|4/1/14 Interview with Charlie Clough
We spent the hour yoyoing up and down the east coast art scene with stops in TO, NYC, Buffalo and RI and back to Buffalo...with much emphasis devoted to the inception of HallWalls, evolving one's art practice through collaboration and the opportunity for artist to provide art experiences that engage the public.
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|11/11/13 Episode #12 Interview with Kathleen Betsko Yale British- born playwright actor
We glimpse Coventry during the war and subsequent evacuation to points not that far up the railroad line where the fires of Coventry burning under the Blitz could still be seen to playing in bombed out houses, ration coupons , toffy-nosed schooling,writing the first poems, then Chaucer, and the Bard. To stateside as a cold war bride in Western Pennsylvania coal- mining town to her flight with small babies to New England and to working in textile mills, to gaining, eventually, acollege education, to developing her first three plays at the prestigious Eugene O'Neill National Playwrights Conference...in New London Conn. We listened to a bit of chat from the NCO club ladies loo from Kathleen's radio play "Beggar's Choice"..written while acting in the National Road Tour of "Equus" and finished with one of her poems, "That Gypsy Prince" in memory of Chris --Chris O'Neill. one of the founders of Irish Classical Theater Company.
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|10/8/13 Episode #11 Interview with Mike Mulley
From Batavia to the west end of Allentown we cover the growth spurts of a bandsman turned band photographer traveling to venues far and wide with the promise of a place to sell his work first from boxes at festivals and then from a store front that became the redoutable College St. Gallery where the last of First Friday's Gallery Walkers show up to view art drink beer and actually talk to each other.
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|9/20/13 Take Off interviews poet Ann Goldsmith
We use this occasion to mention the passing of Seamus Heany and the benefit for pianist Claudia Hoca as well as tracking Ann's upbringing in central New York, her travels to Switzerland as a prize winning high school essayist, her time as a working journalist in Schenectady, rock climbing in Boulder after college at Smith. We mused on topics of spiritual and secular interests, the McCarthy era,Civil Rights and the war in Vietnam all the generation spanning influences of the last half of the 20th century. Ann spliced in a reading of three of her poems over the course of the hour. She has completed another work titled, "More Than the Story Tells".
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|7/10/13 no.8 Daniel Haskins, buffalo web designer, experimental electronic music composer/performer
We take off across the pond to remember teddy boys, mods and rockers, punk and ska, then back to the states to kenmore and years in the thrall of eno, daniel making his own music now these last twenty years...we play selections from his most recent compilation, due out end of august, go to his music site "machines of love and war" to hear more.
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|5/13/13 Take Off with Irene Haupt
Czarist revolution, White Russians, Lubianka prison, A Catholic upbringing in post war Germany, Greta Garbo movies and TB, Photos in memory's landscape, Black Forest toilets and the cold damp death of bombed-out buildings, Buffalo's quarter century of new music, and the meditative after image.
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|3/18/13 Pope Francis redux
Frank Dunbar, Buffalo writer and poet long time resident of the First Ward, discourses on his multi - checked past over the course of years spent and mispent in the service of self discovery. We move thru time served in the Navy and Merchant Marine to loss of friends and family to many glorious St Patrick's days.
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|1/28/13 "Take Off" with Jimmie Gilliam
We roamed the rolling hills of mountainside depression era North Carolina, coming up in a strict spiritual teatotalling household, joining Four H and making model airplanes in WWII, taking a Houghton College teaching tainted with the "Red Scare" in Starpoint High, a cultural arts matriarch, now sixty years in WNY reading, writing, publishing her poetry.
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|1/4/13 Al Felix, poet, teacher long standing cultural significant, "We wore out the last 70 years"
Shuffling thru Al's back pages, years of Buffalo during the depression 30s when who knew how poor with nothing to compare it to, thru innovating his high school year book, awkward intervals of adolescence, to working with german pows in his post war army service, to teaching in the public schools, to finding his voice as a poet and memorializing his late wife, painter Jackie Felix.
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|10/31/12 Rita Argen Auerbach
Interview with Rita Argen Auerbach, early on we discovered a bond in both being in Navy famlies...talked about her immigrant upbringing in Buffalo... her family's goal to live in Kenmore...we moved through her years as a high school and college cheer leader her early career as a junior high school art teacher...travelled to Navy duty station in Morocco... became a noted watercolor artist and a noted presence in the cultural life in Buffalo.
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|09/27/12 Michael Morgulis
My guest was Michael Morgulis, a well known graphic designer and artist and life long resident of Buffalo. We moved at a fast clip, from his mother's home cooking to stick ball to a traumatic spelling bee with a few side trips through puberty and adolescence.
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