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Over seafood from C Chicago, indie filmmaker Kris Swanberg sits down for inimtate conversation with host Elysabeth Alfano on The Dinner Party To Go. They discuss making movies, her newest film, "Unexpected", and tyring to balance it all.
From Sundance, I interview director Ben Lewin of The Catcher Was A Spy movie, featuring Paul Rudd and Paul Giamatti, about the life of Moe Berg. I also interview actor Hiroyuki Senada, review the movie Lizzie starring Chloe Sevigny and Kristen Stewart, and dish on The Game Changers premiere after-party. For more information or to view the video, visit .
Ever have a great melody in your head and you wonder how to turn it into a song?  Singer-songwriter Steve Dawson of Dolly Varden joins me on the most recent episode of The Celebrity Dinner Party with Elysabeth Alfano.  Steve and I dish on everything from the power of a good teacher and the musicality of language to how some of the best songs might just flow to you on your way to work! Demystifying the process and conveying that anyone can do it, Steve makes songwriting accessible even to those who haven't taken music lessons.   It is no wonder that Steve's classes at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago sell out continually.  For those who can't get into his classes, his book, Take It To The Bridge: Unlocking the Great Songs Inside You, written with Mark Caro, is out now on Amazon.  So grab a beer, listen in and get ready to take some notes as Steve Dawson takes the fear out of songwriting!
The most celebrated party of the year is The Governor's Ball; the after-party of the Oscars, the 89th Annual Academy Awards.  The theme of the night is Magical Transformation, and nothing makes a night more magical than food from celeb Chef Wolfgang Puck, drinks created by Mixologist Charles Joly with director Brett Ratner's The Hilhaven Lodge Whisky, wine from The Coppola Family and Champagne from Piper Heidsieck.   Listen in to The Celebrity Dinner Party with Elysabeth Alfano as I dish with Wolfgang Puck and Charles Joly about how you can create your own magic at home while watching the Oscars and just what makes The Governor's Ball Oscars after-party a night to remember!  For more information, visit .
You had to figure that, among all the great films at Sundance, there would be a bunch that just didn't least, not for me.  Of course, just like I couldn't see all the great films at Sundance, there were probably many other films that weren't very good that I didn't get to see. Thus, this list is only of the films that I was able to see and that I thought either didn't come together, weren't well done, or I just flat out didn't get.  Listen in to hear my list of a few of the films that you may want to avoid in 2018.  For more information, visit .
From Sundance, I had the chance to interview the pioneer, the survivor, the badass, Joan Jett.  Along with Kevin Kerslake, the director of the film on her life, Bad Reputation, Joan tells of the obstacles for women in rock 'n' roll...then and now.  Listen in! This pod is inspiring as much as it is informative.  For more information, visit .
In a never before released interview, I speak with best-selling crime novelist and lawyer, Scott Turow, on writing tips, the death penalty and his hometown.  Grab a drink and listen in! For more information, visit or view the video here: .
Just a chance to say hello as we start the madness of 2018 with the Sundance Festival.  This means lots of pods will be coming all at once as I review films and interview celebs in Park City.  So I wanted to take this chance before it all breaks loose to welcome you to reach out to me with any feedback at my personal email .  Looking forward to hearing from you! 
In the first of many podcasts from Sundance, I speak with Maggie Gyllenhaal and the cast of the film, The Kindergarten Teacher, from the madness that is the red carpet at the Sundance Film Festival. We talk about the women's movement, art in America, race in America and, of course, film!  For more information, visit, 
How do you get your start in music?  If you are Grammy-winning Saxophonist Frank Catalano, a gun, a stolen car, Miles Davis, a little luck and gobs of talent comes to mind.  Enjoy this intimate conversation with musician-entrepreneur Frank Catalano as he explains how he got his start playing Sax in some of the coolest clubs around, back in the day in Chicago, when he was just 16!   Grab your favorite snack and listen in to The Celebrity Dinner Party with Elysabeth Alfano with featured guest, Frank Catalano. For more information, visit .  PS Given the story-telling nature of this interview, this podcast has a bit of a different format. Enjoy!  
Imagine: you are a street busker, playing your original songs, hoping people throw some loose change into your guitar case, and then, one day, one of your tunes sells millions!   On the most recent episode of The Celebrity Dinner Party with Elysabeth Alfano,  songwriter/musician Mike Rosenberg, better known as Passenger, joins me to from the green room of The Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles.  Mike’s song “Let Her Go”, which was released in 2012, has recently gone six times platinum, and his current album, "Young as the Morning, Old as the Sea", with its hit single, "Anywhere", debuted in England, New Zealand and Australia at number one. Not too bad for a street busker! Mike was born in England, and I figured I should bring along my very favorite beer to help welcome him to Los Angeles for yet another sold out show.  So grab your own favorite drink and listen in to my intimate chat with Mike Rosenberg of Passenger. For the full video interview, visit, .
I catch up with former White House Chef and Senior Policy Advisor on Nutrition, Sam Kass, at the International Association of Culinary Professional conference to talk American food trends and technology, and his newest venture with Innit on the most recent podcast of The Dinner Party with Elysabeth Alfano.
Barrel of Monkeys performs one of the best songs on The Dinner Party with host Elysabeth Alano.
Grammy Award nominee, Vanessa Carlton, discusses her new album, Liberman, the difference between creating in her 20s vs. in her 30s and who she would invite to dinner.
From a swank villa at the Sunset Marquis in Los Angeles, Seinfeld writer and co-executive producer, Peter Mehlman, joins "The Dinner Party with Elysabeth Alfano." Over octopus and fries, the two dish on life after Seinfeld and Peter's book, "It Won't Always Be This Great."
Over some late, late snacks (AKA breakfast) at his Silver Lake, Los Angeles recording studio, Grammy nominee producer and founder of the group Wallpaper., Ricky Reed, talks about focusing on joy on the most recent episode of "The Dinner Party with Elysabeth Alfano". Ricky and I also dish on the making of a hit record and the key ingredient for producing for such varied artists as Jason Derulo, Bomba Estereo, Twenty One Pilots and Meghan Trainor.
Consuelo Lepauw, Alejandro Sie and Amaya Gavancho do a Ravel-Flamenco performance on The Dinner Party with Elysabeth Alfano.
In the most recent episode of The Dinner Party with Elysabeth Alfano, Robert and Dean DeLeo, founding members of the Stone Temple Pilots, explain exactly what they are looking for in a new band front-man or woman, and how to apply on their website, . Over my homemade Eggplant Rigatoni and Kendall Jackson Vintner's Reserve Pinot Noir, Robert, Dean and I dish on the potential new direction for the Stone Temple Pilots, their strong family ties and- I'm not kidding- their love of easy-listening music.
NBC's Alex Meneses and ABC's Wynn Everett talk working and motherhood in Hollywood, what Alex looks for in guy, fame vs. success and favorite snacks over delicious dishes at the Sunset Marquis on The Dinner Party with Elysabeth Alfano.
Actor Joe Mantegna, Relationship Expert Bela Gandhi, Sommelier Jon McDaniel, and Chef Chris Gawronski of Acanto on The Dinner Party with host Elysabeth Alfano.
Artistic Director of The Joffrey Ballet, Ashley Wheater, Football Star and Singer Sami Grisafe, Film Director, Joe Swanberg, Michelin Star Chef Paul Virant and host Elysabeth Alfano talk about what it takes to get over self doubt and favorites junk foods!
Imagine you are a guest chef on one of the largest cruise ship lines and you get to travel all over the world cooking for people.  Is this the best job you could ever imagine or the worst? TV Personality Chef and author of 9 cookbooks, George Geary joins me to dish on his world culinary tours, being a guest Chef on Holland American Cruise lines and his newest book, LA's Legendary Restaurants and the skinny and scuttlebutt on which celebs ate in which places over the past several decades.  Listen in! 
On a bustling red carpet, filmmaker Michael Moore talks Hillary, Bernie, The Extreme Right, God, junk food and his new movie, "Where to Invade Next" with host of The Dinner Party, Elysabeth Alfano.
Over food from Beef and Barley in Chicago, actors Cole Doman and Maura Kidwell and pop-punk band, Ship, Captain, Crew, talk about breaking into the business on The Dinner Party with Elysabeth Alfano.
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Feb 12th, 2014
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May 13th, 2018
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