This week, Ira spoke with Mike Sexton. To listen to the interview click below.
Mike Sexton, a legend in the poker world, is author of “Life’s a Gamble,” which recounts his personal and professional poker experiences and gives his take on some of poker’s legendary characters over the past 40 years.
Sexton has excelled both on the felt and on the business side of poker. He is a World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet winner, helped create PartyPoker in 2001 and was a key player in an event that changed the poker world forever – the launch of the World Poker Tour (WPT) in 2002. He has been a commentator on the WPT, along with Vince Van Patten, since its inception.
In addition, Sexton was recognized as poker’s Top Ambassador at the Card Player Magazine Player of the Year Awards gala in 2006. That same year, he won WSOP Tournament of Champions, winning $1 million in prize money – half of which he donated to charity. He was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 2009.
This week, Ira spoke with Chris Botti. To listen to the interview click below.
Since the release of his 2004 critically acclaimed CD When I Fall In Love, Chris Botti, who will be performing in Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center July 26, has become the largest-selling American instrumental artist. His success has crossed over to audiences usually reserved for pop muisc and his ongoing association with PBS has led to four #1 jazz albums, as well as multiple Gold, Platinum and Grammy Awards. Most recently, his latest album, Impressions, won the Grammy for “Best Pop Instrumental Album” at the 2013 55th Grammy Awards. Performing worldwide and selling more than four million albums, he has found a form of creative expression that begins in jazz and expands beyond the limits of any single genre.
Over the past three decades, Botti has recorded and performed with the best artists in music, including Sting, Barbra Streisand, Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga, Josh Groban, Yo-Yo Ma, Michael Bublé, Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, John Mayer, Andrea Bocelli, Joshua Bell, Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and even Frank Sinatra. Hitting the road for as many as 300 days per year, the trumpeter has also performed with many of the finest symphonies and at some of the world’s most prestigious venues from Carnegie Hall and the Hollywood Bowl to the Sydney Opera House and the Real Teatro di San Carlo in Italy.
This week, Ira spoke with JT Mollner. To listen to the interview click below.
JT Mollner is one of the brains behind the Freakling Brothers’ haunted house in Las Vegas and the writer and director of his first full-length feature, “Outlaws and Angels.” The film was presented at Sundance earlier this year and is set for release in select theaters nationwide, including AMC at Town Square in Las Vegas on July 15th.
Mollner’s debut feature film, produced by Rosanne Korenberg (“Half Nelson,” “Hard Candy”), Luke Daniels and Chris Ivan Cevic, is described as a brutal, ultra-realistic home invasion drama / love story. “Outlaws and Angels” breaks down traditional constructs in a fresh new take of the western genre while paying homage to Mollner’s inspirations from 60’s and 70’s auteur filmakers. The picture was shot on 35mm motion picture film and will premier in Park City on an actual film print.
Mollner’s writer/ director credits include “The Red Room” (2008), “Henry John and the Little Bug” (2009) and “Sugartown” (2011); all three award winning short films that played the festival circuit and have now been acquired by Shorts International for worldwide distribution — a rarity in the world of short form cinema. In 2015, Mollner made an impact by presenting screen legend Dee Wallace (“America’s Mom”) in the against-type role of a drug addicted, chain smoking bad girl in his 16mm short film Flowers in December – inspired by the gritty blue collar dramas of the 1970’s. He has directed numerous commercials and music videos, most noteworthy being a spot for Lincoln MKS that aired during the Grammy Awards in 2011. After winning multiple awards at Hollyshorts Film Festival, Mollner became a Jury member in 2012 and has remained ever since.
A proponent of celluloid image capture, Mollner partnered with Kodak Motion Picture Film and Panavision on multiple projects including his debut feature. His production company No Remake Pictures is committed to injecting original, unique, and sometimes controversial stories into a market saturated with remakes and safe, formula fare. The company (an advocate of real film stock, and not digital) is a proponent of practical effects over CGI and VFX.
This week, Ira spoke with George Chanos. To listen to the interview click below.
George J. Chanos, who has had a distinguished legal career and served as Nevada’s 31st attorney general, is author of “Seize Your Destiny, Choices That Lead To A Happy, Successful and Meaningful Life.”
In November 2012, Chanos suffered a major heart attack. It made him reflect upon his own mortality and sharpened his focus on what’s truly important. It inspired him to reduce to writing what he considered life’s most important lessons, lessons that he believed would help his family lead a happy, successful and meaningful life.
This book represents the advice that he is sharing with his daughter and his nephew – both Millennials.
As he began reducing his thoughts to writing, Chanos realized that publishing this as a book could advance a broader purpose. It would allow him to make a contribution that might enrich the lives of other families – perhaps even entire communities.
Chanos has a common sense approach to dealing with problems and a unique ability to understand and explain complex issues. He believes how anyone, regardless of circumstance, can overcome the challenges they face and go on to design and lead a happy, successful and meaningful life.