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March 5, 2015

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A Conversation with Anders Nilsen, author of “Rage of Poseidon”, Feb. 19, 2015

February 19, 2015

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What happened to the Gods of Olympus?

Did they go into hiding?

Retire?

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Or did they just up and die?

According to Anders Nilsen in his brilliant book: Rage of Poseidon, they are here…among us.

Bacchus apparently runs a nightclub in a new city on the other side of the world called “Las Vegas”. Apparently he’s been involved in the invention and spread of an ever-expanding plethora of new intoxicants. According to rumor, he’s partnered with Mars, who—of all of you—never lacked for devotees.

Venus works in a place called “Hollywood”.

Eros runs something called “The Internet”.

Only Hades’s vocation remains unchanged. He still presides, undisturbed, over the dead in his dismal caves.

And what of Poseidon you ask—after all he is the title character of the book—well….nilsen-dest-225x145

After finding a massive island of garbage floating on his ocean he decides it’s time to visit the dreaded surface world. Once there he disguises himself as mortal and wanders amongst us—and what he discovers may amaze you—but what he does—probably will not.

CLICK HERE for the link to Anders Nilsen’s website

bigQues_04CLICK HERE for the link for more information concerning his book Rage of Poseidon

CLICK HERE for the link for more information concerning his book Dogs and Water

CLICK HERE for the link for more information concerning his book Big Questions

CLICK HERE for the link for more information concerning his book Don’t Go Where I Can’t Follow

CLICK HERE for the link for more information concerning his book The End

CLICK HERE for his webpage at Drawn & Quarterly347046100-18075328

CLICK HERE for Ander’s blog: The Monologuist

CLICK HERE for information concerning the Ignatz Award

CLICK HERE for for the NY Times review of Big Questions from September 2011

big_questions_15_theendTune in to WNYE, 91.5 fm, tonight at 7pm to listen to our conversation. Or click here to listen to it as it streams live over the internet.

A Conversation with Christos Tsiolkas, author of The Slap, Feb. 5, 2015

February 5, 2015

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I went to IMDB to look up the version of The Slap that was done by ABC in Australia back in 2011 and found this comment made by Tarnia:

This series is dark and the characters not particularly likable, but they are never one Christosdimensional. Every time you thought you thoroughly hated a character, they would reveal some other aspect of themselves that would make you like them a little. The multi-layering of the stories and the characters make this compelling viewing. There will be people you know that share some of their characteristics—maybe even yourself. It is not an exploration of happy families, but an exploration of our flaws. I haven’t read any of Tsiolkas’ books, but have been inspired to do so. I even loved watching the opening titles every week and am sad the series is over.

By the way Tarnia gave it ten stars and titled the review with one word: Brilliant.

During the next week or so you’ll probably hear a lot about The Slap so I won’t go on and on xAyrHW0about it here. What I will do though is give you lots of links to sites that may be of interest.

CLICK HERE for the Blog entry for the Graffiti I did with Christos back in September 2010

CLICK HERE for the NBC site for The Slap

CLICK HERE for wikipedia entry for Christos Tsiolkas

CLICK HERE for Christos reads from The Slap

CLICK HERE Christos talks about The Slap

CLICK HERE for an interview with Christos on the British TV program: HARD TALK

CLICK HERE for an interview with Christos about the Australian version of The Slap Unknown

CLICK HERE for NBC’s trailer for The Slap

CLICK HERE for more information on the book, The Slap

CLICK HERE for a review of Christos’s newest work: Merciless Gods

CLICK HERE for more information concerning The Barracuda
Please tune in tonight at 7pm to my radio program Graffiti to listen to my conversation with Christos on Hellenic Public Radio, WNYE, 91.5 fm. Or listen on-line at the HPR website.

 

Tonight a Conversation with Anna Paidoussi about her upcoming concert: Songs of Love and Struggle

January 22, 2015

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Mark down the date Sunday, February 15 on your calendar. Circle it—then put big purple, red and yellow stars all around it so you won’t forget that at 5pm, on the 15th, Anna Paidoussi is going to be back on stage, in concert.4777356

Back in the 80’s and 90’s, Anna fronted the Jazzy/World Music/Fusion group, Annabouboula and is now making a comeback. But this’ll be far from an evening of “noisy confusion” (the meaning of the Greek word annabouboula). Anna is operatically trained so be prepared for anything…but be assured it will be an evening to remember.

Here’s the information you need to know about Anna’s SONGS OF LOVE AND STRUGGLE concert:

Date: February 15, 2015

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Place: The Kefalos Society of America, 20-43 Steinway Street, Astoria

Phone: 718-545-4900 or 718-726-7329

SHE’S BACK!

CLICK HERE for a video (in Greek) about the concert

CLICK HERE for a video of Annabouboula on “Night Music”

CLICK HERE for a clip from a video done by the BBC ethnic music in New York

CLICK HERE for information on the 1995 film Smoke in which the Annabouboula song “Baby Wants Kisses” was featured

CLICK HERE to hear Anna sing a Christos Leontis songmqdefault

CLICK HERE to find the music of Annabouboula

Tune in to WNYE, 91.5 fm, tonight at 7pm to listen to our conversation. Or click here to listen to it as it streams live over the internet.

A Conversation with Marilyn Johnson, author of “Lives in Ruins: Archaeologists and the Seductive Lure of Human Rubble”, January 8, 2015

January 8, 2015

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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One graduate student told me, “When the Apocalypse comes, you want to know an archaeologist, because we know how to make fire, catch food, and create hill forts,” and I promptly added her to my address book. KNOWS HOW TO MAKE HILL FORTS—who can say when that will come in handy? “Of course,” she continues, referring to the long-term employment prospects for her and her classmates, “we will end up living in cardboard boxes, just as our parents fear.”

from the first chapter of Lives in Ruins by Marilyn Johnson

This is one of those books that’s not only fun to read but also interesting and extremely informative.

In the front of most books you’ll find many pages that have very little printed on them—that’s where I jot down my notes about that book. More often then not my notes will fill up one, maybe two, of those nearly blank pages. For Lives in Ruins my notes stretched to six and a half pages of tiny print. When I went back to review my notes there were some that required my digging up (pun intended) a magnifying glass.

solitaireI hope you’re listening tonight when, if time allows, we’ll cover topics ranging from Neandertals and Homo neanderthalensis, from flintknappers to channel flake, from a four foot whale phallus to a deck of playing cards to help soldiers be aware of important archaeological sites in Iraq and Afghanistan, from Jean Auel to Joan Connelly and so many others with names as evocative as they are interesting including: Sarah Milledge Nelson; Kathy Abbass; Bill Sandy; Erin Coward; Kimberlee Sue Moran; Grant Gilmore and Laurie Rush.

Here are a number websites that may interest you:

safe_image.phpCLICK HERE for Marilyn John’s website

CLICK HERE for webpage about Lives in Ruins

CLICK HERE for the Archaeological Institute of America’s website

CLICK HERE for a site dedicated to the Fishkill Supply Depot

CLICK HERE for an article about the educational playing cards developed as an archaeology awareness program for soldiers

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CLICK HERE for 11 Awesome Things You Can See At The Explorers Club

CLICK HERE for CYARK a site dedicated to capturing at-risk cultural heritage sites with laser scans

 

Tune in to WNYE, 91.5 fm, tonight at 7pm to listen to our conversation. Or click here to listen to it as it streams live over the internet.

A Merry “Graffiti” Christmas, December 25, 2014

December 25, 2014

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Tonight’s program is dedicated to kids of all ages.

The following titles are the three books I read from tonight: The Animals’ Christmas by Elena Pasquali, Let’s Celebrate Christmas by Peter and Connie Roop and The Christmas Magic by Lauren Thompson.

100_0589Hear is the music I played tonight:
I’ll be Home for Christmas…Diana Krall
First Noel…Thomas Michael Bernstein with The New York Theatre Orchestra
Its Name is Secret Road…Jan Garbarek
Joy to the World…The American Boychoir
O Come All Ye Faithful…The Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Deck the Halls…Thomas Michael Bernstein with The New York Theatre Orchestra100_0527
Santa Claus is Coming to Town…Bing Crosby
Jingle Bells…The Mormon Tabernacle Choir
River…Joni Mitchell
Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep…Diana Krall

 

Tune in to WNYE, 91.5 fm, tonight at 7pm to listen to this special Christmas program. Sorry there will be no live stream of the show tonight. All the elves are taking the night off.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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A Conversation with Meg Cotner, author of “Food Lovers’ Guide to Queens”, December 11, 2014

December 11, 2014

holiday-tree-lighting-caldc-2014-astoria-park-queensThis will be the fourth time that Meg Cotner has joined in studio to talk about events and happenings in and around Astoria. This, of course, will be the 2014 HOLIDAY edition.

meg-champagne-crop-235x300Without further ado here are the links to some of the things we’ll be talking about tonight.

CLICK HERE for the We Heart Astoria blog

CLICK HERE for Meg’s blog The Harmonious Belly

CLICK HERE for The Second Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony

CLICK HERE for 12 Days of Giveaways (We Heart Astoria blog)

CLICK HERE for Ikaria Book Signing with Diane Kochilas at Titan Foods sweet-afton-winter-market-2014-astoria-queensSaturday, December 13; 11 am to 2 pm

CLICK HERE for 2014 Holiday Gift Guide: Part 1

CLICK HERE for 2014 Holiday Gift Guide: Part 2

CLICK HERE for Queens County Holiday Market

CLICK HERE for Sweet Afton’s Winter Market Is Back

queens-county-market-holiday-2014-singlecut-astoria-queensCLICK HERE for Grandma’s Kitchen at Bohemian Hall

CLICK HERE for Christmas in Connecticut: a 1945 American Christmas film and romantic comedy starring Barbara Stanwyck at the Greater Astoria Historical Society

CLICK HERE for Museum of the Moving Image General info

CLICK HERE for Museum of the Moving Image See It Big! Animation Series

CLICK HERE for Museum of the Moving Image presents Sita Sings the Blues

CLICK HERE for Museum of the Moving Image presents Paprika

CLICK HERE for Museum of the Moving Image presents Cheatin’

CLICK HERE for CHEATIN – Short Trailer by Bill Plympton

CLICK HERE for a New Year’s Eve at R’ A ‘R Bar

CLICK HERE for a New Year’s Eve at The Bonnie

CLICK HERE for my Conversation with Meg Cotner, author of “Food Lovers’ Guide to Queens”, July 10, 2014

CLICK HERE for information on a screening of A Muppet Family Christmas

Tune in to WNYE, 91.5 fm, tonight at 7pm to listen to our conversation. Or click here to listen to it as it streams live over the internet.

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