Michael Cavacini

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Manilow’s Philly Farewell

FullSizeRender (7)Last week Barry Manilow ended his One Last Time! tour. I was fortunate to see and meet him twice on this tour. First in LA and, most recently, in Philadelphia. It was fitting that I saw and met Barry, supposedly for the last time, in the same arena where I saw him for the first time back in 2007. I say supposedly because Barry just announced today that he’s going to visit more cities on this tour. My fingers are crossed that he decides to go to Atlantic City or another nearby destination on the second leg of this tour. But I digress. Let me tell you all about his show in Philly.

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A Conversation with John Lescroart

John LescroartJohn Lescroart is an exceptional author who I had the good fortune of meeting at ThrillerFest last July. He is a New York Times best-seller with more than 25 books to his name, and his latest novel, The Fall, which came out in May, has been receiving phenomenal reviews.

Below is an interview John was kind enough to do with me. I hope you enjoy it.

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Book Review: The WWE Attitude Era

The WWE Attitude EraI received an advance copy of The WWE Attitude Era from DK Publishing, the same company that produced WWE Ultimate Superstar GuideWWE 50 and 30 Years of WrestleMania. You can buy The WWE Attitude Era. Check out my video review of this great book below.

Philly’s Perfect Summer Spots: Spruce Street Harbor Park & Summerfest

FullSizeRender (2)Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial kick-off of summer, and in Philadelphia it’s been kicked off in a big way with the return of the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation’s Spruce Street Harbor Park (SSHP) and the brand-new Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest.

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Book Review: The Stranger by Harlan Coben

IMG_0241I recently finished reading The Stranger by Harlan Coben, and I really enjoyed it. As always, Harlan pens a tightly-woven, unpredictable thriller better than anyone. But that also means the reader goes into his books with very high expectations. I found this standalone novel to be superior to his previous one, Missing You, and I highly recommend it. And don’t forget to check out my interview with Harlan, where he talks about his inspiration for this book.

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I Completed My Master’s Program!

With my Dads after graduation.

With my Dads after graduation.

At last, I’ve completed my M.S. in Communication Management program at Temple University. It took four years but I made it to the finish line. I’m also happy to report that I graduated Magna Cum Laude, which is one full level higher than I did from Temple’s undergraduate communication’s program.

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Michael Des Barres Is The Key To The Universe

MDB0297--Jeff FasanoAny time I get to talk to the wonderful Michael Des Barres, it’s always a treat. He’s an incredibly talented artist brimming with charisma and bursting with positivity. While some may know him as Murdoc from MacGyver, I know him best for his impressive body of work as a musical artist. Speaking of which, Michael has a new album out called The Key to the Universe. It’s an excellent follow-up to his last studio album, the equally fabulous Carnaby Street. If you enjoy balls-to-the-wall classic rock, then I highly recommend both of these albums.

Michael took the time to sit down with me and discuss The Key to the Universe. We covered everything from his recording the album in Rome to writing one of the tracks with guitar virtuoso Steve Stevens. It was a fun interview and I hope you enjoy it.

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Manilow Lights Up LA 

IMG_0073On Tuesday night one of my dreams came true: I got to meet and have my photo taken with Barry Manilow. Having been a fan of his music for more than 10 years, being able to meet the man himself backstage before the concert was a fabulous experience I’ll never forget.

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Book Review: WWE Ultimate Superstar Guide

 I received an advance copy of WWE Ultimate Superstar Guide from DK Publishing, the same company that produced WWE 50 and 30 Years of WrestleMania. You can buy WWE Ultimate Superstar Guide here. Check out my video review of this great book below. 

Lynne Abraham’s Vision For Philadelphia

Lynne AbrahamPhiladelphia is a city on the rise. Steeped in history and bristling with possibilities, the City of Brotherly Love is poised to become a world-class city. This is why the next mayoral election is so important. With the right person in office, Philadelphia will ascend into the stratosphere. With the wrong person in office, Philadelphia’s potential will barely hover above the ground. After hearing all of the candidates speak on myriad issues, I can confidently say that Lynne Abraham is the right person for the job.

I’ve known Lynne Abraham for many years. We live in the same neighborhood, and I used to ring her up at the food store when I worked there part-time as a cashier. What impressed me about her was that despite her great success, she was always grounded. I’ve had the good fortune to meet many famous and successful people, and I admire those that don’t let it go to their head. Lynne is one of those people. She’s nice to everyone she meets and isn’t ostentatious in any way, shape or form.

Tonight I saw Lynne take part in the Mayoral Candidates Forum on Equitable Development, and she was easily the most intelligent, genuine and compelling person on the panel. While the other candidates have certain qualities that would be good in a Mayor, they aren’t the total package. Lynne is.

Earlier this week I interviewed Lynne Abraham so I could learn more about her vision for Philadelphia. Going into the interview I thought she was a great person. After it was done, I liked her even more. I hope you enjoy it, and make sure to vote on May 19.

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