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WOMEN WITH GLITTERY TASSELS AND TIARAS, GENTS AND JUGGLERS IN FANCY HATS AND LONG MOUSTACHES…A special event featuring the poetry and music of Susan Cossette Eng, Bill Buschel and Neddy Smith

September 20, 2016

Sept 27I am truly blessed. On Tuesday, September 27th I will be reading some of my poetry with the fantastic Susan Cossette Eng and Neddy Smith. Susan will be reading her work—it’s amazing—and Neddy will be playing Bass—but watch out, he might sneak in a poem or two also. If you haven’t heard him play you’re in for a treat.13962719_1272613656082150_8851531493550531698_n

Where: Curley’s Diner; 62 W. Park Place in Stamford, CT.
When: Tuesday, September 27 at 7:30 (SEATING IS LIMITED SO GET THERE EARLY) The event is free.
Why: A fundraiser for GraceWorks.
CLICK HERE for more information about GraceWorks.
CLICK HERE for the FB page for WOMEN WITH GLITTERY TASSELS AND TIARAS, GENTS AND JUGGLERS IN FANCY HATS AND LONG MOUSTACHES.

 

A Conversation with John Sazaklis, author of many, MANY books, but most recently Marvel: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know and The Lazarus Plan (You Choose Stories: Batman), Sept. 15, 2016

September 15, 2016

marvelHave you heard about the newest super hero? His power, though somewhat odd, is one I often wish I had: The ability to go without71ykx7jkpdl sleep for days at a time. Oh, and his name is No Need To Sleep Man or NNTSM for short.

61m6gekdnol-_sx260_ His secret identity is that of the mild mannered author and comic book aficionado, John Sazaklis. Unlike Batman, who doesn’t need much sleep either, being that he’s the fancy billionaire, playboy Bruce Wayne by day and the cowled crime fighting Batman by night, John puts his super power to work as a writer. How else can you explain his 27 pages of titles on Amazon. Yes, that’s 27 pages, not 27 titles. Mind you some of them are repeats and different formats but still…27 PAGES is 27 PAGES and no matter how you cut it that’s a lot of books…and not much611gfye5e0l sleep.

Okay, he also does a book signing every now and then. In 61xvct1rntl-_sx409_bo1204203200_fact he’s going to be at The Astoria Bookshop on Saturday, September 17 from 3 to 4 pm to sign copies of Marvel Absolutely Everything You Need to Know. The Astoria bookshop is located at 31-29 31st Street in Astoria. Phone: (718) 278-2665.

While there see if you can sneak a peek and see if he’s got his costume on under his street clothes. Here’s a hint: Look for the big, bold letters “N S (No Sleep) stitched in midnight blue across his pajama—I mean costume—top.

Please tune in tonight at 7pm to my radio program Graffiti to listen to my71ykx7jkpdl conversation with John on Hellenic Public Radio, WNYE, 91.5 fm. Or listen on-line at the HPR website. You can also find us on TuneIn on your smart device.

CLICK HERE for the Facebook page for the book signing tour.

CLICK HERE for John’s Blog: SAZMAGIC

CLICK HERE for for the We Heart Astoria post about John’s book signing at The Astoria Bookshop.

61qmvbtg00l-_sx376_bo1204203200_CLICK HERE for the publisher’s page for Marvel Absolutely Everything You Need to Know.

CLICK HERE for The Astoria Bookshop.

CLICK HERE for for John’s 27 pages at Amazon!Sept 27

CLICK HERE for John’s bio at Wizard World.

CLICK HERE for a listing of 88 of John’s books at Good Reads.

This is enough. I could just continue adding more and more things for you to click on but these should keep you busy for awhile.

REMEMBER: I’ll be doing a fundraiser (with Susan Cossette Eng and Neddy Smith) for GraceWorks on Tuesday, September 27, at 7:30 pm at Curley’s Diner (run by some lovely Greek ladies) in Stamford, CT. For more information please click here. You can see the wonderful poster for the event on the right. It’s a free event but seating is limited.

A Repeat of my Conversation with Daniel Klein, author of Every Time I Find The Meaning Of Life, They Change It. Original air date: Jan. 21, 2016

September 1, 2016

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Yes, it’s another repeat…but even so, I hope you find it enjoyable.Sept 27

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.

Click here to get to the original blog entry for this show.

I also want to let you know that I’ll be doing a fundraiser for GraceWorks on September 27, at Curley’s Diner in Stamford, CT. For more information please click here. You can see the wonderful poster for the event on the right.

A Conversation with Chris Strompolos & Eric Zala, the guys who made what many consider to be the greatest fan film ever made— Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation, August 18, 2016

August 18, 2016

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35 years ago Raiders of the Lost Ark came out and was a hit. Folks flocked to the theater to see it. For some it was like a blast from the past—bringing back memories of the serials they watched in theaters back in the 30’s and 40’s. For other—those a bit younger—it was just great, exciting fun.

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If you listened to last week’s program—a repeat from November of last year—you heard the conversation I had with Chris Strompolos about how he and Eric Zala—all of 10 and 11 years old at the time—decided to do a shot-by-shot remake of Raiders of the Lost Ark.

What they didn’t realize at the time was that it would consume the rest of their childhood and a12RAIDERS3-blog427 good portion of their adult lives as well.

It’s a remarkable story of friendship, dreams, perseverance, boulders and flying wings.

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

CLICK HERE for the link to Rolling Boulder Films Facebook page.

CLICK HERE for the article by Mekado Murphy published in the International NY Times entitled: They Remade ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark.’ Here’s Why. June 8, 2016.

CLICK HERE for the “Ain’t It Cool” review of RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK: The Adaptation.

CLICK HERE for Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation wikipedia page.

CLICK HERE for the IndieWire article I first read that lead me to Chris and Eric.

CLICK HERE for the blog entry I wrote for the conversation I had with Chris last year.

 

A Repeat of my Conversation with Chris Strompolos who played Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation, August 4, 2016

August 4, 2016

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Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation is considered by many to be the greatest “FAN” film ever made. Started in 1981 when Chris and his buddy, Eric Zala, were 10 and 11 years old it took them 7 years, essentially the rest of their raiders_adaptationchildhood, to “complete” the film. I have COMPLETE in quotes because, for obvious reasons, they never filmed the airplane scene back then…that would come 20+ years later.

One of the reasons I’m replaying this tonight is to prep everyone for the upcoming August 18, 2016 edition of Graffiti. Two weeks from tonight I’ll have both Chris and Eric on to talk about everything that’s happened recently including the release of the documentary about Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation.

Please tune in tonight at 7pm to my radio program, Graffiti, and listen to a9781250001474 re-run of my conversation with Chris Strompolos on Hellenic Public Radio, WNYE, 91.5 fm. Or listen on-line at the HPR website.

Please click here to take you back to the posting I wrote for when this was originally aired back on Thanksgiving night last year.

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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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….