With Blair Murphy on a ‘secret mission’ (of a literary nature, possibly leading to something big–and yes, that is all that Our Glorious Leader would tell any of us), I was in charge of the weekly coffeehouse at the Grand Midway Hotel. I was ably assisted by Synthia (in a black promotional t-shirt dating back […]Read more "COFFEEHOUSE NIGHTS: 14 September 2019"
Extensively renovated over the winter, the Grand Midway’s coffee baris again open on a weekly basis: 7-11 PM, every Thursday in my hometown (Windber, Pennsylvania). Was down there last evening and this is my first detailed report of the doings this season. Now, you must understand: Windber is a smallish place, a former coal mining boomtown […]Read more "Coffeehouse Nights: The Morning After Report, May 18, 2018"
Random Fun Fact of the Day: Fake movie blood tastes worse than real blood. Much worse. I know this from personal experience, for indeed that is yours truly: chomping down on rubber prop intestines and said unpalatable liquid in my role as a zombie in Blair Murphy’s Windber-centered low-budget movie, Zombie Dream. For addition poignant, […]Read more "Not Gagging On It, Tonight!"
The Shangra La Coffeehouse at Windber Pennsylvania’s famed and fabulous haunted hotel, the Grand Midway will be open tonight, from 6 PM till Midnight. As usual, it’s only $3/person for all the coffee you can drink. Plenty of used books, videos (including copies of the locally produced movie ZOMBIE DREAM), T-shirts and assorted odd gift items […]Read more "Special Coffeehouse Tonight"
Tonight’s Shangri-La Coffee Lounge got underway with multiple DVD episodes of The Munsters playing, Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts coffee brewing, and somebody (okay, yours truly) bringing in a batch of wild-picked fresh raspberries for the denizens of our favorite haunted hotel to enjoy. Oh, and here’s yet another still shot from the Zombie Dream movie–filmed here (and at numerous […]Read more "July 7, 2016 at the Grand Midway"
I’ve been listening to the Stanley Cup, while THE GREEN HORNET has been playing on teh Coffee Shop screen. Blair has been talking local films with two newcomers who’ve been parts of several area productions–and have given him leads to several that Blair never heard of. So he’ll be busy adding yet more content to […]Read more "June 9th, Part 3"
Anybody up for a low-budget zombie flick that’s funny, weird, has original music and which blends horror with sharp social commentary? How about the fact that it’s got Eric Roberts, Butch Patrick and comic book legend Stan Lee in it? Okay, it’s also got me in it as a particularly obnoxious zombie–but don’t let that […]Read more "ZOMBIE DREAMIN’"