Yep, today is National Backward Day. A rather silly national day in which you are supposed to wear your clothes backward, walk backwards, do anything you can backwards just for silly effect. So I did my part with the post title above. Your turn! As always you can find more at http://www.walterthinnes.com and on Twitter … Continue reading YAD DRAWKCAB LANOITAN
Whether you live here or are visiting New York you should know that February is a great time to be here. Theatre is cheaper and restaurants more available because the city is less trafficked during this month. Stop by and try it sometime. Better yet, this February has four excellent new shows starting performances you … Continue reading February 2019 Broadway Preview
Quick note to let you know that my short play to appear in a festival in February has been cast and rehearsals begin soon. You can see the details below and I will have more information soon. Hope if you are in New York that weekend you will stop by to say hello. As always … Continue reading My new short play begins to take shape!
Good Morning. Today is National Blueberry Pancake Day. These little indigo gems are the perfect add-in to delicious pancakes. They are compact, generally uniform little flavor bombs that hold up on a griddle. There are other goodies you can put in your pancakes but none better than blueberries. They are standard on even the most … Continue reading National Blueberry Pancake Day
Got the news last night that prolific composer Michel Legrand has passed away. I loved his work, especially after seeing his film "The Umbrellas of Cherborg." One lesson you should take from my love for Michel Legrand is that you should always take my show reviews with a big fistful of salt. I gave a … Continue reading RIP Michel Legrand
Long time readers of this blog know that I often give positive reviews to New York Productions. Not only is the talent pool top notch but the New York market tends to promote only the best. I am afraid this is not the case for this production. A couple of years ago Iranian playwright Nassim … Continue reading Review – Nassim
English playwright Jez Butterworth has created an amazing tale of an Irish family in the midst of the 1980's Troubles that is full and vital and fascinating. This is not a documentary of the struggles between the IRA and the British. This is a compelling family tale the will break your heart and confirm your … Continue reading Review – The Ferryman
Today is National Pie Day, not to be confused with National Pi Day (on 3.14, of course) or any number of specific style pie days. To celebrate here is a recipe I recently came across and served to great acclaim at both Thanksgiving and Christmas. Place a cast iron skillet in your oven and preheat … Continue reading National Pie Day & a recipe!
Kenneth Lonergan is having quite a time lately on Broadway. Widely respected as a writer of scripts for Off-Broadway and regional theatre and recognized as an expert screenplay writer, he has had three of his back catalogue brought to the Main Stem. The Waverly Gallery (as of this writing with only one week remaining at … Continue reading Review – The Waverly Gallery
Wanted to give you advance notice for one of my new scripts that will be featured in the Players Theatre Short Play and Musical Festival. Dates are tentatively scheduled for February 21-24. Pamela will direct and casting is underway. More details will be announced soon. I would describe this play as my take on George … Continue reading Heads up for an upcoming performance of a new short play
Today is National Fig Newton Day (and no, they do not have anything to do with Sir Isaac Newton, but are named after the Massachusetts town where they were first produced). I am not a particular fan of the cookie but as a Baby Boomer have a real fondness for the 1970's commercial campaign where … Continue reading National Fig Newton Day
Today is the tenth anniversary of the "Miracle on the Hudson." The day when pilot Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger and First Officer Jeffrey Skiles lost both engines to bird strikes shortly after take-off from La Guardia Airport and safely landed their passenger jet in the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 people aboard the … Continue reading 10th Anniversary of Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger’s famous Miracle on the Hudson Flight
The second week in January has been named National Mocktail Week. What is a Mocktail? Think of a Shirley Temple but more sophisticated. Alcohol has done plenty of damage to plenty of lives but we all desire a celebratory sip to toast our good fortune. These drinks are becoming more widespread with lots of new … Continue reading National Mocktail Week
Last Sunday I went on the annual Cold Finger Run sponsored by radio station WBAB on Long Island. They traditionally start off the year by inviting motorcyclists to contribute to a children's charity so they can partake in an hour long group ride escorted by police. The sea of motorcycles They gather at the Cradle … Continue reading 2019 WBAB Cold Finger Run
As I have said previously on this blog, there seems to be a National Day for nearly everything and today's version is Oysters Rockefeller. This dish was famously created by Antionne's restaurant in New Orleans in the late 1800's. It was named as so rich it was fit for a Rockefeller but that was before … Continue reading National Oysters Rockefeller Day
No, not this bull... ...these bulls! I've long been fascinated by Professional Bull Riders on television. It fits my short attention span (the cowboys need only stay on the bull for eight seconds) and I really like those hats. It turns out the season starts each January at Madison Square Garden. So I used one … Continue reading The Bulls come to New York
Psst. I know it is early in the morning, but today is that magical time when the rising sun aligns with Manhattan's street grid to provide a beautiful image of the good ol' sol perfectly in the middle of our concrete canyons. However, today's forecast in The Big Apple is for clouds and rain this … Continue reading Rainy Manhattanhenge Sunrise
Today is National Bobble Head Day! You've seen them. Oversized heads that bobble when vibrated. These silly figures have actually been around for a couple of centuries in one form or another but only became ubiquitous in the last several decades as plastic extrusion techniques improved. They are primarily associated with baseball collectors and giveaways … Continue reading National Bobble Head Day!
Woke up this morning and decided to make my own breakfast sausage. So an unplanned post. I started with Alton Brown's recipe on the Food Network website. You can find it here: https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/breakfast-sausage-recipe-2103185 As you can see it is basically a some pork shoulder and fatback ground together with spices. I played with the spices … Continue reading Homemade Breakfast Sausage
I actually finished reading this book some time ago but just getting around to reviewing it. Been busy, you know. I am a long time Roman History aficionado and all you need to do is whisper Gracchi Brothers or Marius & Sulla and I will come running. "The Storm Before The Storm" covers the start … Continue reading Review – The Storm Before The Storm & Mike Duncan
During the holidays I visited relatives in Cincinnati and having some downtime I visited an attraction there for the first time. The American Sign Museum is a pretty cool place if rather small and crowded. They have collected and restored old signage with lots of nostalgic appeal (even a set of Burma Shave signs). Lots … Continue reading American Sign Museum in Cincinnati, Ohio
May you have a bright and cheery new year and a prosperous 2019. We decided to eliminate our alcohol intake this holiday, but if you celebrated too heartily last night take solace in the dog that bit you during National Bloody Mary Day. Recipe below. You're welcome. I'll be quiet now. As always you can … Continue reading Welcome to 2019 and National Bloody Mary Day!