Of course the best way to get around my favorite city is the extensive bus and subway system that unites New York City. There has been much attention lately to the slow deterioration of the system and that is certainly the case. But most often it is the best option. When it is not, when … Continue reading Getting Around New York City
Today is Opening Day of the Baseball Season. For fans like me it represents the most hopeful day of the year. The Cincinnati Reds have the opportunity to go all the way this morning, not having been tested in the real 162 day cauldron. It could happen. Never mind that we haven't won a World … Continue reading OPENING DAY!
I have made no secret on this blog that I, as a class, prefer pie to cake. With one notable exception. Black Forest Cake. The combination of cherries, chocolate and delicious cream changes the equation. Happy National Black Forest Cake Day. I'll be back later. I have to gain 12 pounds at one sitting. Yum. … Continue reading National Black Forest Cake Day
Today is World Theatre Day, an opportunity to celebrate every facet of this very human storytelling medium. Theatre has defined my life since I caught the bug in high school and so I am featuring a photo of my high school auditorium below. Or at least it feels that long ago. With the inspiration of … Continue reading World Theatre Day
I saw the original Broadway production of "Angels in America" in the early 90's. While clearly an important work by a talented playwright at the time I felt it too self-indulgent and wildly unedited as work for the stage. At the same time it was clearly an important work and I was never bored or … Continue reading Review – Angels in America: Millennium Approaches and Perestroika
Sorry, this is not a Stormy Daniels post, just a Stormy Day post. On Wednesday we had the fourth Nor'Easter of the month. An almost weekly quartet of big snowstorms that slowed things down. Luckily New York has an extensive (but deteriorating) transit system so we kept moving except for a few hiccups. Most of … Continue reading Happy Four’Easter!
Auction houses like Christie's, Sotheby's, Phillips and others offer free admission to selling exhibitions for a few days before each auction. From time to time I will select notable auction lots to bring to your attention. This blog feature is not endorsed by the auction house nor written by any kind of art expert. Just … Continue reading An American LOT to talk about
Some people going to a Broadway show simply need to see chandeliers crashing or big brass bands playing to believe they got their money's worth. They should not go to see The Band's Visit currently at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. The Band's Visit is a simple story of human longing and desires, living and loving, … Continue reading Review – The Band’s Visit
Happy National Ravioli Day - one of my favorite foods. While these delicious dough pillows can be filled with exotic flavors they are just as fine with grated cheese and ground meet. I have only tried making ravioli from scratch a few times with notably mixed success, but then there are plenty of places to … Continue reading National Ravioli Day!
I am always dubious about jukebox musicals and a new one has washed ashore based on songs by Jimmy Buffet at the Marquis Theatre. Scripts for these affairs have to be twisted around the canon being celebrated to fit lyrics never intended to be linked into a storyline and in this case is twisted into … Continue reading Review – Escape to Margaritaville
My only regret about seeing the new play at the Belasco Theatre - Farinelli and the King - is that I didn't see it earlier in its run so that I could give you more time to see it based on my recommendation ( it closes March 25). Playwright Claire van Kampen has written a … Continue reading Review – Farinelli and the King
While we seldom get to Brooklyn to see theater we make a special trip to see performers who have performed in my plays directed by Pamela. So we were excited to see Sophie Larin in The Picture of Dorian Gray mounted by The Heights Players. Director Cameron McIntosh (no not Cameron Mackintosh, but I'll bet … Continue reading Review – The Picture of Dorian Gray
Today is known as National Pi Day based on the first three digits of the apparently endless stream of numbers that define the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter and also coincidentally echoes today's date 3.14 (March 14th). There are endless puns comparing the circular nature of pie and the mathematical constant that … Continue reading National Pi Day
Auction houses like Christie's, Sotheby's, Phillips and others offer free admission to selling exhibitions for a few days before each auction. From time to time I will select notable auction lots to bring to your attention. This blog feature is not endorsed by the auction house nor written by any kind of art expert. Just … Continue reading A lot cheaper LOT to talk about
The day after we begin Daylight Savings Day, when we "spring forward" and lose an hour of sleep because the clocks are adjusted, is known as National Napping Day. Not surprising because we lose an hour of sleep when we already run ourselves ragged. I endorse a siesta this afternoon. So go ahead, zone out … Continue reading National Napping Day
The once lowly meatball is in the spotlight today. Once a method to extend limited meat resources by adding some breadcrumbs and egg as a binder with some herbs and other flavors thrown in, it is now a culinary category. In New York you can find multiple restaurants based around the meatball. In recipes everywhere … Continue reading National Meatball Day
Yesterday New York got another snow storm less than a week after the previous storm. Generally we fare well as the transportation infrastructure usually keeps running. Still, many people in the surrounding areas get larger snow amounts and have a rougher time getting around. Yesterday morning the snow largely melted in the city but through the … Continue reading Another snow wallop
As Asia Week approaches at New York auction houses many of the lots offered are ancient with long lists of ownership to establish provenance. This lot caught my attention even though it was made only in 1999 by a living artist very close to my age. It is made of bronze and is full of … Continue reading A contemporary Southeast Asian LOT
As the group of sales at New York auction houses called Asia Week approaches an interesting category at Christie's auction house in Rockefeller Center. Brush washers. No, not like the OXO unit at your sink, this was used to clean calligraphy brushes and paint brushes many years ago, in this case during the 18th Century. … Continue reading A LOT from Asia Week
Auction houses like Christie's, Sotheby's, Phillips and others offer free admission to selling exhibitions for a few days before each auction. From time to time I will select notable auction lots to bring to your attention. This blog feature is not endorsed by the auction house nor written by any kind of art expert. Just … Continue reading An Asian LOT to talk about
A new play by Lindsey Ferrentino offers an interesting evening of theater. It addresses how persons with disabilities (in this case Down Syndrome) were treated back in the 1950's and how many years later siblings try to correct what was casually accepted so many decades ago. It wisely neither excuses institutionalizing children nor condones it … Continue reading Review – Amy and the Orphans
While I am consulting for Sotheby's I found a wonderful neighborhood establishment. A family run enterprise at 404 East 73rd Street, come and visit The Sweet Shop. In a tiny enclave you will find a wide variety of sweet goodies, classic candies, fresh cookies and small batch ice cream. They have nearly anything you want … Continue reading The Sweet Shop