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”Listener Supported” Fundraising plus a Conversation with Viktor Koen about his multiple exhibitions coming up in the near future, April 16, 2015

April 16, 2015

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Not all that long ago I was in my car listening to one of the local public radio stations when the program was interrupted by some well-meaning person telling me about why I should immediately stop whatever I was doing to call in and pledge X amount of dollars to show my support for the station and the particular program I was listening to. The man on the radio then used the term: Listener Supported.

Listener Supported…ever since then those two words have rattled around in my head. I don’t know why. It’s not like I’d never heard them before. No, in fact, I’m sure every time I’ve heard a pledge pitch it’s been said over and over, ad infinitum, ad nauseam.

So why did it happen to “stick” this time around? Simple answer: I don’t know other then the fact that it really says so much about who we are here at Hellenic Public Radio/CosmosFM and what we do and what we need from you so we can continue doing it. All of us here LOVE what we do…but it only exists—WE only exist—because of what you do: LISTEN and SUPPORT US.

Please call now or visit our newly revitalized website: CosmosFM.org and pledge your support. 718.204.8900.

Remember we are LISTENER SUPPORTED.

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photo from DUMBO “Personal Mythologies

Tonight, helping me fundraise, is my good friend and long-time friend of GRAFFITI, the artist, Viktor Koen.

All the art work in this entry is Viktor’s work. He has a number of exhibitions coming up and all the links, etc. are listed below:

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1) SYLVIA: Auschwitz/ Birkenau/ Majdanek exhibition returns to NYC at the Kehila Kedosha Janina Synagogue/Museum – opens Sunday, April 19 (till March 24). 280 Broome Street, New York.

Click here to read Viktor’s blog entry about his Grandmother, Sylvia, holocaust survivor.

I saw this exhibition back in 2010 and some of the images—and one in particular—have never left me. Click here to hear excerpts from the conversation Viktor and I had back in 2010 about this exhibit.

 

2) Philanthropy Poster Project (Posters by Viktor’s School of Visual Arts Students) opens at the PPP Banner 2TH photoThessaloniki Concert Hall in Greece – April 13-May 31.

Click here for Viktor’s blog entry about the 2014 Philanthropy Poster Project.

 

3) SVA (School of Visual Arts) Subway Posters NYC – April 6, in over 400 subway stations for the next 3 months.

The new SVA subway posters series focused on art making—a good oldMake Art @ SVA Posters-3.72 fashion tradition of inspired labor resulting to something magic. Art making that is messy and expressive but above all productive in images, design or motion. Art making that needs protective eye goggles, maybe related to Rosie the riveter and her we-can-do-it attitude. Just talking about art is uplifting but unless it motivates one to run back to the studio and make stuff, often falls flat or evaporates. (from Viktor’s notes on the project)

Click here for an article published for last year’s SVA subway poster series.

 

4) DUMBO “Personal Mythologies” an ongoing public art project: This is a 350 ft. photographic fence, part of NYC DOT’s Urban Art Program around the base of Manhattan bridge in DUMBO. “Personal Mythologies”, conceived, curated and produced by United Photo Industries, opened with the Brooklyn Arts Festival and will be up till September 2015.

Click here for some great pictures Viktor posted on his blog.

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA5) Solo exhibition of Viktor’s new series of tintypes on Greek mythology: Bestiary. It opens at the Benaki Museum in Athens June 3 – July 26, 2015.

Bestiary is the product of a long fascination with Greek mythology and early 19th Century photography. Based on a set of mostly hybrid creature descriptions and influenced by religious OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAiconography, myth comes full circle and meets social criticism by molding these monstrous archetypes into contemporary commentary. Most importantly, in this series, the beasts are separated from their usually singular dimension, assuming complex, tragic personalities in which monsters and heroes become difficult to tell apart. (from Viktor’s notes on the project)

Click here for more information

 

6) Group exhibition titled “Places of Memory” including prints from the Sylvia collection, opensAuschwitz Gate detail at the Athens Art Center (formerly building of ESA) in Athens June 3 – July 26, 2015 (curated by Penelope Petsini and Nikos Panagiotopoulos)

Click here for more information

 

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1) SYLVIA: Auschwitz/ Birkenau/ Majdanek exhibition returns to NYC at the Kehila Kedosha Janina Synagogue/Museum – opens Sunday, April 19 (till March 24). 280 Broome Street, New York.
2) Philanthropy Poster Project (Posters by Viktor’s School of Visual Arts Students) opens at the Thessaloniki Concert Hall in Greece – April 13-May 31.
3) SVA (School of Visual Arts) Subway Posters NYC – April 6, in over 400 subway stations for the next 3 months.
4) DUMBO “Personal Mythologies” an ongoing public art project: This is a 350 ft. photographic fence, part of NYC DOT’s Urban Art Program around the base of Manhattan bridge in DUMBO. “Personal Mythologies”, conceived, curated and produced by United Photo Industries, opened with the Brooklyn Arts Festival and will be up till September 2015.
5) Solo exhibition of Viktor’s new series of tintypes on Greek mythology: Bestiary. It opens at the Benaki Museum in Athens June 3 – July 26, 2015.
6) Group exhibition titled “Places of Memory” including prints from the Sylvia collection, opens at the Athens Art Center (formerly building of ESA) in Athens June 3 – July 26, 2015

A Special repeat of my reading from the Gospel According to Matthew on Holy Thursday, April 9, 2015

April 9, 2015

It’s been a few years since we last played this reading from the Gospel According to Matthew. If you want to see the original post for this PLEASE CLICK HERE.

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A Conversation with Yvette Manessis Corporon, author of “When the Cypress Whispers”, March 19, 2015

March 19, 2015

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Yvette Manessis Corporon is an Emmy Award winning writer, producer and author. She is currently a Senior Producer with the syndicated entertainment news show, EXTRA.

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In addition to her Emmy Award, Yvette has received several Emmy nominations, a Silurian Award for Excellence in Journalism and The New York City Comptroller and City Council’s Award for Greek Heritage
and Culture.

Yvette is married to award winning photojournalist, David Corporon. They haveyvette_miller two children and live in New York.

CLICK HERE for Yvette’s Website for When the Cypress Whispers

CLICK HERE for the video about When the Cypress Whispers

CLICK HERE for Yvette’s Favorite Recipes

CLICK HERE for the link to the publisher’s page about When the Cypress Whispers

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

Looks like tonight’s show will be a repeat.

March 5, 2015

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Click here to get to the original post for this show.

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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.

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