Nick Leshi

Nick Leshi
Bronx, New York, United States of America
December 13
Writer, actor, media professional, fan of entertainment, pop culture, and speculative fiction. Contact for more info.


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DECEMBER 20, 2010 2:57PM

An Annual Carnegie Hall Tradition

Once again my wife and I will be attending a performance of Handel's Messiah by the Oratorio Society of New York at Carnegie Hall.  This will be the 137th annual performance of the classical piece by the Society!

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DECEMBER 19, 2010 10:36PM

The Fascination With Dinosaurs

What is it about dinosaurs that makes kids love them so much?  My nephews are crazy about them -- we gave them dinosaur toys last year and they are still playing with them.  One of their favorite television shows is Dino Dan on Nick Jr., a show about a kid who/…

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DECEMBER 18, 2010 11:03PM

A Review of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson

If the brilliant Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson is any indication, maybe Broadway should consider creating more shows based on American history and less on adaptations of movies, TV shows, comic books, and albums.  My wife and I went to see the irreverant but superb musical on Saturday and/…

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DECEMBER 17, 2010 9:56PM

Why Stargate Universe Failed

News of the cancellation of Stargate Universe may have saddened some diehard fans, but for the most part no one should really be surprised.  What shocked me even more was the fact that it lasted into a second season.  While the showmakers were quick to fall on the old excuse th… Read full post »
DECEMBER 16, 2010 9:57PM

The Evolution of Video Games

One of my sisters gave me a Move bundle for my PlayStation 3 as a birthday gift.  The Move controllers take the PS3 video game console to Nintendo Wii territory, allowing players to more fully interact in the games they play.  The Move's webcam feature takes it to new level, all/…

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DECEMBER 15, 2010 10:44PM

From the Creator of Goosebumps

My wife is a big fan of horror movies, and as a kid she used to enjoy R.L. Stine's Goosebumps series.  Stine built a reputation for himself as the children's literature version of Stephen King with a bunch of bestselling books, a popular television show, and tons of merchandising.&nb/…

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The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced the nominations for the 68th Annual Golden Globe AwardsClick here to see the full list.

Actor Robert DeNiro will be honored this year with the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement in motion pictures.  Past winners have in/…

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DECEMBER 13, 2010 1:00PM

Pop Culture Birthday Wishes

Today is my birthday, so here are some pop culture wishes as I blow out the candles on another year.

1.  I wish the new HBO adaptation of Game of Thrones lives up to my expectations and captures the brilliance of George R. R. Martin's books.

2.  I hope I live to see/…

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DECEMBER 12, 2010 9:43PM

Alternate Universes in Entertainment

The concept of alternate universes -- the notion that there might be parallel worlds out there almost identical to our own with slight but dramatic differences -- is fascinating to ponder, and it has inspired a number of cool science fiction and fantasy stories, including The Man in the High C… Read full post »
DECEMBER 11, 2010 9:33PM

Pulitzer Prize Winning Plays

On Friday night, Center Stage Playhouse presented a staged reading of Dinner with Friends, a Pulitzer Prize winning play written by Donald Margulies.  I was the assistant director and I had the pleasure to work with director Lucille P. Loiselle and a terrific cast that included Ruth Chiam/…

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DECEMBER 10, 2010 11:59AM

Please Post a Review for My Blog on Amazon

First of all, I want to thank all of you for reading my City of Kik pop culture blog. I also want to ask a huge favor: If you have the time, can you post a short review of my blog on Even if it is just a few sentences,/…

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DECEMBER 9, 2010 4:21PM

30 Years After Bloom County

Last year, when I wrote about great comic strips that are no longer around, I described Bloom County as "probably my favorite comic strip of all time."  When I learned that yesterday marked the 30th anniversary of the debut of Berkeley Breathed's classic strip, I gave it some thought and/…

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DECEMBER 8, 2010 5:06PM

Favorite Beatles Lyrics

The Beatles officially broke up in 1970, and with the tragic death of John Lennon in 1980, dreams of an eventual reunion also sadly died with him.  The legacy of the Beatles' music lives on, though, all these decades later -- songs to inspire, to entertain, to make us happy, songs/…

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DECEMBER 7, 2010 9:39PM

Always Looking for Ideas

Since starting my City of Kik blog last year, I have posted over 600 entries. I have managed to post a new essay every day, missing only a few days when my daughter was born and one day when I had minor surgery last January.

I am always looking for new ideas for blog/…

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DECEMBER 6, 2010 11:07PM

Steinbrenner and the Hall of Fame

George Steinbrenner, who passed away last summer, continues to be the focus of heated debate by sports fans.  First, some people critized the enormous plaque erected in the new Yankee Stadium's Monument Park. Some jokingly described it as so large it could be seen from space.  D/…

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Betty White has made it trendy for people to campaign to host NBC's long-running sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live.  I have previously written in support of Carol Burnett's campaign.  Now, Sesame Street's Cookie Monster is auditioning for the job.  Personally, there are oth/…

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Fish-out-of-water stories can be very entertaining because we see the humor in the clash of different cultures.  Such comedies can reach new levels when we recognize that the "stranger in a strange land" actually has more similarities to their seemingly different new n/…

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DECEMBER 3, 2010 4:49PM

20 Years After Home Alone

Has it really been twenty years since Home Alone hit movie theaters?  Yes, it has.  The movie that made Macaulay Culkin a child superstar was released on November 16, 1990.  Where did those two decades go?  Seems like only yesterday when the comedy, directed by Chris Columb/…

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DECEMBER 2, 2010 10:32PM

The Art of Movie Trailers

Just like you cannot judge a book by its cover, you cannot judge a movie by its trailer.  The coming attractions can sometimes be much better than the actual film.  I have long thought that the creators of those wonderful sneak peaks should be honored by the Academy of Motion Picture/…

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Editor’s Pick
DECEMBER 1, 2010 11:13PM

Campy TV Oddities

Some television specials are so campy, they become instant classics.  Some are so bad, they're actually entertaining to watch.  Some others are so unbelievably terrible they have rarely been seen again.  These are a few that I remember from my childhood days. 

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NOVEMBER 30, 2010 11:00PM

A Graveyard of Online Forums

As the Wall Street Journal and other media report that might be seeking a buyer or a merger, rumors (and in some cases outright panic) began to spread among the faithful users of Open Salon that the popular online community might be unceremoniously axed.  Talk of the d/…

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Editor’s Pick
NOVEMBER 29, 2010 11:10PM

What Lucas Should Have Learned From Kershner

When people list the greatest directors of all time, few mention Irvin Kershner, who passed away on November 27 at age 87.  He did not have an extensive body of work, he did not win an impressive amount of awards, he did not become a household name.  But he directed what has/… Read full post »
NOVEMBER 28, 2010 1:17PM

Albanian Flag Day

November 28 marks the declaration of independence by Albania after the collapse of the Ottoman Empire in 1912.  Proclaimed during the National Assembly of Vlora, on that date the flag was officially accepted as the symbol of the independent nation of Albania. 

Here in New York,/…

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NOVEMBER 27, 2010 6:11PM

Acting in a Digital Age

When I went to Actorfest this year, I could not help but notice how the business of acting has evolved over the years.  The fundamentals remain the same, but many things have changed since I was a kid with dreams of making it big in show biz.  Now, I am older/… Read full post »
NOVEMBER 26, 2010 8:57PM

A Visit to Stepping Stones Museum

My wife is on a mission to find fun destinations to take our baby girl.  On Friday, she and I took her to Stepping Stones Museum for Children in Norwalk, Connecticut. 

It's a very well designed place for the youngest of visitors -- imagine a super playground with educational les/…

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