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ANTHONY’S QUOTES & THOUGHTS COLLECTION THAT MIGHT TOUCH A NERVE

ANTHONY’S QUOTES & THOUGHTS COLLECTION THAT MIGHT TOUCH A NERVE

November 23, 2020

Tony Anthony and Jeff Milstein are showmen from way-back and they are now giving-back. Producer, Jeff Milstein has entered into an agreement with author/actor Tony Anthony, a star of Westerns from the good-old "studio" days, to present a book filled with yet-unheard-of quotes from celebs then-and-now. Hilarious, touching, shocking, ANTHONY'S QUOTES & THOUGHTS COLLECTION THAT MIGHT TOUCH A NERVE is great as a traveling companion, a gift for the collector and the history buff, and simply an enjoyable alternative. Tony and Jeff gab like Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner while I try and get a word in edge-wise.  

https://www.amazon.com/ANTHONYS-QUOTES-THOUGHTS-COLLECTION-NERVE/dp/B08LGSF38M/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=anthony%27s+quotes&qid=1606168321&sr=8-1

 

 

“Clowning” around with David Howard Thornton

“Clowning” around with David Howard Thornton

November 17, 2020

David Howard Thornton was born on November 30th, 1979 in Huntsville, Alabama. He is an actor known for work in stage, film, and voice over. He is best known for his roles as Grandpa Who in the 1st- 5th national tours of "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas: The Musical", the voice of Shizoku and others in the video game "Invizimals: The Lost Kingdom", The Joker in the YouTube series "Nightwing Escalation" ...

and Art the Clown in the film "Terrifier" and the soon-to-be-released "Terrifier 2." 

David, a pleasant, humorous, gent, praises Charlie Chaplin (among others) for his mesmerizing performance as Art, the Clown. 

Thrilled to talk to him BEFORE he gets as big as Robert Engund. 

 

Passionpit music: Through My Head (Obninsk, Russia) Song: Aeterna Album: Infinity (2012)

Gravity City: Where to go when Earth just isn’t fun anymore?

Gravity City: Where to go when Earth just isn’t fun anymore?

October 21, 2020

Return with us to the wondrous days of Famous Monsters, the science vs. fiction of Omni and Starlog, the satirical humor of Mad Magazine, and the brilliant short stories of the legendary pulp magazines.

Gravity City Digital Magazine — a stunning amalgam of these great periodicals will burst upon the genre by Halloween!

Filled with Mad Magazine lampoon-style ads and spoof gadgets and products, the magazine — aside from its humor — serves as a platform for emerging authors of science fiction, fantasy, and Horror, as well as illuminating interviews and articles about new films, books, and other genre events.

Gravity City is a media partner with Phoenix FearCon Online. Opening October 16, FearCon will run until December 31. Gravity City will provide coverage of the film festival’s events.

Joining Artie Cabrera and editorial collaborator Christopher J. Valin is Margarita Mendoza, a veteran of marketing and advertising, and Jay Michaels, a prominent member of the genre community through Terror Talk, a program he produced for Terror TV as well as producer and host of In the PassionPit, an ongoing podcast, and video program that spotlights indie artists and their creations — just like Artie and Gravity City — as well as appearances at PhantasmCon, Boston Sci-Fi, and others.

Margarita Mendoza has already begun spearheading a far-reaching marketing campaign and soliciting [real] advertising while Jay Michaels is the communications director.

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The Third Issue of Gravity City Digital Magazine is currently in production and it features exclusive interviews with Star Trek: Discovery writers Bo Yeon Kim and Erika Lippoldt, as well as television writer Larry Brody (The Six Million Dollar Man, Hawaii 5–0, Automan, Todd McFarlane’s Spawn animated series (HBO) conducted and written by Christopher J. Valin.

Also — Gravity City Digital Magazine is more than a magazine and an adjoining website. It endeavors to act as a compendium for the Gravity City fictional universe it’s based on. Readers and fans have dubbed Gravity City as Star Wars meets the best of ’70s crime dramas.

Synopsis: “In the far reaches of space, the celestial body known as Nebuna is the home to a metropolis with a bad attitude and an expansive wasteland filled with legends and mystery. The tales you are about to read will give you an unflinching ride through the crime-infested gutters and corruption of GRAVITY CITY and the wondrous world that lies beyond city limits,” expounds Artie Cabrera, founder, and publisher of the magazine and creator of the universe and website.

“Gravity City is filled with dark stories, Noir stories, science fiction stories, gumshoe stories, war stories, alien stories, and smuggler stories. In this city, imagination is bursting at the seams, the sky’s the limit and the tales to tell here are numerous and filled with variety.” — an Amazon review.

A series of Gravity City novels written by Artie Cabrera and Christopher J. Valin will be released sometime in 2021.

Kalonjee Gallimore

Kalonjee Gallimore

June 5, 2020
Kalonjee Gallimore, a brilliant actor/singer/songwriter, with whom I worked in COMMON GROUND expressed his feeling of the current state of affairs as only artists could. I'll be talking to him next week in the PassionPit. Meantime ... he wrote this ...
 
I look around and I watch the world burn.
Elders.. pass the baton sayin’ now it’s my turn.
Covered, head to toe in their ashes I yearn
For lessons untaught, knowledge unlearned.
 
We turn from Sudan, weep for Quasimodo,
Instead of action use a hashtag and a photo.
Infatuated with the likes and the Logos,
But how to get out of this mess, don’t know
 
Can’t even take even take a jog in the street
This mask ain’t the reason I can’t breath
Ankle weights pull me down, locked ‘gainst my feet
But hands up, I guess they staying on me
 
I keep running, faster to you
Running until I breakthrough, running
I keep running, faster to you
Running until I breakthrough, runnin-(Gunshot)
 
RIP…no justice, no peace
And the way this world headed this conflict won’t cease
I was raised to forgive, to love my enemies
But it’s hard when their hatred founded this country
 
Listen to me this, this is not just a rhyme
This is reckless destruction of countless lives
I’m sick and tired of being so tired
We cry into void while you bump Travis Scott
 
Scavenge upon my flesh you vulture
Terminate me, but love my culture
Idolize rappers, ballers, actors
Do you love us, I bet you don’t, ’cause-
 
Gone, before mom could say goodbye -
Bullet in my brain, hands up in the sky -
It’s not safe at home, at church, or outside I just turn into that pound sign and die.
 
I keep running, faster to you
Running until I breakthrough, running (I’m tired of being tired of being tired of being tired)
I keep running, faster to you
Running until I breakthrough, runnin-(Gunshot) (I’m tired of being tired of being tired of being tired)
ESSENTIAL-NONESSENTIAL: PART 70 - Joyce Randolph … a TV Pioneer talks of the future.

ESSENTIAL-NONESSENTIAL: PART 70 - Joyce Randolph … a TV Pioneer talks of the future.

June 4, 2020

This is the last "audio" passion-pit as we move to video. I received de facto approval thanks to a line stated in my brief conversation with the last member of the famed Honeymooners ensemble TV series of the 50s. Ms. Randolph, amid sharing how they rehearsed one night and then performed - truly before a live audience with no re-shoots just like any stage play - she said prayed for live theater to return in some form soon but ... TELEVISION WILL NEVER GO AWAY. 

She might be predicting the next evolution of the arts. 

 

ESSENTIAL-NONESSENTIAL: PART 69 - Donald Loftus: Brilliance & Eloquence are still in Fashion

ESSENTIAL-NONESSENTIAL: PART 69 - Donald Loftus: Brilliance & Eloquence are still in Fashion

May 28, 2020

There is no need to announce the winner of THIS “IN NEED OF A CAPTION” COMPETITION ... it's Donald Loftus. 

The best caption would be "gentleman ... captain of industry ... raconteur ... master playwright"

My hair was once dark, now it is not, so I remember other eras well and Donald Luftus possessed all the grace and eloquence of that other time. I didn't need to prepare questions. I just needed to listen to this man's tales of great success despite adversity and be enthralled. 

ESSENTIAL-NONESSENTIAL: PART 67 - Caytha Jentis: Being well by being happy

ESSENTIAL-NONESSENTIAL: PART 67 - Caytha Jentis: Being well by being happy

May 19, 2020

Playwright and filmmaker, Caytha Jentis, was readying her play, POOLING FOR PARADISE, for its off-Broadway opening. She was also readying her film, POOLING FOR PARADISE, for opening. That's right, she pulled the ultimate indie move ... play and film simultaneous! OK, play's on hold but the film is on its way! She shared with me how she keeps herself happy by keeping her friends happy.  

ESSENTIAL-NONESSENTIAL: PART 66 - Isabella Babich: Willkommen, Bienvenue, Welcome

ESSENTIAL-NONESSENTIAL: PART 66 - Isabella Babich: Willkommen, Bienvenue, Welcome

May 16, 2020

Documentary filmmaker, Isabella Babich, lensed an engaging account of the multi-dimensional world of Cabaret. She did it becasue she fell in love with it as an art-form. She also shared her hopes that her love affair can eventually continue.  

ESSENTIAL-NONESSENTIAL: PART 65 - Attila Juhasz: Still Conquering

ESSENTIAL-NONESSENTIAL: PART 65 - Attila Juhasz: Still Conquering

May 12, 2020

Y'know, sometimes it takes just one conversation. 

I've had the pleasure of working alongside Attila Juhasz in sunny Arizona at equally sunny, Sun Studios on Terror TV. Little did I know that he is a fellow native New Yorker AND little did I know he published his own magazine; created his own video game featuring George Romero, has deep and extensive work within numerous facets of technology and worked with rock stars, movie personalities, and so much more. He's more than ready for whatever the arts world looks like when the curtains again rise.  

One thing I knew already and he just proved me right ... he's quite brilliant. 

This is obviously another crossover between IN THE PASSIONPIT and IN THE DARK so find my interview with Attila on both sites. 

 

ESSENTIAL-NONESSENTIAL: PART 64 - Jessie Fahay: Cause a Sci-Fi Ripple Effect

ESSENTIAL-NONESSENTIAL: PART 64 - Jessie Fahay: Cause a Sci-Fi Ripple Effect

May 7, 2020

Jessie Fahay, founding artistic director of Ripple Effect Artists, has scored a media triumvirate. The live theatre company (that's 1) recently branched out into indie film (that's 2) and - in honor of Orson Welles' birthday - will present arguably the most famous and easily historic radio play (that's 3) WAR OF THE WORLDS on Station WPKN on the internet (ooops, I guess that make 4) as a fundraiser for CoVid-19 relief. 

Jessie was somewhat surprised when i pointed out that she is rapidly becoming a sci-fi company as well.  

WAR OF THE WORLDS (of course) plus her new film, HERE COMES FRIEDA is a disaster tale set in the scary future; two previous works, 2071 (a climate change cautionary tale) and her first AEA contract production, THE ADDING MACHINE, Elmer Rice's 1930s classic about a dystopian future brought about by ... calculators.  

All this has earned her a place IN THE PASSIONPIT and IN THE DARK on TERROR TV (https://terrortv.com/inthedark/)

ESSENTIAL-NONESSENTIAL: PART 63 - Jim Kierstead: On Broadway

ESSENTIAL-NONESSENTIAL: PART 63 - Jim Kierstead: On Broadway

May 5, 2020

Broadway producer and selfless supporter of indie theatre, Jim Kierstead, talks of Broadway's reopening and what he feels are viable alternatives until the curtain goes up. 

It is always a pleasure to speak to Jim. He is accessible, friendly, and intelligent. We hear so many hypothesis from so many "informed" sources ... it is truly priceless to hear form some to whom this directly affects. 

ESSENTIAL-NONESSENTIAL: PART 62 - Travis Martin - Video on Demand

ESSENTIAL-NONESSENTIAL: PART 62 - Travis Martin - Video on Demand

April 29, 2020

February: Travis Martin was a successful actor doing an open end run of Anthony Piccione's new play and taking some video editing jobs on the side. 

April: Travis Martin is a video editor looking for Zoom Plays. 

Can anyone relate?  

ESSENTIAL-NONESSENTIAL: PART 54 - Micah Young: Children Will Listen

ESSENTIAL-NONESSENTIAL: PART 54 - Micah Young: Children Will Listen

April 28, 2020

Professional musician, Micah Young, can't be in the pit for a Broadway show right now; nor on the stage of Lincoln Center; nor in a cabaret venue. Instead, he is traveling around the world, hosting instructions and singalongs with children.

A parent once told him that - after he sang with her child - it was "the first time she smiled in weeks." 

Maybe he can't hear it but he's getting standing Os around the world.  

ESSENTIAL-NONESSENTIAL: PART 53 - Joel Eisenberg & Lorie Girsh: Filming after the Apocalypse

ESSENTIAL-NONESSENTIAL: PART 53 - Joel Eisenberg & Lorie Girsh: Filming after the Apocalypse

April 24, 2020

Power couple, Joel Eisenberg & Lorie Girsh present great films and TV. Some recent successes remember the past (Then Again, Terror Talk). They cited examples of how we coped in the past that might help us in the future. Even looking to make-up with our BIG BROTHER. 

ESSENTIAL-NONESSENTIAL: PART 52 - Living to Tell the Tale … and Take the Picture

ESSENTIAL-NONESSENTIAL: PART 52 - Living to Tell the Tale … and Take the Picture

April 23, 2020

The New York Times reported today that the first case of death in the United States for Covid-19 was February 6. Dan Lane Williams was in hospital with the Flu and Pneumonia on January 12. His friends at the Wednesday Repertory were fearing the worst. Happily and thankfully, they were wrong. 

Dan is a brilliant photographer now taking this shelter-in-place to hone his craft. His hospitalization might also change history by pushing a timeline.  

ESSENTIAL-NONESSENTIAL: PART 51 - Lester Cook: We are in Transition

ESSENTIAL-NONESSENTIAL: PART 51 - Lester Cook: We are in Transition

April 22, 2020

What will happen to the art world after Covid-19? What will happen to the world?

I spoke with Lester Cook. He transitioned from the business world to the theatre world. He also made another TRANSITION. Who better to discuss a change of reality? 

ESSENTIAL-NONESSENTIAL: PART 49 - Dave Morrissey, Jr. - VIRTUAL

ESSENTIAL-NONESSENTIAL: PART 49 - Dave Morrissey, Jr. - VIRTUAL

April 20, 2020

My "UVX" buddy, Dave Morrissey, Jr. has always been on the cutting-edge of things. With Luxury Universal Xperience and then FUTUREPROOF, he was on the cusp of a new kind of theatre - a cinema/virtual/live hybrid. Many questioned, many laughed. 

Who Laughing Now??? 

ESSENTIAL-NONESSENTIAL: PART 50 - Bobbie Horowitz - She is a number … #1

ESSENTIAL-NONESSENTIAL: PART 50 - Bobbie Horowitz - She is a number … #1

April 20, 2020

Life and Music Sage, Bobbie Horowitz and i sat down to discuss the world. Little did i know I was speaking to someone who has an "in." Ms. Horowitz - amid discussing egg creams and being a nice Jewish girl - shared her philosophies on this time in history. They were powerful and deep. She was shocked to hear I thought she was a leader. I can't imagine her being anything else. 

ESSENTIAL-NONESSENTIAL: PART 48 - Casey Hartnett: Time to Learn

ESSENTIAL-NONESSENTIAL: PART 48 - Casey Hartnett: Time to Learn

April 20, 2020

Actress Casey Hartnett is doing just fine. She plays the lead in Anthony Laura's play, THE GIRL WITH THE RED HAIR, and is taking every second of this staycation to solidify her character.  

ESSENTIAL-NONESSENTIAL: PART 47 - Jeff Frumess: the Philosophy of Fright

ESSENTIAL-NONESSENTIAL: PART 47 - Jeff Frumess: the Philosophy of Fright

April 17, 2020

Horror filmmaker Jeff Frumess talked of transformation in horror film ... but not about the monster. He then BRILLIANTLY answered my on-going question about what kind of horror movie are we living in. He waxed philosophical about making movies as well. 

ESSENTIAL-NONESSENTIAL: PART 46 - Nannette & Robert: IRTE-tated!

ESSENTIAL-NONESSENTIAL: PART 46 - Nannette & Robert: IRTE-tated!

April 17, 2020

The founders of New York's finest improv troupe, the Improvisational Repertory Theatre Ensemble, have already set-in-motion when their season would resume; they have already connected with their troupe about the future; they have already began fundraising. Now Nannette Deasy & Robert Baumgardner just have to figure out how to simply STAND STILL!!! 

ESSENTIAL-NONESSENTIAL: PART 45 - David Sabella: We’re at war so CURTAIN UP!

ESSENTIAL-NONESSENTIAL: PART 45 - David Sabella: We’re at war so CURTAIN UP!

April 17, 2020

One of the most visible names in Cabaret and a Broadway veteran, David Sabella's ability to read the hand-writing on the wall is as sharp as his reading music.  Assessing the present and the hypothetical future, David is now a warrior making music possible - even from behind locked doors. 

ESSENTIAL-NONESSENTIAL: PART 44 - Edward Gusts: The Toil and Trouble of Adapting the Bard to Blood!

ESSENTIAL-NONESSENTIAL: PART 44 - Edward Gusts: The Toil and Trouble of Adapting the Bard to Blood!

April 17, 2020

So Edward Gusts captured my attention in two ways... he wrote an engrossing and topical horror film ... based on Shakespeare's Macbeth! We chatted classics ... literature and genre. 

ESSENTIAL-NONESSENTIAL: PART 43 - Nick McAnulty: Capturing the THRILL

ESSENTIAL-NONESSENTIAL: PART 43 - Nick McAnulty: Capturing the THRILL

April 17, 2020

Indie filmmaker Nick McAnulty didn't think of himself as a horror film maker ... until I asked him.  

ESSENTIAL-NONESSENTIAL: PART 42 - Andrew Lorhenz: The Horrors of Movies

ESSENTIAL-NONESSENTIAL: PART 42 - Andrew Lorhenz: The Horrors of Movies

April 17, 2020

Andrew Lorhenz wrote and directed a film about murder, deception, crime, and revenge... but he was the nicest guy! He shared with me what it was like to go from film crew on big-budgets to director of an indie!  

ESSENTIAL-NONESSENTIAL: PART 41 - Jared Masters: REAL

ESSENTIAL-NONESSENTIAL: PART 41 - Jared Masters: REAL

April 17, 2020

Emerging genre filmmaker, Jared Masters, answered my question about what kind of horror movie we're currently in with "none ... this is REAL" We then got literal and philosophical. 

ESSENTIAL-NONESSENTIAL: PART 40 - André Vauthey: is there a doctor in the house?

ESSENTIAL-NONESSENTIAL: PART 40 - André Vauthey: is there a doctor in the house?

April 16, 2020

André Vauthey gave up a career as a doctor at Hôpital Cantonal de Fribourgin in Switzerland to come to America to be an actor. Crazy, right?

He was gaining great success as an actor. Enough so that he was building his own repertory company. 

Then this happened, 

Now he put his acting career on hold and went back home to help his family and community.  

Hero, right? 

ESSENTIAL-NONESSENTIAL: PART 39 - Chip Deffaa: A Familiar Tune

ESSENTIAL-NONESSENTIAL: PART 39 - Chip Deffaa: A Familiar Tune

April 16, 2020

I was honored to speak with renowned author and fellow "newspaper man" Chip Deffaa. We spoke of the pandemic ... the 1918 one. Chip gave me incredible insight into how they differ, how they're similar, and how we should learn from the community then about being a community now. 

ESSENTIAL-NONESSENTIAL: PART 38 - Laurie Rae Waugh: Still Holding Down the Fort

ESSENTIAL-NONESSENTIAL: PART 38 - Laurie Rae Waugh: Still Holding Down the Fort

April 16, 2020

We all are on our perennial "day-off" but I spoke with Laurie Rae Waugh on one of her few. Working for the court system, Laurie is considered essential, thus, she puts on her mask and goes to work. Is she brave? Definitely. Is she used to it? Definitely. The award-winning director/producer began her career managing one of the first AIDS benefits ... ever.   

ESSENTIAL-NONESSENTIAL: PART 37 - Robert Viagas: There will always be a Broadway

ESSENTIAL-NONESSENTIAL: PART 37 - Robert Viagas: There will always be a Broadway

April 14, 2020

Writer/reviewer and all around Broadway theatre authority, Robert Viagas was unabashed in his confidence that when the time comes Broadway will burst back like an 11 O'Clock Number. A fellow judge at the Boston Sci-Fi Film Festival, we got all futuristic about precautions. 

ESSENTIAL-NONESSENTIAL: PART 36 - Nicholas Thomas: Up Here, Down Under, EVERYWHERE

ESSENTIAL-NONESSENTIAL: PART 36 - Nicholas Thomas: Up Here, Down Under, EVERYWHERE

April 14, 2020

I spoke with Nicholas Thomas, one of the triumvirate that brings us the amazing art from spit&vigor, about times here in NYC and in his native New Zealand. Normally, one might be encouraged when someone says "we're alike."  

ESSENTIAL-NONESSENTIAL: PART 35 - Ziporen Yahav Hazum: Another Tour of Duty

ESSENTIAL-NONESSENTIAL: PART 35 - Ziporen Yahav Hazum: Another Tour of Duty

April 13, 2020

Ziporen Hazum, a former Israeli soldier, now film producer, talks about how she will soldier on during this next "war." 

ESSENTIAL-NONESSENTIAL: PART 34 - STEPHANIE SATIE: Surviving and Thankful

ESSENTIAL-NONESSENTIAL: PART 34 - STEPHANIE SATIE: Surviving and Thankful

April 13, 2020

Film, TV, and stage actress, Stephanie Satie, has achieved a sold measure of notoriety from her one-person shows. One, in which she portrays children of the Holocaust hit home to her now. One must appreciate it all ... all the time. 

ESSENTIAL-NONESSENTIAL: PART 33 - Robert Liebowitz: Waiting and Watching

ESSENTIAL-NONESSENTIAL: PART 33 - Robert Liebowitz: Waiting and Watching

April 7, 2020

Celebrated Playwright Robert Liebowitz is helping out right now by sitting all alone in a taxi dispatchers booth, guiding the last two cabs of a company pick-up and deliver the ailing to hospitals. It is so quiet, he could hear every thought in his head. Soon he will write down these thoughts into a play about our current reality. He's waiting to start ... to see how the play ends. 

Until then he's Burgess Meredith from The Twilight Zone. 

ESSENTIAL-NONESSENTIAL: PART 32 - Lee Adhemar G. Feldshon: Legal Ease in Tense Times

ESSENTIAL-NONESSENTIAL: PART 32 - Lee Adhemar G. Feldshon: Legal Ease in Tense Times

April 6, 2020

I had an engrossing and enlightening conversation with Lee Adhemar G. Feldshon - but you can call him Lee AND you can call him often as well ... and for free. This prominent entertainment attorney realized that - right now - many of us are in the midst of a contract that simply can't happen. What can we do? What can they do? What does the future hold. If you haven't thought about this ... you must listen. If you have thought about this ... you must listen.  

ESSENTIAL-NONESSENTIAL: PART 31 - Tony Anthony: Archiving

ESSENTIAL-NONESSENTIAL: PART 31 - Tony Anthony: Archiving

April 6, 2020

A veteran of everything including legendary spaghetti westerns, Tony Anthony feels that now is the time when we MUST remember the past. So he has devoted his life to making that easy on us. 

ESSENTIAL-NONESSENTIAL: PART 30 - Justice: Singing Praises

ESSENTIAL-NONESSENTIAL: PART 30 - Justice: Singing Praises

April 6, 2020

Hip-hop artist and now TV personality, JUSTICE, talks about her career and her upcoming pilot about a superhero... and her faith. She is as fearless as her character because when she answers to a higher power.  

ESSENTIAL-NONESSENTIAL: PART 29 - Jeffrey Milstein

ESSENTIAL-NONESSENTIAL: PART 29 - Jeffrey Milstein

April 6, 2020

Jeffrey Milstein spent his days walking the [bottom] line between investing in and producing entertainment events and artist management AND running a successful tax accounting firm. Now he is using a combination of that knowledge to assess the future of the industry.   

ESSENTIAL-NONESSENTIAL: PART 28 - Chris McLennan: Still Essential

ESSENTIAL-NONESSENTIAL: PART 28 - Chris McLennan: Still Essential

April 2, 2020

In light of the fact that Arizona has joined the lock-down, I spoke with my buddy at Sun Studios, Chris McLennan, on NOT staying home. The film and TV studio manager is MEDIA, thus, she is essential and must brave the outside. Brain Damage Films operates out of Sun Studios so maybe that's why Chris still had a bright disposition ... she 's used to scary situations. 

ESSENTIAL-NONESSENTIAL: PART 27 - Marcus Slabine can scare the hell out of you!

ESSENTIAL-NONESSENTIAL: PART 27 - Marcus Slabine can scare the hell out of you!

April 2, 2020

Fright filmmaker Marcus Slabine and I shared some thoughts on the horror show outside our doors. This clever, friendly, highly intelligent visionary filmmaker made an old monster like me absolutely shiver! 

ESSENTIAL-NONESSENTIAL: PART 26 - Jay Michaels talks to Jay Michaels about uploading the classics

ESSENTIAL-NONESSENTIAL: PART 26 - Jay Michaels talks to Jay Michaels about uploading the classics

April 2, 2020

So I get a call from Jay Michaels recently ... I was beside myself! 
He is a fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe ... Am I in The Twilight Zone?
He quoted from Doctor Who ... I get it ... an alternate universe!

Then he told me he is a classical harp and string player working to put medieval and renaissance music online. Even there, considering my Shakespeare dedication, i found the similarities scary! 

It must be the name. 

ESSENTIAL-NONESSENTIAL: PART 25 - Bree O’Connor: Other Playful Substances

ESSENTIAL-NONESSENTIAL: PART 25 - Bree O’Connor: Other Playful Substances

April 2, 2020

The artistic director of the immensely collaborative Playful Substance theater company and "everyone's mom" talks of two cooking adventures: helping everyone eat right, right now; and making sure she offers her writers group ingredients for creative survival. 

ESSENTIAL-NONESSENTIAL: PART 24 - Anthony Laura: Staying inside … his play

ESSENTIAL-NONESSENTIAL: PART 24 - Anthony Laura: Staying inside … his play

April 2, 2020

Face to Face Films founder, Anthony Laura discusses how his play, The Girl With the Red Hair, looks really different from a "viral" point of view. 

ESSENTIAL-NONESSENTIAL: PART 23 - Maryann Penzaro: Dancing as fast as she can!

ESSENTIAL-NONESSENTIAL: PART 23 - Maryann Penzaro: Dancing as fast as she can!

March 31, 2020
Maryann Penzaro is indeed a lively artist. The dancer/dance captain whose "been there-done that" was handling a production of Guys & Dolls with young people of all kinds up in Westchester when all of this came down. THEN she really started dancing. Now she is keeping the company together; working to get it reopened after all this; caring for the neighborhood and those who need it most; sharing her thoughts and prayers with everyone; and doing it with a grace and joy that would be necessary in normal times. Now ... she is a godsend. I almost forgot why I called her because I was having such a good time. So will you. 
 
 

 

ESSENTIEL-NONESSENTIEL: PARTIE 22- Ellen Wolf et Rémi Amblard: Même la France a l’air sombre de nos jours!

ESSENTIEL-NONESSENTIEL: PARTIE 22- Ellen Wolf et Rémi Amblard: Même la France a l’air sombre de nos jours!

March 31, 2020

Ellen Wolf and Rémi Amblard are making music from their home in Paris ... sounds lovely huh? Y'know you can be arrested if you are out for more than an hour there and don't try to drive over the border to Belgium!

ESSENTIAL-NONESSENTIAL: PART 21- Laris Macario: Once More Unto the Breach

ESSENTIAL-NONESSENTIAL: PART 21- Laris Macario: Once More Unto the Breach

March 30, 2020

Laris Macario is known for his powerful portrayal of Henry V. Speaking with him, i don't think he's stopped playing it. He is aggressively battling this situation and preparing for the next challenge after it's all over. I always admire people who know that the expression, "hit the ground running" means. he does ... and he is. 

ESSENTIAL-NONESSENTIAL: PART 20 - Zan Vailento: One Man Show

ESSENTIAL-NONESSENTIAL: PART 20 - Zan Vailento: One Man Show

March 30, 2020

Zan Vailento, displaying his energy, talent, and ingenuity, has tapped into the latest trend in a really unique way. He is also enjoying making pasta. Both atop a ladder while painting his apartment. 

ESSENTIAL-NONESSENTIAL: PART 19 - Ellen Matzer & Valery Hughes: Ministering Angels - Then & Now. PART II

ESSENTIAL-NONESSENTIAL: PART 19 - Ellen Matzer & Valery Hughes: Ministering Angels - Then & Now. PART II

March 27, 2020

Even as a quip, to call these two amazing women "nonessential" is criminal. Ellen & Valery were nurses during the AIDS epidemic and chronicled their heart-breaking yet empowering experiences in NURSES ON THE INSIDE. Some of the story is raw, sometimes graphic, but familiar for people with HIV infection or those dear to them. Retired, they were contacted by Governor Cuomo to return to active duty to help the community and to help in finding a vaccine.

When I spoke with Ellen I didn't know what to expect so my "charm" was on. She knocked me for a loop. First in her amazing words and thoughts and then she told me "wait till you hear what Valery has to say." I started out sounding like I got hit over the head... then I got worse.

Ignore me, but LISTEN LISTEN LISTEN to her. HERE IS PART II: VALERY  

Here is a link to their book, which, like them, is essential. 

https://www.amazon.com/Nurses-Inside-Stories-AIDS-Epidemic-ebook/dp/B07QPG9HSL

ESSENTIAL-NONESSENTIAL: PART 18 - Ellen Matzer & Valery Hughes: Ministering Angels - Then & Now. PART I

ESSENTIAL-NONESSENTIAL: PART 18 - Ellen Matzer & Valery Hughes: Ministering Angels - Then & Now. PART I

March 27, 2020

Even as a quip, to call these two amazing women "nonessential" is criminal. On the front lines back-in-the-day during the AIDS crisis, Ellen & Valery were nurses during the AIDS epidemic and chronicled their heart-breaking yet empowering experiences in NURSES ON THE INSIDE, a book based on true and real events that happened during the early years of the HIV/AIDS epidemic ... from the frontlines. It focuses on their lives and their experiences. Some of the story is raw, sometimes graphic, but familiar for people with HIV infection or those dear to them.

Retired, they were contacted by Governor Cuomo to return to active duty to help the community and to help in finding a vaccine.

If I wasn't speechless when they contacted me to help share their [current] story, I was after speaking with them.

HERE IS PART I: ELLEN  

Here is a link to their book, which, like them, is essential. 

https://www.amazon.com/Nurses-Inside-Stories-AIDS-Epidemic-ebook/dp/B07QPG9HSL

 

ESSENTIAL-NONESSENTIAL: PART 17 - NICK LaMANTIA: Body of Work

ESSENTIAL-NONESSENTIAL: PART 17 - NICK LaMANTIA: Body of Work

March 26, 2020

Filmmaker and really deep thinker, Nick LaMantia, spent two years creating a genre masterpiece that is clearly a parable of something going on just outside our understanding. We spoke of his really enticing horror film and the other horror going on just outside our understanding. 

NOTE to Gigi & Reggie Bannister ... I see a little "Angus" in my new friend, Nick. 

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