Each week of the Players Theatre Short Play and Musical Festival an Audience Choice Award is presented. I am happy to announce that the winner of week 2 is my play Take Wing. We had some amazing friends turn out to support us but had less than most of the other shows. To prevent friend … Continue reading TAKE WING wins audience choice award!
While Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer, today is official, at least in the Northern Hemisphere. In New York City we have had a gentle, cool end of spring. But we are now experiencing a hot spell like much of the rest of the country. Still, happy to be here for a nice … Continue reading Welcome Summer Solstice
Last month I told you about a great drive just on the other side of the George Washington Bridge. Coming up next week I will be joining a group of motorcyclists who ride to benefit two charities each year. They ride for about a week, I am just joining them for the last day and … Continue reading Ryding with a GoPro
Let's be very clear. Martinis should be made from gin only. I agree with Winston Churchill when he said that the closest he wants Vermouth to his Martini is to look at it longingly across the room. Also it should also be served with olives, preferably stuffed with anchovies to give it that salty pungency. … Continue reading National Martini Day
"A Blanket of Dust" is a new play by Richard Squires. I am not a theatre goer that seeks out only validation for my beliefs and world view. I like to be challenged by alternate points of view and opinions. That said, I did not agree with this plays approach. It starts out with a … Continue reading Review – A Blanket of Dust
The last performance of week 2 of the Players Theatre Short Play and Musical Festival is today at 3 PM. Don't miss this and don't be late. Use the discount code CAST to save $10 off the ticket price. Can't wait to see you. https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/992710/prm/CAST As always you can find more at http://www.walterthinnes.com and on … Continue reading Last Chance to catch TAKE WING!
There are literally thousands of ways to spend your evenings in New York City, from night clubs to sporting events to many hundreds of theatre options each and every night. So we are thrilled by the many friends who have joined us to see my award winning TAKE WING in the Players Theatre Short Play … Continue reading Exquisite TAKE WING
Last night's production of TAKE WING in the Players Theatre Short Play and Musical Festival went extremely well. That is largely because of the amazing efforts of director Pamela Wilson and extraordinary cast members Eric Diamond, Michael Giorgio and Carly Ruda. You really must use the below direct link to get $20 discount tickets and … Continue reading Take Wing rides again tonight
Tonight (Thursday, June 14) is the Opening Night for Week 2 of the Players Theatre Short Play and Musical Festival in Greenwich Village. My award winning short play is one of five short pieces and we would love to see you there. Thursday nights are the lightest attended so what are you waiting for? Come … Continue reading Opening Night for TAKE WING!
Producers do all they can with tickets, parties and swag to woo voters and then hold their breath for the entire program (if you saw any people in the audience of the Tony Awards with blue faces - they were producers). Because some shows need the Tony boost to stay open the awards presentations are … Continue reading Post Tony Shake Out
The Manhattan Theatre Club has mounted a new play by Anthony Giardina that is interesting but ultimately hollow. The title is a reference to a fleeting incident in The Great Gatsby about the desire to gain riches and the price sometimes necessary to succeed. What you are willing to do to reach success and help … Continue reading Review – Dan Cody’s Yacht
Today is National Corn on the Cob Day, the way God intended you to eat it, not creamed or mixed in succotash. One of my favorite memories is our family visits to the Ohio State Fair when I was young. Demolition Derby is a really cool concept when your age is in single digits. I … Continue reading National Corn on the Cob Day
THIS: Last night we tried the St. Louis Ribs again, but this time I cooked them at higher temp and for more time in the sous vide. As I had hoped they were even better this time. More experimenting to come for the Franken-Ribs! THAT: Tonight we have the tech rehearsal for my short play … Continue reading This, That, and The Other Thing
Stephen Adley Guirgis is an American playwright with a distinctive natural voice. I've seen his Between Riverside and Crazy and this year very much enjoyed the revival of his Jesus Hopped the "A" Train at Signature Theater. I have recent seen his early work Our Lady of 121st Street, also at Signature. The play has … Continue reading Review – Our Lady of 121st Street
I know I promised another review but circumstances require I put that off and relate a cooking adventure. You see, I like to play with my food. I recently became aware of a kitchen toy, I mean tool, called a stovetop smoker. My mind immediately turned to pork ribs, a category I have never been … Continue reading Franken-Ribs, the kitchen tale
Come to New York City to experience live theater this month! Unlike film or television, live performance by its nature is ethereal magic. No two live performances, even of the same work, are ever the same. The magic is a shared experience by the audience and performers. Most importantly, many events, especially theatre events that … Continue reading Take Wing & A Blanket of Dust
We've seen a number of shows recently and have at least half a dozen in the queue to post reviews for. But I must get word about about a touching, charming and yes, even funny, chamber musical at the Acorn Theatre at Theatre Row. A very personal tale of a kosher butcher in San Francisco … Continue reading Review – A Letter to Harvey Milk
Ok, I admit it. I like a number of different alcohol beverages. But my very favorite is cognac. The perfect post meal sip, cradled by my hand in a snifter, I get a special warm feeling as I close my eyes, the fire in the hearth crackling, resting from reading a book of French poetry, … Continue reading National Cognac Day
On June 1, 1998 I started a new job in Manhattan and have stuck around ever since. I loved this city from my first visit in 1975 (during the bad old rough and glorious days of this place) but always held out hope to be invited here. That happened 20 years ago and I have … Continue reading Two decades in the Big Apple
Today is National Macaroon Day. You may think of the coconut cookie but I think of the French confections made of egg whites and delicious magic. It was a terrible burden but we decided to taste test several versions from Chelsea shops here in Manhattan to decide which was best. You're welcome. There was a … Continue reading National Macaroon Day
Have you tried Graeter's Ice Cream? Founded in Cincinnati in 1870 they still make ice cream by hand 2 1/2 gallons at a time in a French Pot. What is that? You gotta see it: https://www.graeters.com/french-pot-process-ice-cream They have amazing regular flavors and tempting seasonal flavors (we just tried their Rocky Road, not available again until … Continue reading Gotta Get Graeter’s
I love to ryde my Can-Am Spyder in quiet and wilderness areas so one would think I must go a long way from Manhattan where I live. Sometimes I do, to Bear Mountain, Harriman State Park, the Catskills, Hawks Nest and even the Adirondacks. But there is a hidden, little known, beautiful road right under … Continue reading Ryding very near Manhattan but in very beautiful spaces
Happy Memorial Day. Today is many things, the artificial start of summer, a long three day weekend, a traditional grilling out holiday, and a day to celebrate troops serving our country. Being an old hippie pacifist I still respect those who choose to protect our nation in uniform and under arms. But we are all … Continue reading Happy Memorial Day
In January I alerted you to a sunrise Manhattanhenge and gave you advance notice of the next occurrence of the sunset version. The orientation of Manhattan is generally north-south and the Commissioners Plan of 1811 created a grid system of streets north of 14th Street. As the earth tilts to create our seasons, the sun … Continue reading Manhattanhenge, Manhattan Henge or Henge o’ Manhattan is back!
I love all kinds of cuisines, including French. One of their signature dishes is escargot and is one of my favorites. Some people can't get around the base of the dish, delicious snails. But they now send positively tame compared to some of the adventurist food programs on cable TV. Essentially escargot is a delivery … Continue reading National Escargot Day