Posts Tagged ‘Peter Max’


ON THE SCENE Best Of…Ready To Roll

December 18, 2012

Two days, holed up in a dark editing booth and now ON THE SCENE the Best Of 2012 show is ready to see the light of day.

We cut and culled until we made it to seven of our favorite artists featured in our show during 2012. And we took the very best excepts from each of those interviews and put them in this year-end special.

With one exception: Bernadette Peters. A good portion of my original interview with her this fall never aired and so a brand new piece with her is in this show.

So tune in News 12 New Jersey this Saturday and Sunday, December 22nd and 23rd at 11AM, 1:30PM and 3:30PM each day.  The show includes Joe Pantoliano, Peter Max, Chris Botti, Lewis Black, Jim Norton, and Rob McClure who stars at Charlie Chaplin in “Chaplin” the Broadway musical.


Watch My Peter Max Interview Here

March 10, 2012

ON THE SCENE: The Feedback, The Future

February 16, 2012

Thanks for the emails, unprecedented number of blog views, kind words and inquiries about last weekend’s ON THE SCENE featuring Peter Max and the cast of “Red-” Bob Ari and Randy Harrison.

This episode was spectacular in high definition…the vibrant paintings of Peter Max and that splattering crimson paint flinging across the set in “Red” lit up the screen. (No wonder Randy Harrison thought his famously blond hair would turn red by the end of the play’s run). Oh yeah, the host didn’t look bad, either, but I am hopelessly biased!

More interviews with fascinating artists are coming your way so check back for announcements here on the blog and for details about encore presentations of  ON THE SCENE episodes. And to watch the bonus feature with Randy Harrison and me discussing his role on the series “Queer As Folk” check the post “ON THE SCENE Schedule Reminder, Randy Harrison.”


My Peter Max Interview for ON THE SCENE

February 12, 2012

I see that a number of viewers who are interested in Peter Max are coming to my blog after watching ON THE SCENE.  So I thought I’d just say a couple words more about interviewing him.

I’ve heard from artists in particular who watched and love how he describes his work process…that he has no idea what he’s going to paint when he starts a fresh canvas and it reveals itself to him as he goes. I also am fascinated by the connection between his paintings and his musical inspirations. He likens his paintings to a jazz musician building on a riff and before the musician knows it, there’s a composition. But just what it means may not be immediately clear. After Max told me that I saw his paintings through a new prism…as colorful jazz flourishes and improvisations.

Our interview also touches on the beginnings of his artistic life as a small child living in China, where his father was in business. Max started drawing because his “little Chinese friends” all drew with chalk, so he joined them.

Anyone who’s ever met Peter Max never forgets him and this is an interview that I treasure.  And I always say that every artist who I interview becomes a part of me and I carry their influence with me in some way, always. With Peter Max, it’s the power of positive energy, to find it in others and in myself, and share it with the world. Like the biggest, brightest canvas one can paint.


One Last Taping And ON THE SCENE Comes Your Way

February 7, 2012

There’s one more bit of business before we get down to editing this weekend’s ON THE SCENE.  We have to tape my host segments, or introductions to the pieces in the show.

As regular viewers know, I host every show from an arts venue. How could I do a show called “ON THE SCENE”  from a tv studio??

So Tuesday morning I’m off to George Street Playhouse where last week I interviewed Bob Ari and Randy Harrison who are appearing there in “Red.” (Check my blog archive for more on those interviews.) It felt like a natural fit to host the show from this theatre because an important piece in the show was shot there.  Because we’re taping early in the day, the theatre is available and the set of “Red” will be our backdrop.

I think viewers will enjoy each of the interviews in this episode, which besides Ari and Harrison includes pop art icon, Peter Max, who’s as colorful as his paintings. And I think everyone will see the unbending dedication it takes to put on a demanding production like “Red” when they watch the interviews with Ari and Harrison.

I have a lot of writing to do tonight for tomorrow’s taping so I’ve got to finish that, now. But I want to remind you that ON THE SCENE is scheduled to run at 8:30 AM, 11:30 AM and 4;30 pm this Saturday and Sunday on News 12 New Jersey.


Interviewing Peter Max

December 4, 2011

A great experience earlier today, I interviewed Peter Max. I’ve seen his paintings, logos he’s designed and all of the pop culture surrounding him all of my life. So to meet him for the first time and be able to ask him about his incredible career was a highlight of my own career.

I’ll be writing more about the interview here on the blog next week. And I  know I met a lot of you at the Wentworth Gallery in Hackensack, New Jersey today who said how much you’re looking forward to watching. I don’t know when this segment will air yet, but it’ll be announced here on the blog.

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