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    February 20. At Christine’s prompting, and, offer to go to the box office for Family Circle tickets, we went to see the Met’s production of Parsifal–from 6.00 to 11.30! It is a modern production for the new generation of opera-goers (the ones that hoot and holler at slightest excuse to the detriment of all others’ listening concentration). Modern dress  clashes horribly with the ancient myth of the story line, and state-of-the art lighting and staging effects  enlighten and intrigue the semi gloom in which the action(?) of  all three acts take  place. I was pleasantly impressed with the singing cast and  thought that it compared favorably with the greats of my younger days.

    The new conductor was enthusiastically welcomed (The Levine era is now forgotten completely) but I thought the sound he produced from the orchestra did not quite evoke the agonizing pathos that I remembered.

    February 21.  Saw “Amy and the Orphans” at The Roundabout Theatre. It is a story of parents’  tussle with the agony of caring for a child with Down syndrome and the adult siblings’ efforts to atone for their parents’ weakness. Wonderfully convincing acting all round and written with great humour to counter the guilt dialalogue of the characters.

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19th Precinct NYPD

Crime prevention week at Schurz Park

Manhattan is a conglomeration of village-like communities, each distinct to its own inhabitants. Mother-henning it over each community is an NYPD Precinct–ours is the 19th. Last week the 19th organised a community event in Schurz  park to highten public awareness of scams, frauds and identiy theft and the like and, how we ourselves can help to prevent them.

Entertainment and refreshments helped get the message across and the villagers turned up in quite respectable numbers.

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First we were pleasantly entertained by the toe-tapping sounds of the “French Cookin’ Blues Band . . . .

‘French Cookin’ s leader . . . . . .

. . . . F O O D !

The Auxiliaries recruiting . . . . .

He’s your man . . . .

Nick Viest, President of Community Affairs opened the event and introduced . . . . .

. . . . Assemblyman Michah Kellner, who, in turn, introduced . . . . .

. . . . Assemblyman Dan Quart from the 73rd District

Artist and model

Entrance of the entertainer, Ernest Desire!

Young and old had a great time! Thank you 19th.


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