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GRAFFITI: A Look back on the programs of 2017. January 11, 2018

January 11, 2018


tumblr_oxc0g1kh6i1qa7n48o1_250I’m still finding it hard to believe that I’m now writing 2018 onbestiary-reading-e-vite everything. Where did 2017 go?

Well here’s a look back on some of the shows I did during the past year. Overall, though I didn’t do as many new shows as I would have liked, I do think it was a good year for GRAFFITI.

Tune in at 7 pm tonight to listen to a collection of clips from five (six if time permits) of 21C_Women_AncientGreekTragedythe shows I did in 2017. Hellenic Public Radio/CosmosFM, WNYE, 91.5 fm. Or listen on-line tumblr_omsaq55feV1qa7n48o1_250at the CosmosFM website. Or use the TuneIn app on your smart device.

Tonight you’ll be hearing from: Alisa KwitneyProfessor Karen Van DyckNiki Kapsambelis, Dean Kostos and Dr. Katherine Schwab. If there’s time I’ll sneak in a few minutes of the conversation I had with Panio Gianopoulos back in October.

CLICK HERE for more information about Emily Wilson’s new translation of The Odyssey.

CLICK HERE for more information about Ms. Wilson’s appearance at The Hudson Valley Writers’ Center on February 2, 2018.

CLICK HERE for the Nitra Gallery.



Tonight a conversation with Alexandra Symeonidou about her book entitled: Nightmares in the Saudi Arabian Desert: Autobiography (The Saudi Nightmare Trilogy Book 1). Dec. 7, 2017

December 7, 2017


That strange dream, the one with the black cat, that I had while still an air hostess and floating on oceans of happiness, was now beginning to become clear to me. The black cat was a symbol for what came into my life to knock everything over, smash everything to pieces, turn my happiness into unhappiness, my joy into sorrow, white into black… At that moment I became a strong believer of fate, kismet, everyone’s inescapable destiny. And yet, I didn’t want to let this belief sink in. I would not give up. I would fight tooth and nail for my own ideals. I had done nothing wrong, although my karma indicated otherwise. But I would change that fate around. I would take my risks and fight my battles…

From: Nightmares in the Saudi Arabian Desert


It seems very appropriate to me that the evening after TIME Magazine selected “The Silence Breakers” to be their Person of the Year for 2017 that I should be having a conversation with Alexandra Symeonidou about her autobiography: Nightmares in the Saudi Arabian Desert.

In the book she tells of her marriage to a man from Saudi Arabia who then, with the help of his family, makes Alexandra’s life unbearable and very nearly unlivable. It is a story of 51dUKxvOV3L._UY200_fear, courage, unimaginable abuse and the love of a mother…actually the love of two mothers. One mother—her husband’s—who added to the abuse and another—Alexandra’s own mother—who helped save her from it.

Please tune in tonight at 7pm to my radio program Graffiti to listen to my conversation with Alexandra Symeonidou on Hellenic Public Radio/CosmosFM 41yO-9AlakL._UX250_WNYE, 91.5 fm. Or listen on-line at the CosmosFM website. Or use the TuneIn app on your smart device.

Click Here for the link to the Kindle edition of Nightmares in the Saudi Arabian Desert on Amazon.

Click Here for some more biographical material on Alexandra.

Click Here for the wikipedia page for “ME TOO”.

Click Here for the TIME Magazine on-line article about their selection of “The Silence Breakers” as their Person of the Year for 2017.

Click Here for the TIME Magazine video: “The Silence Breakers” The Person of the Year for 2017.


Tonight a conversation with Panio Gianopoulos about his new book of stories entitled: How to Get into Our House and Where We Keep the Money. Oct. 26, 2017

October 26, 2017

Panio Gianopoulos is the author of the story collection, How to Get Into Our House and Where We Keep the Money, and the novella, A Familiar Beast.

His stories, essays, and poetry have appeared in Tin House, Northwest Review, Salon, The Rattling Wall, Chicago Quarterly Review, Big Fiction, The Brooklyn Rail, Catamaran Literary Reader, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. A recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Award for Non-Fiction, he has been included in the anthologies The Bastard on the Couch, Cooking and Stealing: The Tin House Non-Fiction Reader, and The Encyclopedia of Exes.

from Panio’s website

Tonight I have the good fortune of having a conversation with Panio Gianopoulos about his wonderful collection of stories: How to Get Into Our House and Where We Keep the Money.

Please tune in tonight at 7pm to my radio program Graffiti to listen to my conversation with Panio Gianopoulos on Hellenic Public Radio/CosmosFM, WNYE, 91.5 fm. Or listen on-line at the CosmosFM website. Or use the TuneIn app on your smart device.

Click Here for Panio’s Website.

Click Here for the Four Way Books page for How to Get Into Our House and Where We Keep the Money.

Click Here for Panio’s video “I’ll Be Your Fever” directed by Molly Ringwald.

Click Here for his interview with Sean Howe author of  “Marvel Comics: The Untold Story”.

Click Here for his poem: “Forests, Diction, and Other Things That Will Not Help”.

Click Here for Panio’s wikipedia page.

Tonight I’m having a conversation with Dean Kostos about his newest collection of poetry entitled: Pierced by Night-Colored Threads. October 5, 2017

October 5, 2017


I can’t remember how we met or when we met but suffice it to say that I’ve known Dean Kostos for a good many years now. We’ve had many on-air conversations over the years 6568_100187266664341_100000192032972_2920_2332084_nand tonight’s program will be centered around his newest book of poetry: Pierced by Night-Colored Threads. But instead of me babbling about it here’s a snippet from a wonderful review by Ron Kolm in the on-line magazine, Sensitive Skin:

But Dean’s work is also muscular; it moves with a great gusto, and he uses rhymes the way Spoken Word devotees or rap musicians do, to speed things along. The poem ‘Honi the Circle-Drawer’ jumps from ‘sapphire’ to ‘choir’ and then ‘spires’ and ‘lyre.’ All good words; none of them cheap, none of them wasted. For sheer strength, check out these lines from ‘View from the Country of Setting Sun.’

Half of Janus: Past Face

Scans history’s ruins, dimmed

in extinguished
sun. A hand clasps

a crown encircling
an incinerated skull.

tumblr_oxc0s37rgf1qa7n48o1_250Powerful stuff.


Please tune in tonight at 7pm to my radio program Graffiti to listen to my conversation with Dean Kostos on Hellenic Public Radio/CosmosFM, WNYE, 91.5 fm. Or listen on-line at the CosmosFM website. Or use the CosmosFM TuneIn app on your smart device.

CLICK HERE for Dean’s website.

CLICK HERE for Ron Kolm’s review in the On-line magazine SENSITIVE SKIN.



No show…but lots to write about. Including Anna Paidoussi and the tables being turned on me. September 28, 2017.

September 28, 2017


In a perfect universe tonight would be a radio show night for me but ANTHOULA KATSIMATIDIS, my colleague at the radio station and host of the program Color Your Life that alternates with my program, Graffiti, on Thursday nights, asked if we could switch tumblr_owx6nhbbuv1qa7n48o2_540Thursdays. And so we have. That isn’t to say that there’s no news and no stories to share this week. But let’s start with Anna Paidoussi and 40 Years Music & Friendship.

I’ve known Anna all the way back to her days with Annabouboula. What’s Annabouboula you 4777356ask? First off it’s a Greek expression meaning a mixed-up noise, or confusion. Secondly, it’s the name of a great musical group of the late 80’s and early 90’s that road the wave of World Music to great artistic success. I was fortunate enough to have the group on air with me back when I first started doing my show.

UnknownAnna has one of those voices that shakes pillars yet brings tears to the eyes of those fortunate enough to hear it.

Anna’s concert is this coming Sunday, October 1 at 5pm at the Kefalos Society of America; 20-41 Steinway Street, Long Island City, Call 718-545-4900 for Tickets and information. By the way George Sempepos and George Stathos are also going to be on stage on Sunday. Both are former Annabouboula-ians. Hmmm, could this signal the beginning of something?

31doqs7yywl-_ux250_Now for turning the tables. Sunday night at 7pm (Yes, you’ll have to rush from the concert and “fly” home to listen) I’ll be interviewed by John McMullen on The johnmac Radio Show/Podcast. After 25 years of having conversations with dozens upon dozens—maybe even hundreds—of 715388interesting people I won’t be the one asking the questions. John McMullen will venture where no person has gone before…or at least he will on Sunday night when the tables will truly be turned. I have to admit to equal portions of trepidation and excitement. Let’s hope I can be half as interesting as the folks I’ve had the good fortune to talk to over the past quarter century.

CLICK HERE FOR the Annabouboula at wikipedia.

CLICK HERE FOR more info on Annabouboula.

CLICK HERE FOR information about ANTHOULA KATSIMATIDIS (Yikes! She ran off with my night!)

CLICK HERE FOR more information about World Music.

CLICK HERE FOR a “taste” of Anna’s voice with Annabouboula.

CLICK HERE FOR the Annabouboula “page” at Amazon.

CLICK HERE FOR John McMullen’s biography.

CLICK HERE FOR John McMullen’s books available at Amazon.

CLICK HERE FOR the link you’ll need to hear our conversation on Sunday night.

A Conversation with Dr. Katherine Schwab about 21st Century Women and Ancient Greek Tragedy at Fairfield University, Sept. 14, 2017

September 14, 2017


“Why drive myself crazy,” I thought when I looked at the packet of information Katherine Schwab sent to me about the events coming to Fairfield University for 21st Century Women and Ancient Greek Tragedy. So I won’t. Here are the opening paragraphs with all the pertinent information:

21st Century Women and Ancient Greek Tragedy
Fall 2017 Humanities Institute—Quick Center Partnership

       This is a Festival of 21st century women—visual and performing artists, students, scholars, and the larger Fairfield community—responding to Ancient Greek Tragedy in 2017. It is a four-part series of performance, scholarship, and discussion, to be presented in the Kelley Theatre and Wien Black Box Theatre at the Quick Center as the fall semester Global Theatre: A Performance Series. The coordinators are Dr. Marti LoMonaco, Visual & Performing Arts/Theatre, Dr. Katherine Schwab, Visual & Performing Arts/Art History and Classical Studies, and Dr. Sara Brill, Philosophy and Classical Studies.
The Festival is a lively, engaging mode of Core Integration across multiple disciplines— Art History, Classical Studies, English and Comparative Literature, Film, History, Humanitarian Action, JUHAN, Peace and Justice, Philosophy, Studio Art, Theatre, Visual and Performing Arts, and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies—that, via its four extra-curricular programs at the Quick Center, also provides excellent living and learning opportunities for residential college, FYE, and students involved in all aspects of the programs. As a featured part of the Quick Center’s Fall Programming, the Festival will also reach the wider university and local communities. Hence, our goal is to engage a wide range of people in the relevance of Ancient Greek Tragedy to contemporary lives, particularly in the challenges faced by women today, which are all too similar to those depicted by male tragedians 2500 years ago.


Dr. Katherine Schwab

There are four components of the Festival:

1) Iphigenia: Book of Change and Dr. Elise Kermani Tuesday, October 3, 5:00 PM, Kelley Theatre, Quick Center. CLICK HERE for more information.


2) Antigone and Theatre Fairfield
Wednesday through Sunday, October 25-29 for 6 performances, Wien Black Box
Theatre, Quick Center (Oct. 25-28 at 8:00 PM and Oct. 28-29 at 2:00 PM). CLICK HERE for more information. 3) Feminism & Greek Tragedy
Thursday, November 2, 5:00 PM, Wien Black Box Theatre, Quick Center. CLICK HERE for more information. 4) Ellen McLaughlin—Keynote address
Thursday, November 2, 8:00 PM, Wien Black Box Theatre, Quick Center. CLICK HERE for more information.41bufzqGruL

CLICK HERE for information about Classics Colloquium: Elise Kermani Film Screening + Talk at Columbia University Friday, October 6, 2017.

CLICK HERE for information about Iphigenia: Book of Change on Facebook.

CLICK HERE to listen to an Interview with Elise Kermani on KXLU – 1/20/2016.

CLICK HERE to read a review of Kermani’s “Iphigenia: Book of Change”.

CLICK HERE for a profile of Katherine Schwab.

CLICK HERE for information about An Archaeologist’s Eye: The Parthenon Drawings of Katherine A. Schwab.

CLICK HERE to read an article about her drawings of the metopes in the new Acropolis Museum as part of the permanent collection.

Please tune in tonight at 7pm to my radio program Graffiti to listen to my conversation with Katherine Schwab on Hellenic Public Radio/CosmosFM, WNYE, 91.5 fm. Or listen on-line at the CosmosFM website. Or use the CosmosFM TuneIn app on your smart device.

A Conversation with Vicki Vasilopoulos, about her film Men of the Cloth, May 14, 2015

August 31, 2017

Once again I have to admit this is a repeat. It’s a great show though, so enjoy it.


Just My Eyes


MEN OF THE CLOTHis an inspiring portrait of Nino Corvato, Checchino Unknown-1Fonticoli and Joe Centofanti, three Italian master tailors who confront the decline of the apprentice system as they navigate their challenging roles in the twilight of their career. The film unravels the mystery of their artistry and reveals how their passionate devotion to their Old World craft is akin to a religion.

from the Men of the Cloth website

The film will be playing at the AMC Loews Village 7 located at 66 Third Avenue (between 11th and 12th Streets) next Wednesday, May 20th at 7:30pm.

CLICK HERE for Men of the Cloth Website

CLICK HERE for information about tickets for the showing of the film on Thursday, May 20, 2015

CLICK HERE for the long trailer for Men of the Cloth

CLICK HERE for the official trailer for Men of the ClothUnknown

CLICK HERE for a film…

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