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    13-23 January, 2018 Cruise out of New York around the Caribbean on the Norwegian Gem. Note : this trip has been cancelled altogether because of the damage caused by the hurricanes to the Caribbean islands.

    October 31st - 11 November. Caribbean cruise to break up the winter. Note: The itinerary has not yet been determined owing to the havoc wreaked by the hurricanes.
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    October 8 Went to BAM, for the first time since Ethel died, to hear a wonderful modern opera composed and written by Matthew Aucoin called “Crossing”. It is based on Walt Whitman’s experience and the libretto is largely taken from his poetry.

    The story is multi-themed, as modern plays tend to be; the first is a harrowing anti war depiction of the suffering wounded seen through Whitman’s eyes when he volunteered as a nurse during the American civil war; the second is Slavery and its effect upon a run-away slave who fights on the Union side; the third is treachery portrayed by a guilt-laden deserter who spies for the South. And forth, inevitably these days, is the (entirely fictional) homosexual one.

    The powerful music fits the story perfectly and the voices of the lead singers and the chorus is magnificent; Rod Gilfry, bass-baritone, sings the part of Walt Whitman, Alexander Lewis plays John Wormley, the deserter, and Davone Tines, whose baritone reminded me, distinctly, of the sound of the legendary Paul Robeson.  Both Christine and I were extremely moved by the work. We newly discovered Walt Whitman’s poetry, too.

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NY Day – Notorious and notable ladies at the NY City Museum

Members were invited to an open house and champagne breakfast last week. The occasion celebrated the completion of one stage of the wholesale renovation of the museum–It is the fashion of museums these days–The Cooper-Hewitt and the National Academy are following suit and will be closed or partially closed for a year!

The new offices and teaching spaces are ‘state of the art’ and will be the envy of museum staff everywhere for some time to come, I imagine. I looked at the new, 50 megapixel! camera. The resoulution is awsome. As we were already there we took the opportunity to see the exhibit of dresses worn by ‘Notorious and Notable Women of Style’. It is a show not to be missed. Not just for the dresses but also for the insight into the social order and the ominous power of wealth in  the last century in America.

The dresses include those worn by such notables as Marian Anderson, Jacqueline Kennedy, Isadora Duncan, Lena Horne and Angela Lansbury but the stylish lady at the front of of these first two pictures is diffficult to categorise.

I don't think any of the ladies represented would have been seen dead without hair of some sort? But spectacles do add a certain interest.

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2 Responses

  1. Who is that beautiful woman with hair?

  2. Valerie. That beautiful woman’s hair is now being washed by Ben. Ethel

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