All Photography by Joseph O'Donnell IV Unless Noted.

TAEM News Flash! Singer Carmen Perez in the News!

April 1st, 2014

gI_0_CarmenPerezPicCloseUp   The Arts and Entertainment Magazine that a fabulous singer who we interviewed in our November 2010 issue, Carmen Perez (click on to see article), has recently released her new album titled Collective Fantasy II.

Asked about her new work Carmen said:  “Collective Fantasy, Part II has been released into the Universe. On our journey into discovering galaxies of music and sound, I share with you my new EP with lots of love. Thank you for taking the time to listen to the songs. Right now you can buy them through my cool NEW website.

exclusively and via iTunes by clicking HERE. :) Read more »

TAEM Interview with Actor Lupe Trejo

April 1st, 2014

Lupe Trejo photo 3TAEM- One of the most popular genre of movies today are Action Films. With this The Arts and Entertainment Magazine is exploring the fundamentals of these films and what makes them work so well. We chanced upon actor Lupe Trejo who was one of the actors in the hit, Machete.

Lupe, your original career focused on the sport of Pro-Wrestling. Please tell our readers what inspired you to take up this grueling sport.

LT-  I believe it started in my child hood. I came from a family background for a passion for music(tejano, blues, and rock-n-roll). Growing up I would watch my Dad, cousins, and uncles perform in bands all over Texas even my Grandpa. That there tells you all that I was already growing up in the entertainment industry. It had to be in my blood…Right? Ha!

My Grandpa was a huge fan of pro-wrestling. We then all followed liking the sport of sports entertainment Pro-Wrestling. I remember watching pro-wrestling on Saturday mornings before there was cable television. As I was getting older my Dad would take a bunch of us to the live wrestling shows when they came to town and surrounding areas like San Antonio and Austin, Tx. All the way up to my Jr. high years. At this point it had seemed I had lost interest and faded away from the likes of pro-wrestling. That is until…I meet my beautiful wife Sarah in high school who wrote another chapter in my life. After dating a while, you would find me over at her parents house watching pro-wrestling once again. My high school sweetheart had introduced me to cable television which lead me to pro-wrestling again. Bam! I was hooked. So after all this being said I would say my awesome family. My family inspired me to take on this so called grueling  sport. Ha! I love everyone in my LIFE. Read more »

TAEM Interview with Composer Tristan Rudat

April 1st, 2014

Tristan Rudat
Photo credit: Justine Alves

For this reason the Arts and Entertainment Magazine is asking composer Tristan Rudat about his work and the aforementioned talking point. Tristan, tell us about your background and the training that you undertook for your career.

TR-  Well, I guess it began in school, working with the A/V dept., video art classes, TV production and guitar/keyboard lessons. By the time I was in college I already knew I wanted to fuse these things together into some form of art. I was fortunate enough to have many awesome encounters with professionals and artists who shared parts of their story to help me along. My biggest thing is staying open minded. Read more »

TAEM News Flash ! Author William Fripp has a New Novel!

April 1st, 2014

author William FrippThe Arts and Entertainment Magazine & THE EERIE DIGEST has learned that an author that has contributed many stories to our publications has written a new novel. William Fripp (click on to see original interview), who we interviewed in our June 2011 issue, has just posted his new work on Amazon . You can now find it by clicking here.

The book’s title is Ad Infinitum and it’s a great sci-fi read. When asked to capture the theme for his new work William gave this description : “There is a thread that runs through this universe and the myriad universes that make up the multiverse, a commonality of spirit that connects each of the infinite spheres of time at the quantum core – humanity. Read more »

TAEM New Interview with Actress Maryam Tarami

April 1st, 2014

Maryam- 03TAEM-   The Arts and Entertainment Magazine had interviewed actress Maryam Tarami (click on to see article) in our May 2013 issue and learned that she has been quite busy since. At present she is just completed a movie that may be a big hit at the Cannes Film Festival.

Maryam, your new project is titled Tura.  Please tell us how the film came about.

MT- First of all, thanks for having me again. It is a pleasure to appear in your magazine.
We just completed February and I reconnected with my director friend Enrico Falconi. Collaboration with him has been on the table for a while and he asked me what concept I would be interested to be part of. I took little time to think about it and shared something I very close to my heart. Enrico loved it and I guess we cut the ribbon this time.   Read more »

5 Poems by Poet Laureate Candice James

April 1st, 2014
Guest Poet Candice James

Guest Poet Candice James

The Arts and Entertainment Magazine has had the great honor to present poetry from one of the great Canadian poets of our time in previous issues. Once again we welcome some of the works of Poet Laureate Candice James to grace our publication. The following poems were recently copyrighted by Candice and we now have the pleasure of letting our readers see them :

90 Less On 8th

© 2013 Candice James

90 less on 8th
With one breath left remaining
To kick at the cat.
On a dog day afternoon
That defies all explaining
I remove my hat. Read more »

‘Locusts’ by Guest Author James F. Gaines

April 1st, 2014


By Alphonse Daudet

Translated by James F. Gaines

          Before returning to my mill, here’s another memory of Algeria…

The night I arrived in that farm on the outskirts of the Sahara, I couldn’t sleep.  The new landscape, the disruption of the trip, the barking of the jackals, and then that sapping, oppressive heat – complete suffocation –  as if the mesh in my mosquito netting could not allow the passage of a single breath of air.  When I opened the window at dawn, a heavy summer fog floated in the air, scarcely drifting along and fringed at the edges with pink and black.  It hovered like a cloud of gunpowder over a battlefield.  Not a leaf fluttered, and in the beautiful gardens that spread out below me, everything had the same sullen mood, the same immobility of foliage waiting for a thunderstorm: the grapevines aligned on the exposed slopes that made for sweet wines, the European orchard tucked into a shady corner, the orange and mandarin trees in long, calibrated rows.  Even the banana trees with their shoots of tender green, always waving in the slightest breeze that tousled the fine, light fronds, stood at attention silent and straight as the plumes of a cavalry regiment.  Read more »

‘In Search of …Me’, pt.4- by author Joseph J. O’Donnell

April 1st, 2014

Joe O'Donnell   My search has taken me a step farther back along the trail in connections to my ancestors. In the previous issue I showed the beginnings of the O’Donnell name and the pre-history of my family before immigrating to Scotland. My next steps are to find the link in which the first member of the O’Donnell clan set sail for Glasgow.

Glasgow was the goal of many Irish who sought work and to flee starvation in Ireland due to the potato famines of the 1800′s. Working and living conditions where they settled were harsh and they were always considered as second class citizens. Unlike America, though, where signs were hung in windows that read INNA (Irish need not apply) there was a relationship between Scots and Irish via blood lines. Read more »

‘The Tweed Update’ by Roger Tweed

April 1st, 2014
Guest Author Roger Tweed

Guest Author Roger Tweed

Still in the Lead-

Our 2014 Portfolio held onto its lead over the S&P 500 during the past four weeks. Since February 21, our portfolio was essentially flat, with solid gains from Fifth Third Bancorp (FITB), Bank of America (BAC), and Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), being offset by large losses in LinnCo, LLC (LNCO), International Paper (IP), and JetBlue Airways (JBLU). During the same period, the S&P 500 gained 1.7%. Since our portfolio’s January 9 inception, it has risen 2.44% while the S&P 500 has gained 1.58%.

Fifth Third led the portfolio with a gain of 9.1%. Regional banks are currently in the sweet spot as they are less affected by international or even national financial issues that can negatively impact money center banks. At the same time, the benefits to domestic banks from higher U.S. interest rates will make regional banks like Fifth Third more profitable. Bank of America was our second-best performer, rising 7.8%. As the tensions over Crimea moderated, the shares of large banks like Bank of America began to recover. Then, the Federal Reserve’s hint of higher interest rates earlier than expected, combined with a successful round of stress tests, gave a further boost to large bank share prices. Read more »

TAEM News Flash! Actress Maryam Tarami in the News!

March 18th, 2014

poster februaryyThe Arts and Entertainment Magazine has just learned that actress Maryam Tarami (click on to see article) who we interviewed in our May 2013 issue, is starring in a new movie. The film is titled February and we were lucky enough to catch up with her to ask some questions about her new project.

We asked Maryam to tell us something about the film.

“This project got triggered after a conversation I had with a woman from Iran” she said.  ”She shared stories about her homeland Iran and how she one day left everything behind. It touched me when the woman said that nobody would ever understand her because they have no idea. This made me want to shed light on her situation and make a film about it. So, I shared my idea within my circle and they encouraged me to make it happen. One of the first friends I shared my idea with was actually Michael Florie, also a multi-talented actor, who even became our executive producer.”  Read more »

TAEM interview with Producer Rae Davis

March 14th, 2014

DSC_0063TAEM- The Arts and Entertainment Magazine has been fortunate to come across a film worthy for the time that we live in. With war a constant occurrence in our country’s history we simply overlook, or ignore, the effects that our military personnel undergo because of it.

   A new movie, Burden of Freedom, is now in production to do just that. We are fortunate to be able to interview producer Rae Davis to give our readership the inside story of this landmark film. Rae, please tell us how this idea came out for this film.

RD- Three years ago, our screenwriter, Kenny DeSoto Ramoz, wrote Burden of Freedom, out of his long time love and respect for the men and women that serve this country, and from personal family and friend experiences involving issues with PTSD.  Kenny, and the Burden of Freedom film team, all believe that our veterans suffering from PTSD deserve a larger platform in which to be heard.  It is our hope that the end result will be, if nothing more, a better understanding and awareness of PTSD. Read more »

TAEM New! Interview with author Bruce De Silva

March 14th, 2014

IMG_0573_edited-2TAEM- In our May 1st, 2011 issue we interviewed author Bruce DeSilva (click on to view the article) about his debut novel Rogue Island. Since then he has been quite busy.

Bruce, how were your first two novels received by the public and what success have they achieved so far?

BD- When I wrote my first book, I had no expectations. I didn’t know if it would get published; and when it did, I didn’t know if anyone would like it. So my novels have received more critical praise and sold better than I could have imagined. The Edgar and Macavity Awards and the flood of glowing reviews have been gratifying, although some of the attention has been so flattering that I find it embarrassing. For example, The Dallas Morning News declared that “Rogue Island raises the bar for all books of its kind.” Hey, I thought it was pretty good, too, but I don’t think I did that. If I had, my friends Ace Atkins and Lawrence Block would never forgive me. I’m also amazed that my novels have now been published in ten foreign languages. Following this success, my publisher rewarded me with a three-book contract. I think Providence Rag, which has already received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and Booklist, is my best and most complex novel to date. Read more »

TAEM Explores Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

February 28th, 2014

Hollywood-StudiosThe Arts and Entertainment Magazine’s last stop on our tour of Disney’s Orlando theme parks had brought us to the doors of Disney’s Hollywood Studios. It was Thanksgiving Day and we got a late start from our hotel.

Upon arriving at the park we had found that there was a parade in progress so we decided to skip that event and head to The Tower of Terror ride. The line was surprisingly long, but with enjoyable weather, was manageable. With luck the youngest member of our group passed the minimum height requirement so we jumped on line anticipating the park’s ultimate attraction. We were not disappointed as the thrills and chills were everything that we hoped for. Surprisingly the youngest of us enjoyed the ride so much that she wanted to go again. Read more »

TAEM News Flash ! Actress Calista Carradine in the News !

February 28th, 2014

Calista Carradine -1    In our January 2011 issue of The Arts and Entertainment Magazine we had the honor of interviewing actress Calista Carradine (click on to see the article). Calista is the daughter of the late actor David Carradine and a great actress herself. The Carradine family has captivated audiences for generations.

Since our interview Calista has been quite busy and has completed filming a role in Hitchhiker Massacre. 

She is also starring in two films now in post-production : Mansion of Blood and Mata Hari.

Calista is also a great singer and has appeared in many shows. Asked about some of her performances she stated:

“This was my first visit to the desert playing an original of mine  which I wrote for Robert Loveless an American Legend with my new guitar player Kevin Quinn , the drummer from WAR Alvin Taylor and my old bass player John Schayer  who wrote Bad Too Long   for the film Mansion of blood Read more »

In Search of….Me- Part 3 by Author Joseph J. O’Donnell

February 28th, 2014

Map of Ireland  The search for my ancestors is going to be a long journey for me. I do it in part to discover my past and my family’s name. I also do it for my children so that they know of something of themselves.

  I now know something  about my parents and grandparents. This can be found in the found in the last two issue of my magazine where I had begun this story. I also realize that I need to present a connection to the distant past where the story first began. To do so I have decided to add a little bit of history for my readers. The following is what I have uncovered so far.

 Niall of the Nine Hostages, forefather of the Ui Neill (a whole series of septs tracing their ancestry to him), was making raids on Britain and France towards the end of the fourth century when the Romans were returning home. From Conall Gulban, a son of Niall, descend the O’Donnells of Tirconnell (meaning Conall’s territory). They take their name from Domhnaill (meaning world mighty) an ancient and very popular Irish personal name. In time Tirconnell became known as Donegal, the area in Ulster where this powerful family was established for many generations. Their chiefs were inaugurated at Kilmacrenan, north of Letterkenny in County Donegal, first in a religious ceremony and then on the Rock of Doon, in a civil ceremony. It was here, in 1200, that Eignechan was made the first Chief of the O’Donnell clan. Like many of the ruling families at that time, they occupied themselves in tribal conflict, mostly attacking their kinsmen, the O’Neills. The family were also erenaghs of Letter and Lisfannon in the parish of Fahan in Inishowen. There are well over three hundred references to individual O’Donnells in the Annals of the Four Masters. The O’Donnells have always been both numerous and eminent in Irish life. They are of course chiefly associated with Tirconnaill (Donegal) the habitat of the largest and best known O’Donnell sept; but, as the present distribution of persons of the name implies, there were quite distinct O’Donnell septs in other parts of the country, two of which require special mention; that of Corcabaskin in West Clare, and another, a branch of the Ui Maine (Hy Many) in Co. Galway. All of these descend from some ancestor Domhnall (anglice Donal) and are Ó Domhnaill in Irish. The Donal particularized in the case of the great Tirconnaill sept, who died in 901, was himself descended from the famous Niall of the Nine Hostages. Their predominance only dates from the thirteenth century: prior to that they were located in a comparatively restricted area around Kilmacrenan, Co. Donegal. With a total of nearly 13,000 the O’Donnells are among the fifty most common names in Ireland. They have produced many illustrious figures in Irish history, as soldiers, churchmen, authors and politicians. Read more »

TAEM News Flash! Actor Michael Emery in the News!

February 28th, 2014

Michael Emery   The Arts and Entertainment Magazine first interviewed actor Michael Emery (click on to see article) in our June 1st, 2010 issue. Since that time Michael has scored some great acting credits.

Michael has a true passion for acting, and trained at the prestigious The American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Since his graduation, Michael has worked steadily, appearing on ALL MY CHILDREN, ONE LIFE TO LIVE, MONK, GUIDING LIGHT

and most notably as “Andy” on AS THE WORLD TURNS. Michael also Co-Starred on the CBS’ hit show BLUE BLOODS portraying “Phil Daelman”, a thief who terrorizes a Latino family. He also Co-Starred on the ABC show, BODY OF PROOF opposite Dana Delany and showed his acting range in a TV Movie titled SCOURGE in a lead role, playing a Heroin addict named ‘Jake.’ Michael recently just finished shooting a Co-Star role in the TV Pilot titled , ‘WHOA!’ starring Linda Blair. Read more »

‘Wulfcleaver and the Lost Gold’ by Guest Author Glenn James

February 28th, 2014
Author Glenn James

Guest Author Glenn James

The following work was written for the Potteries Museum and Art gallery, in Staffordshire, England, about their celebrated and internationally renowned Saxon find, The Staffordshire Hoard.

This amazing collection of artefacts, martial in content, has some of the most amazing examples of Anglo Saxon artwork ever found, and is thought to date from the reign of king Penda, last Pagan King of Mercia in the 7th century.

But… There is no record of this amazing treasure. No record or even legend makes reference to it, and its origins are lost in the mists of antiquity….

Dark Fantasy Writer Glenn James penned the following story about whom it belonged to, how it came to be buried, and why it was lost all those centuries ago….

Behold, hearken and listen! How bottomless is the wound to tell of an unmatched treasure once lost, and given up to all memory.  But what glory to tell of the valour and prudence which vouchsafed it before the all seeing eye of the creator of the world into the safekeeping of the soil, in the bosom of the kingdom.  Read more »

Exploring the Arts by Author Joseph J. O’Donnell

February 28th, 2014
Joseph O'Donnell

Joseph O’Donnell

Not content to dabble in just writing I have decided to test my metal in the other areas of the Arts. Just over two years ago I had sat in a painting class with my son who also does a lot of the photography for my magazines. He was attending classes in Northern Virginia Community College and took several of these classes to earn his degree. After some prodding by him I had decided to try my hand in drawing the following semester.

With a bit of good fortune I had acquired Professor Todd Messegee (click on to see March 2013 interview) who had taught me the finer points of drawing. This went a long way in preparing me towards my goal. Todd was not only inspirational towards his students, but he gave them courage as well as instructional fortitude to reach their goals. All his students excelled in their love for art and his classes were always lively and fun. Read more »

‘The Tweed Update’ by Roger Tweed

February 28th, 2014
Guest Author Roger Tweed

Guest Author Roger Tweed

Out in Front – Our 2014 Portfolio jumped ahead of the S&P 500 over the past five weeks.  Strong showings from Facebook (FB) and Goodyear (GT) overcame selling in Bank of America (BAC) and flat performance from Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), JetBlue Airways (JBLU), and LinnCo, LLC (LNCO) to record a gain of 2.6% since January 17.  The S&P 500 lost 0.1% in that time period.  Since its January 9 inception, our portfolio has gained 2.43% while the S&P 500 has lost 0.06%.

Facebook was our best performer, gaining almost 22%.  After reporting stellar fourth quarter earnings and revenues on January 29, the shares continued higher despite the February 20 announcement of the controversial $16 billion acquisition of mobile messaging app WhatsApp.  Although Facebook is paying a huge price, the acquisition is further evidence that the company intends to dominate the mobile space. Read more »

TAEM Explores Disney’s Animal Kingdom

January 30th, 2014

tree-of-lifeDisney’s Animal Kingdom was the third Disney Park that The Arts and Entertainment Magazine explored during our Thanksgiving 2013 visit to Florida. This adventure had to be compromised time-wise as with our last Disney foray. We did get in as much as possible although we would have loved to see much more during our visits. The park did not let us down, though, as with more additions arriving with our group it proved to be time well spent.

One of the first stops was the Animal Conservation Center where we were treated to views of the many animals and insects that are housed there. The official reason for this park’s construction was that Disney supports the preservation of all animal species. What better way to do it than to display wildlife in both instructional ways as well as in their natural habitats. The next stop was at the children’s Affection Station. To enter this area you must take the Wildlife Express Train (my favorite on this visit) where I actually was aloud to pose by the European style locomotive (I actually have two of those locos in my collection). Here youngsters can interact with many domestic and farm animals that are on display here. The Boneyard was also a place that that we stopped and proved to be another favorite for the children. Here play areas and children’s rides dominate this section. Read more »