A Conversation with Alexandros Megas, Fine Artist, Photographer, Certified Hypnotist, Screenwriter and Musician, July 21, 2016
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.
Quotation used to introduce the film: Megas Art promo
But enough words. Enjoy the work.
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.
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.
Unfortunately 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.
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.
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.
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
While 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.
Tonight, the second part of my two-part conversation with Konstantinos Kambouroglou, director of the film: How to Steal a Chair, June 9, 2016
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.
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.
Please tune in tonight at 7pm to my radio program, Graffiti, to listen to the last part of my conversation 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:
Tonight, the first of a two-part conversation with Konstantinos Kambouroglou, director of the film: How to Steal a Chair, May 26, 2016
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 know 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:
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:
Remember, tune in tonight at 7pm for the first part of our conversation then again in two weeks on June 9, for part 2.
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
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.
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
Tonight 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.