Play about Prostate Cancer,” “One Love,” and “Josh: The Black Babe Ruth,” which was produced at Woodie King, Junior’s New Federal Theatre. He has written the screenplays, “Making Copies in Harlem,” “Where’s the Beef?” and “Love and Bondage: Sex and Genocide.” He was commissioned to write, “The Skin I’m In” a play that is touring the New York Public Schools. He is a founding member of the Uptown Playwrights’ Workshop.

A Conversation with Kristie Macrakis, author of “Prisoners, Lovers, and Spies: The Story of Invisible Ink from Herodotus to al-Qaeda”, August 7, 2014

August 7, 2014


Prisoners, Lovers, and Spies
is a book about concealing and revealing secret communications. It is the first history of invisible writing, uncovered through stories about scoundrels and heroes. Spies were imprisoned or murdered, adultery unmasked and battles lost because of faulty or intercepted secret communications. Yet, successfully hidden writing helped save lives, win battles, and ensure privacy; occasionally it even changed the course of history.

From the Yale University Press catalog copy

CLICK HERE for Kristie’s website.

CLICK HERE Kristie’s Video Challenge.51Ep64SqeFL._AA160_

CLICK HERE for the Yale University Press catalog information.

CLICK HERE Kristie’s presentation on C-SPAN.

CLICK HERE to listen to Kristie’s conversation with Ira Flatow on “Science Friday”.

CLICK HERE to read the review in The Kirkus Review.

A Conversation with poet, Nicholas Samaras, author of “American Psalm, World Psalm”, July 24, 2014

July 24, 2014


These psalms are meditative poems, poems that in many cases could be spoken as prayers. In all cases they are poems that speak to the human heart.

Glynn Young from review of American Psalm, World Psalm in Tweetspeak


Nicholas Samaras’ background is multinational and multicultural. Born in Foxton, Cambridgeshire,image001-2 England, living there and on the island of Patmos, Greece, he has lived in Greece, England, Wales, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Austria, Yugoslavia, Israel and thirteen states in America. He writes from a place of permanent exile. His individual poems have been featured in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Paris Review, The New Republic, Kenyon Review, and many other publications. Fellowship Awards include the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Lilly Endowment Foundation, etc. His first book of poetry, Hands of the Saddlemaker, received the Yale Series of Younger Poets Award. American Psalm, World Psalm (Ashland Poetry Press) is his second 1494860collection.


CLICK HERE FOR THE LINK TO the publisher’s page for American Psalm, World Psalm.


CLICK HERE FOR THE LINK TO Kasey Erin’s review of American Psalm, World Psalm in the Adirondack Review.

CLICK HERE FOR THE LINK TO Glynn Young’s review of American Psalm, World Psalm in Tweetspeak.

CLICK HERE FOR THE LINK TO the publisher’s page for Hands of the Saddlemaker.

CLICK HERE FOR THE LINK TO our conversation back on April 19, 2012.

A Conversation with Meg Cotner, author of “Food Lovers’ Guide to Queens”, July 10, 2014

July 10, 2014


About a year ago when Meg first came to the studio to talk her book FOOD LOVERS’ GUIDE TO QUEENS the outside temperature was over 100 degrees as I crossed over the Whitestone Bridge on my way to the studio. When I got to the studio the road surface blacktop was gooey underfoot. I don’t think it will be anywhere near as bad as that today.

Today we’re going to talk about the things you can do to enjoy what’s left of the summer. The places we’ll talk about will be nearby or not very far away and many are free.

meg-champagne-crop-235x300Please tune in tonight to Graffiti at 7pm to listen to my conversation with Meg on Hellenic Public Radio/CosmosFM on WNYE, 91.5 fm. Or listen on-line at the HPR website.

The links below include many of the things, events and places we’ll talk about and many we won’t have time to get to. Enjoy!


CLICK HERE FOR THE LINK FOR MEG’S Food Lovers’ Guide to® Queens: The Best Restaurants, Markets & Local Culinary Offerings





CLICK HERE FOR THE “WE HEART ASTORIA” LINK FOR Summer 2014 Waterfront Concert Series in Astoria Park

CLICK HERE FOR THE “WE HEART ASTORIA” LINK FOR Where to Watch the World Cup FINAL in Astoria and LIC

CLICK HERE FOR THE “WE HEART ASTORIA” LINK FOR 2014 Best of Astoria – The Winners

CLICK HERE FOR THE “WE HEART ASTORIA” LINK FOR Astoria Park Pool Dates 20142014-movies-astoria-park-movie-flyer-queens

CLICK HERE FOR THE “WE HEART ASTORIA” LINK FOR Summer Waterfront Movie Nights in Astoria Park 2014


CLICK HERE FOR THE LINK FOR THE Kayaking and Canoeing Programs available at Socrates Sculpture Park

CLICK HERE FOR THE LINK FOR THE Astor Bake Shop Pie Eating Contest on July 13 at 2:30

CLICK HERE FOR THE LINK FOR My Conversation with Meg back on July 18, 2013

CLICK HERE FOR THE LINK FOR for Meg’s New York Daily News piece

A Conversation with Jorge Guillermo, author of “Sibyls”, June 26, 2014

June 26, 2014


This should be a very interesting conversation about the women who have been gifted (or cursed) with the ability to see into the future.


CLICK HERE for the link to the publisher’s website concerning this book.

CLICK HERE for a video review of this book.

A Conversation with Konstantinos Kambouroglou, filmmaker “To Build Strong Children”, May 15, 2014

May 15, 2014

1399573713876Some time ago, maybe it was two years ago, I mentioned to someone that my friend, Konstantinos Kambouroglou, was directing a film about human trafficking in America. From the look on their face I knew this person thought I was joking.

Smiling she asked, “What do you mean?” Then she waited for the punchline.

“You know, human slavery,” I replied without a hint of humor.

Then I watched as the look on her face quickly transitioned from a smile to shock, to comprehension, then to profound sorrow—all in the space of about 3 seconds.

She went on to say that she knew it happened elsewhere in the world: Europe, Middle East, parts of Africa…but America?!

Two years ago, like many Americans, maybe even most Americans, she had no idea that human trafficking was goingIMG_1863 on in our cities, on our streets, in our neighborhoods. She wasn’t insensitive just uninformed.

Two years ago the zeitgeist began to change. Maybe it was in part due to the work Konstantinos was doing. Maybe the change was already in the air.

Listen tonight at 7pm on WNYE, 91.5fm or at the Hellenic Public Radio Website.

Click here for Konstantinos Kambouroglou’s Gouse Films

Click here for the link to the film: To Build Strong Children

Click here for more information about Kenneth B. Morris, Jr. and the Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives

Click here if you would like to hear my earlier (2/11/2010) conversation with Konstantinos Kambouroglou

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A Conversation with Alexandra Stratou, author of “Cooking to Share”, April 3, 2014

April 3, 2014


The world we live in excites me.

There’s so much information available at our fingertips, ways to communicate with one another and ways to take our ideas and turn them into reality. Whether you’re a painter, sculptor, playwright or poet you have no shortage of ideas, no shortage of things you want to create. The one shortage you always seem to face is funding. There are still patrons of the arts but most of us find we need to scramble for the dollars needed to bring our ideas to life. Now one of those ways is through crowdsourcing.

About a year ago I read a Kickstarter proposal for a Greek cookbook. There are hundreds, no, thousands upon 1911610_669029289809308_1020021961_nthousands of cookbooks out there so why another? Well, Alexandra Stratou’s proposed book just felt different. There was something so personal, so from deep in her soul about this idea that I felt it necessary to contact her. We did a program about a year ago. Others obviously had a similar feeling about this project because when we spoke there was over a week left on the Kickstarter run and she’d easily blown by the amount she was looking for.

safe_image.phpAlexandra happened to be in New York recently so we sat down to find out what happened after the project was funded. Yes, there is a cookbook, and it’s special, but the path from funding to it reaching my hands wasn’t always straight. Tune in tonight to hear about Alexandra’s adventure in bringing this cookbook, this work of art, to the world.
Remember to tune in tonight at 7pm to WNYE, 91.5 fm, to hear our conversation in its entirety or CLICK HERE to listen to it as it streams live over the internet.1939830_669539296424974_573420938_n

Click here to find out how you can get a copy of Cooking to Share.

Click here for the Cooking to Share Facebook page.


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