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A Conversation with Alexandros Megas, Fine Artist, Photographer, Certified Hypnotist, Screenwriter and Musician, July 21, 2016

July 21, 2016

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FLYING by Alexandros Megas

The clock’s just struck 12 midnight and I’m mesmerized.

As I started writing this blog I came across Alexandros’s list of accomplishments and wondered if maybe—just possibly—he hypnotized me when I met him at the Agora Gallery last week.

Maybe. Or maybe I’m just blown away by his work, his vision, his understanding of what the role of the artist is in the world.

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Quotation used to introduce the film: Megas Art promo

Or maybe he does have me in the grip of some spell and it’s proof that there still isimg_2938 magic in the world.

But enough words. Enjoy the work.

CLICK HERE for the Alexandros Megas website.

CLICK HERE for Alexandros’s blog.

CLICK HERE for for the Agora Gallery link for Alexandros’s work being exhibited until July 28.

meditationCLICK HERE for his DIE4ME teaser.

CLICK HERE for the Recapitulation 7 video.

CLICK HERE for the HENDRIX (by KRYSTYLE) video.

 

Please tune in tonight at 7pm to listen to my conversation with Alexandros on Hellenic Public Radio/CosmosFM, WNYE, 91.5 fm. Or listen on-line at the CosmosFM website.

A Conversation with Meg Cotner, author of “Food Lovers’ Guide to Queens”, July 7, 2016

July 7, 2016

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Meg and I had our first conversation three years ago…almost to the day. Since then we’ve done four more shows. Today’s show, I think, makes it an even six. It’s been a wonderful collaboration, though I’m not sure collaboration is the right word since Meg does most of the work. She supplies me with the information about what’s happening in Astoria and nearby communities then we get to talk about it on-air.

9780762781188Unfortunately for me, and many others, all that is coming to an end as Meg prepares to move to that coast way over on the other side of the country. She will no longer be the Queen of Queens, possibly now she’ll be known as the Countess of the Coast.

Whatever she goes off to do I’m sure she’ll put all her many resources and skills into it and be extremely successful.

Meg, I wish you well.

Bon Chance!

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Please tune in tonight at 7pm to listen to my conversation with Meg on Hellenic Public Radio/CosmosFM, WNYE, 91.5 fm. Or listen on-line at the CosmosFM website.

Below are a number of links to things we’re talking about tonight.

CLICK HERE for The We Heart Astoria (WHA) 50+ THINGS TO DO THIS SUMMER IN ASTORIA AND LONG ISLAND CITY (2016 EDITION).

CLICK HERE for 2016 ASTORIA AND LIC SUMMER OUTDOOR MOVIE SCHEDULE.

CLICK HERE for SUMMER 2016 OUTDOOR PERFORMANCES IN ASTORIA AND LIC.

CLICK HERE for ASTORIA AND LIC STREET FAIRS 2016.

CLICK HERE for Kickstarter Summer 2016 Festival.

CLICK HERE for Meg’s website.

CLICK HERE for her Harmonious Belly website.

CLICK HERE for the Brooklyn Grange events calendar.

CLICK HERE for The Sparrow Film Project FB page.

CLICK HERE for the Where’s Waldo FB page.

…and more.

Click here to find out more about the Open Mic Night—Friday, July 15—at the Hudson Valley Writers Center in Sleepy Hollow, NY.

Open Mic Nights 2016 – Our Open Mic Nights, the 3rd Friday of each month, will give you an opportunity to share your words, music or comedy … in a nurturing, comfortable space with some great people.

Bill Buschel is our host for the evening….

 

A Conversation with Amanda Summer, author of 100 Places In Greece Every Woman Should Go. June 23, 2016.

June 23, 2016

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With style, intelligence, and personal anecdotes gleaned from years of working in Greece, archaeologist and award-winning writer Amanda Summer is your personal guide to the best of Greece. In crisp and often humorous storytelling she introduces you to the temples, shrines, grottoes, and churches of this magnificent country, intricately weaving in stories of the women—from goddesses of mythology Athena, Artemis, and Aphrodite to goddesses of cinema and the arts Melina Mercouri, Irini Papas, and Maria Callas—who have molded the history and culture of Greece itself.

From the publisher’s website

4764979_origWhile reading 100 Places in Greece… I found myself being transported back to my first trip to Greece in the late 1970’s. Amanda’s words brought back so much of the excitement I felt then as I traveled by foot, bus and ferry from place to place. The thrill of hiking down the Samaria Gorge, exploring the Plaka, taking the funicular to the top of Lykavittos Hill and seeing the Parthenon…I could go on and on.

Please tune in tonight at 7pm to my radio program, Graffiti, to listen to my conversation with Amanda on Hellenic Public Radio, WNYE, 91.5 fm. Or listen on-line at the HPR website. Or use the tunein App on your smart device.

CLICK HERE for the publisher’s website for 100 Places in Greece Every Woman Should Go.

CLICK HERE for Amanda’s website.1717913

CLICK HERE for for Amanda’s blog: Travels with Persephone.

CLICK HERE for an sample of the sort of website info Amanda has pepper though out the book. This one is for Lykavittos Hill.

CLICK HERE for another example of a website Amanda has placed in the section on Melissanos: The Port Sandal Maker.

CLICK HERE for one more example. This time for the Benaki Museum.

 

Tonight, the second part of my two-part conversation with Konstantinos Kambouroglou, director of the film: How to Steal a Chair, June 9, 2016

June 8, 2016

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Tonight I’ll be airing the second half of my two-part conversation with Konstantinos Kambouroglou, the director of the film: How to Steal a Chair.

Two weeks ago we began our conversation about Konstantinos’s passionate exploration behind one man’s failed mission to bring art and design to a museum in Northern Greece. This week we’ll talk about some deeper truths he’s uncovered during the course of making this film.

13239017_1547849385511174_1188945112417342712_nHere’s the logline for the film:

A meditation on passion and lost dreams, this modern Greek tale follows a once famous design educator and collector as he struggles to salvage his legacy.

For more information click here for my previous entry dated May, 26, 2016.

Please tune in tonight at 7pm to my radio program, Graffiti, to listen to the last part of my 13266024_1546912805604832_3892106558355038863_nconversation with Konstantinos on Hellenic Public Radio/CosmosFM, WNYE, 91.5 fm. Or listen on-line at the HPR website.

Here are two other websites that maybe of interest:

CLICK HERE for the HOW TO STEAL A CHAIR Facebook Page.

CLICK HERE for for the HOW TO STEAL A CHAIR website at IFP.

 

If you missed part one please go to the Archives at the HPR website to listen.

Tonight, the first of a two-part conversation with Konstantinos Kambouroglou, director of the film: How to Steal a Chair, May 26, 2016

May 26, 2016

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I think I can safely say that I’ve known Konstantino for most, if not all, of his adult life. He’s a friend…he’s also a deep thinker and feels things just as deeply. He’s also a storyteller…and a filmmaker. So knowing him I 13239017_1547849385511174_1188945112417342712_nknow that How to Steal a Chair is much more than a film about a man and a failed museum. I’m glad we had this chance to sit down and talk about it.

Here’s the logline for the film:

A meditation on passion and lost dreams, this modern Greek tale follows a once famous13230253_1546416362321143_1022148870747197908_n-1 design educator and collector as he struggles to salvage his legacy.

Please tune in tonight at 7pm to my radio program Graffiti to listen to the first part of my conversation with Konstantino on Hellenic Public Radio, WNYE, 91.5 fm. Or listen on-line at the HPR website. Tune in on June 9 for the second half of this conversation.

Here are a number websites that may interest you:

CLICK HERE for the HOW TO STEAL A CHAIR Facebook Page.

CLICK HERE for for the HOW TO STEAL A CHAIR website at IFP.

Remember, tune in tonight at 7pm for the first part of our conversation then again in two weeks on June 9, for part 2.

 

A Conversation with Philip Freeman, author of Searching for Sappho. May 12, 2016.

May 12, 2016

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An exploration of the fascinating poetry, life, and world of Sappho, including a complete translation of all her poems.

For more than twenty-five centuries, all that the world knew of the poems of Sappho—the first woman writer in literary history—were a few brief quotations preserved by ancient male authors. Yet those meager remains showed such power and genius that they captured the imagination of readers through the ages. But within the last century, dozens of new pieces of her poetry have been found written on crumbling papyrus or carved on broken pottery buried in the sands of Egypt. As recently as 2014, yet another discovery of a missing poem created a media stir around the world.

The poems of Sappho reveal a remarkable woman who lived on the Greek island of Lesbos during the vibrant age of the birth of western science, art, and philosophy. Sappho was the daughter of an aristocratic family, a wife, a devoted mother, a lover of women, and one of the greatest writers of her own or any age. Nonetheless, although most people have heard of Sappho, the story of her lost poems and the lives of the ancient women they celebrate has never been told for a general audience.

From the W. W. Norton website

Philip Freeman is the author of Oh, My Gods a book we talked about on Graffiti nearly foursappho_2807182b years ago. It was one of the most popular shows of 2012.

Please tune in tonight at 7pm to listen to my conversation with Philip about his newest book, Searching for Sappho, on Hellenic Public Radio/CosmosFM, WNYE, 91.5 fm. Or listen on-line at the CosmosFM website.

Here are a number websites that may interest you:a-a-a-lesbos-greece-1680x1050

CLICK HERE for the W. W. Norton website for Searching for Sappho.

CLICK HERE for blog posting for the interview I did with Philip about Oh, My Gods.12098442

CLICK HERE for the Philip Freeman website.

CLICK HERE for for the wikipedia entry for Sappho.

CLICK HERE for an audio of the most recently found fragment of Sappho’s “Brothers Poem”. Read in GREEK.

CLICK HERE for more about the “Brothers Poem”.

CLICK HERE if you’re interested in reading some of your work…poetry, fiction, non-fiction, etc. at the Hudson Valley Writers Center on May 20th @ 7:30pm.

 

A Conversation with Jeff Siger, author of “Devil of Delphi”, April 14, 2016

April 14, 2016

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Think Breaking Bad, Greek style

In ancient times, Delphi stood at the center of the world, a mountainous, verdant home to the gods, where kings and warriors journeyed to learn of their fates from its Oracle, and disobeyed its preaching at their peril.

In modern day Delphi, a young Athens emigree seeks to re-build his life in anonymity among its pastoral, rolling hills and endless olive groves. But the man’s dark past is too celebrated, and his assassin skills are too much in demand for his fate to be left to his own hands.

When he’s given no choice but to serve the ruthless aims of an international criminal mastermind, he agrees, but on his terms. His methods bring unexpected death to a member of one of Greece’s most prominent and feared political families, and draws Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis into the eye of a political and media firestorm threatening to bring down the nation’s government.

It is a gripping, fast-paced story played out against a backdrop of World Heritage Sites, an annual global trillion-dollar legitimate alcoholic beverage industry preyed upon by counterfeiters of the industries’ most celebrated brands, and political infighting among Greek revolutionaries, movers and shakers. Kaldis and his team soon find themselves battling purveyors of life-threatening adulterated booze, struggling to bring a cold-blooded killer to justice, and laboring to outthink a political chess-master determined to destroy Kaldis’ ailing boss, Greece’s Minister of Public Order—all without turning themselves and their families into deadly targets.

From “GoodReads” Review

3 Mykonos Magazine  2008Tonight Jeff Siger and I will have a conversation about Devil of Delphi the seventh book in his Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis Mystery series. You might recognize the name since this will be the fourth time we’ve talked about his life as a writer of mysteries…and so much more.

Please tune in tonight at 7pm to listen to my conversation with Jeff on Hellenic Public Radio, WNYE, 91.5 fm. Or listen on-line at the HPR website.

CLICK HERE for more information about the book from the Poisoned Pen Press website.

CLICK HERE for Jeff’s website.

CLICK HERE for proud Papa Jeff’s blog entry about his son’s piece in Men’s Health.

CLICK HERE for Jeff’s blog entry entitled: How and Why to Find Joy in Writing.sons-of-sparta-225shadow

CLICK HERE for my blog entry about our conversation concerning his last book: Sons of Sparta.

CLICK HERE for information about the Open Mic I host every third Friday night (this month April 15) at The Hudson Valley Writers Center in Sleepy Hollow NY.

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